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.
So, does that mean Robinson Cano has no where else to go?
The Mets traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates for minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera.
Good deal for both teams.
Betances tossed 30.0 scoreless innings over his last 17 games w/ Scranton since 6/19, striking out 41 batters
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 11, 2013
Hey, what ever happened to Humberto Sanchez and Jonathan Albaladejo?
Via CBS –
Derek Jeter has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps injury, the Yankees announced on Friday.
The move was retroactive to July 12.
Jeter made his 2013 debut last Thursday but was pulled early after straining the quad. He missed the first 91 games of the season with a fractured ankle.
The Yankees were hoping Jeter would be able to play in this weekend’s pivotal series against the rival Red Sox. New York is in fourth place, six games behind AL East-leading Boston.
“It’s frustrating,” Jeter said in a statement last week. “I don’t know what else you want me to say. I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team yesterday. It’s not how you draw it up, but hopefully I’ll be back out there soon and help this team win some games.”
He’ll be eligible to return July 27 for a home game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The team has called up infielder Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
So, there’s a chance, at some time next week, that we can say Alex Rodriguez has played in twice as many games as Derek Jeter for the Yankees this season?
From RailRider to the Stadium Subway Race…
Via ESPN -
The Yankees called up Zoilo Almonte on Tuesday.
Almonte will make his major league debut by starting in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, manager Joe Girardi said.
Almonte, 24, hit .297 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 68 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and will provide additional depth in the outfield. The Yankees like what they’ve seen offensively from Almonte.
“We really believe this kid’s going to hit,” Girardi said. “At times we really saw it in spring training. He struggled a little bit in spring training and maybe it was the excitement of making it a team, but he has [swung] the bat well down there, especially left-handed for him.”
The Yankees called up Almonte, as well as reliever/starter Adam Warren, after placing third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list. By using the roster spots on an outfielder and pitcher, the Yankees are lacking bodies for the infield.
Girardi stressed that the team will have to be creative, mentioning that outfielder Thomas Neal has played first base before, and David Adams could be used again.
“With all of the injuries, you kind of have to do it and guys maybe have to step out of their comfort zone,” Girardi said. “They have been very willing.”
How many pitchers in baseball history have played for the Yankees, Nationals and Blue Jays in their career? Is Wanger the first?
Via Newsday –
Manhattan-born and Brooklyn-bred Dellin Betances has been called up to the Bronx.
The once highly-touted righthanded starter who recently switched to relief was added to the Yankees’ bullpen before their game Thursday night against the Mariners, the team announced. Brett Marshall, who gave up five runs and threw 108 pitches in 5.2 innings during his MLB debut Wednesday night was sent down…
Yup, that’s the best the 40-man has to offer. Wow.
Mark Montgomery is not on the forty…
The bigger question is: Between Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Ichrio, who sits to give Granderson At Bats? Gotta be between #11 and #31, right?
Yankees intend to call up infielder David Adams, according to a source, on May 15th. He will become the Yankees starting third baseman.
Good for him. To say that he’s earned it, would be an understatement.