How about Angel Pagan?

In one of our daily email correspondences, Steve brought up the idea of signing Torii Hunter, and he, Moshe, and Mike E. were discussing the pros and cons. Out of no where, Dom brought up the idea of recent World
Series winner Angel Pagan as an option. Admittedly, I had no idea he was even a free agent and his name would certainly get lost in conversations about higher profile outfielders like Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher, B.J. Upton, and Torii Hunter. After a quick glance at some of the particulars, I like Pagan a lot more than I thought I would.

At first look, Pagan appears to be no great shakes. His career batting line is .281/.333/.424, which is certainly not winning him any awards or putting him on a track for Cooperstown. He’s not very powerful, sporting a middling .143 Iso and doesn’t draw a ton of walks (7.4 career BB%) Pagan’s career wOBA is .329, good for a wRC+ of 104.… Click here to read the rest

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 younger, and that’s something I agree with. In that vein, though, the Yankees are set up to get young for 2014/2015 with the chance for some actual impact players like Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin, and Mason Williams. But with regards to the Yankees’ actual plan, I’m not ready to say I know what their exact strategy will be.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks Have Interest In Torii Hunter And So Do I

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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

It was nothing more than a basic report from the infamous unnamed source that the Yankees are interested in free agent to be Torii Hunter, but when it’s coming from Mark Feinsand you can put a little extra faith in it.  The Yanks don’t appear to be wasting any time in seeking out a replacement for Nick Swisher in right field, and if they aren’t going to get seriously involved in any kind of trade discussion for Justin Upton, Hunter would be an ideal 1-year stopgap signing.  Even at age 37, turning 38 next summer, Hunter brings a lot of things to the table that the Yankees need and a lot that meshes well with their team makeup and organizational culture.

First and foremost, Hunter is still a very productive two-way player, something the Yankees could definitely use in their outfield.  He’s probably not as good as his .313/.365/.451 line from 2012 would lead one to believe; that slash was boosted by an abnormally high .389 BABIP this past season. … Click here to read the rest