What to expect from Andrew Miller

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Yesterday, we evaluated what Nathan Eovaldi did last season for the Marlins and how he could help the Yankees in the rotation. Today, we move back to the bullpen where we’ll discuss the Yankees newest and priciest addition, Andrew Miller.

When the Yankees were searching for a reliever in the free agent market, it was clear the competition was between Andrew Miller and David Robertson. In the end, the Yankees went with Miller and Robertson sighed elsewhere. But why did the Yankees opt for Andrew Miller over David Robertson? Well, between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox in 2014, Miller had a 2.02 ERA, a 1.51 FIP, a 0.0802 WHIP in 61.2 innings and notched 103 strikeouts. He also only gave up three home runs the entire 2014 season.

Now, just because Miller has many pros, it doesn’t mean there aren’t cons with him either: he gave up 17 walks 61.2 innings which means he might have a bit of a problem with control. Also his past resume aside from last season seems to be worrisome; the last time he pitched at least 60 innings in a season was in 2011 with the Red Sox and his ERA and WHIP were a whopping 5.54 and 1.815.

So what are the Yankees expecting from Andrew Miller this season?

It’s quite simple: they would like Miller to replicate his 2014 season but the Miller signing will be a true test to see if the Yankees made the right choice. They had the option of signing Miller or Robertson and even had the luxury of signing both. However, the Yankees picked Miller and now eyes will shift to Chicago where Robertson got a four-year deal with the ..read more

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A week in review: Ichiro, Rodriguez, Santana, Scherzer, Sterling and WPIX

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Transaction wise, it was a pretty quiet week for the Yankees, but a former Yankee did head elsewhere, Alex Rodriguez is still working out as Spring Training begins next month and Max Scherzer is finally off the board–but he won’t be in Yankees pinstripes. Here is your week in review.

— For the last two seasons, Ichiro Suzuki was the fourth outfielder on the Yankees that earned more playing time last year when Carlos Beltran went on the disabled list. However, Ichiro is now taking his talents elsewhere as he signed a one-year, $2 Million contract to play with the Miami Marlins in 2015.

— Alex Rodriguez is still working out, but the eye-roll worthy headline of the week was he was working out with Barry Bonds. While both Bonds and Rodriguez have been known to use steroids in their careers, Bonds has been known to help other players with their swings. So pretty much, this isn’t an issue.

— All week, the Yankees expressed interest in Johan Santana, but their interest immediately waned when Santana suffered a shoulder issue in the playoff rounds of the Venezuelan league. If Santana could of returned healthy, having him in the rotation wouldn’t of been a bad thought. The Yankees could of used another veteran.

— The Max Scherzer sweepstakes officially ended this week as he signed a seven-year, $210 Million contract with the Washington Nationals. All offseason the Yankees were linked to Scherzer because–well, they’re the Yankees and they have money. However, Brian Cashman made it clear the Yankees weren’t going to sign Scherzer and decided to take a more economical approach.

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Alex Rodriguez visits baseball’s incoming commissioner Rob Manfred

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As Alex Rodriguez continues his road to redemption, one of his stops included a trip to 245 Park Avenue in New York to issue and apology to incoming commissioner Rob Manfred.

The New York Post and MLB.com reported Rodriguez was trying to clear the air after being one of the 13 player suspended in the Biogenesis scandal. Manfred was current commissioner Bud Selig’s point man in the Biogensis investigation.

The last meeting Rodriguez had with Manfred was on November 20, 2013 when he stormed out of his appeal hearing. Rodriguez’s suspension was decreased from 211 games to an entire season the following day.

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Yankees announce game times for 2015 regular season

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It’s time to start marking your calendars because not only do the Yankees have their 2015 schedule sorted out, they also added the start times for majority of the games.

Opening Day is scheduled to begin  on April 6th at Yankee Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays where the first pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees conclude the regular season on October 4th against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards where the first pitch will be at 3:35 p.m. ET.

However, there are still a few dates that don’t have a time for first pitch; the May 24th game against the Texas Rangers, the August 23rd game against the Cleveland Indians, the September 26th game against the Chicago White Sox and the September 27th game against the Chicago White Sox are all TBD.

All of the times are subject to change. All times are in EDT. For a complete list of start times for each Yankees game go to www.yankees.com/schedule.

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What to expect from Nathan Eovaldi

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Yesterday, we glanced at what David Carpenter did in his last two seasons and what we could expect from him during the 2015 campaign. Today, we’re moving back to the starting rotation and talking about another player the Yankees acquired via trade this offseason, Nathan Eovaldi.

When the Yankees needed starting pitching for the rotation, they acquired some but not by signing big name free agents such as Max Scherzer or James Shields. Instead, they swapped Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones. While the trade at the time didn’t make much sense, especially with the Yankees giving away second base depth in Prado, the Yankees did get a quality starting pitcher in Eovaldi.

Eovaldi had a rough 2014 season, going 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA and a WHIP of 1.332, but his numbers aren’t as bad as we think. His FIP–Fielding Independent Pitching, which measures a players effectiveness at preventing home runs, walks, hit by pitches and initiating strikeouts–was 3.37, which was 1.00 less than his ERA. He also notched 142 strikeouts in 199.2 innings and he reportedly throws a fastball average of 95 MPH.

The Yankees see promise with him and since Eovaldi is only 24-years-old, the Yankees believe they’re getting him before his prime and could pan out to be a dominant pitcher in the American League East. Eovaldi said in an interview a few days ago he plans on working the changeup into his repertoire and he hopes working with Larry Rothschild and ..read more

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Hot Stove: Braves claim OF Eury Perez off waivers from Yankees

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You can add Eury Perez to the list of players that had a short stay on the Yankees.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Atlanta Braves have claimed OF Eury Perez off waivers from the Yankees. The Yankees once claimed Perez off waivers from the Washington Nationals back in late September. In his ten at-bats with the Bronx Bombers, he hit .200 with one stolen base.

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Hot Stove: Ichiro Suzuki agrees to terms with Miami Marlins

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Well, it seems Ichiro Suzuki is taking his talents from the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ to the ‘Sunshine State’.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting Ichiro Suzuki has agreed to a one-year, $2 Million deal with the Miami Marlins pending a physical.

The Yankees made it clear with the signing of Chris Young earlier in the offseason they weren’t interested in reuniting with Ichiro, and throughout the entire offseason, interest in Ichiro has been rather thin.The Marlins envision Ichiro as their fourth outfielder, a role Ichiro had in 2014 before Carlos Beltran went down with an elbow injury. In 143 games with the Bronx Bombers last season, Ichiro hit .284/.324./.340.

Well Ichiro, the last two and a half years were fun while they lasted. Thanks for all the Spiderman catches at the right field wall and for proving age is just a number.

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What to expect from David Carpenter

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Yesterday, we looked at what possible impact Chris Capuano could have to the Yankees rotation as a back end starter. Today, we’ll discuss what we could expect from David Carpenter and what he could work on to have an effective 2015 campaign.

When pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in three weeks, there will be a new face–and a new David–in the back of the Yankees bullpen named David Carpenter. Carpenter spent the last two years with the Atlanta Braves before he was traded on New Years Day and while the Bronx Bombers see promise, ‘consistency’ isn’t Carpenter’s middle name. Carpenter’s numbers from the past two seasons have been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde like, one season outstandingly superb and the other quite sub par.

— in 2013, he went 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA and a 0.990 WHIP in 65.2 innings with the Atlanta Braves.

— In 2013, he went 6-4 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.262 WHIP in 61.0 innings with the Atlanta Braves.

The Yankees obviously saw potential when they swapped Manny Banuelos for Carpenter and Chasen Shreve, and there was good reason. Carpenter doesn’t give up a lot of home runs as  reliever; he gave up five home runs each in 2013 and 2014 and he’s also a strikeout pitcher, notching 141 K’s in his last two seasons.

But what could Carpenter improve on as he tries to make a first impression in the Yankees bullpen?

For one thing, Carpenter has to cut down on the walks. 20 walks in 65.2 innings an 16 walks in 61.0 innings is average and while it’s not a terrible number, in the American League East it’s notoriously dangerous to issue walks to power-hitting opposing batters.

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