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A few notes about the Youkilis signing

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

Just a few odds and ends after today’s conference calls with Brian Cashman and Kevin Youkilis.

• Cashman said he first contacted Youkilis “in the early part of the winter” and never got the sense that Youkilis was unwilling to consider a deal with the Yankees. “I definitely don’t believe there was an issue with him, how he would view New York or coming here,” Cashman said. “It’s probably an easier transition for someone like that after you’ve been traded. It’s not like he’s going from Boston to New York. He’s gone through the process of being traded from Boston to Chicago and the open market. I think we have a very attractive city to play in and play for, and I think that he chose us for a reason, because this is the best opportunity for him to play and compete. I don’t think he’ll have any problem with it whatsoever.”

• Youkilis on playing in New York: “I’ve had a lot of Yankee fans come up to me and say ‘Hey, I’m a huge Yankee fan, but I like the way you play the game.’ I’m going to play as hard as I can every day, and I think a lot of fans will appreciate that. So, that’s all I can bring to the table, and I hope that the Yankee fans enjoy watching me play.”

• Joba Chamberlain has reached out to Youkilis, and Youkilis said he has a voicemail from Chamberlain on his phone, but Youkilis has not yet returned the call. “I’ve had so many voicemails, and he did call to reach out,” Youkilis said. “I just haven’t been able to return too many calls. … For me personally, it’s a new teammate. We’re going to go out there and take the field together. He goes out there to pitch and hopefully I can play great defense behind him. And if he gets in a jam, we can stop it.”

• Before signing, Youkilis did talk to Johnny Damon about moving from the Red Sox to the Yankees. “I actually talked to Johnny about the New York experience,” Youkilis said. “And he said, you know, it’s a great thing to put on the pinstripes. … Johnny just said, ‘You’re going to love the experience. It’s a great place to play.’ He said Boston and New York are two of the best places to play. For me, it’s going to be a life experience and an opportunity and we’re just thrilled to be able to play for these two franchise that have so much history between each other and also so much history in winning.”

• Cashman listed Youkilis as a third baseman, first baseman and designated hitter. It seems very unlikely that the Yankees will put Youkilis in the outfield, where’s played a little bit in his career. Youkilis said he was told that, when Alex Rodriguez comes off the disabled list, Youkilis and Rodriguez will both get time at third base and designated hitter. “I’m going to play shortstop too,” Youkilis said. “Nah, I’m just kidding. They’re definitely not going to put me at short. If they put me at short, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble.”

• The Yankees had some conversations about trading for a third baseman, but none of those conversations got very far. “We never came close to any trade options,” Cashman said. “We pursued some trade conversations and collected free agent options as well. Youkilis is the only free agent offer we made. We did have some trade discussions, but they weren’t going anywhere.”

• Cashman would not comment on the status of the Ichiro Suzuki contract situation.

• To make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander Josh Spence has been designated for assignment. He was claimed off waivers earlier this winter.

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19 Responses to “A few notes about the Youkilis signing”

  1. sunny615 December 14th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    My heart breaks for all the victims and their families in CT. My God watch over you all.

  2. jacksquat December 14th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    He’s hairy, let’s hope he beasts.

    They should expand the facial hair rule to allow goatee’s (not just because of Youk).

  3. Jerkface December 14th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Toronto getting RA Dickey without having to give up D’Arnaud will be annoying

  4. jacksquat December 14th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Mets are crazy if they take Arencibia and Gose over Olt and Buckel (rumored options).

  5. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    DaSaint007 December 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    Thx Against All Odds.

    —————

    You’re Welcome

  6. rm December 14th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    MLBTR say Trumbo is available for a pitcher. That would be a nice fit if we could pull it off

  7. Shame Spencer December 14th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    rm December 14th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    MLBTR say Trumbo is available for a pitcher. That would be a nice fit if we could pull it off

    ————–

    Very nice.

    Considering we weren’t interested in any trade options for a 3B though, I highly doubt the Yankees make any other move besides pushing for Hariston.

  8. Jacques Strappe December 14th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    It sure would be nice if Cashman could come out of nowhere and trade a position player or two for RA Dickey. Or a position player and a pitcher, but not a pitcher of importance. Dickey’s not signed past next year and they could do a little preliminary salary dump in the process.

  9. Warning Track Power December 14th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Congrats to Cash for signing Youk.
    I think Cash did a great job. He kicked all the tired he could before making the best possible
    choice for the team.
    As for the criticism Youk received for taking a long time to decide, give the guy a break.
    He was doing his own due diligence and reached out to former players for feedback.
    Nothing he did was out of the ordinary.

  10. jacksquat December 14th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Supposedly the Mets have already been offered “elite prospects” for Dickey, so I’d say the Yankees are probably out. I might trade them Tyler Austin for Wilmer Flores though.

  11. PacoDooley December 14th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    The more I watch stupid decisions by the NYY (two years for Ichiro for example) the more I feel like they need to trade some older players and start to build some young base for the future. I would love to see Granderson traded to a team like Texas that needs an outfielder and has some decent trade chips (and is in a ‘win now’ mode). If their lower level talent can continue to develop and they can translate these lost FAs into picks, then they could start to build that next ‘dynasty’ from the ground up.

  12. DaSaint007 December 14th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    For all the complaints about Cashman, its important to note that since 2000, we’ve won the WS twice, the ALCS four times, and the AL East 10 times.

    Certainly someone knew what they were doing, irrespective of how we, as fans view their every decision.

    They Yankees are just as likely as any other team to ‘win now’. The Angels had Mike Trout Pujols last year. Did it guarantee them a WS championship? Obviously not. The Rangers had Hamilton, Napoli and Darvish on the same team last season. WS? No. We can do this for every team in baseball. Certainly SF didn’t look like the eventual champion they became. There are no sure things. You have to play the game with who you have and lots of things have to go your way. Wins, health, injuries, other teams, etc, etc, etc.

    I’m ok with a competitive team as we transition to a younger team, and I’m sure it’ll take time. But in the interim, I’ll just have to practice my Youk cheer, and hope he grinds it out for us as he’s done for so many good years in boston.

    Cardnials

  13. DaSaint007 December 14th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    correction…Trout and Pujols.

  14. blake December 14th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I don’t understand a lot of things that happen in this world we live in……hug your kids tonight or anyone you love.

  15. Jerkface December 14th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    @BizballMaury

    The Yankees have been hit with an $18,917,994 Luxury Tax bill for 2012

    Looks like their payroll as calculated for the CBT was $222,512,927

  16. MTU December 14th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Blake-

    I know you have young children.

    And must feel great empathy for the parents up there.

    There was a book written many years ago called “When bad things happen to good people”.

    I think the title is self-explanatory.

    I have to admit that when God’s plan includes things like this ones faith is sorely tested.

    How could a loving God allow such horrible things to happen ?

    Or have allowed so many of the horrendous events we have witnessed throughout history.

    Such carnage and barbarity.

    I wish I had an answer. Perhaps one day I will know.

    Until then I agree with you. Hug the ones you love. Hold them tight.

    Because we never know what tomorrow brings.

    ;)

  17. RadioKev December 14th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    What in the heck are the Mets doing? I guess they’re probably not going to compete in the NL East in the next couple of years…but RA Dickey is one of their stars coming off the Cy Young and asking for no money. Shouldn’t they be trying to hold on to their fans?

  18. Triple Short of a Cycle December 14th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Not to be rude but can we leave the religion talk off the blog

  19. Joe D December 14th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I haven’t seen too negative Youk comments but I haven’t read all the comments. Twitter is going nuts with people saying that they’ll never watch another game with him at third. What morons. I don’t know about them but I love the uniform. That’s who I root for. Do I like some players more than others? Duh. Of course. That said, we go to war with who we have. He’s a grinder. I’m good with that. BTW been watching/loving the Yanks since the 1950s.


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