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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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Report: Yanks Talking Outfielder-For-Pitcher Trade With Indians

The Brett Gardner trade rumor train keeps rolling down the offseason tracks, gathering speed as it goes.  Via Jon Morosi, the Yankees are one of several teams talking to the Cleveland Indians about putting a trade together involving an outfielder and one of Cleveland’s starting pitchers.  As Morosi points out, the Indians are dangerously light on quality MLB outfielders right now and won’t have Michael Brantley at the start of next season.  They also have a very deep starting rotation, with 6 legit big league starters in the mix.

If the Yankees are involved and the trade revolves around Cleveland acquiring an outfielder, of course it’s going to be Gardner whose name comes up.  There’s no way Cleveland would even entertain the idea of taking on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s contract.  But Gardner would be a good fit for them thanks to his well-rounded offensive skill set and ability to play center field.

With the Yankees openly looking to add more starting pitching, any of Cleveland’s young starters would be a good fit.  …

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Reviewing The Rule 5 Draft Roster Situation

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to set the 40-man Major League, Triple-A, and Double-A rosters in preparation for next month’s Rule 5 draft.  The Yankees always seem to be under a 40-man roster crunch and never seem to have enough spots for protection-worthy players who are Rule 5 eligible, and this season is no different.  Here’s a quick breakdown of where the roster stands, what other moves might be made to clear space, and my thoughts on what players the Yankees will, won’t, should, and should not protect.

The Roster: Currently stands at 38 players.  21 pitchers, 3 catchers, 6 infielders (not including Ackley), 7 outfielders (including Ackley), and 1 Alex Rodriguez.

The Potential Casualties: Caleb Cotham, Domingo German

Cotham is a 28-year-old MiL lifer who just made his MLB debut in 2015.  He pitched to a 6.52/6.55 ERA/FIP split in 9.2 innings and gave up 14 hits and 4 homers.  He’s most likely a Quad-A player at best, and the Yankees have enough to righty relief depth to make up for his loss.…

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