Quick hit: A-Rod issued a statement against Selig and MLB

Alex Rodriguez issued a statement responding to the comments Bud Selig made during the World Series about standing behind MLB’s investigation team.

Here’s what A-Rod said:

“I am deeply troubled by my team’s investigative findings with respect to MLB’s conduct. How can the gross, ongoing misconduct of the MLB investigations division not be relevant to my suspension, when my suspension supposedly results directly from that division’s work?

It is sad that Commissioner Selig once again is turning a blind eye, knowing that crimes are being committed under his regime. I have 100% faith in my legal team. To be sure, this fight is necessary to protect me, but it also serves the interests of the next 18-year-old coming into the league, to be sure he doesn’t step into the house of horrors that I am being forced to walk through.”

Oh snap.

And, you guys, he actually waited until after the World Series to release the statement. Can you believe it?… Click here to read the rest

The best laid plans often go astray

I had a plan this week. I was going to write a post about 2013 and how awful it has been for me both personally and in baseball terms. It was going to be called, “2013 sucks: A rant primarily about baseball with some life stuff thrown in for good measure,” and it was going to be epic because it all hinged upon whether the Red Sox clinched the World Series in six games or seven.

Or so I thought.

Last night, after the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six and captured their third World Series of the 21st century, instead of being angry or annoyed about it, I was completely indifferent. I thought to myself, “Boston just won the World Series but so what?” and I think it’s because I’m finally realizing that baseball isn’t the end all be all of life. And I know some people will disagree with me on that statement but hear me out for a few moments.… Click here to read the rest

Ready or Not, the Offseason Has Officially Begun

With the Red Sox beating out the Cardinals last night, the offseason officially started today. If you’re new to following baseball during the hot stove, or you want more specific dates, I posted the offseason schedule earlier this month.

Just to quickly explain the process over the next couple of days and weeks, major league players, like Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and Hiroki Kuroda are all officially free agents starting today. The Yankees have up until November 5th to offer any of their departing players a qualifying offer (1 year $14.1 million). The next day, November 6th, is the last day that organizations can exclusively negotiate with their departing free agents. For example, the Yankees are the only team that gets to talk to Cano about money and contract length up until this date. Other teams can express interest, talk about their offseason plans, but cannot discuss a contract with the second baseman. On November 11th, free agents must let teams know if they’re accepting or rejecting the qualifying offer, and if they don’t accept it, the team will receive a first-round compensation pick in the June draft, assuming they sign with another major league team.… Click here to read the rest

Qualifying Offer Candidates: Yay Or Nay

(I wrote this on AB4AR earlier in the month.  With the offseason officially under way now, it seems appropriate to re-post here)

The offseason has officially started and the Yankees are now face-to-face with a buttload of decisions to make for 2014.  They’re losing a lot of players to retirement and free agency, and with the payroll budget and A-Rod’s suspension uncertainty hanging over them it could be quite the uphill battle to replace, rebuild, restock, and re-up for next season.  One of the first round of decisions they’ll have to make is whether to extend qualifying offers to some of their own free agents.  With the QO value expected to be around $14 million, that’s a significant chunk of change to tack onto the payroll for a team on a budget.  The Yankees are going to have to weigh the value of that salary and anticipated production against the possible draft pick.

Now we’re not talking about every free agent here.  … Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: What’s New In The “A-Rod vs. MLB” Battle?

Major League Baseball moved to have A-Rod’s “witch hunt” lawsuit thrown out yesterday and followed that up by filing a petition against A-Rod’s PR guy in an effort to obtain the documents they allege A-Rod took from Tony Bosch.  Both sides offered up their feelings on these latest developments.

A-Rod’s Lawyer: “As we have said all along, Alex has never bought any documents related to Biogenesis, and he has repeatedly turned down offers from various individuals who approached him about buying them. Alex unequivocally denies having exposed any players. This is MLB’s desperate cry for help. What happened to the ‘overwhelming mountain’ of evidence against Alex? Having now rested its case against Alex, this effort makes clear to the world that MLB doesn’t have what they said they have. What is perhaps most shocking — and the best evidence of their desperation — is that MLB would do this during the World Series.”

MLB: “We continue to be at a loss to explain how Mr.… Click here to read the rest

Any Chance Of The Cardinals Being An Offseason Trade Partner?

Whatever combination of draft and/or development problems you think are responsible for the Yankees’ present farm system situation, we can all agree that it’s very far from where it needs to be.  In analyzing and discussing those problems over the last 2 days, the St. Louis Cardinals have come up often as an example of the type of farm system the Yankees should be striving to match and with good reason.  Picking lower in the 1st round than most teams and finding undervalued assets that they turn into productive Major League players, the Cardinals’ blueprint for success is based in their strong draft and development strategies.

The Yankees obviously aren’t going to turn their farm system around to that level of success overnight, but could there be an opportunity for them to poach some of the fruits of St. Louis’ labor this offseason?  The Cardinals will at least test the trade market waters to address their biggest roster needs and they have plenty of young pitching to dangle, the type of young pitching the Yankee system has failed to generate.  … Click here to read the rest

Trade Target: Mark Trumbo

The Yankees have a number of needs this offseason. They have open spots in their rotation, bullpen, third base, shortstop, second base, catcher, and they could really use another formidable outfielder. Their biggest need is offense, home runs, and it really doesn’t matter where they get it from. When Jose Dariel Abreu was available a few weeks ago, I was a little surprised that the Yankees weren’t more involved. Even though he had no position with the club, a projectable power hitter that comes relatively cheap without costing draft picks should be highly valued. For a team as desperate for offense as the Yankees, teams should try to find creative ways to put a 30+ home run player on the field.

There are few power threats available in free agency this offseason, most of the big names are pitchers. Outside of Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, and Carlos Beltran there are few free agents that can put up 30+ home runs.… Click here to read the rest

So What’s The Deal With This Suk-Min Yoon Guy?

Suk-Min Yoon

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Masahiro Tanaka continues to be the most sought after international free agent pitcher, and justifiably so, but the Yankees aren’t limiting their international pitching options to just him.  While dishing a harsh slice of truth on the state of the Yankees’ reputation in the free agent world last week, Scott Boras also did some promotional work for a new client of his, 27-year-old right-handed pitcher Suk-Min Yoon from South Korea.

If you’ve never heard of Yoon, don’t fret.  You’re not alone.  He’s been well under the MLB radar for most baseball fans and writers despite being one of the best pitchers in the Korean Baseball Organization for years.  His team, the Kia Tigers, did not allow him to go through the MLB posting process after the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and so this offseason he’s working to finally become available as a traditional free agent.  He’s obviously an unknown commodity in the MLB landscape, and he does have some legitimate concerns attached to him.  … Click here to read the rest