Freddy Garcia is not the answer…

The news is becoming more and more pessimistic of the Yankees’ chances to re-sign Andy Pettitte.  Either way, I wish something would happen sooner rather than later.  I saw speculation that the Yanks might have interest in Freddy Garcia.  It’s hard to get excited about that one.  Peter Abraham wrote a good blog today about how the Yankees starting rotation stacks up against Boston.  Sabathia, Burnett, Wang and Chamberlain match up well against Beckett, Dice-K, Lester, and Wakefield.  But there is clearly separation in Boston’s favor when you get to the 5th spot, and the potential starters in the pen. 

I am watching the 1996 World Series between the Yankees and Atlanta Braves.  It is amazing how much different Andrew Jones looked as a 19 year old phenom, with two home runs in his first two WS at-bats.  Physically, you can see how much he has deteriorated over the years.  It really makes you wonder what kind of career he could have had or sustained if he had taken better care of himself.  Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers will release Andruw tomorrow…

Andruw Jones watches his three-run home run in the third inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Yankees in New York, in this Oct. 20, 1996 file photo. At right is Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz. The Atlanta Braves are cutting ties with  Jones, saying they can't afford to keep the perennial Gold Glove center fielder who's spent his entire career with the organization. From AP Photo by MARK LENNIHAN.

 

If the Yankees were willing to offer Ben Sheets a two year deal in December for $12-$13 million per year, why don’t they revisit that possibility given the drop in prices for available free agents?

I read a good blog the other day on River Ave. Blues about the Yankees difficulty in making any additional moves due to the current 40 man roster and the players that would have to be DFA to open any spots (unless the team can free up some space by moving players such as Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher).  I still think that an addition of someone like P Juan Cruz makes so much sense when it would only cost you a fourth round draft pick (the upside potential far offsets the cost). 

Watching the Arizona Cardinals toward the end of the season, I never would have dreamed that they’d be hosting their first NFC Championship Game in January.  Still, I expect the dream to end with the Philadelphia Eagles advancing to the Super Bowl to face Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens.  I’d like the Steelers if Big Ben were healthier…

That’s it for now.  Have a good night! 

 

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