Author Archives: Brandon C

On The Rash Decision To Shop Gardner

After the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven year deal earlier this off-season, talks began to swirl about the outfield alignment. The Yankees deemed Ellsbury their centerfielder of the present and future, leaving Brett Gardner-the previously considered centerfielder of the present and future-without a definite role. The plan seemed obvious, though, as the Yankees could simply move Gardner to left field and play Alfonso Soriano in right field. Problem solved. However, Robinson Cano decided to spurn the Yankees and sign with the Seattle Mariners, and in response the Yankees signed Carlos Beltran to a three year deal.

With the signing of Beltran, many media members and fans have speculated that the right move for the Yankees would be to trade Brett Gardner, and play an outfield of Soriano-Ellsbury-Beltran. While in theory trading Gardner while his value is at its highest as a centerfielder, and while he is on the last year of his contract, is a good idea, there is much more to the story.…

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Guest Post: The Truth About Long Term Deals

The organization is on a roll with these long term deals, and there could be more to come. Friend of the blog, Brandon C, explains why the negative stance against this type of investment is a misconception. You can follow Brandon at @nyybrandonc.
-Mike E

With word of the Yankees having signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven year deal, and the probable signing of Robinson Cano to at least a seven year deal, many fans have flocked to the internet expressing anger about the Yankees willingness to overpay free agents in years in order to get them to sign with the Yankees.

Currently, the Yankees have Ichiro, (39) Derek Jeter, (39) Alfonso Soriano, (37) and potentially Alex Rodriguez (37) signed for the 2014 season, while Yankees fans mostly only want Soriano on the roster out of those four players. Last season many spoke about the Yankees being “too old” as a reason for their lack of success, but the additions to the players previously named include Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda, who were arguably three of the best players on the team in 2013.…

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