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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Posted on January 26, 2012, in Open Thread and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Cito Culver tweeted this below today. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.

  2. Soler, Gerardo Concepcion, Rivero must be signed by the Yankees…or not! Unless our information on the three of them is faulty, they are no brainers for Cashman.
    Just think, with the pitchers we already have in our system, adding Campos, Rivero and Concepcion make trading someone easier to do without hurting the minors talent pool very much.
    I say, bring up talent and forget the high priced (in money and talent) FA that want long contracts and big money.
    Have a good day fans, the news is just starting! :)

  3. Here is a piece from Bronx Baseball Daily. If it’s accurate and the Yankees do indeed ultimately sign Ibanez as their DH. I would assume that would be the end of any chance of re-signing Chavez. And instead the Yankees if need be at any point in the season would go to in house alternatives for 2012.

    Rumor: Yankees interested in Raul Ibanez
    Posted on January 27, 2012 by Rob Abruzzese
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said that he would prefer to use one of his excess starters to land a DH on the trade market, but perhaps he is beginning to reconsider.

    Sources have told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post that the Yankees are interested in former Phillie outfielder Raul Ibanez for their vacant DH spot.

    The left handed hitting Ibanez had a .307 OBP and a .747 OPS against right handed pitching last year and had a .289 OBP and .707 OPS overall.

    However, Kernan reported that Ibanez has been working with well known hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo and thinks he has fixed something in his swing. He had a .366 OBP and .822 OPS against righties the year before so if there is something to that the Yankees may get an opportunity to buy low on a guy who may have another good year left in him.

    The Yankees preference has been to trade A.J. Burnett to fill their DH spot, but with $33 million still owed to him they might be finding that impossible to do. There are still a number of DH-types available on the free agent market which means that they may be able to sign one of these guys at near major league minimum contracts, perhaps even as a non-roster invitee.

    If Ibanez agrees to come to spring training as a non-roster invitee there is basically no reason not to give him a chance.

  4. Fellow YFU posters/bloggers. Here is a question that is being posed on TYA;

    Would You Trade The Farm For Andrew McCutchen?
    by MICHAEL EDER on JANUARY 26, 2012 · 23 COMMENTS · in TRADE MUSINGS

    I would like to add just one additional piece to that question.

    Would you trade the farm for Andrew McCutchen, knowing that with 100% certainty that either Cole Hamels or Matt Cain would be a Yankee at the end of the 2012 season.

    BTW, when I say “trade the farm” I mean Banuelos, Betances, Williams and 1 other high lever prospect (but not Romine or Sanchez).

    • Very exciting and talented player but i wouldn’t trade the farm for him.

      When you say they’d definitely get Hamels or Cain that makes it interesting but how are they related? Do you mean because they’s be saving salary with McCutch?

      Andrew has 4 years of team control – eligible for FA in 2016. So he’d make peanuts this yr then trying to speculate further for Luxury Tax calculations – maybe $4-6M in Arb1 for 2013 & $8-10M in Arb2 for 2014?

      If the yanks give up Banuelos, Betances, Sanchez & Mason Williams (their top 4 by MLB.com) they better get a sure middle of the order difference maker. McCutch is a tremendous player but I don’t know if he’ll ever be an elite level .300 BA/30 HR bat. His value is that he is above average in almost all the major categories but I don’t know if he’s a great hitter. A great all-around player and I’d love to get him, I just don’t know if he’s worth our 4 best prospects.

      If I could keep Banuelos and sub someone else (maybe Campos), I’d do it in a heartbeat. So that’s my deal Betances, Sanchez, Mason & Campos.

      • Fishjam – That’s exactly what I mean. Getting Mccutchen and his cost control would allow the Yankees to sign either Hamels or Cain and still get to the $189MM threshold for 2014. With just some minor other tweaking of the payroll. In my opinion.

  5. at first I’m going to say no. To answer quickly. Let me look into it more though that’s a lot to give up.

    • Matt just food for thought. From my perspective. With a rotation of CC, Pineda, Nova and NOW either Hamels or Cain. Banuelos and Betances are no longer integral to the Yankees rotation. And with McCutchen the same applies to Williams.

      And the Yankees get or have 2 as close to can’t miss pieces as you can get with either Hamels or Cain and McCutchen.

  6. The only problem with this move is that Hamels and Cain are not sure things. It looks more and more like these guys are not getting to free agency. Teams are trying to keep their top pitchers. The Giants have 40 million coming off the books next year and Zito in 2014. Hamels may have a better chance of making it to free agency, but would he sign with the Yanks? It’s a great option, so we will just have to wait and see what happens next year. For now I would sign Soler, and trade for Headley or Morrison if I could, that way the Yanks still have all their option open.

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