No question, he is better than Vernon Wells.
Seriously, look at what would be the Yankees team, if the season opened today:
Catcher: Brian McCann
Infield: Decling Mark Teixera, Can’t Hit Kelly Johnson, 40-Year Old One-Legged Derek Jeter, and Soon To Be Suspended Alex Rodriguez
Outfield: Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and a Platoon Of Washed Up Vernon Wells & 40-Year Old Ichiro Suzuki
Designated Hitter: 38-Year Old Thou Shalt Not Pass Alfonso Soriano
Bench: Brendan Ryan, Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli and Zoilo Almonte
Staring Rotation: Losing It CC Sabathia, 38-Year Old Hiroki Kuroda, Anyone’s Guess Ivan Nova, Michael Don’t Call Me Blutarsky Pineda and David Phelps or Adam Warren
Bullpen: David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, Cesar Cabral, Preston Claiborne and David Huff (Yeah, That’s the bullpen they currently have under contract!)
The pitching staff is a mess. They need at least two more solid starting pitchers. And, the bullpen…seriously…that group has to rank among the worst in baseball right now.
The outfield is short a player – Wells and Ichiro shouldn’t be in the majors at this point. And, if you want to say that Soriano is the third out fielder, then you have no one at designated hitter. (And, by the way, Soriano ain’t exactly a great hitter either. To many whiffs and zero walks.)
The infield? Jeter is done. A-Rod is a goner, if things go right, and you have no one to replace him. Second base is now a hole. And, Tex’s game has been trending in the wrong direction for a while now.
Of course, you have Nunez, Cervelli and Almonte in reserve! Good luck with that…
Shoot, the Yankees have a ton of work to do if they want to win 85+ games in 2014. If not, this crew might be lucky to go 81-81. What a train wreck.
Brian Cashman is probably rubbing up a chubby for one of these guys right now. How exciting is that?
Is Cano The Greatest Yankees Home-Grown Player To Walk Away For The Team In The Prime Of His Career?
I can’t think of another case like this one. Granted, we’re only talking post-1976 where guys could walk.
A historic Yankees moment?
Yes, he will be 39-years old next season and had an ERA of 6.56 over his last 8 starts this season. Just saying…
Going to be an interesting day on WFAN at 1 PM this afternoon.
At that price, you have to let him go.
Via ESPN The Mag, back in 2006:
Hey, Mr. Baseball Editor, here’s a great story for you. Brian McCann is a terrific player, right? An All-Star in his first two full seasons, hit .333 with 24 homers last year, a rare lefty-swinging catcher who doesn’t box the ball around, grew up 30 minutes northeast of Turner Field, and he’s only 23 years old. All good. But here’s the real hook: Brian wasn’t even supposed to be the best player in the family. Brad, his older brother by 14 months, was the big star through high school, a stud shortstop who would have been a top pick in the 2001 draft. But Brad got greedy: He rejected the Reds when they offered a $400,000 bonus instead of the half-mil he thought he deserved. He fell out of the draft entirely and made plans to play at Georgia. Weeks later, UGA’s coach quit, and Brad bailed. So while little bro soared through the Braves’ system, big bro’s been on an odyssey through juco, college ball and the minors. Brian is catching John Smoltz; Brad is stuck in A-ball at 24. Brian is supposed to be laid-back and beloved in the clubhouse; I hear Brad is a hothead, and he’s probably bitter.
The plot gets richer, and darker, too. Howie McCann, the dad, is a former college coach. When Howie got fired at Marshall, he moved to Georgia and opened a baseball academy. You just know he drove his sons hard to fulfill his own dreams. So what do you think?
Brad signed as a sixthrounder with the Marlins in 2004 and had a great season the next year at Greensboro (low-A), going .295/28/106. But he didn’t get the promotion he expected. He wasn’t happy when the Marlins sent him to Jupiter (high-A), their Florida training center, the next spring, and his production fell. He was even crankier this year when they sent him back there. I came across a clip that says Brad went AWOL in June, which can’t have helped. Or maybe it did: The Marlins ultimately dumped him on the Royals, who shipped him to Wilmington, Del., in the Carolina League (high-A). In 18 games with the Blue Rocks, mostly at first base, he’s hitting .220. That’s why he was riding the bench tonight.
Howie found out because Brad called him from the clubhouse right before the game. So even when Brian hit a ball harder and farther off Ian Snell of the Bucs in the sixth inning—his second homer and third extra-base hit of the night—Mom and Dad were tense. “If Howie could travel with Brad, Brad would be in the big leagues right now,” Sherry blurted out, unprompted. “The smallest adjustment, he sees it.”
Howie just laughed and changed the subject. He’s plenty confident in his talents as a hitting coach; sessions are booked so tight that some kid is making a three-hour trip from Savannah for an 8 a.m. slot tomorrow. And yes, Howie will stay up until 2 a.m. tonight, as he does most every night, going back and forth on the TiVo to dissect Brian’s ABs. But he says he never offers advice unless asked. (Yeah, right. You say that all the time too!)
Is Brad the favorite son?
Hard to tell. It’s clear Howie has a special bond with his older boy, even though Dad throws right and bats left, just like Brian. Howie’s 51, grew up in upstate New York, made himself into a fine infielder and got drafted by the Twins in 1974. But when they didn’t offer enough money, he went to juco in Florida, then Mississippi State (where he became pals with teammate Buck Showalter), but never got another shot at pro ball and went into coaching.
Spoke to Brian’s high school coach, Bobby Link. He says Howie was shockingly sane: “He’d help whenever we wanted, but he didn’t pressure his kids. During games he’d sit on a stump way behind the centerfield fence, to stay out of the way.”
One part of my premise is still solid: Brian’s a great kid. This morning he did an autograph signing at a car dealership somewhere deep in the Atlanta sprawlopolis—four sessions in exchange for a free Corvette. About 200 people were out there waiting for him in the rain, and he chatted up all of them, especially the shy little kids. Brian’s kind of a stuffed animal: His clothes are perpetually rumpled, he’s grown a fuzzy blond beard he desperately hopes makes him look older, and he’s got a beer-league paunch. His teammates call him Heaps, as in heaps o’ fries.
When I told him lunch was on me and to pick any restaurant he wanted (I’m billing it to you!), Brian chose Willy’s, a strip-mall Mexican joint. He was craving a burrito, double chicken.
As for the interview, here’s a sample. I say, “It must have been tough living up to Howie’s baseball expectations, right?” Brian’s response: “He never made us do anything. He never made us go out and take batting practice; he never made us go take ground balls. Dad did such a great job with letting us figure it out. He was a coach, and we gravitated toward that because you want to be like your dad when you grow up. That’s why me and my brother started playing baseball.”
McCann’s father was born in 1955 and grew up in New York State. I wonder if he was a Yankees fan?
It’s so stupid.
Via Jon Heyman –
According to a source, the Mariners may be about to offer a $225-million, nine-year deal to superstar Robinson Cano in their strong effort to lure the longtime Yankee away from New York.
The Yankees are said to be willing to go to $175 million, if they’re not there yet, and Yankees people have suggested many times they have no plans to top $200 million. So Seattle is giving it a good shot.
The Mariners were said by a source to have “bumped” a first bid of around $200 million, and one person familiar with the talks said they intended to be $50 million above the Yankees, who are known to be drawing the line at around $175 million.
Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported the Mariners were willing to go to $230 million or even $240 million, so perhaps they would boost their $225-million idea. The Mariners understand they have to be well above the Yankees to get him to move nearly 3,000 miles, but they are said to have some limits, so they aren’t expected to hit the $260-million figure Cano asked of the Yankees.
Still, $225 million is a big deal, with an AAV above Albert Pujols’ $24-million Angels salary, and among the very top in baseball history.
“I think they’ve got to blow him away,” one connected Mariners person said. “They’ve got to make an offer he can’t refuse.”
Cano is reportedly on his way to Seattle to meet with the Mariners after letting his agents, including Brodie Van Wagenen, handle the first meeting, according to Rojas and Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com. That could be a good sign for Seattle.
Interesting situation for Cano and Jay-Z, eh?
Via Brian Costa –
When the Yankees announced their $85 million signing of catcher Brian McCann earlier this week, owner Hal Steinbrenner cited the team’s “singular and unwavering desire” to play deep into October. That desire likely will be mentioned again when the Yankees announce their seven-year, $153 million deal with ex-Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury in the coming days.
But a look at the Yankees’ finances reveals that a lust for trophies isn’t the only thing fueling this free-agent splurge. When the Yankees fail to make the playoffs, as they did in 2013, their revenues plummet.
Proceeds from ticket sales and stadium suite licenses alone totaled $295 million through Sept. 30 this year, according to public records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. That is down from $353 million in 2012, $377 million in 2011 and $384 million in 2010, the records show.
The figures appeared on financial statements the Yankees are required to file with the city to demonstrate their ability to make payments on the bonds used in the construction of Yankee Stadium. Attendance represents just one of the Yankees’ revenue streams, but it highlights the enormity of the financial incentives for the team to make the playoffs.
People with knowledge of the team’s finances said the drop-off from 2012 is almost entirely a result of the fact that they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Had the Yankees failed to reach the playoffs in 2012, their ticket and suite revenues would have been closer to $300 million rather than $353 million, the people said. Similarly, in 2010 and 2011, postseason games accounted for $59 million and $58 million of all such revenues, respectively.
In other words, a Yankees team that wins 93 games and makes the playoffs brings in about 15% more ticket and suite revenue than a Yankees team that wins 88 games and misses the playoffs. And that is to say nothing of the boost in merchandise and concession sales and next-year ticket sales.
“What this clearly shows is that the Yankees’ whole financial equation is built around winning,” said Vince Gennaro, author of “Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball” and a consultant to major-league teams. “If you take that away, they become mere mortals from a financial standpoint.”
And, what happens if the Yankees win <88 games for two years in a row?
It really hasn’t happened all that much:
Will Jacoby Ellsbury join the club in 2014?
Just thinking out loud here.
He’ll be a free agent after this season. And, you just signed a new center fielder. Does this mean Gritty Gutty gets traded for a pitcher?
Or, do you play him in left, use Soriano as a DH, and patch together in right?
Inquiring minds want to know…
In general, it seems to make more sense having a 40-year old with one ankle play 3B, or even 2B, rather than have him play SS…especially when his range wasn’t that good when he was younger and had two legs.
I just heard the news at 10 PM.
Jacoby Ellsbury? My first reaction was to laugh out loud.
The guy has basically had two great years, over the last six seasons.
At the least, this has to mean than Cano and Granderson are goners. And, you know me: Always look at the bright side.
Via Wally M -
The Seattle Mariners have emerged as major players in the sweepstakes for free agent Robinson Cano, according to several sources who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.
With the New York Yankees not wanting to offer Cano more than a seven-year contract or as much as $200 million, an industry source with knowledge of the negotiations put the Yankees’ chances of retaining the five-time All-Star second baseman at “less than 50-50.”
“It doesn’t look too good right now,” said the source.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik refused to confirm a meeting with Cano.
“We’ve talked to everybody,” Zduriencik told ESPNNewYork’s Andrew Marchand on Tuesday. “There’s not a free agent we haven’t talked to. We’ve cast a wide net.”
Sources familiar with the negotiations between the Yankees and Cano told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees believe Seattle might be willing to offer Cano $200 million over eight years.
One of the sources said the Mariners were “desperate for hitting and desperate to put people in the ballpark.”
Did Adrian Beltre like Seattle? For what it’s worth, I don’t think anyone is wearing #24 for the Mariners now.
Stewart was a horrifically bad hitter (or should I say batter?) for the Yankees last season. And, for a guy whose calling card is his defense behind the plate, he had a ton of PB+WP relative to his playing time. Also, to be candid, he’s a guy who has no business being a regular catcher at the major league level – and maybe not even a case as a often used back-up guy.
But, he was somewhat easy to root for…sort of like seeing an everyday guy trying to play baseball at a high level. And, for sure, without question, no one could ever accuse him of using PEDs!
He worked hard when he was here and I wish him well in Pittsburgh. And, as bad as he was, I would still rather have him over Cervelli.
Oh, this is going to be interesting.
I like the Fister trade for both teams. Seems fair to me. But, the Johnson trade? Jemile Weeks? Seriously?
Dan Duquette is doing a pretty good job for Baltimore. So, maybe he sees something that I am missing here?
Some debatable choices on this list.
You can read the whole thing that Steve Fishman did at New York Magazine.
Or, if you don’t have the time, see the summary that Ted Berg did at USA Today.
And, if you do read it, please feel free to share your comments on it here.
The whole thing is a mess. And, as a Yankees fan, it’s embarrassing that it centers around one of their players.
Nine months late on this one. But, that’s one helluva catch!
If he stays healthy next season, Phil Hughes could own this record by September 30th:
|13||Cole De Vries||16||2012||27||MIN||17||16||87.2||375|
Remember when Brian Cashman refused to trade him to Minny?
In any event, as long as he’s no longer a Yankee…that’s all that matters.
Looks like the Twin Cities is the landing spot for former Yankees dough-boy starters. First Pavano and now Hughes.
Earlier this month, the Yankees signed 3B Zelous Wheeler to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training for 2014. And, New York hired former Miami Marlins third-base coach Joe Espada as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman.
We keep hearing that there’s no market for Robinson Cano due to his salary demands. And, we keep hearing how the Yankees are still the best fit for him. Why not put it to a test?
The Yankees should offer Cano a four year contract for $65 million with a mutual option for a fifth year based on performance. And, tell him it’s on the table for 10 days only – take it or leave it. And, if he leaves it, and comes back begging later to talk, the Yankees should ignore his calls for a while.
Then, if he’s still out there, offer him a two-year deal for $36 million, take it or leave it. And, insist that it does not include a non-trade clause.
If he and/or Jay-Z say the money is an insult, tell them to look at what the Muddy Chicken is being paid in Beantown and wish them luck getting a better deal.