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"Zero chance" the Yankees sign Bay or Holliday

Dec 29, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT

I’ve suspected for a while that the Yankees whole “we’re going to start Brett Gardner in left field” talk was just that, and that eventually they’d sign a big bat out there.  Remember when Bubba Crosby was going to start and then they went out and signed Johnny Damon?  Yeah, that sort of thing.

Not this time, a Yankees official tells the Daily News. At least not one of the big guys like Bay and Holliday:

But missing out on DeRosa does not mean the Yankees will seek an expensive option such as Matt Holliday or Jason Bay
for their left-field opening, one Yankee official said before the deal
was made. “No chance on Matt Holliday, no chance on Jason Bay,” the
official said. “Zero. None. Underline it.”

Underline it? OK, I will.  Reed Johnson. Jerry Hairston, Jr. Maybe even Brett Gardner.  Believe it or not, the Bronx Bombers are going low budget here.

At least at this one position. At least until they give Carl Crawford $90 million next year.

  1. judyj - Dec 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    They know what they are doing. Enough said.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Dec 29, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    By the way that is Carl Crawford and Joe Mauer!

  3. YankeesfanLen - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    I’ll go along with YANKEES 1996 on this one, as well as Craig’s Crawford prediction. Cashman just seems to hate the current crop of free agents and is willing to sit the rest out. After all we made incremental improvements with Granderson at least.
    Next year will be like the set-up for ’09- Crawford, a hearty attempt at Mauer, and more money for Jeter and Mo.
    From the business angle, YES will have a full season of higher ratings and revenue, the ’09 Yanks weren’t quite on fire the first third of the year. That’s where the $230M payroll for ’11 will come from.
    Old Gator- I’ll make you a Borg fan yet, you’ve expressed your displeasure for the locals enough to make me think you’re vulnerable.
    Rabbit- Sorry, couldn’t afford Pirates, next year they’ll be knocked down and coupons offered.

  4. GBSimons - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Shouldn’t that be Carl Crawford and Joe Mauer?

  5. GBSimons - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Nuts, my HTML tags didn’t work. Crawford’s and Mauer’s names were supposed to be underlined.

  6. Tom - Dec 29, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Is Carl Crawford that much better than Matt Holliday? If you check out their fangraph pages, Holliday is far superior to Craword. And Crawford will only be 7 months younger at this time next year than Holliday is now.

  7. YANKEES1996 - Dec 29, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Yes, Carl Crawford is that much better! He is faster than Holliday, covers more ground than Holliday, is a better fielder than Holliday, steals more bases than Holliday and is a good top of the order hitter. Holliday also struggled against AL pitching while with Oakland. Given the choice between the two I would have to go with Crawford as it appears that the Yankees are also inclined to do.

  8. joe - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    no by the that is carl crawford,joe mauer,and cliff lee

  9. joe - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    no by the that is carl crawford,joe mauer,and cliff lee

  10. guitarken - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Yes, Joe Mauer, Cliff Lee (if Seattle doesn’t sign him), and Carl Crawford.

  11. Tom - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    I’m not saying that we have to take these two pages as gospel or anything like that but here’s a statistical comparison of the two:
    Matt Holliday:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1873&position=OF
    Carl Crawford:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1201&position=OF
    Holliday has been better the last three years. Even when he “struggled” in Oakland he still had a higher OPS than Crawford did this season. Crawford may or may not be slightly better, but he certainly is not “much better” than Matt Holliday.
    Most importantly the Yankees don’t even know if Crawford will be a free agent. Why would you plan for something that may not even have a chance of happening?

  12. YANKEES1996 - Dec 29, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    I believe that the Yankees position on Matt Holliday vs. Carl Crawford is pretty well known by now. Crawfords’ contract expires at the end of the 2010 season, I don’t see the Rays coming up with the type of contract it will take to keep him. If they don’t trade him at the deadline in 2010 he is a free agent at the end of the season. There were rumblings this past season that the Rays were entertaining the idea of trading Crawford, I do not think his future is in Tampa.

  13. The Rabbit - Dec 29, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Hope you had a happy holiday, Len.
    Santa did not leave me enough money to make an offer on the Pirates; therefore, I am unable to make you and Craig VP offers at this time.
    I’ll just have to keep investing $2 a week in the Powerball.

  14. LetsBUYEvery1 - Dec 29, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Is there anything more funny than the tag team of Len/ Judy and Yankees1996?
    Cashman screwed up royally for 9 years and billions of U.S. dollars (yes, billions) between championships, and these Yankee fans think Cashman suddenly became genius overnight and free agency answers everything.
    My god.

  15. XTrust_No1X - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    The 27 Time World Series Chhampion, The Legendary New York Yankees are actually laying low, like a Salt water Croc, laying just under the water, ready to pounce, but it’s not thins off-season every Yankees hater should worry about, because what they don’t spend and save this year, the next off-season free agency is going to be like those stupid water buffalo’s going down to the river for a drink, and thenm WHAM!!! The Croc jumps out of the water, grabs a full grown Water Buffalo, and drags him under. Well, think of next off-season’s free agency just like that, the Yankees will SPEND SPEND SPEND!!! First up, is a replacement for the future Hall of Famer, Jorge Posada. And, that means that Joe Mauer will definitely be in their gunsites. Someone said, that Joe Mauer could get $30 Million a year, No Problem, Hey YES NETWORK! Open up the vault and peal off $210,000,000 for Seven years, and Walla, Joe Mauer is a Yanks, then next target, Will be the replacement for another Future Hall of Famer, Andy Pettite when Andy retires after this 2010 season, OK Hey YES NETWORK, peal off $150,000,000 for 7 years and Walla, Cliff Lee is now member of the New York Yankees… Then, let’s see,,HmmmnnnOh Yeah, Hey YES NETWORK, open the Vault one more time and peal off $90,000,000 for 5 years and Walla, the Yankees have just added Carl Crawford. OK, then, let’s see what we need once the ink drys on our new free agents. The Yankees will be back to the dinning table when we parlay a little down in Florida and get instructions for our next corporate raid!!! So, how did the Yankees do??? Now, you Yankees haters, you better get use to this senerio, because it’s going to happen next year, don’t let it be said, I didn’t warn you guys!

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