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Rodriguez moving from distraction to production

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez, Brian RobertsAlex Rodriguez seemed unconcerned about last night’s mild hip problem, and that’s great news for the Yankees because — it turns out — he really has been a difference maker.

“I feel like I’m explosive,” he said. “I feel like I have an opportunity to hit the ball and drive it to all fields. I thought the last at-bat (last night) was indicative of how I’m feeling, especially lately.”

That last at-bat was a double to kick start the game-changing eighth inning. In 31 games finally back from offseason hip surgery, Rodriguez has hit .301/.388/.496. In case you’re curious, he’s a career .300/.384/.560 hitter, meaning he’s basically lived up to his career numbers except with less power, which is probably to be expected considering his age and the injury. And .496 happens to be the Yankees third-highest slugging percentage for anyone with more than 60 at-bats, so it’s not like Rodriguez can’t drive the ball.

“I don’t think you can ask him to do much more,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s had big hits. Home run (Monday), a couple of doubles (last night). He’s swung the bat really well.”

It’s also significant that Rodriguez has stayed in the lineup and on the field. If he’s the designated hitter tomorrow, it will be only his fourth DH day since coming off the DL. He hasn’t started a game at DH since August 20, which has let the Yankees keep their outfielders in the lineup. He’s skipped five games, one of which he entered as a pinch hitter, and another of which came after he’d played both ends of a double header.

Rodriguez has been productive, and he’s been available, and he’s — somewhat shockingly — actually managed to move beyond all of the off-the-field nonsense of a month ago. It’s still looming in the background, but it hasn’t come up at all lately. The Rodriguez story has become about a productive player, not a distraction.

“I just feel like I’m getting a little bit better every day,” he said. “I’m seeing the ball well, my rotation is good. You know, I just feel like I’m getting better every day.”

*** For whatever it’s worth, obviously there are many heartfelt thoughts going out to all those lives lost and forever changed by the events of this date. Go hug someone you love today.



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94 Responses to “Rodriguez moving from distraction to production”

  1. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I’m pretty shocked that Alex has been as good as he’s been…..I didnt’ really doubt that he could still hit if his body allowed it…..I doubted that his body would allow it.

    He can’t run like he could pre-surgery and his range is significantly worse in the field IMO…..but at the plate he looks the best he’s looked in quite awhile…..he hasn’t been able to use his lower half this well since probably sometime in 2010 or 2011……so it’s a big deal and he’s been a gigantic upgrade at 3B.

    This Alex would hurt to lose next year……

  2. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    @Morrgan_Freeman: Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.

    I think Id vote for Morgan Freeman for president just to have his voice for speeches. It would make the country sound wiser anyway

  3. Doreen September 11th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    blake -

    It sure would, and it stands to reason he could be stronger physically. If he stayed this productive, I don’t think the Yankees have as much of a problem having to pay him, no? But the question would always be there, how long could the productivity last?

    Makes no difference, these two parties are stuck with each other! LOL

    The off-season will be fun, fun, fun! ;)

  4. ron September 11th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Arod is doing exactly what any team would need their 3b to do,and more.
    The avg offensive players stats have declined immensely,and no longer are we seeing multiple 40 hr players with 100 rbi anymore.
    This tells me a ton about ped’s in the game.
    I don’t care about hr’s,unless every other team is hitting them,and not us.
    I’m happy with 1 good power hitter,and the rest,just make contact with a .280 ba,good d,pitching.
    Nova worries me the most with that elbow.

  5. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    “It sure would, and it stands to reason he could be stronger physically. If he stayed this productive, I don’t think the Yankees have as much of a problem having to pay him, no? But the question would always be there, how long could the productivity last?”

    when he’s healthy….Alex’s contract is better than Teixera’s and always has been IMO. If he can maintain this level of health then he’ll at least give them something for that money……I guess what remains to be seen is how big the gulf is between Alex and the Yankees……and if they can patch it up or want to patch it up.

  6. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    “.301 .388 .496 .888″

    that’s what Alex is hitting this year…..over a full season that would probably top any 3B in baseball or be right there.

    It’s why it’s so sad Alex went down the road he did……he never needed PEDs…..he’s one of the 5 most talented players to ever step on to a baseball field.

  7. Russell Munson September 11th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    “over a full season that would probably top any 3B in baseball or be right there.”

    Not the fella in Detroit.

  8. BD (Boston Dave) September 11th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    It’s time for Big Mouth Levine to go.

  9. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    “Not the fella in Detroit.”

    yea he doesn’t count ;) everyone else though…..

  10. ron September 11th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    That was arods personality in a baseball culture.
    Arod has exactly that type of personality to justify ped’s,and that is why he did them.
    I’ve got that same personality.
    Not a sneaky,lying type,but I would not feel guilty at all.

    After seeing all of the corruption around the world,especially in the us,no shame in my game,at all.

  11. Mike Ri September 11th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    It’s time for Big Mouth Levine to go—–

    ——————–

    I don’t know if its time for Levine to go ! ….. .But he should be talked too … The Yanks are 2 games out of a wild card spot …. The last thing we need is to distract one of our best players (Cano).

  12. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Joe Morgan ages 22-30: .274 .392 .425 .817
    Robinson Cano ages 22-30: .308 .355 .504 .859

    Joe Morgan ages 31-40: .270 .396 .433 .828
    Robinson Cano ages 31-40: ?

    one thing about Morgan though was that his best years were ages 31 and 32…..he fell off dramatically at age 34……he hit .248.370.388.758 from age 34 on…….and obviously that OPS is being propped up big time by his OBP which was largely a factor of walks…..which Cano doesn’t do nearly as much. ]

    This is probably what you’re looking at with Cano though on a big contract…..2 or 3 elite years and then a decline around 34…..I think he’ll keep his power but the rest I’m not sure about.

  13. Tackelberry September 11th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Feldman shut us down last time. He’s more of a finesse pitcher right? HOpe Yanks learned something from last time they faced him. He was the opposing pitcher in NOva’s complete game shutout right? Andy needs to continue his late season resurgence tonight.

  14. 4TrainNorth September 11th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    What A-Rod’s doing right now is actually better for baseball than the story of him fading “into Bolivian,” another Raffy Palmeiro. Watching him play, it’s as if he’s simply willing himself to play at this level, in spite of the age and the injuries and the miserable minor-league rehab numbers, to say nothing of the body supposed sapped of its vitality and elasticity by years of PED use. Because of all this, and ironically, Bud Selig must be rooting for him as well. It must pain him to do so, and that makes me happy. Go, A-Rod.

    *never forget*

  15. Madrugador September 11th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Blake-
    One of the five most talented players to ever step onto the baseball field?
    Barry Bonds would have been a very good, maybe even great player without the PED’s but without the PEDs he doesn’t get mentioned in the same paragraph as Maris or Ruth. We can never really know how talented Arod is/was because the PED’s cloud the issue.

  16. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I think I would just play Ryan at SS…..Nunez is a better hitter but at the same time there were 2 plays that he makes last night that Nunez didn’t and they led to runs.

    I think Ryan would prevent more runs defensively than Nunez knocks in offensively.

  17. bruceb September 11th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Go hug someone you don’t love as well today.

    My thoughts go back 12 years to the day that changed the world…and the people who have been strong enough to overcome the unspeakable sadness in their lives.

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Tar says:
    September 11, 2013 at 8:30 am
    I will never forget ntor stop appreciating the sacrifice of so many….. Especially from our men in blue. RIP

    I was never prouder of my hometown, or my Country then on that day.

    Take care.
    ////

    Tar! :)
    Well said. I was in town that week and the city wAs
    As unified as I’ve
    Ever
    Seen it, The cops the fire
    Dept and average
    Citizens pulled together as New Yorkers do in times of crisis.

    Glad you weighed in and I hope you stick around, this place needs ya.

  19. Russell Munson September 11th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Bonds was one of the best all around players in baseball history before he ever took a PED.

  20. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    “One of the five most talented players to ever step onto the baseball field?
    Barry Bonds would have been a very good, maybe even great player without the PED’s but without the PEDs he doesn’t get mentioned in the same paragraph as Maris or Ruth. We can never really know how talented Arod is/was because the PED’s cloud the issue.”

    I wasn’t talking about Bonds…..but look at Bonds’s numbers sometime. He was incredible before he even took PEDs…..Bonds OPSed over one like 8 or 9 straight years before even taking PEDS…….

    and name me 5 players more gifted baseball wise than Arod all around….talking naturally ability…..he could do everything….. just grading the 5 tools he would have been like 70 or 80 on all 5 of them coming up.

  21. blake September 11th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Bonds won 3 MVPs before ever taking PEDs…..folks forget how good he was when he was young…..he was better than Griffey and I never thought it was that close.

  22. Russell Munson September 11th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Yeah, the only thing Griffey had on Bonds was throwing arm.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Alex looks great and despite the diminished range tree is nothing wrong with his arm. I guess the Trwnton first game was his second or third of rehab but it was the first time I got to see him and him being onBiddle who is no joke was super encouraging. He is also running a lot better than he did that day.

    The Yankees should be praying he gets no more than Braun if they actually want to win
    Games next year.

  24. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    yea Griffey threw better and played CF…..but Bonds was the best LFer in baseball defensively…..he got on base more…..stole more bases……hit for better average….and K’d a lot less. He was just a better pure hitter and more well rounded than Jr.

  25. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Top 5 most talented players in baseball history by me (no particular order)

    Mantle, Bonds, Arod, Ruth, Trout……yes Mike Trout…he has to be in there if we’re talking purely about talent.

  26. Russell Munson September 11th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    If you go by this timeline:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3113127

    Bonds may have started juicing in 2000. Before that, here’s what he had done in his career.

    .288/.409/.559, 445 HRs, 460 SB, 3 MVPs, 8 Gold Gloves.

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Alex and bonds both play in a
    Tacit wink-wink drug culture according to Conte and numerous anonymous sources. So I don’t see
    How their actions are necessArily some fall from grace, dishonor of their god
    Given talents since they apparently did not transgress the culture of the sport all that
    Much

    Speaking for myself I have no ambivalence towards Alex unless we discover
    He got kickbacks from Biogenesis or something

  28. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Somehow I forgot Willie Mays……he has to be in there so we will say it’s a 6 man list

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Well that throw frOm Sori didnt look like
    It
    QS
    Going to give Stewie a chance and that is why ALex
    cut it off

  30. DONNYBROOK September 11th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Let me get this straight. A-Rod is outta the lineup 5 games, and DH’s 3 games =8, over the course of 20 days, and that’s actually Commended as “staying in the lineup”? Absolute Hogwash. And Chad forgot to mention that Girardi had to Force Jeet to come out of the game Sat, while A-Rod was languishing as the DH.

  31. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    People begrudge Bonds because he’s not a popular figure. He was
    A monster not even debatable

  32. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    blake -

    For me, one of the best, if not the best overall players in the history of the game was Lou Gehrig.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Donnybrook – you’re going to news to find something else to sell: Alex as
    Shrinking violet isn’t going to fly

  34. DONNYBROOK September 11th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Just judging from the TV, even though the throw was a little off line, the runner was only half-way home. Stewart appeared to have the time to make the catch and come back to tag the runner. Besides, the catcher calls the cut. Based on Stew’s reaction, he did Not call for the ball to be cut-off.

  35. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Despite what some fans may think, A-Rod is a huge asset to this team, and if they make the PS, it will be mainly due to A-Rod and Sori.

  36. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Al,
    I was just talking 5 tool talent though…..Gehrig was one of the 5 best hitters ever….but he played 1B….

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Need to find

  38. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    “Despite what some fans may think, A-Rod is a huge asset to this team, and if they make the PS, it will be mainly due to A-Rod and Sori.”

    true…..without the Soriano trade and Alex coming back they are done and out of it by now…..probably well out of it.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Big Al, if Alex
    Goes
    Down we can kiss
    Any glimmer goodbye

  40. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I was just talking 5 tool talent though…..Gehrig was one of the 5 best hitters ever….but he played 1B….

    *******************************************
    So you discount a 1B as a valuable position player?

    Gehrig did it all, he was a true monster!

  41. bigdan22 September 11th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    As I posted last night, it’s pretty phenomenal what sports medicine can do. Compare Arod;s swings last night to a year ago. Considering his advance age it’s amazing.

    Irrespective of this surge, Arod isn’t going anywhere. Unless he is injured, he will complete his contract in a Yankee uniform. Everything else is just noise. No release, no buy-out, no permanent suspension. If he produces during the balance of his contract, that will only make us feel better.

    Here is the serious thing. The Yanks right now are exercising gross organizational mismanagement. The level that would require someone getting fired and that includes Girardi. Nova needs to be shut down right now. He should be getting an MRI today. He has elbow pain (chronic) and diminished velocity. That is a sure sign of injury.

    This isn’t even a close call. The Yanks are not within a couple games of the division. They do not have a slim division lead. They are one of four teams trying for one wild card spot. They have very small chance of making the playoffs now and almost no chance to get to the World Series. You don’t risk their only young quality arm for that.

  42. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    JAP -

    Call me crazy, but, I want Alex to win the arb outright, no suspension at all. I realize that most likely would never happen, but, if it did, this old man will dance like he’s 21 again, lol.

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Wow that’s the first I got to see of Reynolds shot crushed

  44. DONNYBROOK September 11th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Gotta wonder exactly where this team would currently be with Martin or Pierzynski behind the plate the entire season.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Big Al,
    I’m with you – definitely worth a jig! Anyway he’s suffered quite enough

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  47. austinmac September 11th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    My thoughts are with everyone who lost a loved one twelve years ago. I came for a relative funeral in Long Island about a year after. I was amazed at the number of flags flying and the number of people I met who lost a friend or loved one.

    New York City and its residents shold be very proud how they reacted and responded to the attack. We in the hinterlands still remember you.

  48. DONNYBROOK September 11th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Kinda incredible to watch Sherman morphing into Lupica .

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Bigdan -’missed the game but watching the
    Abridged version and reading Luis’ observations last night, Nova looks very uncomfortable and keeps Rollin the shoulder trying to get loose. This is why you don’t turn viable arms into bullPen pieces. If they have to shut him down I know I’d much rather have option
    Of turning tO Betances for example than Warren but that is what appears like
    I wondered last Friday if nova might be hurt but then just assumed the outing was just one
    Of those things.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    He’s throwing 90 at this point in 6th

  51. Bring in the Goose September 11th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Chad mentions hip

    I thought it was a hammy issue?

    Also, what did Levine say?

  52. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    “So you discount a 1B as a valuable position player?”

    again talking about the 5 tools…..I’m assuming Gehrig didn’t run or throw well and was limited defensively because he played 1B. I wasn’t ranking the greatest players ever…..only the most overall talented IMO.

  53. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    If the discussion is “greatest players ever” then Gehrig has to be ranked high in that discussion…..maybe top 5.

  54. bigdan22 September 11th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I didn’t see Nova last night either Pruf but I read Luis’s comments too which were informative. This is really a no brainer. Put Warren out there or Hughes. It really makes no difference. This season was always a super longshot after the early injuries and the CC debacle. It’s fun for fans to play meaningful games in Sept. But the FO shouldn’t act like a fan. They need to think of the future. The future for the Yanks is this off season. It’s Cano, the budget, starting pitching, closer, SS, 3b, Jeter. The plate is full. Lets not create another hole by losing Nova.

  55. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    blake -

    I won’t list HR’s, or that would be a give-a-way.

    Lifetime Stats:

    Player #1

    BA: .340, OBP: .447, SLG: .632, OPS: 1.080, OPS+ 179
    PS records: BA: .361, OBP: .477, SLG: .731, OPS: 1.208

    Player #2

    BA: .298, OBP: .444, SLG: .607, OPS: 1.051, OPS+: 169
    PS records: BA: .245, OBP: .433, SLG: .503, OPS: .936

    Which player is better?

  56. austinmac September 11th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I wonder if they will shut down Nova. I understand all hands on deck, but you can’t hurt a valuable pitcher.

  57. Madrugador September 11th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    “Mantle, Bonds, Arod, Ruth, Trout”
    I think this is a great debate as everyone has players that they believe are the most talented and we can all make strong cases for our own picks. There were very talented players before 1951 though.

  58. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    AL,

    again I wasn’t talking about “best player”……I was talking best tools more or less. Bonds stole over 500 bases and was the best LFer defensively in baseball for years……Gehrig was right there as a hitter…..and if the discussion is “best hitter” of all time then Lou would have to be near the top.

  59. mick September 11th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    where did you read nova might need TJ surgery?

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    bigDan – we certainly don’t want to imperil Nova’s career.

    At the very least, it looks as though they have to skip a start.

    I like Warren in small doses, not going through the order 3 and 4x.

    They made a bad decision on Betances. If he were stretched out, he could have been very useful in an emergency start and beyond.

    They’re going to have to keep patching their way through games.

  61. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    blake -

    Bonds avg. 133.41 hits per year, Gehrig avg. 160.06 hits per year.

    in 22 seasons Bonds had 601 2B, 77 3B hits.
    in 17 seasons Gehrig had 534 2B, 163 3B hits.

    You don’t get that many extra base hits if you can’t run. A different era, Gehrig did not attempt that many SB, and had only 102.

  62. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    “There were very talented players before 1951 though.”

    I put Ruth in there…..but I think it goes without saying that athletes are better today than they were in 1920….Ruth would huge by 1920 standards……he would be average in size by today’s standards for a corner outfielder and somehow I doubt he would have stolen 123 bases or hit 136 triples in the modern game with his body type.

  63. Russell Munson September 11th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    “Sounds like tj surgery for nova.”

    That usually manifests as forearm tightness, not a tricep issue.

  64. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    “You don’t get that many extra base hits if you can’t run. ”

    Miguel Cabrera would beg to differ….he’s slow and hits 40 doubles every year.

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    austinmac September 11th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I wonder if they will shut down Nova. I understand all hands on deck, but you can’t hurt a valuable pitcher.
    ///

    You can’t, you shouldn’t, but it wouldn’t be the first time in professional sports that teams go the “you’re fine – right?” route. Happens every day.

  66. mick September 11th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    did someone say trout over mays as a top 5-er?

  67. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    blake -

    Look at the stats I posted, other than HR’s, Gehrig was a far superior overall hitter, and in the PS, when it really counted, Gehrig stepped up, and took over the game. Now, take into account the “Dead” ball they played with then, the much bigger parks, and it’s quite clear Gehrig was far better overall.

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Munson, forearm tightness was Nova’s problem in 2011, IIRC

  69. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Bonds didn’t get as many hits because he is the all time leader in walks……again it’s a different era and it’s a specific conversation about natural talent…..not just hitting ability.

  70. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    “did someone say trout over mays as a top 5-er?”

    no

  71. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    mick -

    That’s the problem with some fans, they only see what’s in front of them today, and for the most part ignore history.

    Trout may become a top talent, but, at this stage of his career it is simply too early to vote him into any “Best” of all time group, IMHO.

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    ron, why are you posting something that’s old?? Mason Williams is in Trenton, not Tampa.

  73. blake September 11th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    AL,
    you could argue that Gehrig was a better hitter than Bonds yes…..but Bonds stole 500+ bases and was an elite defender too. Again not talking about hitting only….talking about overall baseball ability.

  74. Bring in the Goose September 11th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    whats with the old Mason Williams post?

    and why state that Nova needs TJ???

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Turley’s on the 40-man, and he pitched really well last night. He also threw 110 pitches. He could find himself in the bullpen, at least.

  76. BIG AL September 11th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    blake -

    OK, I’ll leave at that, we’ll just agree to disagree.

    I’d put Bonds in a top 15 or 20, but not in a top 5 of all time. When you review a sport in ones own life time, you tend to not see the entire picture, only that which you may have experienced, or current knowledge.

  77. ron September 11th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock

    Sorry.
    It was on rab.
    Forgot how rab formatted their site,and I either never heard,or forgot about it.

  78. Bring in the Goose September 11th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    If by some miracle this team does make the playoffs, imagine the following:

    Cesar Cabral and David Huff as LOOGYs (dont think Zagursky qualifies)
    Nunez at SS
    Stewart and Murphy at C

    Also…

    Arod leg issue
    Nova arm

    Could a team be more ill-prepared?

  79. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Michael Kay’s shrill voice is tough to take at 11 in the morning.

    Great news that we will be moving to WFAN. We may actually have a decent postgame show.

    CBS has been awful.

  80. blake September 11th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    if we are just talking about tools it’s hard to not put Trout in the class of Mays and Mantle…….if he breaks his leg tomorrow and is never the same that doesn’t change the natural ability he was born with. Trout’s 1st 2 seasons match up with anybody in history…..he can do everything.

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    ron, Oh, OK. He had a nice game last night.

  82. blake September 11th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    wallace matthews ?@ESPNNYYankees 12m
    Levine on Cano: ‘Nobody is re-sign at all costs’ http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....-all-costs

    Tony Stark is

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Cesar Cabral and David Huff as LOOGYs (dont think Zagursky qualifies)
    Nunez at SS
    //

    Like I said, they may be adding LHP Nik Turley if they don’t think he’s pitched too much already.

    Since they let him go 110 pitches in Trenton start last night and he was topping out at 95, he doesn’t look like he couldn’t help out of the pen.

  84. blake September 11th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    the top priorities for 2014 (unless the pitching falls apart and Kuroda leaves and Nova needs surgery or something) is to 1) get a catcher 2) get a real SS

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Thanks, Chad.

  86. bigdan22 September 11th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Nice warning shot by Levine on Cano. You stop at 6 and 150. If that’s not enough, you reallocate and move on.

  87. yankeefeminista September 11th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    “But Levine reiterated that,although Cano remains a priority, the Yankees will not stray from their planned strategy in negotiations.

    ‘The Yankees are the Yankees — we’ve been around for a long time,” Levine told Bloomberg Television. “I think our fan base understands that we’re going to put a championship-caliber team on the field. … Great players come and go, but the commitment to getting great players continues.’ “
    _______

    Yeah, sure.

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock September 11th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    “Let’s just see what happens when the season is over,” Cano told the Daily News. “There’s nothing I can say. Right now, I’m not paying attention to any of that.

    “We have 18 games left, so that’s my focus right now. We’ll see what happens when that day comes.”
    ///

    Good job, Randy. The player has to remind the Team President that the team has more pressing things in front of it.

    I suppose it’s better than telling one of your players to STFU, though. I guess that’s what Cano said to Levine, only with more class.

  89. yankeefeminista September 11th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    cr*9, just stop. This, of all days, is not a time for divisive behavior. Try being compassionate.

  90. pat September 11th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    The only Yankee that said Alex was distracting him from doing his job was Brian Cashman.

  91. bigdan22 September 11th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Top priorities in the offseason. No particular order. In fact, multi-tasking is preferred.

    1. Dealing with Cano, 2. Dealing with Jeter (move to 3rd or retire), 3. Starting pitching (let Kuroda and Andy walk (no more big $ to late 30s guys) and 4. Catcher.

  92. mick September 11th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    No doubt there will be big doings this off season.
    If the Dodgers want Cano, we will not compete.
    They might want to go after a major SS, if any are around.
    Jeter will then have a major decision to make and 3B/DH should not be out of the question.

    Brian McCann would be a good get for 1/2 of Cano’s money.
    Maybe a SS for the other 1/2.

  93. Ys Guy September 11th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “Watching him play, it’s as if he’s simply willing himself to play at this level, in spite of the age and the injuries and the miserable minor-league rehab numbers, to say nothing of the body supposed sapped of its vitality and elasticity by years of PED use. ”
    ==================================
    …or he’s just loaded up on PED’s again right now…

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