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Yankees roster comes into focus

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One decision and a few telling comments have brought the Yankees roster plans into focus.

Who’s in
The Yankees have until tomorrow, after the exhibition against the Nationals, to make a decision on Lyle Overbay, but it’s clear that the team is planning to carry him as the regular first baseman. Are there any other options for the position? “Not right now, no,” Joe Girardi admitted.

Girardi said Overbay would likely play only against right-handers. Kevin Youkilis will probably play first and Jayson Nix will play third against lefties.

It also seems the Ben Francisco and Brennan Boesch will make the team as reserve outfielders. Francisco could also DH against lefties. Those two spots aren’t set in stone, but Francisco and Boesch do seem to have the inside track. “That’s a good educated guess,” Brian Cashman said.

Who’s out
Juan Rivera has been released. He was the clear front runner for a roster spot, but Girardi said things changed with the additions of Francisco and Overbay. Because of Rivera’s contract, the Yankees couldn’t wait any longer. “We had to make a decision on Juan today,” Cashman said. “And we just did.”

Ronnier Mustelier is also out of the running. Yesterday’s knee soreness is a bone bruise that dates back to that collision with a railing here at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees aren’t sure how long Mustelier will be out, but he won’t travel north with the team and will instead stay behind in Tampa. Girardi indicated that Mustelier wasn’t likely to make the team anyway.

To be decided
The last two spots on the pitching staff are still a bit unknown. Boone Logan is fine after being hit by a comebacker, but the Yankees still have to fill the spots that were supposed to go to Phil Hughes and Clay Rapada. Those decisions will likely wait until Sunday when the Yankees have to submit their Opening Day roster.

Cashman stressed that he’s still shopping around, looking for potential upgrades and other options. For the time being, though, it seems that this is the Yankees plan:

LINEUP
C Francisco Cervelli
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Robinson Cano
3B Kevin Youkilis
SS Eduardo Nunez
LF Vernon Wells
CF Brett Gardner
RF Ichiro Suzuki
DH Travis Hafner

BENCH
C Chris Stewart
INF Jayson Nix
OF Ben Francisco
OF Brennan Boesch

ROTATION
CC Sabathia
Hiroki Kuroda
Andy Pettitte
Ivan Nova
David Phelps

BULLPEN
Mariano Rivera
Dave Robertson
Joba Chamberlain
Boone Logan
David Aardsma
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48 Responses to “Yankees roster comes into focus”

  1. ac1 March 28th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Once again Cashman has proved to me that he is fully aware of his job, knows how to do his job at a high level and is smarter than 100% of the people who post here.
    ___

    How?

  2. Abe Peterham March 28th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    LINEUP
    C Francisco Cervelli
    1B Lyle Overbay
    2B Robinson Cano
    3B Kevin Youkilis
    SS Eduardo Nunez
    LF Vernon Wells
    CF Brett Gardner
    RF Ichiro Suzuki
    DH Travis Hafner
    …;;;;;;;;;;;;…………………..
    ” where have you gone, joe DiMaggio “….

    Yuchhh to lineup…. Beating dead horse… But yuchhh

  3. Abe Peterham March 28th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Lyle Waggoner , Travis Bickle,

  4. Rich in NJ March 28th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    From the last thread:

    Maxwell’s lifetime OPS is .737
    Francisco’s is .751

    Maxwell is .821 against lefties

    Francisco has about equal splits against righties and lefties.

    We are only talking about platoon stats, and Maxwell’s v. LHP stand out. That’s the point.

    Franciso’s are both in the mid-.700s. Not good.

    Maxwell is 2 years younger than Francisco. He strikes out almost 2X as much as Francisco.

    Three years because we are talking about last year with Maxwell. I don’t care about strikeouts.

    You consider this factual evidence that Maxwell is significantly better than Francisco? I consider it as a comparison of two fringe major league players.

    Not in terms of the platoon stats mentioned above and the other alternatives.

    Maxwell should have been kept over Jones last year.

    It’s hard to say who Francisco should be kept over.

  5. Rich in NJ March 28th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    “How?”

    It can’t be the decisions in his social life.

  6. Jerkface March 28th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    They don’t even have to keep Francisco to keep Francisco. He is on a minor league deal!

  7. Jerkface March 28th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    How?

    Thats clearly scathing sarcasm, given their roster crunch.

  8. Warning Track Power March 28th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    ac1 March 28th, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    Once again Cashman has proved to me that he is fully aware of his job, knows how to do his job at a high level and is smarter than 100% of the people who post here.
    ___

    How?
    —————————————————————————————————————
    C’mon, there are so many wanna-be GM’s here who feel the need to impulsively release a player on a daily basis because that player made an out or made an error.

    Cashman knows his job and he knows it well.
    Chad explained the decision regarding Adams. A player that might have made the team in 2013 if not for his injury.

    Cash signed Overbay and his defense is a huge upgrade over Rivera at 1st base.

    Cash released Diaz. A player who was struggling and not the right fit.

    Cash traded for V. Well. An everyday LF who can fill that role until Granderson returns.
    Cash picked up Francisco who is an upgrade over Diaz.
    Cash picked up Boesch from the Tigers. Obviously an upgrade over someone like
    Johnny Damon or the options down in the minors that are right handed or left handed.

    Time to give Cash some credit.

  9. Cujo March 28th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Next stop …………….. WORLD SERIES ! ! !

  10. Rich in NJ March 28th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    “Cashman knows his job and he knows it well.”

    Because they have no use for AJack, Montero, IPK, and Melky?

  11. ac1 March 28th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Time to give Cash some credit.
    ____

    I give him credit when it is warranted.
    But i can’t sit here and say there hasnt been really bad roster management.
    Injury to Adams or not, you dont release him over Eppley, Otani or whoever is there today, etc….

    He talks about the young guys being the future, then he trades them or releases them in favor of part time replacements. I cant wait to see what he does to Tyler Austin, Heathcott, Williams, Sanchez, etc.

  12. ac1 March 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Time to give Cash some credit.
    __

    Also doesnt take a genius to pluck crap off waivers, especially for the yankees since they are basically the last ones to get to claim.

    How bout ‘negotiating’ for Wells and still taking on 14 Million dollars?
    The Angels even got two prospects.

    Remind me how Cashman took the Angels for a ride again?

  13. UnKnown March 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    blake March 28th, 2013 at 4:21 pm
    Musty never had a chance

    ———
    Pretty much. Even though some hope things will change, they rarely if ever do. Musty was never going to make introductions lining up on the 1st base baseline.

  14. Cujo March 28th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    blake March 28th, 2013 at 4:21 pm
    Musty never had a chance

    ————-

    Of course not, he is a rookie.

  15. ac1 March 28th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Stewart has not been named starting catcher. My gut is Girardi has Stewart start 3 starters, Cervelli start 2.
    ___

    And then add girardi to the list.
    Cervelli has played better catcher and has more upside as a hitter.
    How do you not make him the regular starter?
    We won 5 titles with Posada. OFFENSE OVER DEFENSE.
    Somehow we won, we didnt need a defensive whiz that cant hit to win a title.

  16. Patrick March 28th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Wow that roster is pretty depressing considering what we have been used to over the last ~17 years.

    So we are facing Lester on opening day right ? Is this the lineup we will see?

    CF Brett Gardner
    RF Ichiro Suzuki
    2B Robinson Cano
    3B Kevin Youkilis
    LF Vernon Wells
    DH Ben Francisco
    1B Lyle Overbay
    C Francisco Cervelli
    SS Eduardo Nunez

    Holy crap that’s bad .. we will really struggle to score runs vs LHP this year, our 3 best hitters are all lefties

  17. Rich in NJ March 28th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    “Time to give Cash some credit.”

    For one of the worst rosters in recent Yankee memory?

  18. ac1 March 28th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I dont care about Russ Martin or AJ Pierzynski, but i CANNOT BELIEVE that Chris Stewart is going to be starting 60% of our games. FACEPALM!

  19. Shame Spencer March 28th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I’m sad for Musty but maybe it’s better this way.. at least he has the injury to rest on. Otherwise, he would have lit things up in ST for nothing.

    Youk to 3B and Overbay to 1B, I guess.

    Man it’s a real shame Adams got injured a couple weeks back. (I dunno why I’m assuming they’d give him a shot over Musty but I don’t think we’ve mentioned Adams in like an hour and perhaps if we keep talking about him it will work as a reverse jinx…)

  20. ac1 March 28th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    We all know healthy or not, Adams wouldnt have gotten a real shot. They can say he would have all they want but in the end they would have still signed overbay and wells and francisco and boesch, and claimed half the relief scraps off waivers.

  21. UnKnown March 28th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    One thing that I thought of that will be a good thing, is that this year with the lack of superstars at mostly all of the positions, nobody can just be satisfied with letting the other guy come up with the big hit.

    I think in years past it was easy for some guys to take a few AB’s off knowing that the team was so deep someone else would pick them up. Not the case this year. Players will have to take it upon themselves to get the job done.

    That is at least an attempt to grab a positive out of what looks like to be the lineup.

  22. Locke March 28th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Players will have to take it upon themselves to get the job done.

    ——

    I like that perspective UnKnown.

    It will also let us give some young guys a real opportunity to develop. I think Phelps and Nunez might develop into real studs by the end of the year.

  23. Jerkface March 28th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Maybe opposing pitchers will underestimate the lineup, or hurt themselves laughing at it.

  24. Abomb82 March 28th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Cash had a ridiculous budget constraint placed on him out of the blue and had many important free agents (Martin, Ibanez, Ichiro, Chavez, Rivera, etc.). In addition, after Cano, the 3 best players on the team all get hurt and are out for extended periods of time (ARod, Tex, Granderson).

    What did you expect him to do? He’s salvaged this spring about as well as he could have. Under the budget constraints, he conducted this offseason about as well as possible. Everyone is talking about giving the Wells/Ichiro money to Swisher, as if anyone here wanted him back for 4 more years.

    Add ARod, Tex, Grandy back to this lineup and it looks a hell of a lot better. Not his fault 3 of his top 4 hitters got hurt.

  25. Patrick March 28th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    For one of the worst rosters in recent Yankee memory?

    It is brutally bad…

    If you think about it, just about everyone on the roster that was expected to be a major contributor is either injured, coming off a significant injury, injured in 2012 or just plain old and unlikely to repeat past performance. A-rod, Tex, Granderson, Jeter, Hughes are all hurt. Pettitte, Rivera, Gardner, Sabathia all coming off significant injuries. Ichiro, Kuroda are past their prime and likely to regress this season. Hafner and Youkilis are injury prone and were both injured during parts of 2012.

    Robertson and Cano are the only two that don’t fall into one of those groups.

    So it’s really not surprising that the team is falling apart, this is what happens when you put together a team of hurt, old and injury prone players.

  26. Rich in NJ March 28th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    “Cash had a ridiculous budget constraint placed on him out of the blue …”

    2012: $209,792,900
    2011: $207,047,964
    2010: $213,359,389
    2009: $201,449,189
    2008: $209,081,577
    2007: $189,639,045
    2006: $194,663,079
    2005: $208,306,817

    After having had a massive payroll advantage for all if not most of his tenure as GM, we are now decrying what, $209m?

    And out of the blue? The Yankees have known for over a year, if not more, that the payroll would shrink….next year.

    Did he think it was going to $250m? It has been static for almost a decade.

    “What did you expect him to do?”

    How about assembling the mL pipeline he promised in 2006 so that he would have replacements for injured declining players? But no, he traded away all of the young hitters that could have been the bridge to the next wave, which is still at least a year, if not more, away.

    How about trading Swisher last season since he knew he wasn’t going to be able to sign him? Or Martin for the same reasons?

    How about developing one top of the rotation starter since 2006?

    How about trading for one top of the rotation starter in over a decade?

    Seriously?

  27. Against All Odds March 28th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    ac1 March 28th, 2013 at 5:00 pm
    We all know healthy or not, Adams wouldnt have gotten a real shot. They can say he would have all they want but in the end they would have still signed overbay and wells and francisco and boesch, and claimed half the relief scraps off waivers.

    ———————————

    Hey hey hey c’mon now the Yankees are signing these old guys to give the kids on the farm more time to develop. Those young players will contribute but they need more time. The Yankees are trying to bridge to the next wave of kids.

    Signed fans on another blog and Kay

  28. Against All Odds March 28th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    What did you expect him to do?

    —————-

    Have some foresight and not build such an old injury prone roster.

  29. sunny615 March 28th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    That is an awesome lineup! In 2004 maybe.

  30. Against All Odds March 28th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Rich in NJ March 28th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    ———————-

    It’s almost as bad as when ppl the contracts are handcuffing the franchise. This is an organization that used to spend money on guys that had no place to play just to say they have him.

  31. Patrick March 28th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Over/Under 700 runs scored for the Yanks this season?

  32. Abomb82 March 28th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    How about assembling the mL pipeline he promised in 2006 so that he would have replacements for injured declining players? But no, he traded away all of the young hitters that could have been the bridge to the next wave, which is still at least a year, if not more, away.

    How about trading Swisher last season since he knew he wasn’t going to be able to sign him? Or Martin for the same reasons?

    How about developing one top of the rotation starter since 2006?

    How about trading for one top of the rotation starter in over a decade?

    ===========

    He also improved the farm system. Since 06, he brought in guys like Humberto Sanchez, Hughes, Joba, Kennedy, Jackson, Tabata, Nunez, Montero, G. Sanchez, Austin, Heathcott, Williams, Romine, Betances, Banuelos, Melancon, Marshall, Warren, Mitchell, Brackman, Angelini, Laird, Kontos, Robertson, Montgomery, etc.

    Prospects get hurt, it happens.

    He can;t trade Swisher or Martin in a middle of a pennant race, especially since he knew there would be a couple of lean years after 2012. 2012 was the best team we would have in a few years and he knew it.

    He tried to develop a top of the rotation starter. Not his fault Hughes never learned how to pitch or stay healthy, Joba ruined his shoulder, and Kennedy couldn’t handle the AL. Banuelos got hurt too. Brackman/Betances were fine picks even though they didn’t work out. It’s hard to be a top of the rotation starter in NY. Outside of Jon Lester, who was never projected to be some kind of ace, it’s not like Boston is producing these elite arms either. Hard to produce pitching in a big market.

    Same logic in trading for a starter. He thought Vazquez could be a difference-maker in the AL and would be better suited to handle it in his second go around. Didn’t work. Which is why he puts all his focus on guys like CC and Cliff Lee who he thought had the makeup to thrive here. Lee would have been great for us here. He hit on CC. AJ’s problem wasn’t pressure, he was simply erratic. The Pineda trade again was doomed by health. Had he stayed healthy, he could have certainly been a fine young flamethrower to slot behind CC.

    Cashman’s talent evaluation isn’t necessarily the problem. He’s just had a lot of bad luck.

  33. Against All Odds March 28th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Ppl say *

  34. Against All Odds March 28th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    No disrespect to you because you seem like a good poster but its not just bad luck. Luck has played a role but when it comes to the development of their players the Yankees are lacking in that department

  35. Bronx Jeers March 28th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    The fact that Mustelier doesn’t play SS automatically put Nix over him once Jeter landed on the DL. I never really believed they would give him 3B on Opening Day. Lets see what happens once Jeter gets healthy because if the offense sputters early like it we all expect it to, then hopefully he’ll get the call and get some time against lefties.

    It’s still a big bummer. When I think about his little boy in back in Cuba….well enough said.

  36. Don March 28th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I don’t pretend to know enough about baseball to question each and every one of Cashman’s moves, but if you look at our present roster and the moves and non-moves that were made in the offseason it doesn’t look like this team is well-run and that is depressing.

  37. joeman March 28th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    83-79..that’s it

  38. UnKnown March 28th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I don’t pretend to know enough about baseball to question each and every one of Cashman’s moves, but if you look at our present roster and the moves and non-moves that were made in the offseason it doesn’t look like this team is well-run and that is depressing.

    ———-

    QFT – You don’t have to immerse yourself in baseballs inner and outer workings to realize this point. To think otherwise and portray this roster into something mythical that it isn’t is just an embarrassing attempt to talk baseball.

    I believe in just acknowledging the truth and current situation of this team and then cheer like crazy for the best possible outcome starting April 1st.

  39. Ys Guy March 28th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    when ST started, my expectation was 89 wins. then grandy and tex got hurt and now jeter’s not going to be healthy on-time.

    but if you add together the downgrade from tex (who i don’t expect to be healthy all season) to overbay (-4 or 5 wins) plus the loss of granderson for 1/4 the season, I’m down around 83 wins also, and that’s assuming pretty much nothing from the centaur.

    but if tex and arod are healthy for the second half, that # goes back up.

    ill make my final prediction on Monday’s game post.

    rig

  40. Madrugador March 28th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    WOW! Can’t believe that lineup. Overbay, Wells and Hafner?! Pickin’ pieces off the trash heap. This transition to a payroll beneath the cap is going to be rough. I am interested to see what attendance is like this year. With a bad start (would not be the managers fault) does Girardi lose his job? Will Hal care if attendance tanks?

  41. dmc1127 March 28th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    That lineup REALLY sucks.

  42. FiretheUMPIRE March 28th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Crazy talk going on here. Tex and Grandy will return. Don’t care about Arod.

    Middle order will be Cano, Youk, Grandy, Tex. Sprinkle in Jeter, Ichiro, Gardner and Nunez.

  43. Madrugador March 28th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    You think Grandy will strike out less this year? Tex may suffer with that preseason wrist injury all season and may use it as an excuse for poor performance and Youk was let go by the Sox for a reason.
    I am not buying that lineup. I’d like to see some rookies get a chance.

  44. FiretheUMPIRE March 28th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Playoff rotation will be CC, Kuroda, Andy, Pineda.

    Bullpen will be Mo, Robertson, Joba at the end.

    Maybe they trade Nova or Hughes for a bat.

  45. Doreen March 28th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Just came across this. I had forgotten who the players involved were (aside from ARod, of course). Referencing the picture and caption, not the paragraph beneath.

    http://mypinstripes.blogspot.c.....a-out.html

  46. Madrugador March 28th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Well the playoffs would be nice but I am not betting on it.
    Let’s see what Musty, Pineda and Romine can do.

  47. UpState March 28th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    “…Luck has played a role but when it comes to the development of their players the Yankees are lacking in that department…”
    ————————————————————————

    But we keep reading about these ‘rocksolid lead pipe cinches’ to be Hall of Famers :

    A. Jackson
    IPK
    Mustelier
    Montero
    Nunez
    Adams

    So – which is it ?

    We develop decent talent …. or crap talent ?

  48. Dill Pickler March 28th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    The question is, who goes when Jeter, and then Granderson, and then Tex come back? We have to keep Nix, right, because Nunez is only playing short now. My guess is Francisco or Boesch go when Jeter comes back, the other goes when Grandy returns. Overbay when Tex is healthy.


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