Blog Archives

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.”

 

Roy Oswalt only requiring a one-year deal

Roy Oswalt  only requiring a one-year deal

by Matt S.

Update 2:20pm:

A source told ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand that the Yankees do not have interest in Roy Oswalt.

Original:
The veteran right-hander began the offseason in search of a three-year contract, but he didn’t find much interest. Now, with news that his asking price has been lowered significantly, that interest is picking up in a major way. Oswalt is plagued by chronic back problems but he still managed to post a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts this past year with Philly. The Nationals, Yankees, Red Sox and Royals are known to be considering him.

What I’d Do If I Were Cashman

We know that it is not possible for a team to win the World Series during the offseason due to all the acquisition & trades to make their team better on paper, but the Yankees have done close to nothing. The Yankees have gotten some small players here and there, but if George Steinbrenner was alive today, he would probably be shocked that the Yankees haven’t gotten anyone big. During the Winter Meetings the Yankees picked up 2 Rule 5 Drafts while the Marlins and Angels picked up Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle, Albert Pujols & C.J Wilson, four big names that were on the FA list when the season ended. I understand that Brian Cashman wasn’t interested in players since they would cost so high or because they get injured but just sitting around not doing anything will not get you Championships.

There were rumors last week that Cashman said that his rotation was as good as it is. Well what I say is that is complete nonsense. The Yankees were good enough to win the AL East Division, and if the bats were alive they may have been well enough to get through the playoffs, but the World Series? I wouldn’t think so. The World Series is the big stage and if you look at the names that aren’t CC Sabathia & Ivan Nova. You have inconsistent A.J Burnett, and okay pitchers like Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes. Garcia & Hughes are good, but if the Yankees were to win the WS, they need the 1-2 punch in their rotation. I would not put Nova as a #2 starter as that would be too much pressure, but having Burnett as your #2 starter? No way. I hate to do Brian Cashman’s job for him, but here are some things I would do if I was Cashman this offseason (you might want to take notes):

1. Sign Roy Oswalt to a 1 year deal: It would have been Mark Buerhle,

Roy Oswalt could be the answer to the Yankees problems, if he could stay healthy.

but Buerhle packed his bags and went to Miami because Cashman didn’t want to sign him. Now, I know what you’re thinking, that Roy Oswalt is injury prone, but his manager Bob Garber insists that Oswalt is fine and that there are no back problems. When Roy Oswalt is healthy he is quite impressive. While Oswalt had a 9-10 record, he had a 3.63 ERA which isn’t bad at all. He doesn’t walk a lot of batters (33 batters in 2011 to be exact; 2.14 BB/9) and struck out 93 (6.02 K/9). He only gave up 10 HR’s in 2011 (0.65 HR/9, which is fantastic). Does Roy Oswalt get injured a lot? Yes. But when he’s healthy does he show that he’s very effective? Yes. Also another hint to Cashman if you are thinking of signing Roy Oswalt. Don’t give him a lot of money. You don’t want that on your shoulder if Oswalt should get injured at any time during the season.

2. Trade for Gio Gonzalez: No, I am not going to propose the trade that was rumored around that would have sent Brett Gardner to the A’s. I was thinking someone more like Eduardo Nunez to the A’s. I wouldn’t send Nunez alone of course. Nunez would go with some nice prospects to sweeten the deal such as Adam Warren or Dellin Betances. If the A’s don’t like it (which is 100% inevitable) then a 3 way trade might do the trick. The A’s see players that they like from the Royals and we see players that we like from the A’s, so a 3 way trade with Oakland, Kansas City and the Yankees could do nicely. I know the A’s might be interested in young outfielders, but I think that Nunez could learn the OF. It should be almost impossible to commit 20+ errors out there like it is at shortstop (Nunez, just don’t slide).

3. Ask the Nationals for a trade: I wouldn’t expect the Nationals to help us out, seeing that we won’t give them Brett Gardner but what if we were able to entice the deal with Nick Swisher & Nunez (if the Gio Gonzalez trade doesn’t work). I don’t dislike Nick Swisher, but let’s face it- he sucks in the postseason. And would the Nationals rather have Nick Swisher in the RF vicinity than Jayson Werth, who they unfortunately nicknamed “Jayson Werth-less” due to his contract? Unfortunately, despite the Nationals’ interest in some Yankees players, they don’t have a whole lot to offer as far as the Yankees’ needs go. Stephen Strasburg or Jordan Zimmerman would certainly be nice to acquire, but there’s no way Washington is making them available.

A trade for Felix Hernandez is as unlikely as ever, but if he becomes even slightly available, Cashman will inevitably pounce.

4. Trade for King Felix: The Seattle Mariners may have said that Felix Hernandez is off the market, but if the Yankee were serious about getting starting pitching, then they could try and trade for Felix Hernandez. During the “Yankees Talk” live chat, someone asked me if the Yankees would consider trading Brett Gardner for Felix Hernandez. A point was brought up to me by Matthew B. (Writer for Yankee Fans Unite) that if the Yankees offered just Gardner for Hernandez, the Mariners would laugh in our faces. I would hate to trade Brett Gardner to any team (and I am trying to keep a neutral opinion) but if it is to get Felix Hernandez, I would do it. The Mariners want someone who can entice people into the stadium and Gardner does just that for the Yankees. If you haven’t noticed, there are a bunch of girls who sit in the LF part of the stadium. Do you really think that they are there just for baseball or more to see Brett Gardner make fantastic plays in the OF? That is the type of energy that the Mariners could be looking for in a player. The only issue with giving up Gardner is that there is no given in who will be the next LF who is as versatile as he is. I would only go to this step if all else fails and if the Yankees are getting desperate.

Not sure if Brian Cashman would want to do ANY of these things but it is getting late(r) into the off season and he has so much to do. So Cashman- now is the time to act! What are you going to do this offseason?

White Sox looking for a big haul for Danks

SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox asked for two of Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Jesus Montero in trade talks with the Yankees for John Danks.

by Matt S.

Those are highly-coveted and highly thought of prospects, and Danks is under contract for just one more season. So it’s doubtful that a deal is anywhere close to getting done with New York. Perhaps the White Sox will lower their asking price as the start of spring training approaches. Danks, 26, registered a 4.33 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 27 starts this past year.

 

Kuroda Rumors

Kuroda Rumors

by Matt S.

There have been rumors this morning that the Yankees signed him through an overseas paper. Those so far are not true this was just tweeted by Jon Heyman.

@Jon_Heyman Jon Heyman

#yankees like kuroda very much. No offer yet, but they have interest. Hiroki didn’t want to leave LA but dodgers r out of $

So as of now he is not a Yankee but things could change at anytime. The Yankees seemed to be interested in him at the trade deadline last year so it could happen. But on the other hand wouldn’t they want to wait to see if they win the posting for Darvish first?

Yankees aquire LHP Cesar Cabral

Yankees acquired LHP Cesar Cabral from the Royals for cash considerations

by Matt S.

The Royals selected Cabral from the Red Sox in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. The 22-year-old left-hander posted a 2.95 ERA this season while striking out 70 over 55 innings between High- and Double-A. He’ll try to make the Yankees’ bullpen out of spring training.

Yankees Draft RHP Meyers from Rule 5 Draft

Yankees Draft RHP Meyers from Rule 5 Draft

By Delia E.

Before the Rule 5 Draft, Brian Cashman said he was unsure whether he would draft a player. It turns out Cashman changed his mind.

During the 2011 Rule 5 Draft the Yankeees drafted RHP Brad Meyers in the 1st round of the MLB portion of the draft. Meyers was on the Washington Nationals roster.

The Yankees must have Meyers on the roster or send him back to his original team. The same scenario happened last year when the Yankees drafted Robert Fish from the LA Angels but sent him back. The Atlanta Braves drafted Fish in this years draft. Stay tuned for more coverage of the Winter Meetings.

Yankees “not confident” Hiroyuki Nakajima will sign

Yankees “not confident” Hiroyuki Nakajima will sign

by Matt S.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Yankees are “not confident” Hiroyuki Nakajima will sign and instead will remain in Japan.

The Yankees won the negotiating rights for Nakajima for $2 million, but they view him only as a potential bench option and think they might not be able to offer what he wants to be convinced to go to the states. They’ll have 30 days to try and work out a deal with the shortstop’s representatives.

Around The League: Marlins, Rays, Astros

Around The League

By Delia E.
  • The Miami Marlins have revealed that they had just finished building all the seats in their new ballpark, which is scheduled to be finished in 2012. Here is the picture of the stadium via @MarlinsBallpark’s Twitter account.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays have picked up free agent catcher Jose Molina with a 1 year, $1.8 Million deal with an option for 2013. The signing comes a day after the Rays traded catcher John Jaso to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Josh Lueke and a player to be named later or cash.
  • The Houston Astros fired their GM Ed Wade and the team president Tal Smith on Sunday night in the first of changes promised by new owner Jim Crane. The Astros had the worst record in franchise history 56-106 in 2011.

Morning Bits: Cespedes, Gio Gonzalez

Good morning all.  Can’t believe it’s only Saturday.  Enjoy the day.

Here are your morning links…

* The Bleacher Report has 5 Reasons why the Yankees must sign Cespedes.

* An article about how the Yankees can meet the price for Oakland’s Gio Gonzalez.

* Cliff Corcoran of SI.com predicts the top 3 candidates for each award for next season.

Hot Stove Targeting: Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder has been with the Milwaukee Brewers since the 2005 season when he was just 21 years old. He was an excellent HR hitter, he knew how to take his walks and he knew how to drive in runs. That was a superstar in the making in Milwaukee which was how Prince Fielder became a household name (not as big as Derek Jeter, but still a household name). But after having some fun with the Brewers he became a free agent after the 2011 season. A lot of teams are after him, but the question that Yankees fans are wondering; is Prince Fielder a fit for the New York Yankees.

Prince Fielder has been a dynamic force since coming up with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005

Positives: Prince Fielder has been nothing but a dominant force every year with his time with the Brewers. With a career .929 OPS and a .540 SLG, he is every teams dream. Fielder isn’t a SB player, but it really doesn’t matter in his case because of his power numbers. In his career he has had 230 HR’s with 656 RBI’s & 566 BB and this all from 6 years. Fielder has also taken a couple of awards throughout his career such as Rookie Of the Year in 2006 (he was considered a rookie in 2006 due to having more playing time than in 2005), has been to the All-Star game 3 times (2007, 2009 & 2011), was a 3 time MVP (2007, 2008 & 2009) and is a 2 time Silver Slugger award winner (2007 & 2011).

 

 

 

.

Year Age Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2002 18 Rk,A 73 317 258 50 84 19 0 13 51 47 54 .326 .448 .550 .998
2003 19 A 137 594 502 81 157 22 2 27 112 71 80 .313 .409 .526 .935
2004 20 AA 135 577 497 70 135 29 1 23 78 65 93 .272 .366 .473 .839
2005 21 AAA 103 441 378 68 110 21 0 28 86 54 93 .291 .388 .569 .957
2005 21 NL 39 62 59 2 17 4 0 2 10 2 17 .288 .306 .458 .764
2006 22 NL 157 648 569 82 154 35 1 28 81 59 125 .271 .347 .483 .831
2007 23 NL 158 681 573 109 165 35 2 50 119 90 121 .288 .395 .618 1.013
2008 24 NL 159 694 588 86 162 30 2 34 102 84 134 .276 .372 .507 .879
2009 25 NL 162 719 591 103 177 35 3 46 141 110 138 .299 .412 .602 1.014
2010 26 NL 161 714 578 94 151 25 0 32 83 114 138 .261 .401 .471 .871
2011 27 NL 162 692 569 95 170 36 1 38 120 107 106 .299 .415 .566 .981
7 Seasons 998 4210 3527 571 996 200 9 230 656 566 779 .282 .390 .540 .929
162 Game Avg. 162 683 573 93 162 32 1 37 106 92 126 .282 .390 .540 .929
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/15/2011.

Negatives: With every player there is a good and a bad side. With Prince Fielder his bad side happens to be one major thing: He doesn’t know how to get his numbers hot in the postseason. In 2008 it was his first time in the postseason, so the .192 average could go dismissed, but in 2011 he had a great start to the postseason, but he struggled towards the end. In the NLDS in 2011 vs. the Diamondbacks he hit .278 with 1 HR and 2 doubles. It was a good start to the postseason, but when they reached the NLCS with the World Series Champions the St. Louis Cardinals that was when everything went downhill. Fielder had a .200 average and had the most GIDP’s in his postseason career with 2 in a series.

Year Age Series G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 24 NLDS 4 17 14 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 5 .071 .176 .286 .462
2011 27 NLDS 5 21 18 2 5 2 0 1 3 2 5 .278 .381 .556 .937
2011 27 NLCS 6 25 20 4 4 2 0 2 3 4 4 .200 .360 .600 .960
2 Seasons (3 Series) 15 63 52 7 10 4 0 4 8 8 14 .192 .317 .500 .817
2 NLDS 9 38 32 3 6 2 0 2 5 4 10 .188 .289 .438 .727
1 NLCS 6 25 20 4 4 2 0 2 3 4 4 .200 .360 .600 .960
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/15/2011.

Is Prince Fielder A Fit For the Yankees: Prince Fielder could succeed with

Even through Prince Fielder could make a team more valuable, the Yankees aren't looking to add another bat at this moment

many teams, but unfortunately I do not see the Yankees pursing Prince Fielder. Brian Cashman made it clear that he was going for pitching, and how offense wasn’t the problem. The Yankees also do not have a need for another first baseman as they already have Mark Teixeira for the next 6-8 years.

Hot Stove Rumblings: Rumors have had it that certain teams are after Prince Fielder after the Milwaukee Brewers reportedly decided that they weren’t going to spend much time trying to re-sign Fielder. One of the teams that are reportedly interested is the Miami Marlins (Formerly Florida Marlins). Along with Fielder the Marlins have reportedly spoken to Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols.

Prince Fielder has a great future ahead of him, but if I was Brian Cashman I would pass on him. As Cashman mentioned before, the issue is not our offense, it is the starting pitching. I am sure Prince Fielder could make another team happy, but it’s not going to happen with the Yankees.


Miami Marlins offer Jose Reyes 6 years, $90 Million

Miami Marlins offer Jose Reyes 6 years, $90 Million

By Delia E. 

I’m painfully aware that this is not Yankees news but it has been a very slow news day so far. The Miami Marlins have offered ex-New York Mets SS Jose Reyes a 6 year and $90 Million contract yesterday, reported Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. They claim that Reyes is intrigued in playing in warm weather & under the arm of new Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. Reyes however wanted a contract that was worth at least $100 Million.

Many in the MLB industry believe that the contract offer does sound good on paper, but they are unsure if it would be intriguing enough for Reyes to take. Reyes finished the 2011 season playing for the New York Mets who are a crosstown rival to the New York Yankees.

Hot Stove Targeting: Mark Buehrle

Mark Buehrle has been a Chicago White Sox since 2000 and throughout his career he is 161-119. That’s not bad for a starting pitcher. Buehrle will be on the radar for many teams this offseason since he is a free agent, and ever since Brian Cashman said that he was looking for pitching, Buehrle most likely be on the Yankees list as pitcher that they want. Although Buehrle has been with the Chicago White Sox his whole career, Yankee fans wonder if he will be perfect for the New York spotlight, and handle a position in the starting rotation.

Except in 2000, Mark Buehrle has had at least 10 season wins under his belt

Positives:  Mark Buehrle started playing for the White Sox when he was 21 years old and showed promise when he went 4-1 with a 4.21 ERA. Buehrle since then had notched at least 10 wins every season from 2001-2011. Not only is Buehrle a winning pitcher, but he has been to the All-Star games 4 times in his career (2002, 2005, 2006, and 2009), won the CY Young award (2005) and is a Gold Glove pitcher (2009, 2010, and 2011). Buehrle is not just a pitcher that can only pitch in the regular season; he can also deliver in the postseason. Buehrle  in the postseason is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA, which isn’t bad compared to what other players have done on the big stage. Here are Mark Buehrle’s postseason numbers in a chart:

 

Year Age Tm Series Rslt Opp W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR SO
2000 21 CHW ALDS L SEA 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.1 2 0 0 0 1
2005 26 CHW ALDS W BOS 1 0 5.14 1 1 0 7.0 8 4 4 0 2
2005 26 CHW ALCS W LAA 1 0 1.00 1 1 0 9.0 5 1 1 1 4
2005 26 CHW WS W HOU 0 0 4.91 2 1 1 7.1 7 4 4 1 6
2008 29 CHW ALDS L TBR 0 1 6.43 1 1 0 7.0 10 5 5 1 3
3 Seasons (5 Series) 2 1 4.11 6 4 1 30.2 32 14 14 3 16
3 ALDS 1 1 5.65 3 2 0 14.1 20 9 9 1 6
1 ALCS 1 0 1.00 1 1 0 9.0 5 1 1 1 4
1 WS 0 0 4.91 2 1 1 7.1 7 4 4 1 6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/7/2011.

Negatives:With Mark Buehrle there aren’t many negatives except for a few

With good numbers in both the regular season and the playoffs, Mark Buehrle would be the perfect candidate for the Yankees pitching staff

obvious things. Buehrle sometimes will have A.J Burnett like numbers. What I mean by that is that even though Burnett could get 10 wins in a season, he tends to get more losses in some seasons, and his ERA will be pretty high. Buehrle  doesn’t have a lot of seasons where he will get more losses than wins (it’s only happened once, in 2006), but Buehrle has a tendency of having a high ERA in a season, meaning that he gives up a lot of runs. Another thing, this wouldn’t really be considered a negative but Buehrle throws soft like Freddy Garcia. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but with pitchers that throw soft they need to have good control or they will get hit very hard.

Is Mark Buerhle A Fit For The Yankees: If I were Brian Cashman, I would sign Mark Buehrle right away. He the type of pitcher that the Yankees could use in the rotation that already has great pitchers such as C.C Sabathia and Ivan Nova (the future of A.J Burnett is a bit uncertain). Buehrle has proven that he can pitch during the regular season and in the postseason and the Yankees could always use a veteran pitcher on their staff. Of course the media is not the same in Chicago but I am sure that Buehrle can handle the pressures of the New York media. With that, there’s one thing I would ask: Where does Mark Buehrle  sign?

Hot Stove Targeting: Albert Pujols

On Monday, the Yankees and C.C Sabathia pleased the fan base by agreeing to extend his contract before Sabathia was going to opt out. Brian Cashman has kept most of the team together from 2010.

But, Yankee fans can dream can they? That dream has a man wearing number 5 and wearing two championship rings from his days with the St. Louis Cardinals. Yes, I am talking about first baseman Albert Pujols. Pujols even had a game in the World Series that was reminiscent of another former Yankee, Reggie Jackson, in Game 3 against the Rangers.

Most people think Pujols will stay in St. Louis, but with the latest news of the retirement of manager Tony La Russa, will Albert stick around if he does not like the new manager?

Let’s take a look at my player evaluation of Pujols:

Positives:

  1. No Breaking Down: Pujols shows no signs of breaking down anytime soon. In his 11 seasons in the league, Albert has had at least 30 home runs and 99 RBI’s every single season. This shows Yankee fans that at least this guy will not pull an Alex Rodriguez and eventually have hip issues. He also hits .300 every single season, except for last year when he hit .299. This guy is the true definition of a machine.
  2.   Postseason Success: When you are the Yankees, you look at what is going to help you win the World Series. It is not about the regular season numbers. Albert takes his regular season success and brings it into the cold October and November months. In 15 series, Pujols is hitting .330 with 18 HR’s and 52 RBI’s. Even though he struggled in the other six games of the World Series, we know Albert is capable of having that one game that can change a series.

 

Negatives:

  1. 1.   He is going to want a lot of dinero!: We know this from watching any sport. When a player experiences the thrill of free agency for the first time, they are going to want to soak it in and embrace it for as long as they can (i.e Cliff Lee). If I am Pujols, I ask for the highest paid contract in baseball history. It depends upon whether or not he is going to give the Cardinals a discount. Right now, Albert is looking at obtaining at least $200 million. I think he deserves A-Rod money at minimum because of two World Series rings and he shows no signs of wearing down anytime soon.
  2. 2.   Who’s On First? Albert Pujols is a great first baseman and it is not just because of his bat. His glove is what makes his impact to a team so great as well. He does not make many errors at the position (2nd in the NL with 11) and his putouts at first base are in the top five in all of baseball. The only problem is there are not many teams like the Yankees who need a first baseman at this point when they have a great defensive player in Mark Teixeira who can hit 35+ HR and drive in 100+ RBI’s.

Does He Fit in For the Yanks: Pujols fits in for the Yankees in terms of an offensive perspective. Yankee fans were so angry that the team could not get a clutch hit in the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers. Well, Pujols is more than likely going to get that hit. Plus, teams would oitch around him giving players like A-Rod and Teixeira more pitches to hit in the bottom of that lineup. The problem is Albert has nowhere to play in the field unless he wants to go back to playing the outfield, but the re-signing of Swisher probably does not help that cause.

Prediction: Before I get to my prediction, here is what Tim Dierkes, the head writer of MLB Trade Rumors put for his top 50 Free Agent Predictions:

Albert Pujols – Cardinals.  The Cubs, Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, Rangers, Marlins, Nationals, and Dodgers are other potential suitors, but a significant premium would be required to lure away the longtime Cardinal.  $225-230MM over nine years seems a fair compromise for the Cardinals and their superstar first baseman.

I do think the Cubs can be a real serious player on Pujols. This is the perfect move for Theo Epstein to spurn a hated rival in his first month or so on the job. However, I see Prince Fielder as more of a viable option for them than Albert. Do I think Pujols deserves the salary of the highest paid player? Yes, I do! Do I think he gets it? No, I think he gets around $240 million and stays with the St. Louis Cardinals for the rest of his career. That does not mean though Yankee fans can’t dream about seeing Pujols in pinstripes!

Yankees not interested in Pujols; Find C.J Wilson an “attractive candidate”

Yankees not interested in Pujols; Find C.J Wilson an “attractive candidate”

By Delia E.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning & Cashman had confirmed what was the obvious: The Yankees were not interested in pursuing Albert Pujols.

“Despite him being fantastic, it’s not an efficient way to allocate our resources.” Cashman explained. “Offense is not an issue here. Our priority this offseason is pitching.”

It’s not that Brian Cashman doesn’t want Pujols. Let’s face it; Pujols is one of the best power hitters in the league, but Cashman feels that by giving Pujols the full-time DH spot that he is locking up a player who may perform well now, but can decline well into their 30’s. Cashman had planned to use the DH spot for Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira since he had offered them both long contracts.

On C.J Wilson, Cashman finds him the most attractive candidate out there since he is the one that everyone seems to be after at this point.

“I’d say it’s fair to say C.J Wilson is probably the best pitcher in the marketplace right now since CC Sabathia’s been taken out and retained here” Cashman said. “I don’t think it’s a stretch to let anybody know that he’s an attractive candidate.”

So is Brian Cashman going to show all of his cards and attempt to lure C.J Wilson with lots of money? No. C.J Wilson wants one thing; a big contract and the Yankees can easily offer him one, but it is up to Cashman to decide whether C.J Wilson’s asking price matches with the talents that he has, and also if he can keep up in the New York environment.

Hot Stove Targeting: C.J Wilson

C.J Wilson made his debut on June 12, 2005 with the Texas Rangers and has shown to have been a dominant force on the team since, recording a 43-31 record from 2005-2011. Wilson will be a free agent after the 2011 season and he is on the radar of many teams, including the New York Yankees. Although the Yankees are not as interested in C.J Wilson as you would like them to be, Wilson has untapped potential which made him a rising star, but the question that all of us have on our minds; Is C.J Wilson New York Yankees material?

C.J Wilson has pitched 223.1 innings this season with a .294 ERA

Positives: C.J Wilson was relief pitcher converted into a starting pitcher, and he seemed to have converted quite nicely. In 2005, Wilson had a horrendous 1-7 record but he turned that all around in 2011 when he went 16-7 with 223.1 innings under his belt along with 206 K’s. Wilson’s numbers earned him a spot into the All-Star game, which actually turned into a negative but we’ll get to that later. Wilson also has a .294 ERA in which he only gave up 73 runs. Here are some of C.J Wilson'[s #’s during the regular season since 2005:

 

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R SO WHIP
2001 20 TEX-min 2 2 .500 2.01 13 13 71.2 54 19 75 1.005 PUL,SAV · APPY,SALL
2002 21 TEX-min 11 2 .846 2.78 31 20 136.0 109 54 93 1.191 CHT,TUL · FLOR,TL
2003 22 TEX-min 6 9 .400 5.05 22 21 123.0 135 79 89 1.407 FRI · TL
2005 24 TEX-min 0 5 .000 4.17 16 16 58.1 61 37 57 1.354 FRI,BAK · TL,CALL
2005 24 TEX 1 7 .125 6.94 24 6 48.0 63 39 30 1.688
2006 25 TEX-min 1 0 1.000 2.51 13 0 14.1 13 4 23 1.395 OKC,FRI · PCL,TL
2006 25 TEX 2 4 .333 4.06 44 0 44.1 39 23 43 1.286
2007 26 TEX 2 1 .667 3.03 66 0 68.1 50 25 63 1.215
2008 27 TEX 2 2 .500 6.02 50 0 46.1 49 35 41 1.640
2009 28 TEX 5 6 .455 2.81 74 0 73.2 66 29 84 1.330
2010 29 TEX 15 8 .652 3.35 33 33 204.0 161 83 170 1.245
2011 30 TEX 16 7 .696 2.94 34 34 223.1 191 89 206 1.187
7 Seasons 43 35 .551 3.60 325 73 708.0 619 323 637 1.291
162 Game Avg. 7 6 .551 3.60 56 12 121 106 55 109 1.291
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/2/2011.

Negatives: C.J Wilson’s negatives are a little easier to distinguish than his positives. Wilson cannot seem to pitch in high profile situations. Let’s take the All-Star game for example. Wilson gave up the lead by giving up a 3 run home

In his career in the postseason, C.J Wilson is 1-5 with a 4.82 ERA. Not exactly what the Yankees would want from a pitcher in the postseason.

to Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder, which gives the National League home field advantage and Wilson the loss. Kind of ironic how the Rangers don’t have home field advantage because of C.J. Wilson also has some issues with pitching in the postseason. In 2010 & 2011 combined, Wilson is 1-5 with a 4.94 ERA. It is important to get into the postseason but if you are a team that wants to win the World Series, then it is important that you keep up production for when I really matters. Now…here is a chart for C.J Wilson’s postseason’s numbers and I should tell you, they are not pretty:

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R SO WHIP
2010 29 TEX AL ALDS W TBR 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 6.1 2 0 7 0.632
2010 29 TEX AL ALCS W NYY 0 1 .000 6.00 2 2 12.0 12 9 6 1.500
2010 29 TEX AL WS L SFG 0 1 .000 3.00 1 1 6.0 3 2 4 0.833
2011 30 TEX AL ALDS W TBR 0 1 .000 10.80 1 1 5.0 7 8 6 1.600
2011 30 TEX AL ALCS W DET 0 1 .000 6.75 2 2 10.2 14 8 11 1.969
2011 30 TEX AL WS L STL 0 1 .000 2.92 3 2 12.1 8 5 9 1.541
2 Seasons (6 Series) 1 5 .167 4.82 10 9 52.1 46 32 43 1.433
2 ALDS 1 1 .500 4.76 2 2 11.1 9 8 13 1.059
2 ALCS 0 2 .000 6.35 4 4 22.2 26 17 17 1.721
2 WS 0 2 .000 2.95 4 3 18.1 11 7 13 1.309
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/2/2011.

Is C.J Wilson A Fit For The Yankees: Before the post season I thought C.J WIlson would be the perfect fit for the Yankees, but after watching the postseason, it seems that his value goes down a little bit after every sour performance. The Yankees goal is to get to the World Series so they could win #28, but they can’t possibly do that if they have a pitcher that is 1-5 in the postseason. Let’s face it, even A.J Burnett knows when it’s time to play hard and win so if A.J can do it then it shouldn’t be hard for C.J. At this point there are no real rumblings for C.J but if I were the Rangers I would try to hang onto “pretty boy” for as long as they can because right now, I don’t think I can picture “Starting Pitcher, C.J Wilson, #36 of the New York Yankees.”