Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez and Manny Banuelos in MLB.com's Top 50 prospects

Not quite sure how authoritative MLB.com is when it comes to prospects, but in their just-released Top 50 MLB Prospects list they rank Jesus Montero as the ninth-best...

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Cashman’s media tour continues

@NYYEric: Cashman on Andy “He has told us essentially he doesn’t want to pitch but will let us know if he changes his mind..we would love him to play”

@NYYEric: Cashman on Andy “He has been honest with us..everyone wants him to play…but it comes down to what he wants to do”

Like the Joba-hurt-in-Texas “news” before, this is the first I’ve heard someone on the Yanks come out and admit that Andy Pettitte doesn’t want to play. It’s disappointing, but there’s still very much a part of me that Pettitte will enjoy hopping on the proverbial white horse and ride in to “save” the Yanks. I still want to see him take a final lap. I’m selfish that way.

@NYYEric: More Cashman on Andy “I know Andy well…I spoke to him last night..if he says he is in he is all in…he has been honest”

@NYYEric: “Would he makes us better?

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YES Censors Affiliated Blogs Over Rafael Soriano Criticism?

When news of Rafael Soriano’s signing filtered onto Twitter on the evening of January 13th, many Yankees fans were aghast at the length of the deal and the fact that the club had sacrificed a draft pick to obtain an 8th inning man. A number of those fans used their platforms as bloggers to criticize...

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CAIRO on the Bench

CAIRO is the projection system set up by SG, the man behind the curtain over at Replacement Level Yankee Weblog. Since it’s pretty dead out there right now, I figured we could take a look at some bench candidates and how they might project in 2011.

Now to be...

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Re-remembering the Joba-in-Texas injury

We’ve been around and around on the Joba thing for a while. Cliff’s conclusion is certainly right in line with our thinking:

That certainly makes a less compelling case than his career line (which I used here). That said, I’d still rather take my chances on a 25-year-old who has a 7.6 K/9, a low-to-mid-90s fastball, some bad luck on balls in play, and is another year removed from that supposedly career-altering injury than on the likes of Sergio Mitre or the slop throwing free agent alternatives, and I’d still be loathe to trade any significant prospects for a rotation solution without at least giving that 25-year-old a look first. Still, it’s nice to have a somewhat more substantial answer to why the Yankees won’t use Chamberlain that way, even if Cashman’s admission has likely diminished Chamberlain’s trade value in turn.

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Can A NY Manager Use Unconventional Tactics?

[image title=”joe-girardi3-540×359″ size=”full” id=”24586″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Last week, I wrote that the Yankees should use Rafael Soriano as a fireman, not as an 8th inning guy. Over at River Ave Blues, Ben Kabak wrote a post agreeing with me. Now, Stephen Rhoads, our former TYUer-turned-RABer offered a different reply. He argues that...

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Outtakes from the Cashman breakfast from @amandarykoff

@amandarykoff: Cashman: to be honest what can wear you out here in NY is the media coverage.

Cue the “Cashman’s outta here” rants, one more time.

@amandarykoff: Cashman: “The higher up the tree the monkey climbs, the more you see of his ass.”

Someone’s being brutally honest!

@amandarykoff: Cashman: Pettitte is still not in, he’s not retired, but he is working out. Discounts joining team mid-season.

The tea leaves are still cloudy. I’m looking for my Magic 8 Ball. Personally, my bet has been placed in the “he’s going to return” camp.

@amandarykoff: Cashman on A.J.: he knows he has a problem and he’s doing all he can to fix it. Yikes.

We can only hope. Another year of Bad AJ will be another really bad year. I’m cautiously optimistic that Rothschild will be able to help “fix AJ.”  #FIXAJ

@amandarykoff: Francesa: Any chance of Joba in the rotation?

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