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Source: Cuban LHP Chapman to the Reds

Chapman 1:10.pngJeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has now confirmed (via Twitter) that the Reds have signed the Cuban lefty, Aroldis Chapman, to a five-year deal worth $30 million. The Angels and Blue Jays were long thought to be the front runners, with the Marlins and Red Sox also in the mix.

Chapman, 22, will join a highly talented and young staff that includes Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, and Aaron Harang.

Chapman burst onto the scene in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, when he struck out eight batters in six and a third innings pitched for the Cuban team, despite going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA. The lefty also went 11-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 2008-2009, striking out 130 in 118 1/3 IP.

As many as 15 teams went to see Chapman pitch in Cuba earlier this offseason, one of which was the Yankees. Among many perks, teams were most impressed by his triple digit fastball.

From a Yankee perspective, you can just be happy he didn’t end up within the divison. The Yankees were never really serious about him anyway. You can also be happy he didn’t end up on the Angels, which were for a long time the front runners.

But, to every team and fan in Major League Baseball, I think we can all now be worried about this staff out of Cincinnati. If you ask me, there is no younger more talented group of pitchers. Props to the Reds officials for putting that together.


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Is Chapman too much of an unknown for five-years, $30MM?(polls)

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The Buzz: Doc would approve Yanks

Halladay 11:28.jpgBlue Jays pitcher, Roy Halladay, would waive his no trade clause for a deal that would send him to the Yankees, writes Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun.

Bob Elliot quotes an unnamed Major League executive who said, “I don’t know when he is going and I don’t know where he’s going. But I
do know that Halladay has told the Jays he’ll approve a trade to the

The former Cy Young winner, and 32 year-old, has a career record of 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA in 12 seasons with the Blue Jays,
and he has one year remaining on a three-year, $40 million deal.

The New York Daily News wrote last week that the Red Sox were putting in a “full-court press” for Doc and intend on doing it before the winter meetings begin on December 7th in Indianapolis.

If the Yankees were to trade for Halladay, it would be in a package that would include many young stars. Among which are starting pitchers Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes as well as top prospect catcher Jesus Montero or outfielder Austin Jackson.

Once again, I hope the Yankees can resist this. No doubt Halladay is a great, great pitcher, but at some point you need to just stop. To me, the value of these prospects and the thrill of watching them grow is way more desireable than watching Doc dominate in pinstripes.


Poll of the Day:
Would you give up Hughes/Chamberlain and Montero/Jackson for Halladay?(poll)

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The Buzz: Doc ready to move on

Halladay 11:21.pngAccording to a report on MLB.com, Blue Jays ace, Roy Halladay has said that he will not resign with the Blue Jays come the end of next season. The Blue Jays, while discussing a possible three-way deal with the Cubs, reportedly said that they would like to trade Halladay this offseason.

“We would like to sign him, he is an original Blue Jay and we have
never had a pitcher as good as him,” Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston told the New York Post. “But he is
not inclined to sign with us.”

Earlier, I stated that I would not like the Yankees to pursue Roy Halladay. If the Yankees decide to trade for him, they will be giving up very valuable porspects. 63% of you said in a poll that you would not trade away valuable prospects for Roy Halladay (now taking new results below). The fact that he will be a free agent next season makes this a lot easier. To me, I don’t care whether the Yankees get him or not, I just don’t want it to be at the expense of their future stars.


Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees give up valuable prospects for Halladay?(answers)

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Chat or Chuck: Roy Halladay

Here we go again. According to SI.com, the Yankees are talking with the Blue Jays about a possible deal for RHP Roy Halladay. Halladay is by far one of the best — if not the best — pitcher in the Major Leagues. Last year he was a huge topic for discussion, and it’s no surprise his name is up again.

Why Chat?:

  • He had the lowest BB/9 ratio this season at just 1.3.
  • He had the highest SO/BB ratio at 5.94.
  • He is consistent, pitching over 200 innings in 6 of his last 8 seasons, leading the league in that category in ’02, ’03 and ’08.
  • He strikes out almost 8 batters per nine innings.
  • He has led the league in CG in 5 of his last 7 seasons.
  • He is probably the best there is.

Why Chuck?:

  • The Yankees would have to give up a lot of valuable prospects.
  • It’s just enough already.

Chat or Chuck?:
Sorry… Chuck.
Is Halladay one of the best pitchers in the league? Definitely. But, there is going to come a point where the Yankees are just going to need to sit back and play their hand. Realistically, they could get the best player at each postion (they almost have that) and pay them all very well, but, wheres the fun in that? To me, I rather watch the Yankees bring up some star prospects and watch them grow, rather than the Yankees stacking their team with veterans and watching their starts succeed somewhere else.


Other Chat or Chucks:
Johnny Damon
Hideki Matsui
Erik Bedard
John Lackey


Poll of the Day:
Would you give up valuable prospects for Roy Halladay?(trends)

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Posada, Carlson hit with 3 game suspension

Both to begin suspensions Wednesday for late inning brawl.


    Posada Brawl.png Jorge Posada and Jesse Carlson were both hit with three game suspensions Wednesday for a brawl in Tuesday nights game. Both players were also hit with a fine of a disclosed amount. Shelly Duncan was also suspended for three games and Rod Barajas was fined $1,000. 

     The incident started in the top of the eighth inning when Mark Melancon hit Aaron Hill with a pitch straight in the back. Obviously it wasn’t intentional. He had no reason to throw at Hill. Jim Joyce called the incident unintentional as well.
     In the next inning, Jesse Carlson threw a pitch right behind Posada. Jorge was not happy and took a few steps toward the mound mouthing “you don’t want to do that.” Posada ended up walking and scoring. As he ran through the plate, he elbowed Carlson. Carlson, understandably, was unhappy and started a fight with Posada. Both benches cleared and the fight began.
     Heres the problem I have. MLB got this all wrong. Carlson was obviously just a messenger, Gaston was the one who told him to do it. Thats how these things happen. Carlson wouldn’t want to throw at a batter, he wants to pitch! 
     Gaston is the one who should be fined, not Carlson. Posada deserves it because he essentially started it by elbowing Carlson. 
     I’m disgusted with all the fighting in baseball. People always say its “part of the game.” Then why do people get thrown out for doing it?! It’s not part of the game and needs to stop. Suspensions and $1,000 fines are nothing for players making millions of dollars. It’s time or MLB to crack down on this. Give Gaston a $50,000 fine and I bet you he won’t do it again. Plus, every player who leaves the bench should be fined. There’s no reason anyone needs to be hurt. Every player leaves the bench to “defend their players” whatever that means. When players leave the bench, it just makes everything more emotional. Stop the fighting, and lets play some baseball!

9/16 Blue Jays vs. Yankees Preview

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Blue Jays Probable Pitcher:

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Brian Tallet
#56 LHP
(7-9) 5.26 ERA 145.1 IP 1.59 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/11 @ DET: W, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 SO
Away (Season): (4-7) 5.40 ERA 1.613 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): (1-1) 5.00 ERA 1.722 WHIP
Run Support: 5.12 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Johnny Damon (26)
Best BA: Hideki Matsui (.529, 9 for 17)
Most H: Hideki Matsui (9)
Most HR: Robinson Cano, Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira (1)
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Chad Gaudin
#41 RHP
(5-10) 4.81 ERA 129.0 IP 1.79 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/8 vs. TB: ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, R, 2 BB, 6 SO, HR
Home (Season): (2-6) 5.30 ERA 1.822 WHIP
Vs. Blue Jays (Season): (1-0) 4.76 ERA 1.588 WHIP
Run Support: 3.88 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Blue Jays):
Most PA: Vernon Wells (13)
Best BA: Raul Chavez (1.000, 3 for 3)
Most H: Aaron Hill (4)
Most HR: Aaron Hill, Marco Scutaro, Vernon Wells (1)
Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: Opposing hitters are hitting .386 off Tallet on the first pitch.
  2. Let Him Stay: The third time Tallet faces a team, hitters are batting .301.
  3. 2nd of Four: When Tallet throws pitches 26-50 of the game, opposing hitters are batting .313 off Tallet. Thats the best of any interval of pitches.
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9/6 Yankees vs. Blue Jays Preview

Yanks go for series win, Blue Jays look to split. 

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Yankees @ Blue Jays
1:07 pm ET
Series at a Glance:
Game 1: NYY 10 TOR 5
Game 2: NYY 0 TOR 6
Game 3: NYY 6 TOR 4
Game 4: Mitre vs. Tallet
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Sergio Mitre
#45 RHP
(3-1) 5.65 ERA 36.2 IP 20 SO 1.609 WHIP
Last Start: 8/29 vs. CWS: W, 6.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 SO, 0 HR
Away (Season): (1-0) 7.98 ERA 2.182 WHIP 
Season vs. TOR: 2 GS (0-1) 5.79 ERA 1.821 WHIP
Team Record In Appearances: 6-2
Run Support: 6.75 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitter (Blue Jays):
Most PA: Aaron Hill (9)
Best BA: Joe Inglett (.667, 2 for 3), Lyle Overbay (.667, 4 for 6)
Most H: Lyle Overbay (4)
Most HR: Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, Aaron Hill, Lyle Overbay (1)
Blue Jays Probable Pitcher:

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Brian Tallet
# 56 LHP
(5-9) 5.17 ERA 134.0 IP 98 SO 1.485 WHIP
Last Start: 9/1 @ TEX: L, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR
Home (Season): (2-2) 4.82 ERA 1.347 WHIP
Season vs. Yankees: 2 GS (0-1) 3.46 1.538 WHIP
Team Record In Appearances: 10-22
Run Support: 4.63 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Johnny Damon (23)
Best BA: Hideki Matsui (.500, 7 for 14), Mark Teixeira (.500, 4 for 8)
Most H: Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui (7)
Most HR: Robinson Cano, Hideki Matsui, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Johnny Damon (1)
Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: Tallet has given up 31 hits (5 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR) in 77 at bats on the first pitch this season. Thats a .403 batting average.
  2. Take Advantage: With RISP, Tallet has opposing hitters hitting at a .298 clip. 
  3. Forget the Match-Ups: Lefties are hitting .291 off Tallet which is a lot better than right handed hitters. So, if your Joe Girardi, don’t keep your lefties out of the line-up just because a lefty is on the mound.

Back-to-Back 10 Run Games Makes It 7 In A Row

Gaudin’s night is short, yanks bats back him up.

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Mitre couldn’t go tonight because of a sore forearm after getting hit with a line drive in his last start. That start, not to mention, was his best as a Yankee, and probably the best of his career. So, to take his place, Gaudin made the start. He was good to begin with, but seemed to get a little tired and lost the strike zone. He ended the night going 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. Those walks really haunted him. Romero on the other side, gave up four runs in the first inning. Two were on errors. He got very strong for a few innings, then fell apart again. He ended going 4.1 innings giving up seven runs on six hits and seven strikeouts. Only five of those runs were earned. Aceves, Robertson, Bruney and Marte did another great job. They pitched a combined 5.1 innings and gave up just two hits and two runs. Both the hits and the runs were given up by Aceves. The Yankees got to Frasor in the ninth. At that moment, it was a close game. A-Rod hit a line drive right over the left field wall and Posada hit a two run moon shot to right. That blew the game open and made it 10-5.
Player of the Game: Jorge Posada: 4 for 5, R, 4 RBI
The Wrap-Up: Now seven in a row for the Yankees. They have scored 20 runs in the past two days. Wow. Save some for the playoffs boys! Boston won — who cares — so the Yankees still have a 7.5 game lead in the East. Just a little observation. I don’t know if you heard it, but there was someone at the stadium screaming “Vernon Wells, worse contract in baseball!” Then he was yelling out his stats. Pretty funny.
Coming Up Next: Chamberlain (8-4, 4.28) against Halladay (13-8, 3.13). Halladay just hasn’t been the same pitcher since he wasn’t traded. There will probably be some stupid innings limit tomorrow as well. We are in for an interesting game.

Road Trip Review

AL East

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3 Stops:
  1. Seattle (W,W,W,L)
  2. Oakland (L,W,W)
  3. Boston (W,L,W)
Team Record: 7-3 (10 Games)
Offense: .299 BA, . 845 OPS, 24 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR
Pitching: 4.86 ERA, 87.0 IP, 84 SO
Road Trip MVP: Derek Jeter: .488 (21 for 43), 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Pitching MVP: C.C. Sabathia: 3 GS (3-0) 2.38 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 H, 25 SO, 195 BAA
Best Moment: Mark Teixeira: 8/14 @ SEA, GW HR in 9th 

8/13 Yankees vs. Mariners Preview

Yanks try to keep rolling as they hit the road, take on Seattle.

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Yankees @ Mariners
10:10 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(12-7) 3.76 ERA 162.2 IP 123 SO 1.168 WHIP
CC was absolutely lights out in his last start. And boy was it a big one, against the Boston Red Sox. He went 7.2 innings, gave up just two hits and no runs, while walking two and striking out nine, a season high. He retired the first 13 batters he faced. In his last two starts, CC has struck out 14 batters in 14.2 innings and has a WHIP of 0.954. Since 2005, CC is 17-2 in the month of August, thats the most wins for any pitcher in that span. In seven career starts at Safeco Field, Sabathia is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and a WHIP of 1.091. 
Ichiro is a career .415 hitter against Sabathia. The Mariners as a team are .297 hitters against CC. The Yankees are just 13-11 in games that Sabathia starts, but in his last nine starts, their 6-3. The Yankees average over 5 runs per game when CC is on the mound. 

Mariners Probable Pitcher:

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Ian Snell
#48 RHP
(2-8) 5.42 ERA 88.0 IP 57 SO 1.648 WHIP
This will be Snells third start as a Mariner, his last one didn’t go so well. He went just 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and six walks against the Rays. This is Snells first career start against the Yankees. In his last three starts, Ian has an ERA of 8.10 and a WHIP of 2.100. 
The Pirates and Mariners are 4-13 in games that Snell starts. Jerry Hairston and Nick Swisher are the only players on the Yankees with a hit. Mark Teixeira is the only other Yankee to have faced S
nell, he is 0 for 5. 
Keys to the Game: 
  1. Strike One: In 2009, when Snell throws strike one, opposing hitters are batting .227, when he doesn’t, they are hitting .361.
  2. Patience: This year, Snell averages 5.4 walks per nine innings.
  3. Get to the ‘pen: In the month of August, Pirates relievers have a combined 7.02 ERA.