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Who should be on the Yankees 2013 roster?

Some of the Yankees that most likely will make the 2013 roster are Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson. But who are the others?

Looking ahead is not a bad thing. The Yankees looked ahead when it came to releasing the 2013 schedule, so why not look ahead to see who could be on the field when you go to a game in 2013. Here is how I picture the Yankees having their alignment of players in 2013.

Let us start in the outfield, shall we? In left field, we have none other than the Yankees speedster Brett Gardner (2012:  .321 AVG, 0 HR, 3 RBI). Now keep in mind that Gardner has only played in nine games and was shut down for the duration of the season due to elbow surgery. Gardner is a catalyst for the Yankees and plays the game Joe Girardi hates to play–small ball. He gets on base, he steals, he bunts and he is one of the best defensive players in baseball. Gardner is arbitration eligible so do not expect there to be much of a fight since Gardner has not played most of the year.

In center field, we have another speedster but he is known for his power bat, Curtis Granderson (2012: .233 AVG, 37 HR, 89 RBI). 2013 is Granderson’s free agent year and after the Kevin Long tutorial in 2010; Granderson has become a home run hitter. Now, Granderson does not hit for singles or doubles (note the .233 average) but he is a power bat, which is something the Yankees could use in the heart of the lineup. What happens after 2013, we do not know but—at least the Yanks could see Granderson’s bat in the lineup in 2013.

In right field, you may be a bit surprised by my choice but I believe Nick Swisher (2012: .258 AVG, 20 HR, 78 RBI) will be in Yankees pinstripes in 2013. Now, why do I think Swisher will be a Yankee? Because along with Swisher’s good bat in the lineup, he has a charming and bubbly personality that would be sorely missed if he ever left the team. The Yankees were a serious bunch before Swisher came along and now the team seems livelier. Swisher has left an imprint on the team—but if Swisher signs with the Yanks, he cannot expect a $100 Million contract. We are still recovering from 3 of those.

In the infield, we have of course the third baseman Alex Rodriguez (2012: .276 AVG, 17 HR, 50 RBI). A-Rod this season is not A-Rod but he has come back a hot hitter since getting off the DL. In addition, A-Rod is stuck with the Yankees until his contract expires in 2018 (Yikes).

At shortstop, we have the Captain Derek Jeter (2012: .323 AVG, 15 HR, 53 RBI) who becomes a free agent in 2014. There is not much to explain about Jeter except for the fact he is having his best year average wise since 2009.

At second base, there is the young Robinson Cano (2012: .299 AVG, 30 HR, 77 RBI) who is by far the Yankees best player. He plays second base so smoothly and has a great pop to his bat. For a person who does not think he has home run power—he is mistaken. He is a home run hitter. That is all.

Finally, to round out the infield, we have Mark Teixeira (2012: .255 AVG, 23 HR, 81 RBI). Teixeira is stuck with us until 2017 and even if the Yankees wanted to trade Teixeira (they do not), they cannot because of Teixeira’s no trade clause. We might as well make the best of it so Tex…we are going to need lots of game winning and World Series winning HR’s until then.

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Morning Bits: Joba, Swisher, O’s

Good Morning.  The weekend is here and so is a new series for the Bombers.   The O’s are in town and this is the chance for the Yankees to separate themselves from them and make the push for the playoffs.  On the mound tonight is Gonzalez vs Kuroda.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM Est.

Enjoy the day.  Now for some links…

Ian Begely of ESPN NY asks what to do about Joba.

–  Zack Meisel of MLB.com has a nice write about Nick Swisher.

Marc Carig of The Star Ledger writes about how important this series with the O’s.

Morning Bits: Blockbuster Trade, Lowe, Chamberlain, Aceves

Good morning everyone and happy Sunday to you all. The Yankees unfortunately couldn’t back up Kuroda but they have a chance to gain a half game on the Rays who are off…on a Sunday…no fair. Anyway, here are your morning links.

– As we all know, the Red Sox and Dodgers pulled off the ultimate blockbuster trade yesterday. Now the question is, could you picture the Yankees doing the same thing? And do the remaining Yankees/Red Sox series mean anything?

– Speaking of the blockbuster trade, Derek Lowe (who was a former Red Sox with the 2004 Championship team) had a unique perspective on why the Red Sox and Dodgers did what they did.

–This was the sign that Chad Jennings of LoHud Yankees found on his window of his hotel room–and it has something to do with Joba Chamberlain and midges.

– Major League Baseball suspended former Yankee Alfredo Aceves for three games for “conduct dertrimental to the team”. Apparently, he didn’t like the idea that Andrew Bailey was going to save a game instead of him.

 

 

 

Morning Bits: Phelps, Jeter, Lowe, Chamberlain

Good morning everyone and a happy (yet rainy) Saturday in New York. Yankees had 5 HR’s last night, 2 from Nick Swisher. If he keeps this up, he might be back next season (which I am hoping for). Yankees play a FOX game today which means time to bring out your radio, mute your T.V from Joe Buck and Tim McCarver and play John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Here are your morning links! 

– ESPN New York writes about what stats to watch for from David Phelps who will make his second start in CC’s place in the rotation. They were also nice enough to write about Jon Lester (who along with Josh Beckett is having a terrible year).

– Yesterday Derek Jeter passed Babe Ruth on the all-time Home Runs list with 250. Yes, really. You know, the players that call them selves non-home run hitters (Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter), they sure do hit a lot of home runs.

– Derek Lowe admits that it’s different to face the Red Sox this weekend since he associates the Red Sox with the 2004 Championship team (the one he was on). As a matter of fact, the only player still there from the Champion team was David Ortiz. That’s a long time a go.

– Tommy John who was a former Yankee ripped Joba Chamberlain and the Yankees on the radio earlier this week by saying that the Yankees “screwed Joba over.”

Morning Bits: Nova not sharp, Prospect notes, Joba and more…

Good morning all.  Verlander was just nasty last night striking out the Yankees left and right.   On the other hand Nova was poor again and I am starting to worry if he is running out of gas.   The game tonight is for 7:05 on the mound will be Hughes and Porcello.

Enjoy the day.  Now for some links…

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY says that Nova looks lost on the mound.  He mentions his ERA after the all-star break is 8.36!!!!!!

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY has some minor league notes including Banuelos, Austin, Williams and more.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has a few notes from last nite including that Joba hit 97mph.

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Martin, Chamberlain, Mariners

Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday to you all! Yankees and Mariners will play at 1:05 today, so make sure you watch! Now onto the morning links!

– For the first time since April 11, Russell Martin caught CC Sabathia last night and although it didn’t look like CC actually needed a catcher (other than to play catch), it was still nice to see them together again.

– While a lot of fans doubted that Joba Chamberlain could return to the Yankees this season after a trampoline accident on top of Tommy John Surgery, there was one person that believed he could return–Chamberlain’s father.

– Lohud Yankees wrote about how the Mariners have been linked to the Yankees yesterday and it’s no surprise that it’s due to the multiple trades the 2 teams have done. Now–if only we could see how the Montero/Pineda trade would have went.

Morning Bits: Joba, Stats and more…

I hope you all enjoyed the off day yesterday.  Today the Yankees are back in action as the host the Mariners.  Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM EST.  On the mound is Millwood vs. Sabathia.   Enjoy the game.

Now onto the links…

Mark Simon of ESPN Stats has some stats to watch during this upcoming series.

Katie Sharp of ESPN Stats takes a look at the last series with O’s with all the stats you can digest.

Bryan Hoch has an article where he took questions from fans.  It’s a pretty good read check it out.

Marc Carig of The Star Ledgers writes for the Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain, the beginning of a new chapter.

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Morning Bits: Hughes, Pettitte, Joba and more.

Good morning all after a win yesterday afternoon and no Yankee game today we just have to wait until tomorrow night for the Seattle series to begin.   Lot’s to talk about though so here are some links to get you going.

Enjoy the day.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY writes that Hughes is happy with win, but not his pitching.

Evan Drellich of MLB.com has the preview of the Seattle series as Ichiro welcomes his former team to the Bronx.

Steven Miller of MLB.com has the recap of Joba’s return to the stadium.

Zach Schonburn writes that the Yankees say the delay in Pettitte’s return isn’t a concern.

John Nalbone of The Star Ledger writes that The Yankees are keeping close tabs on Trenton Thunder starters as playoffs inch closer after 4-3 win.

Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated mentions the Yankees are counting on quick recovery for Teixeira.

– The Trenton Thunder have now won 6 games in a row.  Click here to read last nights game recap.

Yankees Acquire Casey McGehee

According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees have traded RHP Chad Qualls to the Pirates for 3B/1B Casey McGehee. In 293 PA this year, the right-handed McGehee has hit .230/.297/.377. He will be beneficial as another right-handed bat in an otherwise heavily left-handed roster with the injuries to Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. This year against left-handers, McGehee has a very strong 119 wRC+, a .348 wOBA, and a .807 OPS. He also brings a lot of value as a pinch hitter with a line of .292/.382/.542 coming off the bench in his career which is rather impressive. McGehee plays both 3rd and 1st base so he can add some pop to the lineup at 1st base while Teixeira is out, and then he could probably platoon with Eric Chavez at 3rd with A-Rod out. Sherman also notes that the Pirates are giving the Yankees $225,000 of the $485,000 differential between the contracts of Qualls and McGehee.

Chad Qualls was going to be the odd man out of the bullpen anyway with Joba Chamberlain returning from the DL so this is a good move by Cashman to get some value out of the right-hander instead of simply sending him down or DFA’ing him. However, this trade doesn’t come without a negative side, as McGehee’s defense at third base is not anything to rave about. Also as William J. of The Captain’s Blog pointed out on Twitter, the trade makes the Yankees lineup even more suscepible to splits as McGehee is extremely weak against right-handed pitching (.222 AVG, .616 OPS, 67 wRC+ this year).

Joba will be activated tonight and will be a great piece to have in the bullpen as someone who can get both righties and lefties out.

Morning Bits: Joba news, Pettitte injury, Bobby V. says Yankee could miss playoffs

Good morning all.  Losing a series to the Red Sox always stinks.  New series tonight against Baltimore who is fighting to be one of the wild card teams.  The series should be good one.  Also this week we might be seeing Joba back with the team.

Let’s get right to the links….

Steven Miller of mlb.com has the story of Joba’s outing yesterday.  He notes that Joba will be playing catch in the Bronx today.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has all the latest on Pettite’s ankle.

Ian O’Connor of ESPN NY has the story on how Bobby Valentine says the Red Sox can make the playoffs & Yankees could miss it.

John Harper of The Daily News writes that Mark Teixeira reveals he snapped out of his funk by defying order to change swing.

Morning Bits: Yankees, Angels, Pedroia, Ichiro, Chamberlain

Good morning everyone and a happy Saturday to you all! Yankees play at 4pm and it’s a FOX game. CC Sabathia will go on the hill for the Yankees. Here are your morning links!

– Now that the Angels have acquired Zack Grenike, if the Yankees faced the Angels again–who would win?

– After the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 10-3 in last night’s game, Dustin Pedroia bashed the Red Sox organization now that the Sox are 11.5 games behind the Yankees.

– Anthony McCarron of the Daily News says to catch Ichiro Suzuki play this summer at Yankee Stadium while you can before he heads off to Cooperstown as a future Hall of Famer.

–  Joba Chamberlain is just days away from returning to the Yankees, which is good because the Yankees could use all the bullpen help they could get.

 

 

 

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Nova, Joba, Ichiro, Martin

* An A-blog for A-Rod writes that extra base hits are still a problem for Nova.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue looks at the rise of Joba Chamberlain.

* Bronx Baseball Daily looks into why Andrew McCutchen is MLB’s best player.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes has her power rankings for week 15.

* Pinstripe Alley has the staff analysis of Ichiro trade.

* River Ave Blues is scouting the trade market with Shawn Camp.

* The Captain’s Blog takes a look into the MLB draft.

* The Yankee Analysts has a good write up on the Yankees who got away.

* Yanks Go Yard looks into the sabermetrics of Russell Martin.

Morning Bits: Sabathia looks to stop skid, Soccer at the Stadium, Joba to throw Tuesday

Good morning all.  Now it’s 3 games.  It’s considered a losing streak now.  Only 2 earned runs for Hughes last night but both runs were home runs.  Also Cano’s hit streak is now over. Let’s see if C.C. Sabathia can stop the Yankees from getting swept as he is up against Bartolo Colon.  Game time is 4:05EST.

Enjoy the day.  Now onto the links….

Jeff Fletcher of ESPN NY writes that Swisher’s return for the Seattle series is uncertain.

Quinn Roberts of mlb.com has the pregame review of today’s game as C.C. looks to go for his 11th win.

– Today at Yankee Stadium will be a soccer game.  While Mariano was rehabbing he got to meet some of the players writes Ethan Asofsky of mlb.com.

Evan Drellich of mlb.com has a bunch of tidbits for the Yankees such as Joba will throw again Tuesday with the Tampa Yankees.

David Waldstein of The New York Times writes that the Yankees will turn to Dewayne Wise to fill in for Nick Swisher.

Morning Bits: Trades, Joba, A-Rod better at DH

Good morning all.  It would have been nice to see them win last night but at least they took the series and the took the season series from them as well.  The Yankees begin a series with division rival Toronto Blue Jays tonight.  On the mound is Alvarez vs Hughes.

Enjoy the day.  Now here are some links….

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN NY ponders to deal….or not to deal for Cashman.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has the scoop on Chamberlin and his progress back to the Bombers.

– Hoch has another article this one with Ethan Asofsky.  The both write that A-Rod’s numbers are boosted when he is the DH.

All-Star Game Lineups

Lineup vs. National League:

Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Josh Hamilton LF
Jose Bautista RF
Prince Fielder 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli C
Curtis Granderson CF

RHP Justin Verlander

Lineup vs. American League:

Carlos Gonzalez DH
Melky Cabrera CF
Ryan Braun LF
Joey Votto 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Buster Posey C
Pedro Sandoval 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Rafael Furcal SS

RHP Matt Cain

And now onto today’s top stories in Yankees Universe:

Joba Chamberlain pitched early this morning for the Gulf Coast Yankees and looked impressive. He went a hit-less inning giving up 1 unearned run and 2 strikeouts. This was the first time Chamberlain got into game action since having Tommy John Surgery last season. He believes he could be back to the Yankees by August 1st.

David Aardsma got the results from his tests from his doctor and according to him all is well. Aardsma is just waiting for the doctor to give him the green light on when he can throw again.

– It didn’t seem like it was a possibility but today Mariano Rivera‘s rehab doctor Dr. Pyne revealed that Mariano Rivera might be able to pitch in 2012 after all. He says that since Rivera had did some pre-rehabilitation work before the surgery, he is in an advanced recovery state where he could possibly get on a mound by the end of the year.

– Well that didn’t last long. After telling Reggie Jackson to stay away from the Yankees indefinitely, Brian Cashman is now saying that Reggie Jackson could be back with the team on Friday.

– And last but not least, Brett Gardner will most likely be back in the next 2 weeks. Cashman and Gardner both gave the target date of July 27  in which he could return to the majors. Gardner had already been shut down twice during his rehab.Maybe third times a charm?

Morning Bits: Martin bad, Rob Thomson takes blame, Chamberlin taking baby steps

Good morning all and a Happy 4th of July!!!!  Another tough loss last night as so many little things could have changed that outcome of the game.  Martin had a poor game and is having a horrible year.   Today’s game is a 3:10 start. On the mound for the Rays is David Price and for the Yankees it will be David Phelps.

Enjoy the day.   Now let’s get to the links….

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY has the details of how poorly Russell Martin has been this year.

Matthews has another article where third base coach Rob Thomson wants to take the blame for last night.

Adam Berry of MLB.COM has the recap of last nights game.

David Waldstein of The New York Times writes Led by Martin, Yankees make another mess.

Mark Feinsand of The Daily News has the scoop of the progress of Joba Chamberlin.

Josh Horton has the recap of last nights 6-5 loss for Scranton Yankees.

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