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McCarthy gone to Dodgers

There has been a lot of activity lately at the winter meetings (esp. by the Dodgers, who have picked up Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins and Brandon McCarthy while trading away Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon) but other than Didi Gregorious and Andrew Miller, nothing from the Yanks yet.

…and yes, you read that right above. Now cross Brandon McCarthy off the Yanks’ list. He signed a four-year deal with the Dodgers. McCarthy, 31, went 10-15, 4.05 (ERA+ 94) between Arizona and the Yankees last year. For the Yanks, he was 7-5, 2.89 (ERA+ 134). It was the first time he hit 10 wins or 200 innings pitched in a season.

So Greene and McCarthy are gone. There is no word yet on whether Kuroda is coming back or retiring. As of now, you have Tanaka (and his elbow), Pineda (shoulder), CC (knee and diminishing velocity/effectiveness) and Nova (won’t be back until May or June after TJ surgery). The Yanks still can move Phelps and/or Warren into the rotation. Luis Severino isn’t ready yet, nor do I think is Manny Banuelos. They will need a starter.

Word is, they will NOT be paying a mini-fortune (ok, a WHOLE fortune) for Max Scherzer or James Shields. That leaves pitchers like Ervin Santana and Edinson Volquez that may be more realistic for the Yanks on a one or two-year deal.

Also, the Yanks may still need a closer, and that leaves a one-year deal for someone like Sergio Romo, Rafael Santana or Jason Grilli possible.

Then there is the infield situation. If Chase Headley wants four years, he is probably gone, too. If that is the case, Martin Prado probably plays 3B, A-Rod would be at Dh, and the Yanks go with a rookie—either Jose Pirela or Rob Refsnyder—at 2B.

What it does look like, is that the Yanks (except for the Miller deal), are trying to get away from those long-term deals that are currently tying the team’s hands. So many players have diminishing skills and are tied up for a few more years. We’ll see if they cave in and give a long term deal to someone, but it does appear that they are being scared off of that.

It also seems like they placed all their financial might into last year, getting Ellsbury, Tanaka, McCann and Beltran.

People are blaming Cashman for “doing nothing.” It isn’t HIS budget. He has to make do with whatever budget Hal gives him. Hal isn’t his father.

While Cashman has his positives and negatives, he still has to work with whatever $$$$ Hal Steinbrenner frees up. The question is, how much, if any, has Hal freed up for the 2015 season? What does Cashman have to work with?

The minors.

On a major league note, ex-Yank Kelly Johnson is moving on again. He began the year with the Yanks, was dealt to Boston and now Boston has dealt him to the Orioles.

AAA:  SWB lost to LV, 3-2 in 11. OF Taylor Dugas was pressed into pitching service and took the loss. Ex-Met Chris Young, just signed to a minor league deal this week by the Yanks, hit a solo HR.

AA: Trenton lost 7-1 to Reading. Jacob Lindgren had the first bad outing of his professional career, 1/3 of an inning, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks. 0 K.

High A: 3-1 win for Tampa. Brady Lail 6 shutout IP, 2 h, 7 K.

Low A: Charleston won 4-2.

The Minors. 7-13-14.

Luis Severino and Peter O’Brien played in the Futures game.

Severino, a 20 yr. old RHP, pitched one inning, gave up no runs, one hit and got a strikeout. He is currently with High-A Tampa. In 18 starts this year (A, A+) he is 4-3, 2.45.

O’Brien, a 24 yr.old C/1B/3B/DH/OF, is currently at AA Trenton, where he has been playing mostly 1B. He struck out twice in the Futures game. Between High-A and AA this year, he has 29 HR, 63 RBI and a .266 batting average.

AAA: SWB’s game rained out.

AA: Trenton won 5-1. Jaron Long 1 R in 6 1/3. He’s hitting coach Kevin Long’s son. CF Mason Williams 2 RBI, DH Rob Segedin 3 hits.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. CF Jake Cave 3 hits. SS Cito Culver 2 h, 2 rbi. 3B Claudio Custodio 3 for 3.

Low A: Charleston won 5-0. Caleb Smith 6 IP, 1 hit. RF Mark Payton, 3 h, 2 rbi. 1B Mike Ford, solo HR.

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The minors. 6-25-14

AAA: SWB ppd. (36-41)

AA: Trenton lost 7-3 (36-43). CF Ben Gamel 2 doubles. C Gary Sanchez 3 h, rbi. LF Zach Wilson 2 h, 3B Dan Fiorito 2-Run HR.

High A: Tampa ( won 9-3. banging out 18 hits. Luis Severino, recently selected for the Futures Game, tossed six no-hit innings, walking one and striking out six. CF Jake Cave with five hits. 1B Greg Bird had three hits. Four different Yankees with 2 RBI each. The FSL has split seasons. Tampa ended the first half
33-37 and are 4-3 in the second half.

Low A: Charleston was shut out 4-0. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits. As with the FSL, the SAL has split seasons. Charleston, like Tampa, ended the first half 33-37. They are 2-5 in the second half.

Game 63. Tonight’s lineup.

My schedule is a bit different today and tomorrow. 1/2 day today, and instead of my usual 11:30-8, I am 8:40-5:10 tomorrow (Tuesday). With the schedule change, tonight’s lineup @ KC.

Yanks 31-31, 3rd in AL East, 6 back. 2 back of the last WC spot. Three games better than their expected record based on runs scored vs. runs allowed.
OPS+ 93, ERA+ 102 (100 is average, higher the better).

Ellsbury gets a day off. Beltran dropped to 7th. Roberts off.

BA/HR/RBI    SB/total att.      OPS+
Team leader bold, observations italic.

Gardner 8 .279-4-23          14/15        104
Jeter 6  .254-1-12                  1/1             72          3370 hits. Should be dropped to 8th, but does Joe have the guts to do it?  Just 7 XBH.  
Teixeira 3   .238-10-27        0/1           129     Average low.
Soriano 9   .229-6-20          0/0             78     No SB attempts a shock. Six walks. 60 strikeouts. Ouch. Low Average.   
Solarte 5      .299-6-28      0/0             129
McCann 2   .225-7-27         0/0                79   Disappointing. Too many guys way below average (100) on the OPS+ 
Beltran DH  .218-5-16        1/1                 85    See above. Look at the low B.A’s.
Suzuki 7  .320-0-8               4/5               107    Just 4 XBH. 103 AB  
Ryan 4    .303-0-2               0/1                  70

Nuno 1       1-2, 5.33    ERA+ 76

Game 55. Lineup and observations.

The Yanks face ex-Yankee Phil Hughes today. After last season’s 4-14, Hughes probably won’t get a good hand from the crowd. He did win a ring with the 2009 Yanks, and won 18 games in 2010 and 16 in 2012, so he wasn’t all bad when he was here.

No Teix today. As you probably read in my most recent post, Pineda shut down for a while longer.

Almonte gets a start today.

We begin the second 1/3 of the season today. At the 1/3 mark, the Yanks are 29-25, 2nd in the AL East, 2 1/2 back. If the playoffs started today, they would be the second wild card team and play that one-game playoff at Anaheim. Of course, there is a long way to go.

They are three games better than their Pythagorean record of 26-28. They have given up 10 more runs than they have scored.

OPS+ 98, ERA+ 107 (100 is average)

BA/HR/RBI SB/Total Att. OPS+ Bold-team leader Observations

Brett Gardner LF .285-3-22 13/14 106
Derek Jeter SS .273-1-10 1/1 86
                  3366 career hits (next up, Yaz 3419 and Wagner 3430). Wish there was more power, RBI. Only 7 XBH and only 1 attempt to steal.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF .269-2-22 15/17 102
Brian McCann C  .232-7-24  0/0  85
                 With Teix day-to-day, the Yanks need to get him going.
Yangervis Solarte 3B .299-6-26  0/0  130   
Still continuing to amaze
.
Ichiro Suzuki RF  .321-0-4  3/4  112   
Just 84 at bats. Wish for more RBI.

Brian Roberts 2B .247-2-11  4/6  90
Kelly Johnson 1B .217-4-14  2/2  91
     No offense to Johnson, but wouldn’t Kendrys Morales at 1B in this lineup, hitting fourth or fifth, make this lineup look much better?  A legit backup to Teix is needed, esp. if Teix can only play 60% of the time because of that wrist. 
Zoilo Almonte DH .188-1-1  1/1   52         Just 16 at bats.  9th game of the year.

RHP Chase Whitley  4th MLB game.  0-0, 2.57 in 14 IP.
Has gone 4 1/3, 4 2/3, and 5. We’ll see how long he can go today. Length a problem. May see Betances and/or Warren today.