It's About The Money http://itsaboutthemoney.net The official Yankee blog of ESPN's Sweetspot Network Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:19:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Report: Yankees Have Made “A Series Of Trade Offers” For Shortstops http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/25/report-yankees-have-made-a-series-of-trade-offers-for-shortstops/ http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/25/report-yankees-have-made-a-series-of-trade-offers-for-shortstops/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:18:27 +0000 http://itsaboutthemoney.net/?p=71038 At face value, this doesn’t register on the “big news” needle.  The Yankees need a shortstop and everybody knows they’ve been actively pursuing multiple avenues to finding one.  But the way this particular nugget was written, hidden deep inside Joel Sherman’s article about the Yanks not being influenced by Boston’s recent moves, makes it newsworthy:

“Also, I sense talking to Yankees people they are more galvanized to find a shortstop than a third baseman, and have made a series of trade offers to teams for shortstops. The Yankees could play Martin Prado at third and use either Jose Pirela or Rob Refsnyder at second.”

You see what I mean?  What does “a series of trade offers” mean?  What kind of timeframe has that series of offers taken place in?  The last few days?  The last week??  Last we knew, it sounded like the talks for guys like Elvis Andrus and Alexei Ramirez had stalled, and I don’t think I’ve read anything yet about New York making an offer for Tulo.  …

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A-Rod’s Prospects After Steroids, Injury, Time Off, and 40: An Interview with an Expert Athletic Trainer and Champion Bodybuilder http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/24/a-rods-prospects-after-steroids-injury-time-off-and-40-an-interview-with-an-expert-athletic-trainer-and-champion-bodybuilder/ http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/24/a-rods-prospects-after-steroids-injury-time-off-and-40-an-interview-with-an-expert-athletic-trainer-and-champion-bodybuilder/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:00:12 +0000 http://itsaboutthemoney.net/?p=70950 Dos Equis commercials peddle their fictional man-of-many-feats as the “most interesting man in the world,” but my old friend Stu Yellin can give that old beer drinker a run for his money. I met Stu when we were 5; we spent much of the next decade getting each other in trouble in school, usually when one of us tried to make the other laugh in class by drawing pictures like Spider-Man beating up the teacher (an actual example of a drawing Stu showed me in 12th grade). My art skills never grew past middling (though I did just draw a decent Groot for my kids), but Stu became a major TV cartoonist, drawing the Colbert- and Carrell-voiced “Ace + Gary, The Ambiguously Gay Duo” for SNL, The Tick, and Lizzie McGuire. He then became an art teacher — before becoming a pro bodybuilder too. He got a very late start, competing only as of his early/mid-30s, yet won Pro Cards in various drug-tested federations (most notably the WNBF, the strictest one on substance abuse), and won first place as a middleweight in several “natural bodybuilding” competitions with tough drug testing.…

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Quick Hit: Yankees Sign MiL Utility Man Jonathan Galvez http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/24/quick-hit-yankees-sign-mil-utility-man-jonathan-galvez/ http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/24/quick-hit-yankees-sign-mil-utility-man-jonathan-galvez/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:00:48 +0000 http://itsaboutthemoney.net/?p=71031 galvez2

Courtesy of MiLB,com

Props to Mike Axisa for noticing this before anybody else did.  In addition to their Rule 5 protection moves last Thursday, the Yankees also signed 23-year-old utility player Jonathan Galvez to a Minor League contract.  Galvez, formerly of the Padre organization, has never played in a Major League game.  He spent the last 2 seasons in Triple-A and he hit .280/.354/.449 with 10 HR, 55 R, and 52 RBI in 103 games (389 PA) this past season.

Because the deal is a MiL one, Galvez did not have to be added to the 40-man roster, although it’s a safe bet that he received an invitation to Spring Training.  The Yankees are in dire need of help at multiple infield positions and Galvez could sneak up and steal a bench job with a strong ST.  He started his career off as a second baseman/shortstop, but he’s played more third base and corner outfield recently.

There’s a lot of Yangervis Solarte in this situation.  …

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Offseason Roster Update: 11/24/14 http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/24/offseason-roster-update-112414/ http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/24/offseason-roster-update-112414/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:00:14 +0000 http://itsaboutthemoney.net/?p=71029 Two months ago, before the regular season even ended, I looked ahead to the 2015 Opening Day roster and what it would look like were it comprised of only players who were guaranteed a 40-man roster spot at the time.  The exercise illustrated how much work the Yankees had to do this offseason, with almost every roster area showing some kind of weakness.  Now 2 months later, the regular season and postseason have ended, the offseason is in full swing, and not much has changed.  The Yankees made some 40-man roster changes last week, but not any that would seriously help next year’s team.  Today’s 2015 Opening Day roster would only be slightly better than September’s.

C- Brian McCann
1B- Mark Teixeira
2B- Martin Prado
SS- Brendan Ryan
3B- Alex Rodriguez
LF- Brett Gardner
CF- Jacoby Ellsbury
RF- Chris Young
DH- Carlos Beltran

SP- Masahiro Tanaka
SP- Michael Pineda
SP- CC Sabathia
SP- Shane Greene
SP- David Phelps

Bullpen- Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, Adam Warren, Justin Wilson, Preston Claiborne, Jose Ramirez, Jose De Paula

Bench- John Ryan Murphy, Jose Pirela, Ramon Flores, Eury Perez

The only new face in the lineup is the only new face the Yankees have added to their group of position players so far, and Young really only gets in because of the lack of infield depth.  …

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Sunday Morning Rumors: Ibanez, Grilli http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/23/sunday-morning-rumors-ibanez-grilli/ http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2014/11/23/sunday-morning-rumors-ibanez-grilli/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:24:28 +0000 http://itsaboutthemoney.net/?p=71021 A pair of hot stove stories from late Friday on the hitting coach and bullpen situations.

– First the hitting coach.  There were reports earlier in the week about Raul Ibanez being one of the 3 finalists for the Tampa Bay managerial job.  According to George King, if Ibanez doesn’t get that job, he has no interest in becoming the Yankees’ hitting coach.  Sounds like it’s manager or bust for Raul and I can’t really blame him for that.  We’ll have to wait until next week to see who this mystery interview candidate is.

– Now the bullpen.  Via Sweeny Murti, the Yankee front office has discussed right-hander Jason Grilli as a hypothetical replacement for D-Rob should they fail to re-sign him.  Grilli, 38, was really good as the Pirates closer in 2013, less so last year before he was traded to Anaheim.  He bounced back post-trade and could be worth the minimal cost it will take to sign him.…

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