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Halloween with the Yankees

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Happy Halloween! My costume is … non-existent. I’m wearing jeans and boots, so I guess I could make the case that I’m a farmer for Halloween, but I think most of my press box friends would argue that such a costume is no different from my regular, day-to-day persona.

If the Yankees were planning to spend Halloween dressed as a team that has Ervin Santana in its rotation, they missed their chance. Today the Royals traded for Santana, sending a minor league reliever Brandon Sisk to Los Angeles to complete the deal. I don’t know much about Sisk. His numbers were pretty impressive this season, but I tend to think the Yankees could have easily trumped the Royals by offering a guy like Chase Whitley. Not sure the Yankees would have been legitimately interested in Santana, though, especially given that $13 million obligation.

Speaking of Halloween, here are a few costumes that might help the Yankees next season…

Alex Rodriguez as a
Zombie
Back from the dead. Practically unstoppable. Devouring all in his path.

Curtis Granderson as
Frankestein’s monster
Pieced together using this year’s home run total, last year’s success against lefties, 2010′s playoff numbers, 2008′s diminished strikeout total and 2007′s speed and batting average.

Derek Jeter as a
Skeleton
With all of his bones perfectly intact.

Mark Teixeira as
Superman
Remember when Teixeira could do it all? Hit for average, hit for power, play world-class defense and produce like a perennial MVP candidate with no health concerns – the Yankees would love to see Teixeira in that costume again.

Andy Pettitte as
Justin Timberlake
Young star in the 90s. Reinvented himself. Still wildly successful today.

Russell Martin as
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Two sides of one man: The calm and composed catcher on defense, plus the potent offensive threat at the plate.

Mariano Rivera as a
Ghost
Frightening as ever, returning to haunt the American League one last time.

CC Sabathia as a
Jack-o’-lantern
Sure he’s been cut open, but why shouldn’t that make him even better?

Ivan Nova as a
Pirate
Literally, a Pirate. After a straight-up trade for Andrew McCutchen.

Robinson Cano as a
Baseball writer
Who needs a high-paying contract? An eight-year deal making the big league minimum sounds awfully good to me! If Cano would just pretend to not be a superstar for one night, the Yankees might get their dream extension with their best all-around player.

Hal Steinbrenner as
Kim Kardashian
Spending money at will. Consequences be damned.

Associated Press photo

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68 Responses to “Halloween with the Yankees”

  1. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Very funny. Did you write this yourself?

  2. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Hm favorite is between A-rod, Jeter, Nova, & HAL.

  3. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Like Jeter, I believe Mo will also be reasonable.

    Perfect, that’s what I wanted in the first place, “reasonable”. :)

    The players always say “it’s a business”. So ok, this is a business deal, not “respect”.

    A QO to Soriano is just to get the draft pick. That offer or whatever Soriano makes on the open market is irrelevant to what Mo should make.

  4. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Did we really need a Justin Timberlake reference?

  5. Tar October 31st, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    “Perfect, that’s what I wanted in the first place, “reasonable”. ”

    :D good one.

    “That offer or whatever Soriano makes on the open market is irrelevant to what Mo should make.

    Disagree, it’s totally relevant. They are peers, Mo is better and should make more. Jeter should have put to bed the “oh wait he is older so he deserves less” argument. Maybe less years but not less money per.

  6. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Soriano was healthy last year and is 10 or 11 years younger. So and Mo are simply at different stages of their careers.

    Anyway, I’m sure Mo will make very good money if he pitches, and won’t end up in the soup line.

  7. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Maybe less years but not less money per.

    Yes less money per. His performance is not 20 million AAV performance. Old players should not be making 20 million.

  8. Benny Blanco October 31st, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I’m not shocked Yankees are interested in hunter. I would go after him.

  9. blake October 31st, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    “Hal Steinbrenner as
    Kim Kardashian
    Spending money at will. Consequences be damned.”

    Lets be realistic here ;)

  10. blake October 31st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    @MinorLeagueBlog: Rosters for the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game http://t.co/enlw4iD6

  11. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Surprised Heathcott wasn’t in the OF, but I don’t know how those other guys are hitting. Its an offensively charged league so they may be OPSing .900 or something.

  12. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    We didn’t have an outfielder make that list…?

  13. Tar October 31st, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    “Yes less money per. His performance is not 20 million AAV performance. Old players should not be making 20 million”

    Soriano is going to get a 20 million AAV deal? Mo made 15 last year why would he ask or expect more than that? If Soriano gets more than 15 per, then I take back my statement.

  14. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Tar I was responding to this: Jeter should have put to bed the “oh wait he is older so he deserves less” argument. Maybe less years but not less money per.

    Which seems to be supporting the idea that old players (and Jeter specifically) should not have to have their pay cut? When its exactly what should be happening. For relievers I don’t think any non-mariano reliever should make double digit salary. Mo though is in the ’1 year deal 5 mil’ zone given his age. He may require more to stay un-retired though, so 10-15 mil would be fine. That doesn’t have to be more than whatever Soriano gets.

  15. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    If we are talking about such things as “respect” and being “reasonable”, I just don’t think it would be fair on Mo’s part to ask for 15 mil again after missing almost the entire season, and given his age (Mo is human after all). I think 10-12 would be in the “mutual respect” area.

  16. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Oh man I didn’t realize Koji Uehara was a free agent, he’d be an awesome pickup. He dominated pitching in a huge hitters park.

    Righties hit: .125 .155 .214 .369
    Lefties hit: .188 .197 .348 .545

  17. blake October 31st, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Interesting that the Tigers are playing Castellanos in the outfield….I guess it makes sense cause Miggy is at 3B and they need corner outfield help….but he’s a legit 3B and obviously has more value there

    Heathcott doesn’t have any time above A ball and I think they tend to favor the guys in the upper levels when pickin these things unless you’re like Bryce Harper.

  18. blake October 31st, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Mike Adams is a FA too I believe…..there are some good reliever arms available

  19. Tar October 31st, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Ok Jerk we are basically in the same place on this.

    My point re: older players is that sometimes older players out perform younger players. So in the short term ( like 1 year) age should not be the the top consideration when it comes to pay. With Jeter and MO we have a bunch of history to lean back on. Not talking about your run of the mill, older FA.

    JS
    I would bet your right about the mutual respect area. And I for one would not want to pay Soriano that much.

    Have a good night everyone.

  20. Cashmoney October 31st, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I think the bro’s man is in for rude awakening in terms of length and avv. QO might be the best AVV he gets. Don’t think Soriano will get close to 15 per unless dodgers are in it. 3 for 11 or 12 with an option seem likely. JMO… not so humble.

  21. Cashmoney October 31st, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Jerk, i reads like Fujinawa is going to LA blues… my guess is 8-10 avv for 2 years at min.

  22. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Doubt he gets more than 5 AAV. Fangraphs says 8-10 for ~2 years total. Not AAV.

  23. Cashmoney October 31st, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    then he is a bargain, i did not read fangraph, just guesstimating base upon what they paid league.

  24. Cashmoney October 31st, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    then again if you looking for empirical support, uehara might be a better and safe bet.

  25. Cashmoney October 31st, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I like the idea of Dan Haren in pinstripe given the fact he is inning eater and had decent peripheral til 12. I wonder if a Warren and Joba and a Murphy type would get the dialogue rolling.

  26. Cashmoney October 31st, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    love to have Ross as my backup/main… regardless what happens to Martin. also castaway like kottaras, Dioner Navarro and internal options such as Romine and Cervelli should really be consider over the no hit wunderkind Stewy.

  27. fuster November 1st, 2012 at 12:12 am

    wow… giving the Pirates Nova and getting back only McCutchen??? is this a trick?

  28. Nick in SF November 1st, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Am I the only one who went to the parade today? :neutral:

  29. Nick in SF November 1st, 2012 at 2:43 am

    It was Halloween; I went as a Giants fan. :oops:

  30. yanks61 November 1st, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Good Morning Lohud

    2013 Top Free Agents – with Predictions

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    If you haven’t seen this yet, it should spur some conversation.

  31. LGY November 1st, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Ivan Nova as a
    Pirate
    Literally, a Pirate. After a straight-up trade for Andrew McCutchen.

    ——

    LOL’d.

  32. blake November 1st, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Nova could probably get a mcutchen bobble head doll

  33. Cashmoney November 1st, 2012 at 7:37 am

    love me some AJ..say 2 for 18…a contact line driver hitter who will equally benefit from the friendly confines of YS. He is never going to wow you with his OPS, but i loathe to see him a big situation cuz he has always been a tough out. obvious, age and defense are of a concern here. like him for one but prolly will cuz two.

    back to reality, Hunter probably will our only ‘big’ ticket signing.

  34. Cashmoney November 1st, 2012 at 7:38 am

    in addition, he is a known s.o.b yanks could use one of those, the anti bro, big, sweaty and modestly hairy just the way Cash like it.

  35. blake November 1st, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I think the Yanks are gonna sign Hamilton…..there I said it

  36. yankee21 November 1st, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I think the Yankees will either find an excuse not to sign Hamilton… there I said that.
    Hope I am wrong. He would be a great fit.

    Cashmoney; I like AJ too on those terms, this way you couple him with Ross if available at the right price for such a small market team like the Yankees and if not, you let Cervelli or Stewart be the b/up for the first half of the year and depending on the 60 year old back of 24? year old Romine, you bring Romine up the 2H to start learning the trade and groom him to gradually take over full time NLT 2015.

    Bid adieu to Russel Martin.

  37. blake November 1st, 2012 at 7:49 am

    “I think the Yankees will either find an excuse not to sign Hamilton… there I said that.
    Hope I am wrong. He would be a great fit.”

    You’re probably right…..I should probably amend and say that I think Hamilton’s market may fall to a point where they Should sign him……and if so I hope they do

  38. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Good morning.

    Great piece by Chad.

    Yanks61-Read that list of predictions were 50 FA might sign. The only new addition thee Yankees would make would be Torii Hunter.

    Cash-

    From this hit chart of Pierzynski, he looks to be a pull hitter, someone Maddon and Showalter will shift on:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/p.....pierzynski

    I wouldn’t mind if the Yankees could entice David Ross away from the Braves, and pair him up with Romine, with a 3rd catcher from the paltry list of FA catchers signed to a AAA contract. SB% against Ross was .559, Martin .759

  39. yankee21 November 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am

    blake, I could see Hamilton signing with SF or Hamilton signing with LAD if they can unload Ethier before signing with NY.

    I still don’t think the front office fully grasps the plight of this offense. Again I hope I am wrong, only time will tell. Heck, we got all winter!

  40. Cashmoney November 1st, 2012 at 7:53 am

    i will be fine with modest additions of AJ, hunter and a keppinger type… because i think that’s realistic and one can go forward with those contract terms into 14. I think Yanks will look into hunter but I think for reasons unknown these guys are in love with Martin who to me is above average defensive catcher in terms of receiving skills but really isn’t great at calling a game and throw out baserunners. we see.

  41. Cashmoney November 1st, 2012 at 7:56 am

    oh despite his okay ops which is boosted by hr, martin is a horrific hitter…horrific. agaiinst LH he can run into a fb or two. If you get AJ, stewy actually becomes something of value because his defense. Ideally, yes, romine will eventually back up and learn on the job.

  42. RadioKev November 1st, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I think it’s much more likely the Yankees sign Hamilton than bring in Pierzynski.

    Can the Angels trade Haren on that team option?

  43. blake November 1st, 2012 at 7:59 am

    “I still don’t think the front office fully grasps the plight of this offense. Again I hope I am wrong, only time will tell. Heck, we got all winter!”

    I think they have to grasp it…..they have to know by now…..now whether they are motivated to do something about it is the question

  44. austinmac November 1st, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Boras said if the Yankees aren’t willing to give multi year contracts their brand will change. While he said it on behalf of Soriano, I believe that is true. Their brand makes a fortune. They best not blow it.

    I have always liked Hunter, but he is 5 years older than Swisher. We would be getting significantly older. But, he might sign a one year contract which is the primary qualification to be a signee.

  45. RadioKev November 1st, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Torii Hunter would be a downgrade, or at best a wash, from Swisher

  46. RadioKev November 1st, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Austinmac,

    From the guy who represented A-Rod. :roll:

  47. austinmac November 1st, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Kev,

    The Yankees were built since the 90s with money. Free agents have built interest and created wins. The declining ratings and empty seats show a weakening of the brand. It can be remedied or not. It is up to the team. I maintain getting older and less interesting is a financial mistake.

  48. Cashmoney November 1st, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I think boris is looking around and start wondering to himself where his client soriano is gonna get 3 year deal with avv of 12-14 mil. without the Yanks as bidder, his client bargaining power are significantly reduced.

  49. RadioKev November 1st, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Austimac,

    Winning is the Yankee brand. I don’t care how much money they spend.

    Did two World Series Giants win by spending the most money, or having the biggest contracts?

    The Yankees hit a rate of diminishing returns with their spending looooooong ago. The post-money ball world is a flatter landscape, when in which you can’t easily out muscle teams by spending more.

    I could not care what Boras says. He’s the Donald Trump of baseball.

  50. yankee21 November 1st, 2012 at 8:12 am

    If Russell Martin understood his limitations as a hitter and changed his approach to go with the pitch instead of swinging from his heals usually, he would a solid .250+ hitter and due to his slightly above average defense, would be worth a mint to NYY.

    But we’ve seen two years of Martin’s act and I do not expect him to change, he is what he is. He is a guy that can hit a belt-shoulder high FB but looks like crap on virtually any other pitch or FB in any other location.

    Therefore, if I’m the GM, and if Russell is asking for more than 5 mil in 2013, I wish him happy trails.

  51. Benny Blanco November 1st, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I want either tori or hamiton.

    Blake I think Yankees will sign hamiton too

  52. Cashmoney November 1st, 2012 at 8:14 am

    the new cba allotment money is such there 3 or 4 1st rounder might not benefit the Yankees that much. I might qo swisher and not even bother to qo Soriano. Boris pull the same bs with ARod, let Boris face the stark reality the astute gms aroudn the league will not pay that kind money for a closer. the kind he is seeking for his client.

  53. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2012 at 8:14 am

    If the Yankees don’t resign Soriano and Rivera calls it quits the Yankees, drop some 15M + 14M -1.5M[buyout] or 27.5M from their 2012 opening day payroll of nearly, per Cot’s, 210M.

    The Steinbrenners, in my very humble opinion, are already concerned about bringing down the 2013 opening day payroll a significant amount, since they still pay a whopping LT of 42.5% on every dollar over 178M.

    Plus you have raises for arb players, increased salaries for Cano and Granderson, etc, and ARods 6M marketing bonus this year.

    Sorry Blake-

    As much as I’d like to see Hamilton in pinstripes, with the other holes to fill, I just don’t think it’s in the cards.

  54. austinmac November 1st, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Kev,

    I get Boras’ motivation. But, that doesn’t mean what he says can’t be true. We on this board are the exceptional involved fans. The average fan needs winning to have interest. I doubt this management group with the lack of upper level minor league contributors can win without spending. One year contract limitations set them aside from every other team.

  55. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Blake-

    Now if you would be satisfied with a bullpen of :

    Robertson
    Fujikawa/Affeldt
    Chamberlain
    Logan
    Aardsma
    Phelps
    Eppley or Rapada

    maybe a big ticket signing is in the cards, especially if the Yankees trade Granderson for prospects.

  56. austinmac November 1st, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Their is no way Soriano gets four years. I will be surprised if he gets three. It was reported in one of the local papers the Yankees will consider two years for him. That too would surprise me.

  57. austinmac November 1st, 2012 at 8:26 am

    YT,

    I would wave flags in support of that pen if it means using the money elsewhere. Just don’t save the unspent money.

  58. ac1 November 1st, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I like Torii Hunter. A good clubhouse guy and a RH Hitter that hits for a good average (two things we were lacking (besides jeter)….

  59. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2012 at 8:29 am

    How many teams are out there that will honestly want Soriano for 3-4 years at 13-15M/year. If he wants to play for a contender that will narrow down the field.

  60. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Austinmac-

    This is the Team Austerity[Hal and Hank] off season plan:

    Sign Hunter-RF
    Sign Reed Johnson 4th OF’er
    Sign Jeff Keppinger as utility infielder
    Bring back Kuroda and Pettitte
    Trade for another bat
    Goodbye Rivera[retires], Chavez, Jones, Ibanez, Ichiro, Garcia, Martin

    Hello Adams, Mesa, Whitley, Warren, Montgomery, Almonte at some point in the season

    I’m trying hard to remain a member of Team Greedy. :)

  61. pat November 1st, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Tigers might be in on Soriano. They are talking about increasing payroll and the owner has been known to write a check to save Boras from himself a time or 2.

  62. blake November 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Trader,

    I’m not overly concerned about the pen….I think Mo will come back….I think Joba will be better….I think Montgomery will be ready at some point in 2013…..and there are several quality arms that they could add to strengthen it as well (Soria. Madson, Adams….the guy from Japan)

  63. andrewmelillo November 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Have the yankees learn their lesson paying long term contract for older players no hunter no ichiro no soriano het youger

  64. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I’m not really concerned about the pen either. Do think they should add a non LOOGY-Fujikawa or Affeldt.

    There is no timetable for Soria’s return after his 2nd TJ surgery 4/3/12.

  65. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2012 at 8:53 am

    There are some positives to signing Hunter, for a year, if he can produce the same numbers:

    His hit chart shows he can hit to all fields.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/p.....rii-hunter

    He had 14 assists

    Hit both righties and lefties at .300 or better.

    Has some speed.

    Short term signing allows for one of the Baby Bombers to vie for a spot in the next 2 years.

  66. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Have to go.

    Still would like to hear from many of our LoHud friends in harms way from the terrible storm, that they are OK.

    Until later.

    Prediction: 1st Yankee FA signing will be Hiroki Kuroda. :)

  67. blake November 1st, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I like Hunter….but how much I want them to sign him depends on what other moves they make…..I think the can get Ichiro cheaper if it just a stop gap RFer

  68. Benny Blanco November 1st, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Blake which is better?

    Gardner, grandy, hunter?

    Gardner, grandy, Ichiro?

    Ichiro, grandy, hamiton?

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