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In Topic: 2014 Yankees Thread

13 November 2014 - 01:45 PM

gotcha, i didn't know anything about the foreign prospects we have signed.  thats great news.. but of course it comes at an expense and not through our farm system :/

 

Well, yes and no.  Yes, it's not a drafted player in the traditional sense of the MLB draft, and it does come with an attached extra spend, but these signees are all, for the most part, kids.  They're gonna go through the farm system and come up like other prospects.

In Topic: 2014 Yankees Thread

13 November 2014 - 11:19 AM

We commit enough money to the IR every year; I don't want Tulo unless we have a very good backup.  Yes, he's still a very good player, but he's another big-contract, questionable-health guy locked in long-term.  Tulo is more business as usual.

 

As to the "youth movement", it's already begun, and it started with the ridiculous overseas FA spending last year.  Seriously. here's a list of the prospects we just up and bought last year on Day 1 of international FA:

 

Dermis Garcia SS/3B Dominican Republic $3.2M
Nelson Gomez 3B Dominican Republic $2.25M
Jonathan Amundaray OF Venezuela $1.5M
Wilkerman Garcia SS Venezuela $1.35M
Antonio Arias OF Venezuela $1M
Diego Castillo SS Venezuela $750K
Servando Hernandez RHP Venezuela $200K
Miguel Flames C Venezuela N/A
Hyo-Joon Park SS South Korea N/A
Juan De Leon OF Dominican Republic N/A
 
That's our future right there.  We need a couple of these guys, and any of the other International FAs signed, to come up and be regular starting-caliber MLB players on the cheap, so that we can afford to pour money into stuff like starting pitching (because let's face it, $20 Million is now the cost of doing business for having an ace pitcher), which means if the Yankees are going to be "fiscally responsible", then some of these guys need to provide 2 or 3 WAR seasons for MLB-minimum yearly salaries.

I don't really watch baseball anymore, and only have a sense of what's going on by listening to WFAN and this message board.  But from what I can tell, it seems like the Yankees could be pretty terrible for the next couple of years. 

 

Yes, they may bottom out in the next two years unless all of our old and creakies can stay healthy for 140-ish games apiece (position players) or 25 starts (starters).  The Yanks have been staying afloat with an awful offense and above-average starting pitching.

In Topic: 2014 Yankees Thread

13 November 2014 - 10:24 AM

The article CR posted is right.  We have no need for a $13M+ closer on a team that, barring a miracle trade, miracle health for all players, or A-Rod renaissance, will not be a World Series contender and has too many other pressing needs.

 

We should be pedal down to re-sign Headley and McCarthy (though I suspect he'll wait out the market to see what the big 3 pitchers get) and find a shortstop.  I'd see if Headley will take 3/30 with a vesting option or something in that realm to be our starting 3B for the time being.

 

I will just say that I will lose my sh!t if they trade for Andrus.  Do not want that 8/120 contract for a guy whose hitting is declining in a very hitter-friendly park.  I'd rather have Rollins for the year or even sign someone like a Cabrera for a year or two.

In Topic: 2014 Yankees Thread

13 November 2014 - 12:45 AM

And in the long standing tradition of providing talented ML-ready catchers to a certain steel-city team, Cervelli is now a Pirate for a left-handed reliever with control problems (Justin Wilson).  Here's the River Ave Blues writeup on the trade.

In Topic: Official 2014 New York Mets Thread

12 November 2014 - 10:35 AM

Hold on a sec re: Cuddyer.  From MLBTR:

 

Cuddyer is coming off a strong three-year stretch with the Rockies, and while many will point to Coors Field as a large reason for his gaudy numbers, he hit well away from the Denver launching pad as well. Cuddyer hit .307/.362/.505 as a Rockie and batted .286/.332/.463 on the road during that time. He took home the NL Batting Title in 2013 and batted .331/.385/.543 over the past two seasons.

 

I get the concern about his defense and injury history, those things are very real.  But it's not like he's batted the Mendoza line outside of Coors Field.