Fan Confidence Poll: November 1st, 2010

A former home team on the brink of a championship
Yanks, Kevin Long agree to three year deal

Season Record: 95-67 (859 RS, 693 RA, 98-64 Pythag. record), finished one game back in AL East, won Wild Card, lost in ALCS

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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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A former home team on the brink of a championship
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  • http://www.yankeeist.com Matt Warden

    They reached the ALCS which is pretty darn good. I’ve sat an 8 pretty much all year and continue to sit there. I think they’ll remain competitive next season, but hopefully Lee lands in NY.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Yea I voted for 8 as well because going forward this team will make the correct moves to remain an elite ball club

    • The Big City of Dreams

      If they do get Lee and Andy returns they might have the best starting rotation in baseball. It will be interesting to see if the jump in innings will affect Hughes next season

  • larryf

    I will go with an 8 as well. We have some tough teams in our division that are improving/maturing and have good young pitching.

  • Doug

    I’ll be a 7 until the time the Yanks make the decision not to go more than 3 years with Jeter. Will bump up to at least an 8 at that time.

  • RL

    Still at a 7, as Lee is not signed. It’s not done till both sides sign on the dotted line, even though most people expect this to happen. Also concerned about Andy returning. The SP could look pretty poor if one or both of these 2 aren’t with the team come openning day. Longer term, I think the team will be in pretty good shape as the farm system appears to be stocked with potential up and comers at all the positions we need to fill (other than SS & 3B in the next 2-6 years).

  • Yank the Frank

    I went with a 7. CC’s knee has me worried because of his size. I think we are going to be weak up the middle with Jorge and Jeets. I don’t think that Lee is a lock and his back (and his wife) may be an issue if we do get him. Even if Andy comes back, he will most likely break down at some point during the year. Maybe it’s just cause it’s Monday…

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I love how your attitude is WE’RE DOOOOOOOOMED and you still voted a 7. Ur doin’ it rong.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Well he could just list what’s wrong with the team, and that’s what makes him a seven, not a ten. It’s like if you have an opinion other than “THE YANKEES ARE THE BEST THING IN THE HISTORY OF ANYTHING EVER!!!!!!!!!!” you’re saying the team is doomed.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          No, not really, I just think listing all the things he finds wrong with the team, along with a few hypothetical things that could go wrong with the team, and not mentioning anything good, is kind of we’re doomed-y.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Well, the good things about this team really don’t need to be mentioned. 200+ million dollar payroll, new stadium, good GM, motivated ownership, Robinson Cano, etc. People don’t need to be reminded of that. Were not Pirates fans, we know the good things about our favorite team.

          • Yank the Frank

            It’s also Monday and I don’t think what I have mentioned is beyond the pale. In spite of what I have mentioned, I still rate my confidence at a 7.

  • Esteban

    I’m at a 5 because the Yankees haven’t signed Lee and Crawford yet.

    (note: not serious)

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I’m at a four. Lee might not sign, and if he doesn’t the other options are less than desirable. If you don’t think that an addition like him is necessary, you didn’t see the pitching the Yankees trotted out last year. AJ Burnett, will likely not be WORSE than last year, but at age 34 I really don’t expect him to recover from the second lowest K/9 of his career in a full season; nor do I expect him to magically regain his heat or his curveball. Andy Pettitte would help out quite a bit, but I really don’t expect a full 200 inning season from him and he’s had health issues this past year too. He’s pushing 40, so he has an excuse, he’s had a hell of a career…it’s just winding down, and you shouldn’t go into a season counting on him. Seeing an article that Eduardo Nunez is the heir apparent to Jeter has me VERY concerned, though I think that’s just Bill Madden doing what Bill Madden does best, being stupid. There’s no pitching coach, and while I like Mazzone he might not end up with the team. CC’s knee and breakdown in October have me slightly concerned. I’m slightly concerned about Alex and Jeter long term too, Alex moreso than Derek, but given the issues with the pitching staff…the infield is lower on my list of concerns.

    All that being said, I have a feeling Cashman will turn it around with a good winter. I think he learned his lesson with NL flyball pitchers. I felt that his winter, aside from the Javy trade, wasn’t all that bad last year. Granderson, at least anecdotally seemed to hit a lot of hard balls right at guys last year and I think he’ll have a good rebound season next year. Same thing with Johnson before he got hurt, he was ripping the seams off the ball it was just right at a guy. While I lost all confidence in Joba Chamberlain after 2009, I feel that demoting him to the bullpen was the wrong move, especially considering how pitching depth always seems to bite the Yankees right in the ass. Things will probably change by when pitchers and catchers report, hopefully I’ll be higher.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      “While I lost all confidence in Joba Chamberlain after 2009, I feel that demoting him to the bullpen was the wrong move, especially considering how pitching depth always seems to bite the Yankees right in the ass.”

      They need to trade Joba

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Probably for the best, but still it didn’t seem like they gave him a chance to be a starter. One shitty season and he gets the ax? What are they? Fans? I mean I’m not a huge fan, but still…you gotta give the man a chance.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          True they never really gave him a chance to be a starter. He went through the normal growing pains that starters go through and the pulled the plug on him. Now that doesn’t mean Joba takes none of the blame because he does but at the same time the Yankees handled him poorly. Fans point to his numbers in Aug/Sep of the 2009 season but yet forget that’s when they started to mess with his innings

          • Jimmy McNulty

            I mean, they gave him a chance, they just didn’t give him a fair chance much less a good chance…even when his RA was low his stuff was still off. The management of Joba Chamberlain, gives me serious questions in this team’s ability to develop starting pitching. Luckily they can afford anyone they want and wants to be on the team.

            • The Big City of Dreams

              True they can afford anyone they want but the problem is they are going to have to continue to develop starting pitchers because there won’t be those high priced starters on the market every yr. There are going to be moments when you’re going to have to have a young guy at the back of the rotation

              • Jimmy McNulty

                Oh I completely agree that it will be a problem in the future, it gives me concerns about the long term future of the team. Who knows, maybe this crop of Brackman, Betances, and Banuelos will be a bit different than the past crops…we can hope.

                • The Big City of Dreams

                  Maybe the Killer B’s may be able to buck the trend hopefully they get the chance to show the Big Apple what they are made of

  • bonestock94

    I waivered between 7 and 8 all season. I’ll go with 7. We got knocked out and nothing has changed yet (too early obviously). When they do I’ll reevaluate.

    • rbizzler

      Wait, nothing has happened?! Didn’t you hear that they resigned Joe Girardi’s binder to a three year deal to mange the team?

      I voted a 9 just for the simple fact that a binder will be managing the Yankees. I never thought that I would see the day (next stop robots…).

      • bonestock94

        Who cares, the managers don’t mean much when we damn near have an all-star team every year.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      If it were up to you, what would you change besides signing Lee?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        You didn’t ask me; but since I’m down on the team, as of RIGHT now, I figure I’d give my two cents too.

        Sign Cliff Lee, convince Jeter to sign a three year deal, bring back Rivera, build a time machine and go back to 2009 and start Joba in Scranton…in lieu of that trade him for another distressed asset like Matt Kemp or maybe Kurt Suzuki and someone else, sell high on Gardner, deal for Choo if possible. The last two I’m not too gung ho on. I like Gardner an awful lot, but I believe in maximizing value for the assets you have, right now I don’t think Brett Gardner will be able to contribute more to the Yankees going forward than he could bring back in a trade. Because of this I feel it’s best to deal him and bring back another outfielder to replace him.

      • bonestock94

        That’s about it, and that’s a damn big change. I’d like to sign a good (non-type A) reliever too.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Unlike some people, I acknowledge the possibility that just because the Yankees got knocked out of the playoffs 2 wins away from the World Series doesn’t mean the team needs to be completely rebuilt. Shocking, I know.

    Outside of CC, Swisher, and Gardner, I expect everyone else returning on the Yankees to have better years than they did this year. Cano could even do better, I think, since he seemed to fade a bit in August and September compared to the MVP type season he had put up earlier.

    Even with guys having down years and half the rotation getting hurt or being horribly ineffective, the team still won 95 games. I expect 100 wins next year even if Lee doesn’t resign. The biggest issue going into 2011 is keeping Andy (if and when he comes back), Posada, and A-rod healthy.

    Combine that with a farm system that should rank in the top 5 and at least in the top 10 next year has me at a 9. I look forward to seeing how Montero adjusts to major league pitching (or possibly how they adjust to him) and possibly a Brackmania sighting along with what should be a very exciting DoTF year.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Well being that were Yankee fans the standards are higher. When I mark my vote, I’m thinking as of right now how confident am I that this team will contend for a championship in 2011 and 2012. If you’re asking me to grade Brian Cashman, Damon Oppenheimer, and the Steinbrenners…that’s different. I think they’re good at their jobs, but as far as predicting a championship team next year, I’d at least like to see roster before I make my prediction. The team will need at least one new starting pitcher, and there’s probably several other moves that will be made. I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.

      As far as expecting a 35 year old third basemen with a bad hip and a 39 year old catcher to perform better, well that’s a bit ridiculous. I don’t think it’s out of the question, they definitely can have a better season…but I wouldn’t expect it. I think Teixeira, Granderson, Jeter, Burnett, and Hughes will improve. Jeter and Burnett, mostly because I don’t think they’ll be any worse…but I wouldn’t be surprised if AJ’s worse. I like Hughes to improve as part of the improvement of a young pitcher but those are really the only guys I see doing better.

      As far as winning 100 games if Lee doesn’t sign, man…that’s some optimism you have there. A rotation that can potentially be relying upon Ivan Nova for 30+ starts a 100 win team…that’s some confidence. You got a pair of stones, I’ll give you that.

  • JB

    I have them at a 6 since I don’t think Lee will sign and even if Andy does, something will likely happen to him.

    Couple questions for you guys – does anyone know what happened to AJ when he had the black eye? I heard somewhere that he’s having some marital issues. Someone in Baltimore told me he met his wife in a strip club (she was working) and that they’re having some issues. That could be a big factor in why he had such a bad season.

    Do we really want Carl Crawford? Not that I’m the biggest fan of Gardner, but he’s very cheap and may be the answer at leadoff. I keep hearing that Crawford is “entering his prime at age 30″. I laugh at that. Isn’t 30 entering the second half of your career??
    I’d rather save that big money for an arm.

    Who else is available besides Cliff Lee?

    • The Big City of Dreams

      No knows what happened with Aj. The radio hosts in NY have mentioned there are rumors going around about but happened but they have never stated what those rumors were.

      Carl Crawford is in the prime of his career. He’s definitely not at the back end because if he is then Tex and CC are as well. The Yankees won’t go after Crawford because of the steps that Brett took this season.

      On the FA market there is not alot of options besides Lee. There are pitchers like Justin Duchscherer, Jorge De La Rosa, Hiroki Kuroda, Rich Harden, etc. There are other pitchers but Yankee fans won’t be dying for guys like Millwood, Willis, Davis,

  • JB

    forgot my last question.. anyone know what the issue was with Eiland when he left the team in the summer? Curious if whatever that was contributed to his not being rehired. I don’t think so, as the pitching wasn’t great, but just wanted to know.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      No one knows why he left and we probably won’t know unless Eiland comes out and gives the public a reason. And of course a reporter can always fund out and break the story

    • Betty Lizard

      Those who know, do not say.
      Those who say, do not know.
      —Lao Tzu

      • JB

        nice.. I have a similar quote that I like:

        those that mind don’t matter.
        those that matter don’t mind.

        maybe its the same author?!!