Can CC Sabathia Have a Renaissance?

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The 2015 New York Yankees rotation is mostly a giant question mark right now, with CC Sabathia being the perhaps the biggest one.

Nobody is expecting much from Sabathia in 2015 because he hasn’t given anybody a reason to expect much since 2012. Sabathia went 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA after eight starts last season before missing the rest of the year with a knee injury. His struggles began in 2013 when he had a notable loss of velocity on his fastball and finished with a 4.78 ERA.

Obviously, he is never getting his 95 MPH fastball back, but plenty of pitchers have been successful with fastballs that average around 90 MPH. Despite all the negativity surrounding Sabathia, there are some signs that he can be one of those pitchers.

A scout told ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand that he believes Sabathia’s pitching smarts can help him reinvent himself as he turns 35 next season.

“When a guy gets into their 30s, they have to have a second career,” the scout said.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/9/15

Hope everybody’s first full week of 2015 was a pleasurable and successful one.  It’s been brutally cold in Wisconsin all week and I’ve been fighting a cold, so I’d say mine could have been better.  It also could have been worse.  Whatever, this intro blows.  Onto the links.

– On Monday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes wondered if a hard salary cap would actually benefit the Yankees.  If the cap were on contract years and not dollars, that would definitely help.

– Michael Axisa of RAB detailed the change in approach that led to Chasen Shreve’s breakout 2014 season.  If it’s sustainable, then Shreve becomes an even more intriguing bullpen piece.

– On Tuesday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily profiled 19-year-old third baseman Drew Bridges as a potential breakout prospect candidate for the upcoming season.

– Doug Hall of Pinstripe Alley picked a handful of lesser known prospects to keep tabs on in 2015.  I’m a big fan of his first choice and the third one is growing on me too.…

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Picture of the Day: Happy 112th Birthday to the Yankees!

The Yankees came to be 112 years ago today – back then they were known as the New York Highlanders – and guess what? The size of their payroll has always been a hot button issue. That’s right, folks, even way back in 1903, newspapers were complaining about the high salaries.

To be fair, it took four months for the articles to begin but at least now you know just how far back the kvetching goes.

Amazing.

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Yanks Name Marcus Thames New Hitting Coach… For Triple-A SWB

Remember when Marcus Thames was set to be the new assistant hitting coach for the Yankees and then he wasn’t and the whole hitting coach search story disappeared again?  Well at least we now know where he will be coaching next season.  Via Chad Jennings, and on the strength of his last 2 years in Tampa and Trenton, Thames will serve as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 2015.  He’ll join returning manager Dave Miley and pitching coach Scott Aldred.

This is the next step in eventually securing a Major League coaching job, which does appear to be in the cards for Thames at some point.  As stated before, he’s drawn very good reviews for his work with the young hitters in the system over the last 2 years.  Moving him up another level suggests that the Yankees want him around to continue to work with those top young hitters as they get closer to the show.…

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Report: Yankees 1 Of 2 “Heavy Favorites” To Sign Yoan Moncada

There hasn’t been a lot of news to report on the Yoan Moncada situation over the last month or so.  He held his open workout back in November and was expected to begin private workouts this week, but so far there haven’t been any reports confirming that a workout took place.

The one constant in the Moncada story since his name surfaced last year has been the pack-leading presence of the Yankees.  They were out in full force for his November workout, they’ve been named as one of the teams most likely to sign him since the beginning, and per this report by Kiley McDaniel, they’re now one of the “heavy favorites” to sign him.  The Yanks have been hesitant to seriously engage with many of the recent star Cuban free agents.  …

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IIATMS site maintenance

IIATMSBannerJust a quick head’s up: IIATMS will be undergoing some site maintenance activities over the next few hours, starting around 5pm EST and ending (hopefully) by 10pm.

Intermittent outages and gremlins might occur during this time, so please be patient and thanks for understanding.

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Thursday Afternoon Food For Thought: The Importance Of All These Marginal Upgrades

This was originally supposed to be a longer series of posts after the regular season ended, but I figured some of the wounds were still too fresh and I didn’t want to be too big of a downer.  We all know there were a ton of bad losses last season.  Listed below are the 5 games I believe the Yankees should have won the most:

  • 5/11/14- Brewers 6, Yankees 5.  Yanks blew an early lead after scoring 3 off Matt Garza in the top of the 1st.  Bullpen coughed up the lead late, then gave up the walk-off loss in the bottom of the 9th after a Teix HR to tie the game in the top half.
  • 7/5/14- Twins 2, Yankees 1.  Yanks lost on a walk-off error in the 11th inning after managing to score only 1 run against Minnesota starter Yohan Pino.  They didn’t have a single extra-base hit in the game.
  • 7/21/14- Rangers 4, Yankees 2.  The team made 5 defensive errors and scored 2 runs on 4 hits in 7.1 innings against Miles Mikolas.  
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Yankees prospect Ty Hensley recovering from an attack over the holidays

This morning Chris Cotillo first reported that Yankees’ pitching prospect Ty Hensley was attacked in Oklahoma City over the holidays and spent some time in the hospital. He has since been released and is recovering at home.

Here is a statement from Hensley’s attorney Rob Martin of ICON Sports:

“On behalf of Ty Hensley and his family, we are able to confirm that Ty was hospitalized after being brutally attacked and assaulted over the holidays in Oklahoma City. Ty was treated and released from the hospital and is presently recovering at home from the injuries he sustained after being knocked unconscious in this vicious attack. Ty and his family are grateful for all of the support, thoughts, and prayers he’s received from friends, fans, and well-wishers. We respectfully request privacy during this difficult time. For those of us that know Ty best, this attack was shocking and disturbing both in it’s severity as well as the fact that it could not have happened to a nicer, more good-natured young man.

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A-Rod’s Role Continues To Shrink

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Possibly the last time we see A-Rod play third base. Courtesy of his Instagram page

 

Despite the team’s unspoken desires and Cash’s public statements to the contrary, there was a time not very long ago when Alex Rodriguez would have been the starting third baseman for the Yankees next year.  That most likely wouldn’t have meant good things for A-Rod’s health or the team’s chances of winning, another example of how flawed their decision making and roster building strategy had become.

Thankfully Cash and the rest of the front office recognized the importance in not allowing that to happen as part of their offseason infield makeover.  Chase Headley was brought back to be the starting third baseman, a handful of Quad-A utility guys have been invited to ST, rookies like Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder are going to get a crack at an Opening Day roster spot, and Stephen Drew was signed on Tuesday as the last bit of depth insurance.…

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