How Much Money Does Rivera Deserve?

(Bob Leverone 2012)

Yesterday, there were some grumbles about Mariano Rivera retiring this offseason. This comes after he stated, “I’m coming back. Put it down. Write it down in big letters. I ain’t going down like this.” There’s been some time in between these two statements, but more than likely, the mention of retirement is nothing more than his last hope at leverage when it comes time to negotiate.

How Much Money Does Rivera Deserve

Will Rivera go to another team? It’s doubtful, especially as he’s trying to come back and retire on good terms with his lifelong Yankee fans. The only way to earn any sort of contract leverage here is to threaten not playing at all, to make up a little white lie and say that he’s changed his mind about playing in 2013. You can’t blame him. He’s one of the best closers available on the free agent market, and the greatest of all time, yet he has very little bargaining power when it comes to the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

World Series Game 2: Doug Fister v. Madison Bumgarner

Despite the loss for the Tigers last night, I still think they have the upper hand in this series. Their rotation has incredible depth, and I’m not sure how much longer the Giants can keep up this offensive luck. Here are tonight’s lineups.

Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Avisail Garcia RF
Gerald Laird C
Doug Fister P

And for the Giants

Angel Pagán CF
Marco Scutaro 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey C
Hunter Pence RF
Brandon Belt 1B
Gregor Blanco LF
Brandon Crawford SS
Madison Bumgarner P

In Yankee news today. CC Sabathia had elbow surgery for a bone spur, but he should be ready for spring training. Ichiro Suzuki wants to return to the Yankees. Mason Williams is ready to start working out again after his shoulder problems. And finally, Mark Teixeira won a Fielding Bible Award.

Enjoy the game.… Click here to read the rest

Sabathia has surgery to remove bone spur

When it was announced that C.C. Sabathia would be seeing Dr. James Andrews to look at his pitching elbow, the “comforting” report was that there was no suspected structural damage in the elbow, and that it was thought to be a bone spur. And indeed, Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow today. Apparently everything went well, and all indications are that the Yankees’ ace should be ready to go by the time Spring Training rolls around.… Click here to read the rest

UPDATED: Is Rivera Having Second Thoughts?

An unnamed source told ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand that Mariano Rivera may be having second thoughts about playing in 2013 and could possibly retire this winter.

Now, before everyone begins to have a conniption fit, remember that Mo usually gets the urge to want to spend more time with his family then it passes and he shows up with the rest of the pitchers in Tampa for Spring Training.

Also, in my humble opinion, I really don’t think that Mariano Rivera wants to end his Hall of Fame career with one of his last moments in a Yankee uniform being footage of him writhing in pain and grabbing his knee, on the warning track of Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, do you?

And considering how hard he worked to rehab his knee after his surgery, I can’t see him hanging it up just yet. (Let’s hope I’m right.)

So everyone take a deep breath, remember that this sort of story comes out every offseason and that until we hear the words, “I’m going to retire from the game of baseball,” from Rivera’s mouth, to remain calm.… Click here to read the rest

Offseason questions: Should Hughes get an extension?

It’s hard to believe this, but Phil Hughes will be eligible for free agency just one year from now. It doesn’t really seem possible given how young Hughes is, and how much development he still has left ahead of him, but assuming he plays in the majors for all of 2013, he’ll have a full six years of service time accrued at the end of the year, making him eligible to hit the open market. Unfortunately, that puts him right in the middle of the Yankees’ financial crossroads.

If you asked most people, I wager that they would assume Hughes would absolutely be a part of the Yankees’ austerity plans, but I’m not so sure that’s the case. Hughes really hasn’t been able to establish himself as a consistent r, reliable starter over the course of multiple seasons yet, and the Yankees had something of a stockpile of young pitching behind him. But now, with Manny Banuelos out of the question entirely following Tommy John surgery and Dellin Betances doing his best impression of Andrew Brackman, a 2014 rotation of only players under the Yankees’ control would be C.C.… Click here to read the rest

What’s The Deal With Eduardo Nunez?

Hey! Nunez in the outfield was fun, huh? Courtesy of the AP

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

Eduardo Nunez is a strange case.  He reminds me of a joke that Patrice O’Neal told about Jeff Ross at one of the Comedy Central Roasts, where he called Ross a legend and then corrected himself by saying Ross was more like a myth because everybody had heard stories about how funny he is, “but nobody’s ever really seen it.”  That’s Eduardo Nunez to me; he’s been talked about as the next big homegrown position player piece for the future for what seems like the last 3-4 years, and he always ends up not being that.  I bring this up today because Cash and Joe each mentioned Nunez in their recent year-end addresses, but not in a way that makes his current or future standing within the organization any more clear than it’s ever been.  To me, it almost seems like the Yankees have no clue what to do with Nunez anymore, and if that’s the case then it might be time to trade him.… Click here to read the rest

Ichiro wants to stay a Yankee

My guess is that, if the Yankees had their druthers, Ichiro Suzuki would be their starting right fielder when Openin Day rolls around this spring. According to Joel Sherman, that would be just fine with Ichiro himself. Sherman reports that someone close to Ichiro told him that the Japanese superstar loved his time in New York, particularly “playing in a professional, winning atmosphere.” He also expresses doubt that money would be an impediment to a deal if the Yankees want him back, noting that Ichiro deferred money on his last contract to make staying in Seattle possible.

On the other hand, Sherman also noted that the Giants are likely to have a lot of interest in acquiring Ichiro, and that they tried very hard to trade for him back in July. He also expresses skepticism that the Yankees would really have both Ichiro and Brett Gardner starting in the outfield, as they’re still a team built around power. My guess is that, thanks to the difficulties of complying with ownership’s austerity dictates, that won’t really be an issue now.… Click here to read the rest

It’s Good To Be Old

Being Yankee fans, we never hear the end of it when it comes to old players. Every year, even the best analysts predict the deterioration of players like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mariano Rivera. Granted, Rodriguez may be in a decline, but at the end of the year, this team never seems to feel the impact of age.

I’m not the oldest Yankee fan at TYA, but I’d say these yearly accusations of being an old team have gone on for close to a decade. According to the critics, this team wasn’t supposed to win it all this year, and they didn’t, but they certainly finished with the best record in the American League. They also finished with the highest combined fWAR in the American League, the highest team wOBA and wRC+ in baseball, and the fifth highest K/9 and the fifth lowest BB/9. They also finished with the highest combined team age.

Someone has to tell these players that being old means you’re supposed to be bad, because the oldest team in baseball was arguably the best team in the American League this year.… Click here to read the rest