Is this a trade you would support?

Yankees 2010 committment: (via Cot’s)

  • Granderson: $5.5m [contract runs for three more years ($25.75m, all in, including a $2m buyout)]
  • Thames: $0.9m (minor league contract)
  • TOTAL: 6.4m

Detroit’s 2010 committment: (via Cot’s)

  • Damon: $8.0m
  • Coke: $0.4m
  • Austin Jackson: League Minimum ($0.4m)
  • ADD: Max Scherzer: $1.4m
  • ADD: Dan Schlereth: League Minimum ($0.4m)
  • LESS: Edwin Jackson: $4.2m
  • LESS: Ian Kennedy: ~$0.4m
  • TOTAL: $6.0m

Factoring in the second trade of Edwin Jackson and IPK for Scherzer and Schlereth, the Tigers were able to shed some 2010 payroll. Whether they are better for it or not remains to be seen, but in doing so, it puts the trade virtually neck and neck from a 2010 financial committment.  Of course, it doesn’t include the other moves the Yanks (or Detroit) made to fill in for the pieces traded, such as the Yanks signing Chan Ho Park.

So, knowing what we know now, on the eve of players reporting, are you still happy with this trade?… Click here to read the rest

Shots from Spring Training

CC and AJ trying to work off some of that winter weight (I’m really lookin’ at you, CC)

And the battle for the #5 spot, featuring Hughes and Joba:

Is he a starting CF or DB?

The navy lycra pants, navy socks, navy shorts, navy shirt thing is a bit overkill, no?

All three look game-ready.   Gardner and Granderson, looking ripped, while Swisher goofs around.  No surprises here.

Hangin’ with Jeter

And the competition for the #4 and #5 OF spots, Winn and Thames:

Javy, Pettitte and Posada.  “Now Javy, if you give up another grandslam to a RedSox player, you’ll never hear the end of it!

See this?  Don’t take your eyes off it, OK?  You got your cup on, son?

I’m laughing now, but wait until you ask Posada to catch me.

Gaak!  My eyes.  Remember when $46 million would actually get you a guy capable of pitching in the Majors?… Click here to read the rest

Anticipating Questions About The Yankee Budget

When the Yankees signed Chan-Ho Park this morning, those that were cynical about the Yankees budget took the opportunity to declare the budget a sham. As Joel Sherman explains, this is simply not the case:

Essentially, the Yankees had $2 million remaining in their budget when Randy Winn was signed for a $1.1 million. But as Park’s price kept falling, Yankees GM Brian Cashman continued to lobby ownership to expand the payroll because the organization viewed Park as one of the top relievers on the market.

And when the price fell further over the course of the week, from $1.5 million to $1.2 million, Yankees ownership finally approved the signing…..

This signing likely puts even more pressure on Cashman, however, to trade either Chad Gaudin ($2.95 million) or Sergio Mitre ($850,000) to bring down the payroll more to ownership’s liking.

Basically, Sherman explains that the Park signing took place in the context of a budget, such that Cashman needed to appeal to ownership to exceed it by $300,000 (the amount the Park signing exceeded the money left over after Winn).… Click here to read the rest

Posada and Burnett to reunite this season

Not sure if this was reported as a standalone item anywhere, but Erik Boland of Newsday informs us that manager, Joe Girardi, has announced that Jorge Posada will catch A.J. Burnett this season. A serious amount of ink was devoted to the Burnett-Posada duo a season ago, after the two seemed to have “problems” working with one another, which led Girardi to install Jose Molina as Burnett’s everyday catcher (and which Posada did not like very much).

Result-wise, while there may be some substance to the notion that the two did not gel well as a unit – over 16 games with Posada behind the plate, Burnett held hitters to a .270/.353/.421 line and posted a rather poor K/BB of 1.72 (79/46), and with Molina, Burnett held hitters to .221/.307/.352 line over 11 games while posting a much improved 2.66 K/BB (77/29) – in reality, as stated by a number of articles, much of Burnett’s struggles last season were not actually Posada-related, rather, they were brought on by mechanical problems with the now 33-year old’s delivery.… Click here to read the rest

McAllister waits for an opportunity

Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record has a nice piece out on Zach McAllister, one of the Yankees best-rated pitching prospects. McAllister, 22, is in camp this spring to show off his stuff after tossing 121 innings of 2.23 ERA ball for Trenton in 2009. Though he isn’t known for his strikeout totals – 96 last season – McAllister’s command and sinking fastball have him at the top of the Yankees’ list if the need arises for a farm system callup, at some point, in 2010. The 6’6″ right-hander will do his best during Spring Training to keep his name in mind before heading off to Scranton. “I know that they’ve been calling the younger guys up the last couple of years,” McAllister said regarding the prospect of a big-league appearance this season. “It’s one of those things where, if I go out and do my job and something happens at the big-league level, hopefully I’ll get my shot up there.” Last October, McAllister, a native of Illinois, was named the Yankees third best prospect by our very own, EJ Fagan.… Click here to read the rest

Reviewing this Offseason, Part One

On the 17th, Tim of MLB Trade Rumors posted the off season in review for the Yankees. There, he obviously lists all the moves that Brian Cashman has made since the Yankees won their 27th championship in November. Since the roster is more or less set, and we’ve got little to do until the Spring Training opener, I thought it’d be nice for us to do a little review of some of the different moves. Today, we’ll talk about pitching

The Yankees made two moves in the rotation this year: they re-signed Andy Pettitte to a one year, $11.75MM deal and acquired Javier Vazquez from the Braves–along with reliever Boone Logan–for Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, and Arodys Vizcaino. Both of these moves are good moves, and I think we all know why.

Pettitte may not be very flashy anymore, but he’s almost a lock to provide 180-200 innings of at least league average pitching. He’s had that type of season (at least 180 IP/100 or greater ERA+) in 11 of his 15 Major League seasons.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks add Chan Ho Park to bullpen for some reason

I’d read the rumors last week about the Yankees’ interest in Chan Ho Park, though I didn’t think they’d actually bother to sign him. I’m not entirely sure what attracted the Yankees to Park, whose last stint in the AL was both half a decade ago and terrible.

Park seems to have reinvented himself as a somewhat serviceable reliever, posting an FIP of 3.49 for the Phillies last season, but I’m not sure Park brings anything to the table that the Yankees couldn’t have gotten from an internal candidate.

Not that this has anything to do with anything, but Park pitched reasonably well against the Yanks in the 2009 World Series, notching three strikeouts in 3 1/3 scoreless innings over four appearances. I guess given the nominal amount of money ($1.3 million) and general volatility of relievers the Yanks hope they luck into a helpful bullpen piece.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Annual 2010 On Sale Today!

[image title=”book73_300″ size=”full” id=”15254″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]For the third straight year, I have the pleasure of announcing to you that I have been published by Maple Street Press in their yearly season preview magazine Yankees Annual 2010. It is an absolute pleasure to write for them every year. In the past, I’ve contributed long-form pieces on Joba Chamberlain and the Yankee farming strategy. This year, I actually have two articles in the Annual.

The first article is titled, “Who Says Farming Doesn’t Pay: Yanks Collect Dividends Through Plan B” and is one of my favorite long-form articles that I’ve ever written. I look at what the Yankees did in their World Series run when things didn’t go according to plan – when Alex Rodriguez goes down with surgery, or Jorge Posada and Jose Molina both find themselves on the disabled list at the same time, or Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez explode, or Chien-Ming Wang forgets how to pitch. Its a four-page recap of a lot of stories that probably will be forgotten as the championship season fades into history, but were very important to the team’s eventual success.… Click here to read the rest