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Transaction Review of 12/28/09 to 1/ 5/10

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The week hasn’t
been that booming with transactions but the transactions that have been made,
have been huge. Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, Marlon Byrd. God the Yanks are
running out of left field options.

JASON BAY SIGNS WITH THE METS
 I am going to start out with saying
this. Great move for Mets. Jason Bay adds power to your lineup but who knows
what will happen in Citi Field. Plus these are the Mets we are talking about…
The Mets are slowing becoming one of the more elite teams in baseball in terms
of depth after the signing of relief pitcher/ starting pitcher Kelvim Escobar.
They now have a very good outfield along with Carlos Beltran and Jeff Franceour
as well. He will also join a lineup that includes David Wright and Jose Reyes,
along with Beltran. The Mets signed him for 4 years and 66 million dollars with
an option for the 5th year. This is a good amount of money and
probably what Jason Bay was worth in his contract year. It is the contract year
though. Lastly this deal makes up for what the Mets missed in not signing a
good outfielder last year, instead signing Gary Sheffield.

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DANYS BAEZ SIGNS WITH THE PHILLIES
Danys Baez is an above average pitcher that will give the Phillies that relief
pitcher they need. His 2009 campaign wasn’t that successful proven by his 6.44
ERA in 59 appearances but that was in the AL East and he is moving to the NL.
He will make the stacked Phillies even more stacked and will provide setup for
closer, Brad Lidge. I will warn you: Don’t be surprised if he becomes closer if
Brad Lidge picks up the horrible year he had last year. Good move for the
Phils.

MARLON BYRD SIGNS WITH THE CUBS
This might be the best move we see all year if Byrd lives up to his 3 year 15
million dollar contract and it is made by the Chicago Cubs of all teams. They
get an outfielder with good power (20 homers in 09) and good defense. Marlon
Byrd is a much underrated player that is probably worth more than 5 million
dollars a year. Very good deal for the Cubbies.

KELLY JOHNSON SIGNS WITH THE
DIAMONDBACKS
Kelly
Johnson was non-tendered by the Braves after having an injury plagued 2009
after a strong 2008 season in which he hit .290 and had 70 RBI’s. He is not an
amazing fielder but has a very strong arm for a second baseman, a result of
moving from shortstop to second. Johnson has good speed but not a very good on
base percentage, especially for a leadoff hitter. I do not like this deal for
the Diamond-Backs unless he can rebound in a very big way.

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ADRIAN BELTRE SIGNS WITH THE RED SOX

This is one of the worse moves the Red Sox can make though it has its good
sides. He is a very good defender and is capable of hitting 30 homers but is
usually hitting 15 to 20 homers. He will never get back to his 48 homer shape
that he did with the Dodgers and might not hit well with the Green Monster. The
Red Sox still have Mike Lowell as well. An overpaid bench player is the last
thing you need. The Red Sox won’t get Lowell of either because he is recovering
from surgery. This move would be so much better if the Sox had gotten rid of
Mike Lowell and this totally eliminates the possibilities of getting a slugger
like Adrian Gonzalez though the can wait for the ’11 offseason to sign Gonzo.

MATT HOLLIDAY SIGNS WITH THE CARDINALS
The Matt Holliday sweepstakes are finally over! I consider this move good
for the Cardinals because they are getting Matt Holliday for less then he wanted
with very little competition. Obviously he is a very good outfielder with good
power and hits for a very good average. He is a decent outfielder defensively
and has gotten worse (remember the error in the ninth inning of the 2009 NLCS?)
 Holliday will be a Cardinal till 2016
and can be for 2017 (if the world still exists then) if he gets in the top ten
for NL MVP in 2016.

Thank you,
thank you. Any comments, questions, disagreements? Feel free to comment.

 

WHO FILLS THE HOLE IN LEFT FIELD?

The Yankees have made of plenty of trades and signed plenty of players this off season, but they still face a problem: they have a gaping hole in left field. Now the Yankeeholics will give you all the info you never wanted to know about candidates for that outfield spot.


MARLON BYRD: This 32 year old outfielder seems a nice fit for the Yanks. He is a solid, dependable hitter (.283 average, 20 homers, 89 RBIs in 2009) with a decent amount of speed (41 career stolen bases). He can bat in the middle of the lineup and can give good support to the big sluggers (Tex and A-Rod). In addition to all this, he won’t be too expensive; the Yanks won’t have to shell out more than $6 million for him. He seems a good fit for New York; and is one of my favorite candidates to fill the left field hole. 

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JERMAINE DYE: Jermaine Dye seems the polar opposite of Marlon Byrd; he would be an awful match for the Yankees. He is not particularly good (a low .250 average and only 81 RBIs in 2009) and has almost no speed.To make matters worse, he is already 35, and he is likely to demand a large contract (above 12 million) which would be a complete waste of money. It would not be good if the Yanks picked up Jermaine Dye. 

THIS JUST IN ON JERMAINE DYE: After talking to two Yankees officials, Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News confirms that the Yankees have NO interest in Jermaine Dye. 


XAVIER NADY: Another fine candidate for the Yanks left field spot. True, he is coming off a major injury that limited him to 7 games in 2009, but he is a very good player; he enjoyed a career year in ’08 (with Pittsburgh and the Yanks) smoking .305 with 25 homers and 97 RBIs. Not too shabby; but there is a problem: he is a tad overpriced. Brian Cashman has explicitly stated that he wants to keep the payroll as low as possible, and this sudden budget consciousness might rule Nady out of the considerings. 


MATT HOLLIDAY: This is our favorite player on the list, the player we want most to join the Bronx Bombers. You can’t blame us: in 2009, with the A’s and Cardinals, Holliday smoked .313, bombed 24 homers, and drove in 109 runs. He also nabbed 14 bases. Not too shabby. The man is only 29, and he is fantastic in the field. As well as all this, in April of this year he (and his father) explicitly stated that he wants to be a New York Yankee. The problem: he won’t fit Cashman’s strict budget regulations. He is likely to demand at least $14 million, and that will be a major turn off for the Yanks. So though I regret saying this, it is unlikely that the Yanks will sign Holliday.

THIS JUST IN ON MATT HOLLIDAY: The same Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily Post spoke to another Yankees official. He quoted the official as saying, “No chance on Matt Holliday…Zero. None. Underline it.”

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JOHNNY DAMON: All the Yankee faithful want this man back, and they have good reason too. He was a strong presence at the top of the lineup in 2009, hitting .282 with 24 homers and 82 RBIs. He also stole 12 bases, but perhaps the most significant aspect of his repertoire is his good effect on the clubhouse. We all want him back for sure; but once again, the issue of price pops up. The Yankees already offered him a reasonable contract (2 years, about 17 million) but he turned it down, wanting 4 years, 52 million bucks. Even we have to admit that he is not worth that kind of money; he is no longer a serious threat on the bases, he has a popgun arm, and he is already 36. If he is sensible and reasonable, he might come back to the Yankees, but until he lowers his ridiculous asking price, Brian Cashman will steer clear of him. 


JERRY HAIRSTON JR.: No one really wants Jerry Hairston Jr. to be the starting left fielder. Except his mom. And his dad. And his siblings. But anyways! And maybe his grandparents….Moving on! He could only eke out a .251 average with 10 homers and 39 RBIs in 383 at bats in 2009. Not too impressive, and certainly not what the richest club in baseball should be using as a starter. 


REED JOHNSON: We don’t want Reed Johnson either. Please. Brian Cashman. Have mercy. Do not sign this guy just cuz he’s cheap. .255, 4 homers, 22 RBIs in 165 at bats in ’09. NOT IMPRESSIVE. I would rather waltz with a dying platypus than have Reed Johnson as the Yankees left fielder. SERIOUSLY. The richest team in baseball should not have to resort to players like Hairston and Reed Johnson as starters. But hey, Cashman has done crazier things.

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These are the various candidates for that spot in the Yankees outfield…only time will tell which player they opt for.


Happy New Year to all!

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Questions? Comments? Disagreements? Leave us a comment! 

Rumors, Rumors, Rumors…

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Well the offseason is full of news, moves, and of course
rumors. We will have all the rumors (Mostly about our Yankees) that may be big
when it comes to how next season shapes up.
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·        
7 teams including the Yankees, Red Sox, and Mets
are interested in Mark DeRosa.

·        
Buster Olney says to not be surprised if the
Yankees aren’t interested i
n Jason Bay or Matt Holliday.

·        
Yankees are looking for a starter on the open
market which includes John Lackey, Rich Harden, Joel Piniero, and perhaps Randy
Wolf. Roy Halladay is also on the Yankees radar, though re-signing Pettitte is
the biggest priority. The Yankees also want to pick up a free agent reliever.

·        
The Mets are on Jason Marquis’s wishlist but is
Marquis on the Mets wishlist? Could be. The Mets are also looking at Randy Wolf
and Joel Piniero

·        
 The Royals,
Rangers, Giants, and Rays are interested in Ivan Rodriguez.

·        
The Cubs are interested in Mike Cameron and
Marlon Byrd but to get one of these 2 they would have to get rid of Milton
Bradley.
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·        
Mets are of course interested in Bengie Molina.

·        
The Pedro we all hate wants to pitch in all of
2010.

·        
3 teams are interested in Milton Bradley

·        
The Rockies are interested in Justin Duchscherer
and LaTroy Hawkins.

·        
The Tigers are not going to deal Miguel Cabrera
anytime soon.

·        
Rockies GM Dan
O’Dowd is not pursuing Orlando
Hudson.

·        
The Giants will not probably move Jonathan
Sanchez and they are looking for a catcher besides Bengie Molina.

·        
Tigers are interested in Bobby Crosby and interested
in bringing Adam Everett back.

·        
Braves are also interested in Marlon Byrd after
his fine season.

·        
The Phillies are also interested in Brandon Lyon
and have been linked to John Smoltz and JJ Putz

·        
LA Angels are trying to trade Gary Matthews Jr.

·        
The Nats are interested in John Smoltz and are
looking to upgrade catching.

·        
The Mariners are interested in Jason Bay, John
Lackey and Rich Harden

·        
The Cubs are trying to figure out a deal to get
C
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Those were most of the Rumors of the weekend and we will
keep you updated on the big moves on tomorrows Transaction Review.