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Romine stepping up as Stewart’s production drags

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Gordon Beckham, Austin Romine

Francisco Cervelli broke his hand. Then he felt some recurring pain in his elbow. Then he was suspended for his connections to Biogenesis. This was supposed to be his year to play everyday, and he’s instead opened the door for two other unproven catchers. And as the Yankees head into their final month and a half, it seems one of those replacements is once again passing the torch.

Chris Stewart got the early playing time in the wake of Cervelli’s absence, but lately Austin Romine is getting more chances. Romine’s shown significant improvement, and it’s come just as Stewart is showing signs of fatigue.

“We think (Romine)’s made some really big improvements in his time here, and we’re happy with the way he’s playing. I don’t feel like I need to run Stew into the ground. I can keep them both involved and active. A lot of times when you can do that, you can get more productivity.”

Chris StewartCHRIS STEWART

The Cervelli injury gave Stewart his first chance to play regularly in the big leagues. It had taken him years to establish himself as a backup, and this was his first chance for everyday at-bats. He was pretty productive early, but he already has significantly more at-bats than in any other Major League season, and he’s approaching his career high for playing time counting the minors.

“I’m a little more sore than usual, but when I get in the game, my body feels like I haven’t caught,” Stewart said. “It feels fresh. It’s kind of afterward, waking up in the morning, the body is a little more creaky than it normally is. … I think I’m fortunate enough to be in the shape that I’m in to where it’s not anywhere worse and I haven’t had any drastic injuries that have kept me out for a while.”

On June 11, Stewart was hitting .284/.339/.373. He wasn’t particularly productive, but for a No. 9 hitter known for his defense, he was productive enough. Even as the calendar flipped to July, he was hitting .259 and had just doubled in two of his past four games. Since July 1, though, he’s hit .150/.244/.175.

“Obviously I know my numbers are dipping right now,” Stewart said. “But I don’t really feel much different than when I was going good. Could be a lack of strength — I’m just slightly missing some balls I was getting to earlier — but I’m just going to keep trying to take the same approach and try to do the best I can up there, and the results are going to be what they are.”

Austin Romine, Brent LillibridgeAUSTIN ROMINE

The Cervelli injury gave Romine his first extended call-up. He’d been up for a little while in 2011, but nothing like this. By the end of April, Romine was a full-time big leaguer, getting only part-time experience. Stewart was the trusted catcher, and Romine was the guy with something to prove. And early on, he did anything but prove himself.

“I struggled a little bit because I’d never done that before,” Romine said. “I’ve always been in the lineup every day. I’ve caught 100 games a year. (Being on the bench) was new for me. I (eventually) figured out a way to be able to stay ready, to hit more than I normally do and was used to (before games), and doing more catching drills so that my legs stay in shape. It was a different kind of approach that I’m not used to, but I think I got it down. The first couple of weeks, maybe the first month, I was pressing a little bit too much. I was excited to be up here. The game was moving a little too fast for my liking. Now that I know I’m going to be here the rest of the year or however long, it’s easier to just settle in and go back to hitting and catching and calling games and slowing down.”

Through early July, Romine hit .132 with three extra-base hits and no walks through his first 32 games. Beginning July 11, he’s hit .353 with five extra-base hits and five walks in 12 games, 10 of them starts. He’s earned increased playing time, and he’s gotten it.

“I started in a bad place, and I’ll be the first one to admit that,” Romine said. “I was struggling. It was hard. But I’m swinging at better pitches, getting into better counts, and walking. It’s slowing down. That’s a huge thing in this game. If you don’t slow this game down, you’re not going to see results. So that’s all I’m trying to do. I’m trying to finish this year strong. … I can do this. I can hit, like I’ve always hit in the minor leagues. I’m trying to prove it to them and to everybody.”

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100 Responses to “Romine stepping up as Stewart’s production drags”

  1. MTU August 14th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Randy-

    The only place I’m leading anyone is out into the Utah desert.

    That’s the extent of my ability.

    Later.

    :)

  2. randy l. August 14th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    “Everything is my fault.”

    no mtu-

    it blake’s fault too. tell mrs mtu when something goes wrong it was half blake’s fault.

    have a good hike.

    i forgot. im mad at you.

    make that go take a hike :)

  3. MTU August 14th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    randy-

    I’m lucky GB isn’t around.

    Goodness knows what he’d do to me.

    Might even sick Wratchett on me, or worse yet “Killer”.

    I’m sure he’ll tell me when I reach the Final destination though.

    You can be mad at me but I’ll still like you.

    Even with your terrible golfing.

    :)

  4. CountryClub August 14th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    there’s really no reason for Romine not to be getting the majority of the starts now. Stewart is what he is. They need to see if Romine has a legit future on this team. Play him…especially since he’s been hitting.

  5. Wave Your Hat August 14th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I think Stewie is just worn down. He has never played this much. He gave a better performance than I expected the first half of the year and we owe him some thanks for that. Time to play Romine now.

  6. yanks61 August 14th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I think that this has all been discussed to death, but it seems to me that the Yanks are caught in a scenero where they might like to totally rebuild, but are not only saddled with some terrible contracts, but also with the need, economically and in terms of their heritage, to continue to put some “name” players on the field – even if they’re on the downside of their careeers. Sure, it’s a trap of their own making, but historically that’s just they way they’ve always done busines. Just the way the ball bounces!

    I’ve followed the Yankees since I was a kid in 1952 and I can’t recall (though memory may no longer serve me well, LOL) them operating any other way during their previous downturns. We have to hope that they choose wisely (and luck plays a big part as well) in who amongst the youngsters they trade away and who they keep, as well as who they sign or re-sign. As many have pointed out, FA is not going to help them out as it had in the past (including, very significantly, during Papa Stein’s time.)

    So, again, I think that we have no choice but to accept the fact that there will never be a “major” overhaul. But I still believe a lot can be done with the extra money they hopefully save in 2014 through the absence of Arod part or all of the year, as well as the other contracts coming off the payroll. That and a few more youngsters and a let up in key injuries could dramatically change the playing field.

  7. yanks61 August 14th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Wave Your Hat August 14th, 2013 at 9:14 am
    I think Stewie is just worn down. He has never played this much. He gave a better performance than I expected the first half of the year and we owe him some thanks for that. Time to play Romine now.

    + 1, WYH!

  8. UnKnown August 14th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Just keep winning. The music being played around here seems to be getting a little more upbeat.

  9. MG August 14th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    yanks61, excellent observations about Yankees history.

    We are just about the same age and have many of the same memories-my 1st baseball recollection is hearing about Billy Loes losing a ground ball in the sun (it might have been in the ’52 World Series but not sure).

  10. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    “it blake’s fault too. tell mrs mtu when something goes wrong it was half blake’s fault”

    I learned a long time ago in marriage that everything is my fault.

  11. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I just want to say that I am not responsible for the Shane Spencer prank. I feel like I should have this on the record! :D

  12. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    “I think that this has all been discussed to death, but it seems to me that the Yanks are caught in a scenero where they might like to totally rebuild, but are not only saddled with some terrible contracts, but also with the need, economically and in terms of their heritage, to continue to put some “name” players on the field – even if they’re on the downside of their careeers. Sure, it’s a trap of their own making, but historically that’s just they way they’ve always done busines. Just the way the ball bounces!”

    it’s a natural cycle to baseball…..it’s hard to be good forever…..the thing is though that the Yankees have been able to stay good for the last 20 years by spending money…..if they stop spending money like they have then they are going to be more susceptible to the ups and downs that most organizations go through.

    If you look at the Giants…..they have won 2 of the last 3 world series….but not so long ago they were a bad enough team to get the #10 pick overall in the draft when the got Bumgardner…..and they aren’t good again this year.

    Most teams have short windows for success before having to rebuild for the next run…..the Yankees haven’t had to do that because money has kept their window propped open for like 2 decades……

  13. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    my wishful thinking 2014 lineup.

    vs RHP

    Choo RF
    Jeter SS
    Headley 3B
    McCann C
    Tex 1B
    Granderson LF
    Soriano DH
    Zobrist 2B
    Gardner CF

    vs LHP

    Jeter SS
    Zobrist 2B
    Headley 3B
    Tex 1B
    Soriano LF
    McCann C
    Wells RF
    Nunez DH
    Gardner/Ichiro CF

  14. Tackelberry August 14th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    5.5 out of the wild card now. Anything can happen. Still have 6 games left with the Rays and Orioles, plus I really don’t think KC and Cleveland can keep it up. Texas is a team to worry about though, now that they have RIos to replace Cruz. We’ll see what happens. I would think if they can get another pitcher they should make a deal. Don’t think getting a bat now is the answer with Hughes, Pettite and CC all struggling.

  15. GregD August 14th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Blake——so unless the Yanks decide not to sign any free agents….losing doesn’t help in the long run?

  16. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    if they let Cano go and Alex gets lets say 100 games…..then they might can fit all that under the cap……

    Tex 23
    Jeter 15.5
    CC 24
    Ichiro 6.5
    Choo 15
    McCann 15
    Zobrist 10
    Headley 10ish

    that’s 119 million for those….it’d be tight…..if Kuroda is back it’d be really tight…..but it’d be a good and balanced team

  17. fantasygame101 August 14th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I believe this write up is not intended here but for girardi. Everyone here are clamoring for this but the manager is the one who is putting the lineup. Just like the article about one eye towards the future, everybody gets it except the manager.

  18. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    “Blake——so unless the Yanks decide not to sign any free agents….losing doesn’t help in the long run?”

    pretty much….obviously you wouldn’t want to try for that high pick and then give it away to sign a FA……they aren’t doing that anyway…..and I don’t even want them to…..just saying that in theory if they aren’t going to spend any money then losing the rest of the games this year would give them a better chance long term….but perhaps not enough to make actually doing it worthwhile in real life.

    I want them to forget this 189 business and try and get good again next year…..there aren’t any stud FA’s but there are some good fits for this team….and ones that could really help them be better next year.

  19. 4TrainNorth August 14th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Can we do any better than Headley at 3rd? I think we’re going to see that 2012 is an outlier. Plus, his name annoys me.

  20. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Mark Teixeira ?@teixeiramark25 14m
    Been in cast for 6 wks and can’t work out. People ask,”What are you doing right now?” My answer, “Trying not to get fat”. So far so good.

  21. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    “Can we do any better than Headley at 3rd? I think we’re going to see that 2012 is an outlier. Plus, his name annoys me.”

    doubtful…..his 2012 was an outlier but that doesn’t mean he’s still not a good player. This issue with him is that the Padres were dumb and didn’t sell high on him last winter…..so now they are stuck in a situation where it might be just better to keep him and look to move him at the deadline next year rather than sell low on him this winter……I think 2011 is probably more along the lines of what he really is (but with more power out of Petco)…..he’s about a 120 OPS+ guy which is pretty darn good.

  22. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Mark Teixeira ?@teixeiramark25 14m
    Been in cast for 6 wks and can’t work out. People ask,”What are you doing right now?” My answer, “Trying not to get fat”. So far so good.

    ——

    :lol:

    Armed with a Juice Press, one man fights his loneliest battle…

  23. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    whatever the Yankees do…..I hope the plan isn’t give Cano 200 million and pray the stars align…..because that’s probably what they’ll do

  24. Tidrow August 14th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Stewart is playing up to his potential. He’s not playing well because he’s a backup type talent. All the rest and health in the world wouldn’t help him become a good player. Let Romine get the bulk of the playing time & let Stewart play the role he was brought in here for ; backup.

  25. blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Tex annoys me…..they should tell him he’s only going to play against LHP unless he accepts a trade to the Nationals or something.

    Tex is a good guy I think and he’s not a bad player by any stretch….but he’s a bigger drag on the team and the lineup than Arod is…..Arod at least plays a premium position…..you literally can replace most of Tex’s production with Lyle Overbay for 1/23 the price.

  26. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    blake August 14th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    whatever the Yankees do…..I hope the plan isn’t give Cano 200 million and pray the stars align…..because that’s probably what they’ll do

    ——————-

    I’m sort of open to any plan as long as they actually have one.

    I still don’t think they should count on any savings from Alex’s contract at this point. Let that be a bonus and plan as if you weren’t getting it.

  27. Tackelberry August 14th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Doesn’t Zobrist have a team option for next year. I’m sure the Rays will pick it up. He’s one of their best players

  28. pat August 14th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    “I just want to say that I am not responsible for the Shane Spencer prank. I feel like I should have this on the record!”

    It did cross my mind if you had an alibi at the ready

  29. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Tackelberry August 14th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Doesn’t Zobrist have a team option for next year. I’m sure the Rays will pick it up. He’s one of their best players

    —————

    Yeah Zobrist probably isn’t gonna happen. I think they even have 2 team options instead of one.

  30. fantasygame101 August 14th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    the Yankees will not forfeit a pick in the top 15 or even 20. The slot money for that pick is also critical bec. you can use the extra for other players to sign.

  31. Doreen August 14th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Shame,

    I have to admit the tweet caught my eye because of you!

    Is that bizarre, or what? Not so much that someone would impersonate someone, but that the people doing the interview wouldn’t check to make sure it was actually him.

  32. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    It did cross my mind if you had an alibi at the ready

    ———————-

    :D

  33. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Doreen – Yeah, ESPN Radio’s statement was pretty funny lol. You’d think they would have better/more secure channels for setting those interviews up.

  34. blake August 14th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    “Doesn’t Zobrist have a team option for next year. I’m sure the Rays will pick it up. He’s one of their best players”

    drats….just looked he actually has options for 2014 and 2015…..don’t know why I thought he was a FA for some reason…..plan foiled!

  35. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    @awfulannouncing Great story. How Bob Costas made a minor league announcer’s dream come true. http://bit.ly/1d6KHft

  36. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    blake – It’s Chips fault!

  37. pat August 14th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I was listening to Michael Kay’s show in the car yesterday and he said that because he is appealing a drug suspension, MLB is testing Alex at least 5 times a week.

    If I was Alex, I’d ask Derek to taste anything before I ate it. :wink:

  38. Shame Spencer August 14th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I still think they can sign Cano AND McCann. :D

  39. yanks61 August 14th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    MG, thanks. It was the golden age of New York baseball – those days back in the fifties. I actually have the film from that game in which Loes lost the bouncer in the sun, LOL. Years later, in a WS game against the same Dodgers, Pepi then went on to lose a throw in the sun. Both those guys were real characters. For the Dodgers, of course, that was a tradition, going back to the days of Uncle Wilbert Robinson and Babe Herman!

  40. bruceb August 14th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Good to see the optimists are out in force this morning, although I understand where Randy is going with his argument that winning now might not necessarily be a good thing for our long-term future.

    As someone who always prefers watching good hitting over good pitching, last night’s game was definitely the most enjoyable of the season for me. It was just like watching the old Yankees. Having Granderson and A-Rod back in the lineup makes a massive difference. It takes the pressure off Cano and Soriano to deliver every at bat. Is it just me but Soriano looks a lot more athletic in the field than I expected?

    I still think grabbing the wild card is a 100-1 shot but at least while we’re winning, we have hope. Mind you, that could soon disappear as we have to face Weaver and Wilson over the next two days. Go Vato, and Phil, you’re way past due a good outing.

  41. DONNYBROOK August 14th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    - WEDNESDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) Blown Calls = Yankee victories Sunday and last night. Actual Yankee contributions = minimal.

    (2) Lotta noise about Stewart wearing down, but Overbay is the guy doin’ a Frosty The Snowman in August. He’s to the point of chasing pop-ups while viewing thru the looking glass. Comical and ridiculous.

    (3) Soriano continues to go about his business, though getting kicked by Everyone.

    (4) If it’s me, I bunt on A-Rod everyday and twice on Sunday. SLOW

    (5) Girardi needs to settle on 1 lineup and ride that horse till it drops. The lineup last night was rivaled by players on-the-pine. With the Yankees current standing, DUMB.

    (6) Trout already getting a strike zone reserved for stars like Jeet, is ridiculous. Trout has Not even played 2 full seasons, and his K Zone has already been reduced to the size of a Cracker Jack box. Not Entitled At This Time.

  42. Doreen August 14th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    pat -

    Do you read the Derek Jeter diaries on Grantland?

  43. JobaTipsHisCap August 14th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    in Sux series, please just drill Ortiz, just do it.
    I am tired of seeing Yankees being a bunch of pussies.

  44. blake August 14th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    (6) Trout already getting a strike zone reserved for stars like Jeet, is ridiculous. Trout has Not even played 2 full seasons, and his K Zone has already been reduced to the size of a Cracker Jack box. Not Entitled At This Time.

    he got called out on a pitch that was 2 inches off the inside corner last night.

  45. blake August 14th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    “I still think they can sign Cano AND McCann. :D

    they CAN do whatever they want but Hal won’t let them

  46. Tackelberry August 14th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    1) Blown Calls = Yankee victories Sunday and last night. Actual Yankee contributions = minimal.
    __________________________________________

    Yeah you’re right. 14 runs means minimal contributions. LOL!!!!!!!!!!

  47. blake August 14th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I enjoy beating the Angels more than any other team I think…..I think I enjoy it more than beating Boston

  48. pat August 14th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Doreen

    No. Is it worth a read?

  49. JimK August 14th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I left NY on Saturday and drove to Florida with a stop off in the Outer Banks of NC; the Y’s have won every game since Saturday’s loss; I’m thinking I should drop Hal a line and tell him for that for a small sum I will agree to stay out of NY until the season ends.

  50. JimK August 14th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Headley Lamar at 3rd sounds good to me.

  51. Bo knows August 14th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Rather than pursuing the Choos of the world, let’s check out Granderson. It’s getting late early but right now – he’s eliminated the hitch from last year, he’s not pulling off the low outside pitch and he’s going up the middle more. Sign Grandy 4/60 and call it a day. He doesn’t have a RF arm but he can fake it in Yankee stadium. GSG in the OF looks respectable with 70 to 80 HRs thrown in.

  52. 86w183 August 14th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Morning all —–

    Another one of those morning meetings so I’m joining in late.

    Four out of five is a nice start to the final eight weeks of the season. Four out of the next five might open the door for a real run.

    Three errors last night plus one Wells should have gotten plus other misplays and non plays. CC really battled thru a lot of adversity.

  53. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    “Rather than pursuing the Choos of the world, let’s check out Granderson.”

    i’d like them both for next year…..Grandy is good for some power but Choo gets on base A LOT more…..Choo is basically another Cano vs RHP…..

  54. Doreen August 14th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    pat,

    Here’s the link.

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/.....ptains-log

    I don’t remember how you go back to the beginning entries, but it’s a fun read.

  55. 86w183 August 14th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Okay… we’re gonna have a 2014 OF of Granderson, Choo, Gardner, Soriano, Wells, Ichiro, Almonte and Mesa….. did I leave anyone out?

    Catcher (LH) and 3B need to be dealt with before OF upgrades gang!

  56. DONNYBROOK August 14th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Suggest you replace that 19″ Quasar Blake.
    Anyone that thinks the Yanks woulda scored 14 runs, had the appeal play been ruled correctly, is kidding themselves.

  57. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    “Okay… we’re gonna have a 2014 OF of Granderson, Choo, Gardner, Soriano, Wells, Ichiro, Almonte and Mesa….. did I leave anyone out?”

    nah…Almonte and Mesa aren’t even really factors….especially Mesa…..and Soriano can DH so you’re really looking at a rotation type thing where one you play Soriano and Wells in the outfield a lot vs LHP. Ichiro would be the odd man out and be like a bench guy unless he retires…..

  58. 86w183 August 14th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    “The lineup last night was rivaled by players on-the-pine. With the Yankees current standing, DUMB.”

    “Anyone that thinks the Yanks woulda scored 14 runs, had the appeal play been ruled correctly, is kidding themselves.”

    **************************************************************************

    Someone woke up on the wrong side of the cage.

  59. DONNYBROOK August 14th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Watching Buck and the O’s blow late inning games to the D Backs is fun. Especially when Buck allows the best player on the D Back team to beat them. Buck has gotta be Irate.

  60. 86w183 August 14th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    With five OF signed for next year signing Granderson and Choo for $ 30 M per before adding a catcher that can hit and fixing 3B makes no sense.

    That’s assuming Alex misses 2014…. but even if he doesn’t he probably needs to DH a lot.

  61. DONNYBROOK August 14th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Jeet is gonna need to DH a lot next season. I would pass on Grandy. Just too many valleys in his offensive game every season.

  62. randy l. August 14th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    “I’m lucky GB isn’t around.

    Goodness knows what he’d do to me.

    Might even sick Wratchett on me, or worse yet “Killer”.

    I’m sure he’ll tell me when I reach the Final destination though.

    You can be mad at me but I’ll still like you.

    Even with your terrible golfing.”

    mtu-

    it’s hard to say how gb7 would be reacting to this yankee team. he could go either way. i know he would like giving guys like romine a shot , and i know he wouldn’t like the alex drama.
    besides that gb7 was a free spirit and there’s no telling where his wrath and humor would be landing.

    i’m sure some of it would be landing on me.

    you should invite me on one of your hikes. i’ll hit a pitching wedge all along the hike. it’ll make it more interesting for you. all that walking with nothing to do must get kind of boring. you could be finding my ball for me. they call that a fore caddy. you walk ahead and tell me where to hit the ball. see, that sounds fun already.

  63. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    “With five OF signed for next year signing Granderson and Choo for $ 30 M per before adding a catcher that can hit and fixing 3B makes no sense.”

    I wouldn’t prioritize the outfield over Catcher and 3B just to be clear…..

  64. Ys Guy August 14th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    i liked what i saw of betances last night, what happened after two sit-downs and about 45 minutes doesnt discourage me. he came in with heat and throwing strikes.

  65. Ys Guy August 14th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    choo is batting .213 for the past month.

  66. Frankg August 14th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I hate so see Romine do good, since he might be holding back the next Babe Ruth at Scranton—JR Murphy—if many of the posters here are to be believed.

  67. Jerkface August 14th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    The OFers for next year aren’t good though? Outside of Gardner. If you want to build a competitive team, you go where its easy to upgrade. I don’t see an easy way to beef up 3rd. Catcher we could go after McCann sure. There are a lot of OFers available. They can cut Wells for free. Soriano can be 4th OFer.

  68. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Jeff Passan ?@JeffPassan 3m
    Tomohiro Anraku’s first game at Koshien: 9 IP, 137 pitches. Can the 16-year-old survive what Japan demands of him? http://yhoo.it/16f3ILs

  69. mnmboys August 14th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Wells is owed nothing next year so he can be dropped. No harm no foul. Pick one of Granderson, Choo or Ellsbury for next year. Ellsbury would cost the most but they could then trade Gardner for a possible upgrade at 3B. Ellsbury would play CF and replace the speed of Gardner and the power of Granderson.

  70. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    “choo is batting .213 for the past month.”

    Cano is batting .241 for the past month….small sample sizes are fun! but pretty meaningless

  71. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    5/75 for Choo is way better than 200 million for Cano…..even 150 million for Cano……if the Yankees want to be on a budget then they need to make smart decisions and often they will be hard decisions.

    The easy path this offseason is to give Cano whatever he wants and then blame 2013 on the injuries etc…..thats the status quo and simple path. Does that make them any better? The Yankees have to decide who they are……

  72. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Sign choo and Mcann and try to trade for a 3B or SS…….

  73. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    or sign Peralta if he’ll do a one year deal.

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 14th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    It appears I am relegated to postgame highlights (self imposed but it is what it is) but I am so incredibly happy to see Alfonso Soriano excelling. I always felt he got a raw deal and this feels like some kind of reparation or something. Now if only Joba could start…

    I know, I know.

    :)

    Romine heating up should tell you that you don’t decide that a player needs to be arabesqued if he doesn’t excel in his first few weeks up!

    Also happy to see Vernon contributing again. As seasons go in ebbs and flows, it seems that a flow is upon us!

  75. DONNYBROOK August 14th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Depends how many yrs the mkt is gonna net Ellsbury. If I could go 5yrs on Ellsbury, I would prefer him to Cano or Choo. Basically, pulling a Damon. Better your team, and weaken the competition at the Same time.

  76. Ys Guy August 14th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    i dont think ells will take the yankees money. he hates boston and wants a quiet place to play.

    i dont like what im seeing of choo in a pennant race / contract run. he’s only had one good month this year.

    i dont think he’s going to be worth what he gets.

    granderson on a QO contract would be the best, imo.

  77. Chip August 14th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    So what we’re to learn from this article is that the career backup is wearing down playing every day and the career regular had a hard time adjusting to part time duty…hmmm…I wonder why this didn’t occur to Girardi as a likely scenario?

  78. Ys Guy August 14th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    ells is not going back to boston so the yankees dont need to sign him to get him off the RS

  79. fantasygame101 August 14th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    there is no f.a. that will warrant the Yankees losing their top pick specially if it is in top 15 or even top 20. And they should not loss that pick. As good as McCann or choo, they are not worth it for 2014.

  80. blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Choo’s biggest issue is that he can’t hit lefties…..I mean not at all…..he’s like Chris Stewart or worse against LHP…..but he hit RHP like an MVP candidate……so if you platoon him and Soriano or wells then the net is a really good player…..given that you’re paying Wells nothing in 2014 then it costs the same as one awesome player.

  81. DONNYBROOK August 14th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Yanks handed Texas Pierzynski and Rios. Whatta we got? Stewart and Wells. The standings tell the story.

  82. DONNYBROOK August 14th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Here we go again with the platooning up the ying-yang. Stop. You guys are looking at the bottom line with the platooning, but you end up ham stringing the 25 Man Roster with Half-lings

  83. Chip August 14th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Blake,

    Sign McCann, Choo, Peralta – play Adams at 2b and deal for Yovanni Gallardo (2015 FA)

  84. Ys Guy August 14th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    choo since the all star game (80 games) .213 ba/ .680 OPS.

    is half a season a ‘small sample size’?

  85. Chip August 14th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    DONNYBROOK August 14th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Yanks handed Texas Pierzynski and Rios. Whatta we got? Stewart and Wells. The standings tell the story.
    ———————-

    Someday I would like to dissect your brain to figure out how it works.

  86. Ys Guy August 14th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    obviously i got that wrong it was 80 ab’s….was he in the dl?

  87. Chip August 14th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    blake August 14th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Choo’s biggest issue is that he can’t hit lefties…..I mean not at all…..he’s like Chris Stewart or worse against LHP…..but he hit RHP like an MVP candidate……so if you platoon him and Soriano or wells then the net is a really good player…..given that you’re paying Wells nothing in 2014 then it costs the same as one awesome player.
    ———————–

    I like Choo – personally I think I would prefer Zobrist as he’s a switch hitter and can theoretically play 2b if Almonte or Austin or Heathcott are ready to come up.

  88. Jerkface August 14th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Choo July 1st to August 7th: .324 .419 .477 .896

    August 9th to August 13th: .091 .200 .136 .336

  89. Jerkface August 14th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Choo can’t hit lefties but he can walk against them: .175 .321 .204 .526

    .321 OBP is prety good for a split he can’t really handle. Career .335 OBP vs lefties.

  90. joeman August 14th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Letting Romine play at lot will only help them for next year..he could be their starting catcher going foward

  91. Chip August 14th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    My 2014:

    Sign McCann, Zobrist
    Trade for Aramis Ramirez and Gallardo or Masterson (assuming you can’t re-sign Kuroda)

    Lineup:

    CF – Gardner
    SS – Jeter
    2b – Zobrist
    1b – Tex
    C – McCann
    DH – Soriano
    3b – Aramis
    RF – Ichiro
    LF – Almonte

    Bench: Romine, Nix, Wells, Adams (I assume Nunez gets included in a deal)

    Rotation:

    CC
    Gallardo
    Nova
    Phelps
    Nuno (or Pineda depending on health)

    Pen:

    RHP – Betances, Claiborne, Kelley, Robertson, Warren, Whitley
    LHP – Rondon/Spence

    It’s possible (probable) that to pull off the deals guys like Murphy, Nuno, Phelps, Claiborne, Almonte would have to be included – but who knows.

  92. joeman August 14th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    don’t need McCann ..spend $ elsewhere

  93. joeman August 14th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    players that are FA’s in the 30′s are looking for that multi year contract that will take them where they need to be

  94. JimK August 14th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Doreen
    Re: Captain’s Diary; interesting read:

    The following is an excerpt from Joba’s daily diary, “Exile on River Ave”

    Entry date August 14, 2014
    In keeping with my past entry format today’s entry is titled “Joba Chamberlain Sings the Blues”
    I am a big fan of the Captain’s daily journal and I feel I must comment on some of the Jeet’s comments, specifically the comments he made about CC’s weight loss and how the fact that the once “fat pig” was criticized for being out of shape and how much better he would be if was actually in shape. I am familiar with this criticism because I hear it all the time; well I am still fat and I can still throw in the upper 90′s and I ask myself “hey CC, how is that weight loss thing working for you now?” Of course those idiots we call fans are never
    happy; 1st it was CC was too fat; now its CC is too thin and his probably bulimic as well.
    Then of course there is Mo, he blows three games in a row and the idiots are still chanting for Mo in the 9th inning. Then they criticize Robertson because he saved the game but he is no Mo who just happened to blow 3 games in a row.
    Of course the idiots and management here have no idea how valuable I am; I only pitch when the game is already out of hand; with this team its usually the other team that has the laughers.
    I know the Yankee organization is trying to screw me over so that when I go the FA route the other teams can say “you want how much?” “Based on what, 2 months in 2007!!!” “You are kidding Right?”
    In a way they may be doing me a favor; they continue to let Hughes, the former “golden one” pitch and he reminds me of a slot machine; every pitch he throws a pitch is like feeding the machine and his stake money just keeps on getting smaller.
    I am looking forward to next year, when I sign with the Sox or the Rays and come back to torment this current band of aging losers.

  95. randy l. August 14th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    “Also happy to see Vernon contributing again. As seasons go in ebbs and flows, it seems that a flow is upon us!”

    trisha-

    you mean like flow down the toilet don’t you.

    your idea of a yankee team sucks.

    my yankees will be back when fans like you give up on supporting this impostor team.

    that is not a yankee team out there.

    ownership isn’t even trying and you support them.

    it doesn’t surprise me.

    of course, you do realize alex has reinvigorated the team.

    wrap your head about that one and think why :)

  96. blake August 14th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    “choo since the all star game (80 games) .213 ba/ .680 OPS.”

    the 2nd half is 22 games so far…..so yes still very small. The season isn’t over yet

  97. comnsnse August 14th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Blake, at 9:33 you posted a “wish lineup” for 2014.

    Your favorite acquisition Choo was the leadoff hitter vs RH pitching.

    Versus LH pitching he was mysteriously absent from the line up.

    Is this the same Mr.Choo you were all in on as a FA @ 5years 75mm.?

    Or am I thinking of a Chinese restaurant you recommended? ;)

  98. comnsnse August 14th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    JimK, is that really an accurate excerpt from a diary kept by Chamberlain?

    How does this become public, does he accept responsibility for these comments?

    If so why haven’t we seen this stuff reported by the regular writers?

    Given how Bouton was raked over the coals , his comments were Sunday school stuff compared to these!

  99. champ809 August 14th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    On no planet does replacing Cano with Ellsbury in your lineup make you a better team. period!

  100. JimK August 14th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    CS, I was a joke.


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