Daily Archives: January 17, 2012

Open Thread

Good evening all.  Arbitration news has been going all day with many teams including the Yankees.  Hughes was done with yesterday and today Joba and Robertson were taken care of.  Left on the list are Brett Gardner, Russell Martin and Boone Logan.

Update The numbers the Yankees offered the last 3 players mentioned and what they want are not agreed on. Please check the article below this one.

This is your open thread feel free to talk about whatever you want being trade rumors,  other news around the league, etc.

Enjoy the night.

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Arbitration – Joba, Robertson, Gardner, Martin, Logan

Arbitration – Joba, Robertson, Gardner, Martin, Logan

by Matt S.

This will be the tread of the arbitration announcements that come out today.

* The Yankees and RHP David Robertson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

* The Yankees avoided arbitration with RHP Joba Chamberlain by agreeing to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $1.675 million.

* Brett Gardner filed for arbitration at $3.2 million. The Yankees offered Gardner $2.4 million.

* Russell Martin filed for arbitration at $8.2 million. The Yankees offered Martin $7 million.

* Boone Logan filed for arbitration at $2.1 million. The Yankees offered Logan $1.7 million.

Brian Cashman Strikes Gold

Brian Cashman recently proved why he is not just one of the best GM’s in baseball because of his checkbook. He made the shrewdest move of the offseason and fixed the Yankees rotation problems in one night. On Friday night, Cashman traded Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to Seattle for Michael Pineda and prospect Jorge Campos. Cashman also signed Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a 1 yr deal for 10 million dollars. This was a trade you don’t see very often. Money was not involved; it was just a deal where studs were traded for each other to help each team’s needs.  There was some risk involved of course, but this was the right move for Cashman to make.

Cashman, amazingly enough, was able to accomplish two huge things in this trade. He greatly improved the team in 2012 and for the future without raising the payroll. You do not often see 23 year old studs like Pineda available on the market often, especially when they are under contract until 2017. Funny thing is- nobody even knew he was. Cashman swooped and stole him, leaving  the rest of MLB in shock. I say stole him because when you look at the trades made for aces Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos this offseason, that is exactly what it was. The Reds and Nationals gave up more talent in their farm systems for lesser pitchers then Pineda in my opinion. The Yankees also did not have to kill their farm system to get him. I am not saying Jesus Montero will not be an elite hitter for years to come because in all likely hood he will be. However, you always take the elite pitcher over the position player, especially when the position might end up being DH. Also, do not underestimate getting Jose Campos in this deal. He is a guy scouts are loving and is probably already a top 10 Yankees prospect. His upside is better than Hecor Noesi, whom the Yankees traded to Seattle.

Pineda had a great rookie year going 9-10, with a 3.74 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 (2nd in the AL).  At 6-7 260 lb., Pineda is an intimidating force with a great arsenal of stuff.  Pineda has a terrific fastball that averaged 94.7 mph, which was the fourth fastest fastball in MLB. Pineda can get it up to almost triple digits when need be. Pineda also has a devastating slider that righties cannot touch. Righties only batted .184 off of Pineda, which leads the AL, and whiffed at a ridiculous 41% of his sliders. Pineda does need to develop a better changeup in order to deal with lefty hitters. I would say that is his biggest weakness right now. Developing that 3rd pitch is a big key for him. Pineda showed the capability to eventually be a number one starter, but right now he will be just fine as their number 2.

The two knocks on Pineda last season are that he pitched in a pitchers park and that he fell off in the 2nd half last season. A 9.1 K/9 translates to any ballpark. His 2.89 BB/9 is not elite per say, but very good for a rookie who struck out all the guys that he did.  Pineda will have to improve his fly ball% (44.8%) because more of those fly balls will turn into home runs at Yankee Stadium.

Many people are using the argument that Pineda had a very poor second half of 2011. However, his ERA of 5.12 during that time does not tell the whole story. His peripherals were much better than that ERA suggests.

Split

BB%

K%

GB%

HR/FB

BABIP

LOB%

FIP

xFIP

Mar/Apr

9.5%

23.8%

30.9%

0.0%

0.262

76.5%

2.26

3.90

May

5.6%

28.6%

36.6%

10.8%

0.231

82.0%

3.15

2.98

Jun

8.3%

21.2%

26.5%

7.5%

0.243

76.1%

3.90

4.28

Jul

9.3%

28.8%

40.6%

14.3%

0.294

46.1%

3.74

3.14

Aug

7.4%

24.2%

46.8%

19.0%

0.262

65.4%

4.20

3.09

Sept/Oct

6.7%

22.7%

45.3%

9.5%

0.275

71.4%

3.41

3.44

Graph by Dave Cameron- Fan Graphs

Looking at this chart suggests that the reason for Pineda’s high second half ERA was because he had a higher BABIP. However, his FIP and xFIP  in the second half were not really bad at all. In July, Pineda’s ERA was 6.75, while his xFIP was an excellent 3.14. Besides, it is common for a young pitcher to wear down a little bit as his innings go up to where they have never gone before.

Pineda makes the Yankees a better team in 2012 and in the future.  A rotation of CC Sabathia, Pineda, Kuroda, Ivan Nova, and a TBA 5th starter is much better then they had last year. Barring a trade, A.J. Burnett, Freddy Garcia, and Phil Hughes will battle it out for the 5th spot, and give the Yankees great rotation depth. This also gives Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances another year to develop in the minors.  Even without Montero the Yankees will still boast one of the games best offenses around Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez. As for replacing Montero at DH, my choices in order would be Carlos Pena, Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui. The Yankees have reportedly been in contact with all of them.

Brian Cashman has once again set up the Yankees to be a championship caliber team.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Montero, Pineda, DH, Prospects

Hello all I go through all the Yankee Blogs and put together the weeks best articles and bring them to you. A lot has happened in a week with the trade and signing of Kuroda.   So let’s get right to it.

* An A-Blog for A-Rod has a farewell to Jesus Montero.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue has the race for DH.

* Mike Silva of NYBD is managing the expectations of Pineda.

* NoMaas says not to sleep on the Kuroda signing.

* NYYUNIVERSE is asking if the Yankees made the right move in the trade of Montero for Pineda.

* Pinstripe Alley approves of the trade for Pineda.

* River Ave Blues is looking at the long term catching situation.

* Road to Yankee Stadium has an updated 2012 Prospect list.

* The Captain’s Blog is asking if the Yankees are playing good cop bad cop.

* The Yankee Analysts is against a rotating DH.

* Yanks Go Yard is talking the trade as well.

Derek Jeter to receive Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

Derek Jeter to receive Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

By Delia E.

Derek Jeter will get the honor to receive the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award on Wednesday, presented by the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity at the Hard Rock cafe in Tampa, Florida.

The award is given to a Major League player who best shows Gehrig’s giving character. The award has been given since 1955. Jeter will join Gil McDougald, Bobby Richardson, Tommy John and Don Mattingly as Yankees players to win the honor.

Morning Bits: Hughes, Pineda, Kuroda, Matsui, DH

Good morning all. Today we should hear from the other arbitration cases for the Yankees.  Left to go is David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner, Russell Martin and Boone Logan.

Here are the links….

* The Yankees and Phil Hughes agreed on a 1-year contract here is all the details from mlb.com.

* Forbes says the Yankees bolstered rotation with Pineda and Kuroda.

* Matsui could be a DH option for the Yankees.

* CBS New York wonders if the Yankees will turn in house for their DH situation.

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