The Yankees currently have 39 spots on the 40-man roster (excluding Brian McCann and Brendan Ryan) and as we all know, the Rule 5 draft is coming up. In order to protect some of the minor leaguers in their system, the Yankees placed them on the 40-man roster. Here were the players the Yankees moved to the roster:
– INF Dean Anna
– RHP Jose Campos
– RHP Shane Greene
– CF Slade Heathcott
– RHP Bryan Mitchell
– C Gary Sanchez
It’s also worth noting the Yankees removed INF Corban Joseph from the 40-man roster.
The Yankees reportedly met with Robinson Cano‘s agents yesterday afternoon, but according to ESPN New York there was still a “significant gap” between the two parties. With Cano obviously not changing his contract demands, could it possibly be time for the Yankees to move on from Robinson Cano and go elsewhere?
The Yankees have to realize that Robinson Cano isn’t the only free agent out there and the free agent market isn’t going to halt just because the Yankees are negotiating with their second basemen.
It’s also a case in which Cano and his agents are playing “hardball” with the Yankees, refusing to lower their price to the Yankees expectations. The notion that Cano is expecting more than what the Yankees were offering possibly makes it seem that Cano is only in it for the money, instead of wanting to wear the historical pinstripes.
The Yankees are supposed to spend the offseason filling all of the holes on the team (they succeed at the catching position, signing Brian McCann). Instead they are fixated on trying to fill second base, bringing the Robinson Cano contract saga into the public eye.
I’m not entirely sure what Jay-Z’s plan is for the offseason but if his plan was to make Robinson Cano look greedy and for Yankees fans to show Cano the door due to his ludicrous demands then congratulations, he’s ..read more
The Baseball Hall of Fame just announced their Hall of Fame ballot. As we could recall, no one was elected into the Hall of Fame last year. Some of the players that were on the ballot this year include Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Jeff Kent and of course the Yankees own Mike Mussina. Here is the announcement from the Baseball Hall of Fame:
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Pitchers who won a combined seven Cy Young Awards and position players who totaled three Most Valuable Player Awards are among 19 new candidates on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 600 voting members of the BBWAA.
Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting that failed to produce a winning candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the first time since 1996.
Craig Biggio, who totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), topped the 2013 ballot with 388 votes – 39 shy of the 427 required for election. His total reflected 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage.
Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election. Other players named on more than half the ballots were pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza ..read more
The New York Yankees are infatuated with the idea of Carlos Beltran patrolling right field in 2014 for their team–but will Beltran’s price be right for the Yankees to make an offer?
According to ESPN New York, a source (who was unable to give his name because he is not authorized to speak publicly) said that the Yankees will be willing to go as high as $14 Million on a deal for Beltran, but they won’t be interested in going three years.
“I think that would probably be a deal-breaker,” said the source. “The guy would be 40 years old (Beltran would turn 39 in April of a third season), and the Yankees have enough 40-year-olds now.”
The Yankees currently have Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki who will finish their contracts in their 40′s. Do the Yankees really need another 40-year old player for their roster? We’ll leave that for you to decide.
The Yankees don’t have much depth at first base but that is beginning to change. First base is also one of those positions where players end up if they can’t field anywhere else. You often won’t see good players at first base in an organization until they have failed at other positions. There aren’t too many like that in the Yankees system, but Peter O’Brien and Rob Segedin to stick out as possibilities. Either way the Yankees have to do a better job of getting some power hitting first basemen to infuse this system with some future talent. There is some hidden talent at the position, however, and there are some guys I will be keeping an eye out for this year as they could surprise some people with their performance. One caveat here, only one of these players made the end of the season top 50, so don’t pound me too hard on these rankings. The pickings are in fact slim here.
1. Gregory Bird – 1B, 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, LHB, 21 years old – Going into the 2013 season many were down on Bird because of his switch to first base. There are a select few who are still down on him after his monster season in Charleston. He hit .288/.428/.511/.938 with 20 home runs, 36 doubles, and three triples in 2013. He Did strike out 132 times in just 130 games, which is concerning to say the least. On the other hand he also had the most walks this system has seen since Nick Johnson, and has already shown more power than Nick. The bottom line is Bird has big tools. Some scouts feel his swing is a bit long ..read more
The New York Yankees are going to talk to Robinson Cano‘s agents on Monday to inform him that they’re going to keep the offer they proposed to Cano on the table for a limited time, reports ESPN New York.
Although the Yankees would like for Robinson Cano to stay, they already signed catcher Brian McCann to an $85 Million deal and are talking to other free agents that are currently on the market.
A source close to the deal said the Yankees offered no ultimatum, however the Yankees only have so much wiggle room and can’t possibly afford to go higher than a seven-year, $160+ Million deal for Cano if they want to stay under the $189 Million luxury tax.
Cano is represented by CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen and Roc Nation’s Jay Z.
Third base has been a weak spot for the past few years for the Yankees. They haven’t had much in the way of prospects and there isn’t much help on the way at the higher levels. Through the draft and international signings, however, the Yankees have started to develop some depth at the lower levels. In a year or so the Yankees may have as good of depth at the position of third base as they do at any other position in the organization. For the purposes of these rankings, Peter O’Brien is a catcher, but he could just as easily be on this list as well. He would likely rank third on this list. Tyler Austin also played third base briefly in the AFL, and could be there in the near future. For now he will be considered an outfielder. David Adams would rank fifth on this list but he is not eligible.
1. Eric Jagielo – 3B, 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, LHB, 22 – Jagielo hit a respectable .264/.376/.451/.826 with six homeruns in his minor league debut this year. He was their first round pick and currently the best third baseman this system has to offer. He struck out too much in 2013, and he average could have been better, but the Yankees are hoping he will quickly ascend to the major leagues and replace A-Rod at third base. There are questions about whether he can stay at third base long term but for now he will top off this list. Highest level: Staten Island. Will start 2014 at: Likely High-A, but possible Low-A. Estimated arrival: 2016-2017. Ceiling: All-star third baseman, 25+ homeruns, .300+ average. Floor: bench bat.
2. Miguel Andujar – ”Mandujar”: 3B, 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, RHB, 18 – In 2013, he hit .323/.368/.496/.864 with four homeruns and 11 ..read more
Previously, we took a look at the current Yankees outfield. Today we’ll take a look at the current infield and point out the holes across the diamond.
Mark Teixeira: Like most of the 2013 Yankees, Teixeira didn’t have a good year. It wasn’t because his power numbers were down or his average dipped dramatically; it was because Teixeira was injured. Teixeira injured his wrist in Spring Training while preparing for the World Baseball Classic, returned for about two weeks and ended his season by having surgery. In general, Teixeira plays Gold Glove defense, hits for power and drives in runs. The only issue is his batting average. Going into 2014, the thought on everyone’s mind should be if Teixeira can stay healthy and if his power numbers will decline due to the wrist injury.
Derek Jeter: Like Teixeira, Jeter also spent most of his season on the disabled list with an ankle injury dating back to the 2012 postseason. Jeter’s future at shortstop is uncertain, especially with the difficulty to come back from such an injury at his age. The main question for 2014 would be if Jeter could play shortstop for most of the season or would the aftermath of the ankle injury be too much for him.
Alex Rodriguez: Rodriguez is currently on the roster for the 2014 season and Brian Cashman is planning to have Rodriguez at third base on Opening Day. Rodriguez played decent baseball when he returned from his hip injury but what could possibly keep him off the field is his looming suspension of possibly 211-games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. If Rodriguez is able to play on Opening Day, there would be no reason to keep his bat out of the lineup. ..read more