Manipulating the DH situation

Pardon me if you’re exhausted from it, but the Yankees’ DH situation is about the only thing left to talk about as the Hot Stove (thankfully) enters its final stretch drive and we (finally) approach Spring Training. Off the top of my head, I’d venture a guess that each author here has at least touched on it, and I did for sure yesterday, as did MJR. With Carlos Pena unfortunately off the market, the DH options aren’t all that plentiful. There are guys like Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, but they’re on the wrong side of hill at this point Continue reading Manipulating the DH situation

A Look Back at World Series Rematches

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). I’m not a big fan of the NFL, at least not the mediocrity and gimmickry that have become its ideals, but in honor of the Giants Super Bowl encore against the Patriots, the table below contains every World Series rematch (same participants within a five-year span) since the inception of the Fall Classic. World Series Rematches Note: Rematch defined as the same World Series participants within a five-year span. Source: Not surprisingly, the Yankees have been involved in all but three of the World Series encores, and, in the games that Continue reading A Look Back at World Series Rematches

2012 Will Be a Clarifying Year for Yankee Pitching

I’ve been thinking about the big picture of the Yankee future for some time now. We’ve had a lot of recent developments over the last couple of months that seriously impact how the Yankees are going to compete and try to win for the next 3-6 years. The new CBA, and the $189 million payroll plateau that the Yankees have very strong financial incentives to get under, really is a game-changer for the team. They will need a completely new player development strategy, and can no longer afford to make bone-headed roster decisions like the Rafael Soriano or Alex Rodriguez Continue reading 2012 Will Be a Clarifying Year for Yankee Pitching

The irony of rotating the DH

I’m a fan of the Michael Pineda trade because even if it risks making the Yankees weaker in four years, it makes them stronger for the next two years, which is about the absolute maximum amount of time the Yankees have before one or more of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira (probably the first two) stops being adequate as a major leaguer in any way. The Yankees are trying to make hay while the sun shines, or at least trying to compete as much as possible before one of those three (my money is on Jeter) needs to Continue reading The irony of rotating the DH

Raul Ibanez for DH?

The title of this post is something I never thought I’d write. For years, I’ve talked a lot of junk about Raul Ibanez. He’s overrated. He can’t play the field. He looks like an alien. The former two are reasons why I wouldn’t ever want him on the Yankees. But, (semi) desperate times call for (semi) desperate measures. The Yankees are in need of a DH and Ibanez might be a good candidate for that spot? Why? Well, because anything is better than a platoonrotating DH, even if the dude looks like an alien. 2011 was rough for Ibanez. Of Continue reading Raul Ibanez for DH?

Predictions about the fifth starter

In one fell swoop last weekend the Yankees went from having a rotation littered with question marks to one that is locked down, in some order, one-through four. Over night the team’s biggest problem went from figuring out how to make it rain every four days in between CC Sabathia‘s starts to deciding how best to use the DH position and what to do with all their extra starters. The team with the weak rotation is now spoiled for choice with up to six different viable starters and A.J. Burnett. CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova will Continue reading Predictions about the fifth starter

A trade match for Burnett

It’s been a long, long time since the days when Travis Hafner and teammate Grady Sizemore were taking votes away from each other in the MVP balloting. From 04-06 he was one of the best young sluggers in the game. But injuries, in particular a nagging, hard to diagnose shoulder problem had robbed him of much of his elite talent. He hasn’t played 1B since 2007 and hasn’t sniffed an MVP ballot since. His 13M annual salary has been a largely a black hole in the always-tight CLE budget going back to those glory days. The drop off in production Continue reading A trade match for Burnett

Yankees, Gardner, settle on contract terms

This is yesterday’s news, but the Yankees have settled on 2012 salary terms with Brett Gardner, avoiding arbitration in Gardner’s first year of eligibility. Brett the Jet will make $2.8 million this season, an obvious steal for the Yankees given Gardner’s value since becoming a regular in 2010. Even as far as first year arbitration players go, Gardner is probably being underpaid, but that’s life when a large chunk of your value comes from your defensive work.

The Yankees have two arbitration eligible players remaining un-signed in left-handed specialist Boone Logan and catcher Russell Martin. Continue reading Yankees, Gardner, settle on contract terms