Derek Jeter appears on XM Radio

Received this transcript from our friends at XM Radio, where Derek Jeter appeared Wednesday on the MLB Home Plate channel with hosts Jeff Joyce and Buck Martinez:

On new Yankees CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett:

XM Host Buck Martinez: “What will it be like playing behind these two great pitchers you’ve faced so much?”

Derek Jeter: “It’s going to be fun. I mean, CC [Sabathia], we’ve had plenty of battles with in Cleveland.  He pitched against us in the playoffs a couple years ago.  He had a tremendous year last year.  I think the thing that sticks out with him is he’s always out there.  He’s a horse.  He throws a lot of innings.  [He's a] power pitcher.  And with AJ [Burnett], we saw too much of him this year, this past year.  It seemed like every time we played Toronto we were facing him and Halladay and they beat us more often than not.  So it’ll be fun to finally be behind him, but we added two guys, two power pitchers.  Their stuff is as good as any pitcher in baseball.”

On Alex Rodriguez’ choice to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic:

XM Host Buck Martinez:
“What’s your feeling about Alex Rodriguez playing for the Dominican Republic?”

Derek Jeter: “Well, he has options.  I think that’s the biggest thing.  Everyone doesn’t have that option.  I know it was tough for him the first time around making that decision and I’m sure it was tough this time around, too.  I don’t think he’s addressed his reasons for it so we’ll let him do that first but it’s a good spot for him to be in.”

XM Host Jeff Joyce: “Any friendly trash-talking that will go on or already has gone on now that A-Rod’s going to play for the Dominican and not for you like he did in 2006?”

Jeter: “No, I haven’t spoken to him about it yet so we’ll see what happens.  Hopefully, we’ll win and we’ll be able to do that.”

On Red Sox second baseman and WBC teammate Dustin Pedroia:

Derek Jeter:
“He’s a great player.  More importantly, he’s a good person.  He was fun to be around [at the All-Star Game].  The thing about Dustin that I like is every game he’s playing all out.  I mean, he’s a player that you really enjoy to watch play.  I mean, I really don’t enjoy it because we see enough of him but you really appreciate the way he goes about playing the game everyday.  He’s a spark plug for the team.  He deserved to win the MVP award and he’s going to have a bright future.  It might be all downhill for him now.  He won a championship his first year, the MVP his second year, but I’m sure he’s going to have a long and successful career.”

On Yankees C Jorge Posada:

XM Host Buck Martinez:
“Talk about your pal, Jorge Posada.  How is he progressing and what are the prospects for his 100% return to back behind the plate?”

Derek Jeter: “He’s progressing well.  He’s down here in Florida.  He’s working hard.  He’s starting to throw already.  He’s really optimistic about being ready to go when spring training starts and the regular season.  I know it was a frustrating year for him last year, never really being on the disabled list or being hurt and missing basically the whole second half of the season.  I know he’s itching to get back out there and hopefully he won’t have any setbacks.”

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My guess is Joba would go to the pen before that happens.

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I see reason behind Beane getting Holliday, and I think it was a great move with little lost for the A’s. I also believe Beane to be a good GM, I was just saying that the demand for Holliday will be much greater now than it was two months ago. Though it is highly unlikely because they can move him at the deadline or get two draft-picks. Just a thought really.
Bpark, I was just commenting on how Wang would not be moved, it would take away from their rotation which they had paid so much to build and it just wouldn’t make sense, barring a great player in return.

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Teixeira close to deal with Red Sox- Mark Bowman
http://hotstove.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/12/teixeira_close_to_deal_with_re.html

By RobertGKramer@AOL.Com on December 18, 2008 6:49 PM

THIS ARTICLE WAS DELETED BY HOTSTOVE!!!

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http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2008/12/18/general_feeling_is_sox/ Did we offer Manny a deal?
Pettitte deal is imminent.
Sui to Seattle is close, they want us to pay some of the salary?
A’s Crosby released.

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Boston has taken themselves out of the running for Teix. Today is a good day.

How does this affect our (non?) pursuit though? On one hand, one of the reasons to go after him, raise his price for Boston and keep him out of Fenway, is no longer there. On the other hand, the lack of a Yankee-Red Sox bidding war should lower the price. What do you guys think?

By a7989 on December 19, 2008 3:16 AM
Unless he wants to go to Washington, he will take the 8 years from Anaheim. Making Manny a target for us, Washington and LA, likely lowering the price on Manny who currently doesn’t even have a 2 year offer.

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bpark,
Why would the Yanks move Wang to fit Pettitte or Moose into their line-up? For 4 million the Yanks are getting an ace pitcher who has proved he can win and pitch very effectively, despite his inability to blow hitters away. He was pitching in the class of Lee and Webb at the beginning of the 08′ season before a string of 3 horrible outings blew his ERA into the 4+ region. Wang is one of the Yankee’s most valuably pieces and they would only expect a Peavy type player in return if they were to move him. Also, I like Moose and Pettitte but Moose is not going to come out of retirement and Pettitte is a solid back end of the rotation guy, fans outta start giving Wang the credit he deserves.

By yanknuck on December 19, 2008 12:56 AM

Whats your solution? I was hypothesizing that Pettitte will come back and then saying what would happen if Moose reconsidered retirement? Cashman said Moose and Pettitte would be in the rotation if they both returned. A 6 man rotation is possible. This is all hypothetical because Moose is retired.

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if the Yanks pick up a big bat…
it looks like it’s going to be Manny…
i guess that will have to do as long as they don’t give him more than 3 years…
which i know is a risk but the Yanks do need more Offense…
i still wonder if the yanks could have used some combimation of players they lost in the rule 5 draft and the the ones they traded away for Swisher with Yuan Miranda to get Zach Grienke…
if they had given up 4 or 5 players maybe they could have made that trade…
and instead used the money they saved on getting swisher and A.J.Burnett to get Teixeira instead…or maybe there would have been an opening for a Matt Cain trade if the Yanks had put the right Package on the table…
the yankee fanatic…
By the way to the writer who said i maybe selling Arod short…
just know…Arod has maybe three more years to get a ring…
before everyone starts to look at him as a big bust…
and that big contract is weighing on his mind…
NO PLAYER IS WORTH 27.5 MILL AT AGE 32 AND IT IS CRAZY FOR HIM TO GET THAT MUCH OVER 10 YEARS…
AND WHOEVER APROVED THAT DEAL SHOULD BE SMACKED…
is Arod great no doubt…
but not that great…

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The Yankees werent saying AJ wasn’t an injury risk they were saying they didn’t want to add another injury prone pitcher to the rotation after signing AJ. One injury risk is enough.

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Also,
Don’t count the Sox out of the race for Teix, good chance his is still hitting bombs for Bean-town in the Spring.

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When I heard that Oakland had traded for Holliday, I thought it was very unlike Bean to pull a deal like this; generally Bean was dishing out the stud player to receive prospects and maybes. I wonder if the Rockies sent Holliday packing premature, and may have received more from teams who are a little more desperately lonely for a stud in the outfield during the cold winder. I wonder if Oakland tried to flip Holliday what they would recieve, I bet that they could get a very nice package in return, especially if they had teams at one and others throats for an extra special Holliday. If they placed Holliday on the market after Manny and Teix signed than he would easily be ,though if they put him on the market today he would arguably be, the most coveted FA on the market and teams would pay dearly in youth and potential to get him. Completely hypothetical, though I think it would be a good move on the A’s front especially Teix re-signs with the Angels and if they get Fuentes.

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Abreu will not accept a 2year/11-12 million contract based on two things: his free agent player rating and the 3year/10 million contract Ibanez reeled in with the Phillies. Abreu was rated as the 14th most coveted free agent this year while his counter-part Ibanez was somewhere in the 30′s, giving Abreu and his Agents plenty of justification to receive a 3 year deal in the range of 12-14 million. I would like to see Abreu back, but if were going to get him, he will not come cheap or short term.
On the topic of the Teix going to either the Angels or Baltimore, I would also rather him sign with Baltimore; however, the Angels are not the force that they were last year, especially if Teix leaves. They could/have lose/lost Teix, K-Rod, Anderson, Rivera, Garland while Hunter and Vladdy (though he is still very dangerous) are a year older. I definitely think that the Rangers (if FA helps with their pitching woes– I still say we try and get OF Murphey for Aceves and a RP) or Oakland (if they get another big bat to coincide with Cust and Holliday) will be much more in the running for the West than in years past.

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http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/st/archives/2008/12/3_up_sheets_tei.html

Ok, someone explain to me how Sheets’ health is a concern over 2 years when Burnett’s isn’t over 5??? Really, am I the only one seeing this?

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Baltimore definately. That Orioles side has last place written all over it, with or without Tex. The Angels on the other hand are a pretty solid bet to reach the playoffs and the last thing the Yankees need is another ALDS defeat to them.

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With the Sox out, where would we like to see him go if the Yanks do not jump in, LAA or BAL?

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I’d offer Abreu a 2 year contract for $11-12M first. The wall notwithstanding, you know he’ll at least show up to play every day.

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I would rather lose the next 5 WS than sign Manny. You can say what you want about him being a “draw” to fill the stands but we’re playing freakin baseball here, not performing in a 3-ring circus!

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What a wonderful day!!! Red Sox fans are LIVID over this latest development. I still think he’ll command 8/160M and I still think he is worth it. Manny is a fall back option at this point, MAKE TEIX AN OFFER!

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Boston has taken themselves out of the running for Teix. Today is a good day.

How does this affect our (non?) pursuit though? On one hand, one of the reasons to go after him, raise his price for Boston and keep him out of Fenway, is no longer there. On the other hand, the lack of a Yankee-Red Sox bidding war should lower the price. What do you guys think?

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bpark,
Why would the Yanks move Wang to fit Pettitte or Moose into their line-up? For 4 million the Yanks are getting an ace pitcher who has proved he can win and pitch very effectively, despite his inability to blow hitters away. He was pitching in the class of Lee and Webb at the beginning of the 08′ season before a string of 3 horrible outings blew his ERA into the 4+ region. Wang is one of the Yankee’s most valuably pieces and they would only expect a Peavy type player in return if they were to move him. Also, I like Moose and Pettitte but Moose is not going to come out of retirement and Pettitte is a solid back end of the rotation guy, fans outta start giving Wang the credit he deserves.

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I wouldn’t mind Abreu back from a hitting stand point but the defense is terrible.

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Nice to see Jeter giving Pedrioa some kudos.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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Moose won’t have second thoughts. He is the type of man who says what he intends to do and sticks with it. His home in Montoursville is about an hour from here, this is the mentality of this area.

Interesting article on Abreu. I am admittedly a strong advocate for bringing Abreu back. With the glut of OF on the FA market, I expect to see Bobby’s price drop, which would provide even more of a reason to retain his services over those of Manny’s bloated contract and bloated head.

Listen, Bobby may not be that superstar that you ll desperately want, but he DOES have consistency. you know what to expect with him. Good health. Patient hitting. Long term durability.

Put him in the DH role, even. Put a stipulation in the contract to increase training room time. Whatever you need to do, just bring Abreu back.

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Rosenthaul, Foxsports says we will land Manny.
Pettitte realizes we’re out of money and could be out of a spot for him soon.
Lets assume Pettitte returns, bumping Hughes to AAA. If Moose has second thoughts. Would we bump Joba to the pen or would we look to move Wang. Seriously, Burnett and CC aren’t going anywhere. Wang and Chamberlain would be the only 2 moving parts.

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I don’t want Tex for more than 5 years. Ergo, If I had my way he wouldn’t be in pinstripes next year considering what it will take to land him. 2/3 years of Manny Ramirez I wouldn’t have a problem with but I think the Dodgers will drive that up to 4+ years if not necessarially increase his price.

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Here’s the worst rumor of the winter thus far: according to the Boston Globe the Yankees have a 3 year $66MM offer out to Manny Ramirez. I really hope this is false and seeing as it’s a Boston paper I don’t believe it, but in 3 years mann will single handedly rip what little team cohesiveness the Yankees have to heck. I’d rather see the Yankees overpay and give Tex a moronic contract than give Manny anything, he will do more harm than good wherever he goes.

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I’d rather give Teix 10 years than give Manny 1.

I think we should at least try. Why not even an offer so far?

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If I recall correctly, there are a few who do not like 8 or 10 years for Teixeira. Otherwise almost everyone, including me, wants him at any cost!

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Fanatic,

I think your selling A-Rod short of what he can do, regardless of who is in the line-up.

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What is the groups opinion as to whether we’ll even put in an offer for Teix? Is Cash in regular communications with Boras and afforded a last look before he signs?

I am more concerned about a bat now than pitching…

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i don’t want Manny to go to the Yanks…
if they have to make an either or decsion…
i hope they rethink things and go after Teixeira instead…
Manny is a great player and i’m not worried about his antics if he performs well because this will be his last big contract so there is no reason to act stupid to get another big one…
i am more worried about his skills decreasing significantly…
and him not being worth nearly as much as he is going to be paid…
the yanks could survive that if they have Teixeira with Arod
but with Arod alone i don’t feel good about Manny…
especially if Arod gets in his own way trying to do too much…
Manny in a line up with Teixeira and Arod is good but in a line up with just Manny and Arod in the middle could be a disaster…
imagine if Manny starts to decompensate offensively…
what might he do…
GIVE UP…no so much be a problem but just be lazy…
and then how would an iratic Arod react to that…
and then the Yanks would be stuck with a aging DH…
who is way over paid who is also a head ache…
and then that would also contribute to Arod under performance…
which would then make him an aging slugger losing speed and power who could also become a head case…
he may then be open to a trade but noone will want him because he is overpaid deminshing in skill and is mental…
but for all of our sake lets hope that doesn’t happen…
the Yankee fanatic…

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Golf,
Interesting read on Abreu indeed. Thanks!

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The Yanks top brass want to win the WS, but they also are business men. Yankee stadiumn will be filled for every game, signing ManRam just adds to the attraction for road games and besides that he is a damn good hitter. Damon, Jeter, A-Rod and ManRam, I can hit 5th with those bats in front. Yogi Berra is proof, hit behind great hitters when they get to you they think they can let up/relax. Yogl was a good clutch hitter for the yanks. Posada best days are behind him, Nady might be the next Yogi. The amount of money those guys sign, very few collects all of their so call signing amount, the owners always install that by-out clause.

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Interesing Crasnick column on Abreu:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove08/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&id=3773760

Sounds like he agrees with the Yankees not offering arbitration. It’s no surprise he wants 3 years. Just like it’s no surprise that Lowe or Manny want 3 or 5 years or whatever. Players in their mid-30′s know that they don’t have the clout they once had or the drawing power ($$-wise) and being an FA at 36 or 37 and trying to get a longer term deal for decent money is more difficult. So, rather than have to be looking for a job n a couple years when you know your skill-set wont be the selling point it once was, sign now while you still have some worth and can lock up a paycheck for another few years.

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Peavy will only waive his no-trade clause for an American League team for a large contract extnsion, and with the help of C.C.’s new mega-deal, it’s going have to be a big one. No way will the Sox spend on both Teix and Peavy. Rumors are just that, rumors; there have been so many this year — like all years– that a deal holds no water till the papers are signed and the conference is held. Speaking of rumors though, it seems that the potential center-field swap between the Yanks and Crew are all but ‘dead’. http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081217&content_id=3720267&vkey=news_mil&fext=.jsp&c_id=mil

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Anyone see the rumors that the SUCHS are looking at Peavy now? Peavy and Tex? And all I got was a lump of coal….

And NO, that is NOT any sort of veiled reference to CC being black and rather LARGE…. :)

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