Report: Yankees Apparently Abandoning 2014 Budget Plans



Before we all get too excited with the headline, this all seems a little too much like speculation to me. Jeff Passan over at Yahoo Sports has some quotes from Yankees sources and people close to the club, and it seems that those anonymous voices are all in agreement that the team will not reach their planned $189 million budget for the 2014 season.

“They’re going to be over 189,” one source said. “They know it. Everyone knows it. You can’t run a $3 billion team with the intentions of saving a few million dollars.”

This matches another report by ESPN New York from late-February, which stated that Hal Steinbrenner had grown tired of the public scrutiny, and that the Yankees were willing to abandon the budget and re-sign Robinson Cano to prove their dedication to the fans. Of course this never happened, and we’ve actually heard more rumors since, from both ownership and the General Manager, about how they plan to stick to the $189 million outline.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3: M-M-M My Kuroda

(I apologize for the title. I’m tired.)

I know it’s early in the season and I know it may be too soon to say this but I’m going to say it anyway.

I love when the Yankees beat the Blue Jays. And do you know why that is? Because Blue Jays fans have become entirely too confident and a tad too obnoxious for me. Just because your team won the offseason doesn’t mean that will translate into wins in the regular season. Hello? Doesn’t anyone remember the 2012 Marlins? You know, the team the Blue Jays essentially traded for in November?


With that said, I do follow a lot of cool Blue Jay fans on Twitter and I don’t wish them any ill will.

All right, let’s get to the recap. This one started off on the wrong foot with Hiroki Kuroda having a rough first two innings.

He gave up a two-run home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the first and then a solo home run to Brett Lawrie in the second.… Click here to read the rest

Game 21: Rematch In The Bronx


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It’s been a week since the Yankees were home, and now they get to face the Blue Jays and a couple of left-handed pitchers. Unfortunately, the line up is incredibly light on right-handed hitters, and Kevin Youkilis is still struggling with back injuries. Tonight’s lineup is now dependent on the Francisco’s.

Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B

Mark Buerhle isn’t the most menacing pitcher, but this lineup might make him look like an ace. In his last matchup, also against the Yankees, the southpaw went 7.0 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 1 walk, and 7 strike outs. Hiroki Kuroda, tonight’s starter, also pitched in that game, and outdueled Buehrle with 7.1 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and 7 strike outs.

The game starts at 7:05 pm EST on YES or MLB Network.… Click here to read the rest

Quick Hits: Jeter, Lineup, Youkilis

Derek Jeter held a press conference this afternoon and mostly discussed his ankle injury. For the most part, Jeter did a wonderful job not saying anything at all, and refused to give a return date or timeline for his injury. Of the few things we learned, Jeter’s doctor indicated to him that he should return 100%, without any mobility issues. He has no doubt that he’ll return and play at the same level.

I mentioned in my last post that I can’t remember the last time the Yankees didn’t have an injury set back, and guess what, Kevin Youkilis had trouble with his back again. They’ll give it another go tomorrow.

Here’s tonight’s lineup.

Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B

Yeeeeesh. Thank god we got good news on Granderson taking batting practice this afternoon, since I don’t know how much longer the team can surivve with Ben Francisco batting second and Cervelli batting 5th.… Click here to read the rest

Is Ichiro’s Bat Speed Slowing Down?

Us Yankee fans have grown used to watching older veteran players, and if we’ve learned anything, it’s that patience is an important factor in baseball. In the not so distant past, we’ve written off players like Raul Ibanez, Derek Jeter, and Mike Mussina, only for them to rebound into extremely important pieces.

Last year, the Yankees acquired the 38-year old Ichiro Suzuki after a year and a half of below average baseball. You’d think this was a big enough sample size to start coming to some conclusions, but there were some tidbits hidden in his advanced data. Ichiro was producing extremely high line drive rates, and for some reason the ball wasn’t falling into play. After the trade to the Yankees, the outfielder flourished, and looked like he reverted back to his old self through 283 plate appearances.

In reality, neither his three months with the Yankees in 2012, nor his previous year and a half with the Mariners is a big enough sample size to justify calling him done.… Click here to read the rest

Afternoon Notes: Granderson’s Rehab, Williams’ DUI, Jeter’s Presser

Good afternoon Yankee fans. The team begin a four game series against the Blue Jays tonight, with Hiroki Kuroda and Mark Buehrle taking the mound in the Bronx.

Chad Jennings of LoHud has a video on Girardi discussing Curtis Granderson and the team’s plans for his return. The outfielder looks to be inching closer to some actual playing time, and the latest update is that he’s taking batting practice indoors. It seems that he’s only a few days away from some extended Spring Training game. The early May timetable is still realistic, though I can’t even remember the last time a Yankee didn’t have a setback.

Bad news on prospect Mason Williams, he failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over for speeding and weaving. Though his BAC wasn’t over Florida’s .08 limit, his .067/.062 was high enough to earn him a misdemeanor DUI.

We know that Derek Jeter had a setback in his ankle recovery, and that he’ll likely be out until after the All Star break.… Click here to read the rest

More Thursday Morning Musings

– Is it just me or is the CC Sabathia velocity thing getting a little overhyped now?  I know it was a concern in his first few starts simply because they were the first few starts back after surgery and after a scaled back ST, but at this point shouldn’t everybody just let it go?  CC’s outing on Monday wasn’t pretty, but it had nothing to do with velocity.  He threw the ball harder in that start than he did in his previous start.  CC’s problem on Monday was location.  He missed with a few offspeed pitches up, and he caught more of the plate than he wanted to with a few early-count fastballs.  The previous three starts and the rest of Monday’s outing are proof that CC can be effective without throwing 94-96, and he’s been making the transition to a more refined offspeed game for over five years now.  His changeup is really good, his slider is really good, and he knows how to mix pitches to both right and left-handed hitters.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/24/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Columbus 5-4:
The Clippers drew first blood when Mike McDade hit a RBI single to left in the top of the second. Tim Fedroff started the third with a solo shot to right and Columbus took a 2-0 lead. Cody Johnson got the RailRiders on the board with a homer in the fourth.Bobby Wilson started the fifth by driving a double to center, scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak to tie the game at 2-2. Columbus threatened in the top of the seventh, as McDade singled and Juan Diaz lined a double to left, putting two on with no outs. Cody Eppley managed to escape the inning without giving up a run, as Roberto Perez hit into a fielder’s choice, Fedroff struck out and Matt Lawson grounded out to third. Scranton took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph drew a one-out walk and Maruszak lined a single to right.… Click here to read the rest

Quick recap: Rays 3, Yankees 0

Tropicana Field continues to be a house of horrors for the New York Yankees and I, for one, am thrilled this series is over and that the team is returning home even if it’s for a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tonight, Andy Pettitte was tough luck loser. He shut down the Rays until when fifth inning when he was victimized by a Brennan Boesch error and then by a Ben Zobrist double that made it 2-0 Tampa. And again in the sixth when Sean Rodriguez hit a solo shot to make it 3-0.

Pettitte’s final line was 6.0 IP, seven hits, three runs, two earned, one walk and 10 strike outs. Yes, 10. This is the first time he’s lost a game in which he’s struck out 10 or more batters since July 20, 2000 when he lost to the Tigers. He’s also had five no decisions in that span.

The Yankees offense was baffled by Alex Cobb who threw 8.1 innings, gave up only three hits, walked one and struck out seven.… Click here to read the rest