Spring Training Notes: 2/23/12

Russell Martin & Francisco Cervelli signing autographs

Another quiet day for the Yankees as they prepare for their first Spring Training game next week. Of course, Russell Martin & Francisco Cervelli just couldn’t say no to autographing for fans. How nice! Now onto today’s Spring Training notes:

– After signing with the Yankees, Eric Chavez has reported to camp!

– The Yankees aren’t going to retire #34 for A.J Burnett–they’ll just give the number to David Aardsma instead!

Austin Romine experienced soreness in his back while doing workouts today. The Yankees might hold Romine out of workouts tomorrow as a precaution.

– Russell Martin said that he was “baby-ing” Michael Pineda with his first few changeups. Once Pineda had thrown the changeup with the same arm speed as the fastball the there was big improvement. Russell Martin also believes that Pineda can win with the fastball-slider combination but believes that if Pineda trusts the changeup  & develops it then it would make him a much better pitcher.

There are a few reminders for Yankees fans:

  1. Tonight at 7pm we are hosting a live chat, so come with any questions that you may have about the Yankees.
  2. Also all position players are slated to report tomorrow (that includes Rodriguez & Teixeira) and workouts will begin on Saturday.
  3. Also, there are 43 days until Opening Day so mark your calendars.
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Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on February 23, 2012, in Misc. News, Notes & Links and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. THIS JUST IN:

    Yankees, Martin Discussing Extension
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [February 23 at 3:03pm CST]
    The Yankees have suggested the possibility of re-working Russell Martin’s one-year contract into a three-year extension, agent Matt Colleran told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. Martin will earn $7.5MM in 2012 on his current contract before hitting free agency.

    The Yankees aim to have a payroll under $189MM by the 2014 season for luxury tax purposes, and Martin is willing to “be flexible in their budget constraints,” according to Colleran. GM Brian Cashman and Colleran spoke yesterday and plan to discuss a deal again soon.

    • This will give time for Sanchez or JR Murphy to be groomed for when his contract will run out.

      You got to believe Romine is not to happy.

    • I see your post came out at 4:08 this tweet came out after that.

    • If this happens, it means about $8 Million will have to be added to 2014 Payroll and it just got even more difficult to add players. Mostly all of our projections had the team with a homegrown inexpensive Catcher by 2014.

      Since Luxury tax is computed by AAV, how could Martin be flexible in their budget constraints? And why would Cashman want to commit to 2013 & 2014 NOW when he doesn’t need to decide until the end of the season?

      I know Martin had a very good yr behind the plate but would they really be saving much money by locking him up now? I don’t see the reward and it could turn out badly if Martin gets hurt or has a bad yr. I love his defense and he regained his power in 2011 but his Batting Average & OBP have been on a steady downward spiral since his career year at Age 24. He’s hit .250 or less for 3 straight seasons.

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