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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dellin Betances’ lost case against the Yankees shows the arbitration system is broken | FOX Sports

I was busy yesterday and haven’t read all the hot takes but, other than it being smarter for Levine to keep his mouth shut, Betances outcome fits within the history of the arbitration framework. If the system has been truly flawed why didn’t the MLBPA make it point during the recently settled contract? I get Betances complaint but the outcome shouldn’t have been unexpected. Set-up men don’t get paid in arbitration.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, dellin betances, yankees

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Yankees President: Dellin Betances’ Arbitration Filing “Had No Bearings In Reality”

“It’s like me saying, I’m not the president of the Yankees, I’m an astronaut. I’m not an astronaut and Dellin Betances is not a closer,” Levine adds.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that there’s “bad blood” between Betances and the Yankees going back to last season, when the Yankees renewed Betances’ salary for the league minimum of $507K despite Betances’ strong performances to that point.

Stay classy, Randy.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 18, 2017 at 01:20 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, astronauts, yankees

Friday, February 17, 2017

Brian Cashman excited about position battles | MLB.com

The Yanks’ chances would jump significantly if Severino can recapture the feel of his changeup and replicate what he did at the end of 2015, when he was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Severino was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts last year, and recently sought assistance from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.

“Which is the real [Severino]? We hope the one that possesses three above-average pitches, an explosive fastball, a devastating slider and a wicked changeup,” Cashman said. “That’s not what we got in 2016, so tear up 2016, throw it out the door.

“He muscled up, we felt, when he showed up for spring last year. [Pitching coach] Larry [Rothschild] communicated to him—less bulk and more flexibility. He looks great. It’s clear by how he looks that he did do that. He’s got a fresh start.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yankees’ Michael Pineda focused on finishing outs and innings | Newsday

Sabathia is not alone in this judgement. Can he do it, though?

“I always come into spring training saying this is the year he’s going to win the Cy Young, he’s just got so much talent,” Sabathia said. “He just needs to put everything together. He wants to be good, he works really hard. He just wants to be that great pitcher. I think it’ll come together for him, hopefully this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 03:02 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Red Sox boss uses own NBA analogy in response to Cashman | New York Post

Dave Dombrowski is not falling for Brian Cashman’s hype, comparing his talented Red Sox to the Warriors.

“I heard that and it was interesting,’’ Dombrowski told The Post on Tuesday as Red Sox pitchers and catchers officially worked out for the first time this spring at Fenway South. “But you know what? [The Yankees are] probably like the Cavaliers and I remember the Cavaliers beat Golden State last year. I would think they should be probably be thinking of themselves along those lines. I would think that’s what they’re like.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, dave dombrowski, red sox, yankees

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hannah Jeter: The Derek I Know

Congrats to the Jeter family. As for reports of the sonogram showing the girl has trouble moving to her left, that remains UNCONFIRMED.

On May 14, the Yankees will retire Derek’s number. It’s a significant moment, and one that’s had me thinking a lot about the end of his playing career — those last two years for him as a player, that also happened to be the first two years for us as a couple. Big moments have a funny way of doing that, I think — of getting you to look over your shoulder and reflect.

Big moments also have a funny way of making you look ahead.

Now, pregnant with our first child, Derek and I are looking to the future.

He already has a name in mind — he’s set on it. (We’ll see.) He’ll say when he calls me during the day:

“So, how are you and so-and-so doing?”

“That’s not the name yet, sweetie.”

Whatever her name is, I know she’ll run circles around him.

We want our kids’ lives to be as “normal” as possible. They’re going to be born into such an extraordinary situation. They’re going to have to be some strong little people. We don’t want them to be defined by their dad’s name — for them, we want him to just be “Dad.” That will be the piece of him they’ll have that the rest of the world doesn’t. It will be special, and it will be theirs.

Still, though, I want them to know Derek Jeter. I feel some sadness — and Derek must as well — thinking about how our children will never get to experience that time in his life. We can show them videos, and photos, and memorabilia — I already can’t wait to show them footage of that last night at the Stadium. But I know it won’t be quite the same. I’ll tell them myself: You had to be there.

And I’m sure that both of us will be thinking about that in May.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: February 13, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, old coot, players' tribune, yankees

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Cabrera, Gregorius seemed solid — but these metrics say otherwise - NY Daily News

Although I’m sure the missing plays in Statcast will need to be address, I’m looking forward to seeing better data for infielders.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, didi gregorius, fielding, mets, yankees

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Yankees ink NL home run champ Chris Carter to a one-year, $3 million deal: report

All he does is catch touchdowns!

The Yankees and Carter have agreed on a one-year, $3 million contract pending a physical, according to USA Today.

Carter, 30, hit a National League-best 41 homers for the Brewers last season but hadn’t been able to find work until now. He struck out 206 times in 644 plate appearances and hit .222 with a .321 OBP.

Carter is certainly a flawed player, but will provide depth given his ability to play 1B/DH. He has not played in the outfield since 2014 with Houston.

Lefty Greg Bird is the favorite to be the Yankees everyday first baseman, but he did not play in 2016 due to a shoulder injury. Righty Tyler Austin is also in the mix at the position, while Matt Holliday, who was brought in to DH, could get some work there as well.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2017 at 03:25 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: chris carter, yankees

Retired slugger Mark Teixeira joins ESPN as a baseball analyst

Mark Teixeira will go from sending “Tex messages” to breaking down film, as the retired slugger is joining ESPN as a baseball analyst, the network announced on Tuesday.

Teixeira, 36, retired after playing 14 seasons in the majors with four different teams, most recently with the New York Yankees. In New York, his home runs were called “Tex messages” by radio play-by-play announcer John Sterling.

“I couldn’t be more excited to begin this next chapter of my baseball career with ESPN,” Teixeira said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to being a part of their all-star rotation of commentators and to share my perspective with the fans.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, mark teixiera, yankees

Monday, February 06, 2017

What Yankees’ bullpen freeze tells us about Hal’s budget | New York Post

Here is what a big-market team that truly believes it is a contender does if Plan A does not work: It moves to Plan B, even if the secondary scenario forces it to spend more than they wanted.

Only one New York team has behaved that way late this offseason. That it is the Mets symbolizes the identity flip-flop – at least in the present – of the two clubs.

Both had been determined to only address bullpen needs if they offloaded salary already on the books. The Yankees have stuck to that policy. The Mets audibled.

Unable to deal Jay Bruce’s $13 million, the Mets capitalized on falling prices in the relief market to get Jerry Blevins ($6.5 million) and Fernando Salas ($3 million) on favorable terms, particularly because the guarantees are for no more than one year.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have been unable to deal (or even find interest) in Brett Gardner, Chase Headley or Starlin Castro, who they let some clubs know was available. To date, that has kept them from pushing fervently for a reliever.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 06:27 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Marvels of Engineering, Monuments to Kitsch: Ballpark Wonders, Oddities and Attractions

The Bat. The B&O warehouse at Camden yards. ‘The Big A’ at Angel Stadium. Those special flourishes, details, or attractions that make each ball park unique and serve as local touchstone (the guitar-shaped scoreboard at First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds) or national icon (the ivy at Wrigley). Some are wonders of engineering (Safeco Field’s retractable roof); others are monuments to kitsch (the bobble head museum at Marlins Park). Some are awe-inspiring (the desert vistas at Camel Back Ranch-Glendale), while others are just annoying (the drummer at Cleveland’s Progressive Field).

gehrig97 Posted: February 02, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: books, bull durham, cleveland, green monster, mascots, miller park, wrigley field, yankees

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Four Yankees prospects ready to steal spring training spotlight | New York Post

The Yankees announced Tuesday highly touted prospects Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and Gleyber Torres will be among the non-roster invitees reporting to George M. Steinbrenner Field for spring training. Each of the four young men will be attending his first big league camp.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Yankees’ Next Wave of Pitching Prospects Filled with MLB Talent | Bleacher Report

The commitment will likely be tested because some of the young pitchers will struggle. The Yankees have already seen that with Luis Severino. After looking like a future ace in a late-season 2015 audition, Severino was so bad as a starter in 2016 that many believe his future is in the bullpen.

Severino could still make it, but the Yankees’ hope is he’ll soon be pushed by the next wave that features Kaprielian, Sheffield, Adams and the others. While the younger group doesn’t include anyone expected to compete for a major league job this spring, scouts see a chance some could contribute by the end of the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2017 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Sunday, January 22, 2017

dWAR Doesn’t Care One Bit About Your Reputation

Do Mattingly was a great first baseman, wasn’t he?

Wasn’t he?


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka have not discussed contract extension - NY Daily News

“We have a significant contract with Masahiro Tanaka,” Cashman said Tuesday night at the opening of Orangetheory Fitness in Manhattan. “Hopefully he has a great year, and then he’ll have a decision to make. If he doesn’t, then he won’t. I think he pitched like a Cy Young award candidate last year, and I certainly hope he does so again this year. But at this point we’ve had no discussions internally to pursue any kind of extension.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Monday, January 09, 2017

Where will the Yankees play Gleyber Torres? | MLB.com

Bryan Hoch thinks Torres will end up at second base.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:39 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Thursday, January 05, 2017

3 years later, Yankees letting Robinson Cano go a mistake - NY Daily News

Three years in. Jumping to a conclusion is very premature.

Cano is now three seasons into his 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners. And so far — with the exception of the first three months of 2015, when he battled a reported stomach illness and struggled as a result — it’s worked out very well for Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, yankees


Friday, December 30, 2016

Pipeline Inbox: Comparing Swanson to Jeter | MLB.com

Somewhere out there is a New York writer ready to make this quote, “Dansby Swanson, I watched Derek Jeter. I knew Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter was a friend of mine. Dansby Swanson, you’re no Derek Jeter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, derek jeter, yankees

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ballot 2: Roger Clemens | Joe Posnanski

Roger Clemens and missed opportunity in the draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:52 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, hall of fame, red sox, roger clemens, yankees

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Yankees, White Sox expand trade talks | MLB.com

What are they dangling?

USA Today reported New York was interested in acquiring both Quintana and Robertson from the White Sox, while The New York Post reported the Yankees have not discussed acquiring both players. The Yankees have not commented on the reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2016 at 01:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox, yankees

Monday, December 26, 2016

Klapisch: Holiday gifts only a major leaguer could love

Patience in New York?

Brian Cashman: Patience

Must be tempting to know the White Sox would possibly deal the estimable Jose Quintana for Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier. That would be a mistake, though. The Yankees are too invested in their rebuild to start dealing prospects just yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Examining why Yankees hope these young starters will be different | New York Post

OK, I have a problem. In my sim leagues I pretty much never acquire Yankees because I hate routing for Yankees players to do well, especially when they face the Red Sox. I know, it’s an issue but I just can’t help it. Nevertheless, I had to buy low on Severino this year because I’m enamored with his stuff. Whether he becomes a dependable starter or not is still up in the air but, at his floor, I see a dominate reliever.

Severino

After his impressive 2015 rookie cameo in a pennant race, he came in with a rotation job locked up and was one of the most disappointing players of 2016. He was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts. The saving grace was an 0.39 ERA in 11 relief outings that raised the possibility of a kind of Betances II — a guy without the consistency to start, but who might be able to dominate multiple innings as a reliever.

Rothschild: “Everyone talks about the need for him to develop a changeup, but the most important thing is he needs to command his fastball better. He can throw great pitches to the glove side down to righties, but it is not repeatable and in the majors mistakes show up. The changeup is an important pitch, but if he locates his fastball with his breaking ball, he will pitch well. My emphasis at the end of the year with him was locate your fastball better, repeat your delivery and make sure your breaking ball morphs back into a harder breaking ball. I certainly look at him as a starter. But to be a starter, improvements need to be made. If the improvements are made, he will be really good. In 2015, he was marginally better — it was like relief [in 2016] in that he overpowered with his fastball and got chases on his breaking ball and hitters hadn’t seen him a lot. The league will catch up to you if you do not make adjustments.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Projecting the 2019 lineups for the Yankees and Mets - NY Daily News

Jose Reyes?

LINEUP: A.J. Pollock, CF; T.J. Rivera, 2B; Michael Conforto, RF; Yoenis Cespedes, LF; Dom Smith/Peter Alonso, 1B; Jose Reyes, 3B; Amed Rosario, SS; Tomas Nido, C.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Yankees prospect shot dead in Venezuela | New York Post

Alexander Figueredo, a 20-year-old lefty pitcher in the Yankees’ minor league system who missed the entire 2016 season while on the suspended/restricted list, was shot and killed on Nov. 27 in his native Venezuela.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 05:13 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, yankees

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