Ken Davidoff's baseball insider

Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.

Tim Byrdak, David Wright and David Robertson

Apologies for the couple of days of lameness here. I hope to get my act together by tomorrow.

--I'm still with the Mets, and yesterday, I wrote about Tim Byrdak's left knee surgery, David Wright's cortisone shot and a Mets bullpen catcher getting arrested for DUI.

Yes, it was a busy day for the Mets. Today, we've got Mike Pelfrey pitching against the Cardinals, whose traveling roster...

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Walking through my suggestions for the 2012 Yankees

CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees

(Credit: Photo by Jim McIsaac)

The reality of my job - and I suppose most jobs - is that not all assignments are fulfilled equally. I have more time to dedicate to some than I do for others.

For instance, I like doing a "How to Fix the Yankees" piece on the day that the Yankees' bigwigs hold their post-mortem at the Stadium. Last year, that occurred on October 25, and I took a car service from Yankee Stadium...

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Joe Girardi's post-mortem

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks during

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

By my count, there were 31 questioners, many asking multiple and/or follow-up queries, and the session lasted right around 37 minutes.

Not much of interest was said in that time, however. There was too much talk for my liking about how much of a factor luck plays in the postseason, and about whether players are truly clutch or tighten up or whatever.

Yawn. The Yankees played five games...

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Friday Five: Frequent flyers

Kenny Lofton makes a catch of a ball

(Credit: MCT/PHIL MASTURZO)

Concluding our trade-deadline series, let's look today at notable players who have been dealt mid-season multiple times. It's interesting (to me, at least) to see why players fall into this pattern.

1. EDWIN JACKSON

The adage, "Rent, don't buy" should have been invented for him. Granted, part of his reputation comes from the number of times he has been traded overall -...

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Trading to improve your postseason chances

Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies delivers against

(Credit: Getty Images)

That's right. Live chat at noon. I'm expecting an ultra-competitive affair for the coveted Live Chat MVP award.

So the Yankees prevailed over the Rays last night, despite an uninspiring effort from A.J. Burnett, so I wrote my column on the Yankees' pitching situation. Here are the Cilffs Notes of the column: Yes, the Yankees' starting rotation could really use help, but there isn't much...

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