Goodbye, Jason Varitek

Like many Yankee fans, I’ve always hated Jason Varitek. I probably don’t have a good reason for doing so. Varitek was an underrated in the way that most catchers usually are. He was a strong defender, and had more than a few very strong years with the bat. He was never a dirty player, and never made the kind of inflammatory remarks or gestures that gave us reason to hate Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martin, or even Kevin Youkilis. I hated him because he was the public face of the Red Sox, wearing the ‘C’ for absolutely no reason, and therefore an enemy. Continue reading Goodbye, Jason Varitek

Pedro Martinez for Mariano Rivera; imagine that

One of my favorite baseball bloggers, Jonah Keri, is in the process of writing (what I assume to be) another fantastic book which is scheduled for release in 2014. He’ll be focusing in on the history of the Montreal Expos — a team I often find myself rather awestruck by, given the plethora of talent they developed and traded away. Via Twitter, Keri released one particularly interesting tidbit discovered in his research for the book. “How’s this grab you, Yankees fans? Before Expos dealt Pedro to Sox, Yanks made offer: Pedro for…Mariano Rivera. #ExposBook” (@jonahkeri) Imagine if Expos GM, Jim Beattie, Continue reading Pedro Martinez for Mariano Rivera; imagine that

Transitioning into the postseason; some observations

Over the past few days, we’ve been privy to some pretty enthralling baseball. As the final days of the season come to an end, the Sox, Rays, Cardinals, and Braves having taken center stage as they desperately fight for October admittance. With all of this added mania, I’ve found myself watching even more baseball than usual so I thought it’d be fun to take a few moments to jot down some observations. 1) Bizzaro Jesus We are all well aware by now know of Jesus Montero. As it turns out though, the Sox have a “wicked good” hitting prospect of Continue reading Transitioning into the postseason; some observations

TYA Mailbag: Red Sox Deadline Speculation

This mailbag question comes courtesy of longtime reader Frank: This morning I read that Epstein has made it known that the Sox will be “active” at the deadline. I think the Yanks will block any trade that involves a pitcher, especially a reliever, and I don’t see Epstein getting anything more than a 4 or 5 starter. What does worry me is SS. Although the Mets would obviously love to keep Reyes, it seems the logical move is the traditional trade deadline dump and get as many prospects as possible. I view the Sox as the best landing spot for Continue reading TYA Mailbag: Red Sox Deadline Speculation

Random notes from around the league:

Former Yankee, Jason Giambi, had what was probably his most productive evening in the past five years last night. He became the second oldest player to hit three homeruns in a single game (oldest is Stan Musial). Giambino’s three bombs garnered seven RBI which tied his career high in a single game. Said Giambi, “It’s nice to contribute and get an opportunity to play…It’s exciting, something you dream about.” The two Philadelphia pitchers to get victimized were Kyle Kendrick (in the first and third inning) and Danys Baez (in the fifth). Going into last night’s game, Giambi had gone only Continue reading Random notes from around the league:

Showalter makes antagonistic remarks; Yanks/Sox indifferent

Recently in a very entertaining interview with Men’s Journal, Buck Showalter made some bold remarks. “The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout. Our guys are thinking, ‘Wow, he’s screaming at Derek Jeter.’ Well, he’s always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets – and yes, he [ticks] me off.” From there, the Baltimore skipper shifted gears in candid fashion to the Boston Red Sox. “I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay [Rays] payroll…You got Carl Crawford ’cause you Continue reading Showalter makes antagonistic remarks; Yanks/Sox indifferent

Yankee and Sox Payrolls To Be Pretty Close On Opening Day

The Red Sox have acquired quite a few players this off season. They brought in Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks and Adrian Gonzalez, and didn’t shed all that much in payroll. The Yankees, on the other hand, have both freed up some payroll space and declined to bring in any big name free agents. According to WEEI,com, the Red Sox are looking at a payroll of about $155 million next year. However, their luxury tax hit is a lot higher, since the Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and other deals are backloaded, and the luxury tax is calculated based on AAV rather Continue reading Yankee and Sox Payrolls To Be Pretty Close On Opening Day

Don't Worry Too Much About Boston

I sense a panic in the air. Its ok! Boston is was not the best team in the American League a week ago, and they are not the best team in the America League today, after acquiring Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox won 89 games last season, 6 fewer than the Yankees. They lost their best player Adrian Beltre, who was worth 7.1 wins above replacement according to Fangraphs. They also lost their second best player Victor Martinez, who was worth 4 wins. What does this mean? The Red Sox have a ton of ground to make Continue reading Don't Worry Too Much About Boston

What failing to sign Teixeira cost the Red Sox

In the winter of 2008, Brian Cashman sold ownership on expanding their budget to include enough room to sign free agent 1B Mark Teixeira. Tex was close to signing with the Red Sox, and part of the rationale Cashman used at the time was that the signing would be pivotal for both franchises. It would allow the Yanks to move Nick Swisher to his natural position in RF, use their financial muscle to acquire a long term fix at 1B for just money and draft picks. From the Red Sox side, they would be looking at making trades to fill Continue reading What failing to sign Teixeira cost the Red Sox