Odds & Ends: Orioles, Braves, Indians

Lots of other bits of information to get to on a busy Monday:

  • The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly has several pieces of information about once and perhaps future Orioles. Former Oriole Melvin Mora has three suitors, according to Mora's agent, two National League teams and one American League team.
  • Mark Hendrickson, by contrast, could well return to Baltimore. He lives in nearby York, PA and wants to play in Baltimore. His agent, Joe Urbon, said both sides have talked, but there's been no movement yet.
  • 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. You'd have to think the Yankees would get back involved at that price, however.
  • Matt Klaassen of Fangraphs.com thinks a disparity in GM talent could be behind the gap between the National and American League.
  • And if Cleveland fans weren't upset enough over recent deals for Cliff Lee, C.C. Sabathia and Victor Martinez, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince checks in with when he expects Cleveland to begin looking to trade Grady Sizemore in his latest Inbox.
  • MLB.com's Chris Haft thinks the Giants should take a look at Mike Jacobs.


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  1. Sizemore in Wrigley would be great

  2. Wow if Hendry didn’t sign Byrd it would be a possibility that he would go after….. O wait if he didn’t do it for Granderson he wouldn’t trade for Sizemore.

    • Suzysman 6 years ago

      Yeah our OF is pretty well locked up nowSoriano – 5 years (and 90 MM)Byrd – 3 years (and 15 MM)Fukudome – 2 years (and 26.5 MM)Stupid Hendry :( Of course, we have signed Five 3+ year contracts to outfielders the last 5 seasons and somehow manage to end up with at least one gigantic hole each and every year, so who knows. Maybe we will watch Soriano’s leg literally fall off this season, opening up another spot for 2011 (as a Cubs fan, I almost expect it)

  3. R_y_a_n 6 years ago

    If Sizemore can bounce back to his pre-injury numbers, what a haul he would bring in. One of the best CFs in the league.

    But is it really right for Cleveland to look into dealing Sizemore, or even think about it right now? The last year of his contract isn’t until 2011, and his 2012 option for 8.5 mil will be a bargain if he can get back to his old levels (which certainly should be expected, considering his bad luck and injuries last season). I think they should be looking to compete by 2011-2012, and pony up for an extension to their franchise player

  4. vtadave 6 years ago

    Time for a deluge of Niese/F-Mart/Parnell for Sizemore posts…

  5. johnsilver 6 years ago

    That is one hilariously funny article on the best and worst on GM’s. Can agree pretty much on the best and the worst being called “Murder’s row” was more than the truth. Wade, Minaya and Moore have more than made oh so many moves to be on that list. My question? How did Hendry avoid being included?

    • R_y_a_n 6 years ago

      Yes, I agree completely with the Hendry part. I was the guy who made the first post in that thread, and said “How can Hendry be omitted?”.

      The guy is arguably the #1 worst GM in baseball. How he isn’t on that list is beyond me. Fun article though.

      • cardinalsincontentionagain 6 years ago

        He locked up long term deals that are way overpaid….time and time again, worst ever (excluding Omar)

        sidenote: I like the way MLBTR is altering the format….last weeks was better though

      • Suzysman 6 years ago

        exactly! Hendry is quite possibly the worst GM in the game (at least giving Moore and Omar a run for their money) and isnt on their bottom 5?As my icon says – Fire Hendry!!! Please put us Cubs fans out of our misery already! But do it fast before he can give out anymore multi-year contracts to average at best players!

        • johnsilver 6 years ago

          You win the top prize for Icon Suzysman.. Hands down :-)

          Maybe more Cubs fans here will copy it?

          It’s a shame Harry Carey is not with us any more, you could count on him sharing his views towards him on TV woithout care and his job would be 100% safe.

          • johnsilver 6 years ago

            You win the top prize for Icon Suzysman.. Hands down :-)

            Maybe more Cubs fans here will copy it?

            It’s a shame Harry Carey is not with us any more, you could count on him sharing his views towards him on TV woithout care and his job would be 100% safe.

          • johnsilver 6 years ago

            You win the top prize for Icon Suzysman.. Hands down :-)

            Maybe more Cubs fans here will copy it?

            It’s a shame Harry Carey is not with us any more, you could count on him sharing his views towards him on TV woithout care and his job would be 100% safe.

        • johnsilver 6 years ago

          You win the top prize for Icon Suzysman.. Hands down :-)

          Maybe more Cubs fans here will copy it?

          It’s a shame Harry Carey is not with us any more, you could count on him sharing his views towards him on TV woithout care and his job would be 100% safe.

  6. bravos 6 years ago

    Braves need to stay away from Damon ! Very far away…my sister can throw farther than Damon….and she’s dead ! Guys like him only flourish in small parks like Fenway and Yankee stadium…..He’s nothing in a reg sized ballpark !

    • Slugger23 6 years ago

      Wow thats the way to talk about your sister after she dead!!! Why would you even say that? Thats not cool man… I hope Damon signs with the Braves hes a good ball player… Huge Braves fan… Go Braved

      • bravos 6 years ago

        My sister is not dead…its a little thing I invented called sarcasm. Check it out.

    • Slugger23 6 years ago

      Wow thats the way to talk about your sister after she dead!!! Why would you even say that? Thats not cool man… I hope Damon signs with the Braves hes a good ball player… Huge Braves fan… Go Braved

  7. i would love to see grady sizemore come to the yanks…well because hes really hot and i have a biggg crush on him lol

  8. FutureBravesGM18 6 years ago

    I agree if Damon’s price comes down enough for the Braves to sign him then wouldn’t the Yankees be able to sign him and I think he would want to go back to them compared to coming to the Braves. I’m hoping the Braves are looking at other players because Damon isn’t that good and he won’t pick the Braves over the Yankees!

    • I’m wondering what makes you say that that “Damon isn’t that good”? Over the last eight years, in the toughest division in baseball, all the dude has done is average 109 runs, 16 HRs, 74 RBI, 24 SBs, all the while maintaining a pretty solid BA and OBP out of the #1 or #2 spot in the order. So he’s not great defensively anymore…you stick him in left, where his arm isn’t as much of an issue, and where he was actually pretty good in 2007 and 2008, and you tell Nate McLouth that he better cover some ground in CF.

      If the Braves can get Johnny Damon for $16M over two years, they have to make the offer. Not only is he a good player, he’d also be a great influence on a young guy like Heyward.

      • FutureBravesGM18 6 years ago

        I didn’t mean he was isn’t that good all the way around I meant for the Braves he isn’t that good they need a middle of the order guy who can drive in 100 runs and hit 25+ HRs and he just isn’t that guy I would love to have Damon if we already had a guy that could do all of those things but we don’t and I don’t think we should fill our only opening spot in the field for someone like Damon who isn’t that guy

      • FutureBravesGM18 6 years ago

        I didn’t mean he was isn’t that good all the way around I meant for the Braves he isn’t that good they need a middle of the order guy who can drive in 100 runs and hit 25+ HRs and he just isn’t that guy I would love to have Damon if we already had a guy that could do all of those things but we don’t and I don’t think we should fill our only opening spot in the field for someone like Damon who isn’t that guy

    • I’m wondering what makes you say that that “Damon isn’t that good”? Over the last eight years, in the toughest division in baseball, all the dude has done is average 109 runs, 16 HRs, 74 RBI, 24 SBs, all the while maintaining a pretty solid BA and OBP out of the #1 or #2 spot in the order. So he’s not great defensively anymore…you stick him in left, where his arm isn’t as much of an issue, and where he was actually pretty good in 2007 and 2008, and you tell Nate McLouth that he better cover some ground in CF.

      If the Braves can get Johnny Damon for $16M over two years, they have to make the offer. Not only is he a good player, he’d also be a great influence on a young guy like Heyward.

  9. Grady Sizemore for Johnathon Sanchez. It would be a nice addition to the Giants organization.

    • R_y_a_n 6 years ago

      Not only would it be a nice addition for the Giants, but it would instantly be grounds for firing Mark Shapiro.

    • Tim Lincecum for Carlos Carrasco. It would be a nice addition to the Indians organization.

  10. formerdraftpick 6 years ago

    Who do you think the suitors for Mora are (besides the Mets)? Reds?

    • Suzysman 6 years ago

      Mets have Wright, Reds have Rolen – so dont think either of them.

      Figure they are
      Cards (to fill DeRosa/Glaus hole)
      Marlins (Cantu to 1st)
      Twins (looking at all 3B)

    • Suzysman 6 years ago

      Mets have Wright, Reds have Rolen – so dont think either of them.

      Figure they are
      Cards (to fill DeRosa/Glaus hole)
      Marlins (Cantu to 1st)
      Twins (looking at all 3B)

  11. Earth to AJC the braves would not have acquired Melky as their big part of the trade if they were not gonna play him as an everyday starter. But the trade was mostly to make cap room i’m just hoping Glaus is not the end of our off-season.

    • NYBravosFan10 6 years ago

      I’m gonna have to disagree with you my brother. I wouldn’t have put it past Wren to see Melky as a good backup outfielder because we don’t exactly have many major league ready options in the minors. Blanco is garbage except on the basepaths, Brandon Jones is ok but no more than a 4A player in my eyes, Gorecki is gone…what else is there? Schafer and Heyward aren’t guarentees for the beginning of the year but when they do come up you can say bye-bye to the Melk man because he will be on the trading block and should be moved well before the deadline. I don’t think Wren saw Melky as a long term committment. Though when the yankee fans find out that their precious Melky Cabrera wasn’t respected by the Braves they will go into a tailspin

    • NYBravosFan10 6 years ago

      I’m gonna have to disagree with you my brother. I wouldn’t have put it past Wren to see Melky as a good backup outfielder because we don’t exactly have many major league ready options in the minors. Blanco is garbage except on the basepaths, Brandon Jones is ok but no more than a 4A player in my eyes, Gorecki is gone…what else is there? Schafer and Heyward aren’t guarentees for the beginning of the year but when they do come up you can say bye-bye to the Melk man because he will be on the trading block and should be moved well before the deadline. I don’t think Wren saw Melky as a long term committment. Though when the yankee fans find out that their precious Melky Cabrera wasn’t respected by the Braves they will go into a tailspin

    • Earth to Jake…Melky was not the big part of that trade. Arodys Vizcaino was the prize in that deal. Melky was just filler.

    • Earth to Jake…Melky was not the big part of that trade. Arodys Vizcaino was the prize in that deal. Melky was just filler.

    • Slugger23 6 years ago

      Hes not the Braves are still looking at another bat… Outfielder i thank lol

    • Slugger23 6 years ago

      Hes not the Braves are still looking at another bat… Outfielder i thank lol

    • drumzalicious 6 years ago

      I promise you Cabrera will not be on the Braves come opening day. If they go sign another outfielder there is no way they pay a backup outfielder 3 mil when they have one in the minors already and 2 prospects waiting to win jobs in ST

    • drumzalicious 6 years ago

      I promise you Cabrera will not be on the Braves come opening day. If they go sign another outfielder there is no way they pay a backup outfielder 3 mil when they have one in the minors already and 2 prospects waiting to win jobs in ST

  12. Earth to AJC the braves would not have acquired Melky as their big part of the trade if they were not gonna play him as an everyday starter. But the trade was mostly to make cap room i’m just hoping Glaus is not the end of our off-season.

  13. DLeeFan 6 years ago

    What disparity between the AL and NL? In a list of the most World Series appearances by franchise, 7 of the top 13 teams are NL teams (source Wiki). And since 2000, the NL was won the World Series 4 times while the AL has won it 6 times. That’s pretty even. If you take out the Yankees (which belong in a separate league with their payroll) then the parity is even more pronounced.

    • JerseyJohn32190 6 years ago

      Since interleague play began, the AL is 1674-1534 and has won the season series 9/13 times, including 6 straight. The AL is also 12-0-1 in the AS game since 1997. I think it’s pretty safe to say the AL has been better than the NL over the last 10-15 years.

      • DLeeFan 6 years ago

        Question: You know what franchise is second in all-time wins? Answer: The Cubs; with over 10,000 wins. However, no one would say that the Cubs are the second-best franchise. You know why? The games don’t really matter unless they count for something special just like Interleague Play. Find a better metric.

        • JerseyJohn32190 6 years ago

          I fail to see how the Cubs having 10,000 wins has anything to do with what I said. All it shows is they’ve been around for a long time, much like the Phillies and their 10,000+ wins. If you don’t think the head-to-head record of teams in both leagues represents the talent level of each league, especially when it is so one-sided, then tell me what would represent it.

      • DLeeFan 6 years ago

        Question: You know what franchise is second in all-time wins? Answer: The Cubs; with over 10,000 wins. However, no one would say that the Cubs are the second-best franchise. You know why? The games don’t really matter unless they count for something special just like Interleague Play. Find a better metric.

  14. DLeeFan 6 years ago

    What disparity between the AL and NL? In a list of the most World Series appearances by franchise, 7 of the top 13 teams are NL teams (source Wiki). And since 2000, the NL was won the World Series 4 times while the AL has won it 6 times. That’s pretty even. If you take out the Yankees (which belong in a separate league with their payroll) then the parity is even more pronounced.

  15. drumzalicious 6 years ago

    Hmm. I really would like to see the Indians hold on to some of their players. You never know the kind of contract a player will take if he wants to stay somewhere. IF they do look into trading him im guessing the Angels might get involved. Tori Hunter will be departing around that time

  16. drumzalicious 6 years ago

    Hmm. I really would like to see the Indians hold on to some of their players. You never know the kind of contract a player will take if he wants to stay somewhere. IF they do look into trading him im guessing the Angels might get involved. Tori Hunter will be departing around that time

  17. I hope Damon will resign for 1 year/10 million.

    We’d have the best lineup in baseball, no doubt.

    1) Jeter SS
    2) Damon LF
    3) Teixiera 1B
    4) Rodriguez 3B
    5) Granderson CF
    6) Posada C
    7) Cano 2B
    8) Swisher RF
    9) Johnson DH

    along with…

    LHP Sabathia
    RHP Burnett
    LHP Pettitte
    RHP Vazquez
    RHP Joba/Hughes

    • drumzalicious 6 years ago

      you guys really dont need Damon. You need a real right fielder so you can get swisher out of RF because he is terrible out there.

      • R_y_a_n 6 years ago

        Um, while he isn’t great, Swisher is barely below average. Plus with 25 HRs + .370 OBP, Swisher is a valuable asset.

        • drumzalicious 6 years ago

          I wasnt talking about his offense im talking about his defense.

      • R_y_a_n 6 years ago

        Um, while he isn’t great, Swisher is barely below average. Plus with 25 HRs + .370 OBP, Swisher is a valuable asset.

    • drumzalicious 6 years ago

      you guys really dont need Damon. You need a real right fielder so you can get swisher out of RF because he is terrible out there.

    • Slugger23 6 years ago

      Umm the Yankees already have the best line up in baseball.

    • Slugger23 6 years ago

      Umm the Yankees already have the best line up in baseball.

  18. I hope Damon will resign for 1 year/10 million.

    We’d have the best lineup in baseball, no doubt.

    1) Jeter SS
    2) Damon LF
    3) Teixiera 1B
    4) Rodriguez 3B
    5) Granderson CF
    6) Posada C
    7) Cano 2B
    8) Swisher RF
    9) Johnson DH

    along with…

    LHP Sabathia
    RHP Burnett
    LHP Pettitte
    RHP Vazquez
    RHP Joba/Hughes

  19. crunchy1 6 years ago

    What? No Hendry in the bottom five? And according to the article, it was easy to pick those five, making you wonder if Hendry was even in the conversation. That’s really interesting. I’m going to have to guess Hendry had enough hits: the A-Ram, DLee trades, the Dempster (the original, not the latest contract), DeRosa, Lilly FA signings, etc. to have escaped consideration. Still, Hendry’s had so many contract gaffes. Between big dollars, multi-years and no-trade clauses, he’s severly restricted the Cubs ability to improve now and for the next couple of years. You have to think that Hendry has to be near the bottom of the rankings. Maybe he just missed the cut.

    • Suzysman 6 years ago

      After R_y_a_n commented about Hendry’s exclusion, the author (Matt Klaassen) included this:

      “Like I said, I wanted to keep it relatively uncontroversial. I personally think Hendry is “right down there,” but I know that others who have opinions I respect think he’s merely bad, not necessarily on the Dayton/Omar/Ed level.”

      so a couple people he know would have been upset if he called him horrific (instead of just really bad) so he left him off – but he wanted to include him, like one should :)

      • crunchy1 6 years ago

        Klaassen also wrote, “I’m glad to see that I’m not crazy in thinking that Hendry sucks.” in reply to a different post.

        At any rate, whether Hendry was included in the official bottom 5 or not is irrelevant. Even if there are people worse than Hendry, it doesn’t mean he’s good enough to GM the Cubs. What’s interesting about Hendry is that he may be getting worse. Or, perhaps more accurately, I think he has not improved and the game has evolved and passed him by.

        • Suzysman 6 years ago

          “What’s interesting about Hendry is that he may be getting worse. Or, perhaps more accurately, I think he has not improved and the game has evolved and passed him by.”agree :(But really, when was he even semi good? 2003 and maybe 2004 to some degree? Since then? Step downward spiral. Telling you, ever since his mentor left the organization he has been a disaster – and doesnt that lead one to believe maybe his mentor was still in semi-control until he left?

          • crunchy1 6 years ago

            I’m not sure he was ever semi-good even though he pulled off a few good deals early on. But when the game changes and you’re still playing by the old rules, you get worse simply by letting the rest of the world leave you in the dust while you’re skills are still idling.

            McPhail was a good influence on Hendry in that he reigned in his spending but if he was watching over him, it certainly didn’t help much. The Cubs wasted tons of draft picks on great arms (a McPhail influenced strategy) that didn’t pan out. The Lee/Ramirez deals seemed more a compromise of McPhail and Hendry to me. Hendry likes the big names while McPhail goes for the “lightning in a bottle” guys (i.e. Jamie Navarro with the Cubs and his recent Garrett Atkins signing with the O’s) and, left to his own devices, tends to deal big names for prospects rather than the other way around. McPhail’s strength is to build relatively low payroll teams that win 85-89 games then hope for the best in the playoffs. That doesn’t really cut it in a big market like Chicago where we haven’t won in 100+ years. Most of us were glad to see McPhail go, as I remember.

            That being said, I preferred the McPhail/Hendry combo to the McDonough/Hendry combo. McDonough loosened the purse strings and let Hendry go at it. Not a good idea as it exposed Hendry’s flaws that were somewhat hidden under McPhail. I’m hoping that Ricketts is somewhere in between McPhail’s penny pinching ways and McDonoughs “do what it takes to sign the biggest names out there and win now (and perhaps increase the team’s value before selling?)” strategy. By that I mean that I hope that the Cubs strategy will be to build from within but still have the financial flexibility to get a good FA as long as the years/cost is reasonable. We’ve seen some encouraging signs in that area in that Ricketts has not allowed Hendry to mortgage the future for short term fixes (i.e. not trading Castro), yet gave the OK for a more responsible FA signing to plug in a hole. While the 3 years wasn’t optimal, the Byrd signing was relatively cheap compared to recent Cub contracts. So there is some hope with Ricketts, but seeing Hendry struggle to improve the Cubs without the benefit of an open wallet should convince most that Hendry isn’t the man for the job.

          • Suzysman 6 years ago

            meant semi-good in relation to Hendry’s ability – not semi-good overall :)

        • Suzysman 6 years ago

          “What’s interesting about Hendry is that he may be getting worse. Or, perhaps more accurately, I think he has not improved and the game has evolved and passed him by.”agree :(But really, when was he even semi good? 2003 and maybe 2004 to some degree? Since then? Step downward spiral. Telling you, ever since his mentor left the organization he has been a disaster – and doesnt that lead one to believe maybe his mentor was still in semi-control until he left?

      • crunchy1 6 years ago

        Klaassen also wrote, “I’m glad to see that I’m not crazy in thinking that Hendry sucks.” in reply to a different post.

        At any rate, whether Hendry was included in the official bottom 5 or not is irrelevant. Even if there are people worse than Hendry, it doesn’t mean he’s good enough to GM the Cubs. What’s interesting about Hendry is that he may be getting worse. Or, perhaps more accurately, I think he has not improved and the game has evolved and passed him by.

  20. If I were cashman I’d certainly look to get in on Grady.

    LF-Granderson
    CF-Sizemore
    RF-Swisher(Then replaced by Gardner late for defensive purposes)

    That outfield would be amazing on offense and most importantly defense.

    I’d personally propose something along the lines of

    Indians get:
    1)Chamberlain
    2)Montero
    3)Zach McAllister
    4)Melancon

    Yankees get
    1)Grady Sizemore

    *MLB ready pitcher in Chamberlain (before people jump on Joba please remember he became a pitcher as a Senior in HS and went from A+ to AA to AAA to an MLB bullpen all in 1 year. Learning on the job in the majors is no easy thing.)
    *Top 3 prospect in Montero. (Santana is in the system so either Montero moves to 1B/DH or maybe platoon C situation for both.) *Montero can always be flipped for another MLB player/Prospect.
    *Solid P in Mcallister. Abused A & A+ as a 20 year old and more than held his own in AA. AAA ready and could be MLB ready by the end of the year.
    *Melancon is an MLB ready RP. I personally think he has good stuff with numbers at AAA to back it up.

    A ton to give up, but Sizemore is more than worth it.

    • Wow. It’s rare that someone posts a fair deal, but this actually seems fair.

      Of course, the Yankees would then have to have Hughes in the rotation, and would then be lacking a setup man.

    • drumzalicious 6 years ago

      you would be better off putting Sizemore in RF because of his arm and Granderson in CF. That allows you to shift Swisher to LF.

      The deal you proposed is actually fair though

  21. On Damon to Atl:

    I wouldnt mind it if its for the right price. we could bat damon leadoff and move Nate M down in the lineup to give him a chance to drive in more runs. would leave us with a good leadoff guy again and another run producer down in the lineup

    Damon
    Prado
    Chipper
    Glaus
    McCann
    Escobar
    Nate
    Diaz

    Thats not a bad lineup

    • If Damon’s willing to go for cheap enough that the Braves will take him, there’s a good chance the Yankees will get back in on him.

    • Slugger23 6 years ago

      I like the line up .If Damon and McLouth struggle in there spots ,they could always switch it back up and put McLouth hitting 1st and Damon 8th..ect.

  22. crunchy1 6 years ago

    Just a thought on Mora: Could the Cubs be one of the teams? Hendry obviously knows the Orioles well as they seem to make a deal every year so I’m sure he’s familiar with Mora. He has played 3b, LF and RF — the three places where the Cubs really need a right-handed veteran backup. I haven’t heard anything linking the Cubs with Mora but it makes some sense if the cost is low. He’s a decent defender at 3b and LF, he has some pop in his bat — and his ability to play multiple positions would help ease some of the Cubs roster crunch. I’m not crazy about Mora but if the Cubs were to have an injury to Soriano or A-Ram, I’d feel better about plugging in Mora than I would Hoffpauir or Fontenot. Not sure Mora is willing to settle for a super utility role just yet, however.

    • Suzysman 6 years ago

      Humm, a bench of

      Baker / Fontenot / Mora / Fuld / Hill

      No thanks!!!

      • crunchy1 6 years ago

        A bench of Baker/Fontenot/Fuld/Hill/ and pretty much anyone else makes for a lousy bench! Would like to see the Cubs add a veteran capable of playing everyday. Right now there’s no one who can realistically hold the fort should a major injury occur. Then you’ve got to balance in the fact that the better players won’t come to Chicago to ride the bench hoping for an injury to occur. Let’s use Cust as an example, will he sign cheap and pinch-hit and wait for Soriano to get hurt? And he has the additional disadvantage of being lefty and won’t be able to enter a platoon with Fukudome. Assuming Soriano stays in the lineup as long as he’s healthy, do you play on OF with Soriano and Cust at the corners? That’s pretty scary especially with Byrd being an average CF at best. We know the Cubs are looking at Spillborghs in a trade…I can see him playing RF for Fukudome and taking his spot in the lineup on occasion, but he’s not a guy you want playing everyday either in the event of an injury. Burrell is too expensive…who’s the RH bench bat out there that will come play for cheap? Gomes? Thames? Bring back Johnson? Forget the RH bat and stick with Hoffpauir? There aren’t any names out there that thrill me right now. Any ideas?

        • Suzysman 6 years ago

          “A bench of Baker/Fontenot/Fuld/Hill/ and pretty much anyone else makes for a lousy bench!”Yeah I know. Man this is ugly no matter what – it’s a pick your poison case reallyBut I don’t like Mora because1) is going to be 38 years old. 2) hasn’t played OF since 2003 (when 31 years old)3) he is going to be 38!4) hit .260/.321/.358/.679 last season5) isnt a picture of health himself, and at 38 you wouldn’t expect him to be6) oh, did I mention he will be 38?As far as other options though? Honestly, I don’t know and it makes me sad to think about it :( If we are going to sign someone old and off a bad season, I would rather stick with someone at least a little younger and who is guaranteed to be able to play the OutfieldField (like we will most likely use him.) Specify? Maybe Randy Winn to replace Fuld on the bench. His D is fantastic in the OF, and although his bat was poor last season, it looks kind of pure-fluky. It isnt completely BAbip induced, but his other lines stayed consistent so it doesn’t really add up well and might stand a good chance of correcting itself. Mora on the other hand was BAbip induced, but his speed score dropped so much that is probably what we should expect going forward.Then maybe also sign Fernando Tatis to replace Hoffpauir? He would be able to cover either corner OF or anywhere from 1st to 3rd if Lou gets into a creative mood. Might keep either Baker or Fontenot off the field if either are really in a funk at any given time. Tatis is younger, provides more pop and is probably better suited to our OF/IF needs then Mora (who would be a guessing game moving to new positions at the age of 38. I did mention he was 38, right? Lol)Those two shouldn’t cost much at all, and would give usHill / Tatis / Winn / and two of Fontenot / Baker / Blanco (whoever isnt starting)Then the minor leagues would hold all of Fuld, Hoffpauir and Colvin for the inevitable DL replacements.Not ideal by any means, but considering our options here… It should be cheap, fill our needs and provide more upside then most ideas – maybe?

          • crunchy1 6 years ago

            How old is Mora? Holy Sheets! I didn’t realize he was that old. For some reason I remember him playing the OF recently, must have been a nightmare…maybe I shoulda looked that up first? Tatis came to mind at one point and then I forgot him, but his versatility could work. Randy Winn seems more likely if only because I’ve heard Hendry mention him in the past. As Aaron Heilman would attest, once on Hendry’s radar, always on Hendry radar…

  23. crunchy1 6 years ago

    Just a thought on Mora: Could the Cubs be one of the teams? Hendry obviously knows the Orioles well as they seem to make a deal every year so I’m sure he’s familiar with Mora. He has played 3b, LF and RF — the three places where the Cubs really need a right-handed veteran backup. I haven’t heard anything linking the Cubs with Mora but it makes some sense if the cost is low. He’s a decent defender at 3b and LF, he has some pop in his bat — and his ability to play multiple positions would help ease some of the Cubs roster crunch. I’m not crazy about Mora but if the Cubs were to have an injury to Soriano or A-Ram, I’d feel better about plugging in Mora than I would Hoffpauir or Fontenot. Not sure Mora is willing to settle for a super utility role just yet, however.

  24. formerdraftpick 6 years ago

    Should the Yankees focus on trying to attain Grady Sizemore? A combo of prospects may pry him away.

  25. Alldaybaseball 6 years ago

    I say Damon would be a decent fit, and if the price is firm, move on to Gomes/Cust/Thames/Nady/someone through trade.

  26. Ryan Church is someone the Yankees should look into. He showed he could be a good hitter when healthy when he was on the Mets. And he can play LF.

    1) Jeter ss
    2) Johnson dh
    3) Teixeira 1b
    4) Rodriguez 3b
    5) Granderson cf
    6) Posada c
    7) Cano 2b
    8) Swisher rf
    9) Church lf

  27. Peet29 6 years ago

    I would like to see Damon here too but whatever the Braves would be able to offer him the Yankees could match it, and he has said he wants to play for them. I think the Braves should go after Rick Ankiel, a cheap left handed bat with power to platoon with Diaz who destroys lefties.

    1.Cabrera
    2.Prado
    3.Jones
    4.Glaus
    5.McCann
    6.Escobar
    7.Mclouth
    8.Ankiel/Diaz

    And really Schafer/Heyward could just as easily platoon with Diaz. With this lineup and the best starting rotation in the NL East the Braves should be able to compete with the Phillies and be a serious Wild Card threat.

  28. Slugger23 6 years ago

    Ankiel is probably asking for too much .He is a Scott Boras client I think.

  29. Slugger23 6 years ago

    Ankiel is probably asking for too much .He is a Scott Boras client I think.

  30. Peet29 6 years ago

    I think your right but the guy is coming off a terrible year and there doesn’t seem to be much interest in him so I bet come Feb or March his price will be coming down if he wants to play in ’10.

  31. Peet29 6 years ago

    I think your right but the guy is coming off a terrible year and there doesn’t seem to be much interest in him so I bet come Feb or March his price will be coming down if he wants to play in ’10.

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