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Girardi expects Jeter to return to leadoff role

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 14, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Can’t expect many concrete answers on the first day of spring training, and Joe Girardi didn’t offer many concrete answers today. Not any new answers, anyway.

He said the competition for the back of the rotation might take all spring.

He said figuring out the bench is No. 2 on his list of priorities.

He said the backup catcher job is up for grabs.

He said it’s too early to know how much rest a guy like Alex Rodriguez might need.

He said he doesn’t know who will start the second game of the season.

But, Girardi did give a clear indication of his plans for the top of the lineup

“We signed (Derek Jeter) to be our shortstop, and we signed him to be our leadoff hitter,” Girardi said. “And he’s got a pretty good track history of what he’s done in the game of baseball. He had a couple of rough months last year. The month of September he was back to being Derek, I thought. I’m not really too concerned about him as our leadoff hitter.

“But as we all know in this game, you have to prove yourself year in and year out, no matter who you are. That’s just the nature of the game and there’s always people trying to take your job. But believe me, I can tell you that from a lot of experience, I moved to a lot of different places because people came around. I expect him to be our leadoff hitter and be our everyday shortstop.”

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93 Responses to “Girardi expects Jeter to return to leadoff role”

  1. Jerkface February 14th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Stupid. Moving Jeter to the 2 hole isn’t a demotion. It doesn’t have to have a negative stigma.

  2. jacksquat February 14th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    People forget that during the offseason when Posada signed his last contract, there just was no other viable option, unless you considered crappy/mediocre catchers a viable option to Posada. Posada had all the leverage.

    Posada DH’ing this year is not a concern with this team anyway.

    The four starters other than CC (assuming CC will be his usual self) will determine the season, imo.

  3. Cashmoney February 14th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Good comp Murph, I see Mariah Carey as a Nereid perhaps had inhaled a bit too much of the salt water.

  4. BoJo February 14th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    The one bone I have to pick with Girardi is that he is so inflexible with line-up changes. I don’t see that as a strength of his.

  5. murphydog February 14th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Jeter expected to lead off?

    Before your heads explode, remember something.

    In some of the more challenging jobs I’ve held over the years, the last thing I ever wanted was a vote of confidence.

    If this is Girardi’s vote of confidence in Jeter turning it around in the lead off spot, the only thing I would say to Jete is: expect change.

  6. Chip February 14th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Patrick February 14th, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    Chip you are assuming Posada accepts a shorter extension than he would on the FA market.

    And either way, if the deal is 3 years of 4 years the Yankees lose him for a season. This way we have him as a DH for the last year. Fine with me.

    ——————–

    You’re right – I am assuming that Posada would have accepted a 3 year deal at similar money had Brian come to him in Spring Training.

    Either way it would have worked out poorly for the Yankees the only question is whether or not the Yankees would have been better off with someone else as the DH this year. Given the quality of DHs that were available this winter I would say probably.

    It also would have opened the door for the Yankees to possibly bring in Adrian Beltre and shift Alex to 3b – thereby improving the team’s defense…all of this is speculative of course.

  7. jacksquat February 14th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Jerkface, you think Gardner-Jeter is more valuable at the top of the lineup than say Jeter-Swisher?

    Imo the decision isn’t should he hit 1 or 2, it’s should he hit at the top or the bottom.

    If he continues to hit like last year, he should be at the bottom no later than the AS break, but Joe’s words and track record make me question he would do that.

    Hopefully Jeter bounces back so this isn’t an issue.

  8. tampayank February 14th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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

  9. IDCWYT February 14th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Did Posada report with the pitcher’s and catchers? Or will he report with the rest of the team later?

  10. murphydog February 14th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Mariah Carey as a Nereid.

    Man, this is one high brow crowd ;)

  11. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    BoJo February 14th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I would characterize the last 2 Pettitte deals as the player giving the home town team a discount. he took the years and lower salary by saying he only wanted to play for them. Same MIGHT be said for Rivera by not testing the market.

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

    That’s not true, GS, Red Sox made an offer and Mariano let the Yankees know. How’s that not testing the market?

    “I don’t think the Yankees would allow that to happen. I just had to make sure I had a job, and the Yankees did that.” – Mariano Rivera

  12. Cashmoney February 14th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Murph, she does adorn herself in the sartorial splendors of recreational therapist from time to time…then you just arch your brow instead.

  13. Cashmoney February 14th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    One leg centipede tweets (could be his last tweet): Jeter will be on this team!

  14. murphydog February 14th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    “recreational therapist?”

    When I was in the DA’s Office, the cops used a different name for women who dressed like that.

  15. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Silly reporter. Don’t ask what the plan for JETER is, he’ll never tell you! Ask about Gardner.

  16. Cashmoney February 14th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Cervelli’s Anthem song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9-3RZkzpwM

    Believe me, Joe listens to it every day.

  17. m February 14th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....all-43086/

    Thought I’d stir the pot a bit. RAB article on Hughes’ secondary pitches in the second half.

  18. 108 stitches February 14th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    If Boomer Wells can assist Larry Rothschild in teaching Chamberlain to repeat his pitching mechanics, he’s more than done his job as a spring training instructor.

  19. Erin February 14th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    pcaldera Hank Steinbrenner says he’s ”not particularly worried” about NYY chances in 2011. ”Boston’s got a lot to prove, too, after last year.”

  20. Chad Jennings February 14th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    You think no one asked about Gardner?

    Other than acknowledging that Gardner’s wrist hurt through much of the second half last year — not exactly breaking news — this was Girardi’s comment on Gardner:

    “That’s something I’m going to watch and see if I see him wincing in his swing. I think you would see it more once you got into competition, rather than in batting practice, because that’s kind of controlled.”

    There’s just nothing there.

  21. m February 14th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Wait. Pete’s back?

    Just kidding, Chad!

  22. EA February 14th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Jeter as our leadoff hitter?

    Now all of Granderson’s HR vs. RHP will be solo in the 1st inning :(

  23. TD213 February 14th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Francessa’s trade proposal for King Felix:

    Hughes, Montero, Joba, Betances

  24. blake February 14th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Jeter was the best lead off hitter in baseball in 2009. They will give him a chance to bounce back because he’s got a very long track record of being a good hitter and getting on base consistently…….I don’t think a good half season by Gardner is enough to make that change yet. It’s really not something to get up in arms about at this point.

  25. Chip February 14th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    TD213 February 14th, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Francessa’s trade proposal for King Felix:

    Hughes, Montero, Joba, Betances

    ——————-

    That’s maybe enough for Seattle to consider it.

    But at that point are you giving up too much for any one player? I think so.

  26. SJ44 February 14th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Even Chip, on his worst day, wouldn’t put out a trade proposal that dumb.

  27. Wave Your Hat February 14th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    “Francessa’s trade proposal for King Felix:

    Hughes, Montero, Joba, Betances”

    Trading Phil in a Felix deal would not make sense.

  28. Chip February 14th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    That’s the problem with a trade for King Felix or Josh Johnson – these guys are young and locked up to long term, team friendly deals.

    The only way you’re going to get them is to completely overwhelm the other team at which point you have to worry that you’re depleting yourself in other places too much for it to really help your team.

    The trade that Francesa suggested – sure getting King Felix would be fantastic – but if you’re trading away Hughes you’re still left with the same questions you have now. Sure you’re stronger up front but you’ve still got major question marks in the back of your rotation. Plus now you’re in a situation where Martin has to bounce back to the player he was a couple of years ago.

  29. blake February 14th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Francessa is crazy.

  30. BJK February 14th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Who continually enables Francessa’s rants? One benefit of the West Coast is I’m no longer subjected to them.

  31. ac1 February 14th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Francessa’s trade proposal for King Felix:

    Hughes, Montero, Joba, Betances

    ____

    Makes NO SENSE. We would still be short on pitching.

  32. Chip February 14th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    SJ44 February 14th, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    Even Chip, on his worst day, wouldn’t put out a trade proposal that dumb.

    ————-

    Thanks…I think.

  33. blake February 14th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Take Hughes out of that deal and Id do it but including him is counterproductive.

  34. blake February 14th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    SI_JonHeyman #rockies and #rangers have not spoken about young in a couple weeks. there are at least 2 teams talking to texas tho. #mysteryteams

    Here we go……again

  35. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Chad – i didn’t mean it like that at all.

    Just sitting here thinking that if you wanted to find out some “top of the lineup” info, you should do it through inquiring about gardner’s position in the lineup rather than jeter :)

    i would assume Girardi would close up a bit if directly asked about jeter, no?

  36. Cashmoney February 14th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    checking out the Greinke deal this morning for the first time, It did not appear to me Brewer gave up too much for his service.

  37. Joe from Long Island February 14th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    You’re kidding. He can’t possibly be that dumb.

    Maybe he is.

  38. BoJo February 14th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Chad–

    Any word on Christian Garcia?

  39. AZ88 February 14th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    “That’s the problem with a trade for King Felix or Josh Johnson – these guys are young and locked up to long term, team friendly deals.

    The only way you’re going to get them is to completely overwhelm the other team at which point you have to worry that you’re depleting yourself in other places too much for it to really help your team.”

    Bingo. Which is why I think fans need to set their sights a little lower – a la Billingsley, Floyd, Myers, Garza, etc. Not young aces, but youngish solid pitchers.

  40. Wave Your Hat February 14th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    “Chad – i didn’t mean it like that at all.

    Just sitting here thinking that if you wanted to find out some “top of the lineup” info, you should do it through inquiring about gardner’s position in the lineup rather than jeter”

    Chad, I’d be interested in a piece on the unwritten rules of interviewing baseball managers.

  41. Cashmoney February 14th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    The only way you’re going to get them is to completely overwhelm the other team at which point you have to worry that you’re depleting yourself in other places too much for it to really help your team.”
    ———
    Maybe Francesa was working with that particular logic…

  42. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    WYH – I agree, would be interesting to see exactly what they can and can not ask :p

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Francesa is bonkers, geez.

  44. Chip February 14th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    AZ88 February 14th, 2011 at 4:03 pm
    “That’s the problem with a trade for King Felix or Josh Johnson – these guys are young and locked up to long term, team friendly deals.

    The only way you’re going to get them is to completely overwhelm the other team at which point you have to worry that you’re depleting yourself in other places too much for it to really help your team.”

    Bingo. Which is why I think fans need to set their sights a little lower – a la Billingsley, Floyd, Myers, Garza, etc. Not young aces, but youngish solid pitchers.

    ———————

    I’ve been saying Myers for a while but due to his recent contract extension people have rightly been telling me to forget it.

    Garza could make some sense but given what they sent to Tampa for him you have to assume the asking price would be major (Zambrano might make more sense if the Cubs fall out of it)

    I said it earlier but given that Arizona’s going no where and Towers and Cashman are joined at the cell phone it wouldn’t shock me for the Yankees to wind up with Joe Saunders. He’s no prize but he’s probably not going to cost a top prospect either. Would a Joba for Joe deal make any sense?

  45. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hank shut your mouth.

  46. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I would have to give Fatcessa too much credit… but maybe his way to get people to stop asking him about King Felix is to say “it would take this ridiculous package of players”. Not necessarily that he thinks doing so would be a good idea.

  47. AZ88 February 14th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    “Hank shut your mouth.”

    Wishful thinking

  48. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    WCYF – Is what he said incorrect in some fashion? Boston has a lot more to prove this year than the Yankees… like can they stay healthy? Will AGon buckle under pressure? Does all of that money they spent (and have to spend to keep agon) become justified by their new offense?

    The Yankees have proven 2 things in the last 10 years…
    Throwing money at the wall does not always result in rings.
    Your 4 and 5 starters can be significantly below league average (whether they are considered below average pitchers or just perform that way is irrelevant) and you can still win the AL East.

  49. BoJo February 14th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I would have to give Fatcessa too much credit… but maybe his way to get people to stop asking him about King Felix is to say “it would take this ridiculous package of players”. Not necessarily that he thinks doing so would be a good idea.
    ________________________
    The Fatman made a good point–it doesn’t yet make sense to trade with Seattle for Felix. They would want too much, and the risk of draining your talent for a pitcher that could get injured is silly. If his point was that there is no trade that could work, he is right.

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I don’t care whether Hank is right or not, I don’t think he or Randy Levine should open their mouths. I see no purpose served by their doing so. An owner has the right to speak but they should let Hal be that guy if they are absolutely possessed to make a public statement. Hank is not smooth, he often comes across as combative and aggressive.

  51. disco stu February 14th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I disagree with you guys about the Francesa’s trade proposal for King Felix … I think to keep the Mariners from hanging up the phone the two central pieces would be Phil Hughes (young ML starter under cost control) and Jesus Montero (stud, can’t miss prospect). Then, we would have to fill in the other pieces to get them to agree to deal him.

    This is not to say that I would want to give up Hughes and/or Montero, but we are talking about Felix Hernandez … arguably, the best pitcher in baesball and nowhere near free agency at this time.

    The only way the Mariners would settle for less in return would be if King Felix suddenly asked to re-negotiate his contract so he can be paid like CC or Cliff Lee, the Mariners said “no”, and then he forces their hand and demands a trade … then they lose a ton of bargaining leverage.

  52. SJ44 February 14th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Hank also owns the team. He’s not on some ridiculous fan gag order. He can say whatever he wants.

    Guess what? He’s right, Boston has a lot to prove.

    That’s not exacting “breaking news”.

    His statement was neither combative nor aggressive. He spoke the truth.

    Perhaps some folks have difficulty hearing the truth.

    If that’s the case, that’s their problem, not Hank’s.

  53. Chip February 14th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    On another topic entirely:

    For those who don’t know, this is the last year of the contract between the Yankees and CBS radio.

    CBS currently pays something like $12 mil per year for the broadcast rights (Boston is the highest paid at $18 mil per).

    There’s some thought that ESPN 1050 is going to make a major push for the Yankees after this season as a last ditch effort to boost their ratings. The problem is that 1050 has an extremely weak signal which would probably turn the Yankees off to doing business with them.

    One possible solution that CBS is considering is offering the Yankees a short term deal on 880 with the understanding that when the Met deal on 660 runs out, CBS will roll them over to that station (CBS owns both WFAN and 880) leaving the Mets without a radio home – though likely they would get picked up by 1050 at that point.

    And that brings us to an even more interesting dynamic…how will the YES suits react to Michael Kay – the television voice of the Yankees, working on the radio home of the Mets? My guess is poorly – which brings back a question I posed a month or so ago – if you’re Michael Kay and you have to choose – do you pick the Yankees or the radio show?

  54. ac1 February 14th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I disagree with you guys about the Francesa’s trade proposal for King Felix … I think to keep the Mariners from hanging up the phone the two central pieces would be Phil Hughes (young ML starter under cost control) and Jesus Montero (stud, can’t miss prospect). Then, we would have to fill in the other pieces to get them to agree to deal him
    ___

    That may be true, but from a Yankee standpoint, it makes no sense. Yankees need more pitching, not to trade a cost controlled #2 for a 20 Million Dollar Ace-B. Montero sure, Joba sure, two other minor league prospects sure, maybe even something else from the major league team, but not Hughes.

  55. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    WCYF – I assume you are not a fan of Rex Ryan then. :)

  56. SJ44 February 14th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    The Yankees would never make that deal for Hernandez.

    It’s ridiculous and it’s one sided.

    It also still leaves the Yankees a pitcher short along with missing two of their top four prospects. One the heir apparent at C, leaving yet another hole.

    It’s a dumb proposal made by a guy who has no idea what he is talking about.

  57. ac1 February 14th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    CC/Hughes should be the 1-2 punch in this rotation for at least the next 5 years and in CC’s case, hopefully a couple more after that.

  58. BoJo February 14th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    ac1–There is no reason for Seattle to trade a star for a few potential good players and prospects. Won’t happen. If the Yankees are to acquire Felix at this point, it would be very painful and IMO not worth it.

  59. ac1 February 14th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    ac1–There is no reason for Seattle to trade a star for a few potential good players and prospects. Won’t happen. If the Yankees are to acquire Felix at this point, it would be very painful and IMO not worth it.

    ___

    I agree. Point is, it does the Yankees no good to add Hughes to the trade for Felix, hence in your opinion, not going to happen. Have to hold onto Hughes in a trade like this or else they are no better off then this past offseason.

    My guess is they find the top line pitcher they want, just not Felix of JJ.

  60. pat February 14th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Chad

    Was Jorge in camp today?

  61. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    WCYF – I assume you are not a fan of Rex Ryan then.

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

    Rex Ryan is the coach not the owner. I think he is an excellent football coach who doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut. I think/hope he learned his lesson this year.

  62. Cashmoney February 14th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    SJ, do u see Warren (if healthy) to have any chances of contribute in the bigs this year? Outside of the 3 Bs, do you think he stands out from the rest?

  63. BoJo February 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    AC1–

    I agree they will find someone to their liking. My thoughts are that Liriano, Santana, or Gonzales would be the optimal acquisitions. We’ll see how Cashman plays it. Probably will want o see what he has in ST.

    I think Joba just put himself on trading block with the extra weight though.

  64. Chip February 14th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    BoJo February 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    AC1–

    I agree they will find someone to their liking. My thoughts are that Liriano, Santana, or Gonzales would be the optimal acquisitions. We’ll see how Cashman plays it. Probably will want o see what he has in ST.

    I think Joba just put himself on trading block with the extra weight though
    ——————-

    Joba for Joe Saunders – thoughts?

  65. Against All Odds February 14th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    # blake February 14th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Take Hughes out of that deal and Id do it but including him is counterproductive.

    ————————-

    Can’t take Hughes out of the deal

  66. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    WCYF – some how coming 1 game short of the super bowl doesn’t seem to teach any lessons, certainly not about claiming you have a good football team.

    I guess you are one of those people that see the Yankees lose in the ALCS and consider that a total failure. That shows little respect for the difficulty of winning in the playoffs.

    There is nothing wrong with being bold and brazen, as long as you don’t scurry away like a little girl when everything doesn’t go the way you said it would. Anyone starting out a season saying “well, we probably won’t win it all but we’ll try real hard!” should be fired.

  67. ac1 February 14th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Joba was already on the block….

    Let’s see how Joba pitches before we determine the weight factor.

    Didn’t Joe Saunders suck last year?

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    SJ44 February 14th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Hank also owns the team. He’s not on some ridiculous fan gag order. He can say whatever he wants. Guess what? He’s right, Boston has a lot to prove. That’s not exacting “breaking news”. His statement was neither combative nor aggressive. He spoke the truth. Perhaps some folks have difficulty hearing the truth. If that’s the case, that’s their problem, not Hank’s.

    **********

    How typical for SJ44 to distort what was said.

    I clearly stated and I quote, “an owner has the right to speak”. So why do you point out that Hank also owns the team?

    I also said nothing about “a gag order” did I? Since when would a suggestion that one use some discretion about making public statements be interpreted as a “gag order”?

    And I never said “this statement” was combative and aggressive did I? I said he “often comes across” that way.

    News bulletin. I have every right as a fan to say whatever I want about Hank Steinbrenner on a blog. Just because you say something is “the truth” does not make it so.

  69. blake February 14th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Against all,

    Then I ain’t doin it

  70. SJ44 February 14th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Cashmoney,

    I think Warren could pitch himself in the mix this year. Perhaps the second half of the year.

    If he can have a good Spring, it could give him a leg up in that regard.

    I like Nova, Warren and Phelps, in that order, among the non-B guys.

    If given the opportunity, I think all three guys could be successful big league starters.

    How successful would depend on the adjustments all three make once they get to the big leagues and big league hitters learn about them.

  71. 108 stitches February 14th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Francesa makes as much sense as Howard Stern does. A talking head with a deep interest in stirring the pot with gibberish and non-sensical rumors.

  72. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    ID if you think Ryan conducted himself appropriately as a coach this year that’s fine with me. I don’t hold that opinion.

  73. ac1 February 14th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Against All Odds February 14th, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    # blake February 14th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Take Hughes out of that deal and Id do it but including him is counterproductive.
    ————————-
    Can’t take Hughes out of the deal
    ________

    Then there really is no point. Why would the Yankees do that? Part of the reason they would need Felix is all the lack of pitching. Hughes and CC are locks in the rotation. Trade Hughes for Felix and two bad things can happen.

    1. Still have nothing behind the top 2
    2. CC opts out, Hughes is gone, and Felix is here alone.

  74. Don February 14th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Hank is not smooth, he often comes across as combative and aggressive.
    ——————
    and stupid too.

  75. BJK February 14th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Joe Saunders is the top of the Diamondback staff and the centerpiece they got back for Dan Haren.

    I would think it would take more than a middle reliever.

  76. Joe from Long Island February 14th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I think the Yanks would love to get the Mets off FAN, especially if it could be to maneuver them to 1050, which has a pretty weak signal. I can barely get that station here on LI.

    Francesa really doesn’t have a clue. If I know more Yankee baseball than a guy who’s job is supposed to be sports reporting……

  77. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    BJK – and that GM was promptly fired because all he got back was joe saunders.

  78. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    joe from li – but his job is not sports reporting, it’s to run a radio talk show. taking strange stances and points of view are what drives ratings. you don’t call in to a radio show if you agree with everything the guy says, do you?

  79. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Joe from Long Island,

    I can’t get ESPN out here in Central NJ, either. fades in and out, or static. CBS isn’t that much better out here, either.

  80. SJ44 February 14th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    You have every right to spout idiocy and innate every right to call you on it.

    You stated you didn’t want Hank to talk. Hank owns the team, along with the rest of the family.

    There is nothing “distorted” there.

    You are another reactionary fan that gets his panties in a wad every time Hank speaks.

    Even when he says nothing of any import. Like today.

    Here’s a tip…..guys don’t own billion dollar sports franchises and act like mites when the mikes are on them.

    It’s not the 50′s anymore.

    Owners talk and nothing is going to change that.

    Personally, I don’t have a problem with anybody talking. Just don’t go underground when it doesn’t work out.

    Hank isn’t that kind of guy so, the more he talks, the more unlike it.

  81. GreenBeret7 February 14th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Saunders has had exactly 1 season in 5 worth talking about.

  82. blake February 14th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    If the Mariners decided they were going to totally rebuild and trade Felix then they would probably rather have pitching prospects than Hughes anyway because they could control them much longer. Hughes is in arbitration now.

  83. BJK February 14th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:48 pm
    BJK – and that GM was promptly fired because all he got back was joe saunders.

    —————————————————————————-

    Even if that’s true, you think less than a year after acquiring him, the new GM will spin off the centerpiece of the trade for a middle reliever? Why?

  84. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    sj44 your auto-correct is on a rampage today lol

  85. SJ44 February 14th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    ID,

    I know! LOL. I think Randy infiltrated it just to mess with me.

  86. Irreverent Discourse February 14th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    bjk – no, i dont think joba has any trade value whatsoever. for some decent young sp prospects guy you could probably get him though, especially since towers know the yankees system backwards right now.

    problem is i don’t want saunders either, he’s not good. i’d rather give a rook a chance to fail than pay someone that you know will only perform at a certain level.

  87. MTU February 14th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    For those of you interested in Warren here is a recent prospect profile taken from RAB.

    It describes him pretty well. There’s a pic included too.

    Enjoy.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ren-23520/

    :)

  88. Against All Odds February 14th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    # blake February 14th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Against all,

    Then I ain’t doin it

    —————————–

    There are many ppl that wouldn’t do it.

  89. Against All Odds February 14th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    # ac1 February 14th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Against All Odds February 14th, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    # blake February 14th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Take Hughes out of that deal and Id do it but including him is counterproductive.
    ————————-
    Can’t take Hughes out of the deal
    ________

    Then there really is no point. Why would the Yankees do that? Part of the reason they would need Felix is all the lack of pitching. Hughes and CC are locks in the rotation. Trade Hughes for Felix and two bad things can happen.

    1. Still have nothing behind the top 2
    2. CC opts out, Hughes is gone, and Felix is here alone.

    ———————————————-

    I understand what you’re saying

    But looking at it from the M’s point of view you have to get some substantial when giving up King Felix. He’s a 24 yr old top of the rotation Cy Young award winner….that’s scary

  90. Patrick February 14th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    That would be terrible if 1050 got Yankee broadcasting rights. I can’t get that dumb station if I’m more than 30 miles outside the city. 880 on the other hand is great, I can get it in most of NJ.

  91. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    SJ44 – please continue calling me an idiot, I wear it like a badge of honor. There is a reason why most large companies have PR firms and spokespersons (not a Jason Zillo) and the owners don’t make a habit of talking to the press. Nothing good can come of their public statements. Hank is a textbook example as to why that is more often than not the case.

  92. BoJo February 14th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Chip–

    I am not a Saunders fan…and I don’t think Joba alone gets the deal done.

    BTW–Warren in that article reminds me of Halladay with the fastball that can move 3 different ways…Lee has that ability too. Bodes well for him.

  93. BIG AL February 14th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    MTU -

    Good link, thanks.

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