All I can say to
Red Sox Nation is BOOYAH!
I had read rumors that the
New York Yankees were interested in the now ex- Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, but this deal stunned me.
Brett Gardner signing with the Red Sox makes me repulsed, so this one has to sting up in Beantown.
Ellsbury is not the first homegrown Red Sox to come to New York, but until I am at Opening Day in the Bronx to witness the perpetrator in pinstripes it is hard for me to believe.
I presume this means
Curtis Granderson is as good as gone, as the Yankees outfield looks pretty set with Gardner in left, Ellsbury in center and Alfonso Soriano in right with Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells around as fillers. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Signing Jacoby Ellsbury shock and awe’ »
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York is reporting that the New York Yankees have made a one-year offer to pitcher Hiroki Kuroda with hopes that he will stay in
Hiroki Kuroda (Photo credit: Keith Allison)
Bronx for another season instead of retiring or going to pitch back in Japan.
The number is unknown, but it has to be higher than the $14.1 million qualifying offer that Kuroda turned down last month.
Honestly this Kuroda news shocked me, as I thought the Yankees front office would sigh in relief that they were not hogged tied to another deteriorating veteran.
But whom am I kidding, enticing a proven aging player is a standard move for the Yankees.
Here are two reasons why signing Kuroda is risky and could bomb in the Yankees face.
1) Kuroda will be 39-years old at the start of he 2014 season, and in the second half of last season his age started to show.
By the 2013 All-Star Break, Kuroda was at the top of the CY Young discussions, only to fall apart in the second half of the season.
Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: 2 reasons to let Kuroda walk’ »
Finally, my nemesis Phil Hughes is no longer a
New York Yankee.
My tumultuous relationship Hughes is no big secret, as I have made a blog out of regularly tearing him to shreds.
Ok so maybe I am being dramatic, but Hughes has indisputably been a favorite subject featured in some of my most popular articles. Some have even called me a bully, as I have written about Hughes a total of 113 times. Wow!
So, what should be a joyous occasion is accompanied by a bit ambiguity too.
Minnesota sports media might not realize it yet, but they just got handed a pitcher that will give them oodles of storylines for the next three seasons.
Hey maybe Hughes will make me eat my words, and actually earn the $28 million bucks the
Twins are paying him. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Hasta la vista Phil Hughes’ »
The latest rumor coming out of
Yankee-land is that owner Hal Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman made an offer to outfielder Carlos Beltran of 2-years at $28
Beltran (Photo credit: williamhartz)
Supposedly, Beltran wants a three-year deal but the
Yankees won’t budge, and I don’t blame them.
Beltran turns 37-years old this April, and his age alone is a good enough reason for the Yankees do not concede to his demands.
Can you imagine what the 2014 Opening Day roster if Yankees were to sign Beltran?
It would include a shortstop, a third baseman and two outfielders over the age of 37, which is almost comical.
I do not doubt that Beltran’s bat would crush it hitting within the confines Yankee Stadium, but that is not enough to keep any player on the roster through age 40.
The other question I have is what about
Curtis Granderson? Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Does Carlos Beltran really want to play in the American League?’ »
New York Yankees made their first significant move this offseason by signing catcher Brian McCann to a 5-year, $85 million dollar deal with an option for a sixth.
One point for Yankees owner
Hal Steinbrenner for acquiring one of the best backstop’s in the game from the get-go.
More importantly, McCann fills the gaping hole behind the dish left after the Yankees let
Russell Martin walk to Pittsburgh last offseason.
The Yankees had told Martin they could not afford his contractual demands, so he signed a $15 million, two-year deal with the Pirates.
I hate to say I told you so, but last season I wrote that
being cheap with Martin was a big mistake that would come back to bite Hal. And boy did it ever, and right in his wallet too.
Why is McCann worth $17 million a season?
The Yankees desperately needed a legitimate starting catcher.
Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: 4 reasons to welcome Brian McCann to the Bronx’ »
On day 12 of his PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) suspension appeal’s hearing, the firestorm continued for
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, as he
Boooooooo! (Photo credit: RodBegbie)
stormed out yesterday after learning
MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not be required to testify.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz came to this decision because Selig has never testified in a drug appeal’s hearing before.
ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor reported that a person familiar with the case claimed, “But if Bud testified here, he’d be called into every drug case that followed.”
Ok, so the Commissioner doing a live Q & A is not the normal protocol in drug appeals, I get it.
But in A-Rod’s defense,
MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement states:
A player who tests positive for a Performance Enhancing Substance, or otherwise violates the Program through the use of possession of a Performance Enhancing Substance, will be subject to the discipline set forth below. Continue reading ‘Yankees: It’s about the Alex Rodriguez drama, stupid!’ »
No other team has been linked to every free agent available like the
New York Yankees have this offseason.
Jhonny Peralta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
With so many holes to cork almost any big name players available could fit somewhere in the Bronx next season.
All this confusion makes it impossible to decipher what top free agents the Yankees are really pursuing.
Maybe all the hype is part of owner
Hal Steinbrenner’s grand plan to keep payroll under $189 million, so when Curtis Granderson, Brian McCann and Robinson Cano do not report to Spring Training but Jhonny Peralta does he can at least say hey, we tried are best.
Peralta, along with 11 of his peers was suspended 50-games for using PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) in connection with sleaze ball Tony Bosch and his infamous Biogenesis Clinic down in Miami.
All 12-players suspensions ended just days before the start of the postseason, and the Tigers were elated, as Peralta posted a .333 batting average, with six
RBIs, four doubles and a homer.
The two-time All-Star was clutch and was easily was one of the Tigers MVPs of the 2013 ALDS.
The question on many Yankees fans mind is whether signing an admitted PED user is in the Yankees best interest considering all the A-Rod drama?
Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Peralta, PEDs and payroll’ »