Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Rotation, A-Rod, Outfield, Swisher Interview

Once again it’s Tuesday and it’s time for Spanning the Yankee Blogs.  Check them all out if you can.  Enjoy.

* An A-Blog for A-Rod suggests what the order of the rotation should be.

Bleeding Yankee Blue has an exclusive interview with Nick Swisher.

* New York Baseball Digest thinks Teixeira needs to return to form, not bunt.

* Pinstripe Alley looks at which Yankees use the whole field.

* River Ave Blues has the day the evil empire was born.

* The Captain’s Blog takes a historical look at baseball attendance and fan loyalty.

* The Greedy Pinstripes ponders the future of the Yankees outfield.

* The Yankee Analysts are predicting A-Rod’s 2012.

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Posted on February 7, 2012, in Spanning The Yankee Blogs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Guys did some quick calculations on the Yankees alleged desire of the get at or under the Luxury Tax Threshold for the 2014. I’ve come to the conclusion that if one of the following 2 situations happens it will be impossible for the Yankees to achieve that goal without cutting into the bone of the Yankees roster.

    1st) If Jeter exercises his 2014 option. Currently it stands at $8MM. The problem even if he doesn’t earn any of the “incentives” if he exercises that option his previous 3 year $51MM contract including the $3MM buyout now becomes a 4 year $56MM = $14MM AAV through the year 2014. And that’s without him earning any of the incentives.
    2nd) If A-Rod reaches one of his “milestone incentives” in 2014 that’s $6MM that gets added to the Yankees total AAV payroll for that year. That’ $6MM does NOT get spread over the entire length of the contract but instead gets charged to the team in the year that it is eared.

    So I/ve come to the conclusion that if either one of those scenarios happens there is virtually no way for the Yankees to get under the 2014 tax threshold. If both happen you can eliminate the “virtually” from that conclusion because there is no way for them to get under the tax threshold in 2014. Short of having the entire starting outfield (RF, CF and LF) with a payroll of around $20MM combined along with all the other cuts they must make. Like replacing Martin with Romine, etc…

    • I don’t see Jeter not exercising that option. I def think he will be back in 2014. Unless he is horrible the next two season. So to me it’s a given that he will be back in 2014.

      • Matt, I have to say I hope you’re wrong about him exercising his option. But I do hope he has a good if not very good 2012 and 2013. I’m not not sure that will be the case though.

        • not being a homer I just can’t see him just hanging it up. The majority of these players today play past their prime and try to make the most they can.

          • I don’t disagree with that at all. I just hope he takes the Pettitte approach and doesn’t do what most players have done and continue to do.

            • agree with that. I think it will all depends how close he is to others on the all time hit list. He says records don’t mean anything to him but i think that is b.s.

              • You’re probably right. Wouldn’t surprise me if he wants to be in the Top 5 All Time on the hits list.

              • He needs 427 hits to accomplish that.

                • which would def take him 3 more years to do.

                  • You guys are getting it.
                    Last year Jeter had 3 bad hitting months. With more age, we can expect less hitting etc., as the years go on.
                    Jeter has been great as a hitting SS…that is all he has to offer the team (not a slam, just fact). If he is not hitting, why put him at SS and again, if he is not hitting…why have him at DH? This year is the year to take a close look at him and see what you don’t want to see.
                    As for record hunting, that is his only reason for being on the team…at one time he said he wanted to get 4,000 hits. That is out of his reach now but, as you guys said being number #5 on the list would still be good.
                    uyf1950, you rock guy! You are very handy to have around, right Matt and Mike?
                    You have more patience then most of have.

  2. In case no on has seen this today. Here is a link to MLB Top 20 Yankees prospects as of today.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2012/#list=nyy

  3. What I found very interesting on the list was that MLB anticipated ETA for each individual to the big league club. Now granted I realize it’s just their best guess and a lot can happen. Aside from the obvious ones for late 2012 or 2013 it shows some real good signs for the years 2014 and 2015 for many of the prospects on the list.

    • great link thanks. I will def have to read all the captions when i get home from work.

    • UYF just looking more into it now. Was wondering with your 2014 projections if you could put all the prospects into it that they say would make the teams from 2012 and 2014.

      Just curious to see what it would look like.

      Thanks.

      • I could. I might take a while but I could have it this evening. Just so I understand you. Are you saying for example if they say Heathcott would be ready by 2014 you want me to insert him into the Yankees outfield for 2014 and take out say either Granderson or Swisher?
        What about somebody like Bichette who they predict will be ready in 2014 but A-Rod’s contract runs through 2017? What do I do with him? Put him at 3rd base and A-Rod as the DH?

        Let me know. Then I will put it together.

  4. Here is what I’ve come up with. This assumes the Yankees will insert into their roster some of those players MLB projects as being big league ready by the 2014 season. There are still some positions that would need to be filled. But you get a decent idea of what the Yankees payroll COULD look like:

    Anyway here it is, for discussion IF Yankees inserted Prospects into several positions:
    ………………………Assumes Jeter Exercise 2014 Option
    POS…………… NAME ……………………………….2014
    C……………..Austin Romine………………………$500,000
    1B………….…Mark Teixeira…………………….$22,500,000
    2B……………Robinson Cano…………………..$20,000,000
    SS/DH…….…Derek Jeter………………….…….$8,000,000
    DH/3rd…….…Alex Rodriguez…………………..$27,500,000
    LF……………Brett Gardner…………..………….$7,000,000
    CF……………Heathcott – Prospect………………..$500,000
    RF……….……Almonte – Prospect………..…..…..$500,000
    Util Inf/3rd.…… Bichette – Prospect…………………$500,000
    SP1………….CC Sabathia……………..………$24,400,000
    SP2………….Michael Pineda……………….…..$3,000,000
    SP3………….Ivan Nova…………………………..$3,000,000
    SP4…..….….Manny Banuelos – Prospect.………$500,000
    SP5……………Campos – Prospect…………………..$500,000
    CL…….………David Robertson…….……………$7,000,000
    SU…….………Joba Chamberlain …….…………$5,000,000
    RP.……….…..Cory Wade….………………………..$600,000
    RP……….……Warren – Prospect……..…….…….$600,000
    RP…………… Betances – Prospect………..…….$600,000
    RP……..………Phelps – Prospect…..…………….$600,000
    RP………………Exp. Player TBD……..…..….….$5,000,000
    C – BU………..Sanchez………………..,,,…………$500,000
    Util.-SS…..…..Eduardo Nunez…………..…..….$1,800,000
    Util.-OF…..……..TBD………………………….…….$1,500,000
    Util.-OF………….TBD……………………………………$500,000
    15……………Balance of 40 Man Players…….….$2,000,000
    ………………Player benefits………………………$10,000,000
    ………………Incentives, etc……………………….$6,000,000
    TOTAL Payroll………………………………………..……… $160,100,000
    Plus Additional AAV for Jeter Exercising 2014 Option….. $ 6,000,000
    GRAND TOTAL…………………………………………………….. $166,100,000

    • Wow pretty nice to see it like that. Thanks for all that work. I would love and I’m rooting to see Heathcott make it to the show. Hopefully he can do it.

      Also if Bichette has a year like he did last year he will get even more talk than Mason Williams is getting this year.

      • Matt, one additional comment. If the Yankees were to go in that direction.

        They could easily afford to sign Hamels and insert him in one of the rotation sports and trade one of the other pitchers.

        OR

        They could sign a real Offensive threat (a big bat) to play the outfield and trade one of those players.

        …and still stay under the $189MM luxury tax threshold for 2014. A lot of IF’s but it does make you think.

        • Sure does. Would they trust that many young guys in the lineup? I doubt it but we shall see.

          • Matt, make you wonder if they could sign Hamels AND trade to get a “Big Bat” by trading a pitching prospect and a fielding prospect and maybe a couple of less prospects.

            Maybe they can have their “cake and eat it” so to speak. A lot of possibilities.

            BTW, is that Fishman in your blog today THE Fishman that’s here?

    • Thanks, cool stuff Uyf!

  5. Gentlemen, here is another bit of Yankees news:

    Yankees Sign Bill Hall
    By Tim Dierkes [February 7, 2012 at 3:24pm CST]
    3:24pm: Hall will earn a base salary of $600K in the Major Leagues and can earn more incentives based on plate appearances, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. Hall can opt out of his deal if he isn’t on the Major League roster on April 4th.

    2:51pm: The Yankees have signed utility infielder Bill Hall, based on his tweet, “IT’S OFFICIAL IM A YANKEE!!!!!!!! #IwannaRing!!!!” He signed a minor league deal, tweets Erik Boland of Newsday. Hall is a client of Gaylord Sports Management.

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