Around The Diamond: Right Field

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Yesterday we discussed Jacoby Ellsbury and his contract in center field. Today we move onto right field where we discuss Carlos Beltran‘s injury woes last season and if the Yankees should consider keeping Ichiro Suzuki for another year. 

When the Yankees signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 Million deal, it seemed innocent enough for an aging outfielder. It wasn’t a ridiculously long contract, and the Yankees were more concerned with getting offensive production from him. However, Beltran’s first year in pinstripes was pretty much a disappointment. He was injury riddled and for the games he did play, his bat was terribly inconsistent. In 109 games for the Yankees, Beltran hit .233/.301/.402 which is a far cry from what he did with St.Louis in 2013.

It’s obvious Beltran can’t play right field the way he used to and as he ages, he’ll lose more range. However, the Yankees might want to consider bringing someone in to play right field on the days Beltran can’t, a player that has proven age isn’t anything but a number.

In Spring Training, Ichiro Suzuki seemed to be the odd-man out for a job. However, Joe Girardi promised Ichiro was going to see playing time at some capacity during the season. Well, Ichiro got more playing time than a fourth outfielder could bargain for: after his bat went ice cold, the Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment and Beltran experienced pain from bone spurs. The only option the Yankees had was to use Ichiro for the time being and he surely didn’t disappoint the Yankees; In 143 games for the Yankees, Ichiro hit .284/.324/.340. For a player that wasn’t guaranteed a lot of ..read more

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Report: Yankees expected to extend qualifying offer to Robertson

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The Yankees will begin to handle all of their business on Monday, and the first thing they’ll do is try to keep their closer.

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees are expected to extend a qualifying offer for David Robertson on Monday. Robertson would have a week to either accept or decline and if Robertson declines the offer, the Yankees will continue to try to make a deal for him. If Robertson signs elsewhere, the Yankees will be compensated a draft pick.

Robertson did well in his first year as the Yankees closer, notching 39 saves out of 44 attempts.

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Report: Yankees hire Eric Chavez as special assignment scout

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Eric Chavez is back…but he’s not here to play baseball!

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the team hired Eric Chavez to be a special assignment scout to the team. Chavez retired earlier this year but had made it clear he wanted to stay in the game. Chavez was close to GM Brian Cashman during his time with the Yankees.

The Yankees are still searching for a hitting coach.

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Baseball America announces top 10 Yankees prospects

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Baseball America announced the top 10 Yankees prospects on their site this morning and there wasn’t much surprise with the list. As expected Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams and John Ryan Murphy fell out of the top 10 list completely and Luis Severino was ranked at the top of the class. So without further ado, here is Baseball America’s top 10 Yankees prospects in the organization:

1. RHP Luis Severino 2. RF Aaron Judge 3. SS Jorge Mateo 4. 1B Greg Bird 5. C Gary Sanchez 6. LHP Ian Clarkin 7. 2B Rob Refsnyder 8. LHP Jacob Lindgren 9. C Luis Torrens 10. 3B Miguel Andujar

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Yankees not favorites to win 2015 World Series

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Bovada came out with the early odds for who would win the World Series in 2015 and it’s not surprising to say the Yankees are nowhere near the top of the list. It’s not that hard to imagine when the Yankees lose nine players to free agency, one to retirement and only get Alex Rodriguez back. Maybe the Yankees will defy the odds next season, maybe not. But as of right now, here’s where the Yankees rank:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2
  • Washington Nationals 15/2
  • Detroit Tigers 10/1
  • Los Angeles Angels 10/1
  • San Francisco Giants 12/1
  • St. Louis Cardinals 12/1
  • Kansas City Royals 16/1
  • Seattle Mariners 18/1
  • Baltimore Orioles 20/1
  • Oakland Athletics 20/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1
  • Atlanta Braves 22/1
  • Boston Red Sox 22/1
  • New York Yankees 22/1
  • Cleveland Indians 25/1
  • Cincinnati Reds 33/1
  • Tampa Bay Rays 33/1
  • Texas Rangers 33/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 33/1
  • Chicago White Sox 40/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
  • New York Mets 40/1
  • Chicago Cubs 50/1
  • Miami Marlins 50/1
  • San Diego Padres 66/1
  • Philadelphia Phillies 75/1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
  • Colorado Rockies 100/1
  • Houston Astros 100/1
  • Minnesota Twins 100/1
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    Report: Kevin Youkilis retires after 10 seasons in baseball

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    A long time ago, Kevin Youkilis was a member of the New York Yankees…actually, it wasn’t that long ago. He was a Yankee in 2013 but with the Yankees losing back-to-back seasons, it’s honestly felt like an eternity. Youkilis, Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts as of right now have one thing in common: they’re all former Yankees who have hung up their cleats and called it a career.

    According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Kevin Youkilis has announced his retirement after playing nine seasons in the Major Leagues and one season in Japan. Youkilis had a career .281/.382/.478 and in the nine years with Major League Baseball he played for the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.

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    Around The Diamond: Center Field

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    Yesterday we looked at left field  and discussed the Yankees intentions on having Brett Gardner as their long term left fielder. Today we move to the middle of the outfield where we discuss Jacoby Ellsbury, his contract and the slight depth in center field. 

    When the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 Million contract to play center field, I thought he was a good player but I also felt the team gave him too much money. Now that the 2014 season is over and the team is preparing for 2015, I still think he’s a great player but again, the Yankees gave him too much money. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Ellsbury was a great player for the Yankees, but he’s basically a carbon copy of Brett Gardner except for slightly better offense and better base-running instincts.

    Ellsbury’s .271/,329/.419 would have been average on a field full of superstars. But the problem was the only “superstars” in the lineup were him and Gardner. Not only did Ellsbury remain consistent towards the end of the season, but he also played the most games in a season with 149. For a player that was insanely injury prone, it was a good year for him health wise.

    Ellsbury’s not going anywhere, he has a contract that lasts him till 2020 but if the Yankees want to get the most out of Ellsbury, they’re going to have to eventually move him to the lead-off spot full time. The Yankees experimented with him batting third and while Ellsbury said he was comfortable , it was quite obvious he felt the opposite. Eventually, the Yankees flip-flopped Gardner and Ellsbury in the lineup, and I imagine that’s how it will be in 2015–or the team could have ..read more

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    Report: Yankees to talk to Raul Ibanez about hitting coach position

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    Raul Ibanez. Hitting coach. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Well, it does to the Yankees.

    According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, the Yankees will talk to Raul Ibanez about the vacant hitting coach position. Ibanez spent the 2014 season with the Kansas City Royals, but he wasn’t on the World Series roster.

    The Yankees adding Ibanez as a hitting coach would be an interesting move and I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to it.  He does know a thing or two about clutch hitting in the postseason.

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