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Yanks Should Thank Burnett for Vetoing LA Deal

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

According to a tweet the other night by Buster Olney, the Philadelphia Phillies attempted to trade pitcher Joe Blanton to the Los Angeles Angels for OF/DH Bobby Abreu, then planned to flip Abreu to the New York Yankees for A.J. Burnett.  My first thought was how much cash would the Phillies have wanted the Yankees […]

Yankees DH: Who Emerges From the Fray?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Spring camps open this Sunday and the Yankees hope to have their Designated Hitter in tow. We have been debating the topic since the Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda deal. A month later, where does it all shake out? Johnny Damon, Raul Ibanez, Hideki Matsui and Vladimir Guerrero are names connected to the position. There is also a possibility that Brian Cashman could import […]

Trading Burnett For Nothing Hurts Pitching Depth

Monday, February 13th, 2012

You need pitching depth to get through a 162-game schedule. I recently spoke to a big league pitching coach who told me it was important to leave camp with about 18 pitchers  that could realistically contribute at the big league level. Of those 18, you probably need 10 that could start a ballgame. Knowing how important […]

A Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones DH Split

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

We probably have been overanalyzing the Yankees DH situation since the Jesus Montero trade, but that’s what we do here, so let’s take another look at it. Reports indicate that Raul Ibanez might be the top target of Brian Cashman. One of the reasons is his ability to still play the field, although I would use the term “play” loosely. […]

More DH Options

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I mentioned Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jorge Vazquez on Saturday as possible options for the Yankees Designated Hitter position. Newsday’s Ken Davidoff adds Jack Cust and Raul Ibanez to the mix as their agents have contacted the Yankees. The reps for Jack Cust, Vladimir Guerrero & Raul Ibanez have contacted the #Yankees […]

Phils Aren’t As Good as Everyone Thinks

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Even before the news came out today regarding Chase Utley‘s knee, I wasn’t yet on board with the hype of the Philadelphia Phillies. There starting rotation is top notch, but I have questions about Cole Hamels (consistency) and Roy Oswalt (age). In the case of Oswalt he was declining to a league average pitcher before […]

What If?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The Mets and Phillies play their first game of the season tonight in good old Citizen’s Bank Ballpark. I have the Mets pegged for 85 wins this season and believe a Wild Card is their only chance to make the playoffs. However, keep some of these questions in mind: What if the Phillies starting rotation […]

Positives Outweigh Risk in Bay Deal

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

So “Bay Watch” finally ended yesterday with Mike Francesa breaking the story about Jason Bay signing with the Mets. This really isn’t a surprise to anyone here at NYBD, as we have been saying all offseason that Omar Minaya wanted a big bat. Matt Holliday was the target, but it turns out Jason Bay was […]

Mets Fans the Apocalypse is Not Here

Monday, December 14th, 2009

After Mets fans reaction on Twitter, Facebook, WFAN, and the blogosphere to the Phillies acquisition of Roy Halladay, I had to pull my car over because I was afraid the end of the world as we know it had arrived. Although I don’t agree that Halladay is worth “one win” as some stat geeks contend, […]

Weighing in on Credibility and New Media

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I am a little late to the party on this one, but felt compelled to give my two cents. Everyone probably already knows about it and has seen the ESPN roundtable with Ken Rosenthal. If you haven’t, a blogger by the name of Jared Morris wrote a piece giving his opinion about whether Raul Ibanez […]