Yankees Scouting Rangers’ Exhibition Game

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Yankee and Red Sox scouts are in attendance at today’s Rangers game. This builds upon the trade speculation, after we heard that a Ranger’s senior scout was in attendance to watch Joba Chamberlain.

Of the players that could be available, today’s game featured David Murphy, Mitch Moreland, Craig Gentry, Elvis Andrus, and Mike Olt (at third base). Geovany Soto is unlikely to play today, and for those wishing on Jurisckson Profar, he’s off to the WBC.

The Rangers don’t have a ton of depth in the outfield, so I don’t think David Murphy or Craig Gentry will be moved. Mitch Moreland makes sense at the moment, but his defense in right field is awful, and there’s no place to put him once Mark Teixeira returns. Mike Olt is still a possibility, but he only came into the game in the 6th inning.

For inquiring minds, the Red Sox, who are also scouting today’s game, have similar needs to the Yankees, as they’d like to acquire some depth in the outfield, as well as a possible corner infielder now that David Ortiz is facing setbacks.…

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Afternoon News And Notes: Hughes, Neal, Huff

Before we get started, there is currently an untelevised game going on, and Yankee pitchers have been getting crushed. Jose Ramirez started today’s game and only earned one out before giving up 4 walks and 2 hits. Adam Warren came on in relief and was equally awful against the Blue Jays, giving up 4 hits and 5 walks in 1.1 innings. Branden Pinder fared slightly better by only giving up 3 hits in his 1.1 innings, but one of those was a solo home run by Mark DeRosa. They plated one more run, and by the fourth inning, Toronto was up 17-3. Don’t be too distraught, this is what happens when major league hitters face Single-A pitchers at this point in Spring, though Warren has fewer excuses.

Phil Hughes threw a bullpen this morning, and he said that he felt great on the mound. Though his command was off, he attributed it to the bullpen scenario. The right-hander also stated that he’s preparing to be ready for the 5th or 6th game of the season, but prefers quality starts over the quantity.…

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Boesch should not be a “major” option for Yanks

When I happen to be in my car during a Yankee game, listening on the radio, I’m surprised by just how often the Yankees face a “really good hitter.” That isn’t a distinction that I give out, but the radio voices of the team, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, sprinkle that phrase on batters quite liberally over the courses of the games and the season. One player they happen to lavish this praise upon is the now former Detroit Tiger, Brennan Boesch. John and Suzyn sure do love this guy and they even discussed it briefly last night during the game against the Phillies. Both commentators, of course, wanted the Yankees to give Boesch a shot. To their credit, they usually see Boesch rake against the Yankees. He owns a career line against the Bombers of .363/.369/.538/.907 with 3 home runs in 84 plate appearances. However, that is most definitely not an accurate picture of Boesch.

After hitting just .240/.286/.372/.659 (77 OPS+), Boesch’s career line is .259/.315/.414/.729.…

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What to expect from Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki

Many Yankee experts were less than thrilled when the Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners on July 23, 2012. And yet, despite a year and a half of far-diminished results prior to joining the Yankees, Suzuki had a bit of a renaissance in pinstripes. In 67 games for the Yankees, Ichiro put together a triple slash line of .322/.340/.454. He then was one of the few bright spots in the debacle of an ALCS and has been (cliche alert) tearing the cover off the ball this spring. The interesting question for a 39 year old Ichiro is whether we are to believe his last year and a half as a Mariner or his few months with the Yankees.

There is disagreement in the projection systems. His OPS projections range from a low of .653 to a high of .729 and a wOBA from a low of .283 to a high of .313. The interesting part of the projections was the range on his walk percentage.…

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Betances Discusses Simplifying His Mechanics


Chad Jennings at LoHud provided us with some quotes about Ivan Nova‘s new arm motion earlier this week, and now we have some quotes from Dellin Betances on simplifying his mechanics. As I pointed out on Tuesday, Betances has done some major tinkering to his mechanics since 2011. Among them, he’s maintained the position of his hands to his chest at the beginning of his delivery, and cut down on the movement of his back leg on the follow-through. He’s made some other changes as well, which I couldn’t catch from the video comparison.

I’m trying to be quicker, trying to get my arm up quicker. Sometimes I drift and my arm doesn’t catch up, and that’s when I (struggle). When I get it out quick, I feel like I’m good.”

It’s hard to see a difference in arm quickness in the image above, but if you watch Betances pitch, you’ll see that one of his biggest problems is repeating his delivery.…

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2013 Storylines: The Walking Wounded

Curtis Granderson

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

A byproduct of being an old team is the higher tendency for players to get injured.  The Yankees have walked a fine line in that department in the last two seasons as they’ve aged, and their ability to adapt and overcome those injuries has been what’s kept them at the top of the AL East while they’ve battled Father Time.  This season, that battle is going to rage on like it never has before.  The Yankees would be wise to load up on the Raid, Icy Hot, and batteries for the MRI machine (they run on batteries, right?), because the injury bug is going to be a fixture in the clubhouse in 2013.

The Yanks finished 2012 really banged up, and they’ll carry a lot of those injuries over to the start of the 2013 season.  Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera had season-ending injuries that they’re still working their way back from.  Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia had injuries that had yet to be diagnosed that surely impacted their playoff performances, and like Jeter and Mo they will both have the start of their 2013 seasons affected as a result.  …

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Warren, Joseph, And Almonte Optioned Down To Triple-A

According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees have optioned Adam Warren, Corban Joseph, and Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A.

There was some belief that Almonte had a chance to win the outfield spot, but the switch hitter has hit just .190/.227/.333 in 22 plate appearances. Almonte has never played above Double-A, so he’ll have a chance to compete out of Scranton now. The third outfield spot is looking more and more like Melky Mesa‘s spot to lose.

Corban Joseph was also an option at third base, but his defense this Spring was proven awful. Joseph also put up an unimpressive .200/.286/.200 in his 28 plate appearances, but showed off a much stronger bat in last year’s season in Scranton.

Finally, Warren will now enter his third year in Triple-A. He wasn’t spectacular in his 3 starts (5.00 ERA but a 1.000 WHIP), but he’d have a chance at a starting job on most other teams. At 25 years old, Warren still has some value, and could be a trade chip with the Yankees’ starting depth.…

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Who Could The Yankees Want From The Rangers?

Earlier today, George A King of the NY Post reported that the Rangers have been following and scouting Joba Chamberlain. With the type of relief depth the Yankees have, and the offensive needs, it’s no surprise that they’d make Chamberlain available. The question here is what the Yankees want back.

The team has some obvious needs offensively. The Yankees are down an outfielder until May and a corner infielder for even longer. If the organization is looking to find an outfielder, they’d likely target a right-hander to compliment the three lefties. They also may be looking younger, as Curtis Granderson will become a free agent in 2014, and Ichiro Suzuki the year after. The problem with acquiring an outfielder from the Rangers is their own needs in replacing Josh Hamilton.

If a corner infielder is what they want, the team is best suited to go with a younger player that can provide depth at third base while Alex Rodriguez‘ hips continue to be minced into pulp.…

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Afternoon News And Notes: Jeter, Boesch, Cooper, Joba

A number of interesting notes on the Yankees today, mostly to do with shoring up their offense.

Brennan Boesch, who the Tigers released earlier today, is said to be one possibility for the team. Boesch is a corner outfielder with a career .259/.315/.372 slash line and a 96 wRC+. As a 28 year old lefty-hander, he would be more of a project than a replacement, and the Yankees have plenty of those.

Joel Sherman also believes that the Yankees are looking at first baseman David Cooper, formerly of the Blue Jays. The former first round pick has struggled to stay on the field with back problems, but when he has, he’s posted a career 103 wRC+ in 226 plate appearances. His minor league numbers are more impressive, but over the last two years, Cooper has spent his time in a hitter friendly park in the PCL.

According to George A King, the Rangers have been scouting Joba Chamberlain, which opens up some interesting speculation.…

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