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.


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39 Comments on "Yankees Notes: Sabathia, Darvish, Montero, Garcia"


fxx3605
3 years 9 months ago

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

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

I thought Boston would get those jokes this year.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

Does he come with a variety bucket?

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

I like it, getting closer……

3 years 9 months ago

Does he approve of the Colonel? 

What’s his opinion on the gravy hot tub?

Kitfisto007
3 years 9 months ago

Is his BAC higher than his OBP?

East Coast Bias
3 years 9 months ago

I think Larry’s got it.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

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

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

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

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

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

or,

Sorry about Igawa

rainyperez
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

Ignorance at its finest

NYPOTENCE
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

I think Matsuzaka has been at least “decent.”

NYPOTENCE
3 years 9 months ago

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

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

forgot the original…hideo nomo!

Jonathan Cantor
3 years 9 months 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…

3 years 9 months ago

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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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.

Hector Cruz
3 years 9 months ago

yanks go with darvish and dont go for wilson.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

Zing.

Also acceptable: “Does he like fried chicken?”

VivaJackMurphy
3 years 9 months ago

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

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

haha

fxx3605
3 years 9 months ago

“he a gamer?”

East Coast Bias
3 years 9 months ago

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

IdontknowwhyIpostonforums
3 years 9 months 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?

VivaJackMurphy
3 years 9 months ago

I hope you’re kidding.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

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

MattCMoore
3 years 9 months ago

Well, he cant throw a football so…

East Coast Bias
3 years 9 months ago

No :(

VivaJackMurphy
3 years 9 months 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.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

ouch. I’m so sorry to hear

East Coast Bias
3 years 9 months 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!!