Here are some of the latest news stories from various sources:
- ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals are getting closer to a deal with Matt Holliday. The deal could be a seven-year deal.
- Wang’s agent told 1050 ESPN
that he has heard from 15 teams who are interested in Wang. The Yankees
were one of them, while the Mets were not. No other teams were
- The Red Sox have made an offer for third baseman, Adrian Beltre, according to ESPN.com. Other teams are also interest including the Angels, Athletics and Orioles.
- Buster Olney tweets that the Athletics have pulled their offer off the table for Adrian Beltre.
- According to SNY, Jason Bay has passed his physical and is officially a New York Met, to be announced tomorrow.
- An AP source tells NBCSports.com that Bay’s deal with the Mets will have a $17M option for 2014.
- Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues says that the Yankees should go after the A’s, Travis Buck, to play the outfield.
- The NY Post reports that David Cone will not be returning to the YES Network. Tino Martinez is a possible replacement.
- 7:40 p.m. SI.com has learned that the Red Sox are now close to a deal with Adrian Beltre. The deal is believed to be at least two-years with an opt-out option after this season.
- 9:19 p.m. Peter Gammons says via Twitter that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9M, with a player option for $5M. 9:31 p.m. FOXSports.com confirms.
- 9:25 p.m. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets about a possible trade that would send Luis Castillo to the Red Sox, and Mike Lowell to the Mets. The deal would work out for the Red Sox with Beltre coming, and with Castillo gone, the Mets could go after Orlando Hudson.
- 9:29 p.m. Chad Jennings of The Journal News reports that the Indians have signed Shelly Duncan.
Best Moment: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Derek Jeter becomes “Mr. November”
Derek Jeter earned his pinstripes by walking off against the Diamondbacks in the 2001 world series with a home run over the right field wall. Still one of the most iconic scenes in Yankee history.
Honorable mention: Aaron Boone walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS vs Boston.
Worst Moment: 2004 ALCS vs Red Sox: Damon’s Grand Slam
Honorable mention: Rivera throws potential double play ball into center field in the bottom of the ninth in game 7 of the 2001 WS.
Honorable mention: 8/7/09: A-Rod walk-off home run in scoreless, 15 inning affair vs Red Sox.
Worst Game: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez blooper
A story book series and a near comeback win for the Yankees was gone with the wind after Luis Gonzalez blooped a walk off single over the drawn in infield. Had the infield played back, the Yankees would have 28 world championships.
Honorable mention: 4/25/09: Yankees blow huge lead vs Red Sox.
Biggest Bust: Carl Pavano comes to the Yankees, but doesn’t pitch
Honorable mention: Chein-Ming Wang collapses in 2009 season.
Best play: 2001 ALDS vs A’s: The Jeter “flip play”
Honorable mention: 7/1/04: Jeter dives into the stands.
Team of the decade:
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Alfonso Soriano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Bernie Williams
RF: Paul O’Neil
C: Jorge Posada
SP: Andy Pettitte
RP: Mariano Rivera
Manager: Joe Torre
Yankees leaders of the decade:
Most Games: Derek Jeter (1500)
Most Home Runs: Alex Rodriguez (238)
Most Hits: Derek Jeter (1940)
Most Walks: Jorge Posada (707)
Most Wins: Mike Mussina (123)
Most Saves: Mariano Rivera (397)
Most Strikeouts: Mike Mussina (1278)
Most Pitches: Mike Mussina (24120)
Looking ahead to the 2010 regular season…
You never worry about this infield. From left to right: Teixeira, Cano, Jeter, Rodriguez. To me, that’s the best in MLB. You won’t have to worry about that for a good five years.
This rotation scares me. But, the Yankees needed something, and Pettitte was a good choice.
I didn’t really want to see this guy give up 27 runs in three consecutive starts again. Hopefully he succeeds somewhere else, but I don’t want to even risk going through that again.
They did it. They let him go. How dare they. There are some things you just don’t mess with. Your top prospect is one of them.
The ? Marks:
The Yankees gave up a lot for this guy. After all, the Yankees already have a .250 hitting outfielder in Nick Swisher. Plus, he’s 2/3 of a player because he can’t play against lefties. We’ll see.
Don’t get me started on this. If they make an offer, expect Montero and Joba/Hughes to be a part of it. Will they do it?
The Yankees need someone to fill that DH spot. Boras is asking for a four year deal, the Yankees want no part of that. Who will back down?
Bay is waiting for something, I’m not quite sure what it is. Holliday has been dormant for the most part so far. The Yankees have done absolutley nothing in reagrd to either of these guys. Maybe similar to a Teixeira kind of situation?
To do list:
- Get one or two starting pitchers.
- Get one or two relief pitchers.
- Sign a DH.
- Make a decision on Bay/Holliday and stick to it.
A table of Yankees got together for Thanksgiving. They went around the table saying what they were thankful for. Here’s what they said:
is thankful for Kate Hudson. And Luis Castillo for dropping that pop up.
is thankful for Lou Gehrig’s career being cut short, giving him the chance to break his all time Yankee hits record.
is thankful for championship number 27. Had the Yankees not won this championship, his job would be in serious danger.
is thankful for the Yankees didn’t just send him down to the minors. His 4.75 ERA was rough to watch all the way through.
is thankful that the Yankees have a disgusting amount of money, making it remotely possible that they will offer him a contract, after having an ERA over 9.
is thankful for Xavier Nady’s injury. He’s also thankful for his wit, which has made his atrocious defense and lack of postseason production, almost tolerable.
is thankful that MLB didn’t fine him an amount that actually matters to him for his fight with Jesse Carlson of the Blue Jays.
is thankful for his record breaking RBI total in the final game of the World Series. That may be a great ending to his Yankee career.
I am thankful for…
All of my readers that make writing this blog all worth while. And, of course, #27! Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
What are you thankful for?
Write a comment on this entry saying what you are thankful for this thanksgiving. Help spread the holiday spirit!
It’s about time we stop avoiding that fact that there needs to be a decision made on this guy. He was awful this season, and now the Yankees have to make a choice: Bring Wang back, or let him go. For most people, it’s a black and white choice. Let’s look at the options.
Wang has gotten interest from other teams, the strongest coming from the Dodgers. Wang said “I will try my best to secure a return to Major League Baseball, and my
first choice would be the Yankees though it would be okay for me to
pitch for any other MLB team.”
Age/Type FA: 29/Arbitration eligible
Career (5 seasons): (55-26) 4.16 ERA 310 SO
Best Season (2006): (19-6) 3.63 ERA 218.0 IP 76 SO
- He led the league in wins in 2006.
- He gave up the least homers in the league in ’06 and ’07.
- He won 38 games in the course of two seasons.
- He is young.
- He was the Yankees ace for a long time and was one of the best in the game.
- After an atrocious season, he will come at a dirt cheap price.
- He had a 9.64 ERA last season in 11 games (9 starts).
- Ever since he broke his foot running home from third in Houston, he has fallen apart.
- He is coming off elbow surgery.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck. I understand how good he was for a long time, but he has seriously fallen completely apart. He was given every chance he needed last year, and there wasn’t even a sparkle of hope. Face it, Wang is no longer a good pitcher. I know he can come at a cheap price and will be a tiny investment, and I know that he can end up being a great pitcher with a great career, but this is the New York Yankees. This is where winning isn’t a goal, winning is a way of life. This is where anything short of excellence is unacceptable, and Wang falls short of that mark.