The NY Yankees Roster Tree Part 1: The Hitters Acquisitions For Each Player

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Tuesday July.09/2013

Derek Jeter starts the 2013 year only 11 hits behind Eddie Collins for 10th place on the ALL-Time hits list.  With a possible Player Option in 2014, - and maybe playing one additional year after - can he hit 327 base knocks to pass Stan Musial for 4th place on the list by that years end?  Will he play beyond this year even?  Derek Jeter was Drafted by the team in 1992 - and represents all that good drafting the team did prior to the new regime

Derek Jeter starts the 2013 year only 11 hits behind Eddie Collins for 10th place on the ALL-Time hits list. With a possible Player Option in 2014, – and maybe playing one additional year after – can he hit 327 base knocks to pass Stan Musial for 4th place on the list by that years end? Will he play beyond this year even? Derek Jeter was Drafted by the team in 1992 – and represents all that good drafting the team did prior to the new regime.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Yankees – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.  It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted.

As a fan favorite in New York, the club could not justify spending the same salary that Cleveland gave him.  He has a brutal Post Season average of .169 for his Career - including 2-36 (053) with RISP.  Swisher is part of a massive tree roster - that can be stemmed all the way back to Steve Sax signing as a Free Agent in 1988 with the club.

As a fan favorite in New York, the club could not justify spending the same salary that Cleveland gave him. He has a brutal Post Season average of .169 for his Career – including 2-36 (053) with RISP. Swisher is part of a massive tree roster – that can be stemmed all the way back to Steve Sax signing as a Free Agent in 1988 with the club.  Aaron Judge was selected as the 32nd overall pick for compensation from him signing with the Cleveland Indians this past winter.

Derek Jeter SS (39): Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1992 amateur draft. 5 World Series Titles in 7 Fall Classic, 313 BA,  3300+ Career Hits – all awesome achievements.  Lets all hope El Capitan comes back really soon.

Chris Stewart (31) C: April 4, 2012: Traded by the San Francisco Giants to the New York Yankees for George Kontos.

George Kontos was Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 5th round of the 2006 amateur draft.

Too tough to judge this trade right now (Kontos versus Chris Stewart).

Robinson Cano (31) 2B: Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2001.  Will the team resign him – or is this the last year with him in Pinstripes?  Career .307/.353/.857 3 Slash Line.  Would be nice if he could add another World Series to his legacy.

Jayson Nix (36) INF:  November 23, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.

Suzuki hit for a 3 Slash Line of .322/.340/.794 with the Yankees once pried from the treacherous Safeco Field conditions last season - including being clutch in the playoffs.  Not a bad trade for a middle reliever the other way in Farquhar - who they had plucked off of waivers the month before anyway.

Suzuki hit for a 3 Slash Line of .322/.340/.794 with the Yankees once pried from the treacherous Safeco Field conditions last season – including being clutch in the playoffs. Not a bad trade for a middle reliever the other way in Farquhar – who they had plucked off of waivers the month before anyway.  As far as Drafted Assets – it only cost them D.J. Mitchell. The team resigned Suzuki for the 2013 and 2014 seasons this past winter.

Ichiro Suzuki (39) OF:  July 23, 2012: Traded by the Seattle Mariners with cash to the New York Yankees for Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.

June 26, 2012Danny Farquhar was Selected off waivers by the New York Yankees from the Oakland Athletics.

D.J. Mitchell was Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 10th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Farquhar has struggled with the Mariners – while Ichiro has a .297 BA with NYY in 150 Career Games.

D.J. Mitchell has signed on as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.  Good deal picking up Suzuki

Vernon Wells (34) OF:  March 26, 2013: Traded by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the New York Yankees for Exicardo Cayones (minors) and Kramer Sneed (minors).

February 19, 2012: A.J. Burnett was Traded by the New York Yankees with cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Diego Moreno (minors) and Exicardo Cayones (minors).

A.J. Burnett has gone 20 - 16, with a 3.37 ERA - and has given the Bucs a veteran presence.  Cashman took one of the player obtained in the players back for Burnett - and picked up Vernon Wells.

A.J. Burnett has gone 20 – 16, with a 3.37 ERA – and has given the Bucs a veteran presence. Cashman took one of the player obtained in the players back for Burnett (Cayones) – and picked up Vernon Wells.

December 12, 2008A.J. Burnett Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.  He was 34 – 35 – with a 4.79 ERA for the Yankees – which prompted the club to trade him to Pittsburgh, and eat 20 of his $33 MIL remaining in 2012 – and 2013. Great deal for Pittsburgh.

Kramer Sneed was Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 32nd round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Barton College (Wilson, NC). He is currently in A+ ball for the Angels.

Vernon Wells is signed through 2014 with New York.  He has hit 10 HRs and knocked in 35 RBI this year, however most of that was early.  He will make $12 MIL in salary from the Pinstripers during the next 2 seasons. 

It was a good move by Cashman at the time.  He is better off as a platoon guy now.  Wells has come up clutch hits for the team.

Travis Hafner (36) DH: February 1, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.  Much like Wells, Hafner was doing great early.  His 12 HRs and 37 RBI have come at good times at least.  At $2 MIL for this year, it was a good signing.

Hafner would be best served as a platoon DH versus RHP.

David Adams (26) 3B:  Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.  The  young man will have to improve on his .190/.260/.536 to ever receive a shot again by the club once A-ROD comes back.

Lyle Overbay (36) 1B:  March 26, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.  As part of the Taxi Squad of Veterans that have come up big, Overbay leads the charge.  He has 10 HRs and 18 Doubles and 36 RBI in just 267 AB – despite his .247/.295/.730 Slash Line.  Great pickup for the short term.

Kevin Youkilis (34) 3B:  December 14, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees. Complete bust for the NYY – and am at least happy I never have to cheer for this guy in New York.

One has to wonder what would have happened to the Yankees had they not traded away Alfonso Soriano for him.  Chances are, the club would have been better off financially at least.  Other than his 2009 World Series, A - Rod and the Yankees only have 1 World Series win together.

One has to wonder what would have happened to the Yankees had they not traded away Alfonso Soriano for him. Chances are, the club would have been better off financially at least. Other than his 2009 World Series, A – Rod and the Yankees only have 1 World Series win together. He will have cost the franchise over $350 MIL in team salary for his stint from 2004 – 2017.

Alex Rodriguez 3B: Acquired in Feb.2004 from the Texas Rangers for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias. – A – Rod has a .292/.387/.925 3 Slash Line – with 302 HRs and 960 RBI in 9 years for the Yankees.  Is he $200 MIL better than Soriano for the production- NO WAY!

September 29, 1998: Alfonso Soriano was  Purchased by the New York Yankees from Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan Central).  Soriano has hit 287 HRs since leaving New York compared to A-Rod’s 305.  RBIs are Rodriguez 960 – Soriano 810, but A-Rod had better players surrounding him.

Arias was signed as a Free Agent by the New York Yankees in 2001.  Arias is and always was a fringe player in the Majors.

Verdict:  The Yankees would have been better to have kept Soriano – and move him to the OF with the arrival of Cano – and save the money to use somewhere else. 

Curtis Granderson OF:  December 8, 2009: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent Edwin Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Detroit Tigers.

Curtis Granderson has been pretty good for the Yankees.  He led the AL in RBI (119), was 2nd in HR (41) and 1st in Runs Scored with 136 with NYY in the AL for 2011.  He was a Silver Slugger, and finished 4th in AL MVP Voting.  He clocked 43 HRs and drove in 106 RBI last year.

Grandy has perfected his swing for Yankee Stadium  He has been hurt twice this year and only played a handful of games.

The New York Yankees sent Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Detroit Tigers.

The New York Yankees sent Ian Kennedy to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Phil Coke was Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 26th round of the 2002 amateur draft. Coke is 12 – 22 – with a 4.35 ERA for Detroit – in a home park that helps pitchers.  Other than his late 2012 tear in relief, he has been a bust.

Austin Jackson was Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 8th round of the 2005 amateur draft.  Jackson has developed into one of the premiere Leadoff men in the AL – averaging over 100 Runs a season – while slashing .282/.348/.764  since 2010.

Ian Kennedy was Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 2006 amateur draft.  Kennedy led the NL in Wins for the 2011 season – with 21, plus finished in the top 5 for NL CY Young voting that year.  He is 48 – 30 – with a 3.76 ERA since leaving NY.

Verdict on this trade.  Kennedy would have never pitched that well in New York, Coke was not that valuable to the Yankees.  I would slightly take Granderson’s stint with New York over the 4 years that Jackson has been in Detroit.

This trade helped all 3 teams involved.  Max Scherzer from Arizona to the Tigers makes the Detroit the clear – cut winners, however we are only dealing with New York players to and fro here.

I would do the trade  again if I was the Yankees.  40 HR, 100 RBI guys are hard to find. 2014 was always Armageddon time anyway.  Playoff berths from 2010 – 2012 might not have possible without the help from Granderson.

Austin Romine (24) C: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round of the 2007 amateur draft. Romine is a defensive specialist who is lucky to have had AB with the big club.

Zoilo Almonte (24)LF:  Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2005. Good early production might find this guy having a role with the future of the club.

Mark Teixeira (33) 1B:  January 6, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.  While Tex’s production has slowly declined, he came up huge for them in the 2009 regular season. 

From 2009 – 2011, he had 3 straight 30+ HRs and 100+ RBI.  He had similar power numbers last season to because he missed 40 games.  His absence in 2013 has been felt.  Having 3 YRs/$67.5 MIL left after this season might begin to hurt a little, but it was the market back then.

Francisco Cervelli (27) C: Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2003.  Cervelli may turn out to be a decent back up Catcher in his career.  He was playing well when he was hurt this season.  Is a Career .271/.343/.710 in 542 AB – with 79 RBI.

Luis Cruz (29) 3B:  July 3, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.  Way too early to tell on all fronts.

Thomas Neal (25) UT: January 18, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.  Limited AB don’t say anything.

Gardner (seen here sitting with Swisher) led the AL in SB during 2011 (49). He has 34 XBH out of the Leadoff Spot (included in his 92 Hits in 88 GP).  He has shown a steady improvement each year.

Gardner (seen here sitting with Swisher) led the AL in SB during 2011 (49). He has 34 XBH out of the Leadoff Spot (included in his 92 Hits in 88 GP). He has shown a steady improvement each year.

Brett Gardner OF: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2005 amateur draft.  He has one more eligible year of Arbitration – and should be a lock for the 2014 Roster.

Eduardo Nunez INF: Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2004.  Has a 3 Slash of .263/.313/.680 for his career.

This is a 2 parter: Alberto Gonzalez:

Alberto Gonzalez was just traded for a player to be named later.  Since we didn’t have many awesome puzzle pieces to dissect trades on the Roster Tree – I thought I would show you the player transactions of the 1st Gonzalez trade.  He is just means to an end for the club.

Alberto Gonzalez: November 13, 2008: Traded by the New York Yankees with Wilson Betemit, Jhonny Nunez and Jeff Marquez to the Chicago White Sox for Nick Swisher and Kanekoa Texeira.

Aaron Judge was selected in the compensatory pick draft (32nd overall) in the 2013 Amateur Draft as compensation for the Nick Swisher signing in Cleveland.

November 13, 2008: Wilson Betemit: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the New York Yankees for Scott Proctor.

Wilson Betemit was later flipped for Swisher (Steal!!).  He had 10 HRs and 49 RBI – via a .253/.286/.711 3 Slash for NYY in 2007 and 2008 combined. Wilson Betemit has been a journeyman player his whole career.  Acquiring Swisher for him was grand theft larceny.  Betemit is with the Orioles now – and has been hurt all 2013.

Jeff Marquez appeared in 4 IP for the Yankees only – before being reclaimed on waivers by the White Sox.

Kanekoa Teixeira never made it to the big leagues with the Yankees, and was claimed by the Mariners in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft.  He came back in 2011 to the NYY – played another season in the Minors – before he signed as a FA with the Reds.  He is now in Triple A with Louisville.

Jhonny Nunez had a 9.53 ERA in 5.2 IP for the White Sox before toiling with a couple of other teams in the Minors.  He was recently released by the Mariners on June.6th/2013.

Scott Proctor July 31, 2003: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Bubba Crosby to the New York Yankees for Robin Ventura.

Proctor had a 4.84 ERA for the LA Dodgers in 2 years, after logging several Innings and Appearances for the Yankees from 2004 – 2007.

Robin Ventura December 7, 2001: Traded by the New York Mets to the New York Yankees for David Justice

David Justice never played for the Mets, he was traded a week later.  He did hit for a 3 Slash Line of .266/.376/.785 with the Oakland A’s – and had 10 HRs and 49 RBI in 398 AB.  He would later be portrayed in the movie ‘Moneyball’ for his leadership with the A’s.

Justice came over in the 2000 year for a World Series win in 2000.  He hit for .978 OPS and 20 HRs and 68 RBI during his 81 GP  that year.  He struggled a little bit in 2001.  His 656 AB with NYY, includes 38 HRs and 111 RBI.

Robin Ventura hit for a 3 Slash Line of .249/.359/.792 – with 36 HRs and 135 RBI in 748 AB with NYY.

David Justice June 29, 2000: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the New York Yankees for Zach Day, Ricky Ledee and Jake Westbrook.

Zach Day was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 5th round of the 1996 amateur draft.  He never made it to the Indians big club – but was traded to the Expos for Milton Bradley.

Ricky LedeeDrafted by the New York Yankees in the 16th round of the 1990 amateur draft.  He never made a big dent with CLE (.222 BA in 71 AB), however he was a good bit player for Philly later in his career.

Jake Westbrook was 69 – 69, with a 4.29 ERA.

Verdict is:  The Tribe received a lengthy stay from Westbrook.  It is hard to complain as a Yankees fan about Justice’s 2nd half of 2000.  Pretty fair overall.

Jake Westbrook December 22, 1999: Traded by the Montreal Expos with players to be named later to the New York Yankees for Hideki Irabu. The Montreal Expos sent Ted Lilly (March 17, 2000) and Christian Parker (March 22, 2000) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

Hideki Irabu went 2 – 7, with a 6.69 ERA for the Expos.

Ted Lilly went 8 -12 with the Yankees before being traded to the A’s.

Christian Parker appeared in 1 Game Start and yielded 7 Runs in 3 IP – and never pitched in the MLB again.

Verdict: NY because Irabu sucked.

Hideki IrabuMay 29, 1997: the San Diego Padres sent Hideki Irabu to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on April 22, 1997.

April 22, 1997: The San Diego Padres sent players to be named later, Gordon Amerson (minors) and Homer Bush to the New York Yankees for Rafael Medina, Ruben Rivera and $3,000,000.

Hideki Irabu went 29 – 20, with a 4.80 ERA with NYY – and was called a ‘Fat Toad’ by the boss.

Homer Bush hit .348 in 89 Career AB with NYY, he was later traded.

Gordon Amerson never played in the MLB for the Yankees.

Rafael Medina was Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1992.  He was later traded by SD with Derrek Lee for Kevin Brown going to back.

Ruben Rivera was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1990. Rivera only hit .204 in 1026 AB with SD.

Verdict: The New York Yankees win this because of having Bush to throw in the Clemens deal

Homer Bush: February 18, 1999: Traded by the New York Yankees with Graeme Lloyd and David Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays for Roger Clemens:

Roger Clemens was traded for by the Yankees - by way of three player they had acquired through previous moves.  Homer Bush was picked up from San Diego, Graeme Lloyd from Milwaukee for

Roger Clemens was traded for by the Yankees – by way of three player they had acquired through previous moves. Homer Bush was picked up from San Diego, Graeme Lloyd from Milwaukee – and David Wells had signed with New York as a Free Agent. Wells came back as a FA again in 2012.

Clemens went 77 – 36 and an ERA of just under 4 from 1999 – 2003 in his 1st stint with the NYY.  Clemens won WS Titles in 1999 and 2000, and lost in 2001 and 2003.  Clemens won an AL CY Young with NY in 2000.

Wells was good with Toronto in his 2 years after the trade for the Blue Jays.  Boomer went 37 – 18 in that time.  He led the AL in wins during 2000, and led in IP in 1999.  He later returned to the Yankees as a FA again  in 2002, and went 34 – 14 – to make his Yankee career stand at 68 – 28, with a 3.98 ERA.

Homer Bush hit .283 in his 1131 AB for the Blue Jays.

Graeme Lloyd appeared in 74 Games for the Jays and had a 3.63 ERA.

Winner: The Yankees fleeced the Jays for Clemens.  Then again, Roger only had 1 year left on his contract. With Wells coming back 2 years later, it made it seem even worse than it actually was.

David Wells: December.24, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.

Graeme Lloyd August 23, 1996: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with a player to be named later and Pat Listach to the New York Yankees for Bob Wickman and Gerald Williams. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Ricky Bones (August 29, 1996) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade. Pat Listach returned to original team on October 2, 1996.

Bob Wickman went 21 – 25 , with a 4.20 ERA and 70 Saves for the Brewers.

Gerald Williams was Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 14th round of the 1987 amateur draft.  He hit only .246 in 650 AB for the Brewers.

Ricky Bones was granted Free Agency after his 1996 year  after his 7 IP stint with the NYY.

Graeme Lloyd:  3.51 ERA in 109 Games for the Yankees.

Winner:  Yankees.  Graeme Lloyd was great for NYY in the 1996 and 1998 playoffs – where he was an awesome Lefty Specialist.  He never allowed a run or a walk – and only 2 hits in 8 IP. Lloyd also won Game #4 of the 1996 World Series.

Bob Wickman: January 10, 1992: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Domingo Jean and Melido Perez to the New York Yankees for Steve Sax.

Melido Perez retired as a Yankee.  Perez went 33 – 39 with a 4.06 for NYY

Domingo Jean Retired as a Yankee.  Appeared in 10 Games for the 1993 club, going 1 – 1 – with a 4.46 ERA.

Bob Wickman was 31 – 14, with a 4.21 ERA.  He was traded later for Graeme Lloyd, who was used for bait to reel in Clemens.

Sax only hit .236 in his 686 AB with the Sox.

Winner:  New York Yankees.  They had Sax for good years, received Wickman – who would partially turn into Clemens eventually.

Steve SaxNovember 23, 1988: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.

Ted LillyJuly 5, 2002: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the New York Yankees with Jason Arnold (minors) and John-Ford Griffin (Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2001 amateur draft) to the Oakland Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, Franklyn German and Carlos Pena to the Detroit Tigers.

The Detroit Tigers sent Jeff Weaver to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent cash to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent Jeremy Bonderman (August 22, 2002) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade.

Jeff Weaver: December 13, 2003: Traded by the New York Yankees with Brandon Weeden (minors – Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round of the 2002 MLB June Amateur Draft from Edmond Santa Fe HS (Edmond, OK)), Yhency Brazoban (Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1997).and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Kevin Brown.

This whole mini tree provided Jeff Weaver NY Yankees Career (12 – 12, with a 5.35 ERA) and Kevin Brown (NY Yankees Career – 14 – 13, 4.95 ERA).

The guys departed

Jeff Weaver went 38 – 29 with the Dodgers with a 4.20 ERA, after being traded for Brown.

Yhency Brazoban went 10 – 12, with a 4.70 ERA in 116 Appearances for the LA Dodgers.

Ted Lilly went 14 – 11, with a 4.37 ERA with the A’s after the Yankees traded him away for Weaver.

Verdict I think the Yankees lost this miniature version of player swaps – but it didn’t happen often that they lost dealing draft picks for established superstars.  Well, at least back then.

Having said that, turning Steve Sax eventually into Roger Clemens is completely awesome!

Granderson had back to back 40 HR years with the Yankees - after struggling to hit with the PInstripers his 1st year there. New York traded away Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson for his services prior to that 2010 season - and the preceding year the franchise had hoisted the World Series Run.

Granderson had back to back 40 HR years with the Yankees – after struggling to hit with the PInstripers his 1st year there. New York traded away Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson for his services prior to that 2010 season – and the preceding year the franchise had hoisted the World Series Run.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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