After a few of the slowest days this year for Yankee-related news, we now have a load of stuff to pore over from just last night. I’ll recap them quickly and let the rest of our writers break things down more over the rest of today. Here goes:
Yanks to re-sign Mo-As Matt posted last night, the Yanks and Mariano River are quietly (ahem) getting close to re-upping on a 2 year deal. Salary will be the same as the 15 mil he’s earned for the last 3 years. His production hasn’t declined, so there’s no need to offer him a pay cut.
Yanks cut Aceves, Moseley-While Dustin Mosely did a respectable job for the Yanks last year, guys like him are a dime a dozen and available at a moments notice when needed. But the Aceves non-tender came as a big surprise to most Yankee observers, myself included. I’m an unabashed fan of the Mexican Gangster and I know the Yanks like him a lot as well, the manager was quoted last year saying they missed him greatly when the bullpen struggled early last year. But I’ll assume the Yanks are making a calculated bet here. As a player who will be out until March, there shouldn’t be much demand for him. They can re-sign him to a minor league deal with assurances he’ll make the MLB squad out of camp and use that 40 man spot to protect one of their young arms from the Rule 5 draft. Montero, Brackman and Betances will need to be put on the 40 man this year, so it’s getting a bit crowded. This is what happens when you have a good farm system.
Mark Feinsand on Troy Tulowitzki’s extension:
Sources said Wednesday that the Yankees felt emboldened by the new contract signed by Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who inked a seven-year, $134 million extension that will keep him in Colorado for the next 10 years. Including the three years that Tulowitzki had remaining on his current contract, he will earn an average of $15.7 million per season, giving the Yankees the belief that the $15 million per year they had offered Jeter was more than fair.
But Tulowitzki will earn an average of $19.1 million during the new portion of his contract, topping the $18.9 million annual average salary that Jeter earned during his recently completed 10-year, $189 million deal.
Nice job by Mark clearing that up. Everyone’s acting like the Tulo contract averages 16 per and Derek is delusional, turns out the Yanks are simply matching it. Offering Derek 3 years at 17 per with a 6 mil buyout is a 19 mil AAV for the contract.
The AL and NL non-tenders-Most years the non-tender lists are largely filled with junk, but this year there are some very interesting, useful guys on that list, a few of whom are former All Stars. Heading the list is former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks. After Mo and Rafael Soriano, he’s arguably the best reliever available this year, unless you love Matt Guierrer or Grant Balfour for some reason. His stuff is fine (avg 94.9 MPH) and his 2.59 FIP was far below his 4.44 ERA last year. Missing tons of bats with a 10.42 K/9. His slider was a bit down last year, and his .368 BABIP was up (.306 career avg) which might explain his subpar season. It’s not often that a non-tender figures to get multiple years, but Jenks certainly does. The only question is whether he’ll accept a setup role or not. Another doozy by Kenny Williams.
Other interesting non-tenders are Matt Diaz, Scott Hairston (Larry at Yankeeist did a nice breakdown of both yesterday) Russel Martin, lefty JP Howell and former Yankee Chien Ming Wang. We already know for sure the Yanks are interested in Russell Martin, they narrowly missed dealing for him last night.
BTW-A belated Happy Hannakuh to all of our Jewish readers from one of the goyem. Seems early this year, no?
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