Tagged: Matt Holliday

The Buzz: Yanks may wait for Crawford

Crawford 11:27.pngFoxSports.com reported a couple of days ago that the Yankees may pass on Matt Holliday and Jason Bay this off season, in order to pursue Rays OF Carl Crawford next off season.

Crawford will be 30 next off season. Crawford had 60 stolen bases this season, and has led the Majors in that category in four seasons. He has hit over .300 in four of his past five seasons.

This is a bad idea in my mind. Compared to Holliday, Crawford is just faster. Holliday has a much higher batting average, and much higher power numbers.

The essential truth here is that the Yankees need an outfielder right now. Holliday and Bay are not just free agents to look at, they are free agents that they actually need. The fact that they are defending champs should not alter their aggressiveness. If there is one thing that has made this team so successful, it’s their ambition to improve each and every year. Not the year after. ⧠

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Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees wait out for Crawford?(poll)

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Chat or Chuck: Matt Holliday

Hes the one we have all heard about. The most prized possession of the 2009-2010 off season. After a shaky ending in his time in St. Louis, Holliday is up in the air and ready to sign a big long term deal.

Player Profile:

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Age/Type FA: 29/A
Career (6 Seasons): .318 BA .933 OPS 152 HR 1030 H
Best Season (2007): .340 BA 216 H 137 RBI

Why Chat?:

  • He led the league in hits, batting average, RBI’s, and doubles in 2007.
  • He will only be 30 years old at the beginning of next season.
  • He is consistent, hitting over .300 in his past five seasons.
  • The Yankees need an outfielder with the absence of Damon and/or Matsui.
  • He wants to play on the east coast.
  • He has experience in the postseason, including the world series.

Why Chuck?:

  • He is a type A free agent and the Yankees will need to give up high draft picks again.
  • He won’t be cheap and will demand a long term contract.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chat.
This is the guy the Yankees need. This is the guy that can make the difference. Lets face it, Damon and Matsui will not be on the Yankees together next year, and the Yankees need to fill that hole. Holliday will make this team younger, and can be part of a core that will become a dynasty. The combination of Holliday, Teixeira, A-Rod, Sabathia, Chamberlain, Hughes, Cano, Burnett, and Cabrera looks nice for the next five years.

Predictions:
The Yankees have made it clear that there first priority is a starting pitcher. Having said that, the Yankees will go aggresivley after someone to fill that spot and will then come aggressively after Holliday later in the off season, with a big, long term deal.

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Poll of the Day:
What should the Yankees do about Holliday?(surveys)

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Chat or Chuck: Jason Bay

If you read my last post, you know the news. Jason Bay has reportedly turned down a 4-year $60 million contract from the Red Sox. At 12:01 am ET on Friday, Bay will be able to sign with any club. Any player who turns down a deal worth $15 million for 4 years, it probably means they are waiting for an offer from the Yankees. So, lets preview it.

Why Chat?:

  • He is a great power hitter, hitting over 30 home runs in four of his last five seasons.
  • He has driven in over 100 runs in four of his last five seasons.
  • He can play left field for the Yankees everyday, allowing an older player to slip into the DH spot.
  • He is relatively young at age 32.

Why Chuck?:

  • If the Yankees get Bay, there is a very little chance they will sign a better player in Holliday.
  • He wouldn’t come cheap after turning down a $60 million deal.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chat.
At least. I think the Yankees need to be aggressive going after Holliday first, and if he doesn’t work out, then Bay will be a very good fall back. Bay is a great player and could make this team great, not only with his own ability, but he can get Damon or Matsui off the field and into the DH spot. But, I do think it will be a problem if he wants a long term deal. The Yankees have too many long contracts and that will eventually lead to a team of a lot of old players. Hopefully he wants to play in New York, and the Yankees can get him for cheap.

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Johnny Damon
Hideki Matsui
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John Lackey

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Chat or Chuck: Jason Bay?(poll)

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Chat or Chuck: Hideki Matsui

For the Yankees, this one is probably the biggest question of the offseason. Do you keep the reigning World Series MVP at 37 years old, or do you let him go? It will be a tough decision, but lets weigh the options.

Why Chat?:

  • Quite simply, he is the reigning World Series MVP.
  • His approach is perfect for the new stadium and he is sure to hit a lot of home runs following his 28 this season, the second best total of his career.
  • He can provide protection for hitters like A-Rod or Cano.
  • He wants to play for the Yankees more than anyone else, so the Yankees could probably get him cheap.
  • He is a great hitter.

Why Chuck?:

  • He is going to be 37 years old.
  • His knees prevent him from playing the outfield, so he has zero versatility.
  • The Yankees don’t really need him.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck.
It’s time for Matsui to pack it up. Like I said, the Yankees just don’t need him. He may be a great hitter, but for anything else he is useless, and you need versatility to win games these days. The Yankees are better off going for a younger, better player in Holliday who can play the outfield. Also, the Yankees need to clear out that DH spot for some of their older players. Matsui, you were a great Yankee, but your time is up.

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Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees resign Matsui?(polls)

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8/19 Yankees vs. Athletics Preview

Both teams look to salvage final game in the rubber game of this three game set.


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Yankees @ Athletics
10:05 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Chad Gaudin
#41 RHP
(5-10) 5.13 ERA 108.2 IP 109 SO 1.537 WHIP
Chad makes his first start as a Yankee tonight. He will pitch against his former team who he was with in ’06 and ’07. Gaudin was a starter all year for the Padres, and in 19 starts, he was 4-10 with a 5.23 ERA. In four appearances against the A’s, Chad is 0-1 with a massive 27.00 ERA (he only pitched 2.1 innings). Gaudin has made two relief appearances for the Yankees, and has given up two runs in 3.1 innings pitched. 
Team Record:
Appearances: 8-14
Starts: 7-12
Run Support:
Games Started: 3.63 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (A’s):
Best BA: Bobby Crosby (1.000, 2 for 2)
Most PA: Nomar Garciaparra (6)
Most H: Bobby Crosby (2)
Most HR: None Hit
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Athletics Probable Pitcher:

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Brett Anderson
#49 LHP
(7-8) 4.55 ERA 126.2 IP 103 SO 1.326 WHIP
Anderson’s last start was a rare struggle for him. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in five innings pitched against the White Sox on August 14th. Brett has had two starts against the Yankees this year, and in both of them combines, he’s given up nine runs and eighteen hits in  twelve innings pitched. He has a 2.22 ERA in his last eight starts. This season at home, the rookie is 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA.
Team Record:
Starts: 10-12
Run Support:
Games Started: 4.44 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Best BA: Melky Cabrera (.800, 4 for 5)
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira (7)
Most H: Melky Cabrera (4)
Most HR: Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui (1)

8/17 Yankees vs. Athletics Preview

Yanks look to bounce back from blowout loss in Seattle, in first of three in Oakland.

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Yankees vs. Athletics
10:05 pm ET

Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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A.J. Burnett
#34 RHP
(10-5) 3.71 ERA 145.2 IP 130 SO 1.394 WHIP
Following porbably his best start of his career, Burnett was shaky against the Blue Jays in his last start. He surrendered three runs in six innings giving up 10 hits and throwing two more wild pitches. In his career at the Coliseum, Burnett has a 2.13 ERA. Against Oakland over the course of his career, A.J. is 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA and a WHIP of a little over one and a half. Since Burnett’s horrible start in Boston, he has an ERA of 2.50 in 11 starts. 
Tidbits:
No Athletics hitter has more than three hits against Burnett in their careers. Mark Ellis has the most PA against Burnett with 18. The Yankees are 16-7 when Burnett starts the game. The Yankees score an average of 5.83 runs scored when Burnett is on the mound.
Key to the Game:
The Athletics bullpen has an ERA of 3.76, which is considerably better than any of their starters. Its up to the Yanks to get to the starters, and get a lead before getting into that strong bullpen. 
Athletics Probable Pitcher:

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Brett Tomko
#23 RHP
(1-2) 5.23 ERA 20.2 IP 11 SO 1.258 WHIP
Brett was designated by assignment by the Yankees on July 22, and will be making his first appearance tonight as an Athletic. Brett made his last appearance as a Yankee on July 11th, when he gave up one run in 1.1 innings against the Angels. In five career games against the Yankees, Tomko is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP over two. In 260 career starts, Brett has an ERA of 4.66.
Tidbits:
A-Rod is 4 for 8 with two home runs in his career against Tomko. Johnny Damon has the most PA against Tomko in his career with 18.