You won’t get the chance to kick Jason Marquis around, ya snot-nosed punks.
From HanginChad at Lohud:
The Yankees have been encouraged by Montero’s improved footwork behind the plate. He threw out 31.8 percent of base runners in Trenton, which is pretty solid and much better than the 12.5 percent he threw out in the first half of the season in Tampa.
Newman stressed – as he’s done pretty much every time I’ve mentioned Montero’s name the past few years – that the Yankees still see their top prospect as a catcher.
 It's a Christmas miracle!
 I second that emotion.. Marquis would have put you in the hospital with high blood pressure!
it is pretty obvious the yankees have to give montero every chance to be a catcher.
chad' article stated that he will also work out at 1b some (which is apparently fairly typical, some others work out at 3b). but i am a little surprised they don't stick him in rf for his other work though, as he doesn't have a path to 1b any time soon with the yankees.
I look forward to Mo pitching to Montero. Holy Battery! : )
 coverage of the prospects has skyrocketed in quality over at lohud with Chad on board. I love how in tune he is with the farm system.
 Yep...it's almost liek promoting the AA pitching coach to the big club. LoHud is much better in the absence of PeteAbe. Because he was the first prolific blogger, I think he may have been given a little too much credit for the job that he did. With him gone, however, it seems like LoHud was free to make the blog a team effort, which has not only expanded the amount of coverage, but also the depth. The best part is there haven't been any of those snarky posts that seemed designed to drum up a response.
Looks like Buster thinks the Yankees are working hard to complete a deal tonight...wonder for whom it could be? Duchsherer? Sheets? Someone else? Just glad it's not Marquis.
Latest word is that it's a trade...to sleep or surf, that is the question.
Ack, Paul, you beat me to it. If it's a trade, then Melky or Gardy have to be involved, no? This could be interesting.
I wonder if Cashman would take a chance on Javier Vazquez Part 2?
 I know that I would, but didn't Vasquez just use his no trade clause to block a trade? Would he agree to go back to NYY?
Of the top of my head, I think the possibilities are Gil Meche, Josh Johnson (wishful thinking), Zambrano, Harang, Arroyo and Matt Cain (wishful thinking).
The Giants need offense, so I've been wondering if they and the Yankees might be a match. It seems the Giants really wanted Nick Johnson, so could you imagine if the Yankees dealth him and prospects to SF for Cain? Or, they could always deal Swisher and prospects. Just some random thoughts.
 He said he only wants to pitch on the East Coast, specifically in a city with many direct flights to Puerto Rico. New York would definitely qualify.
 Trading NJ would be verrrry interesting, especially if they can go back to JD at a reduced rate.
 Makes sense.
 Exactly my thinking...after Johnny came back, Cash might have called SF to see if they could flip him. Maybe Cain is pie in the sky though. Could probably be Sanchez, whom the Yankees have sniffed around in the past.
I could also see a Swisher for Sanchez deal, which I don't think I'd like.
No way Nick Johnson is in the deal. 1st he hasn't been officially announced as signed. 2nd if he has signed but they didn't announce it, he'd have to sign off on the deal. If you sign as a free agent you can't be traded until June 15th, I believe, without your consent.
 NJ was supposedly deciding between SF and the Yankees, so it's not a stretch that he would approve the trade.
 Party pooper! ha-ha.
 Josh Johnson..new "generation Tres" with him and JobaPhil?? (been waiting AGES to bring back that awesomely cool and original phrase! break out the t-shirts!)
 Sanchez most likely.
 I wouldn't like Swisher for anyone, unless they have Bay or Hollidaylined up for corner OF.
 Sorry :)
I am hoping blockbuster, but feeling it's going to be no one off the 25 man for a fringy 4 or 5 starter. What I am loving right now is all the "insider" reporters tweeting the same thing, "Yanks in talks we don't know with who or for who." But they keep tweeting!
Maybe after failing to agree on Big Z, Cash moved on to Ted Lilly? In that case, Gardner for Lilly might be possible.
 It would be so poetic if Igawa was thrown into that deal.
 That would make sense if it's a low salary guy.
 Who is leaking it, I wonder?
Pitchers like Lilly ... make me feel alll right ....
 It all started with that Olney tweet. And no one has given any more info. It looks like the other reporters are covering their backsides so they don't look like they are totally scooped by Olney.
Elin is trading Tiger for $300,000,000 .... that's the news :-)
 Talk about a salary dump (hey-o!)
Bulls led 79-44 in 3rd quarter .... and LOST 102-98!
 I've sort of been hoping for Lilly for a while now.
 My goodness, we agree on something! I always like Lilly...felt he was one of the "one that got away."
 I liked Lilly, and he seems perfect for the purposes we need. A guy who can fill out the rotation while still actually pitching often and well. Almost everyone else has some kind of gaping flaw.
 Great Who reference, Diane.
 Yo Vinnie...want to step ooutside for a second?
Bulls making the Knicks look good :)
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