It's About The Money Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:25:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 IIATMS Podcast Episode 28: All Questions Answered Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:15:28 +0000 There was an idea to bring together a group of brilliant listeners/readers, and have them set the agenda for the latest It’s About the Money, Stupid Podcast. We sent out the signal, and they answered the call, and so Domenic and Stacey discuss the trade deadline, the Yankees front office, the meaning of life, and oh so much more.

Keep the questions coming! Tweet us @DomenicLanza or @StaceGots.…

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Why Stephen Drew can help the Yankees Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:22 +0000 Stephen Drew is bringing his bat to the Bronx. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Stephen Drew is bringing his bat to the Bronx. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

In one of the more surprising trade deadline deals in recent memory, the Yankees traded Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox in exchange for Stephen Drew. The Yankees later designated Brian Roberts for assignment, giving Drew the full-time job at second base.

On the surface, this is what the deal looks like: The Yankees picked up a player that is hitting .176/.255/.328 this season and who has never played an inning at second base in his professional career (majors or minors) to be their regular second baseman for the remainder of the season.

Huh? That doesn’t seem like a move that would help the Yankees chances of playing in October.

But those facts don’t tell the entire story of why Drew is an upgrade over Roberts and has a chance to help the Yankees down the stretch.

Heating up in July
Drew was signed by Boston at the beginning of June, so essentially he was in “spring training” for the first 4-6 weeks after joining the Red Sox, and it showed in his performance at the plate.…

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Trade deadline mayhem! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:40:18 +0000 In case you were under a rock this afternoon you may have missed the two major moves the Yankees made this afternoon.

First, they traded Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox for Stephen Drew.

Joel Sherman tweeted and said that Drew told the Yankees he’d play second base. Drew, after holding out and waiting to sign with the Sox, is currently batting an abysmal .176/.255/.328 in 145 PAs.

Then the Yankees traded minor leaguer Peter O’Brien, who seems to hit home runs like they’re going out of style, to the Diamondbacks for Martin Prado.

From MLBTradeRumors:

Prado, 30, is hitting .270/.317/.370 in 436 plate appearances for Arizona this year while playing mostly third base. He was a major piece of the January 2013 trade that brought Justin Upton to the Braves. Shortly after the acquisition, Prado signed a four-year, $40MM extension with the D’Backs. He has about $3.6MM remaining this year, and $11MM in each of the 2015 and ’16 seasons.

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The young Al Downing was filthy Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:15:52 +0000 The 1963 New York Yankees won 104 games that season and finished over ten games in front of its nearest American League rival. And it wasn’t the offense that propelled them that season. Mickey Mantle only played 65 games due to injury and Roger Maris‘ run of greatness with the Yankees had ended as he only played 90 games himself. It was the pitching that propelled that team. Along with Whitey Ford and Jim Bouton having their best career years, a 22-year-old Al Downing was mowing down hitters at a league-leading rate.

Alphonso Downing, a kid from Trenton, was only twenty when he was signed by the Yankees in 1961. Assigned to the A-level Binghampton Triplets, he proceeded to go 9-1 for that New York State club with a 1.84 ERA. The success led the Yankees to give him a cup of coffee on that powerhouse 1961 Yankees team and in a handful of games, proceeded to strike out twelve batters per nine innings.…

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Are The Yankees Trying To Avoid Paying Brian Roberts? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:39 +0000 Roberts E vs TEX

In case you were wondering, yes. That was a play he should have made. Courtesy of Getty Images

This was supposed to be a post asking how much longer the Yankees could afford to keep trotting Brian Roberts out as their everyday second baseman.  It was supposed to be posted on Tuesday, but Mike Axisa beat me to the punch and said everything I was going to say so I scrapped the idea.  That’s blog life.  It happens.  But then I was struck with a new Roberts-centric idea based on what’s transpired over the last few days.  Buried in Mike’s post was this point about Roberts’ contract that I had totally forgotten about:

Roberts is about to start making some decent bucks through bonuses — he has already banked $350,000 in incentives and is two plate appearances away from another $250,0000 — so there is a financial incentive to make a change as well. The Yankees would pay Refsnyder through the end of the season less than the bonus they’d owe Roberts if he gets those next two plate appearances.

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