THE YANKEES NEED A STARTING CATCHER: TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ED

The Yankees Need a New Starting Catcher

Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees plays against the Boston Red Sox during the game on September 11, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Russell Martin.

There’s some actual Yankee news today that doesn’t involve the New York Post calling Derek Jeter fat on its back-page: Russell Martin, the team’s starting catcher for the past two years, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Pirates worth $17 million. (In other news, the Mariano Rivera has agreed to a one-year deal, but that’s been expected ever since he announced he was returning for 2013.) As for Martin, the Yankees did have interest in bringing him back, but they couldn’t meet his demands.

You know how you know the new baseball CBA is working? This sentence from the Times:

Martin said the Yankees told him they did not have the money to meet his contract demands, underscoring their desire not to give free-agent deals this winter that extend beyond 2013.

Now, a couple things to keep in mind: Even without an obvious candidate to replace Martin (either to target from outside the organization or the promote from within), Martin wasn’t worth keeping at any cost. He did hit for a little power last season but posted an on-base percentage of just .311 and a below-average OPS+ of 92. Catchers are about more than offense, of course — Brian Cashman called himself “a big Russell Martin fan” yesterday — but as they look to lower payroll by 2014, that’s the type of player the Yankees are going to let walk these days.

We’d actually suggest you read all of these quotes from Cashman about the Yankees priorities this off-season, but it boils down to this:

The market for Russell was aggressive, as it should have been, and our focus has been on our pitching and after that I have a lot of different holes to fill and we need to be careful how we allocate our remaining funds to make sure we can fill all the holes.

Again, that’s the GM of the New York Yankees talking about allocating the team’s remaining funds. The Yankees can still have a very high payroll, but until they’re below the $189 million threshold, they have be mindful of how they spend their money. Cashman would also add that finding a right fielder is a bigger priority right now than finding a catcher. In other words: It looks right now like they’re going to try and fill the catching spot on the cheap. They’re reportedly not expected to go hard after free agents Mike Napoli or A.J. Pierzynski. They could explore the trade market or see if someone like Geovany Soto is non-tendered by his current team. Or they could turn to an in-house candidate.

Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart are backup-types, and Austin Romine — who had a cup of coffee in the majors in 2011 — is coming off an injury and currently expected to start the season in triple-A. (Cashman describes him as “on the outside looking in,” and said the plan right now is for him to spend the entire 2013 season at triple-A, though that could change.) The Yankees also recently designated Eli Whiteside for assignment to clear room on their 40-man roster for Andy Pettitte.

Once upon a time, the Yankees’ system was loaded with promising young catchers. But Jesus Montero (who was really more of a DH) was traded to Seattle (where, incidentally, he was pretty underwhelming last year), while Romine was set back by his injury. Meanwhile, highly touted prospect Gary Sanchez is still just 19. The easiest way to cut payroll while maintaining a quality roster is to develop talented players from within the organization, and it’s at least possible that Romine could make an impact sooner than later. Because otherwise, as the Yankees are about to find out, finding a quality catcher on the cheap isn’t easy.

I’m not worried!  The Yankees have the brilliant mind of Brian Cashman.  EDB

A SAD STORY ABOUT STUDENT-ATLETES

4 Hofstra University Basketball Players Charged With Burglary

 Four Hofstra University men’s basketball players, including two starters, have been arrested on burglary charges, Nassau County police said.

The players are accused of breaking into six unlocked dorm rooms at the Uniondale campus on Hempstead Turnpike between Oct. 4 and Nov. 5, police said.

The suspects made off with money, a Sony laptop, headphones, three MacBook Pros, an Apple iPod, two Apple iPads and an Apple iTouch, police said.

The suspects have been identified by police as Shaquille Stokes, 20, of Manhattan; Kentrell Washington, 18, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Jimmy Hall Jr., 18, of Brooklyn, and Dallas Anglin, 18, of Montclair, N.J.

Hall, a freshman, is the team’s No. 2 scorer. He and Stokes, a sophomore, started in six of the team’s seven games this season. Washington and Anglin, both freshmen, have seen regular playing time off the bench.

Stokes is charged with five counts of second-degree burglary, while Hall is charged with four counts, Washington with two counts and Anglin with one count, police said.

Anglin is also charged with one count of tampering with evidence.

They were arraigned on Friday and held on bail.

The players have been suspended from the school and the team, the university said.

“Due to the nature of the charges, the four students have been immediately suspended from the university, including the basketball team and classes pending the outcome of the case,” said Melissa Connolly, vice president of university relation, in a statement.

Hofstra’s Department of Public Safety fully cooperated with the police throughout the investigation.

The team, which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association, is 3-4 this season. It is scheduled to play Southern Methodist University in a home game on Saturday.

Last month, Hofstra suspended players Taran Buie and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, for violating team rules. The suspensions were for two preseason events and two regular-season games. Hofstra cited student privacy laws in providing no further information in that case.

EDB

Yankees Trade Scenarios: 7 Curtis Granderson Deals That Could Work out for NY

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The talent pool for a free-agent center fielder is pretty deep this winter.

There’s the biggest prize in Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, who is looking for a mega-deal right now.

Then there is also B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn, Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino, who might not be on the superstar level of Hamilton, but are very good players.

While teams are going to feel a little bummed out if they miss on one of these quality players in free agency, there is a fallback option.

Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees.

Granderson is only signed for 2013 with a $15 million deal that was actually an option the Yankees picked up last month.

Buster Olney of ESPN speculated almost two weeks ago about if and potentially when the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman might start getting phone calls regarding Granderson’s availability.

Considering the high prices on the FA center fielders, you wonder if teams will start calling NYY on Granderson, who has one-yr., $15m deal.


Atlanta Braves

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The Braves likely won’t have Michael Bourn back for 2013, as he is in the free-agent class of center fielders that I mentioned earlier.

However, they are one of the few teams in hot pursuit of B.J. Upton.

If Atlanta does miss out on landing Upton, they could be a prime candidate to land Granderson from the Yankees.

They always have decent prospects in their farm system, as we have seen guys like Jason Heyward and Tommy Hanson thrive in the majors.

If the Yankees want to look for prospects from Atlanta, they could look at Julio Teheran, Sean Gilmartin or J.R. Graham if they want to get pitching prospects for the future.

But like I said before, Atlanta’s interest in Granderson would only come if Upton goes elsewhere.  The Braves now have B.J. Upton,  forget it.

Texas Rangers

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I’m not exactly too keen on the idea of making a playoff contender in the American League better.

However, the Texas Rangers could potentially lose two of their top hitters in their lineup this winter, Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli.

The Rangers do have Leonys Martin, who they could turn to, but Martin only hit .174 with the team in limited action in 2012.

If Texas does lose out on Hamilton, I could see them having some interest in Granderson. who could fit into a lineup with sluggers like Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz.

As far as players the Yankees could look into, I’m almost certain that shortstop Jurickson Profar is off-limits to all teams.

If the Yankees really wanted to make this interesting, they could see if they could include third basemen Mike Olt in the deal, although I’m not sure how keen Jon Daniels would be on dealing his No. 2 prospect.

Or, they could look to No. 3 prospect, left-hander Martin Perez, who could be in the majors again in 2013.

Philadelphia Phillies

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There was no team who had a more disappointing season in 2012 than the Phillies.

Everyone had the Phillies pegged for a sixth straight N.L. East title, but between injuries and disappointing play, the Phillies ended up having to be sellers in the summer.

They traded away two-thirds of their starting outfield in Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the Giants.

The Phillies already have an older lineup with Ryan Howard (33), Chase Utley (34) and Jimmy Rollins (34).

Even their two aces Roy Halladay (35) and Cliff Lee (34) are getting up in age too.

Granderson will be 32 once the season starts, so he would be a younger player given what their lineup is filled with right now.

But in all honesty, the Phillies do need to get younger. Much, much younger.

However, given that their outfield was gutted in the summer, they could use someone like Granderson to put in their lineup.

The top three prospects in the Phillies system are all pitchers—Jesse Biddle, Trevor May and Brody Colvin—who could all pique the Yankees’ interest in a deal.

Washington Nationals

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The Nationals already have three starting outfielders in Michael Morse, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.

Yet they are the one team I keep hearing about as having interest in free agent Michael Bourn.

In fact, in some of the free-agent prediction stories that were done, some felt the Nationals would be the front-runners to land Bourn, even though they have a starting outfield already.

Which means to me that they could try to move Morse because they are building their future around Harper, and there’s not too many teams that would be willing to take Werth and his contract off their hands.

If in fact they’re looking to make an addition to the outfield, Granderson could certainly intrigue Mike Rizzo’s interest if he loses out on Bourn.

The Nationals have two of their top prospects whom the Yankees could be interested in—third basemen Anthony Rendon and right-hander Alex Meyer.

Trading Granderson to the Nationals is a long shot, but I wouldn’t completely count it out of the equation.

San Francisco Giants

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In today’s game, the San Francisco Giants may be the closest thing to being a dynasty given that they’ve won two out of the past three World Series.

The defending champions have one of the top free agents on the market in Angel Pagan, who really turned out to be a solid acquisition when they got him from the New York Mets last winter.

I know Giants GM Brian Sabean has Pagan and Marco Scutaro as his top priorities this winter, and I really think Pagan wants to come back to San Francisco.

However, if for some reason Sabean lets Pagan slip, he could look to the Yankees and Brian Cashman for help in center field.

The Giants have Gregor Blanco in left and Hunter Pence in right, but nobody in center right now with Pagan on the market.

Three of the top four prospects in the Giants’ system are all starting pitchers—Kyle Crick, Chris Stratton and Clayton Blackburn—and all three are about two years away from being major league-ready.

The Giants’ prime focus of their team is the pitching staff; Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner all came from the Giants farm system.

They’ve tried over the years to build an offense, and adding Granderson in center field would definitely be adding a major offensive weapon to Bruce Bochy’s lineup.

Seattle Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners have been a frequent trading partner of the New York Yankees in recent time.

This past January, they made the deal to send Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda.

And in July, the Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki for two minor league pitchers.

The Mariners have one of the worst-ranked offenses in the American League, and they could certainly use all the help they can get.

They’ve been rumored to have interest in Mike Napoli as well as Yankees catcher Russell Martin, both current free agents.

If the Mariners are looking to add some pop into their lineup, Granderson would definitely be an upgrade to what they have now.

The Mariners’ top two prospects in their system right now are starting pitchers Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen.

We know Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is not going to trade Felix Hernandez anytime soon, but I wonder what his stance is on trading some of his top prospects.

Final Verdict

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If you ask me right now, I don’t think the Yankees will trade Curtis Granderson.

Why? Unless Brian Cashman gets an overwhelming offer, he has no major reason to deal away his starting center fielder.

The only way I see the Yankees trading away Granderson is if they get a suitable replacement for him.

They could put Brett Gardner back in center, but why mess with their left field situation, especially considering how good Gardner is out in the field.

The one move I could see them making is for Shane Victorino, who is part of the free-agent class.

The Yankees could try and see if he wants to play right field, or the Yankees could use him as their center fielder and then trade Granderson.

But I am considering that a long shot given that the Yankees are one of the reported seven teams interested in his services.

In the end, I think Granderson stays in the Bronx for at least one more season.

The Nationals have Denard Span, so forget it.

Most of all, if the Yankees trade Granderson, where is their power?  The Yankees will lose home runs from both Russell Martin and Nick Swisher.  As much as  I poke fun, the Yankees need to replace the power, at least some of it.  I realize that we have all screamed about the Yankees lack of small ball skills.  The little things need to be balanced with some power.  Cashman has his work cut out for him and you all know how much I trust him.  EDB

JETS: MORE JETS JETS JETS NONSENSE

November 29, 2012 6:53 PM

Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo says left guard platoon came “from high above me”

 

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BY Seth Walder

In a week when the Jets are praying for a win and Bart Scott ripped his own team’s fans, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo kept the chaos coming. A feisty DeGuglielmo told reporters Thursday that the rotation at left guard between Matt Slauson and Vlad Ducasse was “a directive from high above me.”

Though he never specifically stated his opposition, that directive did not seem to agree with DeGuglielmo. The offensive line coach said of Ducasse, “He’s playing well enough to be an every third series guy. Maybe.”

Rex Ryan said the platoon was his decision.

The rotation was the most substantive part of a bizarre press conference with DeGuglielmo, who was speaking to reporters for the first time since training camp. The offensive line coach walked in hostile, cutting off a reporter’s question to make a statement regarding a complaint he had received from the league about his lack of access to the media. As an assistant coach DeGuglielmo was required to speak during the Jets’ bye week, but did not and has not since then.

“I made a commitment to speak to you people on the bye week, O.K.? I was sitting here Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” said DeGuglielmo. “If anybody needed to speak with me, I was here. It’s not my job to find you.”

The Jets’ facility was closed during the bye week, which also happened to be the week of Hurricane Sandy.

As far as the play of the offensive line, DeGuglielmo said that he hasn’t heard complaints from his superiors.

“I get comments from my boss, his boss and even his boss,” he said. “And the owner. And they don’t seem to be dissatisfied.”

DeGuglielmo inexplicably also took veiled shots at the running backs.

EDB

NBA: POPOVICH PUTS HIS TEAM FIRST…TOO BAD ABOUT STERN

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Spurs Coach Puts His Team First, Much to Commissioner’s Chagrin

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Coach Gregg Popovich rested his three star players Thursday night against the Miami Heat.

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Published: November 30, 2012

It was more than a showdown of burdensome scheduling that brought San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich face-to-face with David Stern at high noon in the N.B.A. commissioner’s corral. It was a longtime clash of priorities and values, the league’s mandate for star-studded matchups versus the Alamo City team that N.B.A. Showtime forgot.

Stern will insist that Popovich disrespected the integrity of the game when he sent home his best players to rest while fielding a short-handed squad that still narrowly lost to the Heat, 105-100, in Miami on Thursday night.

Popovich will maintain, as he did after the game, that “my priority is my basketball team and what’s best for it.” Playing a fourth game in five nights, Popovich did what he has done before: sent home his three veteran stars — Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker — and adding Danny Green, a starting guard, for good measure.

With swingmen Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson injured, the Spurs were left with nine players to dress for a nationally televised game on TNT and Stern in a furious, disciplinary mood.

“I apologize to all N.B.A. fans,” he said in a hasty statement released just before tipoff. “This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming.”

But despite Popovich’s claim that this was a basketball operational plan that he had hatched before the season after surveying the schedule, it could also be seen as a challenge to Stern that was more than a decade in the making. Though he has rested his big three before — most recently at Utah last spring, even as he battled Oklahoma City for the top playoff seeding in the Western Conference — Popovich is too smart not to have anticipated Stern’s reaction this time.

As well as anyone, Popovich knows that no assets are more precious to Stern than his negotiated television deals, which he views as the N.B.A.’s lifeblood. Back in the 1990s, Stern and the Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf wound up in litigious row over Reinsdorf’s refusal to remove his team’s games from free national cable television in what Stern saw as unhealthy competition with the league’s network deals.

TNT has an exclusive window on Thursday nights with the N.B.A., which schedules that night lightly and typically tries to provide the network with an attractive game. In this case, it was Miami-San Antonio in a classic matchup of contrasting teams.

The defending champion Heat were constructed in one sensational free-agent swoop that added LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Dwyane Wade. The Spurs have been built and rebuilt through the draft without wild spending binges.

Since the low-key and no-drama Duncan arrived in San Antonio in 1997 to team with the acerbic and independent-thinking Popovich, the Spurs have not only won four championships and had the best winning percentage among all teams in the four major North American team sports; they have also been a model franchise, operating without conflict or controversy.

“No character issues, professionalism, preparation — everything people always say they want, it’s all happening right here,” Brent Barry, now a broadcaster, said in 2007 when he played for the Spurs and they last won the N.B.A. title.

But while deeply respected for the way they conduct their business, the Spurs have never generated much national acclaim or substantial television ratings, and have developed some resentment over a perception of them not being sexy enough to be one of the league’s poster teams.

“I think maybe there’s a little smirk on the coach’s face and on the organization’s face that it’s not exciting to people outside of San Antonio,” Barry said in 2007.

With Duncan’s continued support, Popovich’s tenets have argued — against league trends — that the 21st century N.B.A. can still be all about the team, without catering to egos and outside distractions. Players signing with San Antonio must agree to adhere to that environment and, in return, Popovich will reward those who assimilate.

Guard Gary Neal, who led the Spurs with 20 points off the bench on Thursday night, said, “Coach Pop is the coach of the San Antonio Spurs, and he did what’s best for us.”

It can be argued that Coach Pop may have overdone the father figure role this time. For one thing, he might have rested players on different nights, given the Spurs’ deep roster. Even considering the injuries to Leonard and Jackson, it’s not as if the Spurs were in a scheduling minefield in recent games against porous Toronto, Orlando and the Washington Wizards, who were winless at the time

While Duncan is 36 and Ginobili is 35, Parker is in his prime, only 30. Green is 25. Was Popovich in effect telling Stern: no one’s ever wanted to watch us on national television, so why should it matter who we put out there?”

He would argue that the league did not complain when he kept Duncan, Ginobili and Parker home from last spring’s Utah game. A few days later, Popovich sat in his office and said: “I’m not concerned with finishing first. I’m trying to win a championship and that’s all.”

That remains his public rationale, though he conceded Thursday night, “If I was taking my 6-year-old son or daughter to the game, I’d want him or her to see everybody.”

That will be the basis of Stern’s promised punishment, contending that Popovich and the Spurs disrespected the league’s commitment to its fans in Miami and viewers nationwide. But the league should also factor in the Spurs’ behavioral record; they have typically represented it well, even without their stars and down to nine men.

It took a late 3-point jumper by the Heat’s Ray Allen to subdue the Spurs’ junior varsity in what turned out to be a compelling underdog story, “Hoosiers” at South Beach. Marketing savant that he is, Stern might even be a little envious of how Popovich turned a November N.B.A. game into a national debate on competitive ethics.

 David Stern needs to keep his mouth shut.  Mr. Commissioner and I say that lightly.  Stern is not the coach of the Spurs.  To speak out publicly  against Gregg Popovich is not his call. When the coach sat Duncan last year, you said nothing.  Too bad it was a Nation TV Game.  I understand the line changed.  Was Stern worried about the betters?
Keep your mouth shut and work on your commissioner’s duties and not coach.  EDB

CASHMAN SAYS…YANKEES WILLING TO STAY IN-HOUSE FOR CATCHER…I DON’T BUY IT

Cashman says Yankees willing to stay in-house at catcher

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Believe him or don’t believe him, but Brian Cashman said this morning that the Yankees are willing to stick with their in-house, defense-first options at catcher.

“At the very least, that’s our fallback,” Cashman said. “But we are going to have to pursue a lot of areas on this club: The bench, right field, potentially catching, maybe not. It’s possible that our catchers are right here on this roster right now. That is very possible, and more likely than not, to be honest. But we’ll see. Patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait.”

Last night, Russell Martin agreed to a two-year deal with the Pirates. Indications are that the Yankees are not particularly excited about the other top catchers on the free agent market, and there’s no obvious trade target out there. Currently, the Yankees have backup catchers Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli, prospect Austin Romine, and recently designated for assignment Eli Whiteside.

“We do have placeholders there,” Cashman said. “We have people that can handle and run the game. The offense is an area that, currently with what our roster provides, will be a downgrade from what we’re used to. But the most important aspect of those games is (defense).”

A few other catching notes from Cashman…

The Yankees were not surprised by Martin’s signing
“This isn’t something that caught us off guard. It’s something we were very well aware of. The agent was very honest with us, as well as the player, Russell. The best shot we took at retaining him was in spring training and obviously it was more difficult and now he’s moving on.”

Cashman felt he could only put so much money toward the catching position
“I like Russell Martin. I’m a big Russell Martin fan. But ultimately we have a lot of holes to fill and we have to be very careful how we spend our money. The market for Russell was aggressive, as it should have been, and our focus has been on our pitching and after that I have a lot of different holes to fill and we need to be careful how we allocate our remaining funds to make sure we can fill all the holes. I feel we were fortunate to have Russell Martin for the two years that we had him, and I’m sorry to see him go. I think the Pirates got a really good one. But at the same time, I think we’ll find ways to cushion the blow as we always try to do.”

Romine is currently expected to open in Triple-A, but that could change
“I think he’s on the outside looking in, but when you get this close to the big leagues, things can come quick. If you’ve got a lot of talent, things can come quick. That talent, it can close the gap very quickly. At this planning stage, the plan would be for him to be at Triple-A everyday and having a full year at Triple-A, but we’ll see.”

Right field is a higher offseason priority than catcher
“I would say so, yeah. … We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out. We’ll engage the market – the trade and free agent market – but our big focus has been on our pitching, like we’ve been talking about.”

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When the Yankees, namely Cashman make a statement, don’t buy it.  The Yankees will not go with Cervelli, Stewart or Romine as their starting catcher.  Mark my words.  EDB

ALL EYES ON NASHVILLE

Rounding Third: All eyes on Nashville

By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Get ready for a ton of baseball rumors, wild trade scenarios and even a few free agent signings, because the giant schmoozefest known as Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings gets underway next week at the Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.

Last year the meetings saw a flurry of activity as the Miami Marlins doled out a whopping $191 million and free agent Albert Pujols came off the board, signing his $240 mega deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

But, if you are looking for that type of action again this year, you might be disappointed.

While Pujols seemed intent on getting a deal done at last year’s meetings, this year’s big ticket item, outfielder Josh Hamilton, doesn’t seem to be in all that big of a rush to put pen to paper.

Then again, there really hasn’t been that much of a market for the former MVP.

You’ve heard the Seattle Mariners, the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers and even to a lesser extent the Philadelphia Phillies mentioned as suitors, but that is all guess work at this point. He hasn’t met with anyone, nor has any team showed all that much interest.

Most assume he’s still going to be property of the Texas Rangers when this whole process is said and done, but don’t be shocked if the Boston Red Sox somehow get involved next week. They have a ton of money to spend and a few outfield spots to fill.

And there are plenty of outfielders available, as Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino are all looking for homes.

The biggest player to sign next week could be righty Zack Greinke, who is being courted by Texas and the Los Angeles Dodgers among others. The Angels, though, could still swoop in and retain the former Cy Young winner’s services. The Angels always seem to make a splash at these meetings and Greinke pitched well for Mike Scioscia’s club down the stretch.

Once Greinke gets signed, expect business to pick up for the likes of Anibal Sanchez, Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson and Kyle Lohse.

Another team to watch next week will be the Kansas City Royals, who are dangling super outfield prospect Wil Myers for a frontline starting pitcher. They were linked to Boston’s Jon Lester and Tampa Bay’s James Shields earlier in the week and could also be in the mix for the Rays’ Matt Moore.

This much is sure. The Royals are loaded with young talent. They are going to get a top pitcher next week.

Then there are the Mets and what they will do with reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who can become a free agent at the end of next season. With David Wright’s extension complete, the Mets may not have any money left for the knuckleballer.

Even if they do have the money and reports are that the 38-year-old Dickey’s willing to take a two-year extension, the Mets should still look to move him. His trade value will never be higher than it is now. Deal him. They may not be able to get a Myers-like prospect from the Royals, but they could land Alex Gordon.

Oddly enough, the last time the Winter Meetings were held in Nashville back in 2007 Dickey was a Rule 5 Draft selection of the Seattle Mariners. It cost Seattle $50,000 to pluck him away from Minnesota and later it had to send a minor league prospect to the Twins so Dickey could start the year for the Mariners at Triple-A.

What a difference a few years makes, huh?

When it comes to the Winter Meetings, keep one thing in mind: believe nothing. There are going to be a-million-and-one rumors over the next week, and chances are none of them will come true.

11/30 11:26:39 ET              EDB

GENIUS CASHMAN PLEASED WITH OFF-SEASON PROGRESS

Yankees, Cashman pleased with offseason success

November 30, 2012 RSS Feed Print

 

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By LARRY FLEISHER, Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Brian Cashman says that the Yankees are already big offseason winners for retaining veteran starting pitchers Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda as well as closer Mariano Rivera.

New York’s general manager spoke to the media after practice jumps down the side of Stamford’s Landmark Building on Friday. The workout was in advance of a charity event Sunday.

Pettitte and Kuroda were given one-year deals that will cost the Yankees approximately $27 million. Rivera is expected to return on a one-year deal worth $10 million that could be announced next week.

“I think Pettitte is a big thing,” Cashman said. “Kuroda was a big thing. I think we’re having a successful early campaign to our winter because we’ve able to retain some high-end, high-caliber starting pitching and if you look at the marketplace, I’m not sure if anyone is doing better than us right now.”

The Yankees won the American League East last season, but were swept by Detroit in the ALCS.

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It is early and I will try to be fair.  Obviously Cashman, will address the Yankees Right Field and Catching sdituations.  EDB

TWO BOOBS AND A BUILDING

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Bobby V to join Cashman in rappelling down Stamford, Conn.’s tallest building

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As he continued what has become an annual tradition by rappelling down the side of a 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., last December, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman issued a challenge to just-hired Red Sox Manager — and favorite son of Stamford — Bobby Valentine.

“I publicly challenge Bobby Valentine to join me on the building,” an elf-clad Cashman told the New York Daily News.

And apparently after being presented with such a dare, the out-of-work manager will take the physical challenge. Valentine, the city’s former director of public safety, will join Cashman for a practice descent from the top of the Landmark Building on Friday, then participate in the real thing during the Heights and Lights festivities on Sunday evening.

(We’ll resist making a joke here about how we’ve long known managing the Red Sox was a stressful job, but didn’t realize the stress was enough to make a man willingly plunge from atop a city’s tallest building.)

Complete with an introduction labeling Valentine as a “sports great,” here is a release with all the details, courtesy of Star 99.9 FM, one of the event’s sponsors.

Why not add imagesCAZL7RCP one and make it three.  EDEB

HOT STOVE: QUICK HITS

Quick Hits: Greinke, Twins, Martin, Napoli, Royals

By Mark Polishuk [November 29, 2012 at 11:48pm CST]

Several player agents tell Larry Stone of the Seattle Times that the Mariners‘ chances of attracting free agent hitters have improved now that Safeco Field’s fences are being moved in.  That said, while the shorter fences will help, “players look at all of those factors, but in the end, it still comes down to where they can get the best contract. And it always will,” one agent says.

Here are some items from a very busy day in baseball….

EDB