You could bet on it

Bobby Abreu took an $11 million pay cut this year to finally land with the Angels, so Hideki Matsui probably shouldn’t be checking his mailbox for a check this spring.

Remember that bet from last March, when Matsui flew off to New York for a surprise wedding and pulled a fast one on Derek Jeter and Abreu? Matsui wagered at the beginning of Spring Training concerning who would get married first, never letting on that his date was set for March 26.

“Bobby left without paying. Jeter has one more month,” Matsui said.

Abreu had a girlfriend and had six months to tie the knot, while Jeter – who claimed to be single – had a year. Abreu already lost his part of the bet and unless something shocking happens with the Yankees’ favorite super-bachelor, Jeter will be paying Matsui by the end of camp.

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Don’t know about El Duque 2009, I was talking about 03.
Chamberlain and Hughes can combined for 200 innings but not individually. The other 4 starters may eclipse 200 innings individually or 800 combined.

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Quick comment:
Pettitte will give us close if not exceed 200 innings, Joba and Hughes won’t. The top 4 guys could exceed 200 innings if Wang and Burnett are healthy the whole year. Big if but that looks like a strong rotation to me. Strongest since 2003 and back then El Duque was far from garbage.

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PG,
My read is it is a POTENTIALLY strong rotation, which a few injuries could easily destroy. Even Wang is a question mark. And I would rather have Pudge waiting at SWB than Kevin Cash! Wherever he lands, it will be interesting to see what his spring offensive production will be!!!

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http://riveraveblues.com/2009/02/yanks-saying-all-the-right-things-about-hughes-and-kennedy-8112/

Fielding bunts: Hughes looked to be really struggling with his footwork throwing to first and second base. Pettitte was making every throw with ease. Wang struggled alittle also. Marte too.

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I agree with everyone here, Joba should be a starter and within 2 seasons could be our ace. I do have grave concerns about our bullpen.
-Marte was absolutely terrible but yet with re-signed him as a cheaper version of Fuentes.
-Fuentes could have been had, he made his proposal to us before he signed with the Angels, he wanted to setup and then suceed Rivera but he wanted too much to setup.
-Philly Coke was a bright spot but may end up in AAA because of his split salary.
-Ramirez and Veras got tired last year and will probably be heavily relied on again.
-Bruney was much better next year but has had a long history of being wild.
-Aceves/Hughes-likely Aceves in long relief, keeping Hughes as a starter. Doesn’t solve much here because starters need to go 7.
-Coming off shoulder surgery. 2007 was a bad year but was back to Mo last year.
Maybe Cruz will be signed hopefully shoring things up.
-Who else? Albajaheardme?

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Great post, a7989! As you can see by my name I am a believer in Joba Chamberlain. I get so tired of people saying put him back in the pen and he can become the closer when Mo retires. Joba has been a starter since he started pitching in HS. He was a catcher before that. When asked by management he said : starter. He has been put in the rotation and there he will remain unless he is injured. No pitcher coming up in the MLB aspires to be a reliever or closer. If they have any guts they want to be a starter and an ACE.

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Joba would be great in the pen, but that doesn’t mean we move him there. A lot of the great aces would have been damn fine closers, but their managers knew that a top flight starting pitcher is far more valuable than a star reliever. Think about it, Nolan Ryan could have been a HOF closer with his stuff, same for Sandy Koufax and many, many more. In fact, I’d go ahead and say Burnett or Sabathia could set up for us now, then take over for Mo.

The reason Joba will start is he has the stuff to lead us to a championship one day. Look back, the Phillies won behind Hamels, Beckett carried the Sox in 07, Carpenter lead the Cardinals in 06, and in 2005 the White Sox won because all their starters were completing their games. 2004 was the year the 5 Red Sox never missed a start, 03 was the year of the Marlins and their great young staff, …………………..

I could go on but the point is, championships are won on starting pitching. You don’t send a potential stud for the next decade to the pen.

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Joba has FOUR plus pitches. That projects to a “Number 1 SP” type not a reliever, if he can stay healthy for enoiugh innings.

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Presuming Mo is okay, Bruney will start the year as main set up man, with assists from Marte. By the end of 2009 Season, Mo “heir apparent” Melancon should have 8th inning role. That at least is Cashman’s Plan.

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Kruky and Showwalter agree: Joba is going to end up back in the pen. Reason: strong rotation gives flexibility.

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This was wrong Mets and Marlins only.

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Pudge has narrowed his minor league options to Yankees, Mets and Marlins

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El Duque, Pedro, and Pudge could among new minor league invites.

By bpark23@gmail.com on February 15, 2009 1:17 PM
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The other guys we’re considering Cruz and Grazalonick (sp?)

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4 of the starters may get 200 innings for the first time since 03

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Cervelli can hit…in bp that is.

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I thought I heard today that Jeter was going to marry Minka Kelly. I’m probably wrong. Here’s Jeter’s list ranked on a scale….

http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2008/05/minka-kelly-derek-jeter-dating-rumors/

Sean Serritella

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Matsui is out there and looks like he could be a candidate to atleast split time with Damon, he’s moving well.

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Congrats on being #2 on the latest leader’s List!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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wasn’t Matsui cheating when he didn’t tell Bobby and Jeter that he was getting married any way before he made the bet? Matsui was using marroids!

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The rotation is great. I love CC already.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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This rotation and 2003 stack up very similar.

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Here is the Spring schedule on YES:
26-Feb Tampa Bay Rays 1:15 p.m./YES HD
28-Feb Minnesota Twins 1:15 p.m./YES HD
3-Mar Team USA 1:15 p.m./YES HD
7-Mar Atlanta Braves 1:15 p.m./YES HD
10-Mar Cincinnati Reds 7:15 p.m./YES HD
14-Mar Houston Astros 1:15 p.m./YES HD
17-Mar Pittsburgh Pirates 7:15 p.m./YES HD
19-Mar Toronto Blue Jays 7:15 p.m./YES HD
24-Mar Boston Red Sox 7:15 p.m./YES HD
26-Mar Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 p.m./YES HD
3-Apr Chicago Cubs 7:05 p.m./YES HD
4-Apr Chicago Cubs 1:05 p.m./YES HD

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Pavano? Weaver? Burnett?

On another note Florida’s 2003 rotation: Burnett, Beckett, Looper and Pavano looks pretty good on paper.

This team looks much like the 2003 Yankees, hopefully with a better result.

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Cash is catching Pettitte. Molina catching Wang. Posada is getting limited work with Sabathia.
El Duque, Pedro, and Pudge could among new minor league invites.

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That’s too funny. I thought only drunk frat boys made bets like that!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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Does Matsui’s wife actually exist? He showed a drawing of her when the wedding announcment was made! That whole thing was just too weird.
http://thisfanslife.mlblogs.com
http://ashowoftheirown.mlblogs.com

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