Showing posts with label Free Agents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free Agents. Show all posts

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Yankees Interested in Cameron

According to MLBTR the Yankees are interested in signing Mike Cameron if they trade the Melk Man. As we have said before A-Rod has been privately endorsing Cameron. The Yankees are the Brew Crew's main competition for Cameron. This doesn't make much sense at all as Cameron is a 35 year-old outfielder who is only getting worse and was never great to begin with. He is also serving a 25-game suspension to start the season. The Yankees currently have four better outfielders, and I really don't think Melky will get much for us in a trade,

Yankees Sign Jason Lane

The Yankees have signed 31 year-old former Astro Jason Lane to a minor league deal. Lane is primarily an outfielder, but could be a first base option for the Yankees. My guess is he will compete for the first base job with Shelley Duncan and Wilson Betemit in Spring Training. Even if he loses out there, he could be kept on the roster as an outfielder. In 2005, Lane's first season with regular playing time, he hit 26 homers, with an OPS+ of 109. In the last two years, though, he has been horrible. With an OPS+ of 81 in '06 and 54 last year. Lane also happens to be one of the rare players who throws left and bats right. Overall, I like this move. Its low-risk, medium reward. At worst, you get a minor leaguer getting paid the minimum. At best, you get a solid first-basemen/bench player.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Yu Darvish?

According to East Windup Chronicle, the Yankees are interested in pursuing Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. Darvish is just twenty-one years old, and he dominated Japan last year, posting a 1.82 ERA and a .83 WHIP with 210 K's in 207.2 IP. These are amazing numbers, but don't get too excited yet. Darvish cannot sign as a free agent, so his team would have to post him, which is no guarantee. Also, along with the the posting fee, Darvish says that that Dice-K's $8.6 million/yr. contract would be the floor in his contract negotiations. Besides, the price, when has a hyped Japanese pitcher ever lived up to expectations? I'm sure he could be a solid three, or even a two, but based on the performances of Hideo Nomo, Hideki Irabu and Dice-K, I doubt he will put up the numbers that will be expected of him. I couldn't find a scouting report, but from this video, he appears to throw his fastball in the upper 80's/low 90's (if my KMH to MPH conversions are correct), with a good curveball and an ok change. There may be a splitter in there too, but I'm not really sure. Sounds kind of like Kei Igawa, actually. Anyway, although he has good control, his fastball is not good enough to be a great major leaguer. He will probably be good, but not worth a posting fee expected to be more than Dice-K's $51.1 million on top of a probable $13-15 million per year.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Prior Signs With Padres

The base salary is 1yr/$1 mil, with incentives that could bring it over $3 million. I would have liked to sign Prior to a 2/7-8, but i guess it's not happening.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Royals Sign Mahay

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Royals have signed 36 year-old left-handed reliever Ron Mahay to a 2 year $8 million deal. The Yankees were the only other team in the running for Mahay. Although $8 million is a lot for a reliever, Mahay is an above average reliever and a lefty, something the Yankees currently do not have. Although having a lefty in the bullpen can be helpful I don't believe it is a necessity as others do. Would you rather have a good righty reliever facing David Ortiz in a big situation, or a mediocre lefty? Unfortunately for the Yankees, the only good righty in their bullpen is Mariano and they don't have any lefty's. Also, of the 4,217 relievers receiving spring training invites, none, to my knowledge, are left-handed.

Current LRP options:
  • Jeremy Affeldt. There were talks of him joining the Yankees, but now it seems unlikely
  • Trade for Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte if he can be had cheaply
  • Trever Miller. 34 year-old, most recently played for Houston. A league average pitcher; think a lefty LaTroy Hawkins
  • Ben Kozlowski. 27 year-old lefty in AAA posted a 3.00 ERA and 80 K's in 81 IP last year, but this is probably a stretch

Morgan Ensberg

I hadn't thought of this, but this article over at noMaas interested me.
Morgan Ensberg: Career 116 OPS+, draws BBs, and sees lots of pitches; averaging 3.92 per plate appearance over his career. That #P/PA rate is better than the career rates of Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter. Ensberg had a poor 2007 season, but could be a great addition for the bench. Buy low.

The OPS is interesting. Ensberg's Career line: .265/.366/.476, .284 EqA. He is 32 years old. He could be a very valuable bench option at the corner infield positions. He could even start at first. I doubt the Yankees will pursue him though, because first is already crowded and there's this A-Rod guy over at third. He probably is a better option than Betemit or Shelley at first, but it seems stupid to have three first basemen. So unless one or both of those guys get traded, look for Ensberg to sign elswhere.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Yankees Scouting Benson

The Yankees were one of nine teams scouting Anna Benson's husband today. Benson threw 60 pitches and reportedly looked impressive. He missed all of last year after after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum. Benson has a career 4.34 ERA (102 ERA+) with a WHIP of 1.38, and is 34 years old. In 2006, his only season in the AL East, Benson posted a 4.82 ERA (95 ERA+) with a 1.40 WHIP and 88 K's in 183 IP. I would like a Benson signing if they could get him on a one-year deal, maybe with an option for a second year, at a low cost. That would be a low risk, moderate reward situation. I could see Benson as a spot starter/long reliever who could help ease the pressure on the young guys like Hughes, Joba and IPK, and also step into the rotation as a decent replacement if someone were to get injured. I would like to see the Yankees pursue Benson, but I would walk away if he asks for anything more than $2-3 million on a one-year deal.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The End is Near

The Yankees have started talking with the only man who has been hurt more than Pavano. His name is MARK PRIOR. He is a little more of a man than Pavano. Here are his injuries over the years
Date Injury Time Inactive

Midseason 2003

Shoulder after on-field collision with Atlanta Braves second baseman Marcus Giles.

3 Starts

Preseason 2004

Achilles tendon injury

2 months

Preseason 2005

Elbow strain

Several weeks

May 27, 2005

Throwing elbow - comeback line drive off the bat of Brad Hawpe

Several Weeks

Preseason 2006

Strained shoulder

3 Months

July 14, 2006

Strained left oblique in batting practice

2 starts

August 14, 2006

Shoulder tendinitis

Rest of 2006 Season

Spring Training 2007

Shoulder surgery

Entire 2007 Season

(source- wikipedia)

He is coming off of shoulder surgery and won't be ready to pitch till the second half of 2008. Stay away from this injury magnet. It is funny that the Yankees are going after him because the Yankees drafted Prior in the supplemental first round in 1998 out of high school but failed to sign him; he went on to attend Vanderbilt and then Southern Cal. Who knows what would have happened if the Yankees singed him.

One plus: He has never, to my knowledge, crashed a Porsche or went on the DL for a bruised ass.