And the first offer of the Winter Meetings goes to…

Nate Schierholtz! Come on down, you’re the first contestant on the $189 Million Pyramid!

Joel Sherman tweeted:

 Nate Schierholtz has an offer in hand from#Yankees, I believe it is 1st firm offer NYY has made to a position plyr this offseason


Schierholtz split time between San Francisco and Philadelphia last year – he was traded to the Phillies in July. He batted .257/.321/.407 with a wOBA of.314 and wRC+ of 98 in 114 games.

I guess he’s better than nothing at this point. And I can’t wait to find out what the actual offer is.

Update: A tweet from @jcrasnick: Nate Schierholtz has agreed on 1 year deal with Cubs, source says

Now, the Yankees can’t even outbid the Cubs. Continue reading And the first offer of the Winter Meetings goes to…

Reports: The Yankees made an offer to Keppinger. Oh wait, no they didn’t.

In what’s becoming a theme of the Winter Meetings, conflicting reports have surfaced about what exactly happened between the Yankees and Jeff Keppinger.

Jon Heyman tweeted at the top of the hour (around 4 p.m.) that the Yankees offered Keppinger more than what Chicago offered but he chose the White Sox anyway.

A few moments ago, Buster Olney tweeted that the Yankees never made an offer to Keppinger.

Is anyone else as amused by this stuff as I am? Anyway, for more of “As The Yankees Turn…” stay here for all of our updates. Continue reading Reports: The Yankees made an offer to Keppinger. Oh wait, no they didn’t.

Report: Chavez to the Diamondbacks

Cross off another third baseman and this time it was someone the Yankees had on their roster last season. Eric Chavez has agreed to terms on a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jon Heyman tweeted:

#diamondbacks agree to terms with eric chavez.

I don’t even know what to say at this point but it looks like the Yankees could have a void at third base on Opening Day.

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Report: Keppinger to the White Sox for three years

Welp, you can cross Jeff Keppinger off the Yankees’ free agent possibility list. According to Jon Heyman, Keppinger was signed (or is very close to being signed) to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.

Hearing keppinger to white sox, 3 yrs

As the end of the Winter Meetings gets closer, the Yankees look to be one of the teams leaving Nashville with nothing to show for it.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that it’s a three-year deal worth $12M. Continue reading Report: Keppinger to the White Sox for three years

Is Distribution of Wealth a Problem for MLBPA?

On Monday, Dan Rosenheck of The Economist responded to the “predictably hagiographic” coverage of Marvin Miller’s death by outlining  what he calls the “mixed legacy” of the founder and longtime leader of the MLBPA. No doubt several of Rosenheck’s points are imminently debatable, as should be expected. His is, after all, a contrarian position. During the early stages of Miller’s tenure he was up against the only federally-sanctioned monopoly in American history. It was difficult to perfect MLB’s compensatory system when the compensators had grown accustomed to having no system at all. In the latter stages Miller chose to prioritize relevant privacy issues over the long term maximization of revenue, as Rosenheck would’ve preferred. Union negotiators are frequently tasked with a precarious balancing act. Certainly, Miller, like any man in his position, made some difficult rationalizations and, inevitably, evaluators of Miller’s legacy from both camps will be victims of their own hindsight biases.

That said, the centerpiece of Rosenheck’s argument is extremely compelling. The system of free agency which is “often cited as Mr. Miller’s crowning achievement,” though it “maximised total wages…also created a grossly unfair dichotomy among the players between the haves and the have-nots.” The majority of professional baseball players, youngsters toiling in the minor leagues, “are effectively still bound by the old reserve clause” which Curt Flood famously described as means of re-legalizing slavery. Many are quick to dismiss the economic challenges facing professional athletes. The “well-paid slave” is obviously an oxymoron. But underlying Rosenheck’s argument is evidence that the baseball player’s plight may be more familiar to many Americans than they suspect. In the wake of the Occupy movement and the Obama-Romney election most IIATMS readers are probably accustomed to seeing graphs like this one:

What follows is an analogous chart for professional baseball:
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Looking At The Yankee Trade Chips

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) The Winter Meetings started this week, and while I still believe the Yankees are entering them in a position of weakness and don’t have a lot of faith that they are going to pull off a deal, this is their best chance to make a splash and start filling the holes left in their lineup.  To come away from these meetings without an answer in right field or behind the plate would make for a very stressful remainder of the offseason and most likely lead to those positions being filled Continue reading Looking At The Yankee Trade Chips

A look at potential A-Rod replacements

We knew the Yankees were going to be looking for an outfielder and possibly a catcher at this year’s Winter Meetings, but we didn’t expect the festivities to begin with the announcement that they’d be needing a third baseman as well. That’s exactly what happened when the team confirmed that Alex Rodriguez will miss 4-6 months following hip surgery in January, and the bulk of Yankee related rumors since then have focused on third base. We’ve been covering all of those rumors in real time, and we spent some time talking about a number of them on IIATMS Radio last night, but for your convenience, here’s a quick look at the potential acquisitions the Yankees are being linked to the most.

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Olney: Yankees frontrunners for Schierholtz

The Yankees are the early favorites to sign free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz, tweets ESPN’s Buser Olney. The soon to be 29 year old outfielder was non-tendered by the Phillies last week after hitting .257/.321/.407 in the N.L. in 2012. If the Yankees were to sign him, he would presumably be slotted into right field, perhaps as the left-handed half of a platoon there, though I suppose it wouldn’t be shocking if he was an everyday outfielder either. He actually doesn’t have much of a platoon split in his career (a 90 wRC+ vs. LHP, compared to a 96 mark against righties), he just hasn’t gotten much of a chance to play against lefties, with just 271 career plate appearances against them. Signing Schierholtz would also probably mean not bringing back Ichiro Suzuki, as I highly doubt the Yankees would want to construct a roster with four left-handed hitting outfielders.

Personally, I’m pretty un-enthused about the prospect of signing Schierholtz. The guy is a thoroughly mediocre hitter who’s does everything adequately, I guess, but doesn’t really stand out in any respect, and he doesn’t really ad much in the way of defense or baserunning, either. Given the choice I’d much rather see the Yankees just bring back Ichiro, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers and all that.
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