Joe Girardi held his wrap-up news conference this afternoon. It ran about 36 minutes and pretty much covered the gamut of Yankees post-season issues.
Andrew Marchand is writing a news story about the "event' and I will have a column soon explaining how Girardi;s own bosses have hamstrung him for the next six years. In the meantime, here are the highlights of Girardi's presser:
On the Yankees number-one offseason priority: "The one need that we’re going to have to address again is our rotation, there’s no doubt about it. You have two guys that are free agents, you have another guy that can opt-out, so that’s the one thing that we’re going to have to address. Similar to what we had to do for this year. It probably all starts with CC and then you go from there.''
On whether he expects CC Sabathia to be back next year: "He’s extremely important to our rotation. We rely on him heavily in what he’s done the last three years. As a free-agent signing goes, it’s been spectacular. I can't imagine what it would be like without him. I don't want to imagine what it would be like without him. Time’s going to tell what’s going to happen here. It seems to be a place that he really likes."
On Randy Levine's stated opinon that the season was a failure: “We all know what the goal is here. We didn’t reach our goal, that’s the bottom line. Did we have some good things happen? Yeah. But collectively, we didn’t reach our goal. We go into spring training every year – we go into the winter every year – and the expectation is to win the World Series. If you don’t reach that, it’s considered not getting your job done. Failure? You don’t get your job done, you fail, we don’t come through – they all mean the same thing, don’t they?”
On Alex Rodriguez' future: "My expectation is he’s going to be our third baseman. He’ll DH a little bit, sometimes just to get him off his feet, and keep his bat in t helineup. But I’m under the assumption right now he’s going to be our third baseman.''
Right now, Girardi said he expects the 2012 rotation to be CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, with the possibility of adding a front-line starter -- CJ Wilson, anyone? -- through free agency.
He also said he expects "the kids'' -- Manny Banuelos, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, and in case the Yankees didn't have enough starters with initials for first names, D.J. Mitchell -- to put some pressure on the veterans in spring training.
More coming on the website shortly.