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Monday, January 26, 2015

Yanks to contest ‘milestone HR’

It sounds like the Yankees aren’t horsing around.

Fridas Boss Posted: January 26, 2015 at 02:13 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Yankees reject A-Rod’s mea culpa meeting request - NY Daily News

Relations between Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees became so heated in late 2013 and early 2014 that baseball executives and team officials hired extra security for protection, going so far as to have their homes and offices swept for bugging devices and employing bodyguards to accompany them, according to sources.

“He put everyone through a lot of undue grief and unnecessary expense,” said one baseball source.
...
It is hard to imagine the frayed relations between A-Rod and the Yankees – who still owe Rodriguez $61 million through 2017 — can ever be fully mended, given the legal attacks and media assault he and his lawyers unleashed throughout the Biogenesis saga. Rodriguez’s status as a key government witness in the government’s prosecution of his cousin, Yuri Sucart, will be a painful reminder of those hard feelings. Sucart’s trial is scheduled to begin on April 6 – the same day the Yankees open at home against Toronto.

The next battle looming, according to sources, will be over the performance clauses in A-Rod’s contract, part of a separate marketing contract between the slugger and the Yankees.

Rodriguez, who has 654 career home runs, needs to hit just six more to tie Willie Mays’ 660 and receive a $6 million bonus. The deal also calls for him to receive $6 million if he ties Babe Ruth (714), another $6 million if he ties Hank Aaron (755) and yet another $6 million if surpasses Barry Bonds (762) to become baseball’s all-time home run king.

But with A-Rod’s pursuit of the records discredited by his steroid admissions the Yankees will argue that those milestones are no longer valid in terms of marketing deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Yankees Held Private Workout For Yoan Moncada - BaseballAmerica.com

I hope they used the proper mood lighting.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yoan moncada


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Calcaterra: Given all the advantages he’s had, is Brian Cashman the 21st best GM of all time?

The Yankees were already good — heck, they had already won a World Series — when Brian Cashman took over. They had Jeter and Mo and all of those guys and more money than God. It’d be harder, under those circumstances, to lose than it would be to win, right?

On a related note, is Luis Sojo the 21st-greatest Yankee player of all time?

JE (Jason) Posted: January 20, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, general managers, yankees

Counting Down the 25 Best GMs in History - #21 - Brian Cashman

As promised, here’s Cashman.  A very fair assessment of his tenure IMO.

Kurt Posted: January 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Friday, January 16, 2015

Countdown of the Best 25 GMs - #21

Still just 47, Cashman likely has a long career ahead of him.

Let the gnashing of teeth begin…

Foghorn Leghorn Posted: January 16, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hal Steinbrenner has his payroll limits for Yankees - Newsday

Derek Jeter is not coming through that door! But Arod is!

“There’s just a certain amount I’m going to go,” the Yankees’ managing general partner said Wednesday at the MLB owners meetings. “You all know my opinions about payroll. Where you should be and where you really don’t need to be to win championships.”

Where the Yankees are now is at roughly $209 million, behind only the Dodgers ($264 million) for the biggest payroll in baseball. And Steinbrenner is the latest—not to mention the highest ranking—member of the front office to express reluctance for adding another mega-contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 05:50 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sabathia expects to be healthy for Spring Training | MLB.com

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, on the comeback trail from knee surgery, told the New York Daily News on Friday that he is experiencing no pain and expects to be ready for Spring Training. Sabathia was in New York attending a boxing event put on by Roc Nation Sports, the agency that represents him.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, yankees

Sunday, January 11, 2015

More GM fingerprints on this Yanks’ offseason than years past | New York Post

Brian Cashman has a plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, January 09, 2015

5 bold predictions for the rest of the MLB offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Alas, nobody’s seriously expecting the 20-second pitch clock—the best of the pace-of-play procedures tested in the Arizona Fall League—to be instituted anytime soon, but one league source said the “one foot in the batter’s box” rule that was also tested does have some legs (pun intended).


Thursday, January 08, 2015

Pedro Martinez on Mets fans: They settle for what they have

But don’t we have to settle for settling? Oh, I’m doing it, aren’t I.

Yankee Stadium felt like a modern-day Roman Colosseum when [Pedro] Martinez took the mound. Love him or hate him, you always were entertained.

Across the RFK Bridge, wearing a Mets uniform, Martinez acknowledged that life was different. He spent four years in Flushing, a tenure that began with great promise and ended in ashes—both for the crumbling Mets and the fading embers of his Hall of Fame career.

Asked Wednesday about those two sides of New York, during a news conference at the Waldorf-Astoria, Martinez described the contrast as only he could, with a response that triggered loud laughter.

“I would say Queens is a little bit different than the Yankees fans,” Martinez said. “In Queens, they’re wild. They’re happy. They settle for what they have. Yankees fans cannot. It’s win or nothing.”

Ouch.

The District Attorney Posted: January 08, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mets, pedro martinez, yankees

Did Stephen Drew Ever Look Like a Major-League Hitter? | FanGraphs Baseball

Last year Drew was the first player who ever missed spring training and a couple of months at the start of a season. Except for all the players who were hurt at the start of other seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: stephen drew, yankees

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Stephen Drew, Yankees finalizing deal that could pay him $6M to $7M - CBSSports.com

Like the Yankees, I suppose, I expect a bounce-back year.from Drew. He’s no superstar, but he’s another nice solid pickup for the Yankees this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: stephen drew, yankees

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Yankees finally have the prospects to make something happen | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal thinks the Yankees are on the upswing.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Thursday, January 01, 2015

MLBTR: Braves, Yankees Trade David Carpenter For Manny Banuelos

The Yankees have acquired right-hander David Carpenter and left-hander Chasen Shreve from the Braves in exchange for southpaw Manny Banuelos, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports (Twitter link).

Rickey! is just here so he don't get fined Posted: January 01, 2015 at 09:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: 2017, braves, trades, yankees

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nine possible spots for Max Scherzer: Star FA without a team, or a rumor - CBSSports.com

Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?

9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from Mashiro Tanaka’s elbow to CC Sabathia’s knee to Ivan Nova’s elbow to Michael Pineda’s ability to continue to perform. The issue is this: With a 50 percent tax for them, a $28 million salary for Scherzer would cost them $42 million, steep even by Yankees standards.


Are Yankees in on Scherzer? Read Tex message from six years ago | FOX Sports

As a Red Sox fan, I’d love to see the Yankees get Scherzer. In the short run it will help them but in the long run the odds are they will end up with another Sabathia-type contract.

Regardless of what you’ve heard so far this offseason, and however much the teams downplay their needs to the media, the fact remains: 2014 was the first season in more than two decades during which both the Red Sox and Yankees missed the playoffs. They’re due for an old-fashioned bidding war with Boras in the middle, recalling the days of Johnny Damon and Teixeira—whom the Red Sox believed they were close to signing at one point in that winter of 2008-09.

But then the Yankees outflanked their ancient adversary, with general manager Brian Cashman telling reporters the Teixeira signing was a “deviation from our plan” because of a “rare, exceptional opportunity.” For the record, Cashman was right about that: Teixeira hit a walk-off home run in the very next postseason, and the Yankees went on to win the World Series.

A half-dozen years later, it’s worth remembering what Red Sox owner John Henry told The Associated Press after Teixeira signed with his archrival: “There was no mention of the Yankees, but we felt all along that they were going to get the last call. That’s what you deal with in working with Scott.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, yankees

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Despite losses, Orioles still perched on top in AL East - Sports - The Boston Globe

No excuse? How about if the price tags on the available starters are unreasonable? Don’t get me wrong. Getting an ace would be great. Getting an ace at the expense of too much talent, though, is a price they shouldn’t be willing to pay. That’s especially true if you believe having the ace will only get the team to 84-88 wins.

To do: Find an ace. The Red Sox have no excuse for leaving themselves short in this area. They have player and financial resources to obtain free agents such as Max Scherzer or James Shields, and trade for Cole Hamels, David Price, or Jordan Zimmermann. John Henry said the team can go over the $189 million luxury tax threshold for a year. And they need another lefty in the bullpen.

Ugh.

5. As fun as it is to pore over some sabermetric stats, batting average, home runs, and RBIs pretty much tell the story of a hitter. For a top-of-the-order speed guy, walks, on-base percentage, and stolen bases do the same.

Backup job at DH?

8. Ryan Lavarnway, C, Orioles — The Orioles were the fourth team Lavarnway ended up with in December, when he was passed around on waivers from Boston to the Dodgers to the Cubs and now to the Orioles. Lavarnway could compete for a backup job at DH.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, rays, red sox, yankees

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hiroki Kuroda Plans To Return To Hiroshima Carp – MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees need another starter.

Veteran righty Hiroki Kuroda is planning to return to the place where he made his name, the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Japanese media outlets Nippon and Chugoku Shimbun reported the news earlier today, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reporting via Twitter that Kuroda was in fact headed back to Japan.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 07:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: hiroki kuroda, japanese baseball, yankees

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Yankees’ cold-blooded A-Rod approach was missing with Jeter

The organization that talks more about winning-or-bust than any other — maybe more than all the others combined — last year prioritized Derek Jeter’s farewell tour over victories.

Let us count the ways:...

If you did not see this decaying performance, you were watching with your heart, not your eyes, and/or you get all of your baseball information from The Players’ Tribune…

NattyBoh Posted: December 25, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, derek jeter,, retirement tour, yankees

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Big gap still exists in Mets’ Tulowitzki talks—and Yankees check in on SS - CBSSports.com

Will one of the New York teams ante up?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki, yankees

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sherman: Yankees’ cold-blooded A-Rod approach was missing with Jeter

Pasta diving Lupica:

The organization that talks more about winning-or-bust than any other — maybe more than all the others combined — last year prioritized Derek Jeter’s farewell tour over victories.

Let us count the ways:

Hal Steinbrenner ordered his re-signing — and at decent money — though Jeter was coming back from a horrific ankle injury, there was infinitesimal history of a shortstop succeeding at Jeter’s age and despite there being pretty much zero chance Jeter was going to soil his legacy by trying to get paid more to play somewhere else.

Brian Cashman never put a shortstop on the roster better than Brendan Ryan or Stephen Drew who would have offered a no-brainer alternative to Jeter. And Joe Girardi persisted with the absurdist statement that playing Jeter day after day at shortstop and batting him second gave the Yankees their best chance to win.

There was not a scout or stat that backed up that contention on either side of the ball. For example, just 89 players accumulated 200 plate appearances from Aug. 1 until the end of the season. Only one member of that group finished in the bottom six in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. And Girardi let that obviously tiring player be the only Yankee to hit that plate-appearance benchmark while desperate to find the wins to get into the playoffs. That player was, yes, Jeter.

If you did not see this decaying performance, you were watching with your heart, not your eyes, and/or you get all of your baseball information from The Players’ Tribune.

I understood the charade. Steinbrenner did not want to be the owner who let Jeter go and Girardi did not want to be the manager who benched him. Not in Jeter’s victory-lap season when an entire sport wrapped him in loving embrace.

But the contrast to how the Yankees are handling Alex Rodriguez is stark.

JE (Jason) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, derek jeter, ped, yankees

Monday, December 22, 2014

Yankees will pay for education of children of NYPD cop Ramos - NY Daily News

Yankee owner George Steinbrenner died in 2010, but his appreciation for the men and women in blue who protect New York City lives on.

For 32 years, Steinbrenner’s Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has provided for the education of the children of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees who died in the line of duty, and will do so for the family of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, gunned down by a cold-blooded killer Saturday along with his partner, Wenjian Liu.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, yankees

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dodgers biggest spenders in payroll

The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

RIP George Steinbrenner.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 20, 2014 at 01:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yankees

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