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...The Yanks will serve the Jays up like Stove Top Stuffin' tonight. And if they don't, if we see Bad Andy, if the Yanks get rocked, well, then I just don't know what.
Let's Go Yan-Kees.
Then it's Halladay tomorrow. Ugh.
Timmah livin' a lie!
Ugh Ah Daah Timmy!
And the Lords of the Underworld Darkness fills my heart with pain
And when girls start to sleep with girls
Beelzebub will rise again!
Timmy Livin a Lie!
Pah Yup Pah Dub Dub Timmy
Yeah Duh Doh
And the Lords of the Underworld! Darkness fills my heart with pain
And when girls start to sleep with girls
Diophoysis will rise again
Duh Timmy, Break it Down!
I pledge allegiance to the flag Timmy!
. To the United States of
Timmah livin a lie!
Dappit Gul Hod Timmy!
And the Lords of the Underworld Darkness fills my heart with pain Timmy!
And when girls start to sleep with girls
Timmah! Timmah Beelzebub will rise again
Anyone remember a good discussion about this anywhere?
Is that GIDPs for a personal record...or years on his contract?
What is 30+HR and 90+RBI worth these days?
I'm presuming it's Damon, but...
yeah, it only takes 1 team, but tex ain't arod ... i'd bet 6 or so years, probably with an option year or two
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: For the first time in months, Girardi did not reconfigure the lineup to face a left-hander. "Our lefties have hit lefties," he said.
Kim Jones asked him whether this would be the lineup for the rest of the season.
"We will try," Girardi said.
but i also get the feeling he would melt like a cookie puss in july out here.
...and i don't have any answers or suggestions. if it were easy, he'd be starting tonight against the jays.
15 I like Giambi a lot too and hoped he'd have a slightly better year. He is 13th in OPS in the AL, whatever that means.
18 I'd also be astonished if they re-signed him, though if he wants to stay, I bet he could ask for little enough money that the Yanks would keep him.
To recap what most already know: The Yankees have a $22 million option on Giambi that they won't exercise. To get out of the contract there is a $5 million buy-out.
That buy out is a sunk cost but if Cash is slick maybe he can convince Giambi that the $5 million is part of another offer of say a total of $12 million. That would cost the Yanks only an additional $7 and Giambi would still get a total of $12 or whatever he is worth...
I agree, maybe Giambi will be a stand up guy and provide the Yankees a little relief for his play the past few seasons. If there is a guy who would do it, maybe its Jason.
Another problem that I have with Abreu is he is very, very streaky. When he is hot, he is still very good, but Abreu often has long cold spells.
Giambi has also become very streaky, but my bigger concern with bringing him back is I don't think you can count on him for back-to-hback healthy seasons.
Over 550 ABs - 100% of above
500 - 550 ABs - 90% of above
400 - 499 ABs - 80% of above
300 - 399 ABs - 70% of above
Giambi is going to get over 500 ABs this year.
I do not dispute that it has a level of utility. What bothers me is that because of morons like Gammons (sometimes I think he wakes up at night just to shout out "OPS! Look how smart I am" and then goes back to sleep), it is now seen by many to have the same scientific relevancy as a statistic such as OBP or AVG, when it does not. It is listed on Baseball reference for example, and it has no business there without a qualifier. I have no problem with Samermetrics and believe again that it has some usefullness, but those "measurements" should be explained for what they are, and more importantly, what they are not.
If anybody yells at you, tell them to go to nj.com yankees message board where trolls are calling the Yankees the "Skankees."
The logic works this way...let's say more than a few teams would be willing to sign Giambi to a 1-year deal at $13-14mn per year, but would be reluctant to go for two years. In that case, the Yankees could effectively make him a 1-year player by picking up the option. Because the $5mn buy-out is sunk, the next cost to the Yankees would only be $17mn. Then, if they were able to trade Giambi and throw in $3-4mn, they might be able to get a prospect.
We need to sign the best available prime (roughly age 26-30) offensive talent and plug it in. That simple, I think. Right now we have Betemit and Nady in that category. If Cano bounces back, that gives us a total of one premium player in his prime. Look at what, eg, Rays and Sox have. Not pretty. We need an offensive core, not the 80s-early 90s treadmill strategy.
I believe Po's value is almost exclusively as a catcher. He is very show and can't play another position. IMHO, unless he has an OPS of .900 or more, if he CAN'T catch, I would put him on the bench.
Also, add J.D. Drew to your list of Sox at 32.
Finally, I don't think Arod's age matters yet.
but all of this was originally in the interest of agreeing with william: do not attempt to retain either Abreu or Giambi.
Picking up Giambi for one year is pretty much a low risk high reward move, assuming that the money is no issue (difference of 17 million). The notion that he is "only a DH" has been pretty much blown up this season, no?
Abreu has to go--hello draft picks.
Coming back to Giambi, can the Yankees get draft picks if they buy him out? If not, I would be even more inclined to keep him around for another year. On the other hand, if they can buy him out AND get picks when some other team signs him, I would more willing to cut the cord.
He's a-comin, Babe.
ok, i'm bored and just making things up...
And it makes even less sense talking about it in a season where Jeter's bat has declined and his defense has about about average.
Moreover, what would be the advantage of exposing the defensively and faces-LHP-challenged Betemit to full-time action?
Finally, why do we think that A-Rod can still play SS, or at least play it as well as does 3B.
Wow--it's a plan to weaken the team at 2 positions...to get Betemit in the lineup more!
And no, CF would be better, assuming he can field the position, because the offensive expectations are lower and he could take advantage of what's left of his strength.
Anyway, the whole notion of moving him makes little sense outside of idle musings on a slow day. So long as he hits like has this season and fields his position averagely or a tick less, then he is an asset at SS. If his defense craps out and his bat stays weak, then he shouldn't be in the league. If his bat improves from this year, then he outhits his poorer defense, so he should stay at SS anyway.
The only way he plays at 1B is if he returns to the .840 OPS version of himself. And even then, they could probably get the same production or better from a real 1B.
Nice pitching, Andy (et. al.).
It is nice to have Hideki back; I'm with Mattpat, I like watching the guy (except, of course, when he's busy tapping weak-ass balls to second :).
Robby is the future but I'm starting to wonder whether we might not be better off trading him now. I mean, God knows I'd like to believe in him. His talent on both sides of the baseball is really just awesome, but I don't want to spend the next ten years watching a player be half the player he could be.
I tend to be quite loyal to the players I like and the fact that I'm even thinking about this speaks volumes.
That was my high school. Our claim to fame was Crazy Eddy.
Oh, that, plus the Secret Service came one day because someone called the White House and threatened the president (Bush I) from a pay phone in the school.
Good old Roosevelt High School.
But your luckier than me, Weep; my HS' claim to fame was one former friend and classmate, Tawana Brawley...
Wow, that's really intense, Will. That must have been an extremely taxing time for the whole community, but you especially. CAn't imagine.
That was like Pound Ridge, or somewhere around there?
Yeah, my Crazy Eddy was the loudmouth, not the capitalist.
VORP and WARP are problematic because there is significant disagreement over the definition of "replacement level."
I know Halladay's pitching tomorrow, but we really really REALLY need to win that game.
There were still $8 upper deck tickets available. I ended up not having to buy one. Someone had a handful of them and was giving them away free. (That is actually pretty common at minor league games.)
It was kinda sad. No one was scoreboard-watching. They show the big league scores on a little board above right field, and usually when the Yankees score appears, everyone cheers (if they're winning). Tonight, nothing. And no reaction to the Red Sox score, either.
IPK's line looked okay...but IMO, he's not ready for prime time. I think big leaguers would have beat up on him severely.
Justin Christian is wearing number 13, and fans were jokingly calling him "A-Rod." Someone yelled, "Don't ground into a double play, A-Rod!" And of course, he grounded into a double play.
i been gone too long...tell me The Wiz is still open, please!
Yeah, extreme internal conflict abound, and to be honest I'm not sure that area has recovered emotionally, except that Wappingers, from the POV of my recent saunter through there a couple of weeks ago, has turned into a weekenders' commmunity. Most of the older families and long-time residents have either moved out or gone deeper into the woods. A lot of that has to due with the fact Dutchess County is no longer IBMville, but still...
It made a bucolic, yet unsettling experience very unpleasant, to say the least. But even that's not the reason I'm not there anymore.
By several measures, Jeter is having a relatively good defensive year and a relatively soft offensive year (though improving). The logical conclusion is that as long as he's on the team, it'll have to be at SS.
I think Jeter should be moved to CF.
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