Friday, December 28, 2007

Jim Leyritz Arrested

UPDATE: He had a suspended license before he was charged for DUI and manslaughter

Former Yankee hero Jim Leyritz was arrested this morning in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on charges of DUI and DUI manslaughter. He ran a red light while driving drunk and collided with another car, killing a woman. Ouch. Hate to see something like this happen. Leyritz has always been a fan favorite and something like this really hurts.

Santana Trade to Wait Until Spring Training?

According to Jayson Stark, the Twins may not trade Johan Santana for "several weeks." Oh, No! What will we talk about! I think that this just makes the deal less likely to get done. If the Red Sox or Yankees were really serious about this, a deal would have happened at the Winter Meetings, or soon after. The Mets and Mariners are just hanging around to keep the faith of their fans. I would bet Santana will be a Twin at the start of the season.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Twins Take Kennedy Out of Demands

Murray Chass reports that the Twins are now demanding Hughes, Jeff Marquez, Melky, and presumably a fourth, maybe Mitch Hilligoss? I still don't make this trade. It simply doesn't help the Yankees enough. It may not be enough to surpass the Red Sox in the standings this year, and in the future it is even less of a help, as Santana will be on the decline and Hughes on the rise. Regardless, I still think this is as good or better than Crisp, Lester, Masterson and Lowrie.

Prior Signs With Padres

The base salary is 1yr/$1 mil, with incentives that could bring it over $3 million. I would have liked to sign Prior to a 2/7-8, but i guess it's not happening.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Yankees Shell Out $23 Million for Luxury Tax

The headline speaks for itself. It's $23.88 million to be exact. The way that the luxury tax is computed is:
  • The average salary for every player on the 40-man roster is added up
  • Any amount above $148 million (the value changes every year) is taxed at 40%
The Red Sox were the only other team taxed, owing $6.06 million. That's almost as much as Roger Clemens alone, who cost us $6.98 million. Thanks, Roger.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Clemens Denies Steriods...Again

Now its on video:

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Former Yankee "Wild Bill" Byrne Dies

I did not really know who this guy was because he pitched in the 40's but here is little bit about his career. In a 13-year career, Byrne posted an 85-69 record with a 4.11 ERA in 1362 innings. He earned his nickname "Wild Bill" because of his erratic control. He had a disappointing 0.74 strikeout to walk ratio (766-to-1037). In four World Series, he went 2-2 with 11 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings. He made the American League All Star team in 1950. He played his final regular-season game on September 21, before ending his career in the World Series defeat to the Milwaukee Braves. After baseball Byrne went back to Wake Forest where he went to college. He became mayor of the town and held office from 1973 to 1987. He died on Friday, December 20th in Wake Forest.

Santana To Yankees Talks Dead?

According to Kat O'Brien, the Yankees may be out of the running for Johan Santana. A source said, "I don't see it happening. We pulled out in Nashville, and we haven't put an offer back on the table." Personally, I am glad with this news. Yes, Santana is the best pitcher in baseball, but I don't think he is worth Hughes, Melky and others. We can go after him after this year, but I would be careful about signing a pitcher to a six or seven year deal.

Just Kidding: Joba Back To Rotation

According to beat writer Kat O'Brien, who has spoken to members of the Yankee organization, Joba Chamberlain will start the year in the rotation, which of course is contrary to previous reports saying that Joba will start the year in the bullpen.

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Exodus Continues...

Yankee bullpen catcher Mike Borzello joins Larry Bowa and Don Mattingly as the guys who followed Joe Torre to L.A. I know this seems completely insignificant, but actually its only very insignificant. Borzello (who is Torre's godson) was A-Rod's workout partner. Oh well, I guess he'll have to start working out with Brian McNamee. Nothing is happening in baseball for the next week or so, so that's why you get stories like these.

Rangers Aquire Hamilton for Volquez

The Rangers addressed their outfield problems today, trading for Josh Hamilton. To get him, they gave up pitching prospects Edinson Volquez, and 5'7", 150 lb. Danny Herrera (yes, really). It seems like this is a trade setting up a future one for the Reds. Although Hamilton is a solid player, the Cincinnati outfield is already crowded with Ryan Freel, Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. Volquez and Herrera are not top-tier prospects, but they do give the Reds some more young pitching, which can be used in a future trade for Erik Bedard.

Joba to Start Season in 'Pen?

According to Buster Olney, the Yanks are considering starting the season with Joba in the bullpen. The move, theoretically, is to limit Joba's innings. This move is fine by me as long as the move is only temporary. Keep Joba in the 'pen to give the Yanks some late-inning strength, then move him into the rotation towards the end of May, when hopefully, Mark Melancon and JB Cox will be just about ready. However, keeping Joba in the bullpen would just be stupid, in my opinion.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Clemens and Pettitte Non-Stories

Contrary to a previous story in the LA Times, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte were not named in the Jason Grimsley affidavit. Basically, that's it. Nothing more. Pretty much insignificant. Doesn't change a thing. Pettitte still used HGH a few years ago and there are still doubts about Clemens. The only thing semi-newsworthy is this quote from Clemens.
“When this grossly inaccurate story broke in October 2006, Roger said it was untrue and the Los Angeles Times chose not to believe him. As the record now clearly proves, Roger was telling the truth then, just as he continues to tell the truth today. Roger Clemens did not take steroids, and anybody who says he did had better start looking for a hell of a good lawyer.” (Source: Pete Abraham)

Looks like Clemens will be taking legal action.

In other news, Hank Steinbrenner ran his mouth again. He said that there is still an outside chance that the Yankees Land Johan Santana. Well, there is an outside chance that a lot things happen. Today is a really slow news day, which is why stuff like this is being reported.

Derek Jeter
is a cool guy. He hosted an advanced screening for 500 hundrend NYC school children of the movie "Water Horse: Deep Sea Legend," as part of his Turn 2 Foundation. We pay so much attention to guys who cheat or engage in otherwise bad behavior (like dog-fighting and rain-making and Curt Schilling), and it makes you forget that there are still a few good guys left, like Derek Jeter.

Jeter Defends Roger and Praises Andy

What a guy.

OK first the Andy Quote:

"Andy knows how I feel about him, and he knows how we feel about him as an organization," Jeter said. "It took a lot of courage for him to come out and be honest about it. Hopefully he can move on."
(source: NY Yankees)

That is why Jeter is the captain. He always says the right things and does what is best for the team.

Onto Roger:

Jeter is basically saying that he wants everyone to wait until all the facts are straight before making a decision on the Rocket. He had this to say:

"It seems right now people are rushing to judgment," Jeter said of his pal, whose name headlined the Mitchell Report last week thanks to the testimony of former personal trainer Brian McNamee. "You have to let it play out a little bit before you say he is guilty or not guilty."
(source: The NY Post)

Here's the video version from the Post:

Red Sox Suck

There is not a lot of news so I thought I would make a post bashing the Red Sox

The First Image

"And The Hills Were Alive With The Sound of YOULKILIS"

To Next Pic




(click on it to get a closer look)

What a Jerk


(these pics are all made by me use them as you please)

My Dog Ate My World Series Ball

According to ESPN, Jonathan Papelbon's dog, Boss, ate the ball used to record the final out of this year's World Series. Apparently, Boss often plays with baseballs and found this one up on the counter and, "tore it to pieces." My question to Papelbon is, Why did you leave the World Series ball on the counter? Also, will every Red Sox World Series end in some kind of ball controversy?

Also, here is the complete Yankees schedule.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Yankees Jack Up Ticket Prices

Oh no!

The Yankees increased most of their ticket prices. The most expensive box seats closest to the field went from $150 in 2007 to $250 next year as part of full season-ticket plans. Those are all sold out.

In the unlikely event any of those seats are available for individual games, they would cost $325 in advance and $400 on game days.

Bleachers went up $2. to $14. day of game.
New Tier Reserved MVP Sec 1-17 and 2-18 are $30. day of game up $10. from last year! 50% increase!

Depending on row and location, field championship seats run from $160-$250 as part of full season-ticket plans. This season, the range was $115-$150.

At the lower-priced end, bleacher seats not purchased as part of a season-ticket package rose from $12 to $14.

I am going to have to sell a kidney but we gotta pay for a new stadium and A-Rod somehow.

Curt Schilling Just Pisses Me Off (Mike Lupica Too)

Curt Schilling has an opinion on basically everything, and is not at all afraid to share them. It just so happens that I tend to disagree with all of them. Today, when nobody in particular asked him his opinion on Roger Clemens he had this to say:

If that is the case with Roger, the four Cy Youngs should go to the rightful winners, and the numbers should go away if he cannot refute the accusations.

First of all, who asked you Curt? Second of all, why? 1. There is no hard evidence condemning Clemens of steroid use 2. Was he not pitching against steroid users? 3. How do you know the runner-ups (Curt's "rightful winners") were not also steroid users? Because they weren't named by an alcoholic desperate to say out of jail? 4. Taking away the awards would just be wrong. You can't change history. Slavery happened, the holocaust happened, steroids happened. You can't change the past just because you don't like it.

To comment on this without any hard evidence and after Clemens denied it just shows Curt's excellence in the field of douchebaggary. Also, I am a firm believer that Curt Schilling is a steroid user, but that's another story.

Also, found this article by Mike Lupica. Basically, he is saying that if Clemens really didn't take steroids, he should tell his story to Congress. Does Mike Lupica think about what he is saying or does he just write and hope for the best? Don't you think Congress might have more important things to deal with, Mikey? Like, I don't know, the war, the general disapproval of our government, lead-ridden Chinese toys, a lying attorney general, Larry Craig, Iran, etc., etc., etc. No, actually, I see your point Mike. All of those things pale in comparison to Roger Clemens' alleged steroid use.

Royals Sign Mahay

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Royals have signed 36 year-old left-handed reliever Ron Mahay to a 2 year $8 million deal. The Yankees were the only other team in the running for Mahay. Although $8 million is a lot for a reliever, Mahay is an above average reliever and a lefty, something the Yankees currently do not have. Although having a lefty in the bullpen can be helpful I don't believe it is a necessity as others do. Would you rather have a good righty reliever facing David Ortiz in a big situation, or a mediocre lefty? Unfortunately for the Yankees, the only good righty in their bullpen is Mariano and they don't have any lefty's. Also, of the 4,217 relievers receiving spring training invites, none, to my knowledge, are left-handed.

Current LRP options:
  • Jeremy Affeldt. There were talks of him joining the Yankees, but now it seems unlikely
  • Trade for Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte if he can be had cheaply
  • Trever Miller. 34 year-old, most recently played for Houston. A league average pitcher; think a lefty LaTroy Hawkins
  • Ben Kozlowski. 27 year-old lefty in AAA posted a 3.00 ERA and 80 K's in 81 IP last year, but this is probably a stretch

Morgan Ensberg

I hadn't thought of this, but this article over at noMaas interested me.
Morgan Ensberg: Career 116 OPS+, draws BBs, and sees lots of pitches; averaging 3.92 per plate appearance over his career. That #P/PA rate is better than the career rates of Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter. Ensberg had a poor 2007 season, but could be a great addition for the bench. Buy low.

The OPS is interesting. Ensberg's Career line: .265/.366/.476, .284 EqA. He is 32 years old. He could be a very valuable bench option at the corner infield positions. He could even start at first. I doubt the Yankees will pursue him though, because first is already crowded and there's this A-Rod guy over at third. He probably is a better option than Betemit or Shelley at first, but it seems stupid to have three first basemen. So unless one or both of those guys get traded, look for Ensberg to sign elswhere.

Players In Mitchell Report Could Be Called To Testify

ESPN is reporting that congress could call the players named on the Mitchell report to testify.

Congress announced plans Tuesday to review the use of performance-enhancing drugs, with star-studded hearings scheduled next month and legislation to limit access to steroids and human growth hormone.

Mitchell told the Portland Press Herald in Maine that:

"My hope is that Congress will permit the players' association and the commissioner's office to review this report, to digest it, to consult with their own experts, and to work together to come up with the best possible program. And then, give them a chance to see what they can do, and at that point, take a look at it. So I hope that's what will occur,"

Mitchell's report implicated seven MVPs, 31 All-Stars and more than 80 players in all and moved the debate beyond whether baseball had a major problem with illegal steroids.

The best part is this is what Selig said in 2005:

"Did we have a major problem? No," Selig told Waxman's panel. "There is no concrete evidence of that, there is no testing evidence, there is no other kind of evidence."

I guess you were wrong Buddy boy.

A-Rod Opens Education Center

Here on the right you see A-Rod handling four balls with a bunch of kids. OK its not what you think. Any way A-rod just opened an education center at the Southwest Miami Boys & Girls Club, where he learned to play ball as a kid. He is contributing $500,000 to get the project rolling and is encouraging others to help.

The $1.5 million Alex Rodriguez Education Center, to be located on the club's southeastern side and expected to be nearly 10,000 square feet, figures to open sometime in April. It will include a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, an area for Internet use, classrooms for homework study and a huge teen center, where the older kids can meet.
(source: MLB)

We always bash A-Rod on this site but really he is a good guy who says and does really stupid things if that makes any sense. No matter what you say, helping underprivileged kids is a very altruistic thing to do. He had this great quote to say about Yankee Stadium

"Yankee Stadium, to me, is the greatest museum in the United States," he said. "It's a great advantage as a player. You feel magical when you're in that [batter's] box."

Minor League Notes

Some prospect info from Chad Jennings:
  • Relievers Mark Melancon and J. Brent Cox are expected to be ready by the start of spring training after undergoing mid-season elbow surgery. They will most likely start the year in Tampa (to avoid the cold weather up north), but could both help the Major League bullpen at some point this year.
  • Humberto Sanchez (TJ surgery) will not be ready for spring training, but is not that far behind the two previously mentioned.
  • Cuban defector Juan Miranda will start the season at AAA. He will share the 1B/DH role with Eric Duncan
  • The Yankees signed our old friend Nick Green to a minor league deal. They also signed Darrell Rasner. They are also working on a deal with Bronson Sardinha.
  • I found this kind of funny: I was watching ESPNEWS and they had Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus on, and he said that Tyler Clippard could be the Nationals opening day starter.
  • On a side note, A-Rod has opened an education center.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Yankees News and Notes

Some random Yanks notes that don't deserve their own post:
  • Dave Miley will be returning as the Scranton/Wilkes Barre manager
  • Mo finalized his 3 year, 45 $Million deal. I know it's a ridiculous contract but I'm happy to have him back
  • Mo also said that he admired Andy for coming forward. He urged anyone who has taken steroids to come forward (cough cough Clemens). Mo also said he was "naive" to the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball
  • The Yankees fired their traveling secretary David Szen after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud and failed to report more than $50,000 in tips from players and coaches. Thats a butt load of tips
  • Top Prospect Alert has posted their Yankees Top Ten Prospects. Hmm... Chase Wright 8th? Do the Yankees have a second Chase Wright I don't know about?
  • Some quick Dominican League Notes courtesy of Pete Abe: Jose Veras has thrown 8.2 shutout innings. 13 K's is very good, but 4 BB's isn't. If he can control his stuff he will dominate.
  • Alberto Gonzalez is hitting .333 in 26 games at SS
  • Jonathan Albaladejo: In 27 games, 2.42 ERA, 27 K's vs. 8 BB's in 26 IP. I think this guy could be a good middle innings guy this year, but that could be because I've never seen him pitch

Yankees Scouting Benson

The Yankees were one of nine teams scouting Anna Benson's husband today. Benson threw 60 pitches and reportedly looked impressive. He missed all of last year after after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum. Benson has a career 4.34 ERA (102 ERA+) with a WHIP of 1.38, and is 34 years old. In 2006, his only season in the AL East, Benson posted a 4.82 ERA (95 ERA+) with a 1.40 WHIP and 88 K's in 183 IP. I would like a Benson signing if they could get him on a one-year deal, maybe with an option for a second year, at a low cost. That would be a low risk, moderate reward situation. I could see Benson as a spot starter/long reliever who could help ease the pressure on the young guys like Hughes, Joba and IPK, and also step into the rotation as a decent replacement if someone were to get injured. I would like to see the Yankees pursue Benson, but I would walk away if he asks for anything more than $2-3 million on a one-year deal.

A-Rod Fires Boras- or Does He?

This morning it was reported that A-Rod had fired Superagent/Jackass Scott Boras in favor of more Hollywood-type agent Guy Oseary. I was very happy with this news. I have never liked Boras and I thought A-Rod's firing of him was a step in the right direction, but then I saw this. Now it is being reported that Oseary is simply A-Rod's second agent, and Boras will still be handling baseball business. I guess A-Rod's ego is so big that he needs two agents to manage it.

Sit This One Out Rocket

Next Month Roger Clemens was going to speak to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association. Hmmm I wonder what he was going to talk about? Of course his workout regimen. Now they are having second thoughts about having Roger speak. The President of the Association had this to say:

“A dark cloud has been put over Roger’s head and 99.9 percent of the media says he’s guilty even though he says he’s innocent,” Long told the Associated Press. “That presents a problem for our association. It has to come first over a player or coach.”
(source: Pete Abe)

Update: 4:02

Roger had this to say today about performance enhancing drugs: "

"I want to state clearly and without qualification: I did not take steroids, human growth hormone or any other banned substances at any time in my baseball career or, in fact, my entire life,'' Clemens said Tuesday in a statement issued through his agent, Randy Hendricks. "Those substances represent a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take."
(source: ESPN )

Now this quote is pretty powerful. I find it hard to believe Clemens but let's say he did take HGH or Steroids; this quote is going to come back and bite him in the ass hard. Now he is in it deep because if he is lying, and the fans will want nothing to do with him. Pettite admitted it and generally the fans still care about him. I hope Clemens is telling the truth because if not he will have hell to pay.

Monday, December 17, 2007

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Yankees Announce 2008 Schedule

Update 9:56 PM: Found a schedule; It's not in calendar form, but it's the best I could find.


The Yankees announced their 2008 schedule today, for what will be the last season in the current stadium. Some key points:
  • Season opener: Home vs. Toronto, March 31 @ 1:05
  • First BoSox matchup: April 11-13 in Boston; followed by Home vs. Boston April 15-16
  • Interleague opponents: Mets, Padres (H), Reds (H), Astros (A), Pirates (A)
  • Early on, it looks pretty easy: 7 game home stand vs. Toronto and Tampa Bay followed by an 8 game road trip to KC, Boston and Tampa
  • The final regular season game will be played on September 21, with the Yanks closing out the season with three each in Toronto and Boston

I will post a link when the actual schedule is made availible.

A-Rod and Boras Not Talking

Is it just me, or does everything A-Rod does seem like the actions of a twelve year-old girl? When was the last time a professional athlete gave someone the silent treatment? I hate Scott Boras and would love to see A-Rod fire him, but the silent treatment? A-Rod, why don't you just tell him that he's a douche and he can go fuck himself? You are a 32 year-old man, act like one.

John Sickels' Yankees' Top 20 Prospects

Here's the link
Here's the list:
  1. Joba Chamberlain, RHP, Grade A
  2. Jose Tabata, OF, Grade B+
  3. Ian Kennedy, RHP, Grade B+
  4. Alan Horne, RHP, Grade B
  5. Austin Jackson, OF, Grade B-
  6. Bradley Suttle, 3B, Grade B-
  7. Dellin Betances, RHP, Grade B-
  8. Austin Romine, C, Grade B- (hate grading guys who haven’t played yet, could be C+)
  9. Jesus Montero, C, Grade C+ (borderline B-)
  10. Dan McCutchen, RHP, Grade C+
  11. Brett Gardner, OF, Grade C+
  12. Damon Sublett, 2B, Grade C+ (love this guy)
  13. Andrew Brackman, RHP, Grade C+ (could slot anywhere from 9 to 20 depending on what you want to emphasize)
  14. Jeffrey Marquez, RHP, Grade C+
  15. George Kontos, RHP, Grade C+
  16. Kevin Whelan, RHP, Grade C+ (check those K/IP and H/IP, but command?)
  17. Frank Cervelli, C, Grade C+ (great glove, bat?)
  18. David Robertson, RHP, Grade C+ (stunning numbers)
  19. Jairo Heredia, RHP, Grade C+
  20. Zach McAllister, RHP, Grade C+
Just as a side note the Yankees made Mo's contract official today.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

T.J. Beam a Pirate?

I know i cant picture it either. Maybe this will help.

Ok but he signed with the Pirates. I am really not going to miss him after the 8.50 ERA in 20 games. He singed a minor league contract and if he pitches in the majors he will earn $450,000.

source: The Canadian Press

Oh Sweet Jesus!!

Jesus Montero, one of the Yankees' biggest international free agent signings from two years ago, is now eighteen years old and playing in the Dominican Winter League. To sum it up, he is tanking (in the good way):
2007 Liga Paralela 23 81 18 29 4 0 6 17 51 14 14 2 0 .448 .630 .358 0

For those of you who don't know of him, he is a catcher. Yes. A catcher with an OPS of 1.078. 1.078! If Jorge retires after his newly signed four-year deal is over (which is very likely because he will be 40), Then Jesus will be 23 at the beginning of the next season. At this point he should definitely be big-league ready, and ready to replace Posada as the Yankee catcher for years to come.


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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Andy Pettite Admits to HGH Use

Andy Pettite admitted to using HGH toady, making him the first player named in the Mitchell report to admit to his use. He used it twice in 2002 to recover from an elbow injury. Andy is one of the all-time great Yankees and his admission doesn't change that. He did not use the drugs to better himself as a pitcher. Andy has always been a classy guy, and it takes a guy like him to admit to something like this. Given the doubts surrounding the reports, he could have easily denied the allegations, and most people probably would have believed him. His use doesn't take away from his legacy as a player or from the Yankees' World Series victories, as many Mets and Red Sox fans will try to argue.

The End is Near

The Yankees have started talking with the only man who has been hurt more than Pavano. His name is MARK PRIOR. He is a little more of a man than Pavano. Here are his injuries over the years
Date Injury Time Inactive

Midseason 2003

Shoulder after on-field collision with Atlanta Braves second baseman Marcus Giles.

3 Starts

Preseason 2004

Achilles tendon injury

2 months

Preseason 2005

Elbow strain

Several weeks

May 27, 2005

Throwing elbow - comeback line drive off the bat of Brad Hawpe

Several Weeks

Preseason 2006

Strained shoulder

3 Months

July 14, 2006

Strained left oblique in batting practice

2 starts

August 14, 2006

Shoulder tendinitis

Rest of 2006 Season

Spring Training 2007

Shoulder surgery

Entire 2007 Season

(source- wikipedia)

He is coming off of shoulder surgery and won't be ready to pitch till the second half of 2008. Stay away from this injury magnet. It is funny that the Yankees are going after him because the Yankees drafted Prior in the supplemental first round in 1998 out of high school but failed to sign him; he went on to attend Vanderbilt and then Southern Cal. Who knows what would have happened if the Yankees singed him.

One plus: He has never, to my knowledge, crashed a Porsche or went on the DL for a bruised ass.

Friday, December 14, 2007

A-Rod Richer Than God?

1994Seattle Mariners$442,333
1995Seattle Mariners$442,333
1996Seattle Mariners$442,334
1997Seattle Mariners$1,062,500
1998Seattle Mariners$2,162,500
1999Seattle Mariners$3,112,500
2000Seattle Mariners$4,362,500
2001Texas Rangers$22,000,000
2002Texas Rangers$22,000,000
2003Texas Rangers$22,000,000
2004New York Yankees$22,000,000
2005New York Yankees$26,000,000
2006New York Yankees$21,680,727
2007New York Yankees$22,708,525

Here are the Years to come

2008 $27M
2009 $32M
2010 $32M
2011 $31M
2012 $29M
2013 $28M
2014 $25M
2015 $21M
2016 $20M
2017 $20M

In his career that is about 435 Million Dollars

That's a little more than I have made

Is Carl Pavano Gay????

After that shocking title you would think I would have something to back that up but I don't.... He actually has a really hot girlfriend but that is besides the point. See ---->

He may not be gay but he is definitely a thief. After a memorable four years and 39.95 million later the Yankees released him. But don't breathe a sigh of relief Yankee Fans we might be stuck with the D.L. King to a minor league contract. He said he is going to accept a minor-league assignment. Looks like were stuck with the Raja of Rehab for a little longer.

The Viz to Sign With Rockies

Luis Vizcaino is about to sign with the Rockies. He made 77 appearances for the Yankees last year, and proved to be very inconsistent. He struck out 62 and posted an ERA of 4.30 (104 ERA+). The Rockies will be his fifth team in five years. His replacement, LaTroy Hawkins appeared in 62 games last year with and unimpressive 29 K's, while posting a 3.42 ERA (140 ERA+). The ERA looks good but was supported by an abnormally high GB rate of 63.3%. He's due for some regression. The Viz is probably a better pitcher then LaTroy, but since the Viz is a type B free agent the Yankees get a sandwich pick, or a pick between the first and second round. So if you look at it as if it were a trade, the Yankees, by getting LaTroy (at a lower price than the Viz and on a 1-year deal) along with a sandwich pick get the better end of the deal.
The Viz LaTroy

George Mitchell is a LIAR

I don't know if you heard about this, but the Mitchell report came out yesterday. The report can be found here. The report named a little more than eighty names, not of which more prominent than the MAN himself, Chuck Knoblauch. However, I would like to point out that this is all based off of hearsay, and is not at all true. George Mitchell is a member of the Red Sox board and only out Chuck in there because he is jealous of his superior throwing arm and slap-hitting ability.
Chuck in all his glory

Dan Haren Traded

Dan Haren was traded to the Diamondbacks for six prospects. Six. The deal was centered around outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and first basemen Chris Carter, who was recently acquired in a trade with the White Sox. The other guys in the deal are 20 year-old LHP Brett Anderson, 22 year-old OF Aaron Cunningham, 24 year-old reliever Dana Eveland and 24 year-old LHP Greg Smith. The A's sent 26 year-old reliever Connor Robertson to the D-Backs to complete the deal. Seems like a pretty good deal for both teams. The D-Backs got a horse to go along with Brandon Webb in Dan Haren, who will light it up in the NL West. The A's had little chance to compete this year and could only afford Haren for two more years. Gonzalez and Carter both have a chance to become absolute studs and could be the cornerstones of the A's offense in a few years. According to Baseball America, Gonzalez was Arizona's top prospect, Brett Anderson was their #3 prospect, Cunningham #7 and Carter #8. Haren will help the Diamondbacks in the short run but selling the farm may hurt them long term.

And So It Begins.....

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