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Williams highlights Baseball America’s Top 10 Yankees prospects

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

This list was in my physical copy of Baseball America earlier this week, but it finally became fully available on Baseball America’s website yesterday, so I don’t feel bad posting their rankings here. Head over to the actual BA site to read their full breakdown of the system and their scouting reports.

For now, these are the Yankees top 10 prospects according to Baseball America. There will be plenty of other publications that come up with their own rankings, and it’s important to use these as little more than a guideline for some of the more talented guys in the system.

1. Mason Williams
Center fielder
21 years old

Who: The Yankees fourth-round pick in 2010. An athletic center fielder who can run and hit for a little bit of power.
Why: It seems that Williams could move fairly quickly. He jumped from Low-A to High-A this season, only to have his year cut short by an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. But the injury is not considered serious, and Williams hit .298/.346/.474 for the year. He has a good bat, good speed and plays a premium defensive position. Hence the perceived value.
Where: Should open next season with High-A Tampa. Had he not hurt his shoulder, Williams might have been a candidate for Double-A, but for now it’s seems far more likely that the Yankees will let him get a real taste of High-A before pushing him into the upper levels.
When: Late 2014 is a fairly aggressive estimate for Williams to make his big league debut. The better bet is probably sometime in 2015.

2. Slade Heathcott
Center fielder
22 years old
Who: The Yankees top pick in 2009. Progress slowed by two shoulder surgeries, but still a speedy, five-tool outfielder.
Why: Heathcott’s prospect status seemed to be falling, but he got back on track by coming back from his latest shoulder surgery to hit .307/.378/.470 in High-A Tampa this year. The Yankees moved slowly with him and had him open in extended spring training, but they’ve sent let him loose in the Arizona Fall League. His ceiling remains basically just as high as Williams.
Where: Seems likely that Heathcott will open next season in Double-A (I suppose there’s a chance he could return to Tampa to start the season, but certainly Double-A would be in the plan). If he’s healthy, Heathcott could progress fairly quickly as the Yankees face center field uncertainty beyond this season.
When: A big league debut in early 2015 seems perfectly reasonable and late 2014 seems entirely possible. If things go amazingly well, Heathcott could push for a big league job opening 2014, but that’s extremely optimistic.

3. Gary Sanchez
Catcher
19 years old
Who: Turns 20 in December and already pushing for a Double-A spot. Considered one of the elite catching prospects in all of baseball.
Why: Occasionally described as a mix of Jesus Montero’s bat and Austin Romine’s glove. That’s probably an over simplification — the bat might not be quite at Montero’s level, and the glove lags behind Romine — but the point is crystal clear: Sanchez has a potential to be a terrific power hitter with a legitimate chance to stay behind the plate. He hit .290/.344/.485 between Low-A and High-A this season.
Where: Only played 48 High-A games this season, so he could go back there to start next season, but it’s perfectly reasonable to think Sanchez could reach Double-A as a 20-year-old next year.
When: Sanchez is very young, and he’s still learning a position that really requires a lot of experience and repetition. That makes me think the Yankees will move fairly slowly with Sanchez, leaving 2015 as the earliest I would predict Sanchez making his big league debut. He could debut in 2016 without really experiencing a setback.

4. Tyler Austin
Right fielder
21 years old

Who: Looking like a draft-day steal as a 13th-round pick in 2010. Arguably the biggest breakout prospect in all of baseball this year.
Why: Austin makes his Top 10 debut on the strength of a dominant all-around season. After moving from the infield corners to a full-time job in right field, Austin climbed from Low-A to Double-A this season, hitting .322/.400/.559 along the way. He’s emerged as an elite all-around hitter.
Where: The Yankees bumped Austin to Double-A at the end of this season, and I have to think he’ll probably open next season with a return to Trenton.
When: Austin is clearly on a fast track, and the Yankees could have a real need in right field within a year or two. There’s a chance Austin could hit his way to the big leagues late next year. Might be more realistic to think he could make his debut in 2014 and be a real everyday option by Opening Day 2015.

5. Jose Campos
Right-handed pitcher
20 years old
Who: The young pitching prospect the Yankees received in last winter’s Jesus Montero trade for Michael Pineda.
Why: As soon as last winter’s trade was complete, Campos was quickly considered a Top 10 prospect for the Yankees. He’s remained there despite pitching just five games this season. Campos was getting good results with Low-A Charleston, but he had his year cut short because of elbow soreness. Elbow injuries have a good enough track record that the injury hasn’t derailed Campos’ perceived upside.
Where: Hard to say where Campos will open next season. Could be extended spring training, could be Low-A, could be High-A. Probably depends on what he shows this spring and how the Yankees feel about his elbow.
When: Assuming a step-by-step climb, Campos would be in New York in 2016. That said, he’s talented enough that he could move more quickly if he stays healthy, and if that elbow proves troublesome, his debut could be delayed.

6. Brett Marshall
Right-handed pitcher
22 years old
Who: The Yankees sixth-round pick in 2008 needs to be protected from the Rule 5 draft this winter. Steady sinkerball pitcher.
Why: Not necessarily flashy, but Marshall has been a reliable starter the past two years and he’s coming off a nice season in Double-A where he had a 3.52 ERA with 1.20 strikeouts. Marshall generates a lot of groundballs, and the organization likes his fastball movement and ability to keep the ball down in the zone. Baseball American also picked him as having the best changeup in the organization.
Where: He’ll be a step away from the big leagues this season. After a strong year in Double-A, it’s time for Marshall to step up to Triple-A and contend with Adam Warren for a call-up. Marshall should have a 40-man spot, but so he’ll be a phone call away.
When: Ideally Marshall will do enough in Triple-A this season to earn a spot start or a relief role this season.

7. Angelo Gumbs
Second baseman
20 years old
Who: The Yankees second pick in 2010 has passed their top pick from that draft, SS Cito Culver, in terms of prospect status.
Why: Gumbs continues to climb lists like these because he keeps showing offensive promise and keeps getting better in the field. He’s learned second base as a pro, and he’s given the Yankees some much needed middle-infield promise. He was hitting .272/.320/.432 with 26 stolen bases in High-A Tampa last season when his year came to an end because an elbow injury.
Where: Opening next season in High A doesn’t seem to be out of the question, and it’s worth wondering how much longer the Yankees will keep him and Culver paired with one another. The Yankees like Culver’s defense, but his bat just hasn’t come around.
When: Gumbs was drafted out of high school, and the Yankees haven’t shown a particularly aggressive approach to his development. If he continues at this pace his debut might not come until 2016, late 2015 at the earliest.

8. Manny Banuelos
Left-handed pitcher
21 years old
Who: The Yankees top pitching prospect entering this season, Banuelos had Tommy John surgery and will miss 2013.
Why: Banuelos lost considerable ground on this list because of the injury. His command hasn’t been particularly good the past two years, and this year included only six Triple-A starts before the elbow injury that wouldn’t go away and finally required surgery. He’s still a Top 10 talent because of his upside as a lefty with a good fastball, curveball, changeup combination.
Where: Banuelos is in for a year of rehab. He won’t be back in a game until 2014. As Baseball America points out, he’ll still be just 23 years old then.
When: Best-case scenario is that Banuelos is back to his old self in 2014 and could make an immediate impact that season, but some Tommy John guys say it takes two years to feel 100 percent.

9. Ty Hensley
Right-handed pitcher
19 years old
Who: The Yankees first-round pick this year is a 6-foot-6 teenager with a big curveball.
Why: Baseball America ranked Hensley in the Yankees Top 10 for the same reasons the Yankees drafted him in the first round. He’s a big kid with a fastball in the mid-90s and a curveball that Baseball America calls one of the best curves in this year’s draft. Hensley made only five appearances in rookie ball this season, but the results were encouraging with eight hits, seven walks and 14 strikeouts through 12 innings. Opponents hit .174 against him.
Where: Hard to say with a high school kid like Hensley. He could open next season in extended spring and eventually get to short-season Staten Island, but the Yankees have also been known to push some of their high school first-rounders (they had Dante Bichette open in Low-A this year).
When: This is a teenager who’s been a pro for a matter of months. A timetable is pretty tough to figure out. He could move quickly through the system and still not get to the big leagues until 2016.

10. Rafael DePaula
Right-handed pitcher
21 years old
Who: International signing out of the Dominican Republic who’s had various visa and identity complications to postpone his U.S. arrival.
Why: Personally, I was surprised to see Baseball America rank DePaula in the Top 10. The talent is immense, but he’s a bit of an unknown and a real wild card, which BA acknowledges while also writing that DePaula’s ceiling is as high as anyone in the system. In short, that’s why he’s on this list, because he was overwhelming in the Dominican Summer League this year – 85 strikeouts and 35 hits through 62 innings – but he doesn’t rank any higher because he has yet to be tested against advanced competition.
Where: Baseball America writes that DePaula is expected to jump all the way to High-A Tampa next year. He’s old enough for that level, but it’s quite a leap for a guy who’s used to facing the kids in the Dominican. If the Yankees do push DePaula like that, it would say a ton about what they think of him.
When: DePaula will be 22 next year, so the idea of moving him quickly shouldn’t be out of the question. It’s just a matter of how well he adapts against better competition. The idea of a 2014 big league debut seems too optimistic, but I suppose it’s not out of the question. I’d say 2015 or 2016 is more likely.

 
 

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66 Responses to “Williams highlights Baseball America’s Top 10 Yankees prospects”

  1. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Swisher is going to get at least 4 years, people posting on MLBTR about 3 years are naive.

    I Am Winning November 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I don’t know how many times I can say this but throw that $189m number out the window it won’t happen. We aren’t going to turn into the Marlins. So stop trying to be th Yankees accountant.

    Hal and Cashman have said repeatedly that they are going to be under 189 for 2014. Stop trying to deny reality.

  2. Captain Clutch November 10th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I really hope that Cashman looks around to see what he can get for Granderson in a trade. This is his last year with the Yanks and he should definitely be traded if they can get something useful for him. Getting down to $189m and continuing to win means they need to get some cheaper players who can contribute. It would be really stupid to not jump on something if it made sense. I would like to see them sign Hunter and Ichiro.

  3. Bo knows November 10th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    From the peanut gallery, excellent write up by Chad. Puts the kids in perspective.

    To me, the top four should be untouchables. They’re the Yankees only hope for the future.

  4. CompassRosy November 10th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    jacksquat says:
    November 10, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Swisher is going to get at least 4 years, people posting on MLBTR about 3 years are naive.

    ~

    Either are miles more reasonable than Dave Cameron’s plan – that the M’s should sign Swisher for 7yrs/$100mil (sounded crazy to me)…
    http://tinyurl.com/8jr9zr9

  5. yankeefeminista November 10th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    MTU, you don’t think Gary Sanchez is an untouchable? He is as close to one of any player we have IMHO.

  6. Bo knows November 10th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I agree we could trade Phelps, but… I hesitate until I know what else we have going forward.

    ——–
    QFT

    The starting rotation should always be one through seven or even higher. The Yankees do this well.

  7. dan l November 10th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Trade Cano and sign Greinke or Sanchez.

  8. RadioKev November 10th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Eh, I’d say no one is untouchable. Unless you’re the next Mike Trout, described as elite by almost all scouts, you’re trade bait in my opinion.

    Brackman, Betances, Banuelos and Jesus Montero.

    This does sound like a nice group. But of course, many of them will go by the wayside. If those top four pan out…

  9. yankeefeminista November 10th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I’m not trading premium position players at C and CF, unless you make me an offer I can’t refuse. A catcher with Sanchez’s kind of bat or a CF of the Mason/Heathcott caliber is hard to find. But having seen all three play, I do consider Sanchez, Heathcott, and Mason to be very special players. Do we need both Heathcott and Mason, no, but right now, I would wait and see before dealing either. And it obviously depends on what I am getting back, of course, and at what position.

    Bo, double agree.

  10. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    CompassRosy November 10th, 2012 at 12:07 pm
    jacksquat says:
    November 10, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Swisher is going to get at least 4 years, people posting on MLBTR about 3 years are naive.

    ~

    Either are miles more reasonable than Dave Cameron’s plan – that the M’s should sign Swisher for 7yrs/$100mil (sounded crazy to me)…
    http://tinyurl.com/8jr9zr9

    Yeah, that is crazy. Kind of surprised by that suggestion.

    I’d be surprised if the doesn’t get at least 4/52 though.

  11. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    No, the Yankees are not turning into the Marlins. I expect they would sign someone who costs money in 2014.

    Reality is they wouldn’t sign Swisher or acquire anyone that costs $10M in 2014 and beyond.

  12. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    YF,

    Welcome back to the modern world. Showers, lights, heat. You are getting so spoiled.

  13. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Wallace Matthews, for all his shortcomings, is correct in his ESPN article comparing 2013 to 1965. I have been making that precise comparison for months. It looks the same to me– an aging team and unwillingness to invest in the team.

    Read it, feel my childhood pain and understand my fears and expectations of this team.

  14. yankeefeminista November 10th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks, austinmac, it is nice. Confession: we spent the last two days before we got power in a deaconry; there were no beds elsewhere and it was in the low 20′s at my house during the overnights. No TV or internet. lol. However, I admit, as per my posting here when I was there, I did still have my iphone with me. And on the bright side (pun intended) I have to thank Mother Nature for waiting until baseball season was over before turning out the lights. ;)

  15. yankeefeminista November 10th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    7/100 for Swish would be crazy!

  16. yankeefeminista November 10th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I wouldn’t put Brackman in that category with the others. And say what you will about Betances, but I am not giving up on him yet. In fall league, although like every other pitcher, he is only getting one to a couple of innings per game, in a very sss, he is striking out 16.7 batters per 9 with 4.44 walks. I can live with that. Hoping he is using the changeup. Want to see him use it a lot, like in 2010. Tucker, I need a report.:)

  17. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    YF,

    You would have been better off if the storm had hit before you had to watch the Tigers series. But, now you can follow the exciting off season. Will Jonesy return? If not, how much cheaper and worse can his replacement be? Can he up the average age of the team to 35?

    I’m glad you can share it with us. Doing it with only your cell phone might lead to a damaged phone from excess frustration.

  18. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Angels GM Jerry Dipoto is not concerned about finding a pure closer. He intends to add the best bullpen arms he can and let things figure themselves out.
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....USVvXzv.99

    Nationals are doing the same I think.

    Where is Soriano’s market? I don’t really care except that I hope the Yankees don’t end up swooping in and “saving” him.

  19. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    teixeiramark25 Stage at the Rawlings Gold Glove Award dinner…very cool! pic.twitter.com/zrgCs1t0

    Gold Glove is nice, Tex, but what we really need from you is Silver Slugger.

  20. yankeefeminista November 10th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Austin, well two years in a row we in the NY metro area have lost power in October; in my case, for a week or more. We didn’t have the same problem in 2009, so you do the baseball math. ;) Heading to lunch, thanks again for your concern over the course of this ordeal; catch you in a bit!

  21. Bo knows November 10th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    YF

    Welcome back into the light. Your posts were sorely missed.

    I liked your “Batspeed” post. And then I run into the Granderson conundrum. Hoisted on the HR petard.

  22. RadioKev November 10th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    yankeefeminista

    Might point is, we could have traded Betances for a usable piece two or three years ago. Now we’re hoping he puts it together so we can get him in our bullpen. We didn’t pull the trigger when his value was at its highest, and now his value is pretty minimal.

    That could apply to any of those guys listed above. Inaction can also be the wrong move. That’s why I think none of these guys are untouchable.

  23. RadioKev November 10th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    jacksquat,

    Never overestimate the intelligence of MLB GM’s. There’s always one…

  24. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    It’s hard to trade minor leaguers who are looking really good, because the point is to get some of them on the major league team so they can give you good bang for the buck. You really should only trade them for established major leaguers who will also give you bang for the buck, but those aren’t often available.

  25. Cashmoney November 10th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    not that it matters much, but Campos at number 5 seems a bit odd to me. 20 year old in low A coming off from elbow woe don’t struck me as the surest things to reach MLB. I understand it’s all projection and potential, but how about reality?

  26. Cashmoney November 10th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    this might be too simplistic but i think starter with command and short repertoire translate best into bp. betance don’t struck me as above.

  27. Bo knows November 10th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Swisher the simplistic OPS darling. Show me Swisher “Quality at bats” on a consistent basis. He moiders suspect pitching, as witness end of season. Paper power.

    If and until stats incorporate DoD “Degree of Difficulty” it’ll always be “Baseball by bean counters” awash in a sea of alphabet soup.

  28. Bo knows November 10th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    To me prospects turn legitimate, post the AA hurdle. It’s simplistic but a good general bench mark.

  29. Cashmoney November 10th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    bo, old or new stats are too simplistic to measure ‘quality at bats’,saber stats are better in measuring player’s attribute as hitter in most area than the old school but there still elemental arithmetic. but it is lauded as the latest holy grail.. but heh, carry on.

  30. Cashmoney November 10th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    elementary

  31. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    3. Anthony Rendon, 3b, Salt River Rafters (Nationals)

    Statistics: .538/.588/.923 (7-for-13), 4 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 1-for-2 SB, 1 Error

    After claiming the fifth spot in last week’s Hot Sheet, Rendon slugged his way two spots higher this week with three multi-hit games. After splitting time across four levels this summer, rehabbing from a 2011 shoulder injury and 2012 ankle fracture, a healthy Rendon has looked great this fall, batting .328/.416/.484 with eight doubles, second in the AFL. Overall, scouts have been impressed by his patient approach, strength and contact ability.

    *******

    Do you do Cano and Nunez for Rendon, Meyers, and Morse from the Nationals???

  32. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Bo,

    Swisher has his faults, but not nearly as many and significant as his replacement(s). A team can’t lose good players and replace them with players who are not. Simple math. And that is exactly what will happen. All the while the rest of the team, already old, gets older.

    1965, deja vu.

  33. blake November 10th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    @Buster_ESPN: Not surprisingly, the Indians have targeted young starting pitching as they begin the process of taking offers for Asdrubal Cabrera, others.

    If Asdrubal is out there don’t the yanks have to be involved?

  34. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Stoneburner,

    I do that move.

  35. blake November 10th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    “Do you do Cano and Nunez for Rendon, Meyers, and Morse from the Nationals???”

    I don’t think I do….Rendon is a great prospect but he’s also got to prove he can stay healthy ….Id like to get him though

  36. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Blake,

    Do you really think the Yankees are going to bring in a shortstop?

  37. blake November 10th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    But Cashman should definitely be calling about Rendon and the Nats are a team that could afford to sign Cano if the Yanks determine that they are going to have to let him go …..realistically I don’t think the Yankees will ever trade Robbie thought…..

    Id try to use Granderson to get Rendon as they need a CFer

  38. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    blake November 10th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    @Buster_ESPN: Not surprisingly, the Indians have targeted young starting pitching as they begin the process of taking offers for Asdrubal Cabrera, others.

    If Asdrubal is out there don’t the yanks have to be involved?

    *****

    We know we have some credibility with Cleveland due to Z-Mac shining this year a bit.

    Boy though – do we have the young pitching. Does an opening offer including Phelps and Nova get you Cabrera? Include Marshall in some sort of package? idk – Cabrera does have a reasonable contract – and I believe he is a switch hitter – - – -

  39. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Plus, Cabrera is owed $8.5M for 2014.

  40. blake November 10th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    “Do you really think the Yankees are going to bring in a shortstop?”

    I don’t think they are going to do anything at all

  41. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Id try to use Granderson to get Rendon as they need a CFer

    *****

    I think 2011 Granderson could possibly get a player of Rendon’s caliber (former top 5ish draft pick) – 2012 Granderson with one year of FA – that is not getting you Rendon – - – -

  42. Bo knows November 10th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Cash

    The older I get the smarter my father has become. Same with baseball. Whatever the latest and greatest, somewhere it was done before, they just didn’t put labels on it. Every time I want to hop on the Saber/stats wagon I run into “Theory doesn’t match reality”. As in “No such thing as clutch” and then “Jeter’s stats are basically the same both season and post season”.

    Ahem – That describes clutch performance.

  43. blake November 10th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Cabrera is a FA after 2014….I do think they’d move him but the obvious issue for the Yanks is what would you do with him? Would you move Jeter? Would you ask Cabrera to play 3B for a year? It could get hairy…..

  44. blake November 10th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    “I think 2011 Granderson could possibly get a player of Rendon’s caliber (former top 5ish draft pick) – 2012 Granderson with one year of FA – that is not getting you Rendon – – – -”

    You’d probably have to kick in something else but Rendon isn’t a sure thing….and Granderson is a legit power bat who can play CF. it just depends I think…..Rendon is blocked by Zimmerman…..

  45. ron November 10th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    What if the angels traded trout because they thought he would not turn into a great player?
    It’s easy to look back,not so easy to look ahead.
    How would we look if we traded cano for arod,and now we would have no cano,arod with a terrible contract,and suffering watching cano on another team.

    It doesn’t hurt as much trading a 30-35 year old player,even if it is a cano,because their offense has to decline soon,at least in baseball years.
    What hurts is signing a player like arod,watching him decline past his prime years,or letting a player like reyes go for nothing,when at the very least they can land you one top prospect,or trading prospects for older players,and those prospects turn out to be good.

    Cano will be great for some years,still,but the return from trading him should be fantastic.
    The way i look at it is,in 4 or 5 years we can have cano,and his declining offense making 23 million a year,or some great former prospects tearing it up like trout.

    Cano should easily land us 2 elite prospects.
    I’d call texas about olt,and profar,even if we have to throw in a nunez.

  46. Bo knows November 10th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Mac

    I feel your pain and totally agree, which is why I so wanted Beltran and a Swisher trade. Mostly to start weaning Yankee fans from the instant fix. I also want to forestall the crash and each year that goes by it becomes more inevitable. It could come as early as next year. Andy retires and CC gets hurt, Jeter becomes mortal. Turn out the lights

  47. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    blake November 10th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    “I think 2011 Granderson could possibly get a player of Rendon’s caliber (former top 5ish draft pick) – 2012 Granderson with one year of FA – that is not getting you Rendon – – – -”

    You’d probably have to kick in something else but Rendon isn’t a sure thing….and Granderson is a legit power bat who can play CF. it just depends I think…..Rendon is blocked by Zimmerman…..

    ******

    Rendon is their top prospect – a premium 3b prospect and a top round draft pick from college a few years ago – you are not getting him for Granderson with his climbing age, FA, suspect defense, bad BA and Ks – he is a corner OF down the road – and that is different from what he was viewed after 2011 – Granderson is NOT the chip or headline to a prospect deal for Rendon – Cano would be – - – -

  48. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    You do Cano, Warren, Nunez for Ackley, Mauer, Hultzen and Jaso

    Granderson for Belt and Panik

    Resign Swish for 13-14 AAV for 3-4 years

    Resign Kuroda for 2 years

    Pettitte for 1

    Howell/Soria to the pen

    Hairston on 1 year deal

    Martin resign

    Catchers: Martin, Jaso

    Infielders: Tex, Ackley, Jeter, ARod, Chavez, Panik, Belt

    Outfielders: Gardner, Hairston, Swisher, Belt, Reed Johnson

    Starters: C.C., Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Nova/Phelps

    Pen: Rivera, Robertson, Soria/Howell, Joba, Logan, Nova/Phelps, Rapada/Carbra

  49. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    At least five teams have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post. The Mets and Yankees are not two of those teams, however.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#ircGaVaGdsjs7IKD.99

  50. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Tigers in the hunt for J.Upton:

    However, a person involved in the negotiations told me Texas is no longer the frontrunner because it would not include either of its talented shortstops, Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar. Detroit (with third base prospect Nick Castellanos) and Tampa (with deep pitching possibilities) are also in the hunt.

    via Sherman

  51. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    * Indians officials do not see a fit with the Yankees on right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, another possible Swisher replacement.

  52. The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Hariston/Ibanez looking more likely by the day – for now – - – -

  53. Jerkface November 10th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    @ESPN_MLB Dodgers approach Torii Hunter with two-year contract offer, source says http://es.pn/Q4pmLC

    It doesn’t matter if the Dodgers are smart or not if they simply sign everyone.

  54. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    The Yankees are in on . . . Absolutely no one.

  55. tucker November 10th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Just running through the posts this morning, and I wanted to highlight this post. Just about nails it:

    G. Love November 10th, 2012 at 9:18 am
    austinmac,

    The problem is the Yankees are acting like they got 95 wins last season in a dominating fashion.

    Any sane fan watching this team know they peaked early and played bad for 1/2 the season offensively, if not more. The pitching kept us in it. The hitting almost sunk us until Ibanez stepped up.

    I think the Yankees are taking the “let’s enjoy our success in 2012? slant when most of us look at last season as a major missed opportunity.

    Many of us, last off season, were saying if you’re not going to sign Swisher, trade him for someone younger and cheaper.

    Now we’re saying the same thing about guys like Grandy and Cano.

    The team is on one hand telling us “we have to cut payroll” and in the next hand not doing anything proactive to get there other than subtracting talent and replacing it with scrap heap players on short term deals.

    If you had traded Swisher for young 3b or OF last season, we’d have a cost controlled solution in place. Now we get a draft pick which is all well and good except the Yankees get a cap on what they can spend on the draft so they may not be able to afford to sign all these guys they draft at the top of the round next year. In fact, they may be forced to reach for players not worthy of the spot because they’ll sign cheaply.

    The whole strategy is messed up. It’s like having a mansion and saying, “we need new doors and windows but doors and windows are expensive, so let’s let the one’s we have fall off and fix them with old one’s ready to go from other houses instead of doing the work to find cheaper quality replacements”

    Cashman’s only doing his master’s bidding, but I always thought there was a a part of him that wants to burn this team down so he can attempt to raise it from the ashes. It never needed to come to that. Some shrewd trading and planning would have this team in a very different position. Ignoring Cespedes, Darvish, Chapman, etc. was one of the dumbest strategies the Yankees ever came up with.

  56. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I completely agree with GLove’s post as well. Explain how we on a blog have seen the path so readily, but the Yankees do not. How can a team really think replacing good players with scrap heap players is a good concept? They must think they are invulnerable from repercussions. I don’t think they are.

  57. Tidrow November 10th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    People have to be realistic when it comes to player acquisitions and Cashman. Unless he has a checkbook in his hands or trades for another team’ salary dump or reclamation project his skills are sorely lacking. I just think his talent evaluation skills aren’t that good.!

  58. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Jerkface November 10th, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    @ESPN_MLB Dodgers approach Torii Hunter with two-year contract offer, source says http://es.pn/Q4pmLC

    It doesn’t matter if the Dodgers are smart or not if they simply sign everyone.

    But where is Torii going to play? They already have Crawford, Kemp, Ethier. Are they that confident of trading Ethier? Platoon Ethier and Hunter? :D

  59. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner November 10th, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    At least five teams have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post. The Mets and Yankees are not two of those teams, however.

    Dummies. :roll:

  60. UnKnown November 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Dodgers must get to play with a 35 man roster this year while everyone else still plays with a 25. Haha.

  61. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Unknown,

    The Yankees will balance it out with an economical 15 man roster.

  62. tucker November 10th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    The only explanation I can come up with is the Steins and/or limited partners are setting this franchise up for sale. They see the astronomical sum the Dodgers sold for and realize the Yanks brand may be worth twice that amount.

    So they are maximizing cash flow and profit, limiting debt (just one-year contracts) and trying to appease the fanbase by keeping the team somewhat competitive. This could make this a very attractive acquisition target.

    From a fan’s perspective, you either want to see them rebuild by trading guys like Cano and Grandy. Or you want to see them invest in the product. The 189 talk is frankly, an excuse. They could have hit 189 while infusing the franchise with young, affordable talent (Cespedes, Darvish, etc.). They decided not to, which tells me this is a money issue solely, not a salary cap/penalty issue.

    Really think the Steins want to sell the franchise. The one last Hurrah was the 2009 splurge to give George some comfort as he went gently into the good night. Now it’s time to sell.

  63. joeman November 10th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    how about calling the Dodgers and see if they would like to add CG…

  64. joeman November 10th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    a full season will turn everyone on BG..he can’t steal 1st base

  65. joeman November 10th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    But where is Torii going to play? They already have Crawford, Kemp, Ethier. Are they that confident of trading Ethier? Platoon Ethier and Hunter?

    ————————————
    they don’t sign Hunter, Yankees trade CG to the Dodgers Yankees get Either plus back

  66. FreeAgentSignee November 13th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I must ask Baseball America.
    Where are Betances and Romine?
    Go Yankees!


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