Fan Confidence Poll: January 25th, 2010


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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  1. Confidence Level: 11.

    And, one more time for the boys because, tough loss notwithstanding, I’m proud of them:


    • Mike Axisa says:

      Word. They made the baseball offseason slightly more bearable. They’ve got a good foundation, so they’ll be back. Getting Kris Jenkins back and healthy is like picking up a premier free agent, and Leon Washington is just icing on the cake.

      • theyankeewarrior says:

        Yes, but they will most likely have two more season ending injuries to make up for getting these guys back.

        Injuries are easily the worst part about football.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Very true, though it would be tough to lose a guy as impactful as Jenkins again, unless Revis goes down.

          • CountryClub says:

            The problem is, I don’t think you can ever count on him being healthy for a full season.

            • The problem is, I don’t think you can ever count on him being healthy for a full season.

              Kris Jenkins, Games Played and Games Started:

              2001 Age 22 – 16, 11
              2002 Age23 – 16, 16
              2003 Age 24 – 16, 16
              2004 Age 25 – 4, 4
              2005 Age 26 – 1, 1
              2006 Age 27 – 16, 16
              2007 Age 28 – 16, 15
              2008 Age 29 – 16, 16
              2009 Age 30 – 6, 6

              I think you’re overstating it a bit. He’s been nicked up, sure, but he’s not a walking infirmary. 3 seasons with injuries, 6 seasons of healthiness.

              • CountryClub says:

                OK, that is somewhat surprising (although he’s missed major time in 3 of past 6 years). However, in a lot of the games that you listed above, he played while he was hurting. He wasnt the dominant player that we know he can be. Plus, age & the fact he’s huge, arent normally good for bad backs.

      • Getting Kris Jenkins back and healthy is like picking up a premier free agent, and Leon Washington is just icing on the cake.

        I’d personally say that losing Leon was probably the bigger blow of the two, all things considered.

        Jenkins is straight beastmode, sure, but Pouha is a very capable replacement. He’s also a man-mountain, and he held his own all year long.

        Leon, however, was the electricity to our offense. He created mismatches in a way that Cotch, Braylon, Brad Smith, et. al. just can’t. Getting him back will be monumentally important. He’s a playmaker.

        Going forward, it looks like Braylon will be back, since we’ll tender him at a 1st and 3rd compensation level (and nobody in their right mind would touch that). Thanks to the uncapped year, all three of our RB’s (Thomas/Shonn/Leon) will be back, although dumping Jones wouldn’t surprise me since he’s lost some tread on the tires. Best to keep him, however; don’t mess with success.

        The only thing that sucks a little about the uncapped year CBA wrinkles is since we made the Final Four, we can’t sign any free agents unless we lose one first, and we won’t be losing any that I can see. (No, cutting Vernon Gholston doesn’t count). So, the only real additions we’re making are the 1st and 2nd round picks we have (we don’t have a 3rd or a 4th due to the Edwards and Sheppard deals.)

        I’d double down and use both the picks on defense. Make our elite unite a “Holy Shit These Guys Are Incredible” unit. Add a playmaker in the secondary (either another corner to play across from Revis Island and bump Sheppard/Lowery to the slot corners and Coleman to the bench where he belongs, or a good centerfielder rover to replace Rhodes on the back line, who was never a good coverman anyway) and another DE/OLB passrusher. Turn up the heat.

    • Riddering says:

      The future for the Jets looks really good right about now. The rest of the AFC East should watch their backs.

  2. theyankeewarrior says:

    With Gardner in LF, confidence level = 9
    With Damon in LF, confidence level = 9.25

    Is there an advanced stat that could tell me if .25 in RAB confidence level is worth 5M for JD?

  3. AndrewYF says:

    One more improvement for the graph – maybe start the y-axis at 5.00 instead of 0.00, so we can more easily see confidence movements.

  4. Steve H says:

    Someone voted 1. Guess Bo is lurking in this thread.

  5. Evilest Empire says:

    Yanks are reigning WS champs and the team might be better April 2010 than it was in November 2009. Plus, I smell terrific.

    Confidence Level: 28

  6. Reggie C. says:


    If Cash is indeed looking at the trade market, i’m sure he’s called the Natinals. The cost of trading for Josh Willingham ($4.6 mm) is going to be lower than a Nelson Cruz prospect package. Willingham would serve as a 2-year stop gap at worst and give the farm time to develop a ML average corner outfielder.

  7. mryankee says:

    Isnt Nelson Cruz the guy who hit that bomb to left field over the bullpen? That dude is good I say lets get him for left field. Imagine him hiiting ninth?

  8. Enough with the trade already. The Yankees lost a lot of good prospects this off-season. In fact they need to stack up again to bolster their farm system.

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