Dec
04

Notes from Girardi’s press conference

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Not from today, but basically the same thing. (Seth Wenig / AP Photo)

All 30 managers meet with the media for 30-ish minutes during the Winter Meetings, and Joe Girardi held his Q&A session late this afternoon. It’s pretty typical of Yankees people to speak a lot of words but not actually say much, and this was no different. I don’t have the audio to share because the quality is awful, but here’s a recap…

On Alex Rodriguez‘s injury

  • Girardi confirmed what Brian Cashman said yesterday, that A-Rod didn’t say anything about his hip until being pinch-hit for in Game Three of the ALCS. “His hips weren’t firing right. It wasn’t pain but he felt it was not the explosiveness … I was somewhat worried because he’d been through it on his right hip and you’d think he’d know what the feeling was like. It wasn’t firing the way he thought.”
  • A-Rod went for an MRI on his right hip after the game, and when it came back clean Girardi kept playing him. He did acknowledge Alex “did look different than he did before he got hurt.” The team doesn’t know exactly when the injury happened.
  • On losing A-Rod for the first half of next year: “It’s big. You go into an offseason and you feel you have to address certain areas and all of a sudden you get a little bit of a surprise. It’s a pretty big hole to fill, and it may not necessarily be (filled) with one person.”
  • “I’m not sure,” said the skipper when asked about any tension in his relationship with A-Rod. “It probably answers a lot of questions — he wasn’t the Alex we saw before the injury. Now we have a reason, possibly why.”

On various health issues…

  • “When you have these types of injuries you worry about setbacks” said Girardi about A-Rod and Derek Jeter. He’s not so concerned about their range in the field because they’ll be healthy after their operations, plus their range already stinks anyway. (Girardi didn’t say that last part)
  • “Derek’s progressing well … We see him in a walking boot and he’s starting to be able to do some (rehab) things,” said Girardi. “Alex we’re not going to know until we get a little further down the road.”
  • A-Rod figures to see more time at DH when he initially returns to help get him back into playing shape.
  • CC Sabathia‘s rehab from surgery to shave down a bone spur in his elbow is is coming along “great.”
  • “I don’t think so, I think (they’re) okay,” said Girardi when asked about Curtis Granderson‘s offseason vision exam.
  • On the forgotten man: “Obviously our hope is we get (Michael Pineda) back at some point in the summer.”

On the catching situation…

  • On not matching the two-year, $17M contract Russell Martin took from the Pirates: “I understand that things happen for a reason. I think that sometimes people assume the New York Yankees are the New York Yankees and there are no budget constraints, but there are. I think that’s part of the reason why he wasn’t re-signed.”
  • As of right now, there will be an open competition between Chris Stewart, Frankie Cervelli, and Austin Romine in Spring Training.
  • If those are his guys, Girardi says the catching load may be split evenly rather than a traditional starter-backup situation. That said, he will ride the hot hand if someone is performing.

On the pitching staff…

  • “I think it’s fair to say” the top four is set with Phil Hughes in behind Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Andy Pettitte.
  • “I feel pretty good about our rotation … I think there’s some depth there with Phelpsie,” said Girardi. I thought it was interesting he mentioned David Phelps as the depth guy, does that mean Ivan Nova has a leg up on the fifth starter’s spot?  Girardi did confirm those two are the favorites for the final rotation spot and that there aren’t any other internal options. Sorry, Adam Warren.

On potential roster moves…

  • Obviously the team is having discussions about various trades and free agent scenarios to replace A-Rod. “I can tell you by Opening Day we’ll have a resolution … I don’t know if it’ll necessarily happen in the next 2-3 days … I’ve gotten used to seeing moves made fairly late.”
  • “I think you have to assume those guys can play out the whole year,” said Girardi on finding an infielder who can be more than a backup and play a full season if need be. “If it takes two guys to (replace A-Rod), it takes two guys.”
  • Girardi doesn’t think we’ll see the full impact of the plan to get under the $189M luxury tax threshold in 2014 until the trade deadline of that year, when they try to make a move and the budget room won’t be there.
  • When asked about talks with Ichiro Suzuki, Girardi said he wasn’t the guy to ask. “We have a lot of interest in a lot of players we’re not necessarily going to talk about at this time.”

Miscellaneous notes…

  • On Eduardo Nunez: “Depending on what moves we make this offseason, (it) might tell you how much he has to play other positions. I expect him to be more of a shortstop.”
  • The bullpen is pretty well set right now but there will be some competition in Spring Training. Girardi mentioned left-hander Cesar Cabral by name.
  • And finally, a quote on the team’s prospects and internal options to replace A-Rod: “We really don’t have anyone that has a lot of experience in that position. David Adams played some third base last year for us in (Double-A) as he moved up, and I think he played some in fall ball, but we don’t really have a lot of internal people … If you feel that they’re ready, try ‘em. They have to be prepared to play at that level and at a high-level on an everyday basis.”
  • Rey22

    “As of right now, there will be an open competition between Chris Stewart, Frankie Cervelli, and Austin Romine in Spring Training.”

    I cringed. First one to hit .200 on the strength of 10 hoppers up the middle gets the starting job I suppose.

    • MannyGeee

      This is exactly how 25 other big league clubs feel every spring at the catcher position…

      • TomH

        Well, that’s encouraging.

    • Steve S

      Just have Luis Sojo be catcher. At least the fans will enjoy it.

    • CG

      I dont know why cervelli gets such a bad rap in that areas; he bat ~.298, ~.271, ~.266 from 2009-2011. He doesnt have much power, but actually hitting for average (.270 vs. the .220 you’d get with stewart) should give him the edge. Of course, defense plays in as well (negatively for cervelli).

  • The Real Eddard

    Nice to see this Yankee F.O. do absolutely nothing while the Sox sign Napoli, Sox sign Victorino. Are they in the Upton sweepstakes? No, Phillies are. Did they tell A-Rod to get hip surgery a week after the season ended? No, let’s just wait until December and have you miss the start of next season for the fifth season in a row. They don’t have a catcher, they don’t have a RF, they refuse to speak with Ichiro. What exactly is this F.O. doing?

    • Get Phelps Up

      They don’t need Napoli and Victorino’s been trending downwards for a few years now. No issues at all with those guys going to Boston.

      • forensic

        Well, the Yankees could’ve used Napoli at DH (he may be better than whatever they end up with at this point) and possibly even a one day a week backup C (though I don’t think they would’ve done that). And Gomes is basically what they’re also looking for in part of an OF platoon. And though the contract is maybe a bit much, Victorino is about what they may end up with in RF (Ichiro).

        • Get Phelps Up

          Signing Napoli for three years as just a DH and once a week catcher would be a massive overpay even without a budget goal. I wanted the Yankees to sign Gomes too but 2/10 seemed like way too much.

          • forensic

            No, I wouldn’t want him on that contract, but that’s different from not needing him or someone with his skill-set.

            • Get Phelps Up

              Well then I’m not sure if I understand the point of your original comment.

              • forensic

                You said they don’t need him, with no mention of his contract. I just disagreed with that. Taking his contract out of it, they could certainly use someone like him. And the same thing with Gomes, he’s pretty much exactly what they’re going to be looking for in the role they need to fill.

                No big deal, maybe just semantics in that you were trying to imply the contracts are included while that’s not how I took your original comment.

                • Get Phelps Up

                  Gotcha. Normally I usually like to also consider the contract when talking about a player because the two usually go hand in hand.

        • https://twitter.com/MattMontero1 matt montero

          So you want the Yankees to pay Napoli $13 million to DH (which is already a very high salary for a DH), just so he can block any of the other players from every DHing? That really just creates more problems. If spend that much money on a DH, they might as well sign Swisher already.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’m still pretty underwhelmed that this is what they’ve, thus far, chosen to spend all that post-trade money on.

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

            Exactly this. If they sign Hamilton I might feel otherwise (unless they go more than 4 years) but thus far it’s….really???

      • Steve

        For years now? He had the best season of his career in 2011

        • Get Phelps Up

          My mistake. I confused his 2011 and his 2010. Still his drastic decline last year can’t be ignored.

    • Get Phelps Up

      And also, what does a front office sucks rant have to do with a Girardi press conference recap?

    • Nick

      Actually the Phillies aren’t. And how do you know the Yankees aren’t in on him? Did you know they were in on Pineda last year? The Yankees (most likely) need to find a 3rd team to get a deal done, it’s not MLB The Show 2013, things take time

    • Anthony

      The only reason the Sox are able to do all that is because they got lucky with that trade last summer. And anyway, I don’t think a team signs names like Napoli, Victorino, and Gomes expecting to win a championship..

    • gc

      A-Rod waited until December because of the physical therapy involved to strengthen the hip before surgery. But whatever. Resume your witch hunt. Prick.

    • MannyGeee

      #EddardWorld

      Also, Napoli and Victorino are not that good. And not exactly the contact hitters you cream for typically…

    • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

      RIP Eddard

      • dalelama

        Eddard you real struck the apologencia’s nerves.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      It really sucks that the off-season ends Dec. 4 and the Yanks can’t make any moves between Dec. 5 and Opening Day.

      • wolfgang’s Fault

        I remember Celerino Sanchez. Celerino Sanchez was a friend of mine, & believe me when I tell you this, sir; you’re no Celerino Sanchez.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      WHY AREN’T THEY SIGNING THE GUYS I WANT THEM TO SIGN?!?!?!?! OMG SMH!

    • Jersey Joe

      They’re on a budget. A ramen noodle a night budget.

    • dan gen

      they dont know what they are doing…alex does not want to mess up his xmas ……………..just the season………

    • Ted Nelson

      Guess I’ll pile on too… What have the Orioles done to improve? Re-sign Luis Ayala? Is signing James Loney really much of an improvement for the Rays?

      • Travis L.

        Hey…the Rays also traded for Yunel Escobar!! #WorldSeriesTitleBound

        • dalelama

          Eddard don’t let the personal attacks or illogical argumentation get you down. You are right the inactivity of the Yankee’s FO so far this post season has to date left the team worse off than last year as we are down Martin, Swisher, and Soriano. The bloated contracts of the rotting overpaid choking core, barren farm system, and ownership greed are leading us to a very dark place into which the homers will gladly prance without a twitch of resistance.

          • Captain

            at least troll with some self respect.

  • http://aol amanda

    they need to busy sign hamilton and reynolds chevez and olivo at catcher this cant be the new york yankkes have some respect for your father hal c’mon man!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Olivo?
      Yuck.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Olivo had a .239 batting average on base percentage last year.

  • mrdbag

    As I said before while the. Rest of baseball is embracing the capitalist system the Yankees are. Fucking it up. I can’t believe the team is screwed up so badly.

    • FIPster Doofus

      The Yankees embraced the system for years and now Selig is screwing them for it.

    • dan gen

      189,189,189,189,…sick of it yet

      • Get Phelps Up

        I’m sick of you.

        • Ted Nelson

          Everyone is. In my opinion ignore him, and he’ll go away.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        A lot of fans lol

      • DC

        You must live a pathetic life.

  • Grit for Brains

    Is there a rule against a ridiculous signing bonus not counting against AAV? The 189 thing is based on the AAV of deals if I’m not mistaken and the signing bonuses don’t count there? CC’s deal for example was on the books for 18 not 23 in 2009 IIRC…Well could they sign Hamilton to a crazy low AAV deal with like a 50mil signing bonus if they wanted? Just a thought.

    • Jerkface

      Signing bonuses are pro-rated across the entire contract, so no.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I would be more interested if they could maybe sign Hamilton to a one year $60M contract with a ~$7M player option in 2014 and ~$12M player options in 2015 and 2016. That would guarantee him at least 4/91 and if he has a monster 2013 he can take his $60M and try to cash in somewhere else.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Now THAT would be something.

  • Simon

    Ok, bold prediction here and many may not like it so feel free to shoot me down.

    Yankees trade for Jason Kubel for RF

    There are sources that say that Kubel will be traded today and no team has been named.

    Again, just speculating and throwing it out.

    • Simon

      And again, MTPS.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Possible.

        • Simon

          Oh I think there’s quite a good chance!

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I only say “possible” because I feel there’s a few of these possible Swisher replacements that could happen, and he’s got as good a shot as any of the others.

    • Ted Nelson

      That’s a rumor on MLBtraderumors… not that bold.

  • Dean

    How about lowering the ticket prices? If the payroll is less (and they are making a fortune anyway), what is the justification for the ticket prices?

    • Mister D

      Same as for the price of everything else – people are willing to pay those prices.

    • forensic

      Supply and demand. If you don’t want to pay the price, then don’t go. It’s not a right for everyone to get to go to games. If they’re too much and not enough people can afford and go, then they’ll come down at that point.

      • dan gen

        no worry..people are going to stay away in droves…they dont sell out opening day or playoffs…

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          And still had second highest attendance in baseball.

          • forensic

            It’s amazing how far from reality peoples memories of the old place are. I was watching plays of the year from 2008 the other day and there were plenty of empty seats even in that last season of the old stadium. They all overreact because of the close seats, when in reality if you looked at numerous other newish stadiums you’d see the exact same sort of thing for them too. Yes, those are expensive, but it’s NY and they can sometimes still afford to charge that with some of the people they have available to them vs. other cities.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              It was their lowest attendance since 2003, but not even close to staying away in droves.

              • Ted Nelson

                You’d have to consider ticket prices as well (and concession sales and whatever else). You can have less attendance and still make more money if the tickets are more expensive.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  I didn’t say they were making less money, just that there were fewer people.
                  I’m sure they’re doing quite fine on the revenue side of things.

                  • Ted Nelson

                    My point is that less people might be there because of the prices, not their desire to attend. The demand might be the same or greater, and the attendance might be down. I expressed it from the org’s perspective, but it works the other way as well.

                    • dalelama

                      As price is driven by the desire of fans to attend your argument is irrational.

                    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                      for ****’s sake it is FEWER not less. damn.

          • dan gen

            that is function of legacy,population,…will be different this year…189.189……..

        • Get Phelps Up

          When did the Yankees not sell out Opening Day? And even in the playoff games they didn’t sell out they still drew 47,000+ people.

          #dangenWorld

          • dan gen

            check out the numbers…all bad…they dont sell out those games

    • dan gen

      In a word ..greed!

  • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

    *grabs third baseman’s glove*

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

      NO, THAT’S A BAD CESAR, Girardi needs that third LOOGY!!!!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I sense a new YES reality show: Catcher Warz, starring the Cisco Kid, Stewie, and some crisp Romaine.

    • Havok9120

      And these are the jokes we can expect all through the Spring.

      For this alone the Yanks must sign a starting catcher.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

    here’s my plan:
    Sign Keppinger/Chavez at 3B.
    Sign Hairston/Suzuki at RF
    Sign Brian Wilson and Takashi Saito to bolster the bullpen

    • Oahoea

      So they’reonly 7-8 wins than they were last year….beautiful

      • Oahoea

        worse

    • jesse

      I didn’t even know Saito was still around.

    • dalelama

      Yuck

  • Oahoea

    Surprised that we’re not hearing MichaelCuddyer’s name thrown around with the Yanks. Seems like an ideal fit

  • dan gen

    good plan not happening

    • gc

      Neither is an intelligent thought coming out of your pea-sized head. Go jump off your ledge. Please.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Trying way too hard. A good troll cuts and runs. Throws down a bomb which sends everyone into a tizzy and goes away.

      You are no Eddard.

  • Rigoleto

    Maybe there’s something I’m not understand here but looking over the Yankees payroll commitments for 2014 : https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tpQLwiiQL4kzEzLhsUqVjLQ&output=html
    They should have about 100 million before arbs with holes at 2b, center, short, and catcher in theory. Figuring Robby at a 25 mil AAV (high side) that would have around $75 mil. With the large disparity in player contracts by service time why would it be unthinkable to have another high AAV contract like Hamilton in the books? He could essentially replace Swish and Grandy contracts, or Grandy and AJ, take your pick. Assuming a low AAV catcher and outfielder with Gardner, should be even easier to accomodate someone like Hamilton on a shorter-term high AAV deal.

    • Rigoleto

      Disorganized, but what I’m trying to say is the Yankees have enough coming off the books after 2014 that adding another big deal (on top of a presumed deal for Cano) doesn’t automatically put them over the threshold.

      • Ted Nelson

        They can do it. Hamilton might not be the best way to spend $20 million, though.

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

        This has been laid out logically many times here. Unfortunately the chickens little around here refuse to accept the facts (not new in today’s world sadly). It all comes down to choices. The more big contracts we lock into, the more league minimum guys we need for balance. There are non-extreme ways to meet in the middle as well obviously.

        As Ted says, Hamilton may or may not be the best way to spend 10%+ of our payroll. He may be, but that means greater sacrifices elsewhere. I’m not averse fwiw.

    • forensic

      It’s too much to try to run all the numbers on the iPad, but you’re also ignoring all the pitching needs they may have. Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, and Rivera (along with other cheaper to replace guys) will be leaving spots to be filled too.

      • Rigoleto

        Assuming there are 4 SP spots to be filled, hope (pray) for 2 young pitchers who can capably fill 2 spots, whether it’s Nova, Cabral, that guy we got for Jesus, Phelps, Manban, so figure $25 million will be needed to round out the rotation with big league free agents. With D-Rob at closer, Yankees would still have holes at center and short. This is assuming that they go with the current catchers and try to make up for the lost hitting elsewhere. I guess the real question is, if 2014 isn’t the only year they want to be under, would that make resigning D-Rob and Gardner after 2014 unthinkable?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          My favorite part of this: “that guy we got for Jesus.”

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

            Now relegated to He-Who-Shall-Not-Be -Named status!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      They could do it, but it would leave very little for the rest of the team. If Cano and Hamilton both got about $25M AAV and Jeter picks up his option, they’d be at about $150M for ARod, Tex, CC, Jeter, Cano, Hamilton, and benefits, leaving <$40M for the remaining 34 spots on the 40-man roster plus any bonuses, perks, and roster moves (injury replacements, etc.). DRob and Gardner in arbitration might get about $10M of that. 40-man roster players and pre-arb players making at or near league minimum would get about another $10M total, leaving under $20M to do anything else with, while needing to resign/replace Granderson, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Logan, Joba, Mo, etc. And if ARod gets to 660 HR in 2014, they'd lose another $6M of space, leaving under $14M.

      • Rigoleto

        I thought that POTENTIAL bonuses were counted against the cap already. Giving ARod some huge AAV calculated off the potential value of his deal.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Bonuses only count for luxury tax purposes in the contract year they are actually paid.

          • Rigoleto

            I suppose it could be worse and the Yankees could be starting a shortstop with 4 walks in his only 137 major league plate appearances (and 32 Ks). When thinks get annoying, just pause and remember that you could be a Marlin’s fan.

    • Gonzo

      Math aside, we might hit some FA inflation this offseason and next that might make it very uncomfortable to hit the $189mm and sign Cano & Hamilton.

      • Ted Nelson

        Not expecting a serious answer, but I’ll keep trying… which FAs do you feel got inflated deals this off-season?

        • Gonzo

          Are you going to accept my answer as my opinion or continue until you insult me?

          • Ted Nelson

            If it’s baseless speculation, sure. I thought maybe you were actually basing it on some form of evidence, which wouldn’t be that hard with FAs already starting to sign. (And I’m not saying there isn’t inflation in FA prices… I have no idea. It’s just that every off-season when guys sign people act like it’s the first time anyone has been overpaid.)

            • Gonzo

              I thought we were avoiding each other, but in case you want to ask me something serious next time don’t start with, “Not expecting a serious answer, but I’ll keep trying…”

              It really is just another way to troll me.

              • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                You’ll never learn, will you.

                It’s like trying to have a discussion with a scorned woman where the laws of logic and reason have been suspended.

                • Gonzo

                  Troll Nelson got me again!

                  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                    I shouldn’t talk

                    He got me too in the open thread below.

                    • Ted Nelson

                      LOL the same idiot who thinks Napoli’s contract is worse than Crawford’s and doesn’t understand that the Red Sox are loading up on RH power to play to their stadium. Again, man, you are one of the least intelligent commenters on here. Try to learn instead of assuming you’re smart.

                    • Gonzo

                      But isn’t the same consensus that said, according to you even though you were unable to cite actual sources, David Adams is an MLB-ready 2B/3B who projects to be a solid starter if healthy part of the sources that are bashing the Victorino signing?

                      I’m confused Ted. Why does your unverifiable sources trump anyone else’s sources?

              • Ted Nelson

                I never said anything about avoiding you. I have also never trolled you. I always make serious comments, and you never give a serious response.

                • Gonzo

                  Serious comments? Like when I asked you who the consensus was, and you avoided the question by insulting me?

        • Gonzo

          I also said might.

          • Rigoleto

            The FA inflation so far seems to affect the Victorinos, Werths, Crawfords of the world. Robinson Cano, Hamilton, aren’t going to get $20 AAV but they aren’t going to get $30 either, 23-25 feels like a very comfortable estimate. Their market is more predictable.

            • Gonzo

              I agree that the top end talent isn’t seeing anything too inflated yet (we still need to see how the rest of the offseason plays out). I was talking in terms of what the Yankees would need to fill out a Hamilton + Cano 2014 roster. The 2nd and 3rd tier FA’s might be a little more inflated and thus harder for the Yankees to acquire without making it painful relative to years past.

              • Rigoleto

                Probably true.

            • Ted Nelson

              Werth and Crawford were both signed the off-season before last. If guys are still getting deals in line with their’s… that’s not really inflation.

              • Gonzo

                I never said it was.

  • Bizknocks

    From the Lohud site:

    coney1 December 4th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    blake December 4th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    @AndrewMarchand: I tend to doubt Yanks are getting Youkilis. I’d say Keppinger-Chavez more likely.

    Introducing your New York Platoons!!! Yay! Starring Jeff (utilityman supreme) Keppinger/Eric (Ole Reliable) Chavez at 3B, Francisco (banished to the minors) Cervelli/Chris (they traded Kontos for me) Stewart at C, Raul (2 great postseason games) Ibanez/Scott (the other) Hairston in RF, with our mystery guest(s)???? at DH. A World Championship-caliber team for the ages! Brought to you by the letter C (as in cheap) and the number $189.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I miss SJ44 trying to feed everyone secret coded messages from the inner sanctum of the front office on LoHud.

      • Bizknocks

        After SJ, it was some guy called Bobcat, now it’s another delusional one called “Lost”. As if Brian Cashman or Randy Levine has this guy on speed dial every time he feels a pained fart coming on.

      • Havok9120

        Do you remember the guy we had here for a night or five doing that? He was directing us to some random exit off the Turnpike to discover “Cash’s big secret” and had the inside info on everything, ever.

        ….wait…was that Big Member’s debut? I really can’t remember if it was that handle or another that opened with that stretch of nonsense.

        • Rigoleto

          Cash’s big secret was just a blonde.

          • Bizknocks

            Yeah, and he only had $189 to spend on her. Hope he got his money’s worth.

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

        I think it came out that SJ44 was a coach on some level (mid level college program?) and had a tie to a MLB scout. Not sure though. Loved the cloak and dagger though :)

  • Dicka24

    I think the Yankees are actually being very smart this offseason. IS there really anyone out there that they needed, or had to have? Not really. It’s much smarter to lay back, and wait for teams to vastly overpay for mediocre talent, and then pay the lesser rate on the players that remain. Is there that much of a difference from Jonny Gomes to Nate Sherholtz to Nate MClouth to the next guy? What did Raul Ibanez cost last year, $2 million I think, maybe less? He worked out ok. Certainly a better value than Jonny Gomes will ever be at 2 years and $10 million.

    The only questionable non sign was Russell Martin. Not that he can’t be replaced.

    • Mike HC

      That is pretty definitely what is happening. Like Girardi said in the press conference, “I’ve gotten used to seeing moves made fairly late.”

      There are many guys still left on the board. Since the spending spree in 09, Cashman has liked to wait and see what falls to him, instead of fixating on getting one mediocre player or another.

  • Rigoleto

    Surprised there hasn’t been any talk about trading for Soriano with about $10 mil net of his salary to play right.

    • Gonzo

      I have to admit, I was really surprised how good of a year he had. If he was younger, I could see more people talking about him. People would still complain about his OBP I suppose.

    • Rich in NJ

      That would mean that the Cubs would have to eat $18m. I think that’s pretty unlikely.

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

        Actually that’s the amount that’s been floated pretty consistently.

  • http://aol amanda

    caSHmans talking to A J AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel

      Relax. They’re just comparing notes on the new J.K. Rowling book.

    • Rigoleto

      Cash negotiates with AJ Pier-whatever and Sean Burnett, just can’t get over it

  • mustang

    “The Indians offered four years and $44MM to Shane Victorino, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Victorino ultimately chose a three-year, $39MM offer from Boston, but it shows that the Indians have some money to spend.”

    Carlos Santana pipe dream over if they got $$$ like that they are
    not looking to drop his salary. Plus the guy has not come up in any rumors since 11/9.

    • Ted Nelson

      He makes $550,000 next season. I don’t think it was ever about dropping his salary. (Not that I think they’ll trade him.)

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    yanks interested in jack hannahan?
    oh for christ sakes, just start nunez at short and pray he doesnt have 64 errors by june.
    this dumpster diving is gtting silly.
    if no keppinger, then lets do this in house

    • Ted Nelson

      It’s just a rumor. Could be false. Could be that they’re interested in him on a minor league deal as AAA depth. Could be that they love him and want to sign him to a huge deal to make him a starter. We have no idea.

  • dalelama

    The collapse is not a pretty sight.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You forgot to add “in my pants” in the middle there.

      • dalelama

        What in the hell are you mumbling about? Things getting lonely in your mom’s basement?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          TV. ME WANT TV.

    • nsalem

      Im sorry to hear you have collapsed. If you don’t have a 24 hour aide in your facility I suggest you get an emergency response pendant. Also remove all mirrors from the premises.

  • Hornets686

    1 Trade Manny Banuelos, Tyler Austin, Melky Mesa, Eduardo Nunez, and Mark Montgomery for Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton.

    2 Trade Ivan Nova, David Adams, Slade Heathcott, and Brett Marshall for Chase Headley.

    3 Trade Curtis Granderson and Adam Warren for Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano

    4 Sign Jeff Keppinger, Stephen Drew, Brian Wilson, and Grady Sizemore

    5 Re-sign Raul Ibanez

    • Jersey Joe

      lol

    • Captain

      did anyone start the tumblr with the best comments from here? we have another great one.

  • Grover

    I would like to see Cashman continue to refrain from free agent signings and wait for the big names to sign elsewhere. Jeter should be given the opportunity to do what is best for the team and offer to move to third before being forced. He will protect his brand and move. Throw Nunez out at shortstop and take advantage of his bat while living with his throwing yips. The pitching staff is more or less set, the downgrade from Martin to the current catching trio is worth the savings, find cheap or use internal options in right field while keeping the payroll low enough to add an arm or a couple of bats midseason when teams are looking to dump salary. Much like Congress, realizing spending is the larger issue and actually addressing it will show rewards more quickly and easier to sustain. I would also like to see what the kids can do for a decent sampling as was done before free agency changed the natural course of teams with money. It is always fun to cheer for the kids and we are generally more forgiving as they go through adjustments at the show.

    • Stevis

      And it will lots of fun watching the Yankees become a third or fourth place team…root for someone else with a “kids” team.
      I for one want “as usual” a Winner

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Mike, can you please put up another article? It’s been about 12-14 hours of me staring at Joe Girardi being defensive at me.

    • mustang

      I agree.

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

      That picture is so ripe for Write Your Own Caption.

      “And, to top it all off, you’re an utter fucking moron. Don’t you see it?”

      • Mike HC

        “Why don’t you step into my office, Sherman, so I can show you the back of my hand”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          “Yeah, it’s Nunie. So fucking what? Go fuck yourself. Eddard, a little to the right….”

    • nsalem

      The next article will be a review of players a step down from Reynolds Youkliss and Keppinger. Expect this to be shorter than Mike’s regular reviews. Instead of Pros and Cons the new list of Yankee possibilities will simply have all cons.