Projecting the Yankees’ arbitration cases

MLB Trade Rumors is out with their projections for the Yankees’ arbitration eligible players 2013 salaries, and they’re pretty favorable for the Yankees. The five players who will definitely be on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster (barring a trade) come to a projected total of $15.8 million, which is pretty darn good given that it includes Brett Gardner, Phil Hughes, and David Robertson (Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan rounding out the group). That Joba and Gardner missed substantial time in 2012 will keep their salaries down.

The Yankees obviously don’t do extensions with their arbitration eligible players as a rule, but if Hughes is really looking at earning just less than $6 million in his final year of arbitration, I think that bolsters the case for giving him an extension now at a pretty affordable rate for a mid-rotation starter in 2014 and beyond.

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Report: The Marlins and Blue Jays are switching places

Okay that’s a lie but it’s not really that far from the truth.

As everyone was getting ready to eat a dinner, news of a blockbuster trade came across the wire. The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays are working on a deal that could see the Jays acquiring Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Jose Reyes. The names being mentioned on the Jays side of the deal are Yunel Escobar Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick and Adeiny Hechavarria.

More details need to be worked out but wow, this is some move by both teams. The Marlins are “marlinsing” by having a fire sale and the Blue Jays just improved their roster by leaps and bounds.

UPDATE: The trade is as follows, Reyes, Johnson, Buehrle, Buck, Bonifacio and $4M for Escobar, Hechavarria, Alvarez, Nicolino, Mathis, Marisnick and DeSclafani.

Wow.

[Brien]: So this is a pretty big deal, huh? Just like that the Blue Jays have added a lot of name value to their roster, and if Reyes has a bounce back year and Johnson can stay healthy, they could be legitimate contenders in the A.L.…

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The Offseason Blues

Something very strange happened to me the other day. I was asked a question about the Yankees and I couldn’t answer it. It wasn’t as if I drew a blank and didn’t know the answer, I just couldn’t answer it with any certainty because I felt like I didn’t even care.

The person had asked...

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Explaining the luxury tax, revenue sharing refunds, and the Yankees

(The following is a guest post from reader jerkface)

This offseason & the following offseason there will be a lot of talk about the $189 million payroll limit that the Yankees will try to get under by 2014 and the impact that it has on the moves the team will make.  A lot of people are unclear as to what this limit really means, so I thought I would write this to help educate fans on how the limit is calculated & how the current Yankee team is impacted by those calculations.

The CBA & Luxury Tax Calculations

The Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by the MLBPA & Ownership is what governs the interactions between players & management in Major League Baseball.  Last offseason a new CBA was signed which introduced new wrinkles into the luxury tax agreement that has the Yankees attempting to get under the limit for the first time in a decade.  Here are the basics:

  1. The luxury tax limit for 2013 is $178,000,000. 
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A.J. the Alternative

I’m on the record, multiple times, as saying Russell Martin is going to be the Yankees’ starting catcher for 2013. Not only do I think that’s going to happen, but I also think it’s the best possible thing for the Yankees. The other catching options aren’t all that appetizing and one of them, David Ross,...

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Three more cheers for Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano proudly posted that on Twitter today he became a citizen of the United States of America. Such an act used to have a lot more significance in this country than it does now. But for this old-timey baseball writer, such an act is a very cool thing. Way to go, Cano. Welcome to citizenship. If you click the link for his tweet, you will also see a picture of the proud ballplayer holding a flag and his certificate. Nice.

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Three cheers for Joe Girardi

The BBWAA will announce their selections for Manager of the Year later on this afternoon, which I guess means that it’s time for my annual rant about how inherently asinine this award is. Sure, in concept it makes sense to want to award the field general who had the best season, but in practice, the performance of a manager is such an ephemeral thing, at least in the positive direction, that voters have more or less abandoned any pretense of making an effort to objectively assess the question, instead opting to turn it into a de facto “surprise team of the year”* award instead. Which is fine by me, though maybe a touch demeaning to the organization who “wins,” but I wish we’d at least call it that and abandon the notion that we’re rewarding the manager for superior performance.

Consider the case of Buck Showlater, who’s probably the prohibitive favorite in the American League. What exactly is the case for him supposed to be?…

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Yankees open to two year deal with Soriano?

Since the offseason began, one thing that’s been taken as a given more than any other expected outcome was that, should Rafael Soriano opt out of the final year of the contract he signed after the 2010 season, the Yankees would be unwilling to give him a multi-year contract as they try to get under the luxury tax threshold before 2014. And for the most part that’s exactly what all reports have said to date, but now Jon Heyman dishes that the Yankees would be “amenable” to a two year contract after all. There’s not a lot of detail there, just that they don’t feel inclined to put two years on the table just yet, but apparently might if they feel like they need to/can get a good deal on bringing Soriano back.

On the other hand, Joel Sherman reports that teams are finally wising up to how fungible closers are, and speculates that the market for them could be pretty dry in comparison to recent years.…

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