About William Tasker

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

Yankees may have already made their best off-season move

When the Yankees “reassigned” Nardi Contreras as the head honcho of minor league pitching, the first reaction would be to write a negative piece about the Yankees’ recent history of developing young pitchers. But as Brien mentioned in his post today, such thoughts are merely speculation and it is hard to pin down how much of any success or failure is due to bad luck such as injuries, etc. But instead of writing such a piece, it seems more fitting on an Election Day to look ahead and not backwards. The Yankees might have already made their best off-season move by hiring Gil Patterson as their Director of Pitching. Forget the past and welcome to the now and the future. Patterson is a wonderful choice.

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So who plays right field in 2013?

The foregone conclusion is that Nick Swisher has completed his run as the New York Yankees’ right fielder. Swisher is looking for a multi-year deal and with 2014 looming for the Yankees, his demands will not fit with what the team hopes to do budget wise. So who, then, will be the right fielder? In this post, we’ll look at internal options, trade possibilities and free agents available.

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Yankee kids have good day in Rising Star Game

The Arizona Fall League held its annual all star game yesterday and the Rising Star Game, as it is called, ended up being a nice showcase for some Yankee prospects. Austin Romine tripled in one of his two at bats and scored the tying run at the time on a wild pitch.  David Adams went one for four and played second the entire game. Adams’ one hit was a double and it drove in two runs. He would later score a run. Mark Montgomery pitched the eighth inning and threw a perfect inning, striking out all three batters he faced.

The only semi-negative aspect of the game was the two stolen bases that Billy Hamilton recorded while Romine was behind the plate. Hamilton stole over a hundred bases this season in the minors, so it’s not like Romine is alone in that category. And Romine’s throw to second on the first steal was a laser and appeared to beat Hamilton there.

Romine’s triple came off of Kyle Gibson, who up until that point, was having a dominant AFL experience.

The AFL East team that included the Yankee prospects won the game 9-4.
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A few notes from the past two days

The New York Yankees did extend qualifying offers to Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda according to the New York Post. That same newspaper article stated the obvious that Swisher will probably not accept the offer by this coming Friday’s deadline. Soriano will likely not accept the offer, though the article did say there was an outside chance of him doing so. Russell Martin was not given a qualifying offer, which is no surprise considering that it would have cost the Yankees $13+ million for one year of that catcher’s services which is way above his market value.

Kuroda could accept the offer or ask for a slightly higher paycheck for a one year deal. The Yankees would like to have him back.

Chad Jennings of The Journal News wrote that the Yankees will keep Cesar Cabral on the roster through the winter and give him a chance to win a job with the Yankees in Spring Training. The lefty reliever was having a good spring after the Yankees took him in the Rule 5 draft but an elbow injury ended his chances.

Bryan Hoch interviewed Larry Rothschild, the Yankees’ pitching coach, who has some interesting observations concerning C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Michael Pineda and Kuroda.

There have been three arrests in the Pascual Perez murder case. While the arrests will not undo what happened, at least the perps did not get away with it. Continue reading A few notes from the past two days

Casey McGehee has elected free agency

According to Bryan Hoch, Casey McGehee has elected free agency rather than pursue staying with the New York Yankees. It’s hard to blame McGehee who never really got a shot with the Yankees and was rather abused in roster moves. His short time with the Yankees was one of the stranger developments this past season. The Yankees traded Chad Qualls to get McGehee on July 31 and McGehee only garnered 59 plate appearances for the Yankees after that date.

In other roster news, Hoch also reported that the Yankees have returned Brad Meyers to the Washington Nationals. Meyers made only one minor league appearance all season. Continue reading Casey McGehee has elected free agency

Yankees donate a half a million to Red Cross

According to several sources, including the Yankees public relations Twitter account, the Yankees have donated $500,000 to the Red Cross to aid relief to the tri-state area battered by Hurricane Sandy.

In a statement, Hal Steinbrenner said the following:

“The damage and destruction to the Tri-State area caused by Hurricane Sandy is daunting, but we have seen the great resiliency of this region before. As a neighbor and community member, the Yankees embrace our role of stepping forward and assisting the American Red Cross.”

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Rafael Soriano opts out

According to Jon Heyman, it is now official that Rafael Soriano has opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees and is a free agent. This is certainly no surprise and was long expected. Expect the Yankees to make a qualifying offer to Soriano by the deadline on Friday and then Soriano can negotiate with the Yankees and then other teams. Soriano is reportedly looking for a four year deal. Continue reading Rafael Soriano opts out

Salivating over Mark Montgomery

One of the least areas of concern for the New York Yankees heading forward into 2013 is the bullpen. Yes, some of the personnel of that bullpen are in flux right now. Jon Heyman insists that Rafael Soriano will opt out of his contract today, giving the Yankees until Friday to make a qualifying offer. Then the fun starts as Soriano can either accept that offer (unlikely), or work out a two or three year deal with the Yankees (he wants four years). Mariano Rivera has not decided if he will pitch or not in 2013 and if he decides he will, still has to work out a deal with the Yankees to do so. David Robertson is an elite relief pitcher and Joba Chamberlain looked great in September. David Aardsma will be available and is Plan D. In the back of all those contingency plans is one Mark Montgomery, the next big thing.

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Teixeira and Cano win Gold Gloves

The Rawling Gold Glove Awards were announced today and Robinson Cano has won his second award for his work this season at second base and Mark Teiseira won his fifth for his play at first base. The announcement gave the Yankees two of the nine American League positions.

Taking a quick look at the list, the American League seems free of disputable picks this season and Cano and Teixeira certainly seemed to deserve the honors.The only possible bone of contention might be at shortstop where J.J. Hardy won his first Gold Glove. A quick look at the comments below the announcements shows that many thought Brendan Ryan should have won the award. But Hardy’s numbers are rock solid and a case can certainly be made that he deserved the award. Continue reading Teixeira and Cano win Gold Gloves