Archive for November, 2010
Spreading the wealth with postseason shares • 11.29.10
After losing in the ALCS, the Yankees had more than $6.5 million to split among themselves as part of the postseason players pool. They awarded 43 full shares, 15.75 partial shares and 1 cash award, with each full share being worth $110,302.97. Here’s more on the breakdown of the postseason shares for each team.
A full postseason share for the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants totaled $317,631.29, while a full share for the American League Champion Texas Rangers amounted to $246,279.55, Major League Baseball announced today. Last year’s share amounts were $350,030.00 for the World Series Champion New York Yankees and $265,357.50 for the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
The players’ pool, formed from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship series and the World Series, was divided among 12 clubs: the World Series participants, the League Championship Series and Division Series runners-up, and the four regular season second-place clubs that were not Wild Card participants.
The club-by-club breakdown follows:
World Series Champions
San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’ Pool: $19,764,779.19; value of each full share: $317,631.29) – The Giants awarded 50 full shares, 9.89 partial shares and 5 cash awards.
American League Champions
Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool: $13,176,519.46; value of each full share: $246,279.55) – The Rangers awarded 44 full shares, 8 partial shares and 12 cash awards.
League Championship Series Runners-Up
Philadelphia Phillies (Share of Players’ Pool: $6,588,259.73; value of each full share: $123,140.50) – The Phillies awarded 43 full shares, 10.42 partial shares and 1 cash award.
New York Yankees (Share of Players’ Pool: $6,588,259.73; value of each full share: $110,302.97) – The Yankees awarded 43 full shares, 15.75 partial shares and 1 cash award.
Division Series Runners-Up
Minnesota Twins (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $30,883.43) – The Twins awarded 42 full shares, 10.17 partial shares and 16 cash awards.
Atlanta Braves (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $29,510.57) – The Braves awarded 48 full shares, 7.03 partial shares and 35 cash awards.
Tampa Bay Rays (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $28,141.51) – The Rays awarded 45 full shares, 10.48 partial shares and 20 cash awards.
Cincinnati Reds (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $26,910.27) – The Reds awarded 48 full shares, 10.01 partial shares and 20 cash awards.
Second-Place Finishers (Non-Wild Card Clubs)
Chicago White Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share: $10,885.57) – The White Sox awarded 43 full shares, 6.33 partial shares and 9 cash awards.
San Diego Padres (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share: $10,118.84) – The Padres awarded 47 full shares, 6.75 partial shares and 1 cash award.
Oakland Athletics (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share: $9,832.05) – The A’s awarded 43 full shares, 12.5 partial shares and 3 cash awards.
St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share: $9,679.42) – The Cardinals awarded 44 full shares, 12.05 partial shares and 4 cash awards.
Another week of waiting • 11.29.10
The Yankees keep knocking little things off their to-do list. Last week, they made their arbitration-offer decisions and signed a few minor league deals, but none of the big signings were completed.
Maybe you read a little bit about the Derek Jeter negotiations. Let’s just say they’re ongoing.
This week likely will be more of the same as baseball moves toward the Winter Meetings.
Maybe the coaching staff will be finalized or a role player will be signed, but there’s little indication that the Yankees are especially close to finalizing or anything with Jeter, Mariano Rivera or Cliff Lee. Buster Olney has reported that the Lee talks could heat up this week, but even then, Lee’s not expected to sign before next week’s meetings.
Thursday is the deadline to tender a contract offer to players under team control, so we can be assured of some sort of news this week, but it’s all going to be small potatoes until the big names come off the board.
A few notes and links on a Sunday night • 11.28.10
In one week, the baseball world will be back in Orlando for the Winter Meetings. The Yankees got a lot done at those meetings last year, and there’s plenty to be done this time around.
Right now, nothing seems especially close, but a lot can change in seven days.
Until the Yankees close the gap in their Derek Jeter negotiations, that saga will remain an ongoing headline. It might get old, but it’s too big to ignore. One of my personal favorites, Joe Posnanski, compared the negotiations to a predictable movie.
The ending here is as sure as the final scene of Richard Gere carrying off Debra Winger, or Richard Gere carrying off Julia Roberts, or Richard Gere … well, you know. Everything that happens between now and the inevitable ending is probably pointless. But it should be fun to watch anyway.
A few more links and notes from today.
• Good notebook from George King, including the nugget that the Yankees actually got $1.2 million for letting Jonathan Albaladejo go to Japan.
• Buster Olney says Brian Cashman has already met with A.J. Burnett this fall, primarily to let Burnett know the Yankees still trust him to get the job done in 2011.
• Also from Olney about the Jeter negotiations: If New York somehow obliged, which of course seems unlikely, what would the Yankees be paying for based on his 2010 numbers (assuming the new contract is $23 million a year)? Based on Jeter’s 2010 season, they’d be paying $128,491.62 per hit, $146,496.82 per game, $343,283.58 per RBI and $534,883.72 per XBH. For reference, Alex Rodriguez makes about $234,042.55 per hit, and Mark Teixeira makes about $133,928.57 per hit.
• Javier Vazquez is getting $7 million plus a no-trade clause from the Marlins.
Report: Javier Vazquez signs with Florida • 11.28.10
After his disappointing return to New York, Javier Vazquez has found his way back to the National League.
Vazquez has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Florida Marlins. The Yankees will get a compensation draft pick.
No need to rehash Vazquez’s entire 2010 season. The beginning was bad, and the end was worse, but there was one stretch — just before the all-star break — when it seemed Vazquez was going to be exactly what the Yankees envisioned. He was winning games and giving the Yankees consistent starts.
Obviously the Marlins are hoping for that sort of performance. Vazquez is far from a sure thing, but a one-year deal minimizes the risk and the Marlins will take their chances on a bounce-back season. Most reports indicate Vazquez was specifically looking for a one-year contract, wanting to evaluate his career year-by-year at this point.
The Yankees alternatives at shortstop • 11.28.10
Let’s say a deal never gets done. The unthinkable happens and Derek Jeter spends the next three years playing in San Francisco or St. Louis or Minnesota. If the Yankees have to fill a hole at shortstop, they have three options.
I’m going to immediately dismiss the idea of Alex Rodriguez shifting back to shortstop. His lower half isn’t what it used to be, he hasn’t played the position in years and moving him only opens a hole at third base. If the Yankees are looking internally, their two options are Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez.
Pena is the safe choice: Exceptional defense, pretty good speed and almost no bat. There’s comfort there, but no excitement. He is what he is. Nunez brings potential: He could be a solid defensive player with a legitimate bottom-of-the-order bat, or he could bust at the big league level. He’s untested, but the Yankees are billing him as a future everyday shortstop. Given the alternative, my guess is Nunez would be the guy.
The free agent market
Cristian Guzman, Orlando Cabrera, Bobby Crosby, Adam Everett and Cesar Izturis have been everyday shortstops in the past, but there’s a solid chance Nunez would out-play all of them. I love Nick Punto’s glove, but he’s only a slight offensive improvement over Pena.
The best bets out of free agency seem to be Miguel Tejada and Juan Uribe, each of whom might be more of a third baseman at this point (though I’d still rather have them at short than A-Rod). Tejada and Jeter had pretty similar offensive years. Uribe showed power, but hit .248 with a .310 OBP.
Make a trade
Feel free to dream about Troy Tulowitzki or Hanley Ramirez or Elvis Andrus, but those simply don’t seem feasible. More likely the Yankees would be looking at a group of Jason Bartlett, Stephen Drew or J.J. Hardy. Bartlett might be a tough sell, because that would involve helping the Rays minor league system. There’s a similar problem getting Marco Scutaro out of Boston.
Drew seems to be the best target. He’s a nice mix of youth and experience, and his name is already floating through trade rumors. Plus Brian Cashman and Kevin Towers have a proven relationship and history of making deals. Truth is, there aren’t many elite shortstops in the game — guys who can both hit and field — and the ones who are both good and young, aren’t easy to get.
Associated Press photo of Nunez
If not in New York, where? • 11.28.10
If the Derek Jeter contract negotiations have slipped beyond being a sure thing, where else could the Yankees captain land? There are teams in need of a shortstop, and there are teams with money to spend, but are any of them legitimate alternatives?
San Francisco Giants
Let’s start with the team that’s mentioned most often. Edgar Rentaria and Juan Uribe are both free agents. The Giants need help on the left side of the infield, and clearly 2010 has given them reason to believe they can win in 2011. A veteran presence like Jeter could make a difference on a team like that, a perfect leader for the young guys and a respected presence for the veterans. Money, of course, is the issue.
St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Ryan is a terrific defensive player, but he hit .223 with two home runs this season. The Cardinals need help in the infield, but they’re about to pay Albert Pujols a ton of money. In Chicago, Phil Rogers wonders if that actually means Jeter makes more sense for the Cardinals. If they decide they can’t re-sign Pujols, would the Cardinals consider Jeter an immediate solution at shortstop and a future solution at first base?
There’s some buzz that JJ Hardy might be a non-tender candidate, and let’s face it, the Twins have been the same sort of can’t-get-over-the-hump team for the better part of a decade. Could they convince themselves that a guy like Jeter might make a difference?
Orlando Cabrera didn’t give them much this season, and Paul Janish isn’t the answer. Zack Cozart did hit 17 home runs in Triple-A this season, but that came with a .255 batting average. After winning the NL Central this season, the Reds are surely hoping to contend again in 2011. It’s another team that might like the idea of Jeter’s presence, but might not be able — or willing — to pay for him.
Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar had a bad 2010, and Brandon Wood has never lived up to his lofty offensive potential. The Angels have been willing to spend big money in the past, and they have some fairly significant contracts coming off the books after the 2011 season, which could help them pay for Jeter down the road. The Angels clearly want to be competitive again, and they need help in the infield.
Associated Press photo
A few links on a Saturday night • 11.27.10
Just a few links and notes from this chilly Saturday.
• Over at ESPN.com, Rob Neyer makes the case the Derek Jeter re-signing with the Yankees was never really a sure thing.
• Also at ESPN, Buster Olney looks at the alternatives for Jeter and finds it hard to believe any other team could actually top the Yankees current offer. As always, Olney has a lot of other good notes and such.
• Jonathan Albaladejo’s deal in Japan is complete. He’ll make $950,000 with the Yomiuri Giants. Had he pitched in the big leagues all of next season, he would have earned roughly $400,000.
• MLBTradeRumors looks at the free agency of George Sherrill. Just thinking out loud, but he could be another fit for the Yankees left-handed relief opening. His splits are good.
• Reading a little bit about Brian Anderson, I found this pretty funny: On the day the Royals announced Anderson’s decision to switch from outfielder to pitcher, their starting center fielder was Rick Ankiel, a starting pitcher turned outfielder.
• It’s not quite Nevada beating Boise State — congrats to Nevada’s own Marc Carig — but it’s always a good day when Mizzou beats up on Kansas.
Associated Press photo
Yankees memorabilia for a great cause • 11.27.10
This one’s worth checking out, both for the cause and for the memorabilia.
Trenton’s clubhouse and equipment manager Tom Kackley is running his annual auction to support the domestic violence shelter in his home town of Canton, Ohio. It’s a cause that means a lot to Tom, and he’s put some considerable effort into playing his part to make a difference.
The auction is run through ebay, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. in Canton.
The auction itself has signed items from current Yankees, Hall of Famers and elite prospects. There are plenty of big names both in and out of the Yankees organization, with items ranging from signed baseballs and pictures to game-used equipment.
Check out the auction right here. Good stuff and a great cause.
Two minor signings for Yankees • 11.27.10
The Yankees have signed RHP Brian Anderson and LHP Andy Sisco to minor league deals with invitations to big league camp.
Anderson is a really interesting addition. You might remember him as a center field prospect with the White Sox about five years ago. He could play the field, but the bat never developed. He has 799 big league at-bats, with a .227 average to show for it. Last year, the Royals let Anderson move to the mound and the results were pretty encouraging for a guy who hadn’t pitched in nearly a decade: 17.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 17 K.
Funny thing is, Anderson played high school baseball with Shelley Duncan. It was an insanely good team, and Shelley always told me that Anderson could really throw. He’s far from a sure thing but might be worth watching. An interesting story at the very least.
As for Sisco, he was a second-round draft pick in 2001 and twice ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects in all of baseball. He has some big league time, but last year was his first full season since 2007. He’s had Tommy John surgery, and Rosenthal says he’s been throwing 95 mph in winter ball.
These are not exactly prospects, but they’re the kind of guys who still have a best-case scenarios that could get them to New York.
Feliciano considering arbitration • 11.27.10
Ken Davidoff reports that Pedro Feliciano is “seriously considering” accepting the Mets arbitration offer.
Probably not a terrible idea for him, but it does take one logical fit off the board for the Yankees. Feliciano has been very good against lefties in his career — pretty much as reliable as an specialist out there — and he seems to fit for the Yankees because he shouldn’t require a long-term deal, he likely won’t cost as much money as a guy like Brian Fuentes and he won’t cost a draft pick like Scott Downs.
Feliciano is certainly not the only lefty out there, but he’s one who has been previously linked to the Yankees and seems to fit what they’re looking for.