Weekend Open Thread

This is what I woke up to this morning:


Thank goodness it cleared up but seeing snow made me wish baseball season was just around the corner. Wait, it is! We’re now under a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to camp. Hooray!

Oh and in case you missed it, Derek Jeter was interviewed by Harold Reynolds last night. He discussed A-Rod’s trials and tribulations, Cano bailing for Seattle and learning dirty words in Japanese:

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like. As always be respectful to your fellow readers and try to cut down on overcapitalization. We don’t want a lot of yelling in our comments sections.


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Extending Replay Is Not a Waste of Time

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Forget Alex Rodriguez or Masahiro Tanaka, the big news this week was that Major League Baseball voted to expand replay for the 2014 season.

“Beginning this season, each manager will start a game...

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Yankees Let Reynolds Get Away

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Brewers have signed Mark Reynolds to a minor league deal with a $2 million base salary and $500,000 in incentives if he makes the team. Reynolds is expected to make the team and compete for Milwaukee’s starting first base position.

The Yankees signed Reynolds in August after he was released by Cleveland due to a disastrous season. He improved with the Yankees, as he hit .236/.300/.455/.755 with six home runs with them.

Despite Alex Rodriguez getting suspended for the whole 2014 season the Yankees did not show much interest in re-signing Reynolds, as they never offered him a major league contract. Reynolds might not have been interested anyways since he might have a better shot at more playing time with the Brewers, but it was still worth a shot anyways.

Reynolds is far from a perfect player because of his high strike out rate and terrible defense. He has a 32.3% career K%, and according to FanGraphs, his defense has been worth a total of 80.6 runs below average for his career.…

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Getting Below 189

In my latest update to the budget situation on Wednesday, I had the Yankees’ payroll sitting at $185.718 million before $10.1 million in bonuses. The team has since agreed to a $700,000 deal with Francisco Cervelli, which was $300,000 less than was projected, a $5.6 million deal with Brett Gardner, $1.6 million more than projected, a $1.765 million deal with Shawn Kelley which includes a potential $25,000 bonus, $265,000 more than projected, and finally a $5.215 million agreement with David Robertson, which is $285,000 less than projected. So at $186.998 million guaranteed, and with a large sum of incentives sitting in limbo, the team’s roster is dangerously close to exceeding the luxury tax in 2014. In fact, when you add in a cushion for some potential mid-season acquisitions, the Yankees really have no shot at $189 million with this lineup.

I obviously don’t have any outside knowledge, but I find myself bracing for disappointment this offseason. As a Yankee fan, I would love to see the team go back up to $230 million, which was the starting payroll in 2013.…

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Yankees Avoid Arbitration With Gardner, Kelley, Robertson, And Nova

According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees have avoided arbitration with both Brett Gardner and Shawn Kelley. In his last year of arbitration, the outfielder settled for a $5.6 million deal with the team, which was $1.6 million more than projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Kelley received $1.765 million with a $25,000 bonus for appearing in 55 games, or $265,000 more than his projection.

If you’re trying to keep track of the payroll, this money increases my Wednesday projections by $1.865 million guaranteed. The guaranteed money now sits at $187.283 million, with $10.125 million in potential bonuses for Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Hiroki Kuroda, and Kelley.

UPDATE: (1:11 PM) The Yankees and David Robertson have agreed to a $5.215 million deal in his last year of arbitration. This is a difference of $285,000 less than what was projected, bringing the guaranteed money in the payroll to $186.998 million. Only Ivan Nova remains arbitration eligible for 2014, and I’m sure they’ll come to an agreement soon.…

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Nova better beat his projections

I was thinking about starting a series called, “Things that have to go well.” The idea was to talk about certain Yankees players and how they have to stay healthy and play well if the Yankees are to compete in 2014. But you can probably see the obvious problem with such an idea. EVERYTHING has...

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Not A Prospect Yet (But Worth Watching): Dietrich Enns

Dietrich Enns

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

We continue our slow build towards the start of AB4AR Prospect Week with another look at a young player starting to make some waves in the Yankee MiL system but not enough waves to warrant full prospect status in my eyes.  Today’s player is Dietrich Enns, left-handed A-ball pitcher.  You might remember Enns from my profile post on him last June, and since that post there have been some developments in his development that make him one of the more intriguing fringe guys in the system.

Quick refresher on Enns for those who were too lazy to click the link.  He’s 22 years old, average sized, and was an unheralded 19th round pick out of Eastern Michigan in the 2012 draft.  He boasts a solid 3-pitch mix of a low-90s fastball, plus changeup, and an OK curveball.  He worked almost exclusively as a reliever at EMU and built up a well-earned reputation as a pitcher who will attack the strike zone with all of his pitches and mix up his pitches and speeds well from batter to batter.  …

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The IIATMS Podcast: The Real First Episode

We’re out of demo mode! Stacey, Matt, Domenic, and EJ talk about the Alex Rodriguez decision, its implications for the Yankees, MLB’s treatment of steroids players, and the Clayton Kershaw signing. Then, they play some King of the Hill Trivia.

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Quick hit: Cervelli and Yanks avoid arbitration, CC joins Roc Nation

The Yankees have signed Francisco Cervelli to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the deal is worth $700k. Cervelli, who only appeared in 61 plate appearance in 2013 before suffering a broken hand, was also suspended 50 games for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.

The Yankees have four remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players: David Robertson, Brett Gardner, Shawn Kelley and Ivan Nova.

And it was just announced that CC Sabathia has signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Hmmm.

Here’s a picture of the event.

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