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 pitching consists of Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Rodrigo Lopez and Casey Coleman. They don’t have an everyday RF, having traded the disappointing Kosuke Fukudome last July and relying on a platoon of Reed Johnson and Tyler Colvin for much of the rest of the year. They don’t need relievers with Carlos Marmol as their Closer and Kerry Wood, Sean Marshall and Jeff Samardzija as their set up tandem.… Click here to read the rest

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 rotation, once you add A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova to the mix. That isn’t the best rotation, but it will get the job done if the Yankees remain luke-warm on C.J. Wilson and Yu Darvish.

In addition, the Yankees don’t have a single opening in the field. They’ll return all three outfielders, their entire infield (provided Russell Martin returns, which is highly probable) and have numerous options at DH (cough … Jesus Montero … cough, cough).… Click here to read the rest

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 replace Michael Bourn when he hits FA next year. They could also use a 3B  to take over for Chipper Jones when his contract expires after 2012, or possibly sooner given Larry’s inability to stay healthy in recent years.

Who do the Braves have in their farm system?

Mostly pitchers, which is what gives them the luxury to move Jurrjens in the first place.… Click here to read the rest

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.

I’ve always said that it’s better to let a guy go a year early than a year too late and I thought that’s the way the Yankees would go with Garcia. They didn’t, though, and that’s okay. He’s absolutely fine at the back of the Yankee rotation. If he can repeat the innings totals of last year and put up an ERA/FIP/xFIP split in the low to mid 4’s across the board, I’ll be happy and it’ll be worth it.… Click here to read the rest

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. A.J. Burnett
4. Freddy Garcia
5. Phil Hughes

Buster goes on to say that the Yanks have a  “quiet confidence” that Hughes will have a big bounce back season next year, committed to showing up in camp in shape and ready to go from Day 1.  Not sure if I buy that part. Signing Garcia puts them in a stronger position to make deals, and I’ll be surprised if the above rotation is the finished product.… Click here to read the rest

Two potential implications of the new draft rules

Grand St to Vanderbilt?

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 small market team that wants to be aggressive one year and scale back the next. All drafts aren’t equal, some are deep in terms of talent while others simply aren’t. Draftees aren’t equal either, so a truly top flight talent like Bryce Harper that has the leverage of going back to school can force a team to exhaust more of its budget on him, leaving less cap space for the rest of the draft.… Click here to read the rest

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 and commenting on them. I may never meet 99.99% of you, but you give me the strength and motivation to do this day in and day out.

Thank you. I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. I love you all. … Click here to read the rest