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NY Post: Yankees’ Dellin Betances upset by Randy Levine’s comment on arbitration hearing
(9 Comments - 2/21/2017 3:44:15 pm)

CBS Sports: Tyler Austin breaks foot, making Yankees already look wise for Chris Carter addition
(10 Comments - 2/18/2017 11:04:51 pm)

NY Post: Yankees know the ‘lucky’ line between dynasty and disaster
(35 Comments - 2/17/2017 4:52:39 pm)

NY Post: How Yankees decided this was best way to spend last dollars
(61 Comments - 2/16/2017 11:12:25 am)

USA Today: Slugger Chris Carter, Yankees agree to terms on one-year, $3 million deal
(37 Comments - 2/9/2017 4:10:31 pm) Yankees reveal which prospects are heading to spring training
(62 Comments - 2/7/2017 7:07:44 pm)

Pinstriped Prospects: Yankees Have A League’s Best Seven Players In The Top 100 Prospects List
(11 Comments - 2/1/2017 12:32:18 pm)

NYDN: The Yankees are hoping they found their very own Corey Kluber in righty prospect Chance Adams
(41 Comments - 1/30/2017 6:41:41 pm)

NY Post: Dellin Betances ready to hold Yankees’ feet to fire in arbitration
(18 Comments - 1/25/2017 11:46:44 am)

NYDN: Yankees batting coach’s plan to make Jacoby Ellsbury a productive hitter again
(18 Comments - 1/23/2017 11:58:02 am)

Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.

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Monday, February 20, 2017 Niese ‘proud’ to wear Yankees uniform

Now that Jonathon Niese has traded the Mets’ orange and blue for Yankees pinstripes, he’s hoping to find out what it will be like to pitch on the other side of a Subway Series this summer.

After agreeing to a Minor League contract with the Yankees, Niese was in uniform for Monday’s workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Niese will compete for a spot in the bullpen.
“I’m really fortunate to be part of this organization,” Niese said. “It’s probably one of the most successful franchises in history, so I’m proud to wear the uniform.

“With the Mets, they treated me well there. I had a lot of good years, made a lot of great friends. I have nothing but great things to say about that organization, but just like every ballplayer, sometimes you’ve just got to move on. Careers go in different directions.”

The Yanks have Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino and Adam Warren competing for spots in the rotation, with some of those candidates likely to wind up in the bullpen.

Niese is a decent enough addition. The risk is pretty much nil. The upside isn’t much, either, but eh, at least it’s not much of a risk.

Chris Carter had a great quote about his offseason: “It’s definitely a tough offseason this year, but it seems like the game is changing a little bit where there is more emphasis on complete players,” Impressive self-awareness there.

--Posted at 6:41 pm by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

NY Post: Yankees’ Dellin Betances upset by Randy Levine’s comment on arbitration hearing

TAMPA, Fla. — The Yankees beat Dellin Betances in the arbitration room.

How much of a long-term victory it will be remains to be seen, though. The reliever made it clear Saturday that — at least for one day — there are hard feelings, ones that might have him reconsidering how he is used.

Club president Randy Levine kicked off what turned out to be a somewhat bizarre day — one that began with the news that Betances will be paid the $3 million this season the Yankees filed at rather than the $5 million the reliever asked for — by blasting Betances’ representation for taking the case to arbitration in the first place.

I wish Randy Levine would never speak.  The actual words are not really that bad here, but what purpose does gloating about winning serve after an already acrimonius process?

--Posted at 7:47 am by SG / 9 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

CBS Sports: Tyler Austin breaks foot, making Yankees already look wise for Chris Carter addition

Not too long before spring training started, the Yankees made a late addition in the form of slugger Chris Carter on a one-year, $3 million deal. The club was already set with what appeared to be a platoon of Greg Bird and Tyler Austin at first base along with Matt Holliday at designated hitter.
Still, depth never hurts. That sentiment rang true in light of the news the Yankees received on Friday:

Joel Sherman ✔ @Joelsherman1
Tyler Austin has small break in foot and will be in a boot for 3 weeks and no baseball activity for 6 weeks #Yankees
1:29 PM - 17 Feb 2017

Six weeks from Friday is two days before the Yankees open the season against the Rays. Obviously this means Austin will open the season on the disabled list. Even in a best-case scenario, he’ll play games in extended spring training and then the minors on rehab assignment before having a shot to join the big club. The best bet is he misses all of April before he’s considered for the Yankees.

When the Yankees signed Carter, I didn’t really like Austin’s chances at playing much for the Yankees this year.  This doesn’t help him very much.  Hopefully he heals up well and tears up AAA and gets a chance.

--Posted at 7:53 am by SG / 10 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NY Post: Yankees know the ‘lucky’ line between dynasty and disaster

TAMPA – It’s not going to go how you expect.

That is hardly the cheery, pie-eyed optimism associated with pitchers and catchers reporting and the first day of spring training. But it is not going to go how you expect with the Yankees and their most concerted youth movement in a quarter of a century. That doesn’t mean it has to go badly.

If I had told you in 1993 that the Yankees were going to be dynastic from 1996-2001, you would have bet Brien Taylor and Ruben Rivera would anchor the greatness. Taylor blew out his shoulder and never spent a day in the majors, Rivera failed to translate great tools into on-field success.

This is the chaos theory of baseball, what Yankee GM Brian Cashman called “the beauty and the danger of the sport.”

Consider that in the 28 years Baseball America has done a top-100 prospect list, the Yankees have had four top-three prospects: Taylor, Rivera, Joba Chamberlain and Jesus Montero, who ranked third in 2011 behind Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.

Taylor and Rivera were the only Yankees to be in the top three twice. Taylor was the only Yankee who was No. 1 overall, in 1992, and he was second in 1993. Rivera was No. 2 in 1995, behind Alex Rodriguez and ahead of Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter. He was No. 3 in 1996, right behind Paul Wilson. Yep, it is not going to go how you expect.

I still don’t know what happened with Ruben Rivera.  He was going to be the next Mickey Mantle…

It is sobering to look the list of former Yankee top-three prospects and realize just how uncertain baseball prospecting is.  You can have a bunch of great prospects and none may pan out.  Of course, no one thought Robinson Cano was going to be a potential Hall of Fame 2B until he became one. 

We don’t know how the Yankees’ youth movement is going to go, but I am encouraged to see them trying it.

--Posted at 9:34 am by SG / 35 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

NY Post: How Yankees decided this was best way to spend last dollars

Hal Steinbrenner did not intend to expand payroll again this offseason after the Yankees secured Aroldis Chapman and Matt Holliday at the Winter Meetings.

Money to allocate elsewhere would have to be moved off the payroll by trading Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Starlin Castro or Michael Pineda.

But as free-agent prices began to fall precipitously in recent weeks, on relievers and sluggers in particular, Brian Cashman asked if Steinbrenner would consider expanding the budget a bit to capitalize on sudden bargains. The Yankees owner agreed to allow one more signing in the $3 million to $4 million range.

That left the Yankees short on two lefties they liked: Boone Logan (who got $5.5 million from the Indians) and especially Jerry Blevins (who agreed at $6.5 million with the Mets). The next level of reliever, a group that included Sergio Romo (who got $3 million from the Dodgers), did not entice the Yankees quite as much.

Is it crazy that Boone Logan got almost twice as much as Chris Carter?

--Posted at 9:26 am by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

USA Today: Slugger Chris Carter, Yankees agree to terms on one-year, $3 million deal

Chris Carter, who hit 41 home runs in 2016, finally found a home Tuesday when he agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the New York Yankees, a baseball official directly involved with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
The official was not authorized to discuss it publicly because the deal still is pending a physical.

  Carter was hoping to reach a multi-year deal when the Brewers non-tendered him in the offseason, fearing he would make at least $8 million in salary arbitration. Yet, the market dried up this winter for right-handed sluggers, and his major-league leading 206 strikeouts soured teams.

  Carter, who received several offers of $2.5 million to $3 million early in the winter, was running out of options and even considered going to Japan.

The Yankees, however, decided that they needed depth at first base with rookie Greg Bird coming off major shoulder surgery. He could wind up platooning with Bird at first base.

My first thought is, eh.  The terms are certainly reasonable and Carter doesn’t have to do much to be worth his contract, but I’d rather have seen what someone like Tyler Austin would do.  But this allows them to take it slow with Greg Bird if he’s not 100% yet, and possibly gives them a trade chip that can be leveraged in July.

Here are his 2017 CAIRO forecasts as a Yankee:

Percentile PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO GDP HBP avg obp slg br raa oWAR
80% 632 543 88 134 29 2 46 87 6 0 79 176 10 10 .247 .353 .562 107 31 4.2
65% 598 518 79 122 26 1 41 79 5 1 71 175 11 8 .236 .338 .526 92 21 3.0
Baseline 570 494 71 111 22 1 36 71 4 2 64 173 12 7 .225 .319 .491 78 10 1.9
35% 447 395 54 85 16 0 26 53 2 2 48 144 11 4 .215 .306 .455 55 2 0.8
20% 332 296 38 60 10 0 18 37 1 2 33 112 9 2 .204 .290 .420 36 -4 0.1


He projects as a below average defender at 1B or LF, but not atrociously bad.

Honestly, it’s a good contract and should have surplus value, even if it’s not an ideal fit given the current roster of the Yankees.  But I am completely unmoved by it.

--Posted at 5:15 pm by SG / 37 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Yankees reveal which prospects are heading to spring training

The Yankees can start putting names on lockers at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The team released its list of spring training non-roster invitees Tuesday.

A handful of top prospects highlight the list. Baseball America ranked six of them in its top 10 Yankees prospects list for 2017.

They include shortstop Gleyber Torres (No. 1), outfielder Clint Frazier (No. 2), righties James Kaprielain (No. 5) and Chance Adams (No. 8, lefty Justus Sheffield (No. 7) and outfielder Dustin Fowler (No. 9.)

All members of the Yankees’ 40-man roster will head to major-league camp, which starts Feb. 14.

The question I need answered is this.  Does Frazier have to cut his hair for spring training?

--Posted at 12:55 pm by SG / 62 Comments | - (0)

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