The Yankees will have to re-think their extensions policy

I was going to touch on this in a later post, but RAB’s Mike Axisa beat me to it: the Yankees’ policy of not offering contract extensions to players isn’t really compatible with their suddenly tight budget plans:

These two ideas, getting under the luxury tax threshold and avoiding contract extensions, are technically mutually exclusive. In reality, the two ideas are at odds with each other. Getting under the luxury tax means the team will operate within defined financial limits, but avoiding extensions means the team will also have to pay market value for players. Paying market value and having a hard salary limit are not going to mix well, even with a payroll as large as $189M.


The Yankees, specifically Hal since he made the comments, want to have their cake and eat it too. They want to stay under the luxury tax threshold in the future and that’s fine even if I disagree with it, but they also don’t want to hand out contract extensions to young players.…

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A Catching Target and a Podcast

Yesterday, the Mariners swooped in and traded for a player the Yankees had their eyes on when they acquired Michael Morse from the Nationals in a three team deal that sent John Jaso to the A’s and three players–A.J. Cole, Blake Treinen, and a player to...

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Jeter cleared for baseball activities

Derek Jeter is out of  a walking boot, and now he’s been cleared to resume baseball activities as well, according to the Associated Press. That gives him the chance for a full and mostly normal Spring Training, as Jeter doesn’t even plan to begin preparing for the upcoming season until later this month. “I’ve got the OK to start,” Jeter told reporters at his charity golf event. “But I don’t start until next week or the week after, anyway. In terms of baseball activity, I’m right where I need to be.” Needless to say, that’s a good sign for where The Captain is in his rehab from surgery on the fractured ankle.

Jeter also said he isn’t worried about the newest round of concerns over the Yankees’ collective age, and expects the team to compete in 2013. “Too old or experienced?” Jeter said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll be competitive, and be right where we need to be.”

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Pettitte not on Team USA roster

Provisional rosters for the World Baseball Classic were released this morning, and believe it or not some actual news was made. Contrary to prior reports, Andy Pettitte is not included on the roster for Team USA, and will apparently not be participating in the WBC. Not sure what that’s about, but I guess the most logical answer is that the Yankees talked him out of participating, even though that’s technically not allowed by the rules. So with Pettitte apparently bowing out and Derek Jeter not participating due to his ankle injury, Mark Teixeira is the only Yankee playing for Team USA, and Joe Torre won’t be reunited with anyone from the 1996-2001 Yankees’ roster.

Here’s the full roster for Team USA.

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Yankees avoid arbitration with Hughes

One down, three to go. Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have avoided arbitration with Phil Hughes, coming to an agreement with the pitcher on a $7.1 million salary for the upcoming season. For what it’s worth, that’s almost $1.5 million more than MLB Trade Rumors projected Hughes to earn in 2013, so he’s coming out pretty well in this arrangement. It also bodes well for his chances on the free agent market next winter, when he’s likely to be the youngest of the available starting pitching options. A good campaign for this year should leave him looking at an AAV in the eight figure range on the open market now. It also makes me wonder again if the Yankees shouldn’t have made an attempt to get Hughes locked up now rather than tempt the market next year, when Plan 189 is in full effect.

The Yankees still need to come to terms with Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, and David Robertson, all of whom filed for arbitration this week.…

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Countdown to Spring Training: 26

It often takes little more than a single, signature moment for a player to become immortalized in Yankees lore. Few can spout off the career lines of Bucky Dent or Jim Leyritz, and yet there is nary a fan that will not feel at least a tiny bit of giddiness at...

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On the Money: 1/16/2013

On tonight’s episode of On the Money we begin a look around the rest of the A.L. East, starting with the Baltimore Orioles, who took the Yankees to the wire in 2012. Nestor Aparicio of WNST in Baltimore joined Stacey and I to give a somewhat bearish take on the Orioles’ immediate future, and deliver some strong words in the direction of Peter Angelos. Later in the program we were joined by friend of the show Matt Imbrogno, of The Yankee Analysts, to talk a little bit of everything. You also learn that I’m not much of a Terry Bradshaw fan. Enjoy!

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Mariners acquire Michael Morse

The Yankees were said to be interested in Michael Morse the second he hit the trading block, but alas, you can put him into the pile of supposed targets who won’t be suiting up for the Bombers in 2013. Multiple outlets are reporting that Washington has agreed to send Morse to the Mariners as part of a three team deal that also includes Oakland. Seattle is sending John Jaso to the A’s who, in turn, are sending a package of prospects that includes A.J. Cole to Washington. Seems like a good deal for just about everyone but Seattle, and I’m not sure the Yankees could have realistically beaten the return it looks like the Nats will be getting. Shucks.

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A-Rod’s surgery was successful

The Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez is out of surgery, it was successful and that there were no complications. It was performed today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

His doctor, Dr. Bryan Kelly had said before the surgery took place:

“I like to tell people six months is a reasonable time frame for return to play when we’re doing the procedure we’re discussing with a bone correction. Optimistically speaking, what we’re hoping for is for him to be able to return after the All-Star break.”

The plan during today’s surgery was to to assess the damage that was done to his hip: he suffered a torn labrum, had a bone impingement and there was a cyst.

In other words, he was a mess during the playoffs and no one knew it. So with all of the things that were wrong with Alex’s hip, it’s positive news that they found and repaired everything they needed to during the surgery and that, so far, there aren’t any surprises.…

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