And the race for Cliff Lee is underway; Siberia favored (w/Update)

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The free agent signing window is officially open. Early odds on favorite: Siberia.

“Cliff,” our source said, “would go to Siberia if they offered him the biggest contract.”

With the Yanks set to make their first offer any day, we’ll be right on top of things all along the race route with our refreshment stand and sliced oranges.

UPDATE (11/7/10, 10:07pm) The Yanks have reportedly already made contact with Cliff Lee’s agent. Game on. Continue reading And the race for Cliff Lee is underway; Siberia favored (w/Update)

2010 Season in Review: Mark Teixeira

In his post Friday morning Larry mentioned that he didn’t feel the Yankees absolutely had to sign CC Sabathia in the 2008-2009 offseason. Believe it or not, I felt the exact same way. The Yankees needed pitching, but they also needed a bat. I wanted Mark Teixeira the way the entire Yankee Universe now wants Cliff Lee. Sabathia’s excellent performance as a Yankee aside, in 2009 Mark Teixeira was exactly what the Yankee offense needed: a high-average, high on-base, power hitter who plays excellent defense and is a good guy in the clubhouse. As strong as Tex’s 2009 was, he Continue reading 2010 Season in Review: Mark Teixeira

Madden: Plan B is the Killer B’s

Yesterday, I kicked around a trade scenario between the Yanks and Giants if the Yanks fail to land Cliff Lee. Bill Madden of the NY Daily News throws out another alternative, one where the Yanks go with some of their highly-touted internal options if Lee opts to stay in Texas. He writes: Cashman’s vision of a mostly homegrown rotation remains the same – and is, in fact, “Plan B” if his pursuit of Lee goes for naught. Only the principals have changed. Brackman, the 6-10, 2007 first-round draft pick out of North Carolina St., whose progress was retarded by Tommy Continue reading Madden: Plan B is the Killer B’s

Madden: Plan B is the Killer B's

Yesterday, I kicked around a trade scenario between the Yanks and Giants if the Yanks fail to land Cliff Lee. Bill Madden of the NY Daily News throws out another alternative, one where the Yanks go with some of their highly-touted internal options if Lee opts to stay in Texas. He writes: Cashman’s vision of a mostly homegrown rotation remains the same – and is, in fact, “Plan B” if his pursuit of Lee goes for naught. Only the principals have changed. Brackman, the 6-10, 2007 first-round draft pick out of North Carolina St., whose progress was retarded by Tommy Continue reading Madden: Plan B is the Killer B's

Arizona Fall League Report

With the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game taking place tonight, I figured this would be as good a time as any to update you guys on the performance of the Yankee prospects who are playing in the AFL this season.  There are 7 Yankee prospects who have been playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs and manager Don Mattingly.  Here’s how they have been doing so far.  Standard warnings about small sample sizes apply, and in addition, it is important to remember that the AFL is traditionally a hitter-friendly league.  In these small samples, scouting will often be more informative Continue reading Arizona Fall League Report

If not Lee, what’s Plan B?

You probably already know by now that after Cliff Lee, there’s a huge drop off in quality of the remaining available starters, whether via free agent or trade. I discussed it in my post on Montero yesterday, and Matt did as well. But what if the new Rangers ownership sells Lee (and his wife) on living in Texas, close to his Arkansas home, and decides to blow Lee away in terms of years? What if the Yanks (with their aging roster) decide that they want don’t half their 2013 payroll tied up in guys over the age of 35? It’s Continue reading If not Lee, what’s Plan B?

If not Lee, what's Plan B?

You probably already know by now that after Cliff Lee, there’s a huge drop off in quality of the remaining available starters, whether via free agent or trade. I discussed it in my post on Montero yesterday, and Matt did as well. But what if the new Rangers ownership sells Lee (and his wife) on living in Texas, close to his Arkansas home, and decides to blow Lee away in terms of years? What if the Yanks (with their aging roster) decide that they want don’t half their 2013 payroll tied up in guys over the age of 35? It’s Continue reading If not Lee, what's Plan B?

A common-sense approach to contracts

The following is a guest post from our dear friend David Meadvin. David’s a long-time reader, first-time contributor. If you sell hot dogs for a living, your annual income is tied to the number of hot dogs you sell. If you’re a taxi driver, your income depends on how many rides you can squeeze into each day. On the other hand, if you play Major League Baseball, your salary is only vaguely connected to your on-field performance. I’ve long dreamed of a salary structure where players are compensated based on their statistics in a given year. Instead of paying Alex Continue reading A common-sense approach to contracts

Looking at D.J. Mitchell

D.J. Mitchell, Starting Pitcher Ranked #24 Yankee Prospect Year Age Tm Lev W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB 2009 22 2 Teams A+-A 12 7 .632 2.63 25 24 140.1 124 57 41 2 44 125 15 1.197 8.0 0.1 2.8 8.0 2.84 2009 22 Charleston A 4 1 .800 1.95 6 6 37.0 31 16 8 1 6 42 5 1.000 7.5 0.2 1.5 10.2 7.00 2009 22 Tampa A+ 8 6 .571 2.87 19 18 103.1 93 41 33 1 38 83 10 1.268 Continue reading Looking at D.J. Mitchell