The posting process for Yu Darvish started today. Teams will have through Sunday to submit sealed bids. Early next week, the bid that his team accepts (the highest bid, except in some circumstances) will be made public, and that team will have 30 days to negotiate with Darvish. The Yankees are playing coy. Of course [...]
Over the past few weeks or so, we’ve heard a lot coming from the front office about how the price of pitching on this year’s market was supposedly crazy. And perhaps that’s true of the trade market, but we’ve now seen C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle sign with new teams for contracts that don’t seem all that unreasonable to me. Buehrle’s is perhaps a large risk, depending on what you think of his stuff moving forward, but the 5 year, $77.5 million deal Wilson signed with Anaheim is, frankly, a steal. That’s fewer nominal dollars than A.J. Burnett and John Lackey signed for years ago, when Wilson is both a better commodity than either of those pitchers, and the best available big league pitcher on the market. If the Yankees didn’t really make a serious attempt to beat that offer, given the current state of their pitching staff, I think it’s safe to say that they weren’t interested in Wilson at any (realistic) price.
And that’s okay, I suppose. If they really don’t think Wilson is a very good pitcher, they shouldn’t make that sort of commitment to him. They’re probably wrong, but rationality is certainly its own virtue. But the fact remains that they need pitching help (that isn’t Freddy Garcia) so let’s consider some possible directions now that Wilson is off the market.
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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Let’s not waste time trying to sugarcoat it. A.J. Burnett‘s Yankee career has been an absolute disaster. It’s been dismal. A.J. has become the latest in the long line of failed Yankee high-profile free agent pitching signings and made himself the newest poster boy for [...]
Everyone who’s anyone is reporting that Albert Pujols will be taking his talents to
South Beach Orange County, apparently signing a 10 year $250 million with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I don’t really have much to say about it because, while it’s obviously big news, I don’t see it as particularly Earth shaking stuff. Obviously a lot of people are impressed with the Angels’ new roster in the short term (and will be even more impressed if they sign C.J. Wilson as well), but I’m not terribly certain this is a good long term deal. It reminds me of nothing so much as Alex Rodriguez‘s contract, and the Yankees aren’t exactly looking back on that deal with tremendous fondness. If anything, the main difference is that A-Rod was coming off of one of the best seasons in recent memory in 2007, while Pujols is coming off of the worst year of his career.
In any case, for me personally there’s two emotional reactions that stick out. On the one hand, I really hate the Angels. On the other hand, I’m going to really enjoy the meltdown from St. Louis fans over the next few days. They’re the best fans in baseball, doncha know?
Update: In unsurprising news, the Angels are signing C.J. Wilson too.
The other day, I ran through some pitcher projections. Yesterday, I stumbled across this simple WAR calculator from Wahoo’s on First. Using that, let’s project the WARs (not doing any trades, so we can’t add ‘em up, you guys) and get nuts. For the appropriate projected numbers, I’ll use the 2012 ZiPS Projections. I’ll do [...]
Recent speculation about Japanese pitching prospect Yu Darvish has focused on whether he might not be posted at all, and then everyone seemed to agree he’d be posted in January. But last night his agent posted to Twitter that Darvish will be posted “tomorrow,” though I’m not clear if tomorrow means today or Friday. Darvish is the last big name to hit the market, as it were, a hard throwing righty with more upside than anyone available this year. I would expect a lot of interest in him around Major League Baseball, though it’s extremely difficult to predict what everyone is going to bid. The official bidding period is open four days, but it usually takes a week to find out who won a bid, so expect an announcement at the end of next week.
Personally, I was a little lukewarm on Darvish earlier in the offseason, not necessarily enthusiastic about the prospect of a big outlay for a pitcher with no MLB experience. But thanks to the details of the new CBA, and the Yankees’ desire to get their payroll down to $189 before 2014, I think Darvish has become a near necessity for the team if they’re truly trying to add a top of the rotation starter to the roster. Remember that the posting fee they pay for the rights to negotiate with Darvish won’t count against their luxury tax bill at all, so as far as MLB is concerned, that portion of the outlay is tax free. The only portion of the deal the Yankees will be taxed on is the average annual value of Darvish’s contract, a number that shouldn’t be much more than $10 million at the highest.
(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Considered along side the other big headlines being made at the Winter Meetings, the Yankees winning bid for the rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima doesn’t seem like a big deal. However, it could signal the beginning of a new strategy designed to circumvent some of the onerous restrictions triggered by [...]
Well, ’tis the season for miracles and all that:
The Yankees have inserted A.J. Burnett into the trade market at the Winter Meetings, The Post has learned.
According to multiple teams, the Yankees have let it be known they will listen to offers for Burnett and are willing to pay $8 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed over the next two seasons.
I applaud the effort, and I suppose there’s no harm in dreaming of starting our post-A.J. experience early, but this probably isn’t going to happen. As a first order of business, the Yankees are going to have to pick up a heckuva lot more than $8 million of Burnett’s remaining salary if they want another general manager to even listen to a proposal to move Burnett. Picking up $20 million might make it an attractive offer for someone else, but are the Yankees really going to want to pay Burnett that much to play for someone else?
I think there’s a reasonably good chance Burnett gets traded. Next offseason. This year there’s just too much money left on Burnett’s contract and he’s pitched too poorly for two years running now, to make a match for a trade possible, which means we’re probably stuck with him for at least one more season.
But look on the bright side; maybe Santa will bring A.J. his missing fastball for Christmas.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees have won the bidding for Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima. I know nothing about Nakajima, other than that he’s a career .300 hitter in Japan, and won’t pretend to, but this presumably means that the Yankees are taking trade offers involving Eduardo Nunez seriously, and/or really like Nakajima as a caddy for Alex Rodriguez at third base. Either way, not something I expected to happen today, but hooray for something to talk about!