Archive for December 11th, 2007

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Kris Benson a Yankee?

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The Yankees may be interested in former Mets pitcher Kris Benson.

According to the NY Post the bombers are mulling over sending a representative to Arizona to watch Benson throw.

Benson is returning from shoulder surgery and is unlikely to come back to New York. Even if the Yanks did sign him he would likely be regulated to the bullpen or emergency starts.

After the Yankees signed almost useless reliever, LaTroy Hawkins, anything is possible. At least with Benson we’d have the pleasure of seeing his hot wife, Anna Benson, in the papers more often.

Benson did not pitch in 2007. In 2006 he pitched 183 innings with a 11-12 record and a 4.82 ERA for the Baltimore Orioles.

Ranger’s Malik Odd Man Out

Rangers Rumors & News

New York Ranger’s defenseman Marek Malik has returned from a November rib injury to realize he has lost his spot as a first pair defenseman.

Once Malik was cleared to play he was kept out of the lineup because the defense was “clicking”, but now he’s being kept out because he isn’t the best option.

Malik’s position on the team changed when he went down with a rib injury and Marc Staal was switched to the first pair with Michal Rozsival. Suddenly Staal was averaging over 20 minutes of ice time a night and began to thrive.

Malik returned and Staal’s ice time went back down, but recently Malik has been getting scratched and Staal has been getting more time. This week Malik was a healthy scratch against the Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils and Staal played over 20 minutes in each game with Rosival.

Malik is likely to see some time on the third pair with either Paul Mara or Jason Strudwick, but this is a bad match up. …

Yankees Rumors & News

Carl Pavano is balking at the Yankees offer to buy out the remaining $12.95 million of his contract before resigning him to a minor league deal.

Pavano is owed $10 million for 2008 and a $1.95 million buyout for not picking up a $15 million option for 2009. If they do not release him, Pavano will not be removed from the 40-man roster preventing the Yankees from adding the players they need.

Pavano isn’t sure if he will comply with the Yankees plans because if he doesn’t pitch in the majors in 2008 he will not be as likely to get the type of offer he will expect in 2009.

“I’d be giving up a lot of options if I signed a minor league deal,” Pavano said.

The Yankees are probably willing to call the entire deal a loss, but as unlikely as it is, they probably don’t want to pay him to pitch for another team this season.

Knicks Rumors & News

Knick fans, it’s your fault. That’s the latest from court jester Isiah Thomas, who took on the fans at MSG last night in the Knicks’ 99-89 loss to the Mavericks.

In the midst of yet another evening filled with deafening “Fire Isiah” chants, Zeke turned to the crowd and told fans seated there that blame for the team’s poor play falls on the fans for being a poor Sixth Man.

“We’re missing layups because your booing,” said Thomas.

Forward Zach Randolph decided to chime in on the subject as well, telling reporters after the game, “I ain’t never been in a situation like that, and I don’t understand. I guess they say it’s New York fans. But it’s real tough.”

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