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Thursday notes: “Where he’s wanted to be his whole life”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

What was Kelly Johnson doing in 1996 while Derek Jeter was winning Rookie of the Year and the World Series?

“For the baseball season of ’96, I was an eighth-grader,” Johnson said. Then he paused to make sure that was correct. “My brother was a senior so I was in eighth grade. Wow. That’s crazy. And what am I? I’m 32. … I’m not even that young. That’s crazy.”

To play next to Jeter this afternoon?

“Surreal,” Johnson said. “… I feel it just being in the clubhouse in general. It kind of feels like I’m back to being a rookie, being a young guy in the Braves clubhouse. There were some living legend type players in that clubhouse, too. You’re not prepared for it. Even having played with some guys like that, you’re still not prepared for it. I was in high school watching these guys step out on the field for the first time. I was their biggest fan. I’m watching everything they do. Derek absolutely included. To be playing next to him and being on the same team is pretty amazing.”

Even on a hitless day when he never made a play in the field, there was significance to having Jeter back on the field, playing shortstop and running without difficulty.

“When you’re getting a weak fly ball or something, you can hear him back there saying, ‘Atta boy, Dave,’” starter David Phelps said. “He’s our leader out there, and it’s definitely nice to have him back on the field, that’s for sure.”

“It didn’t seem that weird for some reason,” new second baseman Brian Roberts said. “I had a chance to play a couple of games with him in the WBC a few years ago, and I guess just knowing him for all these years, it’s not as strange as some people might think.”

It’s odd that a player can be touted as both unique and familiar, yet it all feels a part of the same narrative. Jeter was back. He was playing in a game that didn’t matter, and he really wasn’t doing much to have an impact, but he was playing. And he looked healthy.

At some point the symbolism won’t be enough. The Yankees are banking on Jeter being a productive hitter and a legitimate fielder — “If I ever felt as though I wasn’t important, then I would have left a long time ago,” he said — but for one day, simply having Jeter on the field meant something.

“He can have some fun,” Johnson said. “To be (almost) 40 years old and playing his 20th year in the big leagues, just the smile and how much fun he has coming to the yard every day, it was extremely admirable. That’s part of it. It’s a long year. He keeps it light and has fun. You can tell that this is where he’s wanted to be his whole life.”

David Phelps· In his first spring start, Phelps allowed a solo home run, but he also struck out four and walked none in two innings. All four strikeouts were looking. “I was trying to get the first guy to swing, and he wouldn’t take the bat off his shoulder,” Phelps said. “I’ll take it. The biggest thing I want to do this year is throw strikes, and if they’re going to let me get them, I’m going to keep putting them in there.”

· Phelps was happy with his fastball command, and he was able to mix his slider. The home run came on a curveball that Phelps was surprised to see hit that hard. “I threw two arm-side sliders, one inside to a righty, one backdoor to a lefty for a strikeout,” he said. “And then two glove-side fastballs. Kind of crossing patterns. … I didn’t get behind too many guys, and the fastball command was there. For Day 1, I’ll take it.”

· Of course, Phelps has remained pretty far off the radar this spring. He hasn’t generated nearly the attention of Masahiro Tanaka or Michael Pineda, and he was in a mood to joke about it. “It’s been insane just all this extra media that’s been here to see me,” he said. “It’s been nuts.” That’s literally the most he could get out before he started laughing.

· Of the Yankees major position player additions, Brian Roberts was the last to make his spring debut. He played second and went hitless today. “I think putting a different uniform on, that’s probably been one of the strangest parts,” Roberts said. “Chris Dickerson (now playing for the Orioles) said, ‘Dude, you just look weird.’ I think in some ways I just feel strange. But I think if I was putting on a San Diego Padres uniform it would be even more weird. Just seeing this team so many times and playing in the East, going to Yankee Stadium so many times, I actually think there’s a little more comfort level just because the guys and the familiarity with everything.”

Hideki Matsui· Roberts said basically the same thing Jeter’s been saying about injury concerns: He feels healthy and didn’t come into today’s game worried about anything. Doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t get hurt again, but at this point, there’s nothing that has him concerned.

· Random infield note: Johnson said he and Jeter both dislike wearing sunglasses in the field, and today that nearly became an issue on a shallow fly ball. “We were kind of going back and forth on a ball going up in the air, who was going to take that,” Johnson said. “I’m going to have to say he better take every one he can get.”

· For Joe Girardi, there was significant comfort in watching Jeter try to run out a couple of ground balls. “Running seemed to bother him as much as anything (when he was hurt),” Girardi said. “To me, there were no issues today. … That was really good to see because we haven’t seen that in a while. You’ve got to go back to 2012, so that’s a great sign for us and a great sign for him.”

· One of Jeter’s outs was a bang-bang play at first base, and Girardi said he instantly thought about his routine for deciding whether to review it. This wasn’t a spring game with replay, so he couldn’t actually do anything about it, but Girardi said replay and how to use it is already in his mind. He’s working on getting himself used to having that option during the regular season.

CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova· Injury updates: Francisco Rondon is going to be shut down for a “couple of weeks” because of his shoulder issue that popped up yesterday. … Jose Ramirez was sent for two MRIs, one on his back and one on his oblique to figure out what was causing his tightness yesterday. No word yet on test results. … Giradri said he did not yet have an update on Tyler Austin’s wrist, but Austin did have the wrist unwrapped last I saw him in the clubhouse. Might be totally meaningless, but it’s the first time in several days that I’d seen him without it wrapped up.

· Game notes: Kelly Johnson had an RBI double, one of the few bright spots for the Yankees offense. It was the Yankees only extra-base hit. John Ryan Murphy drove in their other run in an 8-2 loss. … Brett Gardner had two plate appearances and reached base each time on a walk and an infield single. … Two scoreless innings for Chris Leroux and an inning-and-a-third scoreless for Yoshinori Tateyama. … Most of the Pirates damage came against Robert Coello who was charged with five earned runs on five hits and a walk in just a third of an inning.

· We’ll give the final word to Jeter. “I’ve always been an important part of the team,” he said. “I’ve never gone into a season thinking I wasn’t important. I understand that my job is important. If I ever felt as though I wasn’t important, then I would have left a long time ago. I understand that my job on the field is important. Offensively, defensively, it’s important for me to be out there every day. That’s the approach that I’ve always had, and it doesn’t change. My mindset has always remained the same since I came up in ’96.”

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78 Responses to “Thursday notes: “Where he’s wanted to be his whole life””

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Girardi has already said that Johnson is going to get the majority of time at 3rd, or he might also use a platoon situation from time to time, depending, I’m sure, on how things work out with Johnson.

    I’m banking on him to bring the goods. Something about the interlocking NY.

    Time will tell.

    ;)

  2. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I had trouble w the MLB.com feed so I could see squat.

    Glad to hear Jeter had no issues.

    That’s one down.

    ;)

  3. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    sp: couldn’t

  4. tomingeorgia February 27th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Mister MTU,
    Had trouble with MLB.TV, too, but shutting it down and reloading worked fine.

  5. Ys Guy February 27th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Throwing Nunez in on a deal for Gregorius doesnt reallly help much. Didi has played all of 4 games at 2b and none at 3b. So he’d leave them with too many SS’s and no backup at 2B and 3B. Long term that might be a good idea but for this year, it would mess things up more.

  6. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Not the case for me Tom.

    Anybody standout to you ?

  7. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Good afternoon Mike.

    Check your Internet speed, if your download drops off, MLB.com does not work well, that’s one reason I stick with DIRECTV.

  8. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Al-

    That’s probably it.

    That’s what you get for living in the sticks.

    :)

  9. tomingeorgia February 27th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    MTU,
    It’a the second day of the Grapefruit League. I was just happy to see Derek running easy.

  10. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Mike -

    DIRECTV is made for folks living in the sticks. :)

  11. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    The only play Jeter made today was taking the throw to tag out a base stealer, but he did run hard on 2 ground outs and looked fine.

  12. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Mike/Tom – my problem with MLB.tv was what Big Al described… the hotel I’m in has internet speeds roughly equivalent to dial up :)

    Good news to hear that Jeter was running well!

  13. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Mike -

    Hope you get to see the “ALL STAR” game Saturday at 1pm.

  14. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I have some sad news for all of you who think so highly of Kelly Johnson.

    And it comes right from the horses mouth.

    Because I could not watch today’s game I listened to some of it on the WFAN radio feed.

    Cashman came on at one point and was asked about Johnson at 3b.

    He said, that he thought KJ would be a below avg. 3b but that he is versatile.

    I could hardly believe my ears.

    He also said they are definitely looking for a rt.-handed platoon partner for KJ because KJ cannot hit lefties.

    He also expressed concern about the status of the pen.

    That is all. Carry on.

    :(

  15. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Al-

    Unfortunately, that is not in my budget at the moment.

    I had to chose one or the other.

    MLB.com has been decent in prior years so I hope it improves for me.

    If not I guess I’m screwed.

    :(

  16. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I think we have a chance for some flash flooding starting Tomorrow.

    We got a big mutha coming our way.

  17. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Mike -

    If Cashman believes there are still seroius problems with the IF and BP, then why did the FO stop making the needed additions?

    That’s equivalent to try swimming across the lake, and stopping in the middle, and going to the bottom.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    MTU – I’m not worried. Joe G. didn’t seem concerned about Johnson. Time will tell.

    I also don’t worry when Cashman voices concern because I’ve actually never heard him come on with guarantees about anything. He’s always more cautious than optimistic, IMO.

    Oh well!

  19. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Mike -

    Do you know your download speed is?

  20. Giuseppe Franco February 27th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    At least Cashman was honest about Johnson and the pen. Some of us have been saying the same thing for months.

    He should be just as honest about their black hole at 2B as well.

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    And it isn’t that I think so highly of Kelly Johnson as I told you that I thought he would surprise us this season. So it’s more of a prediction of hopefulness than one of iron-clad guarantees, since those never work in baseball anyway! Ask the 2011 Sux.

    :)

  22. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Al-

    It sounds like Cashman recognizes that there are issues.

    Maybe he was just cut off after all the other spending. Over ruled or something ?

    I agree that if that is how things are perceived it is dumb to have stopped.

  23. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    GF -

    If Roberts stays healthy, 2B should be OK.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    “Some of us have been saying the same thing for months.”

    Why don’t you just use that as your tagline because it’s all you ever say!

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    “If Roberts stays healthy, 2B should be OK.”

    Absolutely agree.

  26. sammiejohnson February 27th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    My problem with MLB.tv is living in the sticks as well. Out here I have two choices for an ISP, satellite or dial up. Dial up is way too slow. My satellite connection works fine with MLB.tv, but they have bandwidth restrictions. They will only allow you so much bandwidth per day or per 30 days, however your plan is set up. If I stream much video at all, it uses all our bandwidth allowance and the wife is pissed because she can’t sign in to whatever the heck she signs into on the internet. DirectTV and Extra Innings is the only way to go for me.

  27. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Al-

    My connection is supposed to be 10mb/s. I just had it upgraded.

    Maybe I will have the cable people come out and check it for me if it keeps up.

  28. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Mike -

    I still think the Yankees will put together a couple trades by the AS break to fill holes they felt could not be properly filled via FA’s available – just my thoughts.

  29. Giuseppe Franco February 27th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    GF -

    If Roberts stays healthy, 2B should be OK.

    —–

    Yeah, but that’s a big IF. And he hasn’t been good in 4 years.

    If I had a million dollars, I’d be a millionaire.

  30. Giuseppe Franco February 27th, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    “Some of us have been saying the same thing for months.”

    Why don’t you just use that as your tagline because it’s all you ever say!

    —–

    You are incapable of being objective so your opinion isn’t really worth scat to me (or most everyone else).

  31. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Al-

    I like these rumblings about trading a catcher to the Snakes for a young SS.

    I hope that one has legs.

    ;)

  32. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Mike -

    Be sure your router is capable of passing the speed you’re paying for.

    10Mbps is the bare minimum needed to view MLB.com, and most cable companies loss download speed as more people in your area log onto the net. It is rare you get the speed you pay for. I upgraded to 50Mbps, and the real numbers average closer to 42Mbps.

  33. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Get Hanrahan.

    ;)

  34. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Mike -

    Agree, if its the right player!

  35. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Al-

    It’s their router. Should be good enough to handle it.

    If it isn’t I’ll make them change it.

    The next step up in speed is way more expensive so I don’t want to go there.

    It’s fine for everything we do but streaming video is another story.

    So we’ll see. Thanks.

  36. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    GF -

    You are 100% correct, it is a very big IF, but, you play the cards you’re dealt, so Joe has to be positive when speaking about his players, much more than Cashman needs to be.

  37. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I’m gonna stick with my original prediction that Anna makes the club and plays quite a bit at 2nd platooning with Roberts (not the optimum because Roberts is a much weaker hitter from the right side. but, you know, the whole beggars and choosers thing)

    My other prediction is KJ will platoon with Nunie or Sizemore.

    Bullpen? I dunno.

    Just of couple of worthless predictions for you.

  38. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Mike -

    Try calling the cable company, and ask if they have any specials. They generally do have specials that run for a year, then you do it all over a year later.

    When I upgraded to 50Mbps, my monthly bill went down by $6 a month. It never hurts to try. :)

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    GF, you gave it all away when you gave up a personal fact about yourself. Now I totally understand your constant state of moroseness – or what you call reality.

    And it makes me laugh to hear you (or anyone else) talk for everyone else. But that’s purely a defense mechanism. So have at.

    *************

    Well here’s the latest update. Thankfully it appears that the majority of posters here anticipate a good Yankee season.

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163
    1/24 RayVT 108
    1/23 Trisha 101
    1/24 Hunger Games 101
    2/4 Mottsx 99
    1/22 Kelvin 98
    1/24 Blojaldo 97
    1/22 Poetkiosk 96
    1/23 bbb1 96
    1/24 Howler 96
    1/29 Mike-Boston 96
    2/4 DaSaint007 96
    1/23 Chicken_Stanley 95
    1/23 nettles9nc 95
    1/25 Melkman is in hotlanta 95
    1/29 rm 95
    2/4 Hanks Bar 95
    2/25 Tyler 95
    1/23 tomingeoriga 94
    1/23 GregD 94
    1/25 Yanksinvegas 94
    1/30 Munson15 94
    2/20 Charleston Chew 94
    2/21 Felix Unger 94
    2/25 The Straw 94
    1/22 Rhapsody in Blue 93
    1/23 Pete2 93
    1/24 Jmills 93
    1/28 blake 93/147
    2/4 Doc Todd 93
    2/13 Abe Peterham 93
    1/23 Austinmac 92
    1/24 kd 92
    1/24 MichelleB 92
    2/4 Iron Horse 92
    2/8 Yanks 61 92
    1/23 FS48 91
    1/23 Locke 91
    1/23 Tabbert 91
    2/4 Oscar Madison 91
    1/23 Upstate 90
    1/25 Y’s Guy 90
    1/29 Deal With It 90
    1/30 longtime 90
    2/5 Your Name Here 90
    1/24 Chambliss 89
    2/3 Bronx Zoo 89
    1/23 JimK 88
    1/29 Baby Ruth 88
    1/30 Your Worst Nightmare 87
    1/24 Comet 86
    1/29 Can of Corn 86
    1/24 PKyankfan69 69

  40. BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Later folks – Y’all have a great evening!

  41. Giuseppe Franco February 27th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    BIG AL February 27th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    GF -

    You are 100% correct, it is a very big IF, but, you play the cards you’re dealt, so Joe has to be positive when speaking about his players, much more than Cashman needs to be.

    —–

    Girardi has always been a player’s manager so I expect him to always have his guy’s back.

    But Cashman was actually on a roll and honest about their situation at 3B and pen. But he also left out 2B, which is even more of a concern.

  42. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    “My other prediction is KJ will platoon with Nunie or Sizemore.”

    That one is a slam dunk. Cashman said they are looking for a platoon partner for KJ.

    Another he said that I forgot is that they will comb the waiver wire, etc. for one.

    In other words, some dumpster diving is possible.

  43. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Anyway, it was surprising to hear Cashman’s assessment of KJ.

    I would have expected a higher rating of his ability.

  44. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    He sounded like he thought KJ’s main value was his versatility.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Since fretting isn’t my bag and I’m honestly quite pleased with this year’s team I will leave those who are less pleased to be together!

    Great night all!

    :)

  46. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Glenn-

    The new season of “Vikings” begins tonight.

    ;)

  47. Giuseppe Franco February 27th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Cashman seems to be lowering expectations a bit. He did the same thing regarding Tanaka with that “#3 starter” comment.

  48. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Trisha-

    I was mere being the messenger.

    Actually, I hope Cashman is wrong.

    ;)

  49. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    GF-

    That wasn’t what it sounded like to me in this case.

    He sounded very straightforward about it and matter of fact.

    Did not hear his comments about Tanaka.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    MTU – maybe he was trying to temper our expectations? Girardi didn’t sound at all worried, and I find him to be pretty straight up. I guess we’ll just have to see how it all plays out. He got a nice hit today!

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Anyway, have a great night.

    :)

  52. GregD February 27th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Kelly Johnson does need a platoon partner……..I would expect Cashman to add someone if one of those doesn’t show up well that’s already in camp………

  53. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    If Cashman said he was looking at MT as a #3 he was talking about his floor and not his ceiling.

    I believe he is much more likely to reach his ceiling than to remain at his floor.

    The first time thru the league he will have the advantage IMO.

    He has a lot of weapons and really knows how to pitch.

    He is a fierce competitor and capable of making in game adjustments.

    Got to believe he will rely heavily on McCann and Kuroda.

    But no matter who he listens to he’s gonna give hitter’s fits with Mr. Splitty.

    Watch and be amazed.

    ;)

  54. Doreen February 27th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Cashman is really never optimistic, and I’m sure he has concerns about even more than what is talked about here. I never expect him to talk about all of his concerns, depending on what he’s got going on behind the scenes. I’m sure he ain’t exactly thrilled at the downgrade at second base, but it is what it is. He also is not the final decision maker, especially with regard to the financial end. Cashman himself has said he’s never fully satisfied with the makeup of the team.

    But any GM is limited in what they can actually get done, both by their own situations, and by competing interests of other teams.

  55. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Trisha-

    Whatever happens happens.

    If he can’t handle it he’ll be replaced by someone who can.

    And if he can we can just watch and enjoy it.

    I note that he has very few games at 3b but I’m always ready for surprises and prepared to be optimistic.

    :)

  56. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Doreen-

    Maybe Hal took away his credit card.

    ;)

  57. bbb51 February 27th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    If Johnson can play 2B, and he can, then he should be able to play 3B as long as he has the arm.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    “Cashman is really never optimistic,”

    I was going to say the same thing.

  59. Giuseppe Franco February 27th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    MTU,

    No….he wasn’t talking about Tanaka’s floor. Again…I just think he was trying to temper expectations (even though that’s not going to happen given the contract they gave him).

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....-3-starter

    I think Tanaka will be better than your typical #3 starter for all the reasons you suggested.

  60. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Cashman was pretty blunt.

    That is all I can say.

    I don’t think he was trying to be pessimistic.

    But what the heck do I know.

    (don’t answer that)

    :)

  61. mick February 27th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Cashman isn’t paid to be optimisticc.
    We leave that to trisha.
    He is looking into a platoon at 3rd, nothing wrong with that..

  62. Blojaldo February 27th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Cashman is a superb GM and is on top of every aspect of this team. He is quite aware of the potential shortcomings in the infield and will do what he can do provide some depth. Part of being a GM is managing the budget you are given and making sound financial decisions that are commensurate with the financial assets and goals of the club. I’m not concerned at all. Just excited about this team!

  63. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks GF.

    I think people will be pleasantly surprised.

    :)

  64. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Mike – Should I start at season one or can I jump right in?

  65. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Glenn-

    If it were me I would start w the 1st season.

  66. Ys Guy February 27th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Perhaps Cashman is sending a message to Hal and Levine that more money needed to be spent on this team. He said the other day that ‘we spent all the money’ , obviously leaving off “that Hal would let us spend.”

  67. mick February 27th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Why would Cashman be optimistic with injuries waiting to happen at 2b and SS.
    We have Dean Anna and B. Ryan ready ….
    Not to worry.

  68. Ys Guy February 27th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Cashman is smart. Alderson, I question. He said at a Met’s staff meeting that he thought the Mets had the talent to win 90 games and Wilpon apparently said something like ‘they’d better.’ Unless that was a little play being put on for a certain audience, I’d say Sandy set himself up to be fired with that line.

  69. mick February 27th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Poor guy who manages the Mets better win 90 or he’s gone.

  70. Blojaldo February 27th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I think spending almost a half billion dollars qualifies as more than generous support from ownership. The Yankees signed a high percentage of the best free agents available his winter, there are other ways to fill in some gaps besides spending more.

  71. Ys Guy February 27th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I’m rarely a ‘spend more’ type but there are flaws on this team (as there are on every other team). Im not huge on Drew but he would help if they could get him on a one year deal or a reasonable two year deal. I would have liked to see another BP arm with closing experience who might slot in as an EIG. But I’m pretty good with this team and if they are good enough through the ASG, they will go get help, I’m sure.

    But hearing Cashman bring up that they spent all the money made me think that maybe HE doesnt think they should have cut off the tap when they did. Maybe he’s been pushing for Drew or someone else. They have significantly lowered annual payroll this year from the last several seasons.

  72. mick February 27th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    They have the money to spend.
    They opted for Roberts over the better 2B.
    They don’t want to commit to long term deals unless they are stars.
    It’s dangerous but nothing much was out there.
    Like last year, let’s hope they have some depth.

  73. Ken Phelps February 27th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I see the Yankees at 89 or 90 wins. That should be right in that wild card zone. But Brian Robert staying healthy….. No chance. Games played Brian Roberts

    2010 – 59 games
    2011 – 39 games
    2012 – 17 games
    2013 – 77 games

  74. Jerkface February 27th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I think spending almost a half billion dollars qualifies as more than generous support from ownership.

    They cut payroll. That 500 million isn’t pumped into this season, its spread out over 7 seasons.

  75. Jerkface February 27th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    “I think cutting payroll the year after missing the playoffs is MORE than generous support from ownership” is what you’re saying, essentially.

  76. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    You got you a new one ——->

  77. mick February 27th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Like Alderson made that remark by accident.
    He’s dumb like a fox.

  78. RYUKINGDOM February 28th, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Watched today’s game MLB.com with no flaws. Sometimes you have to reboot and restart. I’m in Japan and my bandwidth is over 10,000. If you bandwidth is less than 3000, you have to hit the HD button and slider a lower quality if necessary. HD quality won’t begin until reg season, but today’s quality was outstanding.

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