January 2009

A New Year’s Wish for Scott Proctor…

I sincerely hope that 2009 bodes well for Scott Proctor and that he is able to recapture some of his past success this year with the Florida Marlins.  Good luck Scott…well, so long as the Marlins don’t make it to the World Series to face the Yankees!

I can’t believe that the Giants have made a 4 year offer to Manny.  Wow, what a potential clubhouse with the Big Unit and Manny being Manny.  And to think they thought Barry was difficult!

I am looking forward to the Yankee offices re-opening next week.  It has been too quiet on the Yankee front.  I am still a proponent of trading an outfielder for prospects and to make some minor moves to solidify other weak areas.  I don’t know enough about Kevin Cash to know if he is a viable back up to Molina and Posada, but the guy’s batting average is horrific.  Hopefully, he has some potential upside.  I wonder how Melky Cabrera’s offseason conditioning has been going.  If he and Robby could make some major steps forward this season, the 2009 Yankees will rank up there among the best.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Brett Gardner, but it would be great if Cabrera could fulfill some of his promise. 

I keep hearing that the Red Sox are in pursuit of a young stud hitter.  Granted, it won’t be Hanley Ramirez unless the Fish go on a drinking binge.  But IF the Red Sox land a quality hitter that can come close to replacing Manny’s production and David Ortiz can get back to his previous form and Mike Lowell still has a few more years left, the Yankees will need to little bit more to get over the hump (so long as the Red Sox don’t have to give up anything on the pitching staff, ala Dice-K).  That’s why I think the next few weeks will be so critical for the Yankees.  I am not expecting a Manny signing or anything of that magnitude, but one of those Roberto Kelly-for-Paul O’Neill trades about now would be tremendous! 🙂

Have a great weekend!

On Second Thought…

Maybe Xavier Nady is the one who should go…

If he is the player in September rather than the one who showed up at the end of July, then perhaps we would be better served by trying to get a quality return under the old adage of trading high.  If Nick Swisher has the power potential of Nady and can field the position, then I agree that maybe Nady should go since it would be more difficult to move Matsui. 

I am watching the MLB Network’s replay of Don Larsen’s perfect game on 10/08/56.  Way cool!  I loved watching Mickey hit that home run, and of course, just seeing Billy play brings tears to my eyes.  Outside of the YES Network, this might be my new favorite cable network! 

Go Yankees!

Interesting blog idea…

I read on one blog today (by Steve Huffman) who floated the idea of the Yankees’ signing Trevor Hoffman to set up Mo Rivera.  At first glance, it sounds ridiculous, and most likely would result in yet another unsuccessful attempt by a past-his-prime player to recapture past glory in the Bronx.  But the need for a dependable and reliable setup reliever, with closing experience, is very strong.  After all, Mo isn’t getting any younger and the chances of injury increase exponentially each year.  The pressure and need for the setup guy to close will be stronger in 2009 than in any prior years.  So, it makes sense that the Yanks should explore all reasonable possibilities.  While many would prefer to see Joba fill that role, I’d still like to keep him in the rotation to explore his potential as a future ace.  If the Yanks manage to re-sign Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes subsequently pitches lights-out in training camp, then perhaps Joba to the pen makes sense.  But for the right price, maybe a year or two of Trevor Hoffman does make sense as the Yanks prepare to transition the closing role from Mo to Mark Melancon over the next several years. 

I keep hearing people say that the Yanks should trade Xavier Nady because he has the most value, but I am not so sure that I agree.  Yes, he’d probably bring more than the others due primarily to contract situations.  However, I still like Nady’s potential and I would like to see a full season in the Bronx.  Clearly, Hideki Matsui is on the downslope of a good career, and I’d like to see if perhaps the Giants still have an interest in a package deal for him.  I know that you’d have to include strong prospects, but maybe something could be put together for Jonathan Sanchez to fill the #5 spot in the rotation should Andy decline the $10 million offer.  Matt Cain would be great, but there’s no way that the Giants will let him go and it would definitely take more than Matsui and prospects to get him.

Granted, there will not be any more major splashes this off-season, but I think Brian Cashman will continue to be quite busy as he attempts to fill the remaining holes on the roster.  The Yankees need to be prepared for possible injuries to Matsui, Rivera, and Posada, among others.  DJ is entering the phase of his career where a very strong backup or up and coming shortstop is needed.  What happens if Cano continues his career regression? 

The Yankees have filled the obvious holes, but the biggest moves that will define the 2009 team, albeit with much lesser names, have yet to be made,  Should be fun times ahead when the Yankees’ offices re-open next week…

Happy New Year to all!