Daily Archives: December 23, 2011

Yanks’ front office divided on Cespedes

Yanks’ front office divided on Cespedes

by Mike D.

According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Yankees (along with the Red Sox) may not bid very high on the Cuban defect, Yoenis Cespedes. The belief is that the center-fielder will get as much as $40MM as a free agent. Knobler mentions that- though many scouts believe that he should spend some time in the minors, his agents want him to go straight to the major-leagues. If the Yankees signed Cespedes, chances are Nick Swisher (or possibly Brett Gardner) would be traded to make room.

Knobler additionally said that there is a divide in the Yankees’ front office regarding Cespedes. Because of this divide, the report that the Yankees will not be offering very much could change.

Mason Williams more defensively dynamic than Gardner?

Mason Williams more defensively dynamic than Gardner?

by Mike D.

Via Josh Norris, the Trentonian’s Thunder beat writer, a scout greatly praised the defense of Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams. He said that the 20 year old’s glove-work is the best part of his game, and that as of now, Williams could be an above-average MLB center-fielder. Norris went on to include the scout’s comparison of Williams to Brett Gardner saying, “Defensively, I think Mason’s probably a little more dynamic.” That’s saying a lot considering Gardner is one of the top outfielders in the game. If you don’t know much about this exciting prospect, definitely give Sweeny Murti of WFAN’s article on him a read.

Morning Bits: Andruw Jones, Luxury tax

Good morning – it’s Friday.  I will be away all weekend for the Holiday so I want to take this time to wish those that celebrate a Merry Christmas.

And here are the links….

* The Red Sox are wooing Andruw Jones.

* Yankees are hit with 13.9 million luxury tax.

* Yankees showing restraint this winter.