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NY Post: Yankees to get Marlins’ Eovaldi for Prado in five-player swap
(131 Comments - 12/20/2014 11:16:18 pm)

ESPN New York: Yankees not targeting Max Scherzer
(90 Comments - 12/19/2014 6:03:25 pm)

NY Post: Yankees give a stiff-arm to veteran closer Jason Grilli
(21 Comments - 12/18/2014 8:36:03 pm)

USA Today: The Yankees are making A-Rod a DH, and he could actually help them there
(48 Comments - 12/17/2014 11:32:29 pm)

NY Post: How Chase Headley perfectly embodies the 2015 Yankees
(29 Comments - 12/17/2014 10:27:19 am)

YES Network: LHP Capuano returning to Yankees
(42 Comments - 12/17/2014 9:26:39 am)

Yankees To Sign Chase Headley
(69 Comments - 12/16/2014 10:19:25 am)

NYDN: Max Scherzer not likely to end up with Yankees, Brian Cashman says
(17 Comments - 12/15/2014 11:41:05 am)

Projecting the 2015 Yankees on December 12, 2014
(91 Comments - 12/15/2014 4:04:07 am)

MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers Sign Brandon McCarthy
(80 Comments - 12/12/2014 1:57:30 am)


Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
OldYanksFan




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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Newsday: Yankees expected to extend $15.3M qualifying offer to David Robertson

The first significant move of what will be a busy offseason for the Yankees comes Monday when the club is expected to extend a qualifying offer to closer David Robertson.

Robertson will have a week to accept or decline the offer, which this year is $15.3 million. He and 120 others in the sport officially became free agents on Thursday.

No free agent to date has accepted a qualifying offer since its origin in 2012, but Robertson might be tempted to become the first. Although he is likely to command a good deal of attention as a free agent—the righthander is by far the best reliever available—Robertson is unlikely to get a deal with an average annual value approaching the $15.3 million he would make by accepting the offer.

If Robertson, 29, declines the offer, he and the Yankees still could work out some kind of long-term deal. If he signs elsewhere—such as with free-spending Detroit, which has had closer issues in recent seasons—the Yankees will receive a draft pick as compensation.

This has long been seen as a bit of a fait accompli, and it is one of the more interesting decisions among all of the free agents destined to be offered qualifying offers this year. For most players it is a no-brainer to turn down the qualifying offer, from Max Scherzer to Pablo Sandoval to Hanley Ramirez. They’ll all either match or beat their qualifying offer on the open market (or get a long term deal close enough to the qualifying offer for it to be worth their while to turn down the qualifying offer). It remains to be seen if Robertson can do the same. The largest contract ever given to a free agent pitcher (that didn’t re-sign with his own team) was the four-year/$50 million deal Papelbon got a few years back. Robertson is in roughly the same position, results-wise, that Pabelbon was when he signed that deal and Robertson is a year younger. However, contracts for closers have generally trended downward since then. On the other hand, there have been very very few closers on the open market as good and as young as Robertson. There have been a lot of guys in their mid to late 30s. Robertson will play next season at age 30.

So whether he accepts the qualifying offer will depend on whether he thinks he can get a deal similar to Papelbon’s. If he can, then yeah, he should turn down the deal. If he can’t, then $15 million in a single season is such a huge chunk of change, especially for a guy who could just enter the market again next season at 31 years of age.

I suspect that he turns it down and gets a deal similar to Pabelbon’s, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he just takes the qualifying offer. The one result that I would be mildly surprised be at this time is Robertson signing a long-term deal with the Yankees. They really seem to be in on Betances as the next closer. So they’ll be happy to go year-to-year on Robertson if he’ll be willing to be “just” the highest paid closer in baseball in annual salary for the next year or two.

--Posted at 10:19 am by Brian Cronin / 22 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, November 1, 2014

Baseball America: 2015 New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects With Scouting Reports

The article is well worth reading on its own, but if you’re just interested in the list itself, here it is:

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Luis Severino, rhp
2. Aaron Judge, of
3. Jorge Mateo, ss
4. Greg Bird, 1b
5. Gary Sanchez, c
6. Ian Clarkin, lhp
7. Rob Refsnyder, 2b/of
8. Jacob Lindgren, lhp
9. Luis Torrens, c
10. Miguel Andujar, 3b

Seems fair to me. Although I would probably flip Judge and Severino.

EDITED TO ADD: And I meant to also note that I found their ranking of Mateo to be a bit too premature. He has crazy upside but so much of that is theoretical at this point.

--Posted at 11:48 am by Brian Cronin / 19 Comments | - (0)




Friday, October 31, 2014

The Player’s Tribune: Jeter: The Cleanup

Cleaning out my locker on my final day at Yankee Stadium was harder than I thought. Not for any emotional reason—although it was definitely a little sad—it’s just that I had never really done it before. Even when we moved from the old Yankee Stadium to the new one before the 2009 season, someone packed everything for us.

So about a week after the season was over I took one last trip to the clubhouse, and spent a long time staring at everything in and around my locker. I wasn’t sure where to start or what to do. I gave a bunch of stuff to the clubhouse guys and then just started throwing things out. Someone finally moved the garbage can closer to me so I didn’t have to keep walking over to it.

There were a few special items I knew I wanted to take home: The two bats I used for my last hits in Yankee Stadium and last hit at Fenway Park, the bases the Red Sox gave me from my final game. There were other items, too. But more than any one thing, I know what I’ll miss most of all is the people. So after spending way too long trying to figure out what to take, I just decided to box it all up and ship it to my house in Tampa. I wanted to spend my last afternoon hanging out with the clubhouse guys.

It’s the end of an era, and a damn fine era it was.

--Posted at 7:04 am by SG / 17 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, October 30, 2014

McCovey Chronicles: Madison Bumgarner, World Series legend

What was Bumgarner good for? Two innings, maybe. If the Giants have a lead and he’s pitching well, maybe three. It was hard to see him doing more than that. It was also easy to see this whole endeavor not working out. His first pitch was 85 and away from the target by a bunch. He fell behind, 2-0. He gave up a hit to the first batter he faced. If the next three hitters doubled, who here would blame Bumgarner?

It was the situation that was a jerk. It was a team with no better choice than a 39-year-old with an ailing hip and floating sinker, with the backup plan being a young pitcher on two day’s rest. A young pitcher who was going to set a postseason record for innings pitched.

Bumgarner threw 34.4% of his team’s World Series innings.  That’s pretty damn impressive on its own.  It’s even more impressive when you consider the quality of those innings as well.

And thus the 2014 MLB season is officially over.  And we can commence all our focus to the Yankees and their enthralling pursuit of a new scapegoat hitting coach.

--Posted at 6:55 am by SG / 31 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Giants (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), World Series Game 7, Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00pm

SFG: Tim Hudson (#17, 38, RHP, 9-13, 3.57) vs. KCR: Jeremy Guthrie (#11, 35, RHP, 13-11, 4.13)

Lineups
Giants
1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Michael Morse (R) DH
8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Juan Perez (R) LF

Royals
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. Nori Aoki (L) RF
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Billy Butler (R) DH
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF
7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
9. Omar Infante (R) 2B

Congratulations to the Giants on their dynasty.

--Posted at 5:59 pm by SG / 80 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giants (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), World Series Game 6, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:00pm

SFG: Jake Peavy (#22, 33, RHP, 7-13, 3.73) vs. KCR: Yordano Ventura (#30, 23, RHP, 14-10, 3.20)

Lineups
Giants
1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Michael Morse (R) DH
8. Travis Ishikawa (L) LF
9. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

Royals
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. Nori Aoki (L) RF
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Billy Butler (R) DH
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF
7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
9. Omar Infante (R) 2B

Congratulations to the Giants on their dynasty.

--Posted at 5:38 pm by SG / 26 Comments | - (0)




Monday, October 27, 2014

NJ.com: Eric Hinske doesn’t want to be Yankees batting coach

Eric Hinske, the Cubs’ first base coach this season, turned down interest from the Yankees about becoming their next hitting coach, according to a New York Post report.

The Yankees reached out to Hinske, a former player on the team, after their options became limited. Chili Davis took the same job with the Red Sox and the club passed on Dave Magadan.

There has to be a farm director somewhere that could be hired to be the hitting coach, no?

--Posted at 1:11 pm by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)



USA Today: Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car accident

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and one of the top prospects of the past several seasons, died today in an auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, Dominican police confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

Taveras’ girlfriend also died in the crash, according to police in Puerto Plata.

Terribly sad news out of the Dominican Republic.

--Posted at 6:43 am by SG / No Comments | - (0)



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