Christmas Open Thread

Nearly four-years ago to the day, I left for work knowing that the Red Sox were to acquire one of the best first baseman in baseball. I was content with the fact that the Yankees dropped out of contract talks with Mark Teixeira. Cashman already brought in a high potential first baseman, Nick Swisher, and signed the two top starting pitcher free agents, CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. In 2008, I didn’t have a smartphone, so forget the idea of alerts from MLB Trade Rumors, and it made the situation all that more special. A co-worked walked in a couple hours Continue reading Christmas Open Thread

Jolly Old Nick

Even though I predicted this day would come and have steeled myself against it way back on February 28, 2012, and even though his contract is on the high side of his value and would probably be regrettable by 2015, this still sucks. Jolly Old Nick Swisher is no longer a member of the New York Yankees. Allowing Russell Martin to walk stung and was bewildering. But allowing Nick Swisher to prance to Cleveland and to play on Terry Francona‘s side is downright painful.  Nick Swisher was fun. He made me smile. My wife loves him and enjoyed laughing at his antics. She will personify a lot of Yankee fans today. Her disappointment will be the same as many. God save 2014 at all costs, Hal. Attaboy.

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Desperately Seeking (Alfonso) Soriano

As the off-season continues to roll on at a breakneck pace, it seems as if the Yankees have become lost in the shuffle. Sure – there’s the odd rumor here or there … yet little of substance has arisen beyond the re-inking of Messrs Pettitte, Rivera, and Kuroda. Still, it is a foregone conclusion that the Yankees are very much in need of a right-handed bat with a bit of oomph, and Cody Ross may well be boarding a plane to Arizona as I type. At the cost of 3-years and $26 MM, I cannot help but be somewhat glad Continue reading Desperately Seeking (Alfonso) Soriano

Swisher to Cleveland, Ibanez to Seattle

Both Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez have agreed to contracts with new teams. Nick Swisher and the Indians came together on a 4 year $56 million deal with a fifth year vesting option. Raul Ibanez received a one year deal with $2.75 million guaranteed and $1.25 million in bonuses. Neither player earned ridiculous money on the market, and it says a lot about the Yankees that didn’t match either offer. Last month I predicted the average annual salary of players on the free agent market, and Nick Swisher was set to earn $16.3 million based on his fWAR. The Yankees project to Continue reading Swisher to Cleveland, Ibanez to Seattle

Swisher signs with Indians

It’s official: the Nick Swisher era is over. According to Mark Feinsand, Swisher has agreed to a four year, $56 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal also include a vesting option for a fifth season that could bring the total value of the contract to $70 million. I feel like I’ve already said everything I could say about Swisher at least a dozen times since the end of the season, but now that we see exactly what the market held for him, my opinion of the situation really hasn’t changed. With the continued decline of Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, plus Curtis Granderson‘s lack of consistency, Swisher was the Yankees’ second best hitter over the past couple of seasons, and to get him at this price at a time when Cody Ross is getting three guaranteed years is an absolute steal. It’s just absurd that the Yankees didn’t even feign interest in re-signing Swisher. Absolutely absurd.
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Happy Holidays from IIATMS

Well, the world hasn’t ended yet, so I guess we can just about safely assume that the coming holidays will go off as planned. For most of us, that means two things: a) in-laws, and b) a lull in the Hot Stove season. Not that there’s any rule against making moves during the Christmas-New Year’s week, but in general pretty much nothing meaningful happens in this period, as front office officials, agents, and pretty much everyone else takes the time off to enjoy the season and all that. This year is likely to be much of the same, especially since there aren’t very many interesting free agents left on the market to sign.

The downside for us is that less news means less things to write about, so things will probably be pretty slow around here as well. Not non-existent by any means, just a bit more sporadic. Unless something noteworthy happens (like, oh I don’t know, the Giants getting knocked out of playoff contention on Sunday) I don’t plan on posting anything between now and Wednesday, as I instead dedicate myself to cleaning the house and pawning off gift wrapping spending time with the family. So let me take a second to wish you a very Merry Christmas, a belated Happy Hanukkah, or just a sincere hope that, whatever holiday you celebrate, it finds you in good health and good cheer. Continue reading Happy Holidays from IIATMS

The Yankees’ Standing In The AL East Right Now

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) It’s no secret by now that this offseason has been a strange one for the Yankees in many ways.  They can be best described as being “actively inactive,” focusing all their time and energy on re-signing their own internal free agents while staying far on the periphery of all other free agent and trade rumors.  As I mentioned this morning, they’ve spent amounts of money right up there with the best of them, so it’s not like they’re completely sitting on their hands, but were it not for Alex Rodriguez‘s Continue reading The Yankees’ Standing In The AL East Right Now

Podcast Take Three!

Last night, Stacey, Brien from IIATMS, and I got together for the final IIATMS podcast of 2012. We started with a rousing discussion of the Power Rangers and the NWO and eventually found our way to steroids, grammar, and Fay Vincent. Oh, we also talked about the Yankees and what not. Click here to listen. Happy Friday, everyone!

On the Money 12/20/2012

Matt Imbrogno of TYA joined Stacey tonight for the final On the Money of 2012. We talked about the offseason thus far around MLB, venture off into many tangents about steroids, Jack Morris, and the time I wrote a post about medieval witchcraft. We wrap it up with our parting thoughts on the year that was in Yankeedom, for good and ill. You can listen to the show in the player below, or go to our BTR page to download it. Enjoy!

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