Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

November 2, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Wally Matthews

Wallace Matthews
  (12:00 PM)

Ready to go

Ian (Atl, GA)

It was refreshing to see CC back up is statements about wanting to remain a Yankee. Most FA try to make the Yanks pay as much as possible. This is no chump change at all, but it is a fair deal for both sides. CC could've opted out and tried to make the Yankes pay him $25 million a year over the next 6 years, rather than keep him current contract and take a one year extention at $25 mil plus and option. I think the Yanks can now be creative and even just stand pat with the rotation if needed. Do you think that Noesi is a good #5 for this year until Banuelos and/or Betances step in and push Nova, Hughes, and Burnett down a spot??

Wallace Matthews
  (12:02 PM)

I agree it's refreshing to see that some players are good for their word. However, even if CC wasn;t planning to go anywhere, he or his agent did use the threat of the opt-out to get a better deal than the great deal he already had. But no matter. I think the Yankees still need to add a proven major-league pitcher to the rotation, assuming Garcia and Colon will not be back and having huge question marks about Burnett and Hughes. Noesi is probably suited to be a #5, but I'm not sure who the #3 is.

Rob (NY)

Hey Wally. Good contract for the Yankees with C.C. Shouldn't the Yanks take their chances getting Darvish (25) and Buehrle for the rotation next season? Sabathia-Nova-Buehrle-Darvish-Banuelos is much better then last season right?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:05 PM)

Rob, I think Buerhle could be a good, affordable fit and I think the Yankees feel that way, too., Darvish is another story because of the added cost of the posting fee. I think the Yankees are intrigued by him but wary of gambling tens of millions just for the right to negotiate with him, especially considering their history with pitchers from the Japan League. The rotation you posit is an intersting one, but Im not sure ManBan will be ready to assume that role without a full season of AAA under his belt

Matt (Queens)

How do you think Montero will fair next season with the Yankees. The kid can rake is 30-100 in his range and could you see him moving up to 5th in the line-up with A-Rod's age and Tex's dismal average? Gardner-Swisher-Granderson-Cano-Montero-Teixeira-Rodriguez-Jeter-Martin

Wallace Matthews
  (12:08 PM)

Certainly Montero has the potential to do all that but he will certainly have to make some adjustments, because you know the league's pitcher's are going to make adjustments to him. I could see him as the No. 6 hitter in 2012 provided the Yankees don;t go for an experienced DH in the off-season. It's going to be a problem, I think, moving Tex down any further in the lineup than they already have, especially for a rookie. And I'm not even going to get into the problems of moving Jeter to 8th!

King Henrik (Manhattan)

Please tell me the Yankees won't trade Montero? The Yankees need a young power bat in this line-up.

Wallace Matthews
  (12:09 PM)

I don;t think that's an option right now. It would only be for a pitcher and I don;t hear of any available arms that the yankees would trade Montero for. Cashman said he could see Montero as a DH, a catcher, or a bench player next year. never said he could see him in a different uniform.

Thomas (Bronx)

Hey Wally, please tell me that we can get rid of Burnett if we eat some of that contract? Wouldn't that make cashman a saint?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:09 PM)

Saint? It would make him a miracle worker

Rico (Buffalo)

Wally, doesn't it make more sense to go after Buehrle and Darvish rather then Wilson and Oswalt?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:11 PM)

I think Buerhle makes a lot of sense (did I spell that right?) Darvish is more problematice because of the hit-or-miss aspect of bringing Japanese pitchers to the major leagues. the more I think about it, Oswalt makes little or no sense because of his back problems. wilson only makes sense at the right price, which given the fact that he is widely considered the best FA pitcher out there, is not likely to happen.

Brett Gardner (NYC)

I got robbed of that Gold Glove. Seriously, Alex Gordon? This award continues to be a joke.

Wallace Matthews
  (12:12 PM)

there's always next year. and if it's any consolation, Jeter feels the same way

Adam (Orlando)

Is Cashman Bluffing when he stated that he will not go after a big bat like a David Ortiz or some other free agent, yes pitching is a big concern but offense as well too. They didn't put up a lot of runs in the postseason.

Wallace Matthews
  (12:13 PM)

although I agree with you that one more big bat might not be a bad idea, I don't think he was bluffing. He hasn;t completely ruled out Ortiz or Pujols or Fielder, but has made it pretty clear he doesn;t think he needs them and doesn;t think they fit on his roster.

Shayne - NY [via mobile]

Which players do you see the Yankees going after in free agency this offseason? Go Yankees!

Wallace Matthews
  (12:15 PM)

I think they'll go after Buerhle, make a bid but not a huge one on Wilson, pass on Oswalt and I;m still not convinced they won;t at least kick the tires on Pujols and maybe Ortiz. I thought they mught be interested in Beltran but picking up swisher's option pretty much kills that. Other than that, surprise me, Cash

Clubhouse Attendant ( Yankee Stadium)

I lost 20 lbs. last year running all over making sure the buffet was stocked for CC. Think I should ask for a raise?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:15 PM)

Why? sounds like it did you some good

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Why does every Japanese Pitcher that the New York Yankees Sign always Stink?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:15 PM)

That's what Cashman would like to know.

Yankee Greatness (The world)

Any chance the yankees sign Buehrle a solid under 4 era lefty for the rotation or do they shoot for the stars and sign DARVISH!!!!!!

Wallace Matthews
  (12:18 PM)

I think the Yankees see Buerhle as a good fit for #4, but it all depends on the proce. Remember, they got Freddy for $1.5 million last year and Bartolo for a measly 900G, plus food, of course. They know bargain pitchers are out there and aren;t going to throw money at someone if there's a cheaper alternative. that's just smart business. As for Darvish, I know the Yankees like him but are gunshy about the posting fee and the track record of highly-touted japanese pitchers coming to the US, which is not good

Derek Jeter ( Tampa)

Where's my gold glove? I was robbed!

Wallace Matthews
  (12:18 PM)

Maybe Ruben Rivera took it

Matt (NJ)

Are the Yankees concerned about Teixeira? His BA/OBP/OPS has declined 3 straight years. He's basically a .250 hitter w/ power. That's fine if you are batting 7th, not 3rd. Any chance the Yankees trade him to make room for Montero at 1st?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:21 PM)

Unfortunately, there's no point in being concerned about Tex because he's going to be here for the next 5 yrs unless he waives his no-trade. and even then, he will be hard to move at the numbers he's being paid. He is what is standing in the way of a full-scale Yankees pursuit of Albert Pujols, who admittedly would be another bad contract waiting to happen but a big boost to the offense in the short term. That's why these long-term contracts to guys like Tex and ARod and CC are so crippling. They may get you what you want at the beginning, but they become an albatross later on as the player declines

Greg (LA)

Assuming the change in LA ownership takes Kemp and Kershaw off the table, and assuming the same for King Felix, who are the top available assets for trade?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:22 PM)

Always the same guys: Montero, Banuelos, Betances, Noesi, and, if they can find a reasonably-priced alternative for RF, maybe Swisher?

Justin (ny ny)

trade montero, banuelos and betances for a front of the line starter (i know seattle has been reluctant to consider moving king felix - any other top starters that could be available?) and sign pujols to dh. i know cash has been reluctant to consider dealing any of those 3, but the best hope for montero is that he hits like pujols, and the best scenario for the killer b's is that one of them turns into a "king felix" type pitcher. why not trade them all for the sure thing (an established ace) and sign the sure fire hitter (pujols)? eh?? eh?!

Wallace Matthews
  (12:24 PM)

Because it's another short-term solution that eventually turns into a long-term problem. Look, it's not my money -- it's yours-- that they;re spending, so I don;t really care, but the reality is, when you get locked into long-term deals it inhibits your ability to replace aging players with younger replacements. That's why they try to hold onto youth, hoping they will develop into a Pujols or King Felix, rather than spend a ton of money and committ too many years to great players whose best days are often behind them by the time they get here

Stephen (NJ)

Dodgers and Yankees Kemp and Kershaw for Gardner Betances Montero and pick 2 more names from the minors... Who says no?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:25 PM)

probably the dodgers

Pat D (Belfast, PA)

Hey, WallyMatt, what were you thinking when you wrote that article yesterday? Or rather, what weren't you thinking? I mean, did you expect Cash to give specifics about what players they're going to puruse or how much they plan on spending? Get real.

Wallace Matthews
  (12:25 PM)

I can dream, can;t I?

Alex (Anaheim)

Will Gary Sanchez don the pinstripes at some point during the regular season?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:26 PM)

Yes. Maybe in 2014. The guy hasn't played above A ball yet. be patient

Mike (CT)

Any chance the Yanks go after Edwin Jackson?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:26 PM)

I think he is a possibility they will explore

Justin (ny ny)

Regarding Tex - he didnt' always used to be so pull happy, right? I remember Tex as an opposite field hitter with high BA on OBP numbers - any chance they get him back to hitting against the shift?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:28 PM)

He seems stubbornly determined to hit right through the shift, and whenever we ask him about it, he says, "You don;t want to turn me into a slap hitter," as if he can;t hit for power any way other than pulling the ball. It is a fundamental philosophy that needs to be changed or he'll never hit for much of a BA as a LH

Matt (NJ)

Any way the Yankees keep Posada as a lefty DH? He's still putting up good numbers from the left side. Maybe a $2 or 3 million deal?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:30 PM)

I doubt it, because I don;t think Posada would accept that drastic a pay cut and frankly, I don;t think the Yankees want him back. I was juts having this talk wiht a colleague today. My opinion is the only way Posada comes back in 2012 is if he accepts a loweball one-year offer from an AL East team because he wants to prove a point to the Yankees. He would be wiser, I think, to walk away with dignity and let his career numbers speak for themselves

Wallace Matthews
  (12:30 PM)

Thanks, guys for all the great questions today. Check the website in a few. I just wrote a story n the FA pitcher the Yankees REALLY aren;t interested in. It may not be the one you think it is