Sunday, November 30, 2014

Heyman: Robertson Has Received Three-Year, $39-Million Offer

It's been known for some time that Free Agent Reliever David Robertson has a high asking price, and now it appears a team has finally reached it. 

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Robertson has received an offer worth close to what he wants, but not exactly. The Yankees don't seem to want to give Robertson the four-year deal he's coveting this offseason, but nonetheless, would certainly like to keep him. 

From Heyman's report: 

"Some around the game questioned whether Robertson was taking an unnecessary risk when he turned down the Yankees' $15.3 million offer, which would have given the highest salary ever for a relief pitcher without ever even testing the market. But one rival executive said he's heard Robertson already has an offer of about $39 million for three years in hand, and that it seems likely with all the outside interest that Robertson will get a four-year offer."
It's definitely possible that the unknown club here is the Astros, who have been said to be interested in Robertson for weeks.
However, they are not the only ones to have maybe broken the bank for him, as the Rockies, Rangers and White Sox also seem to be looking to better their bullpens. That trio could very well be accompanied by the Cubs and Tigers, too, The New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand writes.
Robertson, 29, has played for the Yankees since he was a rookie in 2008, and is coming off a solid first season in their closing role.

The Best of What's Left

Let's take a quick look in between our NFL television watching to see the best of what's left on the free agent market and see who the Yankees could potentially target. The bolded players are players that I could personally see the Yankees pursuing and/or signing. Disagree? Tell me in the comments. 

RHP Max Scherzer
LHP Jon Lester

RHP James Shields
RHP Brandon McCarthy
RHP Ervin Santana

RHP David Robertson
LHP Andrew Miller
RHP Luke Gregerson
RHP Sergio Romo
RHP Rafael Soriano
RHP Pat Neshek
RHP Jason Grilli

SS Stephen Drew
OF Torii Hunter

RF Nick Markakis
LF Melky Cabrera
DH Nelson Cruz
1B Mike Morse
3B Chase Headley
CF Colby Rasmus
SS Jed Lowrie
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Geovany Soto
UT Emilio Bonifacio
C A.J. Pierzynski

Comparing the Yankees and Blue Jays Lineups

Earlier in the week we compared the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox lineups to see who had the advantage at each position. Spoiler alert, Boston has a much better lineup then the Yankees right now. Can the same be said for the Toronto Blue Jays? Let's take a look while keeping in mind that the BOLDED player gets the advantage in my opinion.

NYY Offense TOR Offense
C Brian McCann Russell Martin
1B Mark Teixeira Edwin Encarnacion
2B Refsnyder/Pirela Ryan Goins
SS Brendan Ryan Jose Reyes
3B Martin Prado Josh Donaldson
LF Brett Gardner Kevin Pillar
CF Jacoby Ellsbury Dalton Pompey
RF Carlos Beltran Jose Bautista
DH Alex Rodriguez Dioner Navarro

New York a Fourth Place Team?

With all the free agent and trade acquisitions happening right now in the American League East does that leave the Yankees as a fourth place team in 2015? Is it worse and can the Rays survive all their trades with their stellar pitching and possibly make the Yankees a fifth place team? If you ask a Yankees fan right now it's entirely possible that these are the end times for the club.

Late Friday night the Toronto Blue Jays added the best third baseman in the game in Josh Donaldson for three prospects and Brett Lawrie. Adding Donaldson and Russell Martin to a potent lineup consisting of Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion the Blue Jays are going to score a ton of runs this season. The Boston acquisitions this season and the signs that more is to come are well documented so there is no need to go over those again. Baltimore won the AL East last season handily and while losing Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz and Andrew Miller are still far and away a better team than the Yankees at this point.

Do the Yankees fans have to prepare for a fourth place season? Maybe a fifth place finish? If you ask me right now, before the Yankees make a move, before the Winter Meetings, etc., then maybe.

TGP Daily Poll: Yankees Sign Yoan Lopez Too

In yesterday's TGP Daily Poll we predicted that the New York Yankees would sign Yoan Moncada fresh out of Cuba. Today we predict that the New York Yankees will sign Yoan Lopez out of Cuba as well.

Vote in our poll!!

This Day In New York Yankees History 11/30: Jeter Wins Another Award

On this day in 2009 the Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. The Yankees captain would be the first Yankee to ever be named the winner of the award since SI started giving out the award in 1954.

Also on this day in 2000 the New York Yankees signed Mike Mussina to a six year deal worth $88.5 million stealing him from the rival Baltimore Orioles. Mussina would stay with the Yankees through the 2008 season and finally get his 20 win season in pinstripes before riding off into the sunset.

Finally on this day in 1952 Jackie Robinson went on a  New York television show accusing the Yankees of being racist for not having a black player on their team. The Yankees would not sign a black baseball player until three years later when they signed Elston Howard, nine years after Jackie broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.