Mr. Cashman, you have calls on lines 1, 2, 3…

For some reason, I just pictured Brian Doyle Murray in Groundhog Day, trying to unload Bill Murray at the bachelor auction: “What am I bid for this fine spec-i-mine?”

That aside, the Yankees are still taking calls on Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher, as the The New York Times reports today. But don’t keep hitting refresh looking for the trade to go down. There’s little reason to believe anything will change in the very near future.

Drawing out the lineup on paper here on January 17, the pieces don’t fit, and one of those players could be extraneous. But unless a club – the Reds, Giants, Braves and Nationals have been reported to have interest – comes calling with something that the Yankees absolutely must jump at, there isn’t really an urgent need to deal either Nady or Swisher.

They could just as easily bring both players down to Tampa for Spring Training, when inevitably some team will suffer a crippling outfield injury and all of a sudden need to make a quick move to field a decent lineup for Opening Day.

Of course, then there’s the other scenario that the Yankees wouldn’t want to see happen — it could be the Yankees themselves who suffer an injury, which would open up a way that both Nady and Swisher would be in the Opening Day lineup.

Either way, time is on Brian Cashman’s side with this one. Though it seems they’d prefer to deal Nady over Swisher, it behooves Cashman to make the best possible deal he can regardless of who gets dealt, and not rush into a hair-trigger transaction.

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Peavy is not coming here now that we added two new arms to the rotation.

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Padres GM announced that their payroll in excess of their budget by $5 mill…good time for Yanks to pursue Jake Peavey

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The Yankee bench is very strong at the moment: Molina, an extremely gifted defensive catched who can call a great game and can easily go 1-4; Swisher, a high on-base guy who can man the OF a 1B with a ton of power, a guy who would start anywhere else; Gardner/Melky, either a guy with blazing speed and who is a huge nusance (sp) on the basepads or a young outfielder who could hit .300 in the future with decent pop and good range; and a journeyman infielder in Ransom who did show some offensive prowess last year, though some defense could be desired, he should be solid. And don’t forget Berroa, though he is no ROY candidate he should prove to be a luxary to have kicking around.

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Let him post, he is entitled to his off the wall opinions.

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Penny would have needed an epic offense to support his ERA of 6.27 last year in the weakest division of baseball. Smoltz is a nice pickup for Boston but how long will he play before getting injured, he’s as old as dirt and coming off major injuries. You talk about the “young athletic Rays” and then getting Manny who is neither young or athletic in the same sentence. We’re not getting Manny, he would help us for a while then tear the team apart and subsequently do more damage than good. Price is still an unproven player, he pitched very well in the post season out of the bullpen, but how is he going to handle the entire season as a SP? Yankee fans have seen that the transition from SP to RP in the bigs back to SP sometimes isn’t as smooth as we all would like (Joba). I think he’s going to do well but he’s still unproven.

There comes a time when people have to look in the mirror and say it’s time to step up, and that time is now for Phil Hughes. It’s by no means a do or die situation but he’s has to give us something this year and I personally believe he will, we’ve seen him pitch brilliantly on a couple of occasions and there’s nothing more he can do in AAA. With our rotation we can afford to have Hughes grow a little into that #5 role. It would have been nice to have Andy or Sheets sign on and have Hughes waiting in the wings to take over if somebody got hurt and had to shut it down for an extended period of time, but there’s still enough of a pitching surplus to do that without adding another FA. Our most glaring hole is the bench, who will be our utility infielder, Ransom? Can he repeat last years performance? What happens if Posada gets hurt again? The Yankees do not see Molina as a starting catcher and went out to get Pudge as a rental because they felt so strongly about that. But those are more minor things our lineup top to bottom is very strong and rotation and bullpen look very good, I can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report.

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If the Yanks plan to win the obvious answer is to sign Manny…no other free agent pitchers or position players will help them counter an ever improving, young, athletic Rays team that has 5 legitimate starters if you include Price or the Red Sox who have added a rejuvenated John Smoltz who is will be effective whether starting or working out of the pen and Brad Penny who has plent of gas in his tank but didn’t have much offensive help from a feeble Dodgers offense.

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24 days to pitchers and catchers reporting. The players still on the market have got to be lowering their prices. Maybe Cashman can get a bargain or two out there. Not that we aren’t already strong, but we can always be stronger.

Of all the players still on the market, who would you guys most like for us to sign? I’d like to hear what you all think

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“I’m going to stick with my prediction of a one-year, $12-$13 million deal. That’s where these negotiations are heading.”-Pete Caldera
Caldera: Ball in Pettitte’s court:
http://riveraveblues.com/2009/01/caldera-ball-in-pettittes-court-7027/

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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cardinals called the Yankees to inquire about second baseman Robinson Cano. Goold says the Yankees asking price was an immediate deal breaker: Adam Wainwright. “The conversation did not last long,” writes Goold.

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Bryan,
Do you know if any kids of Yankees players will be in the nfl experience? Posada JR. looks like a hell of an athlete someday.

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One question guys: if Brett Gardner takes over CF, and Austin Jackson proves he can be a MLer, where would he fit? Would Jackson be pushed to LF, which is equally as spacy? This is all a little premature, as we don’t know if Gardner or Jackson can handle this level, but it’s something to keep in mind.

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Having covered Milledge a little bit with the Mets, I have to say that his reputation as a ‘bad seed’ is not completely accurate. He rubbed a few of the veterans (Billy Wagner, etc.) the wrong way, but he’s hardly the first rookie to make a few waves. That said, New York clashed with him and he’s not really a solid answer for the Yankees, who really do like Brett Gardner a great deal.

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Milledge!? Are you serious!? He was brought up in converstaion a few years back and even last year again about his immaturity. He was the Terrell Owens of the Mets, thats why they got rid of him. The last thing the Yankees need is another mediocre player to clog the outfield up. Milledge is no good for the clubhouse and would not be an upgrade over any option we have now.

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Yankees Still Fielding Calls on Swisher, Nady
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/01/yankees-still-f.html

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I think the best possibility of a trade that the Yankees have with those 4 teams mentioned (Braves, Reds, Giants, Nationals) would be the Nationals. The other 3 teams don’t really have pieces that are close to MLB-ready that the Yankees want, and are willing to deal to the Yankees. The Nationals have the best option for the Yankees in Milledge. He had a decent season last yr. and is continuing to grow as a player (he is about 23yrs. old too). He will fill the void the Yankees have in CF (no offense to Gardner or Cabrera, but Milledge is a far better option than the 2 of them), and have had in CF since Bernie stopped patrolling the grass.

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The Yankees do seem to have a bit of a crowd in the outfield – especially since adding Tex to the lineup. But I guess maybe having too many players is better then having not enough. Good luck!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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I agree Bryan. The Yankees should keep both in case an injury happens and injuries happen all the time.

Sean Serritella

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