Hot Stove: Brian Cashman “can’t expect much” from Alex Rodriguez

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When the Yankees signed Chase Headley to a four-year deal to be their everyday third basemen, it signaled the end of Alex Rodriguez‘s days as an everyday player and transitioned him as the everyday designated hitter.

While on a phone interview with The Associated Press, Brian Cashman said the Yankees couldn’t expect much from Rodriguez, if anything at all, due to the fact he hadn’t played much in the last two years and has two hip surgeries under his belt.

“I can’t expect Alex to be anything.”

Cashman added: “Even before the suspension, he wasn’t the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side.”

Rodriguez obviously wasn’t the same player in the back-end of 2013 and it’s currently questionable whether Rodriguez can play at the Major League level from 2015 and beyond. Some believe it will be a hard task for Rodriguez to accomplish since he’s not currently accustomed to seeing Major League pitching; he only played approximately 40 games with the New York Yankees in 2013 and none in 2014 due to a season-long suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis Scandal.

Rodriguez is owed $61 Million over the final three seasons of his contract.

“We look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us,” Cashman ..read more

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Jorge Posada, wife, hoping to recover $11.2 Million in lost earnings

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Former New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and his wife Laura are attempting to recover $11.2 Million in lost earnings because of “egregious and unlawful” actions by their ex-financial advisers, according to a lawsuit they filed in Miami.

However, while the couple filed a lawsuit, there’s a huge chance the case won’t make it to court as the two sides are currently working on a settlement.

The Posada’s believe they deserve at least $11.2 Milion because they were duped by the defendants Juan Carlos Collar and Anthony Fernandez, who took advantage of the lack of knowledge the Posada’s had in the business of investing. Posada’s wife, Laura has a law degree according to her website.

According to BaseballReference.com, Posada made more than $117 Million during his career with the New York Yankees.

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Hot Stove: Chris Capuano signs one-year, $5 Million deal with Yankees

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Just a day after re-signing of Chase Headley, the Yankees are at it again, signing another player who made an impact during the 2014 campaign.

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees have signed Chris Capuano to a one-year, $5 Million deal for the 2015 season. Capuano was serviceable when he joined the Yankees last year, having a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts. Capuano offers some depth at the back end of the rotation while also being a veteran presence.

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Yankees finish adding players to the infield

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With Chase Headley signing a four-year deal , the Yankees have for the most part finished adding position players in the infield. The Headley signing was pretty much an early Christmas gift to Yankees fans, but what the fans really want is a playoff spot and hopefully a World Series. Will this infield get it done? Here’s how the infield will pan out when the 2015 season begins.

First Base: Mark Teixeira

Teixeria missed a lot of time with injuries and even when he was on the field, he wasn’t spectacular. His glove was sub-par and he wasn’t productive with his bat. The Yankees and Teixeira are hoping for a bounce back season, and one where he doesn’t miss a substantial amount of time.

Second Base: Martin Prado

If the Yankees never signed Headley, Prado probably would have been at third base and the kids in the organization (Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela) would have fought for second base in Spring Training. However, the Yankees everyday second basemen will be Prado. Prado is versatile and he can move anywhere around the infield or the outfield should Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran get hurt. But for now, he gets to play second base and the kids get to battle for a backup position.

Shortstop: Didi Gregorius/Brendan Ryan

The shortstop for the last 19 seasons was Derek Jeter, but for the first time since 1996, the Yankees are getting a new shortstop named Didi Gregorius. Gregorius came via a three-team trade a few weeks ago that ..read more

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Chase Headley on choosing the Yankees, his back and third base

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Earlier this morning, Chase Headley signed a four-year, $52 Million deal with the New York Yankees and it seems to be the norm when a player signs a deal, they have a conference call later in the afternoon. So Chase Headley spoke about why he chose to play for the Yankees, the health of his back and why he believes he’ll help the team more by playing third base every day.

Chase Headley on choosing the Yankees: “There’s a lot of things that led to it. First and foremost was a chance to win. I haven’t done that in my career, so I look forward to the chance here.”

Chase Headley on the health of his back: “The second half of (last) season at least, it didn’t give me any issues. So I’ve been staying on top of it. I understand some of the things that are important for me to keep it healthy, some of the things I can do to try to manage it and stay on top of it. I don’t foresee it being an issue going forward. We were aware of it, but we felt like all of the clubs that we spoke with were made aware of the situation, and it wasn’t going to be a huge issue.”

Chase Headley on playing third base next season: “I view myself as a third baseman and that’s where I feel like I help this team the best. I obviously want to be the best teammate I can to all my teammates, so wherever I’m playing, I’m going to give everything I have. That was a conversation we had and I think the vast majority of my time will be spent at third ..read more

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Yankees still not favorites in Mid-December World Series odds

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The last time Bovada released their World Series odds, the Yankees weren’t the favorites to win the 2015 Fall Classic. Fast-forward to mid-December and not much has changed. They now have the same odds of winning the World Series as their crosstown rival The New York Mets–and that’s not a good thing.

What is surprising is the Chicago Cubs had a 50/1 chance of winning the World Series at the start of the offseason, but after signing Jon Lester, they now have a 12/1 chance. Lester’s a nice pitcher and all, but I don’t think even he increases the Cubs chances by that much. Here’s the updated World Series odds list:

Los Angeles Dodgers: 15/2 Boston Red Sox: 9/1 Washington Nationals: 15/2 Chicago Cubs: 12/1 Detroit Tigers: 12/1 Los Angeles Angels: 12/1 San Francisco Giants: 14/1 Seattle Mariners: 14/1 St. Louis Cardinals: 14/1 Baltimore Orioles: 18/1 Toronto Blue Jays: 18/1 Kansas City Royals: 20/1 New York Mets: 25/1 New York Yankees: 25/1 Atlanta Braves: 28/1 Chicago White Sox: 28/1 Cleveland Indians: 33/1 Miami Marlins: 33/1 Pittsburgh Pirates: 33/1 Cincinnati Reds: 40/1 Milwaukee Brewers: 40/1 Oakland Athletics: 40/1 San Diego Padres: 40/1 Texas Rangers: 40/1 Tampa Bay Rays: 66/1 Arizona Diamondbacks: 75/1 Colorado Rockies: 100/1 Houston Astros: 150/1 Minnesota Twins: 150/1 Philadelphia Phillies: 150/1

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2014 BBDP Not top 50

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Here’s a list of the twenty guys who easily could have been in the top 50, but just missed the list. At the end of the list are the next 30 guys, who could bring themselves into top 50 discussion in short order if things go well this season. Again the depth is really good this year, and that’s not even including the guys who were signed internationally this year. They will only add to the increasing depth. Also what strikes me is that the Yankees have more major league close talent than I can ever remember, at least on the hitting side.

These are in no particular order, and the rankings would just be semantics anyway because 51-70 are all guys who are not far, if at all ahead of each other. In fact, you could take any of these guys and slot them in the 40-50 holes and I wouldn’t put up much of an argument.

This part of the countdown is exactly why I think our system is so deep this year. There is so much talent and major league potential on this list it’s not even funny. Some of these guys are poised to break out next year and really make some noise.

1. Drew Bridges – 3B, 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, LHB, 19 – The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Drew Bridges is, “damn, that’s a big boy.” He’s the biggest third baseman in the system, and also has the best power potential of any of them. He clubbed five homeruns this season in 52 rookie league games. He also had 15 doubles and two triples. In looking at his splits, a couple of things really jump out. First of all he struggled quite a bit against ..read more

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Hot Stove: Chase Headley signs four-year, $52 Million deal with Yankees

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Yankees are banking on Chase Headley.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Chase Headley and the New York Yankees have decided on a four-year deal, $52 Million deal which would take him to the 2018 season.

“He was a tremendous acquisition in the second half,” Cashman said last night while on NBC last night. “A great leader. A tremendous defender. A switch-hitter with great discipline. He kind of checks off every box that we’d like a prototypical Yankee to look like.”

Headley was the only mid-season acquisition the Yankees retained so far; Brandon McCarthy recently signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers

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