Daily Archives: October 12, 2011

Two Playoff Games Open Thread

Here are the starting pitchers and start times.  Enjoy the games.  Please leave a comment about the games or about anything Yankee related.

Texas at Detroit 4:19 PM FOX Harrison vs Porcello
Milwaukee at St. Louis 8:05 PM TBS Gallardo vs Carpenter

Martin want’s to be back with the Yankees next year

Martin want’s to be back with the Yankees next year

by Matt S.

Russell Martin told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York on Tuesday that he hopes to be back with the Yankees next season.

Martin signed with the Yankees last December after being non-tendered by the Dodgers and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. “So either I’ll get offered a contract or I won’t get offered a contract,” said Martin. “It is the same situation I was in with the Dodgers last year. Now, it is up to the Yankees to make a decision. For me, I would like nothing more than to be here.” The 28-year-old backstop batted .237/.324/.408 with 18 homers, 65 RBI and a .732 OPS this season while throwing out 30 percent of would-be basestealers. If the Yankees retain him, he figures to earn around $6 million in arbitration. Jesus Montero likely won’t be a catcher in the long run and Austin Romine has caught just nine games in the majors, so it’s a pretty good bet he sticks around.

Theo Epstein To Cubs; Deal Finalized

Theo Epstein To Cubs; Deal Finalized

By Delia E. 

Well, it is official: Theo Epstein is now the Chicago Cubs new General Manager. Epstein had been in talks with the Cubs for quite some time after the Red Sox historic collapse back in September. The Cubs had agreed to a 5 year contract worth nearly $20 Million. Epstein was the Red Sox manager when they won the World Series title in 2004 breaking the “Curse of The Bambino.” The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908.

With Epstein gone it leaves trouble for the Boston Red Sox since they have no GM or a manager. The Red Sox fired Terry Francona after the Red Sox season surprisingly ended.  Looks like the Red Sox have their hands full this offseason with trying to replace 2 big parts in their franchise.

Betances Ranked 88th on Seedling to Stars 2012 Prospect List.

Name: Dellin Betances
DOB: 3/23/88
Organization: Yankees
Position: Pitcher
Notable 2011 Stats: 3.42 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 7 HRA, 55 BB, 115 K, 51% GB% in 105 1/3 IP with Trenton (AA);
5.14 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 2 HRA, 15 BB, 27 K, 31% GB% in 21 IP with Scranton/Wilkes Barre (AAA);
6.75 ERA, 9.40 FIP, 0 HRA, 6 BB, 2 K, 14.3% GB% in 2 2/3 IP with Yankees

Why He’s This High: Betances boasts an intimidating combination of size and stuff. He stands every bit of 6’8″ and has two bigtime pitches in his 91-95 mph fastball and hard low-80′s curveball.

As his strikeout numbers suggest, the New York native has been able to get tons of batters to come up empty on the back of those two offerings.

To read the rest of their article please click here.

American League News

American League News

By Matt S.

Peter Gammons of MLB Network and NESN reports that the sale of the Astros is expected to go through in mid-November, complete with a move to the American League.

Drayton McLane agreed to sell the team in May to a group led by Jim Crane for $680 million — the second-highest sale price in major league history. Crane met with commissioner Bud Selig last week and the deal must still be approved by MLB owners. The Houston franchise has played in the National League for all 50 years of their existence, but would move to the American League in order to give each league 15 teams.

Morning Bits: Lost Year, Swisher, Martin, Rotation talk

Good Morning all.  Two games later today.  Here are some Yankee links for you to read through as you sip your morning coffee.  Enjoy.

* For Yankees, winning season becomes lost year with playoff flameout.

* Previewing the Yankees Offseason: Nick Swisher’s Option.

* Plenty of questions, no answers yet for the Yankees.

* Russel Martin: “I Want to be back”

* Yankees will address the rotation.  Even more rotation talk.