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Jeter staying in play

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Derek Jeter

 

Derek Jeter is due for a day off one of these days.

“He’s going to get one here soon,” Joe Girardi said.

The 40-year-old Captain has played in 73 of the 83 games — starting 69 at short — following the injured-ravaged 2013 season that limited him to 17 games with the Yankees. He’s pow batting .271 with two homers and 20 RBI in his final season.

In the homestand-closing 6-3 loss to the Rays Wednesday, he went 0 for 5. But he had been at .338 over his previous 19 games, going 26 for 77 with four doubles, a homer and eight RBI. His on-base percentage had been .381 in that stretch. He stands four hits from 3,400.

It’s doesn’t figure that he will get a break during the All-Star break. Jeter has been leading the AL shortstop voting.

“As long as his body feels good and I feel that he’s moving around, I’m going to keep playing him,” Girardi said. “He’s done a really good job. He had the one little issue early on with the tight quad, but he’s really held up well.”

Jeter is staying optimistic despite the team’s struggles. The Yankees will take a season-high five-game losing streak into their game at Minnesota tonight. They have fallen below .500 at 41-42.

“Can’t change it,” Jeter said. “It’s over with now. It’s done with. We have a lot of games left. Anything that’s happened up until this point, you can forget about it. We need to play better. Talent doesn’t win games. You have to go out there and perform on the field. It doesn’t make a difference what kind of talent we have. We have to find ways to win games.”

ESPN is reporting that Yangervis Solarte is being sent down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Zelous Wheeler.

Here’s my story on the Yankees becoming at losing team Wednesday and Masahiro Tanaka being on a losing streak, too, albeit a small one. And here’s my story on the latest A-Rod controversy.

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108 Responses to “Jeter staying in play”

  1. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Good morning all —–

    Jeter has played about as expected for me, in terms of productivity but a lot more than I expected in terms of playing time. Not sure that’s a good thing, but I suppose anything that keeps Brendan Ryan on the bench is a good thing.

    They really have to do something now. RF is a wasteland and Nuno is only slightly above decent on his good days. No changes, no chance at post-season.

  2. blake July 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Jeter has had to play too much this year

  3. GregD July 3rd, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I am really perplexed by the Wheeler move……I guess Pirela can’t play third base……I hope Girardi let’s Wheeler play….sitting him on the bench for a week and then playing him won’t get us a good result……….

  4. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 8:34 am

    well can see for yourself this team will be lucky to play .500 this year…they wasted to much money in the OF (RF) and didn’t put it where it belong SPing & IF..this team has been playing .500 ball for 1.5 years and nothing will change

  5. GregD July 3rd, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I would think Refsnyder will be called up after the all-star break especially if this downward swoon continues…..Roberts has started to swing better but Refsnyder might be the real deal……

  6. GregD July 3rd, 2014 at 8:36 am

    If Beltran hadn’t gotten hurt, they would have been fine in the OF, and their permanent DH Soriano has been an absolute disaster………no crystal ball would have predicted that…….you wonder when they decide to cut bait with him………

  7. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Good morning.

    Brian-

    Just about every time you look at the box score Yankees are 1 in 9, 1 in 10, with RISP.
    I just wonder if they’re hitting philosophy attributed to Kevin Long is flawed.
    Their left-handed power hitters are almost always hitting into a shift. They continuously pull the ball into the teeth of the shift and do not seem to have the capability to go the other way and in the case of Tex aren’t willing to go the other way.

    Thoughts?

  8. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 8:41 am

    GregD —-

    You obviously haven’t been here. From the day he was signed dozens of people here KNEW that he would flip over a wall in Tampa and never be the same again.

    Once again “Cheapskate Hal” has flummoxed the dummy brigade with a massive commitment to spending on young international talent. Doesn’t he realize that he could use that money for a hotel or maybe some horses for Hank to play with???

  9. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 8:42 am

    where would this team be without Tanaka…

    Sori .225
    Beltran .221
    McCann .224
    Tex .239
    KJ .218
    Roberts .237
    Cervelli .192.. ( why is this guy even on the roster)

    what a joke

  10. GregD July 3rd, 2014 at 8:43 am

    the good news is the money we spent in the IFA to restock our farm system….it won’t help us any time soon but it is a part of a long term solution that the Yankees need desperately ………they can’t win year in and year out with a strong farm system….one that provides new players as well as trade strength…….

  11. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Greg-

    Pirela has been in LF, lately RF. When they finally pull the plug on Soriano, maybe he’ll get a chance.

    Unfortunately I suspect Wheeler will only get a chance to bet against lefties, in a platoon with Johnson at third-base

  12. GregD July 3rd, 2014 at 8:45 am

    86……..LOL……Fanatics (Fans) always know what will happen, what could have happened, and who do blame for it….I’m one of those that does that from time to time…….. :)

  13. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I’ll be surprised if Tex can play first base tonight against the twins after having his knee drained.

  14. GregD July 3rd, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 am
    Greg-

    Pirela has been in LF, lately RF. When they finally pull the plug on Soriano, maybe he’ll get a chance.

    Unfortunately I suspect Wheeler will only get a chance to bet against lefties, in a platoon with Johnson at third-base
    ——————-
    I was reading on here some comments last night that changes are going to happen during this away stand……not sure if the person had inside information or not…..but at this point I would welcome Pirela in RF and see if he can hit…….as my Dad used to say….”Soriano couldn’t hit his mother-in-law in the @## with a snow shovel” :)

  15. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 8:51 am

    5 game losing streak and all at home …no doubt Hughes will lock them down tonight …Tanaka better not give up more than a couple of runs

  16. Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Twins are starting 4 righties this weekend so looks like Wheeler wn’t get an opportunity in Minnesota unless Kelly JOhnson gets pinch hit for or something. I agree though that Soriano needs to be jettisoned. Ichiro too. Give Pirela and ALmonte a shot at the RF platoon

  17. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    again they never learn..bad contracts on old players

  18. Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 8:54 am

    If Tex can’t play 1st tonight that puts Kelly Johnson across the diamond at 1st and then Wheeler would play 3rd

  19. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 8:54 am

    They did haul in some talents 86, I would think at least 1 or 2 these would have been 1 round picks in domestic draft…

    I am almost certain that IFA signings is the most interesting and meaningful event for NYY in 14.

  20. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Sori .225
    Beltran .221
    McCann .224
    Tex .239

    Blake-

    The Yankees need more than one big bat now. The above four are the middle of the lineup.
    Beltran needs surgery. Soriano can’t swing that heavy bat anymore.. Tex has an arthritic knee, that will need treatment, and McCann has stated that he stinks.

    Find me some bats on teams going nowhere. Not old veterans like Beltre.

  21. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    again they never learn
    ——
    We’re caught in a trap
    I can’t walk out
    Because you make too much money baby

    do do do

    We can’t go on together
    With suspicious minds
    And we can’t build our dreams
    On suspicious minds

    woo woo woo

  22. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Wheeler for Solarte is fine with me, but not the dramatic change(s) they need…. still a small step in the right direction.

    As I have written several times, I’m all for the idea of Pirela and Roller replacing Ichiro and Soriano. And if Shane Greene is good for four innings today, take him out and call him up to replace Nuno.

    Is still think the best trade target for RF is Alex Rios, but Josh Willingham would fit well and I’m open to other ideas.

  23. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I left out Almonte for Beltran (DL for surgery)

  24. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 am

    another year with crap baseball … $ 209 mil for a .500 team

  25. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 9:08 am

    86

    I actually would like FA Michael Cuddyer, but he’s injured. His Rockie teammate 33 yo lefty,Justin Morneau is hitting again, and just not in Coors, plus he has a team friendly contract.

    Martin Prado, who was one of the best at plating runners from third with two outs, as a Brave, and is 30 yo, I believe.

  26. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 9:11 am

    2B Jose Pirela 3-4, 2B – hitting .293 over last 10 games
    DH Rob Refsnyder 1-4, K – hitting .387 over last 10 games

    Baby Bomber Recap:

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....-refsnyder

  27. Emaciated July 3rd, 2014 at 9:11 am

    4 game set with the Twinkies begins tonight.

  28. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 9:13 am

    for some reason the NYY have a up tick in attendance so far this year after 3 straight years of attendance drop off

  29. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Could Pirela, who played 2nd yesterday, be the next one called up?

  30. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 9:15 am

    the NYY are on the fence, possibly fast approaching the point of no return, if my assessment is correct, they won’t make a splash significant enough one way or another, seller and buyer. I venture to say most teams under the circumstances would reverse course, trade away or dump whatever hubris they have and let the farmhands actually accrue some value for future or in trades…

    NYY is another story.

  31. Shame Spencer July 3rd, 2014 at 9:20 am

    It really speaks to how awful Solarte has been at the plate that Roberts and Johnson have gotten a reprieve so far… frankly, I’d like to see all three demoted or released in favor of whatever warm bodies we have in AAA or below.

  32. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Ichi, Sori makes no difference, old guys on a 500 teams that have zero values beyond 14.

  33. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 9:21 am

    “The last two times the Yankees were under .500 this deep in a season was 2007 (when they were still 42-43 on July 7) and 1995, when they didn’t reach .500 for good in that strike-shortened campaign until Sept. 6 (61-61). They made the playoffs both times, although it took a 26-7 push to close out the season in ’95, and a 51-25 second half 12 years later.”

    http://nypost.com/2014/07/02/q.....nners-tbd/

  34. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 9:22 am

    for some reason the NYY have a up tick in attendance so far this year after 3 straight years of attendance drop off

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

    Perhaps its in the category of people who slow down as they pass wrecks on the highway. You are so curious about the carnage you just have to look???

  35. Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Why the Roberts hate? He has actually done a decent job at 2nd base and been hitting ok lately

  36. Lvyankeefan July 3rd, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Good morning everyone,

    I am a long time reader of this blog and look forward to the discussion everyday. I do not post much, deciding to keep my opinions to myself. However, with this recent slide of this team, I had some things I wanted to get off my chest!

    I have to say I was excited my the offseason the Yankees had. I felt that not paying Cano would only be justified by how the team spent the money they would have given Cano. Beltran, Ellsbury, and McCann seemed like a great tradeoff for Cano. Unfortunately, injuries and lack of adjustments have hurt their effectiveness. However, injuries cannot totally excuse Cashman for the lack of depth the team has. At this point, I think the organization needs a fresh voice in personnel decisions and should let Cashman go now. I do not trust him to make trades with our barren farm system. They need at least one bat and pitching, they do not think they have enough even for one pitcher, so the offense will get no better at the expense of some prospect the Yankees do not have to give. I hate to say it, but they should be sellers at the trade deadline. I do not trust Cashman in this process and would like to see ownership make a stand and hold him responsible for this team.

    Additionally, how do they give up on Solatre so quickly but keep running Soriano, Ichiro and Johnson out there everyday? I know, the veteran presence, but at least Solatre has a chance for a hit, Soriano start swinging before he gets to the plate and does not stop until he is heading back to the dugout!

    Ok, enough of my rambling. Thank you for listening and I will go back to my lurking ways!!

  37. Yankee Trader July 3rd, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Also from the NY Post article:

    “The ball was barely off Brian McCann’s bat, but he knew.
    One more ball hit into the mouth of a shift, and into the glove of Tampa second baseman Logan Forsythe, who seemed to be positioned a step or two away from the Grand Concourse.
    One more game ending quietly, most of the 42,343 paying customers long gone to the Deegan or the 4 train.
    One more homestand over, the Yankees looking as uncomfortable at their home address as if the Stadium were datelined Amityville.”

    Just my opinion, these Yankee power hitters are focusing on the short porch, but are being pitched so effectively that they are playing right into the shift. No ability, as far as I’ve noticed for the power lefties to take it to the opposite field, nor in the case of Tex, to even want to do that.

  38. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 9:28 am

    86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 9:22 am
    for some reason the NYY have a up tick in attendance so far this year after 3 straight years of attendance drop off

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

    Perhaps its in the category of people who slow down as they pass wrecks on the highway. You are so curious about the carnage you just have to look???
    ——————————————————————————-
    good why to look at it…..LOL

  39. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Why the Roberts hate?
    ——
    I have no idea, but when I look at team I don’t see back of base cards, I see they have bunch of old dudes that represents little of hope in terms of future, and not much for the present.
    I don’t think most of the fans out there think Pirela is great but they want to see changes that instill some hopes be it fantasy or reality.

    what you have here is zero progress and little else to be entertained if you stick with this bunch.

    stagnation, you can be a 500 team with roberts or without…

  40. austinmac July 3rd, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Tackel,

    Roberts has more more games than I expected and has played about as expected. I’m not sure it is hate, but since he is relatively low paid and doesn’t have a long contract, he holds a spot that could be upgraded.

    So many of the other positions are occupied by guys required, in essence, to play due to their contract.

  41. Missing Cano July 3rd, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 9:22 am
    Why the Roberts hate? He has actually done a decent job at 2nd base and been hitting ok lately

    my standards have fallen

    in june which is lately Roberts hit .215 with a .295 OBP and .329 SLG for a whopping .625 OPS

    in two games in july so far yeah his OPS is still .625 OPS so far for this new month

  42. Shame Spencer July 3rd, 2014 at 9:34 am

    It’s not hate.. he’s just a replaceable piece. His past two weeks haven’t been as bad as his overall slash line, sure, but he’s not a guy that’s going to OPS above .700 overall.

    Pirela or Refs please. Or both, and tell Johnson or Soriano to take a seat.

  43. austinmac July 3rd, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Lv,

    We welcome all lurkers’ thoughts. Yours were fair ones and likely accurate.

  44. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    “Blood Sport: …

  45. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Tex is the only guy with over 800 ops at half way point… that pretty much say it all… be it age, luck, adapting to new leagues and myriad other elements one could factor it. The reality sets in on the talent lvl of this team and how much they have spent for that talent level….

  46. Shame Spencer July 3rd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Also, still gotta love that 3-year deal for Ryan… cause he’s been extremely useful.

  47. bruceb July 3rd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Additionally, how do they give up on Solatre so quickly but keep running Soriano, Ichiro and Johnson out there everyday?

    Good question. Two reasons, I would think: (a) he’s cheap and (b) he isn’t an established star.

    One of the faults of the Yankees’ front office in recent years has been sticking with underperforming veteran players too long in the vain hope that eventually they will start playing to the back of their baseball cards. They kept running Wells out there…and now they’re doing the same with Soriano, even though his last home run came when there was still snow on the ground.

  48. Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Roberts hasn’t been tearing the cover off the ball but he has been getting his hits lately. Had 2 yesterday. Had the big game tying homer in the 9th inning on Monday night. Overall, he has done a decent job. Soriano and Ichiro are guys that need to be replaced, though the Yanks reluctance to eat the money is whats keeping them around I would guess.

  49. Missing Cano July 3rd, 2014 at 9:42 am

    here is what is interesting the AA has been called on here where Yankees prospects go to die at least the hitting prospects and Gary Sanchez was trashed and Zoilo Almonte’s 2012 season was held as a beacon of a hitting prospect passing the rubicon

    but here is another ugly secret Gary Sanchez is on pace to either equal, surpass, and in other categories come close to Zoilo’s averages

    consider

    Sanchez is now at .269 AVG and has heated up recently, Almonte only batted .277 in the rubicon 2012 season

    Sanchez has already surpassed Almonte in walks with 29, Almonte only had 25 for the whole season (and walks being a good indication of potential success)

    Sanchez has 16 doubles in 68 games, Almonte only clubbed 23 in his 2012 rubicon season in 106 games (sanchez should easily surpass this with 38 more games to go)

    the one are where Sanchez may not surpass Almonte is HRs Sanchez has 9 and Almonte had 21 Sanchez usually average 15-18 HRs which is great for a young catching prospect in the minors

    take also into account Sanchez plays a much more grueling position and no he is not a Yankees hitting prospect who has gone to AA and died as some have suggested

  50. blake July 3rd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    The Roberts aggravation….I don’t like hate…..is probAbaly because he’s old…..hitting .230…..and they have a kid hittin like .360 in AAA.

    They don’t have a lot of positions they can actually do anything at but 2b is one of them…..so it’s frustrating when they just keep running the same mediocrity out there

  51. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    And Tex is about middle of pack in terms just that one category… he is pretty much middle of road in terms of productions for ML 1b… now if that’s your most impressive offensive player on most nights… is there any wonder you are mired in mediocrity or possibly be heading in the wrong way?

    actually in terms of productions, Gardner pretty much has trumped all other NYY.

  52. blake July 3rd, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Zoological is the quintessential AAAA prospect……he’s a tweener…..one of those dudes that’ll hit .320 at AAA but OPS+ about 65 in the majors. Sanchez is a real prospect

  53. Missing Cano July 3rd, 2014 at 9:45 am

    . Overall, he has done a decent job

    you are letting two recent games (and I am not even counting yesterday) really cloud your judgment he was awful hitting wise in June and shows no signs of coming out of it here in July

    these are supposed to be the Yankees and not a bunch of mid .600 OPS 2bers

  54. austinmac July 3rd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Missing,

    Sanchez has really picked it up since his benching. I don’t know what was said, but it worked.

    Murphy is not hitting in AAA. It is a SSSS, but I do think he is overvalued here. He looks to me to be an average to slightly above average catcher. Sanchez has a chance to be much more.

  55. Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Missing Cano

    I’m just saying there are much bigger problems on this team than Roberts. Wouldn’t give up on him just yet

  56. blake July 3rd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Roberts is in the circle of trust so the best we can hope for is that refs maybe gets called up to play RF

  57. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Roberts is 4-13 his last three games, but he was 1-15 in the four previous games.

    He already has six errors. He’s just plain mediocre.

    That is why some (many?) of us want to see Pirela out there for 20 games and see what happens…. or call up Refsnyder for 2B and try a Pirela/Almonte platoon in RF to replace Ichiro and Soriano.

    When seven of the eleven players with the most AB have OPS below .700 you have to try something. The risk is minimal.

  58. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    have to admit Gardner is the best hitter on the team which is a story in itself

  59. blake July 3rd, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Sanchez is still just a kid

  60. blake July 3rd, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Tackelberry says:
    July 3, 2014 at 9:46 am
    Missing Cano

    I’m just saying there are much bigger problems on this team than Roberts. Wouldn’t give up on him just yet

    Yea but the biggest problems are ones they really can’t do much about

  61. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    The risk is minimal.
    =====
    I think the FO clearly think differently, they would like to deal with certainties of 35 plus brigade rather than chance with the unknowns. what I think that they think this is still is a talent laden roster that somehow haven’t regress to means in 81 games.

    so the risk is quite significant to NYY FO imo.

  62. Villa Nova-Ya July 3rd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    A lot of place holders on this team. This is rebuild mode. I fear it’s going to take about 2 years until we see positives unfold.

  63. Shame Spencer July 3rd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Calling Roberts average is being kind as he’s one of the worst ranked 2Bs in MLB.

  64. austinmac July 3rd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    There’s a funny story on MLBTR about how the two relievers traded for one another between the Pirates and Angels met each other in route to their new teams in an O’Hare bathroom.

  65. Captain Clutch July 3rd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    It was the right move…
    —————-

    ?@MarlyRiveraESPN

    .@Solarte26 confirmed to @ESPNDeportes that he was sent down to Triple A

  66. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    They key to getting back to championship level, as blake, austinmac, shame and I among others keep saying is a firm commitment in one direction or the other.

    Either spend $ 240 M a year (the max sensible number in my view) or purge the roster of the elderly ASAP and start over. Don’t do a little of both which is what they’ve done for at least three years.

    They could be under $ 189 M next year if they wanted to. Just let everyone who can go, go. Even with A-Rod back and Gardner’s raise they could do it.

    Does anyone think letting Ichiro, Soriano, Johnson, Roberts, Nova, Kelly, Jeter, Kuroda and robertson go ($ 50 M+) and replacing them with Pirela, Almonte, Refsnyder, Greene, Pinder, Wheeler and Pineda ($ 3 M total) would make the Yankees dramatically worse?

    That’s not my first choice. My first choice is to take on contracts and talent and jack up the payroll. Just pick a lane, boyz

  67. Villa Nova-Ya July 3rd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Robertson. I would not let Robertson go.

  68. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    There’s a funny story on MLBTR about how the two relievers traded for one another between the Pirates and Angels met each other in route to their new teams in an O’Hare bathroom.

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

    I bet they were pi$$ed

  69. Cashmoney July 3rd, 2014 at 10:19 am

    my new fancy is Tomas, if it only cost money and the the talent is significant, that’s type of move NYY need to flex their muscle on… risk vs reward.

  70. DONNYBROOK July 3rd, 2014 at 10:20 am

    - PRE JULY 4 MUSINGS -

    (1) Where are these Yankee Geniuses NOW that Solarte is a memory?

    (2) I said at the time, CUT on Beltran NOW. The ensuing log jam at DH with the avg age of this team was obvious. Now, we have badly needed offensive players that have to get an out of the lineup day off in order to rest, and players showing the wear and tear (TEX) of attempting to stay in the lineup as Long as possible. Dumb and flat out counter productive

    (3) SP’s Whitley and Nuno Consistently going Less than 6, exposes the weak underbelly of our bullpen = RP’s Kelley and Huff. All 4 of these players should be temporary fill-ins at best, yet here they are sticking on the 25 Man for better than 2 months. The team’s overall record is no mystery.

    (4) Unless a legit Slugger becomes available and falls into our laps, I would Not bring anyone aboard until putting ELLS leadoff, Gardner 2 Hole and Jeet 8 or 9. I would run with that for at Least a week and then appraise that lineup’s performance. This current lineup has players batting all over Hell’s Half Acre, and the avg runs scored reflects that. Ells was Not signed to be a 3 Hole hitter, Jeet and his diminished base running kill the 2 Hole, etc.

    (5) McCann Not hitting is one thing, but his Defense behind the plate is Horrid.

    (6) The major problem facing the Yankees getting back on track is NO ONE in the Front Office wants to admit their mistakes and cut players. (1) Solarte should have been 86′d at least 2 weeks ago, (2) Nuno, Whitley, Kelley, and Huff were covered above. That’s 5 guys out of 25 that are Dead Weight. (3) Roberts is a Major mistake made way back in the offseason, but I just do Not see anyone upstairs with the cajones to admit that mistake. (4) Johnson another absolute Boner. and (5) These same Front Office Jug Heads REFUSED to give Reynolds an MLB guaranteed contract and simply waved goodbye as he walked away.

  71. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I agree completely on Tomas. He potentially could be the RF with RH power they desperately need, even if it isn’t til 2015.

    But that assumes an “all in” approach which they haven’t had since 2009

  72. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Yankees option Yangervis Solarte to Triple-A

  73. Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Well, if they can spend 20-25 mill on a bunch of 16 year olds who are years away, then they can certainly flex their muscle on a more proven commodity like a Tomas.

  74. J. Alfred Prufrock July 3rd, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I wonder if someone’s head is actually on the chopping block around here, based on what’s coming out of the Pollyana Yankees radio booth.

    Sterling declares the infield bad, and Suzyn trumps him with this yesterday:

    “This team is usually built on LH (power) hitters.

    It doesn’t matter about the right-field porch: they can’t reach it!”

    Um, ouch.

  75. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    one thing about the RS they never worry about playing the younger players

  76. 86w183 July 3rd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    gotta get some things done folks….

    Have a Day

  77. Shame Spencer July 3rd, 2014 at 10:43 am

    “This team is usually built on LH (power) hitters.

    It doesn’t matter about the right-field porch: they can’t reach it!”

    ————–

    John and Suzyn have definitely been the most critical. In the YES booth, I’d say Flaherty has been the most forthright about the Yankees’ woes, but even Kay has had trouble masking the clear issues on the team.

  78. austinmac July 3rd, 2014 at 10:44 am

    86,

    Good one!

  79. bruceb July 3rd, 2014 at 10:51 am

    This ballclub has gone soft. One game under .500 on July 3 and the best they can do is send Solarte down to AAA?

    Listened to both interviews with Girardi and Terry Collins on WFAN this morning? Girardi: “We need to find a way to score more runs.” Collins: “It’s where we are come September, not July 2.”

    Who the heck are those two guys trying to fool? The plain truth is New York baseball stinks right now. Both ballclubs contain a whole host of useless players stealing money.

    And the worst thing of all is that the people within both organizations don’t seem too bothered by it.

  80. J. Alfred Prufrock July 3rd, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Shame,

    I mute him nowadays unless Cone or Leiter are in the booth. I’ve had my fill of O’Neill and Flaherty, too at this point, and Kenny, though a nice guy with some occasional insight or a good story, for whatever reason does not interject much and lets Kay’s big mouth chew up the scenery.

    Kay will only express what he’s told to, so if he’s going off on the team it’s curtains for somebody.

    Sadly, our team is currently reflecting the quality of its play-by-play man, both in the TV and radio booths.

  81. NYY fan in NH July 3rd, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Finally Solarte is where he should of been a month ago. Listening to local radio here in NH, it sounds like Lester could be a free agent and I wonder if the Yankees would go in on him. He does have Ellsbury to court him. A Tanaka-Lester combination would be sick! They are saying 5/125 should be able to get him. He’s only 30 yrs old!

  82. Ys Guy July 3rd, 2014 at 10:57 am

    i mostly skip interviews with managers for that very reason. what are they goinng to say? it seems like people expect them to start blasting their players and saying the team stinks and has no shot. its just not going to happen.

    also, girardi spoke the truth, they have to find a way to score more runs. he’s not in charge of the draft, he doesnt get to pick who’s on the team, he’s just the manager.

    you can be as angry as you want about the team, but the manager can only fill out the lineup and manage the way he thinks give his team the best chance to win everyday, then do it again tomorrow.

  83. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    NYY fan in NH July 3rd, 2014 at 10:56 am
    Finally Solarte is where he should of been a month ago. Listening to local radio here in NH, it sounds like Lester could be a free agent and I wonder if the Yankees would go in on him. He does have Ellsbury to court him. A Tanaka-Lester combination would be sick! They are saying 5/125 should be able to get him. He’s only 30 yrs old!
    —————————————–
    Lester won’t leave the RS…

  84. Ys Guy July 3rd, 2014 at 11:02 am

    lester should get at least 5 years at over $20M

    hmmmm, $100+M contract to a guy over 30…

    don’t think we’ve ever tried that before…

  85. Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 11:07 am

    joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 10:35 am
    one thing about the RS they never worry about playing the younger players

    ___________________________________________

    That is very true, and they exist in a media circle of vultures just as bad as NY. If they can give a 21 year old like Mookie Betts a shot in the middle of a pennant race, Yanks could afford to try the same thing with a guy like Refsnyder

  86. bruceb July 3rd, 2014 at 11:09 am

    YS:

    I am angry with the Yankees…baseball is a big part of my life and they’re depressing the hell out of me right now.

    I don’t expect Girardi to publicly criticize his players…it’s not his MO…but to come out with a glib comment that we need to score more runs is pathetic. Don’t they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

    I’d much rather here what he and KLong are doing to help the lineup score more runs. After all, isn’t that what they’re paid to do?

  87. joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Tackelberry July 3rd, 2014 at 11:07 am
    joeman July 3rd, 2014 at 10:35 am
    one thing about the RS they never worry about playing the younger players

    ___________________________________________

    That is very true, and they exist in a media circle of vultures just as bad as NY. If they can give a 21 year old like Mookie Betts a shot in the middle of a pennant race, Yanks could afford to try the same thing with a guy like Refsnyder
    ————————————
    Agree 100%

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock July 3rd, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Missing,

    Good commentary on Sanchez.

    This forum is rather cavalier about him, considering we are so bereft of batspeed and power.

    I would be very hesitant to deal Gary Sanchez, in fact, I’m not doing that unless you get something for him no one’s going to give you: a MIF version of the bat, frankly.

    Bases-clearing double last night and a very nice play to nab a runner at 3rd.

    Even when Sanchez is slumping, I’m not sleeping on the guy. People get caught up quoting these short samples, and absolutely, he’s playing a tough position that takes its toll.

    YF regarding Sanchez has pointed out to someone here who’s apparently not clued into the concept of park effects (and doesn’t qualify the samples he’s always referencing), that Trenton is a tough park to hit in, not to mention that the Eastern League is a pitcher’s league.

    I went last night for C’s rehab, but haven’t been out there much this year, but what I saw in the EL postseason games last year and last night is the same admonition that you don’t dismiss the kind of thump and quickness to the ball his bat has. I’d trade O’Brien very easily compared to Sanchez.

  89. Madrugador July 3rd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Great match up in Tampa tonight against a good team.
    Severino goes against Turley (Joshua).

    It would be great if Severino made it to Trenton for a few starts later this year. Can’t wait to see his stuff in the futures game.

    ….and this is what it has come to for me.

  90. Hankflorida July 3rd, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Just about every time you look at the box score Yankees are 1 in 9, 1 in 10, with RISP.
    I just wonder if they’re hitting philosophy attributed to Kevin Long is flawed.
    Their left-handed power hitters are almost always hitting into a shift. They continuously pull the ball into the teeth of the shift and do not seem to have the capability to go the other way and in the case of Tex aren’t willing to go the other way.
    Thoughts?

    Trader, Cashman went away from the Yankee philosophy of LH power hitters who could reach the RF porch because of both beating the shifts and saving money. Banjo hitters can hit to all fields and are interchanable and cost efficient. He sprinkled into his band of banjos some power bats like Beltran, McCaan and Soriano who are not doing the job of power numbers and are not expected to punch the ball the opposite way. The problem is multiplied when the Punch and Judy hitters have trouble finding the open spaces with RISP. When three hits in a row can’t score a run, you know that this team cannot play small ball or manufacture runs. Cashman’s vision of beating the computer defenses is a failure, and he should have stuck with the guys who can hit the ball in fair terroritory far beyond the gloves on the field.

  91. G. Love July 3rd, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Pruf,

    I tend to think Sanchez is safe. They “disciplinary” stuff just lowers his trade value which makes no sense when you’re talking about a prospect who is consistently on everyone’s top list.

    That said, they’re jammed up at catcher and if they can get a SS/3b of the future with Sanchez’s potential, we may have to go there. Cashman’s whole brilliant plan was to load up on C’s and P’s because they have more value. Well, it’s time he proves it. Because I don’t see teams banging down the door to overpay for Cervelli, Murphy, Romine, etc.

    If they can’t turn a C into a big win then Cashman’s strategy was a farce.

  92. MTU July 3rd, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Tanaka’s line tonight.

    000000000

    KKKKKKKKKK

    Sets a new rookie record and enters the History books.

    16 straight quality starts.

    And his 4th complete game.

    :)

  93. yankeefeminista July 3rd, 2014 at 11:28 am

    In June, Sanchez batted .270/.357/.405 .363 wOBA and that is while working at learning to become a good catcher (tough job especially in the 95 degree summer heat and hitting in a park that suppresses hits. Thus his numbers are affected by the Hammer’s unforgiving dimensions: FYI, Sanchez is batting .241/.303/.397 at home, but .293/.376/.466 .842 OPS on the road. The thing I would like to see is Sanchez improve at hitting righties. He smokes lefties.

  94. yankeefeminista July 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    *.363 wOBA should read.

  95. MTU July 3rd, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Thing I’d like w Sanchez is to get something we really need for him.

    ;)

  96. MTU July 3rd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Tanaka should have fun pitching at Target field.

    It’s like the Grand Canyon.

    Even big enough for Hughes.

    :)

  97. yankeefeminista July 3rd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    G.Love, we did load up on P’s and C’s, but in spite of all the P’s we drafted/signed, we have developed one starter of those who are actually still on this team, and have nothing to show for those whom we dealt/let walk.

    Speaking of which, facing an old friend in Hughes again tonight. I’ll be watching from the Hammer. Bring home a “W,” Unknown!

    Hey Pruf, Doreen, Villa, how about that thunder (pun intended!) and lightning storm at the Hammer last night. Ooee!

  98. austinmac July 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    JAP,

    CC was said to be throwing harder, but they looked to be hitting him pretty hard. Impressions?

  99. yankeefeminista July 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Good morning, MTU. And do you actually trust Cashman in that regard?

  100. yankeefeminista July 3rd, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Austin, think location is off, especially on breaking balls, but hopefully that will come once he gets the rust off. Velo was decent over 4. If he can sit 91-92 and locate that would be plenty. If he can’t…

  101. SweetSpot July 3rd, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Re: Gary Sanchez, not so fast. He has been benched twice for disciplinary reasons this season and although he’s been top 100 for Baseball Prospectus for four years he has been dropping on the list steadily. It’s just a list, I know but it is one thing that stands out.

    2011: Rated #29 Prospect
    2012: Rated #40 Prospect
    2013: Rated #47 Prospect
    2014: Rated #85 Prospect

    A .268 average with a .772 OPS in Trenton this year isn’t exactly what was hoped for although he does have nine home runs. I hope he explodes but he’s just another unproven prospect a la Montero until he proves otherwise. With McCann here for five years I think his value will be as a trade chip because I do think he will be a big league catcher.

  102. MTU July 3rd, 2014 at 11:41 am

    YF-

    Good morning to you.

    I hear you on Cashman’s trade record.

    That is definitely a worthy concern.

    Maybe Stick could do the deal or at least advise.

    :)

  103. RMS July 3rd, 2014 at 11:41 am

    This team looks dead. Hard to watch them.

  104. yankeefeminista July 3rd, 2014 at 11:43 am

    You do realize those lists are non-statistical, qualitative and therefore biased. They are just for amusement and not necessarily predictive.

  105. yankeefeminista July 3rd, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Chicken alert :arrow:

  106. Villa Nova-Ya July 3rd, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Everytime I’ve seen Sanchez play, he hits the ball on the nose. Line drives. Solid contact.

    I wasn’t able to stay for the entire game last night as I had company with me. Left right after CC was taken out, and drove home in a wall of rain (ugh!). I wish I had been able to stay.

    J. Al, the couple of times I’ve seen O’Brien, I’ve like him. I wouldn’t be quick to get rid of him, but I suppose if you have to choose between players, one or the other, sure. Unless McCann gets moved to first or DH sooner than later, not sure what happens with Sanchez. I guess he gets to go to AAA next year and then we see from there.

  107. austinmac July 3rd, 2014 at 11:53 am

    These days I tend to be more excited about GCL Yankees no. 1 than the real Yankees. Every game has the deja vu feel. Get behind by a run or two and hope the rest of the game we can score.

    If the team is 5-10 games under .500 by the TD, will they sell, buy or tell us they are waiting for the team to play as expected.

    Not having a good team is something I guess I can deal with as I have in the past. Having a bad team with no young players to root for is difficult. I am already dreading the end of the minor league season as I can use those games to try to find something positive.

  108. Hankflorida July 3rd, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Since I go back to the days before the refrigerators where we had an ice box and the ice man would come to our apartment to fill it with ice, i can relate to Eugene O’Neill’s play called “The Ice man Cometh;” it was about people sitting in Harry Hopes’s bar and refusing to face their failures in the present. They cling to the hope. that the future will change their lives but do not act to facilitate any changes. In order to go on, they accept their failure with this pipe dream. Cashman saw the failure of his plan last year in changing the team to be less dependent on power and continued the folly by letting Cano go and replacing him with Ellsbury. He compounded his error by assigning the power numbers to two older players in the outfield and DH, a catcher who wears down as the season goes on and an ailing first basemen. The symbol for this year will be Cashman’s pipe dream of an outfield of Ichiro, Ellsbury and Gardner.

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