Merry Christmas Eve, gang. Here's a few links to get you through the morning, assuming you aren't doing last-minute shopping/wrapping or sweating out the delivery of your final gift like I am. - On Monday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down Starlin Castro's batting stance changes in 2015 and how those changes could lead to meaningful, long-term improvement in his offensive production.
- George King of The Post updated the Yankees' search status for more starting pitching, including the non-existent Ivan Nova market and the team's desire to sign a starter to a MiL deal. It's one of the most depressing articles I've ever read.
- On Tuesday, Alex Putterman of BP Bronx ran some numbers to see if the 2009 Yankee infield was the best of all time.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Monday, Ted discussed the other factor in the recent Yankee trades- trading players with more known and predictable production for players with more upside. Depth and certainty for need and upside. I can dig that.
- On Tuesday, EJ argued that Mason Williams is still a top 10 organizational prospect. I have him just outside my top 10 right now, so I can dig this idea too.
No link on this one, but the Yankees reportedly signed 4 players to MiL deals yesterday. The most notable one was Vinnie Pestano, who was a very good middle reliever for the Indians a few years ago.
I don't really care for Christmas music and this song has been beaten to death by TV ads, but I can still bob my head to it so here you go.