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Phelps: “We don’t view ourselves as fill-ins”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 14, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Ivan Nova is lost for the year, Michael Pineda won’t be back until August at the earliest, and CC Sabathia is shooting for some time after the All-Star break. For the next month — barring another injury — the Yankees rotation is set. David Phelps, Chase Whitley and Vidal Nuno aren’t replacement starters at this point. They’re just starters.

And as long as the pitch the way they’ve pitched lately, that’s just fine.

“Literally and figuratively big shoes (to fill),” Phelps said. “It’s something we definitely take pride in. We all have confidence in our ability, and we know what we’re capable of doing. It’s just a matter of going out and showing it. We wouldn’t be here if they didn’t have faith in us to go out and get the job done. That’s one thing that we just have continue to do is show that we’re able to do it.”

David PhelpsLast night, Phelps allowed two hits through 6.2 innings against the best team in the American League. Two nights ago, Chase Whitley pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his professional career. This current four-game winning streak started with Nuno squeaking through 5.2 innings with just one run.

“That’s what good teams do,” Mark Teixeira said. “You’re not going to go through a season completely healthy; you’re always going to have to have guys step in whether it’s a bullpen guy moving to the rotation or a young guy coming up. … In the past it’s been guys like Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon; guys that have done it before. (This year) it’s mostly unproven guys, which is just fun to watch. I love seeing young guys out there that aren’t afraid to take the ball in big situations. Phelps is one of those guys. He wants to be out there in every single big situation.”

Ready for this? Phelps is also the second most veteran pitcher in the Yankees rotation. Hiroki Kuroda is the old man, then there are three rookies — Masahiro Tanaka is what he is, I get that — and Phelps is the seasoned veteran in his third big leagues season. He and Nova and Adam Warren surely sparked some confidence in other young guys in the system — guys like Nuno, Whitley and Jose Ramirez — that there will be opportunities to get to the big leagues in this organization.

“I talked about it with Adam last year and we talked about it earlier this year,” Phelps said. “Kind of open up eyes for some of our younger guys to come up and get a chance. You see what Ram is doing for us now. The more chances that we get, the more success that we have, it’s just great for everybody.”

Which means it’s great for the Yankees.

“Our job right now is to go out and win ballgames,” Phelps said. “We don’t view ourselves as fill-ins. That’s what it essentially was, but at the same time, we’ve made enough starts right now that, it’s what we’re going to be throwing out there every fifth day. We’re learning as we go and trying to feed off of Hiro and Tanaka. Especially us young guys, trying to learn as much from them as possible. Even some of our bullpen guys that have done it a little more, just pick their brain about everything. It really helps being at home when CC’s around and being able to talk to him. It’s what I did with Andy the last two years. … I guess it’s a good thing to be around long enough to be considered a veteran, but I won’t put that label on myself, that’s for sure.”

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74 Responses to “Phelps: “We don’t view ourselves as fill-ins””

  1. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Phelps shouldn’t view himself as a fill in at this point…..he’s kinda like Gardner was …..he’s always getting picked over but when the dust settles he always seems to be the standing while everyone else falls down……..there is something to that.

    The Yanks made Gardner earn everythingn he ever got……they have sorta done the same with Phelps…..I hope it pays off for him someday either with the yanks or someone else

  2. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I have to believe other teams have interst in trading dr phelps…..not that you could trade him…..but Cash had to get calls on this guy

  3. MTU June 14th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Blake-

    Good morning.

    I used to think of Phelps like Rodney Dangerfield.

    Never getting the respect he deserved.

    ;)

  4. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I wasn’t on the game thread, but I wonder how many posters were thinking “here we go all over again” when Phelps walked the lead-off hitter in the 6th inning of last night’s game when the score was 3-0 and it didn’t look like the Yanks would score again for about another month.

    Phelps, on a low pitch count, walked the first two batters in a 3-3 game in his last start. Even though he was going through the order for the third time, Girardi kept Phelps in, he got bombed and virtually everyone on this blog, except me, blamed Girardi. Girardi stayed with Phelps in the 6th inning last night, also the third time through the order, and got rewarded with a double play on a 3-2 pitch and then an easy third out. Phelps actually got two outs in the 7th as well.

    Girardi was right for leaving Phelps in last time and he was right last night as well. The Yanks always get criticized for never giving young players a chance. But when they do, they get criticized for that as well. Young starters need to do a little learning on the job. And when they do, they’ll take a few lumps like Phelps did last time. As I pointed out after Phelps’ last start, I was impressed by Phelps holding himself accountable for that loss. I wondered out loud if Phelps would learn for his mistake of being too tentative.

    Looks like maybe he has.

    Sure would be nice if the Yanks would give some of their young hitters the same chances they are giving their young starters.

    2014. Transition Year. Let the kids play!

  5. coney1 June 14th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    An off-topic note on Old Timers Day which is next Sunday. I find it kinda depressing that none of Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, or Bernie Williams will be there. Seem like quite an oversight on their part on how much this day means to the fans. Can you image an OTD in the ’70s without Mantle, DiMaggio, Berra, or Ford? Well that’s what those guys are to this generation.

  6. DONNYBROOK June 14th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Certainly the game Phelps threw last night vs that Oakland offense is a Story. But in general, the Yankee SP has actually been pretty good. The most Persistent and Biggest problem for the Yankees has been the offense. This 4 game winning streak Proves that. Jeet actually getting some hits out of the 2 Hole, and Ellsbury coming to life out of the 3 Hole, has brought the Yankee offense to life, and produced this 4 game winning streak. And, what we are seeing offensively is without contributions from Beltran and McCann. This means there is still Much to look forward to offensively from this team.

  7. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    We have different points of views expressed daily. I only object when done in an insulting fashion which you just did again. Go talk to yourself.

  8. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Dan,

    I must confess the walk to start the sixth inning led me to turn it off and go to bed.

  9. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    “This means there is still Much to look forward to offensively from this team.”

    ——

    See I don’t think so. The Yanks had 12 singles last night and hit like .500 with RISP. I think it was just a pretty good BABIP night after some bad nights before. That stuff has a way of evening itself out.

    But there’s nothing flukey about this team’s lack of power. Or Beltran’s lack of bat speed batting left-handed. Or that McCann is just not a very good hitter.

    The Yanks are competing right now only because of their pitching. Their offense is sick and needs fixing. And their defense is well, mostly irrelevant, at least with respect to the infield. Of course I’ve been saying that for months.

  10. DONNYBROOK June 14th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Girardi already being forced to tap dance around the Now healthy Cervelli. Barring an injury, this is going to get Very interesting once the road trip is Over.

  11. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    “Blake is on here daily with his latest conquest of a hind quarter of beef as he promotes the Ancient Roman lifestyle. Stuff your face until you either pass out or throw up. I also find that disgusting and know it is not something to be proud of. Although he appears to be.”

    In trying to stereotype me….you’re actually doing a great job of stereotyping yourself…..I’m done talking to you now

  12. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Holy crap, I was lost on the other side. No heads up on this mobile.

  13. MTU June 14th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Yup.

    They definitely need to add a middle of the order bat.

    Beltran likely headed for that surgery.

  14. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Austin–here’s the synopsis–you like Blake and he is your friend here. You don’t know me and what little you do see, you don’t like. Tandem—Blake’s comments are golden and mine are not.
    You can scold me about having a need to talk to myself. While you’re at it, talk to yourself about being objective. And by the way, I’ve played baseball and have devoted my entire adult life to baseball. I know as much about it as you do and as Blake does . I don’t pontificate about it to the degree he does. I am also a little bit better at assessing it than he is.

  15. DONNYBROOK June 14th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Yeah Dan, you QUIT on this team a while back.

  16. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Hard to find a middle of the order bat…..best bet might be to trade for one that “could be” and hope they regain their form.

  17. emac2 June 14th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I just hope we continue to see them rotate up guys from the minor leagues. I would rather see short tryouts for guys that might not quite be ready than than a bunch of imported has beens and a pattern of behavior that eliminates hope in your entire system.

    The idea that you hurt a prospect by overmatching him for a couple of weeks completely ignores the fact that a big part of learning to play in the majors is how to deal with long slumps.

    It also ignores what you gain when your developing players know they could get called up at any time if they get really hot. I don’t understand how it was decided that you could give a kid a few million dollars, stick them in a low level job they don’t really want to do because they want the majors, and expect any kind of reasonable development percentage. “Go hang out on the bad side of town for a few years and maybe we’ll trade you if another team likes you enough”

    When we were starting Johnson at first for Tex what would be lost if Roller or O’brien played for a week? I know you have to work around the 40 man issue but another thing I think the front office is learning to appreciate more is that current major league rules mean rich teams need open 40 man spots so they can use AAA as an expanded 25 man roster and you have to be ready to accept losing replacement level veterans. Doing this means more of the vets sign with you so it will probably more than balance out.

    I do think we have more ready to play rookies than we have in the past but I also think we would have had more players developed in the past if that was where we looked for solutions.

  18. DONNYBROOK June 14th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Beltran should have been cut on Immediately. This is the TEX situation from last season all over again.

  19. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Maybe reading comprehension is just a lost art :)

  20. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I agree with Dan, not on defense, but on the offense. Singles require too many hits and too much hitting with RISP to score enough on a regular basis. Absent addition of power, they will score an average of four runs per game. That’s not enough to win consistently.

  21. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms68m8ZP528

    blake, I know and accept hockey means nothing to you, but if you want a harsh intro, take in the above doc on the Broad Street Bullies.

  22. MTU June 14th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Blake-

    Maybe we’ll do the Headley thing and hope he has a good 2nd half ?

  23. MTU June 14th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Morning Mac.

  24. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    “Sure would be nice if the Yanks would give some of their young hitters the same chances they are giving their young starters.”

    I mean I agree on some level….really only spots they can do it though are 2B and DH……at some point they have to do something

  25. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    MTU says:
    June 14, 2014 at 9:43 am
    Blake-

    Maybe we’ll do the Headley thing and hope he has a good 2nd half ?”

    Id try for the right price…..may bust but the upside for impact is there

  26. MTU June 14th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Blake-

    I doubt they could demand all that much ?

  27. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Jmills,
    It’s ok…..had I grown up where you did if probAbaly love hockey…..just one of those things and the differences are what makes the earth special

  28. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Moschitto,

    I don’t doubt your baseball knowledge. It is welcome. I come here to hear other people’s thoughts and insights. Let’s just do it without insults. That is not a lot to ask, is it?

    We all repeat things too much. There are only limited topics. I get tired of some of them myself. I have learned to either let it go or simply disagree. I have come to realize we all are passionate here.

  29. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    blake, you got it buddy, I don’t know how I’d deal with another one of myself :)

  30. Tar June 14th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    “I don’t pontificate about it to the degree he does. I am also a little bit better at assessing it than he is.”

    Even if you are better….what is it you want…… a gold star? Gold Star Moschitto there you go.

    As for the pontification why you do care what he does? I have given him a ton of crap over Drew, so have a lot of people, the difference is you are making it personal and nasty…and you should just stop.

  31. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    “I know you have to work around the 40 man issue but another thing I think the front office is learning to appreciate more is that current major league rules mean rich teams need open 40 man spots so they can use AAA as an expanded 25 man roster and you have to be ready to accept losing replacement level veterans”

    —–

    I’m not sure I fully grasp what you are saying here, but I’ve felt for some time there really is no such thing as a AAAA player. There are many many players now in AAA who are good enough to play in the majors but are still in AAA because they just aren’t lucky enough to have gotten a shot at the right time. I’m not saying these so called AAAA players are good enough to be average major leaguers. Not at all. Some may be, but the vast majority of them are simply perfectly substitutable for the bottom 20% of the current major league talent pool.

    The key is recognizing who on your roster is in that bottom 20%. And if you are honest about that determination, then you can go ahead and bring up one of these AAAA guys and give them a shot. There’s very little downside to doing this. And you may end up with a Solarte.

  32. Tar June 14th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Blake

    Speaking of which, you remember our bet….. Nunie vs Drew

    .273 .304 .394 .698

    .071 .188 .071 .259

    Guess which slash line belongs to who :twisted:

  33. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    “As for the pontification why you do care what he does? I have given him a ton of crap over Drew, so have a lot of people, the difference is you are making it personal and nasty…and you should just stop.”

    Bring it on…..I like to debate….I don’t like to argue. I never claimed to not be wrong sometimes either……even though I still think the principle of signing Drew to a one year deal was sound…….after you sit out half a season you obviously don’t know exactly what you’re getting. We don’t know that Drew won’t be great in the 2nd half either…..it’s way too early to make a call on that signing for Boston

  34. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Tar,
    Lets see what it is at the end of the year when Drew actually gets more than 17 ABs or whatever he has ;)

  35. 86w183 June 14th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Unfortunately the Yanks best hope for power in the final 96 games is a return to form from at least some of McCann, Soriano, Beltran and Kelly Johnson.

    I do think calling up Roller makes sense, but who goes? Ichiro? Soriano? Maybe Beltran to the DL and Roller to the MLB roster?

    anyone else notice in Scranton’s game last night the last three innings were thrown by Alfredo Aceves and Heath Bell??? Add in Jim Miller and that might be the oldest AAA reliever trio in the history of “Planet Houston”

  36. Tar June 14th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    “Unfortunately the Yanks best hope for power in the final 96 games is a return to form from at least some of McCann, Soriano, Beltran and Kelly Johnson.”

    Actually this is kind of encouraging because I don’t feel any of these guys are as bad as they have shown, at least power wise so far this year. So one can hope and expect that they will be better as the year goes on.

    Crap did I just expound on the playing up to their baseball card excuse ? :mad:

  37. Tar June 14th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    86

    What I left out was, its a good point you bring up. Those guys should play better.

  38. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    “Unfortunately the Yanks best hope for power in the final 96 games is a return to form from at least some of McCann, Soriano, Beltran and Kelly Johnson”

    ——

    I think McCann will hit for more power. His approach up to this point has been wrong. All I want from him are walks, homers, and good D.

    Soriano is done. When you strike out 40 times and walk once, you can’t be anything but done.

    Beltran is hurt.

    I don’t know what to think of Johnson. I’d like to see him get more playing time though. Especially in home games.

    The key is the Yanks need to be honest about what they’ve created here. And then do what needs to be done so it can improve. Honesty sometimes is a lot to ask of an organization.

  39. pkyankfan69 June 14th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    When EC teams travel to the WC all Sat and Sun games should be required to be day games… Game should be at 4 EST today, not 10…. BS

  40. ltl June 14th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Have any of you assessed McCann’s swing? I’d like to hear what you think about how he drops his hands as a timing device. And where is professor Long on this matter?

  41. ltl June 14th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Oh, I forgot to mention: as I watched Beltran last night it seemed he was wearing some sort of knee brace. He had a shin guard on, but just above it appeared to be the tell-tale hinge of a knee brace.

  42. 86w183 June 14th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    bigdan22—–

    The reason honesty is hard for organizations is because it involves admitting mistakes which we are all reluctant to do. I know if I ever make a mistake I would avoid admitting it.

    Almonte for Soriano would be a nice step in the right direction. Beltran to the operating room and Roller to the roster would be another.

    I’d also be okay with Pirela to 2B for Roberts…. but I doubt the Yanks wanna eat one contract let alone two. Dropping those two would mean paying them almost $ 5 M the rest of the season to go away.

  43. yankeefeminista June 14th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Sally All Star game is in 3 days, so look for Judge, Severino et al to move up to Tampa imminently. Today could be the last day to watch Severino pitch on milb-tv because Tampa has no video coverage. FSL All Star game is today, btw.

    Love how Phelps was aggressive last night and went after it. That’s the Phelps I want to see.

  44. yankeefeminista June 14th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Yanks likely like Pirela and Roller down there as replacement level in event of an injury, but still think they would go outside if they needed fill in for any length of time. Pirela and Roller are @adequate D-wise but think that hurts them in getting called up. They probably want a more agile BU at 1B. I could actually see Frankie getting some time there if they send JR down.

  45. 86w183 June 14th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    off to a thrilling afternoon of honey-do stuff…. on the day before Father’s Day AND my birthday no less.

    At least I can add a stop at the liquor store!

    Have a day

  46. yankeefeminista June 14th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    pk, they probably figure they will draw better on a Saturday night. Only one more 10pm game to stay up for on this road trip, gratefully.

  47. yankeefeminista June 14th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Enjoy, 86.

  48. MaineYankee June 14th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    blake

    Not trying to stir the Drew debate more but most here in NE want the RS to trade Drew.

    They look at it as a panic move that wasn’t needed.

  49. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    “I’d also be okay with Pirela to 2B for Roberts…. but I doubt the Yanks wanna eat one contract let alone two. Dropping those two would mean paying them almost $ 5 M the rest of the season to go away”

    ——-

    Yep, that’s quite a Matzo ball.

  50. emac2 June 14th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Dan

    I wasn’t really referring to the AAAA subject though you could argue I am talking about giving those guys a chance instead of solutions like Drew, Morales or some trade for an average player. But I’m also talking about Refsnyder, Roller, Garcia and O’Brien. Once a player hits AA I would want him thinking the big club is calling any days for a quick tryout if I’m really hot and they get an injury. You can’t make an argument that this is going to reduce focus or effort and should give it a significant boost.

    What you’re referring to (AAAA players) is the tool I would use to allow this given the roster rules. Point being that if you have old replacement level players on your team, you might be better off losing them and using their roster spots to mine for nuggets while motivating your minor leaguers and getting them to focus a lot more than they would have been.

    If you promise to resign them to good minor league contracts with out clauses you can cut struggling vets and probably keep more than you think. Some of them might like the opportunity to play consistently for a couple of weeks, even if it means AAA, to see if they can either turn it around or impress another team.

  51. Tar June 14th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    MaineYankee

    Great to see you, hope things are well with you.

  52. emac2 June 14th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    You have to think about a mistake as a sunk cost.

    Not admitting it and doing something about it is the same thing and offering the mistake a raise.

    Every day you don’t deal with it you get a very significant new bill for being a loser.

    That isn’t a shot at anyone. That’s just how I view things to make sure I’m proactive.

  53. MaineYankee June 14th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Tar June 14th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    MaineYankee

    Great to see you, hope things are well with you.

    —————————-

    Things would be better if it would warm up.

  54. Marcus June 14th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hey! Wasn’t great that the Yanks won 7-0 last night? Morons.

  55. yankeefeminista June 14th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Unknown, as per Montgomery; it was pretty much what I assumed last night when I responded to your query: lack of velo and the walks. He is just no longer considered the prospect he once was when is velo was there. Also according to an article I just found he had been battling shoulder bursitis. Here are some quotes and the link:

    “To make room on the roster, the Yankees announced a surprise move: Enigmatic right-hander Mark Montgomery was sent to Double-A Trenton despite posting a 3.03 ERA and striking out 34 batters in 29 ? innings.

    Bell is a three-time National League All-Star who saved 132 games for the Padres between 2009 and 2011, but his results waned with his stuff after signing a hefty contract the following season with the Miami Marlins. In an 11-season big-league career, Bell has 168 saves, a 3.49 ERA and a 9.1 strikeouts per nine inning average. But after making the Tampa Bay bullpen out of spring training, he pitched to a 7.27 ERA in 13 games before being released.

    One of the top pitching prospects in the organization heading into 2013, Montgomery’s largely uneven Triple-A career took an unexpected turn with the Bell signing.

    He battled shoulder bursitis last season, a condition he said sapped miles per hour from a fastball that suddenly had trouble reaching the upper 80s. Across the board, his numbers improved this season — he allowed only 21 hits in 29 ? innings. But his walk rate didn’t improve, still sitting in the 5.5 per nine inning range, and his fastball sat only at 87-88 mph during most of his appearances.”

    http://thetimes-tribune.com/sp.....witterfeed

    ___
    Let’s just hope Heath isn’t in our future plans… Pitch JRam instead!

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock June 14th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Emac2 – Entirely agree there needs to be more of a silk road between the Bronx and the system. Particularly your point about allowing the MLB slump I am behind; not letting young players have the opportunity to adjust means they don’t have a chance to get better. Not sure how that helps the team and it just keeps it dependent on over the hill and/or dumpster types with slider bat speed and the Yankees running to stand still

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock June 14th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Yankeefem – I welcome chance to see what Montgomery’s issues may be

  58. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Montgomery has lost his velocity. I read he is at 87-88.

  59. bruceb June 14th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Really hope the Yanks’ O shows up again tonight to give Kuroda the run support he so richly deserves. It’s a travesty that he lost his last two starts. We need to win when he and Tank are on the mound. And if we can get one win out of three from Phelps, Whitley and Nuno then we’re golden.

    Good to see the offense finally start producing the way we expected. Be interesting to see whether we can keep it up when we return home next week because our record at the Stadium this year is not too impressive.

    This little run has lifted spirits…but I’m not going to be booking my tickets to the dance just yet.

  60. yankeefeminista June 14th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    He lost it at end of/after 2012 season. He used to be more around 92-93 touching 95 but the velo has never come back.

  61. I Am Winning June 14th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    The offense has had two good games in a row. It wasn’t a smash fest either. Don’t forget the Yankees O went almost two weeks not scoring more than 4 runs. Situational hitting is really what has helped them out the past two games. Only twice did the Yankees score more than 9 runs in a game, and that was back in April.

    Regardless, with our pitching, if the Yankees can score 6 runs, we will win a vast majority of the games.

  62. 86w183 June 14th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Stopping back in ——

    Good news, the Yanks agreed to terms with Austin DeCarr

    Bad news, his $ 1 M bonus is more than $ 400 K above slot.

    Maybe this explains the drafting of Holden, Payton and Spencer in rounds 7-9… perhaps they agreed to well below slot. Would make the picks make more sense. DeCarr has a really high ceiling for the 91st pick.

  63. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Tar–not surprisingly, you read and then interpret it in the subjective manner you choose to.
    Gold Star? That’s silly. You could likely make a similar comment to anyone who makes a point here.
    The point about Drew, which Blake still as of right now chooses to not concede is that he would have been a brutal 14 Million dollar signing. Besides the fact that he is not the caliber of player worth 14 Million (and never has been), New York was never going to sign a player with significant missed time such as Drew when they already, in the last 5 years or so made themselves look foolish by acquiring unhealthy players such as Nick Johnson, Lance Berkman, Pedro Feliciano, Kevin Youkilis, Damaso Marte (although he had a good World Series which still doesn’t justify the many millions paid for a Loogy)
    Hypothetically, if Cashman had signed Drew for 14 Million, and he got hurt the way he is hurt now, further complicating an already extremely difficult task of working with a 40 man roster, Brian Cashman could very well have piled on the last straw which broke the camel’s back–and his own. And he knew it.

  64. YanksFan6 June 14th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    New York was never going to sign a player with significant missed time

    ————————————-

    See: Brian Roberts

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock June 14th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    There are apparently not enough straws to break the camel’s back.

    Teflon camel – big eason why we have been a false contender for a few years.

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock June 14th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    *reason

  67. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    YanksFan6–see not an amount not even approaching a surcharge on 14 Million

  68. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I think the significance of a 40 man roster is generally overlooked by many. Adding players with an unhealthy history to an already aging active roster, containing players who have guaranteed contracts and also dubious health, is not prudent and increasingly more difficult as more and more players in this era become injured.

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