December 9th, 2013 at 9:34 PM
By Doug Rush
With the New York Yankees officially now looking for a second basemen with the departure of Robinson Cano, who signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners last week, they are exploring all options.
The names that have been most talked about have been trading for Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds or signing Omar Infante as a free agent who was previously of the Detroit Tigers, but on Monday night, a new name emerged on the Yankees radar.
Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reported that the Yankees have expressed some interest in long-time Baltimore Orioles second basemen Brian Roberts for their vacant second base spot.
"Yankees have talked to Brian Roberts agent. Could just be kicking the ol' tires. I hear they need a second baseman," he tweeted.
The 36-year-old Roberts has been oft-injured since the 2009 season, as he has not played more than 77 games since then; the 77 games was what he played in during the 2013 season with Baltimore, where he hit .249 with eight home runs and 39 RBI.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 9th, 2013 at 8:57 PM
By Matthew Colon
With starting pitching being one of their major issues, the New York Yankees have expressed interest in Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
Last season, Samardzija went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA, while pitching on a Cubs team that was tied for the fourth worst record in baseball. He has spent his entire six-year career with the Cubs, and his best season came in 2011, where he went 8-4 with a 2.97 ERA. In 2012, he made the transition from reliever to starting pitch, and in that 2012 season, he was 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA. In 2013 he reached 200+ innings for the first time while recording 214 strikeouts in the process.
This could be good for the Yankees, although they shouldn't break the bank or give up too much for Samardzija. He could be a good number four starter behind CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Hiroki Kuroda. 19 of his 33 starts in 2013 were "quality starts", and 13 of his 33 starts were seven innings or longer, so he has the ability to go deep into games. He also averaged 9.01 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranked third in the National League and tenth overall in the majors.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 9th, 2013 at 4:49 PM
By Doug Rush
On Monday during the first day of baseball's Winter Meetings down in Orlando, Florida, the veterans committee voted on three new members for the Class of 2014 on the baseball Hall of Fame.
The first two were Bobby Cox; former manager of the Atlanta Braves and Tony LaRussa; former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and Oakalnd A's. The third; former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre.
The now 73-year-old former Yankees manager won the World Series with the Yankees upon his arrival in the Bronx in 1996 after defeating the Braves and then won three more World Series from 1998-2000. He also got the Yankees to the World Series in 2001 and 2003, but lost in those series.
After retiring from baseball as an active player, Torre became a manager with the New York Mets in 1977 until 1981; where he was fired after two stints with the team. In 1982, he took over as the manager of the Atlanta Braves, but only lasted three seasons there before being fired again after the 1984 season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 9th, 2013 at 12:48 AM
By Doug Rush
The New York Yankees rotation took a little more shape this past week when Hiroki Kuroda re-signed with the team on a one-year deal worth $16 million; keeping him in the Bronx for at least one more season.
So now with Kuroda, CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova, the Yankees rotation is 60 percent completed and will look to add two more pitchers to the unit; one of which has experience pitching in New York.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN has reported that the Yankees have checked in on former New York Mets and Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey for their fifth rotiation spot.
"#yankees have checked in on mike pelfrey. #BIGPELF," he tweeted.
The 29-year-old is coming off a down season where he has a 5-13 record with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts for the Twins with 101 strikeouts and 152.2 innings; his first season in the American League after spending his first seven seasons with the Mets.
Pelfrey's best season with the Mets came back in 2010 where he had a 15-9 record with a 3.66 ERA in 34 starts and had 113 strikeouts in 204.1 innings, but had a down year in 2011 when he had a 7-13 record with a 4.74 ERA and logged 193.2 innings in 33 starts.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 7th, 2013 at 6:55 PM
By Matthew Colon
After losing Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners and Curtis Granderson to the New York Mets, the New York Yankees seemed to have quickly rebounded, agreeing to a three-year, $45 million deal with free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. The deal will not be announced yet because Beltran needs to pass a physical.
Beltran will now be joining a really crowded Yankees outfield that will most likely have Brett Gardner in left field, Beltran in right field, and the newly acquired Jacoby Ellsbury in center. This leaves Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells as the odd men out, but this seems to be more of a good problem than a bad one. The Yankees, so far this offseason, have been involved in and making big splashes by refusing to give Cano more than $200 million, and by signing Beltran, who wanted to come to the Yankees before signing a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets.Read more... Join the Conversation...