Alex Rodriguez underwent surgery on his hip Wednesday and, in addition to keeping the endless string of “successful” surgeries on athletes alive, the Yankees got some early good news on the nature of the injury itself. Via Anthony McCarron, Dr. Bryan Kelly informed the Yankees that there was less cartilage damage in the afflicted hip than expected, which is a good start to the rehab process for A-Rod. “That will mean his rehab has the highest chance of successfully getting back to the level with his hip that he was before his hip started hurting,” Dr. Derek Ochiai, an orthopedic surgeon from Virginia, said. Of course, just what that level is will be an issue all in itself, as Alex has been steadily declining since 2009, and was struggling to find his power stroke early in the 2012 season. But with fully half of that mammoth contract left on the books, any good news on A-Rod’s health will certainly be warmly received by the Yankees.…
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First it was Phil Hughes, and now the Yankees have avoided arbitration with Joba Chamberlain as well. Ken Davidoff reports that the two sides reached agreement on a $1.875 million base salary for 2013, with the potential for another $275,000 worth of incentives. That’s a solid deal for both sides, if you ask me, considering the amount of time Joba missed over the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery. It’s hard to make anything out of his relatively brief tenure in the big leagues last season, but he certainly had his moments once he shook the rust off in September. Like Hughes, Joba will be a free agent at the end of the season, so this would be a good time for him to put everything together and give a dominant performance out of the pen over a full season.
The Yankees now have just two arbitration eligible players unsigned in David Robertson and Boone Logan, and today is the deadline for submitting arbitration proposals, so my guess is that Brian Cashman wants to get these deals done soon.…
I was going to touch on this in a later post, but RAB’s Mike Axisa beat me to it: the Yankees’ policy of not offering contract extensions to players isn’t really compatible with their suddenly tight budget plans:
These two ideas, getting under the luxury tax threshold and avoiding contract extensions, are technically mutually exclusive. In reality, the two ideas are at odds with each other. Getting under the luxury tax means the team will operate within defined financial limits, but avoiding extensions means the team will also have to pay market value for players. Paying market value and having a hard salary limit are not going to mix well, even with a payroll as large as $189M.
The Yankees, specifically Hal since he made the comments, want to have their cake and eat it too. They want to stay under the luxury tax threshold in the future and that’s fine even if I disagree with it, but they also don’t want to hand out contract extensions to young players.…
Derek Jeter is out of a walking boot, and now he’s been cleared to resume baseball activities as well, according to the Associated Press. That gives him the chance for a full and mostly normal Spring Training, as Jeter doesn’t even plan to begin preparing for the upcoming season until later this month. “I’ve got the OK to start,” Jeter told reporters at his charity golf event. “But I don’t start until next week or the week after, anyway. In terms of baseball activity, I’m right where I need to be.” Needless to say, that’s a good sign for where The Captain is in his rehab from surgery on the fractured ankle.
Jeter also said he isn’t worried about the newest round of concerns over the Yankees’ collective age, and expects the team to compete in 2013. “Too old or experienced?” Jeter said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll be competitive, and be right where we need to be.”
Provisional rosters for the World Baseball Classic were released this morning, and believe it or not some actual news was made. Contrary to prior reports, Andy Pettitte is not included on the roster for Team USA, and will apparently not be participating in the WBC. Not sure what that’s about, but I guess the most logical answer is that the Yankees talked him out of participating, even though that’s technically not allowed by the rules. So with Pettitte apparently bowing out and Derek Jeter not participating due to his ankle injury, Mark Teixeira is the only Yankee playing for Team USA, and Joe Torre won’t be reunited with anyone from the 1996-2001 Yankees’ roster.
Here’s the full roster for Team USA.
One down, three to go. Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have avoided arbitration with Phil Hughes, coming to an agreement with the pitcher on a $7.1 million salary for the upcoming season. For what it’s worth, that’s almost $1.5 million more than MLB Trade Rumors projected Hughes to earn in 2013, so he’s coming out pretty well in this arrangement. It also bodes well for his chances on the free agent market next winter, when he’s likely to be the youngest of the available starting pitching options. A good campaign for this year should leave him looking at an AAV in the eight figure range on the open market now. It also makes me wonder again if the Yankees shouldn’t have made an attempt to get Hughes locked up now rather than tempt the market next year, when Plan 189 is in full effect.
On tonight’s episode of On the Money we begin a look around the rest of the A.L. East, starting with the Baltimore Orioles, who took the Yankees to the wire in 2012. Nestor Aparicio of WNST in Baltimore joined Stacey and I to give a somewhat bearish take on the Orioles’ immediate future, and deliver some strong words in the direction of Peter Angelos. Later in the program we were joined by friend of the show Matt Imbrogno, of The Yankee Analysts, to talk a little bit of everything. You also learn that I’m not much of a Terry Bradshaw fan. Enjoy!
The Yankees were said to be interested in Michael Morse the second he hit the trading block, but alas, you can put him into the pile of supposed targets who won’t be suiting up for the Bombers in 2013. Multiple outlets are reporting that Washington has agreed to send Morse to the Mariners as part of a three team deal that also includes Oakland. Seattle is sending John Jaso to the A’s who, in turn, are sending a package of prospects that includes A.J. Cole to Washington. Seems like a good deal for just about everyone but Seattle, and I’m not sure the Yankees could have realistically beaten the return it looks like the Nats will be getting. Shucks.
Yesterday was the deadline for eligible players to file for arbitration, and four Yankees were among those who did just that. Phil Hughes, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, and Boone Logan submitted their paperwork, and will go to an arbitration hearing next month if an agreement between the two sides isn’t reached beforehand.
Of the four cases, Hughes probably has the most interesting one. This is his final trip through arbitration, he’ll be a free agent next year, and he has some success (albeit not a ton of consistency) as a starting pitcher in the A.L. East. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn just shy of $6 million in salary next season.