To Re-Sign Or Not To Re-Sign: Brandon McCarthy

McCarthy vs DET

Courtesy of Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

Another day, another free agent case to consider.  Yesterday it was Chase Headley, the crown jewel of Cash’s position player haul from the 2014 trade deadline.  Today it’s Brandon McCarthy, the equally shiny jewel of the pitching acquisitions.  McCarthy was outstanding in 14 starts for the Yankees this season, at times pitching like an ace.  That performance was surely enough to earn him a new deal somewhere next year.  Was it enough to convince the Yankees that they should be the ones to give him that new deal?

Case For:

  • Sneaky Goodness- Pitched to a 2.89/3.22/2.85 slash line in 90.1 IP as a Yankee in 2014; has 4 straight seasons of 3.76 FIP values or lower; has averaged 2.775 fWAR per season since the start of 2011; career 5.9% BB rate.  He ain’t Lester or Scherzer, but he ain’t some bum either.
  • Mid-Rotation Uncertainty- Nova won’t be ready for the start of 2015, Sabathia might not be.  
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Just a quick note about last night’s podcast

We recorded a podcast last night and it was just over an hour long but for some reason, our podcast provider’s links only play two minutes and 15 seconds of the recording.

So, until we figure out what the heck happened, we’ll be removing the podcast post from the blog and will reschedule it when everything is straightened out.

Sorry for the inconvenience!


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Quick Hit: MLBTR’s Arbitration Projections Are Out

MLB Trade Rumors posted their “Offseason Outlook” post for the Yankees yesterday.  If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.  It’s basically everything that every Yankee blog is going to talk about for the entirety of the offseason condensed into 1 long post.  As part of the outlook, they included the list of arbitration-eligible players and their projected salaries.  Let’s take a look.

- Shawn Kelley- $2.5 million
Francisco Cervelli- $1.1 million
Esmil Rogers- $1.9 million
Ivan Nova- $3.3 million
Michael Pineda- $2.1 million
David Huff- $700k
David Phelps- $1.3 million

Kelley is slated for a nice pay boost in his final year of eligibility.  Once again he pitched better than his ERA indicates in 2014, and as a high strikeout guy with late-inning experience he’s a good deal at $2.5 mil.  Nova and Pineda’s injuries are almost blessings in disguise for the Yankees when it comes to money.  …

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Report: Yanks Will Name Gary Denbo New VP Of Baseball Ops

While we wait patiently for the new hitting coach to be named, the Yankees are reportedly set to fill an important front office hole with this move.  Denbo was considered a front runner for this position based on his longstanding history as a scout and MiL hitting coordinator.  He’s been around the organization for a long time, so take that as a good or bad thing depending on how much you wanted to see an outside voice take over for Newman.

Also via Feinsand, the Yankees have let Pat Roessler go as VP of player development.  Expect to see a replacement announced for that job soon.

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Quick hit: Yankees release their Spring Training schedule

The World Series still hasn’t started – and won’t until tomorrow night – and already, the Yankees have released their first post-Derek Jeter Spring Training schedule.

Pitcher and catchers will report to camp on February 20, position players will report on Feb. 25 and the first full-squad workout will be held on Feb. 26. They play their first game in Clearwater against the Phillies on March 3 and their home opener will be the next day, also against the Phillies. The Yankees are also going to Port St. Lucie to play the Mets on March 22 and playing them in Tampa on the March 25.

Some matchups of note (AL East edition):
Orioles – March 28 at 1:05 p.m.
Rays – March 9 at 1:05 p.m. and April 1 at 1:05 p.m.
Red Sox – March 11 at 1:05 p.m.
Blue Jays – March 17 at 7:05 p.m.

They Yankees will also be hosting four other night games (Blue Jays 3/17) at Steinbrenner Field:
March 6 vs.…

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To Re-Sign Or Not To Re-Sign: Chase Headley

Headley vs TEX

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In addition to their 2 qualifying offer candidates, the Yankees have a handful of free agents to be who are either not eligible for or not worthy of QO consideration.  Some of these players could be and probably should be high priorities for the Yankees this coming offseason, and they’ll warrant serious consideration for being re-signed, especially since they don’t come with draft pick compensation attached.

Since the format for the QO case posts stimulated a lot of good debate, I think we’ll stick with that to break down the rest of these free agent cases.  First up from this list of non-QO guys is Chase Headley.  He shined in 58 games after being acquired before the trade deadline and was the first consistent above-average producer at the position for the Yanks since 2011-2012.

Case For:

  • Major Defensive Upgrade- Headley was an elite-level defensive player in 2014.  His 13 defensive runs saved was 3rd best among qualified third basemen and his 28.0 UZR/150 was tops.  
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Could Marcus Thames Be The Sleeper Hitting Coach Candidate?

Thames Trenton

He definitely passes the “early season hat style” part of the interview. Courtesy of Martin Griff/The Times of Trenton

We’re less than 2 days from the reported team-set deadline for hiring a new hitting coach.  We know the Yankees interviewed Dave Magadan last Wednesday, we know they interviewed Chili Davis on Thursday, and via Rob Bradford and Alex Speier, we know that Davis was hired by the Red Sox to be their new hitting coach last night.

The Yankees were scheduled to meet with a few other candidates on Friday and this past weekend, but as of yet we have not found out the names of those other interviewees.  One of the names that was connected to the job was Marcus Thames, most recently the hitting coach at Double-A Trenton and former Yankee player.  While Magadan appears to be the front runner for the job based on the reports that are out, I can’t help but think that Thames could be the surprise sleeper candidate from the rest of the pool.…

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Report: Yanks Could Have New Hitting Coach By Tuesday

George King continues to dominate the new hitting coach coverage.  He had an update on the search on Friday afternoon in which he talked to Dave Magadan and got word from Magadan that a decision could be made on Tuesday.

“I interviewed Wednesday in New York with the Yankees. They told me they were going to interview a couple of other candidates. I don’t know if that was going to happen Thursday or Friday. They said they would make a decision shortly thereafter.’’

The belief is that the Yanks want their new hitting coach in place before the start of the World Series.  We already know they were interested in a few other candidates, although it has not been confirmed if any of them were part of the late-week interview schedule.  According to King’s report, Chili Davis was interviewed on Thursday.

Seems like Magadan is the front runner based on these reports.  We’ll find out if that’s enough to get him the job soon.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/17/14

The guy who cuts my hair is from New York.  I’ve been going to him for a while, mainly because I was still a snotty tri-stater when I moved out to Wisconsin and felt much more comfortable letting a fellow tri-state member handle my hair than a mouth-breathing midwesterner.  It really doesn’t make a difference because I get my head buzzed, but that’s neither here nor there.  The point is I’ve been a regular customer of his for years now, and because of this he usually hooks me up with a beer or 2 or a free hair wash or whatever when I come in.  And I gotta tell you, there’s a certain power move feeling that comes with strolling across an entire salon full of women getting their hair and nails done with a beer in hand to get a hair wash they know you’re not paying for.  For that handful of seconds, I’m the belle of the ball.

I’m getting my hair cut after work this afternoon and I can guarantee you that feeling that feeling today will be the highlight of my week.  …

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