Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Yankees Will Not Sign Stephen Drew

According to Peter Gammons on Twitter the New York Yankees will not be signing Stephen Drew this offseason. Hey look here something Gammons said that was well thought out and I agree with, imagine that. Drew is a luxury at this point and with the dwindling 40 man roster spots currently on the team it just doesn't make sense unless Alex Rodriguez is suspended for 211 games. Gammons reported earlier in the month that Drew was waiting on some "clarity from the Yankees" and I think he just got it, unless of course Brian Cashman is posturing which he is not great at.

Happy New Years From The Greedy Pinstripes

I just wanted to take a second to tell everyone Happy New Years just a few hours early. Everyone be safe tonight, have fun, and ring in the new year in style. Happy New Years everyone! Go Yankees!

Quick Yankees Winter League Wrap Up

The winter leagues are wrapping up or wrapped up with the end of the year looming and I wanted to take this time to give a quick wrap up on the winter leagues. Here are a few quick blurbs from the bigger named and closer to the majors Yankees prospects that participated in various winter leagues this offseason:

Zoilo Almonte: .316/.343/.454 w/ 4 HR and 20 RBI in 43 Dominican League games

Gary Sanchez: .267/.330/.367 w/ 1 2B and 2 RBI in 12 Domincan League games

Ronnier Mustelier: .270/.386/.360 w/ 2 HR, 27 RBI, and 28 BB in 53 Mexican Pacific League games

Adonis Garcia: .325/.347/.502 w/ 15 2B, 8 HR, and 39 RBI in 53 Venezuelan League games

Jose Pirela: .335/.419/.510 w/ 25 XBH, 41 RBI, and 33 BB in 61 Venezuelan League games

Great winter numbers for Zoilo who could be the Yankees 5th outfielder if New York can move Ichiro Suzuki to the San Francisco Giants. Garcia and Pirela are considered to be fringe prospects at this point but after this Venezuelan League showing the Yankees may be looking at adding them to the 40 man roster as soon as next offseason if this is a sign of what's to come. Mustelier had a disappointing showing overall in my opinion, especially in the power department, as well as Sanchez but at the end of the day you cannot put too much stock into these numbers, for better or worse.

Yankees Stadium Legacy: #91 Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera led all of base in saves in 2004 with 53 saves, a career high for Mo. Mariano as we all know leads the entire world in All time saves and finished his career with 42 postseason saves to go along with his five World Series rings. Mo has led the American League in saves three times in his career.

91 days until Opening Day.

So What If Tanaka Throws 113 Pitches Per Game!?

Just a short little rant here this morning because irresponsible journalism irritates me.

Yesterday on MLB Trade Rumors, a site that I obviously respect, there was mention of Masahiro Tanaka and his workload. You can click the link to see exactly what was said but here is me paraphrasing that we should be worried about Tanaka averaging 113 pitches per start. 113 pitches per start is more than any Major League pitcher averaged in a nine inning game so yeah on paper that is concerning but one thing, one major thing, was not mentioned. Masahiro Tanaka, and all Japanese pitchers, pitch once a week over in Japan. Here in the USA pitchers pitch every 5th day or every 3rd or 4th day in a pinch, thus they throw less pitches per start.

If you are going to start a riot on Twitter with Yankees fans talking about Tanaka's pitch count and how he may or may not fall off the edge of the Earth after signing a big deal please state ALL the facts. Jeff Passan did save face a little when he mentioned that Yu Darvish had a similar workload and has pitched quite well in the states but still, I want all the facts not just the cherry picked ones. Especially when the guy is 25 years old!

Thank you for reading my rant this early in the morning and please stick to the facts today, all of them.

This Day In New York Yankees History 12/31

On this day in 1974 free agent pitcher Catfish Hunter ended an unprecedented bidding war when he signed with the New York Yankees. Hunter signed for $3.75 million, which ended up being three times more than any other player at the time, to leave the A's for New York.

On this day in 2004 the Yankees agreed to a contract with Tino Martinez for a one year reunion after the Tampa Bay Devil Rays declined his $8 million option. Martinez was coming off a .262 batting average with 23 home runs and 76 RBI's and signed a $3 million deal with New York. Tino played in New York from 1996-2001 and was replaced by Jason Giambi in 2002 before coming back in 2005 to be Giambi's backup.