The Bachelorette, SS Edition: Drew Gets the Rose?

First of all, thanks to the gang for letting me join! I’m a native New Yorker who moved to Wisconsin and then Colorado for work (I’m a professor at U. Colorado Law School). As a Yankee fan since my first Stadium game in 1978 (when as a 4 year-old I understood almost nothing but loved the loudly chaotic “Bronx Zoo” atmosphere that grandpa was showing me at an arguably inappropriate age), I’m looking forward to chatting more with Yankee fans here.

In a feat of remarkably poor timing, I’d drafted a detailed comparison of the top SS options, Hanley Ramirez and the now-unavailable J.J. Hardy. Now the solid speculation is Stephen Drew may be the last man standing in what started out as a strong free-agent SS field, but is looking like a super-anticlimactic season of the Bachelorette, one in which the best bachelor departs mid-season for another woman, and the rest all prove underwhelming, leaving the looking-for-love starlet holding her nose in presenting the rose to the old guy who stank up their dates like Drew’s .150/.219/.271 batting line in NY.…

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Forget About A-Rod Playing Shortstop

After a season in which he was almost never mentioned, Alex Rodriguez is starting to creep back into the Yankee headlines.  He’s been working out in preparation for his return from this year’s suspension, the team has been speaking openly and positively about him rejoining the lineup in 2015, and all signs point towards A-Rod being the starter at some position on Opening Day.

What position, exactly, is up for debate and appears as though it could be something that’s not set in stone.  One suggestion that’s been talked about on our daily email chains and multiple times in the comment section of this blog is the idea of moving A-Rod back to shortstop.  That is an idea that any and all believers should stop believing right now.  Forget about it.  Because it’s not going to happen.

At 39 years old and turning 40 next July, and with 2 bad hips, A-Rod’s days of playing every day are long gone.  Cash used that point as the main reason why the team reportedly asked A-Rod to learn first base this offseason.

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Season Review Recap: The Best And Worst Of The 2014 New York Yankees

This past week was 2014 season review week at IIATMS.  We reviewed the 162-game results roster group by roster group to highlight the best and worst things that each group did.  Not only were the worsts more plentiful, they were also the more impactful happenings of the season for the Yankees.  That’s how you spend half a billion dollars in the offseason and finish with a worse record than you did the year before.  If you missed any of those review posts this week, here’s your chance to catch up.

- The Infield

- The Outfield

- The Rotation

- The Bullpen

- The Bench

Tomorrow we start shifting the focus forward, to the upcoming offseason.  Dom’s going to continue to evaluate the team’s biggest positions of need, I’m going to break down the qualifying offer candidates in greater detail, and Stacey will be making her long-awaited return to the rotation.  We’re also introducing a new writer tomorrow, so make sure to be around for that.…

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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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