Curtis Granderson or Mike Cameron?

It’s been a typically slow-feeling last week or so in Yankeeland, as some of us are still content to bask in the glow of the World Series victory, while others are looking to stoke the fires of the Hot Stove. I’m probably somewhere in the middle. I’d love to sit back and do nothing but enjoy #27, but at the same time, as a hardcore Yankee fan I’m looking for something new to read about the team every single day, hence the creation of this blog.

Last week’s Yankee rumor du jour involved the team trading for Tigers’ center fielder Curtis Granderson, as Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski has apparently been tasked with cutting payroll. Somewhat less discussed is what the Yankees would actually have to give up to acquire Granderson, although Steve at the Yankee Universe has a great post up about this potential deal (h/t to RAB).

On the face of it, trading for a guy like Granderson to play center seems like a no-brainer.… Click here to read the rest

A peek at the top of the Yanks prospect pile

Austin Jackson, OF — Given his rather quick growth as an all-around star prospect, it’s easy to forget that many worried coming out of the draft that Jackson was a raw athlete and wouldn’t develop as a complete ballplayer. It’s been his ability to hit consistent line drives and keep his swing under control at such an early stage that makes him special. The athletic tools, plus speed and defense in center field were more of a given. The fact that he is still continuing to grow as a hitter is what makes him such an interesting commodity.

I’d love to see Montero in pinstripes eventually, however I just have a feeling he’s going to be used to fetch a major talent.… Click here to read the rest

Discussion: Trading Robinson Cano?

Over the last few days, I have seen a number of commenters on the blogs that I frequent suggest that the Yankees trade Robinson Cano while his value is high. They cite his poor numbers with runners in scoring position and suggest that he has peaked to justify moving him. Personally, I would be very wary regarding any trade that includes Cano. He is a career .306/.339/.480 hitter from the middle infield, making him one of the top 5 players at a premium position (probably behind Utley and Pedroia, with judgment reserved on Zobrist). He is also signed to an affordable deal, and the Yankees do not have anyone that could adequately replace him.

I am not saying that I would never trade him. Nobody is untradeable, and there are packages for which I would send Robbie packing. However, being that he is the only young bat in the Yankees lineup, a premium bat would need to be coming back to the Yankees for any deal to work.… Click here to read the rest

2009 Yankees vs. 1996 Yankees

In the wake of my paean to the 2009 Yankees, comparing Yankee championships has become a fairly popular topic among some of my fellow Yankee fans this week, and one friend — firmly entrenched in the 1996 camp — asked me to do a comparison of the two teams.

I can’t really put my finger on why I’ve been relatively dismissive of the 1996 team. I think a lot of it has to do with me being far more emotionally developed as a 28-year-old man than a 15-year-old teenager, as well as the fact that I am even more intense about the Yankees now than I was 13 years ago.

The 1996 championship team was obviously incredibly special. I remember going absolutely bananas after that ball landed in Charlie Hayes’ glove, and you could hear the collective euphoria emanating from the City’s streets for seemingly hours after the last out, a la the Giants’ 2008 Super Bowl win. This year I missed any unrestrained post-victory revelry because I was too busy celebrating the aftermath inside a bar with a victory cigar and champagne.… Click here to read the rest

Johan Santana all over again

Although there’s far less urgency this time around than two years ago with the Johan Santana fiasco, the Daily News is speculating that Roy Halladay could be on the trading block this winter, with — surprise, surprise — both the Yankees and Red Sox as primary suitors.

While this is clearly a classic offseason media ploy to sell papers, what fun would the Hot Stove be without some irresponsible rumormongering?

There are some similarities to the Phil Hughes Hostage Drama of ’07, in that, like Santana, Roy Halladay is only under contract with the Blue Jays for one more year, and with Halladay uninterested in sticking around, Toronto may be looking to get some players back instead of letting Halladay play out the remainder of his deal.

However, the Twins made it pretty clear they were looking to deal Santana that year — who even knows whether Toronto would actually consider pulling the trigger on a deal like this, especially with an intradivision rival.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees want Halladay?

From Mark Feinsand (Daily News):

Halladay wants out of Toronto, but it’s unlikely that he would waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to a team unless he was able to sign a long-term extension – something only a select few teams have the resources to do, most notably the Yankees and Red Sox.

It would likely take a bigger package for one of the division rivals to land Halladay, but if they have the opportunity to do so, the belief inside the Yankees organization is that it would be well worth it to pair the righthander with CC Sabathia atop a rotation that would then feature A.J. Burnett – who considers Halladay to be a mentor – as its No. 3 starter.

A source with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking said the Bombers already have their sights set on signing either Halladay or Cliff Lee if both become free agents after next season. Yankees executives, however, fear that Lee might sign a long-term deal with the Phillies before becoming a free agent, leaving Halladay as the lone target for teams looking for an ace.

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Tex, Jeter win Silver Slugger Awards

About 45 minutes ago, it was announced that Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira have both won the American League’s 2009 Silver Slugger Award at their respective positions (read about all the winners here). The pinstriped duo also took home Gold Glove Awards earlier in the week. That World Series title is probably a pretty big deal, too.… Click here to read the rest

The argument for John Lackey

On the heels of Larry’s excellent analysis of the 2009 Yankees pitching staff, I want to double down on my earlier recommendation that the Yankees sign John Lackey, immediately. (Quick tangent here, after reading Larry’s piece, ask yourself, did you ever see this team doing what it did? Yeah, me too, but it was still amazing).

Larry was quick to point out that signing Lackey is not recognized universally as the right move. The argument against Lackey has two pillars: 1) Brian Cashman didn’t throw the kitchen sink at Minnesota for Johan Santana in 2007, and won, big. The Yanks got CC Sabathia one year later and still have two potential starters developing in Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes; and 2) The 2010 free-agent pitching class is crazy deep, featuring Roy Halladay, Josh Beckett, Cliff Lee, Brandon Webb and Dontrelle Willis. (What, no love for D-Train?)

The Yankees have the following dilemma: Sign Lackey, the best free-agent pitcher available in 2009, or wait until next year and make a big splash on a better pitcher.
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