Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET
|Date On||Date Off||Transaction||Days||Games||Side||Body Part||Injury||Severity||Surgery Date||Reaggravation|
|2013-02-13||2013-08-05||60-DL||173||110||Left||Hip||Recovery From Surgery||Labrum and Impingement||2013-01-13||-|
|2013-01-16||2013-01-16||Off||0||0||Left||Hip||Surgery||Labrum and Impingement||2013-01-16||-|
|2012-07-25||2012-09-03||15-DL||40||36||Left||Hand||Fracture||5th Metacarpal HBP||-||-|
|2012-02-14||-||60-DL||-||-||Left||Hip||Recovery From Surgery||Labrum and Impingement||2013-01-16||-|
|2011-06-19||2011-06-19||DTD||0||0||Left||Shoulder||Strain||Bothered for Several Weeks||-|
|2010-08-07||2010-08-08||DTD||1||1||Left||Lower Leg||Contusion||Shin From Batted Ball||-|
|2010-06-11||2010-06-16||DTD||5||4||Right||Hip||Inflammation||Hip Flexor Tendinitis||-|
|2009-03-27||2009-05-08||15-DL||42||28||Right||Hip||Recovery From Surgery||Labrum and Cyst||2009-03-07|
|2009-03-04||2009-03-27||Camp||23||0||Right||Hip||Surgery||Labrum and Paralabral Cyst||2009-03-07||-|
|2007-08-08||2007-08-10||DTD||2||1||Lower Leg||Contusion||HBP on Calf||-|
|2003-03-14||2003-03-21||Camp||7||0||Neck||Cartilage Injury||Herniated Disc||-|
|2000-07-08||2000-07-08||On-Alr||0||0||-||Head||Concussion||Player Collision Sliding Into Base||-||-|
|2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)||Mike- assuming Castellanos gets called up soon and plays, how would you rank him, A-Rod and Michael Young? Thanks|
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
|I would rank Nick Castellanos ahead of Young and slightly behind Alex Rodriguez. Castellanos has a high ceiling but there are a lot of directions he could go ROS. (Mike Gianella)|
|2013-08-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)||I (Derek Russell) met you in Nashville during the last winter meetings. I was hoping you could help me break down how this would affect the Yankees getting under their magic number for the cap. I realize that the number was essentially for 2014, so does this make the number much more attainable? |
(luckyred23 from Wentzville, MO)
|Hi Derek, yes I remember us talking... It will all depend on the findings of the arbitrator in the case. Depending on how many games--if any--A-Rod serves, it will help get them under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. As to when this happens, MLB just released this statement:
Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.
Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.
Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez's suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline. (Maury Brown About Biogenesis and Business)
|2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Trying to think of either a current or historical comp for Carlos Correa's ceiling if he can't stay at SS and has to move to 3B. Doesn't really have the speed of David Wright, right? Any thoughts?|
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
|Hi Ashitaka, I don't know the answer to your question but I do remember one of the Astros TV broadcasters dropping an Alex Rodriguez comp on Correa in spring training, which seemed horribly unfair to the young man. (Geoff Young)|
|2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Did you read Posnanski's first article at NBC about Alex Rodriguez?|
(Joe from Kansas City)
|I liked it (on.msnbc.com/YhJ8SS) a lot. I wrote before last year's playoffs about why you should root for A-Rod as a feel-good story (bit.ly/PHgtCS) and Posnanski fleshed that idea out really, really well.
There is one part at the end, when he suggests that A-Rod didn't age fast so much as -- well, here it is:
"He got old very fast," one scout says, but I don't think that's true. Rodriguez has been in the big regularly since he was 20 years old. He has more than 11,000 plate appearances – more plate appearances than Ernie Banks or Babe Ruth or Tony Gwynn. He has played more than 10,000 innings at shortstop, stolen more than 300 bases, scored almost 1,900 runs. The body only has so many games.
That's a fascinating idea that I doubt holds up. Rodriguez has more MLB plate appearances than most people because he started at 18, of course, but every player is playing every day during those four or five years, and often in more physically demanding circumstances. That's not to say Joe's point isn't right, but I'm not sure I accept it. If it were, it would be a cool sports-themed variation on the One Billion Heartbeats phenomenon: bit.ly/TUQttk (Sam Miller)
|2013-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Would Hafner be a good fit for the Yankees?|
(Alex from Anaheim)
|Yeah, I think so. When Alex Rodriguez's situation didn't look so grim and Jeter's seemed to have more uncertainty, the DH spot was needed for whichever of Rodriguez or Jeter was too gimpy to field that day. Now I'm not so against having a real DH on the team. I like lefty power for a team that plays 81 games at Yankee Stadium. (Zachary Levine)|
|2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Are the Yankees looking for stopgaps or real solutions in the infield? The commitment to avoiding the luxury tax is going to force them into some compromises, so what corners are going to be cut?|
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
|Thanks for the question, Cris E. Based on Cashman's comments yesterday, his current targets are stopgaps, because he's hopeful that Alex Rodriguez will be able to return to third base when he's healthy. The other considerations are, as you mentioned, the luxury-tax cap of $189 million, and the looming extension talks with Robinson Cano. For those reasons, as well as the nature of the job with the Yankees, where the player they sign could start as the full-time 3B and then be asked to transition into a utility role, I think you're much more likely to see someone inked to a one-year deal. (Daniel Rathman)|
|2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)||The other day, I look over Mike Trout's entire stat line. He literally does just about everything on a baseball diamond. How amazing is his season and is there another rookie season that you would compare it too?|
(Bet of Petey from Queen City)
|It's up there with what Alex Rodriguez (.358/.414/.631) and Ted Williams (.327/.436/.609) did as 20 year olds. It's just incredible. He's the AL MVP right now. Now, he is 21 and young kids are known to slow down as the season drags on, so maybe he'll start to slip up, but he was up last September too, so maybe he won't. Honestly, I wouldn't say the guy can't do something at this point. He can do everything. He's a joy to watch. (Matthew Kory)|
|2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Good chat. Over the last 15 - 20 years, who are some of your favorite players to go to the ballpark and see play and why?|
(Jerome from T Hills)
|Some of them are obvious - warts and all, I'm thrilled that I've gotten to see Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as often as I have over the years - both have provided some incredible moments. Mariano Rivera, of course. I'm lucky to have seen Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson relatively late in their careers. Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Randy Johnson were pretty special because the Mariners were a favorite before I came to New York, and a common point of reference for me and my brother. Manny Ramirez, when he was still an Indian, was a lot of fun. Jim Thome was a beast who seemed to homer every time he came to town.
Going further back, I'm thrilled I got to see Fernando Valenzuela pitch in person, even if it was only spring training. Likewise for seeing Reggie Jackson in spring training - both were huge parts of my childhood and adolesence. My first regular season major league game was Roger Clemens vs. Nolan Ryan in 1989 (read about it in today's column). That was incredibly special in retrospect because Ryan always meant a great deal to me.
I'm sure I've forgotten somebody, but that's a good start. (Jay Jaffe)
|2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Jay, With regards to Edgar Martinez, why do writers continue to back the DH as position but hold it against a player for the HOF? Is it similar to closers where over time voters will come around?|
(asstarr1 from Madison, WI)
|As I said before, intellectual consistency isn't the forte of the voting body, and there still aren't a ton of voters who are receptive to advanced metrics.
I do think some of the resistance to Edgar comes from the fact that a) his career got a late start due to the Mariners' silliness; and b) he had three Hall of Fame-caliber teammates in Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Randy Johnson overshadowing him for much of his time in Seattle.
I think we'll be done with closers in the Hall for a good long time once Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman get in, and I'd honestly be surprised if Edgar is in by that point. I think he'll still be on the ballot when I finally get a vote in 9 years. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
|2011-02-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Alex Rodriguez will age like ____.
please choose from the following:
A) Wine; C) Dick Clark pre-stroke; D) Milk E) Giambi post-faciitis; F) A-Rod, just moderately accelerated do to the effects of juicing|
(Jquinton82 from NY)
|I'm going to pick wine (which I think is a good thing -- I'm a beer drinker). Normal aging curve -- he won't be an All-Star at 41, but he won't be a bum at 37 either. (Ken Funck)|
|2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Nothing like taking someone to their first game. The first time I did it, a Cubs-Mets game for a Swede in NY on business, the game featured multiple intentional walks & stolen bases, an escaped third strike, and a failed bases-loaded hit & run in extra innings (ordered by none other than Don Zimmer). But I digress . . . .
Do you think a left-handed pitcher would look at the left side of the Yankees' infield and think, "Two guys with the range of Chief Ironside, why would I go there?" or are their concerns much more of the food, clothing, shelter variety?|
(ekanenh from Capitol City)
|More the latter, because as-is I don't think most pitchers, let alone most lefties, think in terms of "wow, poor me, I've got to pitch in front of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez." (Christina Kahrl)|
|2010-09-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)||On Aug 23rd, and of course he can changes mind, but CC said: he won't "even consider" becoming a free agent after 2011. "I'm here," Sabathia said. "Hundred percent."
"I think you know I've built a house here, right?" he said. "My kids go to school here. We live here year round. So I'm not going anywhere.""
(Bill from NYC)
|It's completely meaningless on August 23, 2010. Beyond that, you don't have to intend to leave. You can opt out merely to get a better deal. Alex Rodriguez did this nine minutes ago. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2010-08-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)||Would you agree that Alex Rodriguez's innards have been rendered so fragile from PED use that he's more or less done? Please say yes.|
(A-Rod Hater from East 23rd Street)
|'Fraid not. Of course, if you read the New York papers, you'd known that his heart, gut, and stomach were fragile to begin with. (Ben Lindbergh)|
|2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Marc,
How bout this Josh Hamilton. How do you predict him going forward? Projection systems did not like him this year - is he a 1st round pick next year?
What about Arod? Slow descent continues?|
(makewayhomer from Brookline)
|I wasn't sure how his injuries would affect Hamilton this year so I was a bit cautious with my ranking of him at first, then I moved him into the four-star category with an "Assuming he's healthy" asterisk on him. Well, he's been healthy, and he's been ridiculous. I think don't think we'll see another 2010 out of him--his BABIP has been at or above .400 for much of the year, which is high even given his swing and home park. But you shouldn't worry about a stop in production in the future either.
And yes on Alex Rodriguez. I thought his PECOTA forecast was a little too optimistic this year, and it turns out there may have been something to that thinking. (Marc Normandin)
|2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Marc, when A-Rod's contract is up in 2017, how do you think his current contract will look? To refresh your memory, A-Rod will be 41 by then and the Yankees will have paid him $275 million.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
|For any other team, terrible. For New York, who can afford to do things like overpay Alex Rodriguez, it's not a big deal. Rodriguez' decline is going to be very slow, so I don't expect a huge dropoff year after year. He'll still be producing at a high level for a few more years. (Marc Normandin)|
|2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Steve, who are your best bets for ROY in each league? Seems kind of wide open. Thanks,
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
|Sorry for the slight delay there, but Alex Rodriguez finally, finally hit #600. Not that I care that much, but maybe the Yankees can go back to winning now that one of their key players isn't constipated. Of course, it's already been one at-bat and he hasn't hit #601. Annnnyway, before he got blowed up yesterday, I would have said Jaime Garcia in the NL. I guess I'll stick with him, though (how do the Astros keep winning with that lineup? There has got to be a correction coming, right?). In the AL... the aforementioned Austin Jackson? The NL has a million candidates this year, the AL not so much. My pal Cliff Corcoran tracks the major award races in a weekly column at SI.com, so check that out for more. (Steven Goldman)|
|2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Marc, your rankings were very confusing to me. You neglected to include the following: Al Simmons, Indian Bob Johnson, the quieter "Nebraska"-style albums of Bruce Springsteen, Alex Rodriguez vs. New Coke, Richard Burton's films made while drunk vs. those he made while sober, and whether the left breast is superior to the right breast in most circumstances. Also, where does Evan Longoria rank among the above? Thanks for the chat!|
(Steven Goldman from The Pinstriped Bible Seminary)
|Thank you for bringing this up, Steven, so I wouldn't have to eviscerate any readers publicly. For the love of Jebus people, I have not done the 2010 rankings yet--that's why such-and-such a player isn't on the list.
I'm finishing up the review of 2009 this week, and then moving on to this year's positional rankings using a new system with advice you fine folks gave me weekly.
Also, left > right, and Evan Longoria's value is found in between those. (Marc Normandin)
|2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Jay, since I'll be under a pile of work when the HoF announcement is made, I've tried to come up with a question that will cover every conceivable issue raised by the results:
What does the (election/stagnant support/dropping off the ballot) of (Andre Dawson/Bert Blyleven/David Segui) say about the BBWAA's general attitude towards (impatient mustache aficionados/Dutch Old Masters/ill-considered bleach jobs)?
Does the dramatic falling off of the ballot of (Karros/Raines/McGwire) mean baseball will change the composition of the Veterans Committee in order to better represent (the undead/people with a basic understanding of baseball/chicks who dig the long ball)?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
|Too funny! I definitely think that the disappearance of Segui from the ballot is a shot across the bow at those ill-considered bleach jobs, and that the road to the Hall just got considerably longer for Mike Piazza, Alex Rodriguez, and Bret Boone. The disappearance of Karros from the ballot means that the VC will be changed to better accommodate the undead. (Jay Jaffe)|
|2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||"but the players you mention have been about as good at what they do as Tiger has at what he does" Really? Tiger is probably the greatest golfer who has ever played. His ten year stretch of dominance is basically unprecedented. I don't see how any of the players mentioned (or for that matter anyone in any sport) have had a 00s that comes even close to that. There have been other great hitters/relievers/pitchers in other decades ya know.|
(Alex from SF, CA)
|Like I said, it's difficult if not impossible to compare team vs. individual sports, but both Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols have shots at breaking Barry Bonds' all-time home run record and winding up as arguably the best player ever at their position. Mariano Rivera already is, without argument, the best at his, and has been so for a stunningly long time and in particular, when the heat was at its hottest (the postseason) -- though it's admittedly a lesser accomplishment than being an everyday player or even a starter. (Jay Jaffe)|
|2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)||I know it was late on a school night, but anyone watching the post-game interviews would notice that Mo has a bad cold, at best, or the flu, at worst, as he coughed, sneezed and wheezed through the interview. This might have had some influence on Girardi's choices.|
(ddanyc from nyc)
|Let's grant your premise. Now, let's picture the reaction if Alex Rodriguez's postseason availability or performance were affected by a cold. Rivera is fighting something, but it's not a reason to not use him. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Jay,
Is there any particular pitching match-up that you are looking forward to in the series?
And, I assume that Cliff Lee will go after Alex Rodriguez tonight and challenge him. If Rodriguez has some decent at bats, do you think the Phillies pitchers stay away from him until Teixeira or Matsui start hitting?|
(AlexBelth from Bronx)
|Yo Alex! The one I'm actually looking forward to the most is Sabathia versus Howard. Not only are those two very big and very likable dudes facing off, but given the prospect of CC going three times in the series and the questions surrounding Howard's ability to hit lefties, I think that matchup will tell us something about what's going to happen over the next four to seven games.
As for A-Rod, I think the Phillies pitchers will be careful around him. I can see them going after Tex and Godzilla until they start hitting. (Jay Jaffe)
|2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Which players during the playoffs will do the most to alter the public's perception of them [for better or worse]?|
(dtwhite from Toronto)
|Dear god, I hope Alex Rodriguez is one of them. Please.
I like Clayton Kershaw to come up big. (Joe Sheehan)
|2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)||playoff star who is most likely to let down in the playoffs?|
(ct tiger from ct)
|I just hope to god it's not Alex Rodriguez. I just don't want to read, listen, talk about that storyline again. Ever. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Good afternoon Jay ... thanks for the chat.
Has the cloud of PEDs tarnished or thrown into the question the relevance of election to the HOF?
(and yes, I know the exclusion of African-Americans prior to 1947 tarnished the HOF already)
Jeter is a HOFer, yes?
A-Rod, in the wake of his "confession"?
(dianagramr from Cubehenge)
|Hi Diana. I think the question of PEDs and the Hall of Fame is an open one that will take at least a decade to tell us anything even remotely conclusive. As hard as it may be to envision the players outed as steroid users via one means or another actually getting in, I have a much harder time envisioning the Hall's relevance without guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez.
As for Jeter, he's a lock; this year puts him over the line as far as JAWS is concerned, and he's got the kind of resume writers will love. Damon's going to have to get somewhere on his push for 3,000 hits to have much traction; he's got just two All-Star appearances and scores well below average on the Hall of Fame Monitor and HOF Standards metrics. A-Rod will get there eventually, I think, particularly if he keeps to this new STFU PR strategy. (Jay Jaffe)
|2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Here I thought you were ducking a head to head with a KLaw chat...Are we stuck with PEds in baseball being a media story for the next 20 years with the great players of the last decade floundering on the ballot? Ryne Sandberg's comments on the radio about Sosa made me a sad panda...|
(Mike from Chicago)
|Yes. This is going to with us for a long, long time. Clemens' last season was 2007. So 2027. At least. No, wait...Alex Rodriguez. 2037? (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||My life has gone completely to hell since Alex Gordon got hurt, how is his rehab progressing?|
(Derek Martin from Denison, Iowa)
|Pull it together, man! He's progressing well and I think we'll start hearing about a rehab assignment very soon. He's doing well in drills down in ... Surprise? I forget where KC is now. We're just not getting the blanket coverage that Alex Rodriguez got for the obvious reasons. (Will Carroll)|
|2009-03-19 15:00:00 (link to chat)||Who were the last two prospects you can remember generating as much hype going into the draft as Strasburg is right now?|
(mattoves from Wash, DC)
|Mark Prior . . . Alex Rodriguez? (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2009-03-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will, I've heard reports that Alex Rodriguez's hybrid surgery has an 85% to 90% chance of lasting over the course of the season. How do doctors determine such an estimate in such a seemingly unique situation?|
(scottieo2 from portsmouth, ri)
|It's unique to baseball, but it's hardly unique. The technique has been used in hockey and skiing before, and is often used in a standard population as well. Standard population is older and hardly a world-class athlete, but I think it's instructive. (Will Carroll)|
|2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)||Watching the Sports Reporters and watching Selena Roberts and Mike Lupica drill into Alex Rodriguez - why does the media hate the player who may be the greatest player of his generation? What is this REALLY about?|
(John from New York, NY)
|Lieutenant Weinberg: "They beat up on a weakling, and that's all they did. The rest is just smoke-filled coffeehouse crap. They tortured and tormented a weaker kid. They didn't like him." (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)||In the Mitchell report, Eric Gagne's entry still bugs me. It included the results an informal background check done by the Red Sox front office. Given that front offices were fully complying with the investigation - shouldn't we seen a lot more comments from front offices? |
(goiter6 from MN)
|Perhaps. I'll use this question as a jumping-off point for what I hope will be my only steroid comment of the day: Alex Rodriguez has been called to the commissioner's office to discuss his steroid use. (I'm trying to get away from the term "performance-enhanching drugs," since I think it's a loaded phrase in which two words are out of place in a baseball context.) MLB has had the 2003 list since 2004. If they want to ask players on it about their steroid use, why have they waited until one has been outed? Why not ask them all, privately? If Alex Rodriguez can be summoned, why can't the other 103? Or at least interviewed out of the public eye? Or is only information from stars valuable? (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I feel that if every player came clean about what they did, that it would long term be better for everyone. I feel they could do so and espouse with it the same education you all here at BP do. Would it be more detrimental to players to do this than wait for the bad press associated with leaks?|
(1574 from WMA)
|I agree, but the media would crush some of them. Some, they'd ignore. I'm STUNNED that the media isn't asking every player who was around in 2003 if they were on the list. So far I've only heard that Pudge Rodriguez got asked. Alex Rodriguez is supposedly partnering in some way with the Taylor Hooton Foundation. I hope that means that the THF will increase its educational activities.
I'll once again give my suggestion. Just like pink bat day, we have one day where it's "Steroid Education Day" - there's presentations at the games and extra commercials. Players that have tested positive are not allowed to play. Teams give half their receipts and players give half their days pay to help fund education. Give me one good reason why we can't implement this right now. (Will Carroll)
|2008-12-04 13:30:00 (link to chat)||Joe, what do you think the Yankees plan is for the outfield in 09'? As a fan, I think I rather see swisher or a signed abreu back in right rather than Nady as a 155 game starter. Why not play swisher there and sign teixeira? Any chance of that?|
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
|It's the plan I've been advocating all offseason. Mark Teixeria is the best FA since Alex Rodriguez's first time around. If the Yankees think Xavier Nady, who just had a BABIP spike for two months and was Xavier Nady otherwise, is an everyday corner outfielder in the AL, they're insane. He's just a guy, and exactly the type of guy--not someone who has good ABs--who they had too many of last year. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2008-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Joe, what kind of potential exactly do you think Longo has? Could he be the next Alex Rodriguez??|
(Josh from NY)
|The age difference between the two--Rodriguez was just about the best player in baseball at a similar age to--makes that comparison a bit excessive. Longoria won't show Rodriguez's speed, and I doubt he has quite the same upside offensively. .310/.380/.580 for an extended peak, with +15 defense, seems reasonable. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Kevin, I want to talk about Mike Stanton. In the time you've followed the minor leagues, can you ever remember an 18 year old with as much game usable power as Stanton in a full season league? The strikeouts are obviously a concern. But what is the realistic offensive ceiling for Stanton? What is he like defensively? Where does he fit in the Marlins Top 11 and then the overall Top 100?|
(Brian from FLA)
|It's extremely rare -- Alex Rodriguez showed a ton of power at 18. He's not A-Rod, but he's extremely rare. He's a solid outfielder with a good arm, and he's their top prospect in my mind (on first thought). (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2008-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Most unmovable contract in the non-Zito division? Luis Castillo? Johjima? |
(paulbellows from Calgary)
|Since Mike Hampton got traded a few years back, I don't consider anything unmovable, except maybe Prince Fielder in front of a platter of veggie burgers. It's all a matter of how many years you can wait and/or how much money the team can swallow. Helton's owed $57M on his contract through 2011 so that would be pretty difficult to move. The Yankees have a trio that they'd be hard-pressed to trade (Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez) although in the cases of Jeter and Posada, that's as much for non-baseball reasons as for baseball reasons.
But if there's a will, I think anyone could be traded, even Zito. It'd take a ton of creativity and probably a few teams collaborating to disperse the cash (or maybe one big team, like the Yankees, getting something of value along with Zito). But it can be done. (Derek Jacques)
|2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Manny Ramirez in a Joe Torre clubhouse? That should be interesting...
...Or does Joe not care anymore?|
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
|Hey Nick! I think it will be fine so long as Manny's in the lineup instead of Pierre... He got what he asked for, so it's put-up-and-shut-up time for him. And let's face it, the only time Torre's really appeared to have had a problem tamping down on what was going on in the clubhouse was circa 2006 with regards to Alex Rodriguez, who's still bigger and more radioactive than Manny is right now. (Jay Jaffe)|
|2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Joe. What should the Yankees do with Derek Jeter? At this point, I'm not sure where his bat plays.|
(Joe from Washington, DC)
|The window for making Derek Jeter anything but a shortstop closed when Alex Rodriguez was forced to play third base. He'll be a shortstop until he injures himself, his career ends, or he decides it's time to move. Shades of Cal Ripken, but without a guy like Davey Johnson to force the issue. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)||Will, are you insinuating that our man Lincecum was, ahem, over-served during his trip to the Big Apple?|
(Brent from Raleigh)
|I've heard it from a lot of sources, but do I know it to be true? No. What's more interesting to me is that no one that I've seen has written about it. We hear about Madonna and Alex Rodriguez, but we don't hear about most of the pecadillos and foibles of current athletes. The recent episode of a player getting his Batphone caught and then having the Roger Dorn treatment? Nothing. I'm not saying I'm interested in those stories any more than the TMZ tripe that's out there, but the idea that guys like Mantle got away with murder while everything current players do ends up on Page Six is false. (Will Carroll)|
|2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Why do I keep reading about how much trouble the Yankees are in? Hasn't this been the story for three years running now? Slow start, fast finish. Do you see anything to make you think this year will be different from 2005-2007?|
(Joe from Tewksbury, MA)
|Yes. Everybody in the lineup, including Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada is a year older, and with the exception of Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano, they're a year further away from their statistical primes, to say nothing about the fact that Cano looks pretty lost right now. The bench is weak even for a team that's done poorly in that area in the recent past. Seriously, I'd take Chili Davis, Darryl Strawberry, Luis Sojo and Ron Coomer circa 2008 over some of the stiffs they have lying around.
There's that, plus a weak pitching staff where the back of the rotation has been a thorough disaster thus far and the bullpen situation is considered so fragile that there's actually a question about whether they'll move Joba Chamberlain to a starting role this year. Add to that the fact that the AL East has gotten tougher and I think there's no longer any guarantee that the Yankees will contend, let alone win the division.
The other thing in play is the new manager. Through the early season debacles of the last few years, Torre was able to absorb the front office's slings and arrows and still give off a sense of calm confidence that things would eventually turn around. Girardi is protected from the barbs of Hank Steinbrenner at the moment -- his focus appears to be on forcing Brian Cashman out -- but Little Joe is the kind of guy who seems more likely to go Billy Martin bonkers as things get worse, and I don't think that's going to help. (Jay Jaffe)
|2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who is the best overall baserunner on the Yankees?|
(Rob from Andover, CT)
|In 2007 I had Johnny Damon on top at +7 runs with Alex Rodriguez next at +5.2. Derek Jeter usually does well in baserunning and was at +2.4 and Hidecki Matsui was at +2.3.
On the flip side, as usual Jorge Posada was last at -7.6 and Jason Giambi was at -3.5. Robinson Cano also did poorly at -2.2. Those three were also on the bottom in 2006 with Bernie Williams next.
Melky Cabrera (+2) did well in 2006 as did Bobby Abreu (+1.5) but Damon was tops at +5.6.
Based on past performance I'd have to go with Damon. (Dan Fox)
|2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Does Hanley's shoulder surgery knock him from #1 overall spot in draft rankings? Who would you draft first overall?|
(shamah from NYC)
|Alex Rodriguez #1 and I'd put Hanley #3 at his position, let alone overall. (Will Carroll)|
|2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Quick, you have the third overall pick in your fantasy league...who do you take?|
(John from Denver, CO)
|Who went with the first two?
My board looks like: Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols, David Wright, Carl Crawford. (Will Carroll)
|2010-10-06 10:00:00||2010 Playoffs Day One||B.|
You know, I know hating Alex Rodriguez is the hip thing to do, but I really do think he truly loves playing baseball, and I've always liked him for that. (Kevin Goldstein)
|2010-04-05 09:30:00||Season Opener Roundtable||Jake (California): How can I find statistics on multiple-home run games? I would like to find out who had the most multiple-home run games over the past few years. |
That's a job for the awesome Baseball-Reference.com Play Index, which is well worth the subscription price if you lie awake at nights wondering such things.
Here's a list of multi-homer games since 2000: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/b2ezk
Alex Rodriguez leads with 42 of them since then, followed by Manny Ramirez at 36 and Vlad Guerrero at 35. (Jay Jaffe)
|2009-10-28 17:00:00||2009 WS Game One||From tonight? For the Yankees, I'm sure Hideki Matsui's due for something on his knees. Alex Rodriguez's hip remains to be seen. I'm sure there's someone I'm missing there. On the other side, the Phillies are remarkably healthy, something that is a big factor in why they're here. I'm sure I'm skipping someone. (Brett Myers, maybe?) (Will Carroll)|
|2009-10-12 15:00:00||Phillies/Rockies Playoffs Roundtable||To decide that Alex Rodriguez couldn't hit in the postseason, the media had to ignore everything from the start of his career through Game Three of the 2004 ALCS. He *killed* the Twins in the ALDS that year.|
This story never, ever made sense.
Hey, when does Troy Tulowitzki's lost week become a story? (Joe Sheehan)
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