Web Gems: A.J. Latest, Jeter speaks, Tex should bunt


* Wally has a source saying A.J. to the Pirates "has legs." The sticking point to the trade is the money and players, which is not unusual in such talks.

* I go 25/25ing on Joba and come to the realization that the best of Joba is behind him for good.

* Kernan from the Post talked to Jeter at Yankee camp, where the Captain has already begun his workouts. Kernan writes.

“You see all these kids out here now,’’ Jeter told the Post as he looked out over the perfectly manicured fields, where prospects such as outfielders Dante Bichette (19) and Mason Williams (20) were working. “When I first came down here, it was just me. They didn’t do this when I started. I came on my own and I dragged my roommate down with me, R.D. Long. The only people down here were rehabbers. Then they started bringing people down and now they have this.’’

Young shortstop Cito Culver follows Jeter everywhere. He takes ground balls alongside Jeter on a daily basis. Jeter is a baseball godsend for Culver.

“He’s very interested in learning, which is always good,’’ Jeter said of Culver, who was the Yankees’ top pick in 2010. “When I was a young player coming up, I wanted to learn as much as I could. He asks a lot of questions, works hard. He’s got a bright future.’’

* McCarron from the News got A.J.'s agent on the phone. Here is the one quote.

“He is getting ready to go to spring training, whether it’s with the Yankees, Pittsburgh or anyone else,” Darek Braunecker said in a brief phone interview with the News. “A.J. understands this is a business and will do what he has to do. He’s healthy and he’s looking forward to pitching for somebody.”

* Rosenheck form the Times decides that Teixeira bunting is a good idea.

"Mathematically, bunting against the shift is usually a good idea. According to Mitchel Lichtman, a former statistical consultant for several major league teams, left-handed sluggers have put bunts in play against the shift with the bases empty 31 times over the last three seasons and reached base 24 times, a stunning 77 percent success rate.

They are, of course, sacrificing their power to do so, and there are many game situations in which it would be wiser to swing away, say, with two out in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run on second.

For the team’s expected run scoring to be higher with Teixeira bunting than hitting away with the bases empty in a typical inning, he would need to reach base 40 percent of the time with no outs, 44 percent with one out and 54 percent with two outs.

Moreover, if Teixeira could prove he is a threat to bunt for a hit, opposing managers might employ a shift less often."