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Would EJax take 2 years?

EJax is eerily similar to Matt Garza

Despite the clear need for a starting pitcher, most Yankee fans want no part of Edwin Jackson.  Despite the fact that he’s been a solid pitcher with great stuff and a chance to improve at the age of 28, he isn’t attractive to the Yankees because of his perceived cost. 

Scott Boras is looking for a 5 yr deal for around $15M per season which based on the contracts given to Burnett, Lackey, D.Lowe, Buehrle & CJ Wilson, is pretty much what the price has been on the Free Agent market.  That being said,  all of those contracts were colossal busts with the exception of Buehrle & Wilson where the stories have yet to be written.  So no one is knocking down the door for Jackson at that price.

If I had to guess I’d say he’ll have to come down to 4 yrs @ $11-12M to find interest.  However, even that is more than the Yanks want to spend because of the payroll flexibility they’d like to maintain heading into 2014.  That being the case, perhaps there’s room for compromise that helps all 3 parties – Yankees, Boras & EJackson.

What if the Yankees offered $15M per season for 2 years?  Boras gets the $15M he asked for, Jackson pockets $30M and re-enters Free Agency at still young age of 30 and the Yanks get a #3 starter with #2 potential while still not touching their 2014 Payroll.

I’m not excited by the prospect of Jackson and $15M is more than I’d be comfortable paying him, but for only 2 years it’s not a bad idea. Let’s do a quick comparison of Jackson and Yankee trade target Matt Garza over the last 3 years:

  W L IP ERA XFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% HR/9 SIERA WAR
Jackson 35 30 623 3.96 3.93 7.08 3.03 44% 0.92 4.06 11.2
Garza 33 32 605 3.73 3.89 7.96 3.05 40% 1 3.85 9.7

 Comparing stuff, Jackson averages 94.5 MPH on his Fastball and throws a nasty 87 MPH Slider, which is his best pitch.  He throws a 2-seamer and mixes in a Change & Curveball about 11% of the time.

Garza is a little more well-rounded but averages 93.7 MPH on his Fastball and throws an 86 MPH Slider as his out pitch.  He also throws a 2-seamer and mixes in the Change & Curve slightly more at 23%, although neither are effective pitches.

So their numbers are nearly identical, they were born 2 months apart and their stuff is very similar too.  What would be the difference in cost?

Garza will likely earn a combined $21M over the next 2 years in arbitration before becoming a Free Agent.  From what we hear, he would also cost 1 or both of Banuelos & Betances plus more in a trade.

If you could get Jackson at a cost of $30M over the next 2 years and KEEP Banuelos & Betances, wouldn’t that be a much better scenario?  You could also even out the costs by picking up$24M of AJ Burnet’s contract to dump him on someone. That would save the $9M difference and make the net cost of Jackson the same $21M that Garza would make.

I like Garza as a pitcher and think he’s tougher and a better all-around pitcher. But Jackson’s stuff and nearly identical numbers as Garza over the last 3 years is hard to ignore.  I know the chances of Jackson accepting a 2 yr $30M deal are slim but if it comes down to accept a 4 yr-$40M deal with Baltimore or a 2yr-$30M deal with New York, which would you choose?  Boras has done the unconventional before and last yr steered Rafael Soriano to the Yanks as a set-up man on a closer’s deal.  It’s not entirely impossible.

I’m not sure this is a good idea but it’s food for thought.  Would you be interested in EJax for 2 years?

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Open Thread

Door 1.....2......or....3?

Do you remember Let’s Make a Deal with Monty Hall?   Well you dressed up and got to pick which door you wanted and it could be a new car or a donky.  It was just a guess and was either hit or miss.  Well the Yankees have three options behind the door with Oswalt, Kuroda, or Edwin Jackson.  All could either be hits or misses depending on your likes and dislikes. Here is your open thread.  Share which one you would like and also share which one you do not like.

Enjoy the night everyone!!!

Yankees Talk With Kuroda, Jackson & Oswalt

Yankees Talk With Kuroda, Jackson & Oswalt

By Delia E.

After the Yankees mention that they are thinking of increasing the payroll, the Yankees mention that they are talking to Roy Oswalt, Hiroki Kuroda & Edwin Jackson according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Yankees have mentioned that they wanted to add another arm in the rotation but they aren’t willing to pay just any cost for a pitcher. With Spring Training less than 6 weeks away, the Yankees are running out of time and they need to think of an option and fast.

Hiroki Kuroda still looks like that he is the most likely to sign with the Yankees since he has been easily known to have a 1 year deal, but Edwin Jackson is a more solid & versatile pitcher. With Edwin Jackson he has pitched in the AL before, so he might be an interesting target to go after.

Offers for Roy Oswalt have been cool since he has had back injuries, but he has also been known to take 1 year deals. The downside with Oswalt is that like Kuroda, he has not pitched in the AL before.

The Yankees should take advantage of this and sign at least one of them but knowing what Brian Cashman has done this off-season, we might not see any of them in pinstripes come time for Spring Training.

Baseball America’s 2012 Top Yankee Prospects

Baseball America came out with their Top Prospects and of course they did one for the Yankees as well. The three lists include the top ten prospects, Best Tools (my favorite one to look at) and what the projected lineup will be in 2015 (pretty cool as well).  Below is all the information.  Enjoy and discuss what you agree and disagree with in the comments section.

TOP TEN PROSPECTS

1. Jesus Montero, c
2. Manny Banuelos, lhp
3. Dellin Betances, rhp
4. Gary Sanchez, c
5. Mason Williams, of
6. Dante Bichette, 3b
7. Ravel Santana, of
8. Austin Romine, c
9. J.R. Murphy, c/3b
10. Slade Heathcott, of

BEST TOOLS

Best Hitter for Average Jesus Montero
Best Power Hitter Jesus Montero
Best Strike Zone Discipline Ramon Flores
Fastest Baserunner Mason Williams
Best Athlete Mason Williams
Best Fastball Dellin Betances
Best Curveball Dellin Betances
Best Slider Mark Montgomery
Best Changup Manny Banuelos
Best Control Nik Turley
Best Defensive Catcher Austin Romine
Best Defensive Infielder Cito Culver
Best Infield Arm Cito Culver
Best Defensive OF Mason Williams
Best Outfield Arm Ravel Santana

PROJECTED 2015 LINEUP

Catcher Austin Romine
First Base Mark Teixeira
Second Base Robinson Cano
Third Base Alex Rodriguez
Shortstop Eduardo Nunez
Left Field Brett Gardner
Center Field Mason Williams
Right Field Curtis Granderson
Designated Hitter Jesus Montero
No. 1 Starter CC Sabathia
No. 2 Starter Manny Banuelos
No. 3 Starter Ivan Nova
No. 4 Starter Dellin Betances
No. 5 Starter Phil Hughes
Closer David Robertson

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Posada, Hamels, HOF, Hughes

Lot’s of topics among the many Yankee blogs, so let’s get right into it…..

* An A-Blog for A-Rod has their take on Jorge Posada’s retirement.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue has their thoughts on why waiting for Hamels is the right move.

* New York Baseball Digest says it’s time to hold writers more accountable for their HOF vote.

* Pinstripe Alley talks about Manny Ramirez in pinstripes.

* River Ave Blues scouts Phil Hughes.

* Road to Yankee Stadium has Mason Williams as their #5 Top Prospect.

* The Yankee Analysts have their expectations for Montero in 2012.

* Yanks Go Yard predicts Sabathia’s 2012 season.

Morning Bits: Posada, Low risk options, Bernie Williams

It’s Tuesday of a long week- away we go with the links….

* The Yankees will survive Posada’s departure.

* Is Posada worthy of the hall of fame?

* Articles like this make me cringe. Low-Risk options remain for the Yankees.

* Discouraging start for Bernie Williams Hall of Fame prospect.

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