1,000 but not 600…Dan Haren — a Yankee?


The Yanks beat the Royals 7-1, and while A-Rod didn’t belt home run number 600 Jorge Posada did drive in RBIs 1,000 and 1,001! Not quite a milestone of the same caliber, but a milestone nevertheless. With the RBIs he moved into 13th place on the franchise’s all-time list. He’s been hot recently and came into the game hitting .333/.429/.833 since the All-Star break.

Girardi:

That’s quite an accomplishment, 1000 RBI. Especially from behind the plate, which is such a grueling position.

Georgie went 2-for-3, drove in the aforementioned two runs and scored, while Gardy also had two hits, two RBI and scored. In fact, A-Rod and New CC both had two hits, and RBInson Cano went 2-for-4 with three RBI and scored. Robbie is now two hits away from 1,000 for his career. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Yanks duffed up Brian Bannister, he had a 15.07 ERA against NYY coming into the game.

Posada, who drove in a run for the seventh straight game:

I’m getting better at-bats, I’m not there yet. I’m too much of a critic, but I’m not feeling like I know I can.

AJ was on, going five innings (before a 1 hour and 25 minute rain delay ended his outing) and giving up four hits with three strikeouts and one walk. He threw 58 pitches with 36 going for strikes and made everyone forget (for the time being) about his Kevin Brown episode.

AJ:

I know it’s going to take more than one start to get back on track, but it was definitely a good start in the right direction. It was a good step, I stayed within myself, probably threw four pitches…I threw the right pitches. I begged for about 10 minutes to go back out, but that’s too long a time. Things happen for a reason.

Girardi:

He had very good command of his fastball, got a lot of ground balls. We would’ve loved for him to go deeper in the game.

Surprisingly, Chad Gaudin came in and held it down after the delay. Gaudin threw three innings of relief and held the Royals to a run on four hits. After that, Albaladejo worked a 1-2-3 ninth while fanning two batters.

However, the biggest news of the night didn’t come from the game. It was a trade rumor that surfaced just prior to first pitch. It  involves Dan Haren and the New York Yankees. Preliminary talks have Joba, Ivan Nova and Zach McAllister going to Arizona in exchange for the 30-year-old righty. If that’s all it takes to get Danny, I’ll pay for each of their plane tickets out of town…first class. GET IT DONE CASHMAN!!!!!!

In all likelihood, the Yanks will have to eat the majority of Haren’s remaining contract, which is 2010: $8.25 million (not sure how much is still owed), 2011: $12.75 million, 2012: 12.75 million, 2013: $15.5 million club option with a ($3.5 million buyout). That’s not too bad for a team with big pockets like the Yanks. Imagine if they get Lee in the offseason, their rotation would be: CC, Lee, Haren, AJ, Hughes. Pettitte would have to retire. Haren’s numbers in the AL: 43-34 in 102 starts with a 3.63 ERA and 531 K to 153 BB over three seasons. Look the fuck out.

Fun fact of the night (courtesy of @rebexarama on twitter): A-Rod hit home run number 150 off Andy Pettitte and number 450 off AJ.

The Yanks got Sergio Mitre going against Kyle Davies, who surrendered A-Rod’s 500th homer.

LET’S GO YANKS!!!!


Tags: Aj Burnett Chad Gaudin Dan Haren Jonathan Albaladejo Jorge Posada Sergio Mitre