Yanks interested in Stephen Drew

Last night, it came across the wire that the Yankees are among the teams interested in shortstop Stephen Drew. Drew is coming off a pretty ‘meh’ season, having hit .233/.309/.348 with a .291 wOBA and a 79 wRC+ in both Arizona and Oakland. As the MLBTR post says, Drew’s been battling a pretty bad ankle injury. Regardless, this is an opportunity the Yankees should jump on.

As with any player coming off of an injury or coming into a potential bench role, the team should aim to limit his exposure. With Derek Jeter being Derek Jeter, Drew will obviously be a back up shortstop. As a left-handed bat, he would probably play just against RHP. Despite general suckitude last year, Drew did put up a 92 wRC+ against RHP, including a solid 12.6% walk rate. For his career, Drew owns a 101 wRC+ against righty pitching. Drew’s status as a lefty batter obviously helps him get the platoon advantage, but having him would also allow the Yankees to rest Derek Jeter a little more aggressively.… Click here to read the rest

How ‘Bout Josh Hamilton On A 1-Year Deal?

Dude would have the Stadium crowd eating out of his hand. Courtesy of the AP

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod.  And yes, I know what I’m suggesting is borderline ludicrous.  I’m on vacation and it popped into my head one morning while I was in the shower, so I ran with it.)

Admittedly this is me thinking out loud on a painfully slow news Sunday in Yankeeland.  Let’s just get that out of the way upfront.  But the more I’ve put the pieces together in my head, the more it kinda, sorta makes a little bit of sense to me.  The Yankees have an open spot in their outfield, they could use a boost to the declining middle of their batting order, and a lot of the guys that make sense are either already signed or would never entertain the idea of a 1-year deal that is all the Yanks are likely to offer.  But they still do have the most money to spend, and could offer more on a 1-year deal than any other club out there. … Click here to read the rest

Scouting The Free Agent Market For An Andruw Jones Replacement

Yesterday, we covered the possible left handed DH options for the Yankees in 2013, and today we’ll look at the right handed options.

Unlike the possible re-signing situation we have with Raul Ibanez, there is really no chance that Andruw Jones gets an offer to remain in pinstripes. As I pointed out yesterday, both Ibanez and Jones faced a lot of extra playing time in the outfield due to Brett Gardner‘s injury. Both players started the season out on strong notes, but by the time July and August hit, they looked ready for retirement. Up until the All Star break, Jones put together a strong season with a .244/.326/.535 triple slash. From July 13th to the end of season, Jones hit much like Ibanez, earning a .142/.256/.255 slash. Unlike Ibanez, Jones couldn’t recover in the month of September, and he was ultimately left off the playoff roster.

After a year and a half of incredible production with the Yankees, Jones ended the season so poorly that this is likely the end of his days playing in the Bronx.… Click here to read the rest

Kuroda signing stabilizes Yankees’ winter

So far, the biggest theme of the Yankees’ offseason has been what they won’t be doing. Making multi-year offers to Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano. Signing Torii Hunter. Pursuing the top free agent starting pitchers on the market. Making very many multi-year offers of any kind, and so on. With the re-signing of Hiroki Kuroda, on the other hand,  the Yankees have provided some reassurances that they will, in fact, maintain a solid core of talent in 2013, even as austerity nibbles away at the margins of their roster.

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Somewhat amusingly, this is the second straight year in which the Yankees have re-signed a starting pitcher just prior to Thanksgiving, though I dare say Yankee fans are much happier to have Kuroda returning than they were at the prospect of another go-around with Freddy Garcia last year. Thanks to injuries, Kuroda emerged as the Yankees’ most durable, and perhaps most reliable starting pitcher, in 2012 silencing those who doubted his ability to pitch in the A.L.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees add seven to 40 man roster

Tonight was the deadline for adding Rule V draft eligible minor leaguers to the 40 man roster in order to protect them from being selected by another team, and the Yankees acted robustly on this front, protecting six such players. Left-handed pitchers Manny Banuelos, Nik Turley, and Francisco Rondon, right-handed pitchers Brett Marshall and Jose Ramirez, and outfielder Ramon Flores were all had their contracts selected, and the Yankees also claimed 26 year old right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey off of waivers from Houston. By my count, that brings their 40-man roster total to 39, but of course they still have to sign Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, plus get a starting catcher and corner outfielder, at least, so there will be more changes coming. Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Michael Pineda will be put on the 60 day disabled list as soon as they can be, but that’s not until camp opens, so it’s guaranteed that at least a few guys on the 40 man roster right now won’t be there for long.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Agree To One Year Deal With Hiroki Kuroda

According to Buster Olney, the Yankees have reached an agreement with Hiroki Kuroda on a one year deal.

Last season, Kuroda put up a 3.32 ERA and 3.86 FIP at 37 years old. His transfer from NL West to AL East, ballpark included, was always a question mark a year ago. After a year as the Yankees’ #2 pitcher, his value increased this offseason. After making $10 million in 2012, the Yankees agreed to a $15 million deal with less than $1 million in incentives for 2013.

This marks the Yankees first major move of the offseason. They now look to re-sign Andy Pettitte on what will most likely be another one year deal.… Click here to read the rest

UPDATED: Yankees could be close to make a deal with Kuroda

Jayson Stark tweeted moments ago that it looks like the Yankees will be the team Hiroki Kuroda signs with if he stays in the U.S. – there’s still a chance he goes back to Japan.

Both the Dodgers and Angels who were interested in signing Kuroda have shifted their focus toward other pitchers. The Dodgers are said to be pursuing guys like Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, and Ryan Dempsterwhile the Angels are making re-signing Greinke their main priority. Signing Kuroda would be a back up plan.

Kuroda, who became a fan favorite in the Bronx, finished 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA, threw two shutouts – one of them was an almost no-hitter against Texas – and reached a career high in innings pitched (219 2/3).

So while it’s not definite that Kuroda is signing with the Yankees, the chances of it happening have increased.

Come on Kuroda, I’m selfish and I want another #HIROKtober.

UPDATE: Buster Olney just tweeted that the Yankees and Kuroda agreed to a one-year $15M contract.Click here to read the rest

News Corp officially purchases stake in YES

We already knew that media giant News Corp was going to buy a share of the YES Network from Goldman Sachs, but today we got the details, and they’re fairly stunning. News Corp will obtain a 49 percent share of YES Network, with the network’s various investors including the Yankees reducing their ownership share, and News Corp will have the option to increase that share a w hopping 80%, which would presumably entail the Yankees further reducing their stock in the $3.8 billion firm. As part of the transaction, the Yankees have committed to keeping their television broadcasting rights with YES through the 2042 season, with annually increasing payments from YES to the Yankees that will start at $85 million this coming season and reach a staggering $350 million in the final year of the agreement.

Frankly, I find this all pretty hard to process in the moment, so it’s hard to write a “what does it all mean” kind of post at the moment, but the surface level financials are pretty amazing, and it underscores how much money the Yankees’ are really making…that won’t be going into the payroll anytime soon.… Click here to read the rest

Answering a request re: WAR/wRC+/Iso

Over the weekend, I got the following email from a reader, entitled “WAR, wRC+, and Iso”:

I’m one of the “old guys.” The Yankees have been my team since 1960. I’ve used all the same measures since then. My take on the Trout-Cabrera conversation is different from my friends. I “see” Trout (I live in Southern California), and all he does and my instincts are he’s the best guy and if I was starting a team I’d choose him. I want to learn more about all the metrics you use. It’s hard for me to digest unless I see them when two players are being compared. Help me out here, whats the best way to get a handle on this.

On an impersonal level, I’d go to the following resources: the FanGraphs Library and RAB’s Guide to Stats. On a more personal level, let’s do as the reader requested and compare two players side by side. Instead of rehashing Cabrera/Trout, though, I’ll do two Yankee players side by side.… Click here to read the rest