Quick hit: Greg Bird out for the season

It’s not April 1, right? So this isn’t a joke?

Damn it.

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The initial injury occurred in May 2015. … Click here to read the rest

Some baseball thoughts on the first day of February

It’s February 1, and do you know what that means? It means baseball will be played this month. It may be sloppy, and it may not count, but it’s still baseball.

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Spring Training Is Around The Corner

Some of the Yankees are already in Tampa. CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, and Andrew Miller are already working out, along with Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo, Mason Williams, Bryan Mitchell, and Dustin Ackley.

Of that group of early arrivers, I am most interested in CC Sabathia and how he does this Spring. We all know about his offseason and the shocking announcement before he headed into rehab for alcohol abuse. Before early end to his 2015, and after he was fitted with a knee brace, Sabathia was pitching a lot better than he had the previous five months of the season. In September, he made five starts and was he was 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA. It will be interesting to see how much the brace helps and if he can last a full season at age 35 (he’s turning 36 in July), but it would be great if Sabathia could contribute to the team and be a part of the starting rotation for the whole season.… Click here to read the rest

Worrying About Chase Headley

Headley vs SEA 2015

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Less than three weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting and I continue to feel good about the 2016 Yankees.  Despite avoiding the MLB free agent pool like the plague, Cash managed to improve major areas of need on the roster and added youth and depth of talent to supplement the aging core.  There’s still one player left for him to snag to complete the roster, but I don’t actually expect that signing to happen.  The Yankees appear to be set with what they’ve got to open the year and once again they are going to face a ton of questions.

As far as the questions about the lineup go, I feel good about most of the answers.  I don’t expect Jacoby Ellsbury to be as bad as he was in 2015, and the addition of Aaron Hicks should help keep both Ellsbury and Brett Gardner fresher for the later months of the season.  Despite the obvious and measurable signs of permanent decline, I still expect Brian McCann to pop 20+ homers and drive in runs this season.  … Click here to read the rest

Prospect News And Notes: 1/29/16

All prospects all the time.  Couple of things to touch on from yesterday:

– One, the MLB.com top 10 positional prospects release party continued yesterday with the shortstops.  It’s a deep position, so Jorge Mateo did not crack the top 10.  He did, however, get a shout out in the honorable mentions, with the write-up comparing him to Jose Reyes and calling him the Yankees’ shortstop of the future.  I thought Mateo might sneak into the bottom third of the list, but it’s understandable that he didn’t after what was his first year of full-season ball.

– Two, Baseball Prospectus put out their Top 101 prospects list and the consensus top 3 Yankee prospects all made the cut.  Aaron Judge came in at number 18, Mateo at 65, and Gary Sanchez was 92.  Personally I think Sanchez should be at least 25 spots higher, but I’m also a Yankee fan.  The complete list and the capsules on each player are completely free.  … Click here to read the rest

Yanks And Ivan Nova Avoid Arbitration, Agree To 1-Year Deal

As first reported by Jack Curry, the Yankees and Ivan Nova agreed to a 1-year deal today, avoiding arbitration in the process.  The deal is for $4.1 million with some unknown performance incentives and it has been confirmed by the team.  Dollar amount is right smack dab in the middle of the figures that both sides submitted previously.

Nova is coming off a tough year in his first season back on the hill after TJS.  The Yankees were shopping him as aggressively as they could earlier in the offseason and he’s effectively lost his rotation spot based on his injuries and uneven performance, but with nobody biting on the trade front Nova obviously holds a lot more value to the team as part of the pitching staff.  He’s expected to work as a starter in spring camp but will likely settle into a long relief/swingman role as long as nobody gets hurt.  Nova has always had command problems, but he has the stuff to be an effective starter and possibly even a very effective reliever if he can establish some form of consistency.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: The Yankees (and the rest of baseball unveiled their Spring Training uniforms

You guys, we’re in the homestretch!

(Click on the image so you can see the full jersey)

Each team’s hat and uniforms will have an AZ or an FL patch on both their hat and uniforms, depending, of course, on where they play their Spring Training games.

So what do you think? I think I like them. Plus, there’s not a lot of room for error with the Yankees’ uniforms. They don’t have a bright colors in their logo unlike other teams.

Check out one of the Tigers’ hats for Spring:

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Not cute. And you can probably see them from space. … Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: “Shifting Into Non-Roster Invitee Mode”

I came across a recent Bryan Hoch article about the lineup options with Starlin Castro last night and it got me thinking.  No, not about the lineup because I don’t think there’s really that much to think about if we’re talking regular starting lineup against a righty.  That’s going to look like this:

1) Ellsbury
2) Gardner
3) Beltran
4) Teix
5) A-Rod
6) Big Mac
7) Headley
8) Castro
9) Didi

No, there was something else in the article that caught my eye.  Something about the Yankees not being able to make any more moves on the MLB level:

“The Yankees — the only team not to sign a Major League free agent this offseason — are saying that they have shifted into non-roster invitee mode, believing that they have exhausted their available options on the free agent and trade markets.”

Exhausted their available options?  What??

/checks MLBTR free agent tracker

/sees Juan Uribe’s name still included in the “unsigned” group

Guess they haven’t exhausted ALL their options.  … Click here to read the rest

Wednesday Morning Links: 1/27/16

I fell down in the shower this morning.  Ass over tea kettle, right down into the tub.  I managed to not knock anything over, tear down the curtain, or hurt myself in the process, but I still laid there for a good 10-15 seconds basking in my stupidity and clumsiness.  I don’t even know how it happened.  I haven’t even slipped in the shower in years.  My early 30s continue to be a hoot.  Now onto the links.

– Last Thursday, SG of RLYW released his first round of CAIRO projections for 2016.  They’re encouraging for the pitching staff, less so for the lineup.

– On Monday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN had a Q&A with Commissioner Manfred after his first year on the job.  Topics of conversation included Pete Rose, the DH in the National League, international draft, shortening of the season, and the new domestic violence policy.

– On Tuesday, Chad Jennings previewed the Yankees’ non-roster ST invites position by position.… Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: Refsnyder Ranks 9th On MLB.com’s Top 10 2B Prospects List

More MLB.com top positional prospects lists, more Yankee representation.  We probably would have seen it at first base too had Greg Bird not exceeded the rookie eligibility PT level last year, but the second base list came out yesterday and Rob Refsnyder made the cut, coming in at number 9.  The scouting report praised him for his pitch recognition skills and line drive hitting approach while acknowledging his defensive deficiencies at second base and low future ceiling as a defender.  Nothing we haven’t read about Refs before.

2015 was an up and down year for Refsnyder.  He hit .271/.359/.402 in his return trip to Triple-A SWB, a big step down from his 2014 production level.  That regression along with the defensive concerns surely influenced the Yankees’ decision to not call him up and give him a shot at the everyday second base job despite how poorly Stephen Drew played in the first half of the year.  Refsnyder did get more time in September and he did finish with a .302/.348/.512 slash line with 5 XBH in 47 MLB plate appearances.… Click here to read the rest