Yanks discussing Arroyo with the Reds

From Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse:

The Yankees are in serious discussions with the Reds about acquiring Bronson Arroyo, although right now the deal may be hinging on how much of Arroyo’s remaining contract the Reds are willing to eat, major league sources told FanHouse on Monday. “It will get done,” one source said.

I think this would be a terrible trade for the Yankees. Arroyo has been bad on the road and at home for the Reds. However, before condemning, let me try and understand the Yankees’ thinking for a moment. Over the past 3 seasons in particular, Arroyo has become a second-half performer. His post-AS splits include a 3.90 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and a .254 BAA. Last season, he posted a 5.97 ERA prior to the All-Star break, and then put together a 3.47 ERA after the All-Star break. The Yankees are probably interested in those numbers. Let’s hope that, if Cashman does trade for Arroyo, his splits will translate to his old home, the AL East.… Click here to read the rest

Discussion: In Appreciation Of Cashman

Brian Cashman has a reputation for being notoriously reticent when dealing with the media. He often sidesteps questions or bluntly gives a ”no comment” when asked about sensitive issues. While this may seem annoying to some, the alternative leads to the debacle we saw in Queens this afternoon. Omar Minaya’s loose lips made the Tony Bernazard situation worse, and may have cost him his own job. It is hard to imagine Brian Cashman committing a similar gaffe, and for that, I tip my cap to Brian. No matter what you think of his player procurement abilities, he always represents the Yankees with class and dignity. Kudos to Cash.… Click here to read the rest

Heyman on Halladay and the Yankees

From Jon Heyman (SI):

The Yankees believe their chances are practically nil after hearing from Toronto that it would take both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes plus two more top prospects for Halladay. Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi wasn’t kidding when he told the Yankees up front it would take more from them and Boston than it would from other teams.

To have any shot at all at Halladay, the Yankees have to hope things fall through with Phillies, then consider whether to dangle one or the other, Chamberlain or Hughes. For Halladay, they might part with one (though not both).

One AL scout said he’d offer Chamberlain, but not Hughes. “I think Hughes is going to be good, but Joba I wonder about. He hasn’t learned his lesson from showboating yet. In fact, he’s gotten worse. He’s extremely talented, but I just wonder whether he’ll break down.”

While Chamberlain’s antics annoy some folks, he has put together two straight excellent starts.

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Derek Jeter For MVP

Yankee Captain, World Series MVP, ASG MVP, Rookie of the Year. Derek Jeter has had a much lauded career, and certainly has never been lacking recognition. However, for all of his illustrious accomplishments and accolades, there is one award that he has yet to nab: American league MVP. He was close in 1998 and 1999, and had the award stolen from him by Justin Mourneau in 2006. However, 2009 may finally be his year, assuming that he maintains his stellar performance. Let us take a closer look at the numbers that support his case.

BA: .321 (5th in AL)
OBP: .398 (6th)
Runs: 63 (11th)
Hits: 123 (T-2nd)
BB: 46 (20th)

Power numbers are bound to be lower as a SS, so I thought it would be more instructive to compare him to other shortstops for those statistics.

SLG: .457 (2nd among AL SS)
2B: 19 (5th)
HR: 11 (T-1st)
RBI: 43 (4th- leader at 47) (remember, Derek is leading off)
UZR: 4.4 (3rd)

Jeter is third in AL WAR (Wins Above Replacement) behind Ben Zobrist and Joe Mauer, with Evan Longoria just behind him.Click here to read the rest

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Jarrod Washburn’s 2009 Season

What has happened to Jarrod Washburn this season? Entering the final year of his four year contract with Seattle, Washburn had failed to post an ERA+ above league average once. However, Washburn sports a 2.72 ERA in 2009, good for fourth in the American League. Before we write off this performance as a fluke or herald him for his vast improvement, we should ask a few questions. Is he getting lucky? Is he getting help from his defense? Is he a legitimately improved pitcher?

First let us examine how lucky he might be getting. A pitcher might be considered “lucky” if his opponents batting average on balls in play is significantly lower than league average. With a few exceptions, pitchers have very little control of the result of a batted ball (home runs are not counted as balls in play.) The league average on BABIP is .300, but Washburn is sporting a BABIP of only .251.… Click here to read the rest