Could Other Pitchers’ 2011 Seasons Affect Hector Noesi’s 2012?

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) While the MSM, the blogosphere, and Yankee fans in general all gear up for the the hype surrounding the CC Sabathia opt out storyline and the “Yu Darvish vs. C.J. Wilson” debate this offseason, there is another potential in-house 2012 rotation candidate who could factor into the discussion as well.  That candidate would be Hector Noesi, the 2011 winner of the annual Yankees’ “Top Young Pitching Prospect That We Called Up to Use in The Bullpen Because We Needed a Warm Body” Award.  Larry K did an excellent job yesterday of painting an Continue reading Could Other Pitchers’ 2011 Seasons Affect Hector Noesi’s 2012?

King: Cano wants new contract

Well, it was only a matter of time before this came up:

Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, attempted to contact general manager Brian Cashman about redoing Cano’s deal and has been met with silence.

“I called Cash to ask about dropping the options and he hasn’t returned the call,” Boras told The Post.

The Yankees hold two options on the 29-year-old second baseman for $14 million next season and $15 million for 2013. There are $2 million buyouts for both years. The options, which were part of a four-year deal worth $30 million signed by Cano when Boras didn’t represent him, are a package deal and can’t be split.

There have been rumblings about this since Cano hired Boras, and it certainly makes sense from Cano’s stand point. He’s become one of the best hitters in baseball (though certainly not the best in the A.L. as “some say,” according to King), and it certainly behooves him to get some more guaranteed money now. You could argue it’s in the Yankees’ interests to lock him up now as well, rather than waiting for him to become a free agent in the latter part of his prime in two years.

Of course, the Yankees have a well known policy of not re-negotiating contracts, and Cashman may be loathe to make an exception for Cano. Personally, I hope that isn’t the case. Every rule has its exceptions, and this looks like a clear example of a case where the Yankees will benefit from a new contract as well. At the very least, I hope this doesn’t get ugly. Continue reading King: Cano wants new contract

Yankees “close” to an offer for Sabathia

Last night, we heard that the Yankees were close to making an offer that they’ll present to CC Sabathia. As they said in Seinfeld, and as I’ve said here many times before, let’s start the insanity. I think that no matter what, we’re going to see Sabathia opt out of his contract. The Times piece has no details on what that contract would look like, but I imagine that it will include at least one extra year and a million extra bucks to make the contract a five year deal with an AAV of $24M. If that’s the case, what Continue reading Yankees “close” to an offer for Sabathia

A Very Good Day In Recent Yankees History

Yesterday, I highlighted the anniversary of the Yankees loss to the Marlins in the 2003 World Series, focusing particularly on Joe Torre’s gaffe in Game 4. I decided to balance the ledger by focusing on some more positive memories today, and was pleased to notice that October 26th is one of the better days in recent Yankees history. Let’s take a look at 2 fantastic games that occurred on this date: Game 6, 1996 World Series The Yankees clinched their first World Series since 1978 on October 26th, 1996, with a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. After losing the Continue reading A Very Good Day In Recent Yankees History

Setting the record straight on Wilson

Oh, how I love the Post. Anytime I’m in the mood to read an article full of ill-advised, poorly constructed arguments filled with pretention and hyperbole, I can always count on them to fill that need. Today, Mike Vaccaro decided to take aim at Texas Rangers ace C.J. Wilson’s postseason performance, and its potential impact on his stock in free agency.

“It was the latest slippage in an October career that has thus far been scattered with banana peels over these last two seasons. Wilson is now 1-5 the last two years, and also now owns the decidedly dubious distinction of having lost the All-Star Game, an ALDS game, an ALCS game and now a World Series game in the same year, a Pick Four from hell any time, especially in a walk year.

Such is the plight for a guy like Wilson, who has played much of his baseball in benign anonymity, whose pretty regular-season numbers can inspire thoughts that he would be an ideal addition to the Yankees this offseason. But there is a difference between the figures that dance on a computer screen and the performance you see on a baseball field.

And the harsh truth is this: in October, with eyes at last lasered on him, Wilson has looked ordinary, if you wish to be kind. If you wish to be harsh, there are other adjectives that’ll work just as well.”

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The 2012 ZiPS Projections: Yankee Offense and Pitching

It’s been an annual tradition of mine to review the numbers from each major projection system every winter, and this year Yankee fans have been granted a very early Christmas present in the form of Dan Szymborksi already releasing his 2012 ZiPS projections for the Yankees despite the fact that the World Series has yet to conclude. SG at RLYW took a brief look at the projections on Monday, while Mike Axisa wrote about Jesus Montero‘s 2012 ZiPS projection, so be sure to have a look at thise posts as well. In the immortal words of SG, it’s critical to Continue reading The 2012 ZiPS Projections: Yankee Offense and Pitching

Pedro Martinez for Mariano Rivera; imagine that

One of my favorite baseball bloggers, Jonah Keri, is in the process of writing (what I assume to be) another fantastic book which is scheduled for release in 2014. He’ll be focusing in on the history of the Montreal Expos — a team I often find myself rather awestruck by, given the plethora of talent they developed and traded away. Via Twitter, Keri released one particularly interesting tidbit discovered in his research for the book. “How’s this grab you, Yankees fans? Before Expos dealt Pedro to Sox, Yanks made offer: Pedro for…Mariano Rivera. #ExposBook” (@jonahkeri) Imagine if Expos GM, Jim Beattie, Continue reading Pedro Martinez for Mariano Rivera; imagine that

Report: Yankees prepared to offer Sabathia six years, raise

The New York Post reports that the Yankees would like to work out an extension with C.C. Sabathia before he exercises his opt out clause, and also that they aren’t shying away from continuing to write some hefty checks to the big lefty:

The Yankees are believed to be OK with a five- or six-year deal for an obvious raise over his current $23 million a year. Yet seven or eight years is something they want to avoid because of age, workload, and Sabathia gaining weight across the second half of last season.

Sabathia’s age alone argues against a 7 or 8 year deal, but a 6 year contact shouldn’t present too many problems. Barring some sort of major injury in the next couple of seasons, Sabathia should provide enough surplus value in the first years of the contract that, in addition to the surplus value generated by his first three seasons in pinstripes, should easily balance out the back end of the deal. And if Sabathia leads the Yankees to another World Series championship in the process, I don’t think anyone is really going to mind overpaying him for a year or two.

What does surprise me a little bit is the Yankees’ aggressiveness out of the box. No one expects the Bombers to be outbid for Sabathia’s services by any means, but if they’re talking about six years and a raise before Sabathia even hits the open market, they’re signaling loud and clear that they aren’t messing around with this situation. Continue reading Report: Yankees prepared to offer Sabathia six years, raise

Deep thought

I’m glad that someone finally asked Mike Scioscia what he thought of Mike Napoli‘s success this year, and it was quite enjoyable to read Scioscia’s predictable obfuscating. I only wish that I got to see the Scioscia-face he made when the question came up.

And while it’s nice that the whole episode has really begun to put some holes in the myth of Mike Scioscia, I’m sort of left wondering why Alex Anthopoulos has gotten off so easily. After all, he’s the one who traded Napoli to Texas, and only got Frank Francisco in exchange. That might not be as bad as the Angels trading him for the right to pay Vernon Wells $85 million, but it’s still pretty high up on the “what the heck were you thinking?!” meter. Continue reading Deep thought