New York Yankees News & Notes: 2/7/13

Jonathan Daniel

A Question of Integrity: It's About the Money discusses journalistic integrity when dealing with steroids in baseball. Apparently there really hasn't been much of that recently and it's a shame. People are quick to judge and quick to attack, but it doesn't look like a lot of research is going in to these accusations. IATM seems to think it's best to hold off judgement until MLB and the government finish their official investigations.

What Do We Do With Nunez: LoHud hypothesizes about the role Eduardo Nunez will play for the 2013 New York Yankees. There are three likely scenarios for Nunez: send him down to Triple-A, keep him strictly as a DH/Short stop, or use him as the utility infielder. Nunez can certainly add value to the team, but the problem is whether or not he can make the roster as efficient as possible.

Should Gardner Still Platoon?: LoHud discusses whether or not Brett Gardner should really be a platoon player or not. He's kind of been the odd man out with the likes of Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher, but he still gets on base at a higher rate against lefties. It could be time to see if his numbers can be sustained.

Overcrowded Outfield: The Yankee Analysts discuss the abundance of outfielders in the Yankee system. The starters are set at each level; however, lower-tier prospects will also need to be moved around in order to make sure everyone gets enough playing time. While they shouldn't be taking away at bats from the better prospects, people like Adonis Garcia, Abraham Almonte, and Rob Segedin still need to prove they have some worth. This doesn't even include minor league free agents like Juan Rivera, Matt Diaz, and Thomas Neal who might not make the team. The Yankees will have to figure out a way to fit everyone and also allow their prospects to progress at the rate that they need to.

A Trade Proposal: The Yankee Analysts target Casper Wells of the Seattle Mariners as a potential right handed outfielder, something that Cashman has been looking for. While he doesn't have the best numbers, it seems that he has a favorable platoon split against lefties and may be getting beat by spacious Safeco Field. He has a very good UZR/150 and can play all three outfield positions well, so If he's used correctly he could be a valuable asset off the bench. The Mariners already have a plethora of outfield depth, so Wells, a player they don't seem to be very high on at the moment, might be easy to pry away from Jack Zduriencik.

Prospect Hugging: Are you really interested in hearing about ALL the prospects? Yankee Fans Unite goes into detail about who they believe are the Top 40 Yankee prospects and beyond. Compare their article to Tanya's superb breakdown of the Top 20 from the other day.

Spring training pictures! Ivan Nova running! Derek Jeter throwing?

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