Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 New Year's resolutions for Yankees players, coaches and management

Last season, I wrote that the New York Yankees’ 2015 New Year’s resolution should be to stay the course with their future roster planning and by most measures they did just that. For the organization, I would recommend much of the same for 2016. The transition is in full effect, but will continue to envelop the next couple of seasons to be seen through to fruition.

With that in mind – that’s not much of a blog post – I’ll take a stab at what individuals within the organization should resolve to accomplish in 2016.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Shed no tears for Justin Wilson…or any setup man for that matter

The New York Yankees are certainly not losing sleep after trading left-handed reliever Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for two minor league starters, Luis Cessa and Chad Green, and nor should you.

Justin Wilson
Photo credit: Arturo Pardavila III
A bullpen is important, no doubt, especially in this day when teams value dominance at the back end of games. Wilson, 28, is not dominant. He’s pretty good, but he’s also a nightmare waiting to happen.

Wilson owns a career 8.7 K/9 (it’s been over 9.1 per nine the last two seasons) and it is good that he does because his walk rate (3.7 per nine) necessitates it. In my view, this is a player who can have a great season, but can also look pretty bad. His career suggests as much as well.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Yankees unsurprisingly quiet at start of Winter Meetings

As the New York Yankees headed to Nashville, Tennessee, they proclaimed to be invested in speaking with other teams about trades, but lay on the periphery of the free agent market. The club has been vocal about their roster – and budget – being filled, making the first day of quiet around the club unsurprising.

Rumors of Brett Gardner and/or Andrew Miller being on the move have begun to subside. It seems that Gardner’s value is not as high as it has been in the past, while Miller’s value might be better on the club versus off it. The Yankees will continue to listen on all players, but expecting them to make a big trade seems less likely if one of those two players is not involved. The club has often professed they do not have an interest in trading their top prospects, especially those close to helping on the major league level.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Yankees' strategy for Winter Meetings differs from their fans' desires

The chasm is closing, but some fans still want it all, and want it now.

Hal Steinbrenner
Photo credit: Jeffrey Putman via Flickr
When the New York Yankees vowed to try and drop below the luxury tax threshold in 2012, many fans couldn’t understand how such a valuable franchise could think about penny-pinching where it concerned building their roster.

Gone are the days of the old patriarch of spending, George Steinbrenner III. His son Hal believed then, and trusts now, that the Yankees do not need to maintain a $200 million payroll to win. Yet, that’s exactly where they still stand because of the free agent splurge two offseasons ago that brought Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka aboard combined with the massive contracts of Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira that were already on the books.