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May 30, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Marchand

Rich (Oswego, NY)

Do you think Phil Hughes will be able to bounce back from his latest bad outing? He's thrown well of late, but could this be his downfall?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:56 PM)

I think Hughes is a No. 4 or No. 5 starter. I don't want to demean his previous four starts, but I guess I will. They were against bad teams. He can have pretty good starts against bad teams, where he gets out of a couple of jams and turns what could be a bad start into a good one.The Angels just crushed him. He has had success against the Tigers, but we shall see this Sunday.Overll, he is probably best in the pen where he can throw gas for a couple of innings. He needs a third pitch to really be a top half of the rotation guy.

kelvin SC [via mobile]

If hal is serious about bringing the payroll down could there be a chance the yankees could be sellers this year?

Andrew Marchand
  (12:57 PM)

No chance. They are going to get the payroll down for 2014. Plus, there are going to be limited sellers in all of baseball. And the Yankees will not be one of them. No chance.

Morristown Mike (Morristown NJ)

with Romine still a ways away & Martin giving us very little offensively since last May, what can we expect as our starting back stop next year? Stew seems like a capable back up

Andrew Marchand
  (12:59 PM)

Very intersting question. I think this is where Brian Cashman will play Moneyball. If Russell Martin continues to fail to hit, there might be a better chance he returns.The Yanks like his defense and if he doesn't hit his price tag will come down.

Dom (NY)

Watching the first 2 games of this Angel series shows defense DOES play a major role. Jeter would never have gotten to the balls that Aybar did, the OF play of Trout and Bourgious has been outstanding. Rather than go after sluggers shouldn't the Yanks begin to look at acquiring players who play better than average defense and can manfacture runs? Last night 9 hits- 1 run - 12 LOB is becoming too common an occurance. They need to score runs in outher ways than a HR. Your thoughts?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:02 PM)

Dom. Great comment.We talk about defense a lot and how it impacts pitching, but these games against the Angels really magnify it.Sometimes, especially groundball guys, can see their ERAs jump a half-run to a run based on defense.Jeter has had a Renissance at the plate, but he still slow defenisvely.

Frank (Yonkers)

Hi Andrew, It looks like the Yanks need to do some improving. The lineup isn't really changeable...any chatter of them shopping for a high end starter? I'm afraid we're looking at CC and a bunch of 4s and 5s and there's no sign help from the young arms is coming anytime soon. Grienke? Johan (when the Mets fall out of the race)? Anyone else?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:03 PM)

You never know with the Yankees. They always act like they won't make a move and then they try to make one. So I think they will attempt to make a splash with their pitching and then they will give Prince Hal credit for extending the budget.However, accomplishing this is difficult. As I said earlier, there won't be that many sellers this year cuz of the extra wild card and the elimination of draft picks for most free agents.

Anthony (new york)

hello, im very concerned for this team the montero trade blew up , eduardo nunez is regressing,we have an aging ball club, our pitching is suspect texeira has now become a below avg hitter in his prime ,and over all the team looks very bland ,slow and boring.what can we do or are we heading towards rebuilding this franchise ,thank you

Andrew Marchand
  (1:06 PM)

Anthony, you make some good points. Still, would you be surprised if the Yankees went on a 15-5 run and were atop the East? I wouldn't.That said, we have talked about the Yankees getting older for years. Each year they add a year, which, to parphrase Paul Simon, is not unusual.But, at some point, age catches up to you. Could this be the year for A-Rod? Possibly. We thought that last year so I think A-Rod will become (or maybe already is) a good, not elite or great, player. He does have five more years on his contract, though.

Alex (Bridgeport CT)

Wouldnt this be a better lineup? Jeter - Swisher - Granderson - Cano - Rodriguez - Teixeira - Ibanez - DH - Martin

Andrew Marchand
  (1:08 PM)

Alex:I just filmed a Bombers Beat whee I address that. I would have A-Rod in front of Granderson. Simply, because Rod gets on base at a near .400 clip and Granderson hits more homers than anyone on the team by far. In theory, it should turn some of those solo shots into two-run homers.

Anthony (new york)

do you think that brian cashman is feeling pressure i mean there right in the thick of things but they just look really awful at times is there a move that he can make too add some life ....thank you

Andrew Marchand
  (1:09 PM)

What can he do to bring life, though? Call Nunee back?He has to sit back and hope his guys live up to the back of their baseball cards. If they do, the Yanks will be fine because their numbers are behind schedule so far.

John (East Elmhurst, NY)

Any update on Banuelos, Campos injuries?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:10 PM)

Banuelos' MRI was fine so he should be back relatively soon, I would presume. Of course, with an elbow injury you never know.I'll try to ask about Campos next time I have someone who would know on the horn.

seth (orlando )

will the yanks make the playoffs

Andrew Marchand
  (1:11 PM)

I had them winning the division. I'm not ready to abandon ship ....Yet

Trevor (D.C.)

It's pretty clear at this point the Yankees will need another top of the line starter for them to contend. With the contracts already in place for the lineup, is making that budget and getting another top-end starter even feasible? Do they have hitting prospects to replace Swisher/Granderson so they can go after someone like Cole Hamels?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:13 PM)

I don't think the Phillies will trade Hamels and I tend to doubt the Yankees would give up the top of the line prospects to get him.Unless they sour on Banuelos and Betances (which is possible given their struggles), I don't know if they would give them up.Let me add one more thing, Banuelos is ahead of Betances. I really like Dellin, very nice kid, but he has to find a way to control his stuff if he is going to have any chance to be more than a reliever.

Mark (NY)

Chances we get Hamilton and Hamels next year?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:13 PM)

Less than 15 percent

John R (Washington Sq Park)

Hi Andrew. I know the back of the bullpen isn't the biggest immediate issue right now, but aren't we at the point where we should be seeing someone other than Eppley and Rapada? Maybe a couple guys out of Cedeno, Whelan, Warren, Delcarmen?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:14 PM)

Aardsma, rehabbing, is a possilbity. He could be the July bullpen addition.If D-Rob comes back and handles the eighth, then maybe the Yanees might have something.


I'm not huge on baseball knowledge however how is one to motivate players that have long huge contracts and don't have a fire under their bottoms to MAKE them think different and preform?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:15 PM)

Good point. It is a problem. I will say this about a guy like A-Rod: He has his issues, no doubt, but working hard at the sport he truly loves is not one of them.

Kit (Concord, NH)

It's not that I don't think they're really good. They are. I just ... don't LIKE this team as it is currently constituted. Each game is such a grind.

Andrew Marchand
  (1:16 PM)

They haven't gotten hotten and are still just a couple of lengths back. That is the bright side to look at it. I didn't say bright, necessarily -- just bright side.

Tim (Poughkeepsie)

If NY gets Hamilton and resigns Cano they will get worse.

Andrew Marchand
  (1:17 PM)

I don't see the Yanks getting Hamilton.Makes little sense except for his talent and the Yankees money.That said, you can't totally eliminate the Yankees. If George were here, then ... there would be a great possiblity.This is a prudent bunch running your Yankees these days.

Rich (Oswego, NY)

Does Kuroda scare you as much as he scares me? It seems like he'll either give 6,7,8 (like in Oakland) great innings or have an outing where he seems like he's one of the worst pitchers around (6 ER against Minnesota)

Andrew Marchand
  (1:18 PM)

He is not that good.Maybe a No. 3, probably a No. 4 in the AL East.Tough transition from NL West to AL East. Plus, he is 37.

DJ (Alexandria, Va.)

Cano seems to have regressed so far this year. Are Yanks at all concerned? His lack of hitting with RISP is probably as bad if not worse than Tex and Arod. His defense has also had more lapses than usual.

Andrew Marchand
  (1:20 PM)

They say no. I've asked Girardi specific questions about Cano. But if you watch all the games -- which judging by your post, you do -- then you see little lapses that seem a bit more than Cano being Cano.Not really good signs. I know he looks smooth when he plays so that may mask his effort at times.But Robbie chooses to make it look so casual. Maybe it doesn't matter, but when he doesn't play up to what you expect, it doesn't look good.

Matty (NYC)

Do you think Cashman is overrated? Any dummy with a checkbook can get guys top guys via free agency, but the last few trades he's made have really been dreadful. Not to mention, his unwillingness to sell Joba and Hughes has come back to bite as well

Andrew Marchand
  (1:21 PM)

Cashman and Joe G. are in a no-win situation. The money will always get the credit.Cashman has made some good deals -- Curtis Granderson, for example -- but he has a lot of trouble with pitching.To believe that the young guns coming up are going to be great because the front office thinks they could be, belies recent history.They have developed Nova. Although Hughes and Joba may not be all you hoped for, they have been major league pitchers.

Tim (Poughkeepsie)

Ny is one game behind where they were last year at same point in season. The questions seem to imply everything is wrong with a team that won 97 games last year. When the hits start falling (especially for Robbie) everything will be fine. Why is everyone else abandoning ship?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:22 PM)

Fair point.

Kit (Concord, NH)

Over / Under: Yankees win 100 games this season?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:22 PM)


Frank Zappa (Joe's Garage)

Dom from NY is absolutely right. The optics of this team right now is old, slow, and unathaletic... I would have no problem with a major shake-up of this team. I think this season got off to a bad start way back in spring training, when the powers that be decided to put Cervelli in the minors for a more proven option in Stewart. Cervelli brought youth and enthusiasm to a team that sorely needs it. I realize that he is probably a career backup, but I remember at least 10-15 instances where he came through in the clutch at the plate last year. Sure could use some of that...

Andrew Marchand
  (1:22 PM)

The fans love Cervelli. The team doesn't seem to miss him as much.

Jack (Florida)

Oliver Perez was a major league pitcher, too.

Andrew Marchand
  (1:23 PM)

Touche on the Cashman point.

Jonathan (Los Angeles)

Andrew, what do you tell the fair-weather Yankee fans who keep moaning and groaning over every little detail? Don't they realize that it's a long season and that this team is due for some hot streaks? They should be fine and hopefully win their division and quite possibly the World Series as well.

Andrew Marchand
  (1:24 PM)

I say they should listen to you. That said, as I wrote after the Toronto series, there have been points this year when they have looked bad.However, if you read when I write about this subject, I always say "right now."There is a reason they play 162. So, overall, you make a solid point.

Mark E Mark (Suffern NY)

Why not bring up one of these young (healthy) pitchers. Maybe Yankees catch lightning in a bottle. Nothing to lose compared to there 3,4,and 5th starters.

Andrew Marchand
  (1:25 PM)

Joe G. believes in stability. It is going to take a lot for Girardi and Cash to take Hughes out of rotation. It can happen, but right now I don't think they feel like they have the right alternatives.

Peter (Penn Yan)

Hamilton is having a light version of Arod's 2007 season with less of a track record and less durability. Look how that's turned out and I don't think Hamilton turns out as well as Arod.

Andrew Marchand
  (1:26 PM)

Hamilton should stay in Texas. Everyone knows it. We'll find out in the winter if he does.

Kim Last (Brooklyn)

When will they finally shift Betances to the pen where every scout says he belongs?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:26 PM)

I would say soon.

Bryan (NY)

This chat has been full of ungrateful Yankee fans. Watch the games and root for your team. The way the people here are talking, if they win the world series they won't be happy

Andrew Marchand
  (1:28 PM)

For the Yanks, though, it is win-it-all or bust. That is the Boss mantra and I think that is how the fans feel.I'm not saying it is right and I agree there are many that are over-the-top with the whining.However, this is a team that is built to win now so the expectations should be high. Then again, some sound as if they would only be happy if they were 162-0 and then 11-0 in the playoffs

Hurricane Jeff (Byesville, OH)

Hey Andrew, Hurricane here. Where do you see the Yankees five years down the road as far as current and future talent are concerened?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:29 PM)

Nice name.Well, five years from now, A-Rod's contract will be finished. I'll say he won't get another one from the Yanks. Call it a wild guess.Besides that, who knows, but they hope their rotation has names like Pineda and Banuelos. If that is the case, then something went right in their plans.

Ben Kabak (Brooklyn)

Any Joba update?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:31 PM)

Ben, good question. Another one I will try to look into next time I have someone who would know on the horn.Last time we checked, he was hoping August. I think realistically, in terms of really being able to contribute, next year is probably the most likely.

AJ (Franklin, MA)

In terms of pending free agents, whose stock has dipped worse: Martin or Swisher? Which is more likely to return for 2013 and beyond?

Andrew Marchand
  (1:33 PM)

I would say right now Martin. It is hard for a GM to tell his owner that he wants to play $9M a year for an under-.200 hitter, even if it is a good defensive catcher.Russ-Mart has a lot of time to figure it out.Alright, guys, nice chat. Thank you for all the questions. for those I didn't get to, hit me up on Twitter @AndrewMarchand and I'll try to get you there.Have a good day and thanks for reading, watching and listening. Means a lot.