Picture of the Day: Happy 112th Birthday to the Yankees!

The Yankees came to be 112 years ago today – back then they were known as the New York Highlanders – and guess what? The size of their payroll has always been a hot button issue. That’s right, folks, even way back in 1903, newspapers were complaining about the high salaries.

To be fair, it took four months for the articles to begin but at least now you know just how far back the kvetching goes.

Amazing.

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Yanks Name Marcus Thames New Hitting Coach… For Triple-A SWB

Remember when Marcus Thames was set to be the new assistant hitting coach for the Yankees and then he wasn’t and the whole hitting coach search story disappeared again?  Well at least we now know where he will be coaching next season.  Via Chad Jennings, and on the strength of his last 2 years in Tampa and Trenton, Thames will serve as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 2015.  He’ll join returning manager Dave Miley and pitching coach Scott Aldred.

This is the next step in eventually securing a Major League coaching job, which does appear to be in the cards for Thames at some point.  As stated before, he’s drawn very good reviews for his work with the young hitters in the system over the last 2 years.  Moving him up another level suggests that the Yankees want him around to continue to work with those top young hitters as they get closer to the show.…

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Report: Yankees 1 Of 2 “Heavy Favorites” To Sign Yoan Moncada

There hasn’t been a lot of news to report on the Yoan Moncada situation over the last month or so.  He held his open workout back in November and was expected to begin private workouts this week, but so far there haven’t been any reports confirming that a workout took place.

The one constant in the Moncada story since his name surfaced last year has been the pack-leading presence of the Yankees.  They were out in full force for his November workout, they’ve been named as one of the teams most likely to sign him since the beginning, and per this report by Kiley McDaniel, they’re now one of the “heavy favorites” to sign him.  The Yanks have been hesitant to seriously engage with many of the recent star Cuban free agents.  …

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IIATMS site maintenance

IIATMSBannerJust a quick head’s up: IIATMS will be undergoing some site maintenance activities over the next few hours, starting around 5pm EST and ending (hopefully) by 10pm.

Intermittent outages and gremlins might occur during this time, so please be patient and thanks for understanding.

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Thursday Afternoon Food For Thought: The Importance Of All These Marginal Upgrades

This was originally supposed to be a longer series of posts after the regular season ended, but I figured some of the wounds were still too fresh and I didn’t want to be too big of a downer.  We all know there were a ton of bad losses last season.  Listed below are the 5 games I believe the Yankees should have won the most:

  • 5/11/14- Brewers 6, Yankees 5.  Yanks blew an early lead after scoring 3 off Matt Garza in the top of the 1st.  Bullpen coughed up the lead late, then gave up the walk-off loss in the bottom of the 9th after a Teix HR to tie the game in the top half.
  • 7/5/14- Twins 2, Yankees 1.  Yanks lost on a walk-off error in the 11th inning after managing to score only 1 run against Minnesota starter Yohan Pino.  They didn’t have a single extra-base hit in the game.
  • 7/21/14- Rangers 4, Yankees 2.  The team made 5 defensive errors and scored 2 runs on 4 hits in 7.1 innings against Miles Mikolas.  
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Yankees prospect Ty Hensley recovering from an attack over the holidays

This morning Chris Cotillo first reported that Yankees’ pitching prospect Ty Hensley was attacked in Oklahoma City over the holidays and spent some time in the hospital. He has since been released and is recovering at home.

Here is a statement from Hensley’s attorney Rob Martin of ICON Sports:

“On behalf of Ty Hensley and his family, we are able to confirm that Ty was hospitalized after being brutally attacked and assaulted over the holidays in Oklahoma City. Ty was treated and released from the hospital and is presently recovering at home from the injuries he sustained after being knocked unconscious in this vicious attack. Ty and his family are grateful for all of the support, thoughts, and prayers he’s received from friends, fans, and well-wishers. We respectfully request privacy during this difficult time. For those of us that know Ty best, this attack was shocking and disturbing both in it’s severity as well as the fact that it could not have happened to a nicer, more good-natured young man.

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A-Rod’s Role Continues To Shrink

A-Rod Workout

Possibly the last time we see A-Rod play third base. Courtesy of his Instagram page

 

Despite the team’s unspoken desires and Cash’s public statements to the contrary, there was a time not very long ago when Alex Rodriguez would have been the starting third baseman for the Yankees next year.  That most likely wouldn’t have meant good things for A-Rod’s health or the team’s chances of winning, another example of how flawed their decision making and roster building strategy had become.

Thankfully Cash and the rest of the front office recognized the importance in not allowing that to happen as part of their offseason infield makeover.  Chase Headley was brought back to be the starting third baseman, a handful of Quad-A utility guys have been invited to ST, rookies like Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder are going to get a crack at an Opening Day roster spot, and Stephen Drew was signed on Tuesday as the last bit of depth insurance.…

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Drew and Morales lost boatloads of money

After the 2013 season was over, thirteen players were given qualified offers where the players could choose that option and receive $14.1 million for 2014. After all thirteen turned down the offers, five of the players did not sign long-term contracts: Hiroki Kuroda, Nelson Cruz, Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. The first three made out just fine as we shall see. But Drew and Morales both lost a ton of money.

Kuroda was a special circumstance. I believe he knew he was only going to pitch one last season of MLB and left his situation to the highest, one-year bidder. The Yankees re-signed him and Kuroda came out ahead on the deal by $900,000.

Nelson Cruz was coming off of a PED suspension and read his market well and signed a one-year deal with the Orioles. While the one year cost him $6 million, his calculated gamble paid off with a big season and just signed a four-year deal that will pay him $14.25 million per season.…

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Stephen Drew: A $5 Million Bridge, Insurance Policy, Lottery Ticket, and Potential Trade Chip

Drew vs BAL

Courtesy of Getty Images

And the offseason of surprise moves keeps chugging along!  He was arguably the least wanted by the fanbase of all the Yankee free agents when last season ended and the least likely to return when the Gregorius trade went down, but somehow we woke up this morning in a world where Stephen Drew will be a Yankee again in 2015.  Actually it wasn’t somehow, it was the team agreeing to a 1-year/$5 million deal with him last night, but you get the idea.

The response to this move from readers of this site and the Yankosphere in general seems to be mostly negative, and that’s understandable considering how horrible Drew was after the Yankees traded for him last year.  But when you really look at this signing from all angles and remember the roster landscape that Drew will be fitting into, this move may end up being the best one the Yankees made this offseason.

The biggest point of contention among folks who are against this deal is the apparent blocking of the kids at second base.  …

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