Millwood rejects MiL Deal

Word came down early today from Joel Sherman that Kevin Millwood has apparently rejected the offer of a minor league deal from the Yankees. Mr. Millwood has been a popular point of discussion here during TYA’s opening week: Mike kicked the tires on Millwood and Edwin Jackson and I posited that Millwood might be a good idea at this point. At the beginning of offseason, I balked at the idea of giving Millwood a Major League deal, but warmed up a bit to it on Friday. He’s gotten attention from the Indians as well as the Yankees, but Sherman gave Continue reading Millwood rejects MiL Deal

Outstanding Andrew Brackman profile

I can’t recommend highly enough the piece Mark Fiensand penned yesterday on Yankee prospect Andrew Brackman. Mark sat down with Andrew and interviewed him at length on a range of topics related to his development as a pitcher. It takes you through the transition he made from being a basketball player to a baseball player. The issues he had coming back from Tommy John surgery, the struggles with his confidence during that brutal 2009 season and beyond. It gives you an in-depth look at a highly touted prospects road to the show, with all the bumps along the way. He Continue reading Outstanding Andrew Brackman profile

Gary Sanchez Update

I think I have mentioned a few times how much I like the Yankees young catching prospect, Gary Sanchez.  As pitchers and catchers reported, there was news that the 18 year-old backstop was being checked for a heart problem.  Today, George King sheds some light on the problem, explaining that Sanchez had heart surgery this week in New York. Tests had revealed that Sanchez had an extra nerve in his heart, so doctors performed surgery to cauterize the nerve.  The good news is that it sounds like this should not be a major problem, in fact, Sanchez has been cleared to resume baseball activities on Monday. Continue reading Gary Sanchez Update

Teixeira: “I’m going to be buried in these pinstripes”

Sure, who wouldn’t love to have Albert Pujols manning first base for their team, but the Yanks gave Mark Teixeira a full no-trade clause for a reason and despite speculation/rumors about a mega-trade, it’s not going to happen. So sayeth Teix:

“I’m not going anywhere. I got that no-trade for a reason. I’m going to be buried in these pinstripes. You know what, I would be disappointed if the fans of New York weren’t looking to make our team better, but they’ve just got to know I’m not leaving.”

There are some other good nuggets in Marchand’s article about Teix’s laughable thoughts on being the “underdog”:

“We’re the underdogs this year. I love it. No one is picking us right now. Everyone in here should be looking forward to winning a championship. When you put on the pinstripes that is exactly what your goal should be every year. I think everyone understands that just because the public may not be picking us it doesn’t mean we don’t believe it in here.”

And there’s a bit about his changes in his off-season workouts to hopefully put his annual early-season slumps behind him, which is worth checking out, too.

So we can put these trade rumors behind us and focus on the real things that matter: Cap’n Crunch, fat Joba, fat Bartolo and Garcia, the Killer B’s, all AJ all the time, CC’s opt-out, Jeter’s batting order and the crush for the last two spots in the rotation.
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Analyzing another Yankee top prospect list

In the latest offseason list, Kevin Goldstein of the excellent Baseball Prospectus has unveiled his top 20 Yankee prospects (only Subscribers can see the full content, alas, but anyone can see the list and a scouting report on Jesus Montero).  I’m going to take a quick look at the list and share my thoughts on it, to see if he differs significantly from the developing consensus on the Yankee system.  He grades the top 11 prospects, and then adds in 9 more to watch.  It’s worthy of note that KG tends to be a bit of a “velocity whore”, and Continue reading Analyzing another Yankee top prospect list

Playing the ‘What if’ game with Cliff Lee

Brian Cashman was recently interviewed by Larry Stone of the Seattle Times about what went down in the ill-fated Cliff Lee negotiations. Given how things have played out since, we now have some context to put those trade talks into. But as Brian lays out, we are are still left with many unanswered questions. He begins: “It is what it is,” Cashman said Tuesday. “You don’t have a deal until you officially have a deal. Our guy, Adams, didn’t pass the medicals. They went back to the original stuff I had been saying no to all along.” Brian is referring Continue reading Playing the ‘What if’ game with Cliff Lee

Friday Night Open Thread

Well, that was a fun week, huh? Thank you to everyone who stopped by and helped make our first week at The Yankee Analysts a resounding success! We published 27 posts this week (and received nearly 300 comments on those posts, so thank you again!), and given that level of frequency it’s possible you may have missed some of our fine work, so here is a smattering of some of the excellent pieces that our talented staff churned out this week: Sean P. wrote an excellent prospect profile on righthander Brett Marshall,who E.J. also noted as one of five Yankee Continue reading Friday Night Open Thread

Can Lightning Strike Twice? Joba, Yankees Can Learn A Lot From Ron Guidry

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Once upon a time, the Yankees had a promising young pitching prospect who was inexplicably converted into a late inning reliever. After a couple of seasons of disappointing results, however, many within the organization, not to mention the media and fans, began to question his mental makeup and body size. Eventually, there were indications that the team was looking to trade its once prized prospect, who had become tarnished because of his lack of development. Although the parallels are similar, the story above is not about Joba Chamberlain. Rather, it is the tale Continue reading Can Lightning Strike Twice? Joba, Yankees Can Learn A Lot From Ron Guidry