It has not been the most joyous of baseball off-seasons
for Yankees fans…
One minute, the Yankees are in hot pursuit of the most
prized free agent, offering the most dollars and years, and the Red Sox are
watching their deal for Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez start to collapse. The next minute, the prized free agent is
securely in Philadelphia and the Gonzalez trade stabilized for the Sox, who
also slid game-changing outfielder Carl Crawford into their hip pocket. The Yankees, meanwhile, will emerge from the
Hot Stove League without any premium free agents which almost never happens.
I have read articles telling Yankees fans to back away
from the ledge, but it is frustrating to see the team miss out on great
opportunities. I agree that the team
shouldn’t make a move just for the sake of making a move, and recognize that a
potential trade now as opposed to later would wreak of desperation. In that situation, there is a high
probability of the Yankees getting fleeced in a deal. So, I agree that the best approach is to wait
and observe the market. Still, the
Yankees do need to address the holes in the rotation. I am okay with giving Ivan Nova a shot for
the #5 slot so long as there is a quality #4.
But still, there needs to be competition in training camp. In other words, Nova shouldn’t simply be
handed the job. Hopefully, the #4 slot
will go to Andy Pettitte despite recent talk that he’s still leaning toward
retirement. I really see Andy’s return
for one final season. But if he does not
return, the Yankees will clearly need to unearth some potential gems on other
It was nice to hear that the Yankees had talked with
Johnny Damon, but I agree that his return does not make sense even if it would
have been a great “feel good” move.
There was also the report that the Yankees had considered Manny Ramirez,
which, in my opinion, would be a huge mistake.
I still like the possibility of signing Rays closer
Rafael Soriano. I realize that Soriano
wants closer money and he probably wouldn’t be willing to take a setup position
even if he was satisfied with the contract.
But it is very appealing to have a huge bridge to Mariano Rivera in
addition to having a backup closer if and when the day comes that Mo simply
does not have it anymore. It will never
happen (signing Soriano), but it is nice to think about while it is still an
The more I think about it, a trade for the Phillies Joe
Blanton might not be a bad idea. He is
not a frontline starter (obviously), but he is steady and consistent. He might be a good option until something
better surfaces. If the Phillies are
looking for a top prospect, I’d pass.
But if the cost is reasonable, it is a trade that the Yankees should
There has been so much speculation yet so little action. Oh well, as Brian Cashman has put it, we need
to be patient.
Santa Claus, can I have an ace starting pitcher for
Christmas? 😉 Happy Holidays to everyone!