With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training on Friday, the Yankees have to begin forming their rotation, which is currently full of question marks. CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and Chris Capuano are expected to be in the rotation but with Sabathia, Tanaka and Pineda’s health issues, along with Capuano’s questionable effectiveness, the rotation is a few injuries away from being completely in shambles. So what’s one way to fix the rotation? Having a competition for possibly a sixth starter.
Larry Rothschild told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com the Yankees are planning to discuss the possibility of using a sixth starter to begin the season, which would mostly be in April and May.
The idea of having a sixth starter is actually interesting. Ivan Nova isn’t scheduled to return until June or July, we don’t know how long Tanaka’s elbow can hold up, we don’t know if Sabathia’s going to be an effective pitcher and you wonder if Pineda can stay healthy for an entire season. The Yankees rotation is one of their glaring concerns, but you have to wonder, will having six men in the rotation help soften the blow or will it reveal the the Yankees Achilles heel to the entire ..read more
We all knew an apology from Alex Rodriguez was coming, whether it’d be in written form or during a press conference. In the end, Rodriguez decided to take the handwritten approach, telling the fans, the media, the Players Association, the Yankees and Major League Baseball that he made a mistake, a mistake which cost him a year in playing time. Before the written apology, he went to speak to Commissioner Rob Manfred, apologizing for his role in the Biogensis Scandal. The Commissioner told him there was nothing more Rodriguez could do there, and that it would be best to move on. The Yankees told Rodriguez the best thing he could do right now is focus on baseball. The Yankees were 100% right; Rodriguez’s next focus should be on baseball.
After Rodriguez apologized, immediately there were mixed reactions. Some were willing to forgive Rodriguez right away. Some weren’t as willing considering this was the second (known to the public) offense. Some were indifferent, simply believing it was a PR stunt and some felt Rodriguez should save the apologies altogether. I’m quite the forgiving person, so I forgave A-Rod–but it doesn’t mean I’m ever going to forget or be okay with what he did. The fact is we’re all human. We’re bound to make a huge error in judgement at least once in our lifetime. The steroid scandal just happened to be Rodriguez’s error in judgement.
Whether we agree with the reaction of Rodriguez’s apology, there’s nothing much that can be done; Rodriguez is going to be on the team whether the fans like it or not, and he’s here to stay as the rest of his contract plays out. We don’t know what role Rodriguez is going to play and we don’t know how much ..read more
Masahiro Tanaka arrived to camp this morning to throw off flat ground, which is what the pitchers in camp normally do this time of year. However, Tanaka was a special case–Tanaka has a tear in his elbow and is in the second year of a seven-year, $155 Million contract, not to mention like ex-Yankee Ichiro Suzuki is a Japanese icon.
Tanaka spend most of the morning running laps followed by 35 minutes of leveled field long toss. He didn’t speak to reporters today, but he’s slated to do so on Friday when pitchers and catchers officially report to camp.
“He looked like the same guy, smiling all the time,” Ivan Nova, who was also in camp rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery, said as he watched Tanaka do his warm-up tosses. “When I saw his throwing program, he looked good.”
Tanaka had been rather busy throughout the offseason. He spent most of it in Japan as he worked out with the Rakuten Golden Eagles before flying to New York and play catch in the tunnels of Yankee Stadium despite the freezing cold temperatures. Nova marveled at Tanaka’s ability to return to baseball without needing Tommy John Surgery in 2014, and was amazed with his poise during his last two starts.
“I didn’t know he would be able to do it,” Nova said. “At the end of the season, to be able to pitch two more games and then come here like nothing happened, it’s ..read more
Alex Rodriguez has opted not to have a press conference at the beginning of Spring Training and has instead issued a written apology to the Yankees, the fans and Major League Baseball. Here is Rodriguez’s written statement:
To the Fans,
I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season. I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I’m sorry.
I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything I say at this point. I understand why and that’s on me. It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology but I decided the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job.
I served the longest suspension in the history of the league for PED use. The Commissioner has said the matter is over. The Players Association has said the same. The Yankees have said the next step is to play baseball. I’m ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball.
This game has been my single biggest passion since I was a teenager. When I go to Spring Training, I will do everything I can to be the best player and teammate possible, earn a spot on the Yankees and help us ..read more
The Yankees have shown interest in Yoan Moncada all offseason long but they’re not sold on his asking price.
The New York Post wrote Moncada is close to making a decision with a big market team, and he could sign by next week at the earliest.
“The Red Sox, Dodgers, Yankees and Padres are the names we are hearing,’’ a talent evaluator who’s club has no interest in Moncada told the Post. Another evaluator told the Post the Dodgers were reportedly the front runners for the 19-year-old switch hitter.
Moncada could get a $30 Million signing bonus, but if the Yankees were to sign him, they would have to pay a $60 Million signing bonus because the Yankees owe 100-percent tax for exceeding their international spending. The Dodgers would also face the same penalty as the Yankees should they sign him.
“I have let people know we would like to get him signed before spring training,’’ Moncada’s agent, David Hastings, said Monday. “He wants to play and wants to be an All-Star. You look at him and it’s hard to put it in perspective the talent and the body and his age. I am not a scout, but every scout I talk to says he can be a franchise ..read more
Here’s a few quick notes from camp this morning as the official start to Spring Training begins in three short days:
— Andrew Miller arrived at Yankees camp this morning, although this isn’t anything new. Since signing his four-year contract with the Yankees over the winter, Miller had been a frequent visitor to the Yankees minor league complex.
— This actually a bit of breaking news: Anthony Bosch, the man who supplied Alex Rodriguez with steroids was just sentenced to four-years in prison for his part in the Biogenesis scandal. Bosch supplied more than a dozen Major League Baseball players with steroids, which ultimately led to their suspensions last season, Rodriguez getting the lengthiest as he missed the whole 2014 campaign.
— And finally, one of the major 2015 storylines begins today as Masahiro Tanaka reported to camp after getting into Tampa last night. Tanaka is a must-watch for the Yankees, especially with the tear in his elbow. There’s still a concern on whether the tear will hold up, but for now all the Yankees can do is sit and wait until they can take action, if need ..read more
The New York Yankees have announced they signed RHP Jared Burton to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Burton previously pitched with the Minnesota Twins in 2014, going 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.297 WHIP in 64 innings in relief. Burton’s most frequent pitch is the change-up, which was documented by Peter Gammons back in December. The Yankees hope to get a look at Burton in Spring Training as he hopes to make the roster as a pitcher out of the pen.
Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams aren’t the only players that are to be honored this season. This summer, they’ll have one other Yankee joining them in Yankee immortality.
According to reports, the Yankees are planning to honor former 2B and captain Willie Randolph with a plaque in Monument Park. Randolph’s ceremony is scheduled for June 20th.
Randolph played 18 Major League seasons (12 with the Yankees) where he hit a career .276/.373/.351 with 54 HR’s and 687 RBI’s.