Yankees trades can’t mortgage future on thin playoff promise

The Yankees are going to keep trying to make trades. It is just who they are. Part of the genetic code of the Steinbrenners. They are never going to give up on a season. They didn’t last year in taking a big financial hit to get Vernon Wells at the end of spring and Alfonso Soriano in late July. And we should remember that was to augment a roster on which the primary catcher,...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees are a Sori team full of Sori excuses

He came up last night with runners on base in a game we still could win. The YES-Mo court jesters said that he was 4 for his last 23, but ready to bust out with a big game. King Felix never threw a strike. He took three swings and strode to the dugout, Grandyman-like, while I screamed at the TV: "GOOD! THANK YOU! GOOD!"Yes, folks... I was glad. I wanted him to strike out...
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Better late than never

The Yankees did something yesterday that they hadn’t done in almost a year: win a game when trailing after eight innings. Pretty mind boggling. Their ninth inning rally and extra inning victory against the Cubs was the first time they had come back from the dead since July 23, 2013 when they scored two runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 5-4. The Yankee rally that...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

A low, guttural growl - like an angry rumble from beneath the earth - heralds a dark, dark night in the Bronx

I'd never heard anything like it. I called my wife to come and listen. There was Robbie Cano, standing in the box with two strikes, and it sounded like the sea was boiling. They never stopped. They just kept booing. They didn't do it to Giambi, after the steroids scandal. They didn't do it to David Wells, when he came back in Boston pantaloons. They summoned every teardrop...
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Who's on first? For now, Kelly Killzit. And when he gets hurt...?

In the last two seasons, Yankee fans have seen some memorable lineups trotted out to big horse yardy. Remember the famed "Murderers Row 2013?" (Pictured right.) Moreover, we have seen ancient outfielders play positions worthy of a sandlot game. Last year, Vernon Wells played third. Sunday, Carlos Beltran played first, for the first time ever. He was replacing Francisco...
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Opening Day Lineup for 2014

It is now official. Here is the Yankees' Opening Day lineup for the 2014 season, courtesy of Stacey Gotsulias of It's All About the Money: Ellsbury CF Jeter SS Beltran RF McCann C Teixeira 1B Soriano DH Gardner LF Johnson 3B Roberts 2B For comparison's sake, here's what the Yankees Opening Day lineup looked like at the...
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The scrap heap season has begun. Will the Yankees be dumpster diving again?

Yesterday, rustling around the Internews, I found a bunch of Yankee sites proposing that we should sign newly released players from the Dodgers, and the Diamondbacks, and the Royals and - oh, who cares, the Knicks, Malaysian Airlines, al Qaeda, it doesn't matter! Somebody waived them, and we should grab them.This seventh-grade enthusiasm hearkens back to the checkbook days of...
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes Gets Boston Strong-Themed World Series Painting (Photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jonny Gomes had a pretty cool souvenir sitting outside his locker in the Boston Red Sox’s clubhouse at JetBlue Park on Friday. Gomes, an instrumental character in Boston’s 2013 World Series run, received an impressive painting from Vernon Wells Jr., father of major league outfielder Vernon Wells. The older Wells is a well-known sports artist who visits clubhouses...
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Payrolls and the Cost of a Win

With the offseason wrapping up and Spring Training well underway, we have a general idea of what team rosters are going to look like in 2014. A couple of weeks ago, Wendy Thurm took a crack at projecting Opening Day payrolls, and followed up with some fantastic analysis here and here. In this article, I’m going to expand on these payroll allocations, and further dissect how teams...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Profile: #29 Los Angeles Angels Kramer Sneed

Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” 185 lbs. DOB: 10/7/88(AZL-Angels/Inland Empire): 7-5, 3.84 ERA, 25 BBs, 85 Ks, 93.2 IPAcquired by the Angels in exchange for Vernon Wells, Kramer Sneed came to the Angels as a left-handed starter with a high K/9 rate that might play out in the Angels bullpen down the line. Drafted by the Yankees in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft, Sneed had...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The fact is, the salary dumping of AJ Burnett was the stupidist, cheapo move the Yankees made in the last decade, and it launched a period - we're not out of it yet - to be remembered for hubris, frustration, Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells, Chris Bootcheck

AJ BrunetteBefore the Yankees signed AJ Burnett in 2009 - five years at $16.5 million - he was death to our lineup. Absolute death. Toronto had Roy Halliday and Burnett, and - frankly - I didn't know which I more feared. In four games, Burnett beat us three times, and usually pitched into the eighth. When we signed him, I knew we had a gamer. We all did. We'd seen firsthand...
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Wells' best financial play is not to play this season

Free-agent outfielder Vernon Wells may not play this season, according to major-league sources. From at least one perspective, it is not in his financial interests to play. Wells, released by the New York Yankees on Jan. 15, is guaranteed $21 million in the final year of a seven-year, $126 million extension that he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in Dec. 2006. He would forfeit...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins interested in Vernon Wells

The Marlins still have some offseason shopping to do before Spring Training opens on Feb. 16. The club is in the market for a right-handed hitter to come off the bench. A veteran on Miami’s list is outfielder Vernon Wells. The 35-year-old was designed for assignment by the Yankees earlier this month, and he is a free agent. Wells batted .233 with 11 homers in 2013, his lone...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies interested in Vernon Wells

Delmon Young, Part II? The Phillies have expressed interest in 35-year-old outfielder Vernon Wells, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Wells, a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner with the Blue Jays once upon a time, has been epically bad in recent years. From 2011-13, Wells hit .226 with a .267 on-base percentage and .387 slugging percentage. He walked...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The House Flight: Week of 1/13 to 1/19/2014

In case you weren’t paying attention… Jerry Coleman, 1924-2014. A life well lived. Here are some photos from today’s service: — San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 18, 2014 Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive. A Proper Tribute   Here We Go Again? Odds and Ends…Mostly Odds New Padres Pre-Game show for 2014?? Existential Angst: Industry...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies interested in Vernon Wells?

After the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran the New York Yankees had a logjam in the outfield. To solve that problem the Yankees decided to cut veteran outfield Vernon Wells. At the age of 35, Wells isn’t the player he used to be but with him costing almost nothing he could draw interest from teams who are looking for veteran depth, teams like the Philadelphia Phillies...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies Have Expressed Interest in Vernon Wells

  According to a report via Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Phillies for whatever reason have expressed interest in signing a player who many think has placed one foot into retirement. Vernon Wells, OF, free agent — It’ll be interesting to see whether Wells elects to retire and collect $21 million or hook on with another team after his release by the Yankees...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies intersted in Vernon Wells

The New York Yankees couldn’t find a taker last week when they did everything they could to trade Vernon Wells – namely because nobody wanted to take on his absurd contract. It’s likely the Yankees offered to pay a portion of it (whatever portion the Los Angeles Angels aren’t paying), but even then the bites were likely few and far between. But now that Wells is a free agents...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Rumors: Philadelphia showing interest in Vernon Wells

One thing the Philadelphia Phillies wanted to do this offseason was get younger. Their first signing of the offseason was 36-year-old Marlon Byrd and then they agreed to a deal with 30-year-old Ronny Cedeno.By Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsThe Phillies are now showing interest in 35-year-old free agent outfielder Vernon Wells, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.In...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Vernon Wells is available?

Who likes playing with free money?  Well, I sure do!   Thanks to the Evil Empire, Vernon Wells, is now available!  It’s not everyday you can sign a $21 million dollar player for one season and have him completely paid in full ($18.6 million by the Angels and 2.4 million by the Yankees).  He’s 35 years old and coming off a three-season slump, but the guy still has some pop...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees release Vernon Wells

Wells will test the free agent market, providing a low-cost power options for teams in search of outfield help. The New York Yankees have released outfielder Vernon Wells, according to the official transactions page. Wells was designated for assignment last week to make room on the team's 40-man roster for new addition Matt Thornton. Wells, 35, will get a chance to...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Off the Trade Block, Ichiro is Likely to Stay

For a while it seemed like the writing was on the wall with Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees. After Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury were signed – with Brett Gardner going nowhere – it seemed that Ichiro was only the sixth best outfielder on the team. And with $6.5 million remaining on the final year of his contract, it appeared that there was no alternative other than...
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Vernon Wells Designated for Assignment By Yankees – What’s Next?

On Friday, the New York Yankees designated outfielder Vernon Wells for assignment, furthering Wells’ slide from one of the league’s most feared offensively-minded outfielders to a journeyman who can’t stay on a team for more than a year. Wells, 35, appeared in 130 games for the Yankees in 2013, slashing .233/.282/.349 with 11 home runs spread across 458 plate appearances. In...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees, Ichiro could stick together with Vernon Wells gone

Ichiro Suzuki's chances of sticking around might have gotten a bit better. The outfield became less crowded Friday when the Yankees cut ties with Vernon Wells, designating the 35-year-old for assignment to add lefty reliever Matt Thornton. The move trimmed the Yankees' outfield to five — Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro. Ellsbury...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

All's well that ends Wells

I came to like Vernon Wells. All last season, he never whined. He never Sheffielded – which is to say, he never not hit and then complained, because he wasn’t getting a chance to not hit some more. He took his miserable over-swings, and when they didn’t work, he walked back to the dugout and took his medicine. It hurts to see a great player in the dregs of his career, and nobody...
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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