The Yankee rotation being in flux going into the season is a story we have heard before, and it resolved itself quite nicely in 2011 with the emergence of Ivan Nova and surprising seasons from Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. Going into 2012, the back of the rotation will be in a similar situation. CC [...]
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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Now that Cano and Swish have had their options exercised, CC has been extended, Cash has been re-upped, and the rest of the impending Yankee free agents have been free agented, we can focus squarely on the main offseason goal of strengthening the 2012 rotation. [...]
I had recently become a bit smitten with the idea of acquiring Roy Oswalt this offseason, but if this report from Wally Matthews is accurate, the Yankees are not so interested in him. The reason? His back is in really bad shape:
Oswalt, whose option was declined by the Phillies after a 9-10 (3.69 ERA) season, has had back problems dating to his days with the Houston Astros. He reportedly has two degenerative discs in his lower back and while he has never undergone back surgery, he has had numerous cortisone shots. As recently as June, when the recurrent pain sent him to the disabled list for six weeks, Oswalt talked about possibly having to retire because of the injury.
Those concerns prompted a baseball insider with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking on the free-agent pitcher market to tell ESPNNewYork.com that the club was “very worried about his injury history. The guy’s falling apart from that back of his. That’s why Houston dumped him.”
Oswalt had a very good season in 2010, so Matthews’ source might be overstating things a bit, but if the Yankees aren’t comfortable with the condition of Oswalt’s back, I don’t expect them to pursue him that hard. On the other hand, if everyone else has the same concerns, Oswalt’s value takes a real hit, and the Yankees are better positioned than anyone to take a flyer on a guy like this at the right price, and until free agency opens no one but the Phillies will get a chance to actually look at Oswalt’s medicals. So I doubt that the Yankees have completely ruled out Oswalt yet, and this is probably mostly an attempt to influence the market.
Ain’t the Hot Stove season great?
As you’ve heard by now, the Yankees declined their 2012 option on 2007 first round pick Andrew Brackman. We all know the story: Brackman was a huge, if flawed, talent coming out of North Carolina State and the Yankees took a gamble on him even though they knew he’d need Tommy John Surgery before even [...]
(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Brian Cashman has decided to pull up his chair to the Yankees’ table for three more years by agreeing to a new contract extension, which, if fulfilled, will make him the organization’s longest tenured general manager since Ed Barrow constructed the first dynasty teams from 1921 to 1944. After [...]
Be sure to join Matthew Kory and me this Thursday (11/3 at 3:30 PM EST) for the first TYA Live Chat of the offseason. Matt is an excellent baseball writer and and an even better guy; he also happens to write for Over The Monster, the premier destination of all things Red Sox. We’ll be [...]
It hasn’t even been a week since the postseason officially came to a end, and already excitement over the Hot Stove is in full force. This offseason will be no different from prior years as elite free agents will surely continue to grab the headlines. Ludicrous trade proposals, driven by the inherent optimism and unexpectedness of [...]
The following is a guest post from friend of the blog Hannah Ehrlich (For best results, listen to Boston’s “Peace of Mind” while reading this article.) There are a lot of really great things about the Yankees re-signing CC Sabathia. The most important of which is, of course, that the big lefty would be contributing [...]