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News of the Day – 12/7/08
Posted By Diane Firstman On December 7, 2008 @ 10:11 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
You can read it in the Sunday Papers … but start here:
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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URLs in this post:
 Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/sports/baseball/07boras.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
 News’s: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2008/12/05/2008-12-05_cashman_ill_cc_sabathia_in_vegas.html
 SI’s: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_heyman/12/06/sabathia.update/?eref=sircrc
 McCarron: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2008/12/06/2008-12-06_where_are_they_now_in_puerto_rico_exyank.html
 Post’s: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12062008/sports/yankees/house_call_142910.htm
 Newsday’s: http://www.newsday.com/sports/ny-spken1207,0,423857.column
 Post: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12062008/sports/yankees/prospecting_142912.htm
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