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Five lingering questions about how the Yankees will be managed

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 10, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi

Simply getting Joe Girardi under contract does not answer all of the Yankees managerial questions for next season. The front office be me in charge of roster construction, but it will be up to Girardi to utilize those players, keep them healthy, and in some cases monitor their egos and personalities.

Five things we still don’t know about how the Yankees will be managed next year:

1. Without Mariano Rivera, will the Yankees show patience with a replacement closer? For now, Dave Robertson is next in line for the job without any real challenger, but given all of the bullpen openings, the Yankees are sure to sign a relief pitcher or two this winter. If one of those new arrivals has ninth inning experience, will Girardi lean toward the new guy who’s familiar with the job, or the familiar guy who would be new to the job? How quickly would those roles reverse if/when one of them struggles?

2. If the Yankees don’t sign an impact catcher — no McCann, no Saltalamacchia, no Pierzynski — will spring training be a four-man competition behind the plate, and if so, did Girardi see enough from Austin Romine in the second half and maybe even from J.R. Murphy down the stretch to give him confidence that one of the young guys could carry the bulk of the load? Seems safe to assume at least one of Francisco Cervelli or Chris Stewart will be back in Yankees camp. Is it a foregone conclusion that one of those two has a leg up on the young guys for the starting job?

3. How long is the leash for Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki? Zoilo Almonte and Ronnier Mustelier might be the system’s most advanced outfield prospects — not the highest ceilings, but the closest to big league ready — but neither is a sure thing at the Major League level. Would Girardi show absolute loyalty to the veterans, or will he be forced to acknowledge their limitations and move on if they’re not productive? In the past, we’ve seen him stick with guys like Andrew Jones and Travis Hafner for a pretty long time, but we did see him cut Randy Winn very quickly.

4. Which young starters will be trusted with rotation jobs?It’s easy to throw out lists of possibilities, but it’s hard to know just how much of an impression Adam Warren made this season, how much David Phelps has the benefit of the doubt, and just how skeptical Girardi might be after not seeing Michael Pineda for two years. Also, if the Yankees bring back Hiroki Kuroda, could Girardi handle Kuroda’s workload the same way he handled Andy Pettitte’s?

5. What can the Yankees expect from Derek Jeter, and what should they ask him to do? That might be up to the front office at first, but eventually it will be up to Girardi to determine whether Jeter’s still a viable fielder and top-of-the-order hitter. It’s a potentially delicate situation with a player he’s literally known for the better part of two decades. Girardi was willing to minimize Jorge Posada’s role at the end. Could he do the same to Jeter if Jeter’s no longer productive?

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70 Responses to “Five lingering questions about how the Yankees will be managed”

  1. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    1 Yes. D-rob until he shows he can’t. Kelley next in line.

    2 No idea but a Vet would be safer.

    3 It should be short and Young guys should be given an opportunity

    4 I want Kuroda back. And all of the others should be options for back end spots.

    5 No idea. No one knows what Jeter’s status will be in advance. plan b should be in place.

  2. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Chad-

    We could use an upgrade at DH, and we need a 3b.

    ;)

  3. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I’d lose LR and promote Scot Aldred.

    Fire Newman. Bring in someone from outside the Org w their own team.

  4. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Start cleaning house and preparing for the next wave of Yankee greats.

    It’s time.

    Evolve.

    :)

  5. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Heading out.

    Back later.

  6. blake October 10th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    MTU,
    From the prev thread….yea unless they sign somebody and lose the pick.

    The idea of draft pick loss for teams that sign free agents is meant to promote competitve balance….. But the problem with it is that it usually makes big spending teams continue to spend money to compete because if you sign a good FA every year then you never have a first round pick and it makes it much harder to grow good cheap players yourself.

    That and winning over the last 2 decades had made it much more difficult for the Yankees to develop players than other teams…..now could they have done better? Sure…..do they need to do better? Of course……but when we say stuff why can’t they develop an ace? One reason is because they never get to draft one

  7. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Blake-

    No one is forcing the Yankees to give up that quality pick this season.

    There are some options out there to improve the club w/o doing so.

    In this particular case I hope they keep it.

    In fact I hope they add a few more 1st round picks.

    ;)

  8. joeman October 10th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    up in the air about Dave Robertson getting the job done as a closer..I believe he had two blown saves out of five chances this year

  9. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Hi gang, long time no speak.

    Wanted to answer some of the questions posed by Chad and throw in some other stuff as well:

    Catcher – if the Yankees don’t sign McCann (which I’m truly hoping they do) then I would go with Romine or Murphy with Cervelli as the back-up. I know he loves Chris Stewart but you know who else loves him? Opposing pitchers. The Yankees can’t roll an 8 man batting order out there next year. I think Stewart, when he hangs em up, will be a fantastic coach and maybe even a manager, but this was a career year offensively for him and he was still below replacement level.

    I don’t think the team should play young players just to play young players, but if your choices are struggling veterans at the end of the line like Ichiro and Wells or young players who have performed in the minors and are struggling to make an adjustment, then you have to go with the young guys – that’s where Joe has been slow to adapt. He has more faith in a veteran playing his way out of a slump than he does in a slumping youngster adjusting to major league ball on the fly. Now, in fairness, it’s entirely possible that Adams and Almonte just weren’t ready for this level – they had barely played any games above AA when they were thrust into service and Romine was coming off of a lost year, but going forward – assuming both are still with the team – I would like to see Almonte playing over Ichiro and certainly over Wells and Romine ahead of Cervelli and Stewart.

    Regarding Jeter – I don’t know what to expect. I wouldn’t bet against Derek coming back and hitting around .300 with 15 HR and playing a fairly solid SS but I wouldn’t bet on it either. Nunez flashed a little but I still don’t trust him. I think signing Jhonny Peralta would make a ton of sense since he can play both 3b and SS.

    Of their current free agents, I think Mark Reynolds has the best chance of coming back with Cano number two and Granderson 3. My guess is that Kuroda retires (or rather leaves MLB for Japan).

    I’m not as worried about Robertson in the closer role as I am about what it does to the rest of the pen. Hopefully Betances can bring what he showed after being moved to the pen in AAA to the majors and Shawn Kelley can repeat. If so then those two – plus Preston Claiborne should be able to hold down the right side of the pen in late innings leading up to D-Rob. They have a lot of left handed options in the system that they can work with to replace Boone.

    Overall I’m hoping for a very interesting winter. There are a lot of moves that this roster needs and a lot of decisions that will impact what the Yankees look like going forward.

  10. Mottsx October 10th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Please cut ties with Stewart… I’d rather see Cervelli and Romine or a Vet. No way is Girardi’s boyfriend going to play any roll other than DFA fodder this year.

  11. Wave Your Hat October 10th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    “That and winning over the last 2 decades had made it much more difficult for the Yankees to develop players than other teams….”

    I agree that drafting lower makes it harder to find a star (although teams other than the Yanks often do) but there are plenty of average major leaguers found in the lower rounds and the Yanks haven’t had much success finding those guys either.

    The last draft made more sense to me though. Maybe things are beginning to turn around.

  12. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    They have definitely failed w the development process.

    Nova was an accident. He was so poorly thought of that he wasn’t even protected.

    They only have him back thru luck.

    That tells me they don’t always know what they have.

    It seems like being high profile in the Yankee system is the kiss of death as some have said.

    Even J-Ram flew under the radar.

    Let’s hope Banuelos is the exception.

  13. joeman October 10th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    DRob is very good at what he’s doing right now..leave him there and look for a closer.

  14. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Blake,

    This would be the highest draft pick the Yankees would have in a while and the plan early in the season was that it would be ok to sacrifice that pick for a player because the Yankees were possibly going to get as many as four compensation picks depending on how things played out (Granderson, Cano, Kuroda, Hughes). They aren’t going to give Hughes a qualifying offer and Kuroda may not sign anywhere so that would drop the number to at most two and more likely just one for Granderson.

    So the question becomes, is signing a compensation free agent like McCann worth giving up the potential long term impact of a player that the Yankees could draft in the upper 2/3 of the draft? I don’t know. Given their inability to identify and develop players lately I would lean towards probably.

  15. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Wave –

    I agree – last year’s draft was more rational in the first couple of rounds – I think it was clear to everyone that guys like Cito Culver and Dante Bichette, Jr. were reaches.

  16. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Maybe Oppenheimer needs to hit the bricks as well ?

    ;)

  17. joeman October 10th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    McCann will ask around 5/75 from many reports.

  18. Against All Odds October 10th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Super reaches.

    I’m sure there are those in the Yankee org that were shocked

  19. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    MTU -

    I’m not opposed to a house cleaning as long as it is baseball people making the call and not Levine.

  20. MTU October 10th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Sure thing Chip.

    He needs to stay in his cage.

    Later.

    ;)

  21. blake October 10th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    “I agree that drafting lower makes it harder to find a star (although teams other than the Yanks often do) but there are plenty of average major leaguers found in the lower rounds and the Yanks haven’t had much success finding those guys either.”

    I wouldn’t say often….they luck up sometimes yea. B again I’m not saying they shouldn’t get better…..just saying that when folks wonder why we don’t have an Andrew mcCutchen or Clayton Kershaw then there is a reason

  22. blake October 10th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    “So the question becomes, is signing a compensation free agent like McCann worth giving up the potential long term impact of a player that the Yankees could draft in the upper 2/3 of the draft? I don’t know. Given their inability to identify and develop players lately I would lean towards probably.”

    Hey Chip….the answer to that question almost entirely depends on Hal and what he does going forward

  23. Tackelberry October 10th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    No way should Stewart be brought back. He is an automatic out. Much rather see Cevelli brought back. Need to see what ALmonte, Musteiler and Adonis Garcia can do. All should get very long looks in ST as Ichiro cannot be a regular anymore. Same with Wells. Hopefully, Kuroda comes back and Pineda is ready to contribute. Should bid very high for Tanaka and maybe chase a guy like Nolasco or Garza.

  24. pkyankfan69 October 10th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I hear Joe had it written in his contract that Stewie not only must be on the team, he is required to play 80+ games behind the plate and 50+ games @ DH. Should be a blast.

  25. pagg October 10th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Is Wellls even an option to return? . . Seriously??

  26. bruceb October 10th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Hey, Chip.

    Good post. Glad to see you back. Agree with a lot of your views but would be concerned about signing Peralta (once a PED user, always a PED user) and I just don’t think DRob fits into the mold of closer. You don’t want someone closing who needs to get into trouble before getting out of it. I’d like to keep him in the set-up role if at all possible.

  27. pkyankfan69 October 10th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Wells is basically free next year… He’ll definitely be on the team.

  28. joeman October 10th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    cut the cord on Wells and Cervelli (once a PED user, always a PED user)

  29. Tackelberry October 10th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Wells could be cut in ST just as easily.

  30. Wave Your Hat October 10th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    My only hope regarding Wells is that since he is essentially free the Yanks will be able to trade him somewhere.

  31. charlestonchew October 10th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    It’s beginning to seem to me, as much as I absolutely love Robbie, that the Yankees will not pay up to have him a Yankee for life. But that could be wrong. The Yanks have given out large, ill-advised contracts before (CC, Arod, Tex) and it’s impossible to rule out the same for Cano.

    But if the Yankees want to field a world-series caliber team next year, they need to spend smart. And Robinson Cano, no matter the price, will not be a smart spending option. It sucks to say. I hate to think it, but it is true. Even at 200 million, it’s a bad idea. 180, 170.

    Given that Teixeira will be back next season–and ARod likely healthy for portions of it, depending on his suspension–the team will already receive a boost. Alfonso Soriano, while not an incredible LF option still represents an above-average and reliable piece as far as production goes. There are holes at catcher, 3 in the rotation, one in the OF, and the need for a solid backup (perhaps half-time) infielder.

    If the Yankees take the 20-25 million per year they’d have to owe cano, they could sign a guy like Omar Infante, Curtis Granderson, AND a decent rotation option, easily making up for that production and more. Or instead say Brian McCann (who i am wary of) and a pitcher, however your prefer to look at it. What the Yankees could use is a Red Sox-style makeover. While it’s unlikely they’ll have widespread success with every single signing, there are several excellent opportunities in the free agent class that could cost significantly less and position them better for the next four years. I would hate to see Cano leave, as he is one of my favorite all-time Yankees, but it seems increasingly necessary to let him go (if he demands too much) for the good of the team.

  32. pkyankfan69 October 10th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Imagine if Cano leaves, Jeter isn’t ready for opening day, and we miss out on most FA.

    2014 Opening Yuck Line up

    CF – Gardy
    2B – Infante
    LF – Soriano
    1B – Sexy Texy
    DH – Morales
    RF – Wells
    3B – Nuney
    C – Cervelli
    SS – Ryan

    At least it would be easier to get cheap tickets.

  33. jacksquat October 10th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    joeman October 10th, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    DRob is very good at what he’s doing right now..leave him there and look for a closer.

    5 chances is meaningless.

    He’s a very good reliever, he can close and they can save money there.

  34. austinmac October 10th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    With that lineup the Yankees would invite all fans onto the field before and after the game to give them thanks

  35. charlestonchew October 10th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    The more I think about it, the more obvious it is that Granderson is probably the best value out there this season given what he’s coming off of. He’s an above average defender, an excellent hitter (20 doubles, 30hr, 5 triples, and 80-100 rbi — definitely worth 15 mil a year).

    The Yankees may need to be creative and make some trades this offseason, but it kind of looks like they don’t have the most appealing trade bait. I wonder if we can do another Betemit-for-Swisher type deal again? Something like that would be huge–and was huge–for the Yankees.

  36. joeman October 10th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    New York Yankees Home Attendance is down over 260,000 for the year and that well over 3,000 per game just in ticket sales not counting food and beverage in the park and around the area..Another 85 or less win team expect those #’s to grow in 14

  37. joeman October 10th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    jacksquat October 10th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    joeman October 10th, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    DRob is very good at what he’s doing right now..leave him there and look for a closer.

    5 chances is meaningless.

    He’s a very good reliever, he can close and they can save money there.

    ————————–
    I disagree …so we will find out I guess

  38. champ809 October 10th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I think that DRob may eventually be more effective in the 9th or at least AS effective as he was in the 8th once he gets over the nerves of it. The reason is in many ways it’s easier to pitch the 8th than the 9th because hitters usually lose some of their discipline when their facing the finality of the game. They become more apt to chase which i think would definitely work to his benefit.

    I for 1 hope the Yanks go with a Romine/Cervelli combo and let JR get just some finish at AAA Scranton 1st half of the season. I’d much rather see the yanks pay Cano 8/$200 than to pay McCann 5/$75.

    I think I’d prefer to see a lineup that has Sori in Rf and Zoilo in LF with Ichiro and Vern alternating @ DH if we don’t sign Abreu.

    I think I’d go with youth in the rotation and sign Tanaka over Hiro and go with CC, Nova, Tanaka, Pineda and Phelps with Warren, JRam, Banuelos,Marshall and Turley in AAA on the backburners for depth. I’d be hoping that Banuelos and JRam give me healthy starts next year setting me up to move a say Phelpsie at the deadline in a package if something I need becomes available.

    For this roster to work I think you need about 100 games @ SS for Jeter with Nuney getting the first shot at 3B.

    the reg lineup vs rhp

    Gardy- CF
    Jeter- SS
    Cano- 2B
    Sori- LF
    Tex- 1B
    Abreu- DH
    Nuney- 3B
    Zoilo- RF
    Romine-C

  39. blake October 10th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    “The more I think about it, the more obvious it is that Granderson is probably the best value out there this season given what he’s coming off of. He’s an above average defender, an excellent hitter (20 doubles, 30hr, 5 triples, and 80-100 rbi — definitely worth 15 mil a year).”

    Depends on the money….. If he will do a 1 year deal for less than 15 million then Id do that and hole he bounces back and hits 35 homers

  40. Jason Voorhees October 10th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    An FYI about Robertson’s two blown saves: They both came in the 8th, not the 9th. The three chances Robertson came into a save situation in the 9th inning he closed it out. Obviously too small a sample size to prove anything one way or the other.

    Granted, he still puts too many runners on base to be an effective closer, although Brad Lidge was one of the best in the game in 2008 while doing the same thing.

    I figured I’d clear up the 2 BS in 5 chances statistic.

  41. charlestonchew October 10th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    It’s not so bad, because if we lose Cano I’m pretty sure we’ll sign Granderson.

    CF – Gardner
    SS – Jeter
    RF – Soriano
    1B – Teixeira
    LF – Granderson
    DH – Morales
    2B – Infante
    3B – Nunez/Uribe/Reynolds
    C – Cervelli/Murphy

    And we can sign a bunch of FA pitchers.

    CC, Nova, Pineda and a couple of lower cost, high upside folks from this list to compete with Warren, Phelps, etc:

    Johan Santana
    Gavin Floyd
    Scott Feldman
    Dan Haren
    Jason Vargas
    Ricky Nolasco
    Scott Baker
    Shaun Marcum

    just a partial list, but you figure if you sign 2 of them, at least one of them will stick.

  42. champ809 October 10th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    correction

    ***It’s easier to pitch the 9th than the 8th***

  43. jacksquat October 10th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    DRob has a 1.040 whip, he doesn’t put too many on base.

  44. champ809 October 10th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I think the white Sox are going to offer Grandy 4/$60 mil…worse part is their pick is protected so we’ll only get a supp pick out of it.

    BTW Kendry Morales has 1 yr left on his deal he’s not a FA

  45. jacksquat October 10th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I think Grandy will get at least 3 years somewhere, at least from the White Sox.

  46. Jason Voorhees October 10th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    jacksquat October 10th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    DRob has a 1.040 whip, he doesn’t put too many on base.
    ———————–

    And that’s what happens when you go with your uneducated eyes and feelings and neglect statistics. Well played.

  47. blake October 10th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Robertson is a really good reliever …..if theybarenin a budget then they shouldn’t waste significant money on bullpen help. Give the job to DRob and let him run with it unless he just proves he can’t handle it

  48. Jason Voorhees October 10th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I suppose we’ve all been spoiled by Rivera’s usual sub-1 WHIPs.

  49. jacksquat October 10th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Morales is a free agent.

  50. jacksquat October 10th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    But Seattle may sign Morales before he can be signed by anyone else.

  51. blake October 10th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    “I think the white Sox are going to offer Grandy 4/$60 mil…worse part is their pick is protected so we’ll only get a supp pick out of it.”

    You get a supplemental pick regardless of where the players former team drafts either way under the new CBA…..

  52. blake October 10th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    “BTW Kendry Morales has 1 yr left on his deal he’s not a FA”

    He signed a 1/5 deal last year…. He’s a FA

  53. austinmac October 10th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t think there is any doubt Robertson will be the closer next year. Good closers cost too much to acquire nd in salary, and the money is needed elsewhere.

  54. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    If people go into next year expecting that Robertson is going to just be Rivera then that’s flat out not fair to Robertson.

    D-Rob’s biggest issue is that he throws a lot of pitches and that’s going to be a problem if you need to go to him on a more regular basis. As the EIG the team could alternate with him and Kelley or Joba or whomever, that won’t be the case as the closer. He’s going to have to put guys away earlier in the count and not throw so much off the plate. It’s not that he puts guys on base, just that he throws a lot more pitches than Rivera did.

    I don’t think it would hurt the team to go and get a moderately priced veteran reliever, partially as a fall back on the days when Robertson’s not available and partially because it’s nice to have someone who has done what you’ve done before there to bounce questions off of. Now, whether a guy like Grant Balfour or Ryan Madson would be interested in such a role is an open question, but it’s something I would explore.

  55. austinmac October 10th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I have read the Mariners were going to tender Morales a QO. I tend to doubt the Yankees will give up their lowest draft pick in many years for him or anyone. That makes, I hope, the international players more likely. Either that, or it is, the bargain bin.

  56. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    2014 MLB Free Agent list:

    http://www.baseballprospectus......-for-2014/

  57. pkyankfan69 October 10th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Question about QO’s.

    If the Yankees were to sign 2 players who had been offered QO’s would the Yankees lose 2 picks? Or once you have lost your first rounder it’s gone and you don’t lose anything else for signing the second QO guy?

  58. blake October 10th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    “D-Rob’s biggest issue is that he throws a lot of pitches and that’s going to be a problem if you need to go to him on a more regular basis.”

    I don’t have the numbers in front of me but I’m pretty sure he’s reduced his pitches per inning each of the last 3 years and it was basically the same as Mo last year.

    Of course it’s unfair to expect him to be as good as Rivera…..but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the best option…..nobody is history has or ever will be Mo

  59. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    If Morales is tendered he would be a fool not to accept it. He might get a 2 year deal somewhere else, but not for a total of the $13.5 he would get by accepting the tender.

  60. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    blake October 10th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    “D-Rob’s biggest issue is that he throws a lot of pitches and that’s going to be a problem if you need to go to him on a more regular basis.”

    I don’t have the numbers in front of me but I’m pretty sure he’s reduced his pitches per inning each of the last 3 years and it was basically the same as Mo last year.

    Of course it’s unfair to expect him to be as good as Rivera…..but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the best option…..nobody is history has or ever will be Mo
    ——————

    Blake – I completely agree that Robertson is the best option but that’s not the same as being Rivera. I was just saying that if Robertson is thrust into the situation where fans have the expectation of him being as automatic as Rivera and he puts that on himself, then the team will have problems because living up to that standard is impossible.

    Soriano was fantastic for the Yankees in 2012, but not even close to Rivera.

  61. jacksquat October 10th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I think most fans will understand that no one will be as good as Mo. Maybe for a season here and there.

    DRob is a good guy and seems to be pretty well liked so I don’t think the YS fans would give him a lot of flack if he struggles a little at first.

  62. blake October 10th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    “If the Yankees were to sign 2 players who had been offered QO’s would the Yankees lose 2 picks? Or once you have lost your first rounder it’s gone and you don’t lose anything else for signing the second QO guy?”

    I think you just lose the first rounder but I’m not positive

  63. Giuseppe Franco October 10th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Chip October 10th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Blake – I completely agree that Robertson is the best option but that’s not the same as being Rivera. I was just saying that if Robertson is thrust into the situation where fans have the expectation of him being as automatic as Rivera and he puts that on himself, then the team will have problems because living up to that standard is impossible.

    —–

    I don’t think that will be an issue. Even the most moronic of Yankee fans know there will never be another Mo and they won’t expect Robertson to be that automatic.

    It didn’t seem to be an issue last season when Mo was hurt and Soriano blew saves.

  64. fantasygame101 October 10th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    trade for price. If you can not develop anyone then might as well trade them away.

  65. Chip October 10th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    fantasygame101 October 10th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    trade for price. If you can not develop anyone then might as well trade them away.
    ————-

    Tampa is not dealing Price to the Yankees.

  66. blake October 10th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    “Tampa is not dealing Price to the Yankees.”

    And even if they would somebody would outbid the Yankees for him

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