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Wednesday morning notes: Jeter arrives cracking jokes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 19, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

As Brett Gardner was settling into his locker this morning, a group of three of four writers gathered around to say hello and make some small talk. Inevitably, that small talk turned into an actual interview about Gardner’s role on the team and his reaction to the Yankees offseason moves. A few minutes into that conversation, Derek Jeter arrived, shook Gardner hand, and settled into his own locker just a few feet away.

At some point, Gardner was answering a question about offseason trade rumors. That’s when Jeter couldn’t help himself.

“Man,” Jeter said. “You’re getting traded now?”

Gardner started laughing.

“Not yet. Not yet, Jeet,” he said. “Is that Facebook account fake, by the way?”

“I would say something to you right now, but I don’t want to embarrass you,” Jeter shot back.

It was good, a light moment some two hours before Jeter is scheduled to step behind a microphone to talk about his decision to retire at the end of this season. The entire team is expected to be there, and I can’t imagine it’s the kind of thing Jeter is going to enjoy. While we were standing around, Wally Matthews asked Jeter if he wanted to just do the press conference right then and there in front of his locker.

“It would be easier,” Jeter said.

See you at 11:30.

Ichiro Suzuki· Ichiro Suzuki is here for a very different spring training than he’s used to. I’ll have more on this later, but he talked today about wanting to prove himself and earn his playing time. It’s pretty clear that he’s not entirely sure what his role will be, but he said he did a ton of work this offseason (he honestly does look a little stronger than the past two years, though he’s always in insane shape). “My job up to this point was to come here healthy and in good shape, and that’s what I did,” Ichiro said. “So, I’m here. We’ll see where it goes from tomorrow.”

· Speaking of the crowded outfield, Gardner said he’s talked to Joe Girardi and offered to play right field instead of left field if that’s a better fit. In Yankee Stadium, I have to think the Yankees prefer Gardner’s range in left, but given the fact Alfonso Soriano isn’t used to playing right, I guess there’s a chance Gardner gets some time over there.

· And speaking of right field, Tyler Austin seems optimistic heading into spring training. He said his right wrist — which was bothering him since around early June of last year — is back to 100 percent. He had to leave the Arizona Fall League because it started bothering him again, but he said there’s no issue at this point. He’s been hitting at the minor league complex for weeks and feels strong and healthy. A big bounce-back year from him would be a huge boost to the farm system.

· One more note on Austin: He said he’s working mostly in right field during fielding drills, but every other day or so he takes ground balls at third base.

· David Phelps and Adam Warren have been on basically the same schedule, but today Phelps is scheduled to throw a bullpen while Warren is facing hitters tomorrow. That seems to be an attempt to get them lined up for early spring training starts, but Warren said he hasn’t been told when he’s making his first spring appearance.

· Just like a couple of days ago, there’s a fan of pitchers heading over to the minor league complex to throw live batting practice today. There are more catchers and more hitters over there, so it’s just easier.

· After sitting out batting practice yesterday — but saying he had no health issues at all — Francisco Cervelli is back in his usual BP group this morning. In fact, he’s on the main field hitting right now.

· Today’s bullpens (all of which happened earlier this morning)
Jose Campos (to Francisco Cervelli)
Dave Robertson (to John Ryan Murphy)
Matt Thornton (to Brian McCann)

Chris Leroux (to Jose Gil)
David Phelps (to Austin Romine)
Yoshinori Tateyama (to Roman Rodriguez)

· Live batting practice at the minor league complex
Manny Banuelos
Cesar Cabral
Matt Daley
Brian Gordon
Shawn Kelley
Mark Montgomery

· Position players are here, but the first full-squad workout isn’t until tomorrow.

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45 Responses to “Wednesday morning notes: Jeter arrives cracking jokes”

  1. UpState February 19th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Has all travel been blocked from Venezuela ?

  2. Cashmoney February 19th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    My money is on Austin and Flores to stick in the show. I was impressed with Mason athleticism but that stick looks weak to me.

    Not really interested in Jeter’s presser, but aint much going on.

  3. blake February 19th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    “As long as your BBQ sauce is light on sugar, heavy on vinegar.”

    hey I’m from NC…..that’s how bbq sauce is supposed to be!

  4. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    UpState February 19th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Has all travel been blocked from Venezuela ?

    ————–

    Last I checked, it hasn’t formally been blocked but a lot of major airlines have suspended service there.

  5. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I wish Johnny Weir could do the commentary for every sport.

  6. Cashmoney February 19th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Tangential thought, if they can dump Ichiro’s contract on some poor chap, please do so.

  7. Cashmoney February 19th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I rather give Zolio a shot at this point, but Yankees inf configuration may very well eliminate that scenario.

  8. pkyankfan69 February 19th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I wish Johnny Weir could do the commentary for every sport.
    —————————————-
    Only if he wears this outfit.

    http://wildruffle.com/wp-conte.....Chanel.jpg

  9. yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Upstate, I don’t know if all travel has been blocked, but it is restricted and has recently been almost impossible to get flights.
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    repost:

    yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 10:49 am
    Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 10:09 am
    Chip – You might’ve missed it but Chad updated us on the Yankees operations in the DR and said Nardi Contreras was down there working with 60+ pitchers lol. Thought you’d appreciate that tidbit.
    ____
    Nardi is our “special” PC in the DR. Speaking of Nardi, he was raving about Domingo Acevedo. He’s a 6’7 RHP IFA we signed last year, who sits mid 90?s and has a plus changeup. Supposedly, he is working on/still needs to progress on his third breaking pitch. I’m guessing he’s two years from coming stateside but would love to see him in SI ASAP.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com…..cards/3958
    ____
    Wrists are tricky business. Austin was really starting to come around at Trenton when he got hurt again. His mom said the AFL rest was more precautionary b/c of the wrist than anything else, so let’s hope so. I’d love to see him get a full year of AB’s.

  10. Ys Guy February 19th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I think there’s a bit too much emphasis on JRam’s upside and not enough on the questions about his durability. And again, i disagree that putting a pitcher in the pen increases his injury risk or decreases his development as a pitcher. It certainly is possible that he would have to shelve one of his pitches to be effective from the pen now, but he would also be learning how to get major league hitters out as opposed to aaa hitters and that’s a big difference.

    I dont agree that moving a SP to the pen is the kiss of death for his career as a SP. The list of good starters who made their mlb debuts as RP’s or long-men or switches is very long.

    That being said my preference would be to keep pineda and banuelos as SP’s because of their injuries and JRam as a starter to continue his secondary pitch development.

    But if the rest of the BP can’t git er dun, I’m all for using JRam out there.

    Many believe that’s where he’s going to end up anyway and his history over the past few seasons also indicates that likelihood.

  11. yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I feel for Ichi but just can’t imagine what they were thinking to sign him for two years. I know, the milestone… but they could have spent that money… on an infielder… Imagine that! It is the poor planning that irks me, not the need for an All Star at every position. The Yankees FO can sometimes be their own worst enemy.

  12. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Props to Ovechkin for being the only guy to talk with the media after coming off the ice after that Russian loss. I can’t wait for the US game.

  13. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    pk – I liked this one the best: http://assets.nydailynews.com/.....ympics.jpg

  14. pat February 19th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    This could be a fun follow for ST……..

    Some don’t get to write their own ending.

    Givemethelefty
    pic.twitter.com/TkLV1nIvRw

  15. yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Anyone can go to the pen and succeed, the trick is to develop SPs. So, you want to give yourself the best chance of doing so. And as far as durability goes, we shall see. As for the pen and injury it is not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing, as we are not doctors, but some argue the pen is worse than the SP. As for moving to the pen, being the kiss of death, it isn’t for most teams, but Yanks haven’t done a very good job of developing young starting pitchers, so the pen might be the kiss of death for the Yanks. We shall see. The Rays do it late in a season and it seems to work out: Get your SP innings and then bring a player up in September after his season is over and call ups take place. And we have been touting our ability to draft young ready-made RP’s, so let’s see the fruits of our labor.

  16. Chip February 19th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    YS Guy –

    I don’t think it’s the death knell to a SP career to start him in the pen (lots of starters have broken in with relief roles) but that’s when they’ve proven that they don’t have much more to accomplish at AAA and need to face hitters at a higher level. Ramirez isn’t there yet. Maybe he’s there later in the season, but I would hate for him to lose out on the chance to work on his endurance and durability by being moved into a relief role so soon.

    In the end, he may well be better suited for relief much like Rivera was – but the Yankees have a ton of relief options right now, I don’t think they need to start plucking potentially high end starters to fill in there.

    I still think they’ll get Kahnle back from Colorado plus they have: Herndon, Whitley, Montgomery, Betances, Daley, Claiborne, Cabral, Tatayama, Rondon as guys to try out in that role

  17. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    The issue with JRam to the pen is there is literally no need for it right now. Once you get to the point where it’s a need, fine, I can get down with that logic. But there’s no reason to broach it when we have a lot of arms competing at the moment. It was like what they did with Dellin last year. I actually don’t believe Dellin will be a starter, though I know some disagree.. but this whole flubbing up if he had an option or not was annoying. He was putting together some nice starts, and there was no need to shift him to the pen at the time that they did. The experience he got from it was minimal at the big league level.

  18. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Cashmoney February 19th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Tangential thought, if they can dump Ichiro’s contract on some poor chap, please do so.

    ——–

    Trading Ichiro for anything would be good.. even if you have to eat most of his salary. I dunno what his role with this team is right now other than 5th OFer.

  19. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Do you think Ichiro or Zolio would put up better numbers if an injury forced one or the other to be our 4th OFer and play fairly regularly…?

  20. yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    “Maybe he’s there later in the season, but I would hate for him to lose out on the chance to work on his endurance and durability by being moved into a relief role so soon.”

    And on his third pitch, the slider, which is a critical ingredient for his being a SP.

    Shame, Dellin’s option was added after the season, so in fairness to the Yanks they didn’t know he had the additional option until afterwards. And still think he has the pitches to start and was finding something in terms of his delivery when they converted him. It is what it is.

  21. Hassey February 19th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    sure seems like a long time ago that Jete crashed into Ken Huckaby on that stupid Toronto turf

  22. chicken little February 19th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    The Yankees problem with starters turned relievers or relievers turned starters is that they almost always do it as a knee-jerk reaction, then yo-yo the pitcher between the rotation and bullpen (Joba being the perfect example). Am not saying that Phelps, Warren, Betances, etc … would be great starters, but it would have been nice to find out. Right now, they are each serviceable relievers, with no set role, and limited trade value. Had the current method been in place when Mariano became a set-up man, i could see Cashman trying to turn him back into a starter, then putting him back in the bullpen, and then debating whether he is a starter or reliever.

  23. Cashmoney February 19th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Shame, my guess is that someone will take him for 2 mil, Yanks will have to eat the rest. It’s money ill spent, but aint nothing new to the Yanks, that’s how you wind up with a bloated payroll with fraction of talents to show for it. It’s also a price you pay in FA. anywho, we will see.

  24. yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    If the good Burawa who was throwing more over the top vs. 3/4 returns, he too might be an option in the pen. He DID cut his walk rates second half.

  25. Hassey February 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Yankees should see if Johnny Weir can play a little third and hit .240. He’d sure add some flash over there.

  26. pkyankfan69 February 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Shame,

    Johnny would have fit right in…

    http://gifrific.com/wp-content.....ce-off.gif

  27. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Shame, Dellin’s option was added after the season, so in fairness to the Yanks they didn’t know he had the additional option until afterwards.

    ——————

    I know it was added, but I still don’t get how the Yankees were unaware he qualified..? I mean, I can’t even figure it out but I just post on a blog all day lol. We’re always told how smart the org is and how they know a lot more than we do… I guess I just figured service time was something they could figure out lmao!!

    You’re right, it is what it is at this point however. I hope Dellin ends up being a mainstay in the pen, because a big arm out there would be a huge boost.

  28. sjb23 February 19th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    “Speaking of the crowded outfield, Gardner said he’s talked to Joe Girardi and offered to play right field instead of left field if that’s a better fit. In Yankee Stadium, I have to think the Yankees prefer Gardner’s range in left, but given the fact Alfonso Soriano isn’t used to playing right, I guess there’s a chance Gardner gets some time over there.”

    I really love reading this – I’ve been concerned about Soriano trying to learn a new position. I’d rather see him in LF (when not DH’ing) and concentrating on his ABs. I’m really hoping for .270/.320/.500 with about 35 bombs/100 RBI from him this year.

  29. Hassey February 19th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I’d pay up to $15 to see Johnny Weir fight Cashman in the Octagon

  30. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Johnny would have fit right in…

    —————–

    YASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

    Hassey – I bet his at bat music would be sick. I <3 Johnny.

  31. Hassey February 19th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Probably the soundtrack from Les Mes…or some wild trance music from a Goa rave

  32. Chip February 19th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Ichiro to the White Sox for Jeff Keppinger.

    Why Chicago does it: Ichiro makes the same as Keppinger does but has 1 fewer years on his contract. Keppinger has no spot on the team with Davidson at 3b and Beckham at 2b.

    Why the Yankees do it: help solidify the bench a little. He had a brutal season last year but the year before was good with the Rays. Can play either 2b or 3b and is probably a little better than Scott Sizemore without being quite as big an injury risk. It would leave the Yankees without a true 4th OF but Johnson can play both OF corners, Soriano can also move out from DH if needed for a couple of days in the OF and Gardner can back up in CF.

    The only issue you run into is if Gardner and Ellsbury are both hurt because then you have to shift Beltran to CF.

  33. Chip February 19th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I’m really hoping for .270/.320/.500 with about 35 bombs/100 RBI from him this year.
    ——————————

    I think that’s probably a little high for Sori.

    He was great last year down the stretch but I think he’s going to come in closer to .250/.315 with 25 HR.

  34. Hassey February 19th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I don’t care what Sori does this year
    He hit one of the biggest Yankee HRs in our lifetime, and we were all on Cloud 9 for 20 minutes

  35. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    @Deadspin MLB drops its sham lawsuit against Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch: http://deadsp.in/3qCztt6

  36. Cashmoney February 19th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I am very intrigued by Jose Abreu. The road of credibility of big Cuban bopper has been paved by others already but nonetheless, the White Sox gambled almost exclusively on his ability to rake, It would be interesting to see what he does this season. Cashmoney loves hitting :D

  37. Ys Guy February 19th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    its not just late-season callups who start out as relievers then succeed as SP’s.

    The guy who led the majors in IP last year made 63 appearances over 2 seasons before he got his first major league start.

    Adam Wainwright did have major surgery but only after 3 full seasons as a starter.

  38. yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Shame, but the granting of the option was after the fact and it wasn’t predictable, so they/we could have no way of knowing beforehand. In retrospect it does make sense though, considering time lost to injury…

  39. Ys Guy February 19th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thats great that MLB dropped it’s sham lawsuit after Arod dropped his against MLB and MLBPA.

    Now if only Aroid would drop his sham lawsuit against the Yankees, the issue could be out of the courthouse (at least for a while)

  40. yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Shame, I just now heard from Luis. He is Ok, but exhausted and said there is terrible repression in the interior; violence from paramilitary. It sounds terrible. Please send prayers to Luis and his country.

    Shame, Luis said internet is working and they just unblocked twitter, so perhaps you can reach your friend.

  41. pat February 19th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I would like to see the Yankee medical staff under oath.

  42. pkyankfan69 February 19th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    For anyone able to watch who might be looking for the game… The US Mens hockey game is on USA… Had no idea USA has some of the games, after I checked NBC, NBC Sports, and MSNBC and saw none of them were carrying the game I was getting worried they were waiting to air it in prime time.

  43. yankeefeminista February 19th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    :arrow:

  44. Hankflorida February 19th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Chip, I agree with you that Suzuki should be traded as he is going for 3000 hits and should not be regulated to a bench position. If Chicago is willing to trade for Keppinger and give Suzuki a two year contract so he could reach that milestone, then the Yankees should give him the chance to be the player who reaches those hits in the shortest amount of time.

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