Tuesday Morning Links: 2/2/16

Busy day yesterday around IIATMS.  You probably have some catching up to do on that stuff, so I’ll ease you into today with a linkaround.  You’re welcome.

– Last Thursday, Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx dissected the scenarios in which Didi Gregorius can hit left-handed pitching.

– On Friday, David Schoenfield of ESPN’s SweetSpot looked at NL players who would make great DHs if MLB ever decided to wake up and expand the DH rule.

– Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley broke down how shifting the strike zone up would negatively impact CC Sabathia.

– On Saturday, Chad Jennings pointed out Sabathia’s still very active role as a clubhouse leader despite his personal struggles and injury problems.

– Chris Carelli of Yankees Unscripted discussed the bullpen situation and the importance of getting something out of the middle relief corps ahead of the big three.

– On Sunday, friend of the blog and IIATMS alum Matt Imbrogno looked at Ivan Nova’s strengths and how they could be maximized as a reliever.Click here to read the rest

Wednesday Morning Links: 1/27/16

I fell down in the shower this morning.  Ass over tea kettle, right down into the tub.  I managed to not knock anything over, tear down the curtain, or hurt myself in the process, but I still laid there for a good 10-15 seconds basking in my stupidity and clumsiness.  I don’t even know how it happened.  I haven’t even slipped in the shower in years.  My early 30s continue to be a hoot.  Now onto the links.

– Last Thursday, SG of RLYW released his first round of CAIRO projections for 2016.  They’re encouraging for the pitching staff, less so for the lineup.

– On Monday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN had a Q&A with Commissioner Manfred after his first year on the job.  Topics of conversation included Pete Rose, the DH in the National League, international draft, shortening of the season, and the new domestic violence policy.

– On Tuesday, Chad Jennings previewed the Yankees’ non-roster ST invites position by position.… Click here to read the rest

Thursday Morning Links: 1/21/16

Tired, neck hurts this morning, and the coffee and cough drop flavors are not mixing well in my mouth.  Let’s do some linking.

– On Monday, Chad Jennings pondered just how good the Yankee team defense could be in 2016.

– On Tuesday, our own Stacey Gotsulias posted a very personal piece at The Hardball Times about the bond that she and her father shared over baseball and the Yankees.  Definitely read this if you haven’t already.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa profiled Aroldis Chapman as a complete pitcher, showing that he’s more than just than just the high, stinky cheddar.

– Ken Davidoff of The Post had Hal Steinbrenner’s thoughts on the Chapman signing and potential suspension.  I didn’t have as big a problem with this as the rest of baseball twitter seemed to, but I also hate it anytime Hal says anything so I could be desensitized to him in general.

From the IIATMS team:

– On Tuesday, Scott dove into the details of Brian McCann’s decline and touched on what it means for the remainder of his contract.… Click here to read the rest

Thursday Morning Links: 1/14/16

Good morning, gang.  We’re going to go double efficient and use the intro space to touch on the Anthony Swarzak acquisition from yesterday.  Jon Heyman had it first and it’s a MiL deal with an invite to spring camp that becomes a $750,000 deal if Swarzak makes the MLB roster.  Swarzak has pitched to a 4.45/4.17/4.45 slash in 450+ Major League innings, most of them as a middle reliever.  Have to think he would serve in that role as a Yankee and he could have a twinge of extra value as a guy with starting experience.  Now onto the links.

– On Monday, Chad Jennings had some thoughts from Cash on positional plans for Castro, A-Rod, and Dustin Ackley this season.

– On Tuesday, SG of RLYW commented on the latest W-L projections for the 2016 Yankees.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa explained how the Yanks could use their bench flexibility to support a 6-man rotation.  That would actually be pretty cool, to see them start using the back end of the roster as a flexible spot determined by upcoming schedule and need.… Click here to read the rest

Saturday Morning Links: 1/9/16

Finally caught my first cold of the winter season.  It usually comes before Christmas, so I guess it’s good that it waited until the new year?  I don’t really know, I’m not a doctor.  Now onto the links.

– On Wednesday, Starlin Castro penned his goodbye letter to Chicago and hello letter to New York for The Players’ Tribune.  Here’s your chance to check that out if you missed it initially.

– On Thursday, Mike Axisa of RAB discussed the need for Michael Pineda to emerge as a consistent top end starter in 2016.  He’s healthy, he’s figured out a third pitch, now’s the time to see if he can be the pitcher they hoped he would be when they traded for him.

– On Friday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley reviewed the 3-team Didi Gregorius trade after year one.  Were it not for Robbie Ray, this would go down as an early landslide victory for the Yanks.

– Roey Hadar of Bronx Pinstripes ranked their top 5 prospects, capping off a week in which they plowed through the top 50 in the organization.  … Click here to read the rest

Wednesday Morning Links: 1/6/16

First links post of the new year, huzzah!  Also an important day on the MLB calendar, as we will find out later today which players have been elected to the 2016 Hall of Fame class and which players have not.  Early results have been very favorable to Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, and both Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines could sneak in too.  That’d be a nice class.  The announcement comes at 6 PM Eastern tonight.  Until then, here are some links.

– On Monday, Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs looked at the last 20 years of Yankee bullpen win expectancy to show how they’ve never been below average in any of those last 20 years.  Of course Mo factors into that in a big way, but even with Mo that’s an amazing stat.  There were some ‘pens that were Mo and a bunch of garbage.

– Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx touched on the dramatic decrease in framing performance by Brian McCann last year and what it says about his defense going forward.… Click here to read the rest

Wednesday Morning Links: 12/30/15

We’re coming to the final few strides of 2015.  Hope everybody has at least one New Year’s resolution knocked out by now.  I think I had 2 done by Valentine’s Day this year and I’ve been coasting ever since.  Not even worried about next year’s yet.

– On Monday, Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs broke down all sides of the Aroldis Chapman trade: on-field possibilities, off-field concerns, and the prospects involved.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog discussed the different type of risk the Yankees took in acquiring Chapman and the potential on-field rewards.

– Mike Axisa of RAB looked at how the Yankees’ offensive acquisitions could help create a more balanced team approach next season.

– Christina Kahrl of ESPN’s SweetSpot put the new Yankee bullpen trio up against the best ‘pens of all time to see how they compare.

– ICYMI here last Saturday, Ted took a look at the list of candidates for the final bench spot.  … Click here to read the rest

Thursday Morning Links: 12/24/15

Merry Christmas Eve, gang.  Here’s a few links to get you through the morning, assuming you aren’t doing last-minute shopping/wrapping or sweating out the delivery of your final gift like I am.

– On Monday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down Starlin Castro’s batting stance changes in 2015 and how those changes could lead to meaningful, long-term improvement in his offensive production.

– George King of The Post updated the Yankees’ search status for more starting pitching, including the non-existent Ivan Nova market and the team’s desire to sign a starter to a MiL deal.  It’s one of the most depressing articles I’ve ever read.

– On Tuesday, Alex Putterman of BP Bronx ran some numbers to see if the 2009 Yankee infield was the best of all time.

From the IIATMS team:

– On Monday, Ted discussed the other factor in the recent Yankee trades- trading players with more known and predictable production for players with more upside.  Depth and certainty for need and upside.  … Click here to read the rest

Wednesday Morning Links: 12/16/15

In my quest to better accommodate my severely decreased writing (and reading) time, I’ve made the executive decision to split the weekly Linkapalooza into smaller chunks.  Figure one on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning, the other on Friday afternoon.  Sound good?  Good.  Here’s what’s cooking this week.

– On Monday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog ran the tab on the current 2016 payroll and looked ahead to the potential luxury tax hit for this year.

– Jayson Stark of ESPN shared his thoughts on the Pete Rose situation and Rose’s legacy.  I don’t care much for Rose or his HOF eligibility, but if you do then definitely read this.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB discussed the void of reliable middle inning relief work left by the Adam Warren and Justin Wilson trades and how the Yankees might go about filling it.

– Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley wondered if the Chase Headley contract will go down as a bad one.Click here to read the rest