Let the trading and signings begin!…
The Yankees embarked on their 2010 off-season journey by dealing reliever Brian Bruney to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named (most likely the Nats’ first round pick in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft). Bruney has been a vital cog in the Yankees bullpen for the past few years, although there have been a few interruptions caused by injury. I am not sure what I think about this one. I have to believe that Brian Cashman has a motive for making the move. It’s been said that Cash feels that Bruney’s role can be replaced by lower cost options, however, I liked the thought of having Bruney as a safety net for the bridge to Mariano Rivera should Phil Hughes make a successful transition to the starting rotation next season. Or perhaps Cash has more grandiose plans that would keep Hughes as the Yanks’ primary setup man. Regardless, Bruney will be missed, and I wish him the best of luck in the Nation’s Capitol.
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Okay, you could say that Bruney is not the first player to depart given the number of players who are free agents. However, none have signed with other clubs yet so Bruney is the first major departure from the 2009 Champions.
It was also announced that pitcher Andy Pettitte has decided to return in 2010. Unlike last season, Andy was very quick to make the decision to return. Of course, the team and Pettitte now have to agree on compensation so this could still be dragged out over the course of the next few weeks. I am glad to see Andy’s return as that would be preferable over a gamble that someone like Randy Wolf could have a successful transition to the Bronx. When he’s done, Andy will stand tall among the franchise’s best left-handed pitchers. He may not reach the club’s win record for a southpaw, but he’ll be in the neighborhood. If only he hadn’t left for the Houston Astros for three years…
So, the Los Angeles Angels are kicking the tires of Boston Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay. If they allow Vladimir Guerrero to depart, it would make sense that the Angels pursue someone of Bay’s caliber. If that happens, I’d have to believe that the Red Sox will become the odds-on favorite to land Matt Holliday as Bay’s replacement.
I just completed a very busy week, and it’s great to be home. Last Sunday, I attended a Kelly Clarkson concert in San Jose.
I departed the next day for business meetings in New Jersey. After the meetings, a number of my co-workers and I traveled to New York to see Rock of Ages on Broadway. It was a terrific show, and the star, former American Idol finalist Constanine Maroulis, was phenomenal.
From New York, I headed to Phoenix where I spent the weekend. I went to Sunday night’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The game was a disaster, as the Vikings fell to the Cardinals, 30-17. However, the stadium was impressive. Hopefully, Favre and Company will rebound for a strong finish to the season. Everyone’s allowed a clunker or two, right?
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Arriving back in San Jose, all the nearby mountains were snow-capped, which is a very rare sight in Silicon Valley. It was a beautiful sight, and it was so good to be home!
The news is becoming more and more pessimistic of the Yankees’ chances to re-sign Andy Pettitte. Either way, I wish something would happen sooner rather than later. I saw speculation that the Yanks might have interest in Freddy Garcia. It’s hard to get excited about that one. Peter Abraham wrote a good blog today about how the Yankees starting rotation stacks up against Boston. Sabathia, Burnett, Wang and Chamberlain match up well against Beckett, Dice-K, Lester, and Wakefield. But there is clearly separation in Boston’s favor when you get to the 5th spot, and the potential starters in the pen.
I am watching the 1996 World Series between the Yankees and Atlanta Braves. It is amazing how much different Andrew Jones looked as a 19 year old phenom, with two home runs in his first two WS at-bats. Physically, you can see how much he has deteriorated over the years. It really makes you wonder what kind of career he could have had or sustained if he had taken better care of himself. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers will release Andruw tomorrow…
If the Yankees were willing to offer Ben Sheets a two year deal in December for $12-$13 million per year, why don’t they revisit that possibility given the drop in prices for available free agents?
I read a good blog the other day on River Ave. Blues about the Yankees difficulty in making any additional moves due to the current 40 man roster and the players that would have to be DFA to open any spots (unless the team can free up some space by moving players such as Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher). I still think that an addition of someone like P Juan Cruz makes so much sense when it would only cost you a fourth round draft pick (the upside potential far offsets the cost).
Watching the Arizona Cardinals toward the end of the season, I never would have dreamed that they’d be hosting their first NFC Championship Game in January. Still, I expect the dream to end with the Philadelphia Eagles advancing to the Super Bowl to face Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. I’d like the Steelers if Big Ben were healthier…
That’s it for now. Have a good night!