Daily Archives: July 16, 2011

Yankees’ Options at Third Base without A-Rod

With Alex Rodriguez out for at least the next month with the torn meniscus in his right knee, the Yankees now have to think about possibly adding another infielder at the trade deadline. Eduardo Nunez is a capable third baseman with his bat, but his fielding is just atrocious. Even though most Yankee fans think this team needs to add a top of the line starter in a blockbuster trade, I think they could use a veteran third baseman to platoon with Nunez since the team will most likely not see Eric Chavez for most of the season.

Here are a few options I could see the Yankees looking at:

  1. Casey Blake (Los Angeles Dodgers) – This is not an attractive option as of right now with Blake on the disabled list with a bad back. However, Blake is scheduled to return to the Dodgers by the end of July. He is hitting just .243 with four home runs and eighteen RBI’s, but I value his experience. Over the last few seasons, Blake has been to three championship series’ (Cleveland in 2007, LA in 2008 and 2009). This guy is a veteran who knows how to win, which is similar to an Eric Chavez. The Dodgers’ third baseman has a $6 million team option, with a $1.25 million buyout. Look for owner Frank Mccourt to try to get rid of him. If healthy, we may not see Blake in pinstripes on July 31st, but it could be a possibility in late August.
  2. Jorge Cantu (San Diego Padres) – Two years ago, Jorge Cantu was driving in 100 RBI’s for the Florida Marlins. We know what potential Cantu has who can play a variety of positions in the infield. San Diego is only paying him $850K this season and probably will not ask for much. He was on the Rangers last year, so he has playoff experience. Even though he is only hitting .194 this year, you have to think playing on a contender would maybe raise that average at least a little bit.
  3. Jerry Hairston Jr. (Washington Nationals) – Could we see the Yankees possibly bring a popular bench player from 2009 back to the Bronx? Hairston was a nice role player during the run to the championship. His most memorable moment came in Game 2 of the ALCS when he scored the winning run to defeat the Angels in 13 innings. His numbers are decent in a limited role for an upstart Nationals’ team (51 hits in 69 games). He is a great clubhouse guy and it would be a good fit to bring him back.
  4. Chase Headley (San Diego Padres) – I remember a month or two ago that the people at Yankees Fans Unite were having a huge debate on whether or not the Padres’ 3B would be a good fit in New York. Headley is maturing into a solid hitter with a .300 average this season. That is impressive in a pitchers’ park like PETCO Park. He has a .339 average away from home so that is a huge plus. However, GM Jed Hoyer could ask for a ton for his starting third baseman of the future. I don’t expect a deal to get done for a big prospect.
  5. Aramis Ramirez (Chicago Cubs) – The third baseman on the north side of Chicago has not been in the good graces of Cubs’ fans over the past couple of years. However, his 2011 has not been that bad. This year, he is hitting .297 with 15 HR’s and 51 RBI’s. There is a crazy clause in his contract though. He makes 14 million this year, but he gets an extra million if he gets traded. Also, he has a $16 million team option for next season. I would stay away from that contract especially since the Cubs don’t seem to be trading any of their big players.

Yankee Players Answer Survey About Each Other

The New York Yankees aren’t just about work all the time, they take the time to hang out and just plainly fool around. So when the Yankees were asked a series of questions about each other, they had no trouble voicing their opinion.

1. Which Yankee would be the loudest on the team plane?

Winner: Nick Swisher

Runner Up:  Joba Chamberlain

Also mentioned: Eduardo Nunez

When the players were asked who was the loudest, they all had to point their fingers at Nick Swisher. Even when some of the players are on their Blackberry’s or iPads with headphones in their ears, Nick Swisher can drown out the sound of the movie or music, just by his bubbly personality and voice.

“Without a doubt, hands down, No.33, Nick Swisher.” Sergio Mitre said. “It’s funny; it’s good and entertaining-there’s just no off-switch. But it’s good. I like it.”

2. Who primps and takes the longest to get ready postgame?

Winner: Francisco Cervelli

Runner Up: Sergio Mitre

Also mentioned: Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher

Imagine coming into the locker room after a hard day’s work, just wanting to either get home or get on the plane to the next city to play another ball club. Well, there will always be that someone who takes the longest to get ready. That someone is Francisco Cervelli. When asked why he takes so long, Phil Hughes easily explained, “He’s always trying to get the mini-fauxhawk going.”

Each Yankee has a variety of hair styles, some that take no work at all and some that involve some gel. Mark Teixeira likes to keep it simple just in case it’s getaway day. But Cervelli does take the longest to get ready, which might sometimes cause him to be late.

3. Who is the slowest Yankee?

Winner: Jorge Posada

Runner Up: Bartolo Colon

Also mentioned: Nick Swisher, CC Sabathia, Boone Logan

When Robinson Cano was asked who was the slowest Yankee and answered Posada, he didn’t think Posada would be standing near him to hear the answer. When Posada heard the answer he quickly defended himself in a tone that was a mix of quiet and menacing.

“I am not the slowest runner here. Swisher is the slowest runner here. He didn’t even want to run at Spring Training this year. That tells you right there.” Posada mentioned all while Robinson Cano was cracking up behind him. The rest of his teammates were unmoved, as they answered that Posada was the slowest Yankee on the team.

4. Who is the best dressed?

Winner: Andruw Jones

Runner Up: Robinson Cano

Also mentioned: Freddy Garcia, Nick Swisher, Mariano Rivera

Even though Alex Rodriguez had made it on the Esquire Top 10 best dressed list, he couldn’t seem to crack the top 5 with the Yankees. Instead, Andruw Jones won them over with his relaxed style custom design suits, while all Robinson Cano would need to do is put on sun glasses with his suit to easily get runner up.

5. Who would be the toughest to beat in arm-wrestling?

Winner: Bartolo Colon

Runner Up: Russell Martin

Also mentioned: Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia

There are a lot of strong guys on the Yankees, but when it comes to arm-wrestling, most of the Yankees say that Bartolo Colon could beat them in a game, strongly because of his grip. But Russell Martin was getting talked about when it came to arm wrestling.

“That’s a tough one. There are a couple of strong guys here. Russell’s a strong man. But if you are going pound for pound, then I’d go with A-Rod cause he’s bigger.” Andruw Jones said.

“Russell Martin. He has one of those short, stocky, stumpy arms.” Nick Swisher jokingly stated with a slight cackle. Yes, the Yankees are very strong, but when it comes to arm-wrestling, you need the right muscle.

6. Who is the most likely to have  a deer mounted above their fireplace?

Winner: Boone Logan

Runner Up: Brett Gardner

Also mentioned: David Robertson

When it came to this question, almost everyone pointed their fingers to Boone Logan. Sure there are some guys that hunt and fish like Gardner and Robertson, but most of the votes went to Logan. He may have been born in San Antonio, but around the Yankees clubhouse he is southern royalty. When asked what his teammates thought of the question, Logan took pride.

“Definitely me. Everybody’s gonna say me.”

7. Who would you most want at your side in a brawl?

Winner: Sergio Mitre

Runner Up: Russell Martin

Also mentioned: CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada

Sergio Mitre was the unanimous choice on this question, due to his extensive fighting background. Mitre grew up in Mexico, and when his father became tired of seeing him bloodied up, he put in him different fighting classes to increase his skills.

“He (Mitre’s dad) put me in martial arts-Chinese Kempo, boxing, wrestling. I have a full rounded education.” After 6 years no one wanted to fight Mitre, not even his teammates. Unfortunately he hasn’t put those skills to good use, and has never came out of the bullpen to fight during a brawl. Red Sox, beware. The guy had to be good for something right?

8. Who would score the best at “Jeopardy”?

Winner: Mark Teixeira

Runner Up: Brett Gardner

Also mentioned: Curtis Granderson

Mark Teixeira being the winner of this question was expected as he had been a good student at Georgia Tech, but if he was paired with Brett Gardner in “Jeopardy” then it would be an interesting competition. Brett’s teammates were surprised with Brett’s knowledge has he knew random but interesting information.

“Gardy knows a lot of random stuff. We play trivia on the team plane.” Phil Hughes said of his teammate. The one that they all said was the worst at trivia? David Robertson.

“D-Rob would probably come in last.” Hughes joked. Well, we know David Robertson’s a smart fellow, but “Jeopardy” might not be on his cup of tea.

9. Best at cards and video games.

Winner: CC Sabathia

Runner Up: Russell Martin

Also mentioned: Brett Gardner

When CC Sabathia was named the winner for playing cards, Sabathia was a bit surprised by his teammates.

“What? I don’t ever really play cards.” Sabathia answered. But no one else in the Yankees clubhouse really plays cards. Mostly you can find guys like Russell Martin & Brett Gardner in front of the television playing “Call of Duty: Black Ops”  on the clubhouse video game system. Martin and some of his teammates were invited to a preview of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” and saying they enjoyed it, was an understatement.

10. Which Yankee would have been most likely to be class president in high school?

Winner: Curtis Granderson

Runner Up: Mark Teixeira

Also mentioned: None

When asked this question, everyone said Curtis Granderson could have been president in high school. There was a reason that Curtis Granderson was sent on trips by the MLB. It’s because he never says the wrong thing and has a positive attitude to everything.

“The guy is Obama Jr.” Robinson Cano said.

Don’t be shocked if you see Curtis Granderson running for politics after he retires from baseball.

NYY @ TOR – 7/16/11

C.C., please don't start the 2nd Half in a slump like the rest of the team!!!

Lineups:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

Pitchers:

C.C. Sabathia (13-4, 2.72) vs. Ricky Romero (7-8, 3.09)

2 very, very good lefties battling it out today. Enjoy the game.

Yanks Begin 2nd Half with Back-to-Back Losses

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
NYY
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 7 2
TOR
1 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 x   7 11 1
W: Morrow (6-4)
L: Garcia (7-7)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .266
Granderson, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .269
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .240
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .297
Swisher, RF 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .252
Posada, DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .229
Martin, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .222
Gardner, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .272
Nunez, E, 3B 4 0 2 1 0 1 2 .277
Totals 34 1 7 1 2 9 17 .258
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(L, 7-7) 5.0 7 6 5 4 5 0 3.43
Wade 2.0 2 0 0 1 4 0 1.54
Mitre 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4.46
Totals 8.0 11 7 6 5 9 0 3.56

Game Review from MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:

TORONTO — The fallout was less dramatic, and it happened later in the game. But there has been one glaring, common theme in the Yankees’ first two games of this second half: A veteran starter who attained surprising success in the first half wasn’t himself.

On Thursday, it was Bartolo Colon who got shelled in the first inning.

On Friday, it was Freddy Garcia who labored in the fifth.

That’s the frame when Garcia’s run of five consecutive quality starts ended, when the Blue Jays put up three runs to build a five-run lead, when the home crowd began its anti-Yankees chant, and when the Bronx Bombers fell behind for good, eventually suffering a second straight loss at Rogers Centre, 7-1.

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