Hot Stove: David Robertson’s road to four-years, $50 Million could hit a speed bump


David Robertson is one of the best relief pitchers on the free agent market. In fact, he proved taking over Mariano Rivera‘s job in the ninth inning wasn’t as impossible as people made it to believe. So when Robertson and his agent said they wanted ‘Jonathan Papelbon money’ for his services, it didn’t really catch fans off-guard. But the question is, will Robertson get the $50 Million he’s searching for in the free agent market or will he have to lower his asking price?

George A. King and Dan Martin of the New York Post believe it’s possible Robertson might have to lower his asking price, but they also said it’s possible he could still get the $50 Million in the free agent market.

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An AL talent evaluator believes Robertson can get close to his wishes because Andrew Miller, who has never closed in the big leagues, could sign a four-year pact worth $42 million to close or work in front of the ninth inning.

An NL decision maker believes Robertson will have a hard time getting what he wants because the industry is using Jonathan Papelbon’s four-year, $50 million deal as being excessive despite three solid years in Philadelphia.

And an AL employee of a team that isn’t in the market for a closer predicts Robertson will have to take three years because there are not a lot of teams who will spend that type of money and invest that many years for a closer.

The Yankees want to keep David Robertson, considering he was able to fill Mariano Rivera’s shoes with such ease, and they don’t want to face the same worries if more

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Cashman on Rule 5, Wheeler, Kuroda, McCarthy and a search for a hitting coach

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Brian Cashman slept on the street last night near Times Square to raise awareness for homeless youth, but that didn’t stop him from answering questions about the quiet offseason the Yankees have had so far. So what did he talk about? Let’s recap.

Cashman on Rule 5: Cashman said all of the Rule 5 protection decisions were ‘layups’. As a refresher, the Yankees protected Tyler Austin, Danny Burawa, Branden Pinder and Mason Williams.

Cashman on Zelous WheelerJust like the Francisco Cervelli trade took some time, this deal took some time as well–just not as long. Cashman said the Wheeler deal took about three weeks to complete and said Wheeler was excited for the opportunity of being an every day player in Japan. It’s also worth noting, the Yankees received $350,000 in return for Wheeler.

Cashman on Hiroki KurodaCashman said he hadn’t learned anything on the situation of Hiroki Kuroda. Cashman believes Kuroda will pitch in 2015 but he’s not sure if it will be in Japan or MLB.

Cashman on Brandon McCarthyBrandon McCarthy is high on Brian Cashman’s list of acquiring this offseason, but just because the Yankees have interest in McCarthy, it doesn’t mean the Yankees won’t sign a second starter should McCarthy rejoin the Yankees.

Cashman on a hitting coach: Cashman said the Yankees will interview a hitting coach candidate next week, but he wouldn’t go as far as to name the candidate.

And as a bonus:

Cashman on Russell Martin signing with the Blue Jays: Cashman says he’s happy for Martin but also wishes it wasn’t the Blue Jays that acquired more

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Yankees protect Austin, Burawa, Pinder and Williams from Rule 5 Draft

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The Yankees announced who they decided to protect from the Rule 5 Draft.

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add OF Tyler Austin, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Branden Pinder and OF Mason Williams to the Major League roster.

That means Cito Culver, Fred Lewis, Mark Montgomery, Zach Nuding Kyle Roller and Matt Tracy could all be claimed during the Rule 5 Draft. If any of the players are claimed and fail to stay on the Major League Roster, they would go back to the Yankees.

In Other News:

Zelous Wheeler also will no longer be on the team. The Yankees announced they have sold Wheeler’s contract to the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Pacific League.

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Throwback Thursday: Joe Girardi triples in Game 6 of 1996 World Series

On November 20, 1995, the Yankees traded a minor leaguer and a player to be named later for a young man named Joe Girardi. Legend has it, Girardi had a decent playing career and he eventually became the manager of the New York Yankees, propelling them to their 27th World Series title in 2009.

We all know what Joe Girardi has done as a manager, but few might be too young to know what Girardi did as a player. For this Throwback Thursday, I found a clip on Joe Girardi giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead against Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves during Game 6 of the 1996 World Series. So sit back and enjoy while we wait for the official word from the Yankees on the 40-man roster moves.

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Badler: Yankees sign OF Bryan Emery, are favorites for Moncada

The Yankees continue their small spending this offseason, this time obtaining a prospect from the International market.

According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Yankees have signed Colombian OF Bryan Emery. Emery, 16, was the last available player from Baseball America’s Top 30 prospects list from July 2nd, meaning the Yankees have now signed 10 of the 30 from the list.

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Emery is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds with a loose swing from the left side. He had been switch-hitting, though he’s hit exclusively lefthanded in recent months. He’s strong and generates easy, explosive power, though leading up to July 2, there were mixed reviews about his game hitting, partly because of his environment. Emery trained with Ivan Noboa, the same trainer who brokered an international amateur record $4.95 million bonus for Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara with the Rangers in 2011, and scouts frequently lament that they can’t get enough game looks at Noboa’s players.

Some scouts who have seen him recently have seen better game performance, with a simplified hitting approach and a cleaner setup that helped him stay more direct to the ball. Emery’s athletic for his size, has a strong arm and has worked out for clubs in the infield and the outfield, but he fits best in right field, where he will begin his career.

The acquisition of Emery will cost the Yankees double the bonus to sign him. The team already spent more than the bonus pool meaning they are now paying 100% overage tax on all of the signings. This also means the Yankees won’t be able to sign anyone for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods, staring July 2, 2015.

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— Badler added the Yankees were the favorites for INF Yoan Moncada, who held a more

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Yankees must make Rule 5 decision today

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Today is the deadline for the Yankees to put some of their 10 eligible players on the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. Last season some notable names (Chase Whitley, Jose Pirela) were left off the roster before the draft but weren’t selected; instead they made a splash in the Major Leagues at some capacity. Here are the players that are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft and whether or not I believe the Yankees will protect them.

OF Tyler AustinThis is probably the only clear-cut protection of the bunch. After recovering from a wrist injury, he hit .336/.397/.557 during the second half of the Double-A Trenton season and had a good Arizona Fall League before missing time with a knee injury.

RHP Danny BurawaThere’s a pretty good chance Burawa might be unprotected since he didn’t have a good year in the minor leagues. In fact, he was demoted from Triple-A to Double-A, which is never a good sign. Scouting reports say he’s similar to Tommy Kahnle in which he’s able to produce a ton of strikeouts. He wasn’t selected in the Rule 5 Draft last year, but this year there could be a team ready to take him.

SS Cito CulverHe’s a great defensive shortstop, which is a position on the field the Yankees are failing to produce Major League talent. He doesn’t hit much but the Yankees might protect him strictly for his glove.

LHP Fred LewisAfter becoming a slightly known minor league name during the 2013 Arizona Fall League, the Yankees invited Lewis to Spring Training. But Lewis had a bad season more

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Randy Levine relieved Alex Rodriguez no longer has baseball’s richest contract

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Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins made history earlier today when he signed a record breaking 13-year, $325 Million contract, making him the most paid player in all of baseball. With that being said, it also means Alex Rodriguez is no longer the richest player in the sport.

Fans pretty much agree Alex Rodriguez probably shouldn’t have gotten such a big contract but the organization insisted, leaving them in a mess until 2017. So just out of curiosity, what were Yankees president Randy Levine’s thoughts when he learned  Stanton signing a huge contract meant Rodriguez wasn’t the highest paid player in baseball?

“Thank God,” Levine said, laughing. “Thank God.”

If you were wondering if Rodriguez was going to be treated differently following his return to the sport, you might not be surprised with the answer. Levine said the Yankees are going to treat Rodriguez like every other player.

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Report: Yankees and Mets interested in Stephen Drew


In the past, the Yankees would occasionally glance over Stephen Drew because they had Derek Jeter as their shortstop. This offseason, it’s an entirely different story as the Yankees are interested in re-signing him following an in-house look during the second half of 2014. The issue? The New York Mets also have interest in Stephen Drew.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees and Mets both intend to push for Drew, but they’re not alone in the Drew sweepstakes; the Oakland Athletics also have interest in Drew.

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New York’s teams showed interest in Drew last season, but things have changed quite a bit since. For one thing, the Yankees need to replace retired Derek Jeter. For another, Drew no longer has a draft choice attached to him.

Drew also is coming off a poor offensive season, lowering his asking price. Presumably, he’d consider a one-year deal and look to improve his fortunes next winter. Drew is considered a very good defensive shortstop, but he struggled with the bat last year with the Red Sox and Yankees, finishing at .162.

Drew is a part of a thin shortstop class which includes All-Star Hanley Ramirez and Jed Lowire. Alexei Ramirez and Elvis Andrus are also reportedly on the shortstop market via a more

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