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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Yankees should give the homegrown players a chance

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When the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, it seemed like they were on top of the world and nothing could bring them down. When the Yankees made the postseason in 2010, 2011 and 2012, it seemed like the Yankees just had to add a few pieces here and there in order to make the ball club another World Series caliber team. But when they missed the postseason in both 2013 and 2014, the Yankees had taken multiple steps backwards and were now a mediocre team.

As we reach the 2015 season, there are only four players on the roster from the 2009 World Series championship: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. However, three of those four players have declined; Rodriguez is 40-years-old and has played approximately 40 games in the last two seasons following a suspension from the Biogenesis scandal, Sabathia is coming off knee surgery and it’s questionable whether he can pitch effectively if at all and Teixeira has been absolutely injury prone.

It’s also worth mentioning only one of the names that are left from the 2009 World Series Championship is a homegrown Yankee: Gardner was drafted in the third round of the 2005 draft and was easily one of the best drafting choices in the last decade. With David Robertson going to the Chicago White Sox, Francisco Cervelli being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Derek Jeter retiring, Gardner stands as the longest tenured homegrown Yankee. However, Gardner’s not the only homegrown Yankee to make a meaningful contribution. As the seasons went on, the Yankees brought up more of their ..read more

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Hot Stove: Cashman failed to trade for players on the move

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Before the Winter Meetings began, I speculated the Yankees would make one move by the time the four days in San Diego were up. Instead, the Yankees let David Robertson go to the Chicago White Sox and Brandon McCarthy go to the Los Angeles Dodgers without making either one of them an offer. It turns out, the Yankees not making any moves was planned on Brian Cashman’s part, but it raised many questions.

Cashman inquired the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers about Rick Porcello and Wade Miley, both pitchers that were traded to the Boston Red Sox just after the Winter Meetings, but wasn’t comfortable with the asking price.

“Did I call Arizona? Yes,’’ Cashman told the New York Post. “Did I call Detroit? Yes. I didn’t have Cespedes to send to Detroit. We are waiting for something we are comfortable with.’’

However, just how comfortable are the Yankees with their rotation woes: CC Sabathia recently had knee surgery, Masahiro Tanaka has a small rip in his elbow, Ivan Nova isn’t expected to return to the rotation until June or July at the earliest and Michael Pineda, while extremely impressive, is an injury prone question mark.

Porcello and Miley weren’t the only players the Yankees let get away: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the Yankees called about Ervin Santana and appeared interested in his services. But Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish later reported the Yankees ceased their interest, allowing Santana and the Minnesota Twins to agree to a four-year ..read more

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Yankees introduce Didi Gregorius

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For the last 19 seasons, the New York Yankees had Derek Jeter as the everyday shortstop and for a split second,it almost seemed like Jeter could play forever. Unfortunately, Jeter retired following the 2o14 season, forcing the Yankees to find a new shortstop. Last week, the Yankees filled the hole by making a three-team trade with the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, sending Shane Greene to Detroit and acquiring Didi Gregorius from Arizona.

Gregorius suddenly has big shoes to fill as he replaces a future Hall of Famer, but he knows all he has to do when he gets on the field is to be himself.

“Jeter is still Jeter.” Gregorius said during an introductory press conference earlier today. “Everything everybody is going to talk about Jeter. But for me, I’m learning and there just to play the game, so just trying to focus on the game and trying to win the game, that’s all that I can say. Not worrying about what’s going on around.”

Brian Cashman said during the Winter Meetings that Gregorius and Brendan Ryan were going to platoon at shortstop in the beginning of the season due to Gregorius’s inability to hit left handed pitching. The Yankees predict Gregorius will eventually grow into his bat, but in the meantime, Gregorius says he’s going to improve on very aspect of his game.

“Honestly, I need to improve on everything,” Gregorius said. “For me, I don’t want to lack in work thinking I know every. I honestly am working hard. People say your defense is really good, but I don’t think it’s really good. If I think, mentally, it’s really good, then I have to stop working on it, but for ..read more

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