Cashman to Yankee fans: Calm down about Eduardo Nunez

Hey Yankee fans, Brian Cashman wants to let everybody know that Eduardo Nunez is ‘not a great offensive player,’ and that while he’d be a suitable shortstop, Cashman believes Nunez could not be an everyday third baseman, left fielder or center fielder.

Okay, no offense to Mr. Cashman because I like him but were people actually clamoring for Nunez to play center field or did he just happen to mention it because of everything that’s happened so far in camp?

I know Yogi Berra said last month that Nunez should get at least 500 at bats and that when Curtis Granderson had his forearm by a pitch, some people, not a majority by any means, suggested Nunez as a left field fill-in but centerfield? Really?

Cashman, speaking with Mark Hale and Mike Vaccaro on yesterday’s PostCast, also said there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to players like Nunez and that people tend to exaggerate what they can actually do.…

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Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate

Lost in yesterday’s interview with Mike Francesa, Brian Cashman spoke meticulously about the the situation in left field. Unlike “accidentally” blurting out that the team offered Robinson Cano an extension, Cashman gave us a good long rundown of the outfield options. Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte, Read more

Friday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/1/12

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve never been so happy for a Friday to arrive. For one thing, this particular Friday is special because it marks the first day of a new month and since that new month is March it means that baseball, the kind that actually counts, is only a month away. So hooray for that. On a personal note, this week has been really up and down for me and I just want it to end.

The big news yesterday, thank goodness, was not any sort of significant injury, minor injury, injury recovery setback, etc. No, the big news was Robinson Cano‘s looming free agency and the word that the Yankees have made a significant offer to Cano and his agent Scott Boras. I mentioned it briefly last night but there’s been a whole lot written in the past 12-16 hours since then.

To his credit, Cano arrived today and told reporters, “I’m just going to focus on playing baseball…I don’t want to be a distraction to the team.” Unfortunately, Cano doesn’t get to decide whether or not he’ll be a distraction, the media will do that for him.…

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Today’s lineup vs Phillies: 3/1/12

It’s Friday, it’s March and we finally get to see Hiroki Kuroda in action today. Kevin Youkilis is also back in the lineup after missing a couple of days due to an “oblique” issue. He says it was a cramp. Kuroda, Youkilis and Robinson Cano are the only regulars starting the game. (And no, I’m not counting Francisco Cervelli and Eduardo Nunez)

Nunez 6
Cervelli 2
Cano 4
Youkilis 5
Rivera DH
Mesa 7
Neal 9
Mustelier 3
Garcia 8

Kuroda RHP

The game will shown on the YES Network at 1:00 p.m.

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Are you ready for some international baseball?

The World Baseball Classic is back, starting this weekend and MLB Network is showing every single game this time around – all 39 of them. Four years ago when MLB Network was a newbie on the block, it shared its WBC duties with ESPN.

Here’s the press release with all of the pertinent information:


Costas, Kaat, Magrane, Reynolds, Smoltz, Vasgersian, Verducci & Yallof Among Game Announcers

World Baseball Classic Today Studio Show Premieres This Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Joey Cora to Serve as Guest Studio Analyst from March 7-9

Secaucus, N.J., February 27, 2013 – MLB Network’s exclusive English-language telecast of the 2013 World Baseball Classic in the United States begins this Friday, March 1 at 11:30 p.m. ET and continues with all 39 games of the tournament through the Championship on Tuesday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s Bob Costas, Jim Kaat, Joe Magrane, Harold Reynolds, John Smoltz, Matt Vasgersian, Tom Verducci and Matt Yallof are among the group of announcers scheduled to call the tournament, produced by MLB Network in the United States and by MLB International abroad.

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Quick Hit: The Yankees have made an offer to Cano

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman appeared on Mike Francesa’s show earlier this afternoon where he discussed a myriad of subjects from the catching situation to the outfield situation to the Alex Rodriguez steroid and hip injury situations – Yes, they’re all situations. He also happened to mention that the Yankees did, in fact, make a significant offer to Robinson Cano but that’s all he’d say. He didn’t go into much detail about it.

Earlier this offseason, Hal Steinbrenner said the club would be willing to consider an extension with Cano who will be a free agent after this season.

Cashman’s appearances on Francesa’s show are always fascinating to me and I apologize for not being as thorough as I was yesterday with Girardi’s appearance on the show. I was just mesmerized by Cashman’s body language and how it looked like he’d rather be in a torture chamber than be within two feet of Francesa. At least, that’s how it looked to me.…

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Spring training games six and seven: Two losses

Home Game: Blue Jays 1, Yankees 0

A good thing about the game: the pitching. David Phelps started and looked strong. He lasted three innings, gave up two hits, one walk and he struck out one batter. Phelps will be a key piece to the Yankees’ pitching staff in 2013. Another key piece will be David Aardsma, especially if he can stay healthy. Aardsma pitched one inning and he didn’t allow a hit, he didn’t surrender a walk and he struck out one batter. The lone run of the game came off Chase Whitley, a solo shot by Andy LaRoche.

A bad thing about the game: Marty Foster. He threw Chris Stewart out of the game after a bad call at first. Really dude? It’s February 28, calm down.

Brett Gardner, Mark TeixeiraIchiro Suzuki, Ronnier Mustelier and Jose Pirela all had a hit apiece in the game. Juan Rivera finished with two.

Away Game: Houston 7, Yankees 6

Welp, the Yankees actually had a 5-1 lead in this game and gave it all up in the next half inning.…

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Some Yankees pitching news

Good news! Mariano Rivera threw his first simulated game earlier today and it went off without a hitch.

He threw 18 pitches, fielded some grounders and bunts and said he felt fine afterward.

“I feel good,” Rivera said. “I feel real good. Getting stronger and stronger.”

CC Sabathia watched Mo in action and was amazed at how he was able to throw the ball where he wanted it to go in February. Really, CC? It’s Mo, you can no longer be amazed at anything he does because the man is otherworldly.

Sabathia should be having a bullpen session within the next few days and is anxious to get into a real game. Thankfully, he hasn’t had any setbacks where his surgically repaired elbow is concerned.

It’s a little crazy when you think about all of the key pieces of the team who are returning from surgery this season: Mo, Sabathia, Derek Jeter and Michael Pineda will all have anxious Yankee fan eyes watching them this Spring and into the season.…

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A Dog Chasing Cars

During the day (and night thanks to a certain “media personality”) Tuesday, Joba Chamberlain made some small waves with his comments about his ability to be a starting pitcher; not surprisingly, he still thinks he can start. Obviously, this isn’t going to happen for the Yankees. Joba will be a free agent after...

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