Monthly Archives: December 2011

Morning Bits: Kuroda, Change of times, Posada, Milestones

Morning all it’s already midweek.  Slow week so far with baseball news but that’s the norm during this week.

Let’s get right to the links….

* Are the Yankees bluffing on Kuroda?

* Yankees end days of splurging on talent.

* Phillies among teams talking to Posada.

* Milestones dot the Yankees 2011 campaign.

Open Thread

Hello all here is an Open Thread to talk about whatever you want.  Above is a picture of the stadium as of now as it is ready for the Pinstripe Bowl this Friday between Rutgers and Iowa St.  I think it would be cool to see a football game at the stadium.

Talk about whatever is on your mind about the Yankee or the lack of moves they have done this off-season.  Enjoy!!!

Spanning the Yankee Blogs

Like always I look up all the Yankee blogs and relay some of the best articles.   Enjoy…..

* An A-Blog for A-Rod has another trade possibility to consider.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue has an article on why Jacoby Ellsbury could be a Yankee.

* Lohud talks about the 25 man roster.

* Pinstripe Alley wonders what we can learn from Jesus Montero’s September.

* River Ave Blues reports that the Yankees are going to wear their 1912 throwbacks for the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary.

* The Captain’s Blog  wonders if the Yankees could trade Soriano for a starting pitcher, now that he has a two-year contract.

* The Yankee Analysts looks way ahead into the trade market.

* Yanks Go Yard is making a pitch for Whitey Ford.

Morning Bits: Kuroda, Prospects

Good morning everyone. Here are a few links on the day….

Although the Yankees were reported to not be making a bid for Hiroki Kuroda, Wallace Matthews believes they are probably just bluffing.

— Josh Norris of the Trentonian has an array of articles with scout notes on a bunch of Yankee prospects: Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Mason Williams, Corban Joseph, Angelo Gumbs, Cito Culver, Branden Pinder, and Bryan Mitchell.

Have a great day!

Yankes not interested in Kuroda & Posada to Tampa maybe a backup plan

Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York heard from sources that the Yankees aren’t likely to bid for Hiroki Kuroda.

Kuorda is thought to be seeking a contract worth around $12-13 million annually, which would balloon to around $17 million in total cost because of where the Yankees sit on the luxury tax threshold. The 36-year-old right-hander is also drawing interest from the Red Sox, and Matthews suspects that the Yankees’ involement is a bluff to drive up the price on their direct rival. Kuroda posted a 3.07 ERA and 161/49 K/BB ratio in 202 innings this past season.

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times speculates that talk of the Rays acquiring free agent veteran Jorge Posada “sounds like much more of a backup plan.”

The Rays already have three catchers on their depth chart in Jose Molina, Jose Lobaton and Robinson Chirinos, and are likely to use Matt Joyce as their primary designated hitter. Posada is also drawing interest from the Orioles and Phillies, so he’s not quite out of options yet. The 40-year-old hit .235/.315/.398 in 387 plate appearances this past season for the Yankees.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

On behalf of everyone at Yankees Fans Unite, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! And let’s hope for a 28th Championship in 2012!

Just to share, here is a Christmas greeting made by the New York Yankees

REPORT: Tampa Bay Rays are interested in Jorge Posada

REPORT: Tampa Bay Rays Are Interested in Jorge Posada

By Delia E.

Everyone knows that Posada isn’t coming back to the Yankees, but that doesn’t mean that Posada is done playing. According to ESPNDeportes.com & NBCSports, it is reported that the Tampa Bay Rays are interested in inking a contract with the 40 year-old veteran who has played 15 years with the Yankees. The Rays view Posada as a DH, backup catcher & a 1st baseman although Posada would only be an emergency catcher.

Posada has also had discussions with teams such as the Baltimore Orioles & the Philadelphia Phillies according to his father.

Joba’s arm “feels great”

Joba’s arm “feels great”

by Mike D.

Currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Joba Chamberlain just gave us an update, via his Twitter.

Update on arm: feels great, throwing bullpens for a couple weeks. Now taking 2 weeks n resting my arm. Start throwing after the New Year

That is great news to hear, as if he performs to his capabilities, Joba could be an extremely valuable asset to an already strong bullpen.

 

Morning Bits: Yankees, Hughes, Cashman

Good morning everyone and Happy Christmas Eve! Here are your morning links.

— Now that the Yankees missed out on Gio Gonzalez, there may be nothing under the Christmas tree for the Yankees.

Phil Hughes is toasting to a better, healthy 2012.

— To add a little fun to today’s morning links, our friends at Yanks Go Yard take a spin on A Christmas Carol and question, what would happen if Brian Cashman was visited by 3 ghosts for not doing anything in the offseason? A Yankees Carol

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.

Indians have called about Nick Swisher

Indians have called about Nick Swisher

by Matt S.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Indians are one of several teams who have called the Yankees to inquire about Nick Swisher.  We’ve heard that the Indians are pursuing every hitter on the market aside from Prince Fielder, so it’s not surprising they would call. However, the Yankees are not inclined to move him as they don’t have a competent in-house replacement for right field. Swisher’s $10.25 million club option for 2012 was exercised in late-October.

 

Offseason Leagues Stat Update: Pitchers


Once again, apologies if it is a bit blurry. To make it clearer and larger, click the table.

Morning Bits: Top Ten Prospects, Gio Gonzalez

Good morning all.  Let’s get right to the links…..

* RAB has the list from Baseball America’s 2012 Top 10 Prospects for the New York Yankees.

* How the Yankees could get Gio.

* Ken Rosenthal argues that the Mariners definitely should trade King Felix this offseason. He notes how the Mariners are very excited about their young starting pitching. However, Ken makes a very intriguing point- “Not all of the Mariners’ young pitchers and hitters are going to develop in the way that club officials anticipate. The more prospects a team collects, the greater the chances that it will succeed.”

 

Seedling to Stars 2012 Top 100 Prospects #17 Gary Sanchez

As always when our friends over at Seedling to Stars has a Yankee player profiled over at their blog we mention it over here by giving you a snippet of the article than at the end you can click to finish reading it at their site.  Enjoy

 

Name: Gary Sanchez
DOB: 12/2/92
Organization: Yankees
Position: Catcher
Notable 2011 Stats: .256/.335/.485 with 16 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR, 93/36 K/BB, and 2-for-3 SB in 82 games with Charleston (A)

Why He’s This High: Much like #18 prospect Xander Bogaerts, Sanchez played the entire season in Low-A as an 18-year-old and put up some ridiculous power numbers. His .229 ISO was 20 points below Bogaerts’ and seven below Bryce Harper‘s, and Sanchez probably has the best chance at staying at a key defensive position out of those three players.

His offensive outburst is nothing new for the precocious young catcher, who is a career .283/.356/.506 hitter. He also threw out 31% of basestealers last year. His approach at the plate is nowhere near on par with Harper’s, but he takes his share of walks and makes hard contact when he connects.

Why He’s This Low: Like Jesus Montero before him, there’s growing concern that Sanchez won’t be able to stay behind the plate. CLICK HERE to read the rest.