Re-signing Mo

In his latest mailbag, Bryan Hoch discusses the legendary Mariano Rivera and ponders how much longer the Yankees’ 40-year old closer can continue mowing down hitters with his patented cutter. As we all know, immediately after capturing his latest World Series title, Rivera said he would like to pitch for another five years. With free agency on the horizon for Rivera, one wonders whether or not such a statement was true. The Yankees, in my opinion, won’t give him a five or four-year deal after the season is over, as he has shown signs of aging – his velocity is Continue reading Re-signing Mo

"Hit Satch one for four"

Guess it’s nostalgia day here at IIATMS. Here’s a great, little-known retell of a pre-Yankees Joe D facing an in-the-prime Satchel Paige:

DiMaggio was hitless in three appearances until the 10th, when he beat the setting sun to slap a single up the middle and off the glove of Paige, driving home the winning run in a 2-1 victory for the major leaguers. […]

“DiMaggio was there grinning to beat all,” Paige was quoted as saying. “I didn’t hear all he said, but I did hear him saying something like, ‘Now I know I can make it with the Yankees. I finally got a hit off Ol’ Satch.’ “

DiMaggio later called Paige the greatest pitcher he ever faced.

A Yankees scout at the game reportedly sent a telegram back to the home office. “DiMaggio everything we’d hoped he’d be: Hit Satch one for four.”

Overall, he is a poor man’s version of Seattle Mariners 2B Yung-Chi Chen. He does not have the defensive ability of Los Angeles Dodgers SS Ching-Lung Hu nor the hitting/power potential of Boston Red Sox 2B Chih-Hsien Chiang.

So he’s got that going for him, which is nice. Though he’s got soft hands but a bum knee. Good luck with that.

I’m sure this won’t help this guy regain his confidence in the Yanks enough to repurchase his ticket plan, though.

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Cubs sign Nady, A’s sign Sheets

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown, the Chicago Cubs have signed former Yankee, Xavier Nady, to a one-year deal. He will likely serve as outfield insurance but will also be a right-handed platoon option, spelling Kosuke Fukudome against left-handers. How does this affect the Yankees’ pursuit of a right-handed bat? Well, the Yankees really wanted Nady, however, he priced himself out of the team’s budget. Jon Heyman says the deal is for $3.3M, but there are an additional $2M in incentives that could be obtained based on games played. If that’s the case, I can see why the Yankees chose Continue reading Cubs sign Nady, A’s sign Sheets

Our watchers are better than yours!

As if the eternal conflict between RedSox fans and Yanks fans wasn’t enough, now the networks are going at it. This latest volley served by NESN, in response to this:

Two weeks ago YES Network announced that they were the most watched RSN in the country in 2009 by an average of 6,000 households per night. According to NESN, “Since the New York DMA has more than three times the number of homes than the Boston DMA (7.5 million vs. 2.4 million), YES Network has a considerable advantage over NESN when comparing the number of households watching each network.”

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Who I’m Excited to Watch this Season

Via RAB, I stumbled across Frank Pilere’s Top 100 prospects and it got me thinking. In this dead time of the Hot Stove League, there isn’t much to think or write about. But this list gave me a bit of a spark: it reminded me of some of the “other” guys in the Yankees’ system that I’m excited to see progress this season. Obviously, we’ll all be tracking the progresses of The Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Andrew Brackman, and Zach McAllister because they’re the biggest names in the minor league system. Slade Heathcott and J.R. Murphy will also get a Continue reading Who I’m Excited to Watch this Season

GM's Trying To Fix The Draft

From Buster Olney: The premise that guided the talks is that the draft is the best and easiest manner in which baseball can address the widening financial disparity between The Haves and The Have Nots. And the focus is on some kind of a slotting system, which would enable the worst teams to have access to the best players. In recent years, some of the worst teams have passed on the best amateur players in the draft because they believed they couldn’t sign the player. This is how Rick Porcello slid to the Tigers at the end of the first Continue reading GM's Trying To Fix The Draft

Looking ahead to 2010 free agency

The following is a post from sometime Yankeeist contributor Scott “Skip” Kutscher. Skip’s last piece for Yankeeist was about The Tiger Woods Fiasco. It seems more and more — with the possible exception of a few minor deals — that the Yankee roster is set for the season. And what a season it should be. This offseason, the Yankees seemed to have improved on a champion team, while simultaneously getting younger without raising payroll. It’s a hard trifecta to pull off, and Brian Cashman — for whom I gain more respect every day — accomplished it mainly through trades, while Continue reading Looking ahead to 2010 free agency