11 Facts About #11 – Yankees Style

Courtesy of insanityjerseys.com

Courtesy of insanityjerseys.com

(I do realize that this post would have been more appropriate if today was 11/11/11 but I wasn’t writing for this site at the time. Oh well.)

Here are 11 facts about #11:

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Cervelli > McCann?

Many are calling for the Yankees to trade a catcher, with Chad Jennings going as far as saying, “if there’s a team out there that values Cervelli as a potential starter, … that seems like the obvious way to go.” Last off-season, I strongly agreed: they’d just booked Brian McCann for five years; Francisco Cervelli was an able backup; J.R. Murphy and Austin Romine looked like MLB-ready depth; and a top prospect (Gary Sanchez) was hitting AA. Other than at SP, stockpiling redundant depth is a waste, especially at a position of scarcity like C: a player less valuable to his own team than to others is an undervalued asset who should move somewhere more needed; a more catcher-needy team could offer good value, like a 2B last offseason or a SS this one.

What a difference a year makes – and not in a good way. I still think trying to trade Murphy or Romine makes sense, but after OPS’ing in the 600s at AAA, they won’t fetch much.…

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Quick hit: Betances comes in third in the rookie of the year voting

Jose Abreu of the White Sox was the unanimous winner of the American League Rookie of the Year award. Matt Shoemaker of the Angels came in second and Dellin Betances came in third. Teammate Masahiro Tanaka came in fifth.

Here’s how the voting looked.

And here’s a cool trivia nugget:

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Monday Night Open Thread: 11/10/14

This is your open thread.

Feel free to discuss baseball, football, basketball, hockey, movies, TV, etc. Or you can discuss the Serial podcast which is really amazing and a must listen. Well, don’t discuss too much because you’ll spoil things for everyone else.

You could discuss the amazingly twisted “Too Many Cooks” which I have watched at least 10 times since Friday morning.

Oh, wait! I know what we can discuss tonight! Brian Cashman has a goatee.


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Quick hit: Robertson turns down Yanks’ qualifying offer

This isn’t shocking (because no one ever accepts a qualifying offer):

I know this doesn’t mean that the Yankees will be losing D-Rob because he could eventually negotiate and sign a new deal but also this means he’s opted to explore free agency. On the plus side, the Yankees aren’t losing a draft pick, right?

Update: Per Joel Sherman – Yankees will get a sandwich draft pick between 1st and 2d round of the draft if Robertson leaves.

Well, there you go.

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Monday Afternoon News and Notes: 11/10/14

Good afternoon, everyone!

Here are some links for you to look at maybe during a coffee break, during your commute home or if you are sneaky type like I usually am, you’re looking at this while you should be working. Tsk tsk. Some of the stories are Yankee related, some are not but they’re all about baseball and the occasional movie. You’ll see.


  • In not-so-shocking news, Wally Matthews is reporting that Chase Headley is a priority for the Yankees. Well, duh. No ones knows how A-Rod will play after a nearly 18-month absence from the baseball field. And that whole turning 40 during the season thing could also an issue. I turned 40 in August. It wasn’t not pretty at all and I don’t even play baseball. Anyway, the article quotes someone who isn’t involved in the discussions between the Yankees and Headley so take it with a grain of salt or whatever that saying is. I, for one, would love to see Headley back with the Yankees but what do I know?
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A list of things that are happening around baseball today

So as I noted in the Elvis Andrus quick hit, it is the start to a new week and things are happening around baseball.

Here is the list some of those things:

  • The GM Meetings are starting! Actually, I’m pretty sure the GM meetings aren’t very exciting so I have no idea why I ended that sentence with an exclamation point. People tend to get more amped up about the Winter Meetings but those aren’t until December. Anyway, the GM meetings are getting underway and even though nothing of note usually happenings at these meetings, you never know. If you recall the “blockbuster” trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins in 2012 was born during the GM meetings and we all know how well that’s worked out for the Blue Jays, who have missed the playoffs since 1993, and the Marlins, who are the Marlins… but I digress. So again, you never know. It could just be a boring few days of nothingness and meaningless speculation or something could happen.
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Quick hit: Yanks interested in Elvis Andrus?

Courtesy of strainedhammy.com

Courtesy of strainedhammy.com

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Things were relatively quiet for the Yankees and their fans with the only really big news being Chris Young signing a one-year deal to come back to the team.

Now that it’s Monday and people have awoken from their weekend slumber, more reports are emerging about other Yankee related items.

For instance, Joe Sherman is reporting that the Yanks may have an interest in Elvis Andrus as a Derek Jeter replacement. I’m not sure how I feel about this, mainly because I literally woke up at 11:30 and started writing this post at 11:44 and haven’t had time to digest this news. Sherman says they are “intrigued” by Andrus and that they like the idea of a 26-year-old to replace Jeter. But on the flip side they also have to consider the fact that Andrus signed an 8-year/$122M extension that doesn’t begin until 2015 and runs through 2022 and they already have a problem with too many long term contracts affecting the team in negative ways.…

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Quick hit: Yanks sign Chris Young


Courtesy of the Daily News

So the mutual interest that was being reported between the Yankees and Chris Young has turned into a one-year deal for the former Met outfielder.

WFAN’s Sweeny Murti first tweeted the news and said that Young’s last month with the Yankees made an impression on the team – Young batted .282/.354/.521 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 79 plate appearances.

He was released by the Mets in August and the Yankees signed him to a minor league deal. Young will be the Yankees’ fourth outfielder, you know, because of those other guys, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.

Not a bad deal at all.

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