Archive for July 30th, 2008

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Yanks Cashing In At The Right Time

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees are in it to win it this year. All it took was an 8-game winning streak and GM Brian Cashman was ready to make some moves – some serious moves. With Thursday’s 4 pm trade deadline looming Cashman seems to be working 24-7. As a result, the Yanks went from being left in the dust to serious heavyweights.

On Wednesday afternoon the Yankees traded reliever Kyle Farnsworth to the Detriot Tigers for Ivan Rodriguez. All I can say is “wow.” This is an excellent trade and Brian Cashman once again shows why he’s one of the smartest men in baseball. This is the second major trade that the Yankees have pulled off in less than a week. With less than 24 hours to go, Cash may have one more trick up his sleeve. Is that going to be Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn? We’ll find out before Thursday’s deadline.

It’s a great move and came at the right time. It addresses the catching …

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yanks are a bit pudgier than they were a day ago, addressing their hole behind the dish by acquiring Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for erratic reliever Kyle Farnsworth.  It will be Kyle’s second tour of duty with the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2005.  Presumably, this means Brandon Inge will be seeing a ton of time at catcher for the revamped Tigers.

While the Yankees are thrilled with the job that Jose Molina has done behind the plate this season in the absence of Jorge Posada, Molina is not accustomed to playing every day, thus the need to add another catcher.  

The addition of Rodriguez is another steal for the Yanks, who acquired Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte for toenail clippings a few days ago, and today add a starting catcher in exchange for a guy many would consider addition by subtraction.

Pudge is batting .295 this season with five home runs and 32 RBIs in …

MSG demotes Steve Mills

Knicks Rumors & News

Steve Mills was replaced yesterday by Scott O’Neil as the new president of Madison Square Garden . Mills has held the title of president since he replaced Dave Checketts in 2003. His tenure has been controversial and somewhat embrassing. He was responsible for hiring Isiah Thomas and Anucha Browne Sanders. As president of basketball operations, Thomas increased the New York Knicks payroll to the highest in the league, and as head coach, he led the team to a franchise record 59 losses. Thomas was fired as coach in the spring and was replaced by former suns coach Mike D’Antoni. Donnie Walsh was hired in April to be in charge of player personnel for the Knicks.
Browne Sanders, a former top executive at the Garden, was awarded $11.5 million dollars in punitive damages after suing Thomas and MSG. She accused MSG of firing her in …

Hot Stove New York Trade Deadline Quiz Answers

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Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The Yankees traded Jose Contreras to the White Sox for Esteban Loaiza in 2004.
2. The Mets received Jeff Keppinger along with Kris Benson from Pittsburgh for Ty Wigginton, Jose Bautista and Matt Peterson.
3. In 1976, the Yankees purchased Vida Blue from Oakland, but Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided the sale “in the best interests of baseball”―he wouldn’t allow A’s owner Charlie Finley to sell off all his good players before they left for free agency after the season.
4. The Mets received pitcher Pat Zachry, along with Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn and Dan Norman for Tom Seaver in 1977.
5. On the same day as the Seaver trade, the Mets sent shortstop Mike Phillips to the Cardinals for Joel …

Yankee pitchers on road to recovery

Yankees Rumors & News

Three Yankee pitchers took small, but significant steps on their way back to good health on Tuesday. Phil Hughes (broken rib) and Carl Pavano (reconstructive elbow surgery) made their first rehab starts since their respective injuries, while Chien-Ming Wang had the cast removed from his right foot.

The 22-year-old Hughes allowed two hits and a walk in three shutout innings for Class A Charleston, while Pavano allowed a hit and a walk in two scoreless innings.

Joe Girardi said that Hughes has the best chance of the three recovering pitchers to make an impact for New York this season, though Wang could make a push to be ready in late September and for the playoffs.

A free agent at the end of the season, Pavano would certainly have motivation to return before the year is over, perhaps riding in on his white horse Roger Clemens-style to help boost the Yanks into the postseason and saving a little face after wasting four years and $40 million. But if I’m the …

FantasyGiants Rumors & News

The Tight End position in football is one of the more underrated spots in a fantasy football team. Over the past few years, top tier TE’s have been putting up Wide Receiver type numbers. It may be worth it to draft a top 5 TE over a WR who’s rated in the 20-25 area of his position. It is also important to grab one of the better TE’s because there is a lack of depth at this position. Last year, the number 6 ranked TE had 53 more fantasy points (According to Yahoo! Sports scoring system) than the number 7 ranked TE.

Here are the top 15 TE for the 2008 fantasy season:

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Thoughts while struggling through an afternoon meeting…who thinks late afternoon meetings are a good for anybody?
Why can’t the Jets trade for Favre and then ship him to the Vikings?  I’m sure Packers’ GM Ted  Thompson would ask any team that he makes a deal with to not turn around and trade Favre to Chicago or Minnesota but really, who cares about Ted Thompson’s feelings? 
The only way Kellen Clemens beats out Chad Pennington is due to injury.  Of course, Chad tends to get hurt.
I’m trying to come up with a New York scenario that would get a half of the attention that the Brett Favre situation is getting.  The best I could come up with is if Derek Jeter retired, changed his mind and Joe …

Mets Rumors & News

The results of John Maine’s MRI have come in. And the winner is: a mild strain of his right rotator cuff. The Mets are emphasizing the ‘mild’ part of the diagnosis. But anytime the rotator cuff is mentioned that can’t be good. The Mets have an off day tomorrow and another one on Monday, so if Maine skips a turn in the rotation they don’t need to find another starter. They wouldn’t need Maine to pitch until a week from Saturday against Florida, so they should be very cautious with him and don’t need to rush him back. Maine’s already had a self-diagnosed dead arm and had to come out of a game because of a cramp in his left arm, and now he has a rotator cuff issue. The Mets are just crossing their fingers that his arms just don’t fall off. If the Mets don’t go the Ryan Church route and actually make sure he’s 100% before …

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