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Postgame notes: “He hit it where no one could catch it”

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There were plenty of positives for the Yankees to take away from in tonight’s 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox, but the bottom line in the clubhouse was that a loss is a loss.

“It’s tough,” Russell Martin said. “I felt like Hiro kept us in the game. He threw the ball really well. Really just one mistake early in the game to (Ryan) Sweeney, but other than that he was tremendous.”

Hiroki Kuroda gutted his way through eight innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits while striking out four. The key to his outing was inducing four double plays, as he continues to show the ability to bear down in a big spot.

The Yankees also got positive contributions from Russell Martin, and Nick Swisher had two hits in his return to the lineup after an eight day absence. But the rest of the Yankee bats went cold against Red Sox starter Felix Doubront, and David Robertson got burned by a game-winning bloop hit from Pedro Ciriaco in a wild top of the tenth.

“It’s tough, but it’s part of the game,” Robertson said. “I made a good pitch, but he hit it where no one could catch it. It’s a tough break.”

• This was the second consecutive game in which Ciriaco came up with the big hit. He’s earning the reputation of a Yankee killer, with an even .500 average (11 for 22) with six RBI in six games against the Yankees this season. “Fastball in, trying to jam him,” Martin said of the pitch that Ciriaco blooped into right field. “We did just that, but he found a hole and caught a break.”

• Prior to Ciriaco’s hit, there was some controversy and fireworks in the tenth. Will Middlebrooks got hit in the hand, but rather than being awarded first base, it was determined by the umps that he was attempting to lay down a bunt. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine ended up getting tossed, much to the delight of the crowd. He was immediately followed by Josh Beckett, who got the boot for shouting from the dugout. “I probably would have argued myself,” Girardi said. “But I thought he attempted to bunt.”

• Robertson ended up giving up a single to Middlebrooks, but he felt that the most important at-bat of the inning was the first one — a walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. “Leadoff walks always come back to haunt you,” D-Rob said.

• While Robertson wasn’t at his best, Kuroda put forth a really gutsy effort. After giving up two runs in the second on a double from Sweeney, he did a great job of limiting damage throughout the game. He has not earned a loss in his last seven starts. “I think even though I gave up some hits, I tried concentrating on keeping everything down and I was able to get some double plays,” Kuroda said.

• Before Ciriaco put Boston ahead in the tenth, it was Martin who looked like he would be the star of the game. He’s still hitting under .200, but he went 2 for 2 with two walks, two RBI and a big homer. He led off the seventh with a solo shot, and then laced a clutch, two-out RBI single up the gut to tie the game at 2-2 in the eighth. “We’ve said all along that we thought his at-bats in the second half have been really good,” Joe Girardi said. “And we see a different hitter. He had two big RBI tonight – the only two that we get.”

• Martin didn’t really seem to buy into the idea that he looks like a different hitter, but he did admit to feeling much more comfortable at the plate. “I don’t know if I feel like a different hitter,” he said. “I feel good right now. I feel like I’m seeing the ball well, and that’s the first key…. I’m holding my hands a little bit higher; I feel like I’m a bit freer out there. I feel like my hands are going through the zone better.”

• Before Martin put some runs on the board later in the game, Doubront had looked very sharp through the first six innings. He struck out seven and allowed just four hits, not giving up many hard hit balls at all. He did walk five — which is what drove up his pitch count and forced him to come out with one out in the seventh — but the Yankees failed to make him pay for the extra baserunners. “Just using all of his pitches,” Girardi said of Doubront. “His changeup was good, his fastball was locating, his cutter was good, and he threw enough curveballs to keep our guys off balance.”

• Ichiro ended up with an infield single and a stolen base, but he also came up lame in a couple of big spots. In each of his first two at-bats he came up with two runners on, but he failed to do anything productive in either situation. He still doesn’t seem to be driving the ball with authority.

• Girardi was asked if he felt that the Red Sox are playing with more of a sense of urgency than the Yankees. Boston has been up-and-down all season, and will need a strong final two months to reach the postseason. “I think from everything that I see, they’re not uptight,” he said. “I think they’re playing pretty loose… They’re a talented group – no doubt about it.”

• The biggest reason that the Yankees struggled to score runs tonight: their 1-4 hitters combined to go 1 for 19 with six strikeouts. Ouch.

• The Yankees — who were the hottest team in baseball for a stretch of over a month — have now lost seven out of 10. Blip in the radar? Or legitimate reason to be concerned?

• Also, can you believe that this was the first extra inning game at Yankee Stadium this season?

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78 Responses to “Postgame notes: “He hit it where no one could catch it””

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    “Blip in the radar? Or legitimate reason to be concerned?”

    Blip in the radar. Unless you truly don’t understand the ebb and flow of a baseball season.

  2. Pat M. July 30th, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Tricia, your efforts are to no avail……Go Yanks, can’t wait until late October to say ” We told you so “

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    :)

    I’m with you Pat M.

    Time to enjoy some olympics!

  4. I Am Winning July 30th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    8-8 since the AS game and 3-7 since July 19. Yankees need to turn things around. Everybody goes through their ups and downs, it’s just a good thing we had a 10 game lead in the division when it happened.

  5. Wang IS Taiwan July 30th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    We still need a bat.

  6. Pat M. July 30th, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Wang…..A righthanded stick…I’m disappointed that Andruw Jones hasn’t bounced back as well as I thought he would after getting his knee serviced last winter……

  7. I Am Winning July 30th, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Wang,

    It’s ironic. We have great hitters, some fading away, fine. The real issue is the lack of hitting with RISP. If that were average at best, the Yankeea would have scored a couple dozen more runs, likely resulting in several more wins. The other part of it is that ARod is a payroll hog right now. His numbers indicate a $10m player, at best. If he, or someone in his place, hit the way a $26m a year player should, we would be fine.

    The Yankees have all the chips they need. They just need to perform using them. The team has struggled mightily in certain situation and thrived in others. Both being unexpected in their own respect.

  8. Duh Innings II July 30th, 2012 at 3:22 am

    The 2012 Yankees offense chokes, plain and simple.

    They’re soft and complacent.

    They thought they had it wrapped up once they hit ten games ahead of the second-place team.

    Now they’re staring at a possible measly 4.5 game lead if the Os sweep them.

  9. Duh Innings II July 30th, 2012 at 3:31 am

    HTF are the 2012 Yankees winning a World Series with a team BA of .262 and the below pathetic BAs by their starting nine?

    Martin .189
    Teixiera .258
    Cano .312
    A-Rod .276 (his dual stand-in Nix/Chavez is hitting worse)
    Jeter .306 only because of his great April
    Ichiro .261 (Jones is hitting worse)
    Granderson .248
    Swisher .261
    Ibanez .239

  10. Duh Innings II July 30th, 2012 at 3:43 am

    1996 Yankees: 7 everyday players hit .292 or better, 3 hit .300+.

    1998 Yankees: 7 everyday players hit .265 or better, 4 hit .300 or better.

    1999 Yankees: 7 everyday players hit .263 or better, 2 hit .300+.

    2000 Yankees: 7 everyday players hit .258 or better, 2 hit .300+.

    2001 Yankees: 7 everyday players hit .267 or better, 2 hit .300+.

    2003 Yankees: 7 everyday players hit .258 or better, 1 hit .300+.

    2009 Yankees: 8 everyday players hit .274 or better, 2 hit .300+.

    So the 1996 on Yanks have never won a World Series without at least two .300+ hitters.

  11. Tidrow July 30th, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Hitting seems to be down throughout the league but i do agree the Yankee lineup has performed below expectations when it comes to average and hitting with runners in scoring position. Jeter has one of the softest .300 averages in baseball. What can you do? Cashman seems to think they have enough offense to win. I don’t feel they do. Only time will tell.

  12. PacoDooley July 30th, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Still waiting for Ichiro to do something in pinstripes. He has a .261 BA for the season and has hit exactly .261 as a Yankee through 6 games. So he hasn’t had any bump yet. On the bright side, his .261 BA comes from getting exactly one hit in every game, so he is at least predictable…

  13. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Ichiro has had some rotten luck as a Yankee…..hes hit several balls right at people…no BABIP love for him in pinstripes so far.

    The Yanks need a bat and I think headley is a great fit…..wish I knew what the Padres were asking from the Yanks so I could get a better feel of whether they should do it or not.

    Hes not a star but hes a good player that plays a great 3B….can play corner outfield….has really no platoon splits…..and gets a big jump in his nunbers away from Petco.

    Hes also controllable and coukd be a nice trade chip (Justin Upton ) this winter if you decided not to keep him.

    I hope they make a move here if they can….we’ll see.

  14. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Blake and Paco-

    Good morning.

    The Yankees need more than a bat.

  15. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Joba should return this week.

    :)

  16. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Is this Cashman spin? Is he looking for another arm? Pettitte with 8 weeks recup time would be due back end of August, latest September 1st.

    Pettitte has been throwing on flat ground for a couple weeks, though it appears he will scale back his workouts to give his ankle some extra rest. Regardless, Cashman said the timetable for Pettitte’s return was unchanged.

    “With rehab, you have good days and bad days, good weeks and bad weeks,” Cashman said. “He’s coming back in September, which is what we’ve said all along.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z226Ruc1OW

  17. jmills July 30th, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Blake, if you’re out there , I understand via Trish that you are a dentist – this makes you a grinder and rational candidate to play backstop :) I practiced through the nineties before departing. Everybody wants those hollywood headlights! Here’s wishing your back well.

  18. sunny615 July 30th, 2012 at 7:14 am

    No guts on this team. They can beat up crappy pitching like nobodies business. Just don’t hope for a miracle when the best pitchers start embarrassing these guys.

  19. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I agree w. those who desire another bat.

  20. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Now-Is anybody concerned about the bullpen?

    Seems that a number in the pen have caught Waditis. Eppley had the full blown case, Soriano has an early case and Robertson seems to have caught it. Where is Logan-home recovering from Waditis?

    Bats 2 for 7 with RISP. The Yankees haven’t given their Ace any support this year. Why will this be any different in the playoffs?

  21. blake July 30th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Sounds like the Socks are gonna try and move Beckett……called both the Braves and Rangers about him.

  22. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    YT-

    Nope.

    Joba and others should take care of it.

    D-Rob hasn’t been the same since his injury. Needs to get back in the groove.

  23. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Blake-

    Good luck to Sux w. that one.

    They are gonna have to eat a lot money to do it.

    :)

  24. blake July 30th, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Jmills,

    Nah I was a SS…somewhat bat blind ;) do you live in Canada?

  25. Mike Ri July 30th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I agree with a few other posters .. . .Yanks need a bat. I thought the Yanks were fine . .but with Arod going down. . . its evident we need some pop

  26. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    “If general manager Brian Cashman calls to talk about a potential deal — and that’s always a possibility — then Girardi will listen. But if he doesn’t, then the manager will just continue to work with what’s certainly baseball’s best roster.”

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._to_w.html

    Jeff Bradley-”Baseball’s best roster.” Are you sure about that? Where do you rank the Angels? Rangers?

  27. jmills July 30th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Blake, yup – Hamilton actually.

  28. blake July 30th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Trader,

    I believe in Jobber….so I think he will help a lot……I would look for pieces before tomorrow though if something makes sense…..we will miss Mo come playoff time.

  29. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Tyler Austin injured last night:

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....ps-hitting

    Cashman-Get the team a bat, preferably a right-handed bat, a trade for one as the AAA team seems devoid except for aged DH bats.

  30. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    YT-

    I think he will.

    ;)

  31. blake July 30th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Get Headley…..use him this year…..then try and use him to get Upton this winter.

  32. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Which reliever on the team, in your opinion, can “consistently” come into an inning with no-one on base and not allow the 1st batter they face to get on?

    Currently it’s Phelps-my 2 cents.

  33. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    MTU-

    I think Cashman will get another bat, and it will be someone who can help at 3rd, someone who they have looked to trade for in the past, that someone will be…………………………….Willie Bloomquist! :)

  34. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Blake-

    Depends on the price.

    YT-

    I agree on DP. He’s pitching w. a lot of confidence right now.

  35. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Beckett will get thru waivers, so the RS have time to dump him if they want to.

  36. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    YT-

    I hope he aims higher.

    ;)

  37. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Aceves stuck it to the Yankees last night.

    He is still being abused though.

    Over 30 pitches for your closer.

    A sign of sheer desperation.

  38. blake July 30th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    “Depends on the price.”

    Yea…everything does….its a bit strange that we havent heard names attached to what it would take to get him….

  39. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Blake-

    I expect him to be overpriced.

  40. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Joba Chamberlain 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K – 23 of 30 pitches for strikes, maybe one more rehab assignment

    Mark Montgomery 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, K – 7 for 10 pitches for strikes

    Joba will replace Chad Qualls.

    Can Mark Montgomery do what K-Rod did for the Angels when he was brought up in September, and lead them, out of the pen, to the WS, as a rookie?

  41. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    YT-

    I think you will might see MM in Sept.

  42. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    BTW-Nunez was 0 for 4 with an error.

  43. austinmac July 30th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I don’t think they need bullpen help if Joba is back. He and Phelps van pitch anywhere after the fifth inning.

    They do need a bat until AROD returns and after. I am glad others are nothing the players averages. Players with good averages have more of a chance to get a hit with RISP. I really believe that will be the teams downfall as it was last year.

    I still don’t think anything will happen as it costs money. Ichiro is looking like old Ichitro rather than the Ichiro of old.

  44. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    And w. all the chest-pounding the Sux only gained 1 game.

    And struggled mightily to do it.

    Too funny.

    :)

  45. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    think you will might see MM in Sept.
    ————————-

    Which is it? Will see or Might see? :)

  46. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Mac-

    I hope the hiking is good.

    I think Cashman is gonna come up w. someone because he’s playin’ russian roulette w. Chavez/Nix as the 3B combo for that length of time.

    If Eric goes down again he’s screwed.

    He should take out a little extra insurance IMO.

  47. blake July 30th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I still think Ichiro will be good….hes hit the ball hard a bunch if times right at people and hes faced lefties the last two nights.

    Choo would be a great addition…..but I dont think theyll add another outfielder now and hed cost a lot most likely.

    Headley is a perfect fit if they can work out the right price…..

  48. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    YT-

    I think it it’s likely.

    How that for dodging your question.

    There are only 2 guarantees in Life. You know that.

    :)

  49. austinmac July 30th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    MTU,

    Hiking has been great. I stay here until Friday. Cashman said to stay until after the deadline as he didn’t need me.

  50. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Austinmac-

    I agree with you. This team might have the most comeback wins-probably due to how frequently the pitchers have given up runs in the 1st or 2nd inning, but the light hitting A’s have the most walk-off wins. Looking for that homerun in the 8th or 9th inning in a game the team is down by a run, isn’t boding well now, and certainly won’t in the playoffs.

  51. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Blake- Go for both.

    Get Choo and Headley. Think big. Or Upton and Headley!!

    If the Yankees do get Headley, a big IF, why would he be the one to move to RF next year. A-Rod is an expensive option for DH. Couldn’t he play RF?

  52. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I’ll post this again- a recap of the Yankee minor league players and how they did yesterday:

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....ps-hitting

  53. blake July 30th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    “If the Yankees do get Headley, a big IF, why would he be the one to move to RF next year. A-Rod is an expensive option for DH. Couldn’t he play RF?”

    I dont think so really…..he doesnt move like he used to and have you seen how he tracks pop ups? Balls in the air have always been his kryptonite. If they did acquire Headley and opted to keep him beyond this year then I would guess they would consider making Alex more of a full time DH ….playing 3B a day or two a week.

    I think Headley would be a valuable trade chip this winter though too……hed give them lots of options…..new RFer…..long term 3B with Alex moving to DH…..trade piece for Upton…..etc…

  54. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    MTU

    I wasn’t kidding when I said the Yankees might go after Bloomquist.

    Diamondbacks may not be finished dealing yet, writes Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic. Arizona GM Kevin Towers told reporters on Sunday that he could pursue additional pitching prior to Tuesday’s deadline. Towers also hinted that one of the club’s infielders could be on the move: “As it stands now it will be tough to get them all at-bats, but we’ll see what happens the next two to three days.”

    There’s no guarantee that the Diamondbacks trade Stephen Drew, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The D-backs are currently deciding whether they want to give the bulk of the playing time at shortstop to Drew or Willie Bloomquist

  55. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Blake-

    Why are the Indians rumored to be making Choo available? Isn’t he signed thru next year, plus they are still a possibility for a playoff spot.

  56. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    MTU-

    Here are Bloomquist’s split stats:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....bloomquist

  57. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    OK fine YT.

    Just don’t give up too much for him.

    ;)

  58. blake July 30th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    “Why are the Indians rumored to be making Choo available? Isn’t he signed thru next year, plus they are still a possibility for a playoff spot.”

    They are 5.5 back in the division and 5 back in the WC….realistically they arent good enough this year and Choo is a FA after next year who they probably cant retain…..my guess is they are just seeing if they can maximize return on him.

  59. blake July 30th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Sounds like the Phils are shopping Pence hard….hes not as good as Choo but hes a good player ….theyd probably want more than Id give though.

  60. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Dog walk time.

    Later dudes.

    :)

  61. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    What would it take to get Choo?

    Give them Nick Swisher, money to offset this years remaining salary and Austin.

    Then Cashman will have 3 position players he can let walk after the 2013 season, or trade for the next batch of superstars to be.

    I’m kidding, but could the Yankees match up for Choo?

  62. blake July 30th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    “What would it take to get Choo?”

    Rosenthal reported that they wanted a good big leaguer with less than 3 years service time…..so on the Yanks youre looking at Nova or Phelps if thats the case. I wouldnt do Nova…..I would do Phelps most likely.

  63. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Blake-

    Pence? Aren’t they more likely looking to trade the contracts of Victorino, Blanton, Polanco, and Wiggington?

  64. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Blake-

    Wouldn’t the Indians want an outfielder. Starling Marte? Justin Upton?

  65. blake July 30th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    “Pence? Aren’t they more likely looking to trade the contracts of Victorino, Blanton, Polanco, and Wiggington?”

    They might move them all…..they are finally getting that they need to retool……Pence is their best piece to do that with.

  66. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Does it make sense to give Swisher a qualifying offer to get a compensatory draft pick? Would he take that offer of around 12.5M to stay one year?

    New CBA rules for FA compensation:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gents.html

  67. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Blake-

    Not interested in Pence, want their catcher.

  68. 86w183 July 30th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I’m not the world’s biggest Hunter Pence fan. Not sure he’s an upgrade over Swisher all things considered. Better average, 2 1/2 years younger the biggest pluses.

    I’ve always liked Wigginton and he’s a good fit for what the Yanks need at the moment. Not worth as much as he was 3-4 years ago when I first started lobbying for him.

  69. Bo knows July 30th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I’d just like to do a “Happy Dance” on Martin’s hitting approach last night. He didn’t roll over!.

    Up the middle you putz!

    Huzzah.

    That is all

  70. 86w183 July 30th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    YT —-

    They most certainly would offer Swish one year @ $ 12.5 and be happy when he takes it.

  71. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    The Padres expect to decide today whether they’ll trade third baseman Chase Headley this month, a source tells Jeff Passan. Headley, who is under team control through 2014, projects to earn $6.1MM for ’13, according to MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz.

    Guess we might see if he goes or not.

  72. Keith--PA....no longer FL July 30th, 2012 at 8:58 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 eon 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….

  73. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    So the Yankees give Swisher a qualifying offer, are guaranteed a compensatory draft pick after the 1st round, and can they still trade him before the draft and get the pick?

  74. blake July 30th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    “I’m not the world’s biggest Hunter Pence fan. Not sure he’s an upgrade over Swisher all things considered. Better average, 2 1/2 years younger the biggest pluses.”

    Yea Im not sure he is either but hes under control for next year and Swisher + Pence this year would be an upgrade …..its not a great fit though for the Yanks given what hed cost…..I would think he and Choo wpuld.cost about the same to acquire and Id much rather have Choo id they went that route.

  75. Cashmoney July 30th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    the legit concern is the offense. offense in the playoff, the Yanks are pretty much assure of a playoff spot.

  76. Cashmoney July 30th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    if I was a betting man, Yanks be underdog against Angels and rangers and slight edge over tigers.

  77. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    New Post—->

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

    “So the Yankees give Swisher a qualifying offer, are guaranteed a compensatory draft pick after the 1st round, and can they still trade him before the draft and get the pick?”

    His contract ends after the season so they cant trade him after that…..hes a FA. They can offer him the one year deal and hopefully get a draft pick though if he qualifies and Im guessing that what theyll do.


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