Author Archives: Brien Jackson

Yankees lose no one to Rule 5 draft

The Rule 5 draft just wrapped up in Nashville, and of the 42 players selected none came out of the Yankees’ organization. That’s probably not as noteworthy as it sounds though, if only because the Yankees have been super aggressive in protecting eligible players in recent years. That’s why they have guys like Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa, and Corban Jospeh on the 40 man roster even though they don’t have a ton of usefulness to the big league team at the moment. This year they even protected Nik Turley and Jose Ramirez, even though it seems highly unlikely that they’re ready to stick on a major league roster, and filling up the 40 man roster just means that you have to DFA someone anytime you need to make a move. I don’t really get it, but there you go.

On the other side of the ledger, the Yankees didn’t have an open 40 man roster spot, so they weren’t eligible to select anyone themselves.…

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Yankees have made a big offer for Youkilis

Yesterday’s theme was potential Yankee targets signing with other teams, including a couple of potential interim third basemen in Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger. That’s left the board pretty thin as the Yankees look for someone to fill in for Alex Rodriguez, and apparently they don’t want a repeat of that, to say the least. According to Bryan Hoch, the Yankees have made Kevin Youkilis an offer of $12 million for one year, which jives with the “premium salary” he was supposedly looking for in exchange for a one year deal. That’s pretty strange, I guess, but the Yankees desperately need someone to plug the hole at third base, and if they’re going to insist on signing nothing but one year deals, they’re going to have to lay out more dollars for anyone but true scrap heap projects. I’m not terribly wild about Youkilis at this point in his career, but the alternatives are slim, and not overpaying anyone in 2013 likely means having too many holes to win the remarkably deep American League East.…

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Who’s ready for the Rule V draft?

It’s the final day of the Winter Meetings, which means the annual Rule V draft will be getting underway shortly. Most of us are familiar with the rough outlines of the unique event, but if you’re not, here’s a quick primer. Players who have sufficient minor league experience to qualify and are not on a team’s 40 man roster can be selected by another team for a mere $50,000 price. The kicker is that you then have to keep that player in the big leagues for an entire season (either on the active roster or the big league disabled list), or you must offer the player back to his original team. There are interesting stories on both ends of the spectrum here, the Twins got Johan Santana in the Rule V draft while the Padres actually selected Ivan Nova and returned him to the Yankees back in 2008, but for the most part nothing particularly interesting comes of most guys who get selected.…

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IIATMS Radio: 12/5/2012

Tonight,  Stacey and I were joined by Mike Silva. We hit up the usual topics: the latest goings on at the Winter Meetings, the state of the economics of baseball as some seemingly ridiculous contracts get thrown out this week and, of course, the fact that the Yankees seemingly might as well be flashing Confederate dollars in Nashville. We even briefly venture into a quick discussion of everyone’s favorite local sports media outlet. Enjoy!

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The Yankees can’t sign anyone

The theme of the day seems to be that the Yankees can’t close the deal with any of their (few) targets. So far this week, the only two names we’ve seriously heard the Yankees connected to have been Jeff Keppinger and Nate Schierholtz, but now it appears that both of those men will be taking their talents to the Windy City. Keppinger, of course, signed with the White Sox earlier this afternoon, and Jerry Crasnick has just reported that Schierholtz has accepted a one year offer from the Cubs, of all teams. I can’t necessarily say that I’m terribly broken up by the Yankees losing out on either, but for an offseason that’s mostly been defined by who the Yankees are not interested in, this lack of reciprocated interest from a couple of players they were targeting certainly isn’t encouraging.

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A look at potential A-Rod replacements

We knew the Yankees were going to be looking for an outfielder and possibly a catcher at this year’s Winter Meetings, but we didn’t expect the festivities to begin with the announcement that they’d be needing a third baseman as well. That’s exactly what happened when the team confirmed that Alex Rodriguez will miss 4-6 months following hip surgery in January, and the bulk of Yankee related rumors since then have focused on third base. We’ve been covering all of those rumors in real time, and we spent some time talking about a number of them on IIATMS Radio last night, but for your convenience, here’s a quick look at the potential acquisitions the Yankees are being linked to the most.

Eric Chavez: Obviously a guy Yankee fans are familiar with, the Yankees did meet with Chavez’s agent yesterday, and a reunion would seem to make perfect sense for both sides at this point. The infamously fragile Chavez was something of a godsend for the Yankees last season, hitting righties to the tune of .299/.366/.545 while getting extra playing time due to injuries to A-Rod and Brett Gardner.…

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Olney: Yankees frontrunners for Schierholtz

The Yankees are the early favorites to sign free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz, tweets ESPN’s Buser Olney. The soon to be 29 year old outfielder was non-tendered by the Phillies last week after hitting .257/.321/.407 in the N.L. in 2012. If the Yankees were to sign him, he would presumably be slotted into right field, perhaps as the left-handed half of a platoon there, though I suppose it wouldn’t be shocking if he was an everyday outfielder either. He actually doesn’t have much of a platoon split in his career (a 90 wRC+ vs. LHP, compared to a 96 mark against righties), he just hasn’t gotten much of a chance to play against lefties, with just 271 career plate appearances against them. Signing Schierholtz would also probably mean not bringing back Ichiro Suzuki, as I highly doubt the Yankees would want to construct a roster with four left-handed hitting outfielders.

Personally, I’m pretty un-enthused about the prospect of signing Schierholtz.…

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Rivera to announce 2014 plans in Spring Training

Last season, Yankee fans and local media were kept in the dark regarding Mariano Rivera’s intentions with respect to playing another season until after he tore his ACL in early May. This year, he plans to be much more upfront about his future. “I’ll tell you in spring training,” the all-time saves leader told reporters. “Spring training is going to be the date.” That would certainly be preferable to the way last Spring played out, when every move from arriving to camp on-time, something of a rarity for Mo, to supposedly enjoying the experience more than most, was scrutinized for signs that the beloved Rivera was spending his last March in training camp.

If I had to wager on it, I’d bet that 2013 will be Mo’s final season, and his comments here don’t do a whole lot to change that assumption. “The decision to come back wasn’t easy,” he said. “Once you see the other side, I had almost the whole season to see things and enjoy my family and do all the things I didn’t do for 22 years.…

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IIATMS Radio 12/4/2012

Tonight Stacey and I were joined on the show by Matt Imbrogno of The Yankee Analysts, and we had a lot of fun batting around the rumors of the day and some other topics from around baseball. Maybe a little bit too much fun, actually.

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