Author Archives: Matt Bove

How Jeter’s Impending Retirement Impacts the 2014 Season

Derek Jeter

The impending retirement of Derek Jeter truly marks the end of a special era of Yankees baseball. It is the only era I have known as a Yankees fan, and so many of my childhood memories involve Jeter. I could not be more thankful to be able to watch him when I first started learning about baseball.

All of those great Jeter memories will be covered in great detail over the next few days and throughout the season The real interesting angle of this story is how it effects the Yankees on the field this year. Something like this can have a huge effect on a team in positive and negative ways.

It is interesting that this is the route Jeter took to announce his retirement. The prevailing thought was since he is such a private person that he would not want the treatment Mariano Rivera received. It is great for the fans and the organization that they will get to honor him the right way, and that is probably why they did it.…

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What Is Brett Gardner’s Value?

Matt Wieters, Brett Gardner

How good Brett Gardner really is has often been a hot topic among Yankee fans. A lot of people who favor sabermetrics see Gardner as an extremely valuable player and others see him as barely more than a fourth outfielder. As with most debates the true answer probably lies somewhere in the middle.

Gardner’s name came up a ton in trade talks this offseason when the Yankees were looking for a starting pitcher. The prevailing thought was that with the signing of Jacoby Ellsbury the Yankees would be looking to move Gardner because he and Ellsbury are similar players. The opposite proved to be true, as the Yankees signed Ellsbury with the idea of creating a great speed combination in the outfield and at the top of the lineup with Gardner.

With the signing of Masahiro Tanaka those talks have been put to rest. The Yankees didn’t trade Gardner because they knew that they were going to be in on Tanaka, and because they really value what Gardner brings to the team.…

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Ranking AL East Starting Rotations

The Yankees solidified their starting pitching staff Wednesday when they signed Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract. Signing Tanaka was an absolute necessity for the Yankees to have a competitive team this season. While they still have holes in the bullpen and infield the Yankees now have one of the better starting pitching staffs in MLB. Where does it rank in the ultra competitive AL East though? Here are my AL East starting pitching staff rankings:

5. Toronto Blue Jays

R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, J.A. Happ, Esmil Rogers

The Blue Jays had one of the worst starting pitching staffs in all of MLB last year and nothing much has changed going into this season. They lost Josh Johnson, who was a bust for them anyways, and did not make any upgrades. Toronto’s starting rotation had the 27th ranked FIP (4.59) and the 29th ranked ERA (4.81) in MLB last year. Dickey’s transformation from the NL East to AL East went badly last season, as he went 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA.…

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Yankees Let Reynolds Get Away

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Brewers have signed Mark Reynolds to a minor league deal with a $2 million base salary and $500,000 in incentives if he makes the team. Reynolds is expected to make the team and compete for Milwaukee’s starting first base position.

The Yankees signed Reynolds in August after he was released by Cleveland due to a disastrous season. He improved with the Yankees, as he hit .236/.300/.455/.755 with six home runs with them.

Despite Alex Rodriguez getting suspended for the whole 2014 season the Yankees did not show much interest in re-signing Reynolds, as they never offered him a major league contract. Reynolds might not have been interested anyways since he might have a better shot at more playing time with the Brewers, but it was still worth a shot anyways.

Reynolds is far from a perfect player because of his high strike out rate and terrible defense. He has a 32.3% career K%, and according to FanGraphs, his defense has been worth a total of 80.6 runs below average for his career.…

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A-Rod: The Best Third Base Option

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

All winter long the prevailing thought has been that the Yankees needed Alex Rodriguez to be suspended in order to build a contending team for 2014.

Pretty much the only way the Yankees could build a...

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Sabathia and Teixeira Rebound A Key

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Everybody is talking about the newest Yankees and the holes that they still have left to fill at this time of year. Rightfully so, since the new players will have a huge impact this season, and there still are holes to fill. However, more...

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Project 189: The Path to 90 Wins

This marks the third installment of the IIATMS/TYA “Project 189″ series after Mike and Brad did an outstanding job over the last two days. I have done my best to follow them up here. The point of this project is to create the best 2014 Yankees roster possible while staying under the $189 million luxury...

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Yankees Closing Options

Ever since the retirement of Mariano Rivera it has long been assumed that David Robertson would get the first crack at trying to replace him. However, Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, has reported that the Yankees are interested in the market for a veteran replacement for Rivera.

The $189 million budget will certainly come into play here. If the Yankees sign Brian McCann, Masahiro Tanaka or Carlos Beltran in addition to Robinson Cano then they may not have enough to pay a veteran closer.

The fact that the Yankees are interested in a closer may not be a referendum on Robertson as it is on the rest of the bullpen. Currently, Robertson would be the closer and Shawn Kelley would be the eighth inning man. Ideally, you would want to add another back end of the bullpen arm and keep Kelly in his middle relief role that he excelled in last season.

I do think Robertson would be a solid closer despite some people having questions about him in that role.…

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