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World Baseball Classic rosters announced today

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This time of year, I usually start each day with our Pinch Hitters series, but I’m going to push today’s post to noon because the Team USA provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic is being announced in an hour. Although I’m not sure the Yankees will have a ton of players on it, I’m guessing the roster will be worth some discussion, and I’d like to legitimately give today’s Pinch Hitter the floor for a while.

So far, we’ve heard that Mark Teixeira and Andy Pettitte are expected to play for Team USA. Other’s reported as Team USA players include Brandon Phillips, Jimmy Rollins, David Wright, Joe Mauer, Ryan Braun, Shane Victorino, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, R.A. Dickey, Ryan Vogelsong, Derek Holland and Craig Kimbrel.

The full USA provisional roster will be announced on MLB Network and MLB.com at 10 a.m. ET. Rosters for other competing countries will be announced at 4 p.m.

It’s already been announced that Robinson Cano will play for the Dominican Republic, Francisco Cervelli is reportedly still deciding whether to play for Italy and both Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda have decided not to play for Japan.

The Yankees can only stop a player from going to the World Baseball Classic if that player is injured which will likely keep Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia out of the mix.

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57 Responses to “World Baseball Classic rosters announced today”

  1. blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    blake says:
    January 17, 2013 at 9:04 am
    “how were the yankees not in on the left handed hitting jaso in some way?”

    z wanted an impact bat so they probably would have had to give Granderson…..and they really can’t do that unless they replace him first……woukd have been cool if the Yanks could have worked a 3 way with Seattle and Arizona where they got Upton and Jaso …..but alas

  2. Rich in NJ January 17th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Granderson better have a big year because the opportunity costs of not moving him could be significant.

  3. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    If they don’t add anything else to the OF, I’m really unsure why they didn’t retain Dickerson.

  4. Jerkface January 17th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I had a dream last night that Granderson got traded, but I woke up before I could find out the team/return :x

  5. blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 17, 2013 at 9:13 am
    Granderson better have a big year because the opportunity costs of not moving him could be significant.

    They have missed most opportunities to replace him now though…..they need to try and win in 2013 so if they were to trade him they’d need somebody good to take his place first.

    I wanted them to sign Hamilton and trade Granderson…..now there really is only an Upton trade or if Bourn’s market dissolves to a point where he will do one year.

  6. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    blake says:
    January 17, 2013 at 9:04 am
    “how were the yankees not in on the left handed hitting jaso in some way?”

    z wanted an impact bat so they probably would have had to give Granderson…..and they really can’t do that unless they replace him first……woukd have been cool if the Yanks could have worked a 3 way with Seattle and Arizona where they got Upton and Jaso …..but alas

    ———————

    Upton AND Jaso, blake. We need to be really emphatic so when they don’t listen to us we can get even more upset!

  7. MTU January 17th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Mop walk time.

    Back later.

  8. blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    If Bourn would do a year year deal then signing him and trading Granderson would probably be a net gain.

    The outfield would have zero power but would be incredible defensively….Bourn was a 6 WAR player last year and would provide better average, better defense, and more steals than Granderson…..of course they’d still be lefty dominant but they are that with Grandy anyways…..plus youd have whatever you traded Granderson for

  9. Rich in NJ January 17th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    They have missed most opportunities to replace him now though…..they need to try and win in 2013 so if they were to trade him they’d need somebody good to take his place first.
    -

    Or assets that could be moved for an upgrade, which should be feasible. I am not sure that they are good enough to win as presently constructed unless a number of players turn back the clock.

  10. blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    “Upton AND Jaso, blake. We need to be really emphatic so when they don’t listen to us we can get even more upset!”

    Seattle : Granderson , Austin, nova, Adams
    Arizona: walker, Franklin, Furbush, Pierce
    Yankees: Upton and Jaso

    That woukd have been cool

  11. blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    “Or assets that could be moved for an upgrade, which should be feasible. I am not sure that they are good enough to win as presently constructed unless a number of players turn back the clock.”

    They really won’t be in 2014 though

  12. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    @Buster_ESPN

    The Yankees have increased their draft $ pool by about $3.5 million, to about $7-8m total, w/Swisher, Soriano signing elsewhere.

  13. Jerkface January 17th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Nip Naps finally a Red Sox on a 1 year deal. Unbelievable!

  14. blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    @BobKlap: #Yankees hoping Andy Pettitte doesn’t pitch in WBC. (They might get their wish) http://t.co/WBIocGty

  15. randy l. January 17th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    “On Montero, there was the good, the bad and the promising. The good? Datz more than once said he had “great hands.” Montero also has a strong arm and according to a couple of people I have talked to he calls a surprisingly good game for a catcher with limited experience.

    The bad? He falls into bad habits, one of which is dropping to one knee, which hampers his ability to get good throws off. This is something he was told specifically to work on in the offseason.

    As for pitch framing, Datz said he made it a point to talk to the umpire at third base the next day after Montero caught and ask how he worked behind the plate.

    “The majority of those said he gives you a great look, hands are good, a little bit too much movement once and awhile,” Datz said. “He does lock in pitches, will carry some balls away from the strike zone once and awhile but for the most part was good to work behind for the umpire.”

    An interesting and important perspective.

    Going forward, Datz said he would like to see Montero “step up and take the bull by the horns, be the guy who wants to lead the pitching staff.” He said that he went through the normal ups and downs of a rookie catcher and that there were times when he wore down physically and mentally. In Montero’s second year, Datz would like to see a little more toughness.

    Datz finished up his evaluation of Montero with glimpses of the promising.

    “When he puts it together he is very good,” Datz said. “Blocking, receiving and footwork really came along. When he put it all together it is as good as it gets. We saw him throw out some pretty good base stealers. Still a work in progress and has a long way to go. We will challenge him again this year and continue to work with him this year and hopefully he will step up and do it.”

    http://mynorthwest.com/374/217.....ch-in-2013

    jeff datz is the third base coach for the mariners and a former catcher. been around the game a lot. bench coach of orioles,7 years with the mlb indians, etc.

    he’s wouldn’t have been speaking out like this if his views weren’t in line with seattle’s impression of montero. why is their evaluation of montero so different than the yankees?

    are the yankees really that bad in evaluating their catchers ?

    if they are , it’s really odd considering girardi was such a good catcher. one thing may be happening there. girardi’s standards may be so high, he doesn’t get anyone who he thinks is good enough.

    when i was in my twenties, i had a pretty serious stained glass studio. that was my craft. when i owned my own craft gallery i carried very little stained glass work because i was so picky about what i carried. girardi might be doing a similar thing. he didn’t like posada catching, he didn’t like cervelli cactching, he didn’t like montero, etc.

    so who does he end up with by default?

    stewart?

    somethings wrong with how the yankees evaluate and develop their catchers. girardi is too much a part of the process to not be involved in the dysfunction. the yankees have almost always been strong at the catcher position when they ave been good.

    it’s juts very weird what’s happened to the position under girardi.

  16. blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I have to think Napoli’s hip really is a mess….otherwise you’d think he would have told the Red Sox to go screw themselves after pulling that stunt

  17. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Jerkface January 17th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Nip Naps finally a Red Sox on a 1 year deal. Unbelievable!
    ——————–

    I’m not seeing that yet! How much??

  18. Rich in NJ January 17th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    The Yankees were in no position to trade any catcher, even a defensively challenged one, or even a severely defensively challenged one.

    “They really won’t be in 2014 though’

    The year Hal is exposed as a fraud…

  19. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Joe Torre + Andy Pettitte’s arm = agida.

  20. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Agree about Napoli’s hip. Something is not right there.

    I don’t think Andy gets to play based on the insurance issue, as per Klapisch. I can’t say that would bother me.

    Jaso unfortunately doesn’t align with our current concept of a catcher. Therefore, unless he were to DH, back up at first, there is no way we would have pursued him in spite of his ability to hit RHP.

    I still say we have a big deal up our sleeve. We have been too darn quiet.

    Alex is one day into the healing process. Only @190 more days to go…

  21. randy l. January 17th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    “The Yankees were in no position to trade any catcher, even a defensively challenged one, or even a severely defensively challenged one.”

    rich in nj-

    how could the yankees have turned an organization strength a few years ago with posada, montero, romine, and cervelli into stewart and maybe cervelli if they’ll let him out of the doghouse?

    how they develop catchers is really a problem especially when they are counting on sanchez emerging in a few years.

    they really need to make some change in who is in charge of catcher development.

  22. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I still say we have a big deal up our sleeve. We have been too darn quiet.

    ————————

    I feel the same way but I’m pretty sure it’s phantom limb syndrome…

  23. blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: Napoli is working out and expects to be ready to play Opening Day. But obvs hip situation limited length of new deal.

  24. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Shame, even without the pressure of fan base grumbling, they can’t possibly think they are going to compete with this team.

  25. randy l. January 17th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    “I still say we have a big deal up our sleeve. We have been too darn quiet.”

    yankeefeminista-

    well cashman did shock us last january.

    there’s still plenty of time left in the month.

    it’s not like deals aren’t being made around the league.

  26. randy l. January 17th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    “Shame, even without the pressure of fan base grumbling, they can’t possibly think they are going to compete with this team.”

    cashman values pitching above all else, and the yankees look pretty good there. maybe cashman thinks that’s enough with talent being so diluted around the league.

    maybe the new goal is to win by a car length instead of lapping the field .

  27. Rich in NJ January 17th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    randy

    Unless Romine can stay healthy and produce while quickly surmounting a learning curve, it would probably be their biggest failure to date.

  28. Tackelberry January 17th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 9:44 am
    Shame, even without the pressure of fan base grumbling, they can’t possibly think they are going to compete with this team.

    ___________________________________________________

    YF:

    Why do you think they can’t compete with this team? Is there that much of a dropoff from the team the won the AL East last year? They lost Swisher and Soriano, yes. But they are getting back Mo and Pettite for a full season, and Kuroda will be more confortable pitching in NY his 2nd year. They still have Tex, and Cano and Jeter, and YOukilis willsomething to prove this year, so I expect a bounce back year out of him. PLus you don;t know who will emerge from the farm this year to help. Has the rest of the AL East improved that much that the Yanks can’t compete? Maybe its just me but I prefer to wait til the game start before I predict doom and gloom.

  29. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Romine needs to stay healthy. I also sincerely think he would benefit from AB’s at AAA. I understand the need for a catcher sooner than later, but I wouldn’t want to hurt Romine’s bat long term because he didn’t get enough reps at AAA.

  30. Tackelberry January 17th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Rich in NJ January 17th, 2013 at 9:48 am
    randy

    Unless Romine can stay healthy and produce while quickly surmounting a learning curve, it would probably be their biggest failure to date.

    _______________________________________

    Yeah cause Martin was such a star last year.

  31. Rich in NJ January 17th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    “Yeah cause Martin was such a star last year.”

    This is funny because I have been accused by some here of being a Martin-basher, BUT I am capable of facing reality even when it contradicts much of what I have previously said. That reality unequivocally is that Martin projects to bring far more to the table in 2013 than any catcher on their roster in HR, pitch framing, and blocking pitches in the dirt.

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock January 17th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    somethings wrong with how the yankees evaluate and develop their catchers. girardi is too much a part of the process to not be involved in the dysfunction. the yankees have almost always been strong at the catcher position when they ave been good.

    it’s juts very weird what’s happened to the position under girardi.
    ///

    Randy l,

    It became clear at a certain point that Girardi’s bias was driving Montero’s inevitable exit from this team. We saw it coming: Cashman’s relentless deification by Martin, the crazy Girardi self-drama of the Romine call up to prevent Montero from catching… the refusal to allow him to pinch hit in that dying 2011 ALDS…And of course, we had a preview of things to come, with the starting of Molina over Posada in postseason and World Series games.

    I also cannot understand how you’d just give up on mentoring this guy, with Girardi, Pena etc. in the house. It could have fed Girardi’s great ego-projection, even; he could have claimed he turned Montero into a viable catcher, and all that. Because, contrary to popular belief, people like Datz think it can be done: reports of Montero’s clumsy catching skills have been greatly exaggerated – by the Yankees especially.

    And I think the reason they didn’t check into Jaso is Girardi’s disdain for offense-first catchers: at least, that’s consistent.

  33. pat January 17th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    MLB Network just put up the USA WBC roster and I didn’t see Andy on it.

  34. DONNYBROOK January 17th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    We keep hearing around here, how 1yr of Grandy or Cano will NOT return much inna trade. The Morse deal Proves that to be FALSE.

  35. PacoDooley January 17th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Tackelberry January 17th, 2013 at 9:51 am
    Rich in NJ January 17th, 2013 at 9:48 am
    randy

    Unless Romine can stay healthy and produce while quickly surmounting a learning curve, it would probably be their biggest failure to date.

    _______________________________________

    Yeah cause Martin was such a star last year.
    ———————–

    Martin had an OPS a hair above .700 (.713) and Stewart was below .600. Only one catcher with enough ABs to qualify (that’s 502 ABs) had an OPS below .764 (and that was Jesus Montero). So Romine can be mediocre with the bat and still not be too far behind. I appreciate that Martin had some power, but if that power cannot push up your OPS to something competitive, then it is not worth that much, is it?

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock January 17th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Yankeefem – I agree they are trying to swing a big deal. Something’s going to drop soon.

  37. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Tackel, I was a big fan of the pitching before it became popular. And I still am. It will again be what carries us. However, I think the team has regressed offensively, and I thought the offense was pretty one-dimensional last season. Most importantly, we have yet to replace Swish’s bat. And as much as he is a playoff black hole, his regular season production is important to our success. We have question marks at C, DH, 3B, RF; Derek is coming back from an ankle injury. Teix is a slow starter (let’s see how WBC affects that) who struggles vs. RHP. Ditto, Youk. Gardner has to stay healthy, etc. And will we actually integrate the young players; History says, no. We’ll choose the vets over the bat speed; our m.o. is to choose experience. I call it the reality of where we are at, and not doom and gloom. And as someone who pays handsomely to watch this team play, and puts in many many hours to get to and from games, I am not thrilled to have to watch this team day in and day out. Also my idea of competing isn’t beating up on sub .500 and NL teams, being one dimensional hitters who don’t hit for average, and are not be able to hit breaking balls. I want us to be the best that we can be, and start integrating a philosophy of innovation and forward thinking, instead of sticking to a status quo that shouldn’t be the Yankee way. With our resources and tradition, we should be leaders, and not followers. I have watched this downward trend, even qualitatively since 2010. It has been particularly evident attending games, going back to the 2010 series vs. Texas when we looked old and slow.

  38. blake January 17th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    @BryanHoch: Andy Pettitte is not on the Team USA roster for the WBC. Mark Teixeira is still taking part.

    Good

  39. blake January 17th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    @jonmorosi: Team USA starting rotation: RA Dickey, Ryan Vogelsong, Kris Medlen, Derek Holland. No Kershaw, Verlander, Cain, Price, Weaver, Pettitte.

    Weak

  40. blake January 17th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    @jonmorosi: Starting infield: Teixeira, Phillips, Rollins, Wright. I love inclusion of Zobrist, the ultimate super-utility man.

    Weak

  41. jacksquat January 17th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    blake January 17th, 2013 at 9:21 am
    If Bourn would do a year year deal then signing him and trading Granderson would probably be a net gain.

    The outfield would have zero power but would be incredible defensively….Bourn was a 6 WAR player last year and would provide better average, better defense, and more steals than Granderson…..of course they’d still be lefty dominant but they are that with Grandy anyways…..plus youd have whatever you traded Granderson for

    Why do you think the lineup is lefty dominant?

    In the top 6 they have 3 hitters that hit lhp well and 3 that hit rhp well.

    vs rhp

    Ichiro
    Cano
    Granderson

    vs lhp

    Jeter
    Teixeira
    Youkilis

    Then there is

    righthanded 4th outfielder, catchers who are all righthanded so far, DH and Gardner. They also probably have Arod coming back after the AS break and he hit lhp very well even with a bad hip.

    That is fairly balanced if nothing else is added.

  42. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    In terms of when he signed.. we had Andy for a full season last year, no?

  43. Rich in NJ January 17th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Martin had an OPS a hair above .700 (.713) and Stewart was below .600. Only one catcher with enough ABs to qualify (that’s 502 ABs) had an OPS below .764 (and that was Jesus Montero). So Romine can be mediocre with the bat and still not be too far behind. I appreciate that Martin had some power, but if that power cannot push up your OPS to something competitive, then it is not worth that much, is it?
    -

    Look at his platoon splits. Martin is a really good hitter v. LHP, and not very good v. RHP. That is worth far more than anything Stewart brings, and at this point, there is not a ton of evidence that Romine is ready and can stay healthy. Backs are tricky for anyone, but for a guy who has to go into and out of a crouch 100+ times a game?

  44. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    @craigcalcaterra

    Really psyched that the Braves’ two most important pitchers, Medlen and Kimbrel, are gonna be handled by Joe Torre, you guys.

  45. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    “So Romine can be mediocre with the bat and still not be too far behind.”
    ____
    The point is Romine is a pretty good hitter who can consistently go opposite and if you rush him you probably don’t allow him to become that hitter at mlb level. He can revert to a long swing and get a little overly aggressive. I would rather he get some AAA time to work out a few things at the plate before coming up.

  46. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Glad to hear that Pettitte isn’t on the roster.

  47. blake January 17th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    “Why do you think the lineup is lefty dominant?”

    Because the entire outfield hits left handed…..and their best hitter hits left handed.

    If Tex and Youk bounced back and Cano actually hits lefties next year then it won’t be a problem…..but if Youk looks cooked and Tex isn’t good then it’s Jeter and pray when a lefty is on the mound right now.

  48. blake January 17th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    The yanks lost 3 really good hitters vs LHP (swisher, Martin, and Arod) and have replaced then with Youk

  49. DONNYBROOK January 17th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Pretty tough to get jazzed about Team USA with Braun on the roster.

  50. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    To actually have to lament the loss of Martin’s bat, just shows how far we have fallen. I get the stats vs. LHP, but Martin is/was a mistake hitter who fattened up on flat fastballs and hanging curveballs. He is not a good hitter.

  51. PacoDooley January 17th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I suppose my point about Martin and Romine is not so much to say that I think Romine is ready (I agree, he needs some ABs at AAA not only to solidify his approach, but also to make sure his back is okay), but to remind us all that Martin was mediocre. I appreciate his platoon split was better, but he sees a LOT fewer lefty pitchers, so his poor numbers versus righties was a major problem (>2x his ABs were vs. RHP compared to LHP, despite the platoon split).

  52. Mike Ri January 17th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I agree with yankeefeminista — Martin was HORRIBLE ..

  53. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    …and thus the reason why Martin is often overmatched in the playoffs.

  54. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    We definitely need Cano to revert to form and hit LHP.

  55. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    :arrow:

  56. blake January 17th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    @JeffPassan: Ideal Team USA lineup: C Posey, 1B Prince, 2B Pedroia, SS Tulo, 3B Headley, LF Braun, CF Trout, RF Stanton. Only Braun, Stanton are playing.

  57. randy l. January 17th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    “reports of Montero’s clumsy catching skills have been greatly exaggerated – by the Yankees especially.”

    j.a.p.

    i paid some serious catching dues for about five years and was around some people with pretty high standards. paul casanova, stan cliburn, dave sax, pat kelly, carl taylor all passed on things to me. i was around a lot of really good pitchers. i have some idea of how they think about a catcher and what they’re looking for.

    i had zero doubt when i watched montero catch that he could catch. now my standards are obviously not as high as girardi’s, but that actually might be the problem. we all know he wasn’t crazy about posada taking his job. there’s something dysfunctional about girardi and his bias towards catchers who are more like him than like posada. it’s like he’s trying to prove that he was the gold standard. he wasn’t.
    he was really good defensively and scrappy as a hitter.
    that’s not the yankee ideal.

    if he keeps pushing his philosophy the yankees will continue to have trouble at the position.


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