The big question of the day is what to call the new catching tandem. Mesapen? Peñaraco? My vote is for Roqueña.
Tom Servo (11-08-2013)
Having said all that he may not be worth so much to the Yankees but for them to acquire a potentially good starting catcher and keep the money low enough to still pay Cano and other players they need to realistically compete again and stay under 189 million this year (the luxury tax threshold), which they seem very serious about doing might make Hanigan a bit more valuable than at 1st glance.
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wlf WV (11-08-2013)
They had 2 better than average hitters last season. 2! One is Gardner and the other is a free agent who might get close to 300 million. Do not see Gardner available.
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Nice MiLB numbers for Pena. Extremely consistent.
Maybe his MLB numbers were inconsistent due to circumstance?
I do think his signing may be the prelude of Chapman to the rotation.
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It's gonna be ugly on here when Hanigan is traded and his true value to other teams is shown. Prepare yourselves now.
WOY did a nice job laying out the facts.
Can't consider this a major deal and its not gonna win a pennant by itself, but it is a nice table-setter. Time to go with Mes and see if he can make the job his own. Pena is not a world beater, but he does bring some versatility and if I had to guess, he an Mes will combine for a modest offensive uptick from the Catcher's slot. The two-year contract should be a nice bridge to Barnhart who should be ready for his debut in the next 1.5-2 years.
Love Hanny, but the dip in his numbers are a warning sign. Dealing him now might bring a surprising and useful return if included in the right package. He's still seen as a solid defensive catcher and his career OPS probably is seen as a positive. Wait even until he trade deadline and his value could plummet. IMO, Hanny is a case of dealing a guy a year too soon as opposed to a year too late. Combine that with the MLB dearth of quality catchers and the time to part ways is quite possibly here.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Pena, now Ramirez. Could Salty be next? How about sending out both Mez and Hanigan? Making Mez the center piece of one deal, Phillips of another, and maybe Bailey a third? In other words, really changing the ballclub.
If I were going to guess, I'd say Phillips and Hanigan are being shopped as a high level, defensive package. Add Heisey, you can bolster some team's defense immediately.
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Old school 1983 (11-09-2013)