Here are this weeks top three…
teams on the rise:
- Seattle Mariners
- Baltimore Orioles
- Philadelphia Phillies
teams on the decline:
- Anaheim Angels
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Boston Red Sox
free agent signings:
- John Lackey to the Red Sox
- Chone Figgins to the Mariners
- Hideki Matsui to the Angels (edit: thanks to Evan Coleman for the correction.)
- Curtis Granderson to the Yankees
- Cliff Lee to the Mariners
- Milton Bradley to the Mariners
available free agents:
- Matt Holliday
- Jason Bay
- Ben Sheets
If you have any questions or comments on any of the picks I made, leave a comment on this entry and I’ll reply to you.
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.
Wow. Who would have thought that the first big deal of the off season would involve the defending champions? According to the NY Post, the Yankees have a agreed upon a three way trade that would send Granderson to the Yankees, Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks and Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Tigers.
- He is only 29 years old.
- He has stolen over 65 bases in all of his past four seasons.
- He hit 30 home runs last season, and with the right field at Yankee Stadium combined with his lefty bat, that is sure to rise.
- The Yankees, in essence, made a good deal, only giving up one top prospect.
- He can play a good center field.
- The Yankees have given up their top prospect.
- Without Coke and Bruney, this bullpen is extremely thin now.
- Granderson hits .183 against left-handed pitching.
- He strikes out a lot, leading the league in that category in 2006.
Smart or Smack:
You tell me. I’m torn on this one. Granderson is a great player who is young and can make a difference at Yankee Stadium. It was a good thing that the Yankees didn’t give up too much. They still have huge prospects waiting to come up, so theres still some hope in that regard. Coke and Kennedy I can live without, but with Bruney gone as well, the Yankees better have a plan for this suddenly thin bullpen. To me, what this really means is that the Yankees have kind of pulled themselves out of the race for Halladay. In the end, as much as I was looking forward to watching Jackson come up and grow, the thought of a second trophy next year is uncomparable. Thats what you have to play for.
I think Halladay knows at this point that offers are going to come his way, but this little outcry is just a scheme to get teams on their toes quickly, or at least I think it is.
But what this does for me is it scares me. Time and time again I pray on this blog that at the start of the 2010 season, Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero will be within the Yankees reach. Of course, that means that Halladay won’t be on the team.
47% of you said in a poll that you would not give up valuable prospects for Roy Halladay. That’s not enough of you. But what matters is what’s in the mind of Brian Cashman.
Here is how I see it. I said yesterday that the Yankees need a starting pitcher. Cashman knows that, and is most definitely looking at Halladay as one of his options. That of course, does not help me. What it comes down to is this: Would you rather see Roy Halladay, an already proven pitcher, come to New York and dominate for a couple of years, or would you rather have the joy of experiencing the thrill of watching a potential hall of famer break into the big leagues?
Cashman wants to win, so do Yankee fans. But, we won it without Halladay, and we can do it again.
The holidays are approaching, so I think it’s a good time to put together a wish list. For the Yankees, of course.
- Resist the urge to sign Hideki Matsui. I’ve said it before, his knees make him useless. I really don’t like having a player sit on the bench and clog up that DH spot considering their are other fielding capable players on the Yankees who will need that DH every once and a while.
- Sign Damon to a two-year deal. It will be tough to do considering Scott Boras is pushing for Jeter-like numbers (yeah right!). Damon showed last year that he is doing anything but decining and is probably on the incline. He had way better power numbers and looked better in the outfield.
- Keep your top prospects. That means no trading for Halladay and no trading for Granderson. I can’t tell you how horrible it would be for me to see the future of the Yankees deteriorate without even giving it a chance.
- Sign Bay or Holliday. The Yankees are going to need one of these guys, but certainly not both. They are both great players and can both fill a spot on this team.
- Sign a starting pitcher. I don’t care if its Lackey, I dont care if it’s Bedard, I don’t care who it is. The Yankees are going to need a starting pitcher no matter what. CC and AJ are the only sure ones right now, and that is not enough.
- Resign Pettitte. Age has proved to be an obstacle that he can overcome. He powered them through the playoffs and to a championship. The Yankees need starters anywhere they can get them. Pettitte will be cheap and will pay huge dividends.
- Keep Joba in the bullpen. Alright, I’ll admit it. He wasn’t that good when he pitched out of the ‘pen in the playoffs. But, please don’t tell me you can tolerate another year of him starting. I certainly can’t.
- Give Robertson more of a chance. Robertson had few tough outings during the year and was pure dominant in the playoffs. He escaped the toughest of jams that without a doubt helped the Yankees win it all. You want to make this team stronger, make Robertson a regular out of that ‘pen.
- To MLB: Expand replay. For all that was made of all the bad calls in the playoffs, I’ll give them that none of them made a huge difference (although Mauers “foul ball” probably would have). But one thing is for certain: in the next 100 World Series, there will be a missed call that changes the outcome of the series. I would hate to see that happen knowing that MLB passed up on it.
That’s what I want. What do you want?
Blue 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)
According 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)