Maybin a Good Move

The Florida Marlins and San Diego Padres have worked out a deal involving Cameron Maybin, Ryan Webb, and Edward Mujica.  This trade send over Maybin, who is in my opinion, a fourth outfielder anywhere he goes, IF THAT.  and two relievers that the Marlins think will help him in 2011.

I am unable to see any value in Maybin.  The only good he did for any club was when the tigers sent him away in the Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis deal.  Although Willis probably would have been better served staying in the National League, the tigers got the right end of the stick there. 

As for Webb and Mujica,  I see where the Padres are coming from here.  They don’t lose the last three innings of the game for them and they get a “centerfielder.”  The Padres’ pitching coach said of Webb that he could become a future closer….That’s great.  With Heath Bell to look up to in San Diego and now Leo Nunez to look up to in Florida, I must say I don’t think that will become a reality anytime soon.

Spekaing of Heath Bell, the ex-Met turned good.  (GOOD GOD! ISN’T THAT THE CASE ALWAYS)  That back end of the Padres ‘pen is the best in baseball.  Individually, Bell, Adams, and Gergerson are not the best 7th, 8th, and 9th inning guys.  But when you put them together, they sure make one helluva wall to climb for teams looking up at the Friars late in ballgames.

If some of you peope are wondering why I say that is because that I think that the best 7th inning guy(he can be 8th inning too) in baseball is Pedro Fleiciano.  I think the best closer is Billy Wagner.  Hmmmmm EX-MET TURNED GOOD!  Are we seeing a trend here?  I sure do think so. 

Then there are cases of the Mets giving up talent, then getting it back when the talent isn’t gonna be hitting in Shea Stadium anymore.  Those walls are far out of the reach of Jason Bay’s bat.  He homered in 4 games last season.  that was IT!  Two games with two homers and two games with a bomb a pop.  WE HAD HIM!!!!!  traded him and then he went on to a career worth a big contract in Fenway Park with his buddy the Green Monster.

I understand that Jason Bay did have a season shortened by concussions, but let me tell you that when I drafted him in the 7th round of my fantasy draft and THAT was the season he gave me, I nearly threw my computer in the trash.  However, I do hope to see Bay make a name for his 120-something million dollar contract in 2011.

Johnny Be Gone !

As of two days ago Johnny Damon’s days as a member of the New York Yankees are over with the signing of veteran outfielder Randy Winn. Winn who will probably give the Yankees the amount of production that a 2 Million dollar 1-year deal gets you… NOTHING!!! He will hopefully hit a little better but that still isn’t saying much considering his numbers last year with a Batting average of .262  and 51 RBI’s. Winn whose primary place is out in Right field will be competing with Brett Gardner for the 3rd spot in the outfield. Also the Yankees got another speed demon in prospect Greg Golsen who will likely start the season with the team as a backup outfielder or pinch runner. But the main point of these roster moves is that Johnny Damon is no longer a Yankee.Which is a great thing but also poses its problems. We’ll Start with good news…  The Yankees get younger, Faster and more versatile in the outfield. The Bad news is that Johnny Damon as much as I disliked him still was an extremely valuable piece to the 2009 World Series Championship. Damon who obviously doesn’t like the way that this move has been played out at all says that he expects to be traded to or be signed by the Bronx Bombers in the future. This move puts a projected lineup together for opening day and heres how I think the Bombers will come to plate with in a few months when they square off with THE NATION!!! who have also made some moves this offseason with signing Yankee Killa and allstar John Lackey and bringing in Corner infielder Adrian Beltre from Seattle. Anyway heres the Bombers projected Starting lineup on opening day.

  1. SS.Derek Jeter
  2. CF Curtis Granderson
  3. 1B Mark Texeria
  4. 3B Alex Rodriquez
  5. DH Nick Johnson
  6. 2B Robinson Cano
  7. C Jorge Posada
  8. RF Nick Swisher
  9. LF Randy Winn

And obviously CC Sabathia will be on the hill. I like the Yankees chances up in Boston with them taking 2 out of 3 winning games 1 and 3 over the SAWX 

. Overall I would have to say that this was a very productive offseason for the Yankees because they really didn’t spend much cash but have gained several key players that will be vital to their chances of defending their title. I like their chances in the division and basically the entire league with many AL teams lacking. So from my PC to yours … Peace in the East I’m Audi 3000

He Outta Here!!!


Vazquez Comes Home for The Holidays

Javy's a Yankee (again)

 Another week means another move by the defending champion New York Yankees. With this move a fan favorite , Melky  Cabrera has been sent to Atlanta along with minor league prospects : Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino. What the Yankees got in return was a former Yankee in Javier Vazquez and a young Hard Throwing reliever Boone Logan. Vazquez who I kinda dissed in my last post about Nick Johnson about being a “Terrible player” actually isn’t that bad. I did some research and found out he was actually named to the All-Star team during his short stint in pinstripes. But towards the end he lagged behind and wasn’t used consistently by then Manager Joe Torre. Last year with the Braves Javy racked up 219 innings and had 238 K’s. he also had an impressive 2.87 earned run average and got 15 Wins. This trade answers some questions like… Will Hughes or Joba be in the pen? And what will the Rotation look like in 2010? But it also opens up Questions such as .. Will Holliday, Bay or will they wait for 2010 free agents like Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth be playing left? Will we resign Damon? or.. Is this the last move of the Offseason? I really do like this move because to be honest with you Melky just couldn’t hit!! He was clutch in April and was a pretty good defense Center fielder. But let’s be honest here he was bound to be trade bait at some point it is very similar to Juan Rivera or a better example Austin Jackson. He was not a permanent New York Yankees Outfielder it just wasn’t meant to be! The projected rotation would be this the 5th spot is still debatable  

Yankees Rotation  

  1. C.C Sabathia
  2. A.J. Burnett
  3. Andy Pettite
  4. Javy Vazquez
  5. Chad Gaudin,Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain

I have Aceves and Gaudin in there because they were both brought up for the hybrid position of “Spot Starter” to give a stud like CC or AJ a rest. But I like Joba their because you could definitely see a different overall pitcher from 2008 to 2009. Plus I really like Phil “Philthy” Hughes in the pen right now as a setup man to Mariano and in the future as maybe THE CLOSER of the greatest franchise in sports history. If you look at his velocity, swagger and overall command have taken a major turn for the BEST. The other plus that the Yanks have received is lefty reliever Boone Logan. Logan will likely be a replacement for LHP Phil Coke. Logan had a 1.74 ERA and recorded 7 strikeouts in 10.1 innings pitched to Lefties last season.However his number do drop dramatically when facing batters in the opposite box. With a dreadful 10.29 ERA and 3 strikeouts vs Righties he will definitely work with Damaso Marte on shutting down sluggers like David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero and former Yankee Hideki Matsui. Yeah I would say that the Bullpen again will be won of the Yankees biggest strength’s.  With a set bridge to Mo and some gun slingers like Hughes, Aceves, Marte , Robertson and now Logan things are looking bright.  Overall I would put this trade ahead of the Nick Johnson signing but not quiet over the Granderson move by impact but it is up there for both now and the future of the New York Yankees. On a scale of 1-10 this deal is about a 8.5. I leave you with that rating. Happy holidays and good luck in 2010. Me and Mikey may have a year/decade in review so look for it in the next 4-5 days. I’m OUTTA HERE!!!

Jolly Old St. Nick

Remember when I wrote about Curtis Granderson coming to the Bombers?…. Well at the End of that post I said that the Yanks weren’t done yet and did I call it or what ! The latest addition to the Yankees Universe is  former Bomber 1B/DH Nick Johnson.  Johnson played in 133 total games last year splitting time with both the Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals  where he batted .291 had 8 Long Balls and an impressive .429 on base percentage. He was traded in December of 2003 for the Horrific nightmare “Javier Vazquez” who was part of that terrible group of busts that the Bombers took chances on such as Jose Contreas, Carl Pavano , Rondell White, Raul Mondesi and Randy Johnson. Now Johnson has gone full circle since coming up in 2001 he has played for 3 different organizations (4 teams in total :Yanks, Expos, Nationals and Marlins) and is back with the team that drafted him in the 3rd round of the 96 Draft. Johnson who is 31 years old will be the replacement for L.A. bound Hideki Matsui at the Designated Hitter spot. This is a perfect match considering that he has been battling with injuries for most of his career but now for the 1st time in 5 years he has the opportunity to only hit bombs especially a Lefty with some pop in the “Hitter friendly” confines of Yankee Stadium.  What Johnson also brings to the table is a legitimate back up for Teixeira at First base instead of the mediocre job that Nick Swisher would have done fielding balls out of the dirt.

Nick Johnson

This signing not only decided the fate of Nick Johnson but also the fate of Johnny Damon returning for another year in pinstripes. Johnny Damon who’s outfield skills have been just awful in left was in the delusional state of mind that he could make up to $ 13 Million A YEAR!!! That is basically a joke and he definitely played his cards wrong by using Scotty Boras’ “Book of Knowledge” to try and get the best deal possible. To be honest with you all Damon was easily my least favorite Yankee just because of how he was so hyped up and he could never get it done until this year which was not only a contract year for him and Boras but he also got the pleasure of hitting into the Jet stream of the short right field porch which is 314 Feet away from the Batters Box 81 out of his 162  games in 2009.  Overall I like this move because Johnson is basically stepping into a Jason Giambi type of role as a lefty power hitter whose job is to “HIT EM’ HIGH” only he won’t be playing the field as much which will likely help his numbers drastically. I am predicting that Nick Johnson bats over .300 this year and has at least 25 Home Runs in what will be his new favorite park. Overall I like what the Yanks are getting for a 5.5 Million dollar 1 year deal with a Mutual option that they would be stupid not to pick up. So long from my PC to Your ‘ s ADIOS and FELIZ NAVIDAD 🙂