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Video: Yankees go through pop up drills

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Tony Pena was running the machine for today’s pop up and fly ball drill on the main field. At one point, I noticed he seemed to be aiming the machine right at me. You’ll notice in the video below, after Dan Johnson makes a play in foul territory, I’m pretty slow turning the camera back to the field. I’d actually turned my head to Pena to try to determine whether I need to get out of the way.

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30 Responses to “Video: Yankees go through pop up drills”

  1. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Rockies are looking to deal a catcher for pitching.

    Would they do Wilin Rosario for Ivan Nova? Would the Yankees? He’s only 23 but had brutal home/road and left/right splits. On the other hand, Nova could be the pitcher we saw last year and not the one from the year before…there is risk with both guys but I think the Yankees have enough redundancy in their rotation that they could take that risk. Deal Nova and slot Phelps into his spot.

  2. austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    The ESPN article suggests further talks with Boras. Perhaps, so does Cashman’s no comment. They also say it indicates a softening in the $189M mandate in response to fan unhappiness. Who says the fans have no power? We are ultimately the customer.

  3. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Would they do Wilin Rosario for Ivan Nova? Would the Yankees? He’s only 23 but had brutal home/road and left/right splits. On the other hand, Nova could be the pitcher we saw last year and not the one from the year before…there is risk with both guys but I think the Yankees have enough redundancy in their rotation that they could take that risk. Deal Nova and slot Phelps into his spot.

    Is there a link to this? Do they say who they are willing to move? I don’t know if they’d trade Rosario but he would be an excellent get. I wonder about Jordan Pacheco, he can play 3B and catcher.

  4. austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Check out the Wallace Matthews ESPN article. Let’s hope he’s right for once.

    Hal can make his own name for the good.

  5. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 20th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 8:32 pm
    The ESPN article suggests further talks with Boras. Perhaps, so does Cashman’s no comment. They also say it indicates a softening in the $189M mandate in response to fan unhappiness. Who says the fans have no power? We are ultimately the customer.

    From the article:

    My guess is this: The Yankees’ baseball operations department — which recommended that the team pass on the renegotiated Alex Rodriguez deal — will recommend to ownership that the Yankees pay Cano very well, but not over a 10-year deal. I think something in the range of a seven-year deal, $189 million deal (or $27 million a year) is going to be much more palatable to the baseball people in the organization; I can’t ever see them giving their OK to another 10-year deal.

    The softening is that the Yanks might consider 7 years for 189 million – which is the contract they might offer Cano – and which is Buster’s guess. It is not an indication they are softening the other 189 million. Do not pay yourself on the back and think you or the other commenters are that important in the grand scheme – - – -

  6. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    If the contract is for over seven years including 2013, I hope they don’t sign Cano.

  7. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    btw, saying “not over a 10-year deal” sounds ridiculous on its face.

  8. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    The softening is that the Yanks might consider 7 years for 189 million – which is the contract they might offer Cano – and which is Buster’s guess. It is not an indication they are softening the other 189 million. Do not pay yourself on the back and think you or the other commenters are that important in the grand scheme – – – -

    Wrong article.

    According to the proverbial insider with knowledge, Hal was “freaked out” by the negative reaction from Yankees fans at what they perceived to be a trend toward “cheapness” from a club that had always been known for wild extravagance.

    (I’m not privy to the internal financial workings of the Yankees, but it’s possible that advance season ticket sales for 2013 have reflected that perception.)

    In any event, someone within the Yankees organization apparently did the math and came to the conclusion that cutting tens of millions of dollars in payroll would cost the club hundreds of millions in the long run, if only through the devaluing of the brand.

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....pirit-boss

  9. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Actions will speak louder than words, but giving out very long-term contracts to players over 30 isn’t the answer either. There is a sensible middle ground.

  10. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Jerkface,

    I’m including the link here. It is the writer who speculates that it would be a catcher that they would move for a starter given the four catchers they have on the roster.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....arter.html

  11. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    ^ Do you guys hear that..?

    That’s the sound of Team Greedy’s heart beginning to beat again.

  12. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Rich,

    I agree with you. Giving Cano a stupid contract for the sake of not being called cheap is not the answer for fans who are upset about $189. We want smart spending not a repeat of existing mistakes.

  13. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I hope this isn’t lip service.. I want the Evil Empire to rise.

    I absolutely hate the Dodgers. I shouldn’t. They should hate us.

  14. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Chip (and Shame)

    Team Greedy really only gets to be greedy if they are also Team Smart.

  15. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Rather than give Cano 8 years or more I would rather see them sign Ben Zobrist for 4 or 5 years at a third the price.

  16. austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I’m patting myself on the back while others are on a strange voyage occasionally interacting with reality.

  17. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    From my perspective.. Team Greedy can sign Cano for $300 million and still be good always lol. The payroll might be $250.. but I think other teams will probably be pushing it to $200-230 more frequently at that point.

    They need to invest in scouting, development, and get more players in the pipeline. The absence in the international market the past couple of years has been weird. Fix that too. Spend/trade on an OFer a 3B and maybe a C next year and stay good for a couple more seasons before Mason and Sanchez (and hopefully others) come up young and cost controlled.

  18. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Sign this bloody Cuban SS prospect and either convert him to 2b or leave him at SS and deal Eduardo NoHanz for a 2b prospect.

  19. austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I certainly agree the way forward is not a stupid Cano contract. They will have to go eight years for any chance. Any more than that is clearly foolish. Eight is very likely foolish too but few big contracts aren’t.

    The bigger hope is they do realize the importance of winning to the bottom line.

  20. austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Has anyone heard any more about the Cuban SS age issue and whether he is part of the 23 and older rule?

  21. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Chip February 20th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Sign this bloody Cuban SS prospect and either convert him to 2b or leave him at SS and deal Eduardo NoHanz for a 2b prospect.

    ———————

    Team Greedy says: Just sign Andrus :twisted:

  22. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I have been using conditional language to describe the supposed austerity budget, just in case Hal realized that the farm system isn’t nearly as ready to contribute as his words have suggested Cashman has told him it would be.

    I will still use it, because who knows what will ultimately happen. Hal may not even know.

    Anyway, back to “House of Cards.”

  23. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Has anyone heard any more about the Cuban SS age issue and whether he is part of the 23 and older rule?

    —————

    Team Greedy says: Bribe Selig for the Cuban :twisted:

  24. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Has anyone heard any more about the Cuban SS age issue and whether he is part of the 23 and older rule?
    ———————–

    Last I heard he turned 23 at the end of January so he should be free to sign.

  25. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    From the above post about Addison Maruszak – a guy I’m really excited to see move forward. If he keeps developing the way he has – with his versatility the Yankees could have their own Ben Zobrist (of course they’ll probably trade him for a 38 year old relief pitcher):

    The wild card

    Addison Maruszak

    He’s not a wild card in the traditional way I interpret the phrase, because I’m pretty sure he’s going to end up on the Triple-A roster, and even if he doesn’t, it’s not going to blow up the entire plan.

    This is a guy who can be a wild card for your entire roster, though, because he plays everywhere and does everything. When he had a brief stint with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2011, he played three games and appeared at four positions — which isn’t a big deal until you consider those four positions were catcher, first base, third base and shortstop. There aren’t a lot of utility guys who can play those four spots and do it well. So Maruszak is some kind of athlete.

    Last season with Trenton, he didn’t catch. But he did play all four infield spots — mostly shortstop — and made just 22 errors (which isn’t bad for someone with so many irons in the fire). What he did that really caught the organization’s attention, though, was this: .276-16-59. He had never approached those numbers at any stop in his career, and if he can repeat that at a higher level, the organization is obviously going to think it has something with Maruszak.

    Curiously, he hasn’t played the outfield much. But I’m guessing he can give it a shot. If this guy hits, with his versatility, he can help you do a lot with how you construct your roster.

  26. austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Rich,

    How is House of Cards?

  27. UnKnown February 20th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    YOUUUUK does a nice job catching those pop-ups. Looks much more comfortable than Alex did.

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock February 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Nice stick, but Maruszak is not a serviceable short stop.

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock February 20th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Unknown,

    Alex finally got the hang of it. Used to be fun though when he’d kind of teeter under them and DJ would laugh at him. And then Alex would laugh, too. :)

  30. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Nice stick, but Maruszak is not a serviceable short stop.
    —————-

    Even if he can’t play SS, the ability to play everywhere else (potentially the OF also) makes a guy like that extremely valuable…especially if he can hit.


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