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June 14, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Marchand

Andrew Marchand
  (11:59 AM)

Welcome, everyone to the Monday chat.I'm up for talking all things Yankees, Mets and LeBron. Let's start it off with a Bron question.

Jack (C-Ville)

How would the Knicks fans feel if all they get is Joe Johnson/Rudy Gay?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:01 PM)

They are going to feel terrible. With all due respect to Johnson and Gay, Knicks fans are thinking LeBron. Even ones who don't think it will happen, I think will be disappointed. The Knicks have been terrible forever and have been pointing to July 1 for two years. Now, it is here so they are hoping something good happens with it.

Andrew C (Tribeca, NY)

Great name, Andrew. Being a Mets fan is certainly a roller coaster ride. I know the trade rumors are going to produce the same targets that are oft-discussed but unlikely (Lee, Oswalt). A lot of writers and sports experts have said the Mets need more than just a starter but bullpen help as well. If they acquire a 2nd tier starter and move Takahashi back to the bullpen. If John Maine cannot come back to form (either in rotation or bullpen), call up Bobby Parnell and work in Beltran (not at the expense of Pagan), do you think the Mets have a team that can compete for the division or wild-card?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:03 PM)

As of today, yes.The NL is not very good so I think the Mets could compete. Overall, I don't think they are making the playoffs.But when you look at right now, I think they could. I don't know if giving up Jenrry Mejia makes sense even if you could get Lee. If you know you could sign Lee, then I think it would make sense, I just don't know if they will be able to sign him. At least, not immediately.

Tim (NJ)

If LeBron chose the Nets (doubt he will), but if he did. What would that say for the Knicks. Sure would set them back in the local area...agree?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:05 PM)

We are all trying to figure out what a 25-year-old kid is thinking.This is what I think. I think he was coming to Brooklyn if the Nets were in Brooklyn. He and Jay-Z saw the marketing opportunity there.I think the Cavs get three more years of LeBron and then we are talking about the Summer of 2013.Of course, if he doesn't win by then, his legacy will be damaged.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

where is LBJ's best shot at a title?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:07 PM)

Great question and I think you could make an argument for a lot of places.Maybe even the Knicks. I mean if he can bring Bosh with him and you have Gallinari on the wing shootting threes at 6-10. Wilson Chandler going to the hoop. You find a point (maybe Toney Douglass) and all of a sudden that is a team.Whatever team LeBron goes to, they win 50 games.

barry (boca raton fl)

what do you think of the mets chances of winning the nl east?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:08 PM)

Barry, The Mets can win the NL East. Why not? I just don't think they will.I mean the way they can do it is if the R.A. Dickeys of the world keep pitching the way they have. To think, they haven't gotten anything -- anything -- from Perez and Maine and they are right there in June says something.I think the Phillies ultimately preveail in the East.

Dave (Hillsdale, NJ)

Hey Andrew, with Chris Carter killing the ball, don't the Mets have to find a place for him in the lineup? Manuel likes to use the DH to give everyone a rest, but carter has to be in the lineup, right? Also, isn't it time to cut ties with Fernando Tatis and bring up Mike Hessman who has 18 HR in triple A?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:10 PM)

The problem with Chris Carter is he can't play defense. I love his energy and I think the "Animal" adds a different dynamic to the Mets. A guy like that brings a certain intensity tht can be contagious.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:11 PM)

Sorry, had to take a call.

felix (delaware)

is arod done wil he ever be the same

Andrew Marchand
  (12:14 PM)

A-Rod is not done, but he will never be the same, in my opinon. Just look at the factors. He had surgery last year. He admitted to doing PEDs. And he has hit the least amount of home runs of anyone up to this point. These are not good signs.This contract could be a real problem for the Yankees.

Matt (Chinatown)

Any chance the Mets can lure Jake Peavy away from the ChiSox? They are going to be major sellers, and Peavy is an NL guy who likes pitching in big parks, and has really turned around his season. I think it's be a perfect fit.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:17 PM)

It would be a perfect fit but I don't know if they have a match.Santana and Peavy together and then we may be talking NL East champs. Again, this is my question to Met fans: Do you want to risk the future to go for this year?I don't know if that is a great strategy. In the same light, you have to take advantage of Wright-Reyes' glory years at some point. Your thoughts?

Sean (KY)

As a Sox fan, I think the Yankees and Boston are positioning themselves to be big favorites in the division. They have each had to deal with injuries, the Sox especially and for the second straight year the Rays have managed to avoid anything big or a wave of injuries. IN baseball that always evens out. So with NY tied for first and the Sox having closed the gap as much as they have...and Tampa already back to playing at a normal level...I think they finish 3rd when all is said and done.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:19 PM)

If I had to guess, I would probably go with your predictions, too, Sean.At the beginning of the season, I had the Yankees win the division, the Sox winning the wild card and the Sox going to the Series.I'll stick with that. But I think Tampa's youth could be an advantage in this post-greeny-PED era.

Akshay (Singapore)

It's late here - so just one quick question - are the yanks going to trade for a no 2 hitter, or will Joe G platoon Swish and Grandy in the 2-hole? If so, who is on their radar, and who will most likely be traded?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:21 PM)

I love when we get questions from Singapore. Good to have you.At this point, I don't think the Yanks trade for a No. 2 hitter. I think Swish and Grandy bat second. The Yanks just need A-Rod and Tex to hit like they have in their career and they will take off. The two of them haven't yet so the Yankees have not been on all cylinders.Of course, they do have the best record in baseball.Thanks for checking in so late there.

Tyson (Hells Kitchen)

I keep hearing the media and Yankee fans beating the drum regarding the Yanks getting Lee either in trade, or by signing him in the offseason. Can we get a dose of reality please? The Yankees have 137.5 million already commited to only NINE players in 2011 and they still have to re-sign Jeter and Rivera. Yes, they will potentially have 2 rotation spots open, but I can't see them signing another $85 million pitcher, when they still have to fill out their bench and bullpen, plus can use those rescources to upgrade in center or left. Can you please add some analysis to this situation instead of the lazy approach of just puutting EVERY elite free agent in pinstripes? Personally, I think the Mets get him in the offseason...

Andrew Marchand
  (12:24 PM)

Tyson. Nice work.I think you make a lot of sense and I think Cliff Lee will be a Yankee next year, if I were to bet. You take Vazquez' money and maybe Pettitte's money and then you have Lee's money.Now, that is not how they will definitely do it. They may work the money differently. But, at the end of the day, they have the most money so theycan get who they want. We saw it with Sabathia.The market is the Yankees and everyone else. Maybe it is not fair, but it is the reality of the situation.

Matt (Chinatown)

Also, have there ever been a pair of players in NY more underrated than Gardner and Pagan? IMO neither team would be where they are without those players, and yet they are still very likely to see their playing times cut. Why would a team ever want to take out guys like that?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:25 PM)

The interesting thing with Paga is this: When Beltran returns, how much better will the Mets be?Now, if he is the Carlos Beltran we have seen in the past, then, of course, they are better. If they are the Beltran who is still limping, then maybe not so much.

Jeff (NY, NY)

Your comment about A-Rod's contract illustrates the real advantage that the Yankees have - their ability to deal with bad contracts. What do you think the chances are they try and lock Hughes up long term this off-season?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:26 PM)

Jeff:Excellent points. Kei Igawa is the best example. What would that contract had done to the Royals? I mean the Yanks just store him at Triple-A so he doesn't hurt the luxury tax.I don't think they will lock up Hughes early, because he is a pitcher. They have been hesitant to do that. But maybe.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:26 PM)

Jeff:Excellent points. Kei Igawa is the best example. What would that contract had done to the Royals? I mean the Yanks just store him at Triple-A so he doesn't hurt the luxury tax.I don't think they will lock up Hughes early, because he is a pitcher. They have been hesitant to do that. But maybe.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

the LBJ saga is overshadowing the NBA playoffs, good for basketball?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:28 PM)

It is not great for basketball, but it is not bad either. It is good for any sport to matter even when they are not playing.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:28 PM)

That's it for today. Everyone, I enjoyed it. And thanks for all the questions. Have a good week.