Posted on: October 30, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 2:21 pm
The Yankees have told the agents for free agents-to-be Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera that they won't start negotiations until after Brian Cashman finishes his meetings with owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner in Tampa on Monday and Tuesday.
At those meetings, Cashman will get his budget -- whether it will increase or decrease from last year's opening-day mark of $213 million is not yet known, Cashman told reporters.
"I have no anticipation either way," Cashman said (via the Star-Ledger ). "[The Steinbrenners] have not sent me any ideas or smoke signals."
Cashman also noted the team's search for a new pitching coach is not "going to happen quick."
However, pitching appears to be at the forefront of Cashman's offseason plans.
"I think we have a great team," Cashman said. "I don't think it needs a lot of changes. I think that if the pitching can be shored up it will be to our best interest."
So, maybe the Yankees may have some interest in Cliff Lee, who, as you may have heard, will be a free agent.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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Posted on: September 17, 2010 2:42 pm
Division? Who needs the division?
As the St. Petersburg Times relays , Newsday spoke to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, with the longtime GM asserting that New York couldn't care less about the division and would be perfectly happy winning the wild card, which is all but locked up.
"We're in this thing to win a World Series," Cashman stated. "Our focus is a World Series, not 10 years from now being known as division champions.
"If you're not World Series champions, nothing else matters. Nobody really remembers."
In an attempt to gear up for back-to-back World Series titles, Cashman says the team will start resting players and use their bullpen carefully over the rest of the season.
Yes, even in next week's four-game series with the Rays and in the six games remaining with the Red Sox.
"We do care about winning [the division]," Cashman clarified. "But do you want to run your bullpen into the ground for games this week or do you want to make sure guys are healthy for the entire run? I'd rather be where we're currently sitting and be healthy for the entire run."
The Yankees are currently a half-game behind the Rays and six games ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card chase. Perhaps New York, which is 2-8 in its last 10 games, may want to hold off on switching into postseason-preparation mode what with Boston's four-game winning streak.
Yes, it would take a lot for the Red Sox to make up a six-game deficit, but with six games remaining between the two teams, it can't be ruled out that the wild card could suddenly become a race.
However, Cashman contends that the team is also better off in the regular season for its cautious use of the bullpen in the Rays series, which was a point of contention after a 1-0 loss in extra innings against the Rays to open the just-closed three-game series.
"For this series in Baltimore we're better equipped than we were going into [last weekend in Texas] because the manager made decisions with the big picture in mind," Cashman said. "That doesn't mean we're conceding anything. We could have swept the whole series but we didn't. Tampa won those games and you have to give them credit. We'll live to fight another day."
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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.
Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.
Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.
What they need
Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.
Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.
Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.
Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.
Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.
Who may fit
Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.
Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.
Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.
Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.
If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.
Bench help: Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.
Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.
Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.
Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.
Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.
Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.
Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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Posted on: July 17, 2010 10:17 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
OK kids, a little lesson I learned in college -- there's no winner when you hit an inanimate object. The best case scenario is a tie. Worst case scenario is you break something and you've got to pay. In my case, it was my left hand, which hurts when you're left-handed and you've got classes on the history of the Russian Revolution and medieval Japan -- note taking and essay writing can be a chore with a cast on your hand.
The Yankees' A.J. Burnett lost his cool Saturday and had to leave in the third inning because of cuts on his hands.
Here's how the Star-Ledger 's Mike Mazzeo described the action :
Clearly frustrated after allowing three runs over the first two innings of his start this afternoon, Burnett, 33, went into the clubhouse and pushed a pair of Plexiglass lineup holders on the wooden double doors leading into the showers with great force, causing both of his palms to be cut.
Embarrassed by his actions, Burnett, who sustained lacerations on both hands, initially told trainer Steve Donohue he cut his hands bracing himself after falling down the dugout stairs. However, he later fessed up when questioned by manager Joe Girardi.
"I let my teammates down," said a remorseful Burnett after the Yankees' 10-5 loss to the Rays. "I let my frustrations get the best of me. It's something I've got to deal with."
[Joe] Girardi let Burnett pitch the third inning, hoping he would regain his composure and turn it around. But after the enigmatic right-handed flamethrower hit Evan Longoria and threw a wild pitch before allowing an RBI single to Carlos Pena, Girardi had enough. He went out to the mound along with trainer Gene Monahan and pulled Burnett from the game.
Burnett isn't expected to miss his next start, Girardi said and the pitcher noted he'd already apologized to Brian Cashman and would apologize to his teammates on Sunday.
The incident is reminiscent of a similar action by Kevin Brown in 2004, but Brown didn't suffer any cuts.
Burnett got the loss against the Rays and fell to 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA this season, with just one win in his last eight starts. Burnett is in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract that pays him $16.5 million annually. For their troubles, the Yankees have gotten a 20-16 pitcher with a 4.37 ERA in 52 starts. Not a bad back-of-the-rotation guy in the leagues, but hardly someone you'd like to owe more nearly $60 million.
While not a complete bust -- Burnett can be dominating at times -- it's still a price tag that would cripple just about any other franchise, but once again the Yankees are different. It's naive -- and flat out incorrect -- to claim the Yankees buy titles and win only because of their free agent signings. No, the biggest difference for them is their ability to overcome these types of offseason mistakes. They pay dearly in dollars, but not in any other way.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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