The Plan In Left Field Is….No Plan At All?

The Dave Cameron article that we discussed yesterday has made the rounds, and Rob Neyer used the opportunity to make an important point about flexibility: Yes, Holliday would make the Yankees better. Maybe a juggernaut, even. But the only way the Yankees can fall into a habit of losing, someday, is by stockpiling too many players in their 30s with big long-term contracts. It’s incredibly difficult to place a value on flexibility, but that value is real and important and Brian Cashman’s awareness of that value is going to keep the Yankees on top for quite some time. Now, the Continue reading The Plan In Left Field Is….No Plan At All?

Best takedown of of Mets organization

There’s a lot of Bay-related articles today and there’s a good portion (a wide majority?) which are either anti-Bay, anti-Minaya or anti-Mets in nature. I found it a bit hard to bash Bay as it was the best deal he was going to see and the second best (from the RedSox) appeared to dissolve a few weeks back. I can’t fault him for taking the Mets money (even if it was more than obvious that he didn’t want to play there). Jason Bay is a good player who will not wilt in NY. He isn’t the best defensive OF but it’s not like he’s Jermaine Dye!

But Jeff Passan’s takedown of the Mets organization is as good as you will read:

  • “All of this highlights an endemic problem with the Mets that they try to cover with their payrolls, which provided among the highest cost per win in baseball this past decade: Their player-development system is a mess, and not the kind of mess a toddler makes at dinner. It is whole-cafeteria-food-fight bad, and in that respect, the coupling of Minaya and the Mets seems perfectly matrimonious.”

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How Much Might Johnson And Granderson Be Worth?

Earlier this week, I took a look at how many Wins Above Replacement Curtis Granderson may be worth if he plays in center field and if he plays in left field. Today, I’m going to put a dollar amount to that figure, as well as Nick Johnson’s. As a center fielder, Granderson projects to be worth 3.0539 WAR in left field. The value of a marginal win fluctuates from year to year, but a good estimate is about $5.5MM. So, to find the value of Granderson’s WAR, we multiply the two numbers together. When we do that, we get $16.79645MM. Continue reading How Much Might Johnson And Granderson Be Worth?

Assessing the 2010 Yankee rotation

Not sure if anyone noticed, given that Mike and Jason did a stellar job of providing content in my absence as well as the fact that many of you have probably been similarly off the grid celebrating the holidays, but I was away this past week (the Bizarre Moves posts from this past weekend were written in advance). As a result, I haven’t yet had a chance to properly weigh in on the Javy Vazquez trade. The news broke last Tuesday on my first day out of town, but thankfully I was able to piece the deal together quickly thanks Continue reading Assessing the 2010 Yankee rotation

Price: Red Sox Team Of The Decade

Earlier today, Ed Price wrote an article about the team of the decade that included the following chart: [image title=”aoajuv” size=”full” id=”13566″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Considering that chart, it must be obvious who Price picked as the team of the decade, right? Not so fast: But while the Yankees had the best winning percentage for the 2000s as a whole — .597, with a 965-651 record — we have chosen the Red Sox as the team of the decade. Boston earns the nod not just based on its success but also for the way the franchise turned itself around and Continue reading Price: Red Sox Team Of The Decade

Bay to Beirut: It's about the money after all

Many chuckles from my office upon reading this:

Jason Bay has decided to join the Mets, according to a report on WFAN, pending the results of a physical exam.

The Mets have a four-year offer out to Bay worth about $65 million.

Good for the Mets, I guess. However, wasn’t it said just last week (via Peter Gammons/WEEI) that Bay would rather play in Beirut than for the Mets:

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What Do Derosa And Bay Mean For Damon And Left Field

In the last two days, we’ve seen both Mark DeRosa and Jason Bay agree to terms with the Giants and Mets respectively. While the Giants will play DeRosa at third, they could still use him in left field and other places. Bay will obviously play left field for the Mets, earning at least $66MM over at least four years. That leaves two fewer landing spots for Damon than there were this time last week. What does this mean for the “former” Yankee outfielder? The meaning is a likely return to Pinstripes for Johnny. His options are dwindling rapidly, and the Continue reading What Do Derosa And Bay Mean For Damon And Left Field

There are absurd headlines, then there's this

This is as about as absurd a headline as you will read in baseball circles:

No Rival to Red Sox in 2000s

No rival? C’mon Ed Price, you really don’t believe that? Especially when you yourself lay out the facts that, in fact, show that the Sox weren’t the best team in the 2000’s:

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Mets closing in on Jason Bay

Its now being reported that the Mets and Jason Bay have come to terms on a four year $66 million contract, pending a physical. The move makes sense for the Mets, so long as Jason Bay has enough power to lift the ball out of cavernous Federal Bailout Park … I mean Citi Field. Bay will add power to an improved Mets lineup, provided injured stars Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran return from injury at full strength. Attention will shift back to the Red Sox and the Yankees, now that Bay is off the market. The perception is that the Continue reading Mets closing in on Jason Bay