Final Fall and Winter league stats including playoffs are listed below for all Yankees who played this offseason.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:
Colin Curtis--OF--Curtis had a terrific fall league. In 20 games he hit .397 (31-78), with 5 homers, 7 doubles, 18 rbi, 19 runs and an OBP of .472. He’ll be starting 2010 at AAA SWB.
Brandon Laird--Laird had a very good fall league hitting .333 (30-90) in 22 games. He added homers, 9 doubles, 24 rbi, 18 runs and an OBP of .406.
Austin Romine--Romine only played in 4 games at the AFL hitting .400 (6-15) with 2 rbi. He had no extra base hits. He’ll be starting 2010 at AA Trenton.
Grant Duff--Duff appeared in 10 games in relief picking up 2 saves. 9.1 innings, 3 ER, 7 hits, BAA .212.
DOMINCAN WINTER LEAGUE:
Ivan Nova-- The righty pitcher had a terrific winter league. He made 5 appearances, 4 starts going 1-0 with a very impressive 1.05 ERA. In 25.2 innings he allowed only 3 earned runs, 17 hits, 17 K’s--4 walks. Whip 0.82, BAA .187 Nova will be starting 2010 in the SWB rotation.
Edwar Ramirez--The righty reliever appeared in onl 3 games. He tossed 2.2 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk. He added 3 strikeouts. Whip 1.88, BAA .333.
Zack Segovia--RHP--recently picked up by the Yankees on a minor league deal. Segovia converted 6 of 7 save opportunites with a 0.71 ERA.
Jonathan Ortiz--The righty reliever appeared in 6 games for 4.0 innings. He did not allow a run, 4 hits, 3 K’s--1 walk. Whip 1.25, BAAA .267.
Wilkins Arias--had a busy winter league relieving in 26 games. 17.0 innings, 9 earned runs, 17 hits, 18 K’s--7 walks, Whip 1.41, BAA .258.
Noel Castillo--Castillo appeared in only 3 games. 2.0 innings, 5 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 K--4 walks.
MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE:
Ramiro Pena--Pena’s Culican team made the playoffs and Pena had an excellent postseason hitting at a .414 clip with 1 homer, 4 rbi and 5 runs scored. Pena appeared in 26 regular season games hitting .247 (21-85). He scored 10 runs, with 4 rbi, 3 doubles and 1 triple. OBP .340.
Reid Gorecki--recently signed to a minor league deal by the Yankees. Gorecki hit .250 with 5 homers. He added 17 stolen bases, 4th in the MWL.
Jon Weber--Weber was signed as a minor league free agent. His Mazatlan team made it to the Mexican League Championship series and he led the team in hitting with a .462 in the championship series. Overall in the postseason Weber hit .373 with 8 rbi, 7 runs, and 3 doubles. Weber hit .396 (65-164) in 40 MWL regular season games. He pounded 7 homers and 13 doubles to go along with 29 rbis and 30 runs scored. OBP .429, OPS 1.032. He’ll be playing at SWB in 2010.
Jorge Vasquez--Vaszuez had a rough postseason going just 3-21 with 1 solo homer for his only rbi and run scored. Vasquez played in 32 regular season games and showed some great power, hitting 11 homers and 5 doubles. He hit for a .252 average (31-123), with 26 rbi and 16 runs scored. He also struck out 25 times. OPS .877.
Walter Ibarra--Ibarra played in 34 games, hitting .250 (16-64) with 4 rbi and 10 runs scored.
VENEZULAN WINTER LEAGUE:
Francisco Cervelli--Cervelli only played in 6 games, hitting .214 (3-14) with 1 double, 4 K’s--3 walks. OBP .389.
Jesus Montero--Montero got in 9 games as a DH hitting just .115 (3-26) with 1 rbi. He had 3 K’s--3 walks.
Reegie Corona--Corona had a very good winter league. His Maganelles team made the VWL postseason going all the way to the championship series but they were defeated. He hit .344 overall in the postseason with 6 rbi, 6 runs, and 4 doubles. He hit an even .300 in the championship series. In 44 regular season games he hit .317 (44-129) with 2 HR, 17 doubles, 36 runs, 18 rbi, OBP. .435.
Edwar Gonzalez---Gonzalez was just resigned as a minor league free agent Feb 13 th for minor league depth. He hit .268 in 37 games with 11 rbi for Lara in the VWL. In 09 he played at AA Trenton as a rightfielder hitting .232.
Marcos Vechionacci--resigned as a free agent 2-13-10. He hit .260 in 37 games in the regular VWL season with 15 rbis. He had a very good playoffs for Maganelles. In 09 the 3rd baseman played in 112 games at AA Trenton hitting .213 with 10 homers and 43 rbis.
PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE:
Amaury Sanit---Sanit was the only Yankee player who played in the PRWL this season. He appeared in relief in 6 games posting 1 save. 4.1 innings, 4 earned runs on 9 hits.
Johnny Damon wants to get paid and the Yankees have resisted paying him what he wants.
There is still time for the Yankees to make a deal with Johnny Damon and for Damon to make a deal with them, just because there is no ticking clock here the way there is no real "budget" for the Yankees.
Damon? He should make a deal for the best possible reason, because this is the best possible place for him to continue playing baseball. The Yankees make the deal for the only reason that is supposed to matter:
They are a better team with him than they are without him and they don't have to lay off members of the grounds crew to get him.
You know how long this would take to work out? One day this week. That's if the Yankees really ever wanted him back in the first place. The idea that this somehow breaks Hal Steinbrenner's piggy bank is sillier than late-night talk shows.
It is good business for both sides to give a little here. But it is better business for the Yankees, because they really can make their team better and their fans happy (does anybody NOT want Damon back?) at the same time.
You know Yankee fans know the market, they know about all those Carl Crawfords out there next winter. But they are infinitely more interested in the season their team is about to play, and winning two in a row, and having their team resume its play as the baddest on the planet.
They're not being asked to break the bank here. It's not like the gap between the two sides is as wide as CC Sabathia. But are we really supposed to believe that Hal Steinbrenner found $180 million under the bed for Mark Teixeira last winter and now can't find whatever it will take to bring back a popular, winning ballplayer and stick him back in the No. 2 slot behind Jeter?
Come on. You know how many home runs Nick Johnson, Randy Winn and Brett Gardner hit among them last season? Thirteen.
Donnie Walsh, who runs the Knicks, uses a line all the time, one about how sometimes a player's value is different for your own team than it is for somebody else's. And we know agents frequently have a different number in mind than general managers, in any sport. Fair enough.
And we all sure get what's going on here between Johnny Damon and the Yankees, both sides have done everything except hire skywriters to get their messages out. Damon wants to get paid, the Yankees have resisted paying him what he wants.
The Yankees have discovered a bottom line this winter, which required more digging, I'm thinking, than the digging they had to do to get that Red Sox T-shirt out from under the new Yankee Stadium. Most baseball executives, starting with the commissioner of baseball himself, believed that young Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman were more likely to produce the Loch Ness monster than an actual budget.
While the Yankees are excited to get started on trying to repeat as World Series champions, a few teammates acknowledged they are sad that Johnny Damon won't be joining them in that quest.
"Obviously, any of the guys we lose from last year, you hate to see that. We wanted to keep that team intact," Andy Pettitte said Saturday at a autograph session for Steiner Sports in New Rochelle. "It doesn't look like we're going to sign Johnny back ... and that's a big loss, but I think we're excited about the additions, too. Every year your team is going to make changes.
"But I know Johnny loved it here and wanted to come back, and I'm sure if there's another chance in the future that he'd love to come back. Obviously it was a money situation."
Brett Gardner should benefit greatly from Damon's departure with a chance for a starting role in 2010, but the speedster called Damon "one of the older guys who's helped me a lot the last two years," before adding, "Johnny means a lot to the team, and you hate to see people like that go."
With the addition of Curtis Granderson and Randy Winn to the outfield mix, GM Brian Cashman said early in the week that it hasn't been decided whether Gardner will be the Yanks' left fielder or center fielder this season.
"We haven't really talked about it," Gardner said. "I just want to get the opportunity to play every day, no matter where it is."
Nick Swisher also likes the Yankees' offseason moves, despite Damon's exit.
"It's not my call, but obviously Johnny's a great friend and was my locker mate from spring training on," Swisher said. "But Curtis is a great player, too, and Randy Winn, same thing. So I think this year is going to be tremendous."
Meantime, Joba Chamberlain said he's been preparing as a starter for spring training despite the addition of Javier Vazquez to the rotation. Whether a starter or setup man for Mariano Rivera, Chamberlain added that he's looking forward to the end of the restrictive "Joba Rules."
"It's part of growing up and part of the process, but I look forward to not having to talk about it anymore," Chamberlain said. "I think that's the plan. ... (The rules) get a little frustrating sometimes, but I was happy they cared enough to do that."
MAC REAX: Pettitte, who admitted to using HGH after being outed in the Mitchell Report in 2007, reacted to Mark McGwire's recent steroids admission. "You really just hate to see it, you hate to see that he has to go through that," Pettitte said. "You know what he's dealing with from a certain standpoint with the media. I met Mark a few times and he was awesome to me, so it's something you hate to see come out. I have no advice for him. It's all out. He's come out with it and now hopefully he can put it behind him."
Lots of Yankee fans were up in arms a few days ago when word got out that the nerds at Baseball Prospectus projected the Yankees to finish in third place in the AL East despite winning 93 games. How could that be possible with their lineup and increasingly deep rotation? Well, said nerds have gone back and adjusted their standings, correcting mistakes, tweaking the process, etcetera, etcetera.
This time around, they have the Yankees and Red Sox tied atop the AL East with identical 93-69 records and identical +122 run differentials. The Rays are knocked back to third place with 92 wins and a +114 run differential. I’m not going to post the full league standings because they’re behind a pay wall, but here’s the only division you probably care about…
Furthermore, they project the Yanks to have the best OBP in the game by almost ten points, and not coincidentally the most runs scored in the league by 28. Only three teams are projected to win 90+ games, and you’re looking at them in the chart above. Say what you will about the validity of the rankings, but they are very good at giving us a general idea of what is likely to happen. Despite laughter from the masses, PECOTA nailed the Rays’ breakout in 2008 the the ChiSox’s collapse in 2007, for example.
The Yankees and Red Sox might not tie atop the division with 93 wins, but chances are they’ll finish 1-2 in a tight race. The Yanks will probably push more than 855 runs across the plate, but the idea is that they have the best lineup in the league. The Mets … well they’re still expected to finish in fourth place. I’m not sure if that accounts for that huge Josh Fogg pickup, though.
Joba Chamberlain's eyes are set squarely on the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation.
The right-handed pitcher told The Post last night that he will arrive in Tampa next week -- well before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for spring training -- with the idea he's a starting pitcher for 2010. Team brass has told him to have that mindset.
But Chamberlain also said he isn't taking anything for granted knowing that Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves, among others, are chasing the same carrot.
"I'm going to go in and understand a lot of guys are fighting for that spot," Chamberlain said after an autograph signing in New Rochelle in conjunction with Steiner Sports. "Nothing is guaranteed."
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OFFSEASON NUGGETS: Mariano Rivera jokingly shakes Alex Rodriguez during an autograph signing yesterday, where Joba Chamberlain (left) said he plans to be in the starting rotation. Paul J. Bereswill;
Hughes is Chamberlain's primary competition for the final spot in the Yankees' rotation behind CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez.
Hughes pitched effectively from the bullpen last year, mostly in a setup role for Mariano Rivera, and Chamberlain had a shaky season as a starter, finishing 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA as he faced an innings limit toward the end of the season. Chamberlain spent the postseason in the bullpen, leading to speculation he and Hughes, who struggled most notably in the ALCS and World Series, might trade places in 2010. That could still happen, as Hughes is expected to receive a long look for the rotation.
Chamberlain said he's most excited about the addition of Vazquez, whom the Yankees obtained last month in a trade with the Braves that included Melky Cabrera.
Vazquez pitched for the Yankees in 2004 and struggled, leading to his departure after surrendering a grand slam to Boston's Johnny Damon in Game 7 of the ALCS.
"I think Javier Vazquez is excited to come back here and has something to prove," Chamberlain said.
Even in the dead of winter, the Yankees are the biggest show around.
Alex Rodriguez, Rivera, Pettitte, Burnett, Chamberlain and Nick Swisher were among the players who entertained nearly 3,000 fans at yesterday's autograph signing.
With pitchers and catchers less than three weeks away from reporting to camp, several Yankees were still basking in the glory of last year's world championship, but also ready to start discussing 2010.
For several of the players yesterday was the first time seeing each other since November's tickertape parade along Broadway. Rodriguez had a giant bear hug for his friend Rivera.
"What a great team and great accomplishment," Rivera said. "We're like a family. It was great seeing everyone. It was like a family reunion. I like the team this coming year."
Chamberlain said he is done celebrating last season's accomplishments.
"We understand what we did last year, but this is a New Year," Chamberlain said. "We're the 2009 world champions, but it doesn't mean anything now that it's 2010."
I think it’s pretty great that the Yankees are sending the World Series trophy on a bit of a tour this winter. They’ve usually been very protective it — and they still are based on the handlers with white gloves — but it’s great to get it out into the public. Next stop on the World Series Trophy Tour is Asia. Here are the highlights of the press release, plus a picture of the trophy boarding it’s flight.
The New York Yankees announced that they are bringing their 2009 World Series championship trophy to Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong on a six-day tour beginning Sunday, January 31.
The Yankees delegation will include Team President Randy Levine, Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman, Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman, Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales and Sponsorships Michael Tusiani, Director of Pacific Rim Operations George Rose, Executive Director of Stadium Event Security Todd Letcher and Media Relations Manager Michael Margolis.
The trophy will arrive at Tokyo’s Narita Airport on Sunday, January 31 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (“JST”, 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time), marking the first time the Yankees have brought their World Series trophy to Asia.
On Monday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m. JST, a historic moment will take place at the MLB Café in Tokyo as the Yankees’ 2009 World Series trophy will be on display alongside the Yomiuri Giants’ 2009 Japan Series championship trophy in the first-ever instance of the two titles being side-by-side. The Yankees’ delegation will be joined by Yomiuri Giants owner Takuo Takihana and MLB Asia Vice President Jim Small. Following an exchange of gifts and a brief press conference, the two trophies will remain on hand for fans to enjoy throughout the evening.
Following a travel day from Tokyo to Beijing, the capital of China, Yankees officials will meet with the China Baseball Association (CBA) on Wednesday, February 3. The Yankees created a partnership with the CBA on January 29, 2007, when the pair drafted a Memorandum of Understanding that formalized the CBA’s first strategic alliance with a Major League Baseball club. At 2:00 p.m. China Standard Time (“CST”, 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time), the groups will hold a press conference at New World Hotel Beijing, Hu Jia Lou, Chao Yang District.
The trophy will make its first public appearance in the world’s most populous country on Wednesday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. CST at the New World Department Store located at No. 3 Chong Wen Men Wai Da Jie, Chongwen District, Beijing. Media and fans are invited to the press conference, which will include the full Yankees delegation, CBA officials and New World representatives.
The Beijing Yankees, 2009 winners of the first annual Diamond Cup, which is given to the champions of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” youth baseball program in China, are also expected to be in attendance. Yankees executives and the young players will join together at Wednesday’s event to celebrate their respective championships. After the media portion of the program, the trophy will be exhibited for all in attendance.
Following a travel day on Thursday, February 4, the trophy will make its Hong Kong debut on Friday, February 5 at 2:30 p.m. CST at New World Development’s recently-opened K11 mall at 18 Hanoi Road TST, where media will have an opportunity to speak to members of the Yankees delegation. Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy the trophy in its final public appearance in Asia, as it will be displayed among other world-class works of art.
* The trophy “will be displayed among other world-class works of art.” How cool is that?
Earlier this week, the Baseball Prospectus projection system, PECOTA, predicted a third-place finish for the Yankees. In an updated version of the projection, the Yankees are now predicted to finish 93-69, tied with the Red Sox for the best record in baseball.
The latest projection has the Yankees scoring fewer runs — down to 855, still the most in baseball — but also predicts a much better season from the pitching staff, with the expected runs allowed down to 733, which is 56 fewer than in the first PECOTA prediction.
Why the change? I don’t know the entire process, but these folks are trying to predict an entire baseball season, and that probably requires some tweaks along the way. They’ve been pretty good at it in the past. The numbers might not be exactly right, but PECOTA usually gives a pretty good glimpse of the big picture. The real gutsy prediction here is the American League West. Talk about going against conventional thinking!
Also wanted to pass along this picture of CC Sabathia, his wife Amber and his mother Margie Sabathia Lanier at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Thurmon Field, which Sabathia recently helped renovate. Here’s the story – in press release form — and the picture.
It was only less than one year ago when New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia returned to see the first field he ever played on at North Vallejo Little League. What he discovered was covered with weeds and totally unsuitable for children to play baseball. As a man who believes in the importance of giving youth as many opportunities as possible, Sabathia and his PitCCh In Foundation™, vowed to make a change. The reconstructed Thurmon Field will open with a field ceremony on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 9 a.m., followed by the North Vallejo Little League All Star baseball clinic at 10 a.m.
The result of an intense two-month schedule of construction, coordinated by the Good Tidings Foundation and project general contractor Robert A. Bothman, Inc., this revitalized field will include new irrigation including lateral lines, new heads, valves and controller; new infield dirt, new bases, pitching rubber and home plate; new dugouts; new electronic scoreboard; a black vinyl coated chain link fence donated by the California Fence Contractors Association, and 37,000 square feet of sod provided by West Coast Turf. It will be the exact same turf as the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum where the Oakland A’s play. In addition, the field will be adjoined by a rebuilt snack bar with new electrical and the addition of a new water line, floor and roof.
“We had a lot of help from some very dedicated people who are equally passionate as me about making sure kids get to play this great game of baseball,” explained Sabathia. “Thinking back to what was here in terms of weeds and old dugouts to what we have now, I’m as excited as the kids on the first day of the season.”