Dec
01

Cashman: Yankees continue to seek infield help

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The Yankees continue to look for infield help, Brian Cashman confirmed to Chad Jennings. “It’s an area that I will focus on, but whether anything materializes from that area (is impossible to say),” said the GM. “What’s the availability in terms of what’s in the marketplace, both free agent and trade? Does any of that make sense with the cost associated with it, whether it’s your assets as a player or a dollar amount?”

Cashman also acknowledged that he’s “talked to (other teams about trades) on several occasions,” though he hasn’t checked in with Eric Chavez very often this offseason. It’s unclear if Chavez even wants to play another year. We know the Yankees are seeking an upgrade over Jayson Nix, but the free agent market really doesn’t have much to offer since players like Marco Scutaro, Jeff Keppinger, and Stephen Drew figure to get starting jobs elsewhere. If Cashman does find an upgrade over Nix, it’ll almost certainly come via trade.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • mrdbag

    Cashman pisses me off everytime he speaks

    • jjyank

      The feeling is mutual, I’m sure.

      • OldYanksFan

        Not true. Cahman only dislikes DBags.

    • Pablo

      I can’t imagine why a young position player would sign with NY as it seem they never get a shot to make the varsity. I think Cash is in denial, this team could play old in a hurry and fall apart. I am sure guys like Nunez, Dickerson and Phelps will be Railriders next season.

      • Ted Nelson

        This is a false narrative, on a few levels.

        If those guys are in AAA and the team “plays old”… guess what? You call them up. That’s what depth is all about.

        Of course, Nunez has been given chances. Phelps has not only been given, but also taken advantage of his chances. And Dickerson is not young. Dude is 30. He cleared waivers last year, meaning no other team wanted him at basically no cost.

        • Pablo

          You make a valid point and I am no expert but it seems to me that with the trend toward “locking up your good players” making the F/A market thin teams have to see what the kids can do. My friend, Jack McKeon (former mgr.) insists that MLB talent is on the wane. I just babbling so I will get back to solving the Finnacial Cliff issue LOL.

      • OldYanksFan

        Except:
        1) Between ARod and Jeter DHing, a decent UINF could start 80 games.
        2) We are 1 year, or 2 at worst, from replacing Jeter.
        3) We will retire ARod from the field sometime in the next few years.

        Of course, if we got a decent 3B/SS type, it could effect the timetable of 2) and 3).

        • al

          I would like to see a trade for chase headley… go ahead use two of the fantastic four: tyler, Williams, heathcott, flores… throw in a nunez…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Except the half the infield were young, homegrown guys, at one point who, as you say, made the varsity.

    • al

      then he must be doing a good job.

  • The DonSlaught

    Reynolds just got non-tendered.

    • Preston

      All I want for Christmas is Mark Reynolds in pin-stripes.

      • jjyank

        I want more than that, damn it. I’d like Reynolds in my stocking, but I’d like something else under the tree.

        • Steve D Fl

          Josh Hamilton?

          • jjyank

            Hell no.

        • Jersey Joe

          You already got 1/2 of the core four, including the best closer in history.

          • Pat D

            Christmas is a time for being greedy and demanding lots and lots of presents.

            Duh.

            • Jersey Joe

              Yeah. Hopefully around Thanksgiving = Thankful for what you already have = Kuroda, Rivera, Pettitte

              Christmas = Greedy = Endless possibilities

              • jjyank

                Exactly. This is the time in the offseason where we can dream big, rational or not.

                • JAG

                  If we’re dreaming big, I want the Santana/Choo/Masterson megadeal without losing Austin or Sanchez.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        A bit too all-or-nothing to be coming off the bench, in my opinion.

      • al

        good call, he would be a nice compliment in the dh slot from the right side of the plate and a back up corner infielder.

  • Grover

    Classic misdirection. The backups will continue to be slow played while Cashman lays in the weeds and swoops in undetected and signs Hamilton, as the logic continues to grow and it now fits within his budget and next year’s payroll ceiling.

  • Jersey Joe

    There aren’t really any interesting IF nontenders. Ian Stewart, if he can get back to 2010 form, would be a nice addition, YS3 could help. As far as middle infield, Omar Q. is the only one available.

    • Neil

      I would take a chance on Ian Steward. Rather have Steward/Cervelli Platoon in the #9 spot than sign someone like A.J. Pierzynski

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        Stewart isn’t a catcher. He’s a third baseman. http://www.baseball-reference......ia01.shtml

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Patrick Stewart? Rod Stewart?

          • Pat D

            Make it so, Maggie May.

            • Strat

              Haha… Got a much needed chuckle there… thanks!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I know I keep you amused, but I feel I’m being used.

          • nsalem

            Dick Stuart aka Doctor Strangeglove. He was the Mark Reynolds of the 60′s.

  • Pat D

    In other news, I just saw some Reuters story on Yahoo! that Ichiro has “lost patience” with the Yankees and is talking to other teams.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/i.....1;mlb.html

    If your goal is to really want the Yankees to re-sign you, I don’t think this is the best way of conveying it.

    • Jersey Joe

      Hmm.

      I’m fine with Ryan Sweeney in RF. YS3 might help him pop a few of those doubles over the fence and we have a 10-12 HR guy if he can revert to 2008-2011 form. Let’s see what happens; he definitely has more potential than Dickerson.

      Possibly platoon him with…Michael Taylor from Oakland? It doesn’t look like he’ll find his way into OAK’s OF. I don’t know if Beane will let him go easily but he could be a good pickup.

      • BronxBomber98

        I was thinking along the lines of a Nate Schierholtz/Scott Hairston platoon for RF.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This doesn’t seem to be jive with my reading on here that Cashman was going to just skip Christmas this year.

  • Pat D
    • Pat D

      Shoot, this was meant in reply to R-Tils’ above comment.

      • Juke Early

        Don’t sweat it – seeing Alan Rickman makes me wish he was NYY GM. As Sheriff of Nottingham, natch. Since Christmas hopefully won’t be called off(Mayan calendar aside), fingers crossed Cash will pull off a hot deal that won’t go South in 2013. Though he’ll probably make us wait until Valentine’s Day. . ..

  • Neil

    Any chance Joba and Nunez can get us Miguel Montero? We know that ARI is in the market for a SS

    • Steve (different one)

      No

    • BronxBomber98

      Not even close to enough. 1 crappy fielding shortstop and 1 year of Joba? They’ll laugh.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Soto just got nontendered by the Rangers. Could see him as an option.

    Aledmis Diaz (ss) and Dariel Alvarez (of) are soon going to be sitting there for Cashman to scoop up if he has the force of will. I’m worried that Igawa took Cashman’s cojones with him back to Japan.

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

      Do you know anything about the two Cuban players at all? These are likely Yadil Mujica and Adonis Garcia types, not Yoenis Cespedes and Alexi Ramirez given the complete lack of coverage.

      • The Moral Majority is Neither

        Jessie Sanchez of MLB.com referenced them as ‘top prospects’ that several teams have expressed interest in signing. They defected during a tournament in The Netherlands.

        I have not scouted them personally.

  • Dicka24

    Giovanni Soto was non-tendered by the Rangers. He’s been disappointing after a good early start to his career, but he may be worth a look at catcher.

    Nate Shierholtz or Ryan Sweeney? Sweeney has zero power, but is a very good for average hitter. Sheirholtz seems like someone the Yankees have been interested in for a few years now. At least have been rumored to be.

    Soria or Brian Wilson as the veteran sign, rehabbing from injury, recent closer, heir apparent to Mo arm? Higher risk with Soria being a 2x TJ recipient, but maybe a better fit. Not sure how, or if, the Bearded one would mesh with the no facial hair Yankees.

    • Ted Nelson

      Other than Sweeney, I’d take them all.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think the attraction to Wilson is name value. As a middle reliever, he’s going to be another guy who’ll give you a heart attack as you wonder whether he’ll get out of the inning unscathed.

      • Ted Nelson

        Not elite as his reputation suggests, but still a quality reliever if healthy. Would have to be a cheap, rebuild value deal.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Definitely. I just wonder what the balance between beard/name value and actual price would be.

          • Ted Nelson

            Yeah, a good candidate to be overpaid. Made $8.5 million last year I think. I do think there’s a chance he has to take a small one year deal this year while he recovers. Might be overpaid even in that case.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

      Soria or Wilson would be nice but if you assume the pen is gonna be Mo, Robertson, Joba, 2 LOOGYs, The loser of Phelps/Nova and Aardsma with Whitley, Montgomery and Eppley only a phone call away, the pen is already in pretty damn good shape right now.

      Obviously the more arms the better but this has to be like the 3rd or 4th priority behind C, RF and utility INF.

  • Ted Nelson

    He’ll probably get a better opportunity at playing time, but Ian Stewart would be a nice pick up on a minor league deal.

    Obviously just like Drew, Keppinger, and Scutaro have priority over him, but grabbing one of those three plus Stewart on a MiLB deal would be awesome.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Agreed. That’d be some nice infield depth. I wouldn’t be sad if Nix wound up being part of the equation again either.

  • thunder rd runner

    no playoffs next year

    • jjyank

      Well at least we won’t have to bother watching. Thanks for the heads up!

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

        It’s the same thing literally every offseason.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Because of the Mayan calender, right?

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

    Cashman should make Drew, Keppinger or Scutaro an above market value offer for 1 year and see if one of them will bite. I agree with what Mike was saying in his chat yesterday that the Yankees should be loading up for a major run in 2013 before the roster turns over in 2014.

    For Scutaro and Drew, they’d be only 1 little setback by Jeter away from being starting SS for the NYY.

    • The Moral Majority is Neither

      Based on the fat suit Jeter was wearing in that NY Post photo, I’m a little worried about his ability to play shortstop given his injury, age and lack of range prior to his injury.

      • Preston

        Well thank God we have the great Eduardo Nunez!
        #EddardWorld

  • Yankonymous

    Catchers are still considered infielders, right?

    Good article.

    Totally agree, the Yankees have the ingredients in-house to equal or better Martin’s value from last year.

  • infield help

    No Catcher, No Right fielder, A center fielder with a hole in his bat and a .230 average, a left fielder who hits with a plastic bat and can’t stay healthy. and………………………Cashman is worried about who can play when DJ, Arod and Cano need a break. Classic Yankees! Here is a tire flat fix kit keep throwing out those quick fixes.

    • Henry Krinkle

      I’m not sure who you want them to get in light of the budget and who’s available. Also, it’s a little early to judge anyway. Classic Yankee moves got them the most wins in the league and to the final 4.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      How many of these comments are from the same person, different screen names?

      • Henry Krinkle

        Maybe it is different people and they’re like cover bands. Still waiting for the annual complaints that Cashman missed out on a player while he was rappelling.

    • pinchhitter

      To be fair, Cashman probably simply forgot that baseball requires a catcher and a right fielder. Now that you’ve reminded him he’ll put them on his list.

  • dan gen

    the yanks should go all out to try to win this year….just over pay for one year…maybe someone takes it…189 does not apply..just go for it…start with hamilton….whats the worst thing that could happen…they dont take it….