A-rod has done a number on himself over the last month starting with his lady pal Cameron Diaz and the infamous Super Bowl feeding.
Then three days later on February 9th, gossip hounds TMZ filmed A-rod on a shopping spree with Diaz back in NYC. What started out as signature A-rod checking himself out in the mirror, turned into him picking his nose.
This last week A-rod has been seen working out with Diaz and now the unfortunate couple is rumored to have bought an apartment together at the Rushmore over on Riverside Boulevard. This seems more like an A-rod buy, as Diaz would never buy at 64th-65th street on the Westside Highway, as it is not exactly a glamorous section of the city.
Regardless, as long as A-rod plays well this season the tabloid jargon will get forgotten about quick, just not today.
As for the Captain, he doesn’t want any of this attention and readily doesn’t deserve it. Jeter’s contract negotiations caused a media shi*-storm, and quotes were taken out of context to generate headlines before knowing the whole story.
For Captain Class, it will be business as usual and he won’t even address what is not even relevant anymore.
I can already hear the Captain stating that he is the Yankees shortstop now and that is what matters.
My prediction is Jeter puts up great numbers in 2011 and what can be said than?
Yankee fans get ready for media circus today.
Please remember don’t bring your popcorn until Monday, February 21st because according to Steve Marcus of Newsday, that is when A-rod is scheduled to speak with the press.
The Yankees definitely have interest in lingering free agent Kevin Millwood. But they remain adamant that they will not pay a significant amount for him and it may be that the Yankees will only do this if the righty accepts a minor league contract like Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. The other issue the Yankees have is just how many starters that they find untrustworthy do they want to throw into the competition for a back-of-the-rotation spot.
I could not agree more with the Yankees only offering Millwood a minor league contract.
Sherman nailed it on the head, because it’s hard to understand why Cashman even offered to give Millwood a contract in the first place?
Millwood is 36-year-old, 230 lbs. righty and last season he had 4-16 record in 31 starts playing for the Baltimore Orioles. To Millwood’s credit he was pitching on the worst team in baseball for about three-quarters of the season, because he did eat 190 innings.
Millwood did give up 30 homeruns, 223 hits, 116 runs and 65 walks; but than you look at the 132 strikeouts he racked up in 2010 and it makes you wonder for just a second.
Eating innings is a plus, but only when it is done successfully. The pros don’t supersede the cons regarding Millwood. He would get killed pitching in the Bronx’s hitter friendly park.
The Yankees already have enough veterans to start a nursing home or an old timers all-star game.
With the New York Yankees state of mind fully focused on pitching, or lack there of, it is likely that GM Brian Cashman orchestrates a trade in the first half of the season.
This all depends what substantial pitchers are available and at what it will cost the Yankees.
Some things Cashman will look for is a teams that have an surplus of starters, a need for a young catcher or one that by July is already out of contention for 2011.
One team with a plethora of arms is the Chicago White Sox. With ace Jake Peavy slated to return in May or June, they need to make room on their overcrowded roster.
The Yankees have been rumored to be interested in right-hander Edwin Jackson, but after researching this trade possibility, it is risky.
Why? Here are 4 No’s (+a bonus) about trading for Jackson:
1. Nor Gardner, No Way….
Rumors are the Yankees are willing to package Brett Gardner in a deal—but then who is going to take his place?
The outfield is not even the main issue, but Gardner’s speed is irreplaceable and is way to vital to even contemplate trading him anywhere.
There is no way GM Brian Cashman and the Steins are this stupid. Ideally, Montero for Danks would work out for both teams, at least as a Yankee fan this I could handle.
Imagine if the Yankees were to offer Derek Jeter to Ozzie, he would give us Danks, Sales, Bherele and Floyd…. kidding about Jeter cause I want him never to leave. Regarding Ozzie, for the Captain he might throw in some bats too.
The Yankees have their hands filled with AJ Burnett mechanics this season, so acquiring his pitching twin is way too much chaos for one team to handle.
By no means am I undervaluing new pitching coach Larry Rothschild because he is one of the best, but it’s his first year with this team.
Remember that Burnett might not get fixed right away, but I have faith he will get there. Still, it could be just too much for on rotation to deal with Burnett squared.
When Jackson is on the mound it can resemble a walk-a-thon. Even with his recent drop in walks, which was staggering, it was the first time in Jackson’s career opposing teams didn’t looked as if they hosting a track meet on the base pads. From 2007-2009 Jackson walked 235 batters, which is so overwhelming that he has to prove himself unreliable, which can be decided in the first half of 2011.
Jackson’s career number of walks per innings is four per nine, sounds a little too Burnett-esque…YIKES!
3. Home Sweet Home….
Jackson debuted in September 2003 at age 19, and was one of the Los Angeles Dodgers most coveted prospects. He spent the next two seasons in Los Angeles, going back and forth between the minors and the majors.
Now 27, the White Sox is Jackson’s fifth team in eight seasons. He spent three seasons with the Rays, one with the Tigers and a half-season with the D-backs. That is a lot of moving around for such a youngster. Chicago seems to be a perfect fit and trading Jackson anywhere might be too much. Jackson has finally pitched like he can, but it was only for 11 starts and it would confuse anyone as to why no one wants to keep him, good or bad.
I first heard the sad news on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show, that five time All-Star, Miguel Cabrera was arrested and charges for a DWI down in Port St. Lucie, FL. Here is the story from the Associated Press.
Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera charged with DUI in Fla.
The Associated Press
Thursday, February 17, 2011; 8:51 AM
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been arrested on drunken driving charges in Florida.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office says the 27-year-old’s car engine was smoking alongside a road late Wednesday when a deputy spotted the vehicle.
According to the arrest report, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy.
Police say Cabrera repeatedly refused to cooperate, saying, “Do you know who I am, you don’t know anything about my problems.”
In 2009, the All-Star first baseman got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking, right before his team surrendered the American League Central Division title to the Twins.
Cabrera posted $1,350 bond and was released Thursday.
From messy negotiations with the Captain; to ace Cliff Lee choosing brotherly love over the big apple; to waving goodbye to one of the Core Four; the New York Yankees off-season seemed to be in the news for all the wrong reasons.
The only legit move was signing reliever Rafael Soriano, but even that became a soap opera, as the Yankees GM Brian Cashman publicly disagreed with ownership.
Oh, let’s not forget what we learned about Alex Rodriguez, he is a want-a-be jet setter, who cannot feed himself; he picks and flicks, but don’t worry he still likes blonde actresses. Let’s all hope A-rod can deal with playing baseball again.
The off-season ended on a sad note, as Andy Pettitte hung-up his gloves on February 4th at Yankee Stadium. Pettitte is still a top of the rotation ace, was loved in the clubhouse and was a fan favorite. Yankee fans can only wish Pettitte all the best.
Now with the Yankees officially in Spring Training, it’s time to get to work. With the moves implemented by Boston’s GM Theo Epstein, the Red Sox are heavily favored to not only win the AL East, but also a shoe-inn to be playing in 2011 World Series.
Though Yankee Universe got a reality check this off-season, it is not as if the team now can’t play baseball. Most teams would be happy to have the same ‘problems’ of the Yankees, as the team is still one of the best.
Just look at the whose returning to the Yankees line-up from 2010, Jeter, Granderson, Teixeira, A-rod, Cano, Posada, Swisher, and Gardner. It includes four All-Stars, three Gold Glovers and one Silver Slugger recipient.
In 2010, with chiefly the same group, the Yankees posted a 97-67 record. The bats led the majors in RBIs with 832, On Base Percentage with .350 and had the most runs with 859. Add that to coming in third with 802 home-runs, came in second in walks with 662 and ranked fourth in baseball for total bases and slugging percentage.
To have those numbers in a season where the Captain was off, Granderson was on the DL for almost two months and our best hitter A-rod still wasn’t fully cleared from hip surgery is pretty darn good.
Last season, Gardner and Swisher proved there worth by stepping it up when the team struggled and look for both to continue.
The glue of the line-up was Robinson Cano, who finally broke out and showed everyone that he is as good as scouts predicted. Cano should win his second Silver Slugger in 2011, and after coming in second for 2010 MVP, look for him to win it in 2011.
Jeter and Granderson finished the season like themselves, and A-rod finally got cleared this past June to be able to workout without any hesitations.
So, with virtually the same line-up, and an upgrade of what fans hope will be touted prospect Jesus Montero taking the empty spot in the line-up. Andruw Jones will fill in as part-time DH, which adds up to a Bombers line-up that is going to be better than last season.
The clubs clear other strength came against GM Cashman’s better judgment, as Hal and Hank Steinbrenner overrode him to sign the best closer from 2010 Rafael Soriano. Soriano is more than happy to move from closer to set-up for, as he knows what an honor setting up for the great-one Mariano Rivera will be.
Rivera signature cutter still mystifies batters after 16 seasons. Rivera is 41-years-old but showed no reason for concern really at all. Still, having Soriano ready just in case was a brilliant call that would make the Boss very proud of his sons.
Add in Pedro Feliciano from the Mets and the returns of David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and Sergio Mitre and this is easily the best bullpen on paper in the division. A solid bullpen is a team’s icing on the cake. The importance of relief pitchers cannot be overstated because fact is they are game changers.
The rotation is steered by ace CC Sabathia, who has been practically perfect since arriving in the Bronx in 2009. Sabathia has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for all 10-seasons of his career, named to four All-Star teams, winning the 2007 Cy Young, while finishing second in 2008 and last season.
Sabathia is an innings eater, goes deep into games and posted 197 strikeouts in each of the last two seasons. He dropped 25+ pound during the off-season, which should only make the 6’7 Sabathia even better.
Following CC is Phil Hughes who defied odds during his first season as a starter. Hughes won 18 games, with 146 strikeouts over 177 innings pitched. It earned Hughes his first of many All-Star appearances.