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 down – and such an investment would just be a financial liability, however, can you really argue with a three-year deal at this point? Performance-wise, you can’t. It’ll be interesting to see how Brian Cashman handles the re-signing – I think I am correct to assume that they will re-sign him – especially with relievers receiving fewer dollars in a depressed market.… Click here to read the rest

"Hit Satch one for four"

A telegram. Today, that’d be tweeted. Ain’t nostalgia quaint?

In addition, Satchel has some scouting on facing Lou Gehrig:

Two days before the game, Paige told the Oakland Post-Enquirer this would be his toughest game. “Never before have I faced so many great hitters in one game,” he said. “I’ve licked teams with three or four big-leaguers, but a whole club of them … this ain’t going to be easy. However, I expect to whip ’em.”

About Gehrig, Paige told the Post-Enquirer: “Gehrig is a powerful hitter, but he can be fooled.”

Wouldn’t you love to have witnessed that?… Click here to read the rest

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 to avoid Nady as he could cost over $5M. However, if Nady gets $3.3M guaranteed, there is no way Damon will settle for $2M from the Yankees, especially since Nady and Damon share the same agent in Scott Boras. The Yankees would have to offer at least $5M, plus incentives, in order to keep Damon around.

The good news is that with Nady on board, the Cubbies won’t be re-signing Reed Johnson, making him a bigger target for Brian Cashman to pursue (assuming Damon is too pricey).… Click here to read the rest

More old mitt ads

Fellers, look (not the DiMaggio model that I have, but close):

This one looks miles ahead of that last one, yet a ways from today:

Further back in time, from the banned players collection:

Speaking of old, endorsed by The Babe (and only $6!):

Another oldie:

To attain it…is to earn it:

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Our watchers are better than yours!

Together with our advertisers and affiliates we measure success based on ratings,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. We are proud of the fact that NESN has been the highest rated RSN in baseball for six consecutive seasons. Once again, in 2009, NESN led RSN ratings nationally in every measurable demographic. Our message is clear, New England sports fans have proven to be the best fans in the country and our sponsors and affiliates have been the beneficiary of this unwavering support.”

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2009 NESN vs. YES Network Comparison

NESN

YES Network

Households in DMA

2,410,180

7,493,530

Primetime Rating

3.15

1.09

Primetime Households

76,000

82,000

Total Day Delivery Rating

.98

0.43

Total Day Delivery Households

24,000

32,000

Baseball Rating

9.38

4.62

Baseball Households

226,000

346,000

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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.

Adam Warren

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 lot of attention as the team’s most recent high draft picks. Recent additions to the 40-man roster Kevin Russo, Ivan Nova, and Reegie Corona may even see Major League time this season.

There are four pitchers I’m particularly interested in watching this season.

First, there’s Adam Warren. Warren, from the University of North Carolina was drafted in ’08 by the Indians, but went back to school for 2009 and improved from a 36th round pick to a 4th round pick.… Click here to read the rest

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 round in 2007.

And there is a strong belief on the side of management that a slotting system can be completed, because the union will embrace the idea — so long as the Players Association is guaranteed, in some fashion, that more money will be spent on major league players. How this happens remains to be seen, but there are agents convinced that the interests of the draft-eligible traded will be swapped out for the interests of the union veterans.

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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 largely avoiding the free agent market.

The message from the front office was clear: We want no part of the big-name free agents. The reason for this was two-fold. One, the top free agents this year were largely overvalued. And two, the free agent class of 2010 is absolutely loaded with talent. Since the Yankees are clearly already looking ahead to the 2010 offseason (and since pitchers and catchers still don’t report for another few weeks,) I thought it would be fun to speculate on what moves the Yankees might make after they wrap up championship number 28.
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