Quick hit: Robertson turns down Yanks’ qualifying offer

This isn’t shocking (because no one ever accepts a qualifying offer):

I know this doesn’t mean that the Yankees will be losing D-Rob because he could eventually negotiate and sign a new deal but also this means he’s opted to explore free agency. On the plus side, the Yankees aren’t losing a draft pick, right?

Update: Per Joel Sherman – Yankees will get a sandwich draft pick between 1st and 2d round of the draft if Robertson leaves.

Well, there you go.

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Monday Afternoon News and Notes: 11/10/14

Good afternoon, everyone!

Here are some links for you to look at maybe during a coffee break, during your commute home or if you are sneaky type like I usually am, you’re looking at this while you should be working. Tsk tsk. Some of the stories are Yankee related, some are not but they’re all about baseball and the occasional movie. You’ll see.


  • In not-so-shocking news, Wally Matthews is reporting that Chase Headley is a priority for the Yankees. Well, duh. No ones knows how A-Rod will play after a nearly 18-month absence from the baseball field. And that whole turning 40 during the season thing could also an issue. I turned 40 in August. It wasn’t not pretty at all and I don’t even play baseball. Anyway, the article quotes someone who isn’t involved in the discussions between the Yankees and Headley so take it with a grain of salt or whatever that saying is. I, for one, would love to see Headley back with the Yankees but what do I know?
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A list of things that are happening around baseball today

So as I noted in the Elvis Andrus quick hit, it is the start to a new week and things are happening around baseball.

Here is the list some of those things:

  • The GM Meetings are starting! Actually, I’m pretty sure the GM meetings aren’t very exciting so I have no idea why I ended that sentence with an exclamation point. People tend to get more amped up about the Winter Meetings but those aren’t until December. Anyway, the GM meetings are getting underway and even though nothing of note usually happenings at these meetings, you never know. If you recall the “blockbuster” trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins in 2012 was born during the GM meetings and we all know how well that’s worked out for the Blue Jays, who have missed the playoffs since 1993, and the Marlins, who are the Marlins… but I digress. So again, you never know. It could just be a boring few days of nothingness and meaningless speculation or something could happen.
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Quick hit: Yanks interested in Elvis Andrus?

Courtesy of strainedhammy.com

Courtesy of strainedhammy.com

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Things were relatively quiet for the Yankees and their fans with the only really big news being Chris Young signing a one-year deal to come back to the team.

Now that it’s Monday and people have awoken from their weekend slumber, more reports are emerging about other Yankee related items.

For instance, Joe Sherman is reporting that the Yanks may have an interest in Elvis Andrus as a Derek Jeter replacement. I’m not sure how I feel about this, mainly because I literally woke up at 11:30 and started writing this post at 11:44 and haven’t had time to digest this news. Sherman says they are “intrigued” by Andrus and that they like the idea of a 26-year-old to replace Jeter. But on the flip side they also have to consider the fact that Andrus signed an 8-year/$122M extension that doesn’t begin until 2015 and runs through 2022 and they already have a problem with too many long term contracts affecting the team in negative ways.…

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Quick hit: Yanks sign Chris Young


Courtesy of the Daily News

So the mutual interest that was being reported between the Yankees and Chris Young has turned into a one-year deal for the former Met outfielder.

WFAN’s Sweeny Murti first tweeted the news and said that Young’s last month with the Yankees made an impression on the team – Young batted .282/.354/.521 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 79 plate appearances.

He was released by the Mets in August and the Yankees signed him to a minor league deal. Young will be the Yankees’ fourth outfielder, you know, because of those other guys, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.

Not a bad deal at all.

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Saturday Morning News And Notes: 11/8/14

Here’s the latest run around the Yankee news circuit before a big day of college football.

– Via multiple reports, the Yankees are among a handful of teams who have contacted the Chicago White Sox about the availability of shortstop Alexei Ramirez.  Ramirez, 33, hit .273/.305/.408 with 15 HR and 21 SB in 2014.  He’s owed $10 mil for 2015 and has a $10 team option/$1 mil buyout for 2016.

Via Mark Feinsand, the Yanks and Chris Young have “mutual interest” in a reunion after his stellar September, and the team has already reached out to Young’s people to start talks.  Personally I’d take the great SSS performance and move on, but whatever.

– If you missed the Chad Jennings post yesterday, some of the notable Yankee MiL free agents include Zoilo Almonte, Scott Sizemore, and switch pitcher Pat Venditte.

– They were announced on Thursday, but in an absolute and complete shock, there were no Yankee players on the list of AL Silver Slugger Award winners.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/7/14

I’m heading out to Germany for another week on Sunday for my 9-5 job, so I’ll be out of the loop and away from the blog during that time.  That should be welcome news to those of you who find my brand of humor and love of A-Rod loathsome, and you already know you’re in good hands with the rest of the crew here.  The last time I left for this training in July, the Yankees lost Tanaka to his elbow injury, traded for Brandon McCarthy, and I came back to take on my current co-ed job here.  Maybe this time I’ll come home to a job offer on the Yankees’ scouting staff.  That’d be sweet.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Steven Jacobson of Bronx Pinstripes broke down David Huff’s pitch mix transformation in 2014.  I honestly never even gave Huff’s repertoire much thought.

– El duque of It Is High… cringed at the possibility of the Yankees losing D-Rob to monetary reasons this offseason.

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Quick Hit: Yanks Decline Then Re-Sign Andrew Bailey

Good stuff from Chad Jennings here.  We knew the Yankees had a decision to make on Andrew Bailey’s 2015 option and there it is.  The team declined the option, saving themselves a few mil towards this year’s payroll, then re-signed Bailey to a MiL deal.  This gives him the chance to continue rehabbing his shoulder injury and keeps the Yankees’ chances of getting something useful from him alive.  Pretty smart.

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Report: Yanks Targeting Jason Hammel, Interested In Bringing Back Capuano

Add a few more names to the free agent pitching list.  Via Jon Heyman on Wednesday, the Yankees are “targeting” righty starter Jason Hammel along with Brandon McCarthy, and “have interest” in bringing back left-hander Chris Capuano.  An unnamed source in the story reiterated the point about the Yankees not pursuing the big money pitchers this offseason, and these new names make it appear as though they’re comfortable swimming in the middle part of the free agent talent pool.

Capuano was solid in 12 starts with the Yanks this season, posting a 4.25/3.85/3.78 tripleslash with 55 strikeouts and 0.9 fWAR in 65.2 IP.  I’d have no problem bringing him back as a swingman or rotation depth piece, although he was let go by 2 other teams in 2014 and he was pitching in Triple-A when the Yankees acquired him.  If he comes back, it should be on a very small deal, possibly even a non-guaranteed one.

Hammel I’m not that high on.  …

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