King Felix and Josh Johnson Headed Towards New Deals?

[image title=”p1.felix.hernandez.getty” size=”full” id=”14005″ align=”right” linkto=”full” ] [image title=”josh-johnson” size=”full” id=”14007″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] From the excellent Craig Calcaterra D.J. Short over at Circling The Bases, we get word of two likely Yankee targets involved in discussions that would preclude them from making it to free agency. The first link D.J. provides is from MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro: Sometime this week the Marlins plan to have discussions with agent Matt Sosnick regarding a contract for Josh Johnson. Whether there is movement on a multiyear deal will depend on a key factor. Sosnick claims if the Marlins will guarantee a four-year deal Continue reading King Felix and Josh Johnson Headed Towards New Deals?

The Brothers Hairston

BIG, FAT, GIANT EDIT: SCOTT HAIRSTON IS NOT A FREE AGENT Since the World Series ended, we’ve spilled a lot of virtual ink on the left field situation. Well, I’m going to throw out more left field scenarios, with one of them spilling into the utility player’s spot as well. For today’s venture, we’ll be looking at the Hairston brother. As we’ve heard recently, and as Steve reported this morning, the Yankees are interested in bringing Jerry Hairston, Jr. back. In general, this seems like a pretty good move. Hairston offers extreme positional flexibility, as he can play all three Continue reading The Brothers Hairston

Some lazy Saturday afternoon links

If you read Yankeeist you probably also already Fangraphs, so even though you don’t need me to tell you to go there, I’m going to anyway. Matt Klaasen’s post from yesterday on Dayton Moore and Omar Minaya cracked me up. To wit: “One might be tempted to see the Royals’ signing of outfielder Scott Podsednik as a move to steal the headlines in the wake of cross-state rival St. Louis’ big Matt Holliday contract earlier this week. Or maybe they just wanted to sneak in the bad news on Friday. Close observers, however, know better. This is all part of Continue reading Some lazy Saturday afternoon links

To Platoon or Not to Platoon

…that is the question. However, it would seem that the question has been answered. From Moshe’s post, via Pete Caldera: Out in the Bronx, there is no cause to add a slugging left fielder to the Yankees’ lineup. “Our team is, for the most part, set,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday by phone from his office at Yankee Stadium…….. “We have a left fielder,” Cashman said, adding, “We do like Brett Gardner.” “With the money we had to spend, we chose to spend it in those spots,” Cashman said. “We’re just playing with the bench right now.” Still, Continue reading To Platoon or Not to Platoon

Skimming the HOF voter's pool

My truth: “You can’t complain unless you offer a solution.” Here’s mine…

As long as the BBWAA rules for election to the HOF remain as currently constucted and open for personal interpretation, there will be voting “mistakes”. This is not readily fixable but maybe that’s not the true problem. The problem is the electors themselves. As defined:

Only active and honorary members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, who have been active baseball writers for at least ten (10) years, shall be eligible to vote. They must have been active as baseball writers and members of the Association for a period beginning at least ten (10) years prior to the date of election in which they are voting.

Clearly, there are people still considered active members of the BBWAA who are no longer actively covering baseball, including some that probably never have (such as editors and the ilk). As Ken Rosenthal noted:

But one sports editor from each outlet also is eligible, and so are feature writers and current or former columnists who rarely attend games.

So what can we do to improve the voting pool? I have a few ideas:

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Cano may not meet with Long this winter

Earlier today, Moshe wrote about Bryan Hoch’s recent article detailing Kevin Long’s busy winter, as he’ll be meeting with Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson, and an assortment of other Yankees this offseason. However, one player noticeably absent from Hoch’s report was Robinson Cano. I had hoped Cano and Long would continue their successful winter workouts following the second baseman’s particularly productive 2009 campaign, but it appears as though the two may not be meeting. I asked Hoch about the situation and he said Cano’s agent had already requested that Long meet with Cano in the Domincan Republic, just as he did Continue reading Cano may not meet with Long this winter

A closer look at Robinson Cano

A few days ago I put up a post comapring the current Yankees and Red Sox rosters, on paper (the bombers won). I used Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus to value players on either team. Those two sites didn’t agree on a lot of player values, and often disagreed about which team had the better player at a given position. Second base was one such position. Baseball Prospectus felt that Robinson Cano was a full win more valuable than Dustin Pedroia, while Fangraphs felt the opposite. The disagreement has motivated me to examine Cano as a player again. On the one Continue reading A closer look at Robinson Cano

A-Rod’s defense at third in doubt?

In 2008, Alex Rodriguez’s defense at third base had declined significantly. Though his UZR was a respectable -2.6 — basically an average mark — a significant portion of that figure was masked by Alex’s ability to refrain from making errors, as he was worth 3.1 error runs (ErrR) above average. A player’s UZR is a three-pronged statistic calculated by adding error runs, double play runs, and range runs together. While A-Rod was fairly effective in the way of avoiding errors and average in double play runs (-1.0 DPR), ultimately, it was his range that had betrayed him. Alex was 5.6 Continue reading A-Rod’s defense at third in doubt?