Failure of young pitchers to effect plans for 2014 budget

Phelps has had the best season of all the Yankees young arms

When the Yankees announced they would be lowering payroll in 2014 to get under the $189 Million Luxury tax threshold, it was apparent they would have to change the way they build their team.  Filling holes with expensive Free Agents and re-signing all of their own veteran FAs would not be possible.  Tough decisions will have to be made and it seemed Brian Cashman had come up with his strategy.   Seeing the extreme costs to acquire even mediocre veteran pitching on the FA market, Cash devised the plan to build an inexpensive pitching staff of promising young arms behind Ace, CC Sabathia.  This would allow the team to spend the big money required to re-up with at least 2 of their 4 upcoming veteran position players, Cano, Granderson, Swisher and Martin.

Cashman dealt his #1 offensive prospect for Michael Pineda who was supposed to grow into the #2 starter this team has long been searching for.  Pineda was to be backed up by Ivan Nova and others from the list of highly touted Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Jose Campos, Adam Warren, David Phelps & DJ Mitchell.  The plan certainly had merits on paper, but this year, all of the pitchers on that list (except Phelps) have taken significant steps backwards.  Back in February, most envisioned Pineda, Nova & Banuelos forming the nucleus of a rotation behind CC in 2014 but with the events that have unfolded over the last 6 months, it would now be extremely irresponsible to hang our hopes on that trio.

Pineda’s problems have been well-documented and besides the DUI and reporting to camp grossly overweight, there is no way to count on a pitcher coming off significant shoulder surgery. Nova was very effective in 2011 as a ground-ball pitcher who pitched to contact and limited HRs and extra-base hits.  But he has tried to re-invent himself as a Strikeout pitcher and has had huge issues with his command leading to more XB Hits than any pitcher in MLB and a bloated 4.92 ERA.  To make matters worse, he also is complaining of Shoulder soreness and will miss his next start or 2 at minimum.  Both Banuelos & Campos were shut down early this season due to elbow injuries that the team has tried to treat with rest rather than surgery.  Whether this approach works or not, both young pitchers lost a complete season of development and can’t be expected to play a major role in 2014 at the MLB level. Betances has totally lost command of his pitches to the point he was demoted to AA.  Overall he has a 6.44 ERA and has walked 99 in 131 IP.  Mitchell has been traded while Warren has had a solid year in AAA.  We know how well Phelps has pitched so I think he’s definitely in the picture to start in 2014.

With all that’s transpired I believe Cashman has to keep room in the budget for at least 1 reliable veteran starter and possibly 2.  Hiroki Kuroda has been a god-send this season and even though he is currently 37, he may have pitched himself into consideration for a 2-yr deal.  If it’s not Kuroda, I think they need to budget for a similar type starter in the $10-11M range.  Overall, Phil Hughes has been solid with a 12-11 record and 4.15 ERA but he is a FA in 2014 anyway.  With a similar season in 2013, he’ll command a multi-yr deal for a minimum of $8m per.  So if Hughes or a similar pitcher is required, that’s another $8-10M that has to be budgeted for.  Obviously the more money need for the rotation, the less is available to keep the FA hitters.

I threw together an estimated budget based on what we already know and making some assumptions/predictions.

SP - CC, Kuroda-like Vet, Nova, Pineda, Phelps, Banuelos – $43.1M

RP - Soriano-like Vet, DRob,  Logan-like Vet, 4 young pitchers – $17.4M

Lineup - I assumed Cano signing for $22.5M which you can adjust as you see fit. I put David Adams and ARod to share 3B and DH and put Gardner in CF with LF, RF & C spots blank. – $93.6M

Adding $10M for Insurance, Benefits, Pension & the rest of the 40-man and we are at $164.1M leaving approximately $25M for LF, RF, C and improving anywhere else.  If you don’t think Cano should be re-signed then you have $47.5M to fill 2B, LF, RF  & C.   I had to make educated guesses and assumptions about arbitration salaries in some cases so don’t kill me on the details.  This is just an estimate of what the Yanks have available as they decide what to do with Swisher, Granderson, Cano, Martin, Hughes, etc.  Swisher has grown on me and I wouldn’t mind bringing him back but it’s looking more and more like he will get at least 4 yrs $60m and I don’t think the Yanks can afford him at that price.

I would offer Swish the $13.5M qualifying offer for 1 yr to recoup the draft pick.  I would then look for a 1 year solution in RF.  Kick the tires on Melky Cabrera to see if he can be had on a reasonable 1-yr deal or possibly a vet like Tori Hunter.  If that doesn’t work, I’d look for a young OF to trade for similar to how Cash traded for Swisher in 2009.  If all else falls, I’d go with a 1 year platoon similar to the A.Jones/Ibanez platoon.  Maybe a Scott Hairston, Johnny Gomes, Jeff Francoeur type teamed with Zoilo Almonte. Then heading into 2014, the big decisions have to be made. The way Granderson is heading I let him walk and take a shot at one of the FA Outfielders like Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Hunter Pence, Martin Prado, Nelson Cruz, Michael Morse, David Murphy.   I think by 2014, one big-time OF, one young player from the Zoilo, Heathcott, Austin, Mason Williams group with a veteran platoon partner/caddy and Gardner would be the OF.

How would you spend the $47.5M?  Are you comfortable with the Pineda, Nova, Phelps, Banuelos, Warren and possibly Brett Marshall & Jose Campos going for 3 rotation spots and providing depth?  And does anyone have any ideas at Catcher?  Mike Napoli and AJ Pyrzinski are FA’s along with Martin.  I don’t think Romine is ready after missing most of this season.  Would some combo of Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Romine cut it for 1 season? Would you sign Martin to a 3 year deal for about $7-8M per?  What about Cano….is $20-23M for 6 years too much to give him? Lots of decisions to be made., let’s hear your plans to work within this budget.

Position

Player

Tax Figure

Position

Player

Tax Figure

C

?

SP1

CC

24.4

1B

Teix

22.5

SP2

Kuroda?

11

3B

Adams

0.5

SP3

Nova

4.5

2B

Cano

22.5

SP4

Pineda

2

SS

Jeter

9.5

SP5

Phelps

0.7

DH

ARod

27.5

SP6

Banuelos

0.5

LF

?

43.1

CF

Gardner

6

RF

?

4th OF

A.Jones?

3

CL

Vet Soriano?

8

Backup C

Stewart?

0.7

RP

DRob

4

IF

Nunez?

0.7

RP

Vet Logan?

3

IF/OF

Nix?

0.7

RP

Min

0.7

93.6

RP

Min

0.7

RP

Min

0.5

LINEUP

93.6

RP

Min

0.5

ROTATION

43.1

17.4

BULLPEN

17.4

Ins/pension

10

164.1

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About fishjam25

Was a 4-yr Pitcher and Communications Major at Seton Hall University in the 90s. His knowledge & opinion of the game comes from his background as a player and ardent lifetime Yankee fan. However, Fishjam also incorporates sabermetrics and statistical support to form a well-rounded view of the game.

Posted on August 23, 2012, in Analysis, Personal Opinion, Player Analysis. Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. The Ghost of Joe Quinn

    Starting pitching will be fine…I really like Marshall, Tracy and Turley. If Banuelos comes back strong there are 4 nice internal prospects with 3 being left handed. In the short term I think Nova will bounce back once he decides to pitch his way and not go for the K. Phelps looks good going forward as he seems to have the mental toughness to deal with NY. I would not mind the Yankees bringing back Kuroda for next year if he wants to return an I think looking into Brandon McCarthy could be good on a 2 year deal.

    For the outfield I really like targeting Allen Craig in a trade with the Cardinals. He could be available as the Cards don’t really need him going forward. So next year the outfield could be Gardy, Grandy, Craig and Joseph. If Joseph’s power surge is for real an as he thinks it’s easier to hit home runs in the big leagues then expecting 20 or so from him over 675 pa is certainly possible. I am not saying that he’ll get that many pa in year 1 but going forward he could have decent power.

    Catching if they want to go cheap keep Stewart and play Romine. Murphy could be ready for 2014

    Third can be a combo of Adams/Arod.

    2014 will take care of itself in the outfield if Heathcott continues to stay healthy and Williams, Flores an Austin continue to hit.

    The pen will be fine with Monty and Goody coming. It looks like Bleich may be back an could fill the lefty reliever role just fine.

    If the Yankees feel the need to add a versatile player then Ryan Doumit could make sense as he can catch, play some first/outfield/dh.

    The Yankees organization will need to decide if young an exciting is better then old and boring. The proof will be fannies in the seats and viewers on the couch. I think fans want young but expect old and boring.

    • Ghost…..I like Tracy, Turley & Marshall also and think the Yanks have enough in-house pitching to fill 2 or 3 rotation spots behind CC. I have big doubts about whether any of the internal options will be good enough to be a top of the rotation guy by 2014 though.

      The pen should be solid. Goody was just promoted to Tampa today. Not sure about Bleich but I think Vidal Nuno could definitely be a LH option in the bullpen.

      Allen Craig would be nice but he’s dirt cheap and having a great yr so it would take an awful lot for STL to move him. But someone like him would be great.

      it will be interesting to see if this organization will hand key roles to several young players in 2014 to get under budget. From an on-field POV, I think they definitely need an infusion of youth. These team is getting incredible comeback seasons from several old players that have greatly helped but you cannot count on that moving forward.

      • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

        Fish on the starting pitching the Yankees have Nova, Phelps and Pineda in house right now and need just one to step up next year as better the average and going forward. Warren is also in the mix but I believe he’ll be traded. I don’t think Nuno is all that special but he will get a chance. Marshall should get the Phelps role next year and he’s much better then most Yankees fans realize.

        As for Craig the Cardinals don’t need him going forward. He has had injury issues so there will be risk targeting him but I think he is worth the risk. I think if the Yankees have soured on Nunez, so putting him into a potential trade could sway the Cards.

        You have seen Heathcott play so you know that if he’s healthy he’s a MLB CF right now defensively. Offensively he’s very close. The kid is a tremendous all around talent.

        The question is do you risk with youth? This years old team is failing going 16-18 over their last 34 games so that should tell them that young is smart and old is boring.

        With there being a lost generation of ballplayers because of the PED era there are very few free agents that will be better then there own in house young talent.

        Start the new exciting era without the Girardi/Cashman stodginess.

        • TWASP agrees with the GHOST!

          Change the show, CashMan and Girardi must go!(tm)

        • While I’d like to see some of our young guys make their way to the BX, you can’t really blame the recent struggles on the old fellas….aside from Jones the AARP crew has been performing rather well. It’s the younger guys that have been flailing.

          • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

            16-18 in their last 34 games speak to a different tale. This is a bad team. Take inter league play out and the Rays are tied with the Yankees playing tonight to take over first place with the O’s 3 back.

          • Cano and middle relief……problems.

            • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

              Twasp it is not middle relief that is the problem. The pen is setup so that Joba’s role needs to succeed. Him or his role not doing the job kills the entire pen if the starter don’t pitch at least 6 innings.

              I find it interesting that the Yankees have accidentally possibly could have found a new way to build a pen. I advocate getting rid of the long man completely. I like what they have right now with a specialty reliever from each side. I want all setup men to be able to pitch 2 innings. So three left handers and three right handers along with a closer can cover all.

              2 one out guys
              4 two inning setup men
              1 closer.

  2. Good thoughts Ghost.

    Great article Fish. If Yankees have a choice of Pettite and or Kuroda to come back next year who do you take? Both? Just for fun who would you choose if you had to pick one.

  3. at the same time,….. after next season, after another jeter 200 hit season,… and jeter is sitting at 3500 hits,…… the yankees are going to have to give jeter a 5 year contract,. upon which jeter will put all his efforts in life in dedication, focus, health, nutrition, and detrmination,… to get 4257 hits, and 2296 runs.

    afterall, jeter is the greatest offensive player to ever put on a mlb uniform.

    • Jim….I repect Jeter’s game and contributions to the team as much as any but there is no way Jeter gets a 5-yr deal at 39-40 yrs old and I don’t think he’s the type who will try to hang on for records. When he ceases to be a productive player, I think he’ll retire.

  4. Outfield of heathcott, williams, flores, austin will not be ready for 2014. But should be ready to provide a deep bench rotation for 2015 with gardner and grandy should still be in mix. Rotation needs retooling. I think pieces are there but maybe falls a little more on pitching coaches. Something is going on where all our pitchers took a step back and only solid one emerged in the bigs with phelps. But that magic number of 189 will never be met. With cano, swisher and grandy all looking for contracts as well as if jeter keeps gettin 150+ hits gotta keep him on just to chase ROSE. only reason the re-up a rod was to chase bonds so all times hit king will have to be in eyes of the yanks for jeter.

    • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

      You fail to see that most really good playeys barely play in AAA before coming to MLB. Outfielders that can hit will get there chance early if there is a spot. In 2014 there will be a spot or 2 open. If Jeter sticks around maybe the outfield will be Craig if they trade for him, Heathcott and Jeter/Joseph/???

      As for the pitching the Yankees changed plan in 08 so the staff in Tampa is very good this year. Add to that all the young pitching talent behind them and the Yankees should not have many worries going forward.

      There are plenty of pen arms in the system so if the organization goes young and they should they can easily stay under the mandate and win. The question is whether they are willing to take the risk.

      • Jobs IS middle relief; with him not ready after a long layoff, Wade falling on his face, Logan slumping and Phelps moved to the rotation I can see why they’re hurting.

        I’m not much into BA, as it tells so little of the story….but I would like to see some if our young guys make their way up over the next few years.

        • Yes , Jimmy , anything between your starter and closer is middle relief, the way I define it……and it has been awful lately. Those you mentioned.

          I’m rooting for Joba to return to his rookie year form……can it happen?

        • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

          BA tells a major story if you’re willing to look but sadly you don’t.

          There is no middle relief on this team because the starters are averaging over 6 innings a start.
          Doing so allows for 2 specialty relievers.

          Girardi panicked the other night an basically used the entire pen when all he needed to do was get out of an inning he let get out of hand. He needed Freddie to pitch 6 innings so his plan could happen when it didn’t he failed the team and they lost.

          • What’s a specialty reliever? LH/RH? If a specialty reliever pitches the 7th or 8th is it middle relief?

            What’s wrong with BA?

            • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

              Twasp when the Yankees were dominating inter league play the starters were pitching into the 7th. Say they got 1 out and left the game. With Eppley and Rapada the Girardi can mix and match up to finish that inning with the platoon advantage. If those 2 do their job the Yankees usually win. Think of those 2 together as a lesser version of the Fireman Robertson from last year.

              BA is interesting when looking at it over the last 6 years. Something is happening. Last year in the AL the BA was nearly the same as it was in the early 70′s why? If you take errors out the early 70′s teams had the better BA.

              Last year in the WS did BA play a role? The Rangers and Cardinals both had the best team BA in their respective leagues.

              • Thanks Ghost….I got it…..mix,match vs a single middleman is what you are saying. Yeah, it’s a good strategy.

                What Ive noticed is BA has come down significantly the last couple of years and so has pitchers ERAs. I’ve read some baseball experts believe it has to do with the banning of amphetamines and steroids.

                What do you think?a

                • Some reasons why BA is down across the league:

                  1) Better defensive positioning & shifts
                  2) Hitters focusing on HRs…teams giving big contracts to HR hitters
                  3) Hitters that don’t use the whole field and are thus easily defended (Tex, Granderson, etc)
                  4) Better & smarter pitchers
                  5) Deeper 7 and 8 man bullpens that can matchup L vs L, R vs R

                  MLB goes in cycles and teams copy what works. In the 90s & 2000s, teams focused on OBP% and patient hitters to let pitchers get themselves in trouble – which they did.

                  Now, pitchers have adjusted and they attack hitters more, getting ahead in the count and forcing guys to swing the bat. Walks are down, OBP% is down and Hits are down as a result.

                  • Yeah very good reasons….I like defensive positioning/shifting and deeper specialized relief the best.

                    I notice you didn’t put the reduction in drug use (amphetamines/steroids). What % in the reduction would you give that?

  5. Money will tell the tale,…… THE MONEY IN BREAKING BOTH ROSE IN HITS, AND HENDERSON IN RUNS,…. WOULD BE WORTH BILLIONS TO BOTH JETER AND THE YANKEES, BOTH DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY,….

    ADDED UP

    I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, AND JETER IS STILL A GREAT DEAL AWAY FROM SEALING THIS DEAL,…

    BUT WHEN IT DOES GET CLOSE, HE WILL WANT IT,….. JUST LIKE HE WANTED 3000 HITS,….]
    AND HE DID WANT 3000 HITS

    WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, IS THAT JETER’S MIND IS SO FOCUSED ON THE GAME, EACH DAY, TO GET A HIT,.. HE DOES NOT PRESENT HIMSELF AS A PLAYER GOINBG FOR RECORDS

    I SAY, THAT IS EXACTLY THE ATTRIBUTE THAT IS GOING TO HIM BOTH THE HITS AND RUNS RECORD

    I TAKE JETER ON FACE VALUE,.. THAT HE DOES NOIT THINK ABOUT IT ,…… YET,..

    THE MONEY WILL BE SO BIG GOING OUT IN JETERS LIFETIME, AND EVEN MORE TO THGE YANKEES IN FREE ADVERTISING EVERYWHICH WAY TO SUNDAY,…

    THAT BOTH JETER AND THE YANKEES WILL AGREE TO GO FOR IT

    AFTERALL,.. BABE RUTH IS STILL FREE ADVERTISING FOR THE YANKEES, HOW MANY DECADES LATER?

    JETER GETS THESE 2 RECORDS,….THEY WIULL STAND PROBABLY OVER 100 YEARS

    THE MONEY WILL BE TOO INSANE TO JUST LET GO

    THIS IS NOT FOOTBALL,… THE NFL,.. WHERE BARRY SANDERS WILL JUST RETIRE,… AND REGARDLESS OF FAVRES STATS LEADING IN A DOZEN PASSING RECORDS,.. THAT FANS WILL FORGET, OR DISMISS WHAT JETER IS DOING

    BASEBALL IS THE VASTLY GREATER, AND BIGGER SPORT

    JETER GETS THESE RECORDS,…. IN THIS ECONOMY,…. ITS BILLIOBS TO BOTH JETER AND THE YANKEES

    AND THE FACT JETER PLATS WITH BLINDERS ON, IS THE VIRTUE THATS GONNA GET HIM THE RECORDS.

  6. the top 5 revenus franchises in mlb, including every single revenue avenue the franchises own in companies,… make more money than the entire NFL,.. it is not even close probably,…

    another aspect of this is the mlbv bnaseball, is far bigger than the NFL,.

    that is to say ,…. whenever we talk about stats, inevibly babe ruths name will cxome up,.. and instantaneously, everyoner in the world equates ruth with the YANKEES.

    FREE ADVERTISING, amongst the population.

    the money will be too big going out, for jeter to retire, or the yankees to ask him to retire,… especially, when he gets close

  7. @ catcher i think the farm holds the answers with in. Cervelli, stewart and romine will do with murphy and sanchez two years behind.

  8. Nice article Fish.

    For 2014 and the first of two years of getting under the mark they’re certainly going to have to get creative. Id rather they didnt offer Grandy another contract; rather see them try and get Swish on a 3/40 deal with a team option or two. Maybe Zoilo can step up and if Heathcott can blister AA next year I’d throw him in their with Gardner.
    I’d offer Martin a one year deal (he might want to try and get fluid value up). Will have to see how Romine does in the AFL before I sketch him in as a backup.
    Campos, even withou missing a year would have been a stretch for 2014. I look to Pineda, Phelps, Banuelos and a vet to back up CC with Turley/Tracy in line to back them up.
    Not easy to do, and we may have to suffer through a mediocre year or two to give the young kids a taste, but they would have youth with some experience and the ability to spend in 2016 without substantial penalties.

    • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

      You didn’t mention Marshall who is the first of the HS pitchers coming. He is the beginning…..he is also the most important pitcher in the system as he has it all. He has power and ground ball tendencies.

      The Yankees have failed miserably when it comes to spotting trends. Baseball BA is down to below the early 70′s rate if you account for errors getting called then and not now.

      The Cardinals have out scored the Yankees by hitting for a higher average that includes pitchers. The Yankees have hit 65 more home runs and they’re boring to watch. This organization needs major change to be successful going forward. Does Hal have balls to make the change or does he continue with his castrated ways. I see more ball less Hal…

      • I didn’t say BA is useless, it simply doesn’t tell the whole story. Using the previous WS to prove how important BA is in terms of winning doesn’t cut it…..ask the Rays.

        For me using BA as the end all to hitting stats is like fielding percentage for position players or W/L for pitchers.

        • Yeah Jimmy….I think most of us agree on this site that there are other more sophisticated measures like OPS+ and wRC that are better than BA.

  9. Good points Jimmy. I think if the Yanks ownership/management were wise they would go after the Luxury tax in 2015 or 2016 rather than 2014. They appear to have a solid core of young position players but it may be til 2015 or 2016 until they are ready to be impact players. Guys like Adams, Joseph & Zoilo will contribute in 2014 and maybe 1 of Austin, Mason, Slade, Sanchez or Flores cracks the roster by then but I don’t know if anyone will be an impact player yet.

    On the pitching side, I have almost no confidence in Pineda doing anything significant in NY. Nova and Phelps could step up to be a solid #3 & 4 and maybe Banuelos, Marshall or Turley can be the #5 guy. But I don’t see anyone ready to be a #1 or #2 by 2014 and if CC starts to regress (he’s shown some signs since last Oct), they will def need to spend on a Veteran.

    • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

      Fish they did not say it but they are after the luxury tax next year. Why do you think they have the geezer squad this year? They were trying to squeeze out a WS victory before the turk came.

    • If Banuelos stays healthy I can see him stepping into the three spot and maybe even the two. A lefty in YS that hits 96 with a four pitch mix and his presence on the mound could do great things. His command was an issue for a time, but you could attribute that to a couple things; the kid was 19 for petes sake and still adding mass and hence velocity; two, it was mentioned he looked to be nibbling a lot when he got to AAA and trying to paint black all game; three, he was in the process of adding another pitch. His 3/4 game sample this year when he was fully healthy is small, I realize that but I’m of the mind that that’s who he can be.

      It would behoove them to push back the two-year budget crunch as it would give those OF’ers time to make it up as well as some of our pitching. Turley, Marshall, Ramirez, he’ll even DePaula could make a play for 15/16 if he moves quickly.

      • I like Manny a lot but with this year a waste, he’s a big question mark. Even if his elbow gets 100% healthy by the start of next ST, he’ll spend the year building up his innings in AAA and maybe be a factor for the 2nd half if everything goes perfectly. That would put him in position to be in the rotation in 2014 but I think it’s a bit optimistic to think he’ll be able to be their #3 or #2 starter that quickly.

  10. I DONT HAVE GOOD POINTS? ALL OF A SUDDEEN,…. THE SUGGESTION THE JETER CAN GET BOTH ROSE IN HIYSD, AND HENDERSON IN RUNS,… 2 TOP DPOTES IN MLB,…..

    ALL OF A SUDDEN IM CRAZY AND I MY POINT ARE NOT VALID

    DRIBNK MORE FRANCESA COOL AIOD,… YOU WILL ALL GO DOWN WITH THE SHIP

    AND SKIP BAYLESS AND MIKE FRANCESA WILL BE THE FIRST ONES TO DROWN

  11. REALLY?…. SKIP BAYLESS IS ABOUT TO BE FIRED FROMK HIS JOB,….. THE BOARD AT DISNEWY IS NOT GOING TO TOLERATE ACCUSING DERECK JETER OF USING PED’S WITH NO PROOF

    BAYLESS HAS PROOF,.. GO PUBLIC WITH IT,

    HE DOESNT HAVE PROOF,.. SOMEONE SHOULD PUNCH HIM RIGHT IN THE MOUTH

    HE WENT WAY TO FAR THIS TIME

    • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

      It seems SKIP is still working! You are losing yourself over this stupidity. Give it up because no one really care what you think.

  12. HERE IS WHAT I SAY JETER SHOULD SAY,…..SKMIP BAYLESS CAN KISS MY DAMN YANKEE ASS

    I’ve been working on the road about 17 years

    Been GETTING MY HITS I’ve been blasting my BATS

    Don’t you know, babe?

    I’ve been sleeping all day and working all night. I made a lot of money, but it don’t feel right ABOUT BAYLESS ACCUSING ME

    Don’t you know, babe?

    Well, I’ve seen the world and it’s seen me In a strange kind of way I guess I’m free

    Don’t you know, babe?

    Well, I’ve seen it bad and I’ve seen it good

    But, now, I want my ethics clear, you know, babe?

    Well, I tried to live the way I shouldI’ve

    shed some tears and sweated blood

    ive dove into the stands, and came back bloody

    Don’t you know, babe?

    And I think it’s time I got my due, i get my credit

    and bayless is a fool

    I have took all I can take

    Don’t you know, babe?

    I’ve got a feeling for home,

    i’ve got a feeling for yankee stadium

    i’ve got a feeling for the yankees

    Somewhere that I call my own

    Take me home, babe

    SKIP BAYLESS CAN KISS DEREK JETER’S ASS,.. AND HE BETTER HOPE I NEVER MEET HIM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

    HOW DARE BAYLESS ACCUSE DEREK JETER OF CHEATING

  13. Jim….who wrote that comment……Willie Nelson?

  14. You’re right Ghost…it’s a combination of I got you, babe and Folsom prison blues.

  15. What is it Jim222244444, an original composition?

  16. WORKING ON THE ROAD, BY TEN YEARSD AFTER, I MODIFIED IT A BIT

  17. I don’t necessarily disagree with your conclusions Ghost. Thevteam that CashMan has built and Girardi has mismanaged is a strange mix of journeymen and old veterans. Which is opposite of what CshMn said his strategy was -to get younger after 2009′s championship.

    If the Yankees don’t mke the playoffs someone should be held accountable.

    1. The team is terrible fundamentally…..they get caught on the bases constantly, they are late defensively covering bases on steals, they don’t bunt well, they don’t hit behind the runner well, theyre terrible getting the guy home from 3rd with less than 2 out.

    2. A.Jones has turned into a worse version of Marcus Iron Glove Thames.

    3. Nix and McGeeHee can’t hit well.

    4. The bullpen has regressed toward worse numbers. Except for Soriano who is still exceptional.

    5. Martin can’t hit……isn’t crazy how many games he has ended with an out?

    6. The teams offense is too HR reliant and not multidimensional ….which would help in close pitchers duels. I’d like to see some young legs from the minors transitioning in now…Nunez,Adams,etc.

    • If/when they do start infusing several of our farm kids into the mix you better be prepared to miss the playoffs for a year or two (not saying it’s a definite but that’s the reality of it). I know the whole Mike Trout sensation has everyone buzzing, but that guy is the exception, and not the rule.
      Fans are going to have to buckle in if they truly want to see a fresh young team because the fact is most prospects don’t hit the ground tearing up the joint.
      I think people take for granted being in the PS year after year after year and fail to realize how difficult it is to continue to turn over a roster AND contend for a title every season.

  18. That’s true Jimmy, and that’s why the WIN NOW pressures of NY has governed Yankee strategy of going with veterans over kids. Just don’t hand us your propaganda ,CashMan ,about getting younger and more athletic and then bring in Randy Win, Nick Johnson, Lance Berkman, Chad Moeller, andruw Jackson, Marcus Thames, iichy, Ibanez…. That’s not to say a few of these guys have not done well.

  19. This article is a joke.

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