Good afternoon eveyone. This week's chat is coming to you live from the lobby of the Pfister Hotel, where I have one eye on my keyboard and the other on the door, awaiting the arrival of Hal Steinbrenner. assuming the Young Prince doesn;t get here for another half-hour, we'll get underway precisely at noon
Will there ever be a Football Game at Yankee Stadium during the Major League Baseball Season?
I doubt it. the events they have had during the season -- a boxing match and a couple of rock concerts -- did some damage tot he outfield. I'm sure a football game would chew it up too much for the team to risk it
Do you think that the Yankees will sign P Yu Darvish for 2012?
I'm not even sure they will bid on him. Cashman has said he's gunshy about Japanese pitchers after Irabu/Igawa messes, and so far, darvish is not in the posting process. I know they like him. The question is, how much?
Dear WallyHas Derek Jeter been an MVP candiate?
Yes. In 2006 he finished a close second to Justin Morneau and I thought he should have won it
Wally,I read yesterday that Gary Sheffield is thinking about coming out of retirement.Is there ANY way that the Yankees would be interested??
Yes. he will be the starting RF in 2012. JK
Hey Wally,Slow offseason so far, though expected. Are the Yankees close to resigning any of their players or close to signing anyone at this point?
they've re-signed CC, picked up Swisher's option, will offer arbitration to Hughes, Martin, Robertson. all of them will be back. So far, no progress on FA market and Cashman says they will move slow this winter. Will not overpay for Wilson/Buerhle/Jackson
any chance of grady sizemore would accept being a fourth outfielder for the yankees?
Don;t know, but the Yankees don;t see him as an everyday player after the run of injuries hes had the last two seasons. I doubt very highly they would risk giving him an everyday OF job
any chance the yankees go after johan santana if the mets are willing to pay some of his contract?
Doubt it. Best days are probably behind him and no one knows if he'll even bounce back from latest surgery, esp after setback last season. And the Mets need to dump salary, not eat it.
is there any chance of the yankees trading swisher to atlanta for jurrjens and putting montero in right field and rotate the dh spot?
Trading swisher for a top-line pitcher is certainly a possibility but I don;t think Montero is the answer in RF? Jeter, maybe? Or do they sign Carlos Beltran? Interesting scenarios abound if Yanks choose to go that route
When or is Darvish going to be posted this offseason?
His season just ended so it could be fairly soon. Cashman said yesterday he had no idea if or when it would happen
Now that Matt Kemp is off the market next year.does the make the yankees go after Cespedes more aggresively?and thanks for all your great articles on my Yanks!
Cespedes is not officially a free agent yet and the Yankees will not tip their hand about their interest in him. Cashman has acknowledged watching the video -- and if you haven;t seen it yet, try to track it down. it;s a laugh riot -- but is playing it very close to the vest regarding his real interest in him.
is Granderson and Cano going to be affected next year from playing in Taiwan this offseason?
Ask me around next all-Star break
have the yankees had any discussions yet with the white sox about matt thronton?
Not that I have heard
when will Joba be ready to join the bullpen next year?
Conservative estimate is around the All-star break; recovery and rehab from TJ surgery usu. takes about a year
Do you think the Yankees might weight the option of trading mark texiera for a good starting pitcher and signing pujols or fielder
They say no, and besides, Tex has a full no-trade clause and has shown no indication of wanting to leave NY. So although I like the idea -- I have written a couple of columns advocating similar scenarios-- I would say it's doubtful
when is seattle going realize the best way of winning is to rebuild and trade felix for as much as possible.wouldnt montero,buenlos and betances be a great way to restart a rebuilding team?
What you mean is, when is Seattle going to realize that they should just ship all their best talent to the Yankees and be done with it? From what I gather, the Mariners are trying to win, too.
Will the Yankees make a run at Gary Sheffield?
Yes. In a speeding car
Any word on where Cespedes wants to play? From his video he looks like a guy who LOVES the spotlight. Wouldnt mind the Yanks giving him a shot.
I asked Cashman for his opinion of the secoin dhalf of the tape, when Cespedes dances and roasts a pig over an open fire. he said he hadn;t watched that far. My guess is he doesn;t fit the mold of the current Yankees, meaning no personality, but I think they would take a chance on him if they thought he could produce. Problem is, none of that highlight reel showed him doing anything in live play. It was all showoff stuff. Imprressive but not very revealing
if yankees were to make a big splash this winter with a pitcher..what pitchers would be available? any sleepers?
The biggest splash they could probably make would be Yu Darvish, or if Seattle loses its collective mind, King Felix for a collecion of Killer Bs. Otherwise, i wouldn;t be surprised if Cashman tried to cobble together a staff they way he did last year, with CC, AJ, Nova, Hughes and some TBA as the No. 5
Who are the yanks considering most this offseason? Whether it be through trade or free agency.
My guess is FA because despite Cashman's statements to the contrary, the Yankees don;t have a lot of tradeable players aside from the kids they profess to prize so highly
BREAKING NEWS: Fred Wilpon just arrived. That is all. Back to the chat
What are the Yankees plans for the Killer B's this year?
They'll be given a chance to jump from AA/AAA to the majors this spring but as Cashman said yesterday, he expects both ManBan and Betances to need another year in the minors
Is there any shot at the Yankees signing CJ Wilson to a deal for less money than AJ Burnett got?
If they can get that deal, they'll take it. But I doubt they;ll get it
Best free agent the Yanks should target. Mark Buehrle?
Yes. Steady guy, throws a lot of innings, has a low ERA in a hitter's park, healthy so far, not spectacular mbut dependable. All depends on how much interest he commands on the market but I think he's the best fit of them all
Wally: When are the Yankees going to sign me?
Stay close to the phone, bro. the call is coming soon
If you took a poll of your chat fans, do you think they would prefer signing a pitching re-tread or go with kids? Frankly, I'm excited about the prospect of seeing some of the young guys we've been tracking for years get their chance.
It seems obvious most would choose to go with the kids because of their perceived upside. But if you knew Freddy and Bartolo would combine to win 20 games, you'd take it, right?
Chances Yanks go for Oswalt?
Yanks say the back injuries scare them off. if they could get him on a reasonable one-year deal, i think they would chance it. otherwise, pass
Why do you even waste your time and ours posting questions from Joe In Argentina and other equally ridiculous questions. Let's keep the questions serious.
for my own amusement
Hey Mr. Matthews, what are the Yankee's plan for bolstering their starting rotation? Will the go after C.J. Wilson, Yu Darvish, or trade for someone else?
tey are certainly kicking the tires on Wilson. They will post on Darvish if he enters the process. But my guess is they would prefer and lower-priced FA like Buerhle or a guy they can acquore through a trade than committing to another potential AJ burnett fiasco of a deal
does phil hughes and nova have inning limit next year?
Don;t know yet but I doubt it. They;re big boys now and should be able to pitch a full season, don;t you think?
Do you think the yankees should replace swisher with grady sizemore?
No. Injury history has limited him to 100 games over last two years. Not a good risk
Really? Trade Swisher for a top line starter? He's not worth anywhere near that.
Swisher and one or two of the kids, no doubt. Swisher alone, not enough, agreed
any chance pettitte comes out of retirement?
this question arrived a year late, right?
What are the chances the Yankees try a trade for Hamels?
What makes you think the Phillies want to trade him? They just cut oswalt loose. They need Hamels
Thanks, guys, gotta run. We'll do it again next week