The lack of aggressiveness by the Yankee brass this offseason speaks to a displeasure with external options, but also signals that they like what they have internally enough where they don’t feel desperate to overpay in terms of dollars or talent for a FA or trade. It’s a strange position for Yankee fans to be [...]
This continued line of reasoning is chafing me to the point of rage and it has to stop:
Still stinging from the $46 million they spent on Kei Igawa and close to their budget limit, the Yankees were never considered the leading candidate to acquire Darvish.
That I found it in the NY Times is immaterial; it’s been cited in every MSM outpost and nearly every other place that I check into with any regularity. Thankfully, there are some of my fellow bloggers who share my views, including Brien here and here, otherwise I’d wonder if it was me who was completely losing it.
To decry the failures and misfortunes of the Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa forays is understandable. To cite them as a sound business and strategic rationale for not going after Yu Darvish is patently absurd. Not a little bit misguided. Flat out ridiculous.
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Dellin Betances won’t be 24 until March, and yet it feels like he has been in the system forever. Part of the loaded 2006 Yankee draft class that included such notables as Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Mark Melancon and David Robertson, Betances was a raw high school power pitcher with a seemingly limitless ceiling. He [...]
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think I wrote more about Mark Teixeira in 2011 than I did about any other player. Unfortunately, most of what I wrote was about how disappointing a year Tex was having. My focus in those articles was how Tex’s underling skills–mainly his walk rate and [...]
The Yankees will probably not get serious about negotiations with Hiroyuki Nakajima until the last 10 days or so of their negotiation window, but according to Ken Rosenthal one thing that has been discussed, at least by Nakajima’s agent, is the possibility of a sign and trade agreement that would send Nakajima elsewhere, skirting the Yankees’ exclusive negotiating rights. The issue is that Nakajima wants to be an everyday player, but the Yankees view him as a utility player, and even if they didn’t they obviously have nowhere for him to start in the infield. It’s an interesting proposition that makes sense on its face, but I’m not sure how it’s going to work from a value standpoint. The Yankees won the bidding for Nakajima, after all, which by definition means that no one bid more than they did for Nakajima’s rights. Considering that (and that the Yankees bid of $2.5 million was hardly exorbitant), it’s kind of difficult to imagine anyone wanting to trade an intriguing asset for Nakajima now.
Beyond the Box Score finally worked its way down the alphabet to post the All True Yankees team. To recap what I posted two weeks ago, this team consists of players who spent every single game of their careers in pinstripes. The Yankees have quite the impressive squad. You can see the full list here. [...]
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) A bunch of details of the new labor detail were released earlier this week. And as someone who’s on the record as a hater of all things CBA-related, I have to say that I’m liking a lot of the stuff I read about these new [...]
As I write this (8:40 PM on Wednesday night) it looks very unlikely that the Yankees are going to get Yu Darvish. We’ve also heard relatively little on the trade front except that the prices of two Yankee target–John Danks and Gio Gonzalez–are exorbitant. The White Sox wanted TWO of Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, and [...]
The bidding process for Yu Darvish has come to a close, and some details/rumors are leaking out about the process. Multiple reporters have confirmed that the Yankees did make a bid, though it was reportedly “modest” and Jack Curry reported that it came in the last 2 hours of the process. The Nippon Ham Fighters have until Tuesday to decide if they will accept the bid, but the winner could be leaked early. So far we know that the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rangers, and Cubs put bids in on Darvish, and the Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, and Angels are among the teams that did place a bid at all (which I don’t get, by the way, but I guess I won’t complain).
Beyond that the rumors are all over the place. Some people are saying the winning bid was “astronomical,” others are saying that’s not true. More than anything, no matter how the bidding comes out I’m interested in how high the Yankees’ bid was. That should tell us more about how serious they are about improving the rotation.