New York Yankees Notes: 1/19/2011

(Millwood's numbers) aren’t great, but they’re — wait for it — better than you’d expect from (Sergio) Mitre. That’s the gold standard right now. If there is a pitcher out there who can pitch more innings and provide better results than Sergio Mitre, the Yankees have to at least kick the tires.

  • The Yankee U compares some of the similarities between Ivan Nova and the best starter the Yankees have developed since Andy Pettitte.
  • It's About The Money notes the scary fact that our divisional rival with a knack for drafting well has 12 of the top 88 picks in this year's draft.  I get the fact that draft picks aren't anywhere close to a sure thing, but there's probably something like a 1 in 5 chance of a player drafted that high making a contribution in the majors, and even a greater chance of earning legitimate prospect status for trade bait.  That's not an advantage you like to see your rival gain.
  • Fangraphs highlights a newly emerging discrepancy in the arbitration system:

The reality is that the arbitration system is setup to give a players pretty sizable raises as they gain service time, and if a player’s production slips or he doesn’t develop into a star at an early age, this last year of team control can turn out to be not all that useful.

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