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Girardi on Sabathia, Posada, Montero and the pursuit of pitching

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi hadn’t addressed the media since his end-of-the-season press conference last month. When he finally spoke at Yankee Stadium this morning, Girardi didn’t provide much news — or any news for that matter — but he commented on several things going on with the team.

“I think we will try to add some (pitching) depth like we did last year,” Girardi said. “This is an organization that feels that you never have enough pitching, and that’s the way we approached it last year.”

Asked if he could see the Yankees going beyond a depth move to sign an impact pitcher, Girardi said he expects the Yankees to look into every option.

“The way I look at that is, it takes two people,” he said. “It takes our organization, and it also takes a player wanting to come here and this being the right fit for him. I’m sure we’re going to be active, but it takes two. I know we have a great things to offer here, I do know that, and I think the players that have come here have been very happy.”

A few other comments from Girardi this morning:

• On re-signing CC Sabathia: “Obviously he had the right to (opt out) in his contract. I felt that, what he has done here in the first three years, and his love for this team, I always thought he would be a Yankee, that something would be worked out. I’m glad I was right. I didn’t want to imagine life without CC.”

• On Jorge Posada: “It’s hard to imagine him in another uniform, but it’s the desires of his heart if he wants to continue to play and there’s not a spot here, I would encourage him to do it because as a player, I think you have to make sure that all of that is out of you before you decide to retire.”

• On replacing Posada: “Our DH is something that might be a rotating DH a little bit next year. I’m not sure. You’ve kind of got to see how things shake out as we get into December and January.”

• On using Jesus Montero next season: “We believe that this kid has a lot of talent. He’s a work in progress. He’s got great bat speed, and we think that he’s going to be able to provide some offense for us… You’ve got to see how a young player does and how he approaches spring training, comes into spring training and does his job. We see him as a guy that can do some different things for us. You think about how old he is, we’ve heard about Montero for so long, I think we all think he’s 24 or 25. He’s a baby, and there’s going to be some growing pains as you go through with him, but I think the kid is extremely hungry, I think he’s talented, and I think he can help us.”

• On Posada’s Hall of Fame chances: “I think he has a very good chance, I do. When you look at the catchers over the last 15 years, Jorge’s been one of the dominant catchers.”

• On A.J. Burnett: “You look at the game that he pitched in the playoffs for us and you try to feed off of that… To me it’s just trying to shorten (the amount of time) when he does get in a little rut.”

• Girardi said he could see Hector Noesi being a rotation option next season, and he also mentioned David Phelps, Adam Warren, D.J. Mitchell, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances as pitchers who could compete for rotation spots if necessary. “If we need one, they’re all going to compete for a spot,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said the Yankees have not finished signing the coaching staff. Asked whether we should expected everyone back, he said, “I think our guys did a good job last year.” Take that for whatever it’s worth.

• Girardi has actually seen some of the Yoenis Cespedes viral scouting video. “Obviously he’s an impressive athlete,” Girardi said.

• Because he was busy with his family, Girardi said he didn’t see every inning of the World Series, but he saw quite a bit of it, including the Game 6 comeback. “I’m happy for Tony La Russa, for what he’s meant to this game,” Girardi said. “I had a chance to play under him one year – unfortunately I was hurt a lot of that year – but I was impressed with what he did and loved to pick his brain. I’m really happy for him.”

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