Tuesday Afternoon Food For Thought: Looking Way Ahead To The 2015 Roster

This season is all but over and everybody’s attention is justifiably shifting to the upcoming offseason and the resulting 2015 season.  I’ve noticed an uptick in the comment sections recently on 2015 roster ideas, and I thought it would be a good idea to construct a logical starting point for any offseason strategy discussions.  Here’s what the 2015 Opening Day roster would look like if it was comprised only of players who would be definitely be on the 40-man roster or still with the organization next year.

C- Brian McCann
1B- Mark Teixeira
2B- Martin Prado
SS- Brendan Ryan
3B- Alex Rodriguez
LF- Brett Gardner
CF- Jacoby Ellsbury
RF- Ramon Flores
DH- Carlos Beltran

SP- Masahiro Tanaka
SP- Michael Pineda
SP- CC Sabathia
SP- David Phelps
SP- Shane Greene

BP- Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, Adam Warren, Preston Claiborne, Bryan MitchellJose Ramirez, Manny Banuelos

Bench- John Ryan Murphy, Jose Pirela, Zelous Wheeler, Zoilo Almonte (or Slade Heathcott)

Based on that, you can see how much work Cash has to do this offseason.  …

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Yanks Add Eury Perez, Possibly As More Than A Late-Season Stopgap

The Yankee outfield has gotten a little thin in the last few days with the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury and the apparent shutdown of Carlos Beltran due to injuries.  Brett Gardner appears to be playing in some substantial pain, at least that’s what it looked like to me on Saturday, and Chris Young has cooled down.  It was probably with those things in mind that the Yanks made a small move yesterday, claiming outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from Washington and jettisoning Josh Outman to clear a 40-man roster spot.

With only 13 Major League plate appearances to his name, Perez looks like the type of cheap, late-season addition designed only to ensure that the Yanks have enough warm bodies capable of playing the outfield over the next week.  He could actually be more than that and could have been claimed with more than only the next 6 games in mind.

For starters, Perez isn’t a late-20s Minor League lifer.  He’s 24 years old and has been a staple on recent top organizational prospect lists for the Nationals.  …

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Injury Updates: Tanaka, Teixeira, Beltran, Sabathia, Ellsbury

I’m really looking forward to the end of the season so I don’t have to do these posts anymore, but the season rolls on and so must the injury reports.

- Masahiro Tanaka felt no pain or discomfort in his elbow yesterday after his return outing on Sunday.  He went through his normal next-day routine and all signs point to him being A-OK for his final start on Saturday.

- Mark Teixeira received another cortisone injection in his right wrist on Sunday and said he could be back in the lineup as soon as tonight.  Apparently the first 2 injections were in a different part of his tendon sheath and this 3rd one was in a different spot, making it OK to do.

- Carlos Beltran continues to sit out due to pain in his elbow, but said he’s not going to proceed with the surgery until after the end of the season.  Not sure I follow the logic there.

- CC Sabathia played catch yesterday, the first time he’s had any kind of throwing activity since having the latest surgery on his knee.  …

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Yankeemetrics: Jeter farewell edition

Derek Jeter's career is unmatched in baseball history.

Derek Jeter’s career is unmatched in baseball history.

As Derek Jeter‘s incredible career comes to an end, let’s celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer with a list of my 10 favorite stats from Jeter’s 20 seasons with the New York Yankees. Special thanks to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index and the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia for many of these notes.

1. Jeter is the only player in major-league baseball history with at least 3,000 hits, 350 stolen bases, 250 homers and 1,300 RBI. Nada, no one else has done it.

2. Jeter and Hank Aaron are the only two players in MLB history with 16-or-more seasons of at least 150 hits, 20 doubles and 10 homers.

3. Arguably Jeter’s most iconic hit was his 3,000th, a home run off David Price on July 9, 2011. The only other player to reach the 3,000-hit milestone with a homer was Wade Boggs on August 7, 1999.

4. He is one of two players all-time with at least 3,460 hits for one franchise and none with any other team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.…

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Game 156 Recap: Yankees 5 Orioles 0

Pineda vs BAL

Courtesy of the AP

Michael Pineda.  That’s all you really need to know about last night’s game because that’s all the Yankees needed to win it.  JV lineup aside, Pineda was positively filthy last night and shut the Baltimore hitters down to lead his team to a 1-hit shutout victory.

It didn’t take long for Pineda to dial it in.  He retired the first 13 Orioles he faced into the 5th inning  and never had a runner reach second base through 7.  He had 1 strikeout in every inning from the second to the 5th and 2 each in the 6th and 7th to give him 8 on the night.  All 8 of then were swinging.  Pineda had everything working: a fastball with late life, a cutter with great movement and location, a slider with biting late action, and even some good changeups.  This was the dream the Yankees had in mind when they made the trade and it was a reality last night.  …

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Game 156: Chen v. Pineda

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Quick Hit: Why No Pirela?

Last Wednesday, I wrapped up my Jose Pirela player profile post with this take:

“Pirela can play all the same positions the Yankees were rotating Prado through and he offers a similar offensive profile. Because of the lack of output coming from guys like Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan up the middle and the injury problems in the outfield, Pirela figures to see some significant game action over the next dozen games. At least I think he does. He’s due to become a MiL free agent after this season, so it behooves the Yankees to get a look at him for 40-man roster protection purposes.”

As Martin Prado‘s roster replacement, it only made sense that Pirela would see some game time in the final 2 weeks of the season and that the Yankees would want to give him that time.  5 games and going on 5 days later, however, his ESPN player profile still looks like this:

Pirela Profile

I don’t get it.  …

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VMart and Donnie Baseball

(Syndicated from The Flagrant Fan)

Victor Martinez is having a remarkable offensive season. And it isn’t just the 31 homers and 31 doubles and the .333 batting average. What is remarkable is that in the inglorious age of the strikeout, Martinez has only struck out 40 times all season. He is on pace to finish with 43 strikeouts. When considering that remarkable number, it made me curious as to how many times since 1961 someone has hit over 30 homers with less than 45 strikeouts. So I went to my trusty baseball-reference.com and checked it out.

First of all, why did I only go back to 1961? Good question. The answer is that 1961 was right around the first time when the strikeout rate averaged five strikeouts per team per game (1959 to be exact). And even going that far back is problematic. The average strikeout rate in 1961 was 13.2% compared to it being 20.3% this season. If you go back further than 1961, then a low strikeout rate with a lot of homers just wasn’t that remarkable.…

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Jeter Providing One Last Memory With Late-Season Surge

Jeter vs TOR 9-20

Courtesy of Getty Images

Things were looking bleak for Derek Jeter heading into his final homestand at Yankee Stadium.  He was in an 0-28 slump, his season OPS had dropped below .600, and his team had slowly and sadly withered and fallen off the postseason race radar.  It seemed like there was going to be an almost pitiful feeling to Jeter’s last 6 home games; a team trying to pump meaning and energy into a situation that had none, a player trying to not go out in underwhelming fashion, and a fanbase just trying to be polite and pay respect to the memory of the better times for the player they loved.

Then Jeter picked up a hit in the final game of the last road trip, breaking the hitless streak and giving himself a little momentum heading back home.  Then he hit a deep home run on Thursday night in the first game of the homestand and finished with a 2-hit game.  …

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