Goodbye to an old friend…

End of the road…

Jorge Posada has apparently told reporters that he does not expect to be back with the Yankees next year.  Of course, that’s really a statement of the obvious as the organization has shown no signs of wanting to bring the Yankees lifer back for one more go ‘round.  Ideally, I would like to see Jorge call it a career on his playing days and walk away as a Yankee.  But somehow, I suspect that he’ll be back for one more season even if it is a limited role like the one that Jim Thome will fill for the Philadelphia Phillies.  I heard the Miami Marlins might be a possible fit for Posada, and that would certainly be okay in my mind.  I wouldn’t want to see Posada play for a Yankees rival like the Red Sox or the Rays, so playing in the National League (for someone other than the Mets) would be good.

I don’t know if Posada has managerial aspirations but playing for someone like Ozzie Guillen might be a good training ground after being around the likes of Joes Torre and Girardi.  Posada has always been very intense, and the intensity doesn’t get much stronger than Ozzie.  Not that I’ve ever thought of Posada as a hot-head, but observing how Ozzie deals with his intensity would probably give good insight and perspective to Jorge.

Chillin’ on South Beach…

Speaking of the Marlins, I don’t see how the Yankees can compete with the full court press Miami is putting on pitcher Mark Buehrle.  I think Buehrle would be a good fit for the Yankees, but Miami now has money as a result of the new stadium and they have Buehrle’s manager.  He wouldn’t have to be the ace of the rotation (Josh Johnson holds that honor), and the coming year should be very exciting for the Marlins as they transition from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins in their new digs.

The best thing in life is to be gifted with a golden arm…

Of the other available pitchers, I recognize that Edwin Jackson is a solid starter but I have a difficult time getting enthused about a guy who has moved through so many organizations.  I’d like to see what pitching coach Larry Rothschild could do with C.J. Wilson but I really think that he’ll re-sign with the Texas Rangers.  That doesn’t leave very much on the trading front, and I just don’t see the San Francisco Giants trading someone like Matt Cain.  I don’t think the Yankees can win the World Series next year without improvements in the starting rotation.  I like Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, but even if he is posted this year and becomes eligible to pitch in the U.S., it’s anybody’s guess how long it would take him to arrive in the big leagues.

A return to bitter rival status…

It will definitely be easier to hate the Boston Red Sox next season.  I had a healthy respect for them with Theo Epstein as the GM and Terry Francona as the manager, but now that those two are gone, it will be a different feel to the team next year.  I won’t have the same level of respect for the new Sox manager, and nothing against Ben Cherington, but I don’t know anything about him.  Boston will still have a good team (albeit with suspect pitching) but they’ll be a force in the AL East.  But at least I can go back to just disliking the team which is the way it should be for any Yankee fan.

At least the post-game manager interviews should be a bit warmer…

I am not sure who I would prefer to see get the St. Louis Cardinals managing job.  On one hand, it would be great to see Terry Francona get the chance to manage the defending World Champs but on the other, it would be cool to see Ryne Sandberg finally get a managing opportunity.  Of course, I can say that since I am not a Cardinals fan and don’t have an anti-Cubs bias.  I don’t think that Jose Oquendo should get the job just to maintain organizational continuity.  The team needs a proven manager, and at least Sandberg has done it in the minor leagues and he would have the respect of veteran players.

Sorry for Sori?  Not anymore…

It’s funny listening to sports talk radio and hearing Cubs fans talk about how they’d like to unload Alfonso Soriano (unlikely given his contract).  There was a time when I was very disappointed to see the Yankees trade Soriano (in the Alex Rodriguez trade with the Texas Rangers).  But obviously the Yankees rebounded very nicely with team MVP Robinson Cano filling the void at second base.  I would not want Soriano back on the Yankees in any role, so things certainly worked out in that situation.  When I think how horrible it is for the Yankees to be committed to so many dollars for A-Rod, I just have to think about what the Cubs and Giants are getting from Soriano and Barry Zito, respectively.  There are other examples, but the Yankees aren’t the only team saddled with bad contracts.  Fortunately, the Yankees can bear it better than others.

Donnie Baseball CAN manage…

I hope whoever buys the Los Angeles Dodgers continues to give manager Don Mattingly a chance.  He did a good job with his first year, and he’ll only improve with time.  He was a favorite of mine as a player and he continues to be a favorite as a manager.  I can’t say that I’d really want to see Mark Cuban buy the team…

I am ready for some movement in the Hot Stove League.  Let’s go!…

–Scott         

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