Archive for March 29th, 2007

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Avery Deal Paying Big Dividends

Rangers Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Gregory Smith)In his column today, The New York Post’s Larry Brooks lauds the impact that Sean Avery has had on the Rangers since his acquisition on February 5th. Here on HSNY, we were all for adding an abrasive dimension that had been lacking on this squad for two seasons, and we were encouraged by the words of Brendan Shanahan, who played with Avery in Detroit and had nothing but praise for the forward. Nevertheless, Avery arrived amid questions about his attitude and personality, and with a rap sheet hard to ignore.

In his short time here, Avery has put those fears to bed, and as Brooks says, he “has not only established himself as one of the Rangers’ go-to players on the ice and in the room, he has established himself as a forward who makes his linemates better.”

Brooks informs us that in a poll published by The Hockey News this week, Avery was named by his peers as the NHL’s most overrated player. Clearly …

Swindal Divorce Shakes Up Yanks

Yankees Rumors & News

Just when Yankee fans were feeling optimistic about the organization’s new found stability in the front office, they’ve been thrown a curve ball. Successor to the Yankee throne Steve Swindal and George Steinbrenner’s daughter Jenny Swindal have filed for divorce, throwing a monkey wrench into the team’s chain of command.

Over the last several years, Steinbrenner has increasingly delegated the day-to-day responsibilities of running the team to his top executives. Swindal was at the top of that hierarchy. In fact, according to Newsday, it was Swindal who worked with GM Brian Cashman “to draft Cashman’s current arrangement, whereby the GM enjoys the powers consistent with others holding his title throughout the major leagues.” It was this arrangement that in large part shaped the team’s current path, reducing payroll while nurturing home-grown talent and stockpiling young arms. It was likewise Swindal who “supported Cashman’s desire to bring back [Joe] Torre” despite his father-in-law’s impulse to fire the long-time manager following the Yankees’ first round playoff loss …

Severed Limb Pays Dolan a Visit

Knicks Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

Sounds like Wednesday was a fun day for Knicks and Rangers owner and Garden chairman James Dolan. Via the AP:

A severed human leg that washed up Wednesday on the Long Island Sound estate of billionaire James Dolan was possibly linked to a tattooed torso discovered inside a suitcase three weeks ago on a Westchester County beach, authorities said.

Sox Sought To Block Dice-K From the Bronx

Yankees Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)In The New York Times today, Murray Chass pens a great piece on the offseason pursuit of Daisuke Matsuzaka by the Boston Red Sox. According to Chass, he has confirmed what many cynics suspected at the time – that Boston submitted a record $51.1 million posting bid as much to block Dice-K from pitching for the Yankees as to actually sign the pitcher. Says Chass:

“The Red Sox, according to the account that [Sox owner John] Henry is denying, figured that they would get the negotiating rights to Matsuzaka but would probably be unable to negotiate a deal for him with his agent, Scott Boras, who can be particularly tough to deal with in high-profile bargaining.

“If the Red Sox were unsuccessful in reaching a deal, possession of Matsuzaka would have reverted to his Japanese team, the Seibu Lions, for at least one season and the Red Sox would have recouped their $51.1 million bid. No money lost, and, at least for now, no Matsuzaka in the Bronx.”

Chass …

Mets, Yanks Building With Youth

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Some more great content from the Post today, where Joel Sherman discusses how the Mets and Yankees have defied expectations from all around the majors, stockpiling young arms rather than breaking the bank on high-priced, mediocre talent. Reporters George King and Mark Hale go on to break down the top pitching prospects from both organizations not named Phil Hughes, Mike Pelfrey, or Philip Humber. From the Yankees, King gives us the low-down on Chase Wright, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf, and Joba Chamberlain. From the Mets, Hale profiles Deolis Guerra, Kevin Mulvey, Jonathon Niese, and Joe Smith.

Post’s Preview Continued…

Yankees Rumors & News

Another note from the New York Post’s 2007 preview today. In addition to making five predictions concerning the Mets this year – including a Ty Cobb-like season from Jose Reyes – columnist Joel Sherman also takes a look at five items he foresees for the Yanks. Among his predictions are that A-Rod will have a repeat of the 2006 season, greasing his path to the exit via the opt-out clause in his contract. Sherman continues:

The Marlins put Miguel Cabrera on the market in July and the Yankees, seeing a first baseman/DH now and a replacement at third base for Rodriguez in 2008, boldly go after the 24-year-old slugger by offering a package that includes Jose Tabata and Melky Cabrera.

Isn’t fantasy fun?

Phelps Thumping Phillips

Yankees Rumors & News

Phelps could be playing his way onto Yankees

The Journal

Phelps proving first-rate

Newark Star Ledger

The Post’s ’07 Preview

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Seems that the New York Post has procured a crystal ball for their Wednesday edition, and they’ve peered inside to offer up there predictions for the 2007 baseball season. George King predicts another parade down the Canyon Of Heroes for the Yanks, as their big bats and much-improved rotation proves too much for the rest of the league to handle. King picks a surprising key to the season, singling out Jorge Posada as critical to the Yanks’ success. Says King of Posada:

Will never win an MVP award, but look what’s behind him if he goes down for an extended period…The Yankees insist they will limit his playing time so he doesn’t tire in September. If they do, Posada could hit 30 homers and drive in 100 runs…Not only would the Yankees miss him behind the plate and at it [if Posada were injured], they would be forced to deal for a replacement and the cost would be high.

While King predicts a Yankees Championship at the expense of the …

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