Musing About The Bench

The Yankees are on the cusp of signing veteran outfielder Andruw Jones to be the team’s first OF off of the bench. They signed Russell Martin to be the starting catcher for now, with Francisco Cervelli as the back up, and Jesus Montero on the way up. Jorge Posada will be the primary DH and could probably catch every once in a while. The team will also (likely) have Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez to man the extra infield spots. Just so we can see it lined up:

OF–Andruw Jones
C–Francisco Cervelli
IF–Eduardo Nunez
IF–Ramiro Pena

Having two back up infielders may seem excessive, but the way the Yankees’ OF will be structured, I think it’s okay. All three starters are good enough both offensively and defensively that they won’t need many days off. Jones can spell one of Curtis Granderson or Brett Gardner against tough lefties and is also a balanced enough player that he wouldn’t need a replacement fielder after batting for one of those guys.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks snap four-game losing streak in wild 8-7 win over Rays in second straight extra-inning game

After these last two games I’m not sure I could handle a hypothetical Yankees-Rays American League Championship Series. The Yankees beat the Rays 8-7 in 10 innings in a game that felt like one of those classic Emotionally Decimating Mid-Aughts Yankees vs. Red Sox seesaw contests at Fenway Park.

The Yankees were all over Matt Garza in this one, knocking the righty out after 4 2/3 innings and jumping out to a 6-0 lead on the strength of a Mark Teixeira sacrifice fly, and Alex Rodriguez RBI single and a Robinson Cano two-run homer. They added two more in the fifth on an A-Rod solo blast and Francisco Cervelli bases loaded walk.

While a 6-0 cushion heading into the bottom of the fifth felt pretty good, the Rays still had five more frames in which to score, and the game most certainly was far from over. Of course, much to the horror of the entire Yankee fanbase, Ivan Nova fell apart in the bottom of the inning and the Rays not only surmounted the six-run deficit, but ultimately took a one-run lead on a three-run pinch-hit home run by Willie Aybar.… Click here to read the rest

Golson to be recalled

According to Donnie Collins (props to RAB), with Curtis Granderson on the disabled list the Yankees are set to recall outfield prospect (goodbye, Mark Melancon), Greg Golson, from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Golson is currently hitting .253/.289/.430 in Triple-A, and is a career .263/.307/.396 minor-leaguer. While he isn’t much with a bat, he does offer defense and speed (4 SB this season), which the Yankees could presumably use now that Marcus Thames’ role has expanded.… Click here to read the rest