Moose: No Longer Loose

And now Yankee fans can rejoice: Mike Mussina, who spent the first half of last season as a leading Cy Young candidate, has re-upped with the Yankees for two years and $22.5 million. That means the Yanks will have Mussina, a borderline HOF candidate, into his 40th year. This past season he was 15-7 with a 3.51 era. The way the Sox are throwing money around, it’s a bargain!

Also: rumors suggest the Yanks are interested in Gil Meche, and that the newly acquired Humberto Sanchez is on the block.

21 comments… add one
  • I don’t usually like Gil Meche though, but it might have to do…
    Anyone knows the FA market next year?

    Lar November 15, 2006, 9:27 am
  • Congrats, Yank Fans. I really thought he may go elsewhere, but kudos to keeping a really talented regular season pitcher in pinstripes.

    Brad November 15, 2006, 9:41 am
  • Lar, the FA market next year is absolutely sick. Both teams will make huge gains next year.

    Brad November 15, 2006, 9:50 am
  • Yeah, I was hoping something would fall through so the Sox could pick up Moose on a one-year deal. Ah well.
    I wasn’t thrilled when the talk was that the Sox would persue Meche. If the Yanks want him, have at it. To my mind, Zito and Padilla are the only two pitchers out there worth a look now, and neither is worth the money he’ll be asking.

    Paul SF November 15, 2006, 10:28 am
  • That’s good value for Moose, imho, so kudos to Cash. And Sanchez is on the block? For who?
    And Brad, not that I disagree with you, but I haven’t heard about who’s a FA next year. Can you give some names?

    Sam November 15, 2006, 10:34 am
  • Sure Sam: Here’s a set with ages, I’m not sure if it’s complete. Of couse, some of these players have options, and may not make it to filing, but the bigger names are sure to go to the market:
    John Smoltz (41)
    2. Michael Young (31)
    3. Carlos Zambrano (27)
    4. Joe Nathan (33)
    5. Mariano Rivera (38)
    6. Chris Carpenter (33)
    7. Jorge Posada (36)
    8. Curt Schilling (41)
    9. Bobby Abreu (34)
    10. Ichiro Suzuki (34)
    11. Andruw Jones (31)
    12. Carlos Guillen (32)
    13. Jeff Kent (40)
    14. Mike Lowell (34)
    15. Vernon Wells (29)
    16. Jason Jennings (29)
    17. Jake Westbrook (30)
    18. Ivan Rodriguez (36)
    19. Trevor Hoffman (40)
    20. Freddy Garcia (32)
    21. Kenny Rogers (43)
    22. Torii Hunter (32)
    23. Jason Isringhausen (35)
    24. Omar Vizquel (41)
    25. Marcus Giles (30)
    26. Eric Byrnes (32)
    27. Paul Lo Duca (36)
    28. Bob Wickman (39)
    29. Corey Patterson (28)
    30. Adam Dunn (28)
    31. Randy Johnson (44)
    32. Scott Linebrink (31)
    33. Doug Davis (32)
    34. Michael Barrett (31)
    35. Milton Bradley (30)
    36. Jon Lieber (38)
    37. David Eckstein (33)
    38. Aaron Rowand (30)
    39. Juan Uribe (29)
    40. Bartolo Colon (35)
    Thanks to mlb.com for the list.

    Brad November 15, 2006, 10:48 am
  • Of couse, some of those names may also retire, but for all purposes needed here, some will definitely play for one more year for the right deal.
    There are some big, big names on that list.

    Brad November 15, 2006, 10:51 am
  • Crikey! That’s a helluva list. As far as the Yanks are concerned, I just have six words for you: Carlos Zambrano Carlos Zambrano Carlos Zambrano.

    Sam November 15, 2006, 10:51 am
  • Also, they’re ranked in order of their 2006 WARP.

    Brad November 15, 2006, 10:53 am
  • How about the Sox deal for Joe Nathan, sending the Twinkies some cheapies.

    SF November 15, 2006, 10:54 am
  • PS – Joe Nathan would be a pretty tasty pickup, too.

    Sam November 15, 2006, 10:56 am
  • Boo, SF!

    Sam November 15, 2006, 10:56 am
  • They have the parts to do it, but I can’t see it being done.

    Brad November 15, 2006, 11:02 am
  • Also, the Twins usually hold on to their free-agent-to-be players, don’t they? They’d rather try to win the WS next season with Nathan and then let him go for nothing at the end of the year.

    Sam November 15, 2006, 11:22 am
  • I watch a lot of Cubs games. I wish that I could see Zambrano at the plate with a bat in his hands every game. Inter-league play will be a blast if we could land this guy. Honestly, he’s the one reason why I don’t like the DH.

    attackgerbil November 15, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • Nathan would be sweet, though probably impossible to get. I like Zambrano, and even though he isn’t an ace, he’s just damn good. RJ isn’t going to get picked, I would think, unless he wins the Cy Young this year..
    I am wary of Smoltz, only because a bit old (though Clemens done it before)..

    Lar November 15, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • By way, are these current ages or ages next season?

    Lar November 15, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • I think they’re current, Lar. And with the greatest of respect, CZ is definitely an ace. Looks at his numbers – he’s pretty much been the best pitcher in the NL, along with Carpenter, for the past few seasons.

    Sam November 15, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • Sam, you’re right, I haven’t been following the NL as much, and the oft-injured Woods and Prior always overshadowed him for me..

    Lar November 15, 2006, 5:23 pm
  • Zambrano is a beast. Period. But, also nice on that list is Michael Young, Aaron Rowand, and Corey Patterson.

    Brad November 15, 2006, 6:46 pm
  • Brad – indeed. Of course, they aren’t good for the Yanks, pending a trade, their lineup’s pretty tied up for the most part..

    Lar November 15, 2006, 7:07 pm

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