Browsing Posts published in January, 2011

The blast from the past signings continue for the Bombers. The Yankees and pitcher Freddy Garcia have agreed to a minor league contract. Alike Bartolo Colon, Garcia will be invited to Spring Training and has the opportunity to make the team. If Garcia makes the team, he’ll earn a $1.5 million base and if he hits all of his incentives (30 starts), the deal could be worth $5.1 million. Garcia has publicly stated that he wanted to join the Yankees and well, his wish was granted.

In 28 starts for the Chicago White Sox last season, Garcia posted a 12-6 record with a 4.48 ERA. Garcia posted a 5.19 K/9 and 2.58 BB/9, which are right around his career averages.

This is another low-risk investment for the Yanks. If Garcia does not pan out, the Yanks can simply cut him after Spring Training. He has more upside than Colon does and would fit in nicely at the back end of the Yankee rotation.

With Garcia, Colon, Andruw Jones, and Mark Prior now in the fold, the Yankees should have no issues winning the 2003 World Series.

On Friday, I profiled Law’s top Yankee prospects entering the 2011 season. Today, it’s time to focus on the Metropolitans. Shortstop Wilmer Flores (48) and pitcher Matt Harvey (83) made Law’s list. Flores bounced around Single A ball while Harvey, the Mets first round pick last year (#7 Overall), will likely start the year in Single A. Both players are at least two years away from making a big league impact, but the upside is there. For a full breakdown, continue reading.

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While the ghosts of Yankee Stadium play in the snow, the rest of the Northeast attempts to dig itself out of one of the largest snowfalls in recent memory. Only two weeks to go before pitchers and catchers report to Tampa….

In light of yesterday’s serious topic about Brian Cashman, let’s talk about how he may have auditioned for his next career on Wednesday night.  Cashman debuted as a guest bartender at Foley’s Pub & Restaurant in order to help raise money for prostate cancer research, a disease that claimed his father-in-law. This was another badass move on Cash’s part. In addition to rappelling down buildings in Stamford, Cash spends his time serving up some strong drinks. He also has some baseball job that takes up a little bit of time..

I bet he can cook up a mean Jack and Coke. Here’s the link for all of the pictures, but this one below is my favorite. Enjoy your weekend..

News broke around noon on Friday afternoon that New York Mets ownership is looking for a partner to sell a 20-25% minority stake in the team. The Wilpons have been involved in an ongoing lawsuit regarding the Bernie Madoff scandal, which is the main reason for this endeavor. Steve Greenberg, financial advisor for the New York Mets, is a key player in addressing the situation, as well as finding the best match for the organization. It has been stated that the partnership is specifically in effect for the assets of the team, NOT the stadium or SNY. The Wilpons will consider all of their options as they try to put their franchise in the best of situations going forward.

I will continue to cover this story as news unfolds. The timetable for this process has been deemed unknown.

ESPN’s Keith Law released (Insider req’d) his Top 100 prospects for the 2011 season. Catchers Jesus Montero (4) and Gary Sanchez (68) made the list. Pitchers Manny Banuelos (12), Dellin Betances (73), and Andrew Brackman (88) also made the list. Montero played for Triple A Scranton last season while the three Killer Bs played in Double A Trenton. Sanchez bounced around Single A ball, but many Yankee insiders believe that the 18-year-old Sanchez will become the Bombers top prospect in the next year. For a full breakdown, keep reading.

Brian Chatting With Jesus

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It’s no secret that Yankees GM Brian Cashman is entering the final year of his contract. The normally reserved Yankees GM has been rather candid over the last few weeks. He publicly displayed his displeasure with the Rafael Soriano signing, told the media on Monday that he can see Derek Jeter moving to the center field one day, and revealed that Joba Chamberlain has not been the same since his injury in 2008. In addition to some Yankee insight, Cashman has stated that he would prefer to run a small-market team instead of a large market team. One question just begs to be answered:

Will Cashman return as Yankee General Manager after 2011?

Me Hanging Out With Cash at a Yankee Game

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The Yankees and free agent pitcher, Bartolo Colon agreed to a minor league contract today. Colon can earn up to $900,000 in the Majors if he makes the team. The Yankees also have an option to release the 38-year-old if he doesn’t make the team in Spring Training. Colon hasn’t pitched in the Major since 2009. Since winning the Cy Young Award in 2005, the beefy righty has dealt with a plethora of injuries and has only started 37 games.

Colon claims to be in the ‘best shape of his life’ but I will believe it when I see it. This deal is very team friendly for the Yankees. The risk is minimal and the upside is well, worth a look for 900K. While Colon’s past splits indicate that he’s virtually done, let’s see what he does in Spring Training.

It seems like just yesterday that Jet head coach Rex Ryan was signing the ESPN bus as ‘Future Champs’. Rex told Jet fans in commercials to ‘Jump Aboard this Jet bandwagon’ and ride it all the way to the Super Bowl. We spent all summer long watching Hard Knocks, listening to the Jet brain trust belittle other teams with their off-season moves. In particular, the Jets belittled their AFC Championship foes, the Pittsburgh Steelers. We listened to how the Jets stole Santonio Holmes for a fifth round pick. Holmes, who is known for his antics, on and off the field, was a welcome departure for the AFC Champs. The Steelers got the last laugh in that deal, while the rest of America, well they’ve spent the last three days hysterically laughing at the Jets shortcomings. Rex and the rest of the Jet team was not able to back up their proclamation of Super Bowl or bust, disappointing their championship-hungry fan base once again.

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Shortly after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New York Jets in the AFC Championship, Las Vegas released the initial Super Bowl line. The Green Bay Packers, who won three straight road contests, opened as 2.5 point favorites. Clearly, the book makers seemed to like Green Bay’s road warrior mentality over Pittsburgh’s rather sloppy two home playoff wins. And can you really blame them? Green Bay boasts the league’s hottest player right now in Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers’ 109.2 quarterback rating is easily the highest among his playoff adversaries. Rodgers has produced eight total touchdowns to only two turnovers. The Green Bay offense looked a little slow in Chicago’s sloppy coniditions, but looked virtually unstoppable playing in Atlanta’s dome. The conditions in Dallas will be similar to one’s in Atlanta.

In contrast, Pittsburgh is dealing with a lot injuries on offense and defense. Troy Polamalu is clearly not playing at 100% and the Steeler offensive line is in ruins. The Steelers also had trouble holding off the Ravens and the surging Jets. Pittsburgh has the experience on the sidelines and behind center, but this Green Bay team is a juggernaut. A two week holdover is not exactly what the doctor ordered for this high-powered offense, but the early line in this case, is justified.

Do you agree with the initial line?