Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate

Lost in yesterday’s interview with Mike Francesa, Brian Cashman spoke meticulously about the the situation in left field. Unlike “accidentally” blurting out that the team offered Robinson Cano an extension, Cashman gave us a good long rundown of the outfield options. Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte, Matt Diaz, Juan Rivera, and a number of other young guys are in consideration before the team looks outside of the organization. But towards the end of the interview, Cashman could not stop raving about Slade Heathcott. He called Heathcott a dark horse candidate. After talking up his tools and the way he plays the game, Continue reading Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate

Examining the newest Toronto Blue Jays

Earlier this week the Miami Marlins gutted their team, sending several star players north of the border to the Toronto Blue Jays. The main additions to the Blue Jays through this trade were Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. Since then the Jays have also signed Melky Cabrera. Fellow Yankee Analyst Michael Eder already looked at the Blue Jays in aggregate after this trade. I agree with his conclusion. Between the new additions to the team and the players returning from injury, the Blue Jays figure to be a contender in 2013. Rather than rehashing that, in this post Continue reading Examining the newest Toronto Blue Jays

Musing On Melky Cabrera’s PED Troubles And A Reunion In Pinstripes

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, former Yankee Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone. The implications are disastrous for the  Giants, who are currently a game behind the Dodgers in the NL West race, and a half game behind the NL Wild Card. Cabrera’s .346/.390/.516 triple slash will be sorely missed by a team in the middle of a playoff race. The test results won’t help the outfielder either. As Cabrera approaches free agency this offseason, the suspension could decimate his value as team’s will be Continue reading Musing On Melky Cabrera’s PED Troubles And A Reunion In Pinstripes

Bringing Back the Melkman

Ok, maybe I’m jumping the gun, but this is a slow week, and after the All-Star game, I’m ready to talk about a certain outfielder. In case you missed it last night, Melky Cabrera was the star of the show. The ex-Yankee went 2 for 3 with a lead off single and a two run homerun. The Melkman is on the tip of everyone’s tongue now, and he’s creating a distance between his stellar 2011 season/incredible 2012 season, and his dreadful 2010 stint with the Braves. With a vacancy in right field next year, it’s worth the fun to muse Continue reading Bringing Back the Melkman

Can’t handle the New York heat

It is no secret that playing for the New York Yankees has its definite pros and cons. Sure players tend to make higher salaries with the Yankees and are afforded the opportunity to play on national television far more than any other team. In addition, the Yankees have made the playoffs 13 of the past 14 years. Plus, they have won a mind-boggling 27 World Series (16 more than any other franchise). With great power comes great responsibility though. The fans are as loyal as there are in sports, but they also are not bashful to express what they are really thinking. New York’s media and fans are the most relentless in sports. Playing in the Bronx is pressure packed. Either you win, or you go home. As the late great George Steinbrenner once said, “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing.” In recent history, there are three players that come to mind who could not take the New York heat.

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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

Trying to destroy a narrative

The following is going to be a bit rantish, but I’m okay with it. Over the last few days, we learned that Alex Rodriguez “begged” the Yankees to re-sign outfielder Melky Cabrera. Melky isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire, so I’m glad they didn’t heed A-Rod’s talent evaluation and acquisition advice, despite Brett Gardner‘s performance (or lack thereof) to start the year. In the comment section of that RAB article, and the comment section of my piece about Gardner from yesterday, people brought up the fact that Melky and Robinson Cano were good friends when they were both on Continue reading Trying to destroy a narrative

The worst players in baseball

[Editor’s note: This post has been moved back up to the top in case people missed it this morning.] Matt recently ran a post analyzing two bad pitchers, Sergio Mitre and Tim Wakefield. This was a novel concept. Normally here at Yankeeist we spend our time analyzing good baseball players (Editor’s Note: This isn’t entirely accurate, but I’ll let it slide). However, we can just as easily analyze the bad ones. So, this post is dedicated to the worst players in terms of fWAR in all of baseball, in each of the past five seasons. 2006 Ronny Cedeno, SS Chicago Continue reading The worst players in baseball

Notes: Lee, Jeter, Liriano, Martin, Melky

A number of Yankees Hot Stove stories out there this morning: 1) The Yankees have apparently upped their offer to 7 years, although Joel Sherman reports that the deal is actually more complicated than that: The Yankees’ offers work on a scale in which the shorter the term, the higher the annual average value. It is believed the bids work something like this: five years for $125 million; six years for $144 million; seven years for $161 million; or $25 million a year, $24 million a year and $23 million a year, respectively. This is an interesting plan, although I Continue reading Notes: Lee, Jeter, Liriano, Martin, Melky