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LoHud Yankees chat tomorrow

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 03, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

First week of the new year, let’s have a chat!

Stop by tomorrow at noon, I’ll be hosting another chat here on the blog. We haven’t done one in a while — holidays got in the way — and even a quiet winter still gives us plenty to talk about. I’m sure we’ll dip into the moves the Yankees have made, the moves they haven’t made and the ones they might (or might not) make before spring training.

Noon. Tomorrow. See ya then.

 
 

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102 Responses to “LoHud Yankees chat tomorrow”

  1. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 11:33 am

    romine has done nothing at the major league level to deserve coming in as the starter, in fact he should be seen as third on the depth chart going in to ST.

    if he shows that he can handle being in the bronx, great, but just handing a roster spot to a guy who hasn’t earned it rarely works out well.

    make him earn it.

  2. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 11:35 am

    G. Love January 3rd, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Three cheers for Team Greedy!

    Shame? When do the Team Greedy Cashmere adult sized onesie footie PJ’s in Yankee pinstripes arrive at the team store culled from the wool of highly pampered goats? I think that should be the Team Greedy uniform.

    —————————

    It comes with one of these: http://image.shutterstock.com/.....504617.jpg

    Members of Team Greedy are too good for things like walking. Leave that to the plebeians. (This means you, Red Sox fans.)

  3. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I’ll take Team Smart over Team Greedy, but this franchise has been far better at being greedy than smart.

    ———————–

    Nail meet hammer. This exactly.

    Play to your strengths…

  4. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I also like the idea of Team Shrewd and Team Awesome if you’d like any more Teams to add to the list, Rich.

  5. yankeefeminista January 3rd, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 11:33 am
    I’ll take Team Smart over Team Greedy, but this franchise has been far better at being greedy than smart.
    ____
    I’ll take Team Bat Speed. Welcome back, Rich. You were missed.

    Shame, we may yet have an NHL season. I am thinking positive. You missed a great Russia-Sweden game. US beat Canada, which is always a blast. But I’ll have to watch the replay; it was played at 4AM.

    I am not particularly worried about Romine’s D, but I think his bat could use some more TLC at AAA. It will make him a better overall ball player to get those AAA hitting reps.

  6. yankeefeminista January 3rd, 2013 at 11:40 am

    thinking *positively (technically)

  7. DONNYBROOK January 3rd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Strange how Cervelli has dropped off the Yankee radar, and on this Blog also. I would take Cervelli over Stewart any day, every day.

  8. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    RAB comments about the Yankees drafting of Culver and Bichette. If no one else considers the players to be high round draft picks, wouldn’t it make you pause. These are two top picks who may never make it out of A ball.

    The article notes they were drafted due to their character. A lot of us have character. We need talent.

  9. pat January 3rd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    3rd times the charm?

    TBrownYahoo
    Scout on Javier Vazquez in PR winter ball: Physically looks great, ball coming out of his hand well, could be a sneaky good pickup.

  10. yankee21 January 3rd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Romine definitely needs to earn the starting catching slot, if it takes him a couple months at AAA to polish his overall game further it makes sense.

    However, from what I’ve seen of Stewart, I can’t possibly understand NYY considering him as the starting catcher until Romine is ready. Last year showed me he was overrated defensively and about as bad a looking hitter as I’ve seen at the big league level and that includes a number of pitchers pretending to hit.

  11. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Jqvy Vazquez fits. He too was quite good in the five years ago.

    Can you imagine how good this team would be it it was 2007?

  12. 86w183 January 3rd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Romine had just 61 AB w/ Scranton last year and hit .213. He should not be on the MLB roster opening day.

    Not thrilled about Cervelli/Stewart behind the plate, but if they add a significant RH bat it really won’t matter that much.

  13. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thanks, yf.

    Shame

    Team Ninja? Team Balance?

    Anything that describes decision-makers who are able to adjust their thinking so that they can exploit the talent available to them, rather than permitting a pre-existing mindset to limit their options for roster construction.

  14. 86w183 January 3rd, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Javy Vazquez fits. He too was quite good in the five years ago.

    Can you imagine how good this team would be it it was 2007?

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

    Good one Austinmac!

  15. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Why can’t team Greedy be smart too? Again it’s not about money ….it’s about being greedy with team quality

  16. yankee21 January 3rd, 2013 at 11:49 am

    To this point Cito Culver has been a huge overdraft by the Yankees. He is still only 20 or so, so there is of course time, however, if he can’t hit .230 in A ball it shows he will likely never hit enough to stick.

    Bichette at least showed promise his first year. I wouldn’t give up on him just yet.

    I agree austinmac, character is nice to have but talent is the first priority.

  17. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 11:49 am

    3rd times the charm?

    TBrownYahoo
    Scout on Javier Vazquez in PR winter ball: Physically looks great, ball coming out of his hand well, could be a sneaky good pickup.
    __

    Unless he’s tanned and rested*, no thanks.

    (*In case anyone forgets, that was George’s description of Billy Martin, every time he was about to bring him back.)

  18. 86w183 January 3rd, 2013 at 11:50 am

    How about Team Fiscal Cliff?

    They’re heading toward the $ 189 M budget in 2014, but instead of making long range moves in that direction they signed a otn of one year deals, kicking the can down the sidewalk just like Congress does.

  19. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Javy does meet the age requirements

  20. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 11:51 am

    yankee21,

    Your views on Stewart are as mine. Awful swing, just awful.

    Catcher is a big downgrade. Many thought that would be hard to do after Martin, but they have done it.

  21. yankee21 January 3rd, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Rich in NJ, good to see you posting here again.

  22. mick January 3rd, 2013 at 11:51 am

    ….but probably will be sorta boring to watch like last year
    =======================================
    Why do you say that?
    This will be an entirely different team and season.
    Gardner will be back. Ichiro for a full season, both represent the running game as well as Nunez.
    Youkilis is a wild card.
    The games might be more low scoring as the “hero swingers” are gone but that’s what many wanted.
    As you said, the middle is not a good place to be, or something like that…

  23. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 11:52 am

    austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    RAB comments about the Yankees drafting of Culver and Bichette. If no one else considers the players to be high round draft picks, wouldn’t it make you pause. These are two top picks who may never make it out of A ball.

    The article notes they were drafted due to their character. A lot of us have character. We need talent.

    —————–
    This is what concerns me about letting players go for only draft picks… if I believed the Yankees knew what to do with them, I’d feel a lot better about losing guys like Swish and Grandy for ‘just a draft pick’.

  24. DONNYBROOK January 3rd, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Let’s see what Romine’s bat looks like in ST, before exiling him to Scranton. Going balls-to-the-wall immediately after back trouble would be foolish. Look at his 2012 numbers with that in mind.

  25. pat January 3rd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Jan. 3, 1920, the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from the Red Sox.

    Jan. 3, 1973, George Steinbrenner buys Yanks from CBS.

    Jan. 3, 2013, ?

  26. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I am not giving up on Culver or Bichette, but should that even be the question this early with top picks? Every evaluator asked why with these picks. I suppose the Yankees felt they knew best. No one ever thought Culver had a hit tool and they always commented on Bichette’s weird swing.

  27. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Thanks, yankee21

  28. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 11:55 am

    blake January 3rd, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Why can’t team Greedy be smart too? Again it’s not about money ….it’s about being greedy with team quality

    —————

    Blake’s right.. Team Greedy encompasses all of the teams above.

    Basically, Team Greedy just wants to be good in all facets of the game. They want to be smart, get the highest return on their investments in terms of money and draft picks, have the best farm possible, have the best scouting, have the best EVERYTHING.

    I mean.. if you’re gonna dream, dream big.

  29. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 11:58 am

    86w183 January 3rd, 2013 at 11:50 am

    How about Team Fiscal Cliff?

    They’re heading toward the $ 189 M budget in 2014, but instead of making long range moves in that direction they signed a otn of one year deals, kicking the can down the sidewalk just like Congress does.

    ————–

    :lol:

    Sort of reminds me of a quote from a movie: “Every piece of this is man’s bullsh*t. They call this war a cloud over the land, but they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say, “Sh*t! Its rainin’!”"

  30. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Rich-

    Welcome back.

    Glad you want to join me on “Team Balance”.

    :)

  31. yankee21 January 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I am not giving up on Culver or Bichette, but should that even be the question this early with top picks? Every evaluator asked why with these picks. I suppose the Yankees felt they knew best. No one ever thought Culver had a hit tool and they always commented on Bichette’s weird swing…..

    Agreed. Alot of folks have speculated they signed these guys based on how much it would cost to lock them up vs. how much talent they offered.

    With the way Hal has acted I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case. Although by signing Culver they did secure enough $ in the budget to score Mason Williams 3 picks later so maybe a ray of sunshine will emerge despite Culver looking like a bust (although I’d still give him more time before labeling him as such).

  32. yankeefeminista January 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Culver is still pretty young and a switchy, so he’s still on a major learning curving at the plate. Could we have drafted him lower? Yep.

    As for character, not sure what the Yanks definition of character is. Culver is a great kid, I am not giving up on him yet. His D is stellar. And hopefully his bat plays at SS. However, hopefully, we don’t forego talent because of some prescriptive viewpoint on what is and isn’t character. I like bat speed with my character. And I like my players exuding confidence that some may call “attitude.”

  33. G. Love January 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    mick,

    You make a fair point. It will be interesting to see how the team fares w/o the hero swinging of Swisher & Martin in key situations next season. The only problem is we’ve replaced Martin’s hero swings with 2 back up C’s & a rookie who collectively do nothing offensively.

    And we’ll still have Grandy & Tex swinging from their shoes in the middle of the order.

    I do think these guys, like Swisher, all put up their best numbers in contract years so Grandy should definitely be better next season. The dangling carrot seems to work for most of these guys. Martin’s the only one I can think of that sort of choked in that spot passing on a 3yr 20+ million extension to roll the dice. And even he didn’t lose that much in the end except having to go play for the Pirates.

    I do believe a full season of Ichiro knowing the Yankees are his team in the next 2 years could be special. He still has ability and now he has the security that this is his town/team. When I say “his team” I don’t mean, he’s the face of the franchise, I mean he’s more invested in the team not being a rental.

    The team still needs a DH and RH OF and I believe they desperately need a C. I like the idea of minimizing the amount of swing out of their shoes guys, but they need to be replaced with some talent. Just subtracting hero swingers for warm bodies doesn’t improve the offense.

  34. Against All Odds January 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 11:44 am
    RAB comments about the Yankees drafting of Culver and Bichette. If no one else considers the players to be high round draft picks, wouldn’t it make you pause. These are two top picks who may never make it out of A ball.

    The article notes they were drafted due to their character. A lot of us have character. We need talent.
    ———————-

    I’m willing to give Dante more time but drafting Culver felt like a we’re smarting than you pick.

  35. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks, MTU. Sorry for stealing your idea!!! :)

  36. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    YF-

    I asked a question this AM that I thought was right up your alley.

    Of the 3, IYO who has the highest cieling ?

    DePaula, Ramirez, or Campos.

    I said most would say DePaula.

    I’m not so sure.

    What say you ?

    Hint: I know you really like Ramirez

    ;)

  37. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Team Greedy would have foresight. They would look at their upcoming free agents and decide who to keep and who to trade. Use the ones you do not keep to build the system, and replace the player from the free agent list. Beltran last year and Hamilton this year.

    Team I Have No Clue waits until they leave via free agency, gets a draft pick and uses them on players no one thinks have major league ability.

    Team Greedy signs Cespedes and has one of the most exciting players in the league for a relative low cost.

    Team I Have No Clue passes and uses much of the money for a multi-year deal for a 39 year old.

    Team Greedy signs a 25 year old Darvish with his AAV of under $10 million for several years.

    Team I Have No Clue sign 39 and 40 year olds who will be long gone by 2014.

  38. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    “If no one else considers the players to be high round draft picks, wouldn’t it make you pause”

    Yes. In the NFL that’s called overdrafting. Getting value where you draft is extremely important.

    That doesn’t mean that Culver or Bichette can’t be good players.

  39. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    “The team still needs a DH and RH OF and I believe they desperately need a C. I like the idea of minimizing the amount of swing out of their shoes guys, but they need to be replaced with some talent. Just subtracting hero swingers for warm bodies doesn’t improve the offense.”

    This.

    P.S. Make that Rf Of’er a guy named JU

    ;)

  40. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    It’s not even about giving up on any of the drafted players but a matter of whether you trust that the org knows how to best target talent.

    Personally? I probably always take the guy with the most talent, period. I don’t care what position. That’s just my thinking on it. But I can also understand the strategy of ‘if we lack position players, let’s just focus on drafting the best position players and not worry about pitching/catching.’

    This is one of the areas we should be awesome at all the time. I think for a while the plan was to draft talent at premium positions, specifically pitching and catching. The thought process being that since those are the highest valued commodities, you can trade the excess to fill the position holes you have. I don’t think that’s a bad strategy either.. but they don’t seem to be able to sell high in a lot of cases or work that strategy properly.

  41. The Return of Stoneburner January 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    The 2010 draft class (Culver’s draft class) for the Yanks could shape out to be quite impressive – from an offensive standpoint – - – -

  42. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I have no problem not having Martin or Swisher on the team. What is problematic is their replacements. I like Ichiro, but he is not an everyday player anymore. His splits are significant. Catcher? We all understand what we have there.

    If they pick up a big RH bat, things would change. Too little money available in 2013 and beyond to add anyone significant, in my estimation. The big bat will be a guy who had a big bat at some point in his life. McGehee had a good year or two.

    I would love it if they do something that would help the team this year and beyond. What a concept.

  43. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    “The team still needs a DH and RH OF and I believe they desperately need a C. ”

    They’ll find a DH and RH OF at some point, but given the apparent myopic focus on catching defense, they will probably need a catcher for some time unless Romine shows more offensive upside than he ever has in the mL (let alone stay healthy) and/or Sanchez becomes a good enough catcher to satisfy their current mindset.

    Unless of course they realize that a catcher like Posada was one of the important reasons why they were a great team for 15 years.

  44. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    While the ball may be coming out well from Vasquez hand, they go out even better off the bat. Even I don’t believe Cashman would go there again.

  45. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Can we trade Hal Steinnrenner for Giancarlo?

  46. yankeefeminista January 3rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    MTU, Happy New Year! I never evaluate pitchers without first having seen them myself. I have heard great things about DePaula, and based on what I have read about his repertoire and pitch-ability, he is the obvious choice. Yes, I am a J-Ram advocate, always was even when everyone was down on him, but then I had the benefit of seeing him and his plus plus FB and changeup (knee buckling LOL pitch). At the time I saw him, Ramirez had only two pitches, but his slider (couldn’t spin a curve, and they finally gave up on it) has moved to above average or better level. It was supposedly sick in Instructs, and finally killed all the silly bullpen talk. I will be thrilled to get to watch his starts in AA. I have never seen Campos pitch. Also I think Bryan Mitchell may soon be in the discussion of upside pitchers. So, long answer to a short question. Based on what I have read, DePaula, but… I haven’t seen two of those three, and they are all at different levels of development. Plus I am not a big fan of trying to define who is better than whom because that precludes the ages, levels and other nuances, especially when it comes to pitchers. In this case they all have major upside. Let’s see what happens this year.

  47. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    The Yankees key to success has been offense up the middle in positions it is generally not found. Posada, Jeter, Bernie and Cano. I don’t get why they draft a defense only guy in Culver and want a defense first catcher in . . . I don’t know who even provides that.

    With the Yankee front office espousing catching defense first, that doesn’t make me think Cervelli will be back there. They have never liked his defense.

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock January 3rd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Repost:

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 3rd, 2013 at 11:57 am

    LOL, I really got nostalgic on this “Greedy” stuff and dug this up from Pro Sports Daily, 2009 on DBurch’s “Get Greedy – Get Manny” campaign idea.

    Any PSD’ers (Maybe Odds?) who posted there at the time will remember this:

    rudemechanical rudemechanical is offline
    Legend

    Join Date: Oct 2007
    Posts: 6,106
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dburch1102 View Post

    dude im serious where can I make them?

    Ok, my mind is racing. The way to go about this is get some new york based advertiser on board to front the money for production costs. The trade off is, they get their branding on it.

    We put together a guerilla campaign to get Yankee fans to wear some shirts in front of the Stadium.

    We also send a group to demonstrate outside Hank’s place in Tampa, and at Steinbrenner Field, or whatever the hell it’s called.

    We get Manny to wear one and shoot a video, which lives on You Tube. We can have him with headphones on, listening to Reggatone. We incorporate the guerilla segments into the video.

    The video has a link to advertiser’s site, where you can “order Get Greedy…Get Manny t-shirt, limited offer.’

    We third-party track it so they can’t rip DBirch off, because he coined the slogan. DBirch and advertiser split the proceeds.

    Manny gets a fat contract out of it, because the Yankees can’t resist the viral buzz and they also see the merchandising potential.

    They sign Manny.

    They buy the license from DBirch, who makes a tidy sum and gets royalties on sales, and he takes the entire Yankee PSD community out for beers….many beers.

    Oh, and of course, I’ll be collecting my agent’s fee for coming up with the viral campaign (we’ll negotiate privately).
    Reply With Quote

    http://forums.prosportsdaily.c…..038;page=8

  49. Against All Odds January 3rd, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    mick January 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 am
    And what are the chances the team can built a core similar to that again
    ============================================
    seems like they are on their way
    —————————————————————

    You sure:

    Their star second baseman might be gone next yr
    Their young pitching is either far away or injured
    And the position player prospects are a couple of seasons away from contributing.

  50. Rob_NY January 3rd, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I speak only for myself but as a stalwart member of Team Greedy I do t think our team advocates buying “All the players.” It’s my understanding that our team advocates buying “All of the BEST players.” Meaning don’t drop 15m on Swisher, buy Hamilton. Don’t spend money on Ichiro, buy Matt Holliday. etc. etc.

  51. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I think the problem is Ichiro is an everyday player in terms of how they’ll use him.. I don’t see them having him play less than 140 games, tbh.

    We really need Gardner to make it through a whole season this year.

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock January 3rd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Repost

    http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/

    This is Burch’s site. His tagline will amuse people here:

    “Putting the best team on the field, one dollar at a time.”

    I’m more pro ‘spects than necessarily pro greedy, although I have no moral problem with us having “bought” players, within the rules of the game, and having spent $$ that was ours to spend.

    The idea was, post 2009, to fill in with up and coming talent while the team was still in the pink or afterglow of having won that championship, and while the lineup was still dangerous.

    We would water the youngsters as we carefully cycled them in, with our older superstars not yet in their true twilight, and make the odd trade and fork it over for the strategic FA fit. Instead, Cashman turned what potentially could have been a renaissance (90′s) into these seeming dark ages…

  53. Hassey January 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    How about Team Queezy?

  54. G. Love January 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Rich in NJ,

    How the Yankees can ignore the fact that the majority of their dynasty teams going back to start of the franchise had C’s who could hit is beyond me. It’s always been one of our positional advantages we were able to hold over other teams. This is why fans think Girardi is steering the ship on this.

    It’s either that or some metric that has now determined that defense first guys net more runs with what they save than offensive C’s with poor defense.

    Still, I think back to Mike Stanley who was here when all of this got started. He wasn’t great behind the plate, but his bat made our lineup deeper. When we let him walk, I almost cried.

    I know we won a title with Girardi as the starter primarily, but the continued success of this team has always had a C who could hit. It’s part of the Yankee tradition and it’s why we have so many C’s with retired jersey numbers.

    I’m hopeful that Sanchez can be that next guy. But we’re already hearing rumors that people in the org don’t love his defense. Once that noise starts, it’s usually the beginning of the end for these C’s who can hit.

  55. Against All Odds January 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I didn’t join psd until 2010 I missed a lot

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock January 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    We should have bought Matt Holliday.

    No knock on Gardner, but Cashman’s and Girardi’s bent is reflected in their belief that they could get away with having a no slug, non high average LF instead of a Holliday type and not miss a beat.

    Yeah, money was a factor, but the rationale has philosophical underpinnings that put the writing on the wall on how little this regime buys into the historic Yankee model.

  57. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    They don’t love anybody’s defense but Stewie

  58. yankeefeminista January 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Yanks drafted Culver for his plus D and arm, much needed at a premium position, and they hope his bat will play. He is a switchy, but a natural lefty, so advantage there if he continues to improve against RHP. He has had better numbers in the past vs. lefties though, before Charleston, in a SSS and better LD% vs. L generally. I believe I read in PP that they have been working on his swing path in the offseason. So, hopefully that pays dividends.

  59. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    fem – Not sure if you’d know this but the gold medal game is on Saturday.. is it only airing on NHL Network?

    The league should be giving away NHL Network for free for the rest of the season to try to get back in the good graces of the fans, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to watch since I don’t have it.

  60. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Happy New Year to you YF.

    Hope the rehab is going well.

    Randy has made you the new Yankee GM.

    :)

  61. LGY January 3rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    romine has done nothing at the major league level to deserve coming in as the starter, in fact he should be seen as third on the depth chart going in to ST.

    if he shows that he can handle being in the bronx, great, but just handing a roster spot to a guy who hasn’t earned it rarely works out well.

    make him earn it.

    ——

    What has Stewart done to earn the starting catching job?

    If the Yankees are going to suck at C may as well go with a young guy with potential to not suck.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock January 3rd, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Odds,

    That was my first ever involvement in a Yankee site, and it became addictive. Especially back in the old days, with guys like Yankeefan28, RedSoxhater, Joba2007, Mantlefan, Knicks4life, DBurch, and others who I don’t believe are there anymore. There’s too much “teen angst” in there nowadays, too many girlie pinups and ensuing discussion on their attributes, etc. It isn’t that much of a real baseball site, these days, and I’m definitely too old to enjoy the place, regardless :D

  63. yankeefeminista January 3rd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Pruf, Odds, lol. PSD in the old days was a blast. Circa 2009-10. Great posters, very knowledgeable, deep informed discussions; unfortunately, almost all of them gone now. Site has degenerated considerably. Although the prospects discussions are pretty good.

    And I would have loved if we had gotten greedy, and gotten Manny. Always loved watching Manny hit at OYS.

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock January 3rd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Randy has made you the new Yankee GM.

    :)
    ///

    Randy is a smart guy :)

  65. Tyler January 3rd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Woah, I see Team Greedy got a shoutout in the last post. Monumental moment.

  66. yankeefeminista January 3rd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Actually, PSD more like 2007-10, especially the first couple of years.

  67. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    “If the Yankees are going to suck at C may as well go with a young guy with potential to not suck.”

    Agreed

  68. Against All Odds January 3rd, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 3rd, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    Odds,

    That was my first ever involvement in a Yankee site, and it became addictive. Especially back in the old days, with guys like Yankeefan28, RedSoxhater, Joba2007, Mantlefan, Knicks4life, DBurch, and others who I don’t believe are there anymore. There’s too much “teen angst” in there nowadays, too many girlie pinups and ensuing discussion on their attributes, etc. It isn’t that much of a real baseball site, these days, and I’m definitely too old to enjoy the place, regardless

    ———————–

    Yea it’s the wild wild west over there now lol. I think Knicks4life is still there but it could just be someone with his name.

  69. pat January 3rd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Eli sure has made the rounds this off season…..

    RangerBlake
    Rangers sign free agent RH reliever Jason Frasor to one year contract. C Eli Whiteside designated for assignment to make room on roster.

  70. Against All Odds January 3rd, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Tyler January 3rd, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    Woah, I see Team Greedy got a shoutout in the last post. Monumental moment.

    ————————–

    Team Greedy is on the rise :)

  71. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    @RiverAveBlues: Prospect Profile: Gary Sanchez http://t.co/wwMzHNHO

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock January 3rd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I’m out, but may I say, welcome back RichinNJ!

    We were crooning for you, I guess you heard us :D .

  73. Against All Odds January 3rd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    yankeefeminista January 3rd, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    Pruf, Odds, lol. PSD in the old days was a blast. Circa 2009-10. Great posters, very knowledgeable, deep informed discussions; unfortunately, almost all of them gone now. Site has degenerated considerably. Although the prospects discussions are pretty good.

    ———————

    I agree I like PSD but sometimes it feels like some not all but some of the posters are a little behind on things. Some ppl still believe the 189 thing is just a 1 yr thing when it has been discussed already that they will more than likely stay under for two yrs.

  74. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    JAP-

    Saw your post to me regarding over vs. underhugging prospects.

    Absolutely can agree that there is room for improvement in when and who the Yankees move.

    The Yankees need to be good at self-scouting. If they are not now they need to find a way to get there.

    It’s all part of the equation. Can’t be afraid to trade. If that means we need fresh blood then so be it.

    No throwing the baby out with the bathwater IMO. If it’s broke fix it.

    Happy New Year, by the way.

    :)

  75. ac1 January 3rd, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Make the trade for Alfonso Soriano and drop him in the middle of the lineup with Cano. Let him DH and back up the OF if necessary.

  76. ac1 January 3rd, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    They dont need an everyday DH with Jeter needing days off, Youkilis needing days off, etc…. They can get a Soriano type that can DH but also play OF a bit when the others dont match up well.

    Regarding catcher, if they want D, just sign Barajas or Shoppach (he can hit lefties at least).

  77. Tyler January 3rd, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Soriano is just another low contact hitter in this lineup. They have to get somebody eventually (I think?) but I’d rather not take on that contract even for a year unless Theo eats it all.

  78. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Micheal Morse if no Upton

  79. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Logically speaking I’d expect the next pinch-hitter post to be the opposite of the “Team Greedy”
    approach.

    ;)

  80. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Rob_NY January 3rd, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I speak only for myself but as a stalwart member of Team Greedy I do t think our team advocates buying “All the players.” It’s my understanding that our team advocates buying “All of the BEST players.” Meaning don’t drop 15m on Swisher, buy Hamilton. Don’t spend money on Ichiro, buy Matt Holliday. etc. etc.

    ————————

    Welcome to Team Greedy :D

  81. Mike Ri January 3rd, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Considering whats out there … I’d take Shoppach

  82. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks, JAP.

  83. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Hassey January 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    How about Team Queezy?

    ————–

    Reminds me too much of Team Breezy.. that’s what Chris Brown fans call themselves.

    Every time I hear a Chris Brown song, the beat vaguely sounds like a fist hitting a woman’s face… can’t figure out why… :P

  84. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    The core tenet of “Team Greedy” as I understand it is never be willing to settle for mediocrity.

    ;)

  85. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Tyler January 3rd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Woah, I see Team Greedy got a shoutout in the last post. Monumental moment.

    —————

    It was Chad’s way of asking me out on a date.

    We have a cat and mouse game going on, he and I. But no worries, restraining orders are just another way of saying ‘I love you.’

  86. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Too bad we can’t trade for Salty….he’s better than what they have especially if he were platooned and didn’t have to hit lefties

  87. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    @AndrewMarchand: Yankees appeal on the wane? http://t.co/OKgWoZvn by @espnnyyankees

  88. Against All Odds January 3rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    Tyler January 3rd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Woah, I see Team Greedy got a shoutout in the last post. Monumental moment.

    —————

    It was Chad’s way of asking me out on a date.

    We have a cat and mouse game going on, he and I. But no worries, restraining orders are just another way of saying ‘I love you.’

    —————

    http://i231.photobucket.com/al.....ughing.gif

  89. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Another favorite of mine is “Why give your opponents a fair chance when you can simply bludgeon them to death instead ? ”

    Imagine a steamroller, or a Monster truck riding over the tops of other trucks.

    That’s my vision of the Yankees.

    :)

  90. Tyler January 3rd, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Restraining orders make the best Valentine’s Day cards.

  91. Tyler January 3rd, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    A Salty/Romine combo would actually be pretty good. Salty provides some pop and is really only good enough to split games anyway. I’m all for giving Romine big league time but I hate that it’s Chris Stewart who is the insurance policy just in case Romine gets hurt or struggles (both very realistic possibilites). David Ross would have been nice at least. Or AJ.

  92. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I wanted Jaso and Romine.

    :(

  93. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    http://i231.photobucket.com/al…..ughing.gif

    —————

    :D

    Seriously, Chad creating a whole post for Team Greedy is the blog equivalent of giving me his number. Not sure he realized what he was getting himself into :D

  94. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Another favorite of mine is “Why give your opponents a fair chance when you can simply bludgeon them to death instead ? ”

    ——————

    Well said.

    I don’t just want to beat other teams. I want fans of other teams to fear us entering their building. I want them to hang their heads when we draw them as opponents in the playoffs.

    Basically.. I want them to be defeated before we even set foot on the field.

    The Yankees used to have that effect on teams. You could smell blood.

    For Team Greedy, just winning isn’t enough. Only total domination will satisfy us. By the time the season comes to a close, I want to slay more people than any of those little kids in the Hunger Games.

  95. mick January 3rd, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Would anybody be happy with Shoppach and Barajas as minor league ST invites?

  96. austinmac January 3rd, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Interesting article by Marchand on the declining interest and attendance. Big crowds are not a given. Fan enthusiasm must be earned.

  97. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Shame-

    Yeah. Inspiring fear at the mention the name works for me too.

    Something like, “Oh sh*t not the Yankees again.” works well.

    :)

  98. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    “@AndrewMarchand: Yankees appeal on the wane? http://t.co/OKgWoZvn by @espnnyyankees”

    The decline isn’t significant at this point, but in the NY entertainment market, being guided primarily by the bottom line tends to shrink the bottom line.

    As I have said, the Yankees will need the next wave of young, exciting offensive stars if they want to remain a compelling story worthy of fans (and corporations) spending their hard-earned dollar.

    It’s also probably why Cano will be the Yankees’ next A-Rod in the second half of his contract.

  99. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I thought the Yankees were looking towards a Romine/Montero platoon but maybe we’ll get a Murphy/Sanchez platoon one day.

    Cervelli, right now, is my preference over Stewie as a starter but I see where LGY is coming from. If you’re gonna plan to throw the kid in the fire, just do it.

  100. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Mick-

    Barajas is a terrible defender.

    Shoppach make more sense to me.

    Don’t know why we didn’t grab AJ P. Guy can hit.

    Who needs a team full of choirboys.

  101. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    New post —–>

  102. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    It’s also probably why Cano will be the Yankees’ next A-Rod in the second half of his contract.

    ———————–

    Given that he’ll be (currently anyway) the only big money player on the books by that point, I don’t really see it as being that big of a deal. The dilemma with Cano is just how to navigate 2014-2016 when you still have Tex, CC, Arod and probably Jeter on the books.


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