Morning Bits: Yankees DH, Mariano, Pineda, Kuroda, Chavez

Good morning.  It’s already Mid-week so that’s awesome.  Even better position players report in just a couple days so that’s exciting. Let’s get right to the links….

* Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal writes that the Yankees DH for 2012 is everyone.

* The New York Times reports that the bullpen is full of disbelief and denial about Mariano retiring.

* Jeff Pasan of Yahoo says Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda take on Yankees history with move to New York.

* Here is a great story from news-press.com. A Cubs fan buys jetbluepark.com  (just in case you don’t know that’s the name of the Red Sox’s new spring training home).  Read the article for a laugh.

* From The Daily News: Andruw Jones brings a healthy optimism into spring training.

* Chad Jennings of Lohud has the bench set as Chavez re-ups.

* Jon Heyman reports that Cashman retools the rotation at a reasonable cost.

* Heyman also has his camp report: Likes and Dislikes.

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Posted on February 22, 2012, in Notes & Links and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I always recommend reading all the links. But I would like most of you to read the last one and get your reactions.

  2. I read the last Heyman piece. I agree with his likes. I’m not sure I agree with all of his dislikes.
    1st) Sure A-Rod is a concern to say he isn’t would be to say the sun doesn’t rise in the east. But I think the Yankees have plans to minimize some of the issues that could cause him and the Yankees problems in 2012. Also, he brings up the $30MM in bonuses he’s due depending on his home run total. That money is not guaranteed and beside that if he reaches most of those plateaus I would think that would be cause for the Yankees NOT to be concerned.or at the very least be concerned less about his health.
    2nd) I disagree completely about his assertion on the 2nd left handed relief pitcher. I honestly believe the Yankees have a couple of pretty decent candidates.
    3rd) Sure Montero is going to hurt that’s assuming he lived up to expectations. Remember the Yankees only got to see him hit at the ML level for 1 month. But let’s assume he did live up to expectations or at least close to them. He brings up Ibanez’s numbers away from Citizen’s Park as a negative. It’s not like Yankees stadium is a more difficult park to hit in than Citizens is. Also fans can check Ibanez’s numbers in 2011 with RISP they were actually pretty decent. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I don’t think Ibanez is going to be a bad investment.
    Lastly, both Jones and Ibanez are not going to be everyday players they are both part time role players I don’t see age as being an issue in their case at all. Sure Garcia is is going to be 36 but again the Yankees aren’t relying on him to be a #1 or #2 or #3. Heck he may not even make the starting rotation. Basically at this point Garcia is insurance. That brings us back full circle to A-Rod and Jeter. And Heyman himself addressed both those players in his 2nd likes point.

    There is nothing else I can say.

  3. I would disagree with Heyman on a few points. #1 the Yanks don’t really need a lefty reliever. Mo, Robertson, and Soriano all can get lefty’s out as well as Joba when he comes back. I’m not as worried about A-Rod as everyone else is, I am optimistic that he will be much better than last year. Injuries like pitching can’t be predicted. I also like the rotation with CC, Kuroda, Nova, Pineda, and Hughes. It is a young rotation with alot of upside. There is a chance that all five win 15 games. Montero was an unproven commodity, while Ibanez is a seasoned veteran. Add to that A-Rod and Jeter needing to DH it seems like to a good move to me. Things don’t always work out as planned so having Garcia as a back up is solid. Nunez might also be a sleeper in the mix, he impressed me with his bat last year, needs to work on the throws.

    • I agree with the both of you I’m not worried about the Lefty reliever position either.

      I’m optimistic about A-Rod as well.

      I’m not to worried about Montero going to the Mariners. I will take pitching over hitting any day.

      I asked yesterday and no one responded. If Swisher leaves at the end of the year don’t you think the Yankee can put Nunez in RF?

      • They could but that leaves them short at the back up SS position. I still expect some sort of platoon situation for RF for the Yankees for the 2013 or as I mentioned yesterday maybe a trade for Justin Upton (who would cost a bundle in prospects) or possible a 1 year deal for someone like Tori Hunter. We’ll see, but regardless of what they decide to do I do NOT see Swisher in their plans going forward past the 2012 season.

      • Matt –
        Nunez could probably make the transition and be a good defensive RF. However, he really doesn’t hit enough to play a corner OF spot.

        I think if given regular ABs he could be an above average hitter at 2B or SS but I think the Yanks will want more production from RF.

  4. Gentlemen, if anyone is interested I’ve calculated the 2012 Yankees payroll and estimated their payroll based on MLB AAV for Luxury Tax purposes. Through all transactions as of this morning including the amount of AJ’s salary that the Pirates are picking up. I have the Yankees:
    2012 – 25/26 man active roster at $208MM +/-
    2012 – MLB AAV for Luxury Tax purposes at $$210MM +/- (that includes rounding out the 40 man roster and including a figure for benefits/incentives, etc…)

    That $210MM figure for luxury tax purposes is $2.7MM below the Yankees actual 2011 payroll the Yankees paid a luxury tax on for last year. So it would appear that if Cashman decides to do something at the trade deadline this July he will have that much money +/- to spend and he still will not have gone over last years payroll.

  5. Yankees placed LHP Pedro Feliciano on the 60-day disabled list to make room for David Aardsma.

  6. I am sometimes shocked at what some of the so-called experts, will write. I understand Heymans apprehension with some of our older players but, he could have taken up less time and energy by pointing out;
    “The Yankees are strong, but as with any team, we know injuries will shoot down the best team.” or/and “Yankees go all the way, if healthy”!
    Me of all people, saying; short and sweet! LOL

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