Quick hits: “We really hurt our chances”

Here are the early notes as the Yankees (82-75) and Rays (88-69) play the second game of a three-game series here at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees still have a mathematical chance of securing a playoff spot, but the tragic number is at one. Realistically, this is going to be a dark October in the Bronx.

The Yankees’ clubhouse was filled with cardboard boxes and that ripping sound of packing tape this afternoon. That pretty much tells you everything that you need to know.

“You still have a shot, but it’s really remote obviously,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You have to win every game and the other teams can’t win games. As I talked about yesterday, we had the tough loss on Sunday and we didn’t swing the bats yesterday, and it’s difficult because you work so long to have an opportunity to make the playoffs, and we really hurt our chances.”

David Price (8-8, 3.43 ERA) is getting the call for Tampa Bay, and this could be the final Yankee Stadium start for Phil Hughes, who will try to finish his terrible season (4-13, 5.07 ERA) on a strong note.

“He’s had some good times and some rough times,” Hughes said. “It’s a guy that had a couple big years as a starter, had a big year out of the bullpen. He’s struggled this year. This year has been a struggle for him, and from a personal standpoint, if you’re going to pick a year to struggle as a player, this is not the year to do it.

“For that, I feel bad for him. I know how bad he wants to do well and be successful for this club and this franchise; he loves it here. I feel bad for him. He was a big part of our success in 2009, what he did in that bullpen, he secured that bullpen and us getting to the playoffs the next couple years. He had some big years for us.”

Here are the quick hits:

  • The Yankees are holding a 6:50 p.m. ceremony on the field to honor Andy Pettitte. He’ll receive a gift from Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera on behalf of the organization.
  • Girardi said there is “probably a good chance” Rivera will pitch on Thursday against the Rays, which would be his final Yankee Stadium appearance.
  • Travis Hafner was activated from the disabled list this afternoon. Girardi said he might use Hafner as a pinch-hitter.

18 Comments

maybe Robert but personally I hate the big bushy beard thing. It looks really dumb and inappropriate for any professional athletes whatever the sport. They look more like lumberjacks or fishermen. Glad the Yankees have the policy they have. If you want to play in the Yankee organization you know what the rule is about facial hair before you sign the contract. Look how stupid Joba looked with his bushy moustache. Yankee organization is old school. A class act organization because of a lot more things than facial hair. Hopefully it takes more than that to build chemistry on a team.

Like

There are similarities between the Victor Cruz negotiation and Cano, both repped by Z. Cruz asked for a Cano type deal, wanted 12M per year over 8 years, he settled for closed to what the Giants initial offer was. The Giants held all the leverage and were negotiating against themselves. The same could happen with Cano, the Yankees could be negotiating against themselves and Cano could get a deal closer to 160 than the 310 mark.

Like

Am I to assume that none of you know anything about negotiation? Cano’s a reasonably intelligent sounding guy, Jay-Z is a very intelligent man & I don’t doubt the agent he has on Cano’s case is a smart cookie. But the key to negotiation as a seller is to never go in with the price you’re willing to accept, always shoot higher & negotiate down. He might say he’s looking for 10 years, but I get the feeling he’d be willing to go 6-8 – but if he says that in public he’ll draw a 6 year contract offer everywhere he looks. Cano knows there’s only really 2-3 teams realistically “in” for him, he knows that Boston are out, he knows the Dodgers have publically distanced themselves, that leaves the Yankees & Angels who have the cash to burn & the market to do so. We all know there’s not many teams in baseball can afford Cano – so just let the dice roll & see where they land. I would say though that soon as he crosses the $25m/year threshold I let him walk – if he’s looking for $30m a year he can find it elsewhere & I’ll take my first round draft pick, no one’s bigger than the club.

Like

I reading a thread on weserious, you don’t give a 30 year a 10 year deal, Trout would be a candidate for a 10 year deal but even he hasn’t proved himself.

Like

I would like to hear from Aussie B on this one. Granderson could get a 3 year deal. Cano will only get 10 if Dodgers or Angel move some players, Yankees could go 7 or 8 but won’t exceed 200M.

Like

I would hope the Yankees would have learned from their Teixiera, CC and Arod contracts that 10 years is ridiculous when a player is in his early 30′s. They’ll be paying Cano millions when he’s well past his prime and subject to serious injuries that will keep him off the field most of the season. it should be a 7 year contract at the very most and if he won’t accept that and there’s another team stupid enough to pay him 25 mil a year for 10 years then let him go. He’ll be missed and can’t easily be replaced but this Yankee team has been hurt badly because of long term contracts in the past. Better to start with some young prospects with potential and groom them and give them an opportunity to develop or trade for players or buy free agents or a combination of all three. Granderson is looking forward to being a free agent and looking for big dollars. Based on his injuries and performance this year and the last couple of years again maybe he needs to walk if another team wants to pay him long term and for big bucks. Lots of home runs last year but way too many strike outs. He`s not worth it. This is rebuilding from the bottom up and it will take a few years. Yankee fans need to be patient through the rebuilding mode, unless they can go from the outhouse to the penthouse in one year which the Red Sox have done this year, but they had to let big money guys go and brought in some good players and they have kept healthy and jelled as a team. Farrell has been a real steadying influence and a good manager which has made a big difference.

Like

Don’t forget the beard growing gimmick proved to be a cohesive influence too!

Like

Conflicting reports of Spring Training offers in the 140-160 Wright/Sabathia ranges.

Like

Cano will be closer to a Pedroia deal than an Arod deal I think.

Like

According to espn via article on weserious, he wants 10 years and $305M

Like

Cano may only have 5 good years left but he’s going to want between a 6-8 year contract. Anything less than that and he’ll be playing elsewhere. Tough decision to be made.

Like

boys playing men in this series. Defeated before they even got on the field. Hughes his usual unreliable and inconsistent self. He needs to pitch in a ball park big enough to keep the ball in the park or in a league where there are no good hitters(wherever that is). Mind you Huff didn’t do much better. He’s not the consistent left handed pitcher out of the bull pen the Yankees need. Started well but got worse as the season went on like a lot of the Yankee pitchers including starters. Offense seriously lacking in too many games. Soriano a great addition but strikes out 3 times tonight and ARod strikes out twice? Up against a good pitcher but need to put up better numbers than they did. This year ended like most of us thought it would. It was only fortunate the Yankees hung around as long as they did. I hope there’s enough embarrassment and frustration amongst the owners and management to made some radical changes in the off season and remove the ridiculous cap. Hopefully they can save some money off ARod’s salary next year if the suspension is upheld. Still stuck with CC and Tex. Hopefully they’ll be able to come back next year and contribute. The Cano watch as to whether he signs with the Yankees or not. Total rebuild and revamp is needed for this team for them to have a chance next year of making the playoffs. Will Girardi come back or has he had enough? Some big decisions to make.

Like

I’d take it further yankeecanada, the revamp and rebuild NEEDS to start with an overhaul of the scouting system and the minor league system. Those freeloaders in the scouting system and minor leagues NEED to be fired NOW. There hasn’t been a decent young pitcher come out of this system since Andy and Mo. Most of the Yankee young pitchers are NOT mentally or physically ready for the majors. Whoever sold management on Joba and Hughes ought to be unemployed. The young everyday players are also not ready. Nunez might be a hitter but his fielding, footwork etc are a JOKE. A total overhaul is long overdue. Wells, Hafner and others need to be sent packing ASAP. They were done three years ago. This franchise is in trouble and the blame goes to the two sons and Cashman. Lastly, I’d be shocked to see Cano resigned or Girardi back in the dugout next year.

Like

I’m all for re-signing Cano, but not a big contract. He’ll be 31yrs old by the start of next season, he probably has 5 good years left in him, that’s the max the yanks should sign him for, anything longer would be risky, the last thing this team needs is being stuck with yet another overpaid, overages player.

Like

There gone either way. Doubt we’d even bring them back for 5M and one season. Outside chance they could show up in the bullpen but I don’t see, especially not as starters.

Like

Girardi sounds burned out, he just might walk. Maybe he can pursued the Cubs to trade for Rodriguez and/or Sabathia.

Like

If Joe goes to the Cubs I hope he takes Hughes & Joba with him. Hughes’ line tonight 7 hits, 3 earned runs in 2 innings. Don’t let the door hit you in the backside Hughes, GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!

Like

The Giants have expressed an interest in Hughes Asa replacement for Lincecum when he leaves,don’t ask me why though. Other than that though teams really haven’t expressed any interest in those two, there wasn’t a market for either one of them.

No reason for Girardi to stick around to watch this team go down the crapper. I’d be surprised if he did come back to a mediocre
Yankee team and an incompetent front office.

Like

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 37,631 other followers

%d bloggers like this: