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Year in review: Getting aggressive this offseason (and still losing Cano)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 31, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano

As the Yankees offseason began, Alex Rodriguez remained a looming presence over everything they did or didn’t do. He filed more lawsuits, gave more outrageous radio interviews, and continued his fight against, basically, everyone. My guess is you could pick an A-Rod moment as the most memorable for at least two of these months, maybe all three. But by the end of the year, the Rodriguez situation had become a familiar buzz. It was an ongoing saga that felt more like new chapters than new stories. It never went away, but the Yankees began making moves toward other things, preparing for a future that might or might not include the most highly paid player in baseball.

OCTOBER
Joe Girardi signs four-year extension
Even though he missed the playoffs in his first year as manager, Joe Girardi has lasted six years in a job often seen as volatile. He missed the playoffs again in 2013, and he was quickly given a four-year deal to remain as the Yankees manager. On October 9, less than two weeks after the season came to an earlier-than-usual end, Girardi signed a new contract that should keep him on the Yankees bench for a full decade. He will be the man who presides over the transition from the Core Four to whatever comes next. These are uncertain days for the Yankees, but they’ve found some stability in a manager who believes in numbers and playing the odds. He’s also managed to handle the media and the superstars, but his most difficult years might be ahead of him, beginning with this one.
Worth mentioning: Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad (the craziness continues); the division-rival Red Sox won the World Series; Mariano Rivera was given the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award

NOVEMBER
Brian McCann kicks off the offseason spending
Given their short porch in right field, their history of excellent catchers, and their lack of catcher production last season, the Yankees had one obvious free agent target this winter. And they wasted little time signing him. On November 23, the Yankees reached an agreement with Brian McCann, the former Braves slugger who simply made too much sense. The only thing that might keep the Yankees from going after him would be absolute commitment to pinching pennies, but the Yankees were aggressive when the free agent market opened, and McCann was one of the first true impact players off the board. He represents a significant offensive upgrade over in-house options, and he seems to fit well in Yankee Stadium. His signing set the tone for a drastic lineup makeover.
Worth mentioning: Derek Jeter got a new one-year contract; Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing ended; Mike Harkey left to become the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach; Brendan Ryan returned as a utility man

DECEMBER
Robinson Cano signs with Seattle
Three days after Jacoby Ellsbury agreed to sign with the Yankees, Robinson Cano was heading the other way. He’d been the Yankees best player for a half decade, and their best homegrown position player since Derek Jeter, but Cano went looking for a 10-year deal at maximum financial value and found it in Seattle. The Yankees weren’t willing to go more than seven years — having learned their lesson with Alex Rodriguez — and so they let Cano get away. The Ellsbury signing turned out to be a sign of things to come, a move made largely because the Yankees realized Cano was likely to sign elsewhere. That finally happened on December 6, when Cano agreed to terms with Seattle and the Yankees found out what it’s like to have another team overpay to take away one of their own.
Worth mentioning: Carlos Beltran finally became a Yankee: Masahiro Tanaka finally became available; Curtis Granderson moved across town to the Mets; Joe Torre was elected to the Hall of Fame

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111 Responses to “Year in review: Getting aggressive this offseason (and still losing Cano)”

  1. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    2014 New Year’s Wish List …

    ** ‘Roidboy’ heads down the road and leaves no forwarding address

    ** Tanaka comes to town ! (in NYY pinstripes)

    ** DJ has a healthy & productive 2014

    ** Levine becomes the ambassador to North Korea

    ** A giant sinkhole opens up & swallows Fenway Park

    Go Yankees ! !

  2. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Mister MTU

    My lights are going to be off in a couple of hours. Mrs. Tom will have to tell me tomorrow if the ball actually did come down without hitting anybody.

    55 years or so ago, I went to Times Square for New Year’s Eve. There were no people pens, no pat-downs or bomb-sniffing dogs, just a couple of million drunkards like me and my company. It was fantastic, all the bars in the old, pre-Disneyized Square pumping out the brew, the porn theaters giving out free passes, the pickpockets doing land office business, spirits high. Welcome to the brave new world!

    Happy New Year to everyone.!

  3. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    We already ate most of the later evening appetizers. :(

    Is the nhl network game on delayed tape?

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Alfred, I hope I’m always too new,…never done, so that we all might meet around the corner and take another shot at the thing.
    ///

    We are never done, bank on that. And you are newly minted with each brilliant thought you communicate, I’m sure of that.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    jmills,

    My boy Pouliot is on the Canadian Junior Team.

    He’ll fit in right nice with Letang, Maata, and Despres.

    The women’s programs have really taken off. Like anything else, if you have no money and no high-level coaching, you can’t really upgrade. They are now pouring money and support into such programs, so the women’s game reflects the investment. Like women’s basketball, hockey has taken some major strides. They have less of a power game, but the skills are crisp and the skating and “hands” aspects at a high level. I believe Mario’s daughter, who skates and moves so much like the old man it’s eerie, is playing for Team USA I believe.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    See you all in 2014 :)

  7. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Wrote my last 2013 check. Tomorrow, I’ll probably write another dated 2013.

  8. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Tom-

    It’s easy to forget.

    ;)

  9. Abe Peterham December 31st, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Tom,
    Love the picture you painted of Times sq NY years ago….. Would have been great to run around I bet.
    The old school rock star days, before cameras on every corner and the commercialization of the world

  10. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOpQjD-rX0g

    As per the last post in previous thread, jmills…

  11. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Welcome to 1984 in 2014.

    Privacy ?

    What the heck is that ?

    :(

  12. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Abe,
    It was all that. Happy New Year!

  13. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Tom-

    Simpler. Less complicated times.

  14. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Awww, thanks yf, I love Jim! There he is, in all his strength, in all his brilliance!!!

  15. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    MYU,
    Just drunk and disorderly didn’t get you shot., nor did peeing in the sewer.

  16. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I would like to have the exclusive rights to every known hangover remedy.

    By tomorrow I would be a wealthy Man.

    ;)

  17. pete2 December 31st, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Zips projections don’t think too much of the team despite the offseason moves
    which has the team adding Ellsbury, Beltran, Thornton, Johnson, Roberts and McCann but losing Cano, Granderson, Mariano, Logan, Arod (maybe) and Pettitte

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....k-yankees/

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    GREAT post!

    Good stuff earlier by Wanzies regarding Ubado Jiminez.

    Had a good laugh at the totally “unexpected” condemnation that came from the usual source. Should I? Nah, it would be like taking candy from a baby. I will say though that someone who has gotten it wrong about Montero, Melky, Hughes, and now Cano is probably not in the best position to judge who knows baseball and who doesn’t.

    ***************

    Ys Guy – if you’re the one keeping the Aroid chart, please put me down for 150. I personally hope it’s more but I think it’s better to take the conservative course on this one.

    :D

  19. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Good evening all.

    I’ve got a question which may seem flip but I’m really trying to get my head around some stats. WAR is wins above replacement, right? If you had an entire roster of replacement level players, how many wins would a team theoretically have? I know, probably a dumb question with no real answer.

  20. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Jim’s dad was an admiral in the navy. It must be the late seventies or so, and there it is, an interview with dad wrapped up in a state of affection over his son.

  21. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you Trisha

    Happy New Year to you !

  22. austinmac December 31st, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Chicken,

    I have seen an answer to that question. Sadly, I don’t recall except it is somewhere around 55-60 wins. I think.

  23. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    chicken_stanley, you’re rather fashionably late to the party along avec, Trish, but who’s counting? :D Schumacher is doing a bit better in this realm, thanks for your pointed pluses. The selfish part of me wants him to stay in this orbit forever.

  24. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    austinmac says:December 31, 2013 at 7:25 pmChicken,I have seen an answer to that question. Sadly, I don’t recall except it is somewhere around 55-60 wins. I think.

    ———

    No problem. The reason I ask is I’m just not hardwired for abstract thinking… I’m trying to break things down into terms that click for me

  25. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    yf, a couple of years ago, I bought one of those expensive thickly pressed re-releases of original vinyl – Door’s first album it is. ….getting it ready, Now!!!

  26. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Hello mr mills! Good to see you. I may be late but I doubt fashionably so :)

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    And the same to you back, Vineyard! I’m looking forward to a great Yankee season!

    :)

  28. austinmac December 31st, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Tom,

    As a partial Swede, I appreciated a poster I saw a couple of years ago. It was of a group of lovely women and under it was said “Swedish women. Prettier than the English since 1500.”

  29. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    austin, you have a great one in, Ronnie Peterson!

  30. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    This is great, I did all the tropical plant maintenance the other day, I don’t have to do a bloody thing except get Dave Stieb back in a time machine!

  31. austinmac December 31st, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Jmills,

    Come to our Austin F1 race and I’ll put you up.

  32. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Ralphterry – thanks for the info and the link. I’ve traditionally been stubborn as a mule when it comes to accepting any statistics or formulas outside the norm… I’ve decided to try and learn as much as I can and have an open mind

  33. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Glenn-

    Careful.

    When you have an open mind you never know what might fall into it.

    ;)

  34. Baby Ruth December 31st, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Happy New Year one & all !

    Safe & happy trails tonight.

  35. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Mike – no worries. Usually the things that fall in ricochet around the big empty space for a bit then fall right back out again :)

  36. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Same to you, Baby Ruth! ( Fantastique name as always )

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Same to you Baby Ruth!

    My greatest danger tonight deals with potentially staying up too late trying to conquer level 241 in Candy Crush! As a teaetotaler, I’ve always considered New Year’s Eve a basic nonevent.

    :)

  38. Tar December 31st, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    “47.7″

    Happy New Year Ralph and everyone else.

    Thanks for the link…however I’m not buying what they are selling.

    League average would be much a better arraignment for me. But than they go off on some tangent about that not being properly weighted.

    And than to make it worse use players that are paid the league minimum.

    I would think wins above average would be a much better standard than wins above the cheapest player.

  39. Chip December 31st, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Per Gammons: The Yankees will not be signing Steve Drew (Sorry Blake – my guess is that he was ok with the notion of playing 2b but was not going to allow Girardi to call him “Stevie”)

    Per Paul Hoynes: The Yankees will likely end up signing Ubaldo Jiminez.

  40. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Never tried candy crush… I somewhat ashamedly admit I’m addicted to ruzzle though

  41. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Chip-

    Who is Hoynes ?

  42. Baby Ruth December 31st, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Woo Hooooo ! !

    Trisha, Senor Mills, Chicken, Tar, Mac, MTU, Ralphie !

    and all the other GREAT YANKEE FANS in this hub !

  43. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    One can say, New Yors is for amateurs; everybody has their opinion :D I was born in Olde Yorke, or something like that. My birth certificate says ” Toronto “, and that’s not such a bad thing when you consider Glenn Gould had to put up with the same thing.

  44. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for the link…however I’m not buying what they are selling.

    ——-

    I’m struggling with the concept too but I’m trying to give it a chance

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    chicken – what is ruzzle? I can tell you that I wish I had never tried candy crush. Grrr!

    **************

    “Per Paul Hoynes: The Yankees will likely end up signing Ubaldo Jiminez.”

    Well YA-FLIPPIN’-HOO if Paul Hoynes is on the money!!!!! I will be thrilled to cross the bridge according to Hoynes…

    ;)

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t know who Hoynes is either but I’m sure hoping his information is dependable!

  47. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Baby Ruth – good to have you on and happy, safe new years back at you

  48. Baby Ruth December 31st, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks Chicken !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Paul Hoynes is the Tribe’s beat writer for the Cleveland Plains Dealer.

    Good source I’d say!

  50. Doreen December 31st, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I was addicted to Candy Crush. I was good at it. I got up to level 382 fairly quickly, and “only” spending about $10 for help. I quit cold turkey. I got stuck at a level for 2 weeks and absolutely refused to spend another penny on the game.

    I do not miss it.

    Now, this place keeps me coming back. Can’t break the Lohud habit. Can cut back, but can’t stay away. I do consider it a major victory though that I no longer feel like I have to comment on every topic!! Lol @ myself.

  51. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Trisha – ruzzle is an app…you have a grid of letters and have 2 minutes to make as many words as possible…. you play against an opponent – the most points after 3 rounds wins. I don’t know if you’ve ever played the old game “boggle”… its sort of an electronic version

  52. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Now, this place keeps me coming back. Can’t break the Lohud habit. Can cut back, but can’t stay away. I do consider it a major victory though that I no longer feel like I have to comment on every topic!! Lol @ myself.

    ——–

    Know exactly what you mean. I’m in that very same place myself :)

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Well I think I’ll curl up in a blanket (it is MUY frio!) and watch my DVRd MLB TV programs!

    I hope everyone has a sweet night, whatever you end up doing.

    GO YANKEES! PLEASE GET URBALDO JIMINEZ.

    I remember watching him when he pitched for the Rockies before he got injured. Absolutely electrifying pitcher. Of course I always daydreamed about him pitching for the Yanks, never thinking it could ever be a possibility.

    :)

  54. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    If any of you guys play ruzzle, my username is bigfb… hit me up for a game sometime (be sure and post your lohud handle in comments so I’ll know who I’m playing)

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Doreen, I admit I spent money on Candy Crush in the past but it annoyed me that I did seeing that the King Corporation touts it as a FREE game (but apparently knows what they’re doing in making certain levels almost impossible to win!) so therefore I refuse to spend another penny. God bless you if you were able to conquer #241. I’ve been on that level for almost an entire week. A few times I came within one jelly and even wondered if I should cave for 5 extra moves just to get out of the level. But I refuse to do it, dammit! So here I languish.

    :(

  56. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    My grandfather worked for, Orange Crush; I have the ancient pencils to prove it. He had a flare for printed/painted art, and always enjoyed showing me and my sister techniques. Very nice guy.

  57. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Wasn’t there a chocolate bar called ” crush ” something? I remember there was a seventies add about it with, Frankenstein .

  58. yankinvegas December 31st, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Is that Jimenez AND Tanaka. Or just Ubaldo? One is enough because I think that Pineda will be fine but both would be fantastic as you could bring Pineda back slowly and then have a 2015 rotation of CC, Tanaka, Jimenez, Pineda and Banuelos with Nova being traded for a big time 3b.
    Onto another topic, Happy New Year to everyone. For me, it becomes the new year when the ball drops in Times Square. That is 9pm here and I feel no guilt about going to bed anytime thereafter. We traditionally go out for breakfast at about 6:30 on Jan 1 – my wife is working tomorrow, so I can watch football all day.
    I’ve really enjoyed chatting Yankees baseball with all of you and look forward to more of the same in 2014, but with a much better team to talk about.

  59. bbb51 December 31st, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    AROD POLL

    211 games

    I’ll guess that the arbiter says he walked out of his appeal so no reduction. Plus I just have this feeling that the arbiter is in the Commissioners pocket.

  60. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    AROD POLL – 162

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    “AROD POLL

    211 games”

    I’m hoping this goes from your mouth to God’s ears. I’d love to see the full 252 but arbitrators are known for splitting the baby one way or another.

    yankinvegas – no way to know for sure but I had been hearing talk of both.

  62. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Yankinvegas – have a great 9pm New Year and enjoy the games tomorrow.

  63. bbb51 December 31st, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Trisha, the suspension is 211 games, not 252.

    And that’s my prediction, not my desire, don’t confuse the two.

  64. Doreen December 31st, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Trisha, that’s what finally got me. It seemed to me that I was not going to win the level I was on without spending whatever. I read the other day tht people spend a whole lot of money (millions) a day to play this free game. It is fun and a way to kill time. Crochet does the trick for me now, and I had several Christmas gifts to show for it! :)

  65. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I never knew my grandfather on my dad’s side, or my dad – he was dead in the traditional sense when I was 9 months. So, the thing is, not to get all disturbed at it, and…..go on. My grandad that I do remember, the one who knew how to sketch, is a gem. Both grandmothers scared the crap out of me, as I always had the distinct impression that they were pining for the day when I was gone. I do feel for my three older sisters who had to fly through all that stuff in a much more developed state than I had to. My mom later married an Irishman from Belfast, and we had the Brady family from Hell!!! :D

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    “Trisha, the suspension is 211 games, not 252.

    And that’s my prediction, not my desire, don’t confuse the two.”

    I must have been thinking of my desire instead of my prediction when I said 252.

    I wasn’t confusing your desire with your prediction. That’s why I said I was hoping it would go from your mouth – you did say it – to God’s ears.

    I hope he never (dis)graces the game of baseball again, frankly.

    ***********

    Doreen – that makes me sick to my stomach. I should have known when I started playing that there’d be a hook in there somewhere!

    If I do not win this level tonight, I’m through with Candy Crush. I have plenty else to occupy my time!

    :)

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Are you expecting snow in Jersey? If so, a lot? Our predictions are all over the board. There’s always the “IF it stays on track” caveat.

  68. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West December 31st, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Happy new year to all….

    Jmills-

    You’ll be happy (?) To know that Jeff Baker has been contacted and offered a contract with the blue jays. Not sure where he’s leaning, but he said no decisions till first or 2nd week of January.

  69. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Michelle-

    Happy New Year.

    Do you know if we have offered him anything ?

  70. Chip December 31st, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    MTU – Happy New Year

    Hoynes is a writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer

  71. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Happy New Year, My Friends!

    This a wonderful place to hang out, and I wish you all the best, I’ll try to stay up, but know I won’t do it, so enjoy a kiss with the one you love at midnight.

    This place has gotten me through a bunch of low places in my life, like in the hospital a few years ago, and in present travails. No matter how much squabbling goes on in here, I think of all of you as my invisible friends.

    As someone who’s fought wars, I sincerely hope for peace. As someone who’s been been both rich and poor, I wish you prosperity, and as someone who has known both joy and distress, I wish you joy. May 2014 be the best year if your lives, and the coming ones even better.

    I don’t have many years left. The grim reaper is my friend.. I’m ready to go, but not before the next WS win. Thanks, folks.

  72. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Tom-

    You’ll be around for a while.

    :)

  73. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Same to you Chip.

    :)

  74. Howler December 31st, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Hmm…Arod poll…75…but a stealth move by his new lawyer named Trisha gets it knocked down to a life sentence…
    Happy New Year

  75. Chip December 31st, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Alex poll – full season after which the Yankees release him and he goes to play in Japan or Taiwan.

  76. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West December 31st, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    MTU

    I believe the Yankees have gone over parameters of a contract and talked about money, but nothing set in stone, I don’t think.

  77. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Michelle-

    Thanks.

    So nothing in writing yet. No formal offer.

  78. BoJo December 31st, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Hope you all have a safe and happy new year, and have nothing but good things ahead for you and your loved ones in 2014! Remember not to drive too much if you are drinking, and don’t drink too much if you are driving!

  79. BoJo December 31st, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    BTW–sign my name under the list of fans here that would love to see the team sign Jimenez. He may have had ups and downs, and may be a risk, but when on, that guy is one of the best pitchers on the planet. I’d like to see that arm on the team. Of course, here’s hoping the team doesn’t screw him up like they did with Joba or other prospects.

  80. pkyankfan69 December 31st, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Happy New Years Yankee faithful!

  81. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    But not before the next WS win. Thanks, folks.

    ——-

    Tom – you’ve always struck me as a voice of reason in this crazy place… I sincerely hope for health and joy for you and yours in the coming year

  82. Howler December 31st, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    He’s past the point of being a prospect that’ll be screwed up…if he is signed I don’t expect great things out of him, but will be happy for him to prove me wrong…I would be curious to see if Betances can get his control under order as a reliever and see if they decide to make him a starter again.

  83. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I’ve never ever seen a pitcher with worse mechanics than Jimenez. .. his front foot finishes pointing directly at the 1st base dugout! Incredible! I’m very wary of him.

    That being said, when he’s good, he’s very good. If the Yankees sign him, I hope they can introduce a bit of consistency… if they are successful, he could be a big contributer

  84. RhapsodyInBlue December 31st, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Happy New year to all of my fellow Lohud posters. Yankees all the way in 2014!!

  85. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Happy New Year RIB!

  86. Ys Guy January 1st, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Report: Yankees plan to shatter international spending record in ’14

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/e.....rd-in-2014

  87. chicken_stanley January 1st, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Ys Guy says:January 1, 2014 at 12:27 amReport: Yankees plan to shatter international spending record in ’14

    —–

    I love it! Flex those Yankee muscles! Small market whiners get over it!

  88. rm January 1st, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I’ll take the longshot low end for the ARod poll. 0 games.

  89. mick January 1st, 2014 at 1:57 am

    This is the best ya got? Glad I was out all night. Honeymooners are still on?
    Happy New Year again…

  90. Shame Spencer January 1st, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Happy New Year LoHud!!!

    May 2014 succeed at washing away the bad taste 2013 left in our mouths!

  91. Baby Ruth January 1st, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Wooo Hoooo !

    Damn I am going be in pain when I wake up

    If i wake up ………….

    Ahhhhhhh !

  92. Against All Odds January 1st, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Happy New Year to everyone on Lohud

  93. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Good morning all and Happy New Year!!

    Not hurting this morning since years ago I traded midnight revelry for a good night’s sleep and mimosas in the morning!

    24 days left in the Tanaka sweepstakes. Sure hope it doesn’t take that long.

  94. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Happy New Year to all Lohudders. I hope the year brings happiness, health and prosperity. Oh, and Tanaka too.

  95. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Happy 2014, everyone. Busy football day coming up.

  96. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Good morning Tom. I hope all is well as you begin the new year.

    There was a lot of talk about Jiminez yesterday. The Cleveland paper says he wants $17-20M per year for four years. No new year’s bargain there.

  97. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 8:39 am

    austin,
    I hope the same for you.

    I’ve given up trying to fathom baseball salaries, because I can remember the days when Carl Furillo spent the off-season selling suits in Brooklyn. And who was the Chicago player who dug graves for a living when the season ended? All I can remember is Richie somebody.

  98. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Which is why he is unsigned. I don’t think any of the remaining MLB free agent pitchers is going to get what he wants.

    If we don’t get Tanaka I’d like Garza…. But $ 15 M a year for three seems sensible. I can’t imagine anyone going $ 17 + M per for him, Santana or Jimenez.

  99. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Richie Hebner?

    I should have been born 50 years later and with talent.

  100. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I look at salaries as I trying to recall how long ago something was. I think of a number and add 20%. Every big salary request ought to send every team running to develop the farm.

  101. Doreen January 1st, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Good morning! Happy 2014!

    I just wanted to correct something I posted yesterday. The company that makes Candy Crush makes upwards of $900,000 per day, not millions per day. Still a lot.

    I sure hope Tanaka is going to be worth the contract he’s probably going to command. And given the relative conservativism the Yankees have shown, I won’t be surprised if the Yankees step down if the numbers get too crazy. And then we’ll just have to see. I’ll never write off a season before it even starts. Heck, if what things look like in January-March mean everything, the Red Sox should have stayed home last season. Pretty much no one had the moves they made last year as making a difference. So many things happen in the course of a season.

    I know I’d like to see some things change in Yankeeland, but the bottom-bottom line is fielding a serious contender and they are working to do that.

  102. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Richie Hebner — and he was the Pirates — and MUCH younger than Carl Furillo

  103. Ys Guy January 1st, 2014 at 8:49 am

    so this ifa spending spree sounds interesting. the article says they will go hog wild and spend a ton of money in this year’s ifa market and pay the huge fines, then will be banned from signing any ifa’s the next two seasons.

  104. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Hebner was a good player… 203 HR and a career OPS + of 119. He played 11 years with the Pirates and then bounced around for seven more, two with the Cubs.

    Hebner is 66, Furillo would be 92 , but he died in 1989.

  105. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 8:54 am

    As we begin 2014, I am more optimistic than entering las year. We still have holes, but I feel like this year they have a plan other than the re-tread of the month club.

    Who knows how it will turn out, but I am ready to find out.

  106. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I saw that IFA article. Doesn’t make much sense to me to go hog wild in that area because we are mostly talking about high school age kids from the Caribbean.

    Now if they wanna spend some extra $$$ on Japanese, Korean and Cuban prospects outside the parameters of the IFA restrictions, have at it.

  107. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I suspect the spending internationally is in response to losing draft picks. It does seem to be a shot in the dark.

    Is the 23 year old Cuban IFA any good and do we have interest?

  108. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I don’t know a lot about the two Cubans out there. But I know some. They are both 23 years old.

    SS Erisbel Arruebarruena is a slick fielding SS with a questionable bat. He had his best year offensively last year hitting .320 and showing some power. He is flashy in the field, but tries to make the spectacular play too often. Sounds like a good Scranton candidate and potential SS of the future.

    RH Reliever Raicel Iglesias is considered more MLB ready to come out of the pen with a lively arm, but not great stats, so command might be an issue.

    Cuba announced in September they would let guys go without them having to defect, but I don’t know if any mechanism for that has been established. I’ve said for several years cuba should create a “posting” agreement with MLB to manage the transactions.

  109. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 9:14 am

    There are two significant players in Cuba that MLB teams would love to get their hands on:

    3B Yulieski Gourrial and OF Yasmani Tomas

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