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Friday morning notes: CC checks in at 275 lbs

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 14, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few quick notes from this morning.

PinedaSabathia· CC Sabathia weighed in at 275 pounds this morning. Said it’s the least he’s weighed since his early days with Cleveland. Spent a lot of time this winter working to gain strength while staying in better shape. He thinks last year’s weight loss caused him to lose strength, which affected him on the mound (didn’t help that he had a shortened offseason because of the elbow surgery). Based on early throwing sessions this offseason, Sabathia said he feels more like his old self.

· Speaking of throwing, Michael Pineda threw a bullpen to Francisco Cervelli this morning. I mentioned to Cervelli that it seems like Pineda’s been throwing down here for quite a while. “I don’t know,” Cervelli said. “But he looked great.” Cervelli said the difference is significant between Pineda now and Pineda a year ago.

· David Phelps and Adam Warren are already throwing to hitters. They’ve been throwing at the minor league complex for a while now, so they’re pretty far ahead. Warren said there are some other guys who are already facing hitters as well.

· I’ll have some notes on this later, but both Dave Robertson and Brian McCann addressed the media this morning. Said a lot of the stuff you’d expect. Both spoke very highly of Derek Jeter. McCann said he spent a lot of time this winter looking at video of the Yankees pitchers, getting a feel for what they like to do on the mound. Robertson said he’s focused on making better individual pitches. He wants to be more efficient and throw more strikes this spring to help him prepare for the ninth inning.

· Five random locker assignment notes:

1. Masahiro Tanaka got Mariano Rivera’s locker. Robertson is next door in the same locker he’s had for a few years now.

2. Alex Rodriguez’s locker is totally empty except for a few hangars. Not even a name at the top. Carlos Beltran was assigned the locker next to it.

3. Jacoby Ellsbury got a corner locker along the back wall. It’s the same locker that belonged to Nick Swisher two years ago and Kevin Youkilis last year.

4. Derek Jeter, of course, has his usual locker. Next to him is an empty locker, followed immediately by Brian Roberts, Scott Sizemore and Eduardo Nunez. Grouping a bunch of the infielders right along with the shortstop. Also next to one another: Brett Gardner and Slade Heathcott, who’s been compared to Gardner at various points.

5. There’s one wall that has lockers always assigned to the most veteran pitchers, the guys most likely to break camp on the big league roster. Vidal Nuno is on that wall for the first time this year. So is Preston Claiborne. Shawn Kelley got Andy Pettitte’s old locker, and Dellin Betances was assigned the locker closest to Sabathia.

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43 Responses to “Friday morning notes: CC checks in at 275 lbs”

  1. CountryClub February 14th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN 2m
    Yankees quietly encouraged and excited about what they see in Michael Pineda– signs of velocity increase. A big X-factor for them.

  2. blake February 14th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    If Pineda gets back to where he was 2 years ago then the Yanks rotation could be very very good…..especially if CC bounces back

  3. John in Ohio February 14th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Just catching up on the posts I’ve missed…

    Beltran looks a bit, uh, plump in that pic from last evening’s post, doesn’t he? Maybe it is just the camera angle. Yeah, that’s it…the camera angle.

  4. CountryClub February 14th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    If Pineda and Nova are your 4 & 5 and they’re pitching well, you have a hell of a staff.

    Not to mention a nice young nucleus with Tanaka added in.

  5. blake February 14th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    “If Pineda and Nova are your 4 & 5 and they’re pitching well, you have a hell of a staff.

    Not to mention a nice young nucleus with Tanaka added in.”

    I still believe in Manny B as well who is still only 22.

  6. DONNYBROOK February 14th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    To me, FAR better to just sign Drew, vs gutting the farm system and taking on that contract of Tulo.

  7. Patrick February 14th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I still believe in Manny B as well who is still only 22.

    I do too but he needs time to get back in a groove of pitching every 5 days. He hasn’t really pitched in the last 2 years, I suspect he will be in AAA for all of 2014. Also wouldn’t be surprised if he gets moved to the bullpen sometime this year, although I’m hoping that won’t happen.

  8. blake February 14th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    “To me, FAR better to just sign Drew, vs gutting the farm system and taking on that contract of Tulo.”

    do both…..then you have a 2B and a SS. Tulo is one of the best players in the sport when he’s healthy

  9. CountryClub February 14th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I still believe in Manny B as well who is still only 22.

    —————

    Absolutely. And throw Phelps in there too as a back end innings eater.

    You have to love the optimism that accompanies spring training, ha!

  10. Howler February 14th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’d love to have Tulo as the direct line from Derek, shame he wasn’t a FA, you know he’d work to make it done too.

  11. pkyankfan69 February 14th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I’m still in favor of my Tulo proposition

    Sanchez + Phelps + Ramirez + Austin + De Paula + $100M Cash for Tulo

  12. antisocial scrooge February 14th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BgUXCwHIMAA7RwS.jpg

    this was CC at the knicks game 2 days ago. looks a lot lighter than 275

  13. Jerkface February 14th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Banuelos needs to both get innings AND pitch well at AAA. He has done neither.

  14. yanks61 February 14th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Going back to some earlier posts, I generally agree that hitting coaches normally don’t make much of a difference. However a few have become just about legendary. The most successful and best known is probably Charlie Lau, who helped make George Brett the hitter he became:

    “Brett won the starting third base job in 1974, but struggled at the plate until he asked for help from Charlie Lau, the Royals’ batting coach. Spending the 1974 All-Star break working together, Lau taught Brett how to protect the entire plate and cover up some holes in his swing that experienced big-league pitchers were exploiting. Armed with this knowledge, Brett developed rapidly as a hitter, and finished the year with a .282 batting average in 113 games.

    Charles Richard Lau (April 12, 1933, in Romulus, Michigan – March 18, 1984) was an American catcher and highly influential hitting coach in Major League Baseball.
    After his playing career ended, Lau became a hitting coach for the Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox. Contrary to popular belief, Lau did not emphasize releasing the top hand after making contact with the pitch and following through with only the lower hand on the bat. He did, however, suggest this measure to hitters who—for whatever reason—could not fully extend their arms during their swings.
    Lau developed a list of “Absolutes” about hitting, which included:
    A balanced, workable stance
    Rhythm and movement in the stance (as opposed to standing still)
    A good weight shift from a firm rigid backside to a firm rigid frontside
    Striding with the front toe closed
    Having the bat in the launching position as soon as the front foot touches down
    Making the stride a positive, aggressive motion toward the pitcher
    A tension-free swing
    Hitting through the ball
    Hitting the ball where it is pitched, rather than trying to direct it
    Lau served as batting coach for the Royals from 1971 to 1978 (with the exception of the early part of the 1975 season when he was the team’s minor league hitting coach after his temporary ouster from the Royals’ staff by then-skipper Jack McKeon. He worked with Hal McRae, Amos Otis, Willie Wilson and George Brett. After becoming the Chicago White Sox’ hitting instructor, his pupils included Greg Luzinski, Carlton Fisk, Steve Kemp, Harold Baines and Ron Kittle.
    While serving as the White Sox hitting coach, he died in Key Biscayne, Florida at the age of 50 after a long bout with can**cer. Since his death, no White Sox player or coach (except Lau disciple Walt Hriniak, the Chisox’ hitting coach from 1989 to 1995[2]) has worn his number 6 jersey,[3] although it has not been officially retired.[4] The baseball field at Romulus Senior High School in his hometown is named the Charley Lau Baseball Field.”

    Wikipedia

  15. CountryClub February 14th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Banuelos needs to both get innings AND pitch well at AAA. He has done neither.

    ———————

    Yup. But he’s still young and talented. When he was first pitching in AAA he was one of the youngest players there. I just want to see him stay healthy this yr with flashes of dominance (even if overall numbers are bad). Next yr is when I’ll want to see him pitch well consistently.

  16. rl1856 February 14th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    We tend to forget that Jeter is a direct link to the great Yankees of the past.

    Ruth played with Gehrig, who played with DiMaggio, who played with Mantle, who retired the same year Munson was brought up. Munson played with Guidry, who played with Mattingly, who played with Jeter with he came up in 1995. And now Jeter is leaving the stage.

    Thats how important Jeter is to a Yankee fan.

    As for the rest- I predict a good year from CC. I agree that he lost muscle mass when he lost weight, and offseason rehab limited his off season workout regimine. If he did increase strength will alos losing weight, he should be able to regain some velocity. I don’t know what to expect from Pineda. If he can even approach what he was 2 years then we have something we can build on. We wont know for a few week. Tanaka will need time to adjust to the ML. He will be fine this year, and better next year. His stuff will translate very well. I only worry about the drasticlly different workload in the US compared to Japan. I expect Nova to regress but still deliver a solid season. Kuroda will deliver his typical season. I would love to see him given a break of a few starts, in late August. May do wonders for his late season stamina.

    Robertson will be fine as the closer. But he is not MO. I expect Betances and Montgomery to step up as late season bridges in the 7th-8th innings. Between the 3 of them, games will be over after the 6th inning.

    Jeter will have a fine year, but will not repeat 2012. 130 or so games in the field with some DH thrown in. 275-285 BA / 330ish OB / 750ish OBS.

    PLAY BALL !

  17. Wave Your Hat February 14th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Manny B needs to throw more strikes and fewer balls.

  18. blake February 14th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Banuelos was still the youngest guy in the international league before he got hurt…..he’s the same age at Depaula and farther along developmentally. Yes he does need innings and needs to stay healthy…..but he’s 22 not 26…..he’s got time yet.

  19. Madrugador February 14th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    CC seems to be saying he can throw as hard as when he was younger and the conditioning was the problem last year. I’d like to see him adapt to the lower velocity rather than try to regain it.

  20. hardwired7 February 14th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    “Beltran looks a bit, uh, plump in that pic from last evening’s post”

    All indications are that Beltran’s been working hard all off-season. No worries about that man being in shape.

    Playing for the Yanks has been his goal. He’s not going to blow it now.

  21. AAA February 14th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    CC seems to be saying he can throw as hard as when he was younger and the conditioning was the problem last year. I’d like to see him adapt to the lower velocity rather than try to regain it

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

    At $25M per season, I’d like to know why conditioning was a problem?

  22. Hassey February 14th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I’m sorry Andy and Mo picked this year to retire – we’re gonna win the AL and it would be nice to see them leading the decked-out salt trucks up to City Hall one last time. It’s gotta be a strange feeling this spring for Jeter and Giro

  23. Captain Clutch February 14th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    @AndrewMarchand

    Yanks still not interested in Stephen Drew.

  24. blake February 14th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Cashman is bluffing.

  25. Mottsx February 14th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    They should just trade Ichiro and Warren for Franklin or Ackley… Seattle has to be desperate for an outfielder and pitcher.

  26. AAA February 14th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Cashman is bluffing.

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

    I’d buy this if I thought for one second he was calling the shots.

  27. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Pineda being good would be absolutely awesome… I’ve been trying to keep my expectations in check and don’t really want to start getting excited before seeing him pitch…

    But it’s not easy lol. Pineda being good would take this rotation to another level.

  28. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I’d buy this if I thought for one second he was calling the shots.

    —————-

    :lol:

  29. bigdan22 February 14th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Tulo is a tough call. He’s an MVP at Coors. Away he is not. With Yanks he’d be a very good offensive SS. The contract isn’t bad, but you’d be paying him for a lot of post prime years.

    I’ve come around to Drew but only with respect to the prospect of him being the Yanks starting SS in 2015 and 2016. Drew is a bad value if he’s not playing SS. But if you can get him at about $11MM a year for 2015/2016 that’s almost a no-brainer.

    A one year opt-out should be a non-starter for every GM. It sets a very bad precedent. Perhaps that’s where Cash is now.

  30. Howler February 14th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I really don’t see how much he’d gain by bluffing. If they were going to sign him, they’d at least have to come close to what he was asking for, any marginal savings they’d get wouldn’t be worth the effort.

  31. bigdan22 February 14th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    As I said before, the Yanks this year will live and die by starting pitching. There’s a chance for it to be elite. Perhaps top 3. That’s what it will take for the team to win 90+.

  32. bigdan22 February 14th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Wave Your Hat February 14th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    “Manny B needs to throw more strikes and fewer balls.”

    —–

    Manny needs to be left alone.

  33. AAA February 14th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Mat Latos had surgery this morning to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Those Homer Bailey trades hopes? To paraphrase the Coroner of Munchkin Land “They aren’t only merely dead, they’re really quite sincerely dead.”

  34. blake February 14th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    “I’d buy this if I thought for one second he was calling the shots.

    True

  35. blake February 14th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I don’t think they were trading Bailey anyway …..his value won’t be any lower in July than it is now so they’ll keep him and see where they are at the deadline

  36. coney1 February 14th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Captain Clutch February 14th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    @AndrewMarchand

    Yanks still not interested in Stephen Drew.
    ————-

    They aren’t bluffing. Just stupid.

  37. bigdan22 February 14th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I can’t avoid the feeling that the Yanks will have a lot of injuries this year in their starting lineup. I think there’s a good chance we’ll see a lot of Nunez, a lot Ichiro and a lot of Almonte. More than anyone wants to see. It’s wise they haven’t traded Gardner.

    The only thing that can overcome that is lights out pitching. It’s possible.

  38. AAA February 14th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    All those Robbinson Cano jerseys? They’re now Scott Sizemore jerseys

  39. PhiltheThrill February 14th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I still think they are working on a trade.

  40. Hankflorida February 14th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Getting Johnson and Roberts made me think of the Yankees getting Knoblauch and Brosius which led to the stats of the1998 Yankee team. The big difference is that Ellsbury would have to pull a Johnny Damon when he came here and try to come close to Bernie’s numbers, and Jeter is not what he used to be. The rest of today’s cast could possibly pull a repeat performance.

    Pos Player G AB H Avg HR RBI
    C Jorge Posada 111 358 96 .268 17 63. McCaan
    1B Tino Martinez 142 531 149 .281 28 123. Texiera
    2B Chuck Knoblauch. 150 603 160 .265 17 64. Roberts
    3B Scott Brosius 152 530 159 .300 19 98. Johnson
    SS Derek Jeter 149 626 203 .324 19 84. Jeter
    LF Chad Curtis 151 456 111 .243 10 56. Gardener
    CF Bernie Williams 128 499 169 .339 26 97. Ellsbury
    RF Paul O’Neill 152 602 191 .317 24 116. Beltran DHDarryl Strawberry 101 295 73 .247 24 57. Soriano

  41. blake February 14th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    PhiltheThrill says:
    February 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm
    I still think they are working on a trade.

    I can really only think of 3 teams possible right now….Seattle, Dbacks, Nats

  42. Bad Scooter February 14th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    “AAA February 14th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Mat Latos had surgery this morning to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Those Homer Bailey trades hopes? To paraphrase the Coroner of Munchkin Land “They aren’t only merely dead, they’re really quite sincerely dead.””

    Those hopes and needs for another SP ended when we signed Tanaka. Do we really need another SP at this point?

    4 spots are locked up and a bunch of solid guys fighting for fifth spot. No need for Bailey now.

    CC
    Kuroda
    Tanaka
    Nova
    Pineda
    or Phelps
    or Warren
    or
    Nuno

    with Banuelos waiting in the wings.

  43. Hassey February 14th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    How times have changed.

    I’m now the most confident person on this board

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