Romine Gushes about System’s Pitching

An on going theme of 2010 for the Yankees has been the vast improvement of the minor league system. What was once barren has now been replenished. There may be some kinks to work out–a few more potential impact position players would be nice–but behind Jesus Montero, there are definitely some high quality arms we could see either this season or in the next one or two. Adding to the praise of the revamped Yankee farm system is catching prospect Austin Romine. In a recent blog post by the Daily News’s Anthony McCarron, Romine spoke of the talent in the Continue reading Romine Gushes about System’s Pitching

Penny-wise

While Brad Penny will probably never return to the level of pitching he reached as a Dodger in 2007 — 3.03 ERA/3.63 FIP/4.33 xFIP; 4.3 fWAR — the 32-year-old is an interesting free agent possibility after throwing 41 2/3 innings of 167 ERA+ ball in 2009 for the Giants and 55 2/3 innings of 122 ERA+ ball for the Cardinals this past season before being shut down with a shoulder strain. I’d imagine the whole “missing 75% of the 2010 season” thing is why we haven’t heard much about teams being interested in Penny this offseason (outside of the Tigers), Continue reading Penny-wise

Comparing Yankees' Offseason Transactions from the Past Decade

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog.) The New York Yankees are in the unfamiliar position of entering a new year without having made any significant improvements to the team. Although the free agent signings of Russell Martin and Pedro Feliciano are both positive complementary acquisitions, the team’s failure to make a big splash has left it vulnerable to a serious of question marks, one of which will become an exclamation point should Andy Pettitte decide to retire. Patience has been this offseason’s theme, and hopefully its virtue, so instead of looking too far ahead, perhaps it would be Continue reading Comparing Yankees' Offseason Transactions from the Past Decade

Simulpost on ESPNNY: Throwing logic out the window: Manny vs. Thome

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Fact: The Yankees plan on using Jorge Posada as the primary DH for the 2011 season. When Posada is not DHing, the DH role will be used to give the aging left side of the infield a day off per week.

With no obvious need for a designated hitter, all discussions about the Yanks’ reported discussions about Manny Ramirez (since refuted) appear to be merely academic. Or comedic, depending on your point of view.

However, another longtime DH remains a free agent and if the Yankees were looking for a power bat to come off the bench and DH a little bit, the team might want to consider Jim Thome.

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Miranda to get a shot in Arizona

Former Yankee prospect Juan Miranda is likely to get a shot at the full time 1B gig in Arizona. The Yankees, you’ll remember, traded Miranda for pitcher Scottie Allen a little more than a month ago. This is definitely encouraging news. Miranda had a solid minor league track record and if not for Mark Teixeira, he could’ve been at least a platoon option at first base for the Yankees. But, as it usually is with Yankee minor leaguers, Juan was the victim of blockage and timing. With Juan Miranda joining personal favorite Ian Kennedy, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye Continue reading Miranda to get a shot in Arizona

Jeff Francis: fourth (or fifth) starter?

Given the Yankees’ need for starting pitching, Jeff Francis‘ name has unsurprisingly recently come up in connection to the team, so let’s take a look at whether the lifelong NL West pitcher makes any sense for the Bombers. After a breakout 4.1 fWAR season in 2007 with the Rockies in which he posted a 4.22 ERA/4.19 FIP/4.26 xFIP (on the surface these don’t appear to be overly impressive numbers, but adjusted for park and league it was a 114 ERA+ season) line over 215.1 innings, worth a whopping $16.9 million. Unfortunately, Francis, a classic slow-pitch lefthander (the kind that inexplicably Continue reading Jeff Francis: fourth (or fifth) starter?

The calm after the storm

Between a snow-blanketed New York City and a holiday week in which many are off from work, there hasn’t been a ton of worthwhile Yankee-related news (a reunion with Johnny Damon? Adding Manny Ramirez? Come on), and I’d expect things to remain quiet for a bit. While all of Yankeeland continues to wait with bated breath for Andy Pettitte‘s decision, which apparently will make or break the Yankees’ 2011 season in many peoples’ eyes, I also expect that Brian Cashman isn’t quite done making improvements to the team, and I wouldn’t be surprised if January yielded a surprise or two. Continue reading The calm after the storm

Francisco Cervelli, Backup Catcher: No More, No Less

[image title=”aj-burnett-cervelli-blue-jays-c59a070ecb8363bb_large” size=”full” id=”23979″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] One Yankees player who inspires some strong emotions among members of the fanbase is Francisco Cervelli. He started 2010 very hot, with a .387 wOBA in April fooling some into believing that he was an everyday player. With Jorge Posada’s defense continuing to deteriorate, a rapidly growing portion of the fanbase called for Cervelli to steal the starter’s job from Jorge. However, Frankie regressed terribly at the plate from June through August, and was not much better in the field. The bloom was off the rose, to the point where many called for Continue reading Francisco Cervelli, Backup Catcher: No More, No Less