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Where is Brian Cashman?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Before the winter meetings started, Brian Cashman reiterated how the Yankees off-season plans were geared toward pitching, pitching and more pitching.  So what did Cashman do in Indianapolis? He made a trade for Curtis Granderson. Yes, the Granderson deal was a good trade for the Yankees, but it did not address the team’s most pressing […]

Listen to Howard and I Talk Granderson, Holliday, and Catchers

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Short 30 minute segment for everyone to download today. Howard will be at the Jimmy V Classic while I am headed to NYC to watch Joe Buck Live. Before we go out for the evening we recorded a short edition of NYBD Radio. We weighed the pros and cons of Curtis Granderson, gave our thoughts […]

Yanks OF With Granderson Just Average

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

What is sweet Jehoshaphat just happened? Did someone secretly replace Brian Cashman’s brain with delicious Folgers’s crystals? So Cashman in all seriousness, thought a trade for an in-decline centerfielder, who batted .249 last season, was worth our best ready-to-play prospect, Austin Jackson (who we didn’t want to part with to get Johan Santana), Phil Coke and […]

The Upside of Curtis Granderson

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The Yankees acquisition of Curtis Granderson doesn’t come without risk. They gave up prized prospect Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, and Ian Kennedy. The absence of Phil Hughes and the removal of Michael Dunn make the deal far more palatable, but some feel that Austin Jackson was going to be the next great Yankees centerfielder. Rather […]

Rumor Mill: Skepticism on Curtis Granderson

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I wrote yesterday about why I didn’t like the Yankees giving up 4 young prospects for Curtis Granderson. Some of the names you heard possible on the move were Phil Hughes, Austin Jackson, Michael Dunn, Phil Coke, and Ian Kennedy. NYBD contributor Frank Russo asked around and was told by a Yankees source that “Brian […]

Yanks Must Not Trade Chips for Granderson

Monday, December 7th, 2009

I am all for the Yankees trading their prospects for a chance to win now. In my opinion prospects are “maybes” while established players are proven. The Yankees are in a position to begin the next dynasty in their history, but need to make some changes in order to see it through. That is why […]

Don’t Let Jackson Get Away - Even for Doc

Monday, December 7th, 2009

In order to make money in business, you have to spend money.  Likewise, if you covet a baseball player and want to trade, you have to give up something to get something. That something I don’t want the Yankees to give up – even for Toronto ace Roy Halladay - is promising outfielder Austin Jackson. […]

Halladay Still Yanks Best Option

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

We’re now one day away from the start of the winter meetings and as we all know, there will be much talk regarding the status of Roy Halladay. Many in the Yankees organization believe that it is absolutely imperative for Cashman to obtain Halladay, since it will not only strengthen the starting rotation, but also […]

Heyman: Yanks Will Bid on Halladay

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Via Jon Heyman on Twitter: yankees decided they will bid on halladay. tor wants some combo of hughes, joba, a-jax and montero. #redsox have best chance, tho This contradicts the earlier tweet by ESPN’s Buster Olney in the sense that bringing in Halladay wouldn’t reduce payroll since he is owed about $16 million in 2010. […]

It’s Time to Go Halladay Shopping

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Coveted Toronto starting pitcher Roy Halladay is on record stating he will not block a trade to the Yankees. Meanwhile, some in the Boston organization are talking in terms of their club doing all it can to set up such a roadblock. That leaves us with the unlikely “love triangle’’ of Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein […]

Locals Playing the Market

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

In prior offseason you would see the local teams focus on a player and go “all out” to bring them in the fold. This offseason I get the sense we will see the market develop and then teams will attempt to execute their plan. Brian Cashman already has told the agents for all the big […]

Duncan a Favorite at 30, Not Worthy of 40

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Shelley Duncan has always been one of my favorite players. He’s also the subject of one of my favorite stories, as the recipient of one of those “instant’’ spring-training callups – that of being pulled out of a minor-league game at the Himes Avenue complex in Tampa, Fla., and quickly being shuttled the few blocks […]

Trading Won’t Be Easy

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

There is some thought the local teams may eschew the free agent market and look to improve via the trade route. If this quote by San Francisco GM Brian Sabean is any indication about that market it won’t be an easy task: “We’re not close to anything and I don’t know that we will be. […]

Replay of Top 50 Yanks Prospects Tonight @ 7pm

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Hear my Sunday night show which was live from the studios of 1240 AM WGBB During the first half hour I spoke with Butch Wynegar the hitting coach for the Scranton Yankees. We talked about his 77′ rookie campaign where he finished runner up to Mark Fidrych for rookie of the year, catching Dave Righetti’s […]

Cameron Would Be a Fit for Yanks

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Those coming to the site have heard me gripe about Mike Cameron being an unacceptable option for left field for the Mets. This doesn’t mean I feel the same way about Cameron and the Yankees. If Johnny Damon prices himself out of pinstripes then Ken Rosenthal reports that baseball people believe Brian Cashman should look […]