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Postgame notes: “There are some ballparks that you’re comfortable in”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes

In his career, Phil Hughes has been pretty good against the Mariners. He’s made eight starts against them, faced them three times out of the bullpen, and he has a 3.67 career ERA against them.

But if you breakdown those numbers further and consider only Hughes’ appearances here in spacious Safeco Field, he is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA.

“I like pitching at home,” Hughes said. “There’s nothing like pitching at Yankee Stadium, but there are some ballparks that you’re comfortable in, (and) this is definitely one of them for me.”

In a lot of ways, Hughes really doesn’t fit his home ballpark. He said he doesn’t change his approach from stadium to stadium, and he doesn’t believe the venue has a particularly significant impact — “If you’re on, you’re on,” he said — but it’s impossible to ignore the fact, in the course of his career, Hughes’ road ERA is nearly three-quarters of a run lower than his home ERA. He’s a fly ball pitcher, and Yankee Stadium is a home run park. Sometimes that’s a bad combination.

“I think every pitcher is going to maybe give up a few more home runs in our ballpark than maybe some of the other ballparks that you go to,” Joe Girardi said. “Especially on the West Coast. There just aren’t as many home runs hit here.”

Last time Hughes faced the Mariners, he was in New York and he didn’t get out of the first inning. Tonight, in Safeco, he didn’t allow an earned run through seven innings. To say the park was the only difference is overly simplistic. There weren’t a lot of deep fly ball outs, and both Girardi and Hughes talked a lot about his ability to mix pitches and avoid deep counts. But it’s hard to ignore Hughes home/road splits, and it’s hard to overlook his ongoing season of highs (like this one) and lows (like the last time he faced the Mariners).

“You look at the year, if I could make some of those bad ones okay, it’d be a different story,” Hughes said. “It’s just one of those things. I’m trying to make a good pitch every time. It’s not like I can sit back, say, ‘I need to do this and this,’ and it’s that easy. Even when I have a bad start, I’m grinding and trying to figure something out on the fly. It’s one of those things where if I had a good answer, I wouldn’t allow it to happen. Hopefully that learning process comes soon, and I can take a start where I don’t have good stuff, and turn it into a start where I give us a chance to win.”

Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira• Mark Teixeira has now homered in three of his last four games. “I’m still not close to where I want to be overall,” he said. “There are some at-bats that I just feel completely lost, but that’s going to take a while. That’s just a product of not playing for so long and not having the at-bats. When I do get a good pitch to hit or when I do make contact, I’m getting the results. I would be worried if I got a great pitch to hit, put my best swing on it and the ball didn’t go anywhere. I would definitely be worried about that, so it’s a good sign that the ball is carrying a little bit.”

• Robinson Cano — who also homered tonight — said he’s already noticed a difference that’s come from having Teixeira hitting behind him. “I’ve been seeing the difference,” he said. “I get more pitches to hit now. … We all know what kind of hitter he is. He’s a switch-hitter, so the last thing you want is for him go out there and hit with men on base. Either I’m going to get a hit or they’re going to get me out right now, but it’s a good thing to have him back the way he’s swinging the bat.”

• This was the second time this season that the Yankees hit back-to-back homers. Cano and Vernon Wells went back-to-back off Ervin Santana in Kansas City.

• Cano was hit on the knee by a slider. He said he’s fine. “Good thing it was a slider, not a hard pitch,” he said.

• Before and after that six-run third inning, the Yankees had just one hit (Travis Hafner’s single in the eighth). Mariners reliever Blake Beaven faced the minimum 20 batters through 6.2 innings. “I don’t care when we score the runs,” Girardi said. “If we get six runs in a night, we’re probably going to win a lot of games.”

Robinson Cano, Jayson Nix• Wells had an RBI single in the third, snapping an 0-for-18 stretch. It was also his first RBI since May 20 in Baltimore.

• One thing to notice about Hughes’ start tonight is that he used his offspeed his pitches a little more. “I could pitch with my fastball more if I had them off of it a little bit, and they’re thinking about the changeup, slider, curveball,” he said. “Throwing my breaking stuff early allowed me to climb the ladder with my fastball later in counts. I got a couple swinging at sliders, and a couple on my fastball. Everything was kind of working tonight.”

• Hughes said he actually had to make a minor mid-game adjustment with his delivery out of the windup. “Mechanically I was just off a little bit,” he said. “So I was just talking to Larry between innings. It didn’t so much affect the results of the innings early on, but I didn’t really feel quite comfortable until probably the third or the fourth.”

• Any sense of satisfaction for Hughes to pitch well against the Mariners after struggling against them in New York? “A little bit,” he said. “Historically I’ve pitched pretty well against these guys. Obviously you don’t get out of the first inning, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. To come here, it’s pretty satisfying, but at the end of the day it’s one start against one team.”

• Final word goes to Girardi: “You want to get off to a good start (on the road trip) because we know it is long. We’ve got these four, then we get a day off, and then you’ve got another week. It’s a long road trip. I think our guys probably like, if you’re coming out here, to get as many games in as possible. But it is long.”

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62 Responses to “Postgame notes: “There are some ballparks that you’re comfortable in””

  1. jacksquat June 7th, 2013 at 3:00 am

    “I could pitch with my fastball more if I had them off of it a little bit, and they’re thinking about the changeup, slider, curveball,” he said.

    Ya think?

  2. theREALkevin June 7th, 2013 at 4:15 am

    OK, this is going to be a really long post. I hope I have enough characters available…. Would like to reply to a number of posts earlier in the night

    “As long as they players they take are rated highly by a consensus, I can’t second guess it.”

    “Good mix of players all ranked highly by the “experts””

    I agree to some extent, but these “experts” that rank these guys don’t work for a team for a reason. Also don’t forget- they’re getting a lot of their information from contacts they have that work for teams. I feel that at times they are journalists more than draft experts. And, just because a so called “media expert” thinks that a guy is first round material, doesn’t mean that he is. I would seriously go with my gut rather than trust a media expert. But, a lot of these prospects have tools that nobody can deny and they are obviously early round talents. So, that’s why a lot of mock drafts are similar to each other. But also, look at the Yankee first round draft results since 2000. Someone posted it earlier- it’s a joke. I mean it’s practically a fireable offense in my opinion. There’s a balance between going against the grain with a guy that might not be ranked really high, or maybe going with a guy that is a consensus top pick. The Yankees have seriously been horrid with their first round picks since 2000 or so and I’m seriously disappointed this hasn’t been talked about more. You can’t miss with your first round picks that often. You just can’t. And just because you pick in the latter portion of the first round doesn’t mean you can’t get an impact player. There’s a lot of talent out there.

    “So will the yanks draft pettitte’s kid? Would it be a courtesy pick or the kid legit”

    Eh, it’s tough to say for sure. He looks pretty legit out there, at least 6’2 or so, righty so not lefty like Andy. But I actually saw him in a game this year and he was topping out at 88 or so. I wasn’t that impressed overall, secondary included. So it just depends. I would maybe take a flyer on him way late in the draft but he’s committed to Baylor. Seems like a good fit for him. So we’ll see.

    “All this negative Hughes stuff is getting old.”

    YankeeFem, I think we agree on a lot… but this I kinda don’t. Phil has brought the criticism on himself. He’s honestly been mediocre for a while now and he may be better off if his home team played in a ballpark like he pitched in tonight.

    “@YankeesDraft
    I think that there may be some signability issues with #Yankees #MLBDraft pick, Ian Clarkin. I will be sure to ask Damon about it tonight.”

    I admit I didn’t know a lot about the signability of most of the players in the draft, but I really hope this has nothing to do with the fact that he grew up “hating” the Yankees. As you get older, that stuff can fade, especially if you WORK in that industry. I would really hope he doesn’t pass up a fantastic opportunity just because he grew up a “Yankee hater”.

    “Montero cannot catch. He cannot play any position, most likely, but bench. He must hit to play MLB. He may have been a product of PED’s when he hit at all. What he can do remains to be seen. At best he is a DH of average ability. At worst, the Yankees unloaded a splinter for another splinter. I think Pineda will be better, but we’ll see.”

    All I have to say to this is, hindsight is 20/20.

    “Once this club gets healthy and lands Cliff Lee, watch out”

    Pat, does that team really need another big name acquisition? We saw what all those big names have done so far. I know Lee has talent but jeez there’s a point where you might have enough big names and big egos

  3. theREALkevin June 7th, 2013 at 4:22 am

    P.S…. Gosuke Katoh.. awesome name…. I had never heard of him before the draft but he seems like a very intriguing player. Interested to see how he progresses

  4. theREALkevin June 7th, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Sorry I know I can’t shut up, but one more thing… just for the record, Ian Kennedy last year- 4.02 ERA, 9.3 H/9… This year, 4.74 ERA, granted the hit numbers are good… But he hasn’t been that good for a while now, even in the NL West

  5. Triple Short of a Cycle June 7th, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Did anyone catch Harold Reynolds comment right before the Yankees picked? He said the Yankees have done well picking in the first round and he names Jeter and Munson.

    The guy went back 20 years and then 40 years to validate his point. This guy is the worst “analyst” by far on the MLB network

  6. CountryClub June 7th, 2013 at 6:29 am

    The one big concern about Teix and his wrist injury was if it would sap his power. It’s not uncommon for thumb and wrist injuries to cause power issues for up to a year. But, so far, so good. Hopefully he doesn’t have any setbacks moving forward. They should give him a day off here soon to be safe.

  7. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Good morning gang —–

    I agree about Reynolds. The NFL and NBA draft coverage is better because at least they know their stuff and will criticize picks when they think it’s warranted.

    That said, I don’t care of Gosuke Katoh becomes Kato Kailin the Yanks probably had their best night in draft history.

    they got the best college 3B, one of the two best college OF and the best college LHP. That is a tremendous haul. Just reading the scouting report Katoh is an interesting prospect who came on late in his high school career. Maybe a Pedroia type of undersized 2B with surprising power and great hands and feet offsetting a mediocre arm.

    I LOVE getting Aaron Judge. Has all the attributes of Giancarlo Stanton. Might never be that good, but he has that potential.

  8. CountryClub June 7th, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I know a lot of fans are scratching their heads regarding the Yankees second round pick, but you have to remember that there’s strategy involved in these drafts now. They’ll probably save a couple hundred grand signing him that they can then use to help sign their first round picks.

  9. Tar June 7th, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Good morning

    86 I hope your right re:picks. But Clarkin is a HS player who is committed to UCSD. Hope the Yankees get him.

  10. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Yeah, messed that up….

    I don’t know if any of these guys will have signability issues, but they need to get it done.

    Katoh could very well be a discounted sign, but I did some checking and he was going by the end of round three, no doubt about that.

    Over to the MLB club — it is sooooo obvious Hughes needs to be in a bigger ballpark where his style is rewarded and not punished. He was really good last night.

  11. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:24 am

    The guy went back 20 years and then 40 years to validate his point. This guy is the worst “analyst” by far on the MLB network”

    Harold is fine at looking at a baseball play and commenting or talking even about current MLB players…..but he knows knowing about scouting and really doesn’t follow the draft stuff so I’m not sure why they have him on here at all to be honest

  12. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I thought the Yanks got pretty good value with their picks …..the biggest guy they passed on was Kaminisky I guess but perhaps they liked Clarkin better and thought they could get him a little later.

    Hope they can get them all signed….charmin seems like the only questionable one

  13. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    “they got the best college 3B, one of the two best college OF and the best college LHP”

    I wouldn’t say he was the best college 3B…..Kris Bryant, Colin Moran…..also…..Clarkey is a high school guy

  14. Tar June 7th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    “charmin seems like the only questionable one”

    Charmin? I heard he’s soft and cushy too. :D

  15. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Hughes is a good pitcher most of the time…..he’s given up 2 runs or less in 7 of his last 10 starts. It’s just that the other 3 were pretty much all terrible and it really skews his numbers and leaves a bad taste in your mouth……he’s gotta figure out a way survive on those bad days

  16. pat June 7th, 2013 at 7:34 am

    “For if Major League Baseball actually can procure a 100-game suspension against the Yankees’ beleaguered third baseman in 2014 — hardly a slam dunk, but a possibility — A-Rod might just save the Yankees in the process.

    Three sources familiar with baseball’s collective bargaining agreement confirmed yesterday that, when a player gets suspended and loses salary as a result of an illegal PED violation, it impacts a team’s luxury-tax commitment. ”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....6lc3zvQPfN

  17. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Hah…..oh autocorrect

  18. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    He presumably wouldn’t be suspended in 2014 though so doesn’t matter much

  19. MTU June 7th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Hope they don’t have trouble signing Clarkin.

    Also hope they don’t regret not taking Manaea instead.

    He was taken with the very next pick.

  20. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I really shouldn’t start typing before my first cup of coffee….. sorry about the screwups folks.

    Not sure Bryant will remain @ 3B…. not as big a fan of Moran as some others are. I think Jagielo has more upside.

    Kaminsky might be better right now, but Clarkin has a bigger arm and, thus more upside.

  21. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    jerkface and I went back and forth on the suspension/luxury tax issue.

    Interesting that they DO get credit if he is suspended, but do NOT get credit if he can’t play and they collect insurance. Still an extra $ 20 M a year might convince Hal the $ 189 M target is less important.

    gotta run some errands….later

  22. MTU June 7th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Does the Jagielo pick mean that the Yankees do not see Adams as having a future at 3B, or was he just more insurance ?

  23. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    “Not sure Bryant will remain @ 3B…. not as big a fan of Moran as some others are. I think Jagielo has more upside.”

    Some don’t know if Jagielo will either….both Bryant and Moran are considered better by most though right now but you could end up right in the end….. Who knows….I didnt like the pick

  24. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    MTU says:
    June 7, 2013 at 7:41 am
    Does the Jagielo pick mean that the Yankees do not see Adams as having a future at 3B, or was he just more insurance ?

    It most likely just means that they liked him best on their board at that pick…..but I’m sure that taking a 3B was something they were ok with given tr status there in the organization.

  25. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    “Still an extra $ 20 M a year might convince Hal the $ 189 M target is less important.”

    That woukd be the hope

  26. pat June 7th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    or an extra $20 million off the current payroll might make Hal think the $189 is really do-able.

  27. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    “or an extra $20 million off the current payroll might make Hal think the $189 is really do-able.”

    20 million off the current payroll would still make it like 210 and I’d assume he’s smart enough to realize that 2013 doesn’t have much to do with 2014 with regards to payroll and the players they’ll have.

  28. CountryClub June 7th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    There’s no way that Arod doesn’t appeal any suspension that ets handed down. If he actually serves one, most of it will come in 2014.

  29. blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    “There’s no way that Arod doesn’t appeal any suspension that ets handed down. If he actually serves one, most of it will come in 2014.”

    maybe….I’m still not really buying that they’ll actaully be able to suspend him.

  30. CountryClub June 7th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Oh, all those players are getting suspended. The only question is whether an arbitrator will let the suspension stand. Which may be what you mean….

  31. pat June 7th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I disagree. I think Hal would be more likely to try to get to $189 if he could save $20M against luxury tax in 2014 and reset the clock rather than see the money saved as extra money he could spend.

  32. blake June 7th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    “Oh, all those players are getting suspended. The only question is whether an arbitrator will let the suspension stand. Which may be what you mean….”

    well yea….

    “I disagree. I think Hal would be more likely to try to get to $189 if he could save $20M against luxury tax in 2014 and reset the clock rather than see the money saved as extra money he could spend.”

    If he saves the 20M against the tax in 2014 then he may well be able to get under 189 and still spend some money to boot……I thought you meant if he saved it in 2013.

  33. blake June 7th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    The real Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t drafted until the 2nd round so there must have been some simliar issues with him as there are with Judge etc….although Stanton was a high schooler instead of a college guy. Please turn in to something like Giancarlo……you don’t even have to be that good just be Giancarlo lite or something.

    I do like the guys they picked…..no big surprises but that’s not bad….

  34. MTU June 7th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Blake-

    I’m a little concerned about Clarkin’s signability.

  35. blake June 7th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    MTU,

    yea….they should have money to pay him though. They had like 8 million pool money for the first round and slot for the other guys adds up to less than 4. If Jagielo and Judge will sign for close to slot then they should have plenty enough to lure a high school kid to sign I’d think……we’ll have to see. The scouting report on him sounds very promising….hope they can sign him

  36. CountryClub June 7th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Out of the 3 1st rounders, you have to think Clarkin will get the biggest deal. At least we’ll know soon. I think the signing deadline is in a month.

  37. blake June 7th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    “Out of the 3 1st rounders, you have to think Clarkin will get the biggest deal. At least we’ll know soon. I think the signing deadline is in a month.”

    agree…..they should have enough to get all 3 of those guys to sign I’d say

  38. CountryClub June 7th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I also like that we’ll see the two college kids playing soon. Probably in Charleston…..

  39. tbone1570 June 7th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    blake June 7th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    “or an extra $20 million off the current payroll might make Hal think the $189 is really do-able.”

    20 million off the current payroll would still make it like 210 and I’d assume he’s smart enough to realize that 2013 doesn’t have much to do with 2014 with regards to payroll and the players they’ll have.

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

    Don’t forget the other payroll savings in 2014 we already know about like the $20mil credit for Wells and Mariano not coming back ($10 mil). Also, god bye Phil Hughes (($7 mil), Joba ($2 mil), Youk ($12 mil) and maybe/prob Andy P($12 mil). Of course some of these would be offset by arb raised and other factors, but it does make the $189 target look more feasible.

  40. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I would never send a top college player to low-A…. it’s a waste of time. The best college players probably belong in AA.

    They’ve known they had three top picks for a long time. They must have done their due diligence on signability…. especially after the Gerrit Cole fiasco when they insisted on drafting a kid who told them he wasn’t signing.

  41. CountryClub June 7th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I would never send a top college player to low-A…. it’s a waste of time. The best college players probably belong in AA.

    ———–

    College to AA is way too big of a jump.

  42. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Getting to $ 189 M is not hard. Getting there and fielding a team good enough for post-season is another issue.

    The biggest key will be the cost of starting pitching. They’ll need to get by with CC and one other well-paid guy (Kuroda or Hughes), which means three rotation spots for Phelps, Warren, Nova, Nuno, Pineda et al.

    An OF of Gardner, Ichiro and Wells is pretty cheap. The IF will be very expensive no matter what.

  43. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    College to AA is way too big of a jump.

    *********************************

    Not for first round picks it’s not.

  44. blake June 7th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Yea most college guys need at least some time in advanced A at a minimum before jumping to AA…..high quality college ball is still a step below AA and that’s not even considering the change from metal to wood….

  45. Doreen June 7th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I’d think you would wanted get the guys’ feet wet in your system at a lower level, but be quick about moving them up once they seem comfortable.

  46. blake June 7th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    “Not for first round picks it’s not.”

    most of them it is….they may not stay in A ball long if they are really good but most organizations at least like to get guys feet wet in pro ball at a level similar to what they’ve been playing. AA is a big jump from even advanced A…..it’s the biggest jump in the minors aside from the one to the big leagues in most cases.

  47. RadioKev June 7th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I’m still confused: What were the Yankees thinking drafting Culver and DBJ?

    Anyway, can’t complain about these three first rounders. Look good on paper. Judge is obviously going to be an interesting project considering his height, hopefully it works.

    Does Clark have signability issues? He was there for the interview. Maybe it was half hearted?

  48. RadioKev June 7th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    And let’s leave Giancarlo out of this… Kind of like comparing Montero to Miggy…

  49. yankeefeminista June 7th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    College pitchers often start in short season. I’m thinking more like SI to start.

    “All this negative Hughes stuff is getting old.”

    YankeeFem, I think we agree on a lot… but this I kinda don’t. Phil has brought the criticism on himself. He’s honestly been mediocre for a while now and he may be better off if his home team played in a ballpark like he pitched in tonight.
    ——-
    Kev, I have no problem with people expressing their opinions on Hughes or anyone else; it is when the player is attacked as if he were some low life pariah that I’ll object. I really don’t have any problem with people criticizing Hughes’ or any player’s repertoire/mechanics etc. and I expect there to be heated debate, but I’m going to comment when I feel a player is unfairly maligned.

  50. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Most, yes but not all.

    I like the fact that Jagiello mashed in Cape cod last year w/wooden bats.

    Players with high ceilings are brought along too slowly…. especially in this organization.

  51. Tackelberry June 7th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Loved what the Yankees did last night in the draft. Was hoping for Judge as one of the picks. He is a monster. “big hairy’ kind that Cashman loves. LOL!. Also, was not expecting Clarkin to fall that far. Great pick there. I know some have said he might be a difficult sign, but he said it was his dream come true to be drafted by such an organization. I think he’ll sign. Hard to question the Jagielo pick. Lefty swinging third baseman with big time power. Hopefully he is able to stay at 3rd, and hopefully doesn’t end up like the last 3rd baseman named Eric we took. (Duncan).

    ONly pick I did not like was Katoh. Must have been budget type pick, a guy they could easily sign for slot/below slot value which could help them get higher ceiling players in later rounds. They guy I wiould have taken was Jordan Paroubeck, switch hitting speedy outfielder with big time power potential. Padres took him 3 picks later. All in all, a very good haul for Oppenheimer and his staff. Lets hope it continues today with rounds 3-10

  52. MTU June 7th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I wanted them to get that McKinney kid too.

    And a good SS prospect.

    Then again, I’m greedy.

    :)

  53. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Tough to get six guys with four picks!

  54. pkyankfan69 June 7th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I would have liked to have see the Yanks draft the kid out of Jersey but you have to be happy with their picks. Didn’t seem like they reached for any of the first rounders.

    The $189 million threshold blows but at least we are going to stock pile top talent 2 years in a row. Looks to me like the Yanks will at least have 3 first rounders next year also through QO’s to Grandy and Hughes, maybe more.

  55. blake June 7th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    “And let’s leave Giancarlo out of this… Kind of like comparing Montero to Miggy”

    it’s ok to dream….

  56. blake June 7th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    “Players with high ceilings are brought along too slowly…. especially in this organization.”

    I do agree they can drag their feet sometimes with players…..that said it’s not like they have had a Mike Trout or Manny Machado they could push either though.

  57. pkyankfan69 June 7th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Wasn’t thrilled the Rays got Stanek. Saw him higher on a few mocks and he supposedly has a big arm. Considering how well the Rays develop pitchers you just know the guy is going to turn into at least a solid MLB pitcher.

  58. yankeefeminista June 7th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I would like to have seen us draft Kaminsky (because he is a NJ kid) as well, but pretty happy with our draft (based on the little one can know about prospects…)

  59. yankeefeminista June 7th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I liked Stanek too, and it’ll be interesting to watch how the Rays develop him.

  60. yankeefeminista June 7th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’m out until later. Have a good one, all.

  61. 86w183 June 7th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    There’s nothing wrong with comparing players or seeing similarities between a prospect and an established player.

  62. gallagwar June 7th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    “Don’t forget the other payroll savings in 2014 we already know about like the $20mil credit for Wells and Mariano not coming back ($10 mil). Also, god bye Phil Hughes (($7 mil), Joba ($2 mil), Youk ($12 mil) and maybe/prob Andy P($12 mil). Of course some of these would be offset by arb raised and other factors, but it does make the $189 target look more feasible.”

    Rivera obviously won’t be back. I also assumed Youkilis, Hafner, Pettitte, Hughes, Chamberlain, Overbay, Boesch and Granderson won’t be back. I assumed a $23M salary for Cano and a $15M salary for Kuroda, and gave ample raises to Gardner and Robertson, plus small raises to other controlled players. I also assumed Jeter would exercise his $8M option (don’t think he has much of a choice). I arrived at a payroll of $148M.

    To me, that means $189M is pretty realistic and will allow the Yankees to sign a few players to replace some of the outgoing guys. They’ll need an OF, a SP, a RP, a C and an infielder (preferably a SS, and move Jeter to 3B with A-Rod at DH).

    Intriguing free agents include Choo, McCann, and Corey Hart. I’d love to see Choo sign for a contract similar to what Swisher got. Hart is also intriguing as a right-handed power bat on a short term deal. McCann is another guy who could probably had for a 2-3 year deal, which would allow time for Sanchez to develop.


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