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Fewer missing pieces than you might expect

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 24, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

On the day Cliff Lee signed with Philadelphia, Brian Cashman said this:

“We have a championship caliber team. There are areas that could be improved upon. There are players in this marketplace currently that could assist there, but will we solve all the problems that we have right now? I don’t want to mislead people and say, ‘Yeah, we’ll take care of that right now this winter.’ It doesn’t have to happen in the winter time. We have up through the summer to get everything we need necessarily fixed.”

Those words didn’t carry much weight because the Yankees seemed to have too many holes to ignore. But then again, consider the 2010 Opening Day roster. Aside from Andy Pettitte, the changes from then to now haven’t been especially significant, and most should be considered addition by subtraction. The roster concerns seem to have more to do with performance than personnel.

ALCS Rangers Yankees BaseballLineup
Derek Jeter SS
Still with the team. This time he’s coming off the worst season of his career, not a near MVP season.

Nick Johnson DH
Gone. He had 12 hits last year.

Mark Teixeira 1B
Still with the team. A model of consistency the previous six years, last season he slugged below .500 for the first time since he was a rookie.

Alex Rodriguez 3B
Still with the team. Had 125 RBI in a down year.

Robinson Cano 2B
Still with the team. Emerged as one of the game’s elite players.

Jorge Posada C
Still with the team. Nagging injuries took their toll last season. This time he’ll be the primary designated hitter.

Curtis Granderson CF
Still with the team. Made significant improvements down the stretch last season.

Nick Swisher RF
Still with the team. Finally had an all-star season and moved up from the No. 8 hole.

Brett Gardner LF
Still with the team. A complete unknown at this time last year.

ALCS Rangers Yankees BaseballBench
Francisco Cervelli C
Still with the team. Likely to return to the exact same role as last season.

Ramiro Pena INF
Still with the team. Could return to the utility role. Could be replaced by Eduardo Nunez or an outside candidate.

Marcus Thames OF
Gone. Wasn’t with the Yankees at this time last year. Didn’t sign until just before spring training.

Randy Winn OF
Gone. Also wasn’t with the team at this time last year. Brian Cashman tried to buy low, but Winn made 16 starts before being designated for assignment.

ALCS Rangers Yankees BaseballRotation
CC Sabathia LHP
Still with the team.
Still at the top of the rotation. Still a Cy Young candidate.

A.J. Burnett RHP
Still with the team. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine he could be any worse than he was last season.

Andy Pettitte LHP
Unknown. While he’s considering retirement, he’s also considered the rotation’s most significant missing piece. Injury limited him to 21 starts last season.

Javier Vazquez RHP
Gone. Last winter’s big rotation addition managed 26 largely forgettable starts.

Phil Hughes RHP
Still with the team. And this time he doesn’t have to fight for a spot in spring training.

ALCS Yankees Rangers Baseball

Bullpen
Mariano Rivera RHP
Still with the team. Same as always. Age would be a factor if he were anyone but Mo.

Joba Chamberlain RHP
Still with the team. Not fighting for a rotation spot this time.

Dave Robertson RHP
Still with the team. Had a 2.27 ERA and held opponents to a .207 batting average in the second half last season.

Damaso Marte LHP
Injured. Likely to miss all season. Essentially replaced by Pedro Feleciano.

Chan Ho Park RHP
Gone. Wasn’t with the team at this time last year. Allowed one more hit than Rivera, despite pitching fewer than half of the games.

Alfredo Aceves RHP
Gone. Non-tendered after missing almost all year with a back injury. Pitched in 10 games last season.

Sergio Mitre RHP
Still with the team.
Actually coming off a pretty solid season, in a much better spot than at this time last year.

Associated Press photos of Jeter, Cervelli, Sabathia and Rivera

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131 Responses to “Fewer missing pieces than you might expect”

  1. Ruby Tuesday December 24th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Just a reminder .

    I will present my series ” Thirty-One Days . Thirty-One Predictions . Thirty-One Heartaches ” here beginning on January First , Two Thousand Eleven .

  2. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Chad, I mentioned last night that there will be a lot of movement in the trade market one the arbitration numbers are presented, between now and January. Do you have any ideas about who might be dealt?

  3. MoRings42 December 24th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    The 2010 team wasn’t a championship calibur team, how is this one going to be? This team looks worse than last years. All they seem to be doing right now is praying for these guys to have career years next season. With that rotation, we’re not going anywhere.. no way.

  4. Rich in NJ December 24th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    That list demonstrates that this team needs to add rather than subtract young position players with significant upside.

  5. SteveB December 24th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    This is a real fine posting, Chad. Totally keeps things in perspective.

    A very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and best of everything in the New Year to you from me and the group at Pride of the Yankees.

    SteveB

  6. DaSaint007 December 24th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Still a playoff caliber team.
    Additions can and will be made throughout the year, as always, whether they are signings, trades, or call-ups.

    The sense of entitlement from some fans is unfortunate. Each position must have a player who’s guaranteed not only to be the better than he was last season, but the best in the league, or at least better than his counterpart in boston.

    5 Rotation Stars, plus 6 bullpen stars plus Mariano.

  7. Gary December 24th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Fewer missing pieces, sure looks like alot to me. The Yanks and Cashman have been in denial ever since the Lee debacle. If Boston gets off to a fast start and some of the Yanks get off to their usual slow starts, these in season moves won’t amount too much.

  8. randy l. December 24th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    “I mentioned last night that there will be a lot of movement in the trade market one the arbitration numbers are presented, between now and January. Do you have any ideas about who might be dealt?”

    the yankees have cash to burn , so any team that wants to unload someone they can’t afford knows who to call.

  9. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan
    I come from the school that you take the best player still on the board and figure out how to manage that asset later, which can often means a trade. The fact is that in the last couple of years we have watched some of the best talent on baseball go elsewhere, Holiday, Crawford and Werth specifically.

    I don’t think those contracts were unmanageable for the Yankees, not at all. A Crawford or Werth signing and a package of Swisher or Gardner plus prospects could I believe have garnered us a very good pitcher. That was I thought plan b wasn’t it? If Lee didn’t come here?
    ________
    Ha, you as a fan should be in the shoes of the Rays or KC fans. We won the World Series in 2009; why do we have to overreact? You do realize we have been the victims of free agency BECAUSE we operate in a way that has neglected developing our own players. Acting out of desperation is a bad game plan. & even sometimes when you plan and wait for that free agent payoff, in this case, Lee, the player has other ideas. And than what? Execute a B plan and get locked into a ridiculous contract. Alex’s contract is an albatross around our necks. As for Crawford, I would have loved to have him in our outfield, but that contract Boston signed him to is counterproductive. We obviously are not big fans of signing OF’ers to 7 year contracts. I don’t disagree. And who was the very good pitcher that Swish/Gardner would bring back? Greinke? Doubtful unless we gave up Montero and Betances or Banuelos or both. I think Cash is acting very responsibly so far. & I seriously don’t think we will waste Montero on just any pitcher. The unavailable ones like King Felix, Josh Johnson, and Lincecum et al are the only ones who the baby Jesus’s name should even be whispered among. Which other “very good” pitching option did you have in mind?

  10. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    randy l. December 24th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    “I mentioned last night that there will be a lot of movement in the trade market one the arbitration numbers are presented, between now and January. Do you have any ideas about who might be dealt?”

    the yankees have cash to burn , so any team that wants to unload someone they can’t afford knows who to call.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    ***the yankees have cash to burn***

    I’ll just pretend that you mean money and not the GM.

  11. DaSaint007 December 24th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Some here act as if they want to burn Cash at the stake.

  12. mick December 24th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    # Gary December 24th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Fewer missing pieces, sure looks like alot to me. The Yanks and Cashman have been in denial ever since the Lee debacle. If Boston gets off to a fast start and some of the Yanks get off to their usual slow starts, these in season moves won’t amount too much.
    ============================================
    Face it.
    What you are saying is that you didn’t like last years team. Did you like the 2009 team?
    Basically the same.
    So you are saying, “What have you done for me lately, Yankees?”

  13. Dee December 24th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    GreenBeret,

    When is the arb deadline? That’s a great point. It will give Yankees a chance to go after teams who are trying to shed payroll. Who knows who might be available in the next month in that kind of situation.

  14. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Dee, I think they start swapping numbers between team and player about the first of the year. Maybe Chad or SJ can answer with the exact time/date. I’ll look around and find out for sure. Sorry, but, that’s my best answer for now.

  15. Cashman needs to go December 24th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    When they’re at 45 – 45 at the beginning of July and 15 games out of first – what Cashman will be saying at that point is:

    “Its pointless at this point with how Boston is playing and the Rays, Tigers, Twins and White Sox all ahead of us in the Wold Card standings to spend large amounts of money and prospects on getting pieces that just won’t matter. We’ll go with in house options and begin the process again in the off season.”

    Its been leading up to that since last July when the team was struggling , were 2 starters down and couldn’t hit to save their lives – and all Cashman did was get a has been like Austin Kearns and a reliever who was on the DL for a month and had an era of 5+ when they traded for him (regardless how well it worked out with Kerry Wood)

  16. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Dee, here’s one site to read, in particular, this piece.

    http://www.suite101.com/conten.....rks-a45599


    The Arbitration Procedure and the Arbitration Hearing
    Arbitration works as follows: In January, the player and the club each submit a salary figure to a three-person panel of professional arbitrators. hearings are conducted between the 1st and 20th day of February.

    At the hearing, each party has one hour to present its case to the panel, and then has an additional 30 minutes for rebuttal. The player must attend the hearing, but is usually represented by his agent. A club executive or attorney usually represents the team.

    The arbitration is a “high-low” proceeding, during which each side presents its case for why the player should be awarded the requested salary in the upcoming season. In deciding to award the higher or lower salary, the panel may consider the following criteria:

    (1) the player’s contribution to the club in terms of performance and leadership;

    (2) the club’s record and its attendance;

    (3) any and all of the player’s “special accomplishments,” including All-Star game appearances, awards won, and postseason performance;

    (4) the salaries of comparable players in the player’s service-time class and, for players with less than five years of service, the class one year ahead of him.

    The parties may not refer to team finances, previous offers made during negotiations, comments from the press or salaries in other sports or occupations.

    The panel, without opinion, awards the player a one-year, non-guaranteed contract at one salary or the other. If the player is cut within 16 days before the season begins, he is entitled only to 30 days’ termination pay. If the player is cut during spring training but after the 16th day before the season begins, he is entitled only to 45 days’ termination pay.

    That’s it. That’s baseball arbitration. Not that hard, right?”

  17. Pat M. December 24th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    To all My Fellow LoHuders……..I wish to all a Very Merry Christmas and a most wonderful and safe Holiday Season…….You guys are The Very Best….And to you GB, 2010 was a year of great personal challenges, 2011 will be a breeze old buddy….

  18. mick December 24th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    We’ll go with in house options and begin the process again in the off season.”
    ==================================================
    Instead of panicking and going for a bunch of retreads, giving up the farm, and waiting to spend your money on better options in the off season?

  19. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks for the well wishes, Pat. much appreciated. Hope you and Mrs. M. have a great holiday season too. Stay safe and hope that Santa Cashman brings the Yankee fans a certain Texas portsider.

  20. West Coast Yankee Fan December 24th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan
    I come from the school that you take the best player still on the board and figure out how to manage that asset later, which can often means a trade. The fact is that in the last couple of years we have watched some of the best talent on baseball go elsewhere, Holiday, Crawford and Werth specifically.

    I don’t think those contracts were unmanageable for the Yankees, not at all. A Crawford or Werth signing and a package of Swisher or Gardner plus prospects could I believe have garnered us a very good pitcher. That was I thought plan b wasn’t it? If Lee didn’t come here?
    ________
    Ha, you as a fan should be in the shoes of the Rays or KC fans. We won the World Series in 2009; why do we have to overreact? You do realize we have been the victims of free agency BECAUSE we operate in a way that has neglected developing our own players. Acting out of desperation is a bad game plan. & even sometimes when you plan and wait for that free agent payoff, in this case, Lee, the player has other ideas. And than what? Execute a B plan and get locked into a ridiculous contract. Alex’s contract is an albatross around our necks. As for Crawford, I would have loved to have him in our outfield, but that contract Boston signed him to is counterproductive. We obviously are not big fans of signing OF’ers to 7 year contracts. I don’t disagree. And who was the very good pitcher that Swish/Gardner would bring back? Greinke? Doubtful unless we gave up Montero and Betances or Banuelos or both. I think Cash is acting very responsibly so far. & I seriously don’t think we will waste Montero on just any pitcher. The unavailable ones like King Felix, Josh Johnson, and Lincecum et al are the only ones who the baby Jesus’s name should even be whispered among. Which other “very good” pitching option did you have in mind?

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

    You are a very knowledgeable fan there is no doubt. Well, we are not Rays or Kansas City fans are we? Our expectations are much higher than that I am sure you would agree. As to your points, I too do not think we should overreact, I’ve never suggested that. I do however think that we have to always keep in mind the competitive balance in our division and there is no question that Boston has retooled. They were absolutely decimated by injuries last year and still were in it until September only finishing six games behind us. I think in order to stay competitive we need to improve – I don’t think that is overreacting.

    I think we try to develop our own players, but we don’t draft that high, and sometimes we have chosen poorly. Our team is loaded with players that we have developed recently, in addition to the core, Cano, Gardner, Hughes, Joba, Nuñez, Peña, etc. Others have been valuable trade chips.

    I don’t think Crawfords was a bad contract. Nor can A-Rod’s contract can be compared to Crawford’s who will only be 36 when it’s up. A-Rod will be 42. You try to make deals so you can win now and for the next 3-4 years not worry about that far in the future. Players can be traded, things can happen.

    I agree about not trading Montero, Manuelos or Betances unless the return was off the charts. As to what trades or deals could have been made, three-ways, etc. I don’t know, I am not prone to throwing out hypothetical trades without foundation. I don’t know what Cashman has been doing or who he has been talking to, what he has turned down or what Hal has said no to. All I know, or I should say, IMO, we have some fairly significant weaknesses and our older guys are a year older.

  21. clownthrowindown December 24th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    “Fewer missing pieces, sure looks like alot to me. The Yanks and Cashman have been in denial ever since the Lee debacle”

    That’s the truth, but the writers here never criticize management. Its Kool Aid not egg nog for them this Christmas.

  22. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Hopefully, Santa Claus will bring the trolls a computer virus for Christmas that eats their computers.

  23. mick December 24th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    What exactly is the definition of a troll?

  24. mick December 24th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    An anti-Yankee fan?
    A negative Nancy?
    All of the above?

  25. Dee December 24th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the info GreenBeret!

  26. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Any time, Dee. Hope it helps a little.

  27. Gary December 24th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    # Gary December 24th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Fewer missing pieces, sure looks like alot to me. The Yanks and Cashman have been in denial ever since the Lee debacle. If Boston gets off to a fast start and some of the Yanks get off to their usual slow starts, these in season moves won’t amount too much.
    ============================================
    Face it.
    What you are saying is that you didn’t like last years team. Did you like the 2009 team?
    Basically the same.
    So you are saying, “What have you done for me lately, Yankees?”

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Actually Mick I like all our teams. Last year I didn’t like our outfield and I didn’t like our DH acquisition. I don’t think I said what have you done for me lately (your words). I don’t think last years team will be as good as last year. Half agree, half disagree here the power of a blog there will always be disenters to others opinions.

  28. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Dee, I think arb deadline is Jan. 18th (?)

  29. Gary December 24th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Well off to the inlaws for the Italian Christmas time. Happy Holidays everyone.

  30. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Happy Feast of the Seven Fishes if that is the Italian Christmas time you refer to!:)

  31. BronxBorn December 24th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Happy Holidays old friends and new.

  32. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan

    Boston hasn’t improved its SP. It will come down to starting pitching as it always does. Their back of rotation is as much a crap shoot as ours is.

    Our pitching prospects and catching prospects are pretty darn good. I think it is something we should be congratulated on because we are finally doing it right. To make a short-sighted deal might not hurt us this year, but then again it might. Why deal to purportedly win for one or two years, when nothing is guaranteed. Then what? Why not play to have the Cano’s and Hughes and Montero’s of the world in your system at reasonable cost until their arb years, and then be able to fill in with the CC’s of the world in those years when you can? We tried to do this with Lee, but he put a wrench in our plans.

    I am not saying that Crawford’s contract = Alex’s, but it is still a contract Boston themselves would have scoffed at even a year ago. Just goes to show how their lack of success and lack of prospect development has set them back. I would not be envious of their farm right about now. Boston is imitating the model they only recently eschewed. That right there sums up Boston’s current deficiencies. I respect them, as I respect the Rays pitching, but neither fear nor aspire to be Boston.

  33. 86w183 December 24th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Hope everyone has a great Christmas!

    I am in NYC for Christmas for the first time since I was 11 back in 1969. I’ve been here in December since, but not on the 25th.

    Rockefeller Center looks great and so far Lord and Taylor is winning the window competition… that’s according to my wife, mother in law and daughters too.

  34. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Happy Holidays all new friends! Peace and Good Tidings! :)

  35. Chad Jennings December 24th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    GB-

    I don’t know the date off the top of my head, but I think it’s a few weeks after Jan. 1 (could be wrong). Not sure how much pending arbitration hearings will impact the trade market. I’m sure it will to some extent, but lately teams seem to be simply non-tendering the guys they aren’t willing to go to arbitration with.

    I haven’t heard anything about Wandy Rodriguez being on the market, but he’s one name that stands out to me as someone who might propose a figure much higher than the Astros actually want to pay, prompting them to trade him. But that’s just a guess.

  36. Dill Pickler December 24th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    So let’s see, you’re parrotting Cashman (again) and trying to sell the “everything is allright” story, again? Because all we’re missing from the opening day roster is Pettitte, our second-best starter, and a bunch of Cashman’s bad additions from a year ago? And Mitre may be coming off a “pretty solid season” as a reliever, but not as a starter. As a starter, he stunk. As a starter, he’s not good enough to start for the Pirates. And yet he’s in our rotation now because Cashman’s done nothing to improve the team but add a defensive catcher and a lefty reliever. He’s lost Pettitte, our second-best starter, and Wood, who had to be added because Robertson and Joba couldn’t cut it as the bridge to Rivera.
    This team was good enough to make the playoffs last year — barely — with Pettitte and Wood. Now they’re gone, the Red Sox start the season healthy, and A.J. Burnett is our third-most-reliable starter.
    Sorry, Chad, but the fish you’re trying to sell stinks.

  37. tyanksfan36 December 24th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    If its all about pitching then why do people dismiss the Rays? Yes they lost some offensive powers but they have a solid rotation, probably the best right now in the AL east. They might have no bullpen to speak of but they have 5+ quality starters.

  38. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    From mlb, Chad:

    JAN. 5-15, 2011
    Salary arbitration filing period
    JAN. 18, 2011
    Salary arbitration figures exchanged
    FEB. 1-21, 2011
    Salary arbitration hearings

  39. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    tyanksfan36 December 24th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    If its all about pitching then why do people dismiss the Rays? Yes they lost some offensive powers but they have a solid rotation, probably the best right now in the AL east. They might have no bullpen to speak of but they have 5+ quality starters.
    _____
    Well, you have to have *some* hitting. Rays’ hitting was pitiful last year *with* Pena and Crawford. Until they sign Manny or Matt Joyce breaks out, Price and co. will have to pitch shutouts. Although I for one think the Rays will do pretty well if they make a few moves, one being to protect Longo, and two, seeing if McGee or someone else can close for them.

  40. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    & Chad, I like Wandy’s lefty splits a lot. I wonder what he would cost…

  41. 108 stitches December 24th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Getting out of the gate strong will carry more importance in 2011. Limited injuries and no extended slumps will help.
    Waiting for the end of July can be a mistake. Teams in contention will compete for players needed for a big push in August – September.
    The old adage : a win in April is as good as a win in September.

  42. CompassRosy December 24th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Happy Holidays, Yankee fans!
    from Rosy and Felix…

    http://tinyurl.com/26jjor6

    :-)

  43. 86w183 December 24th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    It’s hard to buy the notion that the Yanks are any better today than a year ago.

    Jeter is coming off a terrible, not outstanding season. AJ is coming off a terrible not pretty damn good season. Derek and Alex and Jorge et al are a year older.

    You could argue the bullpen for opening day 2011 is better than 2010 with an established Logan and the addition of Feliciano, but an upgraded RH reliever — Gregg? Rausch? might be in order. But the starting rotation sans Pettite is a much bigger concern than the rotation was a year ago today.

    Of course if Andy comes back then I’d say the 2011 Yanks project about the same as the 2010. If there are no changes it’s hard for me to see them being as good. But I also don’t think there’s any chance that nothing changes.

  44. yankeefeminista December 24th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    We have the advantage of having a lot of home games early, but the disadvantage of playing in the April cold/rain/wind of the Bronx. We’ll have played 19 home games by the end of April.

  45. Don December 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    As of now it is possible that our pitching will be a disaster in 2011, and this is cause for concern.

  46. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for the reply back, Chad. Yeah, I wouldn’t be down on W. Rodriguez, either, though, I’d like to see them make a run at getting Keppinger and Happ in a deal. Other than Carlos Lee, they don’t have a lot of ugly contracts. I’d think that Myers is not on the block.

  47. BIG AL December 24th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    GB7 -

    Merry Christmas to you and “Killer”. Hope you have not only a great Christmas, but a happy and healthy New Year!

  48. SAS December 24th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Chad,

    Merry, merry Christmas. It must be hard to be away from home, but I hope you have someplace to enjoy the day. Also, every good wish for the New Year. My sincerest thanks for all you do for us. Please tell Sam…ditto.

  49. SAS December 24th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    To all of you, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday.

  50. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks, al. hope you and yours have a great holiday season, too. Stay safe and hope your Christmas Dreams come true. I’ll pass your wishes to “Killer”. He’s out spreading Christmas cheer around the neighborhood and leaving his presents everywhere.

  51. GreenBeret7 December 24th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Merry Christmas, SAS. best wishes for a safe hoiday season.

  52. BIG AL December 24th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    To Sam, Chad, and the entire LoHud staff, best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Thank you all for the great year in 2010, and I look forward to an even better 2011.

    To all my fellow LoHud posters, find peace, happiness and the joy of Christmas, and the hope for a great New York Yankees team in 2011!

  53. BIG AL December 24th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    GB7 -

    So “Killer” is dropping off his presents personally, lol.

  54. RS December 24th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    “When they’re at 45 – 45 at the beginning of July and 15 games out of first – what Cashman will be saying at that point is:

    “Its pointless at this point with how Boston is playing and the Rays, Tigers, Twins and White Sox all ahead of us in the Wold Card standings to spend large amounts of money and prospects on getting pieces that just won’t matter. We’ll go with in house options and begin the process again in the off season.” ”

    What makes you think Cashman would ever do this? In 2007 when the Yankees were a .500 team and 7 games out for the WC he went out and got Abreu, Molina, and Lidle. In 2008 he got Nady, Marte, and Pudge. Seems to me that the Yankees are always open to making moves no matter how bleak the playoff picture looks. It’s the Mets who constantly try to cut corners and give up early.

  55. Rob B December 24th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Is our rotation worse right now than it was last season? On paper, it may seem so. But, remember: the only reliable guys out there last season were CC, Hughes, and Pettitte. Could Nova and Mitre really be all that worse than Burnett and Vazquez were last year? I think not. The real wild card if the season started today would be Burnett. If he has as bad of a season as he did in 2010, then he is a big step down from Pettitte, making this coming season’s rotation worse. If he returns to what he did in 2009, then I like our chances of having a more consistent rotation than last season.

    It’s a crap shoot, yes. But really not all that worse than what we saw a year ago.

  56. BIG AL December 24th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Good night all, enjoy the holiday, and be safe.

  57. Rich in NJ December 24th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Merry Christmas to everyone.

  58. Drive 4-6 December 24th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to the greatest fans in sports. Hang in there, the Yanks will be fine! Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. Cheers!

  59. 108 stitches December 24th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Wandy Rodriquez bio :

    http://astros.mlb.com/team/pla....._id=434643

    He and Jeff Keppinger for Romine and ?

  60. tyanksfan36 December 24th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Merry Christmas Everyone! I’m about to go out for some ice cream with a friend like I do every Christmas Eve. My dog sends his Christmas wishes to you all.

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  61. Ruby Tuesday December 24th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I think this is an appropriate moment to take a respite, to observe the Depressing Quote of the Day :

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  63. Ruby Tuesday December 24th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    . . . But most of them went toward the fire and then back toward the end and swarmed on the cool end and finally fell off into the fire . I remember thinking at the time that it was the end of the world and a splendid chance to be a messiah and lift the log off the fire and throw it out where the ants could get off onto the ground . . .

  64. DocTodd December 24th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I like Cervelli’s enthusiasm, but it wouldn’t bother me if he ever catches again for us…

  65. DocTodd December 24th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Oops, I meant if he never catches again…

  66. Ruby Tuesday December 24th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    . . . But I did not do anything but throw a tin cup of water on the log, so that I would have the cup empty to put whiskey in before I added water to it . I think the cup of water on the burning log only steamed the ants . “

  67. ericns1 December 24th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

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  68. Patrick December 24th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I certainly hope Cervelli isn’t in the same role this season. Last year he was literally our starting catcher. Look at the numbers, he started more games at C than anyone else. Hopefully Montero makes it impossible to leave him in AAA or on the bench and takes the job from Martin. Cervelli is not… good. I don’t want him starting more than a handful of games.

  69. mick December 24th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    They are taking a crap shoot with Martin.
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    Montero is on the fence of going down to AAA or working his way in up here.
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    My question is: What happens if Martin can’t go and Montero isn’t ready?

  70. 4 NYY December 24th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Boston is gonna hit the crap out of the ball this year, if healthy. SP is up in the air. Relief should be good. Catching will be a problem, as no one they have now can throw out runners.

    Yankees will make moves as needed, as always. They will compete. Jeter will bounce back at bat. How high will he bounce? ??? If Gardner keeps getting better, he’s a real plus. Hopefully he’ll lead off. Montero will have chance to earn a spot. Good catching and pitching prospects on the farm, some almost ready. Still need an outfielder, ph off the bench & better relief.

    I’m hoping a couple of young guys step up and win pitching spots.

  71. mick December 24th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I would rather have Granderson and Swisher over Ellsbury and Drew.
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  72. David in Cal December 24th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    This post shows why we feel so optimistic before the season starts. Take the players who had good years — CC, Mo, Swisher, Hughes, Gardner, Cano — and project them to do just as well in 2011. Take the players who had disappointing years — AJ, ARod, Jeter, Teix, Granderson — and project them to bounce back.

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