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Joba: “I can go get guys out right now”

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I got an email from Chad last night with some fresh Joba quotes as per Mike Ashmore, who covers the Trenton Thunder. You can find some video of Joba pitching on his blog, Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts. After another outing in which he did not allow a run (1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 30 pitches, 23 strikes), used all four of his pitches, and hit 98 mph on Sunday, he made it clear that he feels he’s ready for the next level.

“Without a doubt,” Chamberlain said. “Obviously the physical part is over, now it’s the mental part. That’s the hardest thing. Obviously, knowing that I could throw everything with conviction was the least of my concerns. Now it’s just getting in the pace of the game, and getting in the flow, and having an idea of what you want to do from pitch to pitch. Not looking back an inning later after you’ve given up a couple hits and realizing what you did.

“If you’re late with your arm, correcting it during that at-bat and not having to wait. I think that’s the biggest thing that we’ve done and I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job. I have out pitches I can go to if my fastball’s been missing to get me back out front and go from there. So, without a doubt in my mind, I feel like I can go get guys out right now and help us in the big leagues.”

It seems like Joba’s stuff is back for the most part. He’s had high radar gun readings in each of his rehab appearances, and the results have been very encouraging. He knows his time is coming, and he sounds like he’s eager to prove that he still has it.

Joe Girardi acknowledged that Joba has to be on the big league roster by August 6, but the Yankees might be tempted to bring him up before then. Of course, Girardi didn’t want to give too much away about what they’re thinking.

“I think as a player it’s important to take it day-by-day,” Girardi said on Sunday. “There is a finish – there is a 30-day period. He knew of that, and we’re aware of that. You don’t want to rush a player… And Joba you have to remember hasn’t pitched in awhile. He hasn’t pitched in really over a year at this level, so we have to make sure that he’s prepared.”

Photo from Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts blog

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118 Responses to “Joba: “I can go get guys out right now””

  1. blake July 30th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Hurry back Jobber!

  2. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Joe-

    Rush the guy. His arm has more than enough time to heal, and it’d be a perfect time to bring him home to face the Orioles.

  3. blake July 30th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    A few months ago I was afraid Joba’s Yankee career might be over…..now hes got a chance to make a real impact this year…..and they really need him…..

  4. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Have to go. Have a great day.

    Bring Joba back now.

    Get a bat-preferably a right handed 3rd baseman. Two bats if Andruw Jones has reached his usefullness.

    Move Ichiro up in the order

  5. Giuseppe Franco July 30th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    They aren’t going to rush him.

    After pitching the last two games, I would imagine Joba won’t be seeing any action for a couple of days.

    That said, I can’t say that I’m the least bit concerned about the Orioles.

  6. Mike Ri July 30th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Per Mlbtr

    The Padres expect to decide today whether they’ll trade third baseman Chase Headley this month, a source tells Passan. Headley, who is under team control through 2014, projects to earn $6.1MM for ’13, according to MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz. The Padres are growing more leery of trading Headley, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a sentiment we’ve been seeing the last several days from other reports. Sherman does not believe there was much life to talks between the Yankees and Padres about Headley.

  7. blake July 30th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I wonder if all this was a Melky Cabrera moment for Joba….he looks like hes in fantastic shape…..maybe Joba takes hold of his career and takes off…..becomes either a dominant closer arm or talks his way in to starting again……either way …..go Joba!

  8. Keith--PA....no longer FL July 30th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    It’s the same old song with the Yankees and the record is broken…we have an all or nothing offense with not enough good average, .300 or above hitters, not enough small ball, sacrifice approach, and too much of a reliance on the HR…over 162 games it’s OK b/c we face enough bad pitching, but there are series like against the A’s, stretches of ineptitude on offense that are the same year to year…..Cashman and guys like Francesa keep saying the playoffs are a crapshoot, too small of a sample size, etc….but isn’t 2004-2012 enough of a sample…..when we face playoff pitching armed with detailed scouting reports, our offense struggles based on the hitters we have….this is where Cashman has hurt us alot….people say Cashman has hurt us with his pitching decisions, I totally disagree, pitching has been good enough…..it’s the hitting where he has gone wrong….Melky would be better than Swisher and Austin Jackson would be better than Granderson……I think those 2 guys would change this offense totally at the top of the lineup……maybe it’s b/c I have a 4 year old and 2 year old at home that I don’t get bothered too much anymore by the losses, but it’s also b/c I just don’t see this team beating the Angels, Rangers, or Tigers in the playoffs with this offense and lack of clutch hitting and bad with RISP…..just have seen it so much the past bunch of years…..sorry to be so negative but many of you who watch the team everyday know what I’m talking about and I hate that Melky and Jackson were on this team and are exactly what we need but are elsewhere….

  9. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    i liked the ichiro move but people got way too carried away expecting the old ichiro and complaining that he shouldnt be batting 8th in front of martin.

    ichiro as a mariner: .261/.288/.353/642 OPS
    ichiro as a yankee: .261/.292/.304/.596 OPS
    (russel martin the past week: 2 HR, 5 RBI 1SB .313)

  10. Mike Ri July 30th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    YS Guy

    are you comparing Ichiro to Martin ??? I’d take my grandmother over Martin,, He’s the WORSE catcher in the league … and its not even close

  11. blake July 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I think lets give Ichiro more than a week before judging …..he had one game where he easily could have gotten 3 or 4 hits but he hit it right at people….hes stealing bases as well…..I still thibk hes going to help them.

  12. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    no my point was and is that ichiro is just not a good hitter anymore and 8th is exactly where he belongs in the order until/unless he shows some signs of life.

  13. Mike Ri July 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    no my point was and is that ichiro is just not a good hitter anymore and 8th is exactly where he belongs in the order until/unless he shows some signs of life.

    ok . .i agree YS guy

  14. fiveironfromfenway July 30th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    YS – Ichiro might fit in the 8th spot but he actually belongs in the 9th spot. It makes so much more sense to have him restart the order at 9. He can get on in front of Jeter to keep the right side of the infield open. He can steal a base in front of Jeter to prevent the double play. I would keep Ichiro at the bottom of the order but again make him 9 – Ichiro (9), Jeter (1), Grandy, Tex, Cano, Swisher is really, really balanced.

  15. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    i can see the idea of moving him to 9th and having him bat in front of jeter but then again, martin has a better obp, so it just doesnt make that much difference to me. but i definitely dont see any reason to move him up.

  16. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    ichiro’s ability to put the bat on pretty much any ball pitched was great when he was on his game, but it really hurts him now. 17 walks this season is ridiculous for a guy with his speed and baserunning skills. the .261 avg. is terrible for a guy with no power but the sub .300 obp is the real killer.

    there’s no way he can try to change his approach at this late date, but people calling for a guy who never takes pitches or works the count and never walks to lead off is just crazy.

    every starter on the team plus chavez, jones and nix all have better on base than ichiro, that’s crazy.

  17. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    blake July 30th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    A few months ago I was afraid Joba’s Yankee career might be over…..now hes got a chance to make a real impact this year…..and they really need him…..
    —————-

    Yeah – sounds like the Yankees are going to make a trade for a pretty darn good relief pitcher after all.

  18. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    by the way – Blake – have you been feeding info to Ken Rosenthal because I saw him this weekend saying that the Yankees are in on Headley as a replacement for Alex now and for Swisher next year.

    If possible, I would do Warren, Nunez, JR Murphy and a lower guy for Headley and offer to take back the contract of Nik Hundley if that helps them part with Headley for less than what’s out there from some other teams perhaps.

  19. fiveironfromfenway July 30th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I would be very leery of including Murphy. He has made huge strides behind the plate – watch him in any of the numerous Mike Ashmore videos of pitchers. He is really quiet, receives the ball very nicely, and since he was an infielder has a good arm. Above all the guy can hit. With Romine’s back problems, I think Murphy possibly becomes the next (reliable catching prospect) in line before-Sanchez.

  20. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    ichiro has the 5th lowest pitches per plate appearance of any qualifying hitter in the AL this year. (granderson has the 3rd highest, swisher the 7th highest). martin would be in the top 35 if he had enough AB’s.

  21. blake July 30th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Chip,

    Maybe Ken reads Lohud ;) nah it makes sense…..also makes sense cause the Dbacks like Headley and he could help them get Upton this winter.

    I think itll take more than that though…….

  22. 86w183 July 30th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Chip —- Hundley has 4 4 M guaranteed in 2014…. no thanx.

    Trade wise that seems fair to me, but they might hold out for Phelps instead and I dont wanna lose him.

    If they can get Wigginton that would be a nice bench piece, maybe to replace the dying bat of Andruw Jones (5-last-34, 5 RBI)

  23. blake July 30th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    If the price is Phelps as the main piece in a Headley deal Id probably do it…..personally I think they need a Headley now and going forward more than a Phelps. JMO

  24. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    fiveironfromfenway July 30th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I would be very leery of including Murphy. He has made huge strides behind the plate – watch him in any of the numerous Mike Ashmore videos of pitchers. He is really quiet, receives the ball very nicely, and since he was an infielder has a good arm. Above all the guy can hit. With Romine’s back problems, I think Murphy possibly becomes the next (reliable catching prospect) in line before-Sanchez.
    —————

    that’s part of the reason I would want Hundley included in a deal – he’s had an awful season but he could still be a viable catcher next year for the Yankees.

  25. jpmatrixfan88 July 30th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    GF,

    Joba didn’t pitch Saturday though. Or Friday for that matter he just had a bp session.

  26. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    86w183 July 30th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Chip —- Hundley has 4 4 M guaranteed in 2014…. no thanx.

    Trade wise that seems fair to me, but they might hold out for Phelps instead and I dont wanna lose him.

    If they can get Wigginton that would be a nice bench piece, maybe to replace the dying bat of Andruw Jones (5-last-34, 5 RBI)
    —————————-

    That’s not a terrible amount of money for a catcher – not like there are any other C’s on the market who are that much better.

  27. EA July 30th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    They need to start looking at pieces that could be helpful in the future, not just continually go after the Jones, Ichiro, Wiggington-types that are all aging players with the hope of getting a short term spark.

  28. 86w183 July 30th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    That’s not a terrible amount of money for a catcher – not like there are any other C’s on the market who are that much better.

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

    Fair enough, but I wonder if his 2011 stats are a fluke when you look at the rest of his career and his lousy numbers this year.

    I agree finding some young “long term” pieces should be in the plans. That’s harder to do at the trading deadline. the best internal candidates for that are probably 2014 arrivals at best.

  29. DaveD July 30th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    JonHeymanCBS
    while Beckett trade cant be seen as likely, teams are at least listening. #rangers #braves

    Some team is going to bail them out of the Beckett deal aren’t they

  30. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    right now, its about loading up for the PS. if upton or some big piece is about to move, you may have to get involved, but for now its all about this year. you’re not going to give up any pieces you need long-term for a wigginton.

  31. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    dave, i dont think anybody is going to bail them out, i think they will have to pay heavily to get that tumor removed from their roster. it really has to be done its just a question of how much it’s going to cost them.

  32. DaveD July 30th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Ian_OConnor
    Bobby Valentine suggests 1 team at Yankee Stadium last night might miss the playoffs. The home team. http://t.co/TAffVysZ

  33. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    DaveD July 30th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Ian_OConnor
    Bobby Valentine suggests 1 team at Yankee Stadium last night might miss the playoffs. The home team.-
    ————————————

    Bobby V said something stupid? I’m shocked.

  34. blake July 30th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Bobby V is funny….I hope the Yanks post that on their bulletin board and bury them

  35. blake July 30th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    “Some team is going to bail them out of the Beckett deal aren’t they”

    I can’t see anybody taking him without Boston eating a lot of that contract….he’s just not good enough or healthy enough for anybody to pick up that much money for a diva malcontent thats not as good as he used to be.

  36. Jerkface July 30th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Yankee Trader, the Yankees should definitely, 100% offer Swisher the qualifying deal. You offer it right at the start of free agency and Swisher has a week to decide so its almost guaranteed that he will decline it and the Yankees will get a pick. And if he doesn’t they get a good OFer on a 1 year deal which is, generally, the best kind of deal you can get.

    If they do not offer it I will begin to wonder just what the Yankees think they are doing.

  37. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Yankees will give Swish a qualifying offer – makes no sense not to.

    By the way – I see Swisher winding up with San Francisco next year.

  38. Yank1 July 30th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Keep Swisher, trade Grandy

  39. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I’m really not at all worried about this team – even if they don’t upgrade at 3b for the stretch they’ll be fantastic.

    I’m sure that Cashman is asking around about upgrades but really just a little addition to the bench to pick up for the depth that’s now playing in the field would be nice.

  40. blake July 30th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    YankeesPR Happy Birthday to #Yankees 2012 First-Round pick @TyHensley17 who will also make his pro debut today with GCL
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    go hensley!

  41. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Yank1 July 30th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Keep Swisher, trade Grandy
    ———————-

    Outside of Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson has been the best offensive player on this team over the last two years. It is also a lot harder to find a good CF than it is to find a good RF.

  42. blake July 30th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    “I’m really not at all worried about this team – even if they don’t upgrade at 3b for the stretch they’ll be fantastic.”

    I’m not worried about them making the playoffs…..I’m less confident about how this club stacks up after getting in though……not sure what Alex will be when he comes back or if he’ll have enough time to find a groove……

  43. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    At this point I say there’s no downside in seeing what Houston wants for Jed Lowrie – he’s pretty much the last man standing on that club – maybe buy low on Brett Wallace too as a LH DH going forward.

  44. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    blake July 30th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    “I’m really not at all worried about this team – even if they don’t upgrade at 3b for the stretch they’ll be fantastic.”

    I’m not worried about them making the playoffs…..I’m less confident about how this club stacks up after getting in though……not sure what Alex will be when he comes back or if he’ll have enough time to find a groove……
    —————–

    Yeah but in a lot of cases there’s no upgrade you can make that’s going to help with that – I mean whatever team has to lock up with the Angels and their rotation of Greinke, Weaver, Haren and Wilson is going to have problems.

  45. Jerkface July 30th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Outside of Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson has been the best offensive player on this team over the last two years. It is also a lot harder to find a good CF than it is to find a good RF.

    They will have had him for ages 29-32, got good production. No reason to lock up a 33 year old, especially one who strikes out as much as he does. Once you lose just that bit of speed off the bat the strike outs balloon and you’re no longer doing damage to make up for it. Rather not see the Yankees pay for that to happen.

  46. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    “Yeah but in a lot of cases there’s no upgrade you can make that’s going to help with that –”

    I think they can….just don’t know if they’ll spend what it takes to do it.

  47. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    “I’m not worried about them making the playoffs…..I’m less confident about how this club stacks up after getting in though……not sure what Alex will be when he comes back or if he’ll have enough time to find a groove……”
    —————————————————-

    im ok with alex it’s andy im worried about.

  48. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Jerkface July 30th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Outside of Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson has been the best offensive player on this team over the last two years. It is also a lot harder to find a good CF than it is to find a good RF.

    They will have had him for ages 29-32, got good production. No reason to lock up a 33 year old, especially one who strikes out as much as he does. Once you lose just that bit of speed off the bat the strike outs balloon and you’re no longer doing damage to make up for it. Rather not see the Yankees pay for that to happen.
    —————

    Neither would I – but if my choices are him or Swisher I would choose him.

  49. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    As I’ve said before….I think they should offer Granderson a team friendly extension this winter….if he doesn’t accept then they should shop him and see what they can get. He’s getting up there in age and I don’t know how he’ll age

  50. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    “Yeah but in a lot of cases there’s no upgrade you can make that’s going to help with that –”

    I think they can….just don’t know if they’ll spend what it takes to do it.
    —————

    Good pitchers can get Justin Upton out too :-)

  51. Jerkface July 30th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Neither would I – but if my choices are him or Swisher I would choose him.

    They should choose neither.

  52. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Jerkface July 30th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Neither would I – but if my choices are him or Swisher I would choose him.

    They should choose neither.
    —————-

    Depending on the development of Zoilo Almonte, Abe Almonte, Slade Heathcott, Tyler Austin and Mason Williams that might be the route they go.

  53. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Heyman:

    A’s will get either Stephen Drew or Yuniel Escobar

    Yankees will get a part time 3b

    O’s will get Joe Blanton

    Giants deny that they have a deal in place for Hunter Pence.

  54. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    IF, the Yanks should get Headley, it is NOT to play RF in 2013. As I said before, Headley is Brosius, and 3B is where he would play for the Yanks in 2013. A-Rod is just too expensive, too brittle Now, and too important a bat in the Yankee order, to allow him to field a position. Should the Yanks acquire Headley, after This season has ended, Cashman will hold the same talk with A-Rod that he had with Posada. He will inform A-Rod to dispose of his 3B mitt, and resign himself to being a DH. Cashman will also tell A-Rod if he really is serious about becoming the All-Time HR Champ, he needs every AB he can get, and DH’ing\staying off the DL will give him the best opportunity to do that.
    If the Yanks are Not gonna getta bat to replace A-Rod, then they need to adjust their offensive approach. Last night’s game to Boston was lost because Girardi continued to employ the same offensive approach he has used All season. Waiting for a Dinger can No longer be employed with A-Rod’s bat outta the lineup. When Jeet comes up with a runner on 1B and No outs, he Must bunt the runner over. The Yankees currently can Not afford to allow Jeet to bang into a DP like we witnessed last night. Ichiro and Jeet on the corners with Less than 2 outs? You gotta run that guy on 1B. You gotta Push the action, you gotta force your opponent to make a mistake. 9 times outta 10, your opponent will Not even throw through. Girardi needs to update his thinking and that 3 Ring Binder of his.
    If it’s me, I still pursue J Upton over Headley or Choo. The upside of Upton and his AAV are too good to pass up.

  55. Barely Fair July 30th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Yes, the Yanks may have lost two out of three to the Sox over the weekend, but the two games (one in the standings) were not a total loss for Yankee fans.

    Now, the Sox are forced to be buyers before the trade deadline and will no doubt inflate or infuriate more egos with trades that will only decrease their chances of making the playoffs – yet again.

    Thinking they have a chance to win, the Sox will make the following moves in the next thirty-six hours:

    - Keep Beckett and the $35 million remaining on his red-iculous contract, further weakening the rotation, since Beckett is the worst starter in the American League not named Carl Pavano.

    -Keep “three strike outs a game” Saltalamaccia and prevent rookie Lavarnay from reaching the majors – yet again. Ditto for Kelly “I’m not Varitek” Shoppach from being traded, since Beckett can’t stand tossing to anyone who’s not a third or fourth string catcher.

    - Anger Carl “I’m OK” Crawford by not letting him get TJ surgery on his ailing left elbow. Thus, Carl “The Gamer” Crawford will finish out the season, hit .229 and steal a few bases, until he blows out a knee.

    - Keep Bobby V as manager, even though the only person on the team who doesn’t hate him is the bat boy and, technically, the bat boy is not on the team.

    - Trade Lester for Carl Pavano, because only the Red Sox would think that would be an upgrade. And on paper, it almost would be.

    Yes, no matter what the Sox do over the next thirty six hours, they’re still the Sox: first in dumb trades and last place in the AL East.

    Thanks, Red Sox. And good luck against the hungry Tigers.

  56. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    “Waiting for a Dinger can No longer be employed with A-Rod’s bat outta the lineup.”
    =====================================

    arod had 2 homers the last month while the yankees were pouring it on in the standings. you can argue that they shouldnt be so homer dependant but arod’s injury has just about nothing to do with that.

  57. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    the A’s want stephen drew? they must have an opening for a dl…

  58. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    “Good pitchers can get Justin Upton out too”

    I wasnt really thinking of him now…..but their offense isnt as good as it normally is …..theyll have to pitch really well and Cano will have to go off for them to win it all IMO.

  59. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    A-Rod’s bat issa presence whether he hits Dingers\ 2bs\’etc. If your playing the Yanks, all you currently gotta do is work your way toward the bottom end of that batting order. Pathetic

  60. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    “If it’s me, I still pursue J Upton over Headley or Choo. The upside of Upton and his AAV are too good to pass up.”

    They can get Headley now and then trade him for Upton this winter.

  61. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Latest On Shin-Soo Choo
    By Tim Dierkes [July 30 at 10:07am CST]
    The Indians think it’s unlikely they’ll trade right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, tweeted ESPN’s Buster Olney this morning. Olney says a Choo trade would require the perfect offer, which fits with yesterday’s report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Tribe would need a good Major Leaguer with less than three years of service. Yesterday we heard that the Pirates, Rangers, and Reds have interest in Choo, but a deal with the Rangers isn’t happening. The latest on Choo:

    Count the Dodgers among the interested teams, tweets Yahoo’s Tim Brown.
    Choo badly wants to win, but considers the Indians like his family and has not and will not request a trade, he told reporters including MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian yesterday. Regarding his contract status, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer quotes Choo saying, “That’s why I have an agent. My agent and the Indians talk about it. I don’t want to worry about it. It’s a big headache. Scott [Boras] has done this a long time. He knows more than me.” Choo is under team control through 2013, a season for which MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects a $7.6MM salary.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    Choo would be a difference maker for the Yankees.

  62. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    did we ever sort out exactly what uptons aav for the yankees would be?

  63. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Cano had a good Playoff vs Detroit, and we know how that ended. Yanks need a bat Now. Remember, the Yanks are playing without Both A-Rod AND Gardner.

  64. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Buster OlneyVerified
    ?@Buster_ESPN

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    Teams are asking about Jon Lester and the Red Sox are saying no, flatly.

  65. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    “Good pitchers can get Justin Upton out too”

    I wasnt really thinking of him now…..but their offense isnt as good as it normally is …..theyll have to pitch really well and Cano will have to go off for them to win it all IMO.
    ————————

    Like I said – I would go for depth – I am a little worried about Chavez holding up down the stretch – but again – depth guys are generally available after the deadline too.

    My targets:

    Jeff Baker
    Jed Lowrie
    Brett Wallace (for the future)
    Scott Rolen
    Jack Hannahan

    btw – with Chris Johnson traded – Jimmy Paredes who went to Houston in the Berkman deal will probably inherit the 3b job.

  66. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Happy to read more updates on Joba that are positive.
    The more time he spends in the minors, the better off he will be once he’s activated.
    Of course I would love to see him wearing the pinstripes tonight but I understand Joba will benefit from each and every appearance in the minors right now.

  67. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    - BLAKE -
    The landscape changes quickly. You grab Upton Immediately.

  68. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    its funny how every story about anybody who’s being offered for trades starts out with their club saying ‘its unlikely that ________ will be traded at the deadline but the team is still listening to offers.

    they may as well change the players name on his uni to ‘for sale – best offer’

  69. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    “did we ever sort out exactly what uptons aav for the yankees would be?”

    according to what everyone says….it seems 8.54 million dollars…

    “The landscape changes quickly. You grab Upton Immediately.”

    two issues 1) not sure he’s still available now 2) not sure the Yanks can match up on a trade now

  70. Jerkface July 30th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    did we ever sort out exactly what uptons aav for the yankees would be?

    Nope. But both ways its either good or greaaaaat.

  71. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    while i think lester is just a smaller tumor than beckett, the socks’ would be crazy to sell low on him right now.

  72. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    “Nope. But both ways its either good or greaaaaat.”

    this

  73. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    on reflection tumor was a bad choice of slams to use for lester

  74. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    The Rangers vs. Angels has become the Red Sox vs. the Yankees 2.0: There is a top-this ethos now for the two teams. The Rangers imported Yu Darvish and Joe Nathan in the offseason. The Angels, who had ceded AL West front-runner status to the Rangers over the past few years, reacted by spending more than $300 million on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z227VYXPOj

  75. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS
    not shocked beckett may approve #braves. players love braves (except dempster). plus, atlanta is known for fried chicken

  76. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    it was very strange that tito had that sit down in the sock’s locker room the other day. ill bet he was urging them to stop the whining and get behind valentine, but it’s very strange and has the potential to make things even worse (with the volatility of bobby factored in…)

  77. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Choo is 30yrs old. Upton 24. No brainer

  78. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    i just have a feeling that if the socks get rid of beckett, lester will become the real jon lester after he’s gone. i think there is alot of conflicted loyalty there.

  79. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    They no longer even attempt to mask the R\Sox bias at ESPN. That stuff last night coming outta the booth was embarassing.

  80. ac1 July 30th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Yankees should look at Hunter Pence too….

  81. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I can’t imagine any team taking a flyer on Beckett – unless it’s some team out of contention and the Sux are willing to suck up most of the salary.

    Knowing his name is being bandied about will cause one of two things to happen, should he noted be traded: he will become a recalcitrant crybaby – okay he’s that already – he’ll become a more horrific version of that and absolutely tank for the rest of the season; or it will be the biggest wake up call he’s ever received and he’ll find religion and start to pitch decent games.

    My guess is the recalcitrant crybaby.

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

    I am ready to say uncle on getting another bat. I do hope it happens and that Cash surprises us. I believe the Yankees can get the job done if Arod comes back healthy and swings the way he had been recently, Swisher comes back totally healthy and hits the way we know he can, Joba comes back and is rarin’ to go (this one I’m counting on), and Andy comes back completely healthy. I do believe this is just a bit of a funk for them right now.

    Having said that, I see no reason not to err on the side of caution. Get a bat, Brian. And please make it a productive bat, one that will flourish in the Bronx as opposed to fade under the spotlight.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    that should have read “should he not be traded”.

  83. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Good thing about Angels and Rangers – and don’t forget Oakland has been making a bid. Someone – or two – will limp into the playoffs. They’ll know what it feels like to play in the AL East.

  84. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    They no longer even attempt to mask the R\Sox bias at ESPN. That stuff last night coming outta the booth was embarassing.
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    How do you mean? I can be very critical of the ESPN broadcasters, but I don’t remember anything that irritated me last night.
    I thought Orel and Tito did a fine job of explaining multiple subjects last night.
    Including Tito predicting in advance that Bobby V was about to get ejected from the game.

  85. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    “Choo is 30yrs old. Upton 24. No brainer”

    Sure but I dont know if they can get Upton and Choo is a better player right now…..I woah they could get both.

  86. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    bats like wigginton and lowrie will be avaliable after waivers clear so there is plenty of time to stock up on depth. right now it’s more about bigger pieces.

    i wouldnt be surprised if headley clears waivers and is available in august.

  87. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    “Choo is 30yrs old. Upton 24. No brainer”

    Sure but I dont know if they can get Upton and Choo is a better player right now…..I woah they could get both.
    ———————

    My sincere belief is that with Ichiro on board the Yankees are done with the outfield.

  88. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    bats like wigginton and lowrie will be avaliable after waivers clear so there is plenty of time to stock up on depth. right now it’s more about bigger pieces-
    ————

    Lowrie won’t clear waivers.

  89. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    if you’re looking for bias you are almost always going to find it.

  90. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    “My sincere belief is that with Ichiro on board the Yankees are done with the outfield.”

    I agree unfortunately

  91. Jerkface July 30th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Wiggington is terrible, I hope the Yankees do not get him.

  92. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    “i wouldnt be surprised if headley clears waivers and is available in august.”

    No way……he doesnt make any money and tons of teams could use a 3B.

  93. ac1 July 30th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    FOX was WAY WORSE than ESPN this weekend.

  94. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Wiggington cant play 3B …..not well anyway…..hes a 1B that is stuck a bunch of places …..please no

  95. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Headley clear waivers???? HAHAHAHAHAHA

  96. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Jerkface July 30th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Wiggington is terrible, I hope the Yankees do not get him.
    ———————————————————————————————
    Wiggington is terrible.
    What is wrong with Nix? That guy has been doing a terrific job. No need to add a dope like
    Wiggington to the roster. I would much rather have Nunez before Wiggington

  97. Chip July 30th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Since we were talking about Curtis Granderson being dealt this winter:

    San Francisco gets: Curtis Granderson
    New York Yankees get: Brandon Belt, Conor Gillaspie, Madison Baumgardner

  98. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Fox broadcasts are more inept than biased. That ESPN Troika doing their laughing and giggling once the R\Sox took the lead, was the Most unprofessional display I have Ever heard from any organization Not directly affiliated with a team. Disgraceful

  99. blake July 30th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I kinda hope Beckett goes to Texas….spread the chicken and beer virus

  100. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Yea, I would take Nunez before Wigginton, but I also would Not have shipped out Nunez in the 1st Place. The Yanks asked Nunez to juggle several balls at once, and when he dropped a few, they 86′d the guy. So much for following orders.

  101. blake July 30th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    San Francisco gets: Curtis Granderson New York Yankees get: Brandon Belt, Conor Gillaspie, Madison Baumgardner.

    Sabean says …dial tone.

  102. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    The current dis-satisfaction with Hamilton and the Rangers, reminds me of what Reggie went thru with the Yankees\George in the early 80′s. The result will be the same. Hamilton walks.

  103. blake July 30th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I think Belt would be a nice buy low guy but Im not sure he can play outfield and id he cant then there really isnt a fit with the Yanks.

  104. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    blake July 30th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    San Francisco gets: Curtis Granderson New York Yankees get: Brandon Belt, Conor Gillaspie, Madison Baumgardner.

    Sabean says …dial tone.
    ——————————————————————————————————————-
    This would be a terrible deal from the Yankees.
    Belt is lost at the plate right now. He can only play 1b. I think we already have someone playing 1b right now.

  105. austinmac July 30th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Like many of you I search for trade clues. Their are none. Ichiro was not a stealth move. They called the Yankees. Despite my desires, I see no sign of any upgrade.

  106. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Can you imagine a rotation that includes Both Oswalt and Beckett??? Texas is absolutely desperate if they have both those gas cans on the roster.

  107. blake July 30th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    “This would be a terrible deal from the Yankees.”

    That would be an awesome deal for a year of Granderson just for Bumgardner alone…..which is why the Giants wouldnt do it.

  108. jacksquat July 30th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    There sure is a lot rosterbation here…

    And a lot of negativity for a team that is doing well overall.

    They will get Joba back, Arod back, Pettitte back. They will be ok until then. Headley will cost too much for a patch. The Yankees have the best wRC+ in baseball, they don’t have to have another bat.

  109. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    A lineup with the names Nix, Martin, and Suzuki at the bottom, has gotta give a GM “the shakes”. Throw in the avg age of the starting lineup, and Cashman has gotta get some insurance.

  110. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Yanks have lost 7 of 10. That don’t feed the bulldog in late July.

  111. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Who else agreed with the ESPN announcers last night on the 2 run double that went
    to LC
    If Ichiro was in LF, there is no chance the ball would have rolled to the wall-allowing the 2nd run to score.
    A. Jones does have a lot of wear on those legs of his. I wonder if he was cramping last night because he was not running so well.

  112. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    i’m ok with chavez/alex at 3b and with chavez being the primary till alex gets back.

    i’ve poked fun at chavez’s glassy-ness myself more than once, but he’s 34, he’s better than arod on d and he’s not a black hole with the stick.

    alex will be back so we’re talking about the backup 3bman here.

  113. austinmac July 30th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Ichiro fell in the team’s lap and I agree that ends the OF search, if their ever was one. I strongly suspect Cashman sees the needs we see but has no money to spend. I am getting to the point of wanting the TD to be over so we can all accept the shortcomings. I have said help is more likely to come in August through cheap waiver wire deals for a bench player.

  114. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    warning track power – i didn’t need the espn announcers to tell me that, i could see it for myself, it was so obvious. brett gardner, or ichiro, would have cut that ball off and saved a run.

    i don’t think jones was cramping, i think that’s how he runs these days. i’ve seen him with the same gait for a while now. i think one of the considerations for the playoffs – bobby v notwithstanding – is whether to leave jonesy off the roster, in favor of a chris dickerson type who’s more of a complete player.

  115. austinmac July 30th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Jones swings for a fastball on every swing. He can crush it if they a fastball down the middle. Otherwise, he is hopeless. Let me suggest to you at critical times in the pennant race or playoffs, he won’t see a fastball.

  116. FreeAgentSignee July 30th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Get well Joba!

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