• Who Will Be The Yankees 8th Inning Set-Up Man In 2014?

    Posted by on February 5th, 2014 · Comments (22)

    Seriously.

    At this point, assuming that Robertson is the new closer, who will it be?

    Matt Thornton? Shawn Kelley? David Phelps? Cesar Cabral? Preston Claiborne?

    Am I missing someone?

    How do you feel about this?

    Comments on Who Will Be The Yankees 8th Inning Set-Up Man In 2014?

    1. Corey
      February 5th, 2014 | 11:33 am

      Kelley at first and then whoever has earned it after a month in of Kelley giving up leads via walks.

    2. Corey
      February 5th, 2014 | 11:34 am

      And honestly, I don’t really care all that much about this. I’m more worried about the starting pitching. If CC gives up 6 runs 2 innings, who cares who the 8th inning guy is.

    3. Corey
      February 5th, 2014 | 11:45 am

      Off topic

      If the Braves were willing to give Freeman 135 million, what is wrong with McCann? He’s nearly as good offensively and plays a premium position (to which they have no replacement that I’m aware of). Age and pay difference, IMO, would cancel each other. Maybe the Yanks should be concerned.

    4. February 5th, 2014 | 11:53 am

      Corey wrote:

      If the Braves were willing to give Freeman 135 million, what is wrong with McCann? He’s nearly as good offensively and plays a premium position (to which they have no replacement that I’m aware of). Age and pay difference, IMO, would cancel each other. Maybe the Yanks should be concerned.

      Age, wear and tear of the position, and available replacements all may have been a factor in letting him walk.

    5. February 5th, 2014 | 11:55 am

      Corey wrote:

      Kelley at first and then whoever has earned it after a month in of Kelley giving up leads via walks.

      Kelley is this year’s Cory Wade. He will blow up in 2014, at some point.

    6. Corey
      February 5th, 2014 | 12:03 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      What replacement do they have? It’d be far easier to find a replacement 1b than a replacement catcher. Oh by the way, they could have had both for less money since Freeman isn’t even arbitration eligible yet.

      Plus with McCann, we’re talking about 5 years. He should be able to catch for the majority of that contract.

    7. February 5th, 2014 | 1:39 pm

      @ Corey:
      Evan Gattis

    8. MJ Recanati
      February 5th, 2014 | 2:27 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      The 8th inning role will sort itself out, first from the candidates mentioned, and second from any other internal or external options as required. This is a non-issue.

    9. MJ Recanati
      February 5th, 2014 | 2:30 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Plus with McCann, we’re talking about 5 years. He should be able to catch for the majority of that contract.

      The goal should be to have McCann catching for only as long as Mark Teixeira is on the roster. By the last two years of the contract, McCann should be transitioned to DH or, if athletically supportable, to 1B.

    10. Corey
      February 5th, 2014 | 2:33 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      27 year old prospect huh? I’ m glad they are going young…

    11. Corey
      February 5th, 2014 | 2:34 pm

      @ Corey:
      Wow, I feel old after reading what I just wrote. I’m 10 days older than him.

    12. MJ Recanati
      February 5th, 2014 | 2:35 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Evan Gattis

      The Braves don’t see him as the long-term replacement. Christian Bethancourt should be able to take the job by next year as Gattis is more of an org. guy.

    13. baseballbob
      February 5th, 2014 | 3:22 pm

      I’d like to see Claiborne get another shot. He was doing all right until late in the season when the Red Sox got to him. Also Nuno or maybe Jose Ramirez.

    14. February 5th, 2014 | 4:09 pm

      Nelson and Stanton were huge for the Yankees during their great run. The bride is very important. Nothing is worse for a team than seeing wins turned into losses because of the bullpen. And, it’s a waste of a closer if you cannot get him a lead. I don’t see how anyone can claim that who pitches the 8th doesn’t matter.

    15. Corey
      February 5th, 2014 | 4:39 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      If the score is 8-2 and they’re losing in the 8th who cares who’s pitching?

    16. baseballbob
      February 5th, 2014 | 5:28 pm

      It isn’t so much that it doesn’t matter, but it’s easier to find 8th-inning guys mid-season than solid position players and starters, and relief is one area where we do have a few prospects (Montgomery, Ramirez, maybe Betances or Banelous later).

    17. February 5th, 2014 | 6:21 pm

      Corey wrote:

      If the score is 8-2 and they’re losing in the 8th who cares who’s pitching?

      Aw, com’on. Cashman put this staff together. He’s a ninja! It’s gonna be gangsta great! :-)

    18. Greg H.
      February 5th, 2014 | 7:34 pm

      8th inning goes to the second-best (righty) in the BP, like always, with almost every team.

      Not many teams have either the mindset or luxury of penning in their 8th inning guy before the season starts. The Yanks have, only because they were lucky enough to have the best closer and the best setup guy in the game the past few years.

    19. LMJ229
      February 5th, 2014 | 11:26 pm

      We should have re-signed Hughes and Joba for the 8th inning role. (OK, calm down! I’m just kidding ….)

      Girardi has proven to be a pretty good bullpen manager. I trust he will sort it out.

    20. Raf
      February 6th, 2014 | 9:31 am

      Bullpens can be built and rebuilt on the fly. I’m not worried about it at all.

    21. MJ Recanati
      February 6th, 2014 | 9:40 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      I don’t see how anyone can claim that who pitches the 8th doesn’t matter.

      I don’t think anyone’s saying “it doesn’t matter”, simply that fretting about the identity of the 8th inning reliever on February 6th is silly.

      Very few teams, if any, ever go into a season with their bullpen roles completely settled and pretty much every team eventually has to shuffle roles based on performance or injury. Robertson wasn’t handed the 8th inning role a few years ago, he earned it when (a) he pitched well and (b) others (namely Joba) faltered. The same will be true this year with Roberton’s replacement.

    22. February 7th, 2014 | 11:19 am

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