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  1. Quote of the Day: Low-hanging fruit edition

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    But to be fair: sometimes the lowest hanging fruit is the tastiest!

  2. We weren’t expecting that: Jim Edmonds signs with the Cardinals

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Edmonds-jim-100921

    When we heard that Jim Edmonds would soon be announcing his plans, we assumed that his plans included a retirement announcement.  Nope: dude just signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals. Edmonds can still hit.  In 272 plate appearances last year he put up a nice little .276/.342/.504 line with 11 homers.  The problem,…

  3. A thinking man’s approach to Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame candidacy

    Feb 4, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    We have five years until we need to seriously think about Andy Pettitte: Hall of Famer. My view right now is that he’s not. That could change, or it could not. Depends on what I’m able to figure out and what others are able to figure out and express persuasively for his cause. There have been…

  4. Bankruptcy trustee: Mets owners reaped $300 million in phony Madoff profits

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The bluff has been called, the documents have been unsealed and the allegations of just how deeply the Wilpons, Saul Katz and the Mets were in with Bernie Madoff is fairly staggering.  The entire lawsuit can be read here. Among the allegations: the Wilpons, Katz, their families and their business reaped $300 million in fictitious profits.…

  5. The Yankees are kicking the tires on various lefties

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Andy Pettitte is gone. And it’s always the same after a breakup. The spurned one goes cruising for randoms:  Rosenthal reports that people in the Yankees front office are discussing Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, Wade LeBlanc, Clayton Richard and Gio Gonzalez. It’s less a shopping list than a brainstorming session, it seems.  But it certainly…

  6. Pettitte: “I just didn’t have the hunger”

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I’ve been watching Andy Pettitte’s press conference.  It just ended a minute ago.  Some random things that struck me: All of the conflicting reports we’ve heard over the past several months make a lot of sense given how much Pettitte says he wrestled over this.  He said that just two weeks ago he was ready…

  7. Does this “man” look like management to you?

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Champ Mascot

    The caped gentleman in the corner of this post is “Champ,” the mascot of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  His job: to act like a loon, cause trouble, make kids laugh, make crowds cheer and to do a lot of general good will creation.  The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, however, allegedly consider him to be an executive of some…

  8. The Rotoworld Draft Guide is … Go!

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Buy Now

    Yes, I’m shilling something here. But it’s a good something.  The Rotoworld Draft Guide drops today, and you really should consider buying it. What is it?  Tons of analysis, projections, and profiles for over 1,000 players ranging down to A-ball.  Articles covering prospects, keeper-league strategies, mock drafts, sleepers and busts. There are customizable, printable cheat…

  9. Olney on Andy Pettitte: “He would not lie”

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    There are a ton of Andy Pettitte career-remembrances floating around already and more will be added to the pile today (he officially announces his retirement in less than an hour).  I thought Buster Oleny’s was particularly good.  I think you can see most of it even if you’re not an Insider subscriber. The upshot of…

  10. Mustache shirts? Yes, mustache shirts

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    mustache shirt.bmp

    This link has been making the rounds:  T-shirts with stylized mustache dude caricatures from various major league teams. I didn’t check the descriptions to see who each shirt was supposed to represent, but I was able to guess most of them.  I think my favorite one is the Reggie Jackson. Overall I can’t decide if…

  11. New York Times: the Wilpons were warned that Madoff wasn’t a sound investment

    Feb 4, 2011, 7:33 AM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    We may have actual legal documents from the case against the Wilpons as early as today, with both sides giving up all pretense of the conciliatory posture that occasioned the documents being sealed in the first place. The gloves are off and the bankruptcy trustee of the Madoff estate and the Wilpons are going at…

  12. Jim Leyritz gets a job in baseball

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:06 AM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    In December 2007 Jim Leyritz was involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in someone’s death. Last November he was acquitted of the most serious charges against.  Now he has been given a chance to get back into baseball: The Newark Bears of the independent Can-Am League have agreed in principle to hire Leyritz…

  13. Brian McNamee’s defamation suit against Clemens moves forward

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    As we focus our attention on the prosecution of Roger Clemens down in Washington, we’re reminded that there is a defamation suit against him chugging along up in New York.  That one was filed by his former trainer Brian McNamee, and arises out of Clemens’ statements on “60 Minutes” and elsewhere as he engaged in…

  14. The Phillies might sign Gary Matthews Jr.

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Jayson Werth Schmason Schmerth: The Phillies are considering signing outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. to a minor-league contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the two sides can work out a deal, Matthews Jr. would attend minor-league spring training camp. Matthews Jr. can’t hit anymore. He can’t even play defense very well anymore.…

  15. The Madoff trustee cuts off settlement discussions with the Wilpons; wants the case documents made public

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    On Wednesday, the New York Times wrote an article painting the Wilpons in a less-than-wonderful light.  Today, the Wilpons struck back, both in this morning’s Daily News article I linked and in a piece with Darren Rovell over at CNBC.  In the Daily New piece someone “close to the Wilpons” accused the bankruptcy trustee of…

  16. The Braves have trade partners for Kenshin Kawakami

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    Ken Rosenthal reports that two Japanese clubs are willing to take Kenshin Kawakami off the Braves’ hands and pick up more than half of his remaining $6.67 million salary. Kawakami is, at best, the Braves’ sixth starter right now. He has never lived up to his contract and no one in the organization appears to…

  17. Must-Click Link: Andy Pettitte in pictures

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Click Here large

    We have months to talk about what Andy Pettitte retiring means for the Yankees and years to talk about his Hall of Fame chances. But the best way to think about Andy Pettitte today is as a fabulous ballplayer.  In that vein, Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues has put together a great photo retrospective of…

  18. Kevin Millwood is asking for a lot of money

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    For those teams with a starting pitching opening [cough!] Yankees [cough!], know this: you’ll need a lot of money to get Kevin Millwood. Here’s Buster: Heard this: Millwood is looking for $4-$5 millon for 2011, which is significantly more than some teams willing to consider. Eh, no one seems that desperate. Especially for a guy…

  19. Is Andy Pettitte a Hall of Famer?

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    Too early? Nonsense! When we ask if someone is a Hall of Famer, we’re really asking two questions. (1) Does he deserve to make the Hall of Fame?; and (2) Will he make the Hall of Fame, deserving or not. First question:  They give a guy a five year waiting period for a reason, but…

  20. With Pettitte retiring, how screwed are the Yankees?

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    I’ve been putting off thinking about the Yankees rotation until we knew for sure what was going on with Andy Pettitte. He’s too good a pitcher and can make too big a difference to make any kind of pronouncement without knowing his status.  Now that he’s apparently retiring, however, let’s ask the question:  Is the…

  21. Andy Pettitte to retire tomorrow

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Yankees announcer and ESPN Radio host Michael Kay just tweeted the following: I have learned that Andy Pettitte will officially retire tomorrow. [More] details to come….Michael Ken Rosenthal has a source that is confirming that Pettitte will retire tomorrow. Jack Curry of YES Network has a full story on it here. He’s heading to New…

  22. The Royals sign Pedro Feliz

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Pedro Feliz

    The Kansas City Royals have the best farm system in all of baseball.  The big club though? Let’s just say that it hasn’t improved much this winter. Dayton Moore has signed third baseman Pedro Feliz to a minor league contract. It’s not big money — only a million bucks if he makes the team and earns…

  23. Scott Boras explains the Jayson Werth contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    This is classic. Scott Boras was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden yesterday and the subject of Jayson Werth‘s gigantic contract came up.  Bowden — as is his admirable wont — cut through the courtesy stuff and simply told Boras “I just can’t believe you pulled that off.” Boras, however, gave a long and seemingly thoughtful explanation as…

  24. Bryce Harper swings a big stick. Literally.

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Quite literally. Courtesy of Nationals Enquirer, here’s Bryce Harper swinging a bat that measures 36 inches and weighs 47 ounces.  Most ballplayers use a bat that’s between 30 and 34 ounces, so this bad boy is as much as a pound heavier than what’s typical.  Doesn’t look like he’s laboring too much either. Dudes: if…

  25. Red Sox Nation is full of lunatics

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Red Sox fans

    Hey, don’t yell at me. It’s your manager saying so at yesterday’s Red Sox Town Hall: The topic often meandered back to the excitement level, and each panel member discussed what it was like to perform their duties in a baseball-mad town like Boston. Francona may have summed it up best when he talked about…

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