Scouting The Free Agent Market For An Ibanez Replacement

I might have watched every game this year, but it’s still hard for me to remember exactly what kind of season Raul Ibanez had in 2012. Our most recent recollection was his three ridiculously well-timed homeruns in the playoffs. For the rest season, the left handed hitter had his good moments, but also some pretty lousy ones. As expected, he was rather awful against left handed pitchers, but a .248/.319/.492 triple slash (115 wRC+) against righties more than made up for it. Unfortunately, once the Yankees lost Brett Gardner for nearly the entire season, Ibanez saw much more defensive playing Continue reading Scouting The Free Agent Market For An Ibanez Replacement

Selig approves the Marlins-Blue Jays megadeal

This just in: Bud Selig has approved the megadeal between the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins.

The deal which sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Henderson Alvarez, Jake Marisinick and Anthony DeSclafani was made last week.

That noise you just heard was a collective roar of laughter from everyone else in baseball. Yeah, sure Marlins, whatever you say.

Your move, Yanks. Continue reading Selig approves the Marlins-Blue Jays megadeal

Raúl Ibáñez: Yay or nay?

According to a Ken Davidoff piece in today’s New York Post, the Yankees have “significant interest” in signing Raúl Ibáñez but they’re asking him to wait while they sort out their starting rotation and Mariano Rivera.

“I know they have certain needs that they need to go after first,” Ibáñez said. “I’m open to anything. I’m looking forward to an opportunity to play in The Bronx again. That would be great.”

And while Ibáñez wasn’t exactly a world beater last season .240/.308/.353, he had better numbers close and late in games.286/.367/.571 (From Davidoff’s article that slash line was in the seventh inning or later with the Yankees tied, ahead by one or with the tying run at least on deck. It seems Davidoff likes Baseball Reference as much as I do.)

So, what do you guys think? Should they Yankees bring Raúl Ibáñez back? Continue reading Raúl Ibáñez: Yay or nay?

The Erosion of the Yankee Payroll Advantage in One Chart

The number that the Yankees have had their eye on since the new CBA was agreed to one year ago is $189 million. That’s the threshold in which they will have tremendous economic incentives–measured in the scores of millions of dollars–to get and stay under. More realistically, once you include non-pecuniary benefits that we don’t always see, the number looks more like $170 million in payroll. We should probably start using the term, ‘Soft Cap’ a la the NBA. To put this in perspective, I wanted to see where MLB payrolls have been trending over the years. The Yankees have Continue reading The Erosion of the Yankee Payroll Advantage in One Chart

Yankees named 2012 Club Retailer of the Year

The timing of this press release, which names the New York Yankees the 2012 Club Retailer of the Year, is kind of amusing to me. Just yesterday, I was going through a pile of clothes in my room that comes up to my shoulders – just to give you an idea of how big the pile is, I’m 5’9″ – and the amount of Yankees items was actually astounding. Everything from jeans, to sweatshirts, to t-shirts, to long sleeved t-shirts. Some of the stuff, I’ll admit, I didn’t remember owning and I joked to my mom that some people have a white wash when they do their laundry and I can say I have a Yankees wash.

From the Press Release:

The New York Yankees have been named the 2012 MLB “Club Retailer of the Year” by Major League Baseball Properties for the Club’s commitment to driving merchandise sales. The Yankees and Legends Hospitality, led by Legends’ GM of Retail, Michael Loparo, earned the honor based on significant improvements to the Yankee Stadium clubhouse store as well as consistent product innovation and reinvention.

To be honest, I’ve only set foot into the Yankee Clubhouse store at the Stadium a handful of times – I prefer to shop online because I am one of those unique females who actually dislikes shopping – but if you looked at my wardrobe, you’d think I at least had stock in the Yankee Clubhouse store or that I shopped there every time I went to a game.

“The demand among fans for Yankees merchandise and other licensed products is always strong given the iconic nature of the team and their brand, but the Yankees deserve special praise for not resting on their laurels and continuing to innovate and provide creative new ways for fans to express their team pride,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball. “The clubhouse store at Yankee Stadium has evolved considerably just in the four years since the new ballpark opened. Mike Loparo and the Yankees are especially deserving of this honor.”

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Examining the newest Toronto Blue Jays

Earlier this week the Miami Marlins gutted their team, sending several star players north of the border to the Toronto Blue Jays. The main additions to the Blue Jays through this trade were Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. Since then the Jays have also signed Melky Cabrera. Fellow Yankee Analyst Michael Eder already looked at the Blue Jays in aggregate after this trade. I agree with his conclusion. Between the new additions to the team and the players returning from injury, the Blue Jays figure to be a contender in 2013. Rather than rehashing that, in this post Continue reading Examining the newest Toronto Blue Jays

Yankees Eyeing Scott Hairston

It seems that we’ll be hearing a lot about one year deals over the next couple of months with the way the Yankees planned for next year’s budget . Thus far, Ichiro Suzuki, Raul Ibanez, Hiroki Kuroda, and Torii Hunter have all been linked to the team on short contracts for 2013. Feel free to have faith though, since Brian Cashman has found a way to consistently pluck unforeseen talent from the market year after year. The Yankees used proper playing-time management for Marcus Thames, Eric Chavez, Andruw Jones, and Ibanez, and each of these players erupted with a huge impact. Continue reading Yankees Eyeing Scott Hairston

A couple of minor league notes

Kevin Russo has apparently signed a minor league contract with the Tigers. Russo was drafted by the Yankees in 2006 and made his major league debut in 2010. The utility player had a strong year for the Empire State Yankees in 2012, hitting .284/.358/.351, however it was his fourth year in Triple-A and at 28 it was clear the Yankees had no future plans for him, granting him free agency earlier this month.

The Peoria Javelinas defeated the Salt River Rafters 4-3 for the Arizona Fall League Championship. The game was notable for having the first official protest in AFL history, as the Rafters objected to some calls on a play that would have tied the game in the seventh. The officials upheld the original ruling and the Javelinas took the win. Chris McGuiness, a first baseman with the Texas Rangers organization, took the AFL MVP award. Cole Kimball, who pitched for Salt River this fall and is part of the Washington Nationals system, beat out David Adams and four others for the Stenson Award. Continue reading A couple of minor league notes

The Cy Young voting wasn’t so terrible

There’s been a lot of chatter about the selection of Miguel Cabrera as MVP over Mike Trout. Make no mistake, Trout is and will be the better player. In fact, if his first season is any indication, the dude may be the next Willie Mays or pre-injury Mickey Mantle. That’s solid company. Trout may not have won this year, but I get the feeling he’ll start winning in the years ahead. What hasn’t gotten as much attention was the voting for the Cy Young award. David Price won in the American League and R.A. Dickey won in the National League. Continue reading The Cy Young voting wasn’t so terrible