Dec
04

Update: Yankees agree to one-year deal with Kelly Johnson

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Wednesday: The Yankees and Johnson have agreed to a deal, according to Jon Heyman. It’s a one-year pact worth approximately $3M and is still pending a physical. Very nice addition and Joe told you why earlier today.

Tuesday: Via Joel Sherman: The Yankees are close to signing Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract worth $2.75-3M. The 31-year-old makes a lot of sense for New York as a left-handed hitting role player who can provide some power and handle second, third, and left field if need be. Worst case scenario: here’s your Robinson Cano replacement.

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  1. RetroRob says:

    They will need to add a right-handed bat here eventually…eventually.

    • forensic says:

      You would certainly hope so. They’re bringing in lots of lefties who can’t really hit lefties much.

      • Chip says:

        Soriano, Jeter, Tex, A-Rod/whomever plays third are guys who have either held their own or destroyed lefties in their careers. The problem last season was that every decent right handed hitter on the team got hurt at once

        • forensic says:

          And that happening again to Jeter, Tex, and A-Rod isn’t exactly unlikely considering their recent histories.

          • Cool Lester Smooth says:

            Jeter having a fluke injury that he aggravated and re-aggravated doesn’t make him injury prone now that he’s been able to rest up.

            • The Other Mister D says:

              A shortstop at his age coming off those injuries, it isn’t hard to imagine him a) getting injured again and/or b) significantly downgraded offensively.

              • MartinRanger says:

                Granted, but even before his 2012 resurgence, he still killed lefties.

              • nycsportzfan says:

                Lets not forget who were talking about. If anyone can bounce back and have a big yr is the captain.

                • OldYanksFan says:

                  Yes. Granted… he’s old, but NOT injury prone.
                  Last year, he did not reinjure the ankle.
                  The problem was his legs were weak and out of shape.
                  Because of the ankle, he did not have enough time to get his legs in MLB-ready shape.

                  Jeter is a proud man, and will try to disprove all the naysayers. You can bet that this offseason, he will work very hard to be ready for the 2014 season.

                  I don’t expect great numbers, but I expect he will be able to play 80-100 games at SS, and (142 – (80 to 100)) games at DH. (Meaning 20 days off).

                  • I'm a looser baby so why don't you kill me? says:

                    Yeah I think his pride is a major (and good) factor here. Whether this is his last year or not, he doesn’t want anything remotely approaching 2013 to be how he goes out and will work overtime to do everything humanly possible to ensure that it isn’t.

                  • nycsportzfan says:

                    I agree. Hes got a full offseason to heal and his upper body will essentialy of had over a full yr to get rested and healthy. To be honest, he could be his freshest hes been in yrs this season, assuming the ankle holds up. It would not be surprising in the least bit if he won comeback player of the yr with something like 302BA 10hr 67rbi 180hits..

              • BamBamMusings says:

                That’s what they said about Mariano.

      • Deep Thoughts says:

        Whatevs. David Price is getting traded, most likely out of the division, and we can just lose to Lester 4 out of 5 times as per usual.

    • Dan G says:

      Interesting signing. Pair him w/ the recently non tendered arancibIa & you’ve got a nice ibanez/a jones bench platoon. Add Reynolds and cut wells/ ichi and suddenly you have decent depth at 4 of 5 IF spots.

      This and the ellsbury deal have me thinking they actually don’t really want cano or they wouldn’t be negotiating so hard after just throwing money at Ellsbury and McCann

      PS sorry in advance for autocorrect

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I’m still holding out hope they bring back Mark Reynolds also

  2. dkidd says:

    bye bye david adams and jayson nix

  3. Chip says:

    Sounds like the Cano camp got an ultimatum from the Yankees and chose to ignore it. What a crazy night

      • Chip says:

        I’m just speculating, didn’t mean it that way.

        It just seems the sort of deal where you tell Cano that the money budgeted for him is going to be gone if he doesn’t sign now and the Cano camp called them on it.

        • Ryan D says:

          I actually saw on twitter per some source close to the Yankees (can’t remember who) that they are still intent on signing Cano as well as a SP. It’s entirely possibly the $189 mil is out the window for this year, or maybe they’re confident in the ARod hearing. I’m just glad to see some money getting laid out.

          • The Other Sam says:

            If $189 mil is out the window, the Cano camp doesn’t have much incentive to come down in price what with the open checkbook and all. Sends a message to anyone thinking of making Cano an offer as well.

  4. FIPster Doofus says:

    If he’s in as a utility guy, terrific. If he’s in to replace Cano, awful.

  5. Dan says:

    I like it. This lineup needs power. Now they need to trade Gardy for a SP, and sign a righty power hitter with bad splits to platoon with Johnson (assuming they sign Cano).

  6. Jersey Joe says:

    Not sure if this is a precursor to trading Gardner (moving Johnson to OF), or to not signing Cano. Either one makes me very sad.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Or it’s a precursor to an A-Rod suspension, a Cano signing, a Reynolds signing and a Johnson/Reynolds 3B platoon.

      • dkidd says:

        that’s my guess

        there’s no way they’re letting cano get away

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          I hope your guess is correct. Cano is obviously the panacea at 2B and Johnson/Reynolds, although not great, would be palatable enough as a platoon. They’d be a major improvement over the non-A-Rod dreck the Yankees had at 3B last year.

          • dkidd says:

            i’m greedy. i want cano and a-rod to only get 50 games

            after june, we have

            ellsbury
            jeter
            cano
            a-rod
            tex
            mccann
            soriano
            gardner
            ichiro

            • FIPster Doofus says:

              Yes, please.

            • Betty Lizard says:

              My dream.

            • Joel says:

              Take A-Rod out of that lineup because he’s been suspended, and put a Johnson/Reynolds platoon in, and the team doesn’t lose much (if any) hitting, but gains about 20million for Cano’s contract, and/or starting pitching. Plus, Purple-Lips the Cheater isn’t on the team, which takes away the circus atmosphere and dark cloud that he brings. Much better.

              • Farewell Mo says:

                Agree 100%

              • OldYanksFan says:

                The ‘Cheater’? How about Melky, Peralta, Cruz, Big Papi and the literally hundreds of other ‘cheaters’ who either haven’t fessed up or been caught yet?

                I don’t condone what ARod did, but why is he soooooo horrible when others aren’t even mentioned, and go on to sign big contracts?

                The whole ‘A-Roid’ thing is media driven. It’s a shame when Yankee fans mirror it.

                • I'm a looser baby so why don't you kill me? says:

                  Amen.

                • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

                  Bingo

                • Joel says:

                  Yeah, they’re cheaters too. He’s a cheater. They’re cheaters. What’s your point? He’s less of a cheater because there are other cheaters? He’s a cheater. He’s an albatross. He’s a team cancer. Apologizing for A-Rod is ridiculous. He’s not who you thought he was. He’s not who you want him to be. He’s an average hitter now, who gets paid an absurd amount of money. If he’s suspended for the year, it’s GOOD for the Yankees. Let him go, OldYanksFan. He’s over.

            • nycsportzfan says:

              How crazy would it be to see Gardner, Ichiro, Ells, and Captain setting the table for Cano/Arod/Tex/Mcann/Soriano?? Jesus, we’d have hit and run galore, and pitchers would go nuts having to deal with Gardy, Ells, Ichiro, Jeets, and Sori on the base paths.

      • Dicka24 says:

        My thoughts exactly.

  7. CashmanNinja says:

    Yesssssss! Ok, now this is a move I am thrilled about. I love what Johnson brings to the table for that price tag. Even if he’s strictly a utility guy…he’s a hell of a utility guy. Plus he’s insurance in case we lose Cano. I love this move.

  8. forensic says:

    I sure hope this is as a utility guy and not as a Cano replacement. Seems a little redundant and moderately expensive considering what they already have in the organization, though.

  9. TheRealGreg says:

    This night has clearly sent s message to Cano’s camp that the Yankees are not going to wait around for him

  10. U says:

    I’m all out of whack right now and in a good way. I don’t know what’s next. This could be insurance, replacement for Cano with a savings of $250mm, or perhaps Gardner is on the move, maybe to Athletics are part of a package for Anderson. Who really knows, but I’m ok with everything so far. They are in fact, signing BASEBALL PLAYERS!

  11. Avi says:

    Brett Gardner had more extra base hits this year than Jacoby Ellsbury.
    WORST SIGNING IN SPORTS HISTORY PEROID.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      I’m not crazy about it. But you have to stop

      • Avi says:

        I’m sorry but it’s a horrible waste of money; even if he plays every inning of every game over the next seven years. And his terribly injury prone. Any logical fan of the sport will tell you that.
        How you penny pinch and let guys like Martin, Ibnez and Chavez go and then spend like money isn’t an object like this is totally beyond me.

        • TheRealGreg says:

          Look below

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          You realize Ellsbury is one of the most valuable players in the league when he’s on the field, right? So, if he plays every inning the next seven years, he’d easily live up to the contract.

          • Avi says:

            I disagree that he’s one of the most valuble players in the league as a center fielder. As a left fielder it’s not even a discussion. In left the discussion is how much above average he might be.

          • OldYanksFan says:

            How do you get ‘one of the most valuable players in the league when he’s on the field’?

            In 7 years, he has a fWar of 23.7 and a bWar: 21.0.
            That’s very nice. Not All-Star level, but above average.

            Up to age 30, he has been worth maybe $18m/yr.
            Do you expect him to match his part production over the next 7 years…. for $22m/yr?

            • I'm a looser baby so why don't you kill me? says:

              Total WAR depends on playing time, ie it’s a counting stat. So his injuries cost him WAR. His WAR/game numbers are insane. If he’s on the field he will more than earn his contract.

            • OldYanksFan says:

              Ellsbury has played about 6 full years.
              Gardner has player about 4 full years.
              So who is the better CF’er here?

              Ellsbury: 4.0 dWar, 27 Defensive Runs Saved.
              Gardner: 8.5 dWar, 84 Defensive Runs Saved.

              Ellsbury: 0.0066 bWAR per PA, 0.0074 fWAR per PA
              Gardner: 0.0087 bWAR per PA, 0.0080 fWAR per PA

              So the more valueable player is?
              Now you want to look at salary?

              • I'm One says:

                Don’t forget that most of Gardner’s time came in LF, not CF. Those numbers would be down if he were in CF.

                • OldYanksFan says:

                  You mean UP? Gritners WAR numbers would be higher as a CF’er. However, Ellsbury hasn’t spent his whole career in CF either.

              • nycsportzfan says:

                Ells is more dangerous at the plate. You’ll never see Gardner get double digit HR’s, and i have a feeling Ells is gonna be more of a HR threat then hes been in NY, and can just flat out make consistent hard contact. Offensivley, is where they really differ.

        • Avi says:

          Also an OF of Beltran in right, Gardner in center And Soriano in left >>>>> ellsbury in center Gardner in left and Soriano in right. It’s better offensively for sure, and probably defensively too when you consider the lack of arm sori has for right. Oh.. And you save at least $100mm! With the first too. Just total bull shit from the yankee hierarchy.

          • Chris H says:

            The argument isn’t for Beltran over Ellsbury, given Jacoby’s defense in center he’s the more valuable all around player. The argument should be for Choo over Ellsbury, Choo was the best lead off man in baseball this year with his elite plate discipline and pitch selection. Gardner hitting first and Choo second is much better than Gardner/Ellsbury or Ellsbury/Jeter.

            • Mscott says:

              Unless of course the opposition is pitching someone who happens to be left-handed (which of course NEVER happens in Yankee Stadium) – at which point it would be preferable to bat you or me instead of Choo.

        • Get Phelps Up (looking for a new name) says:

          Just saying, Ibanez was worth 0 fwar last season.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Jacoby Ellsbury led the world champions in WAR.

    • Albert Pujols says:

      Hi

    • Mr. Roth says:

      Ellsbury also stole 28 more bases than Gardner and got thrown out 4 less times. I think that more than makes up for the 3 less XBHs that Ellsbury had.

  12. Barney G says:

    Like this move. Right now, you gotta figure Sori is going to see the bulk of the time in RF, Johnson can spell him and fill in/spell AROD at 3rd.

    Sure, teams could be going 1st to 3rd on Sori/Johnson like crazy, but Ellsbury and Gardner are going to cover so much ground in LF/CF that it shouldn’t really matter.
    You’ve got to think that his bat plays well with the porch in RF too.

  13. TJF says:

    Good ballplayer, good addition, great price. Utility at best with some spot starts, I don’t think a starter or a Cano replacement at all.

    Pitching please…….

  14. Get Phelps Up (looking for a new name) says:

    3B platoon with Reynolds, I’m hoping.

  15. TheRealGreg says:

    So resign Reynolds to be the RH batter.

  16. TWTR says:

    When you are willing to give seven years to a player who has been injured as often as Ellsbury, it makes sense to just keep spending.

  17. RetroRob says:

    There’s been more Yankee news tonight than all of the last off season.

  18. The Thumb says:

    I still can’t rest peacefully until Robbie is resigned.

  19. Ed says:

    Great signing.

    Gives NY protection in case they do not sign Cano or have difficulty getting someone for 3b. If they accomplish both, they have a good utility guy. 2.5 million is cheap insurance.

  20. Brooklyn Ed says:

    I’m assuming everyone (McCann, Ellsbury, and Johnson) will get introduced on Thursday?

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Doubt it. Ellsbury will get his own presser in the coming weeks and Johnson isn’t even an official signing yet, nor is he worthy of a presser.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        For that matter, it’s probably gonna take a little while for the Ellsbury signing to be official, too. It definitely won’t be by tomorrow.

    • Barney G says:

      Probably not Ellsbury. If there’s anyone who needs a thorough examination it’s that guy

  21. Cuso says:

    This team is getting very left-handed

    • MartinRanger says:

      Is it? In terms of impact/potential impact right-handed hitters we’ve got Soriano, Jeter (who is sure to kill lefties if nothing else), and Teix from his better side. Plus Ellsbury and god-willing Cano who can very much hold their own against same-siders. And McCann’s poor year against them last year doesn’t match his career stats (and hopefully Cervelli gets a fair number of ABs against them next year). Add in Reynolds to platoon with Johnson and that’s actually a pretty balanced lineup.

      I’d be more worried if they loaded up on strict platoon types like Choo.

      • Chris H says:

        I’d live with Choo’s career. 680 OPS vs LHP over Ellsbury’s .733 in return for Choo’s career .932 OPS vs RHP over Ellsbury’s .813. Roughly a third of the league is right handed.

  22. Alex says:

    Pair him with Reynolds and we should see 30 bombs next year. Plus the roster is getting crowded lets hope that Cash can find a taker for Ichiro. On the flipside whats with all the bats at this rate we will have a killer lineup and have C.C. pitching every other day.

    • TWTR says:

      Why would any team give up anything of value Ichiro? They should just DFA him if he won’t retire.

    • MartinRanger says:

      If the Yankees want to clear their glut of outfielders, it should be the one who quite possibly sucks even more and doesn’t count against the luxury tax who should get the boot.

      • Alex says:

        It should be both Wells and Ichiro but Wells is Right handed and doesn’t cost the team a dime. We are stuck with him.

        • MartinRanger says:

          But Wells can’t hit lefties any better than righties, or anyone for that matter. His handedness isn’t worth much when he isn’t actually a platoon hitter.

          • MartinRanger says:

            Okay he can hit them slightly better than righties. Ichiro is a lot more valuable defensively though, and has some speed left.

        • TWTR says:

          v. LHP:

          Ichiro: 321 .331 .421 .753 (166 PA)

          Wells: .269 .318 .379 .697 (198 PA)

          • MartinRanger says:

            based on Wells’ last few years vs. lefties prior to 2013, Ichiro still makes more sense. handedness isn’t everything.

            that said, I’d like a righty bench bat.

          • OldYanksFan says:

            Looking at his Career stats, Ichi has been very, very slightly better against LHP. I will guess that is because it is hard to jam him inside, since he is half way to 1B by the time he swings.

        • Caballo Sin Nombre says:

          The Yankees would have to eat most of Ichiro’s contract, so he would still cost them $5M. Plus, Ichiro was a better player than Wells last year (Wells was BELOW replacement level). Keeping Wells might make sense if it helps them stay under $189M; but if they’ve given up on that, Ichiro is a significantly better player. Finally, even if you don’t buy that, Ichiro is still an excellent defender, which is of value in a bench player.

    • I'm a looser baby so why don't you kill me? says:

      I think they’d just DFA Wells and keep Ichiro as the 4/5 OFer.

  23. Cuso says:

    So, no Chavez then…

  24. MartinRanger says:

    I’m still interested to see what Adams could do in a platoon, but Reynolds is the more sure thing. If they replace A-Rod for roughly 10 mil that’s a job pretty well done.

    Also more more for Cano (and Tanaka if MLB can sort themselves out).

    • forensic says:

      Adams isn’t going to do much, but Reynolds is far from a sure thing. Personally, I still want nothing to do with him on the Yankees.

      • MartinRanger says:

        Adams has hit at every level so far. One bad summer is not enough to convince me he’s useless in MLB.

        Reynolds is fine if he’s used in ways that play to his strengths. If he’s asked to be the everyday 3rd baseman, it’s going to get ugly.

        • Alex says:

          Everyday no but a platoon with Johnson he’ll be fine. Although I think he’ll find more playing time somewhere else, being a platoon righty is not exactly prestigious. The Astros make the most sense for Reynolds.

          • MartinRanger says:

            Reynolds was released mid-season by the Indians and barely played better as a Yankee. I’d say his days of prestige are behind him. He’s more likely to want to be on a winner.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        I’d say Reynolds is a pretty sure thing to be basically league average offensively vs. LHPs. Same goes for Johnson vs. RHPs. So, I’d be more than fine with them as a platoon. They’d help make for a deep lineup as complements to the likes of Cano, Ellsbury, Teixeira, McCann, Gardner and Soriano.

        • OldYanksFan says:

          Career-wise, Johnson is pretty much the same against LHP or RHP. However, his career OPS+ is 106 in the NL(6 yrs) and 93 in the AL(3 yrs). 1 yr at $3m can’t really hurt, but he won’t have a lot of impact.

  25. PunkPitch says:

    Someone in the front office finally appears to be hatching a plan – Call it Strong Up The Middle 101. If anything, it tells me Cashman has absolutely ZERO faith in the farm system. Most of Romine, Murphy, Sanchez, Heathcott, Nd Mason Williams will never wear pinstripes in the Bronx.

    • Ale says:

      As of right now the Yankee minor leaguers can’t put two strong years together, so I see no reason to trust them until they prove they can be trusted.

    • MartinRanger says:

      Well, Murphy and Romine have already worn pinstripes in the bronx. Just saying.

      Also, Mason cratered last year, Heathcott is one collision away from exploding, and Sanchez is at least two years away.

      Not much to ‘have absolutely ZERO faith’ in, really.

      • The Other Sam says:

        For a completely subjective opinion, that’s what makes Heathcott fun to look forward to. Kid’s a bit wild. As long as he produces, that’s good entertainment.

        I’m content to see what Cervelli can do next season, but I’d like to see Murphy backing up soon. Romine – trade bait.

  26. mustang says:

    Here is the 189 death count:

    With McCann they were at 115 (for 8 players) add Ellsbury’s 22 and Johnson 3 that’s an even 140.

    Cano- 25
    Kuroda- 16
    Tanaka-10

    That’s 191 for 13 players of course if they lose A-Rod then Bingo!!!

    • MartinRanger says:

      I think plan 189 is -completely- dependent upon A-Rod’s suspension.

      They are betting he’s gone. Frankly, with what we’ve seen this winter, it’s hard to say they are wrong about that. If the player’s union won’t fight for A-Rod, he’s not going to win.

    • Joel says:

      This is the right way to handle the offseason. Play it like Arod is going to be suspended while staying under the 189. They field a contender, satisfy the fans, and possibly (probably) avoid the luxury tax.

      If Arod comes back, oh well. They pay the tax and have another hitter.

  27. Avi says:

    I’d rather have granderson at the same contract than Elsburry. Chances are grandy get less than half the money. I can’t wrap my head around this fucking deal.

    • Chris H says:

      No way is Granderson’s poor defense in LF at an older age better than Ellsbury elite D in CF over the next 7 years. Not liking this deal is one thing, perfering Granderson at the same price is insane.

      • OldYanksFan says:

        Show me ONE stat that has Ellsbury’s D in CF as elite.
        As a matter of fact….
        Show me ONE stat that has Ellsbury’s D in CF as above average.

        • Chris H says:

          Well to start defensive runs saved had him as the 4th best CF in the game this year, Career UZR/150 in CF of 8.0, UZR/150 this season in CF of 12.9 (16.1 in 2011), career RngR in CF 42.0. I’m not sure how anyone can say when he’s playing over a 1000 innings of CF he isn’t above average at least.

  28. mustang says:

    “11:45pm: Ellsbury’s deal includes a no-trade clause, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com”

    Hell why not

    LMAO!

  29. Dicka24 says:

    IIRC, Gardner, Soriano, Wells, and Ichiro are all FA’s at the end of the season. So the Yanks will have openings in the OF in 2015. That being said, their farm has regressed for sure.

    I like the idea of Reynolds, cuz he can play both corners in the IF.

    If they carry 13 position players, their bench would have 4 slots. Assuming Johnson is the starting 3B, and Reynolds is signed cuz Arod is out, that would leave:

    Wells
    Ichiro
    Ryan
    SD utility guy (forget his name)
    Cervelli
    Reynolds

    For 4 spots. 5 if they carry 11 pitchers.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      There’s still lanes present for young players to work their way in.

      Let them earn it. If Slade Heathcott hits and fields this year like he should be a starting outfielder for the New York Yankees, he’ll get his chance once Sori leaves.

      • I'm a looser baby so why don't you kill me? says:

        Exactly. Prior to the Ellsbury deal we had zero OFers on the roster in 2015. And now we have one. So yup – definitely opportunity for the kids.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre says:

      They are not carrying three backup infielder for four bench spots. If Reynolds is signed, Dean Anna waits at AAA until someone is hurt.

      For the OF, Ichiro is better but Wells is cheaper. If they are giving up on the $189M, wells gets cut. If they need to slice and dice to get under $189M, then they try to get someone to pick up $2-3M of the $7M they owe in 2013. But it seems odd they would do that, when they just threw $3M extra at Jeter.

  30. MartinRanger says:

    Right now I’m more worried about the rotation than the offense. And I say this as someone pretty bullish on Phelps and Nova.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      The rotation is shit at the moment. Sabathia’s coming off a terrible year, Nova has never put it together for a full season, Pineda hasn’t pitched since the Taft administration, and Phelps was a 5.00 ERA guy in 2013.

    • Joel says:

      Cross your fingers on Kuroda and Tanaka. One would help. Two would be perfect.

      • Alex says:

        As much as we would all like to think differently Tanka is no sure thing either.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          I woulden’t mind seeing them jump in on the Samardzija front and see if they can work a deal with the Cubs. They are investing bigtime in the lineup and losing some picks by doing so, so mines well go all in and see if we can get Samardzija and sign Kuroda, if Tanaka ends up not being posted. I think Maholm could be solid also.

      • The Other Sam says:

        I like ‘em both, but ‘perfect’ is a little strong. Kuroda’s got second half issues.

        • Joel says:

          Let me qualify “perfect” as “probably the best way to fill out the SP staff”. There isn’t another free agent SP who’s a clearly better bet than either of those guys, and the Yanks probably don’t have the pieces to trade for anyone better. So no, it’s not perfect, but under the circumstances, it’s pretty good.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            “Perfect fit” is more what you mean, and I agree.

            They’re going to need those 400 innings, and I don’t think they’re going too cheap on them. Either the celery cap just got made into salad or Alex is entering purgatory.

            Speaking of purgatory, looks like the Yanks will sticking Nuney in one with this move.

        • Chris H says:

          Did Kuroda really have second half issues though?

          First half: 6.37 K/9, 1.87 BB/9, 0.91 HR/9, 3.60 FIP, 82.6 LOB%, .252 BABIP
          Sec half: 7.19 K/9, 2.07 BB/9, 0.87 HR/9, 3.51 FIP, 68.5 LOB%, .324 BABIP

          If anything all his peripheral numbers are almost identical both halves of the season, the problem is a well below league average LOB% in the second half, and a higher than career BABIP line. It seems he got a little lucky in the first half, very unlucky in the second, but pitched well in the areas he can control all year.

          • I'm a looser baby so why don't you kill me? says:

            Too lazy to try and frankly I’m not even sure the tools exist but I wonder if one examined his lines/stats based on pitch type what we’d find. My supposition is that in the second half he lost the feel for one of his pitches. When he went to it, he got hammered. Otherwise, the rest of his stuff was fine. /speculation

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

              He had two garbage games…I bet if you take out those games (completely arbitrary? yes…but everyone has a bad day at work) his stats are ridiculously close.

  31. D says:

    Reynolds back would be cool cuz he can back up Teixiera and platoon at 3B with Johnson.

    I’d like to see Johnson play some 1B, SS, and RF so he can play at every position save the battery and CF.

    Johnson is fine as an #9 hitting 2B if Cano doesn’t remain a Yankee.

  32. LaSombra says:

    Just doing the math here…

    (9) Starting Lineup (McCann, Teixeira, 2B, 3B, Jeter, Gardner, Ellsbury, Soriano)
    (2) Backup infielders (Ryan & Johnson)
    (2) Backup outfielders (ichiro & wells)
    (1) Backup catcher (Cervelli)
    —-
    (14)

    (5) Starting pitchers (Sabathia, Nova, SP3, SP4, SP5)
    (7) Bullpen (Robertson, Kelley, Claiborne?, Phelps?, RP5, RP6, RP7)
    —-
    (12)

    Either Girardi carries 5 OFers or a 6-man bullpen, or someone has to be cut eventually, most likely Ichiro? Good riddance.

  33. Dan in Athens says:

    Read the writing on the wall. After kj ten come renoylds and infante. Cano gone. Remaining money goes to staff and depending on cost possibly Balfour and Wesley wright

  34. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Welcome aboard, green penis! I like this signing (assuming it happens). He has some upside and can play multiple positions without breaking the bank. Works well with the whole rotating DH and potential platoons.

  35. BrianC. says:

    The McCaan and Ellsbury signings make some of our top prospects expendable.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      With all the catchers coming off the board, JR Murphy may have gained some trade value.

      Still room for an outfielder in 2015. Someone needs to make their case this year, though.

  36. Chris H says:

    Choo makes more sense for this offense, adding his .389 career OBP in the 1/2 hole strengthens the lineup much more than Ellsbury’s career .350, and that’s not even touching the power numbers. Ellsbury has base running and defense but given we already Gardner and the size of the deal I’ll take Choo and his .309/.411/.521 career line against RHP all day every day.

    • Mike HC says:

      For this season alone, agreed, I would prefer Choo. But Gardner is gone after this season, and next year’s free agents are very weak, so grabbing our long term centerfielder this off season is a nice luxury as long as it doesn’t prevent us from re signing Cano.

      • Chris H says:

        You could probably re-sign Gardner with the money you save on Choo. Either way I’d rather have Gardner/Choo than Ellsbury/any free agent outfielder next year.

    • Kosmo says:

      I´ll take Ellsbury´s .286 BA vs. LHP. Choo is just plain terrible vs. LHP and is more or less becoming a platoon player. It´s a bit of a trade off, like you said Ellsbury for running and defense, Choo for power and OBP. I´d call it even maybe with a slight nod to Choo.

      My feeling is Gardner is going to be moved for a 3B or a SP.

      • Chris H says:

        Ellsbury may have a higher average but they share an almost identical career OBP (.343 to .340), the real dfference is Ellsbury holds a career .390 SLG% against LHP and Choo’s is .341. No one will argue a .680 OPS is something to brag about, but he’s still providing some value by getting on at a .340-.350 clip. Where they separate themselves is Choo holds a .309/.411/.521 career slash line against RHP and Ellsbury’s is only .302/.353/.460, with3/4th of the league is right handed. I’ll trade in the 50 points of OPS against LHP for the 100 points of OPS against the rest of the league.

    • John C says:

      Choo is terrible against lefties. Ellsbury holds his own better againsts lefites, has more speed and is a better defender. Still not thrilled about giving him 7 years though. WOuld have preferred 5 with a 6th year option

  37. I won’t even ask now on who gets what number, cause I’ve been having a lot of issues figuring out what they might go. 14, 17, 19, 36, 40, 55, 62 and 65 are open, and driving me nuts.

  38. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Like, not love, the signing. A bit more versatility than Ryan, and a solid vet hand, but something’s going to have to five roster-wise here in order for me to see how this works.

    Obviously, if this guy’s starting at second or third, something has fine terribly wrong here.

    Also, if he’s hitting .175 in May, someone will come on here and refer to him as “Smelly Johnson,” so there’s that. We already had a Jacrappy Smellsbury reference and he hasn’t even had his presser.

  39. mustang says:

    It’s so nice to be the Evil Empire again !!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8

  40. John C says:

    Have always liked Kelly Johnson. Can play a few positions and is a pretty decent hitter.

  41. Dr. Grenaldine says:

    So the Ellsbury signing certainly inflates Robbie’s asking price, no?

    Does the Kelly Johnson signing lower it since he’s not really a necessity for the Yanks any longer?

    Still totally confused by this whole thing

    Where’s the pitching?

  42. Lee__D says:

    I’m so confused. I feel like it’s MLB the Show and they’re just auto-signing people.

    We need Robbie tho

  43. David Brown says:

    A big question with Cano is once he gets the big contract, how motivated will he really be ( particularly if he signs with the Mariners. A team with no offense, and a bad Stadium for hitters)?

  44. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m sad that my Smelly Johnson joke got no traction, btw. Huge bag of dicks for all of you.

  45. tommy cassella says:

    what I want to know is why everybody is making a big deal at the ”war” and ”whip” stats. nobody even heard of those stats twenty years ago.

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