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.
UPDATE (8:00) Piling on a bit here, but Heyman also says that the Yankee bid is nothing special and that the winning bid is expected to be sky high. UPDATE (7:47) Apparently the bid was not huge and probably not enough to win. UPDATE (7:42) Jack Curry confirmed the Yankees’ bid: During meetings today, Yankees [...]
(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). The last five seasons haven’t been very kind to the Mets. Whether on the field or in the board room, the team has been besieged by a myriad of unfortunate circumstances ever since Carlos Beltran was mesmerized by a Adam Wainwright curve ball to end the 2006 NLCS. Not surprisingly, the [...]
If you’re looking for a good summation of the Yankees’ payroll slashing means going forward, you could do a lot worse than this neat explanation from Joe at RAB. As Joe gets at implicitly, the real problem with trying to cut payroll to $189 million isn’t the number itself, $189 million is still a lot of money you should be able to put together a quality team with, it’s that there’s no transitory phase between now and then for the Yankees, who will be stuck with some very large payroll commitments made years prior that will significantly impair their ability to add around the edges.
To really illustrate this point, here’s a quick glimpse of how the 2014 roster would project right now, with the player’s age in 2014 in parentheses:
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No it’s not the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not “He’s in the best shape of his life” time, though I’m really excited for that. Now, it’s “Let’s moralize about the Hall of Fame” time! Or, more specifically, it’s the “I have no evidence of his PED use but I’m not voting [...]