Perusing Cot’s, the only current contractual obligations past 2013 are for CC, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. AJ Burnett’s deal concludes in 2013. Derek Jeter has a modest player option in 2014 for $8M (and by “modest”, it could mean “expensive” in his age 40 year). In all likelihood, Robinson Cano will have signed an extension (or a new deal since the Yanks don’t normally extend players who are not free agents; something we should discuss another time). Curtis Granderson has a team option for $13M in 2013, so if he’s still doing what we think he can do, he will surely be under wraps for some time to come. Aside from those guys, there’s no telling who will still be with this team and what they might cost. Guys like Phil Hughes will no longer be arbitration eligible and therefore likely a heck of a lot more costly, but Jesus Montero, if he’s not a Seattle Mariner by then, will still be arb eligible.…
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So while my personal 2011 season was lost, it wasn’t without a great sense of enjoyment about what the team was doing on the field. Derek Jeter had us all wondering if the end was here, and then, suddenly, Derek Jeter returned. Jorge Posada was done all year, except once October rolled around. No one is happier for his successful post-season than I. Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano turned in MVP-caliber seasons and I’m thrilled that they represent the leadership of this team. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez turned in very bi-polar seasons. Teix put up power numbers but frustrated many, especially me, despite his great defense. ARod was hurt a lot and one can only wonder about his ability to remain productive as he enters the dangerous portion of that contract. Brett Gardner is a stud and I can’t help but feel that Joe Girardi still views him as a “role player” rather than the player he really is, but that’s a post for another day.…
And versus LHH:
Here is the combined chart for CC:
And to be fair, here is the chart for Verlander (UPDATED):
About these charts, from Brooks:
Non-Normalized maps simply use the actual height of each pitch as it crosses the plate. But, because of variable batter height, this may not provide a completely accurate picture of an Umpire’s Strikezone in the Vertical Axis. The outside edges of the strikezone are then drawn to specifications corresponding to an average umpire’s strikezone.
So I took the “value” derived from Fangraphs and compared that to their stated salary (via Cot’s, using just base salary to keep it simple). To state the obvious, the higher you are, the more value you have delivered for the team. The converse is also true. Let’s for the sake of this simple exercise, suspend all debates about the derivation of “value” since it includes WAR, which, according to some, can be skewed by the vagaries of defensive metrics and just accept them at face value.
Alas, the 2011 Yankees: Value vs. Salary (figures through 9/21/11):
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Note: not every player on the roster has been shown above and for those at league minimum range but not disclosed, a salary of $400K was assumed.
Mr. Garcia began his baseball career in 1938 when the St. Louis Browns signed him. While he never reached the majors as a player, he later managed the California Angels and Cleveland Indians from 1977 to 1982. Mr. Garcia is nearly 91 years old, born in East St. Louis, Ill., in 1920. He told me that he never really had to work a day in his life because he loved the game so much he never considered it working. “The only time I worked was in the offseason,” he said. “I had to carry 300 pounds of meat up the stairs.”
I started to take notes but he told me to put my pen down. I didn’t want to see a pitch. I just wanted to talk with him all day. He talked about how much the game has changed and how he saw Lou Gehrig play. He was like a little baseball Yoda. But just like that, he was gone, and I didn’t see him again.…