What he said: Heyman on the 2011 free agent class

It’s starting to be that time of the year, when some start looking at what the next year’s free agent class might begin to look like. We’re still squarely focused on the Rays and the playoffs and despite what Wallace Matthews thinks, we’re not taking anything or anyone for granted. Jon Heyman kicks it off with looking at the biggest names to come in the 2011 free agent market:

Both the exec and one agent suggested Rays outfielder Crawford could get at least $120 million over seven years. All three baseball people polled predicted Rangers starting pitcher Lee would hit $100 million, or more. The estimates for Werth ranged from $85 million to $96 million. And Derek Jeter, who’s had an off year for him offensively but is an icon and a winner, was predicted by one agent to get $25 million per year for two years and another to hit the $100-million mark over five.

First of all, I don’t think that the Yankees will be in, legitimately in, on either outfielder. Unless, of course, the Yankees’ brass has turned cold on Curtis Granderson and finds an eager buyer. I, for one, do not think that is true or a likely outcome. I suspect that Cashman & Co. believe wholeheartedly in Curtis Granderson, the man and the ballplayer. Along with Curtis, Swisher and Gardner are both under contract for next year. Their 2011 contracts are reasonable, especially for the Yankees:

  • Granderson: $8.25m
  • Swisher: $9.0m
  • Gardner: $0.425m in 2010, due for a modest raise in 2011

Let’s take these one at a time since well, each of these guys has or will be tied to the Yanks at some point and it’s something to discuss and debate today.

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Phil Hughes’ Outing

What follows is a scouting report of every pitch Phil Hughes threw last night, his tendencies against right-handed and left-handed batters, where he struggled and where he excelled, and why he should be the favorite to start Game 3 of the American League Division Series.  It’s very long, so we’ll get after it as soon as you click Continue Reading.

A-Rod's Excellent Baseball Instincts

[image title=”APTOPIX Rays Yankees Baseball” size=”full” id=”21544″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Alex Rodriguez is an amazing baseball player who has put together a fantastic career. He will likely finish his career as one of the top 10 or 15 players in baseball history, and has a chance to take down the all-time home run record. While a lot of his success can be explained by his natural talent, Alex also has a reputation for being a hard worker with an good eye for minor details. His preparation and knowledge of the game are highly regarded, and he frequently does the “little Continue reading A-Rod's Excellent Baseball Instincts

It’s nice to see you again, Joba!

As we’re all aware, the “Chronicles of Joba” saga has turned out to be quite onerous during the last two seasons. Fortunately it appears that the Joba we all wistfully glorify returned last night. Girardi decided to summon Joba Chamberlain to the mound with one out to replace the-totally-effective-and-by-effective-I-mean-not-effective, Javier Vazquez. With Dan Johnson (certified Yankee Destroyer™) on second, and Matt Joyce occupying first, Chamberlain delivered a fastball down the heart of the plate allowing B.J. Upton to get wood on the ball. Chamberlain managed to deflect the hit resulting in a one-out bases loaded opportunity for Brad Hawpe. I Continue reading It’s nice to see you again, Joba!

Positive about Phil and other Game Thoughts

Phil Hughes wasn’t exactly sharp last night, as he did walk five batters in 6.1 innings. He struck out six, though, so that helped his cause. The other thing that I was happy about–and RAB commenter ZZ pointed this out–was that Hughes stuck with his changeup last night. We’ve all been harping on Phil to use it this season and last night, a game in which he didn’t have a ton of command, he worked on his most undeveloped secondary offering. He threw it 15 times, getting it called for a strike nine of those times. He also got a Continue reading Positive about Phil and other Game Thoughts

Examining Tex’s 2010 through the lens of WAR

As I watched last night’s bout between two American League heavyweight favorites, I began pondering how this year’s cast of Yankees compared with the rest of league as individuals in terms of overall value. Obviously, as a team, the Yanks are pretty solid (despite recent frustrations). I figured it would be interesting to check out each position beginning with those “around the horn,” and then eventually migrate to the outfield players. So for the first post, I’ll start with a quick look at Mark Teixeira. Specifically, in terms of assessing value, I’m going to mostly consider such stats as WAR, Continue reading Examining Tex’s 2010 through the lens of WAR

Yankees finally topple Shields on strength of rare five-run first inning as Hughes authors first quality start in a month

The Yankees jumped on James Shields early, knocking the enigmatic righty around for five runs in the first inning on their way to an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay. Believe it or not the Yankees actually do have one other five-run first inning under their belts this season, coming against Daisuke Matsuzaka in the wild 11-9 walk-off win against the Red Sox on May 17. Any time you’re able to hang a five spot on anyone — let alone a pitcher like Shields that has really stymied the Yankees all season long despite being pretty mediocre against everyone else — Continue reading Yankees finally topple Shields on strength of rare five-run first inning as Hughes authors first quality start in a month

Does Joe’s return open door for ‘Yankee Years Part 2’?

Here’s the scenario. Girardi gets a knock-out offer from the Cubs. One that the Yanks could match, but choose to pass on. Girardi, despite his loyalty to the Yanks, feels the tug of going home and is enticed by the opportunity to bring the Windy City it’s first World Series championship in over 100 years, perhaps the most elusive Holy Grail in all of Baseball. This opens the door for Torre to return as Yankee manager, and he emerges as the best candidate. Bobby Valentine is well thought of by the Yankee brass, but has always had difficulty dealing with Continue reading Does Joe’s return open door for ‘Yankee Years Part 2’?

Does Joe's return open door for 'Yankee Years Part 2'?

Here’s the scenario. Girardi gets a knock-out offer from the Cubs. One that the Yanks could match, but choose to pass on. Girardi, despite his loyalty to the Yanks, feels the tug of going home and is enticed by the opportunity to bring the Windy City it’s first World Series championship in over 100 years, perhaps the most elusive Holy Grail in all of Baseball. This opens the door for Torre to return as Yankee manager, and he emerges as the best candidate. Bobby Valentine is well thought of by the Yankee brass, but has always had difficulty dealing with Continue reading Does Joe's return open door for 'Yankee Years Part 2'?