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Pinch hitting: Delia Enriquez

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 22, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Our next Pinch Hitter is Delia Enriquez, whose name might be familiar because she’s a managing editor for the Yankees blog Bronx Baseball Daily. You can find Delia on Twitter @dfiregirl4. Back in 2012, she wrote a Pinch Hitter post about A.J. Burnett.

This time around, Delia is tackling another Yankees player who might not be around much longer. The topic of the day — until the topic is back to Masahiro Tanaka, anyway — is Brett Gardner, specifically, the logic of locking him up to some sort of long-term contract before he’s able to hit the open market.

Robinson Cano, Brett GardnerWhen the Yankees dramatically signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153-million contract, it looked as if Brett Gardner was forcibly one foot out the door with the Yankees planning a possible trade.

Teams began calling Brian Cashman about Gardner, and a trade proposal came from the Cincinnati Reds involving second basemen Brandon Phillips. Many fans were stunned when the Yankees front office said no, especially considering the Yankees had just lost Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners. Fans questioned, “Why didn’t Cashman pull the trigger?” or “What in the world was Cashman thinking? He received an offer to swap a slap-hitting outfielder for a power-hitting second basemen, and he didn’t do it? That was a no brainer!”

There was a logical explanation behind it: Power isn’t everything, and the Yankees love what Gardner brings to the ball club. It was because they love his work ethic and his clubhouse presence. It was because Cashman and the Yankees set a high value on Gardner, and they weren’t going to give him up for just anybody.

The Yankees love what Gardner brings to a game. He’s a catalyst. He’s a base stealer. He’s a defender. He can be a game changer. If you think about it, Gardner still has a place on the Yankees for years to come, even with Ellsbury operating center field.

However, after this season, Gardner is a free agent and re-signing him from free agency would be extremely costly since he would be one of the most valuable players on the outfield market. With the Yankees facing holes in the outfield and Gardner slowly getting away from them, what should the Yankees do if they don’t use him as a trade piece?

The answer is simple: They should sign him to an extension.

I understand it’s not in typical Yankee fashion to extend a player’s deal while he’s under contract, but the Yankees did make the exception with Robinson Cano last season before the negotiations fell through. The Yankees also made an extension offer to Hiroki Kuroda in August before eventually signing him to a one-year deal.

It’s uncertain if Slade Heathcott (who has been projected to be Gardner’s successor) will be ready for a starting job in 2015. What if Heathcott isn’t ready and the Yankees let Gardner go into the free agent market? What if Gardner signs with another team and the Yankees are faced with uncertainty?

Brett GardnerIn order to play out those questions, let’s use the scenario that the Yankees don’t sign Gardner to an extension and they let him test free agent market.

In our scenario, Gardner signs with another team (it can be any team of your choosing) and the Yankees need to find someone to replace him since they don’t have belief Heathcott will be ready in 2015. The Yankees can’t use Alfonso Soriano or Ichiro Suzuki since they are both free agents, and of course would both be in their 40’s by then. What would be the Yankees options in left field?

The left fielders aside from Gardner on the market in 2014 are Melky Cabrera, Jonny Gomes, Darnell McDonald, Tony Gwinn Jr., Mike Morse, Seth Smith, Chris Denorfia, Josh Willingham and Vernon Wells. Just by looking at the names, the Yankees would be placed in a tough spot in replacing Gardner. There aren’t many Gold Glove caliber defenders on the market, if any, and the left fielders on the market won’t save you as many runs as Gardner can.

Ever since Gardner was in the minor league system, the Yankees have placed a high value on him. His defense is remarkable, and he has the ability to irritate the opposing pitcher once he gets on the base paths. A single for anyone else turns into a double for Gardner, a double turns into a triple, and a triple has the potential to be an inside-the-park home run if the ball is misplayed. In 2013, the Yankees didn’t win many games in September without Gardner, and the Yankees sorely missed him 2012 when he missed most of the season due to an elbow injury.

The Yankees need their catalyst, and if the Yankees sign Gardner to an extension to avoid free agency, they could have that catalyst in their lineup for years to come.

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191 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Delia Enriquez”

  1. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:10 am

    They could give Almonte a try as well but I’m all for it.

    Their whole policy on extensions needs to change if they want to be more cost effective.

    I have to believe the Yankees will consider if GGBG has a good 1st half.

    Good post.

    I think you hit an inside-the-parker.

    :)

  2. Tackelberry January 22nd, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I would have seriously considered that deal with the Tigers for Austin Jackson assuming it had any legs to it. Jackson is three years younger and would be another year from free agency. I know he still strikes out alot but he has gotten alot better eye at the plate and making contact.

  3. Bret The Hitman January 22nd, 2014 at 9:11 am

    blake January 22nd, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Steve Gilbert ?@SteveGilbertMLB 21m
    Baseball Source: #Dbacks no longer in running for Tanaka. Story soon on http://dbacks.com .

    duh

    _________

    Does this mean Close has begun informing teams that didn’t make the final cut and that he is one step closer to making a final decision?

  4. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I like Brett the Jet and his bobble head .. I agree they should sign and not wait

  5. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:12 am

    OTOH I would gladly trade GGBG + for Bailey after replacing him w de Aza.

    ;)

  6. Poetkiosk January 22nd, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Brett Gardner has the ability to steal bases – last year however was a huge disappointment in this department.

    He had like 24? SB versus 49 in previous years.

  7. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:14 am

    On that note, gonna do some more snow related blowing … since Tanaka is just waiting this out :)

  8. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Other possible free agent outfielders who could potentially play left field

    Coco Crisp (35)
    Colby Rasmus (28)
    Denard Span (31) – $9MM club option with a $500K buy0ut
    Norichika Aoki (33)
    Michael Cuddyer (36)
    Nick Markakis (31) – $17.5MM mutual option; $2MM buyout if club declines
    Alex Rios (34) – $13.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Nate Schierholtz

    Then there are trade candidates Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

  9. johnfish January 22nd, 2014 at 9:14 am

    It was because Cashman and the Yankees set a high value on Gardner, and they weren’t going to give him up for just anybody.
    ———————————————————————
    True, but that doesn’t mean that Gardner is very good, not that he’ll be more than a part time player, assuming no major injuries in the outfield.

    Add up all the games that Jeter, Teixeira, & McCann will be in the lineup as DH. Then add the same for Beltrain; Gardner just isn’t going to fill in in RF; he doesn’t have the arm for that.

    So Gardner will be a part time player, if no one gets hurt.

    The Yankees are looking for the right deal, which has little to do with Gardner’s ability, or lack of it, but rather what he is valued in the market.

  10. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Lot’s of crazy #’s being thrown around on Tanaka.

    Let’s see if he gets them.

    6/120, for example, is really a monster number for a guy who has never pitched a single inning in ML baseball.

    Doncha think ?

    ;)

  11. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Pretty quiet on the NY front.
    You’d think someone would have leaked it by now…

  12. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Ellsbury is the catalyst.

  13. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Ellsbury is a base stealer.

  14. Tackelberry January 22nd, 2014 at 9:25 am

    MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:19 am
    Lot’s of crazy #’s being thrown around on Tanaka.

    Let’s see if he gets them.

    6/120, for example, is really a monster number for a guy who has never pitched a single inning in ML baseball.

    Doncha think ?

    ________________________________

    Yeah but with a dearth of pitching on the market, thats the way it is. Hey Bartolo Colon got a 2 year 20 mill deal from the Mets at age 41

  15. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I think it is MTU.

    I’m guessing that the winning bid will be innovative, to ease his and his wifes transition to America:

    Signing bonus
    Round trip flights for family and friends to Japan
    Driver
    Chef who can prepare Blowfish safely
    Interpreter
    Trainer
    Alex Rodriguez’ locker
    Broadway Theater Tickets
    Part in Woody Allens next film
    Hideki Matsui’s private phone number
    Endorsements
    Etc.

    :)

  16. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Mick-

    Ellsbury is going to help GGBG become an even better base stealer.

    Might even get themselves a competition going.

    ;)

  17. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Anyone paying much more than 6/120 or 7/140 has really lost it.

    But hey, It’s not my money.

    :)

  18. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Andy McCullough @McCulloughSL

    RT @SteveGilbertMLB: Baseball Source: #Yanks no longer in running for Tanaka.
    ==================
    Just kidding…

  19. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Some said it might go right to the wire.

    It’s starting to look like it might.

  20. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:33 am

    might know the winning city, only when he is spotted at the Narita airport boarding a plane.

    However maybe he just faxes a signed copy of the contract to the winning team before 5PM ET on Friday. :)

  21. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Well.

    This has been another fun process hasn’t it ?

    Almost as good as AR.

    :)

  22. Tabbert January 22nd, 2014 at 9:34 am

    MTU- 6/120 might not seem like much of a monster number after all is said and done.

  23. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:35 am

    YT-

    Maybe this dude isn’t even real ?

    A hologram ?

  24. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Tabbert-

    True.

    But will he fulfill the value of said contract ?

    ;)

  25. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:36 am

    MTU like Godzillas wife ?

  26. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Oak-

    He’s imaginary at this point.

    :)

  27. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:38 am

    How quickly will the Yanks act, if he doesnt come to the most storied sports franchise?

    Will Ubaldo Jimenez, and Jeff Baker be signing Yankee contracts within days?

    Will a trade for another starter be completed within days? Masterson, Bailey?

    Will Grant Balfour, Eric O’Flaherty, Johan Santana, be coming to the NYY? Stephen Drew?

  28. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Those Japanese are pretty clever.

    ;)

  29. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:39 am

    YT-

    I would expect swift action once the Tanaka domino falls.

  30. BD (Boston Dave) January 22nd, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Gardner may even be a candidate for a qualifying offer.

    It might be an overpay for 1 year but frankly it’s probably worth it. The value of short term deals can’t be understated in a world where Ellsbury gets 7.

  31. Tackelberry January 22nd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    However maybe he just faxes a signed copy of the contract to the winning team before 5PM ET on Friday.

    _________________________________________________________

    COuld be. Remember how Bill Bellichick announced his resignation as “H.C. of the NYJ”?

  32. Hearn January 22nd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Doesn’t it seem like the Rays gave up a TON for Forsythe? Torres is a stud.

    Im not sure which trade is more of a head scratcher…this one or the Fister trade.

    Bizarre.

  33. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    MT has been like a cork in a shaken Champagne bottle.

    Once he goes all hell will break loose.

    ;)

  34. Tabbert January 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    MTU-

    I don’t know, but lets find out in a Yankees uniform. Gotta jet. Everyone have a good one.

  35. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Well now it’s 11:42 PM in Japan, and another day of useless speculation has come and gone. The joke is on us!

  36. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:42 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year.

  37. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Pop the champagne cork

  38. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    YT-

    You’re surprised ?

    :)

  39. Tabbert January 22nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    TANAKAAAAAA

  40. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    YA BABY!!!!!!

  41. PittsburghYankeeFan January 22nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    BS, or true? About time…

  42. Tackelberry January 22nd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:42 am
    @Ken_Rosenthal

    BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year.

    ____________________________________

    Celebrate!!!!

  43. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    $155/7 or $22m per year is not as bad as I expected.

  44. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    He got Ellsbury money. YA

  45. PittsburghYankeeFan January 22nd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    It must have been Kuroda and Matsui. To lose face to the both of them by going elsewhere wouldn’t have cut it in Japan.

  46. BD (Boston Dave) January 22nd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Queue up the new post Chad.

    It’s on MLB Trade Rumors too

  47. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:45 am

    AAV 22.143 Million. :)

  48. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Pretty crazy money if true but it ain’t my money so Hoorah !

    Good for you Hal.

    Cajones.

    Bravo !

    :)

  49. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Rosenthal too says Tanaka to the Yanks for 7 @ $155 with a 4th year opt out!!!!

  50. AeroFANatic January 22nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Don’t get too caught up in his price. He’s essentially taking over the Kuroda contract after this year. Tanaka is free this year (A-Rod).

    Great deal for a pitcher who’s floor is a #3.

  51. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    This kid had better deliver the goods !

    ;)

  52. BD (Boston Dave) January 22nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Tanaka now has the FIFTH largest contract for a pitcher.

    better be a solid #2 ;)

  53. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I think he knew he was coming here all along. He just held out for every last cent.

  54. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    The YANKEES are back !!!!!

    :)

  55. pkyankfan69 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Congrats, we got em….smart move by Tanaka.

  57. PittsburghYankeeFan January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I agree with AeroFanatic. He’s free this year, and Kuroda plus $6 million next year. Need to see the contract details, though.

  58. BD (Boston Dave) January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Largest pitcher contracts:

    Kershaw
    Verlander
    Felix
    CC
    Tanaka

  59. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Time for that physical YT.

    ;)

  60. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    It’s not full-crazy territory as I was starting to wonder. If we thought he was worth 120/6, 155/7 isn’t that unreasonable for the winning bid. It just goes to show you the price of free agent pitching, and the price for young players.

    Tanaka is 32 by end of contract if he doesn’t opt out.

  61. Your Name Here January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    7 years 175M. Buku money.

  62. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I am sure that the Yanks look at it like a 4 year deal. If he is good then he will definitely opt out and get another big contract.

  63. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    189m POOF!!

  64. ac1 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    WOOOOOOOOO

    Wow 7/155.

    Oh well, not my money!

  65. PittsburghYankeeFan January 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I like this rotation: Sabathia, Tanaka, Kuroda, Nova, Pineda.

    Can run with anyone.

  66. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    The 4th year opt out isn’t too bad, we still are guaranteed his prime years.

    Wonder if he’s got a no trade clause. I’d like to think not.

  67. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    a 4th year opt out!!!!
    ==============
    after the 4th year.

  68. ac1 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Now that 189 is gone, go get Balfour and someone who can play 3B and 1B.

  69. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Almost $450 million on Tanaka, Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann. Still think Hal and Cash “have no plan” to bring a championship to the Yankees? Go Yanks!!!!!!!!

  70. Abe Peterham January 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy

  71. RhapsodyInBlue January 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Congrats Yankee fans!!!!!

  72. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    exiled-

    It really was never in question.

    But yeah. Not poof.

    BOOM !!!!

    More to come.

    ;)

  73. PittsburghYankeeFan January 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I can just see John Sterling: “It’s the Yankees STRAIGHT-A rotation!” Oy.

  74. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Holy shyts!!!!! Oh yeah baby suck on that Theo!!!

  75. ac1 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Darvish must be thinking, WTF!

  76. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am

    If you think about it its crazy that the Yanks gave Tanaka the same money that they offered Cano. They needed him but that is insane.

  77. Wave Your Hat January 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Thank you Yankees!

  78. BD (Boston Dave) January 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Huge risk giving the opt out.

    The Yanks are now taking on the risk without getting the full reward.

    If he is good, and we all hope he is, then the Yankees paid $109M! for 4 years with the posting fee.

    if he’s bad, they are in a world do pain :)

  79. Bret The Hitman January 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am

    189 = always a ruse = Jerkface wasted lots of time counting beans, huh Jerk.

  80. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am
    If you think about it its crazy that the Yanks gave Tanaka the same money that they offered Cano. They needed him but that is insane.
    —————

    $20m less isn’t the same.

  81. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Tanaka San welcome to the polar vortex! :)

  82. austinmac January 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Dear Hal,

    I criticized and doubted your sincerity. I was clearly wrong. You have stepped up for the team and the fans. Please accept my apologies.

    Yours in gratitude,

    Austinmac

  83. Locke January 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Thank you Yankees! I’m really excited now.

  84. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Mac-

    Enjoy your humble pie and crow.

    Apology at the ready I hope ?

    I’ve already got mine done.

    ;)

  85. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Next should be Drew, Balfour. Go for it Hal!!

  86. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Im going to guess that the Cubs offered more in dollars and the Yankees countered with an increase from 20 to 22.143M. Even though it was a closed bid, presumably, Close probably came back to Cashman and Hal,and said that it was going to take 7years and more than 20M per.

  87. Tackelberry January 22nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Great job Hal!! NO complaints about the amount of money. Yanks had to sign this guy.

  88. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    We’re Pontiac.

    We build excitement !

    :)

  89. pkyankfan69 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    DIE 189 DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. DocTodd January 22nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    AMEN!!

  91. Locke January 22nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Time to start planning some trips to NY. Can’t wait to see Tanaka pitch in the MLB.

  92. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Fuji Apple-

    Apologize to Hal.

    ;)

  93. Wave Your Hat January 22nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I don’t see the opt out as a risk, because it’s not like Tanaka ever would have accepted a 4 year deal.

  94. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Great job Cashman and bravo to management for the financial support!!!!!!

  95. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:53 am

    What’s next ?

    :)

  96. Locke January 22nd, 2014 at 9:53 am

    ac1 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 am
    Darvish must be thinking, WTF!

    ——-

    Definitely.

  97. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Darvish got hosed.

    :)

  98. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Mike Axisa ?@mikeaxisa 4m
    It’s basically the Greinke contract, only the option is after the fourth year instead of the third.

  99. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 9:53 am

    MTU OK, BOOM. Now time we stop Dissin Hal for being cheap. not that you or i did. just sayin

  100. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Thrilled this is over and we got him.. so a total of $175 million spent on Tanaka with the posting fee?

  101. hardwired7 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Wooo-hoooo!!!!!!!

  102. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:54 am

    $20m less isn’t the same.
    ———

    Plus the posting fee…

  103. ac1 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Yanks know they will make that money on Tanaka in jersey sales and the Japanese media attention he will get. IE: Matsui

  104. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Now all my fantasies can become reality.

    Ubaldo next ?

    Balfour ?

    Drew ?

    Baker ?

    :)

  105. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 9:55 am

    He is opting out after 4 years so then we know what we spent, till then who cares!

  106. austinmac January 22nd, 2014 at 9:55 am

    MTU,

    Beat you you to it. Apology done.

  107. Tabbert January 22nd, 2014 at 9:55 am

    MTU-

    I left the room, go to the living room, and that very second…. ” Breaking News” and Ken Rosenthal was on my screen giving me the great news. Here I was preparing myself for another long frustrating day with no real news.

  108. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Bye, bye $189m!!!

  109. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Can we trade Ichiro now lol? Is it safe?

  110. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Can you imagine the 1st Darvish-Tanaka face off ?

    It boggles the mind.

    :)

  111. Tabbert January 22nd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I’m getting my Tanaka gear when it becomes available. I’ll be in Houston for his debut.

  112. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Chris Cotillo?@ChrisCotillo1 min
    With Tanaka signed, #Yankees have committed 29 years and $471 million to nine free agents this offseason.

  113. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    New Yorkers are blind! It’s 80 degrees and sunny today!!!!! :)

  114. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Tanaka get over here and help me shovel ….. This is just the start boys and girls !!!!!! Hal and Cash well done . I knew they were quiet for a reason !!!!!

  115. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Guess we’re keeping Ichiro.
    Kuroda and Mr T – all of Japan will be watching!

  116. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:54 am
    $20m less isn’t the same.
    ———

    Plus the posting fee…
    ———-

    Even still, they valued Tanaka at $155m with $20m to the Eagles. And Cano thought he was worth more, and I guess the market valued him more. The Yankees are going to pay for Tanaka’s current production and not his past, unlike they would have with Cano.

  117. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Congrats to all of us !

    :)

  118. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Finally, the Yankees have a rookie that can add excitement and hopefully bring the fans back to YS. Now Hal, strengthen the bullpen, get another bat who can play 3rd, and get involved in te international free agent market.

  119. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    YT I’m on board with all of that

  120. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Christmas all over again !!!!

  121. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I’d like Diaz now.

  122. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Oh I forgot.

    Tanaka’s wife likes the West Coast.

    Oh I forgot.

    The Cubs are going to out bid us.

    But I didn’t forget we’re the mighty Yankees.

    Hal just flipped the rest of baseball the bird.

    And sent the Dodgers a message.

    Beautiful. How it should be.

    :)

  123. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

    In fact, just sign every Cuban INF available.

  124. Kelvin January 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Shoot!!! I’m so excited about the news, cannot wait to purchase my Tanaka Jersey lol ;)

  125. Bret The Hitman January 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

    We’re definitely keeping Ichiro. Now we don’t need to hold Gardner for an emergency trade for a pitcher. We have our pitcher and we can trade Gardner for an infielder.

  126. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    @therealarieber

    Will Yankees blow past $189 million now and further engorge themselves? No point being a little over $189M. Reliever? 3B? 2B? Still needs.

  127. Triple Short of a Cycle January 22nd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    So much for Pat M and his prediction. Just like that dude Lost

  128. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    YT-

    We are not done yet !

    ;)

  129. Chip January 22nd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Shame -

    I’ve been man crushing on Diaz since last year.

    Let’s do this!

  130. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    What a wonderful day !

    :)

  131. austinmac January 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    YT,

    A reliever and the Cuban SA, Diaz, or Drew or someone who can cover 1B and 3B?

  132. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Presser this Friday?

  133. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I can’t wait to see the fallout. who signs next and where. Up next bullpen? 3b? 2b? I say BP.

  134. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    A day where MTU’s eternal optimism was rewarded.

    :)

  135. Against All Odds January 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am
    If you think about it its crazy that the Yanks gave Tanaka the same money that they offered Cano. They needed him but that is insane.

    ————————–

    Which again shows when they really want someone they will go all out to get them.

  136. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 am

    @thekapman

    Industry source tells me there were more teams bidding than the 5 reported. Ichiro/Kuroda big influence on decision.

  137. NYY fan in NH January 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Exciting day in Yankeeland. Now the fun begins with filling the other needs of the team

  138. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Okay. :)

  139. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 am

    What # ?

    Wait till you folks really get a load of this kid.

    :)

  140. macintosh January 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 am

    “Fuji Apple-

    Apologize to Hal.”

    hal. i’m sorry you were a pinch penny ahole who threw away the 2013 season with your ill-fated 189 plan but i’m glad you saw the light and caved in to fans like me who boycotted you.

    now that you have learned that thou shall not be a cheap yankee owner, we may proceed.
    you may stay owner, but remember you are on probation
    now that you have crossed the 189 Rubicon, keep on going for #28 :)

  141. ac1 January 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 am

    THe only way Tanaka doesn’t opt out after 4 years is if he isn’t good enough to get more money at that point. Hopefully by then the Yankees have a pitching staff of talent from the system they can use.

    Campos, Nova, Banuelos, Clarkin (i think) and others down there.

  142. mick January 22nd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Hal was bluffing all along.
    His Dad would be proud.
    Maybe Hank whispered in his ear…from the basement.

  143. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Now we can cut loose Ichiro.

  144. Bret The Hitman January 22nd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 am
    @thekapman

    Industry source tells me there were more teams bidding than the 5 reported. Ichiro/Kuroda big influence on decision.

    _________

    Blojado, I TOLD YOU Ichiro was recruiting Tanaka and that he would be a factor. You said he would be resentful he’s a “5th OF” and wouldn’t speak well of NYC, the players and the Yankees lifestyle.

  145. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:05 am

    The Yankees have just bought themselves another championship.

    So what ?

    Eat that losers.

    :)

  146. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Might be tricky dealing Ichiro if he was part of these negotiations. It wouldn’t be in good faith.

    Meanwhile, when are we trading one of our catchers? Someone’s gotta go.

  147. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Fuji-

    Good enough !

    :)

  148. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Wouldnt be surprised if the Jays and Astros also bid as well as the Mariners.

    My guess is the Cubs bid slightly more.

  149. pkyankfan69 January 22nd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Time to sign Balfour and trade for Aram!

  150. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Seriously George must be so damn happy right now !!!

  151. Bret The Hitman January 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Ichiro stays.

    Gardner, Nunez and one of the surplus catchers are on the chopping block to fill other needs.

  152. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Chip – I’ve been looking up MLB’s investigation of his age since last year and couldn’t find a damn thing!! Glad he’ll be available.

    Verducci saying Gardner won’t be traded.

  153. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    The “Typhoon Twins” are going to be awesome together.

    Both sets.

    ;)

  154. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Kuroda-Tanaka bobble head day already in the works.

    ;)

  155. Ys Guy January 22nd, 2014 at 10:08 am

    YAY! Let’s Go Yankees!

    189 is finally dead! I believed all along that they would only go over for cano or tanaka, and thank goodnedd they got tanaka because at 189 they were not winning.

    now get ubaldo, bullpen help and baker and i think we can compete!

  156. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Meanwhile, when are we trading one of our catchers? Someone’s gotta go.

    ———

    Pretty sure Romine has options. It’s just McCann and Cervelli, and you figure you can just drop Cervelli if you want.

  157. pkyankfan69 January 22nd, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Verducci just mentioned Headley and Aram as possible mid season acquisitions for 3B… Probably a decent bet for either of them before the TD.

  158. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Knock me over w a feather !

    :)

  159. Captain Clutch January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Great now get an infielder and reliever…

  160. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Reports on MLB Network saying Yankees bid the most money. So clearly Tanaka was concerned about being a Yankee and not being insanely rich. /Lohud’d

  161. Your Name Here January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    The Yankees have just bought themselves another championship.

    ———

    They got Tanaka & his Nippon Championship for 175M?

  162. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Holy crap 7/175? How do they justify giving tanaka and Cano the same about of money? Glad we got him though

  163. exiledintampa January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    MTU you’ve been pushin this ‘ Typhoon ” name for weeks. So far no takers?

  164. Bret The Hitman January 22nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Ichiro is your 4th OF. Unlike Brett Gardner, Ichiro can back up RF and spell Gardner. You don’t want Soriano or Ellsbury or Gardner in RF ever. Ichiro can also back up CF. Ichiro is also harder to move and won’t help fill other needs by trading him.

    Gardner is a goner.

    The hold up was if they missed out on Tanaka they would need him for a midseason trade for a pitcher. They need an infielder desperately.

  165. vrsce January 22nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    And, we’re back.

  166. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Shame,

    Doubling up Romine and Murphy is silly, in my opinion. Send one of them off for something useful.

  167. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Calm down ?

    BS.

    I’ve just started to celebrate.

    ;)

  168. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Guys they’re not signing Ubaldo. Thank god.

  169. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Where’s Chad with the official news ?

    :)

  170. RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 10:11 am

    blake January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am
    Holy crap 7/175? How do they justify giving tanaka and Cano the same about of money? Glad we got him though
    ———–

    Tanaka’s younger and a pitcher. We all agree Cano was overpaid.

  171. Bret The Hitman January 22nd, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I’m very curious to see if Wanzies is right about Ubaldo Jimenez. And it would be interesting to watch Pineda, Banuelos and Jose Ramirez all starting in AAA together. Beastly depth.

  172. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    well 189 is gone…..now get Balfour and drew

  173. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Shame,

    Doubling up Romine and Murphy is silly, in my opinion. Send one of them off for something useful.

    —————

    You dunno how long that’ll last, though, since it’s contingent on Cervelli’s performance (and maybe Tex’s, since it’s possible to slot McCann at 1B if that’s necessary).. if you can get something useful for Romine or Cervelli, fine. But I’d rather not move Murphy right now.

  174. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Exiled-

    Wait till they see the 2 of them together.

    Remember. You heard it here 1st.

    ;)

  175. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Jeff Passan ?@JeffPassan 8m
    The Yankees invested $175 million for seven years of Masahiro Tanaka — the exact same deal to which Seattle signed Felix Hernandez.

  176. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    RadioKev January 22nd, 2014 at 10:11 am

    blake January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am
    Holy crap 7/175? How do they justify giving tanaka and Cano the same about of money? Glad we got him though
    ———–

    Tanaka’s younger and a pitcher. We all agree Cano was overpaid.

    —————

    It’s still sad because with Cano’s salary (or there abouts) you’re back at last year’s payroll and we’re disgustingly better.

  177. Bret The Hitman January 22nd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Edit:

    Ichiro is your 4th OF. Unlike Brett Gardner, Ichiro can back up RF and spell Beltran. You don’t want Soriano or Ellsbury or Gardner in RF ever. Ichiro can also back up CF. Ichiro is also harder to move and won’t help fill other needs by trading him.

    Gardner is a goner.

    The hold up was if they missed out on Tanaka they would need him for a midseason trade for a pitcher. They need an infielder desperately, far more than they need the difference in production between Gardner and Ichiro.

  178. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hear that ?

    There’s two big sounds out there.

    One is the rest of baseball dropping their load.

    The other is the sound of dominoes falling.

    :)

  179. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:14 am

    :arrow:

  180. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Even my Mops are happy.

    :)

  181. Chip January 22nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Chip – I’ve been looking up MLB’s investigation of his age since last year and couldn’t find a damn thing!! Glad he’ll be available.

    Verducci saying Gardner won’t be traded.
    ——————————–

    Gardner would only have been traded if they didn’t get Tanaka and needed a pitcher.

    I still think Ichiro gets dumped.

  182. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Continue the celebration over here ————–>

  183. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    exiledintampa says:
    January 22, 2014 at 9:56 am
    Chris Cotillo?@ChrisCotillo1 min
    With Tanaka signed, #Yankees have committed 29 years and $471 million to nine free agents this offseason.
    —————————
    Yes because Hal and Levine don’t have a plan right? :)

  184. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 10:16 am

    party at MTU’s house Sat.

    anyone in the vicinity drop in.

    :)

  185. yankee21 January 22nd, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Way to step up Hal. Now fill out the BP, get a decent a young IF and go for the jugular.

  186. macintosh January 22nd, 2014 at 10:16 am

    mtu-

    the single biggest asset the yankees have that crosses generations is the fan base that demands no less than a championship each year.

    this fan base pushes ownership, management , and the players, and when happy, pours money into the owners pocket.

    it was there in the 30′s when my father watched ruth and gehrig in old yankee stadium and there in the early fifties when i first saw mantle play. it pushed the yankees back with billy’s help in late 70′s and made the late 90′s all yankee.

    yankee fans expect championships.
    hal finally listened.

  187. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Balfour-Are the new questions about his wrist and Knee significant?

    Sign O’Flaherty recuperating from TJ.

    Bring in Johan Santana on a minor league deal.

    Chisenhall might be worth a look now that the Indians catcher might be playing third.

  188. Ted Nelson January 22nd, 2014 at 10:19 am

    “Holy crap 7/175? How do they justify giving tanaka and Cano the same about of money? Glad we got him though”

    Track record’s not there, but some other factors are. He’s 6 years younger, so you’re buying mostly years in his 20s vs. Cano’s 30s. Plus SPing is probably scarcer overall than offense, especially if you think Cano will move of 2B in the next few years. Your argument about ARod breaking down physically due to PEDs in his 30s could always apply if they know or suspect Cano uses.

  189. yankeefeminista January 22nd, 2014 at 11:05 am

    The silence coming out of NY was the give away. CC comp worked for me.

    Yanks had to get Tanaka or their fans would lose all faith. It was a no brainer. Hallelujah! Would have loved this even more if we still had Robi, so now we still need some infielders, I’m afraid.

    Sashimi for lunch? Oishii!

  190. yankeefeminista January 22nd, 2014 at 11:08 am

    “hal finally listened.”

    Hal had no choice. Cash’s cost controlled core didn’t exactly develop. But I will take it any which way. Now just need to work on the IF and the farm.

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