Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pete Kozma & Girlfriend Added To Wives & Girlfriends!

You know us here at The Greedy Pinstripes, we like to do things a little bit different here. We don't recycle the same old news stories with the same old ideas, we at least try and be original. We try and be social and we try to set the trends, not follow them. With that said that was one of the first ideas we had when we started the blog, post the players wives and girlfriends on the site. Other sites have followed suit a bit but none have been up to date like we have been and I take a bit of pride in that.

With that said we announce that we have added Pete Kozma and his girlfriend, Ciarra Adkisson, to the wives and girlfriends section of the site. Check it out HERE and enjoy.

Predictions for the Yankees 25 Man Roster: Pitching

Earlier we took a stab at predicting the 25 man roster for the offense after the Starlin Castro trade with the Chicago Cubs but the pitching took a hit as well. Not only did the Yankees trade Adam Warren to Chicago in the trade that brought Castro back to the Yankees but New York also made another trade during the winter meetings. Yankees GM Brian Cashman sent left-handed relief pitcher Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for a pair of pitching prospects while his bullpen and roster shakeup continued. How will that affect the Yankees in 2016?

SP: Masahiro Tanaka
SP: Luis Severino
SP: Michael Pineda
SP: Nathan Eovaldi
SP: CC Sabathia

CP: Andrew Miller
SU: Dellin Betances
RP: Chasen Shreve
RP: Jacob Lindgren
RP: Branden Pinder
RP: Bryan Mitchell
LR: Ivan Nova

The Brandon Pinder and Jacob Lindgren positions are subject to change and are likely to be a revolving door in 2016. Caleb Cotham, Nick Rumbelow or Nick Goody could easily pitch there instead of Pinder while Tyler Webb or James Pazos could make strides and pass up Lindgren in Spring Training to secure the spot. The other spots seem pretty much etched in stone, even Andrew Miller's spot in my opinion. At some point trading too much bullpen help will become a thing and New York just about there. Miller stays and the youth movement continues while the team tries to contend next season.



FLORHAM PARK, NJ (December 14, 2015) - It’s a singular and seemingly innocuous  line from the most recognized song in all of sports, yet it perfectly captures the ballpark experience. Whether spending time with family and friends, participating in the festivities, or simply buying some peanuts and cracker jacks, the phrase ‘Take Me Out With the Crowd’ resonates with every fan.  The Goldklang Group, a sports entertainment ownership and consulting firm, announced the rollout of the new campaign, effective immediately, to be utilized throughout its team advertising and marketing, engagement, communications and digital platforms.  

“Our teams will have a chance to customize their experiences, placing their own spin on this iconic phrase,” said Senior Vice President, The Goldklang Group, Tyler Tumminia.  “The integration of ‘Take Me Out With The Crowd,’ in the footsteps and spirit of ‘Fun Is Good’ and ‘Be Your Own Fan,’ will continue to allow our fans and sponsors the opportunity to create an a la carte experience at our ballparks.”  

The Goldklang Group, Ballpark Digest’s Organization of the Year in 2015, continues to excel at providing top notch, affordable first class entertainment.  Experiences may be specific to each fan and their family and friends, but the atmosphere at the ballparks remains special and unique due to the energy and engagement of the crowd as a whole.  

About the Goldklang Group: The Goldklang Group is a sports entertainment consulting and management firm. The Group provides operational consulting and management services in all areas relating to sports franchise and event acquisition, promotion and operation. The Goldklang Group owns and operates the following organizations: Charleston RiverDogs, Charleston, SC. Hudson Valley Renegades, Fishkill, NY, St. Paul Saints, St. Paul, MN, Pittsfield Suns, Pittsfield, MA. (

If the Cubs Start Selling...

We have done quite a few of these "if the (fill in the team name) start selling) posts here on the blog and today we throw you readers a little bit of a curveball. Instead of showcasing teams that are preparing for rebuilding processes and instead of showcasing teams that are selling off any and every arbitration eligible player or beyond player they have on the team I figured we could also look at a team that now has a bit of a surplus at one position. The Chicago Cubs grabbed the best free agent on the market in Jason Heyward and may not start selling off an outfielder or two, specifically Javier Baez or Jorge Soler. Should the Yankees be interested?

Of course they should. Once the outfield position and their best free agents start to fall the second tier guys will begin to come off the board. That's when you will get optimal value out of a 32-year old Brett Gardner in a trade. Essentially cornering the market and making a trade for either Baez or Soler only to trade Gardner for a substantial haul later makes sense on paper but do the Yankees have the pieces to get it done, and are they willing to give them up?

If you're looking at Baez I think the Yankees are a bit of a stretch in the running for him. The Tampa Bay Rays have been discussing a trade for either Matt Moore or Alex Cobb to get Baez back and unless the Yankees are willing to part with one of their better starting pitchers in an already weak and question mark ridden rotation they are not going to get Baez. What about Soler?

Jorge Soler is right-handed, something the Yankees are looking for, he's young, another check in the box for the Yankees, and he's cost-controlled for the next five seasons. Soler signed a nine year deal with the Cubs worth $30 million that will keep him under team control through the 2020 season. Soler is just 23-years old and projects to be a 15-20 home run guy, or more, at the peak of his MLB career. Truth be told he may not be a huge offensive or defensive upgrade over Gardner but he is nine years younger and much cheaper. Soler fits the mold of what the Yankees are trying to do, rebuild on the fly but still compete in 2016.

I don't pretend to be an expert on the Chicago Cubs needs or farm system but you would have to think they would want pitching back for Soler. Either in the starting rotation or in the bullpen. The Yankees match up decently here with one of Ivan Nova, Bryan Mitchell, Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda available with a plethora of bullpen arms that are MLB ready and that could be included. I'm not saying a deal will be made but this would be the perfect deal for the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman... are you listening?

Predictions for the Yankees 25 Man Roster: Offense

The offense got a little bit of a shakeup during this year's winter meetings as the New York Yankees acquired Starlin Castro to play second base. The Yankees, unofficially, sent their utility man Brendan Ryan to the Cubs along with relief pitcher Adam Warren in the deal. Also Dustin Ackley will likely be sent to the bench while Robert Refsnyder is probably destined for the minor leagues on Opening Day. What does that leave the Yankees, offensively speaking, on the active roster for Opening Day 2016?

C: Brian McCann
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Starlin Castro
SS: Didi Gregorius
3B: Chase Headley
LF: Brett Gardner
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
RF: Carlos Beltran
DH: Alex Rodriguez

BN: Gary Sanchez
BN: Pete Kozma
BN: Dustin Ackley
BN: Aaron Hicks

Those are my predictions and there aren't likely many predictions that are going to make you turn your head. I don't see Brett Gardner being traded with all the talent available on the free agent market, specifically outfielders, and the bench will likely be made up of Hicks, Sanchez and Ackley. The only surprise I guess you could say is Pete Kozma making the roster but it shouldn't. Kozma can play shortstop and third base and was called a Brendan Ryan clone when acquired. Why wouldn't he take his roster spot now that he's traded? Especially since the Yankees have two open spots on the 40 man roster.

Those are mine, what are yours?

Congratulations to Robert Refsnyder!!

We want to start out this morning by wishing one of my very favorite players and one of the Yankees top prospects Robert Refsnyder a big congratulations. Refsnyder married his fiance this past weekend and while he stayed quite about it for the most part Aaron Judge was there to keep us fans in the loop. Judge, Mason Williams, Greg Bird and others were in attendance while Refsnyder married. Cool and congrats to Refsnyder!

This Day in New York Yankees History 12/17: Hip Hip Jorge, Rivera, A Rod and Pettitte

On this day in 2007 the Yankees continued their offseason of resigning their own free agents as they signed 38 year old closer Mariano Rivera to a new three year deal. The deal was worth $45 million and came on the heels of the Yankees resigning Alex Rodriguez to a 10 year deal worth $275 million, Jorge Posada for four years and $52.4 million, and Andy Pettitte for one year and $16 million.

Also on this day in 2004 a three way deal involving the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks fell through when the Dodgers backed out at the last second. The deal would have brought Randy Johnson from Arizona and Kaz Ishii from the Dodgers to the Yankees, Shawn Green and Brad Penny being sent to the Diamondbacks from the Dodgers, and Javier Vazquez and prospects going to the Dodgers.

Also on this day in 2003 the Yankees finalized a three year deal with Gary Sheffield worth $39 million. Sheffield was coming off of season where he put up a .330 batting average with 39 home runs and 132 RBI's. There was also a team option for $13 million for the 2007 season that brought Sheffield to New York after he made his name with the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, and the San Diego Padres.

Finally on this day in 1924 the New York Yankees traded three pitchers to acquire Urban Shocker from the Browns. Shocker is coming off of four consecutive 20 win seasons after the Yankees traded him to St. Louis in 1918.