Archive for March 19th, 2007

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Yanks, Brian Hope To Cash In

Yankees Rumors & News

In today’s Star-Ledger, Ed Price has a story that should warm the hearts of Yankees fans the world over.

From 1996-2000, the Yankees built a dynasty around “cornerstone players developed from within: Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada.” However it was not until 2005 that the franchise returned to that strategy, thanks mainly to the increased authority granted to Yankees GM Brian Cashman. Says Price:

Cashman is convinced that if the Yankees are to win their first World Series since 2000, they will need to once again produce players from within. And having secured increased authority along with the contract he signed after the 2005 season, he has been the driving force behind an effort to make the farm fertile again.

According to Price, just three years ago the Yankees’ farm system was ranked the fourth-worst in the majors by Baseball America. Last week the magazine rated the team’s young talent pool fifth-best. That’s quite a turnaround, and evidence, according to Cashman, …

Bobby Better, Phelps Thriving

Yankees Rumors & News

A couple bits of noteworthy news via Newsday:

Abreu back tomorrow

Bobby Abreu is penciled in to DH tomorrow night, his first game action since straining an oblique muscle in his right side Feb. 26. He took full batting practice Saturday and yesterday with no negative repercussions.

Phelps continues kick

Josh Phelps, who is competing to make the team as a first baseman, continues to rack up the hits. He was 2-for-3 and is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with a .481 on-base percentage and .609 slugging percentage. “He’s making a case for himself,” Torre said.

Mets Counting On Duque

Mets Rumors & News

So much has been made of the back-end of the Mets’ rotation, it’s easy to lose site of the big picture. In reality, the 4th and 5th starter spots are not a concern for the Mets, who in actuality have a surplus of pitchers who could capably fill that role. Whether it’s John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez, Chan Ho Park, Aaron Sele, Jason Vargas, Jorge Sosa, or even Phil Humber, the Mets will get the innings and victories that a competitive team demands from the back-end of its rotation.

If you’re looking for flaws in this Mets staff, it is not the youth and mediocrity at the bottom, but rather the age and inconsistency at the top. Tom Glavine is still one of the most dependable 1st or 2nd starters in the National League, and the team is not unrealistic to expect him to stay healthy and pitch well enough until Pedro Martinez returns for the season’s second half. However a significant issue for the Amazin’s coming …

Dread the Dreads

Knicks Rumors & News

Rookie revs up the Knicks in rout of Raptors


New York Post


New York Post

Balkman goes off


Balkman Pumps Energy Into Sluggish Knicks

New York Times

Balkman lights a fire for Knicks

Journal NewsRenaldo Balkman was scary-good for the Knicks yesterday afternoon. His 15 points and 12 boards don’t even begin to describe the energy and hustle he brought to the contest. On the offensive end, Balkman’s second effort single-handedly turned wasted possessions into points. On the defensive end, Balkman’s numerous deflections, tips, and blocks spurred a plethora of fast break opportunities – many of which Balkman finished.

Lately, the Knicks have struggled to feed the monster that is Eddy Curry. Neither Curry nor the team’s guards have found a way to consistently get the big man the rock since the opposition began double-teaming Curry as soon as he touches the ball. However, one gets the feeling that in Renaldo and David Lee, the Knicks have a forward …

Congrats, Eli – You’ve Earned It!

Giants Rumors & News

UPDATE: According to the Giants, Eli’s contract runs through 2009, not 2012 as stated below.

Via Newsday:

[The Giants] spent big money to make sure Eli Manning remains their quarterback for many years to come.

Forget about Manning’s inconsistency in his first three seasons; he’s here to stay.

The Giants exercised a “buy-back” of Manning’s contract earlier this month, a move that keeps the fourth-year quarterback under contract through the 2012 season, Newsday has learned….According to league sources familiar with Manning’s contract, the Giants gave him a $5-million buy-back bonus as well as a $3-million roster bonus.

His base salary for the 2007 season will be $6.45 million. It increases to $8.45 million in 2008 and $8.95 million in 2009.

Manning signed a six-year, $54-million deal in July 2004, but the deal would have voided after four seasons because Manning achieved playing-time incentives in his first season….A team source said the money allocated to Manning has not been a factor in the team’s reluctance to spend big on free agents.

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