Monday, February 11, 2013

Derek Jeter Begins Running & Will Amp Up Rehab

Derek Jeter has begun running for the first time since fracturing his left ankle and subsequently having surgery back in October. While it was only for five minutes and it was on a treadmill any progress for the Captain is good news. Jeter still looks to be on schedule for Opening Day and a somewhat normal Spring Training this season. Jeter has also been given every green light in his rehab and has no restrictions so the ankle must be healing/healed well. Great news all around!

Yankees& Ticketmaster For Yankees Ticket Exchange

The Yankees and Ticketmaster have joined forces against Stubhub after opting out of the MLB Stubhub deal and formed the Yankees Ticket exchange program. This exchange, much like Stubhub, will allow fans to buy and sell their unused tickets to every Yankees game safely and securely. The tickets will be available for immediate download, which is convenient, and will have no price floor which is great for fans. You will still be able to buy tickets on Stubhub but they will not be available for immediate download so they get you either way.

Looking Back At The Free Agency Predictions

A few months back I took a stab at predicting the rest of the free agency class, seen here, and here are the results. Spoiler alert, I am terrible at this game. The BOLDED are correct predictions and the incorrect predictions are crossed out like THIS with the correct team out to the side. Some guys have not signed yet but with pitchers and catchers reporting tomorrow I figured we would go ahead and look at the results anyway. 

Rod Barajas (37) - New York Yankees Arizona Diamondbacks
Henry Blanco (41) - Retirement  Toronto Blue Jays
Jesus Flores (28) - Pittsburgh Pirates Los Angeles Dodgers
Miguel Olivo (34) - Detroit Tigers Cincinatti Reds
Ronny Paulino (32) - Miami Marlins Seattle Mariners
A.J. Pierzynski (36) - Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers

First basemen
Lance Berkman (36) - Houston Astros Texas Rangers
Miguel Cairo (39) - Retirement
Jason Giambi (42) - Retirement Cleveland Indians
Aubrey Huff (36) - Tampa Bay Rays

Dan Johnson (33) - Houston Astros New York Yankees
Casey Kotchman (30) - Pittsburgh Pirates
Adam LaRoche (33) - Washington Nationals
Carlos Lee (37) - New York Yankees

Carlos Pena (35) - Cleveland Indians Houston Astros
Nick Swisher (32) - Cleveland Indians
Ty Wigginton (35) - Baltimore Orioles  St. Louis Cardinals

Second basemen
Yuniesky Betancourt (31) - Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Phillies

Kelly Johnson (31) - Arizona Diamonbacks Tampa Bay Rays
Ryan Raburn (32) - Detroit Tigers Cleveland Indians
Ryan Theriot (33) - San Francisco Giants

Jason Bartlett (33) - San Diego Padres

Stephen Drew (30) - Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox

Third basemen
Miguel Cairo (39) - Retirement
Mark DeRosa (38) - Retirement Toronto Blue Jays
Chone Figgins (35) - New York Yankees Miami Marlins

Placido Polanco (37) - Chicago White Sox Miami Marlins
Scott Rolen (38) - Cincinnati Reds 
Ian Stewart (27) - Colorado Rockies Chicago Cubs
Ty Wigginton (35) - Baltimore Orioles St. Louis Cardinals 

Left fielders
Bobby Abreu (39) - Retirement
Endy Chavez (35) - Baltimore Orioles

Johnny Damon (39) - Kansas City Royals
Mark DeRosa (38) - 
Retirement Toronto Blue Jays
Matt Diaz (35) - Atlanta Braves New York Yankees
Kosuke Fukudome (36) - Miami Marlins
Scott Hairston (33) - New York Mets Chicago Cubs
Bill Hall (33) - Philadelphia Phillies
Josh Hamilton (32) -Texas Rangers Los Angeles Angels
Raul Ibanez (41) - Seattle Mariners

Ryan Raburn (32) - Detroit Tigers Cleveland Indians
Cody Ross (32) - Seattle Mariners Arizona Diamondbacks
Delmon Young (27) - Tampa Bay Rays Philadelphia Phillies

Center fielders
Rick Ankiel (33) - St. Louis Cardinals Houston Astros
Michael Bourn (30) - Seattle Mariners
Josh Hamilton (32) - Texas Rangers  Los Angeles Angels
Nyjer Morgan (32) - New York Mets

Grady Sizemore (30) - New York Yankees Will Sign Mid-Season

Right fielders
Endy Chavez (35) - Baltimore Orioles
Mark DeRosa (38) - 
Retirement Toronto Blue Jays
Kosuke Fukudome (36) - Miami Marlins
Scott Hairston (33) - New York Mets Chicago Cubs

Nyjer Morgan (32) - New York Mets  Japanese Baseball League
Ryan Raburn (32) -Detroit Tigers Cleveland Indians
Cody Ross (32) - Seattle Mariners Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Sweeney (28) - Kansas City Royals Boston Red Sox
Nick Swisher (32) - Cleveland Indians

Designated hitters
Bobby Abreu (39) - Retirement
Johnny Damon (39) - Kansas City Royals
Travis Hafner (36) - Cleveland Indians New York Yankees
Raul Ibanez (41) - Seattle Mariners

Hideki Matsui (39) - Retirement
Jim Thome (42) - Tampa Bay Rays
Delmon Young (27) - Tampa Bay Rays Philadelphia Phillies

Starting pitchers
Erik Bedard (34) - Baltimore Orioles Houston Astros
Dallas Braden (29) - Chicago Cubs

Ryan Dempster (36) - Boston Red Sox
Freddy Garcia (37) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim San Diego Padres
Rich Harden (31) - Chicago Cubs Minnesota Twins
Roberto Hernandez (32) - Miami Marlins Tampa Bay Rays
Edwin Jackson (29) - Baltimore Orioles Chicago Cubs

John Lannan (28) - Colorado Rockies Philadelphia Phillies
Francisco Liriano (29) - Cleveland Indians Pittsburgh Pirates
Kyle Lohse (34) - St. Louis Cardinals
Derek Lowe (40) - Cleveland Indians
Shaun Marcum (31) - Kansas City Royals New York Mets
Daisuke Matsuzaka (32) - Seattle Mariners Cleveland Indians

Jamie Moyer (50) - Retirement
Brett Myers (32) - San Diego Padres Cleveland Indians
Roy Oswalt (35) - Retirement
Carl Pavano (37) - Kansas City Royals
Mike Pelfrey (29) - New York Mets  Minnesota Twins
Anibal Sanchez (29) - Detroit Tigers
Jonathan Sanchez (30) - Colorado Rockies Pittsburgh Pirates
Joe Saunders (32) - Baltmiore Orioles Seattle Mariners

Chien-Ming Wang (33) - Washington Nationals
Carlos Zambrano (32) - Arizona Diamondbacks

Matt Capps (29) - Toronto Blue Jays Cleveland Indians
Brett Myers (32) - San Diego Padres Cleveland Indians
Rafael Soriano (33) - Detroit Tigers Washington Nationals
Jose Valverde (35) - Milwaukee Brewers
Brian Wilson (31) - Los Angeles Dodgers

Right-handed relievers
Mike Adams (34) - Milwaukee Brewers Philadelphia Phillies
Jose Contreras (41) - Retirement
Kyle Farnsworth (37) - Kansas City Royals Tampa Bay Rays
Francisco Rodriguez (31) - Texas Rangers
Takashi Saito (43) - Retirement Japanese League Baseball
Jose Veras (32) - Milwaukee Brewers Houston Astros
Cory Wade (30) - New York Yankees Chicago Cubs

Left-handed relievers
Pedro Feliciano (35) - Washington Nationals New York Mets
Mike Gonzalez (35) - New York Yankees Milwaukee Brewers

Yankees Announce 2013 Scranton Rail Riders Roster

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


Juan Cedeno
Chase Whitley
Preston Claiborne
Kelvin Perez
Josh Spence
Matt Tracy
Ryan Baker
Matt Daley
Pat Venditte
Vidal Nuno
Jim Miller


Austin Romine


Luke Morton
Reggie Corona
Dan Johnson
Jayson Nix


Ronnier Mustelier

Meet A Prospect : David Aardsma

David Allan Aardsma was born on December 27th, 1981 in Denver, CO where he went to high school at Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colorado. Coming in at 6'3" and 205 lbs he has a great frame for a pitcher, although struggling with control sometimes, he spent his college years splitting time for Pennsylvania State University in Pennslyvania and Rice University in Houston Texas. The San Francisco Giants made him their first round pick, 22nd overall, in the 2003 MLB First Year Players draft. Just as an FYI when you list all the Major League Baseball players of all time David Aardsma is listed first right ahead of Hank Aaron, and being ahead of Hank Aaron on ANY list is quite an accomplishment. Let's take a look back at the Yankees new middle reliever.

After spending a year at Pennsylvania State University David Aardsma transferred to Rice University in Houston where he led the Rice Owls team to a National Championship in 2003 after winning the College World Series. David had two wins and a save in the College World Series that year and set both the single season and career saves record for the Owls in that 2002-2003 season. David was named to the Summer League All American First Team in 2002 as well.

David started his career with the San Francisco Giants in their minor league system where he spent parts of three seasons in the Giants minor league system. Aardsma was sent to A Ball straight out of the draft where he finished the 2003 season and amazingly started the 2004 season with the big league club totally skipping over the AA and AAA affiliates. He lasted until April of that season before being sent down to AAA Fresno where he was sent down and called up from six different times during that season. David would start the 2005 season with the AA affiliate Norwich Navigators before being traded along with Jerome Williams in 2006 to the Chicago Cubs for Latroy Hawkins. Aardsma was traded again during the 2007 season this time to the Chicago White Sox in a deal that brought the Cubs Neal Cotts. Aardsma was traded once again in 2008 this time to the Boston Red Sox. In early 2009 the Boston Red Sox traded David to the Seattle Mariners and stayed there until he required Tommy John surgery in mid 2011.

The Yankees swept up David as a free agent in February of 2012 signing him to a one year deal worth $500K with a club option for the 2013 that we obviously picked up. Coming back fully and healthy from Tommy John surgery was the one goal for David and the Yankees in 2012 and he did more than we could have asked for making it all the way back to the majors as a September call up in 2012. David is married to Andrea Aardsma and are listed in the Yankees Wives and Girlfriends section so check that out and look out for David in the 2013 season for the Yankees!