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Fan Confidence Poll: December 24th, 2012

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Given the team's current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees' overall future?
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  • blake

    at the moment I’m probably the least confident going in to a season relative to chances of winning a championship in a long time…..I just feel like this offense could be significantly worse than last years….and last years wasn’t good enough.

    I like the rotation…..I even like the bullpen….but I think they are carrying serious risk on the offensive side and may struggle to score runs at times.

    If the pitching holds up and stays healthy they will keep them in the race…..but IMO this team as currently constructed is in plenty of danger of missing the playoffs.

    On a positive note (it is Christmas)…..I think the farm system “could” blow up next year and really become one of the top systems in baseball…..it could flop too and go backwards because you just never know with prospects but I can easily envision a scenario where Austin, Heathcott, Williams, and Sanchez all get to AA and perform…..Depaula bursts on the scene….Campos shows he’s healthy etc….

    That’s what the Yanks need to happen to make this budget thing work…..hopefully it will.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all….I don’t post here much but enjoy the work that Mike and everyone else do.

    • mitch

      I agree for the most part, but I think last year’s offense was plenty good enough. It just sucked at the worst possible time.

      The downgrade offensively from Martin and Swisher to Stewart, et al and Gardner is significant, but the opportunity is still there to improve the DH/backup outfielder role.

      A trade for someone like Mike Morse would make me feel a lot better about the lineup. Since he isn’t a platoon guy, he would fill both the right-handed outfielder and DH roles.

      • Blake

        I think Morse could potentially make a pretty big impact….things would fall in line where he could be the primary DH…and he could play RF vs LHP ….allowing Jeter or Nunez or whoever to DH that day.

        It’s just one guy but getting a guy like that could really even things out…..the lineup currently looks pretty rough vs LHP

        • mitch

          I don’t think the cost would be that bad either. The Morales trade is pretty good comparison. Morse is a little better hitter, but both are DHs/poor fielders set to hit free agency after the season.

          • Blake

            I think it may cost Nova….and I probably do that

            • Ted Nelson

              I would not. Morse is a marginal upgrade in all likelihood, and signed for only this year. Has passed 1.1 fWAR once in his career. Nova has made almost as much of an impact since 2010 as Morse has since 2006.

              • mitch

                His WAR is dragged down by poor defense which wouldn’t be a big issue on the yanks where he’d be primarily a DH.

                Over the last 3 years his wRC+ is 133 which is 22nd in the league…right between Tulowitski and Beltran, and better than any Yankee not named Robinson Cano. He would be a huge upgrade over Ibanez.

                • Ted Nelson

                  If he’s DHing, where are A-Rod and Youk playing?

      • Laz

        I don’t think it will be much worse. Arod will miss 1/3 of a season, but once he comes back he is a huge upgrade over Ibanez/Jones as the DH. Gardner will also be good.

      • dalelama

        I see the masses are following the very predictive Dalelama to a six while he moves to a five. Symbolic of this team morphing into the ’65 Yankees. Finishing fourth in the East would not be a surprise.

        • DC

          You sleeping with a cardboard cutout of Arod wouldn’t surprise me.

          • dalelama

            Stop projecting your deviant behavior onto others Princess.

            • Jim Is Bored

              You forgot a comma.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Only bitches forget commas.

            • DC

              So, are you saying you’re someone’s princess? I could see that. That would explain the hostility and obsessive compulsive traits you exhibit.

              • dalelama

                Quit before you embarass yourself further…

                • Get Phelps Up

                  As if you haven’t already?

    • Rivera Venue Blues

      Was the Giant’s offense good enough last year? 12th best in runs scored last year but won it all. Cardinals in 2011, 5th best. Giants in 2010, 17th best. As much as people want to make it seem like winning the World Series takes a certain formula, a large part of it is getting hot at the right time.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Last year’s offense was scored the 2nd most runs in baseball and was only 4 behind Texas for the top spot and had the highest wRC+, OPS and wOBA in baseball. To say that they weren’t good enough is crazy.

  • ABC

    Merry Christmas!

    • DC

      Merry Christmas, ABC

  • Jim Is Bored

    I miss the days when being a Yankee fan consisted of being arrogant and aloof, expecting success, instead of whiny and outraged out at signs of regular front office activity. It’s much more fun to be the Evil Empire when we can have the demeanor of a Grand Moff Tarkin instead of a young Hayden Christensen Anakin Skywalker.

    I’m voting 9, because despite the opinion of the troll brigade, this is still a playoff team.

    • jjyank

      I see your 9, and raise you a 10. Fuck it, it’s Christmas.

      Totally agreed with your sentiment, and love the analogy. At the end of the day, this is a sport, and being a fan is my hobby. If my hobby pisses me off, it’s not really a hobby anymore. So I choose to be the upbeat, aloof Yankee fan.

      • Jim Is Bored

        I should have voted 10.

    • blake

      They could be a playoff team if a lot of things fall right….but given that a ton of the roster will be free agents after the season and they are slashing payroll about 40ish million for 2014…..It would be nice to kinda go for it this year.

      The 2014 rotation as it stands now is Sabathia, Nova, Pineda, Phelps, and maybe Marshall…in addition Jeter will be 40…Rivera will likely be gone….Arod will be who knows….Granderson, Youkallis, Cano etc could all be gone….Tex will be a year older.

      They need to add the bat they are missing and go for in now….cause this may be their best shot for a couple of years.

      • Jim Is Bored

        And I’m choosing to side with the Moff and ignore the glaring weakness in our death star. I choose that path over whining negativity. We just need to make sure no one else knows how to bulls-eye womp rats in their T-16 back home, as they’re not much bigger than two meters.

        • jjyank

          AL East = Alderaan.

        • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

          Hey now. Can’t get all Star Wars without me.

      • Laz

        You always need things to fall right to win the division. People keep overhyping Yankees problems, and completely ignoring the Jay’s questions. Jays are a good team, but so are Yankees.

      • MannyGeee

        “They could be a playoff team if a lot of things fall right”

        … Says every fan of every sport team in the history of forever, excepts for Eric Ortiz and Red Sox Nation circa January 2011.

        How’d that work out? I’m on jj’s side here. Fuck it, it’s a hobby, don’t let it chap your ass too hard.

    • Alkaline

      Love it. I’m calling a 92 win season.

    • Laz

      This team is not a juggernaut, but unlike what all the doomsayers are saying it is not in trouble. This team still has a very good chance of winning the division. Sure Toronto will be better, but the hype around them is overblown. It seems like everyone thinks they will be a 105 win team and blow everyone away. They are simply now on the Yankees level, they still have many weak spots, especially in that lineup.

    • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

      Jim, I love this analogy, and I also love that you kept going with it. I doubt any team knows how to bulls-eye womp-rats on their T-16s back home, at least in this division.

      • Jim Is Bored

        Call it a brief, rare moment of inspiration. I’ve always embraced the Evil Empire idea, and I love being at all the Orioles-Yankees games(baltimore metro area native) where they play the Imperial March for the Yanks’ lineup introductions.

        • Mike HC

          Watching the Yanks at Camden Yards is a far better experience in my opinion then watching at the stadium these days. Unfortunately.

          • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

            I’d have to disagree quite strongly here. Orioles fans were awful in my trip to Camden… Granted it was in the middle of an oncoming Hurricane and it was a terrible, but I was just not a fan of the atmosphere.

            • Mike HC

              Fair enough. My interactions with the fans were always great. Knowledgeable fans and passionate about baseball. I don’t mind when people rip on the Yanks and will laugh if the comments are funny. As long as it is in good fun and not violent, I like that kind of atmosphere in an opposing ballpark.

            • dalelama

              Spot on Camden Yards is vastly superior game experience compared to the new YS.

        • TomH

          While I agree entirely with the sentiment here, I’m afraid it’s Toronto’s lineup that may be introduced to the “Imperial March,” with the Yankees’ hearing Nat Cole do “When I Grow too old to dream.” I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t take too seriously the wistful predictions of trouble for the Jays. They may have some, but the bad luck that hit their SR last year is unlikely to happen twice. Yep, the Yanks had bad luck too, but the difference is that they’re counting on far too many elderly gentlemen.

          • Mike HC

            When you can trade away your future for the expensive core of a 69 win team, you just have to make that move, right?

            • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

              They had a hell of a lot more talent to start with than the Marlins. A healthy Bautista and Encarnacion is already about as good a middle of the order gets. Add Reyes, Melky, and a healthy Lawrie behind them and boost the bottom of the order by adding Bonafacio, and there’s a strong lineup. Of course their success is very much contingent on Dickey, Johnson, and Buehrle adjusting to the AL East, if they all struggle it could cause then problems, but I expect at least Dickey to succeed. If Romero sucks just a bit less that’s a big in-house boost for them.

              I’m not really drinking the Blue Jays are Division Champs already Kool Aid, but their team is certainly more than a 69 win teams expensive core.

              • Ted Nelson

                LOL… Encarnacion has been as good as it gets how many seasons, exactly? Bonafacio? Really?

              • Mike HC

                I’m with you. The Blue Jays definitely have a good squad. I would still bet on the Yanks having more wins than them though. My point was just that most of the players they acquired were so available for a reason.

              • Laz

                I’d like to see EE repeat before we talk about them having the best #3/4 hitters.

                • Mike HC

                  It is definitely reasonable to question whether EE can keep up this level of production, but I think he can. It was more than just this year, it was also the second half of 2011. I think his new talent level is legit.

                  • Ted Nelson

                    He had two huge months in 2011 (as well as a terrible September), but the same is true for 2010 and 2009. Certainly he could have improved substantially at 29, but without some sort of enhancement that’s pretty rare.

          • Jim Is Bored

            Eldery gentlemen with less injury history than most of the Blue Jays.

            Come on Tom, jump on the aloof bandwagon!

          • Ted Nelson

            The Jays are counting on Lind, Rasmus, Bonafacio/Izturis, Arencibia… That’s almost 1/2 their line-up.

            They’re going to need everyone else to repeat career years, which is not all that likely for Encarnacion and Melky.

            • Laz

              yea. That is a lot worse bottom half of the lineup than gardner, cervelli, youkilis, Ichiro/Nunez

        • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

          I think we should do that shit at home.

  • LarryM., Fl.

    6 is my confidence with the team and organization.

    On another note Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

  • http://Tab Aly in Ct.

    You guys are so smart. I agree with your player suggestions and for Christmas, I wish you could be GM by comittee. Merry Christmas All.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    All I want for Christmas is Alphonso Soriano for $4.5 million per over the next 2 years for Phelps and a B prospect.

    • CS Yankee

      In that case, i hope your wishes don’t come true.

      • Mike HC

        If that trade went down, I would probably have to jump on Lefftee’s bandwagon (see comment below).

        • CS Yankee

          It would have to be a boozewagon for me to consider it.

          They did well with Andy, Mo, Kuroda…and as much as i hate to say it…Youk. Have any of these FA signings in terms of $ and years made sense? To me they haven’t so i can’t complain.

          Martin is the biggest gripe, but a oft-caught low average catcher that didn’t catch your ace and had a few run-ins with the umps is nothing to get too upset with in December…i’ll save that to when we are 3 back in July and Stewie makes weak contact to end a game and lower his OBP to .281

          • Mike HC

            “Martin’s struggles have been well-documented this season, as the catcher limped through the final weeks of the first half with a bad back. Martin went 5-for-59 (.085) over his final 18 games before the break, a stretch that included an 0-for-30 skid.”

            – – From a Daily News article in July.

            Just a reminder that Martin is a serious injury risk. A 30 year old catcher with a back back, strugglig to play in many of the games last year, especially in the first half. Losing a healthy Martin will hurt. But his health is questionable.

    • Ted Nelson

      Why?

      • Laz

        He is a cubs fan.

  • Lefftee

    Terrible GM that was able to buy his way out of problems and now he can’t and he isn’t creative enough to make positive moves. This clown would rather repel down buildings and hit on every skank imaginable. He has built a terrible farm system and we are in deep shit with this geritol team and worse then that us we have a bean counter as an owner. This recipe is for failure

    • DC

      I hope you get a brain for Christmas.

    • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

      Lefftee, I need you to do me a favor. Run to a dollar store and pick up a game of Scrabble and a bottle of high powered laxatives. Then I need you to eat all the Scrabble pieces with letters on them and then the laxatives. Once the letters and laxatives run their course just type exactly what comes out. Do that from now on every time you comment, and I assure you your comments will improve greatly.

      • Anthony

        Love it

      • jjyank

        I endorse this strategy.

    • Mike HC

      “This clown would rather repel down buildings and hit on every skank imaginable.”

      Can’t deny that I burst out laughing at this line.

      While the comment was funny, it was also completely inaccurate and premature. Just because everyone thinks Youk, Ichiro, Jeter and ARod are all going to hit .250 doesn’t make it true.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s actually made some decent farms. The trick is not giving everyone away.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        I like making farms. And I agree…when I have people I try really hard not to give them all away.

  • MannyGeee

    Fiscally responsible ownership & management? DOOOOOOOOM’D!!!

    • MannyGeee

      Non reply fail… My bad. But you knew who I was aiming for…

  • dan gen

    189,189,189, and a piece of coal

    • jjyank

      Maybe for you.

      • dan gen

        For all yankee fans that want championships….AND NOTHING LESS

        • Get Phelps Up

          Because it’s impossible to win with a $189M payroll right?

          • The Big City of Dreams

            Not impossible but tough based on the fact that a majority of the money is tied up in a few players, the roster is getting old, and the kids are a couple of yrs away.

            • Ted Nelson

              You’re mixing opinion/speculation and fact a little there.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          What DO you get the fan who fucks up everything?

    • Get Phelps Up

      The poll doesn’t go that high.

    • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

      http://media.tumblr.com/72fbde.....rvetmz.jpg

      Orca Whale does not approve.

      • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

        New favorite picture? New favorite picture.

  • CS Yankee

    Well, they aren’t loaded like 2009 or 2010 with the bats,but they are in better shape SP-MRP-RP than perhaps ever before.

    I voted a 6 because I think they didn’t respond well to RF or C but did quite well in the fill-in 3B/DH dude. The Angels, Jays and Tigers look much stronger. I’m typically a 9 but several things seem messed up with their random course of management.

    A 1st to 3rd place could happen in their divison, but I would be extremely surprised if they ended with the best record in the AL…but who knows the 2010 Sox were suppose to win 105 and last year who would have thought that the A’s capture the divison, the Tigers barely hold on and the Angels are playing golf?

    I’m planning on NYY winning 89-92 and enter the postseason as AL East winners with the Tigers reeling off 98-100 for best record as they have an extremely weak division. The West will have three teams in as they get the AA Astros.

    Merry Christmas fellow RAB readers, posters, and non-trolls.

    • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

      I misread that as a record of 89-92 and was wondering how on Earth they played 181 games in a season. Even more puzzled by the Tigers’ 198 games.

      Keeping in mind the fact that you did not mean that, I think these are all reasonable expectations. The fact that people are crowding the window sills over a team that could still easily win over 90 games is more than a bit hilarious.

      Merry Christmas to you as well!

    • Ted Nelson

      Have the Tigers really gotten much better? They still have a ton of holes. Their division was probably weaker last year (Swisher, Shields, etc.), and they managed only 88 wins. I don’t know that Sanchez and Hunter are worth 10 wins.

    • Laz

      Wouldn’t surprise me if they had the best record.
      Rays have no hitting
      Jays have a weak bottom of lineup, and many coming off career years
      Sox have many questions
      Angels have bad rotation
      ………………..

      Yankees have questions, but I think they are one of the all around best teams. They probably still have best lineup in AL, and they still do have good pitching.

  • Jimmy Page

    i would vote zero, but since there isn’t a choice i voted 1

    • Jim Is Bored

      And RAB gasps in surprise.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Thanks, Jimmy/Mick/Hester.

  • http://mlb corethree

    Will the Yankees sign Bourne or Upton. I know Giancarlo Stanton more than likely isn’t available, If he was and i were the Yankees, i’d give away the farm for Stanton.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Upton signed a long time ago…

    • Laz

      I hate that suggestion. Stanton is awesome, but he is only 1 player with 4 years of control. They have many holes, and free agency isn’t good this year, probably won’t be good next year either. Rather have many decent players than put everything in one basket. What if Stanton got injured? They would be absolutely screwed because there would be no farm players coming up for several more years.

    • Pistol Pete

      Agree with you on Stanton. Upton is very good but not in Stanton’s. league. I’m not sure anyone is.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Baseline 7 + 3 for my being done with all my gift-wrapping = 10.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    I’m really glad they still play the games.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  • MartinRanger

    Then Star Wars references lifted this thread to a new level of awesome.

  • Vertical Pinstripe

    If sometime during the duration of A Rod’s contract he is deemed totally disabled, would his AAS still apply to the celery cap? I know his contract is insured, so the team would be compensated. His health is precarious enough that is certainly is a possibility he may at some time in the not too distant future be physically unable to perform. $189 solved.

    Paging Mr. Gillooly…

    • Laz

      There is very little chance of that anyways. He is not the hitter he once was, but he isn’t that bad.

  • dalelama

    He is really gonna suck in 2013, no doubt about that.