Daily Archives: August 21, 2012

Game 123 Lineup: Yankees @ White Sox

Lineup vs. White Sox:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Casey McGehee DH
Russell Martin C

RHP Ivan Nova

Pregame Notes:

— CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session for the Yankees today while Larry Rothschild and Joe Girardi observed. Sabathia is determined to make his start on Friday.

— Pedro Feliciano was recently promoted to Tampa and will pitch against Dunedin. No word on pitch count or innings limit but I believe he might just go one inning.

— Also ignored was Roger Clemens returning to baseball. He’s slated to pitch on Saturday. When writers asked Andy Pettitte how he felt about that, Pettitte said he had a feeling that Clemens would return and that Clemens is the ultimate competitor.

Here’s today’s poll question

Enjoy the game everyone!

Yankees May Swing And Miss With Swish

As Nick Swisher continues to swing a hot bat in the second half of the season, it’s become a growing premonition with Yankees fans that the team brings him back and lets Curtis Granderson walk following next season. I’ve certainly been on board with that move, as to me Swisher is a much more dangerous and complete hitter than Granderson, not to mention Swish has put up consistent and terrific numbers for a Yankees right fielder. As many have said, the lineup feels incomplete without him, and I definitely will be watching the hot stove carefully to see if Swisher can remain in pinstripes.

But after what I heard this morning – that Swisher is seeking a Jayson Werth-like contract (seven years, $126 million) – it’s almost made me turn my position completely.

Of course, this is not the first outrageous claim by an impeding free agent, and it’s likely that Swisher will take a considerably less amount of money, wherever he ends up signing. But his price will be fairly steep, (likely in the 15 million dollar per year range)and I’m not quite sure – as great a player as he’s been in New York – if he’s actually worth it.

Let me re-phrase that – he IS worth it. But is re-signing him worth the production we’ll see out of a mid to late 30’s Nick Swisher? I don’t think so. Also, the Yankees have a ton of young outfield talent that may be ready for the Bigs as early as next season. But with Swisher’s contract, you can’t have a guy making big bucks sitting on the bench of platooning in a couple years – he has to still be starting.

Another thing worth considering is what about Robinson Cano? He is going to demand a  huge contract come 2013, likely in the 200 million dollar range. (I know, there’s been a lot of talk about range, but who knows what could happen in the next year or so) It’s worth saving shelling out cash to a player [in Swisher] nearly past his prime, in order to keep a player still in the first stages of his.

The Yankees have been talking a lot about getting down to an $189 million payroll, and resigning Cano, Granderson, and maybe Swisher is going to make it very difficult to stay on that route. Perhaps Swish gives the Yankees a hometown discount, and stays in New York only another year or two for a price reasonable for a 32-year old right fielder. But much as I’d love to see Swisher stay in pinstripes, his demands may be too much for the newly conservative New York Yankees.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Cano, Jeter, Swisher, Kuroda

* An A-blog for A-Rod is looking into Cano’s slump.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue wonders if Jeter can catch Pete Rose.

* Bronx Baseball Daily thinks the Yankees should bring back Swisher next year.

* It’s about the Money Stupid is counting on Kuroda.

* Pinstripe Alley is scouting the Yankees Farm Teams Trenton & Tampa.

* River Ave Blues mentions Kuroda is thriving despite lack of run support.

* The Captain’s Blog ponders if Melky should be disqualified from the batting race.

* The Greedy Pinstripes looks into all the Yankee players on the DL.

* The Yankee Analysts take a look at who should be the call ups in September.

Morning Bits: Bullpen blew it & should Joba be sent down

The Bullpen was just horrible yesterday.  Freddy Garcia wasn’t much better as well but the bullpen needs to hold games like that.  Tampa is hot on the Yankees heels they are now only 4 games back!!!   Game tonight is 8:10PM EST.  On the mound is Nova vs Liriano.

Enjoy the day.  Now for some links…

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has the recap of last night’s game where the bullpen spoils Jeter’s historic night.

Steven Miller of mlb.com has the preview of tonight’s matchup.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY writes that the Yankees brought up Joba to quickly and it’s time to send him back down.