Montero would not solve the A-Rod problem

The problem with respect to Montero’s ability to mitigate the problem of A-Rod’s contract is that offensive value isn’t purely fungible, because that offensive value has to be attached to a specific defensive position the player is at least minimally capable of playing. If Montero were able to be even an adequate catcher, he really would have been able to pick up the slack for A-Rod a bit, because his offensive production could have been slotted in at a different position. But if he can’t catch, and if we assume that A-Rod isn’t going to be benched or released when he’s no longer capable of playing the field regularly, then any way you slice it, having Montero on the roster would give the Yankees three players for two positions.

Now, that’s not to say there couldn’t be ways around that. Most obviously you could have just continued putting A-Rod at third so long as he could stand there and swing a bat.…

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Searching For The Next Great Yankee Bat

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

While the Yankees’ shoddy track record of developing young pitching is well-documented, taking a look through the recent history books also shows that they’re not exactly churning out Silver Slugger Award winners at the plate either.  The last Yankee position player...

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Is A.J. Burnett about to get voted off the island?

Option #1: Keep everybody:

With 12 pitchers for 12 spots on the staff, the Yankees could keep everyone on the roster if they’re willing to use two of Burnett, Phil Hughes, and Freddy Garcia in the bullpen. That’s not unthinkable by any means. One of the non-starters could easily slot into the long reliever/sixth starter role without much of a problem, while the other could become the last man in the bullpen. The problem, however, is that you kind of need that last guy to make actual relief appearances at times, especially with the way Joe Girardi likes to disperse the workload he puts on his bullpen. You can’t merely stash two starting pitchers out there in case they’re needed in the rotation later. So the most likely configuration of this option involves Burnett as the fifth starter, Freddy Garcia is the long reliever role, and Phil Hughes becoming a bona fide relief pitcher. If this reality comes to pass, you can expect me to write something disparaging about it.…

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How Jorge Vazquez could wind up as Yankee DH

Gotta have one fat guy every year

Some of you may have groaned when you read that title. I fully understand why you would. Anyone familiar with the Yankee farm system knows he has enormous issues with plate discipline. He strikes out so...

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The Rangers will still sign Prince Fielder. Here’s why.

3. The in-house options are too risky.

Certainly, there is going to be pressure upon the Rangers front office to resign the faces of their ’10 and ’11 AL Championship teams, especially Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. However, there was pressure on them to resign Cliff Lee and C. J. Wilson as well, and they refused to overpay.

With Hamilton and Cruz, what you see is not what you get. Both are proper “five-tool” talents who have provided very memorable performances when the greatest number of eyeballs were fixed upon them: in All-Star Games, Home Run Derbies, and Postseasons. Their ability to rise to the occasion on the “big stage” will probably earn them additional millions when they hit the free agent market, but, what the casual fan probably won’t remember, and several GMs will choose to overlook, is that in the last three seasons the duo has missed a combined 259 games. In his six full seasons, Prince Fielder has missed thirteen games, and he’s at least three years younger than either Ranger slugger.…

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Butler Would Serve Yanks Need at DH, but Royals May No Longer Be Looking to Flush Away Talent

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

The names most often mentioned as candidates for the Yankees’ DH opening read like a who’s who from the early part of the last decade. Emerging amid the cluttered speculation about veterans like Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Vladimir Guerrero, Carlos Pena, and Raul Ibanez, however, was a more intriguing...

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Brian Cashman is Right (and Wrong)

Him again.

In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that this post will be entirely about the Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero deal that was completed less than a week ago. I know, like the rest of you...

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Looking at Montero through rose-colored glasses

For one, if the Yankees were going to move a premier hitting piece for a pitcher, I’d have preferred it have been for more of a sure thing. There’s no question Pineda had a great 2011, and while the oft-cited supposed “second-half decline” has been debunked, and I’m aware of the fact that were he still a prospect, he’d be at the top of the Yankees’ top ten list, the fact that he is primarily a righthanded two-pitch pitcher with a bit of a flyball problem coming to Yankee Stadium concerns me. I understand that many feel that Pineda has #1 starter upside, but that upside can only be realized if he is able to develop a functional changeup to help him combat lefties, and as we’ve seen from several of the Yankees’ own starters, the change is one of the hardest pitches to learn.

It’s not I think the substance is wrong here, but I think there’s a double standard being applied to the two players here.…

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Long-Shot Trade Targets

If we learned anything from last week’s Montero-Pineda swap, it’s that you can’t predict baseball. No one could have foreseen this trade, nor did anyone expect the trades surrounding Curtis Granderson or Nick Swisher a few years ago. With the open spot in the lineup and lingering rumors of...

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