Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

UPDATE: If You Have Missed The IIATMS Podcast, You’re In Luck! It’s Coming Back!

Guess what, you guys?! We are going to be recording a podcast in the near future and we need your help.

We want to do another one of those “your questions answered” shows where you play the role the podcast producer, helping guide us through the discussion. We really enjoy doing that type of show and we’ve gotten really great questions in the past.

So, what we’ll need you to do is to either tweet questions our way (@domeniclanza, @StaceGots & @ejfagan), leave questions for us below in the comments or you can email us at stupidyankeespodcast@gmail.com because I think we can retrieve emails again now that E.J. is back from his trip in the wilds of New Jersey.

Ask us anything you’d like. You can ask about the Yankees, baseball in general, you can suggest trades, ask us about trades we’d like to see, etc. Oh and we’d love to talk about the winter meetings which are going on right now as I type this post.…

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Your Evening Winter Meetings Update

Hello, it’s the night owl Stacey with your “late” updates from the Winter Meetings.

Here are some quotes/blurbs from Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi who met with the press in San Diego earlier. My reactions are in the brackets.

  • Girardi said that he’s happy Francisco Cervelli will get a chance to play with the Pirates and thinks he should be an everyday regular. [I will miss the fist pumps.]
  • Cashman told reporters: “I’m not in a position right now to declare or determine if our closer currently exists on our roster.” [Hmmm, okay.]
  • Cashman also said that signing David Robertson after landing Andrew Miller was not a thought. He added that the Yankees the valued compensation draft pick over another big bullpen spend. [Now use the money you saved for someone good, Cash! Preferably someone who can pitch well or hit well. Thanks.]
  • Cashman said he hasn’t spoken with Hiroki Kuroda‘s agent recently and doesn’t know if he’ll return yet.
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Report: Robertson Signs With The White Sox

Say bye bye to David Robertson. Looks like he’s heading to the Chicago White Sox. The early reports are saying he signed for four years/$46M.

Robertson, who took over as closer after Mariano Rivera‘s retirement, had a very respectable 2014, picking up 39 saves in 44 tries, which ranked him third in the AL in that category. He had a 3.08 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 96 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. In his career with the Yankees, Robertson posted a 2.81 ERA with 524 strikeouts in 393.1 innings.

After Andrew Miller was signed over the weekend, Yankee fans wondered if maybe the team would re-sign Robertson and have Miller help set up, along with Dellin Betances. Guess that’s not happening now!

We’ll definitely have more reaction to this move after everyone else wakes up.…

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BREAKING: Yankees Sign Miller to a Four-Year Deal

So the Yankees are doing something this offseason. Isn’t that always the way? They sit still for a little bit, which annoys the fans because they take this stillness to mean that they’re being complacent and then BAM! Two deals in one day.

Last year, Miller played for the Red Sox and Orioles, posting a 2.02 ERA with a strong 103/17 K/BB in 62.1 IP. He’s also a lefty which is a nice luxury to have in a bullpen.

Now, I’m not sure what this deal means for David Robertson but maybe the Yankees will sign him as well and make their bullpen an extra special kind of scary.

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Matthews: Yanks Cooling On Signing Headley

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Yankees are cooling on the idea of signing Chase Headley. The reason? The five-year deal he’s reportedly seeking.

According to a baseball source I spoke with Tuesday, the Yankees are not willing to give Headley five years, considering his age (31 in May), so-so offensive production the past two seasons, and lingering lower back problems, which could lead to surgery at some point over the length of a five-year contract.

So are the Yankees finally learning their lesson by not signing “older” players to “long” contracts or are they just trying to get Headley to accept a smaller deal?

One possibility Matthews also touches upon in his article is that if the Yanks don’t sign Headley they could try Martin Prado over at third base, which would give Rob Refsnyder the chance to win the second base job. Of course, that could be a long shot because Refsnyder has only played a half season at Triple A.…

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Quick hit: Some 40-Man Roster Moves

Per the Yankees PR Twitter account:

“Roster move: Yankees add OF Tyler Austin, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Branden Pinder and OF Mason Williams to 40-man roster and sold the rights of INF Zelous Wheeler to the Rakuten Golden Eagles.”

The 40-man roster currently has 38 players and all four players placed onto the roster would have been eligible for the Rule 5 draft.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/14/14

It’s finally Friday! This isn’t quite a linkapalooza but here are some stories for you to look at on this lovely, cold November afternoon:

Enjoy your day!

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Thursday Afternoon Open Thread: A Search for a Shortstop

Well, this is the most obvious statement ever so let’s discuss possible shortstop candidates, shall we? Have fun with it and be respectful to your fellow readers.

Here’s the list of free agents to choose from.

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Quick hit: The Yankees are still looking for a hitting coach

When the Yankees fired Kevin Long last month, it seemed like the hunt for a new hitting coach could be quick and easy. There were candidates for the job, discussions with Raul Ibanez, interviews with guys like Dave Magadan and Chili Davis,now and then nothing. Ibanez is on the “short list” for the Tampa managerial job, Magadan didn’t get the job, Davis took the Red Sox job and even after interviewing internal candidates like Marcus Thames and minor league hitting instructor James Rowson, the Yankees are no closer to getting a hitting coach than they were a month ago. Long recovered quickly, accepting the Mets’ hitting coach job two weeks after being fired by the Yanks.

So what gives? It’s probably nothing monumental, the Yankees are more than likely just being picky about who they hire.

GM Brian Cashman told reporters in Phoenix that he doesn’t have a timetable for making a new hire and that he has also toyed with the idea of creating a position for an assistant hitting coach.…

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