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Too Late

Division Series - St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Three

After the Red Sox won the Serious in 2004 our man Cliff almost wore his fingers to the bone typing about how the Yanks needed to sign Carlos Beltran. Instead, they went out and got Tony Womack, Jared Wright and Carl Pavano and insisted that there wasn’t enough leftover to pay for Beltran, who reportedly offered to sign for less than he eventually accepted from the Mets.

The Yanks blew it, Cliff wrote all winter and we agreed.

Now, the Yanks have interest in Beltran who is still a useful player.

Let me say on Cliff’s behalf, though not in his words: Too late fuck-o’s.

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1 thelarmis   ~  Nov 12, 2013 12:50 pm

Cliff! I miss my old friend.

He was right about Beltran, per usual.

The last line is hilarious...and so true! : )

2 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 12, 2013 1:15 pm

just sign McCann....I'M BEGGING YOU PEOPLE!!!

3 Shaun P.   ~  Nov 12, 2013 1:20 pm

Sigh - what could have been!

4 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Nov 12, 2013 1:25 pm

[2] You are so right on that one.I can imagine McCann catching for a couple of seasons, and then moving to 1st when Tex finally retires (officially..it only seems like he's been retired for years already). By then, the phenoms in single A might actually be ready.

5 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Nov 12, 2013 1:27 pm

Ohmigosh, you could have set the bar bet at $1 million and I would not have come up with the name "Tony Womack." My brain has just erased that memory completely.

Can't get out that nasty Pavano stain, though...

Hey, only a couple of years until the Yankees overbid for the dried husk that used to be Cliff Lee. So we got that to look forward to.

6 Sliced Bread   ~  Nov 12, 2013 1:55 pm

Cliff's a smart guy, and a helluva Yankees analyst. The baseball blogosphere is missing his contributions.

I remember being lukewarm to the Beltran idea at the time because I was such a Bernie-guy, even as his CF skills diminished. Beltran was a Bernie-fan, too. Torre could have worked it out. Can you imagine that 2005-06-07 lineup with Beltran? Coulda woulda been something to behold.

7 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 12, 2013 2:17 pm

6) You just have to slide on over to SI.com where he's as prolific as ever!

8 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 12, 2013 2:45 pm

in all seriousness, I'd take a shot for 2 years. I can live with a Soriano, Gardner, Beltran outfield with Ichiro plugged in there on days you DH Beltran or Soriano.

I'm not even thinking about Wells, let's call it like it is: we're gonna bitch and moan about him all winter and he'll be DFA'd by Memorial Day. It's not even worth discussing.

9 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Nov 12, 2013 2:55 pm

[8] Actauly, not too shabby, expecially with McCann begind the plate (and we ought to assume resigning Cano)

Possible opening date order: Gardie/Jeter/Cano/Sori/Beltran/Tex/McCann/3B tbd/Ichiro (DH or OF)

feel free to mix and match. Now, if we can find a cou8ple of starters....

10 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 12, 2013 3:12 pm

2 years is a reasonable gamble.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 12, 2013 5:40 pm

Didn't Bernie sort-of give his blessings for Beltran to succeed him in CF? You know Joe would have worked it out to have his cake and eat it too. I think Bernie was okay with not starting in the outfield all the time anymore, but whether or not that's true, he really wanted to be in the lineup and mash. 2004 was a mini-Renaissance for him what with a booming lineup and all.

12 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Nov 12, 2013 8:01 pm

Can they just stop signing guys close to my age?
I'm sure they can reach Mike Trout via back channels and say 'look, we got $300 Million for you in 3 years time, just don't sign a deal with LAA.'

13 Sliced Bread   ~  Nov 12, 2013 8:04 pm

7) oh yeah, I catch his stuff over there, but it's not the same as his Banter, or Pinstripe Bible work which was more tailored for us Yankees readers.

14 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Nov 12, 2013 10:18 pm

[2] McCann? That broomstick up his ass non-hitting dick? Just what the Yankees need, another self-righteous hard ass. Noooooo.

15 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 13, 2013 12:13 pm

[14] yeah I can see how you would want to pass on career averages of 26 home runs, 97 RBI's, and a 117 OPS+ after watching Chris Stewart tear the cover off the ball for a year...

16 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Nov 13, 2013 12:53 pm

[15] One thing has nothing to with the other. There might be better, and if he does sign with the Yankeess, we'll see how it plays out.

17 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 13, 2013 12:56 pm
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