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Youkilis needs surgery; Tex back on the DL

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jun 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have made a flurry of announcements in my short time at the Stadium today. First, it was announced that Mark Teixeira is heading back onto the disabled list with inflammation in his oft-injured right wrist. While the early indications are that the Yankees expect Tex to return shortly after his 15-day DL stint has concluded, the news for Kevin Youkilis is worse. Brian Cashman just told us that Youk has a herniated disc in his back that will require surgery. He will have the surgery on Thursday, and is then expected to miss 10-12 weeks. Simply put, his season is now in jeopardy.

The Yankees brought up switch-hitting outfielder Zoilo Almonte to take Tex’s roster spot, and also brought Adam Warren back up while designating Chris Bootcheck for assignment. I’ll have more on all of this in a little while.

 
 

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132 Responses to “Youkilis needs surgery; Tex back on the DL”

  1. ac1 June 18th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Tex should take this time to get comfy hitting RHP from the right side.
    His lefty swing is awful and his wrist issue is making it even worse.
    He seemed to be ok batting righty.

  2. Niblick June 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Wow. Useless. The Red Sox figured that out last year, but the Yankee “brain trust” is always the last to know.

  3. Mike in Harrisburg June 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Here’s where it all starts to fall apart.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....1;mlb.html

  4. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    It might be worth it if the people who make these bad decisions are finally held accountable.

  5. blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Youk

  6. TheStraw June 18th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Maybe this will finally get Mustellier a shot with the big club.

    12 million wasted on Youk. I wanted to like him, but in the end I’ll just remeber him as the guy I used to hate on the Sox (barring some unlikely postseason heroics).

  7. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Musty and Joseph are on the DL.

  8. ac1 June 18th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Maybe this will finally get Mustellier a shot with the big club.
    __

    Injured again.

  9. Against All Odds June 18th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    12 million down the drain

  10. TheStraw June 18th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    No, Musty is day-to-day, I believe…..

  11. Chip June 18th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Wow…end of the road for Youkilis.

    I do wonder if Brian starts looking at what Boston did last season and see where he can make similar moves.

    If the Yankees fall back over the next month, do you try to find takers for Hughes, Granderson and Kuroda?

  12. TheStraw June 18th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I take it back, he is on 7 day miL DL.

  13. ac1 June 18th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I do wonder if Brian starts looking at what Boston did last season and see where he can make similar moves.
    ___

    Doubtful as long as we are in contention. He will always use that excuse.

  14. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    “I do wonder if Brian starts looking at what Boston did last season and see where he can make similar moves.”

    Shedding that kind of salary is a decision made above a GM.

  15. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    All these injuries are giving Meredith more face time on t.v.
    Call it job security

  16. mick June 18th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I guess they are hoping for Tex to recover after another DL stint PLUS a rehab this time.
    Can’t believe they think this extra rest, which they could have given the 1st time, will help.
    Then again, maybe they thought it out and said lets try it and if it doesn’t work we can DL him again, this time with rehab.

    Obviously they are thinking of him as his old switch hitting self.
    I doubt they are bringing him back to hit RH only..

  17. Mike in Harrisburg June 18th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    @Chip it’s perverse but my fear is they will be too much in contention for him to consider that. And rightfully so, really. I wouldn’t blame him for not selling if they are still only 3 or 4 out, and maybe even 5 or 6. You’d catch flack for that in a small market, let alone NY.

  18. tomingeorgia June 18th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Sorry for Youk. It looks like the end for a good ballplayer.

  19. mick June 18th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    12 million down the drain
    ================
    do we really care about Hals money?

  20. Frankg June 18th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    That’s a blessing in disguise. Youk wasn’t of much help and they need to give Adams more playing time to see if he can be the FT third baseman. They need a professional first base man to back up Overbay. Tex is done, too.

  21. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    “do we really care about Hals money?”

    Why shouldn’t we care if it isn’t spent wisely? With all the money they have wasted this year, they could have had Puig.

  22. blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    At dawn….. Look to the east…. Arod will be riding Shadowfax ….

  23. Triple Short of a Cycle June 18th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Another great signing by the best GM in baseball

  24. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Frankg June 18th, 2013 at 4:34 pm
    That’s a blessing in disguise. Youk wasn’t of much help and they need to give Adams more playing time to see if he can be the FT third baseman. They need a professional first base man to back up Overbay. Tex is done, too.
    —————————————————————————————
    I disagree about Tex. He might need surgery, but that injury should not end his career.
    I know he’s been on a steady decline since 2009. Maybe a repaired sheeth tendon and stronger wrist will allow him to comeback stronger? You never know.

    Youk is done for the year. Oh well. Yankees have ARod returning in about 1 month or so.
    Adams can fill in for the next 4-5 weeks or if he struggles, Yankees can send him down
    and call up someone else to play 3rd.

  25. CompassRosy June 18th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    ac1 June 18th, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    ___

    “I have to say, even with Detroit’s big time offense and their excellent pitching, i think they are 1 game better than our disaster of a team. Orioles too. Oakland is a lot better this year, but they also get to feast on Seattle, Houston and Anaheim.”

    ~ ~ ~

    OAK is definitely feasting on HOU and LAA (14-1)
    Not so much vs. lowly SEA (4-6)

    ;-)

    just sayin’

  26. blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Youk can’t play 3b anymore and when he tries he heriantes things

  27. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Youk wasn’t a 3B coming into the season.

  28. G. Love June 18th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Chip,

    They won’t ever fall back enough for Cashman to yell “sell” at the end of the July unless it’s 12 games back which it won’t be.

    This team cannot afford the PR mess of punting the season with all of August and September to go.

    As for this news, it’s not shocking and frankly many here called it way before it happened. When “negative” Yankee fans on a blog can assess risk better than the front office, there’s a problem.

  29. blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    June 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm
    Youk wasn’t a 3B coming into the season.

    Hasn’t been in like 3 years

  30. G. Love June 18th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Warning Track,

    Only way that holds water re: Tex is if he’s been playing with wrist problems for 3 years now which he hasn’t. His decline wasn’t wrist related.

    I think part of what happened this season is the wrist and part of it is he’s a complete utter mess from the left side of the plate and knows it and had way too much focus put on him without other stars to carry the water vs. RHP.

    My 2 cents.

  31. tomingeorgia June 18th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    My comment on Youk wasn’t about any Yankee decision, it was about a good ballplayer reaching the end. Sorry it was here, though.

  32. blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    In light of this news…..the yanks need a RH bat something terrible. Their only hope vs lefties really was for Tex to hit then and Youk to hit them

  33. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    G. Love June 18th, 2013 at 4:42 pm
    Warning Track,

    Only way that holds water re: Tex is if he’s been playing with wrist problems for 3 years now which he hasn’t. His decline wasn’t wrist related.

    I think part of what happened this season is the wrist and part of it is he’s a complete utter mess from the left side of the plate and knows it and had way too much focus put on him without other stars to carry the water vs. RHP.

    My 2 cents.
    ———————————————–
    I agree. Tex is a mess and has become a dead pull hitter from the left side. I lose count how many times he rolls over on an outside pitch. I’ve lost count how often he pulls a ball that should have been hit the opposite way. I’ve lost count how many times I predicted he would make an out before a pitch has the been thrown.
    He has picked up the very worst bad habits from the left side of the plate that I have seen
    in a very long time.

  34. Nick in SF June 18th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    The Ugly Baseball Player Classic will be paying the remainder of Youk’s salary, right?

  35. DONNYBROOK June 18th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Guess Long should have told Cashman about Youk’s herniated disk Last week.

  36. Mike in Harrisburg June 18th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I would say in addition that with it being Mo’s last season they are under even more pressure than usual to maintain whatever facade they can of being contenders.

  37. spidanyc June 18th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Based on Youk’s numbers from last year, what made Cashman think that he was worth $12 Million?

  38. blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    The Yankees should just evenly distribute all the money they waste to the fans…..then they’d be happy either way

  39. G. Love June 18th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Quick question – Would you currently take our IF or the Long Island Ducks starting IF of Ben Broussard, Josh Barfield, Bill Hall, PJ Phillips and Ramon Castro behind the dish?

    We’re a Cano injury away from envying the Ducks.

    That means we win 4 of the next 5.

  40. Shame Spencer June 18th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Well.. Youk + Wells money gets you Cano for next year lol..

  41. Niblick June 18th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    The good news is that putting Youk on the 60 day DL will open up another roster spot.

  42. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    spidanyc June 18th, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    Based on Youk’s numbers from last year, what made Cashman think that he was worth $12 Million?
    ————————————————————————
    I don’t know much, but from what I remember, Youk had all the leverage.
    ARod was injured
    Adams was injured
    There was nobody else in the minors that would be given the 3rd base job.
    Chavez was not interested in returning.
    The Yankees thought about Jeff Keppinger, but he signed a deal with the White Sox.

    Then there was Youk and so the Yankees had to overpay for his services.

  43. mick June 18th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    This team cannot afford the PR mess of punting the season with all of August and September to go.

    As for this news, it’s not shocking and frankly many here called it way before it happened. When “negative” Yankee fans on a blog can assess risk better than the front office, there’s a problem.
    ======================
    G Love

    Another reason why we will never see a young or unknown player here before his time.
    The fans wouldn’t have it.
    They grab these “names” to pacify the fanbase.

    Oh yeah, what’s with the “negative” schtick. The arguments here are purely personality driven. I thought you knew that.

  44. tbone1570 June 18th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    spidanyc June 18th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Based on Youk’s numbers from last year, what made Cashman think that he was worth $12 Million?

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

    Cashman went on record saying part of the reason he was good with giving Youk the contract because the White Sox were willing to give him a 2 year deal. So now, if the White Sox thinks it’s a good idea, it must be a good idea for Cashman too!

  45. mick June 18th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Based on Youk’s numbers from last year, what made Cashman think that he was worth $12 Million?
    =================
    That money is irrelevant.
    Next year it won’t happen again.

  46. mick June 18th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I wonder why Chavez didn’t want to return, other than going home.
    He seemed to like it here.
    Maybe he knew h would have to play too much this year.
    After all, he gets paid per diem, right?

  47. Shame Spencer June 18th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I cannot believe they made me watch Youk make omelets on YES. That is truly the most tragic part of this outcome.

  48. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I wonder why Chavez didn’t want to return, other than going home.
    —————————————————————————

    Isn’t that enough? He wanted to be with his family.

  49. astrocityfan June 18th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:35 pm
    At dawn….. Look to the east…. Arod will be riding Shadowfax

    Best. Post. Ever.

  50. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    mick June 18th, 2013 at 4:59 pm
    I wonder why Chavez didn’t want to return, other than going home.
    He seemed to like it here.
    Maybe he knew h would have to play too much this year.
    After all, he gets paid per diem, right?
    ———————————————————————————————————
    He did enjoy his time here, but he wanted to go home.
    Playing at home took precedent. Nothing wrong that that.

  51. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Never said there was, just wondered if he had enough of the nonsense here.

  52. Shame Spencer June 18th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    astrocityfan June 18th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:35 pm
    At dawn….. Look to the east…. Arod will be riding Shadowfax

    Best. Post. Ever.

    ——————–

    :lol:

    It is sort of crazy to think he might still get such a ridiculous shot at redemption.

  53. Chip June 18th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    A couple of things:

    1. This is why Youk probably took so long to sign the Yankee contract offer – this isn’t just his season; no team is going to sign him next year. Ladies and gents, Kevin’s career is basically over.

    2. Dealing Hughes, Kuroda and Granderson (or some combination thereof) isn’t a salary dump situation. It’s a “build assets” situation. The Yankees could get a very solid return from guys like Kuroda and Boone Logan from contending teams.

  54. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Talking about A-Rod, a woman who used to work with my dad in finding new research monitors sent him an email today about her experience eating lunch in Tampa, when a certain Alex Rodriguez invited her over to eat with him. LoHud TMZ time. I’m hoping for some answers as to his return.

  55. Shame Spencer June 18th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    You mean playing at home took precedent over an offer that didn’t exist..? Color me shocked. ;)

  56. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Never said there was, just wondered if he had enough of the nonsense here.
    —————————————————————————–

    I really don’t think it had anything to do with that. I remember him being very complimentary of the Yanks, just being close to family took precedent. He’d be a nice platoon at 3B.

  57. blake June 18th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    It’s true that they need Arod to be good….whether its even physically possible for him to be I don’t know…..but they need him

  58. Shame Spencer June 18th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Talking about A-Rod, a woman who used to work with my dad in finding new research monitors sent him an email today about her experience eating lunch in Tampa, when a certain Alex Rodriguez invited her over to eat with him. LoHud TMZ time. I’m hoping for some answers as to his return.

    —————-

    Getting hit on by Alex must be something else.. I don’t know if I could talk about centaurs for that long.. #GetItGirl

  59. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    If they have a lineup of:

    Jeter
    Gardner
    Cano
    Alex
    Hafner
    Granderson
    Ichiro
    Cervelli
    Overbay……..with a bench of Nix, Nunez, Wells, Stewart…would that insure the AL East?

  60. blake June 18th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Youk might get a spring invite to be a platoon DH of bench bat but he’s not getting anything more than a flyer contract most likely

  61. pkyankfan69 June 18th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    2. Dealing Hughes, Kuroda and Granderson (or some combination thereof) isn’t a salary dump situation. It’s a “build assets” situation. The Yankees could get a very solid return from guys like Kuroda and Boone Logan from contending teams.
    ——————————————-
    If they get to that point they might as well trade Robbie too.

    The have about 4-5 weeks to figure it out.

  62. astrocityfan June 18th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    shame,
    at this point it has to be a good news\bad news thing right? i mean he is rich but he is also arod. i just hope he picked up the check :)

  63. Patrick June 18th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Ok so we are all disappointed and maybe a little disgusted with the current state of the Yankees. Through a bizarre series of events, tomorrow you find yourself the GM of the Yankees. What do you do to fix the team? For the purposes of this exercise, Hal Steinbrenner is completely hands off in the decision making, except he demands that the payroll next season is $189 million or less. Do you try to win now? Do you play for the future? Do you completely punt in 2014 and try to assemble a championship team for 2015 and beyond?

  64. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    You mean playing at home took precedent over an offer that didn’t exist..? Color me shocked.
    ———————————————————————————–

    Chavez can’t play full time but he’s hitting .325 with 7 homers and 25 RBI.. He said that the Yanks were going after pitching first before looking at him. I think he would have went home even over the Yanks offer. He was really good here though. Great role player.

  65. blake June 18th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    @McCulloughSL: Mark Teixeira altered his mechanics to compensate for wrist discomfort. He credited K. Long for noticing, attempting to correct on Saturday.

    So we are changing our swing to compensate for the wrist but are still ok to play?

  66. Hankflorida June 18th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Almonte will play againt righties and Welles against Lefties with Boesch waiting to get off the DL if Almonte can’t hack it. Neal will DH against Lefties with Musty also waiting to replace him if he falters. These are the cards that Giradi has been dealt unless there are trades available that will not effect the salary cap next year.

  67. Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Almonte’s AAA splits :

    2013 (Triple-A):
    vs. RHP: .303/.377/.451
    vs. LHP: .281/.342/.328

  68. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I really don’t think it had anything to do with that.
    =============
    tyler

    i don’t think he liked being in the middle of the alex bs last oct.

  69. tbone1570 June 18th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    astrocityfan June 18th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:35 pm
    At dawn….. Look to the east…. Arod will be riding Shadowfax

    Best. Post. Ever.

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

    You can’t go wrong with Tolkien! :)

  70. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    “Do you try to win now?”

    No.

    “Do you play for the future? Do you completely punt in 2014 and try to assemble a championship team for 2015 and beyond?”

    Yes. I would prioritize development.

  71. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Shame-

    I usually don’t follow all that off-field gossip garbage but I thought he has been dating someone this whole time. Then you have the baseball incident from the ALCS and I’m sure many more instances like the one with her. He’s definitely a character, haha. Can’t imagine the conversations the guy has. Doesn’t seem like they would be very wide ranging lol.

  72. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    mick-

    You could be right. Nobody really commented on it so it’s all speculation. I know that his actual quotes were complimentary and he was supposedly very warm to teammates when the D-Backs were at the Stadium earlier in the year. Maybe he does hold some inner resentment over that situation. Hard to blame him if he did… what a mess that was.

  73. blake June 18th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    @McCulloughSL: Q: “This might be a stupid question.” Tex: “Don’t ever start a question like that!” Could Tex face RHP as RHH? “That is a stupid question.”

  74. Against All Odds June 18th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    mick June 18th, 2013 at 4:31 pm
    12 million down the drain
    ================
    do we really care about Hals money?
    —————————-

    Since 189 has been a main talking point of Hal yes we should care.

  75. Chip June 18th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    blake June 18th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    In light of this news…..the yanks need a RH bat something terrible. Their only hope vs lefties really was for Tex to hit then and Youk to hit them
    ———————-

    Carlos Quentin?

  76. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    @McCulloughSL: Q: “This might be a stupid question.” Tex: “Don’t ever start a question like that!” Could Tex face RHP as RHH? “That is a stupid question.”
    ——————————————————————————————–

    Lol, that is pretty funny.

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock June 18th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    What would be brilliant would be Alex Coming back refreshed and healthy the time off throws off the years. Jete does the same.

  78. Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    There are some right-handed free-agent bats that might be available once their teams are out of the race.
    Mike Morse?
    Justin Morneau?

  79. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    @McCulloughSL: Mark Teixeira altered his mechanics to compensate for wrist discomfort. He credited K. Long for noticing, attempting to correct on Saturday.
    ================
    lame attempt to stick up for good ol boy KLong.
    Tex and his PR…slick.

  80. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Since 189 has been a main talking point of Hal yes we should care.
    ==============
    189 is next year.

  81. blake June 18th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Long: hey tex…..your LH swing looks even uglier than usual….you sure the wrist is ok?

    tex: yea man I’m just tryin a little more uppercut to hit bombs

  82. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:13 pm
    Almonte’s AAA splits :

    2013 (Triple-A):
    vs. RHP: .303/.377/.451
    vs. LHP: .281/.342/.328
    *****************************************************************
    I like those numbers. He has earned the promotion :)

  83. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    If they have a lineup of:

    Jeter
    Gardner
    Cano
    Alex
    Hafner
    Granderson
    Ichiro
    Cervelli
    Overbay……..with a bench of Nix, Nunez, Wells, Stewart…would that insure the AL East?
    ================================
    I’ll answer my own question.
    Yes. Even if it’s just for 2 months.

  84. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    There are some right-handed free-agent bats that might be available once their teams are out of the race.
    Mike Morse?
    Justin Morneau?
    ————————————————————————————

    I wanted them to trade for Morse in the offseason but it seems like he’s slowed down a lot. He is playing in Seattle though so maybe the change of scenery helps.

    Isn’t Morneau a lefty?

  85. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I wouldn’t trade one prospect in the top 15 right now.

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock June 18th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Cashman on wfAn

  87. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    if joe g wants to go L-R all the way with that lineup he could with

    gardy, jete,cano,alex,hafner,cervelli,grandy,rh1b we will get, ichiro

  88. MTU June 18th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    YT-

    Morneau is a lefty hitter.

  89. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    “Cashman on wfAn”

    I cant listen to his BS anymore. If you want to summarize it, feel free.

  90. Against All Odds June 18th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    Since 189 has been a main talking point of Hal yes we should care.
    ==============
    189 is next year.

    ——————-

    And they’ve spent the last 3 yrs talking about it.

  91. Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Tyler

    Sorry, Morneau is a lefty, but he is a FA probably available as a rental

  92. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    i dont hear or see cash on fan w/ mike

  93. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I hope Gardy is still hot and can start a rally in the bottom of the 1st.
    Early lead won’t hurt the team at all tonight or this week.

  94. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    And they’ve spent the last 3 yrs talking about it.
    ===================
    youks 12m this year has nothing to do with 189 next year

  95. Tyler June 18th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Trader-

    No worries. He’d probably be an upgrade regardless especially for a reduced price. Hesitant to trade big prospects when this team doesn’t seem like a true contender.

  96. Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    MTU

    How was your hike today?

  97. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Which Hughes is going to show up tonight? The guy makes me nervous

  98. Patrick June 18th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Rich,

    I know it’s tough to do but got any specific moves in mind?

    Personally I would assess the team’s health and performance on July 15 and go from there. If the team stays in the mix for a playoff spot and some of the players on the DL have come back healthy or are close to coming back I would make some short-term moves to bolster the roster. I think the Yankees need a right handed bat in the worst way so that would be my priority.

    If on the other hand the Yankees are not winning games, the injured players aren’t coming back I would cut my losses and trade Kuroda, Granderson, Joba, Hughes, Hafner and Cano to try and get prospects back.

    Here is where we run into a lot of supposition but I’m bored so whatever. For 2014 I don’t think there is any way the Yankees will be competitive. Right now the 2014 roster looks like:

    Sabathia
    Phelps
    Pineda
    Nova
    Warren ?

    Robertson
    ??

    Gardner CF
    Jeter SS
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez DH
    Cervelli C
    Wells LF
    Adams 3B
    Joseph 2B
    Ichiro RF

    Maybe I would spend money on one or two of McCann, Choo, Johnson, Lincecum. Basically i would try to target guys that I think will be good for at least 3-4 more years and fill a need. We aren’t competing in 2014, have to think more about 2015 and beyond.

    Looking at the list of prospects we have it looks like after 2014 we could be expecting Sanchez, Williams, Austin and Heathcott ready to contribute. Jeter is off the payroll. Potential free agents = Kershaw, Sandoval, Headley ..

  99. Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    There is so much love for Adams but the guy is still in a very extended slump right now.

    He started off very well and has cooled off considerably.

  100. Against All Odds June 18th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Warning Track Power June 18th, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    Which Hughes is going to show up tonight? The guy makes me nervous

    ——————————-

    Probably good Hughes looking to continue the streak.

  101. blake June 18th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    June 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    I wouldn’t trade one prospect in the top 15 right now.

    Never say never…..Id trade lots of them for the right player that can hit a baseball and is under 30 years old

  102. tucker June 18th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Yanks could use Mike Pagliarulo right now …

  103. Against All Odds June 18th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:28 pm
    And they’ve spent the last 3 yrs talking about it.
    ===================
    youks 12m this year has nothing to do with 189 next year

    ——————————————–

    It does because they were set on offering a bunch of 1 yr deals minus Ichiro’s. Every move they do or don’t make has to do with 189.

  104. J. Alfred Prufrock June 18th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Says Cervelli back mid July, Jete after ASB said Tex didn’t come too soon likes Pineda progress said can’t predict cell future not much else they talk to Girardi next

  105. Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Tyler and MTU

    Wow I just looked at morneau’s splits- good BA but where has the power gone?

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

  106. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    e tu G. Love?

  107. austinmac June 18th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Chavez had no offer or assurance of an offer from the Yankees. He saw how it was going, one small move at a time and he was far down the list, if on it at all. He gets a good offer from the team where he lives, and he said he was happy. Of course, he did. I have never heard him say he didn’t want to return or chose Arizona. He had no choice.

  108. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    It does because they were set on offering a bunch of 1 yr deals minus Ichiro’s.
    ========
    please explain.

  109. Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Patrick

    Kuroda has a full NTC

    Good post.

  110. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Patrick

    Are they sticking to the $189m, if so for how long.

    If it’s more than a year, there is no way I would re-sign Cano or Hughes.

    “Kuroda, Granderson, Joba, Hughes, Hafner and Cano to try and get prospects back.”

    I would begin looking to trade all of them now (and Wells, if someone is as gullible as our GM).

    I would even trade CC if I was overwhelmed.

    Jeter would stay. He’s too important to the franchise, and if I owned the team, I would inform him that he can buy-in to ownership when he retires. If he owns part of another team, his PR value here would be greatly diminished.

    I definitely have interest in Choo.

    McCann depends on if he is willing to share time with Murphy, if he projects to be in the ML next season.

  111. MTU June 18th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    YT-

    Fantastic.

    Thanks for asking.

  112. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Mike saying Pineda was a long term move.

  113. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    “Never say never…..Id trade lots of them for the right player that can hit a baseball and is under 30 years old”

    Again, I would need to have a firm idea of Hal’s salary parameters for the next two seasons, and I would put the age threshold at 28.

  114. austinmac June 18th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    YT,

    The power is gone to Target center. I would love Morneau at NYS, and would sure give up Hughes or Nova for him. But, until Teixiera is gone for sure, it will never happen.

  115. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    “Mike saying Pineda was a long term move.”

    Given how important he thinks a relieva is, I’m surprised that he doesn’t want Pineda to be a closa.

  116. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Carter in Houston. Is he a 1b?

  117. tucker June 18th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I would trade any 3-4 prospects in the Yanks system right now for Giancarlo Stanton.

  118. pkyankfan69 June 18th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    He came up as a 1B but has played corner OF also… Dunno if how he is defensively.

  119. mick June 18th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Andy McCullough @McCulloughSL

    Teixeira will remain in New York during injury, as he doesn’t want to be away from Long for too, ahem, long. Says Long knows his swing best.
    =============================
    Long must be asking for help. Fears for his job.

  120. Yankee Trader June 18th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    This is what the Yankees challenge is tonight. Ryu pitched his 1st CG a two hitter at the end of May vs the Angels.

    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly enjoyed watching Ryu.

    “It’s more of an artist for me, being able to throw both sides of the plate and changing speeds. It’s the art of pitching,” he said, describing Ryu as deceptive.

    “He’s a guy whose change-up and off-speed is so good. Now all of a sudden he’s throwing more fastballs,” Mattingly said, noting Ryu’s pitches clocked 93 mph late in the game.

    Ryu said, “When the fastball works, everything becomes more effective.”

    The rookie is unusual in that he doesn’t throw between starts, something the Dodgers agreed to after signing him to a $36 million, six-year deal that made Ryu the first player ever to go directly , the Korean league to the major leagues.

  121. tbone1570 June 18th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    McCann depends on if he is willing to share time with Murphy, if he projects to be in the ML next season.

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

    Let’s not let the tail wag the dog just yet. McCann is a legit ML catcher, Murphy’s just a minor leaguer that’s shown so promise. Let Murphy earn the playing time based on merit, not projections.

  122. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    “Let’s not let the tail wag the dog just yet. McCann is a legit ML catcher, Murphy’s just a minor leaguer that’s shown so promise. Let Murphy earn the playing time based on merit, not projections.”

    It’s a fair point, but from my point of view, it’s time to commit to development.

  123. RayVT June 18th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Maybe the Yanks can trade for Montero. I bet he is available! Maybe Ackley too.

  124. tbone1570 June 18th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    “Let’s not let the tail wag the dog just yet. McCann is a legit ML catcher, Murphy’s just a minor leaguer that’s shown so promise. Let Murphy earn the playing time based on merit, not projections.”

    It’s a fair point, but from my point of view, it’s time to commit to development.

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

    I agree, it is time to commit to developing the young guys, but given the track record of the folks currently responsible for developing players, I’m concerned that they can’t do it.

  125. Rich in NJ June 18th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    “I agree, it is time to commit to developing the young guys, but given the track record of the folks currently responsible for developing players, I’m concerned that they can’t do it.”

    But then we are on a slippery slope to nowhere.

    Obviously, I would clean house of from the GM on down.

  126. champ809 June 18th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Just an observation…

    I think that the Culver pick is going to look alot different in 2 years…

    There is no question that his glove is legit and his D is GG caliber.

    He’s also a great baserunner with a very high game IQ.

    I see him making big strides with the bat now that he’s a RH only hitter. He’s on pace for 12-15 HRs/ 25 2Bs and 60+ walks his 1st year facing RHP from the right side. If he ends the season with the BAA at .250 give or take then I think he did a helluva job and would be poised to improve on those #’s next season in Tampa.

    If he can become a .275-.290/ 15-18 HR/ 30+ 2B/ 25-30 steals #2 hole hitter who plays a GG level SS then he’s homerun at the spot he got drafted at. If he’s that player and ready for 2015 then alot of “experts” will be eating crow.

  127. blake June 18th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    “I think that the Culver pick is going to look alot different in 2 years…”

    Certainly hope so….

  128. blake June 18th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    @McCulloughSL: Teixeira will remain in New York during injury, as he doesn’t want to be away from Long for too, ahem, long. Says Long knows his swing best.

  129. comnsnse June 18th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    champ809, are you a relative of anyone in the organization who actually recommended Culver?

    Who was rated by every scouting service, BA etc. as a possible third round talent?

    Are you aware of how many outstanding middle infielders defensively there are out there?

    Are you aware that Iglesias could’t make the Sox until Middleton got hurt and the Sox were forced to use him and his defensive prowess?

    Today we look for offensive SS’s who have at least Jeter/Dent type defense, i.e. limited range but handle everything hit near them almost flawlessly,Tulo, Desmond, Peguero,Ramirez etc.

    This young man has been mired in Low A for two years and while I agree he can run and throw and is a good fielder, so was Ramiro Pena!

  130. comnsnse June 18th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Blake, did you just make that up? ;)

    If Tex actually said that I’d offer him a buyout tomorrow.

    Maybe the team has a need for a “site monitor”, who makes these kinds of comments?

  131. comnsnse June 18th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Yes he most certainly will look different, two years older! ;)

    This fellow was drafted for financial reasons, cheap labor…..it’s all the vogue in America today!

  132. comnsnse June 18th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Champ, with that .250 avg. you predict we may even see him sometime….! ;)

    But Champ, while we’re young please!


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