For baseball fans, the beginning of Spring Training and the regular season is a second Christmas. For the General Managers in baseball, the Winter Meetings is their form of Holiday shopping to prepare for their second Christmas. From today until Thursday, the General Managers will discuss possible trades with one another, and of course in the Major League Baseball world, it’s expected that there will at least be one blockbuster trade.
The Yankees go into the Winter Meetings, looking to add to their team. Sure the Yankees have been on a roller coaster ride the past couple of weeks, signing Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran all while losing Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Phil Hughes (Hughes wasn’t a gigantic loss but the Yankees did lose him nonetheless). With the free agent market diminishing could it be possible that the Yankees could walk out of the Winter Meetings with a new player via trade?
The name that has rumbled every offseason during the Winter Meetings for the Yankees is Brett Gardner and Gardner always stayed, but now that the Yankees signed Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, teams have intensified their interest in Gardner. Brian Cashman has admitted that he’s listened in on offers for Gardner, however, Cashman is not shopping him to other teams. It’s possible Gardner is traded during the Winter Meetings, but it’s also possible that Cashman holds onto him to be the starting left fielder for the Yankees in 2014.
Although Gardner is not actively on the trading block, Ichiro Suzuki is. The only issue would be the Yankees wouldn’t get much in return for ..read more
The Yankees might be looking into the free agent market for pitching (although they have publicly stated that they’re not fans of the starting pitching in the market this offseason). According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees have shown a slight interest in ex-Twin Mike Pelfrey. If the Yankees signed Pelfrey, he would probably be a #4 starter with the fifth spot being an in organization competition.
With the Twins in 2013, Pelfrey had a 5.19 ERA in 152.2 innings. However, Pelfrey was coming off of Tommy John Surgery. Before the elbow surgery, Pelfrey had a 3.66 ERA in 204 innings for the New York Mets in 2010.
I’m pretty sure the Yankees are checking in as a back-up plan. If you’re any team, it never hurts just to ask around.
Brian Cashman is well aware of the many teams that have called him about his outfielder Brett Gardner, although Cashman admits that he’s not looking to shop Gardner around.
“I’m not looking to move him.” Cashman told LoHud. “But when asked, have people called, absolutely they’ve called.”
It’s possible that Gardner could be a trade chip for the Yankees since he is the only one with the most trade value, although I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees keep him to be the everyday left fielder. It also would be smart to keep Gardner in the chance (it’s a pretty good chance) that Jacoby Ellsbury becomes injured at some point during the season.
Although the Yankees aren’t actively shopping Gardner, the Yankees are shopping Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is a fourth outfielder at best, but he makes decent money in 2014 and there would bound to be a team to get him.
With the overcrowding of outfielders, it would make more sense to shop Ichiro or possibly release Vernon Wells to make room for the other outfielders on the team. Although Gardner is the most valuable, he’s still a proven asset to the Yankees and could help in multiple ways in the final year of his ..read more
The Yankees have made the Jacoby Ellsbury signing of 7-years and $153 Million official earlier this evening. The deal comes with an option for an eighth season which means the contract could run until the year 2021.
The Yankees will have a press conference for Ellsbury on December 13 at Yankee Stadium. The press conference will air on the YES Network and the time is TBA.
With the signings of Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, multiple teams are gaining interest in OF Brett Gardner, according to multiple reports.
The Yankees stated they are “willing to trade him”, however they are not shopping Gardner. The Yankees are listening to offers for Gardner, but as of right now, they’re going to hold onto him for the right price.
Gardner hit .273 with 8 HR’s and 55 RBI’s in 2013 for the New York Yankees.
Just when the Robinson Cano saga against the Yankees couldn’t get any worse: it did.
According to the New York Post, it wasn’t just the money that had Robinson Cano running to the Seattle Mariners. It might have something to do with the fact he didn’t like to play for manager Joe Girardi either.
“He told me he didn’t want to play for [Girardi],” a friend of Cano’s said.
Throughout the 2013 season, Girardi had Cano bat either 2nd or 3rd in the lineup after Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were MIA for most of the season due to injuries; Jeter with the ankle injury and Rodriguez with his hip recovery.
“Robbie didn’t like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order,” one person close to Cano said. “The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value].”
Now, the NY Post article clearly states that it was mostly the money that had Cano going to the Mariners, but Joe Girardi was inadvertently part of the reason Cano also left. For baseball being a team sport, it seemed the only person Cano cared about throughout this entire ordeal was himself. Well, Cano doesn’t have to worry about Girardi being his manager for the next 10 years. Have fun in Seattle, ..read more
I’m sorry in advance if my posts have been slightly erratic the last couple of days. I’m currently in the process of moving (the joys of adulthood) and I’m still trying to get settled all while providing Yankees news at the same time. Anyway, to save time I’ll kill two birds with one stone and report both of the official deals:
The New York Yankees have announced that both deals with 2B Kelly Johnson and SP Hiroki Kuroda are official. Kuroda’s deal is 1 year and $16 Million. Johnson’s deal is for 1 year and $3 Million.
The Yankees still need to fill holes in starting rotation and find an every day second basemen, especially with the departure for Robinson Cano. The Yankees could go for Masahiro Tanaka when he’s posted and sign Omar Infante to be the every day second basemen, should they chose to go that route.
Well, it’s a wild offseason so anything could happen. It’s already been a wild ride so far.
My, my, my. The Yankees just keep on rolling.
The same day the Yankees lost Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees reportedly signed Carlos Beltran for 3 years and $45 Million pending a physical.
This is the third big free agent signing for the Yankees this offseason. The Yankees previously signed Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury earlier in the offseason.