Rafael Soriano To The Nationals

Last year’s Yankees closer has just agreed to a two-year $28 million deal with the Washington Nationals, that includes a third year option. Though there was a bit of speculation that Rafael Soriano was desperate for a contract, the reliever certainly got his money. With Nick Swisher in Cleveland, the Yankees now have the 27th, 31st, and 32nd round draft picks for 2013. These picks can move up a bit depending on where Kyle Lohse and Michael Bourn sign, but at the moment, the Yankees are in good shape for next year’s draft. Last season, these picks were worth $1.675 Continue reading Rafael Soriano To The Nationals

Soriano not a necessity, but a reunion should be welcomed

Yesterday, we heard news that Scott Boras, agent for free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano, approached the Yankees about a one year contract for the righty pitcher. Boras and Soriano were apparently, “flatly denied” per Bob Klapisch. Buster Olney hinted that the Yankees are choosing the draft pick/draft pool money over Soriano and his services. I like the draft and I like prospects as much as the next guy, but if I’m forced to choose between a draft pick in 2013 and another year of Rafael Soriano, I’m taking Soriano every time. The Yankee bullpen is definitely well stocked for 2013. Mariano Continue reading Soriano not a necessity, but a reunion should be welcomed

The Best Laid Plans

As the blackout last week rolled on, the conversations between my father and me inevitably rolled to baseball. One thing he kept bringing up was how this upcoming Hot Stove season would be the most challenging for Yankee GM Brian Cashman. While I think there may have been more pressure to reload after missing the playoffs in 2008, I’m more or less in league with my dad on this one. With the 2014 budget in mind, it’s hard to know just exactly what the Yankees will do this winter. We know they won’t get younger for the sake of getting Continue reading The Best Laid Plans

The 2013 bullpen

First off, how is everyone? I know a large portion of our readership is certainly in the Tri-State Area and I hope you and yours are doing well. Now, let’s get onto some baseball matters as a nice distraction. As you probably could’ve guessed by midseason, Rafael Soriano has officially opted out of his contract with the Yankees. ACcording to that same link, the Yankees will give Soriano a qualifying offer (which he likely won’t accept) and are willing to give him a two year contract. In the simplest of terms, there are a few ways that this can shake Continue reading The 2013 bullpen

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

But I Thought The Yankees Always Lost To The Angels?

For a while now, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been a thorn in the side of the New York Yankees. We all remember the early playoff exits in 2002 and 2005 and we were elated when the Yankees finally beat them in 2009 to advance to the World Series. So even though it’s always seemed like the Yanks have had trouble beating Mike Scioscia’s team, they haven’t lately, especially at home. In fact, the Angels are now 5-15 in the regular season at the new Stadium. I know, right? Freddy Garcia, who has been stepping in for the Continue reading But I Thought The Yankees Always Lost To The Angels?

Beat writing at its best

The relationship between the blogosphere and members of the traditional sports media has historically been a strained one.  Among many old-school journalists, contempt existed toward bloggers who hadn’t paid their dues by going to journalism school, often wrote in a more informal (and sometimes profane) fashion, and made no attempts to feign objectivity toward the team they covered.  On the flip side, bloggers tended (and have continued) to mock journalists for their reliance on narrative and emotion at the expense of empiricism, and criticize them for not making the best use of their access to players, coaches, and management. Over Continue reading Beat writing at its best

Correction coming for Soriano?

Rafael Soriano, interim closer with Mariano Rivera out for the season, blew his first save of the year on Sunday. Entering a 4-3 game in the top of the ninth inning, Soriano allowed a lead-off double to Lucas Duda and a game-tying single to Ike Davis, though the Yankees took the lead and the win in the bottom of the inning. Unable to return to action on Monday with a blister, Soriano did convert a save on Tuesday – his tenth of the season – and maintains a 2.01 ERA on the year. By all accounts, the right-handed reliever who struggled so Continue reading Correction coming for Soriano?

Six run 8th propels Yanks to series win

This one most definitely had an annoyingly hopeless feel to it, didn’t it? From the get-go, it was readily apparent that Yankee starter CC Sabathia had absolutely nothing. His slider? No. Changeup? Not so much. Fastball? Not in the least. The Braves went up almost as quickly as possible. After the Yankees put runners on in the top of the first, the Braves put three runners on in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Michael Bourn single (followed by a Martin Prado fly out), a ground-rule double by Brian McCann, and a walk by Dan Uggla. Certified Continue reading Six run 8th propels Yanks to series win