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Would the Yankees Be Interested in Santana?

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The polarizing Incarcerated Bob posted another rumor on Twitter, this time it involved the Yankees possible interest in Johan Santana. In case you’re not familiar with Bob, he is the former jailbird who writes for Rotoinfo and seems to talk to people in the sports world. His rumors are far from iron clad, but there […]

Depth Could Allow For a Trade of Montero

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Right now, Jesus Montero might be the one prospect that garners the most value in a trade for the Yankees. I am not a proponent of dealing Montero unless you get high quality in return (think top of the rotation starter), but the reality is the Yankees have an abundance of catching prospects. Russell Martin […]

Cervelli or Veteran Backup?

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

It appears that Jesus Montero will be given every opportunity to win the starting catching job in spring training. If Montero proves unable to handle the full time duties, then what? Even if he can injuries are a part of the game. Jorge Posada will be on the roster, but I don’t think he can […]

Yanks Can Afford to Trade Montero

Monday, July 26th, 2010

To start, I think Jesus Montero has a terrific big-league future. Can he eventually hit 40 home runs and bat .330, driving in 125 runs?  Quite possibly.  Could he be a bulwark in the middle of a future Yankees lineup? No doubt. Could he help bring the Yankees a key piece they might need now […]

Yanks Losing Interest in Acquiring Lee….Now

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

We were in contact with our main Yankees source on Thursday, who gave us the parameters of a possible deal for Cliff Lee. We were told the following. “Everyone and their mother know that Seattle would want either Romine or Montero as part of a package for Cliffy, but Seattle’s scouts have also been “Jonesing” over Adams, (David Adams) […]

David Cone Trade: Lesson in Trading Prospects

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

One of the biggest debates regarding Cliff Lee is teams giving up “top talent” to acquire a rental player. This holds true more for the Mets than the Yankees, who most believe are the favorites to land Lee as a free agent. It begs the question regarding prospects and how valuable they really are. Both […]

Scout Skeptical About the Yanks

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

On Friday, Ken Davidoff of Newsday shared one scouts opinion on the Yankees which I figured I would share since it’s behind the pay wall for many: “The Yankees are in trouble. Posada can’t catch anymore, and what do they do if Cervelli gets hurt? Montero isn’t ready.Romine doesn’t hit. Teixeira is pull happy and […]

Yanks Discussing All Lee All the Time

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Last summer it was Roy Halladay talk for the better part of six weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Ironically his trade counterpart, Cliff Lee, has replaced him this season. By now you probably have your head spinning from all the Lee rumors. Sherman, Rosenthal, and George King say the Yanks are interested while […]

Seattle In Trenton: Gearing Up for Yanks Bid On Lee?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

READING, Pa. – It’s becoming quite apparent the Seattle Mariners are preparing for a Yankees offer for free-agent-to-be pitcher Cliff Lee. Lee, traded by the Phillies to Seattle in the three-way Roy Halladay deal during the winter, but they don’t expect to be able to sign him. George A King III, a former Trenton Times […]

Romine Has Passed Montero on Catching Depth Chart

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Maybe it’s not surprising, but Austin Romine has certainly moved ahead of fellow prospect Jesus Montero in the Yankees’ pecking order of catchers. Not only is Romine better mechanically, he is also developing the type of rapport with pitchers that is needed. “We’re real pleased with how Austin is maturing, offensively, defensively and how he […]

Will We Ever See Great Offensive Catchers Again?

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

With the June draft approaching it’s no secret the Nationals will make Bryce Harper the #1 pick in just a few short days. What is still up in the air is what position Harper will play once he becomes a pro. In a recent SI article by Tom Verducci Scott Boras was quoted as saying […]

Catching Up With Austin Romine (With Audio)

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

You almost thought it was summer and the middle of July at Waterfront Park in Trenton yesterday. Each year I try to spend time with the local minor league affiliates to get a feel of the top prospects for the local teams. It always seems to me the Yankees Double A affiliate in Trenton stands […]

Romine Outduels Montero in Catching Skills Department

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Yankees made a good decision by sending Jesus Montero to Triple-A Scranton and Austin Romine to Double-A Trenton for the 2010 season. Both played at the same level – at Class A stops Charleston and Tampa – before Montero was promoted to Trenton at mid-season last summer. Now that I’ve seen both play, the […]

Gardner’s Pressure, 5th Spot, Romine vs. Montero

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Last night Jed Weisberger of MILB.com, and NYBD contributor, reported on his week covering the Yankees in Tampa. Jed told us about the pressure that Brett Gardner is putting on himself this spring. I am sure that has contributed to his slow start. He also had a chance to watch Chamberlain and Hughes this spring. […]

Why Mauer to Yanks Makes Sense for Both Sides

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

In the spirit of Albert Pujols/Ryan Howard rumor, Bill Madden jumped in with a scout’s opinion about Joe Mauer. Even though there hasn’t been ink to contract since there were reports of a deal between Mauer and the Twins a couple of months ago, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion the two sides would […]