It's About The Money The official Yankee blog of ESPN's Sweetspot Network Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:09:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saturday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 12/20/14 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:00:34 +0000 Everybody’s still buzzing from yesterday’s big Phelps-Prado-Eovaldi-Jones trade, which obviously was a much bigger deal than the weekly links post.  I think EJ and Scott’s posts on the deal were outstanding and I encourage everyone to read those below and comment if you haven’t already.  It’s hands down the best analysis of this deal you’re going to read anywhere.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily published the list of guys who missed the cut for his annual top 50 prospects list.  Guess it’s time to start thinking about when we do the IIATMS Top 30.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… expressed his disappointment with getting Chase Headley instead of other younger options.

– On Wednesday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits dug into some troubling swing trends from Didi Greogrius in 2014 and what they mean for his development and offensive ceiling going forward.

– Mike Axisa of RAB profiled lefty relief prospect Tyler Webb.

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Best Offseason Move So Far: Eovaldi a Huge Add; Phelps Won’t be Missed; Prado Blocked the Kids; Jones a Useful Spare Tire Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:50:38 +0000 I clumsily tried to sum up all my thoughts in the title, but here, one by one for the 4 main players traded — David Phelps, Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Prado, and Garrett Jones — is why I love this deal.

1. Phelps won’t be missed. If you look up “replacement-level starter” in a dictionary, Phelps might be the photo you see: WAR of -0.1 in 2013, 0.0 in 2014; career (2012-14) ERA of 4.34 as a starter (average A.L. ERA in ’14: 3.82). If you did the surgery from “Face-Off” and put Phelps’ mug on Bryan Mitchell or Chase Whitley, their own wives couldn’t tell — which basically is the definition of replacement-level: you can lose the guy, and sub in an above-par AAA’er, with little to no difference.

2. Eovaldi, not Phelps, is the rarely available commodity. He’s a SP who (a) is 24 (25 by opening day), (b) throws hard (avg FB of 95.7, 4th in MLB), (c) has control (2014, 1.9 BB/9), and (d) has improved his control a lot (3+ BB/9 to 1.9 in 2014), K rate somewhat (1.5 yrs at 5.9-6.0, then 6.6 and 6.4, and overall performance a ton – his yearly FIPs form a straight downward slope: 4.35, 4.13, 3.59, 3.37.

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Nathan Eovaldi, Domingo German and the Rebuildingish Yankees Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:14:29 +0000 The Yankees made a trade today:

Pitching prospect Domingo German was also included.

My initial reaction–which I think is representative of a lot of Yankee fans–was disgust. Martin Prado was in a lot of ways the perfect player for the 2015 Yankee thanks to his ability to play lots of positions and Eovaldi posted a below-average ERA in 199 innings in 2014. But the more I think about the trade, the more I like it. Why? Because the Yankees are finally starting to rebuild their roster.

Eovaldi had for years shown a ton of promise, but took a huge step forward in 2014. He’s always had one of the best fastballs in the league, but finally improved his control enough to post a 3.37 FIP and 3.0 fWAR. He’s only 24 years old, so there is definitely room for improvement.…

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Quick hit: Yanks acquire Gonzalez Germen from the Mets for cash Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:00:32 +0000 And in other news, the Yankees have acquired right hander Gonzalez Germen from the Mets for cash. In order to make room for Germen, Preston Claiborne was designated for assignment.

Yes, the Yankees made a couple of moves today and they now have a German and Germen in their system. Maybe they’ll complete that theme and get Max Scherzer next……

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Report: Yanks working on make a trade with the Marlins Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:20:35 +0000 So Twitter just exploded with the news of the Yankees and Marlins working on a trade. The Yankees will send Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones.

Eovaldi is a righty pitcher who throws hard but has issues giving up walks and fly balls. One positive is that he is relatively young (not yet 25) and it’s possible the Yankees think that Larry Rothschild can work with him.

Jones could platoon with Tex at 1B/DH.

Some of my fellow IIATMS writers are not in love with this trade but I think the Yankees aren’t done and that Brian Cashman has something else up his sleeves. [Editor’s note: We’re coming around on it. Slowly.]

UPDATE 1:30p: Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees are also getting Class A pitcher Domingo German. German was 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA. He threw 123 1/2 innings with 113 strikeouts and 25 walks last year.…

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