Open Thread

Good evening everyone. I’ll briefly recap today’s news and signings…

Today, the Yankees signed three players to minor league contracts: OF Cole Garner, RHP and former top prospect Adam Miller, and OF Dewayne Wise (pictured above – a.k.a. the savior of Mark Buehrle’s perfect game). Ken Rosenthal reported today that the Yankees are very unlikely to sign Hiroyuki Nakajima before Friday’s 5pm deadline. Not signing Nakajima will only increase the likelihood of a Eric Chavez-Yankees reunion.

Anyway, there’s college football on at 8:30 EST on ESPN (West Virgina vs. Clemson), along with some college men’s basketball (Duke vs. Temple) on ESPN2 at 7. Additionally, the Knicks, Devils, and Nets are all playing. Have a good night – here’s the open thread.

About Mike D.

Mike D. is one of 2 co-founders of the Yankees Fans Unite Blog. He has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember, growing up in a family of huge NYY fans. His knowledge of the game comes from watching baseball his whole life, and playing third base in high school and college.

Posted on January 4, 2012, in Open Thread and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Here is the video Delia was talking about. Hopefully the Yankees can buy him a nice new pair of sunglasses.

  2. To add just read this…… Reds signed RHP Andrew Brackman to a one-year contract.
    The deal is worth the veteran major league minimum but also carries some performance-based incentives.

  3. my friend has an mlbtv subscription he is letting me borrow it to see if i like it. you can watch any game from last year I’m currently watching Jeter’s 3,000 hit game.

    • 1st batter aj gets a strikeout and Kay already says he is looking good. one stikeout relax kay. (for the newbies I can’t stand Michael kay)

    • Just to throw it in there, I think you should invest in the 2012 MLB.TV subscription. I had it for 2010, 2011 and I’m going to purchase it in 2012. The best part is when the Yankees don’t play, you can watch any other team in the league. Only down issue is if you live in New York City, you can only listen to the radio during live games, but the YES games become archived the day after.

  4. Gentlemen, Very interesting piece I just read. Here is the link on AJ.

    http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2012/1/4/2682869/new-york-yankees-trying-to-trade-a-j-burnett

  5. Would it be to much to hope to wake up one morning this winter and read where the Yankees moved AJ and signed another starter for less money to a short team deal.

    Where there is smoke there is fire and there has just been to much talk this winter about the Yankees looking to move or getting interest in AJ .

    • Would be great news to me to hear him move. sometimes you need a change as a player. The pressure of New York is not for everyone.

      on the other hand he wasn’t that great of a pitcher before coming to the Yankees.

  6. Theo doing a great job already dumping Zambrano to Miami

    • Cubs are eating $15m of $18m for Zambrano
      Braves are eating $10m of $15m for DLowe

      Both pitchers have better #s than AJ over the last 2 seasons.

      That tells me Cashman is kidding himself by offering to pick up just $8m of the $33m owed. I think he’ll have to eat at least half of the deal and likely more depending on what he’s traded for.

      I would eat whatever it takes. AJ is not good for the team. Hes given a good effort but he just has a losing vibe to him the team could do without. He’d probably benefit from a change of scenery too and pitch much better.

      • I don’t think that Cashman really wants to get rid of A.J. There’s hardly anyone in the league that can replace him at a money friendly cost this late in the offseason.

  7. I think there are a few teams that would go for AJ, IF the price were right. Again though, a two pitch pitcher is a crap shoot, very few times does a pitcher take the mound with all pitches working…so, if one isn’t working that day……………!?
    Maybe he can get it going in the NL, the AL Beast is to hard for anyone let alone AJ.

  8. Just saw this piece.
    Yankees Fail To Reach Deal With Hiroyuki Nakajima
    By Mike Axisa [January 5 at 11:29am CST]
    The Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima have failed to reach an agreement, the team announced. New York won the negotiating rights to the 29-year-old infielder with a bid around $2MM last month.

    “We unfortunately could not come to an agreement with Hiroyuki,” said GM Brian Cashman in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck during the upcoming 2012 season.”

  9. Matt, I don’t know if guys have done this but how about a “cast your vote” for what do think the Yankees should do for their starting rotation in 2012:

    1) Stay pat with a rotation of: CC, Nova, AJ, Hughes and Garcia and wait until next winter.
    2) Sign either Oswalt or Kuroda to a 1 year deal
    3) Make a trade for Garcia and let some of the prospects go
    4) Give Noesi, Phelps or Banuelos a shot at the trade deadline if needed
    5) Try and pry away Cain if the Giants fall out of contention early.

    You guys can come up with the options I’m just throwing out a few as food for thought. If you wanted to do it.

  10. Matt, don’t know if your readers are interested but here is a link on a pre-season team rankings by aol-sporting news.

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2012-01-05/mlb-power-rankings-angels-rise-to-the-top

  11. I hope no one objects to me posting these links. But here is one I just saw from BA on the Yankees top 10 prospects.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2012/2612767.html

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