Marlins name Tino Martinez their hitting coach

Earlier today, there were reports that the Red Sox and Tino Martinez were in talks to have Martinez join Boston’s coaching staff as their hitting coach. Yankee fans were horrified. Tino in a Sox uniform? The horror!

Well, fret no more kids. Danny Knobler reported via his Twitter account that Martinez has been named hitting coach for the Miami Marlins.

The move came out of nowhere but that’s the way these things go sometimes. Remember Mark Teixeira’s signing? Or even the A-Rod trade? And no, I’m not comparing these moves, I’m just saying that baseball is, well, unpredictable.

Honestly, I would have been happy for Tino either way and it’ll be good to see him back in baseball once again.

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Sabathia doesn’t want workload cut

If the Yankees were thinking of dialing back C.C. Sabathia’s workload in response to two disabled list stints and surgery to clean up his elbow in 2012, one person who won’t support the move is Sabathia himself. The Yankees’ ace told George King that he doesn’t see any reason to limit the amount he pitches. “I don’t know what you would get out of it,’’ Sabathia said. “I don’t think cutting back innings or reducing pitch count would do any good.’’

I can understand the impulse to maybe ease up on the big guy after the way his 2012 season went, but ultimately I have to agree with Sabathia, as I just don’t see the point. Injuries will happen from time to time but, a) his first injury was in his groin area, and seemed to be all healed up when he returned from the DL, b) his elbow injury should be resolved with surgery, and Sabathia is expected to be ready to go on Opening Day, c) Sabathia still managed to pitch 200 innings this past year, plus dominate the Orioles in two ALDS starts, so it’s not like the season was a total loss to injuries or anything.…

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We Need to Dig a Deep Hole, Bury the Old Statistics, and Forget Them Forever

I wanted to wait a little bit before following up on my post about the AL MVP race. A week from today, it looks increasingly likely that Miguel Cabrera will be named the AL MVP over Mike Trout, an objectively wrong decision by any definition of the award. If this is the case,...

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Doing austerity right

More than any potential free agent signing or trade, the storyline that’s likely to loom over all others this winter is the Yankees’ intention to get below the luxury tax threshold in 2014. It’s already popping up in rumors about the team’s interest in Torii Hunter to fill their right field hole, and you can expect similar reports any time a multi-year deal is mentioned in conjunction with anyone the Yankees might be targeting. It’s a radical new way of life for Yankee fans, and as the deadline grows near it promises to create plenty of frustrating moments of watching preferred acquisitions going elsewhere with minimal interest from the Yankees.

Now, I know that there aren’t many non-Yankee fans who want to hear about the Yankees not spending enough money, and to some extent I sympathize with that viewpoint. In Buster Olney’s telling, so does the Yankees’ own general manager:

Cashman has always believed that the Yankees should be able to do more with more, and that it’s the responsibility of the baseball operations department to build a winning team with the sport’s largest payroll.

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Luxury tax takes Yankees out of Upton sweepstakes? Really?

Torii Hunter was the first free agent to be linked to the Yankees this year, as a possible replacement for Nick Swisher, but now Joel Sherman is shooting that down in today’s New York Post. The reason? The Yankees’ 2014 budget plans. Sherman reports that, as a result of the team’s commitment to getting below the luxury tax threshold to put more money in ownerships’ collective pocket (or “gaining the financial benefits that are available”, as he more delicately puts it), a two year deal for Hunter that would add payroll to the 2014 ledger is a non-starter. That’s interesting, but I would imagine that it’s at least equal parts hot air, as a two year deal for the 37 year old Hunter is plenty problematic on its own terms. Yes, Hunter had a nice season in 2012, but he also saw his home runs and walks decline while his BABIP ballooned to .389, so there’s plenty of reason to worry that it was just a one year anomaly.…

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UPDATED: Yankees to offer Mo a paycut

Thursday: Ken Davidoff adds some more details to the story today, by contrasting Rivera with Derek Jeter’s negotiations after the 2010 season. Davidoff points out that, unlike Jeter, Rivera is no stranger to working out a new contract and has always been shrewd when it comes to his own machinations in free agency (indeed, when you really think about it, the contrast between Rivera happily fielding an offer from the Red Sox for leverage and Jeter being upset at being told to see what the market held for him two years ago is incredibly striking). In other words, he’s dialing back the notion that Rivera will be offended by the Yankees offering him a pay cut, recognizing that business is business. That seems reasonable to me, especially because I think that Rivera is going to end up earning something in the range of his customary $15 million salary one way or another next year. If there’s any sort of back and forth, it’ll likely be about how much of that is guaranteed and how much will be in the form of incentives that a healthy Mo should have no trouble reaching.…

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Diamondbacks looking to trade Upton, Bauer

Justin Upton was rumored to be available in a trade back before the trading deadline, but ultimately nothing came of that, and the speculation was that Arizona would look to trade him in the offseason when they could get a larger return for him. And indeed, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks are actively looking to move their 25 year old star this winter. That’s not much of a surprise, but according to Jerry Crasnick, they’re also willing to listen to offers for their top prospect, right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer. Bauer has apparently fallen out of favor within the Diamondbacks’ organization.

In both cases, the Yankees have no choice but to at least make a call to see what Arizona wants for their stars, but I really can’t see them having enough to acquire Upton. Unless Kevin Towers is really high on a prospect or two in the Yankees’ system from his time working under Brian Cashman, I just can’t see the Yankees having enough chips to beat the offers other teams will likely make for Upton (Rosenthal mentions Elvis Andrus as a possible return).

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Scott Boras: Still not impressed with your austerity

Via Jon Paul Morosi, Scott Boras was asked about the Yankees’ plans to get their payroll plans in line with the luxury tax threshold in 2014 and, as you might expect, he doesn’t very much support the plan:

For obvious reasons, Boras would rather the Yankees not follow through on plans to bring their payroll beneath the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. They have paid at the top luxury tax rate of 40 percent for a number of years. Boras calls this the “goliath tax” and believes the Yankees should be willing to pay such a “nominal” fee for generating three times the revenue as other teams.

“That is a reward,” he said. “Are you going to put your brand at risk, when your brand is having more superstars than anyone else? Superstars are good for business. Superstars make money for franchises and their television networks.”

There’s some truth here, and there’s also a lot of sales pitch, but that really doesn’t matter.…

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A Much Needed Change In The Minors

Not a success story. Courtesy of the AP

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

It was almost a throw-away part of last Thursday’s story in The Post about Rafael Soriano opting out...

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