Cashman to speak to Hunter’s agent

The annual general managers’ meeting will take place from tomorrow through Friday, and Ken Davidoff and George King of the Post note that Brian Cashman is expected to meet with Larry Reynolds, the agent of free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, at some point during the festivities. In fact, Cashman will meet with every agent who attends the meetings, including Scott Boras, but the meeting with Reynolds could be especially important, as the Yankees are looking for a bargain to play right field for them and Hunter has expressed interest in playing for the Bombers.

The 37 year old Hunter hit .313./.365/.451 with 16 home runs and a wRC+ of 130 in 2012, and has produced a wRC+ above 105 in every season since 2004. Given his general productivity and solid defense, he’d be a fine option to fill a short-term role in the Yankees’ outfield if they could get him on a reasonable deal (preferably no longer than one season), but I’m not sure I wouldn’t prefer Ichiro Suzuki to him based on the speed factor.…

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Yankees may have already made their best off-season move

When the Yankees “reassigned” Nardi Contreras as the head honcho of minor league pitching, the first reaction would be to write a negative piece about the Yankees’ recent history of developing young pitchers. But as Brien mentioned in his post today, such thoughts are merely speculation and it is hard to pin down how much of any success or failure is due to bad luck such as injuries, etc. But instead of writing such a piece, it seems more fitting on an Election Day to look ahead and not backwards. The Yankees might have already made their best off-season move by hiring Gil Patterson as their Director of Pitching. Forget the past and welcome to the now and the future. Patterson is a wonderful choice.

Again, we can talk about good fortune and the like, but look what the Oakland Athletics did in 2012 and as far as they went thanks to their young pitching. That young pitching has been developed in their own system and who was the head of that system’s pitching?…

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Thoughts from exile

So I picked a pretty bad week to be stuck offline, huh? The beginning of the offseason can typically be a lot of hype and very little action, but a) some actually important things do happen in the first week when everyone has to make decisions on options and such, and b) hype is still fun when there’s no actual baseball to watch. So to catch up, here are some brief thoughts on some of the Yankees related stories I missed in real time:

Mo’s coming back: Mariano Rivera gave everyone a bit of a scare when it was reported that he was having second thoughts about playing in 2013, but that was short lived, and the GOAT did indeed confirm his intention to play next season. Obviously that’s good news for the Yankees’ bullpen, but for the most part I don’t think there was ever really much reason to doubt that Mo would at least attempt to play another season.…

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The Best Laid Plans

As the blackout last week rolled on, the conversations between my father and me inevitably rolled to baseball. One thing he kept bringing up was how this upcoming Hot Stove season would be the most challenging for Yankee GM Brian Cashman. While I think there may have been more pressure to reload after missing the...

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Back in the saddle again

Morning everyone, and it’s good to be back after a week without internet service after superstorm Sandy came through here. That was annoying, but otherwise everything is fine her. We were out of power for less than 24 hours and most of the area came away without any major damage, but there were several trees uprooted in our neighborhood, one of which pretty much demolished a house. That was pretty scary. If you’re on the East Coast I certainly hope you’re doing as well post-Sandy and bracing for this next batch of bad weather that’s coming for us, but hopefully we’ll be getting back to business as usual around here in the interim. A huge thanks to William and Stacey for doing a great job of keeping things moving here while I was out of commission.

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Yankees Claim Eli Whiteside

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees announced that they claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off of waivers from the Giants.

Whiteside appeared in 12 games with the Giants this past season and played another 60 contests with San Francisco’s Triple-A affiliate. In parts of five seasons at the MLB level, the 33-year-old has a .215/.273/.335 batting line. Whiteside, a right-handed hitter, became San Francisco’s primary catcher in 2011 after Buster Posey went on the disabled list. He’s arbitration eligible with a projected 2013 salary of $600K.

Not sure what this means or if Whiteside will ever put on a Yankee uniform but hey, it’s baseball news on a cold Monday in November!

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The players we know will be on the 2013 Yankee offense

The 2012 Yankees ended the season on a disappointing note when the Tigers swept them in the ALCS. That loss has shifted people’s attention from the fact that the Yankees have ended the regular season with the best record in the American League for two year’s in a row. The core of this team is good,...

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So who plays right field in 2013?

The foregone conclusion is that Nick Swisher has completed his run as the New York Yankees’ right fielder. Swisher is looking for a multi-year deal and with 2014 looming for the Yankees, his demands will not fit with what the team hopes to do budget-wise. So who, then, will be the right fielder? In this post, we’ll look at internal options, trade possibilities and free agents available.

Internal options

This one is easy. There aren’t any. Chris Dickerson cannot really be considered as anything more than a fourth outfielder. Plus, two-thirds of the outfield with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner are already left-handed batters. Cole Garner got the bulk of the right-field duties at the Triple-A level and he is not going to cut it. Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte are both interesting, but Mesa only got a taste of Triple-A last year and Almonte has not played above Double-A. Both have some speed and some pop. Mesa is a right-handed batter and Almonte is a switch-hitter.…

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Martin and the Yankees are discussing 2013

Anthony McCarron of the Daily News reports that Russell Martin and the Yankees are in discussions to keep him in Pinstripes.

Martin’s rep, Matt Colleran, says the talks have been positive so far.

“The organization, he loves it, working with the staff, manager, coaches and players. It was all very positive. We’ll see what happens as we move along here.”

Martin, who turns 30 in February, had an odd 2012. He started off abysmally, picked things up in the second half – especially in September – and then he caught what was ailing the rest of the Yankee offense in the playoffs and only batted .161.

He finished 2012 with a .211 batting average and a .311 OBP but he hit a career-high 21 home runs. Martin’s career line is .260/.352/.399/.751 with 93 home runs and 418 RBI.

Making Martin’s 2012 especially odd was that he was healthy all year. There were no nagging injuries to explain his drop in batting average – his average was below .200 as late as early September.…

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