Trade Match Series-Matt Garza

Whether or not a trade happens between two teams can come down to many nebulous factors, from the relationship between the two GMs, how clubs value players, and the level of motivation a team has to move someone. But one important element that can be looked at objectively is how the teams match up. This is a series where I’m going to look at how the Yankees match up with the other team for their prospective trade targets. What do the Cubs need? A lot. 1B Carlos Pena and 3B Aramis Ramirez are both free agents. After Garza their starting Continue reading Trade Match Series-Matt Garza

Will the Yankees sit on the sidelines this hot stove season?

This was never going to be a very exciting hot stove season for Yankee fans. The bombers need one thing, and one thing only: Starting pitching. Unfortunately, there is never much of that to go around and this year the pickings are especially slim. So far, the Yankees have gone about their own business. They pretty much made sure that CC Sabathia will retire a Yankee. They’ve also resigned Freddy Garcia to a reasonable one year deal (although Bartolo Colon may have been the better pitcher over the entirety of 2011). With those two signings, the Yankees already have a full Continue reading Will the Yankees sit on the sidelines this hot stove season?

Trade Match Series-Jair Jurrjens

Whether or not a trade happens between two teams can come down to many nebulous factors, from the relationship between the two GMs, how clubs value players, and the level of motivation a team has to move someone. But one important element that can be looked at objectively is how the teams match up. This is a series where I’m going to look at how the Yankees match up with the other team for their prospective trade targets. What do the Braves need? They’re looking for position players, namely a SS to replace Alex Gonzalez immediately and a CF to Continue reading Trade Match Series-Jair Jurrjens

Quick Reaction to Freddy Garcia

As you read yesterday, the Yankees resigned Freddy Garcia to a one year contract, worth somewhere between $4-5M. I think we can all agree that this is more or less a good thing. Garcia provided the Yankees with 146.2 more quality innings than any of us were expecting him to provide. He racked up a 3.62/4.12/4.36 ERA/FIP/xFIP split (86 ERA–, 99 FIP–, 108 xFIP–). He managed to keep homers down despite a pretty high fly ball rate and was able to strand over 77% of the runners that reached against him, a rate about 4% higher than his career rate. Continue reading Quick Reaction to Freddy Garcia

Report-Yanks sign Garcia

I was expecting this to be all over the place by now, but with the holiday it appears its gone unnoticed. Buster Olney reported in his blog today that the Yanks and Freddy Garcia have agreed to terms on a deal. Here’s the quote: • The Yankees agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Freddy Garcia, sources say, and it’s a possibility the team doesn’t make many more moves with its pitching staff this winter. That means the Yanks have a starting five in place for next season, which is as follows: 1. CC Sabathia 2. Ivan Nova 3. Continue reading Report-Yanks sign Garcia

Two potential implications of the new draft rules

I’m still on the fence about this new CBA. When you read the details it doesn’t appear as onerous as it did at first glance. Slot numbers can be exceeded without penalty as long as a team doesn’t exceed its overall allotted budget, so you can overspend on a few choice picks and underspend elsewhere without being  subject to harsh sanctions. I partially agree with William’s post from yesterday that small market teams crying foul over an inability to spend aggressively is largely misplaced, that the more likely outcome is a controlling of costs. But hard budgets will affect the Continue reading Two potential implications of the new draft rules

Thank You

‘Tis the season to be thankful, right? So let me just take this opportunity to say thank you. I am thankful that I get to watch, listen to, or talk baseball just about every day of my life. I am thankful that I was born into a place and family that has allowed me to root for the finest franchise in Major League Baseball. I am thankful that I have a wonderful community in which to talk baseball. You are all amazing people with a wide variety of opinions and there is no one I’d rather have reading these articles Continue reading Thank You

Yankees close to re-signing Garcia

In addition to signing Jayson Nix today, the Yankees also decided to offer arbitration to Freddy Garcia. Garcia qualified as a Type B free agent on the strength of his surprisingly good 2011 campaign, so if Garcia declines arbitration and signs with another team, the Yankees will receive a supplemental round pick in exchange. That might be moot, however, as new reports indicate that the Yankees and Garcia are close to agreeing to terms on a new one year deal to keep Sweaty Freddy in pinstripes for the 2012 season.

I’m not necessarily opposed to another go-round with Garcia, but I do wonder what it says about the team’s plan for the 2012 rotation. Re-signing Garcia would give the Yankees five nominal starting pitchers, so if they still plan to add an upgrade to the rotation in the offseason, either Garcia, A.J. Burnett, or Phil Hughes would have to be the odd man out. Continue reading Yankees close to re-signing Garcia