Three Deals For Justin Upton

Justin Upton is as good a bet as any to become a superstar. Moshe already went over how good Upton could potentially be. There are enough rumors floating around right now to make his trade at least a theoretical possibility. I would like to offer three deals that I would do for Upton, that I...

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Make Your Own Team

It’s, obviously, Hot Stove season. GMs everywhere are trying to sign and trade for all the right players to make their respective teams just right. Without fail, we all think we can do a better job than they do. So, for this post (excuse its brevity; I have a lesson plan project due tomorrow), I’m...

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If Levine is in control, this WILL be ugly

UPDATE: Seems that an initial three year offer is forthcoming, and that offer has some built-in headroom:

The expectation is the Yankees will offer something in the three-year, $45 million range, which will create some negotiating room to climb toward $57 million to $60 million on a three-year deal or perhaps go to a fourth-year option or a straight fourth year as a way to reach a settlement. Of course, that is assuming Jeter finds that range acceptable.

The will is there to get it done,” Yankees president Randy Levine said. “And I believe there is a way.”

I’m good with this. This is precisely the range I have been discussing (along with many others).  If Jeter holds out for $21+ million and a minimum of four years, I’ll be disappointed.  I want Jeter back to finish his career but the mistake of the ARod contract can’t be duplicated just because he’s “Derek Jeter, Face Of The Franchise”. …

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Why baseball needs to get rid of the rigid six-division format, shorten the playoffs and move to a tiered system

I’m pleased to present the following guest post from friend-of-the-blog Lenny Vaisman. Lenny’s a die-hard Yankee fan and was actually a semi-regular contributor to my initial foray into Yankee blogging,...

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There’s no crying nostalgia in Baseball

There is certainly room for nostalgia for us fans. We love digging through past records, watching Yankee Classics and reliving past glories of players on teams from days of yore. But for those who are running a franchise like Brian Cashman, Randy Levine and Hal Stienbrenner, there’s little room for sentimentality. Especially when you have...

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There's no crying nostalgia in Baseball

There is certainly room for nostalgia for us fans. We love digging through past records, watching Yankee Classics and reliving past glories of players on teams from days of yore. But for those who are running a franchise like Brian Cashman, Randy Levine and Hal Stienbrenner, there’s little room for sentimentality. Especially when you have...

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Chass goes off again

Yes, Doc Halladay did, in essence, admit that win totals should matter; after all that’s why they’re paid to pitch.  But wins don’t always tell the best, whole story. Said Halladay:

“Felix’s numbers are very, very impressive, but ultimately they look at how guys are able to win games. Sometimes the run support isn’t there, but you find ways to win games. Guys who are winning deserve a strong look no matter what Felix’s numbers are. When teams bring pitchers over, ultimately they want to win games.”

Halladay doesn’t say that wins are the determining factor.  He says guys who win deserve a strong look and they sure as heck do. They get the first look.  People naturally look towards win totals, along with strike outs and inning pitched among their first columns of data. Stopping there is incomplete.  Failing to use the resources at hand these days is tantamount to negligence.  Choosing to ignore/denigrate these resources is ignorance.  Which brings me back to Chass…

Murray was all too happy to take an extra swipe at his old paper, the NY Times, for their increasing usage of statistics beyond Wins, RBIs and Errors.…

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Preview: AL Cy Young

Justin Verlander

A whole 0.8 fWAR behind Lee is Verlander. After 224 innings and an FIP of 2.98, Verlander notched 6.3 fWAR. His 3.08 K/BB is better than CC but worse than Lee’s, and while his 5.6% HR/FB is low, it’s only 2% lower than his career mark. He’s good, but he prevents home runs at nearly the same rate as Lee, had nearly identical GB/FB rates, had a much, much lower K/BB, and only threw 12 more innings than Lee. There’s no way I can justify picking Verlander over Lee.

Felix Hernandez

I thought about putting Hernandez second, but I didn’t want to put this exactly in order, thus forcing you to read more (though I guess you could have just skipped Verlander). I thought about putting him last, but that’s just rude. Hernandez was awesome this season, and he deserves to be mentioned here. His 3.31 K/BB is really good, but it’s nowhere near Lee’s. His 249.2 IP, however, trump Lee’s 212, big time.…

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