“Little shot” Yanks get Hunter

Torii Hunter has been one of the most bandied about names on the free agent market early on in the offseason, and with a hole in right field it’s only natural that the Yankees have been one of the team’s linked to the 37 year old. However, a source told Mark Feinsand that there’s “little chance” Hunter will end up in pinstripes, which comes not long after we heard that the Yankees would be unwilling to offer him a two year contract for fear of complicating their 2014 payroll plans. I don’t think that’s the worst stance to take with a player like Hunter, but with as much competition for his services as there seems to be right now it probably does take you out of the running unless you’re offering up a lot of money for one year or something. The Tigers and Red Sox seem to be the teams most interested in him right now, so there’s big dollars after him to boot.…

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Are the Yankees interested in Mike Napoli?

According to a tweet by Bob Nightengale, it would appear that they are.

I have no idea why the Yankees would even want Napoli after their acquisition of Eli Whiteside from the San Francisco Giants.

All jokes aside, we have no idea what’s going to happen with Russell Martin. And as Brien wrote earlier, Russell is garnering interest from a few teams so maybe getting Napoli could be a good thing for the Yankees? Plus, he’s batting .375/.531/.625/1.156 at the new Stadium – in (Small Sample Size Alert!) 24 at bats.

There have been whispers of A.J. Pierzynski possibly being a target, no pun intended, for the Yankees as well.

It’s only November 12 and there is a lot at stake this offseason for the Yankees so it will be interesting to see how it goes.

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Olney: Rangers interested in Martin

Via Buster Olney, the Rangers have expressed an interest in Yankees’ free agent catcher Russell Martin. Martin could be a good fit for Texas, who could be without a starting catcher with Mike Napoli on the free agent market and Geovany Soto expected to be non-tendered. Martin struggled offensively for a good part of 2012, but he’s not a total zero at the plate by any means, and he’s one of the best backstops in the game.

On the Yankees’ end, I’m actually surprised we haven’t paid more attention to Martin, at least as much as we’ve paid to Nick Swisher, anyway. The Yankees do have potential holes in right field and their starting rotation, but they also have some fairly obvious paths to filling them, at least for 2013. If theyre unable to keep Martin in the fold, however, I have no idea what the Yankees are going to do with the catcher position. They currently have four other catchers on the 40 man roster, but none of them are big league caliber starters, for the Yankees or any other team.…

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Greinke, SAD, and big markets

If you only read one thing today (though really that’s a pretty damn phrase, isn’t it: if you only read one thing a day you’re missing out on the world and really ought to be reading more, but anyway…) you should really make it this piece over at Baseball Prospectus by Russell Carleton. Carleton has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and he puts that expertise to use in examining some of the free agents with so-called baggage this offseason. Included in the piece in the commonly held belief, peddled by no less than the Yankees’ organization themselves, that Zack Greinke‘s social anxiety issues would make pitching in New York a particular challenge for him. Carleton’s take? Poppycock:

I want you to memorize this sentence: social anxiety disorder (SAD) is not about being overly sensitive to what other people say about you. Social anxiety is about the irrational fear that you will do or say something horribly embarrassing in front of others.

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Building a worst case scenario rotation

In a perfect world, tha Yankees’ 2013 rotation is all but set. In a perfect world, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte both return for another season on one year deals to form a formidable top of the rotation while Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and David Phelps compete to round out the back end of what should be a point of strength for the team.  This plan is far from set in stone, however, and a good chunk of it is outside of Brian Cashman’s control. It certainly doesn’t take much to imagine Andy Pettitte deciding to return to the land of retirement and/or another team coming along to offer Hiroki Kuroda a contract that the austere Yankees are unwilling to match. So let’s assume that that’s exactly what happens, and try to figure out where the Yankees go from there. We can assume that Sabathia, Hughes, Nova, and Phelps all get rotation spots, but that still leaves us one starter short of a full five man rotation.…

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From A WAR Perspective, Yankees Are In Surprsingly Good Shape For 2013

A little over a decade ago, the offseason was more subjective than objective. During these days, the Yankees would likely look at the departure of Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, and Russell Martin, and figure that they’d need to replace the position with equally competent players. That’s one way to...

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Will CC Sabathia hold up in 2013?

He still makes his way through lineups like a box of Captain Crunch.

The conventional wisdom is that CC Sabathia had his worst season in pinstripes in 2012. That conventional wisdom is correct, but only because Sabathia gave the Yankees...

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Lee MacPhail’s life interwoven in Yankee history

Lee MacPhail passed away today of natural causes at the age of 95. MacPhail’s life work of baseball brought him recognition in the Hall of Fame. But his long legacy also leaves good and bad memories for long-time Yankee fans.

The son of another Hall of Fame executive, Larry MacPhail, Lee MacPhail got his start in baseball working for his father when the elder MacPhail was an executive with the Brooklyn Dodgers. When Larry MacPhail became an executive and part owner of the Yankees, Lee followed him there.

Lee MacPhail is given much credit as he rose to become the farm system director of the Yankees in the late 1940s for many of the World Series champions. Larry might have signed the checks, but Lee and his staff found the talent and brought it along.

His success in the Yankees’ organization led to him becoming the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles who took over from the Yankees as the powerhouse of the American League.…

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