December 10, 2013

Numbers Never Lie: Mariners overpaid for Robinson Cano [Video]

Of course, we won't know for sure if the Mariners overpaid for Robinson Cano until 2023, but ESPN's Tim Kurkjian reminds us that big contracts for older players don't usually pan out.

Seeing Cano wearing an M's cap so soon was tough to take, but this video should help fans deal with the pain.

December 7, 2013

Back to blogging with a bang

With my last post before today coming about 12 weeks ago, pumping out five blog posts and 2,000 words felt pretty good. It reminded me how much fun I had doing this on a daily basis for three years.

I guess I owe thanks to Brian Cashman for getting me excited enough to write about the Yankees again. The last few months were pretty dismal. Thanks, Cash.

Anyway, my fingers are getting pretty tired, so I hope you’ll give these fresh posts a read. There’s a lot to talk about if you’re a Yankees fan!


Keep an eye on the MLB favorites with future odds by

The cold season might be fast approaching but nothing will hinder an ardent baseball fan from preparing for the 2015 Major League Baseball Future Odds scheduled for spring. Keeping up gives you an idea of just who is positioned best to win the world title so any fan can keep up with the teams and perhaps wager on the teams with the best odds. Here is how you can experience the baseball season with predictions and MLB odds.

While a few roster moves here and there might bring forth changes, you can still speculate on the teams to focus on as early favorites based on preparedness, player acquisitions, records of winning and general updates on team performances closely followed by competent bookies.

My 2014 Hall of Fame ballot submitted to Deadspin

For those unaware, Deadspin claims to have bought a Hall of Fame vote from an unnamed BBWAA voter to “make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of the game's history and turn it over to the public.

“The voter will announce his/her name and motivations once his/her vote has been officially cast.”

Of course, there’s no proof that a voter actually sold his or her vote to Deadspin. And, if it is true, why would this voter reveal himself and open himself up to discipline from the BBWAA?

Regardless, Deadspin’s ballot is now open and I’ve already submitted my picks. Unlike the current voting process, fans are allowed to vote for as many players as they’d like. So, here’s my ballot.

What’s next for the Yankees this winter?

Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann will help replace Robinson Cano’s production. That’s great. Now what about the rotation?

With yesterday’s re-signing of Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees have three quality starters with CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

2014 Projected Yankees lineup

With all of these moves, where does that leave the Yankees’ lineup? I don’t think the Yankees are done dealing, but I expect any remaining moves to affect the rotation or bullpen more than the lineup. So, here’s where they stand.

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Brian McCann C
5. Alfonso Soriano DH*
6. Mark Teixeira 1B
7. Kevin Youkilis 3B**
8. Brett Gardner LF
9. Kelly Johnson 2B

Yankees rightly part ways with Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson

Two of the most lovable and productive Yankees from the last four years departed one after the other this afternoon. Just after the shock of Robinson Cano’s impending move to Seattle sunk in, Curtis Granderson was gone too. 

Grading the Yankees Friday deals

I don’t think there will be a better time for me to return to writing than right now. 

Maybe you already know all of the moves the Yankees made – and the moves they didn’t make. Maybe you’re asking yourself, What moves? Or, maybe you just want to hear me blab (thanks). 

So, on Friday…

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