NEW YORK — The New York Yankees fanbase, known for its level headed and reasonable disposition, released a collective statement Monday claiming that, should MVP candidate Curtis Granderson begin to slump come September, they would carefully take into consideration his excellent season before determining exactly how they should treat him. “He’s had a career year for us, so if he goes a couple games without a hit or strikes out during a clutch situation in the bottom of the 8th inning, we won’t abruptly turn on him by booing him or questioning his sexual orientation,” said Yankees fan John Pompa, adding that fans of the pinstripes are practical people who understand that every baseball player goes through a slump. “It’s our responsibility to realize, especially in situations where Curtis’ play may hurt our record, that he was a major component in making us a World Series contender in the first place. So we’re not going to fly off the handle and shout things at him that either degrade his family or could be construed as racially insensitive.” While Yankees fans stated they would be pleasantly surprised if the team could win its 28th World Series this year, they admitted that winning isn’t everything.
George A. King III, Post: The eyes were red and moist. ... Heads hung so low chins were almost on the dark clubhouse carpet in a room so quiet you could hear the mice burp. ... The Yankees looked and talked like losers ... "This is devastating," Rodriguez said. "I have a hard time getting 2004 out of my mouth, but this is devastating."
Mike Lupica, Daily News So now it is five times in the last 10 years that the Yankees cannot make it out of the first round and one other year when they did not make the playoffs at all. And another year when they blew a 3-0 lead to the Boston Red Sox.
John Harper, Daily News: t is awfully ominous, considering that at 36, A-Rod has six years remaining [and $143,000,000] on a contract that is looking more and more like the worst kind of albatross ...
Joel Sherman, Post: [Rodriguez] left with the stink of failure.
Mike Vaccaro, Post: [T]hey seemed tight at the absolute worst moment possible. ... [Y]ou could almost hear the players' knees knocking over the din of the crowd.
The idea that the MFY will be "signing" a 36-year-old Slappy to a 6/143 contract this winter is hilarious.
He made $31 million this year. His salaries from 2012-17 are: 29, 28, 25, 21, 20, 20.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman's offseason mistake may have resulted in Michael Pineda injury Bombers fail to monitor Pineda's offseason training after big deal Bill Madden NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 7:55 PM
It is probably a good thing George Steinbrenner is no longer around to unleash his wrath after Brian Cashman's latest pitching fiasco. No doubt, the Yankee GM would be only the most prominent victim, among many in the Yankee organization, once the Boss began sorting out all that went down with the Michael Pineda trade and the big righthander's subsequent career-threatening shoulder injury.
Before we get into the degree of blame Cashman deserves for this disastrous development — in which the pitcher for whom the GM sacrificed the Yankees' No. 1 prospect, slugger Jesus Montero — know this: Steinbrenner fired general managers for far less. In 1983, then-Yankee GM Murray Cook was barred by the Boss from spring training for the first three weeks, then confined to his trailer once he got there, only to be replaced altogether at the start of the season — all for the egregious mistake of losing righthander Tim Belcher, the Yankees' No. 1 pick in the January amateur draft, through a loophole to the Oakland A's in the free agent compensation pool.
Poor Cook never saw that one coming — that, once he'd signed Belcher, the kid was eligible to be taken by the A's, even though the protected lists for the free agent compensation pool had been submitted a week earlier. How could they lose a player they weren't even able to protect? Didn't matter. Steinbrenner blamed Cook, and from there evolved the legend of the "Murray Cook tan" — the tongue-in-cheek sobriquet in later years attributed to all of those pale-faced new arrivals from the north at spring training.
As for the Montero-Pineda situation, even though there were red flags with Pineda — his subpar second half last year (5.12 ERA), his "violent delivery" as scouts described it — Cashman had every good reason to make the deal. Montero was essentially going to be a part-time DH for the Yankees this year while the 6-7, 23-year-old Pineda projected to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.
Young pitchers with such upside almost never become available. Plus, for all the hype they placed on Montero, the Yankees never believed he'd develop into a trustworthy everyday catcher and had instead determined Austin Romine to be their heir apparent there.
But here's where Cashman and his baseball advisers dropped the ball: Once they acquired Pineda, he suddenly became precious goods, given that they'd traded their one big chip for him and, as such, needed to be handled with care. But instead of setting up an offseason training regimen at their complex in the Dominican Republic — the domain of Steinbrenner's son-in-law, Felix (The Gardner) Lopez, their so-called director of international relations, and senior VP of baseball operations, Mark Newman — Cashman essentially told Pineda "see you in spring training."
And when next he did see him, the pitcher was 30 pounds overweight. The crash conditioning course that followed, at the same time Pineda was developing a changeup, conceivably contributed to the shoulder tear. All the extensive MRIs the Yankees had performed on him before he went home to the Dominican Republic for the winter showed no evidence of any shoulder damage. Making matters worse, though, is the fact that Romine has been sidelined indefinitely with what one source termed a "chronic" back injury.
So even if the trade itself cannot be considered a bad deal on Cashman's part, the end result — from a failure of the Yankees to monitor Pineda's offseason conditioning — only adds to the GM's dismal legacy of pitching busts: $46 million for Kei Igawa; $40 million for Carl Pavano; $22.5 million for Steve Karsay; $17 million for Kyle Farnsworth; $8 million for Pedro Feliciano; $4.8 million for Chris Hammond; two ill-fated acquisitions of Javier Vazquez; the 2002 trade of Ted Lilly (who has since gone on to win 129 games in the big leagues) for Jeff Weaver — which later begat two years at $31.4 million for kindly Kevin Brown; the 2007 trade of Tyler Clippard (who has since established himself as an All-Star setup man) to the Nationals for Jonathan Albaladejo.
Part of Cashman's problem is that he and his advisers are obsessed with big, tall hard throwers, which Lilly and Clippard aren't. But, other than Ivan Nova, whom they sent to the minors twice last year and threatened to do so again this spring, they haven't been able to develop any into front-line major league starters. Phil Hughes continues to disappoint while Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are both struggling mightily at Triple-A.
And so, with Pineda out for the year, the Yankees now have $9 million in payroll tied up in three pitchers (Damaso Marte and Feliciano are the others) who will not throw a single pitch for them this year, while they wait for 39-year-old Andy Pettitte to save the rotation. There is, however, one potential salvation for Cashman in the Pineda trade disaster and that is 19-year-old Jose Campos, the hard-throwing Venezuelan righthander he insisted Seattle include in the deal. Campos is currently pitching lights out at low A Charleston (3-0, 1.23 ERA, 23K, 5 walks in 22 IP) and, despite his age, is likely to move up a rung or two in the organization this season. In the words of one scout who works the Venezuelan winter league extensively: "I said at the time, in my opinion, Campos was a better pitcher than Pineda. He's just a baby, but nothing he's done has changed my mind. I couldn't believe Seattle gave him up."
Still, if Steinbrenner was still around, by the time Campos ever got to the big time, Cashman likely would be consigned to a desk in the ticket operations department, working on his "Murray Cook tan."
Yankees starter Freddy Garcia retired five batters his last time out in Boston, surrendering five runs in the process.
It can't get any worse than that, right?
Yes. Yes it can.
The right-hander, who was ineffective in his first two starts of the year but infinitely worse since, got knocked out again after 1 2/3 innings, this time against the Tigers. He gave up six runs in a 7-5 defeat in The Bronx. ...
[Girardi:] "I don't think you forget how to pitch from spring training until now."