Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Posted by George E. Hadjiconstantinou at 2:14 PM
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Posted by George E. Hadjiconstantinou at 3:06 PM
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Posted by Steve S at 1:42 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
What a crazy journey it must have been for Brian Gordon. From going to a struggling outfielder, to a struggling pitcher, to a Major Leaguer, to a minor league reliever, to the starting pitcher for the New York Yankees.
Posted by Steve S at 2:10 PM
Before last night's game, the Yankees signed and added Cory Wade to the Major League roster, and sent down RP Kevin Whelan.
Posted by Steve S at 11:58 AM
(38-28) YANKEES DEFEAT (36-33) TEXAS RANGERS 12-4 AT YANKEE STADIUM
Posted by Steve S at 11:21 AM
Sunday, June 12, 2011
(36-27) YANKEES DEFEAT (34-29) CLEVELAND INDIANS 9-1 AT YANKEE STADIUM
Posted by Steve S at 5:37 PM
In the 7th inning of Saturday night's game, the hamstring of Bartolo Colon collapsed under great pressure, while Colon ran to cover first base. Colon was in the middle of the 7th inning of yet another gem, having allowed only two runs to the Indians at that point.
Posted by Steve S at 5:21 PM
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Before tonight's game against the Indians the Yankees made a small addition to the bullpen, by calling up RP Kevin Whelan.
Posted by Steve S at 1:58 AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Prior to last night's game, the Yankees reshuffled the bullpen a bit, adding some fresh and healthy arms to the pen.
Posted by Steve S at 8:43 PM
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Posted by George E. Hadjiconstantinou at 11:44 AM
Saturday, April 23, 2011
According to Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger (source), Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli should be back from his foot injury sometime during the Yankees' next homestand. The Yankees return to the Bronx on Monday, so Gustavo Molina's time in the Bronx may be limited.
Molina, the current back-up catcher, has played in only one game for the Yankees during his time with the team. The large, borderline obscene number of off-days and rainouts that the Yankees have had have allowed them to rest Russell Martin plenty, allowing them to not even need to use Molina.
Cervelli, 25, has been rehabbing with the Tampa Yankees and is currently 2-7.
Posted by Steve S at 1:36 AM
Tonight's scheduled game versus the Baltimore Orioles was rained out once again, the third rained out game of the season already.
CC Sabathia, the scheduled starter for last night's game, will instead pitch tonight against the Orioles. He will be followed by Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova.
The Yankees made a small move before the game as well: they demoted P Hector Noesi to Triple-A and purchased the contract of RP Buddy Carlyle. Carlyle, who spent all of 2010 in Japan, has pitched five games for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. The move was done so Noesi, a starter by trade who has yet to make his Major League debut, could pitch regularly in the minors. Carlyle is nothing special and should not be used in anything other than middle relief.
In order to make room for Carlyle on the 40-man roster, the Yankees DFA'd LHP Jose Ortegano, who was claimed off waivers from the Braves this offseason.
Posted by Steve S at 1:34 AM
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Posted by George E. Hadjiconstantinou at 4:53 PM
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Nothing major being announced here, but the Yankees added two more players to their system, and lost one.
Posted by Steve S at 10:57 AM
Friday, March 25, 2011
The Yankees added some more pitching depth to the minors by claiming pitcher Jose Ortegano off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves.
Ortegano, a 23-year-old lefty, started 20 games for the Braves' Triple-A affiliate last season, suffering to a 6.20 ERA. He also did not fair much better in his seven starts with their High-A affiliate. Basically, Ortegano had a miserable season in 2010.
Ortegano seems like a decent reclaimation project. He had a solid 2009 season between High-A and Double-A, with a career K/9 of 7.56 and BB/9 of 2.66.
According to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blog, his fastball (as a starter) is 90-92 MPH, he has an okay curveball, and his change-up in his outpitch.
Posted by Steve S at 1:42 PM
With Francisco Cervelli's injury, and Jesus Montero and Austin Romine having underwhelming springs, the Yankees have been stating openly that they are looking at Gustavo Molina for the back-up catcher job.
Molina caught Freddy Garcia in his minor league game on Thursday, and manager Joe Girardi has openly stated that Molina is in the mix for the back-up catchers job and the Yankees want to get a better look at him. (Source)
I personally think that they should have been giving Molina a look a while ago. Simply put, Montero and Romine would benefit more from playing full-time in the minors rather than limited duty in the majors. Furthermore, Molina's playing time would be extremely limited anyway. With all the days off that the Yankees have in March/April, I would be surprised if Molina had more than one start. Simply put, it would not matter if they had a below replacement level player in that job for a month or so.
Posted by Steve S at 1:33 PM
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Montero to Make Roster?
All signs seem to support this idea. With Francisco Cervelli out until at least early April with a broken foot, they are going to need another back-up catcher on the roster. The only options are Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and Gustavo Molina. Romine is simply not advanced enough to hit on the Major League level, and the Yankees have only given Gustavo Molina ten at-bats, in which he is 1-10. It seems like they will give Montero a cup-of-coffee at least towards the beginning of the season, and have him on the Opening Day roster.
Montero, who is only 5-27 this Spring Training, would be making his Major League debut.
My opinion on this subject - bad idea. Even if it's giving Montero some experience in the Majors, it likely would not be enough that it would be worth all the missed at-bats he would be missing in Triple-A; not to mention this could cause unnecessary service time issues.
Just give Gustavo Molina the spot. He's barely going to play anyway - if he was on the roster for a month I would be surprised if he got 20 at-bats, especially with all the off-days. Either that or just bring in someone - such as Chad Moeller (for this third tour of duty) that has experience with the Yankees pitchers.
Rule V Picks
The Yankees, quite dissatisfied for the production of their Rule V picks Daniel Turpen and Robert Fish, waived them both.
Turpen, who was claimed off the Rule V Draft from the Red Sox, was sent back to them successfully.
Fish, who was claimed in the Rule V Draft from the Marlins, was claimed off of waivers by the Royals, who will see what Fish can offer them.
Furthermore, George Kontos, who was claimed in the Draft by the San Diego Padres from the Yankees, was successfully returned to the Yankees. He will begin the season as a middle reliever for either Trenton or Scranton.
Lance Pendleton, who was claimed by the Houston Astros, is still on their active roster at the moment.
Curtis Injured Shoulder
Back-up outfield candidate Colin Curtis's chance of making the Yankees roster is now down to zero. The outfielder separated his right shoulder while making a catch last Sunday. He will be rehabbing for a month and likely will not be ready for the beginning of the minor league season.
Posted by Steve S at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The Yankees already made their first move of the Spring, just days after pitchers and catchers reported: RP Neal Cotts has been released. According to the Star Ledger, he hasn't been over his number injury issues yet, so they gave him the boot already.
Posted by Steve S at 2:10 PM
The Yankees have added a plethora of minor league free agents since the last update, many of them injury-plagued veterans looking for a final chance...let's take a look at them:
Posted by Steve S at 1:43 AM
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Yankees, according to various sources, are nearing a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Andruw Jones.
Jones, now 33, has basically been reduced to a part-time player, and Yankees fans can basically refer to him as 2011's Marcus Thames.
Jones will be the back-up outfielder, and get some starts against lefties - probably giving Jorge Posada a decent amount of rest. Jones has killed lefties over his career, and is still very good against them even as his effectiveness has decreased.
UPDATE (6:48PM, Jan. 20):
According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees and Andruw Jones have agreed to terms: 1-year/$2 million dollars with potential incentives worth up to an extra $1.2 million.
The Yankees, who have a full 40-man roster, will have to remove someone from the 40-man roster in order to complete this. My guess is Reegie Corona.
Posted by Steve S at 6:48 PM
Monday, January 17, 2011
The Yankees in-fact did sign Rafael Soriano. The Yankees in fact did sign Rafael Soriano - and to more money than I thought: a three-year/$35 million dollar deal that allows him to opt out after every season. Reports are saying that this was not Cashman's decision at all - the Steinbrenner's overruled him due to the question marks in the rotation and the bullpen.
So it happened - nothing can be done at this moment so I might as well hope for the best. As far as I see it, there is one way they can get the maximum value out of this deal: let Joba Chamberlain fight for a rotation spot in Spring Training.
Joba, still only 25 years old, is clearly not as bad as the press is trying to portray him. Last season, he did make considerable improvements, albeit as a reliever as opposed to a starter. His K/9 went from a 7.6 to a 9.7, his BB/9 went from 4.3 to 2.8, and his WHIP went from 1.544 to 1.298. And we all remember he absolutely did have his moments as a starter in 2008 and 2009.
What's the harm in this? Give him a chance in Spring Training - if Nova or Mitre are clearly superior candidates, then throw him back in the bullpen.
A side note: on my last post I did say I was very against this move. However, this does make the Yankees bullpen simply fantastic at the moment though - a core of Feliciano, Logan, and Robertson leading up to Soriano and Rivera? Probably one of the best in baseball.
So in conclusion, since the Yankees' bullpen is pretty fantastic without Chamberlain, they might as well give him a chance to start.
Posted by Steve S at 3:56 PM
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I have been spurred to come out of my hiatus to post by the surprising signing by the Yankees of Rafael Soriano. According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees have come to terms with Soriano for a 3 year, $35 million contract. This is surprising because as of last week, Buster Olney tweeted that the Yankees were not interested in Soriano, and Yankees' GM Brian Cashman also
Posted by George E. Hadjiconstantinou at 9:22 PM
Sunday, January 9, 2011
When it comes to bad ideas, the idea of the Yankees signing Rafael Soriano should be near the top of the list. There is literally no justification in the Yankees signing Rafael Soriano to a multi-year deal worth well over $10 million dollars, all while losing a 1st Round Draft Pick.
Brian Cashman has literally come out and insist that the Yankees will not surrender their 1st Round Pick, but still, various sources are saying that the Yankees are still talking to Soriano and his agent.
Firstly, what incentive does Soriano have to come to New York? If I am Soriano, I am commanded at least $7 million/year, for at least 3-years, to close. The Yankees would only offer him a set-up spot, and the closer role is taken by Rivera for at least two more years. If the Yankees gave him his money, that would be $26 million dollars spent on the 2011 payroll on three relievers; that is not the big issue - teams have spent money on relievers before, it's just that Soriano is not the guy that the Yankees should be investing this money in.
One of these reasons is Soriano's injury history. He missed most of 2004 and 2005 due to Tommy John Surgery, and a majority of 2008 with another elbow surgery. That's a warning sign right there. Soriano has yet to go through his nine-year getting through 2+ years of relief work without having to miss a year with elbow surgery.
Another reason - the history of signing relief pitchers. Obviously Soriano is a different player than the others signed in recent years, but odds are not in his favor based on the success of past deals with relievers.
Finally, the 1st Round Pick. Various minor league experts have stated that this will be one of the deepest drafts in a long time. The Yankees should do what they can to take advantage of their financial advantage here. As of now they will have all of their draft picks, in addition to the supplemental pick after the first round for losing Javy Vazquez. In addition to their obvious financial advantage when it comes to the draft, they have a payroll $20-$30 million dollar lower than in 2010 - money which they can just invest into the draft to really take advantage of one of the best classes in a while.
And really, I think the Yankees' relief corps will be just fine. They still have the greatest closer in Major League history who is still showing no signs of decline, and a combination of David Robertson, Boone Logan, Pedro Feliciano, and Joba Chamberlain, along with guys that seem like they could be useful in Romulo Sanchez. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if they threw a guy like Brackman into the bullpen temporarily if need-be.
Say No to Soriano.
Posted by Steve S at 2:09 PM
Friday, January 7, 2011
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Andy Pettitte still has not made a decision about whether or not he will return to the Yankees in 2011.
Posted by Steve S at 4:51 PM
Monday, January 3, 2011
Back-up catcher, that is. Russell Martin vs. Jesus Montero is a good enough competition for starter.
Posted by Steve S at 4:53 PM
Monday, December 27, 2010
In the barren, baseball-less season of winter (winter leagues in Mexico and the Dominican excepted), the only semblance of a game fans can get are "classic" games televised as filler on the team-owned cable channels. Most of these games are interesting in some way: sometimes, they are thrilling extra-inning affairs, or are big playoff games, or are regular-season games that had some kind of importance. The Yankee game that YES aired on Thursday was the Yankees' 1996 home opener, which took place on April 9th of that year. This game really had some personal significance for me because I didn't really start watching and really understanding baseball until '96. Also, it was almost like a blast from the past to see some of these grizzled vets looking very young (except for Paul O'Neill; he appeared to be fairly grizzled in '96). Also, I thought it would be appropriate to post about this game on this wintry, snow-filled day.
Posted by George E. Hadjiconstantinou at 2:12 PM
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Well the Yankees sure have had quite an interesting offseason thus far. Unfortunately, the big news is regarding who the Yankees have not signed. Well, let's take a look at all of the transactions that the Yankees have made thus far.
Ryan Pope: Mediocre numbers. Better when moved to relief. Scranton.
Brandon Laird: Powerful 22 year old 1B/3B/OF. 22 homers in 400 at-bats in Trenton.
Melky Mesa: Seen as a 5-tool player. 23 years old with a .813 OPS in Tampa.
Ronny Marte*: 24 year old who spent the year in Charleston and Tampa. No big deal.
Jon Ortiz: Lot of strikeouts and few walks. 24 year old spent the year in Tampa (2.47 ERA). Already signed with Oakland.
Zack Segovia: 4.19 ERA in Scranton. Already signed with Milwaukee.
John Van Benschoten: Rehabbed at various minor league levels.
Wilkin de la Rosa: Taken off 40 man roster and let go. Once a decent lefty prospect, but his poor season dropped his spot in the organization. Signed with the Dodgers.
Jose Quintana*: 5 games in Charleston
Ronny Calderon: Never played in the states.
Jose Gil: Catching depth - re-signed with the Yankees.
Robbie Hammock: Catching depth.
P.J. Pilittere: Catching depth.
Rene Rivera: Catching depth.
Brian Baisley: Retired last year.
Myron Leslie*: 28 year old that did nothing in Tampa
Marcos Vechionacci: Had a nice season and is only 23, but opted to go to Japan.
Eric Bruntlett: Back-up infield depth.
Justin Christian: Former Yankee. Incredible speed. I would like to see him brought back.
Edwar Gonzalez: 27 year old that didn't hit in Scranton.
Reid Gorecki: 29 year old that didn't hit in Scranton
Rudy Guillen: Hasn't played since 2007.
Kai Liu: Never played
Jonathan Albaladejo: Let go so he could go to Japan. Yankees received cash.
Justo Arias: Played 14 games in the GCL
Harold Garce: Played 12 games in the GCL
Charyln Garcia: Played 7 games in the GCL
Matt Jernstad: 24-year old played 14 games with Staten Island
Juan Marcano: Played 9 games in the low minors
Erick Tapia: Played 9 games in the GCL
Trent Lockwood: 24-year old 1B; .680 OPS in Tampa
Luis Parache: .653 OPS in the low minors
Ronald Morillo: Never played in the states
* = Re-signed
Dustin Moseley: Mop-up/spot starter that was easily replaceable. Signed a Major League deal with the Padres.
Doug Bernier: .626 OPS in AAA; will likely be a backup in Scranton
Buddy Carlyle: 33-year old who spent last year in Japan; 5.62 career ERA
Neal Cotts: 30-year old lefty; missed all of last year; 4.64 career ERA
Gustavo Molina: no-hit catcher; likely will back-up at Scranton; 5-41 in the Majors
Andy Sisco: tall 27/28 year old lefty reliever who strikes out and walks a ton; 4.32 ERA in AAA last year with SF
Brian Anderson: former outfielder, converting to pitcher
Mark Prior: pitched in 1 professional game since 2006
Daniel Martinez: spent last 4 years in Dominican and Venezuela; no control; 22 years old
Jose Vizcaino: signed after impressive DSL performance; 543 career games - 4.33 ERA; was with Yankees in 2007; did not pitch in 2010; still only 33 years old
Leonel Vinas: 19-year Dominican native living on Long Island; see article here
Steve Evarts: 23-year old former Braves first round pick from Italy; hasn't pitched since 2008; trying to come back from injuries; was arrested 4 times...
Mariano Rivera: Signed a 2-year/$30 million deal with no problem.
Pedro Feliciano: 34-year old who led the lead in appearances the past 3 years. Will be a LOOGY for the most part, but could possibly get a bigger role (that may depend on other factors such as Boone Logan); 2-year/$8 million dollar deal.
Sergio Mitre: quietly had a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings; re-signed to a 1-year/$900K deal, with a potential to earn $200K more
Russell Martin: After being non-tendered by the Dodgers, signed to a 1-year/$4 million dollar deal. I thought that this was a great signing. He will allow Montero more time to develop in Triple-A - if Martin does well, the Yankees own his rights for 2012 and could trade him for a nice haul if he returns to his previous levels.
Cusick hit .243 between Double-A and Triple-A. Shive had a 4.56 ERA in the low minors.
Miranda had no room on the Yankees; Allen is a 19-year old starter who pitched a A-ball
Acquired OF Cody Johnson from the Braves in exchange for cash considerations.
Johnson is a 22-year old with a lot of power and little contact.
Fish is a lefty reliever with a K-rate over 9, but that was almost his ERA in Double-A last year. Turpen had mediocre numbers (ERA in the 4's) with the Giants and Red Sox' Double-A affiliate last year.
Had RHP George Kontos selected by the Padres and RHP Lance Pendleton selected by the Astros.
Kontos, 25, was coming back from an injury and rehabbing most of the year, but played 17 games with Trenton. Pendleton, 26, had a 3.43 ERA as a starter with Trenton and then had a 4.24 ERA after being promoted to Scranton.
Posted by Steve S at 2:52 AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
With the failure of the Yankees to ink hot free agent target Cliff Lee and the probability increasingly likely that Andy Pettitte will retire, the Yankees are only will likely have to pursue alternative avenues to fill out their starting rotation; After C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and A.J. Burnett, questions abound in the rotation. What could the Yankees do to try to off-set this lack of pitching depth?
Posted by George E. Hadjiconstantinou at 3:51 PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Yankees added a bunch of minor leaguers via trade and minor league signings: Cody Johnson, Neal Cotts, Rafael DePaula, Neal Cotts, and Daniel Martinez.
Posted by Steve S at 12:49 AM
Monday, November 22, 2010
In order t0 protect them from the Rule V Draft, the Yankees protected three prospects - SP Dellin Betances, RP Ryan Pope, and 3B/OF Brandon Laird to the 40 man roster.
Posted by Steve S at 11:43 PM
A little while back Brian Cashman hinted that a minor move would be made, and a minor move has indeed been made. The Yankees have traded Cuban 1B Juan Miranda to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league pitcher Scottie Allen.
Scottie Allen, RHP
Born: July 3, 1991 in Lyman, Calif.
Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 170. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Lyman HS, Longwood, Fla.
Career Transactions: Selected by Diamondbacks in 11th round of 2009 draft; signed June 19, 2009 ($125,000 signing bonus).
Allen throws four pitches, three of which grade as average at times, but lacks the one dominating offering to put batters away. He sinks his fastball at 87-91 mph and occasionally breaks out a swing-and-miss slider in the high 70s or a changeup in the same range. His curveball is less refined, but he’s around the zone with it and all his pitches. Wiry strong, Allen has a quick arm, but he tends to tire visibly by the fourth inning. Still, he’s worth taking a flier on because he’s a teenager who already shows a feel for pitching.
Posted by Steve S at 11:38 PM
Friday, November 12, 2010
For the first time since 1999, it looks like Jorge Posada will not be the opening day catcher for the Yankees.
Posted by Steve S at 11:33 AM
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Yankees did a few roster-spot saving moves in order to prepare themselves for free agency and the Rule V Draft.
Posted by Steve S at 3:00 PM
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
In the least surprising managerial move of the offseason, the Yankees re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a 3-year deal worth $9 million dollars.
Posted by Steve S at 12:27 AM
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
As you surely know, the Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland after their ALCS loss to the Texas Rangers.
Posted by Steve S at 11:34 PM
Monday, October 18, 2010
On Twitter Sunday night, Benjamin Kabak of River Ave. Blues made a very valid point about the tough task the Yankees face with Cliff Lee potentially pitching against them in two of the five remaining ALCS games scheduled. I think it is very fair to be concerned about Cliff Lee and his mastery of pitching, but I feel that the discussion about that point has unnecessarily risen to a decibel level that rivals that of cries that the sky is falling. It is imperative to recall that there are several things that the Yankees have going for them against Cliff Lee that should (somewhat) dampen the concerns of Yankee fans.
Posted by George E. Hadjiconstantinou at 12:53 PM