Happy Holidays from IIATMS

Well, the world hasn’t ended yet, so I guess we can just about safely assume that the coming holidays will go off as planned. For most of us, that means two things: a) in-laws, and b) a lull in the Hot Stove season. Not that there’s any rule against making moves during the Christmas-New Year’s week, but in general pretty much nothing meaningful happens in this period, as front office officials, agents, and pretty much everyone else takes the time off to enjoy the season and all that. This year is likely to be much of the same, especially since there aren’t very many interesting free agents left on the market to sign.

The downside for us is that less news means less things to write about, so things will probably be pretty slow around here as well. Not non-existent by any means, just a bit more sporadic. Unless something noteworthy happens (like, oh I don’t know, the Giants getting knocked out of playoff contention on Sunday) I don’t plan on posting anything between now and Wednesday, as I instead dedicate myself to cleaning the house and pawning off gift wrapping spending time with the family.…

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The Yankees’ Standing In The AL East Right Now

The champagne bath could be harder to come by in 2013. Courtesy of The Daily News

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

It’s no secret by now that this offseason has been a strange...

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Podcast Take Three!

Last night, Stacey, Brien from IIATMS, and I got together for the final IIATMS podcast of 2012. We started with a rousing discussion of the Power Rangers and the NWO and eventually found our way to steroids, grammar, and Fay Vincent. Oh, we also talked about the Yankees and what not. Click here...

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On the Money 12/20/2012

Matt Imbrogno of TYA joined Stacey tonight for the final On the Money of 2012. We talked about the offseason thus far around MLB, venture off into many tangents about steroids, Jack Morris, and the time I wrote a post about medieval witchcraft. We wrap it up with our parting thoughts on the year that was in Yankeedom, for good and ill. You can listen to the show in the player below, or go to our BTR page to download it. Enjoy!

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Pierzynski and Texas are close to a deal

According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, the Texas Rangers are close to making a deal with A.J. Pierzynski.

Sources: Pierzynski, #Rangers closing in on one-year contract. Deal will be pending a physical, not yet done.

It’s not like the Yankees were ever really in on the “Pierzynski” sweepstakes but this news seems to lend some crendence to the “the Yankees are going to find their catcher from within the organization” items we have been hearing and reading about all Winter.

Of course, there is always a possibility that Brian Cashman has something up his sleeve and that he may pull off another trade simliar to the one he made last January when the Yankees acquired Michael Pineda and Jose Campos for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi.

It’s still December so there is plenty of time for the Yankees to get something done but there is always a chance they take a gamble and go into Spring Training with guys like Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Austin Romine competing for the starting catcher job.…

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The Yin/Yang of a returning Raul

The Yankees are still talking with Raul Ibanez about a return to pinstripes and I don’t think I could be more lukewarm about it. My first thought with regards to Lord Voldemort’s look alike–and this dates back to when he was brought on in the first place–is that he’s...

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The end of #toomanyhomers?

The 2013 Yankees are going to look very different from the 2012 version of the franchise. There will be different faces in the starting lineuo, a familiar face returning in Brett Gardner, and no Nick Swisher. But it might not just be the players who aren’t around anymore, we may be bidding adieu to the hand-wringing over “too many homers” as well.

The 2012 Yankees hit a lot of home runs, more than any other Yankees team has ever hit. As such, the exodus of 3-5 lineup regulars means that a lot of those long balls will go with them. Swisher, Russell Martin, Andruw Jones, and Eric Chavez, all of whom will be playing elsewhere next season, combined to hit a total of 75 home runs last year. Add in the 19 the as un-signed Raul Ibanez hit, and that’s a reduction of 94 total long balls. Some of that production will be made up for elsewhere, don’t get me wrong, but with two outfielders and a catcher who may not combine to hit 20 home runs between the three of them penciled in to the Opening Day lineup right now it’s pretty much a given that this year’s team will be hitting many fewer balls into the stands than we’ve grown accustomed to seeing.…

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Yankees Finding Undervalued Pieces In Old Players

In Moneyball, Billy Beane uses a number of advanced statistics to find undervalued players on the market. His rival, the New York Yankees, don’t need Sabermetrics, since they have wagons full of cash. While that’s partially true, (the part about all the money) the Yankees were one of the first organizations to implement...

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It’s official: Ichiro is back

Word of this deal has been around for a week or so, but today the Yankees officially announced that they have reached an agreement with outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to return to the team in 2013 and 2014. The 39 year old Ichiro will indeed be getting a two year contract that will pay him a $6.5 million salary in both 2013 and 2014, for a total of $13 million. One of the best contact hitters in recent memory, Ichiro is just 394 hits shy of 3,000 in his MLB career, despite getting a late start in the states due to beginning his career in his native Japan.

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