Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
"We have gone through the frustration and disappointment," Cashman said. "Now the focus is on the small things. Try and pick up a game a week and get to Fenway Park and make that series meaningful."Is it too much, a game a week?" Cashman said. "It's not out of the realm of possibility. You can't do it in three or four days. Make up a game a week and get to Fenway Park with a chance. If (Boston) wants to make it easier, I'll take that."
Friday, February 15, 2008
I will be going on vacation this week, so posts will be sparse until next Saturday. Bye everyone.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Johan Santana is now officially a Met. The extension is for six years and $137.5 million. He was given a $7 million bonus to his $13.25 million deal for this year. So in total it is seven years and $150.75 million, or an annual payment of $21.5 million. I've said it before and I'll say it again, that is a hell of a lot of money for a pitcher. Yeah, they're important, but they play once every five days. Santana will be thirty-six at the end of the deal, and those last few years could make the Mets regret this trade. Especially considering the players it would take to get him, I'm glad the Yankees didn't make this deal. It simply wasn't worth it to them. As Pete Abraham pointed out, with the luxury tax, they would be paying him $28 million per year. It makes a lot more sense for the Mets and I think this is a good deal for them. So congratulations Mets, your are now the fourth best team in baseball.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Johan Santana has finally been traded- to the Mets. Not the best outcome, but I guess its better than Boston and at least he's out of the AL. The deal is for Carlos Gomez, Kevin Mulvey, Phil Humber and Deolis Guerra. This package tells me that Bill Smith is not ready to be the Twins' GM. If he had acted at the winter meetings, he could have gotten a better deal. In my opinion, both the Yankees' and Red Sox' offers from December were better than this one, but Smith waited, and the Yanks and Sox took back their offers, and this was the best one left. The Mets definitely won this deal. Altough all those prospects are solid, none are going to be superstars. Gomez is a leadoff hitter, Humber hasn't lived up to expectations, and I don't know much about Mulvey and Guerra, but I have heard good, not great, things about them. The Twins should not have done this deal without Fernando Martinez, but they panicked and did it, instead of holding Santana until the all-star break.
The Mets still have to sign Johan to an extension, and they say they won't go higher than 5 years, but they will go up to $25 million, which is a hell of a lot for a guy who plays one out of five days.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
- The Yankees are close to a four-year deal with Robbie Cano, buying out his arbitration years
- On his blog, Phil Hughes attributes his late-season veloicty loss to his hamstring/ankle injury
- Chuck Knoblauch is nowhere to be found
I'll try to get a longer post in later if I have the time.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
We are at the point in the offseason where teams are coming to terms with arbitration-eligible players on new contracts, some of which are multi-year deals. Troy Tulowitzki and James Shields have been mentioned already on this site. I have stated that I think this is a good idea, and I believe the Yankees should give Robinson Cano a similar deal, but I have never explained why. Here's why:
First will start with the pros and cons of an extension (for any player, not just Robbie). Players with three, four or five years of service time are eligible for arbitration (so are super two's but I'm keeping this simple; a decent explanation for arbitration rules can be found here). The process begins with the team and player submitting their contract proposal. If they cannot come to an agreement, it goes to arbitration, where an arbiter chooses the offer he sees most fair. Robbie and his agent submitted an offer of $4.55 million, and the Yankees submitted a $3.2 million offer. Cano made $490,800 last year. (Source)
The positives of signing Cano to an extension are: 1. We buy out his remaining arbitration years, and maybe some free agency years (depending on the length of the deal) 2. In a few years, if an extension were not signed, Cano most likely will be making more than he would be under the extension 3. I know, this is similar to number one, but arbitration is a very unpleasant process, so avoiding it is good.
Some negatives: 1. If Cano doesn't pan out as planned, the contract becomes a burden 2. A bigger contract makes him harder to trade (not sure if that's bad) 3. Although saving money in the long term, the Yankees spend more than necessary in the short term.
So this is a risk-reward situation. The question is: Do we have reason to believe Robinson Cano will be an above average second basemen for years to come? If the answer is yes, an extension make sense.
The answer: In my opinion, it's obviously yes.
1. Joe Mauer
2. Hanley Ramirez
Similar Batters Through Age 24:
1. Joe Mauer
2. Tony Lazerri
5. Yogi Berra
6. Bill Dickey
10. Mickey Cochrane
Most Similar by Age:
Pretty impressive comp's. Not sure why there are so many catchers. Anyway, it looks like a safe bet that Cano continues to improve. He was worth 9.2 wins above replacement level last year, according to BP's WARP1. (That's good.)
So what would be a good offer for Cano? Chase Utley recently signed an extension in a similar situation for 7 years and $85 million. Cano's numbers are worse than Utley's so an ideal contract for Cano would be something like 6yrs/60 mil or 7/70.
In other news: The (Devil) Rays locked up James Shields with a very creative contract. Take note Yankees. Also, the Mets are now the frontrunners for Johan Santana, pretty much because they're still interested.
From Newsday's Kat O'Brien:
Robinson Cano would be open to the idea of signing a long-term contract with the Yankees, his agent, Bobby Barad, said yesterday.
Barad made clear that the Yankees have not broached that topic with him and Cano, and that he has not brought up the possibility. However, should the Yankees seek to lock up their All-Star second baseman well before free agency - as the Mets did with third baseman David Wright and shortstop Jose Reyes - Cano could have interest.
"He wouldn't be adverse to that in theory," Barad said.
Could it get done? That's more complicated. Said Barad: "It depends on, there's so many factors that would determine that." Several of the game's best young players have inked multiyear deals with their clubs early in their careers, including the Indians' Grady Sizemore (six years, $23.45 million) and the Phillies' Chase Utley (seven years, $85 million).
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Anyway, I found this article by Vince Gennaro, a baseball economist. He analyzes the possible Johan Santana trades and it is very interesting, you should definitely check it out. With regards to the possible Santana to Yankees deal, he says it does not make financial sense for the Yanks. He describes the prospects necessary to complete the deal as a tariff, because Santana would require a large sum of money to be signed long-term. I agree with this 100%. He doesn't say it specifically, but implies that it would make sense to sign him as a free agent after this year.
He later adds that it makes even less sense for the Red Sox, but a case could be made for a Mets trade.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The Yankees' offer to Cano seems a little a low, but that's the only one that seems like it could go to a hearing, which I guess is a good thing. The fact that Wang and Cano will make less than $5 million next year is amazing to me. If they were free agents, they would both get over $10 mil easily. Hopefully Hank the Tank realizes that and realizes the advantages of young players.
Brian Bruney submitted $845,000, the Yankees submittted $640,000.
Robinson Cano submitted $4.55 million, the Yankees submitted $3.2 million.
Chien-Ming Wang submitted $4.6 million, the Yankees submitted $4 million.
- Miguel Cabrera will make $11.3 Mil. next year
- Matt Holliday signed a two-year, $23 Million deal
- Mark Teixeira will make $12.5 Mil. next year
- Justin Morneau got a $7.4 Mil. deal
- Carlos Pena got a 3-year, $24 Mil. deal
- The Blue Jays gave Scott Downs a 3-year, $10 Mil. deal
- The A's gave Huston Street a $3.3 Mil. deal
- Brad Lidge got a $6.35 Mil. deal from the Phillies
- The White Sox gave Joe Crede a $5.1 Mil. deal