Weekend Open Thread: 12/13/14

It has been a very quiet weekend so here is your open thread.

You can use it to discuss Yankee moves, non-moves, other baseball stuff and/or whatever you choose. Just be nice and treat your fellow IIATMS readers with respect.

Enjoy.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 12/12/14

The girlfriend bought me a few new pairs of jeans yesterday.  My jeans rotation had gotten pretty short and pretty worn, so it was a long time coming.  But I forgot how much wearing a brand new pair of jeans sucks.  It’s a nightmare.  Everything’s stiff, nothing feels right, nothing moves right when I move.  It’s been a nonstop battle today.  If there was a way to pay extra to have jeans broken in for 3-4 weeks prior to me wearing them, I’d pay that in a heartbeat.  Pre-worn jeans, that’s the next wave of jean technology.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits looked at the bevy of outfielders on the 40-man roster and what might end up happening if roster space becomes an issue.

– On Wednesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog addressed Cash’s deception to the media in respect to the D-Rob pursuit and what it might say about the shift in organizational focus.…

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From Evil Empire to Tweener – Or, Why It’s All About the SP

Yankeeland is a pretty conflicted place these days, and I think this is why: They’re tweeners. Neither direction really works for the Yankees, because they’re in-between: they’re not a contender right now; yet they lack many big-improvement moves to pursue; yet they’re just good enough to avoid a rebuilding project that might not work anyway.

The roster right now isn’t good enough to win, and other than signing Max Scherzer for a huge seven-year contract that will look bad before there’s still $100 million left on it, there isn’t any big improvement to be found.

(1) Andrew Miller and the most likely upcoming free agents (a mid-market SP and Headley) just maintain the status quo (replacing David Robertson and Hiroki Kuroda, plus keeping Chase Headley).

(2) Major offense improvements are tough to find because five regulars have immovable contracts producing at likely the 1-3 WAR level (McCann, Teixeira, Beltran, Ellsbury, and A-Rod – who may not be a regular, but the point remains that they feel compelled to keep a spot for him).…

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 32: All Mailbag, All The Time

It’s another edition of “Your questions answered” with Domenic, E.J. and Stacey! We answered all of the questions that were tweeted to us and left on the site. Well, Domenic and E.J. answered most of them, I just sat back and listened to their dulcet tones.

Anyway, enjoy the return of the podcast. We promise we will try to record them more frequently. Life got in the way for all of us and there hasn’t been much to talk about regarding the Yankees lately. That all changed with the Winter Meetings.

As usual, you can leave comments below, tweet us individually (@DomenicLanza, @ejfagan, @StaceGots) or email us.

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Winter Meetings Day 4 Recap: 12/11/14

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It was another busy day on the Winter Meetings scene.  It was a busy week in general.  Every day and every night there were big moves.  Lotta teams doing a lot of interesting things.  Hopefully the Yankees can do a few more of their own in the weeks and months to come.  Here’s the recap of the final day of Winter Meetings 2014:

– The Yankees neither took nor lost a player in today’s Rule 5 draft.  This means I can hold onto my irrational hope of Mark Montgomery becoming the next D-Rob for one more year.

– The big theme of the day was the Yankees calling about guys who had been traded.  They called about Dee Gordon, they called about Jimmy Rollins, the called about Wade Miley, they called about Rick Porcello, and they even “kicked the tires” on Ervin Santana before he inked a 4-year deal with the Twinkies.  They didn’t add any of those guys, or anybody else of value for that matter.  …

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Report: Yanks Sign Util IF Nick Noonan To A MiL Deal

And I said the Yankees wouldn’t be making any big moves today.  Silly me.  While the rest of MLB was wheeling and dealing with actual players of significance this morning, the Yanks went out and added themselves another potential piece of the infield puzzle.  If you aren’t familiar with Noonan’s body of work, here are the essentials:

  • Career .219/.261/.238 hitter in 111 Major League at-bats, all of which came in 2013 for the Giants.
  • Career .262/.316/.368 hitter in 3,300+ MiL at-bats over 8 seasons in the SF system.
  • Plays mostly second base and shortstop; has played a little bit of third.

Looks like Jonathan Galvez just got himself some serious competition to make it to the final roster cut in spring camp.  Who needs starting pitching when you have this many flexible infielders at your disposal?  …

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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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