Wednesday, October 30, 2013
-The Yankees figuring things out with Cano.
-A-Rod's arbitration case, followed by his law suit against major league baseball.
-Jeter picking up his option.
-Yankees figuring out whether they can bring in McCann, and Beltran.
-Yankees seeing if Kuroda's going to retire.
-Yankees bidding on Japanese pitcher Tanaka.
-Other free agent signings, scrap heap pick ups, bullpen acquisitions and minor league deals.
-Vernon Wells getting sent elsewhere.
So hold tight, the hot stove season is a-coming!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
The only thing I would add to the discussion is that until the rules change, people can't be mad at the players for colliding at home. Ross' hit was brutal, but it's how the game is played. We can't be mad at him. He's a catcher and understands fully what it is to get leveled.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Cano is the best hitting and best defensive second baseman in the Major Leagues. Fact. The Yankees should not only meet his contract demands, no matter how untethered to reality, but they should exceed them just in case the Dodgers or anyone else should try to lure him away.
Here is why such a contract makes sense for the Yankees. First, I think Cano is the best player on the team, so give him the money.
Second, if you don't give him the money, thus validating my position regardless of its merit, I'll shut down Yankee Stadium. I will get all my like-minded friends together and make sure that Yankee Stadium never opens again until we resign Cano for exactly the amount of money he is demanding, no matter what plurality of fans disagrees with me and my ilk.
Also, I have other demands. Cano should be more explicitly Christian. Baseball, like constitutional democracy, is a Christian game and with Mo and Pettitte gone we need more explicit levels of devotion. If that doesn't happen, I will shut down Yankee Stadium.
Does it make sense to threaten shutdowns against both Cano and the Yankees? Yes. Let me tell you why: because I win, that's why.
Might Cano get more money from another team? Maybe, but even the top spenders in MLB are leery of the big contracts they've taken on, and are probably gun shy about paying top dollar for players in their early 30's. The Angels got burned with the Pujols and Hamilton contracts, the Dodgers already said they'd pass on Cano, the Red Sox have a second baseman they like, there are other teams that may make a surprise bid (Phillies, Cubs, Nationals etc.) but I have to think even they will be shy about topping a 7 year $161 million deal.
In short, if I were to offer any advice for the Yankees it would be this: if Cano is offered anything near the $305 million he is looking for, let him walk. The Cardinals did it with Pujols, and have been extremely successful as a franchise.
I love Cano, I want him on the Yankees, but the only consistent thing we've learned about these types of contracts is that they come back to bite us in the rear in major ways. They give us $20+ million players who miss entire seasons at a time. Pay the 7 years, and $161 million, up it a few million or add some incentives if it gets the deal done, but if he's going to hold out for much more than that, let him walk.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
AJ Burnett - $8.5 million
Jeter - $9 million (This is assuming he takes the Player Option on his contract valued at $8 million)
Cano - $15 million
Granderson - $15 million
Kuroda - $15 million
Pettitte - $12 million
Youkilis - $12 million
Rivera - $10 million
Hughes - $7.15 million
Logan - $3.15 million
Hafner - $2 million
Chamberlain - $1.875 million
Overbay - $1.25 million
Francisco - $1.1 million
Total - $113.03 million
Also, we have the pending decision of A-Rod's case, that could knock off up to $26 million from our payroll if he is suspended for the whole season. We have 9 players due for pay raises through arbitration, but this won't impact the budget too much. So with over $100 million coming off the books, the Yankees have to fill the following positions:
2 Starting Pitchers - (This assumes Nova and Sabathia are locks, and that the 5th starter role will go to the best of Michael Pineda, Phelps, Warren, Nuno, etc.)
1 Second Baseman
1 Third Baseman
Additionally, the Yankees would be wise to acquire a few additional pieces:
1 Lefty Reliever
Replacing Granderson is not a necessity since we currently have Soriano, Gardner, and Ichiro with Vernon Wells as a backup, but with Gardner being injury prone, and Wells being a hitting void, it would be valuable to acquire another outfielder. The experiment at catcher this year was lacking and the Yankees really need to consider bringing a catcher who can hit at a big league level. We really only need a short term third base replacement, and a guy like Mark Reynolds may be a good and inexpensive option there. Nonetheless, the Yankees have some major holes to fill, and will need to be smart as to how they allocate their money.
So this is the current state of the Yankees: they are flush with cash, but still need to be smart about how they spread around this money. There are a lot of decisions to make this winter.