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    2008 NY Yankees Trade, release, free agent rumors

    Jason Giambi likely playing final games with Yankees this weekend

    BY MARK FEINSAND
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    Friday, September 26th 2008, 12:59 AM

    TORONTO - Jason Giambi came to New York seven years ago as one of the most feared hitters in the league, hoping to carry on the winning tradition in the Bronx.

    This weekend, he will likely play the final three games of his Yankees career, and while there are no championship rings on his fingers, Giambi wouldn't trade in his experience in New York for anything.

    "It's flown by," Giambi said before Thursday night's 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays. "I've had the time of my life here, no doubt about it. It's been great. I've enjoyed every minute."

    Giambi, 37, has 209 home runs as a Yankee, tied with Alex Rodriguez for 10th most in club history. Some of those longballs have been memorable, such as his game-winning, 14th-inning grand slam in the rain against the Twins in May 2002 or the two solo shots he hit off Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS that helped set the stage for the Yankees' comeback.

    But when people look back at Giambi's tenure in New York, the thing they'll .remember most is the steroid controversy that made him the poster child for all that was wrong with baseball. Giambi found himself embroiled in the BALCO scandal, missed time with a benign pituitary tumor in 2004 and was on his way to being one of the biggest busts in free agent history.

    Somehow, through all of it, he emerged relatively unscathed.

    In December 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Giambi admitted in grand jury testimony a year earlier that he had injected himself with performance-enhancing drugs. Following a winter of talk that the Yankees would try to void his contract, Giambi held a press conference in February 2005 to apologize for his actions. He never directly said why he was apologizing, but over time, the fans forgave him, as he returned to being one of the most popular players on the team.

    "I knew that I came back when Coney said, 'You did it,' " Giambi said, referring to a conversation in July with David Cone. "I said, 'What did I do?' It was mustache day, and he said, 'You got the fans back. You worked hard, you've been that guy and you were honest.' I worked hard to get back where I was."

    Giambi credited his managers and coaches for helping him stay positive and battle through the adversity, but it was an act by Derek Jeter in the spring of 2005 that meant the most to him.

    "He stepped up and said, 'He's my teammate, he's my friend and we'll welcome him back,' " Giambi said. "That's a very controversial issue for who he is and what he represents, so for him to do that, he's a great friend and I'll never forget that."

    After Giambi hit .195 with three homers and six RBI through the first five weeks of the 2005 season, the Yankees asked him to go to the minors, but he refused. He went on a tear after that, finishing the season with a .271 average, 32 homers and 87 RBI, enough to earn him Comeback Player of the Year honors.

    While injuries cost him half of both the 2004 and '07 seasons, Giambi played in at least 139 games in each of his other five years with the Yankees, hitting at least 32 home runs in each.

    "To not have a little doubt, I wouldn't be human," Giambi said of his comeback. "Of course there was always a little doubt, but I knew in my heart that if I figured out what was the matter when I was sick that I would come back and work hard. I always had the same work ethic, so that wasn't going to be a problem. I made it."

    Where will Giambi go from here? The Yankees hold a $23 million option for 2009, which they will certainly buy out for $5 million. Giambi hopes to play for several more years, so he'll be looking for a multiyear deal this winter.

    One potential suitor could be the Blue Jays, according to a source, as Giambi has a relationship with GM J.P. Ricciardi from their days together in Oakland and Toronto could use another big bat.

    Giambi might be leaving New York without a ring, but he won't downplay his six trips to the playoffs when he looks back at his pinstriped career.

    "I thought we would go to the World .Series a lot more, but it tells you that what those guys did was incredible," he said of the 1996-2000 Yankees.

    Wherever Giambi winds up, his time in New York will have made a huge impact on his life - and not just on his wallet or his career statistics.

    "From the person I was before I got here to the person I am now, the things I've gone through, all the ups and downs; knock on wood, I made it through," Giambi said. "I really did. I'm a better person."

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    Do the Yankees do what they've been doing (unsuccessfully) for the last eight years by signing every free agent and their mother or do they do they copy the Red Sox mold of building through the farm?
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    The $7 million dollars it will cost the Yankees to buy out Jason Giambi, Carl Pavano and Damaso Marte is more than the Red Sox will be paying for Papelbon, Ellsbury, Lowrie, Pedroia, Lester, Ellsbury, Masterson and Delcarmen next season combined.

    You're right.. I can't say with 100% certainty that this team is screwed yet, but this an offseason with extreme importance to the next decade of Yankees baseball and there's a good chance given the ineptitude of Hank Steinbrenner that this team goes completely down the crapper this winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soxmuscle View Post
    Do the Yankees do what they've been doing (unsuccessfully) for the last eight years by signing every free agent and their mother or do they do they copy the Red Sox mold of building through the farm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soxmuscle View Post
    The $7 million dollars it will cost the Yankees to buy out Jason Giambi, Carl Pavano and Damaso Marte is more than the Red Sox will be paying for Papelbon, Ellsbury, Lowrie, Pedroia, Lester, Ellsbury, Masterson and Delcarmen next season combined.

    You're right.. I can't say with 100% certainty that this team is screwed yet, but this an offseason with extreme importance to the next decade of Yankees baseball and there's a good chance given the ineptitude of Hank Steinbrenner that this team goes completely down the crapper this winter.
    You mean this is the end of the Yankees?

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    I just don't happen to think with the personnel they have running the show that they'll be the Yankees we've come to know and _____ over the last 10-20 years.

    Why the laughs? Do you disagree?
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    I wish they would bring back Gene Micheal, he was the man partly responsible for the success the Yankees had in the 90's.

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    Joe Girardi throws no curveballs, says Yankees need new starters

    BY ANTHONY MCCARRON
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    Monday, September 29th 2008, 9:10 PM

    In what could be perceived as an open casting call to elite free-agent-to-be pitchers such as CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, Joe Girardi said Monday there would be "a conscious effort" to upgrade the Yankees' starting rotation this winter.

    Girardi headed into what figures to be an offseason of uncertainty for the Yanks by saying, "The project is, in a sense, big, because we probably have to add a few people to the rotation. But the whole scope of things, you wouldn't necessarily say that you have to fix everything. The focus is the rotation."


    Girardi believes the Yankees have "a lot of good pieces in that locker room," and said that beginning the season with the same players at third, short and second base and the with same bullpen would be "pretty comfortable."

    But the rotation needs "some guys who can give you some innings, the 200-plus innings."

    The Yankees had two pitchers do that this year - Andy Pettitte and Mike Mussina. But no one else came close. Only two other pitchers, Darrell Rasner and Joba Chamberlain, even cracked 100 innings.


    Girardi spoke at a press conference at the Stadium before starting the fall vacation he never wanted. Only a handful of players showed up to clean out their lockers, Hideki Matsui and Pettitte among them, and there were signs all over that the Yankees were moving out of their old home.

    The nameplates inside each locker were gone, perhaps headed home with the player or destined for sale as memorabilia. Most of the chairs in front of players' lockers were gone, too.

    "You could look back at a lot of different weeks or months and, if we had played better, we would've been in the playoffs," said Girardi, who spent most of his talk concentrating on next year.



    Girardi acknowledged that he hoped GM Brian Cashman would return - Cashman's contract is up Oct. 31 - and that Cashman would probably decide soon. After all, little planning for a rotation overhaul can start without the Yankees being sure who will lead their executives. Girardi also said "to become more athletic is important."

    Exactly how the rotation will look at the beginning of next season is impossible to predict, considering that it's unclear whether Pettitte and Mussina will retire or whether the Yanks will use Chamberlain as a starter or reliever. Chien-Ming Wang figures to be recovered from his foot injuries, though.

    Young pitchers Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy might have been put on notice, though Girardi disputed the idea that giving them rotation spots last spring was a mistake. However, nothing will be handed to them next spring - Girardi said the duo, along with Alfredo Aceves, would have to prove they belong in the majors.

    "Is it possible one of them could be in the rotation next year? Yes," Girardi said. "It's possible that none of them are."

    Thirteen different pitchers made starts for the Yankees this season, meaning they had to patch rotation holes all year due to injury and ineffectiveness. They want to create a situation in 2009 where they'll have quality replacements if something goes wrong with one of their starters. Perhaps, Girardi suggested, pitchers such as Hughes and Kennedy can fit the replacement role because the manager is eying "more experience in our staff, guys who can take the ball every fifth day.

    "But to do those things, obviously, you dive into the free agent market and you have to be able to sign some people. That's a two-way street. They have to want to come. The other way to do it is through trades."

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    The Yankees had two pitchers do that this year - Andy Pettitte and Mike Mussina. But no one else came close. Only two other pitchers, Darrell Rasner and Joba Chamberlain, even cracked 100 innings.
    Andy and Mike may not even come back next year.

    Girardi acknowledged that he hoped GM Brian Cashman would return - Cashman's contract is up Oct. 31 - and that Cashman would probably decide soon. After all, little planning for a rotation overhaul can start without the Yankees being sure who will lead their executives. Girardi also said "to become more athletic is important."
    I wouldn't be surprised if when he does come back his GM responsibility will be share.

    More athletic? they have been saying this since they lost the last WS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soxmuscle View Post
    You.....beat.....me....to my game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    You.....beat.....me....to my game.
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    Giambi should have never went to NY! They made him shave!!!!! He was never the same!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malley View Post
    Giambi should have never went to NY! They made him shave!!!!! He was never the same!
    I think his stopping the steroids had something to do with his numbers decline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Are Baboon View Post
    I think his stopping the steroids had something to do with his numbers decline.
    Nonsense......it was all the facial hair. It gave him massive strength!

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    Buster Olney had a report today stating that Jake Peavy was available.

    Do the Yankees do what they probably should have done with Santana and throw the house (prospects) at the Padres to get him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by soxmuscle View Post
    Buster Olney had a report today stating that Jake Peavy was available.

    Do the Yankees do what they probably should have done with Santana and throw the house (prospects) at the Padres to get him?
    I thought you were against this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soxmuscle View Post
    Buster Olney had a report today stating that Jake Peavy was available.

    Do the Yankees do what they probably should have done with Santana and throw the house (prospects) at the Padres to get him?
    I think they'll throw eleventy billion dollars at CC Sabathia. Then the Sox can kick his ass in the playoffs. Again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    I thought you were against this?
    I am.

    I think Hughes is going to be good.

    Him, Cano, Kennedy and a couple of others would almost certainly have to be involved to make a deal for Peavy, which is why I'm kind of for it.
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    Cano has fell out of favor for his lazy play.

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    After winning 20 for first time, Mike Mussina's plans for 2009 still on hold

    BY MARK FEINSAND
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    Most baseball insiders believe that Mike Mussina is ready to take his 270 wins and ride off into the sunset.

    FIXING THE YANKEES FOR 2009

    Of course, the only opinion that matters is Mussina's, and the pitcher hasn't spent much time thinking about his future since the Yankees' season ended nine days ago.

    Reached Monday at his home in Montoursville, Pa., Mussina told the Daily News that he is still undecided when it comes to playing next season.

    PDF: NEWS' 2009 YANKEES

    "Not yet," Mussina said when asked if he was close to a verdict. "I'm just enjoying being home right now."

    Mussina, who won his last start of the season to record the first 20-win campaign of his 18-year career, hinted after that game that he was prepared to hang up his spikes, though the idea of making a run at 300 wins - not to mention another chance at capturing that elusive championship ring - might be enough to bring him back in 2009.

    THE FANS VOTE: YANKEES KEEP 'EM OR DUMP 'EM

    "I haven't really put a timetable on it," Mussina said of his decision. "The playoffs are still going on and it still seems like the season just ended. I'm not rushing after it, but I know sooner or later I'm going to have to figure out what I want to do."

    Having struggled so badly in 2007 that he was removed from the Yankees' rotation in August, Mussina bounced back with one of the best seasons of his career, finally getting the 20-win monkey off his back after winning 19 in both 1995 and '96.

    Mussina, who will turn 40 on Dec. 8, went 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA this season, anchoring a Yankees rotation that was beset by injuries (Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain) and underachieving rookies (Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy) to help keep the Bombers in the playoff race into September.

    After beating the Red Sox on Sept. 28 for No. 20, Mussina said he was "completely satisfied" with his career if this were the end, though he left the door open for a return and a run at 300 wins.

    "As of right now, it's my last game in my last year, so I don't know what the future holds," Mussina said at Fenway Park that night. "It could be my last year or it may not be my last year, but when you get to your 18th season, it could always be your last year."

    Should Mussina decide to retire, he'll finish with a 270-153 record, a 3.68 ERA, five All-Star appearances, 2,813 strikeouts and a résumé that will give Hall of Fame voters something to think about when his name appears on the ballot.

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    I think the Yankers should give Mussina four years/$60 million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Are Baboon View Post
    I think the Yankers should give Mussina four years/$60 million.
    2 years.....at least till he wins 300.

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    Agreed. 2 years will give him enough time to get to 300 wins and 3000 Ks, both of which he'll need to make the HOF.

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    I saw him pitch this past year, I was down on him in '07 but he turned it around this year....he is getting old though.

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    Maybe I'm wrong about him.

    Even though he walked five, Phil Hughes pitched five scoreless innings Tuesday for the Javelinas of the AFL.
    Hughes allowed just one hit and struck out seven. Still, issuing five walks and hitting a batter versus Double- and Triple-A competition isn't very impressive. Rangers prospect Julio Borbon, who walked just 29 times in 546 at-bats this season, drew two of the free passes.
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    Mussina should fade away to the National League on a three year deal where he'll be able to both maximize his value and pitch in the inferior league.

    You'd have to think there will be a lot of NL contenders vying for his services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soxmuscle View Post
    Maybe I'm wrong about him.
    To me he pitched pretty good, I didn't see all of his games but last year he was pretty good, although I didn't look like he can pitch many innings.

    This year he looked ordinary.

    When was that game played?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soxmuscle View Post
    Mussina should fade away to the National League on a three year deal where he'll be able to both maximize his value and pitch in the inferior league.

    You'd have to think there will be a lot of NL contenders vying for his services.
    His preference is to be close to home, I heard he prefers the AL for some reason.

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    The Yankees are said to want to sign two out of three starting pitchers they're coveting -- CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe.

    Sabathia is their No. 1 target. But Yankees players seem to love the idea of signing Burnett, a pitcher who has dominated them.

    The Yankees are not expected to curb their spending as revenues are expected to increase by $100 million in their new ballpark.
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