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News of the Day – 11/14/08
Posted By Diane Firstman On November 14, 2008 @ 9:24 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
The annual “Running of the Free Agents” begins today …. so stay inside and read this:
Mussina, who won 20 games this year for the first time in his career, told the Daily News Wednesday that he plans to make his decision early next week.
“I’m still kind of up in the air,” Mussina said Wednesday from his home in Montoursville, Penn. “I’m enjoying my time off, but then again, I always enjoy my time off.”
“We know that we have to fill some needs in our pitching rotation, and there are some pretty good starters out there and we understand that,” Girardi said. “We’re going to do everything we can to fill the needs of our rotation, and that is more than one guy. There are other pitchers out there that have thrown very well, and we’re looking at those guys as well. We would like to add as many as we can.”
“If the Yanks can only go nine figures on one player it should be Teixeira, given the need for youth and the dearth of A-list first basemen in the free-agent pool … One alternative would be to trade for the (aforementioned) Swisher, who can play first base, right field, or even center field; he’d provide flexibility as the winter market evolves. As for the pitching, Burnett’s legacy of injuries should make a team still smarting from the Pavano and Jaret Wright debacles think twice. Lowe, by contrast, is a reliable groundballer who’s every bit as effective and much more durable, with at least 32 starts in seven straight years.” [Editor’s note …. as you probably know by now, the Yanks traded for Swisher  yesterday afternoon.]
One Yankee executive said, “we have to separate ourselves.” Translation: They must divest Sabathia of his dreams of the Pacific and the batter’s box by going to a financial region relatively quickly that no other franchise would even consider, especially in this plummeting economy.
Cashman still is talking the talk, but, suddenly, he is going to try it the old-fashioned Yankee way. That’s what missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993 will do for a good, sound philosophy. Cashman still hopes to build the Yankees from the ground up, but he has some pressing needs that can’t immediately be filled by the farm system.
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URLs in this post:
 News: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2008/11/12/2008-11-12_mike_mussina_still_mulling_return_to_yan-1.html
 MLB.com: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081113&content_id=3677553&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
 Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/sports/baseball/14girardi.html?ref=sports
 ESPN.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&page=rumblings
 BP.com: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=8303
 traded for Swisher: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2008-11-13-602859819_x.htm
 Howard Megdal: http://www.observer.com/2008/o2/sports/yankees-choice-sabathia-or-mediocrity
 Post’s: http://www.nypost.com/seven/11132008/sports/yankees/yankees_ready_to_blow_away_cc_with_big_o_138398.htm
 SportingNews.com: http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=485774
 MLB.com: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081113&content_id=3678086&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
 Yankees.com: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20081113&content_id=3677651&vkey=pr_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy
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