Report: Robertson Signs With The White Sox

Say bye bye to David Robertson. Looks like he’s heading to the Chicago White Sox. The early reports are saying he signed for four years/$46M.

Robertson, who took over as closer after Mariano Rivera‘s retirement, had a very respectable 2014, picking up 39 saves in 44 tries, which ranked him third in the AL in that category. He had a 3.08 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 96 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. In his career with the Yankees, Robertson posted a 2.81 ERA with 524 strikeouts in 393.1 innings.

After Andrew Miller was signed over the weekend, Yankee fans wondered if maybe the team would re-sign Robertson and have Miller help set up, along with Dellin Betances. Guess that’s not happening now!

We’ll definitely have more reaction to this move after everyone else wakes up.…

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Winter Meetings Day 1 Recap: 12/8/14

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It wasn’t a huge day by any means, but the first day of the 2014 Winter Meetings was anything but slow or unproductive.  If you haven’t caught up yet, here’s all you need to know from Day 1:

– The biggest news of the day was the Indians and A’s completing the Brandon Moss trade.  Moss goes to Cleveland for 2B prospect Joe Wendle.  The tear down has set in for Oakland.  I’d really like it if the Yankees would call Billy Beane up about his starting pitchers.

– The biggest FA signing of the day was Jason Hammel going back to the NL and back to the Cubs on a 2-year/$18 million deal.  He was a fringe candidate to be pursued by the Yankees, probably something around a Plan C or D.

Jon Lester did not sign, but like Andrew Miller last week he did get the deadline put on him.  Multiple reports have Lester making a decision by the end of the day tomorrow, and the Giants, Cubs, and Red Sox are the leaders in the race to land him.…

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Report: Yanks Willing To Go 4 Years For Headley And D-Rob

Not much activity so far on the Yankee front on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings.  I don’t think Cash has even arrived in San Diego yet.  The big story of the day so far is this report from Andrew Marchand about the Yankees being willing to go to a 4-year deal for Chase Headley and/or David Robertson.  This goes against previous reports that hinted at New York not being willing to go more than 3 for Headley, and confirms that the team is still very much interested in and involved in talks with D-Rob even after inking Andrew Miller to a 4-year deal on Friday.

Of course, the Yankees’ reported interest comes with the always tricky “at the right price” contingency.  Headley has supposedly received a 4-year/$65 million offer from an unnamed team, a price tag that I can’t see the Yankees being interested in paying.  With that deal not signed, however, and more coming out today about how much Headley liked playing in New York, I wonder how real that offer is.  …

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Didi Gregorius Trade Thoughts And Afterthoughts

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For a guy who the Yankees had been trying to acquire for over a year, Didi Gregorius sure seemed to come as a surprise when he was announced as the center piece of the 3-team trade involving the Tigers and Diamondbacks last Friday.  Leading up to then, the bulk of the trade talk centered around Troy Tulowitzki and Alexei Ramirez.  The primary FA focus was on the trio of Jed Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Stephen Drew.  There was no thought given to Gregorius, which is probably exactly what the Yankees wanted.

The reaction to the trade around the Yankosphere over the past 2.5 days has been mostly positive, with a noticeable contingent of fans expressing concern over Gregorius’ underwhelming performance with the bat to date.  He’s no stud 2-way shortstop, that much is certain.  But that’s a much rarer commodity in baseball these days than it was during Derek Jeter‘s golden years.  …

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Winter Meetings Start This Week; Yanks Have Plenty To Do

The biggest event of the MLB offseason gets started today in San Diego- the Winter Meetings.  The rumor mill will be running at warp speed for the next 4 days, with teams and players jockeying for prime position to work out the biggest and best deals possible and more than a few big names in play.  The Yankees kick started their offseason plan into gear on Friday after a slow and deliberate start, and they are expected to be among the most active teams during the meetings.  Adding Didi Gregorius and Andrew Miller filled a few big holes, but there are some that still need to be filled and the next 4 days will offer Cash and Co. a variety of possibilities to address them.

Starting pitching is an absolute must.  Giving up Shane Greene in the Gregorius deal has left the Yanks with a current projected starting rotation of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, David Phelps, and Adam Warren.  …

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Report: Marcus Thames Hired As New Assistant Hitting Coach

At long last, some action on the hitting coach front!  An article in the NY Daily News early Friday hinted that this move was coming, and this tweet from Matt Kardos made it sound like it’s a done deal.  Marcus Thames, former Yankee and current hitting coach at Double-A Trenton, is going to be the new assistant hitting coach for the Major League club next year.

Thames was one of the first candidates named back in October after Kevin Long was fired.  It was never confirmed if he interviewed for the position, but I have to imagine there was some kind of meeting and discussion, formal or informal, if the Yankees made this decision.  The dual-hitting coach trend is pretty new to the game and for once, it’s good to see the Yankees following the trend in its early stages instead of scrambling to catch up later.  …

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Quick Hit: About That Platoon Idea At Shortstop

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“You say Ryan hit what against lefties last year?” Courtesy of the AP

Aside from the behind-the-scenes details of how the 3-team trade for Didi Gregorius came together, and the activation of “acquisition mode”, the most notable statement from Cash’s conference call yesterday afternoon might have been this one about the plan for Gregorius:

“He’s a hitter who struggles against left-handed pitching, but we believe that he hits right-handed pitching and so, at the very least, we expect him to be utilized in probably a split platoon with Brendan Ryan until he separates himself.”

“Until he separates himself”, eh?  So that should be by what?  March 21st?  26th?  April 5th at the latest?  This is Cash doing his best to temper expectations for the 24-year-old who was just traded for to replace Derek Jeter, the most famous pro athlete in New York since Broadway Joe, but let’s be real.  There isn’t going to be a split platoon with Gregorius and Brendan Ryan.  …

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Acquisition Mode Engaged

Truth be told, I was 50-50 at best on whether the Yankees would actually sign Andrew Miller yesterday.  The fearless prediction was not one based on overwhelming confidence or an inside source.  Just good old-fashioned gut instinct.  When the Didi Gregorius trade came out, I thought there was even less of a chance of the Miller signing happening, and I somewhat gave up on the idea.

Silly me, I got smokescreened again.  While the Yankosphere and the rest of baseball was still processing the Gregorius deal, the Yankees swooped in and snapped up Miller, and they did it with an offer that wasn’t even the biggest one he got.  Cash got on a conference call yesterday afternoon to talk about the moves.  It’s always cool, even after the fact, to get a look inside the mind of a GM when he talks about how a trade or deal came together, but hands down the best part of the call yesterday was Cash’s declaration that he was in “acquisition mode” and had more work to do to improve this team.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 12/5/14

Apologies in advance if I missed any good stuff from the blogosphere this week.  Between the Gregorius trade and a threat level red emergency at work today, I haven’t had the time I usually do to read and compile the best stuff from the week.  Here’s the best of what I was able to get to.

– On Monday, Mike Axisa of RAB reviewed The Captain’s final season.  Those last few weeks were pretty awesome, even if everything leading up to them wasn’t.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… had some friendly tips for Hal to help him save a few more bucks this offseason.  Gotta make sure that bottom line stays healthy after all.

– On Wednesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud broke down the Esmil Rogers re-signing from all angles.  It has to be the most thoughtful post ever written about Esmil Rogers.

– On Thursday, Matt Provenzano of Pinstripe Alley dug into Mike Mussina’s numbers pitching in the AL East to see what kind of impact they had on his career performance.  …

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