Daily Archives: November 20, 2011

A Few Polls on a Slow Sunday

A Few Polls on a Slow Sunday

by Mike D.

Well its another very slow November day, so here are a few polls to keep you guys occupied if you have nothing else to do.

Yankees Mailbag: Part 2

Good afternoon, and here is the second part of this weekend mailbag. Thank you to those who asked us their questions, and please continue to send them in!

Brian Cashman has explored trade possibilities the first time around, and is not overly enthused by the prices at the moment.

@NataliaYank25 asked:
Cashman said he’s talking with other teams about trade possibilities. Who do you think they can trade for?

You can never really tell the full extents of who’s available and who’s not available in the trade market. However, there are plenty of rumors. Some trade possibilities Cashman may be talking about could be for White Sox pitcher John Danks or Oakland lefty Gio Gonzalez. There have been the brief mentions of the Braves possibly shopping Jair Jurrjens, but not at the price the Yankees are looking for. In addition, there’s been some speculation that the Phillies may look to see what they can get for Cole Hamels, who will be in his final year of his contract; but a trade for him would be of huge cost. Beyond what I listed above, you can list other names, but really out of speculation, no real substance. I think there are definitely options out there for Brian Cashman to make a trade, if he wants to. Right now, he’s simply letting the market settle, waiting for the prices to drop.

@Kimtheluck asked:
Are they going to resign Russell Martin? If yes when are we going to know it?

To which @NataliaYank25 replied:
Do they need to sign him? He’s under team control.

Russell Martin is arbitration-eligible for the fourth time this winter as a Super Two player. In simpler words, Martin will either be offered a new contract, or he will not be offered a new contract by the Yankees. Cashman absolutely wants to retain him, and if (more like when) they do, it will be somewhere around or a bit north of $6MM in arbitration. The free agent arbitration offer deadline is actually pretty soon – at midnight on November 23. Then, the deadline to accept those offers is on December 7, so you’ll know whether Russell will be back next year (for sure) sometime very soon. But don’t worry, I’m willing bet a boatload of money that Martin will be donning pinstripes again next year.

@Kimtheluck asked:
Is there any chance the Yankees will give a new contract to Jorge Posada?

I’d say there’s a 0.01% chance Jorge Posada will be offered a contract by the Yankees. He has already publicly said he will most likely not be returning to the team next year. There’s simply no place for him on the Yankees, and Jorge knows that. His two options will be to hang it up and retire, or to put on a different uniform than that of the Yankees.

 

That’s it for the Yankees Mailbag: Part 2. A reminder that if you have a question you’d like to ask for next weekend’s mailbag, either email me at yankeesfansunited@gmail.com or contact us on Twitter at @yankeefansunite. Have a great rest of the day.

Swisher News….

Swisher News

by Matt S.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports multiple teams are interested in dealing for outfielder Nick Swisher.

The Yankees exercised a $10.25 million option on Swisher this offseason but Olney suggests they are willing to listen offers on just about anyone. While it remains unlikely that a deal gets done, the move would allow them to make a play at free-agent Carlos Beltran. Swisher, 30, batted .260/.374/.449 with 23 home runs and 85 RBI in 2011, and will be eligible for free agency next fall.

Morning Bits: Swisher, Nunez, Cespedes

Good morning all. Here are today’s links…

Despite his postseason woes and uncertain future, Nick Swisher is not concerned.

— The Atlanta Braves have asked the Yankees about trading for shortstop Eduardo Nunez.

— Jeff Bradley examines the Yankees’ need for more clutch RBI singles, in order to achieve greater postseason success.

— The Yankees are looking at center-fielder and Cuban defector, Yoennis Cespedes.

Have a great day.