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Yankees sign Diaz to minor league deal

The Yankees signed Matt Diaz to a minor league deal. If he makes the big league squad, it’s worth $1.2 MM + incentives. As of now, it looks like Diaz will be the righty-hitting OF.

Diaz will be 35 next spring. He is a .291 career hitter, OPS+ 104. Last season he hit .222-2-13 in just 108 AB. He is a .324 hitter vs. lefties. He’s mostly a corner OF (mostly LF). His 162 g. average is .291-10-50.

It appears that he’d be strictly a corner OF vs. lefty pitching.

On a sad note, ex-Yankees OF Andruw Jones (434 career HR, ex-Brave and Dodger as well), was arrested for domestic battery yesterday. A few weeks ago, Jones signed on to play in Japan.

D.J. Mitchell, who the Yanks lost in the Ichiro deal, was DFA’d by Seattle.

Slow time.

Well, there hasn’t been many posts lately for a number of reasons.

1) the season is over and we see what happens with trades/free agents.

2) Hurricane Sandy knocked my power off for 22 hours. I’m lucky. Many didn’t get power for many more days.

3) I’ve been busy. 48 hours of work this past week and 48 next. 40 Thanksgiving week and I’m not working on the holiday. 50 hour weeks the two weeks after T-Giving.

So we await on the major awards from MLB. So far, Cano and Teix got the GG, Cano and Jeter SS awards.

I don’t know what the Yanks will do yet with their free agents. They did give some qualifying offers (rejected) to Kuroda, Swish and Soriano. I expect Swish and Soriano to be gone. Kuroda is a question mark.

Martin is a free agent. I wouldn’t mind a 2-yr. deal for him, but remember, he only hit .211 last year (with 21 HR). Romine needs a full year at AAA, something his back injury prevented him from last year. So 2013 AAA, maybe 2014 back up Martin. If so, who is the backup? If Stewart, then best to trade Cervelli and see what you can get for him. Sanchez is on the come, so you don’t even know if Romine is the future. Sanchez is a few years away.

SS/3B is a problem. Jeter is 39 next June, and coming off a broken ankle. He had just 9 sb this year, his range is in question and now a broken ankle. I’d love to see Nunez figure more in the lineup for the 35-40 SB potential he brings, but where to put his horrendous defense? And A-Rod looks like a fading star. 38 next July. Do you really want a left side of the infield that has a 39 year old SS and 38 year old 3B? Guess what. You are stuck with it.

Do you bring back Kuroda and Pettitte? One will be 38 next year, the other 41 next June. Then there is Mo. He threw 25 pitches off a mound for a commercial. Good sign, but he will be 43 in a few weeks. Ibanez is on the block. 41 next year. Jones 35. Chavez 35. Who comes back?

This team MUST get younger.

Meanwhile, Toronto mgr. Farrell goes to Boston. Toronto is looking. One-time A’s SS Walt Weiss is now the Rockies’ mgr. Mark McGwire leaves St. Louis to become the Dodgers’ new hitting coach.

The Mets and Jason Bay reach an amicable divorce. That didn’t work out.

College Football: Darrell Royal died at age 88. He won 3 national titles for Texas in the 1960′s (although, as a PSU grad, I’ll dispute that 1969 one).

Lee MacPhail, who was the Yanks’ GM in the late 1960′s/early 1970′s, died at the age of 95. His dad (Larry) owned the Yanks for a brief time (1945-1947). Lee later became the A.L. President and it was he who made the Pine tar ruling.

The Yanks are thinking of flip-flopping Granderson and Gardner, moving the Grandy Man to LF. If they bring Ichiro (39) back for RF, they’ll have a speedy and good defensive OF, but having Ichiro AND Gardner cuts into your power.

If Torii Hunter really wants $20 mil over 2 years, count the Yanks out. He is 37 so it wouldn’t fit the “getting younger” plan.

I worry about next year. Too much age.

As for 6-4 PSU, I’m happy with the job Bill O’Brien has done. It’ll get much harder after this year. I see an offense that has come out of the stone age. Under very difficult circumstances, he has done a good job.

A strange year. My faves are Rivera and Polamalu (Steelers fan) and between the two, I don’t get to see them on the field what with injuries. I’m happy the Steelers are 5-3. They should beat KC tomorrow night, they should reach the playoffs.

But anyone doubting the Texans needs to be aware of them. Houston is for real.

CC/Hammel tonight in Baltimore. Reds, Tigers go 1-up.

CC Sabathia takes on Jason Hammel tonight in Game 1 of the ALDS down in Baltimore. Andruw Jones has been left off the roster. In the other ALDS, the Tigers rode Justin Verlander to a 3-1 win over the A’s yesterday.

In the NLDS, the Reds went 1-up over the Giants with a 5-2 win. The Nationals are in St. Louis to open that NLDS series today.

Game 154. Logan can’t hold lead, Yanks lose 5-4.

When a pitcher enters a game and inherits runners, and those runners score, those runs are charged to the pitcher who put those runners on base.

Still, the reliever’s job is to strand those runners. Last night Boone Logan didn’t do that and the Yanks blew a 3-1 seventh-inning lead and lost 5-4.

With the loss, the Yanks missed out on a golden opportunity to increase their A.L. East lead to 2 1/2 over the Orioles. Baltimore lost 4-0 to Toronto. The Yanks’ lead remains 1 1/2 and the magic # was reduced to 7. Eight games remain.

In the first, Nick Swisher popped up with two on and two out. He made up for it in the fourth by hitting a 2-run HR. It was his 24th HR of the season.

Starter and losing pitcher Phil Hughes gave a run back in the bottom of the fourth.

Suzuki and Martin each were caught stealing in the game.

Martin hit a HR, #19, in the top of the seventh to put the Yanks up 3-1.

Hughes was pitching well at that point, having given up just one run, but he started off the seventh giving up a single and a walk.

That walk hurt. Hughes couldn’t put Chris Parmalee away, and it was a ten-pitch at bat.

A pop-up and single loaded the bases with one out. Hughes then got a huge K before turning the ball over to Logan.

You hoped Logan would get that one out, strand the runners and then the Yanks could go to Robertson and Soriano.

One stinking out.

Logan failed.

A WP made it 3-2. One strike away from getting out of it with the lead, Logan gave up a two-run double to Denard Span. 4-3 Twins. Then a walk and a Joe Mauer single made it 5-3 Twins.

Hughes deserved better. Instead he falls to 16-13, 4.10.

6 2/3, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Logan went 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 WP, 0 K. 3.83. You would like to charge those runs to him instead of Hughes but that’s baseball.

Derek Lowe 1 IP, 0 R, 0H, 0 walks and 0 K. Combined ERA (Cle/NYY) 5.26.

The Yanks got one in the 9th to cut it to 5-4. Long dormant Andruw Jones (.130 since July 18th) hit #14. Career HR #434 tied Juan Gonzalez on the all-time list.

Derek Jeter got hit #3296 and now has a 19-game hitting streak.

Despite his 40 HR, Curtis Granderson’s batting average dropped to .229. He doesn’t run anymore. He has over 180 strikeouts. As I have stated before, when has he morphed into Adam Dunn?

Before the game, the Yanks activated long DL’d Brett Gardner and David Aardsma and DFA’d Justin Thomas and Steve Pearce.

The Yanks have an afternoon game today with CC on the hill.

Game 151. Slumping Ibanez awakens to fuel miracle comeback. Keeps Yanks up by 1.

Raul Ibanez was something like .191-5-22 since June 11th. He didn’t start today’s game, but hit two HR to fuel a miracle comeback that kept the Yanks up by one in the A.L. East with 11 games to play.

Ivan Nova started and was awful, lasting just 2 1/3 IP. He gave up 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 2 K. ERA to 4.94. He gave up two in the top of the first. Three batters and three doubles in, it was 2-0 Oakland.

The Yanks got 3 in the bottom of the first as the red-hot Ichiro homered (#9) to cut it to 2-1. A-Rod walked, was balked to second and Cano tied it up with a single. A walk to Swish, and error (those killed the A’s today) and a walk to Jones made it 3-2 Yanks.

Seriously, how a pitcher could walk Jones right now is pathetic. Jones since 7/18 is .130-1-7.

An error and WP in the second led to a Yankees’ run. Thanks A’s. Another later helped the Yanks win the game.

Stephen Drew cut it to 4-3 with a HR in the 3rd. Clay Rapada replaced Nova with one out and the bases loaded. He got a DP.

But Rapada had trouble in the fourth. The A’s tied it up.

Rapada 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2K. 2.92.

It stood that way until the 5th, when Ibanez PH and hit a HR, #16. 5-4 Yanks.

Derek Lowe replaced Rapada. He did ok but Oakland tied it in the 7th.

2 2/3,  1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Combined ERA 5.29.

So it stayed until the 13th.

Logan 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.78.

Eppley got out of a bases loaded jam in the 8th. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.56.

Joba had a great 9th. 1 IP, 0 R 0 H. 0 walks and 2 K. 5.19.

Freddy Garcia then came in as the Yanks needed some length. Who knew how long his would go? D-Rob and Soriano were both unavailable.

In the 11th, bases loaded and two out, Steve Pearce made a great lunging stab of a liner to save the Yanks two runs.

With two out and the bases loaded in the 12th, Jeter flied out. Derek had one hit today, #3292.

In the 13th, Garcia lost it. He’s good one time through the order, but that second time…  a single and back-to-back HR made it 8-5 A’s. Justin Thomas came in and made it 9-5 by giving up another HR. The Yanks looked dead.

Garcia 3 IP, 3 R 4 H 2 walks and 1 K. 5.30.

Thomas 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.43.

Three straight singles loaded the bases for the Yanks in the bottom of the 13th with no out. A WP made it 9-6 and a SF by Nunez made it 9-7.

Ibanez then tied it up with his second HR of the game. #17 made it 9-9.

Cory Wade had a 1-2-3 top of the 14th.

In the bottom half, Chavez singled and PR Melky Mesa was sac’d to second by Jeter. Had the game gone into the 15th, I wonder who would have played 1B. You would have had Martin C, Nunez 3B, Jeter SS, Cano 2B, Mesa ???, Suzuki LF, Granderson CF and Ibanez RF.

My guess is that Ibanez would have gone to 1B and Mesa to RF. Ibanez has played 136 games at 1B in his career.

After Ichiro was walked to get to A-Rod (Yes, Ichiro is that hot lately), A-Rod singled… but Mesa, making his MLB debut, missed the bag at third and instead of scoring, had to be held up.

A force at the plate followed. Mesa had the goat horns on.

But Nunez sliced one towards the line. 1B Brandon Moss booted it and the Yanks wound up with a 10-9, 14-inning win that kept them a game in front.

Wade, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 0 K got the win. 1-1, 6.34.

Ichiro and A-Rod each with 3 hits today. 3 H, 2 HR, and 3 RBI for Ibanez.

Down to the “Dirty Dozen.” Game 151. Today’s lineup.

With his outing yesterday, CC remained at 13-6. His ERA went down to 3.47, ERA+ 120. Soriano went to 2-1, 2.10, ERA+ 200 with his blown save. Robertson, who got the win, went to 2-7, 2.88, 146.

The Yanks have won six in a row and eight of their last nine.

87-63, one game up on Baltimore for the A.L. East lead. The Yanks’ magic # for clinching the division is 12. It is 7 for clinching at least the 2nd wild card. The Yanks are one game better than their Pythagorean record, and the OPS+ is 110, ERA + 109 (100 is average).

Today’s lineup. Day game after a night game so last night’s hero, the starting catcher Russell Martin, sits.

BA/HR/RBI  SB/Total attempts   OPS+

1. Jeter SS .323-15-57  9/13  119    3291 career hits
2. Suzuki CF .281-8-50  26/31  95  2589 MLB hits; more in Japan
3. A-Rod DH .275-18-56  13/14  116   647 HR, 2890 hits
4. Cano 2B .297-30-78  3/5  141    no 100 RBI for cleanup hitter  
5. Swisher RF .258-21-83  2/5  115
6. McGehee 1B .218-9-41  1/2  78   See below.
7. Nix 3B .246-4-18  6/9  91    3 for his last 21.
8. Jones LF .197-13-32  0/0  85  433 HR, but see below
9. Stewart C .248-1-13  2/2  69
Nova P 12-7, 4.85  ERA+ 86

As a Yankee, Ichiro is .327-4-22, 11/14, 119. Much better than in Seattle (.261-4-28, 15/17 and 84). McGehee is 8 for 51 as a Yankee, .157-1-6, OPS+ a horrendous 36).

Why I want Andruw Jones off the postseason roster and off the team in 2013: Since July 18, Jones is .130-1-6 in 92 at bats. 12 for 92. 25 strikeouts. Good Lord, CC can probably hit better than that.

 

Game 143. Hughes’ gem keeps Yanks tied for first.

Earlier in the day, the Orioles won in 14 innings, so when the Yanks took the field up in Fenway, they knew they had to win to stay tied for first.

The bats didn’t do much, getting just two runs on five hits (2 Alex, 2 Nunez and 1 Jeter) but thanks to Phil Hughes, the Yanks remain tied for first with Baltimore.

Hughes pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings, and the Yanks won 2-0 in a game where Derek Jeter tied Willie Mays on the all-time hits list with an RBI single.

Hughes’ line: 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 7 K. He improves to 15-12, 3.96.

The Yanks got their first run in the fourth. A-Rod singled, stole second (his 12 of 13 this year leads the Yankees) and after walks to Cano and Martin loaded the bases, Andruw Jones hit a SF.

… and so it stood. With a lot of pressure on him, Hughes kept putting up the zeroes while his offense struggled.

Finally in the seventh, the Yanks got an insurance run. With one out, Pearce walked and Nunez singled. Jeter’s 3283rd career hit was an RBI single, and it tied the great Willie Mays for 10th place on the all-time hits list (some have 11th, but MLB doesn’t consider some Cap Anson hits in the National Association back in the 1870s).

2-0 Yanks. And that is how it ended up.

Logan  1/3 IP, 0 R 0 H 0 walks and 0 K. 3.86

Robertson 1/3 IP 0 R 0H 0 walks 0 K. 2.79.

Save #38 for Soriano. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.14.

While Jeter tied Mays, A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2883, exactly 400 behind Derek. He should get hit #3000 next year, and should pass Mays on the HR list next year, too.

As for Derek? Early next year he takes aim at Eddie Collins 3315 and Paul Molitor’s 3319.

Now home to the Stadium to take on the Rays.

 

Game 140. Yanks go 1 up by routing O’s 13-3.

Joe Girardi had a short leash on Freddy Garcia today, and non-starter Curtis Granderson drove in 5 runs as the Yanks clobbered Baltimore 13-3 today. The Yanks are now 1 up on the Orioles and 2 up on the Rays with 22 games to go.

A Cano RBI single gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the first.

They got four in the fourth to go up 5-0. A single and two walks loaded the bases with no out. Pearce walked to force in a run. After Jones struck out, Nix and Ichiro each singled in a run. Jeter walked to force in a run.

But Freddy gave three runs back in the bottom of the fourth and Girardi yanked him.

Garcia 3 1/3, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. ERA to 5.19.

With Nova back and Andy on his way back, it could be Freddy’s last start ever as a Yankee.

The Yanks’ bullpen then pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball.

Joba had his best outing since he returned. He got the win (1-0, 7.50) with 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

The Yanks got one in the sixth when Granderson PH for Jones and hit HR #35, a solo shot. It was his #100th as a Yankee.

Logan 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. ERA 3.70.

Granderson singled in two runs in the seventh to put the Yanks up 8-3.

Cory Wade pitched 2 innings. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. A good outing for Wade, just recalled from AAA where he was sent after being brutal earlier this season. ERA 5.84.

The Yanks broke it open in the eighth with five runs. Jeter hit a 2-run HR, his 15th HR of the season. It was HR #255 of his career, and hit #3279, putting him four behind Willie Mays on the all-time hit list.

Russell Martin singled in a run, and Granderson’s 2-run double capped his 3 for 3, 5 RBI day.

Jeter, at .324, is making a run for the batting title at age 38. He’s only a handful of points back.

Swisher took an 0 for 4 and is something like 2 for his last 42 in dropping to .255.

Russell Martin’s two hits put him further off the interstate at .208. Andruw Jones’ 0 for 2 puts him closer to the interstate at .202.

Derek Lowe finished up. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Combined (CLE/NYY) ERA 5.46.

The Yanks are off tomorrow. They are in Boston Tue-Thurs.

Game 140. The lineup. The blown call hurts in more ways than one.

Not only did the ump blow the call in the game-ending play last night, but Mark Teixeira reinjured himself on the play. He will be out today against Baltimore and for all the Boston series, Tue-Thurs. He’s going for an MRI.

Sweeny Murti@YankeesWFAN

Teixeira going for MRI Monday. Girardi acknowledged that if calf injury is back to square one it might mean Tex out rest of season.

The slumping Granderson and Ibanez sit against the lefty. Once again the Yanks’ lineup against a lefty starter looks quite pathetic. You may share the concerns I do, especially with Garcia on the mound.

Someone takes over first with this game today. The Yankees and Orioles are tied for first, each 78-61. The Rays are just 2 back.

OPS+ 109, ERA+ 107.  100 is average.

Even with the Pythagorean record.

BA/HR/RBI   SB/Total attempts   OPS+

Jeter DH .323-14-47  9/13  118    Career hits: Mays 3283, Jeter 3277
Swisher RF .258-20-78  2/5  114      2 for his last 38  
Rodriguez 3B .277-17-50  11/12  119   Career HR: Mays 660, Alex 646*
Cano 2B .301-29-73  3/5   141   8 for his last 42
Martin C .205-16-43  5/5  85
Pearce 1B .253-4-16  0/1  106  (83 ab, combined Balt/Hou/NYY)
Jones LF .204-13-31  0/0  87   433 career HR. See below.
Nix SS  .250-4-16  5/8  90   152 at bats.
Suzuki CF .270-7-45  20/25  87  (comb. Sea/NYY; See below).

Garcia RHP 7-6, 5.09  ERA+ 82
Pearce as a Yankee is 3 for 12, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Who would have thought he would be starting a key September game and batting sixth for the Yankees?

As for Jones, I want him gone. I should (and probably will) write a post soon about what Yankees I do NOT want back next year. Jones is one.  He is 3 for his last 25.

Ichiro as a Yankee: .294-3-17  5/8  97

Game 139. Tonight’s lineup.

From Twitter: Joel Sherman

Pettitte threw 46 pitches in 3 IP sim game and Rothchild declared it, “good, very good, super.”  If Pettitte feels good tom, cleared by docs Monday, pace will accelerate Rothschild didn’t want be pin to date, but very encouraged. Rothschild said will be no minor lge gms for Pettitte, all done here. MY INTERPRETATION: Could be 3-4 IP in gm in 7-10 days.

Ivan Nova has been activated. He’s in the bullpen for now.

Tonight’s game is very much in jeopardy due to rain in the forecast. If rained out today, split DH tomorrow.

Best wishes to A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who received a fractured skull and a brain contusion when struck by a line drive.

Teix is back.

Yanks 78-60, 1 game lead in the A.L. East over the Orioles, who they play tonight in Baltimore. They are two up on Tampa Bay.

They are even with their Pythagorean record. OPS+ and ERA+ of 108 (100 is average).

BA/HR/RBI   SB/total attempts  OPS+

Jeter SS .320-14-47  9/13  116   3274 hits, 9 behind Mays. 
Swisher RF .261-20-77  2/5  116  124 strikeouts
Teixeira 1B .255-23-81  2/3  116
Rodriguez DH .277-16-48  11/12  117
Cano 2B .301-29-73  3/5  141
Martin C .204-16-43  5/5  85   Finally off the interstate 
Jones LF .206-13-31  0/0  89   Headed for that interstate
Suzuki CF .268-7-44  20/25  86 (SEA/NYY; as NYY ..288, OPS+93)
Nix 3B .253-4-16  5/8  93  150 at bats.

Sabathia LHP 13-4, 3.42  ERA+ 123

Jeter leads MLB in hits and AB, the AL in PA.

A-Rod leads the team in SB. 645 career HR, 15 behind Mays. 300 of those HR as a Yankee.

It would behoove Andruw Jones to hit (I, like many Yankees fans, would like him gone).