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 still demonstrated clear weaknesses, notably a hideous performance in April and struggles hitting low breaking pitches when he bats left-handed. When Tex is hot, he’s the best hitter on the planet. When he’s cold, the Yankees may as well send only eight players up to bat.

Tex had a respectable 2010 season. It was a down year for a player who is building a potential Hall of Fame career, but that is a solid line on the back of almost any other player’s baseball card.

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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 John surgery in 2008, came on strong the second half of this past season after being promoted to Double-A Trenton. Betances, the 6-8 Brooklyn product selected in the eighth round of the 2006 draft, has been making steady progress with 108 strikeouts and 22 walks in 85.1 combined innings at Class-A Tampa and Trenton. This season those two were joined by a new prodigy, 19-year-old Mexican lefty Manuel Banuelos, who had 70 strikeouts and 31 walks in 59 innings at Tampa and Trenton.… Click here to read the rest

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 John surgery in 2008, came on strong the second half of this past season after being promoted to Double-A Trenton. Betances, the 6-8 Brooklyn product selected in the eighth round of the 2006 draft, has been making steady progress with 108 strikeouts and 22 walks in 85.1 combined innings at Class-A Tampa and Trenton. This season those two were joined by a new prodigy, 19-year-old Mexican lefty Manuel Banuelos, who had 70 strikeouts and 31 walks in 59 innings at Tampa and Trenton.… Click here to read the rest

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 than stats.

Manny Banuelos: Banuelos’ performance in the AFL has been up and down so far.  The diminutive lefty is 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 5 starts, throwing 16 innings with 10 strikeouts and 5 walks.  These stats don’t include his outing in the Rising Stars Game, in which he gave up an unearned run in 2 innings, struck out 3, and allowed 3 hits. … Click here to read the rest

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 hard to imagine the Yanks ever being outbid for a player they really want, but don’t forget this is a new ownership in place under Hal Steinbrenner, so previous track record doesn’t necessarily apply. Also, they’re nowhere hear as desperate for Lee as they were for Sabathia in 2008. Back then, they were coming off their first year of missing the playoffs since the early 1990’s.… Click here to read the rest

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 hard to imagine the Yanks ever being outbid for a player they really want, but don’t forget this is a new ownership in place under Hal Steinbrenner, so previous track record doesn’t necessarily apply. Also, they’re nowhere hear as desperate for Lee as they were for Sabathia in 2008. Back then, they were coming off their first year of missing the playoffs since the early 1990’s.… Click here to read the rest

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 Rodriguez a flat $30 million, for example, why not give him a base salary of $15 million and make him earn the other half in performance incentives?

I realize this isn’t likely to happen – the MLBPA would surely object. That’s why I call it my dream scenario. But here’s another proposal that just might work: why not sign free agents to declining-value contracts?… Click here to read the rest

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 8.1 0.1 3.3 7.2 2.18
2010 23 2 Teams AA-AAA 13 4 .765 4.00 26 25 150.2 147 76 67 11 64 112 14 1.400 8.8 0.7 3.8 6.7 1.75
2010 23 Trenton AA 11 4 .733 4.06 23 22 133.0 128 69 60 11 57 96 12 1.391 8.7 0.7 3.9 6.5 1.68
2010 23 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA 2 0 1.000 3.57 3 3 17.2 19 7 7 0 7 16 2 1.472 9.7 0.0 3.6 8.2 2.29
2 Seasons 25 11 .694 3.34 51 49 291.0 271 133 108 13 108 237 29 1.302 8.4 0.4 3.3 7.3 2.19
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/5/2010.
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