Daily Archives: January 7, 2012

Open Thread


So Long Posada. Thanks for the Memories

Good Evening everyone I hope you all enjoyed the nice weather we are having if you live on the east coast.

Mariano Rivera expects to be available for spring training after test results confirmed that the polyps in his vocal cords were ”non-cancerous.”

This is your open thread feel free to discuss anything you want here.   Thoughts on the Yankees,  today’s football games, or anything else you want.

Enjoy the night.

Seedlings 2 Stars Top 100 Prospects of 2012

Seedlings 2 Stars Top 100 Prospects of 2012

by Matt S.

Our friends over at Seedlings 2 Stars have now finished with their Top 100 Prospects of 2012.   Here is the top 10.  Click the link at the bottom of this post to see the rest of the rankings.

#1:  Mike Trout – OF – Los Angeles Angels
#2:  Jurickson Profar – SS – Texas Rangers
#3:  Bryce Harper – OF – Washington Nationals
#4:  Matt Moore – LHP – Tampa Bay Rays
#5:  Tyler Skaggs – LHP – Arizona Diamondbacks
#6:  Jacob Turner – RHP – Detroit Tigers
#7:  Julio Teheran – RHP – Atlanta Braves
#8:  Shelby Miller – RHP – St. Louis Cardinals
#9:  Jameson Taillon – RHP – Pittsburgh Pirates
#10:  Anthony Rendon – 3B – Washington Nationals

Below are the rankings of the Yankees who made the list the one that will make you take a double take is Montero.  We have an interview with two of the main writers from this blog and it will be out next week or the following week.  In the interview they will explain their gradings among other things.  So stay tuned for that.

#17:  Gary Sanchez – C – New York Yankees

#26:  Manny Banuelos – LHP – New York Yankees

#42:  Jesus Montero – C/DH – New York Yankees

#88:  Dellin Betances – RHP – New York Yankees

Click Here to see the rest of the rankings.

Jorge Posada will retire after 17 seasons with Yankees

Jorge Posada will retire after 17 seasons with Yankees

By Delia E.

After 17 seasons in pinstripes, Jorge Posada has decided to retire. Jorge will make the announcement official within the next 2 weeks. It was previously reported that Posada might continue playing in 2012, but that has changed. He has hit a career .275 AVG with 275 HR & 5 All-Star nominations. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 1990 draft in the 24th round.

Yankees Mailbag: Garza, Joba & Nunez

Betances would likely have to go for Garza

Have 3 questions today. If you would like your question to be answered in the mailbag, email Mike at yankeesfansunited@gmail.com. Here we go:

@willpanagiotis asks:

Q) What do you think a fair/realistic deal is for Matt Garza? Would Hughes, Phelps, CoJo and Heathcott work?

The Cubs want young pitching in exchange for Garza and its been reported that they have asked for both Banuelos and Betances.  In my mind that is ridiculous.  Theo Epstein is using the recent Gio Gonzalez trade as a guideline where Oakland received 2 highly regarded pitching prospects in A.J. Cole & Brad Peacock, plus 2 C-level prospects.  However, this is not a perfect comparison.

Although Gonzalez and Garza have similar value as pitchers, Gonzalez is 2 years younger and under team control for 4 years at a very modest current salary.  Garza has only 2 more seasons before Free Agency and will be making somewhere around $21M combined in 2012 & 2013.  So for Epstein to expect the same type of package is unreasonable.  In addition, most experts rate BOTH  Banuelos & Betances higher than Cole & Peacock in recent prospect rankings.  Scout.com had Banuelos as the #4 ranked pitcher in the minors, Betances #16, Cole #36 & Peacock #44.

A fair market value deal for Garza would start with ONE of Banuelos or Betances with the second pitcher coming from the David Phelps, Adam Warren, Hector Noesi group.  The 3rd piece would be a solid position player prospect like Curtis Joseph, David Adams, Heathcott or JR Murphy and the 4th player a lower rated prospect.

Epstein will eventually come off his Banuelos & Betances asking price and realize he’ll only get one.  The tough fight will be to get him to accept Betances instead of Banuelos. In my opinion, I would not deal Banuelos for 2 yeara of Garza but I would trade Betances. I think an offer of  Betances, Noesi, Joseph & maybe a lower level pitcher like Jose Ramirez is fair for 2 years of Garza.  The Cubs could plug Noesi into the rotation this yr and Betances could be ready by mid-season.

I don’t think the Cubs would be interested in a Hughes-headlined deal.  Although Hughes is a young MLB starter, he only has 2 yrs of team control like Garza.

@JFABBY23 asks:

Q) How is Joba doing with his rehab sessions? 

Joba’s rehab from Tommy John Surgery is right on schedule.  He also had 2 other surgeries imediately after his elbow surgery – one for a ruptured appendix and the other for an abscessed infection.  All 3 occured in a 4 week span in early summer.

He has been giving updates via Twitter and has said throughout recent months that the elbow feels great.  His last update was on Christmas Eve when he said he felt great and that he’d been throwing flat ground bullpen sessions for a couple weeks.  His plan was to shut it down for 2 weeks and begin throwing again right around now.  Once he resumes workouts, he plans to head back to Yankee facilities in Tampa to workout up until Spring training.

It’s encouraging to hear that he’s progressing but  to keep things in perspective, he will likely start the season in Extended Spring Training.  Depending on his recovery, he could be available to join the team in June or July.  However, although pitchers have come back to pitch in 12 months, it often takes a full 18 months for them to regain full strength and feel comfortable with their command.  Expectations will be low for Joba this yr with the hope he’ll gain strength and maybe be feeling close to normal by the Sept/October post-season push.

@Team_Punk asks:

Q) Do you think trading Nunez is an option? what kinda starter could we get?

Trading Nunez is a little less likely now that they didn’t sign Japanese SS Nakajima.  The only other SS option they have behind Jeter would be Ramiro Pena but Pena’s offensive value is nil.  With injury-prone ARod at 3B and aging Jeter at SS, they need a solid backup who could handle starting for a month or more if one of the vets lands on the DL.

That said, I wouldn’t mind seeing a veteran Utilityman signed and Nunez traded if the right deal presented itself.  Nunez is a very talented player with excellent speed, a strong arm and solid hitting skills.  I think he could be an above average starting 2B or SS in MLB.  However, I don’t think he’ll flourish in his current back-up role because he needs to play everyday and get comfortable in order to improve defensively.

Nunez alone, would not be enough to bring in a front-line starter.  However he could be packaged with other players to attract such a pitcher.  Pairing Nunez with Betances would be an attractive package to get a #2 starter but with the Cubs already having a great young SS in Starlin Castro, it remains to be seen if they’d have interest in Nunez as a 2B or 3B.

We know Seattle wanted him last yr as part of the Cliff Lee proposal and that the Braves were asking about him last yr and again this Winter.  With Atlanta trying to deal pitcher Jair Jurrjens, its been mentioned that Nunez could be used to get him.  Jurjens would not be a good fit for the Yanks though, because I don’t think he’d be more than a #3 or 4 starter in the AL and his knee injuries have me very hesitant.

Morning Bits: Tampa Yankees, Eduardo Nunez

Good morning all.  It’s Saturday and the start of the NFL Playoffs.  Enjoy the day.

Here are your morning links….

* The Tampa Yankees have announced their 2012 Staff.  Luis Soho will be returning as the manager.

* Why no Yankee is happier than Eduardo Nunez.  Of course that title leads you to believe it’s because Nakajima and the Yankees couldn’t reach a deal and you are correct in thinking that.