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Nick hasn’t done his blog-and-news roundup in a while, and I ran across some interesting things while waiting for the wife to come home last night:

  • Nick Pinto reports that WFAN callers want an A-Rod trade, perhaps for Tejada so they can transfer him to third. I guess it’s true: Lowell’s bettah.
  • An Over the Monster diarist says Manny Delcarmen’s got what it takes to be next year’s closer. While I’d like to make it through 2006 with Delcarmen as our 7th-inning guy, I could see him stepping into that role — accuming he keeps up his recent performance. I think I agree with Schilling (typical disclaimer about not saying this just because he reads our blog) that all others being equal, Paps is more valuable in the rotation.
  • A little late on this one, but Yanks fans might be bidding adieu to their Leche at the trade deadline.
  • Curt Schilling returned to NYYFans.com for a second night of chatting — and was compared to Ted Bundy. Although, to be fair, the Yankee posts have been overwhelmingly respectful — I suspect good moderating has something to do with that, though…


24 comments… add one
  • If Melky goes, I will boycott the Yanks for a while! The Cashman cannot do that. No way, man. Especially for two crappy players. If it was for D Willis, then maybe, but otherwise no.

    Sam July 20, 2006, 12:20 pm
  • The counter rumor was that Cashman was offered Wilson and Burnitz for Melky and he flatly rejected it.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 12:28 pm
  • All this Rodriguez in the media stuff is reaching obnoxiousness of Monica Lewinsky proportions.

    tom yf July 20, 2006, 12:54 pm
  • Not sure what’s wrong with Yankee fans, but if they think he sucks so much, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind him coming to Boston and returning to shortstop…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 1:04 pm
  • It’s madness, utter madness. He’s one of the best hitters in history, he’s having a good season by league standards, and this is what he gets? Wow. I’m ashamed to be a YF right now.
    He would absolutely cruch it at Fenway. The Sox should trade him for Manny – I think he’d hit 60 a year in that park.

    Sam July 20, 2006, 1:07 pm
  • After reading Sam’s post…my mind wandered. I hate thinking about this stuff because it never happens but…
    Manny for ARod
    Sox put Wily Mo in Left, trade AGon for SP
    Yanks pick up Shea, put Manny in right
    just thought I would throw that out there. I love Manny though, and wouldn’t want the ARod curse passed to us.

    NeffSox July 20, 2006, 1:13 pm
  • It actually is a bad trade for the Sox right now — ARod costs more, and Manny is having a far better season…

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 1:15 pm
  • No real Yankee fan wants Arod traded. I think that Malky’s walk off in Tuesday nights game has put any thoughts of trading him on hold. If there were every any thoughts. He has done very well this year just ask Manny.

    Jeterluva July 20, 2006, 1:24 pm
  • Interesting series of moves, Neff Sox. I think it would probably improve both teams.
    And Paul, A-Rod wouldn’t cost more the Manny because the Rangers still pay about $10m of his salary, don’t they? I remember when the Yanks signed him, Cash said he’d be costing the club about the same as Drew Henson and Aaron Boone’s combined salaries.

    Sam July 20, 2006, 1:27 pm
  • A Rod is already putting together a very strong July. Historically he hits best and for the most power in August (and he already has 20 homeruns this season). He’s on pace to have over 110 RBIs. He’ll be just fine, he’s not hitting up to par but I’m sure he’ll come around.

    walein July 20, 2006, 1:30 pm
  • For what it’s worth (not a great deal) compare win probability scores from the Fan Graphs website (subject of a recent Alan Schwarz NYT column):
    Derek Jeter: 324.2
    Melky Cabrera: 53.6
    Alex Rodriguez: 52.3
    Here’s the url:

    YF July 20, 2006, 1:32 pm
  • There’s a point where perception becomes reality. I think the danger is that the people are really buying into a mostly-media created myth that A-Rod can’t perform in NYC. 2005 was proof that he can. He had his second best year of his career last year, one of the best all-time by a righty at Yankees Stadium, and yet his early 2006 struggles erased that memory. The media and a lot of fans have been relentless in their criticism this year and A-Rod seems to be succumbing to the negativity. There’s a chance that the city has broken him down, that he’ll be traded out of town, and that’s a shame and something I’d put squarely on the tabloids, ESPN and the booers. If he leaves it will be because of unreasonable abuse that has dogged him throughout his time in the Bronx, and that would suck. “Rickey Henderson in Oakland-Greg Cadaret,Eric Plunk and Luis Polonia in the Bronx” suck.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • Hear, hear Nick.
    I don’t think that The CashMan is that dumb, though, is he?

    Sam July 20, 2006, 1:42 pm
  • I don’t think he’d be that dumb, but the situation for A-Rod might become such that a trade becomes a must. It wouldn’t be unreasonable of him to ask for a trade if the booing, the headlines, etc. keep up, and what leverage would Cash have then?

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • A-Rod ain’t going anywhere. The salary makes him unmovable, and his performance makes a move undesirable. Everyone (the fans, Alex) need to come to terms with a mutually beneficial if not passionate marriage.

    YF July 20, 2006, 1:51 pm
  • As long as teams like the Angels exist, A-Rod’s contract is moveable.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 1:53 pm
  • I believe that the “booers” and the tabloids are similar to the “silent majority.” They are nether silent nor a majority. As long as A Rod ‘s jersey continues to sell, the Yankees sell out the stadium, and stay in contention to go to the post-season, Rodriguez ain’t going anywhere.

    walein July 20, 2006, 2:02 pm
  • I would love to take these stupid ass Yankee fans that call WFAN about trading Arod and throw them into a cage w/a bunch of pissed off pitbulls. These uneducated SOB’s have no f’ing clue what they are talking about. He’s one the most talented ballplayers that has ever played the game.
    SO SHUT THE F’UP AN ACCEPT THAT HE’S A YANKEE. (The preceding message was meant for no regular on this site, it was done in the hope that one of scumbags of whom I was writing about would come across it and get a clue)

    bloodyank78 July 20, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • Any thought of trading A-Rod is absurd for the reasons already mentioned above, plus the fact that his pride will never let him ask for a trade. Imagine the headlines then? The most overrated player ever forces a trade to New York, then turns tail because he can’t hadle it? I don’t think so….ARod will be fine, Yankees will be fine, idiots will shut up eventually.

    yankeemonkey July 20, 2006, 2:08 pm
  • Oh yeah, include Steve Phillips in that group joining the pitbulls as well. I had to listen to that failure of a GM chirping about trading Arod on ESPN radio yesterday.

    bloodyank78 July 20, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • I don’t think one walkoff homer makes a player unmoveable, JeterLuva. It would be silly for a GM to base his idea of whom to trade based solely on his heroics from the previous night’s game… Nevertheless, I don’t expect Cash to move Cabrera either.

    Paul SF July 20, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • Paul that possible deal you linked to w/Melky going to the Bucs for Wilson and/or Burnitz was quashed by Cash a while ago. I have to remember where I read it, but it said the Yankees rejected that deal. I’ll find the source.

    bloodyank78 July 20, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • I would never say never about the possibility of a player being traded. How many Sox fans thought that Nomar would ever be traded while a Sock? I don’t think it’s going to happen, but my point is that perception is leading us to a point where it’s a possibility. The booing keeps up, A-Rod’s poor play (relative to what is expected of him) continues and maybe both the team and player decide it’s best to part ways.

    Nick-YF July 20, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • God, Nick, I hope not. The NY media is so fickle, though, that all he needs is one good month and all this will be forgotten. And you have to figure that that month will come sooner rather than later.

    Sam July 20, 2006, 3:14 pm

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