Gardner gets it done

What a night for Brett Gardner — and what a week it must have been for the Yankees’ sparkplug. Gardner made his third big league hit count in a big way on Sunday, dribbling a Luis Sojo-type hit up the middle to lift the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox and split the four-game series.

Gardner trotted down to the interview room still in his full pinstripes, his socks pulled high and his jersey caked full of dirt. It was just one night, but you can already tell that Gardner has a pretty good idea of what it takes to be successful in the big leagues. Thinking it and doing it are two different things, but Gardner can be a game-changer with his combination of speed and defense.

He’s no Jacoby Ellsbury, as some people have written, but he could be Jacoby Ellsbury Lite. For the next 15 days or however long Johnny Damon is out, you can live with that. Gardner said he’d just get some “good food” and then head back home to tend to his dog, which he brought to New York from Triple-A. He’ll enjoy this day off.

So will the Yankees, who welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to New York on Tuesday for what Joe Girardi actually called the two most important games they’ll play all year. The site coolstandings.com, which tracks these things, puts the Yankees as having a 13.1% chance of making the playoffs this season. They overcame great odds last summer as well, but it’s clear we’ll be all watching an uphill climb.

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Let me make a case for why we should let some of these guys go. Either by trade or by NOT picking up a new contract
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Damon: He simply has never been healthy as a Yankee. It’s awesome that he’s tough and plays through injury, but that doesn’t exactly give us a top-notch lead-off man now does it? Frankly, I would rather have an inexperienced Gardner at 100% than an 80% Damon. Gardner has at least demonstrated that he improves our defense. Something this team desperately needs.
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Matsui: Once again he’s one of my favorite Yankees. I love him, BUT if he can’t keep healthy knees as a DH, then how is he going to be able to maintain the numbers he’s been putting up? I’m sorry but he’s just not. It’s clear that his body is beginning to deteriorate. And another thing, Posada looks to me like his days as a catcher are numbered, which means that we will need to have the DH spot open for him. Before you start thinking of moving him to 1st base, remember that if we sign Giambi for one more year, he hits way better when he plays first, just go look at his numbers. Further, if we don’t re-sign Giambi (which I think is the right move) Mark Teixeira plays a gold-glove 1B, and we MUST GET THIS MAN.
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Abreu: This guy gets me more manic than anyone else on this team. One minute I LOVE him, and the next minute I HATE him. Why? Because he is woefully inconsistent. The absolute worst spot in the batting order to put a streaky hitter is in the 3 hole. We HAVE to be able to count on that spot in the batting order EVERY game. It’s why teams put their best all-around hitter in that spot. Abreu will spend a month in a slump, and then creep back up to .300 by getting blazing hot for 2 weeks. That is just not good enough. At best, he at least needs to be moved from the 3.
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Farnsworth: Easily NOT a set-up quality relief pitcher. At best, Farny is a 6th or 7th inning guy, and a 7th inning guy only if he can’t hurt us by coughing up a long ball. While he has great stuff, he has NEVER proven that he can keep his pitches in the zone, and when he accidently throws a strike, it usually leaves the yard faster than a Dodger fan. Why are we paying a 6th inning pitcher 4.5 million?
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Hawkins: Do I even need to illustrate how terrible he is? Frankly, Cashman is a fool for allowing this wounded dog to live for so long. It’s inhumane. We need to DFA this clown, and put this dog to sleep. I shouldn’t even have to make a case for this.
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Giambi: Even if he hits 40 dingers, bats .260, and drives in 100 runs, he’s 37. We need to chase a young and athletic slugger to play 1B for this team for years to come. Answer? Mark Teixeira. 27 years old, Gold glove defense, 30+ dingers, 100+ rbi, .280 – .320 batting average, bats from both sides of the plate, and a LEGIT number 3 hitter. We can’t rely on a 38 year old Giambi to keep the fire going in 2009. Remember Giambi won comback player of the year in 2005. Then spent the next 2 years nursing a litany of injuries. Don’t let one good season cloud the fact that we need the money we pay Big G to get the chips we need.
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Moose: I’m actually OK with letting Moose come back for one more year, with several caveats. We need to acquire an ace to lead this rotation. Sabathia WILL declare free agency at the end of this season. If we somehow can’t get him, then there will be other choices on the market. Moose needs to be asked to pitch as a number 5 starter, and no higher. Even if he wins 17 games this season, how can we just expect a 40 year old (sans roids) to maintain that level of performance? If Hughes can finish strong when he comes back, and Pettite wants to return, then Moose had better enjoy being a long man, or a spot starter next year.
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Pettite: If he comes back, I’ll take him. We need to diminish his role next season, however. I see him as a 4th/5th starter if we can get that Ace pitcher and Hughes comes back strong. With *Ace*, Wang, Joba, Hughes, Pettite as a starting rotation, we will have one of, if not THE, best rotations in the AL.

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can joba start game two,,,,,w/ tampa?

yes, keep moose for next year. (1 yr deal)

cano is at .250/.255 pass the mendoza line….but giambi is higher than him.

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I was glad to see Joe Giradi jump in that umpires s_ _ _ t. All season the umps has been taking the Yankee hitters out with terrible calls. It has impact the hitters to the point they had to change their approach. The Umps is not the only problem, but some those calls have kept our hitters at bay. My uncle use to say ” Don’t worry about the umpire, let that bat talk for you”. Now what the Yankees need next is for “Derek Jeter” to start a brawl with Tampa. let see if these boys want to play hard nose baseball. The Yankees need to start playing hard nose baseball, give them a little life. Joba like to play hardball, that is trait i like most about him.

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I really WANT to keep Damon. But I’m sick of seeing him bounce throws from mid-left field to home plate. Geez! How do you become a ML CF’er when you can even make the IF with a throw from the wall?

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Good News, Pettite will pitch tmr against Kazmir, instead of Ponson. Ponson will pitch the 2nd game against Edwin Jackson. Hope we can take both games.

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Farnsworth: I think the I need to give him until the end of the season before a decision is made. If he can be in the low 3′s I say re-sign him and give him one more year in pinstripes…..I like him more under Girardi than Torre.

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Chaz,

A quick comment on Marte’s cost v.s. Fuentes:
In terms of contract: Fuentes makes ~ 4mm/yr and is signed through next year and the following. Marte makes 2mm this year and 6.2mm next year. I’d say the cost of trading with either team is fairly minimal, though the Bucs trade record of poor trading is probably the reason we’ll steal Marte from them as opposed to going to the Rox who will certainly exact a lofty price for Fuentes….

Another quick comment, this one for Bruce Bowler.
You said to not re-sign the following gang for next year: pettitte,mussina,giambi,pavano,hawkins,farnsworth

In the friendliest baseball talk way, I have to disagree with your comment. I think we can rid ourselves of a guy like Hawkins who really hasn’t fit in with the Yanks and just doesn’t seem to have it any longer. BUT, i’d like to make the case for keeping the rest.

Moose: he’s having a great season and I see no reason (assuming he keeps it up) to rid ourselves of him next year. I say trim his salary by 3mm/yr and give him a 1 yr $10mm deal — he’ll be a great mentor to Kennedy, Joba, Phil and the rest of the newcomes.
Pettite: I think he’s overpaid but I still think the Yankees can use a guy who’s consistently going to win 14-15 games/year and be the workhorse. He needs to WANT to pitch next year, and the following years (no more of this year-to-year stuff). I think if he takes $12mm/yr you take him, but I definitely think you let him go if he wants the $16mm he currently makes.
Giambi: again, he’s having a GREAT season and is on his way to 35home runs and 100rbi’s. I think you buy out his $23mm contract for next year (which will run the Yankees $5mm), then give him another $5mm — there’s been a rumor running around encompassing this arrangement…..I gotta be honest, another year of the Giambino hitting .260 with 35hr’s for $10mm is fine by me.
Pavano: I think he’s been the worst signing in probably major league history, but I think if he wants to re-sign for a minor league deal then give it to him. He’s only 33 and was actually a good pitcher before the slew of injuries and issues….

Cheers,

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Chaz,

A quick comment on Marte’s cost v.s. Fuentes:
In terms of contract: Fuentes makes ~ 4mm/yr and is signed through next year and the following. Marte makes 2mm this year and 6.2mm next year. I’d say the cost of trading with either team is fairly minimal, though the Bucs trade record of poor trading is probably the reason we’ll steal Marte from them as opposed to going to the Rox who will certainly exact a lofty price for Fuentes….

Another quick comment, this one for Bruce Bowler.
You said to not re-sign the following gang for next year: pettitte,mussina,giambi,pavano,hawkins,farnsworth

In the friendliest baseball talk way, I have to disagree with your comment. I think we can rid ourselves of a guy like Hawkins who really hasn’t fit in with the Yanks and just doesn’t seem to have it any longer. BUT, i’d like to make the case for keeping the rest.

Moose: he’s having a great season and I see no reason (assuming he keeps it up) to rid ourselves of him next year. I say trim his salary by 3mm/yr and give him a 1 yr $10mm deal — he’ll be a great mentor to Kennedy, Joba, Phil and the rest of the newcomes.
Pettite: I think he’s overpaid but I still think the Yankees can use a guy who’s consistently going to win 14-15 games/year and be the workhorse. He needs to WANT to pitch next year, and the following years (no more of this year-to-year stuff). I think if he takes $12mm/yr you take him, but I definitely think you let him go if he wants the $16mm he currently makes.
Giambi: again, he’s having a GREAT season and is on his way to 35home runs and 100rbi’s. I think you buy out his $23mm contract for next year (which will run the Yankees $5mm), then give him another $5mm — there’s been a rumor running around encompassing this arrangement…..I gotta be honest, another year of the Giambino hitting .260 with 35hr’s for $10mm is fine by me.
Pavano: I think he’s been the worst signing in probably major league history, but I think if he wants to re-sign for a minor league deal then give it to him. He’s only 33 and was actually a good pitcher before the slew of injuries and issues….

Cheers,

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Chazz,
It’s been nice talking baseball w/ you too. You cracked me up w/ those Arod/Madonna posts.

Anyways, In my opinion, we cannot trade our best hitters THIS SEASON, especially the fact that they are returning in 2-3 weeks. If we do that, than we are considered sellers for this season and are looking forward for the next season. If we want to trade damon or matsui, than we have to wait for the offseason.
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All we need is to add one offensive player that can get this team going, just like when we got Bobby abreu 2 yrs ago. Maybe Xavier Nady (.320) or Jason Bay (17 HR), even though I’m not sure if he’s tradeable. Or, we can go after Texiera, but it’s better to wait for him to be a free agent next year. We can go after Nady b/c I doubt he’ll cost a lot to obtain him.
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Now for the rest of the offense, I really do believe that Abreu (if he doesn’t get traded), Jeter, and Cano will turn their season around. And I’ll guarantee you that once Jeter hits over .300 again, and if Damon, Matsui, and Arod can continue hitting over .300, this offense will start scoring more runs.
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We also need to trade for at least one dependable starting pitcher. He doesn’t have to be an ace, but just one that we can depend on until wang or Hughes come back. I think Bedard would be a perfect move to make, even though he may cost us a lot. Padilla from the rangers wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 7, 2008

Scranton/WB 1
Toledo (Tigers) 8
W: C. Lambert (8-5, 3.25); L: J. Karstens (3-4, 4.41)
HR: TOL: M. St. Pierre (2), B. Inge (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_swbaaa_tolaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 6
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 4
W: C. Wright (7-2, 3.36); L: J. Machi (0-3, 6.18); SV: A. Claggett (6)
HR: NHM: T. Snider (12), J. Arencibia (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_treaax_nhmaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
St. Lucie (Mets) POSTPONED
Tampa
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Lexington (Astros) 0
Charleston 2
W: DeLaRosa (4-3:2.26) L: Icenogle (1-6; 6.06) S: Ortiz (22)
HR: CHA: J. Montero (8).
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http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_lexafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island 4
Auburn (Blue Jays) 2
W: C. Erickson (2-0, 2.66); L: J. Monti (1-1, 3.27); SV: J. Selenes (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_staasx_aubasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
GCLYankees 3
GCL Phillies 4
W: R. Simon (2-2, 5.30); L: R. Martinez (0-2, 6.30); SV: J. Ellis (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_yanrok_phlrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Nice actually talking baseball with you. Late

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Amire,
I don’t like the idea of dealing them any more than you do. What exactly should we do to get HEALTHY contributers to the offense? Damon is on the DL for the first time in his career, and he probably should’ve been there at least 5 times since he’s put the pinstripes on. Matsui can rake, but we haven’t seen him at 100% for the last 3 years. Holding onto these guys just because they have something left, shouldn’t stop us from trying to pursue guys that have MORE to offer. We don’t need a lineup full of guys that can’t stay healthy. We need a group of guys that can show up every night.

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I agree w/ you evpardyhardy, there’s no reason for us to trade Damon. He is our best hitter this year. Trading two .300 hitters (Damon and matsui) will not solve our offensive problems.

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Case for Sui and Damon: How about 2 guys? One’s a helluva basestealer, and one is a rbi machine! Everytime they come up to hit, you can expect good things to happen! The catch? Oh, um…….you can only play them in about 80-120 games per season. You see, they’ve been rode hard and put away wet one too many times. Other than that, they are awesome, though!

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Case for Abreu: Hey, Opposing GM! How would you like a right fielder with a great arm (when he decides to use it) and fast wheels (when he decides to hustle)? He’ll also manage a .300 batting average by hitting .580 for 2 weeks, and then .180 for 2 months! What’ll you give us in trade?

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I agree, Matt. All 3 would be a tough sell, but we need to go shopping, nonetheless.

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Damon really is always injured but he plays through them most of the time. And he keeps hitting through them. He doesn’t have to bat leadoff but he is useful in this lineup. Especially this season when they’re barely hitting.

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Yes, Damon hits. So does Sui. Which is why we need to trade them NOW while they still have some value. Matsui is one of my favorite Yankees, but realistically, these 2 guys have maybe 1 or 2 good seasons left, and that is IF (BIG IF) they can keep their bodies from falling apart.

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I’m sure you would like to keep Damon, Bpark. He’s 35. Just because he’s the only one who can swallow his pride and talk to the press when we stink up the place, that doesn’t mean he’s a “leader”, it just means he likes to see himself on TV. And that hustle you talk about really isn’t hustle when every single time he tries to leave it on the field, he hurts himself (Damon, leaving it on the field is NOT to be taken literally). I’m finished with watching a “banged-up” Damon try and keep the wheels on the bus. Why do I want a lead-off hitter who has been at 100% only about 1/3 of the time he’s been a Yankee?

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Posada doesn’t make that many mistakes at the plate and he’s hitting fine…but he can DH and play first and be a lot better, I agree. What’s wrong with Damon though? He is a great leadoff man and he keeps hitting and hitting. He plays through injuries (except this one time) and he brings great character and he’s tough.

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Did I have reading trouble when you said Torre was not a good manager or that Duncan was hitting at 160?

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We can unload Sui, Abreu and Kennadia to the Dodgers/Rockies in separate deals.

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I told y’all last year Sui was done, he needs to retire or go to the Dodgers or Mets.

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I would like to keep Damon Chaz for his hussle and leadership.

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Yeah, Ayton I texted the vote in like 30 times and voted online like a bunch of times. I was screaming out of shear disgust when I found out the All-Star team. Three Yankees and like the entire Red Sox team. Pedrioa, Youk, and Varitek are NOT All-Stars. They better hit or be of some sort of use to the AL. Maybe they can be ball boys??

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I would like to keep Damon Chaz for his hussle and leadership.

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I told Susuki the deal was done and sure enough it was announced a day later.

I bet Matt likes old slow Abreu.

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I think that this team should pursue Damaso Marte. Same age as Fuentes, left handed like Fuentes, on an irrelevant team, having a remarkable season, LIGHTS OUT v. lefties, similar stuff to Fuentes, and CHEAPER than Fuentes.
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Of course, that’s AFTER they make a move(s) to jump start the offense. I say we bite the bullet and move Abreu, Damon, or Matsui, OR all 3. Other than that we seriously need at least 2 moves to get a decent bench so that if we need to rest a starter, we still have at least a snowball’s chance in hell of putting some runs on the board. This bench is awful, we have no legit lead-off, no legit number 3 hitter, and if my assumptions are correct, Posada is finished as a catcher. This means we need to Platoon him at 1B with Giambi (for the rest of the season, DHing Posada in 2009), and trade for a viable starting catcher. We’re staring at a 9 game hole with half the season to play. GET ON IT!!!!!

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I voted for G, 60 times in the final vote. I wonder if went Papi is ruled out if another spot opens.

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Like Matt said, Sabithia went to the Dodgers, what is he on?

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EVERYONE!!! Please took a few mins and vote Giambi for the last AL Player to the All-star game….he needs the votes, and deserves to be in!!! Thanks

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Its obvious we need upgrades over Moehller and our bench if Posada is gonna be a DH/1b

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But hey! As long as we’re winning, who cares about integrity, fair play, setting a good example for children, the reputation and legacy of the team…………………

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Despite what Matt says, trading one prospect for Fuentes is excellent deal. Way better than the deal Boston did for Gag-yay.

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How many times have I posted this?
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If it were up to Bpark, Kswahili, Amire, and other “fans” of this ilk, we would simply allow a syringe rack next to the bat rack in the dugout. Players on national TV would just drop their bottoms, pull the syringe and the Winstrol from the rack, and mainline roids in front of God and everybody. Then, grab a helmet, a bat, and march out to the box rubbing the golf ball sized cyst on their butt so they can crush 550 foot homeruns at age 50. Pardon me while I PUKE.

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Yea me too the Yankees have to get younger and stop adding overpaid veterans.

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Unlike those cheaters Bonds and Clemens, around 99.9999999999% of ball players start to slow down around 35, and come to a screaching hault around 40. Do you even watch baseball?
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Let me try and explain this to you:
Your average superstar over a 15 year career or so starts out with a lot of potential, but lacks in knowledge of the game. As he gets a few years older, his potential is transformed into ability, and he starts to learn the subtleties of the big league game. Thus, he becomes a great ball player. At around 30 his knowledge of the game, and experience is melding well with his ability and he becomes legendary. Then, at around 35, his ability to play the game begins to diminish, but his experience can compensate and keep him competitive for a time. Sadly, unless he starts sticking needles in his asscheeks (AHEM BONDS AND CLEMENS), his ability completely deserts him, and he is left with only his knowledge of the game, which is no longer enough to allow him to keep up. Hence, a nice segue into coaching, or a seat at a broadcast table. It’s the nature of the world, Bpark. Not everyone is going to smother themselves with the Cream and the Clear so that they can mash until they are 65. Stop it already.

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the yankees aren’t gonna sign texiera for 5-7 years at 17-20 million a year and they are not that far off from being the best team in baseball excluding injuries.wang,matsui,damon,bruney injuries are hurting them bad with wang’s being the worse.with wang, mussina,joba they can hang.next year they have a problem with posada’s arm and he should move to first base,dh matsui his last year,damon in left field,melky in center,gardner as the 4th outfielder,give abraeu a one or 2 year contract,let pettitte,mussina,giambi,pavano,hawkins,farnsworth go,get an ace,an ace,wang,joba as the top three,hughes as the 4th and hold auditions for the 5th.brackman will be pitching in 2009,sanchez to the bullpen to go with bruney,veras,mo.i cant wait to see how good ajax might be,brackman also.if they lose all these players to fa i think they get a ton of picks and that is the route they should take in addition to their picks and their farm system now they can stock up huge and cut the crap out of payroll while still competing.

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Why is it that every time we are discussing adding a player to this team, Bpark can’t recommend a player under the age of 80? I’m genuinely curious, Bpark, what is your facination with washed up veterans that are 1 or 2 seasons from retirement, or retired already?
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Eureka! I have you pegged now, Park! YOU are Brian Cashman! Listen up, B(rian)park, we aren’t drinking your f-ing kool-aid anymore! WE DON’T WANT AGING VETERANS PLUGGING UP THIS TEAM’S ROSTER…………LET IT GO, PSYCHO!!!!

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Sheffield would NEVER take a deal where it meant he sat on the bench. Get a grip on reality. Piazza RETIRED, which means he doesn’t play anymore. Which means he can’t be signed. Which means we aren’t even going to consider him. Oh, and having 3 catchers on a 25 man roster is UTTERLY STUPID.

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Randy Wolf is lousy also and ESPN is hyping us trading for him.

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Instead will go with Ponson, Moehller, Duncan, Kennadia, Abreu, possibly Chacon and other worthless cogs. I don”t want any of them

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Giambi deserves to be in the ASG, so does Longoria and Dye. People like Veritek need to be removed.

Piazza would be a 3rd catcher pinch hitter, way better than Moehller. Sheff on the bench I’ll take him over Duncan.

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If you ask Matt a bench with Moehller and Duncan on is a hitting machine. Bring back Sheff or bring in Piazza. Abreu is terrible.

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The Yanks were 6.5 games back 3 weeks ago when I last visited this blog. Today, they’re 9 back. Aren’t they supposed to be gaining ground? I’m not getting my rocks off over the 2 wins against the Blosox. This team is still garbage. I’ve said this since April, gut this team and start over.
Don’t A-Rod & Madonna have the same agent/manager? This is clearly a publicity stunt for Madonna’s new CD because she’s so insignificant to the music world.

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arod has a prenup.
cano is .250
moose no all-star
ponson???
cc is taking a sabatical to brew his temp arrangement for 2008 only.

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I almost don’t want to see what happens next in Fenway when A-Rod comes to bat. Madonna has a new CD coming out soon or just released or something so I’m sure she doesn’t give a crap about all the publicity. There’s so much other sports news. Nadal beat Federer yesterday. I’m a huge tennis person but I hate watching the sport but finally something sparked my interest… the Wimbledon and the daily sports coverage in NY news got a TOTAL of 4 minutes. Both the mets and the Yankes went into extra innings and had major stories to cover. A divorce got 6 minutes with 2 news people reporting. If that’s not strange then I don’t what is. And btw, since when were the Rays so hot in popular culture too? They’re the cover of ESPN mag, have a page or two in Sports Illustrated and Evan Longoria is an All-Star contender. And as much as I hate the Red Sox players in the All-Star game…last’s night win sorta handed it to them for me.

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Guys, I’m piling on because I find a 32 year old A-Rod porking a 96 year old Madonna to be freaking hilarious. Lighten the hell up. I see that A-Rod .320 batting average and 17 jacks shows that he’s all torn up about his divorce.

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
7/7 - MON - - -
7/8 - TUE - 7p - YANKEES vs Rays  - YES
7/9 - WED - 1p - YANKEES vs Rays  - YES
7/10 - THU - 7p - YANKEES at Pirates - YES
7/11 - FRI - 7p - YANKEES at Blue Jays  - MY9
7/12 - SAT - 1p - YANKEES at Blue Jays  - YES
7/13 - SUN - 1p - YANKEES at Blue Jays  - YES

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 7, 2008

Scranton/WB
Toledo (Tigers) 7p
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Trenton
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7:05p
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St. Lucie (Mets) 7p
Tampa

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Lexington (Astros) 7:05p
Charleston

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Staten Island
Auburn (Blue Jays) 7:05p
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GCLYankees
GCL Phillies 12p
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 6, 2008

Scranton/WB 5
Toledo (Tigers) 4 (12)
W: S. Jackson (1-0, 3.86); L: F. Beltran (2-5, 6.15)
HR: SWB: A. Gonzalez (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_06_swbaaa_tolaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 1
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 6
W: K. Rodriguez (1-1, 3.00); L: G. Kontos (3-9, 3.67)
HR: NHM: S. Campbell (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_06_treaax_nhmaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Sarasota (Reds) 5
Tampa 2
W: B. Livingston (1-1, 3.00); L: G. Duff (1-6, 3.59); SV: T. Young (1)
HR: SAR: D. Perales (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_06_sarafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island 4
Auburn (Blue Jays) 2
W: A. Shive (2-2, 3.29); L: C. Perez (0-3, 5.31); SV: P. Venditte (5)
HR: STA: M. Lyon (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_06_staasx_aubasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Brett Gardner is a good hitter. He’s been robbed quite a few times in his career so far. Eventually, he had to break out somehow…
I don’t give 2 hoots whether A-Rod’s dating Madonna. I wouldn’t care if he were dating Jordin Sparks (okay… take that back). As long as he hits home runs, steals bases and makes great plays, I think I’m okay with Madonna. Now, if A-Rod starts slumping…

-EJ/Kid From New York
yankeesquad.mlblogs.com = Update coming today at 8:35 EST. I got lots to talk about.

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I seriously don’t see why the redsox would pursue texiera, other than to push his price up. Youk can only play 1st or 3rd. If they trade for texiera, then they are bound to lose either youk, lowell, or ortiz. The only position I believe they need to improve on is SS. But imagine if Texiera does somehow know how to play SS, that lineup would be death row.

Elisbury (CF)
Pedroia (2B)
Drew (RF)
Ramirez (LF)
Ortiz (DH)
Texiera (SS)
Lowell (3B)
Youk (1B)
Varitek (C)

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She’ll get half of nothing . . . do you really think there’s no pre-nuptial agreement? Am I the ONLY one who doesn’t really give a crap what A-Rod does off the field? Not to sound like an old Fart (’cause I’m NOT!) but no one talked about Dimaggio’s marital failings, or Mantle’s marital failings. I know . . .different time in the history of the world and the media, but I just find it very low and distasteful to publish details and speculation. I’m sure this is not an easy time for Rodriguez (though he apparently has brought it on himself) and it seems very low to pile on at a time like this. We’re talking about a man’s family and his life. This is a little more important than baseball.

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Cause we are livin’ in a material world and Alex is a material girl. I can’t get Madonna songs out of my head now, the last couple of weeks I couldn’t get that Shaq rap dissing Kobe Bryant out of my head..I need help. I’m going to be in a salty mood if Boston gets Mark Teixeria but why in the hell would they need him if they have Youk? Boston is just trying to drive up the price for the Yanks I bet. I know Mark is from the Baltimore area, and he has stated plenty of times he would mind playin’ for the O’s, but if he wants a shot in hell at winning a ring he better take the No. 4 train to 161st street…Yankee Stadium, baby!

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A-Rod emotionally abandoned his wife? He also abandons baseball in October sometimes– but for some reason this gets more press coverage.

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Lenny Kravitz is linked to his wife. Arod had the stripper incident last year.

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Madonna? Wow! A-Rod, really? Madonna? You are arguably the greatest baseball player in the world, you have literally hundreds of millions of dollars, and you decide to end your marriage by porking Madonna? Um……..she’s old enough to be your mom, you sick-o! What, did Barbara Streisand shoot you down? Was Bette Midler not down with a little bump’n’grind? You should be ashamed of yourself. Next time, ask Derek Jeter if you can be his wingman. Maybe he’ll toss you a scrap off his pussywagon.

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Rays could make push for Fuentes soon
Brian Fuentes | Rockies | Interested: Rays
According to the Denver Post, the Tampa Bay Rays had a scout at Coors Field on Saturday and are preparing to make an aggressive offer for Rockies’ closer Brian Fuentes.

The Rockies are looking for just one quality prospect in return for Fuentes.

ONE PROSPECT FOR FUENTES? KENNADIA?

Also from the insider: Boston is going hard at Texiera.

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Looks like C-Rod will be taking A-Rod to the cleaners. It’s a good thing that he’s got that 300 million dollar deal, cuz Cynthia is going to get 1/2 that. Nice to see that she’s going to be tied for the highest salary on our payroll.

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We won’t win today’s game scoring only 4 runs. 6 might not be enough. We’re trotting out our fatass loser against the best team in baseball’s ACE starter. Great. Isn’t this the second time our rotation has matched up our worst pitcher against Kazmir? There has got to be a way to get this rotation lined up to at least give us a chance. Unless the Yanks come out swinging, this game could be over before it starts.

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Apparantly, Bryan, Ellsbury isn’t even Ellsbury. Whats he batting now, .265?
Loius Sojo-type hit…thats funny, cus I said the same thing on Phil Hughes’ blog…

Lets give Gardner more then 20 or so at bats before we call him “Jacoby Ellsbury Lite”.
13.% chance? Who makes these numbers up?

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