Yanks fire Meacham

October 15, 2008

The Yankees have decided not to renew the contract of 3B coach Bobby Meacham. (Source)

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I bet they don’t trade Cano

October 11, 2008

Long signed a three-year agreement worth approximately $1 million before the campaign, and he has already planned offseason trips to work with both Alex Rodriguez in Miami and Robinson Cano in the Dominican Republic. Cashman said that the Yankees have scheduled their pro scouting meetings to begin Sunday and run into early next week. The club expects to hold its annual organizational summit in Tampa closer to the end of October, when other avenues — including free agency — will be discussed in more detail. (Source)

Would the Yankees send their hitting coach to the DR if they planned on trading Cano?

Rep your hood

October 10, 2008

According to Baseball Prospectus’ third order wins, there were only five teams in baseball that won 90 or more games. Four of those teams were from the AL East and the other was the Chicago Cubs. It is fitting that the clear class of baseball this year represents the last two teams standing in the AL.

A terrible idea

October 10, 2008

Buster Olney:

But here’s an outside-the-box thought: The Yankees could sign Hudson and shift Cano to first base, a position that the Yankees are currently trying to fill. This would give the Yankees incredible range on the right side of the infield, and Cano has the kind of power to justify his place at a position usually reserved for power. (Source)

Playing Cano at first base would be an incredible waste of value.

Hughes

October 9, 2008

Even though he walked five, Phil Hughes pitched five scoreless innings Tuesday for the Javelinas of the AFL. Hughes allowed just one hit and struck out seven. Still, issuing five walks and hitting a batter versus Double- and Triple-A competition isn’t very impressive. Rangers prospect Julio Borbon, who walked just 29 times in 546 at-bats this season, drew two of the free passes. (Source)

Wild rumor

October 9, 2008

Frank Russo, on New York Baseball Digest Radio’s Yankee Special, mentioned that his connections have shared that the Mets are accepting inquiries for Carlos Beltran. And, further, according to Russo, his sources have also shared that there’s a rumor of a possible deal between the Mets and Yankees which would breakdown as follows:

Carlos Beltran from the Mets to the Yankees in exchange for Robinson Cano (with the Yankees taking on most of Cano’s contract), either Jose Veras or Brian Bruney, Ian Kennedy, and another prospect from the Yankees system. (Source)

PeteAbe: Hates Joe Girardi

October 8, 2008

Heyman said that Joe Girardi has problems in the clubhouse with the veteran players and it’s something he needs to address.

I’m sure some people will waste time wanting to kill the messenger or figure out who is telling Heyman this information. The point is that what he is saying is true. It’s pretty much the same thing I’ve been writing about on this blog since May. Girardi’s style takes a lot of getting used to.

This isn’t about candy and ice cream. It’s about whether he can lead a group of people. (Source)

Abraham is always first in line to throw Girardi under the bus, even when the issue in question was probably made up by the unreliable Jon Heyman.

In the case that it is true, my concern would be with the veteran players and not with Girardi. The vets need to shut up and get in line. Especially Posada, who should have no right to say anything until he is back on the field.

Sign Mark Teixeira

October 7, 2008

The number one priority on the Yankees list should be signing Mark Teixeira. He is the perfect player for them. With Jason Giambi’s contract expiring, the Yankees have a lot of money to spend and production to replace.

Offensively, Teixeira easily fills that void. He has posted OPS+ numbers of 153 and 150 the last two years. Those numbers are comprable to Giambi at his peak.

Defensively, Teixeira is a gigantic upgrade as he posted a +9 FRAA in ’08. Also, Teixeira will be 29 next year and has never played less than 132 games in a season. It’s a no-brainer.

It is hard to find Yankees officials juiced up to chase Teixeira. Perhaps they don’t want to give his agent, Scott Boras, further leverage. It is amazing how many executives say almost verbatim that: “Teixeira is the ultimate Boras client.”

Translation: Teixeira will go to the team that gives him the most. Period. (Source)

The Yankees should be that team.

Thanks for your service

October 7, 2008

Every off-season brings roster turnover, this year is no different. The following Yankees should not be retained:

Jason Giambi: Giambi really belted out the final year of his 7-year $120M contract sporting a line of .247/.373/.502 in 145 games, which is the most he’s played since 2003. Even though durability wasn’t a problem this year, it is still a concern going forward, even more so with Giambi being 38 next year. With two time Gold Glove first basemen Mark Teixeira a free agent this year, Giambi’s poor fielding (-10 FRAA) must also be considered. Giambi had five really good seasons in his seven years in New York and I think we’ll all look back on the Giambi era in NY as a fun memory.

Bobby Abreu: The only Yankee to stay healthy and productive this year, Abreu played 151 or more games for the eleventh year in a row in 2008. What’s his secret to staying on the field? Well, you’d have to ask him. I’d say it’s his ability to stay away from balls near the wall and not risking injury. It shows in his fielding numbers as Bob was a -14 FRAA for the Yankees this year. Offensively, Abreu is simply in decline. I appreciate the type of player that he is. I love guys that really work the count, but the Bobby Abreu that has played for the Yankees is an aging one. He has posted only his career worst OBPs with us (.371 in ’08, .369 in ’07). Abreu will be 35 next year and is not the player he once was, he is no longer the answer in right field.

It’s time for the Yankees to get younger and better defensively.

Couldn’t have said it better

October 7, 2008

John Paciorek/DugoutCentral.com has a good analysis of ARod’s swing.

It starts

October 6, 2008

The Brewers and Angels have been eliminated from the playoffs. C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira are now free agents. The Yankees should be heavily interested in both of these players.

Cash: I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders

October 5, 2008

“I don’t like what shows up in the newspapers,” Cashman said. “I don’t like that people forget that I have been here since 1986, that I was part of this franchise when it wasn’t very good. I was part of the rebuilding process as an assistant GM. I was the assistant GM under Gene Michael for four years and Bob Watson for two when we were rebuilding this thing. I was the assistant farm director when we had the core we have here today. Some people forget that, and the story line that was going to be written if I left, I wouldn’t agree with. I wasn’t going to let that story be written. If I left, the story that was going to be written wasn’t going to be accurate. I have given my heart and my soul to the franchise. I am not going to let an inaccurate story stick. The only way to change that is to change the story. I am not saying it’s going to be changed overnight, but I am saying it’s not going to be written inaccurately.” (Source)