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Spring Game 10: Tigers at Yankees (with Alex Rodriguez updates including Hal Steinbrenner’s comments)

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YANKEES
Gardner CF
Damon LF
Swisher 1B
Posada DH
Duncan RF
Ransom 3B
Molina C
Berroa 2B
Pena SS

Pitching tonight: CC Sabathia followed by Alfredo Aceves, Jose Veras, Steven Jackson, David Robertson and Anthony Claggett.

TIGERS
Raburn RF
Polanco 2B
Sheffield DH
Thames LF
Hessman 1B
Cleven CF
Inge 3B
Sardinha C
Everett SS

Pitching tonight: Justin Verlander, Brandon Lyon, Bobby Seay, Freddy Dolsi.

Notes: The Yankees will have their annual meeting with the MLBPA this afternoon. Those usually last a while. … Tonight is the first night game at Big Stein Field. … The Yankees travel to face the Tigers on Sunday. … A-Rod is not here today. He remains in Colorado.

UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Hal Steinbrenner was just in Joe Girardi’s office for a 15-minute meeting with the manager and Brian Cashman.

When he exited a few of us were there to ask him some questions as he walked quickly down the hallway back to his office. Here is how it went:

Question: “Anything new on Alex?”

Steinbrenner: “When we know something, we’ll let you know. No decision has been made yet. We’re just being cautious.”

Question: “What is your level of concern?”

Steinbrenner: “Everybody is concerned. Any time you have a player – particularly one as hard to replace as him – it’s a great concern. We’re going to take it slow and we’re going to be cautious.”

There was some more at the end but he was literally walking away as fast as he could.

Meanwhile, Cashman said he has not talked to A-Rod today and has no idea when he will be returning to Tampa. “I have no new information for you,” he said several times.

Hals comment about no decision being reached seems significant. It would not surprise me one bit if Alex had surgery on Monday. Stan Javier, the GM of the Dominican team, said that is what Alex told him would happen. So did Alex’s half-brother.

I wonder if the Yankees and Cashman are stalling for a day or two to try and make a deal. Then A-Rod gets surgery and everybody moves on, he comes back after the All-Star break, etc.

As accurate information comes in, we will post as quickly as possible.

UPDATE, 5:12 p.m. They flip-flopped Gardner and Damon. Girardi said just to get Brett used to hitting in front of Johnny if he’s the 9 hitter.

UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: We just spoke to Joe Girardi for quite a while about A-Rod.

Things have changed since yesterday. The Yankees said then that the plan was for Alex to try and play and have surgery after the season. Now both Hal Steinbrenner and Girardi have talked about Alex needing to make a decision about having surgery.

Alex underwent more tests today and supposedly planned to throw and even hit in a cage out in Colorado. Then he will take a day or two to decide what to do, in consultation with the Yankees.

The sense I get from talking to people both in Tampa and elsewhere is that Alex will be having the surgery and it would be as soon as Monday. The Yankees are fearful of his trying to play and then having to come out of the lineup.

By having the surgery now, the team has a month to prepare for life without Alex and his rehab clock starts ticking. Essentially, March is a free month of rehab.

Joe Girardi is not making the call here. But consider his plight. He already has a catcher who will be able to catch only two out every three games. He also has a DH with two bad knees. Having a third baseman who needs to DH at times, or can’t play on turf, or can’t play four days in a row … you’re handcuffing him.

Here is the Joe Girardi audio from today. It’s a lengthy interview. But I think you’ll gain some insight into what is going on:

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UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: Here is the money quote:

Question: Is there a possibility Alex could have surgery in the next few days?

Girardi: “That’s a determination Alex and the doctors have to make. The organization will continue to discuss it with both parties. But yeah, there is a possibility.”

In the past, whenever Girardi has used the word “possibility” that was exactly what happened.

UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: CC Sabathia is scheduled for 35 pitches tonight, about two innings.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: CC struck out Raburn on four pitches. Then Polanco reached on a pop-up double that Shelley should have had. After Sheff grounded out, Berroa kicked a grounder by Thames and a run scored.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: CC allowed a two-out single in the second but fanned Inge and got two grounders. He induced five groundballs in two innings, a great sign that is two-seamer was on. I would think he is done for the night.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Cody Ransom doubles. Go get that surgery, A-Rod. Cody can handle it.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Yankees lead 4-1. One in the second and three in the third. Sorry for the lack of updates, but with the night game I have newspaper deadlines to make.

From what I understand (via the comments section), you can listen to the game on line at this link.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Here’s CC Sabathia discussing his outing:

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UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: I didn’t see it as we were downstairs talking to CC, but reportedly Brett Gardner just made a spectacular catch in center field.

Gritty, gutty. The Little G.

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431 Responses to “Spring Game 10: Tigers at Yankees (with Alex Rodriguez updates including Hal Steinbrenner’s comments)”

  1. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    2 of my favorite Yankees pitching tonight. Sabathia and Robertson…but I cant watch…

  2. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 6th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    stupid nets. does anyone even watch the nets?

  3. m March 6th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Boras is all over the place. From dp’s site:

    – Boras said Manny already seems much happier. He’s reaching out to the press in a way he never did in Boston.

    – Boras was very careful when Dan asked about Alex Rodriguez and if he gave advice to his famous client when the steroid report came out. “I am pleased Alex admitted he made a mistake,” Boras said.

    – Boras said he didn’t know if A-Rod was going to get surgery. He said Rodriguez and the doctors are still working on it.

  4. Bronx Jeers March 6th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Nice Revision. Let’s examine some of the pitching staff.

    Pitchers who really haven’t proven themselves to be durable yet we regard as Godlike: Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain

    Pitchers that stunk for the second half of last season and are in the twilight of their careers but we love them because of their history with the Yankees: Andy Pettitte

    Pitchers coming off surgery and are pushing 40: Mariano Rivera

    Pitchers who have injury records that compare to Carl Pavano: AJ Burnett

    Pitchers that have pitched 500 innings over the last 2 years and haven’t exactly dominated in the AL East: CC Sabathia

  5. saucY March 6th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    “stupid nets. does anyone even watch the nets?”

    yes.

    but if i had to decide, i think i’d rather watch a spring training game.

  6. mark March 6th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Does anyone know if the game is being televised on YES ?

  7. Art Vandelay March 6th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I feel better knowing where A Rod is today.

    I hope we find out if he’s with any blonde strippers over in Colorado.

  8. jay destro March 6th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    the nets will be on YES tonight

  9. wood is good March 6th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Pete, don’t ever change your style. You’re very valuable to us!

    And sorry for that stupid question regarding the bleacher restaurant and balls in play — my dad pointed out to me before you wrote back that, DUH, the restaurant is behind the wall, so of course it’ll be a home run. That was a dumb question for me to ask.

  10. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Mark,

    No. No televised game until Sunday

  11. rbj March 6th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Nerts. A-Rod misses an opportunity to ask the union “Why the #@#!@@!#($ didn’t you destroy the test results? And weren’t they supposed to be anonymous anyhow?”

  12. Boy who blocked his own shot. March 6th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    What do you mean A-rod isn’t there Pete? Why do you gotta be so snarky about A-rod? Huh, huh? By saying A-rod’s not there and in Colarado, are you trying to imply he’s NOT there? Well, whatever Pete, I can’t read this blog anymore now because of that snakr sir. I’ll still check it daily despite my claims that you are too smug and snarky though, don’t worry.

    God. A-rod is too good to not be there, I know you’re just being snarky Pete..I know..Who stays in Colarado? Nobody, yesh. A-rod might just be hiding from you because he reads your blog and knows you want to be snide to him. You’re the reason A-rod chokes, you and the rest of the media.

    I’m done with this now. I’m just killing time before class. I don’t really post much, but I read preety often. How’s everyone?

  13. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Gardner getting the nod again…Girardi’s uncontested favorite

  14. Papelboner March 6th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Is the idea that once Arod has this surgery he will be back to normal, or are there going to long term effects from the issue?

  15. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 6th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Mel.

    Hope you are well. What is the “dp’s site” I would like to read the article. Thanks.

    -dennis

  16. pat March 6th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    According to Dr. Philippon, there is a “75 to 80 percent chance” Rodriguez could get through the 2009 season playing through the discomfort.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3957971

  17. rodg12 March 6th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I’ll second or third or fourth or whatever the “STUPID NETS!!!!!” comment. Man, it would have been nice to have a ST night game televised as well as it being CCs first ST game for the Yanks. STUPID NETS!!!

  18. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 6th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Big CC tonight! :D

  19. John in Ohio March 6th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Pete

    Have a couple of Rolling Rocks tonight.

  20. m March 6th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Jeremy,

    If you’re around. Just saw your reply and it was a good one.

    Pete’s been wrong (a few times). I think he even posted a retraction before. The other times he’s changed his post (supposedly a blogging no-no) or has backed off if he’s gone too far.

    There is a Yankees page for Yankees news, but it’s not as current. So, unfortunately, you have to sift through the muck to find the gold. And usually, the news comes from the people who post in the comments.

    And I’ve debated with Pete before, but it’s been civil and doesn’t last long. Don’t know if it’s because he lets me win or the time-zone difference. :)

    But if we work him enough in a polite, civil manner we can train him. I don’t always agree with what he writes or his writing “style”, but he’s been called too many nasty things and there have been too many McDonalds jokes. He’s our host and we should cut him some creative slack.

    The negativity is bothering me less and less, like any “news” about Alex, I’m numb to it.

    But people must be on edge, because they’re really going at Pete.

  21. Boy who blocked his own shot. March 6th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    As a Doctor — of sorts — I have also deduced that if A-rod plays at 75 to 80 % chance. His clutch % will drop to 00.5% while the odds of him using his hip as an excuse for everytime he fails increases to 90%. The other 10% he’ll babble about being young and stupid at the time time of the pitch.

  22. Boy who blocked his own shot. March 6th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    As a Doctor — of sorts — I have also deduced that if A-rod plays at 75 to 80 % chance. His clutch % will drop to 00.5% while the odds of him using his hip as an excuse for everytime he fails increases to 90%. The other 10% he’ll babble about being young and stupid at the time time of the pitch.

  23. m March 6th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    dennis,

    danpatrick.com. You’ll love it. Lotsa Manny talk and whoever was talking said Manny loves it in LA. You can tell because he’s being nicer to the media. I think this confirms my “Boston is a fishbowl for baseball stars” theory. They archive all their segments.

    btw. I’m donning green tonight. Beat the Cavs.

  24. ray (sox fan) March 6th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Dennis, “m” was referring to the sports figure Dan Patrick.

    He has an interesting sports show and interviewed Boras today, and apparently has some of that material on his web site.

  25. ray (sox fan) March 6th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “btw. I’m donning green tonight. Beat the Cavs.”

    M…once you don that green you may keep it on! :)

  26. m March 6th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    ray,

    First! :)

  27. pat March 6th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Boy

    You can complain about alot when it comes to A-Rod but he has never given injury excuses for poor play and someone who plays as many games as he has in the last 13 years has definitely played through his share of injuries.

  28. The Evil Empire March 6th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Oh yeah, the Big C is coming

  29. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    What is this? It’s suddenly become swamped and infested by Red Sox fans. I suddenly feel very unclean.

    Afternoon, Ray. How’s the family?

  30. AD March 6th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Big C!

  31. ray (sox fan) March 6th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    GB7….LMAO

    The family is doing well, thank you.

    Interesting to follow all the stuff about Arod these days. I haven’t followed all the details, but I would think that the Yankees would want to get the surgery done, and have him come back for the last part of the season rather than have him limp through the season.

  32. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 6th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Ray and “M”,

    Thanks. I am appreciative.

    Vegas has set the odds at Manny’s first LA complaint at May 17th. I am all over the under.

    BTW, Impressive to mention Green and Patrick in your post w/out “Saint”

    Have a good weekend. -dennis

  33. m March 6th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Ray,

    If all C’s fans were as cute as this one, I’d consider it.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/bl.....nba,146237

    GB7,

    Sad, huh, when the “trolls” are nicer than some of the Yankee fans. :)

  34. Boy who blocked his own shot. March 6th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I don’t doubt A-rod’s durability, or his ability to play through injuries. Normally anything I say about A-rod is negative and exaggerated just because I think people tend to go to extremes with A-rod. He either earns peoples complete devotion, or disdain. Tomorrow when I’m hanging out with my Red Sox fans I will say A-rod’s more durable than Bret Farve and Cal Ripkin put together. I just like to play devils advocate.

    While I have my attatchments and hatred towardssports figures like everyone else, I just kind of indiffernt to A-rod, which most people aren’t. So, half the things I say about A-rod are more often than not to just go against the grain.

    I do dislike everytime A-rod has less than forty home runs, suddenly a mysterious injury pops up to almost jusify it almost. But that’s beside the point, I guess.

  35. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    If Alex is going to play this season, it may behoove the Yankees to pick up a better UTL guy for the bench….

  36. S.o.S. March 6th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Players who have the edge-Jete

    Players who can script the season to their liking-Matsui

    Players who never say die-Xman

    Players who were born in the evil empire-Joba

    Players who were written in as Yankee H.O.F. before wearing the stripes-Hughes and Ajax

  37. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    ray (sox fan)
    March 6th, 2009 at 2:44 pm
    GB7….LMAO

    The family is doing well, thank you.

    Interesting to follow all the stuff about Arod these days. I haven’t followed all the details, but I would think that the Yankees would want to get the surgery done, and have him come back for the last part of the season rather than have him limp through the season.

    ————————————————————

    Good to hear the family is fine…and hope ya’ll are nice and warm….excuse me while I go turn down the A/C, Ray.

    About Rodriguez…yeah, seems as though anybody that can string two words together has “the expert opinion”.

    What’s the deal with Ortiz, Lowell and Drew? I’ve only read some sketchy reports.

  38. Ham Fighters March 6th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    just got my first look at matt wieters and…wow! he lined an opposite field rbi double from the left side.

    i know its only a spring game, but if you look at what he did in the minors last year, you have to be impressed!

  39. S.o.S. March 6th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    So now the Alex is out of the WBC. Who wins the tournament?

    I have never been a fan of paying big dollars to sign a player that hasnt played in the majors. But this Darvish kid might have to be the exeption to the rule. 22 and nasty. Thoughts?

  40. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    m
    March 6th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    GB7,

    Sad, huh, when the “trolls” are nicer than some of the Yankee fans.

    Yeah, it is, Mel. Not sure exactly what team Ray roots for, though. His taste in clothing is odd though….Yankee pinstripes with a Boston cap makes me think that he’s either wishy-washy or has a deep need to be loved by everybody.

  41. Matt March 6th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    You could just as easily say this stuff about every team though, hardly just the Yankees:

    Players due to fall back to earth- Youkilis, Pedroia, Matsuzaka, Lester, Okajima

    Players coming off injuries who might not put up their former level of production- Ortiz, Lowell, Beckett, Saito

    Likely to be on the DL for significant portions of the season- Drew, Smoltz

    Over the hill players who have “intangibles” – Varitek, Wakefield

    Young, “gritty” players who just won’t be stars- Ellsbury, Lowrie

  42. ray (sox fan) March 6th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    “What’s the deal with Ortiz, Lowell and Drew? I’ve only read some sketchy reports.”

    GB, apparently after having the whole off season to rest Drew is complaining of back pain. Hindsight is always 20/20 but I think it was big mistake for the Sox to sign him for the years and money that they did!

    I heard yesterday that Lowell will probably start DHing some within a week, and then start playing the field after that. Sox are cautiously optimistic about Lowell right now.

    I haven’t heard too much about Ortiz.

    Penny is already bothered by a tired shoulder. Not even half way through spring training and he has a tired shoulder…oh oh!

  43. Dutch Boy March 6th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    GOOOOOOOOO NETHERLANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. m March 6th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    SoS,

    Someone posted in the other thread. Flat ball, nothing special. He doesn’t think he’s worth the posting fee.

    Please, please remember that he had 3 no-hit innings against China. Not Taiwan, China. Hardly a baseball powerhouse.

  45. Mike R March 6th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Pete,

    I’m glad you posted an updated state of the Yankees recap instead of the negative nancy one you posted earlier.

    Most of us here realize that there’s quite a few aspects of the team we should be worried about. We know the team is old at a lot of positions and inexperienced in many others,
    we don’t need you to remind us of that.

    For many of us here, the Yankees (and baseball in general) is what we look to so we have something to be happy and excited about.

    Baseball gets us through our days at work, because we know we have a 7pm game to look forward to. It helps us get past the midterm we just bombed. It lets us forget about money troubles and escape reality for a little bit.

    The last thing we want to see is a worst case scenario of how bad things with the team could end up this year.

    We’d rather hear about a minor leaguer who is working on a new pitch, or a funny exchange from the clubhouse, or a tweak made to someone’s batting stance.

  46. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    ray (sox fan)
    March 6th, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    “What’s the deal with Ortiz, Lowell and Drew? I’ve only read some sketchy reports.”

    GB, apparently after having the whole off season to rest Drew is complaining of back pain. Hindsight is always 20/20 but I think it was big mistake for the Sox to sign him for the years and money that they did!

    I heard yesterday that Lowell will probably start DHing some within a week, and then start playing the field after that. Sox are cautiously optimistic about Lowell right now.

    I haven’t heard too much about Ortiz.

    Penny is already bothered by a tired shoulder. Not even half way through spring training and he has a tired shoulder…oh oh!

    ————————————————————

    Ouch on Penny. Boston seems like they were really counting on Penny to anchor the back of the rotation. If he can’t go, I’d guess that Masterson gets moved into the rotation? Buchholz is also having trouble, correct? Or, did I read that wrong?

  47. Boy who blocked his own shot. March 6th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I’m just curious — Ray ( sox fan ). As a Red Sox fan, would you make the same contract for Drew knowing the only significant thing he’d do for you is hit that grand slam and play a key role in winning you another world series? Or would you not be able to bite that bullet and roll your dice without him?

    Just curious.

  48. S.o.S. March 6th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    “Boston seems like they were really counting on Penny to anchor the back of the rotation.”

    Listening to Gammons rave about his fastball being back at 97. Youd think he was going to slide in the #1 spot.

    mel,
    I should have known better. All these guys get so over hyped, I heard Valentine saying he is the best pitcher in the universe and fell for it.
    Ill stick with what we have.

  49. Kobe Bryant March 6th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Alex, get the hell out of Colorado. That state will eat you alive.

  50. ray (sox fan) March 6th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Boy who blocked his own shot.
    March 6th, 2009 at 3:02 pm
    “I’m just curious—Ray ( sox fan ). As a Red Sox fan, would you make the same contract for Drew knowing the only significant thing he’d do for you is hit that grand slam and play a key role in winning you another world series? Or would you not be able to bite that bullet and roll your dice without him?

    Just curious.”

    Good question. I honestly don’t know. This last season when Ortiz went out Drew was one of the hottest hitters in baseball for about a month and a half.

    But he is just so injury prone. With the contracts given out this last off season to people like Abreu (didn’t he get a 5 million dollar contract), I would be shocked if Drew got any where near his current contract if he was being signed today.

  51. S.o.S. March 6th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Amen Mike.
    For some of us the Yankees are our Shrink/fix.

  52. m March 6th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    SoS,

    Gammons strikes again. Yu and Dice-K would have to jan-ken-po (rock-paper-scissors) for the #1 slot.

    Which I think would be open if Beckett continues to be plagued by injuries. Can’t see him getting a “huge” contract from the Sox. I think they’ll let him go.

  53. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    God….you gotta love military intelligence. I’ve seen this in Vietnam, when they burned a “tea plantation”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04i8RO-P7qg

  54. Boy who blocked his own shot. March 6th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Yeah. I really enjoyed seeing you guys overpay for Drew, but honestly I think I’d have rather seen you lose to the Indians than overpay for an injury prone pitcher. It was kind of painful seeing you guys come back again for me, brought back memories to a painful memories.

    I agree. Abreu & Drew I think compare pretty well, but Abreu obvioulsy having a slight edge because of durability. But yeah, even in a thriving ecnomy Drew’s not worth his contract.

  55. Boy who blocked his own shot. March 6th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I meant Outfeilder not pticher. Ahem.

  56. Sean March 6th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    A-ROD’S DOCTOR SAYS HE HAS 75-80% CHANCE TO GET THROUGH 2009 SEASON.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3957971

    ” Hip surgery is the worst-case scenario for Alex Rodriguez, but the specialist who examined the Yankees’ third baseman earlier this week indicated there is a very good chance that Rodriguez could play the whole season with the labrum tear, sources say.

    In a Thursday conference call with the Yankees and other parties, Dr. Marc Philippon, the specialist, described for others how the surgery would work. But there also was an indication, during the call, that there is a “75 to 80 percent chance” Rodriguez could get through the 2009 season playing through the discomfort. “

  57. JohnC March 6th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Burnett is making his ST debut Sunday, so we get to see AJ at least.

  58. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    As much as I’d like to see Rodriguez give it a shot and play through it, I’m somewhat concerned that he might become an “arm hitter”. It’s already a given that he needs to shut down his running game.

  59. Sean Serritella March 6th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I missed the live chat today.

    I look forward to this game.

    What boring statements I just made.

  60. Carl March 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Sean that’s great news.

  61. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    What a bummer this season will be without AROD.

  62. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 6th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    i dont know, obviously 75-80% of arod is way better then anyone else available out there, and even if he has the surgery there are no guarnetees that when or if he comes back he will even be 100%, bascially its a lose-lose situation, i say let him play through it but get a capable UTL infielder someone whose better than ransom just in case, just in case he goes down mid season you dont want to be put into a choke hole by other teams for a 3B

  63. Clare March 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    GB7,

    I’m worried that he’s going to try to “gut it out” and hurt it worse. Whoever leaked that 75-80% chance of making it through the season, attributed to his doctor, did him no favors. The media ignores the fact that he’s played more games than any other player since 1996 and has labeled him soft, so now he’s set up to be villified if he doesn’t make it to the off-season before surgery.

  64. saucY March 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    GB7, that was hilarious (youtube) :lol:

  65. Stephen March 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    wood is good,

    Did you steal that from my brain? Seriously…one look at the comments here most days and you can see why people hate Yankee fans!

  66. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “Burnett is making his ST debut Sunday, so we get to see AJ at least.”

    YES is showing tomorrows game not Sundays. No Burnett..

  67. J March 6th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Was anyone able to get their hands on the Mets/Red Sox exhibition tickets that went on sale this morning? It took me over an hour to get through, and they were long gone by then. Doesn’t make me very optimistic about scoring Yankees/Cubs seats.

    Good appearance on WFAN last night, Pete.

  68. Myerz March 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Very poor job by YES not showing CC’s first game on the air.

    They couldn’t move the Nets to MY9 for one night like they do during the regular season if the Yankees are playing at the same time?

    If YES is the #1 rated regional Sports network in the country, I can’t even imagine how awful the lower-tier Networks are.

  69. Stephen March 6th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Pretty disheartening words from Jon Heyman’s new column:

    Hardly anyone has looked worse so far this spring than Joba Chamberlain, who isn’t blowing anyone away with fastballs barely reaching 90 mph.

  70. Chris in CT March 6th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Pete,

    Thanks for everything. I enjoy all aspects of your blog. Enjoy the game tonight.

  71. m March 6th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Pete,

    Thanks for the update. I told you, his brother is the -weak link- portal for inside info.

  72. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    thanks pete

  73. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Honestly, ill be happy (as happy as I can be in this type of situation) if we can get Figgins and let Arod get the Surgery

  74. Kelvin March 6th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    A-Rod wants to have the surgery because he knows his career is in jeopardy if he tries to play through it and the condition gets more serious (like hip replacement, arthritis etc. like Albert Belle)

    Cashman doesn’t want him to because he knows how detrimental his loss is to our team. He knows he has to make the postseason this year and would rather have A-Rod at 70% than anyone else and will bite the bullet for the chance to win this year.

    A-Rod told his brother, DR team, and Boras that he was getting the surgery. It appears the Yankees intervened and are trying to make the decision for him now.

  75. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Scott Brosius will announce to the Legends Field crowd tomorrow :

    “Well, They came and got me out of Oregon”

    Suzyn Waldman will burst into tears “OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!!!”

  76. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Jon Heymen is too busy following around Scott Boras to realize that Joba has only pitched twice

  77. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Good updates Pete. The GM of the Dominican team’s comments were Alex said he is having surgery Sunday or Monday. I fully expect him to get the surgury next week. I think the Yanks are just stalling until they get all of the info and then they will announce it. They were just giving themselves a few more days to talk about it.

  78. Jermaine D'Twan Monroe-Gibbons March 6th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Peter, please post today’s video chat so I can watch it. I missed it.

  79. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    saucY
    March 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    GB7, that was hilarious (youtube)

    ————————————————————

    I should never have watched that while drinking a Coke. Spray everywhere. Like I said, back in 1968, the MPs in Vietnam got word that there was a French tea plantation where we were set up, and they had to burn 50,000 acres of “grass” and we had to pull security….down wind, no less. Even Division Headquarters came out to watch….downwind. A great time had by all.

  80. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Heyman made it sound like Joba gave up 10 runs everytime he pitched.

  81. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    You think they were discussing who Joe and Cash wanted to replace Alex for 4 months?

    I too wouldn’t be surpised if Alex has the surgery Monday. I guess he can’t have it yet since the area has to settle down (?)

  82. Frontier March 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Joba gave up 5 runs without recording an out yesterday and afterward said he felt “awesome”.

    Someone has been hanging out with Ian Kennedy a little too much…

  83. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    The stalling likely has to do with finding a replacement. But they arent going to find a good replacement that is going to ride the bench when Arod returns.

    Get Greedy, Get Figgins

  84. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 6th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Arcobug,

    LMAOOOOO!!!

  85. James March 6th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    You don’t have an hour long meeting with the owner, manager, and GM if this decision of non-surgery was final. Something is up.

  86. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Laura,

    Like I said, Heymen has been too busy kissing Boras’ a$$ to get info first on everything Manny, to look at what is happening on the baseball field. He has no idea other than looking at yesterdays box score whats going on

  87. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “Hardly anyone has looked worse so far this spring than Joba Chamberlain, who isn’t blowing anyone away with fastballs barely reaching 90 mph.”

    That is a stupid comment. Considering no pitcher who throws in the high 90′s comes into spring training throwing that in their 1st start. They slowly work up to that. The media will say anything foolish to knock the Yanks.

  88. Jerzz March 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Joba’s line this spring

    1 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 wild pitch

    Unless they told him to just throw batting practice FBs, those numbers are awful. Why aren’t any other pitchers doing that? He looks worse than Freddy Garcia.

  89. E-gawa March 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    It’s spring training. Joba’s working on pitches not trying to win the ball game.

    The people that usually pay attention to standings and scores during the spring are fans of last place teams.

  90. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Clare
    March 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm
    GB7,

    I’m worried that he’s going to try to “gut it out” and hurt it worse. Whoever leaked that 75-80% chance of making it through the season, attributed to his doctor, did him no favors. The media ignores the fact that he’s played more games than any other player since 1996 and has labeled him soft, so now he’s set up to be villified if he doesn’t make it to the off-season before surgery.

    ————————————————————

    There’s so many “expert opinions” floating out there right now, I’ll just wait and see. I’m sure that whatever the decision is, there will be 2nd and 3rd opinions from the doctors, and, as usual, regardless of what’s decided, Rodriguez will either be selfish or stupid. Strictly another no-win situation.

  91. m March 6th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    The Yankees aren’t meeting to discuss the decision to have surgery or not. That’s up to Alex.

    The Yankees can’t force Alex to have the surgery or prevent him from having the surgery.

    All they can do is ban him from playing if the team doctors feel that not having surgery would threaten his career.

    The ball is in Alex’s court and from all indications Alex is having surgery. (He’s still in CO, his family and friend said he’s having surgery)

    The Yankees aren’t going to force Alex to play. End of that story.

  92. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    SJ44,

    If you’re out there – thanks for the update on Alex’s hip.

    Either I missed it or it wasn’t mentioned yesterday that his tear is in the back which is different from that of Lowell and Utley.

    Those clamoring for Alex to play through it, myself included, were most likely not privy to that tidbit.

  93. Yanks 17 March 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    If Girardi really thought that Joba’s line would include 5 runs and no outs, he wouldn’t have sent him out there. He probably expected to see some command if nothing else, not total ineptitude.

    Not saying I’m worried or anything is wrong, but if you put the guy in an actual game, you expect him to atleast show something, not 5 runs and no outs.

  94. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    “Unless they told him to just throw batting practice FBs, those numbers are awful. ”

    If he has that line in May, then I’ll be concerned. Since it’s still ST, I’m not sweating it.

  95. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I wish Pete can do a live video tonight of the game. You would think the Yanks would cover spring training somewhat considering they have there own network. Throw Kay and Suzyn in the booth and let them do the game!!

  96. Bill March 6th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    James @ 3:51; good point. Something must be up.

  97. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    At least AROD wont be around to deal with the Selena Roberts book on 4/15

    Yanks should get a third baseman in the meantime.

  98. Joe from Long Island (now in Tampa) March 6th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Amazing, the amount of speculation.

    I agree with Pete, it shouldn’t be surprising if Alex has surgery on Monday. That could be why he’s still in Colorado, so Dr. Philippon can do the operation.

    The 3B who might be available all have their pluses and minuses. Figgins is very athletic, and could be held onto to come off the bench when Alex recovers. Blalock and Beltre are both, reportedly, in their walk year. Rolen might be the best glove, though his bat may be slowing down and he’s got two more years on his contract. In the end, it might come down to who can be had at the best price.

    Just got to Tampa today, away from the LI snow and cold. Can’t wait to see a ballgame tonight. And CC’s first start, too.

  99. Peter Abraham March 6th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Just a quick clarification, the meeting with Hal was 15 minutes. Girardi’s door was close for nearly an hour but Hal was in there for only the last 15 minutes.

  100. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Some of you have no idea what spring training is for. If Joba is healthy and working on his pitches, it’s a win.

    If Joba is still struggling on April 1st, then you can have some mild concern.

    We have seen this guys body of work so far. Only a complete idiot would misinterpret the first couple games of ST and panic.

    Do you think the Diamondbacks are going to trade Brandon Webb? He was terrible in his first start.

    Cmon people. Relax.

  101. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    ARODs cousin will be prepping AROD for sugery.

  102. Rockks March 6th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Was Cashman exaggerating the 4 month time frame?

    A-Rod’s brother said it would be 10 weeks, ESPN confirmed that. Heyman said 6-8 weeks.

    How did it turn into 4 months?

  103. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Honestly, those who are quoted ST stats, especially Joba’s, to make a point, please stop. You are embarrassing yourselves.

    ST numbers are meaningless. Stats, velocity, especially this early in the spring for a power pitcher, doesn’t mean anything.

    Really, we go through this every year with this stuff.

    Joba is getting ready for the season. If his arm is healthy, his mechanics will come around.

    You only worry about guys, such as Arod for example, when they aren’t healthy.

    The results aren’t important.

  104. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Go ahead…get the surgery AROD.

    Cashman – go get a third basemen from somewhere!

  105. randy l. March 6th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    get the surgery . be decisive and move on.

    everyday they think about it is a day in the second half that they don’t have him.

    if hank, hal, and cashman stood on a street corner and wanted to get to the other side , it’d take them three days to figure out by concensus how to cross and when they did, a mack truck would run them over.

  106. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Was Cashman exaggerating the 4 month time frame?

    A-Rod’s brother said it would be 10 weeks, ESPN confirmed that. Heyman said 6-8 weeks.

    How did it turn into 4 months?

    ——————————————————
    6-8 weeks is probably the normal recovery time.
    YANKEE RECOVERY TIME is 4 months since they are so careful.

  107. Bob(The Original) March 6th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Rockks
    March 6th, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    Was Cashman exaggerating the 4 month time frame?

    A-Rod’s brother said it would be 10 weeks, ESPN confirmed that. Heyman said 6-8 weeks.

    How did it turn into 4 months?

    ——————————

    Sounds like one of those you won’t know until you know.

    They had an MD on MLB Tonight last night and he was saying 12 weeks, but very well could be longer. Add in minor league rehab games and 4 months sounds most likely to me. Especially considering how cautious the Yanks are about bringing guys back.

    My guess is if he has the surgery now, no way he’s back before the ASB.

    My greatest concern though that this is most likely an arthritic condition that will only get worse as his career goes on.

  108. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Its four months because of the location of the cyst, the damage it did to the area, and the overall timeframe (including rehab) for such a surgery.

    If he has the surgery next week, which I think will happen, and has no setbacks in his rehab, he’s back after the ASB.

    Bad break but, he will still have 75 games or so to make an impact on the pennant race.

  109. jack March 6th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    SJ44, it was Heyman who made the comment, others just reacted to it.

  110. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I wonder if Selena Roberts is waiting to see if Alex has surgery so she knows if she has to delay her book. :P

  111. Wilson March 6th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Joel Sherman making a lot of sense right now with Kay— said we could till win without A-Rod, referencing the 90 teams when we send a good pitcher out every night

  112. Peter Abraham March 6th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    If you read the interview I posted yesterday with Dr. Buly, he agreed with the 3-4 month time frame. If repair of bones are involved, it takes longer than soft tissue.

    I have been told by several sources that A-Rod had an impingement in his hip, which is what happens when the femora bone strikes the rim directly. It’s a more extensive surgery, hence the longer rehab.

  113. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “I wonder if Selena Roberts is waiting to see if Alex has surgery so she knows if she has to delay her book.”

    If it was only going to be a matter of weeks, I bet she’d consider it. Since we are talking about 4 months before he’s even in a game again, I doubt that her publisher would go for it.

  114. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Wilson agreed, Joel is making a ton of sense right now. We will still win a lot of games with or without Alex.

  115. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “I have been told by several sources that A-Rod had an impingement in his hip, which is what happens when the femora bone strikes the rim directly. It’s a more extensive surgery, hence the longer rehab.”

    I guess I’m surprised that he didn’t have any pain. A bone striking the rim sounds painful to me. Maybe he has a high tolerance for pain.

  116. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Cashman said he planned to talk with Philippon later Friday and said he could have additional information regarding test results.
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/03.....158333.htm

    So you would assume that no decision has been made yet. They are waiting for the results to see how bad it is. If he can play threw it or needs the surgery now.

  117. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “We will still win a lot of games with or without Alex.”

    Yes, but will we win enough games to keep us in the running until he gets back?

  118. m March 6th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Okay, now I’m starting to worry about the season. Sherman saying positive things about the Yankees?

  119. Sean March 6th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I like the doctor who actually examined A-Rod better.

  120. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “Joel Sherman making a lot of sense right now with Kay”.

    Sherman making sense? Now that is a first….

  121. m March 6th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    Great article on “CC and the Rotation”

    There’s even a quote from Wang. lol.

  122. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I’m glad to read that Derek has spoken to Alex since this news broke. I’m sure that Alex is down in the dumps right now and I bet hearing from Jeter made him a feel a little better.

  123. Bob(The Original) March 6th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    jennifer
    March 6th, 2009 at 4:15 pm
    Wilson agreed, Joel is making a ton of sense right now. We will still win a lot of games with or without Alex.

    ————————-

    I really have to laugh when people just dismiss losing A-Rod as no big deal.

    He’s only arguably the best hitter in the game.

    The drop off from him to whoever replaces him by most statistical calculations will result in 1 or 2 less wins each month he’s out.

    You really believe that that isn’t gonna be huge in this division this season?

    Of course, anything can happen. The other teams will have injuries as well along the way. But just dismissing the loss of A-Rod is foolish.

  124. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    captain- I think additional tests were done after the cyst was drained. Just my guess.

    Laura- yeah I do, we finally have a real pitching staff for the first time in years, and both the soxs and Tampa have questions. I don’t think they will run away with the division while we tread water.

  125. Jeter's Edge (In Blaz'n Copper!) :-) March 6th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Pete, i’m so sorry that you have to hear crap from all the over sensitive people. I have no idea what is the matter with America these days. You can’t say anything anymore without someone taking offense. I’m glad you write with a sense of humor and i appreciate it alot. This blog always makes me laugh and the “hate posters” actual make me laugh alot too, though mostly at them. People take themselves way to seriously. This is BASEBALL, this is fun time, this is break time, relax time, NOT stick up the ass time. Anyway, great stuff as always Pete!

  126. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    bob- I didn’t say that. But we have better pitching this year. Maybe we can win games 3-1 where as in years past we didn’t have the pitching to do so.

  127. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Until the surgeon does the arthroscopy, the Yankees won’t know the extent of the damage, the length of rehab, and his future as a ballplayer.

    Posterior tears, from what I understand, are more common in Japanese players who sit cross-legged on the floor. If that’s the case, blame Madonna for the injury!!

  128. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Bob,

    No doubt its a huge deal. But, its March 6. The season is isn’t over.

    If he has the surgery next week, he’s back after the ASB.

    That means they have to cover the first half of the season without him.

    If they get an adequate replacement at third, and the pitching stays healthy, its certainly doable.

    Its certainly not what was drawn up to start the season but, what can you do?

    As far as arthritis, I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

    Just about every player in baseball has some form of arthritis in their bodies. Its something guys have to manage as the wear and tear on their bodies takes its toll after years of pushing their bodies to the limit.

  129. m March 6th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I don’t think that people are ignoring or minimizing the impact of possibly losing A-rod for any period of time. It’s just that some of us are faithful that the other players 24 + whoever is unlucky enough to replace Alex are going to show up and play. In the minds of some fans, the sky is falling. I can guarantee you that the players don’t think that. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some players were motivated to win without Alex.

  130. Andy March 6th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Bring back Aaron Boone!

    He’s as good as any of the other realistic options… I’d love to see an encore performance. I do NOT want to see Cano at 3B for sure.

  131. Bob(The Original) March 6th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    jennifer
    March 6th, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    bob- I didn’t say that. But we have better pitching this year. Maybe we can win games 3-1 where as in years past we didn’t have the pitching to do so.

    ———————–

    That’s fine and good.

    But remember Bosotn and TB have great pitching as well. Scoring runs will be at a premium in most of those games. A lineup with Ransom, Molina, and Gardner at the bottom is going to be awful.

  132. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 6th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    jennifer,

    thats a good point but i remember times last year where ponson would go out and pitch a good game and we would still lose because we never scored any runs.

    this is not a division where you can play .500 ball till the ASB then all of the sudden pick up the pace, im not saying its impossible just improbable.

  133. gayle March 6th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Here is something that I don’t get. Does Alex just have a very high level of pain threshold? I mean an impingement on the hip with bone involved sounds not only incredibly painful but also something that if he has had this for a while amazing that he has been able to produce at such a level even as much as a week ago in spring training.

  134. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    It must be a different Joel Sherman if it made sense. With any luck, he’ll go through Georgia and try to impress everyone with his last name. Just think about it…a world without Sherman. Maybe he’ll take Lupica with him.

  135. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    SJ44-

    If the surgeons find articular damage or degenerative arthritis to the acetabulum[head of the femur] then it is a big deal and could very well shorten A-Rods career, with the possibility of hip arthroplasty, ala Bo Jackson, in his future.

    They probably did another MRI after the cyst was drained, but until they actually put the arthroscope in, the extent of damage won’t be fully appreciated.

  136. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “It’s just that some of us are faithful that the other players 24 + whoever is unlucky enough to replace Alex are going to show up and play.”

    In all fairness, they were without Alex last season for a period of time and they didn’t show up and play. That being said, our pitching this year is much better so that most certainly will make a difference if everyone stays healthy.

    To me, the keys to this season are Matsui and Posada. If those guys can’t return to their former selves, I’m sorry but we’re screwed.

  137. Wave Your Hat March 6th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “Yes, but will we win enough games to keep us in the running until he gets back?”

    If it’s any help, Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projections have the Yanks as a 95 win team even after ARod’s injury, ahead of the Rays by 4 games and behind the Red Sox by 4, but comfortably in the wild card.

    Their projections assume ARod misses half the season (consistent with a 4 month rehab if ARod has surgery now) and Cody Ransome plays 3rd base in the interim.

    I figure if ARod has surgery now, the Yanks will find someone better than Cody to play third, so my guess is 95 games is close to worse case (assuming ARod can come back after the All-Star break, of course).

    All in all, that’s a lot better news than I was hoping for.

  138. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Boston has a ton of questions as well. It won’t be smooth sailing for them either.

  139. Bob(The Original) March 6th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    SJ44,

    I’m by no means saying the season is over. Not by a long shot.

    Just don’t understand how so many poeple are being so dismissive of the effect of his injury. Especially the dopes who say the Yanks will be better off without him.

    As for the arthritis, I just worry that him having this injury for such a long period of time before it was discovered/repaired, that is what is going to accelerate the arthritic process. I’m certainly no doctor but that’s what I’ve heard and read before.

  140. Bob(The Original) March 6th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    SJ44,

    I’m by no means saying the season is over. Not by a long shot.

    Just don’t understand how so many poeple are being so dismissive of the effect of his injury. Especially the dopes who say the Yanks will be better off without him.

    As for the arthritis, I just worry that him having this injury for such a long period of time before it was discovered/repaired, that is what is going to accelerate the arthritic process. I’m certainly no doctor but that’s what I’ve heard and read before.

  141. RustyJohn March 6th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Pete,

    Why are you still obsessed with ARod? Why are you talking about him? A bigger question is why are you reporting or writing anything at all? Why don’t you just leave all the players alone and drive over to Plant City for some strawberries or something?

    I just wish your blog would become a place where your entries read as follows:

    March 6:

    And then random people post comments.

    Or, in the alternative:

    March 6: Drove to Plant City. Bought strawberries.

    (Tongue removed from cheek.)

  142. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    That’s not what they found Trader. There is no evidence of articular damage or degenerative arthritis in his hip.

    This isn’t a Bo Jackson situation.

    The key is not to make it a Bo Jackson situation, which is why I believe he will have the surgery next week.

  143. TT 15 March 6th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Pete, I enjoy your blog. Check it several times a day in fact. Don’t always agree but that is what makes the world go around.Without A-Rod this year you probably could take some time off. LOL

    SJ–You are welcome to stop at the other site once in a while

  144. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    SJ44-

    Well then, that’s good news. To your knowledge, was the discomfort he had last year, being attributed to his Quad injury, as I know the diagnosis of a labral tear can be missed and often one of exclusion.

  145. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    SJ44, the prevailing thought here seems to be that the Yankees are going to go outside the organization and look for a 3B. Why won’t they just give Ransom a shot? Who knows what he can do? I get so frustrated with the Yankees when they don’t give the farm guys a shot. Ransom played well during the end of last season. Maybe he’s a miracle waiting to be discovered.

  146. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    But it wasn’t just Alex they were without last season. They were without Posada (even before DL, he was compromised) and without Matsui. They lost a few pitchers, too.

    No one is minimizing what Alex means to the lineup.

    And I’ll give you that Tampa has an excellent pitching staff, but Boston has a few questions in theirs.

    And while Tampa was pretty much immune to the injury bug last year, that’s pretty unusual from what I’ve read.

    Look, no one’s saying it’s going to be easy without Alex. But why is okay and not overreacting to say the sky is falling, but it’s not okay to say the Yankees might just win some games without Alex and be in pretty good shape? I don’t think anyone is saying they’ll win 100 games without Alex. And in a close division where the 3 top teams play each other very hard head-to-head, who knows what can happen?

  147. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Michael Kay: “If the Islanders move to quees can they still be called the Islanders? They would not be on an Island.”
    Same Island Mike……same island

    And there are a few lakes in LA

  148. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Bob,

    Let’s remember, this is a blog that had posts yesterday consisting of:

    “Put Swisher at third base”. He’s lefthanded.
    “Get Joba out of the rotation”. This, after a bad ST outing.
    “Will this team ever win a game”? This, after a meaningless ST loss.

    Sure, there are dopes on here. However, the majority of the people who post here know full well losing ARod is a HUGE loss.

    They just have to find a way to mitigate it as much as they can until he returns.

  149. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth -

    Did Kay really say that?? I thought he was a life-long New Yorker? Sigh.

    I guess he just wanted to sound “smart.”

  150. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 6th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Laura,

    because a line up consisting of a bottom order:
    ransom
    gardner
    molina

    can dig the yanks a deep whole espcially in april when most of our players start slow.

  151. kd March 6th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    sj,

    i think it’s safe to assume that alex will not have surgery unless there is an adequate replacement identified. have you heard anything? Rolen? Dewitt?

    Cashman has to be on the phones, any indication on how much he’s willing to give up for 80 to 100 games of 3B?

  152. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Not to mention ARod will be rested come playoff time if we make it. You hope that his struggles in years past come from fatigue.

  153. jeff March 6th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Michael Kay: “If the Islanders move to quees can they still be called the Islanders? They would not be on an Island.”
    Same Island Mike……same island

    And there are a few lakes in LA

    SO TRUE!

  154. jeff March 6th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Michael Kay: “If the Islanders move to quees can they still be called the Islanders? They would not be on an Island.”
    Same Island Mike……same island

    And there are a few lakes in LA

    SO TRUE!

  155. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Doreen- I think he’s from the only borough in NYC that is NOT an Island that may have somthing to do with it.
    But he should know what comprises Long Island.

  156. Baseball Fab March 6th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Reality is the loss of Arod is HUGE, if it wasn’t why else would he be paid 27 Million a year?

    Another reality is it is human nature to minimize the effect of loss. It is how we adjust and rearm ourselves.

    Would the Yanks be better with Arod’s bat and glove in top form for 162 games? If they didn’t believe so, they would have taken the 300 million and got 4 or 5 players like Crede,Rolen, etc.

    WILL the Yanks be in the hunt this year? Of course. Will The Sox or Tampa also potentially suffer devastating injuries? Why not.

    COULD Arod suffer permanent damage that could shorten his career arch?
    Yes.

    There is a balance between pie eyed optimism, and lost in the abyss misery, but no matter how you slice it, the loss of Arod is HUGE. To admit less is either conscious denial, or wilfull deception.

  157. Betsy March 6th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I listened to Kay/Sherman as well and was flabbergasted, lol. Heyman basically said the same thing yesterday as well (I think it was on WFAN, but I’m not sure). What it comes down to is that the Yankees are a very talented team and they have a strong pitching staff. It’s nice to see that not everyone in the media is waving sayonara to the 2009 season. The problem is that treading water for a couple of months may not be good enough in this division – as Sherman said, the 3 best teams in baseball are all in the AL East. On the other hand, the Yankees will just be forced to win cames 3-2,4-2 instead of 6-2.

    Sherman also said that Mike Vaccaro wrote an article in today’s Post about Tex and how he’s a supplementary player. Am I missing something? That makes it sound like he’s just a slightly above average player. He’s no Manny, Pujolks or A-Rod, but he is a very good player and on most teams he would be “the man”. I’m not going to expect miracles from this man – he’s just one player – but I expect, slow start or not, that Tex is going to be just terrific.

    Laura, where did you read that Jeter has spoken to Alex? I sort of skimmed this thread because I’m at work, but if that’s the case, I’m glad to hear it. I’m also not surprised… Thanks!

  158. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Laura,

    Cody Ransom is not an everyday option at third base.

    He’s not a kid. He’s 32, been around the game for a very long time, and is a limited player.

    He’s best suited for a utility role and not as an everyday role.

    If Alex is going to miss at least half the season (at minimum), they will have to get an everyday third baseman.

    We all like the “underdog” story. However, for the money ownership has put into the team this year, they can’t afford to give Ransom 250-300 AB’s this year. That won’t get it done.

  159. randy l. March 6th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    face it folks , this team is in deep doo doo.

    the yankees were not a lock to make the playoffs before arod’s injury.

    they now do not have a third baseman, a healthy starting catcher, a good center fielder, or a dh that can run.

    until this team proves otherwise, it is in it’s typical spring training disarray .

    the starting staff is not likely to make it through the season without a major injury.

    as usual the depth on this team is non existent. cashman is always hoping for the best and never planning for the worst.

    the way i see it is business as usual.

  160. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    These are the 2010 free agent infielders that could be available:

    Second basemen
    Mark DeRosa
    Placido Polanco
    Freddy Sanchez – $8MM club option with a $600K buyout

    Shortstops
    Bobby Crosby
    Khalil Greene
    Miguel Tejada
    Jack Wilson

    Third basemen
    Adrian Beltre
    Chone Figgins
    Chipper Jones
    Melvin Mora
    Ty Wigginton

  161. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Anyone see Watchmen yet?

  162. Joey's Poodle March 6th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Believe it or not many New Yorkers have never or very rarely been to Long Island, and know nothing about its geography.

    I have been there twice in the last quarter of a century.

    It is not part of New York City, its paper is not read in NYC except by LawnGuylanders who bring it in on the train, its residents are as much like New Yorkers as people from any ‘burb in the country. Which is to say, not at all.

  163. Joe March 6th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    A-Rod costs about 1.5 wins per month. So over the course of the year, his loss could be the difference between making the playoffs and not.

  164. Distd March 6th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    If Tampa had lost Longoria or Boston had lost Ortiz for 4 months, most people here would think it severely diminished their chances of making the playoffs. Same holds true for A-Rod. Your team doesn’t just lose it’s best player and not feel the hit, especially in a division as contested as the AL East.

    Not saying we’re doomed, but our job just got significantly harder. We also have 0 margin for error as far as other injuries or under-performance goes.

  165. Wave Your Hat March 6th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The loss of ARod (if he does have surgery) is bad, but given the overall strength of the Yanks and the relative lack of other good teams in the AL (IMO it is the Yanks/Sox/Rays for two playoff slots), it isn’t devastating if ARod can rehab in four months and get back in the line-up after the break.

    Most projections I’ve seen show Ransom as about 60 runs worse than ARod over a full season. At about 10 runs per win, that’s around -6 wins if ARod missed the whole season and the Yanks did not go get a third baseman better than Ransom.

    But the Yanks will get a third baseman better than Ransom, and ARod is unlikely to miss the entire season.

    So, say the Yanks are likely to win 3 or 4 fewer games if ARod has his surgery now.

    Most models show us as being significantly better than 3 or 4 wins over the Rays, our closest competitor for the wild card.

    So while losing ARod isn’t good, it doesn’t kill us.

  166. dave March 6th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    So now alex is probably having surgery – the good news keeps rolling in I guess. How can an off-season as great as the one we had turn into this mess so quickly? I am so sick of bad news already.

  167. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Randy,

    Seriously, what do propose Cashman do about the depth situation?

    Alex, Jeter Cano and Tex play everyday. So, don’t you think bench options are going to be limited?

    Why should Ty Wiggington take 2 million to sit on the bench here where he can get 4 million to hit in a hitters ballpark and play everyday in Baltimore?

    Its pretty tough to acquire bench help when you have 4 infielders who play everyday and no platoon positions in the lineup.

    Nobody could have predicted ARod would suffer a serious injury in ST. Especially since he was raking the ball from the first swings he took in BP this year.

    Stuff happens and they will deal with it.

    Right now, the pitching staff is better than its been in years. That’s going to be a huge help.

    Posada is on track to be back behind the plate soon. He’s already hitting the ball very well, which is a great sign of the health of his shoulder.

    The key right now is for them to find a third baseman to fill the role until Arod comes back.

    This team isn’t in deep doo doo. Some of the fan base is because there are in panic mode. That just makes it another day in Yankeeland.

  168. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Randy,

    Seriously, what do propose Cashman do about the depth situation?

    Alex, Jeter Cano and Tex play everyday. So, don’t you think bench options are going to be limited?

    Why should Ty Wiggington take 2 million to sit on the bench here where he can get 4 million to hit in a hitters ballpark and play everyday in Baltimore?

    Its pretty tough to acquire bench help when you have 4 infielders who play everyday and no platoon positions in the lineup.

    Nobody could have predicted ARod would suffer a serious injury in ST. Especially since he was raking the ball from the first swings he took in BP this year.

    Stuff happens and they will deal with it.

    Right now, the pitching staff is better than its been in years. That’s going to be a huge help.

    Posada is on track to be back behind the plate soon. He’s already hitting the ball very well, which is a great sign of the health of his shoulder.

    The key right now is for them to find a third baseman to fill the role until Arod comes back.

    This team isn’t in deep doo doo. Some of the fan base is because there are in panic mode. That just makes it another day in Yankeeland.

  169. m March 6th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I haven’t seen anyone say anything about Olney’s article suggesting Cano at third.

  170. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    “We all like the “underdog” story. However, for the money ownership has put into the team this year, they can’t afford to give Ransom 250-300 AB’s this year. That won’t get it done.”

    I guess. It would just be nice for someone unexpected to make a difference every now and then.

  171. Joe from Long Island (now from Tampa) March 6th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    A team with bigtime question marks about their 3B, C, OF, DH, and serious injury risks in their corps of starting pitchers…Sounds like the Red Sox to me.

  172. Front Row March 6th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Laura,

    A lot of people underrate Alex and even more people underrate the Red Sox or Rays. We do not play in the NL West. This year was going to be a bloodbath as is losing our best player doesn’t make it easier.

  173. joeman March 6th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    lets go get Figgins to play either CF or 3rd…

  174. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    “Just a quick clarification, the meeting with Hal was 15 minutes. Girardi’s door was close for nearly an hour but Hal was in there for only the last 15 minutes.”

    Hal was asking Joe if he had any paperclips and was waiting for him to find some.

  175. jack March 6th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Judging by the last few years… this isin’t the end of the injury bug. That’s the most concerning part.

  176. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    “I haven’t seen anyone say anything about Olney’s article suggesting Cano at third.”

    Because it’s so ridiculous that it doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned. The Yankees can’t weaken themselves by moving guys around to unfamiliar positions. We did that before once and it ended horribly.

  177. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Joey but a lot of New Yorkers hit the Hamptons and Fire Island ect. You make LI sound like East Jabib.

  178. Buddy Biancalana March 6th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    SJ

    Mattingly played at 3rd for a game or 2 in Seattle. He’s a lefthanded 3b. Just kidding.

  179. Wave Your Hat March 6th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    “Judging by the last few years… this isin’t the end of the injury bug. That’s the most concerning part.”

    Yes to that. There’s not much more room for further misfortune.

  180. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    “lets go get Figgins to play either CF or 3rd…”

    I love the calls for getting Figgins. They totally ignore the fact that LAA isn’t just going to trade away a valuable player to one of their chief playoff rivals. Is it impossible? No, but I bet it will take a king’s ransom to get him. Thanks, but no thanks.

  181. Jerzz March 6th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    CC and AJ better not sleep-walk through April like last year and Joba better start throwing his normal velocity when the season starts.

    The pitching has to be flawless– 05 White Sox like, for us to win games. A few bad early games from the starters can kill us.

  182. Myerz March 6th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    jack,

    Excellent point. We absolutely cannot have anymore injuries– whether thats Posada, AJ, Matsui etc. The rest of the 24 guys must stay healthy now.

    And Posada has to stay healthy AND catch otherwise he is kind of useless.

  183. Joe March 6th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Why couldn’t this game be during the day? Non-televised night games are the worst.

  184. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 6th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Sheesh, its going to be a long season for some people.

  185. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    March 6th, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    Sheesh, its going to be a long season for some people.

    ————————————————————

    I know. I’m already pulling my hair out. Both of them.

  186. randy l. March 6th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “Nobody could have predicted ARod would suffer a serious injury in ST”

    sj-

    they saw problems in a mri a year ago. a watch should have been put on it. another mri should have been done at season’s end.

    cory ransom is the best that cashman could do to back up jeter, arod and cano? that’s the back up plan ?

    i’m a bit puzzled why you are saying everything is fine when it isn’t. when is the last time when everything has been fine ? until this team takes the field in a game that matters, we have no idea what it’s going to do.

    a catcher who can’t throw in spring training is a problem. until he throws well in a game, posada is a question mark.

    cashman should have 6 starters ready to go when the seasons starts. that’s depth. counting on unproven minor league pitchers isn’t depth.

    i’m not saying anything different than what i’ve said since the winter began. despite the big money additions to the team , this yankee team is still not a well balanced solid team.

    as i have repeatedly said, i expect this to be cashman’s last year. the last thing this team needed was for arod to go down. to minimize this loss is just not being real.

  187. Big Handsome March 6th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Joeys Poodle…where did you get the spelling of Lawn Guyland from?

  188. Big Handsome March 6th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Joeys Poodle…where did you get the spelling of Lawn Guyland from?

  189. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 6th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some players were motivated to win without Alex.

    ***************************************************

    That sounds a tiny bit like projecting your own opinion there, lol.

  190. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 6th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I know. I’m already pulling my hair out. Both of them.

    *******************************************************

    LOL.

    Honestly, this place shouldn’t be sponsored by Stiletto and Lace, it should be sponsored by Tums and the Bosley Hair implant people. There is a target market for both here.

  191. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    March 6th, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    I know. I’m already pulling my hair out. Both of them.

    *******************************************************

    LOL.

    Honestly, this place shouldn’t be sponsored by Stiletto and Lace, it should be sponsored by Tums and the Bosley Hair implant people. There is a target market for both here.

    ————————————————————

    Those aren’t the sponsors I’d think of, but, then, I’d just as soon not get banned, either.

  192. Exzibit March 6th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I’d bet this deflates the team rather than motivates them. They just lost their best player. When a team with such high hopes to win a world series and they lose their best player… nothing good comes from it.

    Everyone was talking about how this was a magical year and the best team they have ever played on with great chemestry etc. Teix was talking about hitting in front of A-Rod and getting so many good pitches to hit, etc. When you hear this news, it has to be a punch in the stomach.

    This team is mentally tough enough to handle adversity, but I wouldn’t doubt that there is a gloomy, depressing mood around the team now in light of this news (if he does get the surgery).

  193. SJ44 March 6th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Randy,

    How do you propose they find a backup to a guy who has played more games than anybody in baseball since 1996?

    Really, give me names, real viable options, of guys who would back up a guy who plays 160 games a year.

    You aren’t going to find players, at least good veteran players, who want to sit on the bench, get 100 AB’s and think they are going to get PT.

    He wasn’t hurt last year. He was sore. That’s a big difference. His condition worsened in the spring.

    How in the world are the Yankees supposed to know that.

    Look at the entire team. Its a better team, especially with the pitching, than they were a year ago.

    Clearly, they have to find a third baseman now. They will eventually get somebody.

    In the meantime, take a good look at the pitching staff, Tex at first, Swisher and Nady in right, and the possibility of real speed in Gardner in the lineup, and they can get by for half a season.

    Nobody is saying everything is great with Arod out. I’m just saying, the season also isn’t “over” on March 6.

    You have a blind spot with Cashman. You kneejerk everything that goes on and place the blame on Cashman.

    How in the world is ARod’s injury Brian Cashman’s fault? You don’t have a backup for a guy like Arod. No GM in the game would have a backup for a guy like that.

  194. m March 6th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Angel,

    Haha. Maybe, but I challenge anyone to provide proof that I’m wrong about that.

    I’m one of the few fans that don’t believe the “we love alex, everything is hunky-dory” spin.

  195. PAT M. March 6th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Randy I, you’re like the city building inspector who when looking close at the structure, always finds trouble in the foundation that most fail to notice…..I agree that there are questions that need to be answered in camp, but I think this is the best club in areas of skill, pitching depth, and a deep lineup…The A-Rod issue caught all by surprise….You’re making a case that it should have never reached this point….Maybe after last season with a cronic hip tightness the club should have looked a little closer…

  196. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother March 6th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    “Honestly, this place shouldn’t be sponsored by Stiletto and Lace, it should be sponsored by Tums and the Bosley Hair implant people. There is a target market for both here.
    ——————————————————————————————
    Those aren’t the sponsors I’d think of, but, then, I’d just as soon not get banned, either.”

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -

    I don’t know…
    You’d think that Stiletto and Lace would provide some distraction to the wrist slitters here –
    If they can’t do it, no one can.

  197. jonathan c. March 6th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Don’t worry, everyone. We’ve solved the 3rd base problem. How? We’re trading A-Rod to the Mariners for Adrian Beltre, that is according to IMPACTO DEPORTIVO!!

    http://www.impactodeportivo.co.....ormat=html

  198. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    “Laura, where did you read that Jeter has spoken to Alex? I sort of skimmed this thread because I’m at work, but if that’s the case, I’m glad to hear it. I’m also not surprised… Thanks!”

    It was in the NY Post article that someone posted a link to. He was questioned while at the WBC about how he felt about possibility not being able to play with Alex. He said that there were too many conflicting stories going around and as far as he’s concerned, Alex will be at 3B. He was also asked if he had spoken to Alex. He said that he had, but would not divulge the contents of their conversation.

  199. Joey's Poodle March 6th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Big Handsome,

    Lawn Guy Land, LawnGuyland, and their variants are OLD jokes among New Yorkers. I can’t remember when or where I first saw them, it was years ago.

  200. 2009 - The Lost Season March 6th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    does anyone know how I can tune into the game on radio from South Bend, Indiana? Nearby Tigers stations?

  201. 4th generation long islander March 6th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    joey’s poodle: long island didnt becomme longuyland until all you city people came out here and ruined it.

  202. Mike R March 6th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    1. CF Gardner (L)
    2. SS Jeter (R)
    3. LF Damon (L)
    4. 1B Tex (S)
    5. DH Matsui (L)
    6. RF Swish/Nady (S/R)
    7. 2B Cano (L)
    8. C Posada (S)
    9. 3B Whoever we find

    If Matsui and Posada are good to go, then the lineup doesn’t look bad at all. Our 9th spot is weak, but every team in baseball can say that.

    It all rides on Posada and Matsui staying healthy until July

  203. 2009 - The Lost Season March 6th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    please, help, Pete

  204. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    “It all rides on Posada and Matsui staying healthy until July”

    And the pitchers staying healthy.

  205. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    2009 – The Lost Season
    March 6th, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    does anyone know how I can tune into the game on radio from South Bend, Indiana? Nearby Tigers stations?

    ————————————————————

    Get a very big antenna.

    Go on line and search for Detroit radio stations that stream the games.

  206. Jeff March 6th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    We are relying on Posada, Matusui, AJ, and Joba to stay healthy?

    Yikes.

  207. Mike R March 6th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    “And the pitchers staying healthy.”

    No doubt. I was speaking more on the offense, but the pitching staying healthy and effective right off the starting block can help make up from A-Rod’s lost production.

  208. Cato March 6th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    If A-Rod is out, I agree with Damon 3rd and Teixeira 4th

    I think as a #3 hitter, Damon would put up better numbers than Abreu.

  209. 4th generation long islander March 6th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    heres a rough translation of the impacto deportivo story: with help from google translate

    “The New York Yankees are considering {trading} Alex Rodriguez to the Seattle Mariners.

    The [deal] is big and complicated.

    In the immediate future, as reported to Impactodeportivo.com.do, the Yankees also receive Adrián Beltré.

    The source, close to the Yankees, almost certainly will not confirm the news until everything is “tied.”

    The Yankees would feel bad about the many negative strands of Alex and the constant beating of the NY Press. “

  210. G-Menn March 6th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Kay is right… if Posada doesn’t catch with Alex out, then suddenly we have a National League lineup.

    Nady-Ransom-Molina-Gardner scares nobody.

  211. Mark in Tampa March 6th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Randy,

    What is the Cardinals back up plan if Pujols goes down?

    The Mets if Wright or Reyes go down?

    The Marlins alternative if Hanley Ramirez gets hurt?

    They don’t have one because you can’t have a player equal or close to these guys who would willingly go to that team. 9 seasons out of 10, you would play less than 20 games. Some players just can’t be replaced. The only time you can have a legit back up plan for a superstar is when you have a great player in the minors who is close to being ready but not quite there yet. Then, if the superstar in front of him gets hurt, he has to play and it is sink or swim.

  212. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    “The New York Yankees are considering {trading} Alex Rodriguez to the Seattle Mariners. ”

    Is today April 1st?

  213. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Lost Season- Maybe one of these stations is “streaming” it on-line?

    http://radiotime.com/options/p....._2009.aspx

  214. m March 6th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    lol @ your update on the flip-flop.

    Why not just put Gardner in the 9th spot?

    They’re trying Gardner in the leadoff in case Alex is out.

    Gardner
    Damon
    Jeter
    Tex
    Matsui
    Posada
    Cano
    RF
    3B

    If Melky gets the job, he has to hit 9th. He can’t (as far as I recall) hit in the leadoff spot very well.

    Posada

  215. Bret the Hitman March 6th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Re: Arod’s replacement

    Any chance the Yankees start bringing in young blood and make a trade for Blake DeWitt?

    If it’s not Matsui’s knees, or Posada’s arm and now Arod’s hip, it will be something else if we keep rotating in older players with more wear and tear.

  216. Brad March 6th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    It’s very unlikely that the AL East will deal with the Yankees for a 3rd baseman. If the Yankees knew the seriousness of A-Rod’s condition 3 weeks ago, they would have made an all out effort to get FA Ty Wigginton before the Orioles signed him.
    Never underestimate the stealth Cashman. Past experience shows that he won’t let such a problem linger for very long.

  217. matt March 6th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    My Kingdom for Impacto de Portivo to be Correct! I for one hope this is true but seriously doubt it. I am curious to know if anyone else would be relieved to be rid of A-Rods contract? remember this hip is a clear sign of him breaking down no doctor has refuted that. they have compared it to Bo Jackson’s situation. So I ask Would this Beltre deal be welcome news?

  218. Mike R March 6th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Jeter did have some good numbers hitting 3rd two? years ago. I think he and Damon are both good choices for the 3rd spot. I think Damon tends to hit for more power though.

  219. 2009 - The Lost Season March 6th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Maybe I just scan and see if I can RX an AM signal from Detroit in the evening. I don’t have access to internet now.

  220. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    By the way, there are no radio stations close to South Bend, Indiana that carry Tiger games. The closest would be in Kalamazoo on WKZO-AM 590.

    http://radiotime.com/affiliate.....tions.aspx

  221. Jack March 6th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Gardner
    Damon
    Jeter
    Teixeria
    Matsui
    Posada
    Swisher
    Cano
    Rolen

    I’ll go to war with that lineup

  222. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    So I thought it would be interesting to do some comparison statistics and see whether there are any strong correlations between team batting and/or team pitching, and winning the world series!

    I started with 1998 because frankly for some reason I couldn’t scare up the stats from 1996.

    ______________________________________________

    *1998*

    World Series Winner – *New York Yankees*

    MLB Rank – Runs = 1
    MLB Rank – ERA = 1

    _____________________________________________

    *1999*

    World Series Winner – *New York Yankees*

    MLB Rank – Runs = #5 (AL Rank = #3)
    MLB Rank – ERA = #6 (AL Rank = #2)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = Cleveland;
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = Atlanta; AL Rank #1 = Boston

    _________________________________________________

    *2000*

    World Series Winner – *New York Yankees*

    MLB Rank – Runs = #10 (AL Rank = #6)
    MLB Rank – ERA = #18 (AL Rank = #10)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = Chicago White Sox;
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = Dodgers; AL Rank #1 = Boston

    ___________________________________________

    *2001*

    World Series Winner – *Arizona*

    Arizona MLB Rank – Runs = #7 (NL Rank = #3)
    Arizona MLB Rank – ERA = #10 (NL Rank = #5)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = Seattle
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = Seattle

    (Yankees ranked #9 in Runs in MLB, #5 in AL
    Yankees ranked #3 in ERA in MLB and AL)
    ________________________________________________________

    *2002*

    World Series Winner – *San Francisco Giants*

    San Francisco MLB Rank – Runs = #11 (NL Rank = #3)
    San Francisco MLB Rank – ERA = #2 (NL Rank = #2)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = *Yankees*
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = Atlanta; AL Rank #1 = LA Angels

    (Yankees ranked #1 in Runs in MLB
    Yankees ranked #11 in ERA in MLB, #5 in AL)
    ________________________________________________________

    *2003*

    World Series Winner – *Florida Marlins*

    Florida MLB Rank – Runs = #17 (NL Rank = #8)
    Florida MLB Rank – ERA = #18 (NL Rank = #10)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = Boston
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = La Dodgers; AL Rank #1 = LA Angels

    (Yankees ranked #4 in Runs in MLB; #3 in AL
    Yankees ranked #11 in ERA in MLB, #13 in AL)
    ___________________________________________________

    *2004*

    World Series Winner – *Red Sox*

    Red Sox MLB Rank – Runs = #1
    Red Sox MLB Rank – ERA = #11 (AL Rank = #4)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = Boston
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = St. Louis; AL Rank #1 = LA Angels

    (Yankees ranked #2 in Runs in MLB; #2 in AL
    Yankees ranked #21 in ERA in MLB, #9 in AL)
    ______________________________________________________

    *2005*

    World Series Winner – *Chicago White Sox*

    White Sox MLB Rank – Runs = #13 (AL Rank = #9)
    White Sox MLB Rank – ERA = #3 (AL Rank = #4)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = Boston
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = Cleveland

    (Yankees ranked #2 in Runs in MLB; #2 in AL
    Yankees ranked #21 in ERA in MLB, #10 in AL)
    ___________________________________________________

    *2006*

    World Series Winner – *St. Louis Cardinals*

    St. Louis MLB Rank – Runs = #7 (NL Rank = #8)
    St. Louis MLB Rank – ERA = #18 (NL Rank = #10)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = *Yankees*
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = Detroit

    (Yankees ranked #1 in Runs in MLB
    Yankees ranked #12 in ERA in MLB, #7 in AL)

    ____________________________________________________

    *2007*

    World Series Winner – *Red Sox*

    Red Sox MLB Rank – Runs = #4 (AL Rank = #3)
    Red Sox MLB Rank – ERA = #2 (AL Rank = #1)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = *Yankees*
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = San Diego; AL Rank #1 = Boston

    (Yankees ranked #1 in Runs in MLB
    Yankees ranked #17 in ERA in MLB, #8 in AL)

    _______________________________________________________
    *2008*

    World Series Winner – *Philadelphia*

    Philadelphia MLB Rank – Runs = #9 (NL Rank = #3)
    Philadelphia MLB Rank – ERA = #2 (NL Rank = #2)

    MLB Rank #1 Runs = Texas
    MLB Rank #1 ERA = Toronto

    (Yankees ranked #10 in Runs in MLB, #7 in AL
    Yankees ranked #15 in ERA in MLB, #8 in AL)

    ________________________________________________

    As you can see there is no strict correlation between Runs and/or ERA and winning the World Series but as best as I can figure, ERA is a better predictor than Runs!

    The moral of the story is you might not want to be too very bereft over the Arod problem!

    :)

  223. 2009 - The Lost Season March 6th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    bless you Greenberet7

  224. Sean March 6th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    We are so screwed….

  225. rolex March 6th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Angelos hates Steinbrenner… he isin’t going to give us Mora

    Rolen is a nice option, but I doubt he waives his NTC to come here, knowing he is only here for 4 months (and he has 2 years left on his deal). He isin’t going back to the bench when A-Rod comes back.

  226. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    The Lost Season:

    After sunset I could get WABC from New York while I was in Lansing MI. (while in car)
    So you may have some luck getting a Detroit station in SB.

  227. joan's beach March 6th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    alex +$100M to seattle for beltre.

  228. matt March 6th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Your lips to God’s ears Joan’s

  229. m March 6th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Although…I do like the idea of Gardner in front of Jeter. Fewer GIDP opportunities. :)

  230. jep March 6th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    IMPACTO DEPORTIVO report about arod being traded to seattle

    http://www.impactodeportivo.co.....ormat=html

  231. jep March 6th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    IMPACTO DEPORTIVO report about arod being traded to seattle

    http://www.impactodeportivo.co.....ormat=html

  232. jep March 6th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    IMPACTO DEPORTIVO report about arod being traded to seattle

    http://www.impactodeportivo.co.....ormat=html

  233. nitty nit picker March 6th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Trisha I think you meant bereaved

  234. GVR March 6th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Trisha, we need to score runs to get to the postseason though. The AL East is going to be a bloodbath with the Sox and Rays. Once we get there, what happened during the season doesn’t matter, but getting there won’t be as easy as it was in years past.

  235. rolex March 6th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Man… Girardi is going to earn every penny he gets this year if he finds a way to navigate this ship to the playoffs. He can’t just write names on the lineup card. He has to keep this aging roster healthy and get everyone enough ABs.

  236. Al from BK March 6th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Everyone that report from the spanish website is a bit erroneous. Also these are the same folks who said we signed Manny in January so buyer beware. I would’nt mind getting rid of A-Rod and getting Beltre but that just isnt true.

  237. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    No I meant bereft

    GVR, I absolutely believe we have the horsepower to score enough runs to win games because if our pitching staff comes through as advertised you might be looking at two or three runs being enough.

    I have total faith that with or without Arod the Yankees will get the job done. There is no question in my mind we are going to the playoffs.

    All of that said, and I can tell you on the souls of my parents in heaven I absolutely believe the Yankees will be fine, it appears that I am in the minority in having confidence in what the Yankees will be able to do.

    C’est la vie right?

  238. Joe D March 6th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Guys– we have CC, AJ, Wang, Joba, Tex, Jeter, A-Rod, Cano etc. under contract past this year. It’s not the end of the world if we don’t make the playoffs this year.

    We’ll get em in 2010, when everyone is healthy.

  239. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Nice work, Trisha!

  240. Ham Fighters March 6th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    funny how almost nobody bought the yankees ‘no surgery’ story right from the beginning. now they’re not even trying to stick to it.

    what boras said on espn while cashman was telling the beat writers that they had decided against surgery, was that they would do more tests then decide whether to have the surgery.

    thier cover was blown by alex’s brother before they could even put out the smokescreen.

  241. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks D!

    :)

  242. West side March 6th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Philly squeezed every once it could out of their 25 man roster to win the WS last year.

    They won with 1 lights out pitcher, a lights out 8th-9th inning, and key hits from role players, plus great defense. Basically the bread and butter formula for winning in October.

  243. West side March 6th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    *ounce

  244. Fran March 6th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Ham Fighters- I think maybe they were trying to make a move before the surgery was announced, but no other GM is that stupid. If Cashman is inquiring about a 3rd baseman, they know the Yanks are desperate.

    Trisha, very impressive work. I still would like to have ARod’s bat in the line-up.

  245. PAT M. March 6th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Tricia, You’ve been on a roll today….Most impressive…..Now find a solution to the 3rd base dilemma….

  246. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Hey at least we get to listen to the game tonight. That silent stuff was killing me!

  247. CG March 6th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    ARod being out could, strangely enough, be exactly what this team needs to pull them together.

    Without the added baggage ARod brings everyday you might just see a team of ballplayers out there.

  248. m March 6th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Hey, did you guys know that Mo’s with the Panamanian team? And do they wear Panamas or caps?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  249. kill.schill(ing) March 6th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Of course, the Yankees are considering trading Alex Rodriguez to the Mariners for Adrian Beltre…

    In the same vein that I’m considering sleeping with Kate Bosworth this evening.

  250. Dee March 6th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    i could be wrong, but if you look at last year’s lineup with arod, isn’t it almost the same as the lineup now, except with tex? doesn’t tex basically arod? don’t get me wrong, a lineup with both tex an arod is awesome, but i just don’t see how losing arod is the end of the world. the 1996 yankees were great without a big time arod type player. although it’s great to have him, i don’t think we really have to rely on him to win games.

  251. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Pat M

    :D

    Fran, of course I would like to have his bat in the lineup also! But I have to tell you that I don’t think there was a more valuable bat in the Yankees 2003 lineup than Derek Jeter’s, and I don’t think we could think of a player on the Yankees who was more clutch than DJ – and he went down in the first game of the season with that shoulder fracture and was replaced by Almonte. And the Yankees won the division. Now if you refer back to the handy-dandy chart, you’ll see that the Yankees took the division without leading the division in runs!

    Pat M, one of my biggest problems in life is that I am an incremental thinker. I can’t really solve the problem at 3rd until I am close to thinking there really is one! :D

    But I’ll try to come up with something creative if forced!

    I’m leaning toward Marcos Vechionacci. Something tells me that the organization isn’t leaning in the same direction.

  252. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    m
    Thanks – that’s pretty cool. I’m sure he’ll be a big part of the team next time.

  253. Yankee2123 March 6th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Steal bases, hit and run, moving the runners over, sac fly, sac bunt. The Yankees will have to do these things with Arod out of the lineup.

  254. ZMAN7777 March 6th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    You’re kidding yourself by rationalizing that there’s enough offense on this team right now. We’ve added Tex and Swisher, but lost Abreu, Giambi, and A-Rod. That’s a huge fall-off in run production.

    Granted, the clubhouse will be much more harmonious now, and the team may actually be more fun to watch. Then again, we thought that was going to be the case last Spring with the supposed emergence of the young starting pitchers.

  255. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    kill.schill(ing)
    March 6th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
    Of course, the Yankees are considering trading Alex Rodriguez to the Mariners for Adrian Beltre…

    In the same vein that I’m considering sleeping with Kate Bosworth this evening.

    ————————————————————

    You’d have a better chance of scoring with Brian Bosmworth.

  256. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    ZMANN that’s why this is an opinion forum and not a place where anything is etched in stone – until it is.

    I believe we have enough offense. I also believe that Cano will be back to his old self and that Jeter will have a much better year than last year. Opinions. Beliefs.

    We’ll see when we see!

  257. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Brian ***Bosworth***

  258. Lara08 March 6th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    It will only be harmonious if they are winning. If they aren’t winning, people will learn “distractions” can exist in the Bronx even without A-Rod.

  259. Andrew March 6th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    “Then again, we thought that was going to be the case last Spring with the supposed emergence of the young starting pitchers.”

    How quickly people forget the impending emergence of two bona fide dominant starting pitchers in the Bronx, with the type of ability that has been missing for about 5 years now.

  260. ZMAN7777 March 6th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Jeter still hit .300 last year. I doubt you can expect too much more from him than that. Maybe 15 HRs, 75 RBIs to go with it.

    Cano at .300 would be a blessing. Maybe Swisher rebounds to .260. Still, that in no way makes up for the losses. And last year’s team wasn’t a juggernaut by any means.

  261. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Is tonights game going to be on the radio anywhere else besides mlb audio?

  262. Andy Hawkin's Ghost March 6th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    ARod will have the surgery. I’ll put money on it and it is the smart move. This team was never going to win because of offense. Pitching folks. Pitching.

  263. ZMAN7777 March 6th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “It will only be harmonious if they are winning.”

    I disagree. The ’76 – ’78 Yankees were winners, but were anything but harmonious. Oakland has had great clubhouse chemistry even in down years.

  264. Cal March 6th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Man Pete you can belittle a point to death, do you have a personal agenda to see Arod undergo surgery immediately, you seem to be drawing more conclusions than Arod’s big mouth, blabber to the media brother, you wouldn’t be related to them by any chance. Please less Arod more CC thank you.

    Sorry dude but I’m about sick and tired of hearing about Arod every forum I go to for news on the Yankees.

  265. rodg12 March 6th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Trisha -
    Nice work on the stats breakdown. Only one problem….the Angels won the series in 2002, not the Giants. I know, I know Bonds absolutely slaughtering that Percival fastball should have ended the series right there and given the Giants the win, but unfortunately the stinkin’ “Rally Monkeys” prevailed. ;)

  266. Fran March 6th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Trisha, good point about Jeter when he went down. And the Yankees do have a very strong pitching staff this year and should give up less runs than last year.

  267. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    matt,

    i would welcome you reserving judgment and finding more reputable sources.

  268. Jack Knight March 6th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Can someone from Tampa go to the game and call me with a play-by-play? Seriously, what is the point of the YES Network if they don’t broadcast the Yankees?

  269. luis March 6th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    any thoughts about impacto deportivo??? i think is bs… they said many was going to sign with the yankees

  270. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Pete -

    Thanks for the audio – much appreciated.

  271. kill.schill(ing) March 6th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    GB, you may be right.

  272. luis March 6th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    arod for king felix… hahaha yeahh right

  273. Betsy March 6th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Laura, thanks!

    No matter what, the Yankees are going to get robbed in trying to obtain a decent 3B to replace Alex for a few months – it sucks, but they have to do something. Cody Ransom is not going to cut it at 3B or anyplace else as a starter. It looks like Alex will be going ahead with the surgery – he just has to remain positive. I think he should stay with visit with the team at home as often as he can so he doesn’t start feeling “out of it”. Rehab is a lonely process and I think it would be good for Alex to hang with his teammates even if he can’t help them for a few months. He just has to remember that he can still have a big impact for this club if he returns in July or August – if he remembers that, I think he’ll be fine.

  274. AG March 6th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I’m totally in support of Alex getting the surgery right now. When do the “let’s put off the surgery until after the season” plans actually turn out well? Just bite the bullet and get it done with.

  275. JimmyH March 6th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Hey Everyone
    This is link to Detroit station broadcasting Yankees/Tigers
    It’s station WXYT FM 97.1 FM
    http://www.971theticket.com/pages/3901120.php

  276. Betsy March 6th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    http://www.baseballprospectus......cleid=8591

    The key here is that surgery is not a given. The aspiration may give enough relief that he can play through the season with only occasional setbacks and more aggressive monitoring. It could be that it gets better and a strengthening program adds to the stability, allowing him to only miss a few weeks. The danger is that the conservative measures might fail, which would push his return date back further than it would have been had they gone straight to surgery. We have to remember that the gamble of taking conservative measures comes with a high payoff. Let’s say for the sake of this example that Rodriguez will miss no time if the aspiration works, four weeks if he just needs the strengthening program, and twelve if he ends up having surgery. It’s not as if this is a 1-2-3 game; the Yankees will know quickly that the aspiration is working if there is a reduction in his symptoms. He’ll begin the strengthening program immediately; if he’s falling behind, or if there is no reduction in his symptoms, they’ll shift gears.

  277. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 6th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you Jimmy! :D

    mlb gameday:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....b_nyamlb_1

  278. Carl March 6th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    cc froze him 1 up 1k

  279. Soul March 6th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    A-Rod’s loss is going to hurt tremdnously. You don’t lose a player like that and not feel it, doesn’t matter how good the team is, especially in a blood bath like the AL East where everything is so close.

  280. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 6th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    tsk tsk Shelley

  281. Carl March 6th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    shelly fail :(

  282. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Duncan misplays a routine flyball into a double. Good luck in AAA this season.

  283. Carl March 6th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    same with berroa bye bye

  284. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 6th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    tsk tsk Berroa

    1-0 Tigers

    top of the first over now

  285. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    What else you gonna watch, hockey?

  286. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    It seems that Berroa can’t field at all. Also messed up 2 balls against team USA. Ransom very easy wins the job…

  287. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Rodg12 -

    :lol:

    I’m an idiot! Sorry about that.

  288. Giuseppe Franco March 6th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    It seems that Berroa can’t field at all. Also messed up 2 balls against team USA. Ransom very easy wins the job…

    ———-

    Hopefully, the Yanks find a regular third baseman if A-Rod does indeed opt for surgery because Berroa will become the primary utility guy if Ransom is the starting third baseman.

  289. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Betsy,

    good article from Will Carroll. thanks for the post.

  290. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    The Detroit broadcasters sure like Swisher!

  291. Phil March 6th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Swisher better not be off the bench.

  292. fantasmagoric March 6th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    not saying its gonna happen again but last year, swisher got benched in early june and left off the post season roster. im hoping for a comeback but he’s got to show more than last year

  293. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    these guys just said that Swisher made a great play.

    FWIW

  294. gayle March 6th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Trisha it was Ransom who made the right play

  295. gayle March 6th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    make that great play

  296. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    John Sterling was sick? – hope he is better.

    Tigers have buy one get one free season tickets!

  297. bsilva March 6th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Get the surgery done. The Yankees will deal with it much better if they have a month to figure out what to do rather than in season. For me, I’d like to see them go for a glove and win with pitching and defense. I don’t know enough to know if a great glove is availabe, but if it was I would love watching a pitching/defense oriented team.

  298. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Our new 3rd baseman Ransom hits a double…

  299. JimmyH March 6th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Alex who? is right.
    Ransom off to great start.

  300. Soul March 6th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Swisher… another day, another walk.

    Excellent sign that he is showing so much patience in Spring Training games.

  301. Joe March 6th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Without A-Rod, we need all the OBP we can get. Swisher better start over Nady.

    Heck, we should probably start Nady-Damon-Swisher in the OF to off-set the loss of 3B production.

  302. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Berroa is 70 years old.

  303. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 6th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    “Heck, we should probably start Nady-Damon-Swisher in the OF to off-set the loss of 3B production”

    if NYY doesn’t get an impact 3rd baseman (Mora, Blalock, etc), then you are probably right.

  304. ray (sox fan) March 6th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Just watching a Boston station.

    They posed an interesting question.

    Who plays more games this year? Arod or JD Drew (who is becoming known as DL Drew?

  305. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Brett has a little bit of speed. Okay….

  306. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Abreau decided to go. Oye ve.

  307. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Hmmm
    Detroit announcers just said that Gardner has not stolen more than 9 bases in a year in the minors – is this true?

  308. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 6th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Uncle Ellworth:

    false.

  309. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    We love Johnny Damon

  310. RalphieD (for free sports betting look here http://www.centsports.com/?opcode=317843) March 6th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    lol…gardner with 9 stolen bases in the minors…maybe in 1 month of the minor league season

  311. Bo knows March 6th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Uncle

    Not true, check fangraphs.

  312. RS March 6th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    “Detroit announcers just said that Gardner has not stolen more than 9 bases in a year in the minors – is this true?”

    That is completely false. I heard that too and looked up his stats. In one season he stole 58 bases, another year he stole 39 bases in 400+ AB’s and last year he stole 37 bases in the minors along with 13 in the majors.

  313. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Yeah you heard it right. Those are our Yankees. You want to see how they react to the possibility of Arod being out? Keep watching, er, listening!

    :)

  314. Joe March 6th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Gardner could get 9 stolen bases in a game if it lasted extra innings.

  315. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Wow they couldn’t be more wrong.
    http://minors.baseball-referen.....i?pid=5277

    He stole 58 in 2006.

    13 in 42 games in the majors.

    Hey Pete go talk to the dopes doing the radio for the Tigers and tell them to look on baseball reference before they make further idiots of themselves.

  316. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    thanks vinny
    just looked at his stats
    they must have been looking at the Caught Stealing column

  317. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 6th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Haha. Maybe, but I challenge anyone to provide proof that I’m wrong about that.

    I’m one of the few fans that don’t believe the “we love alex, everything is hunky-dory” spin.

    ***********************************************************

    Heh, I was really just teasing you. :)

    I am one of those people who don’t think things are as bad as they’re made out to be. Purely, because I understand here’s no story in that.

    Not saying that every yankee player is a fan of him personally, though. I can imagine being the diva that he is, that some people find that wearing occasionally. I probably would. There are people that I work with that personally, I don’t really care for. But they’re damn good at their jobs and an asset to the company and because they’re employed that helps me to do my job better.

    As long as I don’t have to socialize with them outside of work too often, I can tolerate their annoying quirks at work okay. Well, for the most part. :lol:

  318. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Obviously the announcers were wrong with Gardners SB’s in ’05-19SB, ’06-58SB, ’07-39SB ’08-39SB….

  319. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I wonder how our old buddy Sheff is doing?

  320. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Everybody Wang Chung tonight…..

  321. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 6th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    nice job Shelley

  322. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Ok
    No that it looks like AROD most likely will have the surgery – WHAT ARE THE YANKEES GOING TO DO ABOUT THIRD BASE??!!!!!

    AHHHHHH THE SKY IS FALLING??!!!!!!!!!

  323. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    The announcers think it is histerical that Ransom could play 3rd for the Yanks. If Arod has the surgery Cash will definitely trade for someone. I find it very hard to believe that the Yanks would actually play Ransom at 3rd for 3 months. That is what all of the prospects are for.

  324. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I am bored!

  325. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    The Yanks will make a low cost move like signing Mark Grudzel—-k

  326. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    The Yanks will make a low cost move like signing Mark Grudzel—-k

  327. Betsy March 6th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    It’s apparently 4-1 Yankees in the third – from what I can tell (I’m reading the play by play on another board), CC was pretty nasty. The run he gave up in the 1st was on a bloop double and an error. Swish at one point worked a 1-2 count into a walk – this I love. Even if he ends up making out, he’s making the pitchers throw extra, precious pitches. Swish also at one point hit a grounder to score a run, so good situational hitting….

  328. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    4-1 Yankees

  329. Morris March 6th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Ransom could be another Scott Boras— a gritty role player that fits the 90s teams

  330. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Swisher is so the man

  331. Mike R March 6th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    “Ransom could be another Scott Boras—- a gritty role player that fits the 90s teams”

    Hahaha – The thought of Scott Boras playing 3B is truly hysterical.

  332. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 6th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    “That is what all of the prospects are for”

    yup. If we don’t trade a few of the pitchers, we will lose thme to Rule 5 anyway.

    I wonder how the Rangers view Kennedy? I shudder to think of him pitching in that launching pad.

  333. Bo knows March 6th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Beroa with a chopper single, Ho hum, Gardner with another single, Damon a double. Shelley a Texas Leaguer to score Damon. Aceves two no hit innings. First run for Yankees on a passed ball. Molina with a single Yea.

  334. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Cash can’t let the Yankees be taken to the cleaners. So far he is playing his hand as well as he could with all the info out there.

    I agree with Pete that we will probably hear that he will have the surgery on Monday. People have mentioned Mark Grudzielanek. Can he play third? He is 39, so it likely wouldn’t take a long term deal to sign him.

  335. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 6th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    difficult to forsee Mark Grudzielanek holding down 3rd base, at this point in his career. It have been years, since he even played some games at that position.

    If he is signed, i expect we will see Ransom at 3rd. And Grudzielanek taking Ransom’s utility role.

  336. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Grudzielanek has almost zero range and no arm. He’s barely acceptable as a defensive 2nd baseman. It’ll cost something to get a replacement, but not sure where NYY will be looking.

  337. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Well these are your free agents.

    First basemen
    Richie Sexson (34)
    Mark Sweeney (39)

    Second basemen
    Ray Durham (37)
    Damion Easley (39)
    Mark Grudzielanek (39) – Type B, offered arb

    None of which could play third. So looks like they’ll have to go the trade route. They’ll need to find a team looking to dump an awful contract.

  338. BJ March 6th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I read that there were Yankee scouts at the mariners/a’s game today.

    Beltre?
    Crosby?

  339. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Ideally, Cashman can find a bat that can play a respectable third base and outfield. Not a lot fit that bill, though. Too bad that Ross Gload dosen’t play third base.

  340. Tex's New Best Friend March 6th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    So the indian announcer on ESPN news just slipped and called a-rod, A-Roid….

  341. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Crosby has not played third in the majors or minors. Could be Beltre.

    # 5 years/$64M (2005-09)

    * signed by Seattle as a free agent 12/04
    * $7M signing bonus
    * 05:$10M, 06:$11.5M, 07:$11.5M, 08:$12M, 09:$12M
    * limited no-trade clause allowing Beltre to block deals to 8 clubs (including Padres and Dodgers)
    * award bonuses: $75,000 for receiving most All Star votes, $50,000 for receiving most All Star votes in AL, $50,000 for Gold Glove

  342. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I’d rather stay inside the Yankee system IF we even need to be talking about such things. That said, I don’t believe a team looking for a good defensive 3B can go wrong with Bobby Crosby. The guy is acrobatic.

  343. Bo knows March 6th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Bottom of the fourth, Molina hit, Beroa hit, Pena Sac Bunt, Gardner grounder to first, Molina hung up. Damon walks, Bases loaded, Swisher rope line drive to RF 4 – 1 after 4.

  344. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Never mind. I didn’t realized he had never played at 3rd.

    The guys is great defensively.

    That’s all I care about.

    But I’m still not convinced the Yankees are going to pull the trigger on surgery.

    But that’s just me.

  345. no.27 March 6th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Someone was saying yesterday that A-Rod would be out at least until mid August, but more likely all season and that reports saying he could make it back 4 months after surgery were just optimism. Now I’m reading he could be back after the All Star break in July. Which is it?

  346. RS March 6th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Ransom makes a great diving play!

  347. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Said Cody made a great play.

  348. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I wouldn’t mind NYY trying to see what Twins want for Brendan Harris, who plays a fair defense at SS, 2nd and 3rd. He can hit a bit and has some power.

  349. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Holy. That’s what I get for trying to type in the dark.

    P.S. I WANT RANSOM. WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN TRADE!

    :)

  350. CaptainsCorner March 6th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Is Eric Duncan ready yet? lol

  351. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    4 months would be the all star break. In reality he’d miss about 3 months of the season. Doctors can only give a range as to how long it would take to return from surgery. You also don’t know how serious the injury is till you get in there.

    Someone like Alex would probably be on the shorter end of time to recover.

  352. JimmyH March 6th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Ransom putting on quite an audition tonight. He’s got to be in the running.

  353. DT March 6th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Ransom makes his second great defensive play of the night according to the Tiger announcers.

    He robbed a Tiger of a double down the line.

  354. Bo knows March 6th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Ransom just speared a shot at third and threw out the runner. Aceves 2 2/3 innings zeros, Jackson in and Polanco out. Bottom of the fifth.

  355. PAT M. March 6th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    DL Drew has he was known out here in LA while he played part tme with the Dodgers….When does play he’s a hellava ballplayer make no mistake…….

  356. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Interesting idea.

    http://minors.baseball-referen.....i?pid=6260

    Looks like a super utility guy.

  357. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    no. 27 don’t drive yourself crazy. Wait til you get an official announcement from the Yankees. People are doing nothing but guessing all over the place. Don’t forget that the last thing we heard officially was that there would be no surgery.

  358. fantasmagoric March 6th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    trade for a CF and put ransom at 3B

  359. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Jorges back? :) Lead off double.

    The announcers don’t believe the Yankees left the dimensions the same. OYE!

  360. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    jimmy, and just practically speaking, why would Cashman go outside of the system for ANY replacement if he can find it in the system?

    Cody Ransom is pretty exciting…

  361. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    “Well these are your free agents.
    First basemen
    Richie Sexson (34)”

    No one has picked up the Big Sexy? I’m shocked. :P

  362. tampayank March 6th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    trade for Longoria w/ cash(my irrational suggestion of the night) :)

  363. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    What about my personal favorite UTL man, Jeff Keppinger, GB?

    He’s played some 3b…

  364. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    “Cody Ransom is pretty exciting…”

    I said that the Yankees should give Ransom a shot. SJ44 said that it won’t happen as Ranson isn’t a everyday player, but a utility guy. I still say let’s see what he can do.

  365. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    At least Posada is back in his normal base running condition. All is well.

  366. Bo knows March 6th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    What a Maroon, Posada runs into a DP, you really have to work at something like that.

  367. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Gary is back to his whiny self. Crying about getting hit twice in the game. They said he was hit with a breaking or off speed pitch.

  368. DT March 6th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    One of the 3B guys that Sherman in the Post mentioned yesterday as trade possibilities – Garrett Atkins/Col.

    “Garrett Atkins missed Thursday’s game with a hip flexor injury sustained when he reached for a ground ball.”

    Bill Hall/Mil would be a trade possibility too because of his contract – but he’s out all spring with a calf injury.

  369. lemons March 6th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    i wouldnt mind blake dewitt…only if he will come cheaper than what dodgers will prob. ask

  370. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Tom
    March 6th, 2009 at 8:53 pm
    What about my personal favorite UTL man, Jeff Keppinger, GB?

    He’s played some 3b…

    ————————————————————

    If Cincinnati hadn’t traded off Freel to Baltimore, he may have been available. Not sure, now.

  371. lemons March 6th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    nice catch by gardner

  372. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    The team with the exception of Angel are flashing some leather.

  373. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    :)

    Gardner

    You gotta be loving what our guys are doing tonight.

    Notching it up already? Could be.

  374. gayle March 6th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Not quite sure how we can classify Ransom as an exciting player. We have not seen enough of him to classify him as anything other than a utility guy. One game in spring training does not make anyone an exciting player on a every day basis.

  375. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Angel again. >;( Thought he might have had a chance he if fielded it cleanly.

  376. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 6th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    He fielded like a girl. Like me, actually. lol.

  377. teddy March 6th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    pete good job on those question

  378. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Cody Ransom is not the answer.

    If Alex has surgery (still and IF), the best option IMO is still Scott Rolen.

    I don’t think people want to give up premium prospects for Adrian Beltre. Freddy Sanchez is another option but he’d take more than Rolen to get.

    The only downside to getting Rolen is $. The downside to Beltre or anyone else for that matter is $ and prospects.

  379. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Ransom is 32 and has been in the big leagues for 6 years.

    We weren’t even sure he was good enough to be the utility guy. Now he’s good enough to play every day?

  380. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Boston Dave -

    If ARod is going to be out for the season, then maybe Rolen is a good option. But what do you do with the guy for one-half a season? And then, I assume, you’d get rid of him for next season, right?

  381. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Doreen,

    I personally would count Alex out for the entire season but in the event he comes back in July/August you have added depth. Then you eat 75% of his deal and trade him.

    There are no perfect options. The question is, do you want to spend money or give away prospects?

    Scott Rolen is the best option that won’t cost much in terms of players. The other options will require giving up on premium talent. If giving up one or two of your top prospects is ok, then Beltre or Figgins are better fits.

  382. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Boston Dave -

    Spend money!

    There’s no way I want to trade quality prospects for a temporary fix.

    I agree there’s no ideal solution.

    I suppose you would (should?) assume and plan for the worst – season-ending surgery – and hope for the best.

  383. BJ March 6th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Rolen is owed 22MM over the next 2 years.

    So what do you do with Rolen next season?

  384. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Chad Tracy
    Mark Teahan
    Rolen
    B. Haris
    Blaylock

  385. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Montero must be feeling pretty good. He’s now catching.

  386. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    BJ,

    Eat most of his contract and trade him.

    (hopefully) for the last time, this is a rough situation and there are no great solutions.

    I would personally opt for the solution that costs more money but no top prospects. If you would rather save money and give up 2 of the Yankees top 10 prospects, that’s fine.

    Repeat – no perfect solutions.

  387. DT March 6th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I think Angels and Yanks will make a deal.

    The Angels lost their 1B (hmmm… where did he go?) and are hoping Kendry Morales can play 1B with Quinlan backing him up.

    The Yanks were talking about trading Swisher or Nady in the off season. As much as I would like to see Swisher stay – he would be a good fit at 1B for the Angels.

    Cabrera is out of options and with Little G looking good – Melky could fill the 4th OF spot.

    Figgins for Swisher?

  388. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    GB I’m at work
    ANy good movies on the boob tube tonight?

  389. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    DT,

    That’s an interesting thought.

    I like Swisher alot so I’m biased and would still rather just spend money on Rolen…

    but you make an excellent point that I haven’t heard anyone suggest yet.

  390. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    “Figgins for Swisher?”

    That’s not enough. LAA, like every other team, will believe that they have us over a barrel. They are not doing a Figgins for Swisher deal. We are going to have to add more than just Nick.

  391. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I think that Swisher’s bat is needed, DT. With the status of both Matsui and Posada still uncertain Swisher should stay.

  392. JimmyH March 6th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Boston Dave
    No one is ordaining Ransom as the new 3B but, I seem to recall back in 2003 when Jeter dislocated his shoulder and a utility guy named Enrique Wilson stepped up and did a pretty good job of holding his own until Jete’s return. Point is, these utility guys often have more heart than some of the veterans and that sometimes makes all the difference. Another example is that unbelieveable year Aaron Small had pitching as a fill in. These guys can’t and don’t often sustain great performances over the long run but, no one is usually asking them to either.

  393. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 6th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    “These guys can’t and don’t often sustain great performances over the long run but, no one is usually asking them to either.”

    Exactly. Essentially, we want to make sure that the defense is covered. We are going to lose offense based simply by the fact that a guy like Alex cannot be replaced. We have to make sure that we aren’t also giving up runs defensively.

  394. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Angels are over loaded with outfielders with Matthews, Guerrero, Hunter, Willits, Abreu and Rivera.

  395. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    But when Jeter went down in 2003 it was for only a month and a half. Arod is going to miss more than half of the season.

  396. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    March 6th, 2009 at 9:38 pm
    GB I’m at work
    ANy good movies on the boob tube tonight?

    ————————————————————

    Haven’t looked at the schedule, Ellie.

  397. DT March 6th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    GB – Swish could play 1B for the Angels – not the OF.

  398. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Makes zero sense for NYY to trade an outfielder like Swisher that’s a cheap contract for a Free Agent like Figgins straight up.

  399. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Nady would make sense for NYY, but, not Swisher.

  400. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    JimmyH,

    I understand that but the loss of Alex is more detrimental to the offense than the loss of Jeter was.

    More importantly, he missed just 36 games.

    Alex would probably miss closer to 100 and there is no way to know if he’d even be back this season.

  401. raymagnetic March 6th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Why would the Yankees even want Figgins :???:

    He’s one of the most overrated players in baseball.

    He’s a good utility guy to have but Swisher > Figgins

    The Yankees would be silly to trade Swisher for Figgins in my opinion.

  402. randy l. March 6th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    “You have a blind spot with Cashman. You kneejerk everything that goes on and place the blame on Cashman”

    sj44-

    who has a blind spot with cashman?

    if you think it was smart to see a problem with arod last spring on an mri and then not follow up with another one, it’s easy to see why you like cashman so much.

    why you are painting this picture that all is well in yankeeland is beyond me.

    as i said before ,cashman won’t make it through the season if this spring training is any indication of how this season is going to go.

    cashman does not get ahead of problems. he reacts to them.

    he hopes posada will be fine.
    he hopes that matsui will be able to run at some point.
    he’s hoping that no starter goes down.

    way too much hope for my taste.

    this is cashman’s summer to put up or shut up.

    so far this spring is not what yankee fans were looking for considering the amount of salary that was cleared and the free agents signed.

    there is a chaos and randomness about it that doesn’t inspire confidence.

    the yankees are a very inflexible team. the red sox have a first baseman that plays third when the third baseman goes down. the rays move third baseman to second. the angels have figgins who plays all over the place.

    the yankees basically have players that play one position with the exception of swisher. but i know , there are simply no players in all of major league baseball that could be a super sub because no one will come to the yankees when they can play more somewhere else. that’s the pat answer of cashman enablers.

    whatever.

  403. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    The Yankees could probably have Figgins for cheap if they wanted to take the horrific Gary Matthews contract (3/33.5M).

    Perhaps Figgins, Matthews, and $12-15M for Nady and Melky.

    But it’s a little silly to go through these wild scenarios.

  404. JimmyH March 6th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Boston Dave
    Agreed.
    Whatever the answer turns out to be, it will be a compromise for sure.

  405. raymagnetic March 6th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “cashman does not get ahead of problems. he reacts to them.

    he hopes posada will be fine.
    he hopes that matsui will be able to run at some point.
    he’s hoping that no starter goes down.

    way too much hope for my taste.”

    Out of morbid curiousity, what should Cashman have done about Matsui and Posada?

    He also brought in 2 free agent pitchers and brought back Pettitte.

    He got the Yankees to spend money while everybody else stood pat with what they had.

    Not good enough?

  406. no.27 March 6th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Go back to the Brewers and trade for Cameron. Then sign Grudzielanek to play 3B with Ransom. You don’t lose anything in prospects or defense and you get better on offense.

    LF Damon
    SS Jeter
    1B Teixeira
    DH Matsui
    C Posada
    RF Swisher
    2B Cano
    CF Cameron
    3B Grudzielanek

    That can still be a very good offense if they don’t have anymore major injuries. No reason to give up lots of prospects or money for a 3rd baseman that’s only going to play for no more than 1 season.

  407. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    randy l,

    technically the red sox have a third baseman who is being forced to play first.

    it’s a nice luxury to have positional flexibility, indeed.

    however, i believe SJ44 had asked you specifically what Cashman should have done to improve that aspect.

    The Yankees just don’t have any infield spots open. Cashman did a great job in just getting Molina as a backup. I’m sure there are moves he could have made… just curious what you think those are.

  408. Phil March 6th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Figgins sucks. Leave him where he is.

  409. Uncle Ellsworth March 6th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Can Grud still hit?

  410. DT March 6th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I would rather trade Nady than Swisher too.

    But…I’m saying the Angels might have a need for a 1B. Can Nady play 1B? Swisher can.

    Figgins may be overrated – but he’s decent defensively and he brings speed to a team that is lacking in that dept.

    The salaries for 09 would be nearly a wash.
    Swish 5.3 mil Figgins 5.775 mil.

  411. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    no 27,

    Grudz isn’t a third baseman so that scenario doesn’t work.

  412. DT March 6th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Grudzielanek hasn’t played 3B in 14 years! Plus he’s 39.

  413. kill.schill(ing) March 6th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I don’t know Pete, Julie has to be the hottest woman on FNL. But I’ll give you Connie Britton as a close second. You handicap for the age, perhaps, perhaps, she goes from place to win.

    But I’ll take Julie every time. Jeter can have Minka.

  414. randy l. March 6th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    “Out of morbid curiousity, what should Cashman have done about Matsui and Posada?”

    raymagnetic-

    you’re right. there is absolutely no one in professional baseball to back up the possibility that posada or matsui may not be ready for the season .

    by definition , if cashman does not get anyone, then there was no one to get.

    typical cashman enabler.

  415. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I see your point Randy; however, finding everyday caliber back-ups for players like Arod, Posada, Jeter, et al., is easier said than done. I guess the trick would be to get some yound team controlled talent because vets don’t seem to want to come here when there is seemingly little chance to play.

  416. kill.schill(ing) March 6th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Well Believe it or not Ray, once Abreu’s price dropped, I would have re-signed him and sent Nady packing.

    You get a better hitter for the same price who gives you added insurance at the plate and you can use Melky or Swisher to replace him defensively when necessary.

    That’s one hedge against Matsui and Posada I would have taken.

  417. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Well, to be fair to Cashman, Swisher could be seen as Matsui’s back-up.

  418. randy l. March 6th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    “however, i believe SJ44 had asked you specifically what Cashman should have done to improve that aspect.”

    boston dave-

    i realize you like to play the “name that player” game after 6 months of a winter trading season has passed. go play it with someone else.

  419. DT March 6th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I wonder who dislikes who more?

    Randy and the Yankee GM or Pete and the Yankee 3B ? ;-)

  420. randy l. March 6th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    “Well, to be fair to Cashman, Swisher could be seen as Matsui’s back-up.”

    tom-

    i do like swisher’s flexibility. teixeira could go down. you never know. swisher backs up several positions including dh. i did not like betemit who was a cashman favorite and failure with the yankees. so let’s i’ll give it to cashman that he replaced one of his duds with someone who makes sense and is worth the gamble.

    now if he did that more than once in a blue moon we’d have something.

  421. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    No sure if anybody is listening to the game, but, that loud crack was Montero’s bat. Not many hitters have that sound.

    Booming double into the corner.

  422. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Sooner or later even a blind squirrel finds a nut, Randy.

    I look at this problem as a direct result of not developing players. If Eric Duncan lived up to his billing as a first round pick, he’d be primed for a chance right now.

  423. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Can Montero play third?

  424. randy l. March 6th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    new post .

  425. Boston Dave March 6th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    wow randy l.

    the best kind of criticism is the kind where you offer up no viable alternatives.

    all i asked was what you think cashman should have done.

    touchy touchy.

  426. Jeremy March 6th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    The little G!
    Can anyone describe the catch?

    Welcome to center field Brett.

  427. Amandla March 7th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I’m looking forward to baseball without the headcase screwing with the chemistry. I’m sure there are a few in the locker room who agree (players and media alike). We’ll be more than fine. Mark my words.

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