Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

Freddy Garcia News…

Freddy Garcia

by Matt S.

The Yankees offered arbitration to Freddy Garcia.

Garcia could accept the offer if he can’t land a multi-year deal. He posted a 3.62 ERA in 146 2/3 innings this past season for New York and might be able to cash in on a free agent market short on reliable starters. But he’s now 35 and stands to make over $3 million via arbitration.

Yankees Sign Jayson Nix

Yankees Sign Jayson Nix

by Mike D.

According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees have inked utility-man Jayson Nix to a minor league deal, including an invite to Spring Training. He’s a 29 year old right-hander, who doesn’t hit very well, and isn’t an excellent fielder either. He owns a career line of .207 AVG / .280 OBP / .368 SLG / .286 wOBA, but did show some pop from 2009-2010, with 26 homers in 586 at-bats. Nix has a lot of experience at 2B, SS, and 3B, with some (but less) experience in the corner outfield positions. The signing provides some additional depth, but don’t expect Nix to make the team.

Mariano News..

Mariano News

By Matt S.

Mariano Rivera acknowledged Tuesday that next season might be his last.

“I have one year left [on a two-year contract],” Rivera said. “I might call it over. I will know more in spring training.” Rivera remains at the top of his game, but also is turning 42 next Tuesday while dealing with the prospect of vocal cord surgery.

Source: New York Post

Hot Stove Targeting: Edwin Jackson

In Edwin Jackson’s young career he is already familiar with 6 different teams (Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals) which means that he has been thrown around a lot (It would have been 7 teams but Jackson only lasted 2 hours as a Toronto Blue Jay in that bizarre 3 way team trade that occurred in the 2010 offseason, hence never actually playing a game at the Rogers Center). Jackson was a part of the 2011 World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals but he didn’t help much in the World Series getting only a loss in his only start. Now that Edwin Jackson is on the market for free agency we wonder: is Edwin Jackson a right fit for the New York Yankees?

Positives:

Edwin Jackson has a lot of experience in the American League and the National League which means that he will know how to handle certain situations in each league. In addition to that experience, Jackson is 28 years old, and should be in his prime. When Jackson plays as a full time starter he is a moderate strikeout pitcher with his strikeouts ranging from 104-181K’s., and a K/9 around 6-7. Jackson doesn’t give up a lot of HR’s, and is able to get a good amount of ground-balls (43.8 GB% in 2010 and 49.4 GB% in 2011). Jackson has been to the All-Star game once as a Detroit Tiger in 2009, but other than that has not won any other awards. He has great stuff there is no doubt, and he is a good pitcher.                      

Negatives:

This one is a little easier to explain. Edwin Jackson is a carbon

...but his carbon copy numbers like A.J Burnett could prevent the Yankees from signing him

copy of A.J Burnett. Jackson usually has his up and down years, and is pretty inconsistent throughout the season. In his career Jackson is a 60-60 pitcher with a 4.46 ERA. Although, if you look at a year such as 2010, his FIP of 3.86 did not line up with his 4.47 ERA that year. If you look at his postseason numbers, they aren’t that pretty. In the 2011 NLCS, Edwin Jackson had an 8.53 ERA and in the World Series a 5.06 ERA. He started off the 2011 postseason on the right foot, when he had a 3.00 ERA in the NLDS. In his career in the postseason Jackson has a 4.91 ERA with a 1-1 record. You may be wondering why I keep bringing up ERA. Well the answer is very simple; Edwin Jackson gives up a lot of runs (like A.J Burnett).

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt W L ERA H R ER HR
2008 24 TBR AL ALCS W 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0
2008 24 TBR AL WS L 0 0 4.50 2 1 1 1
2011 27 STL NL NLDS W 1 0 3.00 5 2 2 0
2011 27 STL NL NLCS W 0 0 8.53 11 6 6 4
2011 27 STL NL WS W 0 1 5.06 3 3 3 0
2 Seasons (5 Series) 1 1 4.91 21 12 12 5
1 NLDS 1 0 3.00 5 2 2 0
1 ALCS 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0
1 NLCS 0 0 8.53 11 6 6 4
2 WS 0 1 4.91 5 4 4 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2011.

Is Edwin Jackson A Fit for The Yankees: If the Yankees get Edwin Jackson then that is their decision, but I do not see the Yankees pursuing him as he reminds me too much of A.J. Burnett. The numbers, the strikeouts, the inconsistency are a carbon copy of A.J. Burnett. Yankees fans get frustrated with one A.J. Burnett in New York; do the Yankees really want a second A.J. Burnett?

If the Yankees were really serious about Edwin Jackson they would try to get him as early as possible before another team gobbles him up, but with the Yankees being eerily quiet in the offseason, they may not be as interested as everyone else thought. Then again they could be planning on how to get multiple pitchers during the December Winter Meetings, but as of right now the Yankees haven’t seemed all that interested in Jackson and frankly I don’t think he’s a perfect fit for the Yankees.

Morning Bits: Ticket Plans, Grandy, HGH Testing, NL MVP

Hi all – Here are your morning links…

The Yankees have announced their ticket plans for 2012. I won’t go in detail but it includes some seats getting cheaper, and some seats getting more expensive.

— Curtis Granderson has just written a book aimed at young people, described as “a baseball book that is essentially not about baseball.”

— Jerry Crasnik of ESPN.com writes about the united effort to leave the steroid-era behind, via the new HGH testing.

— Yesterday, Ryan Braun took home the NL MVP Award. Cliff Corcoran of SI.com talks about how terrific Braun was, but that Matt Kemp deserved the award.

Have a great day!