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Wednesday morning notes: Hughes sidelined with bulging disc

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

The Yankees have a 40-year-old starter, a starter who just turned 38, and a starter who had elbow surgery this offseason. But the first one to come down with an injury is the 26-year-old who made 32 starts last season. You can bet the rest of the rotation is giving Phil Hughes a hard time.

“I’ve got to get it right so I can get them off my back as well,” Hughes said.

Hughes has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his upper back. It happened while he was covering first base during fielding drills — “Nothing that I haven’t done a thousand times before,” he said — and an MRI revealed the injury. Hughes said he was experiencing no symptoms leading up to the injury. Just made a movement and his back got stiff.

“It can be a recurring situation if I don’t take care of it now,” Hughes said. “(The doctor) was adamant on, stay off it, let it heal, don’t push it and it won’t be an issue. … The first day was rough getting out of bed and stuff like that. Now I’m moving around a lot better. I don’t feel it just standing here or anything. That part’s encouraging, and I feel like in three or four days, once I go through these meds, that I’m going to feel that much better.”

Hughes has another three or four days of anti-inflammatories. After that he’ll work out for a couple of days in a pool. If the symptoms are gone at that point, he’ll be able to throw again. Best-case scenario has him picking up a ball in six or seven days.

“I felt like I was kind of ahead of the game with my throwing,” Hughes said. “I threw a bunch of bullpens before I got here. Thankfully it’s early enough in spring where, it’s a setback, but we still have a lot of time to get it right and not push it and make sure I’m 100 percent healthy. When I do pick up a ball in seven days I won’t be too far behind in my throwing.”

• Not sure there’s much to make of this, but today’s fielding drills have outfielders going to specific positions. Curtis Granderson is assigned to center field. Brett Gardner is assigned to left field.

• David Adams still isn’t cleared to do work on the field, but he said his back feels “great.” He could get on the field Monday at the earliest, but that will be just workouts on the field. He won’t be cleared for baseball activities until he does a few days of on-the-field workouts.

• For the second day in a row, Dan Johnson is going to get reps at third base. Joe Girardi has mentioned the idea of carrying a left-handed bat off the bat. If Johnson can prove himself at third, he could put himself in the mix.

• There were a few simulated games earlier today, with Ivan Nova being the only big leaguer in the mix. Live batting practice is scheduled for later in the day, including Joba Chamberlain.

• Today is photo day, which means players spent all morning cycling through a series of photobooths, ranging from television to video games to baseball cards to headshots. Players are generally not excited about photo day, and that’s probably a nice way to put it.

• Today’s defensive groups changed a little bit so that all of the big league regulars are in a group together. It’s interested that Travis Hafner’s name is listed in that same defensive group, except he’s not assigned a position. His name is just there, with no place to play.

Simulated games (facing Luke Murton, Slade Heathcott and Zoilo Almonte)

Corey Black (throwing to Gary Sanchez)
Bryan Mitchell (Kyle Higashioka)
Shane Greene (Francisco Arcia)
Mike O’Brien (J.R. Murphy)
Branden Pinder (Austin Romine)
Ivan Nova (Bobby Wilson)

Pitchers’ batting practice (based on the sheet, I’m not sure who the hitters will be)

Joba Chamberlain (throwing to Wilson)
Jose Ramirez (Francisco Cervelli)
Matt Daley (Cervelli)
Kelvin Perez (Chris Stewart)
Josh Spence (Stewart)
Francisco Rondon (Romine)

Defensive drills

Group 1
Infielders: Robinson Cano (2B), Travis Hafner (none), Derek Jeter (SS), Dan Johnson (3B), Jayson Nix (2B), Eduardo Nunez (SS), Kyle Roller (1B), Mark Teixiera (1B), Kevin Youkilis (3B)
Outfielders: Matt Diaz (LF), Brett Gardner (LF), Curtis Granderson (CF), Melky Mesa (CF), Juan Rivera (RF), Ichiro Suzuki (RF)

Group 2
Infielders: Greg Bird (1B), Cito Culver (SS), Walter Ibarra (SS), Corban Joseph (2B), Addison Maruszak (3B), Luke Murton (1B), Jose Pirela (2B), Rob Segedin (3B), Gil Velazquez (SS)
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte (RF), Tyler Austin (RF), Ramon Flores (LF), Adonis Garcia (CF), Slade Heathcott (CF), Ronnier Mustelier (LF), Thomas Neal (RF)

Batting practice groups (stayed the same)

Group 1
Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez

Group 2
Dan Johnson, Jayson Nix, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis

Group 3
Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Juan Rivera, Ichiro Suzuki

Group 4
Matt Diaz, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal

Group 5
Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Luke Murton, Gil Velazquez

Group 6
Zoilo Almonte, Slade Heathcott, Kyle Roller, Rob Segedin

Group 7
Greg Bird, Cito Culver, Walter Ibarra, Jose Pirela

Group 8
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia

Associated Press photos

 
 

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89 Responses to “Wednesday morning notes: Hughes sidelined with bulging disc”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 20th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Geeze Louise!

    :(

  2. Hassey February 20th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Cashman’s fault that Hafner has no where to play

  3. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Sucks for Hughes but a) it’s early and b) hopefully guys like Phelps, Warren and Turley take this as the opportunity it is.

  4. Hassey February 20th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Hughes spine clearly never recovered from spinning to track all those BOMBS from last year

  5. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    This isn’t good news for me or Cashman…

  6. Hassey February 20th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I just pre-emptively picked up El Duque for my fantasy team, once I heard Cashman was on the phone with his agent. He’s a lock for at least 10 starts this year

  7. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Also I would be pretty excited if Dan Johnson can play 3rd and give them a LH corner bat off the bench in the Chavez mold.

    Johnson’s not half the player that Eric is, but he does have some thump.

  8. Hassey February 20th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    only when he’s facing the Yankees

  9. jacksquat February 20th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    • Not sure there’s much to make of this, but today’s fielding drills have outfielders going to specific positions. Curtis Granderson is assigned to center field. Brett Gardner is assigned to left field.

    Shocker.

  10. Hassey February 20th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Giro hasn’t even finished his Starbucks from the White Plains airport yet and he’s already being ripped…YANKEE FANS HAVE MOXY

  11. blake February 20th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Lohud Yankees Blog ?@LoHudYankees
    Routine fly ball. Ichiro turned his back to home plate and made the catch by leaning backwards while turned toward the wall. #showoff

    I’d like him to showoff with his bat this year

  12. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    A Yankee team with both Dan Johnson and Travis Hafner on the 25 Man heading North? PLEASE, say it ain’t so.

  13. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Found on NYYFANS, this… is not great news. Its basically just a tear down on Gary Sanchez.

    But while he’s hopefully figuring it out, Romine has to know the Yankee high command has a new catching darling in Gary Sanchez, the 20-year-old Dominican to whom they gave a $3 million bonus three years ago and followed that by according him the same sort of over-hype they gave Montero. Like Montero, Sanchez looks to be a born hitter whose defensive skills and work ethic leave much to be desired. In addition, he has yet to learn English which would seem to be a significant impediment for a major league catcher. It was Yogi who once famously said, “You can observe a lot by watching,” and I found that the case the other day watching coach Tony Pena putting the catchers through a pop-up drill. All of them, with the exception of Sanchez, were donning hats or helmets.

    “What’s with the bare-headed guy?” I asked another camp observer.

    “You mean Sanchez?” he replied. “He beats to his own drum. They think he can do no wrong and they spoil him. They’re all afraid to tell him anything or set him straight.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2LSYab4uO

  14. Hassey February 20th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Let’s hope Mariano doesn’t try to one-up him

  15. blake February 20th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS
    #yankees would not give up a top or even good prospect for a. soriano. do think theyd pay $10M of the $36M to go

  16. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Jerkface -

    That sounds like a load of crap to me. The Yankees benched him a couple of times for being immature. Hopefully he doesn’t end up like Jose Tabata, but I doubt it.

  17. Tackelberry February 20th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    blake February 20th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS
    #yankees would not give up a top or even good prospect for a. soriano. do think theyd pay $10M of the $36M to go

    ____________________________________________________

    Rather just give Musteiller a shot.

  18. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Incidentally,

    David Price says he won’t sign with the Yankees because of the team’s policy on facial hair. I only mention this because it I think it’s the dumbest non-story of the day.

  19. Hassey February 20th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    seems like yesterday that Sori WAS the top prospect we were trying to protect

    he almost singlehandedly shut up Schilling in Game 7

  20. jacksquat February 20th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    On cue I see an ad for the Laser Spine Institute…

  21. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Yeah I’m not sure what you do with Soriano if you trade for him. Where do you play him? Pronk is going to DH against RHP, are you benching one of the three outfielders?

  22. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Worst part of that Game 7 debacle, was it was Paulie’s last game as a Yankee.

  23. Hassey February 20th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Curtis will bench himself by June – 112 K’s by the ASG

  24. pat February 20th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    ESPNNYYankees
    joba just buzzed Nunie in BP and a fan shouted, “that’s not Youkilis”

  25. Irreverent Discourse February 20th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Heyman is the worst troll around here.

  26. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Yeah I’m not sure what you do with Soriano if you trade for him. Where do you play him? Pronk is going to DH against RHP, are you benching one of the three outfielders?

    4th OFer in 2013.

  27. blake February 20th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I doubt Soriano would wave his no trade to be a 4th outfielder though

  28. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    As more and more player’s names are released from that Bosch paperwork, A-Rod continues to be the Only player denying Any connection to Bosch and the clinic. Gotta be gettin’ lonely, all alone on that limb.

  29. Tackelberry February 20th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Don’t need Sori. Musteiller or Mesa can do the job and Musteiller makes more contact. Mesa can strike out just as easily as Sori, at 100x les the cost, and can play defense

  30. Warning Track Power February 20th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I just can’t get excited about Hafner on this team.
    He can’t play defense. He doesn’t even wear a baseball play.
    Strictly a DH from the left side, against right handed pitching is what he can do.
    I can only hope he excels, gets about 350 AB’s and does enough to keep his roster spot
    for the entire season + playoffs

  31. blake February 20th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Fake Peter Gammons ?@FakePeteGammons
    W/the addition of Mike Carp sources tell me #RedSox are expected to clinch AL East by March 15th. Fantastic! This is Peter Gammons.

  32. Tackelberry February 20th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    pat February 20th, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    ESPNNYYankees
    joba just buzzed Nunie in BP and a fan shouted, “that’s not Youkilis”

    ________________________________________

    Maybe Joba was sending Nunie a message; “Tighten up that defense OR ELSE……….”

  33. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Ugh… that story on Sanchez is very ‘wtf’

  34. Tackelberry February 20th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Warning Track Power February 20th, 2013 at 12:35 pm
    I just can’t get excited about Hafner on this team.
    He can’t play defense. He doesn’t even wear a baseball play.
    Strictly a DH from the left side, against right handed pitching is what he can do.
    I can only hope he excels, gets about 350 AB’s and does enough to keep his roster spot
    for the entire season + playoffs

    _______________________________________

    DUH! They know he can’t play defense.Thats not what he’s here for. He’s patient hitter who has a perfect swing for YS.

  35. Tackelberry February 20th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    blake February 20th, 2013 at 12:35 pm
    Fake Peter Gammons ?@FakePeteGammons
    W/the addition of Mike Carp sources tell me #RedSox are expected to clinch AL East by March 15th. Fantastic! This is Peter Gammons.

    ________________________________

    I thought the return of Lackey already guarranteed that.

  36. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Last night the fake Peter Gammons told me Cherington’s hand was between two pillows (after a puppet reference) and I actually threw up in my mouth a little..

    Well done.

  37. Tackelberry February 20th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Please don’t let Pedro Ciriaco beat us any more

  38. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    @ESPNNYYankees

    Derek Jeter being interviewed by Little C Sabathia pic.twitter.com/Ko4gKsiK

  39. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    blake February 20th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I doubt Soriano would wave his no trade to be a 4th outfielder though
    ————–

    And $10 mil is a lot to spend on a 4th OF. Now if they wanted to get Soriano and then trade Granderson….

  40. Ys Guy February 20th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    soriano is a horrible OF with zero speed and a noodle arm.

    and he’s 37.

  41. comet February 20th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Hey Shame are you going to Spring Training with me again this year?

    Anyone knowwhat happened to Erin?

  42. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    comet February 20th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Hey Shame are you going to Spring Training with me again this year?

    Anyone knowwhat happened to Erin?

    ——————-

    On our imaginary trip? I’m already there!! ;)

    Erin was tempted to post during the post season but due to the Yankees being awful she decided not to drop in lol. Maybe this year I can convince her….

  43. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    soriano is a horrible OF with zero speed and a noodle arm.

    He does not have zero speed and his arm is probably better than Granderson:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......8;c_id=mlb

  44. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    And here is example of non-zero speed:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......8;c_id=mlb

  45. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    @RiverAveBlues

    Hal: Boras knows we’re willing to discuss a “significant” contract for Cano http://rab.me/WQXla1

  46. RadioKev February 20th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Soriano really wouldn’t be a bad pick up if we can make it happen. If it doesn’t, it’s not worth crying about. 2/$10 is a doable contract. It’s just the prospect hangup that would stop this.

  47. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    so deal a non prospect for Soriano then send Granderson to San Francisco for Connor Gillaspie and Andrew Susac

  48. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Soriano for $5 mill a year doesn’t seem like an awful idea given our OF situation this year and next year.. but $5 might be too much in this climate.

  49. RadioKev February 20th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    @RiverAveBlues

    Hal: Boras knows we’re willing to discuss a “significant” contract for Cano http://rab.me/WQXla1
    ————-

    I hope this is more hot air from Hal, or the whole $189m is hot air. More megacontracts on a budget is just stupid.

  50. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    The Yankees have a walking, talking, breathing example of why long term contracts to guys in their 30s are a bad idea. If they learn nothing else from the Alex deal they should learn that as good as Cano is, they need to differentiate between paying for what he will do vs. for what he has done.

  51. Warning Track Power February 20th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Chip
    I would be comfortable with a 5 yr deal for Cano.
    If more years are added on, then I hope those are “team options”.

  52. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I’m going with the assumption that Romine will be the starting catcher. Cervelli and Stewart are both out of options – who do you keep?

  53. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Warning Track Power February 20th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Chip
    I would be comfortable with a 5 yr deal for Cano.
    If more years are added on, then I hope those are “team options”.
    ————

    Why would Cano/Boras take that deal? They’re going to shoot for an 8 – 10 year contract at $25 – $27 per year.

  54. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Incidentally,

    Cano said “it’s not about the money” to which I refer you to former NY Giants GM George Young’s famous quote “when they say it isn’t about the money, it’s all about the money”

  55. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    A 5 year offer for Cano would be considered an insult.

    Reading through RAB, I dunno what to make of all this contract talk coming out now. I dunno if it means the Yanks are serious about keeping him or if they’re just setting the fan base up to say, ‘well, we tried!’

  56. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I go with Wison at back-up.

  57. Warning Track Power February 20th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    People-
    There are creative ways for the Yankees and Cano/Boras to agree on a 5 yr deal.
    A)Agree that after 3 years Cano can opt out
    B)Cano could give the team a “discount”

    There are many ways and I just listed 2 of them

    I would not care for this team signing him to 8-10 years. That is ridiculous and if Cano is really all about the money, then he can take his bats and gloves elsewhere

  58. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Someone who leaks to the NY papers hates most Yankee prospects.

  59. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    After the Pujols\Hamilton contracts, there is NO WAY Cano settles on 5yrs and a bunch of contract gibberish.

  60. Warning Track Power February 20th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Donny
    Anything can happen.
    Cano could have a poor year and lose all of his leverage
    He can also have an all-star year and add even more value to his next contract.

    Regardless, 8-10 year deal is ridiculous.
    Should not happen.
    Jeter received his 10 year deal and that worked out well for everybody
    ARod received his 10 year deal and that is not working out well at all

    What makes you think the Yankees/Hal are going to roll the dice on another 8-10 year deal?

  61. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Cano’s contract should have a opt-outs for both parties.

  62. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I believe Hal either trades Cano, or waves goodbye next offseason.

  63. RadioKev February 20th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    I’m going with the assumption that Romine will be the starting catcher. Cervelli and Stewart are both out of options – who do you keep?
    ————

    Isn’t that question problematic for your question? Why start Romine and DFA someone unless you’re 100% positive he can handle the job? I wouldn’t assume he’ll be the starter. He’s got that very context working against him.

  64. Tackelberry February 20th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Jeter was 27 when he signed that 10 year deal, and was a better physical specimen than Cano. Plus, Cano will be 31 next year. Big difference

  65. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Why Cano will not accept less than market value:

    1. Boras is his agent. I don’t know why people think you can get a Boras client for a low ball figure – as it has never happened. Even when there is seemingly no market for his clients (Soriano/Bourn) he gets them good deals. Unlike Bourn and Soriano, teams won’t hesitate about giving up a draft pick for Cano.

    2. Boras and Cano approached the Yankees about redoing the contract two years ago when Cano first hired Boras. Not only did the Yankees rebuff their efforts but they mocked the two of them in public for even bringing it up. Now the player has the power and will wield it.

    Boras isn’t going to let the Yankees put in opt outs that kick in when Cano is on the downside of his career and the Yankees won’t want ones for the first two years (which is when Robbie will still be in his peak)

  66. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Cervelli isnt out of options apparently.

  67. pkyankfan69 February 20th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Yanks are in a tough spot with Cano.

    It’s definitely going to take at least a 7 year deal to sign him.

    Cano probably only has 2-3 more years of being an elite player.

    The Yankees are likely going to be in a down period for the next 2-3 years after they cut the budget and attempt to work in young players from their system.

    So, in all likelihood, if the Yankees signed Cano to a 8 year – $200M deal they would get say 2-3 elite years out of Cano but those elite years would likely be during a time period when the team was in big time transition. When the Yankees are hopefully ready to compete again, Cano will still be on the team but his skills will more than likely be in decline and they would be stuck with yet another burdensome contract.

    They should have signed him to an extension a few years ago, instead they have put themselves between a rock and a hard place with Cano. If we lose him, that sucks now. If we sign him to a big time – long term deal, that sucks 4(ish) years down the road.

  68. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Jerkface =

    According to this he is: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-2013.html

  69. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Weaver too, less with Boras as his agent. If you like where you are at, there could be a point where enough money isn’t the most money. The final decision is in Cano’s hands, not Boras’s.

  70. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Chip,

    Cashman said he has 1 left.

  71. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Options should be a publicly kept stat available on MLB.com

  72. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Cervelli has 1 option, and it’s on a “78″ Monte Carlo.

  73. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Chad had that note here:

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....-triple-a/

    OPTIONS
    Any organizational player added to the 40-man roster in the past year or two still has at least one option remaining. Most of those are self-explanatory with no cause for confusion: Dellin Betances, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, David Adams, Corban Joseph, Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa and any of the guys added to the roster this winter can be optioned to the minor leagues.

    Four not-so-obvious situations are Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli, Cody Eppley and Ivan Nova. Cashman confirmed that each of those four has an option remaining. Yes, that means Cervelli could come to camp with a chance to be the big league starter and instead – once again – be forced to serve as minor league catching depth. It also means Nunez could be sent down to play shortstop every day, Eppley could once again shuttle back and forth from Triple-A to the big leagues, and Nova could land in the minors if he doesn’t prove himself this spring.

    Chris Stewart and Clay Rapada are out of options. They’d have to clear waivers to end up in the minors

  74. Jerkface February 20th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    It looks to me Cervelli would have burned an option in 09 and 2012. Which leaves him with 1.

  75. Ys Guy February 20th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    i heard on mlb network last night that russel martin is going to play SS on team canada in the wbc.

  76. Chip February 20th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Weaver too, less with Boras as his agent. If you like where you are at, there could be a point where enough money isn’t the most money. The final decision is in Cano’s hands, not Boras’s.
    ——————-

    Weaver a) never got to free agency and b) wasn’t mocked publicly by the Angels for wanting an extension.

  77. Warning Track Power February 20th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I want Romine to earn and win the starting catcher job so badly. I don’t want the job given to him or won by default. I would like to see him play a lot this spring, forget about his previous back injury and make the team coming out of ST.

    As for the back-up, well since Cervelli has an option remaining, the decision could be a very easy one.

  78. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Chip

    Cano isn’t a free agent now. I don’t recall the exact instance you are referring to, but so what?

    Either he wants to stay enough to be paid generational money, but perhaps not the most money he will be offered, or he doesn’t.

    The choice is his.

  79. CountryClub February 20th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    MLB has been doing a “Face of Baseball” tournament over the past couple of weeks. Jeter is up against Votto today in the elite 8 and he’s losing 60% – 40%. It looks like you can only vote on Twitter. If you enjoy such things, send out a tweet with #derekjeter in it to vote for him.

    For all others….carry on.

  80. Nick in SF February 20th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    “2. Boras and Cano approached the Yankees about redoing the contract two years ago when Cano first hired Boras. Not only did the Yankees rebuff their efforts but they mocked the two of them in public for even bringing it up. Now the player has the power and will wield it.”

    This myth seems to be persistent.

  81. Ys Guy February 20th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    joe torre continues to block rules changes that would help protect catchers from head injuries in home plate collisions that bruce bochy and mike matheny are pushing for.

    its nice the mlb found torre a nice cushy job in his old age and he’s perfectly suited to the PR aspects of being the head of on-field operations.

    but keeping his head in the sand regarding runners crashing shoulder-first and blindsiding catchers on plays at the plate is dangerous and could turn out to be extremely costly.

    torre should at the very least sit down with neurologists and consider some of the emerging information about brain injury and concussion research and explore how to reduce these plays, not just stick with ‘this is how we’ve always done it so why would we change?’

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....ollisions/

  82. Warning Track Power February 20th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Ys Guy
    As if Torre has the power to make any changes.
    The guy was giving a cushy job, with an office and a desk and that’s about it.
    He does not have any influence at all.

  83. blake February 20th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Jeter is the face of baseball whether he wins a twitter contest or not

  84. CountryClub February 20th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Jeter is the face of baseball whether he wins a twitter contest or not

    ———————

    Honestly, I dont get in a twist over this stuff. And while you’re probably right, I’m not 100% sure. He definitely was for a long time. Not sure he is any more.

  85. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Where’s the mocking?

    Scott Boras wants the Yankees to redo Robinson Cano’s contract. Good luck with that.

    Craig Calcaterra

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Scott Boras attempted to contact Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about redoing Robinson Cano‘s contract. A contract that currently calls for $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013, both club options. Boras told the Post that Cashman hasn’t returned his call.

    And why would they? $29 million for Cano for the next two years is a good deal. Which, you know, is why they signed the contract in the first place. Cano signed it because he wanted to hedge against risk before he was a full-blown free agent, and he has done that too. That’s how deals work, see?

    Of course you never get anything in this world without asking, so it’s not like Boras’ gambit does any harm. Sure, there’s some chutzpah there, but Boras is the Mayor of Chutzpahopolis, so it’s no biggie for him. If Cano is still worth mega bucks when his deal is up after 2013, the Yankees will still pony up for him. They’re not gonna say “No! Boras is a meany!” At the same time, if this move makes it even .001% more likely that the Yankees begin talks about some sort of longer term extension, it will have been more than worth it.

    Boras is no idiot. And, despite what I feel will be some rumbling and grumbling at perceived greed and all of that, it’s really of no consequence. Standard Boras Operating Procedure. Nothing the Yankees aren’t able to laugh off. Nothing that affects Cano’s relationship with the team at all.
    _

    They should have redone the deal if it included an extension, as some of us said at the time.

  86. Ys Guy February 20th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    wtc

    that is not true. after handing out suspensions, rules changes is the next biggest job for the head of on field operations. notice the he has been the point man on replay since taking over that job.

    any move to change the rules starts with his office.

  87. Ys Guy February 20th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    new post with video of chamberlain throwing to jeter that looks like it was shot from st. pete (or maybe orlando)

  88. 86w183 February 20th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    The Yanks decide not to extend Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera yet they were foolish not to extend Cano? That’s pretty odd thinking.

    You can criticize the policy, but the positive thing about the policy is that it is consistent and you don’t have clubhouse issues over who got extended and who didn’t.

    It’s a policy that needs to be revisited in the context of a $ 189 M payroll, because long term savings on emerging stars can be significant…… IF you extend the right young players.

  89. austinmac February 20th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    It doesn’t now matter what happened or did not with the Yankees and Cano. They are now faced with the decision whether to pay him market value. His value, in my opinion, is at a minimum of seven years at $23M/yr. I suspect he will require eight years at $25M/yr. Anything less is wishful thinking.


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