The Yankees have made the 7-year contract with Ellsbury official. The press conference is set for Friday December 13th. With Jacoby Ellsbury now on the 40-man roster, all 40 spots are accounted for. They’ll need to free up a spot for Carlos Beltran before he becomes official. Unless they trade some players before the winter meetings, or postpone Beltran’s official agreement, the team won’t have any open spots for the Rule 5 draft. Oh well, guess they’ll just have to sign some more free agents.
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Was told today the Yankees have shopped Ichiro in trade talks. No indication a deal remotely close. Value is limited. #yankees
— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) December 7, 2013
According to Chad Jennings of LoHud, the Yankees are shopping Ichiro Suzuki to other teams. He adds that there is no deal close, and obviously there’s limited value. Last night there was some speculation about the Giants trading for Ichiro., they could use help in the outfield, and the star power isn’t bad. I assume he has some sort of no trade clause, but with the outfield so stacked, he may waive that to get more playing time with another team. If the Giants are indeed interested, I have no idea what kind of return he’d get. More than likely it would either be salary relief and a player to be named later, but there was some talk about the Giants listening on offers for Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval.…
The Yankees aren’t necessarily shopping Brett Gardner to other teams, but they’re certainly listening on offers. Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger reports that the front office saw an increased interest in Gardner once they agreed to sign Jacoby Ellsbury earlier this week. Now that the team has agreed to a deal with Carlos Beltran, the Yankees have excess outfielders and the interest has further increased.
The team is currently seeking help at second base to replace Robinson Cano, a back up plan to Alex Rodriguez at third base, and is also looking at their options in the rotation and bullpen. There are still a number of relievers and starters available on the free agent market, so it would seem Gardner would be best used as a trade chip for a second baseman or third baseman.
There’s been some speculation that the team could trade Gardner in a package to the Reds for starting pitcher Homer Bailey, but that may not make sense with Masahiro Tanaka potentially available very soon, and Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez are still on the open market.…
Today, was…uh… interesting. Goodbye Robinson Cano. Goodbye Curtis Granderson. It hurts to lose these guys, and there’s a huge morale hit when losing a homegrown All Star like Cano, but the Yankees probably made a smart moving not going 10 years.
Here’s an update on what things look like after adding Hiroki Kuroda. Keep in mind that the team still desperately needs another infielder, another starting pitcher, and some bullpen help. Many also believe the Yankees will be very aggressive with Shin-Soo Choo, who’s probably looking at around $16MM to $18MM a year, though it could be more than that.
1- C: Brian McCann (5/$85MM) $17.000MM
2- 1B: Mark Teixeira (8/$180MM) $22.500MM
3- 2B: Kelly Johnson (1/$3MM) $3MM
4- 3B: Eduardo Nunez (Min) $0.511MM
5- SS: Derek Jeter (1/$12.81MM) $12.810MM + $7.000MM Bonuses
6- LF: Jacoby Ellsbury (8/$169MM) $21.175MM
7- CF: Brett Gardner (Arb 3) $4.000MM
8- RF: Alfonso Soriano (8/$136MM) $17.000MM*
9- DH: Carlos Beltran (3/$45MM) $15.000MM
10- BN: Brendan Ryan (1/$2MM) $2.000MM
11- BN: Vernon Wells (7/$126MM) $18.000MM**
12- BN: Ichiro Suzuki (2/$13MM) $6.500MM
13- BN: Francisco Cervelli (Arb 1) $1.000MM
14- SP1: CC Sabathia (5/$122MM) $24.400MM
15- SP2: Hiroki Kuroda (1/$16MM) $16.00MM
16- SP3: Ivan Nova (Arb 1) $2.800MM
17- SP4: David Phelps (Min) $0.511MM
18- SP5: Michael Pineda (Min) $0.511MM
19- CL: David Robertson (Arb 3) $5.500MM
20- RP: Shawn Kelley (Arb 2) $1.500MM
21- RP: Preston Claiborne (Min) $0.511MM
22- RP: Dellin Betances (Min) $0.511MM
23- RP: Adam Warren (Min) $0.511MM
24- RP: Vidal Nuno (Min) $0.511MM
25- RP: Cesar Cabral (Min) $0.511MM
26- SP: Manny Banuelos (Min) $0.040MM
27- SP: Nik Turley (Min) $0.040MM
28- SP: Brett Marshall (Min+) $0.080MM
29- SP: Jose Ramirez (Min) $0.040MM
30- SP: Shane Greene (Min) $0.040MM
31- SP Jose Campos (Min) $0.040MM
32- RP: David Huff (Min+) $0.080MM
33- RP: Bryan Mitchell (Min) $0.040MM
34- C: Austin Romine (Min+) $0.080MM
35- C: Gary Sanchez (Min) $0.040MM
36- C: J.R.…
The general consensus about the new CBA rules is that signing multiple free agents that carry draft pick supplemental means that you lose your best draft pick in the upcoming Rule 4 draft. In fact, that’s pretty much what it says word for word in Article B.(4)c.i. of the CBA. The CBA also goes onto explicitly say that supplemental first round picks can be lost. Yet for some reason, an MLB spokesman told Mark Feinsand that the Yankees won’t lose a sandwich pick for Jacoby Ellsbury, and it’ll be their 2nd rounder that they lose. So that means the Yankees will receive 2 first round compensation picks for losing Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. That should be overall picks 31 and 33 at the moment, but 31 could move up to 32 if Kendrys Morales signs with a different team than the Mariners, and 33 will definitely be moved up when all is said and done. Either way, it’s two supplemental picks.…
With Cano off the books, it looks like the Yankees have some cash to spend on offense. That offense won’t come from Granderson though, who will now have to hit home runs in the spacious Citi Field.
The left-handed slugger hit .245/.335/.495 in 4 seasons with the Yankees, 115 home runs, and a 120 OPS+. He was also a base stealing threat, up until his last two seasons, stealing a total of 55 bases in his Yankee career. His best season was 2011, when he hit 41 home runs and a .262/.364/.552 slash good for a 6.7 fWAR. Fluke injuries killed his 2013 season, but Granderson still has huge rebound potential. He’s a great representative of the game, and it’ll be nice to see him still playing in New York.
According to several sources, the Mariners and Robinson Cano are close on a deal, but Enrique Rojas is now reporting that the two parties have agreed to a 10/$240MM contract.
Cano will get his physical on Monday. Apparently the physical is now this weekend, there will be a press conference on Monday. More to come.
Joel Sherman has the Yankees maxing out their offer at 7/$175, or $65 million less than Seattle’s offer. Washington state also has no income tax, so the money is far more valuable there.
Cano finished off his Yankee career with a .309/.355/.504 slash, 204 home runs, and a 126 wRC+. If WAR is your thing, Cano put up 37.1 wins in his 9 seasons with the team, about 4.1 wins a year, and gave the club 1 win per $1.6 million spent. Cano was a great Yankee, no doubt, and he’ll be sorely missed in the lineup.
Now the team has to look forward and figure out how they can fix second base.…
According to Jon Morosi, the MLB and NPB are nearing an agreement on the posting system. In the new blind bidding approach, there will be a maximum bid of $20 million. There are currently two proposals for tie breakers, one which goes to the team with the worst record, and the other determined by the player’s preference. It’s much more likely that player preference is the system agreed upon, but I’ll update this post when more information becomes available.
This will affect any bidding for Masahiro Tanaka, and since this may increase the salary for the Japanese agent, it should hurt the Yankees chances at getting him for their prefered budget price. (Assuming the budget is still a thing)
The team did not have many second base options in 2013, and there were a couple of times where Mark Reynolds had to play second. Kelly will be that backup. He posted just a 99 OPS+ in 2013, but owns a career .253/.335/.427 slash. He does have some power, and his left handed swing should play well in Yankee Stadium.He has experience at at second, third, and the outfield, and he’s a much better offensive player than Jayson Nix or Eduardo Nunez.
Outside of a backup option to Cano, Johnson played third base with the Rays in 2013 and looked good in limited time. His UZR/150, DRS, and RZR all say that he has a plus glove at the hot corner (small sample size), and there’s a chance he’s one of the plans to replace Alex Rodriguez.…