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2006-12-31 08:38
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Ain't nothing happening until then. But that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of rumors flying about. Here is the latest from SI.com, The East Valley Tribune, Bergan Record, Times, Post and the News.

It was another great year to be a Yankee fan. Although the Bombers' season ended with a whimper against the Tigers, there were a lot of great moments during the season to keep us warm at night. Cliff and I had a great time writing about it all and sharing the season with you. Looking forward to more good stuff in the year to come. Here's wishing you and yours the best for a safe and happy New Year.

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2006-12-31 09:06:08
1.   OldYanksFan
Shotgun... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
One never knows fact from fiction, but some handy buzz:
http://tinyurl.com/yejvob
2006-12-31 09:07:20
2.   OldYanksFan
Shotgun... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
One never knows fact from fiction, but some handy buzz:
http://tinyurl.com/yejvob
2006-12-31 09:10:30
3.   OldYanksFan
oh... posted a link ALREADY in the thread. Not good. Sorry Alex. Hope you understand the enormous pressure one is under when trying to get that first (and second... eek) post.
2006-12-31 09:11:11
4.   mikeplugh
Happy New Year AB and CC. Thanks for a great 2006!!

Heyman's article on RJ and Clemens sounds right on the money to me. The Johnson deal will get done because everyone involved wants it. It's just a matter of structuring the money, which takes some time. If I were Cashman, I'd hold my cards close to the vest while the negotiations between Unit and Arizona swirled and then swoop in with a little more money to sweeten the pot in favor of a little better prospect.

As for Clemens, I'm all for it. I know Steve over at WW doesn't think Rocket will be the same lights out guy from Houston if he came back north, but it makes sense for so many reasons. He's a Hall of Fame guy with big game ability. That sounds a bit like a David Eckstein kind of "heart and soul" routine, but I mean something a little different. Clemens is one of the few guys who can pitch his A game and dominate any lineup in baseball. If he's on, you aren't hitting him. That's the key to the playoffs. He's short term, and he's very good. Our kind of deal, circa 2007.

If Cashman turns Sheffield and RJ into a heaping spoonful of pitching prospect sugar, and then gets Pettitte and Clemens back for one more Batman and Robin sequel, who would you say is the best GM in the game today? He's among the top 3 or 4 for sure.

2006-12-31 09:15:42
5.   mikeplugh
BTW...for all the big noise that Boston made this winter, they come away with Matsuzaka, J.D. Drew, Lugo, Okajima, Donnelly, and whatever else Theo has up his sleeve, and spend GIGANTIC money in doing so. They may be better in 2007 than they were in 2006, but they've exploded their payroll and while the players they've added have very big potential, they all have equally big questions.

Cash on the other hand lines up with the winter I noted in 4 and I forgot to mention Igawa at half Matsuzaka's cost. Yowza!

2006-12-31 09:29:26
6.   JoeInRI
Two Words . . .

Johan

Santana

that's more intoxicating than a bottle of Cristal!!!

Happy New Year, Alex and Cliff. And thanks for the best blog in Yankeedom.

the OTHER RI Yank

2006-12-31 09:36:58
7.   jkay
A happy and healthy New Year to everyone.

Spring training is right around the corner.

2006-12-31 09:41:49
8.   rbj
Happy New Year all!

(except to the NFL -- which wouldn't show the f'ing Giants game last night, and I'm not shelling out the bucks for it.)

2006-12-31 09:43:50
9.   Sliced Bread
Happy New Year Alex, Cliff, and all Bronx Banterers.

Wishing you all health and happiness -- and here's to the Yanks winning #27 in 2007.

2006-12-31 10:13:19
10.   Sliced Bread
Got a pretty funny Christmas ornament from my in-laws:
Santa Claus standing between Jeter and A-Rod.

Jeter and Rodriguez look like twin versions of Scott Erickson with a George Hamilton tan.

It's pure Made In China cheese, but it cracks me up.

The "Warning: Choking Hazard" on the box: is that a cheapshot at the third baseman?

2006-12-31 10:18:28
11.   thelarmis
9 Sliced said it perfectly, I echo your sentiments exactly!

everyone enjoy and be safe out there...

2006-12-31 10:18:45
12.   tommyl
Happy New Year all!

10 Hilarious.

2006-12-31 10:32:11
13.   thelarmis
btw, nice aimee mann reference in the title, alex!

my favorite of hers is still her cameo on Rush's "Time Stand Still"

sorry for the off-topic...

2006-12-31 10:32:58
14.   thelarmis
ugh, i got a-rod's #. ; )
2006-12-31 10:41:04
15.   Shaun P
Happy New Years to all!

An extra bit of happiness as we say hello to '07 - only 6 more weeks until pitchers and catchers!

2006-12-31 11:34:54
16.   Adam B
Keep up the great work Alex and Cliff. And to all of the loyal Banterers, keep the great comments coming.

Happy New Year to all!

2006-12-31 11:36:00
17.   Adam B
Oh and I'm loving the fact that the J.D. Drew deal still isn't official. That shoulder must be pretty ugly.
2006-12-31 12:20:19
18.   Jim Dean
4 Easy Mike on the accolades for Cash. This is the same guy who signed Cairo and Stinnett last year, and who brought Long and Erickson into the mix. I don't care about any other moves, since as long as those continue to be made, he's far from the best in the game. Further, if a Jorge injury means Wil Nieves for two months, Cashman may deserve to be fired in my mind. There are at least 7 or 8 GM's (think winning in smaller markets) that are ahead of him at this point.

Happy New Year eveyone. Thanks for a great baseball year. Looking forward to see what 2007 holds.

2006-12-31 12:51:27
19.   jakewoods
Santana. Gives me a new years chill.
2006-12-31 13:08:54
20.   BklynBmr
What 7 8 9 11 12 15 and 16 said...

Also a warm 'Welcome Home' to Andy and Girardi... and fond farewells to The Unit, Iron Sheff, J. Wright, Tanyon, Mazz, The Tampa Mafia, the 'Evil Empire' moniker and Karim Garcia in BB threads.

Happy New Year, gang!

2006-12-31 13:32:36
21.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Do we have to say goodbye to Karim Garcia? He's provided endless amusement, as well as a decent platoon bat in MVP Baseball 2003.

Ah well.

Happy New Year to everyone, and enjoy your partying!

2006-12-31 13:36:24
22.   OldYanksFan
Just say NO to Karim Garcia posts.
Happy New Year to Yankee fans everywhere.

And not to be redundant but....
Thanks again Alex and Cliff.
Honestly... I don't what I'd do without ya!

2006-12-31 14:42:00
23.   jakewoods
Happy New Yrs everyone.

A happy and safe one to all.

2006-12-31 14:54:28
24.   Bama Yankee
Thanks to Alex and Cliff for all the hard work this year.
Thanks to all the great posters who share their opinions.
Happy New Year to everyone and of course...
"Who is Karim Garcia?"
2006-12-31 15:31:19
25.   Chyll Will
24 I'll miss that...(sniff)

Happy New Year, everyone. Focus on the things you want and not what you don't want. Attract to you the things and people that will make achieving your goals come true, and always look forward and up.

My last story of the year, and believe me you can't make this stuff up (only in NY?):

I had a meeting in Queens, after which I ducked into a 99-cent store to buy a few items for my roommate. I went down the aisle, picking up hair gel and handi-wipes, but I couldn't find deodorant. A clerk walked up and asked if I needed help.

"I'm looking for deodorant," I said.

He smiles and walks up and down the aisle, then returns and hands me a can of mousse.

"No," I said bemused, "I want deodorant. Roll-on deodorant."

Oh, he says and looks up and down again, this time returning to hand me a bottle of shampoo.

"NO! DEODORANT! ROLL-ON..."

Sniff-sniff...

"Oh," I said. "Never mind..."

Happy New Year, family! >;)

2006-12-31 15:35:36
26.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Because I forgot to say this before (and feel like a tool for doing it), Alex, Cliff, you guys are the best. Many thanks and please keep it up, for the sake of all of us if nothing else. ^_^

...How many days 'til pitchers and catchers?

2006-12-31 16:20:00
27.   unmoderated
happy new year, all. just remember:

Upcoming Schedule...

...2/15: Pitchers and Catchers

2006-12-31 17:43:12
28.   Simone
Happy New Years everyone!
2006-12-31 17:43:49
29.   mikeplugh
Happy New Year everyone....

My son was born this morning (Jan. 1 in Japan) and is resting with mom in the hospital. I'll work with Cashman on a signing bonus that allows us to get ours while keeping the team under the penalty. Watch for him. He'll be arriving in the Bronx in about 2020 and we'll take whatever the lowest number left is at that point. Probably 61 (which I always thought would be a cool number for a Yankee to wear).

Happy holidays.

2006-12-31 18:00:47
30.   Bama Yankee
29 Congratulations Mike on the new baby.
2006-12-31 18:09:46
31.   randym77
29 Omedeto gozaimasu! Was he the first baby of the New Year?

In other news...Pittsburgh is talking about bringing back Craig Wilson. Even though they didn't part on friendly terms. Supposedly, the Yankees and the Orioles were the only ones pursuing Wilson, and with the Orioles going with Huff instead, the Pirates are starting to think they may have a chance.

They still want LaRoche most of all. Atlanta wants a leadoff hitter, though, and the Pirates don't want to give up Chris Duffy.

2006-12-31 18:12:00
32.   mikeplugh
31 He was the 1st baby of the New Year at the largest hospital in Akita Prefecture, so I guess that's something.... ;)
2006-12-31 18:12:24
33.   mikeplugh
30 Thanks Bama! Happy New Year!
2006-12-31 18:16:54
34.   BklynBmr
29 Kongurachure-shonzu, Plugh-san!

Make sure he's a southpaw, and wait until he's at least 3 before teaching him the 12-to-6 curve, filthy slider, etc. You're looking at about ¥5,900,000,000 a year by then, so please sign a lifetime personal services contract with the Yankees ASAP to keep Theo and ascendants of John Henry at bay.

2006-12-31 18:17:22
35.   randym77
29 BTW...2020? You're expecting him to sign with the Yankees at age 13?
2006-12-31 18:20:30
36.   mikeplugh
34 Sankyu beri machu. My wife is a southpaw and I tested his little hands to see which one grabbed for my finger. The right is stronger, but he was flailing around with the left more. I think he was showing me the follow through he plans to use on the change up, but he started crying and I guess he wasn't happy with it yet.

Whatever happens, I'm going to hold out for the Yankees when it's time for him to sign his 1st contract. In 2020 that ought to be a $90 million dollar signing bonus on top of his MLB minimum $12.8 million.

2006-12-31 18:21:28
37.   mikeplugh
35 Oh shit. Yeah, uh.....he's that good. I guess I meant 2030. By that time the signing bonus will be his pick of any small country south of the equator.
2006-12-31 18:40:42
38.   BklynBmr
36 The day my son (hapa, also btw) was born, Scott Sanderson took a no-no into the 9th, and I clipped the box score and recap out of the paper, where both are now immortalized in our family scrapbook next to his birth certificate. (Something only diehards like us would understand ;-)

His middle name is Ichiro, but that was a family decision and long before the Suzuki version came upon the scene, as the name roughly refers to 'first born male'.

Here's the game recap via baseballlibrary.com:

April 10, 1991: Scott Sanderson hurls eight no-hit innings against the Tigers in his first appearance as a Yankee. He surrenders a wind-blown double to Tony Phillips on his first pitch of the 9th, and is replaced by Greg Cadaret, who finishes the 1-hitter for a 4-0 NY victory.

----

An great day all around ;-) ... Welcome to fatherhood, much health and happiness to all in the New Year!

2006-12-31 18:43:32
39.   mikeplugh
38 Great story BK. Thanks for the warm wishes. We're going with the name Hiroto Matsumura(my wife's family name) Plugh. The kanji for Hiroto are "shining" and "soaring".

I'll be Bronx Bantering, while he's Bronx Babbling and Bronx Boweling I guess. ;)

2006-12-31 18:55:49
40.   bobtaco
Hey Mike, Congratulations!

Here is a list of players born on January 1st... Hank Greenberg, not too shabby...

http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/birthdays.cgi?month=1&day=1

2006-12-31 19:00:23
41.   mikeplugh
40 Thanks Bob! Nice call on the link.....I'm going to check it out now and see who has the closest similarity rating to a 4 hour old potential southpaw with 150 in-utero innings.
2006-12-31 19:03:14
42.   OldYanksFan
ESPN Page 2 has a very thoughtful 'wrap' of 2006 Sports. Of note:

March 4: Alex Rodriguez goes 0-for-3 and strands three baserunners in a Grapefruit League game, prompting angry fans to complain that A-Rod can't hit when it doesn't count, either.

May 2: Yankees fans blame A-Rod for letting nationwide housing prices drop.

Oct. 2: Baseball's postseason opens with John Daly and Charles Barkley putting down $60 million on the Yankees to beat the Mets in the World Series.

Oct. 3: The Yankees pile on the mound and spray champagne in the clubhouse after beating the Tigers in the opening game of the Division Series, then miss the remainder of the series while voting on World Series shares and riding in the ticker-tape parade down Wall Street.

Oct. 27: The Cardinals win the World Series. Angry Yankees fans blame A-Rod, pointing out he didn't drive in a single run during the Series.

Dec. 7: Angry Yankees fans blame A-Rod when the new NBA ball is dropped.

My question for ARod is: Where's Osama?

2006-12-31 19:06:20
43.   mikeplugh
40 "Smiling" Tim Keefe is also a pretty good birthday match. He's the single season champion for ERA+ with a 294! in 1880, although it was only in 12 games. In 1883 he threw 68 complete games and 619 total innings. Ouch. He played in 3 world series and posted 342 career wins to put him currently in 9th place just behind Roger Clemens and ahead of Greg Maddux, who will probably pass him this year.
2006-12-31 19:15:28
44.   bobtaco
43 I've got Joe Torre, Rudy May, Mike Greenwell, Torii Hunter and Ben Sheets... not sure what that says about me...
2006-12-31 19:18:02
45.   randym77
42 Ouch.

I wonder if we're going to have A-Rod to kick around next season?

2006-12-31 19:32:57
46.   BklynBmr
45 A-Rod will remain and won't be kicked around next season, because he'll put numbers better than 90% of the league's hitters and he'll... oh, wait. My bad...
2007-01-01 05:49:36
47.   The Mick 536
My favorite year in a while. Loved the team, even A-Bimbo. Loved the intrigue. Loved the kids. And, most of all, loved following it with all the Banterers.

Hows aboud a WS ring, next year?

2007-01-01 06:02:43
48.   The Mick 536
http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/575058.html

In case youd like to check out who died.

2007-01-01 06:26:40
49.   Sliced Bread
Congratulations, Mike.

Looking forward to tracking your son's early baseball career on Hiroto Matsumura Plugh Watch.

2007-01-01 07:54:49
50.   mikeplugh
49 LOL! That's a good one. It'll feature a linkroll in the right margin to each of his backyard pitching sessions through the dirty old tire. Ball to strike ratios, Backyard to MLB Projections, and Park Adjusted ERA.

Thanks Sliced.

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2007-01-01 08:02:18
51.   elwoods
Congratulations, Mike!

And happy new year, everybody. I've been lurking here a long time, and I love this place.

2007-01-01 08:36:37
52.   vockins
What in God's Holy Name are the Pussycat Dolls doing on the front page of mlb.com?
2007-01-01 08:48:19
53.   domvjr
Happy New Year to all!! and congrats to Mike, on the birth of your son, from your old stomping grounds in Philly.
2007-01-01 09:43:44
54.   mikeplugh
The Illadelph! Thanks Dom. Happy New Year!
2007-01-01 10:39:17
55.   Zavo
Congratulations Mike and Happy New Year to all
2007-01-01 10:54:56
56.   Jim Dean
What a great way to start the new year - congrats Mike!
2007-01-01 11:44:32
57.   thelarmis
congrats mike! what a wonderful way to start the new year! hiroto is a beautiful name...

the always excellent batters box (link to the right...) has a great new years day list of ballplayers. hey mike, there's a cy young award winner in there (lamar hoyt)! plus, the article is written by a yankees fan!

http://tinyurl.com/y59pok

philthy, huh? not sure if you're a nittany lions fan, but penn state just beat tenn. in the bowl game!

2007-01-01 12:10:47
58.   OldYanksFan
"Johan Santana became a full-time starter halfway through the 2003 season and has been baseball's best since then. He will turn 28 in March. If he continues that excellence through 2008 and then becomes a free agent, he will be the first $200 million pitcher.

Goodbye, Twins. Hello, New York City."
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New Years Eve postpartum depression rant...
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You know what? I DON'T want the Yankees to make the biggest salary signing in sports history, and buy a ring with Santana.
The truth is, the money aspect of the game is getting nuts, and it's time for salary caps... both top and bottom.

I love what Cashman is doing this year. I love the new direction. I love building a team from the bottom up, using smarts.

I don't like seeing frachises desparate to compete by throwing sick dollars at players.
I fear when Zito starts failing, how many jumpers will head over to the bridge.. only to be caught on film.

I hate the thought of loyal Cubs fans heading to the other side of town, when $250 million in contracts STILL doesn't by a ring. Will there be enough money to hire someone to water the ivy?

Remember when Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye were Royals. Now they have $55 million worth of Gil Meche. I hate the thought of Royals fans begging MLB for contraction, to put them out of their misery.

I hate the thought of more $50 million posting fees, to buy indentured Japanese players. Will it be exciting to see a $70 million posting fee paid (by either Boston or NY).

I hate the though of NY, NY and Boston always fighting for the Santana's of this world, while the rest of the teams pay double the value for sloppy seconds.

I really hate to be a bummer, but...
I just don't want to see MLB become IBM.

But there IS good news.
The good news is Hiroto Matsumura Plugh WILL become a Yankee.

The bad news is the Posting fee will be larger then the collective salaries of the NL Central, to make sure Boston doesn't get him.... and Hiroto, in order to save face, will have to settle for a fraction of his value, and get bupkus, after Scott Daisuke Boras Jr. gets his 40% cut (plus expenses).

The good news is 'financial parity' has paid off, as seeking a more enthusiastic and participant fan base, the Pirates have been relocated, and have finally won their division.

The bad news is they won on forfeitures, as other NL West teams refused to play all Pirate September home games, in Anchorage.

The good news is Hiroto will pitch the game opener at the stadium in in 2028.

The bad news is Mike can't make it to the game, as his stadium ticket costs more then the RT airfair from Japan and 2 nights at the Hilton.

The good news is that 163' diagonal 3D photosynthplasmadron TVs will only cost slightly more then 2 dogs, 2 beers and a popcorn at the stadium, and Mike will have his choice of which YES Network feed he wants to pick up; NY, Florida, Guam, China, Chile, Madagascar, Slavovia or outer Mongolia.

The bad news is all broadcasts will still be announced by willey veteran Joe Morgan, and we will hear every mispronounced word, as cheering is outlawed at the stadium, as it interfers with all the cell phone calls.

The good news is Joe Morgan has FINALLY decided to take english lessons... from Hiroto Matsumura Plugh.

The bad news is the game is cancelled because even though 4 teams chipped in for the Royals airfare to New York, they could only to send 6 players, the team psychologist and DH Barry Bond's recliner (it's in his contract).

The good news is good news, because the 'Guest Colorman' was Tim McCarver.

Really... is anyone else concerned about the direction of baseball? After all, remember: when WE weren't looking, WE elected Bush to run our country for 8 years.

(Here's where it came from: I saw 'Supersize Me' last night. Capitalism is beginning to scare the shit out of me).

2007-01-01 12:36:46
59.   jayd
is this a trade scenario that brings santana here? I thought he signed for something in the past couple of years in minnesota and passed on the big city.

anyways, congrats mike. I remember teaching a class in Japan and responding to one of my students whose sister had had the first baby of the year in chiba prefecture --

wow that must be like hitting the lottery said I and launched into an explanation of "first baby of the year" concept. got everybody interested for a while until one of my downer students reminded me that the Japanese way is to give a prize to everyone or to select something innocuous like "ichiban birri," the prize that goes to the next-to-the-last finisher.

the great thing about bringing up baby in Japan is all the low tables and tatami rooms with the increased visual stimuli. will look forward to your later than usual posts in the coming months...

how many feet of snow in akita now?

2007-01-01 14:16:44
60.   SF Yanks
Better later than never, but I hope everyone had a good New Years. I did my fair share of partying last night but made it home in one peice and hopefully you guys are alive and kicken as well. My phrase for the night was "Happy New Yearork Yankees!" I drove people nutty by saying it about a hundred times too many. And with that...

Happy New York Yankees everyone!

2007-01-01 14:45:52
61.   Peter
YES is replaying the 6/6/06 game vs the Red Sox. Melky just made the catch and before they went to commercial, they showed some of the postgame comments Torre and some of the other playes made about Melky. I really hope they don't trade him.
2007-01-01 15:19:56
62.   randym77
61 Earlier, they showed the 5/24 game. The one where Melky went 2 for 4 with a walk and 4 RBIs.

Trying to send a message to Cashman? Or showing the Melky highlights while he's still a Yankee?

2007-01-01 16:51:35
63.   Chyll Will
Congratulations, Don Michael Plugh, on the birth of your New Year's Child. And may he grow up to be a manly child >;)

...and may pinstripes flow freely through his blue blood and to our hearts as he leads us back to Yankee dominance.

(Now I sign off contented, Lord, for mine eyes have read the promise, etc.,)

2007-01-01 17:56:50
64.   weeping for brunnhilde
61 No one's getting rid of Melky so long as I'm above the earth.

He will be a great Yankee.

That's all I have to say about that.

2007-01-01 18:48:59
65.   OldYanksFan
According to NYYNews.com:
"UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS! I have just been told that the Yankees and Diamondbacks have reached an agreement. Apparently the Yankees will eat around 2 - 4 million of Randy's contract and will receive Dustin Nippert, Micah Owings, and a third player that could be Luis Vizcaino.

Once again I will say Brian Cashman is a tremendous GM. Another great move by B-Cash. If some of you are upset regarding this deal all I got to say is............. actually have nothing to say. When the deal is announced and I know for sure who the players coming to New York are check in for a break-down of the trade. Also, Dont think the Yankees off-season is done, just a heads up!"

2007-01-01 18:56:21
66.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Now we just have to sign the junior Plugh and we'll be all set.

Congratulations Mike; don't let him become a Sawx fan.

2007-01-01 18:58:14
67.   Bama Yankee
63 Chyll, was that a Luke 2:30 reference? Are you the Yankee Simeon?
2007-01-01 19:04:16
68.   Simone
Mike, congrats to you and your wife on the birth of your son! Children are such blessings in our lives, gifts from God.
2007-01-01 21:36:31
69.   yankz
According to yankees.com, the Yankees opening day 1B is projected to be Jason Phillips. I didn't know they had a deal with Toronto in place.

http://tinyurl.com/y8s3xc

2007-01-01 22:26:01
70.   rilkefan
Congrats, Mike - here's hoping the Yankees have as memorable a year as you are going to.

HNY, everybody.

2007-01-01 23:53:34
71.   Chyll Will
67 Heh-heh, yes and no. We already have one of those 68 and as you can probably guess, I apparently have a lot more time on my hands than Simeon did. Look for me in the stands this season with the John 3:16 guy waving our psalms at the camera...
2007-01-02 02:08:58
72.   mikeplugh
Thanks everyone. I think Hiroto is going to have a lot of fans!! I just got back in from the hospital after holding him for the first time and the weirdest thing happened....

As I leaned in to kiss him on his little forehead, I heard a whisper. I kind of pulled back and looked in disbelief as he smiled at me cooing. "Nah. It was nothing", I told myself. I leaned in again. Another whisper.

This time I could hear him....He said, "Joe should never have put in Jeff Weaver in Game 4 of the 2003 Series. Oh, and don't trade Melky."

This kid is goooood.....

By the way, he probably will be in the amateur draft in 2028 rather than the posting system. I'm not sure we're staying in Japan beyond this summer actually. We may move back here eventually and stay for a while, but I've applied to grad school for next Fall and hope to be in the States, at least for a few years.

I would never let him sign with a Japanese professional team in the first place! Better to take a minor league deal with the Yankees and let him grow in Tampa.

2007-01-02 04:30:16
73.   randym77
The Post is still saying the deal's not done yet, and that if it falls through, the Yanks may try to deal RJ to the Padres instead.
2007-01-02 05:30:51
74.   mikeplugh
73 It'll get done. It's just about money at this point, and that is the easiest thing to solve for everyone.

The Yankees have lots of money. Johnson wants both an extension and a chance to play in Arizona. The D'Backs want RJ. I imagine the Yankees will offer to pay 6 million of his contract, the D'Backs will make the prospects in the package of sufficient quality to make that worth the Yankees while, and Randy will work with the snakes to re-structure the 40 million of deferred money into his new deal. It just takes time. The holidays got in the way, and Johnson is reportedly back from his fishing trip to get more directly involved. I'm going to guess it's all finalized by the weekend.

2007-01-02 06:00:59
75.   Yankee Fan In Boston
congrats, mike.

i usually make it a rule not to dish out parenting advice, but i thought i would remind you that it is never too early to start training.

perhaps encouraging the little phenom to use his left hand as often as possible... placing toys to his left...
etc.

a hearty congratulations and best wishes.

2007-01-02 08:56:12
76.   OldYanksFan
More juice for the goose... RJ and new demands.
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/cheapseats/gambo/0110rant.html

"... the Yankees have asked for two young starters amongst a group of three – Owings, Ross Ohlendorf and Dana Eveland. They also want a major-league ready reliever -- most likely Brandon Medders and a young infield prospect."

Four for One? Go get 'em Cashman!

2007-01-02 09:10:18
77.   OldYanksFan
2008 Coming Attractions:
Carlos Zambrano
"If Barry Zito is worth $80-100 million... two executives said a six-year deal at $18 million annually is realistic."
plus blood, guts and Cashmans 1st born male child.

Ichiro Suzuki "Ichiro will be 34 in October"

Tori Hunter "...has a .323 career on-base percentage and a .786 OPS in eight seasons."

Andruw Jones
"... move past Mel Ott and Hank Aaron for the sixth highest (HR) total by a player before age 30. The five guys ahead of Jones: Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle and Eddie Mathews. Boras will point to Wells' contract as evidence that Jones deserves eight years and $160 million on the open market."

Is Santana on this list?
(even swap for Hiroto Matsumura Plugh)

Any of these guys look good in Pinstripes?

2007-01-02 09:23:58
78.   standuptriple
I was thinking the other day about the "surplus" of arms the Yanks have been banking lately and it hit me like a lightning bolt...what if Cash was loading up on these guys to flip them to FLA for Cabrera? FLA is always looking for cheap arms and it's been rumored that they don't/won't want to pay his arb $. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
2007-01-02 09:30:50
79.   pistolpete
78 Where would you have Cabrera play for us, exactly?
2007-01-02 09:36:45
80.   standuptriple
79 I'm sure they could find a place for him.
2007-01-02 09:54:08
81.   Yankee Fan In Boston
78 oh, how i wish we could be cursed with with such questions...

1B?

i'd be willing to suffer through that experiment.

2007-01-02 10:21:03
82.   standuptriple
81 I don't want him getting in the way of Howard though.
2007-01-02 10:35:24
83.   Yankee Fan In Boston
82 duh... we'll trade cabrera for howard straight up.

of course!

quick. somebody give me ca$hman's cell number...

2007-01-02 10:38:25
84.   pistolpete
Well, Florida did just sign Aaron BOone - a sign of things to come?
2007-01-02 10:45:23
85.   Yankee Fan In Boston
84 ...god, i missed this site while i was away for the holidays...

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