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News of the Day – 11/16/08
Posted By Diane Firstman On November 16, 2008 @ 9:27 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
If C.C. signs with the Yanks, I fear some entrepreneur will start printing up “Black Sabathia” t-shirts, showing him biting the heads off of baseball bats.
But I digress … here now the news:
“It sounds like they’re overbidding,” Melvin said. “If the speculation is true that we’ve offered CC $100 million, why would you offer $140 million? Why wouldn’t you offer $110 million?”
“(The Yankees) have been pretty adamant about bidding on everybody. That doesn’t mean that’s what the market is. That’s just one team’s offer. Until all the bids are on the table, I don’t know what the market is.”
His .219 batting average notwithstanding, Nick Swisher looks to be a high-upside acquisition in the same mode as Scott Brosius (.203 with the Oakland A’s) in 1997 and Paul O’Neill (.246 with the Cincinnati Reds) in 1992. That is, a quality all-around player who, for whatever reasons, had a down year and was in dire need of an environment change. Just as O’Neill had a personality conflict in Cincinnati with Lou Piniella (who wanted him to pull the ball more and hit for more power), Swisher fell into a batting funk early on with the White Sox last season and resisted advice from hitting coach Greg Walker and manager Ozzie Guillen.
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 photos: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2008/11/14/new-stadium-photo-no-1/
 reports: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2008/11/14/hank-we-want-all-the-pitchers/
 MLB.com: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081114&content_id=3680718&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym&partnerId=rss_nym
 Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/34501544.html
 News: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2008/11/15/2008-11-15_nick_swisher_has_big_upside__and_helps_y.html
 MLB.com: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081115&content_id=3680872&vkey=hotstove2008&fext=.jsp
 ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3705150
 no-hit the Mariners: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA199605140.shtml
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