Just how good is the low Yankee farm system?

Keith Law’s minor league organizational rankings are out, and the Yankees are 9th overall. After the Montero trade, this seems about right. The Yankees have a fairly deep, if bifurcated, farm system – solid guys like Austin Romine, David Phelps, and Adam Warren supporting high ceiling prospects like Dellin Betances up top, and tons of...

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Picking A Lefty DH HGTV Style

First, you have your too expensive property. That would be Johnny Damon. Reportedly, he wants $5 million for his services. That’s a bit more than all the other candidates we are going to be looking at. But he has more living space. If (God forbid) something were to happen to Brett Gardner as he continues to slide head first into every base (including first), he is a cringe-worthy accident waiting to happen. Damon could at least play left without being too embarrassing. It might be fun to see that noodle arm hitting Jeter with a four-bouncer again.

The next property on our list is perhaps right around budget. That would be Hideki Matsui. Nobody is going to even assign him a glove. This property doesn’t have that extra bedroom or bathroom. All Matsui is going to do is bat against right-handed pitchers. Yes, he could play left if there was an emergency, but you hope that property doesn’t have to be stretched that way.…

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Ninja Cash Having A Monster Offseason

Ninja Cash moves in silence.

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

Say what you will about how he handles his marital business, but there’s no denying that Brian Cashman has been on...

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Bill Hall’s potential roster spot

The Yankees signed Bill Hall to a minor league deal Tuesday and he was quite excited about it. It’s a minor league deal, so let’s remember that there is absolutely no risk involved here. If he doesn’t perform well enough in Spring Training, he can be cut with no repercussions...

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Posting odds on Vegas-style Yankee lines

Over-Under on A-Rod home runs: 29

If we’re talking about stupid money, what better place to start than lightning A-Rod?

Bill James’ metric is predicting somewhat of a bounce-back season for A-Rod – .277/.373/.497 with 29 homers in 130+ games played – the slash line would equal bumps in both slugging and OBP.  But A-Rod’s home runs per plate appearance have declined every season since 2007

  • 2007 – 7.6%
  • 2008 – 5.9%
  • 2009 – 5.6%
  • 2010 – 5.0%
  • 2011 – 3.7%

Rodriguez’s walk rate improved last season (11%) from 2010 (9.9%), so his plate discipline is still there. Perhaps that translates to the idea that his power output should go back up if he’s healthy and starts swinging again? However, A-Rod has averaged just 124.5 games played and 538 plate appearances per season since 2008. If we’re generous and bump him to 140 games played and 600 plate appearances in 2012, and if we give A-Rod the benefit of the doubt and assume he reverses the downward HR/PA trend (we’ll bump him up to 4%), that still only equals 24 HRs in 2012.…

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Sherman-Yanks willing to absorb 25M to move AJ

Joel Sherman had an interesting tidbit in his column this morning. Here it is:

Owner Hal Steinbrenner already has expanded his budget once this offseason to allow the signing of Hiroki Kuroda. He has yet to say the Yankees can do so again in order to sign even one additional player, much less...

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Why the Yankees are the Best at Scouting and Developing Relief Pitchers

Over 20 years ago, the Yankees began developing the greatest failed starting pitcher in history, Mariano Rivera. With Hughes and Chamberlain in constant rotation/bullpen limbo over the last few years, you could make a case that not much has changed in two decades. Banuelos and Betances should see regular starts in the...

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