One down, three to go

Scratch Wilson Betemit off the list of Yankees arbitration eligibles — he’s agreed to terms on a one-year contract. That leaves Brian Bruney, Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang to hammer out new deals.

From here, any number of things can take place. It’s a good bet to speculate that both Cano and Wang could agree to one-year deals and avoid arbitration, but it’s a fair question to ask if the Yankees are showing any inclination to follow the Mets’ blueprint with Jose Reyes and David Wright.

Across town, team brass identified both players as personnel that they’d like to build around for the future, and in exchange for putting off free agency, both players agreed to economical deals (especially in Reyes’ situation) that offered them immediate financial security.

Both Cano and Wang have shown levels of interest in remaining with the Yankees through their entire careers. That may very well happen, but having spoken with the agents for both Cano and Wang this afternoon, it doesn’t appear as though a long-term deal is in the works right now.

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I have lived in Puerto Rico for the past 15 years, and have seen the Cubans play. I would have to say I’ve seen them an average of 10-15 games per year, and although they do have good young players, I wouldn’t say they are major league quality though. I would say they would be more like a AA-AAA team. A lot of their players are more like low minor league prospects who would take several years to develop. As for Miranda, I have personally seen him play, and would say he is a good player, not a great play. Like most Cuban players, he would benefit most by spending at least two years in the minors, to develop. He isn’t an impact player whose skills are so good he can be rushed to the majors hoping to make an impact. I agree with you guys, lets not rush him, and let him develop at his own pace. I would rather see a player like Nick Johnson at first, at least he is a known quantity who wil have more of an impact on this team.

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Rather than debate this further, I will wait till early next week when I expect to receive the 2008 Baseball America Prospect Handbook, and will post whatever they objectively/expertly have to say about Miranda…whatever that might be.

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Agreed Matt, plus as I’ve stated why would we be so inclined to throw another lefty into the lineup already ladened with left handed hitters. Miranda’s left handedness isn’t as important as his production and his fielding. I’d rather see us use a patchwork 1B system for this year and keep Miranda in the minors for the year than rush him to the majors and potentially see him struggle and hit a moral low and fizzle out. He has only had one good year in the minors and we all know it’s a gigantic step from AAA to the big club so I’d like to see some prolonged consistency out of him. As of right now he’s the 1B of the future, and we’ll need him in the years to come. Using Betemit/Duncan at 1B would be a better option if let’s say Giambi does get hurt as has basically conceded in previous posts, and keeping the OF Matsui, Cabrera, Abreu, and DH-ing Damon I think would be the best option before calling up Miranda. If Damon were to find the DL as well, or anyone else listed above I’d rather see a trade for a player pursued. But that’s just me.

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What makes you think it will be Miranda who gets the call if that happens? If that happens, and Miranda is doing well then he will probably get the call, if he isn’t then he won’t get the call, lets see how he does before we assume either way. Most likely, if he isn’t doing well enough to get the call they will either look for a trade or will try another band aid solution as they did last season with a platoon system since this team hasn’t had a legit first baseman for a while.

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Also, matt, regarding “rushing it” with Miranda, when inevitably some combination of Giambi, Matsui and/or Damon end up on the DL during 2008, what other LHH do you project the Yankees recalling who is currently on their 40 Man Roster?

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matt, I guess we can agree to disagree.

My view is that the perennial World Champion Cuban Naqtional Team is of MLB quality and their defectors regularly go quickly, if not directly, to The Show. Obviously, it would depend on how Miranda does in AAA in 2008. But, if he produces anything like he did late 2007, he would be a viable late 2008 injury repalcement option. And he is one of the few potential back-up position players already on the 40 Man Roster.

Regarding Teixiera, again the history with Scott Boras clients is to take them to Free Agency and go for the most lucrative contract. In that kind of auction, small market Atlanta with new smaller corporate ownership has no “home field advantage” and the Yankees win if they chose to out bid any competition.

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It is rushing it, it is premature to assume that he will be a second half replacement especially since he only has one year of experience in the minors. It’ll depend on how he does this year. It’s also far too early to say that he won’t ever make it to the majors if he doesn’t make it this year, plenty of prospects make it to the majors at older ages, and still make some sort of impact. Atalanta has signed big name free agents in the past, they will not make it easy on anyone to get Teixeira.

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Miranda will be 25 years old in April. He is a defector from the Cuban National Team. (He is not a young kid like Hughes (21), Joba (22), Kenendy (23, Cabrera(23) and others likely to contribute in 2008).

Suggesting that after successful 2007 stints in A Tampa, AA Trenton and the AFL, that he might be, if successful at AAA Scranton, a second half injury replacement option is hardly “rush[ing] him.”

Frankly, if he does not make it to The Show this year, he probably never will with the Yanks at 26 or 27.

Regarding Teixeria, Atlanta can not afford him. And you can be certain that Boras will take him Free Agent to go for most lucrative contract. Over $20 M for 7 – 8 years, is out of Atlanta’s financial league. It will be a major upset/surprise if Teixeria is not a Yankee to start 2009.

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Miranda is a year or two away. No need to rush him to the majors. Lets not get ahead of ourselves hear even though there is nothing but mediocre talent at first. Just because he had one good year in the minors doesn’t justify rushing him. Doubtful Atlanta will let Texeira walk away.

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Giambi at 1B (with glove) EEEK!

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BTW note that Giambi and Abreu are both potentially one year from retirement; Damon and Matsui potentially two years away. All have been injury prone in recent seasons. Even 25 yo Cano missed significant time in 2006 with a hamstring injury.

Miranda was mentioned as a fall back option for late 2008, in response to those who were lamenting a near inevitable another Giambi physical breakdown.

My contention for 2009 is to sign switch hitting Golden Glove FA Mark Teixeria, for reasons stated in prior blog here.

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wholohan, I am projecting that Giambi (who btw is getting $23 M in this the final year of his backend loaded 7 year contract) starts the year at 1B (with Duncan perhaps plattoning vs LHH, and Betemit as additional back up).

But also, I am projecting that like the previous few years, the aging Giambi does not play a full season…and nor do the againg and injury prone Matsui or Duncan.

At which point having the potential of Miranda, on the 40 man roster and at AAA, could be significant, as a platoon 1B ABSENT a healthy Giambi (and/or Matsui, Damon).

Check out his AFL numbers vs RHH in the prior blog here.

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Do we really want another left handed hitter in our lineup? We have projected: Damon, Giambi, Matsui, Cano, and Abreu as left handed hitters. Thats 5 out of 9 batters that are lefties and Posada and Cabrera as switch hitters. So potentially we have 7 out of 9 lefties at one time in a lineup. Let Miranda develop fully in the minors. A key to developing young players is allowing them to get consistent at bats, and he wouldn’t in the bigs this year at any time. Let him come up next year when Giambi is off the books and we actually don’t have any viable 1B options. Betemit is a back-up and a pretty good one, Duncan is better off in right field, but can back up at 1B so we’ll need Miranda next year. Giambi is getting something like $11 million this year, thats bad enough, lets not compound that by keeping him on the bench. If, and its a big if, he can stay healthy he can hit 30 bombs and drive in 100 RBI’s again. Give him a chance.

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Juan Miranda, LHH 1B Cuban defector, who is already on Yankees 40 Man Roster and had monster Arizona Fall League season, is a real possibility as platoon 1B with RHH Duncan for Yankees by end of 2008. He split 2007 between Tampa and Trenton; should start 2008 at AAA Scranton. See my comments in previous blog here, re Pitchers and Catchers Report.

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I seriously doubt Clemens can win as many as 15 games. He had last season to prove that he can do it, but all last season proved was that he was injury-prone. He showed that he was not worth the investment, also never a good sign when an older player becomes injury-prone. Also, if he could win 15 games he would have been getting offers from other teams.

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Clemens shouldn’t get within 5000 miles of Yankee Stadium as far as I am concerned. Not only is he old and washed up, but he’s a cheat and a liar.

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I would rather watch grass grow than tune in to a basketball, soccer, or hockey game.

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Actually, I like football, but I am not obsessed with it like I am baseball. I just lost interest in it. I used to be a really big Eagles fan, but not anymore. Basketball is rediculous, a completely stupid game. Other than baseball, my favorite sport is Boxing, then MMA, then football. Sports that I have nothing but contempt for are Soccer and Hockey. I have never seen the point in either. And no, I am ALL MAN, dude, ALL MAN. lol

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My typing is getting worse every day.

Back to baseball. I figure Cash will sign both Wang and Cano to back end deals. Pay each maybe 5 mil now and more later when we have shed some payroll.

Maybe even one or both will hit arbitration, but the downside to this is they will be more expensive next year if they have the kind of seasons they are expected to have. All I know is I want to see Cano and Wang suiting up for years to come, both are outstanding young players.

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Clemens is done, he is too injury-prone, and unreliable. It won’t be a mtter of if he will go down with an injury , but when.

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There sure isa lot of football here, but is’s the offseason and playoffs for football, so that’s to be expected.

My Colts are out, I have completely ignored football since, but now i figure I’ll root for the Giants. And root against the Pats.

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I’m sure Clemens could win 15 games IF he was at least 95% healthy, but I think the man’s done, have a good weekend guys, and GO ELI !!!!

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Clemens could still win 15 games if he played a full season.

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I’m a girl and I like more sports than Chaz.

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I still LOVE Roger Clemens, to me he’s the best pitcher ever( well at least one of the best pitchers ever)…I don’t care what ANYONE says, if it’s wrong than I don’t want to be right!!!!

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I am taking guesses on those numbers based on what Detroit has done with Cabrera and Robertson. I really have no idea.

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My bet is Wang 3 year deal 7-10M each year. Cano 1 year/11M.

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Chaz are you fronting? Either your a girl or your just one of the few guys who only likes baseball.

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I guess it is because the Giants are good about every 4-5 years that I see this as still football season and when April roles around, time for the Yankees.

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Pumpkin pushing (basketball)? Yuck and double yuck. Completely unwatchable.

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I was just joking, Bpark. I could care less about football, but it’s obvious that I am in the smallest of minorities on that subject. Go Giants, I guess. Or Pack, whatever. I really wish spring training will start so we can see a real sport being played.

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“As far as what Roger’s doing, I can’t address it because I don’t know — good, bad or indifferent. I don’t know what the right thing is. But that’s the way he feels, and I respect him for feeling that way,” said Torre, preparing for his first season as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Roger is a very proud individual, and I know he’s very forthright. He’s always been that way with me.”

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**** I didn’t know the Knicks had won 3 games straight and they beat the Pistons? Nice but…I’m a Maverick fan.

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Knicks have won 3 straight, held Pistons to record low and beat NJ after trailing by 16.

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Strahan vs. Favre all night.

Strahan has balled the last 2 games after NE triple teamed him.

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Thanks Bpark, I never thought about Damon at first but who knows, the Yankees are hard up at first and I don’t mind football talk (unlike some people), how about some basketball talk…Knicks anyone (just kidding)!

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No one thought the Giants had a chance last week or against Minnesota in their last NFC championship game.

Philip Rivers torn ACL will play for San Diego.

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I’m still looking for as many pictures of Peyton Manning as I can to burn. LOL!!!! Don’t think the Giants will have much chance against Favre, and the Packers, sorry bpark.

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I wasn’t asking for a blog dedicated to the Giants, just a small note at the end of a blog or something, maybe some Yankees comments.

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This is a baseball blog but its also about NY and I bet the Yankees are behind the Giants.

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About as well as Gary Sheffield but if Giambi struggles and mover to full-time DH, its a possibility.

Posted by: bpark23@hotmail.com | January 18, 2008 05:00 PM

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Wang could get a similar deal to Robertson 7M over 3 or 4 years. Cano will probably get a 1 year deal either in an offer or abitration ruling as no negotiations have happened already according to his agent.

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Can Johnny Damon play any first base? Has he before?

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LOL. Isn’t this an MLB blog? Is there anywhere I can go in this country without hearing about football? I’m surprised that I don’t drive down the road on officially licensed NFL highways. It’s bad enough that more people worship the NFL than worship God, but this is a Yankee blog. Bryan, don’t be a sheep and make any New York Football Giants posts! GO YANKEES! GO MLB! Screw the No Fun League!

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Jeterstar, since the Colts are out, Green Bay all the way baby

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Betemit got 1.2 mil, how much do u guys think Cano and Wang will get?

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Bryan,

I am hoping for your superblog honoring the Giants!!

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Betemit is not worth 1.2 million, not even close. Since when does a bench player with a .240 average make that kind of scratch? Since Cashman is trying to “save money” I guess. What a joke.

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Ha ha ha, Nodigidee, your’e funny, Torre will scratch his head and look clueless…thats good stuff. And the Peyton and Eli commericals are the best..at least for me they are.

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Expect to see Torre do the same thing in LA that he’s done that last 7 in NY…scratch his head and look clueless. As for Eli, I’m sick of seeing him and Peyton on commercials. I don’t like either team so I’ll probably watch ice skating or that dog pageant thing on ESPN 2.

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YAY! Betemit! Now, we are a shoe in for a 27th title! At least he is a decent bench player. I don’t think he’s worth a quality reliver like Proctor, but at least he’ll do the job OFF THE BENCH. He shouldn’t get a whiff of 1B in a starting role.

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The Giants and Pack game is going to be killer…GOD I hope Eli and the Giants win, I mean I like Brett Favre, but I am so sick of hearing about him. I think the Giants have a good chance of beating the Packs, anything can happen, but I hear how freakin cold it’s going to be 5 below? Oh my God!

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If Betemit got 1.2 mil, what is Bruney going to get? I guess they get the garbage out of the way before focusing on the bigger issues.

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I’m so curious to see how the Dodgers do with Torre as the manager…if I remember correctly didn’t the Dodgers just miss the postseason last year or did they get in? Man it’s going to be strange seeing him in Dodger blue, I guess it’s kind of like seeing your ex with some else.

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Dotel is close to deal with White Sox.

I am trying to figure out even after beating Dallas why all the experts are trying to underestimate our defense. This happened when we played Minnesota in the championship game with Cunningham and Moss. What happened in that game?

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Dump Bruney in the trashcan, we don’t need to waste anymore time here.

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Yeah! I’ll sleep easier tonight, knowing the Yankees took care of Betemit…Not!

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Betemit at 1.2M to sit on the bench, I’m available.

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