How The New York Yankees Acquired All Of Their Pitchers: Roster Tree Part 1

Mariano Rivera holds the ALL-Time Record for any closer (active of retired) with 641 Saves.  He has been the most dominant Relief Pitcher on the planet over the last two decades.  What is incredible, is that he never has a bad season - which is prone to happen to even Hall Of Fame Pitchers.  Rivera also leads Active Pitchers in ERA (2.20), Games Finished (1093) and a WHIP 1.003 Add another 42 Saves, and a 0.70 ERA in 142 IP in his Post Season Career - and you are talking about the standard which any future Closer will be measured up to.

Mariano Rivera holds the ALL-Time Record for any Closer (active or retired) with 641 Saves. He has been the most dominant Relief Pitcher on the planet over the last two decades. What is incredible, is that he never has a bad season – which is prone to happen to even Hall Of Fame Pitchers. Rivera also leads Active Pitchers in ERA (2.20), Games Finished (1093) and a WHIP 1.003 Add another 42 Saves, and a 0.70 ERA in 142 IP in his Post Season Career – and you are talking about the standard which any future Closer will be measured up to.

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.

This was not as cool as doing the other Roster Trees I have done. 

In fact, the Hitters were not even that fun to do, with having to go through the Alberto Gonzalez tree (from when he left the NYY the first time) – just to spice it up a little bit.

The New York Yankees Roster Tree Part 1: The Hitters

Sabathia is 83 - 3 (.686) since a 2008 offseason signing by the Yankees.  The club won the World Series in his 1st year obviously.  Even more impressive are his Yankee Stadium numbers ( he is 39 - 18 (.706, with a resepectable 3.16 ERA at the new Yankee Stadium) .  His contract may pay him $182 MIL over his 8 Year Pinstripe Career, however thus far, he has been worth every penny - and I fully expect him to rebound in the last half of this year.

Sabathia is 83 – 3 (.686) since a 2008 offseason signing by the Yankees. The club won the World Series in his 1st year obviously. Even more impressive are his Yankee Stadium numbers ( he is 39 – 18 (.706, with a resepectable 3.16 ERA at the new Yankee Stadium) . His contract may pay him $182 MIL over his 8 Year Pinstripe Career, however thus far, he has been worth every penny – and I fully expect him to rebound in the last half of this year.

Hiroki Kuroda (38) SP:  January 26, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees. Kuroda has been the ace of the staff this year – 10 – 5, with a 2.51 ERA.  He has truly saved New York’s bacon.

Last year, Kuroda was a quality #2 man as well.  While I think this may be it for the man, he has a chance to put forth a great 2 Year Yankee legacy.  To date he is 26 – 17, with a 3.01 for the Bombers.

Heading into 2013, Hughes had a Career Record of 52-36 (.591) - with a 4.39 ERA.  He was projected to be the #4 starter for the Yankees in 2013.  He has struggled this campaign to the tune of 4 - 9, with a 4.598 ERA to date.  He is 1 - 7, with a 6.02 at Yankee Stadium, where he is 3 -2, with a 3.02 ERA Away.  The man needs a change of scenery.

Heading into 2013, Hughes had a Career Record of 52-36 (.591) – with a 4.39 ERA. He was projected to be the #4 starter for the Yankees in 2013. He has struggled this campaign to the tune of 4 – 9, with a 4.598 ERA to date. He is 1 – 7, with a 6.02 at Yankee Stadium, where he is 3 -2, with a 3.02 ERA Away. The man needs a change of scenery.

Phil Hughes (27) SP: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2004 amateur draft.  This guy looks like a menacing presence on the mound – only to have not lived up to expectations.

As of right now, he is exiting the club a lot like A.J. Burnett did in his last days with the Pinstripers.  He can’t be trusted at Yankee Stadium.

Hughes would have been better served to have been a Reliever with the team all along.  He holds a 56 – 45 Record so far, with a less than stellar 4.43 ERA.

Phil Hughes has earned over $14 MIL for his Yankee time, more than double than Joba Chamberlain.

David Phelps (26) SP:  Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 14th round of the 2008 amateur draft. Phelps has started his career nicely – with a 10 – 9 record, with a 4.10 ERA in 23 Game Starts.

His role should increase in 2014, with the likely departure of Hughes, Pettitte and Kuroda.

CC Sabathia (33) SP: December 20, 2008: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.  The big man has been the kind of ace the club has been accustomed to seeing since the mid – 90’s.

Yes it was their wallet book that secured the near 300 LB man, but that is a risk of itself, to sign a large man to that kind of cash.  Sabathia is a workhorse.

This season, the 33 Year Old will log over 200 IP (barring injury) for the 5th straight season in NY, and 7th year overall. 

Sabathia has an outside shot at winning 300 Games in my view, and maybe have the last chance at this.

Something about him tells me he will throw until his arm falls off in his 40’s.  I can only hope he remains a Yankee for that time.

It is a shame that BBHOF writers will not look at his ERA kindly – when he escalates toward a 4.00 for the tail end of his career.  He will have lugged a ton of innings in a tough AL East by then.

Preston Claiborne (25) RP: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2010 amateur draft.  Has been a great arm out of the Bullpen this season, with a 2.06 ERA in 26 Appearances.

Chamberlian burst onto the scene with the Yankees in 2007 - when he Struckout 36 batters in his 1st 24 MLB IP - while carrying a 0.38 ERA.  The team should have earmarked him to stay in the Bullpen - instead they messed with him as a Starter - and he was never the same.

Chamberlain burst onto the scene with the Yankees in 2007 – when he Struckout 36 batters in his 1st 24 MLB IP – while carrying a 0.38 ERA. The team should have earmarked him to stay in the Bullpen – instead they messed with him as a Starter – and he was never the same.

Joba Chamberlain (27) RP: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (41st pick) of the 2006 amateur draft. 

Chamberlain has never lived up to expectations either, however a lot of it can be attributed to the “JOBA RULES” combined with plenty of bizarre injuries.

After his 1st 2 seasons, where he looked extremely legit, he has had 3 of the last 4 years go bad on him. 

His Career Record with New York is 23 – 13, with a 3.81 ERA in 428 Combined Innings Pitched – between being a Starter and a Reliever.  The good news is that they only paid him a shade over $6 MIL during that time.

Boone Logan (28) RP: December 22, 2009: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Javier Vazquez to the New York Yankees for Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, Arodys Vizcaino and cash.

Boone Logan has been a great Bullpen arm – with a 16 – 7 mark and a 3.23 ERA Career ERA for NYY, in his 164.1 IP. 

This year he has been even better, yielding a 2.30 in 27 IP.

Melky Cabrera (28) OF: Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2001.  He has played for ATL, KC, SF and Toronto.

Cabrera was absolutely brutal for the Braves, before resorting to PED’s,  being suspended, and now resembling the 4th OF that NYY once knew.

Mike Dunn (28) RP: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2004 amateur draft. Is now with the Miami Marlins. 

He barely played with the Braves, but was used with Omar Infante in a trade for Dan Uggla

Mike Dunn is not quite as good as Boone Logan right now.

Arodys Vizcaino RP:  July 2, 2007: Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent.  He is with the Cubs organization – (along with Jaye Chapman) after being used to acquire Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson.

Javier Vazquez played one season with the Yankees  before going to the Marlins as a Free Agent.

The return to the Yankees for Vazquez was a lot like his 1st stint with the franchise, holding a 10 – 10 Record – and a 5.32 ERA.

We will call this trade a win for the Yankees, considering the Roster Tree Rules of player vs player for the franchises directly involved. 

Make sure you come back and read the Braves Tree to see how they benefited after flipping the assets from this trade though.

Andy Pettitte (41) SP:  Has signed with the Yankees 6 times as a Free Agent since Dec of 2006 – last time being in the 2012 offseason.  Was originally Drafted by the Yankees in June of 1990.

Pettitte would be in the running for a Baseball Hall Of Fame Career, had he not been an admitted steroid user.

He is 102 Games over .500 for his career (252 – 150, .631 Win Pctg and a 3.87 ERA) – and his Yankee Record is 215 – 124 (.634) – with a 3.97 ERA.

In addition to his regular season wins, he is the ALL – Time Leader in Post Season Wins and Innings Pitched.

Ivan Nova has to step up his play in the next few years for New York to stick with the big club.  while they plan to be under the $189 MIL Luxury Tax Threshold next year, his Salary could be a value rate it he has a good season.

Ivan Nova has to step up his play in the next few years for New York to stick with the big club. while they plan to be under the $189 MIL Luxury Tax Threshold next year, his Salary (Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – but won’t make much) could be a value rate if he has a good season.

Ivan Nova (26) SP: Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2004. 

Nova started off his Career 27 – 9, and looked to challenge former Blue Jays SP  Juan Guzman ‘s best record of 39 – 11 (.780) in his 1st 50 Decisions before he hit a minor slump last year. 

The man is still 33 – 18, with a 4.31 ERA thus far in his Yankees Career. He will be leaned on as a solid #4 or #5 Pitcher for a few years to come for New York.

Shawn Kelley (29) RP:  February 13, 2013: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees for Abraham Almonte (minors).

Abraham Almonte (24) OF:  Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2006 from the Dominican Republic.

Mariano Rivera (43) RP: Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1990.  What can be said that already hasn’t been for #42.

Rivera is making the world forget that he is 43 Years Old. He has made almost $170 MIL as a Closer, and that will be one of the many categories he will lead as a Reliever, heading into retirement.

In 2013, he has converted 33 out of 35 Saves, and is holding a 1.64 ERA heading into July.29th.  He is a 13 time ALL – Star, 5 Time World Series Winner – and has 5 top 5 Cy Young Voting Finishes.

In a profession that has an extremely short shelf life, Rivera has never had a bad season.  His worst campaign came in 2007, where he had a Career High 3.15 ERA as a Reliever. 

Rivera is leading or in the top 5 ALL – Time in Several pitching categories including: Saves, Games Finished, Games, Walks/HIts Per 9, Strikeout/Walk Ratio and is 13th ALL -Time In ERA, (and tops among pitchers since the 1940’s).

David Robertson (28) RP: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2006 amateur draft.

Robertson has been the quintessential 8th inning man over the last several years.  His last 3 years he has held ERA’s of 1.08 in 70 IP in 2010, a 2.67 ERA in 65.2 IP in 2012, and a 1.87 mark in 43.1 IP so far.

You could be looking at MO’s replacement next year.  Robertson has a Career Best WHIP of 0.946 thus far in 2013.

Adam Warren SP/RP: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 4th round of the 2009 amateur draft. 

He has been a decent long – man out of the Bullpen for the club, logging 48.2 IP in 18 Games Pitched – and has finished 10 Games this year.

Other Roster Link for the Yankees

The New York Yankees Roster Tree Part 1: The Hitters

We should be discussing the merits of a predominantly AL East Pitcher vying for a Baseball Hall Of Fame Entry, among the other likes of Mike Mussina and Jack Morris.  Instead, Pettitte will be lumped with Clemens - and be denied into the BBHOF.  He was a great Draft pick by the NYY.

We should be discussing the merits of a predominantly AL East Pitcher vying for a Baseball Hall Of Fame Entry, among the other likes of Mike Mussina and Jack Morris. Instead, Pettitte will be lumped with Clemens – and be denied into the BBHOF. He was a great Draft pick by the NYY.  The best Homegrown Yankee Pitcher since Ron Guidry.  He will still be beloved in the Bronx.

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About chuckbooth3023

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 . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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