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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.

Game 131. 8-run 3rd leads Yanks, 8-4.

The Yanks got nine straight hits off of David Price in the third inning, and used the 8-run inning to defeat Detroit 8-4 Wednesday night. The win put the Yanks at 69-62 for the season, six behind Baltimore, 2nd in the A.L. East.

They are 2 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot.

Shane Greene continued to be a revelation. He went 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 8 K. He improved to 4-1, 3.09.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk, 1 K 3.47.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.52.

Derek Jeter got hit #3443 in the victory.

In 18 starts and one relief appearance between the two of them, fill-ins Brandon McCarthy and Shane Greene are a combined 9-4 with an ERA of around 2.80. They have filled in fine.

The Yanks signed Chris Young to a minor-league deal for some OF depth down the stretch. He hit .205-8-28, OPS+ 79 for the Mets this year and will be 31 next week. His 162 g. average for his career is .233-23-71, 19 SB, OPS+ 93. Low average, some speed and pop, lots of strikeouts. You hope he can run into one. A 20/20 guy if healthy and a regular, he was an All-Star for Arizona in 2010. In 12 postseason games, he has hit .326 with 5 HR. He is mostly a CF who has played a little of the corners. The Yanks released P Alfredo Aceves (just reactivated from a suspension) and INF Corban Joseph from their minor league deals.

 

 

 

Yanks to add 3B, but it is not Reynolds

From Twitter, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

Mark Feinsand ‏@FeinsandNYDN 8h
Doesn’t look like Mark Reynolds will be back with Yankees. NYY only offered him minor-league deal according to source. He won’t take that.

Reynolds D, BA and his strikeouts aren’t good, but he would have provided the power lost in the A-Rod suspension. Maybe the Yanks are just looking for D there now that Alex is suspended for the entire year but they do need some kind of a stick there. Last year was pathetic, and A-Rod’s mediocre .244-7-19, ops+ 111 line in 44 games was the best of the bunch. Youkilis had just 28 games. David Adams, Jayson Nix and Luis Cruz are now gone and you didn’t get much offensively there. Nix got the most time of anyone at 3b last year, .236-3-24, 13 SB. OPS+ 71. Adams got 140 at bats, .193-2-13, OPS+ 48. Youk 105 at bats, .219-2-8, ops+ 78. Then you had Cruz, Chris Nelson, Brent Lillibridge and Eduardo Nunez… let’s hope 3b isn’t a rotating door like it was in 2013 and there is a constant there.

Which is why I wanted Reynolds re-signed. But if the Yanks are offering just a minor-league deal, as Feinsand reported, it ain’t happening.

But one guy who is taking the minor-league deal is Scott Sizemore. I can’t say I’m too thrilled. It looks like another bargain shop (if so, I hope they are saving the $$$ for Tanaka). Dumpster-diving. Sizemore doesn’t look like much of an upgrade over the likes of what was there last year in Cruz, Nelson, Lillibridge, etc.

Sizemore, 29, is a righty bat who can play 2B (60 MLB games there) or 3B (97). In his MLB career, 160 games (full season’s worth) he has hit .238-14-70. OPS+ 95. A little pop, not as much as Reynolds. Average not inspiring. The thing is, 110 of those 160 games played came in 2011. Since then he has been battling injuries. He’s played in just two MLB games since 2011, and so I think he isn’t the answer at 3B.

I am wondering how much of a shot 27-year-old Dean Anna may get in spring training. Anna has only played in 53 games at 3B in the minors. He has mostly played 2B and SS. But besides 2B and SS, the lefty hitter has also played 3B, LF and RF. He hit .331-9-73 for SD’s AAA team last year and .271-10-47 for their AA team in 2012. But you wonder if Anna could be like Adams—decent minor league numbers but when he gets to the bigs, nothing. The only way to find out is to play him and see what he has.

But I’m a bit disappointed that Reynolds wasn’t offered a major league deal. Maybe the Yanks do find a diamond in the rough by dumpster-diving. But I’m worried about 2014 being like 2013, where for most of the season it was a “bum of the month club.”

If they were only offering Reynolds a minor-league deal, and signed Sizemore to one, then I am guessing that there may be no interest then in Michael Young. We’ll see if I am right.

A-Rod suspension announced. All of 2014, including postseason.

The arbitrator announced A-Rod’s suspension today, and the reduction wasn’t too much. Instead of 211 games, he gets 162—all of this 2014 season, including the postseason, if the Yanks make it there.

It could be we’ve seen the last of A-Rod, who, if he tries to come back in 2015, would be doing so at age 39 1/2 (he’d turn 40 in July 2015) after missing a full season and after having two hip surgeries. You don’t know… come 2015 the Yanks could just say screw this, we’re sick of it and then eat the final three years of A-Rod’s deal. I hope so. I’m tired of the circus.

Alex will of course fight this, but even if he somehow wins (I can’t see it happening), that “victory” would come when, August?

If this is the end for Alex, he falls a bit short of some milestones. His 654* HR are six short of Willie Mays’ 660 (asterisk intentional), ranking him fifth on the all-time list. The .244 average he put up last year knocked his career average down to .299. He was TWO hits away from having that rounded up to become a .300 hitter. He would end with 2939 hits, 61 short of 3000, and he would end with 1969 RBI—31 short of 2000. Baseball-reference. com lists Aaron, Ruth and Cap Anson as the only three to reach the 2000 RBI plateau, and there are problems with Ruth and Anson. Anson’s first five years, (1871-1875) were in a league not recognized by MLB as being major league. Also, RBIs weren’t an official statistic until 1920, making some of Ruth’s total unofficial. Anyway, you can see what an exclusive club 2000 RBIs are (Barry Bonds finished four short and Gehrig five short).

The Yanks opened up roster space for Matt Thornton yesterday by DFA-ing Vernon Wells. Wells hit .233-11-50 for the Yanks last year, but had just one HR after mid-May.

As for now, the Yanks could do a few things. They could platoon Kelly Johnson and Eduardo Nunez at 3B. They could move the aging (40 in June) Jeter to third because of his diminishing range and play good-field/no-hit Brendan Ryan at short.

I’d rather re-sign Mark Reynolds, who had a brief cameo with the Yanks last year and who wants to return.

A-Rod hit .244-7-19, OPS+ 111 for the Yanks last year. 156 at bats in 44 games. If you multiply that by 3, you’d get 132 games, 468 at bats, about a normal full season for one who turned 38 last July. That means .244-21-57. OPS+ 111. No great shakes. Yes, he was coming off hip surgery, but no great shakes, anyway. Clearly a fading player.

Reynolds, 30, played in 36 games for the Yanks and had 110 at bats. .236-6-19. OPS+ 104. Overall, with Cleveland and the Yanks, he played in 135 games, had 445 at bats and hit .220-21-67, OPS+ 96 with 154 strikeouts. Lower BA and OPS than A-Rod, but power-wise about the same. If he is re-signed, and platooned with Johnson at third, the Yanks could get back some of the power lost by losing A-Rod. Reynolds, being 30, may at this point be a better option than the fading Alex.

Reynolds’ 162-g. average is just .233, but 33 HR and 93 RBI (but 209 K). OPS+ 108. Low average, lot of K’s, but a lot of power potential.

If the Yanks re-sign him, they could put out a lineup that could look like this (assuming Gardner isn’t traded for someone like Homer Bailey):

Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Soriano DH
McCann C
Teixeira 1B
Reynolds 3B
Roberts 2B
Gardner LF

DH would, of course, need to be rotated between the aging (40 in June) Jeter, the 38-year-old Soriano and Beltran. Kelly Johnson figures in here, platooning with Reynolds (batting 7th) or filling in for Roberts (batting 8th then).

Signing Michael Young is another option, but I’d prefer Reynolds’ power. Young is aging himself. He is 37. One concern going into 2014 was if A-Rod returned, you’d have an old left side of the infield with one guy 40 in June and the other 39 in July. Those concerns would not be alleviated much with a SS 40 in June and a 37 year-old 3B in Young. Young hit .279-8-46 for the Phils and Dodgers last year. He is a true pro, but only had 8 HR for Texas in 2012. His power is fading, unlike Reynolds (whose problems are in meeting the ball). Young’s OPS+ was 102 last year but just an 80 in 2012. A .300 hitter, Young averaged .278-8-56 over the past two years, OPS+ 90.

I like Young, but would rather go for the power potential Reynolds provides as well as the youth. Jeter, Beltran, Soriano and Teixeira are all on the other side of their prime years (the downside), and that isn’t even including Roberts, who hasn’t played much the past four years. Adding more age in Young isn’t the way I’d like to go. I’d rather have Reynolds. We’ll see.

The minors.

AAA: SWB won 2-1 in 12. Caleb Cotham 6 IP, 1 R. 2 1/3 scoreless for Dellin Betances (3.09). David Adams 3 for 6, rbi (now do it in the majors, Adams!). Mustelier and Johnson 2 h each, Neal w/3.

AA: 3-1 loss for Trenton. Jeremy Bleich 1 UE in 4 IP (2.72). Tommy Kahnle 2 scoreless IP (2.31). Word is the Yanks offered Kahnle to the Phils for Michael Young and offered to accept all of Young’s contract and the Phils turned it down. Don’t ask me why. The Phils’ BP sucks. They have an up-and-coming 3B in Asche. They get BP help which they need (Pimplebutt blew another save for them last night) and the Yanks would have assumed Young’s salary. Kahnle is 1-2, 2.31 at Trenton. So now we can only hope Kahnle develops and the Phils rue their decision.

High A: Tampa lost 10-4. Dietrich Enns gave up 8 R in just 2 IP. 3B Pete O’Brien solo HR. 1B Saxon Butler 2 H, 2 RBI.

Low A: Charleston completed a game started 7/7. They lost that one 2-0 despite getting 10 hits. They lost the regularly scheduled game 5-4. Brett Gerritse 4 R, 1 ER in 5 IP.  

Good article in USA Today. Is today D-Day for A-Rod? But the article states how Yankee fans may want to celebrate A-Rod’s suspension. Should he be banned, the Yanks do NOT have to pay his salary, the get under the cap for 2014 and their clock is reset to zero. Meaning they can spend like the Yankees again in 2015. … and some teams don’t like that. They feel as if the Yanks will actually be rewarded for Alex’s misdeeds. Which they very well could be.      

Game 80. Lineup, stats and comments

The Yanks are 42-37 as we are almost at the halfway point. Basically an 86-76 pace. They’ll have to pick it up since that pace isn’t good enough. They are 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 back.

They are actually 3 games ahead of their Pythagorean record, which suggests that their actual record s/b 39-40 right now.

OPS+ 85 (pathetic). ERA+ 110. 100 is average.

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

Yanks facing a lefty. Overbay in and Hafner out. But still… you’ll see problems. See below.

Gardner CF .288-7-29  11/17  116
Nix SS .240-2-20  11/11  67   Perfect in SB, steady defense but he doesn’t bring much with the stick.  
Cano 2B .281-16-47  5/5  130  Good, but .281 low for Cano. 
Wells DH .224-10-31  4/7  71    NO HR since May 15. In the 35 games since then, .133-0-8. But he’s hitting cleanup. Enough said.   
Suzuki RF .273-5-18  12/15   86    The aging Ichiro is a Hall of Famer. What is he NOT is a #5 hitter. But…
Almonte LF .308-1-4  2/2  138   8 for 26 in MLB career
Adams 3B .186-2-9  0/0  39   18 for 97 in MLB career.

Yanks looking for help here? Phils sellers? Michael Young? Yanks looking at Ian Stewart? Will  Alex return? Youk gave nothing. Mustelier on minor league DL or maybe they’d give him a shot. Heck, this position has been so problematic this year (remember Chris Nelson?) that even a 50 year old Pags seems like an upgrade (I’m joking).

Overbay 1B .239-9-34  0/o  92  Shouldn’t be in lineup (.186 vs. lefties) but with Teix out what can you do? If you sit him, Adams plays 1b (see last night’s miscue) and Nix plays 3B with Gonzalez at SS and that’s even weaker a lineup). 
Romine C .150-0-2  1/1  (-1)   9 for 60 this year. OPS+ MINUS one. You wonder 1) when Cervelli comes back 2) if Cervelli will face suspension (Biogenesis) 3) looking for C at deadline 4) Bring up J.R. Murphy? You can’t just keep trotting out a .150 hitting catcher.   

Phelps RHP 5-4, 4.01   ERA+ 103  Been much more consistent than Hughes.  

You can see the problem in the lineup. The Yanks are seriously hurting vs. lefty pitching. They miss Jeter, A-Rod and even Cervelli’s bats, and with Wells tanking… 

They really need Wells to start hitting… at least hit lefty pitching.   

Happy New Year! Things are quiet….

As we usher in the New Year of 2013, things have been quiet in Yankeeland.

There are no hot rumors of trades or signings as we still wonder who will be the Yanks’ catcher and DH in 2013, not to mention who’ll fill out the bench.

A couple aging Hall-of-Famers are coming off major injuries (Jeter, Rivera) and another (?; steroid abuse, Alex) will miss half the year if not more because of an operation.

Meanwhile, there are a couple of free agents still available. None of the major ones really fit the Yankees needs, and with the Yanks cutting back on spending, the $$$ isn’t there for them.

Michael Bourn, Kyle Lohse and Rafael Soriano are still out there. Soriano could be a fit, only because he went 2-1, 2.26 with 42 saves in filling in for the injured Rivera last year. But Soriano probably wouldn’t want to go back to the setup role he was unhappily doing in 2011. But after a strong year, it’s interesting that he opted out and still is unsigned.

Boston has been talking to Adam LaRoche, since the Napoli deal may fall through.

Shaun Marcum and Joe Saunders are out there. So are Jose Valverde and Delmon Young.

Young is a righty bat, which the Yanks could use, and a .284 hitter. He was the ALCS MVP vs. the Yanks last year. Although his 162 g. average is .284-16-89, his OPS+ is just 98 due to a poor BB/K ratio. (27/115).

There is still Scott Hairston. There’s Thome or Berkman.

There’s …. (fill in the blank).

But it appears the Yanks are “dumpster-diving.” Who they pick up between now and the start of spring training (and it’s getting closer), who knows?

As of now, who will  be the C, DH or bench?

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate has gone up 2%… and that’s just from all the NFL coaches and GMs being fired. Black Monday indeed.