This Lineup Tells You Everything You Need To Know

1) Brett Gardner– CF
2) Eduardo Nunez– SS
3) Robinson Cano– 2B
4) Kevin Youkilis– 3B
5) Vernon Wells– DH
6) Juan Rivera– 1B
7) Brennan Boesch– RF
8) Ichiro Suzuki– LF
9) Francisco Cervelli– C

That, or some similar variation of that, is what the New York Yankee starting lineup is going to look like one week from today.  It’s a far cry from what the lineup has been the last few years and a far cry from what the lineup was expected to be this season, but it actually perfectly encapsulates everything the Yankees are right now.  It shows how they’re an old, injured team with a lot of payroll tied up in its older, injured players.  It shows how the self-imposed payroll crunch has limited the team’s ability to seek out trade and free agent options that best meet its needs.  And it shows how little impact MiL depth the team has in its own farm system to help overcome the injuries and lack of big-time trade/FA activity.… Click here to read the rest

Updated (Again): Vernon Wells looks to be headed to the Bronx

What in the world is going on this year?

Everyone joked that 2012 was “the end times” and nearly everything that occurred, no matter what it was, was turned into an apocalypse joke – and I’ll admit I made my fair share of them – but my goodness, does it seem like we were all off a year?

Check out these tweets by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:

Vernon Wells? Really?

Is this rock bottom? Please tell me it is because I’m not sure I can take much more.

UPDATE 4:27pm:

WBC Paying For Teixeira While On The DL

This is a rule I had no idea about. According to Buster Olney, the WBC is paying the money that Mark Teixeira is owed while he’s on the disabled list. I assume that since the injury took place while he was  a part of the WBC, whatever body will cover the Yankees’ cost while out with his wrist injury. This equates to about $7-$8 million, depending on how long he’s out. This could explain the team’s sudden ability to spend, since they’ll be adding $13 million to the payroll over the next two years by acquiring Vernon Wells from the Angels. I have no idea how this affects the Yankees’ luxury tax, because few people even knew this existed up until tonight.

Ken Rosenthal adds, the WBC insurance covers players who are on the DL for over 30 days. It also covers players who return from the DL, and thereafter reinjure themselves.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hits: On Jeter’s ankle and Mariano’s headaches

So it looks like Derek Jeter will not be playing for the next two days and it looks more likely that he will begin the season on the disabled list.

Personally, I’m relieved. With the way people were reacting to the anticipation of Brian Cashman discussing the injury this morning, you’d have thought Jeter’s ankle had fallen off his leg.

It didn’t. Yet.

And as for Mariano Rivera, he’s been diagnosed with migraines.

The first headache surfaced two weeks ago and Mariano Rivera described it as more than the garden variety discomfort that two aspirin could make disappear.

“It was severe,’’ Rivera told The Post yesterday morning in a George M. Steinbrenner Field dugout.

Cashman said the Yankees weren’t frightened by the diagnosis and that Rivera has been following the proper protocol.

With the way this year has gone so far, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mo’s eyes didn’t pop out of his head sometime soon.… Click here to read the rest

Today’s Yankees and Rays lineups and some Jeter news

Via Bryan Hoch:

RAYS
Desmond Jennings CF
Kelly Johnson 2B
Ben Zobrist DH
Matt Joyce RF
Shelley Duncan 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Roberts 3B
Jose Molina C
Sean Rodriguez LF

Jeremy Hellickson RHP

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Jayson Nix 2B

Adam Warren RHP

Derek Jeter will not play in a Minor League game today. He’s sore and GM Brian Cashman will be addressing the media within the hour.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said that he needs to see Jeter play in back-to-back games without soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle before the team would seriously consider having him on the Opening Day roster.

Oh boy.… Click here to read the rest

Random baseball thoughts on a Sunday: Yankees, Opening Day and Justin Timberlake?

Sometimes, I have days when my mind is going a million miles an hour – okay, so it happens at least six out of the seven days in a week – and on those days, when my thoughts are all over the place, I like to write them out. Aren’t you lucky?

I’ll usually post only the baseball thoughts but an occasional, random thought about other stuff like music, life, or even the weather will creep in.

And away we go…

We’re a week away from Opening Day. Hallelujah! The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros are the participants in the inaugural Sunday Night ESPN game for 2013. Yes, I think we all have the same thought, “The poor Astros.”

While talking to my dad last week, he happened to mention the Astros and it suddenly hit him that they would be playing in the American League West this year. He snickered, shook his head and said, “Man, they’ll be lucky to win 50 games.”

The Yankees will open a week from tomorrow against the Boston Red Sox in what most “experts” – and I put that in quotes for a reason – are predicting will be a battle for the American League East cellar.… Click here to read the rest

Saturday news and notes: 3/23/13

Greetings, Yankees fans.

I’m going to be up front with you, I actually slept through most of today’s game so I don’t actually know what happened other than the final score (10-6 Tigers) and that Cody Eppley got the loss.

I also know that Derek Jeter was the DH in a Minor League game so he saw no action in the field. And judging from his at bats – he finished 0-4, he didn’t see much action at the plate either. But at least, he felt good afterward.

Someone who didn’t feel so well today was Brett Gardner who was ill from something he ate last night. Apparently, he was throwing up but managed to play five innings. Good thing it’s just a stomach bug and not an injury because the Yankees have more than enough of those to go around.

Some quick notes:

In case you missed the hullabaloo, MLB is going full steam ahead in its pursuit of the Biogenesis records.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: Yankees agree to terms with Chien-Ming Wang

I know, you probably wanted a snappy, slightly perverted headline and believe me, I was tempted to do it but I figured Chien-Ming Wang deserved a little more than that. We’ll save the funnier headlines for the season.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees and Wang have agreed to terms on what’s most likely a Minor League deal. Wang had been in Tampa and throwing for the Yankees this week and was at Billy Connor’s house this winter throwing for him as well, so it was almost a certainty that he’d be signed.

Wang posted a 6.68 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in 32.3 innings for the Washington Nationals in an injury-plagued 2012. He recently pitched for Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Classic and while the team didn’t advance very far, Wang was impressive in his limited action – he allowed no runs and only 10 hits over 12 total innings. He walked one batter and struck out three.… Click here to read the rest