Tagged: Jayson Werth

Is It Werth It?

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The only reason I have that title is because I wanted
something to include the last name of Jayson Werth. The title probably has
nothing to do with this article except for the fact that it will be about
Jayson Werth.

                So to
cut to the point, the Yankees might need a left fielder in 2011 and guess what I
heard! Reggie, yes the Mr. October himself, is close friends with Jayson Werth.
Jackson was teammates with Werth’s stepfather and Werth’s uncle was a teammate of
Reggie’s as well. None of this matters except for the fact that the Yanks
might, just might, have the upper edge to signing Werth than most teams might
because Jackson is close with Werth. If the Yankees are unable to sign Carl
Crawford then Werth is the second option and a good one too. Werth who pounded
36 homers last year and probably could hit more with the dimensions of Yankee Stadium.
So the point of this is can Jackson recruit Werth? Sure he can but will the Yanks
offer Werth a deal? Maybe. If Carl Crawford doesn’t accept. So let me hear
about what you guys about Werth and Jackson and all and leave comments. Thanks

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Looking Ahead to 2011

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Yes you may ask ‘Why so early?’ Well you can all blame this
on Matt Holliday. I was just thinking why the Yankees didn’t want to offer him
a contract to be the Yankees left fielder next year and then a light bulb went
off in my head!

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The Yankees don’t want to spend on Holliday because they
want to “unleash” next year. Well, why not! Holliday would be great this year
and I still want him but right now it doesn’t seem like a choice. Plus there
are plenty of great left fielders next year (Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth) and
the Yankees can fill their hole with one of them. Though if they do somehow
surprise everybody and sign Holliday, then they will risk getting perhaps Carl
Crawford/ Jayson Werth and Joe Mauer…

·        
If we sign Matt Holliday then we won’t have the
need to sign Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth which is ok, but we also may not
have the chance of signing Joe Mauer, former AL MVP. If we sign Holliday then
we won’t have the money to sign Crawford and Mauer which we all know is better
than just Matt Holliday.

·        
If we don’t sign Matt Holliday then we will have
the money to sign power hitting Jayson Werth or stolen base threat Carl
Crawford along with perhaps, Joe Mauer. Posada would move to full time DH and
Mauer would catch. Crawford/ Werth could play left field and your lineup would
be set.

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So this year I would go with Brett Gardner. If
Gardner has a good year (.290 BA, 100 hits, 30-50 SB) then there is probably no
need for Crawford because Gardner can be just as fast and is cheaper, so why wouldn’t
we go with Gardy? Even if Gardner doesn’t have a good year, we can always go out and sign Magglio Ordonez, Jayson Werth, or of course Carl Crawford. I would take the chance with Gardner, and if he doesn’t work out in the middle of the season you could try Jamie Hoffman or trade for a 1 year left fielder .

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So as you see there is no need for Matt Holliday. He is a
very good player but sometimes you have to think ahead. A Matt Holliday signing
would probably mean no attempt to
get Joe Mauer. So all I can hope is that we do not sign Matt Holliday and Gardner
has an above average year so we have the money to sign the expensive Joe Mauer.
If we can do this then our lineup would be amazing.

·        
SS Derek Jeter (.330 BA)

·        
C Joe Mauer (.350 BA)

·        
1B Mark Teixeira (35-40 homers)

·        
3B Alex Rodriguez (30-40 homers)

·        
DH Jorge Posada (20-30 homers)

·        
CF Curtis Granderson (20-30 homers)

·        
2B Robinson Cano (.315 BA)

·        
RF Nick Swisher (20-30 homers)

·        
LF Brett Gardner (20+SB)

Granderson and Mauer can be switched as well. Granderson can
bat second and Mauer can bat 5th.

The Yankees also were trying hard to be the team to get Cliff Lee this year
instead of the Mariners, but they had to give up one of Joba Chamberlain and
Phil Hughes. But after the 2010 season Cliff Lee is a free agent, and with the
free agency of both Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez next year the Yankees
might be one of the top contenders to get Lee.

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·        
If Andy Pettitte retires and Javier Vazquez has
a good year, we resign Vazquez and Pettitte is gone. We also sign Lee and have
a very formidable rotation of CC, Cliff Lee, AJ Burnett, Vazquez, and Hughes/
Chamberlain.

·        
If Pettitte does not retire and has a bad year
(in 2010) and Vazquez has a good year, we could go with either one along with
hopefully Lee.

·        
If Pettitte does not retire and has a good year
this year and Vazquez has a good year, I see us going with Pettitte. Along with
Lee of course

·        
If Pettitte does not retire and has a good year this
year and Vazquez has a bad year, then we obviously go with Andy.

The Yankees would have a very good rotation and a very scary
team to face in a four game series .

·        
CC Sabathia

·        
Cliff Lee

·        
AJ Burnett

·        
Javier Vazquez/Andy Pettitte

·        
Joba Chamberlain/ Phil Hughes

I am not saying any of this will happen and probably will
not but nothing is impossible. One of the main reasons it will be hard to do
this is because we have to use money to resign Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
So the very expensive Joe Mauer and Cliff Lee along with resigning DJ and Mo
would be a lot of money.

TRANSACTION REVIEW: WEEK OF 11/23/09

DALLAS MCPHERSON SIGNS WITH THE ATHLETICS: 3rd baseman Dallas McPherson agreed to a minor league contract with the A’s. This could be a great move or a bad decision by Oakland: McPherson is highly prone to injury (only 459 at bats over the past 3 seasons, 11 of those in the Majors) and he is not very young (already 29), but in 2008 (his last playing season) playing for Triple-A Albuquerque he bombed 42 homers and knocked in 98. We’ll have to wait and see to determine how this move pans out for the Athletics. 

ALEX GONZALEZ SIGNS WITH THE BLUE JAYS: The Blue Jays signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a one year deal. This pretty much eliminates any chance of Marco Scutaro returning to Toronto, and Gonzalez will have to battle John McDonald for the starting shortstop position. We don’t really understand why the Jays picked up Gonzalez: he is already 32, he only hit .238 last season, he only hit 8 out of the park in 2009, and he only plated 41 runs. According to us, it would have been smarter if the Jays had re-signed Scutaro and then split the shortstop job between Scutaro and McDonald. 

DEWAYNE WISE SIGNS WITH THE PHILLIES: Apart from his breath taking jump to save Mark Buehrle’s perfect game, Wise had quite a poor season. He hit .225 with 2 homers and 11 RBIs in 2009. Not too impressive, and he does not seem like much of a prospect. As well as all this, the Phils outfield is all ready stacked with Werth, Victorino, and Ibanez, and it seems unlikely that Wise will be called up this season unless one of the starters gets injured. Hard to fathom why the Phillies made this move.

ANDRUW JONES SIGNS WITH THE WHITE SOX: On Wednesday, the White Sox agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Andruw Jones. Under terms of the deal, Jones will receive a base salary of $500,000 in 2010 and up to an additional $1 million in performance bonuses. Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and five-time All-Star, will help fill the void in the outfield and in the heart of a revamped White Sox lineup with the likely imminent loss of free agent Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome, who was sent to the Dodgers late last season. He is 32, and though he batted only .214 last year, he did hit 17 homers in 82 games, and he might provide a bit of power for the White Sox.

OMAR VIZQUEL SIGNS WITH THE WHITE SOX: The White Sox have agreed to a one year deal with Omar Vizquel. Seems an odd move to us; the White Sox already have talented, young stars up the middle with Alexi Casilla and Gordon Beckham. Vizquel will likely serve as a backup, and his experience could hlp to mentor the young White Sox infielders.

And that wraps up this week’s transaction review! Join us next Sunday for more!