Friday morning news and notes: 2/22/12

Good morning, Yankee fans. Today is the last Friday without Yankees baseball until (hopefully) November. Can you believe it? For as much as some of us, okay, mainly me, complained about how long winter seemed, baseball is just around the corner. I thought I'd start everyone's Friday morning off with some links from around the Yankees blogosphere.

First up, Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger, writes about Curtis Granderson's defense. He takes a look at UZR and shows that it might not be all that reliable as a defensive metric. He cites the UZR ratings of other star center fielders and how they vary from year-to-year.

Over at the New York Daily News, Bill Madden writes that Yogi Berra believes "that kid" Eduardo Nunez should get 500 at-bats.

According to one of the group, who talks to him all the time, Yogi has had a recurring theme all winter: “They better find a way to get that kid 500 at-bats.”

I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually agree that Nunez should probably get more at bats but I don't want to see him in the field. Every position is an adventure with him and every time he throws the ball to first base, I cover my eyes and cower. It may have been only six at-bats but Nunez was pretty much the only Yankees batter who did anything worthwhile in the four-game sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. Because of his two hits - which were a triple and a home run - he finished with .333/.333/1.167/1.500 line.

Nunez has the ability to hit the ball, he has speed and who knows? If Derek Jeter isn't quite ready, Nunez may see some at bats in the beginning of the season. It just may mean that Yankee fans will have to up their dosage of Xanax to get through his adventures in the field.

And in case you missed it last night because it surfaced later in the day, Alex Rodriguez wants to come back and help the Yankees. He said through a spokesperson, “I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates. I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it.” He added, "Right now I’m dedicating 100 percent of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation.”

Finally, in just about 30 minutes, our very own Tamar Chalker will be unveiling her Top 30 Prospects post. We hope you enjoy it.