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8 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2011 - 5:33PM #51
GottaGoToMo
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Moving forward: The rotation



Brian Cashman calls it the “key the kingdom,” and the game treats it  as such. Starting pitching is the highest commodity in baseball these  days, and the Yankees have made it a priority ever since the winter of  2008 when they signed CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, essentially setting  the stage for the 2009 World Series.


It was a priority again last season, and it will be a priority again this winter.


That priority starts with Sabathia. If he opts out, as he’s expected  to do, the Yankees will lose their ace. The top starter on the free  agent market is C.J. Wilson, who’s been awfully good these past two  years in Texas, but that’s the extent of his rotation experience.  Sabathia is a proven commodity, even with his so-so last two months of  the regular season.


Beyond Sabathia, the Yankees have Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett and Phil  Hughes returning. They also have Hector Noesi and a series of young,  minor league starters who could compete for spots.


Otherwise, the Yankees have to choose their targets and decide who rounds out the group.


Freddy Garcia opened some eyes this season, and he could be worth a  return trip the Bronx. Bartolo Colon’s second half should raise some red  flags, but he certainly gave the Yankees more than they could have  expected. It’s probably safe to say Brian Gordon’s time has come and  gone.


Is Wilson just the guy to bring some left-handed balance, and a  reliable No. 2 behind Sabathia? Is someone like Edwin Jackson worth a  middle-rotation spot? Is someone like Rich Harden worth the health risk?  Is there a pitcher on the trade market who’s worth dangling Jesus  Montero?


Moving forward means answering those questions, but first things  first, it means resolving the Sabathia issue and giving the team a  legitimate No. 1.

8 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2011 - 5:33PM #52
GottaGoToMo
Posts: 74,657

Moving forward: The bullpen



Rafael Soriano is already making closer money, his numbers are down,  and he’s coming off an injury-shortened season that saw him dumped from  the eighth inning to the seventh. Hard to imagine him opting out after a  year like that.


Mariano Rivera has one more year on his contract, Dave Robertson has  emerged as an all-star and Joba Chamberlain is ahead of schedule in his  recovery from Tommy John surgery.


The key pieces of the Yankees 2012 bullpen are already in place. What’s left is rounding out the edges.


Left-handed relief: Boone Logan is due for an  arbitration raise. Despite a down year overall, he went through a  terrific stretch in the middle, and the Yankees seem likely to bring him  back. I’m not sure his inconsistencies have been any worse than most  lefty specialists, and the Yankees have learned the hard way that  left-handed reliever is not the easiest spot to fill. Pedro Feliciano is  likely a complete bust, and the Yankees should easily turn down Damaso  Marte’s option. They could, once again, go looking for a second  left-hander.


Middle relief: Two low-profile additions gave the  Yankees a big boost in the middle innings this season. Cory Wade is  certainly worth bringing back for a second look, and the Yankees might  have sen enough of Luis Ayala to be curious about what he can do next  season. Middle relievers will surely come and go in the course of the  season, but Wade in particular is an intriguing option going forward.


Long relief: This was Bartolo Colon’s job out of  spring training, then he moved to the bullpen and the Yankees eventually  settled on Hector Noesi as their true long man. Noesi has value as a  potential starter, but he also seemed thrive in this spot and could  certainly return to it next season. George Kontos is also worth a look  here, and all of that Triple-A rotation depth means the Yankees have no  shortage of young pitchers capable of throwing multiple innings. The  system is more than ready to fill this role without the need for another  Sergio Mitre or Chad Gaudin signing.

8 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2011 - 5:34PM #53
GottaGoToMo
Posts: 74,657

Moving forward: The infield



Best case scenario, the Yankees infield needs almost no tweaking this  winter. Mark Teixeira will return to first base, Robinson Cano will  play second, and both Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter will stay healthy  enough to play nearly every day at third base and shortstop.


But that’s not a given.


This season showed the Yankees that an aging infield requires more  than four players. Jeter started 121 games at shortstop. Rodriguez  started just 87 at third base. Moving forward means building a roster  that can let those two get occasional days at designated hitter, while  also allowing for the fact that one or both could go down with an injury  at some point.


This season, Eric Chavez was the original backup plan at third — and  he was helpful when he was healthy — but ultimately it was Eduardo Nunez  who picked up most of the slack. Despite plenty of inconsistencies,  both at the plate and in the field, Nunez gave the Yankees a glimpse of a  young, productive player.


Is he enough to make the Yankees feel comfortable with their infield depth heading into next season?


Obviously the Yankees aren’t looking for a starting infielder this  offseason, but they could find room for another Chavez type, an  experienced player willing to take a reduced role and provide some  insurance. Nunez, though, might be the key to just how aggressively they  pursue that sort of player.


Is Nunez reliable enough to play two or three times a week on the  left side of the infield, and is he productive enough to step into a  starting role should either Rodriguez or Jeter — or Cano for that matter  — go down with another significant injury?

8 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2011 - 5:34PM #54
BlueStripes1976
Posts: 169

Hello to everyone!   Will sure try to do my part in reaching post 2,012.   I don't post as much as I would like to because life gest in the way.(Family, work ect.)  I'm over the frustrations of the 2011 post season.  There is always light in the horizon and #28 will come in 2012.  I can feel it.  I never had much hope in 2011.  It had  a gut feeling that this was not our year that and the fact that our guys were not producing with risp especially late in the game.


Well in 2012 besides 1 or 2 starters my main concern is an outfielder(mainly right) with good defense and great offense.  I wish we could find the second coming of Paul O'neil (wishinful thinking).  Well I think Beltran would be an upgrade over Swisher.  I love Swisher's personality and what he brings to the clubhouse but I think is team for him to go. 


Well that's my 2 cents!

8 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2011 - 5:34PM #55
GottaGoToMo
Posts: 74,657

Oct 10, 2011 -- 11:34AM, laurenfrances wrote:


Time to move forward




The weekend has come and gone, the ALCS has started, and it seems time for the Yankees to move on.


It’s rare that a team makes too much noise before the end of the World Series, but the Yankees will at least begin the process of moving forward when Joe Girardi holds his end-of-the-season press conference tomorrow. Girardi has already received a vote of confidence from his general manager.


“I thought he did a great job, I really did,” Brian Cashman said. “I thought Joe did a great job. This team, I don’t think by anybody — including myself — was picked to have the best record in the A.L. And we didn’t really change that roster much at all, other than promotions. We found a way to slot people in and make them believe in themselves. Like (in Game 5), unfortunate circumstance with Nova, and every time we opened that bullion door, guys found a way to hold it. There wasn’t really much of an opportunity for him to do much other managing than mixing and matching throughout the day.”


If the Yankees are going to make any real news this week, it’s likely to include Cashman himself. His contract doesn’t expire until the end of the month, but Buster Olney has already reported that Cashman and the Yankees are working toward a new deal that could be finalized before the end of the week.


“I promise the owners will continue to put that effort forth to find a way to put us in a position to have success in October,” Cashman said. “I don’t want to be talking about the failure side of it at all, but that’s what we have to do.”



 





LOL ... we just posted the same thing at the same time ... but please keep updating the thread ... don't let a little thing like a double-post stop ya!  Hugs, Mo

8 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2011 - 5:36PM #56
GottaGoToMo
Posts: 74,657

Oct 10, 2011 -- 5:34PM, BlueStripes1976 wrote:


Hello to everyone!   Will sure try to do my part in reaching post 2,012.   I don't post as much as I would like to because life gest in the way.(Family, work ect.)  I'm over the frustrations of the 2011 post season.  There is always light in the horizon and #28 will come in 2012.  I can feel it.  I never had much hope in 2011.  It had  a gut feeling that this was not our year that and the fact that our guys were not producing with risp especially late in the game.


Well in 2012 besides 1 or 2 starters my main concern is an outfielder(mainly right) with good defense and great offense.  I wish we could find the second coming of Paul O'neil (wishinful thinking).  Well I think Beltran would be an upgrade over Swisher.  I love Swisher's personality and what he brings to the clubhouse but I think is team for him to go. 


Well that's my 2 cents!





Hi there Blue ... good to see ya around!  Smile


2 solid starters better be on Cashman's menu ... and although I'm not a fan of Beltran, also not much of a Swisher fan these days either ... I do hope they upgrade!


 

8 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2011 - 9:18PM #57
YankeesPacificNW
Posts: 438

Well, I said I wasn't going to watch the post season, that my season was over. But I've already betrayed that, I am a rubberneck watching the scores. The American pastime is dynamic even if your own guys aren't there. I am enjoying everyone's posts!

I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankees fan.
8 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2011 - 10:34PM #58
BlueStripes1976
Posts: 169

I think the yankees should give Nunez the 4th infielder job.  with more experience he will turn out fine.  Ramiro Pena on the other hand has outwelcomed his stay. Enough already. 


Wow can you imagine if the the Yanks could land Pujols.  Just  switch Tex and him between 1st base and right field.  I think I read somewhere that Pujols was a right fielder before coming up to the big leagues.  I know,  I'm dreaming just let me....Smile

8 years ago  ::  Oct 11, 2011 - 12:03AM #59
laurenfrances
Posts: 31,022

Here's my two cents in regards to tilting a slight support for Tigers to win... As both Rangers and Tigers eliminated our Yankees on sequential years.  I just can't get over what that jacka$$ Greenberg said about us Yankee fans...“I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or   apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by   far the worst of any I’ve seen in the postseason. I thought they were  an  embarrassment.”


Valverde does his stupid dance to all his opponents as Greenberg scored a direct hit to us fans.  I'm not willing to wish them much success after insulting us during post season baseball 2010.  Although Greenberg is now ousted, he did represented his Rangers in making that direct slap in the face statement I will not soon forget.

Always proud to be a Yankee fan.

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8 years ago  ::  Oct 11, 2011 - 3:10AM #60
doubleplay643
Posts: 6,115

I wish Valverde nothing but playoff failure everytime he pitches and hope the Tigers get swept. How are Yankee fans the worst to this guy? Because we'd rather see a dancing monkey with symbols out there than watching Valverde do one of his lame celebrations? Yeah, we're bad bad people for not liking Valverde's comments or his actions on the mound. Like no other fan base gets ever gets annoyed by it. LOL 

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