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Better 3-4 combo?

So Josh Hamilton has now become an Angel. 5 yrs., $125 MM.

That leads me to now wonder… which is the better 3-4 combo?

Do you go with the Angels and Hamilton/Pujols?

Or the Tigers with Cabrera/Fielder?

WS Gm 2: Tigers bats silenced. Giants go up 2-0.

The Giants hit just 103 HR all year. By contrast, the Yanks hit 245. Only one Giant had 20 HR. By contrast, the Yanks had five. But the Yanks got swept in the ALCS and the Giants are up 2-0 in the WS.

It comes down to clutch hitting, and so far we’ve seen some by the Giants PITCHERS this postseason.

Don’t you get tired of someone cutting for the fences with two strikes on him instead of choking up, shortening his swing, and just trying to make contact? Joe DiMaggio struck out 369 times in his whole CAREER (to go with 361 HR). Curtis Granderson struck out 195 times THIS SEASON (then added 16 more in the postseason when he went 3 for 30).

The Tigers must have watched the Yankees too much while sweeping them in the ALCS for tonight they looked like them. 0 runs on 2 hits while losing 2-0. In the second, Prince Fielder was HBP and Delmon Young doubled. Fielder was sent and was thrown out at home. I could only imagine what might have happened had the huge Fielder barreled into Posey. Part of Posey would have been in the lower deck. The other part in the upper deck.

Hunter Pence scored one run and drove in the other. One run scored on a DP ball, the other on a SF.

Not exactly pretty, but the runs scored. Which was better than what the Yanks did most of the year with RISP.

So SF holds serve, winning both of the first two games in SF. Now it’s time to see if the Tigers hold serve in their ballpark.

In Yankees’ news, CC had surgery on a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He’s expected to be fine for spring training 2013.

HR Derby winner: Prince. Cano shut out.

Prince Fielder won the HR Derby, as Robbie Cano hit none in the first round.

KC fans booed Cano (the defending champ) because he didn’t pick Billy Butler. Big whoop. Although Robbie was shut out (let’s hope he hits them when they COUNT), the guys he picked (Trumbo, Bautista and Prince) did great. In fact the final was Bautista vs. Prince.

Grow up, KC.

Prince a Tiger

Prince Fielder has agreed to a nine-year, $214MM deal with the Tigers. It’ll offset the loss of V-Mart for 2012.

I don’t know if Prince will DH or play 1B. Miggy Cabrera could move back to 3B, but the Tigers lose out defensively there. Of course, Wilson Betemit just went to the Orioles, and Brandon Inge hit only .197 last year. (Update: Prince plays 1B, Cabrera to 3B, DH or RF).

Which reminds me of yet another DH candidate still out there… Magglio. (There are lots of them, aren’t there?). You wonder how low some of them will drop in their salary demands.

More to come.

Oh yeah,…. like father (Cecil) like son. I still remember Cecil hitting balls over the old Tiger Stadium roof.

Francisco Cordero goes to Toronto. He’ll be 37 in May, has 327 career saves, and was 5-3, 2.45, 37 saves for the Reds in 2011.

The Price You Pay…

Cue Bruce.

The Price You Pay.

For Garza, the Cubs supposedly would want Montero and either Banuelos or Betances from the Yanks.

Edwin Jackson’s price is $15-17m for 5 years? No way do I give that for a career 60-60, 4.46 ERA (ERA+ 97) pitcher. The Yanks, supposedly, would rather go for Kuroda for one year, and they think HIS price is too high.

Not only that, remember that with the luxury tax, take the salary and multiply by 1.4 to get the real cost to the Yankees.

It also appears (via Twitter accounts) that Nakajima and the Yanks would have to agree on a one-year deal (by Friday) or no deal.

Prince Fielder and the Nats rumors still strong.

Ryan Clark of the Steelers won’t play Sunday due to sickle problems which in 2007 forced removal of his gall bladder and spleen after a game in Denver.

Bears fire their GM.

Cereal Boy (CoCo Crisp) back to the A’s.

Power outage and who’s left on the market.

As a Yankees fan, I have to wonder about A-Rod in 2012. For one thing, he turns 37 in July of 2012. For another, consider this:

In 2007, his phenomenal MVP year (54 HR, 156 RBI), he played in 158 games.

Since then?

138 in 2008.

124 in 2009, when he missed the first month with the hip surgery. Granted the Yanks won the WS that year, but…

137 in 2010.

99 in 2011.

Hmmmm….. how many games will he play in 2012?

Not only that, but the power dropped in 2011. He did have years of 35, 30 and 30 HR despite the diminished time from 2008-2010 and granted he only played in 99 games in 2011, but his 2011 HR total was just 16.

In his last 41 games played in 2011 (not counting the playoffs), A-Rod had 3 HR. Let me repeat that. Three. Count the playoffs and it’s 46 games with 3 HR. A quarter of the season. .270-3-25. The RBI is OK. 41 games, 25 RBI, almost 100 for 162 games. The average a little below par, but .270 isn’t awful. But the power.

629 career HR, a cleanup hitter just 107 RBI away from 2000 (which only Aaron and Ruth have accomplished). But just 3 HR in his last 170 AB or so.

Yes, he was hurt with that knee. But with him turning 37 next July, you have to wonder if the power is sapped and also how many games he will play in.

Can he give 150 games and 35 HR? Or will it be 108 games and 18 HR?

Will he be the old A-Rod, or an old A-Rod?

Other news: Big Ben out tomorrow for Pittsburgh. Unless a miracle happens, they are locked into the #5 seed for the AFC. Charlie Batch starts. Even at that, the Steelers should beat the Rams. Resting Ben may be for the best. But Pittsburgh’s biggest problem could be this. Even with him healthy, there is no bye. As of now, postseason game #1 would be @ Denver. Ok, probably a low scoring game, but they can beat the Broncos. After that, with the #5 seed, maybe @ New England. They beat the Patriots before this year (at Pittsburgh) but in New England, vs. Brady… tough game. The Pats D isn’t great so even if Pittsburgh wins that one there most likely would be a third straight road game….most likely @ Baltimore, who beat the Steelers twice this season. That Monday night loss to the 49ers really hurts. Had the Steelers won, they’d have the inside position for the #1 seed, home field throughout, and a bye. Instead, consider the road I just laid out…

Remember when I wrote about 10 players taking up $161.25 million of the Yanks’ 2012 payroll? Four were pitchers. Two starters (CC/AJ) and two relievers (Mo/Soriano).

Lastly, a look at the top free agents left. Fielder, of course, tops the list. Then comes Edwin Jackson, Ryan Madson, Hiroki Kuroda, and Roy Oswalt. There are concerns over Oswalt’s back.

Then there is Javy Vazquez, who a) is considering retirement, and b) Yankee fans would NEVER give a third chance to….

Marlins still making waves

So the Marlins are out on Pujols, despite a ten-yr. offer.

Is Pujols really 31? Even if that, ten years is too much. If he’s really 34 or so, then a ten-yr. offer is insane.

But apparently Miami is also out on Fielder. Fielder, younger, may make more sense but it appears the Marlins, after being spurned by Albert, seek more pitching. There are rumors of a six-yr. deal being tossed at Wilson by both Miami AND the Angels.

They did land LHP Mark Buehrle today (I’ll admit, I wanted Buehrle on the Yanks, but apparently the Yanks didn’t want to go more than two years. Buehrle got $58M/4 yr.). This reunites Buehrle with his old mgr., Ozzie Guillen. Buehrle, who has thrown two no-no’s (one a perfecto) was 13-9, 3.59 this past season, ERA+ 117. For his career, he’s 161-119, 3.83, ERA+ 120, 162 g. ave. 15-11, 3.83. Solid. He’ll be 33, and if I were Cashman, I’d have offered him 2 yr., $30mm. Nothing more. Of course, I don’t know what $$$$ Cash has to deal with. Buehrle got 4 yr., $58MM. I don’t think Cashman wants to go into that 2014 CBA . Meaning nothing (outside of present contracts) into 2014.

The Yankees did win a posting fee on a Japanese SS, Hiroyuki Nakajima. Twitter has reports of him being a good bat, but poor glove despite a recent GG in Japan. The Yanks posting fee of $2mm was enough. They are looking at him and Nunez for the utility inf. spot. Nakajima’s last four years in Japan were: .331-21-81, .309-22-92, .314-20-93 and this past year’s .297-16-100 (21 SB). We don’t know if the pop will translate, but it’s nice pop if it does. The Yanks now have 30 days to sign him.

Huston Street was dealt by the Rox to SD. Street was 1-4, 3.86, 29 saves for Colorado in 2011. He is just 28 but has 178 career saves, 30-21, 3.11, ERA+ 143. He was the 2005 ROY with the A’s.

SD meanwhile, DFA’d Jeremy Hermida.

Could Jimmy Rollins be going back to the Phils? It appears so. As does K-Rod to Milwaukee, where he would be one very expensive setup man.

So now Miami is looking to deal Hanley Ramirez because he had a snit fit about being moved from SS to 3B. He is coming off a bad year, and has had a history of showing up his mgr. Great talent, great asshole.
Grow up, Hanley.

For the record, I saw Hanley Ramirez play for AA when he was a Boston farmhand. I saw great talent. Too bad he progressed into a jackass.

Erik Bedard to the Pirates. Bedard was 5-9, 3.62 combined for Sea/Bos. ERA+ 110. Bedard has never given 200 IP in his career, only once has he given 30 starts in a season. Pass.

Guillermo Mota back to SF. He was 2-2, 3.81 for them in 2011, ERA + 94. Career 39-44, 3.91, ERA+ 106. He is 38.

David Ortiz accepts arbitration from Boston. He did hit .309-29-96 in 2011, OPS+ 154, but he is 36.

Rumors are that the Phils would deal prospect Domonic Brown for Gio Gonzalez of the A’s. Gio would make that rotation … ugh.

For Gonzalez, the A’s wanted Montero as a start…

The Angels are about to sign LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins, soon to be 39, was 3-1, 2.42, ERA+ 162 in 2011. For his career, he is 63-85, 4.48, ERA+ 104 w/87 saves.

UPDATE: K/ROD accepts Milw. arb. offer. Meaning he’ll be the most expensive setup guy ever.

Tim McCarver, who had a long playing career (and was 2nd in MVP voting to teammate Orlando Cepeda in 1967), was elected to the HOF as a broadcaster. (The Ford C. Frick Award).

DeWayne Wise, who saved Buehrle’s perfecto with a great catch, is about to sign a minor league deal w/the yanks. .219 B.A., OPS+ 62. Better glove than bat.

 

 

 

ALDS Game 1 Resumption. Nova strong outing, Cano GS, 6 RBI lead Yanks to 9-3 win.

Remember when Gossage wanted to go after Gibson in the 1984 WS and Gibson hit a HR? Kirk Gibson should have remembered that when he left Ian Kennedy pitch to Prince Fielder. Of course the pitcher’s ego will say he can get him out. Gibson should have trusted his own brain and guts over Kennedy’s ego. Fielder hit a 2-run HR. 4-1 Brewers take Game 1.

The Phils, down 3-1 in the sixth, had their bats wake up then and they won Game 1 11-6. After giving up a 2-run HR to the Big Puma, Lance Berkman in the first, and 3 hits in the first two innings, Halladay didn’t give up any hits the rest of the way. He went 8. The Cards got 3 in the 9th.

Now for the resumption. To remind you of what happened last night, Delmon Young homered in the 1st off of CC. 1-0 Tigers. In the bottom half, Jeter struck out but reached on the WP (hustle!). Granderson walked, both runners moved up on Cano’s groundout and Jeter scored on A-Rod’s groundout. CC had a 1-2-3 second. We pick it up in the bottom of the second. Ivan Nova will now be pitching for the Yanks.

One problem with TBS: Whatever they say is “very funny”? Usually isn’t.

A quick start for the Yanks. Posada singles to lead off the resumption, and Martin doubles. Gardner grounds into a FC. Posada trapped off third, poor baserunning. 1st and 2nd, one out.  Yanks get a break on a balk. 2nd and 3rd. Jeter whiffs. So does Granderson. You gotta be kidding me. NOTHING out of it. You HAVE to get at least one there. Posada’s bad baserunning may have cost them a run. He’d have scored on the balk (but that’s the fallacy of the preassumed outcome).

Both teams go down 1-2-3 in the third.

Still 1-1 after four.

GREAT play by Jeter and Martin. With one out, Nova issues a walk and two singles. But on the second single, Granderson to Jeter to Martin nails Avila at the plate. How Martin held on escapes me. Nova gets out of it.

With two out, Granderson singles. Cano hits one off the top of the wall, RBI double. 2-1 Yanks after five. The ball hit the very top of the wall and came back. As Sweeny Murti tweeted, at least it wasn’t a ground rule double. Robbie just missed a HR.

Up 0-2 on Jackson in the sixth, Nova walks him. Jackson is the only SB threat on Detroit. Mistake. Runner goes, Cano covers, ball hit right to the bag. DP. Diving catch by Swish ends the inning.

Leadoff double (going the other way!) by Teix to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Big run here. The Yanks need to get more runs. Swisher stinks yet again in another postseason AB (.162 in postseasons entering this game. .148 as a Yankee, worst of ANY Yankee with 75 or more postseason ABs) Strikeout. Jorge walks. Martin’s groundout moves the runners up.

Gardner with a 2-run single! Huge. 4-1 Yanks and Soriano, Robertson and Rivera are getting ready. Jeter singles. 1st and 3rd. Jeter SB. Granderson walks.

CANO HITS A GRAND SLAM! 8-1 Yanks after six.

CC 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 4 K by the way.

Heading out for a bit. I can breathe (and celebrate a bit?) now.

Back after a couple of celebratory drinks:

Yanks go up 9-1 in the 8th on an RBI double by Cano. 6 RBI. He matches a Yankees postseason record. (Richardson and Matsui WS; Bernie ALDS).

Nova tires in the 9th. He does get the win, and what a great job he did for a rookie. He pitched six scoreless innings before tiring and getting pulled in the 9th.

6 1/3, 2 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 5 K.

Ayala came in. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks or K.

Once it was 9-3, bases loaded, two out, Girardi said “Enough of this.”

The Great One. Mo. Three pitches. Bing, Bang, Boom. K. Game over.

No save for Mo. The postseason ERA goes from 0.7088 to 0.7071. (140 IP, 11 ER. When it’s that low already, it’s harder to lower it more!)

Minors and news on the off-day

Checking Twitter, from various sources:

Apparently the Yanks have no interest in Carlos Beltran. Mets looking for big-time prospect.

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that if the Nats don’t promote J.C. Romero, that he will opt out and sign a AAA deal with the Yankees. The Yanks are looking for a LOOGY, since Feliciano and Marte are on the DL and neither can be counted on. Logan hasn’t done a good job vs. lefties and is the only lefty in the bullpen. Romero,  35, was 0-0, 3.86 in 24 games with the Phillies this year. Righties hit .297 off him, Lefties .208. For his career, he is 33-28, 4.07. Frankly, I’d rather get ex-Yankee Randy Choate back, but he’d cost something. Romero wouldn’t.

CC trying to sell ex-teammate Prince Fielder on NY, per SI’s Jon Heyman. He says it’s an indication CC wants to stay with Yanks, even if he exercises the opt-out. Fielder in Yankee Stadium? Nice dream, but he’d DH and cost a ton to do it. The problem is if Tiex 1B, Fielder DH, (Posada forced out to retirement or another team), what about the aging Jeter (38 next year) or A-Rod (37 next year)? They’ll need more days off and need to DH more. Like I mentioned, nice dream. How long can you keep Alex or Derek in the field? Eventually not only does the offense go down, so does the D.

Joel Sherman reports that the Mets offered a similar deal on K-Rod to the Yanks, but the Yanks refused. First off, for what two players? Secondly, having not one, but TWO discontented closers now setting up (and ones with volatile temperaments in K-Rod and Soriano) would be like setting fire to gasoline. Soriano threw some today.

AAA All-Star Game: IL wins 3-0. One-time Yanks prospect Zach McAllister (now Cleveland) 2 scoreless for the win. SWB’s Adam Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Somehow, I don’t think Jeremy Hermida (599 MLB games, full-time Marlins 2007-2009), Cody Ransom (35 years old, 219 MLB games, A-Rod’s sub when A-Rod had the hip surgery) or Dana Eveland (95 MLB games, 16-22, 5.74) should be allowed to play in a AAA all-star game. There should be a limit on age and # of games played in the majors. I want to see prospects, not washed-outs, if you know what I mean.

AA Eastern League ASG: East (Trenton’s division) lost 8-3. Trenton’s Corban Joseph 2 for 3. Austin Romine 1 for 2, rbi (this after a good Futures Game performance). Banuelos 1 scoreless IP, 3 K. Betances scoreless IP, 1 K.

High A: Tampa won 5-3. Neil Medchill 2-run HR.

Low A: Charleston lost 11-6. Ramon Flores HR, 2 rbi. Kelvin De Leon solo HR.

Staten Island (short season): Mason “Classical Gas” Williams 4 h, .360.

GCL: Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 h. double, rbi.

NL wins ASG 5-1, gets WS advantage.

Prince Fielder’s 3-run HR was the key blow as the NL beat the AL 5-1 and will get the WS advantage in this year’s WS.

Now, I understand that pitching-wise the AL was shorted. Because of injuries and pitchers pitching Sunday (if they start Sunday, no ASG), the AL had no CC, Mo, Verlander, Beckett (warmed up but felt something), Lester, Price and Shields. That hurt. That is just the pitchers. Many others, for both teams, had players who couldn’t play. (A-Rod, Jeter, Pujols, Victorino, Hamels…)

But I wondered what Washington was doing when managing the game. I mean, David Robertson in the 2nd? (1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K). Walden, the Angels closer in the 5th? It seemed like he was pulling names from a hat. His own pitcher, C. J. Wilson, took the loss.

The winning pitcher? One-time Yankee Tyler Clippard, who came in and faced one batter. He gave up a hit but the runner on second was thrown out at the plate. Go figure.

Curtis Granderson and Robbie Cano each went 0 for 2. Russell Martin didn’t play.

I was hoping Juan Rivera might wind up with the Yanks to replace Andruw Jones. Instead, he is traded to the Dodgers, who then DFA Marcus Thames. I’m still down on Jones, but he plays D better than Thames. Now as far as that .195 b.a. …