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Jesus Montero, dealt to the Mariners in last month’s four-player deal, might well turn into an elite big league hitter, but Teixeira said that the gamble seems to be worth it.
“Montero might be really, really good. He’s got a chance to be special, but so does Pineda,” Teixeira said last night at the Thurman Munson awards dinner in midtown. “I think that’s what we’re banking on; Pineda being a top tier starter and somebody that can be a force for a long, long time.”
Teixeira and the Yankees faced Pineda just once last season, on May 27 in Seattle. Teixeira went 2-for-4 against the right-hander, including a first-inning solo home run.
“[Pineda has an] electric fastball, really good slider,” Teixeira recalled. “He’s so big. Any pitcher that is that big, that can throw that hard, his margin of error is going to be a lot bigger than everyone else’s. He can go out there and not even his best stuff. When you’re 6-foot-7 and throw 97 (mph), you’re going to get outs.”
Teixeira did seem to suggest that the Yankees could use one more bat to complete their offseason shopping. If the season started today, New York’s DH would likely be Andruw Jones, with some consideration given to Minor League slugger Jorge Vazquez and the rest of the at-bats rotating between players like Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.
“We basically have the lineup we had last year,” Teixeira said. “Rotating a DH wouldn’t be bad, but if you could pick up a guy that could come in and give you some pop off the bench or be a DH every now and then, we’re not going to say no to that. We can use all the help we can get.”
Because Dan Lozano wouldn’t have been doing his job if he hadn’t at least asked, the Yankees did have a chance to talk about Albert Pujols, general manager Brian Cashman said on Thursday.
“They touched base with me, but I said no,” Cashman said. “I gave it a nice, respectful no. We’ve made our commitments, we have guys we’re committed to, and … even though you can say he can fit on anybody’s club, realistically our money is spent in those directions. Trying to add that, how do you add that, with our commitments? You just can’t, it’s not feasible.”
Cashman said that Pujols’ camp understood the Yankees’ situation.
“Even Dan Lozano recognized [Mark] Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, [Jesus] Montero,” Cashman said. “There’s no vacancy here. I think if you were in my chair, you’d be in the same decision-making mode.”
If your eyebrows go up at the mention of Montero alongside Pujols, Teixeira and A-Rod, Cashman was in a joking mood this morning (though, of course, they do think highly of Montero).
Asked for his reaction to Pujols’ reported agreement with the Angels, Cashman replied, “Obviously he’s one of the greatest that’s played. He makes everybody significantly better. If he played for anybody, he’d make them all significantly better. He’s a special player. I don’t know him personally, but I see what he does with that bat. It’s Montero-like.”
The Yankees have been linked to White Sox left-hander John Danks for some time, with little movement on the situation. Meanwhile, Brian Cashman has been talking about how he’s made his calls, but some teams seem to be asking for too much from New York’s farm system.
This could be an example. Jon Heyman tweets that the White Sox asked the Yankees for both catcher Jesus Montero and left-hander Manny Banuelos in exchange for the 26-year-old Danks. The Yankees weren’t interested at that price, but they will keep listening with regard to Danks, who was 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA in 27 starts this year for Chicago.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi tells the New York Daily News that he expects to go into the 2012 season with a rotation that includes CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett.
“I think we’ll look at maybe possibly adding some more depth to it, but I feel pretty good about these guys,” Girardi told the newspaper in a Tuesday telephone interview. “Our pitching was really overlooked last year, I thought. We threw the ball well all year long. Will we try to add one more veteran arm? It’s possible, but I feel pretty good about the guys we have in camp right now.”
Girardi does not seem to be expecting a big free agent along the lines of C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle or Edwin Jackson to be arriving in the Bronx.
“I think our club is starting to try to develop a little bit more,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you feel that you can overpay for pitching and it can cost you.”
The Daily News indicates the Yankees may be interested in trading for the Cubs’ Matt Garza, but are unwilling to move blue chip prospects like Jesus Montero or Manny Banuelos for him. The New York Post also notes that the Yankees could consider dealing Dellin Betances to the White Sox for John Danks.
Jesus Montero’s first taste of life in the big leagues will come with the Yankees and the Red Sox facing off at Fenway Park. The Yankees are wasting no time getting their top prospect started, batting him seventh as the DH in Thursday’s series finale.
“This was my dream, to be here with the team,” Montero said. “Now I’m going to do my job, now I’m going to keep working to help us win.”
Montero said that his parents and girlfriend have tickets and will be on hand in Boston as he makes his big league debut.
“This is amazing for me – it’s a great night tonight,” Montero said. “I hope I do everything really good – I just want to help them to win. I’m here to have fun and help them to win, that’s it.”
The Yankees’ other September callups today are: pitchers Lance Pendleton, Scott Proctor and Raul Valdes, infielder Brandon Laird and outfielder Chris Dickerson.