Looks like Yankee fans will have to wait a little longer for the King

The Mariners have signed Felix Hernandez to a five-year, $80 million deal, which means the King now won’t be hitting free agency until after the 2014 season. Although incredibly, he’ll just be coming off his age 28 season that year. Despite the half-decade wait, if you listen closely you can already hear the Yankees’ dumptrucks being filled with bags of cash as we speak. Nice move by the Mariners, who have shown continually throughout this offseason that they’re ready to field a contending ballclub now.

Finding a Middle Ground, Part Three

Both Joe P. of River Ave Blues and our own Steve S. have wondered aloud if Jorge Posada is headed for a decline in 2010. There’s no doubt that, having read those articles or not, the same question has crossed all of our minds. After all, Jorge’s a catcher, which makes the aging process at the plate much more accelerated. Due to Jorge missing a lot of time in ’08 (51 games played) and ’09 (111 games played), the projection systems–including the fans–don’t see Jorge reaching 500 PAs, something he hasn’t done since 2007. Anyway, on to the numbers. Despite Continue reading Finding a Middle Ground, Part Three

Discussion: Building A Bullpen

Spring training will no doubt show us a battle between relievers looking for their spot in the bullpen. Barring a Ben Sheets surprise, we already know what players will make up most of the bullpen. They are: Certains: Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Alfredo Aceves Strong Candidates: Sergio Mitre, Chad Gaudin, Boone Logan Weaker Candidates: Mark Melancon, Edwar Ramirez, Jon Albaladejo, Wilkins De La Rosa, Zach Kroenke* *Has to be returned from the Rule V draft The Yankees will likely carry 7 relief pitchers on their roster. That means that two candidates will make Continue reading Discussion: Building A Bullpen

Worst signing ever?

In the aftermath of the Aroldis Chapman signing and the Yankees’ general frugality this offseason, Kei Igawa of all people popped into my head the other day. In a time and place that seems especially far away from the present day, the Yankees spent a total of $46 million to bring Igawa over from Japan in December of 2006. Given the Yankees’ penny-pinching ways this offseason, doling out this much cash to an unproven Japanese pitcher with no real record of sustained success seems unfathomable. Here’s what Igawa has given the Yankees in the Majors during the first three years Continue reading Worst signing ever?

Jose Offerman decides he never wants to coach again

Of course, taking a swing at an umpire(link has video), even in the Dominican, will assure you that you’ll never get a chance at a “real” managerial gig anytime soon:

Jose Offerman’s career as a baseball manager was over Monday, at least in the Dominican Winter Baseball League.

The league suspended Offerman, interim manager of the Licey Tigers, for life after an incident Saturday in which he tried to hit American umpire Daniel Rayburn in the face. Offerman was arguing a batter’s strike count in a playoff game against the Cibao Giants at Quisqueya Stadium in the Dominican Republic.

Because of the incident, Rayburn and three other American umpires working in the Dominican league resigned and left the country, forcing the league to use native umpires in the league’s finals that start Monday between Cibao and the Escogido Lions.

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Other Bench Possibilities

We learned earlier today that the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston, Jr.. Obviously, it would seem that Mr. Hairston was not in the Yankees 2010 plans. So, what else could they be thinking for the 2010 bench? The first option is rolling with a bigger bullpen and a smaller bench. That is, the Yankees could just have three bench players–a back up catcher (Frankie Cervelli), an infielder (Ramiro Pena or Kevin Russo), and an outfielder (presumably Jamie Hoffmann). That would mean a thirteen man pitching staff and a very green and probably weak hitting bench. To make Continue reading Other Bench Possibilities

Yanks could face some competition for Reed Johnson

Most of iYankees’ readers believe that Reed Johnson, a career .313/.378/.463 hitter against southpaws, is the best right-handed outfield bat the Yankees can add this winter to bolster their current bench (especially with Jerry Hairston Jr. bound for San Diego). And, while I agree in that Johnson seems like the best platoon fit, unfortunately for the Yankees, Johnson’s defensive and offensive skills have attracted other suitors as well, and the Bombers may actually face some legitimate competition for the outfielder’s services. According to two recent sources – one by Chicago Tribune writer Paul Sullivan and another by Chicago Sun-Times scribe Continue reading Yanks could face some competition for Reed Johnson

Outfield Items: Xavier Nady, Rocco Baldelli

Here are a few quick outfield-related items on the day: Scott Boras says that his client, Xavier Nady, will be ready for spring training. In the same FOX Sports article, we learn that the Cubs are interested in Nady. Mark Bowman thinks that the Braves may also have an interest in signing Nady. Mark Topkin writes that the Yankees and the Cubs are both in on Rocco Baldelli. I still believe most of the clubs in search of outfield help, including the Yankees, are waiting for Johnny Damon to sign. Then, once he is officially off the market, the lower-level Continue reading Outfield Items: Xavier Nady, Rocco Baldelli

Olney: Yanks Made No Offer To Hairston

From Buster Olney: Two things: No. 1, the NYY never made an offer to Jerry Hairston, and No. 2, there has been no recent contact between NYY and Johnny Damon. The tidbit about Damon is to be expected, in that I doubt that the Yankees would be negotiating with Damon even if they actually wanted him back. They would be more likely to let Damon sit and fret upon the open market until he crawls back to them at a significantly reduced rate. Regarding Hairston, the Yankees lack of interest in him makes perfect sense. With players such as Ramiro Continue reading Olney: Yanks Made No Offer To Hairston