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Winter in the American League East

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees won the American League East by two games last season, but the rise of the Orioles and the fall of the Red Sox seemed to signal a shift in the division. This winter, the division has been re-sculpted by the aggressive Blue Jays, the rebuilding Red Sox and the creative Rays. Here’s a look at the moves within the division. Where do the Yankees stand? 

BLUE JAYS
Free agent additions: Melky Cabrera, Maicer Izturis
Trade additions: R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Josh Tholes, Emilio Bonifacio, Esmil Rogers, Mike Nickeas, Jeremy Jeffress
Notable minor league additions: Alex Hinshaw, Ramon Ortiz, Ryan Langerhans, Justin Germano
Waiver claims:
Mickey Storey, Russ Canzler, Tyson Brummett
Re-signed:
Rajai Davis
Rule 5 pick: None
Key losses: Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson, Carlos Villanueva, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Omar Vizquel, Jason Frasor, Brandon Lyon, Jeff Mathis, Yan Gomes, Travis d’Arnaud (and many other high-level prospects)

The winter’s most aggressive team, the Blue Jays clearly sense an opportunity in this division. The Red Sox are weak, the Yankees are weaker, the Rays are somewhat rebuilding and the Orioles are stagnant. Toronto’s aggressive winter has been a remarkable thing to watch from afar. Quickly compare the additions against the key losses, and it’s a landslide in the Blue Jays favor. In the short-term, anyway.

ORIOLES
Free agent additions:
None (only major league deals have been re-signings)
Trade additions: Trayvon Robinson, Danny Valencia, Yamaico Navarro
Notable minor league additions: Conor Jackson, Daniel Schlereth, Dan McCutchen, Jason Pridie
Waiver claims: Alexi Casilla
Re-signed:
Nate McLouth, Lew Ford
Rule 5 pick: T.J. McFarland
Key losses: Mark Reynolds, Robert Andino, Joe Saunders, Jim Thome, Omar Quintanilla, Endy Chavez, Nick Johnson, Kevin Gregg, Dana Eveland, Ronny Paulino

It’s actually fairly stunning just how quiet the Orioles have been this winter. Rather than build on their breakout season, the Orioles most significant new addition is a Rule 5 lefty. They’ve lost a key power bat in Reynolds, a regular infielder in Andino and a handful of guys who played part of last season helping the Orioles make their surprising run to the playoffs.

RAYS
Free agent additions: Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona), James Loney
Trade additions: Yunel Escobar, Wil Myers (and other significant prospects)
Notable minor league additions: Mike Fontenot, Jason Bourgeois
Waiver claims: None
Re-signed: Joel Peralta
Rule 5 pick: None
Key losses: James Shields, B.J. Upton, Wade Davis, Jeff Keppinger, Carlos Pena, Kyle Farnsworth, Luke Scott, J.P. Howell, Burke Badenhop, Ben Francisco, Brooks Conrad, Will Rhymes

Kind of a typical winter for the Rays, who seem perpetually in a state of rebuilding while also trying to win now. They’ve lost two huge pieces in Shields and Upton, but they’ve finally found an everyday shortstop and added one of the game’s top position prospects, who could be ready for the big leagues by mid-summer (if not earlier). They’ve done such a great job developing young pitching that they could afford to trade away Shields and Davis.

RED SOX
Free agent additions: Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Ryan Dempster, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, David Ross, Koji Uehara
Trade additions: Joel Hanrahan, manager John Farrell
Notable minor league additions: Mitch Maier, Oscar Villarreal, Drew Sutton
Waiver claims: None (made some claims, but have since lost them)
Re-signed:
David Ortiz
Rule 5 pick: None
Key losses: Cody Ross, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Mike Aviles, Ryan Sweeney, James Loney, Scott Podsednik, Vicente Padilla, Aaron Cook, Rich Hill, Scott Atchison

The Red Sox greatest losses from last season are the guys they actually lost before the end of the season. Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto are all gone. So is Bobby Valentine, who was good as gone by early September. To fill the holes, the Red Sox have gone on an offseason spending spree, but they’ve missed out on the biggest names available. Instead they’re banking on bouncebacks from guys like Victorino, Dempster and Drew.  They’re still trying to finalize the deal with Napoli.

YANKEES
Free agent additions: Kevin Youkilis
Trade additions: None
Notable minor league additions: Bobby Wilson, Gil Velazquez
Waiver claims: Jim Miller, Josh Pence, David Herndon (all have since cleared waivers and stayed in the organization)
Re-signed: Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Ichiro Suzuki, Jayson Nix
Rule 5 pick: None
Key losses: Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez, Freddy Garcia, Andruw Jones, Derek Lowe, Cory Wade, Casey McGehee

The Yankees have committed significant money toward re-signing four of their own, but their only significant addition has been Kevin Youkilis, who became necessary largely because of Alex Rodriguez’s upcoming hip surgery. Right now, the Yankees seem perfectly willing to move forward without replacing Martin. Two of their most significant additions could be healthy seasons from Mariano Rivera and Brett Gardner, who were hurt most of last year, but that remains to be seen. They’re banking heavily on an aging roster remaining productive for one more year.

Headshots of Dickey, McLouth, Escobar, Victorino and Youkilis

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106 Responses to “Winter in the American League East”

  1. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hello

  2. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Tar,
    Never went to that one. But I also left out going to the Blind Willie Mctell blues and ragtime festival. Look him up. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.....p?id=h-875. Of course, he wasn’t there, but it’s the best blues show I’ve ever seen.

  3. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Blind Willie McTell! – I hope he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! :)

  4. CompassRosy December 23rd, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/c225nl2

    Ibanez still has a home in Sammamish that is in the process of being remodeled. He and his wife had planned to move their family back to the Seattle area in 2013 regardless of where he signed, given the ties they still have to people here.

    He’s spent the past few years moving between homes in the Philadelphia and Miami area and is excited about coming back to Seattle.

    “Anything’spossible in this game,” he said. “The only time you really get to think about it is when you hit free agency. I thought about it a bit last year and it didn’t work out. But now, the opportunity came this year and I think it’s a great opportunity to return to a place that I love and my family loves as well.”

  5. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Just began preparations for Christmas dinner, which we do on Christmas Eve. I’m soaking a 12-pound country ham for the next day or so, got my cloves and local honey (she isn’t invited, though), some yams, collards, and mac and cheese ready to go. What are you folks doing?

  6. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Compass, I hope your family is well and that your son sticks to Hendrix! :)

  7. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Tom,…I’m just trying to get through the next few days! :)

  8. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    jmills,
    Me, too, but you have to eat and feed people. What’s traditional in Montreal?

  9. Tar December 23rd, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Looks like a nice festival Tom. That Merle Fest I mentioned is mostly “Bluegrass” but has a great Acoustic Blues line-up as well. I feel lucky because as I have gotten older I’ve really learned to appreciate many different and types of music. With the common denominator being that it’s played by great musicians.

  10. DaSaint007 December 23rd, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    With the logjam at 1B and DH in Seattle, I wonder if Montero could be in play again…

  11. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Tom, I’ve only been in Gilles Villeneuve’s country a few times. I presently reside in Hamilton On..

  12. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Tar,
    Where and when is that Merle Fest? Any human who doesn’t at least tap their feet to bluegrass is beyond hope.

  13. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    bmills,
    You mean North Detroit?

  14. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah, Tom, its kinda’ like that, ‘cept we’re prettier here! :)

  15. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I bet Trisha is gearing herself up for spaghetti and gravy, cooked by somebody else!

  16. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I don’t have the energy for boiling water and spaghetti right now,……give me my effing Ferrari!

  17. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    jmills,
    With your taxes, just steal one, although they’re hard to find in Hamilton.

  18. DONNYBROOK December 23rd, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Barring a trade, we are Now down to Hairston, Delmon Young, and Carlos Lee to fill the RH OF\DH slot. My guess is Lee falls through the cracks, and Hal sends The Bagman\Cashman after him on-the-cheap. Every season now, there is at least 1 Vlad Guerrero waiting on a MLB roster spot as ST quickly approaches. I know Lee was invoking his “no trade” at the deadline last June, but a case of “beggars not being chosers” awaits him in 2013.

  19. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks , Tom. Thing is, I still might make some rich Italian friends here :) – my town is full of them!

  20. CompassRosy December 23rd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    jmills ~

    I found him a ‘retro’ Hendrix t-shirt at Old Navy …
    still in search of some “vinyl” … he bought a turntable from his bass teacher – told you he was an “old soul” ;)

    ============

    DaSaint007 ~

    I seriously doubt the M’s would give up on Montero so soon – more likely it would be Smoak (but, they both still have options). Though, as I pointed out in the previous thread, there still could be room for all and Churchill agrees…

    http://prospectinsider.com/vie.....eup-stuff/

    Projected Lineup vs. RHP
    Dustin Ackley, 2B
    Michael Saunders, RF
    Kendry Morales, DH
    John Jaso, C
    Kyle Seager, 3B
    Justin Smoak, 1B
    Franklin Gutierrez, CF
    Raul Ibanez, LF
    Brendan Ryan, SS

    Montero will face right-handers some both as a catcher and a DH, as will Jason Bay as a LF/DH. The M’s could also sit Gutierrez versus righties, move Saunders to center and go with Bay and Ibanez in the corners, with Wells in reserve for defense.

    Projected Lineup vs. LHP
    Dustin Ackley, 2B
    Franklin Gutierrez, CF
    Jesus Montero, C
    Kendry Morales, DH
    Kyle Seager, 3B
    Justin Smoak, 1B
    Casper Wells, RF
    Michael Saunders, LF
    Brendan Ryan, SS

    Bay would likely get some starts versus lefties in place of Saunders and Wells, and could also see some time at DH.

  21. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Compass, I’ve got Jimi’s ” Live At Berkley ” offering on newly released thick vinyl!

    Also him at Albert’s Hall and live on New Year’s from Madison Square. All vinyl!

    I have the Doors first album as well.

  22. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    The Mariners should return Montero to sender since they aren’t gonna use him

  23. pkyankfan69 December 23rd, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    The Jets QBs are going to draw straws to see who has to start net week after the beating that McElroy took today… Yikes.

  24. Jerkface December 23rd, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Bill James predictions for the Red Sox offense next year – everyone hits above .300 – oh and he works for the Red Sox – – – -

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/…..sox-future

    These are OBP/SLG/OPS slash lines, not AVG/OBP/SLG slash lines. So I’m sure most of those sox guys are batting under .300. Bill James projections are always optimistic though. The hitters he projects cannot coexist with the pitchers he projects, because there would be no one left to get hits or outs to boost one or the others stats :)

  25. Jerkface December 23rd, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Here are the bill james projections for the Yankees

    Cano: .306 .361 .515 .876 27/100/99
    Jeter: .298 .359 .400 .759 12/97/64
    Tex: .266 .364 .507 .871 35/96/115
    Grandy: .244 .332 .480 .812 34/105/86
    A-rod: .270 .364 .467 .831 26/84/91
    Ichiro: .294 .331 .370 .701 7/81/47
    Stewart: .237 .299 .333 .632 2/14/13
    Gardner: .275 .368 .371 .739 5/94/41
    Youkilis: .265 .371 .465 .836 21/83/80

    Last slash is HR/R/RBI

    Pitching

    CC: 233 IP 16-10 3.28 ERA
    Kuroda: 212 IP 13-10 3.57 ERA
    Hughes: 201 IP 12-11 3.76 ERA
    Nova: 179 IP 9-11 4.42 ERA
    Phelps: 124 IP 7-7 3.70 ERA

    Anyone I left off doesnt have a projection

  26. joeman December 23rd, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Gardner: .275 .368 .371 .739 5/94/41
    ——————————————————–
    I’ll bet coins this won’t happen

  27. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    @FeinsandNYDN: Brian Cashman on Nick Swisher’s Indians deal: “He was great for us. We’ll miss him, but I’m happy for him. I think Cleveland got a bargain.”

    If it was a bargain then why did you let him go…..ask Hal I guess

  28. Jerkface December 23rd, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Interesting thing I heard on MLB XM yesterday night if anyone wants to argue about clutch. The president of SABR was on and said he has analysis which tracks how hitters do vs top pitching & then vs the rest of the league, and said he thinks this correlates strongly with postseason performance. When running his numbers he found that Carlos Beltran was #1 vs top pitching, and amongst the rest of the top was Derek Jeter & Yadier Molina.

    At the other end of the spectrum are guys who feast on non-elite pitching but struggle against the good guys, and they tend to do poorly in the postseason. #1 on this list was Josh Hamilton. He said that he would be wary of the contract Josh signed with the Angels, because of that.

    Thought that was interesting, as Beltran’s PS numbers are undeniable, Molina has hit better in the PS than in the regular season, and of course Jeter has hit about the same as he does in the regular season as in the postseason which is no mean feat.

  29. Jerkface December 23rd, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    If any offseason where Shane Victorino signs for 3/39, Swisher for 5/70 is a steal.

  30. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    If bill James’s predictions for Tex, Youk , and Gardner come true then the offense will be ok…..thing is though that I think Gardner is by far the most realistic of those.

  31. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    JF,

    I heard that interview too and thought it was really interesting….. That guy is on clubhouse confidential a lot and he is good I think

  32. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    If Tex OPSs .870 and Youk .830 then the offense may in fact be good enough…..I just think that’s pretty optimistic

  33. Jerkface December 23rd, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Tex gaining 60 OPS points on last season & 30 points on the 2 prior seasons is probably unrealistic. As I said, Bill James is a very optimistic guy.

  34. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I still can’t believe the Sox gave Victorino almost 40 million bucks….probably my vote for worst value contract of the winter…..

    Melky at 2/18 will likely be the best value

  35. The Return of Stoneburner December 23rd, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Well, at least the Giants scored this week :( – - – -

  36. The Return of Stoneburner December 23rd, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    These are OBP/SLG/OPS slash lines, not AVG/OBP/SLG slash lines.

    ******

    Ooops – my bad – - – -

  37. rm December 23rd, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Napoli didn’t actually sign with the Red Sox yet. If this goes on much longer somebody else could consider stealing him from the Boston.

  38. tucker December 23rd, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    If ARod hits 26 HRs in a half season of play, well, I’ll be surprised.

  39. Jerkface December 23rd, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Minor League Equivalency calculator predicts: .183 .258 .323 .591 for Romine

  40. Jerkface December 23rd, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    That A-rod prediction is for 135 games, so reduce as necessary.

  41. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Top 5 contracts by value this winter

    1. Melky (2/18)
    2. Kuroda 1/15
    3. AJP 1/7.5
    4. Pettite 1/12
    5. Swisher 4/56

    5 worst contracts by value

    1. Victorino (3/39)
    2. Greinke 6/158
    3. League 3/22.5
    4. Liriano 2/14
    5. Youkallis 1/12

  42. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    @FeinsandNYDN: Cashman said he never made an offer to Ibanez. Yankees’ priority is to sign a RH-hitting OF before they sign any DH, especially a lefty.

  43. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    @FeinsandNYDN: Cashman on not making an offer to Ibanez: “I have to see how much money I have left. I don’t have an unlimited budget.”

  44. The Return of Stoneburner December 23rd, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Swisher’s deal is a bit startling in terms of free agent prices and makes B.J. Upton’s $15MM/year agreement with Braves look better, opines the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David O’Brien (Twitter links).

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#5OWVsQ60Q1wyZE3T.99

  45. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Given the market….BJ Uptons deal was never really that bad

  46. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I’d rather have Swisher than that Upton. Indians got a deal.

  47. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    “tomingeorgia says:
    December 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm
    I’d rather have Swisher than that Upton. Indians got a deal.”

    I probably would next year but for the life of the deal I might rather have Upton who is 3 years younger and plays a premium position ….I think both deals are ok really

  48. tomingeorgia December 23rd, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    blake,
    but doesn’t play that premium position worth that money.

  49. Tar December 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Can the Giants make any 3rd down stops? This defense better get their act together, time is running out for them.

  50. Tar December 23rd, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Ravens game plan–keep throwing at Webster.

  51. Tar December 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    3rd and 20. Give me a freaking break :mad: !!!!

  52. Tar December 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Webster again arrgh

  53. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Tar, Max Webster opened a lot for Rush.

  54. The Return of Stoneburner December 23rd, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    The merits of Gerrit Jones and Jeremy Sands from the Pirates. Jones for DH and backup RF – Sands as righty corner bat off bench. Jones should be able to add to his 27 HRs in YS with the right field short porch. Both are under team control for multiple years at low rates so minimal impact on 2014 budget. Verus lefties – the DH spot can be a rotation of Nunez, Mustelier, Jeter – - – -

  55. The Return of Stoneburner December 23rd, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    FeinsandNYDN In February, Yankees fans screamed that Cashman didn’t know what he was doing signing Ibanez. Now he’s an idiot for letting Ibanez go. #sigh

    FeinsandNYDN Again, the perception that the Yankees are being “cheap” is ridiculous. They will spend over $200 million on payroll this season.

    FeinsandNYDN A RH OF free-agent that may make sense for the Yankees: Matt Diaz. Career .324/.364/.498 vs LHP. He’s healthy again and won’t be expensive.

    FeinsandNYDN Sounds a lot like last year when Cashman had to trade AJ Burnett to free up money to sign both Ibanez and Eric Chavez for $2M combined.

  56. The Return of Stoneburner December 23rd, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Link to Matt Diaz at baseball reference:

    http://www.baseball-reference......ma02.shtml

    Has the average against lefties – not much of a HR threat – but does seem average wise to hit lefties – if healthy – - – -

  57. MTU December 23rd, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    SB-

    I always liked Diaz.

    ;)

  58. Tar December 23rd, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    “Tar, Max Webster opened a lot for Rush.”

    Well I’m not sure about Max, but Corey sure opened up a lot for the Ravens. That was a hard game to watch.

  59. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Tar, I’ve been working in the kitchen for the past four hours or so, thus,….no game to miss mon ami. :)

  60. Against All Odds December 23rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Are the Giants still alive?

  61. jmills December 23rd, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    ” Are the Giants still alive? ” – I don’t know, but the Argonauts won the 2012 Grey Cup in Toronto!……I know this makes you all feel better.

  62. Tar December 23rd, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    AAO

    Yeah they are still alive, but need help. Really the way they are playing right now they don’t deserve it.

  63. The Return of Stoneburner December 23rd, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Are the Giants still alive?

    *******

    I believe so – but I think they need help next week – I do not think they control their own destiny anymore – - – -

  64. jacksquat December 23rd, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Jeff Baker might actually be more useful. Diaz’ career numbers vs lhp are very good, but not last year, and recently in general. Baker’s career numbers vs lhp are just as impressive, and while he may not be as good in the OF corners, he also plays 1B, 2B and 3B decently, and he’s 3 years younger. And his recent salaries are 50-60% of Diaz’.

  65. Against All Odds December 23rd, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you Tar and Stone

  66. Shame Spencer December 23rd, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I just made 110 arancini.

    I’m so ready for Christmas and New Years to be over so I can dedicate all of my energy towards Spring Training :twisted:

  67. pkyankfan69 December 23rd, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    The Giants playoff situation is pretty bleak.

    There are 2 scenarios depending on the SF/SEA game tonight….

    (1)If Seattle wins tonight they clinch a playoff spot and the Giants need to win next week and have ALL of the following to happen:

    Redskins beat Cowboys
    Packers beat Vikings
    Lions beat Bears

    (2) If Seattle loses tonight the Giants need win next week and have 3 out of the 4 following to happen:

    Redskins beat Cowboys
    Packers beat Vikings
    Lions beat Bears
    Rams beat Seahawks

    The Cowboys have the tiebreaker over the Giants because of divisional record. The Giants have the tiebreaker over the Vikings and Bears because of conference record… If Seattle loses tonight the Giants would also have the tiebreaker over them due to conference record.

    It’s a longshot… I don’t see the Lions beating the Bears or the Rams beating the Seahawks… Then again, the way the Giants are playing they really don’t deserve to be in the playoffs anyway.

  68. Spudz December 24th, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Now if Romine can exceed expectations!

  69. joeman December 24th, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Matt Diaz isn’t a answer to the RH-OF…he’s just a body

  70. Duh Innings II December 24th, 2012 at 6:39 am

    The only special thing about Martin’s 2012 was his 21 homeruns. ‘Say Romine hit 10 homeruns, Stewart 2 for a dozen homeruns by the catcher total for a loss of 10 homeruns from the 2013 Yankees catcher (22 in 2012 as Stewart hit one to 12.) So what when Teixiera has the talent to better his 2012 total of 24 and Cano has the talent to better his 2012 HR total of 33? If Teixiera hit 30 HR (a modest 6 HR improvement) and Cano hit 37 HR (4 HR improvement), they alone would make up for the loss of HR at catcher if Romine, Stewart, and perhaps a third catcher who gets some playing time (Cervelli) combine for 12 HR. I didn’t know hitting homeruns was a catcher’s primary function.

    People have been spoiled by Matt Nokes, Mike Stanley, Jim Leyritz, Jorge Posada, and Russell Martin. The 1996 Yanks catcher hit only 9 HR (7 by Leyritz where homeruns accounted for only a tenth of his hits and 2 by Girardi), the ’99 catcher only 14 (12 by Posada and 2 by Girardi.)

    I think Ichiro has the ability to hit half the number of homeruns Swisher hit in 2012 and post better BA and OBP than Swisher. Swisher stole only two bases in 2012, Ichiro SEVEN TIMES THAT (14) for the Yanks. ‘Say Ichiro smacks just a dozen HRs but steals 30 bases. He’d have 28 more steals than 2012 Swisher, 14X the number of chances to be driven in from 2B and 3B than 2012 Swisher. Let’s also say he’s driven in from stealing a base only 9 times (30% of the time.) He scored 9 runs Swisher would not have scored and helped create a run.

  71. Doreen December 24th, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Good morning all.

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy these days.

  72. blake December 24th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Morning Doreen and everyone else….merry Christmas Eve and happy holidays to everyone

  73. blake December 24th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    It’s Christmas so I’m gonna throw a positive spin on the farm system this morning.

    The Yankees system currently is one with potential but one without much close to the big leagues…..and therefore it’s one without much impact on the big leagues and trade market.

    However …a year from now things could be much different….it’s possible that the Yanks have a top 5 system this time a year from now.

    They have 4 real potential top 20 position players who if they get to and perform at AA next year then they could become just that….they also a couple of high upside starters and relievers (Depaula, Campos, Montgomery etc) who could just on the scene.

    Depaula seems to be the X factor….everyone seems to think he could be a monster but are hesitant to rank him because he’s never pitched in the states….he will in 2013.

    They are prospects…..so they all could just and disappoint us….but there is a realistic scenario where the Yanks system has a great 2013 and really sets them up as one of the better systems in baseball over the next year.

    That’s their best chance to make this payroll thing work….so lets hope it happens

  74. MTU December 24th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Good Morning.

    Looks like a RH hitting OF’er and a DH are our last 2 remaining items.

    And by the way, Happy Holidays. Peace be with ye.

    :)

  75. MTU December 24th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Blake-

    Hopefully the Yankees will get a better picture of what they have after the upcoming season.

    2014 should be real interesting either way.

    ;)

  76. MTU December 24th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    It is worth mentioning again that the failure rate among prospects is very high.

    This is especially true with young pitchers.

    Odds are a little better with position guys.

    I’ve stated my POV on prospects here many times so I will not repeat it but I hope the Yankees use all of their resources wisely.

    Seek quality and find balance.

    Hope the Transition goes as smooth as possible.

  77. Mike Ri December 24th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Merry Christmas all !

  78. randy l. December 24th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Merry Christmas doreen, blake and everyone.

    i spent a few days with my parents in ct a few days ago. my father has decided after initial misgivings that he likes the idea of youkillis being on the yankees. that’s a big step because he loved hating youkiliis when he was on the red sox.
    he didn’t understand why they let swisher go and trying to explain to him that hal is on an austerity program went over as well as answering his question after watching a few hours of cnn, ” what the hell is a fiscal cliff?

    i finally made it real simple for him. hal being a rich guy wants to pay less taxes than regular people, and then with all his money saved on taxes doesn’t want to spend it on guys like swisher.

    right now he’s excited about notre dame in the bcs game and ct womens basketball.
    baseball can wait.

    now that’s a healthy old fashioned approach.

  79. MTU December 24th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    randy-

    Happy Holidays to you and your Family.

    Hope peace, health, and happiness arrive at your doorstep.

    P.S. Unlike your Father I still haven’t completely adjusted to the idea of Youkilis in PS. He will need to make me a believer.

  80. austinmac December 24th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Merry Christmas Eve and happy holidays my blog friends. I hope you all get to spend time with your families. These days are precious.

    I think of GB this morning. We miss him. He was one guy I never minded telling me when I was full of it.

  81. MTU December 24th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Mac-

    May the Sun shine on you and the wind be at your back.

    :)

  82. MaineYankee December 24th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    randy

    now that’s a healthy old fashioned approach.

    ——————————————————————

    In this case I’d say the apple did fall far from the tree. :D:

  83. austinmac December 24th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    MTU,

    May you always reach the peaks while achieving new heights.

    An old proverb I made up this morning.

    Have a great holiday.

  84. MaineYankee December 24th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Also Merry Christmas to all of you.

  85. MTU December 24th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Thanks Mac.

    Appreciate the well wishes.

  86. MTU December 24th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Back at ya’ Maine.

    Stay warm.

  87. blake December 24th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Merry Christmas randy, Mac, MTU, trader and everyone everywhere.

    If we are good then maybe Santa will bring us Scott Hairston or somebody….. Probably just a bag of switches

  88. MaineYankee December 24th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    MTU December 24th, 2012 at 8:22 am
    Back at ya’ Maine.

    Stay warm.

    ———————————————————-

    Nice sunny day today.

    It seems to me that you are the one talking about how cold it is.

    Didn’t ou know it isn’t cold till it gets below 0?

  89. MaineYankee December 24th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    blake

    You just got to believe.

    If you told Santa what you want you should get it, right?

  90. MTU December 24th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Maine-

    I see. Glad you told me.

    I’ll keep that in mind from now on.

    ;)

  91. tomingeorgia December 24th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Merry Christmas, everybody! May the New Year bring peace, prosperity and a right-handed outfielder who can hit a little.

  92. austinmac December 24th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Blake,

    Did you say a bag of switch hitters? Now, we’re talking. No more platooning. :)

  93. Yankee Trader December 24th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Good morning everyone. Merry Christmas, and a very Happy and Healthy New Year filled with fullfillment for all of my LoHud friends and their families.

    From columnist Richard Justice-some hope:

    “Maybe you’ve read that this has been a difficult offseason for the Yankees. Maybe you’ve noticed that some people have already declared them toast in 2013. That’s a good, strong opinion. Makes for good reading. Good talk-show material, too. There’s just one problem.

    The Yankees still might be pretty good. Maybe even a contender. Maybe even a champion. Yes, even with all the departures. Yes, even with all the age.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  94. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 24th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Hello lohud gang! Looks like mother nature is going to grace little Rhody with a white Christmas of sorts!!! That makes this traditionalist very happy. :)

    Wishing wonderful things for all of you, especially the gift of perspective. Winning the AL East and making the postseason year after year is still a lot of which to be proud.

    My gift to you is the lyrics to an old Irving Berlin song. My hope is that you take it to heart and remember it!

    Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep

    When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
    I count my blessings instead of sheep
    And I fall asleep
    Counting my blessings

    When my bankroll is getting small
    I think of when I had none at all
    And I fall asleep
    Counting my blessings

    I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
    And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds

    If you’re worried and you can’t sleep
    Just count your blessings instead of sheep
    And you’ll fall asleep
    Counting your blessings

    MERRY CHRISTMAS GANG!!!

    :)

  95. blake December 24th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    “If you told Santa what you want you should get it, right?”

    Santa Cashman NEVER listens to me….so I have no reason to be good

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 24th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS GB!

  97. The Return of Stoneburner December 24th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Happy Holidays lohud – - – -

    righty who can hit .290 or above against lefties and play the OF and a lefty who can hit the homer and then let’s head to ST – the more I see the stats – Mustelier could be a nice platoon option against lefties – you rotate him, Nunez, and Jeter in that DH spot – should be interesting at least – in 2013 – I am hoping for a healthy year from Slade Heathcott and that he does what he did in the AFL in AA and beyond – - – -

  98. blake December 24th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Micheal morse hits over .290 against lefties and righties

  99. austinmac December 24th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Trisha,

    Very nice lyrics. Merry Christmas to you.

    I don’t think I’ll count my bankroll this morning. Too big a family for Christmas.

  100. The Return of Stoneburner December 24th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I do have to say that every time I see the name Michael Morse – I feel like it is a name for a horror villain and make me want to watch Halloween or something – - – -

    I do not know what the price would be for Morse and the impact it would have going forward – - – -

  101. blake December 24th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    “The Yankees still might be pretty good. Maybe even a contender. Maybe even a champion. Yes, even with all the departures. Yes, even with all the age.””

    Could be sure if everything falls into place ….but it’s pretty unlikely with the current roster IMO…..they’d have to pitch extremely well…even better than last year

  102. The Return of Stoneburner December 24th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    by impact – I mean the players to give up and how they might factor in 2014 and beyond – - – -

  103. The Return of Stoneburner December 24th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    New post ->

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