Why The Yankees Will Be Extremely Active On The Trade Market

Let’s get this offseason started with some good old fashioned speculation. No, I don’t think Alex Rodriguez is leaving New York, and no, I don’t particularly think Curtis Granderson should be traded either, but there is still reason to believe the Yankees will be active in the trade market.

Throughout this offseason,...

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Yankees swept. Tigers are American League Champions

When a series like this is covered on a site devoted to one of the teams contending in the series, it is easy to get wrapped up in the “failures” of the team that is covered. The flip side here is that the Tigers and their pitching in particular were spectacular in the series and did not make a single misstep the entire series. From Jim Leyland to each starting pitcher and the Tigers’ bullpen (outside of Valverde) to the offense, the Tigers dominated the series and outscored the Yankees, nineteen to six. Was it a total failure of the Yankees’ lineup or a total achievement of the Tigers’ pitching staff? Gosh, that depends on which side you are looking from. A metaphor of the entire series happened in the top of the third inning with the Yankees only down by a run at that point.

Eduardo Nunez came up with two outs and hit a spinning top to Prince Fielder.…

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Celebrating A Great 2012 Season – Yankees Lose ALCS

The New York Yankees will not advance to the 2012 World Series. While this sucks, I think we should celebrate what the Yankees did this season.

The 2012 New York Yankees overcame a ton of adversity just to get as far as they did. According to Jeff Zimmerman over at Fangraphs, the New York...

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ALCS Game 4: Let’s Try This Again

Take 2: CC Sabathia versus Max Scherzer.

Scherzer is awful against lefty hitters. And that works out well because the Yankees have to win, Yankees have to hit, and the Yankees lineup is stacked with lefties. Honestly, if the team breaks out of an offensive slump today, there might actually...

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ALCS Game Four lineups. Take Two.

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Baseball America’s draft report card for the Yankees

Baseball America has released their draft report cards for 2012 and the Yankees’ is one of the handful that do not require a subscription. They singled out fifth round pick Robert Refsnyder as the best pure hitter drafted by New York. The outfielder from the University of Arizona started his career in Charleston this season, after winning the College World Series. Peter O’Brien (second round) is cited as the best power hitter, but he is a big question mark defensively at catcher. Corey Black (fourth round) and top pick Ty Hensley got nods for having the best fastballs, while Nick Goody (sixth round) was mentioned as having the best debut and being closest to the majors. Goody, a closer for LSU worked his way up to the Tampa Yankees with a combined 1.12 ERA over 32 games, averaging 14.6 Ks per nine and a 5.78 K/BB ratio. Austin Aune, Taylor Dugas, Saxon Butler and others are all mentioned as well so make sure to check it out.…

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Bronx Zoo Returns; Yanks Need Alternate Ending to Postseason Soap Opera

(The following was originally published at The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Is the Bronx Zoo back? Before Tuesday’s pivotal game three, Joe Girardi (perhaps with an assist from Brian Cashman?) decided to bench Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, two players who have been stalwarts for him throughout his tenure as Yankee manager...

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On the A-Rod mess

I feel as though I need to say something about Alex Rodriguez, once again the story of the day, this morning, but frankly: What else is there to say? This has been the story of the postseason for over a week now, and other than a silly report of some in-game hijinks, absolutely nothing has changed. So I guess I’ll just rehash the old points and briefly address the new ones.

First, as for A-Rod’s playing time, I guess the sides are already settled here, but here’s the pertinent facts: A-Rod hit .256/.326/.391 against right handed pitchers over the full course of 2012, while Chavez hit .298/.365/543. So even before you account for Alex’s wrist injury or his helpless postseason at bats against same side pitchers, Chavez is the better option for the lineup in those situations, and if it weren’t for the names involved this wouldn’t even be debatable. This isn’t about scapegoating A-Rod or blaming him for the inept performance of the entire offense, it’s about acknowledging that Chavez should be platooning at third right now, especially since the rest of the offense isn’t giving you the luxury of treating that spot like a sinecure for A-Rod.…

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