Daily Archives: February 1, 2013

Yankees Offseason Notes: Cashman speaks little about A-Rod saga

Brian Cashman was on ESPN radio with Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco earlier today, and one of the most popular topics was Alex Rodriguez. Now, Cashman didn’t get into details about A-Rod, but he did acknowledge that he was aware of the situation.

— Before we get into the Alex Rodriguez drama, Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees signed Travis Hafner with a plain “yes.” That’s all. Now, onto A-Rod.

First off, Brian Cashman wouldn’t comment about the Alex Rodriguez saga which isn’t surprising. The Yankees released a statement earlier this week saying that they had no comment. “I am not commenting other than we are in full cooperation with Major League Baseball.” Cashman said that he did find out about the New Times article last week when the Yankees received a letter about the article, wanting a comment from the Yankees. “Our immediate reaction was, once we saw that, we turned it over to Major League Baseball.”

Earlier this winter, Cashman said that the Yankees might not expect A-Rod to play this season and he’s also not certain as of today, but is expecting him for the summer.

“Alex, we’re expecting back in the summer. If we can get A-Rod back under that scenario as expected, that will certainly be a significant contribution as we move forward. But to count on it, I think, would be a mistake from my position as a general manager.”

The biggest question for Brian Cashman? Would the Yankees try to void Alex Rodriguez’s contract?

“I’m not going to comment on anything. I could say, and would say, those types of suggestions and speculations are all premature until you have all the facts (from MLB investigation.”

— Now to move on from the Alex Rodriguez soap opera, Cashman spoke about Derek Jeter and his ankle injury, believing he would be ready for Opening Day.

“We’re just going to take him out slowly because we have time. The goal is starting shortstop Opening Day against Boston. There’s no reason that’s not going to happen. He’s really 100% healthy and he’s just now knocking the rust off.”

Could the Yankees upgrades already be on the team?

Brett Gardner could be one of the Yankees biggest "upgrades" going into the 2013 season

Brett Gardner could be one of the Yankees biggest “upgrades” going into the 2013 season

As the offseason winds down, aside from the Alex Rodriguez drama and the small signings of Matt Diaz, Kevin Youkilis and Juan Rivera, the Yankees seem to be almost the exact same team as in 2012 minus a few losses. Nick Swisher packed his bags and went to the Cleveland Indians, Russell Martin did the same and rejoined former Yankees teammate A.J Burnett with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Raul Ibanez decided to take his bat to Seattle where he could end his career on a good note and Andruw Jones went to Japan, one of the few loses the Yankees won’t mind at all. However, as the 2013 season comes upon us, the Yankees look as if they hadn’t done much on the market. The 2013 team has been predicted by multiple fans that they will finish from either 2nd place – 4th place in the AL East.

The Yankees may look like the same old Yankees as the 2012 season, but there’s one small detail that the Yankees completely missed: some of the players that are ready to play this season, weren’t available last season due to injury or health issues. Some of the big names on the team spent quite some time on the DL and the reason that the Yankees didn’t make a deal with other players, is because they believe there’s someone on the team that can do the job better than someone on the market.

Brett Gardner – OF

Last season looked very promising for Brett Gardner. Once April came around, he was hot right off the bat. He looked as if he was going to bounce back from his so-so 2011 season–until injury struck. Gardner was unsure what was going on with his elbow. At first he went on the DL believing that 15 days later, he would be back to help the team. Once he started to swing a bat again, he felt the pain again. The Yankees tried to rehab him for a third time and he still felt pain in his elbow. A concerned Gardner was then sent to a surgeon to see if there was something wrong with his elbow. Alas, the young outfielder once again needed surgery. Gardner is now back for the 2013 season and this time he’s healthy. In the 2010 season, he proved that he was a starter, but his most impressive stat was his stolen base numbers. Although his hitting was down in 2011, Gardner outdid his stolen base numbers from 2010, going from 47-49. A healthy Brett Gardner can steal bases, is the only Yankee that truly knows how to play small ball and can work the count with his impressive patience at the plate. No need for Michael Bourn. Brett Gardner is already an upgrade from what’s on the market.

Morning Bits: A-Rod & Hafner

mug3Good morning all.    Spring Training is right around the corner.   Here are some links to get your day going.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY writes that A-Rod is not retiring.

David Waldstein of The New York Times writes that the Yankees consider Hafner as a DH.