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Spring decision: Fourth spot on the bench

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 12, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees know Andruw Jones will be their fourth outfielder. They know their utility infielder will be one of two candidates. They know their backup catcher will be either Francisco Cervelli or one of the young guys. The spot that seems wide open is the fourth man on the bench, a spot that could go to either an infielder or an outfielder, a power bat or a pinch runner, a defensive replacement or a potential pinch hitter.

The possibilities
The Yankees could go almost any direction with this spot. If they want additional outfield depth, Greg Golson and Justin Maxwell are both speedy, right-handed hitters who could be defensive replacements or pinch runners, and Colin Curtis could be a left-handed balance to Jones. In the infield, the Yankees could choose to carry both Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena, or they could carry one of those two as a backup shortstop, with either Eric Chavez or Ron Belliard — or Brandon Laird or Kevin Russo or Jorge Vazquez — available to fill in at the corners.

The easy choice
That’s what the Yankees are hoping for: An easy choice. If anyone steps up in spring training and puts himself clearly above the other candidates, the Yankees choice will be simple. It seems that in an ideal world, Chavez will prove he’s healthy and can still hit for power. He would be a left-handed hitter on a predominantly right-handed bench, and if he can step in as the guy to give Alex Rodriguez an occasional day off at third base, that might be the best use of the fourth bench spot. Any other choice — either a fifth outfielder or a light-hitting second utility man — would have no clear role other than late-inning defense and base-running.

The alternatives
If Chavez is finished, the Yankees could focus on late-inning defense and base-running. Carrying both Pena and Nunez would let the team use either one as a pinch runner without losing defensive flexibility. The same would be true for either Golson or Maxwell, each of whom has enough speed to steal a bag and could slide into right field for the last inning or two.

Normally, the fact Curtis is a left-handed hitter would be a negative in an already left-leaning outfield, but of the favorites for a bench job, Jones, Cervelli and Nunez are all right-handed, and switch-hitter Pena isn’t much of an offensive threat from either side of the plate. If Chavez doesn’t emerge as a legitimate option from the left side, Curtis could bring some left-right balance to the bench.

The Yankees could also prioritize flexibility, opening a spot for either Russo or Brandon Laird as a player capable of filling in at the infield and outfield corners.

A separate but related issue
Eleven players had at least 150 at-bats for the Yankees last season (a group that included Pena and the since-departed Marcus Thames). Of the group that had fewer than 150 ABs, no one had more home runs or RBI than Juan Miranda. Defensive versatility is crucial on the bench, but the Yankees might be on the lookout for a hitter who can bounce back and forth from Scranton and occasionally give the Yankees productive big league at-bats, regardless of defensive ability.

Associated Press photos of Curtis and Chavez

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136 Responses to “Spring decision: Fourth spot on the bench”

  1. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Donnie Collins’ probable roster names for Scranton.

    http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/yankees/

  2. ac1 February 12th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I redict: Andruw Jones (if he is ever formally signed), Montero (maybe Cervelli), Nunez (unless he goes in a trade), and Eric Chavez (if he stays healthy).

  3. tyanksfan36 February 12th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    GB

    I wish I knew who all would probably be in Tampa.

    oh and I found this newspaper in the breakroom at my work. It gave me a good laugh.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/5.....otostream/

  4. Doreen February 12th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I think rosters should be expanded by one or two players.

    (Duck.)

    ****

    Just got back from the mall. My daughter is now the proud owner of an iPhone. Yes, she wore us down. Not proud of that, but … :(

  5. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Some things that Collins mentioned in his rundown on the rotation is that Colon is either in NY or gone. Other things mentioned is that the chances of Romulo Sanchez of getting through waivers in order to keep him at Scranton are slim and none. Somebody will take him for a thin rotation or in the bullpen. Being overlooked, as Collins points out is that there are two other pitches that may figure into this. both Lance Pendleton (Houston) and George Kontos (San Diego) are rule 5 picks and if they don’t make those teams 25 man rosters for all of the ’11 season, they are overed back to the Yankees. If those teams want to keep them, they have to arrange a trade with the Yanks. Could that open up an expanded deal to include Myers or Rodriguez from Houston or perhaps Clayton Richards from San Diego?

  6. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    TY, I still haven’t found a definite Tampa roster yet. I’ll put it up when I do. sorry.

  7. RS February 12th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I’ll be shocked if Montero makes the team out of ST as the backup catcher. Why waste a year of arbitration so that he can make 1 start a week, where he’ll probably be rusty as a hitter (because of the cold weather + sporadic playing time) and while he’s still learning to play defense?

    Unless Russell Martin isn’t completely healthy, I think the Yankees will go with the safe route and take Cervelli up north so that Montero can get settled in at AAA. I do believe they’d like to call him up before rosters expand in September (possibly sometime in June) but not right away.

  8. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 12th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Doreen, good for your daughter.

    But now down to brass tacks … do you know about Mobile Me?

  9. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Doreen, I always thought that 26-27 man rosters would help, especially with the way pitching is handled nowadays with heavy reliance on bullpens.. Maybe the Union pushes for it in the next CBA as a trade-off with owners for something else.

  10. exiledintampa February 12th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Anyone think that any rookies have any shot at all at making the roster. I think Montero stays put at the start of the season to give him another arbitration year.

  11. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 12th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Aside from maybe the owners of small market teams, why would anyone think that 26-27 man rosters is a bad idea?

  12. RS February 12th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I like the idea of a 26-28 man roster where only 25 players can be activated on any given day. Last year the Yankees often played thin because they had so many players who needed a couple days off but weren’t injured enough to go on the DL.

  13. RS February 12th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I’m assuming the owners won’t want to pay major-league salaries to an additional few players. But it shouldn’t make a difference because no team ever goes through a season only relying on 25 players.

  14. tyanksfan36 February 12th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    GB

    No Worries. The TY booster leader is usually good at spreading around rosters and things like that, so maybe she will get it. Im sure the lower levels arent as set in stone or developed as early especially being the majority of the prospects are in the higher levels.

  15. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    from 08-10, Chavez accrued total of 64 games and 222 average 265 obp and 595 slug, those numbers would hardly inspire confidence from any offensive standpoint. I think he still has a glove, but he has got to prove he can hit and with power. The tricky thing is if he does demonstrate he can during ST, is there any assurances that he will once the bell rings. Just seem to be a lot of unknown to warrant his base salary of 1.5 if he does make the team.

  16. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    GB-

    I’d like your take.

    Hypothetical question.

    Let’s just say that Jeter goes down for an extended period (I hope not) with an injury and needs to be replaced for a significant period of time. Let’s say at least a month.

    Would you be comfortable with Nunez as the everyday SS ?

    Could he hold his own both defensively and offensively with Jeter out that long or longer ?

  17. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Moose was the hit on the Fran show yesterday…..

  18. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Wandy Rodriguez just signed an extension. I can’t see him being moved.

  19. Melkmanisinhotlanta February 12th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Potential bad years 2011:

    Tex message BA 248 Rbi 93 hr 25 obp .325

    Granderson 238 51 20 .310

    Swisher 227 65 19 .329

    Cano 289 84 22 .339

  20. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    On Miranda, i think he can put up respectable numbers in the desert. good trade by Tower to pick up a potential Div II starter.

  21. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    was at the Sun yesterday and at 80 yrs old the man has a great memory

  22. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    MTU, I’d have no issues with Nunez being the shortstop for an extended period without Jeter. For those reading this, I didn’t say I wanted Nunez to be the full time shortstop over Jeter.

  23. Doreen February 12th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    GB7 -

    That’s exactly it. You don’t have starters who complete there games anymore. Relievers’ work loads need to be managed so they’re not pitching too often on consecutive days. The game is managed differently than it used to be.

    Also, right now the game is in flux, transitioning from a power game to a more athletic one. Until the inventory (players) catch up (more athletic, versatile, toolsy guys), most teams could benefit from even one more player on the roster.

    I like the idea, RS, of 25 active players on any given day, with 2-3 in reserve.

  24. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood

  25. Melkmanisinhotlanta February 12th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Andy Pettite with one decision has decimated the pitching staff:

    1. CC Sabbathia slimming down to have a great year and then opt out of the contract. He will have a great year and move on to the Phillies or a team that is much closer to winning it all.

    2. Joba lost a mentor.

    3. AJ doesn’t have a good role model to follow. The mental toughness that Andy brought to the game and shared as a teacher is gone.

    4. Young Master Hughes is ready for prime time and won’t be affected by the move.

    5. Nova and Mitre or whomever the 4th and 5th starters will be ineffective.

    Are there options?

  26. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    GB7 -

    I think you have a point with the size of the roster. Even if they changed it to a 28 man roster it would help, and expand the 40 man to 45.

  27. upstate kate February 12th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Doreen
    did she tell you she would feed it and take care of it?

  28. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Doreen -

    Did she get the AT&T or Verizon version?

  29. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    kate -

    She did promise to take out for long walks, or rides.

  30. upstate kate February 12th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I don’t think CC opts out. I think CC steps up to mentor the young guys, along w/ Mo, of course.

  31. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Doreen, I’d prefer seeing it as a straight roster expansion, becausae of things like long rain delays and long extra inning games. I can see it either way, though. The owners will want changes and expanded rosters will please the Union. The trouble with having the flexible roster numbers is how to pay them. Owners will balk at having 1-3 players being paid on a major league scale and not available for every game….especially for road games (meal money and lodging costs).

  32. tyanksfan36 February 12th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Kate

    I just got back from the Justin Bieber movie. I am embarrassed to admit that I actually liked it. I would never give up my Backstreet Boys from 10 years ago, but if I was 14 again I would definitely have the Bieber Fever haha.

  33. Doreen February 12th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    kate -

    She darn well better!!!!

    Big Al -

    Verizon – that’s the service provider we have (husband’s phone is company provided and we get some discount).

  34. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    kate -

    I think you’re right, and CC has already said he’ll not opt out, and I believe he’s a man of his word.

  35. Doreen February 12th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Big Al -

    That was pretty funny – long walks or rides. That’s about the size of it, right? And she’ll keep it fed (charged), I’m sure.

  36. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    GB-

    Thanks.

    Just wanted to gauge what you though of his readiness.

    I kind of figure hm as good for around .270-.280 with relatively few errors.

    In other words, a pretty decent ML SS.

  37. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Doreen -

    Good move, this way when she takes the new VW for a spin, she can call you to report on how well it drives.

  38. Melkmanisinhotlanta February 12th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    CC, imo, is getting ready to test the market again. He will have a killer year, and depending on how well the Yankees do, he will make his decision whether to opt out. Losing the weight and getting in great shape tells me that he is seriously considering that opt out clause. It all depends on how well the NYY do. He will have had a nice 3 year run by the end of 2011.

  39. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    MTU, over a full season, I think he can put up Scutaro numbers with better defense and more steals. Maybe 6-8 homers, though.

  40. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Doreen -

    Hope you got her a BlueTooth devise so she can talk hands free.

    I don’t know what it with the kids today, all they do is text, never talk to people any more. The words they use while texting is how they spell in school, oh well, things have changed.

  41. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    The greatest game ever played..

  42. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    GB-

    That’s what I thought.

    Why is Pena in the conversation then ? He offers better defense but way less stick.

  43. upstate kate February 12th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Tyanks
    glad you enjoyed the movie…just don’t put his poster up on your bedroom wall

  44. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    MTU -

    It’s hard for any part time player to be very productive, do to lack of at bats. Pena did manage some key hits last year. You’ll even hear regular position players say they don’t want days off, because they lose their batting eye and timing.

  45. Doreen February 12th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Big Al -

    My daughter doesn’t drive and doesn’t want to. So, I guess I’m lucky there. ;)

    But my husband and I were just observing the younger set in the mall today – even when they were with other people, they were actively text messaging or otherwise engaged on their hand-held devices. It was amazing.

    The other thing that was interesting was how crowded the mall was this afternoon – you’d think it was Christmas. Even if you allow for the fewer parking spaces due to the remaining piles of snow, it was more crowded than I remember seeing it on an average weekend. And the stores that were packed? Any electronics store (Verizon, ATT, etc.), the Apple Store, Godiva Chocolate and Hallmark. Surprisingly, the jewelry stores were not crowded at all.

  46. 108 stitches February 12th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Signing Andruw Jones pretty much sealed the deal as the 4th outfielder but any injury can see a quick call to AAA to summon any of Golson, Laird, Curtis, Russo or Maxwell.
    Nunez and Pena may be kept to be used in part to replace A-Rod or Jeter when the team is holding a sizeable lead late in games.
    I agree that a 27 man roster even for the 1st two months of the season should be on the table for the next bargaining agreement. Obviously, player’s options would not count against them.

  47. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Doreen -

    They may have been shopping for Valentine’s Day stuff.

  48. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Al-

    Right now I guess I’m hoping for Nunez, Chavez, Jones, Cervelli as the bench.

    Don’t see the need for Pena.

  49. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    MTU, not sure. He’s a typical utility type and handy to have. I think that he could hit a little better than last year, though. One thing about his hits, whether scoring or driving them in, he produces runs.

  50. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    will a great ST by Jones take play away from Gardner

  51. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    MTU -

    Chavez to me is an accident waiting to happen, but, it won’t be my choice to make.

  52. Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    joeman – Jones came out of ST last year like a man possessed… and that petered out by the AS break.

    During that time he was still barely outproducing Gardner.

  53. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    joeman – Jones came out of ST last year like a man possessed… and that petered out by the AS break.

    During that time he was still barely outproducing Gardner.
    ———————————
    so thats a no ?

  54. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    # BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    MTU -

    Chavez to me is an accident waiting to happen, but, it won’t be my choice to make.
    ————————————
    I for one don’t think that Chavez makes through ST…..would be a nice boost if he did

  55. Doreen February 12th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Big Al -

    Oh, absolutely Valentine’s stuff. But it was so many more people than I ever expected. And I guess most people are getting an iSomething. ;)

  56. Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    joeman – i’m not saying no, just saying he would have to be performing at a level he hasn’t sustained in years to keep up with Gardner.

  57. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Big AL, those accidents has already happened to Chavez, u r seeing the result of the carnage.
    the question for chavez is simple, can he still hit and hit for power. I guess is no.

  58. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Al-

    If he is then he is easily replaced by a callup.

    If he can stay healthy for a while he is an excellent fielder at 3rd and gives us significant left-handed pop off the bench.

    If he proves he is able I take him. Nunez can handle the rest of the infield duties. He can even handle the OF corners in a pinch. He has shone some ability in the OF too. Not much of a declination in defense from Pena and way better stick.

  59. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Chavez is like thin glass, breaks very easily, and hasn’t hit worth a lick in several years. Just a waste of ST meal money.

  60. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    joeman – i’m not saying no, just saying he would have to be performing at a level he hasn’t sustained in years to keep up with Gardner.
    ———————————————-
    plays well in ST and is in shape I could see him taking PT away from Gardner against LHP

  61. blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I think Gardner is the full time guy in LF now and that he and Granderson will be given every chance to play every day. Andrew is there to pinch hit and to give them an alternative against tough lefties.y

  62. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Al-

    You’re probably right but I hope you’re wrong.

    I don’t see much of a role for a light hitting guy like Pena when already have Nunez.

    Nunez can play all three infield positions decently and has a way better stick.

  63. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Big Al……just got this book wonder if you read it and your thoughts

    The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood

  64. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    MTU -

    In the past 3 seasons Chavez has had 249 PA, hit 3 HR and batted .193.

    Where do you see an upgrade. Even prior to 2007, he was a .247 hitter at best, I’ll pass.

  65. blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I think Chavez is certainly worth a flyer to see what he has left. He’s not that old and could give them more experience and power as a corner infield backup than Nunez can. If it looks like he’s done in ST then just let him go….

  66. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:18 pm
    Big Al……just got this book wonder if you read it and your thoughts

    The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood

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

    Reading it now.

  67. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    # blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I think Gardner is the full time guy in LF now and that he and Granderson will be given every chance to play every day. Andrew is there to pinch hit and to give them an alternative against tough lefties.y
    ———————————————–
    so what your saying Jones takes no AB’S away from Gardner….

  68. Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    i could see Jones pinch hitting for power against lefties, but that’s about it (other than off-day duty).

  69. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Blake-

    I see Jones as strictly a BU also but a decent one.

    No chance of him supplanting any one of the regulars IMO

  70. Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    joeman – what is your obsession with drawing a line in the sand? no one can say definitively either way except for joe girardi at this point.

  71. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    My guess, Jones takes more AB’s away from Granderson than Gardner.

  72. blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Joeman,
    Some maybe but I don’t think all that many……

  73. Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Big Al – That actually makes sense. Granderson has the worse split against lefties. Late in a game I could see Jones pinch hitting for Granderson, then Gardner sliding over to center and someone like Curtis (?) coming off the bench?

  74. blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    MTU,

    Yea Im not expecting many outfield platoons in 2011…..at least not initially. If Gardner or Granderson show significant splits as the season goes and Jones is playing well then maybe but I see his role simialr to the way you do.

  75. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I like the idea, if they put into the new CBA, a 27 or 28 man roster starting August 15, this would help all teams.

  76. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    # BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:18 pm
    Big Al……just got this book wonder if you read it and your thoughts

    The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood

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

    Reading it now.
    ——————————————————————–

    according to a friend of mine who read the book …he never really could grasp how much he was loved as a player, thought all it is is baseball whats the big deal

  77. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    joeman – what is your obsession with drawing a line in the sand? no one can say definitively either way except for joe girardi at this point.
    ———————————————-
    your right

  78. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Blake-

    That’s what i’m trying to say. Let’s see what Chavez has left. If has nothing he’s gone.
    No harm no foul.

    With Nunez on board i basically see Pena as expendable. Why carry 2 infielders when 1 can do it all ? Why not have someone left-handed with pop off the bench instead.

    I’d rather take Colin Curtis than Pena as the 4th guy.

    Send Pena down to AAA or trade him. Keep him in reserve instead. Other than defense he doesn’t offer much.

  79. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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

    That was my thoughts as well. As far as adding to the roster, I don’t see any invites to ST that are better than the players we have in SWB. All they have is better name recognition.

  80. Joe from Long Island February 12th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    GB – nice analysis, earlier in the thread, of the SP candidates. Personally, I think Sanchez gets dealt before the start of the season (out of options, Garcia has the experience of pitching/winning with less than his best stuff).

    If Chavez can still play, I think he gets the nod. I remember seeing a spot on a TV show about him, back when he was still an All Star candidate, and he seemed like a real, regular guy. If he doesn’t get it, I’m rooting for Colin Curtis (also a good kid), then Greg Golson. I still can’t over that throw he made to nail Crawford at 3rd. I bet Girardi remembers it, also.

  81. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    want to hear a interview go to WFAN Francesa…..Moose Skowron

  82. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    MTU -

    Ramiro Pena in 2 seasons with the Yankees, 269 AB, HR 1, BA .253.

    Eric Chavez 249 AB, HR 3, BA .193

    So, please explain why your so high on Chavez, because of what he did 4, 5, 6, 7 years ago?

  83. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Those were Chavez’s numbers for the past 3 years.

  84. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    # joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    want to hear a interview go to WFAN Francesa…..Moose Skowron
    ————————————

    this is for you old farts

  85. blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    MTU,

    I think Pena is pretty expendible either way. Nunez can play all the positions he can and is a better hitter.

  86. Jerkface February 12th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Those were Chavez’s numbers for the past 3 years.

    He had a higher OPS than pena the last 3 years. Basically, an injury ravaged Eric Chavez managed to out play Ramiro Pena. Now imagine if Chavez gets back to what he was before injury. A player who can get on base and hit for power. Now he is even more attractive than Pena, who last year was exposed as being the no-bat he is. Pena’s run with the Yankees should be coming to an end. At most he should be waiting in AAA, but Nunez has to have passed him due to his offensive potential. The Alberto Gonzalezes of the world don’t get their days in the sun for very long.

  87. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I’d offer Chavez a non-guarenteed minor league deal. If he proves he can play, and stay healthy, then you could always bring him up.

  88. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Al-

    Yes. That and he has way more ability if he is healthy. Most likely you’re gonna get your wish and Pena will stick. I’d just like to see some of the old Chavez if there is any of it left.

    I just don’t see Pena as having much value other than defense. I’d like to see him supplanted by Nunez who i think is way better overall with a much higher ceiling.

    Give me Colin Curtis over Pena too.

  89. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    hey Joeman or others for that matter, would skowron put up much better numbers if he did not play in YS1?

  90. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks, Joe. I’m guessing like you that Sanchez is gone in an expanded trade. I like Pendleton, but, there’s really no room for him. Sanchez is just too erratic, but, he does throw hard. I’d love to see a deal made for Richard and a minor leaguer (or preferably Mike Adams for the bullpen) with San Diego, but, not likely to happen. Maybe including someone like DJ Mitchell, Romulo Sanchez, Romine and if they like Kontos well enough, him. I’d even include a perfect fit for them, Jorge Vazquez from Mexico.

  91. blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Chavez and that short porch in RF is intriguing if he is healthy and anywhere near the player he once was.

    We’ll see what he has left in ST but if he looks pretty decent then a bench of: Nunez, Jones, Chavez, and Cervelli (or whoever) has pretty much every position on the diamond covered…..and also gives you a right handed and left handed power bat off the bench to pinch hit.

  92. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Jerkface -

    You may have a point, but, I don’t see Chavez staying on the field, even as a part time player. To me he’s just another Nick Johnson, perhaps worse. Since I don’t make the choice, it really doesn’t matter what I think, it was JMO.

  93. blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I just don’t see a role for Pena in 2011. Having he and Nunez is redundant and Nunez is better with more room for improvement.

  94. MTU February 12th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    GB-

    Time to start separating some of the wheat from the chaff, and to clear the forest of some of the deadwood.

    It will probably begin this Spring.

    If we can get anything of value in return that would be great. Otherwise it’s disappearing time for some of these guys.

    We’re bulging at the seams with talent.

  95. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    my guess is Belliard and Nunez taking those two spots. With Nunez shagging a few fly balls and be the emergency 5th OF. But LH power bat off the is a consideration in this equation. But the… I am going with those two.

  96. Jerkface February 12th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    You may have a point, but, I don’t see Chavez staying on the field, even as a part time player. To me he’s just another Nick Johnson, perhaps worse. Since I don’t make the choice, it really doesn’t matter what I think, it was JMO.

    I’d offer Chavez a non-guarenteed minor league deal. If he proves he can play, and stay healthy, then you could always bring him up.

    Chavez got a minor league deal, so I’m not sure what you’re kvetching about.

  97. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Big AL……..don’t like Chavez ……

    if healthy which is a long shot he could be a help

  98. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    We need in the CBA coming up, the ability of teams to trade up or down their draft picks, and trade them away for players in deals.

  99. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    # Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    hey Joeman or others for that matter, would skowron put up much better numbers if he did not play in YS1?
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    Cash….listen to the interview….for a man in his 80′s he has as much recall as GB

  100. BIG AL February 12th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    The babies need to go for a long walk, catch you later.

  101. Vineyard Yankee February 12th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    It’s really tough to hit and be productive when you are constantly injured. Unfortunately he has been a constant victim of the injury bug the last few years. On harm, no foul on a minor league deal, just release him if he doesn’t measure up.

    Like Chavez said himself his one goal is just to stay healthy and go from there.

  102. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    # Vineyard Yankee February 12th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    It’s really tough to hit and be productive when you are constantly injured. Unfortunately he has been a constant victim of the injury bug the last few years. On harm, no foul on a minor league deal, just release him if he doesn’t measure up.

    Like Chavez said himself his one goal is just to stay healthy and go from there.
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    was ther this much talk about Nick last year……..

  103. 108 stitches February 12th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Belliard is a real longshot to make the team. Girardi and Cashman like multi position players wherever possible. Belliard doesn’t fit that mold.

  104. blake February 12th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I don’t think Belliard or Colon will make the club….that’s just a guess.

  105. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Belliard really has no role with the Yankees, other than as a chance to give Cano a breather. Nunez/Pena can do that. He can’t play shortstop and shouldn’t be allowed near third base with a glove. I’m guessing that if he doesn’t accept a AAA spot, he’ll be released or traded.

  106. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    # 108 stitches February 12th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Belliard is a real longshot to make the team. Girardi and Cashman like multi position players wherever possible. Belliard doesn’t fit that mold.
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    all you need to know 35 years old..5’9…220 lbs

  107. blake February 12th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    GB,

    have you and if so how.much have you seen Adams play? What’s his upside? I’ve read mixed reports on him..

  108. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    will check it out Joeman, but currently watching Megashark vs Crocosaurus on sci fi. With Stefan Urkel as the main protagonist, simply ‘fantastic’ suff.

  109. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I’m really surprised that Andy McPhail would even get this close to tampering by even mentioning money about another team’s player while under contract.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....rrero.html

  110. Vineyard Yankee February 12th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Joeman:

    How’s it goin ? Probably more talk about Johnson due to his wrist problem having broken down two or three times previously. I believe that Chavez has had many different injuries over the last couple of years including his back.

  111. 108 stitches February 12th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I can see Brandon Laird as the surprise of the spring. If he’s given enough playing time he can turns some heads which he did last spring but needed more seasoning at AA and eventually AAA.
    He’s adequate at the infield corners and spent time last fall in the AFL working hard to get better at the OF corners. He’ll be watched closely by Girardi and the coaches / special instructors.

  112. blake February 12th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Also Johnson had a guaranteed deal and was being counted on to hit 2nd in the lineup.

  113. Doreen February 12th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    gb7

    do you think the Yankees were doing someone a favor by taking a look-see at Belliard?

  114. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    # Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    will check it out Joeman, but currently watching Megashark vs Crocosaurus on sci fi. With Stefan Urkel as the main protagonist, simply ‘fantastic’ suff.
    ————————————————

    you were mia for a while…

  115. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Blake, I’ve seen a good deal of him before he was promoted to Trenton. Good glove and he can hit.

    Not big power or blazing speed but he an run, a real good gap hitter. Lots of doubles and some triples thrown in.

  116. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I was in Vegas Joeman.

  117. LGY February 12th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Since iPhones came up figured not a bad time to post this.

    If you have a MLB.TV subscription you will be able to watch games on your phone with the MLB At Bat App this year.

  118. blake February 12th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    The original Megaladon movie on sci fi was awesome…..where basically they took footage of a great white and photoshopped a boat in it’s mouth as in jumped up to swallow it whole…..

  119. blake February 12th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    LGY,

    Do u know if Droid will have the same app?

  120. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    # Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I was in Vegas Joeman.
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    nice!!!!!

    ————————
    got a Borgata trip planned for 4/18..4/19….7

  121. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    and a Vegas trip planned for july 3rd …8th

  122. LGY February 12th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    blake,

    I meant to say that is for Droid.

    I am not sure but I think iPhones may have already had that feature.

  123. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Borgata is the class of AC. check out bobby flay there and have fun.

  124. blake February 12th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    LGY,

    That’s awesome!

  125. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    last check, Iphone has the MLB at bat feature LGY. It was slow as … dunno about transmitting live games. I have a Iphone.

  126. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    feds took firstrow.net down last week

  127. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    # Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Borgata is the class of AC. check out bobby flay there and have fun.
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    have been there and at the one at Mohegan Sun..really not a Flay fan

  128. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    haven’t been there since last summer. Foxwood has a good poker room but Mohegan Sun is fancier. plan to go out there this summer.

  129. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    music time…

    this one is for GB

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to_56g6uL80

  130. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Doreen, belliard is a curious minor league signing, so, it’s possible that NYYs had a reason other than thinking he could help them. It makes sense and it’s been done before. Add him to a trade if a team has an injury during ST? He’s still a decent 2nd base glove and has always hit until last year, so, he could make a trade look better.

  131. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    can someone answer this question….why are there no casinos in NYC

  132. Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Yeah blake, my fav line in shark attack 3, it was so baaaad it’s good.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1XOfHax6Q8

  133. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    # Cashmoney February 12th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    haven’t been there since last summer. Foxwood has a good poker room but Mohegan Sun is fancier. plan to go out there this summer.
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    don’t go to Foxwoods much, Sun is closer for me …Jordan’s Steakhouse is the best place there to eat

  134. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Shark movies were scary

  135. joeman February 12th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    how about this one GB..bring back memories

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzUfmh3G9AE

  136. Doreen February 12th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    gb7 -

    Thanks. I thought that kind of thing might be able to happen. And since the Yankees seem to have some in-house candidates for the position that he’d fill, I thought “contingency” or “favor.”

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