Showing posts with label Jesus Montero. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus Montero. Show all posts

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quick Hit: In Case You Were Wondering Who Won The Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero Trade

Just in case there was anyone left out there that had any doubt whether the Yankees or the Mariners won the blockbuster Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda trade I believe we may finally have our answer. Pineda has been hurt since coming over to the Yankees but has looked stellar since coming off the disabled list while Montero has also been injured and not looked stellar at any point in his Mariners career. In fact Jesus Montero is on a minor league rehab assignment right now with Seattle's Class-A short season affiliate. 

During the rehab game a Mariners crosschecker, or scout for those who didn't know, sent Montero an ice cream sandwich to the dugout during the game. Montero apparently didn't see the humor or the good nature of the scout and reportedly had to be restrained after going after the crosschecker with a baseball bat. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mortgaging The Future May Not Be A Bad Idea

As I write this article I understand that it may be a little tongue and cheek, cliché, or downright wrong but I am going to go ahead and post it anyway. If the Yankees did it right, and that’s the keyword of the statement, mortgaging the future may not be the worst idea they have ever had. This post may seem negative at times but I assure you it’s more for strategy purposes than anything. I love this team and want nothing but the best for it. I am not advocating for selling anything not tied down just for the heck of it and I’m not saying I would sacrifice the future for a lost cause, again I only suggest this if it’s done the right way, but I am saying that maybe selling high on guys wouldn’t be the worst idea we have ever had.

As we all are painfully aware of the Yankees have struggled with developing their own talent out of their farm system, specifically with starting pitchers. The Yankees have caught more lightning in a bottle with lesser known names and late drafted players then they have the “can’t miss” prospects. Why not trade away the Yankees top notch guys for say a Troy Tulowitzki, who has hinted at wanting out of the losing environment in Colorado, to play for a perennial contender, and to be the man to replace the retiring Derek Jeter, and roll with what we have left to fill the other voids. New York won’t have the big name draws to the park but the Yankees can survive it and still produce true Major League talent circa 1996-2000.

So many times have we seen a Jesus Montero, Drew Henson, even as far back as a Brien Taylor fizzle out and never reach their true potential. De Ja Vu all over again as we see Gary Sanchez struggling at an advanced stage, although improving defensively, and being suspended for undisclosed reasons in Trenton. We were all on the Mason Williams and Tyler Austin bandwagons only to be let down this season and last once again, not that they don’t have plenty of time to turn things around. Rafael DePaula breaks my heart every time he has a bad outing because nobody was as high on the guy as me, I had him listed in our Prospects Month prospect list at the #2 slot behind Sanchez. I’m not sure why these guys don’t work out and frankly I wouldn’t begin to know how to explain it but I also wouldn’t hold onto them based on projections alone. If the right deal were to come around I’d move them in a heartbeat, here’s also looking at you Cole Hamels.

The Yankees have gotten more out of the likes of Adam Warren, David Phelps, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Francisco Cervelli, John Ryan Murphy, Brett Gardner, Robinson Cano, Shane Greene recently, etc. then they have out of these can’t miss guys. Whether it’s the lack of spotlight or eyes on the players or if the Yankees are just unlucky is yet to be determined but the fact remains the Yankees bread and butter has been lesser known prospects and later in the draft type prospects rather than blue chips. Currently tearing up Triple-A and outperforming most on the current Yankees roster are players like Jose Pirela, Robert Refsnyder, Adonis Garcia, Kyle Roller, John Ryan Murphy, and others that most casual fans would not know if they met them walking down the street. My point being this, the hype and the name only goes so far and the talent speaks for itself. These guys have the talent and the mental makeup to go with it, some of the blue chip prospects simply don’t and that’s baseball.

I said all that to say this, if the Yankees can make a deal that “empties” the farm and has us listed low on all these pre-season and midseason prospects lists, so what? These lists are made from people that don’t cover the team or watch the team daily and their opinions are just that, opinions. Who cares if we win a Triple-A championship? I, personally, am more concerned with winning #28 in the Bronx and while I am the biggest supporter and follower of prospects and the young guys I still want to see the big league team win. If the Yankees can swing a trade that involves Luis Severino, Abi Avelino, Gary Sanchez, etc. then do it if it makes sense and it’s done right. The Yankees may not have a Top 10 prospects list on Baseball America next January but we’ll have plenty of guys to shine up another trophy for the trophy case in November. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Preview: New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox 5/23

The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox will play the second game of their four game set this weekend at US Cellular Field. This should be an interesting game for Yankees fans as New York will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to face off with former Yankee farm hand Hector Noesi. The game will be played at 8:10 pm ET and can be see on MY9, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

Kuroda picked up another victory in his last outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates and has pitched much better since the Yankees stopped shifting behind him. Kuroda held the Pirates to three runs in six innings and has logged a quality start in three of his four starts this month. Keep the line moving tonight #HIROK.

Noesi is facing his former team after being traded to the Seattle Mariners in the Michael Pineda and Jesus Montero trade. Noesi has been designated for assignment twice this season, once by Seattle and once by Texas, and has a 0-4 record this season. Noesi allowed five runs in six innings against the Houston Astros in a 6-5 loss.

Go Yankees!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Jose Campos To Have Tommy John Surgery

And another one down, and another one down, another Yankees pitcher bites the dust. The Yankees announced that Jose Campos underwent undergo Tommy John surgery and it will end his 2014 season. The official line was elbow inflammation but with Campos going under the knife yesterday and none of us knowing it goes to show you that you cannot believe everything you read on the internet, unless you read it here of course.

Campos missed much of the 2012 season with a stress fracture in his elbow and will now miss all of 2014 and some of 2015. Campos did not pitch much at all this spring which leads you to believe that the elbow problem has been around longer then we have been told.

And it's official, the Michael Pineda and Camp for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi trade is officially cursed.

Friday, April 4, 2014

NYY Continue To Win The Montero/Pineda Trade

Just a quick hit before Masahiro Tanaka makes his Major League debut:

The New York Yankees continue to win the Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi for Jose Campos and Michael Pineda trade with the news that Noesi was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners this afternoon. Noesi was showcased as a back end of the rotation starting pitcher but was being used in Seattle as a long reliever, and now is likely to be out of a job at least temporarily.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ready To Announce A Winner In The Pineda Trade Yet?

Honestly I think this may go on for at least three or four more seasons before we have a true and concise answer to this question but do we have a winner in the Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos trade yet? We had a very lengthy discussion on twitter yesterday afternoon about it and it got me wondering if I am wrong and stubborn or just following the wrong crowd. Have the Yankees not won this trade yet?

The way I see it, and again this is just my opinion, the Yankees got a pitcher for six years of team control that threw in the upper 90's who had proven he could win in the Major Leagues and the American League. The Yankees also got a guy in Campos that easily slotted in as one of their best, if not their best, pitching prospect in all the system. The Mariners got a guy without a position, a home run or strike out bat, a guy with declining and very questionable defense, a guy who was already being called lazy, a guy with a bad attitude, a guy benched for his attitude and work ethic, and a guy who would lose his one redeeming factor, his power, in his new stadium in Montero. Brian Cashman hyped the hell out of Noesi before the trade happened and the Mariners bought into it, whoops.

I realize Pineda came into camp fat and uninterested in 2012 and Campos has been hurt and non existent, I get it, but has Montero not come into camp fat and uninterested? Has Montero given the Mariners much more than the Yankees have gotten out of Pineda? You also have to keep in mind that the Yankees babied Pineda last season and pushed him back, that should not go against Pineda whatsoever. Campos has been injured but still has his entire career ahead of him, as does Pineda, where Noesi is probably cleaning toilets somewhere by now. Montero is delegated to AAA first basemen or DH and cannot even crack an offensively anemic team's 25 man roster, especially desperate for right handed hitting and power hitters, which speaks volumes to me.

The Yankees didn't "rape", a term I have seen thrown around describing a one sided trade, the Mariners and honestly it may still be too early to tell but if history and this spring training is any indicator the Yankees got the better end of this deal. Pineda has a ton of upside and has four years of team control left and the sky is the limit for Campos while Montero will always remember his curtain call at Yankee Stadium and Noesi will bag groceries for a living. I'm kidding obviously, but not by much.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jose Campos Optioned To High A Tampa Yankees

Jose Campos made his spring debut on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers in a tie and is now headed to High A Tampa with the Tampa Yankees after being optioned out of Yankees camp today.  You may remember Campos as the other guy that got traded in the Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda trade or for him missing most of the 2012 season due to a arm injury.

Campos is still only 21 years old and is being brought along slowly as the Yankees are easing him back into playing games. Campos also had his innings and pitch counts limited in 2013 because of the injury, because that worked so well with Joba Chamberlain, and pitched only 87 IP in 2013 mostly for Low A Charleston with the Riverdogs.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two Years Later Michael Pineda Is Finally 100%

Two years after the New York Yankees gave up their top prospect Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda from the Seattle Mariners, one major shoulder surgery later, and two missed seasons later Pineda says he is finally 100% and ready to go. Just in the nick of time if you ask me because the Yankees need him now more than ever with so much change and transition happening with the team right now.

Pineda spoke to the Associated Press and said this:

I’m feeling 100 percent right now, and my body is in perfect shape. Everything is in the past. I’m ready to go.” 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Donkey Fantasy Projections: Brian McCann

Brian McCann, Catcher

Admit it, you drooled over Jesus Montero and the thought that he could be the Yankee backstop for years to come? How about future catcher Gary Sanchez? Yes, it seems like the Yankees always have catching "prospects" but it also seems like we are waiting, constantly waiting.

Well, this year the bank has been literally broken and the Yankees went back to plan G, as in "George". They signed checks and one of those big checks went to Brian McCann. 

Courtesy: NYDailyNews

It's easy to say from a fantasy perspective that McCann will regress with playing in New York. The history behind former all stars that sign with the Yankees in their later years isn't exactly pristine. 

Add that with Brian's regression over the past five years and it scares you a bit. Although, is it that bad? He has consistently put up 20 home runs a year and his RBIs have not dropped below last years total of 57. He could repeat last years production (.256, 20hr, 57RBI) and most Yankee fans would be thrilled!

But he won't.

I see an increase in every category for three very important reasons. 

1.The ball park- Yankee stadium is easily the best park for Brian. He will easily hit 25 home runs with the only legal PED in baseball, Yankee Stadium. (See also Russel Martin)

2. The line up- Let's be real here, if you can hit 20 hrs with the Upton brothers for protection, anyone in the middle of the Yankees order should add to that total.

3. Heart- They are comparing this guy to Paul Oneill with comparable heart and passion for the game. I don't see him crumbling in the Bronx, I see him thriving.

It's hard not to project a big year out of McCann but I will keep it somewhat conservative:

AVG .265, OBP .350, HRs 25, RBIs 75, RUNs 70
(All projections are based on stat compilation, research and a slight tinge of Yankee bias. Although, remember before you disagree, your taking advice from someone nicknamed Donkey. Good luck with that!)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Where have you gone, Jorge Posada?

While everyone awaits the winner of the Tanaka sweepstakes, the uncertainty surrounding the current occupant of the catching position is being overlooked. Over the years, Yankees fans have been treated to watching a number of great players in that spot: Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, Elston Howard, Bill Dickey and Jorge Posada just to name a few.

As Posada’s era was nearing its conclusion, Yankees brass set their sights on Jesus Montero as the heir apparent. As we waited for Montero to mature into that role, Russell Martin succeeded Posada as the Yankees new everyday catcher in 2011. He seemed to be in that position for the foreseeable future, since he was in the middle of a career renaissance. At the time, Martin was coming off two injury-riddled seasons with Los Angeles Dodgers.

Neither Montero or Martin ended up being the next great Yankees catcher, as Martin signed elsewhere last offseason and the team grew disillusioned with Montero. The Yankees viewed Montero’s defensive play as a liability and then flipped him to the Mariners for a chance to grab Michael Pineda. The front office believed Pineda would blossom into a star. However, history has shown that Yankees/Mariners trades don’t really work for the team. Remember when George Steinbrenner traded a future perennial all-star (Jay Buhner) for a player he perceived to be better (Ken Phelps)? 

As we look back, it is safe to say that Martin was a pit stop between great Yankees catchers. The next “great” Yankees catcher – Gary Sanchez – is still in the minor leagues and is not expected to be major league ready for a few years anyway. The Yankees, at one point, viewed Francisco Cervelli as the successor to Posada, but clearly his career has been relegated to back up catcher. While he did win the starting job last year, he failed to solidify himself as the starter. Injuries and suspected PED use have also played a factor in how Cervelli’s career has turned out.

Austin Romine, one of players who Cervelli beat to gain the starting job, has not reached his true potential yet. Romine was named the Yankees fourth best prospect heading into the 2009 season but has yet to play a full season with the big league club yet. He has competed for the starting catching job in every spring training since 2011, but never won the job and started the year in the minor league teams.

Ineffectiveness at the position as well as prospects not living up to their “hype,” has led the Yankees to turn to Brian McCann. Cashman has said that McCann is the “next great Yankees catcher.” Based on his career thus far with the Atlanta Braves, it seems as McCann will be able to hold down the fort and be one of the great Yankees catchers for this generation. And then hopefully Gary Sanchez will follow in his footsteps once he is called up to the big leagues. We’ll just have to wait and see how this all turns out.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This Day In New York Yankees History 1/14

On this day in 1970 former Yankees top relief pitcher, now known loosely as a closer, and New York Mets general manager Johnny Murphy dies of a heart attack.

On this day in 1987 Yankees and Athletics ace Catfish Hunter and outfielder Billy Williams were elected to the Hall of Fame. Hunter was one of the game's first big money free agents when he signed his very lucrative deal with New York.

On this day in 2012 the Yankees traded top prospect Jesus Montero along with Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for  pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. This deal has been a bit of a disaster for both teams but Pineda is only 24 years old and Montero is being worked as a first basemen and a DH in the minor leagues.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Is It Time For A Jesus Montero Reunion?

The Seattle Mariners have made first basemen Justin Smoak and catcher and designated hitter Jesus Montero available today after acquiring Logan Morrison and Corey Hart yesterday. First of all I will say that Smoak is better then both Morrison and Hart, if Hart wasn't coming off of two knee surgeries and missing the entire 2013 season I may think different, and is more versatile as a switch hitter. No reason to make Smoak available if you play Hart as your DH and Morrison in right field but either way someone is going to benefit from another dumb Seattle trade or two so should we be in the running?

Obviously we have no room for Smoak who is a left handed first basemen who switch hits. We have one, his name is Mark Teixeira, and we do not even have an open designated hitter spot to hide Smoak in. Enter Jesus Montero. Should the Yankees take another shot on the 24 year old? His trade value will never be lower after being sent down to AAA to work as a first basemen and being suspended for 50 games after his ties to Biogenesis. Montero would give us a right handed power bat with minor league options left, and who can ignore the nostalgia and the fact that we could boast how we "won" the Michael Pineda trade. Montero is not a free agent until the 2019 season so five years of team control would really be nice for a guy that is in the major leagues and ready, to hit anyway, right now.

Maybe this stat line will sway you either way... what say you?

2011 21 NYY 18 69 61 9 20 4 0 4 12 7 17 .328 .406 .590 .996 163
2012 22 SEA 135 553 515 46 134 20 0 15 62 29 99 .260 .298 .386 .685 94
2013 23 SEA 29 110 101 6 21 1 1 3 9 8 21 .208 .264 .327 .590 69
3 Yrs 182 732 677 61 175 25 1 22 83 44 137 .258 .303 .396 .699 97
162 Game Avg. 162 652 603 54 156 22 1 20 74 39 122 .258 .303 .396 .699 97
SEA (2 yrs) 164 663 616 52 155 21 1 18 71 37 120 .252 .293 .377 .669 89
NYY (1 yr) 18 69 61 9 20 4 0 4 12 7 17 .328 .406 .590 .996 163
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2013.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Yankees All Home Grown Team From The Last 20 Years

All this week we have been looking at the New York Yankees all home grown players team from the last 20 seasons or so and we now are able to field a full team. Like this or hate this list, agree or disagree, this is my list and I encourage any changes, feedback, or suggestions being left in the comment box. I apologize to all the players who may or may not feel snubbed by not being included in this list, it's not personal I assure you, and hope that in the next 10 years we can make a new list like this with a whole new batch of players on it.

Here is the final 25 man roster:

SP: Andy Pettitte
SP: Phil Hughes
SP: Ivan Nova
SP: Chien Ming Wang
SP: Ian Kennedy

1B: Don Mattingly
2B: Robinson Cano
SS: Derek Jeter
3B: Eduardo Nunez
LF: Austin Jackson
CF: Bernie Williams
RF: Alfonso Soriano
C: Jorge Posada
DH: Nick Johnson

CL: Mariano Rivera
RP: David Robertson
RP: Phil Coke
RP: Randy Choate
RP: Tyler Clippard
RP: Mark Melancon
LR: Ramiro Mendoza

BN: Dioner Navarro
BN: David Adams
BN: Jimmy Paredes
BN: Jesus Montero

Thursday, November 14, 2013

All Home Grown Yankees Team - The Bench

Continuing with our look at the Yankees all home grown team over the last 20 years or so we look at the prospects who did not quite make the cut for the starting nine and have been sent to the bench. On this team this is not necessarily something that should make you feel slighted as the Yankees have been pretty successful in bringing guys through their system and turning them into stars over the last couple of decades. 

Let's take a look at the Yankees bench they would send out with an all prospect team:

BN: Dioner Navarro
BN: David Adams
BN: Jimmy Paredes
BN: Jesus Montero

Dioner Navarro was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees back in 2000 and made it all the way to the major leagues in 2004. Navarro was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 with Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey for Randy Johnson. The same day Navarro was sent packing to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Shawn Greene. Navarro has spent the rest of his career playing behind the dish for the Dodgers twice, the Tampa Bay Rays, Reds, and the Cubs. 

David Adams was brought up and spent a huge chunk of the 2013 season playing with the big league New York Yankees. Adams spent most of his time at second base, and injured, in the minor league system before being primarily a third basemen this season. Adams also spent time at second base and first base this season making him my utility player for lack of a better word on this team.

The New York Yankees signed Jimmy Paredes as a amateur free agent as a short stop before the 2007 season. Jimmy spent the next three seasons in the Yankees system, including a minor league All Star appearance for the Staten Island Yankees before he was sent to the Houston Astros along with Mark Melancon for Lance Berkman. Paredes is now a jack of all trades making his major league debut for the Astros as a third basemen and now spending most of his time in right field. 

Jesus Montero is one guy that I felt compelled to add as that last option on the bench. If this was a real team he would not be on the team obviously because he would give us two DH only types, unless you still think that he can catch for some reason, but this is pure nostalgia here. I can remember drooling over the thought of Baby Jesus in pinstripes ever since he was signed as an international free agent in 2006. Montero was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Michael Pineda before the 2012 season and has since lost his starting catching job, sent to the minors, and is now working out as a first basemen. I still love Montero so he gets the last spot and always had the last spot as soon as I came up with this idea. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Yankees Making Changes To Scouting & Development

According to Nick Cafardo's twitter account and his column on the Boston Globe the New York Yankees are set to make significant changes to their player scouting and development parts of the organization. This news breaks on the heels of many people inside the organization, Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner specifically, saying that a change was needed within the departments.

The Yankees Vice President of Baseball Operations Mark Newman and scouting director Damon Oppenheimer are reportedly going to be the first to go if there are any personnel changes so with this news dropping expect those two to get the ax. Honestly I cannot agree with making those moves as it is hard to develop a farm system picking at the end of the draft every season and when you do get someone who can make a significant impact, Jesus Montero for example, he is traded away. The Yankees have had a bad run of luck in the draft system as well which should not go unnoticed but if anyone should be under the microscope it should be Brian Cashman and not Newman or Oppenheimer. Just my two cents.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Three years later, George's death looms large over the Yankees

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'
nd the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

The last verse of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” can perfectly be applied to the current state of baseball’s most championed franchise, the New York Yankees.

Yes, the team has continued to make the playoffs and be perennial contenders, but things haven’t been the same and the times surely began to change when the “dynasty” era of Yankees baseball came to a crashing end on July 13th, 2010.

New Yorik Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner speaks at a new

This of course was when George Steinbrenner passed away due to a massive heart attack at the age of 80. His death came just two days after long-time public address announcer Bob Sheppard, known as “The Voice of God”, passed on as well at the ripe old age of 99. Two seemingly immortal figures of the organization were gone in a flash.

Admittedly, both legendary men had disappeared from the public years prior. Due to deteriorating health, Sheppard could no longer muster the strength needed to do his job, as he announced his last game in person on September 5th, 2007. He would later officially retire in November of 2009.

The Boss, on the other hand, made the decision himself to step down as the day-to-day operator of the team. On November 20th, 2008, his sons Hal and Hank Steinbrenner officially became the co-owners of the Yankees, with Hal becoming the managing general partner as well.

George had faith in them, so everyone else did too. And Hal gave no reason to think otherwise when he went out and signed CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Teixiera all to huge free agent contracts during his first winter as the owner of his dad’s most prized possession. Spending in excess of $400 million, the phrase “like father, like son” held true when he put the Yankees in a position win the World Series in 2009.

Which they did on November 4th, 2009, with George Steinbrenner watching from his home in Tampa, Florida. The Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games to capture, what seemed like, an elusive 27th championship since losing the 2001 Fall Classic to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

100_0806Sitting high up in the grandstands that night, I can recall, “Boss, this is for you!” displayed across the Yankee Stadium jumbo-tron. And it was true - the Yanks had won this for George. They sensed his morality and Hal wanted to ensure that if his dad’s life was coming to an end, one of his last memories could be watching his Yankees win the World Series, as George once said that breathing is the only thing better than winning.

So, when The Boss did pass on eight months later, the Bombers were the defending champions and in first place, which was probably the only way he could envision leaving the earth.

And it was that day, as I said, when times really started to change. The Yankees lost control of the AL East and settled for the Wild Card in 2010, losing in the ALCS to the Texas Rangers. Of course, the Yankees had far worse seasons under The Boss’ reign, but you really felt his absence, especially in the following offseason. The Yanks attempted to sign lefty ace Cliff Lee to a contract similar to the one Sabathia received, yet they couldn’t quite close the deal as Lee went back to the Phillies.

Once Cliff spurned the Yankees, the team didn’t know what to do, and most probably were looking back on some foolish moves made once The Boss stepped down as the team’s owner. On December 9th, 2009, the Yankees traded two of their most highly touted prospects, Austin Jackson and Ian Kennedy, in a three-team deal to get Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson. New York had decided to sacrifice its future for immediate success, something that George had been turned away from doing for years.

Now, there is no denying that The Boss had looked into, and nearly pulled the trigger on, trading the Core Four and other players such as Bernie Williams and Robinson Cano early in each of their respective careers. But when George felt the need to upgrade the team for a particular season, there were guys like Buck Showalter and Gene “Stick” Michael to convince him to hold onto the future stars.

Buck was, of course, fired by George after 1995, and Stick left his position as vice president of the team in 2002. It can be argued that with their departures, went the genius scouting of the Yanks that they had lacked for decades, and once again are in need of. As mentioned, with the Granderson trade, the Yankees mindlessly dealt top prospects for what will turn out to be a three-year rental of a potent, yet strike-out prone outfield bat. Meanwhile, Jackson has become one of the best lead-off men in the game with the Tigers, and Kennedy was an N.L. Cy Young candidate in 2011 with Arizona.

That trade, along with the one for Javier Vazquez weeks later, are moves that wouldn’t have happened if The Boss and his “cabinet”, if you will, were still here. They had the guts to stand up to George and tell him he was wrong, and he had the trust in his advisors to realize that and pull back or prevent any franchise-altering moves to go down. In the three years since he died, there’s already been a slew of those types of trades, and not for the better. Don’t even remind me of the Montero-Pineda deal, which, while we can’t judge quite yet, certainly hasn’t benefited the Yankees at all.

At the same time, while trading away and failing to develop solid prospects, the Yankees haven’t dipped back into the free agent market for any impactful players either. This has left them to piecemeal together their roster over the past few years, signing players off the scrap-heap and simply getting lucky that they actually perform well. The Yanks ran out of such luck towards the end of 2011, resulting in a disappointing ALDS loss, and in 2012 Derek Jeter broke his ankle and the team was subsequently swept out of the ALCS.

While consistently making it into October is universally considered a successful streak of seasons, every year since George Steinbrenner died, it just feels like the franchise is pushing itself farther and farther away from a championship. Although 2013 can perhaps be considered a fluke season considering all the injuries, the Yankees are in a dire situation for the future. Their top prospects are either just drafted or still in the lower levels of the minor league system, and their lone star is Robinson Cano, who is an impending free agent. Their headlining talent of the past such as Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and CC Sabathia, are all either injured, aging, and past their primes, or perhaps a combination of all three. Relying on them to be key contributors at this point is downright foolish, and won’t garner the results the team may hope for as far as October appearances are concerned.

A reluctancy to spend, coupled with an ignorance to focus on developing the farm system, the Yankees have little to offer their fans that would make them, first of all, return to Yankee Stadium and turn their TVs back on to the YES Network. And second, sense a 28th world championship soon to be won.

You may blame it on the scouting. You may blame it on the front office. Heck, you may blame it on the baseball gods giving the Yankees hell for the first time in decades. But the fact remains that since The Boss passed away three years ago today, things haven’t, and probably never will be the same.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Former Yankees Update Jesus Montero

Hey remember that Jesus Montero guy that was going to be the savior to the Yankees offense only to be traded to Seattle about a year and a half ago? Well this disaster of a trade continues to get more and more like a train wreck today when the Seattle Mariners sent down Jesus Montero to their AAA team. Jesus was only batting .208/.264/.327 making him one of the worst offensive catchers in all of baseball. Just as a side not his defense and framing skills were never much to write home about so when the offense struggles you can understand the demotion. It is worth noting that their #1 catcher Mike Zunino is also in AAA so either Montero will have to be a back up to Mike or he will have to learn a new position like first base or be a designated hitter. Either way the Yankees took a small step in "winning" this trade today with Michael Pineda coming back strong, Jose Campos back healthy,and Hector Noesi and Montero struggling.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Former Yankee Jesus Montero Linked To Biogenesis

The story that will just not go away continues to breathe life as today we learned that former Yankees super prospect Jesus Montero, now the Seattle Mariners starting catcher, is also on the PED list linked to the Miami clinic Biogenesis run by Anthony Bosch. Montero will undoubtedly decline a comment or deny any wrong doing but it is worth noting that he is a Sam and Seth Levinson client. Sam and Seth Levinson also work for notable major leaguers like Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, and Melky Cabrera who have all been linked to PED's and Biogenesis.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Giancarlo Stanton & The Yankees

I think this was inevitable wasn't it? The Marlins have said that they are willing to listen to offers on Giancarlo " Don't Call Me Mike" Stanton and I am sure that his phone has been blown up ever since. I hope that one of those calls came from Brian Cashman because Giancarlo is one of those once in a life time franchise type players that is cost effective, under team control for what seems like forever, plays a position that we actually need in Right Field, and well I could go on and on about him but anybody who has watched baseball over the past couple of years knows what Giancarlo would bring to the Yankees.

Entering his age 23 season, a season where he is not even arbitration eligible yet and after a season where he led the majors in slugging, he does not make much sense for the Marlins to trade. He mashes the ball, he brings in fans, and he is cheap. He sounds like the prototypical Marlins player and he would only hurt himself if he went out and let his unhappiness with the teams personnel decisions run over onto his on the field play. The real question will be do the Marlins really intend on trading Stanton? If the answer is yes then will the Yankees have enough in the farm to match or trump a team like, for examples sake, the Seattle Mariners?

Let us remember that the Yankees no longer have Jesus Montero sitting in AAA mashing the ball, Austin Romine is not arguably the Yankees second best prospect anymore, Manny Banuelos is not the guy that could not walk a guy and dominated major league hitting in Spring Training, Dellin Betances cannot find the catcher if his life depended on it, and the upper levels are basically barren or filled with veterans waiting for their shot. The Yankees lower levels are full of talent, namely Tyler Austin, Dante Bichette Jr, Mason Williams, Slade Heatcott, Mark Montgomery, etc etc etc. Would the Marlins take guys in the lower levels of A ball for Giancarlo? If they would do we have enough to trump a team with a great farm system? My gut tells me no so my gut tells me not to expect Giancarlo in pinstripes.

Then again this is just the kind of big, under the radar type signing/trade that Brian Cashman has been accustomed to pulling off. Here's to hoping that Giancarlo becomes a Yankee and we all forget about what has been a terribly disappointing off season.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Early Returns on Trades

Pineda only looks like he's in pain, as thankfully it was just gas.

I was doing pretty good at ignoring the Montero/Noesi for Pineda/Campos trade, but the series with the Mariners this weekend brought it back into the front of my mind. It didn't help that Jesus Montero hit a home run in the first game Friday night, while the Yankees would be facing Hector Noesi in Game 2 on Saturday. My first reaction was to point out what the Yankee designated hitters had done compared to Jesus, while also pointing out Russell Martin's caught stealing percentage of 27% to Montero's 11%. But before I could even look at the numbers Noesi has put up so far in 2012, I decided to drop it.

"If he mentions my slash-line of .179/.303/.310 I will throw this ball at him"

A trip to one of the many Yankee forums I'm a part of changed that quickly. However, I decided to look at the trade a little differently. People are already judging that trade based on very early returns from the players, or lack thereof in the case of Pineda and Campos. So, after looking around at some bad trades over the years in MLB, I made this list...

  • In August of 1987 the Detroit Tigers received Doyle Alexander from the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitcher John Smoltz. In 16 starts for the Braves after the trade that season, Alexander went 9-0 with an ERA of 1.53. While John Smoltz wasn't called up to MLB until July 23rd of the following season, in which he had an ERA of 5.48 and WHIP of 1.672 in 12 starts. 
  • During the 1988 season the Boston Red Sox were looking for pitching help, and struck up a deal with the Baltimore Orioles on July 29th. The Os sent Mike Boddicker, who had an ERA of 3.73 over 180 starts, to Boston for prospects Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson. Boddicker threw 89 innings and started 14 games for the Red Sox after the deal that season, with an ERA of 2.63. Baltimore called up Schilling in early September, and Curt put up a big 9.82 ERA in his 4 starts that season. While Brady Anderson played 53 games for the Orioles in '88, hitting a sad .198/.232/.271. 
  • The Yankees traded Jay Buhner to the Seattle Mariners in July of 1988, and got Ken Phelps in return. Phelps had put up a line of .249/.392/.521 in 529 games for Seattle before being dealt, so it looked like New York was getting a fine hitter. Although Ken wasn't quite as good, he was able to give the Bombers a .224/.339/.551 triple-slash in his first 86 games. On the other side of the deal was Jay Buhner, who in his first 60 games for the Mariners hit .224/.320/.458. 
  • The date was August 30th, 1990. The Boston Red Sox were in the hunt to win the AL East, and were looking for some relief help. So they traded prospect Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros for reliever Larry Anderson. Anderson pitched really well for the Red Sox, giving them an ERA of 1.23 over 15 appearances, helping them win the division by 2 games over the Toronto Blue Jays (don't ask how the Yankees finished that season). That happened while Bagwell didn't debut in MLB until the next season.
  • Just prior to the trade deadline in 2002, the Cleveland Indians traded Bartolo Colon to the Montrol Expos for Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, and Cliff Lee. After the deal Colon went 10-4 for the Expos, with an ERA of 3.31. Bartolo actually finished 6th in NL Cy Young Award voting. As for the other side of the trade, in 2002 Grady Sizemore was still in the minors, Cliff Lee didn't get called up until September 15th, and Brandon Phillips didn't get promoted to the bigs until September 13th. Sizemore was still in the minors the next season, while Lee had only started 9 games with an ERA of 3.61, and Phillips had a triple-slash of .208/.242/.311 in 112 games. 

Little-known fact... Cleveland agreed to pay for all of Colon's lunches the rest of the 2002 season, which consisted of a dozen hamburgers a day.

After reading that list, do I really need to come up with more reasons for people to be patient?