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Each, and ever off-season a number of moves leave even Bill Bavasi scratching his head. large_yanks26Today is one of those days. Surprisingly, it was the Yankees, who have splashed and danced this winter into a hot fiesta. However, every party must include a foolish act by even the best behaved.

The Yankees continue their off-season frenzy by signing Melky Cabrera and Xavier Nady each to one year deal today (1/21/2009). These signing make little sense unless they are planning to trade either Nick Swisher or Nady. Their outfield is loaded with Hideki Matsui (though a DH), Cabrera, Nady, Swisher (who will not play first because of the Teixeira signing), Johnny Damon, and Brett Gardner.

Matsui will clearly be a DH this year, leaving the other five outfields battling for playing time. Sure Spring Training tends of produce a few unwanted injuries, but there are still too many players for to few playing spot. The Yankee’s would benefit from a trade of Swisher or Nady because they would yield the most return. Instead of trading the future for the present, the Bronx Bombers would be wise to trade a part of the past for the future.

The wisest move to be made, though trades never look wise to begin with, (a la AJ Pierzynski (MN) to SF for Boof Bonser, Francisco Liriano, and Joe Nathan) may be to trade Swisher, unless of course you enjoy paying a part-time player full-time wage. Though trading Nady might have more return because of his value right now.  It is amazing what a career year has for players. Maybe I am wrong!?! Maybe I underestimate the powers of Brian Cashman’s level of genius. Yet, questioning the Yankees moves more often than not looks better than their post-season record this past decade.

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Tonight I had the rare chance to actually watch some Baseball Tonight, and SportCenter. I rely heavily on online material and data bases for my information and I thought that while I watched my beloved Twins lose for only the second time in 10 games that these programs could help me with some material of their own. Sure enough the only thing they did was piss me off. How can the call themselves the leader in sports but only focus on a few teams (BoSox, Yanks, Mets, and any game that they covered in the day (last one for Baseball Tonight). I am fine with some east coast biased; we all know it is there. But what tickled me funny was how much talk was going on about the 50 win Rays (tied with BoSox in wins, but winning division by percentage points). I have loved the Rays back when the Devil still invested their god-awful team. But now that they are winning they actually talk about more than just Carl Crawford. For everything I watched tonight I heard more about the Boston-Tampa brawl and their impeding game then I did about actual baseball tonight. I am coming to a place where I might have to say that if I want to watch Web Gems and Top Plays that I should just tune in for the last 10 minutes, as I have developed a distaste for such poor coverage of the league.

Edgar (Victor) Gonzalez- When a player who hits only 64 career minor league homers in over 3000 games hits 2 in one game it shouldn’t go unnoticed. So I just wanted to give this 30 year old some props for hitting 2 out in Denver. Wait what am I thinking? Nick Punto could hit 2 as well, but that is if he is going to make contact. Enough with my rant, here is what I saw tonight:

Gavin Floyd- When is he going to slow down? Fanning 10 Indians tonight in 6 innings led to his 9th win of the season.

Nick Swisher– Another 2 home runs and 5 RBI (one being another grand slam). Ending a month with a bang (3 HR 9RBI in last 4 games), especially since in those games he basically equaled his May totals.

Jim Thome- Bash Brother number II hit a homer to go along with Swisher’s as the White Sox socked it to the Indians 9-7.

Mike Aviles- He has keep up his average, but his power that everyone was so thrilled about is almost non-existent now (3 homers in 88 at-bats). As I said here and here, he will provide decent numbers (17/3/15 and a .319 average with 2 stolen bases) Translate that to 400 at bats and you get 68/12/60 and 8 stolen bases. Once the full scouting report gets out he might see his average drop to the .290 range. I would be surprised if those homer numbers are actually high, but batting in the lead-off spot like he has did tonight and the 2-hole like has done since being called up might allow for those runs to increase.

Matt Capps- Blow yet another save tonight by serving up a 2-run walk-off home run by Ken Griffey. June was his roughest month blowing 4 saves, yet finished with his best numbers yet. There isn’t anything to worry about because who is going to replace him? Seriously who?

Eric Byrnes- He left Monday’s game with a strained left hamstring. Coming off a career year he hasn’t been anything but disappointing. Recently coming off the DL when he was listed with both hammies strained, he re-injures one of them. Expect him to land back on the DL.

Aaron Harang- Finally a good start from this Harangatang (seriously look at that mug shot). He pitched 7 strong innings of 7 hits and 3 runs allowed. It was only his third quality start since he was used as a reliever, and it was his first time over 7 strike outs since his 9 in his relief appearance. Last year June and August were his best months, and career wise May and August are his best months. With this good start look for things to finally turn around for this workhorse.

Greg Smith- Pitched his second complete game this season tonight against the Angels. He allowed just a solo home run by Mike Napoli in the 5th, but other than that he was fortunate as his Ground ball-Fly ball ratio was a homer-riffic 5-19, but was lucky that they found a teammates glove all but for four hits, and his 3 strike outs. Going off of yesterdays post about inning limits (as the A’s should be watching closely), Greg’s highest innings in a season pitched in the minors was in 2006 with 148 innings, and last year he pitched in only 122 innings. That means he should be able to throw another 50ish innings (aka another two months). We could be looking at a potential ROY, and he was part of the Dan Haren trade with the DBacks, so he has the talent to do so.

Juan Pierre- Sprained his MCL and will likely be out 4-6 weeks (MLB.com). This is quite a hit to the Dodgers are he has been quietly stolen 35 bases. This one-category winner was on pace for over 70 thefts, but now will likely finish the season in the high 40’s because the MCL is a key ligament in taking off.

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Feather, cotton, memory foam, and even rocks on those camping trips have served as pillows, yet it takes a truly talented person to hurt themselves doing everyday tasks (like John Smoltz ironing his t-shirt while it was still on, to Marty Cordova sunburning himself to the 15-day DL, to a sneeze- God bless you Sammy Sosa). After today we have a new champion to receive the Klutz King title: Brandon Inge. He reportedly told the Free Press that “I have a 3-year-old son who sleeps in the bed with my wife and me,” Inge said. “I was trying to push the pillow down behind his head (two nights ago), and when I did … I repopped (the strained muscle). “You take swings in baseball, and it’s not as bad as pushing a pillow down.” Well I never knew it was so hard to readjust a pillow, maybe if it was a jock strap, which he has more practice moving around, he wouldn’t have hurt himself. And when did swinging a 32 ounce bat become harder than pushing a maliable , soft, couchy pillow? Man up (I guess he did by disclosing such a ridiculous injury excuse), and claim your new title while you push aside Sammy, Marty, and John as you are the new King in town.

Carlos Delgado- Massive day saw him hitting a grand slam, a 3-run homer, and a 2-run RBI. For a player that is in the twilight of his career todays numbers give him some respectable season totals with 13 home runs, and 43 RBIs. He is still a poor option to be playing everyday for most fantasy teams, but if you had him in today, props to you.

Curtis Granderson- He continued his hot hitting moving his streak up to 14 games. Back-to-back 4/5 games and his last three games he is 10/14. During this 14 game hitting streak he has moved his average .054 points. Now batting .294 on the season, and finally attempting to steal (though caught two nights ago, but got a steal last night), and the best part is that he had 2 triples tonight doubling his total this year. He isn’t just hot, he is sizzling tobasco hot.

Seth McClung- A bad outing against surging Twinkies. Not surprising as many NL starters are getting rocked against AL lineups when the AL is home. That and it was Minnesota’s second time seeing him in the last two weeks. After posting four straight quality starts in a row, he was due for a poor outing. Look for a better start early next week against the Diamondbacks when he pitched 6 innings of one run ball back in early June.

Jair Jurrjens- 8 innings of 3 hit ball, striking out 3. It was probably his best outing of the season. The Blue Jays on the other hand are an awful hitting team, so this might just be a blimp of his possibilities in the future. of great month. He is young with a lot of potential and will have a typical rookie roller coaster season.

Chase Utley- Still in a pretty big slump despite his recent 4/5 game on Tuesday. I was reading a wonderful report on him that was really impressive on my news link.

Prince Fielder- Another oh fer night against the Twinkies has brought his hitless streak to a season high of four games. In that span he is 0/17 dropping his average from .292 to .274. Granted this streak has coincided with a road trip as his home average is .313 compared to .250 on the road, just an observation.

Chris Davis (TEX)- He strikes out like Howard, and like Jay Bruce is doing and did in the minors. He has some pop, but only with marginal power (aka mid 20’s in a full season). Pickup at your own risk.

Brian Buscher- Finally putting it all together after struggling last year. With this last call-up he is 18/44 with 10/1/15 with a .375 batting average. He is a very timely hitter for the twins, and his call-up has coincided with the Twins winning streak (now up to 10 games). Tomorrow I will give a player break down on him. This waiver wire fodder is better than the air conditioner above.

CC Sabathia- Pitched 8 innings of shutout ball, while striking out 11 Reds while allowing only four hits. I think his funk in officially over. His last 10 outings have produced 8 quality starts, and all of them he has pitched at least 7 innings.

Edinson Volquez- I don’t know how I missed it yesterday, but he had his worst game of the season by far. Has Dusty Baker been riding our young starlet? If he has another poor start in his next outing it could make the dog days of summer even longer in Cincinnati, and for all you Volquez owners out there.

Clayton Kershaw- This year Lincecum? Um, more like over-hyped, and not totally prepared for the big leagues. Still young enough to adjust (DUH!), but probably not this year.

Nick Swisher- A grand slam, a double and two runs, a pretty nice night for a struggling Swisher. On pace for typical year (minus his career year in 2006). Just have to keep expectations lower than his 2006 numbers.

Kei Igawa- The Yanks are going to try and use him as their long reliever after the sent Ross Ohlendorf who got rocked today. Kei is definitely not the key to fit into this broken bullpen.

Carlos Pena- Can anyone say Brady Anderson (career stats here). Striking out at a 34% rate this year and a 30% rate for his career. He whiffs just as much as Ryan Howard, but Howard’s free air conditioning has proven to hit home runs. With a career average at .250 don’t expect more than 15 more homers all year.

Evan Longoria- I tell you to trade him and he goes out and hits his a three-run bomb for his 15th homer of the season. With a 4/5 day he has raised his average up from .248 to .272 during his five game hit streak. With a line of 41/15/46 he just might be this years Pence-Braun tweener (aka not as good as Braun, but better than Pence)

Jacob McGee- Keeping along the Tampa Bay Rays news, he will undergo Tommy Johns Surgery. This should just be a small set back as he is often given the title of the best minor league pitcher on his way to the majors. Now, we just have to wait a bit longer to see him in the majors, and maybe this will make some fantasy owners forget about him and he could fall through the holes in the near future.

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