12:50 p.m Goose will go into the HOF as a Yankee. I saw a lot of people were doing searches on what cap he would have on. There was a nice touch at the press conference as 1978 teammate and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson welcomed his ex-teammate into the Hall. The only other surviving member going in this year, Dick Williams, will be going in with an A’s cap—the team he led to World Series titles in 1972 and 1973.
It looks like “Everyday Eddie” Guardado could be going to Texas. After elbow surgery in September of 2006, Eddie probably needs a new nickname. He pitched in 15 games for the Reds last year and had no decisions or saves to go with a 7.24 ERA. At 37, he is a risk. You don’t know how his comeback will turn out. He is 41-55, 4.32 (ERA+ 108) with 183 saves for his career. Hey, if you are lefty and can still lift your arm, some team will sign you.
From Dave Pinto’s Baseball Musings: Miguel Cairo has signed with the Mariners. Miggy hit .253-0-15 with 10 steals (OPS + 66) for the Yanks and Cards last year. For his career, he is at .267 with an OPS + of 75. As we know, he has no power—only 27 HR. He does have an excellent SB success ratio of 78%. It’s been the norm to blast Miggy in the past few years, and I don’t know why. Miggy isn’t an all-star, but if he was, he wouldn’t be a role player off the bench, would he? He is who he is…a role player off the bench who can play different positions. He does the little things. You hope he hits .260 or so. He’ll steal a base, and lay down a bunt. His defense will be decent and not kill you. For the people who have criticized Cairo, may I point out who was on the bench in recent Yankee championships? Check the bench of the great 1961 Yankees team. Now throw out Johnny Blanchard. Hector Lopez hit .222. Billy Gardner hit .212 in 99 at bats. Joe DeMaestri was 6 for 41. Andy Fox hit .196 for the 1996 Yankees. From 1999 to 2001, Clay Bellinger hit .200, .207 and .160. Fred Stanley hit .219 for the 1978 Yankees. I think the critics should get off of Miggy’s back.
Ex-Red Sox owner Buddy LeRoux has died at 77.
Some blogs are reporting a Brian Roberts to the Cubs deal. Pinto’s blog has a reference to Andy MacPhail saying it’s not a correct rumor.
Pete Abraham’s blog lists the Yanks top 10 prospects as listed by Baseball America. You can go there for the whole list. Here are some observations.
#2 is 21 year old Austin Jackson, who hit .304-13-59 with 33 steals, mostly at A ball. A bit of a surprise in that he passed # 3 Jose Tabata, who hit .307-5-54 with 15 steals at A ball. The 19-year-old Tabata had surgery on the hamate bone in his hand, and that limited him to only 103 games. If you are wondering, Joba is # 1 and Ian Kennedy # 4. Hughes pitched too many major league innings to qualify for the list.
# 6 is Jesus Montero, who is only 18. Montero got 107 at bats in the Gulf Coast Rookie League last year, and went .280-3-19.
Check those ages. Then consider that Kennedy is 23, Joba 22 and Hughes just 21. Yankee fans hope the future is quite bright. Keep in mind, though, that Eric Duncan was atop the list a few years ago and now he isn’t in the Top 10 and I don’t think he’ll ever make it. In fact, Eric Duncan was left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft, and no team picked him up.
Finally, Hank Steinbrenner opens his mouth again. Hal is quiet and never heard from. As for Hank, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Now he states that while the Santana deal is still on, that the extension wouldn’t be for more than five years if the Yanks do get Santana. Hank, zip it.