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Yankees Hot Stove: The money tracker

Here is the 2014 New York Yankees payroll as it stands today.

Money

Money (Photo credit: davebarger)

Now if you want to know if I included Alex Rodriguez paycheck, of course I did.

Why wouldn’t I have?

A-Rod’s suspension is not to blame for the Yankees payroll issues, and Yankees fans need to stop acting like it because they don’t like him.

I hope A-Rod isn’t suspended, first because he has not been treated fairly by MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig.

And secondly because the Yankees are dumpster diving again, and I cannot take it anymore. And I will bet you my left arm that A-rod’s replacement will come from the bargain bin.

Regardless of what al the hater fans believe, A-Rod is still an above average third baseman and his bat makes the line-up tougher for opposing pitchers.

The Yankees dug themselves into this hole, and I am fine with them wanting to get out of it by staying under $189 million, but that is not what us fans have been told.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner and President Randy Levine have both stated many times that staying under $189 million is a goal, not a mandate, and that fielding a championship caliber team will always come first.

And fact is the table below proves that the Yankees will miss the playoffs if they don’t go over $189 million.

Like 2013, risks are being taken with no back-up plan, and that formula doesn’t work. The team is setting records for aging players with major injury histories. Sure, April and May will prove everybody wrong again until the newness of the season wears off.

It is not fans fault that the farm system is rotten, it is the Yankees and money is the only way to get things back on track for this season.

Ownership made a promise, and if broken Yankee Stadium turn into Citi-Field. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: The money tracker’ »

Yankees signing Brian Roberts was not on my Christmas list

It is déjà vu all over again, as the New York Yankees have reverted back to dumpster diving in hopes that one of these cast-offs will resurge in the pinstripes.

The latest bargain is 36-year old, second baseman Brian Roberts who inked a one-year, $2 million deal with incentives to play in the Bronx.

Roberts was on track to be an Oriole-lifer, as he had spent all of his 13-years in Baltimore until now.

No doubt Roberts was one of the best second baseman in the game thorough the 2009 season, but that guy is long, long gone.

Over the last four seasons Roberts only appeared in 192 games, which averages about 48 per season, due to suffering from an incessant number of injuries.

The Baltimore Sun summed up Roberts’s troubles as, “being sidelined by multiple concussions, back and hip injuries and a hamstring injury he suffered in the third game of this past season that required surgery as well.”

I mean this guy makes Eric Chavez look like the poster boy for healthy. Continue reading ‘Yankees signing Brian Roberts was not on my Christmas list’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Tanaka or bust

Finally…. Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka has stated he wants to pitch in MLB in 2014.

Rumor has it that MLB teams are expecting Tanaka to be posted later this week.

And New York fans will finally find out whether Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is a man of his word or not thanks to the newly revised posting system.

Last week, MLB and the Nippon Professional Baseball league (NPB) agreed to revised posting system that caps the fee to talk with a Japanese player at $20 million instead of the blind bidding free for all it has been.

The amended protocol will open up the market for smaller MLB teams to go after Japanese players because the cap levels the playing field. And just as before, the posting fee will not count towards the team’s payroll as the money directly goes to the respective Japanese team as a “releasing fee.”

Ding, ding, ding…., and this is what the Yankees were banking on. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Tanaka or bust’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: You cannot win with a bad bullpen

Just as I predicted, the New York Yankees wild shopping spree has come to a screeching halt even with a number of holes let unfilled. 

David Robertson

David Robertson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forget that the Yankees are missing two starting pitchers, a legit second baseman, possibly a third baseman and some viable bench guys to back up all the many veteran and injury prone players, the bullpen is in major flux.

Right now the bullpen consists of David Robertson, Preston Claiborne and Shawn Kelly.

The plan is for Robertson to take over the ninth inning, which is a huge gamble.

No doubt, over the last three seasons, Robertson has been one of the best set-up guys in the game.

But you do not earn the nickname “Houdini” for no reason, as it is typical for Robertson to load the bases, which is not ideal for a closer.

The danger comes if Robertson has a 20+ pitch save or blows a few because reality is the Yankees cannot turn to Kelly or Claiborne for help so adding a proven arm is vital.

The point is a deep and talented bullpen is invaluable to a team’s success. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: You cannot win with a bad bullpen’ »

Yankees: Robinson Cano where is our thank you?

Jacoby Ellsbury bought a page in the Boston Globe.

Roy Halladay took out a spread in the Philadelphia Daily News.

So where is New York Yankees fans thank you from Robinson Cano in the New York Post or New York Daily News?

Ellsbury came up with the Red Sox and played in Boston for seven seasons including two World Series Championship teams.

Halladay pitched in Philadelphia for four seasons, threw a no-hitter but is retiring a Toronto Blue Jay.

Cano was a homegrown Yankee, played nine seasons in the Bronx, has a 2009 World Series ring and all we got was a tweet. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Robinson Cano where is our thank you?’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: 2014 batting line-up thus far

Derek Jeter bats against the Orioles on 4-19-08.

Derek Jeter bats against the Orioles on 4-19-08. (Photo credit:Wikipedia)

With the Winter Meetings wrapped up and the official welcoming of Jacoby Ellsbury to the pinstripes today, the state of the 2014 New York Yankees is rounding out.

The pitching is still uncertain, as both the starting rotation and bullpen have holes that need to be filled, while the batting order looks closer to complete.

The 2014 Yankees looks better than last season but injuries and age will be a concern all season long.

I have included A-Rod because he has not been suspended yet, and until that happens he is part of the active roster.

Batting Line-up:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Alex Rodriguez 3B

4. Carlos Beltran RF

5. Mark Teixeira 1B

6. Brian McCann C

7. Alfonso Soriano DH Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: 2014 batting line-up thus far’ »