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January 12, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Wally Matthews

Wallace Matthews
  (1:04 PM)

Welcome to the chat. We'll get started right away

Eric (Boston)

Saw a report saying that Hal had engaged Boras regarding Edwin Jackson. Why am I suddenly afraid of Jackson getting the AJ/Lackey deal and dealing a further blow to any hope of being able to sign players and stay in sight of the luxury tax line?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:08 PM)

Because history tells you these things not only can happen, but do.

Max (Rockwood Tn.)

All of the fractured opinions relating to HOF and Steriods ignores the most important qualification. MLB should make available thelist of 103 players who failed the drug test. Why should some get off free simply because their names are shielded. How can the writers justifiy this gross injustice?to

Wallace Matthews
  (1:11 PM)

The names are shielded by court order. A couple of years ago, in a conversation with a prominent Yankee , I suggested that the 103 players should voluntarily come forward and make their identities known, since they could not be penalized by baseball or the law and it would take the heat off those who weren't on it but were suffering unfair suspicion. Prominent Yankee's eyes lit up. He said. "Great idea. But I can't say that. You say it." I wrote it. No one cared. That's the best I can do to undo what I agree is a gross injustice

Matt (Northern Jersey)

Any chance the yankees pull the trigger on a deal for Matt Cain or King Felix if they become available and ask for Montero?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:12 PM)

I would think if King Felix becomes available they would have to seriously consider it, unless f course, they guy is challenging Roger Maris and Babe Ruth. and even then, maybe, because theye got plenty of hitting

Jeremy T (Canandaigua, NY)

1) Love your work. 2) Relieved my favorite Yankee decided to retire...Hip Hip, Jorge! 3) Any chance Posada does something with the Yankees organization this year? Spring Training instructor or YES commentator...something like that.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:13 PM)

Maybe. (I know he won't be the catching instructor). The question is, how well does he really get along with Girardi to be part of his staff? I think he would be a great commentator. Very honest and candid. maybe too much so. Thanks for the kind words

Tim (Albuquerque, NM)

Is Hal Steinbrenner REALLY going to shove a huge Edwin Jackson contract down the Yankee throats? Aren't the A-Rod and Rafael Soriano contract fiasco's enough to convince him to listen to smarter people?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:14 PM)

It's possible. And the answer to your question is obviously no. His GM has presumably already advised him against a long-term deal with Jackson and still he took a meeting with Boras. Hey, it's his team, his money, his right to waste it.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Since Jorge Posada is going to Retire from Baseball as a Yankee will the Yankees Retire the #20 for Jorge Posada & put the #20 in the Rafters or in the Retired Numbers?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:15 PM)

I would assume so. He deserves it.

Peter (PA)

what is the likelihood the Yankees go after Cespedes?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:15 PM)

From my understanding of the current payroll status, zero. But as with everythign else regarding the Yankees, that can change

brad (NJ)

Wally, please tell me that Hal or Hank wont do something stupid like signing Edwin Jackson to s 4 year deal north of the $8M he is worth, but more likely in the $13M range that he isnt worth... He is an average pitcher that eats innigs, but that is all.... Save the money for Cain, Hamels, and/or Hamilton next year...

Wallace Matthews
  (1:17 PM)

After the A-Rod, Soriano and CC -- yes, I think giving CC more money and years was a mistake -- I can't tell you they won't do something stupid again. Hopefully, they'll listen to their GM. After all, why do they have him there if they're going to ignore his advice?

Chip (NYC)

Hal meeting with Boras about Edwin Jackson? Did you know that Edwin Jackson loosely translated means "AJ Burnett"

Wallace Matthews
  (1:17 PM)

AJ . . . EJ . . Hmmmmm

Larry (NY)

Joba, Cervelli and one of the Duncans for King Felix? Who hangs up first?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:17 PM)

Me

POPPA (New York)

Will the red sox be able to challenge the Yanks this year?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:18 PM)

Geez, weren;t we asking that question the other way around this time last year?

Mike (PA)

Why didn't you vote for Don Mattingly for the Hall of Fame?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:20 PM)

Not enough peak years due to injury. Unfortunately, health and longevity are factors in making the Hall and while it isn't Mattingly's fault that he got injured, the general yardstick is a player needs 10 seasons or more of HoF caliber performance. This is why Roger Maris isn't in, either

Steve (Bronx)

I would love Jackson at 3yrs 30 mil do you think thats possible?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:20 PM)

Not yet, but if he's still unclaimed a month from now, maybe. Frankly, I thknk the Yankees would prefer Kuroda at one year, even for 12-15M

Craig, Lindsay, ON [via mobile]

Since it is apparent that Cash is not spending (and if Hal does for Jackson then he should have let him for a few others) then I hope he is seriously considering trading Swisher to free up money for trading for Garza. I think Garza for Betances, Warren and a lower tier non-pitching prospect gets it done and is worth it. And I would love Cespedes in pinstripes with the money Hal is thinking about wasting on Jackson.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:23 PM)

The problem with trading Swisher is you now need to fill a hole in RF. Freeing up money for Garza is fine, but how do you pay Cespedes, whom the Yankees like although they are not at all sure he is major-league ready. And from what I have been told, the package you propose does not bring Garza to the Yankees. it's Montero and Banuelos plus others. Way too much in the Yankees opinion.

jon (boston)

Monrero and 2 other prospects for king felix and then sign fielder to dh

Wallace Matthews
  (1:23 PM)

out of their price range right now

Jeff (NY, NY)

I agree with what you said above - CC a mistake, but don't you think that CC was as much of a business decision as a baseball decision. I would expect going forward the Yankees to have 2 bad contracts in the $20mill/yr range.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:24 PM)

I suppose so, and it's easy for me to sit here and say the yankees should have called his bluff becuase the likelihood is no one was going to pay him more than his original contract already called for. But if someone had, then the Yankees would be scrambling for an ace. How do you like CJ Wilson at the top of your rotation? Or EJax?

anthony (weatherly p.a)

what is haql thinking i would rather have oswalt for ayear.why would you invest in jackson.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:26 PM)

Just to clarify, Hal hasn't said he WOULD sign Jackson, just that he would consider it. Regardless of what you may have read elsewhere, the Yankees baseball people have serious reservations about Oswalt's back. The guy at the top of their wish list for a one-year is Kuroda

Tom (Ct)

Should the HOF provide a standard for voting for steroid guys or just leave it up to individual voters and their suspicions?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:28 PM)

Tough question. Baseball never provided a standard for steroid use until forced into it by the Mitchell Report. I think the official Hall qualifications, which include a passage about integrity and sportsmanship, are sufficient for voters to make up their own minds, and so far, the majority seem to consider steroid use both unsportsmanlike and, to borrow a Jerry Manuel-ism, disintegrious.

Bryan (NJ)

I find it hard to believe that Steinbrenner is meeting w/ boras JUST for Edwin...this may be a pipe dream, but could the idea of bringing in Prince be in play here, too?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:29 PM)

I'm sure when Boras gets past the door of an owner's office he lays all his wares on the table. But from what i've been told about Hal's desire to cut payroll and avoid paying the luxury tax, I can't imagine that sales pitch getting very far

Jerry (Charlotte)

Do fringy HOF guys (Bernie & Jorge) get a closer look and maybe even more votes becuase they are not pereceived to have any tie to the PED scandals and played during the "steroid era"?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:31 PM)

I think it's a fair question and one all of us who vote for the Hall are going to have to wrestle with. Because if the stats of steroid users are artificially inflated, doesn;t it stand to reason that the stats of non-users are artificially lowered? Remember, a lot of pitchers were on the stuff, too. Excellent point.

Matt (New Haven)

Do you think Kuroda could handle AL East after pitching home games in Dodger Stadium and most away games at SF and SD?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:32 PM)

I think if you're a good pitcher and emotionally stable, it doesn;t matter where you pitch. My understanding is Kuroda is both

david (boston)

will the yankees invite jorge to sprin training as a special instructor and myabe help out montero

Wallace Matthews
  (1:33 PM)

To be this as delicately as possible: Jorge Posada was never joe Girardi's favorite defensive catcher. Can';t see him putting those two together

Matt (New Haven)

Would you vote for McGriff if he had 500 HR?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:34 PM)

Don;t know. would have to think about it. because of the inflated #s from the steroid era -- and I am in no way implying McGriff was using -- 500 HRs is no longer an automatic ticket to Cooperstown

Jerry (Charlotte)

It seems like every year the Yanks are connected to King Felix in different trade scenarios, Seattle has plenty of money to pay him, they still have him signed for a few more years and he is one of the few members of that team that puts people in the stands, can we all take a deep breath and realize he isn't going anywhere?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:34 PM)

Amen, bro

Wallace Matthews
  (1:35 PM)

Thanks, everyone, for all the great questions today. we'll do it again next Wednesday at 1 pm (Note time change)