Derek Jeter is not Priceless

A few points in response. First of all, no player is worth a “blank check,” and the fact that Feinsand is using the phrase mostly as a metaphor in this column pretty much shows lays that bare itself. Jeter might be worth more to the Yankees than everyone else, but that value still has a number attached to it. Would anyone endorse paying Jeter a $50 million salary next year? How about a $75 million salary? $100 million? Bueller?

The question then is; how much value does Jeter have? Is he worth a $25 million salary? Well, his age and production this year certainly aren’t worth that. But what if Jeter doesn’t want to agree to a pay cut next season? I could see the team agreeing to up his salary next year, but I would bet that it would come in exchange for either fewer years on the contract or a decreased salary in the years following. I certainly don’t see the team committing to paying Jeter a $25 million+ salary 4 or 5 years from now.… Click here to read the rest

Discussion: Who Is The Yankees' MVP?

As I did at this time last season, I wanted to get a feel for who Yankees fans see as the most important players on the team. I will briefly list the names I believe people will raise with a brief blurb as to their case, and will then turn the discussion over to you in the comments. The names listed are people that I have heard mentioned in the same sentence as the word MVP. Chime in with your rankings in the comments.

1) Robinson Cano: Depending on the source of your data, he is either first or second (to Josh Hamilton) in the AL in WAR. He has been fantastic at the plate all year, with few slumps sullying his record. His defense has been impressive as well, and I would not be surprised if he won a Gold Glove. I suspect Cano will top most of these lists, as he deserves consideration for AL MVP.

2) CC Sabathia: CC has been a rock in the rotation for the Yankees, giving them quality length every time he touches the hill.… Click here to read the rest

Don’t Panic

In 2005 the Yankees called up 22 year-old second-base prospect Robinson Cano and he responded by hitting 14 home runs in 132 games on his way to a .778 OPS.   In 2006 he took a major step forward, hitting 15 home runs in 122 games while posting a solid tripleslash of .342/.365/.525.  His walk rate was nothing to be proud of, but the Yankees had themselves a very young second baseman worth 2.9 WAR, a total which would have been significantly higher if not for some low fielding marks. The following year was Cano’s first full season with the Yankees, and over 160 games he clubbed 19 homers, powering his way to .306/.353/.488 batting line.  Due to a higher fielding score, however, Fangraphs listed his value in 2008 as 4.7 WAR.

If you were reading about Cano for the first time today, and we stopped the story here and told you that in 2010, Cano was one of the best players on the Yankees and in all of baseball, you probably wouldn’t be surprised.… Click here to read the rest

Yankee Farm System On The Way Up

Prior to this season, Baseball America ranked the Yankee farm system 22nd in baseball, as a handful of graduations and struggles from former top prospects left the team a bit thin everywhere but catcher. However, as Eric’s list shows, the system has been rejuvenated over recent months, and is now one of the better farm systems in the sport. When asked on Twitter about the Yankees’ ascension up the ranks and whether they had entered the top 10, BA editor Jim Callis said the following:

Might be. Takes a lot of time to break down all the orgs in detail, don’t do that until offseason.

This obviously is not the strongest endorsement, and it may be the case that a closer examination leaves the Yankees out of the top 10. But the fact that the question was not simply dismissed displays the growth of the Yankees system over the last four months. Players such as Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and Manny Banuelos retained the status they achieved last year, while Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances had recovery years.… Click here to read the rest

Game 110: Red Sox 2, Yankees 7

Adrian Beltre hit a deep fly ball to right and Nick Swisher made a nice catch at the wall to either rob him of a base hit or a homerun.  With one out in the bottom of the second, Lance Berkman seemed to finally find his swing, grounding one down the right field line for a double.  Curtis Granderson hit one hard up the middle, that Sox second baseman Bill Hall stopped and threw to first, only to send the ball past Victor Martinez, allowing Berkman to score.  Gardner then stole second, getting in just ahead of the tag and putting him in position to score easily on Derek Jeter’s single up the middle.  At the end of two, the Yankees had a 2-0 lead.

The third and fourth innings were scoreless, but the Red Sox finally broke through in the fifth.  Bill Hall would knock a solo homer off of Moseley, making the game 2-1, but the Yankee pitcher came back and got the next three hitters out. … Click here to read the rest

Don’t count out the Sox just yet

With their inactivity at the July 31st trade deadline and last night’s drubbing of Josh Beckett guaranteeing the Yanks a split of the four game series, it would be easy for Yankee fans to dismiss the 2010 Red Sox. The series has lacked its usual buzz, they’re 8 games back in the loss for the division, staff ace Josh Beckett seems to never get the Yanks out anymore (0-2 with a 11.74 ERA in last 4 starts vs Yanks) Throw on top the recent loss of the talented Kevin Youkilis and it seems like just too much for them to overcome.

The division may be a bridge too far at 8 games back with 7 weeks to go, but don’t count them out for a playoff berth. They’re just 4 games back of the reeling Rays in the Wild Card standings, who have lost 4 straight and have starters Jeff Neimann and Wade Davis going to Tampa to have their aching shoulders examined.… Click here to read the rest

Don't count out the Sox just yet

With their inactivity at the July 31st trade deadline and last night’s drubbing of Josh Beckett guaranteeing the Yanks a split of the four game series, it would be easy for Yankee fans to dismiss the 2010 Red Sox. The series has lacked its usual buzz, they’re 8 games back in the loss for the division, staff ace Josh Beckett seems to never get the Yanks out anymore (0-2 with a 11.74 ERA in last 4 starts vs Yanks) Throw on top the recent loss of the talented Kevin Youkilis and it seems like just too much for them to overcome.

The division may be a bridge too far at 8 games back with 7 weeks to go, but don’t count them out for a playoff berth. They’re just 4 games back of the reeling Rays in the Wild Card standings, who have lost 4 straight and have starters Jeff Neimann and Wade Davis going to Tampa to have their aching shoulders examined.… Click here to read the rest

The Captain and Fat Elvis beat the Red Sox

Lance Berkman had 2 doubles on his 3 hit night while Derek Jeter passed Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-2. A.J. Burnett was suffering from back spasms and was scratched for Dustin Moseley at the last minute. Burnett will pitch Tuesday. Josh Beckett struggled from the start. He allowed 7 runs to score in less than 5 innings.

The two pitchers went in different directions from the start of the game. Moseley got a 1-2-3 top of the 1st, and flashed the leather on an athletic play to his right. Meanwhile, Beckett had his typical horizontal movement on his fastball, but the Yankees were hitting it none the less. He allowed 2 hits in the first, and had thrown about 50 pitches by the 2nd inning.

The Yankees got through to Beckett in the 2nd inning. That inning featured 2 runs on 4 consecutive hits, including Lance Berkman‘s 1st extra-base hit as a Yankee.… Click here to read the rest