It's About The Money The official Yankee blog of ESPN's Sweetspot Network Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/24/14 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:48 +0000 Here’s your weekly trip around the Yankosphere.  Feel free to use the comment section to explore some crazy scenarios for Joe Maddon’s future.

– On Tuesday, Jim Callis profiled Aaron Judge and the experience he went through after being drafted and getting hurt last year.

– Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record had some more details on CC Sabathia’s rehab schedule and plan to arrive early at Spring Training.

– On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… bought in on the idea of the Yankees going after Jung-Ho Kang to play shortstop next year.

– Scott Davis of Pinstripe Alley gave an optimistic look at the potential rotation next year and how deep and talented it could be.

– Mike Axisa of RAB reviewed Shane Greene’s improbably strong rookie season.  I’m really hoping he’s for real and can keep the performance up next year.

– On Thursday, Chad Jennings of LoHud discussed the importance of improving the infield defense this offseason.

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To Re-Sign Or Not To Re-Sign: Ichiro And Chris Young Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:00:39 +0000 Young Walk-Off vs TB

Chris Young doesn’t get hyped, he stays hyped. Courtesy of Corey Sipken/NY Daily News

This is the final post in this week’s free agent case series, and to be perfectly honest, it’s not one I even wanted to write.  Ichiro Suzuki and Chris Young are not players I would bring back next season if I were calling the shots.  I think the Yankees can do better than them in the 4th outfielder spot and I think they should make a strong effort to do so.  Their injury problems the last 2 seasons have been magnified by a weak and powerless bench, and neither of these guys has been anything close to what they were at their peak.  But 4th outfielder is a position of great importance again next season and I think these 2 will get at least slight consideration for a new deal.  For that, they’ll get some slight consideration here and will be lumped together into a single post.…

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Sabathia Update: Back To 100%? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:30:39 +0000 The Yankee season has been over for almost a month, and with the World Series in the early stages and free agency not yet underway, the only real player news is injury news.  There was a fair amount of news regarding CC Sabathia and his rehab from knee surgery this week.  He was on ESPN Radio on Wednesday to discuss it, and Chad Jennings put together a post recapping all the major talking points.

The biggest one is obviously CC’s health and all sounds well on that front.  Sabathia said he’s been “telling people I’m 100%” and that he’s been throwing 2 days a week at The Stadium.  He said the knee feels good and discussed the importance of him being healthy going into next season while adding that he still believes he can “definitely get back to being able to go out and dominate a game, and just be myself.”

Good on the guy for being confident, but I think I’ll pump the brakes on any kind of optimism until I have somebody other than Sabathia confirming he’s 100%, preferably somebody in the medical field.  …

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Seven best Yankee off season trades since 1975 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:01:42 +0000 Blockbuster trades do not happen that often for the New York Yankees. Most of the off season news concerns free agents and waiver pickups. What few trades made over the Steinbrenner years seem inconsequential and the players involved quickly sink into oblivion. The last big off season trade involved sending Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Mariners for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. The debates about that trade have been fun. The official tally so far is Pineda with 2.7 rWAR to Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi both at -0.4 since the trade occurred. We will have to give that one a little more time before the Yankees can be declared the winner. But what were the best trades?

I am just talking off season here or that period between the end of the season and the start of the next one. Obviously, the list will not include the most recent seasons because, again, time needs to occur before you can look at a long history of what happened after a trade.…

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Get Ready for the 2015 Postseason: A-Rod in the “Best Shape of His Life”! But Let’s Look at Past “Best Shape” Claims… Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:09 +0000 The Hypothesis: The news that “multiple reports say [A-Rod] is in the best shape of his life” (10/13/14) is useless for predicting his performance. Or am I just a snarky, condescending jerk for mocking the concept that diet and exercise can help a near-fortysomething who, to play well for a team I like, reportedly is working harder than the many who let their bodies go by their early/mid-30s – like those Girardi “ripped … for being overweight, not being ‘hungry'” in an impressive bit of managerial wordplay?

The Slipshod Methodology: I Googled “best shape of his life” yankees and “best shape of my life” yankees to find others with off-season “best shape” reports; the first five pages of results from each search yielded 10 “best shape” claims. (I included a few that didn’t quite say “best” but did claim dramatically better physical condition.) I then looked at their performance the seasons before and after the offseason “best shape” claim.…

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