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Video: Early production from the new Yankees in the middle

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Alex Rodriguez needed yet another hip surgery, so the Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to play third base. Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez signed elsewhere, so the Yankees got Travis Hafner to provide some much-needed power. Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira were hurt in spring training, so the Yankees traded for Vernon Wells to play some outfield and provide a veteran bat.

It’s an all-new middle of the order, and so far Youkilis has a hit in every game, Hafner is tied for Yankees second-most RBI and Wells leads the team in slugging percentage.

“I think that’s why Cash brought us here,” Wells said. “Veteran guys, guys that have been through ups and downs and have seen the best and worst of this game, to be able to come here as a group and help each other, help this ballclub to be where we are right now. We couldn’t ask for more than that. We need to continue to be consistent with our approaches, continue to improve in different areas until we start getting bits and pieces of this puzzle back.”

The season is incredibly young, so it’s hard to draw any major conclusions, but for the time being, the new guys are more than holding down the fort. It’s perhaps the one thing that stands out most as the Yankees return home after back-to-back rainouts in Cleveland. The past few days have brought good news about Granderson, Teixeira and Derek Jeter — those three seem to be making progress — but the Yankees have had a viable and productive offense without them.

“You put this uniform on there’s something different about it,” Wells said. “I think it goes for guys on the other side who play (against) the Yankees. I’ve always felt there’s something different about this organization. From day one of being here, you look down and see an NY on your chest, its special, and guys relish the opportunity to put this uniform on and hopefully experience what this organization is accustomed to experiencing, and that’s winning.”

Even if you fully buy into the idea of a player being rejuvenated by the pinstripes, it’s certainly the kind of thing that’s hard to count on. The Yankees shouldn’t need this group to keep up quite this pace all season — at some point, the cavalry should arrive to carry the bulk of the burden — but if they can keep it up for a few more weeks, the Yankees just might weather the early storm.

“We need everybody back,” Wells said. “Whoever’s in that lineup, whoever’s called on that day is going to go out and contribute, and that’s the beauty of this team. A bunch of good guys, a bunch of guys who truly care about the pinstripes and not about each individual stat.”

Associated Press photo / video of Joe Girardi discussing the production from the new guys

 
 

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131 Responses to “Video: Early production from the new Yankees in the middle”

  1. MG April 12th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Regardless of his lack of production the past few seasons, Vernon Wells sure sounds (and so far, plays) like a guy who understands the game and who is a good guy to have on your team…

  2. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I’ll say this about Vernon.

    He definitely has the right attitude.

    ;)

  3. Shame Spencer April 12th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Mornin’ all.

    I’m over the rain outs. Let’s play ball today. My favorite part about last night was all the chatter about the Yankees getting ‘reinforcements’ if they have to make up two games against the Indians.

    Uhhh… folks… were these people watching the last two games we DID play? Not sure the Yankees needed reinforcements.

    Anyway, I know doubleheaders eff up the schedule but I love watching Yankees baseball ALL day so I can’t be too upset about it. I hope they announce what they’re doing soon, I hate when they wait to figure out how to/when to reschedule games.

  4. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Hopefully Wells can be even close to what he was just two years ago. Early on, that deal looks better than we all expected, especially since he will account for next to nothing toward the lux tax next year.

  5. Tackelberry April 12th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Looks like Slade had a breakout game last night. 3-5 with a single, double and triple. HIs triple leading off the 11th led to the winning run, whihc he scored on Ramon Flores sac fly. Austin is off to a rough start at Trenton, striking out an awful lot. He’ll figure out I have no doubt. Either way, I gotta get to Trenton this yearand see a game. This is an exciting team to watch

  6. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Trenton has the most exciting team i have seen since the Yankees started playing there. Hell im more excited about them than i am the Yankees….

  7. Bronx Jeers April 12th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Wells is a cool dude. He & Youk have essentially taken over the post-game comments responsibility.

    I’m no fan of Zack Grienke but its a bummer he injured himself in that scrum last night. That being said, if we’re keeping score of “who gets seriously injured” in the HBP department, the score is like 500 to 2 in favor of the pitchers.

  8. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    The Dodgers are not helping with official tweets making ‘threats’ against the Padres.

  9. Shame Spencer April 12th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    That being said, if we’re keeping score of “who gets seriously injured” in the HBP department, the score is like 500 to 2 in favor of the pitchers.

    —————-

    Yeah, I tend to agree.

  10. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Nolan Ryan was a double threat.

  11. Shame Spencer April 12th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Wells in a vacuum isn’t bad. He is a professional, was once a prolific bat, and just knows the game. There’s a ton of value in that.

    The issue in terms of the criticisms on here as it pertains to Wells, and even guys like Youk, is that in total this team allocated $26 million to them this season. I just feel like this is something that’s going to have to keep being reiterated. But yeah, if Wells can keep hitting and you have your DH next year for $2.4 million or whatever it is, that could work out pretty well for us.

  12. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    How long will Greinke be out ?

    He’s lucky it was not his Pitching arm.

    Imagine how weak his arm would have become if he had to completely immobilize it for 6-8 weeks ?

  13. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    The dodgers are a supremely talented team with Billingsley and Greinke healthy, they are still good enough to vie for a playoff spot without the immediate contributions of those two. That7 deep starting rotation is down to 5. Kershaw is a a no brainer, I like Ryu’s stuff. after that, they basically have to slug it out.

  14. RadioKev April 12th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I mean, Bronx Jeers, I get that hitters get hurt by these pitches, but it’s just a part of the game. Pitchers get hurt throwing pitches. Players get hurt.

    Getting hurt in a brawl is another thing. I think the Dodgers do have a right to be very POed about this.

  15. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    AJP made all the sense in the world for the Yanks at 7 mil for 13, I am still miffed why he is not on the Yanks. but then again, so does Jaso. It’s encouraging to see Wells having some bat speed but it is also early, Yanks need their regulars back to cushion the daily blows to some fragile pieces that is playing everyday now.

  16. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    The Dodgers losing Greinke would similar to us losing Hiroki or AP.

    That kind of production is not easy to replace.

    It’s relatively easy to replace a # 4/5 starter not a # 2.

    Bad break ( no pun intended).

  17. Shame Spencer April 12th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    The Dodgers can be mad, sure.. but they can’t get MLB to make someone sit for as long as their player is injured.

  18. RadioKev April 12th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 9:36 am
    AJP made all the sense in the world for the Yanks at 7 mil for 13, I am still miffed why he is not on the Yanks. but then again, so does Jaso. It’s encouraging to see Wells having some bat speed but it is also early, Yanks need their regulars back to cushion the daily blows to some fragile pieces that is playing everyday now.
    ———-

    AJP also took a HBP like a champ against the Astros. The Astros pitcher was ticked off as Pierzynski very clearly stuck his elbow out. That guy…

  19. Rich in NJ April 12th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    The issue in terms of the criticisms on here as it pertains to Wells, and even guys like Youk, is that in total this team allocated $26 million to them this season
    -

    Whereas Cespedes got $36m overall. It is just not a great way to construct a roster.

  20. pat April 12th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Wile E Selig’s latest contraption from the Acme Corporation has arrived. Beep Beep……………

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04.....-case.html

  21. RMS April 12th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Getting hurt in a brawl is another thing. I think the Dodgers do have a right to be very POed about this.

    ———————————————————————————————————
    Donnie Baseball was really ticked off at Quentin. Said he doesn’t know baseball and he will get maybe 3 days while his pitcher is gone for weeks.

  22. RadioKev April 12th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Shame Spencer April 12th, 2013 at 9:37 am
    The Dodgers can be mad, sure.. but they can’t get MLB to make someone sit for as long as their player is injured.
    ————–

    Yeah, I think Mattingly knows that’s far fetched. He was just venting.

  23. Shame Spencer April 12th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Rich in NJ April 12th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    The issue in terms of the criticisms on here as it pertains to Wells, and even guys like Youk, is that in total this team allocated $26 million to them this season
    -

    Whereas Cespedes got $36m overall. It is just not a great way to construct a roster.

    ———–

    Right. I just think it’s important people understand the context of the criticisms. It isn’t just a matter of whining about not wanting this guy or that guy.. it’s a reductive approach to a fair argument.

  24. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    kev, AJP reminds me of a baseball version of Bill Lambeer. He believes in ‘combat’ baseball. He is fairly talented baseball player who does everything he can to win, sometimes, barely within the rules of the game.

  25. Triple Short of a Cycle April 12th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    The dodgers are a supremely talented team with Billingsley and Greinke healthy, they are still good enough to vie for a playoff spot without the immediate contributions of those two

    ———————————————

    Billingsley is very over rated

  26. Triple Short of a Cycle April 12th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I could be wrong but wasn’t this the third time Quentin got hit and after Grienke hit him he started talking smack. I don’t feel bad one bit for him

  27. randy l. April 12th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    sabbathia, kuroda, and pettitte would not walk towards a hitter in a challenging way after accidentally hitting him.

    they are pitching and don’t have a broken collarbone.

    what a coincidence :)

  28. RadioKev April 12th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Rich in NJ April 12th, 2013 at 9:38 am
    The issue in terms of the criticisms on here as it pertains to Wells, and even guys like Youk, is that in total this team allocated $26 million to them this season
    -

    Whereas Cespedes got $36m overall. It is just not a great way to construct a roster.
    —————-

    It’s true. Their handling of the $189m budget has been poor. They’ve been indecisive, risk adverse but also stability adverse, a willingness to spend tons of money but on lesser players, definitely.

    But hey, it could still work this season. That’s the thing. Many folks on here were up in arms about Wells before he was given a shot. A collective groan about Youkilis. Indifference about Hafner.

    But it could still prove effective. I think it’s very much an ownership vs Cashman situation, and I think many fans conflate the two. If those three pull through and have good seasons, that’s a huge win for Cashman.

  29. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Triple, I think he is fine as No 3 starter, Billingsley that is. I have no idea what the dodgers rates him as or anyone else.

  30. RadioKev April 12th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle April 12th, 2013 at 9:45 am
    I could be wrong but wasn’t this the third time Quentin got hit and after Grienke hit him he started talking smack. I don’t feel bad one bit for him
    ———–

    Quentin gets hit a lot. It’s not just Greinke.

  31. Triple Short of a Cycle April 12th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    So how is ESPN’s and Mike Francessa’s wet dream Jackie Bradley doing?

    I remember a bunch of years back when the Yanks got swept by the Sox and some reliever I forgot his name pitched to 1 batter or maybe an inning and Mike was going nuts raving over him.

  32. jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Rich in NJ April 12th, 2013 at 9:38 am
    The issue in terms of the criticisms on here as it pertains to Wells, and even guys like Youk, is that in total this team allocated $26 million to them this season
    -

    Whereas Cespedes got $36m overall. It is just not a great way to construct a roster.

    Different situations and shouldn’t be mentioned together. Say they should have taken a chance on Cespedes, fine (although there was risk and lots of other teams that could afford him didn’t sign him either). Youk and Wells were responses to injuries, they weren’t long term roster planning.

  33. Bronx Jeers April 12th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    The Dodgers are not helping with official tweets making ‘threats’ against the Padres.

    ————-

    Telling a team to “stay classy” is not exactly a threat. Ironically, it’s quite classless though.

  34. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Randy-

    Greinke needs to work on his tackling.

    :)

  35. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Telling a team to “stay classy” is not exactly a threat. Ironically, it’s quite classless though.
    __

    Was more the SEE YOU ON MONDAY..

  36. Rich in NJ April 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    But it could still prove effective. I think it’s very much an ownership vs Cashman situation, and I think many fans conflate the two. If those three pull through and have good seasons, that’s a huge win for Cashman.
    -

    It could, but it would be more like winning the lottery than building a sound investment portfolio and I don’t want a GM whi thinks that is the way to reach a desired goal.

  37. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Jackie Bradley seems like he was rushed to the Majors. Bad move IMO.

    Melky Cabrera syndrome.

    Fine wines take time to develop. They should not be rushed.

  38. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    HAHAHAHA Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting a red hot .130, 7 K in 7 games and slugging .174 according to baseball reference. I guess the media blew JBJ a bit early no?

  39. Rich in NJ April 12th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Different situations and shouldn’t be mentioned together. Say they should have taken a chance on Cespedes, fine (although there was risk and lots of other teams that could afford him didn’t sign him either). Youk and Wells were responses to injuries, they weren’t long term roster planning.
    -

    Of course they should, because money is fungible, and the supply is not unconstrained.

    If they had signed Cespedes, then they would not have had to scramble for offense if those injuries occurred.

  40. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I actually think JBJ will be very good, but jesus could ESPN have slobbered this guy any more than they did? If we didnt know better we would have though this was Alex and Albert and Babe rolled into one.

  41. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Nava Grand-slammed in his 1st ML at bat.

    Immediately declared the 2nd coming.

    How’d that one turn out ?

    :)

  42. RadioKev April 12th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Rich in NJ April 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am
    But it could still prove effective. I think it’s very much an ownership vs Cashman situation, and I think many fans conflate the two. If those three pull through and have good seasons, that’s a huge win for Cashman.
    -

    It could, but it would be more like winning the lottery than building a sound investment portfolio and I don’t want a GM whi thinks that is the way to reach a desired goal.
    ———–

    Signing Cespedes was like winning the lottery too… there was clearly risk there.

    The Yankees were able to scout Youkilis, Hafner, and Wells against MLB competition. They had more information to work with. Wells looked good in spring training, Hafner has always been a good power hitter, and maybe the Yanks saw something still there with Youk.

    With Cespedes it was trickier. Say what you will about the decision and/or scouting, but let’s not gloss over that.

  43. Shame Spencer April 12th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    It could, but it would be more like winning the lottery than building a sound investment portfolio and I don’t want a GM whi thinks that is the way to reach a desired goal.

    ——————

    This. The fact that it isn’t ‘long term roster planning’ isn’t exactly something I’m ready to celebrate. In some cases, yeah, it’s great to have short term solutions. In others, not so much. Balance is key.

  44. MG April 12th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    one of the most amazing sports stories of all time, in my opinion, is the 14 year old kid from China shooting 1 over part at the Masters yesterday.

    I’ve been playing golf almost 50 years, have played with and seen some outstanding players in my day, but just can’t fathom that score on a course like Augusta National where the green speeds are normally beyond fast.

    Just unbelievable for a 14 year old to be able to play at that level under the glare of the spotlights…

  45. Triple Short of a Cycle April 12th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Has a guy ever been slobbered over more for 1 game when the guy didn’t even get a hit??

  46. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Nava Grand-slammed in his 1st ML at bat.
    __

    I dont remember Nava having quite the hype as Bradley.
    Definitely hard to ignore the spring number he put up, but beyond that, i mean really?
    Cannot even stomach an ESPN broadcast with the Red Sox playing.
    THey are actually way worse than NESN (the ACTUAL) hometown broadcast for the Sox.

  47. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    What risk was there for the Yankees w. guys like Cespedes, Chapman, etc. ?

    Bucks ?

    Sure.

    How much have that have they pissed away over the years on even more questionable items ?

    Now they have found religion ?

    They are a money-making machine. Those values were good ones IMO.

    Risk-averse now ?

    If you fall down you better get up.

    Those non-moves tell me they are selling.

    ;)

  48. Shame Spencer April 12th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    MTU – Seems like they’ve just been leaning towards taking a specialized kind of risk (reclamation projects).

  49. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I’m looking to see how the numbers of the Wells Boys stack up. That’s Vernon vs Casper. The Yankee FO found some loose change under the cushions, (TEX insurance $$$) and Immediately Jumped at acquiring Vernon Wells. Why the Yanks would help the Angels get out from under Any cash they owed Vernon, and relieve the glut the Angels had in their OF, which then allowed them to play Bourgeous more is a mystery. The Yankees are Now commited to Vernon for 2 seasons. They coulda had Casper for roughly $500G’s Max, AND only been commited to him for 1 season. I’m Not even gonna get into the cost\$$$ of Vernon The Part Timer, upon Grandy’s return.

  50. Mike Ri April 12th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    So how is ESPN?s and Mike Francessa?s wet dream Jackie Bradley doing?

    I remember a bunch of years back when the Yanks got swept by the Sox and some reliever I forgot his name pitched to 1 batter or maybe an inning and Mike was going nuts raving over him.

    —–
    I think it was Daniel Bard

  51. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Shame-

    These so-called rec projects aren’t exactly cheap, and they carry theiR own special type of risk.

    But yeah.

    ;)

  52. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    hitter wise, I thought money was spent prudently on Youk and Pronk this winter.

  53. Bronx Jeers April 12th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Was more the SEE YOU ON MONDAY..

    ———-

    Oh. I thought that was for the fans. Yeah I guess you could consider that a veiled threat.

  54. Benny Blanco April 12th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Mike Ri

    I believe it was Michael Bowden. Thats who mike was raving about.

  55. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Bard got a ton of hype too and years later he is now back in AA.

  56. Triple Short of a Cycle April 12th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I think it was worse then Bowden or Bard. Hunter Jones or someone like that. Guy wasn’t even a legit prospect

  57. austinmac April 12th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Kev,

    There is no doubt Cespedes was a risk. I believe they were and are tired of money spent not working out such as on Contreras, Igawa and the like. El Duque works great.

    I think the richest team should be the team most ready to take the risks. Of course, it is not my money. As a fan, I say go for it.

  58. jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Rich in NJ April 12th, 2013 at 9:58 am
    Different situations and shouldn’t be mentioned together. Say they should have taken a chance on Cespedes, fine (although there was risk and lots of other teams that could afford him didn’t sign him either). Youk and Wells were responses to injuries, they weren’t long term roster planning.
    -

    Of course they should, because money is fungible, and the supply is not unconstrained.

    If they had signed Cespedes, then they would not have had to scramble for offense if those injuries occurred.

    Yeah, they should sign all sorts of guys in advance just in case guys get their arm broken by a pitch, etc. This makes as much sense as you expecting the Yankees to have a bunch of major league ready minor leaguers in case something happens like half the lineup on the DL.

  59. austinmac April 12th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Heathcott has started hitting. Sanchez has been hitting well. Austin is in a major slump and Mason so-so thus far. This is a tough game. Most struggle at some point, hopefully to be better when they come out of it.

    The hourly weather forecast says rain will mostly end by 8:00 or so. Don’t make me have another night without baseball.

  60. Triple Short of a Cycle April 12th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    It was Hunter Jones and Bowden.

    He said The Sox have these flamethrowers in their bullpen like Hunter Jones and Bowden and the Yanks don’t. This was during the 2009 season

  61. austinmac April 12th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    JS,

    Cespedes would have been an important Yankee piece without injuries. Ichiro wouldn’t have returned. No one is suggesting that AAA be filled with major league capable players, but we do suggest money invested on potential high end players is prudent. That was particularly true with the international restrictions coming.

  62. Benny Blanco April 12th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Triple,

    Good job, I couldn’t think of the other reliever.

  63. RadioKev April 12th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Austinmac,

    There’s definitely a good argument for the Yankees continuing to take risks. They just have to be prepared for those risks to fail. Cespedes sure would be nice to have.

    I’ll just keep cheering out junkyard boys on ;)

  64. Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Having a player like Cespedes means that when injuries happen you dont have to rush because you’re missing power bats. With Ichiro and Gardner being the only outfielders it necessitated a move because they are both supporting players not middle order guys.

  65. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    randy l. April 12th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    sabbathia, kuroda, and pettitte would not walk towards a hitter in a challenging way after accidentally hitting him.

    they are pitching and don’t have a broken collarbone.

    what a coincidence :)
    ============

    You’re forgetting the time when Sabathia plunked Padilla a couple years back, he took a defiant step in Padilla’s direction, challenging him to come out to the mound. And it was thing of beauty:)

  66. RadioKev April 12th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 10:48 am
    Having a player like Cespedes means that when injuries happen you dont have to rush because you’re missing power bats. With Ichiro and Gardner being the only outfielders it necessitated a move because they are both supporting players not middle order guys.
    ———–

    Hell, still having Swisher would do the same.

  67. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Padilla is a greasy thug and deserves whatever he gets.

  68. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    You’d have to be an idiot to step to CC. The guy is 6’7 and 290 lbs.

  69. bruceb April 12th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Weather forecast bad for tonight until after midnight. If the game is rained out, I wonder whether would they consider playing Monday as it’s a mutual off-day? Orioles only have to travel to Tampa and the Yanks are home Tuesday.

  70. jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Austimac, I said you can argue that you would have liked to sign Cespedes in isolation (and hopefully you said this before he showed he was good in the majors), I just don’t think it’s relevant to the current situation. The Yankees got a lot of injuries and they scrambled for replacements, that’s it. So far the replacements are working alright, I would just enjoy it.

  71. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Grienke with his physique, acting like Ryback, is just plain Stupid. Where’s “The Shield” when ya need ‘em?

  72. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I’m looking to see how the numbers of the Wells Boys stack up. That’s Vernon vs Casper. The Yankee FO found some loose change under the cushions, (TEX insurance $$$) and Immediately Jumped at acquiring Vernon Wells. Why the Yanks would help the Angels get out from under Any cash they owed Vernon, and relieve the glut the Angels had in their OF, which then allowed them to play Bourgeous more is a mystery. The Yankees are Now commited to Vernon for 2 seasons. They coulda had Casper for roughly $500G’s Max, AND only been commited to him for 1 season. I’m Not even gonna get into the cost\$$$ of Vernon The Part Timer, upon Grandy’s return.
    ——————–

    I don’t see what’s mysterious about it: Wells>Francisco. When Grandy comes back, Francisco is gone. And the Yanks only took on a fraction of what was owed to Wells. At $20 miiliion per year, Wells is way over-priced, but at $7 million per year, Wells could wind up being a bargain. If Wells winds up OPSing over .800 for the Yanks this year, the Wells deal will wind up being the best trade Cashman made since he got Swisher for Betamit.

  73. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    MTU April 12th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Padilla is a greasy thug and deserves whatever he gets.
    ——–

    Yes, sadly Padilla didn’t actually go out to confront CC. I would have loved to have seen CC deck him.

  74. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    The Yankees have a long way to go to become a top flight development Team.

    They should not give up their financial edge after they reset the Tax.

    The Farm should only act as a supplement to a multi-faceted strategy IMO. That’s what I hope they do. Farm, trades, and purchases.

    The Yankees are not the Rays or the Twins. And IMO they shouldn’t try to copy them too much.

    They are not a small market Team. Never will be. And they shouldn’t act like too much of one.

    ;)

  75. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Have you looked at what the Yanks are paying Vernon this season, vs Casper at the league minimum? And all the “IFs” concerning Vernon are just that. My Major concern is that the Yanks will pass up numerous deals at the trade deadline, due to budgetary constraints\$189 Mill. The Knee Jerk $$$ expended on Vernon is gonna come back to haunt the Yanks come July 31.

  76. Doreen April 12th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Randy l -

    I don’t like headhunting and I don’t like charging the mound.

    In this one particular case, I do not think Greinke hit Quentin intentionally, given the game situation. And that’s really all I have to say. :)

    Also, I realize that it is entirely possible that if it was the Yankees involved in either situation, my reaction would be reflective of a more emotional attachment to the situation.

    And I have never been a hitter (except in neighborhood games when they “allowed” the girls to play because they were shorthanded, many years ago), so I do not know what it’s like to have a 90 mile per hour plus pitch come at my body, specifically above the waist. I can certainly see how being hit by a pitch in the upper regions would be really upsetting (to say the least).

    Quentin seems to have made getting HBP a part of his offensive repertoire, though. And Greinke pitches inside. Not a good mix.

  77. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Ghost-

    Actually, I would have preferred it was Tex. Like to see him break him in half.

    ;)

  78. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Have you looked at what the Yanks are paying Vernon this season, vs Casper at the league minimum? And all the “IFs” concerning Vernon are just that. My Major concern is that the Yanks will pass up numerous deals at the trade deadline, due to budgetary constraints\$189 Mill. The Knee Jerk $$$ expended on Vernon is gonna come back to haunt the Yanks come July 31.
    ___

    Who would the Yankees pick up at the break?
    And where would that person fit in?
    And what would we have to give up from our future to get that person?

    Yankees will get Grandy, Tex and Jeter back in May, and have Pineda and Wang sitting in AAA if needed. Even Alex if he comes back.

    There is just no room to fill more spots and while i disagreed with picking up trashed players, I also dont think it makes sense for the Yankees to give up until they can try to pick up someone in July.

  79. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    From what I heard during the game last night, Q and Greinke have a history dating back to their AL days.

  80. Russell Munson April 12th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    “I’m looking to see how the numbers of the Wells Boys stack up.”

    I thought you used your eyes, not numbers?

  81. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Have you looked at what the Yanks are paying Vernon this season, vs Casper at the league minimum? And all the “IFs” concerning Vernon are just that. My Major concern is that the Yanks will pass up numerous deals at the trade deadline, due to budgetary constraints\$189 Mill. The Knee Jerk $$$ expended on Vernon is gonna come back to haunt the Yanks come July 31.
    —————-

    I don’t think that it was kneejerk at all. First, it isn’t clear to me that the Yanks will need to add anybody at the trade deadline. Second, se didn’t have to give up any significant prospects to get him. Third, Wells is helping us right now. Three months from now might be too late to save the season. The Wells deal doesn’t seem very risky at all. Their exposure is capped at $14 million, and they got a player with tremendous upside potential. If it doesn’t work out, the Yanks can just cut him next year.

    It seems to me that your ifs are lot more iffy than my ifs.

  82. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I’ve always kinda liked Casper Wells. Could be the name Casper. I’ve also been partial to Wendy.

  83. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 12th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    “You put this uniform on there’s something different about it,” Wells said. “I think it goes for guys on the other side who play (against) the Yankees. I’ve always felt there’s something different about this organization. From day one of being here, you look down and see an NY on your chest, its special, and guys relish the opportunity to put this uniform on and hopefully experience what this organization is accustomed to experiencing, and that’s winning.”

    :)

    Aura and mystique, at your service.

    Hard not to love what we have going on.

    Have a great day y’all.

  84. Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    From what I heard during the game last night, Q and Greinke have a history dating back to their AL days.

    Dozens of pitchers have hit Quentin as many times as Greinke has. They didnt really have a history.

  85. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    EVERY team making a run at a Championship needs something come July. Also, I do Not make an “iffy” deal om my end, that Immediately improves my competition.

  86. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Is Quentin one of those guys that typically overreacts to getting hit?

    I’ll never forget that idiot Reggie Sanders making a spectacle of himself over Pedro hitting him with a pitch, even though Pedro had a perfect game going at the time.

  87. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 12th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    And as long as it lasts, I think it’s thrilling to see Wells, Youkilis and Hafner playing like the Wells, Youkilis, and Hafner that made people sit up and take note.

    This is what I hoped would happen, what I thought was possible, and I will celebrate it for every day we have it. In the least it’s keeping the Yankees afloat while the “real playas” rehab…

    And yes I admit it’s more of scary thought to me to have some of the rehabbers back than it is to have these guys in the lineup, the way they’ve been playing.

    Dat’s all.

  88. Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    A player that is both good and could help the Yankees in 2014 may be available at the deadline. Its not just about a need for this season.

  89. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’m sure the numbers nerds are looking into which Chuckers have hit Q, X number of times.

  90. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    A player that is both good and could help the Yankees in 2014 was available in March.

  91. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    A player that is both good and could help the Yankees in 2014 may be available at the deadline. Its not just about a need for this season.
    __

    In theory, but in reality the Yankees have really crippled themselves with some of the contracts they are tied to, which limits the movement and ability to pick up some stars at the deadline….

  92. Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    A player that is both good and could help the Yankees in 2014 was available in March.

    Its a shame we didn’t get him then.

  93. Carly April 12th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I had not heard this before, I thought it was just a blister for Jose Ramirez

    • Righthander Jose Ramirez impressed in big league exhibition games with his fastball velocity, but he had a touch of tightness in the throwing shoulder when he reported to the minor league complex. After a rest period, Ramirez resumed a regular program. (from baseball america)

    hope everything is okay, but always worry when I hear tightness

  94. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    The Yankees have limited themselves by 189.

    It’s a straightjacket. Can’t wait for it to disappear.

    ;)

  95. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    A player that is both good and could help the Yankees in 2014 was available in March.

    Its a shame we didn’t get him then.
    ===========================

    It appears that we did, your certitude to the contrary notwithstanding.

  96. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I see no way the Yankees actually hold to the 189, especially hearing now about how they won’t get the perks they believed they would….. They are going to lock up Cano, very little doubt in my mind (for 25M annually), no way tex waives his ntc, we are stuck with arod and Jeter is paid too. Doesn’t leave a lot of space to stick around 170-175, which is where they need to be to assure they dont go over with alex’s bonuses and other performance raises.

  97. Carly April 12th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Woke up today, turned on radio, two announcers talking about broken collar bone for a pitcher, thought, oh geez what Yankees now and how could this happen when they did not play last night, turns out Greinke, breathed a sigh of relief

  98. Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    It appears that we did, your certitude to the contrary notwithstanding.

    -

    lol you called vernon wells the good player. A guy who the angels were throwing away. No I meant like an actual good player, not someone who has been good for a week.

  99. MTU April 12th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    All I know is that I hope that the Yankees made the maximum effort to get JU.

    Even at that, it’s a damn shame we couldn’t land him.

    That one might sting for a long time. Guys like him simply don’t come on the market very often.

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. That kid is a STUD. Period.

    He’s gonna make that D-Backs owner look like the fool he is.

    ;)

  100. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I am over this ‘its only one week thing’.

    Newsflash: 4-4, leading in homeruns and runs scored.

    Yes it is just 8 games, but we could also be 0-8 and not leading the league in hr and runs.

    So yes this 8 game sample is POSITIVE news.

  101. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    It appears that we did, your certitude to the contrary notwithstanding.

    -

    lol you called vernon wells the good player. A guy who the angels were throwing away. No I meant like an actual good player, not someone who has been good for a week.
    =========

    Do you mean that we should be following the lead of the Angels who traded Napoli for Wells, absorbing his entire contract, and later singed a gimpy outfielder to a $123 million contract? Those Angels? Now, look who’s laughing :lol:

  102. Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Did I say that we should follow their lead? Nope. That said, the Yankees should follow the Angels lead if it means they trick someone into paying WAY more for their albatross contract in a trade than was necessary or speculated. Then they may be able to dump A-rod.

  103. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Do you mean that we should be following the lead of the Angels who traded Napoli for Wells, absorbing his entire contract, and later singed a gimpy outfielder to a $123 million contract? Those Angels? Now, look who’s laughing :lol:
    ___

    Also, Pujols is in year 2 of a 10 year deal and he can barely walk the bases. If he doesn’t hit a homerun, he clogs the bases. That team was supposed to dominate and as usual, the teams that look good on paper end up disappointing (same with Toronto this year).

  104. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Do you mean that we should be following the lead of the Angels who traded Napoli for Wells, absorbing his entire contract, and later singed a gimpy outfielder to a $123 million contract? Those Angels? Now, look who’s laughing :lol:
    ___

    Also, Pujols is in year 2 of a 10 year deal and he can barely walk the bases. If he doesn’t hit a homerun, he clogs the bases. That team was supposed to dominate and as usual, the teams that look good on paper end up disappointing (same with Toronto this year).
    =====

    lol! I forgot about the Pujols’ deal as well.

  105. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Did I say that we should follow their lead? Nope. That said, the Yankees should follow the Angels lead if it means they trick someone into paying WAY more for their albatross contract in a trade than was necessary or speculated. Then they may be able to dump A-rod.
    ___

    Except Wells is healthy and generally liked by people, plus is was a 2 year commitment.
    No one is getting tricked into taking on A-Rod, his two bad hips, his constant suspicion of steroids, his distraction, etc…

  106. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Jerkface April 12th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Did I say that we should follow their lead? Nope. That said, the Yankees should follow the Angels lead if it means they trick someone into paying WAY more for their albatross contract in a trade than was necessary or speculated. Then they may be able to dump A-rod.
    ===

    How do you know that the Angels tricked the Yankees with the Wells deal?

  107. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Anaheim is completing with us for worst contracts ever, and the one guy who deserves a contract is making 500K (Trout). Doing that to Trout this year will not be forgotten when the time comes to lock him up. Trout will be on the first flight to NYC (assuming the Yankees are ready to start paying players big contracts by then).

  108. Carly April 12th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Why not just be happy Wells is off to a good start? and hope it continues, instead of saying it is just one week and he will come crashing down to 2012 levels.

  109. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I wanna see another Bronx Zoo erupt, and have Sir Youk get into it with Prince A-Rod.

  110. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Why not just be happy Wells is off to a good start? and hope it continues, instead of saying it is just one week and he will come crashing down to 2012 levels.
    ___

    I am someone who did not want wells, boesch or francisco, but i believe that the chance of teams for wells will revive him and we will see something in between the last two years and what he used to be.

  111. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Anaheim is completing with us for worst contracts ever, and the one guy who deserves a contract is making 500K (Trout). Doing that to Trout this year will not be forgotten when the time comes to lock him up. Trout will be on the first flight to NYC (assuming the Yankees are ready to start paying players big contracts by then).

    ———
    In the Yankees defense, they are trying to get out from under all of these long-term deals. And the only really bad contract they have is A-Rod’s (even though it’s a doozy). While A-Rod’s contract was predictably awful, I can’t blame the Yanks for the Teixeira deal; nobody saw that one coming.

  112. Mike Ri April 12th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    ac1
    (Wells ) .. we will see something in between the last two years and what he used to be.

    —-
    I’d be happy with that

  113. ac1 April 12th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    In the Yankees defense, they are trying to get out from under all of these long-term deals. And the only really bad contract they have is A-Rod’s (even though it’s a doozy). While A-Rod’s contract was predictably awful, I can’t blame the Yanks for the Teixeira deal; nobody saw that one coming.
    __

    Agreed. I was on board with Tex’s contract too.
    I think he can be salvaged if he gets past his stubbornness.
    Also, i would like him to become a full time RH batter. HIs lefty swing is awful and Yankee Stadium is hurting him. By only hitting from the right he will be less tempted to swing for the porch and will probably get back to the .290-.300 hitter he used to be.

  114. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I wanna see another Bronx Zoo erupt, and have Sir Youk get into it with Prince A-Rod.
    ————

    Prince A-Rod? Who’s that?

  115. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I think he can be salvaged if he gets past his stubbornness.
    Also, i would like him to become a full time RH batter. HIs lefty swing is awful and Yankee Stadium is hurting him. By only hitting from the right he will be less tempted to swing for the porch and will probably get back to the .290-.300 hitter he used to be.

    ======

    I tend to agree that he can be salvaged once he gets over his stubborness. I’m kind of hoping that he learns something from Youk, Wells, and even Overbay, about taking what the pitcher gives you.

    The truth is that now that the Yanks have shed Swisher and Martin, they do have room on the lineup for a .250 BA power hitter. The Yanks’ problem over the last couple years is that they had too many guys like that.

  116. DONNYBROOK April 12th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Yahoo quoting the NY Times as to MLB is now paying for documents linking players to Biogenesis. Also, that at Least 1 player has Paid to have documents Destroyed that link him to Bio. That A-Rod contract remains in play.

  117. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    The truth is that now that the Yanks have shed Swisher and Martin, they do have room on the lineup for a .250 BA power hitter. The Yanks’ problem over the last couple years is that they had too many guys like that.
    ——
    I just don’t think he should bat cleanup vs RH pitchers when he comes back. unless he completely change his swing mechanic, I don’t see Tex will be able adjust any part of his pull swing. he is a mistake hitter as RH batter at this point. Sure, the Yanks could use a good defensive 1b with power from both side. But I would think of platooning him if there is better options avail to us.

  118. jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Seems kind of shady to be paying for documents…

  119. jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Right now I don’t see any signs of Teixeira getting past his stubborness. He seems to have the dumb jock mentality when it comes to his hitting.

  120. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Seems kind of shady to be paying for documents…
    —–

    Why?

  121. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I don’t necessary think Tex isstubborn. I just think he either is incapable of changing his swing at this stage of his career or he is in a comfort zone and feel little need to do so. No, I did not see this coming. Also, the assumption back in the days is if one toy is broken, the Yanks will get another one. Not the case lately.

  122. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Right now I don’t see any signs of Teixeira getting past his stubborness. He seems to have the dumb jock mentality when it comes to his hitting.
    ————

    Too be fair, he hasn’t played this year. I’m cautiously optimistic that a new dynamic could take hold. Teix wasn’t always so pull-happy. Back when the Yanks had Matsui, Damon, ad Cabrera, the offense was much more balanced and consistent.

  123. Cashmoney April 12th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This winter, Teixeira is accepting his new normal. After three seasons that for him would be considered down years, Teixeira is done tinkering with new ideas, done chasing a perpetual peak. If he is a .250 hitter, so be it. He is embracing his strengths—30-homer power, 90-walk patience, Gold Glove defense—and forgetting his weaknesses, on what he openly calls the backside of his career.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....28128.html

  124. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    That RBI single Overbay had last week, reminded quite a bit of some of the hits that O’neill would dunk into the shallow outfield in his last couple years. I don’t see why Teix can’t do that every now and again when we have men on base.

  125. jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    It just seems shady, I don’t know how to explain it in words. Usually documents obtained for an investigation are subpoenaed. This seems like back alley stuff.

  126. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    MLB doesn’t have subpoena power. As long as they aren’t paying for the documents to be manufactured, and the documents are authentic and can be corroborated, it doesn’t mattter if they are paying for them.

  127. jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Yes, Tex raised the white flag at age 30, sad.

  128. jacksquat April 12th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I know MLB doesn’t have subpoena power. So maybe they should back off.

    If you pay for the documents it makes them questionable imo. The person selling has motive. I suspect a defense attorney would be all over something like this. If they try to use those documents as a basis for handing out punishments, I think there is a good chance there will be some lawsuits.

  129. Mike Ri April 12th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    New Post –>

  130. Ghostwriter April 12th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    A person giving them away also has motives, and they aren’t necessarily altruistic. In either event the authenticity of the documents has to be corroborated.

  131. J. Alfred Prufrock April 12th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Windy night and a packed house in Trenton, although by the 11th inning the place was pretty well cleared out.

    Hadn’t seen Zach Nuding pitch since a lost day in Lakewood where he was all over the place, so it was interesting to get more familiar with him. He pitched pretty well, let down by the bullpen (Pinder blew his 5-1 lead).

    Gil Patterson, our new pitching guru was in the house, sat there hatless and gloveless, freezing. I could see his humongous WS ring on his finger, from the other end of the aisle (I imagine from ’77).

    Best looking hitter yesterday: Ramon Flores (followed by Medchill).

    Go THUNDER!


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