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Phelps still looking to define himself

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 02, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

David Phelps

Before David Phelps took the ball last night, Joe Girardi called it a “good opportunity” for the second-year pitcher. Ivan Nova had landed on the disabled list, a spot in the rotation had opened, and Phelps was given a chance to make his case as a starting pitcher.

“It’s one of the reasons I’m really frustrated with today,” Phelps said his no-decision. “Because I felt like I could have just really grabbed the reins and taken care of things. But it’s baseball. Stuff happens, and you’ve just got to do better next time.”

Phelps wasn’t bad last night. In fact, when Chris Stewart was asked what went wrong, Stewart didn’t hesitate before saying, “nothing.”

“He threw well,” Stewart said. “Just kind of bad luck. He hit a couple guys, but other than that, he made his pitches, and the ball found its way through the hole or squeaked over our heads. There’s nothing you can do with that. It’s the unfortunate part of baseball sometimes, it happens. He put his game face back on, went out for the next inning, and threw well again. He didn’t really let it get to him. He knew it was a tie game and we were probably going to score a couple more runs for him.”

Girardi said more or less the same thing, focusing on the fact the Astros didn’t make a lot of hard contact against Phelps. Of course, it’s hard to ignore the fact that — hard contact or not — Phelps lost a four-run lead against the worst team in the American League.

“The (four-run) fourth inning killed all the momentum we built up,” Phelps said. “I’ve got to do better than that. … I was pretty upset. It’s in a situation where I could have gotten out of the inning there. If I make a pitch, let them roll over, we get a double play or get a quick out. Hitting somebody with the bases loaded is just as bad as walking them. It shouldn’t happen.”

I’m not sure the Yankees really know what exactly they have in Phelps. They’ve seen enough to know they want to see more, and there’s certainly reason to think Phelps could emerge as a legitimate rotation option going forward, but circumstance has kind of left him in between. Phelps seems certain to get at least one more start, and eventually he’ll define himself one way or the other. But even after a blown lead last night, there’s still a lot to like about him.

“He’s been around,” Stewart said. “Obviously playing in New York, it’s not like playing anywhere else. He was here last year, he’d been through the same kind of experience, he knew how to settle himself down and get back to where he needed to be.”

Don’t forget, I’m chatting today at 2 p.m. Stop by if you can! Even if it means blowing off work for a little while. Your boss will understand. There’s a new backup infielder to discuss! These things are important!

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91 Responses to “Phelps still looking to define himself”

  1. 86w183 May 2nd, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I’m starting to think Phelps is a 6th starter who will be a long man most of the time. Yes, he had some bad luck and it would be nice if Nix and/or Nunez had made a difficult play to bail him out, but the hit batters were inexcusable.

    I’ve always liked the guy’s stuff and make up, but it’s getting harder and harder to lobby for him as a major piece of a less expensive 2014 rotation.

  2. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    @mlbtraderumors: Padres Preparing Franchise Record Offer For Headley http://t.co/EUz5ypKGXy #mlb

  3. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t think the yanks see phelps as a future rotation piece

  4. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    RAB has a poll asking which injured player is missed most. A-Rod is 4th. I guess you can ask, which A-Rod, but a healthy A-Rod is missed as much as Jeter, if facts matter.

    “I don’t think the yanks see phelps as a future rotation piece”

    I agree. So they better be willing to spend because if they aren’t, he is.

  5. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    He’s not 3rd. Apparently, this blog is very well-read. ;)

  6. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    “I agree. So they better be willing to spend because if they aren’t, he is.”

    Id like to see a very similar rotation in 2014 as this year plus Pineda…..however that all depends on them paying Hughes and Kuroda and Andy wanting to pitch. If they could get one more year out of those two then perhaps the J Rams and Depaulas and Banueloses will be close in 2015

  7. bruceb May 2nd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Phelps comes across in his interviews as the boy next door. He’s a good talker – thoughtful – but appears to be very laid back. Don’t know whether that’s true or not. He looks very determined on the mound, but does he have a nasty streak in him (like most of the greats do)? Andy P is a nice guy too but he leaves you in no doubt at all that he still hates losing.

  8. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    “He’s a good talker – thoughtful ”

    He went to Notre Dame, which is a pretty good school.

  9. pat May 2nd, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    RiverAveBlues
    Campos confirms he suffered an elbow fracture in 2012 http://rab.me/18fpP3l

  10. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Beats a soft tissue injury, right?

  11. 86w183 May 2nd, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Fractures are always better than ligament tears….. healing/re-hab much more predictable.

    Dunno what the Yanks think about Phelps long term, but someone better ermerge. I don’t think Andy has another year in him and who knows about Kuroda? Hughes is probably looking at four years and $ 50 M if he keeps pitching like he has the last three times out.

  12. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    @RiverAveBlues: Campos confirms he suffered an elbow fracture in 2012 http://t.co/d2tyFh6r0y

    Actually makes me feel a little better knowing there was a known cause

  13. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    4/50 for Hughes would be reasonable Id Id probably sign him for that

  14. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    It’s probably a bit of an over pay but he would be entering his prime age and he’s a known quantity in NY…..the budget question looms though….if they are getting under the cap then they have to let Hughes walk….. If not then sign him

  15. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    12.5 million a year for Hughes, sign me up. A low 3 ERA in YS in the recent past, rarely walks anyone, his 92 mph average I believe was in the top 4 of the pending FA, he is 26 for another month, he has pitched in NY already, I am good with that :)

  16. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I think Cashman will push to keep Hughes….it’ll come down to Hals budget whether he is retained or not

  17. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    This is where a pitching coach like Mike Marshall would be valuable (iow, someone who understands kinesiology). It seems reasonable that a person with that kind of input could help prevent injuries at least to some pitchers.

  18. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    “I think Cashman will push to keep Hughes….it’ll come down to Hals budget whether he is retained or not”

    I agree. At this point, he is the one guy who offers him a chance to say that he can develop starters.

    It’s hard to believe that Hughes wouldn’t be cheaper now than in Oct/Nov, and that super smart businessman Hal should recognize that.

  19. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I think Phelps is under rated.

    If you check last year’s stats you’ll see he pitched quite well for a 1st year Man in his 11 starts.

    I think he needs to be given a fair shot to see what he really can do.

    More than just an ocassional spot start.

    I agree w Blake and some of the others. I’m not sure the Yankees see him as all that much.

    IMO that’s a mistake.

    He looks to me to be at least a #4. Possibly more.

    With the potential of Hughes departing, Nova’s inconsistency, the potential retirment of AP and Kuroda, and the uncertainty of Pineda you think they wouldn’t discount Phelps so much.

    Oh well.

  20. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    It’s interesting to me why nobody seems to listen to Marshall or try his methods with the number of injuries in the game….. Clearly what teams are doing isnt really working all that well.

  21. 86w183 May 2nd, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Assuming either Kuroda or Pettitte (maybe both) don’t pitch for NYY in 2014, signing Hughes makes the most sense.

    Even if they are gunning for $ 189, there are other places to cut. Basically they have to drop about $ 50 M in current salary. Youkilis + Rivera + Granderson + Cano + Pettitte + Kuroda + Logan + Hafner + Champberlain = $ 86 M.

    A $ 5-6 M per year raise for Hughes doesn’t preclude keeping Cano, but might eliminate most/all of the others from 2014 consideration.

  22. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    MTU,

    I like Phelps too but I think he’s a back end guy in the AL east…..no shame in that. If they don’t see him as a future rotation piece then they should him to somebody who does

  23. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    btw, I’m liking the Cashman who is unhappy about the apparent screw up with the handling of Youkilis.

  24. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....more-pride

    Sorry Cliff, you and your wife made your bed, now you have to sleep in it

  25. Tackelberry May 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    @RiverAveBlues: Campos confirms he suffered an elbow fracture in 2012 http://t.co/d2tyFh6r0y

    Cabral sufferdd the same injury yet he is still rehabbing. His must have been alot more serious

  26. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    May 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    Beats a soft tissue injury, right?

    Absolutely….bones heal

  27. Patrick May 2nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I don’t think Phelps has much of a future as a starting pitcher but he’s probably better than Nova at this point. And Phelps has pitched well enough to get an opportunity to start, he might surprise us. Also as Jerkface so often points out, if Phelps DOES end up having the ability to be a consistent starter he needs to get innings this year.

  28. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Carly says:
    May 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_…..more-pride

    Sorry Cliff, you and your wife made your bed, now you have to sleep in it

    Good thing he signed with those young upstart phillies instead of the old Yankees …..lol

  29. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Just from what I’ve seen…..Id leave Phelps in the rotation and send Nova to AAA to work on his delivery when he’s ready……then if Phelps stumbles you consider Wang or Nova again if he’s pitching better……an ultimately you’re hoping Pineda steals that role around August

  30. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Lee’s remaining contract: 13:$25M, 14:$25M, 15:$25M, 16:$27.5M club option ($12.5M buyout)

    No thanks.

  31. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    This is of course if everyone is healthy…..which is unlikely as pitchers get hurt

  32. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    86w183 May 2nd, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Assuming either Kuroda or Pettitte (maybe both) don’t pitch for NYY in 2014, signing Hughes makes the most sense.

    —————–

    The thing is, they’re not gonna know what the other two want to do until after the season is over. It puts them in a bit of a precarious spot, since Hughes could likely be had for less at this juncture (as many have already said).

    If the budget is really not gonna work, then I’d go ahead and extend Hughes and if the other two want to stay on board, that’s just a bonus. But I’m not sure this team is interested in a $60+ million rotation, which is about what it would look like.

  33. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Blake-

    That would work for me too althought I think it would be a little foolish.

    But we both know they won’t do it.

    The Yankees are overly hung up on power arms IMO.

    Guys who know how to pitch and who have ex. command are given somewhat of a back seat.

    Not only that, Phelps arsenal is perfectly respectable. Great movement. Enough velo.

    What chance do you think Nuno has ? Maybe a little more because he’s left-handed.

    I think they are little blinded by the sexiness of velocity.

    Heck. just look at the top 3 guys in their own rotation. None of them is throwing overly hard right now.

    They are “pitching” and winning.

  34. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    btw, I’m liking the Cashman who is unhappy about the apparent screw up with the handling of Youkilis.

    ———————–

    I’m trying to decide if Cash wasn’t kept in the loop or if he was and they all just disagreed with him lol. Whatever is going on in the FO, they’ve made it pretty clear Cash isn’t wielding much power, if any at all.

  35. bigdan22 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Blake, I was just going to post something similar on Campos. I’m glad he didn’t have one of those forearm pre-TJS conditions. What some people don’t realize is bone bruises and fractures are really the same thing. Like strains and tears. It’s just a matter of degree. There are several types of fractures and a bone bruise is just a minor one. Which is why I said a couple weeks ago Musty will need at least a month to heal from his knee injury.

    On another note, always felt the Yanks dodged a bullet on Lee.

  36. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Blake-

    I’m totally on board w your 1:04 post.

    What do you think the odds are they do it ?

    ;)

  37. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Shame

    Did you read this?

    http://itsaboutthemoney.net/ar.....-screw-up/

    btw, the reason I like what Cashman said is that it seems like he is seeking accountability, and to me, that is the key to success.

  38. 86w183 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I’d trade A-Rod for Lee straight up !

  39. luis May 2nd, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Good afternoon guys,

    Bo,

    If you are still around… Good posts on Nunez… I agree with them

    You can’t judge Phelps on one single start…First he had a lot of bad luck last night…Then he has a little problem from the stretch that doesn’t help him, but with some work he will overcome… I don’ think he will ever be more than a number 4 SP, but that’s valuable too.

    About Montgomery,

    I am not that high on him either…Just saw him once in ST… Pedestrian FB with little movement and a good but not great slider… Maybe he just had an off day then, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he can’t cut it in the bigs.

  40. bigdan22 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Probably in the minority here, but I’ve felt for awhile that Nuno is the Yanks’ 4th best starter. Felt that in ST. On the other hand, I think Hughes was extremely impressive in his last start. Probably the first time I’ve seen hitters really deceived by his breaking pitch. You can tell by their swings. For so long, Hughes would get two strikes on a hitter and then throw his curve and hitters would just laugh at it. Now he actually has a weapon other than his fastball. He may actually be fun to watch pitch now!

  41. ac1 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Oh Cliff Lee! Remember when he chose Philly over NYC because he believed they were built to win then and for the future? HAHAHAHAHAHAH

  42. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    luis

    It may not be fair to Phelps (or Nova), but Wang has another opt-out at the end of the month. If he is pitching well, my guess is that he will exercise it if he isn’t called up, and that the Yankees will promote him to prevent that.

  43. 86w183 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Phelps would have had a better night and a win if Nix or Nunez makes a tough play that inning. The Yanks cannot turn hits into outs on that side of the infield.

  44. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Lee’s remaining contract: 13:$25M, 14:$25M, 15:$25M, 16:$27.5M club option ($12.5M buyout)

    No thanks.

    You forgot that Lee comes with his annoying wife :)

  45. ac1 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    A-Rod for Lee?
    Who wouldn’t do that?
    One less year, 3 million less per year and he still offers his team ‘something’.

  46. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Luis-

    I appear to be banging my head against the wall on Phelps.

    You are one of the few who seems to agree with me on his value/potential.

    Unfortunately, I doubt he’ll ever get the type of shot he would need to really show what might be capable of. He just isn’t sexy enough.

    ;)

  47. bigdan22 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Agree on Montgomery. Unless he adds mph to his fastball or has super command he will get whacked in the majors.

  48. mick May 2nd, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    It’s hard to believe that Hughes wouldn’t be cheaper now than in Oct/Nov, and that super smart businessman Hal should recognize that.
    =========================
    Rich-
    Hal has no intention of keeping Hughes when he can get a bargain basement pitcher from the dumpster or perhaps AAA.

  49. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Oh Cliff Lee! Remember when he chose Philly over NYC because he believed they were built to win then and for the future? HAHAHAHAHAHAH

    I think Cliff Lee goes to sleep sometimes and imagines if he had stayed in Texas and he was the one two punch with Yu Darvish, yikes!

  50. luis May 2nd, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    bigdan22 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    Probably in the minority here, but I’ve felt for awhile that Nuno is the Yanks’ 4th best starter. Felt that in ST. On the other hand, I think Hughes was extremely impressive in his last start. Probably the first time I’ve seen hitters really deceived by his breaking pitch. You can tell by their swings. For so long, Hughes would get two strikes on a hitter and then throw his curve and hitters would just laugh at it. Now he actually has a weapon other than his fastball. He may actually be fun to watch pitch now!

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

    His last three starts has been very good… In the last two he even didn’t allowed a homer… No W to show for them, but he is pitching extremely well

  51. JobaTipsHisCap May 2nd, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    He’s gonna be ok, no worry.

  52. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    A-Rod for Lee?
    Who wouldn’t do that?
    One less year, 3 million less per year and he still offers his team ‘something’.

    What if Philly said Howard for ARod?

  53. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    mick

    I guess it depends on the truth about the direction of the budget. We’ll know when the money is or isn’t committed.

  54. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Actually, Howard’s contract seems to run out earlier than ARod’s with a team option for 2017, so Philly would not do that

  55. JobaTipsHisCap May 2nd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Knicks is choking now, another 3-4?

  56. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    “What do you think the odds are they do it ?”

    Probably depends on how Phelps pitches while nova is out

  57. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    So, it is reaching a tipping point for Headley in SD. If he does not go for SD’s offer, I think the Padres trade him in June/July.

  58. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Carly says:
    May 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    So, it is reaching a tipping point for Headley in SD. If he does not go for SD’s offer, I think the Padres trade him in June/July.

    Me too

  59. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Knicks is choking now, another 3-4?

    And it just has to be against another Boston team :(

  60. jackamir May 2nd, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    17 -10 is a pace to win 102 games. I don’t think that’s close to how the Yanks will finish but its a better team than I expected.

  61. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I forgot what it is like not to have a game tonight (after so many months of the offseason). At least there is the chat in 30 minutes!

  62. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    The Phils gambled on the “dream rotation” and lost.

    I don’t think anyone would have predicted that Halladay would declined so quickly.

    They had a short window of opportunity and missed it.

    They’re an older team w a crappy farm.

    Not a good combo.

  63. luis May 2nd, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    luis

    It may not be fair to Phelps (or Nova), but Wang has another opt-out at the end of the month. If he is pitching well, my guess is that he will exercise it if he isn’t called up, and that the Yankees will promote him to prevent that.

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

    This taking place makes a lot of sense knowing how our FO operates

  64. mick May 2nd, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Phelps is the victim of his own versatility.
    You know there will be a time when they need some middle relief and he will go 3-5 innings between starts. I can see Nuno pitching in one of those games of the 5/13 twin bill.

    They are looking for a find like him or Phelps, may the best arm win.

  65. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Blake-

    He may only get 1 more start ?

    Guess it would have to be a no-no.

    :)

  66. fantasygame101 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Phepls is a 5th starter. Sometimes he is very good, sometimes very bad. Sometimes he throws more strikes and sometimes he can not find the strike zone. And if he makes it as a 5th starter then it is already a bonus for the Yankees bec. they thought warren was better than him.

  67. luis May 2nd, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    Luis-

    I appear to be banging my head against the wall on Phelps.

    You are one of the few who seems to agree with me on his value/potential.

    Unfortunately, I doubt he’ll ever get the type of shot he would need to really show what might be capable of. He just isn’t sexy enough.

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

    MTU

    Read Rich’s post about Wang… He is probably right… They like their vets

  68. ac1 May 2nd, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    A-Rod for Lee?
    Who wouldn’t do that?
    One less year, 3 million less per year and he still offers his team ‘something’.

    What if Philly said Howard for ARod?
    __________________________

    Same! Howard could DH.

  69. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    don’t think anyone would have predicted that Halladay would declined so quickly.

    They had a short window of opportunity and missed it.

    They’re an older team w a crappy farm.

    Totally agree on Halladay. That has shocked me. I thought he would have several seasons like Mussina’s 2008 in his hey day (and still might), but it is weird to see him going through this phase

    The Phils have Jesse Biddle, LHP, who is pretty dominant right now, but I do not think they have much after that

    They do appear to be closing in on a new tv deal, so revenue wise they will be able to keep their budget, they just have to wait for a lot of the dead weight contracts come off the books (sound familiar?)

  70. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    One of the things that is geenrally excellent about Phelps if you check his records is his command.

    You couldn’t see it last night but go and check his career records. MiLB and ML.

    His command is one of the things that defines him.

    And he is way better than just a 5th starter IMO.

    OK. Now I’m done !

    ;)

  71. mick May 2nd, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I appear to be banging my head against the wall on Phelps.
    =============================
    MTU
    Have always been a Phelps supporter but we may have learned something about him last time out.
    He has a temper. He seems to sulk when things don’t go his way.
    SSS but have seen traces of this before with him.
    He imploded.
    Likely he has had this problem a while and we haven’t seen it exposed much.
    This is something that might not be overcome rapidly as it has proly been part of his makeup a long time.
    Would like to see more of Nuno.

  72. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I have not watched or kept up with the A’s that much this season. What is everyone’s take on them in advance of the upcoming weekend series?

  73. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Luis-

    I do not dispute that they prefer a Vet in general.

    I just disagree with it as a hard and fast policy.

    They need to start integrating more of their youngsters. And giving them more of a chance to show what they can do beyond just a few cameo appearances in the deep end of the pool.

  74. pat May 2nd, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    VernonWells10: “Movin on up, to the East Side…”
    @toriihunter48 pic.twitter.com/xhBdpI0KL7”

    Joba_62
    Is that a deluxe apartment in the sky?? “

    VernonWells10 20m
    @Joba_62 @toriihunter48 Like George and Weezie!!

  75. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    George and Weezie!!

    May they both RIP (ahhhh my childhood)

  76. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Enjoy the chat.

    Got to run.

    Catch you all later.

    I was supposed be atop a mountain today but the weather wouldn’t cooperate.

    :(

  77. DONNYBROOK May 2nd, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Appreciate the new thread, but what SP with Phelp’s Limited MLB experience is NOT looking to define himself. This is the highest stage there is, and it takes experience, and making adjustments physically and mentally based on that experience, to maximize whatever potential a player has. Phelps has just begun his journey.

  78. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    @RobinsonCano: This is what I do on my day off http://t.co/nIoqBfE2Ry

  79. MTU May 2nd, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Mick-

    Sorry but I’ve got take off.

    I’d like to see more of Nuno as a SP too.

    I think Phelps can be a successful ML pitcher if given the right opportunity.

    Not just the yo-yo routine. It’s hard to stay sharp that way.

    I think he has excellent demeanor so maybe we disagree on that part.

  80. DONNYBROOK May 2nd, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    CoCo Crisp just going on the DL, certainly aids the Yankee cause. To this point, the A’s SP’s are not up to what they were last season, and their offense remains stagnant.

  81. mick May 2nd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Phelps will have t string a couple of good starts or he is back to the pen where he is more valuable than a 5th starter.
    Nuno is on their radar now.

  82. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    CoCo Crisp just going on the DL, certainly aids the Yankee cause. To this point, the A’s SP’s are not up to what they were last season, and their offense remains stagnant.

    Thanks. I saw where Cespedes is back from the DL. I looked at the stats of others and did not realize Reddick was off to his slow start. Lowrie seems to be fitting in just fine (he would look good in pinstripes right now)

  83. jacksquat May 2nd, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t think it’s a preference for vets, I think they will go with whichever pitcher(s) they think will help them win the most this year.

  84. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    @Rotoworld_BB: Headley will not talk extension during season http://t.co/zbUzwmcVxM

    If this is true then they probably have to trade him

  85. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    @jcrasnick: #Bluejays have placed Josh Johnson on DL with triceps inflammation. Ricky Romero will start vs. #mariners on May 3.

    That didnt take long

  86. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    @Rotoworld_BB: Headley will not talk extension during season http://t.co/zbUzwmcVxM

    If this is true then they probably have to trade him

    I am on board. I read where trade talks at least begin to happen after the draft, which is June 6&7 and so on. I am on board for Headley, if possible

  87. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Anyone but Sanchez is available, imo.

  88. Carly May 2nd, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    @jcrasnick: #Bluejays have placed Josh Johnson on DL with triceps inflammation. Ricky Romero will start vs. #mariners on May 3.

    The hated Red Sox lucked on two deals. The first was having the Dodgers buy into that fire sale last season, and then the non-trade with the Marlins as MLBtraderumors has a story that the Sox were in on the deal until the Marlins would not budge on Xander Boagerts

  89. jacksquat May 2nd, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Yanks would have to trade half the farm for Headley, and he has only 2013 and 2014 left before he is a free agent, I doubt that happens.

  90. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Headley would make a potentially major impact on the lineup and 3B defense ….if he’s available they should try to he him if the price isn’t ridiculous

  91. blake May 2nd, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    @RobinsonCano: Stick ball anyone? http://t.co/STIpEYHibx

    Willie mays style….nice

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