Browsing Posts published in December, 2010

While New York digs itself out from underneath the massive snow fall, the rest of the baseball world is currently going through the arbitration process. For the Yankees, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, and Sergio Mitre are arbitration-eligible. None of these four players have filed yet, but don’t expect to any lofty player demands. It’s pretty obvious that Hughes will receive the largest amount and if 2011 Joba suddenly becomes 2007 Joba, he will reap the benefits next off-season.

In addition to the arbitration hearings scheduled for the next two weeks, sources and even current Yankees are telling the media that Andy Pettitte is leaning towards retirement. After missing out on Cliff Lee, losing the 39-year-old Pettitte would create an even bigger hole in the Yankee rotation. Pettitte was insanely good during the first half of the 2010 season resulting in an All-Star appearnace. He posted an 11-2 record with a 2.70 ERA. While Pettitte is one of the more fierce competitors in recent memory, he dealt with a pesky groin injury last season. Also known for being a family man, Andy may finally decide its time fully commit to watching his sons play baseball and more importantly, watching them grow up. At this point, Pettitte’s chances of returning for 2011 are 50/50, but I’m a little more pessimistic and think Andy rides off into the sunset in Texas. Missing out on Lee will have a residule effect.

If Pettitte does in fact retire, the Yankees will have very little depth behind CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Hughes (Ivan Nova and Mitre really don’t exactly make other clubs shake in their snow boots). There are plenty of free-agent arms still available and Brian Cashman may turn to the trade market, but no elite arm can be had at this time. Names like Mark Buerhle have been floated around, but the negatives (lofty salary) outweigh the positives (he just isn’t that good).

In the front office, Randy Levine and other top Yanks executives are endorsing the job that Brian Cashman has done this off-season. ‘Patience’ seems to be the key word for the 2011 Yankees. Don’t expect anything too drastic to happen between now and February.

 

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Finally, the current Yankee payroll sits at around $170 million before arbitration, which is far cry from the $215 million payroll from 2010. The Bombers need to fill out their bench (righty power hitter, think Scott Hairston, Andruw Jones, not Manny Ramirez; utility infielder upgrade- bring back Jerry Hairston?). Pitching is definitely the priority right now, but the Yankees aren’t desperate. Look at the past. A lot of bargins seem to come floating up during this time of year.

Which free agents do you want the Yanks to sign?

  ADAM JEFF KENNY MATT  MIKE
CAR @ PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
DAL @ARI DAL DAL DAL ARI ARI
NYJ @ CHI CHI CHI NYJ CHI CHI
BAL @ CLE CLE BAL BAL BAL BAL
NE @ BUF NE NE NE NE NE
TEN @ KC KC KC KC KC KC
SF @ STL STL STL STL STL STL
DET @ MIA MIA DET DET MIA MIA
WSH @ JAX JAX WSH JAX JAX JAX
SD @ CIN SD SD SD CIN SD
HOU @ DEN DEN HOU DEN DEN DEN
IND @ OAK IND IND OAK IND IND
NYG @ GB GB GB GB NYG NYG
SEA @ TB TB TB TB TB TB
NO @ ATL ATL NO ATL ATL NO
MIN @ PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI
           
LOCK NE IND PHI PIT PIT
UPSET CLE WSH DET CIN ARI
POINTS 138 143 147 153 147

After losing out on this off-season’s biggest fish (he who shall not be named), the Yankees are left scrambling to add two more starters to their 2011 rotation. Andy Pettitte is nothing more than a question mark at this time and the Yankees really cannot bank on 200+ innings from Ivan Nova (nor should they). What if the Yankees went knocking on Seattle’s door and wanted to work out a trade for the 2010 AL Cy Young award winner, Felix Hernandez? Would selling the farm be worth it for a 24-year-old ace who has 71 career wins and a 3.20 career ERA? Would Seattle even be open to the idea? Let’s explore.

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After Zack Greinke accepted a trade to the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday, I immediately started to think about the Cy Young race in the National League. AL Cy Young winners from 2008 and 2009 have now joined the National League, creating a deep pool of talented starters. Here’s just a brief overview of the contenders for 2011:

1. Roy Halladay, PHI (2010 Cy Young Winner): 21-10, 2.44 ERA (2010)
2. Cliff Lee, PHI (2008 AL Cy Young Winner): 12-9, 3.18 ERA (2010)
3. Tim Lincecum, SF (2008, 2009 NL Cy Young Winner): 16-10, 3.43 ERA (2010)
4. Zack Greinke, MIL (2009 AL Cy Young Winner): 10-14, 4.17 ERA (2010)
5. Ubaldo Jimenez, COL: 19-8, 2.88 ERA (2010)
6. Adam Wainwright, STL (Finished second in 2010): 20-11, 2.42 ERA (2010)
7. Josh Johnson, FLA (Finished fifth, missed seven starts in 2010): 11-6, 2.30 ERA (2010)
8. Chris Carpenter, STL (2005 NL Cy Young Winner, three Top 3 finishes in last five years): 16-9, 3.22 ERA (2010)
9. Mat Latos, SD (Finished eighth in voting in first full season): 14-10, 2.92 ERA, 189 Ks
10. Cole Hamels, PHI (2008 World Series MVP): 12-11, 3.06 ERA, 206 Ks
11. Clayton Kershaw, LAD: 13-10, 2.91 ERA, 212 Ks
12. Roy Oswalt, PHI: 13-13, 2.76 ERA, 193 Ks

If I had to put $1,000,000 on one these pitchers, Mr. Halladay is my man.

How about you?

The Yankees added free-agent lefty reliever, Pedro Feliciano this week. Feliciano agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal a club option for 2013. Feliciano joins the Bombers after spending the five previous seasons with the Mets. Over the last three seasons, Feliciano has led the league in appearances (86, 88, and 92, respectively). Feliciano held lefties to a .211 BAA in 2010, but was not good against righties (.337). After facing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for half of a decade, Feliciano should help contain Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

Normally, I don’t like multi-year deals for relievers, especially relievers that have a lot of millage on their arms. However, Joe Girardi will not tax his bullpen like Jerry Manuel did. With Damaso Marte unlikely to pitch for the majority of the 2011 season, the Yankees needed a second reliever to go along with Boone Logan.

While the addition of Feliciano is good for the Yankees, Zack Greinke has been dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers. Greinke, the 2009 Cy Young Award winner, recently demanded a trade from the Royals. The Royals and Nationals apparently agreed to a deal, but Greinke had the Nationals on his ‘No Trade’ list. The Brewers came in last night, made a deal, and the young righty agreed to call Miller Park home.

Greinke apparently would have accepted a deal to the Yankees, but the Yankees never got close with an offer.

While many of us believed that Greinke simply wasn’t a fit, another top pitching option is off the board. Let’s see what the Yankees will do to strengthen their rotation.

Yankee fans, are you sad to see Greinke come off the board?

  ADAM JEFF KENNY MATT MIKE
SF @ SD SD SD SD SD SD
NO @ BAL BAL NO BAL BAL NO
ARI @ CAR CAR ARI CAR CAR ARI
CLE @ CIN CIN CLE CIN CIN CLE
WSH @ DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL
JAX @ IND IND IND IND IND IND
BUF @ MIA MIA BUF MIA MIA MIA
PHI @ NYG NYG NYG NYG NYG NYG
KC @ STL STL STL STL KC STL
DET @ TB TB TB TB TB TB
HOU @ TEN HOU HOU HOU TEN HOU
ATL @ SEA ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL
DEN @ OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK
NYJ @ PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
GB @ NE NE NE NE NE NE
CHI @ MIN CHI CHI CHI CHI MIN
           
LOCK NE ATL DAL NE TB
UPSET  CIN BUF CIN KC MIN
POINTS 126 132 134 139 141

In what was a groggy day in Yankee Universe, the New York Yankees went out and signed Russell Martin and Mark Prior to deals, both according to MLB.com. Both of these deals will certainly gives the Yankees more options for 2011, so let’s see how they will impact the team, if at all.

Russell Martin Looks Like Jesus Montero - NDG Baseball Alumni

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Yankee fans have been waiting for a few years to pinpoint a new villain. Manny is off in his own dream world. Pedro’s fastball tops out at around 83 MPH and he can’t find work. And Papi, well, who cares. He stinks. Cliff Lee is the new age Yankee villain. He has schooled us in the playoffs. He left us standing at our Pinstriped alter. He told the Yankees to basically take their money and…You can fill in the rest. No sponsorships. No YES Network. No hanging out with Jay-Z after the game. No words of encouragement from Rudy Guliani before the game.

'Ruben Amaro' hugging Cliff

Lee and CC Sabathia were supposed to take this city by storm. They were supposed to silence the newly-added Red Sox left-handed bats. However, it was not meant to be as Mr. Lee left millions of Yankee dollars on the table to join one of our biggest rivals. My friends, Cliff Lee is now public enemy #1 in this city. See you in the World Series, you big red dog.

Well, I don’t think many people saw this coming, but Cliff Lee and the Phillies have agreed to a contract. Nothing has been released yet, but the deal is apparently for five years, $100 million with an option for a sixth year.

I covered the topic in detail earlier tonight, but if you want vent your frustrations, use this thread here.

For Yankee fans, this one hurts. The Yankees offered Lee a six-year contract worth $138 million with a $16 million option for a seventh year. Lee clearly left money on the table and as of right now, Ivan Nova is our fourth starter.

For Mets fans, well, there’s nothing to say. Just duck and cover for 2011.

Also, it’s pretty good to be the Kansas City Royals today. The Zack Greinke price just went through the roof.

For the last few days, we have heard that a ‘Mystery Team’ has entered the Cliff Lee sweepstakes. That suitor appears to be none other than the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee was a member of the Phillies during the second half of the 2009 season, pitching the team to their second consecutive World Series appearance. Lee was exceptionally good in the playoffs that year, going 4-0 with 1.56 ERA in five starts. After Lee’s impressive post-season run and knowing that they wouldn’t be able to afford him long-term, the Phillies shipped him to the Seattle Mariners as one of the key components in the three-team deal that sent Roy Halladay to Philly. With the Yankees and Rangers publicly stating their desire to land the 32-year-old left-hander, what are the Phillies chances of bringing him back to Philly?

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