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Ten random thoughts on a slow-starting Tuesday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 04, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Getting started a little late today. The Yankees have a night game, so the clubhouse won’t open to media until the early afternoon. Until then, here are a few random thoughts and observations from the few few weeks of spring training…

Derek Jeter1. Derek Jeter really does seem to be moving pretty well. Looks nothing like he did last spring. The movements are easy and natural, whether it’s running the bases or playing the field. I’ve more or less stopped thinking of him as an injury risk — or perhaps I’ve just stopped thinking of him as a guy coming back from an injury — and the bigger question now is simply about his production. How much is he going to hit? How’s his defense? Not sure we’ve seen enough to answer those questions one way or the other.

2. When the Yankees had their team outing to play pool, Derek Jeter’s partner was his new double-play partner, Brian Roberts. That makes sense, right? You know who Masahiro Tanaka’s partner was? Francisco Cervelli. The Yankees haven’t said this — and I can’t imagine why they would — but it certainly seems as if they might be positioning Cervelli to be Tanaka’s personal catcher this season. And it makes some sense. Figure Tanaka, more than the other pitchers, really needs someone to get to know him extremely well. Hard for Brian McCann to do that when he’s trying to learn an entire pitching staff, but Cervelli already knows most of the guys. He can spend a lot of time with Tanaka this season and give the new guy a source of comfort behind the plate. In bullpens and BP and games, Cervelli’s caught Tanaka much more than anyone else.

3. Thursday is a big day with Mark Teixeira scheduled for his first game. If that wrist isn’t strong enough for him to be an impact player, the Yankees really don’t have a proven alternative. Russ Canzler is an interesting option against lefties, but there’s no big league track record there. Corban Joseph is an interesting young hitter if he’s a second baseman, but I’m not sure his bat profiles at first. If Teixeira ends up back on the disabled list, I would absolutely expect the Yankees to open the season with someone not currently in camp playing first base.

CC Sabathia4. It’s certainly notable that CC Sabathia’s fastball topped out at 88 mph on Saturday, but I’m not sure it’s any sort of surprise. We’ve said for quite some time that Sabathia is going to have to transition into becoming a different type of pitcher, one who can be effective with a fastball that doesn’t crack the low 90s. My guess is that his velocity will improve a little bit these next few days and weeks (maybe months) but it’s not going to be overwhelming. Movement. Location. Changing speeds. These things are going to matter. We knew that going in, no matter the radar said.

5. Pitchers are supposed to be ahead of the hitters right now, so maybe this doesn’t mean much, but there are a lot of guys pitching pretty well. The thin and inexperienced bullpen hasn’t really been a topic of discussion around Yankees camp, except for the fact that basically every pitcher in camp legitimately feels there’s an opportunity to make the team. Dellin Betances and Cesar Cabral have pitched extremely well.  There’s also one row of lockers that includes Matt Daley, David Herndon, Jim Miller and Chris Leroux. I wouldn’t be stunned if one of those — or Yoshinori Tateyama — found a way to make this team. Someone is going to be this year’s Shawn Kelley.

6. One of the unexpected joys of this job has been the opportunity to cover Ichiro Suzuki. He’s a fascinating personality, and he’s a player unlike any other I’ve seen. As a fan of baseball, it’s been very cool to get some sense of what he’s like on a day-to-day basis. But I have no clue what to think of him this year. His speed and defense make him a pretty nice fourth/fifth outfielder, but if any team is willing to give up something remotely valuable for him, I don’t see how the Yankees could turn down the offer. That said, if Ichiro is still with the Yankees when they break camp, I bet he’ll play more often than we’re expecting. Not sure how or why it will happen — injuries, rest, matchups — but guys like him always seem to play a little more than expected.

7. This year’s Ronnier Mustelier? So far it’s Yangervis Solarte. A year ago, Mustelier had a great spring that put himself on the radar, and he might have stayed there if not for an injury at the very end of camp. This year, Solarte has arrived on a minor league deal and gotten off to a terrific start in spring training. I’m not ready to consider him a strong candidate for a utility role — he would be a kind of Eduardo Nunez alternative — but he’s made a strong first impression. I’d never heard of him until the Yankees signed him. His minor league numbers are solid (not overwhelming considering he was in the PCL last year), and he has experience everywhere. Bonus points for having an awesome name.

David Phelps8. I think I wrote something about this last spring, but it’s still true this spring: David Phelps has changed the way minor league pitchers look at things. He wasn’t all that highly touted as a prospect, but he was a surprise addition to the Opening Day roster in 2012. Then he pitched well, and suddenly he’s a rotation possibility who seems guaranteed one role or another. I really think Phelps’ arrival, followed immediately by Adam Warren and Preston Claiborne — two more guys who were far from the biggest names in the system — has given every young pitcher in camp a feeling that they’re going to get a real look. Pitch well and doors will open. That matters. I’ve covered minor leaguers who felt the opposite, and it’s not a good situation.

9. I’m not entirely sure why, but I think Kelly Johnson is going to have a nice year. I don’t know the guy well at all — only talked to him a few times, usually in big group settings — and I haven’t seen him play a ton, but he just seems like a solid fit. I didn’t realize he played so much shortstop in the minors. That’s made me think third base isn’t much of a stretch, and he has some left-handed power that might play nicely in Yankee Stadium. Of the smaller additions, he’s the one who I kind of expect to have a nice year. Not overwhelming, just a nice year.

10. He’s not going to make the team — in fact, he might not even be in a position to make the team a year from now — but Mason Williams looks better this spring than I’ve ever seen him in the past. Not his numbers, and not necessarily his performance, but he just looks older and stronger and more mature. He’s never been in big league camp, but he’s been quietly going about his business. Hasn’t seem flustered and he hasn’t appeared cocky.

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111 Responses to “Ten random thoughts on a slow-starting Tuesday”

  1. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Chad

    Good morning.

    Wasn’t Rivera the former King of Pool?
    CC had good location his last outing. I thought the ump was not giving him the corners.
    Haven’t watched enough of the games. Has Johnson had many chances in the field at third? Tough chances?
    Saw Solarte make a nice play at third and Anna at short. Both might be better defensively than Nunez?

    Thoughts?

    Thoughts?

  2. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Nice read Chad. Wish I had the same reports about my team.

  3. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    random thoughts on Chad’s random thoughts

    1. If Tex goes down, we might see Overbay again.
    2. Did Tanaka pick up the tab on Cervelli?
    3. I am more concern about Pineda’s command than CC’s lost velo.
    4. thin and inexperience is exactly how I would describe this pen
    5. Yankees are committed Jeter full time at SS unless he is physically unable to play.
    6. Phelps is a legitimate No 5 candidate and the safest enjoy some success imo.

  4. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    *the safest bet to enjoy a degree of success..meh too early.

  5. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    blake says:
    March 4, 2014 at 9:25 am
    “How would you compare Owings to Franklin?”

    I like Owings better…..better chance to stick at SS or be a plus defender at 2b and more upside with bat as well

    Didi had the best defensive ability of the 3 by a good margin but the bat is in question.

    I don’t think any of them are stars…..but both Owings and Franklin could probAbaly be solid at 2b long term for the yanks and that’s what they need……cheap average regulars to offset big contracts

  6. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I just did dig for this. Janssen has ” shoulder inflammation ” -great. I would think they would beg off trading Sergio Santos right now unless they think Steve Delabar can get it done. Messy, messy, and Todd Redmond might have to be in the starting 5. AA’s job would have to be on the line this year.

  7. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I think Kelly Johnson will have a nice year if he’s used properly……I think they risk exposing him if he plays every day.

    I also think the Bu catcher competition really is pretty heavily handicapped in Cervelli’s favor……he’s really improved a lot defensively…..he’s shown more offensively than Romine and he knows the staff much better as well.

    I think Cervy goes north as the BU and I’m not sure what they’ll do with Romine unless JR gets traded……Id think you want Murphy at AAA …..I guess you could let them share time but I’m sure they want jR catching 4 days a week at least

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 4th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    “I’m not entirely sure why, but I think Kelly Johnson is going to have a nice year.”

    I’ve said the same thing. Just a feeling I have.

  9. Tackelberry March 4th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Missed the last few innings yesterday, but I see in the box score that Mason got a hit in his only at bat. Was it a solid single or an infield hit. Really rooting hard for him to have a breakout year this year with Heathcott being injury prone and Austin a big question mark because of his wrist problem.

  10. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I almost think they have to move one of JR or Romine…..because there simply isn’t anywhere to put August Romaine. Sanchez will be at Trenton and JR will be at Scranton if nobody is moved……

  11. Tackelberry March 4th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Nats have the potential to have maybe the best starting rotation in baseball. Still don’t know what the Tigers were thinking when they traded Fister there. They must really think Robbie Ray can be a big winner doiwn the road.

  12. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Happ got blown up real good yesterday. The guy has yet to bring out the love in me,…..for obvious reasons.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 4th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    OT for jmills. jmills did you say yesterday that you have a juicer? I’m confused about something. The one raymagnetic suggested is one where there is no pulp left. Everything goes in and gets juiced. The one I bought separates out the pulp. But isn’t the pulp nourishing stuff? Why would it get separated out. I am totally new to this stuff so I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m definitely not going to open the one I bought until I’m sure it’s the best one for me. Thanks for any help you can give.

  14. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I think Phelps probably deserves the 5th spot the most….but IMO if Pineda is healthy and throwing 95 it’s gonna be him…..Phelps’s versatility works against him somewhat…..the yanks know he can pitch well out of the pen so it’s tempting to make him like a utility pitcher for lack of a better word.

    Phelps can spot start to limit Pineda’s innings…..he can long relieve and he can short relieve……he might even be more valuable to the team in that role than the 5th starter

  15. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I wanted Fister. I heard a bit that Detroit didn’t want to trade in the A.L. – their prerogative.

  16. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    “Nats have the potential to have maybe the best starting rotation in baseball. Still don’t know what the Tigers were thinking when they traded Fister there. They must really think Robbie Ray can be a big winner doiwn the road.”

    When Doug Fister is your 4th starter…..yea that’s pretty good. I think it all depends on Stras…..If he steps up and is what he’s supposed to be then that rotation is downright scary……the thing about the Nats is …..what if both Stras and Harper grow up and break out at the same time in 2014?

  17. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Robbie Ray is legit…..that whole trade is about the Tigers thinking he can be a league minimum 3rd starter for them in the near future.

  18. mick March 4th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    If they are going to limit Tanaka in the early season, Phelps will get his chance to start.
    That and the iffiness of Pineda will make Phelps a valuable starter.

  19. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Sorry Trish, no juicer here ( although I should consider one given the veggies I eat ) I was talking about doing a pot stew mix ( lots of veggies and a bit of lean ground beef ). I’m hearing great things about beets and along with carrots they would make a strong juice.

  20. mick March 4th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I can take the tweets if they are in a different language as most appear to be for now..

  21. RadioKev March 4th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    blake says:
    March 4, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I almost think they have to move one of JR or Romine…..because there simply isn’t anywhere to put August Romaine. Sanchez will be at Trenton and JR will be at Scranton if nobody is moved……
    ——————————–

    I’ve been saying this for month. A waste of resources to have an extra, potential full time catcher when you can flip him to improve the team elsewhere.

    Also not concerned at all about the pen. Plenty of young arms to take care of it.

  22. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    @espnmlb: Kinsler hopes Texas, ‘sleazeball’ GM go 0-162: Former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler clearly won’t b… http://t.co/f49fR2zOFB

    I get the feelin that players don’t like Jon Daniels all that much…..

  23. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Trish, if the pulp goes through and you can take, no reson not to use it imo. Lots of vitamins plus you’re paying for it.

  24. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Kinsler isn’t the first to have issue with Daniels either…..Young, Hamilton, and of course Nolan

  25. mick March 4th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Romine would be the one I’d move.
    Of course, he has the least value.

  26. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I’ve been saying this for month. A waste of resources to have an extra, potential full time catcher when you can flip him to improve the team elsewhere.”

    The thing is though that Romine probAbaly doesn’t have a ton of value…..do you trade the better prospect in Murphy for a better return or do you just flip Romine for whatever you can get simply because you don’t have room for him?

    I guess the answer depends on what you can actually get for JR

  27. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    At this point, it’s whole lot conjectures without seeing Pineda on the mound in live competition. what’s hold up? Can we finally observe Yanks confidence in him?

  28. RadioKev March 4th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I guess the answer depends on what you can actually get for JR
    ——————–

    If you can get a quality prospect back for JR, I’d do it. He’s starter material caught between McCann and Sanchez. Let him play for a team that will let him start. We can hold onto Cervelli and Romine and be fine.

  29. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    enough with bp sessions, the Os would have been good measure stick against a fb pitcher with a wrinkle in his arsenal.

  30. blake March 4th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    “If you can get a quality prospect back for JR, I’d do it. He’s starter material caught between McCann and Sanchez. Let him play for a team that will let him start. We can hold onto Cervelli and Romine and be fine.”

    Agreed and if the Dbacks would make a deal then Id do it but not sure they actually will

  31. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Trish

    If you want to drink the pulp, you should get a blender to get it in smaller pieces….the juicer will give you the liquid and not be quite as filling…..I use both a blender and a juicer……..and the pulp is good for making/baking other foods such as muffins

  32. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I should get a juicer – great liquid lunches for the road. That, a bit of cheese, and a dozen unblanched almonds and you’re set.

  33. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I don’t think the Yanks will trade Murphy…….injuries are expected at this position and I think they like having a guy who could fit in the lineup and play only a phone call away…..Romine is still a question mark….more so than Murphy

  34. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    There you go, cover all the bases, a blender and juicer!

  35. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I’m hardly perfect about my health, but I do try and follow some decent tendancies and attack the elliptical machine. Thank god I was never a smoker. Opinions about what to eat change so much, I don’t overly focus on it. Of late, carbohydrates have been under attack.

  36. austinmac March 4th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Tackle,

    Mason’s hit was a a hard line drive to left field. He looked good taking an outside pitch the other way. He does look bigger and stronger.

  37. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Good morning. Had to go to work, so I missed the second half our game. Tried watching it last night, but fell asleep when Christian Garcia came in. I am about to rewatch on YES. As far as Nova is concerned though, I’ve said it before, this is the Nova I expect to see, the “Ace” Nova. His stuff is so good; he just has to execute and I think he will. That is why I don’t even consider trading him.

    Maybe Romine can increase his value during ST. I still think he can be a decent MLB catcher. Maybe he can re-establish his worth and bring back more than we now think. We really do have no where to put all these catchers. I would think Yanks keep Cervelli around for the platoon with McCann and b/c of their preference for “vets.” I really really do not like the idea of trading JR. I know we are backed up in spades at C, but I just think JR is going to be really really good. And even though Sanchez is #1 at C, with the Yanks you just never know if in spite of their trumpeting Sanchez’s improvement, if he will actually pitch frame enough to satisfy them. Why act so quickly to dispatch JR? I would not.

    King Felix is pitching today against a Dodgers lineup of Puig, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier … but game starts at 3pm, exactly when I have to leave for work. :(

    Doreen, I read backwards and realize you posted about those Charleston Lakewood games. JR caught in one of mine (very poorly, but he was just getting started at the C position) and played 3rd in the other. Sanchez hit a loud out, and just generally murdered the ball even when he wasn’t getting hits. Pumped to see him play in last than a month.

    Trisha, here you go (it’s too early for me to answer questions about juicing, just waking up, but depending on the type of juicer you buy you will get more or less pulp. Just google pulp and recipes. And here is a discussion of the diff types of juicers): http://www.rawjuicecleansereci.....st-for-me/

  38. austinmac March 4th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Greg,

    I think the Yankees would trade Murphy for the right infielder presuming they are hopeful with Sanchez. Cervelli clearly looks like the BUC. Sanchez and probably Murphy are the only extra catchers with real trade value. This is the only area of young player strength. It seems to me they have to use it.

  39. DONNYBROOK March 4th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    - SPRING TRAINING TUESDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) Very Calm ST. Reason? NO A-Rod. Each Player allowed to Focus on their area of need.

    (2) CC loses More weight, and the FB loses More velocity. NO coincidence.

    (3) Cervelli making himself Very attractive back-up Catcher trade bait.

    (4) Lack of (R) Power makes Soriano 4 Hole hitter by default.

    (5) McCann mashing. Girardi will be Forced to keep him in the lineup. Further jamming DH

  40. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I know our bullpen will be full of young arms…….I dont’ think that is a bad thing….especially when there are more young arms waiting in the wings….I’m glad we didn’t sign some old pitcher to a big contract to fill up the bullpen

  41. Tackelberry March 4th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    YF:

    Nice to see Z. Almonte go the opposite field from both sides of the plate, especially from the right side which is supposed to be his weaker side. Would love to see him make Opening Day Roster, but need to be able to trade Ichiro for that to happen.

  42. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    austinmac March 4th, 2014 at 10:06 am
    Greg,

    I think the Yankees would trade Murphy for the right infielder presuming they are hopeful with Sanchez. Cervelli clearly looks like the BUC. Sanchez and probably Murphy are the only extra catchers with real trade value. This is the only area of young player strength. It seems to me they have to use it.

    —————————————

    I agree but has to be in the right deal…………and I’m not sure that is in the cards…….players mentioned in San Diego don’t do it for me…….we’ll see if the Yankees bite……

  43. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I think Almonte is the first call up when an OF is injured……I like having some depth especially after the injuries we had last year……………

  44. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    yf, saved that link as well. Don’t want to be a train wreck for that next Blue Jay WS win. I want to be up for the party ( next lifetime like the Reincarnation of Peter Proud if need be ).

    :D

  45. Hankflorida March 4th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    The Yankees had the problem of having too many catchers in the days of Berra, Howard and Blanchard before there was the DH. The solution was easy as they found different positions for these players. JR Murphy could find his way to 3rd base, McCaan eventually to 1st and Sanchez and his backup, Romaine, staying put.

  46. blake March 4th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    “Why act so quickly to dispatch JR? I would not.”

    To get infield help….

  47. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    GregD, agree. The old armed pitcher always gets priority even if the old arm is no longer viable. I’d rather see what we’ve got with our younger live arms. I think some of the RPs we drafted can fill in. Burawa looked good throwing that nasty sinker yesterday, picking up at that place where he left off last year when he was better commanding his pitches, slider too), etc. I loved the way we used the kids in 2009 BP–DRob, Aceves eta al (and Hughes was huge down the stretch in the BP, but still think it may have stunted his SP evolution, especially not using the changeup at all…)

  48. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    My observations in ST

    1) Bryan Mitchell will help us this year
    2) Dean Anna is going to make this team
    3) Mason Williams preparing for breakout year
    4) Injuries to some of our top prospects continue to linger
    5) Our bullpen has a chance to be very very deep with healthy arms

  49. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    blake, get that and depends on who we get, but we shouldn’t be in this position in the first place. I would have loved to wait a year to see how things shake down. And you have to keep Sanchez, love the bat, but really like JR’s game on both sides of the ball and his leadership qualities. If you want to throw in all the cliches, he is a Yankee kind of player. It’ll hurt to see him go. Plus still like that depth until the next wave is a step closer.

  50. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    YF——Burawa looked very good…….he had them hitting everything on the ground……he will be up for us this year sometime….maybe sooner than later…..

  51. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    ” The old armed pitcher ” – that’s what I’m worried about, that the Jays are going to stick with a treading the water Happ going in. If Stroman has the makeup for it along with Hutchison, not much time can be wasted.

  52. DONNYBROOK March 4th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    The mix-n-match that goes on now warrants a RP being available 3 games inna row. The older Chuckers need Not apply. It’s a young man’s game in that role Now.

  53. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    GregD, agree. As long as he is the second half pitcher who challenges and keeps the walk rates down. We have got some big arms if those young guys can locate/be consistent. Wonder too if we get Kahnle back. Also those guys are RP’s so you don’t have to mess with their SP growth.

  54. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    YF——I read in PP that there was a good chance that Kahnle comes back…….

  55. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    There’s one radio guy here ( Mike Wilner ) who’s given to saying, ” its still early ” to callers. He said it at least into June last year. The radio station he works for is owned by Rogers. Wilner also now has part of the gig of calling radio games which I’m not a big fan of. Then again, I have been so spoiled by Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth through since forever.

  56. RadioKev March 4th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    It’s resource management. The Yankees are over stocked at catcher to the point were they have too many guys in need of spots. They need infield help or maybe some bullpen help.

    Even if Cervelli, or god forbid McCann, gets injured, we still have another guy to step in.

  57. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Back in the day the dome cost the taxpayer at least half a billion. Rogers got it for 25 mill. Cripes, the value of the land must be worth more than that alone. They are one well positioned financial owner.

  58. Barry March 4th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Jmills,

    Not hearing Mike Wilner seems like a positive. Hearing him is often really bad news. Jerry just great.

  59. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Hi Barry, Jerry Howarth is just wonderful. He took over from Early Winn about 1980 as Tom’s partner. Just pure class both with regards to the Jays and opposing teams.

  60. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    GregD, I would think so; it is hard to stick on a 25 man.

    Yanks overstocked at catcher because it is a premium position/good source for trades (as well as surplus in case of bust factor). Their good. This would indeed be trading from a strength (unlike the Pineda trade when we didn’t have the offense to deal off offense) So, yeah, I get that. However, Romine is a chronic injury risk, and although I think he could do the job if he were healthy, I’m not sure that he is durable. We’ll see what happens. But JR is a level up from Sanchez and Yanks go slow with their catchers, so not sure what they see Sanchez’s ETA as… Hopefully, McCann can finally stay healthy and with some rest/DH days can produce in second half.

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 4th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Thank you all! The nutribullet is something that just minces all the stuff together so you are getting the benefit of all the nutrients. But there are some really not great reviews on it, so I stayed away from it. I really like the idea of ingesting/imbibing all of it, but the juicer I bought separates the pulp. I do have a blender though, so the suggestion about using both the juicer and blender is really a good one!

    Thanks again. I’ll now read up on the different kinds of juicers, thanks YF. :) If I can find a less expensive model from the one I bought and it does what I need it to (and has great reviews), I’m there.

    And to think I’ve been so harsh on juicers and here I am becoming one…

    :D

  62. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    This NYY pen is one Drob ankle sprain away from utter confusion

    It’s one thing to have high hopes for Betance or a AA burawa, another to relied upon them as certainty. Drob was a different animal with 2 years of AAA under his belt and was slowly integrated into EIG by the virtues of ‘old armed’. The Yanks current stands clears lack an reliable EIG and the yanks don’t the luxury in finding that out in a prolong experiment. The solution was very simple, sign Balfour as closer and call a day.

    JMO

    This pen is suspect.

  63. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Wilner can also be rather caustic to callers. Its obvious that some don’t know much about the game, and I don’t think you should little someone in that instance. Some of these people are just trying to phone in and make some headway.

  64. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    ” Belittle “

  65. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 10:49 am

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  66. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    A reliable EIG = someone who is put there and succeeds. Like Hughes did… DRob did. I don’t think there is the need for so much experience here as much as having a good arm/control/command. Coming out of the pen isn’t that hard to do. And it is fluid, so we will have options. I am sure we are always looking to see what else is available.

  67. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Fem, the complexion of this bp doesn’t have to change much with an inclusion of a say, Balfour? I am all for integrating the young and talented. I simply do not see how an additional of Balfour can impede anything the above you have stated.

  68. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    *an addition of

  69. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 4th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    jmills, I have two things (at least two) going against me in terms of trying to eat right. I abhor cooking so I am at the mercy of fast food or the largesse of friends and family. Secondly, I am a sweets freak. Thirdly (I said at least two, ha ha) I am highly undisciplined and probably undisciplinable. I am great with exercise and working out, but my back issue had put the kibosh on that; and now that I’m good to go, the thought of going out in sub-freezing temps just isn’t doing it.

    I’m hoping that juicing introduces a whole new way of life for me. It definitely gets me necessary nourishment without having to go near a stove. That’s my idea of perfection. Wish me luck!

    :)

  70. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Fem, let’s just indulge me in the hypothetical for a min, if Drob goes down in ST, who is your EIG and who is your closer?

    like chad said, it’s thin and inexperience.

  71. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Trish, good luck. You might want to take up cooking large batches and freezing portions. I have 2 huge cooking pots that I make use of at once – hence something nourishing every time I come home at night. The savings is motivation in and of itself, because I don’t like cooking either.

  72. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Trish

    The Juice Generation is a great juicing place in the city to purchased juiced drinks and you can get recipes that you can copy at home.

  73. Tackelberry March 4th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Fem, let’s just indulge me in the hypothetical for a min, if Drob goes down in ST, who is your EIG and who is your closer?

    like chad said, it’s thin and inexperience.

    _______________________________________

    Can’t argue with that. They tried to sign Brian Wilson, but he refused to shave his beard to come here. The guy I wanted them to sign was Mujica, and as luck would have it, the Red Sox grabbed him.

  74. GregD March 4th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Trish

    one more thing, the Blendtec blender will liquify those veggies and fruits…..very powerful and 100x better than the nutribullet etc…

  75. Tackelberry March 4th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    and to make it worse, Balfour went to another AL East rival, the Rays

  76. RadioKev March 4th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    A reliable EIG = someone who is put there and succeeds. Like Hughes did… DRob did. I don’t think there is the need for so much experience here as much as having a good arm/control/command. Coming out of the pen isn’t that hard to do. And it is fluid, so we will have options. I am sure we are always looking to see what else is available.
    ————-

    Not sure what experience has to do with success in the bullpen. Young guys come into the major all the time and make a huge impact in the pen. The Yankees have a lot of young arms. I think it will work itself out :)

  77. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    It’s not all about potentials… I agree with Fem that Yanks do have potential lightning in the system that may or may be pan out… but what they do need a degree of certainty. Perhaps old armed pitchers like Uehara, Mujica, Darren O’day and Balfour offers more of that than simply ‘bunch of young arms’. Yanks need some assurance of experience and success behind Drob in the world which the eternal goal is to ‘win now’!

  78. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    *may not pan… pardon, typing fast.

  79. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I’m hearing good things about fasting once a week for a day. Clear your medical first.

  80. RadioKev March 4th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Perhaps old armed pitchers like Uehara, Mujica, Darren O’day and Balfour offers more of that than simply ‘bunch of young arms’.
    ———–

    And perhaps they offer less? Relief pitchers are typically the least stable players in baseball. Uehara is bound to have a down year after throwing the most innings in his MLB, at his age. Balfour is a bit banged up too. Beyond the very elite guys, certainty is just not something you typically get in the bullpen. But when you have depth, which the Yankees appear to have, you can feel better knowing some combination might be worked out mid-season.

  81. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    And perhaps they offer less?
    ——–
    perhaps not in the names that I mentioned.

  82. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I wouldn’t have minded getting Balfour. And after the O’s debacle, I think the Rays had some pull with him b/c he is a former Ray and loved pitching there. That said, I still think experience in the bullpen is overrated and most of these BP arms are fungible, tend to be wildly erratic from year to year with a few exceptions. Still think we can create a decent pen from what we already have. Of course if DRob goes down then you are in trouble, but … his arm has been pretty durable (knock on wood); just keep him away from staircases, ladders, and black cats.

  83. RadioKev March 4th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    ” That said, I still think experience in the bullpen is overrated and most of these BP arms are fungible, tend to be wildly erratic from year to year with a few exceptions. Still think we can create a decent pen from what we already have. Of course if DRob goes down then you are in trouble, but … his arm has been pretty durable (knock on wood); just keep him away from staircases, ladders, and black cats.”

    Bingo. Oh, and yeah, carrying empty boxes!

  84. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    RK, yes, and empty boxes… full or half full ones are acceptable. ;)

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 4th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Yikes, so much information. But I thank you all for every bit of it. I seem to change courses a little with everything you all are telling me.

    GregD, I’m not in the City or anywhere near it. But thanks. I will now take a look at that blender.

    jmills, cooking large quantities and freezing is actually great advice and something I have done in the past. But I’m such a lousy cook that the thought of eating a lot of something I’ve cooked is totally unappealing.

    crabby – lots of good stuff in your post. What you said about easing into it is invaluable for me because when I start a new project I go balls to the wall. So I am now putting the skids of doing nothing but juicing for three straight days. To quote some lyrics, nice and easy does it every time.

    :)

  86. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I make a point of stepping on cracks, going under ladders, while inviting every beautiful black cat over. Heck, Mats Sundin wore #13, and he was pretty good and injury durable :)

  87. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    YF, we shall see :D

  88. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Trish, you juicing!

  89. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The Orioles have signed left-hander Johan Santana to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced.

  90. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Frank was nice and easy in song, but…

  91. Vineyard Yankee March 4th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Hey Yankee Fans !

    What a great team this is shaping up to be. This is going to be a great year !

    Sad that Jeet is calling it a career tho ……..

    Hope the snow melts back East, Spring is here !

  92. yankinvegas March 4th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    The Cardinals way in the bullpen. Young, hard throwers.
    Robertson will be one of the best closers. Why? Because he has been one of the top relievers for a few years now.
    Kelley, Betances, Phelps. Cabal, Thornton. And I like the idea of Nuno as a third lefty.
    Plus depth with Claiborne, Warren, Ramirez.

  93. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I do love Sinatra though, and I’m not given to a lot of male vocalists. I like Al Martino.

  94. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Tackel, the no facial hair rule is kind of silly to me.

  95. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Vineyard, I take it you’re in the great red wine region of Oregon or something. Great times driving through there. Beautiful country.

  96. Cashmoney March 4th, 2014 at 11:33 am

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    “I have to go around to guys every now and then and keep them honest,” Cashman said. “The line I usually use, I ask them, ‘Is your rotator cuff OK?’ And they say, ‘Huh? Yeah. Why?’”

    Cashman pause

    “And I say, well, obviously you’re having trouble getting that razor up to your face. So I figured you’re having shoulder problems,” Cashman said.

  97. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    “jmills March 4th, 2014 at 11:20 am
    I make a point of stepping on cracks, going under ladders, while inviting every beautiful black cat over. Heck, Mats Sundin wore #13, and he was pretty good and injury durable ”

    jmills, I too revel in the above. I love black cats; I had a very sage one who I named Minerva. I was prescribing for DRob; not for myself. ;)

    Cashmoney, yes, we shall see. I do think the pen will be strong. And we can always add to the mix. As for juicing… Apparently, we all our juicing in one form or another. ;) But seriously, word to the wise as far as fruit and vegetable juicing goes. Make sure not to overdo sweet produce, like carrots, without cutting the sweetness with some bitter greens, astringents like lemon, some ginger because you don’t want to overdo, feed the sugar addiction (even fruit/veg sugar can be bad for you…)

  98. blake March 4th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I bet Cashman loves being a jerk like that

  99. Vineyard Yankee March 4th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Hi Trish:

    Can you please put me down for ’88 WINS’ this year please

    TIA

  100. jmills March 4th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    You guys have been a great diversion. I’m staring at a tax reassessment. I’ve never been hit like this considering I have a high end certified management accountant and duly pay up on what is figured owed. They’re charging me back interest as well with a due date of March 13. Yippee. Oh well, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  101. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Hi Irascible Apple :) I haven’t really followed the Teixy juice trend (or the general bottled trend, b/c have been into the freshly made version for a while) , so I am not sure exactly what he is imbibing. Got a link? Hopefully, Teix is grounding himself with other foods/supplements. After all, his LHH swing is ethereal enough; that boy needs some LH grounding. But if Alex’s supplement regimen is any indication, I am thinking many of these players are big into (natural) nutrition beyond the pharms/synthetics. Although I know Alex is a fanatic about health.

    As for baseball, love that they have Nova throwing changes to righties. Rays have been onto this for a few years now. Think it will make Nova an even better pitcher.

    Have you tried Coconut Bliss’s Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, btw?

  102. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Was the Mason catch in CF routine? (just missed it)

  103. blake March 4th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    @JimBowdenESPNxm: James Shields just told me that there are no negotiations going on between him and the Royals right now Sirius 209 XM 89

    Good thing they wasted Wil Myers for two years of Shiejds

  104. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Yep, I never liked that trade for KC as I said from the get-go. Rays also got Odorizzi in that deal. SMH.

  105. yankeefeminista March 4th, 2014 at 11:56 am

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