The Yankees aren’t getting better, but are they getting worse?

The Yankees, thus far, have not made any moves this offseason that would obviously seem to make them a better team than they were in 2012. And while there are still some options out there that would fit that bill, the Yankees aren’t interested in any of them so far as we know, meaning that, for the most part, their offseason moves will consist of keeping the band together for one more tour. As Mark Feinsand tweets, that’s not necessarily a cause for panic:

There’s certainly a lot of truth here, especially considering how few holes they had to address at the start of the offseason. With Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte both coming back, re-signing Hiroki Kuroda was definitely the team’s top priority, and by taking care of that they probably got the best possible deal they could while making their rotation a strength.…

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The Middle/Corner Balance

For as long as I can remember, the Yankee offense has been built, in some way, on power; they don’t call the team the Bronx Bombers for nothing. The Yankees are not and have not been unique in that way; every team tries to build around power. What has made the Yankees’ power unique has...

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The Yankees aren’t going to sign Josh Hamilton

I don’t why I even feel like this is worthy of passing along, but in his BP post this morning John Perrotto, while otherwise noting how much of the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes is a mystery, passes along one very definitive remark:

Where it winds up going is anyone’s guess, but the continued talk that the Yankees are going to jump into the bidding is way off the mark. Few people to seem to believe it, but the Yankees are dead set against committing big dollars to any free agents beyond next season because they plan to get under the $189-million luxury tax threshold in 2014.

I’m not really sure where the chatter about the Yankees swooping in and snatching Hamilton got its start, but it’s never really struck me as anything more than an attempt by reporters to inject some excitement into an otherwise dull hot stove season in which the Yankees are pledging, basically, to do next to nothing that’s going to light up the back pages.…

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Projecting Ichiro Suzuki

A new thought about Sparky Lyle

The writing brain is a funny thing. This post was going to be all about Kevin Youkilis and how a hated enemy is suddenly a Yankee. The feelings of this signing were so mixed up and tangled that any attempt at staying on the journalistic side and not the fan side were impossible. The deal led to thoughts of other enemies that were hated and then suddenly Yankees and that was what the topic here was supposed to be. It was all planned out with a list that included Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs, Johnny Damon and Sparky Lyle. The research led to the stats pages for all of those players, but once Lyle’s pages were under the microscope, all thoughts of the original topic got blown up. The more Lyle’s numbers were put together and considered, the overwhelming thought became, “How come this guy is never talked about as a Hall of Fame candidate?”

Sparky Lyle certainly fit the original topic to a tee.…

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Where there’s demand, there’s a way

We talked about the StubHub thing here yesterday, and the only real defense, offered both here and at Pinstriped Bible by William Juliano, was that the move is in the best interests of season ticket holder. Juliano’s claim is that StubHub is unfair to sellers, who are seeing the value of their tickets (to non-premium games they overpaid for in the first place, mind you) eroded by the secondary market. However, as Wendy Thurm gets at over at Fangraphs, that’s pretty much nonsense, and wouldn’t you know it, it all comes back to demand:

Not all teams disliked the StubHub arrangement. The Giants loved it because they made money twice on the same tickets. Beginning in 2010, and continuing through last season, the Giants have played to sell-out or near sell-out crowds. Strong demand and limited supply for Giants tickets meant higher prices on StubHub. It also meant the Giants didn’t lose many same-day ticket sales to bargain-basement prices on StubHub.

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The Young Guys Most Likely To Contribute In 2013

Opening Day catcher? Don't rule it out. Courtesy of the AP

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

There’s still the possibility of a blockbuster trade, something I think almost all of us are secretly...

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Signing Youk a potential boon to Yanks

Though it’s seemed like yeoman’s work at times, the Yankees have spent the offseason methodically checking off nearly all of the names on their Hot Stove wish list. With the notable exception of Russell Martin, the Yankees have landed nearly all of their principal targets, from Hiroki Kuroda through, reportedly, Ichiro Suzuki. By agreeing to terms with Kevin Youkilis yesterday, the Yankees even landed their first choice for an unexpected opening filling in for Alex Rodriguez while he recovers from hip surgery. The move may also prove to be just what the doctor ordered for the Yankees’ offense.

Yes, yes, I know that not everyone is fond of the move, and many of the complaints are fair. Youkilis isn’t actually that old at just 33 years old, but he’s fairly injury prone at this point in his career, and he had a down year in 2012 with some fairly nasty splits. That said, it’s important to remember that the Yankees didn’t enter the offseason anticipating a need for a third baseman, and that they weren’t necessarily looking for any more than an interim starter to keep the seat warm for A-Rod.…

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Projecting Kevin Youkilis

Finally, we can admit that Kevin Youkilis was a good player. Once upon a time, the third baseman could guarantee you a nearly .400 OBP, he could hit homeruns, and he could play some respectable defense. At 33 years old, Youkilis is now crossing sides of a staunch rivalry, he’ll now be a...

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