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Video: Yankees get first-hand look at Masahiro Tanaka

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Masahiro Tanaka threw his first spring bullpen today. With Larry Rothschild watching and Francisco Cervelli catching, Tanaka threw a 25-pitch mix of four-seamers, two-seamers, split-fingers and sliders.

“It was good,” Rothschild said. “He’s still trying to catch up, I think, with the time change and everything. We’re just trying to ease him into things right now, but everything is good. You can see the arm strength and everything else, but we’re going to go slow with him.”

Cervelli guessed that Tanaka was throwing at about 60-percent effort.

“But the fastball travels so well, his mechanic is so smooth,” Cervelli said. “… When you see those kinds of (Japanese) numbers, that’s ridiculous. Like 24-0 and 1-point-something (ERA). We know this is the big leagues, but they all come and show what kind of pitchers they are. Every time we face Darvish, it’s hard to hit that guy. And I think the other hitters say the same thing about Kuroda. So it’s going to be fun. I hope he can win more than 20.”

The video above is a little bit of Rothschild discussing his first real taste of a Tanaka bullpen. It’s too early to have firm impressions at this point, but it’s a first step.

“He threw in Japan,” Rothschild said. “He threw three or four sides, so after we signed him, he got on the throwing program that we used during the winter and kind of stayed with that. … He’s come here wanting to make adjustments, wanting to get used to the schedule and the baseball and the mound. It’s more difficult when you try to do what you’ve done your whole career, when you’ve thrown large sides with lots of pitches, to try to adjust to that fifth day. I think the mental part of it is the biggest thing. If you’re willing to make those adjustments, I think it’s a lot easier. You have to re-train your arm a little bit. He’s had workloads and things like that, so I think the adjustments are going to be made. It’s just a question of how long it takes. There’s no way to answer that until you see it.”

Rothschild said he’s trying to moderate Tanaka’s schedule to kind of ease him into the every-fifth-day routine of the big leagues. The Yankees want some input from Tanaka on the things he’s done to stay healthy up to this point, and what changes feel comfortable along the way. Up next, Rothschild said, is probably another bullpen on Saturday.

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150 Responses to “Video: Yankees get first-hand look at Masahiro Tanaka”

  1. Benny Blanco February 13th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Is the mound in japan higher or shorter than in the states?

  2. Doreen February 13th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Shame
    I was scrolling through the earlier posts. You and my oldest daughter are the same age! SMH. Now I really feel old. :)

  3. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Re-post:

    braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    “In continuing with my theory regarding Hal’s full takeover of the organization which I believe began in earnest sometime last year,”

    interesting theory.

    …what’s your theory then on who’s been running the team sine 2008 when hal officially took the reigns ?

    ——-

    I talked about this a bit earlier. What the league or lawyers say about when Hal “officially” took over is not the whole story.

    Hal is a smart but quiet. Educated in prep schools. A bit of a geek. Loves to fly. Is awesome at predicting the weather. He’s not like George. (Hank seems more like his dad). He doesn’t jump in the water feet first. When he took over, which was really around 2009, he let his staff run the show for the most part. He, being a self-proclaimed finance guy, added value in the area he knew best, the budget. His firm resolve starting out was his belief that you didn’t need to spend $200MM to win a championship. When the opportunities presented themselves for 189, he gave his staff a firm directive to make it happen. But that directive was predicated on the staff telling him that the farm was good enough for the team to still be competitive even at that budget.

    When it became clear that the farm was awful last year because it could not compensate for the injuries, Hal basically had had enough. He decided now I’m in charge. And you can see this resolve in some of his interviews starting last year. He is much more “hands on.” He is aware of details, probably more so than his dad was. But that figures. Hal is not George. He doesn’t shout. He speaks softly, but still carries the big wallet.

  4. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Re-post:

    Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    If your version is true, you’d also have to wonder if anyone in the org respects Hal. I mean.. either they were totally lying to him and he honestly just found out the farm is a nightmare or he took a huge gamble with the proper knowledge and ignoring possible advisement (Cash talked about not brokering multiple deals last off season).

    ———

    I think they respect him now. Before they really didn’t know him. Hal, like all of them, worked for George. When you work for George, there’s no room for anyone to step up and show the organization who you are and what you can do. George’s personality didn’t allow that. So basically, when Hal took over, it was baby steps. Little by little gaining the knowledge and confidence to take charge.

    As far as Cash not being able to make deals, that was all part of 189. Which really was a mandate after all. But after the disaster of last year, Hal realized that his team’s player development system had failed and that he didn’t have the luxury to make changes and wait. Hence the huge spending this off season.

  5. EG Clark February 13th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Hey Guys, this is my first post here but I’ve been reading this blog going on five years now. Been a Yankee fan since I was 11 (31 now). I have to get this off my chest to people who will understand.

    I just purchased my plane tickets and game tickets for the final home game of the season, hopefully to see Jeter play his final regular season home game. The kicker is I just had a son who will 14 months old in September and I get to take him for his first game!

    Unbelievably excited!

  6. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    It’s true that the team spent big this offseason and it was rather necessary.

    But they still ignored some gaping holes that will probably come back to bite them hard.

    They are treating 2B and 3B this season like their catcher last season and we saw how that turned out.

  7. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Doreen February 13th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Shame
    I was scrolling through the earlier posts. You and my oldest daughter are the same age! SMH. Now I really feel old. :)

    ————–

    Don’t!! We’re still like pups!

  8. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    The farm is supposed to be Cashman’s baby but there doesn’t seem to be any accountability for their failures in that area.
    ========================================

    Development, development, development…….

    …All MiLB systems strenghts/weakness’ are results of combinations of:

    Draft Position
    Injuries
    Teaching
    Trades
    …and luck.

    It’s NOT all about development !

    DVL is ONE aspect !

    -repost-

  9. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Speaking of feeling old, I’m turning 40 in less than 3 weeks.

    I keep hearing how Jeter is an old man, which is a bit depressing since I’m about 3 months older than Jeter.

    As the cliche goes, I guess you’re as old as you feel.

  10. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 2:09 pm
    It’s true that the team spent big this offseason and it was rather necessary.

    But they still ignored some gaping holes that will probably come back to bite them hard.

    They are treating 2B and 3B this season like their catcher last season and we saw how that turned out.

    —–

    Hal is not going to be like George. He is not going to look for a big name or an expensive piece to fill every position. And he still believes strongly that the Yanks can operate effectively at a significantly lower budget. As a self-proclaimed finance guy, he expects to see marginal value for every dollar spent. It appears right now, the Yanks don’t see options in the free agent market as providing that marginal value over current solutions at 2b and 3b.

    But remember, it’s only Feb. There’s still a lot of time to see what kind of team this currently is and time also to make changes.

  11. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I dunno dan, I disagree with your narrative on a few counts.. but like I said, it’s a buffet.

    You can spin what we know a lot of ways.

    You’ve gotta understand, I’ve spend many years being shouted down about wanting to buy ALL the players.. that’s not how the Yankees wanted to do business anymore, they were going to be a more efficient club, they don’t need to spend so extravagantly…

    Imagine my surprise when everyone wholeheartedly has fallen in step when the team blew its load on a bunch of big money free agents. Suddenly it’s like the Yankees need to be praised for their innovative thinking.. suddenly the light bulb has sparked lol. I dunno. I’ll be skeptical for a while.

  12. joeman February 13th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 2:17 pm
    Speaking of feeling old, I’m turning 40 in less than 3 weeks.

    I keep hearing how Jeter is an old man, which is a bit depressing since I’m about 3 months older than Jeter.

    As the cliche goes, I guess you’re as old as you feel.

    ——————————
    I have underwear that old

  13. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    They are treating 2B and 3B this season like their catcher last season and we saw how that turned out.

    —————-

    Yeah this worries me as well.. if everyone (Tex, Beltran, Jeter, Ells, McCann) stay healthy I think we’ll be able to win a lot of games. I’m just not counting on everything breaking right this year. Mostly because I felt like everything had to break right last year and it went absolutely wrong lol. I feel like I can’t jinx anything.

    I also don’t want being critical or cynical to be confused with not being excited for the season. I’m very excited for baseball… I cannot wait to see these story lines we’ve been discussing for months finally play out.

  14. blake February 13th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    “I’m officially moving into Blake’s corner. The Yanks should sign Drew ASAP.”

    Welcome brother

  15. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Here’s what I hope with regard to Tanaka…that the Yankees are asking Kuroda about what types of adjustments he found most useful in transitioning from NPL to MLB. I say that because, if the Yankees are just making changes based on their own guess work – well their track record there sucks.

  16. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    @ChrisCotillo Heard yesterday that the #Mariners had been “slowly coming along” in their pursuit of Ervin Santana. Will likely become more serious soon.

  17. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I’m sure there are a lot of negatives you can say about the performance of the Yankee ownership in the last several years. Let me leave you with three very positive things we’ve learned about Hal:

    1. He can admit a mistake and change course. 189 was his baby. When it looked like it couldn’t work, he changed his mind.

    2. He won’t do real stupid things because of ego. Signing Cano to a 10 year deal would have been real stupid. I think George would have done it just so he could prove to himself and the fans that he was the real boss.

    3. He, like his dad, will use the Yanks’ financial muscle to obtain what the team really needs. He out bid everyone for Tanaka. And I don’t think it was that close. I think everyone else was around $120MM

  18. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    “I’m officially moving into Blake’s corner. The Yanks should sign Drew ASAP.”

    Welcome brother

    ——

    Yes Blake, in the tradition of Ole Hank. I’ve seen the light.

  19. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Hal is not going to be like George. He is not going to look for a big name or an expensive piece to fill every position. And he still believes strongly that the Yanks can operate effectively at a significantly lower budget. As a self-proclaimed finance guy, he expects to see marginal value for every dollar spent. It appears right now, the Yanks don’t see options in the free agent market as providing that marginal value over current solutions at 2b and 3b.

    But remember, it’s only Feb. There’s still a lot of time to see what kind of team this currently is and time also to make changes.

    —-

    I realize Hal won’t be like George, and frankly, I don’t want him to be like George. The Boss had no equal on the business side of the game but he was the last guy I wanted making baseball decisions.

    And I don’t expect an all-star at every position. That’s a mischaracterization by some LoHudders who think those of us who criticize the front office are nothing but Debbie Downers. Far from it.

  20. bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Damn, I wanted video of him throwing.

  21. pat February 13th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    As if the hyperbole wasn’t already over the top…….

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......-to-jesus/

    What Jesus and Jeter have in common……….

    One was betrayed with a kiss; the other with an Esquire Magazine article?

    Both their mothers think they are God?

    Both have befriended questionable women: Jesus hung out with Mary Magdelene/ Jeter with Rachel Uchitel?

  22. blake February 13th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    @fangraphs: FanGraphs: The Other Half of the Story About Derek Jeter’s Defense http://t.co/d5F65Y3ijb

  23. pat February 13th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Both spent a lot of time on the road?

    Neither married?

  24. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I just don’t think we’ve learned anything new about Hal.. again, your points are built on a narrative that’s easily flipped:

    1. Hal can admit a mistake when it costs him money. He is still in fact saving money this season due to a reduction in payroll and can apologize to endear himself to fans while still getting a compromise on what he wanted.

    2. He will overspend for players. (I disagree with any assessment of Hal that says because he did not sign Cano he is somehow a more shrewd businessman than George – see #3.)

    3. Here we agree, but this is nothing new.. I’ve known Hal would (over)spend for what he needs because he’s done it already (after 2008 – which incidentally should have been good training for him as head of the Yankees org).

    See how easy that was lol? It’s not really about positivity or negativity. I don’t see this off season as being a watershed. Maybe we look back in 3 or 4 years and say it was, but there’s not a lot new that we’ve really learned at all. We have the same group of people doing the same jobs. Let’s see what happens.

  25. Pat M. February 13th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Pool service sporting the Red, White and Blue in honor of the USA Olympic team. I know The Greenberet 7 is smiling….

  26. blake February 13th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    @jaysonst: Just posted: The heck w/ how the #Yankees will replace Derek Jeter. How will MLB replace him as its Face of Baseball? http://t.co/V6Xdrp8tN8

  27. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    What was so surprising about Jeter’s statement yesterday was that even though we all knew he was approaching 40 and was mortal, Jeter publically had never let on that he was anything but immortal when it came to baseball. He never talked about injuries, or the effect of time the way Tex has. Even last year, he was consistently stubborn about being ready opening day when we all knew that seemed crazy.

    Seeing Jeter in this new light is unsettling. But also a signal to move on. Bring in Drew.

  28. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    pat February 13th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    As if the hyperbole wasn’t already over the top…….

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports……-to-jesus/

    —————

    OMG!!

  29. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Yeah this worries me as well.. if everyone (Tex, Beltran, Jeter, Ells, McCann) stay healthy I think we’ll be able to win a lot of games. I’m just not counting on everything breaking right this year. Mostly because I felt like everything had to break right last year and it went absolutely wrong lol. I feel like I can’t jinx anything.

    ——

    Granted…there’s still time to do something before Opening Day but it’s hard to understand they couldn’t do better than Brian Roberts at 2B after Cano’s departure.

    That’s just a disaster waiting to happen and Johnson and “Nunie” at 3B doesn’t exactly instill a lot of confidence.

    They’ve really got to hope that Teixeira and Jeter really bounce back because their infield as a whole might be among the worst in baseball.

  30. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 2:39 pm
    @jaysonst: Just posted: The heck w/ how the #Yankees will replace Derek Jeter. How will MLB replace him as its Face of Baseball? http://t.co/V6Xdrp8tN8
    =======================================

    Best option:

    Acquire Mike Trout ASAP.

    (NYY is the correct hat)

  31. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Shame, if I were a CEO and you were a shareholder, I’d make sure the microphone wasn’t working when it was handed to you at the annual meeting :)

    Tough crowd!

  32. pat February 13th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    One turned water to wine, the other baseballs into gift baskets?

  33. Howler February 13th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Well, Giuseppe, not pointing at you particularly…but some posters here make Debbie Downer seem like she was on Ecstasy.
    I’m not overly sure this team is going to be a success…I’m not sure the infield is going to do the job…or the minors are going to provide any type of answer. It’s really not asking a lot though going into a season that you have a little hope though. As well as bashing a team for what it’ll be 2 or 3 years down the road. So much can happen between then and now. I do think the minor league is better than some have made it out to be, and will provide some relief in the future. There has been and will be players that come along that no one expects to be there. In that time there is also going to be some old money coming off the books.
    A down period of a couple years isn’t going to kill a team either, it’ll just make winning again that much more fun.

  34. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Oh and BTW, not paying the price for Cano is completely unprecedented in Yankee history. The Yanks have never lost a homegrown superstar over money. This was a first.

    And of course, the right move.

  35. tom tresh 15 February 13th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Pat M , I envy you 8-12 inches of white stuff here in NC

  36. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    “And of course, the right move.”

    hal could have signed cano a few years ago and avoided him ever hitting free agency.

    hal is like people not preparing for a storm that is coming and then having to overpay for emergency supplies.

    of course if you are hal, you have plenty of money to over pay.

    which he did to the tune of about half a billion dollars this winter.

  37. bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Even if you’re only a mediocre 2B, you can play 3B fine as long as you have the arm.

    I’m not really worried about Johnson’s defense at 3B.

  38. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Oh and BTW, not paying the price for Cano is completely unprecedented in Yankee history. The Yanks have never lost a homegrown superstar over money. This was a first.

    And of course, the right move.

    —–

    I think it was the right move at that price and years as well.

    My issue though is that they needed a better Plan B for second base instead of relying on a guy like Brian Roberts just as they did Stewie last season.

  39. bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Brian Roberts is ok at 2B defensively, he just needs to stay healthy. He did play all of the last 3 months of last season…

  40. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Oh and BTW, not paying the price for Cano is completely unprecedented in Yankee history. The Yanks have never lost a homegrown superstar over money. This was a first.

    And of course, the right move.

    ————————-

    Again, disagree. Not that it’s unprecedented but that it’s the right move. That’s not fact.

    I’d rather have Cano, McCann, Tanaka, and Beltran than Ellsbury, McCann, Tanaka, and Beltran.

  41. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    “OMG!!”

    shame -

    i ignore the histrionics with montero , but what i found interesting is that he reported with the pitchers and catchers. i thought the mariners had decided first base/dh only.

  42. Pat M. February 13th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    tom tresh 15… Close your eyes and you’ll smell the freshly cut grass, the crunching of your spikes walking on the infield dirt as you step into the box and dig a hole to push off against as you stride forward and square up the first pb pitch of spring and that unforgettable crack .

  43. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Mo is a really boring interview

  44. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    @desusnice: DA GAWD RT @SportsNation Here’s a look at Derek Jeter’s dating diamond. http://t.co/F6cT8yXgqD

  45. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I bet Jeter has seen plenty of unforgettable cracks

  46. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 2:54 pm
    Even if you’re only a mediocre 2B, you can play 3B fine as long as you have the arm.

    I’m not really worried about Johnson’s defense at 3B.
    =======================================================

    But the “Nunnie defense” sends shivers through everybody…

    (including innocent fans and family sitting in the stands)

    He’s just a bit better than White at 3B…

    (Betty White)

  47. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    “OMG!!”

    shame -

    i ignore the histrionics with montero , but what i found interesting is that he reported with the pitchers and catchers. i thought the mariners had decided first base/dh only.
    =======================

    He’s fat.
    Has to try and get into shape.
    Has to be there early.
    Too fat.

  48. bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I still say Nunie’s best position is probably 2B so he doesn’t have to worry about throws.

  49. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    35 years later, the Yankees should still be doing whatever Gene Michael says to do
    His instinct is better than most baseball execs’ overly informed decisions

  50. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Jeter will be a part owner of the Yankees by this time next year

  51. bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Again, Ellsbury is signed only through his age 36 season, Cano is signed through his age 40 season. That’s a big difference as the late 30′s years are the most risky.

  52. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    for me, my early 20s were the most risky

  53. AAA February 13th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    This speaks to the Cubs desire to trade Castro. It’s pretty low.

    Drew Silva ?@drewsilv 1m

    Javier Baez had a .920 OPS, 37 HR, 111 RBI, and 20 SB last year in the minors. Will get time at 2B, 3B this spring. http://www.rotoworld.com/playe.....avier-baez

  54. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I am fired up for this season…get it started already. I hope we play the Tigers again…though I hate that they got Rajai

  55. exiledintampa February 13th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I’d rather have Cano, McCann, Tanaka, and Beltran than Ellsbury, McCann, Tanaka, and Beltran.

    Couldn’t agree more.

  56. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    bbb51 says:
    February 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    Again, Ellsbury is signed only through his age 36 season, Cano is signed through his age 40 season. That’s a big difference as the late 30?s years are the most risky.

    Not really in this case as one guy gets hurt a lot lee than the other….one guys averaged 108 games in his 20s…..the other plays 160 a year.

    In this case the injury risk and also the fact that Cano is simply a better player outweighs the extra 3 years on the contract

  57. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    When Pena eventually becomes a manager somewhere, I hope the Yankees bring back Randolph to rekindle the old connections…the aging heros of the 70s are the next to go and soon even the stars of the Torre dynasty will be the ones gettng the ever-lightening applause during OTD

  58. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    after they show the Cano highlight reel on the Ms first NY visit, Cano becomes the enemy…let it go, we’re still gonna be a great team this year

  59. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    McCann is gonna become everyone’s favorite player. It’ll be his team in 2015 and we’ll be in great hands. Guy would have fit in perfectly in other Yankee generations…even in the leather helmet football league

  60. Jerkface February 13th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    In this case the injury risk and also the fact that Cano is simply a better player outweighs the extra 3 years on the contract

    Not to mention Cano could move to another position on the diamond or DH or stay at 2B where as Ellsbury doesn’t really have anywhere to go because he is already a ~.770 OPS hitter.

    Its like A-rod. Sure A-rod is on the decline, but his horrible, injury riddled decline = a batting line similar to Jeter/Ellsbury. When you are a .900 OPS Bat, you have further cushion to fall.

    If a 38 year old Cano is a .750 OPS hitter, that still has value at 2B.

  61. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    “McCann is gonna become everyone’s favorite player. It’ll be his team in 2015 and we’ll be in great hands. Guy would have fit in perfectly in other Yankee generations…even in the leather helmet football league”

    Agreed

  62. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Let the high and tight pitches COMMENCE!

  63. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    “If a 38 year old Cano is a .750 OPS hitter, that still has value at 2B.”

    Yup….people are gettin way too caught up in 3 years that won’t even happen until 7 years from now.

    10 years for Cano > 7 years for Ellsbury. Better player… Harder position to find….more durable….home grown player.

    It’s done now though so all we can hope is Ellsbury stays healthy

  64. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Unlike the one-and-done title in 2009, if the Yankees do manage another run of rings withint the next 4-8 years, I really will believe that the Lord is a Yankee fan…how else could you explain it other than money?

  65. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    @AndrewMarchand: Wonder if the Yankees will eventually cut A-Rod on Facebook

  66. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I hope every Jeter AB this year gets a 4 minute standing O

  67. Jerkface February 13th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    McCann is my favorite pick up of the offseason besides Tanaka. In any other offseason it probably would have been Beltran but we got him at a bit too old age.

    McCann is someone that can really turn the team around. I’m excited to see how he handles the staff and hits in NYS.

  68. Pat M. February 13th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    The Cano broken record plays on. Makes me miss the broken record days of Jesus Montero being shipped off to Seattle……Hey Face, if Cano was having a tizzy about being moved to the 2 slot in the line-up do you really think the 250 million dollar diva is going to embrace being moved to 3rd ??? I can see Robbie having one more maybe 2 seasons that resemble the back of his Topps card and then like most 2nd baseman the descent begins in earnest.

  69. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Jerk – I don’t wonder about McCann. He is gonna dominate physically and verbally. He’ll take over the clubhouse, hit rockets to the gap in RC and drill any posers.

  70. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Not to mention Cano could move to another position on the diamond or DH or stay at 2B where as Ellsbury doesn’t really have anywhere to go because he is already a ~.770 OPS hitter.

    ——————

    This.

    It’s not such a given that choosing Ellsbury over Cano was the best move. I’ve said repeatedly I like a lot of what Ellsbury brings to the table, but just based on the team’s needs I think keeping Cano not only helped out the INF but seriously helped the middle of the order – an area of weakness last year. Right now, the middle of the order is going to depend a lot on Tex’s bounce back.

  71. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    F Cano
    We are gonna be a great team this year

  72. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I think the Yankees wanted to start fresh in 2014….for one reason or another they didn’t want to keep Cano. It was more than the money….

  73. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 3:09 pm
    I still say Nunie’s best position is probably 2B so he doesn’t have to worry about throws.
    ==================================

    ..and all the grounders that clank off his glove, shins, and chest just may fortunately roll to the FirstBaseman !

  74. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Nunie’s best position this year is gonna be just after he hits rockets down the left field line…he is gonna break out at the plate in 2014

  75. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I think the Yankees wanted to start fresh in 2014….for one reason or another they didn’t want to keep Cano. It was more than the money….

    —–

    Which could be reasonable.. I just don’t take it to mean this FO is smarter, which is how some want to frame it. Not signing Cano doesn’t make the team smarter when they also handed out other big and risky deals.

  76. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I think the Yankees wanted to start fresh in 2014….for one reason or another they didn’t want to keep Cano. It was more than the money….
    ————————–

    Correct – it was the years + money + the fact that as good as Cano is, he’s not a leader, not someone that Yankee fans were paying to come out and see.

  77. Tar February 13th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    EG Clark

    Welcome! Not sure where everybody’s manors are today.

    You are carrying out a tradition that you and your son will both cherish. Take lot’s of pictures.

    BTW I sure wish I was going to that game. You don’t need someone to watch him while you go get concessions do you? :D

  78. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I think losing Cano will amount to about as much as when the Celtics got rid of Antoine Walker

  79. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    IN that picture up top, Larry Rothschild looks like Janet Reno

  80. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    not someone that Yankee fans were paying to come out and see.

    ————–

    People keep saying it but no one can prove it lol.. the team was out of the playoffs by June.

  81. Pat M. February 13th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    The guy who is going to surprise many will be Kelly Johnson….He’ll be average at 3rd and will hit 25 dingers, maybe even a few more…..

  82. bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:15 pm
    bbb51 says:
    February 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    Again, Ellsbury is signed only through his age 36 season, Cano is signed through his age 40 season. That’s a big difference as the late 30?s years are the most risky.

    Not really in this case as one guy gets hurt a lot lee than the other….one guys averaged 108 games in his 20s…..the other plays 160 a year.

    In this case the injury risk and also the fact that Cano is simply a better player outweighs the extra 3 years on the contract

    It’s 4 extra years past age 36.

    And, you are trying to project way into the future for those years. He is durable now, but in 6 years?

    I’d rather have Cano right now, but I didn’t want to sign him for 10 years, 8 at most. But Cano wanted a retirement package.

  83. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    KJ jerseys will sell faster than Jason kipnis jerseys in Cleveland last year…guys gonna be great

    We are gonna win the AL this year!!!!

  84. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Last year’s team was really bad. Almost historically bad. They must rank high in putting up the worst offensive numbers of any Yankee team in the last 20 years.

  85. bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    UpState February 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm
    bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 3:09 pm
    I still say Nunie’s best position is probably 2B so he doesn’t have to worry about throws.
    ==================================

    ..and all the grounders that clank off his glove, shins, and chest just may fortunately roll to the FirstBaseman !

    Well that’s the other half of the battle. At 2B he has more time than 3B though.

  86. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    why would the yankees start tanaka off with cervelli?

    i know it’s first day of spring training , but damn, cervelli?

    makes no sense to me.

  87. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Look, 3 years on the back-end of a contract may not mean anything to us, but from a business perspective they do matter. It’s the difference between investing watching your ROI drop on 1/3 of a contract vs. 1/2 of a contract and that’s not insignificant.

    Also, if you’re going to invest that kind of money and term into a player, it needs to be someone that your confident is going to generate revenue for you. The Yankees don’t believe Cano is the next Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez in terms of being a box office draw. Had he been here another 5 years, maybe he builds that cache, but right now he wasn’t and the Yankees weren’t willing to risk that he never would be.

    Plus, and this is pure speculation 3 of Cano’s best friends are Melky, Papi and Alex…all three have been nailed as steroid users and I think the Yankees were scared to death that Cano might be on a list somewhere.

  88. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Pat M. February 13th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    The guy who is going to surprise many will be Kelly Johnson….He’ll be average at 3rd and will hit 25 dingers, maybe even a few more…..

  89. DaSaint007 February 13th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    EG Clark, welcome aboard!

    Tex is not going to be at 100% at the start of the season, and possibly not for 2014 at all. I do think the FO recognize this, and have determined to build a different type of team that can score runs in a different manner, with speed. It will be interesting if Gardner, under Ellsbury’s tutelage, can up his success rate. The two of them on the basepaths can create lots of holes for singles up the middle.

    Time will tell if this change of approach suits the Bronx Bombers.

  90. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Pat M. February 13th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    The guy who is going to surprise many will be Kelly Johnson….He’ll be average at 3rd and will hit 25 dingers, maybe even a few more…..
    —————————-

    Totally agree

  91. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    He is durable now, but in 6 years?

    —————

    Not sure about Cano but the point is Ellsbury isn’t considered durable right now.

  92. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    If Giro pulls his usual bullpen magic this year, we’ll win 100 and Jeter will have bunting on the upperdeck for his last game

  93. Howler February 13th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    they needed a warm body for Tanaka to throw to, nothing wrong with Cervelli to be that person. I don’t see any harm in it.

  94. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    How many of Ellsbury’s injuries were not freak accidents? It must really bother him that he’s tagged as an injury risk

  95. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    When Ellsbury steals home at Fenway this year, we’ll be on our way

  96. pat February 13th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Comments from the Jeter is like Jesus HBT Post….. :smile:

    “Only if he decides, three days after the season ends, to un-retire.”

    “Now you know why we celebrate Easter with Easter baskets.”

    “In the Aporypha it states that Jesus made the Disciples leave their cell phones on the lower floor before they went to the upper room for the Last Supper.”

  97. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    “And, you are trying to project way into the future for those years. He is durable now, but in 6 years?”

    Probably more likely to be than Ellsbury

  98. bbb51 February 13th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Cervelli is the primary backup C by default. Romine could take it. I like Murphy but he’ll probably start in AAA.

  99. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    does Jeter’s cult status take a hit if he joins Scientology?

  100. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Kelly Johnson might hit 25 homers….but it’ll most likely come with below average defense at 3B and a low BA and low OBP. I like him….but I liked him much better when he was going to be a power option off the bench than the starting 3B

  101. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    KJ will be our Ray Knight

  102. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I could see KJ hitting .230 with a .310 OBP and 20-25 homers…..I’m not getting too excited about that. He would be great as a bench option…..not as a starter

  103. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    pat February 13th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    ————

    In a world that often seems humorless, people can be a real good time.

  104. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    That sounds like a Bill Murray line when he’s voicing Garfield

  105. blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    @BerniePleskoff: #Mariners Franklin Gutierrez has indicated illness will keep him from playing in 14. What a shame. Excellent player.

  106. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I like Franklin but he’s hurt more than ELlsbury…why is he still so sought after while Ellsbury has the mark of Cain?

  107. Bret The Hitman February 13th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I’d rather take Kelly Johnson’s 25 HR at 2B and get a real third baseman.

  108. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    this time next year, Ellsbury will have the most World Series rings on the Yankees

  109. Bret The Hitman February 13th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    @BerniePleskoff: #Mariners Franklin Gutierrez has indicated illness will keep him from playing in 14. What a shame. Excellent player.

    Gardner for a prospect.

  110. blake February 13th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Gardner for a prospect.”

    I don’t think they are trading him at this point but I probBly would for nick Franklin

  111. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Are we back to Gardner for Ackley or Franklin..? What a circular off season this has been lol.

  112. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I thought they already traded Gardner after they signed Ellsbury?

  113. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    “they needed a warm body for Tanaka to throw to, nothing wrong with Cervelli to be that person. I don’t see any harm in it.”

    forget tanaka, how about the message it sends to cervelli.

    it says you can get suspended for PEDS and still get the opportunity to catch the biggest thing that’s hit ny in a long time.

    i’d give cervelli the tough love routine and have him catching minor league guys for at least a few weeks.

    just giving him the back up position is a big mistake to me.

    cervelli has a knack for drama, injuries, peds,etc
    i’d like to see him go in a productive trade.

  114. Bret The Hitman February 13th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Maybe the Yankees just wanted to wait to see other teams cards, like this one.

    DH is for Jeter quite possibly, not Soriano.

    Enjoy the farewell tour.

  115. Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    SHA – AME
    SPEN – CER
    clap clap clapclapclap

  116. Hankflorida February 13th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Chip February 13th, 2014 at 3:44 pm
    Pat M. February 13th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    The guy who is going to surprise many will be Kelly Johnson….He’ll be average at 3rd and will hit 25 dingers, maybe even a few more…..

    I will settle for Johnson giving us Brosius numbers with Ellsbury and Beltran giving us Bernie and O’Neill stats. Roberts is our Knoblach and McCaan our Posada. With a team like this, Ryan could give Jeter more of a rest. The Yankees going back to the 1990′s would help me to get over my Cano addiction.

  117. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Or maybe they just don’t have any intention of trading him.

    Seems likely since it’s Feb 13th and pitchers and catchers are now reporting for duty.

  118. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Define “Brosius numbers.”

    I wouldn’t expect 1998 Brosius numbers. It will probably be much closer to 1997 Brosius numbers without the glove.

  119. Benny Blanco February 13th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Jerkface,

    Whats the difference between the mounds in Japan and US?

  120. Jerkface February 13th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Whats the difference between the mounds in Japan and US?

    The materials used to make the mound. The NPB mound is softer.

  121. Bret The Hitman February 13th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Or maybe they just don’t have any intention of trading him.

    ___________

    Well they certainly don’t intend to sign him if that’s what you hope for.

  122. Benny Blanco February 13th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Jerkface,

    How does that affect japanese pitchers? Is their mound the same height?

  123. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    How do you know?

    You’ve been wrong about Gardner for the last 4 years.

    Obviously, the front office doesn’t feel the same way about him that you do or he would have been moved a long time ago.

  124. Jerkface February 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Jerkface,

    How does that affect japanese pitchers? Is their mound the same height?

    I think the heights and dimensions are the same. Its just that in NPB the pitcher can dig in a bit more on the mound and there is less resistance if they drag their foot. Here is an article about it from the NY Times. Kuroda got blisters on his foot because he drags his foot in his delivery more than most pitchers and the resistance from the US mound was more than he expected.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07.....tcher.html

  125. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Hassey February 13th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    SHA – AME
    SPEN – CER
    clap clap clapclapclap

    ————————-

    Like whattup!!

  126. Benny Blanco February 13th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    JF, Thanks!

    Great stuff!

  127. Hankflorida February 13th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Franco, my Brosius and the Yankee team numbers would be the 1998 team. If this team can emulate that team, the possibility exists that Ellsbury, Beltran, Gardener can give us the Bernie, O’Neill, Curtis numbers with the same idea that Text and Tino, Johnson and Brosius, McCaan and Posada will do the same. It is this way that I can forget about Cano and accept Roberts as playing the role of Knoblauch on a team that puts 900 runs on the board.

  128. exiledintampa February 13th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Before going crazy about who caught Tanaka, are there any other big league catchers in camp yet besides Cervelli?

  129. Bret The Hitman February 13th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    How do you know?

    _________

    I don’t know but I’ll bet you $100

  130. BoJo February 13th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Benny Blanco February 13th, 2014 at 4:11 pm
    Jerkface,

    Whats the difference between the mounds in Japan and US?
    ————
    6,573 miles

  131. BoJo February 13th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    UpState February 13th, 2014 at 2:16 pm
    The farm is supposed to be Cashman’s baby but there doesn’t seem to be any accountability for their failures in that area.
    ========================================

    Development, development, development…….

    …All MiLB systems strenghts/weakness’ are results of combinations of:

    Draft Position
    Injuries
    Teaching
    Trades
    …and luck.

    It’s NOT all about development !

    DVL is ONE aspect !
    ===============
    You forgot 2 important aspects which are under Cashman’s control….Free agent signings (as far as who to recommend) and international talent signings.

    Can’t say that I have been impressed by Cashman on either front. He was against rafaeil Soriano and didn;t convince Hal to invest more in international (especially Cubans). I do think he does a pretty good job on trades and bargain basement hunting,

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    You would never honor losing a bet with me, so no thanks.

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