Yesterday, we covered the possible left handed DH options for the Yankees in 2013, and today we’ll look at the right handed options.
So far, the biggest theme of the Yankees’ offseason has been what they won’t be doing. Making multi-year offers to Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano. Signing Torii Hunter. Pursuing the top free agent starting pitchers on the market. Making very many multi-year offers of any kind, and so on. With the re-signing of Hiroki Kuroda, on the other hand, the Yankees have provided some reassurances that they will, in fact, maintain a solid core of talent in 2013, even as austerity nibbles away at the margins of their roster.
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Somewhat amusingly, this is the second straight year in which the Yankees have re-signed a starting pitcher just prior to Thanksgiving, though I dare say Yankee fans are much happier to have Kuroda returning than they were at the prospect of another go-around with Freddy Garcia last year. Thanks to injuries, Kuroda emerged as the Yankees’ most durable, and perhaps most reliable starting pitcher, in 2012 silencing those who doubted his ability to pitch in the A.L.…
Tonight was the deadline for adding Rule V draft eligible minor leaguers to the 40 man roster in order to protect them from being selected by another team, and the Yankees acted robustly on this front, protecting six such players. Left-handed pitchers Manny Banuelos, Nik Turley, and Francisco Rondon, right-handed pitchers Brett Marshall and Jose Ramirez, and outfielder Ramon Flores were all had their contracts selected, and the Yankees also claimed 26 year old right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey off of waivers from Houston. By my count, that brings their 40-man roster total to 39, but of course they still have to sign Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, plus get a starting catcher and corner outfielder, at least, so there will be more changes coming. Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Michael Pineda will be put on the 60 day disabled list as soon as they can be, but that’s not until camp opens, so it’s guaranteed that at least a few guys on the 40 man roster right now won’t be there for long.…
Both the Dodgers and Angels who were interested in signing Kuroda have shifted their focus toward other pitchers. The Dodgers are said to be pursuing guys like Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, and Ryan Dempster, while the Angels are making re-signing Greinke their main priority. Signing Kuroda would be a back up plan.
Kuroda, who became a fan favorite in the Bronx, finished 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA, threw two shutouts – one of them was an almost no-hitter against Texas – and reached a career high in innings pitched (219 2/3).
So while it’s not definite that Kuroda is signing with the Yankees, the chances of it happening have increased.
Come on Kuroda, I’m selfish and I want another #HIROKtober.
UPDATE: Buster Olney just tweeted that the Yankees and Kuroda agreed to a one-year $15M contract.…
We already knew that media giant News Corp was going to buy a share of the YES Network from Goldman Sachs, but today we got the details, and they’re fairly stunning. News Corp will obtain a 49 percent share of YES Network, with the network’s various investors including the Yankees reducing their ownership share, and News Corp will have the option to increase that share a w hopping 80%, which would presumably entail the Yankees further reducing their stock in the $3.8 billion firm. As part of the transaction, the Yankees have committed to keeping their television broadcasting rights with YES through the 2042 season, with annually increasing payments from YES to the Yankees that will start at $85 million this coming season and reach a staggering $350 million in the final year of the agreement.
Frankly, I find this all pretty hard to process in the moment, so it’s hard to write a “what does it all mean” kind of post at the moment, but the surface level financials are pretty amazing, and it underscores how much money the Yankees’ are really making…that won’t be going into the payroll anytime soon.…
Over the weekend, I got the following email from a reader, entitled “WAR, wRC+, and Iso”:
I’m one of the “old guys.” The Yankees have been my team since 1960. I’ve used all the same measures since then. My take on the Trout-Cabrera conversation is different from my friends. I “see” Trout...
I might have watched every game this year, but it’s still hard for me to remember exactly what kind of season Raul Ibanez had in 2012. Our most recent recollection was his three ridiculously well-timed homeruns in the playoffs. For the rest season, the left handed hitter had his good moments, but also...
This just in: Bud Selig has approved the megadeal between the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins.
The deal which sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Henderson Alvarez, Jake Marisinick and Anthony DeSclafani was made last week.
Selig said, “I’ve received assurances from Marlins ownership, they’re fully committed to build long-term winning team fans can be proud of.”
That noise you just heard was a collective roar of laughter from everyone else in baseball. Yeah, sure Marlins, whatever you say.
Your move, Yanks.