The Yankees have made the 7-year contract with Ellsbury official. The press conference is set for Friday December 13th. With Jacoby Ellsbury now on the 40-man roster, all 40 spots are accounted for. They’ll need to free up a spot for Carlos Beltran before he becomes official. Unless they trade some players before the winter meetings, or postpone Beltran’s official agreement, the team won’t have any open spots for the Rule 5 draft. Oh well, guess they’ll just have to sign some more free agents.
Was told today the Yankees have shopped Ichiro in trade talks. No indication a deal remotely close. Value is limited. #yankees
— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) December 7, 2013
According to Chad Jennings of LoHud, the Yankees are shopping Ichiro Suzuki to other teams. He adds that there is no deal close, and obviously there’s limited value. Last night there was some speculation about the Giants trading for Ichiro., they could use help in the outfield, and the star power isn’t bad. I assume he has some sort of no trade clause, but with the outfield so stacked, he may waive that to get more playing time with another team. If the Giants are indeed interested, I have no idea what kind of return he’d get. More than likely it would either be salary relief and a player to be named later, but there was some talk about the Giants listening on offers for Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval.…
The Yankees aren’t necessarily shopping Brett Gardner to other teams, but they’re certainly listening on offers. Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger reports that the front office saw an increased interest in Gardner once they agreed to sign Jacoby Ellsbury earlier this week. Now that the team has agreed to a deal with Carlos Beltran, the Yankees have excess outfielders and the interest has further increased.
The team is currently seeking help at second base to replace Robinson Cano, a back up plan to Alex Rodriguez at third base, and is also looking at their options in the rotation and bullpen. There are still a number of relievers and starters available on the free agent market, so it would seem Gardner would be best used as a trade chip for a second baseman or third baseman.
There’s been some speculation that the team could trade Gardner in a package to the Reds for starting pitcher Homer Bailey, but that may not make sense with Masahiro Tanaka potentially available very soon, and Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez are still on the open market.…
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) December 7, 2013
Here’s the full release:
The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year Major League contract, extending through the 2014 season.
Kuroda, 38, went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA (201.1IP, 74ER) in 32 starts with the Yankees in 2013. He made nine scoreless starts, the most such starts among all American League pitchers and second-most in the Majors behind only the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (10).
Kuroda is one of just four American League starters to post sub-3.33 ERAs in each of the last two seasons (3.31 in 2013 and 3.32 in ’12), joining the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, the White Sox’ Chris Sale and the Angels’ Jered Weaver. Since joining the Yankees prior to the 2012 season, he has tossed at least 7.0 scoreless innings in 14 of his starts, tied with Kershaw for most in the Majors over the two-year stretch.…
There’s a lot going on in baseball right now, and to be specific, a lot of that noise has to do with the Yankees. First, I’d like to say that I was not too happy about the Jacoby Ellsbury deal. I actually hated it, because it feels like the Yankees just spent a ton of money on a player who is pretty much made of glass. But that might not be true, and now I’m coming around on the signing. Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs wrote that Ellsbury’s injuries have been a matter of bad luck more than anything. His injuries have come about after colliding with a few guys, where he ended up hurting himself. Most baseball players would bust their ribs if they collided with Adrian Beltre.
Sullivan also explains that this doesn’t mean his injuries are unconcerning. There is a possibility that Ellsbury could be more fragile than the average big leaguer, but there’s really no exact way of proving this true.…
I don’t have any. At least not yet. I think I need like a week to process everything that’s happened.
BREAKING: Source says Yankees and Carlos Beltran have agreed to a three-year deal. More details to come.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 7, 2013
You ever one of those days you wish you could live all over again?
This isn’t one of them.
Here are more details:
Beltran deal is $45 m over 3 yrs
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 7, 2013