Crawford Plan B?

Ken Davidoff wrote yesterday that the Yankees may see Carl Crawford as “Plan B” if the Yankees do not get Cliff Lee in free agency. I’m rather dubious of this plan, even if the Yankees have contacted Crawford’s “representative.” If Cliff Lee doesn’t become a Yankee, signing an outfielder isn’t a wise move. While the Yankees could trade one of their current outfielders for a starting pitcher then replace said outfielder with Carl Crawford, there are a lot of things that have to be assumed. And we don’t like assumptions now do we? The first thing we have to assume Continue reading Crawford Plan B?

The lines are being drawn in L’Affaire Jeter

Newsday’s Bill Maddon took a cruise down memory lane with respects to Yankee greats, back to the days of Munson and Reggie, to draw a parallel to the Steinbrenner way of paying other’s players more than their own. Munson < Reggie. Reggie < Winfield. Bernie < Damon. This was setting up the “it’s just business” line for paying Jeter what the team wants to pay him rather than what Jeter wants to be paid.

OK, Jeter evidently wants 5 years at $20m or so per. Got it. Yanks are apparently leaning towards a more rational, yet still inflated, price of 3 years and $15m per.

What’s interesting is that a rift is beginning to show as fans take sides in L’Affaire Jeter. His “untouchable” status amongst fans is waning. I had hoped this negotiation would not be played out in the press but so far, it has and as a result, the lines are being drawn.

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2010 Season in Review: A.J. Burnett

The Yankees’ fortunes always seem to be linked to A.J. Burnett. In 2009 he was the x-factor in the postseason rotation. Every Yankee fan had confidence that CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte would show up for October. A.J. was a different story. If the unpredictable righty could harness his stuff then the team was set. If bad A.J. took the mound the Bombers were in trouble. Fortunately, we got enough of a taste of good A.J. for the rest to be history. That same scenario played itself out, in microcosm, in the 2010 ALCS. If the Yankees had won the Continue reading 2010 Season in Review: A.J. Burnett

Yankee Notes-November 19 edition

–Joel Sherman nails why the Yanks won’t go the extra mile to acquire a budding star like Justin Upton It is tempting. Upton is just 23. He is locked into a reasonable contract (five years at $49.5 million left). But if the Yanks use prospect assets on Upton and there is a breakdown somewhere else would the Yanks beat themselves up for upgrading a relatively strong position and then not having the elements left to fix a weakness? I would add that with the Yankee payroll becoming increasingly top heavy over the next few years, having good, cheap options to Continue reading Yankee Notes-November 19 edition

Yankees Sign Rafael DePaula

Melissa Segura is reporting that the Yankees have come to terms with 19 year old Dominican righty Jose Rafael DePaula on a deal with a bonus of $700,000. You may recall that DePaula was suspended from signing last year due to age fraud issues, as he was suggesting that he was 17 when he was almost 19. Segura notes that DePaula throws 97 and likely would have attracted more interest if not for the age scandal last offseason. $700,000 is a fairly high offer for the Yankees to make to an IFA righty pitcher, and I wonder whether they will Continue reading Yankees Sign Rafael DePaula

Wins are dead, long live the King!

We can hardly say it’s a surprise; after all, the majority of us here at IIATMS (and also at ESPN; the voters list here) were ready to hand the Cy Young to King Felix… despite the low wins total. Congrats, Felix:

The 24-year-old righty from Venezuela drew 21 of the 28 first-place votes. Tampa Bay’s David Price got four first-place votes after going 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA. CC Sabathia, who led the league with 21 wins for the Yankees, drew the other three first-place votes and finished third.

The 13 wins by Hernandez marked the fewest for a Cy Young starter in a full season.

Wins DO matter, but if everything else tells you someone else is/was a better pitcher for this year, well, that guy gets the vote. Unless you are Murray Chass. So those who overweight the W column in any given year will be decrying the impact of the blogosphere while the blogosphere rejoices. I just hope that the voters truly weren’t swayed by the potential online backlash.

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Felix Wins Cy Young, CC Finishes 3rd

From the BBWAA: Seattle Mariners righthander Felix Hernandez may have had trouble posting victories in 2010, but he was a convincing winner in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award. Hernandez, known as “King Felix,” was crowned despite posting a victory total that was the lowest for any winner in either league among starting pitchers in a full season and matched the lowest for a winning starter in any season. Pitching for a team that averaged only 3.2 runs per game, Hernandez compiled a 13-12 record with a league-leading 2.27 ERA in 34 starts. He also led the Continue reading Felix Wins Cy Young, CC Finishes 3rd

So long, Juan Miranda

Juan Miranda was going to be forever roadblocked by Mark Teixeira so he was dealt today to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Scott Allen. D’Backs new GM Kevin Towers just spent the last year in the Yanks organization so he was likely pretty aware of the team’s feelings towards Miranda. Allen seems like a decent return for Miranda, however:

Allen, 19, went 4-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 16 starts with Single-A South Bend in 2010, striking out 79 batters in 78.0 innings pitched with just 22 walks. He made his professional debut with short-season Single-A Missoula in 2009, going 1-0 with a 0.51 ERA in 12 relief appearances (17.2IP, 1ER). Allen was originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the 11th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from Lyman High School (Fla.).

Tweets Joe P. from RAB: “Scott Allen: 2.76 FIP as an 18/19 year old in A ball. Not bad of a return at all.” Can’t disagree with that.

From MLBTR:

The Diamondbacks chose Allen, 19, in the 11th round of the 2009 draft. In 95 2/3 innings over two seasons, he has a 3.95 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9. He won’t figure into the Yankees’ big league plans for a while, but Miranda could compete for Arizona’s first base job in 2011.

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Yankees Trade Juan Miranda For Scottie Allen

Via MLB Trade Rumors: It’s no blockbuster, but Kevin Towers and Brian Cashman made a deal today. The Yankees acquired right-hander Scott Allen from the Diamondbacks for infielder Juan Miranda, according to a team press release. The Diamondbacks chose Allen, 19, in the 11th round of the 2009 draft. In 95 2/3 innings over two seasons, he has a 3.95 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9. The deal was definitely made possible through Cashman and Towers relationship, and his short term in the Yankee front office. The Yankees had no use for Miranda. He could very well be the starting 1b for Continue reading Yankees Trade Juan Miranda For Scottie Allen