Looking at RF options beyond 2012

Will Andre hit the market?

In case you missed it, Yankee president Randy Levine spoke to CBS Sports Jon Heyman in a piece published yesterday, where he clarified the 2014 payroll situation. He said “The plan contemplates (Robinson) Cano, (Curtis) Granderson and a full championship...

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Okay all you Boone Logan Haters

But how can you tell how good or bad he was based solely on statistics? After all, we do know (I think) that the WAR arguments do not work very well with relief pitchers. Some look at win probability (WPA) when judging relief pitchers. If we consult that statistic, Logan scored just barely in the negative at -0.06 in that category in 2011 after posting a positive number of 0.24 in 2010. Logan had a “clutch” rating of -0.09 in 2011 after a clutch number of -0.38 in 2011. Okay, now I’m really confused. So he was a slight drag to the team in 2011 after being a slight positive in 2010? How else can we look at it then?

And so I decided to perform a study of his game log from 2011 just to get a gauge on how good or bad a relief pitcher he was last season. I decided to rate each performance and see if that would help.…

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Nightly Links: Banuelos, Robertson, Teixeira

  • The Yankees faced the 1-5 Braves today and now made them 1-6, with a 3-0 victory. Freddy Garcia had a solid three innings to start the game, but I thought the star of the show was Manny Banuelos. His stuff was electric today and was consistently hitting the mid...
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The Cost of David Robertson

Here today, gone tomorrow?

I hate to say it, but Mariano Rivera is probably going to retire after the 2012 season. No, he hasn’t said as much and the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer has more lives than your average middle...

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Testing the new draft restrictions

The new bonus restrictions in the collective bargaining agreement promise to have a significant impact on the way the Yankees, and other teams, approach the draft.  Previously, the Yankees had the freedom to use their financial resources to deal out overslot bonuses to players who dropped in the draft for various reasons.  However, the new...

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In the third year of “The Decade of the Pitcher,” who will be the breakout Ace?

The Clayton Kershaw Model:

On a technical level, Kershaw was an “unexpected” Cy Young. After all, he’d never received a vote in any previous season. He hadn’t made an All-Star team or taken home any major hardware. But nobody was really surprised by Kershaw’s award-winning performance. He had, after all, posted a 2.85 ERA over the course of his previous 375 major-league innings. He was appointment viewing for any Dodger fan from the moment he reached the bigs in 2008 after being ranked Baseball America’s #7 prospect that spring. While no first-time winner can really be called an “obvious candidate” when they’re up against Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum, pitchers who follow the Kershaw Model aren’t exactly darkhorses either.

1. Madison Bumgarner – Giants – 22 (13-13, 205 IP, 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 8.4 K/9)

If the awards were based on advanced stats, Bumgarner actually would’ve been a serious Cy Young contender last year, at the ripe age of 21, as he was fourth in the NL in fWAR and FIP, behind only Kershaw, Halladay, and Lee.…

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