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What should the Yankees do about Nunez?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 12, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Today might bring some answers about Eduardo Nunez. Here are five options.

1. Nunez is surprisingly healthy
Can’t really expect this at this point, but I suppose there’s a chance that Nunez feels good today, manages to hit without any problems and proves he’ll be a viable option for Monday’s doubleheader. It’s probably the best-case scenario, and also probably the least likely.

2. Make the easy, cautious move
If it’s going to take more than a couple of days, might as well put Nunez on the disabled list, make him miss another week, and go ahead and call up Corban Joseph from Triple-A. He’s the only infielder on the 40-man roster, which means he’s the only player who can be called up without putting someone else on the 60-day or putting someone else on waivers.

3. Put an emphasis on the glove
If Nunez is going on the disabled list, would the Yankees really feel OK with Chris Nelson as their backup shortstop for another eight days or so? It might make more sense to go ahead and bring up Alberto Gonzalez, the newly acquired Triple-A shortstop who has big league experience all over the infield and isn’t a bad defensive player. Making room for him on the 40-man, though, might require putting Mark Teixeira on the 60-day disabled list, which would basically assure that Teixeira won’t return until June.   

4. Boesch pays the price
Let’s say Nunez is going to be back in three days. That’s too late for him to play in the doubleheader — when the Yankees badly need an infielder — but it might be too soon to make the DL worthwhile. Would it make sense to option Brennan Boesch to Triple-A and call up Joseph? Boesch doesn’t deserve the demotion, but he doesn’t really have a role either. Joseph could come up, give some infield depth for a few days and provide a left-handed bat just like Boesch. The Yankees would still have a backup outfielder in Ben Francisco and could use Jayson Nix out there in a pinch.

5. Go bold with Mustelier
Don’t want to DL Nunez. Don’t want to lose Boesch. Don’t want a guy like Joseph who primarily plays Robinson Cano’s position. Is it possible the Yankees could DFA Francisco and bring up Ronnier Mustelier to be a right-handed DH, backup outfielder and backup third baseman? Of course, the problem is that Mustelier has hardly hit since being activated in Triple-A.

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68 Responses to “What should the Yankees do about Nunez?”

  1. MTU May 12th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    1, 3, or 5 work for me.

    ;)

  2. MTU May 12th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    or # 6.

    Use Wells as the BU ss.

    He already proved he can play 3rd.

    :)

  3. Chip May 12th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    DL Nunez
    DFA Francisco

    Add Alberto Gonzales to the 40 and recall him and Zoilo Almonte, then on May 15 DFA Gonzo, put Adams on the 40 and call him up.

  4. yanksfan7788 May 12th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    What does Joba Think

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....18349.html

  5. Giuseppe Franco May 12th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    MG,

    I really don’t think this is a story inside the clubhouse.

    Sure, Girardi and Cashman are probably annoyed right now that it happened in front of the media. But I don’t think the players care. They’ve got games to win and injuries to overcome.

    Most others outside of that clubhouse are going to side with Mo given his stature and chastise Joba based on his reputation and the perception that he’s been an underachiever.

  6. MG May 12th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    this is tricky because if Nunez goes on the DL then Nix is their only SS.

    It’s one thing to put someone like Nelson in there for a few innings-he’s played it most of his career but probably can’t play it at a major league level.

    Nix isn’t used to playing every day and there is a doubleheader tomorrow with no days off this week.

    I doubt they want to add Gonzales to the 40 man roster but probably don’t have much of a choice if Nunez goes on the DL…

  7. Chip May 12th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    My guess is that it’s more of a non-story given that the majority of the players who have had to deal with Joba nonsense aren’t with the team right now.

  8. MG May 12th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Giuseppe Franco May 12th, 2013 at 8:46 am
    MG,

    I really don’t think this is a story inside the clubhouse.

    Sure, Girardi and Cashman are probably annoyed right now that it happened in front of the media. But I don’t think the players care. They’ve got games to win and injuries to overcome.

    Most others outside of that clubhouse are going to side with Mo given his stature and chastise Joba based on his reputation and the perception that he’s been an underachiever.
    ——————————
    GF, I don’t know that it won’t be a story inside the clubhouse, we’ll get our answer if and when the Yankees do something with Chamberlain.

    Until then I agree, there are games to win and 1st place to hold…

  9. Giuseppe Franco May 12th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Chip May 12th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    In any case, I’m hoping the Claiborne keeps pitching this well to further marginalize this slob.

    ———-

    I want to see Claiborne pitch well no matter what. They need all the help they can get.

    But Claiborne has only pitched a few games and it doesn’t take much for a youngster to fall out of favor with Girardi.

  10. MaineYankee May 12th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    MTU May 12th, 2013 at 8:36 am
    And speaking of Pronk.

    Where has he been ?

    He seems to have been disappearing at the plate lately.

    ———————————————————————————-

    No DH against the Rockies.

  11. austinmac May 12th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there.

    MTU, put me among those that will miss you when you do you go on your hikation. Before you leave, I was wondering if you thought Phelps should start. :)

  12. blake May 12th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I would DL I think…..it’s just another week and if it’s not 100% healed he could just aggravate it again.

    Re: Joba. Grow up dude….if you don’t act like a frat bro aroud somebody tying to do an interview then it never happens and you certainly don’t do that to Mo in public …..

  13. blake May 12th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

  14. Jetrer May 12th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Re: Tex to the 60-day DL
    Tex’s DL stint was backdated to March 22, so he’d only be required to be out until about May 22, not June. Seems extremely unlikely that Tex could be back in the next 10 days anyways.

  15. RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Maybe the Yankees should trade just Joba. Change of scenery candidate.

  16. RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Maybe the Yankees should just trade Joba. Change of scenery candidate.

  17. 86w183 May 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I also want to wish all the Moms a Happy Mother’s Day !!

    Nelson is fine for backup SS for a week. He played it in the minors for several years and while he wasn’t good he did field in the low .900s which means he made nine of every ten plays.

    DL Nunez & DFA Fran-WHIFF-sco — call up Corbin Joseph and Mustelier. Adams can’t be activated til Wednesday. Activate Betances for the extra arm on Monday.

  18. blake May 12th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Speaking of spats….have you guys seem the one between Tiger and Sergio at the players?

    Sergio needs a pacifier as he’s about the biggest whiny baby I’ve ever seen as an athlete…….Tiger isn literally 50 yards away and somehow him pulling a 5 wood out of his bag causes Sergio to mess up…..I love golf and pro golf but it kills me how these guys with all that concentration can have it broken so easily …..they should try hitting Justin Verlander with 50,000 fans in the stands and flash bulbs and everything else

  19. blake May 12th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    RadioKev says:
    May 12, 2013 at 9:10 am
    Maybe the Yankees should just trade Joba. Change of scenery candidate.

    Wouldn’t shock me….probably can’t get a ton for him though and they really need the pen depth

  20. MaineYankee May 12th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    blake May 12th, 2013 at 9:01 am
    I would DL I think…..it’s just another week and if it’s not 100% healed he could just aggravate it again.

    Re: Joba. Grow up dude….if you don’t act like a frat bro aroud somebody tying to do an interview then it never happens and you certainly don’t do that to Mo in public …..

    —————————————————————————-

    I do think especially after the deal with Youk they will err on the side of caution.

    Re: Joba. I have felt that Joba has had some issues with maturity. This is based on watching him on the field and in the dugout.

    This has nothing to do with a bias towards him because I have wanted him to do well since he came up.

  21. yankee21 May 12th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    What should the Yankees do about Nunez?

    The obvious answer is it depends on Nunez- is he feeling better and can swing and do baseball activities without pain or is he still in the same rut basically 3 steps forward 2 steps back kind of progress where the scenario is likely a return later in the week anyways.

    Not an easy question to answer. However what NY cannot afford to do is play him before he is truly ready to contribute, they cannot duplicate the Youk situation.

    As an aside, Nunez to this point has blown an absolutely incredible opportunity to make his mark. Either it is injuries or poor performance- he just is not contributing. It really is too bad.

  22. MTU May 12th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Well.

    I’m off. See ya’ in about a week.

    Thanks for all the well wishes.

    Play nice.

    :)

  23. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am
    Maybe the Yankees should trade just Joba. Change of scenery candidate
    ———————————-
    been saying that for 3 years now

  24. yankee21 May 12th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Happy Mothers Day to all you Mothers!

  25. MaineYankee May 12th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    MTU May 12th, 2013 at 9:15 am
    Well.

    I’m off. See ya’ in about a week.

    Thanks for all the well wishes.

    Play nice.

    ——————————————–

    Hopefully we won’t see on the news they are forming a search party for some lost hikers.

    Have a good time.

  26. RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    The pen depth is good, but if Monty gets straightened out we should be fine in that regard. And then there’s Betances. And when is Whitley back in the picture?

    I dunno, I’m not stumping for it, but it’s something worth a look at.

  27. MaineYankee May 12th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    been saying that for 3 years now

    —————————————————-

    I thought that was Gardner. :D:

  28. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    going for a total knee replacement on 6/10…..anyone here have one ?

  29. 86w183 May 12th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Yanks certainly have the bullpen depth to move the big dummy…. after the Monday DH that is, but you gotta get something pretty good in terms of a young bat to make that deal.

    Nova, Joba and Gardner for Trumbo? someone else?

  30. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    MaineYankee May 12th, 2013 at 9:22 am
    been saying that for 3 years now

    —————————————————-

    I thought that was Gardner. :D :

    ————————–
    him also along with that catcher that’s hurt again

  31. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    86w183 May 12th, 2013 at 9:23 am
    Yanks certainly have the bullpen depth to move the big dummy…. after the Monday DH that is, but you gotta get something pretty good in terms of a young bat to make that deal.

    Nova, Joba and Gardner for Trumbo? someone else?

    ————————–
    now that is music to my ears

  32. RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    86w183 May 12th, 2013 at 9:23 am
    Yanks certainly have the bullpen depth to move the big dummy…. after the Monday DH that is, but you gotta get something pretty good in terms of a young bat to make that deal.

    Nova, Joba and Gardner for Trumbo? someone else?
    ———

    Maybe Jose Ramirez for Mike Trout…

    (Not happening)

  33. jacksquat May 12th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Trade Joba to Timbuktu.

    Seriously, he should never speak to Mo like that in public, it’s disrespectful and Joba obviously doesn’t know his place.

  34. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    then there’s Youkilis who has played in just 17 games this year….they will be lucky to get 100 games out of him this year…

  35. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    maybe KC would overpay to get Joba…since he’s from out that way & they might be able to use him

  36. RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:33 am
    maybe KC would overpay to get Joba…since he’s from out that way & they might be able to use him
    ——-

    KC is probably the best match, but we’d get nothing but spare parts for him. Which is fine, we could use some.

  37. Frankg May 12th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Release Hafner, so you can keep Overbay when Tex returns and in case he gets hurt again. Bring up Gonzalez if Nunez goes on the DL. Granderson and Overbay are Hafner’s replacements. Hafner’s lack of defense is badly hurting the roster’s flexibility and he was a bad signing despite his hitting, because the Yankees have so many old and hurt players, they need everyone to play a position.

  38. RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Frankg May 12th, 2013 at 9:36 am
    Release Hafner, so you can keep Overbay when Tex returns and in case he gets hurt again. Bring up Gonzalez if Nunez goes on the DL. Granderson and Overbay are Hafner’s replacements. Hafner’s lack of defense is badly hurting the roster’s flexibility and he was a bad signing despite his hitting, because the Yankees have so many old and hurt players, they need everyone to play a position.
    ——-

    Um…

  39. NYYanksFan May 12th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    If A-Rod was giving an interview and told a Joba to be quiet who would you have wronged?

  40. blake May 12th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Release Hafner? Uhm no ….

  41. DONNYBROOK May 12th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    The 1ST thing the Yanks should do is take a hard look at their medical staff. There is Now a lengthy list of players that are Initially diagnosed as “day-to-day”, (causing the Yanks to play short handed), and then eventually these same players land on the D\L. I do Not know Exactly who is responsible for this continued Quack-N-Bush diagnosis, but I DO know this did Not occur when Gene Monohan was knockin’ around the Yankee dugout and trainer’s room.

  42. RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    NYYanksFan May 12th, 2013 at 9:38 am
    If A-Rod was giving an interview and told a Joba to be quiet who would you have wronged?
    ——-

    What if A-Rod started pitching the 9th inning?

    (Context matters)

  43. blake May 12th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    NYYanksFan says:
    May 12, 2013 at 9:38 am
    If A-Rod was giving an interview and told a Joba to be quiet who would you have wronged?

    With their powers combined they woukd have been the ultimate wrong.

    Mo was talking to reporters about his meeting with sick kids earlier in the day and you have some guy actin like its a frat party in the background while your talking about emotional things……Joba needs to grow up plain and simple…..

  44. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    http://www.fangraphs.com/depth.....=Standings…..

    updated ..has the NYY at 87 wins this year…no 100 win teams with DT highest at 95 wins & Tex 93 wins

  45. DONNYBROOK May 12th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    A-Rod is ALL about A-Rod. The “family chat” and the ensuing interview would NEVER occur.

  46. RadioKev May 12th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    There are just so many better ways to handle that situation. ‘You could say, hey, I’m just talking to my family’ and quiet down a little bit, or say something afterwards in private. No need to be obnoxious about it, and no need to get intense over it.

  47. Frankg May 12th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    The medical problems emerged last year, when Tex’s throat problem was misdiagnosed for several months hurting his season. Before that, they didn’t resign Aceves because of chronic back problems which have never re-surfaced over the past 3 years. ARod was hurt last year, but it was undiagnosed.
    You can probably cite more instances.

  48. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    The mystery of Mark Teixeira’s persistent cough was solved on Thursday, as a specialist told the Yankees first baseman that he has suffered nerve damage to his vocal cords..

    nothing to do with nothing but I remember Jeter having a coughing problem all year a few years back and also noticed he had it again in the beginning of last year

  49. DONNYBROOK May 12th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    A “persistent cough” is 1 thing, but TEX also sounded like Satchmo Armstrong.

  50. Yankee Trader May 12th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Good morning and Happy Mothers Day wishes to all Mothers!

    Mustelier has had 3 hits in the last two days, playing corner OF and 3B last night. Raised his average from .125 to .184

    Bring him up today, goodbye Francisco.

    Bring up Adams this Wednesday, send Boesch to AAA.

    Here are the Yankees stats vs Ervin Santana:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....in-santana

    Maybe it will help determine the best lineup for today’s game.

  51. MaineYankee May 12th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    For the ones that were interested in Mo’s meeting with fans in KC, here’s an article about it.

    http://www.kansascity.com/2013.....ting.html#

  52. G. Love May 12th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I’m not exactly sure how Joba is going to stand on the Yankee mound again in a Yankee uniform without feeling the wrath of every fan in the ballpark.

    This is going to take a PR hail mary to get this okay as this story is going to have major legs.

    There’s two sides to every story, but threatening Mo in front of reporters?

    Dassit.

  53. Yankee Trader May 12th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Maine-

    Thanks for the article. This is what makes Mariano such a special individual.

    Have to go.

    Have a great day everyone.

    “Play Musty For Me.”

  54. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
    And the white knight is talking backwards
    And the red queen’s off with her head
    Remember what the dormouse said
    “Feed your head, feed your head”

  55. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    G. Love May 12th, 2013 at 10:21 am
    I’m not exactly sure how Joba is going to stand on the Yankee mound again in a Yankee uniform without feeling the wrath of every fan in the ballpark.

    This is going to take a PR hail mary to get this okay as this story is going to have major legs.

    There’s two sides to every story, but threatening Mo in front of reporters?

    Dassit.

    —————————————
    what joba needs to do is damage control and do it quick

  56. Giuseppe Franco May 12th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I think G. Love cares too much about what idiot fans think.

  57. G. Love May 12th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    joeman,

    He’s not sophisticated enough to do damage control himself. If the Yankees help him, then you’ll know he has a future here. If they leave him out to dry, that’s all she wrote.

  58. G. Love May 12th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    GF,

    I think you care too much about what I post.

  59. Giuseppe Franco May 12th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    G. Love May 12th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    GF,

    I think you care too much about what I post.

    ———

    Really? Not sure how you come up with that theory when I’m not here very often.

  60. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    who’s here more me or Franco ?

  61. Bad Scooter May 12th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    So a guy with a .921 OPS so far is a bad signing?

  62. joeman May 12th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Bad Scooter May 12th, 2013 at 10:32 am
    So a guy with a .921 OPS so far is a bad signing?

    —————————
    who you talking about

  63. 86w183 May 12th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    You guys are making WAY too much of this Joba/Mariano exchange.

    They probably talked it out in the bullpen already. There’s no damage to control.

  64. yankeefeminista May 12th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    86, agree.

    Happy Mothers Day! Enjoy, all. My family’s moms will spending their day in Trenton watching JRam pitch.

    Go Kuroda-san! Go Yanks!

  65. MaineYankee May 12th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    For the ones that don’t like Joe putting a Y on the end of names, he’s not the only one.

    “When Gordy got the big double to tie it up,” Yost said, “then you’re thinking, ‘OK, here we go.’ But we just couldn’t hold them.”

    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013.....rylink=cpy

  66. G. Love May 12th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    When both NY papers run the story about Joba’s interaction with Mo and twitter is lighting up w/it, us commenting about it on a blog isn’t making a bigger issue about it. The issue was big enough to put into news.

    If it wasn’t a big enough issue, we never would’ve heard about it in the first place.

    This team has been drama free and if the Yankees don’t nip it in the bud with some kind of PR gesture today, the airwaves will be dancing with this story tomorrow.

  67. Niblick May 12th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Oh get a life. Nobody cares about Joba and Mo. And last I checked, I wasn’t aware that any one player had exclusive rights to the dugout. If quiet was that important to the interview, it could have been conducted elsewhere.

  68. rl1856 May 12th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    “G. Love May 12th, 2013 at 10:21 am
    I’m not exactly sure how Joba is going to stand on the Yankee mound again in a Yankee uniform without feeling the wrath of every fan in the ballpark.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    A few K’s while flashing 97 on the gun will take care of the problem. NY fans have a short memory as long as the player performs. Heaven help the player with a bad rep who does not perform however.

    That said, for all of his faults, I think Joba knows his days in NY are numbered. Either he will be traded or he will accept a FA offer. Joba probably doesn’t care that he is burning bridges behind him. Too bad really, because he does have talent that has been wasted by team management. It would not surprise me to see him flourish as a late inning reliever for another team.

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