Peter Gammons: Splashes and notes from the Orlando Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla—Brian Cashman has done the big deals, like Mike Mussina, Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia. He worked for George Steinbrenner, which meant living in the immediate, and when he and Hal Steinbrenner set out to make over the Yankees from their post-Messersmith Decision prominence—from Reggie Jackson to Alex Rodriguez—to a team whose […]

Peter Gammons: Offseason notes, turning to 2017

As a historic World Series and histrionic post-season gives way to another season, it has been interesting to listen to voices from people different than we are. One club president with decades of leadership said, “in the end, we felt the teams with the most talent were the Cubs, Red Sox and Indians, and for […]

Chapman Move Eases Burden on Yankees’ Taxed Starting Pitchers

The Yankees’ acquisition of Aroldis Chapman, currently under MLB investigation for an alleged domestic violence incident, is creating controversy that extends beyond the whole “who’s New York’s closer in 2016?” narrative. But in picking up the lefty equipped with easy tripe-digit heat for a quartet of prospects (infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda, plus righties […]

Peter Gammons: For Yankees, Aroldis Chapman was a gamble worth taking

Of course Aroldis Chapman is a gamble, a huge gamble. Guns, domestic violence charges, whispers going all the way back to the Arizona Fall League. He also is the hardest throwing, most prolific strikeout reliever that ever strolled out of a major league bullpen, and now the Yankees can put him with Andrew Miller and […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mozeliak says Cards no longer looking for ‘dynamic signing’

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch spotlights Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak as he claims they are no longer looking for a star free agent… Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, two days removed from Jason Heyward’s decision to sign with the rival Chicago Cubs, said Sunday that his front office does not intend to speed […]

Pineda Adapts, Dominates in the Bronx

Back in January of 2012, the Michael Pineda–Jesus Montero deal between the Yankees and Mariners was billed as a challenge trade of a potential Cy Young Award winner for a future middle-of-the-lineup force. Then, for a couple of years, the swap looked like a mutual bust. Montero slapped singles and crept up near 300 pounds […]

Broken down veterans keep Yankees on winning path

Say what you will about his past, say what you will about his character, but don’t say he is washed up just yet. The player that Brian Cashman and the entire Yankee organization hoped would find a cave to crawl in for the next 3 years has actually been a Bronx savior so far this season. […]

Stephen Drew: Down and Out?

Stephen Drew is a man down on his luck. The lefty-swinging shortstop won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013, turning in arguably the best full-season offensive performance of his career (a 111 OPS+) just as he hit the free agent market. But after the Sox made Drew a qualifying offer and […]

Peter Gammons: Cashman gets creative with Gregorius acquisition

There was nowhere else to turn, so Brian Cashman got creative, pieced together a three-way deal and in Didi Gregorius got the Yankees a shortstop far better than anyone on the open market. We all get that he’s not Mr. November, but he is a good defender, he has a lot to learn in terms […]

The Yankees make a shift and don’t go Long

There are a lot of different factors that go into successful hitting a baseball. Bat speed, hand/eye coordination, overall health to name just a few. But one that can’t be minimized is neatly summed in the words of the Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler, who played in the late 19th century and early 20th […]