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Yankees reach agreement with Scott Sizemore

Jan 12, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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From Ken Davidoff of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with free agent infielder Scott Sizemore.

Sizemore has torn his left ACL twice in the last two years, limiting him to a total of six major league plate appearances since the beginning of the 2012 season. But he showed promise with the A’s in 2011, hitting .249/.345/.433 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 93 games, and the Yankees will hope that his health starts to cooperate.

Sizemore has primarily played second base and third base in his MLB career. The Yankees happen to need depth at both of those positions.

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UPDATE, 11:53 a.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the minor league deal is done.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    He is also cheaper than Reynolds.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      He ought to be. 2 games in the last 2 seasons. Not exactly confidence inspiring.

    • pjmarn6 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      This is a good article, written by an articulate reporter that present a fair balanced report with information. It is not opinion and it is news that has possibilities. Mr. Silva should be the MSNBC person in charge of reporting all news concerning the Yankees.
      Are you listening MSNBC sprots?

  2. pisano - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    proudly… on one of the Yankee blogs, a poster said that Reynolds had turned down the Yankee offer of a minor league contract.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Obviously, Reynolds wants a ML contract.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Pisano, I’m not sure he was actually offered a minor league deal. I read on a blog that he wasn’t interested in a minor league deal. Probably just a difference in semantics.

      I like the Sizemore opportunity especially if he can get back to the 2011 Sizemore.

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Sizemore on a minor league deal and with several years of team control is a no brainer. Very little to no risk and potentially a high reward. Make it happen Brian.

    • spudchukar - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      I agree the signing is definitely worth the chance. But two years with virtually no ABs is problematic. Somebody else on the Yankees is going to have similar baggage come 2015.

      Sizemore has fairly impressive minor league numbers, although he was 25 when he broke into the Bigs. His range factor was good in his early years, but it is hard to believe he is going to be anything but average, at 29, and two ACL surgeries.

      Definite upside, but one more question mark for a team, that is laden with them. One would believe the Yanks still have to find another possible alternative for 3B.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Definite upside, but one more question mark for a team, that is laden with them. One would believe the Yanks still have to find another possible alternative for 3B.

        Pretty much this. Wonder if they are rethinking Stephen Drew, who now makes a ton more sense. Drew to SS, maybe Jeter to 2b with Kelly at 3b? Ryan/Nunez/Roberts to spell the IF?

      • spudchukar - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        I too have been wondering about the possibility of a Drew signing. The Yanks don’t appear to have any options on the horizon at SS, so a 2-3 year deal for Drew might just make sense.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Average for something in the neighborhood of $500 to $700K if he makes the big league team sounds like a pretty good investment in today’s baseball market. My friend I think you greatly underestimate the Yankees, but that’s just my opinion.

      • spudchukar - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Well, that could be, and last year the Yanks almost made the play-offs with smoke and mirrors, but Pythagoras had them pegged as about the luckiest team in Baseball.

        I see only positions where they are set for league norms in starts. LF, CF, and catcher. With one and arguably two holes in the rotation, and needing a real set-up guy.

        You are a fan, and a devout and loyal one, and I admire that, my friend, and looking at a glass half full is consistent with those beliefs. However, that glass appears to have more holes than a sieve, and you need to add a lot of water to keep it half full or use something to plug the holes. And from where I sit the Yanks need the world’s greatest plumber.

      • spudchukar - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Uh, should read “I see only three positions”.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        I see only positions where they are set for league norms in starts. LF, CF, and catcher. With one and arguably two holes in the rotation, and needing a real set-up guy.

        All OF spots should be set with LF (Gardner) CF (Ellsbury) and RF/DH (Soriano/Beltran). 1b will be Tex and C will be McCann. Now assuming health, which we all know is a big if, that leaves the rest of the IF to cover. Considering the crap production the Yanks got from 3b last year sans Arod, a Kelly/Ryan/Roberts/Nunez group with Drew at SS isn’t bad.

        As for pitching, if the Yanks aren’t doing their due diligence on Balfour, they are sleeping on the job here. Go all in on Tanaka and Balfour and that’s not a bad pitching staff. Hope CC regresses a little, and Tanaka just replaces Pettitte, and that matches last year’s group which wasn’t bad (or lucky).

        Now this wouldn’t make them favorites, but I think Bos and TB got a little worse while the Yanks got a little better. Basically I think no one in the AL E should be the favorite going into next year (at this current moment).

      • spudchukar - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        I refuse to acknowledge DH as a real position, but you have a point. The Tex thing though is worrisome, and even if healthy I doubt if he can log more than 120 starts.

        No doubt if the Yankees add Drew, Tanaka, and Balfour they will be contenders. Hard for me to see all three, but not impossible.

        But I differ with you on Tampa Bay. Cobb and Price suffered injuries that most likely won’t re-occur. Moore, Archer, and Hellickson all can improve and probably aren’t going to regress.

        Outside of the closer role, and they most likely aren’t done there yet, I don’t see how the Rays are weakened in 2014. They have upgraded their depth, improved at catcher, and have a full year of DeJesus and Myers, plus a healthy Jennings.

        Right now, in my mind they should be viewed as the odds on favorites. I agree the Sox have slipped some, and I am not in love with their starting pitching.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        The Yankees aren’t going to sign Drew they aren’t going to commit to either the dollars or the years Boras is pushing teams for. Besides I’m not at all convinced that platooning a combination of players already on the Yankees roster (Nunez/Johnson/Sizemore and Anna) isn’t just as good of an option. The Yankees have done and are probably still involved in looking at Balfour and his health issues if any. I think we all know the Yankees aren’t finished looking at starting pitching, whether it’s Tanaka or Garza or Jimenez or another starter adding someone is almost assured since A-Rod’s money has been freed up.

        If the outcome of the 2014 season was determined by players on any particular teams roster as of January 12, 2014 most if not all teams would have concerns. There are still about 11 weeks until the first regular season game and about 27 weeks until the July trade deadline. Plenty of time for teams and that includes the Yankees, to add to subtract from and tweak their roster.

        I just want to mention one other thing this about the 2013:
        Did the Red Sox have the best starting rotation in 2013? In my opinion No the Cardinals did.
        Did the Red Sox have the best offense in 2013? In my opinion No the Tiger did
        Did the Red Sox have the best defense in 2013? In my opinion No the Orioles did
        Did the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013? YES, My point winning isn’t always about having the best player or even the 2nd best player at every position.

        As another poster here mentioned I see the Yankees glass as half full sometimes even more then half full. Some here see the Yankees glass half empty sometimes more empty then that. But the reality is regardless of how intelligent or how well thought out our opinions are they are just that our opinions and not reality.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        The Yankees aren’t going to sign Drew they aren’t going to commit to either the dollars or the years Boras is pushing teams for.

        Why not though? Unless he’s looking for a 7 year deal with $20M AAV, the Yanks are going to need a SS in ’15 (they really really really need to cut the Jeter cord). Why not sign him now, eat the draft pick compensation and be set at a position for the next few years, because like spud mentions, the Yanks have no internal options at SS for at least a few years.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        @ church…, Why “I believe the Yankees aren’t going to sign Drew.” see the below piece. Now I realize this could be a red herring so to speak. But until proven otherwise, I believe him.
        BTW, I realize the Yankees need to cut ties with Jeter. I’m just not sure they are will to do it at this point in time.

        Gammons: Cashman says Yankees will not sign Stephen Drew
        By Mike Axisa – RAB
        Via Peter Gammons: Brian Cashman said yesterday that the Yankees will not sign Stephen Drew. The free agent infielder is said to be “awaiting some further Yankee clarity” before signing a new contract, likely meaning he wants to see if they’ll make an offer should Alex Rodriguez be suspended. If nothing else, it would give him some negotiating leverage against the Red Sox.
        Drew, 30, hit .253/.333/.443 (109 wRC+) with 13 homers this past summer, includes a .284/.377/.498 (137 wRC+) line against righties. Everything you need to know about him is in the Scouting The Market post. Thanks to injuries and looming suspensions, the Yankees have questions at all four infield spots. Adding another infielder is a must if A-Rod is suspended, and, really, they should look to add one even if his ban is overturned. Drew is by far the best available free agent infielder.

      • spudchukar - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        I dunno UYF, my friend, doesn’t the last part of the quote call into question the first part?

        Since Drew turned down 14.1 mil to resign for a year with the Sox, I am sure Boras is convincing him to wait for a better deal than that. But my guess is he will wait til mid-Spring Training before he accepts a lesser deal.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        @ spudchukar, no not really. Because the last part of that article is speculation on Gammons part. The part I put in bold letters is Cashmans comment. That’s the difference, that’s what I’m basing my comment on that the Yankees aren’t going to sign Drew.

      • spudchukar - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        My guess is it will go like this. The Yanks will enter Spring Training with what they have, plus maybe another cheap hopeful like Sizemore. Since Drew will be waiting they will evaluate what they have. And if they feel the need they still allow themselves the option of going after Drew.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        @uyf

        That comment from Gammons was made on 12/31/13. As mentioned in that post:
        likely meaning he wants to see if they’ll make an offer should Alex Rodriguez be suspended.

        It’s still entirely possible that Cashman is not interested, but unless ownership has told him to stop signing players, he should look into it. Derek Jeter is going to be 40 years old this year, and his OPS+ over the last four years has been 90, 100, 114, and 51. I don’t think he’s as bad as last year, but a guy who offers zero defensive value and a shrinking offensive value is someone you can easily replace. (rWAR last 4 years: 1.8, 0.9, 2.2, -0.7).

        Drew would solve both a need this year, and a need in the future.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        @ spud…, you could very well be right. I’m going to take a little longer outlook at the possibility. Even though losing the draft choice doesn’t really make much difference to the Yankees. I going to say they will wait until at least June before making any decision about Drew or any other player for the infield.
        But in the case of Drew I think there is more to it. I think they will wait at least that long before even approaching the issue of Jeter possibly moving positions, before approaching Drew/Boras about a contract if they do at all.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        @ church….that’s true about Gammons piece. But this is one below is from today from RotoWorld, it pretty much just confirms the other article.

        According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Yankees are prepared to fill their vacancy at third base in-house, and are no longer calling the Padres about Chase Headley.
        The Bombers reportedly had called pretty regularly checking on the availability of the Padres third sacker, but the Padres seem content to hang onto him for the time being. The Yankees will trust some combination of Scott Sizemore, Kelly Johnson and Eduardo Nunez to handle the bulk of playing time at both second and third base. Jan 12 – 6:53 PM

  4. uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Sizemore on a minor league deal and with several years of team control is a no brainer. Very little to no risk and potentially a high reward. Make it happen Brian.

  5. brewer3 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    When did Steve Garvey play for the A’s?

    • uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Never, but what does that have to do with this blog.

      • spudchukar - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Because he believes there is a resemblance between the two, and I have to agree.

      • pisano - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Uyf1950… I think brewer was referring to the picture, kinda looks like Garvey. I also like the signing, I remember Sizemore as a solid player, and as you stated a no risk signing. I just hope his health holds up.

    • paperlions - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I was coming here just to make that reference. That photo looks a LOT like a number of 1970s Garvey Topps cards.

    • schreibdave - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      You are absolutely right!

  6. indaburg - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    This is a very smart signing, darn it. Every once in awhile, Cashman likes to remind us that he knows what he’s doing.

    • Old Gator - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Like signing into motels under a different name?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        I heard you do that old gasser, I heard you like to use Ben Dover, im not saying that’s true its just a rumor I heard from proudly.

      • indaburg - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Oh, dear. I’m just talking baseball.

      • Old Gator - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        Considering that your last imbecilic handle was “Dr Bendover” I’m not suprised to see you pulling it back out of your mental trash bucket and trying to recycle it here. Beats thinking, don’t it?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Oh yes the good Doctor!! I sure miss him wherever he has gone, he was a big asset to this board and wrote some of the best stuff I ever read here. Thanks for reminding me of him, I miss you Doc!

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        This is a clear example of Harry’s Amentia. Harry forgot that it was on the old MSNBC board, where he used the moniker Dr. Bendover rather than on HBT.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      If there’s ever been a more brittle IF than Sizemore – Jeter – Brian Roberts – Teixeira, it had to be in Old Hoss Radbourn’s time. That is an athletic trainer’s nightmare. Constant triage. Who do you treat first?

      • indaburg - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        Hey, at least the trainer won’t be bored. Treat Jeter first. He probably tips.

        Damn, that is one crippled infield, but as others mentioned, Sizemore is low risk, high reward, the caveat being IF he stays healthy. If he’s healthy, he projects well in 2014. If… They also have Kelly Johnson–last year he played mostly 2nd and OF with a little 3B and 1B.

        The Yankees look very vulnerable in 2014.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        Triage by gift basket – very savvy move. Figured like a triage professional.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        If there’s ever been a more brittle IF than Sizemore…Teixeira,

        GP last 5 years:
        156, 158, 156, 123, 15

        Definitely brittle

  7. mazblast - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    He’s 29 and coming off back-to-back surgeries on the same knee. Between that and his lifetime numbers–

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sizemsc01.shtml

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Maybe it’s because his top three “most similar players” were all Yankees–Mickey Klutts, Jim Leyritz, and Randy Velarde.

    Still, considering the free agent infielders remaining (Young, Jeff Baker, and Betancourt being the “best” left), it’s worth a shot.

    • jwbiii - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      What? No love for Placido Polanco?

      • braxtonrob - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        @jwbiii,

        38 years old, zero power, low OBP, and looks like his .300 average has permanently dropped a minimum of 25 pts.

        One of the greatest infield gloves in history, but I think his starting days are over.

        Probably should retire soon (and collect his on HOF vote from ?)

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    nothing more then minor league depth

    • jwbiii - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      True, but when Plan A is Brian Roberts, Plan B takes on additional importance. When Plan B is Scott Sizemore, Plan C. . . What do you think of Corban Joseph?

      • Kevin S. - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Is he better than Corban Dallas?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        I got Nunez at my starter, kid has the talent, he’s just never been given a position yet. Sure he has had some throwing issues but moving him to 2nd makes it a much shorter throw and I think this is where the kid belongs

      • braxtonrob - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:24 AM

        And Nunez is so famous that I’m just suppose to know his first name?

        How ’bout that kid Smith, he is ready! Or was his name Jones? I always get those two mixed up.

    • clydeserra - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      I doubt he has options. so, its either the majors or hope he goes unclaimed

  9. louhudson23 - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Neither Pythagoras ,or his buddy Excel, have ever gotten a hit,at any level…

    • jwbiii - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      I’ve got Excel with over 18,00 MLB hits. Where do you get your information?

    • braxtonrob - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Pythagoras was an actual person. Excel is the name of the most famous spreadsheet program.

      Fail.

  10. cackalackyank - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Ugh. The only certain positive I take from this is the fact this reduces the odds of NYY participating in the rumored Chone Figgins reboot.

  11. uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    This signing Is NOT just for minor league depth for the Yankees. He has 2 opt outs, May 1st and Aug. 1 which certainly indicates he’s going to be giving a legit chance to make the big league club. If he’s healthy that’s a real possibility.

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