You can’t be serious

Readers of this site know that not too long ago Baseball Prospectus released its PECOTA projections for the 2010 end-of-season standings. While the CAIRO and CHONE projections had the Yankees finishing as the top team...

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Hughes Plans To Work On Changeup

From Chad Jennings (courtesy of RAB Twitter):

For now, Phil Hughes is only throwing fastballs and changeups in his bullpen sessions, and he expects to throw one more bullpen before he mixes in curveballs and cutters. He compared the development of his changeup to last year’s development of the cutter. “I’ll concentrate on it all...

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I'd make a joke about denial and Egyptian rivers but I'm afraid David Wright would take it too literally

Super-earnest, reality-shunning third baseman David Wright really, really believes in his lovable ragtag band of underachieving (and $150 million) misfits, also known as the 2010 New York Mets.

Despite the fact that their...

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The difference three years makes

He didn’t end up getting posted in 2005–but his legend continued to grow. He helped pitch the Japanese to the WBC championship in 2006, and walked away with the MVP. By this time, any NYYFans.com or SOSH regular knew exactly who this guy was. People started raising their expectations. High estimates had his posting fee at $25 million, and in some cases $30 million (unprecedented numbers).

Of course, the times had changed. People had figured out that his gyroball was in fact a shuuto, basically a screwball mated with a changeup* (see him throw a few during the WBC here). Some people started to question whether his later years would be as productive given how much abuse his arm had taken as a youngster. But the numbers were there, and those who questioned his transition to MLB couldn’t deny that he’d made a lot of very productive MLB hitters look downright foolish in the World Baseball Classic.

*How do changeups screw?

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Montero the outfielder?

In NoMaas’ interview with Brian Cashman, the GM was asked about Jesus Montero’s fate as a catcher.

He responded to the question, “Do you think [Montero's] future is behind the plate,” with the following:

We hope so. His value is highest as a catcher. His bat will find a way...

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Could Yanks pursue Park?

According to Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Heyman, 36-year old Korean-born right-hander, Chan Ho Park, could be a free agent pitching possibility for the Cubs, Rays, and, most importantly (for the purposes of this blog), the Yankees.

Park was once a pretty good, albeit wild, starter for the Dodgers from 1997-2001, though he was famously bad for the Rangers once he made the move to the American League in 2002. After a dreadful stint in Texas, Park was traded to the Padres in 2005, but he was hindered by intestinal bleeding brought on by Meckels diverticulum and, as a result, his year and a half stay in San Diego was a disappointment. He then split minor-league time with the Mets and Astros in 2007 only to return to the Dodgers in 2008, where he posted a 2.85 FIP as a starter in 5 games and a 4.91 FIP as a reliever over 70 1/3 innings. The Phillies, in search of pitching depth, then signed Park for $2.5 million for 2009, where he was initially used a starter, however, his numbers in 7 starts – 5.59 FIP, 5.67 K/9, 4.95 BB/9 – were terrible, forcing the club to try him as a reliever.…

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Papelbon talks up Mariano

Jonathan Papelbon loves him some Mariano Rivera.

Here’s Papelbon discussing Mariano last month, on Boston’s the Sports Hub:

“Deep down in my heart, I would love to finish my career as a Red Sox. And I think everybody pretty much knows that, but that’s a very, very hard thing to...

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25 Issues For Spring Training

With spring training now approaching, we can start to get get a feel for the answers and solutions to the questions facing the Yankees in 2010. Although this club is probably as strong as last year’s championship team, there are still plenty of issues that they will need to resolve on their way to a...

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Five New Invitees

The Yankees invited five more players to Spring Training yesterday. Let’s look at these guys a little more deeply.

First up is RHP D.J. Mitchell. Mitchell was not listed in the Yankees’ top ten prospect list however, he had a pretty good showing in 2009. As a 22 year old in Charleston and...

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