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I'm not sure they would say goodbye, but they'd at least think about it....so far the only names he's been tied to are Lee and Halladay, and Weaver isn't in their class...but he's no doubt a top tier talent. My bigger objection is that Wells would get thrown into that trade, and even worse, that Banuelos would...I wouldn't trade Montero for ANYBODY + Wells, and he thinks that Weaver and Wells for Montero AND Banuelos would make sense?
yeah...except Salty is 26 and hasn't been a prospect in years, whereas Montero is 21 and still has stuff to learn. I'm totally in favor of calling up montero and stashing Cervelli in AAA, but to compare the Sox with Salty and the Yankees with Montero, and praise the sox for playing Salty at catcher is just shortsighted.
whether or not you believe it, Montero is still officially listed as a catcher. the idea is that he'd be back up catcher instead of the .175 hitting cervelli, allowing girardi to rest Martin more often, as well as getting some at-bats from DH instead of the seemingly inept Posada.
That might be the worst trade ever. especially considering you said Jeff Weaver (you meant Jered) and Miguel Montero (you meant Jesus). You think the Yankees would trade their top two prospects for Weaver, who has one year of arb left before no longer being under team control, and Wells, who is due $21M a year for the next 3 years after this season? Wow. Just wow.
Would anyone be surprised if the Yankees asked Montero to spend a few weeks at the Pena (Tony, not Ramiro) household in hopes of making a major breakthrough, much like swisher reported lived with the Longs (Kevin, not me) last winter to work on hitting? If nothing else, then as a last ditch effort to make him **serviceable** behind the plate, before full time DH?
Side note, RiverAveBlues.com reported earlier this week (not sure if it was quoting someone else or their own report) that Montero was seen in the OF before the game taking pop-ups. Makes you wonder...
Agree, i'm interested on your take KG...i'm sure its hard to say, but in your best estimation, is this the Yankees strategy of taking a lot of high risk high reward arms paying off, a credit to the coaching staff at the different levels, or just plain luck that a whole bunch are having break out seasons?
was referring to Montero's Sunday performance. All kidding aside, i thought it might be significant as he was able to not just meet whats been his full-season quota of 17 HR, but surpass it by 1, after a terrible start that saw him hitting in the low .200s through May.
And @rwebb - I didn't ask for a full write up, but if we're talking about short caption recaps of performances in the games since the prior future shock MLU blog entry, then of course i'm going to prefer to see the names of prospects that i am rooting for as a part of my team as opposed to prospects on other teams (as long as i'm seeing the names for a good reason.
don't misconstrue anything i said as a complaint against the work KG does; i think anyone who takes their own time to make a post here appreciates the work he does in summing up some of the top performances of each day/weekend of the top prospects around all of the minors. but KG is only one person with limited time to make each blog, and i think the comments serve also as a forum for people to bring up performances he may have missed, whether intentionally or not. As a professional, we trust that he has the capacity to determine which comments on the forum warrant response and which can be tossed aside.
Agree...there's no such thing as being over-convinced of how a good Montero is. by all means KG, pile on the praise.
no love for Montero's 2HR/4RBI game?
just don't leave the yankees top 11 till last (please)! I'm thinking there are a LOT of Yankee fans eager for the upcoming rankigns. The performances across the board in the farm system has definitely generated a ton of intrigue in Yankee fans...and a bit of fear in Red Sox fans as well.
After a monster showing by yankee pitching prospects this year...who are the Yankees top 5 pitching prospects, and where do the yankees rank against the rest of the league in terms of the pitching talent in the farm?
I expect Laird (Yankees) to be on the list for today's update having finished off yesterday with a cycle on a game winning 2 run jack...
FYI, Player expenses are covered by 63% of Revenue (net of Revnue sharing expense) by the Yankees, whereas just 50% for the twins for 2008. Additionally, the Yankees operated at 3 million dollar of operating loss for the year, whereas the twins operated at almost 27 million dollar of operating income. Check out the marlins numbers, their payroll hasn't exceeded their revenue-sharing income in years.
You are missing the point; It's not that other teams just aren't managing their resources properly, in many cases they aren't even EMPLOYING their resources, and instead are pocketing them. A better analogy would be what if I had 2500 and you had 1500 to start in monopoly, and received 100 dollars from me per turn. But while i shelled out the big money for big properties, you consistently passed on them, choosing to slip a C-note into your own pocket everyturn, and even sold properties you owned before building hotels on them and pocketed the gain.
Does anyone have the time to look up what the payroll for the yankees is compared to post-revenue sharing expense revenue, and compare that to the twins payroll compared to post-revenue sharing revenue?
all team owners are very wealthy, YES has hardly put the Steinbrenners any closer to the top of the list; the fact is that they still earn the majority of their money from their actual business, shipbuilding, not from their franchise sports team. They own the Yankees for the same reason every little kid wishes he owned a baseball; to win. the true problem lies in the owners that operate it as a business, profit above all else.
Fans, you need to stop pointing to payroll as cause of the Yankees WS win, and Cashman/Steinbrenner as the culprit. a few points:
- Yankees haven't won a WS in 9 straight years prior to this WS win, but each of the last 9 teams they fielded had a staggering payroll; If payroll is the causation, why is it not consistent across the board?
- A salary cap does not create parity, it merely decreases player salaries while increasing ownership profits; anyone who thinks that a salary cap would also cause owners to lower ticket prices should check themselves into a hospital
- As was pointed out earlier, the Steinbrenners are far from the richest owners in baseball, and, in fact, have taken a loss on many of the last 9 seasons.
- The Yankees share a significant portion of their revenue with the league, so do not point to small market conspiracy theories.
- The difference between the Yankees and many of the teams you all are fans of isn't the ability to retain talent and attract FAs, but rather the willingness to.
Instead of blaming Cashman for fielding the best team he can and Steinbrenner for putting winning ahead of profiteering, You should be blaming your GMs for ineffeciently using their available funds, and your owners for pocketing the money, rather than reinvesting it in a winning team (THAT MEANS YOU, MINNESOTA TWINS...RICHEST OWNER IN BASEBALL POCKETED THE ENTIRE REVENUE SHARING STREAM LAST YEAR, RATHER THAN REINVESTING IT).
I think the only thing that could have topped that would be "this isn't 'Nam, Manny...there are rules" as a headline for the news regarding Manny's suspension.
The header for Montero. PRICELESS. who doesn't love a Big Lebowski quote.