What the DeRosa signing means for Damon

It appears that Mark DeRosa is about to sign with the San Francisco Giants for a reasonable two-year, $12 million deal:

The Giants are poised to complete their first free-agent signing of the offseason on Tuesday, when they’re expected to announce a two-year agreement with Mark DeRosa.


DeRosa, whose contract is believed to be worth $12 million, has been one of this offseason’s most coveted free agents. Early last month, as many as 12 teams reportedly had expressed interest in him.

That’s not a heckuvalot of money for a guy with the ability and flexibility of DeRosa. He’s not in his prime (age 34 in 2009, and shares my birthday at the end of February) but seems to have come into his own with regular playing time the last two years, hitting 21 and 23 home runs the last two years, respectively. However, the contract does pay him 80% of his career earnings to date, so this is a big payday for him.

And before DeRosa signed, ever-young Mike Cameron signed with the RedSox for two-years, $15 million. Cameron turns 37 just after New Years and is a vastly superior defender than Johnny Damon.

What do these deals mean to Johnny Damon?

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Fangraphs: Value Of A Win To The Yankees

Dave Cameron makes an interesting point about the value of a win to the Yankees, in the context of the Yankees going cheap in LF: A while ago, we talked about the marginal value of a win, and how it differs from team to team, changing the calculation on what a team should pay for a given player given what they already have on the roster. The wins that have the largest impact on playoff odds are in the upper-80s, so if you’re a slightly better than .500 club, adding another additional win or two can have a pretty dramatic Continue reading Fangraphs: Value Of A Win To The Yankees

A 3rd Team In New York?

Since the Yankees won the World Series, there have been rumblings among baseball insiders about the need to correct the “Yankee problem,” namely the fact that the Yankees outspend some clubs by more than 100 million dollars. While a salary cap is the most popular suggestion, a cap on teams would by nature by a cap upon player salaries, and therefore would require approval of the players union. Tim Marchman suggests that one way baseball can deal with the competitive imbalance while bypassing the MLBPA is to add another club in NY: According to the measure used by the Office Continue reading A 3rd Team In New York?

What to expect from Derek Jeter?

Yesterday Yankeeist took a look at players who are similar Alex Rodriguez (one name stands out: Aaron, Henry) and attempted to predict a bit of what his future with the Yankees holds. Today we turn our sites on the team’s other inner-circle hall of famer not named Mariano Rivera: Derek Jeter. This may be Yankee fan bias, but it has always seemed as though baseball analysts and opposing fans have been in a rush to predict the untimely end of Derek’s career. Baseball Prospectus wrote of Jeter’s 2007 season, “The second half of 2007, taken together with his age, suggests Continue reading What to expect from Derek Jeter?

Derosa, Nady, and Dye All Off The Table?

While today seemed to be a fairly quiet day in the Yankee Universe, a number of reports surfaced suggesting the pool of left fielders being considered by the Yankees is shrinking. First, from Ken Rosenthal, we learn that Mark Derosa is on his way to San Francisco: The San Francisco Giants are closing in on a two-year deal with Mark DeRosa, according to a major-league source. The Giants are expected to use DeRosa at third base and also as a super-utility man who could fill in at multiple positions. Then Jon Heyman nixed Jermaine Dye: #yanks dont appear to be Continue reading Derosa, Nady, and Dye All Off The Table?

Jermaine Dye is a terrible outfielder

Over the weekend, there was some chatter about the Yanks pursuing Jermaine Dye. Let’s get one thing straight: If the Yanks DO sign Dye on the cheap, he won’t need to bring his glove as he’s not going to “take over” LF ahead of Gardner. And he’s not going to bump Swisher from right to left, either.


  1. He’s a TERRIBLE outfielder
  2. He hasn’t played more than 1 game in LF since 1996. That’s, like, a long time ago.
  3. His RF “ability” has bottomed out to the point of being consistently awful. Not bad, but awful.

Here’s the data:

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Commish For A Day II: #6 Automated Strike Zones

Since we’re into the slow news days leading up to the end of the year, I’ll start running a few more of the “Commish For A Day” suggestions that I have received. If you’d like to submit your ideas, please email me but make sure they are ready for posting (ie: they read reasonably well, contain the links you used to support your case, etc., as I’m not making any edits). Remember, I might not agree with every submission, but they are good for discussion.

The sixth “Commish For A Day” submission is from Sean McCulloch, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Ohio Wesleyan University. Our very own smarty pants with an idea that’s sure to be controversial:

I’m not sure my idea is 100% implementable at the moment, but I’m sure that if it’s not, it would be soon if we tried. Here goes:

We have QuesTec, PitchFx, and similar things to analyze where the pitch went and whether it _should_ have been a strike. Most television broadcasts have an automatic pitch tracker that goes on screen right after the pitch. Are we really that far from having an automated ball/strike detector that determines if a pitch was in the strike zone right away, and communicates the correct call to an earpiece used by the home plate umpire, who then makes the call verbally? I think that the only technological restriction is the delay in computing the location of the pitch, and that’s important- even one second would feel like a long time. But I think it can be done soon, if not now.

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Kepner and MLB parity

Reminders are out there that baseball is experiencing something close to parity, if not completely (via Tyler Kepner):

At the start of the decade, eight franchises had never been to the World Series. Now there are only three: the Texas Rangers, the Washington Nationals and the Seattle Mariners. The Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels won in their first appearances; Houston, Colorado and Tampa Bay lost.


Twenty-one of the 30 teams reached the league championship series, with 14 advancing to the World Series and eight different winners. There was still outright failure, of course, in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Cincinnati and elsewhere. But hope nourishes sports fans, and few teams have been hopeless very long.

Here’s the B-R listing of the playoff participants; browse thru and notice how many different teams you see.

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Joba or Phil?

Unless the Yankees plan on rocking out a six-man rotation in 2010, one of Phil Hughes/Joba Chamberlain will not be in the starting rotation. Obviously, this is incredibly unlikely and the Yankees will probably stick to the traditional five man rotation. With six starters–Hughes and Chamberlain, along with Sabathia, Burnett, Petttitte, and the newly acquired Javier Vazquez–there is going to be an odd man out. Who should it be? Chad Jennings took a stab at answering this question, and he thinks Phil Hughes is the one who should start, while Joba Chamberlain should be shifted into the bullpen. He touches Continue reading Joba or Phil?