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Yankees announce Brian McCann signing

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 03, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have officially announced their Brian McCann signing. He will be introduced at a press conference on Thursday. Here’s the announcement, including a quote from Hal Steinbrenner.

McCannThe New York Yankees today announced they have signed catcher Brian McCann to a five-year contract extending through the 2018 season with a vesting option for 2019.

McCann, 29, owns a .277 (1,070-for-3,863) career batting average with 464 runs, 227 doubles, 176 home runs and 661RBI in 1,105 games over nine Major League seasons, all with the Atlanta Braves (2005-13). Since making his Major League debut in 2005, he leads all catchers in home runs and RBI and ranks second in doubles, trailing only Minnesota’s Joe Mauer (274).

“The singular and unwavering desire of this organization is to construct a team each and every season designed to play meaningful baseball deep into October,” said New York Yankees Managing General Partner and Co-Chairperson, Hal Steinbrenner. “In Brian McCann, we feel we have made a significant improvement to a key position, while adding a high-character presence to our clubhouse. Our work this offseason has just begun, but we feel this is an important step towards what will be an exciting and rewarding 2014 season for our fans.”

A seven-time All-Star (2006-11, ’13) and the 2010 All-Star Game MVP, McCann is one of just 11 Major Leaguers—and the only catcher—to hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last six seasons (2008-13).

In 2013, he batted .256 (91-for-356) with 43 runs, 13 doubles, 20 home runs and 57RBI in 102 games. McCann began the season on the 15-day disabled list recovering from right shoulder surgery performed on October 16, 2012, missing the Braves’ first 30 games of the year. Overall, he posted a 2.98 catchers ERA in 2013, the lowest such mark in the Majors since the Dodgers’ Paul Lo Duca in 2003 (2.73).

The left-handed hitter is a five-time Silver Slugger Award recipient (2006, ’08-11), and joins Mike Piazza (10 times), Ivan Rodriguez (seven), Lance Parrish (six) and Gary Carter, Joe Mauer and Jorge Posada (five each) as the only catchers ever to win the award at least five times.

McCann has hit three home runs and driven in nine runs in 12 career postseason games for the Braves.

A native of Athens, Ga., McCann was originally selected by Atlanta in the second round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

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147 Responses to “Yankees announce Brian McCann signing”

  1. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 11:40 am

    swoop in on grandy and sign him this week. then extend gardner.

    go into the winter meetings in a position of strenght.

  2. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 am

    The extend Gardner crowd is in for the same disappointment as the Hughes fan club when they were calling for the same extension.

  3. Patrick December 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 am

    swoop in on grandy and sign him this week. then extend gardner.

    go into the winter meetings in a position of strenght.

    I want no part of Granderson. Choo or Beltran please

  4. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Mauer hates the dimensions of Target Field. I can’t wait to see him catch Phil Hughes. He’ll realize many hitters have untapped power potential, park factor be damned.

  5. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    i dont know that there’s any ‘extend gardner crowd’ as its just me who’s been suggesting it.

    and for the record, i would never have extended hughes, i would have traded him last offseason.

  6. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    mauer is not catching anymore. the twins were in on ajp until this morning.

  7. UpState December 3rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 am
    Mauer hates the dimensions of Target Field. I can’t wait to see him catch Phil Hughes. He’ll realize many hitters have untapped power potential, park factor be damned.

    ——————————-

    “…He’ll realize many hitters have untapped power potential…”

    Funny line !
    Love it !

  8. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West December 3rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Bret -

    Mauer no longer the twins catcher. Officially their starting first baseman and dh.

  9. Cashmoney December 3rd, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Hughes gives up deep bombs… Mauer is a 1b so i been told.

  10. Cashmoney December 3rd, 2013 at 11:52 am

    well, deep bombs is redundant… but you get the idea.

  11. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 11:53 am

    yankee stadium west…is that the big a/edison/angels park of (not) of Los Angeles?

  12. Mordot11 December 3rd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Apparently the Sox are signing Pierzynsky. This should make for an interesting year. I predict at least one fight.

  13. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Well I hope someone in the Twin’s org plays a cruel joke and has Mauer catch Hughes against the Yankees.

  14. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 11:57 am

    …at Target Field.

  15. Cashmoney December 3rd, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I can’t go wrong with AJP for one year, it’s one year and it’s AJP, sure the end could be near but at 700 ops, 17 jacks and pretty decent D you can do a lot worse.

  16. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This is Gardner’s last year as a Yankee. I know me and Joeman are happy about that.

  17. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Hughes and Joba are gone. The feeling is incredible. Talk about holding a stock too long.

  18. Patrick December 3rd, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I predict Gardner will be a Yankee for a long time. He’s really valuable…

  19. austinmac December 3rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    It is good to see Hal say the off season work has just begun. I would like him to review Chad’s earlier post regularly so he can be certain to see the needs.

    Now. let’s see if anyone is going to be left. Players are signing fast.

  20. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    im ok with trading gardner to the pads in a headley trade and signing 2 OF’ers too, but that would have to happen in an over-$189 environment.

    remember, the LT savings from going under $189 only maximize if you do it for 2 seasons.
    if they are going to try to stay under 189 for two seasons, extending gardner is a smart play.
    if they’re going over, go way over and upgrade at CF.

    im not in the gardner fan club. im looking for value in a sub 189 environment.

    if the yankees upgrade in RF, C (done) and 3B, gardner’s fine. having him in a lineup with stewart, nix, and ichiro was bad.

    i just dont want to see the yankees ending this season with only beltran on the OF payroll and no good choices in free agency (have you seen the list?)

    gardner might be the top FA OF next season and the yankees might end up having to pay him double what they could extend him for in such a market.

  21. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    If they could get Gardner to do like a 3/20 deal they should do it….his value is down right now a little .

    Bret,
    Mauer is done catching and Hughes has a 3.88 era away from YS last year……he’s been drastically better away from that house of horrors in his career

  22. bigdan22 December 3rd, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    blake December 3rd, 2013 at 11:28 am

    @DanBarbarisi: Rare Hal S. statement in McCann press release: “Our work this offseason has just begun, but we feel we have made an important step.”

    That statement stood out for me as well when I read the press release. When company or a CEO issue a press release, every single word gets analyzed, sweated over and edited. It’s the nature of the beast. It’s why you hire PR people and lawyers. There usually is not a lot of gratuitous or extraneous language. The “just begun” phrase is the key one. Everything in there like the “deep in October” stuff is pretty much a template for Yankee public statements. We’ll have to see what that means.

  23. bigdan22 December 3rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Gardner is the exact type of player a team like the Yanks should not plan for.

    Cano was an entirely different matter. The Yanks started out right there. Just should have extended him two years ago when Scott was “joking around.”

  24. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Gardner for 3/20 >>>>> Ellsbury for 6/120

  25. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    @nickcafardo: Curtis granderson certainly is good protection if Red Sox lose Ellsbury. A few teams bidding though.

  26. bigdan22 December 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I think it’s time now for the Yanks to put Tanaka pretty far on the back burner and move in a different direction. Just too much stuff out there that would lead a reasonable person to believe that his joining the Yanks this year is very much a long shot. There’s a decent chance he won’t even be posted this year. And if he is, it looks like the small market teams have won their little skirmish with Levine and the new rules will be anti-Yankee.

    I wish Kuroda would decide soon but that’s totally on him. The Cano dance is going to go on for awhile while new information is sought and digested. The Yanks should sign a starting pitcher pronto. They are coming off the board as we speak. All other needs can wait.

  27. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    i heard that the white sox were ‘prioritizing’ granderson, and the Red Sox have been mentioned, but there doesnt seem to be much active negotiation other than the mets.

  28. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    RS have bradley.

  29. Patrick December 3rd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    RS have bradley.

    They could still use another outfielder. They have Victorino, Bradley and Gomes? You really don’t want Gomes playing every day in the outfield

  30. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West December 3rd, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Ys,

    O.co AKA Al Davis’s moneypit

  31. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Dombrowski is gonna make either a cano/ Miggy or Choo /Miggy duo happen….. Watch

  32. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    @BNightengale: The #Dodgers and free-agent closer Brian Wilson are talking only about a one-year deal, enabling Wilson to hit the market again after 2014

  33. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    i dont believe the RS are going to go for a big long term contract this year.

    the dodgers bailed them out of that hell and i think they’re pretty pleased with themselves being the ‘smart money’ team.

    they won the WS with gomes and seem totally ok letting ellsbury (they didnt have a choice there anyway) and drew and maybe napoli walk away.

    i think they’ll sign napoli, do some other small stuff and head to florida.

  34. AAA December 3rd, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Dombrowski is gonna make either a cano/ Miggy or Choo /Miggy duo happen….. Watch

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

    Think it’ll be Choo. Think they stick with Kinsler at 2B and push for Choo as the long needed corner outfielder and legit leadoff type.

  35. UpState December 3rd, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    The Reds are trading catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays.
    The swap could be a three-way deal.

    (props to MLBTR)

  36. coney1 December 3rd, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Nathan’s gone to Det. I’m betting the Yanks sign Balfour. Can you imagine intensity of a late game battery of Balfour/McCann?

  37. JobaTipsHisCap December 3rd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Granderson stinks

  38. AAA December 3rd, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    They could still use another outfielder. They have Victorino, Bradley and Gomes? You really don’t want Gomes playing every day in the outfield

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

    They still have Nava too.

  39. Patrick December 3rd, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    They still have Nava too.

    Yeah good point, but I still doubt they would want to have a starting 3 of Nava, Bradley, Victorino. Nava and Bradley are mostly unproven and Victorino is getting ready to fall off a cliff. I’m not so sure they will sign a big time OF but I definitely think they will add something there

  40. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    im sorry but people who say things like ‘granderson stinks’ or ‘id rather have maybin than gardner’ don’t look like they understand much about baseball in my book.

    im sure you and others are just throwing out sweeping statements that even you dont really believe, which is fine, but that kind of stuff just doesnt rate in a serious baseball conversation.

    no offense meant, just my observation.

  41. UpState December 3rd, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    “…bigdan22 December 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm
    I think it’s time now for the Yanks to put Tanaka pretty far on the back burner and move in a different direction. Just too much stuff out there that would lead a reasonable person to believe that his joining the Yanks this year is very much a long shot. There’s a decent chance he won’t even be posted this year. And if he is, it looks like the small market teams have won their little skirmish with Levine and the new rules will be anti-Yankee….”

    ————————————————

    No doubt in my mind that almost everything that MLB is doing (and has done) is Anti-Yankee.

    The short-sighted clods fail to realize that a midland NYY team IS NOT good for the health of the sport…..sorry if this sounds a bit of ‘jingo’ – but when all is said and honestly analyzed – it’s true.

    One mildly-pathetic NY team is more than enough….constant efforts to neuter the NYY franchise every chance they get is NOT in the LT positive progress interests on MLB.

  42. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    If Cano signs with another team the price for Choo and Ellsbury is going to sky rocket. I hope that Cashman doesn’t sit around and wait for Cano and then not have another good player to fall back on. If Cano wants $170+ I would jump on Infante and Beltran for 2 years or Choo.

  43. coney1 December 3rd, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Ken Davidoff ?@KenDavidoff 15s

    The #Yankees have signed RHP Brian Gordon to a minor-league contract.

    —————-
    Tim Redding wasn’t available? Since we are signing 1-appearance pitchers

  44. Mottsx December 3rd, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Gardner 3 for 20? He’s going to sign for much much more and longer than that next year. There are no outfielders next year. Even Pagan got 4/40.

  45. chicken little December 3rd, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I totally agree with this. only problem is these players may try to wait until cano signs …

    Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    If Cano signs with another team the price for Choo and Ellsbury is going to sky rocket. I hope that Cashman doesn’t sit around and wait for Cano and then not have another good player to fall back on. If Cano wants $170+ I would jump on Infante and Beltran for 2 years or Choo.

  46. AAA December 3rd, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Nava and Bradley are mostly unproven

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

    Bradley for sure. Nava? .900 OPS against RHP’s last year. He’s obviously no superstar. He’s kinda slow and is not a very good outfielder, but that dude can hit.

  47. AAA December 3rd, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Dodgers steal Nomar Garciaparra from ESPN for their new network. This is awesome news as I don’t think there’s any chance my cable provider will carry the Dodgers new network.

  48. UpState December 3rd, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Josh Rutledge….Rockies 24yo … SS

    Any thoughts or knowledge on this guy ?

    Hello Colorado followers ?

  49. sammiejohnson December 3rd, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Jon Morosi ?@jonmorosi 1m
    Sources: Dodgers have remained in contact with multiple teams on possibility of Matt Kemp trade. SEA, BOS, TEX among those with interest.

  50. brianlopez22 December 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Imagine if the Sounders, I mean the Mariners, grabbed Kemp and signed Cano and Ellsbury…

    a. They have the money
    b. wow!

  51. sammiejohnson December 3rd, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I am more concerned that if the Dodgers’ move Kemp’s money then they could probably afford Cano.

  52. kd December 3rd, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    seattle’s a few bats away from being great. they have pitching

    cano wouldn’t do it alone, but cano, kemp and ellsbury would be a different story

  53. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    we know one regular here who would be crazy happy if the M’s went hog wild!

    hard to get FA’s to want to go to the northwest, but ellsbury is a natural fit for them.

  54. brianlopez22 December 3rd, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    they have the prospects, the money, but do they have the (gumption)

  55. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    If the Red Sox want to get Cano off the Yankees they just have to meet Dodgers demands for Kemp and open up a huge chunk of change for the Dodgers to use towards Cano. That would leave Boras to wreak havoc on the yankees over Choo and/or Ellsbury.

  56. yankinvegas December 3rd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    MLB is so blatant and transparent in their hatred of the Yankees. They despise great teams and the effort to try to dominate.
    That is why baseball has ceased to be a national sport. It is now a series of 30 regional outfits.
    The Yankee organization is stymied by Selig and his cronies at every turn. It’s really getting old. He has Torre, who owes everything he has to the Yankees yet dislikes us because of how he feels he was treated at the end.
    My feeling on Joe Torre is that he screwed up every year from 2003-2007 and he was kept as manager at least 2 years longer than necessary. I’ll take Girardi every day over Torre as a manager.

  57. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    kd December 3rd, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    seattle’s a few bats away from being great
    ===========================
    yeah, add miggy cabrera, mike trout and andrew mccutcheon and they’d be right in the hunt.

  58. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    im guessing hal and george before him were in on this ‘desytroy the yankees’ conspiracy since they have always supported bud.

  59. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Don’t be fooled. The Yankees have a big seat at the table.

  60. pat December 3rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Interesting opinion on Cashman delivering a lecture on civility last night.

    http://subwaysquawkers.blogspo.....gives.html

  61. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I just read on twitter that Beltran is in Kansas City meeting with the Royals. I wonder if he made a visit to NY yet.

  62. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I want Kemp really bad

  63. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    @JeffPassan: Sources: Oakland not done wheeling and dealing. At least one trade is nearing completion, may be more to come.

    Never seen this much action prior to the meetings…..this is crazy

  64. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    me 2 blake…

  65. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    wasn’t it pretty much george and jerry reinsdorf who pushed through bud as the commissioner in the first place?

  66. Jerkface December 3rd, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Very exciting offseason so far. Much more movement than ever before.

  67. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Jerkface says:
    December 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    Very exciting offseason so far. Much more movement than ever before.

    Hope they save some for the meetings…. As they have been way more talk than action last couple of years

  68. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    If Kemp gets traded the Dodgers will definitely open the check book for Cano. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mariners or Sox get Kemp. Cano’s agent must have a team in mind that would offer $200+ and that’s why the asking price is where it is. Someone will top the yanks offer. I think Cano is 99% gone at this point.

  69. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    If Kemp gets traded the Dodgers will definitely open the check book for Cano. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mariners or Sox get Kemp. Cano’s agent must have a team in mind that would offer $200+ and that’s why the asking price is where it is. Someone will top the yanks offer. I think Cano is 99% gone at this point.”

    Agreed that if the Dodgers clear a big contract they will jump in big time on Cano….that’s the sucky part

  70. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    which sox?

  71. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    @JeffPassan: Sources: Brett Anderson is not one of the players Oakland will be dealing. The deal does involve major league players, however.

  72. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    @jcrasnick: #Athletics and #rangers are in the middle of discussions on a significant trade, said a source.

    Hmmm

  73. pat December 3rd, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    @hankschulman
    Scottsdale Police say four #sfgiants prospects in a van full of 12 injured in accident on Scottsdale Road this am. One sent to trauma center

  74. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Andrus for pitching?

  75. UpState December 3rd, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    Don’t be fooled. The Yankees have a big seat at the table.
    ——————————————

    …but the SPAASM (self-proclaimed and actual small market) teams have more votes.

    I do not think there is any ‘weighted’ voting.

    Now that alot of these SPAASM teams actually have money (some of ours also)…they still can masquerade and whimper how poor they are and continue to work towards ‘hog-tieing’ the Yankees…

    …and they are.

    (see the recent ‘progress’ on the Tanaka situation via press rumors/information)

  76. pat December 3rd, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    jcrasnick
    #Athletics and #rangers are in the middle of discussions on a significant trade, said a source.

  77. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    ?@JeffPassan 2m

    Sources: Brett Anderson is not one of the players Oakland will be dealing. The deal does involve major league players, however.

  78. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Athletics targeting Gentry from #Rangers.

  79. jackamir December 3rd, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Cano has hit his apex, he is on the downsize of his career. To invest all that money and years seems foolish to me. Make Pitching the focal point of our future.. Short term contracts for offense is a wise strategy..

  80. Giuseppe Franco December 3rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I tend to shake my head with all the conspiracy theories against the Yanks.

    If the organization did a far better job developing their own they wouldn’t be in this mess no matter how much Selig and/or Torre allegedly hates them.

  81. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hopefully the Yankees can nab Kemp so it won’t matter if Cano leaves. Kemp’s contract is much more doable. With Kemp at 20 instead of Cano near 30 you can squeeze in Tanaka and not even feel it.

  82. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Looking at the non-tenders from yesterday here are a few that would fit:

    Garrett Jones – LH power can play DH/1b/RF

    Ryan Kalish – very talented OF with injury issues

    Sandy Rosario – good middle back of the pen guy last year for the Giants (3.02 ERA in 41 IP) walks too many 20/24 BB/K

    Ryan Webb – tremendous year for the Marlins last year in relief (2.91 ERA in 80 IP, 27/54 BB/K ratio) sinker guy who is only turning 28. Marlins dumping him rather than pay 1.8 mil at most in arbitration.

    Daniel Hudson – high ceiling pitcher for the D’backs, going to miss most of next year following his second TJ surgery – I would sign him to a 2 year deal with some options – let him rehab this year and see where you’re at with him next year.

  83. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    @JeffPassan: Sources: Oakland acquires Craig Gentry, Texas gets Michael Choice. More pieces involved.

  84. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    off the top of my head…jaso and cespedes to the rangers … profar or andrus, leonys martin, mitch moreland, prospects and cash to the a’s

  85. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    @JeffPassan: With Coco Crisp’s impending free agency after 2014, Oakland trading for Craig Gentry, a plus defensive center fielder, makes a lot of sense.

  86. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    damn, i thought they meant a big trade…..

  87. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Garrett Jones is a non-tender? wow

  88. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Absolute guess here but I think that the Rangers will wind up with either Josh Reddick or Seth Smith in this trade with the A’s.

    If Oakland is trying to get Gentry back, then I am leaning towards Reddick being the guy who goes and the idea being that they’ll pair Smith and Gentry as a platoon in RF.

  89. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Garrett Jones is a non-tender? wow
    —————–

    He was DFA’d last week – the non-tender was just to expedite getting him off the 40 man roster.

  90. UpState December 3rd, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Giuseppe Franco December 3rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    I tend to shake my head with all the conspiracy theories against the Yanks.

    If the organization did a far better job developing their own they wouldn’t be in this mess no matter how much Selig and/or Torre allegedly hates them.
    ==========================

    Curious – you feel that there is overall anti-NYY sentiment in MLB ?

    – or none ?

    How they botched their drafting is not a factor in the current theory & current actions.

  91. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    Absolute guess here but I think that the Rangers will wind up with either Josh Reddick or Seth Smith in this trade with the A’s.

    If Oakland is trying to get Gentry back, then I am leaning towards Reddick being the guy who goes and the idea being that they’ll pair Smith and Gentry as a platoon in RF.

    ———–

    http://movieclips.com/FXbZ-the.....-the-line/

  92. kd December 3rd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Pete Abraham ?@PeteAbe 28s

    Rangers and Tigers positioning themselves for a major free agent.

    Cano?

  93. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    @mikeaxisa: Holy moly. RT @Buster_ESPN: Carlos Beltran is said to have a three-year offer for $48 million in hand.

    Whoa….pass….get choo

  94. coney1 December 3rd, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    kd December 3rd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Pete Abraham ?@PeteAbe 28s

    Rangers and Tigers positioning themselves for a major free agent.

    Cano?
    —————-

    I don’t think there is any doubt Tigers and Rangers will go hard after Cano. I think he is probably as good as gone. I would not be surprised if either of those teams go 8/$225

  95. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thank God. Beltran was too old to begin with.

  96. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Tigers have Kinsler.

    I bet the fight is over Choo.

  97. kd December 3rd, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    miggy and cano back to back is scary

  98. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Sounds like that 48 million is probably from Seattle ….yanks really shouldn’t go that high for him…..just sign Ellsbury or Choo if you’re going that high

  99. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Beltran has 3 years.

    Tigers and Rangers about to get into a bidding war over Choo.

    Dodgers trying to unload Kemp to make room for Cano.

    That leaves Ellsbury, and maybe Kemp.

  100. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    The yanks should be all over Choo. If Beltran has a 3 year offer it’s time to move on. Choo is Boras client so I doubt he is signing anytime soon.

  101. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    The way things are moving the yanks better be in the game or they’ll be standing on the sidelines when the action happens

  102. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    3 years, 16 M per for Beltran in his late 30′s. My God.

  103. Yankee Trader December 3rd, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Likely that three year offer is from KC

  104. Mottsx December 3rd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Yankees are going to end up with Granderson IMO. They’re going to get shut out of everyone else.

  105. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    @mikeaxisa: Holy moly. RT @Buster_ESPN: Carlos Beltran is said to have a three-year offer for $48 million in hand.

    Whoa….pass….get choo
    —————-

    Hopefully it isn’t from the Yankees. The Royals would be my guess.

    I would pass on him and go with Almonte in RF and a platoon of Jones/Wells at DH

  106. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Blake,

    They signed McCann so early, you can bet it’s foreshadowing. They’ve been linked to all Boras clients. They were the favorites for Beltran supposedly. But money just got stupid.

  107. Yankee Trader December 3rd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Will Beltran want to go to a team with little chance if winning one WS in his last 3 years?

  108. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Mottsx December 3rd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Yankees are going to end up with Granderson IMO. They’re going to get shut out of everyone else.
    ——————-

    If a 37 year old with bad knees commands that kind of money than a 32 year old who has no chronic injuries and major power is going to get even more.

  109. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Trader,

    It’s not the money it’s the years. Has a free agent ever taken one less year?

  110. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Choo, Cano, McCann would be death to RHP

  111. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    The yanks better open the check book and get very aggressive. It seems like the Tigers, Rangers and Sox are going sign big free agents. Include the Mariners and maybe Dodgers and the yanks will get stuck with no one.

  112. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Choo at most will be a 20 million AAV…..if you have to give 16 for Beltran then what’s 4 million? Choo will be younger at the end of a 6 year deal than Beltran is now

  113. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Yankee Trader December 3rd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Will Beltran want to go to a team with little chance if winning one WS in his last 3 years?
    —————

    If it’s the Royals then the pull is to return to the team he broke in with.

    If it’s the Mariners then the pitch is that they have the arms to compete and just need offense and Beltran will be a sign to other free agents (Cano?) that they’re serious and players should come aboard.

  114. Yankee Trader December 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Chip

    Ronald Belasario was cut loose

    Dodgers non-tendered RHP Ronald Belisario.
    Advice: It’s a surprise, as the Dodgers of all teams could have afforded to keep Belisario in his first year of arbitration. The 30-year-old has put up a 3.24 ERA over the last two seasons while striking out 118 across 139 frames. He won’t have trouble netting a middle relief gig somewhere.

  115. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    cmon, beltran went to kc to get that offer to get the yankees and others to bid up.

    he’ll take the royals money if its the only way he can get 3 years, but thats not what he wants to do.

  116. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    3/48 for a 37 year old who’s OBP has declined 3 straight years is a terrible idea

  117. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Beltran is out. kryptonite.

  118. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    blake December 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Choo at most will be a 20 million AAV…..if you have to give 16 for Beltran then what’s 4 million? Choo will be younger at the end of a 6 year deal than Beltran is now
    —————–

    The issue with Choo is that he’s not very good against LHP (.582 OPS) so do you spend that kind of money on a guy who you might need a platoon partner for?

  119. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    If the Royals or Mariners are offering Beltran 3 years I think he will take it over the Yankees 2 year offer. This is his last contract and for most players that over rides winning. The music has started and I hope the Yankees don’t get stuck without a seat.

  120. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Tigers and Rangers will throw crazy money at Choo. I don’t want to get involved in that. Go for Ellsbury and either Cano or Kemp.

  121. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    adios carlos, the wannabe yankee who just never made it here.

    would have loved seeing you in pinstripes, but that’s just not gonna happen.

  122. Yankee Trader December 3rd, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Choo will probably get, as Blake said, 20M/year, 2M more per year than Pence. The way things are going the players agents won’t need to attend the meetings in Orlando next week.

  123. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Trader –

    I like Belasario too. In my opinion there were four or five really good relief options cast out yesterday: Webb, Rosario, Belasario and Bailey. The fringe guy I have on that list would be Dan Bard.

    Get him with the right organization and straighten him back out into the relief pitcher he was. Yankees have a good track record when it comes to developing relievers so I would seriously consider him.

  124. Captain Clutch December 3rd, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    There really isn’t a perfect free agent player for the Yankees to sign. If Cano leaves they are screwed.

  125. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    This is nearly as exhilarating as Carl-palooza.

  126. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    go get kemp, let cano go to texas or the dodgers.

    and extend gardner, the price is going up by the second.

  127. Mike Ri December 3rd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    if thats the asking price for Beltran . . .the Yanks better stay away

  128. wanzies222 December 3rd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Thought I’d jump in here while I have a minute…

    Read what PeteAbe said…

    “Rangers and Tigers positioning themselves for a major free agent.”

    He said “a” free agent… not necessarily the same one. Look at their lineups and think about what they lost or are losing to FA and what is out there….

  129. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    If Cano leaves, and with Beltran out that’s around 45 M earmarked money suddenly freed up.

    You’ll see Ellsbury plus Choo at those prices.

  130. Bret The Hitman December 3rd, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Cano (28) + Beltran (16) or

    Ellsbury (22) + Choo (22)

  131. Russell Munson December 3rd, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Rangers trading a really good defensive CF means they are probably going for Ellsbury.

  132. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    The issue with Choo is that he’s not very good against LHP (.582 OPS) so do you spend that kind of money on a guy who you might need a platoon partner for?”

    He got on base 60 pts better than Beltran vs LHP in 2013…. Plus he hits RHP as good as cano

  133. Mottsx December 3rd, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    At this rate next year’s Winter Meetings will be the week after the World Series. Giving me something to do at work ;)

  134. blake December 3rd, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Choo still gets on base against lefties even if he doesn’t hit them

  135. Ys Guy December 3rd, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    the rangers need an OF. tigers need an OF, a RP and they need to pay scherzer.

    it doesnt necessarity threaten the yankees on cano.

    but cano is the top guy on the market, so everybody wants him to some extent.

  136. Chip December 3rd, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I’m not sure what the point in getting Ellsbury would be.

  137. wanzies222 December 3rd, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Tigers need more than an OF, they need a leadoff hitter. They could put Choo in LF.

    Rangers need SP and a LF.

  138. charlestonchew December 3rd, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I have been calling for a Gardner extension for at least the last couple years. I think Gardner is the most undervalued player on this team and is very likely the 2nd or 3rd best player we have (at least currently). He puts up at high WAR every year with his stellar defense, good baserunning/speed, and ability to go deep into counts and put the bat on the ball. He’s a no-brainer in my mind, especially if he can be gotten for 4yrs, 36 million or something in that range.

  139. Giuseppe Franco December 3rd, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    UpState December 3rd, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Curious – you feel that there is overall anti-NYY sentiment in MLB ?

    – or none ?

    How they botched their drafting is not a factor in the current theory & current actions.

    —–

    I’m not doubting that anti-Yankee sentiment exists because of their success.

    But I don’t believe Selig or anyone within MLB is guilty of shady tactics to keep the Yankee organization down.

    The front office didn’t need any help to sink this ship. They did a fine job of that all on their own with a lot of bad decisions.

  140. charlestonchew December 3rd, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Also, does anyone remember an offseason that was this busy this early? I feel like teams are being extremely aggressive, overpaying for everyone, and making blockbuster trades every day. Doug Fister. Fielder/Kinsler. Jim Johnson.

    And the Red Sox signed AJ Pierzinsky? Really?

    I am becoming more and more worried that the Rangers will sign Cano and that the Yankees will be stuck with an oft-injured Ellsbury for 5-7 years.

  141. austinmac December 3rd, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Why weren’t we listed as a team talking to the Dodgers about Kemp?

    I am feeling it is more likely all the time Cano leaves. I believe the yankees won’t pay $200m or more, and I expect the Tigers or Nats are.

    Last year all the chairs were taken when the dance ended, and we were left standing. We cannot let that happen again waiting and waiting for prices to fall.

  142. austinmac December 3rd, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    The Rangers are either going to sign Beltran, Choo or Ellsbury to replace Cruz. I hope we get one of their leftovers. There will be plenty of competition.

    Cashman said yesterday they have “offers”out to several players. What does that mean? Probably what it means is they are all unlikely to be accepted but they show interest.

  143. AAA December 3rd, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Why weren’t we listed as a team talking to the Dodgers about Kemp?

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

    Don’t know, but the teams who were mentioned probably wouldn’t have much trouble besting the Yankees offer.

  144. pkyankfan69 December 3rd, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    3 years – $48 M for a 37 year old Beltran is nuts… If that’s true forget him… Might as well go 5 years – $100M for Choo

  145. austinmac December 3rd, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    We do need to realize the Yankees are going to have to pay more than we think reasonable to sign anyone any good, don’t we? Otherwise, the ten openings listed by Chad will be filled by the type of guys we are currently signing.

    All the brave talk of an unwillingness to pay this or that does ultimately mean is they won’t be signed, starting with Cano and going through the rest.

  146. austinmac December 3rd, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    The talk on MLB radio is about how much money the Dodgers would have to give to trade Kemp. It wasn’t about how good the prospects would have to be. If that is the issue, then money, as if often the case, keeps us out of the game.

  147. Yanksfanmc76 December 3rd, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I see things going down like this, should Cano decide money is his first choice:

    Yanks will sign Ellsbury to play CF

    Trade Gardner to Cincy for Brandon Phillips who is all but a goner from Cincy and makes 10million a year.

    Sign Beltran to play RF/DH

    1. Ellsbury CF
    2. Jeter SS
    3. Beltran RF/DH
    4. Tex 1B
    5. Soriano LF
    6. McCann C
    7. Phillips 2B
    8. Reynolds 3B
    9. Ichiro RF

    Boom, Done

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