Yankees announce non-roster invites

So the Yankees put out a press release announcing who has been invited to camp (there are 44 players listed). We’re only 12 days away from Pitchers and Catchers and anything is better than rehashing the A-Rod nonsense, right?

Here’s the list:

2013 SPRING INVITEES

OF Abraham Almonte
C Francisco Arcia
OF Tyler Austin
INF Greg Bird
RHP Corey Black
LHP Juan Cedeno
RHP Preston Claiborne
INF Cito Culver
RHP Matt Daley
OF Matt Diaz
OF Adonis Garcia
RHP Shane Greene
RHP Nick Goody
OF Slade Heathcott
RHP David Herndon
C Kyle Higashioka
INF Walter Ibarra
INF Dan Johnson
RHP Tom Kahnle
INF Addison Maruszak
RHP Jim Miller
RHP Bryan Mitchell
RHP Mark Montgomery
INF Luke Murton
OF Ronnier Mustelier
C J.R. Murphy
OF Thomas Neal
INF Jayson Nix
RHP Zach Nuding
LHP Vidal Nuno
RHP Mike O’Brien
RHP Kelvin Perez
RHP Branden Pinder
INF Jose Pirela
RHP Ryan Pope
OF Juan Rivera
INF Kyle Roller
C Gary Sanchez
OF Rob Segedin
LHP Josh Spence
LHP Matt Tracy
INF Gil Velazquez
RHP Chase Whitley
C Bobby Wilson

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Yankees Release Spring Training Invitees

Every year we to see a few prospects in Spring Training games, and they get the experience of hanging out with the Major Leaguers, and some even get a chance to make the team.

Among this list, we have Slade Heathcott, Cito Culver, Tyler Austin, Mark Montgomery, Gary Sanchez, and a number of exciting prospects.

Here are the 2013 non-roster invitees.

OF Abraham Almonte
C Francisco Arcia
OF Tyler Austin
INF Greg Bird
RHP Corey Black
LHP Juan Cedeno
RHP Preston Claiborne
INF Cito Culver
RHP Matt Daley
OF Matt Diaz
OF Adonis Garcia
RHP Shane Greene
RHP Nick Goody
OF Slade Heathcott
RHP David Herndon
C Kyle Higashioka
INF Walter Ibarra
INF Dan Johnson
RHP Tom Kahnle
INF Addison Maruszak
RHP Jim Miller
RHP Bryan Mitchell
RHP Mark Montgomery
INF Luke Murton
OF Ronnier Mustelier
C J.R. Murphy
OF Thomas Neal
INF Jayson Nix
RHP Zach Nuding
LHP Vidal Nuno
RHP Mike O’Brien
RHP Kelvin Perez
RHP Branden Pinder
INF Jose Pirela
RHP Ryan Pope
OF Juan Rivera
INF Kyle Roller
C Gary Sanchez
OF Rob Segedin
LHP Josh Spence
LHP Matt Tracy
INF Gil Velazquez
RHP Chase Whitley
C Bobby Wilson

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Yankees To Sign Travis Hafner

Though the contract has yet to be finalized, the Yankees and Travis Hafner appear to have a deal in place. It will be a major league contract, and will likely be around the $1.1 million base salary that Raul Ibanez agreed to in 2012, along with some incentives. Hafner will be the left-handed platoon DH for 2013, and the jury is still out on who will be his counterpart.

Matt wrote about Hafner earlier today, and Brad did the same earlier this month.… Click here to read the rest

The CBA as mythical beast

I’m not going to get down in the weeds with every single one of these articles, but for the record let me say that this is both ridiculous and reckless nonsense from a major media outlet:

If baseball’s investigation corroborates the Miami New Times’ story about Tony Bosch and his ballplayers, what if Selig stood at his bully pulpit and decided to turn Alex Rodriguez into the honorary sacrifice of the steroid era? What if A-Rod, the guy who confessed once before and may yet again, becomes the skin Selig displays on his wall to ward off future intruders?

[…]

That might be asking too much, but by the power vested in Selig by the new Joint Drug Agreement, he doesn’t need a positive test to dole out suspensions. If he has evidence, he can suspend Rodriguez — or, if you’d prefer, El Cacique — for 50 games or more.

Calcaterra gives it the full fisking it deserves here. Long story short: No, Bud Selig can not suspend A-Rod for more than 50 games (at least not without some extraordinary new details coming out first) because the CBA explicitly prescribes the punishment for violating the JDA, and A-Rod can’t be arbitrarily singled out for an exception.… Click here to read the rest

Countdown to Spring Training: 12

There is little that I can write with respect to the legacy of Gil McDougald that was not beautifully enumerated in his obituaries in The New York Times and The Daily News, respectively. In a narrative sense, at the very least, the memory of McDougald has been preserved quite well – particularly considering his rather brief, unheralded career. Many Yankees fans are well aware of McDougald, be it for his positional flexibility or his five World Series rings, and he is usually brought up whenever an ‘All-Time Yankees’ team is constructed. And yet, I cannot help but feel like his greatness – and, yes, greatness is the correct term – has been forgotten.

Over the course of a ten year career, Gil McDougald batted .276/.356/.410 (111 OPS+, 114 wRC+), averaging 3.9 bWAR and/or 4.4 fWAR per season. The versatile McDougald played 599 games at second base, 508 at third base, and 284 at shortstop – and for this, he is often misremembered as a utility player.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees “on verge” of deal with Hafner

Rumors started swirling yesterday that talks between the Yankees and Travis Hafner were getting serious, and today Chad Jennings reports that the two sides are so close that the agreement could be announced as early as today. In fact, he says that an agreement has already been reached, and it’s now all about haggling over the contractual language. No salary figures have been disclosed, but it’s believed the deal will be close to the $1.1 million salary the Yankees gave Raul Ibanez last winter.

According to Jennings, the plan is to use Hafner strictly as a platoon DH.… Click here to read the rest

Why Pronk makes sense

Yesterday, we heard that the Yankees are interested in Travis Hafner for their DH position. At first glance, this flies in the face of what we’ve heard the Yankees say they want out of a DH; Hafner is completely incapable of playing a position, even first. To boot, he’s also something the Yankees may want to avoid: a platoon player. Despite those shortcomings, Hafner is a good fit for the 2013 Yankees.

The most obvious reason is the fact that there will be no multi-year commitment required to get Hafner on board. Second, he’s a left handed hitter. That void is the biggest one the Yankees have to fill right now, excluding their catching situation. However, since literally nothing seems to be brewing on that front, we’ll have to be content with patching up the hole in the DH dike. And while platoon players are not the most desirable thing in the baseball world, one who’s going to be on the heavy side is more welcomed.… Click here to read the rest

A-Rod’s injury likely not caused by PED use

If there’s any hope at all of the Yankees getting out from under the second half of Alex Rodriguez’s record contact, it’s the possibility that his continued use of banned substances led to his recent hip injury that will sideline him for mos t of the 2013 season. It’s not a slam dunk, but depending on the wording of the contract and the view of whomever makes the final decision, such a revelation could at least give the team a fighting chance.

Unfortunately for them, there doesn’t seem to be much of a chance that’s the case. “I still don’t think any PED would have had an effect on the injury or the surgery,” said Dr. David Geier, via Dan Martin. “They can impact tendons and muscles, but not what he had.”

“Even if this turns out to be true, it wouldn’t impact the hip joint. His problem was one of anatomy. I can’t imagine any effect.”

Another doctor also told Martin that he doesn’t see how Alex could be deemed unable to play as a result of the surgery, so forget all of that stuff you read about insurance payouts yesterday.… Click here to read the rest

Report: A-Rod could be done with Yanks

The Yankees might not be likely to void Alex Rodriguez‘s contract, but according to a report from Bill Madden and others in the Daily News, A-Rod may have played his last game as a Yankee anyway. According to the always available “sources familiar with” the situation, A-Rod could up and decide to retire, or “settle,” walking away from the $114 million left on his contract.

Yeah, right.

The logic of the piece seems to be that diminished performance will push A-Rod to walking away altogether.

“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” a “baseball official” told the reporters. “If he did that, he’d be a part-time player and presumably unable to achieve any of the incentive clauses in the contract or even the milestones.”

Personally, I think this sounds like a guy who doesn’t spend much time paying attention to professional athletes, who always seem to think they’re just a quick fix away from figuring it all out once again.… Click here to read the rest