Midseason Review: Falling Short of Expectations

Examining the RISPFAIL at the break
Pitch F/X myth-busting: Mark Teixeira Edition

During the next few days we’ll take some time to review the first half of the season and look at which Yankees are meeting expectations, exceeding expectations, and falling short of expectations. What else is the All-Star break good for?

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Although the Yankees have the best record in baseball, they have yet to really fire on all cylinders. They have a number of players who have not produced as expected so far, including some high-profile guys in prominent roles.

Alex Rodriguez
Father Time catches up to everyone, even players who were once historically great. A-Rod was able to avoid the DL in the first half thanks to Joe Girardi‘s plan of regular rest, but the production has not improved as hoped. Alex is hitting just .269/.357/.436 with 13 homers overall, on pace for what will likely become the worst season of career after setting a new low-water mark a year ago. His strikeout rate (22.0%) is his highest since 1996, his walk rate (10.3%) his second lowest since 2001, and his ISO (.167) his lowest ever.

Obviously there’s a lot going on here. A-Rod will turn 37 later this month, so age-related decline as already set in. Numerous lower body injuries in recent years — torn hip labrum and knee surgery chief among them — have impacted his ability to incorporate his lower half into his swing, resulting in the power decline. He’s more of an arms hitter than ever before. His struggles with runners in scoring position (.215/.354/.367) only exacerbate the problem. There’s no BABIP correction coming (he’s at .318 right now) and the power is unlikely to re-emerge. A-Rod is not a superstar anymore, get used to it.

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Mark Teixeira
Teixeira’s offseason and Spring Training work drew lots of attention as he focused on hitting the ball the other way to beat the shift and improve his declining batting average. Everything looked fine during the first two weeks of the season, as he hit a solid .288/.354/.508 through the team’s first 15 games. Teixeira fell off in a big way after that, hitting just .135/.185/.220 in his next 16 games. He got hot a few games after that, but then Girardi decided to sit him for three games due to an ongoing cough that has since been diagnosed as nerve damage to his vocal cords.

The rest helped the cough and at some point during those three days, Teixeira decided to abandon everything he’d been working on and get back to being a pull-happy slugger. What he was doing before just wasn’t working. The early returns were positive — four homers in his next seven games — but Teixeira’s production soon slowed down once again. Through the team’s first 85 games, their first baseman is hitting .250/.334/.473 after putting up a .248/.341/.494 batting line last year, the second worst of his career outside of his rookie season.

Teixeira’s production has been better than league average but again, below his normal standards even if you were expecting him to simply repeat last year. His 15 homers are well behind his usual pace — he had 25 at the break last summer — and his walk rate has dipped from 13.1% in 2010 to 11.1% in 2011 to 10.7% in 2010. A ten-point boost in BABIP from last year hasn’t helped his average much, unsurprisingly. The big problem right now is that not only has his average and OBP suffered, but he’s not hitting the ball out of the park as often either. His defense is still all-world, but Teixeira’s production at the plate has declined for the fourth straight season.

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Nick Swisher & Russell Martin
The Yankees can survive a few sluggish bats because they have a deep lineup, but even the production from lower down in the order has suffered. Swisher is in the middle of a contract year but is hitting just .262/.336/.477 so far. The power production is obviously fine, but his 10.1% walk rate is the second lowest of his career and well below his 13.3% career average. Swisher’s strikeout rate (22.0%) is up slightly compared to recent years, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s swinging at 23.6% of the pitches he sees outside of the strike zone. Last year it was just 17.5%. He’s doing damage when he makes contact, but a big part of Swisher’s value is his ability to be get on-base in ways other than a hit. He hasn’t done much of that in 2012.

Martin, on the other hand, hasn’t done much offensively at all. His .179/.300/.348 batting line is below average even for a catcher, and although he’s shown signs of breaking out on occasion, it never lasted. Martin will have a good game or two every once in a while then slide back into a prolonged slump. He’s striking out way more than usual (20.2% strikeouts this year, 14.6% career) despite swinging at fewer pitches outside of the strike zone (15.4%) than ever before. His .193 (!) BABIP should improve in the second half just by pure luck, but the quality of Martin’s contact has not been good all year. You really can’t understate how awful he was in the first half.

Freddy Garcia
Although he just turned in a damn fine start against the Red Sox in Fenway Park, Garcia has been a disappointment overall. His first four starts in April were a total disaster, I’m talking a 20 runs in 13.2 innings kind of disaster. The Yankees shipped him off to the bullpen where he worked sparingly in low-leverage situations, then reinserted him into back into the rotation once CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte hit the disabled list. Freddy has pitched well in his two starts back, but that doesn’t wash away the stench of April. Overall, Garcia has pitched to a 5.23 ERA (4.16 FIP) in 43 innings. Here’s to a much more successful second half.

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Eduardo Nunez
When the season opened, the Yankees planned to give A-Rod and Derek Jeter time at DH against left-handed pitchers while Nunez filled in on the infield. They did just that for a few weeks, but Nunez’s defense — four errors in 20 games plus several other botched plays — became such an issue that he had to be demoted to Triple-A in early-May. He was hitting just fine, especially for a utility infielder (.294/.356/.373), but the glovework just could not be tolerated anymore. Nunez committed two errors in four Triple-A games before being placed on the DL with a thumb injury. He had a chance to really step up and force his way into the team’s long-term plans this season, but now he doesn’t even have much trade value.

Cory Wade
For the first two months of the season, Wade was absolutely lights out while David Robertson and Mariano Rivera were on the DL. He also threw a lot of innings and made a lot of appearances, and that may have contributed to one of the worst pitched months in recent Yankees history. Wade has allowed 25 hits and 18 runs in 10.1 innings since the calendar flipped to June, earning him a demotion to Triple-A. His ERA climbed from 3.34 to 6.48 in his last three appearances alone (13 runs in 3.2 IP). It’s all about command with him; when he missed his spots with his soft stuff, it got hammered. Wade was tremendously useful last year and at the start of this year, but now the Yankees have to be wondering if he’s even salvageable.

Examining the RISPFAIL at the break
Pitch F/X myth-busting: Mark Teixeira Edition
  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    A-Rod and Tex have been on this falling short of expectations list for a few consecutive years now. At what point do we stop saying they are falling short and re-adjust our expectations to be more realistic for where their current talents are?

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

      I’ve done that and I’m still disappointed.

      • Todd

        Agreed, it’s painful to watch.

        • crosetti32

          Probably painful to sign those paychecks too.

    • Ted Nelson

      I’m with you. They’re about at reasonable expectations going into the season. Not at fan hopeful expectations or expectations from a few years back, but about at preseason expectations.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Okay in a few months form now I’m going to say Teix is going to further decline and you’re just going to write an essay how we don’t know if he’s in actual decline, numbers don’t prove anything and how Teix is the best 1st baseman in the league.

        • Ted Nelson

          What? Were you trying to make sense there?

          He’s clearly not the best 1B in the league, and I don’t think anyone would say so.

          Numbers need to be interpretted. If you think a .015 dip in wOBA in half a season is a statistically significant an irreversable decline, good for you.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    I assume Swisher will still be worth the qualifying offer, but will Martin?

    If they really love his pitch-framing then maybe they’ll get him on a one year deal and this slump will be ‘good’ for the team.

    • Brian S.

      Definitely qualify Swisher. Unless Martin turns it around and can get back to being league average offensively like he was last year no way do I risk paying him 12.5 million next season.

      • Rich in NJ

        Wasting $12.5m on Martin reduces their ability to upgrade the roster, which given their age at key positions, makes little sense. Plus, if Pettitte returns, it likely won’t be at such a discounted price. So they have to spend wisely.

        • Ted Nelson

          They need someone to squat behind the plate, though. It’s possible using the money elsewhere is the best option, but since you have limited positions it’s also possible Martin at that money at C is the best option. (Though ideally if you want to keep him you agree to pay him half the qualifying or something rather than extending the QO.)

    • Buhner’s barber

      I think the best move might be to make a qualifying offer to both Swisher and Martin. This way you get the draft picks for Swisher, and although you overpay Russell for next year it keeps you out of a longer commitment (which would avoid paying salary in 2014). I don’t see any team being willing to give up a 1st round pick for Russell.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Isn’t getting draft picks for departed FAs a thing of the past now?

        • jjyank

          They reduced the pool, eliminated it for rental players, and made the stipulation that you have to make a qualifying offer, but you can still get draft picks when certain players leave.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Thanks for clarifying.

      • thenamestsam

        Agree with this. Martin stinks right now and 12.5 million will almost definitely be an overpay next year, but it’s not some gigantic overpay, and in terms of flexibility a 1 year commitment would be awesome. A lot depends on how the Yankees value Martin’s defense internally.

        • A.D.

          Yeah it’s a 1 year deal, can’t be too bad and it still comes off the books for the 2014 payroll

    • rogue

      I think neither player is worth the QO.

      • G

        No chance Swisher’s not worth it unless he absolutely tanks in the second half.

      • Ted Nelson

        Care to elaborate?

        • rogue

          Certainly. The QO, under the new rules will be higher. Since Swish is having consecutive bad years, he might be inclined to take the offer. I don’t see another team giving him a big multiyear deal.

          OTOH, another year of Swish, prior to 2013, isn’t all that bad, but I would rather see the Yankees fill that role on a younger player with more upside.

          • rogue

            While I’m on Swish, I noticed on fangraphs that he’s swinging at too many bad balls. I’m too lazy to check ATM, but I’m pretty sure his O-Swing% is at a career high.

  • Yank The Frank

    If David Ortiz can bounce back I don’t see why ARod & Tex can’t.

    • Brian S.

      I don’t think A-Rod and Tex have access to the same quality milkshakes that Ortiz does.

      • JohnnyC

        The fact that the Sox don’t want to even think about giving Ortiz more than a 1 year deal tells you all you need to know. Anyone else who’s had the last 24 months Ortiz has had would get a 3 year deal easy, even at the supposed age of 36.

        • Ted Nelson

          What does it tell you about him recovering after falling off a cliff? That’s already happened for a prolonged period. Point is that Ortiz literally has done that, so can other players. Especially Tex, who has an exagerrated pull tendency like Ortiz overcame and is still young enough that it’s probably not all physical decline.

      • Steve

        Yeah, ARod prefers “skittles” from his cousin

    • rogue

      Ortiz can go opposite field and he doesn’t have the hip/knee problems ARod has.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Correction: Ortiz can hit routine flyballs to left and get doubles because of the park he plays in.

      • Ted Nelson

        How quickly we forget… Getting back to hitting to all fields is part of what broke Ortiz out of an awful rut. The point is that if he did that, so could Tex.

    • eephus_pitch

      The fact that it’s possible doesn’t make it likely.
      I’m much more surprised with Tex’s decline than Alex’s. Tex always seemed like such a smart hitter to me, and now he’s gotten into Kingman-like habits.

  • jjyank

    At least Mike saved the depressing one for last. Hopefully at least of couple of these guys can turn it around.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I remember I was scolded during the Met’s series for saying I thought Wade should be replaced as soon as Ardsma(who at the time was on pace to come back soon) healthy. Just sayin lol.

    • G

      That’s funny I was just thinking about that comment the other day. Good call by you.

    • Ted Nelson

      You predicted Wade would give up 13 Rs in 3.2 innings, or lucked into predicting a ridiculous falling apart?

  • Ron Jeremys brother Rick

    I love the pic of Swisher. POW, Right in the kisser.

  • Scott

    Disagree re Swisher:

    1) His career OPS+ is 117; last year he was 119; he’s at 116 this yr.

    2) Yes, he’s drawing fewer walks than usual, but his walk rate was even a bit lower in 2010, his best offensive year, so it’s not like this lower, still-respectable walk rate portends some sort of decline.

    Swish is holding up fine. He’s hitting a tad better (really about the same as) A-Rod & Tex, but for half-ish the price.

    • rogue

      His OPS+ is only higher because his ISO had jumped from .185 in 2011 to .215 in 2012. His BB% is more than 3% below career norm for the 2nd time in 3 years. His O-Swing% is at a career high and is around 6% higher than career norms for the 2nd time in 3 years. IMO, he’s pressing in a contract year. He’s gotten his power numbers up, but at the cost of his OBP, the lowest since 2008. At least in 2008, you can blame luck (.249 BABIP) but his 2012 BABIP is .299. Not a good portent.

  • Eddard

    Robbie Cano can only do so much down the stretch. Teixera, Swisher and A-Rod are going to have to pick it up or clubs are just going to say we ain’t pitching to Robbie. They’ll pitch to Alex, walk Robbie and then pitch to Teix and Swish, and they’ll have to step up especially in the playoffs.

    • rogue

      I think pitchers have already said it. Lester walking Cano was a statement. Moreover, Cano’s BB% is at a career high.

      They don’t pitch to Granderson, either as his BB% is also, a career high.

    • G

      They may not be fantastic hitters, but if you pitch to A-Rod, Tex, and Swisher, I’m going to bet there will be quite a few long balls. A-Rod and Swish are both on pace for mid-20s homer totals and Tex is still about a 30 homer guy. Although they have weaknesses, you don’t put Cano on base and go straight after 3 power threats. Not to mention pitching around Cano is exceedingly difficult given his ability to expand the zone.

      • Ted Nelson

        Yeah. While the Yankees line-up isn’t perfect, Cano is still better protected than most of the league’s top hitters.

        Granderson doesn’t really stand out for the next 3 or so regulars all that much this season. His power is great, but his overall hitting is just very good.

        • rogue

          Granderson’s numbers (beyond BA)

          BB% 13.1 (career high)
          ISO .254 (not as good as last season, but still excellent)
          OBP .352 (over .350 is very good)

          What’s hurt Granderson is his K% (25.9) is a career high. That, and his BABIP is .282, down from last year.

          The biggest culprit is his penchant for swinging at bad balls. O-Swing is a career high.

          The most telling stat of all?

          Zone% is 39.7. A career low by a significant margin.

          Conclusion: teams are afraid to pitch to Curtis and he needs to stop swing at pitches outside the strike zone.

  • mike

    This will be a bigger issue in the playoffs, when the mediocre/OK hitters ( Swisher, Martin, Granderson, Jeter, Ibanez etc) dont have a chance to beat up on mediocre pitchers. The Yanks need to have guys who can hit when other teams throw out their best pitchers…and Cano, ARod and Tex need to be those guys.

    Unfortunately, it looks like Cano is the only guy who can continue to do the job, and that just kills the middle of the Yanks line-up in short series where the other team can reduce their staff to its best arms and play to their advantages.

    • jjyank

      I don’t think it’s fair to classify some of those guys as “mediocre”. And the Yankees have beat up on good pitching plenty of times this season. This meme seriously needs to die a fiery death.

      • Alkaline

        Someone needs to show him that list of guys we scored a good amount of runs against. Verlander, Shields, etc.

        • jjyank

          Seriously. I’m at work so I don’t have time to dig for it, but the idea that the Yankees will have trouble in the playoffs because they won’t be beating up on medicore pitching is just not based in reality.

        • JonS

          Don’t forget God’s gift to the knuckleball…

        • Get Phelps Up

          OK, this year the Yankees have gotten…

          6 runs in 5 innings against Shields
          7 runs in 5 innings against Derek “Better than CC” Holland
          5 runs in 7 innings against Price
          11 hits, 4 runs in 6.2 innings against Felix
          5 runs in 5 innings against Jason Hammell (hey, he’s been good this year)
          5 runs in 6 and 7 innings against Verlander
          6 runs in 5 innings against Johan
          5 runs in 5 innings against RA Dickey
          4 runs (all on homers) against Peavy
          Does beating up on Lester and Beckett even count anymore?

          • Get Phelps Up

            Add to that 7 runs in 5 innings against Shields.

          • jjyank

            Thank you. So can that meme please die now? In fire?

            • G

              Pitching* Win game started by*

            • radnom

              Thank you. So can that meme please die now? In fire?

              1. So when did “meme” get redifined to “something I happen to disagree with”.

              2. I don’t see how a handful of anecdotal cases proves either side. In fact, I’m sure it doesn’t. Mathematically, its a hard thing to isolate and quantify. All you’ve proved is that its not impossible for the Yankees to beat good pitching – that is a given.
              What I want to know is whether or not their offense is affected by the increased pitching talent at a greater rate than other teams that are not so reliant on the homerun. Not sure why everyone (on both sides) feels the need to make a definitive statement when its all just speculation.

        • G

          I recall one article entitled “Yankees can’t hit good pitchers, win game starts by Justin Verlander anyway”. That about sums up how big a load if crap that all is.

      • Bubba

        I agree. It’s an insult to mediocre hitters to call Martin mediocre.

    • Ted Nelson

      Granderson is an OK/mediocre hitter? Swisher too? LOL

  • Ted Nelson

    Like with the “pressing” issue earlier, I’m not sure how you can state your theory that rest is the reason ARod stayed healthy as a fact. It’s one of several possibilities. Could be the offseason therapy, could be luck. He hasn’t underperformed realistic expectations by a significant amount, I would not say. And I would definitely not fall into the trap of pretending decline is a straight line thing. He will probably have hot months and maybe even years where he trends upwards and does hit for more power.

    I remember Tex was actually doing well LH but poorly RH for a long while, but don’t have any data or recollection of dates. Not sure where his splits are now and too lazy to look.

    I’d probably put Swisher in meeting expectations. Got hurt, but that happens.

    A lot of those guys–Nunez, Wade, and Garcia–have exceeded expectations for longer periods of time than not or in a way (offense for Nunez)… Which is nice. I mean a couple of weeks ago Wade probably headlines the exceeding expectations article. Hopefully Garcia put a miserable start to the season behind him and is still the same fairly effective finesse guy he was the last 2.25 seasons. I have no problem with including any of them here, but when a good chunk of your disappointments were only conditionally disappointing or dissapointing by unrealistic standards of hoped for improvement… Probably having a very good season.

    • jjyank

      That last part is asbolutely correct, and the reason the Yanks have the best record in baseball. Other teams wish that guys like Garcia, Wade, and Nunez made up a significant portion of this list.

      • Ted Nelson

        Plus as much as ARod and Tex aren’t where we’d like them to be, they’re also not bad. Both at ~.350 wOBA. 2011 Crawford or Dunn sort of collapses and the Yankees would be a lot worse off. When your biggest dissappointments are above average starters… Pretty nice.

        Could include Swisher, too. Martin is below average, but not terrible for a C I wouldn’t say.

  • Aubesians&Such

    If these guys were performing to expectation, the Yankees would probably have the best record in all of baseball.

    Oh wait.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Here’s a simpler version of this comment:

      This year, the Yankees kick ass.

      • rogue

        But will they kick ass in the playoffs? I have my doubts.

        • Jim Is Bored

          Everyone should have doubts about every single team to ever make the playoffs. They’re a crapshoot, an exercise in small samples.

          If the Mariners couldn’t make it to the WS in 2001, there is no reason to get worked up about the 2012 yankees not making it this year.

          • gc

            Thank you. Well said.

        • jjyank

          No worse off tha any other team.

        • G

          There is no reason to believe the Yankees will not perform well in the list-season. They have played exceedingly well against teams with winning records and have shown an ability to rough up some top notch pitchers. This rumor that they can’t hit good pitching and that somehow equates to post-season failure needs to die.

        • Ted Nelson

          Here’s a way to think of it: the same Yankee team has gone 21-21 for a stretch this season and 30-12 for a stretch this year (think those are right, but they’re off the top of my head so might not be). The playoffs are maybe half as long as either of those streaks. The amount of variability is huge. The same team can be hot and win the WS, or cold and get knocked out first round.

          • jjyank

            I think those are right. And yes, any team can get hot at the right time in the playoffs. The Yankees are just as capable, if not more so, than any other contender.

          • AndrewYF

            Going .500 in the playoffs is fine as long as you win the first game ;)

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          • rogue

            I don’t see ARod getting better. Jeter is finally getting hot in July after 2 poor months. Swish, doesn’t have it. I’m hoping Tex will at least return to his 30+ HR .350 OPS norm.

            ARod and Swish are weak hitters right now. Gardner, a player that has plateaued as a hitter, doesn’t appear to be a factor in 2012. With Ibanez/Jones in LF, this team needs another bat in the lineup. They can get one.

            Sure, the Yankees are good enough to crush bad pitching, but when they face Texas/Cal/Detroit, I don’t like their chances with the current lineup.

            Yes,I believe the Chisox will drop and the Tigers will win the Central.

            Yes, I still like to refer to them as the California Angels. That’s what it ought to be! :-)

  • rogue

    There’s no way the Yankees can keep ARod beyond 2013. After next season, they should cut him, swallow the bitter pill that is the rest of his salary, and avoid the $189mil threshold for 2014.

    • A.D.

      If they actually did a buy-out I wonder how the contract would even be treated.

    • jjyank

      That will never happen. Plus who plays third? Laird? Nunez? I don’t think so. A-Rod is still an above average player and and at least a top 10 third basemen. Stop overreacting.

      • rogue

        With the $189mil threshold in 2014, having ARod on the books is a great anchor.

        As for Nunez, IMO, the Yankees gave up on him too soon. I believe that you have to let players work through these mental problems. Offensively, I see a lot of talent in him. He makes good contact, shows potential doubles power, and has shown that he can be an elite base stealer.

    • JohnC

      His salary does decline gradually over the last 5 years of the contract. Next year he makes 28 mill, not a big drop at all. The last 4 though he makes 25, 21, 20 and 20 mill. So they get some relief over the last 4 years

      • Ted Nelson

        Some financial relief for ownership, but luxury tax figure doesn’t drop the way I understand it (might increase as he hits HR records, but I have no idea how that works). As a fan the luxury tax is more important to me with $189 mill looming.

        • yooboo

          189m is technically a salary cap for 2014. Yanks have been paying luxury tax. If you keep over the cap and pay luxury tax for consecutive seasons, the percentage increases gradually. For 2014, the percentage will be either 40 or 50 percentage. I am not following luxury tax rule properly but it is a common sense.

          All old contracts for bonuses prior to new CBA kicked in will not count against luxury tax. Angels signing Pujols made a wake call for CBA.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      And they’d replace his production with ….. ??? He’s not worth anything near his salary, but who’s next in line? He still plays good D at 3B and produces better than average at the plate. If they cut him, I’m pretty sure they’re still on the hook for his salary. So your solution is to pay him, and pay someone else to produce similar numbers. Don’t see how this helps the situation at all. Please explain.

      • jjyank

        Exactly. Unless A-Rod retires, the Yankees will pay his entire salary regardless. And then pay for a replacement, who in all likelyhood, won’t be as good, even with A-Rod’s decline. It makes zero sense at all.

    • Ted Nelson

      How does cutting him and paying him not to play for you plus paying a replacement help their budget? It hurts their budget and their team too in all likelihood. ARod is their 3rd most productive regular this season, and well within striking distance of Granderson for #2.

      • yooboo

        It only works in a video game. lol

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      ARod’s AAV will still count against the luxury tax. So the Yankees would still have 27.5M against the cap for ARod, plus the cost of a replacement. Cutting him makes the situation worse, not better.

  • jjyank

    I for one am shocked that we were not blessed with stuart’s presence in this thread.

    • Bubba

      Careful… he’s like Candyman. If you call his name 3 times he appears to wreak havoc on your enjoyment.

  • yooboo

    Arod’s home run milestone bonus wont count against the luxury tax. It is fortunate.

    Justin Upton wont be a Yankee. I am sorry, Mr Axisa.

  • 28 in 2012

    Looks like the names Rodriguez and Teixeira will be appearing on the lineup card as number 7-8 hitters pretty soon. At this rate of decline, Arod will hit 10 hrs per season while Tex will carry a batting line of .175 all year. These bums were never worth the money and unfortunately we are stuck watching them slowly die as baseball players. By the time their contracts are up with the Yankees they will be totally worthless. What an effin nightmare.

    • Ted Nelson

      Decline is rarely a straightline thing.

      ARod is their 3rd best everyday hitter still. Tex isn’t far behind. Who are the 6 guys hitting ahead of them?

      Don’t know if they’re worth their contracts, but they were both among the best in the game.

  • yooboo

    Yanks can’t have all mid line up hitters that can’t hit well in the same season for next 3 or 5 years.

    Cano a lone wolf? Damn.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    If Martin is a defense-only catcher now the Yankees might be better off with Stewart and using the savings elsewhere.

    They seem to have a thing for Martin’s pitch framing, Cashman compared him to Munson as a leader and he does have some offensive upside, so hopefully he comes back on a 1-year deal similar to what he gets now.

    Romine’s back injury makes him a doubt to be more than a Cervelli-type backup at this point.

    • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

      Martin is no Munson.

      Sparky Anderson

  • Hardy

    I also think that A-Rod is about meeting realistic expectations.
    His wOBAs were .363 in 2010 and .361 2011. He turns 37. This season his wOBA is .352, ZiPS RoS prediction is .353. His numbers just match his current talent level.

  • Anthony

    Quick question, are all QO’s only for one year?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)


  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    And until ARod and Swish got picked off first in the same game I thought Mick Kelleher was doing a fine job!

  • Jd

    Nunez = Cabrera. Stick with him. So many were wrong about Melky. Let’s see what happens.