Archive for February 12th, 2008

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

The Post’s Joel Sherman exclusively reports today on the Yankees plans for stud prospect Joba Chamberlain in 2008. According to Sherman, Joba will prepare as a starter during spring training, but will start the season in the bullpen barring injuries to the current five-man rotation. In the month of June, the plans calls for a demotion to the minors for Chamberlain, where the 22-year-old would stretch himself out over the course of 3-4 weeks in preparation for a role in the major league rotation during the season’s second half.

The Yankees see a dual benefit to the plan, as not only would it allow the organization to limit Joba to roughly 140 innings this season, it would also allow the team to use April and May as an audition period for Joba’s successor in the 8th inning, as a group that includes Kyle Farnsworth, LaTroy Hawkins, Alan Horne, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez, and Ross Ohlendorf will be given opportunities in the “less pressurized sixth an dseventh innings.”

Pelfrey Is Last Prospect Standing

Mets Rumors & News

Today in the New York Times, Ben Shpigel catches up with Mike Pelfrey, who is the sole “upper-level” pitching prospect that the Mets retained in an offseason that saw Phil Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Deolis Guerra shipped out of town, in addition to position prospects Lastings Milledge and Carlos Gomez.

While the Mets rotation is currently set with Johan Santana, Pedro Martinez, John Maine, Oliver Perez, and Orlando Hernandez, Pelfrey knows that he will get his shot at some point this season, and he appears determined to learn from a difficult 2007 and not repeat the mistakes the resulted in a 3-8 record and 5.57 ERA. Via Shpigel:

On the mound, he has vowed not to revisit the tentative pitching style that overshadowed his first month with the Mets. Rather than throw in the mid- to high 90s, Pelfrey said he aimed the ball, diminishing his velocity, and concentrated too much on his secondary pitches. When he rejoined the team in early July, he had better movement on his heavy sinking fastball. Over the …

Brooks: Sign Sean Now

Rangers Rumors & News

In the Post today, Larry Brooks makes a plea to Rangers GM Glen Sather not to play hardball with winger Sean Avery and instead sign him to a fair extension, as he appears on the verge of doing with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist ($36 million, six-years, according to Brooks).

Avery is understandably frustrated with the walk year he is having after envisioning himself as the linchpin on a Championship-caliber team. Instead, Avery has struggled on the score sheet, been reprimanded and reigned-in by league disciplinarian Colin Campbell, and has found himself on injured reserve three times. He is playing now despite a wrist that will require surgery in the offseason – the second such surgery he will have undergone this year.

In fact, according to Brooks, Sather approached Avery last week about discussing an extension, only to be rebuffed by the player, who reportedly told Sather that “he didn’t think anyone would want to sign him.”

The Rangers need Avery’s head in the right place down the stretch, says Brooks, and …

Mitchell, Wilson top free-agent concerns

Giants Rumors & News

I am still basking in the warm glow of the Giants’ unexpected, unbelievable Super Bowl XLII championship. There are folks in my upstate New York area with all sorts of Giants’ stuff outside their homes, including one guy who has painted ‘Super Bowl Champs’ into his lawn.

Yet, it is time in many ways to turn the page and begin thinking about the future, specifically next season.

The Giants have apparently already begun to do that, and the first move seems to be agreeing to a 5-year, $7M deal with kicker Lawrence Tynes.

With Tynes, who could have been an unrestricted free agent, in the fold the Giants have 14 other potential free agents, including several key defenders. The key unrestricted free agents (UFAs), who can negotiate with any team are linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor, safety Gibril Wilson and running back Derrick Ward. Starting safety James Butler is a restricted free agent, meaning the Giants can match any offer.

To me, the key players the Giants must try to bring back …

Pettitte Testimony Damns Rocket | Andy Won’t Appear At Hearing

Yankees Rumors & News

Tommorrow’s Congressional hearings are going to be must-see TV, that’s all there is to it. Ever since Andy Pettitte gave a two-hour deposition to the committee last week, there have been rumors circulating that Andy’s testimony will be terrifically damaging to The Rocket. Now today comes the news that Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, and Kirk Radomski have been dropped from the witness list entirely, transforming tomorrow’s hearings into a mano-a-mano face off between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee.

According to Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), a member of the committee, Pettitte was reluctant to testify against his long-time friend in such a public forum, and the committee was sensitive to those feelings. Instead the committee will confront Clemens with Andy’s statement, which Davis confirms backs McNamee’s account of events rather than that of Clemens, and will ask The Rocket to respond to it.

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