Take That!

Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yanks have acquired Jerry Hairston. Sometimes it's the small moves that put you over the top. In this case, we're talking a big move. Follow the math. Hairston is blah, whatever. But this means that Cody Ransom is likely heading out. As I so painstakingly taught my fifth grade class this year, if you subtract a negative number, you're actually going in the positive direction. The more negative the number you subtract, the more positive the move! It's a shockingly difficult concept to teach, actually.

18 comments… add one
  • But Cody Ransom has that vertical!

    Lar July 31, 2009, 3:27 pm
  • the only thing that’s going vertical is our non suckitude sum.

    Nick-YF July 31, 2009, 3:29 pm
  • Good call Nick….see ya Ransom

    sam-YF July 31, 2009, 3:34 pm
  • > if you subtract a negative number, you’re actually going in the positive direction
    Is this like going to the clinic worried that you have syphilis and feeling relieved when the doc says it’s only chlamydia?

    attackgerbil July 31, 2009, 3:35 pm
  • Was Luis Sojo a deadline pickup?

    SF July 31, 2009, 3:37 pm
  • AG, exactly the analogy I used in class!

    Nick-YF July 31, 2009, 3:48 pm
  • Yanks gave up Chase Weems for Hairston, not Austin Jackson. That was close.

    Paul SF July 31, 2009, 4:08 pm
  • So we do nothing…awesome. I guess Cash feels we already have the team to win it all. I guess if CC ever decides to be an ace we should be OK. I just feel like we are one major pitching injury away from our doom…

    krueg July 31, 2009, 4:18 pm
  • You mean one more.. heh. If Wang gave us replacement value I would feel a bunch better right now. Of course, in that scenario, I would still bitch about it, haha..
    Ah well.

    Lar July 31, 2009, 4:26 pm
  • Wow, sounds like all the people up top made a move.. except for the Yanks. Boo.

    Lar July 31, 2009, 4:27 pm
  • There’s still waivers…you aren’t going to add Halladay through waivers, but you could still add a salary dump with some value. Plus the deadline is 4, doesn’t mean everything has to be reported by 4, you never know…

    John - YF July 31, 2009, 4:41 pm
  • It’s hard to feel too terrible, the Yanks are in first by 2.5 games, and Cashman made four moves in the offseason that cost nothing but money. Of course, one could argue the Sox just made a move that cost nothing but money, seeing who they gave up…;) (kidding)

    AndrewYF July 31, 2009, 6:21 pm
  • While I agree with you Nick that the Yanks’ mini-move today represents some addition-by-subtraction, I’m disappointed and a little surprised that the Yanks did not bolster the back of their rotation. With Joba needing to wind down his innings, Sergio Mitre already slotted inm tenuously as the #5 starter, and no assurances that either Hughes can translate his bullpen dominance to a starting role or that some else can step in to fill Hughes’ critical 8th inning role, I think they are close to having a very mediocre starting rotation and this isn’t even considering the possibility that guys like AJ and AP might – as has often happened to them in the past – fall to injury. While it’s true that the Yanks were/are atop the AL and so might not have felt the urgency, their rotation is GOING to change due to Joba’s innings limit and besides, the LAD were atop their league too and they we’re able to substantially improve if the AGon news is true. Bleh.

    IronHorse July 31, 2009, 6:33 pm
  • And the ChiSox land Peavy. Wow. They are an AL force to be reckoned with.

    IronHorse July 31, 2009, 6:58 pm
  • A Jake Peavy no longer in Petco who won’t return from the DL until mid-August? Right now all that is is not-so-great news for my fantasy team.

    doug YF August 1, 2009, 2:58 am
  • Pretty awful from Cashman if they keep Hughes in the bullpen because they couldn’t make one move for a bullpen arm from second-rate prospects.

    Rob August 1, 2009, 8:49 am
  • And they deserve to lose the division if they carry both Hairston and Ransom. Awful, really.

    Rob August 1, 2009, 9:18 am
  • As a sf, I have mixed feelings about Hughes in the pen.
    Between him and Mo, the other team basically just has 7 innings to do any daMage. On the other hand if he were staRting, I would dread those games.

    Rootbeerfloat August 1, 2009, 12:12 pm

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