Archive for November 23rd, 2008


Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Giants vs. Cardinals

Giants Rumors & News

Maybe Eli Manning should play every game in Arizona. The Giants returned to the scene of their Super Bowl victory last season, and the Giants QB, with a big boost from Domenik Hixon, led Big Blue to a 37-29 romp over the Chicago/St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals. It was another test for the best team in football, and they passed with ease.

The Good

With no Brandon Jacobs available, the Jints took to the air to beat Arizona. All the talk before the game centered around Kurt Warner and his arsenal of receivers, but it was Manning who was the better quarterback on the field again. He was an efficient 26 for 33 (240 yards), and threw three touchdown passes. And he didn’t make any mistakes. No interceptions, no fumbles. Warner threw for a TD, but also had a pick and fumbled once. The Giants only gained 87 yards rushing, but they ran 33 passing plays to 27 on the ground. They beat Baltimore by running last week, and they beat Arizona by …

Swisher’s Underlying Value

Yankees Rumors & News

He is not Mark Teixeira, but the New York Yankees recent trade for Nick Swisher from the Chicago White Sox is a very good trade that the Yankees quietly pulled off.

Not only will the deal allow the Yankees to fill a void at 1B or a possible need in CF, but it also allows the Yankees to allocate the majority of their available money to pitching which is their biggest need.

Additionally, the trade allows the Yankees to bring in three players as opposed to only two if the Yankees were able to sign Teixeira.  Having Swisher, C.C. Sabathia and either A.J. Burnett or Derek Lowe is more valuable than just Teixeira and Sabathia.

This trade also allows the Yankees to not only gain three impact players possibly but also to save money long term due to the current details of Swisher’s contract.  Swisher will be paid $5.3 million in 2009, $6.75 million in 2010 and $9 million in 2011 with a club option for 2012.

Despite Swisher’s manageable …

K-Rod and Mets Has To Happen

Mets Rumors & News

Despite all of the recent balks by both the New York Mets’ front office and Francisco Rodriguez’s agent Paul Kinzer, when it is all said and done, K-Rod will be a New York Met.

K-Rod’s team is currently looking for a five year contract at $15 million plus per season. And the Mets are said to be offering just a three year deal.

You can understand the Mets front office being a little hesitant in committing a large sum of money and contract years to a closer after Billy Wagner broke down just last season. However, Wagner was 37 when he suffered a possibly career ending injury. K-Rod is only 26 now and will be just 27 at the beginning of the 2009 season.

Rodriguez has averaged 74 innings a year for the last 6 seasons and does have one of the most violent windups in baseball. But his numbers and consistency have been simply staggering as he has not even reached his …

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