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Jake said (and he is not the only one)

As far as the Yankees going for Higgy. I don't see it happening. That's a lot of salary.

I don't understand that comment. Since when has Big George EVER cared about a salary? And Furthermore. The Yankees are going to start to panic soon. If the Red Sox come out of this month with a winning record then they will run away with the AL East. And the Yankees know there only shot at the playoffs are to win the East. Cause either Seattle or Oakland will get the Wild Card. Having said all that, I say if we can get Nick Johnson for Higginson I say do it NOW if we could maybe get a Ted Lilly also I say do it YESTERDAY!!!!!

Jonesy

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This is my compromise: If the Yanks insist that we take Gerald Williams then they have to give us Randy Keisler or Ted Lilly also. Even if it means us throwing in another prospect...we need lefthanders!

Hey, do you think maybe they Yanks need a utility man? We could give them Shane Halter.

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I don't think the Yankees will panic, because they know the wild card is still up for grabs and the Yankees have never worried about being the best during the regular season. I don't see them trading their best hitting prospect, and a guy who if he plays all year will hit almost as good as Higginson, just to get Higginson and the right to pay him alot of money for a long time. WHile Steibrenner doesn't care about money, he also doesn't usually take on really long contracts that don't help his team, or at least he hasn't since Cashman took over.

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The Yankees having Nick Johnson is a luxury and to depart with him would have very little impact on their team. They've got Giambi forever, and I don't think they want Johnson taking up the DH spot for years to come. As far as getting Henson? You can forget that. As soon as Ventura retires it's all Henson at third. Remember, the Yankees hold all the cards here. They really don't NEED Higginson, they could make do with what they have or go after Floyd. So if I was the Tigers I wouldn't be too picky, and I don't think Dombrowski will be. The Tigers, if this deal gets done, will let go of one more of their major leaguers as well as Higginson IMO. Who that is I have no idea. But then I see us getting Nick Johnson and a prospect or two. Should be interesting.

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But if losing Johnson has little impact on the team, getting Higginson also has little impact, so why make the deal?

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Getting Higginson does have impact, taking away playing time from VanderWal and Spencer. Would you rather have Higginson there or the platoon of VanderWal and Spencer? Higginson going to a team and not having to carry the load (even if that concept was all in his mind) is going to benefit him IMO. The Yankees need a guy to be this year's David Justice. I think Higginson would fill that role.

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But if you lose Johnson, the Spencer/Vanderwall platoon becomes your DH platoon. You replace Johnson in the lineup with Higginson. That's really all that happens. But if they wanted, they could simply call up Thames or Rivera to take either Johnson's place, or the Spencer/Vanderwall platoon (though once White gets hurt again, and he will, they are gonna have to give Spencer and Vanderwall playing time). Spencer kills lefties, Vanderwall hits righties well. They are ideal for a platoon. So I really don't see why they make a move unless the are panicing. If they panic, sure we could make this deal, but I don't think they are gonna panic.

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Hmmm... what about VanderWal and Henson? Bring the Michigan boys back. Still doesn't solve our starting pitcher problem, I'm starting to doubt we'll see Moehler back this year. Has even even started to throw in the minors yet?

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Moehler is in a re-hab program, throwing at extended spring training with Kenny Baugh. He's talking about a mid-June return, with a start or two in the minors, my guess being Toledo.

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From the N.Y. Post today:

Floyd has been heavily linked to the Yanks. But several officials say the lefty slugger isn't available yet and may never be if the Marlins contend. As for Higginson, the Yankees think he is not significantly better than a Shane Spencer/John Vander Wal platoon, especially when his just-begun, four-year, $35.4 million pact is factored.

Another Post article:

If the Yankees trade for an outfielder in the near future, it will not be for Cliff Floyd or Bobby Higginson. Instead, they are considering a deal that would bring both Jose Cruz and Shannon Stewart from Toronto.

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this is from baseballprospects.com:

Drew Henson, 3B-R, New York Yankees (Columbus, International League, Triple-A)

G AB H 2B 3B HR BB SB CS AVG OBP SLG

30 117 28 8 1 3 3 0 0 .239 .256 .402

Not listed are his 41 strikeouts thus far, making for a nearly 14-1 K/BB ratio. It’s too early to write Henson off, but I've never been impressed with him. I think the Yankees had something of a mind lapse here, caused by a combination of the aging of Scott Brosius and the chance they might lose Henson to football. He may well pick it up and be a productive major leaguer, but I think there's more Ryan Minor here than Eric Chavez.

No one questions Henson's athleticism; he's a big guy, and the scouting reports are that he has tremendous strength, but his footwork and balance are "not good at all." "He has a long way to go at the plate," says one scout, "and you can get him out anywhere but down."

all i have to say too drew is HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAH you suck

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maybe because he left a starting Qb job at the U of M to be Steinbrenner pet project

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Well he was a Michigan QB. That alone makes me hate him:)

He has to improve his plate discipline if he is gonna succeed, but he has been thrown to the wolves in AAA, seeing as he never got a full season below AA before in the minors. His power is very real, and he'll get the things like footwork down eventually. Remember, this guy hasn't had alot of full time baseball experience. Writing him off this soon would be a mistake, but expecting him to play 3B in the majors next year would also be a mistake.

And I'd say he left the starting job at U of M to make a whole bunch of money. Not many people would have done different IMO. Let's see, get the crap beat out of me (and listen to that stupid fight song:) ) for free, or get paid millions of dollars to play baseball? Not a real tough choice.

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Henson may be the only minor league ball player who is booed in his home field.

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I've never cared for Henson as a baseball player and I do believe that he's a product of Yankee-typic overhype, propagated not by the Yanks, necessarily, but by media types who always defer to them. If he were a Tiger prospect, he'd be dismissed much the same way Munson is (although the latter may be the better long-term prospect, at least in my mind).

That comparison between Henson and Minor put a smile on my face because that's the link I've always seen, too.

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