Fan Confidence Poll: January 6th, 2014

Former Yankees player and broadcaster Jerry Coleman passes away at 89
About that Ichiro for J.J. Putz trade speculation

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

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Former Yankees player and broadcaster Jerry Coleman passes away at 89
About that Ichiro for J.J. Putz trade speculation
  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Still a 6. Quiet week around the holidays, therefore, no change.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      0. Holiday season is over. Work beckons.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        -6. Back at work for two days after what seems like weeks of never working more than two days straight. Vacation and 75 degrees waiting for me on Wednesday. Nothing but freezing rain and temps dropping into the teens between now and then, though.

        Cashman failed.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          Death, taxes, and cashman failing.

  • dars

    I agreee with not signing Drew, we have too many left handed hitters. We still need a right handed infielder that can man 3B – Reynolds or Baker, need another starter (Tanaka, Jimenez or Garza) and more bullpen arms – Balfour is a must!

    There are rumors of an Ichiro for JJ Putz trade, I say do it!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      “Rumors” = Ken Rosenthal throwing ideas out in an article. I guess, though, now that someone said it allowed, Cashman failed if it doesn’t happen.

      No player is a must.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Holy crap. ALOUD.

        • I’m One

          The brain’s on vacation already, I see.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            SERIOUSLY THIS.

      • Chip Rodriguez

        Even if it happens, what stops Cashman from having failed?

        Not the biggest fan of Putz, but I wouldn’t complain – an aging reliever can still be more useful in the pen than an aging fifth/sixth OF with a noodle bat.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I still can’t figure out who you were before Chip R. came along. Do tell.

          I wouldn’t complain either. Putz would fit an immediate need more than Ichiro would. I love Ichiro, but he’s easily replaced by, potentially, even a cheaper player.

          • Chip Rodriguez

            I like Ichiro the person a lot, the player occasionally (still higher on him than Mike), but at this stage I’d much rather see Almonte take a regular backup OF spot.

            (formerly SDB on here)

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Other than just being privy to his retirement, I agree with you on how I view Ichiro. I love Ichiro, both the person and style of play, but not Ichiro, the current numbers. Almonte, who doesn’t profile as having a huge ceiling, can make a bigger case for himself as fourth/fifth outfielder.

              Let’s both just ignore Vernon in the corner.

            • vicki

              bravo, screen name.

        • Jason

          A noodle bat for a Putz? That IS a good trade.

  • mitch

    I know a Cashman quote doesn’t mean much, but I don’t know why they’d pull out of the Drew bidding. I’d be pretty disappointed if he ended up back in Boston or with the Mets on a one year deal. The injuries are scary, but i still think he’s a bargain on a two year deal, and obviously he addresses a need.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I feel like they’re not willing to make a huge deal out of him but, yes, it wouldn’t the first time they’ve said “we’re not in on this guy” and the guy winds up in pinstripes.

      The appeal is similar to the Infante appeal to me: It’s 2:00 AM, you had your heart set on going home with someone tonight, and it’s slim pickings at the bar. Still expected to play out of position, still costs you a pick, etc., but still worth it considering the alternatives.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      I’d be surprised if Boston keeps him, given the young infield depth they have. My money’s on him going to Citi Field.

      • Kosmo

        1) Mets
        2) Twins
        3) Pirates

      • Preston

        What is their young infield depth? Xander Boegearts can’t play 3b and SS, Will Middlebrooks is a pretty shaky option at this point. Who else do they have? Garin Cecchini, Deven Marrero and Mookie Betts are all nice prospects, but they are at least a year away, and as the Yankee fans know the 3b/SS market in FA is pretty barren right now. Bringing back Drew forces Bogearts to earn his job and gives you a backup plan if Middlebrooks sucks again (a likely scenario).

    • Yanks20

      Am I missing something about Drew? Last year was the first he played over 100 games in 3 years and it was only 124, he has minimal power, doesn’t get on much and doesn’t hit for average. You are essentially signing a slightly better Brendan Ryan. Unless you can get him for about 3 mil…stay away! I’ll take my chances with Roberts/Johnson/Anna.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        He’s the barely-attractive girl left at the bar, and the other choice is to go home alone. Going home alone IS a valid choice, though.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          I’d rather get a good night’s sleep than deal with the baggage.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Yes, but we’re both happily off the market, Jim.

            • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

              Fair enough.

  • Kosmo

    Certainly age and brittleness are a concern. Will Jeter and Tex rebound from injuries? Can Beltran, McCann and Ellsbury stay healthy going forward ?
    IMO we need two SP, two RP and a 3B.
    I´ve cooled on Drew after reviewing his Splits, he seems better suited as a platoon player and of course is yet another injury risk.
    Romine and Nunez for Ackley or Franklin.

    it seems Tanaka and 1 of Garza, Jimenez, Santana or Maeda is a must.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Oh, I’d much rather take a chance on Ackley either reaching, or not reaching, his potential here, or seeing if Franklis attainable from our pieces.

      McCann and Ellsbury kind of have to stay healthy going forward, don’t they? Clearly, this is what they’re banking on.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Romine and Nunez wouldn’t be nearly enough for Franklin.

      Seattle might take them for Ackley, I don’t know.

  • lou

    4. Team needs an infield 3b,ss, 2b
    Not to happy with Yankees minor league.

  • chris

    I’d rather keep Romine and deal Cervi if possible. Cervi is a guy I like, but we know what he’s all about and he’s a backup at best. Romine has much more upside and we’ve only seen him for one season. give him a chance. Eventually, you need to convert McCann to DH/1B and you need to rest him a lot as it is. Although it is a long ways away, I would rather keep Romine for now and see what he becomes in a few years, rather than pray that Gary Sanchez isn’t a bust. Otherwise we got a whole lot of nothing for all that catching depth we’ve been hearing about for the past 5 years.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      My concern is that, if this is even possible, you’re selling even lower than normal on Cervelli than you would be if he shows capable of repeating some of what he showed in that brief period last year.

    • Preston

      I like Romine and I think he’ll be better than last season. But after last year we’re not even sure he’s a serviceable backup. We know that Cervelli can be. Cervelli’s trade value is low right now, he’s not as cheap or controllable as Romine and has the injury and PED concerns looming. Plus I think that the Yankees really like JR Murphy, so maybe they view Romine as fourth on the depth chart. I don’t think their decision to shop Romine has anything to do with Sanchez, who has played all of 23 games at AA. I think it’s purely about the other two guys, weighing who has more value to the team vs. what they think their value would be in a trade.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    baseline 6. That won’t change before the regular season starts unless they sign Tanaka.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      This is where I am: 6. Waiting on Arod’s situation to be addressed (and a final IF resolution), and still could use one SP–hoping its Tanaka. Hopefully optimistic.

      • Chris

        I really think that at this point, fans will consider not grabbing Tanaka to be a failure by the front office. At least unless some team offers Tanaka a ridiculous contract that no sane person would want the Yankees to counter.

  • Betty Lizard

    9! Just general January new year looking toward spring optimism.

  • Jerome S.

    I’m terrible about this. Increasingly I realize my vote in the fan confidence poll just reflects how I feel about life overall.
    Such is the nature of fan confidence.

    • vicki


      then again, the state of the yankees has tremendous influence on how i feel about life overall. like, ridiculously tremendous influence.

  • Farewell Mo

    Still a 4 until they address the infield, starting rotation and bullpen.

    If they sign Tanaka, I’d be a 6.

  • Brian Strawman

    5 as in I have no interest in buying any ticket plans but I’d go day of game, if the weather is nice. And I didn’t spend a dollar on any MLB NYY merchandise for holiday shopping for the first time in my life.