Saturday, May 23, 2015

THERE IS A WAY THE YANKEES WILL HAVE TO PAY AROD



It seems like the fate of Alex Rodriguez is once again in the hands of Fredric Horowitz.

When the Yankees and ARod signed the infamous contract, it included several incentives for marketable milestones. A part of the contract states that the Yankees get to decide whether or not a milestone is considered "marketable." Casey wrote about ARod and the marketability of his milestones in the Bronx and how not paying ARod would look bad on the Yankees. The Yankees believe that the suspension, and the involvement with PED's make the milestone unmarketable. Brian Cashman has said that the Yankees are not obligated to pay him.


Now it seems that Horowitz will ultimately decide whether or not the Yankees have to make the payment. Horowitz, who was the arbitrator responsible for the Biogenesis hearing, and who lowered the original 221 game suspension to 162 games, is familiar with both the Yankees and ARod. Hal Steinbrenner agrees that if there is an obligation, on the organizations part, they will meet it. 

"I will say that, as with every other contract, if there's any contractual obligations on our end, we're going to meet them. It's no different than any other contract."

The players union has also stated that they would be willing to aid ARod, if he chose to put up a fight for the money. So far, ARod has remained tight lipped on the whole thing.


Here's the thing, before the season started, it was easy to assume that tying and passing Mays would not be marketable for the Yankees. I mean, how much could they possibly hope to benefit from it? ARod had never been very liked in the Bronx. His career here was met with more boo's and jeers than anything else. After the year long suspension, most of us assumed that he would have little to no support. That was not the case. Yankees fans have flocked to the stadium and have cheered for ARod when he tied and passed the record. Fans provide that, like Casey wrote, "Tying Willie Mays is kind of a big deal, juice or no juice."

Horowitz will now have the job of deciding if the Yankees have been within reason to deny ARod the $6 million in bonus money that he's earned. We'll wait and see, but if I were ARod, I wouldn't say a single word on the subject until after the decision is made. 


--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer 
Twitter: @e_morales1804


  



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LATE RALLY, NO DICE


The Yankees had a shot last night, but it wasn't enough and with it, the Yanks have lost 4 in a row.

First off, a lot of homers in the game. Mark Teixeira was "on the mark", Prince Fielder knocked out 2, Didi Gregorius, and even Garrett Jones hit his first home run as a New York Yankee.  You gotta feel good about that. He needs to start hitting.


But in the midst of that, the pitching... the hitting, the Yankees lost all control in the 3rd when the Rangers scored 7 runs. That was the inning that did them in. Sure, in the bottom of the 4th, they were able to get 4 runs back... Brian McCann knocked in a run and then came Didi knocking in 3 on his homer.


But it was a struggle.  The Yankees were able to climb back to 10-8 and then, in the 9th, 10-9 on that Tex homer, but no more would follow.


It left Michael Pineda at 5-2 on the season, and the Yanks are now winless again.

Hopefully today, something turns around. CC's on the hill... what do you say big guy?

Final: Rangers 10 - Yankees 9

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Friday, May 22, 2015

WHAT TO DO WITH THE YANKEES ROTATION?


The Yankees rotation has been effective so far in the first six weeks of the season (although the team has been struggling as of late) but there are changes coming. Ivan Nova is closing in on his return to the Bronx from Tommy John surgery, Masahiro Tanaka is rehabbing and should return soon and Chris Capuano just returned. With only five (or perhaps six occasionally) spots to fill, what do the Yankees do with their starting rotation?


When Tanaka went down, Chase Whitley was thrown into the mix and pitched well but has underwent Tommy John surgery. That really sucks. All of us here at the BYB family are wishing Whitley a speedy recovery. That injury essentially opened up a spot for Chris Capuano to jump in though. And jump in he did... for three whole innings while allowing four runs. Yikes.


Ivan Nova is progressing and should return sometime next month or so, the same with Tanaka. So that leaves CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Adam Warren, Chris Capuano, Ivan Nova and Masahiro Tanaka vying for spots in the rotation. So how does this play out? Who is in and who is out?


Let's start with the guarantees, assuming there are no other injuries in the near future. Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka are certain to be in the rotation. I'd bet the bank on that. CC Sabathia would probably be next on the list of a guaranteed rotation spot. His history, salary and overall ability to eat innings should solidify that. Ivan Nova is returning and has had some productive years for the Yankees, and at one point was probably their best starter. He will be in the rotation once he returns. He's earned it.


So who is the fifth starter? The top candidate is Nathan Eovaldi who is sporting a 4.73 ERA over 45.2 innings. He's young and has a ton of upside. He has been decent with a lot of room to improve, but the Yankees didn't trade for him to be a relief pitcher. As hard as he throws though, perhaps he could be? I doubt it out of the gate, but you never know. Adam Warren has a 4.26 ERA over eight starts and has not been bad, but he could be a very good candidate to return to the bullpen and take some innings from David Carpenter. Carpenter has struggled and our skipper here at BYB, Mr. Casey, has spoken up about that! Warren could possibly be moved to the minors as well and stay in the rotation down there to keep him stretched out.

So it likely leaves Capuano and Warren as the odd men out of starting rotation jobs. Eovaldi could be transitioned to a reliever, with Warren staying in the rotation, but I doubt they give up on him as a starter after just six or seven weeks. Although I respect Capuano, he is just not deserving at this point. He is a long reliever and spot start option or maybe even just released.


Warren earned his keep in the bullpen and although he is a respectable fifth starter, he could fill a void that the bullpen has. Really it's the bullpens only void! But that does make a bit of a cluster in the pen. Now as it rolls downhill, what happens to the bullpen? Justin Wilson has underperformed and with Chasen Shreve pitching well (2.30 ERA over 15.2 innings), he could be an odd man out. Esmil Rogers has also pitched well over 13 appearances and is sporting a solid 3.12 ERA, but could be expendable if need be. Chris Martin has also performed well over 15 innings and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning and has a 3.55 ERA, but may be another guy that could be moved somehow or another. I don't really want to see any of these guys go, however I would like to see Wilson and Carpenter pitch better though!!

So come the time when Tanaka and Nova return, Joe Girardi is going to have to make some tough decisions. It's better these good problems, in theory, than not having enough pitching! It is no fun when the team overall is succeeding (until the last week) and some pretty drastic changes are going to have to be made though. So what do the our BYB followers and the Yankees Universe think? Let us know @BleednYankeeBlu or me personally at @DManLucia. This could be interesting and fun to debate!!


 
Dan Lucia
BYB Writer
Twitter: @DManLucia

 



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TY HENSLEY & HIS GAME FACE


When we last left Ty Hensley, he was headed for Tommy John Surgery.  We wrote about it in TY HENSLEY: NEVER SAY QUIT. That was in April.



We had just interviewed him a few weeks before with an update on his rehab and recovery after his beating in Oklahoma over the holiday. It was tragic, but he was on his way back and really making progress... then the elbow.  That big recovery intreview was titled THE BOY FROM OKLAHOMA: A TY HENSLEY EXCLUSIVE. In it, the last thing he said to the BYB audience was:

"Thanks for following my journey so far. I promise this next part is gonna be a lot more exciting. I'll make y'all proud!"


And now, after Tommy John surgery... we wait for him to recover again.  But he will and he'll come back stronger, because he's Ty Hensley, the kid who doesn't quit.

Now, we haven't been able to communicate with Ty recently.  Clearly the Hensley's are keeping a low profile and I get that and respect it.  I did want to share his clever tweet with you though, and it just shows you the character and humor this young man has:

Get well soon Ty, and remember, Bleeding Yankee Blue is pulling for you.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

TANAKA WAS A SUCCESS AT SCRANTON


Note about Masahiro Tanaka who pitching in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight.  Things went well.

According to Hardball Talk, "Masahiro Tanaka took his first step toward rejoining the Yankees rotation tonight by tossing three scoreless innings in a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre."


According to David Lennon on Newsday:
OK Then.  Great freaking news.  I can't wait to see this guy back in the Bronx! I say 2 more rehab starts... what do you think?

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