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.…

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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.…

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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!

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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.
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Report: Cano is unhappy in Seattle

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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.…

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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.  …

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Yankees Protect 3, Add Davis, Gamel, And Barbato To The 40-Man Roster

Guess the Yankees weren’t worried about leaving any roster spots open for free agent signings after all.  As the team announced, they added 3 players to their 40-man roster today to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft: Double-A right-hander Rookie Davis, Triple-A righty reliever Johnny Barbato, and lefty-hitting Triple-A outfielder Ben Gamel.  With the earlier move by the Rays to claim Chase Whitley off waivers clearing an extra spot, the 40-man roster is now full.

I’m actually a bit surprised.  I though the depth at their positions would be Barbato and Gamel’s undoing and instead it seems to be the reason they were kept over guys like Jake Cave and Chaz Hebert.  This tells me the Yankees are definitely planning to dip into that depth on the trade market.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/20/15

No time to chit-chat, let’s get right into the links.

– On Monday, Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx made the case for trading Andrew Miller.

– On Tuesday, Rob Abruzzese of Bronx Baseball Daily reviewed how the Yankees have used their strong organizational catching depth to help build part of the current roster.

– El duque of It Is High… had a few good retirement gift ideas for David Ortiz.

– On Wednesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley profiled David Price as a potential free agent target.

– Mike Axisa of RAB profiled new top pitching prospect James Kaprielian.

– Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes mused on the importance of not expecting repeat seasons from Teix and A-Rod in 2016 and the need to add more offense.

– On Friday, Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted wondered if the Yankees would be bold enough to trade both Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller.

From the IIATMS team:

– On Tuesday, I dished on a variety of early offseason topics that I haven’t had a chance to write about.…

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Report: Yankees have discussed a Gardner-Castro swap (UPDATED)

So the Yankees have been, according to reports, busy talking this offseason and a lot of trade possibilities have been popping up everywhere, but this latest one is a deal I’m not so sure about.

According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, “the Yankees and Cubs have discussed a swap involving Gardner and infielder Starlin Castro, who moved from shortstop to second base last season to make room for top prospect Addison Russell.”

It’s true that Castro could fill a need the Yankee have at their never-ending revolving door at the second base position, but, on the flip side, I’m not sure Castro is the answer. I think the Yankees need starting pitching more than they need a starting second baseman. They can always platoon guys like Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder if they needed to.

More on Castro from MLB Trade Rumors:

Castro, 26 in March, lost his job as the Cubs’ starting shortstop this past season and eventually took over at second base after a stretch in which he was primarily a bench option.

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