Mar
18

ST Game Thread: Mason’s Debut

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(Photo via MiLB.com)

The Yankees are on the road tonight, meaning only four regulars are required to be in the lineup and a lot of non-roster/minor league guys will play in the game. One of the guys scheduled to come off the bench is the 20-year-old Mason Williams, one of the team’s very best prospects who is getting his first taste of big league action in camp. I had Williams second on my annual Top 30 Prospects List, mostly because of the athleticism and overwhelming tools. Pretty much the only thing he lacks right now is power, but hopefully that will come at some point. Here’s the starting lineup…

CF Brett Gardner
SS Eduardo Nunez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Raul Ibanez
3B Bill Hall
RF Justin Maxwell
LF Dewayne Wise
C Gus Molina

RHP Ivan Nova

Available Pitchers: RHP George Kontos, LHP Clay Rapada, LHP Cesar Cabral, LHP Juan Cedeno, LHP Mike O’Connor, RHP David Phelps, RHP D.J. Mitchell, and RHP Adam Warren are all available.

Available Position Players: C Jose Gil, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Colin Curtis, CF Mason Williams, RF Chris Dickerson, and DH Cole Garner will replace the starters.

Tonight’s game starts at 7pm ET and can be seen on MLB Network. The blackout has been lifted in the Tri-State Area. Enjoy the game.

David Robertson Update: Robertson threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound today and felt fine. It was his first time throwing off a mound since suffering that bone bruise in his right foot. His goal is to get in a game by next weekend. [Sweeny Murti]

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Alfredo Simon shot a guy.

    • RetroRob

      You point being??

      • Havok9120

        I think he was just saying. Not everything is commentary in the comments section. I certainly didn’t know it.

        • RetroRob

          I meant it as a joke, although instantly felt guilty about making a joke about someone being shot!

          For some reason, I think some charges might still be pending.

          • Havok9120

            I think they said that “he got it cleared up” on the broadcast just before the first pitch, but they may have been talking about someone else.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I miss the days where the automatic response here would have been to advise Simon to lay low for a while.

      • jsbrendog

        +1

  • Havok9120

    That was a nice play by the O’s 2B to get Gardner.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Trade Nova.

    • handtius

      + nothing

  • Needed Pitching

    I know its still early, but Nova is certainly making a strong case for being the odd man out. :(

    • Havok9120

      He’s certainly had the most consistently poor performances in the Spring.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Yeah, it happens. FB command still isn’t there.

        • Havok9120

          Yep, FB command seems to be the problem.

          That said, he doesn’t look terrible. Just….off.

    • V

      “I know it’s still early, but” nothing.

      Cole Hamels 2011 Spring Training ERA: 6.67
      Matt Garza 2011 Spring Training ERA: 10.38
      CC Sabathia 2010 Spring Training ERA: 7.23

      Spring Training stats for pitchers = worthless.

      • Needed Pitching

        except if they are in a competition for a spot, they are slightly less than worthless. All of the players you mention weren’t competing for a spot. (granted I’m not sure Nova is either until Andy is ready, but if Nova continues to get hammered and Garcia gets healthy, he could very well be looking at Triple A.

        • KL

          Even then they are worthless. Expect for people for people crazy enough the be watching these games.

          Let Nova work his kinks out now. Isn’t that what SP is for? Oh wait…

          • Needed Pitching

            Right, but they have more starters than spots. If Nova continues to not get the kinks worked out, he may be forced to continue working them out in AAA. I’m not saying he’s losing his spot now. I’m saying if he continues like this the rest of spring training, he very well may lose his spot.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Nova’s getting hammered. To Triple-A!

  • 1stbase

    Can anyone tell the O’s announcers never have much to cheer for lol

    • Havok9120

      Iknorite?

      They’re better than I expected though. At least they don’t sound bored.

      • 1stbase

        Yea i like thorne

  • Cy Pettitte

    Buck is the only guy besides Valentine that I actually mind losing to in spring training.

  • Rey22

    Apparently batting practice is running late today.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    The Homer by Jones was bad pitch selection. Blame Molina. Jones was late on Nova’s fastball.
    Th Wieters bomb was novas fault.

    • Havok9120

      To be fair, its not like the FB has been reliable this Spring. Not wild, but hardly accurate. His offspeed stuff has generally looked much better.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        That’s fair, sure. But Jones was looking for that pitch and at 2-2 it came in flat and hittable.

  • Pinade is greata

    Nova the reason Andy is back. Nova’s arm looks tired like pinade and hughes last year. Will the yankees ever learn how to condition young hurlers.

    • RetroRob

      His velocity has been fine, hitting mid-90s.

      He needs to get his pitches down to be effective. His pitches are all up.

      Corretable.

      • Pinade is greata

        He doesnt have the slider he had last year because he is overcompsating.

        • Havok9120

          ??

          I think his slider has looked pretty good. It breaking well, except the one that hung.

          I mean, who’s saying this aside from yourself? And what is he “compensating” for?

          • Pinade is greata

            Nova’s slider changed him from a 4-5 to a 2-3. Not his fastball.

            • Havok9120

              Uhhh. Yes. I’m aware of that. That actually has nothing to do with anything I said, especially considering that I thought his breaking ball looked pretty good.

              Still don’t know what he’s compensating for.

    • Havok9120

      Yes, its tired. That’s why he’s touching 94 consistently and sitting ~92.

      Sigh.

    • 1stbase

      Tired? dude has been throwing hard so far

      • Pinade is greata

        With no movement its going to get bashed

        • Havok9120

          Which isn’t what you said at all in the opening post…

    • ROBTEN

      So, the Yankees are so bad at conditioning young pitchers, they ruined “pinade” even though he pitched for another team? That IS pretty bad.

      • Pinade is greata

        Are you familar with drop and drive pitchers? The yankees want all there pitchers to be like clemens was. Imagine if they had lincecum

        • Havok9120

          What?

          I mean….

          What???

  • Karl Krawfid

    Did Tex just hit a oppo double?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Look at that, a double to the opposite field off a righty for Tex.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      And he moved to third on a sac fly!

      • Sarah

        Complete with lamaze breathing. Someone teach that guy how to breathe while he runs. It will use less energy!

        but great to see him going the other way as a lefty!

    • handtius

      they need him to get back to them monster numbers. Would make it a lot easier to stomach getting under the the 189 mark.

  • Tom

    Tex going opposite field with power…. if he commits to that he could have a monster year.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    NICE SWING by Tex there. Like seeing that from the left side. Channeling his inner Paulie O

  • Pinade is greata

    Ibanez=toast

    • Havok9120

      Even when he’s productive he sucks?

      This is going to be a fun year.

    • 1stbase

      Haven’t heard of this “pinade” yet, did they sign him this off season?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Mason up

    • Karl Krawfid

      lol Justin Maxwell my bad. They look damn similar.

  • Pinade is greata

    I like hall too bad he can not play short anymore or nunez would be aaa bound

    • Havok9120

      You may be right. I too have always liked Hall, though Nunez’ offense seems to be much better.

  • Havok9120

    Please tell me that this won’t be one of THOSE broadcasts, where we have interviews virtually every inning. I mean, seriously, why are we talking to the 3B coach in the top of the 2nd?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Dwayne Wise lost his slim chance with hoe he played that base hit last innings, btw.

    • Needed Pitching

      Dwayne Wise lost his slim chance by showing up to camp still being Dwayne Wise

      • Robinson Tilapia

        DeWayne Wise isn’t on any team for his offense.

    • ROBTEN

      Playing with gardening tools during the game? That’s his problem right there.

      • Havok9120

        I laughed.

      • Karl Krawfid

        lol

  • Tom

    Do the Yankees teach pitchers to field bare handed? CC did it a bunch last year (and dropped a few of them); AJ use to do it, Nova did it here for no reason (he had plenty of time).

    Can’t they teach these guys to use the glove unless it’s going to be a bang bang play?

    • Havok9120

      CC likes using his bare hand for random stuff.\. He even catches balls with it when he’s pitching.

      I can’t speak to the rest.

      • hogsmog

        CCs hand is as big as a glove.

    • nedro

      You bare-hand the slow rollers. Bang-bang or not. It’s how the game is played.

      • Tom

        ? (is this sarcasm?)

        Not only is it more reliable to use your glove, you can actually control the grip on the ball when you pull it out of the glove as opposed to having three or 4 fingers (in addition to the thumb) on the ball and throwing wildly.

        • nedro

          Absolutely not sarcasm. Any good ballplayer knows how to quickly and accurately change his grip on the ball without having to put it in his glove. Go ahead and watch A rod handle a ball bare handed. As a coach, I instruct my kids to toss a ball up and down with their throwing hand, quickly finding the seams with their fingers between tosses. Doesn’t take too long to be able to do it quickly without looking at the ball. Fielding the ball with your glove and then having to take it out = wasted time.

          • Tom

            Which is why I said “if it’s not a bang bang play”

            The skill you refer to is possessed by infielders who routinely take groundballs, not pitchers. Are you seriously comparing the skill of an infielder to that of a starting pitcher in terms of fielding ground balls?

            Also it’s not “wasted time” when it’s not a bang bang play. If you have time, what exactly is the downside of using your glove?

            • nedro

              I really didn’t want to argue about this, and I won’t anymore, but you seem to be forgetting that, after he releases the ball, a pitcher is, for all intents and purposes, an infielder, and just as responsible for fielding ground balls as the rest of them. Furthermore, a slow roller on the infield is, almost by definition, with few exceptions, a bang-bang play.

              • Tom

                Perhaps you should read your comment again:

                “You bare-hand the slow rollers. Bang-bang or not. It’s how the game is played.”

                There is no reason to field something barehanded if you have time… if you are teaching kids to do it no matter what, frankly you are doing them a disservice.

                If you have time there is no reason not to use your glove.

                And quite a few slow rollers back to a pitcher are not bang-bang… especially ones that are not up or down one of the fouls lines. To other infielders…. sure (they tend to not be 50 feet away from homeplate when the ball struck though).

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Yikes. How many options does he have left?

  • Needed Pitching

    nice throw

  • Cy Pettitte

    Gardy! man is he awesome.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    CANNON!!!!!

  • Needed Pitching

    Did the announcer really just say Gardner has one of the best arms in the majors??

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      His arm isn’t that bad actually. Don’t know why people think that.

      • Needed Pitching

        not that bad, but certainly not one of the best in the majors.
        Average at best

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He does. It’s not just about strength, quick released and accuracy matter a lot. Gardner’s arm is more usable than Melky’s ever was because Melky’s throws were always way up the line. He’d hit the target one out of every ten throws.

      • Needed Pitching

        I took the comment to be about strength. He definitely does make up for lack of strenght by getting to the ball and getting rid of it quickly.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          But you said yourself that the announcer said one of the “best” arms in the majors, not “strongest.”

          • Needed Pitching

            Its a fair point. I equated “Best” with strongest. Entirely possible I misinterpreted what he meant.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        +1

      • Tom

        Exactly – his accuracy is tremendous…

        The other thing that doesn’t get notice is his speed to the ball and ability to break down quickly and get in throwing position quickly (especially on singles)

      • DM

        The best arms are rarely tested. They always test Gardner. Just sayin.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Gardy the new Golson!

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Let’s hope not. I like having an actual MLB caliber player in left field.

  • Pinade is greata

    Gardy>Grandy in CF No?

    • handtius

      defensively, i’d think so.

  • Jared

    What are the odds the NY Post uses “pinata” on the back page the first time he gets lit up?

    • Havok9120

      Too high to do a proper pool on I’m afraid. No money to be made there.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      the first time? 0%

      The media didn’t play word games with AJ’s name until it became a trend.

      • Havok9120

        AJ only cost money. If Monty is raking at the time…well, it could easily be a bloodbath methinks.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          The money works against the media tolerance. Another reason they’ll give pineda a longer leash.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wade Boggs? Really?

    • RetroRob

      Totally mystified by that comment from the Orioles’ broadcasters. Boggs? If they wanted to go off the grid from the “core four,” they could have at least said Bernie Williams.

      • Havok9120

        I missed it. What’d they say?

  • Pinade is greata

    Poor O’s dont have any pitching so they rip pettitte

  • CJ

    How pissed is Freddy Garcia? When asked about Andy signing “I really don’t care. That’s their decision.” whenever the best answer one can come up with is “I dont care” He is fed up and pissed off

    • Pinade is greata

      Freddy will make the rotation coming out of ST. Yankees will send pinade on the new york state yankees tour until he can show some pop in that arm. This will feed the montero lovers for awhile.

      • nedro

        You, sir, are some fucking piece of work. Why don’t you go ahead and Google that name there in your handle? See what you come up with. Go ‘head. We’ll wait.

        • Havok9120

          Don’t feed the trolls.

          • nedro

            My bad. Still have trouble recognizing them sometimes.

            • Havok9120

              Its all good. I tried giving him the benefit of the doubt…

              He quickly showed me the error of my ways.

        • JAG

          How many hits do you think he’ll get for “Pinade”?

          It’s even better b/c his handle is a pun on Pineda, which isn’t pronounced the same when you spell it as wrong as he did.

  • mike_h

    hoping for a Nova strikeout of Jones

    • mike_h

      line out to RF on 1st pitch, not bad

  • Pinade is greata

    Starting rotation out of ST
    CC
    Kuroda
    Freddy
    Hughes
    Nova
    At the end of may
    CC
    Kuroda
    Freddy
    Andy
    Nova.
    End of June
    Cc
    Kuroda
    Andy
    Freddy
    Pinade

    • RetroRob

      Pineda will be there at the start. Even with his decreased velocity in the early going, he does two things well. Throws strikes, and generates lots of swings and misses with the slider (not to mention his change up has looked pretty good.)

      He’s the opposite of Hughes, who has had trouble putting people away once he gets ahead. Pineda’s slider can be quite nasty.

  • 1stbase

    “pinade”

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    May never know the answer to this question, but does every other gram’s commentary seem slanted and crappy? It doesn’t seem like the YES crew ever takes potshots at other teams. Or is that just because I’m a Yankee fan? I don’t feel like it is.

    PS Ibanez….yikes.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Gram? I meant team.

      My bad. I have cocaine on the brain.

    • RetroRob

      I think you’re correct. I actually listen to other teams’ broadcasters on MLB.com, and about 90% of them make derogatory comments about the Yankees and also Yankees fans.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        I live in Florida now. I can tell you without hesitation, that Tampa Bay is by far the worst. Dwayne Staats & company constantly bitch and cry about ball/strike calls throughout thegame. Staats is bitter about getting fired from MSG.

        • Pineda is greata

          Nothing is worse then chicago and wimpy and the Hawk.

          • handtius

            the whitesox are the worst, and the redsox on principal and accent.

            • GardnergoesYardner

              Emphasis on accent.

              Ryan LAVAHNAHWAY and Matt GAAHZA. The future battery that we can only hope for.

  • Tom

    Nova looks like he’s been working on the change… not sure if the 0-2 pitch that Weiters hit out was a change, but it looks like he’s making progress on it.

  • Avi

    I know I’m late but.. ANDY PETTITTE!!

    • Pinade is greata

      It will be nice to see Andy and Cc together again in the dugout.

  • RetroRob

    I like the MLB 2012 ad with the Cubs winning. If not the Yankees, I’d like to see the Cubs win. Yet it’s sad that there is zero chance the Cubs will have a shot at winning the World Series for at least five years. Total rebuild mode now.

  • Pinade is greata

    Ibanez is done how big a hit would it be to dump him from ST?
    Posada maybe?

    • pistol pete

      Dump him now, 2 for 31 at 069 and 40 yrs old. Can’t run, can’t field, can’t hit leftys, and now can’t hit rightys either. Time to retire.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I’ve never seen someone so obsessed with the 23rd man on the roster.

        • 1stbase

          Where is rey sanchez when you need him

        • CJ

          Who ibanez? 7th hitter in starting lineup 60-70% of games.

      • Havok9120

        This exchange made me smile.

  • Pineda is greata

    Bean ball starts early

  • RetroRob

    Harper optioned down by the Nats? No surprise. He looked overmatched by some of the Yankees lefties the other day.

    I’d send him back to AA for a couple months, and if he looks good, bring him up to AAA before a late-season call-up. Even A-Rod was a bit overmatched when he was 19…before destroying the league at 20.

    • Tom

      If they wait a few months it will also help avoid Super Two status (3 arbritration years instead of 4), and may push out his free agency a year.

      • RetroRob

        True. Even if Harper was tearing it up, he was going to be sent to the minors for purely business reasons.

        • Tom

          This unfortunately also may be a secondary consideration for optioning down any of the Yankee starters with options (Nova, Hughes, Pineda).

          (Though I really hope that is not what would drive a decision)

          • Needed Pitching

            Hughes would have to stay down a very long time to delay his free agency.

  • RetroRob

    O-M-G. Get the microphone away from the woman with the annoying voice. It’s like Rosanne Barr near the mic.

  • mike_h

    come on Phelps, you had him wtf?

  • Pineda is greata

    Phelps needs a trade to the NL West

  • Karl Krawfid

    Rapada is so underrated.

  • RetroRob

    BTW Why does Kate Upton appear to be as tall as Verlander, who is 6’5″? And just how the f tall is that “bodyguard?”

    • Havok9120

      Camera angles are fun.

      And the bouncer, if he’s anything like the bouncers here (New Orleans), will be Really Darn Tall. I’m 6’6″ and they sometimes tower over me.

      • RetroRob

        Note to self: Next time in New Orleans, do not anger bouncers.

        I just Googled Kate Upton (and some how I’m guessing I’m not the first person to ever do that) and she’s listed at 5’10″. Quite tall for a girl, but Verlander should tower over her. We never actually see her feet, so she may be wearing heels, or she may be standing on a platform. It probably would have looked odd with the 7′ bouncer and the 6’5″ Verlander. Height disparity also creates problems when filming, which is why many actors are much shorter than we assume, and fit within a general range. Extreme height is bad if you’re planning a career in movies!

  • Will

    Umm. I know it’s only ST but what happened to Nova? And what’s up with our lack of hitting?

    • Havok9120

      Hitting: Have you seen the lineup we put out there today? Or most days? No one is getting any regular ABs, so no one’s getting into a grove. They’re either hot or they ain’t.

      Nova is a more interesting question. Its obviously his FB control more than anything, and the fact that most offspeed and breaking pitches feed off your ability to locate your FB, its cascading badly through his innings. The cause of that? Haven’t the foggiest. It could be almost anything.

    • mike_h

      looks like he made an adjustment, his later innings were better

  • pistol pete

    I love Nova but the Yanks have proven to him he can easily be odd manned out if he does not pitch well and he has struggled this spring. Last years forearm injury, the longest season of his career, coupled with the dreaded sophmore jinx and Ivan could easily be the odd man out and be back at AAA.

  • Rey22

    God dammit, what is it with Yankees and hands this spring!?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano turned into that :(

    • Havok9120

      He was already swinging. Had that thing broke he might’ve crushed it. Well timed.

  • Havok9120

    And the moral of the story is, leave Matt Weiters alone unless you’ve got Teh Wheelz.

    • Tom

      Mitchell still looks pretty good… If Girardi wasn’t mired in his endless search for that 2nd lefty, I wonder if he might have had a shot at the last spot in the pen.

      With Hall and Nunez locking down the left side of the infield he had no chance to put up a scoreless inning.

      • Tom

        Darn reply button….

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Missed the Cano HBP. How bad does it look?

    Nice recovery by Nova today. This is the time to work the kinks out. If he’s doing this regularly in, say, May, then we begin to worry and think about digging into the big bag of starters.

    I understand wanting to take a look at Rapada in the position he’d likely to play at the start of the season, but I was left wanting to see whether Phelps could have gotten out of that inning.

    • RetroRob

      He seemed to be in quite a bit of pain. Reminded me of when Nunez got hit, and he was out for almost two weeks.

      Hopefully just a bruise.

    • Havok9120

      There’s no way to know. Hand hits are just way to random. He looked like he’d taken a ball to the hand. If he broke something, he was acting pretty stoic. Donohue hustled him off cradling his hand before we got to see much.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        On a different note… Really weird not to see Gene coming out to look at him.

        • Havok9120

          I thought that the first time I saw Steve storm out earlier during ST. Was like, “Wait, where’s Ge…Oh. Darn. =( “

  • RetroRob

    Thought for second both runners were going to head for the plate and get thrown out.

    I was at a game in 1985 in which Dale Berra and Bobby Meacham were thrown out at home plate on one throw. If I remember correctly, it was against the White Sox and Carlton Fisk was catching. The crowd was a bit stunned. It’s only happened maybe a six or seven times in MLB history.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      oh dude, reliving that just now is worse than a bad acid flash back.

      • RetroRob

        Somehow, when I recount rare events in baseball games I’ve attended, I for some reason always forget about this play, and for good reason.

        My image is not the one most people have, which is the TV replay. The image frozen in my mind was roughly 1/4 of the way between home plate and the third base bag, giving me a perfect view of the play as it was unfolding. At first I’m stunned that the slow-running Berra and the fast Meacham were suddenly somehow in a sprint with each other toward home plate, and as soon as both moved past third base I knew it was over…and it was.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      It was Fisk, and that was one of the rarest plays I’ve ever witnessed. I think it’s so rare because no two players could be that stupid and still be major leaguers.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      …..and yet one of those guys became a third base coach in the major leagues.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        The lead guy. Berra was behind him.

  • Needed Pitching

    Mason up next

    • Needed Pitching

      batting 1.000, all downhill from here

      • GardnergoesYardner

        This is the point of the game where we shut off the TV, go to bed, and dream of a happy land where Mason Williams is our CF and the team makes it under 189 million while keeping Cano and signing Hamels.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          Trade Hughes+ for a long term answer in RF. That gives you about 15M of the Hamels $ right there.

      • DM

        Looks like his frame will hold a few more pounds going forward. He’s not as small or as frail as I was expecting.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          He’s reportedly added weight this winter. I saw him live last summer and he was very thin and wiry.

          • DM

            Yeah, I know about the added winter pounds — but I think he’ll fill out even more — beyond the Coco Crisp-like physique he has now.

  • mike_h

    nice hit mason

  • Tom

    Good to see Kontos back on the mound.

    Shame no one’s told him he needs how to learn to throw with his left hand to impress Girardi.

    • DM

      I’m rooting for him. I hope there’s enough innings left in ST to push his way into the conversation.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I’m not watching. Did Mason look buff?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Other than facially, yeah, he looked he’d been through puberty since the offseason.

  • Havok9120

    Did anyone watch the start of Dodgers/Angels? The announcer’s intro of Ellis was like watching a car wreck. I just couldn’t turn it off.

    • Havok9120

      God, the entire game is like this. I’m sure I’ll know this guy’s name, but I don’t know the other announcers by heart. This is terrible.

      • Needed Pitching

        Vin Scully??

        • Havok9120

          Yep, that’s it I believe.

          Lord. He didn’t even have anyone in the booth with him. It was madness.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Barring injury, CC Sabathia and probably Hiroki Kuroda have immunity. Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda each can be optioned to the minors. Freddy Garcia has just a one-year, $4 million contract and the Yankees feel no long-term commitment to him. Thus, that foursome is vulnerable to demotion to Triple-A or the bullpen while Garcia and Hughes, in particular, could emerge as trade candidates.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....Fyl2VIEcFK

    One thing right away. Trading Garcia solves nothing, he’s already the odd man out of the rotation. When Andy’s ready you have 6 men for 5 spots WITH Garcia as the long man. You have to either demote or deal someone, barring injury or ineffectiveness, in which case the decision is made for you.

    • CJ

      Watch the yanks have to eat salary to move Freddy garcia

    • Havok9120

      Well, by trading Garcia you open up the longman role in the pen. That gives us room for demotion of Hughes or someone while keeping them on the MLB club.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Bill Hall ? @BillHall_III
    If I knew my name?? Lol RT @MikeNash15: @BillHall_III what did girardi and the trainer ask you after you got hit?

  • Monterowasdinero

    I heard a week or so back, that Freddy has the second most wins for an AL starter in the last 11-12 years. Halladay is #1.

    Freddy is better than most think.

    • nsalem

      He was also 18th in quality starts last year. Better than Price, Lester, Lewis and Gio. I’m not claiming he is a top of the rotation guy , but he is a valuable piece and gets very little respect. He is intelligent and also seemingly willing to pitch where an when the Yankee’s need him. There will be a time this season when we need him and he will more than likely be ready for it. I think he has several good years left in him and I hope it is New York. I think the Yankee front to office knows his worth