In Jon Heyman’s latest column, he basically reiterates what we’ve been hearing for the last few weeks with regards to Andy Pettitte. Still no official word, but given that Andy’s been working out, he has his family’s blessing and — unless you’re Gil Meche — leaving $12-$13 million on the table is relatively unheard of, most signs are pointing to an Andy return. Joel Sherman also had an insightful column in yesterday’s Post expressing similar sentiments.
Despite everyone in Yankeeland spending all of January freaking out about whether or not Pettitte will return, I wrote a few weeks ago that I felt Andy was coming back and obviously still feel that way. Heyman’s and Sherman’s columns only further bolster my confidence.… Click here to read the rest
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In all that time, I have never been asked to alter the tone or substance of my commentary. The day that happens is the day we part company, though I don’t expect such a thing to come to pass, because the YESmen understand as well as I do that our readership is looking for honesty, not propaganda.
The reaction among some Yankees fans to the Bartolo Colon signing was odd. A fairly sizable portion of the fanbase took issue with the signing, suggesting that bringing in retreads like Colon is embarrassing for the franchise and should be avoided. I’ve ranted about this on Twitter before, but one comment from @Heartbeatbronx struck me as particularly on-point on this subject:
Yankees should bring in Garcia and Duscherer to join Prior and Colon in spring training. Don’t understand why everyone is so upset. (Cont.)
(Cont.) I’m sure everyone was so excited about Shawn Chacon, Aaron Small, Dustin Moseley, Alfredo Aceves, and Jon Lieber too. This can work.
We all wish that Cliff Lee had signed with the Yankees and Andy Pettitte was returning for another season. However, being that Lee is in Philadelphia and Pettitte is still undecided, the Yankees have two rotation spots open and only one young pitcher (Ivan Nova) who is actually ready for MLB action. Furthermore, Nova is far from a sure thing, and the Yankees only veteran option, Sergio Mitre, is not the most palatable of rotation options.… Click here to read the rest
The first test for The Brothers Steinbrenner, as we all know by now, was the 2007-08 offseason, and they started out shakily at best. Despite their general manager’s desire to hold a firmer line with Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, the new owners caved at the first signs of pressure and gave both of those players much bigger contracts than they needed to. After this, Cashman convinced them to give him more autonomy, and things have been pretty good ever since. Later that same off-season, ownership backed Cashman’s decision not to trade Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Melky Cabrera, and Jeff Marquez for Johan Santana, and even though the Yankees finished in third place in the American League East in 2008, that decision has been vindicated and then some.
And, of course, in addition to signing C.C. Sabathia, the Yankees also added A.J. Burnett and, traded Wilson Betimit and Marquez for Nick Swisher in a move of pure ninjitsu, and, as a result of Cashman’s lobbying of Hal for more money in his budget, Mark Teixeira.… Click here to read the rest
On the heels of MLB.com’s top prospect list, Keith Law recently released his own Top 50 prospects list (unfortunately it’s behind ESPN’s silly pay wall), and it’s even more favorable to the Yankees than MLB.com’s was. This is good news, as Law is a notoriously hard grader.
“Law lists Jesus Montero at No. 4, immediately behind the game’s trio of premier outfield prospects: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Domonic Brown. In his evaluation, Law brings up the idea of immediately moving Montero away from the catcher position:
‘With a bat this potentially strong, why risk injury or give up the 20-25 games a year when your catcher has to rest? Montero could solve the Yankees’ DH problem for the next 10 years if they commit to it, a move they are unlikely to ever regret.’
Law is also high on Manny Banuelos, who ranked 12th on this list, one spot ahead of the Blue Jays Kyle Drabek, two spots ahead of the Rays Jeremy Hellickson and three spots ahead of the Reds Aroldis Chapman.… Click here to read the rest
Chad Jennings had an article chock full of quotes from Brian Cashman yesterday and those quotes furthered the patience mantra we’ve been hearing all season.
Though the Yankee general manager called the team “an unfinished product”, he didn’t indicate that he was going to make any hasty moves.
• Cashman’s quick, to-the-point evaluation of his current situation: “I need starting pitching,” he said. “That’s what I need.”
• Why hasn’t Cashman added a reliable starting pitcher? “If I could do business and fill my rotation, I’d do it right now” Cashman said. “I just don’t like the choices.”
I cannot stress how great it is to hear him say that. While we want the Yankees to get a starter, Cashman is indicating that the options just aren’t there in his eyes. We may think it simple to offer Justin Duchscherer a low base, incentive laden contract, but it’s clearly not that simple. The Yankees may not like his stuff. They may not like his medicals.… Click here to read the rest