Cashman trades Cervelli for lefty reliever with 4.50 BB/9

November 12, 2014 | 15 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

In 2013, Francisco Cervelli registered a 1.3 WAR, which is great for a backup catcher. His production was definitely inflated by a .408 BABIP, so his value will certainly drop in 2015. And maybe that’s why he could only be traded for a lefty reliever with control issues???

In 2013, Justin Wilson had a 4.20 ERA / 3.62 FIP / 3.88 xFIP and walked 4.50 BB/9. Ummm..ok? In his career spanning 138 innings, the 27-year old has put up a 2.99 ERA / 3.45 FIP / 3.83 xFIP, but with a 3.97 BB/9.

There’s LOOGY potential maybe? In 86 plate appearances against Wilson, left-handed hitters have a .253/.314/.367 line. That’s a very small sample though.

Seems like the Yanks traded for a Larry Rothschild project. He walks far too many hitters and that will need to change.

Hal Steinbrenner is full of sh**

November 12, 2014 | 10 comments | in Featured | by SJK

It could be a drinking game now. Every time that Hal Steinbrenner uses the phrase “championship-caliber“, you have to take a swig.

It’s simply pathetic at this point. Even if you disagree with everything we write, can we not all agree that Hal is completely full of sh**? Once again, he’s taking a page out of the propaganda handbook and repeating the same phrase he’s been using for the past three years, knowing full well he’s lying — all in the hopes of deceiving Yankee fans so they buy, buy, buy.

** Thanks for our friend @RobAbruzzese for the heads-up to the interview. Give him a follow.

Tuesday humor — Cashman: “I have no concern about Beltran’s health.”

November 11, 2014 | 8 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

MLB.COM:

“I think right now, we’re kind of settled in the outfield unless something surprising happens in the case of a trade, which I wouldn’t anticipate,” Cashman said as the annual three days of General Managers Meetings began on Monday at the Arizona Biltmore. “So I think we’re currently pretty well set with our outfield.

That means the Yankees’ outfield currently consists of RUN BMG, Ellsbury, Beltran, and the newly-signed Chris Young.

This begs the question: Does Cashman really think Beltran can play RF on any consistent basis? First, he’s not a good defender anymore (quite the opposite actually). Second, he’s a constant injury risk, as we witnessed last season with his elbow.

But apparently this is of no concern to the Yankees GM:

I have no concern about [Carlos] Beltran’s health.

Looks like Chris Young will be getting some performance bonuses this year:

Chris Young can earn up to $6,325,000 under his one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

The outfielder is guaranteed a $2.5 million salary under the deal announced Sunday and can make $3,825,000 more in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.

Young would earn $150,000 for 250, $200,000 for 275, $300,000 for 300, $350,000 for 350, $375,000 each for 375 and 400, $475,000 for 450, $500,000 for 500 and $550,000 each for 550, and 600.

And before the front office defenders respond with “Well, what else is he supposed to say?” – there’s a difference between being optimistic and just making obvious over-the-top statements. And if Cashman really believes Beltran is a zero health-risk, then well…may God have mercy on all of us.

The Robertson negotiations begin…

November 10, 2014 | 15 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

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At least six teams in on D-Rob?

November 10, 2014 | 1 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

CBS NY:

David Robertson is likely to reject his $15.3 million qualifying offer. Rumors are that no less than six teams are interested in the right-hander, so it would be personally wise for him to play the field. That means if the Yanks want to keep the 29-year-old, they’ll have to shell out major bucks — think in the $18 million range — for multiple years

And before someone says, “oh, we have Betances” — losing D-Rob would still be a huge negative for the pen. He’s still very good. Betances/Robertson is quite the 1-2 punch.

Again, Robertson publicly admitted he would have signed an extension during last offseason at a “discount” for non-closer money.

Well done, negotiators.

NY Post: Don’t expect Yanks to spend big

November 9, 2014 | 6 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Ken Davidoff / NY Post:

The Yankees, having missed the playoffs for the second straight season, will enter the General Managers’ meetings Monday with multiple, obvious areas to address and upgrade. Yet they do not intend to duplicate their epic spending spree of a year ago, which netted them Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka.

…the Yankees begin their 2014-15 Hot Stove journey claiming to have found religion on this front and seeking more conservative solutions to what ails them.

To recap:

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Arod to let everyone know Yankees’ clubhouse is his

November 6, 2014 | 17 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Daily News:

An “evil” Alex Rodriguez urinated on a wall of his cousin’s home to send a message and mark his territory, Yuri Sucart’s wife told the Daily News Thursday in an explosive interview at the couple’s Miami home.

Carmen Sucart, whose husband, Yuri Sucart, is A-Rod’s estranged cousin and alleged steroid mule, blasted Rodriguez for accusing her deathly ill husband of trying to extort the troubled Yankee superstar.

She said Rodriguez came to the Miami home Rodriguez provided to the Sucarts in 2010 and vowed to destroy the family if they went public with his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Then he urinated on the wall and the patio, she said, as if to mark the house as his territory.

He peed on the floor. He was so arrogant, he came into my house like he thought he was a god,” Carmen Sucart said.

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Coming in April 2015

Remember, remember the 5th of November

November 5, 2014 | 16 comments | in Featured | by SJK

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Good day, internet.

Allow us first to apologize. We do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. We enjoy them as much as any fan. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby important events are usually marked by bringing in a player from the 1990s to sell tickets, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is, sadly, no longer remembered, by taking time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak.

Even now, beatwriters are warming up their keyboards to praise every move the Yankees make this offseason. Why? Because while mainstream media brainwashing may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and, for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is there is something terribly wrong with this organization, isn’t there?

Mediocrity and bad contracts, overpriced veterans and no youth. And where once you had a Stadium that was an amazing place to watch baseball, you now have glorified office building where security guards coerce your conformity and solicit submission.

How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others. But the Yankees are a good ol’boy network and they will never be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? No Bernie Williams, No Jorge Posada, No Joe Torre. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. 1990s nostalgia got the best of you. And in your panic, you turned to Hal Steinbrenner. He promised you championship-caliber, he promised you rings, and all he demanded in return was your silent consent, consumption of Skinnygirl Margaritas, and the booking of your next corporate function in a luxury suite.

At this site, we seek to end that silence.

Over twenty years ago, Gene Michael wished to embed a winning formula forever in our memory. His hope was to remind baseball that a healthy farm system, astute trades, and smart business are more than words — they set the foundation for sustained excellence.

So if you’ve seen nothing, if the backwards mentality of this organization remains unknown to you, then we would suggest that you allow the 5th of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what we see, if you feel as we feel, and if you would seek as we seek…then we ask you to stand beside us, voice your opinion, vote with your wallet, and together, we shall give them a season that shall never, ever be forgot.

Will Hal keep an eye on payroll?

November 4, 2014 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Over the last three years, it’s been difficult to follow the Yankees’ offseason strategy. In the first two years, Hal Steinbrenner made the club cling to a fiscal plan that would get the Yankees under the luxury cap, limiting new acquisitions to one-year deals and recycled veterans. Then, he abandoned that strategy in the most recent offseason, namely with the signing of Masahiro Tanaka.

So, what will fickle Hal do this offseason? Well, one thing is for sure, he will propagandize and say the team is “championship-caliber” no matter what happens.

However, with recent news that the Yankees are not interested in Pablo Sandoval, Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, and James Shields, is it possible that Hal is ruling with an iron fist again when it comes to payroll? For the record, we’re not interested in any of those players either, because our preference is for the club to rebuild. Hal may just not want to spend the dough though. It will be an interesting to monitor if he has implemented another arbitrary payroll limit.

In other payroll news, the Yankees offered David Robertson a 1-year qualifying offer @ $15.3 million, which would make him the highest-paid closer in baseball if he accepts. It’s a significant overpay, considering his 1.7 WAR (Fangraphs) last season (1.2 WAR if you go by Baseball-Reference). Inflation aside, D-Rob’s salary would be a higher amount than anything Mariano Rivera received.

The Yankees had the opportunity to sign D-Rob to a much more-team friendly deal, which we first advocated in December 2013. We suggested 2 years for a total of $16.5 million — which would fit very nicely into what he’s actually producing as a player. We warned that once the “magical save statistic” appeared on his baseball card, his price would go up significantly.

And then in August of 2014, Robertson himself admitted he would accepted non-closer money from the Yankees in return for an extension:

This offseason I probably would have gone for a discount, although I wasn’t a closer,’’ said the 29-year-old right-hander, who is making $5.215 million in a walk year.

Asked if he was puzzled by the lack of an offer, Robertson said he wasn’t.

“Not at all, it seems the way they do business around here,’’ he said. “I have been to arbitration three times. It’s not like I don’t like playing here, but I have to do what’s best for me.’’

So, for an owner that was trying to keep payroll costs down, he missed the opportunity to sign a player that was willingly open to a team-friendly contract. Now, if D-Rob accepts, the club will have a very overpaid closer.

McCarthy makes more sense for Yankees than Lester or Scherzer

October 30, 2014 | 25 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.

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