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The video above is of Joe Girardi discussing his first base situation. Truth is, it’s fairly complicated. It’s not as simple as losing one player and replacing him with another. There’s more to it than simply choosing the second-best option. There are a lot of players involved, beginning with…

Mark Teixeira, who was hurt on Tuesday and won’t be ready to open the season. But the Yankees expect him back this season — possibly early in the season — which makes the team hesitant to spend significant money or prospects to acquire an impact replacement. And the Yankees can’t simply turn to his backup, because that’s supposed to be…

Kevin Youkilis, who already has a regular job at third base. Girardi intended to use Youkilis at first base from time to time to give Teixeira a few days off, but Youkilis can not easily move to first base because the Yankees don’t have…

Alex Rodriguez, who had hip surgery and won’t be ready to play third base until roughly the All-Star break. If Rodriguez and Youkilis were both on the team, Youkilis could slide to first base with no problem. As it is, Youkilis moving to first would create a hole at third, and the Yankees aren’t willing to fill a third-base hole with…

Eduardo Nunez, whose defensive inconsistency has been a problem. For now, the Yankees want Nunez to stay at shortstop, and they might have a fairly regular job for him there. At the very least it seems he could play regularly against left-handers, and the Yankees might need Nunez to play even more than that depending on…

Derek Jeter, who had a checkup with his ankle surgeon yesterday and seems to be getting closer to playing in an actual game. The Yankees have said Jeter is making good progress in his recovery, but he’s not yet a sure thing. And if the Yankees have to fill significant playing time at shortstop, their only alternatives are Nunez and…

Jayson Nix, who is the most reliable utility infielder on the roster. If the Yankees did decide to put Youkilis at first base, Nix might be the most obvious in-house alternative at third. Unless, of course, the Yankees believe in the glove of…

Ronnier Mustelier, who played third base yesterday and has played a lot of third base in the minor leagues and in Cuba. He has a legitimate bat, but he has no big league experience and a less-than-wonderful defensive reputation. He’s probably the most big-league-ready third base prospect in the system because of the ongoing injury problems for…

David Adams, who might have put himself in the mix at third — and opened Youkilis to move to first — if he hadn’t hurt his back. He spent all of his time in big league camp getting treatment and has already been reassigned to the minor league complex. In theory, that opened more of an opportunity for…

Corbin Joseph, who had good Triple-A numbers last year and has been playing a lot of third base this spring. But Joseph has also struggled these past few weeks — both offensively and defensively — which hasn’t done much to boost his chances. Instead, the left-handed infielder with the best chance to make the roster might be…

Dan Johnson, who came into camp needing to prove himself at third base and now has an chance to win a spot at his more natural first base position. Johnson has plenty of big league experience, which Girardi obviously likes. Question is, will he show enough offense this spring to win Girardi’s full confidence? It’s also worth wondering whether he might platoon with…

Juan Rivera, who’s a right-handed veteran and played a lot of first base with the Dodgers last year. He came into camp trying to win a platoon job in the outfield, but might now see more time at first base. And if Rivera is going to shift to first, that might open the way for…

Matt Diaz, who is another veteran right-handed outfielder trying to win a bench spot. Unlike Rivera, Diaz has almost no experience at first base and is not being considered for the Teixeira opening. But if Rivera does make the team as a first baseman, Diaz could slide into the right-handed outfield job without much of a fight. He could be affected by the infield decision without even being an infielder. Which is more than we can say for…

Travis Hafner, who has played 72 big league games at first base but is no longer considered even an emergency defensive option. He’s strictly a bat, so he can’t do what Raul Ibanez did last season and slide from DH to the field to fill an unexpected hole. And that’s certainly what the Yankees have because of…

Mark Teixeira, whose wrist injury created this complicated picture in the first place.

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58 Responses to “Video: The Yankees complicated search for a first baseman”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Read Kate’s post about Mo and my eyes filled up again. Just turned on Sports Center and two of the side line-ups are “Best-Ever Closer” and “Last Call for Rivera”. And now I am genuinely crying. I’m sure when they get to them, I’ll cry even more. I always knew this wasn’t going to be easy when it happened. I used to think about it sometimes and I’d get emotional just thinking about it.

    I know he belongs to all of us but didn’t it feel so personal with Mo? He’s been so easy to love and respect. I’m definitely having trouble with this. I’m sure we all are, to some extent. I admit it, I’m pissed. I don’t want to have to deal with this.

    I apologize for sounding and behaving like a two-year-old. Thanks for listening.


  2. JCPD March 8th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    MTU, been OK…….. laying low, figuring out what our next “move” is going to be……. and our next vacation. Here’s some from an enjoyable day off

  3. MTU March 8th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Every Yankee fan will miss the G.O.A.T. Trisha.

    I plan on savoring every moment. Soaking it all in one last time.

    That’s the best we can do.

    I would love to see Mo go out w another ring after another stellar season.

  4. Rich in NJ March 8th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Youkilis is way better at 1B and now is the time to see what Mustelier can do. It should be a very easy decision given their current options.

  5. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 8:21 am


    i know you’ll find something good to do when the yankees are in last place

    really nice photos.

    and yeah you definitely should have some of them printed as fine art.

  6. brianlopez22 March 8th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    At some point is Cashman going to accept responsibility for ignoring the farm for so long (until 2010). The fact that he has to go get a Puke and a Hafner because no minor leaguers can step in is pathetic.

    We deserve to go 0-45, until Grandy and Tex come back, for Cashman’s inept development of talent.

  7. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    i’m not sad at all seeing mo wrap it up.

    he’s completed the race already.

    how could anyone have had a better career.

    this year is really just a victory lap.

  8. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    i kind of hope jeter wraps it up too. i really don’t want to see him playing with a bunch of scrubs next year.

  9. Against All Odds March 8th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Well he took full control in 05/06 and that was around the time he made the statement about focusing on the farm. Now some ppl give him a pass but it’s been 7/8 yrs so far and it’s been a mixed bad to say the least.

    I disagree on the last comment.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    MTU, I’m thinking I’ll adjust to the new reality as the season goes on. Right now the reality is hitting me as extremely painful. I don’t fall in love with many baseball players, but Mo owns a part of my heart. I’m sure I’ll feel the same way when DJ decides to hang up the spikes. It’s the class and grace with which they carry themselves, the absolute perfect role models they are, the respect they have for the game of baseball. And they’re ours. We all have part ownership, if you know what I mean. (And Mo’s open reverence for God definitely sealed the deal for me a long time ago.)


    MLB TV has the replay of yesterday’s Y’s game at 9:00 this morning, for anyone who’s interested.

  11. MTU March 8th, 2013 at 8:33 am


    Those are wonderful. I wish we had something like that here. You need to visit again.


    Thanks for the kind words. I plan on doing as you suggest for few of them.

    I know you know some very talented Photography people and if you think they are up to snuff then I
    take that as a good sign.

  12. Doreen March 8th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Chad -

    I absolutely LOVE what you did with this post!!!

    It really is an “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” situation…

  13. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    “Youkilis is way better at 1B and now is the time to see what Mustelier can do. It should be a very easy decision given their current options.”

    it should be an easy decision to spend market value for quality players too.

    hal’s thinking is so messed up, it’s filtering right through the whole organization. cashman over the years had a few strong points and one of them was signing some good free agents. he spent money fairly well.

    now what is he supposed to do? hal has him playing outside his skill set.
    i think we are going to see all kinds of weird things happen.

    as far as mustelier, why have him in the organization if you’re not going to give him a chance ?
    i see no downside in seeing if he’s as good as he looks and if he can take it to the mlb level.

  14. PacoDooley March 8th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Rich in NJ March 8th, 2013 at 8:21 am
    Youkilis is way better at 1B and now is the time to see what Mustelier can do. It should be a very easy decision given their current options.

    I agree. Youk was at Third because they had a 1B and needed a 3B. Cashman says that Youk should stay at 3B because it is easier to find a 1B. But if you have guys that can play 3B then that should obviously override Cashman’s comment.

  15. brianlopez22 March 8th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Why do people say this:
    “Well he took full control in 05/06 and that was around the time he made the statement about focusing on the farm. Now some ppl give him a pass but it’s been 7/8 yrs so far and it’s been a mixed bad to say the least.

    Cashman has been the GM since 1998.

    Say it with me 1998

    Thats 15 years!

  16. Doreen March 8th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    If you’re looking outside to find a 1B, it might be easier, but the Yankees don’t have any really good in-house 1B options, outside of Youkilis. I think they will continue to see what Johnson & Rivera can do, only because if no one satisfies at 3rd, that’s who they’re stuck with.

    It’s a broken record now, but Mustelier has to be given a really fair look, allowing him to build on yesterday.

    Randy, I still think that Hal can switch gears because it’s not a matter of not having the money at all, like the Mets. And I still don’t fault him for wanting to try it; the fact that everything had to break just right for it to work has to have been something they considered.

  17. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    mtu -

    have you looked into giclee printing ? my best watercolor artist uses the process and it’s very high quality.

    here’s some info:

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I think Sherman’s column captures what I was trying to say about Mo. Nothing we don’t all know, but still a wonderful tribute.

    Okay, no Mo for now.

  19. Against All Odds March 8th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    brianlopez22 March 8th, 2013 at 8:40 am
    Why do people say this:
    “Well he took full control in 05/06 and that was around the time he made the statement about focusing on the farm. Now some ppl give him a pass but it’s been 7/8 yrs so far and it’s been a mixed bad to say the least.

    Cashman has been the GM since 1998.

    Say it with me 1998

    Thats 15 years!


    I understand and trust me many times when I’m debating with other ppl I bring up the fact he has been the GM since 1998. But Brian wants us to look at his resume since he assumed full control and that was in 2005 or 2006.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    “Randy, I still think that Hal can switch gears because it’s not a matter of not having the money at all, like the Mets. And I still don’t fault him for wanting to try it; the fact that everything had to break just right for it to work has to have been something they considered.”

    randy, I once again have to agree with Doreen on this. The proof will be in the pudding. I think it’s unreasonable to call it a fail when it hasn’t even had a chance to fail!

  21. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    “Randy, I still think that Hal can switch gears because it’s not a matter of not having the money at all, like the Mets. And I still don’t fault him for wanting to try it”


    i think the analogy that best describes the yankee situation hal that has navigated the yankees into is how long it takes to turn an oil tanker around .

    even if hal decides today to change course and pay market value to quality players , it’s going to take
    time to turn the ship.

    the first thing he should do is sign granderson to a market value contract because it makes no sense not to . then he has a strong outfield as he’s trying to bring up the outfield prospects.
    he should sign hughes. he should sign cano. all market contracts.
    oh , that would be a lot of money?

    and the problem is …?

    hal is just doing this on a whim.
    he’s doing it because he can.
    he’s not betting the business.

    as you say , he can keep sipping drinks at the club, and reverse course after the yankees hit last place and he won’t be in any financial trouble at all.

  22. Doreen March 8th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Trisha -

    I think the sharks are circling. I think that there hasn’t been a really good “bad” story about the Yankees as an organization in a long time. There’s been relative peace in the kingdom, and now the pens are at the ready to strike swiftly and cruelly. (I’m not including the ARod stuff – that is more of a player issue than an organization issue, in my mind.)

    It could very well be that there is a decline. I can’t worry about it. I’m not blind to the possibility, but I also hold out hope that the “decline” is neither steep nor lasting. I also think one has to consider what people’s definition of decline is. Is it that they miss the playoffs for a couple of years, or is it that they are bottom-dwellers? Because I don’t think they’ll be bottom dwellers.

    And I also wouldn’t use the Red Sox collapse as a comparison. They were a team full of stars who were full of themselves in a clubhouse seemingly at odds with each other, apparently. That does not seem to be the case in NY.

  23. MTU March 8th, 2013 at 8:59 am


    Thanks for the info. I’m gonna keep that on file in case my local guy doesn’t give me what I’m looking for.

    Fortunately, he is a photographer who just happens to run a print shop.

    He has fine art papers and all the best equipment. He uses it to print the works in his own Gallery.

  24. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Jeter and Rivera won’t let the Yankees collapse like the Red Sox….they will fight tooth and nail and stay in the race IMO

  25. Rich in NJ March 8th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    The farm system is better, although still not great, and they have produced some prospects, the problem is that he traded the best position player, AJack, and the best starter, IPK.

    But what’s done is done.

    They now have to show the necessary patience with the next wave.

  26. Doreen March 8th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Randy -

    I don’t think he’s going to let the Yankees hit rock bottom. And yes, it could take a little time to turn the ship. As long as it’s setting it back on the right course.

    Yeah, I guess you could say it’s a whim because he has a choice about it, but I don’t think he just woke up one day and said let’s do this. I think he sees it as a business plan, rightly or wrongly. Personally, and if you twist my arm, I’ll say they were doing just fine with simply maintaining a fairly stationary payroll, around $200 million, a little more, I guess. But I know how much the Yankees DESPISE the luxury tax. I’m betting that they’ll go back to a higher payroll once the tax is something less ridiculous.

  27. Frankg March 8th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    This type of player will become available soon and could be good option if Youklillis moves to first base. Inge hits HRs, plays third base, and is a great fielder. Essentially an equal to Russell Martin, but at a much lower price.

    Brandon Inge has a late-March opt-out clause in his new minor league contract with the Pirates.In other words, he can become a free agent if it appears unlikely that he’s going to have a spot on the Pirates’ Opening Day roster. Inge hit just .218/.275/.383 last year but slugged 12 home runs in 83 games. Pittsburgh has been missing that kind of pop on the bench. Feb 18 – 10:45 AM

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Doreen – I’m with you. I’m also optimistic about the Yankees chances. I don’t see them hitting the skids. I’m excited to see what the kids are going to be bringing to the table in the next few years. They’re going to be our future after all. But there are still a lot of good years in some of our current crew. When it comes to the Yanks I have enough faith in the forecasting to go with the advice of Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy.


  29. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    ” I think it’s unreasonable to call it a fail when it hasn’t even had a chance to fail!”


    you don’t seem to spend much time imagining the future. i and a lot of people are into projecting. it’s something we do. i can’t fault you for not doing scenario thinking or imagining what a certain course of action will take, ,but for a lot of people, waiting to see how things turn out isn’t how they go about their lives

    the yankees are not just crashing on the rocks. hal is steering them there.
    sure it’s possible that hal will somehow pull this off, but it isn’t likely.

    i know probability and math isn’t your strong suit, but hal is not giving the yankees much chance of success.

    to me this just makes no sense.
    i’m kind of baffled by the whole thing.
    i’ve come to the conclusion that this 189 experiment is just a whim of hal’s to see if he can do it .

    it’s just really a personal indulgence that he can afford.
    i think it’s really that simple.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    randy, I think I’m saying that Hal has the chance to do whatever he needs to do, whenever he needs to do it. He has said that $189 is a goal, not etched in stone, and he won’t compromise the chance to field a winning team. So I guess I’m saying that I don’t need a lot more than that.

    I’m imagining

  31. Tackelberry March 8th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I hear that Mustielier played pretty well yesterday at 3rd. HOpe they keep running him out there for the next couple of weeks and see if he can handle the position. ALot of people said it and they’re right. The guy is 28 years old. Time to see what he can do at the ML level. Another good game from JR Murphy as well. ROmine better watch his back (no pun intended) Murphy just might shoot right past him as our next catcher until Sanchez is ready.

  32. brianlopez22 March 8th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    AAO –

    I understand he wants that because then the fans can’t blame him for:
    Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano, Javy Vazquez (the first time), Jon Lieber, Bobby Abreu, Randy Johnson, etc, etc on him.

    But guess what, when you are the GM, you have to own up for your mistakes.
    And he has MADE MANY!

    Cano, was by accident. Cashman tried to trade him away 3 times, only nobody wanted him because his “work ethic” was questionable, and now he’s a top-5 player.

    Who else was in our system since 1998?
    - Hughes? He’s a great #3, but not the #1 they projected him to be
    - Joba? Don’t get us started
    - Robertson? came out of nowhere
    - Nova? Jury is still out

    Honestly, we gave away Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and IPK for Granderson.
    Is he better than Ajax right now?
    I think IPK could have fetched a better piece from Arizona

  33. pkyankfan69 March 8th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Anyone know if this game is on YES today?

    Probably not since I’ll actually be home to watch it this afternoon.

  34. Yankee Trader March 8th, 2013 at 9:30 am


    Just had a chance to look again at your marvelous photos and answer you by e-mail. Terrific.

  35. Frankg March 8th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Why would you ever want to sign a player that can’t play in the field? That Hafner signing looks more and more suspect as time passes.

    Every time the Granderson deal is discussed, Chad conventiently describes it as a Jackson for Granderson trade, when in fact the Yankees traded 3 major leaguers for Granderson—jJackson, Kennedy, and Coke. It was a horrible trade. No sense in sugar coating it.

  36. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    “I’m betting that they’ll go back to a higher payroll once the tax is something less ridiculous.”


    from the article pat m sent us:
    “In other words, if the Yankees can get below the tax threshold just once, they won’t just save millions of dollars that year, they’ll also save millions for the three subsequent years even if they jack up their payroll again.”

    so yeah , that’s the strategy, but what i’m saying is that the yankees can afford to not save this money. it’s just a whim of hal’s to make some more money. to add some profit to the bottom line.
    blake is right when he talks about hal doing this whole thing for the bottom line.

    as fans, why should we care about how much hal makes ?
    hal is either going to make obscene profits or really obscene profits.
    the thing i think is going to affect hal is when he becomes the laughing stock of NYC.

    when letterman and late night talk shows start making fun of the yankees, that’s when hal will be affected. a few NYC fans yelling at him on the streets of new york wouldn’t hurt either :)
    what sucks for the average fan is that the yankees stop being entertaining.

    every year yankee fans peel off. i like it how dimaggio said,” “There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.”

    is hal giving yankee fans the best? my father will be 91 in october. i think he’d kind of like to be watching the yankees going for #28.

    is hal trying his best everyday like dimaggio did ?

  37. austinmac March 8th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I am hoping Hal realizes lost income trumps additional spending. However, even if he does the free agent market will be slim. I agree the best they could do is bring back their own rather than letting the rest of the folks flee the ship.

    Without Cano, Granderson, Hughes, Joba, Mo and many others the team will be historically bad. They can stop it if they stop letting their players leave.

  38. MTU March 8th, 2013 at 9:36 am


    You’ve got mail.


  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    “,but for a lot of people, waiting to see how things turn out isn’t how they go about their lives”

    randy, I left the imagining of the future to the Yankees all these years and they seem to have known what they are doing. :)

    With all due respect, your imagining does nothing but brings you aggravation. And nothing says that your imagining will end up having any ring of truth!

    And seriously, no matter what you imagine, you have no choice but to wait to see how things will turn out when it comes to the Yankees. So….

    Another way of doing business is taking Hal at his word about the $189 million not being immutable.

  40. Doreen March 8th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Yeah, randy, I know they can afford to not save the money.

    But I think the luxury tax has always stuck in their craw. Even the guy in the article called it the “Yankee Tax.” So, I really, really do get why they want to get on more or less the same playing field as other teams.

    Because in addition to the lux tax, there is also a premium they pay just to get players to play in this city. There are things players have to be able to deal with here that is just not the same as anywhere else, not to mention the cost of living (ha ha, really, to that since these guys make millions). You cannot deny that in trades, they are asked for more players than other teams are; in free agency, even with their own players, they do not get a “hometown discount” that other teams seem to get with greater regularity. Agents had used the Yankees to jack up of the price of every FA out there.

    I think Hal is trying his best from Hal’s point of view. I think he wants to change that above scenario.

    Here’s another thing. Quickly because I really have to run, but at some point the long term contracts had to stop. Signing Nick Swisher would have been a mistake, unless he was willing to take shorter term, more money.

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    And since I cannot wait to see how things turn out in the life over which I have control – my own – I bid you all a fond adieu.


    Have a great y’all. Time to venture out into the snow.

  42. sandymoon March 8th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    This is a fine piece of writing…very clever!

  43. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    “Jeter and Rivera won’t let the Yankees collapse like the Red Sox….they will fight tooth and nail and stay in the race IMO”

    blake i agree. i said this last night.
    jeter and rivera won’t let the yankees totally fall apart, but they can’t make mediocre players into good players.

    if something happens to jeter or rivera all bets are off.
    it would have been nice if the yankee team was carrying jeter and rivera as they go into retirement, instead of the other way around.

  44. Yankee Trader March 8th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Good morning all. Late to the party-

    Listened to the last 2 innings of yesterdays Cardinal-Yankee game. Mustelier made a nice play in the 8th running in on a ball to third with a strong throw, according to the announcers, who also praised an earlier play of his. This lifetime .300 plus hitter and better than the media has “painted” him defensively, from what I’ve seen, should have now earned an everday postion on the 25 man roster. Play him the rest of ST at 3rd and put Youkilis at 1st.

    Personally I feel that Tex will not be ready by mid-May due to this tendon injury in his right wrist. The more I’ve researched the ECU[Extensor Carpi Ulnaris]tendon and how tricky rehab and further injury can be, I’m not convinced he’ll get thru the season without eventually needing surgery.

  45. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    “Quickly because I really have to run, but at some point the long term contracts had to stop. Signing Nick Swisher would have been a mistake, unless he was willing to take shorter term, more money.”


    long term contracts in baseball are going to end? unless the rest of baseball bans them,i kind of thing the yankees are going to have to sign players to long term contracts.
    personally,i’d like to see swisher on the yankees right now.

    first base wouldn’t be a problem would it.

  46. austinmac March 8th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    If and it is likely the Yankees get off to a bad start, Hal will get ripped. He will get the brunt of the criticism as most believe he has tied Cashman’s hands in his ability to spend.

    I don’t think he has any idea what it can be like as he has never seen a bad team. I wonder if he would go cheap if he owned his favorite sports team, the Vikings.

    I watch to be entertained. A bad team is painful and not entertaining. The teams of the late 60s were largely unwatchable as they had only a very few good players. They were out of the pennant race in May.

    Many of you don’t realize how bad things can get and how quickly they can go bad. We are, in my opinion, at the brink. Simply being the Yankees doesn’t mean winning. For many years the Orioles were the team who dominated the AL. The Yankees were an aftertought.

    Hal has the power to stop or at least slow the decline. Will he do so or will the budget win out? Our entertainment over the next several years depend upon his decision.

  47. Yankee Trader March 8th, 2013 at 9:52 am


    You’ve got mail, too. :)

  48. Bronx Jeers March 8th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    @baldvinny: Fun Fact of the day: More people have walked on The Moon than have scored on Mariano Rivera in the Post Season

  49. Yankee Trader March 8th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Mike Axisa a few minutes ago from RAB’s on 3rd Base options:

    “The Yankees have a decent amount of third base depth at the upper levels, but they lack a true impact player at the position. I suppose Youkilis could surprise and revert to his 2008-2010 ways, but he’s a deal pull right-handed hitter who will no longer have the advantage of the Green Monster. Despite its general hitter friendliness, Yankee Stadium is not kind to pull-happy righties. Nix, Adams, Joseph and even Mustelier are decent alternatives and emergency options, but the front office should keep their eyes peeled for corner infield help while Teixeira is out, even if it means acquiring a new starting third baseman with Youkilis sliding over to first.”

  50. Yankee Trader March 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    New Post———->

  51. austinmac March 8th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    It is now the Dodger tax.

    Swisher would look good at first now. Even better than Johnson who amazed yesterday by getting a single.

    Swisher was the third best offensive player last year yet many were thrilled when the Yankees never even talked contract with him. He is a principal reason they have been in the playoffs the last few years. By the way he is hitting over .500 this spring with three homers. Who needs power?

    I am a fan. Hal’s profit doesn’t matter to me. I am always amazed how the fans defend Hal and his need for a bigger profit. Are you all going to sit and watch his nest egg grow instead of watching the games? Sounds like a blast.

  52. randy l. March 8th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    “With all due respect, your imagining does nothing but brings you aggravation”


    with all due respect, if i ran my life without imaging the future and projecting possible futures, i’d be out of business.

    you seem to live in a world where numbers and probability don’t matter much. you’re obviously not a business or financial attorney. what i get from imagining different scenarios and making a good choice for the future is the satisfaction that comes from success. when i make bad decisions, not so much :)

    and as far as satisfaction goes, i’m feeling pretty smug right now watching hal’s plan being exposed :)
    would i rather be right or have the hal be right?

    i like having the good judgement to be right.
    that’s why watching the yankees be in this mess isn’t “aggravating”. it really is an,”i told you so”.

    i don’t just want the yankees to win; i want them to win in a certain way or ways.
    the yankees under hal and cashman just aren’t my idea of the yankees.
    i definitely do hope they fail.

    the sooner they do , the sooner the’ll be back to being the real yankees.

  53. mick March 8th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    did girardi just say “what do we do when tex gets back?” in regard to getting a 1baseman ouitside the system?


  54. 86w183 March 8th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Hello all… long time no see… March is one of my busiest months so I’ve been sorta scarce and no, I don’t do taxes!

    I don’t get all these doomsday concerns. The Yanks still have outstanding pitching and should be good-to-excellent defensively. I agree the offense is a whole lot worse than a year ago today, but I’m perfectly willing to watch it play out.

    We’ll see how the front office reacts to situation if/when the Yanks struggle.

  55. DONNYBROOK March 8th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    As long as a team has pitching, they will be in-the-hunt, game in – game out. The 2014 season will be dire, but this 2013 season will Not, due to the pitching the Yankees can role out there to keep games in doubt. A lot of whether the Yanks will win or lose this season, (especially early on), depends on Girardi and his in-game managerial abilities to employ a small-ball approach to scoring runs. With Gardner, Ichiro, and Nunez, the tools are there to employ this type of offensive approach. Also, if your gonna use this type of offensive approach, the construction of the batting order is crucial. NO WAY should 2 of your speed guys bat in the 1 and 2 slots, or 9th, and leadoff. I do Not consider Jeet a “speed guy”, meaning he can lead off, and the 2 Hole can be occupied by any of the key 3 speed guys previously mentioned.
    – 2013 YANKEE BATTING ORDER – (opening day vs RH)
    (1) JEET
    (2) GARDNER
    (3) YOUK
    (4) ICHIRO ( can also hit for power at home)
    (5) CANO
    (6) CERVELLI (whoever the catcher is = bunter, hit-and-run)
    (7) HAFNER
    (8) TBD
    (9) NUNEZ

  56. Frankg March 8th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Was Swisher a good clutch hitter? How often did his homers ever win games or put the Yankees in the lead late in the game? He was horrible in the playoffs, for sure, and had a poor arm. I did like his spirit and outgoing personality.

  57. Duh Innings II March 8th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    The Yanks should go with Youkilis at 1B and Mustelier at 3B to start the season to see how well Mustelier could hit against major-league hitting. He has torn up minor-league hitting – let’s see if he could hit .260 or better in the bigs. If Mustelier hits at least .260 and posts at least .330, I say leave him alone because that’s most likely better than what Dan Johnson would post based on Johnson’s career slashline. If Mustelier sucks with the bat, the Yanks could simply send him back to AAA, move Youkilis back to 3B, and start Dan Johnson at 1B.

    ‘Say Teixiera is out through May. Ok, give Mustelier April and if he sucks with the bat badly enough, give Johnson May. If Mustelier doesn’t suck with the bat, again, leave him alone.

  58. Dill Pickler March 8th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    This team is a dumpster fire, and it’s thanks to the Steinbrenner boys and partially to Cashman. So the Steinbrenners want to cut payroll. Great. When do we hear that they’re also cutting the price of tickets? Or their salaries, or the salaries of other top execs? Oh, right, that’s not going to happen. They just want more money in their own pockets, and don’t give a rat’s *** that the team they put on the field resembles a double-A club, not the New York Yankees.

    You can’t go out and trade the farm for someone like Chase Headley because then when Tex comes back, what do you do with Youkilis? DH him? He didn’t sign here to dh, and you’ve got Hafner, who can’t play the field. If you’d resigned Ibanez (one of only two clutch hitters the team had last year) instead of Hafner, you’d at least have some flexibility. And, of course, because you, Cashman, decided it was a good idea to sign a 40-year-old slap hitter in serious decline in Seattle for two years to a two-year deal, you now have two slap-hitters for corner outfielders. No power. Oh, and you decided it was a great idea to let your starting catcher go and replace him with nothing. An unproven minor leaguer with a back problem who missed most of last season and a handful of career scrubs. This is the New York Yankees??????

    The worst thing about the injury situation is it gives Cashman and the Steinbrenners cover for their horrific handling of the offseason. Now they can just blame injuries, when, in reality, the offseason moves (and lack of them) set this team up for disaster.

    Yes, the ridiculous A-Rod contract is a huge part of this, but you don’t compound your own stupid mistake by then making a bunch of other stupid mistakes, and just expect fans to swallow it. Yankee fans should be in revolt right now.

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