Yankees Interested In Ricky Nolasco, How About Logan Morrison?

Let’s be realistic, the Yankees aren’t trading for Giancarlo Stanton, who’s probably the best young hitter in baseball, better than Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. He’s cheap, with four more years of team control, and he’s hit 93 homeruns before turning 23 years old. While I think the Yankees...

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The Yankees’ Triple-A affilate has a new name

Lost in the hoopla surrounding the MLB Cy Young announcements tonight, another announcement was made which affects the team of Triple-A players who call Scranton/Wilkes-Barre home.

The team, who had conducted an online for a new name, revealed their new moniker tonight and effectively immediately the squad in Northeastern Pennsylvania will be called the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Now, I know some people will be thinking, “The what?”

The name RailRiders pays homage to the Scranton being the birthplace of the electric streetcar. Along with the new name, the team is also expected to reveal two new mascots in 2013.

RailRiders beat out five other finalists in contest: Blast, Black Diamond Bears, Fireflies, Porcupines and Trolley Frogs. Personally, I was hoping Trolley Frogs would win.

During the 2012 season, while the team’s home ballpark, PNC Park in Scranton was being completely overhauled, the team who traveled the entire season, was called the Empire State Yankees.

They’ve had three names in their history.…

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Yankees have talked about Ibanez return

As one potential right fielder comes off of the board today, Dan Martin reports that the Yankees have had “preliminary talks” with Raul Ibanez about a second season in pinstripes. Ibanez would be used in a platoon role, I assume akin to the DH job he was signed to assume last season before Brett Gardner’s injury forced him into more playing time in the field. On the other hand, Ibanez hit .248/.319/.492 against right handed pitchers in 2012 which, while certainly not awful, isn’t necessarily good for a platoon hitter and defensive liability either. On the whole, I’m happy to write hosannas to Raul for the work he did last season between buoying the outfield and providing the biggest moments in the postseason, but I can’t say that I’m excited about the prospect of another campaign with the quadragenarian. Especially if he’s supposed to be the team’s answer to their RF/DH questions.

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Hunter to sign with Detroit

If you’re a Torii Hunter fan who was holding out hope that the Yankees were just tossing up a smoke screen in claiming disinterest in his services, you can give them up for good now. Ken Rosenthal reports that Hunter has agreed to a two year deal (worth $26 million) with the Detroit Tigers, and figures to step in immediately to fill the hole Delmon Young vacates in the A.L. champs’ lineup. As far as the Yankees go, Hunter could have helped them fill their own right field hole, obviously, but I don’t think he would have warranted this kind of contract, with or without the self-imposed payroll constriction, and that one more year of Ichiro Suzuki is a better fit than two guaranteed years of Hunter. But congratulations to Hunter all the same, and congrats to the Tigers for improving their own roster so quickly.

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Reviewing Last Year’s Two Biggest Free Agent Passes

Anybody wish these 2 were around right now? Courtesy of US Presswire & Getty Images

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

Interestingly enough, or frustratingly enough depending on how against the austerity plan you...

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The union is making noise about collusion again

Well here’s a story I didn’t expect to read this morning: according to Ken Rosenthal the MLBPA is letting it be known that they’re not happy about baseball officials discussing free agent deals in the media, and they’re starting to throw around the c-word:

The players’ union, sources say, believes that some recent statements by club officials and other baseball employees violate the collective-bargaining agreement.

Rules in the CBA state that team officials cannot communicate through the media the substance of economic terms discussed by players and clubs – the facts of an offer, or whether the club will decline to make an offer.

The rules, designed to prevent clubs from influencing a free agent’s market value, were adopted after the 2010-11 offseason as part of the “anti-collusion” language in the CBA.

The union, sources say, had concerns about potential violations the past two offseasons, and already has taken exception with a number of specific comments attributed to management representatives in media reports this fall.

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After Last Night’s Big Trade, How Much Better Are The Blue Jays?

Over the last decade, over each progressive year, the media always finds a way to declare the Blue Jays a breakout team. Then the breakout never happens. Though they haven’t finished in last place since 2004, 1993 was their last season in the playoffs. Toronto entered 2012 with similar exuberant expectations, only to finish with...

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Projecting the Yankees’ arbitration cases

MLB Trade Rumors is out with their projections for the Yankees’ arbitration eligible players 2013 salaries, and they’re pretty favorable for the Yankees. The five players who will definitely be on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster (barring a trade) come to a projected total of $15.8 million, which is pretty darn good given that it includes Brett Gardner, Phil Hughes, and David Robertson (Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan rounding out the group). That Joba and Gardner missed substantial time in 2012 will keep their salaries down.

The Yankees obviously don’t do extensions with their arbitration eligible players as a rule, but if Hughes is really looking at earning just less than $6 million in his final year of arbitration, I think that bolsters the case for giving him an extension now at a pretty affordable rate for a mid-rotation starter in 2014 and beyond.

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Report: The Marlins and Blue Jays are switching places

Okay that’s a lie but it’s not really that far from the truth.

As everyone was getting ready to eat a dinner, news of a blockbuster trade came across the wire. The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays are working on a deal that could see the Jays acquiring Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Jose Reyes. The names being mentioned on the Jays side of the deal are Yunel Escobar Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick and Adeiny Hechavarria.

More details need to be worked out but wow, this is some move by both teams. The Marlins are “marlinsing” by having a fire sale and the Blue Jays just improved their roster by leaps and bounds.

UPDATE: The trade is as follows, Reyes, Johnson, Buehrle, Buck, Bonifacio and $4M for Escobar, Hechavarria, Alvarez, Nicolino, Mathis, Marisnick and DeSclafani.

Wow.

[Brien]: So this is a pretty big deal, huh? Just like that the Blue Jays have added a lot of name value to their roster, and if Reyes has a bounce back year and Johnson can stay healthy, they could be legitimate contenders in the A.L.…

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