• Another One Bites The Dust

    Posted by on July 31st, 2009 · Comments (9)

    According to Fox Sports Jarrod Washburn is now a Tiger. Either the Yankees are going to make a big splash or they are going to stay put, because I certainly think they could have parted with a better pitching prospect than Luke French.

    - Posted By Corey

    Hmmm…Is Anyone Surprised By This?

    Posted by on July 30th, 2009 · Comments (20)

    David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were apparently on that list of 103 names from the 2003 survey.  While I have no personal interest or opinion on the steroids issue, it does make me at least a litle happy (schadenfreude, they call it) that Red Sox fans will have to eat some of their words.

    Report: Manny, Ortiz tested positive in ’03

    Ortiz has spoken out about steroids…wonder if he wishes he could take all those words back.

    -Posted by MJ

    Brett Tomko? See Ya!

    Posted by on July 29th, 2009 · Comments (0)

    Peter Abraham writes :

    UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: Brett Tomko was released.

    To think, 1 day he might get a world series ring. ;)

    - Posted by Corey

    Yanks Out Of Another Option

    Posted by on July 29th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    ESPN Sources: Lee to the Phillies

    h/t to G.I. Joey

    With this, the Red Sox become favorites in the Doc Halladay sweepstakes and the Yankees lose yet another potential trade partner today to fill the void vacated by Chien-Ming Wang. With news of Wang’s need for surgery and that he might miss a good portion of next season, Cashman has to at least kick the tires on Halladay, if for nothing else, to drive the Red Sox cost up.

    - Posted By Corey

    Snell, Wilson Headed To M’s

    Posted by on July 29th, 2009 · Comments (18)

    ESPN – Snell, Wilson headed to M’s

    The Mariners would not make this trade if they were not going to try and make a playoff run. How does this affect the Yanks? Well for one, this means that Washburn is no longer a trade option. Also, the Yanks had been scouting Snell as another possible option for a trade and now that’s also out. So, with those 2 options out, how do you fill the hole vacated by Wang? And what about Joba and his innings limit?

    - Posted By Corey

    RHP IPK making progress in Tampa

    Posted by on July 24th, 2009 · Comments (1)

    Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

    The right-hander, who underwent surgery on May 12 to remove an aneurysm from beneath his right biceps, made 50 throws at 90 feet to minor league coach Dan Borrell on Friday.

    I don’t think he’ll come back as quickly as Cone did in 1996, but at least he’s that much closer to returning.

    - Posted by Raf

    BA: Montero’s Untouchable

    Posted by on July 24th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    According to Baseball America, there are 13 “untouchables” in the minors right now and the Yanks have one of them.

    Incidentally, WW.com reader Corey and I disagree on this…

    -Posted by MJ

    Yanks To Miss Weekend Holliday

    Posted by on July 24th, 2009 · Comments (7)

    ESPN: Sources: Holliday deal is done.

    with a hat tip to bfriley76

    Gotta like the Yankees chances to extend this winning streak to 10 games now…

    -Posted by Corey

    Rosenthal: Rays Cooking Something Major?

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Via Ken Rosenthal -

    The Rays are engaged in a whirlwind of activity, investigating Lee, Halladay and numerous other options — “major, major stuff,” according to one source.

    Payroll flexibility remains a significant obstacle, and the Rays might need to move left-hander Scott Kazmir or another high-priced player to clear room for a major acquisition.

    There are no indications, however, that the Rays are discussing trades involving Kazmir, who is earning $6 million this season, $8 million in 2010 and $12 million in ’11 with a $13.5 million or $2.5 million buyout for ’12.

    Should the Yankees be concerned about the Rays potentially making a “major” move? Or, instead of trying to get ahead of what might be coming, should New York just wait and see and react only if something happens? What do you think?

    Mattingly Son Charged With Battery By Bodily Waste

    Posted by on July 22nd, 2009 · Comments (1)

    Via the Evansville Courier & Press with a H/T to BBTF

    A former Central High School baseball standout and New York Yankees draft pick was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoving his mother and then spitting in her face.

    Taylor Mattingly, 24, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on preliminary charges of battery by bodily waste, battery and criminal mischief, all misdemeanors. Mattingly, the son of L.A. Dodgers batting coach Don Mattingly, was released on a $250 cash bond late Tuesday night.

    According to a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit, Mattingly admitted jumping the brick fence of his mother’s residence on Darmstadt Road and confronting her. Mattingly told investigators his mother, Kim Mattingly, had earlier sent him a text message insulting him, his girlfriend and his father, authorities said.

    “Taylor advised he and Kim began to argue and that Kim was being confrontational,” Deputy Nathan Espenlaub wrote in the affidavit. “Taylor advised he snapped, pushed Kim down and spit on her.”

    In 1986, we were advised that “You should not drink and bake!” These days, I guess the warning would be “You should not drink and text!“…

    James: Cooperstown And The ‘Roids

    Posted by on July 22nd, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Have you seen Bill James’ “Cooperstown and the ‘Roids” feature? It’s an interesting read.

    What do you think about what James is saying here?

    Perry: Yanks Need Another SP

    Posted by on July 22nd, 2009 · Comments (10)

    Dayn Perry asks “What does each contender need?

    And, for the Yankees, he says:

    In the Yankee rotation, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett have met expectations, but elsewhere problems abound. Andy Pettitte’s ERA is bound for the 5.00 mark, Joba Chamberlain is headed in the wrong direction, Chien-Ming Wang has alternated between terrible and injured, and Sergio Mitre is, well, Sergio Mitre. Obviously, an addition like Halladay would be the ideal solution for the Yankees, but even someone who can give them league-average innings at the back end would be a serious boon to their hopes.

    What do you think?

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