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News of the Day – 12/7/08

You can read it in the Sunday Papers … but start here:

  • Tyler Kepner of the Times has an article on the arrival of Scott Boras at the Winter Meetings.  Here’s an excerpt:

Boras’s guiding principle is that it takes only one team to set the market, and he offered a hint of that theory when asked his opinion about the effects of the overall economy on baseball. “I think there are 30 economies in baseball,” Boras said, referring to the 30 major league teams, and adding later: “We know baseball had record revenues, and the profits that are in the barn for many owners are extraordinary. There are clubs that run their business appropriately, and we all know it’s good business to have good players.”

  • Bill Madden previews the Yanks and Mets tasks at the Winter Meetings.  He includes a decidely different opinion on the issue of arbitration vis-a-vis Pettitte and Abreu:

As of yesterday, only eight of the 171 free agents had signed, and while the slow market figures to pick up somewhat in Vegas, other than the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and, to a lesser degree, the Braves, the depressed economy appears to have most teams  disinclined to enter into expensive long-term contracts.

That is why Cashman wisely chose not to offer arbitration to Abreu or Jason Giambi, neither of whom is likely to get more in multi-year offers than they were making in one year with the Yankees.

  • The News’s Anthony McCarron has the latest on Brian Cashman’s pursuit of C.C. Sabathia.
  • SI’s Jon Heyman may have some unpleasant news for Cashman …. Sabathia is anticipating the Brewers upping their initial offer:

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin reportedly will meet with Sabathia’s agent Greg Genske at the winter meetings, and while reports have indicated that the confab will provide Melvin a chance to gauge Sabathia’s interest, more importantly, it is believed that the Brewers will either at that meeting or soon after signal a willingness to enhance their initial bid.

  • McCarron also catches up with former Yankee star Ed Figueroa, who now owns two restaurants in Puerto Rico.
  • The Post’s Kevin Kernan details the work Ian Kennedy has been doing this off-season to correct the flaws apparent in his 2008 performance:

The former USC star went home and worked with pitching guru Tom House, who has been the Trojans’ pitching coach the past two years.

“I got some tips and started applying those and it made the break of my curveball better and the command of it extremely better,” Kennedy said from Puerto Rico. “Now I know what I have to do. Before I was just throwing it to throw it and try to throw it for a strike and not have any idea.”

Essentially, Kennedy is holding onto the baseball longer, and that makes a difference in break and command. As a result, he can make in-game adjustments to get the results he needs.

  • Newsday’s Ken Davidoff opines on why free agent Adam Dunn wouldn’t serve the Yankees well.  He also thinks the Giants won’t go after Sabathia, because Tim Lincecum achieves “Super-2″ status after 2009, and he’s likely to break the bank at arbitration.
  • Jonathan Lehman at the Post has an update on Cano and Cabrera as they play in the Dominican Winter League.
  • Happy 41st birthday to Tino Martinez.  Rich Coggins turns 58.  1970 AL batting champ Alex Johnson turns 66.

Categories:  Diane Firstman  News of the Day

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14 comments

1 Bum Rush   ~  Dec 7, 2008 11:37 am

I wish there was a betting pool where columnists were forced to back their predictions with cash. It would help keep the absurdity to a minimum.

Abreu will get a two or three year contract that exceeds the 16-18 mil he would have gotten in arbitration. Giambi was an easier call, but he'll get 20-30 million as well.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 7, 2008 11:48 am

Alex Johnson! Good gosh. Big on talent, but an underachiever. His brother played for the Bengals.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 7, 2008 1:05 pm

[2] So are you implying that the Bengals have always had long-standing problems with their Johnsons? >;)

4 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 7, 2008 1:16 pm

Put me down for keeping Cano and Melky. Yeah, I said it. I want to see how they do in the first half. Cash is relatively good with mid-term deals if nothing else, so establishing their value after an off-season of correction would be a wise move, especially if nothing works out well during the Vegas meetings. Now if you actually get great upsides in return for trading both of them, I shall not object, but my heart's with keeping them. At least for the half.

5 Mattpat11   ~  Dec 7, 2008 1:28 pm

What, no outrage for Alex Rodriguez deciding to play for another team in the stupid tournament that Bud Selig just made up one day?

6 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 7, 2008 1:35 pm

[5] You can ask Cynthia, I'm sure she's got some issues with it.

7 thelarmis   ~  Dec 7, 2008 3:13 pm

[0] "You can read it in the Sunday Papers"

Diane - i LOVE the Joe Jackson reference! Cliff, titled one of his entries, "Look Sharp!" the other year... : )

8 OldYanksFan   ~  Dec 7, 2008 3:59 pm

[5] Thats right... and Diane really blew it. Reporting all this useless trivia when a bombshell has burst. We start with:

A-Rod desperately seeking himself By Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports
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"Alex Rodriguez is a walking identity crisis. He is perpetually looking for something new because he never has found himself. He is the Howard Hughes of baseball, rich and famous beyond belief and still searching, seeking, yearning."

Over at Lohud, PeteAbe is having his usual glee in taking shots at ARod and a few posters have actually called ARod a "TRAITOR" and that he would be playing "AGAINST THE US TEAM!".
And the hate just comes boiling over.
Fake, phoney, liar, asshole... it's all there.

I know many here don't feel sorry for a guy who has made half a billion dollars (and is handsome too), but this constant stream of bile really bugs me. It really doesn't matter what ARod does. He will be reviled regardless. Fans don't even need a reason to go off... any catalyst will do. As it turns out, ARod has dual citizenship, and his mother very much wanted him to play for the DR. So he decided to play for the DR this year.

I read a number of blogs and the vile statements, judgments, distortions and just general meanness comes pouring through. It's really sad.

9 OldYanksFan   ~  Dec 7, 2008 3:59 pm

Ouch... sorry about all tht BOLD.

10 OldYanksFan   ~  Dec 7, 2008 4:03 pm
11 Diane Firstman   ~  Dec 7, 2008 4:17 pm

[7]

Joe Jackson (the musician) is a fave of mine.
Come to think of it, the other Joe Jackson is a fave of mine too.

[10]

To quote another of my fave musicians .... "I can't stand up ... for falling down ...."

12 thelarmis   ~  Dec 7, 2008 5:39 pm

[11] yes, JJ is absolutely one of my very favorite musicians of all time!!!

for some reason, i just can't get into Elvis Costello nearly the same amount. i like him ok, but that's about it. i can't believe the lucky dog got married to diana krall!!! Joe HATES the fact that he's always clumped in with Elvis, but their careers are rather similar in many instances...

13 Mattpat11   ~  Dec 8, 2008 12:39 am

[8] I'll never feel too bad for A-Rod, because I truly believe part of him really enjoys it. Positive, negative or neutral, people are talking about A-Rod.

That being said, I can't fathom getting bent out of shape over this. If he insists on participating in the Bud Games, I don't care which team he plays on. I'd rather he (and every other Yankee) shun them all together, but that's not realistic, so play for the Ukraine for all I care.

14 Diane Firstman   ~  Dec 8, 2008 1:05 am

[13]

"the Bud Games"

reminds me of this ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALDFMiHOTFs

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