Chat with Wally Matthews
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Wednesday, New York Yankees beat writer Wally Matthews will stop by to take your baseball questions.
Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He joins ESPNNewYork to cover the Yankees, which he's done since the days of Stump Merrill, having worked for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
Send your questions now and join Matthews Wednesday at noon ET!
Wallace Matthews (11:55 AM)
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to this week's live chat. we'll get started in 5 minutes
cashman on the hot seat? this is an aging roster that has no ready-now prospects. 200+ million should build something better than this.
Wallace Matthews (12:03 PM)
Hey, Jeremy. I'm going to take all your questions in one shot. First of all, it may come as a disappointment to many but I doubt either Cashman or Girardi is on the hot seat. The rash of injuries gives them a legitimate excuse, and if you're going to kill Cashman for the farm system and/or vernon wells and hafner, you must praise him for soriano. I think the Yankees knew this roster would eventually give out, but they expected Jeter and Teixeira to return by midseason, which of course did not happen.On Sabathia, I suspect an injury although he and Yankees deny it. He may have thrown a lot of innings by modern standards but many pitchers have thrpown more without ill effect.As for Kuroda, I have no idea. he won;t speak about it during the season
Corey (louisville,ky) [via mobile]
Wallace T Matthews, not really sure what the T stands for. Anyways, what's your take on Brendan Ryan? Are you still thinking the Yanks will get the final wild card spot?
Wallace Matthews (12:05 PM)
My guess on Ryan is that the Yankees are doubtful Jeter will play much, or at all, the rest of the way and can;t bear to watch Nunez out there anymore. My WC prediction on them came before the season started, which is why such predictions are foolish and worthless, but we're forced to make them anyway. Now, I would say the odds are decidedly against them. and the T stands for Anthony
Though the farm system has been a disaster lately, the Yanks have an awful lot of money coming off of the books for 2014. I don't think the future is as bleak as many are painting it. (Arod suspension 15-25M, Rivera - 15 M, Kuroda- possibly - 15M, Pettite possibly - 12M, Granderson - 14 mil, Cano - 15 mil, Hughes - 7 mil, Joba - 3 mil, Hafner- 1 mil., etc. Hopefully they won't lose everyone but they should have the $$ to look at getting a catch, 3B, SS - I'm not convinced Nunez is an everyday SS, SP and RP. Your thoughts?
Wallace Matthews (12:07 PM)
I agree the future is not as bleak because -- and I've written tis many times -- I don't Hal S is going to stick to the 189M number. That being said, there are a lot of areas to fill: worst-case scenario, they lose Cano, Jeter, A-Rod, Granderson, Pettitte and Kuroda. We know they keep Wells, Ichiro, Gardner and Tex. That is a lot of work for Cashman to do this winter. and I think yur opinion of Nunez is becoming a universal one
2001 (the last year anyone cared)
Hi, this is 2001 and the Yankees are relevant. Oh whoa, look at the date...it's 2013 and no one cares. So sick of ESPN following Yankees. Talk about a team that is good...like the Pirates. Yeah, 2009 was a good year. Big deal. One good year and 12 failures.
Wallace Matthews (12:08 PM)
OK. when I go to work for ESPNPittsburgh, I'll write all the Pirates you can handle
jim va.beach [via mobile]
Hey wally, do you think derek is done for the year? Thanks.
Wallace Matthews (12:09 PM)
My gut said yes even before the Brendan Ryan deal. Now, I'm half-expecting to hear that announcement later today. But knowing Jeter, he will probably hold out as long as possible
Jon (Palo Alto)
With the Rays' nosedive, do you think the Yankees still need to win 90-91 games to get in?
Wallace Matthews (12:11 PM)
Hey, Jon, I got both your questions here. Tough to say how many wins are necessary now, but I would still tink 89-90 minimum, which means they have to win 11 or 12 of the last 17 games. Certainly doable. But you must remember it's not only the Rays they are chasing. The orioles and Indians might have something to say about this.As for the pen, it's obviously overuse. I don;t have the #s in front of me but my perception is the Yankees got fewer innings out of starters this year, creatng more work for middle relief gus like Logan and Kelly and even Joba
Victor Colon (Manhattan)
What are the odds that the Yankees keep Mark Reynolds for the 2014 season if A-Rod's hearing doesn't go well?
Wallace Matthews (12:12 PM)
First of all, even if A-Rod;s hearing does "go well," and I'm not sure what that even means, he's going to get something. so the Yankees are going to need a third baseman for at least 50 games next year, I would think. I don;t know Cashman;s thinking on this but to my eyes, Reynolds has shown enough at both third and first, and at the plate, to merit strong consideration
Ed (Queens Village)
Who is likely back next year Cashman, Girardi, both, or none?
Wallace Matthews (12:13 PM)
Both. Can't see Hal holding either of them responsible for a season in which most of the starting lineup was hurt and their supposed ace had a miserable season.
do you see the Yankees going longer than a 6 year offer for Cano? pretty easy to visualize the Dodgers going longer than that...
Wallace Matthews (12:14 PM)
Not if they;re smart. By now, the Yankees should realize that lng-term deals (a-rod, tex, CC) almost always end badly, and Cano is 31 years old
Jon (Palo Alto)
Do the Yankees have any options for their fifth starter besides Hughes and Huff? Huff was so good in the long relief role, it seemed like the Yankees really missed him in all of those collapses.
Wallace Matthews (12:15 PM)
At the moment, no, unless you want to try Adam Warren. My understanding is that if Huff wasn;t used last night, and he wasn't, he would start tomorrow at Camden.
Do you believe the Yankees will be in the Free Agent market this year?
Wallace Matthews (12:15 PM)
Absolutely. what choice do they have?
Matt (Los Angeles)
Is Randy Levine preparing us for the Cano's departure? I love Robbie, but it is shrewd business to let him walk. And speaking of walking, would it kill him to hustle?
Wallace Matthews (12:17 PM)
Haha! I'm not sure what Randy's agenda was, but if you look at what he said, it's pretty self-evident. No player IS a "re-sign at all costs," not even Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout. Of course, the Yankees certainly treated a-rod as if he were. Time will tell if they have learned their lesson
Who could you see as a potential closer for 2014? I would like to believe Robertson but it doesn't seem like he can limit his pitch count when he goes to save.
Wallace Matthews (12:18 PM)
I would still make Robby the favorite, but who knows? It could wind up being someone who's not even on the roster now
if the Yankees won't go 6 years for Cano, doesnt that also box them out of Ellsbury, Choo, Garza?
Wallace Matthews (12:21 PM)
I didn;t say definitively that they won't. I personally don't think it's a smart move considering the history of their long-term deals and the natural decline of players in their mid-to-late 30s. But yeah, that type of policy might limit their options because there's always going to be teams willing to go that far. It's gamble the Yankees might decide they have to take
Thinking about next year's catching situation with Cervelli coming off the PED suspension and healthy do you think the Yankees will work on Romine's bat for him to be a better back up catcher to Cervelli?
Wallace Matthews (12:27 PM)
from what I've seen, it's his glove that needs work. Romine was never expected to hit much. that was they hope for Montero. But he was regarded as a superior defensive catcher. hasn;t showed that so far
Darrin Shank (Rayland,Ohio)
Any chance the Yanks go after Mccann or another everyday catcher to sure up that position since we have seen what has happened this year? Although I am a fan of Romine.
Wallace Matthews (12:28 PM)
I'mm sure an everyday catcher will be on Cashman's shopping list, although Cervelli will be off suspension by then. McCann would be a good option, with Cervelli as the backup. Romine still looks a year or so away to me
Why does Joe still put Joba and Hughes in close or tied games?!?! Neither should be in unless they are up or down by more than 10.
Wallace Matthews (12:29 PM)
well, you didn;t see either of them last night, did you? That business may be over for the rest of the season
Matt (Los Angeles)
I'm glad I made you laugh, but Cano's lack of hustle is a serious question. Girardi says it doesn't bother him but he is in his prime. I can't image Willie Mays or Stan Musial dogging it on a grounder to short. This guys should be hitting .330/40/120 every year.
Wallace Matthews (12:30 PM)
I don't know what to say except that the Yankees don;t seem bothered by it, and aside from it looking bad, which I admit it does, how many times has his leisurely pace really cost the Yankees a run, or even an out?
Les (East Windsor, NJ)
Love your chats, WM. I know everyone is killing Nunez, but he does have a decent stick and seems to come through in big spots, even against tough pitchers. I don't see him as trade bait because he won't bring enough back, so see him doing what he is doing in the future. Agree?
Wallace Matthews (12:31 PM)
Thanks, Les. Personally, I like Nunez a lot and think he can add to an offense, but sometimes his decision-making on the field, and on the basepaths, can be costly, and I'm not so sure things like that can be taught. His instincts are a little suspect to say the least
Wallace Matthews (12:32 PM)
Thanks everyone for the great questions. We'll do this again next week. enjoy the game