Daily Archives: February 21, 2012

Yankees & Chavez Agree On 1 Year Deal

Yankees & Chavez Agree On 1 Year Deal

By Delia E.

Well it looks like when Joe Girardi made that slip up earlier today during an interview, it turned out to be what we all thought; an Eric Chavez signing. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Yankees & Eric Chavez agreed on a 1 year, $900,000 deal. The deal is major league and is pending a physical.

Yankees Fans Unite featured on RIVERDOGS MiLB page

Yankees Fans Unite featured on RIVERDOGS MiLB page

I just wanted to mention that Fishjam’s stellar interview with Charleston’s hitting coach Greg Colbrunn is being featured as one of the six main stories on the teams page on MiLB.  To see that please click here.

Spring Training Notes: 2/21/12

David Robertson signing autographs

Day 3 of Spring Training has come and gone and the highlight of the day was David Robertson signing autographs for little kids! Okay, there was other news that happened today but David Robertson giving autographs to kids? That’s adorable! Okay, onto the other news of the day.

Speaking of David Robertson, he had a lot to say about the Mariano Rivera situation. He spoke to Jack Curry this morning but doesn’t think that Mariano will leave just like that. “I’ll believe it when I see it.  When you talk about replacing Mariano Rivera, I don’t think that can be done. Like I said, I’ll believe it when I see it. You never know. He could Brett Farve us.”

Raul Ibanez has officially joined the Yankees on a 1 year, $1.1 Million contract. He will wear the number Joe Girardi wore in 2009; #27.

— Andruw Jones showed up to camp today and took batting practice. Nice to see him show up.

— The Yankees did suffer a downfall today when George Kontos was the first Yankee to suffer an injury; an oblique strain. Girardi mentioned that he will be out for a couple of weeks.

— The Yankees are preparing for the return of Eric Chavez just in case he re-signs and just in case they left a locker empty next to Nick Swisher.

Kevin Long mentioned that Raul Ibanez is a perfect fit for the Yankees lineup.

Right Field Options for 2013

On November 13, 2008 Brian Cashman made one of his finer trades as the Yankees GM. He traded Wilson Betemit and minor league pitchers Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez to the White Sox in exchange for Nick Swisher. Swisher had the worst season of his career in Chicago batting .219, with 24 HR’s 69 RBI, and a .743 OPS. Swisher clashed with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen who played Swisher out of position by playing him in center field. He also had him out of position in the lineup by having him lead off in 29 games. Swisher has revitalized his career with the Yankees, but some are questioning whether his postseason struggles will leave him looking for a new team in 2013.

Swisher has been a really solid player for the Yankees for the last 3 years. He has provided the team with great energy, has hit for good power, and has gotten on base a lot. He is a fan favorite among many and I think upper management has a real affinity for him as well.  I have sat in right field for some games and he is quite entertaining out there. It is hard not to love him. However, the big issue with him has pretty much been an automatic out in the postseason. He has hit .169 in his career in the postseason with 4 HR’s, 6 RBI, and .617 OPS.  Whether to give up on a guy who produces in the regular season but not in the post season is always a hot button issue with fans and is a really tough issue.  Read the rest of this entry

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Roberston, Burnett, Ibanez, Joba, Spring Training

Since the last time we have done this AJ has been traded and pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training.  Lot’s of great blogs about the Yankees let’s take a look at what they are all saying.

* An A-blog for A-Rod mentions a good point that Brandon Laird is the forgotten infielder.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue is reflecting on the negatives of the Burnett era.

* Bomber Boulevard says that June is the earliest for Joba to come back.

* Bronx Baseball Daily has 6 questions about the Yankees rotation.

* It’s about the Money Stupid is projecting Brett Gardner.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes writes about Raul Ibanez.

* New York Baseball Digest has Mason Williams taking the mantle from Jesus Montero.

* NYY Universe got a chance to interview David Robertson.

* Pinstripe Alley takes a look at Yankee drafts by decade.

* River Ave Blues has some thoughts about the A.J. trade.

* Road to Yankee Stadium links some articles about the minors.

* The Captain’s Blog takes a 111-year retrospective at Yankees spring training.

* The Greedy Pinstripes looks into the best 1-2 punch in the AL east.

* The Yankee Analysts has a great article forecasting Ibanez with park factors.

* Yanks Go Yard dives into the 2012 AL East preview of shortstops.

* Zell’s Pinstriped Blog has the all time Yankee flops.

Morning Bits: Mariano, Girardi, Spring Training

Good morning all. Back to work for most but it’s a short week so we can’t complain. Lot’s of news yesterday so let’s get right to the links…

* Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Mariano Rivera strongly implied that 2012 will be his last season? (Not sure about you all I know he will be missed but if you think about it salary wise that’s a lot of money off the books if he hangs it up).

* Hoch also writes that Girardi is seeing nothing but good things so far at camp.

* Cashman was on a bunch of radio shows yesterday. Here is the podcast from his half-hour long interview with Mike Francesa, and here is the podcast from his stop on the Michael Kay show.

* Lohud says the Yankees number 1 question is the number 5 starter.

* Donnie Collins from The Times Tribune reports few roster spots available as Yankees open camp.