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Pineda arrives in Yankees camp

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 14, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariners camp has already opened — their pitchers and catchers reported over the weekend — and although the first Yankees workout is still a few days away, players are already starting to show up at the team’s complex in Tampa. Among today’s arrivals: Former Seattle starter Michael Pineda.

Erik Boland and Anthony McCarron are already reporting from Tampa, where Pineda said this afternoon that he’s already developed a friendship with Robinson Cano and he’s looking forward to working alongside and learning from CC Sabathia. Those are the kind of things you want a new guy to say on his first day.

Another thing you specifically want to hear from Pineda: He ackowledged the need to work on his changeup this spring. That’s the one pitch multiple sources have said Pineda needs to improve in order to become a consistent top-of-the-rotation starter.

For whatever it’s worth, Pineda seems to be saying all the right things, and he arrived early. That’s pretty much all you can ask from the guy at this point.

Also, there’s this Pineda quote from The Associated Press: “My mom is excited because she has a lot of family in New York, and she’s never come to America,” said Pineda, who’s mother lives in the Dominican Republic. “So this year, it’s the first time she’s coming to America. She’s excited.”

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80 Responses to “Pineda arrives in Yankees camp”

  1. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    For whatever it’s worth, Pineda seems to be saying all the right things, and he arrived early. That’s pretty much all you can ask from the guy at this point.

    Definitely true. However, he does need to throw it and throw it with confidence. Every spring training someone is working on a changeup/cutter or saying they need to work on one. If it gets to crunch time vs a lefty and he wants to throw a slider instead of a change up then its not a success.

  2. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Gonna get to a few spring training games this year, hoping for Pineda, Banuelos, Betances, and Kuroda on the mound when I hit the games. I could do without CC or Garcia :)

  3. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    ESPN is now doing a power ranking for 2017??? Wtf

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    WELCOME MICAHEL PINEDA!!!!

    We are looking forward to a love affair for many years to come!

    :)

  5. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Orioles are, predictably, last even in 2017. Hilarious. Why bother making a power ranking for 2017?

  6. Crawdaddy February 14th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    “We are looking forward to a love affair for many years to come!”

    Well, at least some of us are.

  7. Villa Nova-Ya February 14th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Chad -

    Would love a new/different picture of Pineda!

  8. Benny Blanco February 14th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Welcome young Pineda!!!!!

  9. Nick in SF February 14th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    ” Those are the kind of things you want a new guy to say on his first day.”

    Well, those are the kind of things I expect him to say. What I want him to say is something like:

    “The true measure of my worth to the Yankees may not become immediately evident to those who despaired the cost of my acquisition, but I will work tirelessy to earn the respect and affection of all Yankee fans. I will give my all to this endeavor and ask, in return, for nothing but open minds and open hearts.”

  10. jacksquat February 14th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    No pics of Pineda in Yankee gear yet?

  11. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    No pics of Pineda in Yankee gear yet?

    Hal’s cost cutting measures have impacted spring training, Pineda was advised to bring all of his old mariner’s stuff to camp to wear.

  12. blake February 14th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    “Hal’s cost cutting measures have impacted spring training, Pineda was advised to bring all of his old mariner’s stuff to camp to wear”

    You shouldn’t joke about the payroll unless you want to explain yourself to Stuckey.

  13. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Remember when news used to break here rather than just be regurgitated? Didn’t like the guy, but he was plugged in.

  14. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Remember when news used to break here rather than just be regurgitated? Didn’t like the guy, but he was plugged in.

    What did P. Abe break besides britches?

  15. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Maybe you mean, P.Abe didn’t have a life so he reposted stuff faster?

  16. SoS February 14th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    So heyman is now reporting that the pirates are willing to eat 13 mil and give two prospects. What the hell is left to get? Get the bus started, tell them the locker can be shipped with him and a year supply of dennys pies.

  17. jacksquat February 14th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Someone’s gotta be taking pictures down there…

  18. blake February 14th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I don’t think they are at 13 yet…..that just seems to be the numbers folks think will get it done

  19. SoS February 14th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I must admit, I miss pete vs. gb7 15 rounds of banging. Gb must have had brain control for not getting banned bt egoman.

    Things I didnt like.
    alex bash fest
    bruce springstein talk.
    hus smart a$$ posts
    his patriots huggin
    being a sox fan and not man enough to admit it.

  20. SoS February 14th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Blake,
    heyman says their open to paying 13mil. Time to close the deal.

  21. vinslol February 14th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Pineda seems like a good kid. this season is gonna be a great one if the injury bug keeps off Arod etc

    I’m still hopeful if the yanks sign a DH they go for vlad. probably has the most left in his bat, esp with lineup protection

  22. Tom in N.J. February 14th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    This blog never broke news. Pete used to either rail against Alex or virtually fellate Bruce Springsteen..

  23. blake February 14th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    SOS,

    If they are at 13 then yup pull that trigger Cash.

  24. jacksquat February 14th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    SoS February 14th, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    Blake,
    heyman says their open to paying 13mil. Time to close the deal.

    Where does it say this?

  25. stuckey February 14th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    “Let me put it differently and see if it makes a difference”

    Shame, I understand you perfectly. You don’t care about their being fair competition in sports.

    You want NY teams, by benefit simply of being NY teams, to essentially exist in a non-competitive, monopolistic market where championships are purchased in the offseason and the actual games and seasons are mere exercises in the NY teams exhibiting their financial might.

    Our differences are not that I don’t understand this, is that I don’t understand the appeal of it.

    “I love that the Yankees are big business. I love that they are this corporate monster. What I don’t love, is that they are saving money to benefit the suit and ties.”

    Ah, so you want them to be corporate monster, but not really. You want the Shame Spencer-specific ala carte version of a corporate monster.

    “But when it comes time for them to sign a damn bench player and its somehow contingent on a trade because it isn’t ‘int he budget’ I would prefer that they don’t let something like a poor contractual obligation (not the first or the last) hold them back.”

    Again, the REAL topic of this discussion is the NY Yankee are NOT, and have NOT been this very personal subjective, specific version of a corporate monster you want them to be, and have not been for some time, enough time that I think a rational person would come to adjust to that fact.

    As a privately-owned corporate monster, the NY Yankees have NO obligation to you. You are a customer, and as long as you’re willing to pay their prices for the product they are selling, and/or they can fill that seat, sell that jersey, and get that rating point without you, you and your preferences don’t matter.

    You want good ‘ole American free market capitalism, THAT’s it my friend. THIS is their product. If you want to purchase it, you can, but no other obligation exists.

    My point all along has been their product has been essentially unchanged for some time. As a consumer, it makes a world of sense to me to buy or not by the product based on this simple formula.

    Complaining about what you don’t like about the product for 7 straight years with no end in sight makes no good sense to me.

    A manufacturer changes their product and I don’t like it anymore, I stop using the product.

    Gee that soda tastes terrible.

    Gee my wireless carrier is too slow.

    Gee that sitcom isn’t funny anymore.

    WHO keeps subjecting to bad taste, too slow, not funny for 7 YEARS, with no plans to stop?

    The concept is utterly lost on me.

  26. SoS February 14th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Jacksquat
    rotoworld. Dont know how to link on my phone.

  27. lounge lizard February 14th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Yesterday mid-afternoon Heyman reported deal was likely to get done with Pirates paying 13-15M and giving two non-roster prospects.

    A few hours later Sherman reported that Pirates were only at $10 million and Yanks wanted them to get to at least $13M.

    That’s where it stands I think.

  28. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Rotoworld misquoted Heyman, saying he said the Pirates are open to paying 13 million + 2 prospects, but in the actual source link he just says thats what they might wind up paying. THen at the bottom says they have offered 10 million.

  29. dogface February 14th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Rotoworld misquoted Heyman, saying he said the Pirates are open to paying 13 million + 2 prospects, but in the actual source link he just says thats what they might wind up paying. THen at the bottom says they have offered 10 million

    =======================================

    Liberal use of the word “prospects” as well.

  30. RhapsodyInBlue February 14th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    SoS

    You forgot Commie Pete ragging on the God Bless America rendition in the bottom of the 7th.

  31. jacksquat February 14th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    ok, here it is:

    According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Pirates remain the likeliest trade candidate for A.J. Burnett.

    The Angels and Indians both checked in recently, but talks apparently didn’t get far between the Yanks and either team. The Pirates are said to be open to paying around $13 million of the $33 million that Burnett is owed while also giving up one or two minor league players. Burnett, 35, went 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA and 173/83 K/BB ratio in 190 1/3 innings last season for New York.

    Note that the first (bold) part seems to be directly from Heyman (on the website the two parts are different colors). I don’t know if the second part is attributable to Heyman or the website authors.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/headl.....ett-suitor

  32. Yank 97 February 14th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Matthews said earlier that we ‘probably’ wouldn’t be getting Gerrit Cole (the Pirates #1 prospect) back in the Burnett deal

  33. Nick in SF February 14th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Maybe the holdup is that the Pirates are punking Cashman and there’s no way in hell they’ll trade for AJ Burnett.

  34. m February 14th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Pete broke one significant story here that I remember. I think it had something to do with Torre? Anyway, the rest was regurgitated. He just gets through the buffet line more quickly that the rest.

  35. lounge lizard February 14th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    This was the direct quote of Heyman that showed up in yesterday afternoon’s thread.

    February 13th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    #yankees, #pirates still talking aj. deal likely to get done w/ bucs paying $13-15M of $33M, & giving up 2 non-roster guys

  36. SoS February 14th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Rhap,
    Lets not forget all the “you people are idiots who think we’re going to sign Teix”. Pete got furious about the notion. Must have been his redsox colors coming out.

    I guess the 13 mil is just kidding. Like we used to hear. You only hear what they want you to
    hear.

  37. Villa Nova-Ya February 14th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    m –

    Yes. Torre to the Dodgers.

  38. SoS February 14th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    You have to give the edge to Pete on Camera quality. He took more pictures for this site.

  39. m February 14th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Not on quality. The iPhone photos were bad. But A+ on originality.

    Chad’s use of AP photos is high quality, but get a low grade for variety. Maybe the paper won’t pay for new pix?

  40. Villa Nova-Ya February 14th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    What Pete did was constantly update with new posts, but not necessarily new “news.” And not every post had to do directly with the Yankees or even baseball.

    It kept the conversation moving along, and it allowed the leeway that became this blog’s “charm” for some, which was the freedom to discuss things other than Yankees/baseball if there was no Yankees/baseball news.

    I know there are people here who must have loathed that, since there is very little of it anymore.

    And what that leeway did was give people common ground found in their interests outside of baseball that enabled most of the disagreements here stay civil. Always exceptions, of course, but I’m talking generally.

    The blog had a personality.

  41. Villa Nova-Ya February 14th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I liked the “gate reports.” They were quirky.

    I don’t miss Pete, but I do miss some of what he did here. Much prefer Chad’s professionalism.

  42. RhapsodyInBlue February 14th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    We all miss Pete’s spring training shots from his kodak throw away.

    I hope he bought himself a decent digital camera since his career upgrade.

  43. BD (Boston Dave) February 14th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Sorry, I’d rather not have a Red Sox fan running a Yankees blog. Pete brought some good things to the blog but at the end of the day he didn’t belong here (and he was unprofessional on regular occasion.)

  44. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Let’s not misconstrue what I said. I didn’t like the old guy as much if not more than any of you. Despised him. Knew he was a phony for years and couldn’t stand the arod stuff. I go to his blog now for the sole reason of taking cheap shots at him. That said, I think it’s hard to argue that there wasn’t considerably more insight into the team and front office under his watch. maybe not breaking news, but certainly sniffing out when stuff was happening.

  45. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    That said, I think it’s hard to argue that there wasn’t considerably more insight into the team and front office under his watch. maybe not breaking news, but certainly sniffing out when stuff was happening.

    I actually think it is arguable. What did he sniff out? What insight? I could do without his insight into Giambi and A-rod and whatever else he yucked up on here. Chad has brought insights into the minor league depth of the Yankees, something which P-Abe did not bring. Maybe you’ve missed those pieces that Chad penned.

    There were no halcyon days of LOHUD, its just your brain forgetting all the dumb stuff.

  46. Giuseppe Franco February 14th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Chad is unquestionably more professional than Pete Abe could ever be.

    I don’t miss Pete at all or anything he brought to the blog. LoHud is in far better hands.

  47. Bronx Jeers February 14th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Maybe the holdup is that the Pirates are punking Cashman and there’s no way in hell they’ll trade for AJ Burnett.

    ———————-

    I sort of believe this.

    I’ve got this picture in my head of a bunch of rival GM’s on a conference call laughing.

  48. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Chad > Pete. No doubt. Believe Pete had more internal contacts.

    Did Pete break the news cash man was MIA at the mtgs when he left to lock up CC?

  49. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Face – I don’t miss anything.

  50. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Did Pete break the news cash man was MIA at the mtgs when he left to lock up CC?

    Face – I don’t miss anything.

    no.

    It seems like you are, since you are attributing a bunch of false stuff to P.Abe (He did more! Sniffed things! Broke things! ). He posted more, about more inane topics, and offered his own unsolicited opinion more readily, but he wasn’t a news breaker.

  51. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Lmao @ pabe having more ‘internal contacts’, first of all it would be a bit much to expect someone fresh off the AAA beat to have a bunch of internal contacts. Secondly, its a bit much for me to believe PAbe had any internal contacts outside of what every beat writer has (GM on speed dial, maybe some other FO type). He was a sports writer for the Lower Hudson Valley news. He isn’t Jack Curry or Joel Sherman.

  52. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Nope. Not missing anything.

  53. BD (Boston Dave) February 14th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    New odds on winning World Series in 2012:

    (vary slightly depending on site)

    Phillies 6:1
    Angels 6:1
    Tigers (4:1 on one site; 8:1 on another)
    Yankees (7-8):1
    Rangers (10-12):1
    Red Sox (10-12):1
    Marlins (12-15):1
    Arizona (12:1 on one; 25:1 on another)
    San Fran (16-22):1

  54. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....-sabathia/

  55. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Except he didn’t break it, Newsday and then twitter did but its ok, I won’t continue to tell you this. He has no life, so he re-posts things quickly, good for him.

  56. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    More is a relative term. He had more contacts. Are u arguing that? It’s kind of a fact for the reason you pointed out.

  57. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    P.Abe doesn’t have relevant contacts. Joel Sherman and Jack Curry have relevant contacts.

  58. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Didnt say he broke it. Was involved, had details/a clue.

  59. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    You used the term ‘broke the news’ specifically in the point I addressed

  60. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    P.Abe made more posts on random yankee gossip from the twittersphere/other beatwriters/national beat writers. That didn’t make him more connected, just more active on the blog, which is true, because he rarely left it.

  61. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I cant stand the guy but I’m unemotional enough to acknowledge he was generally more informed at the big league level.

  62. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    If one doesn’t have time to scour twitter and random blogs all day isn’t I good to have someone else do it for you?

  63. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Carlo,

    I don’t understand why you’d say he was ‘more informed’, I ‘m sure Chad is plenty informed from reading all the rumors and whatever. P Abe was so informed that he said the Yankees would be better off with Cody Ransom at third.

    The future of sports reporting is going to be on quality of analysis, not breaking news, because news is only ‘broken’ for about 1 second before its proliferated around the internet via twitter, blogs, forums, and whatever.

    You keep substituting ‘active’ for ‘informed’ or ‘knowledgable’.

  64. austinmac February 14th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I have seen the Pete time and Chad time. I much prefer Chad. It sure isn’t the same whe he’s on break. It will be fun when he is in Tampa. It’s a bit easier to get news when newspaper finances allow.

    In short, Chad you do a heckuva job.

  65. Chase February 14th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Pete Abe is an unprofessional troll and this blog is 100 times better than when he was here.

    I’ll never miss that chode.

    Chad is incredible at what he does and even when I already know the news, I come and read what he has to say about it as it is always well thought out and put together.

    Pete has an incredible inferiority complex and takes any chance he can(even creates it when it has no place, like at the Super Bowl) to take a shot at A-Rod. It’s an unhealthy obsession he’s got. I wonder what Alex ever did to him… although it’s probably just him being a giant Red Sox fan and not having the balls to admit it.

  66. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    1) Chad is far better, no question. Wouldn’t trade chad for pete, no chance.
    2) I’m not making substitutions. I’d venture to guess if chad was asked, he would acknowledge that pete had a more established network of contacts.
    3) Because pete was a loser, he put a lot of effort into this blog. Chad does as well, but I’m sure chad has a life.

  67. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    2) I’m not making substitutions. I’d venture to guess if chad was asked, he would acknowledge that pete had a more established network of contacts.

    None of those contacts turned into anything noteworthy, so whats the point of it?

  68. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....o-dodgers/

    Breaking news

  69. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Face:
    Burnett for Abreu
    Burnett for Hafner
    Burnett for cash and cash for damon
    Burnett for cash and cash for ibanez
    Burnett stays

    what’s ur gut? What’s ur hope?

  70. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    So he got 1?

  71. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    what’s ur gut? What’s ur hope?

    Burnett for cash+non-prospects to Pittsburg, Burnett for Hafner.

  72. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Yes, he got 1.

  73. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Not conerned with the injuries and inability to play defense?

  74. Jerkface February 14th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Not conerned with the injuries and inability to play defense?

    Why do they need the DH to play defense? They are going to sign Chavez anyways or fill the bench with Dickerson.

    Between Nunez, Chavez/Dickerson, Jones they have more than enough defensive substitutes. The focus on defense has always been stupid. Which guy is going to hit more?

    Hafner, Damon/Vlad, Matsui, Ibanez in that order. Vlad will hit for more average, power, Damon for more OBP so I put them together

  75. randy l. February 14th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Hughes here for wrong reasons
    Posted by: Peter Abraham – Posted in Misc on Apr 26, 2007 Print This Post | Email This Post

    Here is my main point regarding Phil Hughes: He was called up because they needed him, not because he was ready.

    He had three starts at AAA. One fair, one poor and one great. Does that make him ready? Hughes is 20, not 22 or 23. He has dominated lower levels of baseball and needs to learn how to hold runners and get ahead in counts along with establishing faith in his off-speed and breaking pitches. That’s why they have the minor leagues.

    Do you know how times he has faced a hitter with the bases loaded in the last two years? Twice.

    Did everybody forget he pitched poorly in spring training against big-league hitters?

    I don’t buy the notion that he should learn on the job in the majors. That leads to overthrowing and an increased possibility of injury. It’s almost impossible to protect a young pitcher in the majors, especially in New York. Once they get to the Bronx, it about winning.

    I blame Brian Cashman for this. He had way too much faith in Carl Pavano’s ability to stay healthy and for whatever reason invested a lot of money in Kei Igawa. Now they’re paying the price. If Hughes gets hurt in two weeks, somebody has to answer for that.

    But what’s done is done. He’s here and I suspect he faces Texas next week. They have nobody else.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....g-reasons/

    peter abraham had an edgy blog, and he told it like he saw it.

    no way chad writes an article like the one peter abraham wrote back then. this is because chad is too nice a guy to criticize the yankees ahead of time on something.

    that’s fine and chad has a right to not criticize if that’s not his style, but peter abraham nailed what happened to hughes ahead of time.

    he wrote something worth reading because it had some information about what had a high probability of happening , and it was not a popular position to take.

    i liked the blog better when it was edgy and peter went out on a limb with a personal opinion about something that might happen.

    if you want to read something that might be happening on the yankees that shouldn’t be happening, you’d better read it somewhere else because chad is too polite to criticize the yankees.it’s just not who he is.

  76. Carlo February 14th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Well said Randy. Nothing wrong with either style, just different. Frankly, the edgy style likely draws more traffic which was most of petes schtick anyway……but he usually had some basis for what he was saying even if the purpose was to be inflammatory.

  77. LevinsonSF February 14th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Pete Abe was a fairly competent reporter but he hated the Yankees and his Red Sox bias was apparent in his reporting…at least that is my opinion. I think the blog will improve the more Chad gets to know the players and he gains more experience.

  78. David in Cal February 15th, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I liked Pete. I have nothing against him. I like Chad’s reporting better. Somehow it seems more straightforward and less agenda-driven.

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