• Rockaway Mike

    Borbon claimed by the Cubs.

    Unrelated – What does Randy Levine *do* around here, anyway?

    • Rick

      He’s the reason the new stadium was built. He worked for the city for a long time, he’s got all of the connections.

  • Rockaway Mike

    I commented instead of entering that as a question. Brutal.

  • djyank

    lol gregorious doesnt have a cano-like swing…maybe roger bernadina lol

    • Brian

      Not to be funny, but the difference between Cano and Gregorius in the minors is less than 5 hits per season. Mike just refuses to acknowledge facts objectively. And I sort of agree, the swing he displayed last night is super conducive to contact.

      • Chris

        You must think batting average is all that matters. His obp was better, and a much better slugging percentage. Two huge differences.

        • Brian

          His OBP would have reached the same levels as well, there wasn’t much of a gap there either. They are both debuting at the same age.

          From Mark Newman of Fangraphs:
          “Gregorius is not expected to be a ‘no hit’ option. His bat is still in the development phase. Don’t mistake that for a guy who will never hit just because he’s a better defender.”

          The swing is there. Once he fills out a little more, you can likely project more power as well. The point remains that there was not such an egregious disconnect as Mike made it out to be.

          • WhittakerWalt

            “His OBP would have reached the same levels as well”

            You know this how?

            • Sam

              Probably math? 5 more hits equals a higher average and subsequently higher OBP.

              • WhittakerWalt

                Math and fortune telling, you mean.

                • Rick

                  Just math, actually.

          • Preston

            Cano outperformed Gregorious in every way in the minors. And he made unexpected progress as an MLB player. He is far better than he ever projected to be. The idea that Gregorius is only slightly behind Cano’s MiLB numbers and so he is likely to develop into a similar player is ridiculous. Cano developed into a great hitter late so showing his total MiLB numbers doesn’t really reflect the talent he’s become.
            At age 21 Cano produced .283/.339/.457 line splitting the season between AA and AAA. Which at that point represented a big step forward for him. The following year he broke out hitting .333/.368/.574 at AAA and then in the majors he hit .297/.320/.458. At age 21 Gregorius produced a .289/324/.427 between A+ and AA. Now not only is that an inferior batting line, it comes at a lower level. At 22 he split time between AA/AAA he hit .265/.324/.393 and hit a very empty .300 in his cup of coffee in the majors. There is nothing in that season to indicate that he is going to break out the way Cano did. And in that I mean the Cano that was in 2004, because even after he’d became an established big leaguer Cano has obviously improved even more in unexpected and somewhat unprecedented ways and you shouldn’t expect any young player to improve in that way. Gregorius may be able to hit enough to be an adequate starting big league SS, but not a whole lot more. And 7 games where he raked at AAA doesn’t change to start the 2013 season doesn’t change that.

            • Sam

              No one even remotely implied he would be Cano. The original question contained a comment that said Didis swing remind the questioner of Cano. Mike said they weren’t comparable in the minors when it seems they were, to an objective extent. Also, while great analysis, didn’t Cano basically skip over AAA?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        The difference is not just five hits per season, the difference is about two doubles and three homers per season.

        You get on me about refusing to look at things objectively and base your argument on “the swing he displayed last night is super conducive to contact.” Get real.

        • Sam

          An opinion on a swing is more objective than refusing to openly interpret statistics refuting your argument.

  • Stan the Man

    Why is Mike still talking about Russell Martin like he was a gold glove defensive player and some kind of great offensive catcher? He had 21 HR’s last year, outside of that number and that number alone he was a below average player offensively and defensively. Cervelli is playing well right now and won’t have to do too much to surpass Martin’s overall numbers.

    • smokinblues

      Because when it comes to judging talent Mike is basically a hack who sticks to his guns and his favorite players and will never admit when he’s wrong about something…decent site, lousy administrator.

      • WhittakerWalt

        So you like the site, but you don’t like any of the writing? So what, you think the html coding is really good or something?

      • Travis L.

        Then feel free to vacate the site. Thats like walking into a bar and bitching that everyone is drinking. If you dont like it, leave and shut up. Problem solved.

      • Preston

        OMG he hasn’t changed his mind about two players after 14 games, what a stubborn ass!

    • Preston

      It’s absolutely true that given how he’s playing now Cervelli might end up being better than Martin this year and going forward. But he has at times in the past had serious defensive lapses (two catcher interference calls in one game last night was a little disturbing) and he did produce a pretty awful .246/.341/.316 in AAA last season. So there were plenty of reasons to doubt him (and frankly still are). Martin is a proven big league player who plays plus defense, walks at an elite level and hits for power. That’s not a bad option and the fact that he’s had a slow start doesn’t mean he won’t end up having a good season (he had a slow start last year).

  • OldYanksFan

    I have no doubt Martin will have a higher WAR then Brains. However, Martin makes $8.5m and Brains makes $0.5m. So in terms of bang for the buck, Brains might end up being the better deal…. especially since the Yanks are already at their highest payroll ever.

    Also, in order for the Yanks to hit $189m, they MUST play a bunch of kids. So part of letting Martin go was to have a look-see at Brains to see if he can hold the fort until one our our Catchers on the Farm is MLB ready.

    These decisions Cashman makes are not in a vacuum. This year and next are obviously difficult years, given the money wrapped up in Jeter, Teix, ARod and CC.

  • cid

    Mike, I wonder what amazing and talented IFers you would have convinced to be 6th and 7th on the Yankees depth chart? When they can get better jobs on other teams. This is where the blogger has no clue what a GM faces,

    And you hatred of Ichiro is annoying. I’ll think of you when he goes on a tear.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He doesn’t hate Ichiro, he hates the way Ichiro is (not) hitting.