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 [...]
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. [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
(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 [...]