Daily Archives: January 26, 2012

Open Thread

Good evening all.  This is your open thread so feel to talk about whatever you like.  As always I will give some news and notes to get you going.

* All the arbitration cases for the Yankees are now done as LHP Boone Logan avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.875 million contract.

* Yankees finally completed the deal with Kuroda today.

* Mariners skipper Eric Wedge said Wednesday that there’s a “good possibility” that 38-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is moved away from the leadoff spot.

* Tigers manager Jim Leyland confirmed Thursday that Miguel Cabrera will indeed make the move over to third base to accommodate Prince Fielder at first base.

 

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Kevin Whelan designated for assignment

Yankees designated RHP Kevin Whelan for assignment

by Matt S.

He was cleared to make room for the newly-signed Hiroki Kuroda on the 40-man roster. Whelan made two appearances with the Yankees last season. The 28-year-old could draw some interest on waivers.

Getting to Know Cuban Prospect Jorge Soler

Originally Posted 12/6/2011

Name Jorge Soler

Height 6’3

Weight 205

Age/DOB (19)  2/25/1992

Bats/Throws  R/R

Position Outfielder

Jorge Soler is younger than the other big named Cuban Cespedes which both are Outfielders.  Soler has all the tools but is probably a couple years away from what I have been reading from joining the major leagues.   Kevin Goldstein who is a good source labeled the Yankees, Rangers and Phillies in that order in getting Soler.

While Cespedes is believed to be a 30-30 guy most experts believe Soler could be a 4o homerun guy.  With how big his body is most feel he will move from CF to a corner outfield position.

Nationals Director of International Scouting Johnny DiPuglia also said “he’s got a Hanley Ramirez-type body. Plus arm. Plus bat speed. He’s a good kid, a good-energy kid.”

So to sum it up Soler will be a project that has the tools who the Yankees could mold and wait on in a couple years to fill a spot in the big show.

Update: 

Still to this date Jorge Soler is not a house hold name like Cespedes who is still a driving force in the rumors and ramblings.   As for Soler the picture above is really all you can find about him on the internet.  He has no Youtube videos or any other information out as of today.  Most of the information about him is coming from second or third hand accounts.   What is fact is the higher ups in the know all seem to think he will start in the minors and could be an elite prospect and will cost much less than Cespedes.

Another thing is the Yankees are short on high level outfield prospects in the minors.  Besides Mason Williams and Slade Heathcott the out look isn’t that great.  So why not the Yankees take a chance on him and see how he will pan out.

As more information comes available about Soler we will have all the latest right here at Yankees Fans Unite.

Morning Bits: Rotation, Andruw Jones, Girardi, Top 100 Prospects

Good morning all it’s Thursday just one more day and it’s Friday.  Let’s get right to the links….

* Paul White of the USA Today says the Yankees rotation has upgraded with the off-season moves.

* Anthony DiComo of MLB.com has the details of the official signing of Andruw Jones.

* Dan Martin of the New York Post reports the Girardi is OK with the pitching surplus.

* Last night MLB TV released their top 100 prospects here is the list.

* Four Yankees made the list which included Banuelos, Betances, Sanchez, and Williams.

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