• Yanks To Sign Brian Roberts

    Posted by on December 17th, 2013 · Comments (13)

    Brian Cashman brings you the Roberts signing in the fine tradition that gave you Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner, Nick Johnson, et al as Yankees free agent pick-ups.

    Comments on Yanks To Sign Brian Roberts

    1. MJ Recanati
      December 17th, 2013 | 10:52 am

      1Y/$2M. That’s actually a pretty reasonable deal, even if he is a member of the Nick Johnson Memorial Glass Bones Society.

    2. December 17th, 2013 | 11:03 am

      It’s only a matter of time before Cash breaks out that old speech about “Stick Michael told me you can never have enough nuggets. This is another nugget…blah, blah, blah.” Seriously, Cashman has proven that he cannot evaluate pitchers, amateur prospects, injury risk players or discreet mistresses. I have no idea why he is paid so well to do a job so poorly.

    3. December 17th, 2013 | 11:04 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      1Y/$2M. That’s actually a pretty reasonable deal, even if he is a member of the Nick Johnson Memorial Glass Bones Society.

      It is still a spot on the 40-man that could be put to better use, no?

    4. EHawk
      December 17th, 2013 | 11:32 am

      @ Steve L.:
      What move would you suggest for 2B then? Plenty of teams get by with platoon at a middle IF position….would you of rather them traded for Phillips and his contract?

    5. #15
      December 17th, 2013 | 11:43 am

      Echoing Ehawk…. Not a bad gamble given the choices and the low cost.

      Too cheap to worry about him breaking. And, they’ve left enough scratch to seek a pitcher or bullpen help. Starting to think Nunez’s glove will see a lot of 3rd base time, and that concerns me. Can’t believe I’m writing this, but I’d rather see Reynolds at 3rd, and some at 1st. base.

      Always liked the Roberts. Played like a grinder fighting for his job, but had more than enough raw talent. Maybe we can get him to Cadillac it to first base to save his legs.

      Kind of an Eric Chavez type signing. I think he can help…. when he’s able to play.

      We have decent subs for both SS and 2nd. Girardi needs to be smart and use ‘em often.

      Dump Wells or Ichiro at this point.

    6. December 17th, 2013 | 12:14 pm

      Yeah, Wells is a goner. Should have been by mid summer last year.

    7. December 17th, 2013 | 12:19 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      @ Steve L.:
      What move would you suggest for 2B then?

      What about Jedd Gyorko? He played 2B in SD last year and hit 23 HR. Oh, but, wait, that’s right, we don’t have him. Brian Cashman elected to draft Cito Culver in 2010, instead, and passed on Gyorko. Think Cito is ready to play the infield for the Yankees any time soon?

    8. PHMDen
      December 17th, 2013 | 9:46 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      What move would you suggest for 2B then?

      How many times have we heard this argument before?

      Cashman puts the team in a position of having a specific need to fill without the resources to fill that need at the minor league level or through a trade, and then the excuse for taking out the same checkbook used to sign Sabathia, Teixeira, and Burnett for $423.5 million in 2008-09 to sign a a 37-year old 2nd baseman that has averaged only 48 games over the last four seasons, is that there were no better alternatives “at the time.”

    9. PHMDen
      December 17th, 2013 | 10:39 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      I have no idea why [Cashman] is paid so well to do a job so poorly.

      It’s because Cashman is an extension of the Steinbrenner family itself through his father… If the most qualified individual available in M.L.B. had been named Sr. V.P. and General Manager of this organization in 1998, with the talent this franchise had at the minor league and Major League levels, and the amount of money spent on payroll from 1998-2013, the manager of this team would be wearing the no. 33 on his back, not the no. 28. And winning the World Series is no longer the priority it once was with George Steinbrenner.

    10. Kamieniecki
      December 17th, 2013 | 11:43 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Brian Cashman elected to draft Cito Culver in 2010, instead, and passed on Gyorko.

      He did mean well.

    11. Mr. October
      December 18th, 2013 | 12:16 am

      PHMDen wrote:

      … with the talent this franchise had at the minor league and Major League levels, and the amount of money spent on payroll from 1998-2013, the manager of this team would be wearing the no. 33 on his back, not the no. 28.

      “The AP reported the Yankees’ luxury-tax bill for 2013 is $28 million, based on their record-high payroll of $237,018,889. They have now paid over $250 million in luxury-tax fees since the system went into effect for the 2003 season.”

      How many World Series has Cashman won with that $250 million, again?

    12. Evan3457
      December 18th, 2013 | 2:19 am

      PHMDen wrote:

      Steve L. wrote:
      I have no idea why [Cashman] is paid so well to do a job so poorly.
      It’s because Cashman is an extension of the Steinbrenner family itself through his father… If the most qualified individual available in M.L.B. had been named Sr. V.P. and General Manager of this organization in 1998, with the talent this franchise had at the minor league and Major League levels, and the amount of money spent on payroll from 1998-2013, the manager of this team would be wearing the no. 33 on his back, not the no. 28. And winning the World Series is no longer the priority it once was with George Steinbrenner.

      There’s no reason to believe that. None.

    13. Evan3457
      December 18th, 2013 | 2:35 am

      The odds are against this working. The price is cheap, and still leaves the option of trading for someone better later on in the year.

      It’s not a high percentage move, but it’s not as bad a percentage as trading for Wells.

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