Showing posts with label Bobby Abreu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bobby Abreu. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dunn and Abreu Sign

To take a break from the A-Rod show, Abreu and Dunn have signed. The former Yankee signed for a one year five million dollar deal with the Angels. The Knoblog golden boy got a 2 year, 20 million dollar deal with the Nationals.

First of all, sorry to Brian Cashman. I was dissapointed that Abreu didn't get offered arbitration but in retrospect, Cash can read the market a helluva lot better than I can. Second of all, that's a pretty nice bargain for Dunn. It makes no sense for the Nationals but for a normal team, he makes a ton of sense.

The only real impact for the Yanks though is that this drives up the value on Nady and Swisher. The Braves are on the verge of the playoffs according to PECOTA and if they could add a Nady or Swisher it could push them over the edge. Now they may be willing to give up a bit more for Nady/Swisher.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Yankees Defense Should Be Better in '09

According to Fangraphs' UZR, via RLYW, the Yankees project to be seven runs above average defensively this year, a 46 run (or roughly 4 and a half win) upgrade over last year's team. Let's break this down a little. While Fangraphs expects slight regressions from Jeter, A-Rod, and Damon, the major improvements come from the departures of Bobby Abreu (-25.2 UZR last year) and Jason Giambi. While Giambi's -1.8 UZR last year is not horrible, he is replaced with Mark Teixeira's projected +3, which is a half-win upgrade in itself. Abreu's awful mark will be replaced mainly by Xavier Nady, but SG has Nick Swisher seeing some time in right as well. Nady projects to be -1, and Swisher +3. While a +7 team mark is encouraging, I don't think it will be that high. My reasoning for this is that I think SG gave Melky and Brett Gardner too much time in center for his projections. He has Nick Swisher playing just 242 innings in center, and Johnny Damon not playing any. I think that barring any moves, that pair will get at least half the innings in center. However, even with that scenario, the Yankees should still be greatly improved defensively in 2009.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Yankees Offer Arbitration to Nobody

That's right, nobody. Pettitte, Abreu, Mussina, and Pudge all could have been offered arb, but the Yanks chose no to, citing economic reasons. They did not want to risk signing these guys to big contracts. I do not understand this. I think Abreu was unlikely to accept, as he wants a three year deal, and even if he did accept, Bobby Abreu on a one year deal isn't the worst thing in the world. I can understand not offering arbitration to Pudge, because he may have accepted, and Moose is retired, and I still think Pettitte is likely to re-sign with the Yanks. However, I do not understand why Bobby Abreu wasn't offered arbitration. Two draft picks is well worth the risk, especially considering the Yankees will likely give up a lot of draft picks since they would like to make a splash in the free agent market this year.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Yankees News and Notes

Alright this is my first post from my iPhone so cut me some slack.

Moose has decided to go out on top and retire after his first career 20 win season. Mussina was the only pitcher who really pulled threw last year; even though he is a cranky old guy we will still miss him.

In other news Bobby Abreu was reportedly offered arbritration by the Yankees. This is a smart move, Abreu will say no and we will get the draft picks.

The Yankees are really in the market for pitching right now but a lot of sports writers think Lowe and Burnett will go elsewhere. To me that thought is crazy. The Yankees rotation right now is Wang, Joba, Hughes, IPK and Aceves. Sounds a little inexperenced doesn't it? The Yankees are going to do everything they can to get one or both if these guys. So their youngsters can develop and so that they don't have to trade. Even if that means giving Burnett 5 years, which he has clearly made his starting point.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


It looks like Abreu wants to return to the Yankees. Thanks, but no thanks. Unless he accepts arbitration or a 2 year deal then they have better options available on the free agent market.

The team has enough aging corner outfielders. I like Abreu a lot and I`d prefer him to Damon or Matsui but not to Dunn or Texiera.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Abreu Arbitration

The Yanks will be offering Abreu arbitration. This is an obvious move. If he accepts you can't really complain and you just move Matsui or Damon to first base. If he declines then you get 2 draft picks rather than nothing.

In other news Hank said the Yanks will consider Manny. For the right price I like it but any more than 3 years makes it a bad move for me.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Abreu wants 3 years

Mark Feinsand claims that Abreu will want at least a 3 year deal this offseason. This just reinforces my plan to offer Abreu arbitration. He will almost definitely decline. Abreu for the three more years? No thanks, he was a great pickup and is very underrated. However, its time to move on.

If we can get him for 2 years and an option or less I might change my mind. However, for three years or more? No thanks.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Joel Sherman is saying the Yankees will probably let both Abreu and Giambi go. I`ve been a big supporter of seeing Abreu go and I`m coming around to the idea of seeing Giambi leave as well. It means they will acquire either a first baseman or a corner outfielder and move Matsui or Damon to first base. This would cut 37 million dollars off the payroll.

I have no interest in a long term commitment to Texiera. He won't be getting his ten year deal but I could see some team giving him seven or eight years which is still ridiculous.

Adam Dunn is to much of a defensive liability at first base or even in left-field. Besides, he`s not as good a hitter as this next guy and will probably require more years.

This next guy is the best hitter available, he`s been consistent for years, he has experience in the AL East, and probably won't need more than 3 years. I`m talking about Manny Ramirez of course. 207 was the first year he`s had an EQA below .300 since 1994 when he was 22 and played in 91 games. He had an EQA of .292 that year and .297 in 2007. Damon can play left, Matsui can move to first, and Manny can be the full-time DH.

This solves our offensive problems perfectly and can Matsui really be much worse at first base than Giambi? Both he and Damon has volunteered for it. Please post any thoughts in the comments section.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

First Base

Next year the Yankees have the opportunity to shake up their first base situation and get rid of a huge contract in Jason Giambi. The question is, should they? Here are their options for first base next year:
  • Resign Abreu to a multi-year deal and move Nady or Damon to first base. Giambi leaves.
  • Sign Mark Texiera to a long term deal. Both Giambi and Abreu leave.
  • Resign Giambi to a short one or two year deal for a discount. Abreu leaves.

Keep in mind this is all assuming we don't magically pull off a trade. I didn't list this because of its unlikeliness and also because its impossible to predict what we would give up.

I`m leaning towards the third one.

I don't want Abreu back. First of all, he`s a big defensive liability and he would force somebody to play out of position at first base. Believe it or not Giambi would probably be a better fielder at first then Nady or Damon. More importantly though I think Giambi is a better hitter than Abreu. EQA (which takes into account pretty much every offensive stat) has Giambi ahead over the past three years. Giambi beats Abreu in 2008 and 2006. As an added bonus Abreu will be a type A free agent while Giambi will only be a type B.

Although Texiera would fill the first base spot perfectly I would stay away from him. He`s looking for a ten year deal. In my opinion their are very few guys in baseball who are worth that. They need to focus as much money as possible on Sabathia. It would be great to have him but at what cost?

At the start of this year I was looking forward to Giambi being gone. However, he`s been one of the few guys on this team that actually hit. They can get him on a one or two year deal and he wants to be back so they may get him on a discount.

I`d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Richie Sexson Is Not The Answer

In the post below this, Charlie applauded the Yankees signing of Richie Sexson. While it's true that he may help out against lefties, he probably won't do too much. I'm not really against the signing, but at best Sexson will add about half a win. Maybe. The Yankees are averaging 4.59 runs per game, good for 15th in the majors, and 8th in the AL. This middle of the road performance is far from what was expected, and it can't continue if the Yankees want to make the playoffs. Obviously there is room for improvement. Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera are all having sub-par seasons and could theoretically improve. There has been a lot of speculation about trading for Ichiro, Matt Holliday, Xavier Nady, etc. These are all solid options, but there is one player who could be had for a lot less in terms of money and prospects: Barry Lamar Bonds. True, he hasn't played baseball in a while, but he wants a contract, so he has been staying in shape. Give him two weeks in the minors and he should be ready. After all, he's one of the best hitters ever. He had a 1.045 OPS last year. It's safe to say he will regress from that mark, maybe by a lot, but would .850 be a safe estimate, wouldn't it? That's basically Matsui, so there you go, Bonds is the replacement, and he doesn't cost Phil Hughes or Austin Jackson. If Bonds doesn't produce, he can be cut easily, since he will be making the pro-rated minimum.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Game 63: Royals at Yankees Recap

With second straight defeat of the Royals with Joba on the mound the Yankees move their record to one game over .500 and move into third place. Joba had a good outing besides that one hanging slider to Guillen. He went 4.1 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 runs, 1 BB, 1 HR and 78 pitches and 53 of them were strikes. Then came in Dan Geise and he twirled a gem pitching 2 and 2/3rds innings of hitless ball picking up his first major league win. Abreu and Giambi both belted home runs to give the Yankees the offense they needed to defeat the Royals 6-3.

Giambi hit 3 home runs in 4 games showing the Royals to "Respect his AUTHORITY".

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring Recap #5

Not a great day for the Yankees:
Johnny Damon was 2-3 with two doubles. Bobby Abreu was 1-3 with a homer. Austin Jackson was 1-3 as well. Greg Porter hit a grand slam and Chris Woodward was 2-3. Not too many regulars in the lineup today.

Wang got rocked, giving up six earned while only retiring two batters. He gave up six hits and walked two, an said he was overthrowing and overstriding, then threw in the bullpen to try to correct the problem. Scott Patterson retired all four batters he faced, striking out one. He has not allowed a baserunner in his 2.2 spring innings. The Farns pitched a scoreless inning, but did walk a batter. Darell Rasner gave up a grand slam in two innings of work, and Sean Henn gave up two runs (one earned) in one inning. Dan Giese and Billy Traber each pitched a scoreless inning, with Traber striking out one.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cash Speaks

Brian Cashman, along with Theo Epstein spoke yesterday to an audience at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He voiced his opinion on many topics, including the possible Johan Santana trade. He had this to say:
"My strong recommendation is we stick with our young pitching staff and keep it in-house.That's my recommendation, and we've fought hard to take one step back to take two giant steps forward."
I agree, and it looks like they will stick with the youngsters. He later mentioned that Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu were out of shape last spring. Hopefully that will change this year. He then said that Bernie's 2005 season was poor, and Joe Torre should not have played him over Melky.