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Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:54 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Ear on Baseball podcast, volume 4

Ear on Baseball is back, with Episode 4. The Ear on Baseball crew -- C. Trent Rosecrans and Matt Snyder -- welcomes Baseball Prospectus ' Kevin Goldstein to talk prospects, podcasting and more. Bryce Harper came out on top of Goldstein's Top 101 prospects on the same day he made his spring training debut with the Nationals, and we talk about both the player and the performance. We also clear the way for Albert Pujols to join the Yankees. All that and scouting Kevin's refrigerator.

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Ear on Baseball, Volume 4 (51 minutes, 30 seconds)

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:26 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:48 am
 

Yankees unlikely to trade for pitching

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn't thrilled about the prospect of heading into the season with two unproven starters. But he's not thrilled with the alternatives, either.

"Could I go out and get a starter? Yes, I could. But there's just not much out there," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. "I have March, April, May, June and July, really, to come up with someone."

The only top-tier starter left on the free agent market is Carl Pavano, but there's zero chance he returns to the Bronx. Andy Pettitte is still undecided on retirement, and Cashman said he's "not waiting for him."

So at the moment, the Yankees' rotation includes CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and some combination of prospects. Ivan Nova seems likeliest to get a spot, but he's the only option with any big-league experience. Still, Cashman isn't panicking, and said he's not planning on trading away top catching prospect Jesus Montero for pitching.

"There's just nobody out there I would consider trading Montero for," he said. "In the past, we might have gone out and traded away prospects just to get someone in here. But realistically, I have until July to get this solved."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 1:57 pm
 

Yankees called on King Felix

Felix Hernandez It looked like just a bunch of "what if" speculation after the Yankees missed out on Cliff Lee, but Jon Heyman of SI.com reports via Twitter than the Yankees really did call the Mariners to inquire about the trade availability of Felix Hernandez. Brian Cashman then called Brad Pitt and asked whether Angelina Jolie was available.

OK, that second part is unconfirmed, but the first part is real. Predictably, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told the Yankees that King Felix was "absolutely not" available, presumably while trying not to laugh. On Wednesday, Zduriencik told Heyman by text message that "I have no interest in trading Felix."

The Seattle fan base is hanging by a thread, and trading Hernandez would cause a riot no matter what the Mariners got back. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times suggested the following return package as a starting point for talks: Phil Hughes, Robinson Cano, Jesus Montero, another player, and the Yankees taking Milton Bradley and his black hole of a contract. The Yankees would never do that, and the Mariners probably couldn't accept any less for a 24-year-old reigning Cy Young winner with four years left on his contract, so it's really a moot point. It's not happening.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Martin down to four teams

Russell Martin Four teams -- the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees and Rockies -- are the finalists for catcher Russell Martin, FanHouse's Ed Price writes .

Martin was non-tendered by the Dodgers last week, but has found a healthy market for his services. Martin was limited to 97 games last season with a hip injury and has seen his numbers nosedive since his two-year run as one of the better catchers in the game in his first three seasons.

From 2006-08, Martin hit .285/.373/.433 with 42 home runs. In the last two years, he's hit .249/.350/.330 with 12 home runs.

The Red Sox re-signed Jason Varitek last week, but may not be comfortable with Jarrod Saltalamacchia as their starter. The Yankees will be moving Jorge Posada to designated hitter, while turning over the catching spot to über-prospect Jesus Montero.

The Rockies and Blue Jays have lost catchers Miguel Olivo and John Buck, respectively, to free agency.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 3:32 pm
 

Yankees have two catchers on top prospects list

Montero Baseball America has released the final top 10 prospects lists for teams in the AL East, with the Yankees capping it off.

The biggest strength New York has in the minors is clear: catching. Two catchers top the rankings while another, Austin Romine, falls at No. 6. Romine is considered by many to be New York's catcher of the future, but he may only have brief stint behind the dish thanks to the presence of No. 2 prospect Gary Sanchez.

As BA writes, Sanchez has a higher ceiling than even Jesus Montero, the No. 1 prospect on the list. What holds Sanchez back is his age, as it is very difficult to project a 17 year old (Sanchez turns 18 in a few weeks). Despite Sanchez' young age his talent figures to send him to high-Class A to start 2011 and BA sees him as the starting catcher in New York by 2014.

For now, the eyes of the world will be on Montero, who is poised to replace Jorge Posada as the starting catcher. Montero is ready right now and has been compared to Mike Piazza, both for his play on offense and shoddy defense. While Montero may be able to last as a part-time catcher, his future belongs at first (blocked by Mark Teixeira) or DH.

Below is the remainder of New York's top prospects.

1. Jesus Montero, c
2. Gary Sanchez, c
3. Dellin Betances, rhp
4. Manny Banuelos, lhp
5. Andrew Brackman, rhp
6. Austin Romine, c
7. Hector Noesi, rhp
8. Eduardo Nunez, ss/3b
9. Slade Heathcott, of
10. Brandon Laird, 3b

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:58 am
Edited on: November 10, 2010 9:10 am
 

Surgery for Posada

Jorge Posada Yankees catcher (or is it designated hitter?) Jorge Posada will have knee surgery today, the New York Times reports .

The surgery isn't serious, it's to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but it does reinforce Brian Cashman's decision to let rookie Jesus Montero compete for the starting catcher's job.

There have been reports that Posada has said he prefers to stay behind the plate, but the Times report said Posada understands the situation.

"Posada said great and he was willing to do it," the Times quoted a sources as saying. "He was happy to know what the situation is."

The Yankees could also keep Francisco Cervelli around as a third catcher to go with Posada and Montero.

UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News writes that Posada's wife wrote on Facebook and Twitter that her husband would DH next season.

"As my friends you should be the first to know, yes Jorge will be the DH next year," Laura Posada wrote on her Facebook page. And on Twitter, she followed her Facebook status update with this: "yes, Jorge will DH next year."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:16 pm
 

High hopes for Rendon

Anthony Rendon
Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon is on the board as the projected top pick in next June's draft, though that can always change. Jim Callis of Baseball America, who thinks about the draft all year long (he's like the non-ridiculous version of Mel Kiper), had some glowing praise for Rendon in a BA Q&A column Monday.

Asked where Rendon might rank among prospects if he were in pro ball right now, Callis said he'd be in the top 10, on the same level as the Yankees' Jesus Montero (who was nearly traded straight up for Cliff Lee in July), the Phillies' Domonic Brown and the Royals' Mike Moustakas. That's some elite company, but maybe the biggest compliment Callis paid Rendon is this:

"Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, also is in that group and almost certainly will be in our top 10. And as I've said before, I'd take Rendon over Harper because I think he'll be a better all-around hitter and a more valuable defender, not to mention that his makeup is less worrisome."

Considering Harper is being talked about as a once-in-a-decade hitter, ranking Rendon above him is high praise indeed. And he's not talking current ability -- Harper is an 18-year-old right out of high school, while Rendon is a more seasoned college player -- he's talking about career ceiling.

One question that remains about Rendon is how much teams will be concerned about his troubled right ankle. He broke and dislocated the ankle in July while playing for the U.S. national team, requiring surgery. It was his second severe injury and second operation on the ankle in two years; he tore two ligaments the prior summer, but returned in time for the season. He's expected to be ready in time for next season as well.

If Rendon takes a step back next season, or if his ankle scares teams away, there are other good options in what is considered a very good draft. Pitchers Matt Purke of TCU and Gerrit Cole of UCLA are other possibilities to be picked first.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:55 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2010 1:16 am
 

Montero taking over behind the plate for Yanks?

Jesus Montero The Yankees may carry three catchers next season, but use one of them -- veteran Jorge Posada -- as mostly a designated hitter, the New York Daily News ' Mark Feinsand writes .

Feinsand cites "a source with knowledge of the team's thinking" as saying über-prospect Jesus Montero is ready to take over the starting catcher spot, with Francisco Cervelli as his main backup.

Montero was thrust into the national spotlight this summer, when he was the primary bartering chip in the Yankees' pursuit of Cliff Lee. It appeared he would be headed to Seattle, only to stay in New York.

Montero will turn 21 later this month. At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Montero hit .289/.353/.517 with 21 home runs last season. Although many have knocked Montero's defense, Feinsand says the team's front office believes Montero has improved and already surpassed what Posada was able to give them this season.

Posada hit .248/.357/.454 with 18 home runs, but was limited to 120 games, starting 78 behind the plate. Posada, 39, was unable to catch more than three games in a row.

The team will also be keeping an eye on Austin Romine. Romine, who turns 22 this month, hit .268/.324/.402 with 10 home runs at Double-A Trenton this season. He could be the team's backup, replacing Cervelli, as early as midseason.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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