Yankees Acquire Steve Pearce (Again), DFA Brandon Laird

Per MLB Trade Rumors: The Yankees have acquired Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash considerations, the teams announced. Pearce, who played for the Yankees’ Triple-A team earlier this year, will provide New York with a right-handed bat for the final month of the season. Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported that the sides were nearing a deal (Twitter link). The Yankees have designated Brandon Laird for assignment, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The move creates roster space for Steve Pearce, who was acquired from the Astros today. Steve Pearce has been moving around a lot Continue reading Yankees Acquire Steve Pearce (Again), DFA Brandon Laird

Eric Chavez is back. Why?

Last night, news we all knew would probably break broke. Eric Chavez re-signed with the Yankees for the 2012 season, agreeing to a small, incentive-laden deal to backup Alex Rodriguez and DH on occasion. In doing so, he unofficially closed the book on an exciting 2012 off-season. Per MLB Trade Rumors: The Yankees have agreed to terms with third baseman Eric Chavez on a one-year, Major League contract, pending a physical, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (Twitter links). The deal is worth $900K and also includes incentives, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The deal isn’t bad. A number of us Continue reading Eric Chavez is back. Why?

Brandon Laird: Forgotten Infielder

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) A little over a year ago things were looking sunny for Brandon Laird.  He was fresh off an MVP season in the Double-A Eastern League thanks to a .291/.355/.523 line (.383 wOBA), 47 XBH, 23 HR, 90 RBI in 454 PA, and got a late-season bump to Triple-A (.270 wOBA in 127 PA).  He had elevated himself to the top half of most Yankee top prospects lists, and heading into 2011 Spring Training he had an outside shot at nudging his way into the discussion for the utility infielder role Continue reading Brandon Laird: Forgotten Infielder

A Little Bit of a Big Problem

I’m going to come right out and say it: the Yankees have a glaring hole on their big league roster and have for quite some time. No, this is not a new weakness, but it is a weakness that has become increasingly noticeable and yet one this organization does not appear ready to deal with. There have been whispers. Inquiries into availability. They even made a run at a Japanese import. But as we stand on Friday the 13th of January it looks like Brian Cashman is perfectly willing to head into this season with the same flawed group as Continue reading A Little Bit of a Big Problem

TYA Mailbag: Mike Aviles and Adam Kennedy

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. Glad you all survived Monday and are joining us bright and early here at TYA. Today’s mailbag question comes courtesy of Travis: Matt mentioned Casey Blake as a potential backup infielder. What about if the Red Sox non-tender Mike Aviles? I know his 2011 wasnt stellar, but his 2010 seemed a bit more interesting. What is the real Aviles and would the younger player be an option for the backup spot? And what about Adam Kennedy or even bringing up a youngster, like David Adams (if he’s healthy)? Let’s start with David Adams. Adams definitely has Continue reading TYA Mailbag: Mike Aviles and Adam Kennedy

Looking back on all the things I was wrong about

As a blogger, I have to spill a lot of internet ink almost every day. Most of the time I write, I’m writing in retrospect; I’m analyzing some situation that’s already happened or some numbers that are indicative of past events. Naturally, a lot of predictions flow from this. If I notice a certain trend, I try to take a guess at what future performance will be. Sometimes I’m right and sometimes (probably more often than I think), I’m wrong. There are a few “narratives” that I definitely got wrong this year, so I thought I’d own up to them Continue reading Looking back on all the things I was wrong about

With Chavez back…

The Yankees expect Eric Chavez back today and that means they will have to make a roster move at some point. The obvious move is to send Brandon Laird back to Scranton so he can play every day while Chavez and Eduardo Nunez split time at third. If the Yankees are confident in Chavez’s health, I assume he’ll play third against righties while Nunez takes time against lefties. Like I said, this is the obvious move. I’m not one for always making the obvious move, so I’ll offer the same suggestion I did when Derek Jeter returned from the DL: Continue reading With Chavez back…

A brief musing on process and results

We talk a lot about process and results when it comes to baseball. Obviously, the process is what you do and the results are what happens as a result of the process. The term can be applied a few ways. We can apply the term when we talk about trades. A trade can be the result of great process–great statistical evaluation, great scouting, include the right players/pieces–but still fall flat because someone ends up performing differently than expected. I like to think of the second Javier Vazquez trade when I talk about a trade that represents good process with bad Continue reading A brief musing on process and results