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.…
ICYMI: Source: Talks between Robinson Cano and Mariners broke off after Jay Z’s excessive demands. Looks like Cano will NOT sign w/ Seattle.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 6, 2013
Looks like all that hand wringing a lot of people were doing last night was for naught because the word out of Seattle right now is the team promptly ended talks with Cano and his agents last night. Feinsand is all over the story (again), and according to his reports the Mariner front office was very upset when Jay-Z decided to change the plan from the proposed 9 years/$225 million and instead ask for 10/$252 mil. The meeting ended on the spot and right now there are no plans for the 2 sides to come back together.
Maybe that late-night private jet was unnecessary, huh? Oh well. Still got that offer from the Yankees on the table. Come on, Robbie. Come back home to Cash . He’s a business, man!
Actually, I think I have it backwards. …
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.…
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees are closing in on a 7 year deal with Jacoby Ellsbury. The price is supposed to be more than Carl Crawford‘s $142 million deal. I’ll keep this post updated.
The centerfielder hit .298/.355/.426 in 2013, but has hit a wall with power lately. The speedy Ellsbury stole 52 bases last season, but hit just 9 home runs. Ellsbury continues to have a ton of potential following his 2011 MVP run, when he hit 32 home runs with a .321 batting average, but recent injuries may have slowed him down.
A shoulder dislocation in 2012 looks to be one huge cause in his recent power struggles. He also ended the 2013 season with a fractured foot. Most of these injuries are flukes, but this is Ellsbury’s style of play. Hopefully he can stay healthy over the next 7 years.
Update (8:30 PM EST): Heyman says that deal is close to $150 million.…
There is also a rumor, courtesy of Mark Feinsand, that the team would be interested in Nelson Cruz if Beltran falls through. The market is moving so fast, I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a signing within the next 24 hours, but I think by the end of next week, we’re going to have a pretty good idea of where the lineup is going in 2014.
Edit (7:09 PM EST): Buster Olney now says that the Yanks don’t have an offer out to Stephen Drew, which makes sense since Cashman said earlier today that the team has more important problems than a shortstop.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Mariners are now considered a major player for Robinson Cano. Sources says that the Yankees are now less than 50-50 to re-sign the second baseman, due to their strong stance against an 8th year or going over $200 million.
The Mariners are said to be desperate for offense, and supposedly willing to pay Cano well over the $200 million restriction the Yankees have set. One of Wallace’s unnamed sources said about the Yankees, “It doesn’t look too good right now.”
I would take this with a grain of salt. A lot was made in this article about the Yankees’ spending restrictions, almost as if someone was unhappy about the team’s frugality. Unnamed sources aren’t going to force a team to start increasing their offers by $50 million. When asked about Cano, Zduriencik wouldn’t confirm or deny any connection to Cano. The Mariners’ GM has a good relationship with Cashman, and if this was indeed a bluff, the Yankees could probably catch on quickly.…