Fan Confidence Poll: December 28th, 2009

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2009 Season Record: 103-59 (915 RS, 753 RA), won AL East by 8 games, finished with the best record in MLB by 6 games, won 27th World Series

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Given the team's current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees' overall future?
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  • pete

    First 10 since last year pre-wang suckitude. If Joba gives us 150 innings of what his first 110 were like last year, we’ve got the best rotation in baseball. Throw in that our offense, Gardner in left or not, is still the best in baseball, and that our defense projects to be about 30 runs (3 wins) better than last year, and we’ve got a chance to win well over 100 games in 2010.

    We. Will. Not. Be. Stopped.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Can the fans’ confidence drop 8 straight weeks?

  • Jake H

    9. Rotation is now right up there with the best. Just let Gardner play left. If he gets on base he will score tons of runs.

    • whozat

      And what do they do if he doesn’t?

      They need a backup plan who can at least approximate league-average, or platoon with Gardner to generate league-average production.

      • OldYanksFan

        Ted William’s head is available and accessable. I say put our money into cloning. We can NOT Win with one averagish player in teh lineup! (how unYankeelike!)

        OR…. we can get Bonds for our DH… move NJ to 1B… move Teix to 3B… move ARod to SS… put Jeter in LF.

        Why has no one suggested this before? (It’s so obvious!)

  • AndrewYF

    I would go to 11 if the Yankees could just have the best farm system in the major leagues.

  • Stryker

    still a 9, still feeling the #27 high.

    not sure what their plans are for left field, but i’m a firm believer that gardner DOES have value despite what other people may believe; i’m ok with letting the guy get some regular playing time.

    i also think they need someone to enhance left field, though. whether it’s nady, reed johnson, hinske — whoever. the bench is looking a little thin right now and one of those guys would be a welcome addition.

    other than that, i love the upgrades in granderson, johnson, and vazquez. cashman has made this already unstoppable team even BETTER. can’t wait to see how the rest of the off season plays out.

    • pete

      i agree that it’d be nice to enhance LF, preferably with either Johnson or Nady (I prefer Johnson), but how is a team that is already even better than the ’09 version of itself which won the world series not a 10?

      • Stryker

        it’s not just about the major league team. our farm system lacks an impact outfielder at the upper levels, and the organization’s depth overall took a serious hit by trading away bruney, IPK, ajax, coke, melky, dunn, and vizcaino. sure it got back boone logan and jamie hoffmann but losing 2 top 5 prospects and many viable major league relievers hurts a bit.

        the farm system probably dropped from middle of the pack to bottom 10 because of that. sure a few of those guys had no real future with the yankees, but from a depth perspective it’s gotta sting.

        • YankFan

          While I agree that their depth took a hit, it doesn’t signal the end of the farm. Losing IPK may not matter if Mac & Nova are ready by July. Vizcaino does not matter for 3 years. Bruney, Coke, Dunn are replaced by Logan or any of their AAA arms being ready to throw at the wall. They are losing people that we know but may be easily replacable already – it cleans house a little while there is still some value in them. Ajax is the one that hurts but you got Granderson for him. In essence you got Hoffman for Melky.

  • jsbrendog

    8 again because of the long term. it is a 9 for now and a 7 for the future.

    the farm system took a big hit with traqdes of arodys and ajax and being so awesome you don’t draft very high which limits the talent intake in the draft. I am leery of arod/posada aging, jeter’s performance over his next contract, and the development of hughes/chamberlain. If they both don’t get a good amount of starts this yr then when will they? its beocming a brendan morrow type juglging act

  • Reggie C.

    Shoring up both the rotation and the ‘pen with the Vazquez trade keeps me at a 9.

    Losing Arodys Vizcaino stings but losing talent is partly made up for the full healthy return of Jairo Heredia. Heredia doesn’t possess as high a ceiling, but Heredia still is projectable. Regardless, the Yanks went heavy with college pitchers in the ’09 draft. There’s no shortage of interesting RHPs in the farm. All eyes on Adam Warren.

  • Evil Empire

    10 (really closer to 11 … or 28). The World Series champs are looking better in 2010 than they did in 2009.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Voted 9 because we don’t have an answer for Left Field quite yet, so once/if we get one it will probably be 10.

    • Fonzog27

      Yes we do have an option for left field, Derek Jeter, Cano, or cal Crawford. We just have to wait and see. # 28 is coming to a ball park near you.

  • OldYanksFan

    I went with a 10 after a number of 8’s because:
    … we still have Phil, Joba, Montero and Romine
    … Cashman has, and continues to show, he can trade with the best of them, and we are not just dependent on FAs to upgrade
    … Cashman can work within (abeit a very large) budget
    … The Steinettes seem happy to let Cashman call the shots
    (or else Vlad would have a 2 year contract already).

    My only concern is Jeter’s next contract.
    What does the best SS (other then Jetes) get paid?
    Considering his age, $19m, $17m and $14m (3/$50m) seems well above market… but I keep hearing bloggers saying CRAZY stuff (4/$80m, 3/$75m, etc.)
    Build a fuckin’ status of the guy if need be…. but pay him somewhere within 20% (over) his value compared to other SSs.

    • Evil Empire

      Man, I could see Jeter seriously getting 5/100. That’s going to be a really interesting negotiation, because I don’t see Jetes accepting a lower salary. He’s already getting paid $10M/year less than A-Rod. His value purely as a player isn’t anywhere near the amounts being discussed, especially in his late 30s, but his intangibles (a word I am loathe to use when it comes to baseball) will be charged at a premium.

      • Zack

        Exactly; every player has pride and an ego and stuff, if he test 3/50 then he’s getting a new contract that is about 1/5 the size of ARod’s last one.

      • CountryClub

        Jeter has outperformed his current contract. As long as he doesnt get seriously injured this year, he will not be taking a pay cut when it comes to the avg annual salary of his new deal.

        • Evil Empire

          Over the entire duration of his career, Jeter has probably about equaled his WAR value in terms of dollars earned, and that’s just based on his numbers. The Yankees have gotten way more value from Jeter than that due to his prestige, marketability, status, etc yadda yadda yadda.

          Jeter’s HOF consistency and intangibles (again, hate using that word when it comes to player evaluations but its appropriate in that context) will get him another HUGE contract. And he’ll be worth it, considering how many asses he’ll put in the seats. He might even get an A-Rod-esque incentivized contract where he gets like, $5M bonuses each for getting to the 3,500, 4,000 and Pete Rose hit record benchmarks (in addition to a $20M AAV deal)

      • Ed

        His value purely as a player isn’t anywhere near the amounts being discussed, especially in his late 30s, but his intangibles (a word I am loathe to use when it comes to baseball) will be charged at a premium.

        Screw the intangibles, Jeter’s worth a fortune in marketing. He knows it, the team knows it, and they’ll both factor that into their proposals.

        • Evil Empire

          Yup. Marketing is basically what I meant by “intangibles”, haha.

          • Ed

            Most people usually mean things like leadership ability when they say intangibles.

            Marketing may be kinda intangible to the fans, as we don’t see the balance sheets, but as far as the front office is concerned, it’s not at all intangible.

            • Evil Empire

              The way I see it, it all goes hand in hand. Its the intangible aspects of Derek Jeter that make him so marketable – not even Mo can put asses in the seats and cash in the register the way DJ does, even though they are both beloved, life-long Yankees and guaranteed 1st ballot HOFers.

  • OldYanksFan

    OldPoll: Vote Please.
    Who is the BETTER DEFENSIVE answer in CF:
    Gardner -or- Granderson

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      How about having a larger sample of Gardner’s defense before we give an answer?

  • Drew

    I guess I’m going to be around 9 all year again. The major league system is nearly perfect but the farm is a bit thin after all the ninja-ing.

  • manimal529

    Am I the only one who doesn’t mind Brett in Left field? Save the 6 mil and if things don’t work out I’m sure there will be a team trying to dump payroll near the trade deadline

  • AndrewYF

    Shouldn’t Jeter’s next contract be based on the AAV of his previous contract? It was $187 million over 10 years, which is 18.7 million a year. Giving him something like $75 over 4 years, or $57 over 3 would not be a pay cut.

    • CountryClub

      I agree. I think he’ll get 4 yrs at 76 – 80 mil.

  • Matt :: Section 105

    Stands firm at a 9 now. Love the Johnson and Vazquez moves, but obvs LF is a major issue.

    Gardner is not a full-time LF, and I don’t want to find that out mid-May. They need to make a one year stop gap move.

  • Handtius

    I’m a 9. The major league team looks good, minus a guarantee in left (which isn’t always an option and never really is a guarantee) and the minors getting a wee bit thinner. I actually really wanted to see what Ajax could do with the yanks, but Granderson could be his peak or he could never reach that level. It’s just nice seeing your own come up. I think that’s why I liked Melky. I still think he’ll continue to get better.

  • AndrewYF

    I think a graph with just connected dots would be easier to look at, just my opinion and no disrespect to Bob Stone.

    • Bob Stone

      None taken – I will design one as an option for 2010 and the RABbis can decide. A line grapsh (connected dots) is inherently simpler but less pretty.

      The other option, which I think makes the graph clearer, is to shorten up the Y axis, having it run from 5 to 10 instead of 0 to 10 (which was the way I originally designed it). That would more effectively dramatize changes from week to week.

      Another option is the current type bar graph with a moving average trend line. For some reason, My Microsoft Excel (version 2002/XP) won’t let me add a trend line. The option appears on the chart menu but it is greyed out. I will research this problem over the next two days when I have time. Input from anyone who knows the source of this problem would be appreciated.

  • Jordan – Cashman Has No Equal

    Regarding the farm system comments:

    The farm is going to be used for either trades or for bringing guys up to replace others who leave or don’t perform. Well no one is coming up for CF, 3B, SS, 2B, 1B any time soon. The rotation is set at the top 2 + Joba and Phil for depth. The bullpen has enough arms for now.

    The real questions are OF and catcher.

    The Yankees have the best catcher depth of any system: Cervelli, Montero, Romine, Murphy, Sanchez, Higashioka, etc. One of them will replace Posada and another will back up.

    Corner OF: Okay, pretty weak, but Swisher is going to always be affordable. He doesn’t put up Heyman highlight stats, which earn contracts. Look at Mike Cameron, awesome OFer, always underrated, always underpaid. Swisher will most likely be the same, obviously not as good as Cameron though. For LF, you know Cashman is going to look towards Crawford next year. He’ll figure something out, we all know he will. Plus even though they’re far away, DeLeon and Heathcott are future options.

    SP: Do the Yankees have the best projectable arms for the rotation, no. But McAllister can be a back end starter and that’s all he needs to be. Nova could continue to develop and be another option. If any of the Bleich, Brackman, Mitchell, Warren, Betances, Stoneburner, Marshall, Heredia, etc. group pan out to be MLB options, it’s a bonus. Plus, there are so many valuble free agent pitchers coming in the next few years, you know the Yankees will get to at least one of them.

    RP: It’s the ever replenishing cycle of arms it has been the last two years. Melancon, Sanchez #2, WDLR, and Banuelos (SP or RP), plus any surprises and anyone I missed. There’s nothing to worry about there.

    So while the trades for Granderson and Vazquez lost some depth in the minors, it’s nothing to be concerned about or to detract from a vote of confidence.

    • Evil Empire

      I agree with all of this. The Yankees tend to draft so that they’re strong up the middle and get as many impact starters as they can from what I’ve seen. A solid philosophy for a team that can plug up many many holes via free agency and shrewd trades that take advantage of the organizational depth in those key area (C/SS/2B/CF/SP)

  • mryankee

    What is going on with Chapman why is it taking so ling for him to sign?

  • Doug

    Nine. This offseason is still incomplete; I need to know what we’re doing in left field as Gardner needs a platoon partner.

    • Jack

      Is Chico Escuela still available?

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Ten. Only cause Eleventy!!11! isnt available.

    Ok, lets, for the sake of argument, say BG sucks.

    The Natinal League puts a pitcher up to bat every day. I think BG, even sucking, hits better than most pitchers. I bet he has 20 times the number of steals the Natinal League pitchers do next year…

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  • David in Cal

    If the question had been about my confidence in 2010, I would have voted a “10”. The current team has similar hitting to last year’s, but with substantially better pitching and somewhat better fielding.

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