A Month of Fundays

A New York Yankees, Giants, Knicks, Rangers and other stuff blog.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yanks: Randy Levine Threatens "Surprises"

On an otherwise sunny day in Yankee-land, as they continued to add to their minor league talent base and at least marginally improve they're 40 man roster, scary Randy Levine raised the specter of surprises is.  Though, I guess at this point trading a good first round pick and larger bonus pool for an old free agent wouldn't be a surprise.  So let's hope this dark emmisary has stopped misinterprettting our demands and means pleasant surprises instead, like Moncada.

Yanks Make Roster Moves

Today the Yanks announced that they added Mason Williams, Danny Burawa, Branden Pinder and Tyler Austin to their 40 man roster.  They also sold Zealous Wheeler to Japan, so they should have 1 space open on their 40 going forward.

Keeping Burawa and Pinder helps the pen as both still have upside and could eventually find roles.   Austin was a gimme, but it's interesting that they are holding on Mason Williams.   He's probably an elite defender in the OF, but he hasn't hit in years.  It's also a bit strange that they are now carrying both Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams who are little more than toolsy.

I think they might have lost Nuding and Montgomery, which would be somewhat suboptimal.

Yanks Sign Bryan Emery

The Yanks have added another potentially big talent to their historical 2014 IFA class.  Bryan Emery is a big OF,  who was a later riser in July because he's from Colombia and not the DR or VZ.  He had been a switch hitter, but he's just been hitting lefty for awhile.  He's either 6'3" 190 or 6'4" 195, I've seen both listed, and he probably projects as a right fielder.   He turned 16 in March, so he's a long way off, but as July 3rd approached he was flying up a lot of boards.   This signing gives the Yanks ten of the presumptive top 30, and he might be right up at the top of the class.   He has very loose actions.  I know a certain YankyFan who will be thrilled with this news.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Yanks Should Pass on Andrus

The Post and some other are actually pimping the idea of the Yanks picking up Rangers SS Elvis Andrus as well as his huge contract and inability to get on base as the Yankee replacement for Jeter.  I sincerely hope the Yanks aren't this stupid.  Over his career, Andrus has been 16% below average on offense.  Why would anybody pick up 1 more year of that, let alone 8 more years of that?   They wouldn't and shouldn't. The Yanks should just bandage the position for the next few years, as they finally have some talented kids coming up at the position, like Mateo, Abital and others.

Giants Activate Geoff Schwartz

The Giants, on the last possible day, have finally activated Geoff Schwartz from short term IR.   The make room for Schwartz they cut a young LB with upside named Jusitn Anderson.  Why they didn't bounce any one of the over supply of crappy OL's on the roster in anyone's guess, but this position has been brutally mismanaged and it's costing the Giants games.   Lots of games.   We'll see if Schwartz can step in and help.  

Rangers Tonight

Looks like Anthony Duclair will be back in the lineup as the Rangers face the Lightning at the Garden.  The Rangers really need some regulation wins, and to become an outstanding home team, so lets hope they don't get distracted by the return of Cally, Boyler and Stralman, and just do their work. I think Duclair is skating with Hayes and Hagelin.   That should be a fast line.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Giants Lose Again

The Giants embarrassed themselves at home today against a 49er team that kept trying to give them the game, but Eli gave them the ball 5 times on INT's.   The Niners got away with a shitload of contact on passing plays that hasn't been allowed this year.  That said, for about the 7th time this year the Giants looked unprepared.

It is also true that they didn't do enough in the last offseason to fix the line, and they're bargain basement pick-ups of Walton, Jerry and Brown nearly got Eli killed today.

This is a horrible team that needs to tank so they can rebuild more quickly by picking at the top of rounds for a change.


Giants Today

The Giants face, perhaps, their last must-win game of the season today, at home against the despicably 49ers.  Rashad Jennings is supposed to be back for this one, and LB Justin Anderson was signed from the PSquad so he can go, too.    It seem inconceivable that they will start stopping the run, or even win.  But hopefully, the young guys like Beckham, Donell, Washington and others will keep showing us stuff.  Kind of strange to have little hope and empty Sundays in November.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This Week on the Blog

Could be a weird week on the blog, but some good things could also start to happen.  Let's take a look:

Giants: if the Giants don't win tomorrow against the 49ers, their season if probably over, and they should tank and take their picks.  They need to start working the kids and figuring out their needs, other than OL for next year.

Knicks:  Same thing, but they are already tanking.   I doubt they'll make any moves before December, but am a bit concerned they'll spend next year's cap room at the deadline.

Yanks:  The Hot Stove could really heat up this week as Korean SP Yank Hyeon-Jong could be posted this week, and the Yanks may be interested.  We could also learn more about Yoan Moncada.  What's more, their organizational plan and offseason plans should become clearer.

Rangers: Hopefully, we'll start seeing more of the good Rangers than the play down to the other team's level Rangers.

Should be fun.  I've got a movie to write, so I'll probably only addres the big news for the next few weeks.

Rangers Tonight

Rangers against the Pens again, this time in Pittsburgh.   And once again AV is sitting Duclair.  I don't know if this is strategy or idiocy, but it's not helping us win games.  I wonder if we'll ever get any farther than we did last Spring with AV calling the shots.   Great coaches with with their best talent, and now with their pointless Tanner Glasses.

Giants Hillis to IR

The Giants, today, place veteran RB Peyton Hillis on IR.  Peyton, who played harder than most got a nasty concussion in last week's game against the Seahawks.    We wish him the very best.  And if this is the end of the line, a great, healthy and rewarding future.

No corresponding move has been announced, yet.

More Yankee Stuff 11/15

So, Yoan Moncada has been granted free agency by MLB.   That's great news because they didn't drag it out.  But the Yanks still have to wait for Yoan to be cleared by OFAC before they can sign him.  I do think it would behoove them to start tampering heavily, in case they haven't already.

Btw, people are project him for second, third, and CF more than for shortstop.  The Yanks should still sign him though because of the two year penalty they'll be running into in the IFA market next June.  They have to collect as much talent as they can now.  And he'll probably be in the minors for a season or two, and get to come up with the next core.

UPDATE:  Greg Bird was named AFL MVP.   He'll be knocking, soon.

Yanks Promote Eric Schmitt

The Yanks have promoted Eric Schmitt to fill Pat Roessler's old Minor League Operations post.   Schmitt was a journeyman minor leaguer several years ago and I remember him pitching for the Thunder and getting bashed.    Since then, he has worked around first with Mark Newman and then, I think, replacing John Kremer on Damon Oppenheimer's domestic scouting staff.

I know a bunch of people felt we needed new blood in some of these open jobs, but Schmitt is only 36 and I believe Kremer is also still in his 30's, so I'd rather give these guys their shots unless someone with overhwhelming credentials had been interested in some of these minor league gigs that had opened up, so at least we got young blood.

Having observed the Yankee system as long as I have, I've felt that the system was all bad, and that some things should be kept, while some systems needed to be modernized.   The Yanks, lately has poured a lot of money into their minor league facilities, and also built up a significant anaytics department.

I think whenever all the changes are laid out, we'll see the the analytics and development deparments really beefed up.

I still want to know what plans they have for Kremer, McMahon and Garza.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rangers Lose Via the Shootout

What a bad game.   First, the Rangers don't dress Duclair, and looked slower as a result all night against the fast team.  Then when they finally take a lead, Hank lets up a softie off of Girardi.   Then they can't score in the third, at all, though they had plenty of chances.   Then they can't score in OT.  And are down 2-1 after the Avs first three skaters have gone and the same guy who sat Duclair, thinks his best shot to prolong the game is with Lee fricking Stempniak.   So this should go down as Loss-- Coach's Decisions.   Weak sauce.

Oh, and Tanner Glasss got in his second fight and still hasn't scored a point.

Yankee Stuff 11/13

Be afraid.   According to the latest news cycle, the Yanks have talked to the Angels about 31 year old, bad handed, tick above average offensively 2B Howie Kendrick.    Has gotten on base less than 34% of the time for his career, and his best season was 4 years ago and out of conext.   So what we would have here would be a prospect blocking over 30 decline guy.   I thought that was last year's thing?

Rangers Tonight

The Rangers play the AV's at the Garden tonight.  Dan Boyle should be back, after playing just 4 minutes before gettting hurt in the season opener.  They could really use his passing, stability and help on the power play.  They are still missing McDonagh, though, and Boyle can't come close to replacing him on D.

Duclair will sit again, as people he's better than play.   I don't think they're gonna send up down, because as AV says, if they do they can't bring him back up.  I do wish; however, that they would let him play all the time and be willing to take some lumps.  Look how much regular PT is helping Hayes?    This is the time of year to get the kids adjusted.

UPDATE:  The Rangers have waived Kostka, which I guess they have to do to send him to Hartford.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Breaking: Yanks Trade Cervelli to the Pirates

The Yanks have traded C Francisco Cervelli to the Pirates.  I've been hoping they would trade Cervelli for the past few years.  Not that I don't like him, just that I thought he had value and we had replacements on hand.   Let's see what we got.

It was for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, who's 27 and just came off a bad year.  Got excited when I thought it could be players from the Pirate system.   This is just another arm.

This also means that in the past 24 hours, the Yanks have added 2 lefty relievers to their 40 man roster.  How are they going to fit Lindgren, Webb and Pazos?  Let alone their relievers who are Rule 5 eligible?

Giants Stuff 11/12

The Giants have swiped RB Orleans Darkwa from the Dolphins' PSquad.   This is presumably to replace Michael Cox who broke his leg sucking the other day.   Darkwa has looked good in preseason games, especially against the Cowboys.  Full size guy with some straightline speed.

The Giants also signed CB Josh Victorian, thereby ending thei Kyle Sebetic experiment.

I wonder if the deck chairs on the Titanic had scouting reports...

Yankees Stuff

Today is the showcase day for Cuban IFA IF Yoan Moncada, and the Yanks will have people in attendance.  This is a huge day for Moncada, and possibly a big day for the Yanks as well.  If they feel Moncada can be a star SS or 2B for them in the mid-term, they have to go for it.  They're already in the penalty for IFA's, and this will the their last chance over the next two years to add this kind of talent - if every scouting report is true.   So a consequential day for Moncada and the Yanks.

In other Yankee news, the Yanks have signed LHP Jose DePaula. Nice to see them re-stock their DePaula stores, as you never want to go too long without one.   DePaula is 26 with more pitch-ability than stuff.  He was going to be rule 5 eligible, so, the Yanks presumably like him better than some of their guys who are rule 5 eligible.  Also, they have given him a spot on the 40, even though he has never pitched in the bigs.   We'll have to what they have in mind for him.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rangers Bounce Back Against Pens

The Rangers just shut out the Penguins 5-0, in a game where they had more jump than we've seen in awhile, and Hank was terrific.   The Rangers were controlling the puck early, but couldn't score.  Then they almost couldn't stop scoring.   MZA got the first goal, then St.Louis, then Kline, the Brassard and finally, Nash, short handed.   Nash also had two assists, as did Derek Stepan who is looking more and more like the point a game version.

The Pens were pretty helpless, even though they had a bunch of good chances that Hank turned away, and they are apparently allowed to be offside most of the time.  What's more, the refs took a goal away from the Rangers with a rule they seemed to make up on the spot.  MAF had lost his stick, and the Rangers scored.   The refs then waved it off saying, the goaling was unable to do his job.  Well, if his job is stopping the puck, then he was unable to do it 5 other times tonight.  WTF?   Hank lost his stick late in the third and still did his job, catching the shot with his glove.  No whistle until after the save.

Anyway, they looked much better tonight, and could get Boyle back on Thursday against the AV's.

Rangers Tonight

John Moore should be back from his suspension as the Rangers take on Cindy and the Pittsburgh Diving Team tonight at the Garden.  They have to give us a much better show than they have been lately.   It's just been embarrassing.   They should some spunk right after they lost defensemen left and right, but they've been dragging, or worse, flat lately, and that's got to stop.  They've been starting to resemble the Giants.