Report: A-Rod negotiating a possible deal

According to TJ Quinn of ESPN Alex Rodriguez‘s reps have begun negotiations with Major League Baseball about a settlement instead of a possible lifetime ban.

A settlement has not been reached yet but the two sides are talking. This news comes shortly after reports that Rodriguez was going to fight a lifetime ban if it had been handed down.

I’m sure there will be more to come with this story and if I have to stay up all night waiting for it, I will.
Continue reading Report: A-Rod negotiating a possible deal

Game 107: Saying goodbye to Chavez Ravine

Tonight should be a good one with Hiroki Kuroda facing off against Clayton Kershaw.

Let’s hope the Yankees don’t lose 1-0.

Here are your lineups:

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Vernon Wells RF
Brent Lillibridge 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Chris Stewart C
Hiroki Kuroda P

Carl Crawford LF
Yasiel Puig RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Andre Ethier CF
A.J. Ellis C
Skip Schumaker 2B
Juan Uribe 3B
Clayton Kershaw P

Come on, Yanks, get the season series split. Continue reading Game 107: Saying goodbye to Chavez Ravine

MLB prepared to ban Alex Rodriguez for life

Reports have come out saying that Alex Rodriguez could be banned by baseball for life.

I really wish they would just do it already. The latest reports are saying the players involved with the Biogenesis clinic will be suspended either Thursday or Friday. Why wait? Just do it Thursday and stop dragging this out. It’s gone on long enough.

Along with the reports about the “hammer being dropped” on Rodriguez, there is also an article from Newsday saying that Alex will fight any suspension handed out.

A source close to Rodriguez said, “I don’t think Alex Rodriguez is riding off into the sunset. Obviously, everybody knew something was coming. The game plan for him has always been the same [referring to an appeal]. Alex did not fail a drug test.”

Another interesting quote from the Newsday article talks about Alex returning from his second hip surgery and how easy it could have been for him to walk away:

“He didn’t have to go through any of this, this year. He could have walked away in April and gotten paid. He had a very bad hip injury. If he wanted to play it out it wouldn’t have been a charade . . . Why go through all this? Because he wants to play. He’s got something to prove. If he’s not guilty and he walks away with $100 million [by claiming disability] everyone thinks he’s guilty. He’s not going to be happy. Nobody would.”

It looks like Rodriguez went to the Roger Clemens school of denial.

The next few days and weeks are going to be quite interesting. Continue reading MLB prepared to ban Alex Rodriguez for life

Quick hits: A-Rod, Granderson and Cervelli updates, oh my!


Maybe the Yankees won’t say where Alex Rodriguez is playing on Friday because Bud Selig is going to schedule him for execution by firing squad that morning. That’s the punishment they’re going to give him, right?

If all goes well, Curtis Granderson can join the Yankees in San Diego on Friday. Hooray!

Doesn’t look like Francisco Cervelli will be back anytime soon. He’s still having issues. Plus, he’s said to be involved in that whole Biogenesis thing though I’m pretty sure, he wouldn’t be handed over to the same firing squad as A-Rod.

Oh wait, it’s even worse for Cervelli if he’s seeing Dr. Andrews.

Ah, the 2013 season: Pride, lack of power, and numerous doctor visits. Continue reading Quick hits: A-Rod, Granderson and Cervelli updates, oh my!

The trade deadline summed up in one word


A whole lot of nothing happened today. No Michael Young, no Phil Hughes trade…how boring.

Brian Cashman spoke with the media and said there were a lot of conversations, then there was some traction and then some rejection. Sounds like a bad relationship to me.

So today was a waste of time for most baseball fans. There were some moves but nothing earth-shattering. The “big” last minute move was Drew Butera being traded from the Twins to the Dodgers for a player to be named later.

Ooooh. Exciting. Continue reading The trade deadline summed up in one word

Yankees Working On Acquiring Michael Young, No Traction

According to a source, the Yankees have been told that Michael Young would accept a trade to New York. — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 31, 2013 After being told that he’d only accept a trade to the Rangers, and eventually the Red Sox, it seems that Michael Young is now willing to accept a deal to New York. He’s probably the best available third baseman, and the Yankees have a clear interest in that position. Unless they can pull off a miracle deal to get someone like Chase Headley, the chances of Young being a Yankee over the next two Continue reading Yankees Working On Acquiring Michael Young, No Traction

Yankees Talking To Braves About Hughes, Not Optimistic

#Yankees have received two offers for Phil Hughes and are working to trade him, according to @BNightengale — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 31, 2013 Update: (3:43 PM) Heard #Braves talked to #Yankees about Hughes, but doesn't look like will happen — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2013 Update: (4:01 PM) No word on anything getting done, and the trade deadline is up. Cashman is supposed to hold a press conference at 4:30 to talk about what happened today, so maybe we’ll find out more by then.

Middle Of The Order Has Been (Somewhat) Silent Killer This Season

Vernon Wells

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod.  Stats have not been updated to include last night’s game.  Not that that would make them much better)

The “the offense sucks” narrative is no longer the big news it was when the turn started in late May.  It’s no surprise anymore that the Yankees can’t score runs, don’t hit for power, and generally boast some of the weakest 7-9 spots in the batting order in all of baseball, NL included.  But if you’re looking for a better explanation as to why they’ve failed to score a run or 2 when they really need it time and time again this year, look no further than the former heart of the order.

Breaking season-long production down by batting order position, the Yankees’ biggest strength has been the top 3 spots.  A combination of Brett Gardner‘s May and June, Ichiro’s hot streaks, and Robinson Cano‘s existence has the top 3 spots in the batting order holding .805, .739, and .810 OPS values on the season.  That’s pretty good production and certainly good enough to create plenty of scoring opportunities with the speed at the top.  The bottom of the order, the 7th-9th spots in the lineup, have OPS values of .580/.592/.582.  It’s a stunningly identical exercise in offensive brutality, but not one that’s unexpected when you think of the gaggle of names who’ve hit there this year. Continue reading Middle Of The Order Has Been (Somewhat) Silent Killer This Season