Hot Stove Rumor: Brandon McCarthy wants four-years, $48 Million

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With the Yankees letting David Robertson go to the Chicago White Sox, they have money to spare on starting pitching and third base. With that in mind, will the Yankees use that money to invest in Brandon McCarthy?

According to George A. King of the New York Post, Brandon McCarthy is reportedly seeking a four-year, $48 Million deal in the free agent market. The Yankees paid four-years, $36 Million for reliever Andrew Miller, so you’d think the Yankees would consider such a deal for McCarthy since he is a starting pitcher.

McCarthy pitched to a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts for the Yankees in 2014.

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Hot Stove: Joe Girardi’s not going to rush in naming a closer

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David Robertson is no longer in the Yankees fold as they prepare for the 2015 season, and if there’s one glaring position the Yankees need to fill, it’s the closer role. However, Joe Girardi isn’t going to rush naming a closer as he believes the Yankees have the arms capable of getting the job done.

“I think the important thing is that we have a very good bunch of arms down there,” Girardi said during Day 2 of baseball’s winter meetings. “We have guys that have the ability to get left-handers and right-handers out and to strike them out as well. So there’s going to be a lot of options.”

Some of the arms in the pen could be Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, and it’s also possible the Yankees could call on Shawn Kelley, Justin Wilson and Adam Warren. While it’s not traditional, the Yankees could have a closer by committee, but most pitchers like to know their role once they get to Spring Training so they could focus on preparing for the season.

“I think guys like to know their roles,” Girardi said. “But maybe it’s not ironed out when we leave spring training. Maybe it takes a little bit of time, and maybe we have to sit down and tell (them), ‘This is how we’re gonna do it, so just be prepared, and I’ll try to give you an idea every day or every month if things are changing or every week.’ I think that’s a possibility because of the arms that we have.”

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Hot Stove: Jon Lester agrees to six-year, $155 Million deal with Cubs

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The second biggest splash of the Winter Meetings occurred overnight when the Chicago Cubs won the sweepstakes against the Boston Red Sox for starting pitcher Jon Lester.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cubs outbid the Red Sox with a six-year, $155 Million deal which reunites Lester with Cubs GM Theo Epstein. While the Red Sox were finalists for Lester, it didn’t seem likely Lester was going to return to Boston, especially with the Red Sox not offering him a respectful deal during Spring Training last year.

If you were wondering whether the Yankees were in on Jon Lester, they weren’t. Reports say the Yankees are more interested in Max Scherzer and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them in the Scherzer sweepstakes. the Yankees have also expressed interest in reuniting with Brandon McCarthy and Hiroki Kuroda, although Kuroda has yet to announce his plans for the 2015 season.

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Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi talk A-Rod, Robertson and more

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Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi spoke to the media during the second day of the Winter Meetings and of course, the topics that came up were ex-Yankee David Robertson, Alex Rodriguez and if the Yankees were pursuing Jon Lester and Max Scherzer.

— Brian Cashman said the Yankees were never going to sign both Andrew Miller and David Robertson. The only reason the Yankees were “attached” to Robertson following the Miller signing was to maximize Robertson’s free agent value. In reality, Robertson’s name was out of the mix as soon as the team signed Miller to the four-year contract.

— Cashman said the Yankees called the Oakland Athletics about Jeff Samardzija but there was no trade match. The Chicago White Sox ended up acquiring Samardzija in a six player deal.

— Cashman wouldn’t confirm nor deny if the Yankees were in the Max Scherzer and Jon Lester sweepstakes.

— The Yankees currently will not assign a new closer but they have three options: Dellin Betances, Justin Wilson and Miller.

— Cashman said the reports of the Yankees hiring Marcus Thames as the assistant hitting coach are “completely false”.

— Cashman said the team is not close to replacing Kevin Long and Mick Kelleher. As of right now, they’re focusing on filling holes in the roster and making trades.

— Cashman is aware letting David Robertson walk wasn’t the most popular decision, but it was the “right decision for the organization.”

— Joe Girardi said he hadn’t seen Alex Rodriguez in ..read more

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Hot Stove Rumor: Padres make Kennedy, Ross, Cashner available, but Yankees not convinced

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The Yankees need rotation help and the Padres are making some of their starting pitching available. The problem is…the Yankees don’t believe it.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the San Diego Padres have made Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross available for trade. MLB Trade Rumor added it was more likely Kennedy would be traded, but the Yankees don’t believe the Padres would part with any of their starters.

The Yankees are currently looking for rotation help, especially with question marks around CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda but the Yankees might not view any of the starting pitchers available for trade as options. They’re reportedly interested in Max Scherzer and they’re waiting on last season fan-favorite Brandon McCarthy. The Yankees are also unsure of the availability of Hiroki Kuroda, who still hasn’t decided whether he plans to retire.

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Hot Stove Rumor: Cubs, Giants finalists for Jon Lester

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With David Robertson gone, the Yankees are reverting their attention to the starting pitching market, and while they’ve been linked to both Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, they seem more likely to chase one than the other.

MLB Trade Rumor reported the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants were finalists in the Jon Lester sweepstakes but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN said not to count the Yankees out of the Lester sweepstakes.

Heyman added while there was no concrete evidence of the Yankees being interested in Lester, the team is entertaining the idea of Scherzer in the rotation.

Lester would be the interesting choice for the Yankees considering he doesn’t have a draft pick attached to them, but with Lester wanting a contract somewhere near six-years, $150 Million, I don’t think the Yankees, who are operating with frugality this offseason, would sign Lester to a deal with high monetary value.

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David Robertson’s gone, now what?

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At around one in the morning, the Yankees and David Robertson divorced and Robertson found a new partner for the next four years: the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees now need someone to close and their other free agent, third basemen Chase Headley, is still on the market. With the Yankees not even making an offer on Robertson and letting him venture off to the windy city of Chicago, what will they do about their bullpen?

— The Yankees could look into the free agent market and try to find a veteran closer in case Dellin Betances doesn’t pan out. I’ve been hearing the name Jason Grilli in rumors and it’s possible the Yankees could consider Grilli for a short-term deal.

— They could hand the ball to Dellin Betances. This option I’m not too keen about because in reality, Betances only was with the Yankees for one year and had one good season. It’s almost impossible to ask him to replicate his 2014 season. If Robertson couldn’t replicate the season he had an ERA close to one, then you can’t expect the same from Betances.

— They don’t have to assign a player to the closer role. Instead, they could assign the role on a day-by-day basis. It wouldn’t be conventional since in this day and age, every team has a closer in their pen but with the way the Yankees are operating this offseason, this could be an ..read more

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Hot Stove: David Robertson agrees to four-year, $46 Million deal with Chicago White Sox

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David Robertson will don pinstripes for the 2015 season…it just won’t be Yankees pinstripes.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Chicago White Sox and David Robertson agreed to a four-year, $46 Million deal, which is $10 Million more the Yankees gave Andrew Miller. The Yankees will now get the White Sox first round draft pick since they offered Robertson a qualifying offer.

Will the move work out for the Yankees and White Sox? It’s hard to tell, but personally I believe the Yankees made a huge mistake.

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