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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 | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yankees

The Yankees’ plan in case A-Rod can’t play at all

The Yankees already have said that Alex Rodriguez will not be their third baseman. But just as interesting is that if he is not healthy enough to play in 2015, the Yanks are currently planning to use the roster space to go with platoons at both second base and shortstop.

NattyBoh Posted: December 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Friday, December 19, 2014

Max Scherzer not a realistic option, New York Yankees’ Randy Levine says - ESPN New York

Where will Scherzer end up?

“The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,’’ Levine told reporters at a midtown news conference to announce a broadcast deal between the YES Network and the New York Football Club. “At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.’‘
...
“He’s a great pitcher,” the source said of Scherzer, “but not even the Yankees can have three $25 [million] to $30 million pitchers on the payroll. You just can’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, yankees

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pitching-deficient Yankees re-sign Chris Capuano

In a move about desperation, depth or both, the Yankees reached agreement Tuesday with Chris Capuano on a one-year, $5 million contract.

Capuano was a stopgap measure when the Yankees obtained him last July 24, and nothing has really changed. He would be in the rotation in 2015 for the same reasons he was in 2014 – because so much had gone wrong.

Actually, that is already the case. Capuano is currently part of a group with David Phelps and Adam Warren that will be in contention for the Nos. 4 and 5 starter spots. And the front three of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia hardly offer confidence with their health.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris capuano, free agents, yankees

Monday, December 15, 2014

Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras Say They’re Caught up in a Multimillion Dollar Scam | VICE Sports

Oh dear.

Over the course of several years, first when Collar and Fernandez were at Merrill Lynch, and then when they opened their own firm, Quantum Family Office Group, in 2005, Posada gave the two money men absolute control over his finances.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: jose contreras, jose posada, yankees

Chase Headley agrees to deal with New York Yankees - ESPN New York

This is a good fit for the Yankees and Headley.

The New York Yankees have agreed Monday to a four-year deal with third baseman Chase Headley for a little more than $50 million, sources told ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

The Yankees will have to double down on spending, even if they don’t want to - Pinstripe Alley

The team obviously likes Scherzer, so it’s no surprise if they signed him just because they thought he was a great player. But the team finds themselves in a tricky position where a major signing would send them into the realm of postseason contention. And as one can see on the above graph, that is the point of the highest slope. It’s obviously a massive gamble, but a successful season from Scherzer and other possible signings (like Headley, for example) would pay dividends. If the team was able to make the postseason, then much of their salaries would be negated by the large increase in revenue. While some argue that the team has a relatively hard cap on what they will spend, they also realize that they can’t afford not to lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras say they’re caught up in a multi-million dollar scam

Posada and his wife Laura are suing Collar and Fernandez and their Quantum Ventures, LLC over what they believe was a blatant and negligent mismanagement of funds that resulted in nearly $11.2 million in losses for the former catcher, according to a complaint filed in Miami-Dade county that was obtained by VICE Sports.

Posada is not the only player claiming to have been duped by Collar and Fernandez. In a separate lawsuit, former Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jose Contreras has made a similar claim of fraud. In total, Contreras’s attorneys claim the pitcher lost nearly $2.4 million through Quantum’s investments, according to a complaint also filed in a Miami-Dade county court, which was obtained by VICE Sports. (Curiously, Contreras’s complaint says he is 40 years old, even though his baseball bio has always listed him as having been born on December 6, 1971—a difference of three years.)....

Both players claim they were unaware of any alleged wrongdoings and say that they never authorized the type of risky investments made by Collar and Fernandez. In both situations, Collar and Fernandez received all of the player’s mail, filed their tax returns, wrote checks for them, and were given the authority to make whatever investments they wanted with Posada and Contreras’s money.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletes, jorge posada, jose contreras, scam, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2014

Toledo News-Bee, December 15, 1914:

ALTHOUGH NOT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED, RUPPERT IS THE NEW OWNER OF THE YANKS

President Ban Johnson of the American league on Tuesday carefully dodged confirming Col. Jacob Ruppert’s announcement that he and his associates have bought the New York Yanks for about $450,000, but intimated that the transaction is about to be closed.

Johnson could not suppress some feelings of amusement over the fact that Moguls Gilmore and Weeghman of the Federal league paid railroad fare to French Lick Springs, Ind., only to be told by Ruppert that he had decided to cast his fortunes with Johnson’s organization.

Things turned out pretty well for Ruppert in the Bronx, I’d say.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 15, 2014 at 08:19 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jacob ruppert, yankees

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dellin Betances more than open to being closer - NY Daily News

Unfortunately, he’s not a *proven* closer.

Yankee fans still wincing over David Robertson’s defection to the White Sox — and wondering who will become the team’s new closer — can take comfort in knowing that flame-throwing Dellin Betances is ready for whatever plans Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi have in mind.

“Whatever it is to help the team win, I’m all for it,” Betances said Friday at the Stadium. “I’ll come in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth (inning), whatever they want me to do. I just want to win. I just want to be able to help the team win.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Yankees signing Max Scherzer makes more and more sense by the day - Pinstripe Alley

I truly hope the Yankees sign Scherzer for 7/$200.

So with Jon Lester officially off the market, what’s the solution for the Yankees? It has to be Max Scherzer. He’s the one huge starter remaining on the market, given that the rest is populated by the likes of the older James Shields and other mediocre pitchers. It would be a challenge to feel that confident in a Yankees rotation featuring those other players, unless there’s a trade in the works (which can’t be ruled out). It changes entirely with Scherzer at the top.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, yankees

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yankees’ Cashman: A-Rod needs to shed a few pounds | New York Post

I thought he was working out like a mad man?

Nobody expected Alex Rodriguez to turn into a tub of goo while suspended for the 2014 season, but he has a few pounds to shed to hit the weight the Yankees have told him to report at when spring training opens in late February.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 08:43 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cashman: “It’s a different system that we’re operating in” - The LoHud Yankees Blog

You can’t patch forever. Sometimes you need to be bad for a little while to get good.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

White Sox To Sign David Robertson

The White Sox have agreed to sign David Robertson to a four-year deal worth more than $40MM, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).  Robertson has been zeroed in on landing a four-year deal this winter and he found a team happy to give him one with a solid average annual value.

Robertson may not have landed the ~$50MM Jonathan Papelbon-type deal that he was said to be looking for, but he did out earn fellow free agent Andrew Miller, who will be pitching late in games for his former club.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2014 at 12:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, david robertson, free agents, white sox, yankees

Monday, December 08, 2014

White Sox setting their sights on David Robertson | New York Post

The White Sox have serious interest in David Robertson and they aren’t blanching over the elite closer looking for a four-year deal in the $50 million neighborhood.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david robertson, free agents, white sox, yankees

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Rollins may have considered Yanks but won’t waive no-trade for Mets - CBSSports.com

Scratch Jimmy Rollins off the Mets’ shortstop list.

The Phillies have told the Mets and some other teams that Rollins isn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause at this time, scuttling any chance for a trade involving the Mets and those other teams. It isn’t known whether Rollins might change his mind, but that is apparently his current stance.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, phillies, trade rumors, yankees

Didi Gregorius isn’t short on class and poise: scout - NY Daily News

Contrast this article with the other one I posted today. He’s either a guy who “thinks too much” or a “real easygoing guy”.

“He’s comfortable in his skin, handles failure well. He’s just a real easygoing guy. Nothing gets to him. He’ll love being in New York and, if people give him a chance, they’ll love him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, yankees

McManaman: Didi Gregorius’ stint as Derek Jeter’s replacement won’t last long

Thinking…

There’s a reason why two teams have already given up on Gregorius before he turns 25. He can’t hit. That’s why he couldn’t even crack the starting lineup on the worst team in baseball this past season.

Think about that for a minute.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, didi gregorius, yankees

Friday, December 05, 2014

Yankees To Sign Andrew Miller

Do we need to revisit the Miguel Cabrera trade?

The Yankees and Andrew Miller have agreed to a four-year, $36MM contract, tweets Jack Curry of the YES Network...

The 29-year-old Miller (30 next May) broke out in a huge way in 2014, pitching to a 2.02 ERA with an eye-popping 14.9 K/9 (an AL record), 2.5 BB/9 and a 46.9 percent ground-ball rate in 62 1/2 innings for the Red Sox and Orioles… Miller will pair with Dellin Betances — an electric breakout story himself — at the back of the Yankee bullpen, giving manager Joe Girardi a pair of dominant late-inning options… The Miller signing doesn’t necessarily preclude the Yankees from retaining [David] Robertson, as some reports have indicated that it’s at least possible for GM Brian Cashman to spend to bring both elite relievers to the Bronx…

Miller’s contract is the largest ever for a non-closing reliever… As excellent as Miller was in 2014, the contract is clearly not without risk for the Yankees. Setting aside the volatile nature of all relievers, this past season marked the first year in which Miller displayed above-average control and was also the first in which he was allowed to face both right-and left-handed hitters in a full setup capacity.

The District Attorney Posted: December 05, 2014 at 03:59 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, free agents, transactions, yankees

Yankees To Acquire Didi Gregorius In Three-Team Deal With D-Backs, Tigers

Didi has big shoes to fill, although those shoes don’t necessarily have to cover much ground.

Tigers, whether or not this works out, most likely got FISTERED!

The Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers have completed a three-team trade that will send Didi Gregorius to the Yankees, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Rosenthal adds that Robbie Ray will indeed go from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks and Shane Greene will be heading to the Tigers.


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in a corner outfielder who has a history of getting on base roughly 35 percent of the time, and can give you a 30-plus-homer season at Camden Yards. This is the kind of move the O’s need to make to maintain their top spot in an AL East in which the Red Sox and Blue Jays are obviously both dramatically improved.

Here’s the rub: The Braves, who appear more certain than ever to move Upton now that they’ve signed Nick Markakis, are looking for young, controllable arms in their bid to build a contender for 2017. There was a time when a top-tier pitching prospect such as Dylan Bundy would have netted far more years of contractual control than Upton, a pending free agent, provides. But in this starting-saturated market - and with Bundy re-establishing himself following Tommy John surgery - I’m not so sure that’s the case. Would the O’s be willing to part with Bundy’s long-term potential for some short-term thump? Hard to say, but their free-agent options have thinned in a hurry.


Full Count » Sources: Dodgers have serious interest in Jon Lester, poised for potential late negotiating push

One industry source was under the impression that the Dodgers had already entered the bidding with an offer to Lester, while another characterized the Dodgers as poised to play a role similar to the one made by the Yankees in December 2008, when New York swooped in late to sign Mark Teixeira away from other interested bidders with a high bid of eight years and $180 million. A third noted of the Dodgers’ potential interest that Lester, “could help any team looking to win championships,” the unquestioned bar for a Los Angeles team that is after its first title since 1988.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, yankees

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Source: Yankees cooling on Chase Headley, high on Rob Refsnyder - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York

Five years for Headley? No thank you. No thank you. No thank you. No thank you.

But one free agent who might not find the Yankees to be his Santa Claus is Chase Headley, who only two weeks ago was being touted by folks in the organization as Priority No. 1 considering the lack of faith the Yankees have in the returning Alex Rodriguez.

Now, however, the Headley fever seems to have cooled, especially since the Pablo Sandoval deal with the Red Sox—five years, $95 million—seems to have stiffened Headley’s resolve to get a five-year deal of his own. According to a baseball source I spoke with Tuesday, the Yankees are not willing to give Headley five years, considering his age (31 in May), so-so offensive production the past two seasons, and lingering lower back problems, which could lead to surgery at some point over the length of a five-year contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, yankees

Monday, December 01, 2014

Exec says David Robertson has $39M offer; could set record for relievers - CBSSports.com

Pay a lot for a closer *and* lose your first round pick. Not an attractive prospect for teams without protected picks.

The Astros, whose interest was first reported by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, wouldn’t lose a first-round pick by signing a top free agent since their first pick is protected. However, there are believed to believed to be a few suitors, and some surprises. The Blue Jays and White Sox are among teams seeking closers, though it isn’t known if they are involved here.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, david robertson, free agents, yankees

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Yankees won’t get into bidding war for Chase Headley: source - NY Daily News

Why would they? They are already paying third baseman Alex Rodriguez $22 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, free agents, yankees

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