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The “Melk Man” Delivers in Game 1

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

It was a classic start to this year’s NYBD Sim Series between the 1973 Mets and 2009 Yankees. Tom Seaver took on CC Sabathia at the new Yankee Stadium and both delivered outstanding performances. In the end, it was the most unlikely member of the Yankees roster that did the most damage to give them a 1-0 lead. Melky […]

Javier Vazquez Deal With Braves: Good Process, Bad Result?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Matt Imbrogno of The Yankee Analysts broke down the December 2009 deal that brought Javier Vazquez Part Two (along with Boone Logan) back to the Bronx for Melky Cabrera and Arodys Vizcaino. Now that Vizcaino has been called up by Atlanta to pitch out of their bullpen, we probably will hear plenty of “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” of Brian Cashman’s decision to make that trade. Looking […]

Is Scott Hairston a Breakout Candidate?

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

One of Sandy Alderson’s “under the radar” signings this winter was outfielder Scott Hairston. So far this spring Hairston, brother of former Yankee Jerry, is hitting .353 with two homers and eight RBI. With the health of Carlos Beltran in question it’s possible that Hairston will be the starting right fielder on Opening Day. Last […]

Granderson an Albatross in Many Ways

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

When I first heard the Curtis Granderson trade this winter I turned up my nose. I thought Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, and Ian Kennedy could provide nice depth for the Yankees in 2010. After listening to individuals from both the New York and Detroit side I warmed up to Granderson in centerfield. All along I […]

Catching Up With Some Traded Yankees Prospects

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Just a quick look at some of the prospects the Yankees have traded away. Austin Jackson After a torrid start, Jackson, the past two weeks has cooled off considerably. Still Jackson is batting .331, including 3 triples and has 6 stolen bases. he has taken well to playing in center field and should improve with […]

Early Returns

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Sure, it’s not even a month into the season and it’s far too early to judge any off-season moves. But why not do it anyway? Let’s take a look at how the Yankees off-season moves have panned out so far. Curtis Granderson for Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke Austin Jackson, the chip the […]

Pineiro Might Haunt Yanks as Well

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

7 innings, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K’s That was Joel Pineiro’s line yesterday for Los Angeles against the Yankees at the Stadium. This certainly made Mets fans sick just a night after John Maine threw more 88 mph mediocre fastballs, but the Yanks might wind up regretting passing on Pineiro as well if Javier […]

Trades Don’t Mean Yanks are Downplaying Development

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Yankees fans seemed pleased with the acquisition of pitcher Javier Vazquez, a perfect No. 4 starter for the club. Mets fans, who sit waiting for a move that is at least similar, wish their team had the resources to accomplish that. Those “resources’’ are prospects and major-leaguers, not stars, such as Melky Cabrera.  The Yankees […]

Analysis of the Javier Vazquez Trade

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Earlier today the Yankees pulled off a trade with Atlanta, not for Derek Lowe, but former Yankee Javier Vazquez. This is the type of pitcher the Yankees rotation needs. He can give you innings, misses bats, and has only a year left on his contract. This trade also can be viewed with skepticism. There is […]

Yankees Do Not Trust Their Farm System

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

If one thing has been shown this off-season, it’s that the Yankees, despite assurances that they want to get younger and cheaper, do not trust their farm system. How else do you explain 2 of their top prospects in the past few weeks? Austin Jackson, (23) long one of their prized position players—the centerfielder of […]

“Granderson Will Help Deliver Another Title”

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

That was the quote by Lynn Henning of the Detroit News. Lynn joined me on the Sunday Hot Stove and had nothing but good things to say about the newest Yankees centerfielder. Not only did he point out that Granderson hit LHP decently in 2008 (.739 OPS and 10% above league average against lefties), but […]

Don’t Let Jackson Get Away - Even for Doc

Monday, December 7th, 2009

In order to make money in business, you have to spend money.  Likewise, if you covet a baseball player and want to trade, you have to give up something to get something. That something I don’t want the Yankees to give up – even for Toronto ace Roy Halladay - is promising outfielder Austin Jackson. […]

Both Locals Looking at Gil Meche

Friday, December 4th, 2009

As tweeted by NYBD contributor Joe Demayo the Mets, and to a lesser extent, the Yankees are showing interest in Kansas City RHP Gil Meche who is reportedly on the block. Last season Meche was 6-10 with a 5.09 ERA in an injury plagued campaign. During his career there has been thought that he would […]

Cameron Would Be a Fit for Yanks

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Those coming to the site have heard me gripe about Mike Cameron being an unacceptable option for left field for the Mets. This doesn’t mean I feel the same way about Cameron and the Yankees. If Johnny Damon prices himself out of pinstripes then Ken Rosenthal reports that baseball people believe Brian Cashman should look […]

Hot Stove: Figgins, Holliday, Halladay, and Lackey

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

I’ve been hearing some interesting chatter from down Tampa way that the Yankees “might” explore signing none other than long time nemesis Chone Figgins. Figgins is a very good player who could help lots of teams, but he doesn’t seem to be a good fit in the Bronx, simply for the fact that there really […]