Back in the saddle again

Morning everyone, and it’s good to be back after a week without internet service after superstorm Sandy came through here. That was annoying, but otherwise everything is fine her. We were out of power for less than 24 hours and most of the area came away without any major damage, but there were several trees uprooted in our neighborhood, one of which pretty much demolished a house. That was pretty scary. If you’re on the East Coast I certainly hope you’re doing as well post-Sandy and bracing for this next batch of bad weather that’s coming for us, but hopefully we’ll be getting back to business as usual around here in the interim. A huge thanks to William and Stacey for doing a great job of keeping things moving here while I was out of commission.

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Yankees Claim Eli Whiteside

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees announced that they claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off of waivers from the Giants.

Whiteside appeared in 12 games with the Giants this past season and played another 60 contests with San Francisco’s Triple-A affiliate. In parts of five seasons at the MLB level, the 33-year-old has a .215/.273/.335 batting line. Whiteside, a right-handed hitter, became San Francisco’s primary catcher in 2011 after Buster Posey went on the disabled list. He’s arbitration eligible with a projected 2013 salary of $600K.

Not sure what this means or if Whiteside will ever put on a Yankee uniform but hey, it’s baseball news on a cold Monday in November!

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The players we know will be on the 2013 Yankee offense

The 2012 Yankees ended the season on a disappointing note when the Tigers swept them in the ALCS. That loss has shifted people’s attention from the fact that the Yankees have ended the regular season with the best record in the American League for two year’s in a row. The core of this team is good,...

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So who plays right field in 2013?

The foregone conclusion is that Nick Swisher has completed his run as the New York Yankees’ right fielder. Swisher is looking for a multi-year deal and with 2014 looming for the Yankees, his demands will not fit with what the team hopes to do budget-wise. So who, then, will be the right fielder? In this post, we’ll look at internal options, trade possibilities and free agents available.

Internal options

This one is easy. There aren’t any. Chris Dickerson cannot really be considered as anything more than a fourth outfielder. Plus, two-thirds of the outfield with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner are already left-handed batters. Cole Garner got the bulk of the right-field duties at the Triple-A level and he is not going to cut it. Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte are both interesting, but Mesa only got a taste of Triple-A last year and Almonte has not played above Double-A. Both have some speed and some pop. Mesa is a right-handed batter and Almonte is a switch-hitter.…

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Martin and the Yankees are discussing 2013

Anthony McCarron of the Daily News reports that Russell Martin and the Yankees are in discussions to keep him in Pinstripes.

Martin’s rep, Matt Colleran, says the talks have been positive so far.

“The organization, he loves it, working with the staff, manager, coaches and players. It was all very positive. We’ll see what happens as we move along here.”

Martin, who turns 30 in February, had an odd 2012. He started off abysmally, picked things up in the second half – especially in September – and then he caught what was ailing the rest of the Yankee offense in the playoffs and only batted .161.

He finished 2012 with a .211 batting average and a .311 OBP but he hit a career-high 21 home runs. Martin’s career line is .260/.352/.399/.751 with 93 home runs and 418 RBI.

Making Martin’s 2012 especially odd was that he was healthy all year. There were no nagging injuries to explain his drop in batting average – his average was below .200 as late as early September.…

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Is David Ross A Better Option Than Russell Martin?

What could be arguably the most important position in baseball, hasn’t been a concern for the Yankees over the last 14 years. Jorge Posada might not have been the greatest defensive catcher of his time, but he made up for it with an incredible bat. With the Posada era coming to an end,...

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The Great Subway Race

I root for the 4 train.

The tragedy that has recently struck the Northeastern United States has made it difficult for me to write about the Yankees. Over the past week I’ve watched less sports than I have in...

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Yankee kids have good day in Rising Star Game

The Arizona Fall League held its annual all star game yesterday and the Rising Star Game, as it is called, ended up being a nice showcase for some Yankee prospects. Austin Romine tripled in one of his two at bats and scored the tying run at the time on a wild pitch.  David Adams went one for four and played second the entire game. Adams’ one hit was a double and it drove in two runs. He would later score a run. Mark Montgomery pitched the eighth inning and threw a perfect inning, striking out all three batters he faced.

The only semi-negative aspect of the game was the two stolen bases that Billy Hamilton recorded while Romine was behind the plate. Hamilton stole over a hundred bases this season in the minors, so it’s not like Romine is alone in that category. And Romine’s throw to second on the first steal was a laser and appeared to beat Hamilton there.…

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BREAKING NEWS: Mo Coming Back In 2013 (Officially)

You can tell the light to exit and the night to enter for one more season, as Mariano Rivera has made it official that he intends to return and pitch in 2013.

I never had much of a doubt that he was going to go back on his...

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