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Questions on the last day of June

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Joe Girardi

This is the last day of June, which means much of the next month will be spent talking about potential trade targets, which prospects are most valuable — yet expendable — and whether the Yankees should consider being sellers instead of buyers. Truth be told, that’s already a pretty steady part of the conversation, and has been for several weeks already.

For now, though, the Yankees questions aren’t limited to external options. They have a few internal questions to consider as well.

Phil HughesWhat’s the role of Ivan Nova?
This is the first one that comes to mind largely because of last night’s performance. What happens with Nova going forward? His trade value is probably fairly limited based on last year’s second half and the fact he was so rocky early this season that the Yankees shipped him to Triple-A. But Phil Hughes has been inconsistent, Andy Pettitte has battled back injuries, and David Phelps was just clobbered by the Orioles. Is it time to give Nova another shot as a regular member of the rotation? Can he help out of the bullpen? Should he be stretched out again in Triple-A? His ERA is now lower than either Phelps or Hughes.

Who else can bat cleanup against lefties?
Every time Vernon Wells starts at DH and bats fourth against a lefty, there’s a nearly universal groan. Surely there’s a better option. Thing is, there might not be. Zoilo Almonte has never been a particularly good right-handed hitter in the minors. Lyle Overbay hasn’t hit lefties at all this season. Travis Hafner has struggled against them too (and there’s some desire to rest him regularly to keep him healthy). That leaves guys like David Adams, Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart. Is there an outside-the-box solution (maybe a non-typical cleanup hitter like Ichiro)? Is it worth running Hafner out there every day? Can any of the limited Triple-A options provide a boost? Clearly Wells isn’t a great cleanup option, but who is on this roster?

Is Joba Chamberlain a reliable reliever?
Let’s face it, there are only a handful of truly “reliable” relievers in baseball, and the Yankees happen to have two of them in Mariano Rivera and Dave Robertson. Chamberlain, though, is supposed to be another go-to force in the late innings. Problem is, he’s been outpitched lately by Shawn Kelley and Preston Claiborne. Before pitching a strong eighth inning on Friday, Chamberlain had allowed 14 hits and nine runs in his past 6.2 innings, which spanned most of the month of June. “I really believe that he should be a big part of our bullpen,” Joe Girardi said. “He has that type of talent and he just hasn’t gotten going since he hurt that rib cage muscle, and hopefully yesterday was the start of something good.”

Have the Yankees really run out of immediately available alternatives?
There’s a solid chance that they have, but it’s certainly worth considering over and over again as long as the offense struggles like this. Brennan Boesch, Ronnier Mustelier and Corban Joseph are hurt — and not particularly close to a return, according to Girardi — but is that the end of the list? Is Thomas Neal worth another look when he’s eligible to be recalled (probably is, actually). Is it worth pulling J.R. Murphy out of a real breakout season to find out if he can bring some offense to the catcher position? Are any of the veteran minor league additions — Brent Lillibridge, Fernando Martinez, Randy Ruiz, Corey Patterson – potential upgrades for part-time jobs?

When is Michael Pineda going to be a viable option?
Today is his fifth rehab start, ad his second with Double-A Trenton. The numbers are good — one earned run with 11 strikeouts in 14.1 innings — and reports of a mid-90s fastball are encouraging, but what exactly does that mean? Pitching has been the Yankees unquestioned strength, but there’s little question about Pineda’s potential to be an impact arm. Hughes hasn’t been consistent, neither has Nova, and last night showed that Phelps isn’t quite a sure thing (despite an otherwise strong season). At some point, the Yankees are going to have to seriously consider whether their rotation might be even better with Pineda in it.

How quickly can the DL position players make progress?
This is the big one, isn’t it? The progress of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Francisco Cervelli and Eduardo Nunez could have a huge impact on the current roster and the trade deadline approach. Can these guys get back in time — and be productive enough — to keep the Yankees in the hunt and give a real reason to make a huge splash to chance a title? Are they going to be so limited — in terms of time and ability — that their return won’t mean much? Can Nunez be back next weekend? Can Rodriguez begin a rehab assignment this week? Can Granderson be back from the end of the month? They need the obvious offensive boost, and they need some clarity about what they actually have.

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176 Responses to “Questions on the last day of June”

  1. blake June 30th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    G. Love says:
    June 30, 2013 at 8:43 am
    Do any of you really think Cashman is the right GM to evaluate talent if the Yankees become sellers? He’s never done that before in his career. Opposing GMs will carve him up.

    Yea he’s never done it so its hard to say…..I think though the only way it’ll really matter is if they decide to trade Cano. If they trade Hughes or Joba or Granderson then you’re just really hoping to get something back…..Id try to get a big league bat for Hughes but is be happy with a good prospect.

    If they trade Cano though then that’s where you really have to shop and get the right player back because that’s a legit opportunity to get a piece for the future…..he’s the only guy where it would really matter IMO…..I’m not expecting them to do it but if they did decide to trade Cano you have to shoot for a Castellanos level prospect or player and you don’t trade him until somebody offers you one

  2. austinmac June 30th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    We hear the players will return “after the all star break”. We do realize that is not a date, I hope. It is iffy whether any of them will return before August. Does anyone really believe the group we have now can keep us within shouting distance of a pennant race for another month or more?

  3. Yankee Trader June 30th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    The Yankees should be sellers.

    From Andy McCullough, The Star Ledger-Does Phil Hughes have trade value for Yankees?

    With July still a few days away, the Yankees have not shown any inclination to part with Hughes (3-7, 4.82 ERA). They consider their rotation paramount to success, and manager Joe Girardi insisted this week that Hughes’ place in the rotation was unquestioned. One major-league executive whose team is searching for starting pitching said he has not heard Hughes’ name mentioned often.

    But this current club possesses an obvious flaw. Their injury-riddled offense is one of the worst in the American League. They entered Friday’s game ranked 12th in the league in runs – all while playing in a friendly ballpark for hitters. Thus with Nova, Pineda and perhaps Vidal Nuno available as depth, the team may be forced to gauge Hughes’ value.

    One executive suggested Hughes could fetch in return a “good piece, but not an impact one.” A second executive tabbed his value as “mid-range,” below starters like Miami’s Ricky Nolasco or Chicago’s Matt Garza, pitchers who may be dealt well before the deadline.

    A third talent evaluator was more bearish, referencing a Catch-22 for contending clubs attempting to trade major-league talent. “If he’s pitching well, why move him?” the scout said. “If he’s not, who’s giving up much [for him]?”

    Yet the third scout added a caveat that hints at the market’s volatility: “It only takes a good start or two to push him to the top of some club’s list.”

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....nt-2756902

  4. blake June 30th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I said this the other day but a shrewd plan would be to offer Cano to Detroit for Castellanos with still the hopes of signing Cano in the offseason. You talk to Cano beforehand and make him aware of your intentions and that you’d love to have him back this winter……

    Detroit is so close and Leyland has been encamped with Cano for years…..getting him would take them from probable favorites to overwhelming favorites for the title.

  5. Terrekain June 30th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Chad Jennings: “Is there an outside-the-box solution (maybe a non-typical cleanup hitter like Ichiro)?”

    Use Cano to bat cleanup, and use Gardner as your #3 hitter. Gardner leads the Yankees in extra-base hits and is one of the leading hitters with men in scoring position. But he has fewer opportunities to drive in runs because of the low OBP of the bottom of the order.

    New Lineup 1-4:

    1) Ichiro
    2) Nix
    3) Gardner
    4) Cano

  6. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I know they’re not lighting up the world down there for the most part but I’d at least move Austin up to AAA and see what happens at this point. He’s the only one in Trenton that’s remotely close to ready.

    Really surprised neither Heathcott, Flores, or Mason has shown much. :(

  7. Terrekain June 30th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Gardner is longer the prototypical lead-off hitter, at least not on the Yankees. He’s stealing fewer bases. He’s hitting for more power.

    If I gave an observer on another team a list of stats from the Yankees team this year, what would happen?

    9/10 they would place Gardner #3.

    And Cano #4.

    No contest.

    Stop pigeon-holing players for what they were and use them for what they are.

  8. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    austinmac June 30th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    We hear the players will return “after the all star break”. We do realize that is not a date, I hope. It is iffy whether any of them will return before August. Does anyone really believe the group we have now can keep us within shouting distance of a pennant race for another month or more?

    ——————-

    Could be wrong on this but I think Cervelli’s 60 day DL stint is up the week of the ASB. We haven’t heard as much about his progress since he first made that statement about being ready to go..

  9. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    At this point I’d just be happy if they banned Wells from the 4 hole for… ever.

  10. blake June 30th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    They could sell and buy…..what if they traded Cano then traded for Mauer! Mauers contract sucks but it’s probably better than the one Cano will sign to be honest…..

  11. Terrekain June 30th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    For comparison’s sake, refusing to use Gardner lower in the order because that USED to be his best position in the lineup, is akin to stubbornly sticking Cano in the #9 position in the lineup because that USED to be Cano’s best position in the lineup.

    It is insanity.

  12. austinmac June 30th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    What they can do depends on Hal. If he insists on 189, there can be no additions except the Michael Young type. That, to me, is pointless, but it is their likely course so they can point to their efforts to the fans.

    For goodness sakes, is it not obvious they need to build a team for after this year?

    Shame, is Cervelli even hitting yet? He is far more than two weeks away. They all are.

  13. Yankee Trader June 30th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Blake-

    If I’m the GM of the Tigers, I’d want a window to sign an extension for Cano. Once he hits FA, he’s gone to the highest bidder.

    Returning Players and concerns:
    Nunez-Has been on the DL almost two months with an oblique strain,and wasn’t hitting when he was on the team.
    Jeter-recoverng from a non-union fx of the ankle. Mobility at SS?
    Granderson- BA victim of the shift. Will the power return?
    Cervelli-Admitted to consulting with Bosch of Biogenesis. Penalty?

    ARod-What can one expect? Performance? Pariah? Penalty?Any other P concerns out there you’d like to add?

  14. hardwired7 June 30th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Maybe don’t send anyone to bat cleanup. Just concede the out.

  15. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Mac – I dunno if there have been any updates since early June. I don’t know if it’s intentional because of the PED thing or because he hasn’t progressed.

    As of June 13th, Cervelli was catching bullpens and playing catch but Girardi was unsure if he was taking swings at that juncture.

  16. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    My answer is no. This bunch will have a hard time stopping the slide.

    We all can agree that our O needs serious help.

    The only questions are when and where we get it from.

    This is Hal’s show. His grand experiment. Only he can call a halt to it.

    Does he keep his word and fix it, or does he punt blaming all the injuries ?

    The bottom line is slipping too Hal.

    ;)

  17. Terrekain June 30th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Chad Jennings: “Is there an outside-the-box solution (maybe a non-typical cleanup hitter like Ichiro)?”

    For all the empty accolades for Ichiro’s power, the truth is obvious: At the age of 39, he still has no power. He remains a singles hitter. He still lacks the ability to consistently drive in runs with power, such as sending a runner home from first with an extra base hit.

    Ichiro has 14 extra-base hits this season.

    Gardner has 32 extra-base hits this season (more than twice than Ichiro’s total).

    If it makes no sense to use Gardner as a clean-up hitter, it makes infinitely LESS sense to use Ichiro there.

    I am not advocating using Gardner as clean-up (although that wouldn’t be the worst choice).

    I am advocating using Cano there – the most OBVIOUS choice.

    And then move Gardner right in front of him.

    With Cano behind Gardner, he is likely to see more strikes with more runners (like the faster Ichiro and Nix) in scoring position (or at least capable of scoring from first on his extra-base hits). Only then will Gardner’s more aggressive approach this season (not to mention Cano’s natural power) really pay dividends.

  18. fantasygame101 June 30th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    blowout on fox, hope they do not follow up with a stinker on espn.

  19. austinmac June 30th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    YT,

    You well summed up the fallacy of thinking the returnees will save the day. AROD and Cervelli may be dealing with Bud whenever they eventually are physically able to play. Jeter would be unique in the history of baseball to come back to play short after his ankle fractures at 39. He will sure try, but I wonder if it is realistic.

    I suffered through a dozen years of miserable teams because they let the team age and had no farm to save them. Just like the young fans of today who think the Yankees are destined to win, I thought that too in 1964. The team was a laughing stock and can certainly be again. It takes a willingness to spend and a good plan. Right now, like the hitters we have, we are 0-2.

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Betances’ curve last night was awesome.

    Mason Williams is A+, not AA and I believe his numbers lately have been good.

    Do I want Cashman to be the guy cleaning up the
    Mess? You mean the one he created? While he peppered the news with his
    Trash talking of his own players and let this team get old over
    The last 3 years while saying stupid truisms about pitching like he’s in the fourth grade? NO thanks. But we know he has. For some
    Reason, the
    Job for life, so I rant in vain -
    But rant I will!

  21. joeman June 30th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    going to be a long summer and early fall for a NYY fan…and really don’t see how they can fix this in the next couple of years

  22. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    The Yankees O now falls within a new geometric form cloesly related to a Trapezoid.

    It’s called a “Crapezoid”.

    Mishapen and boxed in.

    :(

  23. jacksquat June 30th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    86w183 June 30th, 2013 at 8:37 am
    By the way, Betances was good again last night, Fernando Martinez is raking in Scranton, 4-for-6 last night with 2 HR, 6 RBI. He’s only 24 and could be one helluva steal.

    JR Murphy also had four hits and is now hitting .346 with a .991 OPS after 14 games in AAA.

    JR has a small sample, but hell why not bring him up. He has to be better than Romine.

    Get Nunez up here too. He’s a better option at SS than anyone else we have right now.

    They have to do anything and everything possible to improve the offense as quickly as possible. Like many others have said, they could be cooked by the time Arod, Jeter and Granderson get back.

  24. jacksquat June 30th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Gardner
    Ichiro
    Cano
    Zoilo

    I really don’t want to put too much pressure on Z, but…

  25. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Joeman-

    The minute they begin to take an accurate and realistic stock of their situation they can begin to fix it.

    It’s like an alchoholic finally admitting there is a problem.

    It takes that and opening the money spigot.

    Will any of that happen ?

    Your guess is as good as mine.

    Denial is not just the name of a river in Egypt.

    ;)

  26. Hans Davenport June 30th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Yankee Trader June 30th, 2013 at 7:50 am
    Good morning.
    Randy Ruiz
    Corey Patterson
    Fernando Martinez
    Dan Johnson
    Brent Lillbridge
    The AAA SWB Railriders are playing 5 people each night that couldn’t get a job in the bigs.

    Trader, the Yankees are playing guys every night who could not get a job in the big leagues unless they played for the Yankees.

  27. joeman June 30th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    prob can’t trade Cano now, just a thought would it be possible to put CC’s name out there on the trade market and see what they could get back

  28. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Mason in his last ten: .350/.395/.550/.945. I’d say he has been raking.

    As for the current situation, I wanted us to be sellers last season, but it is not the way we do business especially when we are deluded into thinking that our lacking team can go far. See past few year’s flawed and aging offense. It is what it is. The only thing I am interested in now is that we get some players back off the DL to make this season a little more competitive and if they cannot perform well enough that we keep intact the integrity of this team’s future. Painful was watching us lose in the playoffs to Detroit; this season is just the culmination of bad baseball people making poor decisions. What is more painful than losing is how they see fit to put together a team. As for JR, I am a big advocate, but I see no reason rushing him to as a bandaid to a team that needs a tourniquet.

  29. sunny615 June 30th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    These guys don’t stink. They suck. And badly. While Pineda might give the rotation a boost, this team desperately needs some offense. With the exception of two or three players, the whole lineup and bench suck. The Scranton Yanks would put up a better fight than these has beens and never will be’s.

  30. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    JAP – He’s been better in June.. his May was atrocious. And I’m sorta confused by his splits vs. lefties. I was just talking about bringing some of them up a level and how Austin might be the only guy that’s remotely making a case.

  31. Hans Davenport June 30th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    fantasygame101 June 30th, 2013 at 9:36 am
    blowout on fox, hope they do not follow up with a stinker on espn

    I had not realized they were on the Sunday night ESPN game. That’s a farce. That game is generally is reserved for contending teams. Oops. I forgot about Baltimore.

  32. jacksquat June 30th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    There is no one player that is a solution.

    You can help the team though by making several smaller improvements. It doesn’t make sense to me to make statements like “this player doesn’t solve the teams big issues”.

  33. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Zoilo is seeing the ball and hitting it well. I expect him to produce.

    Betances’ curveball was indeed sick yesterday.

    The AAA team is taking advantage of poor pitching. I don’t see much help on that roster.

  34. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    This is Hal’s experiment.

    Only he can call a halt to it.

    ;)

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Absolutely the cruelest prospect would be if/when Jeter and Alex return, the team has already reached the point of no return, and Mariano is sitting out in the bullpen knowing that his career ebbs away with each regular-season game that ticks off the schedule.

    They have to find a way to at least hang in until then, the alternative is unbearable to consider.

  36. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    JR has a small sample, but hell why not bring him up. He has to be better than Romine.

    ———————

    Because he’ll lose a full year of arbitration. I’m not opposed to it at all but I’d be shocked if the Yankees did it. Especially since they’d be burning a year of service for him to start, what?, 1/3 of the games? I’d just be really surprised.

  37. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Shame, who are you discussing RE: vs. lefties?

  38. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    JAP-

    And how exactly will they do that w an O that averages 3 runs a game ?

    Riddle me that one.

    ;)

  39. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Yankees will never rush their catchers. Never.

  40. JimK June 30th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Hughes could have trade value with Pittsburgh or SF, both parks are more forgiving to fly ball pitchers.
    As far the lineup goes, I agree that Gardner should be moved down to the 3 spot, but unfortunately no matter where Gardner, Cano, and Ichiro bat, at the present time they are the Yankees offense.
    I also note that posters here are much more familiar with the Yankees minor league players than I am, but maybe they should promote Murphy; and anyone would be an improvement over Adams at 3rd base. I believe the 1st chance I saw him handle at 3rd he did the old ole’ move.

  41. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    fem – Mason. I was looking at his splits the other day and was a little surprised.

  42. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    YF-

    A bandaid instead of a tourniquet.

    Beautiful turn of phrase.

    :)

  43. Terrekain June 30th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    jacksquat,

    Using Zoilo as cleanup isn’t the worst choice either.

    But as you said, this puts immense pressure on a rookie, crushing pressure to be honest…and I think Girardi knows that.

    No, the most sensible thing to do is to put Cano in the clean-up spot, moving Wells lower in the order, and giving Gardner some more chances to hit with men in scoring position.

    1) Ichiro
    2) Nix
    3) Gardner
    4) Cano
    5) Zoilo
    6) Hafner
    7) Wells
    8) Overbay
    9) Stewart

    This also allows Nix to use his speed where it’s most appropriate: Stealing bases and scoring from first.

    This also allows Ichiro to hit in his natural spot in lead-off – which is where he belongs.

    This also breaks up your lefties and righties evenly, preventing an opposing manager from bringing in a lefty for your top five hitters which will – on average – drop their OPS by 200 points.

    This also shifts Wells lower in the order. I anticipate that Girardi would not be amenable to hitting Zoilo behind Cano, so:

    1) Ichiro
    2) Nix
    3) Gardner
    4) Cano
    5) Wells
    6) Hafner
    7) Zoilo
    8) Overbay
    9) Stewart

    In my opinion, this is the optimum lineup.

    What’s your opinion?

  44. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Shame, if you mean Mason, it’s probably just the sample size. In spite of being a lefty, he’s hit lefties well over his career.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Mason in his last ten: .350/.395/.550/.945. I’d say he has been raking.
    ///

    Yeah, thanks, I knew he was putting up good numbers of late. Wish there was milb.tv coverage of those Tampa games. Keep up the good work, Mason!

  46. joeman June 30th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    lot of teams looking to add a SPer to put them over the top, could trading CC be a option

  47. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    IMO most of what you folks are talking about just represents rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    The Yankees are in serious need of O help.

    I know they should try every in-house alternative but what they have is not likely to be enough.

    They need to go outside if they really want to make a serious dent.

    And that is up to King Hal.

  48. Yankee Trader June 30th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I haven’t ween every inning that Almonte has been on the field, manning LF, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by his defense and routes.

    YF and JAP

    Does he look better to you?

  49. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    MTU, how’s the pup? Did you see the article I posted for you the other day from BP on the Rays pitching and changeups? I don’t know if it was sub only though…

    Pruf, on hockey front, we may be making progress on re-signing Tanger (fingers crossed)

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Zoilo is seeing the ball and hitting it well. I expect him to produce.

    Betances’ curveball was indeed sick yesterday.
    ///

    Z looks great, really. And his OF play, well, I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth :)

    Doesn’t seem like Betances is going to be brought up anytime soon, so I’m not sure how brilliant it was to move him to the bullpen. They probably think they can better sell him as a lights out reliever than a starter with repeatability issues. Of course, they’ll be recompensed for a reliever and whoever gets him will say, hey, let’s see if he can do this over like six innings…. my nightmare is he ends up in Philadelphia.

  51. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    YT, D’s been fine so far. Much better than usual. And I have to say his ST D was atypical — worse than his norm for some reason. But he can be erratic.

  52. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Shame, if you mean Mason, it’s probably just the sample size. In spite of being a lefty, he’s hit lefties well over his career.

    —————————-

    That’s why I was surprised to see such a disparity this season. I’m assuming it’s just a matter of making adjustments. But my initial point was he doesn’t seem quite ready to be moved up a level yet. If he posts numbers similar to June over the next month/month and a half I’d definitely do it.

    FTR: I was only talking about moving guys a level up to start getting them closer to the bigs. Not necessarily that they’d end up there – but basically I feel like now is the time to challenge guys. Most of our AAA team is laughable lol.

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    YT,

    So far, so good, knock wood! But he does look well and then the bottom falls out. Hasn’t happened yet, maybe he’s cleaned up a bit, haven’t seen that much of his AAA time, although I did see some iffy footing coming in AND going back in a couple games. He said his number one goal was to to work on his defense. Here’s hopin’ this continues.

  54. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    YF-

    Thanks for asking. He is still very sick but we are hopeful that we can turn it around.

    We won’t have a final diagnosis for another week but the Specialist thinks he had an adverse reaction to a bad batch of Rabies vaccine.

    I did not see the TB article. Please repost the link.

    Things have been a real sh*tstorm around here lately.

    Wish I could say otherwise.

    Like the Yankees things have got to get better.

    ;)

  55. 86w183 June 30th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    We’re past the date for potential “super two” status for MLb newcomers so the only risk is calling up someone who you don’t expect to make the roster next season.

    You can always tell when the “Super Two” deadline passes because that’s when the Tampa Bay Rays call up their best guy(s) in AAA.

    I wouldn’t blow off Ruiz and Martinez as guys who could help the Yankees now and/or in the future. Martinez may have been rushed to the majors. He’s been up and down and up and down for three years. He really struggles vs LHP but could be an effective part of a LF platoon.

    Ruiz would be my call up right now to give the Yanks a RH bat a 1B. Long term he’s probably not a factor like Martinez could be.

  56. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    It’s a pretty good/deep NHL draft this year.. even with a low pick are you guys excited for anyone in particular?

  57. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    86-

    I know you are just trying to be constructive amidst all of this but all we have are little tweaks IMO.

    This O needs a lot more than that FWIS.

    ;)

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I have been suggesting for a while now that Zoilo bat cleanup.

    Tampa did it with Myers and that forced them to pitch to Longo.

    When Montero got traded, one of the first comments I made was ‘who is going to protect Cano,’ because I do think eventually he would have inched his way from seventh to cleanup. Yes, I know how he’s struggled in Seattle. I don’t think he would have had such protracted problems here, with veteran support and getting to hit in the home park.

    Z’s right-handed OPS, as I’ve said, isn’t a true indication of what he’ll likely be from that side of the plate. If they just leave him in there against LHP, I believe he’ll keep hitting shots out to right center.

  59. 86w183 June 30th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    There’s an NHL draft?

  60. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Adams and Romine have been disasters with the bat.

    I wish Mustelier was healthy, and Cervelli can’t get healthy fast enough.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Pruf, on hockey front, we may be making progress on re-signing Tanger (fingers crossed)
    ////

    Yankeefem, I am cautiously optimistic, but I also am wary of politics, as in ‘well, we tried our utmost and he wanted to keep his options wide open,” which would be followed by a trade, which would never bring back his worth and would leave us short one 26-year old superstar defenseman.

    BUT: I saw that report and I remain extremely hopeful this will get done; the good news is, I don’t think Lemieux is too keen on seeing him flee.

  62. 86w183 June 30th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    MTU —

    Of course the offense needs a lot more, but easy incremental improvements can and should be made.

    Ruiz would at least give them a big strong RH bat… Adam Warren is rotting away as the 13th pitcher on a team that doesn’t use # 12 very much. He has one three-inning appearance in a blowout loss as his only appearance in the last 16 days.

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    MTU June 30th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    JAP-

    And how exactly will they do that w an O that averages 3 runs a game ?

    Riddle me that one.
    ///

    Michael Pineda’s gaze alone, even on the days he isn’t pitching, turn rivals into dust?

    The rest of the division comes down with typhoid?

    We pitch insanely well and move the fences out at NYS?

    We get insanely lucky as well as pitch insanely well?

    The other teams’ flaws outsize ours?

    That’s about the best I can do, buddy :)

  64. Frankg June 30th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Give Ruiz a try? He’s hitting .412 against LH pitchers at S/W. They need a RH power hitter DH and platoon with Overbay.

  65. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    MTU, poor pup. Hopefully, if they know the cause that helps to combat the problem. You’re in my thoughts and prayers for all that you are dealing with.

    Here’s the article. If it is pay to read, let me know and I will paste it into an email and send it to you that way. http://www.baseballprospectus......leid=21043

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    86w183 June 30th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    There’s an NHL draft?
    ///

    There’s even an NHL season ;)

  67. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    86w183 June 30th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    There’s an NHL draft?

    ——————

    Lol, yeah it’s a lot different than the MLB draft in that it has immediate impact.

    The MLB draft is the least exciting draft in all of the major sports.

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    MTU, best wishes on your little one rebounding.

  69. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    There’s even an NHL season ;)

    ——————

    Sometimes!!

  70. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Sure 86.

    As long as you’re not expecting much.

    Like YF said. This O needs a tourniquet not a series of bandaids.

    Unfortunately, for now, all we have are bandaids.

    Players like Cervelli and Nunez might really help.

    But how far away are they ? Can they afford to wait that long ?

    We are 1/2 game out of 4th place.

  71. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    MTU, I expected Romine to be a disaster (always felt his bat needed to be in AAA as I said before he even came up), but not Adams. Still think he will make adjustments if given the chance. I think his more recent AB’s have been better, but I admit to not watching his overall AB’s closely enough, as I have been watching while working lately.

  72. yankee21 June 30th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Looking at the picture of Joe G at the top of this section, does he seem tired, ticked or both?
    Is he just daring a reporter to ask him a hardball question?

    This situation overall with the offense has been talked about for years, it is Cashman and his philosophy, drafting, development, coaches etc. and Hal and his tightened wallet that have put this team in this position, injuries to key players have just made a bad trend much worse.

    You can’t have a GM fix the problem that in large part he created. Cashman has to go and bring in an outsider who has success in a small market with a limited budget. I disagree he should be booted upstairs, I want him gone completely.

    The worst thing that can happen to this franchise right now is for them to think they need 1-2 guys and along with the return of the BS calvary, they will be fine. I do not trust Cashman to make good trades and surrender assets to help the team now and in the future. My wish is Hal will tie his hands for this year, and that Hal will sell the team as soon as possible to an owner who has baseball passion and gives a rip about winning and not spouting BS.

  73. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Nuney is with Tampa Yanks, playing rehab games, so … We will get reinforcements at some point. Just depends on how effective they are. We just have to hope for the best on that front. We can’t expect the pitching to be flawless and it has been hitting some bumps in the road.

  74. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Shame, anything happen yet in NHL Draft. We aren’t picking until the 3rd round b/c Shero decided to deal all his draft picks for oldies but goodies. Kind of like the Yanks except on the Pens those players are character/role players and not the nucleus. :(

  75. emac2 June 30th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Why do I keep reading that people wonder if there is a better option than Wells? Hasn’t he been about the worst hitting in baseball since he started off with a few good weeks in April? Isn’t Ichiro hitting over .350 against Lefties? Why do all of the options to Wells have to hit 200-300 point higher than he does to get and hold that job?

    I have always been a huge Girardi fan and I’m not convinced this is his doing but there are options. The problem these days is that everyone is afraid to choose an option someone else hasn’t proven first. We’re a world full of cowards where it is better to fail going with the popular option than it is to take a chance of looking stupid. Wells has proven he can’t do the job. He also seems to have proven that he is an excellent bat off the bench. Mismanagement has now cost us the productive bat off the bench while inserting a black hole directly behind each of your 3 best carefully, separated hitters.

    Ichiro is hitting lefties at a .350 clip and yet the simple fact that lefties usually hit righties better has him hitting where there is no one to drive him in. That is a shameful inability to reconcile facts and use the information to your advantage. You can’t learn the lesson of a balanced lineup full of superstars and then use the same theory when you have one.

    I do give a groan when I see wells in the 4 or 5 slot but I sure don’t give a pass and say oh well, they clearly don’t have any options.??? really? The Yankees don’t have an option to get a player who can hit 250? They can only promote a minor leaguer if they either don’t let him play or play him into the ground?

    Every decision they make seems to hurt the team on several levels. Wells would have won more games in the last month as a pinch hitter and his replacement would have won more games than Wells with his bat or defense. (it depends which tool they deem affordable since multiple tools might cost too much) You could say the same for Overbay.

  76. UnKnown June 30th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Honestly this division is way to competitive to keep losing until we get some guys back off the DL. Plus nobody even knows when that will be. We just can’t win one game a week for another month. Unless peoole think that we will only lose one game a week for the last two months.

    They need to start winning NOW.

  77. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    “Yankeefem, I am cautiously optimistic, but I also am wary of politics…”

    True, I too worry about we gave it our all, but couldn’t give him the extra .5 mil… There is no reason not to lock Tanger up. They really have no one who can do what he does, and play the way he is capable of in helping to elevate and mesh with Sid’s and Malkin’s games. SMH if they don’t get it done.

  78. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    JAP/YF-

    Thank you for the well wishes. YF for the article. I still like Mr. Splitty.

    With all the problems surrounding us right now I was humbled quickly when I was standing in line to buy a sandwich.

    There. Right in front of me was this little girl w a shaven head.

    Cutest little thing and obviously a Leukemia victim.

    It was at that moment I said to myself, “You don’t have any problems Mike.”

    ;)

  79. yankee21 June 30th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    We are not expecting Nunez to be a real help are we?
    And Cervelli, how long does he help before he is suspended?

    I advocated strongly giving Nunez a good chance but he looked horrible offensively before he seemingly dissapeared for two months with an injury. His approach at the plate was always erratic and despite the relatively quick bat speed, his swing can be long and out of control sometimes. He is a strange hitter to say the least.

    Nunez missed out on a golden opportunity to be a starting SS for the NYY. Unfortunately he looks like he has a low threshold for pain and is made of glass.

    Bottom line to me is Nunez is a real long shot to help this team.

  80. jacksquat June 30th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:21 am
    Sure 86.

    As long as you’re not expecting much.

    Like YF said. This O needs a tourniquet not a series of bandaids.

    The team needs improvement any way they can get it, in any amount, as soon as possible. There is no one big solution.

    So if Murphy is an improvement over Romine, do it. If Nunez is an improvement over Nix at SS, do it. If you can pick up a rh bat for 1B, do it. Obviously we’d all like some big bats but it might not be possible or a good move right now.

  81. jacksquat June 30th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Look at career stats for Nunez and Nix.

  82. UnKnown June 30th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Being out 5 or 6 is about max even when the regs. return. We are right there right now.

    The bleeding needs to stop way way before Jeter, Grandy, and AL come back. Again its far from a sure thing that Jeter and AL even come back.

  83. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Nuney has been erratic offensively. He has gone through stretches where he has hit very well. But yeah, he can have a long swing, be overly aggressive, and swing outside the zone. But he can also be good, and unlike others on this roster, he does have bat speed, and I will welcome his bat back.

  84. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Nunez is rehabbing.. once he’s available I think we can all assume he’ll be the everyday SS.

  85. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Squat-

    I agree. But the Murphy idea is very unlikely.

    Nunez can provide a modest upgrade.

    And a platoon partner for Overbay would help against lefties.

    All worth trying.

    But I believe even that would not be nearly enough to resusitate this moribund O.

    IMO the real hope lies with the ones who will return, or better yet w. Hal who can simply scrap his 189 experiment.

  86. yankee21 June 30th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    yf; I welcome Nunez back too but I doubt his ability to contribute.

    His GM told the fans he isn’t a good hitter in so many words. His own GM called him out and he didn’t respond.

    I would like for him to play mad and rack up stats and show Cashman the fool he is, unfortunately though he didn’t and then got hurt with some crippling injury for two months.

  87. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Murph’s bat was ready to move up yesterday. He has hit at every level, and when the numbers didn’t show it, those of us who saw his AB’s knew the numbers would be there. However, Yanks took their time moving Murph because they want him to catch their way. They are methodical with their catchers to a fault. They will not bring Murph up even if he were the last player on the roster. Don’t hold your breath.

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    MTU,

    Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come unto me……..

  89. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    JAP-

    I have real soft spot in my heart for the little ones and the elderly.

  90. yankee21 June 30th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    J. Alfred,

    Is Betances ready to take the next step?

    It seems as though he is performing well at SWB.

    As big a fan of Joba as I have been, he needs a new home and this should open up a slot for Betances, especially with Montgomery being on the shelf and largely being ineffective at SWB.

  91. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hal, Please, please sell the team!

    You don’t care, or even know about baseball, so selling should be high on your list of “Things to Do”.

  92. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Morning Al.

  93. 86w183 June 30th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    then you must LOVE little old ladies

  94. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Morning Mike, how did the trip go?

  95. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    86-

    :)

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Yankee21,

    I’d say hell yeah on Betances. Not like this is some greatly ambitious role for him.

    Either bring him up and use him or trade him.

  97. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    yank21, Nunez doesn’t need to respond to another boorish and thoughtless Cashman remark about one of his players. Nunez just needs to let his bat/play speak, and stay classy.

    MTU, so true. Nothing worse than seeing children with catastrophic illnesses. Talk about heroism.

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Big Al,

    AMEN!

    Jeter: buy it from him!

  99. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Al-

    I didn’t make it.

    The day before I was hiking at high altitude and had a bout of altitude sickness which I am still recovering from.

    Fortunately, Mrs. MTU handled it.

    Looks like the problem is “vasculitis” which the Vet thinks was brought on by a bad batch of rabies vaccine.

    We should have a final diagnosis in about a week.

    Thanks for asking.

  100. joeman June 30th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    trying to recover from total knee replacement and it’s the toughest thing I have ever done,entering week 4 and if I only knew how bad this was going to do I wouldn’t have done it..

  101. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    JAP-

    I have real soft spot in my heart for the little ones and the elderly.
    ///

    One doesn’t know what BS is, the other has lost interest in it ;). Both are closer to Source than most of us, who are in between, are.

  102. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Note to all MLB teams:

    Do you have 38 and over players that are under performing, taking up space, near the end of their career, that you want to dump on some loser of a GM and team – Please call Brian Cashman @ 1-800-IDO-SUCK.

  103. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Joeman-

    Hang in there.

    The pain will subside.

    And you will have mobility that you never would have had otherwise.

    I know many who have had it and they are all leading more active and better lives because of it.

  104. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    joeman, that’s rough. I have a little experience with knee problems, but nothing like that. All the best, man.

  105. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Edmunds-

    Thank you. Much appreciated.

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Please call Brian Cashman @ 1-800-IDO-SUCK.
    ///

    Big Al,

    LMAO!

  107. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Al-

    And it’s even toll free.

    ;)

  108. UpState June 30th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Why would the NYY be interested in CWS reliever – Jesse Crain ?

    31 yo / good numbers

    Or is this Carfardo (Boston) throwing out stupid stuff again ?

  109. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    joeman, good luck. I have no experience with such a thing, but MTU may be right. Thinking of you.

  110. Nick in SF June 30th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    That’s a very sweet sentiment, but please all be aware that “Peter Carlos Edmunds” is C R 9.

  111. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Mike -

    As they say, you only get what you pay for! :)

  112. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Big AL, lol. I needed a laugh because there is no crying in baseball.

  113. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    MTU -

    I’ll send you an E-mail soon that you may find an interest in.

  114. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:00 am
    Big AL, lol. I needed a laugh because there is no crying in baseball.
    **********************************************************

    OK, but then why are my eyes so wet while watching my favorite team play?

  115. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Thanks Al.

    I’ll look for it.

  116. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Back in a bit.

  117. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    The Yanks just need to be at .500 come The Break. With roughly 2 weeks to go till then, this is Very doable.
    There should be Zero Tolerance for players that FAIL to situational hit. Failure to move a runner over from 2B with 0 outs, score a runner from 3B with less than 2 outs, or laying down a Sac Bunt = FINES. The Least these guys can do is make a Productive out.
    Nova should be showcased in the rotation. If he bombs he bombs. Being in the bullpen does Nothing for his trade value, and AAA only devalues him. He’s at the point where he either sinks or swims, whether he’s in a Yankee Uni or not.
    Once we are at The Break, we need to Seriously look at cutting Hafner. The guy can Only Occasionally hit a fast ball, and plays NO position. Why the Chuckers even throw him a fastball is a puzzler.
    Any Yankee scout that recommended the Wells trade should be 86′d IMMEDIATELY.
    Start the PR Campaign to poison The Cano Well. He’s just goin’ with the flow. No Leadership = No $$$.

  118. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    “OK, but then why are my eyes so wet while watching my favorite team play?”

    Too many habernero peppers w lunch ?

    An allergy to losing ?

    I don’t know.

    :)

  119. bruceb June 30th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Who’s going to stay up until midnight to watch the Yanks get swept tonight?

    Feels that way right now.

  120. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Nick, that was obvious, yes.

  121. G. Love June 30th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    joeman,

    Hang in there.

  122. joeman June 30th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    thanks all….just tough going getting about 3-4 hrs a night with constant pain not very good with the pain med part & watching of the MLB channel

  123. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    joeman-

    Has the swelling gone down ?

    What about a different pain med ?

  124. Nick in SF June 30th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    In this particular case it was extra-obvious to me, Mr. Prufrock, for reasons unrelated to the content of his posts, but I still like to point it out to the more trusting souls here.

    It’ll just be another name after this one goes away.

  125. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:04 am
    “OK, but then why are my eyes so wet while watching my favorite team play?”

    Too many habernero peppers w lunch ?

    An allergy to losing ?

    I don’t know.
    ___
    Did you check for leaks in your roof? (Kind of like the holes in our batting order…) :(

  126. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Hey. It’s cooling off around here today.

    Only 110.

    :)

  127. G. Love June 30th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    As for the Yankees plans to fix anything, they don’t need them. They have the perfect PR soundbite excuses. “Injuries killed us”.

    While that’s true, what they fail to admit is that the players who were injured were shells of their former selves and in some cases had shown precipitous declines in production.

    The plan for this season was “Arod, Tex, Grandy and Jeter will all play to the backs of the baseball cards!”. The only one who had been playing to that level in recent seasons was Jeter before he broke the ankle.

    We have absentee owners and a squatter in the GM’s office. It’s a recipe for disaster.

    I wouldn’t trust Cashman in any trade where we were selling. You can live off the Swisher trade for only so long as your badge of honor.

    It’s a bad offense right now. It’s not slumps. It’s not umpires and it’s not opposing players getting away with PED’s.

    It’s the Yankee offense, as presently constituted, being horrid.

    Phelps spitting the bit last night wasn’t what we needed, but the biggest loss was CC taking a no hitter into the 6th and losing the game. That one will leave an odor around here for awhile.

    If the pitchers ever get frustrated with having to be perfect every night we’re done and we might as well start talking about drafting in the top 10 next season.

    Which, I honestly wonder if that was the plan.

    They have an even better built in PR soundbite when they slash the payroll by saying “we spent $230million and we lost” instead of qualifying why that money was poorly spent/allocated.

    It’s not the money that’s losing. It’s the way the team was put together and run.

    Cashman’s one piece at a time farce in the off season killed any chances of patching some of the holes.

  128. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    - RECOMMENDED FOR DEPRESSED YANKEE FANS -

    Go see “The Heat”. 2 Solid hours of laughs.

  129. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    It looks like the forecast is for scattered thunderstorms in Baltimore tonight. It perhaps would have been better weatherwise to have played a day game.

    FWIW, I am doing my due diligence, prepping a yosenabe soup in support of Kuroda-san’s start tonight.

    Last day to vote to send Tyler Austin to Futures Game. Don’t let the Met or Red Sox prospects (who both are ahead of him right now) beat out a Yankee. Vote!

    Woo hoo. We sign Letang. Glory be!

  130. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Pruf for you:
    Rob RossiRobRossi_Trib 4m
    #TribHKY — #Pens and Letang agree to eight year deal worth $58 million — team had looked at two offers, one shorter term

  131. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    MTU -

    Check your mail.

  132. joeman June 30th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:09 am
    joeman-

    Has the swelling gone down ?

    What about a different pain med ?

    ————————-
    swelling has gone down, inside part of the knee is where most of the pain is and the doctor said he expected that, up to 95 degree bend but it’s hard to do, still getting home theraphy, just changed pain meds from oxycodone to vicodin

  133. blake June 30th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    “It’s not the money that’s losing. It’s the way the team was put together and run.”

    But a lot of that was because of Hals budget and his unwillingness to put any money on the long term books really the last two offseasons…..when the owner decrees that you can’t so anything but one year deals it’s sorta hard to find good players…..

    We can blame Cashman but the buck stops with Hal and IMO he’s the puppet master for it all. He authorized Cashman to spend like the yankees should up until around 2010 then cut him off when tons of money was already on the books……you can’t fire the owner….so as long as he’s here I worry about the team and where it’s going

  134. jacksquat June 30th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Nix vs LHP: .273 .379 .286 .665

    Ichiro vs LHP: .348 .359 .461 .819

    If a rh reliever comes in later

    Nix vs RHP: .224 .263 .316 .578

    Ichiro vs RHP: .236 .289 .328 .616

    I fail to see any reason Nix should hit 2nd in the order over Ichiro, ever.

  135. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    G. Love -

    Good points, but, last year when the Sux went through tons of injuries they brought up several young players, and found they had talent that could contrbute in the future, and long no further than this season to view the results.

    The Yankees almost never bring up young players, they prefer to go dumster diving.

  136. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I got it Al.

    thanks.

  137. blake June 30th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Cashman can be blamed for the lack of ready young talent I guess…..but again I don’t think that’s as easy as it sounds when you finish with one of the better records every year. …..that will probably change this year.

    You need money to feed a machine like the Yankees have been and there are two problems affecting them….1) the owner and his budget 2) revenue sharing and lack of quality FA to start with.

  138. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I understand.

  139. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    We can blame Cashman but the buck stops with Hal and IMO he’s the puppet master for it all. He authorized Cashman to spend like the yankees should up until around 2010 then cut him off when tons of money was already on the books……you can’t fire the owner….so as long as he’s here I worry about the team and where it’s going

    ——————-

    I could really use a smiley that nods. I’m nodding right now.

  140. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    JAP -

    That sounds like Charlie Sheen in his old show, I understand, lol.

  141. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    That “I understand” was meant for Nick, not for Cashman’s f***ups.

  142. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Cash dealt all all our mlb-ready players/trade chips to get pitching. He had no contingency plan, and advocated for old players vs. trying to get a younger maybe not star, but upside player. Other teams sell off players and preempt the situation we are in now. Cash is frustratingly conservative in this regard and lacks vision. So, while the money is an issue, it is Cash’s vision of old players as viable and dealing off young players that has put us in this position.

  143. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I’ve took oxycodone for a herniated disc, and stopped Immediately. That stuff will have you walkin’ around with nothing but cotton between your ears.

  144. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Pruf for you:
    Rob RossiRobRossi_Trib 4m
    #TribHKY — #Pens and Letang agree to eight year deal worth $58 million — team had looked at two offers, one shorter term
    ///

    I know! :D Thanks, I’m already off, posting on a Penguins’ site about it. $58/mil (His uni No’s 58). Fantastic news. They had to get this done, and they did.

  145. joeman June 30th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    I’ve took oxycodone for a herniated disc, and stopped Immediately. That stuff will have you walkin’ around with nothing but cotton between your ears.
    —————————–
    crazy stuff

  146. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Shame, I know. How do we get the :nod: smilie, among others? I also like the :pray: and :worthy: ones. :mrgreen:

  147. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Key to the Yankees future success.

    Hal sells the team to Mark Cuban.

    Cuban fires Cashman, and lures the D’Backs GM back to the Yankees.

    It would be like The Boss making a comeback.

  148. Hillbilly18 June 30th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I like the idea of trading hughes. Keeping nova, phelps, pineada, to compete for the 4 and 5 spots in the rotation. I would go after morales, carlos ruiz, and nate s from the cubs on the trade market. Jr murphy should b brought up if they cant get a catcher in the trade deadline. He has destoryed aa and aaa this yr and might b the actual catcher of the future instead of sanchez. If anything teach on of them how to play 1st. Ive been a yanks fan my whole live and I knew the time was coming where these contracts where going to catch up to them. I bet theyd like to take that offer from the dodgers last yr when they wanted c.c. And tex before they took on bostons pile of trash. But hi.dsight is 20/20. But its fun to watch the younger guys get a shot if u r a true yanks fan. Hopefully we see what the younger guys r made of and fine a few diamonds in the rough. and with a few smart trades and free agent signings the yanks stay competitive till some of these contracts come off the books

  149. fantasygame101 June 30th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    we are still stuck with the likes of gonzalez? how bad can Ibarra for that matter? I will try everybody in the minors right now, maybe they will be more useful.

  150. jacksquat June 30th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    When you are only allowed to make 1-2 year deals, you’re only going to get older, more questionable players. Guess where that directive came from?

  151. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Pruf, Rossi backed off a little bit on next tweet; still some final stuff to complete … Get it finalized.

  152. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    The only thing missing would be to somehow get Showalter to come back to manage the Yankees.

  153. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Look, they were old 3 years ago to anyone who was paying attention. And the O was lauded by the FO. Anyone who saw that Texas series knew changes had to be made on the O side. Sorry. The owners get a lot of the (dis)credit, but Cash really did nothing to improve the club. What was painfully obvious to laypeople, he completely missed.

  154. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Cash dealt all all our mlb-ready players/trade chips to get pitching. He had no contingency plan, and advocated for old players vs. trying to get a younger maybe not star, but upside player. Other teams sell off players and preempt the situation we are in now. Cash is frustratingly conservative in this regard and lacks vision. So, while the money is an issue, it is Cash’s vision of old players as viable and dealing off young players that has put us in this position.
    ////

    ON top of it, he’s an embarrassment. How he has gotten away with trying to publicly humiliate Posada, to telling Jeter to “shop it”, etc, to that ridiculous comment about Nunez, to the latest “STFU” nonsense, while people continue to rally around this tasteless, talentless slug and prop him up like he’s merely a victim of Hal/Levine, is indeed mystifying.

  155. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Whether you blame Cashman or Hal, it ALL comes down to whether Hal will spend the $$$ at the Trade Deadline and or in 2014.

  156. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Pruf, Rossi backed off a little bit on next tweet; still some final stuff to complete … Get it finalized.
    ///

    Yeah, nevertheless, I think it’s academic. After the Staal business, they know they can’t mess around.

    And after dealing Joe Morrow, they cannot.

  157. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    JAP -

    Yes, Yes, Yes – All you say is true, and the sad thing is everyone can see this to be true, except those that sign his paycheck.

  158. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Money IS a Big issue when you look at Darvish, Cespedes, etc. That is ALL $$$.

  159. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    PCE -

    You are mistaken, the Yankees did give MO a very good chance to be a SP, and he was terrible, and he would have been traded away had it not been for Stick Michaels seeing MO as a RP.

  160. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:42 am
    Money IS a Big issue when you look at Darvish, Cespedes, etc. That is ALL $$$.
    ***********************************************************
    Yes, only money, and just ask the Dodgers if taking a chance on a Cuban star players is worth the risk.

  161. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Actually, I think the “failed starter” comment was meant to be positive; as in: Even the greatest reliever ever was a “failed starter”, so there’s no shame/no lack of glory in being one.

    OTOH, I don’t doubt that Rivera could have prospered as a starter, and I still strongly feel Betances is being wasted in the role of relief, but these are two different things.

  162. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Al-

    You’ve got mail.

    :)

  163. fantasygame101 June 30th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    yes, pls stop replaying Yankees classic. Cashman is watching them too much and not paying too much attention on the current team. And we know who wins in Yankees classic

  164. MTU June 30th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Time for a break.

    Back in a while.

  165. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    MTU -

    Thanks for that info, interesting, I had no idea.

  166. jacksquat June 30th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    ON top of it, he’s an embarrassment. How he has gotten away with trying to publicly humiliate Posada, to telling Jeter to “shop it”, etc, to that ridiculous comment about Nunez, to the latest “STFU” nonsense, while people continue to rally around this tasteless, talentless slug and prop him up like he’s merely a victim of Hal/Levine, is indeed mystifying.

    Because much of what you are saying is just flat out not true. It’s just how you choose to view it, especially after he traded your prodigal son.

    He did not humiliate Posada, Posada wasn’t hitting and he got moved down, then he threw a fit because his ego was hurt and made things worse for himself. I loved Posada but that was not his best day.

    As for Jeter, his agent started the public comments about the contract negotiations. You can say the team should have chosen the “high road”, but turnabout is fair play.

    And since when is saying Nunez does not have a corner OF bat a ridiculous assessment? He said his bat is good for SS, which is true.

    Some of you just choose to perceive everything Cashman does in the worst possible manner.

    Now I guess it’s your turn to call me a planted shill for Cashman?

  167. BIG AL June 30th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Later folks, y’all have a great day, and please stay away from tall buildings and bridges.

  168. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    FWIW,

    Mike Ashmore ?@mashmore98 43m
    In addition, Adonis Garcia has been activated in Scranton.

    Shane Brown DL’ed.

  169. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    The problem with the FO is there’s no one with a seat at the table that is actually a baseball guy.

  170. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    fem – We need all those smileys. And selfies. And siggys (so I can finally have a reason to make a picture of Kuroda wearing a Santa hat).

  171. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    :arrow:

  172. pkyankfan69 June 30th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Man, I hate Sunday Night Baseball.

    It’s not nice out at all today, overcast and muggy, I’m hungover, and I just want to sit down in the nice AC and watch the Yanks play a 1 PM game.

  173. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    JS, nice try making all the Cash faux pas or should I save intentional derisive comments seem less so. You can look at his behavior through rose colored glasses and spin them all you want. But he gets more and more tactless and irresponsible, showing less and less respect for the former “Yankee right way” of behaving. He has gone from all class to telling his own players to STFU. But let’s just pretend he never said that or all the other foolish things he has said lately. I wish he hadn’t said those things, but unlike you, I am not going to pretend that his remarks are constructive and harmless.

  174. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    And since when is saying Nunez does not have a corner OF bat a ridiculous assessment?
    ///

    Well, well, whose bright idea was it to throw the kid into left-field without a life-vest in the first place?

    I tell you, Cashman is just a misunderstood genius.

  175. Hankflorida June 30th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Austimac wrote about not going back to the sixties, “Horace Clarke Era,” where there was a failure to replace the aging players with young blood and a refusal to spend on established players. This sounds like the scenario of Hal’s dictum. Since the Yankee farm system is really void of potential, the Yankees must lift the constraints on the cap and spend on free agents or we will all be watching a baseball version of “Mad Men.”

  176. JimK June 30th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Hankflorida: During the Horace Clark era the Reserve Clause was still in effect and the Yankees could not spend on established players, but maybe the true symbol for the late 60′s Yankees is Michael Burke and Hal has assumed his role and waiting for a 24 million dollar offer.

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