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Yankees aren’t expected to get Darvish or Cespedes

Yankees aren’t expected to get Darvish or Cespedes

By Delia E.

According to sources from ESPN, the Yankees insiders are tampering down their expectations about a bid for Yu Darvish; if they even plan on making a bid.

The Yankees like Yu Darvish but they are unaware of how he would pitch in the MLB. Also since they know that Darvish has electric stuff, just to get him to throw a pitch for the Yankees could cost about $80M – $100M. ESPN uses the analogy of  whether Darvish would come out like CC Sabathia or Kei Igawa.

On Cepsedes, the Yankees like him but they honestly don’t have a need for him. If bidding for Cepsedes goes to $30M, $40M, $50M then the Yankees will not be in on him. It would be too much money on a little guarantee. It’s fun to think about, but the reality is, the Yankees don’t see it happening.

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Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia; Desginate OF Colin Curtis

Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia; Designate OF Colin Curtis

By Delia E.

Here’s the not shocking part: The Yankees have re-signed Freddy Garcia to a 1 year contract. Here’s the shocking part: The Yankees DFA’d OF Colin Curtis to make room for Garcia on the 40 man roster. Curtis was out the whole 2011 season nursing a shoulder he had broken during Spring Training.

Yankees Sign Jayson Nix

Yankees Sign Jayson Nix

by Mike D.

According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees have inked utility-man Jayson Nix to a minor league deal, including an invite to Spring Training. He’s a 29 year old right-hander, who doesn’t hit very well, and isn’t an excellent fielder either. He owns a career line of .207 AVG / .280 OBP / .368 SLG / .286 wOBA, but did show some pop from 2009-2010, with 26 homers in 586 at-bats. Nix has a lot of experience at 2B, SS, and 3B, with some (but less) experience in the corner outfield positions. The signing provides some additional depth, but don’t expect Nix to make the team.

Cashman/Steinbrenner To Continue GM Talks

Cashman/Steinbrenner To Continue GM Talks

by Delia E.

Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner are scheduled to meet again next week to discuss a new GM contract. Steinbrenner predicts that all talks providing a new contract won’t have much rancor. Cashman became a free-agent General Manager after the 2011 season ended in an early 1st round knockout vs. the Tigers.

Sources: Joel Sherman

Yanks Sign Marcus Thames


by Mike D.

The Yankees have agreed to sign right-handed outfielder Marcus Thames, says George King of the New York Post:

The Yankees signed 34-year-old Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. Recently released by the Dodgers, Thames will report to Tampa and work out at the minor league complex before being assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The former Yankee hit .197 (13-for-66) for Los Angeles in 36 games and was designated for assignment. A year ago in 82 games for the Yankees, Thames hit .288 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs.

Not sure exactly why they have signed him, or what role they expect of him, considering how much Marcus has struggled this year. They may be hoping being back in the NYY organization he will go back to last year’s offensive ways.

Yanks Officially Sign J.C. Romero


The Yanks have signed Romero to a minor-league deal. He was just released by the Nationals earlier today. Romero began his season with the Philadelphia Phillies, but was released in June. He then signed with the Nationals…who then released him this morning.

Romero is very good if they use him solely to get lefties out. Over his career, lefties have hit only .215 AVG, and they have a very meager .290 SLG% against Romero.

This should provide some left-handed relief depth that the Yanks so dearly need with Feliciano and Marte out.

Yanks Sign Domincan 3B Miguel Andujar


Here’s the story from MLBTR:

The Yankees signed Dominican third baseman Miguel Andujar, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. The 16-year-old obtains a $700K bonus.

Andujar plays in the Dominican Prospect League and has lots of international experience, according to Badler’s subscriber-only scouting report. The right-handed hitter has a good swing, good bat speed and a good approach. He has the potential to hit for average and power and can handle third base.

Happy 4th of July to all! I’m off to NYC – should be fun.

It’s Official

The Yankees have signed sandwich round pick 3B Dante Bichette Jr. to a $750,000 contract.

Bichette had arguably the best power of any prep hitter in the draft, sporting a .640/.723/1.198 batting line in his senior season at Orangewood Christian High School in Florida. He played shortstop in high school but projects as a third baseman or possibly an outfielder as a pro. Bichette’s father, Dante Sr., played 14 major league seasons and made four All-Star teams while with the Rockies.
Here is a video of him launching some shots in a homerun derby.

Yankee Draft Picks Day 2

and here is the list…..

Round 2, 88th overall, LHP Sam Stafford: The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday to help Texas beat Kent State and advance to the Austin Super Regional. The Boston Red Sox drafted him in the 40th round of the 2008 Draft.

Round 3, 118th overall, RHP Jordan Cote: New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year, the Winnisquam Regional pitcher has struck out 82 in 45 1/3 innings. He carries a 6-1 record and an 0.77 ERA into Friday’s Division III semifinal against Somersworth. He has publicly said money is a big factor in deciding his future.

Round 4, 149th overall, 3B Matthew Duran: A Fordham early-signee from New Rochelle High School, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder hit .580 this season and has played for Hank’s Yanks.

Round 5, 179th overall, C Gregory Bird: The 6-foot-3, 205-pound switch-hitter was named Colorado’s Gatorade Player of the Year after hitting .553 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs for Grandview. An Arkansas commit, he is being advised by Brody Schofield of Legacy Sports and is undecided on his future.

Round 6, 209th overall, CF Jake Cave: From Kecoughtan (Va.) High School, the 6-foot, 180-pounder batted .594 and was named Eastern Region co-Player of the Year. He also pitched, going 6-3 with a 1.65 ERA.

Round 7, 239th overall, 1B Austin Jones: The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder hit .568 for Edmonds Woodway (Wash.) High School, earning first-team, Western Conference 4A South Division honors.

Round 8, 269th overall, RHP Philip Wetherell: At Western Kentucky this season, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder saw mostly relief work, but he did make four starts, going 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA overall.

Round 9, 299th overall, RHP Zachary Arneson: A 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Lewis-Clark State University, Arneson went 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA his senior year, working mostly as a reliever. The Giants took him in the 21st round last year.

Round 10, 329th overall, RHP Jonathan Gray: The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder from Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College went 7-2 with a 2.55 ERA his freshman year.

Round 11, 359th overall, RHP Mark Montgomery: In his junior season at Longwood University, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder went 1-0 with an 0.89 ERA, recording 10 saves.

Round 12, 389th overall, CF Cody Grice: Some of his junior-year numbers at Grand Valley State were actually down from the previous two years, hitting .381 with four homers. The 6-foot, 220-pounder did drive in a career-best 59 runs and scored 59 times as well, stealing 23 bases.

Round 13, 419th overall, LF Justin James: The son of former Yankee Dion, Justin hit .309 with 20 RBIs and 19 steals for Sacramento City College as a sophomore this season. He stands 6-foot-5, 230-pounds.

Round 14, 449th overall, RHP William Davis: A 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Dixon (N.C.) High School, Davis went 25-4 with a 1.67 ERA over four years.

Round 15, 479th overall, RF Tyler Molinaro: Perfect Game USA says this 6-foot-1, 192-pounder from Pitt Community College has the best power bat among North Carolina junior college players.

Round 16, 509th overall, RHP Branden Pinder: The No. 3 starter at Long Beach State this season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder went 3-5 with a 5.29 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts).

Round 17, 539th overall, RHP Mathew Troupe: The Arizona commit was considered a prospect at catcher before showing his stuff on the hill this season at Chaminade Preparatory (Calif.) High School. He stands at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds.

Round 18, 569th overall, RHP Hayden Sharp: The Central Oklahoma signee was an all-state selection at Morris (Okla.) High School, going 6-1 with a 0.91 ERA.

Round 19, 599th overall, RHP Robert Paullus: He goes by the name Ben and went 5-4 with a 2.89 ERA and team-best four saves at Memphis this season.

Round 20, 629th overall, LHP Daniel Camarena: The Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) High School committed to San Diego. He has played twice for Team USA and last August was selected for the Aflac All-America game at PETCO Park.

Round 21, 659th overall, 3B Zach Wilson: The Arizona State junior has hit .270 this season, helping the Sun Devils reach Friday’s Super Regional against Texas in Austin.

Round 22, 689th overall, RHP Nick Goody: From State College of Florida, Goody is an LSU commit whom Baseball America ranked last summer as the No. 4 prospect in the Florida Collegiate Summer League.

Round 23, 719th overall, RHP Corey Maines: He finished his Illinois State career as the school’s winningest pitcher, going 24-17 overall and 9-4 this season, during which he had a 2.87 ERA.

Round 24, 749th overall, LHP Matthew Tracy: Tracy started 10 games for Ole Miss his senior season, going 3-3 with a 5.23 ERA.

Round 25, 779th overall, RHP Adam Smith: He hit .238 with five homers and 24 RBIs in his junior season at Texas A&M, where he has been used at first, second, short and the outfield.

Round 26, 809th overall, RHP Jordan Foley: The Colony (Texas) High School standout committed to Central Michigan after his junior season, when he earned all-district honors after striking out 70 in 68 innings and posting a 0.84 ERA.

Round 27, 839th overall, LHP Chaz Hebert: From Breaux Bridge (La.) High School, Hebert stands 6-foot and 200 pounds, reportedly reaching 88 mph on the radar gun.

Round 28, 869th overall, RHP Josean Lazaro: He had a 2.52 ERA and hit .381 with 24 RBIs and 24 runs his senior season at North Broward (Fla.) Prep, where he was ranked as the state’s 42nd best player, according to

Round 29, 899th overall, RHP Scott Hoffman:’s fifth-ranked player in the state of Arizona, Hoffman led Desert Ridge High School to the Class 5A Division I title as a junior, going 12-0. He committed to Arizona State following that campaign.

Round 30, 929th overall, RHP John Brebbia: Brebbia was named was named the 2011 Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Yankees Draft Pick: Day 1

Starting at 7pm, the Yankees fans were on there toes, wondering who the Yankees were going to chose for there draft pick. At around 10:45pm the Yankees had made there decision. Third baseman Dante Bichette Jr from Orangewood Christian High School was the Yankees first round draft pick and 51st overall. Baseball will have it’s second day of draft picks starting at 12:00 ET with all the coverage on and MLB Network.

MLBTR Notes on Soriano, Colon, Draft Picks, Texeira


  • A third MRI on Rafael Soriano‘s elbow has prompted the Yankees to send the pricey reliever to see Dr. James Andrews, report Mark Feinsand and Sean Brennan of the New York Daily News.  The writers note that this marks Soriano’s sixth elbow-related DL stint; he’s a survivor of Tommy John surgery and ulnar nerve transposition surgery.  I’m not sure what surgeries are left, but the decision by Hal and Hank Steinbrenner and Randy Levine to overrule GM Brian Cashman on this signing is looking bad.  If the team’s bullpen depth is compromised due to the Soriano injury, Cashman might be forced to throw more money and/or prospects at the situation.
  • A baseball official reviewed video of the procedures done on Bartolo Colon‘s elbow and shoulder, physician Leonel Liriano told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger“I feel that they know that everything is good,” remarked Liriano.  MLB has been concerned that Colon’s stem cell therapy could have involved the use of HGH.
  • Our 2012 contract issues entry for the Yankees was published a week ago, check it out.  Many key players have unresolved contract situations.
  • Our post on each team’s draft picks reveals that the Yankees are one of 14 teams with two picks within the first 90.  The Yankees will sit out until pick #51 overall, the longest wait for any team aside from the Tigers.  The draft is less than two weeks away.

The Yankees have claimed Kanekoa Texeira off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. MLBTR on the signing:

Texeira joined the Yankees organization in the 2008 Nick Swisher trade, but he has never donned pinstripes at the Major League level. The Mariners selected him in the 2009 Rule 5 draft and kept him on their roster for two months before exposing him to waivers. The Royals then claimed the Hawaiian and kept him on their roster for the remainder of the 2010 season to earn his rights.

In total, Texeira posted a 4.84 ERA with 4.8 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and a 52.2% ground ball rate in 61 1/3 innings of relief last year. He has struggled in 2011, allowing 13 hits and 3 walks in 6 1/3 innings without a strikeout. Earlier in the year, Yankees GM Brian Cashman claimed reliever Jess Todd, only to lose him to the Cardinals, soon afterward.

Afternoon Notes from MLBTR: Posada, Jeter, Flores

Here are some notes on Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter from MLBTR:

  • Over the weekend Jorge Posada told GM Brian Cashman that he wanted out of the Yankees, not just out of the lineup, according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. However, a source close to Posada says his comments were simply said out of anger and frustration.
  • Yankees management was “surprised and frustrated” that Derek Jeter told reporters Posada did nothing wrong and did not owe his teammates an apology, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney.  Posada pulled himself from the lineup Saturday, partially because he’d been dropped to ninth and also because of “a long-running antagonism between him and manager Joe Girardi,” in the words of Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  Sherman says the team was ready to move on after Posada’s apology, but then executives including Hal Steinbrenner were miffed at Jeter’s comments.  At any rate, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News tweets that the Yankees spoke with Jeter, and “all is fine between them.”

And the Yanks have signed left-hander Randy Flores, also from MLBTR:

The Yankees signed lefty reliever Randy Flores to a minor league deal, reports Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.  The deal includes an opt-out, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX SportsJoel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the opt-out is before the All-Star break.

Flores, 35, opted out of his minor league deal with the Padres on Sunday.  Four teams expressed interest in the CAA client, tweets Sherman.  Flores faced lefties about 61% of the time, posting a 9.5 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 against them.

Mike Axisa profiled Flores at River Ave. Blues yesterday, noting that Yankees lefties Pedro Feliciano, Damaso Marte, and Kei Igawa are unusable currently, leaving Boone Logan as the team’s only lefty reliever.  Flores was drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round in 1997 and later traded to the Rangers in the Randy Velarde deal of ’01.


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