Following Teixeira’s Injury, Drew Makes More Sense Than Ever

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After last night’s game, Mark Teixeira said he was unsure about what his hamstring injury timetable looked like, but that he’d like to avoid a DL stint. That will not happen, as Joe Girardi replaced him on today’s roster with Austin Romine. Francisco Cervelli showed some nice offensive stats in Spring, and he figures to take a handful of reps as the backup first baseman, but the Yankees are obviously less enthused about playing Cervelli or Yangervis Solarte over Teixeira.

I’ve seen some suggestions thrown around that the Yankees should target a first baseman, particularly Ike Davis. But Teixeira’s hamstring injury may be over as quick as his 15 day absence, and when he returns, Davis has no other position to play. Yankee Stadium would undoubtedly help Davis’ bat come around, allowing his left-handed power to better thrive in such a hitter’s ballpark, but his contact numbers also look doomed.

Stephen Drew figures to be a much better fit in terms of both bat and position.…

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Why Drew Could Still Be A Yankee

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(AP Photo)

There are two weeks until real baseball games start, yet Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew still don’t have jobs. While it would be tough to find a spot in this lineup for Morales, Drew fits the Yankees’ needs well, and this point has been pretty well established by the Yankee fanbase. It’s the Yankees management that’s been less than sold on Drew, and every other team in baseball seems to agree that he just isn’t worth the asking price or draft pick.

Many thought that after the Jose Iglesias injury in Detroit, the Tigers would bite on Drew, but even GM Dave Dombrowski stated that the organization has no interest in signing the veteran shortstop. Other teams that could use a shortstop, like the Mets, have also decided to go in a cheaper direction. The Red Sox also look primed to use prospect Xander Bogaerts to replace Drew.

Though they’ve looked healthy and useful this March, Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts are both injury and aging risks in the middle infield.…

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Is Oliver Perez The Answer To The Yankees’ Shallow Bullpen?

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Michael Zagaris, Getty Images

The last time Oliver Perez pitched for a New York team, he royally disappointed the Mets’ fan base by losing velocity and efficiency. As a starter, Perez had a handful of highly successful years on the back of his slider, but was always highly volatile due to command issues. By the end of his contract with the Mets, Perez’ velocity on his fastball was in a dramatic decline, and he was released during Spring Training of 2011.

The left-handed pitcher returned to Major League Baseball in 2012 with the Mariners. As a reliever, Perez found it easier to limit his walks, and his velocity returned in the short stints. In his first year back, Perez posted a 2.12 ERA with a 2.93 FIP in 29.2 innings, or 33 games. Not only was he highly successful versus left-handed pitchers, but he also held right-handed hitters to a .200/.279/.296 slash.

Perez returned to the Mariners in 2013, and although many of his peripheral stats were impressive, he finished the season with a 3.74 ERA in 53.0 innings.…

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How Much Are The Yankees Regretting Giving Brendan Ryan A 3-Year Deal Right Now?

Brendan Ryan 2013

One of the first moves the Yankees made this offseason, before they really started throwing money around, was re-signing Brendan Ryan to be Derek Jeter‘s defensive caddy at shortstop.  There was mutual interest in a return after Ryan finished last season as the starting shortstop and looked incredibly good doing it, and at the time a deal to shore up the defense at the most important infield position made a lot of sense.  Nobody knew what to expect from Jeter after his injury-plagued 2013 campaign except that he would be back for another year, and the list of productive 40-year-old shortstops isn’t a long one.  When Jeter signed a new, more lucrative deal of his own, it looked like he might be planning to stick around beyond 2014 and the Yanks responded by locking up Ryan for 2 years guaranteed plus a mutual option for a 3rd year.

Almost 3 months after the signing, it looks like the Yankees may have been too quick with the trigger on Ryan.  …

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Just Sign Stephen Drew Already

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Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Last time we checked up on Stephen Drew, the Red Sox and Mets were the last two teams in on the shortstop. Since then, the Red Sox have told their star prospect Xander Bogaerts to stop working on third base and focus on shortstop for 2014. One source told Marc Carig on Monday that the Mets were still having conversations on Drew, but a team official with the Mets said “there has not been much dialogue at all”.

So just to recap, the market for Drew looks pretty awful, as no one wants to give up a draft pick, no one has the money, or no one has a position for Drew. Yet the Yankees have all three, but we haven’t heard a peep from them. Drew seems like the perfect fit for a team that still has $20 million left until they reach their 2013 starting payroll, no first round picks to give up, and a 40 year old shortstop coming off a lost season that has retirement plans.…

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Ryan Madson, Anybody?

Ryan Madson

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

The reliever market has all but dried up with a handful of days remaining until the start of Spring Training.  The top remaining names are all part of the “coming back from arm injuries” brigade, guys like Rafael Betancourt, Andrew Bailey, and Joel Hanrahan.  Another name in that group that may be closer to pitching in game action than any of them is Ryan Madson.  Madson hasn’t pitched since 2011 after having elbow surgery in April of 2012, and appeared to be a shell of his former self in a short stint with the Anaheim Angels’ Triple-A affiliate last year.  But he reportedly held a public workout for teams last Friday, and if he looked OK there he could be a sneaky great buy-low bullpen option.**

** (Turns out he did look pretty good, at least according to Jerry Crasnick.  He had Madson hitting 93 on the gun, which is a major improvement over where his velocity was last year.  

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The All Free Agent Team

There are three days until pitchers and catchers meet, yet the free agent market still sits idle with players starting to scramble for teams. Ervin Santana could be the next signing, as he’s made it clear that he’s ready for Spring Training. Free agents are free to sign at any point in February and March, and could even wait until mid-season, but it’s abnormal to have so many quality players still available in mid-February. So let’s have some fun with it and make an All Free Agent Team.

C Yenier Bello
1B Kendrys Morales
2B Aledmys Diaz
SS Stephen Drew
3B Brett Wallace
LF Andres Torres
CF Rusney Castillo
RF Nelson Cruz

I cheated on a few of these players. Bello, Diaz, and Castillo are all Cuban players that are or will be available fairly soon. Bello is already cleared to sign, and though the 28 year old is far from a prospect, he has a much more projectable bat than our only other option, Kelly Shoppach.…

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Signing Stephen Drew Makes Even More Sense Now

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

The Yanks appear to be all done with the Major League free agent market now that we’ve entered the final week of the offseason before pitchers and catchers report.  Per Adam Rubin’slatest report, they might want to rethink that strategy and make a move for Stephen Drew.

According to Rubin, Scott Boras is looking for a multi-year deal with an opt-out clause after the 1st year for Drew.  That’s enough to scare off the Mets, and the rest of MLB already hasn’t been quick to jump at Drew thanks mainly to the draft pick forfeiture that comes with him.  Drew makes a ton of sense for the Yankees for baseball reasons, not so much on business reasons.  This opt-out clause could actually work to their advantage in reducing some of that business risk on the deal.

The Yanks only have to give up a 2nd round pick to sign Drew right now because they’ve already sacrificed their other ones for their previous signings.  …

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Should The Yankees Be Interested In Bronson Arroyo?

AP Photo/Al Behrman

AP Photo/Al Behrman

We’ve talked about adding another fifth starter ever since the Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka two weeks ago. The argument was that the team’s first four starters in the rotation all have their own issues, and the players in competition for the fifth rotation spot may be better suited for the bullpen. Obviously we’re even further in the year than we were last time we talked about the subject, we’re just a little over a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training. Players have the freedom to sign after February 14th, but when learning a new team, a new catcher, and a new pitching coach, pitchers are among the first players to show up to camp for a reason. We’ll see a lot of players scrambling for contracts over the next week, and Bronson Arroyo has already brought his asking price down to just 2 years and $22 million.

Arroyo does not throw hard and he’s not a strikeout pitcher, but he’s found a way to succeed in one of the most hitter friendly environments in baseball, Great American Ballpark.…

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