Yankees Acquire Starlin Castro From The Cubs For Adam Warren And Brendan Ryan

Joel Sherman has it:

No word yet on who else is involved, but that sounds like it’s coming shortly.  This rumor has really picked up steam over the last hour or so, and with the Cubs just signing Ben Zobrist this was the next domino to fall.  More on this story as it’s reported.

** UPDATE 7:04 PM**Via Jack Curry, the Yankees have agreed to trade Adam Warren and a player to be named for Castro.  That’s a bummer.  Was really hoping it would be Nova.

** UPDATE 7:13 PM**Via Jon Heyman, the other player in the deal is Brendan Ryan.  BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

** UPDATE 7:40 PM** – Alright, I think that’s all the news related to this move.  Time for some quick analysis.

Similar to the JRM-Hicks trade, this is a move that works for both sides.  … Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: A Yankee rumor from the Winter Meetings!

Well, well, well, check this out:

I’m slightly skeptical because Yankee trades usually seem to come out of nowhere and this is not coming out of nowhere, in fact, the Daily News reported a possible interest in Castro a couple of weeks ago.

Let us know your thoughts down below.… Click here to read the rest

Winter Meetings open thread: 12/8/15

It’s been kind of boring down in Nashville so instead, let’s celebrate the birthday of one of my favorite Yankees ever, Mike Mussina.

Happy Birthday, Moose!

Here’s Moose yelling at Joe Torre.

I laughed so hard watching this live. Especially when they showed Ron Guidry‘s reaction to Joe Torre‘s reaction to Moose.


Here’s Moose pitching relief during Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

And here’s Moose becoming a 20-win pitcher for the first time (and only) in his career.

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like in this open thread and remember to be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers. No name calling.

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Quick hit: So why are they at the Winter Meetings?

Before anyone answers obnoxiously in the comments. I’m not that serious. I get why the Yankees are at the Winter Meetings. Everyone’s at the Winter Meetings and you never know what can happen at the Winter Meetings, but this tweet doesn’t exactly boost ones confidence that something will happen.

Fine. No free agent signings, but how about a cool trade that doesn’t cost a lot in terms of prospects but still helps the team improve a bit? Maybe? Hello? Bueller? … Click here to read the rest

Winter Meetings open thread: 12/7/15


Welcome to the Winter Meetings open thread!

Let’s recap what’s happened so far:

Just a quick interruption here but I always picture the national writers, like Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal, Olney et al, running around the Winter Meetings and pushing each other out of the way to get scoops. Personally, I’m not sure why they even bother when Chris Cotillo of SB Nation gets 95% of them.

  • Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported that the “budget tight” Yankees, you know, the team we all root for, may be interested in Asdrubal Cabrera and that Cabrera might be willing to play 2B. Seriously, what the hell did Rob Refsnyder do to the guys in the front office?
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Quick Hit: Don’t Expect A Lot Of Noise From The Yankees This Week

The 2015 Winter Meetings get started today, and the early action on the free agent market last week has got the hot stove boiling and the rumor mill turning quickly heading into the week’s festivities.  This could be a very busy few days on both the free agent and trade fronts, with multiple teams looking to make big moves.

The Yankees are not one of those teams, at least not according to what they’ve been saying publicly.  Brian Cashman declared that the Yankees’ money “has been directed and committed already” on Friday, and he followed that up by saying “”we’re not in a position right now to take a shot at anything that comes along… ” when he arrived in Nashville yesterday.  The messages in these statements are pretty simple: the Yankees aren’t willing to spend top dollar on the free agent market and they aren’t willing to part with top prospects on the trade market.

If that’s the case, and we have little reason to think otherwise based on previous statements by Cashman and other front office members, then it’s going to be a pretty quiet and boring week for Yankee fans.  … Click here to read the rest

There Are No Heyward-Equivalent Free Agent Hitters on the Market for 3 Years

Jason_Heyward_on_May_18,_2015Jason Heyward will turn 27 years old in August of 2016, a season after putting up a bWAR of 6.5. He’ll also turn 28 years old in August of 2017 and 29 years old in August of 2018. That’s how time works. At each of these time intervals, Heyward will be younger and probably better than any free agent hitter available to the Yankees. Let’s look at his competition:

After the 2016 season:

Josh Reddick (Age 30, 3.5 bWAR in 2015)
Colby Rasmus (Age 30, 2.6 bWAR in 2015)
Carlos Gomez (Age 31, 2.3 bWAR in 2015)
Justin Turner (Age 32, 3.9 bWAR in 2015)
Neil Walker (Age 31, 2.4 bWAR in 2015)
Jose Bautista (Age 36, 5.1 bWAR in 2015)
Adrian Beltre (Age 39, 5.8 bWAR in 2015)

After the 2017 season:

Brett Lawrie (Age 28, 1.9 bWAR in 2015)
Eric Hosmer (Age 28, 3.6 bWAR in 2015)
Mike Moustakas (Age 29, 4.4 bWAR in 2015)
Lonnie Chisenhall (Age 29, 2.3 bWAR in 2015)
JD Martinez (Age 30, 5.0 bWAR in 2015)
Brandon Belt (Age 30, 3.9 bWAR in 2015)
JD Martinez (Age 30, 5.0 bWAR in 2015)
Brandon Belt (Age 30, 3.9 bWAR in 2015)
Cameron Maybin (Age 31, 0.6 bWAR in 2015)
Lucas Duda (Age 32, 3.0 bWAR in 2015)
Lorenzo Cain (Age 32, 7.2 bWAR in 2015)

If Jason Heyward were a free agent after the 2016 or 2017 season, he would almost surely be the most valuable hitter on the market, even if every single listed hitter above makes it to free agency without signing a contract extension That means that even if the Yankees decide that they want to open up the checkbook after Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, etc come off the books, they won’t have as good of an opportunity as they have now to improve the team.… Click here to read the rest

Sunday Morning News And Notes: 12/6/15

The Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow in Nashville.  Here’s the latest as it relates to the Yankees heading into the meetings.

– Via Chad Jennings, Brian Cashman said “our money has been directed and committed already” when discussing potential free agents on Friday.  He did say the team remains very aggressive in trade talks, but if you’re expecting the Yankees to make a big FA splash next week I think you’re going to be disappointed.

– Also via Jennings, the following injury updates:

Teix: Out of his walking boot and doing some physical activities.
Tanaka: Finished with his physical therapy after surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. He’s heading back to Japan to start his normal offseason throwing program.
Eovaldi: No lingering issues in his elbow and he is slated for a normal winter throwing program.

– Via Jon Heyman, Cliff Lee has been medically cleared to resume throwing and has done so as he prepares for a 2016 comeback.  … Click here to read the rest

Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 12/4/15

Big night last night.  Got my beer shipment from back home to start consuming, Scott Weiland died, and the Packers pulled off one of the more improbable comeback, walk-off NFL wins in recent history.  I’m emotionally exhausted today and I still have to dial up the charm for a Christmas party later tonight.  Can I do it?  Probably not.  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud listed 10 players who will have greater expectations heading into next season.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB profiled young starter Joe Ross as a potential trade target.  He certainly fits what the team is looking for.

– Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley mused on what Boston’s signing of David Price means for the Yankees.

– Wally Matthews of ESPN NY previewed next week’s Winter Meetings by ranking Cash’s priorities heading in.

– On Thursday, Kenny Ducey of BP Bronx investigated how the Yankees could beef up the middle of their bullpen this offseason to prevent the late September collapse that hurt them this year.… Click here to read the rest