What If the Yanks kept Soriano?

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Again, hear me out.

162 game averages :

Player Hits 2B HR RBI SB BB SO GDP
A-Rod 177 29 39 125 18 85 135 16
Soriano 171 40 35 99 19 47 148 11

Another interesting number when comparing the production of these two players is the location in the batting order that they produced these numbers in. In A-Rod’s career (throughout the whole span) he has hit in the 3-4 spot 71.85% compared to Soriano who has hit there 21.17%, but has batted in the lead-off spot 41.21% of his career. Think about the numbers Soriano put up for the Rangers, Nationals and Cubs when they were all last place teams and hitting lead-off almost half the time along with being moved around the line-up. Now think about what he could have produced if he was hitting anywhere in the Yankees lineup from 2004-2012. Soriano came up and was a speed demon with power in the lead-off spot and his speed went underutilized after 2008 with the Cubs, which is head-scratching. A-Rod’s speed was also an asset of his but he was more known for his pure power and great contact. What’s shocking is how close the home run numbers are over the past 9 years since they were traded. Let’s also not forget to factor in the proven notion that Yankee Stadium is a launching pad, and who knows what Soriano could have done here.

Now listen I’m not saying we would have or would have won the 2009 World Series without A-Rod and the actually clutch performance he put on throughout that postseason. But the headaches, the drama and the disappointment that has followed ever since trading for A-Rod in the 2004 season. We reached two world series when we had Soriano and only one since we’ve acquired A-Rod.  Let’s take a look at this financially speaking too now. Since being traded to Texas, Alfonso Soriano has averaged a $13.322 million salary per year, with most of that money coming after 2008 in a bad contract offered by the once “spend-happy” Chicago Cubs. Now in the other pocket, we have the worst contract in baseball history. A-Rod’s contract since 2004 has averaged over $27.555 million, helping the Yankees break the luxury tax threshold by milestones. Consider the fact that there would have been more money for the Yankees to spend on other superstars and stay around that total salary number they hovered around for years during the early 2000s, but adding another player rather than spending it on one guy. Hindsight is always 20/20, and call me crazy but I would have kept Soriano and built from there if I were the Yankees going back. There are some things that would have been changed guaranteed: less headaches, less insults, less boos and less scrutiny. We can’t go back, but now the Yanks seem to be in somewhat of a rebuilding mode after mistakes made in years past. Tell me what your thoughts are on this!


The Rejuvenation of ARod and the Yankees

Last night, the Yankees and the Red Sox finished off a weekend series in Boston that was filled with the usual fanfare and fireworks of the greatest rivalry in all of sports. The game was a high scoring affair in which the Yankees came out on top 9-6. CC looked rocky again, giving up 6 ER in 5.1 IP (improved to 11-10 on the year). The Yankees bullpen looked strong, hurling 3.2 scoreless frames with the GOAT getting his 36th save of the year. Every Yankee got a hit except for Soriano (0-6) and Jayson Nix (0-1), even Chris Stewart got a hit and an RBI…Aliens


The real story coming from this game occurred in the second inning where Rex Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster threw four straight pitches at ARod, with the fourth pitch of the AB hitting ARod right on the left elbow. This resulted in warnings to both benches. Joe Girardi was furious, flying out of the dugout like a bat out of hell (obligatory Meatloaf reference) screaming at home plate umpire Brian O’Nora. He was clearly upset that Dempster was left in the game after intentionally throwing at ARod and being allowed to stay in the game. Girardi was ejected, but it got the Yankees blood pumping and fired them up. “Whether I agree with everything that’s going on, you do not throw at people and you don’t take the law into your own hands,” Girardi said. “You can’t just start taking potshots because you disagree with the way the system is set up.”


You’re right Joe…That IS bullshit and he IS a pussy.

Later on in the game, ARod got his revenge, hitting a home run off Dempster to straight away center to start the Yankees rally that would eventually give them the lead. “It was awesome. I was pretty excited,” Rodriguez said of the homer that started the Yankees’ go-ahead rally. “It was the ultimate payback.” When arriving at home plate, ARod delivered an even bigger jab to the Boston faithful, imitating David Ortiz’s point to the heavens. It was a big ‘Fuck You’ moment from ARod and will hopefully spark the rest of the Yankees season.


This was a huge game for the boys in pinstripes.  They took two of three from the first place Sox, moving within 7.5 in the East and 6 back in the Wild Card. The ejection by Girardi in the second will prove to be one of the turning points in the season. It showed that their manager, regardless of off the field issues and injuries still believes in this team and supports his players. It was the needed spark to light a fire under everyone’s ass (the proverbial “Michaels Secret stuff”, if you will) .


You heard it here first…The Yanks are about to go on a tear down the stretch. Don’t count us out just yet. Pride, Power, Pinstripes.

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Re-Sign Phil Hughes … But Really


Just listen …

So, I have stood by Phil Hughes since he came up in 2007 and he was supposed to be the next best thing in the Yankees rotation, the homegrown talent that the Yankees were waiting for that could help carry the pitching staff behind the superstar signings the Yankees were known for. Since then Hughes has been one of the most inconsistent pitchers in the Majors, and possibly I have seen in my lifetime. Therefore I have given up …. mostly. Since Hughes’ debut he has pitched himself to a 56-47 record with a 4.49 ERA, with his best year, 2010, being a solid 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA. The biggest issue with this was that before the All-Star break Hughes was great pitching to a 11-2 record with a 3.65 ERA, but a mere 7-6 record  4.90 ERA after the All-Star break. As a spectator, Hughes’ biggest problem is his inability to keep the ball down in the zone. He still throws around 95 MPH with his fastball and has a decent breaking ball. The problem is his fastball is consistently up in the zone and at Yankee Stadium a.k.a “The Launching Pad” you can kiss most of those pitches goodbye, he has given up a staggering 110 home runs in his career, with 22 coming this year. So, yes it looks like the Yankees will finally give up on their former “can’t miss” prospect, but I think they should reconsider.

In 2009 Phil Hughes was moved to the bullpen because of the issues with the relief pitchers before Mariano Rivera. As a relief pitcher and mostly a setup man for Mariano, before David Robertson came along to dominate the 8th inning, Phil Hughes registered an 5-1 record with a 1.40 ERA with 65 strikeouts in only 51 innings. For his career Hughes is 6-2 with a 1.44 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched and .91 WHIP, clearly he hasn’t pitched much more out of the bullpen besides 2009. However, let’s delve a little further in the numbers here. In those 61 innings Hughes only gave up 2 home runs, hitters were only hitting .172 against him with a .237 OBP and a .232 Slugging percentage. In addition, he yielded no sac flies, which means two possibilities, first that not many guys were on third base or two that when anyone was on third base, he did not give up a fly ball out with less than 2 outs. That last notion is mind boggling when you consider who were talking about here.

Hear me out. The Yankees should re-sign to a two year deal in the $2-4 million range with the intent of him becoming the 8th inning guy for David Robertson and/or fighting for our closer duties with Robertson. I think that bringing Hughes out of the bullpen will only benefit the Yanks and himself. He should not be brought back as a starter, because clearly that won’t work, but Cashman should sit down with Hughes and his agent and make him a decent deal with the promise of becoming the 8th inning guy or the Yanks’ new closer.

Those are my two cents … cash them in