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 Continue reading Curtis Granderson or Mike Cameron?

A peek at the top of the Yanks prospect pile

As we get deeper into the Hot Stove season, here’s a look at some of the names you’ll hear discussed often, particularly in bigger trade deals:

Jesus Montero, C — Some scouts make the argument that Montero is the best hitting prospect in the minor leagues. That’s debatable, but at the catching position, which I believe he can stick at, few players are as valuable. You just don’t find too many bats as potent as his behind the dish. He’s shown offensive skills reminiscent of Miguel Cabrera on his way up. It would likely take a blockbuster-type deal to pry him away but this is the guy you want for your team if you are dealing a star to New York.

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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 Continue reading Discussion: Trading Robinson Cano?

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 Continue reading 2009 Yankees vs. 1996 Yankees

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, Continue reading Johan Santana all over again

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 Continue reading Yankees want Halladay?

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 Continue reading The argument for John Lackey