The Dodgers Bankruptcy: A Q&A

With the automatic stay in place, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig should be prevented (for the moment, at least) from seizing control of the team or taking any other punitive action against McCourt.

Where is Frank McCourt going to come up with the money to run the Dodgers while the Dodgers are in bankruptcy?

This is the first issue for the Bankruptcy Court, and will probably be addressed in a preliminary way at a hearing today before the Bankruptcy Court. Companies in Chapter 11 bankruptcy frequently seek special “debtor in possession” (DIP) financing to stay in operation during bankruptcy. DIP lenders get a special priority – they are repaid in bankruptcy before just about everyone else.   McCourt has a proposal in place to borrow $150 million from a hedge fund affiliated with J.P. Morgan Chase. The proposal is, in the words of Craig Calcaterra, a “crappy loan”, at a 10% interest rate, with a $4.5 million fee on top of it, but the loan would keep the Dodgers afloat.… Click here to read the rest

If the Dodgers had a fire-sale…

So, the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy yesterday. Immediately, this doesn’t really have much of an impact of the Yankees and I’m not nearly well versed enough to understand the nuances and intricacies of bankruptcy and finance and all that stuff, so let’s just pretend for a second that the Dodgers were going to have a fire-sale and just start getting rid of everyone of any value in order to save some dough. Disclaimer, and I’m going to make this all bolded and caps locked and italicized and what not:

I AM NOT SAYING ANY OF THIS STUFF IS GOING TO HAPPEN. IN FACT, IT’S PRETTY UNLIKELY THAT ANY OF IT HAPPENS. MOST OF WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE EPITOME OF A PIPE DREAM.

First on the list, of course, would be Clayton Kershaw. He’s cheap this year, but is arbitration eligible in 2012 and is a free agent in 2015. He’s only making $500K, but after this year, he’s going to start getting really expensive.… Click here to read the rest

The Brew Crew Comes to Town: A World Series Preview?

By taking two of three from the Rockies this weekend, the Yankees moved back into first place in the AL East and can boast both the best record and run differential on the junior circuit.  So, while New York could face serious challenges from Boston, Texas, and Tampa Bay in the coming months, it isn’t terribly far-fetched to call them a front-runner for the AL pennant.

Coming off a three-game sweep of Minnesota, the Brewers have opened up a little breathing room in the NL Central, but St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati all remain above .500 and well within striking distance.  Furthermore, Milwaukee actually ranks fourth in the NL in both winning percentage and run differential.  With the reigning champion Giants and the perennial powerhouse Phillies still in the mix, why would one predict the Brewers represent the National League in the Fall Classic?

For starters, Milwaukee’s current record is a bit misleading.  The Brewers scuffled out of the gate.  They hit a low point during a seven-game losing streak at the beginning of May.  … Click here to read the rest

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Brewers: Welcome to the Bronx

This happened last time these two teams met: On June 8, 2005, Alex Rodriguez watches his 400th career home run head toward the seats in Milwaukee. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Yankees’ second-to-last Interleague set finds them facing former AL foe the Milwaukee Brewers this week at home. Since moving to the National League after the 1997 season, the Yankees have actually only faced the Brewers once in Interleague play, back in 2005 in Milwaukee. This was a surprise to me, as I’d thought the Dodgers were the only team since Interleague play kicked off in 1997 to not have visited Yankee Stadium, but it appears that this is Milwaukee’s first-ever trip since switching leagues.

Coming off a sweep of the Twins, the NL Central-leading Brew Crew boasts the second-best wOBA in the NL (.328), and the offense is led by free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder and his second-best wOBA in the National League (.439) and Ryan Braun, not far behind at .416.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report 6/27/2011: Wins top to bottom

Double-A Trenton defeats New Hampshire 6-4

Austin Romine continues to have a solid season behind the plate, going 2-5 with a double and an RBI tonight, and the Thunder pulled this one out thanks to a 5-run 6th inning. Trenton trails New Hampshire by 3 games in the Eastern division.

High-A Tampa defeats Brevard County 6-3

A few nice performances at the plate for the Tampa Yankees tonight. Leadoff hitters Abraham Almonte went 2-4 with a walk and scored 3 runs, centerfielder Melky Mesa went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI, and designated hitter Kyle Roller went 2-5 with a home run. The Manatees also made 4 errors in this game, which certainly didn’t help their cause any.

Low-A Charleston defeat Augusta 3-0

The bottom of the lineup came up big for the Riverdogs tonight, as each of the 5-9 hitters collected at least one hit. Leadoff hitter Eduardo Sosa drove in a couple of runs with a triple, though he also struck out twice, while designated hitter Kyle Higashioka went 2-3 with a walk and a double.… Click here to read the rest

Open Thread | TYA Mobile App! and Matt Warden news

We've gone mobile!

Some very exciting news around these parts: Yankee Analysts readers with Android-based smartphones can now download our brand-new TYA app from the Android app store, absolutely free! Everything you know and love about TYA is now literally a click away on your mobile device, so stop reading this and go download the app now. The app is currently under review by Apple and should be available for iPhone users later this week.

Be sure to click here to go to the Android app store and download The Yankee Analysts’ mobile app, which was graciously developed by the tremendous folks over at ShoutEm.

Edited, 8:11pm: You may have also heard the terrific news that Matt Warden is going to be one of River Ave. Blues’ weekend writers. We’re very happy for Matt and pleased that he’ll be in good hands with our pals at RAB. However, this doesn’t mean the end of Matt at TYA, as he will continue to be a regular staff member here as well.… Click here to read the rest

Links: Injured Players, Defense, Posada, Logan, and "Pitchers They've Never Seen"

There are a bunch of of stories and blogposts that I wanted to highlight today, so let’s do a link-around:

1) Larry Rothschild watched Phil Hughes throw a bullpen session yesterday, and sounded encouraged by the results:

“There was a clear difference with the way the ball was getting to the plate,” Rothschild said. “Now it’s just a matter of going through kind of a spring training type thing to get ready. We’re not going to rush it but when he’s ready he’s ready.”

Bartolo Colon also threw some pitches over the weekend:

“I heard he threw all of his pitches, he threw well. He’s going to throw somewhat of a simulated game on Monday and then we’ll see how he’s feeling after that,” manager Joe Girardi said on Friday. “Hopefully that goes well and we can continue to move forward with him too.”

It sounds like Colon and Hughes are both getting close to returning, which could serve the Yankees like a midseason trade might.… Click here to read the rest

Fans, FOX Could Tilt the Balance in McCourt’s Battle with Baseball

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

After being backed into a corner by Commissioner Bud Selig, Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt lashed out at Major League Baseball by filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. That’s what rats do.

McCourt and Selig have seldom seen eye-to-eye of late.

According to a press release released by the Dodgers, McCourt justified his decision by claiming that Selig’s refusal to approve a tentative media rights deal with FOX Sports was detrimental to the team. “I simply cannot allow the Commissioner to knowingly and intentionally be in a position to expose the Dodgers to financial risk any longer,” McCourt stated. If anything, the reckless owner has proven more than capable of doing that all on his own.

Needless to say, no one around baseball is laughing at the irony expressed by McCourt, but, the bankruptcy filing could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Although the filing’s motivation was likely to stave off an attempt by Selig to officially seize the team, it could eventually leave McCourt without an ally in the process.… Click here to read the rest