Cashman: we’re not desperate for Cliff Lee

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Here’s Brian Cashman, talking about the Yankees’ need for Cliff Lee:

“I don’t feel like we are in a desperate situation here. I think we have a lot of quality players on this team that won 95 games and fell two games short of a World Series.”

To the extent that you’re never “desperate” when you’re the New York Yankees and that one player does not make all the difference in the world, yes, he’s right.

To the extent that anyone takes this comment to mean that Cashman’s number one priority this offseason isn’t to get Cliff Lee signed, they’re crazy.  Improving the pitching staff without signing Lee is just way, way more difficult otherwise, and I’m sure Cashman would enjoy the holidays approximately 349% more if Lee is signed.

That quote aside, it’s a good article about Cashman and Lee, with Cashman talking a bit about his visit with the Lees in Litte Rock on Wednesday.  Guess what?  According to Cashman, Kristen Lee loves New York.

 

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.