So ummm ... yeah. How about this week, huh? Everybody's head is probably still spinning from all the Cano news and just like I did with Ellsbury I'm in the process of formulating all my thoughts on it so I can try to write them all out coherently tomorrow. I really hope the Yankees have something real up their sleeve for a Plan B. Bringing Cano back next year would have made a lot more sense after the McCann and Ellsbury signings, but I don't blame them for not wanting to match 10 years. Have fun in Seattle, Robbie. Send us a postcard from last place. Now onto the links!
- On Monday, SJK of NoMaas offered up his take on the idea of Eduardo Nunez being a utility player
- On Tuesday, Joe Pawlikowski of RAB took a look at Brett Anderson
as a potential trade target for the rotation. The way Oakland is wheelin' and dealin' right now, he's worth a look.
- On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits used WAR projections to comment on the Yankees overpaying Jacoby Ellsbury and how he won't live up to the contract.
- El duque of It Is High... issued an open letter to Hal Steinbrenner urging him to keep the spending momentum going.
I'm fully on board with that plan.
- On Thursday, William Juliano of The Captain's Blog mused on how the new NPB posting rules could actually help the Yankees
and other big budget teams.
- Chad Jennings of LoHud had all the news, notes, and quotes
from the Brian McCann press conference.
- Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley wondered what number Jacoby Ellsbury will wear as a Yankee
. Obviously the 2 he wore in Boston are way off the table. I bet he goes 22 and Vernon Wells gets something else until he's released.
- On Friday, Jason Evans of Yanks Go Yard profiled a few lower-tier free agent relievers
the Yankees could go after.
- EJ Fagan of IIATMS/TYA commented on the improved depth and depth of talent in the Yankee farm system
, something that needs to start coming into play more in the next few years.
- Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes broke down Grant Balfour's BIP results from 2013
to show how he might not be an ideal bullpen candidate for the Yanks.
- Roberto E. Alejandro of Respect Jeter's Gangster riffed on what the Yankees plan is and how it doesn't add up in his head right now
. Hard to argue with those points. Given the money they gave to Jacoby, it was strange to see them hold their hard line on Cano.
- SG of RLYW compared WAR values and salaries to show how any kind of Plan B to replace Cano could put the Yankees in a worse position
going forward after 2014.
This week's jam comes to us from Lil Dicky, the premiere white, Jewish rapper in the game right now. Seriously, listen to "The Cypher" and tell me this guy isn't the shit. You can't do it.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.