Busy day in the news for ex-Yankees

A couple of ex-Yankees splashing around in the news today, as the Twins crossed their fingers and pulled the trigger on a deal to bring them Carl Pavano from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later. Out west, the Athletics have ended their experiment with Jason Giambi’s return to the Bay Area, releasing the former American League MVP.

Anyone want Giambi for a two-month rental? There might just be someone out there willing to take a flyer, but I can’t imagine it’d be the Yankees, as much as they liked having the Big G around for the better part of this decade. There’s just too many DH types and capable first base options behind Mark Teixeira to envision any sort of production, even at a bargain basement price. If not, Las Vegas awaits.

Meanwhile (hat tip to Pete Abe’s blog), Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy has been forced into an unplanned retirement by the struggling economy after having covered the Reds since 1972. A quick story:

Before I hooked on with the Yankees beat in 2007, I spent some time freelancing for MLB.com, and a lot of my work would be calls to cover road teams in New York when the regular beat reporter would be off or on vacation.

One of those assignments was to pick up the Reds cold for a weekend series at Shea Stadium, and I don’t remember much about the games or who won.

What I do remember is that Hal could not have been more gracious in helping me get up to speed and accepting me into their traveling party for the three days, when it would have been really easy to shun the fill-in guy and ‘big league’ him, so to speak. I’ve never forgotten that, and he really is a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Best of luck to him.  



Any truth to the rumor that Cano and several BP pitchers have been put n waivers. Posters on yankee.com said it was in the NY post.


It looks like today is the last one for many veterans like Big G and Smoltz.


The red sux just DFA’d John Smoltz. He a 42 year old pitcher coming off shoulder surgery and they used him as a starting pitcher. What did they expect? He would have been better working out of the pen for 1 or 2 innings at a time. If you look at his stats for all of the starts he made this year, you’ll see that he really didn’t give up any runs in his games until he starting pitching into the third and fourth inning. I think he just got winded every game around that time and it effected his stuff. His fastball is still in the low 90’s. He’d be a good pick up for a team looking for 1 or 2 inning reliever. I wouldn’t be suprised if Tampa tried to pick him up as a reliever.


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