Saturday, November 1, 2014

Should The Yankees Consider Trading John Ryan Murphy?

While with the Yankees in between minor league stints this season, team catching prospect John Ryan Murphy was solid. But should the club still consider trading him this winter?

That's the question Rant Sports writer Drew Jenkins is asking. According to Jenkins, the Yankees currently have enough depth behind the plate, something they should take advantage of this offseason by dealing Murphy for help at other postions.

From his report:

"[Murphy] will bring back a better return than McCann and Cervelli given his youth, upside, years of control, and the fact he will play at the league minimum for the next three seasons. Trading [Gary] Sanchez would be giving up a player that could turn into a star, and the Yankees certainly do not want to do that. So, it make sense to deal Murphy in order to acquire someone in a position of need like third base, shortstop or starting pitcher."

Murphy hit .284 with 9 RBIs in 32 big-league games with New York this year, the majority of which came while Francisco Cervelli was hurt. On April 26, he put up what was probably his best performance against the Angels, homering and driving in three as the Yankees won 4-3.

Bovada Lists Early 2015 World Series Favorites

Bovada likes to rank all 30 Major League Baseball teams by their odds of winning the World Series and came out with a list before free agency really began. Spoiler alert, the Yankees are not listed first. Here is the complete list and odds which is obviously subject to change.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2
  • Washington Nationals 15/2
  • Detroit Tigers 10/1
  • Los Angeles Angels 10/1
  • San Francisco Giants 12/1
  • St. Louis Cardinals 12/1
  • Kansas City Royals 16/1
  • Seattle Mariners 18/1
  • Baltimore Orioles 20/1
  • Oakland Athletics 20/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1
  • Atlanta Braves 22/1
  • Boston Red Sox 22/1
  • New York Yankees 22/1
  • Cleveland Indians 25/1
  • Cincinnati Reds 33/1
  • Tampa Bay Rays 33/1
  • Texas Rangers 33/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 33/1
  • Chicago White Sox 40/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
  • New York Mets 40/1
  • Chicago Cubs 50/1
  • Miami Marlins 50/1
  • San Diego Padres 66/1
  • Philadelphia Phillies 75/1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
  • Colorado Rockies 100/1
  • Houston Astros 100/1
  • Minnesota Twins 100/1
  • 2015 Free Agency Royal Rumble – Outfield

    Ladies and gentleman welcome to the 2015 Major League Baseball free agency Royal Rumble brought to you by The Greedy Pinstripes. Tonight we have all the potential bench outfield options for the New York Yankees heading into this winter in one ring vying for the contract of a lifetime, let’s go down to the ring.

    In the red corner stands Michael Cuddyer, in the blue corner stands Mike Morse, in the green corner stands Yasmany Tomas, and in the black corner stands Chris Young. Let’s get it on!

    Chris Young takes his New York tested and American League East proven badge and hits the relative unknown Yasmany Tomas and knocks him out cold. While bragging Michael Cuddyer takes one big power stroke and knocks Young over the top rope and to the floor. Cuddyer hurt himself on the play and had to be removed leaving Morse and Young along in the ring. Morse the big lug he is had no defense at any position for Young as the center fielder make quick work of Morse to win the contract of a lifetime. 

    Chris Young receives a one year deal worth $5 million for winning the match. 

    AP: List of Each Team's Free Agents

    Here is a list of all 157 free agents heading into the offseason separated by their former team courtesy of the Associated Press in a press release. Call it a New York Yankees shopping list:

    (c-club option, p-player option, m-mutual option)

    BALTIMORE (11) — Wei-Yin Chen, lhp; Nelson Cruz, of; c-Nick Hundley, c; Kelly Johnson, 2b; m-Nick Markakis, of; m-Andrew Miller, lhp; c-Darren O’Day, rhp; Johan Santana, lhp; Joe Saunders, lhp; Delmon Young, of.
    BOSTON (5) — Burke Badenhop, rhp; c-Craig Breslow, lhp; Ryan Doumit, c; David Ross, c; Koji Uehara, rhp.
    CLEVELAND (2) — c-Mike Aviles, rhp; Jason Giambi, 1b.
    CHICAGO (3) — Paul Konerko, 1b; Matt Lindstom, rhp; c-Felipe Paulino, rhp.
    DETROIT (8) — Joba Chamberlain, rhp; Phil Coke, lhp; Joel Hanrahan, rhp; Torii Hunter, of; Jim Johnson, rhp; Victor Martinez, c; Max Scherzer, rhp; c-Joakim Soria, rhp.
    HOUSTON (3) — Matt Albers, rhp; Jesse Crain, rhp; Jose Veras, rhp.
    KANSAS CITY (8) — Nori Aoki, of; c-Billy Butler, 1b; Scott Downs, lhp; Jason Frasor, rhp; Luck Hochevar, rhp; Raul Ibanez, of; James Shields, rhp; Josh Willingham, of.
    LOS ANGELES (6) — John Buck, c; c-Sean Burnett, lhp; Jason Grilli, rhp; John McDonald, ss; c-Huston Street, rhp; Joe Thatcher, lhp.
    MINNESOTA (1) — Jared Burton, rhp.
    NEW YORK (10) — Chris Capuano, lhp; Stephen Drew, ss; Chase Headley, 3b; Rich Hill, lhp; Derek Jeter, ss; Hiroki Kuroda, rhp; Brandon McCarthy, rhp; David Robertson, rhp; Ichiro Suzuki, of; Chris Young, of.
    OAKLAND (8) — Alberto Callaspo, 3b; Jonny Gomes, of; Luke Gregerson, rhp; Jason Hammel, rhp; Jon Lester, lhp; Jed Lowrie, ss; c-Hiroyuki Nakajima, ss; Geovany Soto, c.
    SEATTLE (8) — Joe Beimel, lhp; Endy Chavez, of; Chris Denorfia, of; Franklin Gutierrez, of; Corey Hart, of; Kendrys Morales, dh; Humberto Quintero, c; Chris Young, rhp.
    TAMPA BAY (2) — c-Joel Peralta, rhp; c-Ben Zobrist, of-inf.
    TEXAS (4) — Scott Baker, rhp; Neal Cotts, lhp; Colby Lewis, rhp; Alex Rios, of.
    TORONTO (7) — Melky Cabrera, of; c-J.A. Happ, lhp; c-Casey Janssen, rhp; c-Adam Lind, 1b; c-Dustin McGowan, rhp; c-Brandon Morrow, rhp; Colby Rasmus, of.

    ATLANTA (6) — Emilio Bonifacio, 2b; m-Ryan Doumit, c; c-Gavin Floyd, rhp; Aaron Harang, rhp; Gerald Laird, c; Ervin Santana, rhp.
    CHICAGO (3) — c-Kyuji Fujikawa, rhp; m-Carlos Villanueva, rhp; c-Tsuyoshi Wada, lhp.
    CINCINNATI (4) — c-Johnny Cueto, rhp; c-Jack Hannahan, 3b; m-Ryan Ludwick, of; Ramon Santiago, ss.
    COLORADO (6) — c-Brett Anderson, lhp; Matt Belisle, rhp; Michael Cuddyer, of; c-LaTroy Hawkins, rhp; Nick Masset, rhp; Franklin Morales, lhp.
    LOS ANGELES (10) — Josh Beckett, rhp; c-Chad Billingsley, rhp; Kevin Correia, rhp; p-Dan Haren, rhp; Roberto Hernandez, rhp; Paul Maholm, lhp; Chris Perez, rhp; Hanley Ramirez, ss; p-Brian Wilson, rhp; Jamey Wright, rhp.
    MIAMI (5) — Rafael Furcal, ss; Kevin Gregg, rhp; Reed Johnson, of; c-Jeff Mathis, c; Brad Penny, rhp.
    MILWAUKEE (8) — Zach Duke, lhp; c-Yovani Gallardo, rhp; Tom Gorzelanny, lhp; Lyle Overbay, 1b; m-Aramis Ramirez, 3b; Mark Reynolds, 1b; Francisco Rodriguez, rhp; c-Rickie Weeks, 2b.
    NEW YORK (2) — Bobby Abreu, of; Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp.
    PHILADELPHIA (5) — c-Mike Adams, rhp; mp-A.J. Burnett, rhp; Kyle Kendrick, rhp; Wil Nieves, c; Grady Sizemore, of.
    PITTSBURGH (4) — Clint Barmes, ss; Francisco Liriano, lhp; Russell Martin, c; Edinson Volquez, rhp.
    ST. LOUIS (6) — Mark Ellis, 2b; c-John Lackey, rhp; Justin Masterson, rhp; Jason Motte, rhp; Pat Neshek, rhp; A.J. Pierzynski, c.
    SAN DIEGO (2) — c-Josh Johnson, rhp; Tim Stauffer, rhp.
    SAN FRANCISCO (5) — Michael Morse, of; Jake Peavy, rhp; Sergio Romo, rhp; Pablo Sandoval, 3b; Ryan Vogelsong, rhp.
    WASHINGTON (6) — Asdrubal Cabrera, ss; Scott Hairston, of; m-Adam LaRoche, 1b; Nate Schierholtz, of; c-Rafael Soriano, rhp; c-Denard Span, of.

    Alex Rodriguez Has a Better Shot Making the Hall of Fame as a Toledo Mudhen Then He Does as a New York Yankee

    The immortal words of new Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner and how true that statement turned out to be. Hank, part owner with his brother Hal Steinbrenner, made the comment “sarcastically” but the Detroit Tigers Triple-A affiliate wasted no time in taking advantage of it. On this day in 2007, a day after Alex Rodriguez opted out of his contract during Game 4 of the World Series, the Tigers minor league affiliate offered Alex a contract.

    The deal was obviously a minor league deal that included incentives for hitting 75 home runs in 2008. The deal also included an incentive for leading the Tigers to ten consecutive International League titles. If only he had taken that contract, right? He’s back either way but it’s still fun to think of what could have been now that we’re in the offseason. 

    TGP Daily Poll: Yankees Will NOT Offer Kuroda a Qualifying Offer

    I think the Hiroki Kuroda era has come to an end in the Bronx. New York will not offer the 40 year old right hander a contract.

    Vote in our poll!

    This Day in New York Yankees History 11/1: Joe Torre is a Dodger

    On this day in 2007 the Los Angeles Dodgers hired long time Yankees manager Joe Torre. Torre would become the 26th manager in the Dodgers long history and their eight since moving to Los Angeles. Torre wasted no time as he was replaced this week by the Yankees when they hired current manager Joe Girardi.

    Also on this day in 2006 the Yankees promoted long time Yankees player Don Mattingly to bench coach to serve under then manager Joe Torre. Lee Mazzilli, you remember the guy that rocked back and forth constantly, was not brought back after the 2006 season.

    Also on this day in 2001, barely, we would see the first ever MLB game played in the month of November and it was Derek Jeter at the plate. Derek would kick off the November baseball month with a home run that would walk off with a win in the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jeter was immediately donned "Mr. November" by a fan in the stands and then Michael Kay.

    Finally on this day in 1978 Yankees starting pitcher and World Series winning pitcher Ron Guidry would win the American League Cy Young Award unanimously. Guidry would garner all 28 first place votes and beat out Mike Caldwell and Jim Palmer for the award.