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Offseason beginning to move forward

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The past week started as another slow one for the Yankees. The World Series was still going on, free agency hadn’t started and the offseason was a quiet mix of speculation and organizational meetings.

But things started happening in the past few days, and the offseason could heat up in the next week.

The Yankees first big player news of the offseason came late last night when the Yankees officially exercised their options on Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher. Cano was a no brainer and Swisher an expected decision, but even so, those moves got the ball rolling.

We already know general manager Brian Cashman has agreed to a new deal, and that agreement could become official in the next day or two. CC Sabathia’s opt-out date is tomorrow, and the Yankees clearly want to keep him.

The offseason is upon us, and it’s starting to move.

A few other notes from the past week…

• MLB and the players union agreed to delay the start of free agency 24 hours because of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Free agency officially started last night at midnight, and players can sign with new teams beginning Thursday.

• The Yankees renewed their broadcasting deal with WCBS.

• Cashman was in a minor car accident on same day the news broke that his new contract was settled.

• The Angels hired a general manager, and it was not Billy Eppler or Damon Oppenheimer.

• Former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland was named the pitching coach in Kansas City.

• Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp were named the Hank Aaron Award winners. Will they also be the MVPs?

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74 Responses to “Offseason beginning to move forward”

  1. Villa Nova-Ya October 30th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    MTU -

    Thanks. I wasn’t sure if they still had exclusive negotiating time with him. If that’s the case, and they simply need more time, I guess the opt-out is a formality – he must do that or stay with the same contract?

    I really do expect them to be very close in their first proposal and then just have to work with CC (and agent) to tighten the nuts and bolts.

    ***

    I hope Bautista is not the MVP. But I don’t think it will be our Grandy man. I am interested to see the final voting tally, though.

    ***

  2. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    VN-

    Somebody can double-check me but I think that’s the way it works.

  3. blake October 30th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    MTU,

    yea I agree Re: Sizemore…..however for the Yankees I don’t think they could just pencil him into an outfield spot….too much risk. They’d need to bring him on as a backup and then let him earn his PT by showing that he’s healthy and productive….if healthy I think he still could be a really good player. However, I think there is probably a team out there that will guarantee him a spot in the lineup from day 1

  4. blake October 30th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    If the Yankees offer CC 6 years at the highest AAV for a pitcher in history….and he rejects that then that signals to me that he’s in this for every last penny…..and I will admittedly be disappointed.

    He’ll be back with the Yankees next year but does he really need to milk the situation and drag it out in hope of gaining just a little more on an already record contract?? It’s business and that’s his right….but I will be disappointed if that’s what happens.

  5. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Blake-

    Maybe but I’m not sure sure.

    After all the Indians, who know him best, declined his option.

    Now maybe they still work something out at a reduced rate ?

    Sizemore constitutes a lot of risk for the money he is likely to command.

    The Yankees can afford that risk others teams not so much.

    Maybe Sizemore would be wise to approach his situation like Chavez did
    until he demonstrates his health.

    He would hit the open market again @ 30 after a healthy season.

    Still plenty of time to land himself a really good payday going forward.

    Might even be with the Yankees.

    ;)

  6. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Blake-

    I would feel the same way re: CC if he chose to be that greedy.

    IMO he will not be.

    :)

  7. blake October 30th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    MTU,
    Yea I agree but he’s going to want guaranteed playing time so that he can build his value back up for next offseason……even if the Yankees traded Swisher….can they afford to put such an injury risk in the everyday lineup….and should they over a healthy Swisher? I don’t know……

  8. yanks61 October 30th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Thanks to everybody who commented on Bowa’s remarks about Kubel. I really didn’t know anything much about him.

    Why do you think Bowa is recommending him to the Yanks? Just as a LH bat off the bench, as JF said? If Bowa is saying that, he must have some reason for thinking that Kubel would accept limited playing time. Does everybody agree?

  9. blake October 30th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Id love to have Kubel as a bench bat…..I think he’s going to want more PT than that though.

  10. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Blake-

    Between spelling Swisher, GGBG, and Grandy he could get plenty of playing time.

    If he stays healthy and performs maybe they move Swisher at the TD as a rental.

    He might be a better version of Beltran. It might be worth trying to persuade him.

  11. blake October 30th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I don’t think Sizemore was ever as good a hitter as Beltran…….he is younger but he’s also not responded to the microfracture surgery as well and Beltran played 140 quality games last year. If you can talk Sizemore into a limited role like that then …..that would be great.

  12. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Blake-

    Heck. You could trade Swisher and acquire Sizemore and Beltran for the money that Swisher costs.

    Let Sizemore start in RF w Beltran acting as the 4th OF’er.

    If Sizemore goes down insert Beltran full time.

  13. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Blake-

    Sizemore is still young enough to get his health back.

    And if he does he’s 5 years younger than Beltran and way more athletic.

    I think you might be forgetting how good a player Sizemore was when he was healthy ?

    He was an all-star caliber player and one the very best CF’er’s in the AL league.

  14. elijahandstephensdad October 30th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    offseason prediction of player moves…sorry if I left anyone off…and spell check
    CC-Yanks
    Mark Buerhle-Cards
    Roy Oswalt-Yanks
    Cj Wilson-Tigers
    Yu Darvish-Rangers
    Jon Papelbon-Phillies
    Francisco Rodriguez-Rangers (move feliz and ogando to starter)
    Albert Pujols-Cardinals
    Prince Fielder-Rangers
    Jimmy Rollins-Giants
    Jose Reyes-Red Sox
    Aramis Ramirez-Marlins
    Grady Sizemore-Braves
    Michael Cuddyer-Red Sox
    Jason Kubel-Nationals
    Carlos Beltran-Tigers
    David Ortiz-Blue Jays

  15. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Chad,

    Do you think Bautista is a worthy candidate? I think he dropped off far too much in the second half to be in the running. Perhaps that goes hand in hand with the “non contender” issue, but if the guy isn’t helping you win the games down the stretch, how valuable is he?

  16. blake October 30th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    MTU,

    Beltran will cost more than Swishers 10.5 mill to aquire…..but Ill give you Cashman s job if you can make that happen ;)

  17. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Blake-

    No freakin’ way would I pay Beltran what Swisher makes.

    He’s 34 years old is an injury risk.

    If he wants that kind of money someone else can have him.

  18. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:30 am
    Blake-

    Heck. You could trade Swisher and acquire Sizemore and Beltran for the money that Swisher costs.
    ———–

    That’s simply not true. Just wait a few months and see how much Sizemore and Beltran make. I’ll guarantee you it’s more than Swisher’s contract.

    I also don’t think the Yankees will move to acquire Sizemore. Cashman has shown he’s more willing to search for a bargain bench player, and I agree with him. Sizemore comes with too much risk for the price he’ll be valued. Another team, a more desparate team, will take the upside gamble.

  19. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Sizemore should not get more 5 Mill guaranteed.

    He might get more but only on a vesting-based or incentive laden contract.

    He has not been fully healthy in 3 yrs.

    Most clubs can’t take that kind of risk.

    The Yankees can.

    And Beltran is 34. If someone wants to pony up big bucks for him good luck.

  20. blake October 30th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    MTU,

    Beltran is gonna ask for a 3 or 4 year deal…..if the Yankees could get him for 2/20 or so than Id do that and trade Swisher……

  21. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    MTU, I definitely agree with you about what their value should be. I believe the market will over value them, as they’re both big names with high upside.

    This is brought to you by the group that signed Crawford and Werth to those contracts in the off season last year.

  22. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Blake-

    I would never give a mid-thirties Of’er with Beltran’s health issues a long-term contract.

    If someone is foolish enough to do that be my guest.

    I see him as more of backup kind of guy at his age.

    If Boras can find someone who buys his story more power to him.

  23. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 30th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I will be very surprised if Swisher spends the entire season in pinstripes. I’d expect him to get dealt at some point.

  24. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    And Beltran is better than Crawford and Werth.

  25. Yankee Trader October 30th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Id love to have Kubel as a bench bat…..I think he’s going to want more PT than that though.
    —————————————
    Blake-
    Did the name Kubel come up after reading this McCarron article in the NYDaily News and predictions where the key FAs might sign?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....e-1.969065

  26. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Laura – I Bleed Blue October 30th, 2011 at 9:57 am
    I will be very surprised if Swisher spends the entire season in pinstripes. I’d expect him to get dealt at some point.
    ——–

    If he makes it past the off season I’d be surprised if he’s moved. Why would a team trade for him mid season when this is the last year of his contract? He’d have to be playing well, and if he’s playing well, the Yankees keep him.

  27. blake October 30th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Bold predictions:

    CC- Yankees
    Fielder – Rangers
    Pujols- Cards
    Darvish- Yanks
    Wilson- Rangers…. (think his market falls enough that they keep him)
    Beltran- Yankees
    Papelbon- red Sox
    Ortiz – Jays
    Bell- Padres
    Oswalt- phillies
    Reyes- Phillies

  28. blake October 30th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    MTU,

    I wouldn’t do a longterm deal….id do 2 though if he would.

  29. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    blake October 30th, 2011 at 10:01 am
    MTU,

    I wouldn’t do a longterm deal….id do 2 though if he would.
    ———–

    What are the chances of that happening? He’ll get at least three somewhere.

  30. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I have no problem with keeping Swisher for next season unless they can upgrade, and I doubt they can.

    If Swisher performs well next year he may even get another contract.

  31. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    elijahandstephensdad October 30th, 2011 at 9:38 am
    offseason prediction of player moves…sorry if I left anyone off…and spell check
    CC-Yanks
    Mark Buerhle-Cards
    Roy Oswalt-Yanks
    Cj Wilson-Tigers
    Yu Darvish-Rangers
    Jon Papelbon-Phillies
    Francisco Rodriguez-Rangers (move feliz and ogando to starter)
    Albert Pujols-Cardinals
    Prince Fielder-Rangers
    Jimmy Rollins-Giants
    Jose Reyes-Red Sox
    Aramis Ramirez-Marlins
    Grady Sizemore-Braves
    Michael Cuddyer-Red Sox
    Jason Kubel-Nationals
    Carlos Beltran-Tigers
    David Ortiz-Blue Jays

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    If we pickup a 34 year old pitcher that has been at .500 the last two years and was 9-10 for a dominant team like the Phillies this year I think I’ve lost all hope. After the last two years I can’t predict that the Yanks won’t play in the free agent market, but I’d be a bit shocked.

  32. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Kev-

    If someone is foolish enough to give Beltran a 3 yr. gig they can have him.

    ;)

  33. blake October 30th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    “What are the chances of that happening? He’ll get at least three somewhere.”

    Im not that convinced he will actually get 3. Boras is going to shoot high but that doesn’t mean he’ll get there. Also…..Beltran was going to give the Yanks a discount last time he signed…..maybe he wants a shot at a title at this stage in his career…..I don’t know.

    What team is going to give him 3/40 or something like that?…..

  34. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Besides we want Kemp and not Beltran.

    ;)

  35. blake October 30th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    The Yanks wont be signing Oswalt unless he comes very cheap.

  36. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    “What team is going to give him 3/40 or something like that?…..”

    Nobody smart.

    ;)

  37. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    MTU,

    Exactly! He’ll get it! I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I think it will happen.

    Most people would say “Hey, sign me up for two years of Beltran, sounds good!” So if you get all these teams saying the same thing, one of them has to have the best offer. It will either have to be more money or more years, or both. It depends what Beltran wants, and it seems to me, players tend to want more years. Beltran has leverage here because his stock is high and he’s a name brand.

    Who wants it more? The more desperate teams.

  38. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:03 am
    I have no problem with keeping Swisher for next season unless they can upgrade, and I doubt they can.

    If Swisher performs well next year he may even get another contract.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    MTU, I know you and I don’t exactly agree on Swisher, but baring some fundemental change in his hitting philosophy and swing he going to be the same guy out there with the same results. Pitchers know how to get him out. The big let it rip swing just makes him too vulnerable.

    Another contract, god I hope not.

  39. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Not all General Managers are good at their jobs.

  40. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Blake-

    Oswalt has a bad back. Pass.

    He’d fit right in. In Boston.

    :)

  41. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Gary-

    Brace yourself. The contract depends on how Swisher performs in his walk year.

    It’s funny how motivating that can be.

    :)

  42. Yankee Trader October 30th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Bold predictions by Blake: Then mine

    CC- Yankees-Agree
    Fielder – Rangers—Nationals
    Pujols- Cards—Agree
    Darvish- Yanks—Hope so
    Wilson- Rangers….Angels
    Beltran- Yankees—Giants
    Papelbon- red Sox–Agree
    Ortiz – Jays–Red Sox
    Bell- Padres–Agree
    Oswalt- phillies—Rangers
    Reyes- Phillies—Giants

  43. blake October 30th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Beltran’s situation reminds me a little bit of Damon’s a couple years ago…….Beran is probably a more impactful player now than Johnny was …..but Damon was healthier……both are Boras guys and both are going to go into the offseason looking for a multiyear deal……we saw where Damons price ended up. Beltran will get more than Damon did but just because Boras aims at something doesn’t mean he will get it…..teams are growing more and more cautious on older players.

  44. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Gee I haven’t seen any Plan A Plan B posts. Last year we were talking about Plan A and Plan B and in the end neither happened.

    I can’t see the Yanks repeating last year even with a signing of CC behind them. This club is looking to make the big splash somewhere. I think it might be a surprise to many with who they go after and perhaps who they get.

  45. blake October 30th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Trader,

    Will be fun to look back and see who was closer……probably you ;)

  46. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:11 am
    Gary-

    Brace yourself. The contract depends on how Swisher performs in his walk year.

    It’s funny how motivating that can be.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Blake stick a fork in him, he’s done. :-) :-)

  47. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Gotta walk the Mops. Back in a while.

  48. RhapsodyInBlue October 30th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Looks like a chainsaw Halloween Monday in beautiful upstate NY. A few branches down on my lawns. Mostly from the big white maple in the front. Maybe I could ship them to whoever makes Johnny Damon’s bats. ;-)

  49. blake October 30th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Sherman has made this point and I think it has some merit…….we’ve all seen how Swisher presses in the postseason…..how is he going to do next year when free agency is hanging over him and he’s trying for a big new contract? Most guys I wouldn’t consider that a factor…..or you consider it the other way…..but with Swisher it coukd be an issue.

  50. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Yankee Trader October 30th, 2011 at 10:11 am
    Bold predictions by Blake: Then mine

    CC- Yankees-Agree
    Fielder – Rangers—Nationals
    Pujols- Cards—Agree
    Darvish- Yanks—Hope so
    Wilson- Rangers….Angels
    Beltran- Yankees—Giants
    Papelbon- red Sox–Agree
    Ortiz – Jays–Red Sox
    Bell- Padres–Agree
    Oswalt- phillies—Rangers
    Reyes- Phillies—Giants

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    CC I agree unless the Yanks find some way to screwup the negotiation. Wilson I think stays with the Rangers. Ortiz I think is moving on to whomever will take him. The Yanks will pickup a starter and an OF. I’m more likely thinking the OF will come in a multi player trade similar to how we got Granderson. It will probably include a young pitching prospect.

  51. LockDown October 30th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    yanks61 October 30th, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Good Morning everyone back on the snowy East Coast!

    The NYDN has a good article on this fall’s free agents:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..e-1.969065

    Larry Bowa predicts that the Yanks will sign CC ( as expected) and Jason Kubel. Claims Kubel will be a great power threat at YS. With NYY picking up Swisher’s option, could they sign Kubel and package Swisher in a trade for a pitcher?

    Do you believe that Kubel is a good alternative to Swish in RF?

    ———————-

    I rather keep swisher.

  52. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Blake,

    Perhaps I’m wrong about Beltran, we’ll see what happens. Like I said, I don’t have a lot of faith in some of the General Managers out there. Crawford and Werth? That’s just the headliners, but there have been many bad contracts out there, including our own with A-Rod.

  53. pat October 30th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Off season Sunday mornings make me miss murphydog. :sad:

  54. Yankee Trader October 30th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Blake-
    I’ll be happy if at least one bold prediction comes thru-Sabathia. If the Yanks bid and win on Darvish I’d be excited.

    Gary-I think Ryan is fed up with CJ Wilson. He’s a southern California guy.
    Yankees do need to trade some of their AAA pitchers and get a 4th OFer, or a replacement for Swisher if he’s included in a deal.

  55. LockDown October 30th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    “Extending Matt Kemp is a top priority for Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, and Kemp doesn’t want to talk contract during the season. With Kemp entering his walk year, trade rumors will pick up if the extension talks fail. Interest would be immense around the game for the MVP candidate.

    Melky Cabrera projects at $4.4MM next year, and a multiyear deal with the Royals looks unlikely. He’s a trade candidate this winter coming off a fine offensive season.”

    via MLBtr

    ——

    I’m guessing Kemp won’t sign an extension & wait for FA next year. If they’re not willing to trade Kemp, but Melky ends up on the trade block, do you trade for Melky?

  56. blake October 30th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Radiokev,

    That’s true……you never know.

  57. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    LockDown October 30th, 2011 at 10:19 am
    yanks61 October 30th, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Good Morning everyone back on the snowy East Coast!

    The NYDN has a good article on this fall’s free agents:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..e-1.969065

    Larry Bowa predicts that the Yanks will sign CC ( as expected) and Jason Kubel. Claims Kubel will be a great power threat at YS. With NYY picking up Swisher’s option, could they sign Kubel and package Swisher in a trade for a pitcher?

    Do you believe that Kubel is a good alternative to Swish in RF?

    ———————-

    I rather keep swisher.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Kubel isn’t the right guy so I’d take Swish over him also. Kubel’s stats even when you take them out to the 150 games Swisher played aren’t better and in most cases worst. OBP percentage is way in favor of Nick .374 vrs .332. In the all important got rung up catagory, I think they are about even, Swisher 125 K’s in 150 games (5 more in the playoffs and a pitiful 7 total bases) but Kubel hacked in at 85K’s for 100 games.

    Need a guy out there that gets on base, and doesn’t strike out constantly in GW situations. Kubel isn’t that guy.

  58. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I’m guessing Kemp won’t sign an extension & wait for FA next year. If they’re not willing to trade Kemp, but Melky ends up on the trade block, do you trade for Melky?

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    No

  59. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Maybe I’m one of the few, but I’ve got mixed feelings about Darvish. I mean, if our scouts believe in him, that’s probably a good sign as they’ve done a great job the past few years. There’s just such a history of failure when it comes converting Japanese starters to MLB.

  60. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Gary-I think Ryan is fed up with CJ Wilson. He’s a southern California guy.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    After Hamilton and a couple of others I think he’s fedup with the alot of them.

  61. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 10:30 am
    Maybe I’m one of the few, but I’ve got mixed feelings about Darvish. I mean, if our scouts believe in him, that’s probably a good sign as they’ve done a great job the past few years. There’s just such a history of failure when it comes converting Japanese starters to MLB.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Agree, I think it’s a very unknown situation. I spent considerable time in Japan for long spells, Japan is not America and America is not Japan. I think the guys that come here from Japan have alot of trouble here when you factor in travel, family, language, customs, food ect. I think it’s at least a part of the reason that they underperform. Watch sometimes the Japanese players in the dugout, they are islands on to themselves. That gets old in a hurry.

  62. Yankee Trader October 30th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Darvish was speaking Enlish as a young child-Iranian father Japanese mother.
    Has Aunts and Uncles living in the US. Don’t know where,

    His transition to the states might be easier.

    Gary- Was Nolan Ryan interviewed after the WS?

  63. pat October 30th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    KenDavidoffKen Davidoff
    My #MLB free agent rankings and predictions. #Cardinals #Yankees #Rangers #Mets #Brewers #WhiteSox #Phillies #RedSox http://bit.ly/uUUpJH

    Lots of predictions for guys staying with same team but Papelbon to Philly and Prince to Toronto could make life interesting. CC and Freddy stay in the Bronx and DeJesus as a Yankee also in the 30.

  64. Crawdaddy October 30th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Beltran won’t be a Yankee as I think Cashman wants to continue to make the Yankees younger especially with Beltran wanting a multi-year contract.

  65. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Yankee Trader October 30th, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Darvish was speaking Enlish as a young child-Iranian father Japanese mother.
    Has Aunts and Uncles living in the US. Don’t know where,

    His transition to the states might be easier.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    That would make it a bit easier, but it’s still a lot different and then there is the Japanese press which is worst than the American press. I got to meet and talk with Dice K’s support family for the last two years. I speak some Japanese so I could communicate with them, but they also have good english. He has a whole family that the club provides to take care of his family here. Without it they could not survive. The support family has to do it all, kids to school, food and clothes shopping, arrainging entertainment, driving them around, computer stuff ect.

  66. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    My problem with signing Darvish isn’t a matter of culture problems, it’s baseball problems. Japan plays a different brand of baseball and there haven’t been many (I don’t even know any..) starters that have made a successful transition.

  67. Red Robin October 30th, 2011 at 11:49 am

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  68. Bret The Hitman October 30th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Re: Grady Sizemore

    If this front office can bring in a washed up vet like Andruw Jones, they can take a chance on Grady Sizemore.

    You definitely offer him the starting job in LF but you keep Gardner as a hedge against injury and make Gardner the 4th OF.

    You’d have to find a full-time replacement for Nick Swisher if you trade him, whether you brought in Sizemore or not. If you can move Swisher and bring in an upgrade, great. If not, at least you have added Sizemore and possibly upgraded LF. If he gets injured, Gardner plays and you’re right back where you were when you ended 2011 but at least you have a potential big bat if Sizemore is healthy come playoff time.

    Sizemore, please.

  69. Bret The Hitman October 30th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    And all this talk about the Dodgers wanted to extend Kemp is exactly why you have to be aggressive and make upgrades now instead of hoping a marquee player reaches free agency. Either you trade for Kemp or sign Fielder. This way you’re not left in the cold if the Dodgers sign Kemp or trade him to a big market team that can afford to extend him. Kemp would cost a considerable price in a trade but you can’t afford to wait. Get him in this lineup.

  70. austinmac October 30th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My first hope is CC signs quickly. If he does not, they need to move forward in other directions. No more waiting on one player to decide while other options disappear.

    Whether CC signs or not, I think Darvish should get strongly pursued. He looks very good on video.

  71. LGY October 30th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    If this front office can bring in a washed up vet like Andruw Jones, they can take a chance on Grady Sizemore.

    ——-

    Andruw Jones has a 931 OPS vs LHP in 2010. He was brought in for a certain purpose and did it at a similar level to his 2010 performance.

    Sizemore is not a comparable situation at all.

  72. RadioKev October 30th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Sizemore is not a comparable situation at all.

    ——–

    Never mind the contract difference.

  73. blake October 30th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    They need somebody that can OPS. 931 vs RHP a lot more than they need someone to do it vs LHP. They don’t need a LHP hitting outfield specialist.

  74. Ghostwriter October 30th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Gary October 30th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    LockDown October 30th, 2011 at 10:19 am
    yanks61 October 30th, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Good Morning everyone back on the snowy East Coast!

    The NYDN has a good article on this fall’s free agents:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..e-1.969065

    Larry Bowa predicts that the Yanks will sign CC ( as expected) and Jason Kubel. Claims Kubel will be a great power threat at YS. With NYY picking up Swisher’s option, could they sign Kubel and package Swisher in a trade for a pitcher?

    Do you believe that Kubel is a good alternative to Swish in RF?

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    I rather keep swisher.

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    I find this Kubel idea quite intriguing. I think that he could be a significant upgrade over Swisher for three reasons:

    First, he’s a much better left-handed batter than Swisher. The Yanks struggled against righties in 2011 in large part, because Swisher and Tex disappeared against righties. Kubel would go a long way in correcting that deficiency, without hurting the Yanks too much against lefties.

    Second, Kubel hits more than Swisher. Yes, he walks less than Swisher, but he hits for higher average (albeit with marginally less power) than Swisher. This translates into hitting for higher average with runners on base and in scoring position. So, even with a somewhat lower OPS than Swisher, Kubel likely would be a more productive hitter than Swisher in terms of run production. The principal factor that favors Swisher over Kubel is his higher OPS. However, at some point, OPS isn’t enough–a hitter has to hit with runners on base to produce runs.

    Third, Kubel has pretty good numbers in Yankee Stadium over the last three years. I think that it would be reasonable to expect that Kubel might be able to improve on those numbers facing weaker pitching as he often would if he played for the Yanks. As a better left-handed batter than Swisher, I suspect that Kubel might be able to exploit the short porch in left field

    Finally, I tend to think that Swisher pretty much plateaued as a Yankee—what we’ve seen is what we can expect in the future; i.e., Swisher is pretty good, but not great, with a tendency to disappear in the big moments, particularly in October. I think that Kubel may have some room yet for growth. Picking up Kubel would be a really nice creative move for the Yanks.

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