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Rumor of the day: Yankees and Stephen Drew?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 24, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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On Wednesday, when Brian Cashman addressed the Yankees’ financial plan for the rest of the offseason, his words were just vague enough to leave room for almost anything.

“I don’t think it’s realistic to think there will be any more heavy lifting that can take place,” Cashman said. “I’m not going to say we’re not going to try to improve ourselves. We’ll just realistically do it in a much cheaper way going forward.”

Much cheaper than the half billion the Yankees have already spent? That’s a pretty big window. And what’s the definition of heavy lifting? Safe to assume seven years and $155 million is pretty heavy, but what about three years and $45 million (the Carlos Beltran contract) or two years and $12 million (what Grant Balfour got from Tampa Bay) or two years and $7 million (Matt Thornton’s deal)? Did Cashman mean the Yankees are finished giving Major League deals, or simply that it depends on the price (as if it doesn’t always depend on the price)?

Within that “heavy lifting” wiggle room comes this idea that’s been bouncing around all winter: What about a run at Stephen Drew? Jon Heyman reported last night that the Yankees were considering taking a shot at Drew to help their infield situation. He also noted that such a run “depends on the price.”

I heard today that the Yankees are not seriously considering Drew as an option. It seems that both Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney heard the same.

The appeal of Drew is pretty obvious: He’s an infielder (and the Yankees infield is thin). He’s a shortstop (and the Yankees shortstop is both aging and coming off a series of lower-body injuries). He’s a left-handed hitter (and Yankee Stadium plays well for left-handed hitters). Signing Drew could be a move for both the short term and the long term, giving the Yankees infield depth for 2014 and a potential Jeter replacement for 2015 and beyond (if not earlier).

For the sake of playing devil’s advocate, I’ll point out that Drew’s OPS+ is actually lower than Kelly Johnson’s, his career OPS is only .002 higher that Johnson’s, and Drew’s career splits are actually quite a bit more significant than Johnson’s. Drew also has no pro experience playing any position but shortstop, and he’s tied to draft pick compensation for whatever team signs him.

I’m probably not as high on Drew as a lot of folks, but I recognize that he’s a nice player, especially given the Yankees needs and future uncertainty. I can understand those who want him, and I can understand those who think he’s unnecessary. For now, it seems that there’s more smoke than fire when it comes to the Yankees making a run at him.

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155 Responses to “Rumor of the day: Yankees and Stephen Drew?”

  1. Captain Clutch January 24th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    @YankeesPR

    Tanaka-san’s pinstripes are ready! Is it #SpringTraining yet? pic.twitter.com/Z1OKzRU2D1

  2. Captain Clutch January 24th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    pic.twitter.com/Z1OKzRU2D1

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Never thought there was a shot of a snowball in hell that the Ys would sign Drew. If they do, my hat is off to blake, who never stopped lobbying for him.

  4. Doreen January 24th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Usually with the Yankees, the more talk there is, the less likely something is to happen.

  5. tomingeorgia January 24th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    blake,
    While the Drew cud is being rechewed, let me say that this is the first day since I got to Georgia, more than ten years ago, that we didn’t get out of the 20s, all day long. 29 now, and the sun’s going down. The cat , who’s never done it before, is finding indoor places to do her business, unless I run her down and throw her out the door. Sucks.

  6. Captain Clutch January 24th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I think they can get Drew for very cheap. He might even want a 1 year deal so he can be a free agent again next year.

  7. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Blake for GM.

    ;)

  8. Shame Spencer January 24th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’m probably not as high on Drew as a lot of folks

    ———————-

    ‘A lot of folks’ means blake, right Chad?

  9. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I wish the polar vortex would stay up around the poles where people appreciate it.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    MTU – I’d have to give you co-GMs. Your Tanaka lobbying and blake’s Drew lobbying.

    :)

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    “I wish the polar vortex would stay up around the poles where people appreciate it.”

    I hear you! National Grid, on the other hand, is dancing in the street.

  12. Shame Spencer January 24th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    The issue is like blake said they have kind of a short window before they need to re-up a lot of their positions again.. that’s really what Drew’s appeal is.

    Over the next three years we’ll need 2 new OFers, almost an entirely new INF, and at least one rotation arm but more likely two. If you get lucky, one OF spot and a rotation spot will go to an internal candidate. If you get especially lucky, you might get 1 or 2 OFers and 1 or 2 rotation arms….

  13. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Trisha-

    Maybe it’s just the optimist in me but I am very excited about Tanaka.

    Thanks for the vote of confidence but a lot of people wanted this kid.

    Blake knows a lot more baseball than I ever will.

  14. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Wave-

    Move to Utah !

    :)

  15. Chad Jennings January 24th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Shame Spencer January 24th, 2014 at 4:54 pm e

    I’m probably not as high on Drew as a lot of folks

    ———————-

    ‘A lot of folks’ means blake, right Chad?

    Nah. Blake’s certainly not the only one. The idea of it makes obvious sense, I just don’t think is bat is especially reliable or impressive unless he’s a shortstop, and I’m not sure the Yankees are going to let him play there. Even if he did play there, I’m not entire sure he’s a slam-dunk upgrade over Jeter, Johnson or Roberts. He probably is an upgrade over at least one of them — which is why he makes sense — but I think he has plenty of potential to be underwhelming as well. As I wrote, I could understand making the move, and I can understand not making the move.

  16. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Let’s not rewrite history

    So please don’t say that if the Yankees wanted Cano, he’d still be here

    —————–

    2-3 yrs ago:

    Cano: How about an extension
    Yankees: Play out your deal…you have yrs left

    ST 2013:
    Yankees: We’re trying to extend you long term
    Cano: I’m going to play out my contract and test free agency.

  17. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Get Jeff Baker.

    Michelle. Where are you ?

    ;)

  18. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    MTU-

    It doesn’t get cold there?

  19. Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Never thought there was a shot of a snowball in hell that the Ys would sign Drew.

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

    Wow…really…that’s a lot for kitchen help :)

  20. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Captain Clutch January 24th, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    @YankeesPR

    Tanaka-san’s pinstripes are ready! Is it #SpringTraining yet? pic.twitter.com/Z1OKzRU2D1

    —————

    19 is a good number I like it :)

  21. Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I like the idea of Baker above anyone else at this point.

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Against – when’s the last time you saw the Yankees give out an extension before a contract was up? How about the time before that?

  23. blake January 24th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    “As I wrote, I could understand making the move, and I can understand not making the move.”

    The first half of this is dead on Chad :)

  24. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    WYH-

    In southern Utah ?

    Not usually too much.

    We normally might get one or two short cold snaps per Winter.

    It was 60 here today. Took a bike ride in shorts.

    ;)

  25. Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Yea, MTU I just came back from a nice hike today…up in the mountains, view of the bay…46 and sunny. No polar vortex to worry about now.

  26. blake January 24th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Tom,
    Bret says it’s global warming

  27. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:10 pm
    Against – when’s the last time you saw the Yankees give out an extension before a contract was up? How about the time before that?

    ——————–

    Never if my memory is correct and it might not be. Someone said it earlier if they are going to exist in this new baseball world they have to adapt. What happens yrs from now when the next gem of the system becomes a star and could be extended. Will they not lock him up as well?

  28. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Howler-

    I wish I could have joined you.

    Your environment is very different from mine. The moisture and greenery.

    I enjoyed my time touring the Ranier area but it would have been nice to see some
    the spots known only to locals.

    We do have our share of lakes and mountains nearby.

  29. Chad Jennings January 24th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Also, the No. 19 has to be a short-term thing for Tanaka, right? Gotta switch to No. 18 as soon as Kuroda is gone.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    “Never if my memory is correct and it might not be. Someone said it earlier if they are going to exist in this new baseball world they have to adapt. What happens yrs from now when the next gem of the system becomes a star and could be extended. Will they not lock him up as well?”

    I don’t disagree with you on the above. I’m just saying that lack of an extension was not an indicator they did not want Cano. It was just the way they had agreed to do business and were sticking to that plan 2-3 years ago.

  31. tomingeorgia January 24th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    AAO,
    They did it for Jeter, and again for Cano.

  32. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    For me, what makes our area very special and unique is our Canyon Country.

    Nothing quite like it anywhere else.

    :)

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    MTU, if memory serves me correct, you continued to say that the Ys would get Tanaka and that 189 was going to be a distant memory. That’s batting 1.000! :)

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    “They did it for Jeter”

    When did they do it for Jeter?

  35. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Chad-

    19 makes perfect sense to me.

    18 is for the Ace. Kuroda is that right now.

    19 is 1 number behind.

    ;)

  36. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    MTU-

    The wife wants to vacation out there this summer. I haven’t been there for ages, but my recollection is it was pretty spectacular.

  37. tomingeorgia January 24th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    trisha,
    When they gave him $189 for ten years. Don’t remember what year, but I think Derek was 26.

  38. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Trisha-

    I had someone to help me believe.

    ;)

  39. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    It was just the way they had agreed to do business and were sticking to that plan 2-3 years ago.

    ————–

    But then why approach him the yr he’s a free agent with the hope of extending him?? He was going to be a free agent in several months. They literally thought it was better to sign him with months left on his deal as oppose to yrs.

  40. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    WYH-

    North is very different from the South.

    Where will you be going ?

  41. Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    The greenery is what “Drew” me out here…that and the coastline…lots of places to explore right around town…and even deeper darker places to go 30 or so miles away.

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/attmain/mbs/specialplaces

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Against, I don’t think it’s unusual for players to be offered extensions in their walk years. That’s good business.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    tom, wasn’t that just a new contract?

  44. blake January 24th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    For the sake of playing devil’s advocate, I’ll point out that Drew’s OPS+ is actually lower than Kelly Johnson’s, his career OPS is only .002 higher that Johnson’s, and Drew’s career splits are actually quite a bit more significant than Johnson’s. Drew also has no pro experience playing any position but shortstop, and he’s tied to draft pick compensation for whatever team signs him.”

    This is somewhat misleading for a couple of reasons. 1) it’s apples and oranges because Johnson can’t play SS 2) Drews career numbers are somewhat skewed by the fact that he’s been bad when he’s not been healthy……he’s a different player when healthy than he is when he’s not .

  45. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:29 pm
    Against, I don’t think it’s unusual for players to be offered extensions in their walk years. That’s good business.

    —————-

    Yes but it’s even better business to extend them when they seek an extension with multiple yrs left.

  46. Warning Track Power January 24th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    For the sake of playing devil’s advocate, I’ll point out that Drew’s OPS+ is actually lower than Kelly Johnson’s, his career OPS is only .002 higher that Johnson’s, and Drew’s career splits are actually quite a bit more significant than Johnson’s. Drew also has no pro experience playing any position but shortstop, and he’s tied to draft pick compensation for whatever team signs him.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    All the reasons why Drew is not worth pursuing.
    Very unnecessary

  47. Jerkface January 24th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    SG did cairo projections for Tanaka and they are really promising. The 65% projection would be awesome and the 80% projection is likely the best pitcher on the staff.

    http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/.....a_for_2014

    % G GS W L IP H R ER HR BB HBP SO RA ERA FIP RAR WAR
    80% 33 33 15 9 215 187 82 72 18 32 1 188 3.45 3.01 2.83 51 5.1
    65% 30 30 13 9 197 180 83 73 20 33 3 164 3.81 3.34 3.22 39 3.9
    Baseline 27 27 11 9 179 173 83 73 21 34 4 141 4.17 3.68 3.61 28 2.8
    35% 22 22 8 8 143 144 72 63 19 30 4 107 4.50 3.99 3.97 17 1.7
    20% 19 19 7 7 125 132 67 60 19 29 4 89 4.84 4.30 4.33 10 1.0

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    “Yes but it’s even better business to extend them when they seek an extension with multiple yrs left.”

    You know you set a dangerous precedent when you do that. You run the risk of hurt feelings (when you don’t do it for everyone), bad investment, etc.

  49. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    MTU-

    If we go, it would be to the Canyonlands area and to northern New Mexico.

  50. Jerkface January 24th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Baseline 3.68 ERA, best cases 3.34 and 3.01 with a WAR around 3-5. The baseline would be like if Tanaka came to the US and had an above average adjustment season like Darvish. But if he really comes over and pitches very well given his skillset like Kuroda or Iwakuma did, then the 65%-80% projection could be achieved.

  51. mick January 24th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    If Ryan becomes the everyday SS, people here will be crying why didn’t we get Drew.
    Likely Yanks are trying to lowball him into a 1-2 year deal at 3B or 2B with no promise of taking over for Jeter at SS. He knows if Hanley is around , he might not even play there next year.
    3B either if the great one comes back.

  52. tomingeorgia January 24th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    trisha,
    I thought it was an extension, surely could be wrong.

  53. Hearn January 24th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Stephen Drew. Pass.

    No more Red Sox please.

  54. Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I’d be crying if Ryan became the everyday SS but still wouldn’t be thrilled with getting Drew…I just don’t see him as being that much more than average. I could even live with Nunez there and let him play. I think the defense would get better.

  55. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    WYH-

    Lucky you.

    You could easily spend an entire vacation of several weeks in the SW corner of Utah and Northern AZ.

    Let me know if you want any suggestions before you go.

    I still haven’t even touched one entire section of Canyonlands known as “The Maze district”.

    I lived in NM for 7 years so I know some of the good spots there too.

    :)

  56. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Meant to say SE corner.

    Duh.

    :(

  57. Jerkface January 24th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    You know you set a dangerous precedent when you do that. You run the risk of hurt feelings (when you don’t do it for everyone), bad investment, etc.

    I don’t know if its a dangerous precedent. Every other team in baseball manages to take advantage of it.

    I also don’t see bad investments being a real risk when the alternative is free agent contracts for OLDER players.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    mick – I was against Drew from jump street. I think Drew’s defense is fantastic, his offense not so much at all. In fact, they did a parody on his lack of hitting in beantown. I haven’t changed my mind, but apparently if there is interest in him, they are seeing something I didn’t.

  59. Jerkface January 24th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Jeter got a full contract in arbitration. You could kind of consider it an extension. Its not really the same though in my opinion.

  60. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Trade for Starlin Castro.

    :)

  61. Warning Track Power January 24th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    I’d be crying if Ryan became the everyday SS but still wouldn’t be thrilled with getting Drew…I just don’t see him as being that much more than average. I could even live with Nunez there and let him play. I think the defense would get better.
    ———————————————————————————
    Here is what I think.
    Jeter is named the everyday SS but will play the occasional DH
    Ryan goes in for Jeter with his great glove and no bat.
    Nunez could also spell Jeter on defense. Not as good as Ryan with the glove, but nobody is. Not even Jeter

    Where does that leave Drew???
    NOT ON THE ROSTER!!!

  62. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Trade for Nick Franklin.

    :)

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    “I also don’t see bad investments being a real risk when the alternative is free agent contracts for OLDER players.”

    I guess it depends on how many years the extension is for.

  64. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    You know you set a dangerous precedent when you do that. You run the risk of hurt feelings (when you don’t do it for everyone), bad investment, etc.

    ———————————

    No feelings hurt some players receive special treatment over others. Players know there is a pecking order.

  65. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Build for the future.

    :)

  66. pete2 January 24th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Chad fails to understand that Drews main value is as backup for Jeter and as Jeters eventual replacement for the first couple of years. he also crushess RHP’ers and could platoon at 3B with Johnson.

    No matter what the career numbers say, Johnson has fallen off quite a bit and Drew was a much better hitter last year in his first healthy season since that ankle injury

    Drew won’t take a 1 yr deal with any team unless he will be a full time SS since that hurts his market value. On a 3 yr deal he would have position flexibility and that’s where the Yankees need to go.

    I think he waits until June 15th when he does not have draft pick compensation. By then teams will have had suffered injuries or taken off the rosy spectacles they had and realize the guys they had pegged to do the job can’t do it.

    Anyways, if they don’t end up with Drew I might have to downgrade my projection from 93 to 89. Not saying Drew is a 4 win player but there could be a dominoe effect at other positions w/o him. I will hold off on that though since Rosenthal and Olney are wrong at least 50% of the time

  67. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West January 24th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Jeff Baker- not signing anywhere is what it feels like to him. He’s on everyone’s back burner. FWIW he thinks ubaldo is going to Texas. Was offered two MiL contracts, one by cubs one by brewers.

  68. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    JF-

    My conservative prediction for MT call for:

    ERA < 3.5
    WHIP < 1.2
    Wins = 15 or more

    Rookie of the year candidate

    All-Star Team

  69. blake January 24th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Every time Nunez plays SS….an angel loses their wings

  70. Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    To be honest MTU…I’ve had to watch a fair amount of Franklin…and hadn’t been overly impressed.

  71. blake January 24th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Hey I want baker ….come on to ny

  72. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    thanks Michelle.

    He might wind up with a call from the Yankees.

  73. Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Isn’t that good Blake…now Trout will be able to cover less ground :)

  74. Shame Spencer January 24th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Chad – Thanks for the response.

    It’s weird to think even with the spending this off season that within a couple years (maybe less depending on Jeter) you’re going to be overhauling half the team again.

  75. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Howler-

    You didn’t like Putz either.

    :)

  76. Shame Spencer January 24th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West January 24th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Jeff Baker- not signing anywhere is what it feels like to him.

    ————

    That really sucks, I’d love to have his bat against LHP.

  77. blake January 24th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Howler says:
    January 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm
    Isn’t that good Blake…now Trout will be able to cover less ground

    Hah!

  78. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Rangers gonna grab Ubaldo ?

  79. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    Build for the future.

    :)

    ————–

    They need help creating that future first ;)

  80. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Texas.

    Forget Ubaldo.

    You give us Andrus and eat a little money we’ll give you Nova.

    ;)

  81. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Got to think the Halos are desperate for SP.

    I know a Team that has some excess.

    ;)

  82. Howler January 24th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Maybe Jeter has left us a little gift basket to play for the future with one of his previous companions.

  83. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    AAO-

    They have a better plan than you might think.

    ;)

  84. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Dinner bell ringing.

    Later.

    :)

  85. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    MTU January 24th, 2014 at 5:56 pm
    AAO-

    They have a better plan than you might think.

    ;)

    ———–

    If you were the one in charge of the plan MTU I would have the utmost confidence in it working. Trying to get a position in FO. Then I’ll believe in them :)

  86. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    “No feelings hurt some players receive special treatment over others.”

    Riiiiiight. “They’re not giving me respect.”

    Next!

  87. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Ok, I’ll make a conjured guess, Yanks get 93 wins, Trish,…because I’m going to try and get in the way of any more :)

  88. Jerkface January 24th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Riiiiiight. “They’re not giving me respect.”

    Next!

    And yet that was in a free agency situation, and could have been alleviated by an extension. You can’t really worry about hurt feelings when it can happen from every angle of running a team. you just deny yourself an excellent tool to maintain cost certainty, keep a player, and get potential discounts on what a guy would cost in free agency.

    Free agency is great for getting players from other teams, but its the most inefficient way to keep your own players on your team.

  89. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Shame, I don’t think the Yankees are worried about an overhaul in 2 years. The Japanese routinely retire their Honda engines after low kms and then offer re-sales, that’s how my 91 Prelude got a rebirth :)

  90. joeman January 24th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    little…Steely Dan – Hey nineteen and a Makers

  91. tomingeorgia January 24th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    If 7 years at $25 million isn’t showing respect, what does? Seattle showed him the money and the years. To quote the Hawk, “He gone!”

  92. joeman January 24th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    like to see those high win totals …

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    “And yet that was in a free agency situation, and could have been alleviated by an extension. You can’t really worry about hurt feelings when it can happen from every angle of running a team. you just deny yourself an excellent tool to maintain cost certainty, keep a player, and get potential discounts on what a guy would cost in free agency. ”

    I absolutely understand all of the upsides. I can just see some agents playing hardball if their clients aren’t afforded the same opportunity, especially if they are convinced there is some kind of favoritism at hand. Could end up affecting clubhouse morale.

    Just a few thoughts as to the potential downside.

  94. mick January 24th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Many teams are signing guys to MiL contracts.
    The 4 big starters , even Garza, not getting offers.
    It’s take it or leave it time…

  95. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    joeman, Steely Dan, professional band across genres all the way!

  96. RayVT January 24th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I think Tanaka wears 189! It seems to fit! LOL!

    I’d like Drew as a 3B starter in 2014 & the flexibility of 2B, SS & 3B in 2015 & 2016.

  97. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    MTU-

    Thanks. I will definitely ask you for suggestions if we decide to go.

  98. kd January 24th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    just out of curiosity, what does Boston give Lester now?

    He might end up being a free agent if the sox get cheap

  99. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    On the Olympic front, I’ll sacrifice every other Canadian competitor ( luge, whatever ), if hockey gold is what it is. Nothing else matters. I just hope they don’t feed us bad food and wake us up in the middle of the night.

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  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 24th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Okay, out for a while.

    This is the latest and I believe it is correct.

    _______________

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Trisha 101
    1/22 Kelvin 98
    1/22 Poetkiosk 96
    1/22 Rhapsody in Blue 93
    1/23 Tomingeorgia 94
    1/23 JimK 88
    1/23 GregD 94
    1/23 Cashmoney 163
    1/23 Austinmac 92
    1/23 Pete2 93
    1/23 Chicken_stanley 95
    1/23 bbb1 96
    1/23 FS48 91
    1/23 Locke 91
    1/23 nettles9nc 95
    1/23 Upstate 90
    1/23 Tabbert 91
    1/24 Chambliss 89
    1/24 Pkyankfan69 69
    1/24 Hunger Games 101
    1/24 Howler 96

  102. joeman January 24th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg0-auK0u0U

  103. mick January 24th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    The Yanks are basically complete.
    Now , it’s “if you want to play with us” time.
    Teams are dictating the terms, not the players.

  104. tomingeorgia January 24th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    jmills,
    This is a Three Dog Night in Georgia.

  105. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    1/24 Pkyankfan69 69

    ——————

    Typo????

  106. RayVT January 24th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    108

  107. Against All Odds January 24th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Now , it’s “if you want to play with us” time.
    Teams are dictating the terms, not the players.

    ——————

    The Yankees just spent a ton on money on various players were they have to either offer vesting options or extra yrs just to get them. How are terms dictating the terms? Seriously asking no sarcasm intended at all.

  108. RayVT January 24th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Trisha

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    108

  109. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Trisha, I don’t see my name and Dougie Gilmour’s 93 on that list!!!

  110. comet January 24th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Trisha my entry is 86 wins for the Yankees in 2014!

  111. kd January 24th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Trisha,

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    92

  112. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West January 24th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Trisha

    92 for me please

  113. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Tom, I like Vickie Lawrence’s, ” the Night the Lights went out in Georgia “. Talented lady!

  114. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Good on you, Comet – predicting a crash! :D

  115. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I also really like Gladys Knight and the Pip’s ” Midnight Train to Georgia “. There were times when I was struggling with a surgical extraction at the end of the week, and if that song was above me, I still felt good!

  116. Revenge of Stoneburner January 24th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    NEW YORK– 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX, FOXA; ASX: FOX, FOXLV) today announced an agreement to acquire a majority stake in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES Network), raising its ownership position in the regional sports network to 80 percent from the current 49 percent it acquired in 2012. The YES Network delivers exclusive live local television coverage of New York Yankees baseball and Brooklyn Nets basketball, as well as other Emmy Award-winning local and national sports programming. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the first calendar quarter, subject to regulatory and other requisite approvals.

    21st Century Fox also announced that, following the acquisition, Tracy Dolgin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YES network, will remain in his role leading the network.

    The remaining 20 percent stake will continue to be held by Yankee Global Enterprises. As a result of the acquisition, the YES Network will become a consolidated entity of 21st Century Fox.

    Since its inception in 2002, the YES Network has grown its footprint to include local availability in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and parts of Pennsylvania, as well as national availability on several cable and satellite television distributors. The network currently showcases live Yankees and Nets games to approximately 9 million households in the teams’ television territory in the New York area. Outside of the New York area, the YES Network also distributes a variety of national programming to millions of homes across the country.

    “Our investment in the YES Network underscores our commitment to growing our global sports portfolio with offerings that are exceptional and unique,” said James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, 21st Century Fox. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Yankee Global Enterprises and to working with the network’s management team to build on the YES Network’s success.”

    Hal Steinbrenner, chairman of Yankee Global Enterprises, said, “Clearly, 21st Century Fox is a great partner for us as the YES Network fulfills and expands its potential as one of the nation’s premier regional sports networks. We are gratified that 21st Century Fox has increased their stake and investment in the network. Yankee Global Enterprises is eager to continue working with 21st Century Fox as we explore ways to take YES to even greater heights.”

    Fox Sports Media Group is the nation’s leader in local regional sports programming, operating a leading array of 22 owned-and-operated U.S. regional sports networks, which collectively produce over 5,000 live local events each year and serve as the local TV homes to more than half of all MLB, NHL, and NBA teams.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com.....z2rMbtt7S2

  117. Revenge of Stoneburner January 24th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Before every Yankees game will be this from now on:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTgRm6Qgscc

  118. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Why is the prediction contest being held now?

  119. tomingeorgia January 24th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    comet,
    Nice to see you, but you’re wat too pessistic.

  120. Pat M. January 24th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Little League / Pony League tryouts tomorrow morning. Looks as though I’m throwing BP. Miss those days back in the 1990′s. For those who are going through this time, embrace and enjoy for it comes by in a flash…. I too miss my friend The Greenberet 7. Hell of a guy

  121. exiledintampa January 24th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    So was the plan to sign the FA’s, up the yes projections, then sell the network for billions?

  122. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    ” Start spreading the news ” – Frank and Tony together. When this station puts Rod Stewart on, I go to other things. Dinah Washington please – ” Red Sails in the Sunset ” wow!!!

  123. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Wave-

    My pleasure.

    You’re most welcome.

  124. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Pat M-

    If you were in Little League in the 90s I bet your team won.

  125. pete2 January 24th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    kd January 24th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    “just out of curiosity, what does Boston give Lester now?”

    Seems Lester is offering to take to Pedroia type discount. I think the Red Sox may be setting up accounts for their guys in the Cayman Islands and paying some of their salary there to avoid the LT

  126. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    AAO-

    The Yankees are billion dollar enterprise.

    They aren’t an Einstein’s bagel outlet.

    Keep that in mind when you wonder if they have a plan.

    ;)

  127. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Dinner was delicious.

    BBQ’ed prime steak w asparagus.

    All nicely spiced and prepared by yours truly.

    Cold one to wash it all down.

    :)

  128. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I conjured la radio, Rod Stewart trying to duet sing, ” darling u send me, honest u do ” Horrible

  129. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I’m not thrilled that my Yankee fandom will result in a few more bucks in Rupert Murdock’s pocket.

  130. Pat M. January 24th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Wave……Yeah we won a lot but only because I drafted real good kids

  131. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    MTU, the cold one is supposed to start the affair while you roam around your host’s garden.

  132. pete2 January 24th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    exiledintampa January 24th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    “So was the plan to sign the FA’s, up the yes projections, then sell the network for billions?:

    This deal was made in 2012 with an option to acquire up to 80%. The Yankees had already sold 9% and this is just another 5%. They probably got about 600 million for their 14% plus the 400 million for extending the rights to YES through 2042.

  133. Pat M. January 24th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Wave…My point was about having your kids playing youth sports and maybe even as a coach. Very special

  134. bigdan22 January 24th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    So the Yankees don’t control Yes anymore. What does this mean to Joe Fan?

    Chad and the professional writers out there should start working on answering that question. Far more important than following tiresome rumors like Drew.

    From what I surmise, Fox will now control the broadcasts. I assume they can select announcers. They could obviously change format as well. I wonder how much Yankee broadcasts will be integrated into the Fox Sports Network. Will Bill O’Reilly be invited into booth with Kay?

    What about the financial side? I imagine the Yankees’ entity, Global Enterprises is going to get paid somehow for the stake. I suspect the Yankees will continue to license their games to Yes so now it will be Fox paying the Yanks instead of Yes paying the Yanks. Since the Yanks are only small minority owners of Yes, I imagine they would be less concerned with ratings and advertising. That’s Fox’s concern now.

    Lots to examine here.

  135. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Pat M-

    My mistake. I thought you must have been a ringer.

  136. jmills January 24th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Its decided, I’m getting my daughter the soft pink Yankees cap – gentle understatement.

  137. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Pat M-

    Just kidding of course.

  138. exiledintampa January 24th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I knew if I asked a crazy question sombody would open up the doors to what it could mean for me the fan.

    Thanks Dan

  139. pete2 January 24th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    bigdan22 January 24th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    So the Yankees don’t control Yes anymore. What does this mean to Joe Fan?

    They never controlled Yes. They only owned 34% and dropped to 25% in the deal made in 2012 which gave NewsCorp the option to acquire 80% of YES within 3 years, most of which was owned by Goldman Sachs.

    Between the 14% stake they sold in YES and extending the rights the Yankees Global Holding Company may have got as much as 1 billion in cash.

  140. MTU January 24th, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    New one ——->

  141. pete2 January 24th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Of course, there may be changes coming now that they own 80% instead of 49% since they don’t have to answer to anyone.

  142. comet January 24th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    MTU not me I wouldn’t trade Nova for Andrus. Nova could end as a number 1 or 2.

  143. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I don’t think the Yes news is news. Fox always had that option. I don’t believe it means that Yankee Global Enterprises is losing control of content, so I don’t think it means much except that Joe Yankee Fan is contributing a little more to the insidious right wing.

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