Saturday Morning Linkapalooza: 1/24/15

You might not have noticed, but it was a little bit of a busy week around here at IIATMS.  I didn’t have nearly the amount of time I usually do to read around the Yankosphere, and to be quite honest I didn’t want to go through the effort of writing this linkaround just so it could bump our IIATMS Top 10 down the page.  Hopefully everybody has had a chance to read that and the other 2 parts of our 2015 top 30 prospects list this week.  If you haven’t, don’t worry.  I’ll be plugging the hell out of it later this weekend and into the foreseeable future.  If you’re like me and you’ve been so consumed by the Top 30 this week that you didn’t bother to check any other sites out, here’s what you missed.

– On Monday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley asked if the Yankees should try to trade for one of the Nationals’ starters.  Yes.  The answer is yes.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/16/15

Hear ye, hear ye!  Let this serve as the official announcement that next week will be Prospect Week here at IIATMS.  We’ll keep up with regular Yankee coverage, but the bulk of the focus next week will be prospect-centric, all culminating in the release of the 2015 IIATMS Top 30 Prospects list.  So tell your family, tell your friends, tell your family’s friends and your friends’ families, because this thing is going to be HYYYYUUUUUUUUUGE.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Basebally Daily identified SS Jorge Mateo as another breakout prospect candidate in 2015.

– On Wednesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud made the case for why Brendan Ryan should keep his roster spot.  I don’t necessarily agree with him, but I’m willing to wait and see how ST plays out.

– Michael Axisa of RAB discussed the multiple reasons why picking a defined closer matters for the Yankees.

– El duque of It Is High… mused on the 3 big possibilities that remain this offseason and how they will ultimately determine how successful the offseason was for Cash.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/9/15

Hope everybody’s first full week of 2015 was a pleasurable and successful one.  It’s been brutally cold in Wisconsin all week and I’ve been fighting a cold, so I’d say mine could have been better.  It also could have been worse.  Whatever, this intro blows.  Onto the links.

– On Monday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes wondered if a hard salary cap would actually benefit the Yankees.  If the cap were on contract years and not dollars, that would definitely help.

– Michael Axisa of RAB detailed the change in approach that led to Chasen Shreve’s breakout 2014 season.  If it’s sustainable, then Shreve becomes an even more intriguing bullpen piece.

– On Tuesday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily profiled 19-year-old third baseman Drew Bridges as a potential breakout prospect candidate for the upcoming season.

– Doug Hall of Pinstripe Alley picked a handful of lesser known prospects to keep tabs on in 2015.  I’m a big fan of his first choice and the third one is growing on me too.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/2/15

Happy belated new year to everyone out there in the IIATMS universe.  i certainly hope you all had safe and enjoyable times on NYE, and I really hope you’ve been able to do something today that was more fun than me trudging into my empty office to stare at a computer screen on which no emails were coming through because the rest of the working world was smart and took today off.  It was another short week in the Yankosphere with the holiday and all, but there was still some good stuff out there.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, David Schoenfield of ESPN dissected the HOF voting system and how flawed it’s become.  He also offers up a few suggestions on how to fix it.

– Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley listed his top 10 worst free agent signings in Yankee history.

– On Wednesday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits explained his KATOH model for projecting future big league performance in MiL prospects and applied it to some of the top prospects in the game to show how it works.  …

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Saturday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 12/20/14

Everybody’s still buzzing from yesterday’s big Phelps-Prado-Eovaldi-Jones trade, which obviously was a much bigger deal than the weekly links post.  I think EJ and Scott’s posts on the deal were outstanding and I encourage everyone to read those below and comment if you haven’t already.  It’s hands down the best analysis of this deal you’re going to read anywhere.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily published the list of guys who missed the cut for his annual top 50 prospects list.  Guess it’s time to start thinking about when we do the IIATMS Top 30.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… expressed his disappointment with getting Chase Headley instead of other younger options.

– On Wednesday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits dug into some troubling swing trends from Didi Greogrius in 2014 and what they mean for his development and offensive ceiling going forward.

– Mike Axisa of RAB profiled lefty relief prospect Tyler Webb.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 12/12/14

The girlfriend bought me a few new pairs of jeans yesterday.  My jeans rotation had gotten pretty short and pretty worn, so it was a long time coming.  But I forgot how much wearing a brand new pair of jeans sucks.  It’s a nightmare.  Everything’s stiff, nothing feels right, nothing moves right when I move.  It’s been a nonstop battle today.  If there was a way to pay extra to have jeans broken in for 3-4 weeks prior to me wearing them, I’d pay that in a heartbeat.  Pre-worn jeans, that’s the next wave of jean technology.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits looked at the bevy of outfielders on the 40-man roster and what might end up happening if roster space becomes an issue.

– On Wednesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog addressed Cash’s deception to the media in respect to the D-Rob pursuit and what it might say about the shift in organizational focus.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 12/5/14

Apologies in advance if I missed any good stuff from the blogosphere this week.  Between the Gregorius trade and a threat level red emergency at work today, I haven’t had the time I usually do to read and compile the best stuff from the week.  Here’s the best of what I was able to get to.

– On Monday, Mike Axisa of RAB reviewed The Captain’s final season.  Those last few weeks were pretty awesome, even if everything leading up to them wasn’t.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… had some friendly tips for Hal to help him save a few more bucks this offseason.  Gotta make sure that bottom line stays healthy after all.

– On Wednesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud broke down the Esmil Rogers re-signing from all angles.  It has to be the most thoughtful post ever written about Esmil Rogers.

– On Thursday, Matt Provenzano of Pinstripe Alley dug into Mike Mussina’s numbers pitching in the AL East to see what kind of impact they had on his career performance.  …

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Black Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/28/14

If you actually go out for Black Friday, you’re a dope.  If you go out for Black Friday on Thanksgiving night, you’re a certifiable lunatic and I’m absolutely judging you right now.  if you’re not out fighting the hordes and want to do something productive today like stare at a computer screen, here’s a mini-Palooza from a holiday-shortened week in Yankeeland.

– On Monday, SJK of NoMaas touched on the real problem with the big Red Sox signings- what they say about how far ahead of the Yanks Boston is when it comes to building and managing a big-budget roster.  They’re straight up leaving the Yankees in the dust.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano set the record straight on Joe DiMaggio’s outfield greatness in response to the NY Daily News article that called him overrated.

– On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… twisted his mind into a pretzel trying to figure out Hal’s austerity plan.

– Mike Axisa of RAB pondered the possibility and look of a $500 million roster.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/21/14

I spent most of this week catching up on what I missed last week in my personal, professional, and blogtacular lives, so this is admittedly a shorter ‘Palooza than usual.  Let’s get right to it.

– On Monday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits looked ahead to the 2015 bullpen and the possibility of a group-wide regression.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog analyzed the record-setting Giancarlo Stanton contract and attempted to correct some of the misconceptions surrounding it.

– John Beck of Pinstripe Alley weighed the potential value of Brett Gardner compared to Elvis Andrus as the Yankees continue to search for a new shortstop.

– On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes proposed a Yanks-Braves trade that most people probably haven’t thought about.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud looked back at past Rule 5 protection decisions and how those have worked out for the Yankees since.

– On Thursday, Mike Axisa profiled Brett Anderson as a possible buy-low FA starter target for this offseason.  …

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