Daily Archives: December 12, 2011

Yankees sent Curtis outright to AAA

Yankee sent OF Colin Curtis outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

by Matt S.

Curtis was designated for assignment on Friday to make room for Freddy Garcia on the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old outfielder missed the entire 2011 season while recovering from shoulder surgery but was healthy enough to participate in Winter Ball.

BREAKING: Yankees will tender contracts to 6 eligible for arbitration

BREAKING: Yankees will tender contracts to 6 eligible for arbitration

By Delia E.

According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, the Yankees are going to tender the contracts for the 6 players that were eligible for arbitration. The Yankees will contact Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Russell Martin & Phil Hughes sometime tonight to discuss a new contract.

Non-Tender Deadline Is Here! Yanks Have 6 Arbitration Eligible Players

Non-Tender Deadline Is Here! Yanks Have 6 Arbitration Eligible Players

By Delia E.

Around this time of the year, many teams will usually non-tender players because arbitration cases could be expensive. The Yankees have 6 players that are all on the arbitration list and could get a new deal.

1. David Robertson: David Robertson had a fantastic 2011 season, so the Yankees will most likely have no problem keeping their 8th inning guy especially with set-up men being scarce in the FA market.

2. Brett Gardner: Gardner didn’t have an outstanding 2011 batting average wise, but two places where he never faltered was on the bases & in the outfield. The Yankees would be nuts to not offer Gardner another contract, but with Gardner under team control till 2015 they might not rush into it right away.

3. Boone Logan: The “Lone Lefty” in the Yankees bullpen could be in for a little raise this winter. Logan has been the go-to guy in the bullpen to get lefties out (and more surprisingly righties). Logan has for the most part stayed healthy in 2011 and the Yankees want to keep him that way since their only lefty is a Rule 5 Draft pick.

4. Russell Martin: Cashman already said it himself, Russell Martin is coming back in 2012 but the question would be how much money Martin would make. Martin did a fantastic job behind the plate for the Yankees in 2011, and even went to the All-Star game. Even if Montero does well in Spring Training, the starting job for catcher is Martin’s.

5. Phil Hughes: Phil Hughes’s 2011 numbers weren’t very good. At all. But the only thing we can do is blame injury for the cause. Hughes will be back in the rotation but it depends on Spring Training where in the rotation Hughes ends up. Yankees fans are expecting Hughes to come back into form like in 2010, but we can only hope from the moment Hughes picks up the baseball.

6. Joba Chamberlain: Chamberlain missed most of 2011 after having Tommy John Surgery but the Yankees don’t see that as an issue. They would be glad to bring Chamberlain back but Chamberlain isn’t slated to return until summer of 2012 (though Chamberlain says that he is making fast progress). We just don’t want him to come back too early. Different scenario, but remember what happened to A-Rod last year.

Yankees aren’t expected to get Darvish or Cespedes

Yankees aren’t expected to get Darvish or Cespedes

By Delia E.

According to sources from ESPN, the Yankees insiders are tampering down their expectations about a bid for Yu Darvish; if they even plan on making a bid.

The Yankees like Yu Darvish but they are unaware of how he would pitch in the MLB. Also since they know that Darvish has electric stuff, just to get him to throw a pitch for the Yankees could cost about $80M – $100M. ESPN uses the analogy of  whether Darvish would come out like CC Sabathia or Kei Igawa.

On Cepsedes, the Yankees like him but they honestly don’t have a need for him. If bidding for Cepsedes goes to $30M, $40M, $50M then the Yankees will not be in on him. It would be too much money on a little guarantee. It’s fun to think about, but the reality is, the Yankees don’t see it happening.

Yu Darvish Poll

White Sox looking for a big haul for Danks

SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox asked for two of Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Jesus Montero in trade talks with the Yankees for John Danks.

by Matt S.

Those are highly-coveted and highly thought of prospects, and Danks is under contract for just one more season. So it’s doubtful that a deal is anywhere close to getting done with New York. Perhaps the White Sox will lower their asking price as the start of spring training approaches. Danks, 26, registered a 4.33 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 27 starts this past year.


Morning Bits: Leadership void, A-Rod homerun chase

Hello all and the weekend is over (sigh) another work week begins and we are almost at Darvish Day which is Wednesday for the last day for teams to make a bid on him.

Let’s get right to the links….

* Leadership void looms in the Bronx.

* Can A-Rod still break Barry Bonds home run record?