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Some mid-day minor league notes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 15, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just an early heads up, I’m planning to host a chat here on the blog at noon on Thursday. I’ll be coming at you live from Canada, so that should be fun. For now, here are a few quick mid-day notes from the minor leagues…

Eduardo Nunez reported to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre yesterday and went 1-for-5 as the team’s starting shortstop and leadoff hitter. He singled in the ninth inning of a one-run game, but was thrown out trying to steal second. He committed no errors. Ramiro Pena, who had more starts at shortstop than anyone else on the Scranton roster, played second base, and Kevin Russo, who had more second base starts than anyone, played left field.

• The Triple-A Yankees lost last night’s game despite seven strong innings from starter Adam Warren. In easily his best start of the year, Warren struck out six, walked three and allowed just four hits. The one run he allowed was a solo homer by Juan Miranda. It was the second straight strong start for a Triple-A rotation prospect. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got six terrific innings out of Manny Banuelos on Sunday. In his third start back from a back injury, Banuelos allowed one unearned run through six innings. He struck out seven, walked none and still hasn’t walked a batter in 14.2 innings since the injury. He walked six in the start before going on the DL.

• Signed late in spring training, 29-year-old former Pirates prospect Steve Pearce has been Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s best hitter this season, and he was just named the International League Player of the Week. He had three home runs, four doubles, slugged .920 and hit .400 for the week. The hot streak brought his league-leading average up to .361. Primarily a first base, Pearce can play the outfield corners and has gotten a little bit of time at third base. Don’t rule him out as a possible bat off the bench at some point this season.

• Rotten luck down in Double-A where Graham Stoneburner aggravated his groin injury on Friday. That Trenton rotation is running awfully thin. Yesterday they added Triple-A reliever Adam Miller, who was sent down to make room for Cody Eppley. I guess there’s a chance the Yankees are thinking about using Miller as a starter, but I haven’t heard one way or the other.

• Charleston second baseman Angelo Gumbs was named the Charleston the South Atlantic League Player of the Week after hitting .464/.467/.643 in six games. He had triple, a home run, five RBI, six runs, one walk, and a league-high 11 stolen bases. That gave him a league-best 19 stolen bases for the season. Gumbs was hitting just .207 before last week’s hot streak brought his average up to .270 and more than doubled his stolen base total.

• Speaking of the SALLY, Charleston right fielder Tyler Austin was the league’s Player of the Week earlier this season and still leads the league in homers. The guy continues to rake down there, and his .695 slugging percentage makes him a real standout — along with Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez — on a roster full of legitimate prospects.

• Speaking of Sanchez, he hit is first homer of the year a week ago.

• All the way down in extended spring training, Slade Heathcott is finally getting into some games. Once he’s really in playing shape, he’ll likely join the Tampa roster. After losing seven of nine, Tampa could use him.

Associated Press photo of Nunez

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147 Responses to “Some mid-day minor league notes”

  1. Your Worst Nightmare May 15th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Chad: Can you help me out here related to the picture of Robertson on the last thread ?

    TIA

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

    Your Worst Nightmare May 15th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Just wondering if anyone knows what’s up with the picture above of Robertson ?

    Looks like he he throwing left handed in the outfield and now his left side is bothering him, why is he throwing left handed other than goofing around in warmups,and now he is hurt on his non pitching side ?

    WTH ? ? ?

  2. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    “Nova’s has not pitched well this year. His stats are quite awful. He is allowing far, far too many baserunners. He will not stay in the rotation at this rate. His winning record disguises his poor pitching.”

    That’s one of several reasons why Phelps needs to remain stretched out as a starter-in-waiting, unless they prefer Mitchell.

  3. Warning Track Power May 15th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    DONNYBROOK May 15th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I like TEX, but his homer did Not win last night’s game. The shoddy Balt. defense gave that game away.
    If Nunez were to butcher a pop-up like Chavez did in the 9th, the Yanks would Bury Nunez somewhere in Hoboken. I continue to wonder what Chavez is doing on this Yankee team. Nunez would be Far more valuable\versitile than Chavez.
    ————————————————————————————————————–
    You’re being quite picky here. Tex hit the go ahead, 2 run homer that gave the Yankees the lead for good. I’d like to think he was the difference.
    Of course the Davis error at 1st gave the Yankees 2 runs, but the game was still tied
    when Tex went deep to RF.
    Nunez today is not as good as Chavez on defense.
    So the ball fell for a single. Big deal. The ball could have been caught by Jeter or Chavez. Neither did, but the team still won the game.

  4. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    or Warren…

  5. NYYROC May 15th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    YWN: that is DRob. He plays LH in the OF during BP. talked about it on pregame last year. Saw him do it in Toronto last year.

  6. NYYROC May 15th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    YWN; He said he does it for fun.

  7. sunny615 May 15th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    keithlaw ? @keithlaw

    Why? This isn’t Tony Sanchez. Marrero was a top-5 guy in February. RT @cpelusi: Any hope for #Pirates fans that they don’t take Marrero?

    - hope SJ44 didn’t read that…

  8. Stoneburner May 15th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Charleston second baseman Angelo Gumbs was named the Charleston the South Atlantic League Player of the Week after hitting .464/.467/.643 in six games. He had triple, a home run, five RBI, six runs, one walk, and a league-high 11 stolen bases. That gave him a league-best 19 stolen bases for the season. Gumbs was hitting just .207 before last week’s hot streak brought his average up to .270 and more than doubled his stolen base total.

    *****

    Thank you Chad – acknowledging Mr. Gumbs. Though I think more attention needs to start being paid to Matt Tracy as the coming weeks and months progress – - – -

  9. Bret The Hitman May 15th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Hopefully Nunez improves his defense with regular playing time at shortstop. The Yankees can boost his trade value or call him up with improved defense. Win-win. I still think he holds high value for a team looking for offense at shortstop.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    One guy I would love to see figure it out is Kelvin DeLeon… immense power and a cannon arm.

  11. ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    What’s Seattles SS situation look like?
    Perhaps the ol Nunez + pitching for Montero swap?

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    my point is sometimes it’s ok for talent to get undervalued. I like the surprise of someone like Nova or Robertson showing up on the team and kicking arse. honestly i would prefer a team of 24 yankees prospects and CC….
    ///

    I’m with you on the latter. Good luck, though, with this management. Melky is one guy I would welcome back, being a system guy and a SH, can play all 3 OF spots, great arm, & would be only 28 until next August. But Giants love his whole game: he made a great running catch and then threw out of a runner from left field to first base in their 11-nnings win the other night, and is just a hitting machine. So I won’t be surprised if they do wrap him up, as per your post. Too bad Cashman didn’t listen to Alex.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    What’s Seattles SS situation look like?
    Perhaps the ol Nunez + pitching for Montero swap?
    ///

    They don’t need pitching.

    Nunez and David Adams ;)

  14. sunny615 May 15th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    “A second juror was dismissed today in the Roger Clemens trial for falling asleep during the trial. The dismissed juror, from Seat 1, was replaced by the juror in Seat 7, who had been the first alternate.”

    What a waste of time and effort.

  15. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I don’t want Cashman to make any more trades, period.

  16. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    “What a waste of time and effort.”

    It may be, but not because of a what juror does.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Be interesting to see how this Gumbs/Feliz thing sorts out. If their bats keep moving forward, it would be stupid to lose one of them because of the position conflict. Both toolsy types who could also handle the OF.
    ///

    Blake, you getting to any Charleston games you think? Someone else was supposed to see them play….maybe tomingeorgia? Can’t recall. A shame that team goes unwatched….

  18. ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Rich, not even if it was Nunez for Montero?

  19. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I posted a link about Gumbs early this morning.

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    I don’t want Cashman to make any more trades, period.
    ///

    There’s only one sure way to prevent that from happening…

  21. Your Worst Nightmare May 15th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    NYYROC May 15th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    YWN; He said he does it for fun.

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

    Thanks man. Wasn’t aware of that. Question still remains though, if he is doing long toss from the base of the OF wall, left handed did he strain something in his course of ‘having fun’ ? Sort of like how Mo stumbled and ripped up his knee shagging flies ?

  22. sunny615 May 15th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Nunez and a pitching prospect doesn’t warrant a Jesus Montero. (Unless it’s Betances or Banuelos). Gotta think like Jack Z (Seattle GM). Montero was one of the top prospects in the League a year ago. You’re not giving him up for a Nunez plus some middling pitcher. I would trade Chone Figgins for Nunez, but that’s about it.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    blake, that the milb player of week link or something? I missed it.
    ///

    ac1: DONE DONE DONE DO IT!

  24. sunny615 May 15th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Wasn’t because of the juror that I said that… just the entire effort…

  25. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    ac1

    No!

  26. ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Would love to hear a Sterling Gumbs HR call, though he would blow it like he did with Montero’s HR call.

    “The Gumbs stuck on the OF stands”.

  27. yankeefeminista May 15th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    (repost)

    yankeefeminista May 15th, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    No real update on Campos but Yanks like to keep these things close to the vest. FWIW Goldstein had this:

    Kevin Goldstein ? @Kevin_Goldstein
    They’re going to be cautious with it. Still going to be awhile. RT @YourSource123: @Kevin_Goldstein Any news on Campos?

    Interesting article in BP on pitchers, arm health and the debate about how Sale et al (Joba?) being put in the pen may contribute to lack of arm health vs. maintain it due to max delivery, erratic pitching sched, etc.

    http://www.baseballprospectus……leid=16877

    Chad, Heyer is now hurt too; wonder if someone gets called up from Tampa to Trenton. Norris spoke to a Yankee insider that mentioned but doubted Turley would get the nod. I can see it down the road, but not just yet. I think Turley would have already been up in Trenton if not for last year’s season ending injury.

    Dellin goes in Toledo tonight. No rain there, gratefully.

    Rich, I agree about trades.

    Which Gumbs article, blake? There have been a couple of different recent references to him.

  28. ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Nunez and a pitching prospect doesn’t warrant a Jesus Montero. (Unless it’s Betances or Banuelos). Gotta think like Jack Z (Seattle GM). Montero was one of the top prospects in the League a year ago. You’re not giving him up for a Nunez plus some middling pitcher. I would trade Chone Figgins for Nunez, but that’s about it.

    ____

    Yeah this was just a hypothetical. I’m sure Jack Z wouldn’t trade Jesus back to us. Just making convo off someone talking about trading Nunez.

    And Rich you are crazy if you dont do the Nunez/Montero swap…..

    I do get your fear of trades though, but occassionally work. (Swisher)

  29. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    JAP,

    I hope so…..i was going to go to the game Campos pitched in Hickory but coukdnt make it…..hoping to see them though

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    ac1, yikes.
    ///

    Dellin goes in Toledo tonight. No rain there, gratefully.
    ///

    Yankeefem, I hope Toledo has decent cameras.

  31. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    “Nunez and a pitching prospect doesn’t warrant a Jesus Montero. (Unless it’s Betances or Banuelos).”

    Id trade Nunez and Betances for Montero in a second….Jack Z wouldnt…….

  32. Tackelberry May 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I wonder if Brett Marshall will get promoted to Scranton if he keeps pitching as well as he has or are they content to leave him at Trenton for the full season

  33. tomingeorgia May 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    JAP,
    I was planning on seeing Charleston when they came to Augusta in April, but couldn’t make it. Have to wait until August for my next chance, I think. But I WILL get there.

  34. sunny615 May 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    “The Gumbs stuck on the OF stands”. – can I say “ew”

    Trading Nunez now isn’t a good idea. His value is pretty low considering his fielding maladies for the past year and a half and his hitting – while decent – doesn’t make up for the runs he’s allowed because of his defensive problems. If he can re-establish himself as a solid defender in AAA and hit well (even for some power here and there), then it would worth the due diligence to seek a trading partner. Which may or may not be the goal here in sending him down (in preparation for the trading deadline in July). Who knows…

  35. Bret The Hitman May 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    The Braves like Eduardo Nunez. I’d target Heyward. The guy can’t be overvalued at this point. He’s a slightly above average right fielder who should be available for a package based on a slightly above average hitter at a premium position in Nunez.

    Nunez is not enough straight up.

    The Yankees would need to sweeten the pot.

  36. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    “The Yankees would need to sweeten the pot.”

    A lot….

  37. ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Why would the braves trade Heyward?
    Better chance of getting Brown from the Phillies.

  38. Bret The Hitman May 15th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I agree it would be “a lot” but I’d be careful not to overrate Heyward too much at this point. This is his third full year now and he’s looking like an 800 OPS guy. Nunez could post a 750 OPS at shortstop.

  39. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Heyward is 22 years old…..hes a future star potentially and the Yanks dont have much of what the Braves need…..Nunez would have to be the 3rd or 4th player in a deal for him…..

  40. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    “And Rich you are crazy if you dont do the Nunez/Montero swap…..”

    I assume a rational universe. If that trade is offered, there is something wrong, but, based on his track record, I don’t trust Cashman to figure that out.

  41. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    “This is his third full year now and he’s looking like an 800 OPS guy”

    Hes got 1 OPS upside though and you dont trade those guys at 22 unless youre blown away…..how many years did it take Justin Upton to come into his own….

  42. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Nunez and pitching might could get the other Montero at the deadline…..

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    c1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    Why would the braves trade Heyward?
    Better chance of getting Brown from the Phillies.
    ///

    I do not want Brown. Long swing, not a good OF. Pass.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Nunez and pitching might could get the other Montero at the deadline…..
    ///

    That, I would not do.

  45. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    “Interesting article in BP on pitchers, arm health and the debate about how Sale et al (Joba?) being put in the pen may contribute to lack of arm health vs. maintain it due to max delivery, erratic pitching sched, etc.”

    I’m wrong a lot, but I was vehemently opposed to putting Joba in the pen at the end of 2007, in part because I had a sense it could be an injury risk, but mostly because I thought he would do so well that it would affect how he was perceived, thereby impacting his usage patterns and, in turn, his development.

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    For Heyward, of course I do it. Duh.

  47. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    “That, I would not do.”

    It depends on the pitcher and other Montero’s contract.

  48. yankeefeminista May 15th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Heyward would demand a lot in return. Most teams actually don’t give up on a young player after a couple of/three years and Heyward has all the potential in the world.

    Agree about Brown’s swing. And his fielding is pretty poor. I’ve already seen him play twice live this year, and he has bad reads. He isn’t mlb ready right now. People would have less patience with him than they did with Melky.

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Rich, Read speculation somewhere that Vizcaino getting put in the bullpen caused him to overthrow and get injured. I think it was actually the observation of a pitching coach within the Braves system that told a poster on another site this “confidentially.” Shame.

  50. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    “That, I would not do.”

    Depends on who thr pitcher is and if it comes with the fake Montero extension for me…..

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Agree about Brown’s swing. And his fielding is pretty poor. I’ve already seen him play twice live this year, and he has bad reads. He isn’t mlb ready right now. People would have less patience with him than they did with Melky.
    ///
    Agree his reads aren’t good, also not quick getting going, first couple steps slowish. Still young, though, but he’s a project.

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Nah, I’d trade Nunez for the Real Montero (but no Dellin), because well, one’s real, the other’s counterfeit… ;)

  53. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Id trade something for Brown….just not sure how much….

  54. ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Phillies could use someone like Nunez and we could use a RF at a reasonable price for 2013.
    Does anyone consider Dom Brown still worth a look?
    Because we aren’t getting Heyward without giving up a lot more than Nunez.

  55. ac1 May 15th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Guess JAP answered that :/

  56. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    JAP,

    You wouldnt trade Betances and Nunez for Jesus Montero?

  57. blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    “Does anyone consider Dom Brown still worth a look?”

    Sure as a project…..his swing issues are fixable and hes only 24 i think.

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:42 pm
    “That, I would not do.”

    It depends on the pitcher and other Montero’s contract.
    ///

    I would not easily part with a SS who can hit, because of Jeter being age 37. Real Montero, though, would be worth leaving myself open at SS, because of his bat.

    Speaking of Jeter, how about a full day off, Girardi.

  59. luis May 15th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hello guys!!

    I am with Rich, don’t let Cashman do anymore trades. I am with Pruf in the way to prevent it ;) Oppenheimer for GM!!

    I am hoping that the Drob thing is nothing serious. If Cashman needs to trade for relief pitching help, he might give up the B’s for LaTroy Hopkins. :D

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:50 pm
    JAP,

    You wouldnt trade Betances and Nunez for Jesus Montero?
    ///

    Traded Jesus Montero (& Noesi) for Michael Pineda (& Campos), who is not as good as Betances will be. I could have just had Montero, Noesi and Betances.

    I’ll give them Nunez and Pineda, instead. (I get to keep Campos; they can keep Noesi :D )

  61. RadioKev May 15th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I seemed to have stumbled upon the LoHud absurdist thread…

  62. luis May 15th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    blake May 15th, 2012 at 12:50 pm
    JAP,

    You wouldnt trade Betances and Nunez for Jesus Montero?
    ///

    Traded Jesus Montero (& Noesi) for Michael Pineda (& Campos), who is not as good as Betances will be. I could have just had Montero, Noesi and Betances.

    I’ll give them Nunez and Pineda, instead. (I get to keep Campos; they can keep Noesi :D )

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

    I like the way you think ;)

  63. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    JAP

    As long as Girardi is here, he needs to be separated from Martin. The other Montero would accomplish that, and I am skeptical that Nunez could handle replacing Jeter.

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    luis May 15th, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    Hello guys!!

    I am with Rich, don’t let Cashman do anymore trades. I am with Pruf in the way to prevent it Oppenheimer for GM!!
    ///

    ‘morning, primo! Hear, hear! :D

  65. luis May 15th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    RadioKev May 15th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I seemed to have stumbled upon the LoHud absurdist thread…

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

    As you were then…… ;)

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    JAP

    As long as Girardi is here, he needs to be separated from Martin. The other Montero would accomplish that, and I am skeptical that Nunez could handle replacing Jeter.
    ///

    No one is ever going to replace Jeter, Rich. But you need a backup plan, given the realities of age, and you have one that can actually hit. Getting rid of Nunez to get rid of Martin seems circuitous and costly. A better way: get rid of Girardi, don’t sign Martin. Keep Nunez.

  67. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    JAP

    As long as Girardi is here, he needs to be separated from Martin. The other Montero would accomplish that, and I am skeptical that Nunez could handle replacing Jeter.

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

    Rich,

    He hasn’t have enough reps in the SS to make that assumption. He has foot work problems that can be addressed with practice in the position. He will never be Jeter, but he could hold the fort if given the opportunity the right way.

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Luis, Betances on the hill tonight in Toledo, C in Baltimore. :D.

  69. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    JAP

    Of course. Maybe I’m judging him to harshly, however, Nunez doesn’t seem like the right placeholder for that incredibly tough job.

    We aren’t getting rid of Girardi, so Plan Bs have to be looked at. I view Martin staying as horrible option.

  70. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    luis

    See my post above. I’m skeptical that he can be that guy.

  71. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    And Rich,

    If Martin continues his “torrid” season there is no reason to think that they will keep him, unless he takes a pay cut and has a 1 or 2 years deal tops. Esentially a BUC catcher deal.

  72. blake May 15th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    JAP,

    Gotta disagree with ya here man…..Id drive Betances and Nunie to Seattle myself…..not just to the airport to get Montero back ;)

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    tomingeorgia May 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm
    JAP,
    I was planning on seeing Charleston when they came to Augusta in April, but couldn’t make it. Have to wait until August for my next chance, I think. But I WILL get there.
    ////

    Bring a pad and pen :D.
    ///

    blake, too bad you missed Campos.

  74. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    luis

    Stewart: 1 year/$0.4825M (2012)

    If Girardi remains, and with him the man-love for defensive catchers, that’s about all I think they should willing to spend on that position.

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    blake, you’ll one day see the wisdom of my ways…. ;)

    I’ll give them someone else… they don’t really need pitching, though.

  76. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Rich,

    I respect that and understand your skepticism. But the kid has the tools, he just was set up to fail with that super utility role he was entrusted to play. Last season he improved tremendously the more he played when jeter went down with the calf injury. And he has a very good bat, range and speed for the position

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    uis May 15th, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    And Rich,

    If Martin continues his “torrid” season there is no reason to think that they will keep him, unless he takes a pay cut and has a 1 or 2 years deal tops. Esentially a BUC catcher deal.
    ////

    C’mon, man, he BB’d four times in two games…. catcher who gets on base like that and make you forget Thurman Munson behind the plate? Priceless!

  78. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    JAP

    Of course. Maybe I’m judging him to harshly, however, Nunez doesn’t seem like the right placeholder for that incredibly tough job.

    We aren’t getting rid of Girardi, so Plan Bs have to be looked at. I view Martin staying as horrible option.
    ///

    He’s the safety net, maybe Cito is the future…. too early to tell on latter, who I’ve admittedly seen play exactly once live.

    Martin’s awful approach and swing are even more pronounced live… I try to schedule my bathroom visits during his ABs…. can’t bear to watch.

  79. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Rich in NJ May 15th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    luis

    Stewart: 1 year/$0.4825M (2012)

    If Girardi remains, and with him the man-love for defensive catchers, that’s about all I think they should willing to spend on that position.

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

    Then Martin is a goner as it should be. He was supposed to be a bridge guy to Montero, and i liked him as such. Never wanted him as our long term solution in that position.

  80. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    blake May 15th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    JAP,

    Gotta disagree with ya here man…..Id drive Betances and Nunie to Seattle myself…..not just to the airport to get Montero back ;)

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

    Blake,

    Do you realize that Betances is probably the potential best pitcher we have in our farm? I saw two innings from his last start, and his FB and CB are Nintendo like. Granted that he has mechanical issues due to his size, and probably he will fight them his whole career or most of it. But i saw him make adjustments on the fly in ST, not many pitchers are able to do that, especially so young.It shows how much character he has. That’s why i share the confidence JAP has in him

  81. blake May 15th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    “blake, too bad you missed Campos.”

    Yea…he was pretty awful that night though…..i think Austin hit two homers however.

  82. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    uis May 15th, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    And Rich,

    If Martin continues his “torrid” season there is no reason to think that they will keep him, unless he takes a pay cut and has a 1 or 2 years deal tops. Esentially a BUC catcher deal.
    ////

    C’mon, man, he BB’d four times in two games…. catcher who gets on base like that and make you forget Thurman Munson behind the plate? Priceless!

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

    Yeah right JAP, I forgot about that. And his funny mustache makes him look sooooo much like Thurman! ;)

  83. blake May 15th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    “Do you realize that Betances is probably the potential best pitcher we have in our farm?”

    Ive watched him quite a bit now and I dont think he is to be honest…..Im very skeptical of his delivery and although I agree hes got big upside…..I think his floor is a reliever and that his floor is more likely than his upside……not saying I dont like him …..just saying that I would have no reservations about trading him to get Montero back…..just being honest.

  84. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Blake,

    And that’s fine. I do agree with you on the floor issue compared to Banuelos.

  85. blake May 15th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Luis,

    And Im not saying you and JAP are wrong……you nigt be right and i hope you are actually….just going on what Ive seen.

  86. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    About Nova,

    Why do you guys think he hasn’t been able to keep the ball down. Could the forearm injury have such lingering effects?

  87. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Nunez will not be the SS post-Jeter.

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Blake,

    Do you realize that Betances is probably the potential best pitcher we have in our farm? I saw two innings from his last start, and his FB and CB are Nintendo like. Granted that he has mechanical issues due to his size, and probably he will fight them his whole career or most of it. But i saw him make adjustments on the fly in ST, not many pitchers are able to do that, especially so young.It shows how much character he has. That’s why i share the confidence JAP has in him
    ///

    blake May 15th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Ive watched him quite a bit now and I dont think he is to be honest…..Im very skeptical of his delivery and although I agree hes got big upside…..I think his floor is a reliever and that his floor is more likely than his upside……not saying I dont like him …..just saying that I would have no reservations about trading him to get Montero back…..just being honest.
    ///

    Had to shower to get out of here soon.

    I’ve seen him repeat his delivery for long stretches, as I’ve written here many times before, and I agree with luis that he has his own coping mechanism when things go awry. I’ve seen him at his best and at his worst, and his best is worth the trials.

    Of course, he carries risk. I’m willing to take it, though, because the payoff would be so very high. His FB/CB/change combination and ability to get GB and wimpy popups – you’d have to wrestle that away from me. I also like that he doesn’t have a violent delivery, but is compact for his size and lands pretty upright. Moreso, he’s coachable and bright, and is very intent on working through his issues. I have no idea what the Yankees’ position on this is, just giving mine. I will assume the risk: no way I trade him.

  89. Yank1 May 15th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Betances = Daniel Cabrera

    Honestly, I would keep Phelps over him because Phelps has a chance to be a solid, consistent big league starter. Betances is either going to be a top starter or Daniel Cabrera.

  90. 86w183 May 15th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Nova had two bad innings, basically three bad AB in a row in each of the innings. He was good the rest of the time, but has to avoid the crooked numbers better than he has lately.

    A lot of strange trade talk today…. guess you guys want someone named Montero on the team one way or the other.

    Very curious to see what the Yanks do about Swisher. I don’t see them wanting to commit to a 3/$36 type of deal. I’d think Melky or BJ Upton might be cheaper.

  91. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Nunez will not be the SS post-Jeter.

    Then who?…There is a shortage of SS recently in the MLB, there aren’t many with the tools Nunez has… I am not saying that he is the long term solution, but i don’t see anything close to what he brings for the time being.

  92. ron May 15th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Nunez is 24 yrs old,zero hr in 51 ab,and a .633 ops against rh pitching.Low ba,obp,slg,ops,also against rh pitching.

    He is not a starter,and should never be one,unless his split stats change against rh pitching,wich he will face 75% of the time,or 2/3.

    He has a decent bat against lh pitching,but still no power at all.
    A hr every 60 something ab is ugly.

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock May 15th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    blake May 15th, 2012 at 1:31 pm
    Luis,

    And Im not saying you and JAP are wrong……you nigt be right and i hope you are actually….just going on what Ive seen.
    ///

    Gotta run but, everybody has a viewpoint. Yours is always thoughtful, even though we are diametrically opposed on Betances.

    luis, I wonder if the rain caused some problems for him last night on sinker.

    See you guys later. Have a great day.

  94. luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    86w183 May 15th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Nova had two bad innings, basically three bad AB in a row in each of the innings. He was good the rest of the time, but has to avoid the crooked numbers better than he has lately.

    A lot of strange trade talk today…. guess you guys want someone named Montero on the team one way or the other.

    Very curious to see what the Yanks do about Swisher. I don’t see them wanting to commit to a 3/$36 type of deal. I’d think Melky or BJ Upton might be cheaper.

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

    About Nova, His BABIP against is ridiculously high (444) with no one on base, and (221) with men on base. They are both bound for a correction as long as he keeps the ball down, and so is his HR per nine (1,9). So i am not overly concerned. But last night he struggled to keep the ball down with the FB and missed his spots real bad. That’s why i was asking if the forearm injury could have something to do with it.

    About Swish and Melky. Rich posted a very good breakdown of the Yankees salaries going forward. And IMO, Swisher is a goner after this season, Martin as well. If they extend Cano and Granderson, i don’t think they have the money to afford Melky. They may not be able to afford hughes if he keeps on pitching like he is currently. Of course, if they are serious about going below the cap.

    About Montero. He should have never been traded. About Miguel Montero, he would be a nice consolation price, but we won’t be able to afford him for the same reasons we can’t Melky.

  95. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    luis May 15th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Nunez will not be the SS post-Jeter.

    Then who?…

    ——————

    It’ll probably be decided well after 2014. I don’t think this is Jeter’s last contract. He sure isn’t playing like it.

    Nunez is a really nice player.. but when everyone on the blog openly admits you can’t trade him and get value back I think that says basically all you need to know. He’s a nice utility guy. But he’s not the future SS. And just because we don’t have the future SS targeted now doesn’t mean he won’t appear in due time.

  96. ron May 15th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    A player always comes along to claim a position.
    Mo,jeter,cano,tino,mattingly,bernie,granderson.

    It will also happen after jeter at ss.
    Nunez might take over for a year,but when a better option presents itself,nunez will be gone.
    The yankees are not going to play a career .669 ops at ss for long.

    I think bichette has a real chance to take over 3b in the future,m williams in cf,sanchez at catcher,and banuelos as a frontline pitcher for us.
    Tyler austin also.

    Our books are cleared in 2017,mostly cleared after the 2016 season.
    We will have a lot of money to spend,and a lot of nice prospects to start over.

  97. luis May 15th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    luis, I wonder if the rain caused some problems for him last night on sinker.

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

    He did have those same problems the other night (April 27th if i am not mistaken). That could be it. the thing is that in this case it wasn’t raining when he left those pitches up the middle, and he had command problems on the off speed offerings but not much trouble on the FB that other night if I recall correctly. Either way, wet weather doesn’t help with gripping the ball, and that leads to command and control problems.

  98. luis May 15th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    ron May 15th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Nunez is 24 yrs old,zero hr in 51 ab,and a .633 ops against rh pitching.Low ba,obp,slg,ops,also against rh pitching.

    He is not a starter,and should never be one,unless his split stats change against rh pitching,wich he will face 75% of the time,or 2/3.

    He has a decent bat against lh pitching,but still no power at all.
    A hr every 60 something ab is ugly.

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

    Good point. But he hasn’t have enough PA appearances. SSS ? On the other hand, i don’t see a better substitute.

  99. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    It will also happen after jeter at ss.
    Nunez might take over for a year

    —————-

    And this assumes Nunez is still on the Yankees in 2015.

    How many utility guys have we kept around for 5-6 seasons? Won’t he be almost 30 by then??

  100. Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t understand all the love for Nunie. He has never hit in the minors. Or the majors. His fielding is atrocious. He’s fast, but his base running instincts are terrible. He might be a nice guy, but why would anyone want him on their team?

  101. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t understand all the love for Nunie. He has never hit in the minors. Or the majors. His fielding is atrocious. He’s fast, but his base running instincts are terrible. He might be a nice guy, but why would anyone want him on their team?

    ——————-

    The plus about Nunez is simple: He can play multiple infield and outfield positions. And with a roster constructed as poorly as ours currently is, that flexibility is invaluable. His bat isn’t Martin-awful, either, which is a plus since he bats low in the order (albeit the bar is being set relatively low considering the black hole production we’re getting from Martin).

    That being said.. I mostly agree with you lol.

  102. luis May 15th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Shame,

    I tend to agree with you on Jeter. But you can’t discount the age factor in here. He is 37 going on 38, i find it hard to see him play SS by the time he is 40. He has proven me wrong before though, so i am not betting against him either. ;)

  103. ron May 15th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    My point was,someone will emerge.
    Maybe a trade,but just because we can’t think of a name now,means nothing.

    It could be a fa,cheap signing.

  104. luis May 15th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Nibblick,

    I think the kid brings an energy to the lineup, that isn’t there when he is not in. Same thing happens with Gardy. Look at the game he made the two errors. He puts pressure on the defense and i think he is faster than Gardy as well.

    Maybe in the end, i like him because he brings youth in to an old team.

  105. Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Shame, I suppose he can “play” multiple positions, in the sense that he’s willing to go out onto the field and stand where you’re supposed to stand if you’re playing the position, but he doesn’t play any of them well. Certainly not well enough to be a defensive replacement. I imagine it wouldn’t be too difficult to find somebody else who can’t hit or field.

  106. 86w183 May 15th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I thought Nova looked like he was rushing last night. Might have had something to do with the rain, dunno.

    Don’t look now, but Jeter has become rather ordinary of late

    First 26 games — .404 8 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI… 1 GIDP

    Last nine games – .250, 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI…. 4 GIDP

  107. Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Luis, I agree that this team needs the energy that youth can bring. Too bad they seem so reluctant to try any of their young minor leaguers. Instead, they look for “experience” from never-will-be’s like Stewie, Nix and Wise.

  108. 86w183 May 15th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    The whole point of putting Nunez in Sacramento is to let him concentrate on being the best SS he can be, because that’s where his highest ceiling is value-wise.

    I don’t like young guys as utility guys… it stunts their growth.

  109. GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Whether deLeon is just on a hot streak or whether it’s a fluke or if he’s figured something out, I don’t know, but he’s raised his average 70 points since the first of May and almost 90 points since late april, but, he’s doing everything right now except hitting for power, which is fine. Gumbs has been equally hot, jumping 65 points and running like Ricky Henderson 19-1 in steals.

  110. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I would take Jeter at 50% than Nunez at 100% at SS any day of the week.

    3 seasons from now when Jeter is *possibly* on his way out Nunez will be 27 and will have spent most of his time as a part time player.

    I like the guy.

    He’s not the future SS.

  111. 86w183 May 15th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    GB 7 —

    How is Gumbs defensively? Any chance the Yanks eithe rlet Cano go (or move him to RF, he has the arm) to make room in 2014? Or is that too soon?

  112. Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Ha! Maybe Nunie should be put in Sacramento!

  113. GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    Luis, I agree that this team needs the energy that youth can bring. Too bad they seem so reluctant to try any of their young minor leaguers. Instead, they look for “experience” from never-will-be’s like Stewie, Nix and Wise.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Your act, just like Stonburner’s and Prufrock’s got old after the first post. Name the “young minor leaguers” that need to be in NY?

  114. luis May 15th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Got to go,

    86w183,

    Jeter needs a day off badly. About Nunez, yes i think they realized the utility guy experiment failed, and they are now trying to teach the kid the position properly. Which i think is the right call.

    Nibblick,

    Agreed, the team needs to get younger. But i am not holding my breath for that to happen. Girardi said yesterday or the day before yesterday, that they were a HR team. Not much space there for good situational hitting. :(

  115. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    We don’t have the 1/3 formula.

    We have to get closer to the 1/3 formula.

  116. GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    86w183 May 15th, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    GB 7 —

    How is Gumbs defensively? Any chance the Yanks eithe rlet Cano go (or move him to RF, he has the arm) to make room in 2014? Or is that too soon?

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    He was shakey last year, but, he’s pretty much night and day last year to this year. Strong, accurate arm, quick feet and hands and now the bat is coming to life. His base running isn’t just on speed…he’s smart, too.

  117. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Why is it that Girardi doesn’t have some personal infatuation with HRs according to the folks on the blog?

    I mean, his personal infatuation with defensive catchers has been discussed in the context of ‘well, that’s what he was an he prefers defensive catchers because of it.’

    But if this is the case, and Girardi is only interested in players that reflect his qualities.. why in the hell would he want a HR-centric team? This is a guy who hit 36 HRs in a 15+ year career.

    Could it possibly be that he’s actually not the one calling any shots on this team? I know that sound shocking lol…our front office is really getting under my skin.

  118. Tackelberry May 15th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    86w183 May 15th, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    GB 7 —

    How is Gumbs defensively? Any chance the Yanks eithe rlet Cano go (or move him to RF, he has the arm) to make room in 2014? Or is that too soon?

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    He was shakey last year, but, he’s pretty much night and day last year to this year. Strong, accurate arm, quick feet and hands and now the bat is coming to life. His base running isn’t just on speed…he’s smart, too.

    ____________________________________________________

    Gumbs is very talented, but still pretty raw. Highly unlikely he will be ready in 2012. Will probably spend a full year at each level even if he performs very well.

  119. Tackelberry May 15th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    sorry, meant 2014. ETA for Gumbs is probably 2016

  120. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I just have a hard time believing if Girardi could construct his ideal roster it would be full of a bunch of pull-happy HR hitters.

    Not saying you can’t win games that way… but its awful strategically.

  121. GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    No way would I move Cano from 2nd base. Gumbs is going to get a little bigger and the power (O’Neill” type power will follow. Move him to right? Possibly, depending on what they get done with Cano on a contract. If Cano re-signs, move Gumbs to shortstop. He already has a shortstop arm and the jump throw from the hole up the middle and from the left side hole to the shortstop covering. Very athletic. Just needs to keep improving with the bat.

  122. TD213 May 15th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Nunez has excellent batspeed and has plus speed. He has a short compact stroke that can generate linedrives and doubles with some HRs sprinkled in. He has lightening quick wrists and a good approach at the plate.

    In the field, he has a plus arm, soft hands, and excellent range. He has all the tools to be an excellent ballplayer.

  123. Tackelberry May 15th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    The First Year Player draft is only 3 weeks away and short season ball shortly thereafter. Curious to see how Rookie Davis, Dan Camarena and Rafael DePaula perform in their first professional seasons in pro ball.

  124. Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    GB7 – your act has never been anything but old. Feel free to ignore my posts. It would be more productive than your pathetic attempts to insult.

  125. GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    from the ***Right*** side hole

  126. Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    TD213 – which Nunie have you been watching the last few years in th minors and the majors? The guy who has 25 errors already? The guy who has a lifetime OPS in the minors in the .600′s? He may have all those great tools, but that doesn’t matter if he can’t produce. And he hasn’t produced, offensively anywhere. And he hasn’t produced defensively in the majors.

  127. GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Try answering the question instead of whining about everything. Who are you bringing up?

  128. GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Let the “We gotta get Harper to pair with Montero and Hamilton” group get started on how to steal all of these players now. None will see Yankee Pinstripes except from their road grays. Neither will Hamels.

  129. 86w183 May 15th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    have a great day gang….SeeYa

  130. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    TD213 – I think you make good points, so I’ll ask this:

    What value could we get in return for trading a guy like Nunez?

  131. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    “None will see Yankee Pinstripes except from their road grays.”

    Yep.

  132. UnKnown May 15th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    No word yet on Robertson? Probably leaving it to Joe in the Pre Game to explain what the MRI found.

    Really hoping its something where all they have to do is shut him down for a week. Can’t afford anymore crushing news on the injury front.

  133. blake May 15th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Nunez has some tools…..so did Willie Mo Pena….they dont always add up to a good player…we’ll see…..

  134. Nick in SF May 15th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    “About Montero. He should have never been traded. ”

    Interesting notion. How long have you felt this way?

  135. theREALkevin May 15th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I wouldn’t rule out Bryce Harper playing for the Yankees one day. He is 19 years old! He will be playing for another 20 years most likely. Who knows what will happen as far as what teams he will play for. I’m not trying to say he will play for the Yankees, but no one knows that he won’t.

  136. Jerkface May 15th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    http://www.theonion.com/articl.....igh,28161/

  137. tomingeorgia May 15th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Jerk,
    Satire conceals the truth, maybe?

  138. bruceb May 15th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Jerkface May 15th, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    http://www.theonion.com/articl…..igh,28161/

    And to think I never even knew DJ was a cat lover…

  139. tomingeorgia May 15th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    To the victor belongs the spoils.

  140. Against All Odds May 15th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Let the “We gotta get Harper to pair with Montero and Hamilton” group get started on how to steal all of these players now. None will see Yankee Pinstripes except from their road grays. Neither will Hamels.

    ————————-

    And that’s bad thing but hey don’t worry the Yankees will be able to roll out their all homegrown team.

  141. theREALkevin May 15th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    It’s looking like Bryan LaHair should have been given a real chance in the MLB earlier in his career.

  142. Tar May 15th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I like what Nunez and Gardner bring to the line-up. Even if it’s not on an everyday basis.

  143. We Want Mo Mo May 15th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Do we play tomorrow?

  144. Shame Spencer May 15th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Gardner should be in the line-up every day. What he brings on the D side of his game is enough to warrant that.

  145. Tar May 15th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I agree shame. I was more commenting on the speed and OBP that the two of them bring together. I think it takes some of the pressure off of the big boppers. It gives the line-up an added element that I like.

  146. austinmac May 15th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I have always liked Nunez even with his painful errors. As I recall he won the International League equivalent of a gold glove at short a couple years ago.

    He is a guy I never minded up in a critical situation. He has hit some very good pitchers. Plus, he has great speed. He also has a very good arm. Those combination of skills are rare at shortstop.

    When he will ever start for the Yankees is a good question, but they may well keep him around in the event Cano leaves.

  147. randy l. May 15th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    “When he will ever start for the Yankees is a good question, but they may well keep him around in the event Cano leaves.”

    austin mac-

    yikes

    see, this is why my excitement level is low for now and the coming next five years.

    what is this new yankee environment that yankee fans would even think this way?

    when would a guy like cano ever be allowed to leave before this weird time in yankee history ?

    and nunez?

    he’s got a ways to go to get past being a good utility guy .

    if they let cano walk, i’m going on strike.

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