Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
Our pal Pete Abraham has a wonderful blog entry about how newspapers cover Hot Stove rumors.
In other news, another report on George Steinbrenner's health.
(slinking away to the corner)
So far this year, I've been right on Lou Rawls and the very recently departed Red Auerbach.
(The youngest one on my list of 10 is age 56).
GOOD (better) point ....
7 carl pavano is a dirty word in my home. i shout "Carl Pavano!" when i stub my toe. ...or when i drop a piece of bacon onto the floor. (actual instances of use, by the way.) it'll take a whole lot of quality starts to wipe that slate clean.
(which isn't to say that i wouldn't welcome that kind of performance. ...because i would be thrilled to.)
What Carl needs is to get healthy and have some pride. Because hes needed in the rotation.
I'm sorry, I'm incapable of seeing that phrase without finishing it off like that.
Buster Olney's blog links to someone at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that speculates that the Braves will make catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia available, because they have Brian McCann. Sheff played in Atlanta before and loved it. Why not Sheff, back to the Braves, for Salty and a pitching prospect?
Even the whole name - Saltalamacchia - rolls off the tongue. Scooter would be in Canoli heaven, eh?
I want to be this guy's agent.
"Two well-placed baseball sources said Monday they don't expect the Mariners to make anything more than a token bid for the negotiating rights to Matsuzaka."
this is from an article in a seattle paper.
i don't care anymore. i'm getting my hopes up.
and as far as 13 goes, i saw the disclaimer and understand your intented point, but i'm just saying he'd need to save every kid enrolled from a burning schoolhouse, find a cure michael j. fox could use that would also appease both rush AND suppan, and get that john cougar mellencamp/chevrolet ad pulled in order for me to begin the forgiving process on PR alone.
...i'm just saying...
We are fortunate that Mr. Simmons was able to share his story about a month ago with Alan Schwarz in this NY Times article: http://tinyurl.com/p9m3k.
It sounds more like the Seatle front office is trying to keep the posting amount to a less than insane amount.
Also Hayley Swindal needs a full-ride scholarship to UNC like Tara Reid needs another cocktail.
10 The Weaver thing finally makes sense now. Torre had received a prophecy that Weaver was destined to be a World Series hero. When Game 5 in 2003 went into extra innings, he figured that Weaver's moment had arrived. After Weaver pitched a scoreless 11th, he was sure that Weaver's destiny was playing itself out. Oh well.
He is, isn't he?
21 Good one pete!
27 No, but if you look at his 2006 numbers, his plate discipline is outstanding (.353 OBP vs. .230 AVG). The leap from A to AA is supposed to be the most difficult. He's only 21. He could still come out and rake in 2007 at age 22. Remember, Jorge didn't really stick on the Yankee roster until he was 26. Yes, the Braves will likely try to move him now that McCann has appaeared to have panned out, but he's still a top prospect and won't be had that easily.
I think a young catcher to spell Jorgie and be his heir apparent should be a top priority. Fasano and Stinnett types aren't going to cut it. Jorgie is 35 now. That sixteen year old kid we signed isn't going to be ready in time, assuming he sticks.
Live and learn I guess. I hope the other one looks better.
Speaking of that, if I was a free agent and my agent didn't float a rumor that the Yanks were interested in me, just to drum up better offers, I think I'd fire my agent for stupidity. That said, there's no way in hell we ever see Suppan in pinstripes.
ESPN is floating the Sheff for Lidge rumor. :-P
I don't want to give up Cano, though.
I love Melky but OFs are easy to come by and the Yankees can always sign someone the caliber of Johnny Damon for $$$. There are only a handful of 2B and Cs who can hit. You can't necessarily buy 2B and Cs on the open market like OFs. If Cashman is going to deal youth (I don't think he is) I think it will be Cabrera, not Cano, to leave.
I think in the shorter term though, the Yankees are still ok in catching, if Jorge is let go or reduced to a backup after next year, Michael Barrett's contract is up with the Cubs and he will most likely be avalible as they have Geovany Soto .
And yes, If Jorge next year is anything like thie year, we probably just end up keeping him for a few more years.
Of course neither team has anything that they would trade to us and feel Melky was an reasonable price going back. unless they are interested in moving a few young arms. while they could just go sign a Dave Roberts who wouldn't exactly break the bank and they wouldn't need to lose player and still get equal/better production anyway.
The only place Melky goes is for a SP like Willis.
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