Fan Confidence Poll: December 23rd, 2013

Weekend Open Thread
Kernan: Yankees have renewed interest in Grant Balfour

2013 Season: 85-77 (637 RS, 671 RA, 77-85 pythag. record), didn’t qualify for playoffs

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Weekend Open Thread
Kernan: Yankees have renewed interest in Grant Balfour
  • Reggie C.


    No mention of JD Drew waiting for “clarity” on the Yankees? I think i saw that on rotoworld on friday so maybe you missed it Mike. I’m sure Cashman has spoken to 99% of free agents at some point this off-season, but that update on Drew indicates that communication with Drew have been recent. Would Cashman make a competitive 3 year offer on Drew? The man’s injury history is among the worst i’ve seen in recent history. Its a shame. He’s only 30 but with all those injuries I would hate committing long-term to Drew.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      On Christmas, I am incredibly grateful that you’re actually referring to Stephen and not JD here.

      • vicki

        i guess the last thing we need is another lefty-hitting outfielder, but i’d still take jd over stephen.

  • nyyankfan_7

    For the sake of all of MLB let’s hope JD Drew never plays again.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      When even Boston fans think a guy’s kind of a dick…

      • vicki

        you can’t listen to those fools. jd had the misfortune of following beloved trot nixon, whose uniform was always dirty.

  • dars

    They need to make 3 moves to stay competitive. A right handed infield bat (Reynolds probably a better option than Baker), a starter (Tanaka is unlikely- they will have to invest in one of the 3 available pitchers, to me Garza is the best option and a bullpen arm (Rodney or Balfour – prefer Balfour)….

    This gives us a roster that looks like this:
    1. Ellsbury CF 2. Jeter SS 3. Teixeira 1b 4. McAnn C 5. Beltran RF 6. Soriano DH 7. Reynolds/Johnson 3B 8. Roberts 2B 9. Gardner LF

    Bench: Cervelli, Ryan, Suzuki, Reynolds/Johnson

    SP; Sabathia, Kuroda, Garza, Nova, Pineda
    BP; Phelps, Betances, Thornton, Balfour, Robertson, Kelley, Warren

    With Nunez, Canzler, Mostellier, Murphy, Romine and Almonte as triple A insurance for position players and Nuno, Cabral as pitching insurance.

    If they do not get those 3 additional players we are going to be convinced that 189 M is their primary interest and not winning and the moves they made were just to tease their fan base and get their interest but no commitment to winning….

    • Jorge Steinbrenner


      Bag of dicks, son.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Lovin it Jorge.

      • Jimmy

        I thought your son was an infant.

    •!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger


    • Andy

      Can the Yankees hire you for GM? Smarter than anyone in the origination.

  • Brian Strawman

    Yanks are in the bottom 3 in AL East. Let’s be honest.

    •!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      So bottom 60% of the division? You’re really going out on a limb there.

    • sjferrari

      Depending on their positioning in that “bottom 3,” they could also be in the TOP 3.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Mind. Blown.

      • Alkaline

        We must go deeper.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I don’t remember if I was a 5 or a 6 last week. It’s Christmas week, so we’ll take the high road.

    Nothing’s really changed. Still holes in the infield and not much of a visible market to fill them. I liked the Thornton signing, but would still like to see a vet come in and solidify what will be the Road to DRob. The mid-level starting pitching market is being held up by Tanaka and, once that domino falls, some of these guys may get paid way more than their worth. Do I want to see them pay like chumps for someone just because there’s an opening? Probably not, but it’d admittedly be a hard pill to swallow to spend the money that’s been spent and go into the season with some pretty big question marks. Something is going to have to give between now and Opening Day. Good thing there’s still a lot of time.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Opening day is tomorrow.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner


        • Truther

          Keep talking your sarcastic shit you clown. Bottom line you were WRONG last year and until one of your predictions actually comes to fruition your attitude is certainly laughable.

          Get something right and then get back to me. Right now you’re just a loudmouth nobody.

          Better yet go find someone that can actually stand to be around you, must be tough as proven by you being on here all day and night. Feel sorry for ya Bro…

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead


            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              You comment a lot on blogs, Jim. Nobody loves you.

              • The Great Gonzo

                SORORITY SLUT!

                • Jorge Steinbrenner

                  Speak for yourself.

          • Rick

            I guess the Holiday cheer hasn’t reached your neighborhood yet.

          • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

            For the love of God, shut your mouth! Who gives a flying fuck about predictions?!?

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              (that were never made)

              • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

                That too.

          • Jimmy

            Christmas is in the air.

          • Alkaline

            People have severe reading comprehension issues. They extrapolate the positive regulars (from now on, referred to as #teampositive) who say, “well, there’s still some time for some moves. If they could do x, y, z, they could field a competitive team that has a chance at playoffs, where they could then get hot and who knows what could happen” as “THE YANKZ ARE THE BEST! THEY’LL WIN 130 GAMES AND SWEEP PLAYOFFS!”

            #teampositive never states this. Numerous times fishy fishy, JJ, Pecker, etc. state if things break right, they have a chance. And like to state while most people assume the worst case scenarios, there is a (pretty) equal chance of best case scenarios happening, too.

            Just aggravating to see so many people try to “be cool” and call out the “regulars.” Grow up.

    • Brian Strawman

      5. As in worst opening day lineup since 1995. Wild Card maybe?

  • fred robbins

    The Yankees screwed themselves mightily when they refused to resign Russell Martin and Ibanez before the start of 2013 season- Now they have over-paid for a catcher and centerfielder, and did nothing to offer any hope for the future. They still act as if they have an all star worthy short stop already signed. If they had kept Martin and Ibanez they would have had money for pitching and would not have even needed a catcher.
    Whoever is running this team does not give a crap at all about the fans or the history of the Yankees. For some reason, there is just a 100% refusal to look at this team honestly and to begin to rebuild another dynasty. TO me, it is pitiful to watch Yankee ownership and management add players that do nothing but keep the status quo of an organization that has gone from the most valued in baseball to one that is way down near the bottom in terms of outlook for the future and chances of winning another world series.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Yeah man, the 2014 Yankees are really upset that they don’t have Ibanez.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        They’re getting killed by the Danny Tartabull signing. KILLED.

        • SDB

          Not to mention losing Melancon a while ago. Horror, shame.

          They’ll be lucky if they can 20 wins this season.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            If they just would have held on to Randy Choate, they wouldn’t need a lefty.

    •!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Tired of hearing about the Martin thing. What’s done is done. Because they made a poor decision and didn’t retain him they should just continue to have a black hole at catcher until they find the same deal? They added the best C available. Martin isn’t an option anymore and they did what they can to fix the problem.

      I don’t think that it keeps them from adding pitchers. If there were pitchers available that they had a strong interest in, they’d probably be more aggressive and if Tanaka gets posted they most likely will be.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        When you don’t retain a guy who posted a 2.0 WAR for you on a one-year deal, it should be held over your franchise for decades.

    • TWTR

      You are worried about the future (which is reasonable( but want to sign 40 something ?Ibanez?

    • stuckey

      “For some reason, there is just a 100% refusal to look at this team honestly and to begin to rebuild another dynasty.”

      And herein lies the problem.

      You’re never going to see ’96 to 2011 again. EVER.

      You’re not even going to see ’95 to 2012 again.

      We saw a VERY unique, special moment in baseball history that won’t ever be replicated.

      But instead of appreciating it a whole generation of Yankee fans will spend years being bitter in perpetuity.

      Bills eventually come due in Major League Baseball. The Yankees are now facing that reality.

      And let’s be blunt and history – you accuse the organization of not giving a crap about fans or the story…. neither do you. You’re interested in YOU and what YOU want.

      Anyone with a sense history would properly appreciate the last 19 years. You show no sense of that whatsoever.

      You’re of the ‘what-have-you-done-for-me-lately’ school – unable to appreciate the extraordinary era you’ve lived through because its coming to an end.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        What’s even funnier about that is that, if I remember correctly, he’s one of those commenters who will quickly tell you he’s been around since the days of Horace Clarke, $0.50 hot dogs, and smallpox.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          The Yankees screwed themselves mightily when they refused to contract smallpox.

      • mitch

        I think you’re being dramatic. They just need to follow the fool-proof dynasty template:
        1. Don’t sign veterans
        2. Play the kids
        3. Wait 2 years
        4. Dynasty

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          5. ????
          6. Profit.
          7. Prophet (if you’re right)

    • Rick

      I am pretty sure you’ve now posted under 3 different names on this same article… (Dars, Truther, and now this)… Just saying

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      The next person I hear talking about building “another dynasty” is going to be penciled in for a sudden visit from the Angel of Death.

    • FLYER7

      Imagine the howls if the second year of Russell Martin was a hindrance to signing McCann lol

  • TWTR

    I like the offseason to this point, although I don’ t like DFAing Marshall over Wells, but that doesn’t affect my vote.

  • ChrisS

    I can’t for opening day!

    I’m a 9 right now and I’ll be a 10 when they sign Tanaka.

    I’m forecasting 100-104 wins this season. The AL won’t know what hit ’em!

    • Betty Lizard

      I’m sitting right there with you on the Group W Pollyanna bench.

      Spring Training hasn’t even started. How can I be less than a 9?

      • vicki

        betty, with the canny reference.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        There’s all kinds of mean nasty ugly looking people on the Group W bench. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father rapers!

    • Alkaline

      Last year in May I called for 92 wins. That was obviously a stretch, but I wasn’t banking on Granderson reinjuring himself in yet another freak accident or Jeter completely falling apart. But, I was only 7 wins away.

      And it’s a lot more fun thinking on the bright side of life.

  • Cashjr

    The “189 decision” seems simple to me (at least in principle). As Hal has been saying it is a goal, not a mandate. I agree with it and I believe their actions so far are consistent with it. What it means is that if players are worth all the extra tax over the years, then sign them, but don’t exceed the number for marginal players or contracts that seem “out of whack” or worse to make the fans happy. That’s where we have to trust management (which clearly many of us don’t), if Tanaka is available then he and some others will be worth it, but if you can’t get him or others that have some cost/benefit value, then don’t. Also if they decide to get under, that doesn’t mean they are throwing the towel in for 2014 – 189 is still an awfully high payroll. It just means they are going into with a lower chance of success, but as we have seen many teams do, some combination of comback years from veterans (Jeter, CC and Tex), some kids developing/surprising (Pineda, Phelps, Warren, Montgomery) and some established players having career years (Gardner, Nova, Johnson) could carry the day. Often times the WS winners are not anywhere near the teams favored at the beginning of the year.

  • CS Yankee

    they’re doing really well compared to last offseason.

    I’m at a 7, and willy to move up, if;
    8…Add Tanaka or Balfour/Ubaldo.
    9…as above, but arod returns in July.