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Adams’ struggles continue

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 24, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

David AdamsThe Yankees haven’t exactly been an offensive juggernaut with all their injuries. Among other areas, they need more production out of a production position – third base.

With Reid Brignac’s departure, Joe Girardi is going with Jayson Nix as the primary shortstop and rookie David Adams as the primary third baseman for now. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez presumably will return sometime after the All-Star break.

It would help if Adams chipped in with some hits like he did in Triple-A and right after he arrived last month. After getting off to a .316 start with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he got off to a .323 start in his first eight games with the Yankees.

But he has tailed off markedly since then. This month, he’s just 4 for 35. His average is down to .191. I spoke to Adams before Sunday’s 3-1 loss in the series finale against the Rays. He has an idea what the problem has been.

“I think it’s just trying to put pressure on myself, honestly, just trying to do too much, just getting away from my strengths and what I’m good at,” Adams said. “So I think it’s just simplifying things and getting back to just trusting my plan.”

Then he finished hitless in four at-bats, striking out twice along the way, including a three-pitch K against Fernando Rodney to end the game.

“We’re going to keep running him out there,” Girardi said afterward. “… Hopefully the regular playing time will get him going.”

I’ll have a full feature story on Adams’ up-and-down time in the organization Tuesday at Lohud.com/sports and in The Journal News.

Please check back here at noon today. Chad is going to have a live chat.

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85 Responses to “Adams’ struggles continue”

  1. MTU June 24th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Good morning.

    As soon as Musty is ready, if Adams still is not hitting, they should swap them out.

    Let’s see what the Cuban can offer us in that case.

  2. MTU June 24th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    “12 hits in his last 29 at-bats (.414) ”

    Think maybe JR Murphy can hit a little.

    ;)

  3. MTU June 24th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    And in other MiLB news :

    5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 2/2 GB/FB

    DePaula’s line from his 1st start at Tampa.

    Not too shabby.

    :)

  4. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Good morning all —-

    Here’s an amazing little bit of tid — not only did the Yanks only score once… Trenton and Tampa were both shut out. It would appear no one in the organization can hit.

    Another bit of tid — the AL East is now 31 games above .500. the NL Central @ + 23 is the only other division with a winning record.

    The AL is + 9 versus the NL. THAT should determine home field in the World Series, not a friggin exhibition game.

  5. Frankg June 24th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Murphy’s minor league career BA is .267 and his OPS is .739. Hope he can sustain his hot start at SW.

  6. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    DePaul sure looks like he could be special. If he does that for 5-6 more starts they should bump him up again.

  7. MTU June 24th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    86-

    If you’ve ever seen him you wouldn’t have much doubt.

    Frank-

    Me too. Guys learn. They adjust. So maybe he’s just gotten better.

    It would be great to have a C in the grand tradition of the Yankees.

    One who can hit.

  8. MTU June 24th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I’m out soon.

    Hike day today.

  9. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    “The AL is + 9 versus the NL. THAT should determine home field in the World Series, not a friggin exhibition game.”
    ================================================
    last w/e of the season and the astros are starting some chump who spent the entire season on the corpus christie hooks against the miami marlins who’ve decided to go with a commitee of relievers to start the last game of the season.

    only thing is, homefield advantage in the WS hangs in the balance…..

  10. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    ive heard people complain about the ASG determining the HFA for years but i still havent heard any suggestion of how to do it better that is actually better.

    id say the one that makes the most sense is the league that’s defending its championship should get HFA.

  11. astrocityfan June 24th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Murphy’s minor league career BA is .267 and his OPS is .739

    Wouldnt this be a vast improvement over what Romine is doing?

  12. NYYROC June 24th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    How about of the 2 teams that make it to WS, the team with best record gets HFA.

  13. astrocityfan June 24th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    HFA should go to the team with the better record. Regular season that is. The long slog should mean something and it might keep teams who have a divison lead playing harder at the end to keep up with other divison leaders. Just my two cents

  14. Shame Spencer June 24th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Is one more good start from Nova enough to make him the centerpiece of a deal..? He’s got more value than Hughes just in terms of cost and years of control.

  15. Shame Spencer June 24th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    @KenDavidoff

    IMHO (the “H” is insincere), the #Yankees should go one round with a six-man starting rotation for Nova & Hughes. http://bit.ly/134U5i7

  16. Shame Spencer June 24th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Did anyone read the full SI article about Robbie? I haven’t gotten a chance.. I think my dad has a subscription..

  17. NYYROC June 24th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Regarding PH & Nova…kind of a moot point. That spot is Pineda’s when he is ready.
    Don’t like 6 man rotation..all it means is they can’t make up their minds…like in 2011 when they couldn’t decide between AJ and PH.

  18. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    hughes to the giants for marco scutaro.

  19. NYYROC June 24th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I think a trade will eventually solve the rotation “problem”. They need hitting. Their surplus is in pitching. Something’s gotta give.

  20. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    robbie cano to the dodgers for hanram and puig.

  21. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Ys Guy —-

    In your dreams, but I like the idea

    I’d rather take RYU and Ethier or RYu and Han-Ram…. those might be possible

    I don’t like W.S. home field to the best record because the AL Champ and NL Chmap will not have played at all comparable schedules. Either go with the league that won inter league play or the team that had a better inter league record OR just go back to alternating years.

    NYYROC — Agree completely. A six-man rotation is dumb and shows an unwillingness to make a tough decision.

  22. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    i always forget when posting a stupid trade suggestion to put WHO SAYS NO after it to intimidate….

  23. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    everyone wants a lopsided trade…. nothing wrong with that!

  24. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    i think the dodgers would be open to a hanram for cano deal. hanrams continued his injured, inconsistent ways out there and they’d probably like to apply the $16M they owe him next year to a robbie cano contract.
    but jayz probably wont be open to negotiating a deal with the dodgers with the trade pending.

  25. yankeefeminista June 24th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    “Murphy’s minor league career BA is .267 and his OPS is .739″

    These numbers aren’t indicative of Murph’s hit tool though. He was always going to hit; it was just a matter of when. Also he was focused on learning how to catch, which may have taken away from his hitting a little. His first half at Trenton last season was an anomaly, park factor; he usually had good AB’s, solid approach when I saw him bat, even when he wasn’t getting on. Therefore, I always expected him to hit based on the eye test, but if you look at his stats, he also had an atypical .254 BABIP in 2012 (Trenton). He also was starting to develop more power and was hitting bombs at the end of the 2012 season/playoffs. Murph’s just got too good a bat not to hit. And he is a much better hitter than Romine.

  26. Jerkface June 24th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Easiest way to solve HFA in the WS: The team with the better record in the WS gets HFA, duh.

  27. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    jerkface —

    Don’t agree. The two teams have played few common opponents and the better record is not a meaningful measure. At least rewarding the team with the better inter league record adds some meaning to every inter league game. It’s far better than the result of the All-Star game.

  28. Triple Short of a Cycle June 24th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Prime age players rarely make it to free agency anymore, we don’t have a good track record drafting players and Hal and company don’t want to spend money on “unknowns” in the International market so how does anyone on here expect the Yankees to ever be good again once Rivera,Kuroda and Andy leave?

  29. bruceb June 24th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This team desperately needs a bat. We don’t really know what to expect from Pineda but we also have Nuno (when he comes off the DL) so we don’t need both Hughes and Nova. Surely one of them (preferably Hughes, as he’s out of contract come the end of the season) would bring back an everyday player who can hit for average?

  30. comnsnse June 24th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Jerkface, you are absolute correct with the statement “that team with best record should host WS”.

    Using other analogies like common opponents, inter league is exactly what not to do as it completely negates the entire concept of wins and losses as the determinant for success.

    If you’re trying to make it simple don’t complicate matters ,and the only reason the dopey all star game idea was introduced had nothing to do with the WS, it was about declining interest in what has now become a joke as are those same “contests” in the other major pro sports.

    It’s all about the money and the sponsors!

  31. NYYROC June 24th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I agree that fewer impact players make it to FA, teams extend their own stars. IMO the only thing Cashman did well (?) was spend George’s money. The NYY used to have a money advantage. Doesn’t seem like that anymore.
    I think to be successful, the team needs a GM who has had success with a smaller market team. SM teams have smaller margin for personnel errors. They can’t buy their way out. They usually have to be beter at scouting and developing. When they do make a trade or sign a FA they have to be right most of the time. They have to be able to find underrated players (kinda like Cashman found Swisher..I’ll give him credit for that one.).
    Doing business like it’s still 2002 isn’t going to work.

  32. Jerkface June 24th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Don’t agree. The two teams have played few common opponents and the better record is not a meaningful measure. At least rewarding the team with the better inter league record adds some meaning to every inter league game. It’s far better than the result of the All-Star game.

    Oh well why not go a step further and have HFA for the playoff series determined by your interdivision record instead of your actual record?! Won’t that be wacky? There is no reason to make interleague games ‘more important’, they’re just games. Nor is there any reason to make the all star game, an exhibition with potentially your best players being managed by potentially someone stupid, count for anything.

  33. JT June 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Adams can hit. Yanks just need to be patient.

  34. 4TrainNorth June 24th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Agree that best interleague record should have HFA in the WS. Good idea. Who cares if the AS Game means anything? Take the Houston Astro who injures himself in a home-plate collision while playing under the foolhardy assumption that the game means anything to him or his team. This dumbass idea was just Selig’s reaction to the backlash over the AS ending in a tie–nothing more.

  35. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Triple Short —

    Seriously? Is your favorite SNL character Debbie Downer?

    The Yanks will be fine. There will be improved player development at other positions — pitching and catching looks pretty good to me — there will be free agents even if not superstars and there will be international signings which will be interesting since everyone has a fixed budget.

  36. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    arod cleared to rehab!

    gotta wonder who his new ped dealer is (obviously we’ll find out sometime in the future)

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock June 24th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    JT, yes he can. Maybe Alex’s footsteps are making him tighten up. Obviously, Alex coming back healthy is the best-case scenario for the Yanks, but who’s to say Alex can handle the rigors of playing third at this point. David has to relax and be himself at the plate; one of his attributes as a hitter is his ability to stay in the moment and respond situation-ally. It does sound like they’re going to stick with him a little while longer. Maybe that will help him relax.

  38. 4TrainNorth June 24th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Thank goodness for Cousin Yuri!

  39. bruceb June 24th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    If ARod returns immediately after the ASB, it will be for three games in Boston and four in Arlington. Talk about a baptism of fire!

  40. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    JF —-

    I’d be fine to go back to alternating years. There’s nothing better.

    Using interleague play at least let’s you compare what the AL team did against NL squads and vice versa. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than a stinking exhibition game result. At least teams are trying to win inter league games.

    Here’s why I don’t like using best record:

    The AL East is +33 above .500, the NL Central is + 23. All other divisions are below .500. Those division winners have a much better chance of posting the best record because of the imbalanced schedule and thus they get to play lots of games against weaker teams.

  41. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    clearly boesch’s drugs werent as good as that dr in toronto’s…

    but the best stuff was that spit yuri was muling up from the DR.

    THAT stuff was MVP all the way!

  42. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I wonder how long it will be before Kevin Long worx his magic on Zoilo Almonte and gets him pulling every pitch?

    Seems to have accomplished it with Wells, Hafner, Overbay and Adams in rather short order.

  43. yankeefeminista June 24th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Good news on Alex! As for Adams, he is normally such a smart hitter, no ego in his AB’s. He just needs to calm down and take what the pitcher is giving him.

  44. 4TrainNorth June 24th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Calling it now: A-Rod goes yahd in his first at-bat back from the DL. And then hits .190 for a month.

  45. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    i dont blame long. the yankees screwed up monumentally in designing the OF of NYS. (aside from the restaurant that blocks everybody’s view of the field.)

    longoria’s slam the other day would not have been a homer in any other ballpark, it just cleared the wall over the auxiliary scoreboard in the power alley which is just about 362′. in the power alley.

    its a joke of a homer. you just can’t get hitters to ignore the siren song of the cheapest HR in baseball.

  46. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    and speaking of monumentally bad design, isn’t monument cave a pleasant place?

  47. 4TrainNorth June 24th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hughes will go on to have amazing success in the NL, and blame all of his Yankee troubles on those cheapy Stadium HRs.

  48. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    ESPN New York ?@ESPNNewYork 1m

    Wrist pain lingering for Mark Teixeira of New York Yankees, GM says http://dlvr.it/3YpWpR
    ____

    Just have the friggin surgery already.
    What a waste of time and energy Tex has been the last year or two.

  49. yankee21 June 24th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    If the Yankees hitters over the next couple of years do not project to be able to take advantage of the short RF porch, then NY needs to move the fence back starting in 2014.

  50. Triple Short of a Cycle June 24th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Seriously? Is your favorite SNL character Debbie Downer?

    The Yanks will be fine. There will be improved player development at other positions — pitching and catching looks pretty good to me — there will be free agents even if not superstars and there will be international signings which will be interesting since everyone has a fixed budget.

    —————————————————-

    How will there be improved player development at other positions? How are you coming to this conclusion? Yes of course there will be free agents but those free agents are on the wrong side of 30 looking for 5 plus year deals and it doesn’t matter that everyone has a fixed budget if Hal and company won’t spend on unknown talent. Your comment about the pitching in the minors looking good gave me a chuckle though.

  51. 4TrainNorth June 24th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I used to really like cheering for Mark Pavano.

  52. Triple Short of a Cycle June 24th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    What a waste of time and energy Tex has been the last year or two.

    ——————————————

    He has been a waste since 2010

  53. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I agree that the wall needs to be moved back before our younger hitters become obsessed with little league homeruns the way tex, granderson and others became.

  54. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    hughes isnt going to have amazing success anywhere, no matter how big the stadium. he has no out pitch.

  55. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    That wall is almost why i want a team full of right handed hitters.
    They either stop thinking about the short porch or they start trying to hit homers out there too, but at the same time, have to learn to hit to the opposite field to do so.

  56. Shame Spencer June 24th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Mariah Carey playing the All Star Game….Whaaaaa??? :D

  57. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    theres no way to move the fence in RF back any significant distance.

    making the fence taller is the only option to do this but once again, that’s gonna block the view of several hundred more seats.

    plexiglass wall? not a good solution but probably the only realistic hope of un-cheapening the power alley.

    i said when they were building it that they’d better have left some room to move the fences vis-a-vis the dimension problems that had already arisen in detroit, seattle, san diego and other places.

    whoever was the architect in charge was an idiot or being overruled by the money people.

  58. Shame Spencer June 24th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    At this point, Alex just needs to hit better than Adams, no? We’ve somehow used up all our back ups of back ups…

  59. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Ys, then plan b – All righty hitters.
    I know it wouldn’t happen but still i think it could be the best thing to happen to this team.

  60. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    At this point, Alex just needs to hit better than Adams, no? We’ve somehow used up all our back ups of back ups…
    ___

    Maybe Musty gets a chance if he stops getting hurt.
    Alex is going to be suspended.
    Maybe this year, maybe next year, but they will need Adams and Musty again.
    If Cano leaves, they will REALLY need Adams.

  61. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    i dont see alex playing the field alot if at all.

  62. 86w183 June 24th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Ys guy —-

    Yes, the scoreboard in RCF is a jet stream for HR, but that doesn’t excuse a B.S. approach to hitting that so many Yankees have. Yankee Stadium and its successor have rewarded dead pull hitters for almost a century and it affect some guys but not the vast majority of the roster.

    It probably is time for Tex to go ahead and have his wrist surgery.

    Triple Short —- The Yanks will spend. The Yanks will always spend. Is you don’t like the collection of Claiborne, Phelps, Warren, Banuelos, Mitchell, Montgomery, Nuno, Betances, Kahnle, Ramirez and DePaula that’s fine. I do. That’s what the system has produced in the last couple of years.

  63. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    The overspending is what gets us stuck in these A-Rod and Tex contracts. I like the thought of prospects developing and coming up and feeling an actual connection to the team when I watch games. Spray in the FA here and there, but give me better development and fill the team with Yankees. Wells, Hafner, Overbay – I am sure they are very nice people, but we have no connection to them. Wells and Hafner have been HORRIBLE since April and that only makes it worse. And the super struggles of the offense have basically ruined watching Cano also because he will either walk or go out of his zone and try to hit something he shouldnt be swinging at.

  64. NYYROC June 24th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    86, your list of pitchers is reason for hope. But given the hype vs the lack of success of PH, Joba, IPK and the “killer B’s” (that’s 6 SP!) it is reasonable to have some doubt. A lesson I’ve learned from watching the farm system in recent years is it’s great to hear about them, but I won’t believe anything until I see it at the ML level. They gotta keep trying though..someone is bound to be a star out of that group. I think Ramierz and DePaula are interesting to watch.

  65. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    not alot of that ‘team greedy’ stuff lately.

    and in a related matter…josh hamilton has hit .178 the past month and getting worse. (0 for his last 12, out of the lineup and wearing a wrist brace)

  66. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Don’t count out Banuelos yet. And actually, Betances seems to have found it in the bullpen, so there may be a future for him after all. Kennedy was developed in the system. Joba was screwed up and Hughes had his moments.

    I hold out hope that with new development, our pitching prospects are going to make it this time. We have some talent in the system.

  67. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    when you keep winning you just don’t get a shot at the top pitching talent.

    getting mid to back of the rotation pitchers is about the best you can do (hughes, nova, phelps, kennedy) or ‘arms’ that might develop into something (or might not )(betances, joba, brackman)

  68. Mike in Harrisburg June 24th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I think Tex is cooked. It has to be obvious even to him and the FO at this point that rest is not getting it done.

  69. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    getting mid to back of the rotation pitchers is about the best you can do (hughes, nova, phelps, kennedy) or ‘arms’ that might develop into something (or might not )(betances, joba, brackman)
    __

    This is why I think we need a new GM who knows how to negotiate as a seller.
    If they were to trade Cano, say they fall out of the race, they should get at least 2-3 players back and at least one should be a top prospect.

    Texas traded 4 players for a half year of Cliff Lee.
    Cano is more valuable because he plays everyday.

  70. I Am Winning June 24th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    You can do much better than back of the rotation pitchers in the draft. Not every ace is drafted top 10. Aces has been drafted in much later rounds too. Obviously the #1 pitcher of the draft gets picked so high for a reason, but many different things come into account. As far as how raw the player is, which you mentioned, sign-ability issues, if he has all of his pitches, his person make0up, etc.

  71. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    at this point, you backtime how long tex would need conservatively, from surgery to being able to start ST healthy. until that date, you can try rest or excersize or whatever to see if it helps any.

    mark derosa said it took him 2 years to get his swing back comfortably after his wrist injury.

  72. Shame Spencer June 24th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    If Cano leaves, they will REALLY need Adams.
    —————–

    LOL, what they need are legit big league players.

  73. I Am Winning June 24th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    ac1,

    You’re banking on the Yankees falling out completely within the next 30 days? If the Yankees are out of it by September he is virtually worthless. For the right team, with the right owner, with the right situation, with the need, and with the money, maybe you can get a good player in a trade, but that’s a lot of IFs for it to be worth while.

    Either way, why is everyone so excited about getting prospects? We have a great player in Cano and we want to trade him for a player that has his potential? I just don’t get it. Cashman trades player he is terrible, he signs players he is terrible, everything that Yankees management does is the wrong choice if they don’t win 162 games a year. It’s just pathetic. Baseball isn’t a set science, it’s more like art. So let it be.

  74. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    mark derosa said it took him 2 years to get his swing back comfortably after his wrist injury.
    ___

    Tex’s ‘comfortable’ swing from the left side is still ugly.

    I still believe he should accept it and become a 100% right handed hitter.

  75. Triple Short of a Cycle June 24th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Kennedy was developed in the system

    ———————————-

    He had a 4.02 ERA last year and has a 5.21 ERA this year

  76. Shame Spencer June 24th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Adams is a nice player, and I’m sure he could adjust and hit better than he has.. but he’s no prospect. He has a long (unfortunate) history with injuries. If they lose Cano they need to be all over Zobrist or something.

  77. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Either way, why is everyone so excited about getting prospects? We have a great player in Cano and we want to trade him for a player that has his potential? I just don’t get it. Cashman trades player he is terrible, he signs players he is terrible, everything that Yankees management does is the wrong choice if they don’t win 162 games a year. It’s just pathetic. Baseball isn’t a set science, it’s more like art. So let it be.
    ___

    I want to trade Cano for 4 players IF they are not going to re-sign him. Looks more and more like they are unwilling to give him the bloated deal he wants. So instead of losing him for 1 prospect, I want 4 players, 2-3 of which are high end. Like Texas did with Lee.

    Of course I want Cano here, but I do not believe yet another 250M contract is what we need, even if it is Cano.

  78. Shame Spencer June 24th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    at this point, you backtime how long tex would need conservatively, from surgery to being able to start ST healthy. until that date, you can try rest or excersize or whatever to see if it helps any.
    ——————

    They say it’s like a 4 month recovery time I think.. I dunno, I’d rather him have it now than wait until November. Maybe they see how it’s doing by like August and go from there.

  79. Don June 24th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Will Alex really play this year, or will he be suspended by MLB before he can get on the on the field?

  80. ac1 June 24th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    and for me, i think cashman does just fine for what his job is. i just think his job will be changing to less spending and more needing to figure out how to get the best with what you have, even if that means trading your better players. It’s true the Yankees are right in it, but anyone who thinks the Yankees are the best team in the AL East needs to have their head examined.

  81. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 24th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    “Wrist pain lingering for Mark Teixeira of New York Yankees, GM says http://dlvr.it/3YpWpR

    This is probably considered good news amongst a lot of fans.

  82. G. Love June 24th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Just saw the Tex news. While it hurts us against LHP, it helps our offense against RHP which we face far more often.

    Not dancing on his grave. He crushes lefties.

    But this season is about finding incremental offensive improvements and getting what you can get from them at all positions. Like jumping from Brignac to Gonzalez. Even 30 points of batting average can pay off with more runs.

    Cashman and Girardi have their work cut out for them. They could’ve done the work in the off season or years past, but it is what it is.

    Let’s see them piece this together and get us the division.

    I think it’s possible with our pitching, sans Hughes.

  83. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    so i have to call BS on my own earlier post. i thought the yankees just never got a shot at the top pitching talent due to their winning record for so many years.

    hat’s really not correct. i did a little research:

    a rough accounting of the top pitchers in baseball:
    Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, Felix Hernandez, Yu Darvish, Adam Wainwright, David Price, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Gio Gonzalez, Madison Bumgarner, R.A. Dickey, Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Mat Latos, James Shields, Kris Medlen, Jordan Zimmermann, Matt Harvey, Paul Maholm, Clay Buchholz, Hisashi Iwakuma, Alex Cobb, Jeff Samardzija, Jake Peavy, Cliff Lee, Shelby Miller, Pat Corbin, Anibal Sanchez

    hernandez , darvish, iwakuma & sanchez were IFA’s
    gio gonzalez was available in the 2004 draft (yankees had already selected phil hughes and josh potterson
    bumgarner was a 10th round pick
    latos was an 11th round pick
    jake peavy was a 15th round pick
    cliff lee was a 4th round pick
    pat corbin was a 2nd round pick (slade heathcott drafted ahead of him)
    kris medlen was a 10th round pick
    jordan zimmermann was a 2nd round pick (yanks had already picked brackman)
    clay bucholz was a 1st rd supplimental pick (yankees had already picked cj henry)
    alex cobb was a 4th round pick
    jeff samardzija was a 5th round pick

    that’s 12 of 21 of the top pitcher who were actually passed over by the yankees (to be fair, almost every one was passed on by every other team, though.)

  84. Ys Guy June 24th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    sorry, should have been *12 of the top 29 pitchers*

  85. G. Love June 24th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Y’s,

    The international free agents on that list are the one’s that irk me. That used to be our bread and butter to make up for our success that forced us to pick at the end of the draft.


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