Monday Morning Yankees links: 2/25/12

Good morning everyone. Hopefully you’re doing better than I am at the moment. I have a bit of an Oscars hangover and already feel like I need a nap. But things could be worse, we could be poor Curtis Granderson. Obviously, his injury is what everyone’s talking about today and while I did post some links about it, I tried to include other Yankees news – not that there is much, it’s all doom, gloom and Granderson’s broken forearm.

  • Should the Yankees pursue Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano? – NJ.com
  • Spring begins with a bad break – Wall Street Journal
  • Fractured arm leaves Grand canyon until May – NYPost.com
  • Impact of & Effects of C-Grand’s Fractured Forearm – An A-Blog For A-Rod
  • The most overrated players of all-time – Beyond the Boxscore (I included this because there are Yankee players mentioned.)
  • In case you missed it this weekend: Yankees prospect Heathcott bounces back from past trouble – NYPost.com
  • Comparing Youkilis’ new batting stance – The Yankee Analysts
  • Curtis Granderson’s broken arm presents outfield problem for Yankees that they need to solve – NY Daily News

As soon as the word emerged that Granderson was going to be sidelined for 10 weeks, I’ll admit, I was pretty upset. Everyone’s initial reaction was a word that began with “f”. But now that I’ve had some sleep and have thought about it, it’s not that bad. It’s not great by any means but it’s definitely not the end of the world and I will not let the negative articles I’ve seen this morning put me in a gloomy mood.

Granderson will only be out a month and while, yes, the lineup is looking a tad powerless without him in it, it’s not like the Yankees are made of only replacement level players. I wrote in a post late last night on my other Yankee blog which said that fans should probably calm down a bit and I think the same goes for the media. It’s still February, the Yankees have time to evaluate the outfield situation and if things aren’t looking good in a couple of weeks, maybe they’ll make a move.

Let’s look at this in a positive way, it gives some of the kids who weren’t expecting to see much playing time, even in Spring Training, a chance to show off for the Yankees’ coaches and management. That could be exciting to watch for all of us.

9 thoughts on “Monday Morning Yankees links: 2/25/12

  1. Lazlo's Other

    I don't think we'll see any panic moves. I'ts a long season and Granderson won't miss a lot of it. Check out the young guys and ride it out. I still think catching is the biggest concern at the moment, though if Cervelli has improved his defense it will help.

    • srosegots

      Yep. I agree.

  2. jay_robertson

    Look at the bright side – if he's out that long, the team strikeout total should drop at least 10% for 2013.

    • srosegots

      Good point.

  3. chris

    I view Granderson being out as an opportunity and not a reason to panic. This gives the front office 6-8 weeks of regular games to see who can do what. Are any of the youngsters ready? Are Rivera or Diaz simply subs or can they be counted on? Better to know these things now in case Granderson is not back next year or one of the other outfielders goes down for any extended period later in this season. Give some of the guys (almonte, mustellier, mesa) a shot at regular time with Rivera/Diaz and see what happens. Then the front office knows whether (1) the older AAA guys are worth keeping/trading; (2) whether they need to deal for someone in June/July; (3) whether they need to re-sign Grandy.

  4. John

    My only worry (and it was Wally that brought this up of all people) is the LF/CF situation. If Grandy is out until May, can you confidently slot him in LF when he returns knowing he has not had the reps there in spring training that you expected him to have.

    If you need to put Gardner back in LF because Grandy does not have the experience to play there you are weakening you outfield defense when he returns.

    Thoughts?

    • srosegots

      I think he brings up a good point. They were going to try this experiment in Spring Training which is when to do this sort of thing. Now if they do it will have to happen in the regular season which could be a disaster. But then again, it may not be a disaster.

      Remember a few years ago when the Red Sox tried to stick Youkilis in LF and what a disaster that turned out to be? I'm not comparing their skill set just the timing.

      • John

        Agree. I guess it will just depend on how comfortable he is.

        And I'm pretty sure if you look up "disaster" in the dictionary there is a picture of Youkilis in LF. :)

  5. uyf1950

    God the NY Daily News absolutely stinks when it comes to being objective when reporting on the Yankees.

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