What’s The Plan For David Phelps?

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Or perhaps the more appropriate question to ask would be, IS there a plan for David Phelps? Despite performing admirably as both a starter and reliever for the Yankees this year, Phelps has been unable to nail down a set position and role on the staff, and has been shuttled from bullpen to rotation and from the Majors to the Minors almost non-stop since the season began on April 6th. Making the transition to the show is almost never easy for young players (unless you’re Mike Trout), and as a Continue reading What’s The Plan For David Phelps?

It’s Time To Call Up Dellin Betances

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) On paper, Dellin Betances is everything you would want in a pitching prospect.  He’s a big, hulking kid with top shelf electric stuff.  With that combination, saying his ceiling is a right-handed Randy Johnson is not outside the realm of possibilities, and Betances is the most decorated prospect currently in the Yankee system.  He’s appeared on more organizational top 15, top 10, and top 5 lists than anybody, and has been on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects 3 times, including each of the last 2 editions.  He’s also having arguably Continue reading It’s Time To Call Up Dellin Betances

The Benefit Of 20/20 Foresight (And Failing To Use It)

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) I’m always the first to pipe up about Joe’s on-field decisions when it comes to managing his bullpen, be they good calls or bad calls (usually bad).  But for the Yankees to extend that questionable bullpen decision-making to the pre-game, well that’s something I’m not familiar with and something I was very surprised to see play out yesterday.  If you were not aware, the Yankees entered last night’s game quite understaffed in their relief corps after the previous 2 games.  Let’s review: David Phelps– Unavailable after pitching 2.1 innings in Continue reading The Benefit Of 20/20 Foresight (And Failing To Use It)

Accelerating The Learning Curve With $189 Million

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) With Hal and Cash making the magic number of $189 million official last week, we now know without a doubt that the Yankees are going to make a concerted effort to get the payroll at or below that number by 2014.  It’s an aggressive goal, but a worthy goal in the big picture, and it will certainly come with some casualties as it’s already very clear that not everybody on the current roster can be retained while keeping the payroll below the $189 mil threshold.  That being the case, the Continue reading Accelerating The Learning Curve With $189 Million

Wang Called Back

Chien-Ming Wang was expected to start for SWB tonight, as the Yankees were hoping to see his improved sinker manifest itself in a game after he had displayed it in a bullpen session before team officials. However, with Joba Chamberlain bruising his knee and the bullpen going 8.2 innings last night, those plans have changed. From Mark Feinsand: Chien-Ming Wang will be back with the Yankees for Friday night’s game against the Phillies. After Joba Chamberlain’s first-inning knee injury drained the bullpen on Thursday night, the Yankees ordered Wang – who was on his way to Pawtucket to pitch Friday Continue reading Wang Called Back

The Current Roster And Upcoming Changes

With all of the changes to the Yankees roster over the last few days, I thought it would be constructive to lay out the roster as it currently stands and highlight some possible upcoming changes. Lineup C: Jorge Posada 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Robinson Cano SS: Derek Jeter 3B: Angel Berroa LF: Johnny Damon CF: Brett Gardner RF: Nick Swisher DH: Hideki Matsui Bench UIF: Ramiro Pena CF: Melky Cabrera C: Jose Molina Rotation The Christmas Toy divx Joba Chamberlain CC Sabathia AJ Burnett Andy Pettitte Bullpen Mark Melancon Dave Robertson Damaso Marte Jose Veras Phil Coke Jon Albaladejo Edwar Continue reading The Current Roster And Upcoming Changes

How The Roster Crunch Will Affect The Pena/Berroa Decision

A few days ago, I discussed the battle for the utility infielder spot that is being waged between Ramiro Pena and Angel Berroa. At the time, this is what I said: It seems pretty close. While Berroa has obviously had a great spring with the bat, he has only taken one walk compared to 4 by Pena. Berroa has shown significantly more power, while Pena has been better on the basepaths. Defensively, although Pena has more errors than Berroa, he is widely considered a great defensive shortstop, while Berroa is deemed one of the worst. Joe Girardi is not going Continue reading How The Roster Crunch Will Affect The Pena/Berroa Decision

Final Roster Spots: Center Field (Updated: Gardner Wins Spot)

Throughout the day, I looked at the battles for the final spots on the Yankees roster: the last reliever, the battle for CF, and the utility infielder fight. I started with the 7th reliever, continued by looking at the utility infielder role, and will now wrap up the series by discussing the battle for center field. Unlike the last two roster spots that I discussed, it seems that this fight is not for a spot on the team: The competition between centerfielders Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera is likely to end with both players making the Yankees. “That’s probably my Continue reading Final Roster Spots: Center Field (Updated: Gardner Wins Spot)

Final Roster Spots: Utility Infielder

Throughout the day, I will be looking at the battles for the final spots on the Yankees roster: the last reliever, the battle for CF, and the utility infielder fight. I started with the 7th reliever, and will now continue by looking at the utility infielder role. When the preseason started, most Yankees fans assumed that the UI role would come down to a battle between Cody Ransom and Angel Berroa. Although many hoped that they would go out and sign a veteran with a solid bat to fill that role, Brian Cashman’s reputation of skimping on the end of Continue reading Final Roster Spots: Utility Infielder