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Keep on Eye on Cesar Cabral for 25th Spot

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

The Yankees 25-man roster is virtually set after just one spring training game. Assuming everyone stays healthy, there are 11 “locks” on the pitching staff and 13 “locks” on the positional side. That leaves one roster spot open, will it be a twelfth pitcher, DH-type or additional middle-infield depth? One name to keep an eye […]

Trading Pelfrey, Trusting Hughes, Aramis Ramirez, Pittsburgh Yanks

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I talked about the market for Carlos Beltran earlier this morning, but there is another Mets player that I think might be desirable to contenders: Mike Pelfrey. After losing to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon Mike Pelfrey is 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA. After making so much progress with his splitter last season it appeared […]

Morning Digest: Classic Subway Series Ending Edition

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Just when you want to see the Subway Series go into the history books for good, you get a weekend like this. Yankees fans invaded Citi Field and gave the Stadium some buzz, and Mets ownership much needed cash. You heard complaints about the Great Wall of Flushing, umpires, and start times. I complain about […]

Do the Yanks Need 7 Relievers?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I had this discussion with NYBD contributor Joe DelGrippo last night. Yesterday morning I predicted the Yanks 25 man roster that would include four bench players and seven relievers. Knowing that Joba Chamberlain could go multiple innings does it make sense carrying Sergio Mitre or Bartolo Colon? Why not take an extra bench player like […]

The Composition of the Yankees Bench

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

In all likelihood the Yankees will go with four bench players to start the season. One will be the backup catcher, which I suspect will be Francisco Cervelli, as Jesus Montero and Austin Romine will start the season in the minors. Andruw Jones will be the fourth outfielder that will also split time at DH. […]

Wigginton Would Be Good Insurance on A-Rod

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Ty Wigginton has been connected with the Mets since they have a glaring need for a second baseman, but with the recent groin tightness of Alex Rodriguez the team should look into acquiring the Orioles infielder. So far this year he is putting up a .278/.363/.507 line with 13 homers and 35 RBI. For those […]

Yanks Lose Out on Jeter’s Replacement

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I have to admit I was surprised by Adeiny Hechevarria’s decision to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees, by the sheer power of their brand name, always seem to get their man in the international market. According to reports Hechevarria spurned the Yanks, not for money, but because he saw a better opportunity […]

Listen: E-Boland and the Bombers

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Yankees beat reporter for Newday Erik Boland joined me on last night’s show. Erik talked about the Yankees lineup with Nick Johnson batting second and Robinson Cano fifth. He also broke down how the battle for the bullpen is shaking out, why the Yanks may not take a second lefty, who he thinks will get […]

Listen: Chad Jennings on the Yanks

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Chad Jennings of The Journal News gives his take on some of the youngsters in camp like Kevin Russo, Ramiro Pena, Jesus Montero, and Jamie Hoffmann. I will also asked if he believes Kei Igawa has a chance to make the ballclub. Chad also gave us why Andrew Brackman has been the surprise of camp […]

Listen: Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Headlining tonight’s podcast is Jim Hirsch, author of the book Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend. Hear me delve into the career of one of the most private players in the history of baseball. We talk about Mays and civil rights, “the catch” and his time playing for the Mets. Hirsch also goes into detail […]