Ibanez wins Postseason GIBBY Award

It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that Raul Ibanez‘s performance in Game Three of the American League Division Series has netted him a 2012 GIBBY Award. The awards are based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

And the performance, just in case you missed it, was something for the history books.

With the Yankees down a run to the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the ninth, manager Joe Girardi did something that at the time seemed absolutely crazy. He pulled Alex Rodriguez to pinch hit Ibanez in his place.

The tension was high in the Stadium. If the move didn’t work out, people would be questioning the move for years to come. If the move did work out, Girardi would be lauded for his gusty call. Luckily for the Yankees and their fans, the move worked out, twice, because not only did Ibanez hit the game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings but he also came to bat in the twelfth inning and sent everybody wearing Yankee paraphernalia home happy with a game-winning walk-off home run.…

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Is Swisher San Francisco bound?

Just tweeted by Jon Heyman:

swisher will wait for hamilton deal, said @ScottMCBS. word is, he’d like to go to the #SFGiants. #redsox also in play

Well, this is certainly interesting. Personally, I’d rather see Nick Swisher head to the National League than see him ship up to Boston. Plus, could you imagine the ovation he’d get in his first Stadium appearance as a Red Sock? If he thought the stuff that was directed his way during the ALCS was bad, multiply that by, oh I don’t know, infinity?

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Yankees have strong interest in Keppinger

The Yankees have a “very strong” interest in infielder Jeff Keppinger, and are “accelerating” their timetable on the free agent in the wake of the news of Alex Rodriguez‘s hip injury, tweets Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Keppinger, who spent the 2012 season with the Rays, is a utility infielder who can ostensibly play all over the infield and mashes left handed pitching, but he’s not a particularly strong regular. The Yankees have reportedly been interested in him all offseason, as they were originally seeking a super-sub type of infielder who could spell A-Rod and Derek Jeter semi-regularly, but now they obviously need an interim starter at third base, and Keppinger fits that bill as well as any other options on the free agent market.

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Yankees could trade Hughes too

In addition to rumors of possibly being open to trading Curtis Granderson, the Yankees will listen to trade proposals involving Phil Hughes, according to Joel Sherman. However, Sherman notes that the Yankees still intend to compete in 2013, a goal that’s not necessarily conducive to trading established big league contributors for prospects and/or salary relief. This is why I can’t really see the Yankees working out any agreeable deal for Granderson, but Hughes could be another matter. For one thing, Hughes is the team’s fourth starter on paper, and replacing him with Ivan Nova or David Phelps wouldn’t be the worst move ever, and for another, I have a perhaps irrationally optimistic outlook of what Hughes could do in a big park, especially in the National League. If he were willing to sign an extension as part of a deal, I can see teams having enough interest that they might part with something the Yankees are looking for in return.…

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Filling the Empty Corner

Before the announcement that Alex Rodriguez would–again–need hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Yankees’ roster situation was dire enough. Perhaps “dire” is overselling it a bit, but going into yesterday, the Yankees were without a legitimate catcher, right fielder, and designated hitter. Now, they find themselves without a wholly viable...

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Winter Meetings Day One Wrap Up


Usually the first day of the meetings is slow, but a surprising amount of news and signings happened yesterday.

Signings

Olney: Yankees could trade Granderson

I don’t know if there’s any meat to this, but make of it what you will: Buster Olney tweeted late last night that the Yankees are “open” to trade talks involving Curtis Granderson. I suspect at this point the Yankees are “open” to trade talks involving everyone in the organization short of C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte, but there you go. I know Granderson has fallen out of favor with a lot of fans, and trading him has certainly become something of a grassroots priority, but I really don’t see where you’re going to find a good deal at this point. He’s only got one year left on his contract, and he finished the 2012 season in something of a huge funk with a metric ton of strikeouts. Selling low on him now as the Yankees are already short a catcher, third baseman, and right fielder would basically mean punting the 2013 season, and wouldn’t necessarily help the Yankees any in 2014 either.…

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