Quick Hits: Olt, Diaz, Teixeira

Good morning Yankee fans and happy St. Patrick’s Day.

This morning, Nick Cafardo published some quotes from a scout about the Yankees’ situation with Joba Chamberlain. In short, the Yankees feel that they’ve developed him as far as they can, and they are looking to trade him for Mike Olt. Take this with a grain of salt. Obviously the Yankees will have to kick in another piece or two, but considering the Rangers and Yankees have been scouting each other for around a week now, it seems like this trade is a little more than speculation.

As the outfield situation begins to solidify, the Yankees released Matt Diaz this morning. Although he was limited to just 28 plate appearances, the 35 year old looked burnt out with only 5 singles and 1 walk this Spring. The team looks like they’ll roll the dice on Brennan Boesch in right field, and the fourth outfielder will probably come down to Melky Mesa or Ben Francisco, even though Thomas Neal has had the best offensive showing. Juan Rivera remains an option on the bench as well, but he’s being looked at as a first baseman while the team attempts to trade for a Teixeira replacement.

Speaking of the first baseman, Teixeira returned to Yankee camp this morning and spoke to the media. Still sporting a a brace on his wrist, he clarified that the injury was to a tendon sheath in his wrist, rather than a tendon itself. He also said that this isn’t an injury he could rush back from, and that May is the earliest he could return. It wouldn’t be surprising if Teixeira remains DL’d until June, since wrist injuries can linger.

The Yankees will take on the Pirates this afternoon on an untelevised game. Ivan Nova will take the mound behind this starting lineup. (via Chad Jennings)

Eduardo Nunez SS
Brennan Boesch RF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Jayson Nix 2B
Chris Stewart C
Thomas Neal LF
Dan Johnson DH
Melky Mesa CF

There were also a few side sessions and simulated bullpens today, of which Joba Chamberlain threw. You have to wonder if the Rangers were in-house to watch.

Mike is the co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money. Outside of blogging baseball, Mike is also a musician, a runner, and a beer lover.

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27 thoughts on “Quick Hits: Olt, Diaz, Teixeira

  1. Hey, I read MLBTR, too!

    Did you click through to the actual Cafardo piece? Here's what it says:

    "Word that Texas has scouted him and that he would be available doesn’t come as a surprise to those in the Yankee organization who feel they’ve gone about as far as they can with him. “They would deal him in a heartbeat and then fill in with one of their starters in the bullpen,” said an AL scout. “If Texas would give up [Mike] Olt, a deal could get done there."

  2. The day Tex got injured, I commented that his injury would be found to be more serious and that he would never be back by May……now they are discussing season ending surgery. Dont expext Tex back before the All Star break…..(without surgery). And if he needs the knife, see you about this time next year, Tex.

  3. At this point I would welcome a Joba trade. What are we clinging to? It's clear that he will not be re-signed nor will he ever start for the Yankees. Right handed middle relievers are not that difficult to come by.

    On another note, if Mesa makes the team over Neal or Francisco I'll be convinced he has compromising photos of Girardi and Cashman.

  4. I would totally make that trade if I were Texas and get Joba stretched out as a starter. He'd definitely go all CJ Wilson/Alexi Ogando given the chance and the Yankees front office would look like idiots. Then he'd get injured in the middle of the season. I mean, it's Joba.

    I honestly don't have a problem with Mesa making the team. None of the outfielders are going to be outstanding and at least they know they'd have one of the top 3 defensive outfields in the majors with Mesa patrolling center.

  5. I have to admit…I'm a little annoyed with Tex since spring training began….

    First he talks about how he is overpaid…..You bet your tendon Mark….Then to say you are getting old and you can't be expected to be as you were a few years ago…..What the hell? Mark you are 32 years old….Once again Scott Boras and his client shafted another team…..with a player who knows they are on the downside….

    Hey Mark, take your time getting back….You lazy dog……I tore my ACL, but I could not afford to take time off nor cover the surgery since I don't have healthcare….so I went back to my job…..You just stink……

    Go get your toenails painted……POS>>>