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Postgame notes: “I think they’re ready for it”

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

During his two years in New York, Russell Martin was pretty popular with the media. He developed a reputation for thoughtful analysis, and he became a go-to player in the clubhouse, a player willing to step away from clichés to deliver meaningful answers and worthwhile scrutiny. He was worthwhile again this afternoon standing outside the Pirates clubhouse.

On signing with the Pirates (and being passed over by the Yankees)
“I thought I was going to be in pinstripes. I thought I was going to be penciled in there, but shows how much I know. There’s really no hard feelings or anything like that. I see it as a business move, and that’s it, really. … There’s no regrets, that’s all I can say. I have no regrets. I am where I am, I’m happy, and I’m just ready to take on the season and see what happens.”

On Chris Stewart (and the Yankees catching situation in general)
“Both those guys can catch. I like both of them. I learned some stuff from Stewart last year just on how quick he is, first of all. Just throwing the ball to second base, and how quick his hands are. His game calling is really good. His receiving’s really good. So defensively, both those guys have got a lot of upside. Offensively, they don’t have the most power in the world, but that’s not the most important part of the game. Taking care of the pitchers is what’s going to get you to the playoffs, and I think they’re going to do a fine job.”

On Francisco Cervelli (and Cervelli’s past throwing problems)
“The thing with Cervelli that I noticed is that he tried to be quicker than he needed to be. I think maybe he’s more under control (this spring). He tried to be so quick, and he didn’t need to be. He’s got a great arm. He’s got great actions behind home plate. He’s really good defensively, but he’d get in his own way by trying to be too quick behind home plate, playing like he had his hair on fire sometimes.”

On the Yankees (and their lack of home run hitters)
“It seems like they always find a way, but it’s not the same bench. Swisher’s out. I’m out. Jones is out. Chavy’s gone. It’s going to be tough. Right now, with all the guys that are injured, it’s definitely an uphill battle it seems like, but I think they’re up for it. They’re going to prepare the same way. They’re going to go out there and compete the same way. It’s going to be a battle. It seems like it’s a little tougher division this year, too. It’s going to be a battle. I think they’re ready for it, but only time will tell.”

On A.J. Burnett (and Burnett’s role in Pittsburgh)
“He really relishes the fact that he’s the ace, and that he’s pretty much the leader of the pitchers. He’s embraced that role, and his attitude’s been awesome. If your ace is doing it, everyone else kinda follows. Kind of the way Jeter is. Now, I’m not comparing A.J. to Jeter at all, but as far as you want your leaders to go out there and lead by example, and that’s what A.J. is doing.”

• Ivan Nova was pitching pretty well before things started to get away from him during a three-run fourth inning. He said he’s still getting used to his altered mechanics without so much length in his delivery. “The curveball to Russell Martin, 3-2, middle of the inning, it wasn’t the motion of the arm that we’ve been doing,” Nova said. “Sometimes I fall behind hitters trying to get too slow. That’s when I get in trouble. As soon as I see that, I’ve just got to think, pick your arm a little bit more and short arm. … We’ve got like two more starts. I think this is going to be enough time to get ready for the beginning of the season.”

• Joe Girardi on the decision to release Matt Diaz: “We just thought the other guys were a little bit ahead of him, and to be fair to him and have a chance to catch on somewhere else.”

• Francisco Cervelli and Bobby Wilson are going to the minor league complex to help catch for Phil Hughes (sim game), Andy Pettitte (minor league game) and Mariano Rivera (minor league game).

• Kevin Youkilis has his batting average up to .308 with three home runs this spring. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI today.

• Melky Mesa crushed a grand slam today, his third home run of the spring. But he also made a pretty bad throw to first base, the second time in two days that he’s shown a strong arm but sent the ball sailing way too high.

• After being held scoreless in two games yesterday, the Yankees won 11-9 today. They scored eight runs in the first three innings, but wound up needing the cushion after Matt Tracy couldn’t close the door. He pitched a scoreless eighth, but couldn’t get an out in a four-run ninth. Chase Whitley wound up closing out the game.

• Eduardo Nunez had two hits and two stolen bases. … Brennan Boesch also had two hits and stole a bag as part of a double steal with Nunez. … Dave Robertson piched a scoreless inning, which ended with him catching a popup in front of the mound. Pitchers usually get out of the way in that situation, but this one was right to Robertson. … Mesa and Thomas Neal each have three stolen bases this spring (including one today).

• Tomorrow is an off day for most of the Yankees.

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263 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I think they’re ready for it””

  1. PacoDooley March 17th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    I’m not trading Phelps for Olt.
    ————————

    If they would do it straight up I would make the trade. NY has starters at the MLB level and a lot of their best prospects are pitchers (including a return by Pineda). With Teix out they need corner infielders. There is risk in Olt, but probably worth the gamble. I don’t see Texas making that deal though.

    MLBTR has a story today about Texas looking for starters though.

  2. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Not me. Phelps might just turn to be the best of the current lot.

    We have an in-house solution for 3rd in Mustelier. He’s only 28.

    Don’t trade away what you don’t have too. Especially a talented young arm.

  3. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Send Nix down, keep Mustelier and see if he can hit at major league level.
    Forget Olt unless its for Joba straight up.

  4. Tar March 17th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    “The only reason fans hate Youk is that he was playing for Boston.”

    The whiny crybaby part wasn’t very becoming either. But I will reluctantly like Youk as long as he’s wearing pinstripes.

    I’m not trading Phelps for Olt.”

    Me neither.

  5. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    OF: Ichiro Gardy, Francisco/Boesch
    IF: Jete, Cano, Youk/Mustelier, Rivera/Youk
    DH: Hafner Nunez
    C: Cervelli Stewart

  6. PacoDooley March 17th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    The Burnett comments sound funny seeing that he has given up 7 ERs in 8 IP this spring. Maybe he will look like that ace once the season starts.

  7. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    mick-

    I’m on that bandwagon. I’d be willing to offer a little more for olt but certainly not Phelps or the like.

    I’d really like to see what Mustelier can do. I’m thinking he can handle it.

  8. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    The question is how far can we go without Tex around this year?

  9. ac1 March 17th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    You can keep musty, and still nix and Nunez.

    Youkilis at 1b, Rivera 4th of and back up 1b, boesch in of, Nunez as rh dh and back up ss, nix as back up 2b and 3b.

  10. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Youk and Cano are the only RBI guys in the lineup and we don’t know how long the Yankees will have to depend on them through the season. The firepower has left the building: Arod, Teixeira, Granderson, Swisher and Martin.

    Youk is so much more integral to middle order production now than we are willing to acknowledge it seems.

    His bat absolutely must be preserved at 1B while the Yankees are dealing with these injuries and transitioning through these departures.

    There is risk in Olt but there is more risk in wearing down Youkilis at 3B. There is greater risk in not adding a corner infielder.

    If Texas wants a starter for Olt I would even go so far as to offer Phil Hughes. But I think Joba + Marshall is a strong enough offer.

  11. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    You can keep musty, and still nix and Nunez.
    ==============
    Then Francisco has to go.

  12. ac1 March 17th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    No way I take francisco and Rivera

  13. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    If Texas wants a starter for Olt I would even go so far as to offer Phil Hughes.
    ======================
    doubt texas takes on a rental

  14. ac1 March 17th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I think Francisco will be in the minors. And why trade for olt when we have musty?

  15. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Youk and Cano are the only RBI guys in the lineup
    ====================
    Hafner is key.

  16. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t mind dispatching Joba. He has no future on the Yankees unless he’s a setup man or closer.

    Not sure he’s either. He’s getting expensive anyway.

    It’s easy to backfill his spot from our MiLB stash.

  17. ac1 March 17th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    The key is Gardner, jeter and ichiro… Too bad Girardi is too stubborn to bat them 1-2-3 and let cano clean up.

  18. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    If Musty hits, then Rivera is expendable.
    He has to somehow win the 3B job.
    It could come down to Rivera or Francisco.

  19. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Too bad Girardi is too stubborn to bat them 1-2-3 and let cano clean up.
    ===============
    its worth a try but wasn’t his idea.

  20. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Hughes and Joba are gone next year.
    Question is who would take them as rentals?

  21. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    The idea of sending Francisco down with Rivera as BU1B/4th OF could be the way to go.

  22. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    There’s some sort of curse on our big, hairy monsters this season.

    Cano, Youkilis, and Hafner are the power guys until almost mid-season.

    Weird.

  23. luis March 17th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Good evening everyone,

    MTU,

    You are starting to sound alot like me! ;) I think you are right, there is no need to trade Phelps for Olt, we have Mustelier and Adams…Besides, Olt won’t make a difference this season or the next one… On the other hand, Phelps will be needed for next season when Andy and Kuroda are no longer with the team. Pineda is still an unknown quantity, so I wouldn’t count on him just yet. YF made a good comment on the previous thread, Montero was the one needed to protect Cano.

    We are about to embark in a rebuilding process, we need to keep as much talent as we can… Let the kids play.

  24. blake March 17th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    I’m not trading Phelps for Olt.
    ————————

    I probably would and there are a couple of reasons why.
    1. I think the Yankees have more Phelpses than they do Olts…..meaning that they have more depth in players like phelps than they do corner infielders. Phelps like won’t even be in the rotation this year.
    2. I think the Yanks are likely going to waste a good deal of Phelps’s service time in the bullpen simply because there isn’t a spot for him in the rotation…..

    They need a controllable bat more short and long term than they need a back end starter….they have a few guys that can be that or you can generally find cheap vets to fill those roles also …..JMO

  25. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    A team who might be going for it and who thought one of them would give them the boost they needed. Maybe sign them after the season.

    That’s who might rent Hughes.

    Joba has little value unless he’s seen as a closer or SP.

  26. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    a lineup of gardner jete ichiro cano youk hafner/nunez,boesch mustelier cervelli
    might be our longest
    only thing is either rivera or mustelier will have to hit vs rightys
    may the best man win…they’ll never be out there together

  27. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Phelps will be needed for next season when Andy and Kuroda are no longer with the team.
    ========================
    They could both be back.

  28. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Blake-

    I think you’re dead wrong on this one partner but that’s cool.

    We already have a 28 yr. old replacement who might be better than Olt already and he won’t cost us anything.

    I only go for olt for spare parts. not a guy like Phelps who I think will be a solid ML pitcher.

    Not at all sure about Olt. besides. That’s what ronnier is for.

  29. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    YF made a good comment on the previous thread, Montero was the one needed to protect Cano.
    =============
    Please let it go…

  30. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    luis-

    I never favor trading away good young arms unless they help bring us back a true impact player when packaged with other guys.

    A guy like Upton for instance. Or a Headley or Gordon. Not an Oltsmobile.

    :)

  31. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Youk will protect Cano.
    Guys a professional hitter.

  32. Tar March 17th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Blake

    I like our rotation, but there is a lot of age there. Even with the best of rotations you are going to have to deal with injuries ( a matter of when, not if).

    Who pitches if you trade Phelps? What about next year when you lose Kuroda, Andy and Hughes?

  33. blake March 17th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    “I think you’re dead wrong on this one partner but that’s cool.

    We already have a 28 yr. old replacement who might be better than Olt already and he won’t cost us anything.”

    That’s fine and I see your point…..I just don’t think Musty is really a long term option at 3B…. I think he might could play there temporarily….but not long term.

  34. luis March 17th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Blake,

    Good point…. And you are right about our depth… But still we are bound for a couple of down seasons maybe three… Unless Olt is the kind of player you build around, I wouldn’t sacrifice talent for him… I don’t think he is, but I could be wrong… The sad part is that we traded the bat that could help this lineup… OTOH, the rotation will need a couple of arms ( maybe three if Hughes walks ), so Phelps might be more needed than Olt on the short term.

  35. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Blake-

    28 is prime age. if he’s good and can handle it he could be there for a while. That buys us time w/o losing anything.

    Let’s see what we’ve got for a month or two. We can always make a move later if we have too.

  36. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Andy loves to pitch, has retired once and didn’t like it and will prolly like to go out like Mo with a farewell tour.
    I see him pitching next year and maybe beyond.
    He is first learning to pitch and could go to 45.

  37. luis March 17th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Mick,

    That would defeat a rebuilding process… At some point you have to let it go and start anew… I don’t think it would be wise to resign two 40 year old starters again and pospone the inevitable once again

    About letting youknow who go… I think unfortunately it plays a little bit on our current situation, so I think it is a valid point

  38. Tar March 17th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I’m not sold on Musty being a long term solution either. But would definitely give him the chance now.

    Phelps is surrounded by a bunch of really good big brothers. I think he’s going to be a lot better than most of us would project.

    I would not trade him for Olt

  39. mick March 17th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Kuroda is a mystery man but anyone can see he loves to pitch in NY.
    He could also go on a few more years.

    They both fit with 1 year contracts unlike what Hughes will want.

  40. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    About letting youknow who go… I think unfortunately it plays a little bit on our current situation, so I think it is a valid point
    =================
    right now Youk is a better hitter than montero and will be fine behind cano.

  41. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I agree mick.

    I think AP has his eyes on 300 anjd the HOF.

    Kuroda might even like another 1 yr. deal.

    Who knows.

    Money w. flexibility are things many would seek.

  42. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    That would defeat a rebuilding process… At some point you have to let it go and start anew… I don’t think it would be wise to resign two 40 year old starters again and pospone the inevitable once again
    ================
    luis
    the rebuilding has begun and will accelerate in the future. they wont just let 2 vet pitchers go for the sake of getting younger, that will happen anyway.

  43. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I know that ST numbers mean nothing, but he is tearing the cover of the ball right now… On Youkilis, he is a professional hitter, but he is declining… Let’s hope he has one last hurrah season

  44. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    As long as AP is successful and want to come back for another year we ahould be glad to have him.

    Besides it buys time for the little lefty from Mexico to round back into form.

    And Kuroda takes some pressure off Pineda.

    All good if done well. could be the Catbird seat.

    :)

  45. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    who protected cano last year?
    tex?
    give me a patient contact doubles hitter who can walk instead of an all or nothing hairy monster behind cano any day.

  46. blake March 17th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    “Who pitches if you trade Phelps? What about next year when you lose Kuroda, Andy and Hughes?”

    Well you’d still have Nova and Sabathia….and hopefully Pineda….plus I doubt all 3 of Kuroda, Pettite and Hughes are gone….. Plus Marshall, Ramerez, Warren, etc all could be options….plus free agents and trades……look I get the point that folks are making…..I just see Phelps as more of a back end starter and those can be found ….

  47. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Youk is the best protection for cano on the team . better than tex or grandy.
    fans better support this guy, he is a key to this team.

  48. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    .I just see Phelps as more of a back end starter and those can be found ….
    =====================
    I can see Phelps as a 3 starter.
    If andy or kuroda go, he could slot in behind CC and andy or kuroda ahead of Nova.

  49. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Mick,

    Let’s hope you are right and they can keep it up ( health wise especially ). But odds are that they won’t be phisically apt to pitch, or they will spend long periods of time on the DL… I rather see them going young…I think we have the making of a good young rotation in Nova, Phelps, Hughes ( if he stays ) and one of Banuelos, Betances, Pineda, Ramirez or Marshall ( not counting Campos or Depaula yet, they are too far away ).

    But you are right in that the rebuilding has begun…I just would go a little faster

  50. Sir Harden Thick March 17th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    2MTU says:
    March 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm
    I agree mick.

    I think AP has his eyes on 300 anjd the HOF.

    Kuroda might even like another 1 yr. deal.

    Who knows.

    Money w. flexibility are things many would seek.

    _________________________________________________

    HOF? No chance. Andy is tainted.

  51. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    burying ichiro in the 6-7 hole is a waste of time for a hitter of his magnitude.
    if anything joe puts gardy up 9th again and the 3 will be back to back after the 1st inning.
    then he puts cano 3rd, youk hafner
    6-7-8 is a crapshoot

  52. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Blake,

    I think Phelps could be a solid number three, but yeah, back end SPs are easily found… I just don’t think Phelps is one of those.. But I do respect your POV.

    Mick,

    re: 8:06 On this topic, we agree completely

  53. Blutarsky March 17th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Hang on too long to old players and look to trade young ML ready talent (Nova and Phelps) Hopefully the Yankee brass doesn’t take ideas here to heart.

  54. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Hey tar!!

    Thanks for your kind words the other day my friend

  55. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    what i still dont get is the hate toward this lineup.
    last year everybody cried over the lack of clutch hitting
    the main culprits being swisher martin tex grandy arod.
    now none of the above are here and they are crying that we don’t have enough HR hitters.
    you can’t have it both ways plus the season hasn’t even started and they are being called boring.
    they were boring last year with the all or nothing hairy monster theory at work.

  56. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    re: 8:06 On this topic, we agree completely
    ================
    luis…in theory we do but not on the player.

  57. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:22 pm
    re: 8:06 On this topic, we agree completely
    ================
    luis…in theory we do but not on the player.

    =======================

    I was talking about last season…. Forget names, we both want better situational hitters… If it is Youk, great… If it is some other player, great as well… That’s what I meant, without thinking of particular names

  58. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Mo, DRob, Joba, a lefty,
    who else in the pen?
    Kelley, Eppley, Aardsma who am i forgetting?

  59. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    On that same topic, I hope they give a chance to Flores… He is a great situational hitter… Think Abreu without his fear of walls

  60. austinmac March 17th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Youkilis is a Yankee. I will like. He will not be whining now. He will be seeking justice.

    I am willing for them to give Mustelier a chance, but he could do a bit more hitting this spring. A rookie must stake his claim.

  61. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    “Youkilis is a Yankee. I will like. He will not be whining now. He will be seeking justice.”

    austinmac, lol. Youk, “the justice seeker.” I see him in a different light already. :)

  62. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Mac-

    Hopefully Mustelier will be given more of a look.

    The injury set him back a little.

    He’s ready to show what he’s got. It’s up to the Yankees to give the chance.

    IMO he’s already punched his ticket to the bigs for at least a 1 month tryout. Longer if he shows enough.

  63. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Youk Hafner Andy Kuroda and the like are all on 1 year deals in their walk years.
    They are playing for a job next year.
    If Hal is to give a long term deal it will likely be only for Cano.
    This seems to be the way he wants to go.
    If they do well they will likely be back next year for another 1 year contract unless they get better offers which they couldn’t get this year.

  64. Tar March 17th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    “Youkilis is a Yankee. I will like. He will not be whining now. He will be seeking justice.”

    :D

  65. Jerkface March 17th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    give me a patient contact doubles hitter who can walk instead of an all or nothing hairy monster behind cano any day.

    Youkilis isn’t a contact hitter. He strikes out 20% of the time. He hit .230 last year. .250 the year before. He is essentially Mark Teixeira with more patience and less power.

  66. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    austinmac March 17th, 2013 at 8:28 pm
    Youkilis is a Yankee. I will like. He will not be whining now. He will be seeking justice.

    ==============================

    :D

  67. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I would want more than Olt for Phelps. And I really don’t think the Yankees will trade a cost-controlled starter any time soon despite the depth of starters in the minors. You can never depend on any of those guys to pan out, not even when they are top prospects like Joba, Kennedy and Hughes. Just because there is quantity there doesn’t mean there will be quality.

    I would bet money Phelps won’t be traded for Olt and no cost-controlled starter will be traded unless it’s for Headley or Stanton.

  68. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    youk has more power than your typical contact hitter but has a good eye and will take a walk.
    he is certainly not an all or nothing hairy monster…

  69. Jerkface March 17th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    youk has more power than your typical contact hitter but has a good eye and will take a walk.
    he is certainly not an all or nothing hairy monster…

    .230 hitter with less power than Teixeira is more nothing or nothing.

    You’re imagining 2009 Youkilis instead of what he is now. In that case, imagine 2009 Teixeira who is better than Youkilis.

  70. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    “patient contact doubles hitter” You mean like Him? :)

  71. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Youkilis if healthy should outperform his last couple seasons. He has been battling nagging injuries. Health is key and they need to keep that bat at 1B.

  72. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    do you think youk will hit 230 this year?

  73. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    MTU, Mac,

    Mustelier is a 28 year old player with a career .300 avg…. i don’ think he has much to learn on the minors… Is he a long term solution?… I don’t think so, but he can help the club right now and probably for a couple of seasons

  74. Jerkface March 17th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    do you think youk will hit 230 this year?

    .230-.250, which is about what Teixeira would hit, with more walks and less HRs.

  75. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I like Phelps, but you won’t get a Headley or Stanton for Phelps. You are overrating your player in this case.

  76. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    In that case, imagine 2009 Teixeira who is better than Youkilis.
    ==================
    that guy no longer exists
    youk has been hurt

  77. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    They probably aren’t crazy about Musty’s D…

  78. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    .230-.250, which is about what Teixeira would hit, with more walks and less HRs.
    =========================
    he should hit between 280-300 if healthy

  79. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Luis-

    I find myself in agreement and have said so.

    Good to see you round by the way.

    :)

  80. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Is our season riding on Youk? Oy vey!

  81. Jerkface March 17th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    that guy no longer exists
    youk has been hurt

    So has Teixeira, and Youk is 34, so OLD is more likely the reason he hit .230 than injured. He came back from injury and still hit .230, he hit .230 in the beginning and the end. He is a right handed hitter who is old now, so he struggles against right handed pitching. Oops thats the pitching he faces the most often.

  82. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Mick,

    To be fair… Youk has been declining the past few seasons… He has had a great ST, but stats are showing a trend…. A trend that is very unlikely that a mid 30′s player can revert… that’s why I am hoping for one last hurrah season from him

  83. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    and his OBP will always be much higher than Tex

  84. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    “Old” is the new black. At least in Yankeeland.

    13 days until it begins.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:40 pm
    “patient contact doubles hitter” You mean like Him?
    ///

    Already has four. OPS-ing over 1.

  86. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    ST stats don’t matter. At. All.

  87. Jerkface March 17th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Before Youk ever got hurt last year he was hitting: .219 .292 .344 .635

    When he came back from the DL he hit .230 the rest of the way. He isn’t in his prime. He is a fat, unathletic pudgy guy with a troll face.

  88. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    He is a fat, unathletic pudgy guy with a troll face.
    ===============================
    don’t let your biases interfere with your prejudices.

  89. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    It’s interesting watching Yankees fans downplay the importance of Youk. Before Tex and Granderson got injured he was not quite as important. Now? You better hope he hits above .230.

  90. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:43 pm
    They probably aren’t crazy about Musty’s D…

    ===========================

    He isn’t bad,and probably his bat will make up for it

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    He is a fat, unathletic pudgy guy with a troll face.
    //

    LMAO

  92. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Phelps alone would not bring back Stanton or Headley? Really, I am SHOCKED, shocked I tell you.

    :rollseyes:

  93. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    :rolleyes:

  94. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Ronnier had made some nice plays this Spring and has only 1 error so far.

    They need to keep playing him.

  95. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I would offer Texas Hughes and Betances

  96. Jerkface March 17th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Youkilis is very important, his increased importance doesn’t make it more likely that he reverses time. He is a declining, patient, gap hitter that is failing against righthanded pitching which the team will see 70% of the games.

    He may hit .280 to .300 vs left handed pitching, but his seasonal numbers will be brought down by right handed pitching.

    His walk rate should keep his OBP around .340 hopefully.

  97. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    luis, I have not watched him play enough to say. But I think they consider him a bat who lacks a position. You know they will ultimately take all vets; they are predictable as rain.

  98. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    youk was dissed by bobby v and that didn’t help matters
    his #s at chi improved and he still hit 20 hrs
    a full season here with respect and he will do better

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    primo :D

    Cashman: What about the Mustelier kid?

    Girardi: He’s not exactly a “kid.”

    Cashman: He is on this team.

    Girardi: True.

    Cashman: Well, what about him?

    Girardi: I am always skeptical when someone hits the ball the other way a lot.

    Cashman: Me too. Nothing hairy about opposite field line drives.

    Girardi: My point.

    Cashman: So we’re in agreement then.

    Girardi: Yup.

  100. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Just because you come off the DL does not mean you’re not battling nagging injuries, thus why the injuries are nagging (without being disabling).

  101. Jerkface March 17th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    his #s at chi improved and he still hit 20 hrs

    He still hit .230 in chicago. So expect that going forward.

  102. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Pruf, :lol:

  103. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    20 HR from Youk is probably more than Arod was going to hit. That guy is truly old and truly falling apart.

  104. luis March 17th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    YF,

    Vets have been the new black for quite a while in Yankeeland ;) Anyway, good joke!

    Primo!

    Got your e-mail…. Thanks,I will be writing you back ;)

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    primo, you just stay out of trouble, hear? :D

  106. mick March 17th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    The fear with Youkilis is that he will wear down playing every day.
    They need a LH bat that can play some 3rd.

  107. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    YOukilis still has a good approach and can have decent ABs. The point is, why are the New York Yankees relying on a 34 year old, broken down Boston Red Sox Retread to save their lineup?

    The rest is noise.

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    …and yes, his bad has been subpar the last few years. Age. It happens.

  109. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    his *bat

  110. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I love how this need at 3B is somehow temporary only until Alex Rodriguez returns. The guy is cooked. There is both a short and long term need at 3B. Youkilis was supposed to be a bandaid but with Tex out, the Yankees need to move closer to filling their hole at 3B long term.

    The rest is denial.

  111. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    primo

    Cashman: What about the Mustelier kid?

    Girardi: He’s not exactly a “kid.”

    Cashman: He is on this team.

    Girardi: True.

    Cashman: Well, what about him?

    Girardi: I am always skeptical when someone hits the ball the other way a lot.

    Cashman: Me too. Nothing hairy about opposite field line drives.

    Girardi: My point.

    Cashman: So we’re in agreement then.

    Girardi: Yup.

    ========================

    Hilarious! LMAO!! Probably true as well ;)

  112. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    And the state of the Yankees by Russell Martin, who WAS a Yankee – for five minutes – and who had all he could handle trying to find his way off I-190… ok

  113. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Too bad the Yanks realized that Alex was broken down 2 years after we did.

    Sounds like Andujar continues to have good AB’s in MiLB games. Too bad he is years away.

    Pruf, you see those pics of Mason. He almost looks fat. I hope he is still as agile as he was without all the added weight. I think he is tipping 200 lbs…

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    luis, it’s amazing. Here’s a really good solution to being old and having no contact hitters. But, they will pass.

  115. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Pruf, you see those pics of Mason. He almost looks fat. I hope he is still as agile as he was without all the added weight. I think he is tipping 200 lbs…
    ///

    Let’s just hope he hasn’t been stopping by the clinic :D

  116. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:03 pm
    Too bad the Yanks realized that Alex was broken down 2 years after we did.
    ///

    Gotta justify the paycheck. Just like they had to get rid of Montero to “make room” for the old guys at DH!

    Genius.

  117. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    So, instead they signed a new old guy at DH to replace our old guys at DH. Got it.

  118. comet March 17th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Greetings MTU, Luis and Fem.

    I’d trade Joba and Warren for Olt. nothing more and definitely not Phelps. Guys like Phelps are not a dime a dozen. How many times have we been short a fifth starter (OMO but Phelps is better than that) gone the scrap heap. Remember, Mitre, Gaudin, and the guy from Venezuela with the drinking problem?

  119. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Actually, very good interview with Russell, Chad. Thanks.

  120. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Comet, I hope you’re doing well! Again, Texas won’t give us Olt for those two. They want a stahtin’ pitchah!

  121. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    But something tells me other GM’s realize the yankees need more than just a quick fix at 3B. They’re going to ravage Cashman. Hopefully they won’t take all our top prospects but I have a feeling Mason Williams is a goner. Hope I’m wrong. Jose Ramirez is in grave danger too. Hopefully he suffers an injury and becomes worthless like the others.

  122. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    YF…. Your comment at 8:51…. Where have I heard about a player with a bat but no position before? ;) It’s like an epidemic… The problem is they were wrong before, at least it gives me pause if they view Musty under that light.

  123. Against All Odds March 17th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I just see Phelps as more of a back end starter and those can be found ….

    ———————-

    It kinda shows you how unstable the rotation is when ppl want to hold onto a back end starter. Not saying Phelps is bad or overrated because I like him as a pitcher and wouldn’t mind if he stayed on the team for yrs to come but would I trade him for Olt…yes I would.

  124. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Speaking of which, where is Odds?

  125. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Odds, well, there you are, as if on cue.

  126. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    luis, except I would not compare Musty to Him. That is sacrilege. ;) But I get what you are saying.

  127. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Hey Comet! Long time no see, I hope everything is well down your end.

    Agreed on Phelps… My take on him is that he would be a solid number three starter on most teams,even the Yankees. Haing him man a back end position definitely gives an edge

  128. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    The 2013 rotation is anything but unstable. 2014 is the issue and Phelps is a cheap solution. He’s not being dealt before guys like expirings like and Joba, Hughes and unprovens like Marshall, Betances, Warren etc.

    Phelps must be kept.

  129. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Odds, would you trade Pineda for Jesus Montero?

  130. jacksquat March 17th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:43 pm
    They probably aren’t crazy about Musty’s D…

    But they’re going to play Rivera at 1B…

  131. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Odds materializes with a kind of mystical instantaneity when you summon him.

    :D

    Odds, they’re looking to unload our Boy. What say you?

  132. Against All Odds March 17th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:17 pm
    Odds, would you trade Pineda for Jesus Montero?

    ———————–

    If I could undo the trade I probably would.

  133. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    YF,

    Of course! Two different talent levels… But you know what I am talking about ;)

    Primo,

    Yup… Mind boggling… I just don’t get them…. They want to lower payroll, they have a cheap piece that can fill a position of need and probably they will pass on him for a more established vet ( scrap heap here we go! ) or gut the farm for a more permanent solution in the middle of a rebuilding process… Shortsighted in deed.

    Odds,

    If Olt is a different maker, then go and trade Phelps… I just don’t think he is that kind of player… On top of it, we will have two openings on the rotation for 2013 ( maybe even three )… I would keep Phelpsfor this reason…. Another thing is that nobody will trade us a different maker for him… To be honest, I don’t think we have the pieces to make such a move, unless you basically empty the farm, whcih in turn would put in a bad spot in the middle of a rebuild.

  134. jacksquat March 17th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Mason Williams 200 pounds? What? That would be a 40+ pound increase…

  135. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    greetings Comet.

    We agree on Phelps.

    Hope all is well in Palm Springs ?

    ;)

  136. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    jacksquat March 17th, 2013 at 9:18 pm
    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 8:43 pm
    They probably aren’t crazy about Musty’s D…

    But they’re going to play Rivera at 1B…
    _____
    Bad Vet D > Bad MiLB D

  137. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    JAP,

    Don’t know about Odds…. But I would :D

  138. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    JS, no, he gained 15 pounds last year, and about 20-25 this year or so the rumors say. He was definitely around 175 in 2012. However, I saw a recent pic and he could definitely be @200 lbs…

  139. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    BS…. Bad D is bad D

  140. jacksquat March 17th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Oh, I thought he was still around 160. Still, 20-25 pounds in the offseason is a lot on a 6′ frame if it’s muscle.

  141. Against All Odds March 17th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:12 pm
    Odds, well, there you are, as if on cue.

    ————————-

    http://static.tumblr.com/nxu5i.....waving.gif

    hello

  142. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I meant 2014 Odds

  143. Against All Odds March 17th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    Odds materializes with a kind of mystical instantaneity when you summon him.

    Odds, they’re looking to unload our Boy. What say you?

    —————————————

    I say do it :). Yankees get a 3rd baseman and Joba gets a fresh start

  144. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I am also for keeping Phelps. We don’t know yet what we have in the SP, with Hughes hurting. Also I am not convinced that Olt is our man, purely based on stats, and what I have read. I haven’t seen him play. Also, are we sure his bat is ready for prime time. Why would the Yanks take a risk on another team’s position player when they can play a proven :roll: vet?

  145. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:24 pm
    JAP,

    Don’t know about Odds…. But I would :D
    ///

    Primo, it was a rhetorical question :)

    By the way, good story on The Son doing nothing in offseason but working on his foot speed. He has four 2Bs :)

  146. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I say do it . Yankees get a 3rd baseman and Joba gets a fresh start
    ///

    You prepared to see Nolan Ryan slapping him on the back on MLB Network?

  147. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    JAP,

    And his D has improved as a result of that foot work as well

  148. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    BS…. Bad D is bad D
    ///

    It’s perfectly fine, as long as it’s not behind the plate /pitchframin’yeah!

  149. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I thought Nolan was on his way out? As for Joba being a Texas Ranger: :mad:

  150. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    primo,

    He’s going to rake this season and throw out some runners along the way.

  151. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    yankeefem – No, if we trade Joba to Texas, Nolan will stick it out just to rub it in. He’ll say “what in the world were the Yankees thinkin’ buryin’ that arm in the bullpen?”

    I loath Nolan Ryan. Almost as much as I loath Brian Cashman.

  152. Against All Odds March 17th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Odds,

    If Olt is a different maker, then go and trade Phelps… I just don’t think he is that kind of player… On top of it, we will have two openings on the rotation for 2013 ( maybe even three )… I would keep Phelpsfor this reason…. Another thing is that nobody will trade us a different maker for him… To be honest, I don’t think we have the pieces to make such a move, unless you basically empty the farm, whcih in turn would put in a bad spot in the middle of a rebuild.

    ———————-

    I see where you’re coming from and Olt may not be a difference maker. With Olt I view him as a piece we can use to help rebuild the offense. The kids are still a couple of yrs away and I would hate from them to be rushed because Cashman and Hal need them to save the day.

  153. jacksquat March 17th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I think Mustelier would not have Olt’s power, but probably a higher avg and more contact, plus some base stealing ability. Olt also hasn’t played above AA yet…

  154. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Primo,

    Yes… But not with us :(

  155. Against All Odds March 17th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:30 pm
    I say do it . Yankees get a 3rd baseman and Joba gets a fresh start
    ///

    You prepared to see Nolan Ryan slapping him on the back on MLB Network?

    ——————–

    That would suck but it’s clear he has no future with the Yankees.

  156. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    If you really care for Chamberlain you kinda hope he gets traded because he seems to have no future of any significance on the Yankees.

    Let him make a fresh start elsewhere. What’s done is done. He’s not gonna be our closer.

    Maybe not even our setup man. And certainly not a SP again.

    ;)

  157. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Right, Olt is no proven commodity. And I doubt the conservative Yanks would take a risk on a youngster like Olt.

  158. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    MTU, I would like Joba to at least go to a team that I don’t despise. So, preference is not to the Rangers (obviously, not to Boston).

    Pruf, ugh, the mere image makes me sick. That 2010 series still gnaws at me.

  159. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Pruf, good to see Jairo Heredia pitching again. Although I have no idea how long it will last this time.

  160. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:37 pm
    Primo,

    Yes… But not with us :(
    ///

    primo,

    Mark you this: the day will arrive when heads will roll for this. It may not be this year, but that day will come.

  161. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    YF-

    I understand about helping the enemy.

    But from Joba’s POV he’d have a fresh start literally and figuratively.

    I’m sure he’d be happy with a new deck of cards.

    ;)

  162. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Odds,

    We won’t have a championship caliber team for at least two seasons… Then why trade a useful piece like Phelps for a bat that probably won’t be able to anchor the offense?… I think until the rebuilding of the core is settled, weshould gather and keep as much talent as we can…

    Another thing is for sure… This guys are so against about using prospects, that probably they won’t rush them… That’s what the scrap heap is for ;)

  163. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:42 pm
    Pruf, good to see Jairo Heredia pitching again. Although I have no idea how long it will last this time.
    ///

    Yes, I noted that “little Pedro” is back at it. :D We had high hopes for him once.

  164. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    That would suck but it’s clear he has no future with the Yankees.
    ///

    But I don’t want to see him in a Rangers uniform :mad:

  165. blake March 17th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I was talking about Phelps and how much I liked him like two years ago when he was a fringy prospect after I watched him pitch a few times online.

    When we talk about these fake trade ideas I try to not only look at what I think about a player but also the Yankees needs and how I guess the Yankees feel about a player.

    The Yanks need a 3B badly….Arod is broken and Youk is a bandaid….and they have nothing close in the minors…..and while I like phelps and am sure the Yanks do as well….. What does it say if they fail to put him in the rotation 2 years in a row? If for example thy thought he was as good as Hughes would they not rather a controlled guy pitch that one who is almost a FA?

    I think Phelps is likely going to the pen this year and may get some spot starts if there are injuries etc….but mostly he’s gonna have another year of service time spent and we still won’t have a clue whether he can start 30 times in the big leagues with success.

    So I guess what I’m saying…. Is that if they have a chance to solve 3B cheaply for a guy they obviously see mainly as rotation depth….then Id do that …JMO…. Doesn’t mean I don’t like Phelps cause I do…

  166. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    MTU March 17th, 2013 at 9:38 pm
    If you really care for Chamberlain you kinda hope he gets traded because he seems to have no future of any significance on the Yankees.

    Let him make a fresh start elsewhere. What’s done is done. He’s not gonna be our closer.

    Maybe not even our setup man. And certainly not a SP again.
    ///

    I hate the Rangers and Nolan Ryan. My system cannot tolerate this prospect.

  167. blake March 17th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    And I really hate how much we are having to rely on Youkilis…..I mean the season may ride on how well he plays early….and that really sucks

  168. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Blake,

    Adams is viable at 3B and the Yankees are leaving him there for a reason.
    ///

    Speaking of 3B, Miguelito continues to hit the ball. :D

  169. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    JAP-

    Think of Chamberlain. Not of your image of him in an opposing uniform.

    He’s going nowhere fast w the Yankees.

    Him moving on is really what’s best for all concerned.

    At last he’d wind up w. another contender and bring us back something useful.

    ;)

  170. Against All Odds March 17th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:43 pm
    Odds,

    We won’t have a championship caliber team for at least two seasons… Then why trade a useful piece like Phelps for a bat that probably won’t be able to anchor the offense?… I think until the rebuilding of the core is settled, weshould gather and keep as much talent as we can…

    Another thing is for sure… This guys are so against about using prospects, that probably they won’t rush them… That’s what the scrap heap is for

    ————————–

    We wouldn’t need him to anchor the line-up but play the role of a valuable piece. I want him on the team moving forward to go along with Cano, Gardner, and then hopefully a few of the kids pan out.

    True he will probably take his time with them lol.

  171. luis March 17th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Blake,

    Good post…. I agree with you to a certain point… I wouldn’t have brought either Kuroda or Pettitte back…. It is time to rebuild… If he is not going to start, you are probably right… Thing is that they probably felt that Nova couldn’t be trusted ( I do think that he could be trusted ) or that Kuroda and Pettitte will spend some time on the DL… So they are holding him back as insurance… Which sucks because I think he can pitch

  172. blake March 17th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    “Adams is viable at 3B and the Yankees are leaving him there for a reason.”

    Meh…..he’s at 3B for a reason yes but I don’t really get the feeling that they see him as the 3B of the future

  173. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    No, not of the future future, but as a guy who can hit and play a reasonable 3B while Miggy makes his fast-tempo march toward puberty :)

  174. blake March 17th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    If they don’t get Phelps’s innings built up this year then what you’ll have next year is a guy that’s never started a full season in the majors….with 2 years of service time gone….on an innings limit…..

  175. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    MTU, it is more about my inability to root for Joba if he becomes a Ranger. He can go elsewhere.

    Blake, the question is is Olt ready for prime time after 16 MLB AB’s straight from AA? Do you really think the Yankees would even consider that option when they don’t let their own play, no matter how ready? If they dealt for Olt, they would send him to the minors, probably for a year or two. Do you sincerely think we would let a green kid start at 3B over some wily broken down vet? Get real.

  176. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    They likely feel that Adams doesn’t have enough pop to be their future 3B.

  177. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    MTU March 17th, 2013 at 9:52 pm
    JAP-

    Think of Chamberlain. Not of your image of him in an opposing uniform.
    ///

    I do. But it’s getting tiresome and redundant, feeling this selfless happiness for escapees. Felt that way when Melky got to hit 2nd in KC, when AJax got to bat leadoff in Detroit, when Jesus got to crouch behind the plate last year…. it’s getting old.

    Besides, if they had just let Joba ripen on the vine, they might not have chased after his semblabe, Pineda (who was coming off a Joba-like rookie season), for whom we gave up a monster bat/young catcher.

    And now I’m supposed to be gratified by a AA 3B who has Melky Mesa disease as recompense?

    I’m not Mother Teresa, y’know.

  178. blake March 17th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    ” If they dealt for Olt, they would send him to the minors, probably for a year or two. Do you sincerely think we would let a green kid start at 3B over some wily broken down vet? Get real.”

    Well what they will do and what id like them to do aren’t always the same thing ….he’s probably as ready as he’s gonna ever be….he’s 24 years old and mashed AA last year. They could send him down for a little while to save the service time but he’s basically another top 50 prospect to go with the group they already have…..and he’s closer to the big league than all of them

  179. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    MTU, it is more about my inability to root for Joba if he becomes a Ranger. He can go elsewhere.
    ///

    This

  180. jacksquat March 17th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    blake March 17th, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    If they don’t get Phelps’s innings built up this year then what you’ll have next year is a guy that’s never started a full season in the majors….with 2 years of service time gone….on an innings limit…..

    CC had problems last year, Kuroda and Pettitte are old, Hughes has back problems… you know someone is going down.

  181. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 9:57 pm
    They likely feel that Adams doesn’t have enough pop to be their future 3B.
    ///

    Well Gardner has hardly provided conventional COF slug.

  182. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    The specific utility of Olt short-term is debatable and it’s really the long-term hole at 3B that is the main issue.

    I think even if they traded for Olt, then Youk would start at 3B and Rivera would be at 1B but Olt would get enough AB’s to assimilate, grow and help keep Youk fresh.

  183. jacksquat March 17th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Olt did hit .288 and had the highest OPS in the Texas League so he’s not quite Melky Mesa.

  184. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    JAP-

    I try my best not to lament what might have been but only to focus only on the future but that’s just me.

    And I sure as heck am no Mother Theresa.

    ;)

  185. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Olt also has decent splits, but it isn’t the Yankees M.O. to hand a spot to a kid. It is a nice fantasy, but I don’t see it happening. We also don’t match up with what they want. They want an mlb-ready SP, and Phelps isn’t of the caliber that they probably want.

  186. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Yanks are moving Segedin back to 3B. He was drafted as a third baseman. Then was shifted to the OF in 2012. He is a good hitter, but he too doesn’t have 3B pop and is only average D-wise.

  187. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    They probably want Nova.

  188. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Based on what I read here, it really does make a difference to go to games live.

    To have been at those 2008 Chamberlain starts, to have been among the throng in the Stadium and to have felt the electricity and anticipation when he was on the mound… all the hope that was invested in that dazzling young right arm…

  189. FiretheUMPIRE March 17th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Nobody is saying the Yankees would hand over 3B to Olt.

  190. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Segedin is awful defensively, no matter where they put him.

  191. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    No to Nova being traded…He has the stuff and more importantly the makeup of a SP…

  192. blake March 17th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    “CC had problems last year, Kuroda and Pettitte are old, Hughes has back problems… you know someone is going down.”

    Certainly hope not

  193. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Same goes to Phelps for that matter…. he doesn’t have electrifying stuff but what he lacks on stuff he sure makes it up with makeup, guts and a very intelligent approach

  194. mick March 17th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    MTU March 17th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    JAP-

    I try my best not to lament what might have been but only to focus only on the future but that’s just me.
    =========================
    The quality of not dwelling on things is refreshing and a gift.

  195. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    If we are going to compare, Melky Mesa did hit 302/.373/.502 vs. righties at AA in 2012 and with a negative park factor to boot. I hope Olt can hit breaking balls better than the Fake Melky can. That was one of the criticisms of Olt. I really don’t want a hitter who can’t hit junk.

  196. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Luis-

    The way you talk someone would think you actually knew something about Pitching.

    Careful now.

    :)

  197. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    MTU March 17th, 2013 at 10:05 pm
    JAP-

    I try my best not to lament what might have been but only to focus only on the future but that’s just me.
    ///

    MTU,

    This is about baseball. Not life. :D

    In baseball, lamenting what might have been is often an indictment of those who caused it.

    In life, it can cause emotional apoplexy.

    In know that you, unlike some here, would not so capriciously confuse the two.

  198. austinmac March 17th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Olt’s minor league stats in all three years are quite good. It would be nice to try to fix a current problem and a long term need. This is how teams are built. That said,we have Rivera(Rivy?). He’s a vet.

  199. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    About Joba…. I would hate for him to pitch for the Rangers… Especially since I think he will actually start, and probably be good at it… Who in their right mind sinks a four pitch pitcher with mid 90′s heat, knee buckling slider, good CU and CB in the pen?

  200. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I would not trade Nova, and not for Olt.

  201. mick March 17th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Right now the Yanks should focus on trying to get a 3B of the Chavez prototype.
    Good fielding lefty 3b are hard to find.
    Playing Youk every day will kill him.

  202. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    austinmac, Rivy is the Yankee’s new way of excelling. Olt is for teams that don’t want to “win now.”

  203. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Pruf, true, Segedin has had some astonishingly bad days at 3B.

  204. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    And to slightly paraphrase one definition of insanity: doing the same thing and expecting different results,

    To: being optimistic even though the same people who keep screwing up are still making the decisions :)

  205. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    MTU,

    I hear ya my friend! I’ll shut up now ;)

  206. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Yankeefem, awful in the OF, too.

  207. austinmac March 17th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    YF,

    Cashman modified the 12 step concept to one year at a time.

  208. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Have a good evening my friends.

    May the wind always be at your back in the coming days.

    :)

  209. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Good night MTU…Pleasant dreams

  210. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    ‘Night, MTU.

  211. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you Luis.

    It was good to see you here w/o stress.

    Tomorrow I look for a new route to 1500 yr. old treasures.

    If all goes well my friend and I shall find them. Either way the journey will be fun.

    That will surely be part of tonight’s dreams.

    :)

  212. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:12 pm
    No to Nova being traded…He has the stuff and more importantly the makeup of a SP…
    ///

    No, indeed!

  213. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Striding the blast

  214. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks YF.

    Sweet dreams to you as well.

  215. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Primo,

    Hope is the last thing you should lose ;) But, I agree… This guys won’t learn any time soon.

    MTU,

    Bring some pics please

  216. MTU March 17th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    If I make it I will Luis.

    ;)

  217. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    That is one weird picture of Martin. NTTAWWT

  218. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Primo,

    My hope is that reason prevails and those people are replaced by greater minds.

    I always hold out hope for the future; it’s why I’m a fan of young players moving through the system.

    There can be no hope attached to the hopeless endeavor of signing ancient players to 1-year contracts.

    I mean, there’s hope for something that inspires hope, and then there’s just feeble-minded, recalitrant refusal to see.

  219. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks, MTU. I am looking forward to some ethereal pics.

  220. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Rich,

    LMAO, I hadn’t noticed that.

  221. Bronx Jeers March 17th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    March 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm
    That is one weird picture of Martin. NTTAWWT

    ——————–

    Yeah he looks like he’s feeling fabulous.

    The yellow blouse doesn’t really help either.

  222. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Primo,

    I tend to agree… They will be replace eventually…

  223. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Maybe Andujar moves fast. :pray:

  224. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Replaced I meant

  225. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Bronx

    Fabulous is pretty apt.

  226. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Shouldn’t it be feeling “fab?” :)

  227. luis March 17th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Talking about Nova… What is this all about this shorteningof the arm? or is it the stride like last season?

  228. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    yf

    That reminds me of that old Buster Poindexter lyric: “How you feeling…?”

  229. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    It’s a shorter arm action to make Nova’s delivery more repeatable; he talked about it in the last thread, I believe. Hopefully, he feels comfortable doing it over the long haul in actual game situations. Unfortunately, today’s game wasn’t televised, but he threw mostly strikes.

  230. luis March 17th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks YF… That makes more sense that shortening the stride… The stride should be powerful and committed… This leads to finished pitches… I hope ot helps him, especially to keep the ball down in the zone

  231. luis March 17th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Well time to call it a night…. Have a good one guys

  232. jmills March 17th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/t.....#038;rel=0

    For you people!

  233. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Sorry, Nova talked about it in this thread, luis.

    Rich, I don’t know the song. Just know the David Johansen and Dolls songs…

  234. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    yf

    Buster Poindexter is an eponymous album released in 1987 by Buster Poindexter, the alter ego of New York Dolls frontman David Johansen. Johansen re-recorded the track “Heart of Gold” as Buster Poindexter, which originally appeared on Johansen’s 1981 solo album Here Comes the Night. The song “Hot Hot Hot” was a Billboard single and received heavy play on MTV.

  235. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    ^from wiki

  236. Against All Odds March 17th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    GN luis

  237. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Buenas Noches, luis. Very good to see you here.

  238. yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Rich, I know who he is–the alter ego of Johansen–just didn’t get the song lyric reference until now. Think Chad is flashing his new video skills?

  239. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    yf

    It is worth the price of admission…

  240. UnKnown March 18th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Japan is not done yet. These last 5 outs are going to be tough for PR to get.

  241. Against All Odds March 18th, 2013 at 12:33 am

    GN everyone

  242. yankeefeminista March 18th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    GN. Congrats to PR!

  243. CompassRosy March 18th, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Larry Stone ?@StoneLarry
    If WBC had been played in 1993, Puerto Rican lineup could have had Edgar Martinez, Juan Gonzalez, Bernie Williams, Carlos Delgado (more)

    …Pudge Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar, Sandy Alomar Jr., Benito Santiago, Carlos Baerga and Ruben Sierra

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    I’m thinking they would have done OK too :-)

    Congrats Puerto Rico!

  244. sammiejohnson March 18th, 2013 at 2:18 am

    yankeefeminista March 17th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    If we are going to compare, Melky Mesa did hit 302/.373/.502 vs. righties at AA in 2012 and with a negative park factor to boot. I hope Olt can hit breaking balls better than the Fake Melky can. That was one of the criticisms of Olt. I really don’t want a hitter who can’t hit junk.

    _______________________

    “HIM”

    OA 2012 .260/.298/.386/.684
    VS. LHP .322/.366/.463/.829
    VS. RHP .228/.262/.346/.608

    Since “HIM” couldn’t hit a breaking ball with an ironing board, I am glad you do NOT want “HIM” on this team.

  245. Rich in NJ March 18th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    GM

    My guess is that the latest Tex news motivates Hal and Levine to give Cashman some cash to get someone. The price of ensuring that the team is competitive is increasing.

    You have to hope that if players are going to over perform at any point in the season, that it’s April.

    Tex is lucky to have A-Rod on the team to deflect attention from how bad his contract is turning out to be.

  246. MTU March 18th, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Rich-

    Good morning.

    I kind of doubt that.

    Hal’s wallet is locked up tighter than Ft. Knox right now.

    Maybe by the ASB if things are not going well.

  247. Rich in NJ March 18th, 2013 at 7:40 am

    MTU

    So you’re saying that a fool and his money are not soon parted? ;)

  248. MTU March 18th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    And besides that it’s kind of difficult, if not impossible, to find that level of talent willing to take a 1 yr. deal.

  249. Rich in NJ March 18th, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Got an early conference call. later.

  250. MTU March 18th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Rich-

    I’m saying what I have been saying all along that Hal wants to sell at some point.

    Despite his protestations to the contrary I don’t see him as a long term player.

    I’ll apologize if I’m wrong.

    ;)

  251. Rich in NJ March 18th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    One last, MTU, Morneau?

  252. MTU March 18th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    OK.

    Time for the most important meal of the day.

    :)

  253. MTU March 18th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Rich-

    What do we do with him when Texeira returns ?

    What is he owed and for how long ?

    What would have to give up to get him ?

    Is he even available ?

    Just a few questions I have counselor.

    :)

  254. Benny Blanco March 18th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I’m not expecting tex back this year.

  255. MTU March 18th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Benny-

    That’s kind of pessimistic.

    You might be right though.

  256. pkyankfan69 March 18th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Going after Morneau is a no brainer.

    If Tex is out for the season, which is seemingly more and more likely everyday now, we have our new 1B.

    If Tex returns, then you have extra depth. Even at DH, Hafner is bound to get hurt at some point. In a situation when Tex returns and by chance Hafner and Morneau are both tearing the cover off the ball, the Yankees have a nice piece to trade at the deadline.

    You can never have enough depth, especially with an old team.

    The only way I would not make this deal, assuming Morneau is available, is if the price is high in terms of prospects. Based on Morneau being on the last year of his deal and the current state of the Twins, the price should not be high at all.

  257. pkyankfan69 March 18th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Yanks will probably wait till they announce Tex is out for the year before they make a move. Of course then the other teams will know the Yanks are even more desperate and the prices for a replacement will go even higher.

  258. Doreen March 18th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    How is Morneau’s health though? Isn’t it a bit risky? He’s had a bad time with concussions.

  259. MTU March 18th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Morneau nearly quit baseball due to concussion issues.

    Is he healthy now ?

    What sort of health risk does he represent ?

    Might be like going from the frying pan to the fire.

    And the cost in prospects might surprise you.

    And as you point out. Is he even available ?

  260. Tackelberry March 18th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    In the meantime, yesterday Yanks stole 5 bases off Russell Martin, who also had an error on a throw to 3rd trying to throw out a baserunner.

    Oh! What was Cashman thinking not resigning him! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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