Quick hit: The Yankees are still looking for a hitting coach

When the Yankees fired Kevin Long last month, it seemed like the hunt for a new hitting coach could be quick and easy. There were candidates for the job, discussions with Raul Ibanez, interviews with guys like Dave Magadan and Chili Davis,now and then nothing. Ibanez is on the “short list” for the Tampa managerial job, Magadan didn’t get the job, Davis took the Red Sox job and even after interviewing internal candidates like Marcus Thames and minor league hitting instructor James Rowson, the Yankees are no closer to getting a hitting coach than they were a month ago. Long recovered quickly, accepting the Mets’ hitting coach job two weeks after being fired by the Yanks.

So what gives? It’s probably nothing monumental, the Yankees are more than likely just being picky about who they hire.

GM Brian Cashman told reporters in Phoenix that he doesn’t have a timetable for making a new hire and that he has also toyed with the idea of creating a position for an assistant hitting coach.…

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Wilson-Cervelli: Quick Takes + a Worry about Lost Depth

Wow, is my timing awesome: on Tuesday, I write a hosanna to Francisco Cervelli’s bright 2015 future of increased Yankee playing time, but apparently Brian Cashman disagrees or (gasp) doesn’t read me, because he traded Cervelli the next day for LHP Justin Wilson. I feel like Karl Rove on election night 2012 screaming about how Romney is still winning right as his fellow Fox Newsers gave up the ghost. So, a few quick takes on the trade:

(1) Don’t Cry for Me, Venezuela. I praised Cervelli as an above-par catcher who could free up Brian McCann both to rest and to spell Teixeria — but I can’t fault Cashman for trading him. In retrospect, I may have lowballed Cervelli’s injury history, especially his 2014 migraines, which don’t seem major, except that migraines are a known problem for folks who have had concussions. I still think the Yankees were a better team with than without him, but he’s not exactly indispensable or reliable.…

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Yankees trade Cervelli to the Pirates

Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees have traded catcher Francisco Cervelli to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Yankees are getting left hander Justin Wilson in return.

Cervelli, who had been with the Yankees since 2008, has 10 home runs, 92 RBI and 191 hits in his career. He played in a career high 93 games in 2010 but his time with the Yankees has been hampered by injuries.

Here’s video of his first home run with the Yankees in June 2009:

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Midweek Open Thread: 11/12/14

This is your open thread for the evening.

It’s Wednesday night so there’s a new Top Chef Boston episode on. You can also watch the Knicks lose to the Magic. Well, I’m assuming that’s what’s going to happen… I could be wrong.

Here’s a vine for you to watch. It has nothing to do with baseball or sports. I just think it’s funny.

Enjoy your evening!

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MLB announces new “Pitch Smart” initiative

This afternoon, Joe Torre and MLB announced a new initiative to help young pitchers avoid elbow injuries called pitchsmart.org. It is made up of “A series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.”

Here’s Torre’s statement:

The website is basically one-stop shopping for everything you need to know about pitching and preventing injuries.

  • There are pitching guidelines for different age ranges: 8 & under, 9-12, 13-14, and 15-18.
  • A video about risk factors and a survey to figure out if your child is at risk for an elbow injury.
  • A Tommy John Surgery FAQ
  • The advisory committee is headed by Dr. James Andrews, a founding member of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He’s also the man you want to see if you have an elbow problem.
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Report: D-Rob wants all the money

A baseball official told ESPN New York that closer David Robertson is looking for “Papelbon money.”

In case you have forgotten what that is:

In 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to the richest overall reliever contract, a four-year, $50 million deal. If Papelbon finishes 15 games in 2015, his contract vests for a fifth year at another $13 million, making it a total of five years and $63 million.

Robertson, in his first year as a closer, and while following in the giant footsteps of Mariano Rivera, finished 2014 with a 4-5 record, a 3.08 ERA, and he converted 39 saves in 44 opportunities.

He turned down a $15.3M qualifying offer (just like everyone else who was offered one) which would have made him the highest paid closer ever but it’s obvious he’s looking for a longer deal – probably 3-4 years.

If Robertson does go elsewhere, and so far, the only Tigers seem to be out on getting D-Rob, the Yankees have Dellin Betances waiting in the wings.…

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Report: The Yankees aren’t as dumb as everyone makes them out to be

And now it’s time for the least shocking news ever:

My opinion: The Yankees are saddled with enough long-term contracts and they need to steer clear of that sort of mess. They can find a starting shortstop without breaking the bank.

I think.

Update: See?

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Quick hit: Yanks sign De Paula

The Yankees signed left hander Jose De Paula to a one-year split deal. Per Joel Sherman it works out to $510,000 if he’s in the majors and $175,000 if he stays in the minors. Sherman also tweeted that, De Paula hits 95 mph and they (the Yanks) like that he has an option left, so can be sent to minors.

De Paula last pitched for the Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific Coast League and was 4-3 with 4.21 ERA in 16 appearances (10 starts) in 2014.

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Wednesday Morning News and Notes: 11/12/14

So last night, I was sitting in bed, looking at my laptop and I saw someone retweet a Daily News tweet that said, “Here’s a sneak peak of tomorrow’s cover.” There wasn’t a preview of the picture so I said to myself, “It probably has to do with A-Rod.”


I mean, it’s not directly about A-Rod, because he’s not on the cover, but, I mean, ugh. And how original is Clueless Joe!?


By the way, here’s some of what Joe said about Alex: “My job is to get him ready to play baseball and to make sure he’s in that right frame of mind. I’ll watch him carefully, and we’ll talk. We have open lines of communication, and like I said, I’ll see where he’s at. I won’t make it public, but I’ll see where he’s at.”

Isn’t it terrible?…

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