Fan Confidence Poll: November 7th, 2011

Don't Expect A Trade For An Ace
The Obligatory Yoenis Cespedes Post

2011 Record: 97-65 (855 RS, 657 RA, 102-60 pythag. record), won AL East, lost to Tigers in ALDS

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Given the team's current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees' overall future?
Don't Expect A Trade For An Ace
The Obligatory Yoenis Cespedes Post
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    1. Yu.
    2. Yoennis. (I’m drinking the Kool-Aid, it’s delicious)
    3. Fruit Cup.
    4. Profit.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Why not for 1 and 2… its only money!

      I dont see why the yankees dont overspend more on International FA and in the draft.

      I mean honestly a couple more million could give such a great return, it just doesnt make sense to me.

      Sign one less LOOGY and put the extra couple mill into international FA/Draft.

      • Ted Nelson

        Returns from IFA and the draft are volatile… hard to say there would be a great return. Might be a great return, might be no return. They already have a strong farm system. If they’re already getting the guys they want, why should they spend more? This is especially true in the draft. They can’t buy more picks. If/once they take the kids that they want, the goal is to spend less money not more.

        There are also only so many roster spots, PAs, and IP in the minors to go around. They already have decisions to make regarding multiple positions where they have two prospects. They could add more teams or do a little more to fill out the ones they have with prospects, but especially if they start to have more MiLB teams than others there’s likely to be an outcry among other owners for stricter rules. Who knows, but I think that could be a real consideration.

        Yu would not cost only a few million, anyway, though. He might cost $100 million.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Yeah Ted, you’re right here…Darvish is different from most IFAs. Spending 3M on a 16 year old from Latin American, is different from spending 100M on Darvish. Eating a big bonus on a kid with a sky high ceiling is one thing if he fails…so be it, but 100M is a much much much bigger issue.

    • Yu ain’t Matsuzaka (formerly Pants Lendelton)

      Yoennis … is one hell of an athlete

  • Mike!/ALLsportsINTEL

    ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
    BREAKING MLB UPDATE – The New York Yankees have reportedly opened up trade talks with the Oakland A’s regarding P Gio Gonzalez

    • Mike Axisa

      I have no reason to believe that, one of the local reporters (i.e. Sherman) would have had it already.

      • Mike

        i agree Mike. just posting what i saw thats all. Im sure the Yanks will be attached to alot of pitchers this off-season.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      My fan confidence is now 0 because we would have to trade Montero for Gio lol

    • Benjamin Kabak

      It’s not even an issue that one of the local reporters would have it as much as it is learning to discern legitimate sources from those that are not. How is some anonymous guy in New Jersey with no track record of anything something we should pay one iota of attention to? It’s like Incarcerated Bob but worse.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I don’t mind as long as Montero isn’t involved. Hell I’d give up Sanchez, Betances and Nunez.

      The 4 BB/9 is scary but it’s not like 3.60 FIP pitchers grow on trees. Plus his above average GB rates make up for some of it.

    • Kosmo

      Even though the source is extremely questionable , Gio would be a great addition.
      The BBs don´t bother me . A 26 year old lefty with two fine seasons under his belt. Anyone besides Montero.

  • Rich in NJ

    Montero will likely be mentioned in almost every baseless rumor.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Montero will likely be mentioned in almost every baseless rumor.

      There you go.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i am looking forward to watching this youtube video of the cuban kid. international fa’s are the best, as far as i’m concerned darvish is the next koufax and yoenis is the next mantle

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    My confidence level is usually in the 8 range. Because the team with Cashman at the helm and a decent minor league program has all positional players coming back. These are the same players basicaly who won the 2009 WS. They went to the ALCS in 2010 and were knocked out in the ALDS. I know we have regressed but with some consistent pitching both younger and a bit more quality then we should be good to go.

    I think Cashman will bring us some assistance in the SR to solidify the rotation. I don’t know about the lefty reliever that seems like a taller order. As far as Gio Gonzales in a trade. He’ll cost but good be a nice compliment. Walks don’t hurt as long as their not the first batter in the inning or followed up by the long ball.

    I love the hot stove league.

  • JohnnyC

    I’m not completely sold on Gonzales but it looks like Oakland is biding its time until they can relocate to San Jose(current Giants ownership might approve the move). That means Beane might be looking for high-ceiling prospects who aren’t necessarily major-league ready. This would place someone like Gary Sanchez or JR Murphy into the conversation. Perhaps a Slade Heathcott. Cash could avoid the inclusion of a Betances, Banuelos, or Austin Romine.

  • Drew

    7 – The Yankees took care of what they were suppose to and now its time to jump into free agency. We’ll talk when something substantial happens.

  • BK2ATL

    Back up from 5 to 7, would be a 7.5 if the option existed. We’re really good at the major league level. Signing CC was a key.

    We have some key young pieces coming up. Montero will be a future key for us, to pair with Cano and Robertson. Nova is definitely a nice piece, who’s proven his worth. Noesi figures to be in the mix in 2012.

    We have trade bait in Sanchez or Romine, Warren, Phelps, Mitchell, and Betances, along with Adams and possibly Laird.

    Williams appears to be coming along nicely, along with Bichette Jr. Ramirez supposedly hit 100 mph.

    And, yeah, that Yoennis Cespedes video is insane. I’d like to see how he performs in the DR winter leagues, before taking a shot at him. Sick, sick athlete who appears to love the game and plays it well, and even during high pressure international games. Not a comparison to the postseason or World Series, but it has to count as well. Thing is, he’s already 26.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    At a four, but there’s a lot left to be done here and the off season hasn’t even really started yet. I was at a five all year last season mainly because they had no real two starter and I spent the entire offseason waiting for the other shoe to drop on the dynamic duo of Freddy and Bartolo. Lots yet to happen, though.

    • LarryM.,Fl.


      A 5 even after and during a 97 win season.

      • Jimmy McNulty


        A four after a 97 win season. To me a five would be “making the playoffs but first round exit,” so basically the mid decade teams. Honestly, they’re the Yankees…the playoffs are EXPECTED.

        • Mike Axisa

          Words can not describe how much I hate that attitude.

        • David, Jr.

          So if they had won say 109 games but lost a playoff series in five games to Detroit, they would be maybe a 4.5?

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Well it’s hard to say that, if they won 12 more games I’d be less confident? If they won 12 more games I’d probably be at least a six. Five was basically because I EXPECTED them to get bounced, not because they did.

            • YanksFan

              I believe you also fawned over Bosox pitching staff before the season. How’d that work out?

              If you’re a 5 for NYY does that mean 1 for Baltimore? 4 for TB, Det, Bos? 6 for Texas? Just to get an idea of your scale.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              Just curious, what were you after the 09 WS? Maybe a 6.5? 7?

  • David, Jr.

    A nine for me. CC and Cash were by far the most important, and they are done. Beyond that, it is a very strong team. All you need to know is that they won 97 last year without the real ARod.

    Gio has always made sense to me. Assuming that Montero is involved, it is a perfect fit – a pitching rich, offense starved AL team, which greatly increases his value with the possibility of DHing, compared to a team like the Giants where he would need to play a position.

    Better yet, they do it without giving up Montero.

    • LarryM.,Fl.

      I’m very mixed in my feelings as to Montero’s skills fit with the Yanks. I hate to give up his bat and watch it progress throughout his career with another team. But I realize that he has one tool with the bat. You can’t even tell or confirm the baseball instinct with what he does as a DH. If they can get some more out of him say, a part-time catcher DH. I would prefer keeping him and if he’s the answer for GIO to the A’s. I’d just move on. His bat maybe criminal in the sense of its productivity.

      Gio seems as a nice fit for the Yanks but to give up Montero seems hard to take after we have been fed his rise through the minors and all this expectation.

      • Ted Nelson

        He’s got two of the five tools with the bat: average and power.

  • BK2ATL

    Not sure where to put this, but Melky Cabrera just brought back Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants.

    The end.

  • YanksFan

    My usual 9. I expect a trade from Cash this off-season to get rid of some of the upper-level pitchers(3-1) trade.

    Then again, we were expecting a trade last off-season & in-season.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    A solid 9 on the confidence scale.

    They won 97 games, won the division, have a monster bullpen, got better than expected starting pitching, and have a consistent (PS not withstanding) offense. Not much more to see here. Maybe one big pitching addition and we are good to roll in 2012.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Anyone but Montero or Banuelos. Given that Verlander, Felix and Kershaw aren’t available, those two kids are untouchable.

  • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

    The big man is back. The focus will be on filling out the rotation with at least one solid starter. Kids are still here. It will get done. It’s time to bump it back up to a 10.

  • BK2ATL

    I’m re-thinking my previous 7 to 7.5 confidence level on this, at this stage, to possibly an 8 or 8.5. It’s negotiable for now depending on if the following occurs:

    – Cashman signs Yu Darvish. It could be our Josh Beckett deal, without sacrificing a Hanley Ramirez (Jesus Montero). Plus, no draft pick loss. If it works out, we don’t need to be major players in the 2012 FA market. Wilson, Buehrle, or Jackson would cost us more in AAV, while Danks or Gonzalez would cost too much in prospect. With Darvish, we’d only need cash, something that we have in abundance.

    – Cashman signs Yoenis Cespedes. Apparently, we held a private workout with him today. If he works out as hyped, and seen in the WBC etc, we could let Swisher walk, have a RF or CF for the next 5-6 years, and actually reduce payroll. If Kemp has another great year and does hit FA, he’ll cost well upwards of $120 million and a draft pick. What’s plan B after Kemp?

    Most importantly, if these 2 signings occur, the farm system would be in tact and ready to contribute. We’d also have them ready to use in trade for any other needs (another SP that becomes available, LHR, bench, etc.) that may arise. It would send a major shot over the bow to the domestic FA market. We’d be very competitive and well nicely positioned for the future.