Thursday, January 24, 2013

The "American Idle" Carl Pavano Strikes Again

I know this is not really Yankees related but when I read this story about the most recent Carl Pavano injury I just could not resist. Carl Pavano was being coveted by teams, including the Colorado Rockies as the front runners and the Mets as another potential suitor, but that interest has subsided after Carl Pavano ruptured his spleen after a fall at his home while he was shoveling snow. Really Carl? You must have the worst luck in the world! It will take Carl six to eight years months weeks to recover according to initial reports. He already missed the last four months of the 2012 season with a shoulder injury and now that he will miss most, if not all, of Spring Training I cannot see him signing any time soon. Best of luck Carl and I really mean that because luck is something you truly need.

Yankees Sign Dan Johnson To Minor League Deal

The Yankees have announced that they have signed 1B Dan Johnson to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Dan is entering his age 33 season and will earn 900K if he makes it to the big leagues at any time in 2013. I cannot see him as anything more then our starting first basemen for the Scranton Rail Riders because of his lack of speed, batting for average, or anything productive like that. Cannot go wrong with a minor league deal though in my opinion.

Justin Upton Traded

It's a sad day for Yankee fans like myself.

Justin Upton has been traded... to Atlanta.

The Braves will reportedly send Martin Prado, prospects Nick Ahmed and Brandon Drury, and young right-handers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill. Along with Upton, the Diamondbacks will send third baseman Chris Johnson to Atlanta.

I was really hoping Cashman had a deal in the works, and the news was going to come out of nowhere for us. It turns out that the Yankees never really had much interest in dealing for Upton, which is a real shame. Maybe there's something else being talked about, but this is not news I wanted to wake up to.

Scott Hairston Comes Off Board, Signs With Cubs

The Yankees had some interest in the best right handed hitting outfielder on the market Scott Hairston but he came off the board early this morning when he signed a two year deal with the Chicago Cubs. Scott's deal is worth $6 million over two years if all his incentives are met. Last week we were told that he was choosing between only the New York teams, the Mets and the Yankees, so this signing comes as a surprise to many. The happiest people alive this morning have to be Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler because one of them is almost guaranteed a roster spot now.