Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

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Does Hiroki Kuroda Make More Sense For The Yankees Now?

The late-night hours continued to be money time for this year’s Winter Meetings, as Jon Lester signed a 6-year/$155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs last night.  All along the Yankees said they weren’t in on Lester and it turns out they were telling the truth.  Now that the first big starting pitching deal has been signed, the rest of the market will start to fall into place.  More signings could come quickly, and that might not be a great thing for the Yanks, who need multiple starters but have shown no willingness thus far to pursue longer deals.  With that in mind, it’s time to ask the question.  Should the Yankees be going back to Hiroki Kuroda?

Really think about it.  They need rotation help but they don’t want to get pulled into another long-term contract.  Kuroda fits that perfectly.  If he comes back, he’d only be coming back on a 1-year deal.  It’ll cost a few bucks to sign him, but as a 1-year investment for a familiar player who’s pitched very well in New York, it’s money better and more wisely spent for a team looking to at least maintain and at best improve its financial flexibility.…

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Winter Meetings Day 2 Recap: 12/9/14

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Day 1 was punctuated by the late-breaking news of David Robertson‘s departure to Chitown.  Day 2 was a lot of nothing by the Yankees, at least as far as we know from the reports.  Now that D-Rob is gone, I could see them leaving the meetings with nobody new.  Here’s the recap of today’s top stories:

Joel Sherman is saying Chase Headley will make his decision by the end of the meetings.  The Yankees have reportedly worked back into a favorable position to land him, although they have yet to officially make him an offer.  That 4-year/$65 million mystery remains exactly that.

Via Jon Heyman, lefty Francisco Liriano re-signed with the Pirates for 3 years and $39 million.  He was never seriously on the Yankees’ radar, but his deal sets a comparison point for Brandon McCarthy, on whom the Yankees are very much in.  I wouldn’t mind him for 3/33 myself.

Via Bruce Levine, the Cubs acquired catcher Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks for a pair of pitching prospects.  …

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Tuesday Afternoon Food For Thought: What Other Starters Should The Yankees Target?

It’s been an unexpectedly interesting few days in Yankeeland to say the least.  For every roster hole they’ve filled, they’ve created another one.  If the regular season started tomorrow, the Yankees would have 3 health-related question marks in Tanaka, Pineda, and Sabathia occupying the top 3 spots of their rotation and 2 guys at the back end in Phelps and Warren who have spent the bulk of their Major League time working out of the bullpen.  That’s bad.

What’s good is that we know the Yanks aren’t going to stand pat with what they have there.  Their primary focus for the rest of the Winter Meetings and the foreseeable future is beefing up the rotation.  But how?  And with whom?

Brandon McCarthy is the first name that comes to mind.  The next 2, based on logic and growing perception in response to the D-Rob move, are Jon Lester and Max Scherzer.  But what about after them?  Who are the next names that make sense to go after now that we know the team needs multiple starters?  …

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Quick Hit: Andrew Miller Gets It

Andrew Miller talked to the NY media for the first time yesterday, giving insight into why he decided to sign with the Yankees over his other pursuers and what role he saw himself playing in the new ‘pen.  The talk over who was going to do what was already intriguing before D-Rob signed with the ChiSox and it will only get louder now that he’s gone, either until the Yankees name Miller or Betances the closer or sign another reliever to handle that role.

To his credit, Miller said he didn’t really care where and when he pitched and that a promised closer role was never part of the discussion between he and the Yanks.  His take on how he should be used was actually one of the smartest things I’ve heard a professional baseball player say in a while (quote courtesy of Chad Jennings):

“I’m pretty confident in myself.  I think I can get three outs at any point in the game, wherever that may be.

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Waking Up To The D-Rob News And Not Knowing How To Feel About It

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So long, guy.

First things first, mad props to Stacey for being up and jumping on this “David Robertson to the White Sox” story last night.  I had long shut it down for the day when it broke and I barely made it past halftime of the Packer game before passing out in my armchair.  I didn’t find out about this until I turned on SC this morning, and after 20 or so minutes of pondering it while driving to the office, I still have no clue how I feel about it.

On the one hand, I understand it.  The Yankees need a lot more help in roster places other than the bullpen.  They just signed a younger pitcher who had a better 2014 season to a cheaper deal a few days earlier.  They have Dellin Betances coming off a historically dominant season, and they have a ton of other young, high-upside relief arms in the top 2 levels of their farm system.  …

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Winter Meetings Day 1 Recap: 12/8/14

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It wasn’t a huge day by any means, but the first day of the 2014 Winter Meetings was anything but slow or unproductive.  If you haven’t caught up yet, here’s all you need to know from Day 1:

– The biggest news of the day was the Indians and A’s completing the Brandon Moss trade.  Moss goes to Cleveland for 2B prospect Joe Wendle.  The tear down has set in for Oakland.  I’d really like it if the Yankees would call Billy Beane up about his starting pitchers.

– The biggest FA signing of the day was Jason Hammel going back to the NL and back to the Cubs on a 2-year/$18 million deal.  He was a fringe candidate to be pursued by the Yankees, probably something around a Plan C or D.

Jon Lester did not sign, but like Andrew Miller last week he did get the deadline put on him.  Multiple reports have Lester making a decision by the end of the day tomorrow, and the Giants, Cubs, and Red Sox are the leaders in the race to land him.…

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Report: Yanks Willing To Go 4 Years For Headley And D-Rob

Not much activity so far on the Yankee front on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings.  I don’t think Cash has even arrived in San Diego yet.  The big story of the day so far is this report from Andrew Marchand about the Yankees being willing to go to a 4-year deal for Chase Headley and/or David Robertson.  This goes against previous reports that hinted at New York not being willing to go more than 3 for Headley, and confirms that the team is still very much interested in and involved in talks with D-Rob even after inking Andrew Miller to a 4-year deal on Friday.

Of course, the Yankees’ reported interest comes with the always tricky “at the right price” contingency.  Headley has supposedly received a 4-year/$65 million offer from an unnamed team, a price tag that I can’t see the Yankees being interested in paying.  With that deal not signed, however, and more coming out today about how much Headley liked playing in New York, I wonder how real that offer is.  …

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Didi Gregorius Trade Thoughts And Afterthoughts

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For a guy who the Yankees had been trying to acquire for over a year, Didi Gregorius sure seemed to come as a surprise when he was announced as the center piece of the 3-team trade involving the Tigers and Diamondbacks last Friday.  Leading up to then, the bulk of the trade talk centered around Troy Tulowitzki and Alexei Ramirez.  The primary FA focus was on the trio of Jed Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Stephen Drew.  There was no thought given to Gregorius, which is probably exactly what the Yankees wanted.

The reaction to the trade around the Yankosphere over the past 2.5 days has been mostly positive, with a noticeable contingent of fans expressing concern over Gregorius’ underwhelming performance with the bat to date.  He’s no stud 2-way shortstop, that much is certain.  But that’s a much rarer commodity in baseball these days than it was during Derek Jeter‘s golden years.  …

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Winter Meetings Start This Week; Yanks Have Plenty To Do

The biggest event of the MLB offseason gets started today in San Diego- the Winter Meetings.  The rumor mill will be running at warp speed for the next 4 days, with teams and players jockeying for prime position to work out the biggest and best deals possible and more than a few big names in play.  The Yankees kick started their offseason plan into gear on Friday after a slow and deliberate start, and they are expected to be among the most active teams during the meetings.  Adding Didi Gregorius and Andrew Miller filled a few big holes, but there are some that still need to be filled and the next 4 days will offer Cash and Co. a variety of possibilities to address them.

Starting pitching is an absolute must.  Giving up Shane Greene in the Gregorius deal has left the Yanks with a current projected starting rotation of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, David Phelps, and Adam Warren.  …

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