Can Scott Sizemore Actually Help The Yankees?

Scott Sizemore 2011

When the Scott Sizemore signing was announced yesterday, I was a little quick to condemn it as an organizational depth move and nothing more.  We are talking about a guy who’s played in just 2 games and had only 6 plate appearances since the end of the 2011 season, and while ACL injuries aren’t quite as devastating to baseball players as they are to basketball or football players, 2 of them in a row to the same knee isn’t exactly a recipe for MLB success.

The more I let the idea of Sizemore marinate in my subconscious while watching the football games yesterday, the more I started to feel like I rushed to judgment on the guy.  Now that I’ve checked his numbers, I’m starting to feel like he may have something to offer the Yankees after all.

For starters, he is on the right side of 30.  Not by much at age 29, but he just turned 29 a little over a week ago and players under 30 are like unicorns on the Yankee roster these days.  …

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A-Rod’s attorney makes a statement following 60 Minutes

Full disclosure: I didn’t watch 60 Minutes tonight. I watched the Golden Globes instead. Apparently, a lot of people did end up watching 60 Minutes and a lot of people have some things to say about it. One person is Joseph Tacopina, Alex Rodriguez’s lead attorney.

Here is Tacopina’s statement in full:

“Tonight’s further expansion of...

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Scattered Thoughts on Alex Rodriguez

It is difficult to elucidate upon my reaction to the suspension of Alex Rodriguez. It was not unexpected, and it never seemed as if anyone was terribly confident that Rodriguez would end up donning the pinstripes this season. And yet I still cannot comprehend the situation as a whole, as I still have so many questions about the suspension. What was the evidence laid before Fredric Horowitz? What was said behind closed doors? What was the relationship between Anthony Bosch and Major League Baseball? What does this mean for future breaches of the JDA? At this point, we do not know the answers to any of those questions – and I am loath to expect that 60 Minutes will provide much clarity.

None of this, however, stopped Tamar Chalker and myself from discussing the matter via e-mail. So with a tip of the hat to Bill Simmons, here is a peek behind the curtain, and into the e-mail chain that serves as the staging ground for much of what you see on these pages.…

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Happy 27th Birthday, Ivan Nova!

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Happy Birthday, Ivan Nova!

On this day in 1987, Nova was born in Palenque, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Back then, the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles, three days earlier, Assassination starring Charles Bronson and wife Jill Ireland was released and the top three TV shows all aired on NBC – The Cosby Show, Family Ties and Cheers. I was in seventh grade at the time and January 12 was a Monday so I was more than likely miserable walking the halls of Felix Festa Junior High. Ah, memories.

Here’s to a strong 2014 for Nova. The Yankees really need it.

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Quick hit: Yankees close to an agreement with Scott Sizemore

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Yankees are closing in on a Minor League deal with Scott Sizemore.

Sizemore is primarily a second baseman but if he makes the team for 2014, he could shift to third depending on how the Yankees align their infield a.k.a. where Kelly Johnson lands. Sizemore has experience at third base but has had injury issues of late, including two separate tears in his left ACL in back-to-back seasons.

Sizemore, who is 29, was last with the Oakland Athletics and he’s a .239/.329/.382 career hitter with 14 home runs.

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Report: Yanks are still favorite in Tanaka sweepstakes

According to a report out of Japan, your New York Yankees are king of the hill and the top of the heap in the now three team race to land Marashiro Tanaka.

The report on Sports Yochi says that Yankees, Angels and Dodgers are the three teams Tanaka is considering but that the Yankees are the frontrunners. My favorite part of the article is when they do a rundown of each team and why they need Tanaka. This is what was said about the Yankees:

 ◆ Yankees retired the Pettit, starter lack of a serious situation Sabathia, starting pitcher standing of the calculation is only Kuroda. Strengthening the batting only successful in the acquisition of successive slugger McCann, Eruzubari, and Bertrand, this off only Tanaka acquired the remaining mission to recapture hegemony.

I am assuming that Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran are Erusubari and Bertrand but everything else they said was spot on. Sabathia was bad last year, Kuroda was strong and stood out from the rest of the rotation and the Yankees did acquire a few good sluggers in McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran.…

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Minor move that might be major

The Yankees signed Robert Coello to a minor league contract. Coello might be one of those nice surprises the Yankees have come up with in the bullpen the last couple of years like Kelley and brief brilliance by Eppley, Repada and Wade in 2011 and 2012. What made me sit up and take...

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Updated Alex Rodriguez information

Since the news of Alex Rodriguez’s unprecedented 162-game suspension was released this morning, a lot of information has come out.

Here’s a rundown of what we know so far:

  • It’s a 162-game suspension (full season and playoffs). So if the Yankees make the playoffs, Alex wouldn’t be eligible.
  • According to Steven Marcus of Newsday: Under joint drug agreement, A-Rod’s eligible to attend spring training and even play in games.
  • But on the other hand, “Like any other player, a suspended player who is under reserve to a club (albeit on the restricted list while he is serving out a JDA suspension), cannot play for an independent team, Japanese team, Taiwanese team or any other team.” This is according to Major League Baseball Players Association spokesman Gregory Bouris in an email to Sports on Earth’s Howard Megdal back in August. So if anyone was hoping to see A-Rod play overseas or at your local Independent club’s ballpark, it won’t be possible unless…
  • A-Rod’s contract is voided.
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The decision: 162 games

The decision has been made: Alex Rodriguez’s suspension has been reduced from 211 to 162 games which means he will miss the 2014 season and $25.7M in salary.

This is good news for the Yankees (and bad news for other teams) as they will now have that extra money to play around with.

Here’s A-Rod’s statement...

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