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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Yanks must have nearing cutoff date to buy out A-Rod, Teixeira | New York Post

The fans are cognizant of the results: a combined 11 homers, 38 RBIs, .595 OPS and a slash line of .199/.268/.327. Rodriguez and Teixeira are walking less (8.4 percent of plate appearances compared with 13.2 last year) and whiffing more (27.8/21.3), symbolic of pitchers fearing them less and challenging them more.

This would be no easy decision. A-Rod and Teixeira helped the 2009 Yanks win a title and have had brilliant careers — albeit in Rodriguez’s case tainted by PEDs. Then there is the money. Teixeira (at $22.5 million) is in the final year of his contract. Rodriguez is being paid $20 million this year and next. From this point forward, the Yanks owe the duo approximately $45.4 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mark teixeira, yankees

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Report: Five teams interested in Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller

I’d want Miller over Chapman. Does anyone disagree?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New York Yankees add ex-Met Ike Davis to attempt to fill first-base void

I guess his stock can’t get much lower.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2016 at 11:32 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, yankees

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cubs on the prowl for a quick strike in summer pitching market | Chicago Sun-Times

Why would Baez be a non-starter?

Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez and top catching prospect Willson Contreras are expected to be non-starters in talks. But the Cubs have a handful of other intriguing young prospects (and possibly Jorge Soler) who could be made available.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, trade rumors, yankees

Sunday, June 12, 2016

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka just can’t catch a break - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The numbers are there, and you can make of them what you will.

The seven times Masahiro Tanaka has pitched on extra rest this season, he has a 1.75 ERA and has allowed two home runs. The six times he has pitched on four days’ rest, he has a 4.70 ERA and has allowed six homers.

Tanaka’s start Saturday night was on four days’ rest, so you already know how it went. Tanaka made two very bad pitches that the Detroit Tigers turned into home runs (and a couple more that became long outs), and the New York Yankees’ five-game winning streak came to an end with a 6-1 loss.

Again, make of it what you will, because Yankees manager Joe Girardi is exactly right when he says a major league pitcher needs to be able to pitch on four days’ rest.

“I’m sure there’s something to it,” Girardi said. “But as a manager, when you’re playing 40 games in 41 days, you can’t have a six-man rotation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Friday, June 10, 2016


Monday, June 06, 2016

Yanks must trade flamethrowers now — before wins fool them | New York Post

Or, they could wait.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Sunday, June 05, 2016


Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Ticking clock hangs over Yankees’ internal Michael Pineda debate | New York Post

As Sherman notes later in the column. The Yankees don’t have many options.

Pineda reaches four years and 172 days of service time on June 14, and 172 days equates to a full season when accounting for service time. Thus, Pineda becomes a five-year player on that date and a player can no longer be sent to the minors without his consent when he accrues five years. So the Yankees are two weeks away from losing a tool to deal with a struggling Pineda, though he has two minor league options left.

In other words, in two weeks the Yankees will not — without Pineda’s approval — be able to do with the righty what they did with the failing Luis Severino by sending him to Triple-A.

“I am aware of the options, but under the current circumstances we want to keep him in the rotation,” Cashman said. “He will make his next start [Thursday in Detroit] and we will have further conversations.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Lohud Yankees Blog: ‘Long run, this should make (Severino) better’

“I think when you look at Luis, you’re looking at long term,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Long term, we have to get this straightened out. This isn’t a guy that’s 34, 35 (years old) that has a long track record. This is a kid with a lot of talent, and we want, the next time he comes up, to be a finished product. He came up last year—some of it was based on need—and did very well. Sometimes when you enter your second season and people have seen you, you have to make adjustments probably more than you’ve ever had to make, it’s not always so easy. So that’s why I think that he’ll get through this and it’s going to make him a better pitcher.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Sunday, May 22, 2016

AP: Plumbing issues in Yankees’ dugout at Oakland Coliseum

And Shooty forgot to bring his plunger.

There were plumbing issues in the visitor’s dugout at the Oakland Coliseum before the start of Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees.

Several maintenance workers spent nearly an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet while a member of the Coliseum staff mopped up the standing water seeping into the dugout. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and some New York players sidestepped the mess as they made their way to the field for pre-game workouts.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 22, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dugout, oakland coliseum, yankees

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Yankees coaches sound fed up with Pineda after latest disaster | New York Post

The alarm has gone off concerning Michael Pineda’s miserable season.

“It’s easy to say it will turn, but it’s been too long,’’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild said following Pineda’s latest lousy outing Tuesday night at Chase Field, where the Diamondbacks hung a 5-3 loss on the right-hander in front of 30,913. “We are almost a quarter of the way through his starts. We need to straighten it out, especially in the stretch. He is going through a major bump in the road right now.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Monday, May 16, 2016

Masahiro Tanaka’s splitter is gone — is rest to blame? | New York Post

It’s only one game.

Masahiro Tanaka has built his career around his split-fingered fastball, and on Sunday, the Yankees got a glimpse of what he’d look like without it.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Yankees’ Luis Severino exits with injury | yankees.com

The Yankees may finally have an explanation for Luis Severino’s sophomore slump. Forced to leave his start in the third inning on Friday, the hurler has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right triceps, which will necessitate a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

The Yankees are expected to call up right-hander Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Severino’s spot on the roster, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.

Severino struggled mightily in a 7-1 loss to the White Sox, surrendering seven runs and seven hits with four walks before leaving the field with head athletic trainer Steve Donohue. An MRI taken during the game revealed the strain.

“You worry about it, because we’ve seen a lot of guys in the game of baseball have to go on the DL,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Harper: Yanks could land big haul for Aroldis Chapman at deadline - NY Daily News

How much value would a two-month closer rental have?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Aaron Hicks’ first home run powers Yankees | MLB.com

That is a tough way to lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Spector: David Ortiz’s game-changing K was embarrassing; robot umps, anyone?

Looking at PitchF/X data from Brooks Baseball, Farrell was both right and wrong. The 3-1 pitch was a strike. The 3-2 pitch, after which Ortiz had to be restrained from going after Kulpa, was low. It was not so low as to match Farrell’s assertion that Ortiz “needed a hockey stick” to reach it, but it should have been Ball 4.

It’s important to remember, though, that the 3-2 pitch came after the 3-1 pitch and a reaction by Ortiz that was so animated, Farrell needed to come out and get ejected on the slugger’s behalf. It is not fair or right that umpires expand the strike zone in such situations, but that has been the case for a century and a half of baseball. Ortiz, a major leaguer since 1997, has been around long enough to know that if you’re that demonstrative with a protest of a called strike, and somehow are lucky enough not to get thrown out of the game, if the next pitch is anywhere close — which it was — you’d better be swinging the bat. ...

The incident illuminates a point that everyone already is aware of, but that needs to be made, explicitly, as a reminder. Calling balls and strikes, in real time, at full speed, is an incredibly difficult job that human umpires do remarkably well, all things considered.

As Ortiz said, though, “They’re human, and they’re going to make mistakes.” The difference is that, in 2016, awareness of those mistakes is heightened. There is a strike zone tracker on television broadcasts, not to mention on Major League Baseball’s website and phone apps. There are Twitter accounts that not only track close ball-strike calls, but tell you, immediately, how often a pitch in a certain location is called the same way.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 07, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, strike zone, umpires, yankees

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Marlins revelation who may doom Yankees’ Eovaldi trade | New York Post

Trades and long-term contracts shouldn’t be evaluated after one season.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:24 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: trades, yankees

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Yankees GM: ‘We urgently need to stop the bleeding’ | New York Post

A tourniquet may be needed.

“We urgently need to stop the bleeding now,” Cashman said Monday in a telephone interview. “We’ve been saying that. We’re working towards that.”

That doesn’t mean changes are imminent — and for sure, as Cashman made clear, it bodes no trouble for manager Joe Girardi or his coaches. Yet while Cashman wants to give his current roster more time to climb out of this hole, he won’t wait too long.

“We’ll continue to do the work necessary to put ourselves in position to succeed, and eventually that worm will turn. In the event things don’t turn I’m going to have to make it turn and be forced to do things that weren’t part of the game plan, whatever that would be,” Cashman said. “The best answer would come from this mix of players.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Exploring how MLB has turned Yankee Stadium against Yankees | New York Post

But what already is entrenched could not be changed. Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira are among the 30 lefty hitters shifted against most often (all shift stats provided by Baseball Info Solutions). No other team had four, and only the Mariners (Adam Lind, Kyle Seager and Seth Smith) had three — and that did not include Robinson Cano, whose ability to hit line-to-line would have kept him effective at Yankee Stadium even in the shift environment.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2016 at 11:44 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Meet Ronald Herrera, the Yankees’ pet pitching prospect | New York Post

And it is not just the Yankees who appreciate him. This is from an opposing scout: “He is a medium-body right-hander who looks generic as hell. The stuff is not overpowering, but the pitchability and command are both so good. He is so poised, especially for his age. I love his makeup. I love how he mixes pitches. He is a big-league starting pitcher.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ronald herrera, yankees

Monday, April 25, 2016

Yankees prospect Acevedo dies in car wreck

Yankees Minor Leaguer Sandy Acevedo was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday night, the team said. Acevedo was 18 years old.

Prior to their Sunday game against the Rays, the Yankees held a moment of silence in memory of the third baseman. Acevedo had not appeared in any Minor League games since signing with New York as an international free agent last July 6, his 18th birthday.

MLB.com’s David Adler cited a 2015 Scout.com interview in which Donny Rowland, New York’s director of international scouting, said of discovering the infielder, “Acevedo was one of the hitters that we brought in to face [pitching prospect Yoan Lopez, now the D-backs’ No. 8 prospect], and he absolutely owned him in three out of four at-bats and crushed stuff.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, obituaries, prospects, yankees

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury steals home | MLB.com

It ties the game too.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, steals home, yankees

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