Saturday, February 18, 2017

Yankees' Betances Loses In Arbitration, Randy Levine Can't Shut-Up About It

It was announced today that the Yankees won their arbitration case against setup man Dellin Betances. Betances will make the $3 million the Yankees offered, instead of the $5 million he asked for.  Though Betances has been one of the top relievers in the game for the past few years, most people, including myself, did not expect him to be awarded as much as $5 million--as a setup man.

That should have been the end of it. Of course, thanks to Yankees president Randy Levine, it wasn't the end of it.  Instead of simply enjoying the arbiter's decision, instead of enjoying his "win" and getting to the work of running the Yankees, Levine, in a conference call with the media, chose to patronize Betances by calling him a "victim" and to bad mouth Betances' agent, Jim Murray.

Hmmmm. Does this man sound like another president we know of?

Hey, Randy, you won. Shut the *bleep* up.

For his part, Betances said he was going to take the high road, until he heard about Levine's comments. He also said that this experience would help him view his future free agency differently, saying it "will be a little easier when the time comes."

That last comment nearly erupted a firestorm on Twitter, with many people assuming it means he won't sign with the Yankees after he hits the open market. However, according to Baseball Reference, that won't happen until 2020, not next year or the year after, as many on Twitter believe. Also, don't get freaked out over his use of the word "easier." Yes, it could mean that Betances will find it easier to leave the Yankees. But it could just as well mean that he simply expects the negotiation process to be easier when he becomes a free agent--now that he has some idea of what to expect. So, everyone just needs to calm down.

In any case, Betances is signed for 2017, Spring Training is underway and games start next Friday. Go Yankees!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Yankees Announce Carter Signing, Day Before Bad Austin News

Another worst-kept secret was brought out into the open yesterday when the Yankees announced the signing of 1B/DH Chris Carter to a one-year deal, worth $3.5 million.

When news of the signing began to trickle out weeks ago, no one, including me, could make sense of it. After all, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin were thought to be set to fight it out for the 1B job in Spring Training. Speculation began that Greg Bird still had not recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out for the entire 2016 season, or that a trade was in the works. Also, the fact that Carter is a right-handed hitter was puzzling, because the team had already signed Matt Holliday, another right-handed hitter, to be the primary DH.

The only things that everyone could agree on were the terms of the deal. One year at nowhere near the money Carter was looking for couldn't hurt the Yankees. Not a big deal at all.

Now, news comes out today that does make the deal big, though not for the reasons we were all thinking. Beat writer Joel Sherman tweeted this afternoon that Austin has a small break in his foot. He will be in a boot for three weeks and will participate in no baseball activities for six weeks.

So it looks as if we'll be seeing a lot more of Chris Carter this Spring, and perhaps beyond. Welcome to the Yankees, Mr Carter, and get well soon Tyler Austin.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Pitchers & Catchers Day 2017!

The day is finally here! After a long, tedious off-season, New York Yankees Baseball is about to rev itself up for another exciting season. Pitchers and catchers report today, February 14, 2017.

Today also happens to be the 10th anniversary of Lady At The Bat. That's right, 10 years ago today, the first post appeared on the blog. (I'm not counting the previous post, weeks prior, since it was only a counter ticking off the days leading to February 14th.) The rest, as the tired saying goes, is history.

It has been a an eventful decade, both for the Yankees, the blog and for me personally. I am looking forward to celebrating all season. Check back here frequently to read some of the bests pieces posted over the years. I'm hoping to post a podcast, or two, as well.  For other blog anniversary events follow the hashtag #Lady10 on Twitter.

The first event is this evening! I will be talking Yankees and discussing the blog on Source Nation's Sports Tuesday Show, with Steve Manderson, on BlogTalkRadio. The show runs from 6:00-8:30. I will be on at 6:30. You can listen here.

Thanks to everyone who has visited the blog over the years. Thanks also to everyone who has contributed over the years: Christina Brown, Pete Colgan and Vivianna Velasquez. I couldn't have done it without any of you! Looking forward to more good times here at Lady At The Bat!