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UTIL Jose Pirela has been bumped up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, reports Donnie Collins. He’ll essentially replace the recently called up IF David Adams on the roster. Josh Norris says IF Dan Fiorito has been called up from High-A Tampa to take Pirela’s old spot with the Thunder.

Meanwhile, make sure you check out Penn League Report’s interview with 3B Eric Jagielo. The team’s first first rounder in last month’s draft credits Alex Rodriguez for helping improve his approach.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 win over Toledo)

  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R – 2-for-27 (.074) since coming off the DL
  • DH Randy Ruiz: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — 12 homers in 36 games since signing last month
  • C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 2 K
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 12/5 GB/FB — 61 of 97 pitches were strikes (63%) … 2.92 ERA in his last six starts (37 innings)
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — half of his 24 pitches were strikes … six walks in his last seven innings

Double-A Trenton (4-2 loss to Altoona)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — hitting .292/.340/.444 in his last 68 games, though the 24.7% strikeout rate is a bit of an eyesore
  • RHP Shane Greene: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 8/6 GB/FB — 59 of 85 pitches were strikes (69%) … 97/19 K/BB in a farm system leading 113.2 innings
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 18 of 24 pitches were strikes (75%) … 15/4 K/BB in his last 12.1 innings
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 0/1 GB/FB — six of ten pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (4-2 loss to Palm Beach)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-3, 1 CS
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Peter O’Brien & C Gary Sanchez: both 0-4 — O’Brien struck out twice and is in an 0-for-18 rut … good to see Sanchez back after tweaking something running the bases a few days ago
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 9/2 GB/FB – 15/2 K/BB in his last 16 innings

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off-day.

Short Season Staten Island (7-6 loss to Connecticut, walk-off style)

  • SS Jose Rosario: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – got picked off first
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K — stuck in a 2-for-17 (.118) slump
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP — 13 hits in his last 34 at-bats (.383)
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/5 GB/FB — 29/7 K/BB in 24.2 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (8-6 loss to GCL Pirates in eleven innings)

  • DH Abi Avelino: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – three straight two-hit games
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 3B Jayson Nix: 0-2, 1 HBP — played five innings in the field in his first rehab game … he and Curtis Granderson will be with High-A Tampa tomorrow
  • 1B Chris Breen: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — 14 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.368) with four doubles, two triples, and two homers
  • RF Austin Aune: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — ten strikeouts in zero walks in 5.1 innings here … he was battling control big time before the shoulder injury
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks2 were rained out again. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow. Yesterday’s rainout will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 7th.

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  • CashmanSUX

    So let me make sure I have this right… Brian Cashman’s MLB roster is complete crap. Brian Cashman’s farm system is complete crap. All of Cashman’s huge-$$$ contracts have turned into complete crap. All of Cashman’s premium advanced prospects have completely crapped out.

    And this is a man who not only still (and unbelievably) has his job, but doesn’t even appear to be in ANY danger of losing it.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Yeah. Putting together a team that makes it to the playoffs almost every year means you deserve to be fired.

      • Duh Injuries

        No, a guy who has won exactly ONE World Series Championship without a team mostly built by Gene Michael and Bob Watson (2009), who has NEVER won a World Series without “The Core Four” Michael signed, and whose team he built finds new and horrific ways to lose in the postseason deserves to be fired, especially when he let a nutcase ex-mistress mess with his head enough that he did an AWFUL offseason job like this:

        He doesn’t re-sign Martin for two years at $8.5M a year but he takes on $13.9M worth of Vernon Wells’ salary.

        He doesn’t re-sign Ibanez to be the DH for the $2.75M Seattle his paying him, yet he signs oft-injured, can’t play the field Hafner for $2M and will probably shell out at least double what Ibanez is making to Soriano if the trade goes down.

        He signs Youkilis for $12M but won’t re-sign Chavez for $3M and/or sign Mark Reynolds for $6M for $9M total, $3M less than the cost of Youkilis. Reynolds’ slashline is bad but he does have 15 HR and 47 RBI which would be the second most HR and RBI on this sorry-assed team. Oh yeah, he turns only 30 on August 3. I would gladly take ANY of his MLB seasons including this one over what the 2013 Yankees 3B has given us. Chavez is batting .303 with a .345 OBP, 7 HR, and 32 RBI for Arizona and those would be the best numbers in those categories by a 2013 Yankee 3B if the Yanks passed on Reynolds. Chavez has only 4 less HR and 11 less RBI than Overbay.

        He re-signs Pettitte for $12M, a half mil shy of FIVE times Pettitte’s 2012 salary for what reason? What did Pettitte do last year to near quintiple his 2013 salary? Nothing.

        He passes on signing Joakim Soria for $2M for 2013 and $5M for 2014 yet he gives Chamberlain $1.85M and a released Brennan Boesch $1.5M!!! Soria is having a lousy 2013 (4.03 ERA) but he is better than Chamberlain, does have 28 saves, 60 strikeouts and only 17 walks in 60.1 IP, and would be a guy who could at least compete for the 2014 Yankees closer job with Robertson.

        He has developed exactly ONE player who has been a star for the Yankees: Cano who he could lose to free agency. If the Yanks offer Cano six years and $22-25M a year and the Dodgers or whoever offer Cano seven years and $25-30M, Cano will sign elsewhere and why not? He got his World Series ring with the Yanks thus doesn’t HAVE to re-sign with them to win it all. He’s already a winner.

        If the Yanks fired Cashman, life would go on, just like life went on when a superior general manager to him Gene Michael who developed FIVE players who were/are stars for the Yankees (Williams, Posada, Pettitte, Jeter, Rivera) left the position.

        All Cashman has done for the most part is write checks and lately alienated some good baseball guys as how the hell do you let go of Ibanez after the postseason he had? How do you allow Soria to sign with Kansas City when the guy publicly announced he would set up for Mo? Instead we MAYBE have Soriano coming back to be the new DH and Chamberlain.

        • You’re An Idiot

          Chavez chose to go to AZ to be closer to home and has had a whopping 152 AB’s this season. Boy, would he have helped huh? Dont let the facts get in the way though. You’re on a roll! Please, go on with the idiocy!

          It’s all Cashman’s fault!!!!!111uno

          • Scout

            No, it isn’t all Cashman’s fault. But some of it is, perhaps a good deal of it. The question remains, at what point do you hold him accountable? That question should be asked of any top manager in an organization that falls short of its goals and has no clear plan for reaching them in the future.

        • Laz

          16th season in charge of the Yankees and has 4 world series wins under his belt. If you using that as a barometer, then he is doing a really good job. If you want to say he has only won 1 ws over the last 10 years and only been to the playoffs 9 out of those 10 year, then you should pretty much fire 95% of the other gm’s out there.
          I think sometimes he makes dumb moves, but it has turned out pretty good.

          • CashmanSUX

            I’m so sick of the KoolAid-guzzling sheep screaming “4 World Series” with Cashman. His first three were teams built, almost entirely, by somebody else.

            The ONLY World Series Cashman can take significant credit for is 2009, and he had to spend nearly a half-BILLION dollars in a single offseason to get that one!

            And “making the playoffs every year”? … When baseball doubles the number of playoff teams from two to four per league and you spend AT LEAST 33% than EVERY other team and 100% more than MOST of them, you SHOULD make the playoffs every year…

            PS. Cashman does NOT make the playoffs every year. If something dramatic doesn’t happen, this will be the 2nd time in 6 years Cashman’s teams missed the playoffs altogether.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              “Something dramatic”? When did gaining 3 games over more than a third of a season become “something dramatic.”

              Also, the Yankees are the only team in baseball who made the playoffs from 2009-2012. When you’re best argument against him is “He also missed the playoffs 5 years ago!” you need to pause and re-evaluate what you’re saying.

              Well, unless you don’t mind looking like an uninformed idiot.

        • Rick

          Sooooo….. aside from the Core Four that “Michael signed,” how many other teams have been able to do that since? I didn’t realize Cashman is the only one not able to sign 4, at worst, borderline hall of famers and have them all reach the bigs at the same time. Silly Cashman.

          • CashmanSUX

            How many other teams have invested the resources and the payroll anywhere CLOSE to the Yankees the last 15 years?

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      This is a calm, rational, accurate, evidence-based, completely not hyperbolic assessment of the general manager. Quite impressive. I’m sure Hal will make his move tomorrow.

    • Coolerking101

      Clearly a Mensa candidate.

      • Spaceman Spiff

        Is Cashman cheating on his wife with you? I dont understand why everyone is so willing to back him up. he hasnt done anything to prove that he is better than anyone else able to hand out big ass contracts when he had an unlimited payroll. I agree with @duh injuries and I think you should take a step back and look and whats happened to our team and its future. I bet when we lose 90 games next year you will be calling for his head.

        • Rick

          When’s the last time they lost 90 games? Is it fun to just randomly yell at the top of your lungs and pretend everyone else is the idiot?

          • Spaceman Spiff

            The last time we lost 90 games is irrelevant to my post. Is it fun to just randomly respond to things people say with questions that don’t have anything to do with the original statement? My point was obviously that the future of this team, especially next year, looks very bleak and that there is one person that you can pretty easily blame for this.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Hal Steinbrenner?

              Also, they’re not going to lose 90 games next year.

  • Danny

    Where is Aaron Judge ? More importantly why is he not on the Staten Island Yankees playing in games ?

    • Samuel

      Read somewhere on here he has a minor leg injury.

      • FrankeeYankee

        I think it’s a grade 1 quad strain.

        • Laz

          Fits in then.

  • nycsportzfan

    Why even have Randy Ruiz if your not gonna give em a shot with the joke roster we have right now? See if the guy can give us alittle pop from the right side. He has hit 277BA during his career.

    • trr

      +1

    • Samuel

      Completely agree. He probably could hit RHP better than Hafner.

    • Jimbobuquine Johosepheenes

      Exactly in the past 2 or three years the yanks always have guys mashing in triple a or at least doing better then our players and yet they hardly ever get a chance. Ex. Chris Dickerson lAst year hit over .300 and barely played even when he got called up. What are they waiting for release Hafner and bring up Ruiz or Dan Johnson. Especially if the Morneau rumors are true and the do have interest in him then try out those two guys who have the same lefty 1st baseman and if they do good then there’s no point of a trade.

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        I’m not completely disagreeing with you, but plenty of veterans destroy Triple-A and then do very little when they’re called up.

        MLB players >>> Triple-A vets.

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        Other than Dickerson (who, by the way, was given a chance in the Majors this year and OPSed .685 and was DFAed), who didn’t get a chance who should have? Russell Branyan? After he left SWB, he didn’t even get picked up. Jorge Vazquez? Also didn’t get picked up. Steve Pearce? Got his chance in New York and stunk. Justin Maxwell? OPSing .692 in Houston this season. Jordan Parraz? Hasn’t reached an .800 OPS … in AA or AAA since the Yanks let him go.

        Ruiz is just like these guys. Hasn’t been in the Majors since 2010, isn’t on steroids anymore, couldn’t break a .600 OPS in Japan in 2012 and was last seen playing in the Mexican league before the Yanks picked him up.

        There are a ton of AAAA players who are too good for AAA (thus, the mashing), but are not good enough for the Majors. And all the guys the Yanks didn’t give a chance to are AAAA (at best) guys.

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Completely agree.

        • nycsportzfan

          Do you honestly think hes hit 12homers in 36games because he dosen’t have power? Hes either still on roids or never was. The reason hes not in the pros is becasue he has nothing to offer via defense. Hes not a slugger to the point of wanting im fulltime for DH either. But hes certainly intriguing enough to give a chance on this current yankee team that hasen’t hit a hr in god knows how long, and very few overall over a large number of games.

    • Stanislaw

      Randy Ruiz MLB career slash line (he last played in the majors in 2010 btw)

      3 years, 68 games, 238 AB’s

      .272/.332/.488/.820

      He’s 35 years old. Minor league roster filler and nothing more. The Yankees should call him up? For what? So we can sit here and shit on him when he inevitably falls on his face?

      • Samuel

        Bring Ruiz up and let him play so we do not have to look at Hafner’s mug anymore after he swings, misses and walks back to the bench.

        That is the sole reason.

        Hafner sucks.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I swear you have a frontal lobe issue.

      How many older guys like this have you ever seen get signed, mash at AAA, and not get a shot because they’re older guys who exist for the sole purpose of taking up a spot no one would be standing at if they weren’t there? If someone thought he could play, he’d be playing somewhere. This happened every single year on every single team.

      “Oh….but maybe dis 1. Dis 1 z diffrent.”

      Learn to write, Joe Z.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Does someone have a link to why Sanchez is staying in low A?

    • Curtis

      No link but it was supposedly because they wanted him to catch the hardthrowers in High A

      I heard Keith Law say recently that his defense has regressed and he’s having trouble just catching the ball. That might be the reason

      • YankeeGrunt

        And Sickels said his defense looked a lot better. I wouldn’t take Keith Law’s word on Sanchez’s defense as gospel.

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          True, but we shouldn’t simply ignore what K-Law says either. There’s always a prospect analyst that will tell you what you want to hear about a player and another who says the opposite.

          • JohnnyC

            I ignore everything Law says except his recipe for sweet potato pie. Yumm!

          • YankeeGrunt

            I read a lot of these guys, some subscriber and some not, and Law is the first one I’ve seen criticize Sanchez’s defense in the last year or so. It’s not to say some of us couldn’t use cold showers sometimes regarding some of these guys, I’m just not sure where it’s coming from.

            • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

              Understood.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Yeah, and I don’t think Law’s seen him recently, either.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      High-A, not Low-A. I’m guessing you just made a mistake though. And I’ve read the same thing as Curtis.

  • Wayne

    Yankees Have one of the best farm systems in Baseball . It is just a matter of whether they let them develope or trade them away.

    • CashmanSUX

      You must be drunk! They have nothing but CRAP at AA and AAA…. As is always the case with Brian Cashman, all their alleged quality prospects are “in the lower levels”

      And as they advance and get closer, they will crap out just like all of Cashman’s other crap prospects.

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        The troll is strong in this one.

        • Poconos Adam

          LOL — crap…..still laughing…..made my day.

      • Coolerking101

        You must be off your meds.

      • Dave M

        CRAP? Well, there is a lot of crap at AAA. But AA doesn’t look so bad with Slade, Austin, Flores, and Segedin. Also Murphy in AAA looks pretty good.

        • CashmanSUX

          Austin??? … U mean Romine??? … Oh… Right… He’s the one I was supposed to be excited about 2-3 years ago.

          I’ll sit back and hold my breath on this new “Austin.” I’m sure it’ll be different this time.

          • Samuel

            The Austin in the majors now was never going to be able to hit major league pitching.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            There was a time when people were supposed to be excited about Romine?

            • CashmanSUX

              There certainly was… He was the second name mentioned and most advanced of what supposed to be an amazing wealth of catching prospects.

              How soon we forget.

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                I don’t think anyone was excited, though, since he never actually hit that well once he got to AA.

                The highest praise I remember was that he was more likely to be the Yankees’ CotF than Montero, but that doesn’t mean anything since we now know just how utterly incapable Jesus Montero is of catching at the MLB level.

      • FrankeeYankee

        that could be directly attributed to low draft positioning due to WINNING MUCHO GAMES year in and year out.

        • yankeepankee

          Still, with a franchise worth $2 billion (Forbes) Cashman should have the best scouts working for him and the best medical staff.
          You have to stumble on a gem or two. Cashy comes up blank.
          And many of the the farm arms need surgery or get other hurts and never make it as a top ML pitcher.
          Time for Cashy and his farm staff to go.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            They should have better overnight blog commenters!

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            I’m excited for the first time you contribute something useful or interesting to RAB.

    • renzostew

      The Yankees do not have the best farm system most experts have them in the middle of the pack.When is the last hitter Cashman minor league system has developed and played for the Yankees brett gardner who turns 30 this august

      • Stanislaw

        There was this other guy, he plays second base. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Also, I think I you should look up the definition of ‘Hyperbole’.

        Player development hasn’t exactly been a strong suit of the Yankees, but, I always find it funny that people seem to (conveniently?) forget that the Yankees continually draft towards the end of the draft. Mostly due to the fact that they’ve signed free agents that keep/have kept them a competitive team for the past 12 years.

        I swear, some Yankee fans would love to see this team suck just so they could boast about how great the farm system is. No wonder the fans I hate the most are the ones that root for the same team(s) I do.

        • fat jeter

          St. Louis seems to find a way to be consistently in the playoffs, shed aging players who lose their pop, and develop MLB-ready talent — year in and year out. But its really hard to draft so late in a draft that has 50 thousand rounds. Look around baseball right now, there are litany of good young players who are making an impact on almost every team. Meanwhile, once everyone is healthy, I’m sure the Yankees will make a run. Cashman is simply not the man for the job anymore. He’s just not getting it done.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            I agree with you that the Cardinals are a well run franchise.

            But since 1995, the Yankees have missed the playoffs once; the Cardinals have missed 8 times.

            They’ve missed the playoffs 8 out of 18 years. You do realize what that does to their draft position, right?

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Hell, they drafted in the top 20 in 2007 after they won the World Series the year before.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              BuT DiD ThEy WiN LaSt NiGht?

              What’s going to happen to these dumbasses’ argument when Slade and Austin hit AAA next year since, whether it’s at the start or middle of the season, they will.

            • fat jeter

              Of course i realize what that’s done to their draft position. There are other ways to get good young talent outside of the draft too. Did you know that? The strategy to spend a bunch of money and throw as many superstar names on the marquee as possible from 2001 to pretty much right now was done at the expense of player development. The business of baseball changed and the Yankees kind of look like a dinosaur in this marketplace. Lumbering, old, and almost irrelevant. That has little to do with draft position and much more to do with an inability to change with the times.

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                Oh, you mean like Gary Sanchez, Rafael De Paula and Jesus Montero (whose failure doesn’t matter for the purposes of this discussion, seeing as he bought us a pitcher)?

                • fat jeter

                  umm, i’m confused. I was talking about trading an established name for someone else’s young talent. a reverse-Granderson so to speak. You just gave me a list of young players who have accomplished little more than end up on a top 100 prospects lists in their careers. With that said I wanna see Sanchez and DePaula survive the proving grounds of the minors and make a successful transition to the big club. No doubt about that.

                  • Cool Lester Smooth

                    I mean, most of the “young talent” that you trade an established name for won’t accomplish anything more than end up on a top 100 prospect list, either.

                    When you are a competitor, trading your valuable pieces for prospects is almost always less effective than keeping your valuable pieces and winning with them.

                  • Cool Lester Smooth

                    For example, the Marlins got an absolute haul of young talent for Miguel Cabrera. They got not one, but two of the Top 10 prospects in the game for him, one of whom was ranked above Evan Longoria. That’s far more than the Yankees could possibly have gotten for any asset they’ve had since Derek Jeter in the 1999-2000 offseason.

                    The names of the can’t-miss studs the Marlins received: Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin.

  • Curtis

    Marshall seems destined to be in some trade package, doesn’t he? Doesn’t feel like he’s in the plans to me.

    • 28 this year

      He’s a number 5/middle reliever at best. He’s depth but he’s worse than Nova, Phelps, and Warren so he’s not exactly someone who is going to get much of shot at the majors unless there’s lots of injuries that give him an opportunity. Even then, he is destined to ride the shuttle. More of a throw in to a trade than a main piece.

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        You’re probably right, but prior to this season he was regarded as a prospect that had a chance to be a solid starter.

      • Smart Guy

        they said the same of ivan nova

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Well, Nova did much better in AA and AAA. Marshall has kind of done the opposite. Still, I think there’s hope for Marshall. Might be a lost season though.

          • Poconos Adam

            Why lost season? He’s pitching in AAA and hopefully developing — if you can dominate the AAA/AAAA circuit, there’s usually a job in the MLB for you — even if it is long-man/middle reliever.

            So he’s not going to be Cy Young material — no one thought Preston Claiborne was going to be anything and he’s a nice RP now. Need at least six of them on every roster these days.

            • Rick

              Where is the 4A circuit? I’d love to catch a game.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Houston.

            • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

              Lost season are the wrong words, I guess. What I meant was that I don’t expect Marshall to pitch for the big league team and pitch well this year.

              And I didn’t say anything about his long term future. I did say “there’s still hope for him.” Plenty of hope actually. If he pitches well next year, he’ll be a factor in some form next season.

    • YankeeGrunt

      He actually has a higher ceiling than that. He’s a groundball pitcher and his K rate is reasonably high in spite of that. If he can keep the ball down and the K’s up a #3-4 ceiling isn’t entirely unreasonable.

    • Wolfgangs Fault

      He’s only 23 years old, is learning to pitch, but yeah, he could probably benefit by some increase in his velocity. Check out this Axisa article on Toronto Blue Jay Steve Delabar. I read a similar article in the NY Times this past weekend that goes into greater detail about how Delabar began adopting some of the arm & shoulder strengthening exercises pioneered by former pitcher Tom House among others. Delabar went from being an out of baseball substitute pitcher with a plate in his arm and maxing out throwing at 89mph to being back in the show and now regularly throws 97+. At this point, I wouldn’t deal any of our pitchers unless we are definitely out of playoff contention, & then those whom I would consider dealing are Kuroda, Kelley, maybe Logan. I’d try to resign both Hughes and Chamberlain over the winter & see if they could get similar results from this type of program. Marshall and Phelps are two other guys who’d benefit immensely from increased velocity and this type of program might just do the trick. Pretty interesting stuff!

      http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/b.....lb-allstar

      • Wolfgangs Fault

        substitute teacher.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yes, but not everyone is going to have the good fortune Steve Delabar has had.

        You can’t keep everyone. You have to take risks somewhere and let people go. Let the blog commenters point fingers and whatnot whenever Jose Quintana and John Axford blossom somewhere else. Whatever. They’re not running the team.

  • CashmanSUX

    Cannot WAIT to see how far the already-down-40% ratings fall to by the end of year! Brian Cashman & Co. really think people are going to watch THIS SH*T??? F*CK them and their dumpster sh*t roster.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      TomH snapped

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There was an interesting report on NPR this morning about box office numbers being down this summer.

      What isn’t showing a decline right now? Who is really truly doing better?

      • CashmanSUX

        Who is doing better than losing 40% of their entire tv audience in less than a year???

        I would bet just about everybody.

  • Dicka24

    Is it me, or do the Yankees have a policy where they draft every player named Caleb? How many Caleb’s do they have?

    • Austin Tyler Austin

      You really have no idea what you are talking about. :)

      • JohnnyC

        This! This is what I call humor, ladies and germs.

    • FrankeeYankee

      They have more Austins than Calebs. We need some Mickeys.

      • Wolfgang’s Fault

        Fewer Klutzes, more Mantles & Rivers!

  • Curtis

    This cashmanSux guy has some things he wants to get off his chest, apparently. Mostly that Cashman sux.

    • SeventhAce

      Maybe Cash$ ran over his dog, kicked his door down, molested his children and violated his wife. Then walked out of the house after setting fire to it… He also ate his dinner.

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        I doubt that Cashman did anything more than eat his dinner.

        • Wolfgang’s Fault

          Yeah, but what a dinner it was, boys; what a dinner it was.

          • jsbrendog

            i think it is the stalker woman haha

            • rightonrob

              I think you’ll find, there was no ‘stalker’ . Why would any one wanna stalk this dude? Lets get real.

  • dkidd

    jagielo comes off as smart and likeable in that interview

    also, nice reminder that whatever else you might think about a-rod, he seems generous with advice for younger plays

    • dkidd

      players

      stupid iPhone

    • http://Gotfisheries.blogspot.com Dropped Third

      The guy has made some stupid decisions but most people that know him seem to think he is nice guy. If we learned anything these past few weeks, it is that the media can certainly paint a false picture of a person…

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    The 24.7 K% is an eyesore, but it’s also an improvement. He was K’ing 27% of the time last year.

  • stuart a

    remember when arlington was a launching pad?

    yanks I think about 9 games without a homer…

    the offense is astros bad, that bad….

  • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

    The team’s first first rounder in last month’s draft credits Alex Rodriguez for helping improve his approach.

    Haha, nice try. Everyone knows A-Rod is a demon plotting to destroy the sport of baseball and its people.

    • JohnnyC

      Everyone’s entitled to a second opinion.

      • Stanislaw

        +1

    • Rick

      So that’s why Jagielo is in a 2-17 rut, he’s taking A-Rod’s approach. Explains it.

  • Rich

    Here’s my conspiracy theory. A Rod and cashman are doing this on purpose. Right before the suspensions come down Arod will retire and the Yankees will give a Roving hitting instructor job down in either the Dominican or Tampa with the Rookie league teams.

    • http://Gotfisheries.blogspot.com Dropped Third

      I think he could make a good coach honestly. The dude knows A LOT about hitting and no one can question his love for the game.

      • Wolfgang’s Fault

        Oh, yeah, no question if he committed to it, he’d make a real good hitting coach.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      If they ban him for life, or even if he just has to deal w/all the lawsuits & scandal, I wonder if he’ll even survive it alive. He’s a pretty thin-skinned dude. I’ve never been a big A-Rod fan but I feel pretty bad for him & I think he’s going to take this hard. Other than the usual broads he’s banging, for his sake, I hope he’s got the love of a terrific babe to help him through this. It looks to me like he’s gonna need it.

      • Rick

        Feel bad for him? He did it to himself. Do you feel bad for every wrongdoer?

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          I do when they singlehandedly won my favorite team a World Series.

  • CS Yankee

    Agreed

  • Csonk

    There are Cashman apologists & guys that just don’t like the guy or the job he has ACTUALLY done. He cannot take credit for the pre-2000 Yankees, as mentioned they were Watson/Michaels & LARGELY Showalter, not Torre. If you take Cashman’s checkbook away what is he? Boston, St. Louis, Tampa seem to draft relatively low year in year out and their farms are PLENTIFUL! Albeit TB stocks with vet trades – like Michael/Watson had a reverse tendency to do moreso at the MLB level using the farm for vets.
    Cashman has made some good sound money moves but the Farm is faltering badly and there have been as many bad money moves (much more bad than good of late) as good through his years. This team currently is Cashman’s own creation & they stink. We’re on the verge of a late 60’s – early 70’s Yankees look for the next few years & the only hope is 3-4 years and a whim & a prayer away.
    A-Roid is a monetary perhia for this franchise.
    Texeira not too far behind…crippling for a .235-.240 hitter (due to arrogance – the “I’m paid to hit HR’s syndrome).
    CC is fadin’ fast and crippling.
    Mo & Andy go G-bye this year, Jete’s not far behind.
    Cano = FA? Would you re-sign with the mess that is looming?
    Granderson = FA? Big money to ANOTHER .230-.240 guy?
    What/who is the core to build on/around? Robertson & I suppose Gardner & thats about it, count Kuroda at almost 40 if ya want. Who is on the horizon for next year or even the year after?
    They had a nice run but this team, currently constructed, with not much of an eye toward the future, is a hot-mess. THATS on Cashman in large part, not completely but I do believe it is time to go in a BETTER direction.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      And you never saw a downfall at this time of this decade coming. Never. You never did the math ten years ago and realized when all these guys were going tiger old and think, “gee, Yanks might struggle the middle part of next decade. A lot of guys to replace, and that string of luck that got them the core isn’t going to repeat itself that easily.” You never thought that.

      I did. Want to know why? Because I’m smarter than you. BOOM.

      • fat jeter

        You saw the downfall coming? Are at least enjoying the ride? Look genius, everyone saw the downfall coming. You simply cannot keep pace with that kind of success. That said, it kind of is the GMs job to put together a team that wins despite an aging core. Its his job to go out an acquire players via draft trade and free agency and remain competitive even if it looks like its going to be hard. Cashman’s track record has taken some really hard hits recently and it not outside the realm of possibility that he’s just not that good at being a GM. PS what the fuck is “tiger old”? KA-BLAM.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          When has this team not been competitive during his tenure? Hell, they’re competitive RIGHT THIS SECOND with the rag-tag lineup they’ve got.

          He’s made bad moves. He’s also been handcuffed several times by ownership. He’s also made good moves. That’s every GM in baseball with a long track record.

          And, hell, I don’t even think he should hold the title for life.

          And, yes, I’m smarter than you too and, no, I have no fucking clue what “tiger old” is. Blame my phone.

          • fat jeter

            this team really is not that competitive right now. we just played the red sox and rangers, 2 teams we need to beat for any hope of a wildcard or division crown, won 2 lost 4. this is not a “championship caliber team” no matter how many times ownership claims it. the run differential alone (fucking -6) tells the story of a mediocre team with virtually no punch and very little hope. i am not trying to troll of be pessimistic. just being real. and no i’m not a “fire cashman” knee jerk tool either, despite my sweeping generalizations. i guess i am really just ready for a change and a new baseball philosophy in the front office.

            that sucks about “tiger old” though. it sounds like it should be a thing

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Guess the Orioles’ run differential in the first half of 2012.

              • fat jeter

                Guess what happened to the Orioles in the 2012 playoffs?

                I knew someone was going to bring up the Orioles. Not a fair comparison by any stretch. Last year’s Orioles were a good, young team who got hotter than shit in the second half and nearly won the division. The 2013 Yankees will never be confused with the 2012 Orioles.

                • Cool Lester Smooth

                  I’m pretty sure that they pushed the best team in the AL to 5 games in the 2012 playoffs, after beating a “better” team in the WC game, but I could be remembering that wrong.

                  And the Yankees still have time to get hot in the second half once they add some offensive pieces over the next week or two. They don’t need to be the 2012 Orioles, they just need to make the playoffs, at which point anything can happen.

                • Chris

                  I love Buck Showalter; I wish he had remained the Yankees manager. I think he would have won the championships Torre won and I think he would have won a couple more in the 2000’s. He knows how to mix the youngsters and the vets and get them to play proper baseball and most importantly win.

    • Poconos Adam

      “If you take his checkbook away” —

      Poorly considered comment. Then he would have done things differently. Than maybe he would have been completely draft and farm focused.

      I have neither hatred nor love for Cashman. I’m not thrilled with the roster and I’d like to have a better farm — but that’s baseball.

      It’s obvious that the team needs a makeover in the off-season — and this is the key moment in Cashman’s career …. can he turn the end of the dynasty team into a new annually competitive team (meaning competing late in playoffs). If he can, then he’s a good GM. If he can’t, then he leaves as “just another guy.”

      It’s not science guys — #1 overall picks flame out and become nothing and 50th round picks go to the hall of fame. It’s complicated.

    • Chris

      Not to defend Cashman but the biggest payroll challenge on the roster is A-rod and his bazillion dollar contract. I believe Cash was over-ruled by his management when he said he wouldn’t resign A-rod after he opted out; and even when the Yanks had all the leverage A-rod comes out with a bigger contract then he went in with, the Yanks lose all the $$ the Rangers were still paying, and give him HR bonuses. Rafael Soriano had one big year but what kind of contract did he get out of Cash’s management – a 3-year contract with a player option after each year – wow. Not that the draft pick that Cash wanted instead would have turned into anything but play the lotto enough and you might win. Ichiro as much as I love him for his history was another management decision; Youkilis was one of the few guys available when management provided permission to expand salary limit (Chavez was already gone and I believe Reynolds favored another location); and Vernon Wells was probably one of the only guys available when Texeira was hurt and it became clear salary relief would be provided by insurance.

      Cash has not done a brilliant job but it is pretty difficult when you’re hamstrung by your management on key decisions that dramatically affect the whole unit long-term (A-rod contract), and by the desire to see your core guys all the way through to retirement (i.e., Jeter, Posada, Pettitte) much like the team in the 60’s kept bringing back Mantle, Ford, Howard, et al.

      He needs to get better and hopefully his investment in the farm will continue to improve and increase and hopefully we’ll see some positive results in the next year or two (Williams, Heathcott, De Paula, Campos, Bird, Cave, Jagielo, Judge, Hensley, Clarkin, Austin, Sanchez, Murphy, et al – hopefully a regular all-star or three among the lot). If not we’ll have to wait until after 2017 before there’s a boat-load of cash again to raid the FA market (A-rod, CC, Tex, Jeter, Mo, Pettitte, Kuroda all off the books by then).

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Especially when the management team who mandated all these absurd commitments then proceeds to arbitrarily install a hard budget during the years which were always going to require the most flexibility.

        • Chris

          Agree.

      • phil

        you forgot ManBan and Jose Rameriz .

        • Chris

          it’s a deeper farm system than the yankees have ever had, still a lottery, but we’ve got a lot more tickets now – just need lots of health and i’m confident we’ll find a few “winners”.

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

    Well that was interesting.

  • Chris

    Jagielo and Brandon Thomas should be moved up to Charleston; based on their college ball experience they should be pushed to full season league to sink or swim (unless they need that much more development or injury rehab). I realize they are not lighting the world up in SI but they are not floundering either – I think they should be challenged more.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Eh, they’re just getting their feet wet and getting used to the grind. They’ll move up when the Yanks want them to.