Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
As the Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez-to-center field story gained steam yesterday, it was refuted by both Brian Cashman and Joe Torre. That didn't stop Steven Goldman, Mike Lupica, and Murray Chass from weighing in on the matter though. Even if the story is just that, a story, it managed to capture the back page of both the Daily News and Newsday on a day when Billy Wagner and the Mets were celebrating their new union.
In other news, the team is reportedly interested in signing relievers Flash Gordon, Kyle Farnsworth and Mike Myers. They also came to a one-year deal worth $650,000 with Kelly Stinnett to replace John Flaherty as Jorge Posada's back-up.
Torre was asked if Jeter or A-Rod could handle CF athletically. Torre told the Reuters reporter, immediately following the widely reported quotes, that in the same reasoning Mariano would be the best CF on the team. Leaving that cruicial bit out of the story changes the whole interpretation.
And sells a bunch of words and pictures.
BTW: The usually reliable Goldman has been mailing it in. If he took a bit more time to do his research there was no need to explain the 3B options. And the recent blog, hammering home the A-Rod and Ortz comparisons (read: raping a dead horse) left out the cruicial number of plate appearances. Why bother?
What, Joel Skinner isn't available?
I know I've been a stranger in these parts, but I should have a post up on Stinnett and perhaps some of the relievers who have been named in the rumor mill by tomorrow morning.
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