Poll: The Most Important Addition of the Offseason

Fan Confidence Poll: February 23rd, 2015
Poll: The Biggest Loss of the Offseason
Miller appears to be 95% arms and legs. (Presswire)
Miller appears to be 95% arms and legs. (Presswire)

Spring Training has begun and the offseason is over. The Yankees made a lot of transactions this winter — I count eleven trades and free agent signings involving actual MLB players — and accomplished their goals of getting younger and more flexible. It was a different winter in the sense that there were no massive free agent contracts handed out.

Some offseason pickups are more important to the Yankees than others, obviously. More important not just for the success of the 2015 Yankees, but for the 2016 and beyond Yankees as well. Which offseason addition was most important both short and long-term? That’s what we’re here to decide. With all due respect to one-year guys like Stephen Drew and Garrett Jones, and fringe roster guys like Chasen Shreve and Chris Martin, here are the team’s six biggest offseason pickups.

RHP David Carpenter

Acquired from the Braves in the Manny Banuelos trade, the 29-year-old Carpenter is going to step right into some sort of setup role this year. Shawn Kelley’s old role, basically, which is fitting because they are similar fastball-slider pitchers. It’s hard to consider any non-elite reliever like Carpenter a long-term piece — he’s been traded four times and claimed off waivers once already in his career — but he is under team control as an arbitration-eligible player through 2017. If he performs well, he’ll stick around in the bullpen for a few years.

RHP Nathan Eovaldi

Eovaldi, who just turned 25 ten days ago, was New York’s big rotation addition this winter. He had a shaky year with the Marlins in 2014 (4.37 ERA in 199.2 innings) but there are signs of growth, specifically his continually improving walk rate (2011-14: 13.7 BB%, 8.9 BB%, 8.9 BB%, 5.0 BB%) and FIP (2011-14: 4.35, 4.13, 3.59, 3.37). The Yankees acquired Eovaldi because of what they believe he will become, not what he has been, and his raw tools — specifically one of the hardest fastballs in the game — suggest major upside. Upside, of course, means he’s not there quite yet. Like Carpenter, Eovaldi is under control through the 2017 season as an arbitration-eligible player and the team envisions him fronting the rotation by time he qualifies for free agency.

SS Didi Gregorius

(Ralph Freso/Getty)
(Ralph Freso/Getty)

Needless to say, a starting shortstop is a pretty big deal. The Yankees had to find a new starting shortstop this winter for the first time in two decades and Gregorius, who turned 25 last Wednesday, gets the first crack at being Derek Jeter‘s long-term replacement. He’s basically the polar opposite of Jeter as an above-average defender and below-average hitter. It’ll be a shock to the system for many Yankees fans initially. Gregorius came over in the Shane Greene three-team trade and he’s under team control for five more years, including the last four as a Super Two arbitration-eligible player. He’s never going to be a guy who hits in the middle (or even at the top) of the order, but shortstop is a damn important position.

3B Chase Headley

The Yankees acquired the 30-year-old Headley at the trade deadline last year and saw firsthand how well he fit both in the clubhouse and on the field. A switch-hitter with patience and some pop to go with excellent defense at the hot corner is the kind of player every team could use. The Yankees re-signed Headley this offseason to a four-year contract worth $52M to take over as their starting third baseman, A-Rod or no A-Rod. He probably won’t be asked to hit in the middle of the order at the outset of 2015, but honestly, I could see him hitting second or third before long if the guys expected to hit in the middle of the order repeat their 2014 efforts.

LHP Andrew Miller

Although he’s a lefty, Miller replaced David Robertson on the roster. They’re both top notch late-inning relievers. Handedness doesn’t matter. The Yankees gave Miller a four-year, $36M deal over the winter and it remains to be seen if he’ll be the team’s closer or setup man this season. Either way, the team expects him to be a force in eighth and/or ninth inning. This isn’t your garden variety lefty reliever. Miller, 29, will be counted on to be a late-inning force during the life of his new contract.

LHP Justin Wilson

Like Miller, Wilson is no typical lefty reliever. He has power stuff — averaged 96.3 mph with his fastball last year — and is able to face both lefties and righties. Walks have been an issue for the 27-year-old Wilson in his two years and one month as a big leaguer (career 10.6 BB%) but he has missed plenty of bats (career 22.0 K%) and gets plenty of ground balls (50.9 GB%). He’s basically a left-handed complement to Carpenter. Wilson has four years of team control remaining. He can’t become a free agent until after the 2018 season.

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As a reminder, this poll is trying to balance short and long-term importance. That isn’t necessarily easy. Veteran players like Headley and Miller figure to have their best years in 2015 and gradually decline during their four year contracts. And, if all goes according to plan, younger guys like Gregorius and Eovaldi will get better each year, so 2015 will hopefully be the worst years of their time in pinstripes. Make sense? Anyway, let’s get to the poll.

Who was NYY's most important pickup of the winter?

Fan Confidence Poll: February 23rd, 2015
Poll: The Biggest Loss of the Offseason
  • The Original Drew

    Its Eovaldi and not even close. If he can harness his stuff then the Yankees have a cost controlled front of the rotation starter. And if the Steinbrenners love one thing, its saving money on cost controlled players. I had to get one last jab in. I have vented and its time to move on.

  • Earl2002

    The most important acquisition is the one they didn’t make – Monconda. The fact that they let 9 million dollars stand between them and this guy is a smokescreen for not wanting to spend the money. They might as well have offered nothing. Maybe he is a bust or maybe he is a superstar. The Red Sox will find out not us. Comet

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Time to stop beating that horse, dude. There’s 3 other threads devoted to that today.

      • http://batman-news.com/ Thunderfingers

        And no guarantee that $9M would have done it. That may have driven Boston to a higher price as well.

        • TheEvilUmpire

          Yeah, bitches be cray cray!

        • TopChuckie

          Then that’s the right move too.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece
        • TheEvilUmpire

          Now that’s going REALLY old school!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      My Monconda don’t want none unless you got Sox, hon.

      • gageagainstthemachine

        From the looks of him, he can do side bends and sit ups. And bench presses too.

  • TheEvilUmpire

    Now this is a post I can stick my teeth into, I call a Moncada ban from now on (he’s dead to me!). BTW, I voted for Didi slightly ahead of Eovaldi, but I could see it the other way.

    • http://batman-news.com/ Thunderfingers

      My thoughts (and vote) exactly.

  • mattpat11

    Where’s the “what could have been?” option?

    Of the options I think Headley is the best bet to reach expectations and Eovaldi has the highest ceiling.

    I’m completely incapable of getting excited over middle relievers.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Cosign on the middle relievers. With the exception of Miller, any of those new relievers could become the closer or be DFA’d by the end of the season, depending on performance (obviously Miller could be the closer too).

    • Centaur Hips

      Miller is a late inning stud and, but yeah it’s hard to be valuable as a RP. Wilson is a middle innings type and Carpenter is a setup guy.

      • mattpat11

        I meant Wilson and Carpenter more than Miller

  • Bubba

    I think it’s Headley for this year and Didi and Eovaldi for the future.

  • Centaur Hips

    I’ll go Headley. He’s a pretty good player now and should still be alright at the end of his 4 year deal. Also Didi has the most time to provide value because he’s under control for a while, so he’s an option as well and Eovaldi has some nice upside.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’ll be the dumbass who overvalues closers and go with Miller. Really should have voted Headley, though.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Any closer not named Mariano Rivera is overvalued.

  • BD11

    I personally don’t care anymore. In all likelihood, they are going to have an extremely hard time winning a World Series with this team against the Nationals, Dodgers, or even the better teams in the AL.

    The Yankees, imo, are going to be a middle of the pack team for several years and that’s worse than being terrible.

    • BD11

      It’s in that sense, that a “good” signing this offseason actually makes them worse in the long run.

    • Michael Doran

      The Kansas City Royals, an 89 in wildcard qualifier, met the San Francisco Giants, an 88 win wildcard qualifier in the World Series, which went 7 games.

      The MLB postseason is now a true tournament. To suggest that someone any team on paper has a huge advantage in winning a world series seems in ignorance of the last decade and a half of MLB.

      • BD11

        I’ll give you that. However, given how much of a crapshoot it is, a team like the Dodgers is hedging their bet at making the playoffs and winning as much as they can (given their financial muscle.) If the Yankees don’t do that, or scrap and build the core for the future, they are simply another team and no more likely to win than not. It’s remarkable but hte Sox can go first to worst to first and seem to get the hang of either putting out a legit contender or scrapping the year and going full speed the following year.

    • Havok9120

      Well, it’s worse than being terrible except in that if things break right we’ve got a pretty good team.

      Plus that part where we’re here to be entertained, and watching the team lose 90 games on the hopes that that will help them win 95 sooner seems like a bad bet to me.

  • Moncada’s Codpiece

    Hard to say between Headley, Gregorius, and Eovaldi. Given the huge need for a decent innings eater and the lack of forseeable starters (except perhaps Severino), I’m giving it to Eovaldi.

    • BD11

      If Eovaldi can refine his game and become a solid pitcher, no doubt.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        His failure to further develop, should that happen, is also pretty damn important.

  • cashmoney

    Hands down drew, little risk and all upsides. A great hedge bet against ref and didi. Got to respect the baseball acumen on this one.

    • BD11

      respect your opinion but I personally don’t see it. Drew was perhaps their worst signing in my opinion. I hope you are right.

      • cashmoney

        And I respect yours as well. 1. Can’t be that bad if your total exposure is only 5 mil for year. But I was half joking.

    • Sir Didi Odell Nakamura Jr

      Can’t tell if troll or serious.

  • MTU

    Eovaldi or Gregorius.

  • Veteran presents

    I voted for Moncada.

    • Sir Didi Odell Nakamura Jr

      >.<

  • LiamInAlbany

    If I’m choosing for 2015, Headley. They had no other legit options for 3B.

    If I’m choosing for the future, I’d say Eovaldi. He and Didi are both very important to the future of the team but I think Eovaldi has more upside.

    • Stan

      They may not have pulled the trigger on the Eovaldi trade if they didnt sign Headley which means prado would have been the 3B.

    • Stan

      They may not have pulled the trigger on the Eovaldi trade if they didnt sign Headley which means prado would have been the 3B.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    It’s Moncada. For the Red Sox. Secures some IF production for almost a decade and frees up other prospects to be traded for a win-now piece.

    • Havok9120

      Nice to see you, BGT.

    • gageagainstthemachine

      Has he already been elected to the Hall of Fame too?

      • http://batman-news.com/ Thunderfingers

        No, that comes tomorrow.

        • Havok9120

          I mean, we were getting non-sarcastic Ruth comparisons two days ago, so he’s basically already there.

      • http://www.google.com/ Tanuki Tanaka

        There’s already angry mobs outside the houses of the writers who left him off the ballot.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      Thanks for discerning the true meaning of “addition” by saying it’s about someone that signed elsewhere.

    • Stan

      Secures is not really the right word. He is still just a prospect and may not even be an impactful major leaguer

  • Let’s Go Yanks

    Eovalidi and Gregorius for me. I think they are both equally important. I think Gregorious could surprise with some LH in YS.

  • ScottinSJ

    Some decent filling of holes in the offseason, but that’s about it. The Evil Empire has sadly become somewhat warm and fuzzy.

  • Havok9120

    Probably Eovaldi, given the state of the rotation, though I am excited by the potential of Gregorius and think he’d take the “most important” award if rotation health wasn’t such a huge concern.

    • Sir Didi Odell Nakamura Jr

      If I had to choose, I’d pick Sir Didi as my one pick to pan out and be successful. He’s the one I want the most to succeed.

  • Sir Didi Odell Nakamura Jr

    My takes on the most important deals this offseason:

    Biased View: Sir Didi
    Short Term: Headley
    Long Term: Eovaldi
    Most important: Eovaldi

    Eovaldi is a starter that the team desperately needs and has good potential to be a very decent starter. That was and still is a huge hole for the Yankees and that makes him the most important since he fills the most important need.

    Headley was a big need, not as much as starting pitching, but he’s a solid 3B and that’s what the team needs.

    Don’t expect me to talk badly about Didi, I won’t. He’s my number 3 choice though.

  • luis

    Good afternoon everyone,
    I haven´t been paying much attention due to different issues. I am actually glad I´ve been so busy. It seems they chose the rebuild/win now route, which is basically impossible to acchieve. The pitching might be the fun part to watch. Welcome to the NY Padres kind of team.

  • Pkyankfan69

    Yoan Monc…..Oh wait… I hope it’s Didi or Eovaldi because of their age but over the next few years I would have to go Headley

  • http://www.google.com/ Tanuki Tanaka

    I think in terms of WAR in 5 years Eovaldi’s the one most likely to perform better as time goes on.
    The veterans are getting advanced in age and Gregorius doesn’t have the “underperforming his tools” smell to him.

  • The Great Gonzo

    My heart says Didi, but my head says Eovaldi is the man…

  • ropeadope1

    Two polls in one day. An RAB first? Can’t wait for the next poll. The most important non addition of the offseason. Who could it be?

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      Brandon Beachy.

  • Chip

    My personal Top 5 (in no particular order):

    1. Didi – The reason here is obvious. I have no doubt that even if he only plays to the level he’s currently shown he will be better on both sides of the ball than what the Yankees have gotten from the position the last two years. I’m hoping for more though.

    2. Eovaldi – Again, obvious. If the Yankees are able to get him to be a complete pitcher you’re looking at the potential for a lights out rotation. Given the health concerns of 3 starters and the fact that Chris Capuano is the other starter, the Yankees may need to rely heavily on him.

    3. Alex – I consider him an acquisition since he wasn’t with the team last year. If he’s able to perform at anything close to even what he was in 2013 then his bat in the middle of the lineup would be an epic improvement. If he’s not able to perform then the question is how long the team hangs with him.

    4. Garret Jones – In theory he provides the Yankees with a backup at 1b/DH and RF – three key spots given the incumbents to those spots and their relative health/performance concerns. For him to be helpful though he has to be good.

    5. Gary Denbo – The man in charge of turning prospects into players. He’s taking over a regime that has seen a lot of great prospects stall and the result has been few chips for big moves and a greater need to patch from the waning pool of available talent in Free Agency.

  • Yankee Trader

    I went with Eovaldi, because if he makes progress with Rothschild and provides 200 innings, it might be a major factor in the team’s success.

  • Mayan Brickann

    As little as I think of both (a 3/4 starter and a maybe top 20 SS), Eovaldi and Gregorius are a pretty clear 1-2. Miller is a pretty key add too though, so he’s my #3. Jones I guess is #4. He’s totally a 2nd division player, but for what he’s being asked to do (read: bench/platoon bat), I think he’s a nice fit.

    • Havok9120

      Whoa. Why do you dislike the Headley addition so much?

      • Mayan Brickann

        He was on the team when we saw ’em last, so I don’t really consider him an add.

        • Havok9120

          Hmm. I guess. Pretty big change having him around for the other two-thirds of the season, though.

          • Mayan Brickann

            I suppose. He’s fine. Probably a top half of MLB 3B. I like that deal

    • Mayan Brickann

      That should read as little as I think compared to others here. I am not down on these guys, I’m just not as high on them as many.

  • Stan

    I went with Didi.

    Seems more difficult to find a solid young SS than a solid young pitcher. (Eovaldi was a close second in my mind). We could have kept Prado to play 3B and not gone after Headley (there will be a lot of what if’s to show my line of thinking) Carpenter Miller and Wilson are all going to make an impact in the pen this year but I feel bullpen arms are much easier to fill year to year. (and Miller would not have been needed if we kept Robertson)

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      I can definitely see where you’re coming from, though, personally, I’m placing the potential decent young innings eater above a good fielding, below-average to average offensive shortstop simply because the Yankees should, or could potentially, count on some of the other roster moves to fill any shortfalls from the shortstop position. I do think both are pretty important, though, if nothing else than it may save the Yankees from having to pay out for someone else to come in.

      • Stan

        I hear you thats why Eovaldi was a close 2 to me. almost more like 1A and 1B

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          I think some folks are overestimating the “short porch” impact, as usual with many left-handed batters. It might help a bit, but I’m not expecting 20 jacks unless he develops that way, generally.

          • Stan

            i think he has low-mid teen type home run power.. Yankee Stadium may add a couple of home runs but not that many and not enough to get him 20 unless as codpiece says he developes that way natually. BTW Codpiece.. you probably need to change your name or else you’ll be here wearing a Red Sox emblem.

            • Moncada’s Codpiece

              Yeah, I haven’t gotten around to choosing either a new name or reverting back to Canarsie Yankee.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Don’t give in to the pressure so easily. They made me lose Tilapia within ten minutes.

                • Moncada’s Codpiece

                  Tilapia will always be in my heart, and when I eat some tortilla-crusted tilapia this evening, in my stomach.
                  That sounded wrong.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Don’t give in to the pressure so easily. They made me lose Tilapia within ten minutes.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Don’t give in to the pressure so easily. They made me lose Tilapia within ten minutes.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Don’t give in to the pressure so easily. They made me lose Tilapia within ten minutes.

    • 86w183

      I also took Didi because a SS was the # 1 priority entering the off-season and two years ago you could not have touched this kid.
      As for Miller versus Robertson. Think if it as a trade… Robertson for Miller, $ 8 M (the difference in the contracts) and the # 30 pick in the June draft.

      • Stan

        That was kind of my point in a roundabout way about Headley and MIller. They were not really necessary adds in my head as we had players at those positions already if we did not want to pursue them (if necessary)

  • Yankenstein

    Headley, only because without him we would be putting more hope on a productive ARod.

    • Stan

      I think the only reason the Yankees traded Prado was because they signed Headley otherwise they probably do not pull the trigger on the Eovaldi trade, and have Prado as the everyday 3B.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Didi and Nathan were pretty much tied for me.

    The upside on Eovaldi sounds higher to me, so I’ll go with that for now.

    • I am Brett Godner

      Im on team Didi. I think he will learn to hit lefties just enough to be a useful part of the line-up and I just don’t trust pitchers. Overall this off season was pretty successful in acquiring good parts. The issue is and has been that there isn’t a solid core to the line-up for all these supporting parts to support. I didn’t see a fix there this off-season so its hard to complain much though.

  • Danny Aiello Jr.

    Toss up between Eovaldi (wonder what Joe’s nickname for him is) and Sir Didi. Both are huge additions in their own right, but I’m going to lean Didi just based on my own guess that we have more depth at pitching in the minors incase Eovaldi flames where as if Didi does there is Drew.

    • Sir Didi Odell Nakamura Jr

      Eovaldi-y?

      • Danny Aiello Jr.

        Nate Dogg?

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        Valdi valt.
        Eo-lo.
        Natey.
        Upper Volta.
        I don’t know.

    • Stan

      If he hits a home run in Interleague play maybe Sterling calls him Nate the great?

      • Danny Aiello Jr.

        Atl+Ctrl+Eo-LITE

    • I am Brett Godner

      If its not Captain EO Im gonna rage quit.

      • Danny Aiello Jr.

        At worst, I want Mike to use that for every game he pitches. Similar to Big Mike

      • Stan

        well he does wear one glove when he pitches… hopefully it wont be sequined

        • I am Brett Godner

          I don’t know, as soon as you mentioned it I now really really hope it is sequined. Wooo.

        • I am Brett Godner

          I don’t know, as soon as you mentioned it I now really really hope it is sequined. Wooo.

        • I am Brett Godner

          I don’t know, as soon as you mentioned it I now really really hope it is sequined. Wooo.

      • Stan

        well he does wear one glove when he pitches… hopefully it wont be sequined

    • Chip

      in a shout out to Rachel Ray he’s going to go with Evo…

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        EEVY!!!!!

  • HoopDreams

    They really are beating this “Circus” idea into the ground, eh ESPN

    • I am Brett Godner

      ESPN is still on the air?

      • Tom_hamsandwich

        Yea they do 23 hours a day of NFL coverage and an hour of what ever else is going on that day.

    • Havok9120

      What circus do you speak of?

  • Chip

    I listed my five below.

    If I was ranking them, I think Eovaldi and Jones could both be in the argument for the top spot if we’re just talking about this season.

    Look, if Didi goes down, or is awful, Drew slides over, Refsnyder comes up.

    On the other hand, if Eovaldi stinks and Pineda/Tank/CC are broken then you’re relying on a rotation centered around Chris Capuano.

    Jones is another key because of the injury/performance concerns at the positions he’s backing up. If Alex stinks and Jones is hitting then fine, you platoon Alex and play Jones, Tex or Beltran get hurt, you slot in Jones. But that only helps if Jones plays well. Realistically in the batting order Jones is backing up 5-7 in the lineup and you need any of those spots to be productive.

  • rogue

    Boston got Moncada. This poll is academic.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      Actually, it’s not scientific.

    • I am Brett Godner

      Every comment section/blog/message board is academic.

    • Danny Aiello Jr.

      Who is The Boston? Is Moncada the new lead singer?

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qQqYD6VnL._SX300_.jpg
        Moncada purchased a UFO with the singing bonus.

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          I need that laugh after reading 1,000 doom and gloom comments in the other thread

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          I need that laugh after reading 1,000 doom and gloom comments in the other thread

        • I am Brett Godner

          There was enough material for there to be a Boston greatest hits album?

        • I am Brett Godner

          There was enough material for there to be a Boston greatest hits album?

        • I am Brett Godner

          There was enough material for there to be a Boston greatest hits album?

        • I am Brett Godner

          There was enough material for there to be a Boston greatest hits album?

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qQqYD6VnL._SX300_.jpg
        Moncada purchased a UFO with the singing bonus.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qQqYD6VnL._SX300_.jpg
        Moncada purchased a UFO with the singing bonus.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I sure hope not. The town I live in booked one of the various guys who sung for Boston to play our summer concert series for a few hundred bucks.

        Cherington failed.

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          Just know if I ever saw Cherington he’s getting RKO’d preferably out of nowhere.

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          Just know if I ever saw Cherington he’s getting RKO’d preferably out of nowhere.

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          Just know if I ever saw Cherington he’s getting RKO’d preferably out of nowhere.

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          Just know if I ever saw Cherington he’s getting RKO’d preferably out of nowhere.

  • HoopDreams

    Damn, not 1 person voted for DCarp

    • I am Brett Godner

      and poor Drew didn’t even make the list.

  • Chip

    Hard to argue that Alex won’t be one of the biggest acquisitions of the offseason.

    Wallace Matthews already trolling on him points out on Twitter that Alex took 71 swings, hit 6 homeruns, but they were off of BP soft toss – as if we would expect that he would face 95mph heat and snapping breaking balls during batting practice.

  • Chip

    Hard to argue that Alex won’t be one of the biggest acquisitions of the offseason.

    Wallace Matthews already trolling on him points out on Twitter that Alex took 71 swings, hit 6 homeruns, but they were off of BP soft toss – as if we would expect that he would face 95mph heat and snapping breaking balls during batting practice.

  • vin

    I voted for Didi… considered Eovaldi though. Hopefully Didi becomes a fixture at SS – someone Joe can pencil in pretty much everyday for the next 5 years. All things considered, I think that’s more critical than a starter.

  • vin

    I voted for Didi… considered Eovaldi though. Hopefully Didi becomes a fixture at SS – someone Joe can pencil in pretty much everyday for the next 5 years. All things considered, I think that’s more critical than a starter.

  • calvincito

    Please don’t give us that nonsense that Jeter was not an above average fielder. Your analytics are nonsense. Worst of all is WAR which is based on some imaginary average ballplayer and then how much better the actual ballplayer is in terms of wins. Your poster boy for analytics had his worst year last year yet was still given the MVP. Oh well, WAR is important unless it fails to make your case.

    • Havok9120

      Egads.

      • Looser Trader FotD™

        The troll is strong in this one.

    • BigDavey88

      Are you talking about Jeter’s career or just last year when regarding his defense? Because last year, no one needed analytics to see that he was horrid on D, which is totally fine because he was 40 years old.

      I mean good lord, every other throw he made was a bouncy adventure last year.

      • calvincito

        His career.

    • TB

      Jeter was an excellent fielder for a long time but last year he had no range left. His only year as a bad fielder was last year…

  • calvincito

    Please don’t give us that nonsense that Jeter was not an above average fielder. Your analytics are nonsense. Worst of all is WAR which is based on some imaginary average ballplayer and then how much better the actual ballplayer is in terms of wins. Your poster boy for analytics had his worst year last year yet was still given the MVP. Oh well, WAR is important unless it fails to make your case.

  • Alex Reddardriguez

    Would have been Moncada but Cashman let him slip away just like all the others. None of these additions are important. Headley will get injured, Didi and Eovaldi are projects, Andrew Miller is probably the pick by default because we know he’ll be a good set up man. The bullpen will be the lone bright spot this season.

  • Snowman

    Eovaldi was a terrible aquisition. He should have upside. He can’t get much worse than last year. He gave up the most hits in the National league and struggled against lefties. Yeah, that’s going to work real well in Yankee stadium.Good luck on this!

  • Deep Thoughts

    Cost-controlled Super Two shortstop with potential not to completely suck, especially after DJ’s twilight year, is a more important addition in my opinion than a #3/#4 starter in his first arb year with “electric stuff” and a puncher’s chance to develop some more.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Cost-controlled Super Two shortstop with potential not to completely suck, especially after DJ’s twilight year, is a more important addition in my opinion than a #3/#4 starter in his first arb year with “electric stuff” and a puncher’s chance to develop some more.

  • GPU

    Eternal shame on the 1% who voted for Carpenter.