Good morning, gang. We're going to go double efficient and use the intro space to touch on the Anthony Swarzak acquisition from yesterday. Jon Heyman had it first and it's a MiL deal with an invite to spring camp that becomes a $750,000 deal if Swarzak makes the MLB roster. Swarzak has pitched to a 4.45/4.17/4.45 slash in 450+ Major League innings, most of them as a middle reliever. Have to think he would serve in that role as a Yankee and he could have a twinge of extra value as a guy with starting experience. Now onto the links. - On Monday, Chad Jennings had some thoughts from Cash on positional plans for Castro, A-Rod, and Dustin Ackley this season.
- On Tuesday, SG of RLYW commented on the latest W-L projections for the 2016 Yankees.
- On Wednesday, Mike Axisa explained how the Yanks could use their bench flexibility to support a 6-man rotation. That would actually be pretty cool, to see them start using the back end of the roster as a flexible spot determined by upcoming schedule and need.
- Friend of the blog David Schoenfield selected his all-time best single season infield. He says it's not the '09 Yankees, so he's automatically wrong, but it's still a fun read.
- Matt Provenzano of Pinstripe Alley discussed the importance of this season for Jacob Lindgren.
- And from here on Tuesday, EJ dove into the new MiL catching statistics to see how they rate Gary Sanchez and what that could mean for him as he transitions into the big leagues.
David Bowie was a little before my time, so I admittedly wasn't as broken up by his death as many others. But the guy was a genius, a cultural icon, and I made damn sure to snag my old man's copy of "Ziggy Stardust" when I raided his record collection last year. Here's my personal favorite from that album.