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May 27, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Marchand

Bob (Lynchburg, VA)

Andrew, From what I hear Jesus Montero is not a great defensive catcher, and is projected as a First Baseman. Any chance the Yankees could include him as a centerpiece of a deadline deal for a stud, maybe Cliff Lee (if the Mariners are out of it)

Andrew Marchand
  (11:57 AM)

The Yankees are hoping they don't need to make a big deal for a starter. Obviously, Cliff Lee would look good on any team and the Yankees did talk to the Phillies about acquiring him before he went to the Mariners.If the Yankees do make a big deal,Montero could very well be a part of it. It might be wise because Montero -- despite being one of the best hitting prospects in baseball -- isn't great defensively. The Yankees think he is getting better in that area.But the Yankees are loaded at catcher with Posada, Cervelli and Romine, who is at Double-A. So could see it.

Alex (NYC) [via mobile]

Andrew, do you think you could write one article about the Yankees with alluding to their doom. Its May, they're 10 over .500, nobody is worried.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:02 PM)

Alex:Thanks for the question. I don't think they are doomed at all. In fact, I think they will win the division.However, you have to report on what you see. As a Yankee fan, you have to see that Mark Teixeira is not hitting. It is now almost Memorial Day. Do I think he will eventually hit? Yes. Guys usually play to the back of their baseball card.Meanwhile, A-Rod is not hitting for much power. For a $33 million player to have seven homers is disconcerting. The Yankees say they are not concerned. I don't know if I buy that.The guy is going to be 35, admitted he had been aided by PEDs and had hip surgery last year.Ultimately, though, the Yankees' pitching -- especially their starters --- have been awesome.You are right. It is a long season. I don't think you should be that worried if you are a Yankee fan, but there are some issues.

andrew (dc)

why would the trade for lee? their starters are fine. and they will sign lee in the offseason anyway when Javy is gone.SP is the last thing they need to worry about.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:05 PM)

First off, good name.Second, I agree. I wouldn't think they will trade for Cliff Lee. The only way I see it happening is if they have a major injury to the rotation.The Cashman philosphy is to buy the big name pitchers in the offseason, not to trade for them. So I think that is what they will likely do. Things could change, though, with a big injury.

mm (nyc)

with the aceves injury being bad, ad Mariano being close to 100 yrs old do you think the yanks will look to acquire somebody like heath bell?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:08 PM)

MM:Good question. I don't know if it will be Heath Bell, but that is possible. Now let me put this in caps: IT WOULDN'T BE TO CLOSE.Mo is the closer. He is the best of all-time. However, when the end comes, the beginning of the end will look like the last week has. Again, big caps: I DON'T THINK MO IS DONE.However, I do think the Yanks could need a guy to get to Joba and Mo. We still don't know fully what Joba is so I could see the bullpen as being a definite place where the Yankees could add someone.

Dennis (New York City)

The yankees are doing fine with what they have behind home plate. Cervelli is stepping into a position that has, for the most part, been held by hall of fame players. He has made a tremendous leap from where people scouted him out to be, and with posada winding down to his twilight years, hes only going to help coach Cervelli to become even better. Our Pitching staff is young with the exception of Andy. Its the pen that scares me. Andrew, and rumors or trade talks for a solid reliver? Mo is not going to be here forever, Joba will fill that role, but we cant expect our rotation to be like the Rays right now and go 7ip every start. Ray wont keep that up the whole season to, and there pen will get exposed. Whats the word on relievers?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:09 PM)

Dennis:Good post. I basically addressed this in my last response. But your thoughts I think are right on.

Craig G. (Fairfield, California)

Hey Andrew, what do you think the Mets will ultimately do with Carlos Beltran?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:11 PM)

Mike, I don't know how quick is he going to play. The whole thing is another medical mishap for the Mets.I spoke to someone yesterday in the know and then didn't seem to think that Beltran was coming back anytime soon.Here is the thing: When he does return, what will be? That is the larger question.

David (atlanta)

do you see the yankees making a trade for another bat?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:13 PM)

David:I would have said no a week ago, now I'm not so sure.I mean they -- and I, for that matter -- think A-Rod and Tex will do more than they have done; especially Tex.Granderson will comeback and he will need to perform. He is very important.But these Yankees are obviously built for this year and if they need to add a bat, I think they will.You know who could be a good addition ... Guy by the name of Damon. First name, Johnny.

Ryan (Seattle)

What do you think is wrong with A-Rod? It's not just that his power numbers are down, but he seems to be missing pitches. Against, K-rod on Sunday for instance, he worked the count to 3-1, only to foul off a very hittable fastball. Is his power in decline or is his timing just off?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:15 PM)

That's the $300 million question, Ryan. I think that age is coming back to baseball. With baseball cutting down on PEDs, guys aren't going to get better in their mid-to-late 30s anymore.They are going to go back to being human. If we go on the assumption that A-Rod is off the stuff, had hip surgery and turns 35, I think it is pretty easy to deduct his best years are behind him. That doesn't mean he doesn't have good years ahead, but his monster MVP years may not be happening.

kevin (nyc)

why didn't cashman notice that granderson hit .183 against lefties in '09, swings at everything down and away vs. lefties, that he is almost 30, and that his avg has been dropping over the last few years, prior to making the jackson deal? i don't think jackson is a superstar, but the trade still makes no sense.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:17 PM)

I didn't like the trade from the start, either, Kevin.Besides the excellent points you make I think Granderson strikes out too much.I can't say I thought Austin Jackson is this good. And, by the way, he probably isn't. He has hit with a lot of luck. But he looks like a player and he is young.The Yankees didn't fully believe in him. It would have been exciting for them to have Granderson in center this season.

Peter (New York City)

Andrew, are the Yankees privately concerned about Rivera's drop in velocity? Can he continue to be successful when he is topping out at 90 or 91 (on the YES/My9 gun, anyway)? After all, that is a Mike Mussina 2008 fastball (granted, he won 20 games in '08, but still). Girardi says "the velocity is there" in his postgame pressers, but 90-91 is a big drop from 94-95 or even 96-97.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:20 PM)

Publicly no, privately, they are keeping a close eye on it.I wrote a story when this site launched at when closers start to go the other way. They usually are all done by 40.Eckersly pitched for three years after turning 40. He told me though he knew he was done all three of those years.So that is a concern.

marks (queens )

not to mention ian kennedy has looked good, i know its the NL but still i have to agree with kevin

Andrew Marchand
  (12:21 PM)

This goes back to the Granderson trade.The Yanks really liked Kennedy, but he never was going to pitch for them. At least, it was unlikely. He probably will be a good NL pitcher.Right now, Cashman looks as if he had a bad offseason. Still, you can't judge an offseason at Memorial Day.

Aaron (Jessup, PA)

Why are people so worried about trading for hitting and pitching?! The Yanks are 10 games over, they've played mostly away, had injuries to their C, CF, DH, and various pitchers, and still haven't seen normal production from Tex or A-Rod (.500 SLG in May). To me they haven't even played to their potential. Last year they played far worse with less pitching (how many starts did Gaudin, Mitre, etc have!). I may be a homer, but I see a 100 win team here.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:23 PM)

Yes, those are very good points.If I had to predict between 100 wins and doom, I would take 100 wins.The Yankees have too many good players compared to the teams they face. I think it is that simple.Still, there is a doom, not making the playoffs scenario. The Rays are good. The Red Sox are playing better. And the Jays, while not real contenders, could be real spoilers.

Chuck (NY)

When is the Mets ownership gonna get rid of the manager and GM? I like the loyalty, but this can't continue, can it?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:25 PM)

They have no loyalty. The Wilpons are only loyal to themselves.They will get rid of the mgr and the GM when it makes the best PR sense for them. When the heat gets to hot in Queens, I would walk near any buses if I were Omar or Jerry because that is when the Wilpons will throw them under.

Matt (Florida)

A-Rod is not hitting for power because his timing is off. It's not like the guy is just hitting pop ups to the warning track. His GB/FB ratio is up and his LD% is down. He's hitting more balls on the ground than in the air right now.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:26 PM)

Maybe. The numbers by the end of September will tell the story. My old buddy Bobby V always says he doesn't believe in coincidences. So his power is down, which just makes me say, "Hmmm."

Don (NY)

Was Gardy right to be upset at having Pettitte warm up in the 9th?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:27 PM)

Yes and no.Yes, because it is not really the right thing to do. You reliever should come in at the beginning of the inning.No, because it is not against the rules.They should change the rule so you can't do what Girardi did.

kr (queens)

if jeter has a non-jeterian year, and hit .285, will that give the yanks second thoughts about offering a chipper jones-esque contract, completely overpaying for past production? having a team of geriatrics signed long term isn't a good predicament.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:30 PM)

KR:I'm going to end with this one because this is such a great question. I say they will pay him -- overpay him -- for past production because he is Jeter.Still, if human beings weren't involved -- execs, players and fans -- then you would start signing him to one year deals. That ain't happening. But, strictly busisness, that is what they should do.

Tony L (Fredericksburg, VA)

With some much unknown as to what Beltran will be capable of, do you see them being able to find an AL trade partner for him, possibly in the off season ? Do you think the Mets might make a move for a better hitting lefty RF once and if they can shore up the pitching, witht the speedy Pagan looking good in CF.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:31 PM)

One bonus Mets question for Tony L.I never, ever say anyone is untradeable, because that has been said too many times and a guy gets traded.However, who would want Beltran at his salary and his injury situation?The Mets are not setup financially well. They have something like $100-plus million in contracts for next year.

Andrew Marchand
  (12:33 PM)

Thanks everyone for participating. I will keep you posted on when next week's chat is. We are not doing it on Monday because of Memorial Day. Follow me on Twitter and I'll let you know.