Yankees Mailbag – 7/30/11
Welcome to our segment called “Yankees Mailbag”, where you sent in your questions and I answered them. For the past two days I have been asking fans via Twitter to send in questions whether about the bullpen, trade rumors or on injured players. Let’s get started shall we ladies and gentlemen?
Our first question comes from @TeamRobinsonCano. They wrote:
Q: How close do you think the Ubaldo Jimenez trade is? Do you think it’s possible?
A: The Ubaldo Jimenez trade seems like the Colorado Rockies and the New York Yankees can’t see eye to eye. The Yankees want Jimenez no doubt, but the asking price that the Rockies want is too high. Not only do they want Jesus Montero, but they also want Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances & Ivan Nova. The Yankees had already made it clear that they didn’t want to give up their pitching prospects and they keep trying to get the Rockies to lower the price. I’m not saying that the trade is impossible, but the only way that this trade will work is if the Rockies lower their asking price.
Our next question came from @AwesomeDarrenD. They wrote:
Q: Going forward to the Yankees have one glaring need and if so what is it?
A: The answer is simple: Starting Pitching. I believe the Yankees have a good chance of making the playoffs but with the starting pitching that they have they won’t make it to the World Series. With Burnett’s inconsistency, Hughes not pitching to his full potential and Colon being a little shaky in the beginning of the second half, the Yankees need to get another arm in the rotation if they plan on marching right into the playoffs as a dominate force.
The next question was from @VamanosYankees and he asked this right after the DJ3K special on HBO.
Q: How long before the Yankees run out of 2 jersey’ numbers?
A: Ha, they will never run out of #2 jerseys. He’s Derek Jeter. Even when he’s 100 they will still have Derek Jeter jersey’s.
Our next question was from @ehom87. Here was his question:
Q: If King Felix was available, would the Yankees give up the farm to get him?
A: That’s a tough question to answer. You never would know what Brian Cashman has up his sleeve. As of now, he says he refuses to give up his pitching prospects but you never know that could all change. But on the Mariners side, they refuse to give up King Felix, so Felix to the Bronx most likely will not happen.
The next question in the “Yankees Mailbag” was sent by @GeneMoney13. His question was:
Q: Can the Yankees get another pitcher without giving up too much?
A: To answer your question, absolutely. The Phillies had done it and the Giants had done it. They didn’t have to give up too much to get good names. To get Hunter Pence, the Phillies got 2 prospects. To get Carlos Beltran the Giants gave Kevin Wheeler who is another prospect. The Phillies had gotten the team they wanted without having to give up one of their best prospects Dominic Brown and they still have the bat to replace Jayson Werth. The only thing with the Yankees not giving up too much is that it depends on the opposing teams asking price. If the Yankees can sweet-talk other teams to lower their price then there is no reason that they can’t walk away without having to give up a lot in the end.
Okay, our next question was from @tazc23. They originally asked 2 questions in a row so I decided to combine the question into one. They asked:
Q: How was A-Rod progressing and what he did for his birthday? Also what are they going to do with Nunez once A-Rod comes back and Chavez is doing his Golden Glove thing?
A: Well to answer the first part of the question, A-Rod is doing great rehabilitating and has spoken to Yankees officials about being ready the 2nd week of August. Now what he did for his birthday? I have no idea, but I can only guess he was still rehabilitating. I know Jeter got a cake from his birthday. And to answer the second part of your question, Eduardo Nunez most likely will still be a bench player when A-Rod gets back. When A-Rod comes back it would either be Ramiro Pena or Chris Dickerson who gets sent down.
Our next question comes from @djeter1128 and they asked:
Q: Would the Yankees consider a trade with the Mariners for Eric Bedard? Considering Mariners would not ask the farm from the Yankees?
A: Well the Yankees weren’t too interested in Eric Bedard in the first place, but if anything else they might consider him if the Mariners don’t ask from the farm. I wouldn’t expect the Yankees to get Bedard before the trade deadline is over because they have their sights on Ubaldo Jimenez. But you never know what could happen.
Our next question came from @addie623. Again I mentioned they could ask anything about the Yankees so she decided to ask a question about Mark Teixeira. Here was her question:
Q: What is Mark Teixeira’s favorite movie?
A: Mark Teixeira likes certain genres from comedy, to baseball movies to crime movies. One of his favorite crime movies happens to be one of my favorites, which is Scarface. He also enjoys The Godfather. In the baseball category he enjoys Major League and The Natural. And last but not least in the comedy category, Mark enjoys Christmas Vacation and Wedding Crashers.
The next question was another one from @ehom87. His second question was:
Q: If Hughes continues to struggle will he be moved to the bullpen?
A: If I were Girardi, Hughes would definitely go straight to the bullpen but since Girardi likes to baby his players, Hughes might not go anywhere for a while. Apparently Girardi doesn’t get the point when he has to be tough on his players and tell them enough is enough. Hopefully he will come to his senses and tell Hughes he’s going to the bullpen. Hughes just doesn’t have his stuff this year, and if Hughes can’t get his act together, then we don’t know what’s going to happen in his future.
The next question came from @CanesEagles1. His question was:
Q: After A.J’s last start, what do you think his future will be in the rotation?
A: Well, Brian Cashman signed A.J Burnett to be apart of the rotation so I don’t think they would move Burnett from there. When you think about it Burnett hasn’t pitched badly. He just doesn’t get the run support from the offense in order to win games. If the Yankees could get the offense going and not burn it all out when CC Sabathia pitches then Burnett would look more like a good pitcher.
Our next question was another question from @tazc23. They asked:
Q: Is Grandy (Curtis Granderson) feeling any HR fatigue or does he think he can make it to 40 by the end of the year? What is his goal?
A: To answer the first part, Granderson might be feeling a bit fatigue which is why he probably hasn’t homered a lot in the second half so far. I don’t think he’ll make it to 40 HR, but I think Granderson is personally happy with where his HR numbers are. He was able to pass last years HR total in the first half of the season, so I think he’s just happy. His goal right now is that he’s tired of striking out a lot, so he wants to focus on not striking out as much more than he wants to hit homers.
And to round it off @missmccrocodile had some questions that she wanted answered. Mostly it’s about what the players think and what goes on in the Yankees Clubhouse. Here was her first question:
Q: Other than NYC, what are some of the AL cities that the Yankees enjoy visiting?
A: Mark Teixeira really enjoys going to both Baltimore and Seattle. He enjoys Baltimore because that’s where’s he was born and Seattle because he likes the food there & Curtis Granderson enjoys going to Detroit when they get the chance.
Her second question was:
Q: I’m not a fan of inter-league play. What do the players think of it?
A: Well, the players like it because it’s different, when you are in a NL park the pitcher has to bat and there’s no DH. I remember they interviewed Brett Gardner earlier in the year before the Subway Series and he said he loved it when the Yankees and Mets played one another. Some of the other players agreed as it was special and it gets the fans of New York going. But going to other cities in general, they admit they get tired but they still enjoy it. Hmm…I wonder how Brett’s doing after that Chicago Cubs series where he landed in the ivy and almost disappeared…oh well.
And her final question was:
Q: Now that Bernie’s no longer strumming in the locker room, who controls the music
A: Well in Bernie’s time it was a little different. There weren’t iPods, iPads, iPhones or Blackberries. Now the guys are able to keep themselves entertained, but Nick Swisher has become the official clubhouse DJ from time to time. I honestly think he enjoys every aspect of his job.
Well, that was all the questions I got for the Yankees Mailbag. I want to thank everyone for sending in their questions about the Yankees and I was more than glad to answer them. If you have any more questions about the Yankees that you would like me to cover, send a reply to my Twitter address @dfiregirl4 and I will gladly answer it for you. Also while your there don’t forget to follow :). I had a blast answering your questions. Thanks guys!