Is there anything or anyone out there?

The Hot Stove season is far from over. There are still over 40 days until pitchers and catchers report to Florida and Arizona for Spring Training, so there is still plenty of time for deals to get done. Despite that, the Yankees seem to have a fairly complete roster. With the re-signing of Ichrio Suzuki, the outfield is set and with the signing of Kevin Youkilis, the infield is set. The top of the bullpen is set, even with the departure of Rafael Soriano and the rotation is more or less set. The one spot that doesn’t seem to be Continue reading Is there anything or anyone out there?

Scouting The Free Agent Market For An Ibanez Replacement

I might have watched every game this year, but it’s still hard for me to remember exactly what kind of season Raul Ibanez had in 2012. Our most recent recollection was his three ridiculously well-timed homeruns in the playoffs. For the rest season, the left handed hitter had his good moments, but also some pretty lousy ones. As expected, he was rather awful against left handed pitchers, but a .248/.319/.492 triple slash (115 wRC+) against righties more than made up for it. Unfortunately, once the Yankees lost Brett Gardner for nearly the entire season, Ibanez saw much more defensive playing Continue reading Scouting The Free Agent Market For An Ibanez Replacement

Morning stroll down memory lane

Whenever someone mentions Jason Giabmi’s tenure with the Yankees, I get pretty peeved. He wasn’t exactly the player he was in Oakland and his glove was, well, let’s just not talk about that. However, he was still productive with the bat, posting a .404 OBP and a .525 SLG (.925 OPS) in his time with the Yankees; his wOBA with the Bombers from ’02-’08 was a robust .397, good for a 145 wRC+. I still don’t get why people say he was a disappointment on offense. Anyway, today marks a special anniversary for Giabmi and the Yanks. Today is the Continue reading Morning stroll down memory lane

Players to watch for 2012: NL West

While the Yankees negotiate with Raul Ibanez, let’s turn our attention to some non-Yankee topics. You’ll remember that I did this series last year, so let’s kick it off a little earlier this year to fill our baseball void. We’ll be starting with the last year’s defending division champion, the Arizona Diamondbacks. There’s an obvious choice here, and I’m going with it. Ian Kennedy. IPK just went off this year. He threw 222 innings, had a great 8.03 K/9; 2.33 BB/9; and 0.77 HR/9 which helped him post a fantastic 2.88 ERA (72 ERA– and a solid 3.22 FIP (79 Continue reading Players to watch for 2012: NL West

Starring Mark Teixeira as Jason Giambi (hopefully)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Yankees sign a big-name free agent first baseman coming off an MVP-caliber year to a mammoth long-term deal that will keep him in the Bronx well past the point he’s still worth his salary. The slugger goes crazy in his first season in pinstripes, putting up yet another MVP-caliber season. The first baseman’s second season in pinstripes is still very good, though perhaps a slight disappointment based on previous expectations. Things continue to go in the wrong direction in the third season, prompting the Yankee faithful to start wondering whether their Continue reading Starring Mark Teixeira as Jason Giambi (hopefully)

Ubaldo ubaldozes Yankees to sleep in 4-2 Rockies victory

Ubaldo Jimenez settled down after a slightly wild first inning Friday night, ultimately throwing seven strong innings and yielding only two runs on four hits as the Rockies beat the Yankees 4-2. A.J.Burnett got touched up for one run in each of the 2nd through 5th innings, and that picket fence wound up being plenty on a night where the Yankees were only able to muster up five total hits. In fact, after Eduardo Nunez led the 5th off with a single, the Yankees went hitless until Nick Swisher hit a single with one out in the ninth, further prolonging Continue reading Ubaldo ubaldozes Yankees to sleep in 4-2 Rockies victory

Looking back at Giambi's contract

On December 13th, 2001 the Yankees announced the signing of Jason Giambi to a 7 year contract worth a reported 120 million. Giambi was at the time one of the premier sluggers in the game, leading the AL in OBP (.477) and SLG (.660) the prior year. He came in 2nd in MVP voting to Ichiro Suzuki, after winning the award himself in 2000. The Yanks were looking to continue their championship run of the late 90’s, and the 2001 group finished a disappointing 5th in runs scored. Giambi’s signing was a clarion call to the baseball world that despite Continue reading Looking back at Giambi's contract

Looking back at Giambi’s contract

On December 13th, 2001 the Yankees announced the signing of Jason Giambi to a 7 year contract worth a reported 120 million. Giambi was at the time one of the premier sluggers in the game, leading the AL in OBP (.477) and SLG (.660) the prior year. He came in 2nd in MVP voting to Ichiro Suzuki, after winning the award himself in 2000. The Yanks were looking to continue their championship run of the late 90’s, and the 2001 group finished a disappointing 5th in runs scored. Giambi’s signing was a clarion call to the baseball world that despite Continue reading Looking back at Giambi’s contract

Off Day Thoughts

With one summer course finished last night, I’m like 95% done with my Master’s. Woo. Okay done with the semi-cool brag. Onto the baseball… During the series with the Cubs, I was annoyed with the constant Wrigley-fapping. This series, it was (as it usually is when they’re together) the Michael Kay and Paul O’Neill Show. This time, though, it wasn’t so much about their constant discussions of food, or golf, or texting but the harping on Drew Stubbs and how he needs to “figure out what kind of hitter he’s going to be” since he strikes out a bit and Continue reading Off Day Thoughts