Yankees notes from St. Louis

OH, DOCTOR: The Yankees contingent could not avoid questions about the American League’s starting pitcher, Roy Halladay — not after the Blue Jays ace told reporters that he believes it’s about a 50-50 chance that he will be traded in-season.

Derek Jeter said that he isn’t the type of person who would go out of his way to recruit someone like Halladay, especially in the middle of the season, when any move would mean the Yankees would have to dump a player off their roster. But Jeter said he was relishing not having to face Halladay and having him on his side for a change.

“You see what he’s done to us,” Jeter said. “That’s pretty much all you’ve got to say.
I’ve said it time and time again. He’s the best pitcher in the league.”

Mark Teixeira lauded Halladay as a competitor and hard worker. He said that even if the Yankees don’t wind up with Halladay in pinstripes, the hope is that the right-hander would be traded out of the American League East, and preferably to the National League.

“Every winter, I look at the free agent list of pitchers and I hope
that every one of those pitchers pitches in the opposite league,” Teixeira said. “That’s
just the way it is. This division is so stacked as it is, you don’t
want any extra players coming into it.”

UP IN THE AIR: Jeter, Rivera and Teixeira
shared a charter flight here Sunday from the West Coast after the loss
to the Angels. Teixeira said that he spent a great amount of the flight
talking baseball with Rivera — Yankee dynasty edition, as Rivera
killed time by regaling his new teammate with some of the stories from
the 1996-2000 dynasty era.

“I got to talk with Mo a lot,” Teixeira said. “We just talked about New
York and how special it was when they were winning. The All-Star Game
is kind of old hat for these guys – they’ve done it so much that it’s
just, ‘Hey, it’s July, let’s go to the All-Star Game!'”
 
“It was a nice time,” Rivera added. “I was sharing how we did it in
those years and what we accomplished. Tex is a tremendous ballplayer.
We haven’t had a first baseman like that in a long time, since Tino
[Martinez].”

HEY, BUDDY: Jeter said that he is looking forward to catching up with Joe Torre, who will be in uniform as a coach for the National League. Torre still keeps up with Jeter and the Yankees, and they communicate frequently and check in by phone every once in a while. They haven’t met in person since the winter in New York.

“It’ll be awkward, probably, to see him,” Jeter said.

PRINCE ALBERT’S SHOW: The pace here in St. Louis will be a lot less hectic for Jeter and Rivera than it was last year in New York, when they were being shuttled all around town. That’s part of the benefit and problem of having the All-Star Game in your home city. Now, the Yankees can enjoy being guests and not hosts this week. 

“You definitely enjoy it,” Jeter said. “Last year was unbelievable, the way the fans treated not
just me, but the Yankees players in general during those few days. During
the game was really something. Last year was more of a celebration of Yankee Stadium than
anything. This year it seems like it’s almost a celebration of Albert.”
  

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I’m not sure what they can do about a starting pitcher. Halladay would be a great addition. But they should bring this guy Kroenke up from SWB for the pen. This guy has an ERA around 1. He’s doing great, they should give him a shot in the pen and dump Tomko. then joe will have 2 lefties in the pen. Marte started his rehab assignment, but who knows what he’s going to contribute when he comes back.

on another point: alot of writers have been talking about the Yankees having a good shot at getting Halladay if they pick up the contract of Vernon Wells or Alex Rios. I would rather have Rios than wells. This guy needs an attitude adjustment, but he’s still got potential and he’s younger than wells. Look at his offensive stats against Boston and Anaheim. he’s batting over .300 against 4 of boston’s 5 starting pitchers and over .500 against most of their relievers. it wouldn’t be a bad idea to grab rios along with Halladay. I’m not sure how we’d fit him in, but it’s a good idea.

any thoughts?

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I never said they could get Haren or Scherzer, I just said that the Yankees should have no interest on any name in that pitching staff other than those 3, the rest of them are worthless. I agree, something is definitely broke and needs to be fixed, and I think the repairs have to start with Dave Eiland. He either needs to go or he needs to find a way to connect to his pitching staff, so he can help them ALL get better. If he can’t do this, which he really hasn’t thus far this season, maybe it’s time he goes.

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Otherwise, don’t ANYONE be surprised if someone named Kei finds a spot start. What’s the status on IPK??

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I think that when Wang went down, Hughes should have been sent immediately to AA or AAA to start to stretch back out into a starter. With the AS break they could have had him ready by the end of the month easily. Now they are going to have a merry-go-round of spot starters with Aceves likely going again. I have to imagine AJ starts Friday as his last start would have been more than a week ago by then followed by Aceves again, Joba, Andy and CC unless they skip Aceves which is highly likely. At any rate, they could have had Phil stretched out and ready within a couple to three weeks. He’s been going 2 innings anyway and getting him up to 3+ to 5 shouldn’t take much. It’s not like we’re getting that much out of Aceves in the first place. Chamberlain isn’t going back to the pen. Case closed. Bank. Listening to you guys throw out possible names of pitchers we could pick up like we’d have an instant CY on our hands is preposterous. If that were the case, CC would be 13-2 and AJ would be would be 11-5. At some point you’ve got to dance with one ya brung.

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I’d say there is about a .00000001% chance that the Yankees make a deal for Pavano, and I’m being generous I believe. They would be better off inquiring on Meche, but again I highly doubt that route will prove fruitful. I would have to think that the Yankees would be better off trying to deal for Brian Bannister if they were going to try to deal with the Royals. Some people say that the Yankees should go for Doug Davis, but that would NOT be a smart move in my opinion and obviously the same goes for Jon Garland. There’s only 3 pitchers on the D’Backs that if I were the Yankees, would be worth getting; Dan Haren, Chad Qualls or Max Scherzer (and I’d have to say only Qualls of those 3 would be available if at all, and he’s a reliever). Although I’d love it if the Yankees could get Halladay, I doubt they’ll make a serious push for him. Their best bet other than Halladay, would most likely be Erik Bedard. He will most likely command a solid return, but nothing like what Halladay will require.
In the end however, it’ll be up to Mr. Cashman and the Yankees’ brass to make a move. They HAVE to make a move for a starting pitcher, no questions asked. I’d have to say they also need to make a move for a reliever as well. If these moves aren’t made (at least for a SP), the Yankees will have a hell of a time getting into the playoffs, let alone to October.

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Pavano… not so much… but I like Meche

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Just says that’s what the Yanks will do if they listen to Gossage: http://www.nypost.com/seven/07142009/sports/yankees/goose__put_joba_back_in_bullpen_179101.htm

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There is a headline on espn.com in the mlb page that says “joba to head back to pen.” But, only insiders can read it, and if anyone is an insider on espn.com, please post what it says.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 13, 2009

Trenton 3
Connecticut (Giants) 4
W: Broshuis (2-0, 1.38); L: De La Rosa, W (3-5, 4.20); SV: Otero (17)
HR: TRN: Robnett (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_13_treaax_nrwaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Tampa 2
Dunedin (Blue Jays) 5
W: Garcia, D (4-0, 1.93); L: Heyer (3-3, 3.61); SV: Dials (10)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_13_tbyafa_dunafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Hickory (Rangers) 3
Charleston 7
W: Prihoda (1-0, 3.86); L: Hamburger (2-7, 3.71); SV: Ortiz, J (3)
HR: HIC: Santana, C (8).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_13_hicafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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GCL Blue Jays 4
GCL Yankees 5 (11)
W: Tatis (2-0, 0.84); L: Moreno, F (0-2, 1.50)
HR: BLU: Aponte, Y (1). YAN: Mahoney, K (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_13_bljrok_yanrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 14, 2009

Hickory (Rangers) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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Staten Island
Mahoning Valley (Indians) 7:05 PM
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GCL Braves 10:00 AM
GCL Yankees
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The Yankees problem is they favorite and not do what best to win. But if that attendance keeping dropping, heads will roll. The yanks problem 1st Petite (friendship ball) has proven over the last few years as a 5 inning pitcher. You got for this year use him as a middle reliever get some value and don’t tell me can’t, he is getting big money to pitch, not start to pitch. Wang DONE!!!! foget about him. Now thi what i am leading up to tell Toronto to make their choses, Hughes or Joba, no big deal, minor leagues choses again who Toronto wants, minor leagues sucks anyway. CC, AJ, DOC pennant. You will see the bullpen is not really that bad, if idiot Joe uses Huges for two, innings or make him start again, or Joba for two innings. If they could I would bring Austin Jackson up and give him center field or contact the Dodgers about Juan Pierre. Outfield no one deserves their job. Favortism again.

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All of the rumors concerning Bedard have said that the Mariners would be looking for a big return for him. Obviously it wouldn’t (or def SHOULDN’T) cost as much to get Bedard as it would to get Halladay, but I don’t even know if the Yankees would try to go after Bedard. Bedard’s stats are pretty solid: 5-2 in 13 starts, 59 hits in 75.1 innings, 78SO/27BB, opponents are batting .212 against him, 1.14 WHIP. He’s also only given up 4 home runs, 7 less than CC (he’s given up the least # of homers on the starting staff). I also believe Bedard is still in his arbitration years, but I could be wrong about that. I wish the Rockies hadn’t gone on their tear, I think Huston Street would be a great addition to the bullpen. If he doesn’t become available, they HAVE to make a move or 2 to change their bullpen. I also agree with u mattys, they need to shore up their bench a little more and a solid starting OF would be great, but I highly doubt they will find an OF on the trade block better than what they already have. Losing Nady for the year was a HUGE blow for sure.

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For team with close to a 200 mil dollar payroll you guys are talking about alot of holes to fix. Sounds pretty funny to me.

By ldcj on July 13, 2009 7:24 PM

Yea thanks to the BIGGEST A-HOLE in MLB—–CRASHMAN!!!

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For team with close to a 200 mil dollar payroll you guys are talking about alot of holes to fix. Sounds pretty funny to me.

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There are quite a few expendable pieces on the Yankees’ 25 man roster (along with the 40 man roster) as I see it right now (and hopefully Cashman can pull his head out of a sun-hating crevice and see this as well); Cody Ransom, Brett Tomko, David Robertson from the 25 man roster, Kevin Cash from the 40 (no offense but with Molina back and Cervelli proving he can play at the MLB roster, Cash is definitely and expendable) and even Damaso Marte. Mr. Cashman needs to start making moves, and 1 low key move could be to sign the recently released Matt Herges. He allowed less hits than innings (he threw 25.1 innings for the Indians) and pitched to the tune of a 3.55 ERA. I don’t understand why they released him in the first place, but those are solid numbers and he’d probably be a far better option out of the ‘pen than Tomko or Robertson. If they wanted to go the more higher profile route via trades, there’s plenty of relievers out there that can probably be had for the right price; Rafael Soriano or Mike Gonzalez (Braves), Chad Qualls (D’Backs), John Grabow or Matt Capps (Pirates), just to name a few. The time to act is now, so Mr. Cashman hear this plea… Please get to work and fix the glaring holes in this roster before it’s too late. The Yankees also need another starter for the MLB club, who will fill that void? I guess Sergio Mitre is the best in-house option, but if they aren’t going to give him a stab at the rotation spot, who do you guys think they can make solid attempts to get???

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