Cliff Lee Alternatives

[image title=”Zack-Greinke” size=”full” id=”22649″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] In response to the early discussion, I should probably say: I support option #1, which is essentially standing pat. Tomorrow I’ll argue that the Yankees don’t need an upgrade. Yesterday, we had some really vibrant discussion on whether or not the Yankees should sign Cliff Lee. I think that an important missing piece of my post was alternatives to signing him. To be clear, I don’t support signing him to a long term contract (more than 3-4 years) no matter the alternatives, but the alternatives are still important and interesting to look at. Continue reading Cliff Lee Alternatives

Should they stay or should they go now?

As we delve further into the offseason, we’ll be scrutinizing plenty of potential trades and free agent acquisitions. The big names like Carl Crawford or Cliff Lee will certainly surface (again and again). There’ll also be plenty of discussion around cheap, limited-upside filler guys. In the meantime, let’s take a look at elements of the Yankees landscape that are going to change regardless of any future Hot Stove developments. On their way out Javier Vazquez | Yikes. There aren’t many positives to be drawn from Javy’s season. As Mike discussed in his post regarding Cashman’s preseason decisions, this move seemed Continue reading Should they stay or should they go now?

Yanks, Girardi Agree to Deal

We knew it wasn’t going to take long, and we new the basic parameters of what the deal was going to be, but the Yankees and manager Joe Girardi have reportedly agreed on a 3 year contract worth $9 million for Girardi to return as manager. Mark Feinsand was first with the news.

General manager Brian Cashman had called re-signing Girardi his first priority this offseason, and with this out of the way and the team already deciding to decline the options they held on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson, focus would not appear to shift to working out new contracts with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Continue reading Yanks, Girardi Agree to Deal

Season in Review: Jorge Posada

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll do about players and how they fared, compared to their various projections. Luckily, FanGraphs stores projections so it will be an easy comparison to make. Let’s start at one of the most important positions on the field: behind the plate. Jorge Posada had a vaguely healthy year, playing in 120 games. He came up to the plate 451 times, the most for him since 2007 (589). When he did play, Jorge did hit pretty well. The average wasn’t pretty at .248, but his OBP was good at .357 (13.1% walk Continue reading Season in Review: Jorge Posada

The backstop dilemma

For the past decade-plus, Yankees fans have been blessed with Jorge Posada as their catcher. Over his career, he’s posted a triple slash of .275/.377/.479 (.856 OPS). He’s mashed 261 HR as a switch hitter while averaging 97 RBI each season. Since 1995, he’s managed to accumulate 46.0 WAR. In 2007, as a 35-year-old, the veteran backstop even posted a 5.8 WAR and was sixth in the league in MVP voting. Even in a “down” year for Posada, he still produced a .357 wOBA in 2010, and the Yankees have hugely benefited from Posada’s contributions from a premium up-the-middle defensive Continue reading The backstop dilemma

Minor Surgery For CC

Joel Sherman and George King had the scoop: CC Sabathia was diagnosed with a minor meniscus tear of the right knee that will require surgery, The Post has learned. Sabathia was diagnosed yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming days. The Yankees do not consider the procedure significant and expect Sabathia to recover within three weeks and be fully ready for spring training. Nevertheless, the worry with signing Sabathia to the largest-ever pitching contract always had been the two Ws: weight and workload. He has carried a lot of both, and, thus, it Continue reading Minor Surgery For CC

Must read: Digging into the Fox/Cablevision mess

This is simply a must-read for anyone suffering from the Cablevision/Fox dance to the death:

More worrisome for cable companies is the potential for disintermediation via the Internet. MLB.tv was the first instance of a league selling broadcasts direct to fans. Sites like Hulu (co-owned by News Corp and NBC Universal) can deliver television programming direct to consumers bypassing the cable companies and their competitors. In addition Apple, Netflix and Amazon offer streaming options that can be viewed with set top boxes or video game systems. Roku’s set-top boxes which stream Netflix, Amazon as well as MLB.tv, will soon add Hulu, and the full disintermediation will have begun.

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This move by Fox to gain a greater piece of subscriber fees is geared towards using the cable companies to finance building an infrastructure to go direct. By continuing this fight, Cablevision is antagonizing their suppliers and their customers. Never a particularly good recipe for staying in business.

Very interesting stuff. Continue reading Must read: Digging into the Fox/Cablevision mess

Housekeeping: Options declined

No real stunning news, just the expected declining of options on Mssrs. Wood, Berkman and Nick Johnson. Says Aaron Gleeman:

Berkman’s contract included a $15 million team option or $2 million buyout for 2011, but as part of his accepting a trade to the Yankees it was changed to a mutual option. New York made it a moot point by declining their end after he hit just .255/.358/.349 in 37 games after the trade.

Wood’s deal contained an $11 million option for 2011, but with no buyout required that was a no-brainer to decline.

Johnson had a $5.25 million mutual option for 2011, which is actually slightly less than he earned this season, but the Yankees chose a $250,000 buyout after the oft-injured first baseman missed nearly the entire season following wrist surgery.

I’d like to see a way to re-sign Wood but there will be some team begging to pay him to close games and that pays better than being Mo’s opening act. I wish Berkman regained his form from a few years ago, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’ll bite my tongue on all Nick Johnson-related comments from here on out. Continue reading Housekeeping: Options declined

Girardi-Yanks Closing In On Deal

Joel Sherman has the scoop on the widely expected move: The Yankees and Joe Girardi are closing in on a three-year contract that will pay him somewhere between $9 million and $10 million, The Post has learned. Girardi would receive a bump from a contract that expires Saturday that was paying him $7.5 million over three years. The raise would make Girardi the fifth- or sixth-highest paid manager in the major leagues. The sides believe the deal could be finalized Wednesday or Thursday. When the deal is complete, the Yankees will move on to more complicated issues involving free agency Continue reading Girardi-Yanks Closing In On Deal