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

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Jesus Montero's Place On The 2011 Team

[image title=”Montero1″ size=”full” id=”23729″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]With Russell Martin under control, the Yankees have an interesting conundrum on their hands. Before it looked like Martin would be available, the Yankees were prepared to commit to the 2010 season with Jesus Montero as their primary catcher. Francisco Cervelli would back him up, and Posada would DH.

Assuming...

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AL Run Scoring Way Down In 2010

Back in June, I wrote a post about how AL run scoring had declined in the first half of the year to 1992 levels. Despite some speculation that run scoring would rebound in the warm summer months, second half run scoring was actually significantly lower than first half, and the AL finished at 4.45...

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Don't Worry Too Much About Boston

I sense a panic in the air. Its ok! Boston is was not the best team in the American League a week ago, and they are not the best team in the America League today, after acquiring Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.

The Red Sox won 89 games last season, 6 fewer than the Yankees. They...

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Is the next round of baseball inflation finally here?

The off season has just begun, but we’re already seeing a new phenomena: a big jump the the salaries offered to players. Jason Werth earned 7 years, 126 million. Adam Dunn, in a crowded market for his services, earned 4 years, 56 million. Cliff Lee is bound to earn at least 6 years, 150 million,...

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New Hall of Fame Criteria

[image title=”Cooperstown1006″ size=”full” id=”23417″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Earlier this week, my post on John Franco and the Hall of Fame inspired some great discussion. Posters commented on my opinions and the HOF cases for Trevor Hoffman and Goose Gossage. This topic interests me quite a bit, so I’d like to open it up a bit...

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Closers and the Hall of Fame

To me, the most interesting new name on the 2011 Hall of Fame ballot (which has no shortage of debatable, interesting candidates) is John Franco. His career numbers:

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The All-Ceiling Top 20

While attempting to sleep last night, an idea popped into my head. Why not have some fun and rank the top-20 Yankee prospects by ceiling alone? Here’s the list I scratched down late at night, with some comments on what their ceiling looks like. I excluded mostly busted prospects so not to make the list...

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Cafardo: "Word Is" Yankees To Offer Lee 5 Years, 115 Million

Via MLB Trade Rumors:

“Word is” that the Yankees are currently willing to offer Cliff Lee about $115MM over five years. Cafardo says the Rangers are aiming to match whatever the bidding gets up to, while the Nationals are also still in the hunt. Earlier in the week, Nolan Ryan said he didn’t expect Texas...

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Yankee Draft Strategy: Spread the Wealth

I’ve been doing some research for my article in this year’s Yankees Annual magazine, and figured that I would share some of it with you guys. Here is a chart of the players signed by the Yankees to six-figure bonuses this year, with the one caveat that a few may lurk out there that...

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