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, Cashman referred to 2005, when the Yankees called up the 20 year old Melky Cabrera from Double-A. In comparing Heathcott to Cabrera, he said that Melky had some additional experience at the time, but Heathcott’s tools are far better.

Anthony J. Causi

Melky Cabrera was certainly called up early in his career, but in July of 2005, Cabrera already had a handful of plate appearances in both Double-A and Triple-A.… Click here to read the rest

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 I wanted to zero in on the four new players and assess their value.

Jose Reyes – Yankee fans know Reyes well from his days with the Mets. In 2011 Reyes had a career (injury shortened) year and managed a 142 wRC+. That season had contract year written all over it and Miami took the bait, signing Reyes to a $100 million contract.… Click here to read the rest

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 wary of taking on a player with questionable makeup.

During the allstar break, I mused on a reunion between the Melkman and the Yankees. One of the underlying aspects of such a move would be consideration of his maturity. The Yankees have stated a number of times the importance they place on a player’s character, and Cabrera already has a history of poor work ethic with the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Bringing Back the Melkman

"What shoes should I wear tomorrow?"

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 on the possibility of signing him in the upcoming offseason.

Following the 2009 World Series victory, Cabrera was traded from the Yankees to the Braves in the Boone Logan deal. It was a low point for the outfielder, who was traded from the world champion Yankees, an organization filled with close friends like Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez.… Click here to read the rest

Can’t handle the New York heat

Exhibit A:  Melky Cabrera

Pre Yankee Days-N/A

Yankee Days-Cabrera spent four years sporting the pinstripes.  During that time, he batted .269, had an on-base percentage of .331, a slugging percentage of .385, and an OPS of .716.

Post Yankee Days-Melky has played for three teams since leaving the Yankees.  First he went to Atlanta, then Kansas City, and now he is with San Francisco.

Braves: With the Braves, Melky did not do so hot.  He had a batting average of .255, on-base percentage of .317, a slugging sercentage of .354, and an OPS of .671

Royals:  With the Royals, Cabrera batted .305, had an on-base percentage of .339, a slugging percentage of .470, and an OPS of .809.

Giants:  With the Giants, Cabrera is currently second in the National League with a .353 batting average, an on-base percentage of .396, a slugging percentage of .527, and an OPS of .923.

Bottom Line-After a bit of a hiccup in Atlanta which was likely induced by Post-Yankees Stress Syndrome, Cabrera has become an All-Star caliber left-fielder. … Click here to read the rest

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 FIP–). I don’t think we can expect a repeat of these numbers, but I’ll always enjoy rooting for and watching Kennedy pitch.

Next, we’ll go up north to San Francisco. Let’s keep our eyes on another former Yankee: Melky Cabrera. Traded to the Giants from the Royals for Jonathan Sanchez, Melky will be looking to build on a career year in 2011.… Click here to read the rest

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 the Yankees. This, of course, was in the context of my least favorite Yankee narrative: Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano goofed off together too much and it led to Cano’s bad year in 2008 and Melky’s absence skyrocketed Cano to superstardom in 2010. Shoot me in the face. Gag me with a spoon. Whatever.

Why do I hate this narrative so much?… Click here to read the rest

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 Cubs: All baseball fans know the stereotype of the weak-hitting shortstop, but this was ridiculous. In his first full season in the Majors Cedeno’s wOBA was an anemic .259, the by-product of a pitiful .245/.271/.339 offensive slash stat line.

The reason teams put up with the weak-hitting shortstop is because they’re supposed to be good in the field.… Click here to read the rest

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 cannot see a pitcher of Lee’s age doing anything but taking the largest offer. I have said all along that I thought a 7 year deal was way too long, and I stand by that position. That said, it may be time to reluctantly conclude that this is an inflated market, and that these sort of deals may be where baseball is headed.… Click here to read the rest