Friday, July 25th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

While most Yankees fans are clamoring for a left fielder or another starting pitcher as the July 31 trade deadline looms, one overlooked position seems to be that of catcher. It appears Jorge Posada is lost for the season, and it could be that he is no longer able to play as an everyday backstop again.
In the meantime, Jose Molina has filled in as the regular catcher, with very mediocre results. While he is a decent defensive player, his .220 batting average, .260 on-base percentage and .300 slugging percentage are laughable.
You’ll take that out of a back-up catcher one game per week, maybe. Jose’s brother, Bengie Molina, on the other hand is a whole different story. Sure, the Giants catcher may be the slowest baseball player since Cecil Fielder, but beyond that, it’s hard to find something he doesn’t do well.
This guy …

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
Nets Rumors & News

According to the New York Post and ESPN.com, the Nets are trading point guard Marcus Williams to the Golden State Warriors for a future first-round draft pick. The pick is lottery-protected for 2011, so the Nets get it if the Warriors reach the playoffs. It is also protected in 2012 and 2013. If the pick is not used by 2013, the Nets get second-round picks in 2013 and 2015.
This was a nice pick-up for the Dubs, who desperately needed to add depth at the point. And this move should be a good thing for Williams, too, as he seemed to need a change of scenery after a couple of injury-riddled seasons to start his NBA career.
The writing was on the wall for Marcus when the Nets picked up Keyon Dooling in a sign-and-trade on Monday. While Dooling, 28, is a solid pro, he is a streaky scorer who seems destined to be a career back-up. Williams, …

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
Knicks Rumors & News

The Knicks’ acquisition of guard Anthony Roberson, coupled with the free-agent signing of point guard Chris Duhon, supposedly signals the end of the Stephon Marbury era in New York.
That would likely please most Knick fans, and from the sounds of it, new coach Mike D’Antoni as well.
 But I’m here to tell you the Coney Island product should remain in blue-and-orange for the time being.
It’s unlikely any team will trade for Mr. Starbury, considering his divisive personality and the nearly $22 million remaining on the final year of his contract. If someone was interested, it’s not likely to be a deal that would benefit the Knicks in the long term, especially since everyone west of the Atlantic knows they’re trying to unload him.
Not that it’s my money, but it really bothers me when teams buy out ridiculous contracts to …

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

Bobby Abreu’s 10th-inning double sent the Yankees to a 2-1 win over the first-place Rays on Wednesday to cap a two-game series sweep.
It’s hard to call a game before the All-Star break a must-win, but at this time of year this is as close as it gets.
It’s critical for the Yanks to stay within striking distance of the upstart Rays, who would be well served to build as big a lead as possible in the East, running away and hiding from the more experienced teams that are chasing them.
Teams made up of young players, and young pitchers in particular, often hit a wall come the Dog Days of August and into September. Only time will tell if that happens to the Rays, but it won’t matter for the Yankees if they’re staring at a double-digit deficit.
That’s why the Bronx Bombers couldn’t have picked a …

Monday, July 7th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

This was originally going to be a post ripping Yankee fan about voting Derek Jeter into the All-Star game, despite the fact that the Midsummer Classic is being held in The Bronx.
I mean, a guy who’s batting .282 with four homers shouldn’t be starting in the All-Star Game, right? Not in the American League. And certainly not at shortstop, a position that has transformed into one with many outstanding offensive performers in recent years.
Of course, that was until I looked at the rest of the field. Not a single starting shortstop in the AL boasts a .300 average. Michael Young’s .292 clip is the only one better than Jeter’s. (Young, having one of his weakest offensive seasons, made the AL squad as a reserve.)
And only one shortstop has posted double digit home runs to this point. That would be 12 dingers courtesy …

Friday, July 4th, 2008
Knicks Rumors & NewsNets Rumors & News

Forget the fact that LeBron James said he always plays well at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of basketball arenas. And ignore the remark about Brooklyn being his favorite borough. You can even throw out LeBron’s friendship with Jay-Z, part-owner of the Nets.
Yes, LeBron would love to play in a big market come 2010 – he is expected to opt out of his $17 million player option for the 2010-11 season – but his decision is going to come down to two things. The first will be which team can give him a max contract. The second, and most important item, is which team will give him the best chance of winning multiple NBA championships. Yeah, Bron-Bron loves the spotlight, but he’s also driven to win, as was evident in the Cavs’ last two playoff runs.
Both the Knicks and soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets are working to create the cap …

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