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Yankees Hot Stove: You cannot win with a bad bullpen

Just as I predicted, the New York Yankees wild shopping spree has come to a screeching halt even with a number of holes let unfilled. 

David Robertson

David Robertson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forget that the Yankees are missing two starting pitchers, a legit second baseman, possibly a third baseman and some viable bench guys to back up all the many veteran and injury prone players, the bullpen is in major flux.

Right now the bullpen consists of David Robertson, Preston Claiborne and Shawn Kelly.

The plan is for Robertson to take over the ninth inning, which is a huge gamble.

No doubt, over the last three seasons, Robertson has been one of the best set-up guys in the game.

But you do not earn the nickname “Houdini” for no reason, as it is typical for Robertson to load the bases, which is not ideal for a closer.

The danger comes if Robertson has a 20+ pitch save or blows a few because reality is the Yankees cannot turn to Kelly or Claiborne for help so adding a proven arm is vital.

The point is a deep and talented bullpen is invaluable to a team’s success. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: You cannot win with a bad bullpen’ »

Yankees: Robinson Cano where is our thank you?

Jacoby Ellsbury bought a page in the Boston Globe.

Roy Halladay took out a spread in the Philadelphia Daily News.

So where is New York Yankees fans thank you from Robinson Cano in the New York Post or New York Daily News?

Ellsbury came up with the Red Sox and played in Boston for seven seasons including two World Series Championship teams.

Halladay pitched in Philadelphia for four seasons, threw a no-hitter but is retiring a Toronto Blue Jay.

Cano was a homegrown Yankee, played nine seasons in the Bronx, has a 2009 World Series ring and all we got was a tweet. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Robinson Cano where is our thank you?’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: 2014 batting line-up thus far

Derek Jeter bats against the Orioles on 4-19-08.

Derek Jeter bats against the Orioles on 4-19-08. (Photo credit:Wikipedia)

With the Winter Meetings wrapped up and the official welcoming of Jacoby Ellsbury to the pinstripes today, the state of the 2014 New York Yankees is rounding out.

The pitching is still uncertain, as both the starting rotation and bullpen have holes that need to be filled, while the batting order looks closer to complete.

The 2014 Yankees looks better than last season but injuries and age will be a concern all season long.

I have included A-Rod because he has not been suspended yet, and until that happens he is part of the active roster.

Batting Line-up:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Alex Rodriguez 3B

4. Carlos Beltran RF

5. Mark Teixeira 1B

6. Brian McCann C

7. Alfonso Soriano DH Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: 2014 batting line-up thus far’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: To trade or not to trade Brett Gardner?

Brett Gardner makes a outstretched catch durin...

Brett Gardner makes a outstretched catch during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on April 24, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the new additions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to go along with Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki, the New York

Yankees have a plethora of outfielders.

This leads many to presume that lead-off hitter Gardner is the odd-man out, as he is still under team control through this season and is considered one of the top five center fielders in the game today.

Certainly, Gardner’s health does pose some concern, as he has spent a decent amount of time on the DL over his six career seasons. But no doubt when healthy, Gardner is an all around good player with a lot of the same tools as Ellsbury.

As you can probably tell, I want Gardner to stay in New York but what is you opinion on the possibility of him being trading for starting pitcher, or second baseman?

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Someone might want to remind Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner what he promised us cause this is not it

This past October during a radio interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner made a promise to the fan base. 

English: Image courtesy of Keith Allison on Fl...

English: Image courtesy of Keith Allison on Flickr. New York Yankees v/s Baltimore Orioles 08/31/09. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 189 is a goal. It’s important, and it’s certainly a goal that we take seriously and we’re going to strive for, but as I’ve said before on numerous occasions, it’s not going to come at the expense of fielding a championship-caliber team. We know that’s what we’re expected to do, and we’re going to do it.” (Click HERE to listen to the entire interview.)

Friday’s signing of Carlos Beltran for 3-years and $45 million, leaves the Yankees with about $5 million left to spend before going over the $189 million in payroll.

The Yankees have holes all over the place, with the biggest at second base since letting their best player, Robinson Cano sign with the Mariners.

The Mariners handed Cano a 10-year deal worth $240 million, which at point-blank is an absurd contract when it is not.

In order for the irrelevant Mariners to get one of the top five best players in the game to come to Seattle, they were going to have to hand over the kitchen sink.

Cano’s new contract falls under the same “relevancy” category that Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire‘s 5-year, $99,743,996 deal does. Teams overpay a superstar to get fans back and entice other players, it happens in all walks of life.  Continue reading ‘Someone might want to remind Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner what he promised us cause this is not it’ »

Yankees: Who said Robinson Cano wasn’t marketable?

One of the excuses as to why the New York Yankees allowed their best player, Robinson Cano leave for Seattle was that he did not put fans in the seats.

The reason I heard was that Cano was not a marketable player off the field compared to a Derek Jeter, or even an Alex Rodriguez.

Well, the Yankees were wrong once again.

Unless, a new Nike commercial doesn’t count?

Nike released its latest commercial yesterday, and guess who is the first athlete featured in the montage of the biggest names in sports? 

Why don’t you see for yourselves….

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