NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jesus Montero #63 of the New York Yankees follows through on his seventh inning two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles on September 5, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. It was montero's second home run of the game. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Let's take a look at some of the discussion revolving the Yankees these days, as one of their AL rivals closes in on its first World Series title.
- The Yankees like Japanese hurler Yu Darvish "considerably more" than soon-to-be free agent C.J. Wilson, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman notes that Wilson's mentality may not be ideal for New York.
- In the same Sherman piece, he notes that the Yankees would "definitely" trade catcher Francisco Cervelli in the right deal. The club may be set at the position with Russell Martin and Jesus Montero, making Cervelli expendable. Sherman speculates that the Pirates could be a good fit. Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues doesn't see an obvious fit between the two teams, though.
- Dan Szymborski released his 2012 ZiPS projections for the Yankees yesterday, and in another post for RAB, Axisa proceeds to discuss the system's relatively optimistic projection for Montero. The catcher is projected by ZiPS to hit .271/.333/.486 with 27 homers and 37 doubles in 576 PA's.