Avoiding Language

Spring Training means many things. It means the snow is melting (well, mostly). It means I have a non-political reason to pay attention to what goes in in Arizona and Florida. It means, above all things, hope and hype. We know all about the former and the mythology that goes along with it. Perhaps mythology...

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Would You Do a “Herschel Walker Deal” for King Felix?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m plenty high on the Yankees top prospects, but consider what you’re giving away for the best pitching asset in all of baseball here. The two lesser prospects are basically throw ins, and while that might be a sticking point in a lot of deals, it’s surely not much of an issue if you’re trading for King Felix. I’m rooting for Ivan Nova as much as the next guy, but let’s be realistic; you do not spike a deal for Felix Hernandez over Ivan Nova.

So that leaves us with the two headliners. Since Rosenthal is stipulating that only one of either Banuelos or Betances would be included in the deal (and I’m assuming Andrew Brackman wouldn’t be a “lesser prospect”), there’s only one Killer B leaving in this deal. As much as I’m enjoying watching/dreaming on Banuelos and Betances, if you can acquire King Felix and keep two of the three B’s, you do that deal every day and twice on Sunday.…

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Phil Hughes' 2010 Curveball through the lens of PitchFX

Phil Hughes (Photo: NYDN)

This post is the second in a four-part series taking a deep, pitchFX-fueled look at each of the five pitches Phil Hughes threw during the 2010 season. Please be...

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And The Rich Get Richer

Read through the article–there’s all sorts of shadiness around this deal, and you have to imagine that it’ll lead to some loopholes in the process being closed. This, of course, is nothing new for the Yankees, who signed Alfonso Soriano after he retired from the NBP (the Japanese league) at the ripe old age of 22, prompting MLB and NBP to create the posting system we’re all so familiar with today. To go one step further, I wonder whether Cashman had any qualms about this signing, given that he’s essentially screwing the GM of the Diamondbacks, Kevin Towers (reportedly one of his closest friends).

What’s more, it turns out the Yankees doubly benefited from this loophole. Carlos Martinez, previously calling himself Carlos Matias, signed with the Red Sox before being similarly annulled. He then ended up with a $1.5 million contract from the Cardinals–and a ranking of 52 on Keith Law’s top 100 prospect list (which Law himself calls extremely conservative).…

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2011 American League Preview: Minnesota Twins

Offseason analysis:

The Twins had kind of a weird offseason, reflecting I suppose some of the odder pathologies of that organization. They traded Hardy to the Orioles for little more than a bag of balls and then gave reliever Matt Capps what seemed like a pretty large tender to most. They did re-sign Carl Pavano, who will apparently be the team’s opening day starter now, and getting Justin Morneau back from injury will be a big boost as well. Still, in an off-season where the Tigers and the White Sox both brought in new middle of the order hitters, the Twins probably took a step backwards.

Projected lineup

C Joe Mauer

1b Justin Morneau

2b Tsuyoshi Nishioka

SS Alexi Casilla

3bDanny Valencia

LF Delmon Young

CF Denard Span

RF Michael Cuddyer/Jason Kubel

DH Jim Thome

Projected rotation:

Francisco Liriano

Carl Pavano

Scott Baker

Nick Blackburn

Brian Duensing

2011 outlook:

The Twins have been perennial contenders in the Central of late, and that doesn’t figure to change this year.…

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TYA Trivia Open Thread for 3-14-11

On every night 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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Watch Manny Banuelos face off against the Red Sox tonight (not on ESPN2)

Just a quick reminder, the Yankees will be playing the Red Sox tonight (at 7:05).  Newly-turned 20 year-old Manny Banuelos will be taking the hill for the Yankees against the Sox, who are playing most of their starters.  It should be fun to see how Manny handles his toughest test yet.  I will be in...

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Why A Yankees Trade For King Felix Does Not Add Up

In an article this morning, Ken Rosenthal suggested that both the Yankees and Mariners should be motivated to complete a Felix Hernandez trade:

However, Zduriencik will not even initiate a conversation. He is adamant that he is not shopping or trading Hernandez...

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Mitre Injury Could Have Domino Effect

From Marc Carig:

Right-hander Sergio Mitre, the scheduled starter, woke up on Sunday with what he described as soreness and stiffness in his left oblique area. It was near the same muscle that he strained last season, an injury that landed him in on the disabled list for about a month.

As a...

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