Offseason Roster Update: 12/11/14

It was another fast and furious night at the Winter Meetings last night and once again the Yankees weren’t in on the action.  After making a couple of moves last Friday and going into “acquisition mode”, they have acquired exactly zero players at the meetings and watched as more than 1 of their key targets were signed away by other teams.  It’s been over 2 weeks since we’ve looked at the up-to-the-minute Opening Day roster.  Hard to see where the progress has been made in that time.

C- Brian McCann
1B- Mark Teixeira
2B- Martin Prado
SS- Didi Gregorius
3B- Alex Rodriguez
LF- Brett Gardner
CF- Jacoby Ellsbury
RF- Chris Young
DH- Carlos Beltran

SP- Masahiro Tanaka
SP- Michael Pineda
SP- CC Sabathia
SP- David Phelps
SP- Adam Warren

Bullpen- Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, Shawn Kelley, Justin Wilson, Esmil Rogers, Preston Claiborne, Jose Ramirez

Bench- John Ryan Murphy, Brendan Ryan, Jose Pirela, Eury Perez

Is that team any better than it was 16 days ago?  …

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Report: McCarthy agrees to a deal with the Dodgers

Well, this is a bummer because he was fun to interact with on Twitter but I’m glad the Yankees didn’t sign him to a four year deal. That’s too much for someone who is a bit injury prone.

Who’s next? Scherzer? Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Yeah okay.

Anyway, best of luck to McCarthy and on a personal note, thanks for pitching well in one of the last games my dad was able to watch.

(I realize my headline says he’s always agreed to the deal and Mr. Rosenthal says he’s close but it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion so there you go.)

UPDATE 1:14 A.M.:

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Yankee Updates From West Coast 12/10/14

With a nod to Elton John’s Songs From The West Coast album, here are your updates from the west coast starring Brian Cashman who spoke with reporters in San Diego.

Some highlights:

  • Cashman said he talked to the Dodgers about Dee Gordon and to the Phillies about Jimmy Rollins, but neither conversation went very far.
  • Added that the Phillies said they would want more than Yanks would be willing to pay.
  • Told reporters that the Yankees trainer Matt Krause met with Alex Rodriguez today and said the assessment was good.
  • He has checked in with Hiroki Kuroda‘s agent but has no idea what Kuroda’s decision will be.
  • He said the Yankees are unlikely to take anyone in tomorrow’s Rule 5 draft and that they’d rather keep the roster spots open.

Thanks to Chad Jennings, Andy Martino and Daniel Barbarisi for their tweets.

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Winter Meetings Day 3 Recap: 12/10/14

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Day 2 ended in similar fashion to Day 1, with news of a big free agent name heading to Chicago. This time it was Jon Lester heading to the Cubs for 6 years/$155M. Good for him. Today’s big news, so far, is Jimmy Rollins heading to L.A. after 15 years in Philadelphia. I say so far because with the Winter Meetings on the west coast, the big news items have been breaking well after midnight on the east coast so we’ll see what happens tonight. Could it be Max Scherzer heading out of Detroit? Who knows but with the way reporters are hanging onto Scott Boras’ every word, it’s a possibility.

Anyway, here is your Day 3 recap:

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UPDATE: If You Have Missed The IIATMS Podcast, You’re In Luck! It’s Coming Back!

Guess what, you guys?! We are going to be recording a podcast in the near future and we need your help.

We want to do another one of those “your questions answered” shows where you play the role the podcast producer, helping guide us through the discussion. We really enjoy doing that type of show and we’ve gotten really great questions in the past.

So, what we’ll need you to do is to either tweet questions our way (@domeniclanza, @StaceGots & @ejfagan), leave questions for us below in the comments or you can email us at stupidyankeespodcast@gmail.com because I think we can retrieve emails again now that E.J. is back from his trip in the wilds of New Jersey.

Ask us anything you’d like. You can ask about the Yankees, baseball in general, you can suggest trades, ask us about trades we’d like to see, etc. Oh and we’d love to talk about the winter meetings which are going on right now as I type this post.…

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Baseball Prospectus Releases Its 2014 Top 10 Yankee Prospects List

Oh did you forget about prospect ranking season?  Luckily Baseball Prospectus was around to release the 2014 edition of their top 10 prospects list for the Yankees on Monday.  The full write-up on the list is behind the BP paywall, but the list itself is not and is as follows:

1) Aaron Judge
2) Luis Severino
3) Gary Sanchez
4) Ian Clarkin
5) Jorge Mateo
6) Rob Refsnyder
7) Greg Bird
8) Leonardo Molina
9) Jacob Lindgren
10) Luis Torrens

Lotta turnover from last year’s list to this year’s.  Last year’s top 6 was Sanchez, Jose Ramirez, J.R. Murphy, Slade Heathcott, Tyler Austin, and Mason Williams, and 5 of those top 6 are nowhere to be found.  Overall there are 6 new players, with Sanchez (1st last year), Clarkin (9th), Judge (10th), and Bird (7th) carrying over.

After the turnover, the big thing that stands out to me is the love for the Yankees’ young players.  …

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Does Hiroki Kuroda Make More Sense For The Yankees Now?

The late-night hours continued to be money time for this year’s Winter Meetings, as Jon Lester signed a 6-year/$155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs last night.  All along the Yankees said they weren’t in on Lester and it turns out they were telling the truth.  Now that the first big starting pitching deal has been signed, the rest of the market will start to fall into place.  More signings could come quickly, and that might not be a great thing for the Yanks, who need multiple starters but have shown no willingness thus far to pursue longer deals.  With that in mind, it’s time to ask the question.  Should the Yankees be going back to Hiroki Kuroda?

Really think about it.  They need rotation help but they don’t want to get pulled into another long-term contract.  Kuroda fits that perfectly.  If he comes back, he’d only be coming back on a 1-year deal.  It’ll cost a few bucks to sign him, but as a 1-year investment for a familiar player who’s pitched very well in New York, it’s money better and more wisely spent for a team looking to at least maintain and at best improve its financial flexibility.…

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Your Evening Winter Meetings Update

Hello, it’s the night owl Stacey with your “late” updates from the Winter Meetings.

Here are some quotes/blurbs from Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi who met with the press in San Diego earlier. My reactions are in the brackets.

  • Girardi said that he’s happy Francisco Cervelli will get a chance to play with the Pirates and thinks he should be an everyday regular. [I will miss the fist pumps.]
  • Cashman told reporters: “I’m not in a position right now to declare or determine if our closer currently exists on our roster.” [Hmmm, okay.]
  • Cashman also said that signing David Robertson after landing Andrew Miller was not a thought. He added that the Yankees the valued compensation draft pick over another big bullpen spend. [Now use the money you saved for someone good, Cash! Preferably someone who can pitch well or hit well. Thanks.]
  • Cashman said he hasn’t spoken with Hiroki Kuroda‘s agent recently and doesn’t know if he’ll return yet.
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Winter Meetings Day 2 Recap: 12/9/14

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Day 1 was punctuated by the late-breaking news of David Robertson‘s departure to Chitown.  Day 2 was a lot of nothing by the Yankees, at least as far as we know from the reports.  Now that D-Rob is gone, I could see them leaving the meetings with nobody new.  Here’s the recap of today’s top stories:

Joel Sherman is saying Chase Headley will make his decision by the end of the meetings.  The Yankees have reportedly worked back into a favorable position to land him, although they have yet to officially make him an offer.  That 4-year/$65 million mystery remains exactly that.

Via Jon Heyman, lefty Francisco Liriano re-signed with the Pirates for 3 years and $39 million.  He was never seriously on the Yankees’ radar, but his deal sets a comparison point for Brandon McCarthy, on whom the Yankees are very much in.  I wouldn’t mind him for 3/33 myself.

Via Bruce Levine, the Cubs acquired catcher Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks for a pair of pitching prospects.  …

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