Daily Archives: May 18, 2011
SWB L 5-4
2B: Vazquez, Jo (4, Bump), Brewer (4, Perez, Ju).
HR: Laird (2, 6th inning off Bump, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Russo; Brewer 2; Vazquez, Jo 3; Maxwell 2; Laird 5; Bernier.
RBI: Laird 3 (9), Brewer (3).
2-out RBI: Laird 3; Brewer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Russo; Montero, J; Pena, R; Brewer.
GIDP: Pena, R.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 10.
SB: Maxwell (7, 2nd base off Chapman/Kratz).
DP: (Pena, R-Bernier-Vazquez, Jo).
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The Yankees currently plan to keep Jorge Posada on the roster and have had “zero discussion” about releasing the switch-hitter, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. However, the Yankees are “extremely mad” at Posada for removing himself from the lineup over the weekend and will consider taking action if Posada’s numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break.
Posada, who is hitless in 24 at bats against right-handed pitching this year, is out of the lineup tonight. It’s the third consecutive time manager Joe Girardi has held him out of the lineup against southpaws and a strong indication that Posada has become a part-time DH.
According to Marchand, the Yankees want Posada on the team when Derek Jeter reaches 3,000 hits, a milestone the shortstop is 34 hits away from. Earlier today, Peter Gammons of MLB Network said he can see the Yankees releasing Posada, eating his $13MM salary and calling up top prospect Jesus Montero.
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Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.74) vs. Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42)
From MLB.com’s Gameday:
Colon took a loss against the Red Sox on May 13, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings, but it could have easily gone the other way. His fastball maxed at an impressive 95.6 mph. He faced the Orioles out of the bullpen on April 14.
Despite pitching nine scoreless innings and not allowing a baserunner to reach second, Britton walked away from Thursday’s game against the Mariners without a decision. Britton continues to have the lowest ERA in the Baltimore starting rotation.
There still is friction between Derek Jeter and ownership about the way his contract was negotiated — not what he’s making, I don’t think, at least I don’t believe that. But I think it was over the way so much of it was made public. Derek was really unhappy with that. Hence, when he signed the contract, he wouldn’t even drive from Tampa to Orlando for a press conference during the winter meetings. He made them come to him in Tampa. This carried over, and Posada and Jeter are the best of friends.
I do think in some degree it’s been addressed, because in the end Jeter really does care about winning most of all.
If Posada continues not to hit, and they’re not going to let him catch … I think they’re going to go to [Jesus] Montero and release Posada. That would be very interesting.
I know where he’d go. He’d go right to Baltimore, with Matt Wieters, do a little catching, let Wieters DH twice a week, and go back with Buck [Showalter], who knew him pretty well from the Yankee organization.
Here’s the article from Tim Dierkes of MLBTR:
The Yankees are next in our 2012 Contract Issues series. Here’s what the team faces after the 2011 season:
Eligible For Free Agency (6)
- In one of the year’s biggest surprises, Bartolo Colon‘s name is all over the leaderboard for free agent starters. An offseason stem cell treatment was a factor, a procedure that was unknown to GM Brian Cashman at the time of the signing and is being investigated by MLB. If Colon is not linked to HGH and his stellar pitching continues for the remaining three quarters of the season, he has to be looking at at least a nice one-year deal north of $5MM.
- Jorge Posada has been a source of drama but not offensive production this season. I’m guessing the Yankees move on from Posada, who has hit 267 home runs for them to date.
- Former stars Andruw Jones and Eric Chavez are bench players on one-year deals; Chavez was hitting well when he hit the DL for a foot injury.
- Freddy Garcia has a 3.22 ERA on the season, hanging in there in most of his six starts. Will he do enough to warrant a big league deal after the season?
- Luis Ayala will also be eligible for free agency.
Contract Options (5)
- Robinson Cano: $14MM club option with a $2MM buyout. This should be an easy decision to exercise for the Yankees.
- Nick Swisher: $10.25MM club option with a $1MM buyout. Swisher’s option seemed like an easy choice to exercise, but his bat has yet to come alive in 160 plate appearances this year. He’s got time to bounce back, but the option is not a lock.
- Damaso Marte: $4MM club option with a $250K buyout. Marte is likely out for the season with October labrum surgery, in which case the Yankees will have gotten 31 innings for their $12MM.
- C.C. Sabathia: Can opt out of remaining four years, $92MM. Most expect Sabathia to opt out, though he certainly could re-sign with the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman told ESPN’s Buster Olney he’ll stick with his policy of avoiding in-season negotiations, but “we fully expect him to be here.” Sabathia’s overall numbers look solid, though he’s scuffled in May. If Sabathia does reach the open market, he’ll probably be the best available free agent starter, as he was in the 2008-09 offseason when he received the biggest contract ever for a pitcher.
- Rafael Soriano: Can opt out of remaining two years, $25MM. Even without knowledge of Soriano’s current elbow concerns, I wrote two months ago that Soriano is unlikely to opt out of his contract after the season. This offseason when he does choose to stick with the contract, don’t blame the opt-out clause. Without it, all the money still would have been guaranteed to him.
Arbitration Eligible (8)
- First time: Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Chris Dickerson
- Second time: Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Buddy Carlyle
- Third time: Boone Logan
- Fourth time: Russell Martin
From the Yankees’ standpoint, none of these cases should be daunting. This is only Gardner’s second full season, and he doesn’t have power, so his arbitration reward will probably be $3MM or less. Hughes’ issues will limit his raise to perhaps a million dollars at most. Raises for relievers Robertson, Chamberlain, and Logan won’t be crazy either. Martin’s hot hitting has tailed off this month. He could still get a bump to $6MM+, depending on how the rest of his season goes. I’ll use a rough estimate of $17MM to retain the team’s arbitration eligibles.
2012 Payroll Obligation
The Yankees’ 2012 payroll obligation, according to Cot’s, is $140.875MM if options for Swisher and Marte are declined, Cano’s option is exercised, Sabathia opts out, and Soriano does not. That goes up to around $158MM with the arbitration eligibles, about $49MM short of this year’s payroll before accounting for minimum salary players. If Sabathia is re-signed at a $25MM salary for 2012, that still leaves $24MM in ’12 salaries to work with before raising payroll. That’d be enough for Swisher or a replacement, as well as some kind of starting pitching signing to go with Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Ivan Nova. Cashman could find $6MM more with a bump to the 2010 payroll of $213MM.
The Yankees should be able to address their issues without taking payroll much higher. If Sabathia leaves, it could be another situation where they struggle to find a good way to spend the excess cash.
This week is: 2001 ALDS – Game 3 against the Oakland Athletics.
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Via MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
ST. PETERSBURG — The Yankees placed right-hander Rafael Soriano on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with right elbow inflammation.
Soriano was examined by team physician Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where an MRI revealed similar results to another examination made last Wednesday in New York.
The Yankees have no definite timetable for his return.
From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
ST. PETERSBURG — It had been a week since the Yankees were able to gather in the infield and shake hands, so they were going to enjoy this one for all it was worth.
Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of homers and David Robertson pinned the bases loaded in a big spot, allowing the Yankees to finally exhale with a 6-2 victory over the Rays, snapping their six-game losing streak.
“It was huge. It was desperation,” Rodriguez said. “We definitely needed to win the game; we haven’t won in a while. Hopefully, that’s the start of something good.”
Rodriguez’s second home run off James Shields was a sixth-inning laser that cleared the center-field fence, providing a slim lead, but there could be no guarantees during a stretch when nothing seemed to have gone right.
“It just felt like we needed to win this game,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I don’t want to say must-win, but this was as close as you can get to a must-win in the month of May.”
Frustration has seeped into the Bombers’ DNA of late, and sure enough, the Rays threatened to extend the misery in the sixth, about the time Ivan Nova was slamming his glove into the dugout bench.
Opening the inning by allowing a walk to Ben Zobrist and a single to Johnny Damon, Nova recorded an out and then loaded the bases intentionally for Robertson, who was asked to perform another of his Houdini acts.
He escaped again, striking out B.J. Upton swinging and Casey Kotchman looking with four-seam fastballs that registered 95 and 96 mph, respectively.
“Big situation,” Robertson said. “I had to get two outs right there with the bases loaded. I can’t let anyone score because we need a win bad. I just gave it everything I had.”
“Robertson is a good pitcher,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “That was pretty much the turning point in tonight’s game, I thought.”
Robertson pumped his fist several times and screamed as he bounded off the mound, perhaps the most emotion Robertson has ever shown on a big league ballfield.
“I was a little excited tonight,” Robertson said with a grin. “I’ll try to keep it inside from now on.”
That froze Nova’s line at one run in 5 1/3 innings, having been touched only by Elliot Johnson’s third-inning homer. Nova walked two and struck out four.
“I won the game and it’s important, but my command out there, I don’t feel too good about that,” Nova said. “I know I can do better than what I showed today.”
Rodriguez, meanwhile, has been waiting for his own chance to break out, owning only one previous home run in May — and that one came last Thursday after enduring a 65 at-bat homerless stretch.
But A-Rod got the Yankees on the board in the fourth, belting a 2-2 Shields pitch into the left-field seats — proof positive that his time with hitting coach Kevin Long has been worth it.
“Kevin and I have been working over the last week or so to really focus on my bottom half,” Rodriguez said. “I’m just having some synergy with the whole body. Today was much better.”
Rodriguez added an exclamation mark his next time up with his eighth homer of the season, clapping his hands and flipping them skyward as he rounded first base.
“Sometimes it’s just timing,” Girardi said. “It seems like he has come off [the ball] a little bit lately. He has been trying to fight through it.”
Shields was a tough customer, striking out nine in seven innings, but the Yankees extended their lead in the seventh with two important runs — one unearned.
Back in the lineup after a loud public fiasco, Jorge Posada ripped a double to right that capped a 2-for-3 night, and Brett Gardner laid down a beautiful bunt single.
Recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Chris Dickerson looped a run-scoring single into center field that made it 3-1.
“It’s just one of those days that’s a blur,” Dickerson said. “It ended up working out very well. It felt a little bit like my first Major League hit.”
Derek Jeter followed with a fielder’s-choice grounder that second baseman Ben Zobrist threw away for an error, allowing Gardner to scamper home.
Robertson needed a little help of his own, leaving a two-on, two-out jam for Joba Chamberlain in the seventh, but Damon bounced out to end the inning.
New York added a pair of runs in the ninth off Brandon Gomes, coming on run-scoring hits by Gardner and Jeter, and with victory so close, the Yankees needed to close it out.
Amauri Sanit got a chance to get there in the ninth, but Zobrist’s two-out RBI double was the last straw. Girardi went to Mariano Rivera in a non-save situation for the 27th out, putting an end to a miserable week.
As they whooped it up in the center of the field, Gardner yelled repeatedly, “We won!” as though this May game had implications of a much later date. And there did seem to be an awful lot at stake.
“I think if we had lost today, we’d probably have had to take the bus all the way up to Baltimore tonight,” Gardner said.
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