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Check out this clever, and entertaining Yankee family-tree that our pal Ben Kabak devised over at "Off the Facade." While you are surfin' around, be sure and peep what our Toastermate Mike Carminati has on Bobby Abreu. Great job, guys.
Family tree reveals Yanks still reaping the benefits of dumping Irabu in Proctor and Bubba, and by Carminati's math Abreu is a better value than I would have thought.
Bottomline: Cash is king.
The Red Sox are looking for him.
I don't want to see the Sox get him!
Continuing the Captain for MVP discussion, do stats like VORP count things like contributions for an injury-depleted team? Without Jeter, there's no way the Matsui/Sheffield-less Yankees would be in first place.
Besides, is there really anyone else on the team the Yankees should be worried about? Just get #34 out, and you're gold.
(1) Pull him back and keep him
(2) Negotiate a trade with the team claiming him
(3) Let him go to the team claiming him
Also, the fact that "multiple" teams have claimed him means that it is highly unlikely that the Red Sox were awarded for the claim. If I recall correctly, the order is decided first by league (in this case NL over AL) and then by record (worst to best) and then tiebreakers from the previous season. If that is indeed the case, the only teams the Red Sox pick over are Detroit, the Yankees and maybe the White Sox (based on tiebreakers). I'd guess someone like Houston or whatnot made a claim.
So its possible that all of the "multiple" teams are these teams, but I think unlikely (for one thing there are a few NL teams I could think of who would place a claim). Also, if the Sox want to work out a deal any players they are offering to trade must also clear waivers first.
Remember that you don't have to notify the press (or even the player) when you place someone on waivers. So its possible that other players have cleared already that we don't know about.
My question is, Why? Why do players get put on waivers? I understand the process that follows, but putting somelike Andruw Jones on in the first place doesn't make sense to me. Any explanations?
So there's no harm in putting everyone on waivers. Most of the time they get pulled back.
So the question is, who would the Sox package for Jones? It would have to be prospects not on the 40 man (do they have many?) or veteran players who could clear waivers (Lowell? Loretta? Wakefield? Nixon?). I just can't see them putting a package together to get Andruw.
What scares me is seeing the pitching matchup for tonight. Whenever you see a huge mismatch like Randy(11-9) and Chen(0-6) it seems to go the way of the underdog.
Looks like the DRays may be trying to block the players the Red Sox send back, which might cause the Orioles to eat less of Javy's salary. Guess the DRays don't like the Sox much.
Seemed to be the case more last year, however - that could have been the Maz factor, though.
On another subject...RSN is displeased with Theo:
>> If, say Abreu comes to Fenway Park two weekends hence and helps speed up that process it might be wise for Theo not to be sitting in the very public box above home plate he demanded of ownership as part of his ransom to return to the team because it will be tough to see the game with hot dogs and pop bottles bouncing off the glass. <<
Well, that, and the fact that the guy is just a straight up selfish ass.
"Bronx bombed: Can A-Rod win back Yankee fans? Fans in the Bronx are angry with Alex Rodriguez."
I cannot believe this is still "news."
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