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Hard to count on reinforcements at this point

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

Most of this season, the Yankees have been able to look into the future and imagine reinforcements. But the reinforcements have run thin at this point. Mark Teixeira’s not coming back, Francisco Cervelli’s not coming back, Kevin Youkilis is probably not coming back and Alex Rodriguez’s return has brought more headache than actual impact.

At this point, the Yankees can anticipate Derek Jeter’s third return from the disabled list, but that’s about the extent of their incoming, proven reinforcements.

Is there any other help out there?

MurphyJ.R. Murphy
Catcher
Based on recent playing time, it seems Joe Girardi is ready and willing to give Austin Romine a chance to play a little more regularly. Romine is finally showing signs of being productive, and he’s getting more starts as a result. At this point, it seems likely that Murphy won’t come into the picture until September at the earliest. He needs to be added to the 40-man this winter anyway, so that’s not much of an issue. He’s hitting pretty well in the minors and could be an offensive boost down the stretch, or at the very least he could audition for a role next year.

Michael Pineda
Starting pitcher
David Phelps just had a setback, and Videl Nuno is likely done for the year. That leaves not much depth in the rotation, and even though Pineda is dealing with some shoulder tightness, he might still be the first in line for a call-up as a starting pitcher. Granted, David Huff has pitched well and Chris Bootcheck was called up once already, but the guy with the highest potential for short-term and long-term impact is certainly Pineda.

BetancesDellin Betances
Relief pitcher
The Yankees actually have a lot of bullpen options. Chase Whitley is pitching well (despite a rough one his last time out), so are more experienced options like Sam Demel, Mike Zagurski and Matt Daley, and the former Rule 5 lefty Cesar Cabral just had a nice outing in his first Triple-A appearance of the year. But for raw intrigue, Dellin Betances is the most fascinating bullpen option. He’ll be out of options next year, and he’s put himself back on the map with a triumphant move out of the rotation and into a relief role. He’s striking out a lot, walking a little less, and pitching like a potential impact reliever who should, at the very least, get a look in September to see whether he might be an option for next season.

Ronnier Mustelier
Third baseman/outfielder
Last season really helped put Mustelier on the map, and he became a fan favorite — and media favorite — this spring. Of course, there are two problems: He hasn’t stayed healthy, and he hasn’t hit. Mustelier is playing now, but he hasn’t done much, and the Yankees no longer have the same overwhelming need for a right-handed bat. He’s not on the 40-man, so call up isn’t a given, he’s just a kind of wild card who, in theory, could put together a big week or two and jump back into consideration.

MesaMelky Mesa
Outfielder
Either Mustelier or Adonis Garcia would probably be a more exciting call-up — two Cuban hitters who have some best-case-scenario upside — but the Yankees outfield is pretty full as it is, and Mesa does seem to fit the backup outfielder profile. He has speed, he can hit for power, and he can play defense (he just can’t make enough consistent contact to suggest he’s a big league regular). Mesa was helpful for a short-stint last month. Maybe not exactly an “impact” player, but a guy who could come up and play some sort of role. The fact he’s on this list kind of shows how thin the offensive options have become.

Travis Hafner
Designated hitter
Forgot about Hafner, didn’t you? While Jeter is seen as a proven option, Hafner fits more with the prospects/suspects at this point. Maybe the time off has helped his shoulder and he can have an April-like month of September. Of course, maybe the time off is nothing more than time off, and he’ll come back just like he was in June and July. And there’s always the possibility that he’ll never come back at all.

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82 Responses to “Hard to count on reinforcements at this point”

  1. ManningRules August 8th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    ugh

  2. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    would love to see the of consist of gardner, slade and flores the rest of the way.

  3. Frankg August 8th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Murphy’s BA has dropped to .268 at S/W. He’s better off there than with Yankees as he can play more there.

  4. bruceb August 8th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    MTU

    I have viewed your picture galleries before. Some magnificent scenery beautifully captured.

  5. ManningRules August 8th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    blake August 8th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 4m
    Sources: #WhiteSox’s Alex Rios claimed on waivers. Claiming team not known. Owed $13M next season with $13.5M club option in ’15. MORE

    ——————————-

    My guess is Texas – as I have seen elsewhere. But, maybe…

    I’ll take Rios over anyone in our outfield right now. Plus, he fits the 13-15M role next year that I’m shooting for.

  6. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Bruce-

    Thanks.

    Well. That’s how we hook ‘em.

    ;)

  7. bruceb August 8th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Unless Murphy is the answer – and I haven’t seen him so I’m relying on the opinions of those who have – then the Yanks simply must sign another catcher for 2014. The more I see of Romine, the more I’m convinced he will never amount to much as a hitter. He tries to work the count but he’s just not any good at it.

  8. Frankg August 8th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    It’s odd. The only player in the minors that could help the Yankees is Randy Ruiz, but for some reason they believe they don’t need his help. In 195 ABs, he’s hitting .303 and has 14 HR’s. Plus, he plays 1B.

  9. jacksquat August 8th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Could have won the last two games if not for blown calls the day before yesterday and Mariano with a rare blown save and then Girardi leaving in the very back of the bullpen to save the game when they went ahead again. It’s hard enough for this team without mistakes like that.

  10. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    That. And the excellent quality of Life.

    We have the 2nd highest longevity rate of any State beaten out only by Hawaii.

    :)

  11. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hope it is not the Yankees that claims rios, they can get by with gardner, ichiro and Soriano/wells if they can have a true 3b and tex will be productive again. McCann would be great too.

  12. DAM23 August 8th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    The writing was on wall for bad season before spring training even started. The last 3 days should have convinced even the biggest optimists that its over. I have hard time even watching an inning or two anymore.

    We’ll never see Mo close out another meaningful game again. :(

  13. ManningRules August 8th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    We’ll never see Mo close out another meaningful game again.
    ________________________________

    Sad. Insert Brian Griese here.

    The guy who follows the guy is target number one.

  14. DAM23 August 8th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    The guy who follows the guy is target number one.

    ——

    That’s dumb.

    Mo was once in a lifetime guy. Anyone who doesn’t see that and expects the successor to be as good is silly.

  15. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    No one should ever expect the next closer to fill Rivera’s shoes.

    No one can.

    D-Rob is very popular and I think he will hold his own.

    The fans will give him a lot of latitude.

    He has been groomed for the position.

  16. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve always liked Rios, but big money for next year? It isn’t the Yankees wanting him.

  17. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Gardner should have been traded…

  18. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    They need a 3b a lot more than another OF’er.

  19. MG August 8th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Last night’s loss was a poster child for the way the season has gone since the 1st 50 games.

    First Arod couldn’t move a foot to either make the play or knock it down, either one would have won the game for them.

    The, Warren couldn’t either field a bouncer or just miss it completely so Cano could make the routine play and end the game. That’s a play that should be made 99.9% of the time.

    Unless they get hot beginning tomorrow against Detroit (unlikely) then this season is essentially over and they might as well put every player either not under contract for next season or who is older on waivers, they might be able to get some prospects and start the rebuilding phase.

    I didn’t see the point in doing this a before the trade deadline but, with so many teams in the wildcard race, there will be a market for players who could contribute in September and they might as well do it now.

  20. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    they are where they are with or without Gardner….6/38…2RS and 3 SB’s since 7/20…..

  21. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    They need an outfielder for next year to play the corner. Ichiro is 40, Wells is Wells and Soriano is still the all or nothing guy he always was. I don’t disagree the other needs are worse, but it would be nice to do something for next year. Anything but add another 37 year old. Ha, there I go dreaming again.

  22. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    They need an outfielder for next year to play the corner. Ichiro is 40, Wells is Wells and Soriano is still the all or nothing guy he always was. I don’t disagree the other needs are worse, but it would be nice to do something for next year. Anything but add another 37 year old. Ha, there I go dreaming again.

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    they have 4 OFers under contract next year and a DH spot that will have to be jeters part time

  23. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    if not for his throwing woes this season, would love to have Zimmerman if they are sure they can correct him.

  24. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Mac-

    priorities for next season (assuming Kuroda returns) :

    A 3b

    A better Catcher

    A for real DH.

    A better OF’er

    And you forgot Almonte. I think he’s fine against righties and fields decently.

    Most of all he’s young.

  25. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Let’s pretend this year was all about the injuries. One injured guy will likely be suspended for next year. Several are free agents and will be gone. One is our SS who is sadly breaking down. We have drug free Cervelli and declining Tex for next year of the injured players.

    That leaves the team where for next year without injuries?

  26. Cashmoney August 8th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Time to move forward and blow this bloated aging team apart. the problem is i don’t trust the current management to make sound assessments.

    As Yankee fan, I realize we had a tremendous run which is all good. It’s no longer about this season or even next, it’s about how u want set up this team for the next dynastic run.

    Except for Mo, i would have traded any desirable pieces this team had by TD, but that’s the case in reality. This team is not winning squat in 14 either.

    waiting and I guess i will see if they had any plans other than import half dead veterans and garbage diving for 14.

  27. Cashmoney August 8th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    the injuries players simply aren’t that good either anymore,, Mac.

  28. G. Love August 8th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Some of the saddest stuff I see in this forum are people counting on Tex coming back strong.

    It’s not going to end well. He’s been falling apart for the past 3 seasons physically and offensively vs RHP.

  29. Wave Your Hat August 8th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Ichiro is part of the problem. A right fielder with no pop and a sub-100 OPS+ is a drag on the offense. The thought that they signed him instead of Martin still irks me.

  30. MG August 8th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    As I said above, I would put all of their older players, including Soriano, Ichiro, and Wells on waivers and see if anyone makes a claim-each of them could offer a contending team a lift down the stretch at a reasonable price both for this season and next.

    I would do the same thing with Hughes, Chamberlain, and anyone else who isn’t under contract for next season except for Jeter, Andy, and Mo. We don’t know if Kuroda can be moved but if he can then he would have some real value (as would Cano, of course).

  31. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    for position players, add a real 3b and McCann and lets roll. For relievers, I would love for them to take a risk and talk to madson now for next season. The SP are a little complicated though.

  32. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    when can we all agree Gardner sucks

  33. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Nunez for Jeter if needed.

    I forgot about Cervelli.

    Not sure the Yankees might not just cut him lose with the PED association.

    Who knows how he’ll be next year anyway. He’s been injured all season.

    Perhaps he plays Winter ball.

  34. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Joeman,

    I have money in my pocket but it doesn’t make me rich. If the current group is our OF for next year, good luck. They will be worse next year. Players in their late 30s do that. We will have, for your personal pleasure, Gardner.

    MTU,

    I think Almonte is a 4th outfielder playing some against RHP. He can’t hit at all from my eyes right handed. Rios would be my better outfielder. Great? No, but pretty solid.

    I do agree with your list of needs. Please don’t make me think of Kuroda leaving.

  35. blake August 8th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    “That leaves the team where for next year without injuries?”

    4th or 5th place

    “Some of the saddest stuff I see in this forum are people counting on Tex coming back strong.”

    it’s hard to understand to be honest….I guess the name still carries some weight

  36. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Wave Your Hat August 8th, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    Ichiro is part of the problem. A right fielder with no pop and a sub-100 OPS+ is a drag on the offense. The thought that they signed him instead of Martin still irks me.

    ————————-
    + 1

  37. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    Joeman,

    I have money in my pocket but it doesn’t make me rich. If the current group is our OF for next year, good luck. They will be worse next year. Players in their late 30s do that. We will have, for your personal pleasure, Gardner.

    ——————————————-
    won’t be able to take it for another year

  38. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    MG-

    I’m on board with that except I don’t think the Yankees are.

    They simply don’t think outside the box. Joba yes. Maybe Hughes.

    Don’t see anyone else being let go.

  39. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Wave,

    +2

  40. Giuseppe Franco August 8th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    It does make me chuckle and shake my head a bit with all the mega problems this team has joeman still focuses on Gardner.

  41. pkyankfan69 August 8th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    The thought that they signed him instead of Martin still irks me
    ————————————
    Ichiro was yet another decision based on money and not putting the best product on the field possible… Hal saw the merchandising – marketing – etc $$$ and decided Ichiro was worth a 2 year deal… Hal is a business man, nowhere near as passionate about baseball and winning as his father.

  42. Cashmoney August 8th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Kuroda is the perfect example of a player that is desirable which Yanks don’t have that many. Sure, I like to have him back for one more year. but i rather spin him off if there are offerings of young promising type in return.

    The assessment here is Kuroda will be one year older and might be a significant risk to injury with the amt inning he logged last two years and this team won’t likely to win a championship in 14. it’s a judgement call. but Yanks are never in the position to do so because they have a management team can’t think their way out of a one way lane.

  43. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    189 millions plus large contracts that can not be move, that is the reality. So you have to prioritize the need base on what you have right now. The farm talents are pitching and OF right now so it is reasonable that one of slade or flores or Austin or Williams can contribute next yr.

  44. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Wave,

    Did they really think Ichiro going for 4,000 hits combined was going to create income and excitement. We are all rabid fans and probably don’t keep count. When it happens, I will say “that’s nice”, now could you please hit a few more balls out of the infield.

  45. randy l. August 8th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    “But I’m a little concerned about the future right now because Scientists believe the Sun is getting ready to flip it’s magnetic poles.”

    mtu-

    if the yankees are in last place when the flip happens, are they in first place ?

    if so, i finally see the logic of hal’s plan.

  46. Giuseppe Franco August 8th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    George may have been passionate about baseball but he was not a good baseball man.

  47. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 8th, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    It does make me chuckle and shake my head a bit with all the mega problems this team has joeman still focuses on Gardner.

    ——————————-
    not like it’s something new..been like 4 years now and you have to admit he’s part of the problem……and you just wake up from your nap you old —

  48. blake August 8th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Kuroda may not want to come back…..he’s towards the end of his career and perhaps he’d rather pitch for a team that will be good in 2014 or perhaps he’ll go back home to Japan. They should talk with him and see where he’s at with this stuff and ask him if he’d like to go on to a contender this year and try to win a title…..if he does then put him on waivers and see what happens.

  49. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Levine is the one who comes up with all these gimmicks.

    I’d like him to be the first have the door hit his backside on the way out.

    Guy makes my skin crawl.

  50. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Cash,

    The biggest problem is the one way lane they are standing in is going the wrong way. They keep adding age. Are you kidding me? Are they now the oldest team is the history of baseball? Can’t be far off.

  51. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 8th, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    George may have been passionate about baseball but he was not a good baseball man.

    ——————————-
    guess it’s why he had very smart BB people around him

  52. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    who’s older Giuseppe Franco or me ?

  53. pkyankfan69 August 8th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    slade or flores or Austin or Williams can contribute next yr.
    ————————–
    Not one of these guys has an OPS of .750+ in the minors this year although Slade has been better recently… None will start next year in the Bronx, maybe a mid season call up for Heathcott or Austin next year if they are really tearing the cover off the ball… Our top major league OF prospects have pretty pretty disappointing this year.

  54. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Fantasy,

    Look at the statistics this year on each of those four Yankee OF prospects you mentioned. It is far more likely they repeat the league they are in than play in the majors.

  55. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    And second is Newman.

    Want him gone in the worst way.

  56. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    our OF are disappointing but not as much as 3b, 1b, c or for that matter ss. For what its worth, the whole team except for a few are a disappointment this yr. No bigger than our talented gm.

  57. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    read somewhere will have to go looking…NYY are in the bottom half of the majors in minor league talent

  58. Giuseppe Franco August 8th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Um, I’m still in my 30s and probably 20 years younger than you. Not exactly old.

    No, Gardner is not part of the problem. All of the issues this team has and you think it’s Gardner who is the biggest problem? Not connected with reality…are you?

    The fact that they haven’t drafted well and have done a terrible job developing youngsters who are not relievers is the primary reason they are in this mess.

    That and they won’t spend money on value with upside like IRAs. Instead they spend stupid money on stop gaps and retreads.

  59. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    austinmac,

    they have better chance than any 3b, ss in the system.

  60. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    our OF are disappointing but not as much as 3b, 1b, c or for that matter ss. For what its worth, the whole team except for a few are a disappointment this yr.
    ———————-

    the few are all pitchers

  61. jacksquat August 8th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Everyone knows what Tex is. The point was that the team would have been better this year with him than without him.

  62. bruceb August 8th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Surely Gardner won’t be back next year? Thought he signed a one-year extension for 2013?

  63. Doreen August 8th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    MTU,

    If Levine is behind utilizing the stadium for extra revenue via the concert/hockey/football route, that’s fine. He is very good at that. And I think it’s very creative and smart to use a stadium that otherwise sits empty for a good portion of time.

    It’s when he gets involved with the baseball side that things get tricky.

  64. pkyankfan69 August 8th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Surely Gardner won’t be back next year? Thought he signed a one-year extension for 2013?
    ——————————————
    GGBG is a FA at the end of the 2014 season.

  65. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 8th, 2013 at 3:03 pm
    Um, I’m still in my 30s and probably 20 years younger than you. Not exactly old.

    No, Gardner is not part of the problem. All of the issues this team has and you think it’s Gardner who is the biggest problem? Not connected with reality…are you?

    The fact that they haven’t drafted well and have done a terrible job developing youngsters who are not relievers is the primary reason they are in this mess.

    That and they won’t spend money on value with upside like IRAs. Instead they spend stupid money on stop gaps and retreads.

    ———————————–
    who said Gardner is the biggest problem…not I

  66. Cashmoney August 8th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Mac, i get what u saying. but it’s a tad annoying but that’s not the big issue. The big issue is how to pile up talents and see what shakes out in quantity and quality to set a young foundation.

    I get the feeling that Yanks would rather pay David Winfield for 6 mil a year then dealing with international mystery meats.

  67. Cashmoney August 8th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    *than.

  68. pkyankfan69 August 8th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I don’t get the Gardner hate… Is a .750 OPS guy who plays elite defense in CF that bad?

    Gardner is FAR from the problem on this team.

  69. bruceb August 8th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Gardner wouldn’t be a problem if he was our 4th outfielder. But with Ichiro, Sorinao and Wells signed up for next year, he is actually our No. 1 outfielder.

  70. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    pkyankfan69 August 8th, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    I don’t get the Gardner hate… Is a .750 OPS guy who plays elite defense in CF that bad?

    Gardner is FAR from the problem on this team
    ———————————————————————
    really…he goes on a tear for two weeks and builds his stats up then disappears for a month did that 2 times or more this year all you have to do is look

  71. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I would like for gardner to bunt more effectively and steal bases in crucial point of the game. I do not know if he is incapable or ineffective coaching.

  72. joeman August 8th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
    I would like for gardner to bunt more effectively and steal bases in crucial point of the game. I do not know if he is incapable or ineffective coaching.

    —————————–
    someone here he’s not stealing bases because he’s hitting in front of Cano

  73. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Fantasy,

    I don’t disagree in that we have no real SS or 3B prospects within light years of the majors.

    Gardner would be fine in center if we had hitters in the corners where teams are supposed to have them. We have the AARP outfield instead. But, the outfield positions are covered for next year in the Yankees mind, no doubt.

  74. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Doreen-

    That’s what I was referring to.

    And he has. And he needs to go.

    because he doesn’t think like a baseball Man.

    He thinks like a hedge fund manager.

    And he has Hal’s ear. That’s the problem.

    The Yankees should have a guy like Stick advising Hal.

  75. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    late innings, gardner should steal bases. I really do not get the idea, not to steal bases bec. they will walk cano. If that is the other team plan, they are only pitching to cano for the sole purpose of him chasing pitches but not really pitching to him.

  76. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    austinmac,

    189M is the reason why they can not add a solid OF aside from granderson if he takes discounts. There priority should be 3b which is a glaring need and a real young 3b at that.

  77. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Doreen-

    This is a baseball Team not a marketing enterprise.

    If the Team is good you don’t need gimmicks.

    That’s what Hal should be concentrating on.

    Building a great Baseball team.

    Instead the curly haired clown keeps feeding Hal gimmicks and ways to fool the fans with schemes and tricks instead.

    Hal is getting bad advice on what matters most. That’s his bad for not recognizing it too.

  78. Wave Your Hat August 8th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    austinmac-

    The reports I saw said Levine wanted Ichiro. Probably had his head turned by Ichiro’s strong finish last year. Combined with the name recognition value he was blinded to Ichiro’s down side?

  79. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    New post ——>

  80. pkyankfan69 August 8th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    joeman August 8th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
    pkyankfan69 August 8th, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    I don’t get the Gardner hate… Is a .750 OPS guy who plays elite defense in CF that bad?

    Gardner is FAR from the problem on this team
    ———————————————————————
    really…he goes on a tear for two weeks and builds his stats up then disappears for a month did that 2 times or more this year all you have to do is look
    —————————————

    Gardners’ slash lines by month:

    April – .252/.328/.398/.726
    May – .275/.339/.441/.780
    June – .330/.372/.509/.881
    July – .247/.340/.294/.634

    Looks to me like GGBG has had 2 average months, 1 great month, and 1 poor month (all while playing elite CF defense of course). He’s off to a poor start this month but it’s only been 6 games, not much of a sample size. It’s baseball, players go on streaks, get over it… Is Gardner a star player? No, but he’s a solid CF… I would like to see him get his OBP up a bit more consistently though.

  81. yankinvegas August 8th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Obviously, somehow, someway we need to get younger.
    The market for Cano seems set now, but the Dodgers are a wildcard. They have to sign Kershaw but who knows how high they are willing to take the payroll.
    I would offer Cano $150 for 7 and that’s it.
    The policy of not extending contracts has to stop.
    It could be a tough few years, but maybe not. There is a lot in the farm, they have to stay healthy.

  82. charlestonchew August 8th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    “joeman August 8th, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    when can we all agree Gardner sucks”

    Never. Gardner is one of the best players on this team and would start on many other MLB teams.

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