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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Looking at Graham Stoneburner

Graham Stoneburner, Right-handeed Starting Pitcher
Ranked Sixth Best Yankee Prospect

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No Need For An Upgrade Like Cliff Lee

[image title=”Indians starting pitcher Lee looks up before pitching in sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Yankees in New York” size=”full” id=”22679″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]So far, I’ve given my argument against signing Cliff Lee, and laid out some alternatives (most of which don’t look pretty good), and stated my...

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Cliff Lee Alternatives

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In response to the early discussion, I should probably say: I support option #1, which is essentially standing pat. Tomorrow I’ll argue that the Yankees don’t need an upgrade.

Yesterday, we had some really vibrant discussion on whether or not the Yankees should sign Cliff Lee. I think that...

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Against a Cliff Lee Signing

[image title=”cliff_lee1″ size=”full” id=”22629″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Cliff Lee is a really good pitcher. He’s become a modern-day Curt Schilling: dominating the playoffs unimaginably well. He is healthy. He has no makeup issues to worry about. But we still shouldn’t sign him.

Let’s get this out of the way first: Cliff Lee is going to make bank...

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2010 Yankee Fielding – Adjusted UZR

One of my bigger pet peeves is imprecise wording when discussing statistics. Frequently, UZR is cited as a statistic requiring a large sample size to be accurate, for a lot of reasons. UZR is essentially an estimate of a player’s defensive ability. The field is divided into zones, and players are rated based upon balls...

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What's the better natural advantage?

The response to my Cito Culver post earlier this week put an interesting question in my head. Here are the comments:

Richard Deegan: It’s about having people on the ground and getting into all corners, especially “home” (well, at least NY) turf. That’s how the Cards got The Man, while the Pirates dozed.

Tripp: I think...

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