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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Hot Stove: Brian Cashman says Max Scherzer’s price is “too high” for Yankees

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If you were hoping for Max Scherzer to don pinstripes for the New York Yankees, you might be a little disappointed because as of right now, Yankees GM Brian Cashman isn’t interested in paying $200 Million for the former Cy Young‘s services.

When asked by NBC’s Bruce Beck about Scherzer, Cashman said, “I think that’s a lot higher level than we’re willing to play in right now.

“I don’t think Yankee fans will be looking at Max Scherzer.”

Although it’s possible Cashman isn’t revealing his plans to the media, he does seem to be taking the frugal approach this offseason. He let David Robertson go to the Chicago White Sox on a four-year deal and Brandon McCarthy went to the Los Angeles Dodgers. While some of the former Yankees seemed to have gotten away, Cashman did say this: Chase Headley is interested in staying in the Bronx.

“Chase wants to be a Yankee.”

The burning question is whether the Yankees will be able to make a deal for Headley, especially after he had a four-year, $65 Million contract offer on the table from a mystery team. Headley is everything the Yankees are looking for at the moment, especially with so much uncertainty around Alex Rodriguez; it’s questionable on if he can play third after playing only approximately 40 games in the last two years.

The Yankees view Alex Rodriguez as a designated hitter than a third basemen and said, “We have to keep the bar low and hopefully he can surprise us.”

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Mariano Rivera suggests Dellin Betances for the closer role

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When the Yankees let David Robertson go to the Chicago White Sox via free agency, it became evident they were going to need a new closer. Manager Joe Girardi said he wasn’t going to put labels on the closer role until Spring Training, but ex-Yankee Mariano Rivera has an idea on who could take over the 9th inning in the Bronx: Dellin Betances.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Rivera said to the New York Post on Thursday afternoon. “He showed he’s capable of doing it.”

Betances is a dominant set-up man, but closing is an entirely new ball game: the 9th inning is like performing at the circus without a net. One false move could be extremely costly. However, Betances, who was at a DKNY event with Rivera and Girardi, knows he’s capable of taking over the role from Rivera and Robertson if he was given the chance. He’s also hoping he can ask Rivera for some pointers.

“I haven’t yet, but I speak to him a lot,” Betances said.

How hard was it for Betances to see David Robertson go to another team after Robertson spent seven years with the organization?

“It was hard to see him leave. He helped us a ton last year. You don’t get a guy like him all the time.”

Joe Girardi couldn’t agree more.

“It’s tough,” he said. “He’s done a lot of great things for the Yankees, but it’s part of the ..read more

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A week in review: Gregorius, Headley, Lester, McCarthy, Noonan, Robertson, Scherzer and Suzuki

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This week was the Winter Meetings and while the Yankees didn’t make much noise, the American League East got tougher with the multiple moves the Red Sox made in trading for Rick Porcello and Wade Miley.

In related Yankees moves, two of their former players signed to different ball clubs, there’s a rumor their third basemen last season has interest in returning, their former outfielder isn’t getting much attention from the free agent market and we got to know a little more about Derek Jeter‘s successor. With that, I give you a week in review:

Didi Gregorius formally introduced himself in a conference call with the Yankees, and said he felt he was physically ready for Spring Training. It was also interesting to know the reason Gregorius refers to himself as ‘Sir Didi Gregorius’ on Twitter: He was actually knighted in the Netherlands in 2011. So ‘The Knight’ replaces ‘The Captain’.

Chase Headley still hasn’t signed with a team, but it was rumored Headley was interested in returning to the Yankees. The Yankees retaining Headley could be viewed as a bright spot or a chance the kids Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela won’t get an opportunity to compete for the second base position.

Jon Lester finally picked his team, but it wasn’t with the Boston Red Sox. Lester agreed on a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, which didn’t surprise anyone; Lester and the Red Sox relationship turned pretty sour in 2014 when they didn’t sign him to a contract extension in Spring Training and then traded him in the ..read more

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