Considering all the time we’ve spent dreaming up scenarios for his replacement, I haven’t had much time to actually reflect on Alex Rodriguez‘s second hip injury and upcoming surgery. My first reaction, of course, was disappointment. A-Rod is one of my favorite players of all time and I always get a lot...
Rumors to this effect were brewing yesterday, but I held off on posting anything on it because it seemed to be coming mostly from agents. Dan Barbirisi just added some details however and, well, read for yourself:
In a situation that highlights how much has changed for the big-budget Yankees, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman came to the winter meetings in Nashville with his hands so fully tied that he lacked the authority to make offers to free agents.
The situation was first brought to light by agent Scott Boras, who quietly suggested Wednesday that Cashman lacked the power to make offers.
On Thursday, people within the Yankees organization confirmed that this was in fact true: Cashman arrived in Nashville unable to make offers to players, and without that power, targets like Jeff Keppinger and Eric Chavez took deals elsewhere.
Another Yankee official downplayed the seriousness of the situation, saying that most general managers would have to go back to ownership to vet potential deals.
The Rule 5 draft just wrapped up in Nashville, and of the 42 players selected none came out of the Yankees’ organization. That’s probably not as noteworthy as it sounds though, if only because the Yankees have been super aggressive in protecting eligible players in recent years. That’s why they have guys like Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa, and Corban Jospeh on the 40 man roster even though they don’t have a ton of usefulness to the big league team at the moment. This year they even protected Nik Turley and Jose Ramirez, even though it seems highly unlikely that they’re ready to stick on a major league roster, and filling up the 40 man roster just means that you have to DFA someone anytime you need to make a move. I don’t really get it, but there you go.
On the other side of the ledger, the Yankees didn’t have an open 40 man roster spot, so they weren’t eligible to select anyone themselves.…
Yesterday’s theme was potential Yankee targets signing with other teams, including a couple of potential interim third basemen in Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger. That’s left the board pretty thin as the Yankees look for someone to fill in for Alex Rodriguez, and apparently they don’t want a repeat of that, to say the least. According to Bryan Hoch, the Yankees have made Kevin Youkilis an offer of $12 million for one year, which jives with the “premium salary” he was supposedly looking for in exchange for a one year deal. That’s pretty strange, I guess, but the Yankees desperately need someone to plug the hole at third base, and if they’re going to insist on signing nothing but one year deals, they’re going to have to lay out more dollars for anyone but true scrap heap projects. I’m not terribly wild about Youkilis at this point in his career, but the alternatives are slim, and not overpaying anyone in 2013 likely means having too many holes to win the remarkably deep American League East.…
It’s the final day of the Winter Meetings, which means the annual Rule V draft will be getting underway shortly. Most of us are familiar with the rough outlines of the unique event, but if you’re not, here’s a quick primer. Players who have sufficient minor league experience to qualify and are not on a team’s 40 man roster can be selected by another team for a mere $50,000 price. The kicker is that you then have to keep that player in the big leagues for an entire season (either on the active roster or the big league disabled list), or you must offer the player back to his original team. There are interesting stories on both ends of the spectrum here, the Twins got Johan Santana in the Rule V draft while the Padres actually selected Ivan Nova and returned him to the Yankees back in 2008, but for the most part nothing particularly interesting comes of most guys who get selected.…
Tonight, Stacey and I were joined by Mike Silva. We hit up the usual topics: the latest goings on at the Winter Meetings, the state of the economics of baseball as some seemingly ridiculous contracts get thrown out this week and, of course, the fact that the Yankees seemingly might as well be flashing Confederate dollars in Nashville. We even briefly venture into a quick discussion of everyone’s favorite local sports media outlet. Enjoy!
The theme of the day seems to be that the Yankees can’t close the deal with any of their (few) targets. So far this week, the only two names we’ve seriously heard the Yankees connected to have been Jeff Keppinger and Nate Schierholtz, but now it appears that both of those men will be taking their talents to the Windy City. Keppinger, of course, signed with the White Sox earlier this afternoon, and Jerry Crasnick has just reported that Schierholtz has accepted a one year offer from the Cubs, of all teams. I can’t necessarily say that I’m terribly broken up by the Yankees losing out on either, but for an offseason that’s mostly been defined by who the Yankees are not interested in, this lack of reciprocated interest from a couple of players they were targeting certainly isn’t encouraging.
Nate Schierholtz! Come on down, you’re the first contestant on the $189 Million Pyramid!
Joel Sherman tweeted:
Nate Schierholtz has an offer in hand from
#Yankees, I believe it is 1st firm offer NYY has made to a position plyr this offseason
Schierholtz split time between San Francisco and Philadelphia last year – he was traded to the Phillies in July. He batted .257/.321/.407 with a wOBA of.314 and wRC+ of 98 in 114 games.
I guess he’s better than nothing at this point. And I can’t wait to find out what the actual offer is.
Update: A tweet from @jcrasnick: Nate Schierholtz has agreed on 1 year deal with Cubs, source says
Now, the Yankees can’t even outbid the Cubs.