Report: Indians close to signing Mark Reynolds

According to Jon Heyman, the Indians are close to signing Mark Reynolds:

Mark Reynolds close to signing with #indians

Reynolds was moved from third base to first and hit .221/.335/.429 with 23 homers and 69 RBI for the Orioles in 2012.

So how does this news affect the Yankees? Well, if the Indians sign Reynolds it could mean that Kevin Youkilis may end up in New York. The Indians, along with the Yankees were waiting on a decision from Youkilis – both teams offered him contracts – but with the Reynolds move, it looks like they may have gotten tired of waiting.

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When will time catch up to the Yankees?

The announcement that Alex Rodriguez will need to have surgery on his left hip and could be out at least until the middle of the 2013 season was an eye-opener for me. Suddenly, it is clear to me that A-Rod is done even if no one wants to admit it yet. His last full season was 2007. His last .400 wOBA season was 2009. His last 30 homer season was 2010. For the past couple years I’ve been among those Yankee fans who were waiting for a throwback season from A-Rod, arguing that all he needed was to be healthy Continue reading When will time catch up to the Yankees?

Dodgers land Greinke

My how quickly things change during hot stove season. The last time I did a once over of the latest Zack Greinke rumors, the conventional wisdom was that the Rangers were the heavy favorites to land his services, so much so that the bottom less money pit in Los Angeles Dodgers were thinking of bowing out of the sweepstakes altogether and focus on Anibal Sanchez or something. Instead, it was announced tonight that Greinke has agreed to sign a six year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers. The top line number here is a bit lower than what had been floating about, but the $24.5 million AAV is the highest in baseball history for a pitcher on a multi-year contract, surpassing the previous record of $24.4 million owned by C.C. Sabathia.

More importantly, however, Greinke’s decision should get the dominoes falling in place around the rest of the league pretty quickly. Texas, for one, figures to reverse course from trying to sign Greinke/trade for Justin Upton to re-signing Josh Hamilton and trading for an additional pitcher, perhaps James Shields or R.A. Dickey. If you’re looking for how the Yankees fit into all of this, well, it means that you can pretty much forget any thoughts, no matter how feint, of them signing Hamilton this winter. But if nothing else, the next week or two should be more exciting than the last one. There were a lot of talks and rumors and ground work laid at the Winter Meetings, but few concrete moves, at least with notable players involved. You got the feeling that everyone’s decision making was being held up by which big game hunting team Greinke was going to decide to suit up for, and now that that’s out of the way I would expect to see some of that groundwork turn into actual, concrete, developments.
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Looking Forward To Brett Gardner’s Return

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Brett Gardner became the first of the Yankees’ 5 remaining arbitration eligible players to avoid it yesterday and sign a new deal for 2013, guaranteeing that no matter what warm body the Yankees stick in right field next season, they’ll at least have their 2 returning starters in center and left.  As it was with Michael Pineda and Mariano Rivera, 2012 was basically a lost season for Gardner.  He had just 37 plate appearances in 16 games before suffering the elbow injury that eventually ended his season.  But Gardner swung Continue reading Looking Forward To Brett Gardner’s Return

A-Rod is relieved and committed

Here are a couple of quotes from Alex Rodriguez from a story the Associated Press ran today:

“I’m not concerned,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press. “I’m actually, in many ways, relieved that there’s something tangible that we can go fix.”

He may not be concerned but everyone else should be.

“I am fully committed to a very hard road back,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve done it before in ’09 and it was a great result, both on a personal level and on a team level, more importantly. I take it as a great challenge and I’m excited for the challenge.”

Yes, we all remember what happened in 2009. It was a magical year – for lack of a better word – but it’s going to be 2013 this time around and if the recovery from his surgery goes well, Alex Rodriguez will be returning to the Yankees lineup shortly before he turns 38-years-old. Not that there’s anything wrong with being 38-years-old, I’m that age right now, but I also don’t have two surgically repaired hips and a litany of other injuries in my past like Rodriguez.

As much as I’d love for Alex to come back and mash like he used to, Yankee fans, and the team itself, have to be realistic. We may have seen the last of Alex Rodriguez the All-Star and what’s happening to him now may be the new normal.

According to beat writers on Twitter, Rodriguez will be speaking shortly and more in depth about his surgery. Continue reading A-Rod is relieved and committed

Rodriguez to have surgery in mid-January

According to an AP report, Alex Rodriguez‘s hip surgery is scheduled for mid-January.

Rodriguez was at a breakfast this morning for the 150 students who are competing in his annual Miami basketball tournament. He spoke to the players about growing up in South Florida and then asked if they had any questions for him. He only got one and it was about his surgery. Really? There were no questions about who he’s dating? Or why it took so long for the hip injury to be diagnosed? Or better yet, no questions about why he doesn’t know his left from his right? I guess no members of the New York media were attending the luncheon.

I kid, I kid.

It was announced earlier this week that Rodriguez was going to need surgery on his left hip to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement. Rodriguez is waiting until mid-January so he can strengthen the area around his hip and recovery could be anywhere from four to six months. Continue reading Rodriguez to have surgery in mid-January

Free agents can, in fact, change teams

I’d say we’ve officially reached the point in the offseason where the media is really mining the rumor mill for anything remotely interesting they can get. Yesterday it was talk that the Yankees might hit the proverbial bank shot and sign Josh Hamilton after all, and today it’s this report in the Daily News that Robinson Cano may be playing elsewhere in 2014. The problem is that there’s really nothing new in the report, nor anything concrete for that matter. It basically just says that Cano isn’t going to give the Yankees any discounts as he angles for his one chance at a big payday, and that he has no problem signing somewhere else if the Yankees don’t match the going rate for his services.

Actually, I take that back. There is one slightly interesting nugget here, but it’s only tangentially related to Cano. Rather, it’s this assessment of the Yankees’ organization from the ever popular rival executive. “I don’t think [Cano] be with the Yankees beyond next season,” they said. “He’s not giving them a hometown discount, and they seem to be more interested in keeping their payroll down than winning.” You always have to take these quotes with a grain of salt, but this has to be the first time in decades anyone has actually said that about the Yankees to a reporter. Continue reading Free agents can, in fact, change teams

Don’t Be So Sure About Youkilis

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod and was originally posted on Thursday morning) The Winter Meetings will basically be over this afternoon after the Rule 5 Draft is complete (they are), and it’s becoming more and more likely that the Yankees will leave the meetings without addressing any of their open lineup holes (they did).  They’ve been connected to a ton of players, and lost out on most of the ones in which they had interest just as quickly as they were connected.  Third base continues to be the biggest area of activity for the Yankees, Continue reading Don’t Be So Sure About Youkilis

Yankees still talking to Ichiro

Though their primary concern at the moment is waiting on a decision from free agent Kevin Youkilis, the Yankees still have a hole to fill in right field, and with that in mind they are still engaged in talks with their own Ichiro Suzuki, tweets Jon Heyman. Ichiro was a pleasant surprise during his time with the Yankees in 2012, including a very strong postseason performance, and would seem to be a natural fit for a team obsessed with avoiding anything more than one year contracts this winter. On the other hand, many have speculated that the Yankees don’t want to have an all left-handed hitting outfield, especially one that includes both Ichiro and fellow light-hitter Brett Gardner.

All the same, both sides seem to prefer a reunion, and I wonder if a lot of the feather fluffing from both sides isn’t designed as a ruse to push the other closer to an agreement. Continue reading Yankees still talking to Ichiro