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Baseball America lists the Yankees top ten prospects. Thanks to Steve Lombardi for the link.
if they can add 3-4 to cano, wang, hughes, melky
we'll be ok in 5-6 yrs time
got to keep drafting well
the team is only a few solid, young pitchers away. the offense will produce (and manhandle most of the pitching staffs it will face).
a couple of starters and a couple/few good bullpen arms. (and a decent 1B.)
(did ca$hman get matsuzaka yet? the wait is excrutiating.)
(did jeff suppan get elected into office last night?)
if tabata is the real and u just know one or two others will make it, thats the start of continuing the dynasty into the 2010 decade
Daniel (Tampa, FL): We're all getting a man-crush on Joba Chamberlain, what can you tell me about the Husky Husker?
Chris Kline: (2:22 PM ET ) Yeah, and I think I'm right there with you, Daniel. The reports we've had on Joba in Hawaii were he was 95 mph consistently, topping out at 97. Great numbers out there, managers are raving about him. I like him more than Kennedy.
the padres send josh barfield, son of jesse (thus a connection to the bombers), to the indians for a AAA 3B and a reliever.
"Believe it or not, Pavano has drawn some trade interest."
Umm.....I choose "not"
10 I knew that was coming. Saw it a mile away. I still laughed.
8 Melancon, the 9th round pick, was a projected 1st or 2nd rounder before suffering an injury, IIRC. Betances is supposed to have a world of potential, which has always gone a long way with BA. I think it says more about BA than anything else. I don't understand how Kennedy is as high as he is, especially vis a vis Clippard.
I'm curious to see how BA's list compares to Kevin Goldstein's list at BP, when he releases it.
the very thought is absurd.
12 yeah. barfield should be a pretty decent player. that's why every trade is a gamble.
Why anyone thought for a second that a team run by Sandy Alderson would ever hire Dusty Baker is beyond me.
18 Thanks for the tip, MFD. I'll check it out.
The Seibu Lions now have four days to accept or reject the highest bid on Matsuzaka. Only after the they accept the bid will the bidder's identity be revealed.
1. The Pads dealt Barfield becuase they have Todd Walker at 2B. The Crushin' Russian (Kousmanoff) is more of a backup plan if they can't land that Japanese 3B guy.
2. Betances would have been a first round pick had he not demanded $1M before the draft. He took the instruction real quick as a pro and dominated.
3. Pavano drawing interest? Ha.
Betances has a world of talent. hes close to 6'9, lefty and throws 98. plus he showed in limited starts he can actually pitch.
doesnt hurt that hes 18 either.
the more pitching prospects the better
I'm sure Pavano is drawing interest. Off that fat bank account he got for sitting on his bruised buttocks all year...
Sad Yankee-related news: Johnny Sain died.
Bid is 32$ mill.
trading Barfield was odd for the Padres ... they already lack enough youngesters... and they trade away one of the few reliable once they have? also Mike, isn't Walker a possible FA this off-season? though i havn't heard that he filed. and either way he's old and not particularly great. I suppose Kouz does have his merits though. still though this trade made much more sense for the Indians than the Padres.
One of the guys the Pods got was the Indians minor league POY. for what thats worth.
It's old but I just saw it.
"Sheffield said that if he's traded, Alex Rodriguez would lose his only sounding board on the team. Sheffield also said Abreu wasn't as good a player as he was."
"I've produced ever since I got here. If it wasn't for me the first year, in 2004, we wouldn't have made the playoffs. I went out and put up big numbers against Boston for us to win that division. ... It wasn't some mystery man. It was myself."
Best news I've heard all day! Now Sheffield cannot importune Boss Steinbrenner to stay in NY. Steinbrenner has demonstrated a weakness for players he "likes." Anything that prevents that can only be a good thing for the team in the long run, given our embarrassment of riches in the outfield and our need for starting pitchers/relievers/*.notoutfielders.
I don't see the fact that he is shooting his cake hole off in the Fish Wraps as "trouble" for anyone but him. He is going to be traded and presumably paid by someone else; picking up the option and paying it are two different things unless contract terms call for immediate payment which they don't in this case. As a long time Banterer I cannot recall a single "passionate" defense of Shef made here, ever.
As to "valuable talent" so long as Shef is seen by other teams as valuable and willing to play I'm sure $man will receive someone the Yankees find "valuable" for him. I don't see that his most recent inane rant impacts that. So, "what's the rumpus"?
And continuing with the "Miller's Crossing" theme I'm so glad Big Stein has given that churlish, whiney, self involved clown the "Drift
flunkey" treatment. $man even looks a little like Gabriel Burne, in the right light from a certain angle that is.
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