The focus in Yankee-land is going to be on left field until the team addresses the last opening on its roster or the season begins. Yankeeist has been as involved as any other site in the left field speculation, but at this point only Brian Cashman and a handful of agents know the direction the [...]
The easy answer is shown above, but as a Catcher who’s turning 38 this year we’ll need a plan B. That’s where it gets to be an interesting debate. First, let’s establish who our 1-4 hitters are. There shouldn’t be much debate about this: 1-Derek Jeter 2-Nick Johnson 3-Mark Teixeira 4-Alex Rodriguez Nick Johnson’s the [...]
This off season, we’ve heard the oft-repeated line that ‘next year’s FA class is better’ and that it makes sense to sit back this season, to have money available for the bumper crop of star players available next year. But is that true? Are the players who will become available good fits for the Yanks [...]
Welcome to the latest installment of Yankeeist’s “Bizarre Moves from Seasons Past” series. We previously covered the trading of Mike Lowell, the non-signing of David Ortiz, the non-signing of Andy Pettitte after the 2003 season, the non-signing of Vladimir Guerrero and the non-signing of Carlos Beltran. On July 5, 2002, the Yankees were 54-31 and [...]
Thus far this offseason the Red Sox and Yankees have both splashed the pot rather dramatically, with the Yankees pulling off trades for Javier Vazquez and Curtis Granderson and bringing in Nick Johnson, while the Red Sox have reeled in free agents Marco Scutaro, Mike Cameron and John Lackey. Chit chat around the internets still gives a pretty heavy edge to the Yankees in 2010, but this is based on lineup strength. The Yankees are perceived to have a juggernaut offense, with a very good rotation. On the other hand, the murmers around baseball regarding the Red Sox generally give them the edge rotation-wise, but a fairly big gap to make up offensively. Some examples can be found here and here.
After the tremendous expenditures by Cashman and Company last offseason, this struck me as a bit odd. Could Lackey really offset Javier Vazquez enough to actually give the Red Sox the edge? That got me working, and as I expected, the Yankees still have a significant edge.
When the Yankees traded for outfielder Curtis Granderson, we all assumed he would be manning center field every day and Melky Cabrera would be the left fielder, with Brett Gardner and Jamie Hoffmann on the bench as the extra outfielders. Now, with the trade of Melky Cabrera for Javier Vazquez, it would seem that Brett [...]
[image title="Montero" size="full" id="13510" align="center" ]I hope everyone is having an excellent holiday season. Mine has been a bit busy, and I wasn’t planning on writing today. However, some of the comments here and from other bloggers regarding Jesus Montero’s top-5 BA rating (which is a bigger deal than most people realize) have planted some [...]
Welcome to the latest installment of Yankeeist’s “Bizarre Moves from Seasons Past” series. We previously covered the trading of Mike Lowell, the non-signing of David Ortiz, the non-signing of Andy Pettitte after the 2003 season and the non-signing of Vladimir Guerrero. Following the nightmarish manner in which the 2004 season concluded for the Yankees, the [...]
After the changes of the past month, the Yankees are just about restocked. They have four starting pitchers who could arguably head up many major league rotations and two talented youngsters fighting for the last spot. They’ve got 8 batters who could smack 20 home runs (and a number of whom will challenge 30 and 40). And they’ve got a solid bullpen between Rivera, whichever pitcher doesn’t win the #5 spot in the rotation, Robertson (led the AL in K/9 last season), Aceves, Marte (who was great for us in the playoffs), Melancon and Boone Logan.
The team has gotten cheaper, younger and better all at once. It appears the bullpen is sorted (pending Joba/Hughes’ competition, and possibly one of Gaudin/Mitre as swing man). That leaves one spot still in flux–the final outfield starting position (which will either be LF or CF, depending on the Yankees’ defensive analysis of Curtis Granderson). As of right now, that’s taken by Brett Gardner, with Rule V draftee Jamie Hoffman taking the 4th outfielder role (rated the best defensive outfielder in the Yankees’ system by Baseball America).
Twitter and the blogosphere is alight with discussion of who could take that final spot away from Brett Gardner. The wide assumption is that the Yankees are out of the Holliday and Bay sweepstakes based on cost (both in years and dollars). Frankly, either would be overkill offensively, and Bay would be disastrous defensively. Both have offers currently on the table for $16 million+ per season at least four seasons–and Brian Cashman has made it clear that any additions hereafter would be small in nature. Granted, he also called the concept of signing AJ, CC and Tex “candyland”, so who knows.
The names being considered at the moment: Reed Johnson, Jonny Gomes, and Xavier Nady. All three have seven years of ML experience, and all three have a single good season hidden amongst mediocrity (or worse). Let’s take a look: