Who’s Our #5 Hitter?

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...

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Next Year’s Free Agent Class

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...

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Bizarre Moves from Seasons Past: The trading of Ted Lilly

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...

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Dispelling the Rotation Myth

Season Team G GS CG ShO SV BS IP TBF H R ER HR BB IBB HBP WP BK SO FIP ERA
2 year Yankees 341 309 18 6 0 1 1994 8419 1899 916 838 191 660 24 70 61 10 1869 3.56 3.78
2 year Red Sox 248 247 14 5 0 0 1533 6503 1490 695 656 166 507 9 61 44 3 1365 3.82 3.85

These are the aggregate pitching statistics for the Yankees and Red Sox expected rotation (which includes Joba as #5 on the Yankees, and Buchholz as #5 on the Red Sox). As you can see, over the last two years, these numbers favor the Yankees rather heavily. While the bombers have a slight edge in ERA, they have a much larger edge in FIP (which happens to be a lot more useful in projecting future ERA than….well….ERA.

And while it’d be pretty easy to leave it at that, here are the numbers for the two rotations over looks backs of 2-4 years.…

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Outfield WAR Projections

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...

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Jesus Montero Is A Catcher

[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...

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Free Brett Gardner!

Reed Johnson:

Season Team Batting Fielding Replacement Positional RAR WAR Dollars Salary
2003 Blue Jays 3.3 -3.4 15.2 -5.0 10.1 1.0 $2.8
2004 Blue Jays -13.4 4.5 19.4 -4.8 5.6 0.5 $1.7 $0.3
2005 Blue Jays -2.7 6.1 14.6 -6.1 12.0 1.2 $4.1 $0.3
2006 Blue Jays 19.8 15.3 17.2 -5.4 47.1 4.5 $16.8 $1.4
2007 Blue Jays -12.1 -0.3 10.2 -3.7 -5.8 -0.6 ($2.3) $3.1
2008 Cubs 1.2 -0.3 12.5 -0.3 13.1 1.3 $5.9 $1.3
2009 Cubs -1.1 -1.2 6.2 -0.2 3.8 0.4 $1.7 $3.0

Jonny Gomes:

Season Team Batting Fielding Replacement Positional RAR WAR Dollars Salary
2003 Devil Rays -2.0 0.5 -0.9 -2.3 -0.2 ($0.6)
2004 Devil Rays -2.8 0.5 -0.5 -2.9 -0.3 ($0.9)
2005 Devil Rays 20.9 -2.3 13.6 -7.8 24.4 2.5 $8.3
2006 Devil Rays -3.1 -2.2 15.4 -12.1 -2.0 -0.2 ($0.7) $0.4
2007 Devil Rays 3.2 -8.6 13.1 -7.8 -0.2 0.0 ($0.1) $0.4
2008 Rays -3.7 -8.0 5.9 -6.2 -12.0 -1.2 ($5.4) $1.3
2009 Reds 10.2 -9.1 10.5 -5.2 6.3 0.6 $2.8

Xavier Nady:

Season Team Batting Fielding Replacement Positional RAR WAR Dollars Salary
2003 Padres -1.0 5.1 13.5 -5.1 12.5 1.2 $3.4 $0.8
2004 Padres -0.5 -0.4 2.8 -1.4 0.5 0.0 $0.1
2005 Padres 4.7 -3.4 11.9 -5.1 8.2 0.8 $2.8 $0.5
2006 Mets/Pirates 3.2 -8.9 17.1 -7.1 4.3 0.4 $1.5 $0.4
2006 Mets 3.6 -5.0 9.7 -3.5 4.9 0.5 $1.7 $0.4
2006 Pirates -0.4 -4.0 7.3 -3.5 -0.5 0.0 ($0.2) $0.4
2007 Pirates 6.5 -9.3 15.7 -5.3 7.5 0.7 $3.0 $2.2
2008 Pirates/Yankees 23.3 3.8 20.2 -7.4 39.9 4.0 $17.9 $3.4
2008 Pirates 20.6 3.5 12.0 -4.2 31.9 3.2 $14.3 $3.4
2008 Yankees 2.7 0.3 8.2 -3.2 8.0 0.8 $3.6 $3.4
2009 Yankees -0.2 -1.4 1.0 -0.4 -0.9 -0.1 ($0.4) $6.6

So, let’s get this straight.…

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