Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
The Daily News has a piece on South Bronx native Humberto Sanchez.
So... the number of pitchers with 2 arms dwindles.
I still thing Cashman will get a SP and an RP before Spring. Roger? I don't think so.
Any predictions on the 2 next (NON farmhands) pitchers to wear pinstripes?
(he'll seem like a new acquisition, anyway.)
...i'm telling you, he will shock the world with his relatively consistent middling performance. mark my words.
It used to be money was the main ingredient for signing a premier arm but now prospects are the key. Too many other organizations are capable of stepping forward and making a "statement" and the competition for guys like Zito tend to bring out the business side of the game. Witness the statement move by that nitwit real estate organization in Boston (god rest ye merry nitwits, let nothing you dismay, remember matsuzaka was signed the other day -- adapted from soxoholics without permission).
Real baseball execs look at these money + prospects deals. If the Twinkies come up with a couple of baby santanas in the group above, they get them for 5 or 6 years -- two santanas for one as it were. In the meantime one of the premier players in the game gets to strut his stuff on the true field of dreams, New York City, baby.
I think Cash is going all out to bring us a Ron Guidry type performer. This team is aching for that and will not survive the playoffs without one. Andy, Moose and Wang do not a series winner make. But you put Johan my Johan into that mix and flavor with a Rocket's red glare, you suddenly see George surrounded by Cash, Joe, and the son-in-law uncontrollably sobbing into the microphone -- a montage of such horror for sawks fans that one could only envision victory in Iraq and a draft W movement for a third term as anything worse.
George is getting old and they WILL win once before the old man does not go off gently into the night. Rage for Johan my Johan, George.
It also means Melky is gone and Bernie gets to drive in the winning run in game 5 -- of course we will have to survive an entire year of GOB negativity for that to happen but to those of us who write golden endings on behalf of the divinity, let me humbly say, go for it.
The guy projects as the second best pitcher in the organization, behind Phil Huge, and they're going to convert him why? So Rasner, White, and Karstens can stay in the rotation?
Better, that means the Yanks acquired, in their minds, six RH relief pitchers this off-season. Brilliant!
At least Sheehan is making sense regarding the Unit deal, as SStN points out in the other thread.
It's a good dream, though, I guess.
And I, for one, will be shocked if: a) Rocket comes back to the Yanks 8; and (b) if the GM makes any other moves before Spring, outside of minor league contracts 2. The GM's modus operandi is to get things done early then sit until June.
Are you saying that "sawks fans" would think a victory in Iraq would be worse than the Yankees winning the Serious?
You know the "closer" of the sawks was supposed to be some kid whose name we can't remember and who is working out at Boston College now, hoping to make a mark in spring training. Who knew what Popplearm was supposed to be until he actually did it. How many innings does he throw this year before he gets shut down?
The point is that the twinkies need to move santana in 2007 to get a boatload of pitching prospects from somebody. We have a boatload of prospects + melky. And the GM egos are there for something big to go down.
Cash is in a win-win. He can afford to sit back and wait and still come up smelling like roses (maybe)
Or he can make the santana move and come up smelling like roses (maybe).
Clemens->Giambi->Johnson->Santana. Cash has a history of making big name moves.
24 days to spring training...
Most notable is probably Rasner in February.
Weaver's Eighth Law: The best place for a rookie pitcher is in long relief.
I think you would have to go back to Claire Booth Luce and hatred of FDR to capture the present mood of liberal dems and W. So the answer to your question, given a trade off of Yanks in '07 vs W returns in '08, yes,these nitwits would don the NYY logo in a heartbeat.
That said, remember that I always reserve the right to wildly exaggerate on any topic. There are some who feel these diversions are an offense to humanity and "the game". I apologize for my senseless injection of cultural politics into what otherwise is a brilliant conspiracy theory on why Johan My Johan will be atop the mound in the bronx this year.
There are two legitimate uses for a farm system: to supply new players directly, or to supply trading chips. And for that second purpose, you have to trade some of your top-rated prospects.
Of the Top Ten prospects list each year, I can guarantee at least one thing: some of them are overrated. The trick is to scout your own players well and identify them. You'll make some mistakes...but you'll make some mistakes by keeping everyone, too.
Not that long ago, a lot of writers felt it was foolhardy to trade away a 24-year-old lefty like Brandon Claussen.
[Bernie] Can you make with the retirement speech already??
Johan in 07, now that is a bandwagon that even Jim Dean (if that is your real name) could jump on (sorry Jim ;-).
I think it's our job to be responsible and keep things civil in here. When I read anything about politics around here, I just ignore it, no matter how strong the urge to go off on some tirade.
Let's look at that list:
1/6/06: Signed Cairo
2/11/06: Claims Rasner off waivers
2/16/06: Signed Scott Erickson
4/6/06: Claims Koyie Hill off waivers
4/15/06: Signed Colome and Pena
5/19/06: Signed Terrence Long
5/21/06: Signed Durazo
This shows what?
That Cashman will sign has-beens between now and June. And none are up-grades in any sense of the word. Rasner is the exception, not the rule, and even then it's because Bowden is a worse GM than CASH-man. Before and after Rasner? That shows you all you need to know about the GM's m.o.
In the second half of the year maybe a Guiel or a Bruney will come along. But not now because other teams want to see what they've got.
The Unit trade was the last chance to upgrade for 2007. And they failed miserably.
The quote was something like, "Wang, Moose, and Pettitte do not a Series winner make."
Well what about Weaver, Reyes, and Carpenter? Or Rogers, and Bonderman?
You don't need Santana to win the World Series.
As for the "Guidry in waiting," you don't know who it's going to be, so there is safety in numbers. Of all the Yankees' pitching prospects, Phil Hughes is the only one who projects as an ace, but he could still flop and someone else might emerge. Thirty years ago, Guidry was Alex Graman (short, ineffective major-league stints in '75 and '76). Thirty-one years ago, Tippy Martinez and Scotty MacGregor were Brian Bruney and Sean Henn, and we were drooling over Dave Pagan's fastball.
I will say that when Cashman says things like "pitchability" i want to light myself on fire.
Now that Shef trade is looking worse and worse. Two RH relief pitchers in return for a 40 HR 100 RBI guy. Brilliant!
I agree with you mehmattski that politics (and religion like yankz mentioned in 24) are probably places we should not go on a baseball site.
The best thing about this site for me is that we are like a big family. Even though I love my family, I generally do not discuss politics or religion with those who I know disagree with me as it mostly leads to heated arguments. That has always been my theory on this site. The only thing we all agree on (with the exception of the trolls) is our love for the Yankees.
Therefore, discussing others topics (while sometimes fun and entertaining) can certainly lead to problems. The civility displayed on this site usually helps us know when to stop and return to what we all love...
Let's go Yankees!
The roster is more flexible, the organization has more liquid personell assets, than it has had in years.
I still wonder what the bench is going to look like, and the lack of a league average backup catcher is worrisome.
But on the whole, I support the work Cashman has done so far, and the direction he seems to be taking with the team.
Also, I enjoyed the way you misspelled my "screen name." That was exceedingly clever.
if there are no children present, and you aren't working, and you aren't easily offended by profanity, take a listen to this:
must've been a tough day at the ballpark.
What I don't understand is, why does everyone keep ignoring team payroll? In 2007, the Twins' payroll is probably going to be in the $65M range again. Let's presume it will be around $65-$70M in '08 and '09, and then can jump to $75-$80M (or higher) in 2010 when their new stadium opens. Don't forget, everyone is making a lot of money with the new TV deal, MLBAM, the XM deal, and revenue sharing.
In 2007, two Twins will make 8 figures: Santana ($12M) and Torii Hunter ($12M). The next highest paid Twin is Luis Castillo at $5.75M, then Joe Nathan at $5.25M, Carlos Silva at 4M, Rondell White at $2.5M, Jeff Cirillo at $1.5M, Dennys Reyes at $1M, and Mike Redmond at $1M. A couple of guys are arbitration-eligible, but most of the rest (10+ guys) will make $500K or less, having 3 years or less of MLB service time.
Of the $1M plus group, Santana ($13.5M), Nathan ($6M), Reyes ($1M), and Redmond ($1M) are the only guys under contract for '08. The Twins being the Twins, the other guys are likely gone, freeing up almost $20M (taking Santana and Nathan's raises into account).
My point is, even if Terry Ryan buys out Mauer and Morneau's arbitration years - which he probably will - and even if he has to pay Cuddyer $5M/year in '07 and '08, to pay Santana $20M (or more) a season isn't going to be hard. Especially with a likely increase in attendence (they did win the AL Central this past year, and have the MVP, Cy Young, and batting champ), the way revenues just keep growing MLB-wide, and with a new stadium on the horizon.
I think Ca$hmoney is stocking up on pitching prospects because he expects to have a 3/5 inexpensive, fantastic home-grown rotation by 2010, and to supplement those guys with some young hitters gained by trading pitching prospects. I believe things really have changed in Yankeeland.
Further, you've ignored most comments relating to the ability of Cashman to perform another trade with some of the many arms we have. It may not come before spring training, it may come closer to the trade deadline in July. The roster is fluid, it is not set. I suppose you would have opposed to making Rivera into a reliever in 1996.
(Flashback) Jim Dean: but mehmattski, he threw those 8 shutout innings against the White Sox last year! He's a bone fide starter! Bob Watson is an idiot!
The bench is worse, unbelievably. Cairo is a downgrade from Cairo and the eventual lump in the BUC slot is worse than Kelly Fasano. The 1B sinkhole is certainly worse than Shef. The only saving grace is Melky and the only upgrade is the failure to re-sign Bernie. We'll see if those hold.
The rotation, IMHO, is filled with more questions than answers. Sure, there's a spot for Hughes to win but only if Meat or Igawa both fail to produce. But the Yanks also have to give him the chance. Otherwise, Rasner and Karstens are cheaper but not necessarily better than Unit.
The bullpen is a bullpen. If Britton and Vizcaino help - great. But I'll believe it when I see it.
And all those prospects and flexibility mean squat if they never make the team or can't be trade for more established players. That's an unknown right now. But the players they acquired for Unit are upgrades in no area of their organization - that means they didn't need any of those guys.
The financial flexibility also means nothing for 2007 if they don't sign Clemens - which I don't think they will.
On the whole, Cashman gets a passing mark, but by no means is he at the head of the class. And for what he could have done, I'm more disappointed than anything else.
But should I just call you Steve or are you Rob Gee?
"There was some surprise that the Yankees didn't land pitching prospect Dustin Nippert in their Randy Johnson trade talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks. But the Yankees were guided in their conversations by Kendall Carter, the former national scouting coordinator for the D-Backs; the Yankees just hired Carter last fall as a crosschecker, and based on his inside knowledge of the Arizona system, he recommended that the Yankees pursue Ross Ohlendorf, the sinkerballer who became the centerpiece of the deal. Executives with rival teams say that Nippert's stock has actually fallen in recent months, and say that at a time when organizations are hoarding their best pitching prospects, they [Arizona] have made it known they are willing to swap Nippert in the right deal."
Translation - Arizona was trying to sell high on Nippert.
The point is: Of the three MLB players traded this off-season, it's not too unreasonable to expect a young 1B and C in return. That's a major failure and I don't see it being remedied any time soon.
But I don't assume I know what I'm talking about - I liked the Weaver and Vazquez deals but hated the original Unit trade.
Further, I wasn't replying to you in any of the above posts - check the referenced numbers.
Santana was brought up as a reliever cause they didn't know what they had at the time. I don't know Liriano's story.
As for Mo, I don't know what I would have thought. But I highly doubt the Yanks knew what they had, even Mean Gene Michael. Someone like Mo just comes along and you just ride the wave.
47 That's exactly why Cashman isn't making any significant moves between now and June, IMHO. I hope I'm wrong.
Also, according to Birth of a Dynasty, the Yankees definitely knew what they had in Mo.
Also, this Carter guy sounds interesting. Was he the national scout for the D-Backs in recent years? Because if so, that's encouraging considering they have one of the three best farm systems in baseball now.
And as bad as Randy was, he was still a little less than league average. Further, he was hurt. And all his peripherals show he wasn't as bad as his ERA. Many project him to have a much better year.
The point is ARI needed him more than the Yanks needed to get rid of him. The Yanks had the leverage to get more than they got.
With the bench, you never know. That's why even having Cairo around is folly. Last year, the youngest IF was out for 6 weeks. And Cairo played over 80 games.
Further, I'm not dismissing anything. I just don't think those "prospects" can bring back anything of value, unless it's a salary dump. Those don't happen until July. Unit was the last major trade and it failed to bring in what they need.
Wow, arguing on alot of fronts this morning. It's cool - I enjoy it.
And 54 should have referenced 50 at the beginning.
As for what Schteeve means, it means nothing. My name is Steve, and I used to work with some dude who called me "Sch-teeeeve." And I thought is was funnier than, "BigYankeeFan42" or something like that.
re: they didn't have to deal Unit. A) He was unhappy, and his brother just died, so Cashman looked into it to see if it could work out for everyone. B) Many people think the Yankees did well. It's way too early to write it off as a flop considering the talent the Yanks got back in return.
Gonzalez is the next Ozzie!
Ross is the next Wang!
Afterall, he was one of the guys who helped to draft them.
Montero or Tracey and you don't see me bitching. The Yanks, could have (cause they were in no rush, and should have held out.
i will admit i feel out of the "family" loop as i have posted so little this off-season (real life stuff like marriage, grad school, etc).
but if we are a family, can we expect Rob Gee to return like the prodigal son?
If someone can find me one single scouting report or prospect analysis of Mo pre-95 or whatever year he started playing catch with Girardi, that says, "this guy is going to be one of the most dominant pitchers in the history of the game" I'll eat my hat. While it's on fire of course.
58 No - I would not have been ok with Nippert or any other pitcher.
And Unit understood the Yanks needed to get a fair deal. He wasn't in a position to judge said deal AND he would have gone and done hiw job otherwise. The benchmark for me is the Wells deal last year. Even as they're not identical, the Sox got a legit replacement for Varitek.
59 My original point was in regards to 42. I have no idea what I would have thought about Mo moving to the bullpen. But I'm not so naive to think that Sanchez will somehow replace him. Otherwise, I'm very glad to have had a once in history player like Mo for these last 11 years.
61 Yes murphy, I know it sounds corny but that is the way I feel about it. BTW, 63 helps prove my point. Things like marriages and births are celebrated here. I came here looking for Yankee info last spring and have discovered (as others have said) a bunch of new friends. IMO, this is the best place on the internet. Sorry for the sappy post. ;-)
Also, if Rob Gee is the prodigal son, will Alex and Cliff kill the fatted calf when he returns. I hope so... I'm hungry...
# Phil Hughes, RHP, Grade A
# Jose Tabata, OF, Grade B+
# Humberto Sanchez, RHP, Grade B+
# Joba Chamberlain, RHP, B
# Tyler Clippard, RHP, B
# Dellin Betances, RHP, B
# J. Brent Cox, RHP, B
# George Kontos, RHP, B-
# Christian Garcia, RHP, B-
# Ian Kennedy, RHP, B-
# Tim Norton, RHP, B-
# Ross Ohlendorf, RHP, C+
# Kevin Whelan, RHP, C+
# Stephen Jackson, RHP, C+
# Alberto Gonzalez, SS, C+
# Brett Gardner, OF, C+
# Jeff Marquez, RHP, C+
# Zach McAllister, RHP, C+
# Chase Wright, LHP, C+
# Francisco Cervelli, C, C+
# T.J. Beam, RHP, C
# Eric Duncan, 1B, C
# Mitch Hilligoss, SS, C
"Rob Gee: a former Bronx Banter regular and sometimes controversial poster refocused his attention into his fledgling corporate takeover business after a short term banishment from the Banter. During the summer of 2006, he acquired a famous sausage manufacturer..."
Sanchez - he's legit. And they're making him a relief pitcher. I guess they don't have much faith in the other 20 they have.
He doesn't have any power to speak of, but he is doing well so far.
Also known for his obsession with free agent at the time, Milton Bradley.
"The common trend across all three levels for Gardner was that his offensive utility was largely dependent on his batting average, which is in turn hugely affected by BABIP. This is important because the more you strike out, the higher your average on balls in play is going to have to be to post a good batting average.
Grade: If everything works out for Brett Gardner, he's the player that many think Scott Podsednik is. Defensively, he's rounding into shape, but can make the spectacular play on a regular basis due to his physical ability. Offensively, he is the definition of pest. It's a truly enjoyable thing to watch him fluster minor league defenses by beating out base hits and successfully stealing on pitch outs. That said, I'm very concerned that things aren't going to work out for him and that he is what he is, which right now is a defensive substitute and a pinch-runner. Gardner displayed just about no power during the minor league season as combined between Tampa, Trenton, and the AFL he only had 31 extra base hits. Given his speed, I would expect him to have collected more just off of the fact that anything in a gap or near a gap is an extra base hit for him. Unfortunately, a huge percentage of the balls he hits do not go much beyond the infield. So, despite the fact that he's solid or better in the 5 tools, other than power, Gardner's limitation in that department is so great that it potentially completely handicaps him. C+"
perhaps ca$hman and the front office are playing down everyone's abilities a bit. (i refer you to the igawa press conference as an example.) this limits fan expectations and gives the kids a bit of wiggle room before the bleacher creatures jump down their throats.
if i were in any position to do so, i would try to protect the psyches of the youngsters. didn't melky get booed his first week up in july of '05? people were saying that he was going to take bernie's place, etc. he dropped a fly ball and had a rough couple of games and he was shipped back down.
this is pure speculation. i have nothing to back this up. i'm merely offering it up as a possibility.
And I believe Jerome Williams signed a minor league deal a few weeks ago. Either w/Oakland or Washington, I can't recall at the moment...
Outlook: Garder will be a major league player in some context. His ability to at least hit for doubles into the gap and his ability to maintain a respectable batting average will determine the role that he plays. In both Trenton and Arizona, he has shown a worrying tendency to strike out. In 26 games in Arizona, he has struck out 21 times (walking 27 times by the way). In 118 games in 2006 between Tampa and Trenton, he struck out 90 times while walking 70 times. A power hitter can afford to strike out, but a speedster like Gardner needs balls in play in order to reach base. Gardner has Juan Pierre type tools, with a little bit more on the plate discipline side of things than Pierre does. He plays better defense than Pierre. But the reason that Pierre was able to be a marginally good major league player for a couple of years was his ability to not strike out. By not striking out a lot, Pierre was able to hit .320+. Gardner will need to hit .300+ to allow his plate discipline to take over and be an effective hitter despite the lack of power. He can't strike out 110+ times a year and do that.
Grades: Ceiling B-, Health A, Comparison: Dave Roberts
I'm not pegging him to be a great player or anything, but based on his current success in the past 2 years, a C+ rating isn't too low at all.
88 He also hated Cashman and was obsessed with finding a backup catcher or a BUC, as he called it.
65 I would have loved if the Yanks could have gotten a young catcher too, Jim. But there is just too much we don't know. If Arizona says Montero is untouchable, or that a 1B option is untouchable*, does it really benefit Cashman to hold firm?
If the Diamondbacks, who are trying to build a team that wins year after year, truly believe Montero is their catcher of the future, and is going to be a star, why would they give him up to get a 43-year-old pitcher who won't be with them in 2010? That's an unrealistic expectation.
As for potential 1B options, those come down to Chad Tracy or Conor Jackson.
Tracy is going to be 27 in '07. He played almost exclusively at 3B with worse defense than A-Rod. He hit .281/.343/.451 - .313/.372/.529 at home, a Womackian .252/.315/.376 on the road. Ugh. As a lefty, he hit righties well (.304/.370/.496) but could not hit lefties at all (.231/.281/.346). Pass.
Then there's Jackson. He'll be 25 in '07, and is a righty-hitting first baseman, though his glovework was blah as well. He hit .291/.368/.441 - . Though, as a righty, his lefty/righty splits were about equal. Still, 15 home runs out of 1B in a hitter's park . . . and that was his career high (majors and minors)! Maybe the power comes but I wouldn't hold my breath.
And finally, I wouldn't say Kottaras is all that great either. If you check out his numbers, he walks, but with very little power and he's never hit over .300 in AA or AAA. Many people-in-the-know wonder if he'll actually develop into a good MLB catcher - Kevin Goldstein did not have him in Boston's top 10, John Sickels had him at #8 (Grade B: "Should be ready in 2008, solid but not terrific"), and he did not make BA's top 10 either.
I certainly don't mind taking Yankee management to task when we have the facts to back up our claims. But mocking the team for moving a pitcher to the bullpen with the sole argument that he has the second best stats of any minor league starter in the system just makes us look silly.
Can I mock them for trading Shef, Wright, and Unit for 6 RHRP and 1 defense-only SS? When it's put in those terms, doesn't that seem even a teensy bit INSANE?
They should have held out for Montero. I don't do the trade otherwise. ARI would have caved - they had Webb, Livan, and then prospects in their rotation. Unit makes a big difference - in performance, ticket sales, media attention...
As for Kottaras, I say:
.283 AVG .383 OBP .450 SLG in 4 MiLB seasons and he's 23 yo. Plate discipline never goes away and SLG might still develop. I'd be very surprised if we don't see him in bloody socks this year.
For comparison, here's Jorge's Mi numbers:
.258 AVG .368 OBP .436 SLG and he didn't come up until he was 26. He's never hit .300 and I wouldn't hold that against him.
Oh, and here's his career MLB numbers:
.270 AVG .375 OBP .472 SLG
Same patience, and more pop.
The Sox got themselves a very good deal, for a change. The Yanks didn't.
And I honestly think trying to hold out for Montero would have been a fool's errand - I don't think the Diamondbacks would have ever said yes.
As usual Jim, I'll guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. =)
But I'm of the belief that the Yanks could have held on to Unit until Phil Huge was ready to go in June, or if they were going to sign Clemens.
It didn't work out that way. Still when I put the off-season in these terms:
Shef, Unit, Wright = 6 RHRP and 1 A-Gon
I have a hard time saying the Yanks have done more than trim payroll. That's just me.
JD's raison d'êtrement... >;)
I dunno about anyone else, but I think if Cashman makes any more moves before the beginning of the season, it's to shore up the weak bench and not for anymore starters. If he's not dumb, and a lot of us believe that, then he's reassured Torre that HIS main worry (pitching) is solved, and then he can fly under the radar and get some glove gems to compete with Torre's toys on the bench. Getting younger was the mantra, reducing payroll the M.O., let's see if he can slide in some real competition under everyone's nose...
Young pitching is the currency of the game. It may take a little time, but it can always be converted to other positions.
Fortunately, Cashman has bucked the tide of instant gradification. The right guy, for the right position, for the right term, for the right price, is not always available at the right time.
Please go back to all your posts and count up the times you said: "Cashman COULD have gotten (this guy) instead". I have to ask. How do you know? Were you at the discussion table? Was Cashman? We all offer our opinions here. They are all valuable, and I think respected. I don't want to war on you, but there is a difference between an opinion and making statements as if they were facts.
I do NOT think Cashman is running this team like Bush is running the war. He DOES have a plan. He IS looking at the future. He DOES see the big picture. He is willing to settle for a small loss now (Cairo, DougOut, etc) for a bigger gain later.
Too me, it looks like Cashman in turning into Billy Beane with money... and if so, we will have another dynasty.
103 So you're telling me that:
a) 6 RHRP + 1 A-Gon was the BEST that could be had for Shef, Unit, and Wright?
b) MCI, Phelps, Phillips were the BEST that could be had for 1B?
c) Nieves/Chavez were the BEST that could be had for BUC?
d) Cairo was the BEST that could be had for UIF?
That's the off-season, right there. And yup, I think it's a fact, he could have done better - much better - for (a) through (d).
By the way, the pitcher is only one position on the field. You can have too much, if you have no other prospects. That's the status of the Yankee farm right now save Tabata, and he has a long way to go. Now I've never seen a team fielded with all pitchers before. It's an interesting concept, to be sure.
Why do you think Kansas City always gets off to a rough start??
By the by, Erickson was a favor to Giambi more than anything (why, I dunno) and wasn't Thompson injured when they called up Long? Or maybe that was Torre's fault...
Wow, he's a really horrible GM.
The other day, we had an (almost banned) discussion on health care systems. 1) It is the off-season 2) It' slow 3) We are dying for decent news to dabate 4) That thread, baseball wise, was basically dripple.
I am simply amazed at the regional and intellectual diversity of posters here. I have been to many, many blogs where the discussion was sewer level. Almost like an outhouse for baseball related diareah.
In our healthcare discussion, THREE people chimmed in with their actual experiences with a (non USA) country's solialized health care system. This is amazing stuff. I learn things here, and get awesome opinions, that I don't find on the numerous political blogs I frequent. I learn a great deal here, and not just about baseball.
I believe we should basically stick to baseball, and make that a rule. But rules are made to be (tastefully with discretion) broken. When a discussion is as thoughtful and intelligent as our 'Health Care Debate', well.... that's one of the amazing things about our BB family... one of the things that sets BB apart.
I believe we can be self-policing and a bit forgiving with off-topic matters.
(a) 6 RHRP + 1 A-Gon = "the best he could with what was out there"
- There were no other prospects to be had - nothing, huh?
(b) True. What did they have to lose if they signed someone? Money? So what.
(c) So you think Cashman could have done better at BUC? A revelation!
(d) How exactly is Cairo capable with a 59 OPS+ after a 64 OPS+ in 2005? And now you're supporting moves because of Torre's trust? Wow. Who are you - Joe Torre Jr.?
As for nitpicking - that's the whole damn off-season (save Moose and Pettitte - who both wanted to be Yankees). And he could have done better in every respect based on the players that were available and signed elsewhere. As for the prospects, I'll repeat: 6 RHRP + 1 A-Gon!? You've got to be f'in kidding me!?
BTW: Cashman is going on vacation next week, as per PeteAbe. Stick a fork in this off-season - what you see is what you get. Bravo!
this family sucks!!
i'm joining the red sox nation!!!!
(murphy hopes all recognize the sarcasm)
(congas rattling in the background)
The horror... the horror...
Make a little birdhouse in your soul.
The Cubs haven't discussed Williams, in part because it is unclear whether he will continue playing if he can not re-sign with the Yankees.
"That's a bridge Bernie and I haven't crossed yet," Williams' agent, Scott Boras, said Wednesday. "When we get definition from the Yankees, Bernie will evaluate that and advise me."
Referring to the GM as CASH-man.
Asking for a better "BUC"
I dunno, perhaps I have hat on my menu in the future, but it sure does seem like a match.
".... Last I looked Crazy Uncle MIL-ton can still be had for a decent SP and maybe a prospect. Pull the f'in trigger Cash...".
What a load Rob. (tic toc, tic toc)
128 Hmmm. That reminds me of things I'd likely get deleted for on this thread. I ain't mad at yah, Cap...
Frankly, I like hourglass better.
"I understand by making the move with Randy Johnson, I do put our rotation at risk," Cashman said. "Maybe you could describe it as taking a half-step back to take a greater step forward with more inventory to turn to, either with a trade or with a new Yankee player who can emerge."
So, your call is a good one.... but not a mistake by Cashman, but a calculated gamble.
See, I can deal with the calculated gamble. But when all the trades add up to is: 6 RHRP and 1 A-Gon. That's disgusting.
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