I’m not really sure how to frame this report. According to multiple sources, first coming from WFAN’s Craig Carton and confirmed by both Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman, the Yankees will re-sign Ichiro Suzuki, but do not have a deal yet. Apparently the contours of the deal are still under negotiation, and Heyman reports that Ichiro might get as much as a two year contract from the Yankees, which would be really strange. I guess the best way to put it is that the two sides apparently have an agreement in principle, and one thing that does appear clear is that Ichiro will be roaming the Yankee Stadium outfield in 2013.
Ken Rosenthal just tweeted:
Source: #Yankees sign Youkilis, one year, $12M.
Well, well, well, it looks like Kevin Youkilis finally made up his mind and has signed with the Yankees. I guess he really didn’t have much of a choice in the matter and a one-year/$12M contract is nothing to sneeze at especially for a guy who has been on the decline the past three seasons and has been injury prone.
Youkilis hit .235/.336/.409 in 122 games split between the Red Sox and White Sox. He posted a .328 wOBA and a wRC+ of 102.
Wait, this is supposed to be a positive post because the Yankees finally signed someone this offseason who wasn’t previously on the team. Hooray?
Update from Buster Olney: Youkilis verbally agreed, hasn’t actually signed anything yet and he still has to take a physical.
I don’t know about you guys but I am dying for baseball. And I realize, it’s only December and we have a while before things get started but the Yankees announced some dates today so now we know just what numbers to use for our countdowns. (Oh come on, you know you do a countdown to Spring Training. We all do it.)
February 12th – Pitchers and catchers report to camp
February 13th – First workout
February 17th – Position players report to camp
February 18th – First full squad workout
Apparently February 12th is the earliest date they’ll ever report to camp, in part because of the World Baseball Classic. And speaking of the World Baseball Classic, the Yankees will be playing the Dominican team in a Spring Training game on March 6th. Why is this important? Well, our very own Robinson Cano is playing for the Dominican team.
The whole Spring Training schedule can be found here.
Countdown: Two months!…
MLB officially re-upped their agreement with StubHub yesterday, and to exactly no one’s surprise the Yankees joined the Angels and the Cubs in opting out of the agreement. Instead, they’ll be using Ticketmaster as their official re-seller in a move that the team called “fan friendly,” which caused George Orwell to rise out of his grave in admiration.
Let’s be clear: there’s nothing fan friendly about this decision, and there’s not supposed to be. The Yankees have had StubHub in their sights for some time now, specifically because of the brand’s association with cheap tickets. The Yankees blamed this for their sparse and stoic crowds, but that’s ridiculous. As a basic matter of fact, lower ticket prices means higher demand for tickets, so if StubHub were really having that big of an impact it should be creating higher numbers at the turnstile, not lower. The “problem,” such as it were, is that the common fans awareness of StubHub as a destination for below face value tickets for non-premium games meant fewer people going to the Yankees and paying face value for those tickets, and apparently was leading some season ticket holders to wonder if they were being played for fools.…
Another year deeper into Alex Rodriguez‘ 10 year contract, and we’re already on his second hip surgery. The 37 year old third baseman is in a perpetual decline, and health isn’t helping much. While he’s dealt with some fluke injuries over the last two years, Rodriguez is barely starting half the games at...
With their pitching targets in hand and Kevin Youkilis on hold, the Yankees have turned their attention to addressing their hole in right-field, and that means getting serious with Ichiro Suzuki. The Yankees have been pursuing Ichiro fiercely for the past few days, and now pretty much all the usual sources are reporting that a deal between the two sides is imminent. No word on the contours being discussed, but it’s safe to assume the 39 year old Ichiro will only be in line for a one year deal, with a pretty steep decline in his salary to boot.
After kicking this around last night, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. My first inclination is to be okay with it, but I do worry that I’m letting Ichiro’s surprisingly strong finish to last season cloud my estimation of what we can reasonably expect him to do in 2013. Is .322/.340/.454 over a full season a reasonable expectation for a 39 year old who hit .272/.310/.335 back in 2011?…
TYA’s Matt Imbrogno joined Stacey and I again tonight, and once again the three of us had entirely too much fun discussing the hot stove and…other things in baseball. But mostly we talked about the big offseason developments that have broken in the last few days, what the Yankees are up to, what we think about the impending return of Ichiro, and we may or may not have gotten an offer from the Dodgers midway through the hour. Enjoy!