Projecting arbitration salaries

The New York Yankees do not have a large contingent of young(ish) players that are arbitration eligible. But the ones they have are fairly important to the team. Matt Swartz of the MLB Trade Rumors site has worked on a fairly successful model of predicting the arbitration salaries of these players. Swartz’s model accounts for the fact that most of these players will not actually make it to arbitration and are signed to one year contracts. Some are extended for multiple years. It must be a difficult trick of projection. I bring it to your attention only to feature his projections for players on the Yankees to give you a fairly good guess on how much they will cost the Yankees in the coming year.

First, let’s identify who they are. The list includes Casey McGehee and Jayson Nix, both of whom will probably be non-tendered. The rest include Boone Logan, Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain.  Chamberlain and Gardner both missed huge chunks of the 2012 season which will hamper their ability to elicit large raises.

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Surviving Sandy

Just a quick non-baseball note: we have all been affected by Hurricane Sandy and her vicious attack on the East Coast. I have power, thankfully, but no phone/cable/Internet. I know Brien with without power and might be for a few days. Hope you and yours are safe.

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The Yankee Relief Pipeline and Depth

There’s a lot of uncertainty in the Yankee bullpen. Rafael Soriano is probably leaving for greener pastures, and Mariano Rivera is old. The Yankees can probably survive with Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada in the bullpen in 2013, but wouldn’t mind an upgrade or two. At the same time, the Yankees have a poor history with free agent relief pitchers. Below is my attempt to build completely in-house six-man bullpen, as well as a depth chart for the Yankees. Locked in: Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan This assumes that Mariano Rivera comes back, and is just now Continue reading The Yankee Relief Pipeline and Depth

Ladies and Gents, we now have a formula for winning in October

First, congrats go out to the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Yankee fans are currently lamenting the fact that they didn’t advance to the Fall Classic. So now that the series is completed, we have a blueprint Brian Cashman can use to ensure he fulfills the Yankees mission statement of World Series success in 2013. If you want to get to the World Series (Tigers) -Win 88 games during the regular season -Be 6 games under .500 midseason -Be a truly awful road team (.469) -Spend most of the season in 3rd place and don’t even lead your Continue reading Ladies and Gents, we now have a formula for winning in October

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Will Kuroda get a qualifying offer?

You couldn’t ask for a much better bargain than Hiroki Kuroda. Signed to a one year, $10 million contract on the same day that the Yankees traded their top prospect for Michael Pineda,it was Kuroda who ent on to be the truly impactful acquisition. The 37 year old was arguably the Yankees’ best starter in 2012, leading the team in innings pitched and ER and anchoring the staff through a period in which C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte were both injured. It’s not taking someone off of the scrap heap and having them put up Cy Young caliber numbers or anything, but it’s about as close to that as you ever really see people get.

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Goodbye 2012, hello Sandy

The Giants completed their sweep of the Tigers last night, making them the 2012 World Series champions and officially closing the book on the 2012 season. Given how things went for much of the season, I honestly can’t say I’m that sad to see it go. Hopefully 2013 is a more fortuitous, and healthy, year for the Yankees.

Though their won;t be any more meaningful game for the next five months, the offseason now officially begins, and it promises to be an eventful one with some pretty big changes for the Yankees. You can look here for a full schedule of milestone days between now and the winter meetings, but suffice it to say that free agency opens on Saturday, and some fairly big decisions on options, qualifying offers, etc., will have to be made before then. Unfortunately, the Northeast if going to be battered by Hurricane Sandy as all of this is going on, which will put something of a damper on the enthusiasm for the promise of a new year, to say the least. We’ll do our best here at IIATMS to cover everything as it happens, but you should probably expect some storm related interruptions. Continue reading Goodbye 2012, hello Sandy