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.… Click here to read the rest

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!”… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

The Effects Of Phil Hughes Missing The Start Of The Season

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It’s gotten overshadowed by the Mark Teixeira injury and yesterday’s report of Mo’s retirement announcement, but there’s still a pretty important injury situation happening with Phil Hughes.  Last weekend Hughes ended his week-long battle with shrinkage in the pool and got back on the field to start throwing again after almost two weeks off to recover from the bulging disk in his back.  He’s been on a flat ground throwing program this week, and yesterday actually threw pitches from a full windup on flat ground, but that still puts him a while away from pitching in a game.  The possibility of Hughes not being ready for the start of the season was mentioned almost as soon as the bulging disk was, and if he isn’t back on the mound pitching in a game by this time next week he more than likely won’t be ready.  It’s not the biggest deal in the world, as long as his back is healthy, but there are a few things that will change as a result.… Click here to read the rest

Rivera’s legacy about much more than games saved

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Though yesterday’s reports that Mariano Rivera will be announcing his intention to retire after this season tomorrow were hardly surprising, they aren’t exactly welcome by any means. Much like last year, when Rivera seemed poised to announce it would be his final season before that torn ACL knocked him out of action for the final five months of the season and apparently caused him to reconsider, the realization that we’ll all soon be living in a world that does not include number 42 closing games for the Yankees is jarring, and should inspire a sense of loss in baseball fans everywhere.

The first baseball season I can consciously remember being aware of was the 1995 season, but given that I didn’t have ESPN at the time I didn’t get a chance to pay much attention to things going on outside of Cincinnati and whatever was being covered on the local news there. That was remedied the following season, so for all intents and purposes, my entire lifetime as a fan of MLB has involved Mariano Rivera.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest