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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:03 pm
 

This week in free stuff: July 19-26


What's better than a day at the ballpark? A day at the ballpark and free stuff.

I remember as a kid going to a Tidewater Tides (as the Norfolk Tides were called then) and getting a Tides batting glove. I wore that batting glove even though it was for my left hand and I was a left-handed hitter. I loved that thing, with the Tides logo and elastic wristband. Since then, I've loved ballpark giveaways (or SGA as you can find them on eBay) and have a collection of odds and ends such as an Endy Chavez bobblehead or a Macon Braves batting helmet (I only get them now as a paying fan, not as part of the job). As a proud owner of a Savannah Sand Gnats Gnic the Gnat bobblehead, I often check around to see what's being given away at ballparks around the country. So here it is, this week in free stuff, from the majors and minors. Keep in mind, this isn't a complete list, just the ones I find most interesting, and even if many think bobbleheads are passe, I'm still a big fan and you'll see most of them here.

Tonight, July 19
Chicago Cubs -- a Cubs mouse pad… if you still use one of those. Ask your parents, kids.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie Appalachian League) -- seat cushion. One of the more underrated and classic give-aways, you don't see them as much anymore, yet your butt could still use a cushion after nine innings.

Tuesday, July 20
Los Angeles Dodgers -- James Loney bobblehead
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- Dustin Pedroia bobblehead
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Southern League) -- logo ball. I'm not usually a big logo ball fan, but this logo is a flying squirrel.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- paint your own Clawd bobblehead. Clawd is the team's mascot.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- eco-friendly cooler bag. I was at a Marlins game once and they gave out gas cans. I'm usually a big fan of practical give-aways, but I didn't take that one.

Brookly Cyclones Wednesday, July 21
Baltimore Orioles -- foam finger. A classic. I'd love to see the foam finger make a comeback, even if a No. 1 is a little unrealistic for the Orioles.
Chicago Cubs -- key chain. This one is actually a nice, simple design, something that can often be done wrong and is done well here.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- "Jersey? Sure!" Jersey. It's actually kinda great. The Cyclones are one of the minor league leaders in both quantity and quality of giveaways.

Manny Ramirez Thursday, July 22
Pittsburgh Pirates -- T-shirt. I don't normally get too excited by free t-shirts, but this one has a nice Pirate theme with a ship and all.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Manny Ramirez action figure. Action figures are this year's attempt at replacing bobbleheads. The Dodgers went the extra mile and made each of their three action figures as superheroes, but it still doesn't quite work.
Bowie BaySox (Eastern League) -- Nolan Reimold bobblehead. The Orioles prospect is getting his own bobblehead.
Iowa Cubs (Pacific Coast League) -- Casey Blake bobblehead. Blake is an Iowa native.
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Adrian Gonzalez bobblehead.
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League) -- Aussie hat. Not bad for a day at the beach on North Padre Island.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic Laegue) -- Dusty Wathan bobblehead. Wathan, son of former Royals manager John "Duke" Wathan, was the manager of the BlueClaws last season when the team won the South Atlantic League title and like most of his players, got called up. He's now the manager of the High-A Clearwater Threshers in the Phillies organization.
Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League) -- Bill Freehan bobblehead. The Loons are honoring Tiger legends with bobbleheads this season and Freehan is Michigan through-and-through. Freehan was born in Detroit, played football and baseball at the University of Michigan and then spent his entire 15-year career with the Tigers.
Orem Owlz (Frontier League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead.

Friday, July 23
Evan Longoria Baltimore Orioles -- tankard. More realistic than the foam finger, Orioles fans can drink away their problems in style.
Houston Astros -- gym bag. Again, one of the practical giveaways. I have a Braves bag I still use.
Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League) -- Evan Longoria bobblehead.
Clearwater Threshers (Florida State League) -- Mike Schmidt bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Larry Herndon bobblehead. It's a big week for former Tigers, apparently. Herndon caught the last out of the 1984 World Series.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Fireman Sandy bobblehead. A bobblehead of the mascot Sandy in a fireman's uniform.
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) -- Champ bobblehead. A friend of mine has a large collection of bobbleheads and says the mascot ones go for the most money on the secondary market.

Saturday, July 24
New York Yankees -- lunch box. I love the metal lunch boxes, they're a popular giveaway -- and for good reason.
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians -- Grady Sizemore bobblehead. One of the few chances to see Grady Sizemore in action at Progressive Field.
Houston Astros -- rainbow sleeve t-shirt.
Milwaukee Brewers -- grill master apron.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- wall clock.
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- James Loney bobblehead.
Visalia Rawhide (California League) -- beach blanket.
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- Lonnie Chisenhall bobblehead. The Indians prospect is nearly ready for the big leagues and he already has a bobblehead.
Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) -- Little Heiskell bobblehead. Little Heiskell is a German soldier weathervane figure that has become a symbol of the city.
Rome Braves (South Atlantic League) -- Tommy Hanson bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- glow-in-the-dark baseball.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- kids fielding glove giveaway. As a kid, these always kinda bummed me out, because it's not like they have a left-handed option. Sure, they're never good enough to actually use, but that's little consolation to a sad little left-handed kid.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- fleece blanket. One of my favorites, although many teams are moving toward Snuggie-like blankets instead of the usual throw.

Sunday, July 25
Philadelphia Phillies -- Chase Utley action figure. Like the real Utley, this one no longer has a cast on his hand.
Milwaukee Brewers -- Robin Yount bobblehead. Not only is Yount wearing a great old Brewers uniform, the Yountstache is in full effect.
Albuquerque Isotopes (Pacific Coast League) -- Orbit bobblehead. Another great mascot bobblehead. Most minor league mascots are better in bobblehead form than mascot form.
Reno Aces (Pacific Coast League) -- skateboard deck. Another new one this season, the Aces deck is one of the best.
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- paint your own bobblehead.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (South Atlantic League) -- Chris Coghlan figurine.
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) -- lunch box.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- Skipper leg lamp bobblehead. It's the leg of the mascot, Skipper, and it's a leg lamp, just like Cleveland's own A Christmas Story.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Allie Gator bobblehead.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 18, 2010 7:34 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2010 9:19 pm
 

Beckett off, Pettitte on DL

Andy Pettitte The Red Sox will welcome back Josh Beckett from the disabled list on Friday, as he lines up to face the Mariners.

The report, from the Boston Globe 's Peter Abraham, has Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka being pushed back a day while Tim Wakefield's rotation spot vanishes after Tuesday's gig against the Athletics.

Beckett has an unsightly 7.29 ERA in eight starts, last pitching on May 18 before going on the disabled list with back troubles. His rehab has been slow and deliberate, so he should be returning in top form and will give the Red Sox -- or so the team hopes -- a frontline ace. Now that Boston is in the playoff hunt and the second half is begun, all these players returning from injury are like trade acquisitions at no cost.

Jeremy Hermida is also slated to return, although that will put an end to the major-league career of Daniel Nava -- for now.

Division rival New York, however, has lost one of it best pitchers. Andy Pettitte left Sunday's start with a Grade 1 strain in his left groin. Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports the lefty will go on the disabled list.

It's a blow, as the 38-year-old had a sterling 2.70 ERA entering Sunday's game in 17 starts, posting an 11-2 record. The lefty had the best ERA on the staff, even better than CC Sabathia.

To make do, New York will turn to either Sergio Mitre, Dustin Moseley -- who got shelled Saturday -- or call up minor-league prospect Ivan Nova who has two bullpen appearances under his belt on the season.

As the Red Sox heal up, the Yankees are getting dinged up. In the battle of attrition that is the AL East, every last bit counts.

UPDATE : ESPN New York notes that Pettitte is out for four to five weeks, with Mitre getting the ball. And suddenly the Yankees' rotation looks thin.

UPDATE : Another team in the playoff hunt, the Angels, will place lefty Scott Kazmir on the disabled list with a tired shoulder. Although he was a member of the rotation, this is actually addition by subtraction.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 10:17 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

Burnett loses battle with Rays, Plexiglass


A.J. Burnett OK kids, a little lesson I learned in college -- there's no winner when you hit an inanimate object. The best case scenario is a tie. Worst case scenario is you break something and you've got to pay. In my case, it was my left hand, which hurts when you're left-handed and you've got classes on the history of the Russian Revolution and medieval Japan -- note taking and essay writing can be a chore with a cast on your hand.

The Yankees' A.J. Burnett lost his cool Saturday and had to leave in the third inning because of cuts on his hands.

Here's how the Star-Ledger 's Mike Mazzeo described the action :

Clearly frustrated after allowing three runs over the first two innings of his start this afternoon, Burnett, 33, went into the clubhouse and pushed a pair of Plexiglass lineup holders on the wooden double doors leading into the showers with great force, causing both of his palms to be cut.

Embarrassed by his actions, Burnett, who sustained lacerations on both hands, initially told trainer Steve Donohue he cut his hands bracing himself after falling down the dugout stairs. However, he later fessed up when questioned by manager Joe Girardi.

"I let my teammates down," said a remorseful Burnett after the Yankees' 10-5 loss to the Rays. "I let my frustrations get the best of me. It's something I've got to deal with."

[Joe] Girardi let Burnett pitch the third inning, hoping he would regain his composure and turn it around. But after the enigmatic right-handed flamethrower hit Evan Longoria and threw a wild pitch before allowing an RBI single to Carlos Pena, Girardi had enough. He went out to the mound along with trainer Gene Monahan and pulled Burnett from the game.
Burnett isn't expected to miss his next start, Girardi said and the pitcher noted he'd already apologized to Brian Cashman and would apologize to his teammates on Sunday.

The incident is reminiscent of a similar action by Kevin Brown in 2004, but Brown didn't suffer any cuts.

Burnett got the loss against the Rays and fell to 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA this season, with just one win in his last eight starts. Burnett is in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract that pays him $16.5 million annually. For their troubles, the Yankees have gotten a 20-16 pitcher with a 4.37 ERA in 52 starts. Not a bad back-of-the-rotation guy in the leagues, but hardly someone you'd like to owe more nearly $60 million.

While not a complete bust -- Burnett can be dominating at times -- it's still a price tag that would cripple just about any other franchise, but once again the Yankees are different. It's naive -- and flat out incorrect -- to claim the Yankees buy titles and win only because of their free agent signings. No, the biggest difference for them is their ability to overcome these types of offseason mistakes. They pay dearly in dollars, but not in any other way.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 2:09 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Red Sox to pay luxury tax


Red Sox The Boston Red Sox had hoped to avoid the luxury tax, but the Boston Globe 's Nick Cafardo reports the team has found out today that they've gone over the luxury tax threshold for 2010 and will affect their payroll for 2011.

For going over $170 million, the Red Sox will be taxed at a 22.5 percent rate for the payroll over the limit and next season that increases to 30 percent for payroll over $178 million.

Cafardo wrote earlier in the day that the team was going to be cautious at the trade deadline to try to avoid the luxury tax. This news could mean the Red Sox are more patient with their injured players rather than adding any more payroll through trades.

The Yankees are the only other team other than the Red Sox in baseball's top tax bracket.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:23 pm
 

Padres, Gonzalez haven't discussed extension

Every story you read about the Padres at the midpoint note the team isn't trading Adrian Gonzalez before the deadline now that San Diego finds itself leading the National League West, but Gonzalez's future with the team is all but assured.

Gonzalez is a free agent after the season -- the reason most expected him to be dealt before the deadline if the Padres had performed down to their expected level. A native of San Diego, Gonzalez has expressed his desire to remain with his hometown team, but for a team not known to spend a lot of money, the possibility of that is still unsure.

It would make sense that if the Padres wanted to keep Gonzalez in town, they'd make their best offer before other teams had a chance. But the North County Times ' Dan Hayes tweets the Padres have not had any talk with Gonzalez about an extension. Gonzalez said at the All-Star Game that he's hoping for an eight-year deal.

The problem could be that the Yankees have already signed Mark Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 million deal, taking one of the big spenders out of the running. Boston has Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz as the first base/designated hitter combo and Kendry Morales looks to be a fixture in Anaheim, leaving most of the usual high-bidders out of the picture, which is what the Padres may be banking on happening.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 6:50 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Wigginton, Tejada could be on the move


Several teams are calling the Orioles about Ty Wigginton, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec writes , including the Phillies and Rangers.

Zrbiec writes the Orioles and Phillies have been discussing a Wigginton trade for weeks, but that Philadelphia is also interested in Miguel Tejada. Either Wigginton or Tejada could play third if Placido Polanco is playing second for Chase Utley.

The Rangers have a scout at Camden Yards for Friday's game and could use Wigginton as a first-base platoon with Chris Davis.

The Yankees are also said to have interest in Wigginton.

Wigginton and Tejada are both free agents after the season, with Tejada being paid $6 million this year and Wigginton in the second year of a two-year, $6 million deal.

The fact both are rental players, means the Orioles won't get too much in return, with Zrebiec speculating Baltimore could "do well to get two mid-level prospects" for their lone All-Star.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Yankees would love Dunn, Soria


The Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweets , but adds the caveats that the Nationals asking price for Dunn is "exorbitant" and the "Royals would need to be overwhelmed" to deal their closer.

Dunn is a free agent after the season, but the Nationals must feel they have the inside track at re-signing him. Dunn's value is mostly to American League teams, like the Yankees, who would use him as a designated hitter. Dunn, though, has repeatedly stated his preference to play the field, perhaps limiting his field of teams to National League squads. That would play in favor of the Nationals for him staying. If he signed with an AL club, the temptation would be too great for any manager to be able to get his bat without his glove.

Soria, on the other hand, is valuable and affordable. He signed an extension two years ago that has him under team control through 2014.

Although Soria's name is being thrown around in trade talks, it makes no sense for the Royals to deal him if they think they can compete in the next four seasons.

So, really, my next tweet may be that I'm married, but would love to get calls from two women: Scarlett Johansson and Christina Hendricks. (I do realize it's a flawed comparison, but while I'm no New York Yankees, Dunn and Soria are hardly Johansson and Hendricks.)

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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