Chat with Wally Matthews
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Wednesday, New York Yankees beat writer Wally Matthews will stop by to take your baseball questions.
Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He joins ESPNNewYork to cover the Yankees, which he's done since the days of Stump Merrill, having worked for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and 1050 ESPN Radio.
Send your questions now and join Matthews Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET!
Wallace Matthews (1:06 PM)
Sorry for the brief delay everyone. Computer issues as usual. We;ll go a few minutes into overtime to make up for it
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What will Jorge Posada will do now he is Retired from Major League Baseball as a Player? Will he be a TV Analyst?
Wallace Matthews (1:08 PM)
Hey, Chris. Jorge was asked this question yesterday and understandably he said he hadn;t thought about it yet. Cashman said, essentially, heck, every other ex-Yankee is working for us so why not him? I could see Posada maybe as a spring training instructor or maybe a roving hitting instructor if he's inclined to travel (which I doubt) but I don';t see him as part of Joe Girardi's staff or as a regular on YES. Maybe an occasional guest analyst
Michael C. (Westport, CT)
Do you think that if A.J. Burnett said he wanted to retire as a Yankee Hank would extend his contract for five more years?
Wallace Matthews (1:09 PM)
maybe, but I think there are Yankee fans who would force him into early retirement. like immediately
I want to meet the Yankees. How do I do that?
Wallace Matthews (1:10 PM)
Hey, me too! when I find out I'll let you know
Nate (McAlester, OK)
Who's gonna start at catcher?
Wallace Matthews (1:10 PM)
Martin. Is there any reason to doubt that?
Since Cashman is at least saying he wants to trade for a DH, any thoughts on an AJ for Adam Dunn swap?
Wallace Matthews (1:10 PM)
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What Current Yankee Player do you think will be working for a Television Station to be a Broadcaster or a Studio Analyst in the Future?
Wallace Matthews (1:12 PM)
you won;t believe this, but I think A=Rod would be a great analyst. He breaks down the game better than anyone else in that clubhouse. Aside from him, I could see maybe David Robertson or Granderson, perhaps Hughes -- if he's a Yankee long enough and maybe Teixeira
Quantity for Quality - assuming that Mitchell, Phelps and Warren are ready, but with no room for them, can you package them for a hitter - like Butler?
Wallace Matthews (1:13 PM)
I'm sure the packaging of prospects for a hitter is a very live option for the Yankees now that they;ve aded two quality starters. Don';t know about Butler's availability, though, and right now, teams seem more interested in the remaining Killer Bs than the guys you mention
Eric (NY, NY)
We look at Jorge Posada's career and while he was a very good player think that he never came into play when it came to MVP votes or top 5-10 best players in a single year or while he played. Though with all the players who took or suspected of taking PEDs during when Posada played where would he be seen if they hadn't? I say much higher.
Wallace Matthews (1:16 PM)
Hi, eric. Thanks for joining us. Agree Posada and a lot of guys would be ranked much higher in a world without PED guys. (I assume Posada is clean because his line doesn;t contain those one or two crazy seasons that jump out at you, like Brady Anderson's or Bonds' 73 HR year). And let's not forget who won the MVP both years Posada got into the Top 10. That's right. A-Rod. A lot of guys were hurt by comparison with the juicers. But it was their choice not to blow the whistle, so they'll have to live with it
Hey, Wally Will Robinson Cano Be Batting In the 3 spot with ARod with cleanup and Mark at the 5th spot
Wallace Matthews (1:18 PM)
It has been talked about but not definitively established. I think Cano will get a good # of ABs in the 3 hole esp against RH pitching. And I wonder how long A-Rod remains in the cleanup spot if he turns out to be a 20-25 HR guy from here on
James (New York)
With the Pineda trade and the Kuroda signing, Are the Yankees World Series potential? Also do u think they will make another move?
Wallace Matthews (1:20 PM)
I think they are, because the offense is still top shelf and assuming Pineda and Kuroda perform as expected -- as well as CC, Nova and whoever winds up being the No 5 -- they seem to have shored up their one glaring area of weakness. The only remaining move I can see is possibly moving one of the excess SPs, either Hughes or AJ, for one more bat to replace Montero. But they look strong from top to bottom now
Hey Wally, do you think we should expect Jeter to be batting 1 in games that he starts? Also, what is you take on the revolving door DH approach?
Wallace Matthews (1:22 PM)
as far as I know, Jeter will be the leadoff hitter, at least at the start of the season. as the season goes on, Girardi may adjust accordingly, esp if Derek struggles and Gardner is hitting well. But coming off a decent rebound season in 2011, I don;t see any shakeup at the top of the lineup right away
Anthony (New Jersey)
What are the chances of an AJ Burnett deal? Is there a possibility of a Johnny Damon reunion in the Bronx? Thanks Wally.
Wallace Matthews (1:24 PM)
I would think very slim, unless they can swap his horrible contract for someone else's. And I don;t think the Yankees are all that eager to eat say,, 20M of the remaining 33M left on his deal, which is the minimum I would expect them to have to absorb. As for Damon, it's possible, but as Cashman said several times this week, the first course of action will be to try to unload of the surplus pitching -- prob Hughes, IMHO -- for a bat before going the FA route
Thomas (West Village, NYC)
Everyone knows A-Rod will eventually become their full time DH. Maybe not this year or next season, but in 2014 he will get at least 130 + Games as a DH. My question then is, Have the Yankees' Brain Trust made any mention or plans of pursuing a free-agent 3rd Basemen after this season or in 2014 and who?
Wallace Matthews (1:26 PM)
I'm not in the business of predicting trades so I can;t tell you who it will be, but the Yankees better be planning on that eventuality and scouting A-Rod's replacement at 3b. Unless, of course, they think NunEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE can handle the job on a daily basis
Jen Parrish (tigard oregon)
As a northwest girl . and anti mariner fan. How big of a mistake do you think the jesus montero trade will be. and who do you see as back up to martin this year
Wallace Matthews (1:31 PM)
Hi, Jen. you blitzed me with so many questions I don;t know where to start. I wrote a column the other day outlining the risks of the Montero deal but I have no idea how good he will turn out to be, esp in that ballpark. I think Jorge's first move should be to spend as year with his family, then if he's inclined look into becoming some kind of spring training hitting instructor for the Yankees. As for announcing, the guy is so candid he might not be exactly what the YES network is looking for. Yankees will trade for a DH before signing either Damon or Hideki, unless their pricetags come way way down
John M. (Albany, New York)
Jesus Montero 2012 Home Runs: 20. Over/Under?Michael Pineda 2012 Wins: 15. Over/Under?
Wallace Matthews (1:32 PM)
I think over for both. Pineda will benefit from Yankee run support; although bigger ballpark hurts, Montero projects to 26-30 playing full-time off last year's production
What are the odds of puttin Cano in the 3rd slot
Wallace Matthews (1:33 PM)
Full-time? Don;t know. Against RHP? Pretty good, I'd say. That is, if he doesn;t replace A-Rod at cleanup
Ian (Atl, GA)
Are the Yankees seriously considering trading Hughes if they can't unload Burnett??? Do they need a DH that badly?? Why can't Vazquez, Andruw and a rotating Arod, Jeter, etc. handle the job?
Wallace Matthews (1:34 PM)
Don't know how serious they are but he seems to have the most value, being young, affordable and with a relatively recent history of success. I do agree, however, that the Yankees can get by with aDH by committee. They have a roster-full of DHs in waiting
Roberto (at work)
Who outlasts who on the roster long-term -- Jeter or A-Rod?
Wallace Matthews (1:35 PM)
Great question. You would think A-Rod, because I'm sure Jeter is on his last NYY contract, but at the rate the 3rd baseman's body crumbled last year, he might not make it to 2014.
Rich (Long Island)
Am I the only person that would prefer DH by Nunez getting a good amount of at bats as a floater?
Wallace Matthews (1:36 PM)
it's possible. To me, Nunez is a nice little utility player who is a liability in the field. The Yankees think much more highly of him. We'll see
Isn't it unfair to have a luxury tax number that hits just one team? Doesn't seem like it does a lot of good for competitive balance if only the Yankees have to worry about/pay the luxury tax
Wallace Matthews (1:37 PM)
Thanks for checking, Randy Levine. Only kidding. But what you say is exactly what the Yankees are thinking, and justifiably so.
Will Pedro Feliciano ever pitch for the Yankees? I would lean the Yanks think no if they are bringing Okajima to camp?
Wallace Matthews (1:38 PM)
I believe you're right. Feliciano is very unlikely to pitch in 2012
Wallace Matthews (1:40 PM)
Thanks, guys. Sorry again for the delay. We'll do it again next week. And don't forget to check out the Yankees blog on the website. Every day from now until P & C report on Feb 19 Andrew Marchand and I will tackle a key question looming over the upcoming season.