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A non-Ellsbury, non-Cano notes: Logan, Chamberlain, Tanaka, Adams

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

First, just to get it out of the way, Hal Steinbrenner said basically the same thing he’s been saying about the payroll: He still thinks $189 is possible, but he seems to recognize that it’s remarkably unlikely at this point.

“It will be difficult,” Steinbrenner said after today’s press conference. “But what have I been saying for a year? I’m not going to say it again. We’re going to have a good team. … We get close to that number and then we look and see what kind of team we have. If it’s not good enough, it’s not good enough. Keep going.”

A few other notes from today that don’t directly involve Jacoby Ellsbury or Robinson Cano…

Boone Logan• As expected last night, Boone Logan has agreed to a deal with the Rockies. It’s three years, $16.5 million. Logan spent the past four years with the Yankees after coming over in the Melky Cabrera/Javier Vazquez trade with Atlanta. “He turned out to be probably the best player in that entire deal for both teams,” Brian Cashman said. “He did a great job for us. He came in to be the second lefty and because of injuries to the primary lefty, he became out primary lefty and he handled it. He pitched in an exciting environment and responded strongly to it. I wish Boonie the best of luck.”

• In Detroit, the Tigers officially announced their deal with Joba Chamberlain, saying they plan to use him in either the seventh or eighth inning. “I have a great opportunity with this bullpen,” Chamberlain said in a conference call with Tigers writers. “I was with Mariano (Rivera) for so many years. Now I have the opportunity to be with another great closer who’s done it for a lot of years in Joe Nathan. I’m excited to work with him and ask him questions. This is a new chapter for me. I am thankful for everybody in the Tigers’ organization for giving me this opportunity.”

• The Yankees are in the market for relief help, and Cashman said he talked to both Logan and Chamberlain this winter. “More with Boone than Joba,” Cashman said. “They’re tough losses. Obviously Joba didn’t have what we or he expected this past season, so there’s probably a good chance for a rebound season for him.”

• Still waiting for clarity on the Masahiro Tanaka situation, but here’s a pretty good explanation of what’s going on and the factors at play.

• The Indians have reportedly agreed to a Major League deal with David Adams. Although Adams didn’t hit much in his first big league stint, it seems Cleveland — and probably some other teams — still think there’s some potential in him. Of course, it’s worth noting that Adams still has options, so he doesn’t have to break camp on the Indians roster. He’s in the same position he would have been in with the Yankees had they tendered him a contract offer.

• Randy Levine said that, when discussing the budget, the Yankees consider Alex Rodriguez’s full salary to be a part of 2014. “Right now, Alex is in the budget and we have a shot to do that (getting below $189 million),” Levine said. “Alex is in the budget. We count him as he’s coming back until there’s a change in circumstance. Right now there is no change in circumstance.”

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39 Responses to “A non-Ellsbury, non-Cano notes: Logan, Chamberlain, Tanaka, Adams”

  1. ac1 December 13th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Infante going to the Royals.

    Time to get Jack Z to release Ackley to us.

  2. Yes You McCann December 13th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Jay Z didn’t buy a stake in the Milwaukee Bucks. He bought stake in the Brooklyn Nets, because he understood that New York means something to your profile. Instead, he shipped off Cano to the Pacific NorthNowhere, just to prove he could get the most money. However, it’s a certainty that Boras would’ve gotten Cano more money.

  3. Yes You McCann December 13th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Whew. We got lucky missing out on Infante. Overrated.

  4. luis December 13th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    3/16,5 for Logan…Crazy!!

    Levine hasn’t learn to add yet

    Good piece on Tanaka

  5. Yes You McCann December 13th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    3/16.5 for Logan. Pass.

  6. luis December 13th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Godspeed David…I think he will be a good ball player

  7. mick December 13th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Is Infante official?

  8. ac1 December 13th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I just wish Adams or CoJo make a leap forward and could have moved into 2nd base.
    Oh well.

  9. ac1 December 13th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    4/30 to KC

  10. AAA December 13th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Is Infante official?

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

    Not yet.

  11. mick December 13th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Yanks will certainly overpay for FA’s as they have now and will in the future…..Trout.

    Face the fact that Cano was not one they wanted to overpay for.

    Maybe that’s why he felt he was disrespected….

  12. AAA December 13th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Is Infante official?

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

    Not yet.

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

    Now sounds like it is.

  13. I am Brett Godner December 13th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    No respect foe Logan or Joba.

  14. mick December 13th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Infante is not a difference maker.

  15. Patrick December 13th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Glad infante is going to KC, I don’t think he’s a good player for 4 years, there is a ton of risk. Maybe the Yankees can get drew, that would be huge. Otherwise look at the trade market.

  16. ac1 December 13th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    NO thanks on Drew.

  17. AAA December 13th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Infante is not a difference maker.

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

    Nope, but nobody else they might get will be either. Only difference making MI that was available moved to Seattle.

    I wouldn’t have wanted him for 3 years, nevermind 4. Thought he’d be a better fit than Drew because he’s a right handed hitter, but not for 4 years.

  18. BD (Boston Dave) December 13th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    4/30 seems reasonable to me.

    Id have been ok if the Yanks made that deal because the alternatives require giving up prospects or players.

  19. hardwired7 December 13th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Infante and the Royals, a match in mediocrity heaven.

    The fact that the Marlins traded him, and the Tigers made no effort to re-sign him should tell us something.

  20. Ys Guy December 13th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    i say this as a yankees fan and new yorker through and through…
    yankees fans make way too big a deal of the ‘lifetime yankee’s’ thing and monument park and the retired #.

    to most players, that stuff doesnt count for much.

  21. Ys Guy December 13th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    infante is a huge upgrade for the royals as thier weakest position.

    they have to pay a premium to get people to go there, thus the 4th year.

    the royals might could make a run at the PS this year.

  22. Captain Clutch December 13th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I hope that Cashman has a plan for 2nd base. A 4 year deal for Infante is absolutely insane.

  23. RadioKev December 13th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Meh. Good luck with that, Royals.

  24. I am Brett Godner December 13th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    No respect foe Infante either. No respect for Loney. The yanks are just dissing everyone.

  25. Ys Guy December 13th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    the royals aren’t overloaded with long term deals or big money deals, so this is probably not a bad move for them.

    it would have been a bad move for the yankees, but not for the royals, imo.

  26. DaSaint007 December 13th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Who else is looking for a SS/2B?
    Drew still out there, but most likely a trade is the way forward.

  27. bigdan22 December 13th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Interesting article on Tanaka that Chad attached. Makes many of the same points I made two weeks ago when I predicted he would be posted despite the change in the posting rules. While Rakuten is a very large company, it is still a public company. As I said before, CEOs still have to answer to shareholders no mattter how large the public company. And apparently, as I surmised, the company has no leverage here. Tanaka can wait a year, but he’s domestic free agent next year so he could move to another Japanese team, wait another year, and then become a full free agent.

    Just hope this doesn’t drag out much longer. He would be an amazing get.

  28. AAA December 13th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    the royals aren’t overloaded with long term deals or big money deals, so this is probably not a bad move for them.

    it would have been a bad move for the yankees, but not for the royals, imo.

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

    Good point. Chris Getz/Johnny Giovatella era was going nowhere. Infante fills a long time void.

  29. bigdan22 December 13th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    They should go for Ellis now.

  30. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West December 13th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    YS Guy,

    i know quite a few big leaguers that would beg to differ with that comment. In fact most guys i know, would have loved to stay in one place their whole career and have an impact on the fanbase like say Mariano and Derek have. In fact Jason Taylor told me he regretted going to the JETS and it leaves a sour taste in his mouth to think about what he did to the Miami fans that season.

  31. luis December 13th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Guys while looking at Mo’s stats, I came with a very interesting bit… His highest WAR season was 1996 as a setup… 5.0 WAR…. He had a 308 ERA+ season in 2005…And a career WHIP of exactly 1.000 and ERA+ of 205…Mind boggling

  32. Madrugador December 13th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Help an old man out.
    Minus Can0
    Plus McCann, Ellsbury and Teixeira back from the DL
    Arod???

    Isn’t this a better offensive team than last season?

  33. luis December 13th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Exactly bigdan….There is no upside for Rakuten to not post Tanaka…His posting fee won’t go up…So it’s better to take the bad deal than no deal at all

    Yankees go and get him!

    JF,

    If you are around…What was Darvish’s WHIP in Japan?

  34. Patrick December 13th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Luis it’s all about innings pitched. No coincidence that was the most innings he threw in a year. Also we all saw how valuable lincecum was in the playoffs when he was a bullpen swing man that threw 3-4 innings a pop

  35. Yes You McCann December 13th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    “Infante and the Royals, a match in mediocrity heaven.”

    True, true.

  36. luis December 13th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    New thread :arrow:

  37. Barry December 13th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Quite a difference in tone for Chamberlain, Logan and — you know, the guy from the Northwest.

  38. pete2 December 13th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Levine is using different numbers than us.

    Using Cotts with Arod on the payroll, they are at 186 million (this includes 11 million for benefits) and another estimated 15 million for arb eligible players and the rest of the roster, so thats 201 million.

    That’s 12 million over and with another SP’er and a couple of bullpen arms, and a 3B or 2Bman, they don’t sniff 189 with Arod. They will struggle to hit it even with Arod suspended all year, unless they just stop spending and go into opening day with an 85 W team.

  39. NYY fan in NH December 13th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    How the hell does a left handed specialist who is average get 5 plus million a year??? People have the gall to say the Yankees inflate the market.. That’s just plain ridiculous. That deal makes the Mets deal for Colon look genius.


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