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Posted Tuesday March 25, 2014, About: The worst infield in baseball
Does signing Stephen Drew mean giving up a draft pick? If so, the Yankees shouldn't sign him for a dollar. There are so many holes in the organization right now that need to be filled, and the Major League club is way more than one infielder away from being a viable contender. Accordingly, they need to hope that their old and range-less infield holds up this year and think about position the organization for the future. Just because they made the mistake of wasting money on Elsbury and Beltran doesn't mean they have to keep throwing it away.
Posted Thursday July 18, 2013, About: Cano looks more like a free agent by the day
I agree with everything you say here. However, I think that most Yankee fans recognize that even with Cano, they don't have the personnel to contend the way they're accustomed to.

And more importantly, the Yankees aren't in a position to field such a team within the next two to three years (arguably the only years you can bank on Cano performing at his current level). So if it means being able to allocate resources to getting the Yankees back in contention sooner, I think that most Yankee fans would be willing to part with Cano, even if it means watching him perform at an elite level for a couple of seasons in another uniform. It'll be worth the short-term pain to be back in the playoffs with solid young players while Cano is in the twighlight of his career holding his current team back like Soriano, A-Rod, Pujols, Teixeira, etc. are currently doing to their teams.
Posted Thursday July 18, 2013, About: Cano looks more like a free agent by the day
Not a surprise. Despite his importance to the team right now, the Yankees aren't going to offer Cano a Pujols-type extension, which is probably what it would take to keep him from testing the market. Not only does this go against a long-established Yankee practice of letting all contracts run until their conclusion, but they already have one albatross contract on their books. So the only way Cano will know how much he can get is if he enters free agency. If some team is willing to give a seven-plus year contract to a 31 year old player, then the Yankees should let Cano go.
Posted Wednesday July 10, 2013, About: Puig disrespects Diamondbacks legend
It's totally understandable to quibble with the label of "legend" for Luis Gonzalez, but the point of the article was that Puig needs to learn a bit of respect. If this is an isolated incident, then no big deal. But if Puig is getting too big for his britches, good for McGwire for trying to set him straight.
Posted Tuesday April 30, 2013, About: Nats concerned about Strasburg, start in jeopardy?
I couldn't agree with you more. And I think that Johnson did the right thing when he pulled Strasburg, and I think that the Nationals should be concerned about his health (particularly in light of the fact that the mechanics that led to the first Tommy John surgery have not been corrected).

I also agree with you that the source of the concern isn't that Strasburg was shaking his arm (as Davey Johnson mentioned, that could be just to stay loose or to shake off some sweat) - it was that he appeared genuinely uncomfortable doing so. And then after the sixth inning, he spent the entire time in the dugout talking to the trainer. These are not good signs.
Posted Tuesday April 30, 2013, About: Nats concerned about Strasburg, start in jeopardy?
The Nats should be more concerned about their crappy offense. Aside from Harper and Span, no one in the lineup appeared to be ready to play at the start of the season.
Posted Tuesday April 30, 2013, About: Nats concerned about Strasburg, start in jeopardy?
It's a shame that Strasburg was pulled after what was by far his best inning of the game. However, if he struggles with command the entire game and then goes directly to the trainer after the sixth inning, which is exactly what happened, I don't think you can characterize taking him out as spoiling or coddling him. I think the article makes it pretty clear what the problem is: Strasburg needs to be protected from himself. It was obvious that he wasn't comfortable throughout the entire game, but he's not going to take himself out.
Posted Sunday April 14, 2013, About: Reasons for alarm in Washington?
The Nats simply didn't start the season ready to play their best baseball. This is a direct result of Davey Johnson's laissez faire approach to spring training. The potential benefit, however, will be a team that finds it's stride by May and still has enough gas in the tank to make a long run in October.

But this article's overall point - that the Nationals can't afford too much complacency because the Braves are for real this year - is well-taken. I'll be very curious to see how the Nats respond to this sweep over the next two to three weeks. At this point, the Nats just need to adjust to life with expectations. Once they fully accept that they're going to get their opponents' best shot each night, they will raise their level. This will only help them deal with the pressure of the playoffs.
Posted Thursday April 04, 2013, About: H.S. stars envision fights next season at Kentucky
I would think that this article will be well-received by Calipari. These incoming freshmen seem motivated and eager to push themselves and their teammates to get better. It's the coach's job to channel that motivation into the players adopting the team concept (and the players who do that first will be the players who play the most). I expect Kentucky to be pretty darn solid next year.
Posted Monday March 25, 2013, About: Wells deal a panic move for Yanks
The Wells trade is more than a panic move. It's the type of PR-motivated move that you're used to seeing out of the Mets. These head-fakes towards competitiveness will not fly in the Bronx.
Posted Thursday March 21, 2013, About: Yanks to DL Jeter?
Totally agree. Jeter is going to try to play no matter what. Even if his ankle is structurally sound, the discomfort he's feeling is going to cause him to compensate and risk injuring the other leg. Let him start the season on the DL and come back 100 percent.
Posted Thursday March 21, 2013, About: Yanks to DL Jeter?
Simply put, he's weak.

I think that Yankees fans have always had a difficult time getting behind A-Rod because his insecurity always made him emotionally and mentally weak. Turning to steroids was just a severe symptom of the narcissism that the Yankees fans sensed all along.
Posted Monday February 25, 2013, About: Yankees in trade market to replace Curtis Granderson?
Pineda has just been cleared to begin throwing change-ups (he recently threw twenty-five fastballs), and he's hoping to be ready in June sometime. Given his penchant for setbacks, I don't think that the Yankees should expect him before the All-Star break. And he'll certainly be on an innings restriction as well. In short, he's not going to be helpful in 2013.
Posted Monday February 25, 2013, About: Yankees in trade market to replace Curtis Granderson?
It seems pretty obvious that the Yankees are planning to mail in every season until they can dump A-Rod's contract and then put together a contending roster for under $200 million. That's already an offensive departure from George Steinbrenner's commitment to winning, but it'd be an even bigger insult to their fans' intelligence if the Yankees made a trade for an over-the-hill re-tread just to fill in for Granderson for a month. That's the type of publicity-generating move that the team across town has been making for years.
Posted Monday February 11, 2013, About: The Yankees' next star in center
I love the idea of developing talent from within the system rather than trading it for aging and underrated veterans. However, these one-year contracts to get under the new luxury tax threshold is not a "plan" by any stretch of the imagination. This is entirely a result of the ownership's (mostly Hank Steinbrenner's) decision to overrule Brian Cashman by signing A-Rod to his current contract combined with Hal Steinbrenner's obsession with cutting overhead expenses. If players like Williams, Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez, and Slade Heathcott wind up being Yankee-caliber players, it will be nothing but a stroke of luck for Hal Steinbrenner's misguided profit-driven stewardship of the team.

George Steinbrenner used to make stupid baseball decisions all of the time, but at least he was sufficiently committed to winning to compensate for the mistake by eating the contract. His sons are not motivated by winning at all.
Posted Friday January 25, 2013, About: Rays officials: MLB has lost faith in Tampa Bay
I don't think those cities (Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, San Antonio, etc.) can sustain an MLB team any better than Tampa.
Posted Friday January 25, 2013, About: Rays officials: MLB has lost faith in Tampa Bay
Is there an obvious market that would be an improvement over the Tampa area? Or should the Rays just be contracted? That would be a shame considering how much talent is in the organization.
Posted Thursday January 24, 2013, About: Jim Harbaugh sticking with David Akers
The headline should read, "Jim Harbaugh Stuck with David Akers". If there were a reliable kicker out there, then the 49ers would sign him.
Posted Thursday January 24, 2013, About: Lingering bad blood between Youk and Joba
The Yankees have bigger problems than the relationship between Joba and Youkilis. This is a non-issue.
Posted Monday January 14, 2013, About: Dickey, Pettitte among Team USA stars at WBC
Totally agree. I'm sure he wants to play for Joe Torre again, but this seems very irresponsible to me. Unless you can somehow make the argument that the tournament helps him prepare for the regular season (I don't think that such an argument exists), the Yankees should do everything they can to stop Pettitte from playing.
Posted Monday January 14, 2013, About: This winter's most sought-after MLB player is...
I agree that Morse plays an adequate first base. And I would've been fine keeping Morse to platoon there with Tyler Moore if the Nationals weren't able to re-sign LaRoche. But now that LaRoche is locked down, I just don't think it makes sense to keep two veteran guys to play first base when you have the younger (and cheaper) guy on the roster who needs to get at-bats. Nevertheless, having Morse on the roster is a nice luxury for now, and the Nats shouldn't be in a ruch to part ways with him - the definitely should make sure they're getting the best offer possible.
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