The Yankees Free Agents to Be

As of Sunday evening, the Yankees season was over, yet several weeks of baseball remain on the slate. Free agency will not begin until November, and so the Yankees are in a holding pattern, left to reorganize cupboard until holiday shopping season officially commences. While the front office waits to touch base with players currently occupying other uniforms, they will have to determine the best course of action for those players that ended the season in pinstripes – players with whom the Yankees will have an exclusive negotiating period after the World Series ends.

The following are the players that are eligible to head for greener pastures this off-season – an asterisk denotes that the player is eligible for a qualifying offer.

The name that jumps out here is, of course, Heath Bell. Remember when the Yankees signed the Heath Bell Experience in June and released him a scant eleven days later?…

Read more

Monday Night “No More Games” Thread

Tonight is the first of what will be a long string of nights and days without Yankee baseball, and it’s the only night without any baseball for the next month before the Wild Card play-in games begin tomorrow night.  With that in mind, I figured tonight was a good time to lay out some plans for the blogging offseason.

The next few weeks will be spent looking back at the disappointing season that was for the Yanks.  I’ll be doing a roster group-by-roster group season review, we’re kicking around the idea of going back and looking at some of the most winnable games to see how close the Yankees really were to making the postseason, and we’re going to go back and review our predictions to see who did the best and worst.  I’m sure we’ll also dive into discussions about which players to re-sign, which guys to let walk, and who the best FA targets are heading into the real offseason.  …

Read more

Monday Afternoon News And Notes: 9/29/14

Still playing catch-up from the weekend and earlier today.  Here’s some stuff:

– While the results of his final start weren’t pretty, it sounds like Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t feeling any negative physical effects in his elbow the day after or today.  His health was always the most important takeaway from those last 2 starts.  If he has that for the offseason, that’s good news.

As first reported by Joel Sherman, top prospect Eric Jagielo got hit in the face/head by a pitch in an instructional league game on Saturday.  Via Kiley McDaniel, he did not suffer any serious injuries.  Hopefully this doesn’t affect his ability to play in the AZFL.

Via Brendan Kuty, Ichiro said he plans to keep playing next year, but was unsure if he’d be returning to the Yankees.  He also had this to say about what was happening behind closed doors in the clubhouse:

“Obviously there’s a lot of things that go on that the fans and the media can’t see, that goes on inside (the club).”

Like I said.  …

Read more

Are There Issues In The Yankee Clubhouse?

Joe Presser vs BAL

The old “rip your team after they’ve already been eliminated from postseason contention” move, eh? Courtesy of Getty Images

Aside from Derek Jeter‘s final few games and the last honorary send-off he was given by the Red Sox and their fans this past weekend, the only other bit of noteworthy Yankee news came in the form of a possible locker room controversy.  On Saturday, Wally Matthews and Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY filed a story detailing a reportedly “scathing” locker room speech given by Joe to his team before Thursday’s home finale.  You can read the full story here if you haven’t already, but the overall gist is that Joe was “angry” and called his players out for lack of effort.  Here’s the money pull-out quote:

“According to clubhouse sources who were present for the critique, and backed up by interviews with more than a half-dozen players, most of whom spoke to not for attribution for fear of angering their manager, Girardi chided some players for being overweight and others for not being ‘hungry’ enough.

Read more

Thoughts After The Final Series

I paid very little attention to the final 3 games.  Between birthdays and weddings and the subsequent recovery time, I wasn’t even near my computer all that much.  I caught up on what I missed last night and now that I’ve had a chance to sleep on it, here are some of the thoughts I would have expressed.

– The send-off for Derek Jeter over the weekend was nice, even if the idea of Boston fans and players showering him with this much applause seems a little weird to me.  The level of “Re2pect” being paid to him throughout Fenway Park came off as little more than Red Sox ownership making their attempt to squeeze a few extra bucks out of the Jeter retirement teat, but the sentiment of the players on the field was genuine and that’s the coolest part anyway.

– Nice to see Jeter do something positive in his final at-bat yesterday too.  It wasn’t as dramatic as the walk-off hit on Thursday night, but it set the stage for the final applause and that’s really all that matters.  …

Read more

Yankeemetrics: The Final Series

The final hit of The Captain's career. (Photo: Steven Senne/AP)

The final hit of The Captain’s career. (Photo: Steven Senne/AP)

A rare meaningless Red Sox-Yankees game
Following Thursday’s dramatic Yankee Stadium finale, the Yankees rested most of their regulars on Friday night at Fenway Park in the opener of the final series of 2014, but still managed to beat the Red Sox, 3-2.

This was the first time since October 2-4, 1992 that the Yankees and Red Sox played a series with both teams eliminated from playoff contention; that date was also the last time both teams entered a head-to-head series at least 13 games out of first place in the division.

The Yankees started five rookies and all five got at least three at-bats. Since rookie rules were established in 1958, the only other time the Yankees had five rookies get at least three at-bats in a game vs Red Sox was on Sept. 10, 1966, a 5-1 Yankees win at Fenway Park.

Chris Capuano finished his season with a strong outing, allowing just one unearned run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.…

Read more

Thanks, Derek

Here’s Derek Jeter final at bat and of course, he got an RBI single.

Final career numbers:

Slashline – 310/.377/.440/.817
Hits – 3,465
RBI – 1,311
Home Runs – 260
Doubles – 544
Triples – 66
Stolen Bases – 358
Walks – 1,082 walks
Games – 2,747 games
World Series Rings – 5
Wonderful Memories for Yankees’ fans – Countless

Thanks, Derek.

Read more

Game 162: The End.

There is a sense of finality to today’s action that I have not felt in … well … ever. Some of that is certainly due to the fact that this is only the second time since my adolescence that the team has failed to make the playoffs, and even more stems from the fact that this is the last stop of Derek Jeter‘s brilliant career. Beyond that, though, this season simply feels disconnected from the Yankees reality. Looking at today’s lineup, it is quite likely that only two of the nine players in the starting lineup will be with the team next season – and one of them will be playing a different position.

Suzuki, Headley, Drew, and Young are free agents at year’s end, and Cervelli has been bandied about as a trade candidate for what feels like forever. I would certainly welcome back all but Suzuki in at least a platoon or back-up role, but who knows how the market will look for Headley and Drew?…

Read more

Game 161: Tanaka’s Last Start

The first start for Masahiro Tanaka off the DL was a positive one.  Both he and the Yankee coaching staff will be hoping for a repeat of that today in his final start of his rookie season.  Tanaka is scheduled for 70-80 pitches again, and if he comes through feeling good then the Yanks should feel good about sending him into the offseason and preparing for his return as the ace of next year’s staff.

The Captain is back in the lineup today as the DH.  Here’s the full 9-man starting lineup:

1) Ichiro- RF
2) Jeter- DH
3) Big Mac- C
4) It’s Headley- 1B
5) Young Chris- LF
6) Drew- SS
7) Pirela- 3B
8) B-Ry- 2B
9) Eury Perez- CF

First pitch is in about an hour.  Let’s go Yankees!

Read more