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Since We Been Gone…

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Sorry we have been busy… homework, vacation, and I am not guarantying
we will be posting every day.

So a good amount has happened since last time we posted
about 3 months ago and we have a great National League races… And AL East as
well…

A-Rod hit number 600, along with 601, 602, 603, and 604.
Yankees are in first place by 2.5 games, Spain won the World Cup.

The MVP races have changed a lot since we have last posted
which is what this small article will be about. Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, and
Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzo leads the league in average and in RBI’S but will have
to get a couple more homers to gain on Pujols. Votto is up there in all the
categories while Pujols is fading away from the Batting Average competition.
Adrian Gonzalez is also up there with the surprising Padres.

In the AL it’s a three man race with Miguel Cabrera , Josh Hamilton
and Robinson Cano. Hamilton’s average is hovering around .370 and Cabrera is up
there in RBI’s and second in BA. Robby Cano has faded down the past couple
months as he isn’t getting much rest especially with A-Rod out, but now he is
back so expect Cano to do much better down the stretch.

Now for the Cy Young races. In the Senior Circuit, it’s a
very arguable race. Tim Hudson, Roy Halladay, Ubaldo Jimenez, Adam Wainwright,
Mat Latos and Josh Johnson. 3 of those are on my fantasy team…. Hah. So anyways
my vote still goes to Jimenez even though he has faded big time over the past
couple months. His ERA has stayed under 3.00, and has 18 wins. Halladay has
been great too, and valuable but he has a much better offense a better pitching
ballpark than Coors Field. Wainwright was a pitching Triple Crown candidate
until Mat Latos took the ERA lead over. Jimenez has the wins lead and Lincecum
has taken over the strikeout league. All these pitchers are great, but only one
can win

In the AL there are less candidates, being CC Sabathia,
David Price, and Felix Hernandez. CC is most likely going to get his 20th
win in a couple of starts and there is a possibility of 21-23 wins on the
season. Felix has less than half the amount of wins than CC but is better in
EVERY other category. So to finish this off, I will tell you that Felix
Hernandez will win the Cy Young Award though I would like CC Sabathia to win it

Thank you for reading, bye!

It’s Been a While

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Hey fellow bloggers and other people… We are so super
sorry we haven’t written in 1 month + 3 weeks or something… Hehe our bad… We
promise that from now on we will start writing a lot more, because school is
ending… day by day… We will have the daily postgame reports over the weekend
games and a full series recap of each series starting with the Yanks vs Phils
series. Well a lot has happened during the past month and a half or so a lot
has happened… 2.99 perfect games, the struggles of Tex and the power drought of
A-Rod, the unbelievable showing by Robby Cano, and the Yankees are back in
first place. Well tied at least, but that is good enough for me. Plus a bunch
of non-baseball things are happening and we will get that all down.

The Yankees have gone 25- 17 in the time we haven’t blogged
which I would say is pretty good. The Yankees have gotten their share of
injuries (Nick Johnson, Jorge Posada, Marcus Thames etc.) but the rookies have
filled in. Kevin Russo has played remarkably well, definitely higher than I
expected. Cervelli has constantly been coming up in big spots and knocking in
the run always. With 2 out and the bases loaded or with 0 out and a runner on
second. Nick Johnson has been injured and to be honest I’m a teeny bit happy.
The dude wasn’t getting the job done. Curtis Granderson is back, Jorge is back
and he hit 2 grand salami’s in 2 days. The past month has been pretty good so
far, except the starting pitching hasn’t been nearly as good, but it is still
doing pretty well. A-Rod hasn’t been hitting his homers and he only has 8 midway
through June. A-Rod has to get his homerun stroke back or else… I’ll cry…

Tex has been heating up in the past week or so and we can
only hope that they both have 30 at the end of the year. Oh yeah also Tex had 3
homers against the Red Sux a while back! We all thought he was coming out of
it… But no. On the good side, Cano has been phenomenal. His average is STILL
over .380 and is probably the early leader for the MVP. Nick Swisher has also
done very well in the early stages of the season and Jeter is heating it up
too. Gardner has kept his average over .300 most of the way through and has
done a great job so far. Javier Vazquez is doing better every start, and Phil
Hughes just hit his first bump in the road against the Astros on Sunday, but
other than that he is doing great along with Andy Pettitte, who has gotten of
the best start of his career.

Now onto the other non Yankee things. The most uncommon
thing has happened. 2 perfect games + a game that should be a perfect game and
you all know what that was. First let’s all start with the good moments. Dallas
Braden a week after yelling at A-Rod for stepping on his mound… and had the
media battle with Rodriguez threw a perfect game retiring all 27 Rays, the second
time they had been a victim of a perfect game since… Last year. Next Roy
Halladay, who hasn’t missed a beat since being roughed up by the Yankees on
Tuesday. So Halladay had his perfect game against Josh Johnson and the Marlins.
The score was 1-0 on a Cameron Maybin error. I feel so sorry for Josh Johnson.
And here’s the one you’ve all been waiting for. Armando Gallaraga’s perfect
game. No. Wait. Almost Perfect Game, but Jim Joyce messed up the call at first.
What can you say? People make mistakes and what comes out of this is the class
of Armando Gallaraga. After the game after Joyce apologizes for blowing the
s*** out the call, Gallaraga says, “Everybody makes mistakes. I applaud Gallaraga
for that and in my mind and world, he threw a perfect game.

On the same discussion, we go the surprising players so far
like the pitchers, and Ubaldo Jimenez who is sparkling this year, Jimenez
thrusting a 13-1 record with a 1.15 ERA, in fact the only game he lost he gave
up 0 earned runs. Jimenez has been popping up in the discussion for the lowest
ERA ever, most wins since Denny McLain and even National League MVP. That’s how
it proves how great he’s been nthis year. On the other side of the diamond are
the hitters. Jose Bautista has had a bunch of homers, Troy Glaus heads the
National League in RBI’s Vladimir Guerrero is resurging and Adrian Beltre and Martin
Prado are in the top 5 for average with Cano leading with more than 30 points
more… Corey Hart has 17 homers. It’s hard to choose an offensive surprising
player. I almost forgot to mention Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes who are
shutting down batter after batter.

Thanks for listening, and after this we promise, and we mean
promise to start writing again.

Thanks,

The Yankeeholics.

Transaction Review of 12/7 – 12/22

The Transaction Review is back my fellow bloggers and sorry about that 2 week absence. Over the 2 weeks there have been many big, big deals and we have them all just in a different twist then you normally see here at YANKEEHOLICS

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YANKEES TRADE BRIAN BRUNEY TO NATIONALS FOR A
RULE FIVE DRAFT PICK (Jamie Hoffman)

CURTIS GRANDERSON TO THE YANKEES, MAX SCHERZER, AUSTIN JACKSON, PHIL COKE,
DANIEL SCHLERETH TO THE TIGERS, AND EDWIN JACKSON AND IAN KENNEDY TO THE
DIAMONDBACKS

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BRAD PENNY SIGNS WITH THE CARDINALS

IVAN RODRIGUEZ SIGNS WITH THE NATIONALS

KEVIN MILLWOOD AND CASH TO THE ORIOLES, CHRIS RAY AND A PLAYER TO BE NAMED TO
THE RANGERS

RANDY WOLF SIGNS WITH THE BREWERS

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LATROY HAWKINS SIGNS WITH THE BREWERS

MATT LINDSTROM TO THE ASTROS, ROBERT BONO, LUIS BRYAN AND A PLAYER TO BE NAMED
LATER TO THE MARLINS

RAFAEL SORIANO TO THE RAYS, JESSE CHAVEZ TO
THE BRAVES

RICH HARDEN SIGNS WITH THE RANGERS

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PEDRO FELIZ SIGNS WITH THE ASTROS

BRANDON LYON SIGNS WITH THE ASTROS

JASON KENDALL SIGNS WITH THE ROYALS

BOBBY CROSBY SIGNS WITH THE PIRATES

HIDEKI MATSUI SIGNS WITH THE ANGELS

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JOHN LACKEY SIGNS WITH THE RED SOX

MIKE CAMERON SIGNS WITH THE RED SOX

MIKE GONZALEZ SIGNS WITH THE ORIOLES

GARRET ATKINS SIGNS WITH THE ORIOLES

JUAN PIERRE TO THE WHITE SOX, JOHN ELY, JOHN
LINK, AND A PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER TO THE DODGERS

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ROY HALLADAY, PHILLIPE AUMONT, TYSON GILLIES,
JUAN RAMIREZ TO THE PHILLIES, CLIFF LEE TO THE MARINERS, KYLE DRABEK, BRETT
WALLACE, TRAVIS D’ARNAUD TO THE BLUE JAYS, AND MICHAEL TAYLOR TO THE ATHELTICS

BRANDON LEAGUE TO THE MARINERS, BRANDON MORROW
TO THE BLUE JAYS

JAVIER VAZQUEZ AND BOONE LOGAN TO THE
YANKEES, MELKY CABRERA, ARODYS VIZCAINO, AND MICHAEL DUNN TO THE BRAVES

Jason Marquis signs with the Nationals

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Top 3 biggest
trades

3. YANKEES GET JAVIER VAZQUEZ AND BOONE LOGAN.
BRAVES GET MELKY CABRERA, ARODYS VIZCAINO AND MICHAEL DUNN: This trade is HUGE
for the Yankees. They get a very good pitcher in Javier Vazquez who finished 4th
in the NL CY Young voting and a young talented lefty in Boone Logan. The Braves
got a very reliable outfielder with a strong arm and a clutch bat in Melky
Cabrera. They got Arodys Vizcaino who was the Yankees number 2 prospect after
showing of a 2.13 ERA in Class A. Though this sounds amazing and is, we don’t know
how Vizcaino would play on the big stage. Finally the Braves also get Michael
Dunn who has a good arm but never really proved himself in the Majors. Again,
we will never know if he will succeed in the big leagues.

2. CURTIS GRANDERSON TO THE YANKEES, MAX
SCHERZER, AUSTIN JACKSON, PHIL COKE, DANIEL SCHLERETH TO THE TIGERS, AND EDWIN
JACKSON AND IAN KENNEDY TO THE DIAMONDBACKS: The Yankees finally get an
outfielder they are looking for that has speed, power, and is a very good
defender. He did hit .249 and only .183 against lefties, but we will see how
Kevin Long will change that. The Tigers are probably the winners of this trade
while acquiring young talent in Max Scherzer and Daniel Schereth from the
D-Backs. They go Phil Coke who is better than his almost 5 ERA last year and
has proven that he will be an innings eater from the pen. Austin Jackson was
the top Yankee prospect and is projected to have a nice career. We do not know
if Austin Jackson will produce in the Majors as well so maybe we should look
back on this next year. The D-Backs have one of the best rotations in baseball
now that they have Edwin Jackson. Jackson should fit behind Brandon Webb and
Dan Haren in the third spot with young pitcher Ian Kennedy taking the 4th
spot.

1. ROY HALLADAY, PHILLIPE AUMONT, TYSON
GILLIES, JUAN RAMIREZ TO THE PHILLIES, CLIFF LEE TO THE MARINERS, KYLE DRABEK,
BRETT WALLACE, TRAVIS D’ARNAUD TO THE BLUE JAYS, AND MICHAEL TAYLOR TO THE
ATHELTICS: This is probably going to be the biggest trade of the whole off
season unless the Yankees trade Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter which won’t
happen until the Earth plummets out of this Galaxy which will probably never
happen. The long wait for Roy Halladay to be off the market is finally over.
The Phillies get Roy Halladay and Phillipe Aumont who was one of the biggest
prospects in the Mariners organization. Roy Halladay is finally out of the AL
which means he won’t torture the Yankees. The Mariners get Cliff Lee which
means he is back in the AL but over in the West. The Blue Jays get Kyle Drabek
who was the Phillies top pitching prospect until he was traded. The Jays also
get huge prospect Brett Wallace which seems like an odd move for the A’s to
make. Lastly the A’s get prospect Michael Taylor from the Phillies to complete
the biggest blockbuster we have seen in a while.

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Top 3 signings

3. RANDY WOLF SIGNS WITH THE BREWERS: The
Brewers get a good, reliable innings eater in Randy Wolf. Wolf went 11-7 with a
3.23 ERA in 34 starts with the Dodgers building his reputation as their staff
ace. The Brewers signed Wolf to a 3 year, 29.75 million dollar contract. Wolf
will likely be the ace and a mentor to young pitchers Manny Parra and Yovani
Gallardo.

2. HIDEKI MATSUI SIGNS WITH THE ANGELS:
Matsui did not wait for the Yankees to offer him a contract and instead started
negotiating with the LA Angels to replace Vladimir Guerrero as their DH. He
will for 1 year and 6.5 million dollars. It’s kinda odd to see the Yankees 2009
World Series MVP playing for the team that the Yanks played in the ALCS. He
also reunited with his dear friend Bobby Abreu and all Yankee fans loathe Brian
Cashman for not even offering him a deal.

3. JOHN LACKEY SIGNS WITH THE RED SOX: The Red
Sox have perhaps the best rotation in all of b-ball now that they signed John
Lackey for 5 years and 82.5 million dollars. They have Beckett, Lackey, then
Lester coming at you in a 3 game series and Dice-K coming at you as well in a 4
game series. Lackey was a pitcher that the Yankees had on their wish list
perhaps but they didn’t offer him a deal because 1) Lackey is too expensive and
2) He wouldn’t fit in a clubhouse with Nick Swisher and CC Sabathia and Curtis
Granderson.

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That was the transaction review of December 7
– December 22. Any comments, questions, disagreements? Feel free to comment and
ask.

December 14th 2009. The day the Yankees got screwed.

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Well I figured out that this day had turned from bad to
worse when I got home. I found out that Halladay is pretty much a Phillie and
that Godzilla is almost red, unlike we all thought(see Godzilla ain’t red.)
Well a bit more happened and we will explain it why it was good or bad for the
Yankees.

John Lackey becomes a
Boston Red Sux.
John Lackey signed to an 85 million, 5 year deal to play
with the rival Red Sox. The Red Sox have perhaps the best rotation in baseball
with Lackey joining Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Dice-K and one of Tim Wakefield
and Clay Bucholtz. This would be a very hard team to face in a 3 game series
with Lackey then Beckett then Lester. Torture for the Yankees and other
American League teams. Also the Yankees will have to look into oft-injured Ben
Sheets and Justin Duchscherer to get an ace type starter now that Lackey and
Halladay are gone.

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Phillies get Halladay
before the holidays.
Roy Halladay is very, very close to being a
Philadelphian Phillie. All that stands in his way from having an almost guaranteed
trip to the World Series is a full agreement on players in the deal and a
physical. Cliff Lee would go to the Mariners, Halladay to the Phillies, and prospects
to the Blue Jays. This messes up the Yankees because once again, we can only
turn to Ben Sheets or Justin Duchscherer. Though this is good for the Yankees
because Halladay is out of the AL! I mean Cliff Lee is back in the AL but he is
in the AL West and the Yankees will face him 1-3 times this whole year. Better
than facing Roy Halladay 5 or 6 times a year. Though now the Yankees are very
desperate for a starter which means (like I said before) Ben Sheets, Justin
Duchscherer and perhaps looking into the possibility of King Felix.

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 Godzilla is red. Just not the way we thought. The
Angels have signed Hideki Matsui to a 1 year, 6.5 million dollar deal. Matsui
is red, just not the way I thought he would. I can’t possibly imagine our World
Series MVP playing for the team we faced in the ALCS. Sad day in my world. This
means that the Yankees are surely going to sign Johnny Damon, and that process isn’t
going very good right now. If that doesn’t work out then the Yankees are left
with Jason Bay and Matt Holliday, and don’t worry the Red Sox aren’t going for
either of them. The Red Sox on the other hand are in serious discussion with
Mike Cameron which is good because that leaves fewer teams that want Matt
Holliday or Jason Bay, which is good in a way.

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Pretty much the few good things that come out of this are…
Halladay out of the AL and we have less choices which means we would have a
better chance to sign someone. Everything else is bad. Comments, questions,
disagreements? Feel free to comment. 

Update: The Roy Halladay deal turned into a 4 team deal. The A’s are that other team.

  • The Phillies get Roy Halladay, Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, Juan Ramirez, and $6MM.  The Phillies will give Halladay a three-year extension plus vesting options.
  • The Mariners get Cliff Lee.
  • The Blue Jays get Kyle Drabek, Brett Wallace, and Travis d’Arnaud.
  • The A’s get Michael Taylor.

The Red Sox also signed Mike Cameron to a 2 year deal which means there is almost no chance that they will resign Jason Bay


Thanks to
David Rosvally for details of the John Lackey signing.

Hey! I thought left field was first!


            “Pitching, pitching, pitching. Then left field.” ~Brian Cashman

I
did think outfield was a priority. I mean, who didn’t? But now I guess
it is pitching. I never remember pitching. I remember Jason Bay, Hideki
Matsui, Matt Holliday, Johnny Damon, and a bit of Curtis Granderson.
All I remember about starting pitching is Mr. John Lackey and Doc
Halladay. Oh yes and Andy Pettitte of course. But now I guess it is
John Lackey, Roy Halladay, Andy Pettitte, Kelvim Escobar, Jason
Marquis, Joel Piniero, Rich Harden, and possibly Randy Wolf. I cannot
imagine how it is possible the Yankees would get Jason Marquis or Randy
Wolf. I mean, all are very good pitchers but some just unimaginable in
a Yankee uniform.

 

John Lackey: John
Lackey wants a long contract but he might not get it. The Yanks have
the money and all just John Lackey doesn’t seem the right fit in the
Yankee clubhouse. Lackey is a very solid pitcher and the Yankees
wouldn’t have to give up any valuable prospects for him. It is a simple
as that. I wish…

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Roy Halladay:
Roy Halladay is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. The only thing
is, the Yankees would have to give up so many valuable prospects for
him though. Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero, Joba Chamberlain, and Phil
Hughes. They are all too valuable to give up though which is the
problem. Plus, Roy Halladay would be a one year rental unless the
Yankees sign him to an expensive extension if they get him. There are
risks and rewards in getting Roy and we will have to see what will
happen.


Andy Pettitte: Reliable
Andy had a very good year last year and is coming back for more. He
supposedly rejected the Yankees first offer and wants an 11 million
dollar one year deal. We all want Pettitte back and probably will; just
he might be too expensive.

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Kelvim Escobar: Yankees
have reportedly talked to Kelvim Escobar’s agent. Kelvim could either
be a starter or a long reliever. The long relief role seems to be taken
up by Alfredo Acevas so if the Yankees were to sign him he would
probably be a starter.


Jason Marquis:
Jason Marquis is supposed to be a Met! Why would the Yankees be
interested in him I ask Brian Cashman. I see no reason for the Yankees
to go and try and get Jason Marquis. I mean, he could be and OK 5
th starter but I really don’t see why the Yankees would waste money on someone who wants to be a Met…


Joel Piniero:
Piniero had a fine 2008 season, but I just don’t see him in a Yankees
uniform. I see him resigning with the Cardinals or staying with a
National League team.

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Rich Harden:
He had a depressing 2009 with lots of injuries and the Yankees don’t
want another oft-injured pitcher. I see him signing with the Mariners
or some team like that, but not the Yankees.


Randy Wolf: Pretty
much the only reason the Yankees would go and get Randy Wolf is if Andy
goes and signs with another team. Period. Randy Wolf will not be a
Yankee.

These
are the many pitchers the Yankees are interested in. I will say the
Yankees will get one of them along with Pettitte. John Lackey or Roy
Halladay will probably be that one. Thank  You. Comments, agreements,
disagreements?

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
urtis Thumbnail image for abradley.jpgGranderson and the Burrell for Bradley talks are still strong.

Those were most of the Rumors of the weekend and we will
keep you updated on the big moves on tomorrows Transaction Review.

We Are Thankful for…

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All the money the Yankees have! And with this money the
Yankees can get everything they want on their Halladay shopping list. Or their
Holliday shopping list. Doesn’t matter what you want to call it, both players
are on the list. Not only Matt Holliday and Roy Halladay are on their
offseason shopping list but and bunch of other players too. Now you guys know
what is coming, our analyzing. 

Matt Holliday: Well
of course Matt Holliday is on their shopping list because well, hematt holliday.jpg is probably
the best position player out there. The Yankees will obviously be in the
running for the best player on the market. If they get him than their offense
will be even better than it was last year (yes even the best team can improve). 

Roy Halladay: Well
Roy Halladay has really wanted to get to the postseason and win the World
Series. What other team to do that then the Yanks!? Recently the Yankees talked
to Blue Jay’s general manager Alex Anthopoulus about, whom else, Halladay. A
deal that would bring Halladay to NY would probably include Joba Chamberlain,
Phil Hughes, Austin Jackson, Austin Romine, Jesus Montero, and other prospects.
I am not sure I would trade these valuable pieces of future Yankees teams even
if it is for Halladay.


Jason Bay: If the
Yankees don’t manage to get Holliday then Bay is option B. Though Bay Jason Bay.jpgwould be a good option, he was a Red Sox. And we all
know what that means. Bay would be an excellent addition to the team because of
the power he brings to the Yanks. So yes, the Yankees could get Jason Bay.

Curtis Granderson: The
Yankees were rumored to have strong interest in Granderson. I bet they still
do, but nobody is talking about it because of all the free agents and trades
and rumors and such. If the Yanks got Granderson then they would have to give
up Austin Jackson, one of Jesus Montero and Austin Romine, and perhaps Brandon
Laird. These guys have too good of a future to give them up. So I don’t think
that the Yankees should go for Curtis Granderson, but that is our opinion.


These are really the top 4 candidates for becoming a Yankee next year. Some of
you may argue that John Lackey should have made the cut, but I really don’t see
and don’t want him in a Yankee uniform next year.

Happy Hollidays!