Last night’s Yankee win against the Brewers was a tale of two rookies who could not have more disparate back stories. Masahiro Tanaka came from Japan carrying 155 million dollars worth of expectations. Conversely, Yangervis Solarte came to the Yankees as a cast-off from the Texas Rangers organization. The 26-year-old, career minor leaguer wasn’t even expected to make the team.
Tanaka picked up the victory last night, out dueling Milwaukee’s ace Yovani Gallardo to lift his record to a perfect 5-0. With injuries to Nova and Pineda and inconsistent starts from CC and Kuroda, the Yankees have needed Tanaka to be an ace right away. There has been no time for an adjustment period and luckily the composed Japanese right-hander hasn’t needed one.
“Never Nervous Yangervis,” as loquacious radio broadcaster John Sterling calls him, provided the bulk of the Yankee offense with a 3 run homer off Gallardo. The blast gave Solarte an unlikely, team leading 18 RBIs. After slumping for a couple of weeks...
If Jacoby Ellsbury can get seven years and $153 million, you can’t blame Robinson Cano for thinking he is worth at least 200. As a Yankee fan, I am trying to talk myself into the Ellsbury signing, but I can’t help but think that they paid a shit ton of money for a 30-year-old oft-injured outfielder who hit 9 home runs last year.
Ellsbury is certainly a nice player and taking his production away from the rival Red Sox helps narrow the talent gap with the reigning World Series champions. That said, paying this type of money to a player with Ellsbury’s injury history is a major risk. If this contract precludes the Yankees from resigning Cano, it is a potentially franchise altering miscalculation.
If you believe well sourced CBS Sports reporter John Heyman, “the Yankees don’t want to go much beyond $170 million over seven years” for Cano. It would be very difficult to argue that Cano is only $17 million more valuable than Ellsbury over the life of a seven year deal.