Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Evening Notes & Links: Trade Talks, Soler, Noesi, Joba-Lin

Good evening everybody. Here are a few notes & links to cap the day….

— Although we heard the Yankees and Pirates were at stand still for most of the day, things appear to have changed, says Newsday’s David Waldstein. Progress has been made today with the Yankees and both the Pirates and the “mystery team”, yet to be identified. The Yankees will probably strike a deal with whichever team provides the better offer.

Kevin Kernan of the NY Daily News talked to Joba Chamberlain about “Linsanity” and the similarities he and Jeremy Lin share.

— Now that Yoenis Cespedes has signed with the Oakland Athletics, the attention is turning to fellow Cuban OF Jorge Soler. The 19 year old is drawing heavy interest from the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins in addition to many other teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies. Ken Rosenthal writes that the bidding figures to be broader than for Cespedes. I’m sure the Yanks will be large participants in the bidding as Soler would be a terrific signing for them.

— Via Chad Jennings, Hector Noesi (the secondary piece sent to the Mariners in the Montero trade) expressed that he is happy to be on the Seattle Mariners now. He also marvels over the accomplishments of ace Felix Hernandez, saying that he “is someone all Latin Americans can be proud of, with what he’s done.”

Have a great night!

Who Should Run The Yankees Post-Derek Jeter?

As we all know, Derek Jeter is the captain of the New York Yankees & he is known as the “clubhouse leader.” But what will happen when Derek Jeter retires? Won’t the Yankees need a new leader or “captain”? Wallace Matthews of ESPN narrows down who he thinks the Yankees “leader” might be by the time Jeter rides into the sunset. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Assuming it must be an everyday player — starting pitchers, of course, work once every five days and most of them are pretty scarce around the clubhouse in between starts — I am eliminating CC Sabathia, although I recognize his role as a strong, mature clubhouse presence is real.

I also tend to discount Russell Martin, who certainly has leadership qualities but has only been a Yankee for one season and may not be one for many more after this one. My guess is it will come from one of the infielders, either Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano or, believe it or not,Alex Rodriguez.

Out of the 3 choices it would seem that Alex Rodriguez would get seniority and become “leader” once Jeter is gone, but I don’t think that Rodriguez would be the best choice to lead the Yankees. Rodriguez doesn’t have the cleanest (pun intended) history and he has a highly publicized personal life which could interfere with his image. If I would want someone to lead the Yankees, it would have to be someone with class, dignity and poise which is why if it were up to me, it would be Robinson Cano.

Sure, Cano hasn’t been here longer than A-Rod but Cano has showed everyone what it means to truly be a Yankee. He loves New York, would do anything for the team, and he is a good role model. New and young players find Cano approachable and Cano is able to take them under his wing and show them the ropes. Cano also never gets caught up in the publicity and never gets himself into trouble. If I were a teammate, I would want someone like that leading the way.

But as we all know, every fan has their own opinion. So who would you think would be the best leader for the Yankees once Jeter decides to hang it up? Put your comments in the section below.

To read Wallace Matthews ESPN article Click Here

Previewing the 2012 Athletics | Interview Series

Among the A's offseason moves was extending GM Billy Beane through 2019.

Over the course of the next month or two, we will be previewing the Yankees’ competition in the American League. To do this, I will interview one blog for each team in the league.

With Spring Training approaching quickly, we’ll finish this interview series up with the AL West. Let’s start with the Oakland A’s. I had the pleasure of interviewing David Wishinsky of the Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan. It is important to note that this interview took place before Yoenis Cespedes signed with the A’s.

1. In 2011, the Athletics went 74-88 finishing in 3rd place ahead of the Mariners. What could Oakland have done a better job at to achieve more success?

First and foremost the A’s featured an anemic offense. David DeJesus, Hideki Matsui, Mark Ellis, Daric Barton to name just a few put in career worst years. Josh Willingham had a lot of home runs but his other offensive numbers were down. Kevin Kouzmanoff failed to hit, Coco Crisp had a terrible on-base-percentage for a leadoff hitter and Kurt Suzuki had another disappointing season. Basically there was little to nothing positive about the offensive contributions from the 2011 A’s. Two bright spots, were Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore‘s additions. They both did a decent job to be sparks in the second half, but it was at that point too little too late.

2. The A’s have had a pretty busy offseason, trading away starting pitching talents Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill along with closer Andrew Bailey. How do you feel about the A’s offseason?

I loved the first half of the A’s offseason. The haul that came back in particular for Gio Gonzalez was incredible given that he is a guy who had some serious upisde but some very serious flaws (a lack of control namely). The take for Trevor Cahill was great as they have a potential future ace in Jarrod Parker. While I wasn’t as enamored of the price we paid in the trade of Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to acquire Josh Reddick, Raul Alcantara and Miles Head (who I am unimpressed by) it was still a good deal to convert a reliever with injury problems into some future pieces. The second half of the offseason after the New Year, I am much less impressed by. The signing of Coco Crisp was terrilble, especially given that it was two years, the trade for Seth Smith – who is an intriguing ballplayer mind you – took two players who could have served as a needed block to protect our new young starters (Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso) and then in turn blocked prospects in the outfield where it seemed like we’d have a chance to see who we have that could pan out. I liked the signing of Bartolo Colon for that very reason that it means not all these young guys need to start in MLB, but I didn’t like the Jonny Gomes signing for the fact that it again served to block guys like Michael Taylor and Brandon Allen. So it is overall a mixed bag. Signing a DH would in my mind be more blocking of young guys and would be a poor decision, but acquiring another starter would be something I’d be fine with.

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Morning Bits: Burnett, Preston Mattingly, Pineda, Cano

We are now 4 days away till pitchers and catchers have to report to Spring Training.  By now we know some are already at the facility to go with some of the position players.

Here are some links to get your morning going….

* David Waldstein of the New York Times mentions that the Yankees are getting ready to trade another disappointing pitchers.

* Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York asks whose team is this, anyway?

* Anthony McCarron of the Daily News reports that Preston Mattingly knows there’s no free ride in Bombers’ camp.

* McCarron also writes that Cano is helping Pineda fit into his pinstripes.