Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Too Much Pitching is a Good Problem to Have

The New York Yankees face a very massive problem in 2015, and it’s a good problem to have, as they are looking at having too many starting pitchers and not enough starting rotation spots to fill them all. Even if the Yankees go with a six man rotation in 2015, which has been speculated upon and brought up by pitching coach Larry Rothschild, New York may have a crowded pitcher’s mound next season.

The Yankees already have CC Sabathia, Shane Greene, David Phelps, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, and Ivan Nova under contract for next season for a total of six starting pitchers. New York is also likely to have top prospects Manny Banuelos and Luis Severino knocking on the door in Spring Training as well as the Bryan Mitchell’s and equivalents of the world vying for a spot as well. This is all before the Yankees go out and presumably attempt to bring back Brandon McCarthy or try and lure a big named free agent like Jon Lester, James Shields, or Max Scherzer to the Bronx.

Honestly I am a fan, a greedy fan at that if you couldn’t tell by the blog name, and I couldn’t care less about the potential log jam that is being created in the Bronx right now. That’s what people like Joe Girardi, Larry Rothschild, Gary Tuck, and others are paid big bucks to worry about. I am a fan, not an insider, and this is a fan site, not necessarily a news outlet. There will be injuries, there will be struggles, and there should be options. Bring me McCarthy, bring me Lester, bring me Shields, bring me Banuelos, and bring me whoever else is left. Too much pitching is a GOOD problem to have. 

Discussing a 2015 Contract for Chase Headley

Yesterday we took a look at Brandon McCarthy and a potential contract for the 2015 season and beyond with the Yankees and today we will look at another player the Yankees acquired at the trading deadline, Chase Headley. Headley is currently in his age 30 season, although 2015 will be his age 31 season, and plays a stellar third base defensively. Chase has also filled in out of necessity at first base when mark Teixeira needed a day or two off and did not skip a beat defensively, a site for sore eyes after watching others struggle over at first this season. Headley can also switch hit which really adds to the versatility of the lineup and gives manager Joe Girardi tons of options to mix and match, which can only help.

Headley is in the final season of arbitration and is making $10.53 million in salary before heading into free agency for the first time in his career. Just two seasons ago Yankee fans were salivating about having Headley manning the hot corner in New York with his .300 average and 30+ home run power and Headley was likely salivating thinking of the monster contract that he would receive in doing so. Headley has fallen off a bit with his production in recent years and has fallen victim to the injury bug which will likely keep a new contract down in terms of years and salary, something that works in the Yankees favor.

New York already has Alex Rodriguez in the fold for 2015 although he is likely to be designated as a DH for most of 2015 barring any injuries and such. Third base is wide open and Headley will likely use a weak third base market to his advantage in the negotiations. The only notable third baseman that will hit the market are Hanley Ramirez, who the Dodgers will likely attempt to retain, and Pablo Sandoval, who the San Francisco Giants are likely to attempt to retain.

With that said I fully expect Headley to receive a raise from his $10.5 million AAV but not much of one. Not many .240 - .250 hitters are getting much more than $12 million per season, especially when they seemingly have been zapped of their power, so I wouldn’t expect Headley to get much more than that in the open market. The years I am unsure about because presumably Headley will want some security heading into the latter part of his prime. I could see Headley asking for a four or even five year deal and ultimately settling on a three or four year deal. If the Yankees weren’t interested I couldn’t see much more than a two year deal for Headley but we all know how the team has a history of bidding against themselves in situations like this.

In the end I can see Headley getting a three year deal worth around $35 - $38 million from the Yankees. Again, just like yesterday with Brandon McCarthy, this is not necessarily what I personally would want to give Headley but this is what I believe the Yankees will ultimately give Headley. Agree? Disagree? Like? Dislike? Tell me about it in the comments section. 

Can't Predict Baseball: Back to Back Inside The Park Home Runs

Only once in the long and storied history of Major League Baseball has two players hit consecutive back to back home runs in a single game. The only time this happened in history was on this day way back in 1977 inside Yankee Stadium with the Texas Rangers in town for a series.

Toby Harrah and Bump Wills would hit the consecutive inside the park home runs back to back on consecutive pitches in an 8-2 Rangers victory over the Yankees. You really can't predict baseball Suzyn.

McCarthy, Offense Struggle in 5-2 Loss to Tigers

Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs and Derek Jeter added a couple of more hits, but since Brandon McCarthy surrendered five earned runs in a rough 6 1/3 innings and Detroit's offense stayed hot the Yankees fell to the Tigers last night, 5-2, in the series opener at Comerica Park. 

For most of his outing yesterday, interestingly, McCarthy actually hung around, keeping the game at 2-1 through five despite his overall bad control. 

Nonetheless, in the bottoms of the sixth and seventh the usually-good veteran finally broke, surrendering three runs on five knocks in those frames to put the contest out of reach.

No, McCarthy wasn't necessarily terrible in his thirteenth loss of the season, but yes, he did give up 9 hits, an unfortunate stat that essentially made the aforementioned homers by Ellsbury worthless. 

Also, as you can see by that final score, it greatly assisted Tigers Starter Rick Porcello in his efforts to get the win, something he'd eventually do with a dominant 8-inning performance in which Ellsbury's blasts to right were the only bad spots. 

Note: For Ellsbury, his shots in this one brought his total over the last two days to three, a number that deserves acknowledgement even if the Yanks have gone just 1-1 in those games. 

Quick Hit: Brett Gardner Expected Back Tonight

Brett Gardner has been dealing with some lingering soreness in his ankle after fouling a ball off of it last week in the Bronx. Gardner has missed three games with the ankle and is expected to be back in the lineup tonight for the Yankees. New York may decide to give him another day just to be sure, in true Joe Girardi fashion, since the Yankees face a left hander tonight but I doubt it.

The Yankees are in the middle of a pennant chase and a playoff push and they need Gardner back in left field and at the top of that lineup. Gardner's game comes from his legs so I have no issue with holding him out if necessary but it's time, put him in coach.

Jake Cave, Jose Pirela Post Season All Stars

Jake Cave Selected to the FSL Post-Season All-Star Team
One Tampa Yankee makes 2014 FSL All-Star Team
Tampa, Fla. - The Florida State League All-Star Team for 2014 was announced today by League President Chuck Murphy. The team was selected by Field Managers, Official Scorers, and club Sports Writers representing the twelve (12) teams in the league.

Jake Cave was selected as an outfielder for the 2014 FSL All-Star Team. Cave was promoted to the Double-A Trenton Thunder on July 16, 2014. During his time with the Tampa Yankees he led the team with 117 hits. He held a .304 batting average over 90 games with 18 doubles, four triples, three homeruns and 24 RBI. He was selected to the 2014 FSL Mid-Season North Division All-Star Team. Cave was selected by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va.

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Moosic, Pa. -- Jose Pirela's 2014 season has had the talented hitter soar to heights previously unseen on his career. Today, he can add another accolade to the list. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders' (Triple-A/New York Yankees) versatile leadoff man was named the International League's All-Star second baseman on the year-end squad.

Pirela ranks among the IL's leaders in batting average (4th, .308), hits (1st, 159), runs scored (1st, 85) and total bases (2nd, 231). The 24-year-old native of Venezuela was the IL's starting second baseman at July's Triple-A All-Star Game and earned the league's Player of the Month honors for June.

Pirela has spent the majority of his time this season at second base. He has also demonstrated his talents at other positions both new and familiar. He has seen time in all three outfield spots, at shortstop and at first base along with select time as the squad's designated hitter. Pirela had never played center field, right field or first base in his stateside pro career before this season. He is the team's first player to receive year-end honors since Jorge Vazquez as the DH in 2011. Pirela is the first SWB player to achieve post-season All-Star status at second base since Kevin Russo in 2009.

The 2014 International League All-Star squad is voted on by the circuit's managers, coaches, media and club representatives.

This Day In New York Yankees History 8/27: First No Hitter In Yankee Stadium History

The Yankees made a day of it on this day in 1938 with a pair of historic milestones that happened on this day. First the Yankees All Star outfielder Joe DiMaggio would hit three consecutive triples in the first game of a double header with the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees would win Game 1 by the score of 8-7 but it was the second game that truly made history.

Monte Pearson became the first pitcher to ever throw a no hitter inside the House that Ruth Built. Pearson faces the minimum 27 batters thanks to a pair of double plays. The Yankees would sweep the double header and win the game 13-0 over the Indians for the Yankees 10th consecutive victory.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jeter Okay With Recent DH-ing

During the entirety of his two-decade MLB career, it's been clear to us all that Yankees SS Derek Jeter's main priority is always to contribute.

The 40-year-old veteran, whose legendary career will end in the next two months, has often attempted to make pregame ceremonies this season as short as possible, an act that seems to show what he really cares about at the end of the day.

So, as is expected of him, it's not strange that the face of the team's fine with his recent increase in DH-ing, telling The Journal News' Chad Jennings earlier today that his job is simply to play whenever he's in the lineup.

"My job is to come here, and when I’m in the lineup, play," Jeter said. "I like to play every day. I like to play shortstop every day. Everyone is aware of that. But I get it. I understand it. We’ve had a long stretch here. I think we only have a couple of more days off, and then we have another long stretch at the end of the year. So I don’t know what (Girardi's) plans are. My job is to play.’

Over the week and a half, as you probably already know, recently-acquired utility man Martin Prado has caught fire on both sides of the ball, a turn of events that obviously can't be ignored.

Nonetheless, since Jeter's The Captain and Stephen Drew's strong defensively it appears the Yanks have a tough decision on their hands here, as Prado is clearly too good for the outfield now that Carlos Beltran's healthy.

8/26 Yankees Open Game Thread vs. Detroit Tigers

The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers will play the first of three this week at Comerica Park tonight with both teams fighting for the chance at a Wild Card and postseason berth. The Yankees will send Brandon McCarthy to the mound tonight to face off with the Tigers Rick Porcello. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the MY9, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

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It’s an open thread and another tough pitcher for the Yankees to face so this one should be fun. Drop us a line in the comments section of this post and interact with other Yankees fans and talk about whatever you would like, within reason of course. Enjoy the game Yankees family and enjoy the rest of your evening. Go Yankees!

Yankees To Send Eight To Arizona Fall League

The New York Yankees have released the preliminary roster of players that they will send to the Arizona Fall League this winter and seven members of the Yankees will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Yankees will send RHP's Caleb Cotham, Branden Pinder and Alex Smith. First baseman Greg Bird will headline the positional players and be joined by outfielders Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin, and third baseman Eric Jagielo.

EDIT: The Yankees will also send an unnamed catcher to the AFL for an eight player. Gary Sanchez could go to join a great crop of Yankees prospects or it could be Kyle Higashioka since he missed half the season with a Tommy John surgery.