Category Archives: Ex-Players

Yankees re-sign Headley

The Yanks re-signed Chase Headley today to a 4-yr. deal worth $52MM. With the signing, the infield should be set with Teixeira at 1B, Prado at 2B, Gregorious (with Ryan) at SS and Headley at 3B. A-Rod appears to be the DH.

One thing is apparent. The infield defense should be better than last year. Last year, the Yanks had Solarte at 3b for half the year, a 36 year old Brian Roberts at 2B for most of the year, and the 40 year old Jeter at SS.

It appears as if Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela will either be on the bench or at AAA for depth in case of injury.

Headley, 30, is a switch-hitter who hit just .229-7-32, OPS+ 90 for SD for most of 2014 (77 games) but then did better with the Yanks, .262-6-17 in 58 games (OPS+ 119) to finish at .243-13-49, OPS+ 102. He had a dream year in 2012 for SD, .286-31-115 (led NL in RBI), OPS+ 145, GG, SS and 5th in MVP balloting.

His 162 g. average is .265-16-70, OPS+ 113. If he gives the Yanks that, fans should be happy.

The starting 9 appears set. C McCann, 1B Teixeira, 2b Prado, SS Gregorious (Ryan vs. lefty pitchers), 3B Headley, LF Gardner, CF Ellsbury and RF Beltran with DH A-Rod. Headley, Teix and Beltran are switch-hitters.

There are a couple of lineup scenarios. Here are three:

Ellsbury/Gardner/Beltran/Teixeira/McCann/A-Rod/Headley/Prado and Gregorious.

Ellsbury/Prado/Beltran/Teixeira/McCann/A-Rod/Headley/Gardner and Gregorious.

Gardner/Prado/Ellsbury/Teixeira/Beltran/McCann/A-Rod/Headley and Gregorious.

Just a couple of examples.

In other news, a couple of former Yanks may be suing to get back $$$$ they were bilked out of by their financial advisers. Jorge Posada apparently lost $11MM and Jose Contreras $2.4MM to these “advisers.”

HOF Vets Committee elects no one

The Golden Age (1947-1972) Veterans Committee elected no one to the HOF today. Out of 16 voters, one of the 10 nominees needed 12 votes to be voted in.

Dick Allen and Tony Oliva each missed by one vote, getting 11 votes. Jim Kaat missed by two votes.

Others on the ballot included Minnie Minoso, Reds GM Bob Howsam, Luis Tiant, Gil Hodges, Maury Wills, Ken Boyer and Billy Pierce.

Yanks trade Greene, get SS

The Yanks traded Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers today, and in a 3-way deal, got back SS Didi Gregorious from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Greene, a rookie last year, went 5-4, 3.78 (ERA+ 103) for the Yankees.

Gregorious is a lefty hitter who won’t turn 25 until February. He has basically platooned the past two seasons for the D-Backs, hitting .252-7-28, OPS+ 94 in 2013 in 103 games, and .226-6-27, OPS+ 81 this past season. He has played in less than 200 games in his career.

Gregorious’ 162 g. average is .243-11-48, OPS+ 88.

Offensively, it doesn’t appear to add much, but Gregorious has a good defensive reputation. Then again, he hasn’t turned 25 yet, so maybe his bat will pick up.

As a cost move, Gregorious is under team control (and with some of the Yanks’ big contracts, this is important) through 2019.

In other news, a Veterans Committee will be choosing from some 1950s-1970s players for the HOF on Monday. These are players who were very good, but weren’t voted in by the writers. Some names are Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant, Maury Wills and Reds GM Bob Howsam.

Dale Scott, umpire, came out as gay. It’ll may be interesting to see how boo-birds react from the stands next year, if at all.

Ex-mlb pitcher Sadecki dies at age 73.

Ray Sadecki, who went 135-131 in a major league career that spanned 18 seasons, passed away recently at age 73.

Sadecki played for the Cardinals 1960-1966, Giants 1966-1969, Mets 1970-1974, Cardinals again in 1975, Braves 1975, Royals 1975-1976, Brewers 1976 and back with the Mets in 1977. He was on the 1964 WS Champion Cardinals and the 1973 NL Champion Mets.

He won 20 games in 1964 for the Cards, and started two games in the WS, winning Game 1. He was 1-0, 8.53 in the Series.

His ERA was 3.78, ERA+ 98 for his career. His average season was 10-10, 3.78.

In 1968, the Year of the Pitcher, Sadecki led the majors in losses (18) despite an ERA under 3.00 (2.91).

He was 5-4, 3.39 as a spot starter, middle reliever for the 1973 Mets, and relieved in four of the WS games that year, giving up one run in 4 2/3 innings.

 

 

 

Trout, Kershaw MVPS; Dark dies

Mike Trout was named the unanimous MVP in the American League yesterday, and Clayton Kershaw became the first N.L. pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968 to win the CYA and the MVP in the same season.

Kershaw is the third Dodger pitcher to be the CYA winner and the MVP in the same season, following Don Newcombe (1956) and Sandy Koufax (1963). When Newcombe and Koufax won, the CYA went to only one pitcher in all of baseball. With all due respect to Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, this year’s AL CYA winner, had those rules been in effect today, it’s safe to presume Kershaw would have been the CYA winner had there only been one award as it was from 1956-1966 and not have it split across leagues as it is today.

Alvin Dark, a SS and later manager, died yesterday at the age of 92. Dark played for the Boston Braves from 1946-1949, winning the NL pennant with them in 1948, the NY Giants from 1950-1956, winning the NL pennant in 1951 and the WS in 1954, the St. Louis Cardinals 1956-1958, the Chicago Cubs 1958-1959, the Philadelphia Phillies 1960 and the Milwaukee Braves 1960.

He managed the SF Giants to the 1962 pennant and the 1974 A’s to the World Championship. He won the AL West with the A’s in 1975.

He managed the Giants 1961-1964, KC A’s 1966-1967, Cleveland Indians 1968-1971, Oakland A’s 1974-1975 and SD Padres 1977.

He was a 3x All-Star and ROY in 1948.

He also was a fine football player (LSU) who was drafted by the Eagles.

His MLB debut was delayed due to WWII. When he won the ROY voting in 1948, he was 26 years old.

He was a .289 hitter with 126 HR in his career.

He finished 3rd in the voting for 1948 MVP (won by Musial), and hit .322 when the Braves won the pennant. In 1951, for the Giants, he hit .303, led the NL with 41 doubles and hit .417 in the WS. In 1954, he hit .293, had 20 HR and finished 5th in the MVP voting (won by Mays). He hit .412 in the WS that year.

 

Robertson rejects qualifying offer; ROY voting

To no surprise, David Robertson has rejected the Yankees’ qualifying offer and is free to negotiate with any team, including the Yankees. The qualifying offer this year is $15.3MM.

To date, no player has ever accepted a qualifying offer. If Robertson signs elsewhere, the Yanks get a compensatory draft pick.

In Rookie of the Year voting, Dellin Betances finished third in the A.L., and Masahiro Tanaka fifth. Tanaka probably would have finished higher had he not lost 1/3 of the season to injury.

Manager of the Year gets announced today. Baseball is in their awards stage.

Michael Cuddyer signed a deal with the Mets. The Mets’ DeGrom won the N.L. ROY.

New names were added to the Rays’ search for a manager: Barry Larkin & Doug Glanville.

A-Rod ‘fesses up, a tragedy, and Gardner gets surgery.

No surprise to anyone, but A-Rod ‘fessed up to the DEA in January that he was taking PED’s supplied by Biogenesis, with his cousin as the procurer. Then why all the denials, money paid to lawyers, lies, etc. What a waste. Imagine all the money he could have saved, not to mention his reputation, if he had just never done the stuff in the first place.

…and the Yanks have three more years of this guy. Their best bet is that he just retire, but that won’t happen, and the Yanks won’t just release him and eat $61MM. Alex can achieve three major milestones* this year: catching Willie Mays on the all-time HR list, RBI #2000 and hit #3000 but will anyone care? Maybe for all these achievements* they can give him a standing boo.

Sad news. Brad “Admiral” Halsey, who pitched for the Yanks in 2004 and was later included in a deal to net Randy Johnson for the Yanks, died in a recreational climibing accident. He was just 33.

Brett Gardner had surgery to repair a core muscle near his ribcage which hampered him at the end of the season.