So in about less than an hour and a half, YES Network will air the Brian McCann presser live from Yankee Stadium. Both Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman will be in attendance for the press conference so we can expect some questions that also aren’t about the McCann signing.
To watch the McCann press conference, you can tune in at 2:00 p.m. to either YES Network or MLB Network for full coverage.
Well, the holiday season is here and it’s time for giving back to friends, family and people in need. Mariano Rivera has been giving back for 19 seasons with the New York Yankees but he’s not quite done yet.
The New York Daily News interviewed Rivera at a charity event in midtown Manhattan earlier today, and it ended up on the topic of what would he give his old teammates Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Joe Girardi. I don’t know, what would you give three people that seemingly have everything and possibly couldn’t want more, Mo?
Derek Jeter: “A life-size female blow-up doll so he can have a wife.”
Robinson Cano: “A piece of paper, a contract and tell him to sign it.”
Joe Girardi: “Hair dye to cover all of the grey hairs the Yankees have given him over the years.”
Of course, everything Rivera said was a joke–but let’s go back to Derek Jeter’s gift a minute. A blow-up doll so he could have a wife. I never would have thought of that.
Anyway, reporters asked if Jeter had called Rivera in regards to his gift. “He hasn’t called me yet,” Rivera said, grinning to the reporters. “He will.”
I hope we find out how Jeter responds to Mo’s gift idea. A blow-up doll. For Derek Jeter. Still can’t wrap my head around ..read more
I know we spoke about this briefly last night in the Jacoby Ellsbury thread, but this has to be addressed again because I’ve noticed on Twitter everyone is freaking out like the Major League Baseball apocalypse is coming.
According to ESPNNewYork.com, Brett Gardner will not be traded. A source close to the Yankees told ESPN New York that trading Gardner wasn’t part of the plan for the 2014 season.
“Absolutely not,” a source told Wallace Matthews. “The whole idea is to put the two of them at the top of the lineup. They would be an electric duo.”
So there you have it. The Yankees aren’t going to move Gardner. So instead of plotting where his new team would be (it’d be ironic if it was the Red Sox), imagine him and Ellsbury stealing bases on a daily basis, annoying the heck out of the pitchers and the both of them being on the same side for once.
I am not one to use emoticons and abbreviations on the internet, but this one really baffles me. According to many sources the Yankees have signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven year, $153 million dollar contract. On the other hand, the Yankees are completely unwilling to give the best second baseman, both offensively and defensively, in the league $200 million. Sure, he doesn’t hustle down to first base sometimes. Sure, he doesn’t have the star power of Derek Jeter, or even Tino Martinez. The fact of the matter, however, is that he is the best player on the Yankees, and a perennial MVP candidate. He was one of the few bright spots in what was a lame offense last season.
Jacoby Ellsbury is a speedy outfielder on the wrong end of thirty who has been often injured. Worse yet, it has been shown time after time that these speedsters do not stand the test of time once they turn 32 and above. The Yankees will have him until he’s 37. Carl Crawford is the most recent example of just that happening. The Red Sox, again outsmarting the Yankees, decided to shy away from giving him such a lucrative contract.
The Yankees had many deficiencies in their offense last season, but one of the most glaring weaknesses was power. I do not understand how signing Ellsbury and letting Robinson Cano walk in any way addresses that issue. In fact, it would appear that the Yankees are moving in exactly the opposite direction as they should be with this move.
To be fair though, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Yankees still think they can sign Cano after picking up Ellsbury. They admit that the door is closing, however. If the Yankees put up a $200 million dollar offer ..read more
The New York Yankees have just signed free agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7-year, $153 Million deal pending a physical, according to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News.
The Yankees planned to play Ellsbury in CF and shift Brett Gardner to LF in 2014. Despite the sudden rumors that Gardner would be traded after the signing, a Yankee official confirmed that Gardner will stay with the team for the 2014 campaign.
“We have no intention of trading Gardner.” The Yankees official said in a statement.
Ellsbury hit .298 with 9 HR’s and 53 RBI’s in 2013 for the Boston Red Sox, swiping 52 bases. However, Ellsbury’s career high in stolen bases is 70, which occurred in 2009.
So during a gigantic MLB sweepstakes, there’s always the one team that comes out of nowhere and puts a price on the table, a price higher that usually has the original bidder on edge. In this prime example, Robinson Cano is the prize of a gigantic Major League Baseball bid and the Yankees are presumed the favorites to land him. The Yankees laid their offer on the table, a 7-year, $170 Million deal. However, one team came out from the shadows and placed an offer down on the table: The Seattle Mariners.
According to ESPN New York, the Mariners are willing to offer Robinson Cano a contract of 8-years and $200 Million. With the Mariners putting the offer down on the table, a source close to the contract negotiations said the Yankees chances of retaining Cano are “less than 50-50″.
The Yankees have said that they will increase their offer to Cano–but not by a whole lot. The Yankees would offer Cano $175 Million which is $25 Million a year, an offer the Yankees believe is “incredibly fair”.
“Not even Derek Jeter got that kind of money,” the insider said.
A source close to Cano’s side of the bargaining believes that Cano should get more in the free agent market due to Cano being “the best player on the board”, “the best overall player in baseball” and Cano being “indespensable to the Yankees”. However, a source from the Yankees side doesn’t see it that way.
Ratings for games on the YES Network took a decline this season and not as many fans were going to Yankee Stadium in 2013. The source for the Yankees believes that Cano doesn’t have the star power to sell tickets, and Jeter and ..read more
The New York Yankees have officially signed catcher Brian McCann to a five-year contract with a vesting option for a sixth year. McCann passed his physical yesterday afternoon.
This was pretty rare but Hal Steinbrenner released a statement in the Yankees official press release:
“The singular and unwavering desire of this organization is to construct a team each and every season designed to play meaningful baseball deep into October … Our work this offseason has just begun, but we feel this is an important step towards what will be an exciting and rewarding 2014 season for our fans.”
McCann has a press conference scheduled for Thursday which will be televised on the YES Network.
The Yankees have non-tendered three players tonight: Jayson Nix, Matt Daley and David Adams. Jayson Nix and Matt Daley weren’t much of a shock. The Yankees recently signed Brendan Ryan so Nix was pushed out of the picture while Daley didn’t have much of a chance to stick on the roster. I was expecting the Yankees to eventually DFA Adams to free up a 40-man roster spot. Instead Adams was non-tendered. It’s not much of a big deal but it still was an interesting move.