• Yankees Waiting On Cashman & His Lawyers

    Posted by on October 31st, 2011 · Comments (1)

    Via ESPN Florida

    New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has his new contract, but he hasn’t signed it yet, according to a baseball source with knowledge of the situation.

    Cashman, whose three-year, $6 million contract expires on Monday, has been incommunicado all weekend. But the baseball source, who was involved in the negotiations for Cashman’s new deal, told ESPNNewYork.com that a final version of the contract approved by the Yankees has been in Cashman’s possession since Saturday.

    “All the terms and conditions are done,” said the source, who declined to provide details of the contract. “My understanding is (Cashman) was going over it with his lawyer (Saturday night).”

    According to published reports, the Yankees were agreeable to a new three-year deal for Cashman, who has been the Yankees GM since 1998. On Thursday, the Yankees sent out an email informing their beat writers that Cashman would be “out of pocket” through the weekend and unable to be contacted.

    Wow. Must be some tricky language in this one, no?

    CC Trades Opt For A One-Year Extension

    Posted by on October 31st, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Via MLB.com -

    CC Sabathia will remain in New York, the Yankees left-hander announced Monday evening on his Twitter account.

    Sabathia and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $25 million contract extension that includes a $5 million buyout, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. His current contract now runs through 2016 with $122 million guaranteed. There also is a $25 million option for 2017.

    “Yankee fans, I’ll be here fighting for number 28 next year,” Sabathia posted on his personal Twitter feed, referring to the club’s quest for its 28th World Series title.

    Sabathia, 31, could have opted out of his contract, which would have allowed him to become a free agent. Instead, he returns to New York, where he has gone 59-23 with a 3.18 ERA.

    “Happy Halloween, everybody,” Sabathia posted in a video posted on Twitter. “I just wanted to be the first to let Yankees fans know that we agreed to a contract extension. I’ll be coming back in 2012. I want to thank the Steinbrenner family for making that happen. My goal the whole time was to be able to finish my career as a Yankee. Hopefully, I can do that. We seem like we got that accomplished today, so I look forward to seeing everybody out at the ballpark next year.”

    First the McRib comes back, and, now Sabathia. They say things come in three’s. What’s next?

    Hey, Maybe The Braves Want Burnett To Fill Lowe’s Spot?

    Posted by on October 31st, 2011 · Comments (10)

    Yup, Derek Lowe was moved.

    The Braves were hot and heavy for Burnett at one time.  Think they’ve changed their minds now?

    Wally Matt Is A Very Funny Dude

    Posted by on October 31st, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Here’s what he wrote today –

    The Yankees will now not, I repeat NOT, have an announcement today regarding the contract of GM Brian Cashman. No explanation was given for the shift in plans but feel free to concoct your own conspiracy theory. Personally, I think it has to do with Cashman not wanting to have to deal with questions regarding CC Sabathia without knowing what his ace is going to do with the opt-out clause.

    My Plan B is that Cashman is waiting to see if Sabathia opts out before deciding to take on the job of rebuilding the Yankee pitching staff.

    My Plan C? He and CC are out trick-or-treating today dressed as Laurel and Hardy.

    Sabathia and Cashman as Laurel and Hardy is pretty darn funny. I was thinking maybe Murtaugh and Riggs? Or, better yet, these guys:

    That Was Quick

    Posted by on October 31st, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Mickey Rivers is 63 today.  (Happy Birthday Mick!)

    Damn, I’m old.

    Happy Halloween!

    CC Opts Out, Yanks Already Made An Offer

    Posted by on October 30th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Via Jon Heyman

    Left-hander CC Sabathia plans to opt out of his long-term contract with the Yankees by the Monday night deadline and become a free agent, SI.com has learned.

    Sabathia, 31, has four years worth $92 million left on his current seven-year, $161 million deal but has the option — until midnight Monday — of voiding the final four years.

    The Yankees have already made a new contract offer to Sabathia and remain the favorites to keep him, although the Cubs, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays and Cubs are also considered possibilities. The Yanks’ offer was made over the weekend, but no details have been announced.

    No way are the Blue Jays a player in this thing. And, who wants to be in Detroit, if they can avoid it? This is between the Yankees, Rangers…and maybe the Red Sox and Cubs. But, Boston would really have to make a great sell here…given the mess their organization is now. I don’t see that happening.

    Imagine if the Yankees and Rangers went at it, over Sabathia – and then the Cubs snuck in and grabbed him. Impossible? Remember Cliff Lee last year?

    Billy Eppler

    Posted by on October 30th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Marc Carig has a nice feature on him today.  But, it’s not the first time someone did one on him.

    Dude even has his own Wiki page these days.

    I would not cry if he was named Yankees G.M. someday…

    It’s Time For Yankees Fans To Stop Saying “Count The Rings!”

    Posted by on October 29th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Unless they were born before 1945 or something like that.

    Congrats To The St. Louis Cardinals!

    Posted by on October 28th, 2011 · Comments (24)

    The Cardinals have now won twice as many World Championships as the New York Yankees over the last 11 years.

    Think about that when Brian Cashman starts his 15th season as Yankees G.M. in 2012.

    Yanks Give 880 Another Year

    Posted by on October 28th, 2011 · Comments (13)

    Via Bob Raissman

    The Yankees will be staying on WCBS Radio – For at least one more year.

    Radio sources say the Bombers will sign a one-year extension with WCBS-AM, its radio home for the past 10 seasons.

    Sources said ESPN-1050 was in the running for the Yankees radio package, but Yankees brass had issues with 1050′s weak signal.

    With the package staying at WCBS it’s likely Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling, aka, Ma and Pa Pinstripe, will return to the radio microphones for the 2012 season.

    John Sterling is likely to return to Yankees radio booth after sources say Bombers will ink a new deal with WCBS-AM.

    Sounds like ESPN told the Yankees that they should have a stronger signal in 2013.

    I figure that the Yankees want to be aligned with an all-sports talk station at some point, like the Mets have with WFAN.

    Now, it would really be cool if the Yankees started their own radio station…which I think I suggested in the past, here, once before…

    DiPoto To Be Angels GM

    Posted by on October 28th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    The story.

    Oh, well, there goes that dream

    Reggie: Billy Was Bigoted & Anti-Semitic

    Posted by on October 28th, 2011 · Comments (17)

    Via Pete Caldera -

    To Reggie Jackson, this is fact – not opinion – that Billy Martin engaged in bigoted and anti-Semitic behavior during his tumultuous tenure as Yankees manager.

    “I didn’t say it as accusatory … I said it with feeling and empathy,” Jackson said in a phone conversation Thursday, seeking to clarify comments he made in a soon-to-be-televised interview. “I said it as to what went on.”

    During a chat with Bob Costas, to be aired Monday on MLB Network, Mr. October provided frank commentary on his former skipper, who died in a car crash in December 1989.

    “I did not accept the way he managed me. I did not accept the way he managed Ken Holtzman. I thought there was anti-Semitism there. … I couldn’t accept that,” Jackson said in a partial transcript released by MLB Network. “I couldn’t accept the racial epithets in reference to players like Elliott Maddox or Billy Sample.”

    In speaking with The Record on Thursday, Jackson said, “The most disturbing part of it all is that the writers that covered the team never made mention of it and were completely aware of it.”

    As a minority, Jackson said he felt a kinship with the number of Jewish writers who covered the club at the time. Yet, he felt a disappointment that “my social plight in my era in the ’70s, and the things that went on in our club were omitted by the media.’’

    “If I would’ve said it, it would’ve been a great story,” Jackson said. “[But] it should’ve been reported by someone who writes opinions on the Yankees. It never was.”

    Martin hated Ken Holtzman. I remember reading, many years ago, how Billy once, from the dugout, pointed at Holtzman running in the outfield and made nasty references about him to some others that you could hear the money in Holtzman’s pockets rattling around as he was jogging.

    And, we know that Billy did not like Reggie. But, did Martin have something against all Jews and Blacks?

    Did Martin hate Rod Carew when he had him in 1969? How about Willie Horton in 1971? We know that Billy loved Rickey Henderson like a son – and Rickey loved Martin back.

    I would bet that there were people who Martin didn’t like – and, if they happened to be Black or Jewish, then Billy would use bigoted or anti-semitic slurs towards them. But, I doubt that he hated people out of the chute just because they were Black or Jewish.

    But, I could be wrong here too…

    Game 6 – Seven Up!

    Posted by on October 27th, 2011 · Comments (11)

    I can’t believe what I just saw.

    Go crazy St. Louis, go crazy!

    Tied at 7 and still batting in the 9th….

    Wow!

    Cano Wants Yanks To Rip Up His Contract

    Posted by on October 27th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Via George King -

    Robinson Cano’s effort to get his two club contract options deleted and a new deal hasn’t penetrated the wax in the Yankees’ ears.

    Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, attempted to contact general manager Brian Cashman about redoing Cano’s deal and has been met with silence.

    “I called Cash to ask about dropping the options and he hasn’t returned the call,” Boras told The Post.

    The Yankees hold two options on the 29-year-old second baseman for $14 million next season and $15 million for 2013. There are $2 million buyouts for both years. The options, which were part of a four-year deal worth $30 million signed by Cano when Boras didn’t represent him, are a package deal and can’t be split.

    Can’t blame the Yankees for ignoring this request. I just hope that Cano doesn’t start to dog it now, if he’s not happy with his contract.

    The Howard Spira Story

    Posted by on October 26th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    It’s a big time read.

    Yankee Pow-Wow Short And…Done?

    Posted by on October 26th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Well, that was quick.

    I guess there was not a lot to talk about…or they ran out of donuts.

    Please, please, tell me that it ended early because Cashman got a contract offer that he didn’t like…

    Yanks Hope To Strike Early On CC, Willing To Go Six

    Posted by on October 26th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Via the Post -

    By the time two days of meetings in Tampa, Fla., end tomorrow, the Yankees will develop a plan they hope will keep CC Sabathia from opting out of a contract following the World Series.

    General manager Brian Cashman will chair meetings of Yankees brass that will include president Randy Levine, assistant GM Jean Afterman, Billy Eppler, the head of pro scouting, and likely owner Hal Steinbrenner.

    Cashman’s new contract could be finalized in Tampa.

    “Their hope is to present Sabathia with an offer he is agreeable with before he opts out,’’ said a person with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking.

    Sabathia can opt out of the final four years of a contract, which has $92 million remaining. He has three days following the World Series (which will end no later than Thursday) to opt out and become a free agent.

    If he does, the Yankees will be the favorites to re-sign him, but until the 31-year-old lefty opts out, the team has exclusive negotiating rights with their ace, who is 59-23 with a 3.18 ERA in three New York seasons in which he has averaged 235 innings.

    The Yankees are believed to be OK with a five- or six-year deal for an obvious raise over his current $23 million a year. Yet seven or eight years is something they want to avoid because of age, workload, and Sabathia gaining weight across the second half of last season.

    Because of so much uncertainty behind Sabathia in the Yankees’ rotation and a free agent class short on starters, the large lefty is in a very good bargaining position.

    Sabathia might be agreeable to an extension before opting out because there is a stigma — see Alex Rodriguez in 2007 — attached to the process.

    Nice try. But, no way Sabathia signs without testing the market. Otherwise, how would he know what money to accept? And, would he accept just an additional two years? It may take a seven-year deal to get this done. Will the Yankees go that far?

    I would not consider it – unless there was a buyout in that last year. Heck, I’m not even sure it makes sense to go six on CC, given his innings to date and his lack of conditioning.

    In fact, I would have no problem if the Yankees told him “Here’s five years for $115 million. You know the perks of playing for the Yankees. If someone else can match that, and give you more money and/or years, you should take that offer.” But, I doubt they have the stones to make that move.

    ’86 Mets Vs. ’98 Yankees

    Posted by on October 26th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Straw likes the Mets and O’Neill takes Yankees.

    Mike Silva once looked at this.

    Ditto Lisa Swan.

    Who do you think would win?

    Theo Says Goodbye To Red Sox Nation

    Posted by on October 25th, 2011 · Comments (11)

    From Theo Epstein today -

    Football legend Bill Walsh used to say that coaches and executives should seek change after 10 years with the same team. The theory is that both the individual and the organization benefit from a change after so much time together. The executive gets rebirth and the energy that comes with a new challenge; the organization gets a fresh perspective, and the chance for true change that comes with new leadership. This idea resonated with me. Although I tried my best to fight it, I couldn’t escape the conclusion that both the Red Sox and I would benefit from a change sometime soon.

    With this thought in mind, my assistant general manager, Ben Cherington, and I discussed how best to finish preparing him to take over as general manager, likely after the 2012 season, and how to ensure that the Red Sox could maintain continuity within our talented baseball operations group. Those steps were important for me before I could begin to feel comfortable making a transition. This summer, when ownership and I first discussed Ben as my successor, the Red Sox were stable, thriving, and talented enough in the big leagues and in the farm system to compete as one of the best clubs in baseball this year and for many years to come.

    Then, September happened.

    All of a sudden, we found ourselves needing to pick a new manager, a decision with long-term implications and one best made by someone who could lead the Red Sox baseball operation for the foreseeable future. Then the Cubs asked permission to interview me. The Cubs – with their passionate fans, dedicated ownership, tradition, and World Series drought – represented the ultimate new challenge and the one team I could imagine working for after such a fulfilling Red Sox experience.

    So, knowing my time as the general manager was drawing to an end, I had a decision to make: stay one more year and do my best to conduct the manager’s search under less than ideal circumstances, or recommend the succession plan, allow Ben to run the search process, and join the Cubs. I wrestled with leaving during a time when criticism, deserved and otherwise, surrounded the organization. But Walsh’s words kept popping into my head, and I recalled how important it was for me as a relatively new general manager to bond with Terry Francona during the interview process back in 2003.

    I totally agree with the notion that there comes a time when it’s best for the individual and the franchise to move on – after they have been a manager or front office executive for a long time. Too bad the Yankeees and Brian Cashman don’t understand this concept.

    Napoli & The Mick

    Posted by on October 25th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    All tied up.

    The Cashman Talks Begin

    Posted by on October 25th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Via George King -

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner met in New York yesterday. In an indication they believe a new deal for Cashman to remain the GM can be reached before Oct. 31, Cashman and Steinbrenner talked about the Yankees.

    Cashman, whose three-year deal runs out at the end of the month, will travel to Tampa to chair organization meetings that begin tomorrow.

    Oh, just, shoot me now…

    The Way They Were…

    Posted by on October 24th, 2011 · Comments (1)

    A Classic. They don’t make them like this anymore…

    Holland Idol

    Posted by on October 24th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Via Yahoo -

    Parents know the feeling. One glorious day their child grows up right before their eyes. Sometimes it’s unexpected. Sometimes it’s been a long time coming. It’s always delightful.

    Fortunately for the Texas Rangers, the day arrived for wispy-mustached, ah-shucks left-handed pitcher Derek Holland on Sunday in Game 4 of the World Series. Holland, the team’s No. 4 starter, had been horrendous in his previous two outings. But he held the St. Louis Cardinals scoreless for 8 1/3 innings, the Rangers won 4-0 and the series is tied at two games apiece for the first time since 2003.

    Yes, the same Cardinals that strafed six Rangers pitchers for 16 runs and 15 hits Saturday in Game 3. Holland allowed two hits – both by Lance Berkman – and retired Albert Pujols all three times he faced him, the ball never leaving the infield.

    Yes, the same Pujols who had perhaps the best offensive performance in series history in Game 3 when he hit three home runs among five hits and drove in six runs.

    It was the longest scoreless appearance by an American League starting pitcher in the series since the New York Yankees’ Andy Pettitte went 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves in 1996.

    “Growing up as a kid I wanted to pitch in the World Series,” Holland said. “I idolized Andy Pettitte and wanted to be like him. … I wanted to redeem myself and show I belonged here.”

    I could not think of a better idol for a left-handed pitcher, if you asked me.

    A-Rod Getting A Butt Lift?

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2011 · Comments (0)

    It’s possible, according to this report.

    And, who says the sun don’t shine on the same Centaur’s ass everyday?

    Toad Story

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Robert Whiting tells us everything there is to know about Hideki Irabu’s days as a Yankee.  It’s a good read.

    C.J. Wilson

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Interesting interview -

    DAN PATRICK: How was the celebration after the ALDS compared to last season?

    C.J. WILSON: It’s a little more subdued the more times you go. I don’t even know how the guys on the Yankees do it anymore. In Texas we do the ginger ale thing for me and Josh [Hamilton] because we are both alcohol-free.

    DP: How long have you been sober?

    CJW: I’ve been straight edge my whole life. I’ve never had a drop of alcohol. I have STRAIGHT EDGE tattooed on my ribs. It’s a lifetime commitment to be drug- and alcohol-free.

    DP: Are you ever curious?

    CJW: I do so many other things, whether it’s race car driving, shooting machine guns or jumping off cliffs into the ocean. I do a lot of other fairly extreme things.

    DP: What did you learn from being in the playoffs last year?

    CJW: I think a lot of us know what to prepare for. You watch it on TV, you don’t see a lot of the stuff that goes into it. But it’s really more of a circus than people understand. We have a better method for staying in our routines. It’s just baseball. You have to peel away the hype and that really annoying [music] on Fox and TBS.

    DP: Watching Tony Romo up close in Dallas, would you want to change places with the Cowboys’ quarterback?

    CJW: No, I wouldn’t want to. I don’t even like football. I like watching racing on Sundays.

    DP: Could you deal with the pressure of being evaluated every game?

    CJW: The thing is, those dudes get killed. He’s out there with broken ribs and a punctured lung, and people are bagging on him. Hey, guys, remember last week when he was the hero for playing through a punctured lung? Now you hate him. Baseball is much more even-keeled.

    DP: What did you learn from former Ranger Cliff Lee about approaching free agency?

    CJW: The biggest thing is that it’s going to take care of itself. I’ve been around other guys—Carlos Lee, Gary Matthews or even Mark Teixeira—who were a lot more contract-focused. Cliff was more performance-focused. It enabled him to just let loose and play the game. Literally, since the first day of spring training, I’ve gotten the same questions every day: What are you going to do? Where are you going to go? How much money do you want? If I play well, everything will work itself out.

    DP: Are you still dating a swimsuit model?

    CJW: No, Dominique [Piek] and I broke up in July. It wasn’t working out. In the end I had to make a selfish decision and make baseball more of a priority. It was getting to the point where [the relationship] was beginning to be a bit of a distraction.

    DP: What’s the worst part of dating a swimsuit model?

    CJW: [Long pause] Nothing.

    DP: Which ring do you get first—wedding ring or World Series ring?

    CJW: I’m single right now. I heard Olivia Wilde just got divorced.

    DP: Minka Kelly is out there.

    CJW: That would be fairly awkward.

    I dunno…not sure this guy would be Yankees material…

    Will Cashman Get Green Eyes Watching Prez Theo?

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2011 · Comments (1)

    The latest Theo Epstein story via the AP -

    Theo Epstein is leaving the Boston Red Sox after a remarkable run that included two World Series championships. He’s joining the Chicago Cubs to see if he can bring success to another team steeped in history and starved for a title.

    The 37-year-old Epstein became the president of baseball operations for the Cubs on Friday night after resigning with a year left on his contract as general manager of the Red Sox.

    With Epstein at the helm, the Red Sox ended an 86-year World Series championship drought in 2004 and won the title again in 2007.

    Cubs fans can only hope he will do the same thing on the North Side where the Cubs are looking for their first title since 1908. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts fired GM Jim Hendry in July after another disappointing season, although Hendry stayed on the job for an extra month.

    The teams negotiated for more than a week over compensation the Red Sox would receive for letting Epstein out of his contract. In the end, they decided to put off that issue, saying it would be resolved in the near term.

    The Red Sox are expected to announce assistant GM Ben Cherington as Epstein’s replacement. Boston, which collapsed in September and missed the playoffs for a second straight year, must also find a new manager to replace Terry Francona.

    One of the first chores in Chicago is the future of manager Mike Quade, who led the team to a 71-91 record in his first full season. He has another year left on his deal.

    Various reports say the Cubs are also interested in hiring San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer for that position where he would be reunited with Epstein. They worked together in Boston.

    Epstein will reportedly receive a five-year deal worth about $18.5 million to overhaul the baseball side of the Cubs’ front office.

    In a joint statement, the teams said they would hold news conferences on Tuesday with the Cubs introducing Epstein and with the Red Sox announcing his successor — likely Cherington.

    Remember a few years back when Cashman was upset because some fan sent him an email that said “You’re no Theo Epstein”? I wonder how Brian feels now that Theo is a team president and gets to oversee a G.M. (instead of being one)?

    Actually, this is a shame. Because, as I have written in the past, Brian Cashman would be an excellent team president. But, as long as Randy Levine is around, that’s not happening in Yankeeland.

    The Invisible Fastball

    Posted by on October 21st, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Figured I would share this one here too, since so many there have liked it.

    Fundamentals

    Posted by on October 21st, 2011 · Comments (10)

    Anyone else watching how the Rangers went about their business in the 9th inning of Game 2 last night think “My goodness, why couldn’t the Yankees do this in Game 5 of the ALDS this year?!?”

    And, if you did, who do you blame for it not happening? The Yankees players? Girardi? Both? Neither?

    Where’s The Algorithm?

    Posted by on October 21st, 2011 · Comments (15)

    Via a letter to SI

    Isn’t it ironic that the Red Sox spent $161 million building a team around the concept of sabermetrics, yet G.M. Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona blame Boston’s epic collapse not on statistics but on the lack of good old team chemistry? Where is the algorithm for that?

    Dan Haulman, Lebanon, Pa.

    Well said, Dan. Well said.

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