Tag:Ivan Nova
Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:26 pm
 

Yankees to keep Chamberlain in the bullpen

Joba Chamberlain The Yankees "paid a price" for waiting on Cliff Lee, general manager Brian Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger , as the team is still looking for a starter (or two) to round out its rotation.

"There's not much available, to be quite honest," Cashman said.

The Yankees have requested the medical records of Freddy Garcia. The team apparently isn't interested in Brandon Webb, but Cashman wouldn't comment either way.

"Bottom line is there is a price to pay for waiting for Cliff Lee," Cashman said. "Now, part of that price is definitely going to be loss of previous opportunities that [existed]. At the same time, now it's going to have to be some patience. Now it's going to be a steeper mountain to climb, which is fine, because we can climb it. Steeper meaning it's going to take a longer way to get there. IT's a harder road to travel. That's OK. You can still get there."

One person the team won't consider in the rotation is Joba Chamberlain, who battled for a rotation spot last spring and then spent all of 2010 in the bullpen.

"His stuff plays so much more significantly out of the pen," Cashman said. "We've given him the opportunity to show what he can do out of the rotation and the velocity dropped. It's just not the same stuff."

Cashman has repeatedly said he's moving on as if left-hander Andy Pettitte will indeed retire. That means their current rotation is CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and then whoever else is ready, likely Ivan Nova.

In addition to starting help, New York is also searching for right-handed bullpen help, a right-handed hitting outfielder and a utility player.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 12:19 am
Edited on: August 28, 2010 8:03 pm
 

Burnett's spot in Yanks rotation in jeopardy

A.J. Burnett The Yankees watched Andy Pettitte take a step toward the team's rotation before Friday's game in Chicago and then watched A.J. Burnett take the first step out of the rotation in a 9-4 loss to the White Sox.

Burnett -- in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract -- was plastered for nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox, allowing eight hits, walking three and striking out three. He dropped to 9-12 with a 5.17 ERA.

After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked about Burnett and didn't quite sing his praises:

"We'll evaluate after this weekend where we are and what we need to do," Girardi said, according to Marc Craig of the Star-Ledger . "Take it the way you want to take it… we'll do what we have to do."

Burnett allowed six runs to the lowly Mariners in his last start and also had an eight-run outing against the Blue Jays on Aug. 2. He's also had a complete game loss this month, dropping a 1-0 decision to Kansas City two starts ago.

"It's the same as Groundhog Day again," Burnett said. "It's the same situation."

In five of his 26 starts this season, he hasn't allowed an earned run. But in nine he's allowed six or more earned runs. It's easy to forget Burnett's 34 -- his talent and inconsistency are always reminiscent of a younger pitcher, but it's his inconsistency that shines a light on his talent. Burnett has such talent that he keeps getting chances. His powerful right arm is why the Blue Jays and the Yankees have both showered him with large contracts he has never quite lived up to.

The Yankees could move Javier Vazquez back into the rotation for Burnett. Vazquez (9-9, 4.96) was moved to long relief last week following his three-inning, four-run outing against the Mariners. He was replaced in the rotation by rookie Ivan Nova.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 5:31 pm
 

No trouble for Pettitte in bullpen session

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte threw 25 pitches in Chicago before the Yankees' game with the White Sox on Friday and according to multiple tweets, he said he felt good about the outing.

Pettitte also said he'd had trouble sleeping in anticipation of today's bullpen session -- Joe Girardi may have had similar feelings.

Pettitte had been shut down the last 10 days after he aggravated a groin strain in a simulated game on Aug. 13. He hasn't pitched since leaving the game on July 18 against the Rays after 2 1/3 innings.

"It was good," Pettitte said (via Twiter from the New York Daily News ' Mark Feinsand). "I didn't have any discomfort at all."

Still, the New York Times ' Ben Shpigel reports (via Twitter ) Pettitte's 25 pitches were "not at full intensity."

Pettitte's return would be a boon to the Yankees for the postseason. Even if today's results don't indicate he will be back in the immediate future, the fact there was no setback was a huge positive for Pettitte and his team.

While there were talks of pitching abundance and a trade of Javier Vazquez leading up to the trade deadline, now it seems the rotation's only sure spot is at the top with CC Sabathia. After that, Phil Hughes is on a pitch limit and slowed from his fast start. A.J. Burnett has been A.J. Burnett -- wildly inconsistent, and Ivan Nova has replaced Vazquez in the rotation.

You can believe the Yankees would love to have Pettitte available down the stretch and in the playoffs. And for now, the lack of bad news is as good as good news.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 3:35 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 3:36 pm
 

MLB investigating Yankees players

Ivan Nova
The newest member of the Yankees rotation is under investigation by Major League Baseball, which is trying to determine whether he and minor-league pitcher Wilkin De La Rosa injected each other with B-12 last season at Double-A Trenton, according to the New York Post.

B-12 isn't banned, but baseball doesn't let players just go around giving each other injections. It has to be done by a licensed physician. MLB also wants to make sure B-12 was all that was in the alleged shots.

Nova made his first major-league start Monday. De La Rosa is still at Double-A, waiting for his shot (OK, bad pun).

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:10 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:12 am
 

Bautista faces allegations, inside fastballs

It was a big day for Toronto's Jose Bautista against the haters.

First it was talk of steroids and then it was 92 mph fastball at his head. The Blue Jays slugger came out swinging on both accords.

As for steroids, the whispers were vocalized a little louder before Monday's game, as Toronto Star hockey columnist Damien Cox compared Bautista to Roger Clemens and Brady Anderson .

Cox's column was headlined, "Gotta At Least Ask the Question."

Bautista's response?

"Well ask it," Bautista said, according to the National Post . "Don't write about it."

He's got a point, why didn't Cox, who presumably has access to the Blue Jays' clubhouse, go ahead and ask it to Bautista before writing?

"Nobody's said anything to me and I don't see why they should," Bautista told the Globe and Mail . "Baseball has a strict policy against those performance-enhancing whatever you want to call them."

After he hit his 39th and 40th home runs against the Yankees, ESPN personality Bill Simmons also accused Bautista of using steroids on Twitter : "Jose Bautista just hit his 40th HR. Previous high: 16. It's Aug. 23rd. But it's not the Steroids Era anymore. I'm just confused."

While it's tough to defend yourself against words, fastballs are easier to swat away.

Bautista hit a two-run home run off of Yankees starter Ivan Nova. After Bautista deposited a ball foul into the upper deck on the direst pitch he saw from Nova in the sixth, Nova threw an 0-1 fastball near Bautista's head and the Blue Jay hit the deck before getting up and moving toward the mound as both dugouts emptied.

From the Globe and Mail :

“I was just trying to see what kind of reaction I was going to get from him,” Bautista said. “And I was surprised to see he was pretty defiant, he was walking up towards me, flashing his hands up and started yelling.

“That’s when I felt the pitch was intentional.”

Nova denied it was anything of the sort.

“It wasn’t on purpose,” Nova said. “I just throw the ball. I’ve got to pitch. I pitch inside, I can get a lot of outs. The pitch wasn’t on purpose.”

Bautista flied out in that at-bat.

In the eighth, Bautista came up against David Robertson and turned on a fastball for his 40th homer of the season to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.

Bautista flipped his bat, watched it, took a couple of steps and a glance toward the mound before breaking into a slow trot around the bases. As he approached the plate he started pumping his fists and didn't  stop until he was headed toward the dugout and was high-fiving teammates. I'm no Tater Trot Tracker , so I could be off on this timing, but I got 28.6 seconds on Bautista's trot -- which wouldn't be one of the top 10 slowest trots of the season, but it would be in the top 10 of the non-David Ortiz division) -- but it certainly wasn't quick.

"Given what transpired earlier, I enjoyed it pretty good," he told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:05 am
Edited on: July 26, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Yankees making a bid for Soria


Joakim Soria New York already has the best team in baseball, are the Yankees looking to add the best nickname in baseball?

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated says the Yankees have made a "big proposal" for Royals closer Joakim Soria, "the Mexicutioner."

It would make sense for the Yankees, Joba Chamberlain hasn't exactly performed so well as the bridge to Mariano Rivera that people are trying to push the old man out the door. Soria has 27 saves so far this season, had 30 last year and 42 the season before. He has a career 1.007 WHIP and a 2.12 ERA, including a 2.25 ERA this season, striking out more than a batter an inning.

What's even more appealing is that he's under team control through 2014, so he can't just become a free agent and sign with the Yankees. If he's a Yankee, we can just go ahead to 2015 without all that pointless waiting.

However, that's exactly why the Yankees need to make a "big" proposal for Soria. The Royals actually have some talent on the farm and could contend for a .500 record in 2012 or 2013 -- and wouldn't have to worry about a closer.

Soria makes a bargain $4 million next season with club options for 2012 ($6 million), 2013 ($8 million) and 2014 ($8.75 million). None of those types of numbers would make the Yankees blink -- even for a middle reliever.

However, besides Jesus Montero, New York doesn't have impact players in their farm system. Catcher Austin Romine would be a good get for the Royals, but hardly the value the team needs for Soria. The Yankees were said to be dangling Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister and possibly Chamberlain for Dan Haren. A similar package may be enough to pry Soria from the Royals and make the Yankees even more of a favorite than they are today.

UPDATE: In an online chat, ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Yankees have at least discussed the possibility of sending Montero to Kansas City for Soria, which may be the only way this deal makes sense for the Royals -- unless the Yankees bring the Mets in to send Dayton Moore's crush, Jeff Francoeur,  to KC, which may not make baseball sense, but when has that stopped Moore? CoughAnkielCoughKendallCough

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 12:48 pm
 

Latest on Haren

Dan Haren Yes, that's a photo of Dan Haren spitting suflower shells during Friday night's game. The way people are burning through Haren file art, expect to see photos of him grocery shopping and tying his shoes if this thing drags on much longer.

At any rate, rumors about Haren's imminent departure from Arizona abound today, most of them centering around the Yankees.

According to Twitter links from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees and Diamondbacks seem to be haggling over who pays how much of the $33 million due Haren on the rest of his contract, and how the financial obligation affects what players move.

The Diamondbacks wanted the Yankees to take all of Haren's salary and send them a package that included Joba Chamberlain. That's not happening. They countered with, instead of Chamberlian, sending pitching prospects Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister and two others. And the Diamondbacks apparently are trying to unload Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder (who has at least $6.5 million left on his contract after this year) in the deal, but the Yankees have balked. Aaron Heilman also has been mentioned as a possible throw-in by Arizona.

A source tells the New York Daily News the Yankees want to make the deal, but "but not at all costs." Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic quotes D-backs CEO Derrick Hall as saying the Yankees are involved, but not necessarily the front-runner.

Bottom line: It seems a virtual certainty Haren will move, and the Diamondbacks are targeting pitching and holding out for the best deal.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

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.

Brian Cashman 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

Ted Lilly 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.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero 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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