[Photo Credit: Kathy Willens/AP]
[Photo Credit: Kathy Willens/AP]
“You saw how quickly the (Ian) Clarkins and (Aaron) Judges have climbed the prospect list,” Cashman said. “Once we got (Andrew) Miller, it created a circumstance for us where Miller plus the draft pick weighed out for us as we move forward as a better buy than having to go all-in on (Dave) Robertson.”
It was not by random chance that Cashman used Clarkin and Judge to illustrate his point. By letting Robertson leave, the Yankees will get a sandwich pick at the end of next year’s first round. Clarkin and Judge were sandwich picks just two years ago — compensation for losing Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano — and they have emerged as two of the top prospects in the system. Judge is the team’s No. 1 prospect according to the latest rankings from Baseball Prospectus. Clarkin is No. 4 on that list.
There seems to be a sort of turning of the page happening with the Yankees system. Aside from Brett Gardner’s extension during spring training, there has been no effort to keep the most recent homegrown core in place, but there has been a renewed focus on building a new core that might trickle onto the big league roster in the next year or so.
Francisco Cervelli has been traded away. Same for Shane Greene. Robertson was allowed to leave via free agency. So were Phil Hughes and Robinson Cano. It’s not that the Yankees are intentionally getting rid of these players — and let’s not pretend they had some new version of the Core Four in place — but the Yankees are not putting overwhelming emphasis on keeping the homegrown players who have already reached the big leagues. Being homegrown is not reason enough to commit.
“I wouldn’t say we let Cano walk,” Cashman said. “He was taken with a significant offer. I don’t really look at it as if we’ve let anyone walk. In this case, I don’t think Robertson had anything to do with Cano. Robertson we did not make an offer. We made a significant one on Robbie. Obviously Seattle stepped up and blew the field away.”
And more, here.
Oh, yeah, and: Lester.
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As expected, David Robertson will not return to the Yankees. Instead, he’s signed a 4-year deal to pitch for the Chicago White Sox.
Robertson was a fine Yankee, a damned good one. Sorry to see him go but at these prices, I get it, both from him and the Yanks.
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It’s been a slow start to the Hot Stove League in the Bronx. Will it be a lame winter or are the Yanks just ready to pounce on something big?
Sure did enjoy Francisco Cervelli’s time in pinstripes. He was The Wife’s favorite. Loved that smile. He was a mascot and more–had a little passion, could hit a little, piss off the opposition a little. He’ll be missed.
And if he’s got to go somewhere, hell, why not Pittsburgh? It’ll be easy to keep rooting for him. He’ll join another former Yankee, Chris Stewart.
David Robertson has been a good Yankee. Aesthetically appealing plus a good performer.
Now, do they pony-up big dollars to give him a 3 or 4 year deal?
Win or go home for the Royals.
C’mon Game 7…
Let’s Go Base-ball!
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The Giants thumped the Royals but good last night and now the Whirled Serious is tied, 2-2.
The Game 1 starters return for a critical Game 5, the final game by the Bay. Be interesting to see if James Shields can finally deliver the kind of start we’ve seen from him for years in the AL.
Root-root-rootin’ for the Royals.
Let’s Go Base-ball!
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A friend of mine sent me the following, his informal guide to baseball jersey numbers.
1. Tall, lanky, slick fielding outfielder ..left-handed hitting.. Good speed but a bad base stealer. Or, a light hitting shortstop. (not a second baseman).
2. Under 5 foot 10, middle infielder that plays third on occasion; switch-hitting. Plays successfully for multiple teams never eclipsing 90 games in one season.
3. Outfielder, good glove in the early part of their career. Most likely a Left-handed thrower, so an average arm at best.
4. Third baseman or shortstop, fairly light hitting. One or two gold gloves in the course of a double-digit year career.
5. Third baseman, not a shortstop. Hits over .275
6. Weak hitter.Second baseman. Over 6 foot but under 180 pounds. Right-handed hitter only.
7. Great swing, but an underachiever. Two or three disproportionately great years, then at 275 hitter with 70 or so RBIs per year.
8. A catcher, absolutely no foot speed. right-handed hitter. Calls a good game.
9. hard-hitting hard driving red ass.
10. A versatile number… could be a shortstop or a first baseman, either way a non-power hitter. This should’ve been Derek Jeter’s number.
11. Tall, thin, switch hitter, 227 lifetime hitter with less than 20 home runs lifetime.
12. Another versatile number..most likely an overweight back up first baseman who has multiple years of double-digit home runs but never hits above 264.
13. Third baseman, rocket arm, multiple teams. Right hand hitter. Hits in the clutch.
14. Right-handed hitter and Batter.. Left fielder, possibly a first baseman. Slow footed. Most likely a red ass.. Low on home runs relative to high RBI total
15. Catcher, right-handed hitter. Multiple gold gloves.
16 Right-handed pitcher. Ace of the staff.
17, left-handed outfielder. Decent speed. Hits long home runs but not many of them. Good arm, most likely a platoon player.
18. Tall thin utility player either infield or outfield, definitely a right-handed hitter. Multiple teams.
19. Versatile; could be a left-handed hitting outfielder that hits in the 290s or a left-handed pitcher who hides the ball well.
20. First base, solid Fielder, 90 RBIs per. 25 home runs plus over multiple seasons.
21. Outfielder, Throws right with a cannon.. bats right. Or, outfielder, hits left, 104 games per year in the outfield 41 as a pinch hitter 19 home runs 58 RBIs.
22. Leadoff hitter or, center fielder, switch hitter. Fast, base stealer. Weak arm but excellent glove .
23. Team leader, left-handed hitter, right field or first base.
24. Right-handed hitter, outfielder, strikes out a lot. Big career numbers. Good glove good arm low batting average.
25. Divergent–either a left-handed pitcher that throws soft or right-handed DH.
26. Left-handed relief. great breaking stuff, maybe a left hand specialist. Does not break 88 on the gun.
27. Platoon outfielder, right-handed hitter. 271 average 69 RBI 18 home runs.
28. Right-handed hitting right-handed throwing first baseman. Overweight. Long solid career.
29. Left-handed starting pitcher, throws hard in the early part of his career, reemerges as a more complete pitcher. 15 years in the league.
30. Hard one to pin down position wise. Definitely a position player however. Most likely a right-handed hitter and thrower.
31. Outfielder, big arm, right-handed. Above-average home run hitter with big RBI numbers..
32. Power hitter, left-hand hitting right-hand throwing. Plays first base because there’s no other place for him. Two all-star teams. Good clubhouse guy.
33. Power hitter. Outfielder. Possibly a right-handed pitcher.
34. Someone who throws “country hardball”; right-hander. Either starter or reliever.
35. Backup catcher. Defensive replacement type. 226 batting average 14 year career.
36. Overweight right-handed pitcher.
37. Tall lanky fire-balling left-handed pitcher.
38. Right-handed middle relief pitcher.
39. Side arming right-handed closer over 6 foot four.
40. Right-handed starting pitcher who wears a mustache.
41. Hard-nosed player, outfielder or right-handed pitcher.
42. Jackie Robinson.
43. Ed Whitson.
44. I think you know the answer.
45. Bob Gibson.
46. Lumbering pitcher. Hard Thrower. Closer.
47. Lanky left-handed reliever. Throws over-the-top. 8th inning guy.
48. Similar to 36 but older and more overweight.
49. Left-handed fireball, ace of the staff. However, if he’s a righty, he’s a knuckleballer.
50. Big tall right-handed really pitcher from the south. Wears glasses. Bad attitude.
Pulling for the Royals though I think the Giants will win it all.
Hope I’m wrong. And hope it goes 7.
Let’s Go Base-ball!
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