Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Winter Meetings end with the Yankees remaining quiet

The New York Yankees aren’t used to being quiet at this time of year. The Yankees right now are quiet though. I don’t want to be like everyone else and start speculating on what is wrong with the Yankees. I actually don’t think there is anything wrong with them. They went after pitching first and did resign Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Hiroki Kuroda. They have a formidable rotation right now with CC Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova/David Phelps. Their bullpen sets up pretty well also even without Rafael Soriano. The Yankees right now though need a right fielder, a catcher unless they go with what they have and a 3B since Alex Rodriguez is hurt for at least half the season. 
The Yankees did make an offer to Kevin Youkilis on Thursday for one year and 12 million. It looks like it is between them and the Cleveland Indians who have his former manager Terry Francona as their new manager. It is being reported also that Cleveland offered two years, less money per year but the extra year. It will be interested if he ends up with the Yankees. He played most of his career in Boston and was hated by the Yankees fans, also what kind of first clubhouse meeting will it be between him and Joba Chamberlain?? It should be interesting but I do think he may be the best fit for them in that position. He isn’t as good as he used to be but can play a pretty good third and is a high on base guy. He has some power also. The Yankees lost Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger but in the end they may end up with someone better.

The Yankees I think will still end up resigning Ichiro Suzuki and to me that would be the best fit for right field. They are losing a lot of power from Martin, Swisher, Arod but I think they need to get away from that and become more balanced like the great late 90s teams were. It is only December and they don’t need to field a team until the middle of February so there is plenty of time. It doesn’t look like the Yankees will do much or anything big though. They could swing a trade which there is a rumor today that they are shopping Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova. I am not so sure about that and I am sure they would ask for a lot.

Monday, December 3, 2012

MLB Winter Meetings Day One

The Winter Meetings have begun and the Yankees are in the news but not for good reasons. Alex Rodriguez will need surgery on his left hip and be out about half of the season. What does this mean for the Yankees?? Will they make a trade for a third baseman, could they sign a third baseman or will they go with what they have. Brian Cashman the general manager has already said Eduardo Nunez is being strictly seen as a shortstop. Eric Chavez is still out there but can he play everyday for half a season?? Chase Headley is a name that has been mentioned but the Padres told writer Joel Sherman they won’t be trading him. Kevin Youkilis is a free agent although I can’t see him landing with the Yankees. There are a couple of other free agents also like Placido Polanco, we will have to wait and see what the Yankees do but they are being patient. I think it is the right thing to not make a panic move and see how it plays out.

The Yankees may be looking for a catcher although that doesn’t seem as much of a priority as right field. It doesn’t look like the Yankees will make any big moves or sign any big names but you never know with them. I still feel that Ichiro Suzuki will end up back with them and be their right fielder but there hasn’t seemed to be any conversations between the two sides.

Jacob Ruppert an old owner of the Yankees has been posthumously been elected to the baseball Hall Of Fame. A lot of people assumed he was already in for all that he did. He presided over the Yankees first six world championships and brought Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

Tuesday is another day and we will see what that brings. The Red Sox did sign Mike Napoli today to a three year deal. He will play first base for them, Angel Pagan resigned with the San Francisco Giants, four years and 40 million. It looks like R.A. Dickey is a name that is getting a ton of attention, the Mets may move him and a lot of teams are interested but the Mets want a good package for the 2012 NL Cy Young award winner.

New York Jets win a lousy game over the Arizona Cardinals

The New York Jets defeated the Arizona Cardinals by the score of 7-6 on Sunday evening. The game took place at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was a terrible offensive game for both sides. Mark Sanchez was so bad that he was finally benched, not for Tim Tebow though. Tebow was inactive for the game with a couple of fractured ribs. Greg McElroy got his first action and led the Jets to victory. 
Sanchez was 10-21 for 97 yards no touchdowns and he threw three interceptions. McElroy was 5-7 for 29 yards and a touchdown. Shonn Greene led the rushing attack with 24 carries for 104 yards, Bilal Powell had 12 rushes for 58 yards and Joe McKnight had two rushes for eight yards. Stephen Hill led the receivers with five receptions for 40 yards. Jeremy Kerley had three receptions for 37 yards, Jeff Cumberland had two receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown and Dustin Keller had two receptions for 17 yards. Chaz Schilens had two receptions for five yards. Nick Folk was 0-2 in field goal attempts and made the one extra point.

Ryan Lindley was 10-31 for the Cardinals for 72 yards and an interception. Rashad Johnson had one rush for 40 yards, Beanie Wells had 15 rushes for 22 yards and William Powell had four rushes for 18 yards. Larry Fitzgerald had one catch for 23 yards, Michael Floyd had two catches for 22 yards and Rob Housler had four receptions for 15 yards. Early Doucet had two receptions for 13 yards.

Laron Landry had an interception for the Jets and Kerry Rhodes had two for the Cardinals and Patrick Peterson had the other for the Cardinals. Kyle Wilson led the Jets defense with five tackles and an assist. David Harris had ½ a sack, Muhammad Wilkerson had ½ a sack and Bart Scott had a sack. William Gay had a sack for the Cardinals, Adrian Wilson, Sam Acho, Darnell Dockett and David Carter each had ½ a sack.

The Jets record improved to 5-7 and they kept their fading playoff hopes alive. The Cardinals record dropped to 4-8 as they will be playing out the string. The Jets next game will be Sunday afternoon at the Jacksonville Jaguars. The question now for the Jets will be who is their quarterback in that game. I would suspect Greg McElroy but could it be Tim Tebow and will any of the three quarterbacks not dress for the game?? We will have to see in the next couple of days if the Jets announce it.

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