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News of the Day – 11/19/08
Posted By Diane Firstman On November 19, 2008 @ 8:21 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
More things that keep me up at night: Will the Hard Rock restaurant at the new stadium offer a dessert called “Robinson Canoli” (and would people sense some indifference in my seemingly not making much of an effort to reach for it on my plate)?
Back to the news:
“Last year obviously, statistically I didn’t have the year that I wanted to,” Swisher said, “but you know what, this is a different year. This is ’09, not ’08. I know in my mind that I’ve grown not only as a player, but as a man. Last year was a very humbling year for me and I learned a lot from it.”
… A graduate of Stanford, he has always brought an intellectual’s sensibility to his craft and his career.
In an interview in August, Mussina spoke at length about his personal standards for Cooperstown. To him, a Hall of Fame career should be defined by excellent seasons, not lackluster ones that serve only to compile statistics.
“I don’t agree that when evaluating a career you should look at the total numbers, because the last two or three years, the guy might just be hanging around to add up numbers,” Mussina said.
“Five one year, seven the next year, five the next year. O.K., you just won 17 games, but he was 5-10 and 7-12 and 5-13,” Mussina said. “Those are terrible years. They’re not Hall of Fame years. But someone looks at the total and says, ‘Well, how many did he win?’ ”
” … it remains more likely that he will sign elsewhere as a free agent. The Yankees are in fact very likely making the offer with the anticipation he will sign with another team, and should that occur they will net two draft choices as Abreu is a Type A free agent. Abreu would stand to make about $16 million in arbitration after making that much last year … The Cubs and Mets are seen as among the most likely suitors for Abreu.
The Yankees, according to several industry insiders, spent yesterday preparing an offer – perhaps a five-year deal worth about $80 million – for Toronto righty A.J. Burnett …
… According to a Yankee source, Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, doesn’t want a pay cut for his 36-year-old client, who went 14-14 with a 4.54 ERA last season.
Padres general manager Kevin Towers said on Monday that he hasn’t engaged Yankees GM Brian Cashman in anything that resembles a serious discussion about Peavy, the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner who is on the trading block.
“I have had no direct conversations with Cashman about Peavy over a period of time,” Towers said.
“These things are never quick,” one Yankees official said. “It’s only fair to give the guy a chance to mull it over and see what else is out there – though I don’t think there will be anything really competitive.”
According to an industry source, Boston plans to be a major player for A.J. Burnett, one of the pitchers the Yankees are targeting along with CC Sabathia to bolster their starting rotation. Derek Lowe, another arm coveted by the Bombers, is also on Boston’s radar.
The Red Sox are not planning to make an offer to Sabathia, who already has a six-year, $140million offer on the table from the Yankees. But Burnett, who turns 32 in January, will certainly receive serious attention from Boston, which has already engaged in discussions with the pitcher’s agent, Darek Braunecker, according to the source.
“I’ll be 75 and still not announce my retirement,” Williams said last night at a pre-production party in Manhattan. “I’m still within this two- or three-year period where I can say, ‘You know what? Let me just work out … ‘”
Williams, who turned 40 in September, has kept himself in shape and insists that he’s only two or three weeks away from being major-league ready if a team did call. And what if he did hear from a GM shortly before spring training?
“I don’t know,” Williams said. “I’d think very long and hard about it though.”
“I want them both,” Damon said yesterday of CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
“And I hope we also get Derek [Lowe].”
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