Yankees Notes: Sabathia, Darvish, Montero, Garcia

It's been a busy day for the Yankees. They've announced their extension with GM Brian Cashman and declined their option on Andrew Brackman, making the right-hander a free agent. Reactions to C.C. Sabathia's extension have continued streaming in and we have some more notes to pass along from Cashman's conversation with reporters. Most of the quotes below come via Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger:

  • By signing Sabathia, the Yankees added "the most important piece" of the offseason, Cashman said.
  • "Offense is not a problem with this club," Cashman said. He's right – the Yankees scored more runs than any MLB team but the Red Sox and their starting lineup returns in 2012, so pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols doesn't seem likely. 
  • The focus of the winter is "pitching, pitching, pitching," Cashman said.
  • Cashman said the organization is better-positioned to evaluate Japanese players than it was a few years ago. The Yankees could express interest in Yu Darvish, the Japanese right-hander who may be posted this offseason.
  • Jesus Montero's role with the Yankees has yet to be determined: he could DH, catch on a semi-regular basis or be a bat off of the bench. Cashman expects Montero to contribute in the Major Leagues.
  • Cashman said picking up Nick Swisher's $10.25MM option was an easy decision.
  • Agent Peter Greenberg says there’s mutual interest between the Yankees and free agent Freddy Garcia in working out a new deal, according to Mark Hale, George A. King III and Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Yankees would likely offer the Type B right-hander arbitration.
  • I examined the Yankees' offseason last week.

39 Responses to Yankees Notes: Sabathia, Darvish, Montero, Garcia Leave a Reply

  1. fxx3605 4 years ago

    cue the “can he pitch?” comment about every single player

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      I thought Boston would get those jokes this year.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      Still searching for the catch-phrase of the off-season.  The Red Sox seem like the easiest target.  Just that “Does he like beer and chicken” doesn’t quite go as smooth as “can he pitch”.  I’m sure they’ll come up with something though.

      • wickedkevin 4 years ago

        Does he come with a variety bucket?

      • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

        I think Larry’s got it.

      • 0bsessions 4 years ago

        I’m standing by “Grady Sizemore would be a good fit for the local baseball club on an incentive laden deal.”

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        i can only imagine what cano’s deal is going to look like when he gets close to the open market. something like 10 yr/$200M?

    • Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

      Cashman should take a cue from how awesome Dice K worked out for the Sox. Stay away from the Japanese pitchers.

  2. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    “Cashman said the organization is better-positioned to evaluate Japanese
    players than it was a few years ago.”


    Sorry about Igawa

  3. rainyperez 4 years ago

    I think what he means by scouting is that the Yankees are fully prepared to battle the Red Sox’s fried chicken and beer parties with our own sushi and sake bomb rallies.

    • flickadave 4 years ago

      I think the Red Sox were just talking about the beer and chicken to try to lure CC into opting out…

  4. The Yu Darvish sweepstakes will be a situation of who’s dumb enough to give a huge contract to another Asian pitcher.

    • Ignorance at its finest

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      For all the talk that Asian players are terrible, this is a list of players who have had held their own in the majors:
      Ichiro         Saito        Takahashi   Johjima
      H.Matsui     Tateyama  Iguchi        Iwamura
      Uehara        Fukudome Taguchi
      Okajima       Kuroda      Otsuka

      These are all players with decent success in the majors, yes there are a lot of failures but what do you expect when they not only have to adjust to their new leagues but also their lifestyles.

      • wickedkevin 4 years ago

        I think Matsuzaka has been at least “decent.”

        • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

          I was debating on whether he should be on the list but didn’t want to deal with all the criticism.

          • wickedkevin 4 years ago

            Obviously he was/is not worth the money paid, but that has to be put aside when simply discussing somebody’s actual play. 

      • Snoochies8 4 years ago

        forgot the original…hideo nomo!

  5. Jonathan Cantor 4 years ago

    Hey Ben you missed another point. Cashman expressed interest of bring back Russel Martin either to a one or multi-year deal! He called him “Thurman-esque” apparently as well…

  6. If the Yankees are underwhelmed by the starting pitching market (I wouldn’t blame them) and can’t find anything reasonable via trade, why not improve the team by making a splash on offense, even though it isn’t a pressing need?  Mask the starting staff’s overall ineptitude with an even more dominant offense.

    CJ Wilson, according to a previous article here, seems likely to remain in Texas.  If they lose the Darvish bidding or for whatever reason don’t find him very appealing, they should look into some starters via trade.  What are some reasonable options?

    • 0bsessions 4 years ago

      “Mask the starting staff’s overall ineptitude with an even more dominant offense.”

      The Red Sox spent a solid eight plus decades proving that this strategy is completely without merit.

    • BaseballFanatic0707 4 years ago

      Unless Montero is traded, it’s not a good idea. 1) There is such a thing as having enough offense, and the Yankees have enough offense. 2) It’s really not worth signing another 1B, since Teix can still play first base and Montero is either DH or nothing.

  7. Hector Cruz 4 years ago

    yanks go with darvish and dont go for wilson.

  8. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago


    Also acceptable: “Does he like fried chicken?”

  9. VivaJackMurphy 4 years ago

    Tim Tebow serves as testament (get it?) that sobriety in no way correlates with athletic prowess. 

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  11. fxx3605 4 years ago

    “he a gamer?”

  12. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    You better take that back… I just traded for him in my fantasy league.

  13. IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 4 years ago

    Wait a minute, Tebow is a excellent athlete.  He may not be a great quarterback, but that does not mean his athletic skill is in question.

    The real question is can he pitch?

  14. VivaJackMurphy 4 years ago

    I hope you’re kidding.

  15. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    as long as no one charges the mound he should be fine

  16. Matt Moore 4 years ago

    Well, he cant throw a football so…

  17. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    No :(

  18. VivaJackMurphy 4 years ago

     I’m not sure what’s worse: the fact that someone actually HAD Tim Tebow on their fantasy team, or the fact that that someone else was willing to TRADE for him, unless of course you get points every time a player is mentioned ESPN.

  19. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    ouch. I’m so sorry to hear

  20. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    I was going to pick him up but someone already did. So I sent Victor Cruz and Heath Miller and he accepted. I have VJax & AJ Green at WR, and Vernon Davis at TE, so I’m not worried about those positions… My qb situation is a mess. Josh Freeman is so inconsistent. I had to do it man… I had to!!

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