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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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/13/15

It’s a 4-day Palooza this week.  Not including anything good that gets posted today because I’ll be kicking it in Chicago by the time this posts.  Still a very good batch of links this week.

– On Monday, Ben Diamond of BP Bronx reviewed Nathan Eovaldi’s pre- and post-splitter performance in 2015 and touched on what he needs to do to make the pitch even better in 2016.

– El duque of It Is High… concocted a few extreme ideas if Cash really is “open to anything” this offseason.  Always good to think outside the box.

– On Wednesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog laid out his plan for the offseason if ownership is willing to add payroll.  It’s got no step 3, but I think it’s still a pretty good plan.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud looked back at Cash’s recent history of acquiring young MLB-level players with upside and team control.  Been a pretty good strategy so far.…

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GM Meetings Day 4 Recap: A Quiet Finish

There were no last-day fireworks for the Yankees yesterday on the final day of the 2015 GM Meetings.  Cash did his damage on Wednesday and in all likelihood laid some groundwork for bigger talks next month.  Most of the big news yesterday came from the rest of the league.

– The biggest news is recent former Yankee front officer and new Anaheim GM Billy Eppler making a splash and acquiring all-world defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves for Erick Aybar, prospects, and cash.  I like the move if the Angels think they can perk up Simmons’ bat, which Atlanta apparently did not think was possible anymore.  Anaheim is already in “win now” mode with the guys they’ve got, no reason for Eppler to not be aggressive if he thinks it improves the team.

– The Mariners kept dealing as well, picking up righty reliever Joaquin Benoit from the Padres.  The AL West should be fun next year.

– Via Ken Rosenthal, it sounds like Colby Rasmus will be the first player to accept his qualifying offer.  …

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GM Meetings Day 3 Recap: 1 Trade, 2 Trades, And The Rumor Mill Heats Up

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Your new fourth outfielder… for now (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Very busy day for Hipster Cash yesterday.  He started off by clearing a 40-man spot and kept the trade momentum rolling with an out-of-nowhere swap with the Twins that netted him at least his Chris Young replacement.  Here’s a full recap of yesterday’s activities.

– The first trade was a straight up roster dump.  Cash said so himself.  The Yanks sent utility man Jose Pirela to the Padres for 20-year-old right-hander Ronald Herrera.  The move got them down to 38 on the 40-man roster and gave them a potential sleeper pitching prospect.

– The second trade was the big one.  The Yankees acquired outfielder Aaron Hicks from the Twins for backup catcher John Ryan Murphy.  This trade, while unexpected, followed a pattern Cash has established recently of dealing from positions of depth to acquire young MLB players with lots of team control remaining.  Murphy really came into his own in 2015 as Brian McCann‘s regular backup, and like Francisco Cervelli before him he will now get the chance to expand into a regular starting role.  …

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Report: Yanks And Mariners Have Had Talks About Brett Gardner

Here’s the other new story I alluded to in the previous recap post.  According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees and Mariners have “discussed” a potential trade involving Brett Gardner.  This comes as the latest example of the “Brian Cashman is open to anything” storyline that’s been gaining strength over the last week or so.

Sherman’s report is quick to state that the discussions are in the early stages and no specifics have been mentioned by either side, but there is a good fit and logical reason for both sides to pursue this.  The Mariners need to be competitive now and Gardner is the perfect type of top-of-the-order table setter they need in front of their big hitters.  Jerry DiPoto is the new GM in Seattle and has always liked Gardner.  From the Yankees’ side, Gardner is arguably their most trade-able main roster piece as an above-average player with a reasonable contract.  With Ellsbury locked in, Beltran coming off the books after next season, prospects waiting in the wings, and some intriguing FA outfield options, Gardner is the best chance for them to move a piece while also helping another area of roster need.…

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GM Meetings Day 2 Recap: Young, Profar, Mets Rotation, Gold Glove Shutout

It was another calm day at the 2015 GM Meetings yesterday.  The biggest piece of Yankee hot stove news actually came out super early this morning, so that post will wait.  Here’s the day 2 recap to get the morning started:

– Via Erik Boland, Cash confirmed that the Yankees are interested in bringing Chris Young back.  “Would we like to have him back? Of course. You couldn’t ask him to be any better” Cash said.  Young was a lefty masher on a cheap 1-year deal this past season.  Have to think he’s looking to cash in on that and his market development will determine how seriously the Yankees pursue him.

– FWIW, Bob Nightengale reported the Red Sox as one of the other teams interested in Young.

– Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees are one of several teams that have checked in on Jurickson Profar‘s availability.  Profar, the top prospect in baseball as recently as 2013, has missed the past 2 seasons with shoulder injuries for the Rangers but is playing in the AZFL right now to make up for lost time.  …

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GM Meetings Day 1 Recap: Cash Talks Murphy And 2016 Rotation

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The Cash Man stylin’ and profilin’ (Courtesy of Mark Feinsand)

The 2015 GM Meetings opened in Boca Raton, Florida yesterday.  Naturally that meant Brian Cashman was going to be there, and be there he was as he knocked the fashion world on its collective ass with his stylish, hipster-y, Tobias Funke-esque arrival getup.

Besides that, there wasn’t anything major that went down yesterday.  There usually isn’t at these meetings.  This is more of a table setting for the Winter Meetings next month.  But there were a few tidbits worth talking about:

– If you were thinking of signing Daniel Murphy to play second base next year, don’t get your hopes up.  Via Mark Feinsand, Cash said “I think if we’re going to pursue something, we have two offensive-profile players already at that position, so if we did any changing there, it would be seeking more balance on both sides of the ball” when asked about Murphy.  For the money it would take to sign him and the draft pick, I’d rather pass and go with Ackley-Refs too.…

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MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agents List And Predictions

With free agents now able to sign with any team and the GM meetings starting up today, the timing couldn’t be better for MLB Trade Rumors to post their annual top 50 free agents list and predictions for where all of those free agents will sign and for how much.

The entire list and write-up on each player can be found here, but for Yankee-centric purposes here’s what you need to know.  MLBTR predicts the Yankees will sign Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and Chris Young (the outfielder).

Heyward is their #2 free agent and MLBTR predicts a 10-year/$200 million deal.  That dollar amount seems a little light to me and the years seems longer than the Yankees would be willing to go, but if that deal comes with an opt-out clause, maybe that would inspire the Yankees to pursue a longer deal if they were OK with the dollars.  Zobrist comes in at #21 and is projected to get a 3-year/$51 million deal.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/6/15

Here are some links for you to enjoy:

– On Monday, Chris Carelli of Yankees Unscripted explained why he thinks this offseason will be one based in treading water more than rebuilding.  Hal probably thinks this way too.

– On Tuesday, Harlan Spence of Pinstripe Alley examined the idea of “stepping it up” in the postseason and how much influence that should have in determining which free agents to target.

– On Thursday, Mike Axisa of RAB sorted through the sizable number of trade chips the Yankees have accumulated.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud had the highlights from new hitting coach Alan Cockrell’s conference call, including his statements on the injuries to Ellsbury and Gardner.

– John M of It Is High… rattled off his top 10 things to look forward to next season.

– On Friday, Kenny Ducey of BP Bronx ranked his top 5 potential offseason targets.  Couple of interesting names in there not normally connected to the Yankees.…

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Thursday Morning News And Notes: 11/5/15

The early offseason roster shuffle continues.  Here’s what you might have missed yesterday:

Chris Martin has been released and has signed a deal to go pitch for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan.  According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, the deal was for 2 years and $1.7 million.  That’s more than he would have got here.  Props to Martin and best of luck to him over there.

– The Yankees activated their remaining four 60-day DL players yesterday.  For the time being, Jacob Lindgren, Mason Williams, Chase Whitley, and Domingo German are all back on the 40-man roster.  I believe Lindgren and Williams will be ready in time for Spring Training, and both have good chances to make the Opening Day team next year.  Whitley and German should return to full game action sometime in the middle of next season.

– In addition to those moves, the Yankees also added righty Vicente (formerly Jose) Campos back onto the 40-man roster.  …

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