Yesterday’s theme was potential Yankee targets signing with other teams, including a couple of potential interim third basemen in Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger. That’s left the board pretty thin as the Yankees look for someone to fill in for Alex Rodriguez, and apparently they don’t want a repeat of that, to say the least. According to Bryan Hoch, the Yankees have made Kevin Youkilis an offer of $12 million for one year, which jives with the “premium salary” he was supposedly looking for in exchange for a one year deal. That’s pretty strange, I guess, but the Yankees desperately need someone to plug the hole at third base, and if they’re going to insist on signing nothing but one year deals, they’re going to have to lay out more dollars for anyone but true scrap heap projects. I’m not terribly wild about Youkilis at this point in his career, but the alternatives are slim, and not overpaying anyone in 2013 likely means having too many holes to win the remarkably deep American League East.…
It’s the final day of the Winter Meetings, which means the annual Rule V draft will be getting underway shortly. Most of us are familiar with the rough outlines of the unique event, but if you’re not, here’s a quick primer. Players who have sufficient minor league experience to qualify and are not on a team’s 40 man roster can be selected by another team for a mere $50,000 price. The kicker is that you then have to keep that player in the big leagues for an entire season (either on the active roster or the big league disabled list), or you must offer the player back to his original team. There are interesting stories on both ends of the spectrum here, the Twins got Johan Santana in the Rule V draft while the Padres actually selected Ivan Nova and returned him to the Yankees back in 2008, but for the most part nothing particularly interesting comes of most guys who get selected.…
Tonight, Stacey and I were joined by Mike Silva. We hit up the usual topics: the latest goings on at the Winter Meetings, the state of the economics of baseball as some seemingly ridiculous contracts get thrown out this week and, of course, the fact that the Yankees seemingly might as well be flashing Confederate dollars in Nashville. We even briefly venture into a quick discussion of everyone’s favorite local sports media outlet. Enjoy!
The theme of the day seems to be that the Yankees can’t close the deal with any of their (few) targets. So far this week, the only two names we’ve seriously heard the Yankees connected to have been Jeff Keppinger and Nate Schierholtz, but now it appears that both of those men will be taking their talents to the Windy City. Keppinger, of course, signed with the White Sox earlier this afternoon, and Jerry Crasnick has just reported that Schierholtz has accepted a one year offer from the Cubs, of all teams. I can’t necessarily say that I’m terribly broken up by the Yankees losing out on either, but for an offseason that’s mostly been defined by who the Yankees are not interested in, this lack of reciprocated interest from a couple of players they were targeting certainly isn’t encouraging.
Nate Schierholtz! Come on down, you’re the first contestant on the $189 Million Pyramid!
Joel Sherman tweeted:
Nate Schierholtz has an offer in hand from
#Yankees, I believe it is 1st firm offer NYY has made to a position plyr this offseason
Schierholtz split time between San Francisco and Philadelphia last year – he was traded to the Phillies in July. He batted .257/.321/.407 with a wOBA of.314 and wRC+ of 98 in 114 games.
I guess he’s better than nothing at this point. And I can’t wait to find out what the actual offer is.
Update: A tweet from @jcrasnick: Nate Schierholtz has agreed on 1 year deal with Cubs, source says
Now, the Yankees can’t even outbid the Cubs.
In what’s becoming a theme of the Winter Meetings, conflicting reports have surfaced about what exactly happened between the Yankees and Jeff Keppinger.
Jon Heyman tweeted at the top of the hour (around 4 p.m.) that the Yankees offered Keppinger more than what Chicago offered but he chose the White Sox anyway.
A few moments ago, Buster Olney tweeted that the Yankees never made an offer to Keppinger.
Is anyone else as amused by this stuff as I am? Anyway, for more of “As The Yankees Turn…” stay here for all of our updates.
Cross off another third baseman and this time it was someone the Yankees had on their roster last season. Eric Chavez has agreed to terms on a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Jon Heyman tweeted:
#diamondbacks agree to terms with eric chavez.
I don’t even know what to say at this point but it looks like the Yankees could have a void at third base on Opening Day.
Want to hear three people ramble about the Yankees and their Hot Stove aspirations? Go no farther! Click here to listen to Stacey, Brien Jackson of It’s About the Money, and I discuss the third base situation, the catching situation, the pitching situation, and our mutual frustration regarding the lack of...
Welp, you can cross Jeff Keppinger off the Yankees’ free agent possibility list. According to Jon Heyman, Keppinger was signed (or is very close to being signed) to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.
Hearing keppinger to white sox, 3 yrs
As the end of the Winter Meetings gets closer, the Yankees look to be one of the teams leaving Nashville with nothing to show for it.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that it’s a three-year deal worth $12M.