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Miscellaneous notes from the Beltran press conference

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Randy Levine, Briand Cashman

I already wrote about some of the Beltran-specific stuff that came out of today’s introductory press conference, but inevitably, the conversation quickly turned to, “What’s next?”

While the Yankees’ lineup seems to be coming together nicely, there are still legitimate questions about the pitching staff. General manger Brian Cashman has expressed his desire to add a quality starter, but the status of the Yankees’ presumed top target – Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka of the Rakuten Golden Eagles – is still very much up in the air.

“It’s not holding up anything,” Cashman said regarding the uncertainty of whether or not Tanaka will be posted. “We’re focusing on what’s available in the marketplace – not what might become available one day, or might not. … We’re also recognizing and restating that we might not get everything answered with the exclamation point or comfort level that we would prefer. There might be some things that are delayed.”

Cashman, manager Joe Girardi and team president Randy Levine each refused comment specifically on Tanaka — Girardi said, “I’m sure you’ll hear it before I do” — but each hinted that there may be another splash or two coming before the offseason has concluded.

You gotta love the hot stove.

“I think there’s questions that have to be answered,” Girardi said. “I know we’re trying to answer those questions – whether it’s going to come from outside or within. There’s nothing set in stone. I think we were probably a little more sure of who our five starters were going to be last year than we are this year, but there’s still a lot of time left in the offseason.”

• If Tanaka is never posted, it doesn’t sound like the Yankees are too thrilled with any of the other starting pitchers on the market. Cashman acknowledged that they might have to rely on non-roster invitees and in-house candidates, and he was asked if he’s comfortable with the pitching staff that they have as of right now. “I would have to be,” he said. “We certainly right now – in no order – have CC, Kuroda, Nova and we’re hoping that Pineda can compete for a spot in the spring, and earn a spot. He has options if he doesn’t, but obviously health is a big part. He’s coming off of a shoulder issue that we all hope is behind him, but I can’t guarantee it is. We’ve got the Warrens and the Phelps of the world that are competing here, you’ve got the Huffs. You’ve got Manny Banuelos coming back from Tommy John. You’ve got some young kids like (Shane) Greene and (Jose) Ramirez that want to make their cases of where they belong, so I just don’t know. I just have to wait and see how it all shakes out. It’s somewhere where we’d like to improve if we can and get more certainty, but we might have enough already. But that’s not the approach we’re taking. Or, it might be the approach that we have to take given the options in front of us. We’ll have to wait and see.”

pineda• CC, Kuroda and Nova are givens, but all indications are that the Yankees are expecting — or, at least hoping — that Pineda is in this season’s rotation. He’s proven that he can be very effective at the big league level, and probably has more upside than any of the other fringe rotation candidates. The Yankees would love to see Pineda become what they envisioned when they traded Jesus Montero for him. “I have not talked to him since he left, but he knows that there’s an expectation there that you’ve got to come and fight for a spot,” Girardi said. “We expect him to be part of the equation, but you have to come fight for it.”

• Adding a reliable starting pitcher would alleviate some of the bullpen concerns, but Girardi also hinted that there may be outside help on the way for the pen. “I think there’s some things in the works there, as well, that we’re trying to do,” he said. “As I said, usually we don’t have this much done this early. I think since we’re meeting, (we get asked) the questions, but I still think there are some things that are out there.”

• One of the Yankees’ less celebrated signings this offseason has been Kelly Johnson, who figures to be a key component of the Cano-less infield. Girardi was asked if he sees him as more of a second or third baseman. “I’m comfortable playing him at either position,” he said. “I saw him moving around at Tampa last year and thought that he did a pretty good job, so I’m comfortable moving him anywhere.”

• Of course, where Johnson plays could largely depend on the status of Alex Rodriguez. “I’m not sure yet,” Girardi said of what may come from A-Rod’s looming suspension. “I’m not completely in charge of that right now. That’s something that it sounds like we’re going to know in January, and that could change my whole thought process in terms of our lineup.”

• The only player from last year’s Opening Day lineup who seems likely to be apart of the 2014 everyday lineup is Brett Gardner. Girardi was asked if it will be strange to have so many new players. “Someone asked me the question today, ‘Have you ever managed a Yankee team that’s had so much change?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, last year during the season.’ ” he said. “It is different. There’s a lot of new faces and we’ll have to bring them together as a team, but I don’t think that will take long.”

• Final word goes to Cashman: ”We have some more stuff to do. I don’t know if this is the right analogy, but we have some torpedoes locked and loaded; we just have to be finished off. We’re not in the position to talk about them yet, but there’s some other things that are already down the pipeline that have been discussed in the public arena, but we’re not in the position to talk about them yet. We’ve got more work to do, or things to finish off, that have already been rumored. Listen, we have a lot of holes. We’ve been addressing them slowly – from my perspective – and there’s still some questions that need to be answered.”

Post written by Vincent Z. Mercogliano/Associated Press photos

 
 

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144 Responses to “Miscellaneous notes from the Beltran press conference”

  1. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    We’re right in the middle of a Wendel Clark post, and Chad has to convey something new :)

  2. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Cashman has that Mark Reynolds torpedo locked and loaded!

  3. Eric in the ATL December 20th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Get Dustin Ackley for 2B! Offer Romine and a mid-level prospect.

  4. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Eric in the ATL says:
    December 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm
    Get Dustin Ackley for 2B! Offer Romine and a mid-level prospect.

    Would be nice….I really think it would take more than that though

  5. Eric in the ATL December 20th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I think Reynolds is a great fit, given his ability to play first and third and his right-handed power — as long as he comes cheap.

  6. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    @ProspectInsider: Awesome. RT @susanslusser: Grant Balfour called me back to say he called Dan Duquette to tell him the #Orioles were making a mistake.

  7. Ys Guy December 20th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    im getting excited about pineda for this year.

    i want to see what he can do. the surgery is a year behind, he obviously knows he needs to be ready to be a starting pitcher in the majors this year and contribute to the yankees.

    i have high hopes for this guy.

  8. Eric in the ATL December 20th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    How about Romine and Claibourne, and then we sign Balfour for a reduced price and let him face the O’s 19 times.

  9. Yankee Trader December 20th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    ” We’re not in the position to talk about them yet, but there’s some other things that are already down the pipeline that have been discussed in the public arena, but we’re not in the position to talk about them yet. We’ve got more work to do, or things to finish off, that have already been rumored. Listen, we have a lot of holes. We’ve been addressing them slowly – from my perspective – and there’s still some questions that need to be answered.”

    Things that have been discussed in the public arena? Choo, Phillips, Bailey, Baker, Reynolds, Ackley? Anyone else come to mind?

  10. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Eric in the ATL says:
    December 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    How about Romine and Claibourne, and then we sign Balfour for a reduced price and let him face the O’s 19 times.

    I approve….jus have to talk the Mariners in to it

  11. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    blake, honestly, anytime you require a bit of hockey help, me and Gordie Howe are right by your side!

  12. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    “Things that have been discussed in the public arena? Choo, Phillips, Bailey, Baker, Reynolds, Ackley? Anyone else come to mind?”

    He was talking about Mark Reynolds probably

  13. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    YT, Fred McGiriff should be in la hall, no?

  14. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    jmills says:
    December 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm
    blake, honestly, anytime you require a bit of hockey help, me and Gordie Howe are right by your side!

    I’m probably beyond help….I couldn’t name 10 hockey players if I tried

  15. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Mario Lemiux, Gretsky, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe, Uhm….see I can’t even get to 5

  16. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    So what if Fred McGriff hit 493 in the range of, Gehrig, who’s counting? The guy belongs!!!

  17. Yankee Trader December 20th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Fred McGriff

    First game as a Brave in Turner Firld, a fire breaks out in one of the booths.

    Still waiting for the Yankees to invite 45 yo Roberto Alomar to Camp!

  18. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    blake, you’re doing very well, I still have to watch that Griswald’s xmas lights movie u recommended me!

  19. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    What’s happening guys.

  20. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    @JimBowdenESPNxm: Rays are in on Balfour according sources

    They are smart so of course they are

  21. Yankee Trader December 20th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Blake

    Weaker pitching, especially the pen, which was very good last season until the last month or so.

    Offense, if healthy should be better at manufacturing runs.

    As things stand now, the other teams in the AL East haven’t exactly improved. The O’s are without their third baseman. The RS have bolstered their BP and not much else. The Jays, pardon me Jmills, are for %#£¥, and the Rays will always be tough because if their pitching and how well they play the shift.

    Still believe, like you, that the Yankees, close or now slightly over the threshold, might as well go all in and fill the remaining holes now, while there are still some decent free agents out there, and if Tanaka does get posted some time after the holidays, make a statement and sign him.
    They’ll make up the lost revenue from the loss in the new CBA, with increased attendance and concession revenues.

  22. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    YT, Alomar is all mine :D

  23. Yankee Trader December 20th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Why Are the Rays not interested in Rodney? Loss velocity?

  24. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    MTU, how is Lucky Sandy doing?

  25. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    YT-

    His arrows are going to damage their dome.

    ;)

  26. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Trader,
    Yes i think Boston isn’t as good on paper…..and if Tampa trades price there is literally no way they can be…..so the yanks need to go ahead and strike

  27. Yankee Trader December 20th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Go see American Hustle.

  28. RadioKev December 20th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:23 pm
    @ProspectInsider: Awesome. RT @susanslusser: Grant Balfour called me back to say he called Dan Duquette to tell him the #Orioles were making a mistake.
    ————

    love it

  29. RadioKev December 20th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I also love the industry belief that the O’s have totally screwed this up. How often do you hear that about a team scared off by a physical?

  30. Ys Guy December 20th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    red sox last year.

  31. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    rtsp://r1—sn-p5qlsu7z.googlevideo.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQkAWVPWuRc8qRMYJCAkFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYOWmtbK2zNzaUAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp

    blake, this one’s for you.

  32. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Good evening guys.

    I have really had no expectations for Pineda in ’14… the comments in the post make me much more optimistic… IF he returns to a status anywhere near the pre-injury level and IF Tanaka is posted and IF the Yankees can sign him… = pretty strong rotation

  33. RadioKev December 20th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Ys Guy December 20th, 2013 at 8:47 pm
    red sox last year.
    ———–

    Well they were tut tut’ed, but it all worked out for them.

  34. RadioKev December 20th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Susan Slusser ?@susanslusser 28m
    Balfour told me he told Duquette that he deserves to be treated w/ respect and he was not & #Orioles just lost their best chance at winning.

    Susan Slusser ?@susanslusser 27m
    Balfour told me he had been looking forward to helping the #Orioles get to the World Series for the first time in 30 years.

  35. Ys Guy December 20th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    hey, if the guy’s got floating bodies or a partial tear, the salary could be completely blown. why wouldnt they have second thoughts about signing him?

  36. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Pineda threw 171 innings 2 years ago.

    I’m not sure what you can reasonably expect from him innings wise this season.

  37. RadioKev December 20th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Ys Guy December 20th, 2013 at 8:54 pm
    hey, if the guy’s got floating bodies or a partial tear, the salary could be completely blown. why wouldnt they have second thoughts about signing him?
    ——–

    Sure, could be. But a couple of people have gone to bat for Balfour.

    “5:02pm: Balfour will discuss a grievance with the players’ union, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). In a full column, Rosenthal reports that he spoke with two doctors who know Balfour well, both of whom say he is 100 percent fine. Rays team physician Koco Eaton was surprised that the deal wasn’t completed. Eaton examined Balfour today and said it should have been “a no-brainer” for the Orioles to complete the contract, adding that Balfour’s shoulder MRI today looked identical to the one he saw three years ago.

    Rosenthal also spoke with Reds physician Timothy Kremcheck, who performed elbow and shoulder surgery on Balfour in the past. Said Kremcheck: “For a guy in his 30s who has pitched six or seven years since his rotator-cuff repair, his MRI on his shoulder looks remarkably good.”

    Balfour’s agent, Seth Levinson, released a statement on the issue, stating plainly that “The only reasonable conclusion is that Grant is healthy and the Orioles at the last moment changed their minds.” Levinson’s full statement can be seen on Twitter, via ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....lfour.html

  38. blake December 20th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    @BenBadler: Other than the accent and the toothpick, Grant Balfour is basically baseball’s version of Razor Ramon.

  39. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Chicken, how do ya’? Nice to see you as alaways.

  40. Ys Guy December 20th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    so is the problem that they had a contract and the orioles are now trying to back out of it? if not, what’s the problem?

    if there’s no signed contract, the orioles dont need to explain why they backed out, its their prerogative.

  41. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Y’s-

    They probably had a signed contract but it only became official if Balfour passed his physical.

    The O’s claim he didn’t. He claims he’s 100%.

    Someone will have to decide who’s right.

  42. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Sorry, spelling miskake – “, always ”

    rtsp://r4—sn-jc47eu7r.googlevideo.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQnnhVAWpwsSABMYJCAkFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYOWmtbK2zNzaUAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp

  43. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    MTU says:December 20, 2013 at 8:54 pmPineda threw 171 innings 2 years ago.I’m not sure what you can reasonably expect from him innings wise this season.

    ———

    Even if he only gives 150 innings if its quality innings I’m happy

  44. blake December 20th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    “if there’s no signed contract, the orioles dont need to explain why they backed out, its their prerogative.”

    It is….it’s bad form though unless there is a legit concern with his MRI…..again you could take MRI’s of most pitchers in baseball and you’d find some abnormality if you looked hard enough.

    This may be legit concern on the Os part about something and if it is then fine….but if they were just using some insignificant finding to try to talk down the price then that’s not cool and the union won’t be happy I wouldn’t think. Basically if another team looks at it and says hey we don’t see anything then that makes the Os look bad

  45. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hi jmills – good to see you as well

  46. Ys Guy December 20th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    thats interesting, but that is exactly what happened with napoli last year and they found a compromise.

  47. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Glenn-

    I’m not sure how they are going to decide it.

    A fixed limit ?

    Let’s watch his velocity, etc. ?

    What should be of paramount importance is keeping him healthy.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a world of confidence in the Yankees in that regard.

  48. RadioKev December 20th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    “Basically if another team looks at it and says hey we don’t see anything then that makes the Os look bad”

    Yep. We shall see what happens. But the smack talk is an added bonus.

  49. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Mike – good points all. Another thing to consider is this: I think we both agree that Kurodas innings need to be managed this year – no big deal to manage 1 pitcher’s innings… managing 2 in a rotation becomes more difficult.

    That being said, I would love to see Pineda contribute

  50. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Glenn, hi, you and MTU are really Jays fans, no? :D

  51. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Glenn-

    Correct on my POV on Kuroda.

    All I can say is that I would be exceedingly careful w Pineda.

    FWIS I would like to see them build up his innings gradually.

    Maybe start by piggy backing him.

    If he succeeds w that next year you bump him up next year.

    I doubt that will be the way the Yankees play it though.

  52. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I’m really happy we could be together,…given the fact everybody is a closet Blue Jay fan!

  53. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Mills-

    I like them a lot better than the Sux, O’s, or Rays.

    ;)

  54. blake December 20th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    December 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm
    thats interesting, but that is exactly what happened with napoli last year and they found a compromise.

    Yea….lopping 33 million off his contract

  55. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Jmills – I’m guessing you are referring to the actual species of bird… in that case, the answer is yes! :)

    Kidding aside, where do the Jays stand on Bautista? I heard a lot of trade talk earlier but nothing lately… also, I’m not sure what you have with the Navarro signing but should be an upgrade over J.P. (a lot of folks on here were clamoring for the Yanks to get Navarro prior to McCann)

  56. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    MTU, thanks, I like Ernie Whitt grand slaming over les soxs as well! ( In Fenway! )

  57. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Stan, I’ll take, Navarro. All I want is an honest receiver to bloody well,….receive.

  58. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    “Here’s the latest on the Orioles’ pursuit of a closer courtesy of a series of tweets from MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko. The Orioles are upset at the idea that they “backed out” of their agreement with Grant Balfour, as they don’t have another closer in waiting. They heeded their doctors’ recommendations after Balfour’s physical, and now would not be comfortable signing him for more than a year plus an option.”

    MLBTR

  59. mick December 20th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Which asylum did Levine get his haircut in?

  60. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    jmills says:December 20, 2013 at 9:23 pmMTU, thanks, I like Ernie Whitt grand slaming over les soxs as well! ( In Fenway! )

    ——–

    I’m too lazy to look it up but didn’t Whitt come to the Jays from the Yanks in the expansion draft?

  61. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    rtsp://r8—sn-p5qlsu7s.googlevideo.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQkctisUheA_-xMYJCAkFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYOWmtbK2zNzaUAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp

    Ernie Whitt

  62. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Jmills – couldn’t open link so I broke down and looked Whitt up… apparently never with the Yanks… a faulty memory I suppose. I think I “misremembered” :)

  63. mick December 20th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    The Orioles are upset at the idea that they “backed out” of their agreement with Grant Balfour, as they don’t have another closer in waiting. They heeded their doctors’ recommendations after Balfour’s physical, and now would not be comfortable signing him for more than a year plus an option.”
    ==============
    Buyers remorse. Angelos has done this 3 times before.

  64. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Chicken, I will be your recall. Jays in effing Fenway losing 9-0. Whitt brings me all the way back – grand slam. Ward Saves it. Cito and Jays win, 10-9.

  65. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Jesse Barfield and his great right arm :)

  66. mick December 20th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I see Baker against leftys and Roberts against rightys.
    I see Johnson and Reynolds/Nunez at 3B.
    Locked and loaded.

  67. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Tony Kubek, thanks for being there with my Jays! You are a gem!!!

  68. bbb51 December 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Levine looks like he used some cheap home hair color and a flobee.

  69. blake December 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    @CJNitkowski: From the horses mouth Youkilis got $2M + $1M incentives. $4M + $1M report was inaccurate. @MLB @mlbtraderumors @JonHeymanCBS @jonmorosi

  70. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    rtsp://r4—sn-jc47eu7r.googlevideo.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQn5483HO52fPhMYJCAkFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYOWmtbK2zNzaUAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp

    Gold Dust Woman,…oh boy :D

  71. exiledintampa December 20th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Didn’t the Rays express interest in Youkilis? Didn’t he turn them down cause they were too far from California?

  72. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    ” Rulers make bad lovers “

  73. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    bbb51 says:December 20, 2013 at 9:51 pmLevine looks like he used some cheap home hair color and a flobee.

    ———–

    I’m not only the president, I’m also a client!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I.....uRLGdGnqSU

  74. Cashmoney December 20th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I am falling and I can’t get up!

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock December 20th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Fred,

    LMAO! One of the greatest television ads ever! A classic.

  76. Cashmoney December 20th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Vintage Scooter in action…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9odvl3tfEU

  77. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Chicken, eff the hair, you’re fine, don’t let the ba$tards get to you!!!

  78. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Alfred, Jalfred, where have you been? Me and Wayne can stand only so much! I used to go go over to my friends’ place, and they’d say, ” what is that Gretzky kid doing here? “

  79. J. Alfred Prufrock December 20th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yUsnESf3Ug

    This possibly can only be appreciated by residents of the Garden State, but: “New Jurrhzey and You, Purrhfect Togethuh” became a cult classic around here a couple decades back.

  80. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Mark Messier doesn’t have much hair and he is is my power winger! ( Along with, …Kariya!!!! )

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock December 20th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    mills,

    You do look like 99 :)

    I just had to comment on Fred’s posted link.

    I’m off and running, have a good one. :)

  82. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Steve Yyzerman, is my #3 centre, behind Wayne and Mario. Good luck to you :)

  83. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    J.A.P. – Lol! I wondered if anyone else would remember that commercial :)

    Jmills – indeed, I am follically challenged. But proudly so! No weaves, plugs, or comb overs! … just a once over with the clippers with no guard! :D

  84. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    And if you even contemplate getting unto the corners, Gordie Howe it is for toi!

  85. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Chicken, the hair thing is so over rated, don’t waste a dime, nor would, Thurnan!

  86. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    ” Thurman “

  87. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    It appears the blog traffic has dwindled

  88. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Glenn-

    Boredom.

    Tanaka watch.

    See ya’ Tomorrow.

    ;)

  89. jmills December 20th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I’m still waiting for,…..Tanana!

  90. bbb51 December 20th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Oh, are we doing old commercials?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCGsqBn9pog

  91. pkyankfan69 December 20th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I see the Ray are now trying to swoop in on Balfour… If he is healthy we better not let the cheapo Rays sign him for $750K and some Cheetos

  92. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    ‘Night Mike… maybe more to discuss tomorrow ;)

  93. MTU December 20th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Let’s hope so Glenn.

  94. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    bbb51 says:December 20, 2013 at 10:42 pmOh, are we doing old commercials?

    ———-

    Lmao. Wasnt my intent but I’m game. I ran into this guy in LaGuardia while a flight to Syracuse was delayed… being from VA, I had no idea who he was… he stayed by my side for about 3 hrs, talking non stop… so I looked him up later

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D.....XRaboSo70A

  95. UpState December 20th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    bbb51 December 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm
    Levine looks like he used some cheap home hair color and a flobee.

    ==================================

    The Flobee….doesn’t everybody still use it ?

    The best !

  96. UpState December 20th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 11:01 pm
    bbb51 says:December 20, 2013 at 10:42 pmOh, are we doing old commercials?

    ———-

    Lmao. Wasnt my intent but I’m game. I ran into this guy in LaGuardia while a flight to Syracuse was delayed… being from VA, I had no idea who he was… he stayed by my side for about 3 hrs, talking non stop… so I looked him up later

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D…..XRaboSo70A

    ============================================

    The HUUUUUUUGE guy !

    Albany.

    On TV everyday !

    Spent a good part of a day this summer at Saratoga betting with this guy !!!

    (Saratoga Race Track)

  97. UpState December 20th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....pp=desktop

    Huuuuuuuge !

  98. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Upstate – lol! He approached me asking about the flight… then he stayed by my side!!.. very personable. He ended up really screwing me up with the lady I was flying out to see (he knew a friend of a friend, etc)… but that’s a story for a different time and probably a different blog :)

  99. chicken_stanley December 20th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I think I’ve done enough damage to the blog for one night… good night all

  100. yankinvegas December 20th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Let’s sign Balfour for 2 @ 12. I really believe that we will have turned the corner on the health of our young players and that we will get a very positive contribution from Pineda and that Banuelos will be in the Yankees bullpen by August and in the rotation in 2015 and moving forward.
    That being said, let’s see if Arroyo will amenable to a 1 year deal in January (assuming that Tanaka is not posted) If Tanaka is posted, damn the 189 – full steam ahead to sign him.
    I don’t have any more doubts as to Hal’s desire to win.
    Robinson Cano, you screwed up, big time.

  101. UpState December 20th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Letterman has Darlene Love on tonite !

    Christmas will will be here officially once she sings !

  102. Ted Nelson December 21st, 2013 at 12:35 am

    “Using Steamer projections they will improve about 10 wins at 7 positions if they are healthy but lost 5 wins with Cano. Starting pitching is about 2 wins worse than last year due to the departure of Pettitte and Hughes (replaced by Phelps and ???), and the bullpen is 1-2 wins worse w/o Rivera and Logan.”

    You can’t just subtract out wins without adding wins that are projected from replacements. (Not that you should necessarily be using individual projections for more than a rough range of team wins anyway.)

    Nova’s Steamer improvement outweighs Kuroda’s fall by 0.2, then CC is expected to improve 0.9. That makes up for the 1 win loss from Pettitte to Phelps. All you have left to replace is 1.3 fWAR from Hughes. Cashman mentioned Pineda well before Phelps in talking about SPs and Pineda is projected by Steamer for 0.6 in only 38 IP. He could single handedly crush Hughes’ 2013 production, but if we’re going to keep playing the Steamer game: Warren is expected for 0.3 fWAR in 100 IP and Nuno for 0.8 in 60 IP. So, Steamer expects the rotation as is to be a hair better than last season’s.

    Steamer only projects Thornton for 1 IP next season for whatever reason, but both Oliver and ZIPs have him matching Logan’s 2013 production. Losing Rivera is definitely going to hurt, but finding BP production is relatively easy. Between FA, prospects (including SPs who could be converted), and trades they should be able to find another set-up guy to get to DRob along with Kelley and Thornton.

  103. Ted Nelson December 21st, 2013 at 12:38 am

    “He was talking about Mark Reynolds probably”

    I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you (I have no idea), but what are you basing that on?

  104. coney1 December 21st, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Final word goes to Cashman: ”We have some more stuff to do. I don’t know if this is the right analogy, but we have some torpedoes locked and loaded; we just have to be finished off. We’re not in the position to talk about them yet, but there’s some other things that are already down the pipeline that have been discussed in the public arena, but we’re not in the position to talk about them yet. We’ve got more work to do, or things to finish off, that have already been rumored. Listen, we have a lot of holes. We’ve been addressing them slowly – from my perspective – and there’s still some questions that need to be answered.”

    ——————–
    Cashman is obviously referring to Roberts and Thornton. Those deals haven’t been made official yet.

  105. bbb51 December 21st, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Ted Nelson December 21st, 2013 at 12:38 am
    “He was talking about Mark Reynolds probably”

    I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you (I have no idea), but what are you basing that on?

    There was a report that talks between Reynolds and the Yankees had advanced.

    I don’t want a really high strikeout guy who plays poor defense.

  106. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 5:12 am

    UpState, that ” Huuuuge ” video was precious, thanks!!!!!

    Up early with Mike Bossy 50 in 50 :D ( Wayne, 50 in 39 ).

  107. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 5:16 am

    http://r8—sn-tt17rn7d.c......&mv=u

    Gretzky the Great One from, Brantford.

  108. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Bobby Clarke really was a little twit. Nice to see he had to be out there when Gretzky got his 50 in 39. Clarke though, was a fine 2-way player without all the crap.

  109. blake December 21st, 2013 at 7:19 am

    “I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you (I have no idea), but what are you basing that on?”

    Well he’s been talked about the most and it’s a Cashmany locked and loaded torpedo like move

  110. GregD December 21st, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Good morning…I hope all of you have or will have some time with your families for the holidays. Thanks for all the good information that I get almost every day. I know I am not a big contributor but I do enjoy reading the discussions and hearing the different points of view. There are a lot of passionate Yankee fans out there! :)

  111. Ys Guy December 21st, 2013 at 7:44 am

    fire torpedo 1!

    fire torpedo 2!

  112. Ys Guy December 21st, 2013 at 7:54 am

    why dont the yankees just hire away all of tampa’s drafting and player development people?
    double their salaries if you have to, there’s no LT on them.

  113. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Greg,
    You too, enjoy your posts when you do post!

  114. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:16 am

    “why dont the yankees just hire away all of tampa’s drafting and player development people?
    double their salaries if you have to, there’s no LT on them.”

    Maybe We can work out a posting system for other teams development people

  115. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:17 am

    @Joelsherman1: ICYMI story http://t.co/XeBebfIgkw figured I’d ask if SP-desperate #Yankees would try talk Pettitte out of retirement.

  116. austinmac December 21st, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Greg,

    You and your opinions are always welcome. Keep reading ours, and we may come up with a good one some day. :)

    Happy holidays.

  117. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Man the torpedoes……we have a big hair monster to slay!

  118. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:23 am

    @YankeeSource: Yankees prospect Gosuke Katoh is working out with Ichiro in Japan for a few days.

    Katoh had just an awesome debut…..wish he could play SS but sounds very promising . Of course the GCL doesn’t tell you much

  119. mick December 21st, 2013 at 8:26 am

    blake

    which hair monster did you have in mind?

  120. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:28 am

    mick says:
    December 21, 2013 at 8:26 am
    blake

    which hair monster did you have in mind?”

    The biggest one!

  121. austinmac December 21st, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Blake,

    Are you talking about Levine’s hair?

  122. mick December 21st, 2013 at 8:31 am

    what is the deal with levine’s hair?
    looks like the razor slipped on side of head
    above right ear

  123. 86w183 December 21st, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Good morning all….. shopping all done?

    I like the Yankees off-season and it’s pretty obvious they are looking for a proven bullpen arm based on Girardi’s comments which is probably a good thing.

    Which makes more sense — Rodney at Balfour type money or Balfour with a low guarantee but “games finished” incentives??

    Seems like $ 189 M is a virtual impossibility at this stage and that’s a good thing. Once A-Rod’s verdict comes in they can deal with that.

  124. austinmac December 21st, 2013 at 8:34 am

    86,

    I prefer Balfour. Rodney is more inconsistent, it seems to me. We do need someone else solid at the back end.

  125. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:36 am

    austinmac says:
    December 21, 2013 at 8:28 am
    Blake,

    Are you talking about Levine’s hair?

    No torpedo could penetrate that thing

  126. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Balfour is a no brainer if he’s pain free if it a one year deal…..I’m afraid they will let Tampa get him though because signing Balfour will almost certainly put them over 189

  127. Cashmoney December 21st, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Morning all and happy holidays…

    It’s hard to count on Pineda for obvious reasons, but I think Jerk has a point, he might have greater impact in pen than in rotation if he does contribute.

  128. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Could see Tampa offering 1 year at 5 mil with incentives and him going there…..yanks shouldn’t let that happen…..offer at least 7.5 which was his salary for 2014 with the Os deal……it’s a risk but Cashman wastes that much of Ben Francisco’s every year

  129. Cashmoney December 21st, 2013 at 8:39 am

    regarding 2014 that is.

  130. austinmac December 21st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    They cannot fail to add a good pitcher at the end of the game to go with Robertson. But, I do think they are only going to willingly spend big on Tanaka.

    I looked at Shane Greene’s stats as he was on3 mentioned by Cashman. He gave up far more hits than IP last year in AA. Not a good recipe.

  131. Cashmoney December 21st, 2013 at 8:42 am

    both Rodney and Balfour make sense, but i don’t see yanks doing that so it’s moot.

  132. mick December 21st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    New B’Way show:

    ‘Bronx Bombers’ tells Yankees’ tale on Broadway
    Take a journey back in time at Circle in the Square Theater starting Jan. 10

    ‘Bronx Bombers’ on Broadway00:05:49
    Playwright Eric Simonson along with producers and actors talk about bringing Yankees greats to the stage in the play ‘Bronx Bombers’

    NEW YORK — So, how did the Yankees win 27 World Series championships?

    Let’s just ask them.

    “Starting Jan. 10, go to the new Broadway play “Bronx Bombers” at Circle in the Square Theater on West 50th Street, right next to the home of perennial hit “Wicked.” You will walk into a grand lobby that sets the tone for what is inside, a veritable extension of Great Hall and the museum inside Yankee Stadium, themed by the Yankees, Major League Baseball and Steiner Sports. Then, for two hours you will mingle inside with the legends themselves…”

  133. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:44 am

    They cannot fail to add a good pitcher at the end of the game to go with Robertson. But, I do think they are only going to willingly spend big on Tanaka.”

    If they plan to spend on Tanaka (and I agree they do) then why not just stop worrying about 189 as it’s over if they sign him?

    Id love to see them sign Drew, Baker, and Balfour and then just wait on Tanaka

  134. austinmac December 21st, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Blake,

    Of course, I sign up for your plan. We could take on all comers with that team. Plus, pack the stadium.

    I do agree the deal Cashman referred to is unfortunately Reynolds. They are still nickel and dimming him with $189 in mind, I would bet.

  135. mick December 21st, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Baker makes more sense than Reynolds.
    He could platoon with Johnson at 3rd and/or play 2nd against leftys for Roberts.

  136. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:54 am

    “Of course, I sign up for your plan. We could take on all comers with that team. Plus, pack the stadium.”

    Arguably best team in baseball….solid everywhere and it’s not that far fetched.

  137. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    mick says:
    December 21, 2013 at 8:54 am
    Baker makes more sense than Reynolds.
    He could platoon with Johnson at 3rd and/or play 2nd against leftys for Roberts.

    Yes….mainly because he hits lefties better than Reynolds

  138. 86w183 December 21st, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I was thinking maybe he Balfour could get gotten for $ 4 M guaranteed and $ .5 M for every ten games finished. He finishes 60, he makes $ 7 M. Mutual option on same terms for 2015.

    Rodney was really bad the first half of last year — 28 1/3, 17 ER, 5.40 ERA thru June 14th.

    However after June 15 he was actually excellent — 38 1/3, 8 ER, 1.88 ERA.

    Either would make me feel better about next season because it would leave other relievers in their familiar roles.

  139. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:59 am

    “I was thinking maybe he Balfour could get gotten for $ 4 M guaranteed and $ .5 M for every ten games finished. He finishes 60, he makes $ 7 M. Mutual option on same terms for 2015.”

    Something like that makes sense…

  140. Cashmoney December 21st, 2013 at 9:04 am

    a secondary effect would be you don’t have to pay Drob closer money for a year or 2.

  141. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Finish the job Hal.

    You’re in the Red Zone.

    Let’s get that final touchdown for the win.

    A field goal won’t do it.

    ;)

  142. Cashmoney December 21st, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Yanks may well have internal options by 15 as far EIG goes.

  143. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 9:05 am

    New one ——->

  144. 86w183 December 21st, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Look at how much better the 2014 lineup could/should be compared with 2013. I’m using last year’s OPS numbers except for Tex and Jeter where I’m using 2012 stats.

    Position 2013 Yankees OPS 2013 Elsewhere OPS Change

    Catcher .587 Brian McCann .797 + .210

    First Base .690 Mark Teiexeira .807 + .117

    Second Base .905 Kelly Johnson .715 – .190

    Shortstop .598 Derek Jeter .791 + .193

    Third Base .633 T.B.A.

    Left Field .692 Brett Gardner .759 + .067

    Center Field .791 Jacoby Ellsbury .781 – .010

    Right Field .655 Carlos Beltran .830 + .175

    Designated Hit. .583 Alfonso Soriano .791 + .192

    That’s huge improvement at five spots, close on two and a bigdrop off at just one and one mystery position.

    If A-rod is cleared OR they make a move for a quality 3B they could be significantly better at six positions in the lineup. Obviously they will be worse at 2B no matter what they do.


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