How to work out with A-Rod

Arod_5So how can an aspiring young athlete lock in one of the top players of his generation as a workout buddy? If you’re Yonder Alonso, apparently all you need to do is ask him.

There’s a nice story in the Miami Herald today about how Alex Rodriguez has essentially adopted Alonso, 20, a standout University of Miami baseball player, as his offseason workout partner.

Alonso walked up to the star one morning in December as Rodriguez rode a stationary bike in the UM weight room.

”I
told him whatever race he would do, I would beat him,” Alonso said. "He found that pretty funny, and after that [he] said all right, let’s
go run.”

Rodriguez told the newspaper that this is the first time in about 10 years that he has allowed a young player to join in his workout program, though A-Rod did quietly mentor Melky Cabrera with a series of morning sessions last year in New York.

Here’s the best news for Yankees fans: old friend Doug Mientkiewicz (a free agent, not Yankee property as the story indicates) believes A-Rod is working even harder than he did last winter.

One other order of business: I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking about single game tickets for the last season at Yankee Stadium. Online sales at yankees.com get started on Feb. 29.

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The yankees should sign Wang and Cano to long term contracts immediately while the market is still at a somewhat reasonable level. The value of a good starting pitcher will increase next year and I wouldn’t be surprised if Wang gets a contract in the range of 70-80 mill for 5-6 years. Cano on the other hand will be around there as well so they should be signed this offseason.

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That’s why you have the retractable roof. That way you get the outside games when it’s nice out, and no rain outs. I live in Idaho. I know ALL about playing baseball in the cold. Frankly, I hate it.

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Some of the best games are in the cold and rain, I love seeing a rainy game on TV or a chilly October game. Granted they may make more money by having a roof as they wouldn’t have to deal with rain checks and people not showing up (thus not going to the concessions stand etc.). I’m sorta a baseball purist when it comes to outdoor stadiums.

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Do you know what boggles my mind? How you New Yorkers aren’t completely bent over the fact that the New Yankee Stadium doesn’t have a retractable roof. How much was the new park, like 800 million? What, they couldn’t add 100 million more to the tag to ensure games in good conditions year round? I think there should be some sort of caveat that says that no new stadiums can be built without a roof of some kind. What do you guys think?

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Cano will be a MVP one of these days. I see him hitting 25-30 dingers this year, too. He’s worth every penny of 4.6 million. Pony up the dough, Trashman!

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The Yankees better freakin give Cano what he wants….4.6 mil? I’d give him that in a heart beat.

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Hey guys, if you didn’t know, Phil Hughes has his own little blog goin’. Check it out and add it to favorites if you want. http://philhughes.wordpress.com/

About the salary cap. thing. I was talking about the one Hank, Hal and Cashman imposed back when they were involved with No-Jan. ( We may still be involved… but anyway ) Besides, we really cannot keep spending all this money, it wouldn’t be smart financially. I did not know that we still have guys like Wright, Brown , Randy on our payroll,… dang. I hear that the Yanks are close to hammering out a one year deal with Wang worth about 4 Mil. They aren’t that close with Cano because of the difference between the money offered to Cano and the moneyhis agent is looking for. ( I think Cano-ey wants 4.6– the Yanks are offering 3.6 ) but c’mon… I don’t think it’s that big’ o deal. Look for these two to get signed by next week.

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I heard the Rockies have agreed in principle to sign Troy Tulowitzki for the next six years, there goes my ‘fantasy’ of Troy taking over for Jeet at short some day.

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Thanks for the numbers. I totally forgot that we still owed Johnson, Brown, and Wright money. We drop a lot of dead weight at the end of 2008, I’m really looking forward to shedding those bad contracts…just about all the bad ones get lost in the same year. Thats pretty sweet.

-Justin

http://pinstripeperspective.blogspot.com/

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Abreu is due $16M, Betemit is due $1.165M, Farnsworth gets $5.5M, Giambi gets $21M with s $5M buyout of his option for 2009, Hawkins gets $3.75M, Mussina gets $11.5M plus deferred money over the past years and the last $2M of his 12M signing bonus that was elongated over 6 years, Pavano gets $11M plus a $1.95M buyout, Pettite gets $16M, plus whatever Johnson, Brown, and Wright are owed by the Yankees. That totals: $87.915+M not including the bonuses and buyouts. The + is for the deferred money owed to Moose, and I didn’t incluse the money the Yankees still owe Randy, Brown, or Wright because I couldn’t find the numbers, Google failed me. But the total number is probably close to $100M. Just thought that was interesting to know more exact figures.

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Why so late this year for single game tickets? they usually go on sale the end of January.

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Tiger,

I think that Bsouth is talking about the self-imposed “salary cap” that Cashman claims is holding his finger off the trigger for Johan. I think the front office is done throwing money at our problems, and wants to try good-old-fashioned hard work to get this team back into form. That is, until Wilson Betemit needs 4 million dollars for 150 AB’s in 2008. What a bunch of stooges. Nyuck, Nyuck, Nyuck.

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bdsouth, “salary cap”? What salary cap ?!? The MLB Players Union has not and would never agree to that.

Also as previously noted, after 2008: Giambi, Mussina, Pavano, Farnsworth and Hawkins. As well as possibly Abreu and Pettitte come off Yankees payroll, for saving of $50 – $85 Million (less whatever Insurance was picking up.)

Still contractually bound, but Arbitration eligible first SIX YEAR MLB players like Wang and Cano will have to be paid more, and hopefully signed long term. But that will still leave a lot of cleared payroll space (perhaps as much as 33 – 40%) for potential post 2008 Free Agents (Teixeria and SP Santana or Sabathia, for example)…Again, after 2008, for 2009

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Pavano, Randy, Kevin Brown, and even Jaret Wright salaries are finally coming off the books next season.

Throw in Moose & Giambi (maybe Abreu, unless we can re-up for 2yrs), and we’re talking about 80-100million off the books…

It’d be crazy.

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Another that’ll be off the books would be Pavano.

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If Cashman is smart and knows business, he’ll give these guys 1 or 2 year deals now for cheap ( 4-6 Mil each ) just until the salary cap. has more room. Remember, Giambi, Mussina and Abreu along with others I might’ve missed are on their leave years in ’08. We could easily sign these guys to long-term blockbusters then. Not right now though, because we just don’t have the salary cap. for it. Keeping this in mind, don’t be surprised when you see this happen. I doubt that long-term deals can be struck now, but most definitely in ’09, ’10. Oh, and Johan hasn’t been traded, C.C. hasn’t hasn’t been given an extension. Do you imagine the bucks that will be thrown at these guys if they hit Free Agency next year? Imagine having both on our starting rotation! Johan, Sabathia, Wang, Hughes, Kennedy. Joba as set-up man in the ‘pen. We’d be unstoppable. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Not that we look bad right now with our starting five, but the above is easily the best rotation in ML history if it can be pulled off, coupled with our offense… … x_x. Have mercy Yankees!… Please.

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JLE.
When a player is up for arb, the first time, what happens is the team will offer him (around) what has been given to others…either, last year or this year. Also remember, these guys have 2/3 years of arb left yet. If you want to tie them up and buy out their ARB and FA years, you give them a 5/6 year deal. I realize I made it to simple, but what can I say, really it is. The agent wants as much money as he can get for his player, so this also comes into play. Thus, you have an ARB, to sort it all out.

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To put this in proper perspective for me I need to know if he has any exercises based on a walker?

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Can you imagine being that kid? Thats gotta be one of the coolest experiences ever.

On a different note…What do you guys think should happen with arbitration? Despite all my baseball knowledge, the arbitration process is the part I’m fuzziest on. It seems to me that the Yanks should just give Cano and Wang the money they ask for, I’d say they’ve earned it. Of course, I could be wrong strategically, I’d appreciate your input.

-Justin

http://pinstripeperspective.blogspot.com/

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Pett and Rock fueding?

http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spken0120,0,1123522.column

Pett and Jeter, Pett and Posada closer friends than Pett and Rock?

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A-Rod is working out with some friends? Man, If I were that kid… I hope he takes full advantage of working with the best player in baseball. I’d soak him up like a sponge. Make that a pack of sponges.

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Nice story. See, A-Rod can be a nice guy! Hopefully he keeps up the workout, we could use another 54 dingers.

-Justin

http://pinstripeperspective.blogspot.com/

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I’m glad to hear a good story about ARod’s character instead of the bad landlord or snobby rich guy story I usually hear about him. I like ARod and if he can blast another 50 dingers I’ll be really happy.

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So how long was the race and who won?

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Speaking of old friends, Joe Torre is headed for Beijing next week to announce that the Dodgers and Padres will play a pair of exhibition games in March.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-dodrep19jan19,1,4147470.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-mlb-dodger&ctrack=1&cset=true

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