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. Continue reading Yankees avoid arbitration with Hughes

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 the mere mention of their names as a glimmer of recognition dances through their eyes. Fans are essentially programmed to instantly recall those players that spawned the moments that stand out in our minds as definitive of the team’s history. And with one swing of the bat in that Continue reading Countdown to Spring Training: 26

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.

Dr. Kelly had explained A-Rod’s rehab process in a conference call with reporters when plans for the surgery were announced:

1. Healing phase: Lasts about six weeks. Only range of motion exercises.
2. Early strengthening phase: Could take another six weeks or so for tissue to fully heal, and during that time they’ll be protective.
3. Strengthening phase: Roughly three months after the surgery, Rodriguez can begin strengthening in an “aggressive fashion.”
4. Endurance phase: After Rodriguez builds enough strength to do regular workouts, he’ll then be able to train for athletic strength and endurance.
5. Coordination phase: This is the last part of Rodriguez’s rehab, which Dr. Kelly described as “the functional return to sport.”

So it looks like after the All-Star break is realistic for Rodriguez’s return, barring any unforeseen setbacks. Continue reading A-Rod’s surgery was successful

Why Not Travis Hafner For DH?

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) The Yankees are still in the market for a designated hitter for this season, and it’s one of the few positions where they can actually afford to look for a lefty since they have A-Rod and Kevin Youkilis to handle the right-handed DH duties.  Mark Hale reported earlier this last week that the Yankees have “no interest” in 42-year-old Jim Thome, which doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but there is another name out there that I think could be a better fit than people realize.  That name is Travis Continue reading Why Not Travis Hafner For DH?

Yankees Taking Advantage Of The New Draft System

The new CBA includes numerous new rules to restrain teams like the Yankees from finding young talent. The previous Rule 4 Draft rules, the First-Year Player Draft in June, already included a draft order that hurt winning teams. Despite the picks being ordered by reverse standings, the Yankees and other rich teams had previously offered players large signing bonuses in their later turns, thus getting talented players that cheap teams could not sign. The Yankees also took advantage of the international market, where the spending was largely unrestricted. The rules changed tremendously in 2012. Though teams could technically offer whatever Continue reading Yankees Taking Advantage Of The New Draft System

Hughes, three others, file for arbitration

Yesterday was the deadline for eligible players to file for arbitration, and four Yankees were among those who did just that. Phil Hughes, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, and Boone Logan submitted their paperwork, and will go to an arbitration hearing next month if an agreement between the two sides isn’t reached beforehand.

Of the four cases, Hughes probably has the most interesting one. This is his final trip through arbitration, he’ll be a free agent next year, and he has some success (albeit not a ton of consistency) as a starting pitcher in the A.L. East. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn just shy of $6 million in salary next season. Continue reading Hughes, three others, file for arbitration