Cool

August 22, 2014 | 14 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Boston.com:

According to media reports this morning, Cuban defector Rusney Castillo is on the verge of signing a record-setting six-year, $72 million deal with the Red Sox.

Cool, who wants him anyway?

August 21, 2014 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

ESPN Boston:

The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers appear to be the front-runners for the services of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, two league sources said Thursday, with a decision expected no later than the weekend.

Clubs involved in the bidding, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, believe Castillo ultimately will sign a five-year contract in the range of $50 million to $60 million. That would rank as the second-largest deal ever signed by an amateur player from Cuba or any other country, behind only Jose Abreu’s six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.

At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Castillo isn’t a pure masher in the mold of Abreu or Cespedes. But his power/speed combo has drawn comparisons to Andrew McCutchen and Yasiel Puig.

Although he played the infield at times in Cuba and took ground balls at shortstop during his workout, his best position is center field, and that’s where the teams pursuing him are likely to play him.

Golf clap

August 21, 2014 | 1 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Yay! The Yankees finally beat the Astros.

Brandon McCarthy NoMaas Yankees Tiger Woods
CG, 8 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 0 ER

And speaking of championship-caliber…

August 20, 2014 | 26 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Hal Steinbrenner in February 2013:

All I can assure the fans is we are always going to field a championship-caliber team. Every single year.

Hal Steinbrenner in January 2014:

We did what we needed to do to field this team to be a championship-caliber team.

“Championship-caliber”

August 20, 2014 | 5 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Fangraphs (via CoolStandings):

6.2% chance of making the playoffs either as the division or wild card

The 6.2% probability is split between a 3.1% chance of winning the division and a 3.1% chance of getting a wild card spot.

Baseball Prospectus:

5.4% chance of making the playoffs either as the division winner or wild card

That 5.4% probability is comprised of a 2.1% chance of winning the division and a 3.3% chance of winning the wild card.

Arguably having an MVP season…

August 19, 2014 | 23 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

This isn’t a damnation of whether or not the Yanks should have signed him. After all, we advocated trading him last year.

But, Robinson Cano is having a superb season and will likely get MVP votes.

He’s hitting .329/.396/.471 (142 wRC+: 42% better than the average hitter) and ranks 5th in MLB in WAR (4.9).

Cuban embargo

August 19, 2014 | 6 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

NorthJersey.com:

The Yankees have ended any pursuit of Cuban outfielder/second baseman Rusney Castillo, according to an industry source. Castillo’s power-and-speed element has him linked to interest by several other clubs, including Boston and Detroit, though he remains a long shot to join a contending team before the Aug. 31 playoff roster freeze due to visa issues. For the Yanks, Castillo’s potential salary — possibly in the $10 million-per-year-or-greater range — would have come with a hefty luxury-tax hit.

NY Post: Yankees’ goals are a “shame”

August 19, 2014 | 5 comments | in Mediot Observation | by SJK

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Full article here.

Now, the tone to this article is a little “World Series or bust”-ish, and we are not in the camp. As you know, we’ve been advocating a rebuild for the last two seasons. But, the article also makes the point that the Yankees’ front office has settled for mediocrity. It’s good to see the MSM at least introducing the topic.

Yanks pitching cracks Tampa, takes series

August 17, 2014 | 10 comments | in Featured | by SJK

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On Saturday, it was Shane Greene (10 K) and the bullpen that helped snap a 5-game Bomber losing streak. On Sunday, it was Hiroki Kuroda and the same usual suspects in the bullpen that gave the Yankees their 2nd win in a row, and a series victory over the Rays.

VOTE: Will Cashman be back?

August 15, 2014 | 22 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

This isn’t a vote on whether you personally want him back or not, it’s predicting whether Hal will bring Cashman back.

Here’s some context from NorthJersey.com:

Disappointed by the lack of bang for his buck, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner singled out an “inconsistent” offense that needs to “step it up and they know that.” In acknowledging the lengthy injuries to key members of his starting rotation, Steinbrenner lamented to the Wall Street Journal among others Wednesday that “a lot of money” was invested in the offense, as well, “and they have been as a whole, inconsistent. It’s been a problem and it needs to change.”

Steinbrenner also sidestepped a question about GM Brian Cashman’s future. The GM’s contract expires at year’s end. “We’ll be talking about that soon enough,” Steinbrenner said.

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