Red Sox sign David Price

I love late breaking news on a Tuesday!

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe broke the news first that the Red Sox have agreed to a 7-year, $217 million contract with left-hander David Price and according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, there’s an opt-out clause after year three (2018).

Price, who turned 30 in August, was 9-1 in 11 starts with a 2.30 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays in the second half of the season. Before he was traded and helped lead the Jays to an AL East division title, Price was with the Detroit Tigers where he started in 21 games and was 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA.

Price’s contract is the seventh-largest in MLB history and his deal is the most-ever for a pitcher beating out Clayton Kershaw‘s $215M contract.

Price is now on his third Al East team after being with the Rays from 2008-2014 and the Jays in 2015. Who knows? Maybe after he opts out in 2018, because that will probably happen, he can try and sign with the Orioles!…

Tuesday Afternoon News And Notes: 12/1/15

Good news!  We’re back up and running, albeit in a bit of a diminished fashion.  Like Stacey said before, it’s going to take some time to get back up to full capacity so bear with us while we work on things.  In the meantime, here are a few news nuggets to ease you into the current site condition:

– Postseason shares were released yesterday.  The Royals had a pool of $25.2 million to divvy up for winning the World Series.  Even divided up 58 ways that’s a nice chunk of change for a month’s work.  The Yankees got $1.048 mil and change for playing in and losing the AL Wild Card game and they handed out 59 full shares and 15.98 partial shares.  That works out to $13,979.99 per full share.  Also a nice chunk of change for one night’s work.

– Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees are among the teams who have called Atlanta about Shelby Miller and the Braves reportedly asked for Luis Severino in return. …

Site update: 12/1/15

Good afternoon, everyone.

We had a bit of a server issue late last night which, at first, seemed to wipe out the site entirely. But then, hope emerged, and now, it looks like our posts are back and that we only lost a majority of the images we had stored on the server. So all is not lost, thank goodness.

We are working on getting the site fully operational again and we ask for your patience while we do this.

We hope to be up and running again soon.


Jason Heyward is Perfect for the Yankees. Here’s How He Breaks the ‘Zombie Roster’ Problem.

Typically for Brian Cashman’s front office, we have not heard much about the Yankees plans for this offseason, other than that they are trying to shop Brett Gardner. As far as I can tell, the Yankees have not been directly connected to Heyward, although some have noted how well hit fits on the team.

Let’s review the case for Jason Heyward, quickly:

Heyward has produced 6.5, 3.4 (5.3 over 150 games), 5.2 and 6.0 fWAR over the past four seasons. He has been a remarkably consistent offensive player, with wRC+s of 121, 120, 110, and 121 over that time period. He was the 7th best hitter in baseball by fWAR over that time period, just ahead of Robinson Cano and Paul Goldschmidt. Among outfielders, only Mike Trout and Andrew McCutcheon were better.

Heyward’s performance is somewhat controversial given that a great deal of his production relies on defense. He has averaged 18.3 UZR/150 over his career. In terms of defensive fWAR, Heyward is 5th in baseball over the last four years behind Lorenzo Cain, JJ Hardy Yadier Molina, and Andrelton Simmons with 58.9 runs saved.…

Report: Yankees Shopping Ivan Nova

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.  It was a quiet week in Yankeeland, but there was one small story I wanted to go back and touch on before we pressed on into the heart of the offseason.

Last week Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees had “let teams know Ivan Nova is available” in a trade if they were interested.  This is noteworthy for two reasons.  One, the Yankees are on the record as being in the market for starting pitching this offseason and Nova is a starting pitcher, and two, Nova really wasn’t good this past season and hasn’t been anything special in his MLB career.  The idea of teams lining up to make the Yankees a trade offer after finding out he’s available is borderline laughable.

Sherman’s report went on to explain that the Yankees are looking for starters with more years of team control remaining, something that Nova does not have.  The 2016 season will be his final arbitration year before free agency and the Yankees must be hoping they can move him for somebody who will be around a little longer rather than keep him next year and then lose him for nothing.…

Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the entire IIATMS crew! You’re why we continue to do this year in and year out so we hope you all have a great holiday with lots of food, family, football and fun!…

Yankees late afternoon news and notes: 11/23/15

Some late afternoon news and notes for you on this chilly November day.

  • Gil Patterson is heading back to the A’s organization. Susan Slusser first reported the move on Twitter. Patterson was with the Yankees as a Minor League pitching coordinator for three seasons. Before that, he was with A’s as a roving pitching instructor from 2008-2012 after serving as a coach in the organization.
  • In case you missed it this weekend, Joel Sherman wrote a piece called “10 pitchers who could be the Yankees’ next Nathan Eovaldi.” It’s pretty interesting. Tell me what you think of the choices in the comments.
  • Ken Rosenthal published a piece yesterday about how the Yankees’ financial restraints could cost them both Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller. My question is, why did they even sign Miller in the first place if they’re so willing to trade him? Seems silly to me. But hey, what do I know? I’m blogger who writes in my mom’s den.

Report: Cano is unhappy in Seattle

cano in seattle

So it is being reported that Robinson Cano is sleepless in Seattle (so sorry) and that if he could, he’d come back to New York.

Wow, who saw this one coming?

I’m just kidding. We all saw it coming, especially after the transcripts and audio of Andy Van Slyke‘s crazy radio interview last week were passed around more than shots of Fireball on a Bravo TV show. In the interview, Van Slyke trashed Cano and basically blamed him for everyone getting fired in Seattle. He also inexplicably blamed Obamacare, but that’s for another post on another blog.

As for Cano coming back to New York? It’s a long shot. In our behind the scenes e-mail chain, Domenic suggested a bad contract swap of Jacoby Ellsbury for Cano (and cash or prospects to make-up the difference in salary). And I’ve seen other people jokingly suggest a Gardner for Cano swap.

This could just be frustration building up for Robbie. After a respectful 87-75 finish in 2014, the Mariners finished 76-86 this past season.…

2015 Arizona Fall League Wrap-Up


The Arizona Fall League championship game was played on Saturday, with the Scottsdale Scorpions defeating the Surprise Sagueros 6-4.  The Yankees were well represented in the Surprise lineup, with Gary Sanchez starting at catcher and hitting cleanup, Tyler Austin starting in left field and hitting 6th, and Dustin Fowler starting in center and hitting 8th.  They all performed well too, each recording at least 1 hit in the game and Fowler hitting a home run.

With the AZFL season officially over, here’s a final tally for the Yankee representatives:

Sanchez: .295/.357/.625, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 16 R in 88 AB
Austin: .272/.344/.444, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 13 R, 7 SB in 81 AB
Fowler: .279/.313/.410, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 14 R, 7 SB in 61 AB
Tyler Wade: .220/.313/.268, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R in 41 AB

Ian Clarkin: 24.2 IP, 34 H, 16 ER, 14 BB, 17 K, 5.84 ERA in 6 App
Chaz Hebert: 14.1 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 10 BB, 12 K, 4.40 ERA in 7 App
Tyler Webb: 12.1 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 12 K, 5.84 ERA in 9 App
Domingo Acevedo: 12.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 2.25 ERA in 7 App

The standout numbers still belong to Sanchez, who fell short in his bid to win league MVP despite leading in homers and ribbies.  …