Report: A-Rod Could See Time At First Base Next Season

I know I’ve been beating the point about the Yankees needing a backup plan for Teix at first base into the ground, but this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Via Andrew Marchand, the Yanks may look to Alex Rodriguez as one of those backup plans.  Brian Cashman confirmed to Marchand that Joe has already talked to A-Rod about learning to play the position in preparation for his return from this year’s suspension.  According to Cash, this move is primarily driven by the team’s belief that A-Rod won’t be able to stay healthy playing third base.

“I don’t think it’s safe to assume that he can play third base.  With his age and missing a full year, you have to have some perspective. This is a very difficult game. Alex is up for that challenge, but I think it’s safer to assume that might not be something that he can handle the whole year.”

With A-Rod, Teix, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann, the Yankees have 4 guys who are going to need semi-regular time at DH next year.  …

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The 2-Year Hangover: Comparing The 2013 And 2014 Offenses (Part III)

Cano HR vs KC

Hard to replace this guy. Courtesy of Getty Images

This one’s pretty simple.  Just a straight up position-by-position comparison of 2013 and 2014 batting lines.  I call it “The Cano Effect.”

Catcher:

2013- .213/.289/.298, 57 R, 8 HR, 43 RBI
2014- .250/.305/.415, 65 R, 22 HR, 81 RBI

First Base:

2013- .229/.292/.397, 58 R, 22 HR, 83 RBI
2014- .215/.305/.382, 66 R, 25 HR, 78 RBI

Second Base:

2013- .318/.385/.521, 79 R, 27 HR, 114 RBI
2014- .246/.303/.390, 69 R, 13 HR, 53 RBI

Shortstop:

2013- .228/.286/.312, 63 R, 5 HR, 46 RBI
2014- .233/.287/.292, 48 R, 5 HR, 55 RBI

Third Base:

2013- .231/.293/.340, 70 R, 12 HR, 52 RBI
2014- .260/.335/.392, 69 R, 15 HR, 61 RBI

Left Field:

2013- .236/.293/.399, 79 R, 27 HR, 85 RBI
2014- .249/.313/.393, 90 R, 16 HR, 62 RBI

Center Field:

2013- .280/.349/.442, 98 R, 13 HR, 65 RBI
2014- .278/.335/.452, 86 R, 23 HR, 84 RBI

Right Field:

2013- .251/.296/.358, 67 R, 13 HR, 52 RBI
2014- .253/.294/.347, 62 R, 8 HR, 43 RBI

Designated Hitter:

2013- .189/.276/.307, 64 R, 16 HR, 61 RBI
2014- .230/.290/.372, 65 R, 18 HR, 63 RBI

Takeaways:

– Good gracious!  …

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Sandoval and Headley Solid 3B Options

Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe reported a few days ago that the Yankees, along with the Red Sox and Dodgers, might be willing to offer Pablo Sandoval a five-year, $100 million contract.

Brian Cashman had a more honest quote about Alex Rodriguez during his media tour yesterday after receiving a new three-year contract.

“I don’t think you can assume he can play third base,” Cashman said. “With his age and missing a full year and how it affected Derek [Jeter] and Mark Teixeira. … In the chair I sit in, it’s safer to assume this is something he might not be able to do the whole year.”

This leaves Sandoval and Chase Headley as the best free agent options. Sandoval has been one of the free agents that I have been an advocate of.  Headley’s WAR was 4.4 last year compared to 3.0 for Sandoval. However, much of that is tied to Headley’s defense. FanGraphs had him at 21.6 runs above average on defense and a 20.9 UZR.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/10/14

My car has one of those electronic gas tanks that tells you how many more miles you’re capable of traveling with what’s left in there. Pretty fancy stuff, I know.  Since completing the move, I’ve been logging more miles to and from work and I’m going through a tank of gas much faster than I used to.  I’ve also started a new thing where when I get down to a quarter tank or less, I pretend I’m a NASCAR driver and try to conserve fuel, saving as much as I can to get the most out of what’s left.  I coast up to stop signs and red lights, I try to be easy on the brake, and I don’t accelerate any more aggressively than I have to.  I’m also staring at the mileage display the whole time I’m doing this, so if you’re ever out in the Milwaukee area, there’s a good chance I’ll crash my car into you.  Now onto the links!…

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ALSO BREAKING: Yanks Let Hitting Coach Kevin Long Go (UPDATED)

If you didn’t see this one coming, you’re Stevie Wonder.  The Yanks didn’t hit, again, and they aren’t going to be able to trade away all their crummy hitters and their big contracts.  Somebody had to take the fall for this and Long was the easiest target.  Hard to say he didn’t at least partially deserve it.

** UPDATE 2:02 PM- Also via Feinsand, Mick Kelleher is getting the boot too.  Start the countdown to the Rob Thomson announcement. **

** UPDATE 2:12 PM- Couldn’t resist.  Hey, Kevin… **

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BREAKING: Yanks And Cashman Agree To A 3-Year Extension

This tweet came through a few minutes ago and the story is being picked up by a couple other beat writers, so it’s legit.  We heard the Yankees and Cash were working on a new deal recently and it appears that work is now done.  Cash has been extended for 3 more years as the GM and Sr. VP.

More on this as the details come out.  For now I’ll let everybody make their own judgments on the decision.  Cash has been around for so long that you either love him as a GM or hate him.  There’s no middle ground.

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Behold, the Nerd-cast is upon us!

RobNeyerFellow baseball NERDS, PJ-wearing basement dwellers, know-it-all-number-crunchers-who-never-played-the-game… REJOICE, a baseball broadcast specifically designed with YOU in mind is now here.

The main broadcast of Saturday’s opener between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will be on Fox. Cable channel Fox Sports 1 will also show it, with extended replays and statistical analysis of batter-pitcher matchups, umpiring tendencies and defensive shifts.

Kevin Burkhardt will call the game from the studio alongside Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski, Rob Neyer and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. The broadcast will sometimes use a ”double box” to show the commentators and live action at the same time.

Long time readers might remember that it was the esteemed Rob Neyer who had the audacity (read: stupidity) to ask me to be his Yankees blog back when the ESPN SweetSpot Network was being formed in 2009. I will never forget to thank him for that kickstart, for without him, this site might not be up and running today, manned by these excellent writers around me.…

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The Best And Worst Of The 2014 New York Yankees (The Bench)

Ichiro vs BOS

The best (and only) full-time bench contributor. Courtesy of Getty Images

At last we come to the bench, the final piece of the 2014 roster puzzle.  The island of misfit toys that was assembled to support the shaky starting lineup.  The Yankees were somewhat flawed in the construction of their starting lineup this season, but they were really flawed in how they put together their bench.  They didn’t have young legs that could run and play good defense, they didn’t have much power for pinch-hitting situations, and they didn’t have adequate backup depth at their weakest spots.  It was not a good group, and the lack of production from the bench exacerbated the problem caused by the under-performing starters.

Best- The Catching Depth Shines Through

As underwhelming as Brian McCann‘s first year in pinstripes was, the Yankees got good production overall from the catcher position thanks to their backups.  Francisco Cervelli was quietly stellar in 49 games, his season once again shortened by injury problems.  …

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Marchand Could Be On To Something With His Shortstop Theory

The Orioles and J.J. Hardy caused a bit of a stir before the start of the ALCS yesterday when they announced an agreement to a 3-year/$40 million contract extension with an option for a 4th year.  This was bad news for the Yankees, who were surely interested in Hardy as the best defensive shortstop of the potential FA pool and a guy with AL East experience.  It could also hurt them in the free agent long run.  Hardy’s new deal basically sets the market for what the rest of the top guys are going to want. with the exception of Hanley Ramirez.  He’ll get more.  But the higher the numbers get for the Lowries and Cabreras of the world in years and millions, the less likely the Yankees are going to be to pull the trigger.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY thinks he has it all figured out as to where the Yanks go now, and I’m inclined to agree with him.…

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