Daily Archives: November 17, 2011

New Labor Agreement Reached

New Labor Agreement Reached

by Matt S.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, a new labor agreement has been officially agreed upon.

Full details of the new CBA will be announced Monday. The expectation is that hard slotting for the amateur draft will not be implemented, but that some form of an overall draft spending cap might be enforced on teams beginning next June. There will also be significant changes to free agent compensation, with some reports saying that Type B statuses could be completely thrown out. We’ll have to wait until Monday to sort it all out.

Open Thread

Not much news tonight in yankee land so let’s take a look around the MLB.   Enjoy and have a good night

According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Bobby Valentine has met with at least one Red Sox owner and will meet with more.

Valentine wouldn’t comment on the situation to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe earlier in the day Thursday, but now multiple sources are reporting that the Red Sox have reached out to him about their vacant managerial position. When Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington began his search, he was targeting candidates without major league managerial experience, but it’s safe to say they have shifted in a radically different direction.

Clayton Kershaw was named the National League Cy Young Award winner Thursday.

Kershaw, 23, is the youngest Cy Young winner since Dwight Gooden won the award as a 20-year-old in 1985. It was hard to go wrong with this excellent field of candidates, but Kershaw was the clear favorite after leading the National League this season with a 2.28 ERA, 248 strikeouts and (tied) 21 wins. The southpaw took home 27 of 32 first-place votes while Roy Halladay received four and Ian Kennedy got one. Halladay finished second in the balloting and Cliff Lee placed third.

Source: BBWAA.com

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, C.J. Wilson will visit the Angels on Monday.

It should be the first of several stops for Wilson, who is the most coveted pitcher on the free agent market. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto hasn’t been shy about his interest thus far, holding a lengthy meeting Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, at the general managers’ meetings Monday in Milwaukee. It’s believed that Wilson is looking for a six-year contract in excess of $100 million.

Hot Stove Targeting: Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder has been with the Milwaukee Brewers since the 2005 season when he was just 21 years old. He was an excellent HR hitter, he knew how to take his walks and he knew how to drive in runs. That was a superstar in the making in Milwaukee which was how Prince Fielder became a household name (not as big as Derek Jeter, but still a household name). But after having some fun with the Brewers he became a free agent after the 2011 season. A lot of teams are after him, but the question that Yankees fans are wondering; is Prince Fielder a fit for the New York Yankees.

Prince Fielder has been a dynamic force since coming up with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005

Positives: Prince Fielder has been nothing but a dominant force every year with his time with the Brewers. With a career .929 OPS and a .540 SLG, he is every teams dream. Fielder isn’t a SB player, but it really doesn’t matter in his case because of his power numbers. In his career he has had 230 HR’s with 656 RBI’s & 566 BB and this all from 6 years. Fielder has also taken a couple of awards throughout his career such as Rookie Of the Year in 2006 (he was considered a rookie in 2006 due to having more playing time than in 2005), has been to the All-Star game 3 times (2007, 2009 & 2011), was a 3 time MVP (2007, 2008 & 2009) and is a 2 time Silver Slugger award winner (2007 & 2011).

 

 

 

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Year Age Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2002 18 Rk,A 73 317 258 50 84 19 0 13 51 47 54 .326 .448 .550 .998
2003 19 A 137 594 502 81 157 22 2 27 112 71 80 .313 .409 .526 .935
2004 20 AA 135 577 497 70 135 29 1 23 78 65 93 .272 .366 .473 .839
2005 21 AAA 103 441 378 68 110 21 0 28 86 54 93 .291 .388 .569 .957
2005 21 NL 39 62 59 2 17 4 0 2 10 2 17 .288 .306 .458 .764
2006 22 NL 157 648 569 82 154 35 1 28 81 59 125 .271 .347 .483 .831
2007 23 NL 158 681 573 109 165 35 2 50 119 90 121 .288 .395 .618 1.013
2008 24 NL 159 694 588 86 162 30 2 34 102 84 134 .276 .372 .507 .879
2009 25 NL 162 719 591 103 177 35 3 46 141 110 138 .299 .412 .602 1.014
2010 26 NL 161 714 578 94 151 25 0 32 83 114 138 .261 .401 .471 .871
2011 27 NL 162 692 569 95 170 36 1 38 120 107 106 .299 .415 .566 .981
7 Seasons 998 4210 3527 571 996 200 9 230 656 566 779 .282 .390 .540 .929
162 Game Avg. 162 683 573 93 162 32 1 37 106 92 126 .282 .390 .540 .929
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/15/2011.

Negatives: With every player there is a good and a bad side. With Prince Fielder his bad side happens to be one major thing: He doesn’t know how to get his numbers hot in the postseason. In 2008 it was his first time in the postseason, so the .192 average could go dismissed, but in 2011 he had a great start to the postseason, but he struggled towards the end. In the NLDS in 2011 vs. the Diamondbacks he hit .278 with 1 HR and 2 doubles. It was a good start to the postseason, but when they reached the NLCS with the World Series Champions the St. Louis Cardinals that was when everything went downhill. Fielder had a .200 average and had the most GIDP’s in his postseason career with 2 in a series.

Year Age Series G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 24 NLDS 4 17 14 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 5 .071 .176 .286 .462
2011 27 NLDS 5 21 18 2 5 2 0 1 3 2 5 .278 .381 .556 .937
2011 27 NLCS 6 25 20 4 4 2 0 2 3 4 4 .200 .360 .600 .960
2 Seasons (3 Series) 15 63 52 7 10 4 0 4 8 8 14 .192 .317 .500 .817
2 NLDS 9 38 32 3 6 2 0 2 5 4 10 .188 .289 .438 .727
1 NLCS 6 25 20 4 4 2 0 2 3 4 4 .200 .360 .600 .960
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/15/2011.

Is Prince Fielder A Fit For the Yankees: Prince Fielder could succeed with

Even through Prince Fielder could make a team more valuable, the Yankees aren't looking to add another bat at this moment

many teams, but unfortunately I do not see the Yankees pursing Prince Fielder. Brian Cashman made it clear that he was going for pitching, and how offense wasn’t the problem. The Yankees also do not have a need for another first baseman as they already have Mark Teixeira for the next 6-8 years.

Hot Stove Rumblings: Rumors have had it that certain teams are after Prince Fielder after the Milwaukee Brewers reportedly decided that they weren’t going to spend much time trying to re-sign Fielder. One of the teams that are reportedly interested is the Miami Marlins (Formerly Florida Marlins). Along with Fielder the Marlins have reportedly spoken to Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols.

Prince Fielder has a great future ahead of him, but if I was Brian Cashman I would pass on him. As Cashman mentioned before, the issue is not our offense, it is the starting pitching. I am sure Prince Fielder could make another team happy, but it’s not going to happen with the Yankees.


Morning Bits: Darvish, Chavez, Hal

Good morning all. Here are today’s links:

The Yankees have their eye on Japanese pitcher, Yu Darvish.

— Brian Cashman may strongly consider bringing Eric Chavez back next year for the right contract.

— Hal Steinbrenner called the status of the Yankees rotation a “concern”.

— Despite past failures in Kei Igawa and Hideki Irabu, the Yankees are not worried about Japanese pitching imports.

Have a great day.