Posts Tagged ‘Aroldis Chapman’

The Jeter marriage thing is bogus? Craig Calcaterra reports that the whole Derek-Jeter-getting-married thing is baloney. The story: it’s Derek Jeter’s sister Sharlee Jeter. SI.com’s Jimmy Traina says he heard some details of the wedding a few weeks back and that the NY Post report is accurate. So are they getting married or aren’t they?

Yanks interested in bringing back Jerry Hairston Jr. “Five teams have expressed interest in Jerry Hairston Jr., according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (via Twitter).Hairston would likely receive a $2-3MM salary on a one-year deal.”

The Wanger: “In the same report, Chien-Ming Wang has told friends he is ready to move on from the Yankees. He has visited Dr. James Andrews for an exam on his right shoulder and could join a major-league rotation by May.”

ESPN.com’s Buster Olneyaddresses the persistent rumors about a potential reunion for Johnny Damon and the Yankees. Olney says that a few executives around the league “are absolutely convinced” that Damon will end up in the Bronx, but that it would require Damon significantly lowering his asking price and initiating contact with the Yanks.”

The Cincinnati Reds sign Aroldis Chapman for five years, $30M. We all knew the Yankees were out of it for a while, so we didn’t get our hopes up.

Teixeira among Legacy Award honorees NLBM’s Legacy Awards given Jan. 30. Josh Gibson Award to AL, NL HR leaders: Carlos Pena, Rays, and Mark Teixeira, Yanks (tie); Pujols

Mike Silva looks to cmpare the 2010 Yankees and Red Sox rotations.

River Ave. Blues talks about what role Alfredo Aceves will have this upcoming season.

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Here are some newsworthy information for you guys:

Yanks’ still are interested in bringing Damon back to play LF? “NYBD contributor Frank Russo reached out to his Yankees contacts and was told that there is a “small opening” for Damon to return.”

Out on Chapman “WEDNESDAY, 3:55pm: At least three teams are out on Chapman: the Astros, Yankees, and Mets (ESPN’s Buster Olney via Twitter, and MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart).”

A few notes from Cashman “The Yankees remain in the market for an outfielder, but not a starting outfielder. Cashman said he is not looking for bullpen help. Cashman said the team has agreed to several minor league contracts, but the Yankees are not yet ready to announce them.”

Entire SWB coaching staff to return “All six members of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre coaching staff from the 2009 season will return in 2010, and obviously, that’s highlighted by the return of manager Dave Miley.”

Hudson theater stages regional premiere of ‘Yogi’ “Actors’ Summit, Hudson’s professional theater, begins the new year with the regional premiere of “Nobody Don’t Like Yogi” by Tom Lysaght.”

Mindy McCready, ex-Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens’ former flame, to air her dirty laundry on VH1 “McCready, whose long-term romance with former Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens was exposed in the Daily News in April 2008, is one of nine cast members in the third season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which airs Thursday (VH1, 10 p.m.).”

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Darryl Strawberry is going to appear on ‘Apprentice’. “No, the former Mets and Yankees slugger isn’t up for a front-office position, but something a bit more television-friendly. It was revealed Monday by NBC that Strawberry, 47, is one of the cast members in the next season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” entrepreneur Donald Trump’s reality show that begins airing in March after the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.”

LoHud.com’s Chad Jennings wonders if the Yankees’ lineup would seem better if Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner swapped positions, since Granderson has the power of a corner outfielder and Gardner has the speed of a center fielder.

The agent for Chien-Ming Wang told 1050 ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand that he has heard from 15 teams, whom are interested in Wang.

Blomberg wants to do radio. He  joined Ed Randall on WFAN radio and fell in love with the microphone, opening another potential avenue for the 61-year-old who for years has had a hand in everything from motivational speaking, to scouting for the Yankees, to running sports camps for youths in New Jersey. “I want to do radio,” says Blomberg, who was taken by the Bombers with the first pick of the 1967 draft and spent seven of his eight major league seasons in pinstripes. “It’s a natural thing, I love to talk to people and talk baseball.”

Bruney loves his facial hair. “I can finally grow some facial hair after four years,” he said. “That’s great. That was one of the first things I thought about. When I was traded, I said, ‘Wow, finally, I can grow a beard.’”

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution believes that if his price tag drops to well below $10MM, Johnny Damon could be a good fit for the Braves.

Strikeouts on the rise for Sanchez. “In his last four regular season appearances with Scranton, Sanchez had 22 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. During the Triple-A playoffs, he had 17 strikeouts in 10 innings. This winter in Venezuela, Sanchez has 47 strikeouts in 33 innings (his previous three winters combined he had just 22 strikeouts in 34.1 innings).”

Joe Pawlikowski of River Ave. Blues wants the Yankees to stay away from free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd. 

Randy Johnson announces retirement. “I would like to officially announce my retirement. I’ve taken this long because I definitely wanted to kind of relax from the season being over and make sure I had a clear head when I made this decision, and that I would be making it wholeheartedly, and that I would stick with it. Without a doubt, 100 percent, I will be retiring at this time.”

Bay: “I just kind of assumed Damon would be back”. “I didn’t really see them having a hole,” Bay said. “They moved some guys, and I just kind of assumed Damon was going to be back. I just never really gave it a lot of thought to be honest.”

The Misery Tenor. The Yankees have moved on and they have no plans for Ronan Tynan to sing during the 7th inning stretch at future home games.

A-Rod still has Madonna on his mind. “Actress Kate Hudson reportedly dumped sportsman Alex Rodriguez, her boyfriend of nine-months, because he is still obsessed with Madonna.” (more…)

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The defected 21-year-old pitcher from Cuba, Aroldis Chapman, threw a bullpen session this morning for about 50 Major League scouts. This is the guy who reportedly reached 102MPH on a radar gun during the WBC this past March. He threw for about 15 minutes today during a closed workout at Baseball USA. No media was allowed, and was an “invitation only” event. He showed the scouts a fastball, changeup, and slider. He was not throwing with his ultimate velocity, but still impressed the scouts. The big question is whether Chapman is ready to pitch in the Majors this upcoming season. I wonder what the Yankees representatives thought of his bullpen…

What some of the guys had to say about him:

One National League scout was asked what impressed him the most about Chapman. “His fastball,” he replied. “He’s got it. He was bringing it.”

“He’s a hard thrower from the left side,” said David Lakey, national cross checker for the New York Mets. “I think they said [he hit 96 mph on the radar gun]. That kind of arm is hard to find from the left side.” (more…)

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According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Yankees have interest in Matt Capps. Agent Paul Kinzer told Kovacevic that the interest in his client is “enormous”.

Here are a few more updates and rumors from MLBTR: 

  1. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney hears that the Red Sox are looking at righty outfielders such as Xavier Nady to contribute in a utility role.
  2. Newsday’s Ken Davidoff doesn’t expect the Yankees to commit to another nine-figure salary and sign Matt Holliday, especially since they need pitching.
  3. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says the Yankees are glad to see Roy Halladay leave the AL East. I’m sure Yankees fans agree.
  4. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Yanks would be comfortable playing Melky Cabrera in left and using Johnny Damon as the primary DH.
  5. One veteran talent evaluator tells ESPN.com’s Buster Olney that the only clear winner is Seattle. Olney hears from some Yankees people who believe the Jays got less than what they were demanding from Brian Cashman & Co.
  6. Jon Heyman of SI.com says the Yankees were willing to offer Jesus Montero in a package for Halladay, but not Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain.

My take:

  • With Hughes and Chamberlain expected to be slotted into the rotation, Capps could fill a void in the Yankees bullpen.
  • I wouldn’t offer Matt Holliday that kind of contract. How often do eight-year deals pan out anyway? The main priority right now is to bring back Johnny Damon.
  • It’s really nice to see the Yankees organization sticking with the young guns. They were asking for too much, and I’m just glad that Doc Halladay is out of the AL East. I’m sure Jesus Montero can get some sleep now…

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Wrapping up the first day of ther Winter Meetings:

-Pete Caldera reports that Andy Pettitte can expect an offer of over $10 million when the Yanks make their formal pitch to the 37-year-old lefty, according to a source familiar with the club’s thinking.

-John Heyman reports that Johnny Damon is another Yankees priority and they are expected to offer about $20 million over two years to keep him. Yankees’ backup plans are: for pitcher, Pineiro and Wolf; and for outfielder, Mike Cameron, Jermaine Dye, Curtis Granderson and possibly Byrd.

-According to Marc Carig, the team “told entire coaching staff that they’d be offered jobs again.”

-Joel Sherman reports, both the Yankees and Mets have interest in Kelvim Escobar. He might pitch in Venezuela in December to show his health.

-According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, the Mariners, Giants, Mets, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Orioles, and Yankees are interested in Nick Johnson.

-Tyler Kepner reports that the Yanks interested in Chapman, but at less than $15 mill

Chad Jennings has a ton of updates for us:

-Just talked to a source who seems to agree with most of the conventional thinking that’s floating around. He sees the Yankees going after Johnny Damon but letting Hideki Matsui slide, he sees Andy Pettitte as an early key to the Yankees offseason, and he’d rather keep Phil Hughes and give up Joba Chamberlain in a trade for Roy Halladay. He also has some Red Sox notes for us: (more…)

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With Yankees organizational meetings now over, the plans for the Yankees have become a little bit clearer than they were a mere few days ago. As expected, the Yankees plan on shedding some payroll this year, how much, is unknown at this time. While Buster Olney tweets that it should be between $190-$200 million, but it isn’t a hard number, obviously. Considering that Buster Olney’s blog always keeps us in the know, it has to be true. ESPN reports that the payroll could go as low as $185 million, though I doubt it will go that low. Time will tell…

Moving on to other news Olney has reported, it appears as if the Yankees don’t have Jason Bay or Matt Holliday at the top of their list, especially if they can resign Johnny Damon for about $7-8 million. I am glad that they are not going to spend a ton of money on either one of them, especially Matt Holliday, as I don’t think he’d be a great AL player, regardless of what Scott Boras tells you. In a minor note, Arn Tellem and Brian Cashman are to get together to talk about Hideki Matsui during winter meetings.


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Andy PettitteRecently, 20 General Managers were asked 8 questions in regards to this offseason. Three of the eight dealt with or involved our beloved New York Yankees.

Question 3: Where will John Lackey, the top starting pitcher on the market, sign in the winter? For how many years and how much money?

Responses: Yankees 8, Mets 4, Angels 3. The Dodgers, Astros, Orioles and Brewers received one vote each, and one executive said he has “no idea.” Estimates on Lackey’s deal ranged from a low of three years, $36 million to highs of five years, $95 million and six years, $100 million.


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