What is the best way to handle Brackman this season?

[image title=”brackman-in-st” size=”full” id=”24012″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Andrew Brackman is a better pitcher than most people realize. That’s a bit odd, because Brackman has also mostly been a disappointment to fans since he was drafted. In his freshman and sophomore years in college, Brackman was a 100 mph fireballer. That and his size earned him routine...

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Should We Worry about the Rest of the AL East?

The Yankees main adversaries will be the Red Sox, and as the table shows, they are prohibitive favorites over the Yanks as a result of the off-season maneuvering. Offensively and defensively, they lose 7 wins from Adrian Beltre, but the Red Sox will benefit from some more health for Youkilis, Pedroia, Cameron, and Ellsbury, which more than makes up for the loss of Beltre. Add Crawford and Gonzalez, and the position players have really improved from last season, especially if they don’t need to give innings to the black holes of Eric Patterson, Jeremy Hermida, and Yamaico Navarro. The Red Sox paid dearly, but they have a younger, better core of position players than the Yankees. If they stay healthy, they could be devastating.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, the team should also improve their production from the pitching staff. I went fairly conservative on some of the pitchers because of health concerns for Lackey, Beckett, and Matsuzaka, but the rotation looks to be really good.…

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“Plan B”

Of course, there were decent secondary options on the market for starting pitchers, but a good many of those guys signed before Lee, throwing a wrench in the most obvious back up plan. As far as the trade market goes, well, it’s pretty bare. The Yankees may or may not have had serious interest in Zack Greinke, but the most comprehensive reporting I’ve seen had the Royals asking for Montero, Eduardo Nunez, either Dellin Betances or Manny Banuelos, and one of the Yankees AAA arms. I was as bullish as just about anyone when it came to acquiring Greinke, but that would have been too much for even me to stomach giving up for 70 starts from Greinke, and it represents significantly more value than what the Royals got from Milwaukee.

And now? Well the Yankees still need a starting pitcher but, not counting Andy Pettitte, the best one available on the free agent market is Carl Pavano. Raise your hand if you want Cashman to reach out to him.…

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Adding Mid-Season

A lot of us have said–and I have, too–that one of the pluses about the Yankees not signing Cliff Lee is that they will have the ability to add a lot more payroll in the middle of the season. While we have absolutely no idea what the trade market will look like in season, we...

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Simulpost on ESPNNY: Soria vs. Soriano

At what cost, though? The Yanks’ 2011 first-round pick and likely a minimum of $10 million per year for at least three years. The Yanks have the cash, as Ian Begley noted yesterday.

But just because the team has the cash does not mean it should be spent on a security blanket, even one as good as Soriano. We do not know if Soriano only wants to close, rather than be Mo’s caddy. The only real cost to the Yanks, besides the cash, is that first-round pick and they’ve been giving those away for years with their repeated Type A free agent signings. Giving it to their AL East competitors is a double dip of bitter. Soriano would represent a very expensive luxury and while the team could be better off in the short term, I’m not confident the team will be happy with this deal in two years.

On the other hand, we now hear that the “Mexicutioner,” Joakim Soria will not block a trade to the Yankees, despite having New York on his no-trade list:

“I didn’t put it there, my agent did, as a strategy,” Soria said.

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Discussion: Rooting For The Uniform?

Yesterday’s Bobby Jenks – Oney Guillen brouhaha spurred some discussion about Jenks’ character, and brought a 2005 ESPN article about Jenks and his upbringing to my attention. The article suggests that Jenks is lacking in terms of intelligence, and that he is a “backwoods” guy with a drinking problem. The following anecdote caught...

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Early Projection From RLYW: 89 Wins, Wild Card

SG over at RLYW has posted his initial CAIRO projected standings for the 2011 season, with the caveat that it is really, really early to be drawing significant conclusions from the data. Regardless, they should provide a decent guide for where teams stand relative to one another at this point, so click through to...

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