Joba or Nova for Liriano?

Liriano has of course had a bevy of injury issues so far in his career, but when he’s healthy he’s a legitimate #1 starter on just about every team in baseball. He’s a strikeout and ground ball machine, and those guys just don’t go on trees. It’s not clear whether Nightengale was reporting something he heard from sources in or around the Twins organization or merely speculating on what the Yankees would have to give up, but suffice it to say that if the Yankees actually can acquire Liriano for a package centered around Nova or Joba, the Twins would be selling exceptionally low on a guy who was one of the 5-10 best pitchers in the American League last season.

I took some heat a while back for saying I wouldn’t be excited about trading Manny Banuelos for Liriano, and the more the situation develops, the more I think that’s a pretty solid position to take. Aside from Liriano’s injury history, its just hard to get over how willing the Twins are to trade this guy if these reports are accurate.…

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TYA Trivia Open Thread For 2-28-11

On every weeknight throughout the year, one of the TYA writers will post a trivia question as the nightly open thread. The blog administrators will keep track of the winners, and the commenter with the most correct answers will win a prize that has yet to be decided upon. The answers will be posted in...

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Some Sobering Data On Montero's Defense

After Jesus Montero‘s Spring Training debut behind the plate yesterday, many Yankees fans were cautiously optimistic about his defensive performance. Although he was not tested much, he did not seem as awkward back there as...

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Seasons Change: Yanks’ Youngsters Help to Bring About Early Spring Thaw

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

One of the cardinal rules about spring training is you have to take the results with a grain of salt, especially the early performances of eager rookies who are either facing veterans slowly ramping up to speed or overmatched secondary talent. With that disclaimer noted, some...

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Players to Watch: NL Central

You know the drill: I’m running through the divisions, singling out players worth of watching. Today, the NL Central is our focus.

NL West

Cincinnati Reds: I’m going to avoid going with the obvious choice of Joey Votto here and go with one of my favorite players: Scott Rolen...

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Grapefruit League Game 3: Yankees @ Tigers

Derek Jeter SS

Robinson Cano 2b

Mark Teixeira 1b

Alex Rodriguez 3b

Andruw Jones RF

Russell Martin DH

Francisco Cervelli C

Justin Maxwell CF

Melky Mesa LF

C.C. Sabathia SP

Some notes for Monday:

  • Haven’t seen anything yet about who is scheduled to pitch after Sabathia. If and when that comes out, I’ll update accordingly.
  • Russell Martin will make his first appearance of the spring, but he’s not yet getting time behind the plate. The team seems to be giving him plenty of time to let the knee rest.
  • I’m sort of surprised Jeter, Cano, Tex, and A-Rod are going to Lakeland instead of Clearwater, though I guess Joe Girardi didn’t want them playing back to back days right out of the gate.
  • I’m already sick of Cervelli.
  • Bold prediction of the day; Melky Mesa crushes a home run today, but strikes out in each of his other at bats.

Update: According to Marc Carig, Pedro Feliciano, Manny Banuelos, and Mark Prior are scheduled to pitch in relief today.…

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Imagining Trades, Part Three

Last week, I took two looks at some trade possibilities. The first was general in nature, introducing two possible trade candidates, Mark Buehrle and Chris Carpenter. The second looked at Carpenter’s theoretical trade value. It went a little longer than I expected, so I pushed this part...

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2011 American League Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Off-season analysis: If any Yankee fans out there are wondering why so many were cautioning against the tendency to do something rash after missing out on a top free agent target, look no further than Anaheim. Though they were at various times seen as the most obvious landing spot for Carl Crawford, Adrian Beltre, and/or Rafael Soriano, the Angels failed to sign even one of those guys, mostly because they were reportedly offering them low-ball contracts. Instead, they gave away a top draft pick to sign Downs to a 3 year contract, and gave away Mike Napoli‘s bat for Wells’ contract (to make matters worse, Napoli wound up on the Rangers’ roster a couple of weeks later). Missing out on Beltre will probably hurt them the most, as they have a glaring hole at 3rd base. But at least Scott Boras won’t be cashing a commission check from Arte Moreno’s bank account, right?

Projected lineup: (2010 wOBA):

Jeff Mathis C (.223 in 218 plate appearances)

Kendry Morales 1b (.357 in 211 plate appearances)

Howie Kendrick 2b (.317)

Erick Aybar SS (.288)

Alberto Callaspo 3b (.295)

Vernon Wells LF (.362)

Peter Bourjos CF (.273 in 193 plate appearances)

Torii Hunter RF (.350)

Bobby Abreu DH (.348)

Projected rotation (2010 FIP):

Jered Weaver (3.06)

Ervin Santana (4.28)

Dan Haren (3.71)

Joel Pineiro (3.84)

Scott Kazmir (5.83)

2011 outlook: While the Angels’ off-season has been widely and rightly criticized, rumors of their demise are most likely exaggerated.…

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