One Last Moncada Analysis: Why He’s Worth the First Nine-Figure Prospect Signing

A Yoan Moncada signing may be imminent, with Hank Steinbrenner attending Moncada’s notable third private workout with the Yankees just days ago, so I’ll take this last chance to weigh in on whether he’s worth the small fortune he’ll cost. My first thought was: No way is a 19 year-old amateur worth the $80-$100m we hear he may get. My second thought was: Come to think of it, I have no idea what a top draft pick is really worth to a team. Team owners prevent American amateurs from earning their true value by agreeing to sign them only in a “draft” — i.e., a cartel agreement that each player will get an offer from only one employer, not from multiple employers bidding for his services. I’ll leave for another day my tirade about how badly baseball owners violate free-market economics and morality by being tied with OPEC as the top billionaires-for-cartelization club. But the point is that the several million it takes to sign a top draft pick is his cartel-depressed price, not his value to his team.…

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Sunday morning roundup: 2/22/15

Here are some tweets and articles about Spring Training for you to look at:

EL DUQUE!!

Nathan Eovaldi throwing some heat

Happy Sunday!

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Saturday morning roundup: 2/21/15

Here are some notes, quotes and tweets from Spring Training.

First up, CC Sabathia and his “bum” knee:

CC on A-Rod:

CC on getting older and adjusting:

Pitchers are getting to work:

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Friday afternoon and evening open thread: 2/20/15

Good afternoon. This will be your open thread for all things Yankees, if you so choose.

Earlier today, Joe Girardi addressed the media and answered a whole bunch of questions about the upcoming season. The final tally, courtesy of Jack Curry of the YES Network: 35 questions and seven of them were about Alex Rodriguez. Not bad. I was expecting much worse.

So what did Girardi say? Well, he said the word excited many times:

  • He’s excited to see how the season plays out.
  • He’s excited about the new guys.
  • He’s excited that the team has a bunch of younger guys.
  • He’s excited to see if Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran will be healthy and have bounce back seasons.
  • He hopes to see a bounce back season from Brian McCann as well.
  • He also hopes that the offense won’t be so dependent on Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner.
  • He said the middle of the lineup is important.
  • He’s excited to see what the rotation does.
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Quick hit: MLB announces new rules

So MLB wants to pick up the pace because games are too long for their liking? Here’s an idea: Ban Clay Buchholz! (™DJ Short) Or better yet, put a collar around his neck that shocks him every time he takes too long to set and throw a pitch. (™Me)

Problem solved.

You can read the entire press release here.

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Happy pitchers and catchers report day!

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Courtesy of the Yankees

Winter is over. Well, it’s over as it pertains to baseball because Spring Training is here.

Finally!

So what should we expect to see today?

  • Pictures of guys walking into Steinbrenner Field.
  • Pictures of them walking onto the field for unofficial workouts because they aren’t supposed to officially workout until tomorrow.
  • Pictures of them laughing and joking.
  • Pictures of them hugging – at least the guys who know each other. We do have a few newbies showing up to camp today.
  • Pictures of them introducing themselves to their teammates and coaches because like I just said, there are a few newbies this year.

I don’t know about you but I’m excited to find out what some of these new dudes look like.

Anyway, if any news pops up, we will be sure to bring it to you.

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Lunchtime news and notes: 2/19/15

Good afternoon, everyone.

We have just one more sleep until pitchers and catchers officially report to camp. That hasn’t stopped some of the guys from showing up and working out. Masahiro Tanaka has been showing up for the past two days. He did a long toss yesterday and this morning, he threw a 21-pitch bullpen session.

Speaking of working out, the Yankees held a second secret workout with Yoan Moncada early yesterday evening. According to George King of the NY Post, “Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the 19-year-old free agent, a switch-hitting infielder from Cuba, showcased his skills for the Yankees, who were intrigued enough to see him again.” As usual, money is a factor in whether or not the Yankees will be the trigger and try to get the 19-year-old phenom. Reports are that he would command a $30M signing bonus and since the Yankees went over their international signing limits, they’d have to pay double ($60M).…

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Discussion: Six-man rotation?

Yesterday, we heard Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild suggest that the Yankees may use six starters for a particularly tough stretch–30 games in 31 days–in April and May. Bryan Hoch’s story later in the day included a clarifying quotation from Rothschild:

“It’s a result of some of the stuff that’s gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere,” Rothschild said. “We’re aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren’t going to be able to throw a lot, we’re going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can.”

My gut reaction to a six-man rotation in the past has always been aversion, and probably for good reason. Six-man rotations give a possibly fringy starter starts and they take starts away from the top pitchers in the rotation. However, the 2015 Yankee rotation is making me rethink things.…

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