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Spring Game 3: Yankees at Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 28, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (0-2)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Zoilo Almonte LF
Russ Canzler 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Dean Anna 2B
Gary Sanchez DH

RHP Adam Warren (3-2, 3.39 in 2013)

TIGERS (2-0)

Rajai Davis LF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera DH
Victor Martinez 1B
Ian Kinsler 2B
Don Kelly 3B
Bryan Holaday C
Steve Lombardozzi SS
Ezequiel Carrera CF

Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, not on TV or radio

WEATHER: Little bit chilly by Florida standards, but a nice blue sky overhead.

UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Jerry Lane, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Angel Campos

WHAT TO WATCH: There’s a solid chance Eduardo Nunez is going to make this team and get regular playing time at third base, so it’s worth watching his spring debut. The Yankees were encouraged by the way he played down the stretch last season, and that performance 00 coupled with the lack of standout internal alternatives — has given Nunez one more chance to play a role. And, of course, it’s the second appearance of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann. Adam Warren also looking to make a strong first impression.

OFF THE BENCH: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Jose Pirela, CF Ramon Flores, RF Antoan Richardson

OUT OF THE BULLPEN: Shawn Kelley, Preston Claiborne, Dan Burawa, Mark Montgomery, Brian Gordon and Fred Lewis

UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: We are underway with an Ellsbury fly ball to center field. First time he’s failed to reach base this spring (reached three times on Wednesday).

UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: Tough call for Nunez. Thought he had an infield single, instead ruled an error on the shortstop (tried to make a charging play on a short-hop up the middle). Pretty tough play, but Nunez is on board with an 0-for-1 so far today. My good friend Pete Caldrera is outraged.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Carlos Beltran hits into a double play to end the top of the first. Here comes Adam Warren for his spring debut. Third hitter he’ll face is Miguel Cabrera.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Adam Warren with a pickoff at second base. Leading the competition!

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: OK, I’m honestly not entirely sure what just happened. Warren walked Cabrera, then walked Martinez. But the Martinez walk came on a 3-2 pitch, so Cabrera was running on the pitch, and for some reason he just kept going. He rounded second as if trying to catch the Yankees off guard and take third base. Warren threw to third and got the out. I had looked down to mark my scorecard, and when I looked up Cabrera was running for no apparent reason.

UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: There’s Brian McCann’s first spring homer. Crushed it, too. Hit a building beyond the right field fence. It’s 1-0 Yankees in the second.

UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: I just said “Whoa!” out loud in the press box. Gary Sanchez crushed a home run here in the third inning (off Jose Ortega, not off Scherzer). I wasn’t stunned so much by how far he hit it, but it was hit on such a line. He just hit the ball awfully hard. It’s a 2-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Almonte just threw Hunter out at the plate. Nice tag by McCann.

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136 Responses to “Spring Game 3: Yankees at Tigers”

  1. Chip February 28th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Zelous Wheeler looks like a bad bad man.

  2. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Listening in on the Detroit feed. I’m looking for good things today.

  3. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    yanks61 February 28th, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    Blojaldo, just a quick word to say that I enjoy your posts. If you really are WCYF, you’ve gone through quite a transformation! I remember WCYF as an arrogant, super-aggressive personality who wasn’t, as far as I can recall, a supporter of Yankee management!

    So while I don’t necessarily agree with you on every single issue, I do think that you bring a very positive balance to what is too often an overly negative view of the team (I’ll add Upstate as doing a good job in that respect as well.) Good on you both!
    ==================================

    Thank you very much, Yanks61 !
    ………I dont remember the WCYF poster – but Blojaldo has been one of the most common-sense posters here !

    repost

  4. yankeefeminista February 28th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I’d love to see the Sanchez AB’s especially vs. Scherzer. :(

  5. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    “Zealot” type of fan of Zelous Wheeler !

    (would be great if he had a solid ST)

  6. yankeefeminista February 28th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    :arrow:

  7. yankeefeminista February 28th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    lol, sorry retract that :arrow: I thought I was in the old thread. :oops: you probably thought there was breaking news.

  8. Blojaldo February 28th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you UpState and Yanks61, I think you both are very articulate in expressing your opinions and I enjoy reading what you have to say.

  9. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    OK, Mister Mcann!

  10. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    McCann.

  11. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Daniel Barbarisi ?@DanBarbarisi 48s
    Brian McCann bombs his first Yankee home run – and Detroit’s Torii Hunter gives the crowd a laugh as he pretends to settle under it.

    he’s gonna hit a lot of those.

  12. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Someone on here before say thery were not in favor of the McCann signing?

  13. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I think almost everyone loved the McCann signing…..maybe somebody didn’t I don’t know. Yankee fans gonna love this guy

  14. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Bernie Pleskoff ?@BerniePleskoff 57s
    I am very much a Didi guy. He plays World Class defense and I think the #Dbacks will hit enough-but need Didi’s D. I think his bat’ll come.

  15. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    Someone on here before say thery were not in favor of the McCann signing?
    =================================

    Not from here….makes packaging Mr. Cervelli an option the NYY never would’ve had !

  16. bbb51 February 28th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    blake February 28th, 2014 at 9:08 am
    as JF said the other day…..to the bullpen with you JRam……let him get this healed up then bring him back as a reliever.

    Of course, he got injured warming up in the bullpen to come in as a reliever, instead of the longer warmup process of a starter…

  17. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:30 pm
    Bernie Pleskoff ?@BerniePleskoff 57s
    I am very much a Didi guy. He plays World Class defense and I think the #Dbacks will hit enough-but need Didi’s D. I think his bat’ll come
    ================================

    With this evaluation — let’s hope Owings is becoming more ‘available’ each day !

  18. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    “Of course, he got injured warming up in the bullpen to come in as a reliever, instead of the longer warmup process of a starter…”

    it’s ST….they give them as long as they need to get loose before going in I’m sure.

  19. Blojaldo February 28th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    The first of many way to go McCann!!

  20. braeburn February 28th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    “I think almost everyone loved the McCann signing…..maybe somebody didn’t I don’t know. Yankee fans gonna love this guy”

    i didn’t love the signing .
    i would not have signed him for character issues.

    i think the stunt he pulled with gomez shows too much of mccann’s basic mentality.
    if he’s done with the home run police thing and is going to act like a yankee which implies some humility to go along with all the rest a good player brings to the table i’ll stay open to him.

    with derek jeter playing shortstop for the new york yankees, i don’t see mccann pulling the same stuff as he did last year for the atlanta braves . that stuff might fly in atlanta, but i don’t think it will in new york.
    we’ll see.

  21. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Mr. Sanchez,
    Nicely done!

  22. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Is that you Randy?

  23. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I wish this game was on tv…..this sucks

  24. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Sanchez rips a homer to left. 2-0 Yanks!

  25. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Erik Boland ?@eboland11 1m
    Gary Sanchez, today’s DH, slams a 2-and-1 pitch out to left for his first HR of the spring

  26. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Mike Axisa ?@mikeaxisa 1m
    NYY catchers hit like 8 HR last year. Both McCann and Sanchez went deep in the first three innings today.

  27. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    braeburn,
    He hasn’t any “character” issues. He plays hard and resents showboating. What’s wrong with that?

  28. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Ben K. ?@bkabak Protected Tweets 2m
    Yankee catchers hit 2 HR after May 15 last year.

  29. pkyankfan69 February 28th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    i would not have signed him for character issues.
    ————–
    What?… Being a fiery leader is now a “character issue”?

    That’s one of his best attributes (along with the power and the way he handles a staff)

    The only way I can see someone rip the McCann signing are age and has had some injuries/decline offensively over the past few years.

    Personally I think it was the best value deal they made all offseason.

  30. pkyankfan69 February 28th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Happy McCann and Sanchez both went deep.

    Pissed this game is not on TV

  31. blake February 28th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    “Personally I think it was the best value deal they made all offseason.”

    easily

  32. Mottsx February 28th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Maybe MLB tonight will show the Home Run highlights.

  33. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    If we knew Sanchez was primed for a breakout season, it would make it much easier to trade a guy like Murphy

  34. Mottsx February 28th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Think Stewie will cry if B Mac hits a three HR game against the Pirates this year? It would be awesome if Joey G walks across the field or behind the plate and just gave him a bro hug.

  35. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    tomingeorgia February 28th, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    braeburn,
    He hasn’t any “character” issues. He plays hard and resents showboating. What’s wrong with that?
    =================================

    Character/personality/drive/attitude:

    Think “Thurman Munson” ????

  36. braeburn February 28th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    “He plays hard and resents showboating. What’s wrong with that?”

    what mccann did was showboating too.

    like i said, lets see him try it playing with derek jeter.

    i’m just going on record as saying that a major part of the national coverage thought mccann was also out of line.

    there was nothing noble about what mccann did. you ever see posada do it ? or any other catcher in the history of the game?
    it was an epic look at me thing.

    but like i said, i think mccann will tone down the policing thing playing with jeter. you think jeter would have done anything with gomez except maybe look the other way and snub him? you think jeter would have been yelling at gomez like the atlanta first basemen was doing.

    it’s not going to happen in new york. at least while jeter is there.

  37. DaSaint007 February 28th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    IMO, ‘character issues’ are when an athlete is rude to fans or media, abuses his wife or any other woman in his life, waves a firearm at anyone not considered an imminent threat to his safety, whether in his house or elsewhere, or is arrested for using/carrying/or attempting to sell illegal drugs.

    Challenging a showboater – um, not an issue. But we’re all entitled to our opinions. :-)

  38. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Almonte to McCann on two hops, out at the plate!

  39. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Tom-

    Me too. Got the Tiger’s feed.

    :)

  40. Blojaldo February 28th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    McCann is tough as nails and stands by his team mates. That’s the kind of character I can get behind.

  41. blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    ?@eboland11
    4th straight day Yankees have used a catcher at DH. 1 scout said Yanks “clearly showcasing” org catching depth for poss trade for inf/relief

  42. DaSaint007 February 28th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    As I posted the other day – I HOPE there’s a renewed ‘attitude’ with this team. Call it whatever you want, attitude, swagger, chip (sorry Chip), or whatever, but I hope McCann, Ellsbury, Beltran and even Cervelli (presuming he stays on the team) have it and bring it.

    It reminds me of the Knicks of old…Ewing, Oakley, Mason…an opponent, any opponent, even named Jordan, Pippen or the like, would not drive down the lane, without fully expecting a hard foul – a hard body on them. It made teams respect them and fear the Garden. Once that era and attitude ended, for the most part, so did the Knicks winning ways.

    …but I digress. Posada had that chip and firey attitude, as did O’Neal as we all know, and it helped buoy the winning ways of the team. I personally hope it’s back.

  43. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    it certainly was not mccann’s best hour, but his confrontation with Gomez at least showed he cares and he’s invested in winning.

    I think he’ll be alot mellower now, he’s even said it himself.

  44. blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    McCann has no character issues…..actually his character and leadership skills are a big reason they wanted him so bad and Girardi said that yesterday….said they wanted another guy like Posada to help lead the team

  45. braeburn February 28th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    “Challenging a showboater – um, not an issue. But we’re all entitled to our opinions. ”

    as far as the opinions part goes, exactly.

    it’s good for people to get them out there and go on record.

    i doubt that i’m the only yankee fan who doesn’t love the mccann or ellsbury signings.

    but as i said mccann and ellsbury have their chance to earn their pinstripes.

    if they earn them, i’ll let my opinions evolve :)

  46. pkyankfan69 February 28th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Jose Ortega, the guy Sanchez hit that bomb off, was dominant last year in AAA… 1.86 ERA — .169 BAA — Only 2 HR allowed in 48 IP… Granted he’s just starting off his year also but still a guy with a ML quality arm.

  47. CountryClub February 28th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Girardi and Cashman wanted that McCann temper on this team. Catcher is really the only position you can get away with being a true hard ass. His skill was the most important factor in the signing, but his personality wasn’t meaningless.

  48. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    blake,
    You were right.

  49. blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    If you heard Girardi talk yesterday he flat out said they wanted McCann because he reminded them of a switch hitting catcher they used to have attitude wise.

  50. braeburn February 28th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    “McCann is tough as nails and stands by his team mates.”

    yeah , but that’s when they’re doing sit ups.

    mccann is nothing like posada as far as working out. i don’t see him aging well like posada did.

    again that could change as a yankee. maybe posada will even have an impact on mccann’s conditioning. as a catcher, you’d be crazy not to ask posada how he played so long before he first went on the disabled list late in his career.

    posada is in camp isn’t he. let’s see how mccann and posada interact.

  51. CountryClub February 28th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    ?@eboland11
    4th straight day Yankees have used a catcher at DH. 1 scout said Yanks “clearly showcasing” org catching depth for poss trade for inf/relief

    —————-

    And it doesn’t hurt than Murphy and Sanchez have hit in that SSS

  52. blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    “And it doesn’t hurt than Murphy and Sanchez have hit in that SSS”

    nope….a trade with the Dbacks almost makes too much sense to actually happen…..these obvious things like this seem to never happen.

  53. AAA February 28th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    mccann is nothing like posada as far as working out. i don’t see him aging well like posada did

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

    He probably won’t age like Posada did, but that would be mostly because he was 22 when he became the Braves #1 catcher. Posada was 27 when he became the Yankees #1 catcher. McCann will have considerably higher mileage readings as he heads into his 30′s (8800+ innings at catcher) than Posada had (about 4400 innings at catcher).

    The mileage will make a difference. McCann probably only catches for 3 years of this deal, but it won’t be because he didn’t keep himself in shape. Nothing in baseball takes a toll like catching and 12000 innings is about as far as most can go behind the plate.

  54. Against All Odds February 28th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:03 pm
    McCann has no character issues

    ————

    I agree.

    Character issues is reversed for someone like Manny Ramirez.

  55. CountryClub February 28th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    nope….a trade with the Dbacks almost makes too much sense to actually happen…..these obvious things like this seem to never happen.

    ————-

    Earlier today we were all discussing whether Murphy would be enough to get Owings. I think he would be if the Yanks added another minor piece.

    But I wouldn’t trade Murphy for Gregorius. That guy isn’t ever going to hit. I’d give them Romine for him (and I actually like Romine). But nothing more.

  56. blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    The comparison with Posada was in his leadership ability and intensity……of course we can’t expect McCann to be as good as Posada was in his 30′s…..because Posada’s best years were actually in his 30′s. He had a late prime because he got started late.

  57. Chip February 28th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    ?@eboland11
    4th straight day Yankees have used a catcher at DH. 1 scout said Yanks “clearly showcasing” org catching depth for poss trade for inf/relief
    ———————————–

    Well duh, but they would be dumb not to do that. You deal from strength to adjust weakness.

    If they can swing a deal where they get a reliever and an infielder for some of their C depth, great

  58. blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    JR and Ichiro for Owings and Putz

  59. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    CountryClub February 28th, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    nope….a trade with the Dbacks almost makes too much sense to actually happen…..these obvious things like this seem to never happen.

    ————-

    Earlier today we were all discussing whether Murphy would be enough to get Owings. I think he would be if the Yanks added another minor piece.

    But I wouldn’t trade Murphy for Gregorius. That guy isn’t ever going to hit. I’d give them Romine for him (and I actually like Romine). But nothing more.
    ================================================

    For Gregorius….even-up….Romine would be a bit light maybe…but pretty close….

    (add 1 MiLB player each way)

  60. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Absolutely Chip.

    I’m actually hoping for it.

    ;)

  61. AAA February 28th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    The comparison with Posada was in his leadership ability and intensity……of course we can’t expect McCann to be as good as Posada was in his 30?s…..because Posada’s best years were actually in his 30?s. He had a late prime because he got started late.

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

    Precisely. As to leadership, etc, I suppose they are similar, though McCann seems like more of a dink than Posada did. Either way, he was really brought here first and foremost for his talent and he’s got a good amount of that.

  62. CountryClub February 28th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    For Gregorius….even-up….Romine would be a bit light maybe…but pretty close….

    (add 1 MiLB player each way)

    ———–

    Fair enough.

  63. blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I’ll be surprised if McCann isn’t a lot of Yankee fans favorite player soon……Braves fans loved him…..Braves players loved him too

  64. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    When you have 4 ML-ready catchers and are short on IF’er’s you need to trade at least one.

    ;)

  65. braeburn February 28th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    “He probably won’t age like Posada did, but that would be mostly because he was 22 when he became the Braves #1 catcher.”

    yes milage matters. but mccann is possibly aging quickly maybe because he isn’t known as a hard worker with conditioning.

    i simply think mccann is being overrated by a lot of yankee fans. in the last two years he’s had only 13 and 14 doubles respectively. his on base percentage is way down the past two years. he’s below average in throwing out runners. unless he resurrects his hitting to his previous levels when he was younger his hitting doesn’t translate to first base.

    maybe he’ll take like a duck to water is yankee stadium and make everything i’ve said irrelevant.
    but he has to be a better player than he’s been the past two years for the braves.

  66. CountryClub February 28th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Pete Caldera ?@pcaldera 38m
    In 3 innings of the worst in-progress shutout in Grapefruit League history, the Tigers have had runners thrown out at all 4 bases vs. Yanks

  67. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Montgomery with a scoreless 1-2-3 inning in his Spring debut. Burawa pitched a scorelless 5th, issuing a 2 out walk and allowing a stolen base, but got the last out to keep DET off the board. Still 2-0 Yanks going to the 6th.

  68. blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    JIM BOWDEN ?@JimBowdenESPNxm 3m
    Matt Kemp told me he feels great just waiting on Dr’s to green light his running, His BP looks like it did when he finished 2nd in MVP

  69. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    We have reams of young BP candidates.

    We ought to be able to find one or two ready to step up this Spring.

    Too bad about J-Ram. I was hoping he would be one.

    Starting to think he’s made of glass.

  70. AAA February 28th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    yes milage matters. but mccann is possibly aging quickly maybe because he isn’t known as a hard worker with conditioning

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

    I can’t profess to know anything at all about his conditioning habits. Is there some word around that he doesn’t push himself?

  71. hardwired7 February 28th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the update, Tackelberry.

    Non-televised games are the pits, even if it is only ST.

  72. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Blake-

    If the Dodgers are healthy all season they are going to be really tough.

  73. BoJo February 28th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I also was not a big fan of the McCann signing, mainly because I think we are paying for past performance, and the contract is too long, and he blocks prospects like Murphy, Romine, Sanchez, and even Cervelli (who I thought showed marked improvement last year)…

    He probably will do nicely this year and make the deal look fine, but long term, I have my doubts.

  74. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    “If the Dodgers are healthy all season they are going to be really tough.”
    ====================
    i agree, but then again that’s what everybody said about the blue jays and nats last year.

  75. BoJo February 28th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I thought Romine was starting to play a lot better late last year when he started going to RF…instead of trading him while he is undervalued, i would let him play more at AAA and let him build his offensive numbers. Let Murphy and him share C/DH duties.

  76. blake February 28th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    MTU,

    yup….Greinke and Crawford are already hurt this spring though. I agree though….if they can stay healthy and run on all cylinders they are very good….

  77. blake February 28th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Anthony asks: After Derek Jeter retires at the end of the season, could you see the Yankees trying to swing a trade for Troy Tulowitzki? The Rockies could use some catching depth — what would a package headlined by Gary Sanchez look like? And given the length of his current contract, would such a trade make sense?
    Well, the Yankees could try to swing a trade for Tulowitzki, but I’m not sure they have the pieces to get it done. This isn’t a Sanchez plus two or three okay prospects thing. Tulowitzki may be owed a ton of money ($118M from 2015-20) and he is injury prone, but he’s also the best all-around shortstop in baseball when he’s on the field. It ain’t particularly close either. It’s going to take an enormous package to land him.
    Tulo will turn 30 after this season and given how much salaries have inflated the last year or two, his contract is actually something of a bargain. Don’t you think he’d get a lot more than six years and $118M if he hit free agency next winter? He’d blow right past that. Tulowitzki is so good that 120 games of him and 42 games of some replacement level shortstop is still arguably the best shortstop in the game.
    I can’t think of a comparable player who was traded in recent years — maybe Prince Fielder? — but the Rockies would be right to ask for two top young players and another two pieces. If the Yankees offered me Sanchez, Ivan Nova, Eric Jagielo, and Jose Ramirez for Tulo, I’d probably say no because I can plug only one of those right into my big league roster. There’s way too much value in a shortstop who can hit*, play defense, and is signed to a below-market contract. The Yankees could try for Tulowitzki after the season and I hope they do, but their farm system would have to take a huge step forward in 2014 to get Colorado’s attention.
    * Tulo has a 130 wRC+ at home and a 138 wRC+ on the road over the last three years, so he isn’t just a product of Coors Field.

    http://www.riveraveblues.

    I agree with this answer more or less…..the Yanks system has to take a step or two forward before they could even compete for Tulo even if they did make him available

  78. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Crawford’s gonna be great. He changed his #, so you can book it.

  79. BoJo February 28th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 2:59 pm
    “If the Dodgers are healthy
    ===
    If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, we’d all be fat by now. Injuries are one of the things that makes the game so unpredictable.

  80. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    love Tulo. and i dont even mind the contract that much. But taking that contract plus a big package of talent is too much for him, imo. and the injuries worry me.

    I’m open to the idea but I think he’ll be too expensive everything included.

  81. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Blake:

    Thats why I forget about Tulo

  82. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    “BoJo February 28th, 2014 at 3:06 pm
    Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 2:59 pm
    “If the Dodgers are healthy
    ===
    If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, we’d all be fat by now.”

    ========================
    There’s a Montero joke in there, but I’ll skip it… :)

  83. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I might be all in on CarGo though…

    they seem alot more likely to trade him anyway, since tulo would be around when the rebuild they will start this midseason starts to improve the rox.

  84. Blojaldo February 28th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I loved the McCann signing, he’s a stud, one of the best catchers in baseball who is only thirty and a five year deal is not going to be a problem. If he is the DH year five great. I don’t see any indication that Murphy, Romine, Sanchez or Cervelli are going to be as good as McCann anytime soon and accordingly, an ancillary value of the deal is having additional trade chips. I project him to be a tough guy that will be well liked by teammates and fans alike. A great get by Cashman in my opinion.

  85. yanks61 February 28th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I’m a McCann Fan! Loved the signing, just as I loved the Ells, Beltran and Tanaka signings. There’s a lot of excitement in these guys and in this team. I also have to believe that Cash is looking to deal from their reserve of catching strength – perhaps with a Phelps, Warren or Williams tossed in – to get a good young Inf. Next year they can try to sign another inf, this time a young vet.

    No one guarantees about anything, obviously, but I’m optimistic the Yanks are going to get back to being very competitive in the next few years. I’m hopeful that the moneymen have seen the error of their ways and will continue to improve their knowledge about what has to be done to bring this team up to speed and then maintain it.

    Upstate and Blojaldo, I’m not around a lot. I tend to catch up on posts at an hour when everyone is still sleeping or just waking up. But I’m glad to see the two of you – and others – making calm, rational assessments about the team (Chip is good at that as well) and not leaping off a cliff at the first sign of a problem. Thanks for your input.

  86. yanks61 February 28th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Oh, and have a good evening everyone!

  87. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    As rumored for a while, Harold Reynolds will join Joe Buck and Tom Verducci in the booth for Fox’s baseball games this year, replacing Tim McCarver.

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....i-mccarver

  88. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    So – if no McCann…would we be under the 189 ?

    If no McCann – then we’d have Cervelli as our ‘de facto’ #1.

    We’d need to ‘sit’ one of our BUC’s at the ML level (slower progress) behind Cervy.

    McCann = good move (even going a bit beyond the obvious plusses !)

  89. Blojaldo February 28th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    You too yanks 61 . . . and great last post by the way.

  90. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Big inning for Yanks in 7th. 2 run homer for Jose Pirela, 3 run homer for Yvangeris Solarte. 7-0 Yanks in bott 7th.

  91. CountryClub February 28th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    A positive side effect of having good depth at catcher is that the yanks should be able to lighten McCann’s catching load in years 3 – 5. I can’t imagine that he’ll be a full time 1st baseman or DH at age 34. So if Murphy or Sanchez can play 50 or 60 games at catcher in yr 4 & 5 of the deal (while McCann plays most of those games elsewhere), it should extend his productivity. Plus, it’ll break in a (hopefully) good young catcher slowly (think Posada).

  92. CountryClub February 28th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    As rumored for a while, Harold Reynolds will join Joe Buck and Tom Verducci in the booth for Fox’s baseball games this year, replacing Tim McCarver.

    ———–

    brutal

  93. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    yeah, im gonna hate listening to Reynolds call the Yankees World Series games this year…. :)

  94. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    yanks61:

    …again – making sense !

    Later !

  95. Mottsx February 28th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Joe Buck hasn’t been replaced yet? How does he have a job still.

  96. UpState February 28th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Mottsx February 28th, 2014 at 3:22 pm
    Joe Buck hasn’t been replaced yet? How does he have a job still.
    ============================

    The rest of the country appreciates his ‘mildly’ anti-NY delivery !

  97. Eric in the ATL February 28th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    At least Reynolds likes the Yanks.

  98. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    btw, Jobber is gonna be on with Francessa at 5. Two guys lobbing meatballs!

  99. astrocityfan February 28th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Solarte providing the SSS pop! Wonder if he can force his way into a backup role with a big spring?

  100. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Buck isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. He’s FOX’s number one announcer for baseball and football. Actually, I think he is pretty good. Really think this whole ‘anti-NY bias’ is overblown. He’s pretty honest and forthright

  101. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    So I read that the Yankees intended to try using Jose Ramirez again today after his back tightened up and prevented him from pitching yesterday. It’s looking like he’s not going to pitch again today.
    :(

  102. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I’m not a fan of Joe Buck but I was a big fan of his dad’s. To be honest, I dont really pay enough attention to him to know who he likes (besides the Cardinals) and who he doesn’t like.

    But I totally agree about the percieved “anti-NY bias”. Its garbage. NY has the biggest baseball audience and it would be stupid for ESPN or anyone other than Nesn and Masn to have an anti-NY bias. And I really don’t see much if any bias on display.

    There are people here who think that because Sportcenter has a red logo it’s proof of a Pro-RS, anti-Yankees bias.

  103. Oscar Madison February 28th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    These Yankees are going to surprise a lot of people this year

  104. Mottsx February 28th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Ask anyone who has watched the baseball playoffs on fox… Joe Buck clearly hates the Yankees. And since they’re in the playoffs every single year it probably gets under this skin even more so. With that said, being that the yankees are in the playoffs every year, they should find an announcer than isn’t anti-Yankees. If I was bored enough I’d start a petition.

    I’ve said it before, I always put on the two retards sterling and waldman and mute my tv because I hate Buck that much. The problem is there is a delay from tv and radio.

  105. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I can guarantee you this, when an executive at ESPN or FOX looks at the ratings for a nationally broadcast baseball game, the first local ratings they look up in New York.

  106. BoJo February 28th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Mottsx February 28th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I always put on the two retards
    ===
    “retards” is really not a socially acceptable term…please use “Mets fans” in the future.

  107. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    …see what i mean?

  108. spoiledyankfan February 28th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I’m telling you guys, Team Yangervis! (Just because I want to hear his name announced).

  109. Oscar Madison February 28th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    ‘Buck isn’t going anywhere anytime soon’

    ===========

    That’s unfortunate that he’s not. Deep down I think he is a closet Red Sox fan.

    He gets very excited when the Sox do something positive during games he calls

    I don’t like listening to him

  110. Mike_Boston February 28th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    After Kay I see Buck as the worst announcer going. He thinks he’s part of the action and that it’s his right of passage to do what he does. When he went off on Randy Moss with the fake moon display I lost all respect for him. If he had simply done his research he would have known that it’s tradition for packer fans to moon Vikings player as they drove in the lambeau. Moss was giving some back just having fun. Buck called it disgusting and vile I believe.

  111. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: I just said “Whoa!” out loud in the press box. Gary Sanchez crushed a home run here in the third inning (off Jose Ortega, not off Scherzer). I wasn’t stunned so much by how far he hit it, but it was hit on such a line. He just hit the ball awfully hard.
    ///

    Chad, this is what is so striking about Sanchez – the charge he puts into the ball.

    If anyone bears a resemblance to Munson, it’s Sanchez, because he just lashes the crap out of the ball. I saw a couple of ABs in Trenton where he just unleashed a couple of vicious shots down the RF line (after getting himself in a hole) and you just go, “wow” or “whoa”! :)

    Sorry I missed the broadcast.

  112. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    down *leftfield line, meant to say :)

  113. blake February 28th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    “btw, Jobber is gonna be on with Francessa at 5. Two guys lobbing meatballs!”

    lol….

  114. blake February 28th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Towers probably ringing Cash’s cell off the hook after that Sanchez bomb!

  115. cofuzz February 28th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Have they given away Brian Gordon’s locker yet?
    Sorry B.

  116. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Mike_Boston February 28th, 2014 at 3:58 pm
    After Kay I see Buck as the worst announcer going. He thinks he’s part of the action and that it’s his right of passage to do what he does. When he went off on Randy Moss with the fake moon display I lost all respect for him. If he had simply done his research he would have known that it’s tradition for packer fans to moon Vikings player as they drove in the lambeau. Moss was giving some back just having fun. Buck called it disgusting and vile I believe.

    ________________________

    YOu’re not serious!! Moss did it on camera in front of a national audience. Totally classless. Players need to be above that kind of stuff. Its alot different than fans, who are not on camera when that happens. Buck was absolutely right in calling Moss out. Buck is a good announcer. I like Kay also.

  117. Mottsx February 28th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Sterling Home Run Call for Yangvervis Solarte?

  118. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Solarte with another good game. 2-2 with a 2 run homer. Denied an RBI single when the runner from 2nd was thrown out at home on his base hit. He is making a case early for a utility IF spot.

  119. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Tackle-

    It’s going to take more than just a few good games or even a series of good games.

    He would need an off the charts type Spring.

    He has looked good so far.

  120. ac1 February 28th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Was just about to ask what the deal is with this Solarte kid? If nothing else, stash him in AAA and when Roberts inevitably get injured, maybe this guy can start….

  121. Mike_Boston February 28th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Tackelberry,
    In what world is a fake moon classless????

  122. Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Mike_Boston:

    In THIS world, in front of the camera. And name me one sports outlet that didn’t think it was a classless act. Players should just play the game and celebrate in a clasy fashon when they score. For example, I have no problem with the Lambeau leap. Nothing wrong with that.

  123. Ys Guy February 28th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    anybody remember who led the yankees in HR last ST?

    Youkilis followed by Ben Francisco and Melky Mesa.

  124. Chip February 28th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    blake February 28th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    JR and Ichiro for Owings and Putz
    ——————————-

    Sure. Works for me.

  125. Chip February 28th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Tackelberry February 28th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Solarte with another good game. 2-2 with a 2 run homer. Denied an RBI single when the runner from 2nd was thrown out at home on his base hit. He is making a case early for a utility IF spot.
    —————————

    To paraphrase Lou Brown from Major League II, “great, he’s proven he can hit against a guy who will be bagging groceries in a month.”

    This time last year Yankee fans were thinking we were fine with Granderson out because Melky Mesa was tearing it up. As spring training moves on the level of competition gets stronger and Solarte will have to prove he can perform against higher levels of competition, both from established major leaguers who are just using these early games to get work in and from fringe veterans and prospects trying to show they belong.

  126. GregD February 28th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    the best that Solarte can hope for is he gets on the radar screen and is available for call up if and when other infielders on the 40 man roster get hurt…….

  127. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Man this thread just died.

    :)

  128. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 28th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    :)

    DA YANKS!

  129. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 28th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Just a drive-by, MTU, but the Yankees won. Nothing to gripe about I guess.

    :D

  130. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 28th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    latest update

    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

    Have a great night, y’all!

    :)

  131. GregD February 28th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    March Madness begins on March 18…..slight distraction before opening day…. :)

  132. Doreen February 28th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Was out all afternoon. Nice to read about mcCann and Sanchez hovering. I know it’s early and it’s spring training, but you’d much rather see guys going after it than not. Then it becomes a matter of who can keep it going and make lasting good impressions for future reference.

    I was lukewarm on McCann. While I didn’t think his two episodes last seaso were necessarily character issues, I didn’t see it fitting in NY, to that degree. But I have to admit it will be nice to have a fiery guy around, so long as it doesn’t come off as showboating. I do think that not following the player or the team closely, it’s more fair to err on the side of it was not as big a deal as it seemed at the time.

  133. GregD February 28th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    they Yankees have given Nunez a lot of chances……..I wonder if he will ever capitalize on one…………

  134. GregD February 28th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Doreen…….I think we’re all going to love McCann ………

  135. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I love a C who can hit.

    :)

  136. MTU February 28th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    El Nuevo ——>

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