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MLB Trade Rumors: Offseason Outlook: New York Yankees
(29 Comments - 10/23/2014 1:31:36 am)

Newsday: Gary Denbo expected to replace Mark Newman in Yankees’ front office
(43 Comments - 10/22/2014 11:12:13 am)

NY Post: With Chili Davis off market, Yankees turn to Dave Magadan
(27 Comments - 10/21/2014 4:14:39 am)

TGS NY: Can McCann help lead the Bombers back?
(42 Comments - 10/19/2014 6:53:53 pm)

NYDN: Dave Magadan, Chili Davis are early frontrunners for Yankees hitting coach job
(34 Comments - 10/17/2014 9:05:10 am)

TGS NY: Eleven young Yankees on the rise in 2015
(76 Comments - 10/16/2014 10:13:29 am)

Newsday: Sources: Yankees considering Omar Minaya for high-ranking position in front office
(75 Comments - 10/15/2014 9:29:03 am)

NY Post: Yankees make to-do list: Third base, shortstop, rotation, closer
(63 Comments - 10/15/2014 1:12:44 am)

CBS Local: Yankees, General Manager Brian Cashman Agree To 3-Year Extension
(120 Comments - 10/14/2014 8:11:12 pm)

Yankees.com: Cashman signs three-year deal to continue as GM
(1 Comment - 10/10/2014 3:26:05 pm)


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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Monday, October 13, 2014

NY Post: Yankees make to-do list: Third base, shortstop, rotation, closer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Equipped with a new three-year contract, general manager Brian Cashman will chair a week-long meeting of scouts and other members of the organization this week at Yankee Stadium as the club attempts to make sure 2015 isn’t the third straight year without a playoff appearance.

Starting Monday, the Yankees will begin to pore over scouting reports on possible free agents and players they have targeted as potential trades.

With plenty of holes to fill and other positions that need reinforcing, there is a lot of work to do.

I’d be surprised if the 2015 Yankees are any better than the 2014 Yankees, but I am mildy interested in seeing how the Yankees approach this offseason.

--Posted at 10:31 am by SG / 63 Comments | - (0)




Friday, October 10, 2014

CBS Local: Yankees, General Manager Brian Cashman Agree To 3-Year Extension

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — As expected, he’s coming back.

The Yankees have re-signed general manager Brian Cashman to a three-year contract.

Cashman has been New York’s GM since 1998, when the Yankees won the World Series in his first season. He has built three more championship teams, most recently in 2009.

The #Yankees have re-signed Brian Cashman to a three-year contract to serve as Senior Vice President and General Manager.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 10, 2014

I’m apathetic to this, much like I am apathetic to the team I used to care about.

Update:
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Below, Brian [Cronin not Cashman]‘s more thoughtful take:

Brian Cashman is one of the most intriguing figures in baseball. I think he is one of the best general managers in the game, but there is always the question of whether he is actually good or if he just happens to be the General Manager of the team that is willing to outspend nearly every other team out there. The Yankees have done a poor job of team-building these past four seasons or so, but there’s always the question of who is to blame for it - Cashman or his higher-ups? It seems clear that he was given a strict payroll to work with in every offseason from 2010-2012 and then suddenly had that strict payroll lifted in the 2013 offseason. That strict cap, coupled with the changing face of Major League Baseball free agency (where young talented position players simply do not make it to free agency any more), was the biggest problem the Yankees had these past few seasons and that was not Cashman’s fault. However, once given freer reign this offseason, he handed out two terrible contracts to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran while choosing not to give Robinson Cano (a player who is single-handedly better than Ellsbury and Beltran combined) a bad contract that certainly seemed to still be a better idea than the contracts handed out to Ellsbury and Beltran. So that’s on Cashman. As was the bad decision to sign Brian Roberts.

But then, during the regular season, he made astute trades that netted the Yankees some of their best players during the regular season - Brandon McCarthy, Martin Prado and Chase Headley. Those three helped keep the Yankees far more competitive than they had any reason to expect to be. And he gave up basically nobody in the deals (Pete O’Brien, a catcher who can’t catch, being the only one player traded who seemed to be actually part of the Yankees’ possible future plans).

So I think Cashman has still got “it,” but at the same time, there is a very good argument to be made that the Yankees should make a fresh start. I don’t really have a problem with that, except for the facts that:

1. The front office is going to remain no matter what
2. The front office would clearly either hire…
a. Cashman’s top assistant, Billy Eppler, in which case things won’t change since Eppler is very similar to Cashman
or
b. Some terrible outside GM who will be much worse than Cashman

With those two facts agreed on, I think they might as well stick with Cashman.

Another Update: Sources: Yankees fire well-respected hitting coach Kevin Long

Kevin Long, the well-respected hitting coach who presided over a couple record-setting Yankees hitting seasons, was fired by the team after its failure to make the playoffs, sources said.

Long helped guide the team to a couple of its greatest offensive seasons but was a victim of disappointing veteran performance this past season, as a few of their older players struggled. Long, an extremely well-respected hitting coach throughout baseball, is paying for the underachievement of some established veteran hitters in 2014, including Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira.

Makes sense.  When a 38 year old outfielder with bad knees shows up out of shape and has a shitty year, it’s the hitting coach’s fault.  When you let your best offensive player go and replace him with a bunch of garbage, it’s also the hitting coach’s fault.

--Posted at 1:51 pm by SG / 120 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Cashman signs three-year deal to continue as GM

The Yankees signed Brian Cashman on Friday to a new three-year contract to continue in his role as senior vice president and general manager.

Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner recently stated that the organization was in discussions about an extension with Cashman, 47, who has been the Yankees’ GM since February 1998.
Cashman’s re-signing is the first piece of business in what promises to be a busy offseason for the Yankees, who missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season, winning 84 games to finish in second place in the American League East.

Steinbrenner has said that the Yankees will pursue a shortstop to replace retired captain Derek Jeter and are also in need of a starting pitcher, with right-hander Ivan Nova recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery and not expected to be ready to start the season.

In evaluating Cashman’s construction of the 2014 roster, Steinbrenner stood by the signings of free agents Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka, stating that he approved those deals and believes they will work out in the future.

Steinbrenner also has noted that Cashman was able to rebuild the Yankees on the fly in midseason after several injuries, triggering deals to import right-hander Brandon McCarthy and infielders Martin Prado and Chase Headley, among others.

Brian Cashman is one of the most intriguing figures in baseball. I think he is one of the best general managers in the game, but there is always the question of whether he is actually good or if he just happens to be the General Manager of the team that is willing to outspend nearly every other team out there. The Yankees have done a poor job of team-building these past four seasons or so, but there’s always the question of who is to blame for it - Cashman or his higher-ups? It seems clear that he was given a strict payroll to work with in every offseason from 2010-2012 and then suddenly had that strict payroll lifted in the 2013 offseason. That strict cap, coupled with the changing face of Major League Baseball free agency (where young talented position players simply do not make it to free agency any more), was the biggest problem the Yankees had these past few seasons and that was not Cashman’s fault. However, once given freer reign this offseason, he handed out two terrible contracts to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran while choosing not to give Robinson Cano (a player who is single-handedly better than Ellsbury and Beltran combined) a bad contract that certainly seemed to still be a better idea than the contracts handed out to Ellsbury and Beltran. So that’s on Cashman. As was the bad decision to sign Brian Roberts.

But then, during the regular season, he made astute trades that netted the Yankees some of their best players during the regular season - Brandon McCarthy, Martin Prado and Chase Headley. Those three helped keep the Yankees far more competitive than they had any reason to expect to be. And he gave up basically nobody in the deals (Pete O’Brien, a catcher who can’t catch, being the only one player traded who seemed to be actually part of the Yankees’ possible future plans).

So I think Cashman has still got “it,” but at the same time, there is a very good argument to be made that the Yankees should make a fresh start. I don’t really have a problem with that, except for the facts that:

1. The front office is going to remain no matter what
2. The front office would clearly either hire…
a. Cashman’s top assistant, Billy Eppler, in which case things won’t change since Eppler is very similar to Cashman
or
b. Some terrible outside GM who will be much worse than Cashman

With those two facts agreed on, I think they might as well stick with Cashman.

--Posted at 1:48 pm by Brian Cronin / 1 Comment | - (0)



NY Post: Why David Robertson likely will remain a Yankee in 2015

The qualifying offer figure has been established at $15.3 million, and I think there is a strong likelihood the Yankees use it on David Robertson, and a pretty compelling case the right-handed reliever will become the first player ever to accept a qualifying offer.

Quick background: The qualifying offer figure comes from averaging the top 125 contracts. Teams must notify their free agents within five days after the World Series if they are putting the qualifying offer on them. Players have an additional week to accept or reject.

If rejected, the player becomes a free agent, but when he signs elsewhere his old team gets a sandwich pick between the first and second round of June’s draft while the signing team loses either its first-round pick (if it has one of the top 20 2014 records) or a second-round pick (worse 10 records).

$15.3M for one season for a closer no matter how good he may be is pretty obviously an overpay.  But it probably makes sense for the Yankees to extend the offer to Robertson and either keep him for one more year or try and negotiate a more reasonable long-term deal (or gain a draft pick if Ruben Amaro Jr. comes calling). 

I don’t know what would qualify as reasonable, but I’d probably be willing to do something like 3 years, $36M, maybe 4/$40M.  Robertson’s very good, and while the Yankees have managed to build bullpens pretty well under Joe Girardi, I’m not sure they are in a position where they can let very good players leave over money.

Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring back Robertson and also make a play for Andrew Miller in an effort to build a super bullpen, in lieu of going after someone like Max Scherzer or Jon Lester. 

--Posted at 8:21 am by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, October 9, 2014

NJ.com: Yankees games get 15% increase in viewership on YES Network; Derek Jeter to thank?

The YES Network announced today that the television station saw a 15 percent increase in viewership for Yankees games this season despite another lukewarm year for the team. The Yankees went 84-78 this year, finishing second in the AL East, and missed the playoffs.

But the network averaged 223,000 households per game, a 15 percent bump from the 194,000 it averaged last season, it said in a press release. Even the pre-game show audience grew by 25 percent this season.

I find this shocking, honestly.  I found this year’s team dull and largely unwatchable, and I probably missed at least 3/4 of the games.  It’ll be interesting to see what ratings look like next year, with no more Jeter and with what I imagine will be yet another dull and largely unwatchable team.

--Posted at 8:53 am by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NY Post: The two reasons Yankees will likely pass on Cuban slugger

Before reading the article, I’d have assumed that it was because:

1. He is young.
2. He has power.

“He is a good player, but for $100 million? I don’t know,’’ a baseball official said of the 6-foot-1, 230-pound right-handed hitting outfielder who batted .375 (6-for-16) with two homers and five RBIs for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. “He is better than [Castillo], but that doesn’t mean he is worth $100 million.’’

Castillo’s contract topped the $68 million Jose Abreu got from the White Sox. Abreu is the favorite to win the AL Rookie of the Year. The Dodgers gave Yasiel Puig $42 million and current Red Sox Yoenis Cespedes got $32 million from the A’s.

The Yankees’ disinterest in Tomas likely isn’t only financial. They hope Carlos Beltran can play right field if Alex Rodriguez needs to DH. That means there isn’t room for Tomas.

Yes, why would you pursue a young player who could be a potential source of power for a lineup that needs power badly when you have Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez?

Seriously, I can see Tomas being a bust.  And a $100M bust is a major one.  But the Yankees have pissed away lots more money on other busts, and their avenues for improving their anemic offense are becoming narrower and narrower.  If their scouts think Tomas can be a productive bat at the major league level but they aren’t pursuing him because he’ll cost a bit more than they are comfortable paying and because they need to keep spots in the lineup for Carlos F’ing Beltran and Alex F’ing Rodriguez, I really think I’m done with this team.

--Posted at 8:05 am by SG / 52 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NYDN: Yankees’ Mark Teixeira looking to play 150 games season next year

Mark Teixeira spoke Monday about exchanging text messages with Alex Rodriguez, but it’s a different kind of message – one delivered by Hal Steinbrenner last Wednesday – is the one that seems to be making an impact on the Yankees’ first baseman.

Teixeira is once again talking about playing 150 games in a season.

On Sept. 22, when he was sidelined for the third time by his surgically-repaired right wrist, he said 150 games was something he could no longer promise. Steinbrenner didn’t like the sound of that and said last Wednesday on the Michael Kay Show that the club would be more “forceful” with him.

Good luck with all that.

--Posted at 8:58 am by SG / 69 Comments | - (0)




Monday, October 6, 2014

NYDN: Even with aging, overpriced sluggers and empty farm, Yankees have shot to win AL East in 2015

To hear Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman tell it, a second straight season of missing the playoffs was a freak occurrence and a product of injuries — and all the impending gloom about the post-Derek Jeter Yankees is ill-conceived.

“I honestly believe if you repeated this season 100 times, you would not get this result,” is the way Cashman put it to the Daily News’ John Harper last week, and a couple of days later, Son of Boss Hal cited the injuries, “especially to the pitchers” and added: “We did invest a lot of money ($283 million in Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann) into upgrading the offense and I don’t think anybody would have seen some of the performances we wound up having.”

It’s funny, because I played this season out 100,000 times before it started and got the same result most of the time.

--Posted at 8:12 am by SG / 74 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, October 2, 2014

ALDS Day 1 - Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gameday Link: 5:30 PM ET: DET: Max Scherzer (#37, 29, RHP, 18-5, 3.15) vs. BAL: Chris Tillman (#30, 26, RHP, 13-6, 3.34)

Gameday Link: 9:00 PM ET: KC: Jason Vargas (#51, 31, LHP, 11-10, 3.71) vs. LAA: Jered Weaver (#36, 31, RHP, 18-9, 3.59)

I pretty much have reasons to dislike all these teams except Kansas City, which is unfortunately the worst of the four.  But go Royals anyway.

--Posted at 3:48 pm by SG / 119 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Hal Steinbrenner reveals a very un-Boss-like agenda for Yankees

Hal Steinbrenner expressed “frustration” and “disappointment” in a second straight playoff-less season for the Yankees. However, in yet another example of how he will boss rather than Boss this franchise, the Yankees’ managing general partner praised the work of Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi, expressed confidence that disappointing veterans will do better in 2015, insisted the team’s player development is pointed in the right direction and even opened his arms for Alex Rodriguez.

Amid the worst phase in two decades for the Yankees, Steinbrenner responded Wednesday not only with the dispassionate logic we are now coming to expect from him, but hopefulness.

In a State of the Yankees interview after the 2014 season, Steinbrenner told The Post, “I am as disappointed as the fans are. They expect better of us and me. We will work very hard in the offseason to put together a team to win it all. It is a new slate. We need to be optimistic about our young players and believe that our veterans will be healthy and better next year.”

When Hal speaks, i fall asleep…

Is it true that Steinbrenner didn’t show up for Jeter’s last game at DNYS?  And is it time to drop the N and just call it DYS?

--Posted at 8:05 am by SG / 29 Comments | - (0)



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