Yankees Offseason News , Notes, & Rumors

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  1. bahstonsawkscack Active Member

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    I wouldnt mind Damom or Matsui, they wont need to play the field just hit against RHP. Jones will play the outfield if someone needs a day off
  2. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    I'd be fine with them not signing anybody. I really see little to no difference between Damon, and what they already have. If any of the current free agents I'd probably go Ibanez. But barring a trade, I'd wait until the trade deadline approaches and see where the team is at.
  3. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    Why waste a roster spot on a guy that can only hit? It seems stupid, especially as we get further into the season and want a 13th pitcher instead of a 13th hitter, leading to only 3 guys on the bench. Even with 4 guys on the bench it doesn't make sense to have a guy that can only really pinch hit. And it's not like Hideki and Johnny are the same guy they were in 2009 either. Why do some fans always forget that fact? Hell, I heard somebody in the RAB chat yesterday ask about Jason Giambi. I mean... seriously? It's like every single former Yankee gets brought up, instead of the best guys for the job.
  4. SouljahPhil... Active Member

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    amen...
  5. DBurchHero Ninja Cashman

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    Giambi does mash right handed pitching though...lol
  6. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    Via River Avenue Blues -

    Via Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are in serious talks with Raul Ibanez aftershowing interest in him last month. He’s willing to take less money to wear pinstripes. Joe looked at him as a DH option a few weeks ago, and his analysis still stands. Buster Olney says the Yankees could have a new left-handed DH within a week, whether it be Ibanez or someone like Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui.

    I wrote about the possibility of signing Raul Ibanez here, and I'm pleased with this news. Of course it comes down to how much it would cost, but seeing that he's willing to take less money to wear pinstripes sounds good to me. I think the DH duo of Raul and Andruw could be pretty sweet in the 7-hole of the lineup.
  7. bahstonsawkscack Active Member

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    Of the FA DH options he is the best at, hitting RHP (although Damon is a relatively close 2nd), fielding, AND yet he is likely the cheapest. No brainer IMO. Between him and Andruw Jones we'd be looking at two guys who would likely combine to produce 25 HR, 85 RBI, and approximately .800 OPS. Not bad from the 7-8 slot. My one qualm with Ibanez is his low OBP but it's not worse than Damon's.
  10. DBurchHero Ninja Cashman

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    We can still sign Ibanez, Damon, etc. Bill Hall is just a minor league deal and we have till April to bring him up.
  11. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    Yeah, I don't think Raul will have an OBP of .353... like Damon has had for his career, but I really don't think it will be as low as it was last year either (.289). I'd guess that Raul's OBP will be around .340 in 2012.
  12. irish Power Trippin'

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    Possible Fits For A.J. Burnett
    By Tim Dierkes [February 8 at 1:40pm CST]

    1:40pm: The Pirates have spoken to the Yankees about Burnett, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, "though those conversations failed to progress and perhaps qualified only as due diligence." Rosenthal says that Burnett hopes to stay with the Yankees, but notes that the Pirates are not on his no-trade list.

    8:05am: Righty A.J. Burnett has provided innings for the Yankees over the last two years, 377 in the regular season to be exact. His peripheral stats suggest a brighter future, but Burnett posted a 5.20 ERA over 2010-11. How does the free agent market deal with starting pitchers who provide innings and good stuff but lack the hoped-for results?

    The free agent market just valued Edwin Jackson at $11MM for one year, but his ERA over the last two years is a full run lower than Burnett's, and with 32 additional regular season innings. He does seem to have Burnett's reputation of good stuff without the results to match, though Jackson is significantly younger. Had Jackson set out to find the best two-year offer possible, perhaps he could have gotten $20MM. A year ago, Carl Pavano signed for two years and $16.5MM, and he too was coming off a better two-year performance than Burnett. Pavano, however, lacks the upside of Burnett or Jackson. The bottom line is that as a free agent, I think Burnett might find $12MM if he were set on a two-year deal.

    Word from Joel Sherman of the New York Post is that the Yankees are "quietly — but diligently — still working to trade" Burnett to create additonal payroll flexibility for both Eric Chavez and one of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, or Raul Ibanez. GM Brian Cashman lacks leverage, as Burnett hasn't pitched well over the last two seasons and will be battling this spring to crack the Yankees' rotation. So if Burnett's free agent value is around $12MM over two years, Cashman might have to let a team take him for $8-10MM over that span. That could be the possible savings for the Yankees against the $33MM owed to the 35-year-old.

    Possible fits for Burnett:
    • Pirates: The Pirates can't seem to convince free agent starters to take their money, and Burnett could reject them as well if they are one of ten teams covered in his limited no-trade clause. Still, they'd represent a fresh start back in the easier league, and Burnett could be a big fish in a small pond.
    • White Sox: If the White Sox add Burnett, they'd have the rotation depth to trade Gavin Floyd for prospects without decimating their rotation.
    • Orioles: Their rotation has plenty of options, but without Jeremy Guthrie, the veteran role falls to Jason Hammel. Burnett's wife is famously a Maryland resident, as we learned from past trade rumors and his free agency process. Burnett could work for the Orioles, but only if they found some payroll flexibility, had the desire to add yet another rotation candidate, and Cashman was willing to trade within the division.
    • Athletics: When Bartolo Colon is your innings guy, a little more veteran depth wouldn't hurt.
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    Yankees signed 1B/DH Russell Branyan to a minor league contract.
    The deal includes a spring training invite. Branyan batted .197/.295/.370 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 146 plate appearances last season between the Diamondbacks and Angels. The 36-year-old offers some pop from the left side of the plate, but it's hard to count on him with his long history of back issues. His addition is not expected to impact the club's pursuit of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Raul Ibanez.
    Roto
    I like this move.
  14. DBurchHero Ninja Cashman

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    Branyan should make Souljaphil happy. He has been clamoring for him since November.
  15. SouljahPhil... Active Member

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    :irish: minor league deal..:clap:
  16. DBurchHero Ninja Cashman

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    See what I mean? lol
  17. bahstonsawkscack Active Member

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    hmmmmmm aj to the pirates for garrett jones and cash????
  18. bahstonsawkscack Active Member

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    Mark Feinsand @BloggingBombers
    Yankees invite 27 non-roster players to MLB camp including Russell Branyan, Bill Hall, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima and DeWayne Wise.
  19. bahstonsawkscack Active Member

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    also invited Manny Banuelos, Adam Warren, Gary Sanchez, too..... what happen to the edit button???
  20. DBurchHero Ninja Cashman

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    You arent special enough for the edit button.

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