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Jeter sent to the doctor to check on ankle

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The Yankees sent Derek Jeter to see a doctor this afternoon. Manager Joe Girardi called it a precautionary measure after stiffness in his left ankle forced Jeter to be scratched from today’s lineup.

“We’ve got to find out what we’re dealing with and go from there,” Girardi said.

After today’s game, Girardi said he still hadn’t heard any sort of update.

“When you’re dealing with a rehab coming back from injury, you’re going to deal with some ups and downs,” Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line. Very seldom to you ever come back from a rehab where it just goes completely smooth. It’s really went well up until this point. We’ve had a lot of good days. Today happened to be a not-so-good days.”

Girardi said he saw only one indication that Jeter’s ankle was worse than usual; Jeter was flexing his ankle quite a bit during batting practice. Jeter hit but did not take ground balls, and Girardi said the second or third group was hitting — Jeter was in the first group — when trainer Steve Donohue told Girardi about Jeter’s stiff ankle.

Even before today’s game, Girardi seemed to stress that Jeter’s recovery was not complete.

“I thought he got better every day, I did,” Girardi said. “But I wouldn’t say we’re out of the woods yet.”

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55 Responses to “Jeter sent to the doctor to check on ankle”

  1. Chip March 19th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Well that’s not inspiring.

    Look, here’s the issue with the Yankee payroll plan:

    $189 shouldn’t be too low to field a winning team, except that with the Yankees you’re tying approximately $50 mil up in two players who may be dealing with significant health issues that would compromise their production (Alex, Tex) and you have a general manager who is terrified of playing young players. So to get “bargains” at other positions; you’re relying on veterans that no one else wants.

  2. cs in la March 19th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Exactly Chip. $189 would be a fortune to most every other team, yet it just all seems so shortsighted, and haphazard. You’d think that of any team, the Yankees would have the best in the business thinking through this situation.

    Lets just hope they know something we don’t (not likely) or we catch lightening in a bottle (less likely), or maybe they’re just ok with this (most likely).

  3. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    “Did anyone want Swisher on a 4 or 5 year deal?”

    Doreen,

    I don’t know what the budget ultimately will be. I don’t know what their tolerance for rebuilding is. We aren’t seeing it this year, while I would have begun the process. But if not, then Swisher made sense.

    But operating under the assumption of austerity, and therefore that he was unlikely to be signed, I would have traded him last year (as I said), kept Montero (or traded him for another young hitter), and signed Beltran.

    In isolation, I think Swisher has more left than Tex. Last year, when AGone was traded to the Dodgers, Cashman was asked if he would have done the same thing with Tex when there were reports that the Dodgers inquired about his availability, and he said no.

    I think he should have jumped on such a deal if it was real.

    So context is needed to answer the question you posed.

  4. NYY_Girl_Penny March 19th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    who cares about the budget ? 189 is fine. I’m ticked off that the Yankees brass left such gaping holes in the team and had many years to prepare for a budget.. it’s probably the worst time in 10 years to be have set a budget but the idiots should’ve known and prepared better.

    they pass on damn near everybody, take absolutely no risk in spending for a player.. George’s behavior was one thing, but these guys are counting pennies when they have the most profitable team in sports! (I don’t care that their good accountants say they don’t profit much). It’s a mess and the front office could have avoided the current situation.. worst than that is Hal is so clueless about baseball he thinks he signed all these players in their prime that are just one year low risk low spend options. Idiot.

  5. MaineYankee March 19th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Rich in NJ

    I read somewhere that the Yankees had explored trading Swisher before the season last year.

    I don’t remember the details.

  6. Chip March 19th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Here is my hope…

    If they’re determined to stick at $189 then they need to do two things:
    1. Let Cano and Curtis walk. You can’t achieve that payroll if you’re going to tie up more than $100 mil in 7 players (Alex, Tex, Cano, Jeter, CC, Granderson and Ichiro)
    2. Ready or not, you have to let your young players play for the Yankees. If you are serious about your minor league system then you can’t keep being afraid of playing your minor leaguers. Not all of them are going to be all stars, but trading your guys for another team’s guys is an indication that you don’t trust your organization to develop players. If that’s the case, then you should have made changes within your organization.

    If they decide to scrap the $189…
    Do not overreact. I can see it now, rather than being viewed as cheap Hal turns Levine loose and he deals the Yankees top prospects for veterans with big paychecks in a return to the early 2000′s.

  7. NYY_Girl_Penny March 19th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Both Hank and Hal are so out of touch it’s absurd. It was noticeable when they first gave arod 30mil for 10 years.. even 10 yo knew that Arod wasn’t worth that and nobody was gonna come close to it. they coulda had him for much less. It’s all their fault 100%. George is rolling over in his grave right now.. its seriously unreal what these clowns have done.

  8. jacksquat March 19th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 19th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I find it highly ironic that many here who had to rush to muzzle people who expressed dismay about how old the Cashman FO has allowed this team to get, are now, almost to a shrill degree, are pleading that Mustelier, a nice hitter but certainly no projected elite player, be brought to the Bronx.

    I agree, that he must be, but it would be comical to place these plaintive cries side by side with the snarky, belittling, gang mugging attempts that went on here, by the same people, defending Cashman’s expulsion of all good young bats.

    Telling.

    Good day for now.

    You have a very distorted and exaggerated view of your own position. So persecuted… you’re like the LoHud Jesus!

    Yes, if you’re not a 100% Cashman Hater you can’t want Mustelier on the club, because that’s my prospect, lol.

  9. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Maine

    Cashman said during all of the 2011-12 offseaon that he had offense to spare (yeah, it seemed crazy at the time too). Considering that Montero was their only ML ready bat with any potential, it seemed to me (hope, probably) that he meant Swisher.

  10. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Their preparedness, or lack thereof, depends upon when they knew what was going to be in new CBA.

    It’s hard to prepared fully for something you don’t know for sure is going to happen.

    But they were cutting spending, maintaining a fairly consistent payroll over several years. Kind of hedging their bets.

    Could be they erred on the positive side, guessing that things would work out in their favor and that they wouldn’t get WCS in every single instance.

    The free agent classes aren’t so hot this year and next, I think. They are putting, I think, a lot of eggs in the class of 2014/2015 basket (that is, the farmhands graduating to the big leagues).

  11. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Rich, it’s hard to argue that a team that hits skatey eight million homers and scores a bazillion runs does not have offense to spare.

    (I really don’t want to look up the numbers)

    But I’d think that’s where Cashman was coming from.

  12. blake March 19th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    @jonmorosi: If Dominican Republic #WBC team played in #MLB, would it win the World Series? Very possibly. My column: http://t.co/vOxo2mIEQQ @MLBONFOX

    Moronsy….with more nonsense…..that lineup is incredible….but as good as it is their rotation is equally (or worse) bad…..their pitching would get destroyed over 162 game season

  13. MaineYankee March 19th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Rich in NJ

    No it wasn’t something that was a read between the lines statement.

    It was stated that they had explored his market.

  14. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Doreen

    I disagree because: A-Rod and Jeter were both in their late-30s; Tex has been declining since 2009 v. LHP; Swisher, Chavez, and Martin were FA-in-waiting; they had no ML ready bat coming except for Montero.

    If Cashman couldn’t see that, it would be kind of odd.

  15. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    We also have to keep in mind a couple of things. One is we don’t always know what other teams offer and the other is we don’t always know which players absolutely do not want to come to NY for one reason or another.

  16. joeman March 19th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    said it over and over all off-season the injury Jeter had was a major one and he will not be the same player he was the last few seasons..get use to it

  17. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Rich, I agree that those situations existed.

    I also think in spite of his supposed “candor” of late, Cashman does not really lay out all his cards.

    Plus, he’s a pitching first GM.

    Frankly, I think the way Cashman is now is a product of the disappointments of 2006 and 2007.

  18. joeman March 19th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    you don’t come back from this injury 100% in 6 months

  19. NYY_Girl_Penny March 19th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 4:48 pm
    Doreen

    I disagree because: A-Rod and Jeter were both in their late-30s; Tex has been declining since 2009 v. LHP; Swisher, Chavez, and Martin were FA-in-waiting; they had no ML ready bat coming except for Montero.

    If Cashman couldn’t see that, it would be kind of odd.

    ————–
    with the yankees name and financial resources and you look at our current situation there is no way you can say they’ve done a good job, they’ve done a very lazy and lame job. I agree with Rich too.

  20. pat March 19th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    EricFisherSBJ
    #Yankees have gained a temporary restraining order from a Bronx Co. (NY) judge, preventing for now StubHub opening its stadium pickup spot

  21. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Doreen

    I’m not seeing candor. I’m seeing butt covering and selective perception.

    For example, he made a big deal about opposing the Soriano signing (not without reason). But in his post-mortem of last season, he talked about how much the team achieved, despite yet another offensive underperformace in the playoffs.

    Yet he somehow failed to mention that without Soriano, they might not have made the playoffs.

    That is just one example of the latest off-putting quality that now animates Cashman.

    btw, Was he a pitching-first GM when Bernie, Jeter, Posada, Tino, and O’Neill were in their primes? I don’t think so. And those teams were better and more exciting.

  22. Jerkface March 19th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Was he a pitching-first GM when Bernie, Jeter, Posada, Tino, and O’Neill were in their primes? I don’t think so. And those teams were better and more exciting.

    I don’t know about pitching first, but they were trying. They spent a lot of money on pitchers. Acquired a lot of guys in trades. I think it has more to do with their ability to correctly identify pitching talent and then develop it that is at issue with the Yankees.

    Given the injury frequency of pitching, you should never devote an equal or greater portion of salary to it, but the Yankees have consistently spent on pitching and come up with horrible staffs.

  23. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t know about pitching first, but they were trying. They spent a lot of money on pitchers. Acquired a lot of guys in trades. I think it has more to do with their ability to correctly identify pitching talent and then develop it that is at issue with the Yankees.

    Given the injury frequency of pitching, you should never devote an equal or greater portion of salary to it, but the Yankees have consistently spent on pitching and come up with horrible staffs.
    __

    It’s hardly reasonable to say that pitching doesn’t matter. The point is that pitching-first isn’t a smart philosophy, and that I never heard Cashman say such things when he had a killer offense.

  24. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    No, he wasn’t Rich, but that’s why I say he was affected by the 2006 and 2007 disappointments in the playoffs. The pitching was the weak spot. The offense bludgeoned everyone.

    We all have selective perception, even you and I.

    And everyone connected with the Yankees expressed great disappointment with the way the playoffs ended, but it would be ridiculous to ignore the fact that they won 95 games which was the most in their league, warts and all. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Sure it’s more fun when it is. I’ll grant ya that! Of course they’re going to focus on the positives publicly.

    But don’t you think it’s at least reasonable to think that a reason that they didn’t offer Swisher and Martin more than the qualifying offer was at least in part because they did not produce in the playoffs?

    We do not know what is said behind closed doors.

    I honestly do not recall whether or not Cashman talked positively about Soriano. I know, at least when questioned, others did.

  25. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    They went after FA pitchers who did well. Pitchers that other teams wanted too.

    It wasn’t like they went after obscure guys who they hoped would do well. They never go after untried players. For the most part.

  26. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    “No, he wasn’t Rich, but that’s why I say he was affected by the 2006 and 2007 disappointments in the playoffs. The pitching was the weak spot. The offense bludgeoned everyone.”

    You can’t keep fighting the last war, Doreen. That’s especially true in sports where players can age/decline so quickly. So you have to continually evolve. The 2009 offense should have taught them just how important a potent attack can be, both in the regular season and the playoffs.

    “But don’t you think it’s at least reasonable to think that a reason that they didn’t offer Swisher and Martin more than the qualifying offer was at least in part because they did not produce in the playoffs?”

    No, I don’t because the playoffs are unimportant if you don’t have regular season replacements, and they don’t. And if small sample size matters with offense, it matters with pitching too.

    “I honestly do not recall whether or not Cashman talked positively about Soriano. I know, at least when questioned, others did.”

    I’m not sure what you mean by this.

  27. Against All Odds March 19th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    and that I never heard Cashman say such things when he had a killer offense.

    ———————-

    Things change when you fail. The pitching fails and it becomes pitching are the keys to the kingdom. They lose in the PS and it becomes the playoffs are a crap shoot/luck.

  28. Sir Harden Thick March 19th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Why can’t Hafner get hurt.
    He looks horrible.
    Lucky if he hit above .200
    Great signing a .200 hitter that doesn’t even have a glove in his bag.

  29. yankeefeminista March 19th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    If they themselves–Cash and FO–are preaching that their goal is to win it all, and that is not just some BS rhetoric, then the evaluators had better have the ability to rightly analyze that their offense is and has been lacking–something a bunch of us laypeople writing on a baseball blog were able to identify two years ago. 95 wins aren’t going to help a flawed offense hit playoff pitching. Not in 2010, not in 2011, not in 2012, and not in 2013.

    As for the pitching… well, we had that covered last year, even without the coveted projected “#2″ SP that got hurt, so… someone dropped the ball somewhere, and it wasn’t on the pitching side of things. Memo to the Yankees: Trading from strength didn’t mean trading offense for pitching.

  30. theREALkevin March 19th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Since the Yankees are almost certainly not going anywhere this season anyhow… I kinda hope they are horrid and have such a bad record come the trade deadline that they trade Cano for an awesome package. Fresh start in 2014 with some new faces, get younger, start developing a great farm system and build another dynasty without overpriced FA’s and the like.

  31. Against All Odds March 19th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Fresh start in 2014 with some new faces, get younger, start developing a great farm system and build another dynasty without overpriced FA’s and the like.

    —————————-

    Here is the thing though are the Yankees smart enough to make the right trades and decisions?

  32. austinmac March 19th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I think the Yankees overreaction in signing Igawa has scared them off the international market as being too risky for the cost,

    I also think not signing Cole has led them to draft picks with whom they have a pre-draft agreement.

    They do seem now ready, by necessity, to try young players, but few stepped up. Almonte and Mesa both showed some power but obvious flaws. Of course, it has been these flaws that have kept them off top prospect lists.

    Unless someone who can hit can be found at principally for financial reasons, I do not think they can do much to help now.

  33. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Rich,

    I just can’t go the place where everything decided since 2009 was wrong. I’ll never go there. :) This always always always comes back to the Montero trade. For some it also goes back to the Jackson trade. I’d do the Jackson trade again. You could have knocked me over with a feather on the Montero trade. We will never know the full extent of their thinking on that. Cashman can say pitching is the key to the kingdom, but if you are convinced you have a superstar, you don’t trade him.

    As for Swisher, I agree you don’t get to the playoffs without him or someone like him. But he really was no help in the post season not once of the 4 years he was here.

    It does come down to this budget.

    As for what I meant with regard to Soriano, what I meant was if not Cashman, there were certainly other people who credited Soriano for sliding into Mo’s spot, particularly when asked about it.

  34. joeman March 19th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    theREALkevin March 19th, 2013 at 5:28 pm
    Since the Yankees are almost certainly not going anywhere this season anyhow… I kinda hope they are horrid and have such a bad record come the trade deadline that they trade Cano for an awesome package. Fresh start in 2014 with some new faces, get younger, start developing a great farm system and build another dynasty without overpriced FA’s and the like
    ———————————————-
    they’ll have to trade him to a team that can afford him and there won’t be two many of those teams lining up …and why give up players to get him when you can outbid everyone after the season and give up nobody

  35. jacksquat March 19th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    The offense was decent without Teixeira and Granderson injured. Not optimal but certainly good enough to have a good chance at reaching the playoffs.

    Now that they are out, the lineup is thin. Outside of the occassional timely exception, no team has ready replacements in the minors for major league talent like Teixeira and Granderson.

    And Montero had a .685 OPS last year, so please stop talking about “Him” as if he is “The Savior” until he actually hits (and please don’t give me splits or spring training numbers).

  36. joeman March 19th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    my picks for AL East

    Tor..on paper
    TB..always close
    NYY…injuries and age
    RS…manager will get them to play better
    Balt..will never win all those 1 run games again

  37. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    austinmac -

    The Yankees have rookie ownership, learning on the job and are gun-shy and tentative. We have to hope they will grow into the role, or sell to someone who is more comfortable running a baseball team.

    This morning, I also talked about some of these young guys just have to take the bull by the horns. Force the Yankees into bringing them up because they’d be foolish not to.

    Seems to me Mustelier is coming closest to that. He has played all out and he has been pretty successful. Not a superstar, but seems to be a steady player.

  38. LGY March 19th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Chip March 19th, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    LGY March 19th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Considering the prices on the free agent market, Swish on a 4 year deal would have been a great signing.
    —————–

    Nah, Swish is overpaid in Cleveland.

    ——————————–

    The 5th year vesting option is the scary part.

    The guaranteed 4/56M is a great deal. A deal the Yankees should have never hesitated to match if given the opportunity.

  39. Doreen March 19th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Didn’t Swisher say he changed his mind about coming back here because of the fans’ booing at home games during the playoffs?

  40. Chip March 19th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t know about pitching first, but they were trying. They spent a lot of money on pitchers. Acquired a lot of guys in trades. I think it has more to do with their ability to correctly identify pitching talent and then develop it that is at issue with the Yankees.

    Given the injury frequency of pitching, you should never devote an equal or greater portion of salary to it, but the Yankees have consistently spent on pitching and come up with horrible staffs.
    __

    It’s hardly reasonable to say that pitching doesn’t matter. The point is that pitching-first isn’t a smart philosophy, and that I never heard Cashman say such things when he had a killer offense.
    ——————-

    When he had that killer offense he also had Roger Clemens, David Cone, Andy, El Duque and continued to bring in the “top” pitchers available. Be it Pavano, Irabu, Contreras, Weaver, Javy, Randy Johnson, etc…

    He wasn’t saying pitching was the key, but he was sure as heck acting like it.

  41. yankeefeminista March 19th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Igawa was never considered a top talent though. So, if they have been staying away from international signings because of a less talented player’s failures, then it is the Yankees’ evaluative “bad.”

  42. austinmac March 19th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Now, a team acquiring a player during the season doesn’t have any draft pick rights if the player leaves. That will devalue players at the TD. Wisdom probably would be to see what they could get now, but they don’t admit hopelessness. I understand they do need to sell tickets.

    The worst thing is for them to fool themselves and the fans if they don’t have a chance. They cannot only gain draft picks for Cano and Granderson. Hughes will leave without compensation as he won’t get an offer. Same with all the rest.

    That would cause long term significant harm to the franchise.

  43. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Doreen

    Why is it all or none? The fundamental point is that the offense, post-2009, was still near-peak but vulnerable to a decline given the age of key players. So 2010 presented an excellent opportunity to begin the introduction of prospects on to the ML team. They took the opposite route and are paying dearly.

  44. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    When he had that killer offense he also had Roger Clemens, David Cone, Andy, El Duque and continued to bring in the “top” pitchers available. Be it Pavano, Irabu, Contreras, Weaver, Javy, Randy Johnson, etc…

    He wasn’t saying pitching was the key, but he was sure as heck acting like it.
    __

    Yes, he should have been saying that balance wins. That was the lesson of the ’90s teams.

    He inherited a great team, but given the time he has had to plan for the age/decline of key offensive players, what has he done to replace them, especially in light of his public declarations since 2006 that he was building a mL pipeline?

  45. Sir Harden Thick March 19th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    It could be worse. Imagine if you are a NY Jets fan…. Yikes!

  46. austinmac March 19th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Doreen,

    Ownership and GMs are all humans with the same learning curve, fears, anxieties and the rest as we all have. I have no idea how the power works. The personnel decisions should be made by anyone but the owner. Cashman may well have been begging to sign Cespedes et al, but it was vetoed.

    We can only change the present and future. They need to make smart decisions going forward.

    I think keeping Mustelier would be a smart decision. His history says he is a solid hitter and he swings like one. Plus, we watch for the joy. There is much more joy in hoping for Mustelier than watching Rivera. Give us something please.

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock March 19th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    jacksquat March 19th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 19th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I find it highly ironic that many here who had to rush to muzzle people who expressed dismay about how old the Cashman FO has allowed this team to get, are now, almost to a shrill degree, are pleading that Mustelier, a nice hitter but certainly no projected elite player, be brought to the Bronx.

    I agree, that he must be, but it would be comical to place these plaintive cries side by side with the snarky, belittling, gang mugging attempts that went on here, by the same people, defending Cashman’s expulsion of all good young bats.

    Telling.

    Good day for now.

    You have a very distorted and exaggerated view of your own position. So persecuted… you’re like the LoHud Jesus!

    Yes, if you’re not a 100% Cashman Hater you can’t want Mustelier on the club, because that’s my prospect, lol.
    ///

    OK.

    Caveat: You are the same poster who, having read my observation:

    about women on an elevator in an office building having had their conversation interrupted by a total stranger, (because he just had to tell them how lucky he was to be int the presence of “such attractive women”) and the women’s palpable resentment at having been interrupted

    Drew the following conclusion: That I related this experience on the blog because my hope was “to get laid.”

    Although that was obviously some projection of your own, apparently, rather than a misreading, it seems that, in addition to being a boor, you also do lack comprehension skills.

    First of all, I have probably stated about five times here that I have barely seen Mustelier live, and that what I saw on video made me think he had a good approach and a nice level swing, and that I wasn’t entirely sure about his defense, but he didn’t look that good in the few milb.com games I watched, judging from video.

    So the idea that I have communicated IN ANY WAY, that he is MY prospect, is just another piece of BS created by you, the poster who eerily hunts down my posts trembling with rage, and addresses them with such a deal of bile he’s liable to bite his own tongue and choke to death: Distortion, exaggeration, and persecution: take a look in the mirror, jacksquat. You who defend Cashman as if he’s “YOUR GM, lol.”

    Now, as to what I actually DID mean by my comment about Mustelier, since you missed it (and deliberately distorted its meaning) the first time:

    The same people, who snarled like fundamentalists protesting a high school class on evolution, about how the Yankees did not need to hang onto Montero because we had a great offense, and that we needed pitching more – are now wringing their throats horse that Mustelier, a nice looking player with a short, compact stroke – simply must be brought North by the Yankees, or the apocalypse will be upon us.

    Many of us said “the team is old and lacking in batspeed, … we had no projectable mid-order type bats close to the majors EXCEPT for Montero, and our lineup is, outside of two guys, devoid of contact bats who can stay back on offspeed pitches, we already have pitching, etc.”

    We then watched the Yankees let Cespedes sign with Oakland (who, unlike Soler, was 26 and could have been injected into the lineup).

    We then watched the Yankees get painlessly ejected by what was not even really astonishing pitching by Detroit, while we pitched our hearts out (except for C’s unfortunate Game 4) but somehow, still could not avoid GETTING SWEPT out of the ALCS….

    Those same people, are pleading with management to save the lineup by adding a still-in-prime contact bat who can go with the pitch.

    That was the point.

  48. Yankee Trader March 19th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    How did Mustelier look today at 3rd?

  49. yankeefeminista March 19th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    JS, if you don’t get that the offense needed an infusion, then I don’t know what to tell you. If you were going to trade offense, then you darn well had better get offense back, and not pitching.

  50. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Speaking of the Jets, there may be better things to inherit than a huge chunk of JNJ, but I can’t think of many.

  51. pat March 19th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    TylerKepner51m
    The Times’ @DavidWaldstein with a fascinating look at Hal Steinbrenner: http://nyti.ms/WBr08n

  52. yankeefeminista March 19th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    And JS, if you want to ignore improved stats in the second half from a young evolving bat, as well as very good away splits and catching splits in order to serve your narrative, then knock yourself out.

  53. Yankee Trader March 19th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Saw that article on weatherman Hal!

    New Post———->

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock March 19th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    he personnel decisions should be made by anyone but the owner. Cashman may well have been begging to sign Cespedes et al, but it was vetoed.
    ///

    Austinmac,

    Cashman was extremely vocal about not having wanted to sign Soriano, that the brass went over his head and against his recommendation.

    Therefore, if he had felt strongly about the Yankees having to sign Cespedes, I think we would have heard something to that effect, by now. I know you’re not saying he did, and that there’s no way to know for certain that he didn’t advise signing him – but something tells me his cronies in the media would have communicated this by now.

  55. jacksquat March 19th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    JAP, more exaggerating on several points. Not even going to take the time to pick it apart.

    The same people, who snarled like fundamentalists protesting a high school class on evolution, about how the Yankees did not need to hang onto Montero because we had a great offense, and that we needed pitching more – are now wringing their throats horse that Mustelier, a nice looking player with a short, compact stroke – simply must be brought North by the Yankees, or the apocalypse will be upon us.

    Snarling, fundamentalists, evolution, horse, apocalypse… this is what I mean. Can you take a moderate, tempered view on anything?

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