Happy Friday, all. I hope your week hasn’t been too stressful. Anyway, let’s get down to business. We’re all aware of Derek Jeter‘s injury situation. Opening Day has long been Jeter’s goal, but that now appears in jeopardy. Yesterday, GM Brian Cashman announced that Jeter would no longer participate in Major League Spring Training games; however, he’ll continue to play in Minor League games. As we’ve all heard by now, this is essentially a clerical “just in case.” It allows Jeter to get game action, but also allows the Yankees to retroactively place Jeter on the 15-day Disabled List in case he isn’t ready to go for Opening Day. This all makes me think that they should just place Jeter on the DL now.
The Derek Jeter we’ve all come to know and love is the guy who “shows up to work every day” and just “does his job” (and does it exceedingly well most of the time). Like any successful worker, Jeter is goal-oriented, and in this case, Opening Day readiness is the goal and he’s been steadfast in his determination to reach that goal. That effort is certainly laudable, but is this “toughness” actually a good thing? Being in the lineup on Opening Day is certainly admirable, but if Jeter isn’t field-ready by then, can’t we argue that it hurts the team just as much as–if not more than–it would if he just sat out for the first few games and returned on April 6th? Granted, Eduardo Nunez isn’t going to be any great shakes at short for those few games, but how effective would an injured Derek Jeter be? His range is already limited and now he’s got another year to his name as well as an ankle plate and some screws to match. Wouldn’t it be better to get the DL stint out of the way now rather than in May or June when he’s an absolute statue in the field and possibly unbalanced at the plate?
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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) One of the posts I read over the weekend that really stuck with me was Greg Corcoran’s open letter to Brian Cashman over at Bronx Baseball Daily letting Cash know what he thinks of the Yankees’ offseason plan. The general theme of Greg’s post was [...]
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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Barring a a big-time unexpected swerve, the Yankees seem pretty well set in their plans to not add significant payroll this offseason as they try to address their team needs. They’ve engaged pretty much every older free agent from last year’s team in some capacity [...]
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Brian Cashman briefly spoke to the press today and dropped a few cherries for us to pick. Most of the conversation around Twitter has revolved around Cashman’s personal life and the Yankees’ general manager did have to answer questions about his recent personal problems. While refusing to elaborate, Cashman did admit the last few months were difficult but stated that there should be no impact on his job performance. Marchand:
“I have a professional and personal life,” Cashman said on the day pitchers and catchers reported at Yankees spring training. “I will continue to do my job to the best of my abilities.”
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After watching his stuff decline and seeing Allan James Burnett post back to back seasons of 5+ ERA pitching, a common refrain amongst Yankee fans has been to call the Burnett signing a mistake on the part of Yankee GM Brian Cashman. It’s easy for us to say, having the benefit of hindsight and 3 [...]