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Position-by-position: Yankees organizational standouts

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 10, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Might as well wrap up this off day with a look back at the recently completed minor league season. These are the Yankees prospects who stood out at each position this season — I’ll leave the pitchers for another off day — while playing for a full-season team. These aren’t necessarily the top prospects at each position, just guys who had seasons that were worth taking notice. The level listed is where they finished the regular season.

Gary Sanchez
Catcher
High-A
The Yankees traded away Jesus Montero during offseason, and Austin Romine missed most of the season with a back injury, but Sanchez remains a catching bright spot in the organization. Sent to repeat Low-A Charleston in April, Sanchez hit his way to Tampa and finished with a .290/.344/.485 slash line. He’s still just 19 years old, so don’t expect him in the big leagues any time soon, but his bat seems legitimate and there are no indications that the Yankees plan to move him to a different position. He’s one of the elite prospects in the system, and he’s proving he can hit. His second month in High-A was much better than his first.
Apologies to: J.R. Murphy who didn’t have a particularly impressive offensive season — .248/.316/.386 between High-A and Double-A — but did stay behind the plate all year rather than get his at-bats at third base and the outfield corners.

Kyle Roller
First base
High-A
First base does not seem to be a priority for the Yankees — perhaps because of Mark Teixeira, perhaps because they can fill the spot with someone who plays another position in the minors — but the organization does have a couple of power bats in Roller and Luke Murton. In this spot, Roller gets the nod because of his slightly better slash line (.266/.357/.471). Murton’s overall numbers were slightly worse, but he did league the organization with 25 home runs while spending the entire regular season in Double-A.
Apologies to: Matt Snyder and Saxon Butler, who didn’t fit my guidelines of full-season players, but did put up good numbers for short-season Staten Island.

Corban Joseph
Second base
Triple-A
Where did that power come from? Always a nice hitter, Joseph became a potent hitter during his Triple-A debut. Joseph hit .266/.366/.474 as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s regular second baseman, and that power was pretty consistent throughout the season. Not sure this season was enough to make him a front-line prospect, but it was certainly enough to make him an interesting utility type if nothing else. He has some experience at third base, but he seems pretty set at second for the time being.
Apologies to: Ali Castillo who became Charleston’s regular second baseman after the Angelo Gumbs injury and came through with a .307/.381/.438 slash line.

David Adams
Third base
Double-A
Kind of an odd choice because Adams actually spent more time at second base than third base, but he moved to third for the final month and could fit there long-term. Adams hit .306/.385/.450 this season — his first after missing most of 2010 and almost all of 2011 with an ankle injury — and his numbers got better as the year went on. With Dante Bichette struggling this season and Ronnier Mustelier moved to the outfield in Triple-A, Adams finished this season as the best third baseman in the system. Bichette is probably still considered the bigger long-term prospect, but this was quite a return for Adams.
Apologies to: Kevin Russo who bounced back from a rough 2011 to give the Triple-A Yankees a consistent top-of-the-order bat while playing third, second and the outfield.

Addison Maruszak
Shortstop
Double-A
One of the system’s big surprises this season, Maruszak went from an afterthought of a utility man to a productive everyday shortstop in his second season with Trenton. It was a bad year for most organizational shortstops, but Maruszak hit .276/.330/.457, showing good power for a guy who can play every infield position (and catch in a pinch). He hit in every lineup spot except leadoff, and he homered twice in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs.
Apologies to: Cito Culver who’s .215/.321/.283 slash line is pretty bad, but who continues to get rave reviews for his defense. Maybe his glove is good enough to keep him in the Yankees plans, but the offensive results aren’t inspiring.

Ramon Flores
Left field
Double-A
Flores played all but one game this season in High-A, but he earned that end of the year bump by hitting .337/.410/.494 in the second half. He’s not a stereotypical corner outfielder — more on-base than slugging — but what he does, he does well. This year he added a career-high 24 steals, and he played quite a bit of center field in the final month of the season. He homered in his only regular-season game for Trenton, and he’s already added another home run in the Double-A postseason, but even without that kind of power, Flores’ ability to get on base makes him a legitimate offensive prospect.
Apologies to: Ben Gamel who didn’t do enough to move up from Charleston, but he did hit for average and show some speed while also playing some center field.

Mason Williams
Center field
High-A
Considered a position of depth when the season started, the Yankees only real center field disappointment was the short-season performance of Ravel Santana. Otherwise, Melky Mesa took steps forward in Double-A, Chris Dickerson put himself back on the big league map in Triple-A, and Slade Healthcott proved he can still hit in High-A. In terms of raw performance, Dickerson and his .316/.417/.515 slash line probably stands above, but it’s hard to overlook young Mason Williams who’d gotten red hot in Tampa before a shoulder injury cut his season short. Williams’ injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, which minimizes the long-term concern. Instead, his .298/.346/.474 performance stands out.
Apologies to: Chris Dickerson who was terrific in Triple-A after making a slight mechanical adjustment against lefties. He earned a September call-up and shouldn’t be ruled out of consideration for a big league job next year.

Tyler Austin
Right field
Double-A
Moved from Charleston to Tampa to Trenton, Austin was the breakout star of the Yankees system. He was a name worth knowing when the season started, but he emerged as one of the elite prospects in the organization. Austin led the system with a .322 batting average, and he did it while hitting for power. His numbers did decline a bit after his promotion from Charleston to Tampa, but even those High-A numbers were impressive, and especially his last three weeks. An end-of-the-year promotion to Double-A suggests the Yankees are willing to be aggressive with the 21-year-old. Corner outfield seemed to be a system weakness not too long ago, but Austin’s move away from the infield corners gives the Yankees a legitimate candidate for their right fielder of the future.
Apologies to: Zoilo Almonte who hit 21 homers in Double-A and proved last season wasn’t a fluke, and to Rob Segedin who moved from third base and put up terrific Tampa numbers before struggling in Trenton.

Ronnier Mustelier
Utility
Triple-A
A bit of an organizational wild card, Mustelier was signed out of Cuba and he’s already 28 years old, but he’s hit enough to suggest he could be a four-corner utility man in the big leagues. He was primarily a left fielder after a mid-season promotion to Triple-A, but he’s also played a lot of right field and third base, plus a little bit of second and center. He hit .314/.371/.488 for the season, including .462/.500/.590 in his final 10 games of the Triple-A season. Like most of the Triple-A bats, he went silent during the short playoff stint, but he did enough this season to get on the radar. He’s not an organizational star, but he could be useful.
Apologies to: Jose Pirela who hit .293/.356/.448 while playing some second base, third base and left field (but not shortstop, where he struggled in the past).

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68 Responses to “Position-by-position: Yankees organizational standouts”

  1. Hassey September 10th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Porcello looking playoff tough already…not sure who’ I’d want the Yanks to face, but facing anyone at all is better than the alternative

  2. blake September 10th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Nice post Chad….

  3. blake September 10th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN

    Impressive inning for Jose Quintana, who blew a fastball past Cabrera; he’s punched him out twice tonight. Detroit leads 1-0, through 5 1/2.

    barf

  4. NYY fan in NH September 10th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Nice job Chad. Tyler Austin is going to stud hitter IMO.

  5. blake September 10th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN

    Defensive stuff continues for Detroit: A ball goes under the glove of Miguel Cabrera for a two-base error, the Tigers’ third error tonight.

  6. Tar September 10th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Chad

    You went 6 for 6 . Outstanding stuff today. I know GB ( wherever he is :sad: ) especially appreciates this post thanks.

  7. The Return of Stoneburner September 10th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    blake September 10th, 2012 at 10:06 pm
    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN

    Defensive stuff continues for Detroit: A ball goes under the glove of Miguel Cabrera for a two-base error, the Tigers’ third error tonight.

    *******

    I hope MVP voters keep this in mind in a few weeks – - – -

  8. The Return of Stoneburner September 10th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Would rather have Cooper than Quintana – - – -

  9. The Return of Stoneburner September 10th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    @JeremeRobinson I wouldn’t be surprised if a deal was done this offseason with Cano. Boras would be open to it.

  10. The Return of Stoneburner September 10th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I predict Greg Bird will be on that 1b list a year from now – - – -

  11. blake September 10th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    The Yanks should only extend Cano early if they get a discount on what would be his perceived value on the open market……if it’s going to take 200 million to extend him then they should wait and see if he’s worth that after 2013…….

  12. The Return of Stoneburner September 10th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Potential 3,000 hit HOF second baseman in the making with .300ish lifetime average and can handle the pressure of NY and has a sweet lefthanded swing that should age well – Cano is a very good bargaining position – - – -

  13. blake September 10th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    “Potential 3,000 hit HOF second baseman in the making with .300ish lifetime average and can handle the pressure of NY and has a sweet lefthanded swing that should age well – Cano is a very good bargaining position – – – -”

    right….so if you’re getting a discount then you don’t do it early….he could get hurt and then you’re screwed….you don’t pay the piper until you have to unless it’s cheaper.

  14. The Return of Stoneburner September 10th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    blake September 10th, 2012 at 10:47 pm
    “Potential 3,000 hit HOF second baseman in the making with .300ish lifetime average and can handle the pressure of NY and has a sweet lefthanded swing that should age well – Cano is a very good bargaining position – – – -”

    right….so if you’re getting a discount then you don’t do it early….he could get hurt and then you’re screwed….you don’t pay the piper until you have to unless it’s cheaper.

    *******

    I guess – but any player could get hurt at anytime. Yanks are at a historic time have two middle infielders that one will go down as generational in Yankees lore (Jeter) and the other might in 8 years when it is all said and done (Cano). You sign him – and sign him for fair value with some respect and not try to nickle and dime a discount.

  15. blake September 10th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    “You sign him – and sign him for fair value with some respect and not try to nickle and dime a discount.”

    sure if that’s what you decide to do….but you don’t have to do it early unless he gives a little…..

  16. Tar September 10th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    “sure if that’s what you decide to do….but you don’t have to do it early unless he gives a little…..”

    Doing it early eliminates other possible suitors. So paying him early and what he’s worth, and not trying to nickel and dime him, means the Yankees are assured of retaining his services. Waiting can be a dangerous game to venture into.

    BTW as you know, they have the money.

  17. LGY September 10th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Why would Boras, who has built his career on getting players huge money in free agency, be open to extension talk? Following his typical and very successful MO he’d only be interested in conversations this winter if the Yankees agreed to decline Cano’s option.

    Now, if Cano tells Boras to work out an extension that’s a different story.

  18. jacksquat September 10th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    One would think Mesa means Jones at least doesn’t have to play the field vs lhp anymore, but I’m not holding my breath.

  19. G. Love September 10th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I think if the Yankees sign Cano with one year remaining on the deal then it should be more of the 8/160 or 7/140 variety.

    If he wants 10/200 he has to assume the risk and play out next year with no extension.

    Great stuff on all the prospects, Chad. Wish some of those bats were ready. It seems some of them hit for average which would be a shocking & needed change for the future of this offense.

    I can’t wait for the day to come again where guys hitting .280 or above on the Yankees aren’t unicorns.

  20. blake September 10th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    “BTW as you know, they have the money.”

    yea….so just pay him when you have to and keep him. I just wouldn’t sign him to a free agent type contract a year early….it’s unnecessary risk IMO. Now if he gave a little in return for the security of getting locked up a year before he’s a free agent then fine….

    I want to keep Cano long term…..but if they are serious about this budget stuff then I do wonder if a 25 million a year contract for 8 or 9 years makes sense or if it will hamstring the club the way Arod’s has…..Cano may not even age as well as Alex has…..his base line wasn’t as good and he’s not a disciplined a hitter as Alex is/was…..his swing at all the pitches approach may hurt him later on……

  21. austinmac September 10th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I am all for signing Cano. However, every penny spent on him reduces money elsewhere. Can they really afford four players earning well above half of the so-called cap?

  22. Bo knows September 10th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Optimum – Austin/Heathcott on a time line – ST 2014

  23. austinmac September 10th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    A long expensive contract will almost certainly be harmful in the later years. Eight year contracts are invariably bad unless the player is in their 20s. A 38 year old Cano won’t be worth his salary. But, are the early years worth it?

  24. Cashmoney September 10th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I am thinking Boras probably will use fielder’s contract as a start point ..something in the vague territory of 9 over 200 mil. But it’s moot, I will wait to see what Yankees do and Boras actually asks when the time comes.

  25. Cashmoney September 10th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Bo… yeah that would be optimum but also a bit optimistic I think.

  26. Tar September 10th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    “Can they really afford four players earning well above half of the so-called cap?”

    Yeah they can “afford” it. They probably don’t want to pay it though.

    I wonder how high the Yankees payroll could go before they start to lose money. 300mil, 500mil, a billion?

  27. Cashmoney September 10th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I think most Yankee fans could care less whom makes what until that money deters Yankees from adding others. That… could be the case down the road with set budget.

  28. LGY September 10th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    The problem with not re-signing Cano is that unless you invest that money in a Josh Hamilton type player, the Yankees would probably be a fringe playoff team at best for several years.

    Signing him to a long term contract kicks the can down the road a bit, but this team can’t survive without him or another elite player in his place. You just have to hope Cano can remain a premium player until at least albatross contracts in Tex and Alex start to roll off the books.

  29. Cashmoney September 10th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Cano reminds me of Bobby Abreu type of player without the discipline or a mini vlad but not as much power. Except he plays second which offense tend to come at a more premium. The problem is that Yankees don’t have abreu or Vlad to let Cano go and be okay with a league average 2b in the lineup.

  30. Cashmoney September 10th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    LGY is basically saying the same thing ….

  31. Cashmoney September 10th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    LGY, If I give a choice of Hamilton for 6 and Cano for 9 at roughly about the same AVV, who would you take?

  32. Bo knows September 10th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    If Austin continues his track so far, he has hit at every level, 2014 ST would seem the correct time line.

    I’m very happy that Long has a few weeks to work with Mesa. If he could eliminate a few moving parts to work on over the winter, we might have something. Apparently, he’s dynamite on defence; speed, range, arm.

  33. Cashmoney September 10th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Bo, not saying he can’t or Yanks won’t have the need.. but to go thru and excel in AA and AAA from basically FL state league can be little optimistic. But the, Austin seem to a quick learner.

  34. Against All Odds September 10th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner September 10th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Would rather have Cooper than Quintana – – – -

    ————————-

    Not a believer in Rothschild

  35. LGY September 10th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Cashmoney September 10th, 2012 at 11:46 pm
    LGY, If I give a choice of Hamilton for 6 and Cano for 9 at roughly about the same AVV, who would you take?

    ——–

    Wow, tough question. I’m concerned about Hamilton’s durability as he ages compared to Cano who has played in almost every game since 2007, but removing emotion from it I’d pull the trigger on Hamilton.

    If I could only have one, signing Hamilton also lets you really go for it one time in 2013 with Cano and him in the middle of the lineup.

  36. Against All Odds September 10th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    LGY September 10th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Why would Boras, who has built his career on getting players huge money in free agency, be open to extension talk?

    ————————-

    Weaver and Cargo signed extensions. Like you said it boils down to if Cano is open to it

  37. LGY September 11th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Jeter
    Alex
    Hamilton
    Cano
    Tex
    Grandy

    would be a pretty awesome 1-6 in 2013.

  38. Cashmoney September 11th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    LGY, Hamilton is my choice, i would load up for 13 and bridge if need to in 14-15 and hope for the best on Hamilton’s health.

  39. Cashmoney September 11th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    The Yankees have many choices they have to make in the coming years… to me, the window for championship caliber team is closing fast. Loading up for 13 may very well be the best choice in winning one for the next 5 years imo.

  40. blake September 11th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Hamilton has his concerns if course……but if everybody focuses on that stuff and drives his market down then the Yanks should definitely. Consider him……hes a game changer …..the definition of one.

    If the Yanks could sign Hamilton to a 5 year deal and trade for Headley then…..game on.

    But I expect somebody to pay more than the Yanks will for Josh……one dumb owner.

  41. jmills September 11th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Thoughts out to you people today – take care

  42. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Good morning-

    From NY Post this morning:

    Trio of Yanks hold keys to the postseason-Joel Sherman:

    Chamberlain
    A-Rod
    Pettitte

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z269zd1nba

  43. blake September 11th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Thoughts and prayers out to everyone affected 11 years ago.

  44. blake September 11th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Trader,

    Id agree with Sherman’s 3 keys but Id add a 4th and thats Sabathia……

  45. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Sherman:

    “The Yankees are down to 22 games, seven series, and the AL East is close enough — one up on Baltimore, two on Tampa Bay — that these are seven playoff series.”

    “The best that can happen if the Yanks don’t hold off the Orioles and Rays is to fall into the peril of a one-game wild-card playoff. The worst is to drop from the postseason completely, which would likely make a bunch of executives, coaches and players wonder if they still will be drawing paychecks from the 2013 Yankees.”

    Blake-

    If the Yankees can’t manage to get to the postseason, with the advantageous remaining schedule, or enter as the wild card and lose, I don’t expect big offseason free agent signings. The Yankees might clean house and try fiscal discipline in getting under the 178M, 2013 threshold, rather than spend 42.5% on every dollar over that amount.

    In that scenario there will be no Team Greedy.

    Just my 2 cents.

  46. rl1856 September 11th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Is CC a legitimate ACE, or just the best we have ? I looked at the Fx charts (thanks Chad) and noted that his velocity has been lower ALL SEASON compared to 08-11. In fact, last year his velocity improved throughout the season, peaking at the end. This year he started out from a lower baseline and has never really improved. He is down about 1.5-2mph compared to previous years. Could be indicative of age, hidden injury or just a down year. But it is also why his overall stats are lower than what we have come to expect. Question remains, is he still good enough to count on as a #1 starter down the stretch and in the PS? I don’t know the answer, but I am not as confident as I was earlier in the season.

    I think we should stay away from J Hamilton. His price will be extremely high, possibly exorbitant. His makeup is fragile enough that I think it would be a tragic dis-service to expose him to the pressure cooker of NYC. Let others take a chance on him. We should stay away.

  47. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Trader,

    Lets say……the options are 1) Josh Hamilton for 6/120 or 2) Justin Upton by trading something like Gardner, Nova, Mason. Which do you do?

    Things to consider:

    Upton is 6 years younger and much cheaper in AAV ..8 million vs 20.

    Hamilton has the injury and abuse concerns but Upton has the shoulder and thumb.

    Upton has the potential to be a great player…..Hamilton already is a great player so youre basically weighing risk of not reaching potential with Upton vs risk of decline with Hamilton…..youre weighing money only with Hamilton vs money plus prospects and players you have ro trade with Upton.

    If I believed in theposition players I had coming Id strongly consider going with Hamilton here becahse I dont have to trade for hin and because hes a better player now and one of the most popular players in the game….Hamilton would be crazy marketable in NY.

    But its not my money…..

  48. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Nova or Phelps Wednesday night?

    Nova, with the post all star ERA of 7.28, who hasn’t pitched in a while but has 2 victories, in Fenway, this year with a 2.25 ERA there.

    OR

    Phelps, with an 8.31 ERA last two starts, and a 6.75 ERA in Fenway this year.

    I go with Nova, even though he’ll be on a pitch count, and yank him at the earliest sign of trouble.

  49. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Blake-
    I sign the free agent Hamilton and although I know his agent won’t go for this-put in a clause that allows the Yankees to terminate it at any signs of relapse.

    However neither player, IMO, is a good bet to be in NY next season due to salary ramifications and in Justin Upton’s case-I don’t believe there is a match plus the NYY are on his partial NT which means a more costly contract if he waives it to come to the Yankees.

  50. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    They may let Phelps pitch and have Nova take Freddys spot next time…..

  51. austinmac September 11th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Hamilton in NYS would be a wonderful treat. Hal wouldn’t spend the money.

  52. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    “I sign the free agent Hamilton and although I know his agent won’t go for this-put in a clause that allows the Yankees to terminate it at any signs of relapse.”

    I think whoever signs Hamilton will demand at least some protective language in there related to his history…..

    If you sign Hamilton also you probably have to go in knowing the back end of the deal youre likely going to be overpaying…..he may surprise everybody but I think hes got about 2 more years of elite play and then maybe 3 more of being a good good player after that if healthy……which is why for me if Im signing him I have to believe in the Mason’s and Austins and Sanchezs that theyll both pan out for their performance and to offset salary as well.

    If the Yanks believe they can add those youbg players in 2014 and 2015 that will be cheap…..then maybe theyd consider spending a but now tongo.for it and try to win short term…..I doubt it though.

  53. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    The 2nd game in Boston is against Aaron Cook and could be a high scoring game.

  54. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Jeter SS
    Headley 3B
    Cano 2B
    Hamilton RF
    Arod DH
    Tex 1B
    Granderson LF
    Martin/Romine C
    Gardner CF

    Ok…..back to reality :)

  55. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Blake-

    I believe, based on the under-performance of many of the starting position players this year, that you won’t see many of them back, with some short term-1-2 year FA’s added until the Baby Bombers are ready to go.

  56. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Blake-

    “Back to reality”

    A lot hinges on how well the Yankees play these remaining 7 series and how far they advance. Based on their current production the Yankees might need to field an entire new OF.

    Granderson pay the 2M buyout. The Yankees might not feel he’s worth 15M to them and to any other team they can trade him too, if they have to kick in money.

    They might not even offer Swisher the 13M qualifying offer to get a compensation pick, afraid he might just accept it, hoping a better year might get him an extension with the Yankees or a better FA contract.

    Gardner-No team will want him in trade until they see he’s 100%

    This might be the OF:

    RF-Torii Hunter on a 1-2 year contract
    CF-Gardner
    LF-take your pick Scott Hairston?
    backup-Chris Dickerson

  57. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Trader,

    There is no way Id just buy Grandy out…..you could get something for him in a trade….more than a lot of folks think IMO…..too many teams nedd offense and CF help for him not to have a market and hes only a year removed from being an MVP candidate

  58. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Possible scenario?

    What if Cano/Boras don’t want to discuss an extension, wanting to test FA?

    A team comes to the Yankees willing to trade you players, feeling they’ll have a good chance that he”ll resign there as a FA.

    What team/teams might that be and what could you realistically get in return?

    LAA? Rangers perhaps?

    Thoughts

  59. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    “They might not even offer Swisher the 13M qualifying offer to get a compensation pick, afraid he might just accept it”

    Id definitely offer him the qualifying offer and would hope he takes it…..you cant find a stop gap as good as him and id only be a year. I did think there was no way hed take ot…..but if his slump carries throufh the rest of the season then its possible he might.

    Swisher can be maddening because hes literally oe of the streakiest players Ive ever seen…..but at the end of the year his numbers are usually the same and as cold as he is now…..he coukd snap out of it tomorrow and carry the offense for a week…..hes done that this year……so long as hes a complimentary piece and its only a year akd love to have hin back

  60. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Blake-

    What if the team trading for Granderson wants you to kick in 5M to get a better prospect/prospects? That’s my concern on why the Yankees might not pick up the option.

    In all likelihood they will pick up the option during the 5 day window after the end of the WS. Maybe they will already have a deal in place, awaiting the end of the series.

  61. Hassey September 11th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Blake – Do you have this blog in an IV that drips directly into your arm?

    You are a relentless idealist. Creative yet sentimental. Unwavering yet sympathetic. You’re a…you’re a…a…Yankee Clipper. Yes, that’s it, you’re a Yankee Clipper!

  62. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    “What team/teams might that be and what could you realistically get in return?”

    You could likely get a lot but Id ask a lot too…..from Seattle Id ask for Felix and Ackley…..from Arizona Id probably ask for Upton and Skaggs….Texas Id want Profar +…..etc……

    I could find a package Id do with most teams…..its just most teams.likely wouldnt meet my demands so itd be hard to get fair value for Cano IMO……

  63. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    “Blake – Do you have this blog in an IV that drips directly into your arm?”

    No my patient cancelled and Im bored.

  64. blake September 11th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “What if the team trading for Granderson wants you to kick in 5M to get a better prospect/prospects? That’s my concern on why the Yankees might not pick up the option.”

    Depends on the prospect….Id want the most talent I could get.

  65. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Hassey-

    Blake is dreaming, but he knows that and just brings up scenarios to stimulate some good discussion, which so far have him and I on either side of the spectrum.

  66. Hassey September 11th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I guess when a patient cancels, Blakey gets to suck up all the wasted anesthesia…hey, there are starvign kids in India who don’t get to taste sweet air or anesthesia, so I applaud him for not letting it go to waste

  67. albrown1321 September 11th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    The guy I want is Michael Bourn. Im tired of this home run or nothing offense. I want more guys like Gardner and Bourn. For the money, give me bourn over hamilton. gardner and bourn patroling left and center and stealing over 100 bases between them sound exciting.

  68. FreeAgentSignee September 14th, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Go Yankees prospects!

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