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Pregame notes: “Hopefully he will bring some offense”

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Here’s one problem the Yankees have run into: Despite acknowledging that their offense is a mess right now, there’s not a lot they can do without going outside of the organization. Their top Triple-A hitters are hurt, their injured big leaguers are still several weeks away, and their bench players aren’t exactly pounding their way into regular playing time.

Today, the Yankees made a few of the only moves readily available, and the video above is of Joe Girardi discussing the basics of those moves, but here’s a little more.

1. Reid Brignac was designated for assignment
Girardi didn’t try to come up with some hard-to-believe story to explain this move, it was made strictly because Brignac hasn’t hit. As a left-handed infielder, he seemed to be a solid fit, but he’s brought next to nothing at the plate. He’s a fine glove, but so is Alberto Gonzalez.

“Hopefully (Gonzalez) will bring some offense, a little bit more offense,” Girardi said.

Yes, a career .242/.279/.319 was called up to add offense, and the move makes perfect sense. That’s what it’s come to.

2. David Adams named regular third baseman
In connection to the Brignac move, Adams will no longer be viewed as a platoon player getting his only at-bats against lefties. Girardi said that he essentially views Jayson Nix as the everyday shortstop, Adams as the everyday third baseman and Gonzalez as a true backup who will play only occasionally (and, I assume, play some late-innings defense).

That means Adams is getting a chance to prove himself again. He got off to a terrific start in his first eight games, but he’s since hit just .122/.140/.143. He’ll obviously have to do more than that to keep this job, but for now, it seems to be his.

“I think there’s adjustments that teams make to players, and players need to turn around and make adjustments to teams,” Girardi said. “They get a better idea of what you can do. And he’s probably used to playing more on a regular basis than he has been here, and when I say that, he was generally playing three days on, one day off, six of the seven days of the week, sometimes when you’re first called up, things are a little bit different, and you have to adjust to your role, but that’s okay.”

3. Zoilo Almonte put into the starting lineup
Almonte is a switch hitter who’s better from the left side, which made him kind of a poor fit for a while. The Yankees outfield was supposed to be full of lefties, then they added Brennan Boesch, then Vernon Wells got off to such a start that he was playing against lefties and righties.

Today, though, Curtis Granderson is still on the DL, Boesch is also hurt, and Wells has looked overmatched for a month. Suddenly, Almonte’s left-handed bat seems like a pretty decent fit in the outfield. He was hitting .303/.377/.451 against right-handers down in Triple-A, and he gets his first big league start against a right-hander tonight.

“I think anytime you’re out there it’s an opportunity,” Girardi said. “There’s a lot of guys where you say, we’re going to give a guy a day off, then he does well. And he’s playing a second day. And then one more. And then all of a sudden, he’s playing a lot more. Anytime you go out there, it’s an opportunity.”

Curtis Granderson• Curtis Granderson is with the Yankees through the weekend, then he’ll head down to Tampa to begin the next phase of his rehab. For now, his hand literally won’t close because it’s been in a protective cast for so long. Once he gets to the point that he can grip a bat, he’ll begin to do so. “Once we can grab it, probably similar to what we did with this (broken forearm),” Granderson said. “Get back in the pool with a small object similar to a bat, then graduate to the one-hand bat, then to a larger bat, probably some dry swings, tee, toss, but I’m assuming once we get that going, things should – hopefully – go relatively quick.”

• Granderson has been able to play catch and lift with his lower body, so he said he feels in pretty good shape, just has to go through all the necessary steps before playing in a game again. He said he expects the rehab process to be roughly the same as it was for his previous injury. “In terms of the timing before I can play a game, I think that stuff should be the same,” he said.

• Boone Logan was hit by a comebacker yesterday, but he’s fine.

• The Yankees have traded for right-handed reliever Yoshinori Tateyama, agreeing to send future considerations to the Rangers. Tateyama was a pretty good big league pitcher in 2011, struggled in limited appearances last year and had a 1.38 WHIP in Triple-A this season. He’ll go to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. “I think anytime you’re on the Triple-A roster you have an opportunity to help the team in the long run,” Girardi said. “I really believe that if we didn’t believe he could help us we wouldn’t have acquired him.”

• MLB Trade Rumors also reported that the Yankees signed lefty Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal. Zagurski has some big league time. Seems safe to lump him in with Josh Spence and David Huff (who’s pitched pretty well out of the Triple-A rotation).

• Speaking of minor league moves: The Yankees announced that catcher Peter O’Brien has been promoted from Charleston to Tampa. So has pitcher Alex Smith, but the O’Brien move stands out because it surely means that Gary Sanchez is close to a promotion from Tampa to Trenton to fill the spot vacated by J.R. Murphy’s recent promotion to Triple-A. O’Brien has been crazy good this year — .325/.394/.619 — so he’s a legit name to know.

• Girardi left no doubt that he now considers Adams a lineup regular, but he didn’t commit to the same thing with Almonte. “Go day by day,” he said. Seems a little premature to think Almonte is definitely replacing Wells against right-handers, but it seems he’s getting at least a chance to do so.

UPDATE: While I was writing this, apparently Ivan Nova was scratched from his Triple-A start — Zach Nuding starting instead — which certainly seems like an indication that Nova could make a big league start this week (Yankees need someone after the doubleheader). Also, Donnie Collins reports that Corey Paterson is in the Triple-A lineup. Moves!

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67 Responses to “Pregame notes: “Hopefully he will bring some offense””

  1. ac1 June 21st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    We need to move forward not backward!
    ___

    if they were going to stick with the kids, then yes.
    But if they are going to keep playing Wells, Hafner, etc….. It might as well be Manny.
    It’s just this year.
    Again, this is in the scenario where they aren’t patient with Almonte, Adams, etc and insist on letting Wells continue to grace us every night.

  2. ac1 June 21st, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Now i do hope Adams relaxes and makes the best of the opportunity. Last time someone was handed an opp like this was Nunez and he failed then got hurt and hurt and hurt.

  3. Jerkface June 21st, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Mariano already has a million WS rings. I’d rather he get to play CF in the last NYS game for 9 innings than trade away prospects for the likes of a washed up Soriano.

  4. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    If Cano wants to lollygag physically and mentally, on top of playing hardball at the negotiating table, I would bench his butt after the trade deadline if the Yanks are out of contention.

  5. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Let the grand experiment begin.

    This is a brave new world for the Yankees.

    The baseball Gods have ordained that youngsters shall have their day(s).

    :)

  6. blake June 21st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    “Even if that’s true (I’m skeptical), their self-scouting has been subpar, having traded their best prospects even as the team was showing signs of age.”

    Rich,
    Fair points…..hey the yankssy get to pick earlier next year!

  7. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Ronnier.

    Get healthy dude.

    Your day is coming too.

    ;)

  8. RayVT June 21st, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Hi MTU! Great to see you! What I’ve always thought is instead of copying what everyone is copying, invent your own. The Yanks when they have been successful have made their own path. Basically re-sign your own & add veterans with 1 or 2 youngsters at most in a season. Yanks have been able to trade for players to supply relief from contract restraints for other teams. This patern works, but it cost money.

    IMO, Cash sold a new wrinkle to Hal & the gang saying he could provide them a cheaper version by cornering the market on high priced young merchandise (miLB SP & Catchers.). It hasn’t panned out yet, but it still could.

    Do the Yanks need to get younger, sure. How many opportunities did they miss out on to do so when only $$ were involved? Holliday? Darvish? Puig? Cole? Others?

    What everyone s copying basically doesn’t work.

  9. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Some of you are jumpin’ the gun thinking the Yanks are immediately gonna flood this team with whipper snappers. Nobody is raisin’ a white flag until After the cavalry arrives and has their say.

  10. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Not that they should rush Curtis back, but he is going to have to hurry it a bit if there’s any chance to break another body part before August.

  11. Warning Track Power June 21st, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    seems like a day does not go by without Yankee transactions occurring.

  12. blake June 21st, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    The Calvary ……is that Arod on Shadowfax?

  13. Hankflorida June 21st, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Granderson being hurt was big blow for the Yankees, and Boesch being hurt compounds the issue. Losing two outfielders with major league experience and the ability to take advantage of the right field porch cannot be replaced by either Neal or Almonte. Yankees need home runs to score and that has been their calling card for many years as they do not manufacture runs.

  14. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Ray-

    Good to see you too.

    Hope all is well in your world.

    What I meant by coying didn’t mean copying what doesn’t work but what does.

    For example, There is something the Rays are doing that produces a fairly steady stream of good young arms IMO.

    Can we learn from that ?

    Take the Cards. Look at the way they have developed and constructed their lineup.

    It’s a pretty good one. It isn’t just haphazard luck at work there IMO.

    So what are they doing right ?

    Etc.

    ;)

  15. tomingeorgia June 21st, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    The Calvary ……is that Arod on Shadowfax?
    ——–
    The second coming of whom?

  16. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    “The Calvary ……is that Arod on Shadowfax?”

    My sources tell me that Arod put on a power show in BP. And Pineda was popping mitts in March. Future is bright; bring shades.

  17. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Actually, another source says it was a breathalyzer that Pineda was popping, so the jury might still be out on that one. :neutral:

  18. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Mister Tom-

    How bout we dust off that old Deming book of yours and send it to Cashman and Co. ?

    Might help.

    :)

  19. Niblick June 21st, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Same old hateful venom spewing from DONNYBROOK – who apparently didn’t know how to turn Caps Lock off.

  20. blake June 21st, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    “My sources tell me that Arod put on a power show in BP. And Pineda was popping mitts in March. Future is bright; bring shades.”

    A blindfold might be better

  21. blake June 21st, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    “The Calvary ……is that Arod on Shadowfax?
    ——–
    The second coming of whom?”

    The ghost of Arod past

  22. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Nick-

    Pineda has a much more sober attitude towards his work these days.

    He’s a changed Man.

    :)

  23. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Yea, and Neal was tearing the cover off the ball in AAA also. Obviously, there is a world of difference between AAA and The Show. I would prefer the Yanks promote a player the Yankee scouts will stand behind, regardless of what his numbers are. Should the kid go under, the scout goes under. And just where are all these scouts that said Vernon Wells was swinging like he did before signing that ridiculous contract?
    We got a rookie at 3B, a utility infielder at SS, and a guy playing 2B that’s as confused as Lou Costello when it comes to how many outs there are. Not Good.

  24. tomingeorgia June 21st, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Mister MTU,
    I’ll try to find it after my 68th birthday dinner tonight, but I fear 6 Sigma is over most FO’s heads.

  25. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Blake-

    We need to drink some sippin’ whiskey together.

    Get your mind right.

    ;)

  26. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Mister Tom-

    Are you really that young ?

    Happy Birthday Amigo.

    :)

  27. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Mariano already has a million WS rings. I’d rather he get to play CF in the last NYS game for 9 innings than trade away prospects for the likes of a washed up Soriano.
    _

    Nice, and yeah, I agree.

  28. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    MTU, I sure as heck hope so. I’m counting on young Pineda to do big thing$ this year.

  29. fantasygame101 June 21st, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    For me, almonte makes an out, experience gained. Wells make an out, too much experienced.

  30. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Nick-

    Would smallish big things be OK ?

  31. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    If Pat is right that they view Pineda has needing three years to reach his potential, then I don’t know how it makes sense not to take the time to get his FA year back.

  32. tomingeorgia June 21st, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Mister MTU,
    Yeah, but I could still go on a couple of mile hikes with you, if the pace were moderate.

    Should I be insulted by the “that young” part?

  33. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Rumor going around that Pena is gonna be holding a flash card over his head to signify how many outs there are.

  34. RayVT June 21st, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    MTU June 21st, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    The Rays were helped immensely by picking 1st or near that for years. Now they are sustaining it by trading their stars for young talent. It works for them, but the Yanks would need to be bottom feeders for 4 or 5 years to use that system.

    The Cards are a better example. They have brought in FA hitters & created Pitchers. (Dave Duncan reclaimed a ton of arms from cast offs.) Cards seem to be able to do that still.

    The Yankees don’t appear to have the same talent in Coaches or scouting to do what the Cards have done.

    What has worked for the Yankees is maintaining the status quo (keeping their own) & adding FA. The Yanks stopped ½ ofthe formula & decided to try to do things differently. The Yanks have always had 1 or 2 guys in the miLB that other teams have wanted to pickup 1 key player every year or two.

    The new Dodgers have tried to copy the Yankees & they have tons of MLB talent but not much depth there to replace anyone from their miLB system which is a disaster. They didn’t have the sustained part & no way to patch with miLB players so they aren’t doing too well now.

    The Yanks are a $3B team franchise & the players on the field right now are not as talented as almost any other team. If it weren’t for the exquisite pittching & BP the Yanks would be 20 games out. The luster of the Yanks could actually cost the Yanks Corporation a $1B in value. George understood the teams value & he maintained in spite of himself sometimes.

    IMO, the Yanks could end up being a repeat of the late 60′s if the FO thinks saving $$ to make $$ is the right path. If you think about it, you coud take a well maintained miLB team & build the MLB team by spending & duplicate what the Yanks have done cheaper than perhaps fixing a broken Yankee team franchise.

  35. Jerkface June 21st, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    If Pat is right that they view Pineda has needing three years to reach his potential

    So their plan is to have him reach his potential as a free agent?

  36. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Mister Tom-

    I don’t think so. I’ll be 64 this year.

    I’m in the same neighborhood.

    :)

  37. Jerkface June 21st, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The Cards are a better example. They have brought in FA hitters & created Pitchers. (Dave Duncan reclaimed a ton of arms from cast offs.) Cards seem to be able to do that still.

    They’ve also made their own hitters. They have guys from their farm that are hitting at an above average level and then supplemented around them with guys like Holliday and Beltran. They have done a disgusting good job. If the Yankees could get close to that kind of system with the ability to outspend near everyone in FA that’d be swell.

  38. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    If the smallish things add up to five wins, sign me up.

  39. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    “So their plan is to have him reach his potential as a free agent?”

    Is that the timeframe?

    I’m not sure if you saw it, but Pat M. had said that their “thinking” is that Pineda can be close to Darvish in three years, but they opted for Pineda over Darvish for “accounting” reasons.

  40. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I give the Cards credit, but it is Easier to cultivate or rejuvinate pitching talent in the NL.

  41. Niblick June 21st, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Rumor has it DONNYBROOK has a brain. Rumor disproved by repeated idiotic postings.

  42. blake June 21st, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    We need to drink some sippin’ whiskey together.”

    When/where?

  43. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    New York Daily News ?@nydailynews 1m
    Mets place Jon Niese on the 15-day DL with partial tear of his rotator cuff: http://nydn.us/15rqNF7

  44. blake June 21st, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    “They’ve also made their own hitters. They have guys from their farm that are hitting at an above average level and then supplemented around them with guys like Holliday and Beltran. They have done a disgusting good job. If the Yankees could get close to that kind of system with the ability to outspend near everyone in FA that’d be swell”

    Who could have known that Holliday and Beltran were good ideas…….

  45. RayVT June 21st, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Jerkface June 21st, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I totally agree. But it is easier to be a supporting cast from miLB rather than the cornerstone. FA have been that for them to a large degree.

  46. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    “I’m not sure if you saw it, but Pat M. had said that their “thinking” is that Pineda can be close to Darvish in three years, but they opted for Pineda over Darvish for “accounting” reasons.”

    That sounds backwards, but if that account, properly re-arranged, is an accurate representation of the “thinking”, it would have been before the trade was made, not now.

  47. Against All Odds June 21st, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    —————————–

    How long ago did he say that or was it early today?

  48. RayVT June 21st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Tom! Hope you have many many more!!!

  49. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Ray-

    I’m not a fan of austerity.

    I have always thought and continue to think Hal is a seller.

    He’s trying to do just enough to keep the cow looking healthy w/o overspending.

    The tipoff for me was when they didn’t pursue guys who were just about money and who would have really helped.

    I couldn’t explain that satisfactorily to myself with the standard explanations.

    Passing on guys like Chapman,Sano, Puig, Cespedes, Soler, etc. did not make sense unless you postulate that they just were too expensive for the purpose at hand.

    Just my 2 cent theory. As usual I’ll probably be wrong.

    :)

  50. tomingeorgia June 21st, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    blake June 21st, 2013 at 6:02 pm
    We need to drink some sippin’ whiskey together.”

    When/where?
    ——–
    Can I come?

  51. comnsnse June 21st, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Ray, check my post, last on the previous thread and let me know your thoughts.

    Thank you

  52. blake June 21st, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    “When/where?
    ——–
    Can I come?”

    Sure but you have to bring bbq

  53. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Blake-

    They don’t have it out here. So it would probably have to be in your part of the woods.

    Only true rednecks and honorary rednecks know how to make it.

    I’m not gonna ask for much first. Just famous enough to afford a trip.

    :)

  54. Dumper Pumper Jr June 21st, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Yankees sign Corey Patterson
    Things are happening

  55. RayVT June 21st, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    blake June 21st, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    It was pretty obvious. Maybe I’m totally wrong here, but Cash leaves me feeling like he wants to prove how good he is so he ties one hand behind his back to make it more even. No one cares if you spend $1M or $600M to win a WS, folks only remember if you di or not.

    I think Cash has a niche for getting the RP & a veteran bat that will exceed expectations. Where he has seeming had issues is with maintaining the level of talent & also with trying to rid the Yanks of certain players. Who here misses Posada? Who missed him last year? Who missed Bernie as a RH bat the year they let him go?

  56. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    “Passing on guys like Chapman,Sano, Puig, Cespedes, Soler, etc. did not make sense unless you postulate that they just were too expensive for the purpose at hand.”

    You could be right, but you/we might be looking at a lot of the moves and non-moves through the filter of what makes sense to us.

    An even simpler explanation for a lot of what vexes us could be that the person who is now most in charge is 1) very new at this and still (hopefully) learning his way and 2) possibly getting advice from multiple directions, some of it contradictory.

  57. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Signing Corey Patterson is NOT a happening.

    It might be a random event though.

    :)

  58. tomingeorgia June 21st, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    blake,
    No, you have to do it in your Big Green Egg.

  59. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Cashman has trouble constructing a cohesive 40 Man Roster.

  60. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Nick-

    I was right on Jaso. My one true victory.

    Trust me.

    :)

  61. BD (Boston Dave) June 21st, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    was this already discussed?

    “Heyman hears that Cano appears to be aiming for a deal rivaling Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million contract with the club.”

    good luck dude – have fun on the Dodgers.

  62. MTU June 21st, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Another new one ——>

  63. BD (Boston Dave) June 21st, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    “While Cano isn’t speaking abut contract talks publicly, he is said to have suggested to some friends that he’d like somewhere in the neighborhood of $275 million — yes, the very same as the famed Alex Rodriguez Yankees contract. The Yankees aren’t believed to be anywhere near that neighborhood and, in fact, at one point suggested something a lot closer to the neighborhood of a different New York infielder, David Wright, who signed his $138 million, eight-year Mets contract last winter with a year to go before free agency.”

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/b.....ree-agency

  64. tomingeorgia June 21st, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Mister MTU,
    Ever heard of Georgia Moon? That’s legal, but I can easily procure the real stuff.

  65. RayVT June 21st, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    MTU June 21st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    You make a very good point & probably right although I don’t want to think about it! LOL!

  66. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    “I was right on Jaso. My one true victory.”

    That just means you’ve been upgraded from double secret probation to regular probation. ;)

    :arrow:

  67. comnsnse June 21st, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    News Corp will ultimately purchase total control of the Yankee brand.

    They need product and the Steinboys and girls need estate certainty!

    Wall St. And Corporate America once again benefit fro free market socialism while workers labor in a capitalist structure!

    Why pretty soon the suits will figure out how to make robots play the game then.

    No paychecks for humans, managers,coaches, umps, just a mechanic with an oil can!

    Wealth moving in inverse proportion to real labor..we’re doomed!


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