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Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Cashman, Mark Montgomery, Jeter, Swish & more

* An A-blog for A-Rod asks if Cashman fired up Jeter in 2010.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue thinks Cervelli will bring some much needed energy to this team.

* It’s about the Money Stupid wonders if the Yankees could ever become the Red Sox.

* Pinstripe Alley looks into the Mark Montgomery option.

* River Ave Blues writes how Jeter & Swisher have been carrying the Yankees offensively.

* The Captain’s Blog has a good article on how the Yankee dwindling lead could make history.

* The Yankee Analysts looks into one reason why the offense has declined since 2009.

* Yanks Go Yard has a good piece on Eric Chavez.

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Pettitte, Wise, HRs, SWB Yanks

Good morning everyone. The Yankees begin a new series tonight against the White Sox at 7:05pm ET. Here are your links…

— The Yankees have lost both C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte to injuries. Sabathia luckily will only be missing 2 starts, while Pettitte will be out for around 6 weeks.

— Dewayne Wise says it’s not his fault that the umpire Mike DiMuro made a bad call on his “catch”.

— The Yankees lead home run scoring while stranded runners wait for hits.

— The Scranton/Wilkes-Barres Yankees defeated Gwinnett for the second straight game last night. Ramon Ortiz had a strong performance on the bound and Francisco Cervelli broke the 2-2 tie with an RBI single, leading them to victory.

Have a great day!

What Happened To The Catchers?

The catching position was considered to be the strongest position in the Yankees organization at the start of the season.  That is really hard to believe at this point in the season. Russell Martin has completely fallen off the cliff this season after a solid season last year in which he provided clutch hits and good fielding. In the minors Jesus Montero was traded, Austin Romine has a serious back injury that has kept him out the whole season, Francisco Cervelli will never be anything more than a backup, and Gary Sanchez and J.R. Murphy are years away. The worst part is there is really not much the Yankees can do to fix this problem.

The Yankees are very fortunate that Martin turned down a 3 year extension worth $20 million. Martin missed his chance as he will not make that much in the open market this winter. Martin is hitting .187, with 4 HR, 12 RBI, and a .667 OPS. The only good thing you can say is his .333 OBP is good for only hitting .187. However, that also makes this all the more worrying. Martin has not been pressing or swinging out wildly out of the strike zone, so him not getting the job done may just mean he is not talented enough. Martin LD % is down to 15% and is BABIP is a brutal .209. Martin did come up with a few big hits in Anaheim so maybe that will help his confidence.  The Yankees would be able to handle Martin’s hitting ineptitude if the rest of the lineup was hitting to its capabilities.

Obviously Martin’s play should call for a benching of some sort, but the problem is they have nobody to replace him with.  Chris Stewart is a career backup for a reason and I have no problem with him as a backup. He has provided some clutch hits this year and has thrown out 38% of base stealers this season. He has a few to many passed balls but between his pitch framing and his arm he is a great defensive catcher. However, given regular AB’s his bat would be exposed just as much as Martin’s has. The Yankees could call up somebody from the minors, but as I previously mentioned there is nobody that would make a big difference. Cervelli has hit worse in Triple A (.254/.322/.333) than he did in the majors last year. While he has shown he can get big hits as a backup, I think if he got everyday AB’s his bat would also get exposed as nothing more than a .220 hitter. While that would even be an upgrade over Martin his defense does not compare to Martin’s or Stewart’s. Cervelli threw out an egregious 14% of base runners last year and with the current state of the Yankees rotation they don’t need players to be having a parade on the base paths against them.

With no internal help at catcher, the Yankees would be wise to look outside the organization for help. Unfortunately there is not much help to be found there either. There are very few good hitting catchers in MLB and teams would be reluctant to trade them at the deadline. Also, this winter’s free agent crop is weak.  Miguel Montero and Yadier Molina have already signed extensions with the D’Backs and the cardinals. Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz are sure bets to have their options picked up by the Braves and the Phillies. Mike Napoli cannot field and will likely command a high salary. A.J. Pierzynski is having a nice year, but is very old, so it s is slim pickings out there. Unfortunately, with no internal options and probably no external options the Yankees probably do not have a choice but to ride Martin out this year . What do you guys think the Yankees should do about the catching position?

Francisco Cervelli: Behind the demotion

When the Yankees finished the final game of Spring Training vs. the Mets on Wednesday, it seemed that the Yankees had their roster all set. With the addition of David Phelps & Clay Rapada to the bullpen, it seemed everything was set and stone, until 2 moves shook Yankees fans to the core.

Earlier that Wednesday morning, Marc Carig of the Star Ledger tweeted his observations around the clubhouse. Adam Warren was clearing out his locker to head out to minor league camp, D.J Mitchell’s locker was empty, David Phelps came out of Joe Girardi’s office about to make a phone call but then there was George Kontos. Carig described his face expression as “mortified”. When the Yankees finished their game and Girardi addressed the media, everything came to light. George Kontos had been traded from the New York Yankees to the San Francisco Giants for backup catcher Chris Stewart. But that was only the beginning. The same day, not too long after the Yankees announced that they traded Kontos, they also revealed that Francisco Cervelli was being demoted to Triple-AAA to start the 2012 season. It wasn’t only a shock to Yankees fans that Cervelli would not be in the Major League clubhouse, but it was also a shock to Cervelli. Beat writers described him as “red-eyed and shocked” as he addressed the media.

Francisco Cervelli was demoted to Triple-A on Wednesday which set Yankees fans on Twitter and Facebook in a frenzy

There is plenty reason for Cervelli to be upset with the fact that he was being demoted after 3 seasons of playing back-up with the Yankees. Cervelli had played well during Spring Training (as did a lot of players that did not make the cut). Sure, his AVG was .209 but Cervelli had 1 HR, 7 RBI’s and worked 3 walks, which is expected as a backup-catcher.

When the Yankees traded Jesus Montero during the off-season, it seemed as if Cervelli was going to back-up Russell Martin. It had been that way during the 2011 season and fans expected the same fate to happen in 2012. But there was a slight difference between the 2011 season and the 2012 season; Austin Romine. Yes, Austin Romine was in the Yankees organization in 2011 and in 2012, but in 2012 he didn’t play for most of Spring Training due to back issues. On Wednesday, Romine experienced another set-back in his road to recovery which had prompted the move to send Cervelli to Triple-AAA.

A lot of fans would probably wonder, why not just send Stewart to Triple-AAA to be the starting catcher and just leave Cervelli in the Majors? The answer is quite simple: Cervelli has options. Stewart has none. When the media spoke with Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman & Francisco Cervelli, it had seemed to be the case. Here is what each of them said about the situation:

BRIAN CASHMAN: “That will give us a lot more depth given the Romine injury is going to take a little longer because he had a setback recently. We feel that Cervelli is a major-league backup, without a doubt. Now we’re back to where we were before the Romine injury, even though it’s not a good situation for Cervy to go back to Triple-A. Organizationally we’re in a good place with Russell Martin, Stewart and Cervelli.”

JOE GIRARDI: “He’s been here the last three years basically for us. He got called up and kind of burst on the scene in 2009 because of some injuries, and this was a tough one. Our depth for catching with Romine getting hurt was really thin. We know how quick it can happen for a catcher, but it was tough. It’s as tough as I’ve had to do.”

Francisco Cervelli: “I’m disappointed with this, but that’s never going to change anything. All my life I’ve had to do things, and I’ve had to do it double, triple. If they want me to prove that I can catch in the big leagues, I’ll go and prove it, that I have to be here. … I don’t understand their reason. I think maybe you’ve got to ask Cash, or somebody else. Maybe the other guy is better than I am right now. Just play baseball, no matter where it is, and show them that I’m a big league catcher, like they say.”

So is this the end of seeing Francisco Cervelli? Of course not. If Russell Martin got injured, then Cervelli would be the first one up to the Majors to fill the void. At the end of the day, this is about having depth in all of your ball clubs and not to worry about who is starting in Triple-AAA or Double-AA. All Cervelli has to do is prove that he belongs in the big leagues, and if he does that then it won’t be long until we see Cisco the Kid in the dugout, looking out at a ball game in Yankee Stadium.

Pettitte returns as Yankees beat Mets 8-3 in Spring Training finale

In the final game of Spring Training, the Yankees looked ahead to Friday. Friday is the home opener for the Yankees and their Florida rivals the Tampa Bay Rays, but first…the Yankees had to put the Mets in their place with an 8-3 victory in the Spring Training finale.

Freddy Garcia got the start and went 4.2 innings while pitching effectively. His only mistake was a Mets HR in the first inning but as the game went on, Garcia looked stronger. Clay Rapada finished the 5th inning for Garcia, getting the only batter that he faced. Rapada was told after he pitched that he had made the 25 man roster, providing nothing happens to him from now till 5pm when all 25 man rosters have to be final. Andy Pettitte returned for his first Spring Training outing, pitching a scoreless inning while allowing only 1 hit. David Robertson pulled another “Houdini” act today after allowing 2 men on base (runners on 1st & 3rd). He was able to compose himself and struck out the next 3 batters to end the inning.

THE GOOD: The Yankees were able to get some offense going, although the starters were quickly taken out after 2 at-bats. Brett Gardner was the main Yankee regular with some offense, having a single up the middle & swiping second. Gardner stole 8 bases this Spring without getting caught. Gardner also contributed as the Yankees 1st run of the ballgame. Francisco Cervelli contributed as well with a 2 run HR. David Phelps & Clay Rapada both made the 25 man roster and will both be there on Opening Day. Boone Logan had some back troubles and went to get an MRI during the game. The results for the MRI came back negative so he is not expected to miss much time.

THE BAD: There was nothing bad about today’s game. Yankees got their A-lineup in, Pitchers pitched well and the Yankees got their hits.

WHAT’S NEXT: Spring Training has officially wrapped up at GMS Field and it’s time for the Yankees to hit the road. Fortunately, they won’t have to go very far. The Yankees are going across the bay to Tropicana Field where they will take on the Rays. Tomorrow will be an abbreviated workout session, but on Friday, the Yankees will begin their “Chase for 28”. The game is slated to start at 3:05pm & CC Sabathia will get the ball for the Yankees.

Ibanez shows power, but Yankees fall to Orioles 4-3

For Raul Ibanez, the end of Spring Training has become a serious matter. After having an abysmal beginning to the Spring, Ibanez knew that he had to pick up the pace, or he just might lose his DH role.

Tonight Ibanez played left field while Curtis Granderson was eased back into the lineup as the DH, a move that won’t happen as much during the regular season. But in his left field Spring Training debut for the Yankees, Raul Ibanez had a good day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a HR, his second of the Spring.

David Phelps had the start for the Yankees tonight and did well vs. the Orioles going 5 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits without walking a batter. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless 6th inning, Boone Logan pitched to 2 batters (he got them both) and D.J. Mitchell made a relief appearance tonight going 2 and a third innings all while giving up 1 run.

THE GOOD: Raul Ibanez had a good evening at the plate going 2 for 3 with 1 HR. Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez & Eduardo Nunez all had 1 hit apiece. Of course we have to mention Mariano Rivera here, who has went 28 straight innings without giving up a run (this dates all the way back to 2008).

THE BAD: Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 while Francisco Cervelli went 0 for 2. Defense was also an issue today as Alex Rodriguez had an E-5 and Derek Jeter had an E-6. Rodriguez’s error allowed a run to score.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Philadelphia Phillies will take the 20 minute ride to Tampa to face Michael Pineda & the New York Yankees. The game will start at 7:05pm on YES Network. Pineda will take on a pitcher fighting for a spot in the Phillies rotation, Michael Stutes.

Kuroda, Nova pitch well as Yankees sweep split squad 5-3 vs. Phillies & 6-4 vs. Twins

Today was a bit of a somber day for the Yankees. After hearing news that Joba Chamberlain might not come back this season due to a freak trampoline accident, the Yankees were a bit taken aback and worried. Nevertheless, Joe Girardi was able to send Ivan Nova & Hiroki Kuroda on the mound as the Yankees sweeped the split squad games 5-3 vs. the Phillies & 6-4 vs. the Twins.

Let’s start with the Phillies game. Hiroki Kuroda looked sharp throughout the game. He went 5.2 of an inning giving up 1 run on 6 hits, 1 BB & 3 K. David Phelps finished the game, going 3.1 IP with 2 runs on 3 hits. He had no strikeouts but allowed 1 HR. The 2 regulars Brett Gardner & Robinson Cano made the trip to Clearwater (which is 20 minutes from Tampa) and both did pretty well today. Gardner went 1 for 4 with a double & run scored while Robinson Cano went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s & 1 run scored. Francisco Cervelli (who will be the backup catcher to Russell Martin) went 2 for 4 today.

Let’s take a trip to Tampa where the Yankees played vs. the Twins. Ivan Nova was trying to come back from his last outing which we all had to admit wasn’t so good. Nova pitched 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 5 strikeouts. Mariano Rivera came in the 8th & Rafael Soriano came in the 9th and of course, two brilliant scoreless innings. Derek Jeter left the game in the 3rd inning, but there was nothing wrong. Girardi just wanted to slowly ease Jeter back into the game. Before today, Jeter had not played since March 14. Ramiro Pena hit a solo shot while Eduardo Nunez went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. It would be a wacky thought if Nunez didn’t throw anymore errors because of the HBP in the beginning of the Spring.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are slated for an ALDS rematch with the Detroit Tigers. The game will not be televised or on the radio. On Sunday the Yankees return to T.V to play once again, the Tigers. Coverage will be on YES Network & WCBS.

Hughes velocity returns in Yankees 7-4 loss to Pirates

Phil Hughes during today's Yankees 7-4 loss to Pirates

Derek Jeter isn’t the only one with an edge. Phil Hughes also may have one when it comes to battling for the 5th spot in the rotation. Hughes came to play today along with CC Sabathia but during their starts today, something was … missing.

Sabathia looked as if some of his pitches were being overthrown, and didn’t have great location with the strike zone. Sabathia was however able to make the best of his start by showing us why he is the ace; he gave up only 1 run in 2 innings of work.

Phil Hughes’s outing was a little shaky, only going 1.2 IP (I assumed Girardi had Hughes on a pitch count) with giving up 2 runs on 4 base hits although only 1 of the runs were earned. The good news was that Hughes hit 93 MPH multiple times throughout his outing in which Joe Girardi believes is a step in the right direction.

The Yankees had issues today during their 7-4 loss to the Pirates, mostly defensive and injury issues. Francisco Cervelli (on his 26th birthday) was hit by a back swing while behind home plate. He’s fine. It’s not as bad as walking around with a boot until May.

Derek Jeter was hit in the side as he attempted to slide back to second on a pick-off attempt. Again, Jeter is fine.

And Mark Teixeira “jammed” his thumb while applying a tag to first base and for a moment, dropped the baseball. Again, it’s nothing serious as Teixeira said that it stung just a little bit. This is coming from a man who can handle high endurance of pain; such as playing through October with a broken pinkie toe, a bruised knee and I bet if Joe Girardi let him he would have played with the ACL strain in the 2010 ALCS series.

Mark Teixeira & Alex Rodriguez each had 1 error in the game, something that Tex and A-Rod might want to straighten out before they start playing real games next month.

WHAT’S NEXT: The starting outfield, Russell Martin & Raul Ibanez will play in Tampa tomorrow vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. The game will be televised on YES Network. More on Phil Hughes on tonight’s Spring Training report.

Morning Bits: Valentine, Hughes, Spring training, Cervelli

It’s the mid-week and I’m very excited today as I’m going with a couple friends to check out the Knicks and Linsanity tonight.  Yankees baseball is why you come to this site though so here are the links I bring to you every morning.  Enjoy!

* Valentine is already tweaking the Yankees and Boston.com has it all for you.

* The New York Post has Hughes as the chosen one in the rotation battle.

* Adam Warren is going to start the Yankees first spring training game.

* The New York Times has the latest with Cervelli and his concussions.

* MLB.com reports that new faces change the face of the Sox-Yanks rivalry.

* Lohud mentions that Joba is glad to be back at work after elbow surgery.

* Ivan Nova is dealing with pressure of expectations after superb rookie season says The Daily News.

* From The Star Ledger – Despite power numbers Curtis Granderson expects to stay at number two in the lineup.

Spring Training Notes: 2/28/12

Alex Rodriguez using the batting cage

The Yankees continued to work out in Tampa Florida as they prepare for their first game on March 2nd. And what better picture for today than to see Alex Rodriguez in the indoor cage, taking BP. Onto today’s Spring Training notes:

— David Aardsma (the new #34) was in camp today and Joba Chamberlain threw off a full mound. Chamberlain told Marc Carig of The Star Ledger that he felt good. He also said that he believed that Rafael Soriano threw off the mound as well.

— Mark Feinsand posted some videos from today’s Spring Training session, so let’s take a look at some videos!

Curtis Granderson takes hacks at Batting Practice

David Wells throws indoor BP

— As you all know, yesterday was Picture Day for the Yankees and courtesy of Yahoo! Sports, I was able to find some Pictures from yesterday’s Media Day session. I was able to find out some interesting fun facts about the pictures.

  1. This year’s Media Day pictures were taken in the bathroom of the George M. Steinbrenner Field clubhouse.
  2. These pictures were taken using an iPhone and used the application Instagram.

 

Spring Training Notes: 2/23/12

Russell Martin & Francisco Cervelli signing autographs

Another quiet day for the Yankees as they prepare for their first Spring Training game next week. Of course, Russell Martin & Francisco Cervelli just couldn’t say no to autographing for fans. How nice! Now onto today’s Spring Training notes:

— After signing with the Yankees, Eric Chavez has reported to camp!

— The Yankees aren’t going to retire #34 for A.J Burnett–they’ll just give the number to David Aardsma instead!

Austin Romine experienced soreness in his back while doing workouts today. The Yankees might hold Romine out of workouts tomorrow as a precaution.

— Russell Martin said that he was “baby-ing” Michael Pineda with his first few changeups. Once Pineda had thrown the changeup with the same arm speed as the fastball the there was big improvement. Russell Martin also believes that Pineda can win with the fastball-slider combination but believes that if Pineda trusts the changeup  & develops it then it would make him a much better pitcher.

There are a few reminders for Yankees fans:

  1. Tonight at 7pm we are hosting a live chat, so come with any questions that you may have about the Yankees.
  2. Also all position players are slated to report tomorrow (that includes Rodriguez & Teixeira) and workouts will begin on Saturday.
  3. Also, there are 43 days until Opening Day so mark your calendars.

Spring Training Notes: 2/20/12

Photo courtesy of Andrew Marchand of ESPN

Today was the day that the Yankees Pitchers and Catchers started their workouts! Here were some of the highlights of today’s Spring Training.

Mariano Rivera arrived to Spring Training after telling Cashman he was going to be late. Mariano, you weren’t late. You can come whenever you want. You’re Mariano after all.

— The Yankees and Raul Ibanez had agreed on a 1 year, $1.1 Million deal pending a physical.

— The chances that Eric Chavez returns to the Yankees are “50-50” according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Chavez says that he will also speak with his agent about the matter.

— Joe Girardi spoke to the media for the first time this season and he mainly focused on the rotation and on former Yankee pitcher A.J Burnett.

  • On A.J Burnett: “I feel like A.J did everything we asked him to do. Without A.J, we may not have won the World Series.”
  • On Michael Pineda: “I’m always amazed at how big players are today. They’re large humans.”
  • On Starting Rotation: Sabathia will be pitch opening day but for the rest “You go with an open mind.”
  • David Robertson will continue to be the 8th inning man while Soriano is the 7th inning guy.
  • Girardi is leaning towards having the lineup Cano-Rodriguez-Teixeira but he isn’t exactly “married to the idea.”
  • Girardi says that he anticipates Francisco Cervelli to be the back-up catcher but others such as Austin Romine will get a shot.
  • Girardi mentions that he believe that it is important for CC’s weight to “stay there or close to it.” He also said the most crucial thing is that Sabathia “stays strong.”
  • A-Rod will be scrutinzed once he shows up for Spring Training. Girardi isn’t expecting A-Rod to hit 45 HR’s but he says he expects a big season.

Michael Pineda was working on his slider with Russell Martin earlier this morning which slightly surprised Girardi since it was still very early. However after nailing the pitch, Martin pumped his fist towards Pineda with praise.

— Mariano Rivera says he already knows if he is going to retire after this season. “I know now, but I don’t have to tell you.” Thanks Mo. That really answers our question.

Ranking AL East Bullpens and Benches

Our week long series continues with ranking the AL East Bullpens and Benches.

Bullpens

1. Yankees

2. Blue Jays

3. Red Sox

4. Rays

5. Orioles

The Yankees have the best bullpen in the AL East by a good margin led by Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, and Cory Wade.  Rivera, even at age 42, is one of the best closers in MLB and the most trustworthy in a big spot. Robertson had a breakout season by posting a 1.08 ERA and striking out a staggering 13.5 batters per 9 innings. Soriano came on at the end of last season and is a tremendous talent to have as a 7th inning guy ,when on pretty much any other team he would be closing or be in the 8th inning. The Red Sox and Blue Jays both have completely revamped bullpens and it was a close race for 2nd. The Blue Jays picked up Sergio Santos and Francisco Cordero this offseason while the Red Sox picked up Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon. Bailey is the best of the 4 when healthy, but he has rarely been able to stay healthy so I gave the edge to Toronto. Toronto also has better depth than the Red Sox behind their 2 new additions in Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver, whom they also signed this offseason. Cordero had 37 saves for the Reds last year, while pitching to a 2.43 ERA and Santos had 30 saves for the White Sox, while striking out an amazing 13.1 batters per 9 innings. That is almost as much as David Robertson. So that is a very good combo for the Blue Jays for the backend of their bullpen. The Red Sox lost Jonathan Papelbon and replaced him with Bailey. Bailey has been one of the best closers in MLB when healthy. He made the All- Star team his first 2 seasons and won rookie of the year. Ex Yankee farmhand Mark Melancon will replace Daniel Bard as the setup man. Melancon saved 20 games for the Houston Astros last season. The Rays bullpen had a surprisingly good season last year after loosing virtually everybody who contributed to it in 2010. Kyle Farnsowrth had a good year last year closing, but it is still Kyle Farnsworth and he is tough to trust. Jim Johnson, Matt Lindstrom, and Kevin Gregg will battle for the closers job in Baltimore.   Read the rest of this entry

Morning Bits: Robertson, Rivera, Burnett, Cervelli, Zimmer, Pineda

Good morning! Happy Saturday everyone and it should be exciting because there are only 8 days until Pitchers and Catchers report for Spring Training! Onto the Morning Links!

— David Robertson is not worried about following the footsteps of one of the greatest closers of all time; Mariano Rivera.

— Don Zimmer (who now works for the Tampa Bay Rays) said that the Rays will give the Yankees “All they can handle.”

— Even with all the bad things that has been said about A.J Burnett, Francisco Cervelli backs him up and says how A.J is “one of the best guys on the team.”

— Andrew Marchand evaluates Michael Pineda and questions how good will he be.

Morning Bits: Sanchez, Catchers, Posada, Cashman, D.R.

Good morning everyone. Not a good day for sports yesterday, with the Penn State scandal, and the kidnapping of Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos.

Here are your notes and links:

Via Marc Carig of the Star Ledger:

— Although they knew Jonathan Sanchez was on the trade block, the Yankees never had any real discussions about acquiring him.

— “I’ve had a lot of teams express ‘Hey, if you’re ever going to do something there, mark us down,’ that type of things.” This is Brian Cashman speaking about how other clubs have been inquiring on the Yankees’ plethora of catchers, including Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and Francisco Cervelli.

— Cashman is still feeling for the pitching market, and has reportedly requested medical information from some players, which he says is standard procedure.

— Jorge Posada has accepted the fact that if he plays in 2012, it won’t be with the Yankees. He just has to decide whether to call it quits, or put on another uniform.

— The Yankees have a large number of scouts in the Dominican Republic this week. However, they aren’t only watching center-fielder Yoennis Cespedes.

Via Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News:

— Brian Cashman noted that the Yankees’ roster “isn’t perfect”, and will look to improve it throughout free agency.

Brian Cashman’s Press Conference News

Brian Cashman’s Press Conference News

By Delia E.

Earlier this afternoon, Brian Cashman held a press conference talking about Yankees news. Here are some of the things that he had covered.

  • Brian Cashman talked about CC Sabathia and the contract signing that they had discussed last night. “Were in a position to take our time and explore at our own pace. CC provides us with a lot of security. It allows us to landscape in a more conservative way.”
  • Brian Cashman’s focus during the offseason will not be the offense, but rather starting pitching. When asked if they would be interested in either signing Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder, Cashman stated that he didn’t see himself pursing a bat and that, “Offense is not a problem.” To him it will be all about “pitching, pitching, and pitching.”
  •  When asked what role that Jesus Montero would have with the Yankees, Cashman stated, “He could be a catcher, he could be a DH, he could be a bat off the bench. Depending how the roster looks.”
  •  There are only 2 Killer B’s now as Andrew Brackman’s option was not picked up by the Yankees. Brackman who was once viewed as a high prospect had a huge step backward year in 2011 which prompted the Yankees decision.
  • When coming to pick up Nick Swisher’s option, Cashman said that it was an easy call and he wasn’t worried about his performance in the postseason.
  • Joba Chamberlain said via Twitter that he feels as if he is making progress in the right direction. He believes he could be throwing on a mound by Thanksgiving.
  • Russell Martin according to Cashman will be on the Yankees next year. Martin is under team control and had received nothing but praise from Brian Cashman. Cashman said that Martin’s catching is “Thurman Munson-like.” He said that Martin is versatile and could either get a long term contract or a one year deal, but he believes Martin’s a great catcher.
  • Brian Cashman mentioned A.J Burnett saying, “He has to deal with adversity because of the inconsistent performance. He was still able to keep up in October.” Cashman also said about Burnett, “If Burnett is a Yank in 2012, he will be a starter.” He is willing to listen to trade details about Burnett but he says the innings are hard to replace.
  • When asked about Francisco Cervelli’s health, Cashman mentioned, “Cervelli is fine. He’s full-bore ready to go as a catcher.”
  • Brian Cashman is willing to listen to trades about A.J Burnett, or anyone who does not have a no-trade clause.