On the Money: 2/4/2013

I may have been half past delirious, but the show must go on, and that’s just what On the Money did tonight. I’m n0t gonna lie: my best efforts to get my mind off of the Superbowl were not particularly successful, and I did spend a good chunk of time babbling about that, but I would like to think we made it semi-pertinent a week away from the opening of camp. We more or less reflected on the emotional extremes of fandom, and I even spun off a media critique or two. Just give me until tomorrow, then it’ll pass.

On the baseball side of things, we did kick around some Yankee related topics of varying significance, including Derek Jeter’s workouts and non-statement on le affaire A-Rod, as well as my peevishness with respect to the Yankees policy of retiring un-retired numbers. Enjoy!

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Yankees 10th in Law’s organization rankings

The Yankees’ farm system isn’t quite as impressive at first blush as they were at this time last year, but they still have a lot of talent (albeit towards the bottom of the system), and they still stack up pretty well against the rest of the league. In fact, Keith Law thinks they have a top ten system, putting them in the tenth spot in his just released organizational rankings. That corresponds pretty closely with the rankings of Baseball America (11th) and John Sickels (14th), putting the Yankees squarely in the top half of the league. After trading away Jesus Montero and having Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos go down with injuries in 2012, that’s a real testament to the work Brian Cashman and the front office has done in investing in player development recently.

On a quick programming note: You should probably expect light blogging from me over the next two days. I have a small parade to attend tomorrow that will occupy most of my day, and as for today, well frankly I’m far too distracted/exhausted to find many interesting things about baseball.…

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Buster Olney’s Keys To The Yankees’ Season Are Accurate, Surprisingly Predictable

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

I’m a Buster Olney fan.  I think he’s one of the best baseball reporters in the business, if not the best, and take his information and thoughts on the Yankees more seriously than probably any other beat writer or MSM reporter...

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Mark Teixeira admits he’s overpaid

Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal wrote a very interesting article on Mark Teixeira in which Tex admits he’s on the downside of his career and that he is, in fact, overpaid.

They all are according to Teixeira and what he says makes sense.

“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am,” Teixeira said. “We all are.”

“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it,” he continued. “You’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 million. When you’re Mike Trout, making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract.”

Teixeira also talks about the differences between being a player in his prime and being a player on the “downside” of his career. Once he passed 30 (he turns 33 this season) his workouts started taking a toll on his body and nagging injuries were piling up, especially last season.…

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Russ Canzler designated for assignment

Russ Canzler, we hardly knew ye.

Canzler was designated for assignment by the Yankees to make room for Travis Hafner. Canzler, who was designated for assignment by the Indians was also designated for assignment by the Blue Jays which came after the Indians designated him for assignment. (I know, I’m dizzy too.) And all of these DFA happened since the 2012 season ended. Is this sounding familiar? It’s very Eli Whiteside who was also desginated for assignment by the Yankees earlier this offseason.

26-year-old Canzler hit .269/.299/.498 in 97 plate appearances in 2012 and was claimed by the Yankees originally in early January.

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Silly unions doing union things

It’s been a while since we had some fun with a Lupica column here, but this A-Rod/PED business was just made for him, wasn’t it? There’s not really much of a point in hashing through the whole column, which is more of an exercise in pointless analogy than anything else, but this shot at the players’ union really does take the cake:

It is still early in the game with Rodriguez, you have to know that. Of course the Yankees want him to decide, when and if he recovers from hip surgery, that he is nothing more than a shell of the player he once was, either retire at that point, so they can score insurance money off him, or decide to settle with the Yankees so they can release him once and for all.

Or — this appears to be even more of a longshot — they want the commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig, to hit him with a drug suspension so they can start exploring ways to void his contract, even though the Major League Baseball Players Association will fight to protect guaranteed money in baseball the way gun nuts protect their guns.…

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