E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

Author Archives: EJ Fagan

The Yankees and Excess Capacity

The notion that the Yankees are playing by a different playbook than the other 29 teams when putting together their baseball team has been tossed around the blogopshere a lot recently. David Cameron at Fangraphs said it as well as I’ve ever read before on Friday:

Not that this is any real surprise, but the Yankees...

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Nationals Catcher Wilson Ramos Kidnapped

From MLB.com:

WASHINGTON — Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in Venezuela on Wednesday night, according to multiple reports from the player’s home country.

The Nats have not commented on or confirmed the reports.

Ramos, who was playing for Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela’s Winter League, was taken from his home in Santa Ines by four armed...

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Expectations for Ivan Nova

No one expected Ivan Nova to contribute as much as he did in 2011: 165 1/3 innings, 3.70 ERA, and two starts in the division series. Ivan Nova was supposed to be a average-at-best young rotation candidate who would provide the Yankees some depth while the real impact players (Manuel Banuelos, Dellin Betances) developed in...

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What Player Would You Rather Have?

While discussing Felix Hernandez, Joe over at River Ave Blues said something very interesting that I believe is very important for the Yankees:

While I’ve soured on WAR for a number of reasons, one big reason is that it understates the value of high-WAR players. That is, players worth seven wins over...

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Who is Trade Bait?

C.C. Sabathia has re-signed. That’s awesome, and gives the Yankees some certainty heading into the free agent period. We’ve discussed at length here quite a bit about those free agent options – Yu Darvish and C.J. Wilson on the high end, Mark Buerhle and Freddy Garcia on the low end. While I find things attractive...

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On Brett Gardner and Those Enigmatic fWar numbers.

How many over the typical replacement player does Brett Gardner provide the Yankees? That’s a tough question to answer. One of the best easily accessible methods to determine this is fWar, over at Fangraphs. Fangraphs will tell you that Gardner was worth 5.1 wins over replacement in 2011, and 6.1 in 2010. A...

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Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley

Over at New York Baseball Digest, Chuck Johnson posted some of his thoughts as a scout on the Yankees Arizona Fall League crew. He got to see everyone play but David Phelps. I recommend reading the whole thing, caveating that he’s drawing conclusions only after observing a very limited example of what a player does...

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Wait to Extend Cano

Scott Boras wants the Yankees to extend Robinson Cano before he hits free agency. The Yankees hold two easy-to-exercise options on Robinson Cano for the next two seasons for $14 and $15 million. The status quo has him reaching free agency at the age of 31. He’s proven to be one of the...

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