The Yankees' 2010 rotation

To the surprise of no one, the Yankees resigned Andy Pettitte for the 2010 season, inking the big lefty to an $11.75 million contract.

As it stands today, the Yankees’ 2010 rotation...

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Interesting peek inside TOR's trade thoughts

That is not entirely a surprising thought (that Montero profiles longer-term as a 1B than a catcher), but for the shorter-term I’ve gotta believe that Montero’s value lies with his ability to be a power-hitting catcher, even with only average defensive skills.

Surprising that they view John Murphy as their favorite, even over Romine, who is well-regarded.

My thoughts on dealing Montero: I do not deal him with Joba/Hughes for Halladay, who might be just a one-year rental. I do, however, deal them for Verlander/Josh Johnson type, someone with more years of control and several years younger than Doc.

Don’t get me wrong, I have the world of admiration and respect for Doc and everything he brings to every start. But he’s 33 and going to be very expensive going forward.

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Will Granderson Bounce Back?

[image title="Granderson_Curtis_2009_scatter" size="full" id="13053" align="center" alt="Granderson's Home Runs In '09, courtesy of Hit Tracker" ]
By now, most of the relevant numbers on Curtis Granderson have come to light, and they suggest that some correctable issues plus bad luck contributed to his poor year. I want to run through some of the more interesting observations...

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Grandy: Beloved in Detroit, but the sniping begins

But this game is neither a face, nor a charity appearance. Baseball must be played with passion between the white lines. And while Granderson was good, he was not as good as he had been. And with his complicated, ever-demanding life tugging at him from all directions, the Tigers perhaps correctly decided his primary vocation would always share space with too many other facets of his rich and fascinating career.

So many questions. Could this be true? Could a player be so involved in off-field “good guy stuff” that his on-field performance dips? Perhaps. Or, maybe he just had an off-year, minus the power stats. Will Granderson be more likely to focus on his on-field activities and readiness, putting some of the “good guy stuff” behind him for now? Does it matter? Will a change in team, coaching, styles simply be all he needs to return to his sterling 2007-08 seasons? Was 2009 an anomoly, or has he become a pull hitter who can’t hit lefties?…

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Update: Yankees Resign Andy Pettitte to a 1 year, 11.75 million dollar contract

Update (11:30 AM) – Digital Sports Daily, via twitter, reports that the Yankees have resigned Andy Pettite to a 1-year, 11.75 million dollar contract.

Via MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees are closing in on a deal with Andy Pettitte for about $12MM, tweets SI’s Jon Heyman.  He says the contract will be finalized today.

I think that...

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Buster Olney: Yankees May Trade Nick Swisher

Via MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees’ acquisition of Curtis Granderson yesterday obviously affects their other outfielders and free agents Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui.  ESPN’s Buster Olney says that if the Yanks re-sign Damon, they’re more likely to trade Nick Swisher.  He finds it “increasingly unlikely” that they re-sign Matsui, whether or not Damon returns.  Olney doesn’t mention...

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Will Matt Holliday Struggle To Find A Mega-Contract?

[image title="matt-holliday" size="full" id="13031" align="center" ]This time last year, the Mark Teixeira rumors were in full swing. The Orioles had offered him 140 million. The Nationals and Red Sox were reportedly offering him similar deals. The Angels were trying to get him to stay. But the Yankees swept in with a mega-offer and won the bidding...

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Paging Mike Cameron

And before anyone screams about how our biggest need is a pitcher–when you improve defense, particularly outfield defense, you improve your pitching as a matter of course. With that configuration, fly balls will turn into outs significantly more often than they did this past season, leading to lower ERAs, pitch counts, etc.

And while I’ve only got a moment or two left to post before running off again, I need to get some things off of my chest:

  1. For those of you bemoaning the loss of Phil Coke in this trade–in all 60.0 (!!) innings that he pitched this past season, he added a grand total of 0.1 wins above average. For some reason, people (I’m looking at you, Girardi!) think he’s a good pitcher. A reliable pitcher, even. I’m here to tell you that he’s reliably lousy. His BABIP at the major league level is a miniscule .222. League average this past season was .303. That makes Phil Coke a ticking time bomb, and thankfully we’ve passed him off to another team.
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