Yanks check in on Zambrano

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, “[w]ith his everyday lineup for 2010 set, Cashman has turned attention to the rotation, and will almost certainly add a starter by New Year’s, according to a major league source.” The fact that Brian Cashman is looking for an additional starter is, of course, no surprise given the GM’s own recent admission. However, Puma does provide fans with a tangible deadline for such an addition, which is certainly new information. Furthermore, while Puma outlines the usual suspects from this year’s current crop of free agents (e.g., Ben Sheets, Jason Marquis, Joel Pineiro), Continue reading Yanks check in on Zambrano

Settle down, the Yanks ain't getting Zambrano

I’m almost tempted to totally disregard the stats for this discussion, at least in the beginning. But let’s get the basis out in the open: Sure the Yanks and Cubs have had discussions, mostly about either Melky or Gardner going to Chicago. However, I have to believe there is NO WAY that the Yanks want to take on Zambrano for one main reason:

It’s about the money, stupid!

Again, let’s not get into the stats for a moment, OK? We’ll get into that in a bit. Zambrano’s coming obligations:

  • 2011: $17.875M
  • 2012: $18M
  • 2013: $19.25M vesting player option
  • Zambrano receives 2013 player option if he is first or second in 2011 Cy Young vote or if he finishes in top 4 in 2012 Cy Young vote and is healthy at end of 2012

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Commish For A Day II: #1 Expand Playoff Teams

With our first of several “Commish For A Day, Part II“‘series, I’m happy to present Zach Sanders’ contribution:

If I were the commissioner of baseball for a second day (I did away with the “All-Star Game matters” last year), I would expand the playoffs to six teams per league. This may seem like too many teams, but the premise behind it is solid. I swear.

Right now, making the playoffs is all that matters. Being a wild card team or the best team in your league doesn’t make much of a difference once the playoffs begin. Sure, you get an extra game at home if you have the top record, but is that really a big deal? I say “no”, because the best team at the time will win a series, regardless of whether they are at home or not. Most teams can win at least one game on the road in a five or seven game series anyway, so does that one extra game matter all that much?

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Fantastic Moves from Seasons Past: Trading for Alex Rodriguez

While I’ve been having fun with the Bizarre Moves from Seasons Past series, I also don’t want to come across as overly negative, and so I thought I’d counter some of these criticisms with a post commending the Yankees for a transaction that worked out very well. Following the Yankees’ 2003 loss to the Marlins in the World Series, Alfonso Soriano was perhaps the most-maligned Yankee this side of Jeff Weaver. While ALCS hero Aaron Boone was actually the worst Yankee batter in the World Series (Soriano OPSed .655 to Boone’s abysmal .422), Soriano’s entire postseason was a nightmare, striking Continue reading Fantastic Moves from Seasons Past: Trading for Alex Rodriguez

Analyzing the Yankee offseason so far

The non-Yankeeist Yankee blogs that I follow seem split on the team’s offseason moves. Some have been positive. Others have been negative. Much has been made of Curtis Granderson‘s platoon splits and strikeouts, as well as Nick Johnson‘s mouth-watering OBP, when he isn’t injured. But I haven’t seen a straightforward analysis of whether the team has gotten better or worse. Allow me to provide a simple one. According to Baseball Prospectus, Hideki Matsui was worth 2.1 wins last season and Johnny Damon was worth 4 wins. Curtis Granderson was worth 2.7 wins and Nick Johnson was worth 2.4 wins, between Continue reading Analyzing the Yankee offseason so far

Granderson & Johnson versus Damon & Matsui

It’s been a busy few weeks in the baseball world–and for the Yankees in particular. Against all expectations, they’ve replaced both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon, along with some more expected moves (re-signing Andy Pettitte).

This past season, the Yankees’ lineup was the best in baseball by a sizable margin, but there have been some changes–and so I took a look at the statistical profiles of Matsui and Damon, versus Granderson and Johnson, to give us an idea of what has actually happened. To do this, I had to move away from my chosen metrics of wOBA and OPS+, simply because I am unable to quickly and easily calculate them myself from the underlying statistics, and I didn’t want to rely on averaging wOBAs (which would be useless in any real analysis). So we’re going to be looking the players’ combined slash lines (avg/obp/slg/ops) over lookbacks of three years and five years, as well as taking a look at career splits. To make this a bit easier to read, each pair of numbers are depicted in blue (better) and black (worse).

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If The Yankees Were Serious, They Would Put Gardner In CF

[image title=”brettgardner.JPG” size=”full” id=”13363″ align=”center” ]Way back in the day, I used to write the blog Fire Joe Torre. My argument was basically (with some hyperbole thrown in): the Yankees can do better than Torre, even if they won a lot of games with him. They’re slowly losing their dominance. The fans love Joe Torre. The media loves him. The team loves him. He’s still far from the best manager they could find. Therefore, if they were really serious about winning, they would ditch the good feelings and make the move that they really needed to make: fire Torre, and Continue reading If The Yankees Were Serious, They Would Put Gardner In CF

Matt Holliday vs. Carl Crawford

By Jason Beinstein There has of course been quite a bit of speculation as far as what the Yankees are going to do about their left field situation, given that many now expect Johnny Damon to sign elsewhere. I’m going to take a look at why I believe Matt Holliday is worth $18 million a season for five years versus the best possible alternative option that exists in 2011. First and foremost, Bill James’ prediction for Holliday has a split that looks like this: .316/.391/.531 and 27/105/109 with a projected worth of $26 million based on performance. Those numbers alone Continue reading Matt Holliday vs. Carl Crawford