In the grand scheme of things Brian Cashman has done a solid job this offseason. He as assembled what should be a very formidable Yankee roster for the 2012 season. There has been some debate over the left handed DH spot or how the Pineda/Montero trade will look a few years down the road, but overall there has not been much for Yankees fans to quibble over. With yesterday's Eric Chavez signing the Yankees have, by all accounts, locked up their opening day roster with the exception of one bullpen spot.
There are lots of rumors surrounding both of our teams right now. The Yankees are being linked to Hiroki Kuroda, Gio Gonzalez and John Danks. The Sox are making a push for a Wagner College's own Andrew Bailey. Most importantly it's being reported that the Yankees are willing to listen to offers for A.J. Burnett. Who do you want? Who don't you want? Here's your place to discuss it all.
"Turning Point" has become sort of joke around these parts. Whether it's the Yankees or the Sox, if you stick around long enough during a game thread you will almost certainly see the words "Turning Point." Comeback win, "Turning Point." Walk off home run, "Turning Point." Well in an article in today's Daily News, Mark Feinsand takes a crack at what he believes might very well have been the "Turning Point" of the Yankees 2009 season.
According to Chad Jennings over at LoHud, he has confirmed with Brian Cashman that both Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin have non-guaranteed contracts. This may provide the room the Yankees are searching for with their recent addition of Chan Ho Park. According to MLB Trade Rumors "The Yanks could cut them in Spring Training and would only be required to pay them 30-45 days of termination pay." It's nice to have depth at starting pitcher, but it's even better to have options and some flexibility.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Wang has signed with the Washington Nationals. I have never been a huge Wang fan, but when right he's a solid pitcher that can certainly help the Nationals. Quietly the Nationals have put together a young, athletic, respectable team that their fan base should enjoy watching. I can't imagine the Nationals are good enough to contend in 2010, but this is certainly the best team (on paper) that they've ever put on the field.
All off-season Brian Cashman has been telling anyone that would listen that the Yankees only had X amount of dollars to spend and that they were going to stick to their budget. The recent signing of Randy Winn only seemed to prove that point even further. Winn was the economical, safe option. While I have no problem with the signing, I do think that signing a defensive minded Winn affords the Yankees the opportunity to sign a "Big Bopper." In my opinion that "Big Bopper's" name is Jonny Gomes. Sure the Yankees have had some problems with Gomes in the past, but the past is the past. With Winn and Gardner the Yankees have two very good defensive options for left field. They also have two players that historically do not hit lefties all that well. Gomes on the other hand does hit lefties very well and with power. Of his 86 career home runs, Gomes has hit 30 against lefties in just 515 at bats. (Gomes has 56 home runs against RHP in almost 1200 at bats.) His overall line against lefties: .274/.369/.517. The issue with Gomes has always been his defense, but in 2009 Gomes posted a UZR of 1.0 in 253 innings and a UZR/150 of 1.0 in left field. (Just for reference Bay was a -13.0 and Damon was a -9.2 in 2009 in LF) When given platoon level at bats, Gomes flat out performs. Over his career when given 285 plus at bats, he has hit less than 20 home runs only once. (17 in 2007)
Looks like the Yankees are close to a deal for Javier Vazquez.
Look at all these rumors, running me everyday…Did you hear that one about Cashman? Some say he's much too loose (with money of course!)
Anyway, that's my shot at humor for the day. On a serious note, I wanted to touch base on a few Yankees rumors that are swirling or have swirled over the past few days and get your thoughts. While I certainly hate how cold it is here in New Jersey, this time of year becomes tolerable simply because of all the rumors and baseball chatter.
- According to Mike over at RAB, the Yankees are trying to set up a private workout with Aroldis Chapman. Not sure if the thought has changed, but most scouts see this as a long term move, not a solution for the opening day rotation or maybe even 2010.
- According to MLB Trade Rumors, George King and Jayson Stark, the Yankees are interested in bringing Nick Johnson back to New York. Johnson would fit in nicely in this Yankees lineup, but the main concerns here are his health and the lack of position flexibility he provides the Yankees roster. The popular school of thought here is that if Johnson is brought in it will signal the end of the Johnny Damon era in New York.
- Then there's the Ben Sheets rumor from a few days ago. I know I am hoping this one is true, but that could be due to the huge man crush I have had on this guy for years.
In addition, the Yankees are also being linked to Kelvim Escobar, Matt Capps and Joel Pineiro. Use this thread as your place to talk about all the Yankees rumors you've heard and even the ones you'd like to hear.
Not much needs to be said here other than keep on doing what you are doing boys. Lineups after the jump.
I was never a big fan of Jason Giambi while he was a Yankee, but I kind of hoped he'd make a comeback with Oakland. He's a seems like a nice guy, great personality and was well liked by his teammates during his time in New York. Unfortunately today Giambi was released by the A's. Giambi is currently on the DL, so it is unknown if this will be the last stop for the Giambino. Sidenote: My favorite Giambi story comes from a talk radio show I was listening too back when he had just signed with the Yankees. Giambi does/did live in Vegas and the host said something like "I am still waiting for my invitation to get out and visit" to that Giambi said "Yeah well we are all waiting for something, I am still waiting for Jeremy to slide."
Unfortunately I tuned into the Yankees game late yesterday. Fortunately I turned on the television just in time to see Melky rip a ball over Jermaine Dye's head and then just continue to run and run and run. As he rounded second I started to yell at the television, only to find out seconds later that Melky needed that triple to complete the cycle. The envelope was pushed, but deservedly so. Melky became just the 15th player in Yankees history to hit for the cycle and the first player during the Derek Jeter era. All of this of course on the anniversary of the death of one of the most beloved Yankees, Thurman Munson. Congratulations Melky.
Our Your beloved Sox are already up 4-0 in the 4th, 4-0. Use this thread as your place to discuss all the details of tonight's return to normalcy in the baseball universe.
Get your minds out of the gutter. I am simply referring to this being Wang's first start since being called up back on May 23rd. Wang's pitch count today will be 80. Girardi is hoping that Wang can get them 6 innings. I on the other hand, am just hoping he can hold the Rangers to single digits. Phil Hughes is now in the bullpen, but he will not be available until tomorrow (at the earliest) according to Pete Abe. This is your gamer for today's Yankees-Rangers battle. Comment away!
With the Yankees pulling off a miraculous come from behind win off the always tough Joe Nathan, the Red Sox look to one up them and put a hurtin' on the Mariners. It's a little late, but you know what they say it's the thought that counts. Have at it Sox fans.
Unfortunately many of our regulars (including myself) were shut out of the original (CBS) YFSF fantasy baseball league. So I have gone back to Yahoo! in hopes that we can finally have a fully functional, fair and enjoyable fantasy baseball league. Using Yahoo! gives us a chance to get more regulars into the league, the league max is 20, as opposed to 10 at CBS. So we are going to scrap the CBS league and move forward with Yahoo! If you are interested in joining the league simply send me an email at: JohnYF13 at yahoo dot com. The first 19 teams that contact me will be granted league access. Thanks guys and I am sorry for the confusion.
In an interview with Peter Gammons, Alex Rodriguez told the baseball world just how sorry he was for making the mistake of taking performance enhancing drugs. Most people on this site immediately thought he was being disingenuous and that there was nothing admirable about his apology. So while watching the interview I came up with the perfect plan to win back the baseball world, the fans and to get back in the good graces of the hall of fame voters. If we are to take Alex at his word, he only took PED's during the 2001-2003 seasons. During that time he piled up 156 home-runs, 395 runs batted in, 569 hits, 44 stolen bases and 249 base on balls. If Alex really wants to take a stand, here is what he should do: Call up Bud Selig and Major League Baseball and tell them to take away any and all stats he earned during those three seasons. This also means he'd be stripped of his 2003 Most Valuable Player award as well. Unfortunately we will never know for sure if those were the only seasons, but it will surely speak volumes about his commitment to making things right. This is Alex Rodriguez, the ultimate stat and attention whore giving back three seasons of his life to prove his point. Of course this means he will (most likely) lose his chance to break Barry Bonds home run record, but it may put him back into consideration for induction into the baseball hall of fame. He may also win back some fans, some respect and make his remaining years in baseball a slightly more tolerable. In the end that's what it's all about for Alex, being accepted and quite frankly this might be his only shot at that.