As of today, here are your 2015 New York Yankees on Opening Day:
Esmil Rogers or Gonzalez Germen
Girardi’s Binder may be the team MVP. There’s going to be a lot of mixing and matching required this season.
Seriously, of the 25/26 players listed above, I would NOT be shocked if 14 or 15 of them spend some time on the disabled list at one point or another during the season. Basically, the names have changed, somewhat. But, 2015 in Yankeeland is going to be a lot like 2014 – sans the Jeter Farewell Tour spin that the organization can use to sell the season.
I wouldn’t unpack, if I were him…
Via Newsday –
The Yankees on Monday sent pitcher Shane Greene to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre to reduce their mound staff to 12. With Cervelli going on the DL, that means two players will be called up Tuesday, including a catcher. The Yankees are expected to call up John Ryan Murphy instead of Austin Romine, who spent a few days with the club last week.
For the infield spot, the Yankees could add former Oakland and Detroit player Scott Sizemore. The 29-year-old played two games in the majors in the previous two seasons because of injuries, but he is batting .344 in 10 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Or the Yankees could add corner infielder / outfielder Russ Canzler. The 28-year-old, who has appeared in the majors with Tampa Bay and Cleveland, is batting .276 in nine games at Triple-A.
Infielder Corban Joseph, who appeared in two games for the Yankees last season, is another possibility. The 25-year-old is hitting .217 in seven Triple-A games.
None of those players is on the 40-man roster. The Yankees could create room by moving infielder Brendan Ryan (back) to the 60-day DL.
And, people thought that Slim Pickens died in 1983.
Traded twice before the age of 21. Is that a good sign?
Seriously, that’s the best move you can make to replace Teixeira?
That’s a sad state of your 40-man roster…
Yangervis Solarte is on the Yankees roster, Joe Girardi confirms. Eduardo Nunez to AAA.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 29, 2014
Oh, solo mio Noonie!
For the record, it’s pronounced Yahn-HUR-veese Soh-LAHR-tay.
It’s only a matter of days now until Brian Cashman posts for him.
Via Bob Klapisch –
Remember all that off-season chatter about Brett Gardner being traded, especially after the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury as a free agent? You can forget the subject was ever raised, as Gardner agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $52 million Sunday.
Even though he wasn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, the Yankees had no intention of letting Gardner slip away, giving him a huge raise over the $5.6 million he’s earning in 2014.
“The numbers worked out for both sides,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “Brett is tough, and has really developed into a solid, everyday major league player.”
Gardner’s willingness to forego free agency might’ve seemed odd considering how much outfielders are currently earning, including Ellsbury’s $153 million, seven-year deal. But as much as Gardner was “intrigued” by possibly testing his value on the open market, he also said he was “scared” of free agency.
That, along with his desire to begin and end his career with one team, moved along negotiations that began a few weeks ago and ended with Sunday’s announcement.
Where Gardner fits in 2014 largely depends on several other factors, including how many times Derek Jeter is used in the DH spot. If the captain is healthy, Gardner will be in left field every day, especially at home where he and Ellsbury, with their speed, will be especially suited for the Stadium’s vast dimensions in left-center. But if Jeter can’t play more than 120 games at short, and instead needs to increase his DH at-bats, the Yankees might be forced to use Alfonso Soriano in left more than they’d like. The Bombers would like to use Soriano as the primary DH and limit his exposure to right field, where he has never played.
For now, however, Gardner is happy with the deal and happy to be staying put. “Where I come from [Holly Hill, S.C.], this is a lot of money,” he said.
That’s a lot of money for a guy whose lifetime OPS+ is 97 (in 2,228 big league PA). Of course, yes, that’s just the bat and you have to include Gardner’s glove into the equation as well.
To me, Gardner is a lot like Lance Johnson. And, it would not shock me to see him have good seasons for the next four years – in terms of being a league average hitter with speed who plays very good defense.
I’m not saying he will do that…just that he might/could do it.
Time will tell…
Also: What does this say for the state (and future) of Yankees outfield prospects, now that the Yankees have two runners locked up long term – and that Beltran will be around, contractually, for a while?
Via CSN -
The Yankees and Andrew Bailey have agreed to an incentive-laden minor league, Buster Olney tweets.
Bailey had surgery in July to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and the Red Sox were comfortable letting him walk. Bailey managed to record just 44 innings after being acquired by the Red Sox from Oakland in a 2011 winter trade.
Following the surgery, Bailey likely won’t be ready to pitch until mid-May at the earliest.
There were reportedly more than 15 teams interested in Bailey’s services, but in the end, the Yankees end up poaching their second Red Sox of the offseason. The Yanks signed Jacoby Ellsbury earlier in the winter.
Born in New Jersey and went to High School there. And, he attended college on Staten Island. Expect the Yankees to work the local boy angle coming home to death…
Consider this David Aardsma, Part II.
Cashman specializes in this move – signing those who should be left for dead.
I really wish they would reassign #13 this spring too…
Via Paul White -
Masahiro Tanaka is headed to the New York Yankees, who are once again spending money with the determination of years past.
Fox Sports is reporting that the prize of this winter’s free-agent class has agreed to terms on a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees, the latest move in a winter of wild spending for the club.
Between outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, catcher Brian McCann and now Tanaka, the Yankees have expended $438 million in an effort to return to dominance.
That doesn’t include the $20 million posting fee the Yankees must pay to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka’s team in Japan.
And though Tanaka has never thrown a pitch in the major leagues, the Yankees did not hesitate to offer him the fifth-largest contract ever for a pitcher.
Their agreement with Tanaka also comes less than two weeks after they had $25 million of 2014 payroll freed with 162 games of slugger Alex Rodriguez’s suspension upheld by an arbitrator.
Is this Cashman/Afterman? Or, is this like the Soriano deal where it was Levine and others? The next few days could be interesting as the story unfolds.
Yankees have signed lefty reliever Matt Thornton to a 2-year deal. He will make $3.5 million each season.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 17, 2013
Just don’t let him face a righty.
Hey, it could be worse. It’s not Felix Heredia, Damaso Marte, Buddy Groom, Gabe White, Billy Traber or a toasted Pedro Feliciano.
No question, he is better than Vernon Wells.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
7-time all-star. But, he looks chubby to me.
We are saved!
Brings back memories of Bobby Murcer for Bobby Bonds.
Via MLB Trade Rumors –
The White Sox will sign Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu for six years and $68MM, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports (on Twitter). The deal is pending a physical. Abreu is represented by Praver Shapiro Sports Management.
The Red Sox, Astros, Rangers, Marlins and Giants all reportedly showed interest in Abreu. The White Sox, however, were able to lure him with a contract that’s the biggest ever for an international free agent. The contract easily tops the seven-year, $42MM contract Yasiel Puig received from the Dodgers last year.
Thanks for the memories, Paul Konerko.