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Wigginton would add a nice piece to Yankees puzzle

Pete Abraham reports that Ty Wigginton, Daniel Cabrera and Willy Taveras were non-tendered, and the same with Scott Proctor. As reported late last night, the Yanks let Britton and Christian go.

Stats and comment:

Britton wore out I-80 between Scranton and NY last year. The “supersized” reliever probably wore out every McDonalds on the way as well. No decision or saves for the Yanks, as he saw mostly garbage time action. ERA 5.09, ERA+ 87. He’ll be 26 in a few days. Career 0-3, 3.83, ERA+ 118 in 89 1/3 IP.

Christian is 28 and finally made the majors in 2008, going 10 for 40 with 7 SB. In the Puerto Rican Winter League, he is hitting .294-3-17 with 12 SB in 143 AB.

Proctor’s elbow started barking in 2008 after he had pitched in 83 games in both 2006 and 2007. Torre abuse? In 2008 he struggled to 2-0, 6.05, ERA+ 70. He’ll be 32 next month and is 16-10, 4.42 (ERA+ 100) for his career.

Taveras is like Brett Gardner. Fast, no power. Since the Yanks already have Gardner, they should not make a play for Taveras. 27 on Christmas Day, Taveras hit .251-1-26, 68 SB but an OPS+ of just 56. Career, .283, OPS+ just 72.

Cabrera ticked the Yanks off with his pitching inside. The Yanks’ rotation is pretty much set now, and Cabrera was just 8-10, 5.25 (ERA+ 86) last year. The 27 year old is 48-59, 5.05, ERA+ 90 for his career. He was 3-0, 5.32 vs. the Yanks last year, however.

Now for Wigginton. He may want to start somewhere, who knows. As for the Yanks’ bank account, how much money do they have left? Is Andy coming back, or are they going for Sheets? What about Cameron? But consider Wigginton. He’d be an upgrade over Cody Ransom as far as a utility man goes. That, or better yet, a nice complement. Wigginton has been eyed by the Yanks (and me) for a while. 31, and he hit .285-23-58 in 2008 for the Astros. OPS+ 128. Career .270 hitter, OPS+ 105. Versatile. Good pop off the bench. Can’t play SS (Ransom can), but can play 1b (on days when Swisher can move to corner OF to give Nady or Damon a rest). Can play 2b or 3B, also some corner OF. His infield/of and Swisher’s 1b/of versatility could help the Yanks. The Yanks could have a starting nine of Posada, Swisher, Cano, Jeter, Alex, Damon, Cameron (provided that deal gets done), Nady and Matsui. The bench could be Molina, Wigginton, Ransom and Gardner. Ransom and Wigginton utility infielders, Swisher and Wigginton could be corner OF (Swisher CF if emergency) when not at 1b, Gardner backup OF, def. replacement, PR, CF, and Molina backup C.

Wigginton made $4.35M in 2008. Can the Yanks squeeze him in? He has NY experience from the Mets days of 2002-2004.     

Go for it, Brian. Upgrade the bench.

A.J. joins CC; 5 Years, $82.5M

The rotation is shaping up. A. J. Burnett is now a Yankee, agreeing to a $82.5M pact over 5 years. Now to get Andy in the fold. If not him, Ben Sheets….or, if not either of them, let Phil, Ian, and Aceves battle it out.

For right now, the four set starters are CC, A.J., Wang and Joba. Not bad at all.

I’ll make this short because I have swing shift (1-10) on Fridays followed by reg. shift (8-5) on Saturdays. Not much turnaround time, and sleep beckons.

Ty Hildenbrandt, ex-host (and maybe one day host again? Never say never again…) of YFCR, is a diehard Notre Dame fan, even though a PSU grad. He must’ve felt great when he did this interview with ex-ND coach Lou Holtz. Check it out.

To make room on the 40-man for CC and A.J., the Yanks had to make some moves. Meaning right now, Chris “Great” Britton and Justian Christian are free agents. Pete Abraham has more.

Abraham also goes into the Yankees payroll after the Burnett signing. Good stuff.

Having shored up their bullpen with Putz and K-Rod, the Mets traded Scott Schoeneweis to the D-Backs for Connor Robertson, Yankee relief pitcher David’s brother. Pete has more on that. 2-6, 3.34, ERA+ 126 for the 2008 Mets. Career 45-55, 4.91, ERA+ 94.

Checking ESPN for various bits:

Utility Inf. Ramon Vazquez signed with the Pirates. He hit .290-6-40 for Texas in 2008. OPS+ 111. He’s 32 and .257, OPS+ 85 for his career.

Tim Redding, the only Nats pitcher to win 10 last year, was non-tendered and is a FA. Redding is 30 and 34-51, 4.92 (ERA+ 88) for his career. He made one start for the Yanks in 2005 (in Fenway) and was bombed. 1 IP, 6 runs.

Rob Neyer isn’t thrilled with Ibanez to the Phils. He blasts Ibanez’ defense in LF. But then, the Phils should be used to what Neyer is saying. Poor defensive LFs? Ibanez would just be following a tradition in Burrell and Luzinski.

I’ll get into more detail after work tomorrow.

For now, enjoy the rotation.

Now for that 5th guy. Who will it be?

Minor moves as we wait for the Winter Meetings to Begin.

As I wrote yesterday, Russell Branyan went to the Mariners. Branyan is known for his hr, low ba, and high # of strikeouts. .250-12-20 last year in 132 AB for the Brewers. 12 HR, nice. 42 K, not nice. All or nothing. He is a .230 hitter whose 162 g. ave is .230-28-68 with 169 K, OPS+ 109. Which explains why the soon-to-be 33 year old has never received 400 AB in a season.

Bobby Howry has signed on with SF. Howry, 35, righty reliever, was 7-5, 5.35 for the Cubs in 2008. 1 save, ERA+ 84. For his career, he is 42-43, 3.68, ERA+ 125.

Yankee OF (10 for 40 this year, 7 for 8 in sb) Justin Christian is playing winter ball in Mexico, and not doing badly. .294-3-17 in 143 AB, 12 SB in 13 attempts.

I read recently where Freddy Garcia’s comeback has hit a bump as he has more arm trouble.

Dave Ross is rumored to be going to Atlanta to be their backup C. Ross only hit .225-3-13 in 142 AB (Cin/Bos) in 2008 but had 21 and 17 HR respectively for the Reds in 2006 and 2007.

For the latest, check out MLB Trade Rumors.
With the winter meetings starting up next week, it’s like a lull right now…before the storm?

An add-on before heading to work (swing shift Th. and Fridays, then a short turnaround and reg. shift Sats.): Auburn is looking for a new football coach now that Tommy Tuberville is gone. I was never a fan of Pat “Tie” Dye. I always thought the biggest mistake they made was in forcing Terry Bowden out.

Yanks, Trenton PPD. SWB wins International League title in convincing fashion, 20-2.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre won the AAA International League title tonight in convincing fashion, getting 5 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd and 8 in the 6th to win 20-2. That’s right. TWENTY.

Phil Hughes pitched five innings. He gave up 1 run on four hits and four walks. Shaky, right? Well, in a way. Out of his fifteen outs, he had TWELVE strikeouts. 11 last game. 12 tonight. The Phil we were hoping to see all year. Hopefully he stays HEALTHY in 2009.

Juan Miranda had a HR and six RBI. Bernie Castro and Justin Christian had 3 RBI each. Chris Basak was 4 for 4 with 3 RBI.

Jonathan Albaladejo (remember him?) went 2 2/3, 1 R. Zach Kroenke finished up.

I see that Cincy picked up Micah Owings as part of the Adam Dunn deal. 6-9, 5.93. Disappointing, but still young. Hit .288. Volquez is 16-5, Bailey was 0-6, 7.93 (and we bitch about Hughes and Kennedy). Cueto 8-13, 4.77. Arroyo a disappointing 14-10, 4.65. Hey, with Owings, Bailey, Cueto and Volquez, they are trying to build something. Aaron Haring at 4-15, 5.18 is there, but probably out of the mix as they turn to the youth. They’re trying to build.

Yanks PPD. DH tomorrow. Trenton’s Game 3 of their Eastern League Championship PPD.

Minor League Playoffs. No Sweep for SWB, as they go to a Game 4.

AAA: SWB doesn’t sweep and will be going to a Game 4 as Durham pushes across a run in the bottom of the 9th to win 3-2. Kei Igawa gave up 2 R, 1 ER, in 6 1/3. David Robertson went 1 2/3 scoreless, striking out three, but Oneli Perez only got one out (K) in the 9th before giving up a walk and the GW double. Justin Christian was 3 for 3, 2 doubles, and scored both of SWB’s runs. Juan Miranda had two singles and drove in both of SWB’s runs. Phil Hughes will be starting Game 4
as SWB tries once again to wrap up the IL Championship.

AA: Trenton had a travel day. Game 3 is tonight. The Eastern League Championship series with Akron is tied at one game apiece.

Minor league playoffs. Both Yanks AAA/AA teams win series openers.

AAA: SWB takes Game 1 of its best of 5 vs. Pawtucket, 7-1. Chase Wright went 4 2/3, giving up just one run, but was wild, walking 5 to go along with giving up 4 hits. Steven Jackson got the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, K’ing 3. David Robertson K’d 3 in 1 1/3 as SWB pitchers combined for 12 K. Justin Christian had a double, HR and 2 RBI. Chris Stewart had 3 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI. Ben Broussard had a solo HR.

AA: Trenton eked out a 2-1 win in Game 1 of its best of 5 vs. Portland. Eric Hacker won it with 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 6 K. Michael Dunn and Jhonny Nunez combined for 3 1/3 of scoreless and hitless relief, with Nunez K’ing 4 in his 2 1/3 innings. Trenton won despite getting only 4 hits, getting one run unearned via a two-out throwing error. Edwar Gonzalez an RBI.

Pinstripe Prospects: The Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB won 8-7. Igawa K’d 8 in 5 IP, but gave up 4 R. (13-5, 3.55). Melancon gave up 2 in 1 IP (3.07). The top of the lineup did the damage. Christian 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Melky 2 hits, double, RBI. Juan Miranda 2 HR, 3 RBI.

AA: Another good outing for Jason Jones, who has had a great year. 8 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 Ks in Trenton’s 5-3 win. (13-5, 2.79 at AA). Reegie Corona and Kevin Russo 2 hits apiece. 2 RBI for P. J. Pilittere.

In case you were wondering: Jose Tabata went 5 for 11 for the Pirates’ GCL team (rehab) and now is hitting .396-1-5 in 48 AB for Altoona, PA, the Pirates AA team. A drastic change of pace so far. Wakeup call? Much needed change of scenery? Who knows so far? He just turned 20 last week.

A+: Tampa PPD.

A: Both games of Charleston’s DH PPD.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte picked up save #17 for Staten Island (NY-Penn League). ERA 1.01.

I don’t know if the plans for Humberto Sanchez are to start or relieve, but each rehab outing for him in the GCL has beeen as a starter, but just 1 IP. I’d say to make him a reliever and groom him for setup or closer. One IP yesterday, No runs, hits, walks. 1 K. ERA 2.31.

Pinstripe Prospects: The minor League Report.

AAA: Ian Kennedy (4-3, 2.56 at AAA) K’d 9, but gave up 4 R in 5 IP as SWB lost 7-2. All of SWB’s hits came from 4 people (2 apiece): Melky, Justin Christian, Shelley Duncan, and Chris Stewart.

AA: Eric Hacker (7-3, 2.65) continues his impressive year. 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K’s. 9-5, 2.36 overall for the 25-year old. At 25, where his is peak? Can he take it further or is he trade material? A 6-1 Trenton win. P. J. Pilittere with a HR.

A+: Tampa won 2-1. Christian Garcia 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H.

A: 10-8 win for Charleston. Austin Romine 3 hits, 2 HRs, 3 RBI. Jesus Montero 2 hits, double, HR, 4 RBI. Brandon Laird HR, 3 RBI. Jonathan Ortiz save #32.

Like old times…looking at the GCL Boxscore, I see the names Richardson and Turley for the GCL Yankees. Kyle Higashioka hit his 1st professional HR.

Finally, in the “Was this really necessary?” column, something from Pete Abraham:

Giambi started against a lefty for the first time since July 3. “Lo and behold, we scored two runs in the first inning,” Joe Girardi said. Yeah, lo and behold.

Richie Sexson, what hath thou wrought?

Game 125. In the Great White North. The Return of Godzilla. Yanks waste Rasner’s excellent effort as JD goes CLANK! 2-1 Jays.

Recap: As Josh “the Yankee Truth” Imboden points out, the Yanks don’t hit power pitchers, and haven’t for a few years. A. J. Burnett K’d 13 in 8 IP tonight. As I’ve been pointing out for a while, the Yanks can’t afford to waste a good performance from a Ponson, Giese, Rasner…because with them, you don’t know what you are going to get. When you get good, you must take advantage of it.

They didn’t. JD made what SHOULD have been 2 errors in CF. Inexplicably, the second was called a hit. Two out, tied at one, bottom of the 8th. Man on 1st. Ball hit deep, but not to the wall. A step or so in front of it. Clank. In putting Damon in CF, you are going for offense, with him, Nady in LF, the returning Matsui at DH, Giambi at 1B, Abreu in RF…but the catch-22 was supposed to be Damon’s arm, not his glove.

As for the offense? Nada. Golden sombrero for Giambi, and as I wrote, Burnett K’d 13, fulfilling what Josh has stated for a while.

Meanwhile, remember Ty Hildenbrandt’s quote of just ELEVEN DAYS AGO? The one where he asked when you-know-who would get hurt again? Hit the “more” link, read the latest, and see the image and verses…

and by the way, the Yanks are now only one game ahead of fourth-place Toronto, with Roy Halladay lurking in the wings and going on Thursday. Continue reading

Game 103. Yanks 10, Boston 3. Red Hot Cano leads Yanks to 8th straight.

Recap: The red-hot Robbie Cano (18 for 34 since the ASG) had a HR and 3 rbi and Andy Pettitte settled down after a rocky first to give six innings as the Yanks won their 8th straight, 10-3 over Boston. Newly acquired Damaso Marte came out of the bullpen to face one batter—Big Papi with 2 on—and struck him out on 4 pitches. Welcome to the Yankees, Damaso. Edwar went 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Dave Robertson mopped up with a 1-2-3 ninth. Continue reading