The outfield, left and right

Perhaps the title of this piece is misleading. I want to talk about something left and something right relating to the Yankee outfield, but it has to do with batting, not fielding. First, let’s talk about the “left” side of this equation: Raul Ibanez.

The Yankees have had preliminary discussions...

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Will the Marlins debacle lead to less public stadium money?

I’d like to think that Calcaterra is right about this, but alas, I think it’s more hopeful thinking than anything else:

Loria, both with the way the stadium deal went down in Miami, and now with this cynical, soul-killing trade, has given anti-ballpark advocates a ton of ammunition. He has likewise rendered the old “we need a ballpark to be competitive, just wait until we have one!” pitch of team owners even more obviously hollow than it ever was.  Which is great if, like me, you oppose public stadium projects, but really has to tick off those who want one of their own.

I’m opposed to any and all uses of public money to build stadiums for professional baseball teams unless a) they’re enacted by a popular referendum (and even then, I don’t actively support it, I just don’t so much care if the taxpayers of a locality decide that they really want to spend their money on a stadium) and b) they’re operated as profit generating enterprises for the local government(s) that put up the money, but I have no expectation that what happened in Miami will make any difference anywhere else.…

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Yankees are interested in Ricky Nolasco

With the Marlins now in full on salary dump/rebuilding mode, the consensus assumption is that Ricky Nolasco will be starting the season somewhere other than Miami as well. According to Erik Boland, the Yankees do have interest in the soon-to-be 30 year old starter, though I’d have to think it’s a very qualified interest. Nolasco has always been one of those interesting cases of divergence between his ERA and FIP, with the former tracking much higher than the latter. In general you’d expect the runs allowed to regress towards the DIPS metric at some point, but Nolasco is over 1,110 innings into his career now, with a 4.49/3.83 difference, so you probably have to assume that’s just what he is right now.

I assume the Yankees’ attraction to Nolasco stems from the fact that he’s only got one year left on his contract, but even that probably can’t make him Plan A by any means. The front office’s top priority right now on the starting pitching front is re-signing Hiroki Kuroda, and it’s basically taken as a given that there’s a spot open for Andy Pettitte if he wants it.…

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Yankees Interested In Ricky Nolasco, How About Logan Morrison?

Let’s be realistic, the Yankees aren’t trading for Giancarlo Stanton, who’s probably the best young hitter in baseball, better than Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. He’s cheap, with four more years of team control, and he’s hit 93 homeruns before turning 23 years old. While I think the Yankees...

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The Yankees’ Triple-A affilate has a new name

Lost in the hoopla surrounding the MLB Cy Young announcements tonight, another announcement was made which affects the team of Triple-A players who call Scranton/Wilkes-Barre home.

The team, who had conducted an online for a new name, revealed their new moniker tonight and effectively immediately the squad in Northeastern Pennsylvania will be called the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Now, I know some people will be thinking, “The what?”

The name RailRiders pays homage to the Scranton being the birthplace of the electric streetcar. Along with the new name, the team is also expected to reveal two new mascots in 2013.

RailRiders beat out five other finalists in contest: Blast, Black Diamond Bears, Fireflies, Porcupines and Trolley Frogs. Personally, I was hoping Trolley Frogs would win.

During the 2012 season, while the team’s home ballpark, PNC Park in Scranton was being completely overhauled, the team who traveled the entire season, was called the Empire State Yankees.

They’ve had three names in their history.…

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Yankees have talked about Ibanez return

As one potential right fielder comes off of the board today, Dan Martin reports that the Yankees have had “preliminary talks” with Raul Ibanez about a second season in pinstripes. Ibanez would be used in a platoon role, I assume akin to the DH job he was signed to assume last season before Brett Gardner’s injury forced him into more playing time in the field. On the other hand, Ibanez hit .248/.319/.492 against right handed pitchers in 2012 which, while certainly not awful, isn’t necessarily good for a platoon hitter and defensive liability either. On the whole, I’m happy to write hosannas to Raul for the work he did last season between buoying the outfield and providing the biggest moments in the postseason, but I can’t say that I’m excited about the prospect of another campaign with the quadragenarian. Especially if he’s supposed to be the team’s answer to their RF/DH questions.

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Hunter to sign with Detroit

If you’re a Torii Hunter fan who was holding out hope that the Yankees were just tossing up a smoke screen in claiming disinterest in his services, you can give them up for good now. Ken Rosenthal reports that Hunter has agreed to a two year deal (worth $26 million) with the Detroit Tigers, and figures to step in immediately to fill the hole Delmon Young vacates in the A.L. champs’ lineup. As far as the Yankees go, Hunter could have helped them fill their own right field hole, obviously, but I don’t think he would have warranted this kind of contract, with or without the self-imposed payroll constriction, and that one more year of Ichiro Suzuki is a better fit than two guaranteed years of Hunter. But congratulations to Hunter all the same, and congrats to the Tigers for improving their own roster so quickly.

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Reviewing Last Year’s Two Biggest Free Agent Passes

Anybody wish these 2 were around right now? Courtesy of US Presswire & Getty Images

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Interestingly enough, or frustratingly enough depending on how against the austerity plan you...

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The union is making noise about collusion again

Well here’s a story I didn’t expect to read this morning: according to Ken Rosenthal the MLBPA is letting it be known that they’re not happy about baseball officials discussing free agent deals in the media, and they’re starting to throw around the c-word:

The players’ union, sources say, believes that some recent statements by club officials and other baseball employees violate the collective-bargaining agreement.

Rules in the CBA state that team officials cannot communicate through the media the substance of economic terms discussed by players and clubs – the facts of an offer, or whether the club will decline to make an offer.

The rules, designed to prevent clubs from influencing a free agent’s market value, were adopted after the 2010-11 offseason as part of the “anti-collusion” language in the CBA.

The union, sources say, had concerns about potential violations the past two offseasons, and already has taken exception with a number of specific comments attributed to management representatives in media reports this fall.

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