What Kind Of Production Would You Take From Jeter This Year?

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(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

After watching player after player go down with injuries this spring, the Yankees finally got to see a few come back from injuries yesterday when Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter played in their first ST games.  Mo struck out two in a scoreless 5th inning and Jeter went 1-2 at the plate as the leadoff DH, and both used their performances to answer the question about whether they’ll be ready in time for the start of the season.  For Mo, that question wasn’t as big a deal.  He’s been throwing bullpen sessions, going through everything he would in a normal spring, just not in an actual game setting.  For Jeter, the question has hung over him all spring as he’s been limited to light fielding drills, light running drills, and batting cage sessions.  He still has to play a few games in the field, which sounds like it might happen this coming week, but if Jeter can at least hit three weeks before the start of the season, that’s a pretty good sign that he’ll be ready.…

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Monday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/11/12

Happy Monday, Yankee fans.

Today’s lineup is already posted:

Gardner 7
Jeter 0
Ichiro 9
Youkilis 3
Nunez 6
Stewart 2
Joseph 4
Mustelier 5
Heathcott 8

Kuroda P

The big news this weekend, aside from Mariano Rivera‘s retirement, was Derek Jeter‘s return to the field on Saturday. He was the DH and had one hit. He’ll be the DH again today against the Cardinals this afternoon.

Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger had an interesting read yesterday about something almost happened in the Spring of 1996. Now, this story isn’t a new one but there are some people out there who haven’t heard it. It seems George Steinbrenner was dangerously close to making a trade before the 1996 season that would have sent Rivera to the Seattle Mariners to Felix Fermin. Could you imagine? What a weird universe we’d all be living in right if that trade went down. I get goosebumps – and not the good kind – thinking about it.…

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Quick Hits: Headley, Mayberry, Mustelier

In pursuit if shoring up the current corner infield debacle, the Yankees are looking at a number of different possibilities.

As EJ discussed on Friday, Chase Headley is a good fit for the current and future landscape of the organization, but he won’t come cheap. Although it was rumored that Headley was available on Thursday, those reports were shot down the following day by the Padres’ GM. Now it appears that the Yankees have inquired about Headley. Take all three reports with a grain of salt, but if the Yankees are indeed inquiring, it shows that they recognize the need for another impact bat.

In the same piece, Nick Cafardo discusses the Phillies’ John Mayberry as an option for the Yankees. The former first round pick has experience in both the outfield and first base. Over 848 major league plate appearances, he’s posted a .760 OPS and a 105 wRC+. As a right handed hitter, who can play two positions of need, he would solve a number of problems, but the Phillies don’t seem eager to trade outfielders.…

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Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova may be the secrets to this season

It has been a bumpy right for Yankee fans to start spring training. Already injured, Alex Rodriguez was implemented in another steroid scandal. Curtis Granderson was injured. Shortly after that Mark Teixeira was injured. All of this has drawn attention to an aging, potentially weak Yankee lineup. The potential lack of power in the offense may be true, but it is distracting everyone from the strength of the Yankee pitching staff.

This season the Yankees return as potent a 1-2-3 punch as they’ve had in years in CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda. Sure, the latter two are old, but that’s a starting rotation you can count on. Still, it takes more than three starters to get it done in baseball. That’s why, for all the emphasis on the offense, the real secret to the 2013 season may be the performance of Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova.

Hughes’ solid 2012 gets overlooked. While he wasn’t as strong as his breakout 2010 season (which was really just a solid first half of the season), Phil did give the Yankees 191.1 innings of 4.35 xFIP baseball and 1.9 fWAR.…

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Mariano Rivera To Retire After The 2013 Season


As expected, Mariano Rivera announced at this morning’s press conference in Tampa that he will retire after this season.  And as we’ve come to expect, Mo handled it in the honest, thankful, and humble way that only he can.  In a testament just to what type of player, teammate, and person he’s been in his 19 years as a Yankee, the entire Yankee team attended the press conference along with all the high-ups in the Yankee front office.  One thing that never gets old is how Mo comes across when talking to the media.  It’s not a stretch to say he’s the most professional professional athlete of all time.  Here are a few examples from things he said during the press conference:

“I would love to say that it has been a privilege and an honor to wear the pinstripes.”

“I have to give everything and the tank is almost empty. The little gas that I have left is everything for this year.

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Internal Options To Replace Teixeira

Brian Cashman hasn’t decided on replacing Mark Teixeira from inside or outside the organization, but it seems that he’s leaning towards the former. The team has few young internal options at first base, but with Kevin Youkilis‘ versatility at the corners, the Yankees could opt for a third baseman. Guys like Corban Joseph, David Adams, and J.R. Murphy all have limited experience at third, and it’s hard to imagine that their range or glove at the position would suffice for an organization pushing forward a defensive minded team. The Yankees will probably go with an older and safer option.

Dan Johnson– Johnson finally landed his first Spring Training hit yesterday, and now would be a great time to start swinging the bat. Through 2700+ innings at first base, Johnson has shown average range. Offensively, he’s been slightly above average with his career 102 wRC+. The left-handed hitter might not had great contact numbers, but he draws a ton of walks and has no platoon split.…

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Quick Hit: Another day, another Yankee injury

Can the person with the Yankee player voodoo please put it down and store it somewhere?

It seems the latest Yankee to be touched by the injury bug is reliever David Aardsma who is battling a groin injury and he’s not the only pitcher with an issue. Phil Hughes is on the mend from his bulging disk, Boone Logan has been struggling with a balky elbow, Clay Rapada was shut down for two weeks with bursitis and even David Robertson was having trouble getting loose the other day.

Here’s a tweet from a friend of mine that summarizes Spring Training so far:

Obviously, it’s better that the Yankees are getting all of these injuries out of the way in March but if this is a precursor to the regular season, I am crying, “Uncle!”

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What Would You Trade for Chase Headley?

The Padres are considering trading Chase Headley, and there isn’t a team more desperate to add a position player right now than the New York Yankees. While it would be nice to pull off a Swisher-like trade for Headley, sending Dellin Betances, and an autographed Derek Jeter game-used bat to San Diego in return for last year’s 5th place NL MVP pick, it is unlikely. So, I have a simple question: What is your best offer?

Headley has been worth an average of 4.0 bWAR over the past 3 seasons, capped by an impressive 6 WAR performance last year. He’s entering his age 29 season with two years of team control left on his contract. Headley plays a very good third base, and has hitting talent that was masked by his home ballpark for most of his career, before an impressive breakout last season. He is a career .302/.372/.464 hitter away from PETCO, including .300/.395/.541 in 2012.

For all intents and purposes, Headley is fairly comparable to Ryan Zimmerman or Evan Longoria.…

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Friday Yankees news and notes: 3/8/12

Good morning, everyone! It’s a snowy Friday here in the NYC suburbs but it’s sunny and mild in Florida where Andy Pettitte threw a simulated game and Derek Jeter batted against him. Jeter ended up grounding out and striking out against Pettitte. And as far as we know, nobody got hurt.

We have good news, people! Finally! Hopefully I didn’t jinx it.

As everyone knows by now, the major news from Yankee camp yesterday was that Mariano Rivera is planning on announcing his retirement from baseball. It will be effective following the 2013 season. At least, I hope so. Could you imagine if we were all sitting here thinking he was announcing he’d be done after the season and he actually comes out and says, “I’m finished now.” Nah, he wouldn’t do that.

Because of this news, a ton of articles, tributes and anecdotes were passed around last night and this morning. Mariano Rivera is the kind of player that everyone respects; even fans of the Yankees’ biggest rivals were talking about how great he is and how they’d miss him.…

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