Monthly Archives: December 2008

Merry Teix-mas!

Wow. That was out of the blue. The Yankees just signed former Angels All-Star 1st baseman Mark Teixeira to a reported 8 year 180 million dollar deal December 23, 2008. This has been an amazing off-season for the Yankees, from Sabathia, to Burnett, and now Teixeira. It looks like the $27 million luxury tax placed on the Yankees didn’t really affect their plans this off-season as they have, arguably, the top 3 free agents available. The Mark Teixeira acquistion though has both its pros and cons.

 

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Pros:

  1. They have Teixeira for 8 years and he is a consistent, power hitter
  2. Teixeira is a gold-glove 1st baseman, which is a serious up grade over Jason Giambi.
  3. Teixeira is relatively young, 29, and has alot of skills left on his plate
  4. Mark is adjusted to both the American and National leagues
  5. Most Yankee fans will be happy about this acquistion and come to see more games 

 

Cons:

  1. They signed Teixeira for eight whole years, and if he doesn’t put up his part is anyone thinking of the next Kevin Brown?
  2. He will be 37 at the end of his contract which is pretty old for a baseball player
  3. He will be blocking the up-rising of Yankee first basemen for eight years which could prevent a top prospect from coming out onto the bigs.
  4. He will cause a log jam with the outfield since Swisher is going to be an outfielder and the Yankees now have six outfielders, Nick Swisher, Xavier Nady, Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera, and Brett Gardner.
  5. This will envoke more Yankee haters into saying “Money can’t buy a World Series!”

 

This is my response to that last con. The Yankees waited patiently and gave all the other teams their chance to get Teix. The Yankees bid about as much as the Nationals did and it was Mark Teixeira’s preference to sign with the Yankees. You can’t say that money completely bought Teixeira over to the Yankees in this situation if you think about it.

I probably won’t be able to post from 12/24 to12/31 because it is the holidays and I am going on vacation.

 

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

The Manoman 

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Early Division Predictions: AL Central

Phew, it was able to save this time. (see entry titled, Why???) The AL Central division is tough to rank and there were many close calls but I think I make the right picks. As you may have noticed in my last Division Rankings, I accompany each of my picks with an explanation to why I chose them for that spot.With that done, let the picks roll!

Minnesota Twins: The “M” Men, Mauer and Morneau, head a young, steady offense that includes 2007 R.O.Y. runner up, Delmon Young, Denard Span, and Carlos Gonzalez, who came over from the Mets in the Santana trade. It appears as though the Santana trade actually benefited the Twins as they saved a huge chunk of payroll and received some nice prospects in return. Fransisco Liriano is a solid ace and he has a good supporting cast in Glen Perkins and Kevin Slowey. Joe Nathan is an amazing closer and he is surrounded by good relievers.

 

 

 

   Chicago White Sox: The starting rotation will survive even after the Vazquez trade with Gavin Floyd and John Danks leading the way. Alexei Ramirez, Jermaine Dye, and Carlos Quentin are the White Sox’s best hitters and Cuban import Dayan Viciedo, whom the White Sox got for 4 years, 10 million, could be the next Hanley Ramirez.  Bobby Jenks is a solid closer and has been refining his game. He is decreasing his velocity to cultivate his off-speed pitches leading to a 3.63 E.R.A. with 30 saves out of 34 save opportunities last year.   

 

 Cleveland Indians: Grady Sizemore had a 30-30 season last year and is considered one of the best hitters is the game despite his .268 average. Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner will probably have comeback seasons and Matt LaPorta will be on his way up soon to aid the offense. Cliff Lee was arguably the best pitcher in the game last season after posting a 22-3 record and a 2.54 E.R.A. and winning the AL Cy Young Award. Along with him, on the Cleveland staff, their are Fausto Carmona and Aaron Laffey. Wood will be a great closer, health permitting, and his supporting cast Jensen Lewis and Joe Smith, are decent.

 

 Detroit Tigers: What can I say? They had Cabrera, Granderson, Ordonez, Guillen, and Polanco yet still finished fifth in their division. Verlander will probably revert to his 07′ form with Galargga and Jackson solid behind him. Rick Porcello is projected to make it to the bigs in September 2009 or early 2010 which will be a boost to their pitching. Rodney is an ower-powering closer and has an okay bullpen around him with Zumaya and Seay.

 

   Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon, Jose Guillen, Coco Crisp Mike Aviles, and Mike Jacobs are all parts of an offense that now also includes minor league masher Kila Ka’aihue. Meche and Bannister, the Royals’ 1-2 punch, would be most team’s 3-4 punches. Joakim Soria is a found jewel of a closer and Kyle Farnsworth and Ron Mahay are interesting pitchers. Look for the Royals to come together in 2010 or 2011.

 

Coming up in the next few days, The Early Division Predictions of the…AL West.

 

Happy Holidays!

The Manoman

Happy Holidays!

This entry is dedicated to the holidays and winter. Here are just some tidbits of holiday happiness:

 

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The holidays are right around the corner and there’s a strong possibility of a White Christmas this year.

 

Rocco Baldelli received an early holiday present last week when he discovered that his doctors mis-diagnosed him with mitochondial disease, a non treatable disease which causes fatigue and the mitochondria cannot produce alot of energy (ATP). My cousin also has it so I know its a difficult disease to live through. Rocco discovered he really had channel-opothy, a non-progressive, highly treatable disease. This will definetly aid him with his free agency.

 

Mark Teixeira will make a decision on a team this week, according to a Major League Source, bringing a present to whichever team signs him. This will finally end all his controversy surrounding his free agency.

 

The Giambino is also likely to bring a holiday present to the Oakland A’s as he is speaking with Billy Beane on bringing him back to Oakland for 2-3 years.

 

Well, that’s all for today. Remember, I encourage you to leave comments and enjoy my blog.

 

Enjoy the last days of 08′!

 

The Manoman

 

 

 

   

Why???

WHY???

Of Course after I write my predictions for the AL Central I go to click save and it doesn’t save and as I try to go back to my entry it notifies me that my entry was last auto saved at 9:00 this morning when I only had my title. So, I’m sorry to say the AL Central rankings won’t be here until tomorrow but I’ll post them as soon as I can.  

 

Happy Holidays!

The Manoman

 

1st Comment Ever!!!

I would like to thank Jane Heller, a fellow Yankee fan, for leaving me my first comment ever!!!She commented on my rankings and suggested we add another bat to the Yankee squad.I wanted to give Jane my thanks and my recognition as she took part in this memorable event. Jane was able to reach the top 100 MLB Blogs list and her blog is Confessions of a She- Fan. She is also writing a book named Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the Yankees, so be sure to take a look at it when it reaches shelves in February, 2009. Visit her blog as it deserved the honor bestowed upon it.

 

Congratulations Jane,

 

The Manoman 

Early Division Predictions: AL East

Okay, I know that it’s still really early in the offseason but I feel the need to write about my super early division rankings. What that basically is, is what placements I think teams are going to receive in their divisions. Over the next 6 to 7 days I will be writting my different division rankings. First up is the AL East:

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AL East

1. Yankees: They just got CC and A.J. Burnett and replaced Giambi with Swisher while also getting a great pitching prospect in the White Sox trade, Kanekoa Teixeira, in exchange for Betemit,and pitching prospects Jeffrey Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Rivera’s one of the best closers ever. They have a stacked line up and a killer rotation.

2. Rays: Solid rotation with Shields, Kazmir, Garza, and Sonnastine. Don’t forget about David Price their pitching stud. They can use Grant Ballfour, Dan Wheeler, or Troy Percival, if he’s healthy, in the closer’s role. They have Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, and B.J. Upton who are players who consistently deliver and have a stacked farm system and will dominate for years to come.

3. Red Sox: Good rotation with Dice-K, Beckett, and Lester leading the way. Papelbon is dominant in the bullpen. Having Lowell out hurts them but they still have a great line up and they are a nice combination of old and new.

4. Blue Jays: Roy Halladay leads a questionable rotation now without A.J. Burnett. They have Wells, Rios, and intriguing players Travis Snider and Adam Lind. Need to at least acquire a mid- level pitching player to have a slim chance of competing in this tough division.

5. Orioles: Obtaining Mark Texeira would give them an immense boost to their offense. Their best hitter right now is Nick Markakis and he is a stud. The Orioles need more pitching for sure as their rotation headlined by Jeremy Gurthie isn’t really steady. Sherril is a decent closer and Matt Wieters will be the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year if Price doesn’t beat him out.

Look for the rankings of the AL Central in the next two days.

Bye for now!

The Manoman  

My First Entry

All right, this is my first post. Just to let you know my name is The Manoman and as my title states I love the Yankees, Rays, and Major League Baseball. Crazy right? 2 different types of teams, one a big spender, one a smaller market team. I live in the North-East and up until the 2007 offseason I was a total Yankee fan and then once the Rays got Garza and Bartlett and changed the uniforms I was convinced they were going to be dominant in the AL East and what do you know they’re AL Champions. My very wise father actually predicted this before me, so I got to give him the credit. I’ll be posting alot from now on so get ready as I am a complete baseball fan. GO MLB!!!!