CC’s coming back!

The man himself broke the news, tweeting “Yankee fans, I’ll be here fighting for number 28 next year!”  Sabathia has signed an extension rather than opting out of his contract.  Buster Olney has the contract details, which would reportedly be a 5- year deal worth $122 million, with an option for a 6th year ($25 million, with a $5 million buyout).  Overall, this seems like a pretty nice deal for the Yankees, as I was worried that they would cave and give him the 6th year guaranteed. Update: Per Joel Sherman the option automatically vests unless CC is “disabled by a Continue reading CC’s coming back!

CC Opts In

Good news for Yankees fans: CC Sabathia has signed an extension to remain a New York Yankee. The details of the extension are not known at this point.

Sabathia announced the extension himself, on Twitter and in a video you can see here. It’s nice to hear that CC wants to remain a Yankee for the rest of his career.

UPDATE: ESPN reports that Sabathia’s contract has been extended for an extra year and an additional $30 million, taking the deal through 2016. The deal also contains a vesting option for $25 million in 2017 with a $5-million buyout. The 2017 option automatically vests unless Sabathia goes down with a left shoulder injury.

Mike Axisa at RAB calls this deal a “best case scenario” for the Yanks. I agree. I think it’s cause for celebration for Yankee fans. Continue reading CC Opts In

How good would Robinson Cano be if he took more pitches?

On Friday I wrote a post asking if we actually over rate Robinson Cano. The premise of the post is that while Cano is a great baseball player, he is not a top five or top ten baseball player. He’s actually a top twenty baseball player, so when we describe him as a top ten guy we’re actually over rating him a bit. Unsurprisingly, the post turned out to be one of my most heavily commented since I started blogging about the Yankees. Larry Koestler said something interesting in the comments section. He compared Robbie to Miguel Cabrera. He used Continue reading How good would Robinson Cano be if he took more pitches?

TYA Live Chat | 11/3/11 (3:30 PM EST)

Be sure to join Matthew Kory and me this Thursday (11/3 at 3:30 PM EST) for the first TYA Live Chat of the offseason.  Matt is an excellent baseball writer and and an even better guy; he also happens to write for Over The Monster, the premier destination of all things Red Sox.  We’ll be discussing a variety of hot topics including The Collapse, prospects in both organizations, the Hotstove, 2012 expectations, and anything else comes to mind.  I think it’ll be really entertaining hearing a voice belonging to a fan of the “other side.”  We will absolutely field questions and thoughts from anyone and everyone who joins us (and yes, OTM will Continue reading TYA Live Chat | 11/3/11 (3:30 PM EST)

On Brett Gardner and Those Enigmatic fWar numbers.

How many over the typical replacement player does Brett Gardner provide the Yankees? That’s a tough question to answer. One of the best easily accessible methods to determine this is fWar, over at Fangraphs. Fangraphs will tell you that Gardner was worth 5.1 wins over replacement in 2011, and 6.1 in 2010. A lot of people think that this doesn’t pass the smell test, since it would make Brett Gardner right about as valuable as Robinson Cano. Intuitively, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to us. The problem lies in measuring defense. That’s been the hardest thing for people Continue reading On Brett Gardner and Those Enigmatic fWar numbers.

New CBA almost complete

Ken Rosenthal reports on the state of negotiations between MLB and MLBPA over the next collective bargaining agreement. The top line takeaway is that everyone expects a deal to be done before free agency opens, but Rosenthal also has some information on the details of the agreement.

Draft slotting:

Rosenthal all but calls slotting dead in the water, which is certainly happy news for my Monday morning. Slotting is a new good, lousy, horrible, very bad idea (to put it mildly) that would make it much harder for teams to sign high school players in the later rounds and thus would cause more talent to go to college baseball at the expense of the minor leagues. Additionally, this is a solution in search of a problem (well, other than the problem of owners having to fork over too much of their potential profit to run an organization anyway), as the brief period in which small market teams shied away from the best prospects over fears of being unable to sign them is basically over. Indeed, far from the Yankees and Red Sox lousing it up, it was the Pirates and Nationals who drew the ire of Commissioner Bud for “overspending” this year.

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Sabathia prepared to opt out

Though the Yankees have reportedly offered C.C. Sabathia a contract extension prior to free agency opening, Sabathia still intends to utilize his opt out clause before the deadline, according to Jon Heyman. This is presumably to give other teams an opportunity to submit bids, on the off chance that someone wants to go crazy in order to obtain the Yankees’ ace. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t mean much more than that. Absent said craziness, no other team is in a position to outbid the Yankees, and there’s no indication that Sabathia is likely to pitch his home games anywhere other than the Bronx in 2012. Still, it will lead to some tense weeks for Yankee fans once it’s official, even if we’ve expected this since the contract was signed.
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Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley

Over at New York Baseball Digest, Chuck Johnson posted some of his thoughts as a scout on the Yankees Arizona Fall League crew. He got to see everyone play but David Phelps. I recommend reading the whole thing, caveating that he’s drawing conclusions only after observing a very limited example of what a player does. He doesn’t have many good things to say about the (admittedly unimpressive group of) Yankee prospects, but he does have some interesting things to say about Chase Whitley: Chase Whitley: The Yanks 15th rounder in 2010 out of Troy State, Whitley is a big 6’4” Continue reading Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley