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Cashman: There’s not much out there

A quick blog update for you:
I caught up with Brian Cashman for a few minutes on the phone this afternoon, hoping for some sort of update on the Yankees’ search for helpful additions. As you might have guessed from the headline, it sounds like the scene is pretty quiet. 
“Obviously, I’m looking at what’s out there,” Cashman said. “There’s not much. I’m monitoring what the necessary requests are, financially or player wise. If some drop, then maybe we’ll get a little more serious.”
Cashman wouldn’t speak to any of the specific names that have bounced around, but he did say that his preference would be to add a starter over a reliever, and that pitching is their greatest area of need. 
If the season started today, Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre would probably be at the back end of the rotation, but Cashman wouldn’t say if that scenario seems any more likely now. 
“We’ve got a lot of time left on the clock. Who knows?” Cashman said. “The bottom line is, there’s a reason we haven’t done anything up to this point.”
There’s no need to re-hash the Cliff Lee situation again, but this is the price they’re paying for waiting so long for his decision.
“I’m working at it, but in terms of getting results, that’s why Plan B is patience,” Cashman said. “You’re seeing it.”
Obviously, the Internet and talk radio haven’t had the same sort of cool attitude lately when it comes to Yankees fans. I asked Cashman if he hears that impatience from the fan base and if it could influence anything. 
“I could care less if the sabers are rattling out there,” Cashman said. “It’s about doing what’s right. I’ve dealt with saber-rattling before. I’ll stick with what I believe in. I’m not going to jump into something stupid.”
The obligatory Andy Pettitte update is a no-update – nothing really new to report. 
“I could just tell you that he has been very good about it,” Cashman said. “He informed us about, ‘Don’t wait on me, I’m leaning toward retirement. As of right now I’m not playing, and if I change my mind I’ll let you know.'”
Cashman said that there is nothing Pettitte’s situation will do to influence how they chase other pitchers, because the Yankees are continuing to proceed as though Pettitte will retire. 
“It’s at his request,” Cashman said. “At the same time, I don’t see much in the marketplace that would have me take that type of money and throw it at somebody else.”

For the moment, Yanks going with Mitre

Some notes and quotes from around the New York media this morning as we gear up for the July 31 non-waivers Trade Deadline…

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News’ Peter Botte that “Cliff Lee was a special case” and that situations like this are why Sergio Mitre is on the team. It sounds like Mitre will get every chance to keep the rotation moving through until Pettitte returns in an estimated four to five weeks. The New York Post’s Larry Brooks doesn’t believe it.

  • The Yankees – as well as the Red Sox – have significant interest in Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs, according to AOL FanHouse’s Ed Price. Yankees scout (and former outfielder) Kevin Reese was watching the Blue Jays last night, writes the New York Post’s Brian Costello.

  • The Daily News also notes that the Yankees are not expected to pursue the Astros’ Roy Oswalt. Makes sense – Oswalt is owed $16 million for 2011 and has an option for 2012, and with Pettitte and Javier Vazquez no locks to return next year, the Yankees might be gearing to spend that money on Cliff Lee.

  • Mark Teixeira’s new batting stance is paying dividends, writes the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger’s Mike Mazzeo. Derek Jeter is getting frustrated with his slump, writes The New York Times’ Joe LaPointe, who quotes Joe Girardi as saying Jeter has “a few more wrinkles in his forehead.”

  • Remember Jon Weber? The career Minor Leaguer nearly made the Yankees this spring and retired on Thursday after playing his final game with the Toledo Mud Hens in the Tigers chain. Major League Baseball hit him yesterday with a 100-game suspension for “a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”
  • CC hit hard by Phils farmhands

    While most of the news was coming out of Sarasota, there was this ugly tidbit of a pitching line filtering in from the Himes Avenue complex back in Tampa, where CC Sabathia pitched in a Triple-A game against the Phillies’ top farm club:

    Sabathia: 3.2IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 2 HR – 88 pitches, 58 strikes

    Joe Girardi didn’t have any details, but upon hearing the results, he said: “That’s not what we’re necessarily looking for.” Maybe it’s a good thing that Sabathia’s facing the Red Sox on Opening Night and not the Triple-A Lehigh Valley club.

    Following the outing, Sabathia threw an additional 12 pitches in the bullpen. He was caught in the game and bullpen by Jorge Posada, who went 2-for-3 (two singles) off the Phillies’ Roy Halladay.

    • Once again, Alex Rodriguez found a side door at Ed Smith Stadium, walking past the autograph seekers and into a waiting luxury car to leave the Yankees. He was apparently headed for his reported meeting with federal investigators regarding his possible connection to a Canadian physician under investigation. A-Rod did not comment to reporters, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he did not know if Rodriguez would be available to play on either Friday or Saturday.
    • Back in Sarasota, Girardi thought that Sergio Mitre (2 IP, 1 ER) looked pretty good, but Alfredo Aceves (2 IP, 6 ER) was up in the zone and paid for it. Girardi said that he thought both pitchers were dealing with some emotions after learning they wouldn’t be the Yankees’ fifth starter. 
    • Earlier we mentioned that the Yankees might find it difficult to carry two situational lefties, and they consider Damaso Marte as one. Boone Logan’s changeup is an intriguing pitch for Girardi, and one they want to keep looking at. It’s a pitch that might elevate him past just the left-on-left battles.
    • One explanation for Marcus Thames’ struggles this spring, from Girardi – he’s going to primarily be on the roster to bat against left-handed pitching, and the Yankees haven’t seen much this spring. They’ll draw Jamie Moyer tomorrow, and you can bet Thames will be in there. Girardi wants to see him get going. 
    • Chan Ho Park (2 IP, 0 ER) was “exceptional,” the skipper said.

    Hanging Chad

    Thumbnail image for Posada Gaudin.jpgIn case you just haven’t gotten enough of the fifth starter drama in camp, it appears that whoever the Yankees’ “healthy discussions” yield as the top choice, it won’t be Chad Gaudin.

    Gaudin has placed on waivers by the Yankees, according to an AOL Fanhouse report. If no one claims him, the Yankees could release him and pay a quarter of his $2.95 million salary ($737,500), or ship him to Triple-A and pay his full salary.

    So, it appears that it’s down to four – Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Sergio Mitre. If I had to put on my Carnac hat today and make a decision, I’d say that the Yankees are going to go with Hughes, which would not have been my prediction heading into camp.

    I had thought Chamberlain was a near-lock, since they spent three years building him up for this opportunity to pitch without innings restrictions.

    But that’s just a guess, anyway. Who’s your pick?

    Handicapping the fifth starter race

    Joe Girardi is planning on meeting for “healthy discussions” tomorrow about the fifth starter competition, and a decision appears to be coming up for Thursday or Friday at the latest.

    “We’re going to discuss it in the next couple of days,” Girardi said. “We’ve got to start to iron some things out because we’re running out of innings and we’ve talked about wanting a decision to get the guys in the bullpen.”

    It’s always possible that the Yankees could want to see a more starts from their contenders, especially Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes, but it also stands to reason that – at this point – the Yankees know exactly what they have and don’t need any more data to sway their choices.

    If that’s the case, then here are the resume bullet points for each of the five pitchers:

    Alfredo Aceves, 28, RHP

    • Grapefruit League: 1-1, 3.77 ERA in four games (two starts); 14.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 7 SO
    • 2009: Was 10-1 with one save and a 3.54 ERA in 43 appearances (one start).
    • Last outing: Charged with 5 ER in 4 1/3 IP vs. the Astros in Kissimmee.
    • Quote to note: “It’s part of the game. It’s baseball. You always keep
      the bad and the good things. You just fix it to the next game, those
      details. … I don’t want to use that word, ‘happy.’ But so far, it’s been a good Spring Training — for everybody.” – Aceves.

    Joba Chamberlain, 24, RHP

    • Grapefruit League: 0-0, 16.20 ERA in three games (one start); 6.2 IP, 10 H, 12 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 5 SO.
    • 2009: Was 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 32 appearances (31 starts).
    • Last outing: Allowed 2 ER in 5 IP vs. Yankees intrasquad in Tampa
    • Quote to note: “I’ve just been in a routine. It’s just one of
      those questions you’re faced with every day. It’s human nature when you
      get asked every day to think about it, so it’s just something where
      I’ve gone back to having fun. I’m just enjoying being out here, putting
      this uniform on and competing with these guys.”- Chamberlain.

    Chad Gaudin, 27, RHP

    • Grapefruit League: 0-3, 8.38 ERA in four games (two starts); 9.1 IP, 16 H, 9 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 5 SO. Has been placed on waivers by Yankees, according to a report.
    • 2009: Was 5-10 with a 4.76 ERA as a starter in 2009 with the Padres and Yankees
    • Last outing: Allowed 4 R (3 ER) in 2.1 IP vs. the Rays in Port Charlotte
    • Quote to note: “It’s not that I’m not competing, I’m trying to feel a rhythm. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s not. It’s
      inconsistent. But [Friday], I didn’t get the job done. No excuses.”- Gaudin.

    Phil Hughes, 23, RHP

    • Grapefruit League: 0-2, 4.15 ERA in four games (one start); 13.0 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 5 HR, 2 BB, 10 SO.
    • 2009: Was 8-3 with three saves and a 3.03 ERA in 51 appearances (seven starts).
    • Last outing: Allowed 4 ER in 4.1 IP vs. the Phillies in Clearwater
    • Quote to note: “I’ve done all I can do. We’ll just have to see where
      they want to go from here. … I’ve kind of learned around here just to
      roll with the punches. What you say isn’t going to affect anything. You
      just have to go out and do the best you can, and see what decisions
      come from it.” – Hughes.

    Sergio Mitre, 29, RHP

    • Grapefruit League: 0-0, 3.21 ERA in four games (two starts); 14.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 14 SO.
    • 2009: Was 3-3 with a 6.79 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts)
    • Last outing: Allowed 2 R in 5 IP vs. the Rays in Port Charlotte
    • Quote to note: “I would think he’s probably pretty healed. He had the
      offseason to rest, and I think part of it is just the constant grind.
      Having the offseason, I think he’s probably where he’s going to be.
      It’s probably nice for him to feel much better after every start.” – Girardi.
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