Lackey headed to Boston

From Ken Rosenthal, although Ed Price originally broke the story: Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement with the team, according to a major-league source. The deal is expected to be similar to the five-year, $82.5 million contract that the Yankees awarded free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett last winter. If the Sox sign Lackey, then they would have the best rotation in baseball (led by Beckett, Lackey, Lester). The signing could help the Yankees pursue a Roy Halladay or a Matt Holliday, though, as Boston is likely Continue reading Lackey headed to Boston

Wang may not sign until May

Last night, after speaking to Chien-Ming Wang’s agent, Alan Nero, Ken Davidoff of Newsday noted that Wang may not sign until April or May. Today, ESPN’s Buster Olney confirms, writing that it’s “possible that [Wang] won’t sign for months.” This is largely a contractual move, as Wang may receive better offers after a few months of rehab, in which he could prove his shoulder’s health. “In short,” states Olney, “the more he shows as he goes through his rehabilitation, and in perhaps throwing for scouts in the spring, the better the offers to him could be.” In light of this Continue reading Wang may not sign until May

What the Tiger Woods fiasco has taught us about free agency

The following is a post from sometime Yankeeist contributor Scott “Skip” Kutscher. Skip’s last piece for Yankeeist was about his favorite Yankee team. You may have read recently that Joe Mauer is looking for a contract extension before opening day, or he will enter free agency guns-blazing come the end of the year. As a Yankee fan, this news makes me ecstatic. Mauer is the first catcher to ever lead the AL in batting average — a feat he’s now thrice accomplished — and the only catcher to ever lead the AL in slugging. In 2009 he led the league Continue reading What the Tiger Woods fiasco has taught us about free agency

So long, CMW.

Today’s news isn’t a gigantic surprise. It’s been speculated on since midway through the 2009 season, and given the Yankees newfound attempt at fiscal responsibility, $5 million + medical expenses for an on the mend version of the worst pitcher of 2009 probably seemed pricey. And so, just like that, the Yankees most consistent pitcher from 2006-2008 is a free agent.

It’s stories like this that show how inequitable the relationship between owners and players is. Wang was amongst the better pitchers in baseball for several years running–at one point winning 19 wins in consecutive years, and ending up with a major league FIP of 3.99 (even including his 5.38 in 2009!) while spending that entire career in the AL East. In that time, he’s reeled in something like $8 million dollars (plus advertising revenues from back in Taiwan, where he is roughly on par with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods Phil Mickelson).

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For there is no joy in Kansas City, incompetent Dayton has struck out (again)

Poor Royals fans. The team has managed a .500-plus record only four times in the last 20 seasons (with one of those coming in a strike-shortened 1994 campaign). Kansas City’s last playoff appearance was more than 20 years ago, in 1985, though they did manage to win the World Series that year — the only World Championship in franchise history. And they’ve finished in 4th or 5th place in the five-team AL Central in 12 of the division’s 16 years of existence. It’s kind of hard to fathom that the Kansas City Royals were at one time a competitive baseball Continue reading For there is no joy in Kansas City, incompetent Dayton has struck out (again)

For Holliday, security is key

From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch, we learn that the Cardinals have extended a formal offer to free agent left fielder, Matt Holliday. According to Strauss, “a source familiar with the process said it does not offer an average annual value of $18 million,” and Holliday is “seeking no-trade protection as part of any deal.” This information will likely be prevalent to the Yankees if they are, indeed, open to signing the Oklahoma native, although, for financial reasons — yes, even the Yankees have payroll concerns — it’s unlikely (but such a signing can’t be ruled out). Remarkably, Continue reading For Holliday, security is key

A primer on the stats we favor at Yankeeist

I rely pretty heavily on statistical analysis for many of my critiques of the Yankees, and a couple of my less-statistically-minded readers have asked me to define and/or clarify the acronyms that are frequently tossed around at Yankeeist. I’ve been worshiping at the sabermetric altar for as long as I’ve been aware of Sabermetrics, and so OPS (On Base Plus Slugging) and OPS+ (OPS adjusted for park and league) have been my guiding offensive lights for years now, although as I mentioned in my ALCS preview, I’ve recently been moving away from OPS and looking more at wOBA (Weighted On Continue reading A primer on the stats we favor at Yankeeist

“I’d like to add, if I could”

Photo Courtesy of NoMaas That was Brian Cashman’s answer when he was asked by WFAN’s Mike Francesa if he feels like he has enough starting pitching on the roster right now. I transcribed that portion of the questions and answers (Someone tell Mo to double my salary!) for our readers. They are as follows: Mike Francesa-“Do you have enough on your current roster to go to Spring Training right now, as far as Starting Pitching goes, or in your mind do you have to add a Starting Pitching component?” Brian Cashman-“I think I’d like to add if I could. It’s Continue reading “I’d like to add, if I could”

Damon wants $52M over 4 years

Via Buster Olney (ESPN), we learn that in “the early conversations between the Yankees and Johnny Damon’s side, there appears to be a very wide gulf between what the team is willing to pay and what Damon expects to get paid in this winter’s market.” In fact, Jon Heyman (SI) tweets that the Yankees and Damon are $34M apart, as the Yankees are only offering $18 over two years while Damon wants $52M over four ($13M per). Clearly, the two parties view the market from differing perspectives (the Yankees’ view is more realistic). Perhaps the Yankees would be best served Continue reading Damon wants $52M over 4 years