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The last one that doesn’t count

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The picture above is from the Army baseball field at West Point, where extra seating has been added for today’s Yankees game. I’m about to leave for West Point right now. The Yankees themselves might already be there. They’re scheduled to receive a tour of the grounds and each lunch with the cadets before playing their final exhibition of the spring.

Frankly, there doesn’t seem to be very much to learn today. The Yankees essentially set their roster yesterday when they cut David Aardsma and shipped Vidal Nuno and Melky Mesa to minor league camp. Barring another waiver claim or trade addition, the Yankees seem to be on track to carry Shawn Kelley, Cody Eppley and Adam Warren as their final pitchers; and Ben Francisco, Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch as their final position players.

They still have to officially put Phil Hughes, Clay Rapada, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list, but that’s little more than a technicality. They also have to open a 40-man spot for Overbay, which presents an interesting decision.

For now, here are two numbers that are fairly surprising.

A full 20 percent of the Yankees Opening Day roster will be made up of players who weren’t with the Yankees when spring training started. Kelley came over in a trade one day after pitchers reported to camp, and Francisco, Overbay, Boesch and Vernon Wells were each acquired in the past three weeks.

But that’s nothing compared to this…

The Yankees lineup on Monday is expected to have only two players — Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner — who were in the Opening Day lineup last year. Two!

Associated Press photo

 
 

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64 Responses to “The last one that doesn’t count”

  1. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I believe the bullpen will get a lot of work, especially the first two weeks where they are playing in colder climates and while the starters are trying to transition to increasing pitch counts. Play in NY, Detroit and Cleveland thru the 14th April.

    I don’t think Warren or Eppley, based on what I saw of them in the latter part of ST, will help this bullpen.

  2. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Kev:

    Thanks for posting the ESPN article on which team had the edge based on the opening day rosters. Red Sox or Yankees. While the videos were one-sided in favor of the Sox, Marchand gave the overall edge to the Yankees.

    I don’t agree with their OF assessment. Even without Granderson the Yankees have a better OF. Bradley is the wildcard for them.

  3. Doreen March 30th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Yankee Trader,

    Thanks for that pleasant way to start the day. :)

    I agree on Nuñez. When he played strictly shortstop during Jeter’s DL stint two seasons ago, he did a very good job. I expect the same this season

    I also agree that they should not be the same station to station team that was so maddening last season.

    Cano will have to be patient, bit if Youkilis hits behind him, that will surely help. And while I realize spring training is spring training, Youkilis looked encouraging.

    I got to see the scoring inning last night on replay. The run Nuñez scored was a thing of beauty. Those are the opportunities that they will need to take advantage of.

    Why did I think they had two games against the Nationals? So they are off tomorrow, then? I guess that’s only fair. ;)

  4. blake March 30th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The Sox have to decide when to have Bradley’s jersey retirement ceremony

  5. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I’ll post the article again for reading over breakfast.
    “10 Reasons to Like the 2013 Yankees”

    http://yankeesfansunite.com/20.....3-yankees/

    Agree or Disagree?

  6. Doreen March 30th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Question. Mesa managed to stay up with the team almost the entirety of spring training. Do you think he got an extended look in anticipation of not having Granderson next season?

  7. blake March 30th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Doreen says:
    March 30, 2013 at 8:50 am
    Question. Mesa managed to stay up with the team almost the entirety of spring training. Do you think he got an extended look in anticipation of not having Granderson next season?

    I think they considered him for this year but ultimately just didnt think his bat was ready or that he’d make enough contact…….the hope I would think is that either Austin or Hearhcott is ready to take Grandys spot next year …..

  8. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Doreen-

    I originally saw 2 games vs the Nats also. Maybe the Army Cadets were substituted later?

    From that article as the #2 Reason to Like the 2013 Yankees:

    “If he can avoid the freak injuries I see a big year for Gardner with a .350-.360 OBP, 50 SBs, 100 Runs Scored and dozens saved in CF/LF as a Gold Glove defender.”

    I’d like to see him bunt more as their new leadoff hitter.

  9. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I agree with Blake. Mesa’s glove was certainly ready. He made a web gem play yesterday diving to his right to snare a flyball to center.

    As of right now the 2014 OF is Wells, Gardner, and Ichiro, Wells being paid ?2M by Yankees, Gardner ?last year of arbitration, and Ichiro 6.5M
    Will Austin or Heathcott move rapidly from AA to secure a starting spot in 2014?

  10. Doreen March 30th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I would love for Gardner to have good year and stay healthy. Bunting would be welcome. :)

  11. yankee21 March 30th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Question. Mesa managed to stay up with the team almost the entirety of spring training. Do you think he got an extended look in anticipation of not having Granderson next season?

    Yes. I also think he got an extended look for a position this year, but fell short. Mesa does not have a big-league bat, at least at this point. He had an opportunity of a lifetime but was unable to take advantage of it.

    Part of me thinks both he and Z. Almonte got reasonably good looks but were both found wanting and with the extra cash availed from the WBC due to TEX’ injury, money was found to get external OF reinforcements (Boesch and Wells) because the internal options Mesa and Almonte were not-ready.

  12. Tar March 30th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Great idea playing this game at West Point. How cold is it up there?

  13. yankee21 March 30th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Gardner needs to stay both healthy and avoid the tendency to drift into bad habits at the plate which can make him an offensive black hole for a couple weeks at a time.

    If he can do those two things he will help NY big time.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 30th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Hey all. Just a very quick drive-by to say “hey all”! This has been a very busy week for me and on top of it I am hosting Easter so that will be its own unequivocal struggle as cooking is at the very bottom of my strengths list and my family isn’t fond of Taco Bell. :( My car cost me over $1000 in repairs this week and I am starting to do the old balancing act in my mind. The timing belt also needs replacement and that sounds expensive to me. I absolutely love my car and probably will go for the timing belt but WAS IT NECESSARY FOR SOMEONE T0 KEY MY CAR AGAIN??? Totally understandable I guess since the Yankees finished ahead of the Sux in ST and my plate holder and logo in the back window scream Yankee. :mad:

    Doreen, remember when my adopted team was the Nats and yours was the Pirates? (I believe yours was the Pirates, right?) My how things have changed! I haven’t made any unequivocal decision yet but I’m inclined to go with the poor Astros now. I’m thinking that you probably will be picking another team too?

    Anyway, I’ll post the prediction chart once today, tomorrow, and Monday in case there are any additions or changes. PLEASE PUT MY NAME IN THE POST IF YOU WANT TO ADD ONTO THE CHART OR MAKE A CHANGE Only by accident did I pick up a few who wanted to join up but didn’t have my name in the post. When I’m super busy, I just don’t have the time to go through all the posts.

    Hopefully I’ll get to check in later. Have a great day y’all.

    My prediction of 97 is looking pretty ambitious at this point. When I made it we had everyone but Arod in the lineup and Phil wasn’t on the DL. I thought of racheting down to 95, but I’m counting on the veterans from afar to pull us through.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 30th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    PREDICTIONS FOR 2013

    Trisha – 97
    Newyorkfanforever – 95
    Jmills – 95
    rm – 94
    Tomingeorgia – 94
    Nilsson – 94
    r115 – 94
    Munson – 93
    Ghostwriter – 93
    Big Al – 93
    The Straw – 93
    Warning Track Power - 93
    Carly – 93
    Shame Spencer - 92
    Mike_Boston - 92
    Utility Man – 92
    Chip – 92
    Tackleberry – 91
    RMS – 91
    RadioKev – 91
    ac1 – 91
    massjake – 91
    Joeman – 90
    GregD – 90
    4 NYY – 89

    Blake – 89
    Yankee21 – 89
    Luis – 89
    Austinmac – 88
    David in Cal – 88
    Yankee Trader – 88
    Cashmoney – 87
    Charlestonchew – 87
    Bruceb – 86
    Vineyard Yankee – 86
    Bobby Murcer – 86
    Baby Ruth – 85
    Sammiejohnson – 85
    Joeman – 85
    Felix Unger – 84
    bardos – 83
    Deal With It – 82
    Oscar Madison – 82
    Niblick – 81
    MaineYankee – 80
    Comet – 79
    Blutarsky – 78

  16. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Apparently Cashman is still exploring other options for first base.

    I hope that Mustelier recovers quickly from the bruised knee suffered last Sunday, and is added to the 40 man and brought back from AAA soon to play 3rd with Youkilis moving back to 1st.

    Is there another righty other than Jeter who can drive the ball the other way? Mustelier can.

    I still believe that Teixeira will not play before June if at all.

    The only player, albeit a small sample size of around 6 if my memory is correct, to play without the need for surgery on a torn tendon sheath which holds the extensor carpi ulnaris in place was David Ortiz. However it was his left wrist, the top wrist on the bat[unlike the others]. Tex’s injury is to the right wrist the bottom hand he uses from the left side, the side he bats from most often.

  17. Doreen March 30th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Trisha I do still have a fondness for the Pirates and hope one day they do manage to have a full strong season. They’ve been inching that way, so we’ll see.

    The Nationals are no longer the little engine that could, are they?

  18. yankee21 March 30th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    As of right now the 2014 OF is Wells, Gardner, and Ichiro, Wells being paid ?2M by Yankees, Gardner ?last year of arbitration, and Ichiro 6.5M
    Will Austin or Heathcott move rapidly from AA to secure a starting spot in 2014?..

    YT; Both of these guys have the talent to move up quickly the questions are how soon can they adjust to hit the more big-league ready minor league pitchers consistently, and can they stay healthy enough for an entire AA/AAA season. Both of these guys can do it but if I were the GM I would pencil one of them getting their feet wet in 2014 with the big club and the other guy in working on his game in AA OR AAA depending on their success in AA in 2013.

  19. Tar March 30th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    YT

    That’s a good article. I would say I agree. I do like the concept of a veteran team being the underdog.

  20. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Daric Barton was DFA’d by the A’s yesterday – I would try to pick him up. He’s better offensively and nearly as good defensively as Overbay and he’s a whole lot younger so there’s some upside there.

    Maybe just an Aardsma for Barton deal.

    I still think the Yankees would like to swipe Carlos Pena from Houston.

  21. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 8:21 am
    So far, I believe this is the Yankees opening day bullpen.

    Rivera
    Robertson
    Chamberlain
    Logan
    Kelley

    Has Cashman/Girardi chosen the other two? Who will be on it? Who do you think deserves a spot from what you saw of them thru ST?

    Deserving a spot-Nuno, and Claiborne
    Will get the 2 spots-Warren and Eppley because they are already on 40 man roster.

  22. joeman March 30th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    chance of a shower Monday afternoon with temps in the low 50′s

  23. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Trader -

    I agree with you 100%

    Claiborne and Nuno deserve to go north but won’t. Though with Hughes and Rapada not expected to miss much time I guess it makes more sense to take Eppley and Warren and just option them down rather than clear two spots off the 40 for guys who will only be up for a week.

  24. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    As an aside – given the length and worth of the deal handed out to Posey (less Verlander because comparing pitchers to position players is hard) but I think our dreams of seeing Cano sign for something in the 5 year $20m/year range is out the window – not that it was ever in the window

  25. Against All Odds March 30th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Sorry to hear about what happened to your car Trish. Someone keying your car is completely unnecessary.

  26. Jackson March 30th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Trisha, 87.

  27. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Tar-

    I believe it calls for a high of 57 today in NYC.

    In my NCAA pool entries I went with some underdogs. Help me out here, since some of my picks like Miami, Pitt, Georgetown and Butler are out.

    I have Duke playing in the finals. Do they have a chance to beat Louisville and then possibly Ohio State to get there?

    Florida vs Michigan? Marquette vs Syracuse? If Duke gets to the finals who would they likely face?

  28. Madrugador March 30th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    A lot of older players who are more prone to injury, a lot of cast offs, a few young inexperienced players and not enough good players in their prime. I’d love to see 90 wins this year but I have to think somewhere in the eighties is more realistic. 83 would be respectable for me. Will fans still attend the games? Will the team be as profitable? We will see.

  29. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    How odd will it be to hear Yoooooooooook at Yankee Stadium?

  30. Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Joeman-

    If the game is rained out Monday , Tuesday, an off day calls for a high of around 45. Good day fro both Joba and a 97mph fastball in on the hands and Rivera with his cutter to close out a win if they play Tuesday. If not Wednesday calls for the same cold temps.

  31. Tidrow March 30th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I wonder if it will take until about 10 games left in the season b4 a rookie gets an at bat. Why is it so hard 4 rookies to get a little taste of the big leagues in this organization? It isn’t like every position is stacked with all stars.

  32. bardos March 30th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    IMHO, if it were *almost* any other team, Melky Mesa would be on the 25 man roster for opening day. Other teams will generally accept a sub-par freshman season from a rookie.

    Melky hitting .240 with a .300 OBP, for example would be acceptable. It is “on the job training”, the only real training that counts. In almost all cases, (Bryce Harper excepted) you learn to hit major league pitching by hitting major league pitching.

    An investment towards a sophomore year. It appears the Yankee brass is not amenable to this type of player development. It’s sad to me because, lacking a super-star, rookies are some of the most interesting folks to watch.

  33. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Am I missing something or do we still need another spot on the 40?

    By my count they removed Aardsma and Demel but added Nix, Overbay and Francisco.

  34. Russell Munson March 30th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    “Am I missing something or do we still need another spot on the 40?”

    As Chad says in this very post:

    “They also have to open a 40-man spot for Overbay, which presents an interesting decision.”

  35. blake March 30th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Cut Eppley to add the last guy

  36. Chip March 30th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Blake -

    I would like to think that’s the move, but I can’t see the Yankees having an 11 man pitching staff.

  37. RadioKev March 30th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    yankee21 March 30th, 2013 at 9:21 am
    Question. Mesa managed to stay up with the team almost the entirety of spring training. Do you think he got an extended look in anticipation of not having Granderson next season?
    ———–

    I think he got a look for fourth outfielder purposes. He could still get a call up this season.

  38. blake March 30th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Blake -

    I would like to think that’s the move, but I can’t see the Yankees having an 11 man pitching staff.

    Sabathia, Hiro, Andy, Nova, Phelps, Mo, Robertson, Joba, Logan , Kelly, maybe Warren….not sure about the last spot

  39. UpState March 30th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    The Sox have to decide when to have Bradley’s jersey retirement ceremony.
    ————————————————————–

    …as we ponder Musty’s day.

  40. jmv March 30th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Good morning, all

    I don’t see the point on Eppley

    Liked Nuno as a starter in AAA, that would keep him stretched, at least as long man, if Nova melts down (hope not) and Phelps moves to SP. I think that a good Nova’s performance could add at least 5 extra wins this year

    Trisha, how are you? Am I on time to predict 92 wins?

  41. astrocityfan March 30th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    YT
    Duke beat Louisville 76-71 this past Nov. Hard to say what will happen though. This is the first time K and Pitino have met in the tournament since the classic Laettner game back in 92. Should be a fun one to watch

  42. Mike_Boston March 30th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Tricia, my advice to you is removing your Yankee gear from your car. While its a shame that you can’t display its glory in enemy territory there are too many idiots that take pleasure in defacing property. I learned a long time ago to only show it in my car while in tri state are or out of southern new e
    Gland.

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock March 30th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Part of me thinks both he and Z. Almonte got reasonably good looks but were both found wanting and with the extra cash availed from the WBC due to TEX’ injury, money was found to get external OF reinforcements (Boesch and Wells) because the internal options Mesa and Almonte were not-ready.
    ///

    They seemingly have the opposite problem. Mesa can’t hit for average, Zoilo has a promising bat can’t field well enough yet, and his problems with his fielding are more judgement issues than lack of athleticism.

    Zoilo’s bat I have hope for, Mesa is still waiting for Godot.

    If Mesa could add a better bat to go with his plus defense and plus power, he would have already been on the ML team by now, a sort of Adam Jones type.

  44. Carlo March 30th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Blake / Tar – just let me know when you are ready to acknowledge the Big Easts representation in the elite 8 and soon to be Atlanta.

  45. Carlo March 30th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Astro – dieng didn’t play in that November game. Duke is in trouble tomorrow.

  46. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    They seemingly have the opposite problem. Mesa can’t hit for average, Zoilo has a promising bat can’t field well enough yet, and his problems with his fielding are more judgement issues than lack of athleticism.
    __

    I went through a pro-defense period a few years back, at least to the extent that I thought it was undervalued, but the way the Yankees have been run in recent years has made me more of an offense-first type than ever.

  47. jacksquat March 30th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Looks like maybe the Yankees weren’t so stupid with David Adams after all.

    Chad, could you maybe find out if anyone did make a claim and it was rejected, or he went unclaimed?

    It would not surprise me much if he went unclaimed. Everyone can overvalue their own prospects sometimes, and there are factors that can make other teams wary. Adams can hit for decent average and obp, but he is 26, has never played above AA, has had injury problems, doesn’t have much power, and his defense is not upper echelon.

  48. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    “Looks like maybe the Yankees weren’t so stupid with David Adams after all.”

    And if you read the thread with the original report yesterday, some of the more sober people about Cashman’s record gave him credit. That’s how it should be: credit for what you get right; criticism for what you get wrong.

  49. Bronx Jeers March 30th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    @LoHudYankees: Yankees scattered through the West Point mess hall. Youkilis and Joba sharing a table. Burying the hatchet, or separated by the military?

    ————-

    Photo please.

  50. jacksquat March 30th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Rich in NJ March 30th, 2013 at 11:55 am
    “Looks like maybe the Yankees weren’t so stupid with David Adams after all.”

    And if you read the thread with the original report yesterday, some of the more sober people about Cashman’s record gave him credit. That’s how it should be: credit for what you get right; criticism for what you get wrong.

    “Sober” is a matter of opinion.

  51. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    They could both be on the same team next year too.

  52. astrocityfan March 30th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Maybe Youk can convince Joba to shave that God-awful mustache

  53. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    “Sober” is a matter of opinion.
    _

    Do you prefer “fair and balanced”?

  54. joeman March 30th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Yankee Trader March 30th, 2013 at 9:59 am
    Joeman-

    If the game is rained out Monday , Tuesday, an off day calls for a high of around 45. Good day fro both Joba and a 97mph fastball in on the hands and Rivera with his cutter to close out a win if they play Tuesday. If not Wednesday calls for the same cold temps.

    —————————–
    looked at the long range temp maps for the next month & it’s going to stay cool throughout the time period, might get a few of warm days but thats about it…not like last year

  55. UnKnown March 30th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    My prediction of 97 is looking pretty ambitious at this point. When I made it we had everyone but Arod in the lineup and Phil wasn’t on the DL. I thought of racheting down to 95, but I’m counting on the veterans from afar to pull us through.

    ———–

    So, if you’re wrong (I hope you’re completely right by the way) what will be the excuse this time: Umps, Weather, Karma, Injuries, or maybe too much Pine Tar? Or just the general “sometimes life just happens no matter how much you try to control it” favorite. Followed by “We should all just be thankful that we even get to cheer for the Yankees.” Personally I am hedging my bets on the last two as the odds on favorite.

    We all know you won’t “step up to the plate” and actually admit that you had no clue what you were talking about.

  56. CompassRosy March 30th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Doreen says:
    March 30, 2013 at 9:30 am
    Trisha I do still have a fondness for the Pirates and hope one day they do manage to have a full strong season. They’ve been inching that way, so we’ll see.

    The Nationals are no longer the little engine that could, are they?

    ~ ~ ~ ~

    Although the Nats did lose one of their locomotives ;)

    Hey, Doreen ~
    How is the Tiguan?? I’m still driving my old Acura but planning to go car shopping within the next year and the Tiguan is still on my list!

    *******
    Sis ~
    Speaking if cars, sorry about what happened to yours. You should put an M’s logo on it and the the Six fans would likely leave you alone … Heck, they might even take pity on you and leave you flowers or something ;)

    Here’s to a time in the near future when the M’s are hated (for all the right reasons)

  57. CompassRosy March 30th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    *Sox

  58. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Sources told CBSSports.com that Alford has signed a seven-year deal worth $2.6 million per year. Alford recently inked a 10-year deal at New Mexico, and the buyout will be paid by UCLA.

  59. UnKnown March 30th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Just some awesome awesome photos coming over twitter from the Yankees visit at West Point. So impressed with the Yankees how they always do cool things like this a regularly basis.

    Looks like an amazing place.

  60. blake March 30th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    What exactly do college coaching contracts mean? The NCAA needs to make some rules

  61. Doreen March 30th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Rosy!

    I love my Tiguan. It’s average on gas consumption, and I’m driving it a lot more than I thought I was going to. But it drives wonderfully. I do a lot of highway driving and it is powerful and handles well. It’s the perfect size for me. I still have the convenience and flexibility of the hatchback, and I don’t feel overwhelmed by the interior size as I did in the MDX.

    I have it maintained at the VW dealership where I bought it and have no complaints there either.

    Good luck in your car search!

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock March 30th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Rich in NJ March 30th, 2013 at 11:47 am
    They seemingly have the opposite problem. Mesa can’t hit for average, Zoilo has a promising bat can’t field well enough yet, and his problems with his fielding are more judgement issues than lack of athleticism.
    __

    I went through a pro-defense period a few years back, at least to the extent that I thought it was undervalued, but the way the Yankees have been run in recent years has made me more of an offense-first type than ever.
    ///

    Awhile back, when we had aging Sheff in RF bending over to play a carom and not being able to straighten up, and Giambi throwing the ball into CF by the 2B, I longed for younger, more athletic players. I still do: ones who can also keep their bats in the hitting zone to minimize pitch recognition issues, etc.

    At this point, I am desperate for any upside youth at all. They need to find a place for Nunez to keep him in the lineup when DJ comes back (assuming latter can still be viable at SS).

  63. Don March 30th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Trisha, 86

  64. tucker March 30th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    As per the earlier question on who replaces Granderson in 2014, maybe they will go with this year’s outfield that will start the season. Gardner in CF, Ichiro in RF and Vernon Wells in LF. All will be under contract next year. This depends on health, of course. Ichiro is durable, but Gardner must prove he can play a full season. Let’s hope Wells injury last year is not a sign of things to come as he reaches his mid-30s.

    As per Adams, I was among those who criticized the move and will give the FO credit for getting him back. I thought it was an unnecessary risk. Thought one of the relievers would go first. Obviously we never will know what type of behind-the-scenes negotiations took place. Adams may have felt some sense of loyalty or had a handshake agreement with the org. But from his perspective, would you not want to choose the shortest path to the bigs? I think the motivation to get to the bigs would trump any loyalty to any particular organization. In the end, perhaps other teams viewed him as a defensive liability given his ankle injury or a 2b playing a corner infield position because of his lack of mobility … I like his bat a lot — sort of reminds me of Michael Young the way he hits oppo. Of course, that is a generous comparison …

    So, credit to Cashman and the FO. Thought it was an unnecessary risk, but it worked out in the end.


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