• Giancarlo Stanton

    Posted by on December 9th, 2017 · Comments (20)

    Holy Crap. (More to come as the news gets more clear.)

    April 1st Vs. June 1st

    Posted by on March 30th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Via the Post

    The Yankees are going ahead with their youth movement, and that means Aaron Judge will be the right fielder over Aaron Hicks.

    Joe Girardi announced the Opening Day roster on Thursday. Luis Severino was named the fourth starter, and Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green and Luis Cessa will compete in the minors for the fifth spot, which the team won’t need until April 16.

    Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder will join Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard, Adam Warren and Tommy Layne in the bullpen.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise was Judge. Hicks now becomes the team’s fourth outfielder.

    “That was a very tough call,” Girardi said. “We thought Judge won the competition.”

    And Girardi made it clear Judge will be there on a regular basis and not in a platoon.

    “Our plan is to play him every day,” the manager said. “And play Hicks against left-handers.”

    The race is on! Will Severino still be in the rotation June 1st? Will Judge still be in right at that time? We’ll see…

    Ji-Man Choi

    Posted by on January 16th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    This guy has destroyed minor league pitching. But, why would the Angels just let him go?

    Hey, he could turn out to be the Korean Big Papi. Or, he will be the next Hee-Seop Choi…who also raked in the bush leagues.

    The Chapman Signing

    Posted by on December 8th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    At first, I thought, “This is stupid. Too much money and too many years.”

    But, if the Yankees want to pay him $400,000 per game, that’s their business, I suppose. And, Chapman would be 33 in the 5th year of the contract – and that’s not terrible.

    That said, here’s the real danger here: Aroldis is not a nice, or a smart, guy. Given someone like him that much money and putting him in New York is very, very, risky. This is not Mariano Rivera. This is not Andrew Miller. Sure…maybe I am wrong here. Mickey Rivers survived with the Yankees…for a while. Even if he doesn’t get in trouble, will Chapman continue to work hard now that he’s all the money? The jury is still out on that one too.

    Anyway, here’s the bigger concern: The reported opt-out after three years. We saw what the Yankees did with A-Rod and Sabathia. Two huge mistakes at opt-out time. Who’s to say they would not repeat the same mistake with Chapman? Then, the issue of too much money and too many years is a real thing.

    Given where the Yankees are today, it would not have broken my heart to let someone else sign Chapman – especially at those terms.

    After 4,561 Days, A-Rod Will No Longer Play For Yanks

    Posted by on August 7th, 2016 · Comments (23)

    I guess A-Rod is the new Reggie?

    Good job by the Yankees. I am all for getting rid of useless parts.

    I wonder if we’ll see A-Rod, Bonds, Giambi and McGwire all managing in the majors someday?

    Who Are These Guys?

    Posted by on April 4th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    Johnny Barbato? Luis Cessa? Kirby Yates? Ronald Torreyes?

    Talk about being cheap.

    And, what are the odds that Hicks, Ackley and Romine do anything positive this year?

    Starlin Castro

    Posted by on December 8th, 2015 · Comments (24)

    Castro will be 26 years old next year and is owed like $41.4 million over the next 4 years. The Cubs have elected to replace him with a player who will be 35 years old next year and they will pay him $56 million over the next 4 years.

    So, the Cubs, over the next four years, are replacing Castro with a player who is NINE YEARS older and who will make $15 million more (over that span).

    Why would the Cubs do that? Sounds like they couldn’t wait to get rid of Castro…fast enough.

    By the way, Castro’s lifetime OPS+ is 97 (meaning below league average). And, his lifetime OBA outside of Wrigley Field is .318 in 1,935 PA.

    Granted, the Yankees did not give up much to acquire him. But, the question is: Is this their best option at 2B next year and beyond?

    Can Someone Tell Me Why Gary Sanchez Is On The Roster Tonight?

    Posted by on October 6th, 2015 · Comments (8)


    Can’t Tell The 2015 Players Without A Scorecard

    Posted by on January 9th, 2015 · Comments (10)

    As of today, here are your 2015 New York Yankees on Opening Day:

    Brian McCann
    J.R. Murphy
    Mark Teixeira
    Garrett Jones
    Stephen Drew
    Jose Pirela
    Didi Gregorius
    Brendan Ryan
    Alex Rodriguez
    Chase Headley
    Brett Gardner
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Carlos Beltran
    Chris Young
    CC Sabathia
    Masahiro Tanaka
    Michael Pineda
    Nathan Eovaldi
    Chris Capuano
    Andrew Miller
    Dellin Betances
    David Carpenter
    Adam Warren
    Justin Wilson
    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.

    Chris Leroux

    Posted by on April 28th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    I wouldn’t unpack, if I were him…

    Yanks To Add Two For Tuesday

    Posted by on April 15th, 2014 · Comments (16)

    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.

    Miguel Sulbaran

    Posted by on April 8th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Traded twice before the age of 21.  Is that a good sign?

    Austin Romine?

    Posted by on April 5th, 2014 · Comments (17)

    Seriously, that’s the best move you can make to replace Teixeira?

    That’s a sad state of your 40-man roster…

    Solarte Over Nunez

    Posted by on March 29th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Oh, solo mio Noonie!

    For the record, it’s pronounced Yahn-HUR-veese Soh-LAHR-tay.

    Son Of A…

    Posted by on March 21st, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Well, they can also have this as their claim to fame…

    Ervin Santana

    Posted by on March 12th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Good things come to those who wait?

    Rakuten Golden Eagles Sign Sergio Mitre

    Posted by on March 3rd, 2014 · Comments (1)

    It’s only a matter of days now until Brian Cashman posts for him.

    Gritty, Gutty, Going Nowhere For Five Years

    Posted by on February 24th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    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?

    Yanks Ink Andrew Bailey

    Posted by on February 23rd, 2014 · Comments (33)

    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.

    Yanks Give No. 24 To Scott Sizemore

    Posted by on February 15th, 2014 · Comments (14)


    I really wish they would reassign #13 this spring too…

    Tanaka To Yanks For $155 Million

    Posted by on January 22nd, 2014 · Comments (104)

    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.

    Bye-Bye Vernon

    Posted by on January 10th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Matt Thornton

    Posted by on December 17th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    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.

    Yanks To Sign Brian Roberts

    Posted by on December 17th, 2013 · Comments (13)

    Brian Cashman brings you the Roberts signing in the fine tradition that gave you Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner, Nick Johnson, et al as Yankees free agent pick-ups.

    Tigers Sign Joba

    Posted by on December 12th, 2013 · Comments (52)

    He rules!

    Yankees Sign Carlos Beltran

    Posted by on December 6th, 2013 · Comments (7)

    The story.

    No question, he is better than Vernon Wells.

    Yanks Re-Sign Hiroki Kuroda

    Posted by on December 6th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    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…

    Granderson Agrees To $60 Million Deal With The Mets

    Posted by on December 6th, 2013 · Comments (20)

    The story.

    Going to be an interesting day on WFAN at 1 PM this afternoon.

    Cano Agrees To $240 Million Deal With The M’s

    Posted by on December 6th, 2013 · Comments (19)

    The story.

    At that price, you have to let him go.

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Posted by on December 3rd, 2013 · Comments (30)

    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.

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