Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the entire IIATMS crew! You’re why we continue to do this year in and year out so we hope you all have a great holiday with lots of food, family, football and fun!

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Yankees late afternoon news and notes: 11/23/15

Some late afternoon news and notes for you on this chilly November day.

  • Gil Patterson is heading back to the A’s organization. Susan Slusser first reported the move on Twitter. Patterson was with the Yankees as a Minor League pitching coordinator for three seasons. Before that, he was with A’s as a roving pitching instructor from 2008-2012 after serving as a coach in the organization.
  • In case you missed it this weekend, Joel Sherman wrote a piece called “10 pitchers who could be the Yankees’ next Nathan Eovaldi.” It’s pretty interesting. Tell me what you think of the choices in the comments.
  • Ken Rosenthal published a piece yesterday about how the Yankees’ financial restraints could cost them both Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller. My question is, why did they even sign Miller in the first place if they’re so willing to trade him? Seems silly to me. But hey, what do I know? I’m blogger who writes in my mom’s den.
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Report: Cano is unhappy in Seattle

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So it is being reported that Robinson Cano is sleepless in Seattle (so sorry) and that if he could, he’d come back to New York.

Wow, who saw this one coming?

I’m just kidding. We all saw it coming, especially after the transcripts and audio of Andy Van Slyke‘s crazy radio interview last week were passed around more than shots of Fireball on a Bravo TV show. In the interview, Van Slyke trashed Cano and basically blamed him for everyone getting fired in Seattle. He also inexplicably blamed Obamacare, but that’s for another post on another blog.

As for Cano coming back to New York? It’s a long shot. In our behind the scenes e-mail chain, Domenic suggested a bad contract swap of Jacoby Ellsbury for Cano (and cash or prospects to make-up the difference in salary). And I’ve seen other people jokingly suggest a Gardner for Cano swap.

This could just be frustration building up for Robbie. After a respectful 87-75 finish in 2014, the Mariners finished 76-86 this past season.…

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Report: Yankees have discussed a Gardner-Castro swap (UPDATED)

So the Yankees have been, according to reports, busy talking this offseason and a lot of trade possibilities have been popping up everywhere, but this latest one is a deal I’m not so sure about.

According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, “the Yankees and Cubs have discussed a swap involving Gardner and infielder Starlin Castro, who moved from shortstop to second base last season to make room for top prospect Addison Russell.”

It’s true that Castro could fill a need the Yankee have at their never-ending revolving door at the second base position, but, on the flip side, I’m not sure Castro is the answer. I think the Yankees need starting pitching more than they need a starting second baseman. They can always platoon guys like Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder if they needed to.

More on Castro from MLB Trade Rumors:

Castro, 26 in March, lost his job as the Cubs’ starting shortstop this past season and eventually took over at second base after a stretch in which he was primarily a bench option.

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Bye bye David Ortiz, don’t let the door hit you in the ass

Just putting this in here because it's always fun to watch him strike out.

Yesterday afternoon, it was reported that Red Sox player and longtime thorn in Yankee fans’ sides David Ortiz would be retiring after the 2016 season. (Ortiz himself confirmed the news about 40 minutes ago on Twitter.)

And as the news spread, I watched as people bent over backwards to compliment him on his career. Fine, whatever. He’s a good player. But what I also saw was a few people dramatically proclaiming that they couldn’t understand how anyone could possibly hate Big Papi.

Oh really? I don’t know about you guys, but it is extremely easy for me to intensely dislike David Ortiz and everything about him.

  • I don’t think he’s lovable.
  • I don’t think he’s jolly.
  • I don’t get a kick out of his obnoxious poses after he hits home runs (when he hits them against my team).
  • I don’t think it’s amusing when he destroys dugout phones or throws entire bat racks at umpires after he strikes out.
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The 2016 Yankees’ Spring Training schedule has been released

The 2016 Spring Training schedule has been released.

Here are some key dates:

The Yankees will play their first spring game on March 2 at 1:05 p.m. vs. the Tigers in Tampa.


Home opponents include each of the Yankees’ four American League East rivals – Boston (March 5 at 1:05 p.m.), Toronto (March 10 at 1:05 p.m. and March 16 at 6:35 p.m.), Baltimore (March 11 at 1:05 p.m. and March 18 at 6:35 p.m.) and Tampa Bay (March 24 at 6:35 p.m.). The Yankees are scheduled to play five night games at Steinbrenner Field, with each set to begin at 6:35 p.m. – March 16 vs. Toronto, March 18 vs. Baltimore, March 22 vs. the Mets, March 24 vs. Tampa Bay and March 29 vs. Pittsburgh.


The spring slate will conclude with two games against the Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami, the first at 7:05 p.m. on April 1 and the second at 1:05 p.m. on April 2.

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Quick hit: Yanks trade Jose Pirela to the Padres

Some hot stove news!

Ronald Herrera is a right handed pitcher who made it to Double A last season so the deal opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. 20-year-old Herrera threw 43 2/3 innings for the San Antonio Missions. He gave up 48 hits, walked 14 and struck out 35.

Jose Pirela, who can play second base and the outfield, played in 37 games last year for the Yankees and batted .230/.247/.311/.558 in 78 plate appearances.

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Heyman: Cashman willing to listen to offers for Miller

Yes, it’s all speculative.

Yes, it’s possible that none of this will happen and that it’s all just talk but…

Jon Heyman is reporting that Brian Cashman may be willing to trade anyone away and that could include closer Andrew Miller even though it’s quite a longshot.

“We’re open to all ideas — as always,” Cashman said when asked about Miller. “It doesn’t mean I’d do anything but if the Dutch never asked the Indians for Manhattan you’d be living in New Jersey.”

Again, this could mean nothing, but Miller doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his current contract and if the Yankees can get a big return, they may pull the trigger on a deal.

Who would you want the Yankees to acquire for Miller? Who would you package in with Miller? Get creative and leave your suggestion in the comments.

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Quick hit: Sanchez wins the AFL All-Star game MVP


For the second year in a row, a player in the Yankees organization has won the Fall Stars Player of the Game award in the Arizona League’s Fall Star Game. Last year it was Greg Bird, and this time, it was catcher Gary Sanchez who finished 1-3 with two RBI – those two RBI coming off a game-tying, line drive home run that also plated Jurickson Profar of the Rangers.

He also threw out two would-be base stealers in the game and played behind the plate the entire game for the West team which won the game 8-3 over the East.

Sanchez said after the game, “I wasn’t expecting it, because other hitters did a good job, too. But I took it, and it’s something I really feel good about.”

The 22-year-old Sanchez doing very well in the AFL this year, leading the league in home runs with six, and he’s batting .328/.353/.688 with 17 RBI through 15 games for the Surprise Saguaros.…

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