Is it too early to brand the Michael Pineda trade a bust?
Aside from a brilliant half-season during an 18-8 2010, Hughes has been a huge disappointment. Now, nearing 27, with the sheen of youth scrubbed off and the “upside” banner quite tattered, it’s time for Hughes to pitch up to snuff.
Look for Jesus Montero to take a step forward this year, possibly to the All-Star level that many saw in him as he came up through the minors.
“Let me say what I’ve been saying: $189 (million) is the goal,” Steinbrenner said. …”That is the goal, but in no way, shape or form will we sacrifice our commitment to field a championship-caliber team. That’s not going to happen.”
Opening Day is 39 days away. That’s right. Thirty-nine days! And it wouldn’t feel like baseball season is just around the corner without starting the season off the right way…
Pineda was arrested and charged with DUI in Tampa on Aug. 20 last year.
Who will take the fifth? No, we’re not talking about Alex Rodriguez or Francisco Cervelli pleading the Fifth Amendment in the Biogenesis investigation. This is about the fifth-starter spot in the Yankees’ rotation.
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain said he’s received a text message from new teammate Kevin Youkilis and hopes whatever tension existed between the two is past.
The Yankees are good, not great. And that’s probably not good enough, especially when you gauge how they gouge you at the turnstiles. $5 waters and $10 beers don’t taste too hot when the team gets cold and old.
2013 brings major issues and tons of uncertainty for the aging, payroll-trimming New York Yankees.
For a team that trades on tradition, symbolism and success, the Yankees just took a giant leap toward remaining competitive, if not contenders, in 2013 by signing Andy Pettitte.
There was a point in the last week where it may have seemed that Hiroki Kuroda was going to pitch elsewhere in 2013. Eat without worry, my friends. Kuroda is indeed coming back to the Yankees next season.
It’s time to officially ponder –- if not pummel –- the trade that sent Jesus Montero to Seattle and brought Pineda to, well, rehab. All the signs point toward Ollie Perez Avenue. Or, worse … Carl Pavano.
Pineda told the New York Post he had “three or four” mixed whiskey drinks in “three or four” hours. “I was driving very smoothly,” he told the paper.
Ichiro Suzuki has a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series. “I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,” he said. “It’s hard to contain my excitement for that reason.”