Filling the Empty Corner

Before the announcement that Alex Rodriguez would–again–need hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Yankees’ roster situation was dire enough. Perhaps “dire” is overselling it a bit, but going into yesterday, the Yankees were without a legitimate catcher, right fielder, and designated hitter. Now, they find themselves without a wholly viable third baseman. With A-Rod’s absence looming, the Yankees will have to patch up the hot corner for an extended period of time. Internally, they’ve got options, even if they’re not great. First on the list would be Eduardo Nunez by default. Though the team is committed to him Continue reading Filling the Empty Corner

What’s up with Eric Chavez?

If you had told me that the Yankees were going to play Eric Chavez for 82 games and counting this season, I’d have told you that it was a great idea … in 2002. If you had then told me that Chavez would hit .300/.357/.536 I’d have thought you were talking about 2002. Of course, that gaudy line is not Chavez’s line from 2002. In 2002 Chavez hit .275/.348/.513. The first set of numbers I’ve thrown up there is what Chavez has hit this season for the Yankees. In case you’re wondering, the man he replaced at third, Alex Rodriguez, Continue reading What’s up with Eric Chavez?

The Replacements

All five AL East teams have lost significant pieces, many for a majority of the season. On paper, the Red Sox were supposed to be neck and neck with the Yankees in August. I’ve heard an innumerable amount of injury excuses for teams this year, but 12.5 games now stand between the first place Yankees and the fourth place Red Sox. At this point, it’s obvious that organizational depth set the two teams apart. As fans joked about the Yankees signing and trading for old players, Andruw Jones, Raul Ibanez, Freddy Garcia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Eric Chavez, and Andy Continue reading The Replacements

Eric Chavez appreciation post

Let’s all take a minute to appreciate Eric Chavez. He’s been nothing short of great for the Yankees this year. After yesterday’s 2-4 performance, which included the game-winning homer, Chavez’s season line sits at .289/.347/.526, good for a .366 wOBA and a 129 wRC+, and that’s NOT split adjusted. He’s done that in 216 PA, more than he had all of last season. Why is that significant? It’s the most PA he’s had since 2007 when he had 379 for Oakland. Here are some other bests in a long time for Chavez: BB%: 8.4, best since 9.0 in 2007 K%: Continue reading Eric Chavez appreciation post

Hughes, Cano and Chavez power Yankees past White Sox, 4-2

Yankee fans should be happy with this split of the four game set with the White Sox. Apart from their 14-7 drubbing Friday night the Yankees won two of the four games at least solidly and should have won three of them. Phil Hughes was the main star of today’s game, while the stars of the offense were Eric Chavez and Robinson Cano. Phil continued his solid pitching. He tossed eight strong innings on just 106 pitches, allowing only six hits and one walk while striking out eight. That is dominance. Hughes only encountered a bit of trouble in the Continue reading Hughes, Cano and Chavez power Yankees past White Sox, 4-2

Nova’s Curveball Key To Third Win

As the Highlanders squared off against the Red Sox this afternoon, Ivan Nova did his best impression of Smoky Joe Wood. His final line was 6.0 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, and 5 strikeouts. Out of 3 starts, he has now won 3 games, thanks to a continuous barrage of run support for the pitcher. Let’s take a look at the PITCHF/x numbers to see how he went about one of the most potent offenses in baseball. Nova threw the four-seamer, two-seamer, changeup, slider, and curveball tonight. The four-seamer sat at the new standard 92.6 mph, and topped out at Continue reading Nova’s Curveball Key To Third Win

Spring Training Stock Market: Stock Down

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) We covered the guys off to good starts on Tuesday.  Today it’s the other side of the coin.  Here are the guys who aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire in camp over the first 2+ weeks. Raul Ibanez– Ibanez was the Yankees’ lefty DH option of choice this offseason, and so far they are giving him a serious test drive to see what they can get out of him.  Ibanez has been in the lineup at DH, LF, and RF, and currently leads the team with 24 plate appearances.  Continue reading Spring Training Stock Market: Stock Down

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?

Nightly Links: Chavez, Martin, Burnett

Eric Chavez was officially resigned tonight. The major league deal is worth $900,000, but in order to make room on the 25-man roster, the team will likely move Pedro Feliciano to the 60-day DL. News from camp has Russell Martin talking about his offseason training. He vowed to be the “fittest Yankee” and was quoted saying, “If there’s any guys in more shape than me, I’d be surprised. If there are, I’d be happy, because I’m coming ready this year.” Mike Axisa wrote about the upcoming free agent market and how the Yankees can avoid some very high priced contracts Continue reading Nightly Links: Chavez, Martin, Burnett