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Yankees claim Russ Canzler

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

According to Buster Olney, the Yankees have claimed right-handed corner utility man Russ Canzler off waivers. I’ve written about Canzler before as a guy the Yankees should consider for his right-handed power and ability to play all four corners. Seems likely he’ll join Matt Diaz as a guy to compete for a bench/platoon job in New York.

Canzler hasn’t had many chances in the big leagues, but he’s put up good numbers in the minors, hitting .289/.365/.508 through nearly a thousand at-bats in the pitcher friendly International League.

UPDATE: Just checked Canzler’s minor league numbers. He had fairly significant splits in Double-A in 2010 — good against both, but a 1.013 OPS vs. lefties and an .899 OPS vs. righties — but the splits have been fairly insignificant the past two years in Triple-A. His left and right splits were practically identical in 2011, and his vRHP OPS was within two points of his vLHP OPS last year.

Also, heard from one source who said Canzler is solid in the field. The source said he’d seen him at different spots and didn’t think he was particularly bad anywhere.

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156 Responses to “Yankees claim Russ Canzler”

  1. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    to me that was cashman referring to his hands being tied by the $189M.

    the irony to me is the people most upset that they are trying to get under $189 seem to be the ones most upset by what he said.

  2. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    “to me that was cashman referring to his hands being tied by the $189M.”

    As I pointed out above, he is the primary reason his hands are tied.

    “the irony to me is the people most upset that they are trying to get under $189 seem to be the ones most upset by what he said.”

    The irony is that you refuse to hold Cashman accountable for making $189 an issue.

  3. Jerkface January 4th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    to me that was cashman referring to his hands being tied by the $189M.

    He could have referred to it without his “now you get to see exactly what you wanted” bit. No one wants the team hamstrung by a budget?

  4. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    is it possible that Cashman is actually starting to hate his job?

  5. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    “is it possible that Cashman is actually starting to hate his job?”

    He only seems to hate it when his contract is about to expire. He then leaks to his acolytes in the media that he is ready to move on, and they dutifully publish it. The result is a new contract at a raise. Rinse. Repeat.

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 4th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    repost:

    Triple, do you think the decisions about the coaching staff in the minors are exclusively his? I really have no idea who makes those decisions.

    **********
    I really abhor the word “blame” and try to stay away from it. Usually a whole host of circumstances play into endings with which we are unhappy.

    I will say I have little clarity on the Yankee organization and who is running what. It isn’t information that is automatically part of my birthright, but when the Boss was at the helm, I always knew what to expect.

    And so I do what I do relatively well – wait and watch.

  7. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    “I don’t think anyone would trash Cashman had he delivered on his promises. Instead, his leadership, or whatever amount Hal allows him, has led the team to an abyss in 2014.
    When does he get responsibility?”

    In the context of this discussion, he’ll be held responsible (if that’s what you meant by “When does he get responsibility?”) when his superiors judge him on the rhetoric rather than whatever criteria they currently use to judge him, whether it’s games won, titles won, consecutive trips to the postseason, attendance, ratings, simple profit margins, etc.

    If some or all of those criteria suffer in coming seasons, that could be it for Cashman. 2014 is still in the future, however, not the past.

  8. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    is it possible that Cashman is actually starting to hate his job?
    ———-

    Probably just hates the situation he’s in.. I wonder if they weren’t like, ‘okay okay, we’re on a budget!’ and then Randy goes and signs Soriano, making Cash feel like the whole budget thing was a matter of preference.

    Then he wants to try and get a player he wants, and they tell him, ‘nope, we’re on a budget.’

  9. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    You the Steins have the Kinks playing on a neverending loop in their YS offices, even in the executive can?

  10. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Rich – I was all for giving Cash a new deal.. he probably thought the direction of the team would be different. He plays a part in that, of course.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 4th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    “I don’t think anyone would trash Cashman had he delivered on his promises. Instead, his leadership, or whatever amount Hal allows him, has led the team to an abyss in 2014.

    When does he get responsibility?”

    What promises did he make that he didn’t deliver on?

  12. RMS January 4th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Cashman’s job is to put a winning team on the field.
    In his defense, Hal has put money restrictions on him. Hal is a business man, he is not a baseball fan. Don’t think he loves the Yankees like his father did.

  13. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Here are my issues with Cashman:

    1. His instant buyer’s remorse for every deal he makes. Which is fine I suppose for him to have, but there’s no need to go public and tell your fan base that you think you screwed up before the ink is dry on the contract or trade papers. Probably makes the player you just got feel great too, knowing that your GM regrets the deal almost immediately after making it.

    2. The schizophrenic organizational philosophy. If you’re going to try to cut payroll and compete then you need to trust your prospects to play a role on the 25 man roster and not just serve as trade chips. Cashman wants to get payroll down, which is fine, but still wants to rely on veterans – it doesn’t work that way. He never flexed his muscle internationally and now he can’t even if he wanted to. Personally I’m still hoping the Yankees take the cuban short stop once he turns 23 and his contract no longer counts against what the team can spend internationally.

    3. If you don’t think that the players you’re developing can help your club as players then you need to evaluate the people you have in charge of developing those players. He’s started that by replacing Nardi with Gil Patterson, but if you don’t think that David Adams or Corban Joseph or Zoilio Almonte or Abe Almonte can help, then that falls on the GM to replace the people who are failing to develop them. Cash has been slow in that regard.

    4. Lack of creativity. He’s been doing the same job for over 15 years; the problem is that his tools have now changed but his approach hasn’t. Another GM, when confronted with the realities of the new budget structure for the club, would explore dealing his impending free agents such as Cano, Granderson, Hughes and Logan for controllable long term assets; Brian on the other hand has shown no interest in doing this.

    Specifically regarding the homerun quote – no we don’t hate homeruns, we just are smart enough to realize that a .200 hitter who hits 40 homeruns isn’t a good thing.

    I don’t think Cashman hates his job, I think he resents the fact that he doesn’t get the credit he feels like he deserves; viewing him not as a good GM but as a GM with a checkbook that covers up lots of mistakes. If that’s the case then I welcome him to go take over a team like the Royals or Pirates; but stop screwing with the Yankees. Everyone has a shelf life; it might be time for Cash to go and for fresh eyes from outside the organization to come in and see what’s really going on here. Unfortunately, given how little involvement/knowledge Hal actually has I fear that the next GM would be a Cherrington like puppet with Randy Levine serving the Larry Luccino role.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 4th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    “Instead, his leadership, or whatever amount Hal allows him, has led the team to an abyss in 2014.”

    As long as you can see the outcome in 2014, I have no need to watch the games! Why didn’t you tell me you had those kinds of powers austin?

    :)

  15. austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Chip,

    Again I say I agree with every word.

  16. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Specifically regarding the homerun quote – no we don’t hate homeruns, we just are smart enough to realize that a .200 hitter who hits 40 homeruns isn’t a good thing.

    —————

    Word.

  17. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I fear that the next GM would be a Cherrington like puppet with Randy Levine serving the Larry Luccino role.

    —————–

    Larry Luccino or Lucky Luciano…?

  18. austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Halsey,

    Don’t be bad mouthing the Kinks. Give me some Ray Davies lyrics any time.

  19. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    cashman could have done things differently to make getting under $189 easier however everything is a trade off. they went for it all last year.

    and fyi i know you were away for a while, i have said many many times that im in favor of trading cano, hughes and granderson if they can get good value rather than keeping them around this season.

    but the main thing that’s killing the payroll vis a vis the $189M is arod’s contract, which i was dead set against them signing at the time they signed it.

    btw, if it were me, id be trying to trade cc also.

  20. austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Lucky Luciano could probably swing us a couple of good deals in the back room or alley. I’m for him.

  21. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Big Mac – Badmouth the Kinks? I would never blaspheme like that. I’ll take Low Budget any day of the week, plus anything else you can get me

  22. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Jerkface January 4th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Melky started in AA the year he was called up. He was actually called up from AA.

    *******

    Errrrr – - – -I am breaking another New Years resolution – oh well:

    In 2005, Cabrera started off with the Trenton Thunder of the Double-A Eastern League, hitting .2675 with 60 RBIs in 106 games. At the end of June, he was promoted to the Columbus Clippers of the Triple-A International League, where he hit .324 with three homers and 11 RBIs in nine games.[3][4] On July 7, he made his major league debut in center field at Yankee Stadium against the Cleveland Indians.[5] He collected his first major league hit, a single, in his third at-bat that day.[6] The next day he went 2-for-3 against Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee, scoring his first major league run, but then went 0-for-his- next-13 and made costly miscues,[7] including one on July 15 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, misplaying a Trot Nixon fly ball that resulted in an inside-the-park home run during a 17–1 defeat. He was sent down to Columbus the next day for 17 games and then demoted again, back to Trenton to finish out the season.[8]

  23. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I think I’m sophisticated ‘cos I’m living my life like a good homosapien,
    But all around me everybody’s multiplying and they’re walking round like flies, man,
    So I’m no better than the animals sitting in their cages in the zoo, man,
    ‘Cos compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees I am an apeman.

    I think I’m so educated and I’m so civilized ‘cos I’m a strict vegetarian,
    But with the over-population and inflation and starvation and the crazy politicians,
    I don’t feel safe in this world no more,
    I don’t want to die in a nuclear war,
    I want to sail away to a distant shore and make like an ape man.

  24. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Lucky Luciano could probably swing us a couple of good deals in the back room or alley. I’m for him.

    ———————

    Levine reminds me more of Lucky lately.

  25. blake January 4th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    CHConfidential ?@CHConfidential
    Tim Raines was a better base stealer than Rickey Henderson in their first full 7 years. Hear his case for #HOF in Cooperstown Justice today.

  26. austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Hassey,

    I saw them many times in the day. I also saw Ray Davies do a one man act a few years back. They sang about thoughts and issues no one else came close to.

    Muswell Hillbillies, Arthur, etc. I love them all.

  27. Against All Odds January 4th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    AAO,

    Despite our moments here, I prefer the civility and thoughtful comments on this board.

    RAB did have a nice piece on the 2014 budget.Itsure didn’t make me think it was anything like Yankee business as usual.

    I said last year the Yankees will be among the least likely team in the next few years to add a good free agent. What happened to the part of Cashman’s quote abouthavingthe most money.

    We don’t have the most money to spend or the prospects to fill the holes. Again, what part of Cashman’s plan for domination worked?

    ————-

    None of it has. Their money advantage is not what it used to be and the minor leagues isn’t the pipeline he said it would be.

  28. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    If we’re talking Kinks, it doesn’t get any better than the Village Green Preservation Society, which is also thematically appropriate with its nostalgia for happier, simpler times.

  29. blake January 4th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    you know the taste of gruel never really grows on you…..but if you try it long enough it’ll have you asleep by the 5th inning and there is value in that.

  30. austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Ya Guy,

    For whatever our differences, you just won me over. :)

  31. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    tim raines was never the best player on his own team.

  32. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    It is Rock Raines for all of you – - – -

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 4th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    The things I take least seriously here are posts that purport to unequivocally know outcomes two years down the road.

    I haven’t agreed with all decisions made by the Yankee organization, but I ultimately believe they are better prepared to run the Yankees than I am and are better aware of all of the circumstances to be taken into account. So I have nothing but to sit back and trust they are making good decisions on balance. The decisions won’t alway work out perfectly. Life happens to all organiations. I appreciate an organization that delivers the postseason year after year after year. I’m also invested enough in the game that I realize that many factors go into being able to take it all in the postseason, the unbalanced schedule being one of the definite mitigating or exacerbating factors, depending upon the division in which a team finds itself (and the strength of the division in any given season.)

    Which leaves me with the following: GO YANKEES IN 2013!!!!

    Have a good day, all.

  34. austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Nick,

    Arthur also sang of simpler times, then the war and then the decline. I can still see the fat mouse with the umbrella on the cover.

  35. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    It’s really a catch-22 situation where I’m hoping for the best, but there are a lot of roads that this team could end up going down that are bad for us as fans.

    The single best case result that I see is that the organization starts trusting its prospects to produce for them (our first indication will be this year with Romine). Not all of them are going to pan out, but dealing away guys like Heathcott, Zoilo, Abe, Adams, Austin or the like for the next Granderson does nothing for the club long term. Jack Curry said it last night, the hidden aspect of the new CBA is that you can’t just deal away prospects and get new ones by overpaying in the draft.

    I know it isn’t popular, but I do not see how giving Cano an 8 year deal helps long term

  36. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    In fact, I highly recommend the 3-CD re-issue, which presents the album in full in both mono and stereo and, crucially, also presents all the bonus tracks from the VGPS sessions and those of close chronological proximity. Great stuff and unknown by many casual Kink fans on this side of the Atlantic.

  37. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    @Yankees

    #Yankees have claimed infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler off waivers from the Indians.

    ——————-

    Yanks are late to the party on confirming the news… I wonder who is in charge of their Twitter account: Cashman, Hal, Hank, Levine or Dandy.

  38. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    austinmac you have great taste in music!

  39. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I forgot the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/Village-.....=pd_cp_m_0

  40. austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Despite his great abilities, giving Cano eight years would be the height of foolishness if they intend to keep payroll low in the years ahead. He would have a number of unproductive years we now know they can’t afford to have.

  41. blake January 4th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    “Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    tim raines was never the best player on his own team.”

    so? that’s not a requirement. Should all the guys on the big red machine not be HOFers because one may have been a little better than the other…..

  42. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I know it isn’t popular, but I do not see how giving Cano an 8 year deal helps long term.

    ——————

    It depends on who else they target long term… in 3-4 years, Cano would be the only $20+ million player on the squad as it stands right now. You could have 3 cheap starters, 2 cheap OFers, and a cheap catcher… if things go extremely well in the system.

  43. austinmac January 4th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    The Kinks were always my personal favorite. They had such diverse subjects of their songs. Ray Davies was one brilliant and sensitive guy. Except perhaps when he said “it is time for you to stop all of your sobbin’.

  44. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Blake just owned somebody, but it’s impossible to follow just whom

  45. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    He would have a number of unproductive years we now know they can’t afford to have.

    —————–

    Actually, it’s when he’s having those unproductive years that we’d be able to afford it since Arod, Tex, and CC will all be playing golf or whatever old men do.

  46. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Oh Jeter too… though I still refuse to picture the team without him.

  47. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    i kind of disagree about cano. i think his unproductive years would come after cc, tex and arod are gone. i also tend to think the he will be healthy longer than say arod.

    personally im against huge money long-term contracts that go past 36 years or so, but i also think the yankees can afford one at a time if they have to.

    the upside to that would be that he becomes the face of the franchise while jeter arod tex and cc go away.

    that being said, i would still trade him now if i could get good young talent in return.

  48. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    when Jeter retires, let’s hoep the Yankees do not formally announce it to other teams. We’ll throw a cardboard cutout of him out there. With the right wind gust, it’ll still be able to poke some singles thru the right side, and on defense, we lose nothing going to its left

  49. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Isn’t CC signed for 6 more years?

  50. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    look at that i agreed with both austinmac and shame on the same post!

    we CAN all get along?

  51. Yanks78 January 4th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Love this move – Canzler is a RH hitter with power and a very solid defender and can be a cheap replacement for Swisher. Reminds me of a Reed Johnson type.

    Nice find by Cashmen

  52. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

  53. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Isn’t CC signed for 6 more years?

    ————–

    I thought it was through 2017, but I forget what the extension was.. lemme check.

  54. Against All Odds January 4th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    i kind of disagree about cano. i think his unproductive years would come after cc, tex and arod are gone.

    ———-

    I feel the same way. Plus by that time he shouldn’t be the main piece of the team

  55. joeman January 4th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    as far as I’m concerned Jeter had a major injury…and to get him back to 80% of what he was would be a big deal….

    is this guy (Cervelli ) going to split time on a major league roster with another 3 string catcher ? This is crazy!!!! Cervelli isn’t a major league catcher

  56. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Nope, Nick, it’s through 2017.

  57. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Henry Ford ladies and gents:

    The founder of the modern American automotive industry was also the 1920s king of American anti-Semitism. Henry Ford is best known for being the inventor of the assembly line method of manufacturing automobiles, but he was also an avid fan of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, the famous Russian anti-Semitic forgery. He was so convinced of its authenticity that he published it in serial form in his newspaper, The Dearborn Independent. He later took the Independent’s Articles and published them as a book, “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem”. In it, Ford blamed the Jews for everything from pornography to alcoholism to communism and beyond. The book proved to be rather popular, and was especially so in 1930s Germany; so much that Adolf Hitler himself awarded Ford a medal, and Ford is the only American mentioned in “Mein Kampf”.

  58. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    blake i didnt say that alone disqualifies him from the hof. but in a 17 year career it does raise questions.

    to me he was never a hof er. he compiled all the stats you need to get in but to me he’s just not hall worth.

    but i really dont care much who gets in or not.

  59. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I wonder if Ford and Hank Greenberg ever ended up in the same elevator

  60. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Here is Cano for me – can he Rod Carew/George Brett it in the second half of his career? If he can – you have to keep him – - – -

  61. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I wonder if Ford and Hank Greenberg ever ended up in the same elevator

    *****

    They did it – it was the basis for thunder dome – - – -

  62. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I would have let a young Tina Turner pin me for Festivus

  63. DaveD January 4th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t see what all the complaining is about though. Red Sox are rebuilding. Baltimore was a fluke. Toronto is a paper tiger like the Marlins last year. Tampa will take a step back without Shields/Davis.

    Yankees are still a playoff team, just like last year. They have a top pitching staff with CC-Andy-Kuroda-Hughes-Phelps. The pen will be great again with Jo-Ro-Mo. The offense will have more grinders like Cervelli, Gardner, and Youkalis. Cano-Tex-Grandy can anchor the middle of the lineup. Pineda will be back as well, giving us a monster rotation.

    In the mean time, guys like Sanchez, Heathcott, Mason, Austin will begin to start moving up and get hopefully to the doorstep of the majors for 2014. Guys like Goodly and Montgomery will probably move fast, along with guys like Bryan Mitchell and Brett Marshall.

    We’re in very good shape. We’re going to be a playoff team and that’s all you can ask for. Get in and get hot like virtually every champion this decade. Cashman has put us in a great position to win this year while setting ourselves up well for 2014. They just need to push some of their young players and not leave them at one level until they hit .350.

  64. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Yeah – depends though – could you take Ike?

  65. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Okay, so 5 more years.

    What does Henry Ford’s quote have to do with our entertaining Yankees?

  66. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    DaveD just lit an M80 in the library

  67. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Stoneburner – I don;t have to run faster than Ike, I only have to run faster than Tina

  68. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Shame

    As I said, he began lose me after his short-lived move to start Hughes, Joba, and IPK in 2008, and then said nevermind when it didn’t work after a month.

    His ridiculous pitching holds the keys to the kingdom nonsense, the way he treated Posada, the way he dissed Melky’s character (glasshouses?), the Montero trade, his inability to trade for a frontline starting pitcher in over a decade, his failure to develop pitching (he just woke up on Contreras?)…

  69. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Hassey – we don’t need another hero – - – -

  70. joeman January 4th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    DaveD January 4th, 2013 at 4:26 pm
    I don’t see what all the complaining is about though. Red Sox are rebuilding. Baltimore was a fluke. Toronto is a paper tiger like the Marlins last year. Tampa will take a step back without Shields/Davis.
    ———————–
    got it all figured out I see

  71. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    i agree with daveD.

    while the jays are loaded, it may not work out, see the 2012 angels and marlins.

    the o’s played way over their heads (much to their credit) but have gotten worse.

    the bosox don’t scare me they have no pitching.

    and the jays definitely took a step back.

  72. Hassey January 4th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Kinks, Tina Turner? Thsi place is like 1982 MTV. If someone makes an obscure conneection between the Yankees and Devo, I may explode

  73. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    A new post is that away – - – ->

  74. joeman January 4th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    what can a package of Gardner & Cervelli bring back ? Not much you say, then thats what they are worth …not much but as of now they are starters for the NYY

  75. randy l. January 4th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    “As I said, he began lose me after his short-lived move to start Hughes, Joba, and IPK in 2008, and then said nevermind when it didn’t work after a month.”

    he lost me when he replaced this guy because he wanted to have josh phelps/ mientkiewicz as a two headed first baseman:

    vs LHP as RHB 71 150 133 43 9 0 7 26 1 0 14 11 .323 .387 .549 .936 73 4 1 0 2 2 0 .308 142 136

    think the yankees could use a right handed hitter with .936 OPS against lefties.

    bernie williams could still hit when cashman threw him under the bus.

    for josh phelps ? mientkiewicz ?

    cashman being exposed early for who he was.

    posada, jeter, and rivera took notice and did not let cashman ever get them in the position cashman had bernie in.

    that is they negotiated hard so they always had that extra year so cashman could not just cut them loose the way he did with bernie.

    cashman probably paid twenty million extra dollars to these players because of how he treated bernie.

    but he did get josh phelps in the line up.

    cashman is stealth.

  76. Shame Spencer January 4th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Okay, so 5 more years.

    What does Henry Ford’s quote have to do with our entertaining Yankees?
    ———–

    It’s just 4, I misspoke. He’s an FA after 2016.

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