CC Sabathia, four days of rain, repeat?

Yesterday I ran a post suggesting that there was no reason for the Yankees not to give Bartolo Colon another one year deal with the team. One point that came up in the post’s comments section is that the Yankees will enter spring training with a full rotation and that Colon would potentially block a younger, internal alternative for the sixth or seventh starter’s role. That got me thinking that it was high time for me to examine in more detail the current state of the 2012 Yankee rotation. Last year it was assumed that the Yankee starters would be Continue reading CC Sabathia, four days of rain, repeat?

Wants and Needs

It’s the holiday season, so of course gifts are on our mind. While we may celebrate different holidays and give/receive gifts in our own special ways, when it comes to the Yankees, we get a little greedy, don’t we? We want what we want for the team and we want it now. I wrote a post similar to this last year, so I thought it might be prudent to run down some wants and needs again. This year, it seems that there aren’t many needs for the Yankees, but the two biggest ones blend perfectly with the wants. All the Continue reading Wants and Needs

All Bartolo Colon wants for Christmas …

Slowly but surely much of the Yankee fan base and blogosphere is realizing that the Yankees will probably not make a splashy move this offseason, something I’d believed was likely for some time now. The reasons for this are both clear and sound. The Yankees really only need starting pitching. C.J. Wilson and Yu Darvish were the best pitchers available and they are not guaranteed to succeed over the course of a five year contract. Given the Yankees’ considerable financial commitments already on the field any additional contracts need to be well reasoned. Failing that, it makes a lot of Continue reading All Bartolo Colon wants for Christmas …

Could expensive trade market create opportunity on Burnett?

There’s no doubt that Yankee fans have had their fill of Allan James Burnett over the past two years. Since signing with the Yanks for the 2009 season he’s been maddening, going from brilliance on one night to unwatchable the next. There’s been one excuse offered up after another, from Posada’s catching  to Dave Eiland’s absence to undisclosed family issues. We’ve had two off seasons where two different pitching coaches have worked with him on his mechanics, each time with the promise of a new and improved AJ the following year, who as we know has never showed up. If Continue reading Could expensive trade market create opportunity on Burnett?

Scout notes on Yankee prospects

Christmas has come early (or Hannukah has come on time, depending on your religious persuasions) for Yankee prospect followers, as Trenton Thunder beat writer Josh Norris has some great reports from scouts on his blog.  You should visit Josh’s site to get the full impressions, but he has info on a number of the Yankees’ top prospects. This includes Mason Williams (compared to Brett Gardner with a better hit tool and more upside), Jesus Montero (“Hitting-wise, no big deal, he’s a no-brainer. … He might be Miguel Cabrera.”), Dellin Betances (“I think he’s got really good stuff, but he’s got Continue reading Scout notes on Yankee prospects

Imagining a Yoenis Cespedes Acquisition

I’m on the record saying that Yoenis Cespedes is a poor way to spend a big pile of money, if his market price is as high as advertised. I still believe this, although the new CBA makes me a little more apt to endorse going big on super-risky guys like Cespedes. But since the word on the street is that the Yankees are either strong favorites for his services or aren’t interested at market price. Ignoring his absurd price for a second, I think it’s worth thinking a little bit about what the Yankees would do with him. Cespedes was Continue reading Imagining a Yoenis Cespedes Acquisition

Gonzalez traded to Nationals

The Washington Nationals had been rumored to have a strong desire to acquire Gio Gonzalez from the A’s, and though Oakland had been asking for quite a high price in exchange for their young lefty, the Nationals decided to pay the price. Washington will send four of their top ten prospects to Oakland in exchange for Gonzalez, who will join Jordan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg in the Nationals’ rotation, and eliminate another name the Yankees have supposedly been interested in acquiring.

I’m not really a big believer in Gonzalez because of his walk rates, and probably wouldn’t have even entertained the idea of trading Jesus Montero or Manny Banuelos for him, but it’s a timely reminder that pitching is getting really expensive these days (or that prospects aren’t as valuable as some people think, if you want to look at it that way). Mat Latos fetched four pieces from the Reds, Gio Gonzalez returned four top prospects from Washington, and when Chicago couldn’t get the kind of package they wanted in exchange for John Danks, they decided they’d rather keep him around and give him $65 million than trade him for a lesser package.

One year of Roy Oswalt sounds better and better with each passing day. Continue reading Gonzalez traded to Nationals