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Sensible Contracts for Hitters and Pitchers

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

In recent months I have discussed the dangers of long-term deals, specifically when it came to the Mets signing Jose Reyes. The years, more than the dollars, is usually the problem. Long-term contracts lead to teams paying premium dollars for players past their prime. The average annual value is often skewed because you have situations (see […]

Bobby Abreu HOF Debate, Jason Bay is an Expensive Scott Hairston, Rivera Panic, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, ESPN Can’t Beat a Vacant Chair

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Bobby Abreu beat his old teammates last night with two homers, including a ninth inning shot off the great Mariano Rivera. We will get to Rivera’s recent struggles later on, but this hit was ironic since Abreu was the topic of a Hall of Fame debate with the beat writers on Twitter. Back in 2009 I wrote this […]

Best Managerial Job in Mets History, Heath Bell’s Regression, Wright’s Strat-O-Matic Card, Who is Mike Baxter, Murphy in the Outfield

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Terry Collins return to the bench has been, to quote Freddie Mercury, “no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise.” He’s lost his corner infielders for significant portions of the season, Carlos Beltran, Daniel Murphy, and Jose Reyes will wind up missing a month of games. There have been five points of the season where you waited for this […]

Phil Hughes Plummeting Value, Warning on Heath Bell, More Zack Wheeler Mechanics, Is Wright Over Matt Cain?

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

During the winter of 2007-2008 the Yankees passed up on Johan Santana because they didn’t want to part with Phil Hughes. That deal didn’t haunt them in the long run as CC Sabathia has proven to be a better investment, and cost just an expensive free agent contract. Hughes was a big part of the 2009 championship team as he […]

Yanks Preparing Late Strike For Heath Bell and Ubaldo Jimenez?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

A couple of interesting tweets that may give us a clue as to where the Yankees focus is at the trading deadline #Yankees, like all teams, have scouts everywhere, but who is where is always key, and trusted Bill Livesey is watching #Padres relieversless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyJoel ShermanJoelsherman1 Sherman […]

Winning a Pennant is More Important than Winning the Value Game

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I love hearing reports about how teams “refuse” to give up a certain prospects for Carlos Beltran. Reporters, blogs, and fans talk about the fact that Beltran is a two month rental and will yield no draft picks (contract dictates the team can’t offer him arbitration) in free agency after the season. Earlier today, Jayson Stark of […]

Yankees Need Bullpen Help

Friday, July 8th, 2011

One of my Yankees concerns is overworking the bullpen. David Robertson has been great, but the injury to Mariano Rivera shouldn’t be taken lightly. Yes, they probably made a big deal about it to justify Mo bowing out of the All Star Game, but Joe Girardi has been using both Rivera and Robertson heavily this season. […]

Unanimous HOF, Mo’s Injury, Parnell’s Key to Success

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Josh Norris of the Trentonian wonders if Derek Jeter will be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection in the history of the game. To date, Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan garnered the highest percentage of the vote at 98.8%. As Norris points out, both Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson will test to the voters before […]

Montero Falling in Depth Charts; Wood on Radar

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

I spoke to a Yankees scout about the recent fan furor over Jesus Montero‘s performance, who told me that Montero is not only behind Gary Sanchez in the catching depth charts, but some feel Austin Romine has moved ahead as well. I was told that Montero would more likely be the center of a deal […]

Soria and Sanchez on Yanks Radar?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

A member of the Kansas City media reached out to me yesterday, asking if we had heard anything about the Yankees making another run at Royals closer Joakim Soria. Last summer, we reported Yankees interest in Soria, but the demands of Kansas City GM Dayton Moore were excessive. Bill Madden later reported the Yankees made overtures […]