Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

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And Then There’s This…

The part of the A-Rod steroid re-shaming spectacular where he pisses on Cousin Yuri’s wall as a way to threaten him.  Via The Daily News:

“She [Sucart’s wife] said Rodriguez came to the Miami home Rodriguez provided to the Sucarts in 2010 and vowed to destroy the family if they went public with his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Then he urinated on the wall and the patio, she said, as if to mark the house as his territory.

‘He peed on the floor. He was so arrogant, he came into my house like he thought he was a god,’ Carmen Sucart said.”

I give up.  I’ve got nothing.  We’ve officially crossed over into Bizarro World and the offseason hasn’t even really gotten started.

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Hey Look! An A-Rod Story That Actually Matters!

Feinsand keeps playing chess while everybody else is playing “I hate A-Rod” checkers.  He filed a report late last night that was chock full of useful, timely, relevant information on Alex Rodriguez.  Stuff like updates on what he’s been doing lately to prepare for next season:

“A source close to Rodriguez told The News Wednesday that the former AL MVP has been working out ‘like a fiend,’ hitting several days a week at the University of Miami among other places.”

What he’s been doing for months to stay in shape and get ready for his return:

“Rodriguez has been hitting, taking grounders and going through an all-around conditioning program for months, the source said, doing everything within his power to be ready for spring training.”

And a direct quote from one of his teammates on how he feels about A-Rod rejoining the team and the locker room next year:

“Guys in the clubhouse, we’re there for one reason; we’re trying to play baseball and trying to do the best we can as a team, make it into October and win a World Series,” Gardner said.

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Quick Hit: Brett Gardner Had Surgery On A Muscle I Probably Don’t Have

So I guess that answers the question of what was wrong with Gardner’s abdominal area in the second half of the season.  Sounds like something that would be painful to walk around with, let alone swing a baseball bat, run around, and throw a ball as hard as you can.  This certainly lends some explanation to Gardner’s second-half offensive fade and lack of stolen bases, and it’s good to know that he’s going to make a full recovery and be ready for Spring Training.

Bigger picture though, is this late-season injury thing starting to become a trend with Gardner?  Without looking it up, I feel like he’s ended 3 or 4 seasons with a bunch of nagging injuries that have left him playing at far less than 100% and killed his production.  He’s not a huge guy and he plays the game very aggressively, so some of it is just the natural result of playing the game every day for 6 months.  …

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Rockies Reportedly “Willing” To Deal Tulo And CarGo; Yanks Have To Put A Call In, Right?

While we’re talking about players that are or aren’t worth the financial risk to the Yankees, we might as well talk about a couple names that have come up before.  Ken Rosenthal posted a story last night about the Colorado Rockies possibly being willing to trade Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.  According to Rosenthal’s report, the team isn’t actively shopping either player or preparing for a fire sale, but the new front office crew does appear to have changed owner Dick Monfrot’s mind on the idea of moving his top 2 players.

“The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their ‘eyes and ears open’ for potential deals involving both players, according to major-league sources.”

Opinions on whether it makes sense to go after Tulowitzki vary, but there’s no denying that he would be the best option to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop from a talent perspective.  And CarGo, while no Fielding Bible Award-level outfielder himself, would be a better everyday option in right field than CarBel.  …

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Choo-Choo!! Time To Fire Up The A-Rod Hate Train Again

Alex Rodriguez Arriving at  MLB Offices  in NYC

Courtesy of Splash News

Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension has been lifted, he’s back on the 40-man roster, and he’s working out in preparation for his return to the field in 2015.  You know what that means, right?  Time for the New York media to get their collective A-Rod smear games back in action!  Yeah!!  Because a guy who’s already been outed as a steroid user for the better part of the last 15 years, targeted and treated by MLB and the media as the biggest PED offender in the history of organized sports, and had his reputation and credibility completely destroyed in the process obviously needs to be the focus of more steroid-related stories, right?

For instance, did you guys know that A-Rod paid off his cousin who was his drug handler back in the day to keep him from going to media and telling his story of Alex’s PED use?

“In court documents filed last week in Miami, federal prosecutors say Rodriguez paid $900,000 last year to settle a threatened lawsuit by Yuri Sucart, who had worked as Rodriguez’s personal assistant.

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Wednesday Morning News And Notes: 11/5/14

There’s a bunch of small stories I haven’t blogged over the last few days that are worth mentioning.  Here they are in rapid-fire order:

Aaron Judge was named the AZFL’s Player of the Week on Monday.  He hit 2 HR, scored 6 runs, and drew 7 walks in 5 games last week.  Good to see him getting more burn as that season has progressed.

Via George King, there does appear to be some mutual interest between the Yankees and Raul Ibanez for the vacant hitting coach job.  Ibanez is reportedly “intrigued” by the possibility, but no meeting or interview has been scheduled.

Via Jon Heyman, the Yanks have already reached out to start contract talks with Chase Headley.  Looks more and more like A-Rod will be the full-time DH and part-time infielder next year.

Dellin Betances was named as one of the 3 finalists for the American League Rookie of the Year award this year.  …

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Pondering D-Rob’s New Contract

David_Robertson_Firefighter

Seemed like a good time to break out the old fireman P-shop

One way or another, David Robertson is going to cash in this offseason.  He can accept the qualifying offer the Yankees made him yesterday and become the single-season highest-paid relief pitcher in baseball history, or he can decline and eventually sign a multi-year deal with any team.  As the top reliever available in this year’s free agent class, even the draft pick compensation won’t be enough to keep all of MLB away from him entirely.

The smart money is on the Yankees retaining him, but for how much money is a question worth asking.  D-Rob is an interesting case as he hits the free agent market for the first time in his career, unlike any top reliever that’s been available the past few offseasons.  His unique body of work, homegrown Yankee status, and attached draft pick compensation make the range of contract possibilities a wide one.

As an example of that range, compare the 2 early projections for D-Rob issued by major baseball sites.  …

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Report: Yanks Have “No Plans” To Pursue Top Free Agents

After being ahead of the pack on the qualifying offer situations yesterday, Mark Feinsand continued his hot streak with a report late last night that the Yankees are not planning on going after the top crop of free agents (Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields, Pablo Sandoval) this offseason.  Feinsand, so hot right now.  Feinsand.

“According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the market this winter. Shields, the third-best free-agent starter, is also off the Bombers’ radar, as is Sandoval, the Giants’ postseason hero who was given a $15.3 million qualifying offer by San Francisco before Monday’s deadline.”

The report also names Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley as 2 players the Yankees will try to bring back, which comes as no surprise.  It seemed like this was the route the team was planning on taking when the regular season ended, and the amount of money already committed to the 2015 payroll made pursuing the aforementioned big money guys extremely unlikely.…

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Yanks Make It Official: D-Rob Gets Qualifying Offer, Hirok Does Not

Smart move.  The right move to make.  This should be enough to scare the big budget teams away from a multi-year deal and give the Yankees the advantage in negotiating a new one.  My guess is 3 years/$39 mil and that’s based simply and solely on what popped into my head first.

Still don’t agree with the decision to not extend one to Hirok, but that’s business sometimes.  Who knows?  Maybe the Yanks did it so that he wouldn’t be blocked from returning to the West Coast if that’s what he wants to do.  That would be a classy move on their part.

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