Thanksgiving blockbuster! Yankees sign Jayson Nix

The Yankees signed Jayson Nix, utility infielder, to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Nix has only four seasons of experience but he’s pretty terrible, with a .207/.280/.368 career line, including .169/.245/.309 last year. Still, it’s just a depth move and he probably won’t even be a bench player, so it’s hard to get upset.

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Getting Past the Knee Jerk Reactions to Baseball’s New CBA

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Even in peace, MLB finds a way to get bruised. Instead of focusing on the unprecedented 21 years of labor peace that will result from yesterday’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the focus of many, if not most, has been on elements of the deal they don’t like. Interestingly, the strongest objections have been for items like draft slotting and expanded playoffs, which just so happen to be heralded in other sports. In some ways, that’s unfair, but baseball has always been held to a higher standard (see steroids) because it is Continue reading Getting Past the Knee Jerk Reactions to Baseball’s New CBA

What The Yankees Should Be Thankful For This Year

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) To some of us, it might seem like being a member of the New York Yankees is a cakewalk.  Getting paid millions of dollars to play a game for a living, playing that game for the most well-recognized team in the history of sports, playing it in front of a packed house every night, winning titles, doing commercials, dating supermodels and actresses and singers, etc.  I know I wouldn’t mind living that life.  But don’t let that fool you into thinking that these guys take what they have for granted and Continue reading What The Yankees Should Be Thankful For This Year

New CBA Prospect Rules Part 1: Why It's The Worst Possible System, and Why It Happened

By now, you’re probably a little bit familiar with the new CBA deal. Outside of the new rules for international signings and the draft, it’s a pretty good document. Some long-needed things like a defense for gay and lesbian players, HGH testing, 26-man Doubleheader rosters, luxury tax tweaks and changes to the free agent compensation system. That’s all great. I’d be very happy if that’s all they did. But the MLB and MLBPA decided to go ahead and do a horrible thing for baseball instead. They neutered the MLB player development process. Here’s what they did: De-Facto Hard Slotting. Each team Continue reading New CBA Prospect Rules Part 1: Why It's The Worst Possible System, and Why It Happened

How the new CBA shrinks baseball’s talent pool

I have to say, I’m thrilled that the new CBA’s amateur player provisions are being widely panned around the internet, and the Players’ Association is being properly excoriated for colluding with the league against the interests of amateur players and the greater good of the industry itself. When details of the agreement began leaking, I was afraid that the lack of a work stoppage and unprecedented comity between the two sides would overshadow what an awful deal that comity produced. I don’t get the sense that anyone would have preferred a strike to the deal we got, but there is at least widespread recognition that this labor peace is a result of both MLB and the current membership of the union deciding to enrich themselves at the expense of future players, small market teams, and the long term interest of the sport.

On the other hand, one thing that seems to happen when everyone broadly agrees on something is that they do a less thorough job of really explaining things, and I think that’s happened a little bit with the point that the new draft rules will cause baseball to lose talent in the long run by pushing athletes away from the sport. I won’t go quite as far as Rob Neyer does into “we don’t know what the effects will be” territory, because we kinda do (and we have Puerto Rico as a good case study to support the notion), but I will take a moment to dive deeper into just why the new system will cost baseball talent.

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On the Idea of Valuable

Earlier this week, Justin Verlander won the American League MVP a week or so after winning the American Cy Young Award. I can’t say I would’ve voted for Verlander, but I don’t have a huge problem with him winning; I guess I’m just finding it hard to get worked up. Friend of the author @bigmike05 had a great point here: I find it hard to be worked up about any of the voting. This happens every year and given that we’re in the data recording age, no one’s going to get forgotten. Not like in 40 years someone’s going to Continue reading On the Idea of Valuable

Arizona Fall League Wrap Up

First, my apologies for dropping the ball on the weekly updates. The last month has been incredibly chaotic for me and I am just now starting to feel like I am catching up. That said, here is how the Phoenix Desert Dogs and their Yankee prospects ended up the Arizona Fall League.

Phoenix ended the season 14-22, twelve games behind the Suprise Saguaros who lost to the Salt River Rafters in the AFL title game. The Yankees members of the Desert Dogs had a mixed bag of results by the season’s closing. Daniel Burawa went 1-4 with a 7.53 ERA over twelve games and 14.1 innings of work. Preston Claiborne went 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA over twelve games and innings. David Phelps went 2-2 with a 4.41 ERA over eight starts. He struck out 28 and allowed just nine walks. Rounding out the Yankees’ hurlers, Chase Whitley had a strong fall, going 0-1 with a 1.62 ERA over 16.2 innings.

Corban Joseph, who started his fall by smacking a three-run homer, slowed as the season progressed. He ended going .227/.287/.371/.658 over 25 games. He had two homers and eight doubles. Rob Segedin hit .250/.367/.407/.775 over 29 games with three homers, a triple and six doubles. Ronnier Mustelier’s season was interrupted with a brief injury, but he made good use of his sixteen games. He hit .344/.354/.516/.869 with a pair of homers and three stolen bases. Continue reading Arizona Fall League Wrap Up

Phil Hughes And The Hard Lesson Of Prospect Hugging

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) I’m usually pretty good about letting things go when it comes to the Yankees (except some of Joe’s bullpen moves and sac bunts), but one thing that still stuck in my craw right now is the recent revelation that Phil Hughes came into camp out of shape in 2011 and the suggestion by the organization that he’s going to bounce back in 2012 because he’s spending this offseason training hard again and getting back to the shape he was in before 2010. I’m on the record as stating that I’m Continue reading Phil Hughes And The Hard Lesson Of Prospect Hugging