“And in centerfield for the Yankees, Curtis Granderson”

Curtis Granderson is set to become a Yankees, pending physicals and things of that matter. So, what did the Yankees give up? Well, in this deal they are losing Phil Coke, Ian Kennedy, and most importantly Austin Jackson. This was a three team deal involving the Yankees, Tigers, and Diamondbacks. Let me break this down in an organized manner:

Heading to the Yankees: Curtis Granderson

Heading to the Tigers: Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Max Scherzer, and Dan Schlereth

Heading to the Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson

So is it a good deal? Well, the Yankees are acquiring a pretty good center fielder in Granderson. He is fast, plays good defense, can hit righties pretty well, though lefties have been a different story, but that can change. So overall its clear the Yankees are getting a very good player, but did they give up too much. Well, Phil Coke was pretty expendable especially since he has a knack to give up big homeruns. I feel Ian Kennedy still has a good chance to become a good starter, so so that stings a bit in my opinion, but he was expendable. So those two aren’t huge losses. But, what about Austin Jackson. Going into 2009 Jackson was the Yankees number 1 prospect, and he had a pretty good season, he hit .300 with 65 RBI’s, but what stands out was his drop in power. He only hit 4 home runs in 2009, and this was a cause for concern. Despite the drop in power, Jackson is still considered a pretty good player, who probably would have seen a good amount of playing time in 2010 with the Yankees. But, it is really too early to tell what he will end up to be. Curtis Granderson is more of a guardsmen, and that is why I feel this a good move by the Yankees.

Another thing that makes this move a good deal, is that it gives the Yankees great leverage with Johnny Damon. Right now the Yankees could go into 2010 with Melky in left, Granderson in center, and Swisher in right. And I think that would be a pretty good outfield. So the Yankees don’t really need Damon, which brings his price way down. Now the Yankees can take their focus completely off of Damon, and shift to only foccusing on Andy Pettitte and other pitchers.

However, this deal does represent the end of an era. What era am I talking about you say? Well, I mean the era of silly fans coming up with insane trade proposals that usually went like this “Let’s trade Melky and Ian Kennedy for player X”. Oh well, we still have Melky so we just have to find out who to substitute for Ian Kennedy. Maybe Anthony Claggett?

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Game 121: Yankees at Athletics

Here’s tonight’s starting lineup via Pete Abe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Melky Cabrera

C Jose Molina

And on the mound (making his first start as a Yankee), Chad Gaudin

Ian Kennedy progressing

As you know Ian Kennedy had surgery to remove an an aneurysm in his arm, now Kennedy is back to throwing off a mound, albeit restricted to only fastballs and change ups. Kennedy will not return to pitching in the minors this year, but he will pitch in the Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League according to the AP. Good luck to him, he could be a valuable piece of the 2010 Yankees.

You didn't forget this face, did you?

You didn't forget this face, did you?

2009 draft a success

This past Tuesday (August 18th) was the deadline for signing draft picks, and when it was all said and done the Yankees were able to sign 13 out of their top 14 picks, including the two top picks Slade Heathcott  and JR Murphy. Slade Heathcott received a 2.2 million bonus, which double the recommended amount for his slot (29th overall) by the Commissioners office, good for him. JR Murphy received a 1.25 million bonus, his slot money is about $478,000, Bud Selig can’t be happy with this. Anyway, now that Heathcott and Murphy have officially joined the Yankees, I’m sure you are wondering when they will play. Well, according to Lane Meyer Slade Heathcott is currently in the Gulf Coast League with the Yankees affiliate and he hopes to play in a game tomorrow. And according to a blog from JR Murphy’s high school will also be playing immediately in the GCL. You can learn more about Slade Heathcott here.

Johnny Damon wants to stay, Yankees to comply?

We all know that Johnny Damon ,who is a free agent after the year, wants to remain a Yankee. And according to Tyler Kepner, the Yankees are willing to resign him.

Before the season, there was a sense that the Yankees would allow Damon to move on and turn over his left-field spot to a prospect like Austin Jackson or a younger free agent like Matt Holliday. But Yankees officials seem to understand Damon’s value on the field and in the clubhouse, and now they would like him to return. When the Yankees want to keep a player and the player wants to stay, that is usually what happens.

“I don’t know where else I would want to go to,” Damon said. “Obviously, that’s not the right thing to say when you’re about ready to approach free agency, but I’m very happy with playing in New York, and my family’s happy I play for New York. There’s no bigger place to go. If you play well here, you’re going to get paid. New York has the resources.

“But we also have the chance to win every year. I don’t want to attempt to go make more money elsewhere, for more years, with a chance to be out of the race by the first of June.”

If Damon will sign a cheaper contract than the one he currently has, I think he might be the best option for the Yankees going into next year. While his defense has deteriorated, his offense and his clubhouse influence remain strong, and he would much cheaper than other options such as Matt Holliday (who I think is probably overrated), Jason Bay (who the Red Sox will want to resign), and Carl Crawford (who the Rays have an option to keep him).

Is this possible?

If you haven’t realized the type of season Joe Mauer is having, you must live under a rock. He is hitting an astonishing .383 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI’s (all this on a not so great team!). The way he is hitting right now puts him up there statistic-wise with Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and other world class hitters. Lately there has been a lot of talk about how Mauer and Teixeira are the top two candidates for MVP, if you ask me, I don’t even think it is close. With all respect to Mark Teixeira, I think if Joe Mauer doesn’t win the MVP something is seriously wrong, who cares that he is not on a great team, what control does he have over that? Just look at these two stats…Joe Mauer’s batting average is .383 as a mentioned before, that is higher than Mark Teixeira’s OBP! That means Mauer gets a hit (not a walk or anything, just a hit) more often than Teixeira gets on base (including hits, walks, and everything)! That is just amazing. The other stat I’d like to point out is WAR (wins above replacement, basically how many wins a player was able to add to his team). Mark Teixeira’s WAR for the season is 3.8, which is very good. Joe Mauer’s WAR is 6.5! Oh, and he is a catcher, and a pretty good one. Enough said.

Look at that beautiful swing.

Look at that beautiful swing.

The real deal?

You may or may not know that the Yankees have a ambidextrous pitcher named Pat Venditte down in the minors. It is not clear whether he should be considered a real time prospect or just a novelty, but anyway here is a great video about Venditte:
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Melky

Sorry Melky, I had to show this.

No comment. I'll take the high road.

No comment. I'll take the high road.

Extended Spring Training Start For Wang

According to Kat O’Brien, Chien-Ming Wang will make an extended spring training start on Thurday.

Chien-Ming Wang will pitch an extended spring training game Thursday in Tampa, a move the Yankees hope will finally give them some answers as to what is troubling their former ace.

Wang, who will remain on the Yankees active roster, is scheduled to throw 100 pitches in front of Yankees Tampa-based officials Mark Newman and Nardi Contreras.

This way, Joe Girardi explained, Wang can attempt to figure out what’s wrong pitching in game conditions as opposed to more bullpen sessions. Part of the problem has been that Wang has looked good in the bullpen between starts and before games, but has struggled in games.

“We think he needs to pitch,” Girardi said.

The next time the Yankees will need a fifth starter is Tuesday in Detroit. Asked who his starter is scheduled to be that day, Girardi said, “I don’t know.”

Wang, who was originally slated to pitch Friday night in Boston, was disappointed he was skipped in the rotation. “But the way I’ve pitched, I understand,” he said. Wang believes his problem is his body swinging open in his delivery.

The main thing the Yankees are looking for from Wang Thursday is “consistency with his sinker,” Girardi said.

“We’ll evaluate him after that to see what the next step is,” he said.

If Wang is eventually put on the disabled list, the top options at Triple-A are Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy.

It appears that the Yankees will “evauluate” Wang after the start, probably more based on his stuff and his mechanics as opposed to results. Then if they feel comfortable with him, let him pitch against the Tigers on the 28th. If they do not feel comfortable with Wang, I can definetly see them calling up Hughes for the start against the Tigers, as he is lined up up for that date anyway. If you are wondering Ian Kennedy appears to be lined up for a start on the 26th.