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Yankees New Year’s resolutions

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s New Year’s Day, which means it’s time for resolutions.

Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions that the Yankees might take into next season.

Curtis Granderson – See it, hit it
Granderson’s first half put him in the All-Star Game last year. His second half raised significant questions about whether he would be productive enough to start in the playoffs. The power was still there in the second half, but his strikeout rate when up, his walk rate went down and his batting average on balls in play went way down. An overly simplistic way to fix it: Recognize good pitches, and hit them hard.

Eduardo NunezNothing to lose
The tools are there, but Nunez’s inability to do the simple things has left him on the outside looking in. He should have a big league spot locked up by now. Instead, he’s been all but dismissed. Nunez comes into this spring training with nothing to lose. In so many ways, the pressure is off and he has to play that way. Might simplify things enough for him to actually do what he wants to do.

Phil HughesTake the next step
Last year’s second half must have proven something. It must have proven something to the Yankees and to Hughes, who showed he could make some adjustments and become a reliable starter. It was enough to put him in line to be the Yankees fourth starter this year. What’s next is to prove he can be more like a No. 2 or 3, and that he should be paid that way when he contract is up at the end of the year.

Austin RomineTake advantage
The Yankees are willing to stay in-house at catcher, which means has a legitimate chance to claim the big league job and prove he can keep it for several years.

Kevin YoukilisMake them cheer
For a long time nemesis coming from Boston to New York, things could get out of hand quickly. Yankee Stadium isn’t likely to have much patience if Youkilis repeats his early 2012 performance. Making the crowd cheer isn’t about ego for Youkilis, it’s about giving Yankees fans a reason to like him, which means producing on the field.

Dave Robertson Set himself apart
Rafael Soriano isn’t around any more. But Joba Chamberlain and David Aardsma are, and Mark Montgomery is rising quickly through the minors. With Rivera likely playing his last season, Robertson can look to set himself apart as the only choice for the eighth inning and the next in line for the ninth.

Ivan NovaDon’t let go
Four starters are locked in place, and Nova isn’t one of them. Last season, David Phelps asserted himself while Nova stumbled. Now that fifth starter job is up for grabs, and even if the Yankees add a cheap, veteran starter to the competition, Nova has to believe that’s his spot to lose.

David AdamsMake it obvious
This goes for any number of guys — Corban Joseph, Ronnier Mustelier, Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte — who are likely heading for Triple-A: They know the Yankees want to cut payroll and want to find cheap big league options. It’s up to them to produce this season so that, when a roster spots opens, the Yankees have little choice but to call-up from within rather than go shopping for more experienced veterans. Can’t let guys like Jayson Nix, Dewayne Wise or Steve Pearce ever enter the conversation.

Mariano RiveraSame as always
Aside from getting healthy and staying healthy, what would Rivera possibly want to change? Best he could do in 2013 is simply be himself.

Brian CashmanMake it work
We all know the objective: Keep winning with the roster current limitations and next year’s financial restrictions. It’s up to Cashman to find a way to make it work. Maybe that means sticking with his current plan. Maybe that means making a mid-season adjustment. Maybe that means some drastic, creative and unusual. Whatever it takes, it has to work.

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61 Responses to “Yankees New Year’s resolutions”

  1. The Return of Stoneburner January 1st, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I expect only crazy from you, and I got it! 2 posts defending an obviously incorrect ny times article! And both your posts are wrong! great!

    *****

    Great – I am breaking my rule again – was not wrong:

    Post 1: posted cot’s baseball that shows a 8 million player option and 3 million buyout

    Post 2: Yanks can save 61 million

    Saying you have done something is not the same as actually doing it – - – -

  2. The Return of Stoneburner January 1st, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    And as for expecting crazy – I expect distasteful analogies – such as bringing up the nazis in an example of discussing an ESPN article – i have been holding that one in for a while – i feel better – maybe I should reevaluate this not responding to jerk – naaaah – it’s been good for a week – i no longer have to debate Denard Span versus Brett Gardner or Adam Wainwright and whether the Braves purposefully got rid of him b/c he would turn into an injury riddled disaster (which he has not) – - – -

  3. Jerkface January 1st, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Post 1: posted cot’s baseball that shows a 8 million player option and 3 million buyout

    Of course Jeter has an 8 million (9.5 million) option, which a 3 million buy out. That is not what the article said. Should be obvious but you’re in one of your anti-fan black rages so I can’t expect you to think through what you’re posting.

    The 50 million in savings is related to the Yankees dropping from 50% tax rate to 17.5% tax rate due to the language of the sentence. The entire sentence is a mess overall and involves a couple leaps in logic & needing an understanding of how the system to works to fill in the gaps left by the NY Times writer.

    He did infact pull 50 million out of his butt, as he does little to set up where & why its coming from.

    Thanks for playing, crazy!

  4. ron January 1st, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Before we go predicting the yankees for 91,92,94 wins,how many wins did anybody predict the giants to have in 2010,or 2012,and did anybody see them winning 2 out of the last 3 ws?
    You need great pitching,bullpen,bench,debth,luck,and a balanced team.

    If the yankees are going to struggle,it will be for one,or more of these reasons,mainly a balanced team.
    Too many players have bad split stats.

  5. jpb173 January 1st, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    With the last of the Yankee dynasty all getting older (Rivera, Jeter and Pettitte) its probably a good thing that the owners are limiting the 2014 payroll to $189 million. They have spent big bucks over the last 10-12 years (biggest payroll in MLB…by a large margin) and have only gotten 1 world championship out of it. They have reached the point of diminishing returns on money spent over $189 M.

    It would make sense to start building the next dynasty from the minor leagues so that a new core will be around for a long time. Unfortunately, we are looking at 3-4 years of mediocre baseball, but thats what happens when you commit to youth. I lived through the 1965-1975 (Horace Clark era) years and the 1985-1995 years. I don’t believe that the Yankees will take that long to retool and am sure that the owners will invest in quality free agents when a new core comes online.

    In the meantime it will be fun to watch other owners be forced to ‘pay the bills’ for Major League baseball. The Yankees have been ‘paying the bills’ for close to 15 years.

  6. austinmac January 1st, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Tar,

    I expect you are correct the front office is working the press. Why wouldn’t they?

  7. Tar January 1st, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    “(Derek Jeter has a $3 million player option that is unlikely to be exercised) ”

    That’s from the NY Times article.

    Stone his player option is 8 million. How were you and the NY times reporter not wrong?

  8. The Return of Stoneburner January 1st, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Post 1: posted cot’s baseball that shows a 8 million player option and 3 million buyout

    Of course Jeter has an 8 million (9.5 million) option, which a 3 million buy out. That is not what the article said. Should be obvious but you’re in one of your anti-fan black rages so I can’t expect you to think through what you’re posting.

    The 50 million in savings is related to the Yankees dropping from 50% tax rate to 17.5% tax rate due to the language of the sentence. The entire sentence is a mess overall and involves a couple leaps in logic & needing an understanding of how the system to works to fill in the gaps left by the NY Times writer.

    He did infact pull 50 million out of his butt, as he does little to set up where & why its coming from.

    Thanks for playing, crazy!

    ********

    If the Yankees are over the $189 million mark for 2014, their luxury tax rate would soar to 50 percent (they are currently at 40 percent). If they are below it, the rate would plummet to 17.5 percent, and that could translate into potential savings of $50 million.

    Not really, b/c there is no way to calculate them from any of the other numbers above – it does not say that staying at 223 million at 50 percent would save 50 million – which is the way you are reading it. The way the author does it is the savings from (1) not spending up to 223 and not being (2) taxed at 50% of the difference between 223-189 = which gives you roughly 50 million – obviously the author did not mention the 10 million rebate or he would have put the number at 60 million – which is what I did.

    I may be crazy and an a$$h*&le – but on this one – you are wrong re: my post 2. Post 1 – just cited Cots baseball – yup – it was a 3 million buyout – which your lol wtf did not mention or correct.

  9. Tar January 1st, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    “I expect you are correct the front office is working the press. Why wouldn’t they?”

    Mac

    I bet you we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this mis-information or at minimum deflection. And I totally agree why would’t they.

    I’m not in NY anymore so I don’t get the chance to read the papers like I used to, but where are all the journalist asking the hard questions? ( Chad not directed at you, we like you to much. :D )

  10. The Return of Stoneburner January 1st, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Tar January 1st, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    “(Derek Jeter has a $3 million player option that is unlikely to be exercised) ”

    That’s from the NY Times article.

    Stone his player option is 8 million. How were you and the NY times reporter not wrong?

    ********

    Not that I care – but tell me where I am wrong below – seriously – - – - -here is the original reply – - – -

    The Return of Stoneburner January 1st, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    Says Jeter’s option is 3 million (lol wut?)

    ******

    Yup – it is a 3 million buyout:

    3 years/$51M (2011-13), plus 2014 player option
    re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/6/10
    11:$15M, 12:$16M, 13:$17M, 14:$8M player option ($3M buyout)
    $2M annually deferred without interest, payable each 3/15, 2015-17 (present-day AAV about $16M)
    2014 option may increase to $17M based on awards earned in 2011-13: $4M for AL MVP; $2M for 2nd-6th in MVP vote; $1.5M for Silver Slugger; $0.5M each for Gold Glove, ALCS MVP, WS MVP
    if 2014 option is exercised at less than $17M, Jeter may earn same bonuses in 2014, up to $17M

  11. Jerkface January 1st, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    The article does not state it is a buyout, which is why I loled at the NY times. Keep up, crazy.

  12. The Return of Stoneburner January 1st, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Tar January 1st, 2013 at 4:38 pm
    “I expect you are correct the front office is working the press. Why wouldn’t they?”

    Mac

    I bet you we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this mis-information or at minimum deflection. And I totally agree why would’t they.

    I’m not in NY anymore so I don’t get the chance to read the papers like I used to, but where are all the journalist asking the hard questions? ( Chad not directed at you, we like you to much. )

    ******

    You give the press and the Yankees too much credit.

    It is the press or certain members of the press thinking that Yankees fans are spoiled little trust fund brats complaining about a 189 million payroll – - – -

  13. Jerkface January 1st, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    A professional publication: incorrectly prices Jeter’s option, uses the wrong figures in relation to the 189 limit, fails to mention other factors.

    Shoddy shoddy journalism.

  14. Tar January 1st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Stone

    Now you’re just being obtuse.

    2 points to me for using the word obtuse :D

  15. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Way to go, Dawgs!

  16. Tar January 1st, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Congrats Tom!

  17. The Return of Stoneburner January 1st, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Tar January 1st, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    Stone

    Now you’re just being obtuse.

    2 points to me for using the word obtuse

    *****

    Personally, just personally – and this is just me – but i would give you a triple word score – - -jmo – - – -

  18. mick January 1st, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    such as bringing up the nazis in an example of discussing an ESPN article – i have been holding that one in for a while
    ====================
    that remark was directed at me from the oh so sensitive one…i let it go but doubt he would have…

  19. Jerkface January 1st, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    that remark was directed at me from the oh so sensitive one

    You were being willfully obtuse about what propaganda is or can be, so I gave you an easy example to counter your silly attempt to suggest that if normal people also have the same opinion it cannot be propaganda. Cry more.

  20. mick January 1st, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    the average fan is not as astute as those here in LoHudLand and isn’t paying attention .
    the only way for the full truth to come out is when it happens, as to Hal’s motives.
    the best remedy would be a championship in 2013.
    that would grant them amnesty in 2014.

  21. mick January 1st, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    You were being willfully obtuse about what propaganda is or can be, so I gave you an easy example to counter your silly attempt to suggest that if normal people also have the same opinion it cannot be propaganda. Cry more.
    ============================
    get off your high horse and walk the walk, stop looking down and judging then be hypocritical
    and do the same , watch your words as they might hurt more sensitive souls.

  22. mick January 1st, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    tar…if i might..i always wondered about your beef with me and wcyf.
    i never paid much attention to him but might have agreed with him on something at one time which you took me to task over.

  23. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Tar,
    Thanks, but I’m not 6’7″, 350 lbs. It was a fun game. Ten more seconds a couple of weeks ago and they’d be in the championship game.

    By the way, I’m sure you’ve noticed that no one’s persona has changed with the advent of the New Year, not even yours! JF is JF, Stone is Stone, I’m me, randy will be randy, blake will lust after Upton, trisha will be cheery, and MTU will be hiking the desert and agreeing with blake. All’s right with the world, I’d say.

  24. jmills January 1st, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Tom, what about me and my Blue Jays! :)

  25. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    jmills and Mister mick,
    You both are consistent, as always. Keep it up, jmills, and you’ll get a Mister, too.

  26. blake January 1st, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    “blake will lust after Upton”

    Id only use that word if its Kate Upton :)

  27. jmills January 1st, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Tom, thanks; I sure do hope you are well down there!

  28. CountryClub January 1st, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    The majority of the money the Yankees are going to save with the 189 cap is coming from revenue-sharing rebates and not the luxury tax roll back. The luxury tax will definitely help, but the majority of the cash is coming from the rebates.

  29. blake January 1st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    “The majority of the money the Yankees are going to save with the 189 cap is coming from revenue-sharing rebates and not the luxury tax roll back. ”

    I don’t know the exact numbers but Id say their biggest savings will be from the actual payroll decrease…..

  30. Jerkface January 1st, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    The revenue sharing rebates are around ~35 mil over 3 years. The majority comes from the payroll decrease.

  31. blake January 1st, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    @jcrasnick: David Price signs 1-year deal with #rays to avoid salary arbitration, source says. http://t.co/rHZ2wNBK

  32. blake January 1st, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    To get under the cap really…their actual payroll on players will need to be less than 180 million…..they are cutting like 30-40 million bucks off where they usually run

  33. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Hope everybody has had their hoppinjohn, collards, pickled herring, or what ever your ethnicity calls for on New Year’s Day to ensure prosperity. Have all three on the stove right now.

  34. blake January 1st, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Black eyed peas , ham and collards is what I always eat on New Year’s Day……peas for health, greens for money….I forget what the ham is for

  35. Jerkface January 1st, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Taste? Given the rest of that meal.

  36. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Mister Tom-

    You were right about one thing.

    I’ll keep exploring and wandering the high Desert as long as I’m able.

    As far as always agreeing with Blake………

    ;)

  37. mick January 1st, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I’ll keep exploring and wandering the high Desert as long as I’m able.
    ==========================
    Key word being High?

  38. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Mick-

    Rocky Mountain variety.

    No artificial ingredients needed.

    ;)

  39. Tar January 1st, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    “Taste? Given the rest of that meal.”

    LOL Not into the southern cuisine thing I guess.

    Tom from earlier not asking anybody to change their stripes but more let bygones be bygones. Start fresh, re-set the animosity clock, etc… In that spirit I’m not going to answer Mick’s obtuse question from earlier. :wink:

  40. Duh Innings II January 1st, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Why did David Price avoid arbitration? He doesn’t think his 2012 AL Cy Young Award warrants what he wants? What possible argument could the Rays have against him getting his asking price? ‘Dude led the league in ERA and wins, had a 1.1 WHIP, and struck out six less batters than innings pitched in 2012.

  41. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve been out hiking today.

    Did YF or Shame decide to take the GM’s job ?

    I think Randy tendered them an offer this AM.

    :)

  42. jmills January 1st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    MTU, you missed a whole lot of stupid things! :)

  43. Jerkface January 1st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Why did David Price avoid arbitration? He doesn’t think his 2012 AL Cy Young Award warrants what he wants?

    Maybe they gave him what he wants

  44. blake January 1st, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Jerkface says:
    January 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm
    Taste? Given the rest of that meal.

    Black eyed peas and collards are good if made right…..actually real good

  45. jmills January 1st, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Donna Mills has the position.

  46. blake January 1st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    The rays probably just have him close to what he’d expect to get in arbitration and he took it to avoid going through the whole thing….not unusual

  47. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I’d like to see the Yankees get Price under rule 54.

    ;)

  48. blake January 1st, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I used to think Price was a future yankee….he’s probably a future Dodger, Angel , or Ranger now though

  49. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Blake-

    Rule 54 unequivocally states that “All players from the greater Metro area must return to play for the Yankees while still in their prime.”

    Price falls under it as do Heyward and Trout.

    There are no exceptions. It’s ironclad.

    :)

  50. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    The Supreme Court has ruled on it’s validity as has the International Court at the Hague.

    ;)

  51. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    And when the Rockies fail to extend Cargo I’m picking him up in 2015.

    Just when the $ flow kicks in again.

    Who said I didn’t have a plan ?

    ;)

  52. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Upton in Right. Cargo in Center. Heathcott in left.

    My 2015 Yankees OF.

    Wowza.

    :)

  53. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I know the thin air is going to my head.

    A guy can dream can’t he ?

  54. Tar January 1st, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Sound like it’s Peyote season in Utah. :D

  55. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Tar-

    You should see my rotation.

    ;)

  56. mick January 1st, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    i am having trouble with the overuse of this word “obtuse.”
    can someone please explain?

  57. Nick in SF January 1st, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Happy New Year!

    I agree with Tar: let’s let bygones be bygones and give Cashman and the Yanks a break for their perceived mistakes of 2012 (some of which may not have been mistakes in the first place). A very noble idea, Tar. Kudos to you.

  58. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    There’s a new one —–>

  59. Nick in SF January 1st, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    oops! :arrow:

  60. mick January 1st, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I agree with Tar: let’s let bygones be bygones
    ===========================
    Does that mean you have stopped ignoring me?

  61. cigator January 1st, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I guess getting Arod to retire and free up the budget to actually move this team forward is a pipe dream. How he can sit on the bench with another of his bogus injuries and not feel the pain he has caused this organization is amazing to me. He has set this franchise back years and given little to nothing in return. I never understood why his contract can’t be terminated with his use of performance enhancing drugs. He will never be a Yankee in my book, at least there won’t be a debate about what cap he wears for hall of fame bust, as he will never be there, as it should be. I hope I’m wrong but this could be a painful 2 to 3 years for the franchise.

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