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The lingering question of what to do with Eduardo Nunez

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Eduardo Nunez, CC Sabathia

I was going through posts from this time last year and found this one from exactly one year ago today: What to do with Eduardo Nunez?

Glad we’ve figured that out in the past 12 months.

Seriously, though, Nunez’s short-term role and long-term future are more uncertain today than ever before. At this time last year, Nunez seemed at least to have a big league job locked up. The question was whether he could play multiple positions, hit enough to be a platoon designated hitter, or actually have an impact as a backup shortstop (at the time there was still a general believe that Derek Jeter would be healthy enough to be the starting shortstop; didn’t know the job was going to fall to Nunez out of spring training).

Today, Nunez has 752 Major League at-bats with a .267/.313/.379 career slash line. He hit very, very close to that exact slash line last season. He’s still just 26 years old, and there are still some tantalizing tools — good speed, a strong (if erratic) arm, some offensive power a middle infielder — but Nunez’s inconsistency has bumped him out of the Yankees plans. Even with no other emerging infield prospect, Nunez has actually fallen down in the pecking order and could very easily be optioned back to Triple-A next season.

I’ve always been a little more bullish on Nunez than most, and I still think he could scratch out some sort of role in the big leagues for some team, but the Yankees haven’t figured out what to do with him. Not saying that’s the Yankees fault — it’s generally up to the player to solidify himself — but right now, Nunez is a kind of misfit toy on the Yankees roster. Lack of infield depth has made it hard to get rid of him. Lack of consistency has made it hard to use him.

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180 Responses to “The lingering question of what to do with Eduardo Nunez”

  1. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Too bad Nunez does not have footwork like Fred Astaire.

    :(

  2. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Good evening guys.

    I probably like Nunie more than most on here… I thought he looked decent in the sss at 3rd late in the year… As for his offense, he seemed to hit much better after returning from injury. I tried to look up his slash line by month (on baseball reference) to verify but couldn’t figure out how to do so. If the Yankees don’t sign Reynolds or another right handed option for third, I can see him platooning with Johnson (of course that won’t be the case if Jeter takes some turns at 3rd)

  3. Ys Guy December 21st, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    yeah but astaire had a slow bat.

  4. Niblick December 21st, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Nunie couldn’t hit in the minors, and he hasn’t hit in the majors. His defense is terrible. So he’s got speed. So what?

    The Yanks should get rid of him as soon as possible, so Joe won’t be tempted to actually play him.

  5. Ys Guy December 21st, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    chicken, when you’re looking at the players stat page look at the standard batting section and you’ll see the sub head ‘splits’ . click on that and it will ask if you want career or you can choose a specific year.

    also if you go google eduardo nunuz stats, look in the results for the espn go page, and in the profile the splits link is more obvious (and espn also offers a 3 year split which is pretty handy too)

  6. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks Ys Guy… I’ve been a fan forever but I’m still a novice in data mining

  7. Ys Guy December 21st, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    sure thing chicken, just passing on to you something someone on here passed on to me!

  8. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I’m in and out over xmas gifts, I’m sure you guys are all figuring out my Jays for me :D

  9. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks to Ys:

    1st half slash: 215 .285 .271 .556
    2nd half slash: 284 .321 .426 .747

    What does this tell us? probably not a lot. It does satisfy my curiousity though. :)

  10. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    ….I bought myself a few things too ( AC/DC live at Donnington Blue Jay Ray )

  11. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Glenn-

    Curiosity kills cats.

    Not quite sure what it does to Humans.

    ;)

  12. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Curiosity gets humans into mega trouble,….and bills!

  13. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Free Tanaka !

    :)

  14. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Mills-

    What did you buy for me ?

  15. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Curiosity kills cats.

    Not quite sure what it does to Humans.

    ————

    I’m figuring minor flesh wounds and hurt feelings at the worst :)

  16. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Viva Le Blog !

    :)

  17. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve been told that curiosity is a sign of intelligence.

  18. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    MTU, I have that Bench card for toi, and Glenn can take it to give to you if you guys cycle.

  19. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    jmills – I started my Christmas shopping yesterday… Got about 15% of my shopping done. Today is an off day… doubleheader tomorrow!

  20. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Yes, free Frank Tanana!

  21. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Mills-

    Very generous.

    I’d prefer a bottle of 1851 Tequila.

    With gold trimmed Zapata shot glasses.

    :)

  22. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    If I had to buy anything for Xmas I’d do it online.

    Me and crowds do not mix.

  23. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    My hairdresser friend Angela tied me to her kitchen chair, cut my hair, and I gave her, Burton Cummings ” Up Close and Alone “.

  24. austinmac December 21st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Chicken,

    I do believe I recall a time or two when curiosity cost both bills and trouble. What about the concept of living in the moment?

  25. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    jmills – i’ve got this thing… I’m trying to visit all 50 states (I’m at 40 now). Utah is one of the 10 I haven’t visited so far so I doubt I’d be able to pass along to MTU… On the other hand, that gives me an excuse to visit :)

  26. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    MTU, no prob, I’m sure Toronto was making 1851 Tequila.

  27. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Mac-

    Stop by and visit w Choo.

    Make him feel welcome.

    :)

  28. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Chicken, I’m going to put you off the scent of my closet card collection!

  29. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Mac-

    Get him some good BBQ.

    :)

  30. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    austinmac – I definitely don’t need any more bills or trouble! :)

    As for living in the moment, it reminded me of a quote from “Dead Poets Society” (I looked it up to make sure I got it right):

    “If you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – Carpe – hear it? – Carpe, Carpe Diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

  31. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I bought myself a copy of Rush’s remixed work of 2001′s ” Vapor Trails ” ( they thought the original was crap ) – these guys don’t mess around, they delivered!!!

  32. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Sylvia Plath is right beside me.

  33. blake December 21st, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Nunie…..lol

  34. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    blake December 21st, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    Nunie…..lol

    ———-

    cmon Blake… Nunie doesn’t deserve a laugh out loud – maybe a giggle under your breath but not a full blown lol :)

  35. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Nunie the Keith Moon looney.

  36. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Glenn-

    Blake despises Nunez.

    He’s like Joeman and GGBG.

  37. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    See guys?, I’ve figured this blog thing out; if my team sucks ( and going on the past twenty years it very well might ), I get to cheer for you !

    :D

  38. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    MTU December 21st, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    Glenn-

    Blake despises Nunez.

    He’s like Joeman and GGBG.

    ————-

    :D I know… I’m a big GGBG fan and somewhat like Nunie (at least I don’t want to see him drawn and quartered)… I try to yank the chains of each for fun when I get the chance

  39. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I was asking about it earlier, I want to get my daughter a pink Yankees hat with black logo, do they make such a thing? ( She knows all about you people )

  40. MTU December 21st, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    You know what is really funny.

    Even if Tanaka posts pretty soon it will likely take around a month more before we even know if he
    wants to sign w us.

    :)

  41. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    MTU, Tanaka has seen my place, he likes it here.

  42. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    jmills – I can’t find pink with black lettering, but found pink with white lettering… I’ll keep looking

    http://shop.mlb.com/product/in.....D=13908742

  43. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    oops… thats a toddler hat. Back to the search

  44. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Better link:

    http://www.classicnewera.com/n.....p-286.html

  45. pete2 December 21st, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    An IF of Roberts, Jeter and Johnson does not strike me as one that has a high probability of staying healthy for long.

    Love Ryans glove but he has no bat and Dean Anna has never had a MLB AB although I like his AAA OBP and SB numbers. Johnson has not hit LHP’ers well in recent years so is probably in need of a platoon buddy.

    I wouldn’t rule out significant playing time for Nunez at this point unless they go out and sign someone like Drew. Good news they still have the option of sending him down to AAA for when he is needed.

  46. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Chicken, thanks, you’re precious! ( Different from Crissy Hinds a nd the Pretenders )

  47. jmills December 21st, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    The pink with white logo will do just fine, I’m so excited!!!

  48. bbb51 December 21st, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I think Nunez needs consistent playing time to do well. And I think he’d be best at 2b.

  49. blake December 21st, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    “Blake despises Nunez.”

    No no….he seems like a good kid. I just don’t think he’s somebody that should be playing for the Yankees…..he’s not very good

  50. blake December 21st, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    If they can get drew to agree to play more than one position then he’s a no brainer given the position they are in…..really hope they can sign him….would make me feel a lot better about the left side of the infield both this year and in 2015

  51. mick December 21st, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    drew cant hit

  52. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Blake – off topic… I believe DD may be doomed… Maybe not immediately but the shark may have been jumped. You think?

  53. Froggie December 21st, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    jmills – you want pink with black lettering, you shall have pink with black lettering!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Er.....43c369499c

  54. blake December 21st, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    chicken_stanley says:
    December 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm
    Blake – off topic… I believe DD may be doomed… Maybe not immediately but the shark may have been jumped. You think?

    DD?

  55. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    The West Monroe Dynasty!

  56. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    mick says:
    December 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm
    drew cant hit

    He actually can hit pretty well for a SS …..777 OPS last year. He hits RHP real well….struggles vs lefties a little but that’s why they need to sign Baker

  57. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    chicken_stanley says:
    December 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm
    Blake – off topic… I believe DD may be doomed… Maybe not immediately but the shark may have been jumped. You think?

    Oh…..nah. They’ll find a new network that likes toake money

  58. Eric in the ATL December 21st, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Personally, I’m over Nunez. I don’t like cringing every time the ball is hit in his direction. Unfortunately, I think he has zero trade value.

  59. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Just cruising mlbtradrumors.com and saw a couple of interesting bullet points. Not sure if this has been posted here before:

    *Brett Gardner’s career numbers compare to those of Michael Bourn and (somewhat surprisingly) even Jacoby Ellsbury, so Rosenthal wonders if the Yankees could sign Gardner to an extension now and perhaps save themselves some future money if they want to keep the outfielder in the fold.

    *MLBPA officials believe Gardner will earn a “considerably higher” salary in arbitration than the $4MM number projected by MLBTR’s Matt Swartz.

  60. Eric in the ATL December 21st, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Sign Drew, let him learn 3B and move him to SS in 2015.

  61. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Eric in the ATL says:
    December 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm
    Sign Drew, let him learn 3B and move him to SS in 2015.

    What I been saying for weeks….he’d still play a lot of SS in 2013 too

  62. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    At this point, I’m in on Drew… Water under the bridge but I wish Infante had been signed

  63. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Drew is better than infante

  64. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Drew is better than infante

    ———

    not disputing that… I just think Infante was a better fit (at least short term)… Long term, Drew probably is

  65. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    If infante had been cheaper yea….but at 3/40 Id rather just get drew who is a better player. 3/40 is a big reach for infante IMO…..2013 wasn’t the norm for him….he usually more of a bench caliber guy. If he doesn’t hit .300 he gives you very little with tr bat

  66. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I thought it was 4/30?

  67. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    It was my mistake….still way too much IMO

  68. Tar December 21st, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I can’t wait for Drew to sign……. with anybody else! :twisted:

  69. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    7.5/yr isn’t a really steep price… Ichiro gets what? 6.5 per? Drew turned down the QO – what are we looking at to sign him in your opinion – 3/45, 4/60? Not trying to be argumentative… I’m in on Drew… I would just have rather had Infante – thats all.

  70. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    7.5/yr isn’t a really steep price… Ichiro gets what? 6.5 per? Drew turned down the QO – what are we looking at to sign him in your opinion – 3/45, 4/60? Not trying to be argumentative… I’m in on Drew… I would just have rather had Infante – thats all.”

    I really don’t have a great feel for his market….the draft pick being attached is hurting him a lot it seems. 3/40 would be a good price for him…..Id like to keep it to 3 years if possible

  71. Tar December 21st, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    We have a defensive back-up with Ryan.

    No to Drew…I would rather have Nunie and spend the money on someone else.

  72. blake December 21st, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Only teams I’ve heard connected to drew are the mets, Sox, and Yankees…..sox seem to be wanting him for 2 years and the mets aren’t really spending a lot of money so the opportunity might be there to get him for less than you normally would

  73. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    There was almost a 5 win difference between Nunez and Drew last year

  74. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    3/40 would be ok… I’m not dialed into the market either but I have sinking feeling it will take a lot more to sign him. Its not my money, of course… They could sign him for 5/75 and it would be ok with me… I’d just start screaming 3 years from now for the Yankees to not be so tight and open their purse strings for a starting SS! :)

  75. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Nunez was worth -1.4 wins in 2013….and that was in only 90 games…..imagine how much damage he’d do over a full season ….he’d cost them over 2 wins most likely

  76. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Tar December 21st, 2013 at 8:59 pm
    We have a defensive back-up with Ryan.

    No to Drew…I would rather have Nunie and spend the money on someone else.

    —————-

    Just my opinion (so take with a grain of salt) but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan has more of a role in ’14 than just defensive backup. I bet he gets close to 400 plate appearances this year.

  77. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    —————-

    Just my opinion (so take with a grain of salt) but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan has more of a role in ’14 than just defensive backup. I bet he gets close to 400 plate appearances this year.”

    This is why they need to sign Drew…..he’s like Ryan but will OPS like 200+ points higher

  78. Tar December 21st, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Nunez was worth -1.4 wins in 2013….and that was in only 90 games…..imagine how much damage he’d do over a full season ….he’d cost them over 2 wins most likely”

    Last year Drew was worth -.4 big freaking deal. He got a Fenway bump, and now we should sign him?

    I am canceling out all your positive Drew vibes with all my negative Drew vibes. So it’s a wash………….

    :D

  79. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    “Last year Drew was worth -.4 big freaking deal. He got a Fenway bump, and now we should sign him?”

    +3.4 is what Drew was worth

  80. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    You can try as you may Tar but logic and reason and stats and eyeballs and pretty much everything else suggests that Drew is way better than Nunie and woukd help them a good bit.

    Nail biter against Davidson huh…..this team is hard to figure…..

  81. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    This is why they need to sign Drew…..he’s like Ryan but will OPS like 200+ points higher

    ———————

    Overall maybe. For his career Ryan’s OPS vs lhp is 640, Drew’s is 681.

    Apples to oranges? yes, to an extent. Drew would be an everyday player vs Ryan primarily facing lefties. Still, something to think about.

  82. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    “Overall maybe. For his career Ryan’s OPS vs lhp is 640, Drew’s is 681.”

    Drews career OPS is .764 and that’s even a. Little misleading because he’s been better than that a lot when he’s been healthy. His injury history is a concern but he’s a good player when he isn’t hurt.

  83. Tar December 21st, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Blake

    I was out didn’t get to watch. But yes very hard to figure. Hopefully just inexperience that will come as the year progresses. Tough deal for PJ

    As for Drew I meant -.4 in 2012. And Nunie and Ryan are both already on the roster and way cheaper than Drew would be. I am willing to bet that Nunie turns out to be a better deal next year (taking into account salary) than Drew.

  84. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    “am willing to bet that Nunie turns out to be a better deal next year (taking into account salary) than Drew.”

    I’ll take they bet….Nunez will probably be in AAA

  85. Tar December 21st, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    “I’ll take they bet….Nunez will probably be in AAA”

    Making the minimum, while Drew will be on the DL making 8-10 big ones.

  86. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Drews career OPS is .764 and that’s even a. Little misleading because he’s been better than that a lot when he’s been healthy. His injury history is a concern but he’s a good player when he isn’t hurt.

    ———————–

    No disputing. But the fact remains that he stuggles somewhat vs LHP… If he were a RHB, then it would be a slam dunk, but the way the team is currently constructed (Roberts much better vs right handers, Johnson much better vs right handers, etc), Drew only makes the team that much more suspect vs lefties. That being said, Drew is a very good player… signing him could change the current makeup of the team (and would require a change, IMO)

  87. Tar December 21st, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Blake

    Have to run… we can check back at the end of the year and see who was right.

    One player we both agree on is Ackley. Would sure be nice to get our hands on him.

    See ya tomorrow.

  88. Chip December 21st, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Nunez should be in the minors. The fact of the matter is that Nunez is not a utility infielder. Never was, and trying to make him one was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. In reality the Yankees should have moved him earlier and kept Ramiro Pena instead.

  89. Chip December 21st, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    A player Chad left off his AAA roster in the last thread – Zelous Wheeler.

  90. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t blame the yanks for trying to make Nunez a utility infielder….he would have had air of value there maybe if he could have done it

  91. pkyankfan69 December 21st, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    In 752 AB’s Nuney is a .267/.313/.379/.692 and he is a brutally bad fielder… If the top levels of the Yankees farm system weren’t so barren in terms of position players he might not even stick in AAA this year… He’s awful.

  92. chicken_stanley December 21st, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Blake – one day (before I die) I’m gonna win a debate with you – but tonight is not the night! Hope you and everyone else on here have a good night. To quote Pat M. “I’m tail lights” :)

  93. blake December 21st, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    chicken_stanley says:
    December 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    Blake – one day (before I die) I’m gonna win a debate with you – but tonight is not the night! Hope you and everyone else on here have a good night. To quote Pat M. “I’m tail lights”

    There are no winners here….only participants :) . Gnight

  94. Deal With It December 21st, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Anyone know what the status of DePaula is (minor league level / roster) Save me the trouble of searching for it ………….. Ha !

  95. bbb51 December 21st, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Add Tanaka, Baker and a established righthanded reliever and I’m satisfied.

    And don’t “Joba” Pineda, Ramirez, DePaula, Campos, etc.

    Take a flyer on the Johan.

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock December 21st, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Betances for the ro’!

  97. joeman December 21st, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Drew would be a great sign..but not with Jeter here

  98. Captain Clutch December 21st, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Tanaka, Balfour and Drew and let’s call it an off season.

  99. joeman December 21st, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Tar December 21st, 2013 at 8:44 pm
    I can’t wait for Drew to sign……. with anybody else! :twisted:
    —————————————
    he hasn’t played anywhere but SS….that would be a tough sign

  100. joeman December 21st, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    for the NYY ..don’t see it

  101. blake December 21st, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    joeman says:
    December 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm
    Drew would be a great sign..but not with Jeter here

    They could make it work…..what they can’t have happen is to get to camp and find out Derek either can’t play there or can’t stay healthy and then they are stuck playing Ryan’s noodle bat at SS……signin drew both gives you a 3b option and a great plan b if Jeter can’t play SS

  102. joeman December 21st, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    blake December 21st, 2013 at 11:03 pm
    joeman says:
    December 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm
    Drew would be a great sign..but not with Jeter here

    They could make it work…..what they can’t have happen is to get to camp and find out Derek either can’t play there or can’t stay healthy and then they are stuck playing Ryan’s noodle bat at SS……signin drew both gives you a 3b option and a great plan b if Jeter can’t play SS
    ———————————-
    if Jeter can’t play SS he will have to DH & that’s another problem

  103. joeman December 21st, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    way to many players on this team will have to DH from time to time

  104. Captain Clutch December 21st, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I think that signing Drew is a must. Considering Jeter’s age and how the last year has gone for him they would be crazy to pencil him in as the everyday SS. If they don’t sign Dew and realize in spring training that he can’t play SS anymore they would be really screwed.

  105. AAA December 21st, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    No disputing. But the fact remains that he stuggles somewhat vs LHP

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

    He doesn’t struggle somewhat vs. LHP. He struggles monumentally. He’s a platoon player, period. Still worth a look though. Gammons calls it clarity. I call it a 3rd year. If the Yankees go 3 years, he’ll be here. If not, he’ll be in Boston…..unless another team offers a 3rd year.

  106. Captain Clutch December 21st, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    They can’t go into the season with question marks at SS, 2nd and 3rd. That is a disaster waiting to happen. Jeter could play 3rd base and DH. He could play SS once a week and play there against tough lefties.

  107. AAA December 21st, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Though it troubles me that Gammons is the only one with a whiff of this, and his tweet, like most of his tweets, is ambiguous at best and typical of the addle minded.

  108. blake December 21st, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    if Jeter can’t play SS he will have to DH & that’s another problem”

    Not as big as having no SS

    ” I call it a 3rd year. If the Yankees go 3 years, he’ll be here. If not, he’ll be in Boston…..unless another team offers a 3rd year.”

    If it’s about a 3rd year then I’m not sure what the hold up is…..Omar infante got 4 years and the yanks need a SS beyond 2014……I’m afraid it’s more about a 4th or 5th year than a 3rd. I know Boston wouldn’t go there but maybe the mets or some team we have heard of would…..I dunno. 3 years for Drew is an easy decision I think

  109. joeman December 21st, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    if you think Jeter isn’t going to play SS..he not going to sit he will DH..

  110. joeman December 21st, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    jeter isn’t going to play 3rd….he’s either going to play SS or DH…even though Ryan can’t hit not many can play SS better than him

  111. blake December 21st, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Drews career .681 OPS vs LHP is still better than Ryan’s .640 career ops vs LHP

  112. David in Cal December 21st, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Lack of range isn’t as obvious as outright errors. As long as Jeter handles the balls he gets to, I think he’ll remain at SS.

  113. joeman December 21st, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    while jeter is still here he’s calling the shots…he forced his way into the lineup last season when we all knew he wasn’t ready to play

  114. AAA December 21st, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Drews career .681 OPS vs LHP is still better than Ryan’s .640 career ops vs LHP

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

    What higher praise?

    His last 2 years are disastrous. Under .200 avg, sub .600 OPS, K’s once every 3 AB’s. Think it’s over for him vs. LHPs. Still useful though.

  115. Captain Clutch December 21st, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    while jeter is still here he’s calling the shots
    —————

    Yeah that’s why I don’t think the Yanks would even consider it.

  116. pete2 December 21st, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Drew may struggle against LHP’ers but he is still going to outhit Ryan, and he will provide solid defense. Besides, most starters only go 6 IP so he usually gets at least 1 AB against RH RP in those games.

    The teams construction seem centered around Jeter being what he was in 2012. Maybe he will be, but if 2 years and 1 ankle injury prevent him from fielding his position and beating out IF hits, he won’t be much of a SS or DH. Love Ryans glove but his bat will kill over a full season, and Nunez has an ok bat but will kill on defense.

    The best solution seems to be Drew on a 3 yr deal, if he agrees to play 3B until needed at SS, almost a certainty in year 2 and 3 of his deal, and maybe 50/50 in year 1. Can’t see the Yankees going over 189 just for him, so he does not get signed unless they sign Tanaka, who may be worth going over for.

  117. Tar December 21st, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    “Drew may struggle against LHP’ers but he is still going to outhit Ryan, and he will provide solid defense. Besides, most starters only go 6 IP so he usually gets at least 1 AB against RH RP in those games.”

    Ryan only makes 2 million and has a roster spot. The Yankees can’t afford to lose another roster spot on a weak hitting middle infielder. And beside if you sign Drew what are you going to do with Ryan?

    Only way Jeter comes off SS is if the Yankees go out and trade for Andrus or someone like him. I really have a hard time getting the Drew infatuation.

  118. bbb51 December 21st, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    If Jeter is healthy he is playing SS. If he’s not healthy he’s not playing.

    And no one *has to* dh. There’s this thing called the bench.

  119. jmills December 22nd, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Joe, Derek Turk, rules :D

  120. jmills December 22nd, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Tar, Alex Lifeson is a pretty good guitar player! :D

  121. UpState December 22nd, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Nunez…..

    …….sheeeeesh.

    Trade him already…..for literally, anyone.

    Poster boy for “Pathetic RISP Performances”

    He defense…..sheeeesh….I seriously do not think anyone here can name a worse current ML player !

    (maybe that whatever infielder Houston has – may be worse)

    What past players have worse “D” ???

  122. UpState December 22nd, 2013 at 12:52 am

    *His defense

    (sheeeesh – my spelling)

  123. bbb51 December 22nd, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Maybe the deal is, Tanaka signs with the Yankees…

    the Yankees have to pay Youkilis’ salary! :laugh:

  124. Deal With It December 22nd, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Guess no DePaula info ………………

    :(

  125. Yankee Dog December 22nd, 2013 at 2:57 am

    DePaula = Single A = Tampa Yankees

  126. Pat M. December 22nd, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I heard 3 different MLB current ballplayers today go on the record in saying the Ellsbury will at least match Robinson Cano’s offensive numbers and surpass him in several others such as SB, Runs scored , total bases…..We’ll see if Cano and his extra 100 million dollars makes him that much better than Ellsbury.

  127. Pat M. December 22nd, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Most guys laughed at the thought of 2ndbaseman Cano being 100 million dollars better than CF Ellsbury. Throw in a Mgr, A Player personal Director, and a former MVP.

  128. jmills December 22nd, 2013 at 4:39 am

    http://r9—sn-tt17rn7r.c......&mv=u

    Surprised,….no. Rush did a great job remastering, Vapor Trails. The album is one of their best and I’m over the mooon that they chose to revisit. I love the cover art, …very strong. In the wake of 911, Neil wrote, and wrote.

  129. jmills December 22nd, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Being of course, a Rush fan, we knew little personally about the band mates, as their private lives were respectfully private. This all changed when Neil’s daughter was tragically killed in a single vehicle accident as Selina was making her way back to college. I have no idea how someone bears such an event. A year later, Jackie, Neil’s partner, passed away from terminal C. Vapor Trails is his return mark.

  130. jmills December 22nd, 2013 at 5:20 am

    http://r1—sn-tt17rn7r.c......&mv=u

    I’m honoured that AC/DC and the Rolling Stones came out in support of Toronto over SARS. Rush graciously had the two above follow them.

  131. mkolsa December 22nd, 2013 at 5:56 am

    https://twitter.com/Rakuten__Eagles/status/414572911387623424/photo/1/large

    Picture of Ex Yankees Kevin Youkilis, growing beard? what Youkilis is doing? He thinks he still Red sox?

  132. jmills December 22nd, 2013 at 5:57 am

    http://r3—sn-ux3n588t-mj.....&mv=u

    :D

  133. jmills December 22nd, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Where is Youk next year?

  134. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Pat M. says:
    December 22, 2013 at 4:08 am
    Most guys laughed at the thought of 2ndbaseman Cano being 100 million dollars better than CF Ellsbury. Throw in a Mgr, A Player personal Director, and a former MVP.

    If Ellsbury can play I don’t think Cano is 100 million better no…..but both contracts are bad….153 million for a guy that averages 108 games is scary

  135. jmills December 22nd, 2013 at 7:12 am

    blake, the market is crazy out there, give me Belanger and Dick Green anyday ( please throw in Bill Freehan ).

  136. GregD December 22nd, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I think the Yankees make another move this week……it will be a Christmas present…….could it be Drew????

  137. GregD December 22nd, 2013 at 7:53 am

    the Yankees offense even without any more moves is better than last year……….

  138. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:08 am

    All roads go thru Tanaka.

    The hostage taker.

    :(

  139. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Drew, baker, drew, and tanAka and the yanks are the best team in baseball

  140. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Balfour I mean….only one drew :)

  141. pkyankfan69 December 22nd, 2013 at 8:12 am

    68 degrees here in central NJ at 8 AM on Dec 22… Crazy weather.

  142. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Back when Jeter signed I remember a report sayin that they were still going to pursue SS help…..have to think they were talking about drew especially since they are keeping that door open

  143. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Somebody should be able to scoop up Balfour on the cheap right now.

    ;)

  144. austinmac December 22nd, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I read somewhere people thinks the Tanaka issue will be resolved this week although I think I read that same thing for last week. Come on already. Let him come over.

    Drew would shock me. I would like it but don’t see the money being spent. He sure would help defensively. Bowden on MLB radio raves about Drew’s defense. Plus, while no great stick, he is Ruth compared to Ryan.

  145. austinmac December 22nd, 2013 at 8:18 am

    MTU,

    I read in the Baltimore paper that Balfour had higher offers but chose to sign with Baltimore. Where were the other offers from, the Astros? The O’s have had a tough off season. They don’t look particularly competitive to me.

  146. austinmac December 22nd, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Blake, don’t you think Ryan is the help to which they were referring? I hope you’re right.

  147. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Mac-

    No idea really.

    Just thinking he will be anxious to sign somewhere after the O’s debacle.

  148. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:29 am

    The spending is now being held hostage to Tanaka and A-Rod.

    Not much is going to happen IMO until 1 or both of those issues are resolved.

  149. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Wanzies says we should thank the Japanese for the delay.

  150. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 8:31 am

    austinmac says:
    December 22, 2013 at 8:19 am
    Blake, don’t you think Ryan is the help to which they were referring? I hope you’re right.

    He’s strictly a back up though….I mean maybe but the fact that they haven’t denied anything about Drew and that you keep hearing his name is good

  151. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Boston could use Drew but they really don’t NEED him so perhaps they will hold on 2 years and drew is just waiting to see if the yanks will go 3…..hopefully that’s the case. Id be pretty comfortable with day 3/40 for him

  152. Cashmoney December 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Don’t see Drew as a possibility for the yanks, i keep hearing his name on this blog.

  153. Cashmoney December 22nd, 2013 at 8:38 am

    hopefully that’s the case.
    —-
    blake, I think that’s you wanting Drew and is not remotely the case. I think Drew is waiting for the best offer certainly but I don’t think it will be from the Yanks.

  154. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 8:40 am

    blake, I think that’s you wanting Drew and is not remotely the case. I think Drew is waiting for the best offer certainly but I don’t think it will be from the Yanks.”

    You might be right but it’s pretty clear the draft pick attachment is hurting him…..the only 3 teams that have been linked are ones where that isn’t a factor.

  155. Cashmoney December 22nd, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I think they will go for an inexpensive option at 3b after already having committed 15 mil at ss.

  156. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I’d like to see a quality SP, a guy like Baker, and an experienced guy for the Pen.

    Was also hoping we’d trade for a young infielder like Owings, Davidson, Olt, or Castro.

    That would give us something else for the future.

  157. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Ackley or Franklin would have been interesting too.

  158. Cashmoney December 22nd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I think the draft pick has lot to do with him not signed already, but I also think Yanks are done with spending big money on inf.

  159. Cashmoney December 22nd, 2013 at 8:48 am

    MTU, I would love the yanks possibly trading for a young potential guy, but takes two to tango and Cashman and Co. normally don’t go that route in unproven commodity.

  160. Cashmoney December 22nd, 2013 at 8:50 am

    NYY are a predictable beast of late, they either dumpster dive or sign known FA to big ticket deal.

  161. 86w183 December 22nd, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Good morning all —

    MTU —-

    I’ve been saying all along they wouldn’t do anything @ 3B until the arbitrator’s ruling and that I thought they would blow up $ 189 M only for Tanaka.

    Cot’s now has the Yanks @ 177 counting A-rod, but not counting the arbitration eligibles and the rest of the 40-man roster so $ 189 M is not going to happen unless A-Rod misses the whole year and they don’t add anyone and then it will be close.

    I figure D-Rob + Gardner + Nova is going to cost $ 15 M or so. Another $ 10-12 M for the rest of the 40-man and player benefits and they’re past $ 189 M even without Alex’s $$$

  162. 86w183 December 22nd, 2013 at 8:55 am

    NYY are a predictable beast of late, they either dumpster dive or sign known FA to big ticket deal.

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

    I disagree. Matt Thornton, Kelly Johnson and Brandon Ryan are neither…. they are solid mid-range type of additions. Admittedly, Brian Roberts is a dumpster-dive move.

  163. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Plan B ?

    http://www.prosportsdaily.com/.....eId=281237

    Bad idea IMO.

  164. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 8:58 am

    86-

    It certainly looks that way.

  165. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Cashmoney says:
    December 22, 2013 at 8:44 am
    I think the draft pick has lot to do with him not signed already, but I also think Yanks are done with spending big money on inf.

    Again you might be right by currently their infield defense on the left side is probably the worst in baseball…..so that might not be the best idea

  166. Cashmoney December 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 am

    they are solid mid-range type of additions.
    ——
    in terms of what, talent or salary?

  167. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Cash-

    The Yankees need to rethink some of their policies and proceedures.

    Even though I doubt they will.

    A whole bunch of heads should have rolled.

  168. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Blake-

    That side of the infield definitely has some serious question marks.

    No question.

  169. joeman December 22nd, 2013 at 9:04 am

    my thinking is that the whole infield isn’t stable, there are cracks all over it

  170. austinmac December 22nd, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Filling the rest of the staff from within is a bad plan. We don’t know if they are healthy or capable to be major league starters. What we do know is none of them can get anywhere near 180-200 innings. That would be a disaster.

    Cashman, isn’t pitching the key to the kingdom? Along with Drew that is.

  171. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 9:05 am

    The Yanks are 3 or 4 additions away from arguably being the best team in baseball on paper.

    To me it would be silly to spend almost 300 million this winter and leave such holes…..they aren’t holes that are that hard to plug either

    I think they will chase tanaka if he’s posted and that will plug the rotation hole…..but infield holes and the bullpen issue still exist.

    Currently the left side of the infield in particular is a big question…..and defensively it’s very bad ….

    Signing drew would help immensely there…..would be even better if they could get Baker to platoon some.

    And Balfour really solidifies the back of the pen…..it would push Betances, Kelly and the rest back into depth roles….where they should be.

    Balfour, Drew, Tanaka, and Baker and we are ready to take on pretty much anybody…..and if Arod is suspended all year that would take the payroll up around 220-230….which is where it usually is.

    I don’t think Hal will authorize all of that but it would make the team really solid and well rounded

  172. joeman December 22nd, 2013 at 9:06 am

    you can hit your way to a division after that its all about pitching

  173. austinmac December 22nd, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Let me see–we don’t want fly ball pitchers because of the stadium and we don’t have any range at all in the infield. We need to strike them all out.

  174. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 9:07 am

    CC- ?- Needs to bounce back from a terrible season- Will he ?
    Kuroda- Ran out of gas at the end of the season- Needs innings managed better
    Nova- History of inconsistency- Which Nova shows up ?
    Pineda- Throwing well but coming off of shoulder surgery- Needs innings managed carefully.
    Phelps- Only threw 70 innings last season.
    Warren- Unproven.
    Nuno- Shows ability as a backend type but was injured last season.

    Question marks all up and down the line.

    Not the way I’d go.

    ;)

  175. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Got a ham on for a party later today…..she smelling good

  176. Cashmoney December 22nd, 2013 at 9:08 am

    you bake it blake?

  177. MTU December 22nd, 2013 at 9:09 am

    New one ———->

  178. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 9:10 am

    austinmac says:
    December 22, 2013 at 9:06 am
    Let me see–we don’t want fly ball pitchers because of the stadium and we don’t have any range at all in the infield. We need to strike them all out.

    It’s a problem…..nova and Kuroda both when they are right are ground ball guys and for CC to be successful he needs to be as well. If you’re talking about have Jeter and Johnson on the side of the infield then it’s gonna be death by ground ball single .

    I know it’s a hard decision but talking to Jeter about playin some 3B and signing Drew really flips that paradigm. I think Jeter could be adequate at 3B as opposed to below average at SS and then you’re trading up for GG defense in Drew at SS.

  179. blake December 22nd, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Cashmoney says:
    December 22, 2013 at 9:08 am
    you bake it blake?

    Smoke

  180. joeman December 22nd, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I agree Drew would be a nice sign but it can’t be done with Jeter still here..don’t know if Drew can play 3rd he’s only played 13 games there but just maybe he would want to, with jeter here and healthy he’s either playing SS or DHing but they also have other players who will need to DH


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