I'm heading out to Germany for another week on Sunday for my 9-5 job, so I'll be out of the loop and away from the blog during that time. That should be welcome news to those of you who find my brand of humor and love of A-Rod loathsome, and you already know you're in good hands with the rest of the crew here. The last time I left for this training in July, the Yankees lost Tanaka to his elbow injury, traded for Brandon McCarthy, and I came back to take on my current co-ed job here. Maybe this time I'll come home to a job offer on the Yankees' scouting staff. That'd be sweet. Now onto the links! - On Monday, Steven Jacobson of Bronx Pinstripes broke down David Huff's pitch mix transformation in 2014. I honestly never even gave Huff's repertoire much thought.
- El duque of It Is High... cringed at the possibility of the Yankees losing D-Rob to monetary reasons this offseason.
- On Tuesday, Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs explained how the Yankees have started using their financial advantage on the Minor League free agent market. A very interesting read and a cool insight into how the Yankees are actually ahead of the curve when it comes to this part of roster building.
- Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits profiled Andrew Miller as a potential free agent target. D-Rob, Betances, and Miller would be the new nastiest relief trifecta in baseball.
- John Beck of Pinstripe Alley mused on how the Yankees can improve Monument Park in the new stadium.
- SJK of NoMaas pondered the possibility of Hal trying to control payroll this offseason. Focusing on mid-tier relievers and re-signing Stephen Drew would be in line with that goal.
- On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB profiled 19-year-old pitching prospect Austin DeCarr.
- On Thursday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes named Jimmy Rollins as an ideal option to take over at shortstop next year. I don't like the idea of adding a 36-year-old to the current mix, but Rollins' game has aged pretty well.
On Friday, in addition to his scoop on the Andrew Bailey move, Chad Jennings of LoHud had the full list of Yankee MiL free agents on some thoughts on who will go and who could be retained.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Monday, I rattled off the prospects most likely to come up and help the big league club next year.
- On Tuesday, William pointed out the long-term risks to signing a big money pitcher like Max Scherzer.
- And I wondered just how much money D-Rob could make on the open market.
Got some new Soundgarden for this week's tuneage. Not really sure how I feel about this song. As an old-school Soundgarden fan, this doesn't hold a candle to that stuff. It's too light, too easy. But maybe it'll get better on multiple listens. I'll let you fine people make your own assessments.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody. See you in a week.