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Week in review: Letting another one get away

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

For several weeks now, Brian Cashman has said over and over again that he’s more than willing to stick with his in-house options at catcher. It just might be time to believe him.

This week, the free agent market’s last standout catcher signed a one-year, $7.5-million contact with the Rangers. A.J. Pierzynski had been the last go-to catcher available after Russell Martin and Mike Napoli came off the board, but the Yankees never showed any sign of interest. Pierzysnki is a primarily offensive catcher coming off a career year, and the Yankees have prioritized defense at the position.

In-house options Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine — as well as recent minor league signee Bobby Wilson — are certainly better known for their gloves than their bats, but none has ever really been a big league regular (Cervelli did start 80 games for the Yankees in 2010, but that certainly wasn’t according to plan).

The best options still on the market are names like Yorvit Torrealba, Rod Barajas and Kelly Shoppach — guys with more experience than the in-house options, but who aren’t sure things to be upgrades.

• No surprise here: The Yankees finalized their two-year deal with right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

• Although the Yankees had interest in re-signing Raul Ibanez, the team’s late-season and postseason hero agreed late Saturday night to a one-year deal with the Mariners. Without Ibanez, the Yankees DH spot is still wide open.

• A right-handed outfielder is also a glarring need for the Yankees, and the market’s best option came off the board when Cody Ross signed with Arizona.

• Vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said that Cesar Cabral and Michael Pineda are each doing long toss in Tampa. Jose Campos is ahead of them, already throwing off a mound and expected to be ready for spring training.

• Right-handed reliever Jim Miller cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. So was left-handed reliever Josh Spence.

• Casey McGehee followed Andruw Jones’ lead and signed a deal to play in Japan.

• Nick Swisher is still looking for a new team, and the Indians are working hard to sign him.

• The Yankees released seven minor leaguers, including moderate prospects Damon Sublett, Yadil Mujica and Ryan Flannery.

• After realizing a math mistakes, Major League Baseball sent the Yankees a new luxury tax bill. The Yankees will pay roughly $400,000 more than originally expected.

• Hiroyiki Nakajima — the Japanese shortstop who the Yankees negotiated with but never signed last winter — signed with the Athletics. Also, the Mariners made a trade for Kendrys Morales and the Blue Jays continued their winter overhaul with a deal for R.A. Dickey.

• Derek Jeter wins the Yankees Good Guy of the Week award for calling the mother of a Sandy Hook Elementary victim to brighten what had to be one of her worst days.

Associated Press photo





29 Responses to “Week in review: Letting another one get away”

  1. Mike Ri December 23rd, 2012 at 9:02 am

    wake up Cashman !!

  2. Yankee Trader December 23rd, 2012 at 9:09 am


    Johnny Blanchard was one of my favorite players on that team. I met Clete Boyer a few years before he died and he gave me a signed photo of him with Mantle and Maris. George Clooney is the spitting image of a young Clete Boyer. Boyer was every bit the equal of Brooks Robinson with the glove.

    This photo:

  3. MTU December 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 am


    I do believe him.

    But IMO it’s not the best plan.

    Best he can do under the circumstances though.


  4. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:13 am


    You still on the Justin Upton ship or have you found a life boat ;)

  5. MTU December 23rd, 2012 at 9:15 am


    I’m accepting the apparent reality.


  6. austinmac December 23rd, 2012 at 9:15 am


    About ten years ago my son’s 12 year old team played in Cooperstown. I started talking with a older guy watching the game. Clete Boyer. A really nice man. And a fabulous defensive 3B without a doubt.

    Was he the first to be called ” the human vacuum cleaner”?

  7. Yankee Trader December 23rd, 2012 at 9:16 am

    IMO, neither Stewart nor Cervelli are good defensive catchers. The Yankees missed the boat by not getting David Ross, even though it was a 2 year contract, to mentor and platoon with Romine..

    But then again, this is the same front office that didn’t trade Nick Swisher last offseason and sign Cespedes instead.

  8. austinmac December 23rd, 2012 at 9:19 am


    Great photo. I have one of Mantle, Ford and Richardson, probably from the 1960 Series, hanging on my office wall.

  9. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:19 am

    The Yankees probably wouldn’t need anything at all right now had they kept Montero and signed Darvish and Cespedes….. They’d be the best team in baseball and better prepared to win and get under 189……alas

  10. austinmac December 23rd, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Those described as good defensive catchers probably are really defined as catchers who can’t hit. Those we have plenty of.

  11. Yankee Trader December 23rd, 2012 at 9:23 am


    I think Brooks “Hoover” Robinson was the first to be called the “human vacuum cleaner.”

    I’m biased, but Clete Boyer was better defensively, if only by a “whisker.”

  12. MTU December 23rd, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Right now Hal has his wallet locked up tighter than Ft. Knox.

    I can’t blame Cashman for that part.

    Little maneuvering room.

  13. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Cervelli is a poor defender
    Romine is a rookie
    Stewart is an ok defender but can’t hit a lick

  14. MTU December 23rd, 2012 at 9:25 am

    And so I accept the situation knowing we are in Transition.

    And hope to find enjoyment where I can.

    Maybe some youngster will wow us, or someone will breakout unexpectedly.

    I always enjoy great pitching.

    We should get plenty of that.


  15. Yankee Trader December 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am


    That photo in the locker room was after game 1 of the 1962 WS against the Giants.

    Is your photo in your office signed by all three?

  16. MTU December 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Lo siento mucho Amigos.

    Time to walk the Perritos.

    Hasta Luego.

  17. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Ichiro RF
    Jeter SS
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Morse DH
    Granderson LF
    Youk 3B
    Romine C
    Gardner CF

    That lineup could be good if everyone stays healthy and Youk can bounce back a bit

  18. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:32 am

    RIP Ryan Freel . That’s very sad

  19. 86w183 December 23rd, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Ibanez to Seattle?

    Kinda depressing that there’s a 40-year old player that WON’T be wearing pinstripes.

  20. Yankee Trader December 23rd, 2012 at 9:40 am


    Look at Morse’s hit chart in Nationals Field last year. Maybe that could play well in YS?

    After the first three in the lineup, except for maybe Morse, I’d expect to see the extreme shifts employed.

  21. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:47 am


    Obviously Id rather have a more Long term option ….but given what the Yanks are trying to do financially and what they have to offer teams….I think morse is probably the best option they have to add a bat that can give them a shot in 2013.

    He fits I to their lineup and needs nicely (hits RHP well enough to be primary DH and can play RF and 1B)…..he’s a FA at the end of the year so won’t be on the books for 2014……and given that he’s a rental the Yanks probably can get him without giving away the farm

  22. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:49 am

    @FeinsandNYDN: BREAKING: Nick Swisher has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Indians. Vesting $14M option for a 5th year could make it $70M.

  23. Yankee Trader December 23rd, 2012 at 9:53 am


    Get me Morse then with a realistic trade proposal that will trump teams like the Phillies, Rangers, Rays, Braves and anyone else who might want a cornerright-handed bat, outfielder/1B/DH for his reasonable one year contract.

    Morse is that “Hairy monster” that can help a lot of teams.

  24. Yankee Trader December 23rd, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Hope you are happy Swish, even though you won’t be in either the bright lights of NY or LA.

    Is Michael Bourn up next?

  25. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Maybe nova and a B prospect….I think that’s about where his price should be.

    Farewell swisher. You were a very good Yankee

  26. blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I predicted between 4/60 and 5/75 for Swish….little shy unless the vesting option kicks in

  27. Shame Spencer December 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am

    blake December 23rd, 2012 at 9:49 am

    @FeinsandNYDN: BREAKING: Nick Swisher has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Indians. Vesting $14M option for a 5th year could make it $70M.


    About what we figured for Swish.. I wonder how the vesting option works?

  28. Yankee Trader December 23rd, 2012 at 10:02 am

    New Post————–>


    If Nova and a B prospect nets, Nats, Morse, I’m in!

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