Trade Musing: Young And Cheap Teixeira Replacements

The Yankees are dropping like flies, and age is probably a big factor. Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson will be out until May, and that could be the equivalence of 10-15 homeruns lost. If you follow WAR, it doesn’t look as bad, and it’ll probably only cost the team around a win and a half, assuming the two would normally qualify for 4 wins each this season. The important thing is that the team can find good defensive replacements that have at least some offensive prowess.

Ideally, the Yankees would be targeting a Chase Headley or even a Logan Morrison to shore up current and future problems. While it answers some of the outfield and budget questions, obtaining such players will cost you a decent chunk of prospects, and who knows if they’re even available. Cashman is much more likely to target a veteran player on the last year of their contract, and Justin Morneau‘s name has been mentioned quite a bit.…

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Quick Hits: Injury News Continues, Clay Rapada Shut Down, Derek Jeter Cleared For Activites

According to Erik Boland, left-handed reliever Clay Rapada has been shut down for 7-10 days with shoulder bursitis. With Boone Logan also on the shelf, the Yankees now have to look at some of their younger left-handed relievers.

Though Rapada is a less essential part of the team, his shoulder problem now adds insult to injury over what’s been a horrid Spring Training. Phil Hughes, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Logan, Rapada, and a number of minor leaguers have dealt with significant time missed. The Yankees had very little margin for error when it came to opening the season with a healthy roster, but now this roster is far from healthy.

In other news, Derek Jeter was cleared for full activities today by his orthopedist in North Carolina. He should return to the team tomorrow, and Sweeny Murti believes we’ll see him in a game very soon. At this rate, I’m not sure if we want him anywhere but packed tightly in bubble wrap.…

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Spring Training Game Twelve: St Louis Cardinals 7, Yankees 6

Oh well, you can’t win them all.

The Yankees dropped another Spring Training game, this time to the Cardinals in Jupiter but at least it was an exciting, back and forth that was won on a walk-off single by, um, Adron Chambers!

Actually, it’s not that great, the Yankees had leads and kept losing them. They led 2-0, then after St. Louis tied it, they pulled ahead 3-2 and when St. Louis pulled ahead 4-3, Austin Romine tied it 4-4 in the top of the eighth on an RBI single. The Yankees even went ahead 6-4 in the top of the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth, Kolten Wong hit a two-run shot off Kelvin Perez to tie the game at six. Then Chambers hit his walk-off single off Josh Spence to win the game for the Cards.

Brett Gardner was held hitless so his Spring Training average is now down to .500 (gasp!).

The Yankees will stay in Jupiter to face the Miami Marlins tomorrow.…

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Sherman: Mariano Rivera to retire after 2013

While the news isn’t surprising, it still feels like the universe is piling on at this point.

Via Joel Sherman’s Twitter:

“I can report Yankees have 10 am press conf sked Sat at Steinbrenner Field at which Rivera is set to announce retirement after ’13 season.” He added, “Always possible private Rivera decides to change mind at last sec, but time and room are booked for his retirement announcement #Yankees.”

It was pretty obvious last season when Mariano Rivera tore his ACL that retiring was in his plans after 2012 but that the injury prevented that from happening.

I’m glad we’ll have one last season of Mo and I hope he has a great farewell tour around the Majors.

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Once More With Feeling, or “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”

At this point in time, it appears as though the last chapter of Joba Chamberlain’s career has already been written – as a matter of fact, our own Brien Jackson elucidated such this past Monday. It was less than a week ago that Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman sarcastically dismissed the notion of Chamberlain joining the rotation out of hand and, with the stout right-hander a season away from free agency, essentially validated his parking slip. Despite the not so subtle lack of tact in the statements of Girardi and Cashman, it is difficult to find fault in their bluntness … after all, Chamberlain has not started a game with the Yankees since September 30, 2009. In short, the “Joba to the rotation!” sentiment of the days of yore was dead and buried long before Chamberlain espoused his confidence in his ability to start.

This is not going to be, for the sake of preemptive clarity, an exercise in second-guessing, as far too much of that has occurred.…

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Quote of the Day: Kevin Youkilis

So Kevin Youkilis was talking about the loss of Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson to start the 2013 season and he said:

“Chicks dig the long ball… There are a lot of unhappy women in New York.”

You know what? New York Yankee fans need to embrace Youkilis. You need to forget he ever played for that team 200 miles from here, you need to forget his petulant behavior, his goofy batting stance and forget the fact that he caused us fits when he was with that team that shall remain nameless.

Just wipe all traces of his time with that squad from your memory banks because Kevin Youkilis is a Yankee now and he is pretty hilarious.

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Today’s Yankees lineup: 3/7/12

The Yankees are heading over to Jupiter – Florida, not the planet – to take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Here’s the lineup:

Gardner 8
Ichiro 9
Rivera 3
Cervelli 0
Diaz 7
Stewart 2
Mustelier 5
Pirela 4
Maruszak 6

Nova 1

They will be staying overnight because tomorrow they take on the other team that calls Roger Dean Stadium home, the Miami Marlins.

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Mark Teixeira Injury Thoughts & Afterthoughts

Sad Teix

Well this has been a fun start to the 2013 season, huh?  Not exactly what any of us had in mind or expected after a long, frustrating offseason, but I guess for the sake of consistency and tying plot points together you might as well have an injury-filled preseason to reinforce just how bad the offseason was.  Mark Teixeira, whether he rebounded from last year or not, was one of the most important players in this lineup and now he’s out for 8-10 weeks with a sprained tendon in his right wrist.  To be honest, I’m still trying to process everything that relates to this injury in my head, so rather than attempt to formulate a smooth, logical response post I’m just going to go with the old “Ts and AferTs” standby and at least get my thoughts out.

– First things first, this is an absolutely brutal injury.  Brutal.  There’s no other way to describe it and no way to attempt to find a silver lining here.  …

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Thursday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/7/12

If you go to Google News’s realtime coverage of Mark Teixeira, there are 200 articles about the wrist pop heard around the world.

That’s a little nutty but understandable. With the way the Yankees’ 2013 season is already going – and it hasn’t even started yet – there will be a lot of stuff written about everything no matter how big or small.

I’m sure you all know the news by now but in case you don’t because you were hanging out with Kim Jung Un as he was plotting, yet again, to bomb the United States, Teixeira is out for 8-10 weeks thanks to that strained wrist tendon.

Here are a few of those aforementioned 200 articles:

Then we have Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writing about Robinson Cano having to step up while the rest of the lineup is dropping like flies. No pressure, Robbie.…

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