Daily Archives: November 18, 2011

Afternoon Notes: Wilson, Garza, Gonzalez, Danks, 40-Man Roster

The Yanks have expressed particular interest in White Sox hurler John Danks. Chicago on the other hand is a big fan of NYY Triple-A catcher, Austin Romine.

Via Joel Sherman of the NY Post:

— Brian Cashman would like to do something this offseason, before Christmas, but he won’t unless the prices drop from where they are now. (Sherman)

— Symbolic of the Yankees’ current lack of enthusiasm, when C.J. Wilson’s agent requested a meeting in New York, he was told “we’ll get back to you.”

— The Yanks have looked into a possible trade for Cubs’ starter, Matt Garza. However, a Chicago official said trading Garza would be “very, very unlikely”.

— Among their particular likings is left-hander Gio Gonzalez of the Athletics. Billy Beane, talking about the availability of Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, said, “In our situation, we are open to anything.” However, Oakland is looking for an ace return for either Gio or Cahill. This probably implies a package centered around Jesus Montero or Manny Baneulos.

— They also favor ChiSox lefty, John Danks, who will be a free agent after this 2012 season. Sherman notes that Danks is “very” available, with the sudden Chicago rebuilding process. The asking price for Danks appears to be similar to that of Billy Beane’s in Oakland. The Yanks don’t view Danks as worth that kind of price, especially considering they’d only be getting one year of him. However, don’t shut the door on this trade possibility. Sherman adds the White Sox are very keen on a number of Yankee prospects, including a “particular fondness” for Austin Romine.

Via Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:

— On a different note, the Yankees added infielders David Adams and Corban Joseph, outfielder Zoilo Almonte, and right-handed pitchers, D.J. Mitchell and David Phelps to their 40-Man Roster. It seems likely that the latter two will see at least some time in the majors next season.

A little about each of them.

Almonte batted .276/.345/.459 with 15 homers and 18 steals between High- and Double-A this season. He’s an unexciting talent but one the Yankees felt they couldn’t lose in the Rule 5 draft.

Joseph, 23, hit .277/.353/.415 with five homers and 58 RBI over 499 at-bats for Trenton this season. The former fourth-round pick is below average defensively and hasn’t progressed much with the bat, but the Yankees are still holding out hope that he’ll be a useful piece of the roster eventually.

Adams batted .370/.421/.509 over 29 games in an injury-shortened 2011 season. The former third-round pick has little in the way of tools but profiles as a solid backup at the major league level.

A former outfielder from his college days, Mitchell doesn’t have much upside but has a nice minor league track record, having held a 3.28 ERA over three seasons, including a 3.18 mark at Triple-A in 2011. He probably has a better shot to eventually earn a roster spot for the Yankees as a middle reliever, though.

Phelps is now off-limits for the Rule 5 draft. A former 14th-round pick, Phelps posted a nice 3.19 ERA and 90/26 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. Though his ceiling isn’t high, Phelps boasts a 2.61 ERA in his minor league career and has a good shot of being a useful back-end starter or middle reliever for the Yanks one day.

Cespedes News

Cespedes News

by Matt S.

Peter Gammons of MLB.com was told by scouts in the Dominican Republic that the parameters for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes’ deal will be between $35-50 million.

That’s quite a chunk of change. The feeling has been that Cespedes would seek a deal similar to the one that Aroldis Chapman signed in 2010 ($30.25 million), but evidently there are some that feel he could net much more. Cespedes has had a few private workouts for teams and has drawn interest from at least a half dozen clubs.

I know some of us have talked about him many times on our blog just figured this was news worthy to some of you out their.  Enjoy.

Hot Stove Targeting: Andruw Jones

Positives

Andruw Jones filled the role the Yankees asked him to fill very nicely last year.  Jones was the power righty bat of the bench the Yankees needed, and he mashed left handed pitching all year. Jones’s splits against lefties were .286/.384/.540/.923. That .923 OPS is absolutely outstanding. Also, Jones finished the year with a solid 13 HRs of the bench for the Yankees. He did an adequate job in the outfield, nothing like his gold glove years in Atlanta, but he did not kill the Yankees out there. Marcus Thames was used in the same role Jones was two years ago and he was unplayable in the outfield. Jones did a good job of spelling Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner, while also getting some DH AB’s.

Negatives:

Jones was egregious against right handed pitching, as he was pretty much unusable against them. Jones’s splits against righties were .172/.303/.406./.709. However, for what it’s worth, he did have 5 of his 13 homeruns against righties. At the age of 34 health could be an issue for Jones. He did play last year with a knee injury, but it did not seem to affect him very much. He was slow on the base paths, but he was obviously slow to begin with.

Fit for the Yankees?

I would advocate that the Yankees resign Andruw Jones to fill the same role next year. Part of the reason is Brett Gardner did not show enough against lefties last year. Like Jones against righties, Gardner against lefties was also egregious. Gardner’s splits against lefties were .233/.344/.272/.616. He also had a grand total of 0 HR’s and 6 RBI’s against lefties. I know Gardner is no power guy, but 6 RBI’s on the year against lefties is brutal. A lineup consisting of Jones and Jesus Montero against lefties is scary for opposing pitchers. A lineup of Jeter, Granderson, Tex, A-Rod, Cano, Montero, Swisher, Jones, and Martin against lefties is awfully imposing. Until Gardner proves he can hit lefties better a player like Jones is a necessity. Gardner is a nice player for the Yankees and had a great postseason, but if his and Jones’ stats against lefties do not change he should not see a lot of action against them.

Morning Bits: Cashman, SWB Yanks, Budgetary Approach

Good morning – here are your links:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman slept in Times Square to raise awareness for homeless kids.

— Marc Carig muses about the Yankees’ new budgetary approach, in contrast to their previous “blank-check” spending.

— Brian Cashman said yesterday that he has an interest in bringing back Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon next season.

— The SWB Yankees team will have a very different look next year, thanks to free agency.

Have a great Friday.