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Wednesday morning notes: Nunez scratched with stomach bug

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 26, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Eduardo Nunez

Going to make this fairly quick before I get on the road to Bradenton.

Eduardo Nunez has been scratched with some sort of stomach bug. He said he asked the training staff to let him make the trip, but Steve Donohue shut him down for the day. Nunez was in the middle of telling this story at his locker when Derek Jeter overheard from a few feet away. He didn’t say a word, but gave Nunez a look that made it clear he was about to give Nunez a hard time.

“I tried to leave before he sees me,” Nunez said, laughing, knowing what was coming.

Of course, the immediate theory is that Nunez was hanging around with Alfonso Soriano too much.

“Stay away from him,” Joe Girardi said.

Derek Jeter· Today is the Yankees first in-game look at new additions Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury. Tomorrow, Derek Jeter will make his spring debut. Girardi said he feels no need to give Jeter extra time off this spring. There are no lingering health concerns, and it’s all about getting Jeter ready (without overplaying him, of course). “I will run this like a normal spring training for him,” Girardi said.

· To replace Nunez in the lineup, Yangervis Solarte will start at shortstop. Addison Maruszak has been called up from minor league camp to play shortstop off the bench.

· The Yankees decided to give Soriano five days of workouts before getting him in a game. This is Day 2. His likely spring debut is Sunday, March 2.

· Speaking of spring debuts, Girardi said Mark Teixeira will likely get in his first game at the end of next week. He didn’t give an exact day.

· After pitching yesterday, Francisco Rondon came into camp feeling sore today. Girardi said he thinks it’s his shoulder, but he’s not positive. “He might be down for a little bit,” Girardi said.

· One other new injury: Matt Daley was scheduled to pitch today but he has a sore calf.

· Injury updates: Nik Turley is in the middle of a seven-day rest period without throwing a baseball. His arm was sore a few days ago, but all tests came back negative. … Tyler Austin’s sore wrist is being reevaluated by a doctor later today. … Jim Miller is back to full health.

· One point of interest for you prospect followers: Adonis Garcia is scheduled to play some third base today. He’s been almost exclusively an outfielder in the minor leagues, but he played the infield before signing, and played quite a bit of third base this winter. Seems to be a kind of wild card possibility at various positions this season. Probably heading to Triple-A.

Michael Pineda· Morning live batting practice:
With Scott Sizemore and Ramon Flores hitting
Fred Lewis (to John Ryan Murphy)
Dan Burawa (to Pete O’Brien)
Michael Pineda (to Francisco Cervelli)
Manny Banuelos (to Gary Sanchez)

· Bullpen sessions at Steinbrenner Field
Adam Warren (to Pete O’Brien)
Masahiro Tanaka (to Francisco Cervelli)
Hiroki Kuroda (to Gary Sanchez)
CC Sabathia (to John Ryan Murphy)

· Batting practice groups at Steinbrenner Field
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki
Group 2: Francisco Cervelli, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira
Group 3: Gary Sanchez, Kelly Johnson, Brendan Ryan, Scott Sizemore

· Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Adonis Garcia, LF Antoan Richardson, CF Mason Williams, RF Zoilo Almonte, DH Francisco Arcia

· Today’s scheduled relievers: Bruce Billings, Dellin Betances, Jose Ramirez, Chase Whitley (Matt Daley was listed but he’s now hurt; Chris Leroux, Preston Claiborne and Cesar Cabral listed as emergency backups. Assume one of them could pitch in Daley’s place)

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153 Responses to “Wednesday morning notes: Nunez scratched with stomach bug”

  1. MTU February 26th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    There appear to be all sorts of potential wild card type guys this Spring.

    Anna, Sizemore, Flores, Garcia, Ramirez.

    The list goes on and on.

  2. Blojaldo February 26th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Every team has them, it’s always interesting to see who will step up and exceed expectations or past performance . . . if anyone.

  3. UpState February 26th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Tackelberry February 26th, 2014 at 8:41 am
    No Nunie jokes please!

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

    “one and the same” anyways.

  4. UpState February 26th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    “…I’m not quite sure why Nunez was playing short anyway…”

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

    To see if Corban Joseph can block throws and leap like Michael Jordan at 1B.

  5. blake February 26th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    “I am guessing Blake would approve of Klapisch’s article on the infield. He suggests they should go for Drew. Go figure.”

    of course….it’s a no brainer at this point

  6. yankeefeminista February 26th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Lohud Yankees Blog ?@LoHudYankees 10m
    Yankees facing Francisco Liriano today. Scheduled to see Max Scherzer on Friday. #yankees

    I wonder if we can pull in KDKA without having the mlb-tv package. I don’t plan to buy it until the weekend.

  7. UpState February 26th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2014 at 9:56 am
    You do get a lot of “showcasing” in ST. Nunez could be playing SS with known scouts in the house.

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

    Hoping you are ‘spot-on’ !!!

  8. yankeefeminista February 26th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    braeburn February 26th, 2014 at 8:23 am
    i also think for luis that he greatly appreciates talking yankee baseball as a relief from the minute by minute hour by hour pressure he’s under. but at the same time he’s talking baseball in the context of a life and death situation.

    if he didn’t mention what was going on we wouldn’t have any context of what he was saying about yankee baseball. think of the power of baseball that luis is still taking time to talk about it while going through a historic transformation in his country.

    i say listen and learn form luis.
    ______
    Good post, rl.

  9. coney1 February 26th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....field.html

    This article right here is why I consider Hal Steinbrenner to be a moron of epic proportions. He brought in some big names this offseason to satisfy the fan base but cut off the funding prior to finishing the job. If they just had questions at 2 of the positions, I could understand. But all 4 infield positions have the potential to be a disaster with Teixeira probably the most reliable (that says something). Stephen Drew would be an excellent insurance policy against any of Jeter, Johnson, or Roberts getting injured. Yet, he cuts off the funding. It proves he doesn’t understand baseball, doesn’t have the desire to win like his father, and only cares about the bottom line. Otherwise, he would make sure the infield had enough pieces to be successful this season, regardless of the extra $10M or so it would cost.

    Instead, he’d rather jeopardize the season and all of their offseason signings with an injury-prone and unreliable infield, with a pitching staff that relies on a quality and consistent infield.

  10. Blojaldo February 26th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Girardi hasn’t been talked about much, it will be interesting to see how he manages this year. His style is known; calm, thorough and by the book (binder) but every year is different and this one will present some unique challenges. Bullpen and infield mixing and matching and getting the most from the older players like Jeter and Teixiera and managing the DH position come to mind.

    I think he’s become a very good big league skipper, his bullpen management is superb, he stands by his ballplayers, he understands the need to rest people to get the most out of them and he rarely makes classic baseball mistakes. He’ll have his challenges this season for sure.

  11. blake February 26th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    “Stephen Drew would be an excellent insurance policy against any of Jeter, Johnson, or Roberts getting injured. Yet, he cuts off the funding. It proves he doesn’t understand baseball, doesn’t have the desire to win like his father, and only cares about the bottom line. Otherwise, he would make sure the infield had enough pieces to be successful this season, regardless of the extra $10M or so it would cost.”

    yup….he masterfully reduced the payroll by 25 million yet has most of the media outlets talking about how the Yankees spent half a billion dollars this winter. The truth is that they just rearranged the money they were already spending.

    Part of the reason it irritates me is because this team is really close to actually being good…..and it ticks me off that they are going to leave such a gaping hole in the infield in Jeter’s last year…..

  12. yankeefeminista February 26th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    coney1, the quote in that article from the Yankees official:
    ” “Basically, we have to keep everyone from breaking down,” said a team official.” says it all. Why would you construct a team knowing this about your team/IF? At some point, be in Drew now or someone else later, the Yanks will likely have to make a move.

  13. yankeefeminista February 26th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    be it* Drew now, should read…

  14. blake February 26th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Girardi is one of the best mangers in baseball IMO and if they give him the tools to win then he’ll win…..they had no business winning 85 games last year.

  15. spoiledyankfan February 26th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    It looks like….

    *Puts on sunglasses”

    …Nunez finally caught something.

  16. blake February 26th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    the Yankees can sign Drew now for a discount or they can pay players + more money later……but they are going to have to fix the infield at some point….probably sooner than later.

  17. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    spoiledyankfan February 26th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    It looks like….

    *Puts on sunglasses”

    …Nunez finally caught something.

    ————————

    BURN!

    Well done.

  18. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Yanks could just have signed infante for 8 and call it a day, instead they spent 3 mil on volatile manure. I would be very comfortable with Infante at 3b and KJ/Nunez at 2b. all of this leads me to believe that they still have plan for Rod upon his return in 15.

  19. blake February 26th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    counting on being able to trade for infield help is a bad idea…..for one nobody wants to help the yankees….and two other teams can outbid them on pretty much anybody good that might shake loose.

  20. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    mac – I didn’t see the full Cashman fluke quote, does anyone have it?

  21. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    infante would have been the logical and also much better fit on this team than Drew in 14.

  22. Eric in the ATL February 26th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’d like to see the Yanks get Gordon Beckham. He’s only 27! The Post suggests he might be available. The Sox need help at catching, so package one of our extras, along with a decent (but not top) prospect.

  23. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    @AnthonyDiComo Alderson, after calling NY media “pervasive,” hints on @MLBNetwork that he wouldn’t be surprised if Stephen Drew waits until June to sign.

    LOL

  24. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I see only the slightest of marginal upgrade in Drew over Roberts at 2b. Of course, one dude missed about 450 games in 4 years and the other, probably 150 in 3 years.

  25. Eric in the ATL February 26th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Agree about Infante. Was surprised Yanks didn’t grab him right after the Cano signing.

  26. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    one note on Corban Josephe, he doesn’t hit like a 1b and is only 2b in name only. pretty useless …

  27. Blojaldo February 26th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Cashman was quoted recently as saying the Yankee infield is a work in progress and no one knows today what Hal et all are willing to spend or not spend going forward; it’s all rumor just as the $189 was. It looks to me like they are going to let spring training play out and possibly the first third of a season and see what they have performance and health wise and do what they need to adjust along the way, if anything. I think they have talked this out in depth and have a plan and possibly a backup in place.

  28. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I see only the slightest of marginal upgrade in Drew over Roberts at 2b.

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

    It’s exactly that. He really only helps the team much this year in case of injury, which is a pretty strong possibility. He would conceivably have an actual role next season though.

  29. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I think they have talked this out in depth and have a plan and possibly a backup in place.
    ——
    my logical conclusion is that Yanks are not a terrible intelligent organization. Like blake said, if you are loading up for 1 or 2 year window then what’s the point of having rolls royce with two flat tires. If that is not the case, then why sign a guy like Beltran. It looks like they want to compete whilst saving as much money as they could. you go all in or don’t bother, because this team might not make the playoff as it currently constituted.

    end rant.

  30. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    it’s all rumor just as the $189 was.

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

    The $189M wasn’t a rumor. It was how they were doing business for most of 3 seasons before this one. They had to abandon it when they recognized they couldn’t do it AND compete, but it was not a rumor.

  31. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    yanks will end up hurting a 200 mil investment by not spending additional 20 mil to shore up it’s roster, this is pretty much my take.

  32. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    We have lots of catchers and lots of pitchers and minor league outfielders in numbers. But, do they individually or with others get the team a real infielder? I doubt it.

    As has been evident, the Yankees sole means of improvement, due to lack of tradeable players, is free agency. I suppose the front office is praying some of these guys will do soemthing in the first half to make them have value.

    Once Drew signs and Franklin is traded, no realistic options to improve exist. There sure is no buzz the Yankees are in on Franklin.

  33. Blojaldo February 26th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    AAA February 26th, 2014 at 10:56 am
    it’s all rumor just as the $189 was.
    ===================
    The $189M wasn’t a rumor. It was how they were doing business for most of 3 seasons before this one. They had to abandon it when they recognized they couldn’t do it AND compete, but it was not a rumor.
    ______________
    Semantics. Call it whatever you want, rumor, adaptation, changed their mind, etc. The point is they chose to let $189 disappear in the rear view mirror. Hal said all along that barrier would not stand in the way of the Yankees fielding a team that could compete for a championship and he kept his word.

  34. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Shame,

    I read either in the Daily News or Post this morning Cashman indicated the Yankeees were very fortunate to win 85 games last year. Essentially, the same thing he said about the O’s in 2012. He’s right on both counts. No team can count on winning 2/3s of their one run games.

    This year will be even more difficult with the loss of Mo and others in the pen.

  35. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Semantics. Call it whatever you want, rumor, adaptation, changed their mind, etc

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

    I’m calling it what it is. You are identifying it as something is was not. That’s not semantics.

  36. UpState February 26th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Eric in the ATL February 26th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’d like to see the Yanks get Gordon Beckham.
    He’s only 27!
    The Post suggests he might be available.
    The Sox need help at catching, so package one of our extras, along with a decent (but not top) prospect
    ==============================

    Gordon Beckham

    100 games at 3B
    500 games at 2B

    Keppinger is his BU…..anyone pushing past Keppinger and threatening Beckham ?

    LT .250 hitter

    2013 = 370 AB … 5-24 — .267 (.322 obp)

    eh ?

    Better than Nunez (obviously)….but do we want to ‘waste’ a BUC chip on him ?

  37. Against All Odds February 26th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    al said all along that barrier would not stand in the way of the Yankees fielding a team that could compete for a championship and he kept his word.
    ——————

    He really had no choice after how bad the season was.

  38. Blojaldo February 26th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 10:57 am
    yanks will end up hurting a 200 mil investment by not spending additional 20 mil to shore up it’s roster, this is pretty much my take.
    __________________________

    A fair perspective and position. But do you really think that the brain trust that just invested almost half a billion dollars in upgrading the ball club, the owners and executives that run a three billion dollar organization that is the most iconic, valuable and successful in sports history would knowingly and intentionally risk a ninety win season and the playoffs for twenty million? I sure don’t. And I wouldn’t make that assumption on 2/26 that’s for sure.

  39. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    risk a ninety win season and the playoffs for twenty million?
    ——
    absolutely.

  40. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Hal called $189 a goal on several occasions. I don’t think one can assume that just because they’re over $189 this year that they’re not still trying to potentially get under that number going forward. They’re pulling back enough on payroll that it should be within reach over the next few seasons.

  41. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    BJ, it’s really 30 mil with LT, but sure.

  42. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    mac – Gotcha, I’ll try to check out the articles this afternoon.

  43. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    “It’s exactly that. He really only helps the team much this year in case of injury, which is a pretty strong possibility. He would conceivably have an actual role next season though.”

    Drew isn’t a marginal upgrade over Roberts because Roberts is 36 years old and hasn’t played a full season since 2009……

  44. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Cash,

    I think Drew could be signed for something like 3/30. That would leave them stll well under last year with room for a mid-season addition. I don’t think it will happen. The wallet is shut and hosannas are going out that someone, anyone from the cheap signings will show something.

  45. UpState February 26th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    189:

    When did they ‘blow by it ‘?

    On signing Tanaka ?

    If they miss on Tanaka – I think the 189 would’ve been very realistic.

  46. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I don’t think one can assume that just because they’re over $189 this year that they’re not still trying to potentially get under that number going forward.

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

    He really can’t at this point. At least not during the existing CBA.

    Hal always did call it a goal, but for 2010-2012, it was the business plan and they acted accordingly until it became obvious it could not work.

  47. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    “infante would have been the logical and also much better fit on this team than Drew in 14.”

    nah….infante isn’t as good as Drew and he can’t play SS

  48. Blojaldo February 26th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I think it’s odd that with spring training just starting and with the excitement generated by Tanaka, McCann and the other additions, that some are unmercifully slamming Hal and Cashman . . . “I consider Hal Steinbrenner to be a moron of epic proportions” was one quote here. On 2/26, really? I for one am terribly excited about this team and it’s potential and though I have the same rational concerns about the infield, etc., I do trust that Cashman and Hal are more than well aware of the possibilities and will do what it takes to correct any problems that arise.

  49. Baby Ruth February 26th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Good Morning

    We sign Drew yet ?

    Diaz ?

  50. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    ah blake strikes back :D Infante is a better option at 2b and 3b in 14, Yanks have 15 mil committed as SS. Infante is also cheaper.

  51. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    There aren’t getting under 189 anytime soon now….there only shot at that was this year. The reason Hal isn’t spending any more money though is about the actual payroll for 2015…..when Arod comes back.

    Right now they have like 150 million on the books for 2015 counting Arod and that’s for 7 players…..they’ll need an entire infield….relief pitching and probably at least 1 starter as well.

    They can’t get under 189 but I think Hal wants to keep it in the 200-210 range going forward……he’s not gonna let Cash go to 250 or anything like that.

  52. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    He really can’t at this point. At least not during the existing CBA.

    —————

    I think with the new deals it’s almost impossible to get under before 2017.. but I’m sure that whatever the new CBA rules are, there will still be incentives to reduce payroll further and I’m sure they’ll try to take advantage if they continue to stay within $30-40 million.

  53. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    let Cash go to 250 or anything like that.
    —-
    Bingo.

  54. Against All Odds February 26th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:07 am
    Hal called $189 a goal on several occasions. I don’t think one can assume that just because they’re over $189 this year that they’re not still trying to potentially get under that number going forward. They’re pulling back enough on payroll that it should be within reach over the next few seasons.

    ————

    189 is out of reach but I think they will always try to decrease the payroll as much as they can. They were hoping the kids from the farm would offset the big contracts.

  55. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I’m surprised Diaz hasn’t been sorted out yet.. but I’m sure we’ll know by the end of the week.

  56. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Shame,

    With the AROD money returning and all the guys signed in the upcoming years, I don’t think there is any chance to go under $189M in the next few years. This is simply about payroll cost.

    I do think someone hit the nail earlier when they said Hal wanted to increase team interest, which he has. It was about empty seats. What Hal needs to understand is the early excitement can go quickly if the team loses.

  57. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:12 am
    ah blake strikes back :D Infante is a better option at 2b and 3b in 14, Yanks have 15 mil committed as SS. Infante is also cheaper.”

    that Infante contract is pretty bad considering he’s been basically a back up his whole career…..he’s 32 years old and i’m more inclined to believe 2013 was a career year fluke than anything else. That said…..Infante is better than what they have…..I just like Drew better because when healthy he’s a better overall player and because he can play SS if Jeter gets hurt or can’t play there. Plus you can probably get Drew on a 2 year deal now…..rather than the 4 infante got.

  58. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I think Diaz thought somebody would give him 25 million bucks to sign…..now that he’s seen that teams don’t think he’s that good he’s having to regroup. Maybe the Yanks can get him cheaper as a flyer or something…..

  59. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    @BryanHoch
    Mark Teixeira is about a week away from his first spring game, according to #Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

  60. Baby Ruth February 26th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    What about starting a petition to sign Drew to submit to Hal & Co ?

    Hehe …………

  61. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Hal has played this winter perfectly from a PR standpoint…..he’s fooled the media and public in to thinking they spent half a billion dollars……when really they have actually lowered the payroll while leaving a gaping hole in the infield.

    He’s increased fan interest and lowered the payroll……pretty much win/win for him. Hopefully they win on the field or it’ll blow up in his face.

  62. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    blake, a large part Drew’s value lies with his Dwar as SS, really he is a damn good defensive ss. When I look at infante, I see a average defensive 2b and 3b with most value in his offense. that’s what I want, a guy with a good stick that doesn’t kill you and don’t get hurt much.

  63. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Diaz’ agent had said he would sign on Monday. That tells me the market is not as he hoped.

    To the question of whether Beckham is worth one of our BUCs, the answer is yes. I don’t think the White Sox will think it is fair value. Only Murphy has an upside. Cervelli and Romine look to me like perenniel back ups and nothing more.

  64. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    On a team like the Yankees, if he’s within $30-40 million of a payroll goal, that could mean shedding a total of 2 contracts. I’m not saying they’ll try to get under $189 next year, but once the CC, Arod, Tex contracts is gone they have another shot assuming they actually deliver some talent from the farm this time.

  65. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    infante is not a bench blake, the guy played about 140 games every year for the last 4 years in mainly cavernous ballparks.

  66. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    “Mark Teixeira is about a week away from his first spring game, according to #Yankees manager Joe Girardi.”

    dont’ worry…..we have KJ backing up

  67. pkyankfan69 February 26th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Ugh… It’s becoming more and more likely that yet another major snowstorm will occur Sun – Tues next week through the I-95 corridor… Temps are borderline, hopefully we trend warmer… Do not need another 6-12+ of snow.

  68. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    KJ is going to do a Bugs Bunny by fielding a grounder at third and throwing to himself at first. Hal knows how to build excitement.

  69. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    ?@NYDNSports

    Buck Showalter makes Orioles prospect write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Frank Robinson: http://nydn.us/1kh4BXp

  70. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Is Buggs Bunny actually available…?? I mean, he helped Michael Jordan.

  71. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    69,

    It was 85 here a couple days ago and now we are talking sleet today. Crazier than I can remember.

  72. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    “infante is not a bench blake, the guy played about 140 games every year for the last 4 years in mainly cavernous ballparks.”

    Career OPS+ of 93. He’s a fringy starter who had a career year in 2013 and it got him paid….happy for him but he’s not that good…..better than what they Yankees have now….but I wouldn’t want him on the contract he signed at age 32.

    now with Drew you can look at his career numbers and say hey he’s only got a career OPS+ of 98…..and that’s true but he’s gotten to that number differently than Infante has gotten to his…..basically Drew has been 2 different players in his career……the healthy Drew and the hurt Drew…..the healthy Drew is a 110+ OPS + guy that plays good defense…..the hurt Drew pretty much stinks.

    Given that he was healthy last year and is healthy now I’d gamble a 2 year deal that he can be the healthy Drew…..and if he’s not it’s not a crusher finanically.

  73. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Mac, I think you dollar figure on Drew is about right, at this point, if it’s only money and 56th picks, I would sign him to about 2-3 years and slot him to SS in 15. 10 mil is reasonable for Drew.

  74. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Shame,

    He has become a reliever and working to further perfect his plus, plus change up.

  75. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    This is really the Astro’s bullpen coach…?? I think Rob Ford just got knocked down a notch on my obsession list.

    http://deadspin.com/this-is-as.....1531495082

  76. Baby Ruth February 26th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Man o man, Beckham can’t hit a lick

  77. pkyankfan69 February 26th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Mac,

    We were in the mid 50′s all weekend… It was a glorious 2 days

  78. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    mac – Sign him!!

  79. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I have to like Buck. You think he is just a bit old school?

    Infante always struck me as an average player. Drew, while more injury risk, has more upside in my mind.

  80. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I’m hoping if enough writers call Hal out on this infield situation then he will open the wallet back up and let Cash sign Drew……that’s why I keep banging the drum……..they need help in the infield…..this is Jeter’s last year……it could literally be the difference in him going out in the playoffs or at a lame September game that has no meaning.

  81. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Beckham has not hit, but I would rather him than Roberts. Granted, I am begging and not choosing at this point for infielders.

  82. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    It was a shame that Mo went out in a regular season game….it was still a magical moment but it wasn’t right……

  83. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Jeter’s last moment on a field needs to be holding the WS trophy and Hal needs to do everything possible to make that happen.

  84. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Shame,

    As I understand it the league has two issues with signing Mr. Bunny. First, the change up is so slow it may cause games to last too long. Second, they are deciding how many swings and misses should count on one change up.

  85. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    blake, you can’t cite on one hand Infante’s career OPS whilst on the other asking me to evaluate Drew base on his healthy season. It’s incongruous. I already told you my opinion of infante, I think he got a chance late in career. I think his numbers were suppressed by with a lousy team in Miam. My guess is that he will 290-300 with KC with about 15 jacks and ops 780 for 14.

  86. coney1 February 26th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Blojaldo February 26th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I think it’s odd that with spring training just starting and with the excitement generated by Tanaka, McCann and the other additions, that some are unmercifully slamming Hal and Cashman . . . “I consider Hal Steinbrenner to be a moron of epic proportions” was one quote here. On 2/26, really? I for one am terribly excited about this team and it’s potential and though I have the same rational concerns about the infield, etc., I do trust that Cashman and Hal are more than well aware of the possibilities and will do what it takes to correct any problems that arise.
    —————-

    Blojaldo,

    Randy Levine recently said that all teams have holes and they couldn’t fix them all in one offseason. I do consider Hal a moron. He ran with a ridiculous business model and plan ($189M) for 3 years while enduring an aging and retiring core, injuries, upcoming free agents, and a barren farm system. That plan should never have been implemented in the first place. It was always going to be impossible given the state of Baseball Operations within the organization. Had Hal recognized this and gone with a different plan starting in 2011, he may have been able to prepare properly and fill various holes over a number of years instead of trying to do it all in one offseason and tacking on a boatload of money. He doesn’t know how to run a baseball team efficiently and effectively. He ought to leave it to Cashman.

  87. blake February 26th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    “blake, you can’t cite on one hand Infante’s career OPS whilst on the other asking me to evaluate Drew base on his healthy season.”

    well it’s like Ellsbury….he’s two different players…..when he’s 100% he’s dynamic…..when he’s not he’s either less good or can’t play at all. The Yanks took a gamble on that……

    Drew is the same….when he’s healthy he’s really one of the better overall SS’s in the league…..

  88. UpState February 26th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Zelous Wheeler :

    The surprise of ST !!!

    (or we’ll never hear from him again)

  89. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Mac, it’s not all about OPS, WAR or any singular stat when I evaluate a player. My assessment is on Infante is that he average defensively, little short on power dept, but he is a tough out with ability to hit for average and gap power.

  90. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    anywho, i have posted entirely too much on this thread, self banning for 10 minutes.

  91. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    coney1,

    I must agree on how Hal’s lack of understanding has hurt the team. As I have always said, if I could see the problems in 2011 going forward, they were not exactly a mystery.

  92. austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    At least, Zelous Wheeler is the best name of the spring. I am officially a zealot for Zelous.

  93. Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Ivan Nova, SP, New York Yankees: I’ve been obsessing over Nova’s quirky stat lines for a while now. The 16-4 record he posted in 2011 was spectacularly lucky, buoyed by strong run support and, to a lesser extent, a relatively mild home run–per–fly ball rate for a right-handed pitcher at Yankee Stadium. Those factors combined to override a flaccid strikeout rate and a slightly generous walk rate. The next year, Nova missed a lot more bats, but he also gave up more than twice as many homers, resulting in an ugly 5.02 ERA.

    In 2013, everything came together. He fanned nearly three batters for every one walk, induced more whiffs than ever before, and was stingier with the long ball — partly due to another low HR/FB ratio, but also thanks to a career-high 53.5 percent ground ball rate. Even then, however, things weren’t quite perfect: Nova got hurt and made just 20 starts, his lowest total in three years. I get the sense he’s going to put up a 32-start season sometime soon, though, and if that happens, many of his indicators point to a potential breakout campaign. If Vegas had a Nova vs. Masahiro Tanaka bet for 2014, with odds in Nova’s favor, it’d be worth serious consideration.

  94. Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    a zealot for Zelous.

    ******

    There it is – there it is!!

    I did not think anyone could top Play Must for me – but it happened. Now everytime this phrase is used, you take a shot of your preferred liquor -

  95. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    The only thing I didn’t like about Infante was the cost.. I do wonder what his deal will look like compared to Drew’s. That would probably be the deciding factor for me regarding which we should have signed.. they made offers to both, I wonder when exactly those were pulled.

  96. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    there is only one guarantee that comes with drew on a multi year contract and that is a DL trip. I’m in favor of bringing him in on a reasonable one year deal or even a 2nd year club option that can vest. But i dont see him as any guarantee of anything and no way do i give him multiple years guaranteed or an opt out.

  97. Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    On a team like the Yankees, if he’s within $30-40 million of a payroll goal, that could mean shedding a total of 2 contracts. I’m not saying they’ll try to get under $189 next year, but once the CC, Arod, Tex contracts is gone they have another shot assuming they actually deliver some talent from the farm this time.

    ****

    well also assuming the next CBA has 189 or thresholds to get under for luxury tax purposes

  98. UnKnown February 26th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 9:46 am
    Mike Axisa ?@mikeaxisa 9m
    Cashman flat out called the 2012 Orioles a fluke. That’s pretty funny.

    ————

    Does he consider the 2013 a fluke as well (since they finished ahead of us in the standings and all…).
    —————–

    False. We finished tied with the O’s and actually ahead of them via tiebreaker. :wink:

  99. Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Buck Showalter makes Orioles prospect write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Frank Robinson: http://nydn.us/1kh4BXp

    ****

    This is great. Joe G should have players write a one-page paper on what their preferred nick name Joe G should have for them. It would be a one time opportunity to get out from under the “ey” or “y” ending nick names.

  100. Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Buck Showalter makes Orioles prospect write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Frank Robinson: http://nydn.us/1kh4BXp

    *****

    Actually more relevant, Chad Jennings should make all lohud posters write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Jesus Montero

  101. bbb51 February 26th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 11:26 am
    ?@NYDNSports

    Buck Showalter makes Orioles prospect write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Frank Robinson: http://nydn.us/1kh4BXp

    Buck probably makes them iron their underwear.

  102. bbb51 February 26th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Blake, we do have a 2015 infield.

    1B Teixeira
    3B Arod
    SS Ryan
    2B Nunie!

  103. MTU February 26th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Looks like a lot of folks are in a grumpy mood today.

    :)

  104. bbb51 February 26th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Luis, you didn’t bother me at all really, I was just trying to point out why possibly some people here got their feathers ruffled.

    And you don’t even have “socialism” there (small s), maybe Socialism (big S). Most advanced countries have some degree of socialism.

  105. blake February 26th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Brian Kenny ?@MrBrianKenny 13m
    “@baldonieri: @MrBrianKenny @PaulyBowz Clubhouse Confidential just did a show ranking jeter as the 3rd best SS of all time. With stats…”

  106. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    @MarcCarig Alderson said it reflected poorly org that Tejada got bashed anonymously.

  107. blake February 26th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    @RiverAveBlues: King: Yankees will monitor Rickie Weeks; ChiSox seeking catching help http://t.co/7cvYsN8pB0

  108. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    well also assuming the next CBA has 189 or thresholds to get under for luxury tax purposes

    ———-

    Right, there are a lot of variables. My only main point was that they’re probably trying to keep payroll limited to maintain the option to dip under if possible.

    Unknown – I thought the O’s had the tiebreaker..? I dunno, I just looked at the final standings on MLB.com without looking into it too much… 2013 blew.

  109. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    mo on wfan now

  110. blake February 26th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    rickie weeks kinda sucks these days. Why would they trade a prospect and pick up his 11 million when they could just sign Drew who is better anyway.

  111. UpState February 26th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 11:52 am
    Buck Showalter makes Orioles prospect write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Frank Robinson: http://nydn.us/1kh4BXp

    *****

    Actually more relevant, Chad Jennings should make all lohud posters write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Jesus Montero
    =======================================

    One page only ?
    Can a video of him running be included ?

  112. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    they will raise the LT threshold in the next cba. It passed with alot of support from teams who figured they were not going to go anywhere near the 189 so they figured only the yankees and maybe RS would be affected (at the time). Now you’ve got several more teams that need to be concerned (tigers, rangers, angels, even the giants) moving forward. To keep the same voting bloc together, they will have to raise it or index it so that most teams dont have to worry about it through the next cba.

  113. Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    UpState February 26th, 2014 at 12:07 pm
    Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 11:52 am
    Buck Showalter makes Orioles prospect write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Frank Robinson: http://nydn.us/1kh4BXp

    *****

    Actually more relevant, Chad Jennings should make all lohud posters write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Jesus Montero
    =======================================

    One page only ?
    Can a video of him running be included ?

    ******

    This raises an interesting question. While I think Buck would not allow, I believe Chad would be more open to video essays, but I think there is more of a burden to creative with them (kind of like a college essay or an audition tape to get on a reality show) – but remember the emphasis must be on Mickey Montero.

  114. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    no thanks on weeks.

  115. MTU February 26th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Looks like Rickie Weeks sucked the last 2 years.

  116. Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    they will raise the LT threshold in the next cba. It passed with alot of support from teams who figured they were not going to go anywhere near the 189 so they figured only the yankees and maybe RS would be affected (at the time). Now you’ve got several more teams that need to be concerned (tigers, rangers, angels, even the giants) moving forward. To keep the same voting bloc together, they will have to raise it or index it so that most teams dont have to worry about it through the next cba.

    ****

    idk – watch out for that Pirates owners – he made life interesting with the Tanaka sweepstakes -

  117. bigdan22 February 26th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Interesting that CoJo is starting at first today. As JAP knows, I proposed moving him to 1b last summer pretty much out of the blue. Two days later he started at 1b in Scranton and I don’t think ever played there again.

    Before last season (which he was hurt a good part of), I liked CoJo quite a bit offensively. He’s always been a strong on-base guy and in 2012 his SO and BB were pretty much the same. He’s always shown decent power for a middle infielder as well. JAP felt his stroke would play up in YS3. Problem is, according to folks on this site who’s seen him play, he has poor range and a terrible arm. Second base is a struggle for him and the left side is just out of the question.

    I don’t think he has real starter potential at 1b, but as a backup for Tex who could maybe play a few weeks if necessary, I believe this is something the Yanks should seriously explore. It’s not like there are many other options.

  118. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    random thoughts, Carlos Gomez had 8.4 war in 14… as part of Santana trade many moons ago…finally another organization is seeing some dividend. An organization like the Yanks are never allowed the luxury to wait on a potential return for such prolong period.

  119. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Who will be the first person to make the obligatory ‘well, he’s no Lyle Overbay…’ joke about Tex?

  120. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    they will raise the LT threshold in the next cba. It passed with alot of support from teams who figured they were not going to go anywhere near the 189 so they figured only the yankees and maybe RS would be affected (at the time). Now you’ve got several more teams that need to be concerned (tigers, rangers, angels, even the giants) moving forward. To keep the same voting bloc together, they will have to raise it or index it so that most teams dont have to worry about it through the next cba.

    ————

    They might just adjust the penalties instead of the threshold itself… they could approach it a few different ways.

  121. Baby Ruth February 26th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    coney1 February 26th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    So no learning curve on a multi tentacled billion dollar business ?

    The Farm has been crap for years, prior to Hal taking the reins

  122. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    he’s no Lyle Overbay…’ joke about Tex?

    Tex has more power than Lyle can ever dream of, but you can pretty much throw stats out of the window base on match up, say a pitcher who can consistently locate on Tex’s soft spot low and outside, game over. but if you got a guy who can’t do that, Tex is going to murder him.

  123. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    correction, Tex as LH hitter is pretty vulnerable to the outside quadrants period, never mind low.

  124. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    The Brewers gave up JJ Hardy for Gomez, so the Twins essentially got 2 not so great years of gomez (total 2.6 WAR) plus one year of Hardy (1.2 WAR) (plus a draft pick) out of the gomez part of the santana trade.

    Johan posted a total 16 WAR for those 3 seasons.

    but it was really about the money.

  125. UpState February 26th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    UpState February 26th, 2014 at 12:07 pm
    Revenge of Stoneburner February 26th, 2014 at 11:52 am
    Buck Showalter makes Orioles prospect write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Frank Robinson: http://nydn.us/1kh4BXp

    *****

    Actually more relevant, Chad Jennings should make all lohud posters write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Jesus Montero
    =======================================

    One page only ?
    Can a video of him running be included ?

    ******

    This raises an interesting question. While I think Buck would not allow, I believe Chad would be more open to video essays, but I think there is more of a burden to creative with them (kind of like a college essay or an audition tape to get on a reality show) – but remember the emphasis must be on Mickey Montero.
    ================================

    Would a “video puppet show” starring Mickey Montero be kinda creative ?

  126. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Current Over/Unders from Bovada:

    Dodgers are high at 92.5, followed by Cards at 90.5
    Tigers are at 89.5
    Nats, Rays, and A’s at 88.5
    Braves and Red Sox 87.5
    Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Angels at 86.5

    Low water team is Houston at 62.5

  127. MTU February 26th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Some random thoughts:

    1) Rome was not built in a day

    2) Evolution takes time

    3) A Farm system can turn on a dime

    ;)

  128. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Ys, Os got a steal in Hardy from Minny.

  129. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    i could do 10 pages on how much i HATED (but respected the heck out of) Mr. Frank Robinson.

    In my worst nightmares, he’s always lurking on deck…

  130. RadioKev February 26th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I’m definitely not trading John Ryan Murphy for either Weeks or Beckham. Maybe Romine or maybe Cervelli.

  131. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Good point cashmoney, and I was wrong about the draft pick. I thought Hardy had left as a F/A but he was actually traded. None of the others involved in that trade have shown up in the majors.

    That trade plus the trade that sent Eric Bedard to the M’s for Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and George Sherill really set the Orioles up nicely.

  132. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Over/Under at 86.5 I think is right where it should be. I said yesterday I’d take the over all the way up to 87, so they read me perfectly.

    Whoever posted the 83.5 is going to be sorry if they book alot of over bets.

  133. MTU February 26th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Y’s-

    Not exactly one of Bavasi’s better moves although most sucked.

    I think he was canned shortly after that.

    Of course what they have now isn’t much better in Jerk Z.

    ;)

  134. MTU February 26th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Got to run.

  135. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Every time someone says John Ryan Murphy I just want to break out into Glee songs or something…

  136. Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Yes i find Jack Z’s continued tenure with the M’s to be quite curious.
    But then, people thought they stuck with Bavasi way too long, too.
    Mariner’s ownership seems to have strong Dolan-like tendencies.

  137. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Whoever posted the 83.5 is going to be sorry if they book alot of over bets.

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

    FWIW, I never saw that number anywhere. Lowest I saw was 85.5

  138. bigdan22 February 26th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    “Yanks could just have signed infante for 8 and call it a day, instead they spent 3 mil on volatile manure. I would be very comfortable with Infante at 3b and KJ/Nunez at 2b. all of this leads me to believe that they still have plan for Rod upon his return in 15.”

    —–

    Of course they are. If he’s healthy, Arod will be playing 3b and batting cleanup against lefties in 2015. If you read the quotes, Arod expects to be back, the owner expects him back, the manager expects him back, his teammates expect him back and even the head of the player’s association expects him back. So much for burning bridges. The only people who don’t expect him back are some fool sportswriters who said he wouldn’t play last year after his second surgery.

    I def see the possibility of a trade for a 2b sometime early this year involving the catching depth. Cervelli is the most obvious choice. He’ll need to show the Yanks and the rest of the teams that he can still perform after last year. A BUC at his age/price has def value. Sanchez is the guy I eventually want to trade but he’s not ripe yet. He needs to finally put up some serious numbers and perform at a superior level in the high minors. Murphy is the one I’d like to keep. He def has some value now and if he doesn’t tank this year in AAA that value should only increase. If the right offer arises the Yanks will have to listen. I don’t see Romine having any appreciable trade value now but that can change quickly. He’s still young and if Cervelli gets traded I expect him to move in as BUC.

  139. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Also on over/under, they have the O’s at 80.5 and the Jays at 79.5

  140. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    they have the O’s at 80.5
    —–
    over on that.

  141. Chip February 26th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Ys Guy February 26th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Good point cashmoney, and I was wrong about the draft pick. I thought Hardy had left as a F/A but he was actually traded. None of the others involved in that trade have shown up in the majors.

    That trade plus the trade that sent Eric Bedard to the M’s for Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and George Sherill really set the Orioles up nicely.
    ————————-

    Don’t forget the Uehara for Chris Davis trade.

  142. blake February 26th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I wouldn’t count on them raising the luxury tax threshold again…..they basically never ever make life easier for the Yankees in the CBA’s……each one makes it more and more difficult for them.

  143. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    O’s achilles’ heel looks to be their pen. Who is baltimore’s closer?

  144. Poetkiosk February 26th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    February 26th, 2014 at 11:18 am
    Hal has played this winter perfectly from a PR standpoint…..he’s fooled the media and public in to thinking they spent half a billion dollars……when really they have actually lowered the payroll while leaving a gaping hole in the infield.

    ******

    How has Hal played it perfectly? Every single media outlet is talking about the Yankees IF and expressing major concerns and doubts about their viability.

    The fans? Aren’t we the fans? And isn’t Hal bashed here every single day?

  145. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I wouldn’t count on them raising the luxury tax threshold again…..they basically never ever make life easier for the Yankees in the CBA’s……each one makes it more and more difficult for them.

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

    I don’t know. So much $$$ in the game now with these massive TV deals, that I think we’ll see the threshold climb a little, maybe even scratch $200M. Seems likely the next round of CBA negotiations will be quite a bit bloodier than previous ones.

  146. Patrick February 26th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I wouldn’t count on them raising the luxury tax threshold again…..they basically never ever make life easier for the Yankees in the CBA’s……each one makes it more and more difficult for them.

    They raise it every CBA don’t they? They kind of have to due to inflation ..

    Also that over/under on the O’s, was that set before or after the Cruz/Jimenez signings? Definitely over

  147. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Who is baltimore’s closer?

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

    Tommy Hunter?

  148. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Patrick:

    I believe those O/U’s were posted today.

  149. bigdan22 February 26th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    austinmac February 26th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    “Austin’s wrist is a concern. Many months off, more pain and a few days rest after. It seems unlikely that will be a solution, but that’s about all they can do, I suppose. I do recall surgery on Gardner’s wrist although there was no definable injury on an MRI.”

    —–

    This does remind be of Gardner but I believe it was his elbow. I think he was also first diagnosed as a bone bruise and should heal with rest. Of course it didn’t and surgery was required and apparently successful.

    This is absurd with Austin. Of course he’ll feel better if he doesn’t play. That’s been established several times before and all of last year. But his job is playing baseball. What seems the ultimate absurdity is him “going slow” this spring before the pain returned. He’s been treated at least twice before for the same injury. If you are afraid to swing a bat after undergoing at least two separate and identical treatments for the same injury what does tell you about the choice of treatment?

  150. Chip February 26th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    The Yankees wanted Infante – didn’t want to give him 4 years like the Royals were offering.

    When he came off the board the Yankees moved on Roberts for two reasons – of the guys left, he was the best available and because at such a low salary it wouldn’t preclude the Yankees from re-evaluating later.

    Boras’s comments about Stephen Drew said he would be willing to move positions, “if the club came and made the position a long-term one for him.” in other words, he doesn’t want to go to 2b and then back to SS which makes very little sense for the Yankees.

    My guess is that the Yankees will go after Headley next year to play 3b and if Alex returns he’ll be the primary DH.

  151. Cashmoney February 26th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Angelos should have never traded JJ just to dump salary, granted Os made additions of Cruz and Jimenez, BP depth is vital, so is the fact that JJ is a top tier closer albeit with a okay year LY. If it is Tommy Hunter, that does not instill confidence.

  152. Hankflorida February 26th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    There is no question that last year was Girardi’s best year in managing. When he was with the Marlins, the team record was a little below .500 giving up more runs then they scored. He had Cabera and Ramairez, and the team had more then 180 home runs but the pitchers could not hold the fort so the team finished 4th. Girardi had his first taste of a team that had a power outage last year and had to manufacture runs which was really a failure as the pitching kept the Yankees in the race. This year, he should have more runs to play with and better starting pitching. How he handles the relief pitching will defintely test his managing skills.

  153. AAA February 26th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    If it is Tommy Hunter, that does not instill confidence.

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

    Tommy Hunter the RP and Tommy Hunter the SP appear to be two different guys. He was excellent in relief last year. His barely adequate starter’s stuff really played up in the pen. I don’t see him as much of a downgrade from Johnson.

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