Reviewing Last Year’s Two Biggest Free Agent Passes

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Interestingly enough, or frustratingly enough depending on how against the austerity plan you are, the Yankees really kicked this plan into high gear last offseason when they failed to get involved in the international free agent market.  It was one of the best classes in recent memory, highlighted by Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes, 2 players who, ironically enough, play the positions the Yanks most need to fill this offseason.  At the time, the Yankees’ reasons for passing on both players were good ones.  The history of Japanese pitchers making Continue reading Reviewing Last Year’s Two Biggest Free Agent Passes

Game 18: Duel at Ranger’s Ballpark

The narrative in tonight’s game will surround two pitchers who could, at the end of their careers, be crowned the greatest Japanese pitchers in MLB history. After only 3 major league starts, that might be preemptive for the Texas starting pitcher Yu Darvish, but he’s certainly the most talented pitcher to come out of the NPB. You can read more about what Darvish throws and how he’s pitched thus far in my scouting report. Hiroki Kuroda will be pitching for the Yankees, and in his MLB career he’s been the most successful Japanese pitcher to switch leagues. That said, there Continue reading Game 18: Duel at Ranger’s Ballpark

PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish is the newest high-profile Japanese player to ship out to the MLB. There will be plenty of narratives when the Yankees play Texas tonight. Hiroki Kuroda v. Darvish might be proclaimed the battle for the title of best Japanese starter, but what I’ll be watching is the pitching. The 25 year old right hander is undoubtedly the NPB’s most successful pitcher to head to the Major Leagues, and the Rangers invested over $110 million to have him play for Arlington. If you read the hype during his posting, Darvish has a huge pitching repertoire, and numerous sources said Continue reading PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Yu Darvish

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Rangers

The Rangers are coming off an 8-1 road trip against the terrible Twins, the rickety Red Sox, and the tenacious Tigers. The 2010 and 2011 American League champions have arguably been the best team in baseball thus far, and although its way too early to start looking at places, they currently have the best winning record of 13-3. While we all knew they would have one of the best offenses in baseball, the question surrounding them was a suspicious starting rotation for such a team with a hitter friendly ballpark. With the loss of CJ Wilson to the Angels, the Continue reading Series Preview: Yankees vs. Rangers

Nightly Links: Empire State Yankees, Sabathia, Chamberlain

Hiroki Kuroda had a shaky start for the Yankees this afternoon, though he retired the first three batters in a row, he proceeded to give up three hits and three runs after. The relievers were more impressive today, with Soriano, Logan, Warren, and Rapada each striking out two. On the offensive side, Nick Swisher and Jose Gil doubled, and Russell Martin stole a base. (Box Score) Due to construction on the Scranton at PNC Field, the Yankees’ triple A affiliate won’t have a home this season, and Mike Ashmore has the news that they’ll temporarily be called the Empire State Continue reading Nightly Links: Empire State Yankees, Sabathia, Chamberlain

Sunday afternoon news roundup

The hot stove season has been pretty quiet so from the Yankees’ perspective (with nothing much going on since the Freddy Garcia signing), but things may be starting to heat up.  The spending sprees by the Angels and Marlins have been the story of the offseason so far, but a few big storylines remain.  Around the league, some new occurrences may start to set the pieces in motion for the Yankees as they look to fill out their roster.  Here are some recent rumors and events that may have implications for the Yankees. Darvish situation awaits resolution While many people Continue reading Sunday afternoon news roundup

The two guys no one’s talking about

As I write this (8:40 PM on Wednesday night) it looks very unlikely that the Yankees are going to get Yu Darvish. We’ve also heard relatively little on the trade front except that the prices of two Yankee target–John Danks and Gio Gonzalez–are exorbitant. The White Sox wanted TWO of Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, and Dellin Betances for Danks (lol) and the A’s apparently asked the Marlins for Mike Stanton in return for Gonzalez. Until those trade prices come down, the Yankees are going to have to look to the free agent market to patch up their rotation. Yes, at Continue reading The two guys no one’s talking about

Darvish Postings Finished

UPDATE (8:00) Piling on a bit here, but Heyman also says that the Yankee bid is nothing special and that the winning bid is expected to be sky high. UPDATE (7:47) Apparently the bid was not huge and probably not enough to win. UPDATE (7:42) Jack Curry confirmed the Yankees’ bid: During meetings today, Yankees discussed Darvish. Eventually, they elected to make a bid on the pitcher. UPDATE (7:27) Brian Cashman, being very cryptic, wouldn’t confirm the Yankees’ submission: Cashman, via text, on if he offered a bid for Yu Darvish: “Wouldn’t say.” So… there’s that So the postings for Continue reading Darvish Postings Finished