Fan Confidence Poll: December 13th, 2010


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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. Matt says:

    7 until the starting rotation is sorted out, then back to 8.

  2. RL says:

    My vote was apparently the 23rd this morning and no one has commented yet, so I’ll begin. I’ve moved up to an 8 (from 7) as I’ve had time to consider the Cliff Lee situation. Should he not sign, I am now convinced the Yankees have the minor league depth to trade for the necessary pitching, while retaining a top-tier offense. With the added payroll flexibility that $23-25M per year brings, I’m pretty sure the Yankees will continue to be contenders (probably not favorites) for the World Series Championship for many years into the future.

    • LarryM.,Fl. says:

      RL: concur with my most of your assessment of your 8 vote. I’m holding on 8 even if the Yanks loss on Lee because the financial flexibility that comes with the non signing offers the Yanks many options. It may cost more in the player development dept. but a prospect is there to be batered away for the most part.

      Also, I believe the Yanks will have a solid plan B to restore their position on top of AL East. It may not be a marquee pitcher but one who gives the team the oportunity to win.

      No one player makes a team and the Yanks can compete with every team in the league. So we cannot ask for more.

  3. AndrewYF says:

    Nothing has really changed, so still at a 9, whether or not Cliff Lee signs.

  4. Pak says:

    The way our rotation is looking, and the way our players are aging, i’m at a 7.

  5. Doug says:

    Early returns has this week’s confidence at a Hot Stove low. At 6.96 after hovering around 7.5 for weeks

  6. badadvice says:

    Lee wouldn’t give the rangers a what would you sign for reply. The only reason I see for that is he perfers the yankees. After all if he wanted to play for them why wouldn’t he just give the an answer of 7 years 170 million. He made them make a offer and why would he ask the yankees over the weekend to up the offer and not the Rangers if he was looking to play for them.

    I would be happy if we can keep Manuel Banuelos and Jesus Montero and not sign Lee!

    but I think both or one will go if we don’t sign Lee.

    So I want Lee at all cost. I’m so looking foward to seeing them as yankees.

    I don’t want Lee, But I want to keep Jesus Montero and Manuel Banuelos more then anything.

    Manuel Banuelos is going to be better then Lee Mark my words.

    40 years plus yankee fan.

  7. Doug says:

    Very recent Olney tweet: “Heard this: Darek Braunecker, the agent for Cliff Lee, has been in touch with the Yankees today and said the process is on-going”

    • Slugger27 says:

      thats nice i guess. im just sick of all the speculation news on lee.

      i have a lot of friends that still have the lee-saga stamina to refresh MLBTR every 30 seconds and hang on every word. unfortunately, i got burned out on friday.

    • pat says:

      Prob making that last minute call to see if they want to up their offer because he’s going to sign with Rangers.

  8. psbpablo says:

    Don’t care about Lee. The Yanks are already stuck with Arod’s contract can you imagine his productivty when he is 40? Lee will probably be done in 3 yrs.

  9. DJH says:

    I’ll go 8, when we fill our final to SP spots I’ll bump it to 10.

  10. Dax J. says:

    I’ve been voting 9 since I joined the site, not going to change now. I’m kinda tired of the whole Lee situation, and as everyone else, I want it to end. I’ll still vote a 9 whether they sign him or not, but I guess it’ll be a better 9 if he signs with the Yankees.

  11. Reggie C. says:


    I will drop to a 6 if Lee re-ups with the Rangers. If Lee is in pinstripes by week’s end, i’ll give the outlook a solid 8.

    • Klemy says:

      I’m the same way, but on an 8 and will drop to 7 if Lee signs with Texas. I’m not convinced our Plan B will even work this off-season, if Lee isn’t a Yankee, leaving us with a weak rotation this season. The other downside to this is if we do go to plan B we are probably going to lose 2 player I look forward to seeing in the future.

  12. steve s says:

    9 if Lee signs somewhere else and 7 if he signs with the Yanks. Lee has had more mediocre seasons than brilliant seasons. His World Series performances, in totality, can also best be described as mediocre (admittedly his Division and Championship series performances have been consistently excellent). He’s a cortisone shot or 2 in the back away from turning into a Pavano. Yanks should stay away from this guy, have some faith in the Killer B’s and utilize the payroll flexibility this will give them at the trade deadline when they can better assess where they are going this year.

  13. NJ Andy says:

    I’m a 9, but it may actually pop down to an 8 if they sign Lee to that seven year deal.

    I think we have a solid core of players and, while many are aging, many are also going to be Yankees for a good long while.

    Cano, Montero, Hughes, Teix–they’re a bright and youngish future four. Toss in Swish, Granderson, and Gardner for a few more years at least and we’re looking good. Plus Robertson, Joba (maybe), and the kids down in the farm.

    The problem is that once we sign Lee we’re stuck with one more albatross of a contract in a few years, and I don’t want to have the team forced into a situation in which it’s payroll is tied up in dead weight. CC was a lot younger than Lee and has a better track record for injury–and I’d still be terrified at the thought of signing him until 39.

    • Doug says:

      just wait until he opts out next year

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        If you’re insinuating that we should pass on CC then its essentially leaving us in the same situaiton was not getting Lee in the first place.

        • Doug says:

          not insinuating that all. just that he’s likely to opt out and ask for another 6+ year contract.

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          Yeah, but the Yankees may have Brackman and Banuelos ready for 2012 and hopefully Hughes takes another step forward.

          • NJ Andy says:

            Bingo. We’ve had enough of shelling out millions to aging superstars, yea?

            • Jorge says:

              We’re all aging. We can’t help that.

              As long as the team is stagerring its support of the back ends of these contracts, I really don’t think it’s at a point yet where it will be detrimental to the team. By the end of the potential Lee deal, won’t it be only him and Alex on the roster from this group? Not exactly crippling, but that’s my opinion.

    • AndrewYF says:

      Look, there’s almost always going to be dead weight on the Yankee roster. Think of it like the deficit in the national budget – they (theoretically) make up for it with the growth of the economy the next year. Only difference is that the Yankees don’t have some insurmountable debt piling up.

  14. Jorge says:

    Unfortunately, I must join in the “conditional vote” replies…..and here I thought I was being original by doing so….

    8 if they sign Lee. About a 7.5 if they don’t and wind up trading prospects for a solid 2/3 type such as Nolasco. 6 if such a trade involves Jesus Montero and/or more than one of our top pitching prospects. That evened out to a vote of 7, counting the rounding off, chi-square, etc.

    Hopefully, the “steady hand” Cashman of recent years wins out over the “panic mode” Tampa-controlled Cashman of the mid part of the last decade.

  15. Doug says:

    Rangers apparently making a strong move for Beltre. Maybe they know Lee’s signing elsewhere

  16. Monteroisdinero says:

    9 with Lee due to supreme talent and keeping Montero (I can’t wait)

    9 without Lee just because we will not be the favorites and can play with a chip on the shoulder/us against everybody attitude which we could use for a change..

    2 if Montero is traded

  17. bonestock94 says:

    As of 10:43 am on Monday, 6

  18. Pat D says:

    Just heard Olney say on ESPN First Take that he “wouldn’t be surprised” to hear soon that the Yankees have an agreement with Russell Martin, pending a physical.

    • RL says:

      Should have traded Frankie for him when they could. That would have bumped me to an … wait for it … 8.2! (from an 8)

      I think Martin will be a much better backup/co-catcher to go with Montero. Certainly hope Montero is give the time to mature and grows into a serviceable defensive catcher, while putting up MONSTER offensive numbers!

    • DJH says:

      That would be nice if they signed Martin, I’m not gonna be confident about it till I see something online though.

    • DJH says:

      “The Yankees have continued to be aggressive on C Russ Martin; would not be a surprise if we heard at any time of an agreement.”

      That’s from Olneys twitter page.

  19. Rangers are aggressively looking at Adrian Beltre, via MLBTR. Perhaps they got some bad news.

  20. Chris says:

    We really should have set up a pool to bet on the exact time we get the announcement on Lee’s choice. We could have set the official time as whenever it first appears on MLBTR.

  21. Monteroisdinero says:

    Amazing, if true, that Cash wouldn’t throw in Nunez for Lee. Nunez! The same guy who we trash here regularly. Whether you can get the guy for money only or not…

    • AndrewYF says:

      This sounds like the whole thing where he wouldn’t throw in Marquez for Johan.

      It’s not about the player, it’s about the principle. With Johan, the Twins told the Yankees if they did this this and this they’d have a deal. So they did. And then they wanted more.

      Same exact thing with Lee. Cash was just tired of getting fucked around with at the point they asked for Nunez.

  22. yankthemike says:

    also had to drop to 7 because of the expected loss of andy. not sure I could go back to an 8 unless they sign lee or trade fro greinke. CC, Hughes, AJ + 2 guys like Buehrle or worse would keep me at a 7. at best

    • DJH says:

      Yeah I understand what you mean about “2 guys like Buerhle”, I don’t think if Lee goes to TX and Andy retires that trading for the Nolsaco’s and Buerhle’s of the world is that great of an idea. I think they need one more difference maker at the top of the rotation, like a Greinke or someone at least close to his talent levels.

  23. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I really think this should be postponed a day or two.

  24. Jimmy McNulty says:

    2. There’s a realistic shot that Mitre is the 5th starter, the “sign this guy or bust” shit has to end. I still want to spend oodles of money on big FAs…but for fuck’s sake. A weak ass 2010 draft, losing Arodys for a replacement level pitcher, and the Joba debacle really biting them in the ass now. I’m not angry, just resigned to the fact that they’ll suck now.

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