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Waiting for reality.

As always with the Winter Meetings, there are rumors and then there is reality. I love the hot stove league and the chess-like maneuverings. Who goes where, rumors of trades, etc.

But for the purpose of the blog, I don’t have the time to report on every rumor, and there are many of them out there. What I will do is try to focus on the reality and report and comment on what actually happened or went down. But here is a brief rundown, some of which are rumors and hasn’t happened yet (if it will at all).

That said, the Yanks did turn down a Gardner for Brandon Phillips swap. Yes, the Yanks need a 2B after Cano’s departure, and Phillips (.261-18-103 for the Reds in 2013) would have fit the bill. However Phillips is owed $50MM over 4 years, and has a no-trade clause. He also wanted to renegotiate his deal as part of a possible trade. Checking out various info on Twitter, Gardner (who obviously doesn’t have Phillips’ power) had a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 4.2 to Phillips’ 1.7. Also, Gardner had an OPS+ of 108, Phillips a 92.

With some recent acquisitions (Cano, Hart, Morrison), one-time Yankee prospect Jesus Montero is available. His stock has dropped (PED suspension, poor defense).

The Astros could be interested in Joba. So are the Tigers. Ex-Yank Raul Ibanez is talking with the Angels.

The Yanks could have interest in Joaquin Benoit. Also Johan Santana, but Santana would have to be on a minor-league, “Let’s see what you have left” deal.

Omar Infante wants 4 years at $8MM+. This could be a deal-breaker when it comes to the Yanks getting him. As with Beltran, KC could be the Yanks’ main competition here.

The Yanks picked up an A-ball pitcher from the Pirates in return for Chris Stewart.

Yankees deal Stewart to Pirates

The Yankees traded Chris Stewart to the Pirates today for a player to be named later.

It’s no surprise, given the catching logjam that developed once they signed Brian McCann. Apparently they will bring Cervelli back to be McCann’s backup.

Gary Sanchez will be slated for AA. Romine and/or Murphy would be slated for AAA. One of them could still be dealt, given the logjam (not enough time/at bats for BOTH Romine and Murphy at AAA).

Given the fact that Stewart (an excellent defensive catcher) hit just .211-4-25 for the Yanks last year in 109 games, I’ll be happy if the Yanks get a case of Iron City back for him. (j/k).’

The Yanks non-tendered Nix, Adams and Daley.

Yankees upgrade at catcher, sign McCann

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.

Game 133. Toronto roughs up Kuroda, 7-2.

Hiroki Kuroda had a bad start, and Chris Stewart made a PB and a throwing error on the same play, allowing two runs to score as the Yanks lost to Toronto 7-2.

Kuroda went 5, 7 R, 5 ER, 9 H, 1 walk and 4 K. He drops to 11-10, 2.89.

The Yanks got just five hits in the game, while striking out 13x. Jeter got hit #3011. Mark Reynolds, who had to play 2B what with Cano’s bruised hand, had three of the hits.

Joba went 2, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.21.

Kelley 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.65.

Logan 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70.

Stewart’s error was only his second of the season.

 

 

Game 127. Yanks sweep Jays, 5-3.

The game started 3 1/2 hours later than it was supposed to (rain delay) but the wait was worth it as the Yanks swept all four games from the Jays in this series, concluding it with a 5-3 win today.

The Yanks five runs were managed despite getting just four hits.

Andy Pettitte got win #254 of his career, enabling him to tie Jack Morris and Red Faber on the all-time list. Next up is Ted Lyons at 260, and it appears that is out of reach unless Pettitte surprises us all and comes back next year.

Andy went 6, 1 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K in evening his record at 9-9. His ERA drops to 4.23.

It was scoreless until the fifth. J.P. Arencibia hit a HR to put the Jays up 1-0.

The Yanks got two in the bottom of the inning. Granderson led off the inning with a HR (4). It was especially sweet because it came off of J.A. Happ, the southpaw who hit Granderson with a pitch in his first spring training at bat and who broke his arm.

With one out in the same inning, Nunez walked, Stewart singled and Ichiro walked. Wells hit a liner that appeared to be caught, and what would have been a DP. It was ruled a trap and a force. But even if it WERE a DP, Nunez scored before what would have been the last out. 2-1 Yanks. Manager Gibbons and P Mark Buehrle (arguing from the bench) were ejected.

The Yanks broke it open with three in the sixth. After Soriano whiffed, A-Rod walked, stole second and Granderson walked. Reynolds walked. Nunez singled in two and Stewart had an RBI groundout. 5-1.

Shawn Kelley gave two right back in the top of the seventh. 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and o K. ERA to 3.70.

Boone Logan in to close out the seventh. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.80.

Preston Claiborne the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.68.

With Mo unavailable because he pitched yesterday and in both games of Tuesday’s DH, Robertson closed and got his second save of the season.

1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. ERA 1.68.

Game 124. Cano, Stewart HRs back Nova, 8-4.

Ivan Nova had one bad inning, but he didn’t let it affect his game as the Yankees won 8-4 this afternoon in the first game of a D/N DH.

Nova gave up 4 runs in the second inning, but that was all. He went 6 1/3, 4 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K. He goes to 7-4, 3.17.

Cano hit a 3-run HR in the third (23) to cut the margin to 4-3. It was Robbie’s 200th career HR. He went 4 for 4 and drove in 4 runs.

Stewart’s 3-run HR in the sixth was the game-deciding blow. It was his fourth HR of the season.

Logan 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.83.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.38.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.71.

Joba 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.78.

Mo 2/3 (no save). 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.35.

Ichiro got two hits, bringing him to 3999 between Japan and the majors. Maybe he gets 4000 tonight in the nightcap.

Game 116. Lineup, Stats & Comments

RHP Dellin Betances has been brought up, INF David Adams has been sent down.

Yanks 58-57, 11 games back in A.L. East. 4th in A.L. East. They are 7 games out of the final playoff spot.

They are 3 games better than their Pythagorean (expected) record. OPS+ 84 (16% below average), ERA+ 106.

They face Detroit’s Justin Verlander today. Game 1 p.m., TBS.

Andy Pettitte is still looking for career win #253, which would tie him on the all-time list with another great NY lefty, Carl Hubbell.  

BA/HR/RBI   SB/total att.   OPS+   Comments in italic.
Team Leader in bold and significantly subpar in bold italic. 

Gardner CF .274-7-37  20/27   106
Suzuki RF .282-6-27   17/20  90    7 hits from 4000, Japan & MLB
Cano 2B .287-22-73  7/8   136
A-Rod 3B .200-0-0   0/0  53    3 for  15    2904 hits, 647 HR, 1950 RBI. If he hits one, will the HOME fans throw it back?  
Overbay 1B .252-13-50  0/0  100
Soriano LF .248-19-58  11/17  98   As Yankee, .200-2-7, OPS+ 55, 10 for 50. 391 career HR.
Granderson DH .208-2-4  3/3  87   11 for 53
Nunez SS .227-1-12  5/8  70  172 at bats, unlike Alex or Granderson, who have hardly played.
Stewart C  .224-3-16  4/4  63   And  if Nunez hits a triple with no out or one out, Girardi still won’t put on a squeeze with this guy at the plate. Sheesh.

Pettitte LHP 7-9, 4.71  ERA+ 85   Showing his age. (41)
                               Retirement looming?