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Wednesday night notes and links

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 02, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Pretty quiet day. Here are a few notes…

• Although the Yankees are still in the market for another right-handed outfielder, Joel Sherman says Delmon Young is not in the picture. The Yankees don’t like his defense or his off-the-field issues.

• You know who else is not in the picture? Scott Proctor. He signed with the Giants.

• Following last week’s domestic dispute, Andruw Jones’ wife has filed for divorce. Sad situation for several reasons.

• Paul Hoynes reports that Nick Swisher could be officially introduced with the Indians tomorrow afternoon. I know, right!

• Speaking of the Indians. They claimed Russ Canzler off waivers just a few weeks after losing him on waivers. He has no connection to the Yankees whatsoever except that I mentioned him as a guy who might make sense for them as a right-handed power hitter who can play the corners. Would be nothing more than a depth move, but it really doesn’t matter at this point.

• Among the stories I read today as part of playing catchup from my vacation: My good friend Mark Feinsand did a terrific job with this touching story about radio engineer Carlos Silva who’s undergoing chemotherapy. Carlos is a very nice man. We wish him nothing but the very best.

 
 

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73 Responses to “Wednesday night notes and links”

  1. Rich in NJ January 2nd, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I would have been shocked if they signed Young given the almost certain public relations hit, and I can’t say that I blame them for avoiding that. After putting Ibanez in the OF, however, they are in no position to talk about the importance of OF defense.

    I never read Feinsand because, imo, he’s basically a flack, but my best to Carlos Silva for a full recovery.

  2. The Return of Stoneburner January 2nd, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Free agent Lance Berkman still hasn’t decided on playing in 2013, but he is talking about a possible return with the Rangers and other clubs, major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Astros remain open to bringing him back, even after signing free-agent first baseman Carlos Pena, but the Rangers would obviously give the veteran a better chance to win.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#wPAgOTOS8yxDuYOD.99

    ******

    Maybe the Rangers are moving on from Arizona’s asking price – - – -

  3. austinmac January 2nd, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Berkman’s career left handed OPS is a remarkable 1.007. Right handed is .777. Wish it was the reverse.

  4. Jerkface January 2nd, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I’ll take the 1 OPS vs the vast majority of pitchers :)

  5. austinmac January 2nd, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    There aren’t many 1.000 OPS around that’s for sure. He hit great in 2011.

  6. Duh Innings II January 2nd, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Russ Canzler is a power hitter? ‘Dude has 3 HR in 102 career PA (HR every 34 PA.)

    ‘Best to Silva.

    No to Berkman.

    Let’s see what Nunez can do at DH to start 2013.

  7. Jerkface January 2nd, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Russ Canzler is a power hitter? ‘Dude has 3 HR in 102 career PA (HR every 34 PA.)

    He has hit ~40 2B the past 3 seasons in the minors and 21,18,22 HRs. Thats a power hitter alright. hard to dismiss a guy on 26 games when its his first 26 games in the majors.

  8. Rich in NJ January 2nd, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I’ll take Berkman. Nunez has never really hit enough in his career to justify DHing him, and this team needs offense. Nunez should be a super utility guy, and then live with his defensive mistakes. That’s where he has the most value.

  9. The Return of Stoneburner January 2nd, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Russ Canzler

    Players who win the International League MVP award don’t tend to have successful major league careers. You get a Jim Rice or Jim Thome thrown in there but for the most part the players have had AAAA ability, meaning they’re good enough to kill the minors but not good enough to hit in the big leagues. Canzler was the 2011 MVP winner, hitting .314/.401/.530 for the Durham Bulls as a 25-year-old for the Durham Bulls. Despite that success the Rays never gave him a real shot and he was picked up by the Indians over the winter. He’s not had the same success at Triple-A this season but has managed a respectable .358 wOBA and 122 wRC+ with 22 home runs. The Indians are offensively challenged, ranking 25th in runs scored and near the bottom of the league in home runs and ISO. With designated hitter Travis Hafner injured and left field having been a disaster all season,

    69: Russ Canzler, Indians INF/OF
    Talent: 5
    Opportunity: 8
    2011 Highest Level: Majors
    He probably would’ve been better off had the Rays not traded him to Cleveland this offseason, because his versatility — he’s passable at third, first and the outfield corners — might’ve made him a Joe Maddon fave. Then again the 25-year-old, who’s put up OPSes of .938 and .930 in 2010 and 2011, could make himself useful nto platoons at first and third with lefty-swingers Casey Kotchman and Lonnie Chisenhall.

  10. Nick in SF January 3rd, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Dear LoHud,

    I am reposting this post that someone put up at the end of the last thread, over two hours after the new thread came up. I’m not endorsing any of its contents and, to be honest, I haven’t read it ‘cos it looks like a massive block of blah, but I’m putting it here because it made me sad, for a moment to think that this person spent however long it took to write it and post it and few people will see it and then decide whether or not to read it. I gather the upshot is that he wants the Yanks to get Stanton. Happy New Year!

    steviek78 January 3rd, 2013 at 12:43 am
    The Yankees MUST get this guy…any way they can. A Rod would be an interesting piece for the Yankees to dangle in a potential trade to the Marlins. If the Marlins don’t expect to contend for a few years…at least having A Rod for another 4 1/2 years and bringing the fans back into the new stadium with a Miami favorite and veteran presence for the younger players in rebuilding mode and certainly would serve them well. Oh…I’m full aware that A Rod’s going to miss a half of this season due to injjury… Keep him on the bench….have himi tutor this team and upon return the Marlins would still have him for I believe another 4 1/2 years and would not have to pay his salary. A Rod might thrive better in this tropical environment he seems to favor in the offseason. He, plus two of the following in Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott, and Tyler Austin, plus Eduardo Nunez, and either David Phelps or Ivan Nova is an attractive package. Lots of needs are met here. With shrewd negotiating by Cashman..he could get the Marlins could agree to pay a small percentage of A Rod’s contract….as much as he can get them to pay. The Marlins get a former All Star and legend who would be reinvented and generate revenue in Miami being he’s from there plus a couple of single A top level prospects and young major league ready pitcher and infielder. Sure the Yankees are giving up a lot but at least a chunk of A Rod’s salary is eaten up. They could still retain either Nova or Phelps and remember they have Michael Pineda returning. Nunez is expendable.and is a coveted bat for other teams assuming the Marlins could work with him well on his fielding he would certainly thrive with every day play. The OF would be crowded with the addition of Stanton, 2 years of Ichiro and one more year of Granderson and Gardner after than. If the Yankees secure Stanton they should IMMEDIATELY seek to trade Granderson to an NL contender in need of left handed power for some top tiered prospects and/or a major league ready upgrade at catcher. Suddenly the Yankees are younger, rid themselves of ARod and SOME of his regrettable salary, get value by packaging Nunez who has no position on the Yankees and get back the biggest trade target out there right now and secure him for many years. This guy would be a monster in Yankee Stadium and more than fits the need for a right handed OF bat. I am definitely not excited about the prospect of obtaining Scott Hariston. I am not too worried about the Yankees securing a playoff spot this year but clearly they run out of steam in the playoff as the team’s collective old age has shown in the last few years. Don’t be surprised if the Yankees pull this off. Does this plan sound unreasonable? Of course a lot of it is up to the Marlins but if I were their GM I wouldn’t want a disgrunteld Stanton and would get as much as I can while his value is high and find the BEST option they could to rebuild fan morale. The BEST option for that would be getting Miami legend A Rod to guide this team in rebuilding mode and groomhim to be a possible coach one day because A Rod’s gonna retire here…why not start now and replace a big name after trading away every one of their other big names.

  11. Jdiddyshownopitty January 3rd, 2013 at 2:27 am

    wow.

  12. GregD January 3rd, 2013 at 6:30 am

    the Marlins don’t want A-Rod……and they certainly can get major league ready talent elsewhere…..this is just wishful thinking………..

  13. jmills January 3rd, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Congrats – your hockey team just won :)

  14. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:04 am

    @Buster_ESPN: The difference of eras: in 2012, STL led MLB with a .338 on-base pct. In 2000, 21 teams had a higher OBP than that. http://t.co/9vFPSZM1

    Is this all due to steroids? Or could it be that hitters just have worse approaches and pitchers are better overall?

  15. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:06 am

    The Marlins would probably take Arod if the Yankees ate almost all if his contract…..but they certainly aren’t trading Giancarlo Stanton for him and a couple of A ball guys…..

  16. jmills January 3rd, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Blake, pitchers obviously have a leg up on the drug market now.

  17. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Blake-

    Stanton is not even worth discussing IMO.

    We are simply not getting him. The price is too high and that’s even if we had enough which I doubt.

    Highly unlkely we wind up with JU either.

    To try for Upton you hand Towers a list of guys available and say pick 3/4 of them.

    If that doesn’t work nothing will.

    I’m surprised it’s taking this long for Towers to move him.

    Would have thought he would have had all kinds of good offers by now.

    Oh to be a fly on the wall.

    ;)

  18. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:25 am

    MTU,

    I agree….probably should focus on Morse or Vlad Guerrero or somebody

  19. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Blake-

    Have the Nats re-signed LaRoche ?

    Like you said, it probably takes LaRoche to get Morse.

    IMO we are more likely to wind up with a Hairston type.

    They seem more interested in patches than real upgrades.

    The Farm will need to produce next season. Big bet there considering the limited budget.

    That’s why I favored starting the process now with a guy like Upton.

  20. jmills January 3rd, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Maybe start things out, and if the glue is holding add something then,….if possible. I know that sounds facetious, but Upton seems like a question to want to take on.

  21. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:33 am

    No they haven’t signed Laroche yet….but everyone seems to think they will in the end

  22. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Mills the only question about JU might be the health of his shoulder.

    Other than that there are few questions.

    He’s a young, five-tool guy who has already hit close to .300 with 30 dingers.

    If it weren’t for the owner being a loose canon there is no way a player like him would even be available.

    Someone is likely to get very, very lucky.

    I’d love for it to be the Yankees though I doubt it will.

  23. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:39 am

    The Holidays are over ….get to work Cash!

  24. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Blake-

    Looks like Cashman is exercising patience.

    Makes sense for him.

    No telling what becomes available. Some team decisions are made late.

    A Morse, or even an Upton might one of them.

    Guess we’ll see.

  25. jmills January 3rd, 2013 at 7:41 am

    MTU, enlightened post as usual, makes the morning porridge go down a bit easier :)

  26. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Mills-

    Can’t help it.

    I’m a Rennaisance Man.

    :)

  27. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Here’s a few photos from yesterday’s hike:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/TheHellholeCanyon?authkey=Gv1sRgCJHJqbu6yq2DNg#

    My 3rd in a row. Starting the New Year off right.

    Enjoy.

    :)

  28. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:47 am

    MTU,

    I would be much more Anthopolis as a GM….whether that’s good or not Im not sure but patience isn’t one of my best virtues…..sometimes patience pays off….sometimes you miss out

  29. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Blake-

    For better or worse patience is Cashman’s style.

    That’s his M.O. It’s not changing.

  30. jmills January 3rd, 2013 at 7:53 am

    MTU – lovely. Dirty and cold here,…at least no snakes. Hope to get in the backyard this weekend.

  31. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Blake-

    Right now I’d like to be more Dodgers, or more Tampa.

    Less in between.

    ;)

  32. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Mills-

    Glad you enjoyed them. Pleasure is all mine.

  33. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:56 am

    MTU,
    My guess is that Cashman and Towers have talked….probably about Upton and Kubel both.

    Cash would probably give up a couple of the top guys for Upton….I hope it happens but I kinda doubt it…..

    One thing that could be scaring some teams off from offering what Towers wants for Upton is just the amount of money he’s owed….he’s owed 10 million this year and then 15 each in 2014 and 2015…..that’s a lot in actual money when you consider he’s not a sure thing and how much you’d be giving in prospects.

    The thing that could work for the Yanks in this case is that AAV is all they care about and his is only 8+ a year…..

    Hopefully there is a match because be solves a lot of issues short and long term

  34. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Great pics are usual

  35. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Blake-

    One would think KT and BC have talked.

    8/per AAV is awesome for a guy with JU’s talent and upside.

    Glad you enjoyed the pics.

  36. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:01 am

    jmills-MTU- Blake

    Good morning. Great photos on what appeared to be a picture perfect day.

  37. AAA January 3rd, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I would be much more Anthopolis as a GM….whether that’s good or not Im not sure but patience isn’t one of my best virtues…..

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

    He really didn’t have a great deal of choice. Jays haven’t competed on any level since the early 90′s and a small window is open for them to do so now. AA had to take advantage of it. If it doesn’t pan out over the next 2-3 seasons, you’ll be seeing the Jays sell off like the ’97 Marlins and start over, IMO.

  38. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Trust me YT. It was.

    Glad you enjoyed them.

    :)

  39. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:05 am

    “He really didn’t have a great deal of choice. Jays haven’t competed on any level since the early 90?s and a small window is open for them to do so now. AA had to take advantage of it. If it doesn’t pan out over the next 2-3 seasons, you’ll be seeing the Jays sell off like the ’97 Marlins and start over, IMO.”

    He’s i agree….he saw an opening with the Sox down….the Rays trading Shields and letting Upton go…..and the Yanks pinching pennies and using wheelchairs to round the bases…..and he took it

  40. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:18 am

    RAB’s did a pretty good job of figuring wht might be, in real dollars, the opening day 2013 payroll for the 40 man roster.

    What’s left to spend? 3-8M.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....ree-81000/

  41. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:21 am

    YT-

    Perfect.

    Just enough for Upton.

    ;)

  42. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:22 am

    If they got Upton thenYankees guess is they’d trade Granderson which would actually cut payroll

  43. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Now for 2014 when the expected player benefits for all 30 teams is expected to be as much as 12M, the real target to stay from going over the “fiscal cliff” is now 177M.

    Better get some of the talent in A quickly up to speed!!

  44. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Blake-

    Granderson to Philly for Domonic Brown +

    That takes care of our 4th OF’er and gives us a high upside, young OF’er.

    And yeah, cheaper. Faster, younger, and more athletic too.

    ;)

  45. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Which of the following 3 guys has the highest cieling ? :

    DePaula, Campos,or Ramirez.

    Most would probably say DePaula but I’m not so sure.

    ;)

  46. jmills January 3rd, 2013 at 8:31 am

    No matter what, I’m glad AA did what he did. Gotta’ go, have a great day.

  47. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:31 am

    And don’t write Man-Ban off just yet.

    ;)

  48. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Blake-

    If you are the GM and look closely at Granderson’s stats for the 2012 season, aren’t you a bit concerned that he has declined in just about every category except homers, most of which were hit in YS, although many of those after looking at a Hit/spray chart, would have gone out in any stadium?

    Teams still in need of an outfielder might just wait to see how he performs in spring training before deciding to trade for him. Even then will they require the Yankees to eat a portion of the 15M?

  49. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:34 am

    MTU-

    Dominic Brown, 25, is a lefty.

  50. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:34 am

    -Mason Williams , Gary Sanchez, and Nova for Justin Upton

    -Granderson to Philly for cody Ashche and Adam Morgan (LHP)

    -Boone Logan and Flores for Michael Morse!

    -Sign Marcum to a one year deal and Jurjins to a minor deal contract.

    Jeter SS
    Ichiro RF
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Upton LF
    Morse DH
    Youk 3B
    Romine C
    Gardner CF

    Sabathia
    Kuroda
    Pettite
    Hughes
    Marcum

    Ok I’m done…..back to reality

  51. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:36 am

    So what YT ?

    With JU in the fold he’d be fine as our 4th OF’er. No need for a 2nd RH-hitting OF’er.

    Brown can cover either corner.

    He still has plenty of upside too. Maybe long works his magic on him ?

  52. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:41 am

    “If you are the GM and look closely at Granderson’s stats for the 2012 season, aren’t you a bit concerned that he has declined in just about every category except homers”

    He didnt really decline so much as he regressed back to what he really is…..and any way you slice it a guy that can play CF and hit 43 homers has value

  53. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I like Brown but if I deal Granderson then Id rather do it for other stuff they need….3B or SS help

  54. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Blake-

    Sure. But we have to work with what’s possible.

    Who else might be after a guy like Grandy and has what you say to offer ?

    Don’t say the Rangers because we don’t trade with them.

    ;)

  55. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I didn’t read the posts about the future of Phil Hughes in pinstripes, but if he won’t fit under the 2014 LT limits the Angels might be interested in getting him. He’s from southern California.

    The Angels top prospect is 3B, 20 yo, Kaleb Cowart, a switch hitter.
    Their top pitching prospect is 23 yo , LH Nick Maronde-fastball tops at 95, with an 82-85 mph slider. Working on a 3rd pitch.

    Their top OF prospect is 25 yo Kole Calhoun who hit .298 with 14 homers at AAA-patient hitter with pop.

    Could a deal be made there? Include Granderson and make a mega deal and unload salry fr 2014 and beyond?

  56. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:46 am

    *unload salary for*

  57. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:47 am

    “Who else might be after a guy like Grandy and has what you say to offer ?”

    I think the Braves, Phillies, and Rangers are probably the best fits….an I think they would deal with the Rangers…..they dealt with Seattle after the Cliff Lee fiasco (twice actually )

  58. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:47 am

    YT-

    I kinda think the Halos are a bit tapped out for now.

    Especially after the Greinke deal.

    Don’t think they’d want Granderson’s additional salary.

    They actually have an excess of OF’ers.

    Don’t think the Yankees are trading Phil.

  59. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Blake-

    Perhaps but there is no evidence of them doing so.

    A lot of rivalry there as well to overcome.

    The Mariners were never a threat to the Yankees. The Rangers always are.

    Of course, I’d love to get Olt. Just don’t see it.

    What do we do with the Bravos ?

  60. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Id trade Hughes IF he won’t do an extension now and if Lohse or Marcum would do a one year deal.

    Phil is one of my favorites and one of the reasons for me to watch…..but they can’t just let him walk for nothin if they can help it

  61. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:53 am

    MTU-

    I suppose the Mariners would be interested in adding Granderson. Team supposedly still looking for more pop.

    If the Angels are shooting for it all this year, would they add Hughes and Granderson and make some of their top prospects available. Might we have to take back Vernon Wells, if the Angels ate a decent chunk of his remaining salary?

  62. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Blake-

    I think they’ll pay the freight and try to re-sign Phil.

    If not, he’s gone for a draft pick.

    It may make some sense to extend him, or trade him now but it’s not the Yankee way.

    At least it hasn’t been up until now.

    ;)

  63. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:55 am

    “What do we do with the Bravos ?”

    Id target Nick Ahmed…..Id obviously aim high first and ask for the Teherans and Betancorts, and Minors etc first…..but something like Delgado and Ahmed could work if the Yanks could aquire an Upton first

  64. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:56 am

    YT-

    Don’t know about the M’s. They added Morales for pop.

    They may be looking for more ?

    I don’t think the Halos are a good match for us.

    IMO Hughes isn’t going anywhere this season even though maybe they should consider it.

  65. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:57 am

    MTU-

    YOU meant after the Josh Hamilton signing. Their starting staff is now Weaver, Wilson, Vargas, Hanson and possibly Blanton.

    So do you all now think the Yankees will sign Hughes to a 12-15M/year 4-5 year contract????

  66. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Blake-

    Not familiar with those Bravos kids.

    What are there positions, and how close to being ML-ready are they ?

    How highly are they ranked ?

  67. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I’d love to have Berkman back… I wanted them to resign him the year they got him near the deadline, but it was an issue of playing time I think.

  68. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I don’t think they’d trade Hughes either….which is why they should try to extend him

  69. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:58 am

    edit: their not there.

  70. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 9:00 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Still can’t get consensus on which OFer #DBacks will trade. Some in industry say preference is Kubel. Others still convinced it’s Upton.

  71. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Blake-

    “Id target Nick Ahmed…..Id obviously aim high first and ask for the Teherans and Betancorts, and Minors etc first…..but something like Delgado and Ahmed could work if the Yanks could aquire an Upton first.”

    If Upton is still available, the Braves still have more to offer and Justin would fit perfectly as a corner, right handed power hitter, rather than another lefty-Granderson- to be in the heart of their line-up with other lefties-McCann, Heyward, and Freeman.

  72. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Yes YT.

    Sorry. After Hamilton.

    Yes. I think they’ll find a way to fit Hughes in.

    Blake-

    I would think Hughes agent would want him to go to FA if he has another good season.

    An extension would be counterproductive from that POV unless it was pretty near market value.

    Worth a try but it’s not the Yankee’s M.O. so it’s unlikely.

    They really need to rethink that policy if they are going to be on a budget.

    ;)

  73. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 9:03 am

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