Joe Girardi press conference: Sabathia, Posada, Montero and pitching
By Delia E.
Joe Girardi hasn’t spoken in a press conference since the end of the 2011 season, but he finally spoke to them this morning at Yankee Stadium. He didn’t give any news, but he gave his thoughts on certain players such as CC Sabathia, Jorge Posada, Jesus Montero & finding starting pitching. Here is what Girardi had to say on each subject.
On finding starting pitching: “I think we will try to add some (pitching) depth like we did last year. This is an organization that feels like you never have enough pitching, and that’s the way we approached it last year. The way I look at it, it takes two people. It takes our organization, and it also takes a player wanting to come here and this being the right fit for him. I’m sure were going to be active, but it also takes two. I know we have great things to offer here, I do know that, and I think the players that have come here have been very happy.”
On re-signing CC Sabathia: “Obviously he had the right to opt out in his contract. I felt that, what he has done here in the first three years, and his love for this team, I always thought he would be a Yankee, that something would be worked out. I’m glad I was right. I didn’t want to imagine life without CC.”
On Jorge Posada: “It’s hard to imagine him in another uniform, but it’s the desires of the heart if he wants to continue to play and there’s not a spot here, I would encourage him to do it because as a player, I think you have to make sure that all of that is out there for you before you decide to retire.”
On replacing Jorge Posada: “Our DH is something that might be a rotating DH a little bit next year. I’m not sure. You’ve kind of got to see how things shake out as we get into December and January.”
On using Jesus Montero next season: “We believe that this kid has a lot of talent. He’s a work in progress. He’s got great bat speed, and we think he’s going to be able to provide some offense for us. You’ve got to see how a young player does and how he approaches spring training, comes into spring training and does his job. We see him as a guy that can do some different things for us. You think about how old he is, we’ve heard about Montero for so long, I think we all think he’s about 24 or 25 years old. He’s a baby, and there’s going to be some growing pains as you go through with him, but I think the kid is extremely hungry, I think he’s talented, and I think he can help us.”
On Jorge Posada’s Hall of Fame chances: “I think he has a very good chance, I do. When you look at the catchers over the last 15 years, Jorge has been one of the most dominant catchers.”
On A.J Burnett: “You look at the game that he pitched in the playoffs for us and you try to feed off of that. To me it’s just trying to shorten (the amount of time) when he does go in a little rut.”
Joe Girardi also says he could see Hector Noesi as a rotation option next year and metioned David Phelps, Adam Warren, D.J Mitchell, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances as pitchers that could compete for a rotation spot if neccesary. “If we need one spot, the they are all going to compete for a spot.” Girardi said.
Also, Joe Girardi said that the Yankees have not finished signing on the coaching staff. When asked if everyone will be back next year, he replied “I think our guys did a great job last year.”
Girardi has seen the Yoenis Cespedes viral scouting video. When asked to comment on that, Girardi said, “Obviously he’s a very impressive athlete.”
Girardi admits that he did not see every inning of the 2011 World Series since he was spending time with his family, but he did remember watching Game 6 where the Cardinals mounted a comeback and forced a Game 7. “I’m happy for Tony LaRussa, for what he means to this game.” Girardi mentioned. “I had a chance to play under him for one year-unfortunately I was hurt a lot of the year-but I was impressed with what he did and loved to pick his brain. I’m really happy for him.”