Mattingly: Teixeira will do fine

Don Mattingly, who still resides on the wall of Mark Teixeira’s boyhood room slugging a pitch into the Yankee Stadium outfield, checks in with the New York Post:

“Teixeira’s a great player, there’s no question about that and I appreciate the way he plays and I think the Yankee fans are going to enjoy him,” Donnie Baseball said. “I had lunch with him a few years back, so I knew he was a fan. He seemed like a really good kid.”

There’s a neat graphic accompanying Kevin Kernan’s story in the Post. From 1984-1989, Mattingly had hit .327 with 160 home runs and 684 RBIs. From 2003-2008, Teixeira hit .290 with 203 home runs and 676 RBIs. They’re not exact mirror images but you can certainly make a comparison between the two.

“His swing is a little different than mine in that he is more of an upper-cutter, more of a power swing than I had him,” Mattingly said. “But when you look at guys and you hope that you shaped the way they play and I see some of that when I look at him.”

The Yankees are getting a good one, but you already knew that.

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I too had hoped the Yankees would go after Rocco Baldelli myself as well. I heard that his disease was mis-diagnosed, and re-diagnosed as something not nearly as severe as had been previously believed. The Red Sox STOLE this player at a guaranteed $500k for 1yr. That I think was a great signing. I also sincerely hope that Cashman doesn’t trade either Nady or Swisher. Swisher represents the beginning of an improved bench for New York. Nady will play a pivotal role for the Yankees this year if he isn’t moved. He’s a solid player, on both sides of the ball, and he compliments the rest of this roster very well. He silently produces throughout the whole year, while the superstars take all of the lime light. The Yankees need players like this, players like Paul O’neill, Scott Brosius, etc. Those were the players that glued the teams together, that helped form those dynasties of the past.

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I think the Yankees should do the Keyswahili thing and sign Barry Bonds.

I think Mike Cameroon Would make a fantastic addition to this team. He hit 5 homeruns in one game and then ran the basepaths backwards on the last one! I want him on my team!!!

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If Cashman trades Swisher or Nady for Cameron, his status as GM will go back in the toilet & negate the signings of CC, Burnett, & Tex. The Yanks have too many OF. Hey, lets trade one of them for another OF. How does that make sense? Keep them both & sign a 4th starter.

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Matt: I was not, but it could be they way I express myself, not an advocate of Cameron. My personal choice was Rocco Bardelli (may have spelled his last name wrong) the kid who Boston signed, but I thought I had read somewhere he had a illness. Defense in my opinion goes with pitching. I liked his speed, he is young and a decent hitter. The Yanks offense is in great shape, but good pitching stops good hitting. Rocco will be a very good player and he can run those balls down in the alleys.

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How would you feel if we traded Igawa and Cabrera for Cam?

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The Brewers triggered Cameron’s club option for 2009 at $10mil. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Swisher is due about $5.3mil. this season. Melky made around $460k last season, and may be due for a small raise from that figure. I personally don’t feel it’d be smart to trade either Swisher or Melky for Cameron. Here are the stats for all 3 players from last season:

Nick Swisher – 153games, 24hr, 69rbi, 135so, .219ba, .332obp, .410slg
Mike Cameron – 120games, 25hr, 70rbi, 142so, .243ba, .331obp, .477slg
Melky Cabrera – 129games, 8hr, 37rbi, 58so, .249ba, .301obp, .341slg

In all honesty, what would be the point of trading for Cameron? The move would raise the Yankees’ payroll for no reason, he’s not that great of a player, his numbers really aren’t that much better either. in 33 less games than Swisher, he had 7 more strike outs, obp is comparable, slg% isn’t that great of a difference, especially when compared to the rest of his stats. I’m not for a trade for Mike Cameron in the slightest, and I think if the Yankees want to invest $10mil. into a player, it should be for someone that’s NOT in their mid-upper 30s. Invest that figure into a pitcher to finalize the rotation, because I really don’t think it would be wise to start the rotation off with CC, Burnett and Wang, only to finish it off with Joba and Hughes. No offense to Joba and Hughes, but I’d just feel more comfortable with 1 more veteran presence in the rotation (as in Garland or Sheets maybe even Pettitte if he pulls his head out of his butt) and push Joba to the #5 spot (which would already limit his innings). Hughes needs a little more seasoning in AAA I think, remember he’s only 22yrs. old.

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How much do they each make this year?

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i agree with most of the fans about not getting Cameron….but he is superior offensively and defensively to Swisher and much better offensively to Melky…compare the numbers and understand that Cameron numbers are based on alot less games than Swisher and Melky…

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Why stopgap unknowns for another unknown? Ajax has done the same amount in the MLB as I have, maybe if he came in and had a Shane Spencer September last year you say lets stopgap but he’s still at least a year away. Melky/Gardner are more than capable in CF and they home grown talent. I still think we’ll keep what we have right now for the OF and move into camp, but that may be just me.

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Bpark,
Why is Cameron’s one overpaid year better than 3 relitively cheap years? If Swisher pans out than the Yanks have a cheap hitter entering his prime with a lot of trade value, and even if he doesn’t he will be easy to dump because of his affordability. I guess it can be argued that Cameron’s one year deal is a stop-gap for A-Jax, I just see Swisher with a much higher ceiling.

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I don’t see a clear cut winner in the Gardner/Melky race, I for one would rather see Melky get around 125 in center while Gardner takes the rest while filling in athe the corner spots every so often. For Garnder’s case however, he was a surprisingly good hitter with risp compared to his season batting average. Also, remember that hit he got off Paplebon that just sqeaked past the diving glove of Pedroia to win it in extra’s… I am torn. I am glad to say that it seems that we will stick with our youth in center.

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Matt,
I’ve been watching Gardner since his days with the A Advanced Tampa Yankees. Once he has “figured it out” he has hit at every level and there is no reason to believe he will struggle again at the ML level. However, it could happen …… because there is only one thing set in stone……………… YOUR PESSIMISSOM!!! Just teasing, and you know I like the kids!

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I think we should make a decision on Pettitte already. I am highly skeptical that Joba will make it a full year as a starter.

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Another reason to take Cam over Swish is that Cam comes off the books after the season.

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Jane,
Just a discussion based on rumors! If Gardner can pick up where he left off last year (last 10 games) he will be the run away winner! Also, if we keep only one of Nady/Swisher, Swisher is the clear choice based on my figures!

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Why is center field still an issue? The Yankees should forget about Cameron once and for all and let Gardner and Melky battle it out in spring training. Nice words from Donnie about Tex.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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“After studying the URZ numbers for Swisher, I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s a pretty bad defensive center fielder.”- Dan LaTorraca

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I dunno, out of Gardner, Cabrera, Cameron and Swisher to play center, I’ll go with Gardner but out of Swisher and Cameron, if their salaries are close, I’ll go with Cam. They can have Igawa too and we’ll pay his salary.

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BP,
I’ve also read that the Astros have no interest in Pettitte.

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There is alot of talk that Pettitte is so burned that he may go back to the Astros for way less than $10M.

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Cameron for Swisher is being discussed. If Nady is moved, Cabrera might be in RF.

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Nice to hear Don have such kind words for Tex.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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