Daily Archives: December 4, 2011

Cashman has High Praise for Noesi

Cashman has High Praise for Noesi

by Matt S.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman thinks Hector Noesi “has the chance to be a good major league starter” and says the team likes Noesi “as much as we like (Ivan) Nova.”

“Right now Noesi is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation,’’ Cashman said. The Yanks GM adds the “right now” caveat, of course, because he’s expected to target a premiere starter this offseason. If he deems the price too high, though, Noesi then becomes a real option for the back end of the rotation. He held a 4.47 ERA as a mop-up guy and occasional spot starter for the Yankees in 2011 while posting a 3.28 mark in six games — five starts — at Triple-A.

Afternoon Hot Stove

Afternoon Hot Stove

by Matt S.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that 14 teams are in on the bidding for free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle, with the Twins and Diamondbacks among the “surprise entrants.”

Heyman cautions that Buehrle’s price tag might ultimately be out of the Twins’ and Diamondbacks’ range, though. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier Sunday that three teams have made three-year offers to Buehrle, with two of them considering giving the left-hander the no-trade clause that he desires.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Manny Ramirez has filed for reinstatement from Major League Baseball’s voluntary retired list.

He’ll be eligible to play in 2012 but will first have to serve a 50-game suspension for a second positive PED test. It will be interesting to see what kind of market develops for Ramirez, as he had one hit in 17 at-bats for the Rays before his abrupt retirement last season and will be 40 by the time he can suit up for a game. Someone will likely be willing to give him an incentive-laden, one-year deal, though.

Matt Loede of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland reports that Prince Fielder has narrowed his choices of where he will sign this offseason to the Blue Jays, Rangers and Brewers, with the Blue Jays thought to be the favorites.

The report is rather obscure, so take it with a big grain of salt. If Loede is correct, then we would have to think Fielder would essentially be down to the Blue Jays and Rangers, as the Brewers don’t look to be willing to go past a six-year, $120 million offer, which almost surely will not be enough. The Nationals, Cubs and Marlins have also been linked to Fielder.

 

Vote For The 2011 GIBBY Awards

Vote for the 2011 GIBBYs and watch on December 16, on MLBNetwork & MLB.com

Do you want your favorite New York Yankee to win a Greatest In Baseball Yearld (GIBBY) award? Then it is very simple. All you have to do is vote! Fans have until 11:59pm on December 4 (today) to vote for their favorite players and the awards will be announced on December 16 at 9pm on MLBNetwork & MLB.com. Fans may vote up to 25 teams in each category with 1 email address (you can change email addresses and vote another 25 times). Here are the categories where your 2011 New York Yankees were nominated:

Player Of The Year:

Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays)
Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers)
Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)
Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox)
Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
Adrian Gonzalez (Boston Red Sox)
Curtis Granderson (New York Yankees)
Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals)
Justin Upton (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Starting Pitcher:

Roy Halladay (Philadelphia Phillies)
Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners)
Ian Kennedy (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Cliff Lee (Philadelphia Phillies)
CC Sabathia (New York Yankees)
James Shields (Tampa Bay Rays)
Jered Weaver (LA Angels)
C.J Wilson (Texas Rangers)
Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers)

Rookie:

Dustin Ackley (Seattle Mariners)
Danny Espinosa (Washington Nationals)
Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves)
Jeremy Hellickson (Tampa Bay Rays)
Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals)
Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta Braves)
Ivan Nova (New York Yankees)
Michael Pineda (Seattle Mariners)
Mark Trumbo (LA Angels)
Jordan Walden (LA Angels)
Jemile Weeks (Oakland Athletics)
Vance Worley (Philadelphia Phillies)

Closer:

John Axford (Milwaukee Brewers)
Joel Hanrahan (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta Braves)
J.J Putz (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees)
Drew Storen (Washington Nationals)
Jose Valverde (Detroit Tigers)

Setup Man:

Mike Adams (Texas Rangers)
Joaquin Benoit (Detroit Tigers)
Tyler Clippard (Washington Nationals)
Eric O’Flaherty (Atlanta Braves)
David Robertson (New York Yankees)
Jonny Venters (Atlanta Braves)

Defensive Man:

Asdrubal Cabrera (Cleveland Indians)
Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox)
Jeff Francoeur (Kansas City Royals)
Brett Gardner (New York Yankees)
Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles)
Cameron Maybin (San Diego Padres)
Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati Reds)
Mark Teixeira (New York Yankees)
B.J Upton (Tampa Bay Rays)

Comeback Player:

Lance Berkman (St. Louis Cardinals)
Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox)
J.J Hardy (Baltimore Orioles)
Russell Martin (New York Yankees)
James Shields (Tampa Bay Rays)

WOW Factor:

Asdrubal Cabrera (Cleveland Indians)
Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)
Starlin Castro (Chicago Cubs)
Jose Reyes (New York Mets)
Mike Stanton (Miami Marlins)
Shane Victorino (Philadelphia Phillies)

Manager:

Kirk Gibson (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Joe Girardi (New York Yankees)
Jim Leyland (Detroit Tigers)
Tony LaRussa (St. Louis Cardinals)
Joe Maddon (Tampa Bay Rays)
Charlie Manuel (Philadelphia Phillies)
Ron Roenicke (Milwaukee Brewers)
Ron Washington (Texas Rangers)

Executive:

Ruben Armaro Jr. (Philadelphia Phillies)
Brian Cashman (New York Yankees)
Jon Daniels (Texas Rangers)
Dave Dombrowski (Detroit Tigers)
Andrew Friedman (Tampa Bay Rays)
Doug Melvin (Milwaukee Brewers)
John Mozeliak (St. Louis Cardinals)
Kevin Towers (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Moment Of The Year:

Braun blast clinches division (Milwaukee Brewers)
Dad helps Cano win Derby (New York Yankees)
Gurerro sets Dominican hits mark (Baltimore Orioles)
Jeter goes deep for 3,000th hit (New York Yankees)
Johnson homer caps 7-run rally (Tampa Bay Rays)
Rivera’s record-breaking save (New York Yankees)
Thome’s 600th HR (Minnesota Twins)
Yanks smack 3 grand slams (New York Yankees)

 Performance Of The Year:

Giambi’s 3-HR, 7 RBI game (Colorado Rockies)
Hart’s 3-HR, 7 RBI game (Milwaukee Brewers)
Jeter goes 5 for 5 with No. 3,000 (New York Yankees)
Liriano’s no-hitter (Minnesota Twins)
Longoria blasts Rays into October (Tampa Bay Rays)
Santana’s no-hitter (LA Angels)
Verlander’s no-hitter (Detroit Tigers)
Zobrist’s 10-RBI doubleheader (Tampa Bay Rays)

Click here to start voting for your 2011 GIBBY award nominee! Remember, they can’t win if you don’t vote!

Sunday Polls

Left-Handed Relief Series: George Sherrill

As the offseason began, we heard something that is oh so familiar for Yankee fans. Brian Cashman is looking for rotation help and left-handed relief pitchers. With Boone Logan as the only lefty in the bullpen, Cashman is at least expected to explore the market, both through free-agency and trades, in search of a second lefty. Considering it will be a miracle if Pedro Feliciano pitches for the Yankees at all next season, the Yankees could use some outside help.

After having a poor year in 2010, lefty-reliever George Sherrill was non-tendered by the Dodgers. Atlanta then signed him to a 1 year / $1.2 MM contract for 2011, during which he bounced back with a great season out of Braves ‘pen. Let’s take a look at whether or not he’s worthy of the Yankees’ pursuit…

Positives:

• Sherrill is coming off a very strong season with the Braves, with a shiny line of a 3.00 ERA / 3.08 FIP / 3.08 xFIP. He posted a 9.50 K/9, 3.00 BB/9 (1.250 WHIP), with a 45.2% GB rate, fitting the Yankees fondness for relief pitchers who get plenty of strikeouts and ground-balls.

• He is extremely strong against lefties, who in his career have only hit Sherrill for .180 AVG / .241 OBP / .275 SLG. That right there is a valuable weapon to have.

• He gets an absolute boatload of swings and misses, with a career Swing/Miss % of 23.1. Sherrill has done this with the combination of a mid-upper 80s fastball (61.5% use in ’11) and a mid 70s mph slider (38.5% use in ’10). Early in his career, he used a big, slow curve as his #2 pitch, but stopped using it after 2008.

Negatives:

• With a 4.26 career BB/9, Sherrill has always had the tendency to walk a lot of batters. However, it is important to keep note that when utilized against left-handers, his career BB/9 is much lower, at 2.44.

• Although he is brilliant against lefties, Sherrill’s career numbers versus righties are a completely different story (.272 AVG / .379 OBP / .414 SLG). They could use him mainly against lefties, but with the season Sherrill had last year, he probably won’t be paid like your average lefty specialist.

• Sherrill has had a history of having inconsistency from year to year. He has had a trend of one bad year followed by a good year, only to be followed by another bad year. The green indicates Sherrill’s ERA from 2004-2011, and in blue is the average. As you can see, it goes up and down and up and down, from year to year. Therefore, how is one to know whether or not 2012 is going to be a year like 2011?

Courtesy of Fangraphs.

• Although Sherrill has stayed relatively healthy throughout his career, he did miss about the last month at the end of this past season with left elbow inflammation. He has made 440 appearances (323.o IP) in his career, so it is always a possibility that elbow inflammation is a sign of wear and tear.

• Sherrill has always been a fairly soft-tosser, but his average fastball velocity dropped from 88.5 to 87.7 mph from 2010 to 2011. Despite that drop in velocity, however, he managed to have a much better year in ’11.

It’s tough to gauge the kind of contract George Sherrill will be receiving as a free agent. He had a great season this past year, but did have elbow problems at the end. Despite some dominant seasons in his career, Sherrill has always been inconsistent from year-to-year, which could impact what he’ll make on the market. I can’t imagine Sherrill receiving a deal of more than two years, but he could very well be the best left-handed relief pitcher on the free agent market. If someone manages to give Mike Gonzalez, for example, a two-year deal, Sherrill would have to receive a very similar contract.

As shown by his general inconsistency, George Sherrill is not a perfect option as an improvement over Boone Logan. However, if the Yankees were able to ink him to a one year deal, I would probably be in favor of the signing. If he could continue his pretty consistent dominance over lefties, he would be an extremely valuable bullpen addition. Unlike trade candidates such as Matt Thornton, the only thing Sherrill would cost is money, an area in which the Yankees can absolutely afford to take a risk.

Morning Hot Stove

Morning Hot Stove

by Matt S.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Blue Jays could field offers for Kyle Drabek this offseason.

It would be a strange time to sell on Drabek after the former top prospect held a 6.06 ERA in the majors and a 7.44 ERA at the Triple-A level in 2011. But, if another team is still willing to give them an impact starter for the 23-year-old, perhaps they will consider it. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reported last month that the Yankees have expressed interest in Drabek.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rangers are considered the favorites to land Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish.

This is assuming Darvish even gets posted. Olney writes that the Blue Jays “have done a lot of work” on Darvish but that the Rangers are the best bet to land him. We certainly can’t rule out the Yankees and the Red Sox, either. Darvish’s father, Farsad, has said it’s 50/50 whether or not his son will be posted this offseason.

Source: ESPN.com

Morning Bits: David Ortiz, Cashman, Winter Meetings

Good morning all. Enjoy the last day of the weekend.

On to the links……

* Johhny Damon and Robinson Cano are urging David Ortiz to sign with the Yankees.

* Cashman says the Yankees won’t overpay for pitching.

* What’s on Cashman’s plate at the winter meetings.