Author Archives: Brien Jackson

Yankees have strong interest in Keppinger

The Yankees have a “very strong” interest in infielder Jeff Keppinger, and are “accelerating” their timetable on the free agent in the wake of the news of Alex Rodriguez‘s hip injury, tweets Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Keppinger, who spent the 2012 season with the Rays, is a utility infielder who can ostensibly play all over the infield and mashes left handed pitching, but he’s not a particularly strong regular. The Yankees have reportedly been interested in him all offseason, as they were originally seeking a super-sub type of infielder who could spell A-Rod and Derek Jeter semi-regularly, but now they obviously need an interim starter at third base, and Keppinger fits that bill as well as any other options on the free agent market.

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Yankees could trade Hughes too

In addition to rumors of possibly being open to trading Curtis Granderson, the Yankees will listen to trade proposals involving Phil Hughes, according to Joel Sherman. However, Sherman notes that the Yankees still intend to compete in 2013, a goal that’s not necessarily conducive to trading established big league contributors for prospects and/or salary relief. This is why I can’t really see the Yankees working out any agreeable deal for Granderson, but Hughes could be another matter. For one thing, Hughes is the team’s fourth starter on paper, and replacing him with Ivan Nova or David Phelps wouldn’t be the worst move ever, and for another, I have a perhaps irrationally optimistic outlook of what Hughes could do in a big park, especially in the National League. If he were willing to sign an extension as part of a deal, I can see teams having enough interest that they might part with something the Yankees are looking for in return.…

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Olney: Yankees could trade Granderson

I don’t know if there’s any meat to this, but make of it what you will: Buster Olney tweeted late last night that the Yankees are “open” to trade talks involving Curtis Granderson. I suspect at this point the Yankees are “open” to trade talks involving everyone in the organization short of C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte, but there you go. I know Granderson has fallen out of favor with a lot of fans, and trading him has certainly become something of a grassroots priority, but I really don’t see where you’re going to find a good deal at this point. He’s only got one year left on his contract, and he finished the 2012 season in something of a huge funk with a metric ton of strikeouts. Selling low on him now as the Yankees are already short a catcher, third baseman, and right fielder would basically mean punting the 2013 season, and wouldn’t necessarily help the Yankees any in 2014 either.…

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IIATMS Radio 12/3/2012

Tonight, Stacey and I are joined by Rob Abruzzese of Bronx Baseball Daily, and as you can imagine we spend an awful lot of time talking about Alex Rodriguez and his looming hip surgery. What it says about his postseason performance in hindsight, what it means for the Yankees in 2013 and beyond, and how they should go about replacing him in the lineup. We also spend some time talking about the affect this will have on the Yankees’ payroll plans, and the state of the A.L. East at large.

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Jeter vows to be ready

Derek Jeter was on Michael Kay’s ESPN Radio show this afternoon, and he made it clear that his expectation is to be ready for Opening Day. “I’ll be in the walking boot for another few weeks, and then I’ll be good to go,” Jeter said of his efforts to rehab a broken ankle. “It’s been a long process. What’s it been, six or seven weeks, where I haven’t been able to move too much? But it’s healing probably just as expected. We still got a long way to go before the season starts, but I’ll be ready.” Joe Girardi had previously said that Jeter might not be fully prepared to play when Opening Day rolls around, but that was likely as much about not being too bold too quickly as anything else.

Jeter also addressed recent “reports” that he’s put on a few pounds this fall. “I thought it was pretty funny,” he said. “I guess there’s a lot of things you can do with a picture.…

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Toronto claims Whiteside

Via Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off of waivers after the Yankees DFA’d him to make room for Andy Pettitte‘s new contract. That’s not necessarily a huge deal, as the light hitting 33 year old is hardly the sort of player you lose sleep over losing to a waiver claim, but it does mean that the Yankees are down one potential option for replacing Russell Martin. Conversely, the Blue Jays already had three catchers in their organization in J.P. Arencibia, the recently acquired John Buck, and top prospect Travis d’Arnaud. That would lead me to believe they plan on trading Arencibia or Buck, though it would be tough to see them moving either to a divisional rival just as they seem to be poised to contend for the division crown.

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You pay a lot for sports television

There’s an interesting story in the Los Angeles Times today about the rising cost of sports programming in cable/satellite television package. The upshot: about half of your cable bill now comes from the cost of sports programming, which includes both your local regional sports networks, as well as ESPN, MLB Network, etc. This, predictably, has non-sports fans and a la carte television pricing up in arms, which is about as hilariously awful as you would expect it to be if you have a rough idea of how the economics of cable work.

Here’s the dime store version of how this works. In addition to whatever costs related to physical hardware they may have, cable television providers have to pay networks for the rights to broadcast their content. The laws of supply and demand are pretty straight-forward here: popular networks that get relatively large audiences (like ESPN or YES) are able to demand much higher fees than smaller, nichey networks, and providers have much less leverage to balk at their asking prices, as a cable company that didn’t let you watch ESPN or whichever network broadcasts your local baseball team’s games would likely find themselves losing customers pretty quickly.…

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