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Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Aroldis Chapman fallout will be even more interesting than the deal itself | FOX Sports

Five years and over $80 million for a reliever? No thank you.

It’s a bizarre baseball reality that the low-revenue Marlins could outbid the high-revenue Dodgers for a player whom the Dodgers signed out of Curacao in 2004, converted from a catcher to a pitcher and developed into an elite closer.

But don’t be surprised if it happens.

The Dodgers’ value-driven front office is not the type to pump $80 million into a pitcher who works 70 innings a season — particularly when the lack of state income tax in Florida, as opposed to the high state income tax in California, will make it that much more difficult for them to beat the Marlins’ offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, free agents, kenley jansen, marlins, yankees

Yankees reportedly to sign Aroldis Chapman | MLB.com

While I was sleeping…

Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit fastball are heading back to the Bronx, as the left-handed closer has agreed to a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees on Wednesday night, a source told MLB.com.

The agreement sets a Major League record for the largest contract ever handed to a relief pitcher. The Yankees have not officially announced the signing, as Chapman must still pass a physical to finalize the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:24 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, free agents, yankees

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Heyman: Yankees Remain Focused On Aroldis Chapman

Though it isn’t known exactly where the team stands, the New York Yankees remain focused on bringing back closer Aroldis Chapman, with ex-Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen their primary backup plan.

While Chapman is reportedly looking for a six-year deal, the Yankees won’t go that far; they are, however, prepared to give Chapman a deal in the range of five years and $80 million, which would break the record for relievers just set by Mark Melancon, who received a four-year, $62 million deal from the Giants.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, free agents, yankees

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Yankees agree to contract with Matt Holliday | MLB.com

Yankees strike.

The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball’s Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 10:25 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, matt holliday, yankees

Friday, December 02, 2016

How the new CBA is helping the Yankees | New York Post

Some reports have suggested some parts of the new CBA will hurt big market teams. Maybe some of those drags on payroll will be offset by changes like this one. We’ll see how it all plays out.

Yet, two factors in the new CBA help the Yankees regarding the luxury tax, which moves from $189 million to $195 million for the 2017 season. It will be $197 million in 2018, $206 million in 2019, $208 million in 2020 and $210 million in 2021, the final year of the deal.

First, the previous CBA had a multiplier system based on teams’ market size, payroll ranking and past history of revenue growth. The Yankees were ranked first in the multiplier system, which helped determine luxury tax, but that system has been eliminated in the new CBA.

Second, since the Yankees built and operate their own stadium, they get a tax shelter.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, yankees

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yankees Mailbag: Manny Machado at third base in 2019? - NY Daily News

This is a free agent signing I can see for the Yankees. Of course, the Orioles will have a chance to prevent it.

What does the 2018 Yankees infield look like? — Adam G. @adamGobj

We’re still 18 months away from that, but my guess would be Gary Sanchez behind the plate, Greg Bird at first base, Gleyber Torres at second base, Didi Gregorius at shortstop and Starlin Castro at third base. Castro could remain at second and Torres could move to third, but I think the Yankees envision Torres playing second base going forward, so they’d be more likely to put him there.

Chase Headley is signed through 2018, but if he’s not traded this winter, I can see the Yankees trying to move him a year from now when he has only one year remaining on his deal — especially if Torres is ready.

After 2018? Manny Machado plays third base.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, yankees

Saturday, November 26, 2016

New York Yankees to start Gleyber Torres with Double-A Trenton Thunder in 2017 | MiLB.com

Coming off an MVP campaign in the elite proving ground that is the Arizona Fall League, Gleyber Torres is in line for a promotion.

The Yankees plan on assigning their second-ranked prospect to Double-A Trenton to start the 2017 season.

“He’s never played above the Florida State [League],” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post. “Next year, he’ll start at Trenton and get introduced to the cold weather of the Eastern League in April for the first time. He’ll be ready whenever he’s ready. I’m not currently thinking about his timeline. Once he has extensive success at Double-A level, you can start doing that. He hasn’t taken that step yet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Friday, November 25, 2016

Gleyber Torres has real chance to make Yankees great again - NY Daily News

All aboard the hype train!

“He’s just ridiculously good. He was clearly the best player in the league. It seemed like he hit a line drive every time up.’’

A scout for a major league team who hadn’t seen Torres since May, when he was still in the Cubs’ farm system, offered a similarly glowing report after observing him in the AFL, which concluded Saturday.

“He’s progressing at an advanced rate,’’ the scout said. “The more you see him, the more impressed you are with his all-around ability. He’s incredibly advanced at the plate for his age. He has a disciplined approach, and the power is coming quicker than I thought.

“I saw the Yankee guys out there, and they’re ecstatic about Torres, I can tell you that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Heyman - Yankees Casting Wide Net On Free Agent Market

The Yankees are out there, waiting, planning.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Why Jorge Posada might not be long for Hall of Fame ballot | New York Post

Mostly, he could simply fall victim to an overcrowded ballot, on which voters only can select 10 players. Fifteen players return who received at least 7 percent of the vote, plus newcomers Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez should receive plenty of support. The ballot is mainly jammed because players associated with steroids, such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, linger and absorb plenty of votes, but not nearly the 75 percent needed to gain election.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jorge posada, yankees

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Yankees are positioned to make major moves | FOX Sports

The Yankees should wait another year to open the vault.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, November 18, 2016

Drellich: Red Sox, Yankees may battle over Carlos Beltran | Boston Herald

There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops.

Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience on either side.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, free agents, red sox, yankees

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Astros acquire Brian McCann from Yankees | MLB.com

Brian McCann seemed like a perfect fit for the Astros, a left-handed-hitting catcher who could still provide some offensive punch while giving them some veteran leadership. The Astros pulled off a deal on Thursday to acquire McCann, sending Minor League pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brian mccann, trade, yankees

Hal Steinbrenner’s plan should put a smile on Chapman’s face | New York Post

No, he did not say, “I plan to make Aroldis Chapman the highest paid reliever in baseball!”

“For me, the bullpen is my priority,” Steinbrenner said, emphasizing “my.” He proceeded: “Because I think we’re probably going to have a young pitching staff, and I think if we can shorten the game for them by really strengthening the bullpen, that’s going to be to our advantage.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Notes: The Nationals are in the mix for Chris Sale | FOX Sports

Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.

The Nationals can.

Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.

Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.

The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Rookie of the Year? Who cares? Gary Sanchez is face of Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The face of the Yankees? What happens when he regresses next year?

Gary Sanchez didn’t win the American League Rookie of the Year award, but he already took home a far more prestigious honor due to his amazing debut in 2016: He is undoubtedly the new face of the New York Yankees.

Just 55 games into his major league career, Sanchez is the supermoon in the Yankees’ universe.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Monday, November 14, 2016

Why Gary Sanchez has real shot to be named Rookie of the Year | New York Post

I would have voted for Fulmer.

The Baseball Writers Association of America’s “Awards Week” kicks off with the announcement of the Rookies of the Year. Whereas the National League honor figures to go unanimously to Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the American League trophy is up for grabs between Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, whom the Mets traded to Detroit for Yoenis Cespedes on July 31, 2015.

Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin is the third finalist for the AL award, as announced last week. Naquin, who put together an impressive .296/.372/.514 slash line in 116 games totaling 365 plate appearances, is as sure a bet to finish third as Gary Johnson was in last week’s Presidential election.

Sanchez, who didn’t stick with the Yankees for good until early August, recorded a remarkable .299/.376/.657 slash line in 53 games totaling 229 plate appearances. The 23-year-old finished with 20 home runs, and he set major league records for hitting his 11th, 18th and 19th homers in the fewest games ever. While Sanchez tied Texas’ Nomar Mazara for the most homers by an AL rookie in 2016, Mazara tallied his home run total in 568 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gary sanchez, rookie of the year, yankees

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Mike Pagliarulo Is Marlins New Hitting Coach

He’s no Jeter.

He started plotting his next move, getting back to his research roots: Now what? Instead of a high school kid looking for a college, Pagliarulo was the middle-aged father of two grown children and looking for another direction….

A year later, with the Marlins moving on from Barry Bonds after one season as hitting coach, Pagliarulo got the job. As he works with assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino, Pagliarulo will be tasked with helping Marlins hitters digest the occasionally intimidating library of information available to them — including video, an aspect of the club’s offensive game that Mattingly stressed needed to get better as Miami’s season petered out to a disappointing end in September.

Pagliarulo is confident he can do that. The skill set he has developed over the course of decades is one of a modern major league hitting coach.

“I’m so glad the technology is as advanced as it is,” Pagliarulo said. “From my lived experience, with that technology, I can expand on what I’ve learned and what [players] need to learn.”

Bote Man Posted: November 09, 2016 at 07:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting coaches, marlins, yankees

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Yankees fans should cheer for Cubs if they want Chapman back - NY Daily News

It’s always all about the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, yankees

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Andrew Miller: Girardi’s bullpen calls sometimes ‘created a mess’ | New York Post

I saw this a few times and scratched my head. When you have two guys of their caliber you warm them up once before you bring them into the game. It helps maximize their effectiveness and innings.

“I know when Chapman came back to us for the Yankees this year, Dellin and I were kind of up in the air about what order we would pitch,’’ Miller said. “And in some instances it created a mess because we were both warming up next to each other.

“I think all managers, Joe, Tito [Terry Francona], I’ve been lucky to have some that really handle the bullpen well. But you hate to have two guys warming up at the same time. It seems wasteful in a sense.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 07:01 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Monday, October 24, 2016

How two men brought hope back to the Chicago Cubs | FOX Sports

I’ve been impressed by Arod’s work as an analyst. He clearly works hard to prepare for the broadcasts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 07:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, cubs, red sox, theo epstein, yankees

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2016

New York World, October 20, 1916:

Yankee Owners Planning To Start Work on Their New Park by Next Spring

Nobody is more anxious to begin the erection of a new ball park than are [Yankees owners] Capt. Huston and Col. Ruppert, but the problem that is besetting them is location. They have had under consideration an excellent place in Long Island City, on the other end of the Queensboro Bridge, but there is a doubt as to whether it would be advisable to get off Manhattan Island.
...
The decision on location is the only thing holding back the owners of the Yanks.

“Long Island City Larrupers” doesn’t have quite as good a ring to it as “Bronx Bombers”.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 20, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, yankees

Monday, October 17, 2016

OTP 2016 Oct 17: Politics, Sports, and the ‘League of Legends’ World Championship

The closer eSports comes to mirroring real world sports, the more we’ll see the truly political components of eSports. Traditional sports have long and complex ties with politics of all sorts, and you can already see these strands in their digital counterparts.

Baseball, perhaps the most American sport, traces close connections to the US military—at least going back as far as World War II. The home plate has also been the home of culture wars. If you’ve been to any baseball games that sung “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch (most common on Sundays and during Yankee’s games), you experienced the lingering cultural repercussions of post-9/11 America. After the attacks, baseball as an American pastime became a cultural representation of our nation in relation to global terrorism.

This isn’t an attack on the expression of national pride and honor at sporting events, but it’s silly to think that sports (and by extension eSports) can ever be politics free. Even the very makeup of our “American” baseball teams are political in nature. It’s always deliciously ironic when you hear the national anthem at baseball games when well over a quarter of athletes are foreign born (27.5 percent in 2016).

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 17, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 2095 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, video games, yankees

Monday, October 03, 2016

Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

SNY, cable home of the Mets, finished the regular season as baseball’s most-watched regional sports network, beating the Yankees’ YES Network, according to a statement Monday. The results mark the first time Mets games have drawn more local TV viewers than Yankees games since SNY and YES started competing against each other in 2006.

Mets games on SNY averaged 263,850 viewers, compared with about 218,000 for the Yankees on YES, according to the statement from SNY. A YES spokesman said the network will likely release its final viewership numbers on Oct. 4.

The Mets’ viewership and average household rating of 2.73 were both their highest since the 2008 season, when the team went 89-73 and missed the playoffs. New York is the nation’s biggest television market.

Part of the reason for the dip in Yankees’ ratings is the ongoing dispute between YES, majority-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., and Comcast Corp., which has kept the team’s games out of about 900,000 homes, about 65 percent of which are in the official New York TV market.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, television ratings, yankees

Sunday, October 02, 2016


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