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Yankees haven’t decided who to bring to Panama

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 16, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

Now that Major League Baseball has officially announced the Yankees schedule spring training trip to Panama, all that’s left is to decide which players will actually head to Mariano Rivera’s home country for a couple of games against the Marlins.

“Obviously we’re going to take a team that represents us very well, but we also have games here,” Girardi said. “These are split-squad games for us.”

The Yankees will play in Panama on March 15 and 16, days when they also have games in Florida against the Orioles and Braves. It seems hard to believe Derek Jeter won’t make the trip for his long-time teammate — in fact, it might make the most sense to let the guys who have played with Rivera head to Panama, and let the relatively new guys stay behind to play the games in Florida — but Girardi said the Yankees have set no travel squad at the moment.

“The interesting thing is, you could try to make a roster now, but a lot of it could change,” Girardi said. “For us to do that probably doesn’t make a lot of sense wasting a lot of time doing that.”

This might actually be one spring training road trip that leaves guys actually wanting to be on the travel list.

“I believe it will be the first game that Mo actually goes on the road with us in spring training, so I’m kind of looking forward to that,” Girardi said. “I’m actually excited to go. I’m excited to see the country. I’ve never been there. We have some special things planned on that Friday before we play, so I’m kind of excited about going there and being in Panama.”

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48 Responses to “Yankees haven’t decided who to bring to Panama”

  1. Revenge of Stoneburner February 16th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    There is a huge qualitative difference between ML and MiLB innings

    ****

    this poster is on fire

  2. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Be sure to see the “Darien” Joe.

    That’s if you like Nature.

    Take me please. I’m available.

    I would volunteer to be the Team photographer.

    Just room and board is all I ask.

    :)

  3. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Stones-

    Yes. I am sure to burn in H*ll.

    ;)

  4. Revenge of Stoneburner February 16th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Wish I could take my Dad down there. He was stationed in Panama at one point.

  5. Tar February 16th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Stone

    You’re transparent.

    MTU I assume you saw my post on the last thread.

  6. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Don’t miss seeing the Canal Joe.

    See those two.

    The Canal and The Darien.

    Don’t forget Mo’s hometown too.

    ;)

  7. Revenge of Stoneburner February 16th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:09 pm
    Stones-

    Yes. I am sure to burn in H*ll.

    ****

    But for tonight – you’ve got the touch

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

  8. Revenge of Stoneburner February 16th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Apparently Peter O’Brien was the star of batting practice yesterday, hitting balls over the batter’s eye and off the scoreboard in left. “What puts his swing at a different level is the ease of it,’’ said hitting coach Kevin Long. [George King]

    Hoch has the list of guest instructors, which includes both Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui. Ronald Blum says Andy Pettitte will be in camp as an instructor as well.

  9. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Tar-

    I did young Man but I must respectfully disagree on that one.

    It is not just a simple numerical formula.

    The stress of the innings matters.

    And there is way more stress in the ML’s.

    Anyway, let’s just hope that both of these extremely talented young Men are handled well
    from here on out.

    :)

  10. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Stones-

    Everyone gets lucky some of the time.

    ;)

  11. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Tar-

    And for the record, I love your compassion and moxie.

    Please don’t ever lose them.

    Keep your powder dry for important battles and worthy opponents.

    ;)

  12. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Yeah. Now that I think about it.

    I am “touched”.

    :)

  13. Tar February 16th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    “The stress of the innings matters.”

    We will just have to disagree on that one. I would think the actually surgery ( Shoulder as opposed to elbow ) would have a much greater impact on time frame.

    And really I just don’t see how the following statement by Girardi applies to Banuelos…… but not Pineda.

    “Theoretically, everyone’s involved in that (fifth-starter competition), and we have to make a decision,” Girardi said. “But this is a guy who hasn’t pitched a lot in the last couple years, and he’ll probably have some limitations on how many games you can throw him, and that will have to be evaluated.”

  14. tucker February 16th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Banuelos must prove he can effectively pitch at AAA, IMO. If he pitches well through the first half of the year, maybe he gets a call up.

    I’m curious whether Pineda would be able to shoulder the load that a fifth starter requires. If he’s the same pitcher that he was during the first half of 2011, then he should be the fifth starter. He was a beast then. But if he’s not the same guy or does not have the endurance, he may be a better fit for the pen.

    If the first four starters are healthy and meet expectations, they’ll be able to get by with either Phelps or Nuno as the No. 5.

    Anybody know how many more years the Yanks control Pineda? And do they gain an extra year if they option him to begin this year?

  15. chicken_stanley February 16th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Tar – I’m guessing the big difference is not innings pitched after injury but rather where each pitcher was prior to injury. Pineda was coming off a strong MLB season whereas ManBan was in the minors having command issues (if memory serves)

  16. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    “I’m curious whether Pineda would be able to [shoulder the load] that a fifth starter requires.”

    Interesting choice of words.

    ;)

  17. tucker February 16th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I try, MTU …

  18. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    And you succeed Tucker.

    ;)

  19. AAA February 16th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    paul hoynes ?@hoynsie 18s

    Heard Reds getting close to 6-year deal in $100 million range with Homer Bailey. Bound to influence Indians talks with Justin Masterson.

  20. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Oh no. No Bailey for next year.

    :(

  21. pete2 February 16th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    No Dempster either. LOL. Scherzer, Lester, Masterson and Peavy still may be, although I suspect only Peavy will be left at the end of the day.

  22. chicken_stanley February 16th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Chin up Mike… not a done deal… ive got my fingers crossed that the deal falls apart

  23. I am Brett Godner February 16th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Dang. Looks like the reds are about to get a bargain. Scherzer would be my preference over Bailey anyway, but I doubt he makes FA either.

  24. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Glenn-

    If everything goes just right this season it shouldn’t be a problem.

    I still believe we might grab Santana or Ubaldo.

  25. Melkmanisinhotlanta February 16th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Panama beautiful country but poverty that makes you wince. Very sad.

  26. BD (Boston Dave) February 16th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Homer Bailey takes some risk by waiting to hit FA… but mostly just injury risk. If he pitches well this season, with the $$ that teams have these days, he could have possibly landed something more like 7/$140M.

    hard to argue against a guy who says he’ll take $100M guaranteed though.

  27. bbb51 February 16th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Apparently Peter O’Brien was the star of batting practice yesterday, hitting balls over the batter’s eye and off the scoreboard in left. “What puts his swing at a different level is the ease of it,’’ said hitting coach Kevin Long. [George King]

    Hopefully not just another Hensley Meulens.

  28. chicken_stanley February 16th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I still believe we might grab Santana or Ubaldo.

    ——————–

    Mike – I know youre high on Jimenez…. unfortunately, I don’t share your enthusiasm. But, I’ll leave it to the professionals (after all, I’m just a quirky fan) to determine if Ubaldo is worth the investment.

  29. bbb51 February 16th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I don’t think we need another pitcher.

  30. bbb51 February 16th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Starter that is.

  31. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Glenn-

    I am not. The Yankees are. And I am no better qualified than you.

    I just would like Nova to be made available if the right trade target comes along.

    In addition, if Bailey signs that takes away a very good Kuroda replacement for next season.

    It’s more a matter of strategy than being attached to individual players.

  32. MTU February 16th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    As ST wears on the prices for Santana and Ubaldo will drop if they haven’t found a place to sign.

    It might be possible to get them on shorter contracts for less money.

    That has to be appealing.

  33. Hankflorida February 16th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Revenge of Stoneburner February 16th, 2014 at 2:59 pm
    but their championship teams always had the power numbers in the outfield and never a short stop like Ryan.

    ****not in LF – where you had the revollving door of the likes of Curtis, Ledee, Spencer and company – except for really Raines (who was there 2 of the championships) – and Bernie and O’Neill did not crack 30 HRS (except Benie in 2000) – I remember fans back then clamoring for the big HR numbers of Sosa, Gonzales, Griffey with their OFers – those teams were balanced and patient as heck – add to it they had tough minded staff that was great in the postseason

    To quote from “Godfather Three,” “every time I think I’m out, they bring me back in.” I bring up the 1998 Yankees for these number of times is because we have a Knoblach 2nd basemen now
    that Cano is gone and am trying to find a past team to resemble this team offensevly. Bernie, O’Neill, Curtis, Raines and Spencer gave us 75 homes runs in the outfield, and if things go as last year, Ellsbury, Gardener, Beltran and Suzuki will not come close unless Ellsbury gives us the 2009 Damon numbers when he came here. I am trying to look on the brighter side in order to rid myself of the Cano addiction. I did it in 1948 when we got rid of a home run hitting 2nd basemen, Joe Gordon, and it worked because we got Allie Reynolds in return.

  34. pete2 February 16th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    With Dempster out I wonder if the Red Sox make a play for Santana or Jiminez. They do have some prospects but they are always uncertain. Seattle lost Iwakuma, Rangers Holland, Rays-Hellickson, Tigers-Verlander (at least he is uncertain to start the season) you would think there would be more interest in them.

  35. blake February 16th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    @HardballTalk: Report: Reds are “getting close” on a nine-figure extension with Homer Bailey http://t.co/brHr0R04Rx

    This is why you can’t count on players being available next year….teams just have so much money that they can pretty much keep players if they want to

  36. chicken_stanley February 16th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Luis – if you’re out there… I will share the video on Facebook… I have a few friends – those friends have friends – those friends have friends… stay safe!!

  37. Chip February 16th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Girardi is starting to annoy me and real spring training hasn’t even started yet. If Pineda or Man Ban don’t make the rotation they should absolutely NOT be considered for ML bullpen roles.

    I know it’s only BP but I read one article on O’Brien where Long raved about how advanced the swing is. No clue what position he would play, probably best suited to be a DH and he’s got a couple of years before you can even consider that – but still, nice to see.

  38. jmills February 16th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Chicken, don’t worry, Luis has some dumb pissed off Canadian friend in me – Wendel Clark rules! :D

  39. jmills February 16th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zS8LU3Lwep0

    Luis, here’s a bit of Wendel Clark on your side!

  40. chicken_stanley February 16th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    jmills – BTW, thanks for your email. I will respond shortly :)

  41. Chip February 16th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    BTW – did anyone read Davidoff’s article about the Alex trade and how the Rangers passed on Cano in favor of Arias, because there were concerns about Cano’s makeup – and also were working on a deal that would have sent Soriano to the Mets for Jose Reyes…

    an infield of Tex, Cano, Reyes and Hank Blaylock would’ve been pretty interesting.

  42. jmills February 16th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Chicken, don’t worry about it! If my gals and guys slip up in hockey,……I’m still the Bobby Orr best!!! :D

  43. chicken_stanley February 16th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    jmills – the project I’m on for my company ends in August… after that, I may be looking for a job. Any need in Canada for quasi-skilled workers with no real areas of expertise? :)

  44. jmills February 16th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Chicken, you have an option here. If you need some assistance, I’ll do the best I can!

  45. chicken_stanley February 16th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    jmills – :) you’re a good guy. I think I’ve got options here – just kidding (sort of :) )

  46. jmills February 16th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I’m one lucky so and so. I’ve got people like chicken_stanley and my daughter, my kid, the unbelievable #1, conversing avec, moi.

  47. massjake February 16th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Anyone see Bode Miller’s interview after taking the bronze in the Super G? Could the interviewer
    have pushed him any harder to face the pain of losing his brother earlier this year? Disgraceful. Just going for the gold in an interview – make em cry!

  48. jmills February 16th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    What kind of idiots keep Jeff Buckley out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?! I have no patience when it comes to such things. Jeff has one of the most over the top angelic voices, and they want to keep him out!? Jeff buckley is far reaching, Jeff Buckley is,….rock and roll. Angus Young concurs!!!

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