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Joe Girardi season wrap-up quotes

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks during

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks during a season wrap-up news conference at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 11 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

On debate as to whether Yankees "failed":

"We all know what the goal is here. We didn't reach our goal. That's the bottom line."

On CC Sabathia:

"He's extremely important to our rotation. We rely on him heavily and what he's done the last three years, as a free-agent signing goes, it's been spectacular. So 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. It seems to be a place that he really likes."

On CC's weight:

"I think he gained a few pounds, but I don't think it affected him . . . CC works very hard. He actually pitcher lighter this year than he probably did last year.”

Biggest offseason need:

"The one need that we're going to have to address again is our rotation. There's no doubt about it. We have two guys that are free agents. We 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 this year. It probably all starts with CC and then it goes from there."

On A.J. Burnett:

"He's a work in progress. He's having to change as he gets older. He's lost a mile or two and that changes, sometimes, some of the pitches that you're going to get away with. We saw him pitch very well against Detroit...I think we can count on him and we're going to need him."

On Jorge Posada:

"I can't tell you exactly what's going to happen with Jorge, but whenever you do say goodbye to someone it's difficult. I could tell how difficult that last day was with him."

On Phil Hughes:

"We consider him a starter. But he's got to get back to the form that he had in 2010 to continue to stay in our rotation. That's something that he'll work very hard at this winter. He's got to stay healthy."

On Ivan Nova and Hughes:

“I would assume that they would both be part of our rotation. But I can’t tell you what they’re going to do this winter and exactly how they’re going to come to spring training and perform. Going in, I would think they’re going to be part of our rotation. But nothing in life is ever given to you. You have to earn it.”

On rotation:

“I think the kids could start to challenge," and he mentioned Hector Noesi, David Phelps, Adam Warren, D.J. Mitchell, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances

Adding a frontline starter?

“I’m sure that’s something we’ll look at doing. I’m sure we will. That’s got to work out for both sides.”



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