Friday, February 8, 2013

Travis Hafner & Wife Added To Wives & Girlfriends

Newly acquired Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner has a smoking wife named Amy Hafner and they have been added to the Yankees Wives & Girlfriends section of the site. Head over there and check her out HERE and you will not be disappointed. I wonder if she gave him the nickname "Pronk"... actually on second thought I do not want to know I do not want to ruin this mental image I have right now. Enjoy!

2013 Minor League Options & The Yankees

Chad Jennings over at Lohud had an interesting article earlier discussing who has options left for the 2013 season, who is out of options, and who has certain clauses in their contracts allowing them to opt out of minor league deals. I will direct everybody over THERE for the full write up but I wanted to touch on a few things that I thought were interesting.

Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli, Cody Eppley, and Ivan Nova all have one minor league option remaining and guys like Clay Rapada and Chris Stewart do not have any options left. David Phelps obviously still has options left and is a no brainer along with the rest of the guys on the 40 man that have not seen major league time outside a September call up. Theoretically the Yankees could start Nunez in the minors to work on being an every day short stop again, the Yankees could start Cervelli in the minors one more time if they decide to trade for a serviceable catcher, Cody Eppley could be sent down to make room for a guy like Mark Montgomery, and if Ivan Nova continues to forget how to pitch he can be sent down to Scranton as well. If the Yankees decide to upgrade either of Rapada's or Stewarts positions those two would have to clear waivers, and they probably wouldn't, before accepting a minor league assignment.

Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, due to a clause in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement based on their MLB service time, can both opt out of their minor league deals at the end of Spring Training if they are not put on the 40 man roster. Obviously as it stands right now one of these two guys are going to make the club and the other will probably opt out so the competition should be interesting to watch this spring. Dan Johnson has a set opt out date that Brian Cashman would not recollect but if I had to guess I would say it is in late May as they usually are in that time frame. Dan Johnson is all but going to Scranton to start next season due to the Yankees 40 man roster crunch and the delay in the opt out. Thomas Neal, Bobby Wilson, and Gil Velazquez signed your run of the mill minor league deals and can and probably will be assigned to Scranton after Spring Training. Jayson Nix, Jim Miller, and Josh Spence were all designated for assignment and either outrighted to AAA or signed a split contract and can be sent down to the minors after Spring Training as well without having to clear waivers.

Cesar Cabral was the Yankees Rule 5 draft pick last season and a stress fracture kept him from making the big league club out of Spring Training last year so the same Rule 5 draft pick rules apply for 2013. If Cabral does not get added to the 40 man roster when he is activated off the 60 day DL then he will have to go back to the Boston Red Sox. The good news is he can be assigned to the minor leagues under a 30 day rehab assignment barring any set backs or new injuries. This will complicate things because unless a Boone Logan is traded or we decide to carry three left handed pitchers we will lose Clay Rapada or Cesar Cabral once the calendar turns to May 2013.

Yankees Ranked 13th in Power Rankings

Late last night Joe Lemire of posted his MLB Power Rankings. The Washington Nationals took the top spot, which isn't all that surprising. The Nats had a great 2012 season, and their top pitcher Stephen Strasburg, along with a couple of other key players, missed a significant chunk of time. The additions of Denard Span, Dan Haren, and Rafael Soriano should make the team even stronger too.

Unfortunately Lemire didn't rank the Yankees #2, #3, or anywhere in the top 10. The Yankees were actually ranked 13th in these Power Rankings. Here is the write-up on the Bombers...
Additions: 3B Kevin Youkilis, DH Travis Hafner, RP David Herndon, RP Jim Miller 
Subtractions: OF Nick Swisher, C Russell Martin, OF Raul IbaƱez, OF Andruw Jones, 3B Eric Chavez, RP Rafael Soriano, RP Derek Lowe,* RP Freddy Garcia* 
If it's possible to be miserly with a $200 million payroll, the Yankees have accomplished it. New York handed out only one multi-year contract (a two-year deal to re-sign 39-year-old Ichiro Suzuki) and doesn't have much depth, which is a problem for a team whose starting left-side infielders, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, are recovering from major surgeries and whose lineup was already three years older, on average, than any other AL team. Leftfielder Brett Gardner and closer Mariano Rivera return from injuries, at least.
Like Washington, this isn't a bit surprise. The Yankees big losses were Russell Martin and Nick Swisher, and their replacements (Cervelli/Stewart and Suzuki) don't instill a ton of confidence. I think Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner can have big years for the team (if healthy... not a small "if"), but the offense seems to have taken a hit. The pitching shouldn't be much different, either in the starting rotation or bullpen (thanks to Rivera returning to take Soriano's place as the closer), but overall I don't think I'm alone in saying the Yanks are weaker.

Lemire, as well as many others, point out that the team got older, but that argument has never held much water with me. Sure, an aging player can hurt a team if he's under a long-term contract (see "Alex Rodriguez"), but only one of the seven players at or older than 35 have contracts longer than 2 years (take a wild guess at the answer to that one). Yes, as a player ages his value declines, but it all comes down to what they can do... not the date on their birth certificates. So I'm not going to let a team's age alone dictate what they can or can't do.

Are the World Series favorites in my opinion? No, but they aren't a total loss as some may make you think either.

Yankees Announce 2013 Riverdogs Roster

The Yankees have announced their 2013 Charleston Riverdogs roster and in honor of "Prospects Month" here on The Greedy Pinstripes we wanted to bring it to you first. For the official Charleston Riverdogs website and news please go HERE. Here is the Charleston Riverdogs roster:


Bryan Mitchell
Charlie Short
Rigoberto Arrebato
John Brebbia
Brett Gerritse
Daniel Mahoney
Fred Lewis
Pedro Guerra
Zachary Arneson
Adam Smith
Jose Campos
Zachary Varce
Wilton Rodriguez
Scottie Allen
Matt Bashore
Joe De La Cruz
Ben Paullus
William Oliver
Philip Wetherell


Francisco Arcia
Nick McCoy
Tyson Blaser


Dante Bichette Jr.
Reymond Nunez
Casey Stevenson
Ali Castillo
Saxson Butlet
Cito Culver
Angelo Gumbs


Ben Gamel
Cody Grice
Robert Refsnyder
Eduardo Sosa

Meet A Prospect : Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Edmund Youkilis was born on March 15th, 1979 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Carolyn and Mike Youkilis where he later attended the University of Cincinnati. As a right handed batter with a 6'1" 220 lb frame and a rather unique stance to boot Kevin Youkilis has taken Boston and Chicago fans by storm and hopes to make the Yankees fans shout "Youk" in 2013.

Kevin was drafted in the 8th round of the 2001 MLB First Year Players Draft by the rival Boston Red Sox as a 1B/3B out of the University of Cincinnati for a meager $12,000 signing bonus. Youkilis spent parts of five different seasons in the Boston Red Sox minor league system compiling a career minor league line of .299/.442/.441 while playing in 401 minor league games. Youkilis was always considered to be an on base machine who could knock the hell out of the ball and even infuriated Athletics GM Billy Beane when the Red Sox drafted him before Beane could. Youkilis was called up in 2004 by the Sox when Bill Mueller went down with an injury and hit a home run off Pat Hentgen and the Toronto Blue Jays in his first game in the Majors. He only appeared once in the 2004 World Series run, in the ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but got his World Series ring that reversed the curse. He was on the 2007 Red Sox World Series team as well but this time as a starter at third base. 

Kevin has had more then a few accolades in his career including three All Star game appearances, two World Series rings, a Gold Glove, and the 2008 Hank Aaron Award for being the top hitter in the American League. Now he is a member of the New York Yankees after signing a one year deal worth $12 million this off season and will be looking for his third World Series ring. Welcome to the Yankees Youk, the " Euclis: The Greek God of Walks" I hope that you enjoy your stay.