Yanks sign Bartolo Colon to minor league deal

The jokes are seemingly endless, but the risk is minimal (Olney’s Twitter):

@Buster_ESPNBartolo Colon‘s deal with the Yankees: $900,000 if he makes the team, plus incentives… Pitched for Tony Pena‘s team this winter.

I refuse to call this a consolation prize. You can’t make me, either. But MLBTR does:

Colon is a consolation prize for a Yankees team that has a thin rotation despite its fat checkbook.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have signed Colon to a minor league deal (Twitter link). Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Colon will earn $900K in the majors (Twitter link).

Colon, 38 in May, last pitched in the majors for the 2009 White Sox. He started 12 games for Chicago and posted a 4.19 ERA with 5.5 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 44.4% ground ball rate in 62 1/3 innings. Before that he pitched for the Red Sox, where he was effective for a seven-start stint in 2008. Colon’s last standout season came in 2005, when he won the Cy Young Award for the Angels.

If he’s good enough to make the team, he costs nothing. If he reverts to BFB (Big Fat Bartolo), he costs less. Continue reading Yanks sign Bartolo Colon to minor league deal

Yankees Sign Bartolo Colon to a Minor League Deal

Via MLB Trade Rumors: The Yankees missed out on Cliff Lee, but they signed a former Cy Young Award winner who was once traded for the lefty they coveted this winter. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have signed Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal (Twitter link). Colon had been showing signs of life in the Dominican Winter League. He last pitched in the big leagues in 2009, throwing 61 solid innings in 12 starts, with a 4.19 ERA. As far as potential 5th starters go, Colon’s pretty much the best you can bring in on a Continue reading Yankees Sign Bartolo Colon to a Minor League Deal

Yanks sign Bartolo Colon to minor league deal; transaction apparently funniest thing Yankee beat writers have ever heard

News comes that the Yankees have signed former AL Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal worth $900,000. Per Joel Sherman, Colon has the right to be released at end of spring if has not made the Yankees’ Major League roster. I looked at Colon a few weeks ago, and concluded that while there didn’t appear to be much to like about Colon, “I suppose you could do worse if you were to sign Colon to a minor league deal with no guarantees regarding making the big league club.” Seeing as how that’s pretty much exactly what Continue reading Yanks sign Bartolo Colon to minor league deal; transaction apparently funniest thing Yankee beat writers have ever heard

Time to Complain

It’s January 25th as I write this. When you read it, it will be January 26th. We’re definitely at the lowest of the low point in the offseason. The Hot Stove is about as hot as the weather in the northeast right now. I’ve been pretty even keeled for most of the offseason, but I think it’s time to complain about some things, even if they’re not big in the grand scheme of Yankee basketball. The MLB.com prospect rankings came out yesterday and there are two things I want to complain about. Jesus Montero clocked in at number 9 on Continue reading Time to Complain

Heeere’s Hank: ‘We just have to (bleeping) win’

In typical Hank fashion, as subtle as a punch in the nose, the Mouth That Roared is at it again. Let’s deconstruct, shall we:

“We will do what we have to do to win. We have the highest payroll and the reason is we are committed to our fans to win. We just have to (bleeping) win.”

Welcome back to the spotlight, Hank. This off-season hasn’t been cantankerous enough. Just make sure you continue to remind everyone how much money you earn and pay, because everyone loves to hear that. Just keep rubbing everyone’s nose in it, OK?

“The AL East can toughen you up. Hopefully it will work to our benefit. We will do what it takes to win. Look at the money we are paying out in revenue sharing. We are baseball’s stimulus package. The fans of other teams have no reason to complain about us or the Red Sox or the teams that support the rest of baseball.”

Exactly like that, Hank. Thanks.

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Three Yanks make MLB.com’s Top 50 prospect list

MLB.com ranked the Top 50 prospects in the game today. Yanks put three of their guys on the list, and one honorable mention:

Yep, two of these guys are catchers, and Sanchez is only 18 years old. Brian Hoch has great breakdown of these guys here.

And let’s hear it for all the Cash-bashing the last few days: Cashman’s team is one of only eight teams with three or more players ranked:

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The Miseducation of Joba Chamberlain, or How to Ruin a Potentially Elite MLB Starting Pitcher Without Really Trying

In light of Brian Cashman’s candid comments yesterday finally publicly confirming what many of us had suspected for quite some time — that Joba Chamberlain‘s shoulder’s never been the same since that fateful August night in Arlington back in 2008 — and due to that injury, his arsenal has also never been the same, leading to his permanent banishment to the bullpen, I started getting angry. Not because, even though it was great of the Yankee General Manager to answer the primary question in the e-mail I sent to him in a public forum, Cash still didn’t provide an explanation Continue reading The Miseducation of Joba Chamberlain, or How to Ruin a Potentially Elite MLB Starting Pitcher Without Really Trying

Oh what could have been: Baldelli retires

He had the name and the game but unfortunately Rocco Baldelli‘s body has forced him to retire:

Baldelli, 29, is expected to officially announce his retirement as a player today, as well as his new assignment as a special adviser in the Rays’ front office, working in scouting and player development.

I don’t anticipate ever playing baseball again. I’m retired. The paperwork will be filed,” Baldelli said Tuesday night. “And you know what. The only time I feel like it’s good to retire is when you’re happy to retire. And I’m happy.”

Good for you, Rocco. I hope the illness doesn’t keep you from doing anything else in life. Enjoy Part II.
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2011 WFAN Brian Cashman Breakfast (extended version)

I attended the WFAN ‘Breakfast with a Champion’ with Brian Cashman on Tuesday morning, and as always, Brian didn’t disappoint one bit. I’ve attended these functions for 3 years running, and if anything Brian only seems to get more open, more verbose, and more honest with each event. You may have read some recaps on some other blogs, but I took extensive notes and can provide some context to some of the utter garbage that’s being spread around the MSM about what he did and didn’t say. I’ll use this post to fully recap his comments and I will have Continue reading 2011 WFAN Brian Cashman Breakfast (extended version)