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Cashman pessimistic on retaining Cano?

Brian Cashman, in this NY post article

http://nypost.com/2013/12/02/cashman-pessimistic-on-yanks-re-signing-cano/

sounds pessimistic on the Yanks retaining Cano. Personally, if Cano refuses to budge from 9 yr. $250-$260MM (some $28-29MM/yr. to take him to age 39), let him go and go after Omar Infante or deal for Brandon Phillips. The Yanks offer of something like 7 yrs., $168 MM ($24 MM/yr to take him to age 37) is more than fair. There are other holes to fill and you can’t put all your eggs in Cano’s basket. Say he gets hurt? What then?

The Post also reports that the Yanks have offered Kuroda a one year deal to return. Kuroda was 11-13, 3.32 last year but is 39 and faded badly down the stretch. Still, the Yanks need him back, what with Pettitte retiring and Hughes going to Minnesota.

Another report is that A-Rod used the term “food” when texting or discussing PEDs with Biogenesis. It’s reported that the Yanks could be looking at bringing Eric Chavez back to play 3B if A-Rod’s suspension is upheld. Chavez played for the Yanks in 2011 and 2012 and his lefty bat translates to Yankee Stadium well, but he’ll be 36 soon and only once (2012 with the Yanks) has he played 100 games in a season since 2006. He’s too fragile in my opinion to be the regular, or possibly even a platoon 3B. Bring back Mark Reynolds, strikeouts and all. Reynolds enjoyed his brief time in NY late last year, can play 3b and has power. His low average and K’s are a problem, but you need someone who will be healthy, which you probably won’t get with Chavez.

Game 123. Yanks beat Boston 9-6.

CC wasn’t good again, but he did get the win in a game the Yanks won 9-6.

CC gave up two in the first, then some fireworks started because Ryan Dempster’s first pitch was behind A-Rod’s knees. The next two were inside, and then on a 3-0 pitch, it seemed like Dempster’s attitude was, “I’m probably gonna walk him anyway, so I might as well drill him.”
Which is what he did, and it was obvious that he was throwing at A-Rod.

Which I have no problem with. Quite frankly, I’d like the ground to open up and swallow A-Rod whole. He’s been an embarrassment to baseball, to other players and to the Yankees. His recent accusations, by his lawyers, seem to be throwing the whole organization under the bus to save his own skin. As Yankees’ president Randy Levine stated, the only thing A-Rod HASN’T done is talk about his own innocence or guilt in the Biogenesis case. He’s been making conspiracy talk, saying that the Yanks and MLB want him off the field, talk about them saving $, talk against the trainers and medical staff, etc. Cashman states that with the situation being litigious between the Yanks and A-Rod, he feels uncomfortable saying anything around Alex other than “hello” and “goodbye.” It’s a nasty situation that is getting worse.

So do I have a problem with someone on the other team throwing at someone who they believe is a cheater? Who is playing while appealing a 211-game suspension? No.

What I have a problem with is how the umpire handled it. By giving Dempster a warning, then warning the Boston bench and the Yankees bench. Why warn the Yankees? They didn’t do anything. Now you basically tell CC he can’t pitch inside? Why? What did HE do wrong?

The ump should have 1) ejected Dempster on the spot or 2) done nothing, let CC get some revenge and then AFTER CC gets revenge (like hopefully hitting Big Fatty on his big ass) giving warnings to both teams.

Warning a team that did nothing wrong was wrong. Girardi vehemently and righteously argued, and was tossed. But for Dempster to stay in the game and for the Yanks to be warned as well as Boston, when the Yanks didn’t do anything wrong, was incorrect. Baseball needs to change the rulebook or re-educate some umpires.

One other thing. David Ortiz’ name came up in that list of 2003 people. He had a press conference to say he got some bad supplements at a GNC or something. Yeah, right. He was nothing special before coming to Boston and buddying up with Manny Ramirez. I’m just saying that Big Papi isn’t exactly innocent. Yet ESPN and Fox and other announcers (not to mention Boston fans) give him a pass and never mention that his name was leaked off of that “secret” 2003 list. Why?

Having said that, I’m not defending A-Rod. I wouldn’t mind if all those caught got plunked in the ass. Cervelli, Peralta, Cruz, all of them.

After the HBP, Granderson doubled and Nunez singled in a run. Overbay tied it up with a SF.

A-Rod drove one in with a groundout in the third to put the Yanks up 3-2, but CC gave it right back in the third and gave up two more in the fourth. Then he gave up another run in the fifth. Awful.

Yes, CC was awful, but got the win. 5 1/3, 6 R, 7 H, 5 walks and 5 K. His line goes to 11-10, 4.83.

The Yanks came back from 6-3 down to go up 7-6 in the sixth by scoring four runs. A-Rod got his revenge on Dempster, hitting #649* (asterisk intended). Gardner had the big hit of the game, a bases-loaded triple.

An RBI single by Mark Reynolds in the seventh made it 8-6.

Shawn Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.40.

Logan the 7th. 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.86.

Robertson the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.74.

The Yanks tacked on a run in the 9th on an RBI single by Stewart.

Besides Alex, three other Yankees were plunked tonight.

Mo the 9th. Save #36, #644 of his career. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.38.

God, is Boston f/ugly with those beards. Ugh. You’d never see Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio looking like that. He had class, right down to his impeccable grooming. Get a razor, Boston.

The Yanks banged out 17 hits. Gardner had 2, with 3 RBI. Cano had 3. A-Rod was 3 for 4, 2 RBI. Nunez was 3 for 3 with an rbi. Ironically, Soriano was 0 for 6.

Game 95. Yanks lose 10-4.

CC Sabathia closes the pre-All Star break part of the season at 9-8, 4.07.

Needless to say, that’s not what the Yankees are paying him $23 MM this year for, and it’s safe to say that if CC doesn’t become the CC of old and go say, 9-2 or 8-3 after the All-Star break to wind up 18-10 or 17-11, the Yankees’ postseason hopes are mostly likely dashed.

If this continues, and CC pitches more like a #3 starter rather than an ace, goes 5-4 in the post All-Star game part of the season and winds up, say, 14-12 with an ERA of 4.00 or above, the Yanks will be staying home this October, offense or no offense.

CC was awful today, as was most of the team. It appeared for most of the game that they wanted to punch the clock, put in little effort and just go home for the break. Unacceptable.

CC went just 4 innings, 8 R, just 3 earned, 8 H, 2 walks and 5 K as he fell to 9-8, 4.07. That is mediocre, not ace-like.

Claiborne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.43.

Warren 2 1/3, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 3.09.

Logan 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.16.

Joba 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 3 K. 5.40.

You wonder if anything will get done trade-wise, by Cashman over the break.

Ichiro had 3 hits, 2 RBI, inc. a solo hr (6). Cano had 2 hits and an RBI in raising his average to .302. Overbay was 2 for 2 with 2 walks.

The minors today

AAA: SWB lost 9-4. Graham Stoneburner 6 R in 3 1/3. 2B Corban Joseph 3 H, rbi. Thomas Neal 2 H, up to .340. (PLEASE, CASHMAN. Replace Francisco with Neal!)

AA: Trenton lost 4-2. Zach Nuding 3 R in 5 IP. A tough luck 1-6, 3.48 record so far. 2 H LF Ramon Flores. 2-Run HR RF Tyler Austin. 2 H SS Walt Ibarra.

High A: Tampa scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to win 4-3. Corey Black 2 R,  1 ER in 6 IP. 3-run walkoff hr 1B Casey Stevenson. 2 H CF Mason Williams and C Francisco Arcia.

Low A: Charleston lost 12-2. 3 H, solo HR 3B Dante Bichette, Jr.

The minors today.

The big club was off today.

AAA: SWB lost 8-5. I will be heading there on June 8th for a game. Brett Marshall 8 R in 4 IP. 2 RBI for 1B Josh Bell (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/belljo01.shtml) who was signed as a free agent by the Yanks five days ago. Brennan Boesch 3 h, rbi. 2 h for Thomas Neal, double, rbi (did I mention he should be up and DFA Francisco? Oh yeah, a lot. Listening Cashman?)

AA: Trenton lost 9-4. Nik Turley 2 R in 3 IP, but 3 H, 5 walks to go with his 5 K. 2B Jose Pirela solo HR. C J.R. Murphy 2 hits. (.295) DH Slade Heathcott 2 RBI.

High A: Tampa lost 12-4. Bryan Mitchell 10 R, 5 ER in 4 2/3. CF Mason Williams 3 hits. C Gary Sanchez 2 Hits, rbi. 3 hits RF Jose Toussen. 2 H LF Ben Gamel.

Low A: 12-7 win for Charleston. Jose Campos 4 R, 2 ER in 4 IP. CF Jake Cave (.315) 3 H, 4 RBI. DH Kelvin De Leon 3 H, solo HR. LF Taylor Dugas 2 h, rbi.

Meanwhile ex-Yankee Jesus Montero was sent down to AAA by Seattle.

The minors today.

AAA: SWB lost 4-3. Jim Miller, 1 R in 2/3 IP the loss. 0-4, 5.68. Corban Joseph, 2B, double, HR, 2 RBI. Thomas Neal (please bring him up to replace Ben Francisco. Are you reading, Cashman?) 1 for 2, 2 walks, .326.

AA: 6-1 win for Trenton. Nik Turley 6 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 2 H, rbi 2B Jose Pirela.

High A: Tampa won 5-4 in 10. DH Angelo Gumbs 3 H, rbi. 2 H, 2 RBI SS Carmen Angelini.

Low A: Charleston won 10-8. Jose Campos 1 r in 3 IP. 1B Rey Nunez 3 H and 3 RBI. 2 H, 2 RBI for 2B Claudio Custodio.

Gm. 26. Kuroda guts it out, Yanks win 7-4. Save #10 for Mo. Yanks finish April 16-10.

The Castaways are doing ok. I’m not talking the Skipper, Gilligan, Ginger or Maryanne here.

I’m talking Overbay, Hafner, Wells …. players discarded by their former teams who are with the Yanks now. Players with a chip on their shoulder and who have something to prove. For these players have helped the Yanks end April at 16-10 after a 1-4 start.

16-10 x 6 = 96-60 with 6 games left. Any Yankees’ fan will sign up for that in a heartbeat.

Hiroki Kuroda struggled early but put it together for 7 scoreless innings tonight. He stranded 7 in the first 3 innings, but rebounded. 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 8 K. He goes to 4-1, 2.25.

Funny but I remember how Cashman was blasted for signing him. Some said he was no good (forgetting that he got no run support while with the Dodgers) and would stink with the Yanks in the AL East.

Well, since the Yanks signed him, he is 20-12 as a Yankee. He had a good ERA last year (3.32) and is at 2.25 now. I argued with those people then that Kuroda would be fine.

I wonder if they are listening now?

One of the castaways, Travis Hafner, had 3 hits tonight and drove in 3 runs. Ichiro is finally starting to heat up. He was down at .200 a while ago and his 3 hits tonight put him at .268. Overbay had a solo HR (4) tonight and most importantly, Eduardo Nunez had 3 hits to take him to .203. Granted Nunez’ BA is still terrible, but he was down at .169 and maybe this gets him going.

The Yanks need something from the left side of the infield, esp. with no A-Rod, Youk (for now) or Jeter. Nunez is at .203 and Nix at .219. That can’t last for long. They have to heat up.

Chris Stewart got two hits and is at .294—-much better than anyone expected.

Youk was put on the DL and Corban Joseph (24, lefty bat, .273-4-9, 1B/2B/3B) was brought up from AAA.

Things got interesting late. Up 4-0, D-Rob gave up 2. After the Yanks came back with 3 in the bottom of the 8th, the Astros got 2 in the top of the 9th and Mo was needed.

Mo picked up save #10, #618 for his career. ERA to 1.74. He doesn’t look like a 43-year-old who is retiring to me.

D-Rob 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ERA to 4.22.

Kelley 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.84.

Hence Mo. 1 batter, 5 pitches and the save.

Yankee GM Cashman breaks leg, dislocates ankle

Yankees GM Brian Cashman went skydiving for charity today (Wounded Warriors) and while his first jump went well, the second not so much.

Cashman enjoyed the first jump so much he agreed to do a second. On the second, he broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle.

Cashman has also gone down the side of a building at Christmastime the last few years (rapelling? I forget the term).

Ouch.

Did a stress fracture give way?

What happened to cause Derek Jeter’s broken ankle is the conjecture today. Jeter mentioned that a bone bruise led to a stress fracture that finally split apart. When asked about it, neither GM Brian Cashman or Manager Joe Girardi knew anything about a stress fracture. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jeter did have a stress fracture and continued to play on it until it gave way.

Mariano Rivera dropped hints that if he were able to make it back from his ACL tear to pitch in last year’s postseason that he probably would have ten retired. Is this a precursor to his thinking now? Will 2013 be it for the 43 year old Rivera? Mo is the last player left who was born in the 1960s.

Finally, country singer Mindy McCready committed suicide yesterday. I’m not a big country fan and don’t know her music. But she made headlines years ago by admitting that she had an affair with the married (and still married) Roger Clemens when she was still a teenager. Clemens denies it, but Clemens has been denying lots of things. The thing with Roger is, what do you believe?

Swisher to Indians

We knew Nick Swisher wasn’t going to be coming back as a Yankee, but we just wondered where he’d wind up. Baltimore? Dodgers? Phillies?

With the Indians trade of Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, a spot opened up in Cleveland for the former Buckeye, and Swisher is headed there. Swisher and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame do seem to mesh. The Yankees haven’t been giving out multi-year deals (except to the 39 yr. old Ichiro) and Swish got a 4-yr., $56 MM deal with the Tribe, with a $14 MM vesting option for a fifth year.

As for the Yankees’ holes, we can only wonder if Cashman has a trade forthcoming. As of now, here are the options, internally.

OF: The OF right now has Granderson, Gardner and Ichiro. Chris Dickerson could backup, but he’s another lefty bat. They need a righty bat. They’d like Scott Hairston, who’ll be 33 next year, can play all three OF positions as well as 2B. Hairston, who spent 2012 with the Mets, is looking for a multi-year deal (aren’t they all?) and that may be a deal-breaker. He hit .263-20-57, OPS+ 117 for the Mets in 2012 and is a .247 career hitter, OPS+ 100. Average player, but has pop. 162 g. ave: .247-20-58.

Internal options could be Melky Mesa, 26 next year who was 1 for 2 with an RBI in a brief September callup last year. Mesa hit .264-23-67 between AA/AAA last year with 22 SB. He provides some athleticism and speed that’s sorely needed but you wonder if he is ready. He’s only had 33 games at AAA (.230-9-21) and that .230 average makes you wonder. Also, at age 26, he’d be an old rookie. He’s mostly played CF and RF.

They also could give Ronnier Mustelier a shot. The 28-yr. old defector from Cuba hit .314-15-69 with 10 SB between AA/AAA last year. But unlike Mesa, Mustelier got more time at AAA and did well (89 games, .303-10-49) and probably has an upper hand. Mustelier has spent time at LF, RF and also 3B. He’s also played a couple games at 2B and CF. This may be to his advantage as he tries to make the team. He hasn’t been invited to major league camp yet. That should change. I was surprised he wasn’t brought up last year. I wanted him to replace Andruw Jones last midseason. Heck, Jones (now to play in Japan), hit only .197 last year. After the ASG he was just .142-3-12. You would think Mustelier could have done better than that.

In 150 minor league games, Mustelier has a .324-18-96 line with 19 SB. I’d give him a shot at that righty-hitting, backup OF job.

As for DH, who knows? Ibanez and Jones are both gone. Maybe it’d be best to DH Jeter the first half of the year because he’s coming off that fractured ankle. It’d be nice to see Nunez get some playing time. He, Ichiro and Gardner could provide a speed dimension to the club that was sorely lacking last year. The problem is, with the catching situation (I’ll get to that in a bit), where will the power come from, esp. with A-Rod out for half the year? Having a weak-hitting C in the lineup, along with Ichiro, Nunez AND Gardner means not much pop at all.

Not only that, but if Jeter DH’s and Nunez plays SS, you wonder about Nunez’ defense. Jeter’s range is not the greatest, has been criticized for years. and could be worse after the injury. But at least he is sure-handed, unlike Nunez.

Nunez, 26 next year, has just an 88 OPS+, but he’s interesting because his 162 g. average is .272-6-43 with 34 SB. But Cashman says he’s just a SS, and not a utility guy.

I really wonder if the Yanks should just go with Nix as the utility IF and trade Nunez while Nunez’ value is high. Nix can play 2B, SS and 3B and some OF. He hit just .243-4-18 last yr., OPS+ 86 and is just .214 with an OPS+ of 75 in his career. He doesn’t have the speed of Nunez but is more sure-handed.

They have to find a way to utilize Nunez and his speed, or trade him.

Of course, once A-Rod returns from his hip surgery, it may be in the Yanks’ best interest to DH Alex (not to stress the hip) and keep Youkilis at 3B. By then, hopefully Jeter won’t need as many DH at bats and his ankle is fully recovered. Time will tell.

But there is now the question of power. Cano, Granderson and Teixeira (switch-hitter) provide pop, but you lost lefty power in Ibanez and Swisher. So what kind of lefty-hitting DH is there?

I can’t see it being Dickerson, 31 next year. The Yanks probably want someone more experienced. Dickerson has 518 MLB at bats, .266-11-47 with 27 SB. OPS+ 101. He probably deserves a shot somewhere but the Yanks already have three lefty-hitting OF. Outside of DH, he wouldn’t have a chance to play, not with the starting OF of Ichiro, Gardner and Granderson. He hit .316-7-25, 17 SB in 69 AAA games last year. I just can’t see a DH platoon of Dickerson/Nunez, although both would provide more athleticism and speed.

Two DH options out there with pop are two old guys. You know I’m not big on getting older.

One is Lance Berkman, who, as a switch-hitter, would be a good option. You don’t want two DH-only types on your team. If you can just have one, who switch-hits and can DH every day, that’s a good thing (think Chili Davis in 1999). Berkman is good friends with Andy Pettitte, and was with the Yanks in 2010.

However “Fat Elvis” didn’t exactly do that well his first time in the Bronx. the 1B/OF hit just .255-1-9 in 106 AB (37 games), OPS+ 90 in 2010. He did go 5 for 16, 1 HR, 4 RBI in the postseason that year for the Yanks.

Berkman did have a rebound season in 2011, winning a WS ring with St. Louis, hitting .301-31-94, OPS+ 164 and finishing 7th in the MVP voting. But last year he played in just 32 games, getting only 81 at bats, hitting .259-2-7, OPS+ 126.

If healthy, Berkman could be decent one-year option at age 37. His 162 g. average is .296-32-108, OPS+ 146. He has 360 career HR (two more than Yogi, one less than Joe D.) and that 162 g. average includes 104 walks. He has a good eye, and along with Youkilis, would give the Yanks some good at bats, lots of walks and help wear pitchers out. He is a 6x All-Star, and has finished in the top 10 in MVP voting six times.

But is he healthy? Is there anything left in his tank? We’ve seen the fading Berkman before he resurrected himself in 2011. Can he put up decent numbers again or was 2011 the last hurrah (FYI, Berkman’s 2011 WS was superb: 11 for 26).

The other option would be Jim Thome. Thome’s big body and lefty swing along with the short porch make you wonder what he could have done playing in Yankee Stadium his whole career. But Thome is 42, 43 next August. He’d strictly DH vs. righty pitching and while Berkman can probably still play a game at 1B or in a corner OF spot occasionally, Thome cannot play the field anymore. He’s played just nine games in the field since 2005.

While it would be interesting to see the first set of teammates wherein each teammate has over 600 HR (Alex 647, Thome 612), you wonder about the lumbering Thome.

He still had something left in 2012, hitting .252-8-25 in 163 at bats for the Phils and Baltimore. His OPS+ was 112. On a one-year deal, he might be ok. But he can’t play the field and hasn’t had 300 AB’s in a season since 2009.

His 162 g. average is .276-39-108, OPS+ 147 with 111 walks.

You wonder if Berkman or Thome on a one-year option would be a path the Yankees might take.

If so, I probably would prefer Berkman. Switch-hitter, can probably fill in in the field more.

You also wonder if Nunez could be trade bait, esp. if the Yanks could get some help for him. Besides Nix, maybe one of these two in-house minor leaguers could be a backup IF:

David Adams: 26 next May. His ankle injury made Seattle scrap the Cliff Lee to the Yankees deal a few years ago. Adams, 26 next May, hit .306-8-48 in 86 games at AA in 2012 but the 2b/3B (mostly 2b) hasn’t played a game above the AA level.

Corban Joseph is 24 and a lefty bat (unlike Adams, who bats righty). Joseph does have 84 games of AAA experience, .266-13-56. Nice numbers. He hit .276-15-62 in 107 games in 2012, AA/AAA. Like Adams, 2B/3B, mostly at 2B.

As for catcher, who knows. Cervelli, Stewart, Romine (24, and with just 21 games of AAA experience) and Bobby Wilson. Cervelli is the best hitter of the bunch, but probably the worst defender. Cervelli has 490 MLB at bats, .271-5-71, OPS+ 84. Romine is just 3 for 19 as a major leaguer, and as mentioned, just 21 AAA games. Stewart hit .241-1-13, OPS+ 67 in 141 at bats for the Yanks last year but is a .217 hitter with an OPS+ of 61 in 351 career at bats. Wilson hit .211-3-13, OPS+ 63 for the Angels in 2012 and is just a .208 career hitter in 389 at bats, OPS+ 67.

You wonder what catchers may be available. I also wonder if Nunez may be the trade bait to get that catcher.

The problem is, Nix then becomes your backup SS. Adams & Joseph have some nice minor league numbers, but neither has played SS.

Are you asking about Ramiro Pena? He signed with the Braves. Of course, Pena couldn’t hit…

I’m wondering what moves the Yanks will be making. They will need to make some… and soon.