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Yesterday, I posted this about Curtis Granderson‘s ineffectiveness hitting against left-handed pitching. One of the potential solutions I tossed out there was trading for Jayson Werth, who is rumored to be on the trading block.

Lo and behold, today Buster Olney tweeted that the Phillies are aggressively marketing Werth and looking for a starting pitcher who they can slot in as their #2 or #3 guy. Buster may work for that other Evil Empire (ESPN), but his rumor reports are usually accurate. This sets up two potentially block-buster deals, if the Yanks are willing to swing for the fences. This particularly holds true as Werth has long been mentioned to be on the Yankees off-season short list of potential free agent signings.

The key to the whole thing is, in my opinion, the other probable free agent that is supposedly a foregone conclusion to sign with the team this coming off season. You know – a certain left handed starter currently wearing the Seattle Mariners colors – Cliff Lee. Here’s how I see it potentially playing out:

The Mariners are reputed to be looking for a young catcher with a major-league ready bat, which is why the dominant trade rumor has centered on the Twins and their prospect Wilson Ramos. (Ramos is blocked by Joe Mauer). However, the Yanks have two pretty good catching prospects, one of whom is considered to be a potential 25 HR/100 RBI type hitter in Jesus Montero. The other is Austin Romine, whose offensive skills aren’t as good as Montero but is much better defensively. I know this is sacrilege among most Yankees fans, but I’d much rather see Romine become Jorge Posada’s heir, but regardless, either of them makes an interesting component to pry Lee from the Mariners. (more…)

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Here is a look at how some of the Yankees top prospects are doing thus far:

Scranton

Jesus Montero: .250AVG 6HR 32RBI .313OBP .414SLG .727OPS

Mark Melancon: 44.2IP (W-L, 5-1) 6SV 3.43ERA 17ER 51K .280BAA

Ivan Nova: 84.0IP (W-L, 5-2) 3.00ERA 28ER 64K .266BAA

Zach McAllister: 85.0IP (W-L, 6-5) 4.24ERA 40ER 52K .275BAA

Eric Wordekemper: (TRN & SWB) 41.2IP (W-L, 3-0) 2.38ERA 11ER 41K .244BAA

Trenton

Austin Romine: .290AVG 5HR 42RBI 1SB .370OBP .435SLG .806OPS

Brandon Laird: .293AVG 19HR 79RBI 2SB .348OBP .550SLG .899OPS

Andrew Brackman: (TAM & TRN) 70.0IP (W-L, 5-6) 5.01ERA 39ER 65K .276BAA

Hector Noesi: (TAM & TRN) 95.0IP (W-L, 10-3) 2.27ERA 24ER 101K .214BAA

Jeremy Bleich: 41.1IP (W-L, 3-2) 4.79ERA 22ER 26K .236BAA

Tampa

Zoilo Almonte: (CSC & TAM) .287AVG 10HR 38RBI 10SB .357OBP .478SLG .835OPS

Dellin Betances: 23.0IP (W-L, 2-0) 0.39ERA 1ER 3BB 27K .104BAA

George Kontos: 8.2IP (W-L, 0-1) 3.12ERA 3ER 7K .200BAA

Jonathan Ortiz: 30.0IP (W-L, 3-0) 14SV 2.40ERA 8ER 30K .194BAA

Adam Olbrychowski: 30.2IP (W-L, 2-1) 2.64ERA 9ER 23K .245BAA

Pat Venditte: 42.0IP (W-L, 0-0) 1.93ERA 2SV 9ER 51K .184BAA

Graham Stoneburner: (CSC & TAM) 81.0IP (W-L, 5-6) 2.00ERA 18ER 83K .170BAA

Charleston

Slade Heathcott: .267AVG 0HR 8RBI 6SB .350OBP .322SLG .672OPS

GCL

Gary Sanchez: .400AVG 3HR 11RBI .500OBP .800SLG 1.300OPS (Only 30AB’s)

Cito Culver: .300AVG 0HR 1RBI .333OBP .350SLG .683OPS (Only 20AB’s)

Brett Marshall: 8.0IP (W-L, 0-0) 2.25ERA 2ER 8K .194BAA

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From the Yankees Official Website:

PHOENIX — Yankees Double-A prospects Austin Romine and Hector Noesi have been tabbed to participate in the 12th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, to be played on July 11 at 6 p.m. ET at Angel Stadium.

Romine, 21, is considered one of the Yankees’ top catching prospects and was ranked by Baseball America as the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect entering the 2010 season. He will play for the USA team.

The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com’s Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

A second-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Romine was hitting .283 with three home runs and 34 RBIs for Double-A Trenton at the time of the announcement.

Romine was the Florida State League “Hitter of the Year” in 2009 while playing for Class A Tampa and said during Spring Training this year that he was looking forward to continuing his development at the higher levels.

“You can always hit higher,” said Romine, who batted .276 for Tampa in 2009. “I always shoot for about .300 — it’s a big mark. I also want to control the staff in Double-A and build upon those relationships. Everything kind of flowed, and I liked that.”

Noesi, 23, will represent the World team. The right-hander was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees in 2004 and was 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA through five starts at Double-A Trenton, having earlier posted a 5-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in eight starts for Tampa this season.

Noesi entered the 2010 season averaging 8.54 strikeouts and just 1.55 walks per nine innings in his professional career, impressive ratios that he has kept in his arsenal this season, having struck out 82 and walked 11 in 78 innings between the two levels.

Earlier this season, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound hurler was named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period ending June 6.

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From the Yankees Official Website:

NEW YORK — The Yankees triggered moves to plug the injury-created gaps on their roster on Thursday, calling up catcher Chad Moeller and utilityman Kevin Russo from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before their contest against the Rays.

New York officially placed catcher Jorge Posada on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture near the bottom of his right foot. Right-hander Mark Melancon was optioned to Triple-A.

In order to create room for Moeller on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, designated hitter Nick Johnson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees opted for Moeller, a 35-year-old backup who played 41 games with the club in 2008, over top prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine.

“Obviously we talked about everyone, but Chad has the most experience and that’s why we went with him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Chad Moeller getting the call up to the majors was a move that was expected. Even though we all hoped Montero or Romine would get a chance, the chances of that were slim to none, considering the organization doesn’t think they’re ready. Moeller doesn’t excite anyone, but I guess he was the only option. Chad isn’t a very exciting player, posting up a career .226AVG in the major leagues. Mark Melancon was optioned back to Triple-A and Russo got the call up to the majors. They really needed another hitter on the bench because they are really dropping like flies.

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From Marc Carig:

Posada MRI shows hairline fracture on bottom of right foot. 3-4 weeks. 

Posada is headed to the DL, so who gets the call? Moeller, Romine and Montero…who will it be?

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Joe Mauer signed an 8-year, $184M extension with the Minnesota Twins yesterday. Many Yankee fans seem disappointed, as they felt the front office was going to after him to fill the void that Posada leaves. The fact of the matter is, the Yankees have the most catching depth in their system in all of baseball and don’t need him. There is no doubt that Mauer would be good for New York, but it wasn’t necessary that they get him. Jesus Montero, Austin Romine and Gary Sanchez have bright futures. Jorge Posada still has pop in his bat, and he isn’t ready to retire just yet.

Mauer has spent his entire career (six seasons) with the Twins, and he’s become a franchise player over there. He’s a hometown kid, which makes him a fan favorite with the fans. Jeter is on a whole other level in New York, but you can kind of compare the two. He’s spent his entire career with one team, and that’s where he wants to play. Why would you seperate them? It just doesn’t make sense.

This signing is good for baseball. You don’t want these franchise players moving around to other teams, because the fans lose interest. I’m glad Mauer is staying with the Twins. He belongs in Minnesota.

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From Ledger_Yankees:

More cuts: Romine, Montero, Curtis, Gorecki.

(Photo Courtesy of Dave Soberman, RAB)

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In part two of our look back at Brian Cashman’s track record since gaining autonomy over baseball operations, we take a look at what has happened under his hand between October 2006 and October 2007. Part one can be read here.

Signings and Re-Signings

Mike Mussina resigned for 2 years/$23 million.

Signed Kei Igawa for 5 years/$20 million (Plus a $26 million posting fee)

Signed Andy Pettitte to a 1 year/$16 million deal with a 2008 player option

Signed Roger Clemens to a 1 year/$17.4 millon deal

Trades (more…)

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…Spring Training! What did you think I was going to say, Christmas? Pfft, that day is just a mere speed bump in baseball fan’s lives known as ‘Off season’. Either way, the Yankees released their non-roster invitee list and it looks something like this:

OF Marcus Thames, LHP Wilkins Arias, LHP Jeremy Bleich, OF Colin Curtis, RHP Grant Duff, OF Reid Gorecki, C Kyle Higashioka, RHP Jason Hirsh, LHP Kei Igawa, RHP Zach McAllister, C Jesus Montero, C PJ Pilittere, LHP Royce Ring, C Mike Rivera, C Austin Romine, RHP Amaury Sanit, RHP Zack Segovia, OF Jon Weber, RHP Kevin Whelan and OF David Winfree.

Tell me, are you as excited to see Kei Igawa pitch to Marcus Thames in intersquad games? You’re not? Then you must not be a true Yankees fan then. I kid, regardless, 9 days until Spring Training.

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Stop, think back 5 years, where were you, what were you doing? I’m pretty sure if you’re over the age of 25, you’ll probably remember. Now think about your favorite baseball team, can you tell me how many people that will be in the starting lineup this year that was in 2005? I bet you can’t! It just a testament on how much this is a business and we root for a uniform more than a group of people. Yes, we have personal favorites (Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, etc al), but when it comes down to it, it’s the uniform that matters. Below, I have listed the 2005 Opening Day batting order, our projected 2010 batting order and we take a stab at the 2015 batting order. Those bolded are holdovers from previous years.

2005 Opening Day Batting Order

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  3. Gary Sheffield, RF
  4. Ruben Sierra, DH
  5. Hideki Matsui, LF
  6. Jorge Posada, C
  7. Jason Giambi, 1B
  8. Bernie Williams, CF
  9. Tony Womack, 2B

2010 Opening Day Batting Order (likely)

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Nick Johnson, DH
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Curtis Granderson, CF
  6. Jorge Posada, C
  7. Nick Swisher, RF
  8. Robinson Cano, 2B
  9. Brett Gardner, LF

2015 Opening Day Batting Order (Projected)

  1. Carl Crawford, OF
  2. Curtis Granderson, OF
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Jesus Montero, DH
  6. Robinson Cano, 2B
  7. Slade Heathcott, OF
  8. Austin Romine, C
  9. ???, SS

Amazing how things change or will change…

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John Sickel of MinorLeagueBall recently listed the Yankees top 20 prospects going into 2010. I am going to include the list with his grades, but without his write ups and analysis. Click the previous link to see his write up of the players.

  1. Jesus Montero, C, Grade A
  2. Austin Romine, C, Grade B
  3. Manny Banuelos, LHP, Grade B
  4. Zach McAllister, RHP, Grade B
  5. Slade Heathcott, OF, Grade B
  6. Mark Melancon, RHP, Grade B-: Borderline C+
  7. Gary Sanchez, C, Grade C+
  8. John Murphy, C, Grade C+
  9. Kelvin De Leon, OF, Grade C+
  10. D.J. Mitchell, RHP, Grade C+
  11. Wilkin De La Rosa, LHP, Grade C+
  12. David Adams, 2B, Grade C+
  13. Corban Joseph, 2B-3B, Grade C+
  14. Adam Warren, RHP, Grade C+
  15. Neil Medchill, OF, Grade C+
  16. David Phelps, RHP, Grade C+
  17. Andrew Brackman, RHP, Grade C
  18. Jose Ramirez, RHP, Grade C
  19. Jeremy Bleich, LHP, Grade C
  20. Bryan Mitchell, RHP, Grade C

OTHERS (All Grade C): Sean Black, RHP; Gavin Brooks, LHP; Jairo Heredia, RHP; Jamie Hoffman, OF; Brandon Laird, 3B; DeAngelo Mack, OF; Melky Mesa, OF; Juan Miranda, 1B; Hector Noesi, RHP; Ivan Nova, RHP; Eduardo Nunez, SS; Kevin Russo, 2B; Romulo Sanchez, RHP; Graham Stoneburner, RHP; Brad Suttle, 3B; Pat Venditte, RHP-LHP; Kevin Whelan, RHP.

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A few hours ago, Jon Heyman posted on his Twitter that he has heard that the Blue Jays have interest in Jesus Montero, which makes me cringe slightly considering the high upside that Montero. So far, Montero’s career Minor League numbers are: .325 BA, 37 HR’s and 176 RBI’s over 257 career games. However, there are reports that indicate Montero’s defense leaves a lot to be desired.

It also is well known that the Blue Jays want a MLB ready arm to go along with a position player in turn for Roy Halladay that they will be able to control for a number of years. Which, if you have been living underneath a rock likely means either Joba or Phil. So, if the Yankees would really like to get into the hunt for Halladay, it’s likely a package of Montero/Phil or Joba would be a jumping off point. Considering Montero’s upside, a package like that just might be what it takes, possibly.

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