Showing posts with label Hideki Matsui. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hideki Matsui. Show all posts

Monday, April 6, 2009

Yanks Drop Opener As CC Struggles

The Yankees kicked off their much anticipated 2009 season today in Baltimore as CC Sabathia took on Jeremy Guthrie. As I'm sure you all know, the Yankees lost 10-5. CC struggled with command of his fastball and got behind in counts a lot. This is not a good way to pitch, so he got knocked around a little. He started slow last year too, so I'm not going to worry. One positive about this game is that two of the biggest question marks for the Yankees, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui, each had a home run. The Yankees are off tomorrow, and go after their first win on Wednesday, as Chien-Ming Wang takes on Koji Uehara.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Who to Trade?

With the recent signing of Teixeira their's been talk of trading one or two of the Yanks corner outfielders. If they traded one it would make room for Pettitte (which may or may not already exist) and if they traded two they could conceivably be able to afford Manny Ramirez (don't see that happening though). I only see them trading one, if that. Here`s a look at the 3 guys they`re considering trading.

Damon had a great year last year offensively. In fact, believe it or not it was one of the best years of his career with the bat. However, he`s getting older, is an injury risk, and can't play a good centerfield anymore. I`d be shocked if even came close to replicating 2008. Normally, it would be a good time to sell high on him going into a contract year. Unfortunately, though, they can't. His perceived value is a lot lower than his actual value and they wouldn't get enough back to make it worth it. Damon also has a partial NTC and likes New York. He would require some sort of compensation if he were traded making him less attractive to any suitor as well.

Swisher was basically just robbed from the White Sox. They gave up very little to get him and he`s poised to have a huge bounce-back year. What they would get for Swisher is almost definitely going to be less than what they gave up for him as well. He`s under team control for the next few years at a fairly low price as well. Swisher also is going to be one of the only players under 30 in the opening day starting lineup. Trading Swisher makes zero sense.

Matsui can still hit fairly well but that's about it. He`s never been a very good left-fielder and now he`s a huge problem out there so that probably takes out the entire NL as potential trade partners. He`s also the biggest injury risk on this list. It seems like all those years of playing all out every day have taken a toll on him. The odds are probably against him being worth the 13 million dollars left on his contract. They`d have to pick up a big chunk of that and accept almost nothing in return if they were to trade. He brings in a lot of money from Japan as well which might make them reluctant to trade him. Further adding to this mess is that he has a full NTC.

Nady has always been a solid player until 2008. It wasn't until then that he became a genuine star player. The question is whether he`s a late bloomer having a breakout year or just a fluke. I really have no idea how to tell which it is but past history tells us that a fluke is more likely. It might be a good idea to sell high on him here. He`s the only one who would actually bring back anything of value and only has one year left anyway. Moving him would put Gardner or Melky into the lineup but it also lets Damon move to a corner spot. If Nady reverts to his previous offensive levels then the upgrade on defense over a bad Damon and a mediocore Nady largely cancels out the difference between hitters.

Many teams would have interest in Nady and I`ll get into that later on but any trade that could possibly happen probably wouldn't happen for a while. Later on when most of the top free agent hitters are off the board some of the losers may come calling Cashman. Then we might start hearing some rumors. I still don't think the Yanks are done yet though.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Matsui Out For The Season

Earlier today, Hideki Matsui had season-ending surgery on his left knee. This is something that easily could have happened months ago, but Hideki wanted to come back. However, since his return he has not played well, and it was obvious he needed the surgery. He was able to play in the Stadium's final game last night, but will now shut it down for the rest of the year, and come back in April ready to play, presumably as the full-time DH.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

News on Joba and Matsui

Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to start a throwing program Wednesday as part of his rehab for his injured shoulder.
Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Wednesday due to rotator cuff tendinitis in his pitching shoulder.
“Play catch and just go from there,” Chamberlain said Monday.
The 22-year-old was removed from his start Aug. 2 against Texas in the fifth inning with stiffness in his shoulder. He expects to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation before the end of the month.
Chamberlain is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 32 games, including 12 starts.
Also, DH Hideki Matsui ran the bases for the first time since being sidelined in late June by a left knee injury. He could start playing in minor league rehab games soon.
“If everything goes well, I think in a couple days,” Matsui said through a translator. “I feel like I’ve been making good progress every day. Taking a good step forward each time.”
Matsui has appeared in 69 games this season, hitting .323 with seven homers and 34 RBIs.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Matsui To Begin Running

Hideki Matsui will begin a running program today as he attempts to rehab his injured knee. Whether he will make it back this year is still uncertain, but if he could come back and be the regular DH, it would be a big boost to the lineup.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Matsui and Damon Not Making Progress

According to Pete Abraham, both Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui have both suffered setbacks in their rehab down in Florida. This is very bad news for an unproductive offense. Both of those guys were having very good seasons before getting hurt, and them being out longer means more Wilson Betemit and Brett Gardner/Melky Cabrera. It's too bad there are no future Hall of Famers just sitting around waiting to play for the pro-rated fastball. Oh well.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Some Good News for Matsui

Hideki Matsui, who was recently put on the DL with a knee injury, could take batting practice sometime this week. So I guess that means he won't need surgery, and the Yankees probably won't be signing Barry Bonds. Matsui is eligible to come of the DL on July 8th, but he will probably stay on the DL until after the All-Star break, as the Yankees want to be cautious with his rehab.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Matsui To DL

As we try to forget that first game of the doubleheader, we get worse news: Hideki Matsui is headed to the DL His roster spot was used to make room for Sidney Ponson, who will pitch tonight. In possibly worse news, Ross Ohlendorf has been optioned to Scranton to make room for Kei Igawa. I'm guessing (hoping) this won't last long, and Igawa is only being brought up as long relief if (when) Sir Sidney falters.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

What? You Want an Aging Left Fielder?

I saw this post on MLBTR about the Padres' outfield situation. Basically, they want a better left fielder to sure up their outfield. Immediately, I thought MATSUI! or Damon. Of course, the Yankees would have to keep part of their salary, but we could probably get a decent return, along with the added roster flexibility. MLBTR mentions Wilfredo Ledezma and Clay Hensley as possible trade candidates. I would be happy with either one of those guys as part of a package, but we would need more than one of those two. I have a feeling they wouldn't want to part with Kevin Kouzmanoff, but there's always a chance, considering he's blocking top prospect Chase Headley (I'm assuming Kouz could play first). Not saying anything will happen, but I think the Yankees should at least explore this.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Three Short Points

Three Short Points:
  • David Aardsma of the Chicago White Sox has been DFA'd. I know, it's a stretch, but you never know with relievers. Good K rates, bad everything else, but he is young and he throws hard, so maybe he could be worth a non-roster invite.
  • Don Mattingly is out as Dodger's hitting coach. He says it was for family reasons, but will remain with the team as a special assistant.
  • Hideki Matsui's rehab on his right knee is not going as smoothly as expected. He is coming back to the states to get it checked out.