Thanksgiving blockbuster! Yankees sign Jayson Nix

The Yankees signed Jayson Nix, utility infielder, to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Nix has only four seasons of experience but he’s pretty terrible, with a .207/.280/.368 career line, including .169/.245/.309 last year. Still, it’s just a depth move and he probably won’t even be a bench player, so it’s hard to get upset.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and all of us here at IIATMS are extremely grateful for our readers. Continue reading Thanksgiving blockbuster! Yankees sign Jayson Nix

On all 182 free agents and the Yankees (Part I)

Jeff Passan recently compiled a list of all 182 players eligible for free agency (!), starting with the best and and, um, movin’ on down. A Tigers fan recently covered just about every one of those for his team, and with his permission, I’ve borrowed the idea for the Yankees. Keep in mind, the rankings are Passan’s, not mine, though it’s pretty difficult to quibble with any of these.
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ALDS Game 3/Open Thread

New York Yankees
1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Mark Teixeira 1B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF
(Sabathia P)

Detroit Tigers
1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Ramon Santiago 2B
3. Delmon Young LF
4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
5. Victor Martinez DH
6. Magglio Ordonez RF
7. Jhonny Peralta SS
8. Alex Avila C
9. Brandon Inge 3B
(Verlander P)

I figured I’d put this thread up early so people could also discuss the Rangers/Rays game, which is starting just about now. First pitch in Detroit for the Yankees’ game is at 8:37 PM, and use this as your Game Thread. Enjoy, and go Yankees! Continue reading ALDS Game 3/Open Thread

ALDS Game 1 postponed

So, that happened. Wednesday night brought us maybe the best night of baseball ever. Friday night brought us a 9-0 blowout and a Verlander/Sabathia matchup that got rained out after two innings. Such is baseball.

The Yankees and Tigers pick up in the bottom of the second tomorrow night at 8:37 PM (when it’s also supposed to rain, surprisingly enough), and Game 3 will be Sunday at 3:07. Stay tuned. Continue reading ALDS Game 1 postponed

ALDS Game 1 Lineups (and Game Thread)

New York Yankees
1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Mark Teixeira 1B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF
CC Sabathia P

Detroit Tigers
1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Magglio Ordonez RF
3. Delmon Young LF
4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
5. Victor Martinez DH
6. Alex Avila C
7. Ryan Raburn 2B
8. Jhonny Peralta SS
9. Brandon Inge 3B
Justin Verlander P

Feel free to use this as an open thread until the Yankee game starts, and then as your open game thread. First pitch is at 8:37 PM in the Bronx. Go Yankees!
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Dellin Betances to start regular season finale

According to Bryan Hoch on Twitter, Dellin Betances will start today’s game. He made one previous appearance in the major leagues, a poor relief outing against Tampa Bay where he walked four in just two-thirds of an inning. Still, it’s exciting to see prospects who may play a bigger role in 2012 and beyond on the 2011 team, and as a kid who grew up a Yankee fan this is probably very exciting for Betances.

Enjoy the last couple of days of stress-free baseball, everyone. Continue reading Dellin Betances to start regular season finale

Sabathia will not make another regular season start

According to Jack Curry, CC Sabathia will not make another regular season start. He’ll pitch a simulated game on Sunday to get him ready for Game 1 of the American League Division Series. With the AL East clinched, the most important thing for the rest of the season is getting him in the best position possible to pitch well in the playoffs.

Additionally, prospects Manny Banuelos, David Phelps, and Adam Warren will join the team tomorrow, though they won’t be activated. Continue reading Sabathia will not make another regular season start