McCarthy makes more sense for Yankees than Lester or Scherzer

October 30, 2014 | 8 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Considering Brian Cashman’s recent comments, it seems like an exercise in futility for us to make our traditional offseason recommendations. This team WILL BE lousy next season, but the front office will undoubtedly issue its now annual “championship-caliber” propaganda, be “short-term oriented“, and try to deceive the masses (and it’s amazing how many people still fellate this front office).

But what the hell, we’ll offer our suggestions in what now seems to be a perpetual uphill battle against a front office THAT PUBLICLY REFUSES TO CHANGE HOW THEY DO THINGS. After all, NoMaas was founded as a protest site, so why change our original mission. No one else has the balls to do it. Just be good sheep and Hal will pat you on the head.

One of the main reasons the Yankees are in their current predicament is the club’s penchant to sign players to long-ass deals. Max Scherzer and Jon Lester will command long-ass deals, and they’re both 30+ years old. They will not be worth the money and inflexibility that will undoubtedly result from their contract terms. Brandon McCarthy will certainly command less years and dollars.

Second, the Yankees’ pitching is not a problem. Larry Rothschild is a great pitching coach and the Yankees have achieved excellent results from their staff, finishing 1st in pitching WAR (Fangraphs) in 2014. So why commit major dollars/years to what will be a marginal upgrade?

Third, this team will miss the playoffs next season. The point of Scherzer or Lester will be what exactly?

McCarthy makes much more sense for the club.

If only Kansas City got him…

October 27, 2014 | 9 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Joel Sherman / NY Post:

The Royals beat the Yankees for one free agent they both pursued aggressively, Omar Infante, but not for another — Carlos Beltran.

Kansas City saw Beltran as an ideal addition.

Kansas City actually offered more than the Yankees’ three-year, $45 million bid and its proposal included a fourth-year option. However, Beltran has long wanted to play for the Yankees. Plus, he thought playing home games in a large media market and with a short right-field porch might boost his Hall-of-Fame candidacy.

If only KC had won the bidding for Beltran’s services….

Despite Brian Cashman’s bizarre assertion that we’ll see the “real Carlos Beltran” next season, he’s declined for 4 straight years. Before the Yankees signed him, we urged Cashman & Co. not to acquire him, mainly due to his age and deteriorating defense.

We guess he can’t be any worse than last season, in which he actually cost the team wins with a WAR of -0.5!! His bat might get better (95 wRC+), but his fielding will not.

Mets to decide if they want all their lefties to become 100% pull hitters

October 22, 2014 | 11 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

CBS New York :

Kevin Long on the Mets’ 2015 coaching staff is becoming more and more of a possibility.

According to multiple reports, the former Yankees hitting coach is interviewing with the Amazin’s on Wednesday for the club’s hitting-coach position.

Daily News: Yankees stay “in-house” in hiring new minor league head

October 20, 2014 | 2 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

Mark Feinsand / Daily News:

Former Bombers hitting coach Gary Denbo will take over as the Yankees senior VP of baseball operations, according to a source

Denbo worked under Newman and was in danger of not being retained as a source described the Yankees’ plan for a “total evaluation” of its player development system in the offseason.

Fresh pair of eyes wouldn’t have been the worst thing, but hopefully Denbo can turn things around.

A message for Cashman & the front office

October 18, 2014 | 21 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

In the last week, we learned via an interview with Brian Cashman that the Yankees:

1. Will always be in win-now mode
2. Will always think short-term
3. Will never trade veterans at the trade deadline for youth, even if the season is doomed.

Well, a wise man once said:

Quote of the Week: Trading veterans for youth “is not part of the playbook here.”

October 16, 2014 | 30 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Back on October 10th, Michael Kay (Michael, you see we don’t have to be enemies!) conducted a phone interview with Brian Cashman. We’ll embed the interview below so you can listen. But for anyone wishing the Yankees would change their mentality, then the following Cashman quotes put to bed any hopes for a philosophical awakening:

In Yankee baseball, everything is more short-term oriented. Our decision-making process, because we’re in a win-now mode, I don’t think that’s ever gonna change.

Playing on the margins of building the perfect beast over time…those are not going to happen here, willing to lose a ton of games — draft, draft, draft, live to fight another day. You know, trade off players at the deadline, when your team might not look good enough, and speed up the rebuilding process…that stuff is not part of the playbook here.

What can you even say at this point?

And once again, compare what Cashman is saying now to what he said in 2005:

“We have to get back to doing what made the Yankees so good for such a long period beginning in the ’90s,” said Cashman. “We’re in the position we’re in because we stopped developing our own young players.”

“… storm clouds are on the horizon if we keep just staying old,” Cashman said. “You’ve got to reinvent yourself with youth and mix them in with the veterans, instead of going all veterans.”

We post this quote frequently because it’s just unbelievable how much this philosophy has been abandoned.

Have a ton of money? Go get the best baseball minds in the biz

October 14, 2014 | 2 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

LA Times:

Andrew Friedman, who led the low-budget Tampa Bay Rays to four postseason berths, has been hired by the Dodgers to be their president of baseball operations.

That penchant for expensive blunders is ultimately what cost Colletti his position, as he spent more than $30 million constructing a bullpen that was widely viewed as responsible for the Dodgers’ first-round playoff elimination this year.

Another win for nerds everywhere.

What is the rush?

October 14, 2014 | 8 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

From Lohud:

“Being in my chair, I’m responsible for it all — offense, defense and pitching,” Cashman said. “I’ve got to find a way to get our fan base back to enjoying October sooner than later.”

How about building a team with a solid foundation as opposed to shooting your load every offseason? This team WILL be mediocre at best next season. Cashman has to realize that. Take your time. Build a team that can have a sustained run.

Cue “well what is he supposed to say?” comments. How about being truthful with the fanbase?

As we said in our 2015 forecast: Do Yankees fans really feel that much better about an 83 win season than a 73 win season?

VOTE: Are you happy with Cashman’s return?

October 13, 2014 | 14 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

There can be no more Cashman apologists

October 11, 2014 | 16 comments | in Featured | by SJK

We’ve been critical of Brian Cashman over the last two seasons, because he’s abandoned the philosophy he emphatically advocated earlier in his tenure.

Cashman in 2005:

“We have to get back to doing what made the Yankees so good for such a long period beginning in the ’90s,” said Cashman. “We’re in the position we’re in because we stopped developing our own young players.

“… storm clouds are on the horizon if we keep just staying old,” Cashman said. “You’ve got to reinvent yourself with youth and mix them in with the veterans, instead of going all veterans.”

What the hell happened to this?

Anyway, with the circus that is the Yankees’ front office, there’s always been questions whether player transactions are either “Cashman moves”, “Randy Levine moves”, or “Someone Else’s Moves.” For example, it was reported that Cashman did not want to sign Arod to a 10-year deal, wanted to be tougher re-negotiating Derek Jeter’s contracts, didn’t want Russell Martin to leave, etc. As a result of these reports, we (and others) sometimes cut Cashman some slack.

Well, no one can cut him any more slack. As we tweeted yesterday:

No more apologists. If his power is sometimes usurped, it doesn’t matter. By re-signing for another three years, he’s clearly made it known he’s a company man. He knows the environment. If he wanted to put his own unique stamp on a team, he could have left. He now deserves to be linked to every move or non-move this team makes. No more excuses for him.

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