Hughes To Sign With The Twins

He’s gone! That’s the reaction Twitter has taken to the news that Phil Hughes has agreed to a 3 year $24 million deal with the Twins.

During his time in New York, Hughes was a blast to cover, but he was awful to watch. The guy had a new technique or pitch to show off every month, which made analysis entertaining. Unfortunately, nothing worked, the right-hander could never recover his knockout curveball after a hamstring injury in 2007.

It’s a sad end to what could have been a great Yankee career, but Hughes has some rebound potential in Minnesota. The big park plays into his fly ball style of pitching, and Hughes now finds himself in a much less offensive-minded division.

Just for fun, I totally nailed this signing. In a Twitter conversation, on whether or not he would decline a qualifying offer, I had him signing a 3 year $24 million deal, and I also had the Twins taking him.…

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Yankees’ Prospect Scouting Report: Peter O’Brien

Peter O’Brien

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Height: 6′ 3″

Weight: 215 lb.

Age: 23

High School: Braddock HS (Miami, FL)

College: Bethune-Cookman College, University of Miami

Background: O’Brien was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, but he decided not to sign. Instead, he waited a year and played ball at the University of Miami where he hit 10 home runs in his senior season. Before he transferred to Miami, O’Brien hit 38 home runs at Bethune-Cookman College. His home run totals caught the eye of the Yankees and they selected him in the 2nd round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur draft.

O’Brien has played well in his two years in the Yankees minor league system. The highest level he has reached is high A ball, but he should move a little faster than most prospects due to the fact that he played college ball and is already 23 years old.…

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Happy Birthday, Mariano Rivera!

Mariano Rivera

Today is Mariano Rivera‘s 44th birthday.

Last year on this date, he signed a one-year deal for the 2013 season and at the time, most of us didn’t realize that it would be his last season. It wasn’t totally out of the question but we all believed Mo could pitch until he was 50. Alas, he made the decision to retire and we got to see his farewell tour in 2013.

Now, it didn’t end the way Yankee fans would have hoped – with a World Series Championship – but we still watched some pretty special moments unfold this past season. And while it will be odd to see someone else is jogging out of the bullpen in the ninth inning next season as with everything else, life does go on.

So happy birthday to Mo and thanks for the memories!

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What About Third Base?

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

Regardless of you how you feel about how they’re prioritizing this offseason and who they’re going after, the Yankees have to be commended for the proactive approach they’ve taken.  Recognizing that this past season’s penny pinching/washed up veteran reclamation project approach was not the right way to contend on a budget, they’ve wasted no time in identifying their primary and secondary free agent targets and appear to be making a strong effort to upgrade every major area of need on their roster.

Every area, that is, except for third base.  The Yankees used 9 different players at the hot corner in 2013, best among them Alex Rodriguez.  While they’ve stated that they are planning on having him around and at third next season, there’s a very, very good chance that he ends up suspended for at least 50-100 games.  Even if he beats the odds and is free to play for the whole season, A-Rod no longer has the ability to be an everyday third baseman after years of injury problems and surgeries to both his hips.  …

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Beltran or Choo or Ellsbury or Granderson? Or Maybe Matt Kemp?

The Yankees have four outfielders as it is, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Vernon Wells, and Ichiro Suzuki, yet the team looks focused to not only add a fifth outfielder, but add an offensively-minded bat in right or left field. There’s been mixed reports about who they like the most, but Carlos Beltran seems to be their number one target, followed by Shin-Soo Choo, and then Jacoby Ellsbury. It was reported last week that the team was still interested in Granderson, and that “he’s a serious part” of their offseason plan. The team wants to land at least one of these free agents, but what about Matt Kemp?

Each of these free agents has their own issues. Beltran is older, looks like he’ll require a three year deal, and is slowing down in the field. Choo will require a long contract, and although he’s young and extremely OBP-minded, he doesn’t exactly have the power trackrecord the team usually looks for.…

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Two for the Price of One

Heading into this offseason, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Robinson Cano would remain in pinstripes for the foreseeable future, and that sense of optimism has only grown (perhaps to the point of pragmatism). The Red Sox extended Dustin Pedroia. The Tigers traded for Ian Kinsler. The Rangers ostensibly dealt Kinsler to give the starting gig to Jurickson Profar. The Dodgers and Mets have said “no thanks,” and the former invested $28 MM in what they hope is Yasiel Puig 2.0. And the Angels have over $60 MM per season invested in four players with the most question marks West of the Bronx.

And now we’re here, where the Yankees realized that bidding against themselves is a fool’s errand, leaving Cano in the fortunate position of deciding between having enough money to purchase a personal jet, or holding out for a small island. The prevailing assumption remains that Cano will cave, and accept the richest contract ever given to a second baseman – somewhere between the 7-year, $161 MM offer purportedly floated by the Yankees, and the 9-year, $234 MM deal suggested by MLBTR.…

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Project 189: Dingers, Dingers….and more Dingers

1- CBrian McCann (5/$85MM) $17.000MM
2- 1B: Mark Teixeira (8/$180MM) $22.500MM
3- 2BRobinson Cano (8/$180MM) $22.500MM
4- 3BJuan Uribe (2/$12MM) $6.000MM
5- SS: Brendan Ryan (1/$2MM) $2.000MM
6- LF: Alfonso Soriano (8/$136MM) $17.000MM
7- CF: Brett Gardner (Arb 3) $4.000MM
8- RF: Nelson Cruz (3/$39MM) $13.000MM
9- DH: Derek Jeter (1/$12.81MM) $12.810MM + $7.000MM Bonuses
10- BN: Vernon Wells (7/$126MM) $18.000MM
11- BN: Eduardo Nunez (Min) $0.511MM
12- BN: Ichiro Suzuki (2/$13MM) $6.500MM
13- BN: Francisco Cervelli (Arb 1) $1.000MM
14- SP1: CC Sabathia (5/$122MM) $24.400MM
15- SP2: Ivan Nova (Arb 1) $2.800MM
16- SP3Masahiro Tanaka (6/$56MM) $9.334MM
17- SP4: David Phelps (Min) $0.511MM
18- SP5: Michael Pineda (Min) $0.511MM
19- CL: David Robertson (Arb 3) $5.500MM
20- RP: Shawn Kelley (Arb 2) $1.500MM
21- RP: Preston Claiborne (Min) $0.511MM
22- RP: Dellin Betances (Min) $0.511MM
23- RP: Adam Warren (Min) $0.511MM
24- RP: Vidal Nuno (Min) $0.511MM
25- RP: Jesse Crain (3/$3.5MM) $3.500MM

Total: $199.921MM

40-Man Roster

26- SP: Manny Banuelos (Min) $0.040MM
27- SP: Nik Turley (Min) $0.040MM
28- SP: Brett Marshall (Min+) $0.080MM
29- SP: Jose Ramirez (Min) $0.040MM
30- SP: Shane Greene (Min) $0.040MM
31- SP Jose Campos (Min) $0.040MM
32- RP:  Cesar Cabral (Min+) $0.080MM
33- RP: Matt Daley (Min+) $0.080MM
34- RP: David Huff (Min+) $0.080MM
35- C: Austin Romine (Min+) $0.080MM
36- C: Gary Sanchez (Min) $0.040MM
37- C: J.R.

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Here’s An Idea, Trade Corban Joseph

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

Since the acquisition of Dean Anna a few days ago last week, there’s been a lot of talk about what other roster moves might be coming.  I’ve seen more than a few people suggest trading Eduardo Nunez, but let’s be realistic here.  Teams aren’t lining up to trade for a utility infielder who can’t field or hit, no matter what his age and upside may be.  Nunez’s trade value has all but expired and if they aren’t going to DFA him, the best thing the Yankees can do is hold onto him and hope he can provide some value in limited work.

A better idea if they’re looking to move an infielder for something might be to trade Corban Joseph.  He was excommunicated from the 40-man roster to open up a spot for Anna, a pretty damning statement about where he stands in the organizational pecking order these days, but in terms of trade value he still has to have more than Nunez.  …

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Quick hit: Mussina is on the Hall of Fame ballot

So the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot came out today and righty Mike Mussina made his first appearance.

Mussina, who retired after the 2008 season, pitched for 18 seasons with the Orioles and Yankees and finished with a lifetime record of 270-153 and an ERA of 3.68.

Some more Mussina cool facts:

  • He was a five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove Award winner who pitched his entire career in the American League East. Even more impressive was that he did this during “steroid era.” Mussina was able to win at least 15 games in 11 seasons.
  • He finished in this top five in voting for the AL Cy Young Award six times. He finished second behind Pedro Martinez in 1999. His 270 wins are tied with Burleigh Grimes for 33rd place on baseball’s all-time list, and he retired as the oldest pitcher to record a 20-win season for the first time (2008).
  • Only five pitchers in the game’s history have had as many wins as Mussina while matching his .638 career winning percentage: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Christy Mathewson, Roger Clemens, Lefty Grove and Randy Johnson.
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