Sorry I’ve been away. My computer died and I had to get a new one. I’m still trying to figure the new one out (new operating system, etc.)
Last year’s catchers were terrible offensively. Cervelli (before he got hurt), Stewart, Romine and Murphy—the latter two just rookies—combined to hit just .213 with 8 HR.
That has changed. The Yankees signed former Brave Brian McCann to a five-year deal worth $85MM, with an option for a sixth year which could take the deal to $100MM.
McCann turns 30 in February. He is a 7x All-Star and 5x Silver Slugger. Since becoming a full-timer in 2006, his average line since then is .277-21-80, which is Posada-like numbers. OPS+118. He is a middle of the order threat.
Compare this to Stewart’s .211-4-25, OPS+ 57 of last year, or the rookie Romine’s .207-1-10, OPS+ 51.
The next question is what this deal will mean for Cervelli, Stewart, Romine, Murphy or even Sanchez. I’d dump Cervelli (50 game suspension last year as well as the injuries) and Stewart (good defense but can’t hit a lick), and decide on which of the prospects to keep. Since McCann is signed for five years (and with a no-trade clause), you may see two of the prospects dealt. After all, the Yanks have to fill holes elsewhere as well, and using the prospects in a trade–especially when they are blocked by McCann right now—makes sense.
From Lohud, with my comments:
• The Yankees first significant signing of the winter — if you call it that — could be shortstop Brendan Ryan. The team is said to be “close” to a deal that would bring Ryan back as infield insurance. He’s an elite defender, and he had his moments with the bat during his brief Yankees tenure this season.
My thought? Ryan is a great defensive SS who can’t hit. It may be time to get Jeter off of SS and to DH him much more often (the same can be said for A-Rod and 3B if he comes back).
• Knowing the Yankees are in the market for a shortstop, Derek Jeter spoke at Joe Torre’s foundation gala and said he still fully expects to be the Yankees everyday player at the position next season. Jeter has started his offseason workout and said he feels good. He expects to be 100 percent healthy in 2014.
• Brian Cashman made it clear that the Yankees will tender a contract to Francisco Cervelli, meaning Cervelli will be back in some capacity next season. Chris Stewart might not be back.
My thoughts? Let Cervelli go. Let Stewart go too. Get someone like McCann or go for Pierzynski on a one-year deal to let Romine, Murphy and/or Sanchez develop. I’m down on Cervelli what with that suspension. Stewart, although good defensively, can’t hit a lick.
• The Arizona Fall League season came to an end. Vidal Nuno probably had the most impressive numbers of all the Yankees prospects assigned to the league. The numbers from Peter O’Brien and Mason Williams showed a mix of good and bad, while the most significant Yankees news coming out of Arizona was the early decision to pull Tyler Austin because of ongoing wrist issues.
I liked Nuno. He had a good spring training, is a lefty (needed since Andy retired) and was 1-2, 2.25 in 20 IP (5 g., 3 starts) for the Yanks last season. His season came to a quick end. I’d like to see more of him. Does he have what it takes to be successful over a full season?
• Nothing official yet, but it certainly sounds like the Yankees are going to play two exhibition games in Panama next season. The trip would be a sort of gesture of thanks to Mariano Rivera, who’s from Panama and would, presumably, make the trip.
Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Max Scherer of the Tigers won the NL CYA and AL CYA respectively.
MVPS went to Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates (NL) and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (AL), respectively.
The Yankees’ Robbie Cano finished fifth for the AL MVP.
There could be snags in the posting of Masahiro Tanaka of Japan.
AL: Terry Francona, Indians. A bit of an upset over John Farrell, who took Boston from worst to WS Champs.
NL: I was hoping for Mattingly, but Hurdle won. You can’t argue. He got Pittsburgh into the playoffs. Not only that, he got them into the playoffs after they had losing seasons EVERY YEAR since 1992.
Marlon Byrd to the Phils. 36, 2-yr. deal. Guess either Ben Revere or John Mayberry, Jr. is gone. Byrd had a good 2013 for Mets/Pirates but was lousy in 2012 and was suspended for 50 g. in 2012 for PEDs. You wonder what Byrd shows up for the Phils. He had played for them before, 2002-2005.
All 13 qualifying offers were rejected, including the 3 made by the the Yanks to Cano, Granderson and Kuroda. So if they go elsewhere, the Yanks would get a compensatory draft pick between rounds 1 & 2 in next year’s draft.
You knew Cano would reject $14.1 MM/yr. Granderson you didn’t know about, what with his shortened 2013 season (two broken bones). If Kuroda retires or goes back to Japan, the Yanks get nothing.
Miami’s Fernandez and Tampa Bay’s Myers were named their league’s Rookies of the Year.
My CPU fan is shot, and I’m working a lot of OT right now so I don’t have time to get it fixed and I’m keeping updates to a minimum until I can get it fixed.
Just a short note to say that the whole coaching staff is coming back in 2014.
We wait now to see if anyone actually accepts the qualifying offers.
As for A-Rod, Girardi doesn’t expect that situation to be resolved for another 4-5 weeks or so.
For the 4th time in a row, and 5th time overall, Robbie Cano won the Silver Slugger Award.