Less than a week to go, taking inventory

As every Yankeeist reader will certainly know, the Yankees start their 2010 title defense on Sunday, April 4th versus the Boston Red Sox. With less than a week of Spring Training to go, now seems like a good time to take a look at how the bombers have fared. For the record, Spring Training stats are useless, which I’ve said previously, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with them. What follows is the projected opening day lineup and the batter’s slash stats.

Derek Jeter – .237/.275/.263: So, this spring hasn’t exactly been the Captain’s best work. Then again, April was the only full month of baseball in which Derek hit less than .300 last season. He cruised after that, and may take a little longer this season to get going as well. Should Jeter get off to a slow start, expect a lot of grumblings in Yankee-land due to Jete’s contract status.

Nick Johnson – .267/.425/.667: Somewhere Larry is grinning.… Click here to read the rest

Sherman: I loves me some backhanded compliments

So while Joel is true to his opening salvo and doesn’t mention any of those three things, you can almost imagine him at his laptop, poop-eating grin on his face, as he banged out these backhanded compliments (emphasis mine):

He is happy, healthy and currently not under indictment. Oh, sorry, we digress.

[…]

That includes mentally. The Rodriguez who rejoined the Yankees early last May was more team- and win-oriented, less obsessed with his personal quests, less a slave to his ego and insecurity.

[…]

At 34, he is more prepared than ever to deal with the distractions sure to be the subject of future columns.

Oh please stop it, will ya?  We all know you’ll be at the front of the line to bury ARod if he screws up or this Galea thing blows up, Joel.  Even ahead of me.  Except I’ll do it with disappointment, not glee.… Click here to read the rest

Discussion: Possible Starters In 2011

Although it seems like the Joba debate will continue to roil forever (see the comments on Steve’s post), let’s move forward assuming that Joba is staying in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. If that holds true, then the Yankees will only have 3 starting pitchers under contract for 2011, with CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Phil Hughes forming a solid trio that the Yankees are sure to supplement with free agent signings. How might the Yankees fill those holes?

Obviously, Andy Pettitte can renege on his stated desire to retire after this season. Furthermore, Javier Vazquez has mentioned a willingness to go season-to-season on one year contracts, but I wonder if he will still be willing to do so if he has a moderately successful 2010 and has the ability to score a big contract on the free agent market. The following pitchers will be free agents:

Bronson Arroyo (34) – $11MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Josh Beckett (31)
Erik Bedard (32)
Kris Benson (35)
Jeremy Bonderman (28)
Dave Bush (31)
Jose Contreras (39)
Kevin Correia (30)
Doug Davis (35) – $6.5MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
Jorge De La Rosa (30)
Justin Duchscherer (33)
Shawn Estes (38)
Josh Fogg (34)
Jeff Francis (29) – $7MM club option
Freddy Garcia (35)
Jon Garland (31) – $6.75MM mutual option with a $600K buyout
Rich Harden (29) – $11MM mutual option with $1MM buyout
Aaron Harang (33) – $12.75MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Livan Hernandez (36)
Jason Jennings (32)
Hiroki Kuroda (36)
Cliff Lee (32)
Ted Lilly (35)
Rodrigo Lopez (35)
Kevin Millwood (36)
Sergio Mitre (30)
Brian Moehler (39)
Jamie Moyer (48)
Brett Myers (30) – $8MM mutual option with a $2MM buyout
Vicente Padilla (33)
Carl Pavano (35)
Brad Penny (33)
Andy Pettitte (39)
Tim Redding (33)
Nate Robertson (33)
Ben Sheets (32)
Jeff Suppan (36) – $12.75MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Brett Tomko (38)
Koji Uehara (36)
Javier Vazquez (34)
Brandon Webb (32)
Todd Wellemeyer (32)
Kip Wells (34)
Jake Westbrook (33)
Dontrelle Willis (29)
Chris Young (32) – $8.5MM club option

Cliff Lee is an obvious choice, and Josh Beckett and Brandon Webb are intriguing depending on the length of contract and their health.… Click here to read the rest

Feeling a draft, 2010 edition (updated)

This is my office league.  I was a last minute addition so I had no input into the settings or whatnot.  I mention that as the settings were terrible.  To summarize:

  • No MI/CI spots
  • Only 3 OF
  • Four RP must be active
  • DH spot (must be DH eligible and every player is not DH eligible)
  • Six bench spots
  • Two DL spots

So here’s what happened.  We, namely ME, didn’t know that the DH spot had to be filled by someone with DH eligibility, rather than any bat.  I realized it rather late in the draft when I selected Nolan Reimold and he went to the Bench, rather than the DH spot.  RED FLAG.

I picked Aubrey Huff in the 2nd to last round so I could have a “legal” team.  Since the draft, the league manager reset the draft and killed the DH spot, leaving just one UTIL position.  That means there are only 10 starting bats and 9 starting arms (5 SP, 4 RP), daily roster settings.… Click here to read the rest

Rate My Fantasy Baseball Team

I just finished a marathon 4-hour live draft. Half of our league were on our computers, the other half at Pour House in the city. Its a pretty competitive 12 player, head-to-head, 5×5 league. We’ve been doing this for five years now, and I generally get hammered due to being away from my computer for 2 months every summer. Still, I’ve had some bad drafts recently after taking up a fairly risky young player-heavy strategy. Here is the team I just drafted:

C: Matt Wieters
1b: Joey Votto
2b: Brian Roberts
SS: Jose Reyes
3b: Ryan Zimmerman
OF: Matt Kemp
OF: Jay Bruce
OF: Garrett Jones
Util: Vlad Guerrero
Util: Juan Rivera
BN: Dexter Fowler
BN: Brett Gardner
SP: Roy Halladay
SP: Jake Peavy
SP: Scott Baker
RP: Andrew Baily
RP: Frank Francisco
P: Jamie Shields
P: Ted Lilly
P: Matt Thornton
BN: Kevin Correia
BN: Johnny Cueto
BN: Ian Kennedy

I had the 7th overall pick of the draft.… Click here to read the rest