Schierholtz became a free agent last week when the Philadelphia Phillies opted against tendering him for the 2013 season, which makes sense because of how much he struggled in the City of Brotherly Love.
He is a solid option as a fourth outfielder, and would play a nice complementary role off any teams bench because of his defense and base running abilities.
But what concerns me is that the Yankees want Schierholtz to be Nick Swisher’s replacement, and that would be a major downgrade.
Schierholtz can play both corners in the outfield, which is a plus but he certainly is not the guy you want out their everyday because he has never played close to a full season in his six career years in the Majors.
The most at-bats Schierholtz has even taken in a single season was 362 back in 2011, and he hit nine homers with 41 RBIs and 61 strikeouts. And that was the best year of his career.
Here are Schierholtz’s numbers from last season where he spilt time between the Giants and Phillies. All stats come courtesy of baseball-reference.com.
Yankee Stadium on July 1, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The New York Yankeesoff-season has been an unpleasant wake-up call of what is to come.
As a fan to say that my heart is breaking would be an understatement, as the new Yankee reign still talks the talk but it is all smoke and mirrors.
With the number of holes, aging and injured players and the fact that GM Brain Cashman has literally no money to spend to make the team a winner is not the kind of ownership that this historic franchise deserves.
What is even worse is that the Yankees have the means to make this team a winner but care not too.
Free agents that are good are not going to want 1-year deals, unless you are in the 40 and over club and plan to retire; or want the option to return to their homeland of Japan.
This is a HUGE blow to a team who is already attempting to fill holes on its roster without spending any money.
GM Brian Cashman, who is down at baseball’s annual winter meetings this week, is already in need of a starting catcher, right outfielder and bench depth so adding third baseman to the list is certainly not ideal.
Prior to this news, the Yankees left infield was already in flux with shortstop Derek Jeter coming back from a surgically repaired broken ankle, leaving his timetable undetermined.
So, this means that the Yankees could very well be without a starting shortstop and third baseman Opening Day of the 2013 season.
See, GM Brain Cashman is hogged tied because the Yankees new reign will not spend the money to retool the Yankees into a World Series caliber team for the 2013 season.
It seem that Hal Steinbrenner is trying to rebuild and save a buck, but that is kind of hard to do when the farm system is rotting at the top.
This news has left Yankee fans everywhere, myself included, wondering what the heck the organization’s true priorities are?
Everyone knows that inborn owner Hal Steinbrenner wants to get the payroll to $189 million by 2014 to avoid the MLB’s luxury tax but I figured that the $3.4 billion deal the YES Network just signed with News Corp last week at least made the Yankees safe from something like this happening. Not to mention it is Christmas season too.
Though nothing has been made official yet, it would seem that the Yankees are trying to complete deals with all three but who knows what reports are actually true.
But if these rumors do pan out, one thing is for sure; the Yankees are not getting any younger as all three All-Stars are in the 40-years old and up club.
The Yankees southpaw’s return will be welcomed with open arms as Pettitte seems to still have a lot in the tank and would be considered an above average middle of the rotation guy on any team.
He is loved by his teammates; especially ace CC Sabathia who has openly talked about his off-season texting to Pettitte in a plea for his return.
This deal seems likely to be completed before the other two as according to the New York Post, the Yankees and Andy Pettitte are involved in serious contract discussions that will likely result in the veteran left-hander signing a one-year deal in the $11 million range.
Last season Pettitte went 5-4, posting an impressive 2.87 ERA over 12 starts. His season was cut short due to a broken ankle that happened when a line drive ricochet off his leg. It was an unfortunate accident for Pettitte who was putting up career numbers. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Veterans are coming’ »
To say the Marlins first season in a new stadium in Miami was a disaster is being polite.
So in turn the team’s hothead owner, Jeffrey Loria has dismantled the entire organization. So logically moving Stanton would only make sense for the reckless owner to do; and teams started calling immediately.
And according to sources, Loria’s response about acquiring Stanton was that he was not available…. yet.
Yet, unfortunately, could mean another season or maybe two for Stanton in Miami unless Loria gets enticed.
See, Stanton is just 23-years old, and he is not even eligible for free agency until 2017. His salary with 3-years of arbitration left will probably cost around $30 million under a team’s control.
And it is waiting for southpaw Andy Pettitte to decide whether he is coming back for another season in pinstripes? Or not?
Personally, as a Yankee fan (not a happy one this off-season) now more than ever I would love to have Pettitte back in 2013 for two reasons.
1) Every year Pettitte pulls a ‘Brett Favre’ I have wanted him to come back for the simple reason that the guy can still pitch. Even at 40-years old he can help win the Yankees games, and according to Hal Steinbrenner that is still the Yankees goal every season. So logically offering Pettitte $10 million, plus incentives for 2013 sounds fair to me. In 2012 Pettitte went 11-3 with an ERA of 3.28 and 101 strikeouts over 21-starts. Pettitte missed almost two-months when a ball ricocheted off leg and broke it but otherwise he was in perfect health. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Pettitte waiting to see what Yankees do’ »