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Yankees take on King Felix

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Lineup on May 11, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Josh here in tonight for Chad.

Here are the Yankees who will take on Felix Hernandez in Friday night’s series opener:

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Ibanez LF
Chavez DH
Martin C

 
 

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130 Responses to “Yankees take on King Felix”

  1. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    and your point is??? i envision ARod will be a FULL TIME DH in the future. very hard to expect him to play 100+ games at 3B at the age of 40.

    My point is that you’re playing with fire using Nunez at 3B, especially when you’re playing a team likely to be your main divisional rivals the night after you blew a 1-0 lead in the 9th. It’s not as though A-Rod is showing the benefit of being rested so often; he’s a shadow of his former self.
    ————————————————————————————-
    they pay off will be late in the season, not in the month of May
    Nunez is a role player. He also needs at bats.
    a role player can not help a team win if he only gets 4 at bats every 10 days.
    a role player=playing occasionally, not sparingly
    before you get carried away on how many “off days” Arod has had to date, he currently is tied for most games played with Jeter, Cano and Grandy=31 games
    to date Yankees have played 31 games.

  2. JM May 11th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Totally off topic (I apologize) but I am amused to see how much the Boston media has turned on Josh Beckett. Makes me smile:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/c.....rentPage=1

  3. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Chavez at DH??? Somebody needs to slap 3-Ring Joe outta his coma. Chavez just had his bell rung, and now is forced to face a guy that has dominated him over his entire career.

  4. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Lefties hit .197 vs Felix and Righties hit .170
    The choice is very simple.

  5. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Chavez 3-25 7 K’s. Nunez 1-3 vs King Felix

  6. luis May 11th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Tom,

    Nobody is saying that they are doing it with a deliberate intention to make him fail. What some of us is saying is that the role he has been thrust in to playing is too much too soon for him. You can’t expect a rookie to play 4 positions without proper reps. All we are saying is let him play and learn one position at a time. This experiment may crush his confidence going forward and might end up burning him. He is too good to be burned.

  7. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Chavez 3-25 7 K’s. Nunez 1-3 vs King Felix
    ——————————————————————–
    Chavez needs some at bats after not playing in 8 days. Might as well get him in there now instead of tomorrow.

  8. blake May 11th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    “Is Hamels on the same level of CC or Cliff Lee?”

    he doesn’t have the length of track record of being awesome like CC….but yea he’s close to that class….I’d rather have CC than Hamels….but I’d rather have Hamels than Lee moving forward.

    Man that was some kind of rip job by Passan on Beckett….he may be my new favorite writer for trashing that scumbag.

  9. We Want Mo Mo May 11th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Tom, you can hope someone succeeds while also putting that person in a position to fail. Thats what managing is. Knowing how to utilize the players you have at your disposal.

  10. We Want Mo Mo May 11th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    blake used the word scumbag? Never thought Id see that. :)

  11. blake May 11th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Welcome back Chavy…is there any way he can play in a bubble?

  12. blake May 11th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    only for Beckett

  13. blake May 11th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    If Montero catches tonight the Yanks need to run and test him….especially with Felix on the hill who doesn’t hold runners all that well and is so tough to get anything started against….

  14. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    he doesn’t have the length of track record of being awesome like CC….but yea he’s close to that class….I’d rather have CC than Hamels….but I’d rather have Hamels than Lee moving forward.

    Hamels stacks up pretty well against anyone. He plays in a bandbox, but in the NL, so those kind of cancel out. But still from 2006 to 2012 CC has pitched 1440 IP 3.12 ERA 1.161 WHIP 3.72 K:BB, Hamels in the same time period (he was a rookie in 06) 1201 IP 3.36 ERA 1.137 WHIP 3.81 K:BB. And recently (last 2 seasons+current) he is even closer to CC (better in some categories and only 2 off of CC’s ERA+).

    Given that you’re getting age 29-30-31 out of his contract going forward if you signed him, he is a great deal probably. He will probably command 6-8 years, but swinging him on a Cliff Lee type deal would be a coup.

  15. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Beckett is a punk in many ways than one… but the…he has demonstrated fine culinary taste in choosing Popeye chicken.

  16. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    How Hernandez has fared against the Yankees:

    King Felix Stat of the Day
    Hernandez has made three straight starts at Yankee Stadium in which he’s allowed one run or fewer. The last pitcher with a streak of that many starts allowing that few runs on the road against the Yankees was Joe Coleman, who had four in a row from 1971 to 1973.

    In those three starts, Hernandez has allowed a total of one run and 11 hits in 24 innings.

    The Yankees are 2-for-43 in two-strike situations against him in those three games.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees

  17. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    i wonder if the pre-game show today on Yes will feature a brief interview
    with Montero.

  18. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    jerk, i think Hamels gets north of 6/120ish from someone.

  19. Niblick May 11th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Thank goodness, no Nunie.

  20. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    From the same article:

    Cano was 5-for-9 against Hernandez last season after going 1-for-9 against him in 2010. Teixeira was 3-for-6 with two home runs and four walks last season.

    Probably why Joe has Tex still in the 5th spot

  21. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Hope Yankee Stadium is packed tonight. On TV this week, I have noticed a Lot of empty seats. Could be week day absence, but I do Not recall it to this degree in the previous season.

  22. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Tex 5th no matter what. Rinse. Repeat.

  23. D-Man May 11th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    “jerk, i think Hamels gets north of 6/120ish from someone.”

    It should be from us. He is a guy worth giving the last big deal of this regime too. Very rare that elite pitchers under 30 hit the market, especially a lefty with big market experience and extensive postseason experience (including a NLCS/WS MVP).

    Yanks will regret it big time if they don’t go after him hard

  24. blake May 11th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    JF,

    based on the numbers…..signing Hamels would be almost like signing another CC….and we know how that’s worked out…..obviously two different guys and you never know about the durability stuff….but Hamels has clean mechanics and is just a really good pitcher. The Yankees should sign him….but I doubt they will. I think Hamels gets Johan money….or maybe more.

  25. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Tex 5th no matter what. Rinse. Repeat.
    ————————————————————————————————–
    Tex might do himself a favor tonight if he goes up to the plate looking “breaking ball/change-up” because that’s how pitchers are getting him out or to roll over on a ball
    of late.

  26. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Dman… the question is whether Yankees can field a championship caliber team with so much money committed to so few players with 14 budget staring you in the face. I dont think anyone would doubt the benefit of adding an ace like Hamels in his prime.

  27. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    From a Jason Stark article March 30th on Hamels:

    Sources say the Phillies are still hung up — not so much on dollars but the length of the new deal.
    Meanwhile, Hamels says he’s only focused on winning a World Series, not on his next contract. The Southern California native also couldn’t escape the fact that the nearby Los Angeles Dodgers were recently sold for $2 billion and new management has indicated it wants to restore a winning tradition.

    That new functioning ownership would seem to be a perfect candidate to sign a 28-year-old ace-type left-hander next winter. But when asked how he thought the Dodgers’ sale might affect his bargaining power, Hamels said: “I’m not where I think about that at all.”

    Hamels’ side, including agent John Boggs, is believed to be seeking a contract similar to the six-year, $137.5 million contract that Johan Santana signed with the Mets a year before he could have become a free agent. The Phillies are pushing for a shorter four-year deal. Hamels is already signed to a one-year, $15 million contract for 2012.

  28. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    “Dman… the question is whether Yankees can field a championship caliber team with so much money committed to so few players with 14 budget staring you in the face. I dont think anyone would doubt the benefit of adding an ace like Hamels in his prime.”

    It can be done, but I don’t see why we should have any faith that Cashman can do it, nor do I understand why he gets the chance to try.

  29. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Lefties\Hamels in Yankee Stadium are a pretty good bet.

  30. Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Nunie to the minors

  31. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Who is the BUSS?

  32. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    If if came down to spending the money on Either Cano or Hamels, you gotta go Cano.

  33. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Blake-

    You must have been reading the same article just before I posted it about Hamels agent seeking Johan money. :)

  34. NYYROC May 11th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    If the NYY really want Nunez to be their SS someday this is the best thing for him. Kind of like letting a SP stay in AAA until he’s ready. Moving Nunez around is like taking a SP and bouncing him back and forth from rotation to BP.

  35. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    They can sign Cano and Hamels, but they can’t re-sign Swisher (doable), Granderson (harder), or Martin (easy).

  36. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Yesterday it was TEX gettin’ dog piled around here, and today it’s Nunez. Ridiculous for Yankee fans to eat their own. Leave that fair weather approach to the R\Sox.

  37. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    “Yesterday it was TEX gettin’ dog piled”

    Let’s pretend that everything is fine and ignore 2+ years of evidence to the contrary!

  38. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I’m Not a numbers cruncher, but reaching $189 in 2014, and signing Both Cano and Hamels, would seem to break the bank.

  39. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Well, they were reportedly willing to trade for Felix and he makes a similar salary to Hamels, and I think it’s reasonable to suspect that they weren’t doing it with the idea of losing Cano.

  40. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    TEX hit 39 dingers and knocked in 111 last season. That is Not a horrible season, and certainly Not worthy of being trashed for.

  41. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    That obscures what has gone on since Tex has been here:

    v. RHP:

    2009: .282 .373 .579 .951
    2011: .224 .325 .453 .779

    Pointing that out isn’t trashing, it’s holding up a mirror to reality.

  42. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Money that can come off the books at the end of the season-focusing on contracts of 1M or more:

    Ibanez 1.1M
    Jones 2M
    Feliciano 4M
    Garcia 4M
    Martin 7.5M
    Kuroda 10M
    Swisher 10.25M
    Rivera 15M

    And then maybe Boras will find someone dumb enough to entice him to take his 1.5M buyout, forego the 14M, and go sign a 3 year lucrative contract to close elsewhere.

    Personally, if Hamels is not resigned by the Phillies the Dodgers will be bringing him back to his southern California roots.

  43. JM May 11th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    LoHudYankees Girardi said the team had asked Nunez to fill a utility role typically filled by a veteran player. Said it was unfair to his development.

    I think that’s right on….He will benefit from playing shortstop every day. On the other hand, Jayson Nix backing up at shortstop and other infield positions is not optimal.

  44. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Was the King Felix pursuit before or after the New CBA? Also, some of the Rumored players teams pursue, is purposely leaked to solely feed the fan base.

  45. blake May 11th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    “You must have been reading the same article just before I posted it about Hamels agent seeking Johan money. ”

    nah I hadn’t read it….just seemed like a good comp to me ;)

  46. blake May 11th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    “Was the King Felix pursuit before or after the New CBA? Also, some of the Rumored players teams pursue, is purposely leaked to solely feed the fan base.”

    after if you believe the reports and rumors…..what would be cool is if the Yanks were just playing possum with all this budget stuff and came out this winter with double barreled check books and signed Hamels, Hamilton, and Montero…….nah……

  47. bruceb May 11th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Nunez sent down?

  48. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    You still gotta replace those 8 players listed. I’m with a lotta posters here that favored signing Beltran for 2yrs, instead of Kuroda for 1. Kuroda at $12 Mill was another Cashman Boner.

  49. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ah4PW47PiAi-dEt3NklTNjQzc1lRQUJZcnBHMHBfTHc&output=html

    The Yankees have $68.12m allocated in 2014 to CC, A-Rod, Tex. That also includees $3m for Jeter, so add $15m to that and get $83m. Add $17m for Cano, which takes it to $100m. So you either have $79m for the rest of the roster ($10m insurance/benefits, etc.) for $54m with Hamels.

    No easy choices, but signing Granderson instead of Hamels doesn’t make it much easier.

  50. blake May 11th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I like the move to send Nunez down and see if he can actually learn to play a position effectively…..can Nix play SS?

  51. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    WOW i am stunned about Nunez being sent back to AAA.
    He brought speed to the lineup.
    Can Nix even play SS?

  52. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    The more I think about it, Shame’s views seem even more correct. Tex may have to be AJ’d.

  53. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Nunez was sent to AAA with Chavez activated.

  54. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Would they play A-Rod at SS when Jeter sits?

  55. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    If Nunez is going to spend time in AAA, i would bring up Pena then and send Nix away. We need someone that can play the IF positions (SS/2B)…

  56. Benny Blanco May 11th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I still can’t believe that Tex’s OBP is 290.

  57. GreenBeret7 May 11th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Interesting that Nunez was sent to AAA for Chavez.

  58. Benny Blanco May 11th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    “Nunez was sent to AAA with Chavez activated.”

    ouch!

  59. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Nunez should be the everyday RF in AAA, not the SS…..
    Jeter will block him advancing up, but RF will be open.

  60. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Unless something went on with Nunez in the clubhouse, this is a Dumb move. Signing Chavez was even dumber.

  61. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I still can’t believe that Tex’s OBP is 290.
    _______

    I actually think his OBP is closer to .250 right now….
    It started at .266 in his 1st AB yesterday if i remember.

  62. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    According to RAB on Nunez: They want him to play shortstop and second base on an everyday basis in an effort to improve his defense.

  63. LGY May 11th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Really bizarre the way the Yankees have handled Nunez the past two years all starting with letting him rot on the bench for a month at the beginning of 2011. Kid is probably crushed right now. Hopefully this doesn’t ruin his confidence.

  64. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    SWB current player stats:

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats.....8;sid=t531

    What about Doug Bernier-he looked very good in ST at SS?

  65. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Shipping out Nunez is the kinda knee-jerk stuff George used to do when young kids stumbled. With Gardner out an extended period of time, this move looks even worse.

  66. luis May 11th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Tex OBP 269 OPS 634

  67. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    The Yankees have $68.12m allocated in 2014 to CC, A-Rod, Tex. That also includees $3m for Jeter, so add $15m to that and get $83m. Add $17m for Cano, which takes it to $100m. So you either have $79m for the rest of the roster ($10m insurance/benefits, etc.) for $54m with Hamels.

    If Jeter buys out his player option, then he counts for 9 million in 2014 in ADDITION to anything else they spend on him. If you sign him for 15 million he will count for 24 against the cap.

  68. GreenBeret7 May 11th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Bernier and Pena are on the DL.

  69. Tank May 11th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Then the question becomes… do Cano and Granderson try and milk every penny from us in FA?

    Cano, we have no choice but to break the bank for. But Granderson, paying him from his age 33 season onward is something to think about seriously.

    For this budget thing to work, they need to start planning and working on things well in advance. Not box themselves in a corner and wait until it is time to deal with it. They have to decide what to do with Swisher, should they pursue Hamels, etc.

  70. NYYROC May 11th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Think Bernier is still on DL with Pena.

  71. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    They should have sent him to AAA out of spring last year.

  72. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    “Really bizarre the way the Yankees have handled Nunez the past two years all starting with letting him rot on the bench for a month at the beginning of 2011″

    It shows they have no coherent plan, just a series of day to day moves to hold the ML fort, but at least they finally faced reality in that Nunez’s presence was hurting him and the team.

  73. Benny Blanco May 11th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    “Really bizarre the way the Yankees have handled Nunez the past two years all starting with letting him rot on the bench for a month at the beginning of 2011. Kid is probably crushed right now. Hopefully this doesn’t ruin his confidence.”

    Yankees can’t properly handle postion players as well. :)

  74. blake May 11th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    It’s not a dumb move at all….Nunez isn’t a utility player and they are finally understanding that….you have to be able to play defense well at multiple positions to be a utility guy and Nunie can’t even do it at one position….

    I don’t know how they can AJ Tex….he’s owed a lot more money and first baseman are pretty easy to come by. I think the Yanks would have to eat a lot of money to trade him even if he would wave his no trade….and even then who would they get to replace him? I guess they could move Arod there and sign or acquire a 3rd baseman…….but there aren’t a ton of great 1B available now that Fiedler, Gonzalez, Votto, and pujols have all signed long term deals and they have traded Montero.

  75. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    They are jerkin’ Nunez around just like they did Chamberlain. Cashman is just Never gonna learn.

  76. Eroc May 11th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    “Really bizarre the way the Yankees have handled Nunez the past two years all starting with letting him rot on the bench for a month at the beginning of 2011. Kid is probably crushed right now. Hopefully this doesn’t ruin his confidence.”

    Well, these are the Yankees we’re talking about. Not exactly going to get any gold stars for the way they handle young players.

  77. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    “If Jeter buys out his player option, then he counts for 9 million in 2014 in ADDITION to anything else they spend on him. If you sign him for 15 million he will count for 24 against the cap.”

    Then they have to make an under the table promise about an ownership stake once he retires????????????

  78. LGY May 11th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    Shipping out Nunez is the kinda knee-jerk stuff George used to do when young kids stumbled. With Gardner out an extended period of time, this move looks even worse.

    ——–

    Knee jerk implies his poor defense is some kind of new phenomenon. He was bad defensively throughout the minors until 2010 and an absolute disaster since they tried to force him into a utility role.

    This is far from knee jerk. If anything, the Yankees have been overly patient.

  79. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    ac1-

    I agree with you. Nunez should be working on playing both corner OF spots, not only because Swisher might be gone, but more immediately, if Gardner is on an extended DL for his right elbow.

    They will miss his speed, especially in a close game where he could pinch run.

  80. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Nunez should be the everyday RF in AAA, not the SS…..
    Jeter will block him advancing up, but RF will be open.
    ———-
    Nunez’s bat plays well at SS but not necessarily well in a corner OF position.

  81. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    blake

    If they don’t get do some creative offsets and they are determined to get to $189m, then they may have to accept that it will be a season of “re-loading” unless a lot of their prospects take quantum leaps in development.

  82. blake May 11th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Rich,

    Part of my thinking is that if they were abke to unload Tex …i dont trust them to do anything with the money saved…..

  83. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Knee-jerk is reacting to 2 errors by giving a kid his walking papers. I also thought it was embarassing when Nunez was pulled in the 6th inning. If the kid was good enough to Start the game at that position, he was good enough to man it in the 6th inning.

  84. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Blake-

    If Tex, a Maryland native, were to waive his NTC, the Yankees might find a taker if they take on another bad contract. Move him to the Nationals, close to home, and take Jason Werth. I’m not suggesting that since both have NTC clauses, the money isn’t too far apart.

  85. JobaTipsHisCap May 11th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    win series again

  86. blake May 11th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    It does stink for Nunez….but hes got to get better defensively to play in the big leagues….pretty much as simple as that.

  87. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    The Nunez move makes no sense now.
    This idea that they are sending him back to play SS.
    We don’t need an SS.
    Jeter will be there for the forseeable future.
    Nunez should be learning the outfield…….

  88. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Nunez’s bat plays well at SS but not necessarily well in a corner OF position.
    ____

    I dont see how.
    Gardner’s bat isnt a LFer bat either but he plays there anyway.

  89. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Really, they shoulda traded the kid while his value was high. Obviously they have mis-evaluated and mis-handled Another prospect.

  90. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    “Knee-jerk is reacting to 2 errors by giving a kid his walking papers. I also thought it was embarassing when Nunez”

    Think of it more as a tipping point than a knee-jerk reaction. It is embarrassing for Nunez and that’s unfair because they set him up to fail, but the real embarrassment and failure is on the Yankees, not Nunez.

  91. TD213 May 11th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    It is actually quite a frightening proposition to consider how this regime will navigate slashing payroll.

    I’m not sure if it realistic for them to sign Granderson and Cano to $18+ million dollar deals.

    If I could get Swisher for half that, I might do it.

  92. ron May 11th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You can’t have nunez killing the team with his errors like he was.
    He’s not giving us much offense either.
    No hr in 51 ab,.728 ops with terrible defense.

    Everybody is giving him way to much credit.

    Doesn’t hit enough for any outfield position.

  93. TD213 May 11th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    “Think of it more as a tipping point than a knee-jerk reaction. It is embarrassing for Nunez and that’s unfair because they set him up to fail, but the real embarrassment and failure is on the Yankees, not Nunez.”

    Totally agree with that

  94. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    TD they HAVE to sign Cano.
    Granderson, maybe not.
    Cano is key to this team and will get Kemp money, maybe even a little more.

  95. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Jeter will be there for the forseeable future.
    —–
    what I am saying is Nunez might not be your championship caliber team everyday corner OF. He played a passable LF while he was here. The Yankees plans are clearly to have a viable back up option at SS in case Jeter regress at the end of his contract or if they dont want to pay him the money. Under that scenario it makes perfect sense to play him everyday or majority of time at SS.

  96. MikeK May 11th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    No way Teix waves his NTC unless they are able to convince him that a move away from Yankee Stadium would help him revitalize his career.

    If by some miracle the Yankees did unload him, they. Could re-sign Swisher to play first base, then sign Melky for RF.

  97. yanks 27 May 11th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Cano has every right to bleed them for at least Kemp money which is $170 million.
    Martin at $7.5 mil is absolutely gone, they cannot afford luxuries like that anymore.

    Granderson, as well as he has played, is the type of contract that always seems to burn teams – paying them big money from their mid 30s on for what they have done.

    If Jeter plays well next year, he is certainly going to opt out and it will be another staredown.

  98. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    “No way Teix waves his NTC unless they are able to convince him that a move away from Yankee Stadium would help him revitalize his career.”

    They could tell him that his PT would be significantly reduced if he stayed.

    Maybe they should tell him that now. He’s 32. He should not be this bad. He should be fixable, but this was known during the offseason and nothing positive has emerged to this point.

  99. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Yankees will have to be creative at some positions. Swish may be gone. Need a cheap RF (which can be Nunez). Martin is not even worth what he is making now. Not going to find a cheap power catcher on the market. I would go Cervelli/Jose Molina and let them split time. Those two wouldnt total more than 2-3 M max (save 4 mil right there). Feliciano’s useless contract gone! Another 4 mil. Swisher’s 10M gone… Maybe they talk Rivera down a few mil from 15 next year. Kuroda’s 10M gone.

    There is wiggle room…

  100. Deal With It May 11th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Anyone here know anything about Hamels and Victorino to the Blue Jays ? As reported by Rosenthal, Phillies believe Hamels is too expensive for them to sign.

    Why would they trade him with 130 games remaining unless they are going to clean house and pack it in this season ?

  101. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I am hoping Teix hit rock bottom and decide to retool his swing. His value is at a all time low right now… doesn’t make sense to trade him anywho if you have to take on bulk of his salary if the idea to allocate elsewhere to optimize your dollars.

  102. Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Teixeira has a lot of yrs left in his prime – Francesa

    http://imgon.net/di-HM2H.jpg

    Safe for work

  103. Deal With It May 11th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Tex batting 5th again ?, the fly ball machine. Wonder if he will ever be able to consistently be able to hit line drives into the gaps anymore.

    Binder Joe should bat him 8th in front of Martin, less pressure on him that way.

  104. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    LoHudYankees Girardi said the team had asked Nunez to fill a utility role typically filled by a veteran player. Said it was unfair to his development.
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    I was saying the same thing, but a lot differently.

  105. lounge lizard May 11th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    The Yankees have $68.12m allocated in 2014 to CC, A-Rod, Tex.

    ______________________________________

    I think it’s actually $74M at the AAVs for those three. 27 Alex, 24 CC, 23 Tex. And Jeter is in addition to that.

  106. ron May 11th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    4:10pm: A few weeks ago the Phillies called around to suggest they might be open to discussing trades involving Hamels and Victorino, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (Twitter links). One executive says teams wouldn’t have wanted to approach the Phillies about their star players at this time because it could be perceived as an insult.

    8:04am: In anticipation of possible midseason trades, the Blue Jays have asked the Phillies about left-hander Cole Hamels and center fielder Shane Victorino, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Though GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said the Phillies could become sellers and Hamels and Victorino are on track for free agency this offseason, no deal is close or likely.

    Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos asks about other teams’ star players regularly, but there’s a difference between due diligence and serious trade talks. The Blue Jays have reportedly inquired on Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, Alex Gordon and others under Anthopoulos without acquiring any of those players. Meanwhile, Amaro told Rosenthal that he needs to be mindful of the Phillies’ short and long-term goals.

  107. GreenBeret7 May 11th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Trenton 3rd baseman is out for the season with a torn labrum. Damned, that Cashman is busy with going around tearing labrums, isn’t he?

  108. Deal With It May 11th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks Ron, nice info. there. Appreciate it.

  109. ron May 11th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    y/w

  110. blake May 11th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    “The Blue Jays have reportedly inquired on Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, Alex Gordon and others under Anthopoulos without acquiring those players”

    Yea cause when Jack Z asked for Lawrie…..a promising young controlled bat….AA said no way

  111. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    We should have targeted Lawrie before Anthro did.

  112. GreenBeret7 May 11th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Perfect weekend. Every time Montero comes to bat, this place will become a giant swamp filled with whine, tears and snot.

  113. Betsy May 11th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I’m glad Nunez was sent down as it was the right move. I’m sorry if he feels badly, but let him use that as motivation to improve enough to become a reliable defender. He’s not the only big leaguer to ever be sent down. Now our pitchers can breath a sigh of relief.

  114. yanks 27 May 11th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    We should target AA before another team does.

  115. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Betsy May 11th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I’m glad Nunez was sent down as it was the right move. I’m sorry if he feels badly, but let him use that as motivation to improve enough to become a reliable defender. He’s not the only big leaguer to ever be sent down. Now our pitchers can breath a sigh of relief.
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    Nunez was asked to do a lot for such a young player. His role could be filled a lot better by an experienced veteran.
    That being said, Nunez will now get a chance to play 2nd base/SS everyday at the minor league level. His defense needs to improve and when it does, he will be back in The Bronx.
    Since both Pena and Bernier are on the DL, obviously Nix is the man for the job right now.

  116. Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    We should have targeted Lawrie before Anthro did.

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    What pitcher would the Brewers have wanted?

  117. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Sometimes I think GB7 is really Cashman.

  118. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    “What pitcher would the Brewers have wanted?”

    IDK, but he’s the type of player that Montero should have been traded for, so you could do a three-way, if necessary.

  119. yanks 27 May 11th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    LoHudYankees Derek Jeter said he talked to Nunez and admitted he was shocked. “He has to play every day,” Jeter said.

  120. CompassRosy May 11th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    In case anyone missed it in the last thread, here’s the M’s lineup tonight…
    http://twitpic.com/9jvwv3

    Hoping for a Happy Felix Day…
    “see” you in about the 4th inning

  121. Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    True you could have but I’m a greedy Yankee fan so I would have wanted him and Jesus on the team :)

  122. luis May 11th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hello again,

    Been busy…

    About Nunez, i have mixed feelings about it. I know is the right move long term for both him and the team, but it might crush his confidence, i hope not. On the other hand, The club loses an important piece, especially since Gardner is on the DL.

    About Andropolous, he is a very savvy GM. Agree with you guys that we should have targeted Lawrie.

  123. Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Sometimes I think GB7 is really Cashman.

    ——————-

    Cash admitted that he visits blogs/boards

  124. luis May 11th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Sometimes I think GB7 is really Cashman.

    ——————-

    Cash admitted that he visits blogs/boards
    =======================

    Nope, to grumpy to be Cashman ;) Just kidding GB

  125. luis May 11th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    No pregame notes today?

  126. GreenBeret7 May 11th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Why? Because I don’t sit on LoHud and whine and cry about Montero all day long or complain about some of the stupid things you come up with like eating Teixeira’s contract and cutting him loose or platooning him? Apparently, your extra schooling was wasted on you.

  127. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 11th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I have watched the Josh Beckett ‘golf’ episode with amusement, just like I have the rest of this Red Sox season, starting with the Bobby V hiring.

    The game highlights on ESPN’s SportsCenter were uproariously funny, with the newscasters blending one golf term after another, against a background of golf sound effects as they showed one bomb after another versus Beckett. They even had golf crowd sound effects!

    But the online article I just read by Chad Finn, drawing comparisons between the defiance shown by Kevin Garnett as opposed to Josh Beckett … all I can say is ouch. I think it’s a must-read, and ends with the phrase (describing Beckett) of “ignorant defiance.”

    Like I said, “ouch!”

  128. luis May 11th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    New thread with more information about Nunez ====>>

  129. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 11th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I have watched the Josh Beckett ‘golf’ episode with amusement, just like I have the rest of this Red Sox season, starting with the Bobby V hiring.

    The game highlights on ESPN’s SportsCenter were uproariously funny, with the newscasters blending one golf term after another, against a background of golf sound effects as they showed one bomb after another versus Beckett. They even had golf crowd sound effects!

  130. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 11th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    But the online article I just read by Chad Finn, drawing comparisons between the defiance shown by Kevin Garnett as opposed to Josh Beckett … all I can say is ouch. I think it’s a must-read, and ends with the phrase (describing Beckett) of “ignorant defiance.”

    Like I said, “ouch!”


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