Open Thread: 2/22 Camp Notes

Piniella officially joins YES Network
Yankees sign Robinson Cano's cousin, Burt Reynolds
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Day three, complete. Here’s the latest from Tampa…

  • As always, Chad Jennings has today’s bullpen and hitting groups. Every member of the projected big league pitching staff threw off a mound today except for Mariano Rivera. Andruw Jones, David Adams, and Justin Maxwell were again the only non-catchers to hit.
  • Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, D.J. Mitchell, and Cesar Cabral are ahead of schedule and threw live batting practice today. They faced Ray Kruml, Kyle Roller, Ronnie Mustelier, and Shane Brown, who came over from minor league camp.
  • Joba Chamberlain was supposed to throw off a full mound today, but he instead threw off a half-mound again, saying it went “really, really good.” Joe Girardi agreed. Joba will throw again on Friday, but it’s unclear if it’ll be off a full or half-mound. [Jennings & Mark Feinsand]
  • Bill Hall, Brandon Laird, Ramiro Pena, Jayson Nix, Jorge Vazquez, Doug Bernier, and Corban Joseph all took infield practice at the minor league complex. Hall worked at second while Laird spent time at both first and third. [Jennings]
  • “It’s really hard to talk about someone being gone when they’re still here. I think we’ll just appreciate him while he’s here,” said Derek Jeter ominously when asked about Mariano Rivera’s future. The Cap’n knows what Mo plans to do after the season, but isn’t telling. [Mark Feinsand]

Here is your open thread for the night. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing, but talk about whatever’s on your mind here. Have at it.

Piniella officially joins YES Network
Yankees sign Robinson Cano's cousin, Burt Reynolds
  • CJ

    Am I missing something, what is aardsma option for 2013? I dont see it anywhere.

    • Ralph Elefante

      500k also according to Mike’s twitter.

      • Mattchu12

        For a guy with elite closer potential, that’s one hell of a deal.

        • Thomas Cassidy

          I wouldn’t say elite. Good, but not elite.

        • Drew

          Easy on the elite stuff okay? Let’s not just throw the word around.

          • Mattchu12

            Well, I didn’t say he was going to be elite, just that he had the potential. He was pretty damn good in 2009, but I’m expecting more of a solid 8th inning arm.

            • Rainbow connection

              You should be more careful. This is a court of law.

              • Jesse

                I laughed.

              • Havok9120

                A court of-? I thought this was the War Room.


                • Jeff

                  You can’t fight in here this is the war room!

      • CJ

        Wait he’s getting 500k in 2012 and only 500k guaranteed in 2013? Sounds like a steal but also sounds too good to be true, like every team in MLB would make that deal, that’s basically league minimum.

        • Havok9120

          As I understand it, he gets 500K in 2013 as well unless he hits any of his incentives this year. Then they get added to next year’s base salary, which can be further increased by more incentives.

          We don’t know what the incentives are.

  • AC

    The key to the deal was option for 13 ‘. Team option. Very similar to the Jon Leiber signing years back.

    • Manny’s BanWagon


      I wouldn’t give him good money for this year when all it would take is one set back to put him out for the season.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Sherman just tweeted that any incentives that Aardsma reaches this year (up to $500K) are instantly added to his 2013 base salary of $500K.

    So the option could be worth up to $1 million depending on how much he does this. Still a great bargain. If the option value is raised, it means we’re getting more contributions from him.

    • whozat

      And the option goes from ‘peanuts’ to ‘double peanuts’ :-)

      All-in-all a good deal! The thing is that he’ll probably still have the same control problems he has always had, even if he gets totally healthy. So, he’d be a Jose Veras kinda guy who can put together 30 dominant innings, but just as easily come back the next season and walk the ballpark :-/

      Still, no real downside here :-)

      • GardnergoesYardner

        I can’t even fathom having a closer who actually walks guys. I almost went into a state of shock when Mo hit Jeff Francoeur with the bases loaded to let the Rangers win a meaningless regular season game in 2010. Imagine if Aardsma walks a guy in the playoffs!

        #spoiled since 1996

        • Havok9120

          What are you gonna do if DRob gets the job? Rent out a spot at the edge of a bridge?

          Those might be pricey with the number of spoiled fans we have.

  • Gonzo

    I couldn’t find this on the interwebs. Was Aardsma’s UCL tear acute or chronic?

  • RetroRob

    If Mo’s intent was to not create a distraction, or a season-long retirement tour, then he did not handle this properly. He would have been better off doing what Mike Mussina did, which is not announce anything until the season was over.

    • Havok9120

      He didn’t “announce” anything. He just told the truth when asked. He could have said “I’m seriously considering it, just like every year” and it would have caused just as big a stir. The man is 42, any hint given will set the wheels in motion.

      • RetroRob

        That’s my point. Any hint will set the wheels in motion, and his choice of words did just that, giving a hint and set the wheels in motion. That’s why it’s become a story in the media. He did exactly what he appeared to be trying to avoid. He should have taken the Mike Mussina approach, who had decided 2008 was going to be his last season but never discussed it.

  • MannyGeee

    OK, can we play “Create-a-Caption” with that pic?

    • Jesse

      It’s an Open Thread, so why not?

    • Havok9120

      Of course we can, but where were you yesterday? That one was way more interesting, though possibly with less opportunity for dialogue.

    • Rainbow connection


  • Plank

    I thought this was cool. I’ve never seen a searchable database of minor league attendance figures.

    Looks like there was a bit of a rebellion in Scranton a few years ago.

  • Karl Krawfid