Latest Andy Pettitte inactivity…

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are more interested in Jon Garland, Braden Looper and Randy Wolf than they are in Andy Pettitte.  With the Astros already saying that Andy most likely doesn’t fit within their budget, it would appear that all roads lead back to Yankee Stadium…

I am still anxious to see if Scott Boras can save face on his recommendation for Jason Varitek to decline arbitration in December.  This situation has played out badly, and clearly no one has been hurt more than Jason himself…

As promising as catching prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine are, I sure do wish their ETA to the major leagues was 2009 rather than 2010 or beyond (particularly considering the rumors of Jorge Posada’s desire to play for Puerto Rico in the WBC and questionable health which remains in doubt until he is able to prove he’s healthy).

Given the intensity of the start of the season schedule for the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays (the Yankees play 10 of their first 30 games against the Red Sox and Rays, the Red Sox play 14 of their first 32 games against the Yankees and Rays, and the Rays play 15 of their 33 games against the other two), it will be interesting to see how the Yankees fare out of the blocks given the Yanks recent history of slow starts…not to mention that of Mark Teixeira individually.

I am not surprised that Michael Young relented and has accepted the move to third base for the Rangers (withdrawing his trade request).  Ultimately, it was conversations with team president Nolan Ryan that persuaded Young to reconsider his stance.  But the entire situation could have been avoided had Ryan held those talks with Young before the holidays…not after.

Less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to Tampa…sweet!

I saw the quote where Derek Lowe said that he was going to love playing in Atlanta.  Of course, I had to wonder, what else is he going to say?  “Ya know, all things considered, I’d really rather be in Boston.  Why didn’t you guys try harder to sign Smoltz?”  Geez…

I saw the idea in another blog, but I like the suggestion to pry Lastings Milledge from the Nats in a trade involving either Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher (Nady being the preference at this point).  Then, put Milledge in competition with Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera in center (assuming one of them aren’t involved in the trade).  I like that line of thinking as the Yanks need to upgrade either the bottom end of the starting rotation or center field with any trade. Milledge hit 14 home runs with 61 RBI’s to go with a .268 batting average and 24 steals in 2008.   His OBP, SLG and OPS were .329/.407/.735.  At only 24 years old, his upside is still tremendous and the leadership on the Yankee roster would help his attitude.  Of course, the cost to acquire him may be too great, but that’s the type of talent that would be great for the new Yankee Stadium center field. 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

Scott Boras is the face of what is wrong with baseball. Jason might find himself sitting on the outside watching spring training. While Jason need to shoulder some of the blame, exactly how long did Boras think he could play his games and get away with it. Wonder how Manny feels about what is going on?

Julia
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