Yankees, Robertson, submit arbitration numbers

The Yankees took care of almost every stone before the deadline to submit arbitration proposals today, but David Robertson remains un-signed, even though there apparently isn’t a lot of daylight between what the two sides are comfortable with. Via Ken Davidoff, Robertson submitted a proposal for a $3.55 million salary in the upcoming season, while the Yankees offered a $2.85 million salary. If the matter actually goes to a hearing the abritrator will choose between one of those numbers (my guess is that Robertson would win), but with less than $1 million separating them, I have a hard time imagining a deal won’t be struck fairly soon, allowing the Yankees to focus on their pre-arbitration players and filling out the rest of the roster.… Click here to read the rest

Countdown To Spring Training: 25

A few guys that have worn the #25 for the Yankees have had special moments during their time in Pinstripes.

For instance, the man who currently dons that uniform number for the Yankees, Mark Teixeira, had his lone special playoff moment, so far, in October 2009 when he hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to seal a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

In order to even get to that moment, Teixeira was instrumental in guaranteeing the Yankees a chance of even making it to extra innings when he opened the bottom of the ninth with a single. The Yankees found themselves down 3-1 and the Twins were looking to tie the series 1-1.

After Teixeira’s single, Alex Rodriguez stepped in and took the fifth pitch he saw out to the Yankee bullpen to tie the game.

The teams held each other scoreless until Teixeira led off the 11th inning with a line drive home run to left that bounced off the top of the wall and into the seats.… Click here to read the rest

Logan gets $3.15 million salary for 2013

The parade of abritration avoiding agreements continues with top left-handed reliever Boone Logan. His agency tweeted that Logan and the Yankees had reached agreement on a $3.15 million salary for the 2013 season, avoiding an arbitration hearing and leaving David Robertson as the only arbitration eligible player yet un-signed for the Yankees.

Logan pitched well for the Yankees early last season but either regressed to the mean or wilted a bit under an unusually heavy workload at the hands of Joe Girardi. Logan appeared in a career high 80 games, and pitched to a 3.74 ERA and 3.67 FIP with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 68:28.… Click here to read the rest

Extensions For Joe & Cano Should Be A Priority

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

When he wasn’t busy trying to pull non-existent wool over the eyes of us Yankee fans or slapping us in the face with his bulging money clip, Hal Steinbrenner did take some time the other day last week to comment on the upcoming contract situations for Joe Girardi and Robinson Cano.  Both of them enter 2013 in the final year of their current deals, and in typical Yankee fashion Hal played the “we don’t do extensions” card.  That’s not surprising knowing how the Yankees do business when it comes to new contracts, but considering they’re already changing the way they do business by trying to scale back payroll, it would be wise to loosen up the standards on the extension front as well.

Girardi has done a very good job in his time as Yankee manager.  He’s experienced the highs of winning a World Series title and the lows of not even making the playoffs.  … Click here to read the rest

A-Rod’s hip less damaged than expected

Alex Rodriguez underwent surgery on his hip Wednesday and, in addition to keeping the endless string of “successful” surgeries on athletes alive, the Yankees got some early good news on the nature of the injury itself. Via Anthony McCarron, Dr. Bryan Kelly informed the Yankees that there was less cartilage damage in the afflicted hip than expected, which is a good start to the rehab process for A-Rod. “That will mean his rehab has the highest chance of successfully getting back to the level with his hip that he was before his hip started hurting,” Dr. Derek Ochiai, an orthopedic surgeon from Virginia, said. Of course, just what that level is will be an issue all in itself, as Alex has been steadily declining since 2009, and was struggling to find his power stroke early in the 2012 season. But with fully half of that mammoth contract left on the books, any good news on A-Rod’s health will certainly be warmly received by the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees avoid arbitration with Joba

First it was Phil Hughes, and now the Yankees have avoided arbitration with Joba Chamberlain as well. Ken Davidoff reports that the two sides reached agreement on a $1.875 million base salary for 2013, with the potential for another $275,000 worth of incentives. That’s a solid deal for both sides, if you ask me, considering the amount of time Joba missed over the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery. It’s hard to make anything out of his relatively brief tenure in the big leagues last season, but he certainly had his moments once he shook the rust off in September. Like Hughes, Joba will be a free agent at the end of the season, so this would be a good time for him to put everything together and give a dominant performance out of the pen over a full season.

The Yankees now have just two arbitration eligible players unsigned in David Robertson and Boone Logan, and today is the deadline for submitting arbitration proposals, so my guess is that Brian Cashman wants to get these deals done soon.… Click here to read the rest

2014 Payroll Outlook And The Current Effect

As the Yankees continue to allow free agents to sign elsewhere, the detriments of a $189 million budget in 2014 is growing obvious. They have no real catcher or designated hitter, and the team’s collective age might challenge injury records that they set last season. But World Series victories are not won in January. Despite the fan outcry, there’s plenty of time left to acquire a catcher and designated hitter, though Hal Steinbrenner is making the situation worse. In regards to fans being uneasy with the current roster, he said,

“I’m surprised to hear that there’s anger, if you see what we’ve done this offseason. …We’ve signed three or four of the top free agents that were on the market, because we’re going to continue to field a championship caliber team.”

What the team has really done, is lost Russell Martin, Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano, and Alex Rodriguez. Adding Kevin Youkilis neutralizes the effect of losing Rodriguez, but how’s the team supposed to make up the nearly 8 wins the other three provided?… Click here to read the rest

More Information On Youkilis’ New Stance

On Tuesday, I wrote about Kevin Youkilis and Kevin Long working together to fix the third baseman’s hitting mechanics. Long found some differences in his stance that he wanted to get a head start on, and visited Youkilis at his home in California last week. In my analysis, I believed his hands were too far extended into the zone, which is what caused him to struggle on pitches thrown on the inside part of the strikezone. In an interview with Youkilis that same day, Jack Curry got a more detailed report on what’s changing.

I can’t wait to see how Youkilis reacts to the new stance in Spring Training. If all goes well, it should help him make better contact with pitches on the inside.… Click here to read the rest

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.

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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.… Click here to read the rest