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- The Jays have their eyes set on the cream of the Yankees youngsters in a deal for Halladay.
- Brian Cashman picks the Captain’s brain on some potential moves?
- Roberto Alomar comments on Robinson Cano:
He still keeps an eye on the current Bombers, including a certain second baseman who reminds Alomar of himself – the flashy, gifted (and often nonchalant) Robinson Cano.
“When you have too much talent, you can end up playing that way,” Alomar said of Cano. “But I do think Robinson is going to be an MVP and Gold Glover. That’s how good he is. The rest is up to him.”
- Pettitte coming back in ’10 . . . at least that’s what Joe Girardi seems to be inferring.
- A.J. Burnett would love to have one-time teammate Halladay in NY:
“You’re going to get a guy you can learn from,” Burnett told the New York Daily News‘ Mark Feinsand. “When you’re around him, he encourages you to get better. You watch him make himself better, and it inspires you.”
Of course, the Yankees would want Halladay to do more than just be an assistant to pitching coach Dave Eiland. The pressure would be on Halladay to succeed in a big way, just like every player who comes to the Yankees. However, Burnett believes Halladay would handle the pressure despite playing his entire career with the low-profile Blue Jays. “I don’t think he would let anything distract him,” Burnett said. “He’s not really the type of person that gets intimidated easily. It doesn’t matter where he pitches, he’s going to be the same. None of the stuff that goes on here would faze him at all.”
Burnett also believes Halladay needs a change of scenery, as he has yet to play in a postseason game during his 12-year career. “I think it’s time for him to get a fresh start,” Burnett said. “He’s paid his dues there, been the face of the organization, did everything they’ve asked him to do and more. At this point in his career, I think he just wants to win.”
- Fangraphs is giving you the opportunity to help develop stat projections for 2010.
- You can now start voting for Ford Frick Award nominees.
- Gene Nelson (part-time SP on 1981 squad) turns 49 today.
Back on Monday . . .