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The Yanke$$ win??

Posted on: December 26, 2008 6:43 pm

Well...if you look at the dollars spent on CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixeira...I would say...hand them the World Series trophy and be done with it.  However, let's not get carried away just yet.  There are still some glaring weaknesses in their line-up, some aging parts that have no depth to assist over the marathon that is...the MLB season.  OK...agreed, the Yankees will have a starting rotation that rivals the LA Angels and perhaps few others.  But lets examine the "other" middle of the field positions (the traditional places where it takes to build a championship team).  At Catcher, you have Jorge Posada who is coming off an injury and may or may not be the guy he has been in the past.  Also, there is Jose Molina who is very servicable, but NOT a guy you can count on daily to be your top line guy behind the dish.  Then you have to examine the effects on Posada as a "platoon" player.  This guy is NOT going to accept that role very well in my opinion, but it DOES remain to be seen.  At 2B, you have Robinson Cano.  A guy who has spent significant time in Joe Girardi's "dog house" for not playing well.  Now granted, he had a GREAT second half and if that goes into 2009, then this line was complete bunk and he'll be an All-Star again this season.  At SS, Jeter.  Enough said, he's the best in the game as much as I hate to say that.  Then you have the interesting dilema that is CF.  Now that Teixeira is in the Big Apple, Nick Swisher appears to be the guy for THAT role.  REALLY...are you kidding me??  Don't get me wrong, Nick Swisher can hit and in spite of a sub-par 2008, I truly believe that the trade by the Yankees to  bring him in was great...but to put him in the line up as the regular first-baseman, part-time DH, part-time CF.  I just don't see him holding up as the EVERYDAY Centerfielder for this team.  My personal opinion, the money spent on Teixeira would have been better spent on one Manny Ramirez.  You could have left Johnny Damon in CF and platooned him with Melky Cabrera OR Brett Gardner (whichever performs better in the spring) and had Xavier Nady in RF.  You also have an option to re-sign Justin Christian if you didn't believe in Gardner OR Cabrera.  Then trade Hideki Matsui for a CF OR a DH, if you don't want Matsui as your DH to begin with.  Then there is the AGING bullpen.  Sorry, Yankee fans, there is going to come a time where Mariano Rivera can't close games any more and that time is sooner rather than later.  AND who is there to handle the chore when Rivera can't...Damaso Marte??...are you kidding me??  This guys was brutal in PIT and then even worse when brought in to close for a time last season.  Sabathia will eliminate the need for the pen once every five days, which is nice, but what about the other four days...think about it.

So for those crying for a salary cap in baseball...I say this.  Let the league continue to tax the New Yorkers 'till they are blue in the face and let's see Boston, Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Toronto continue to build from within and continue to beat the daylights out of the money happy Yankees.   Not to mention the Chicago White Sox, LA Angels, Minnesota, Detroit and Cleveland among others. 

Category: MLB
Tags: Yankees

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 3:04 pm

The Yanke$$ win??

First of all I love to see minnesota fans in other parts of the country. i read your blogs and i loved them you know what your talking about. iv grown to accept that the yankees will just buy up any player they want. they do it every year and it hasnt worked out like they would hope. they havent won the the WS since 2000 and i dont see them dooing it this year either. im glad that i dont have to watch manny in those pinstripes. plus manny plays better on a team that he is the only true star player, ala LA. if he gets all the attention he is content. keep it up

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2008 11:32 am

The Yanke$$ win??

Thanks for reading the ENTIRE blog.  I'd sure like to know your thoughts on the ACTUAL subject matter here.  Of course, you want the Yankees to be allowed to spend 200-300 Million per year on "buying" players, without consequences so that you can TRY and win championships THAT WAY.  I respect that.  However, what are you going to do ALL summer when the Yankees and perhaps the Red Sox are the only two teams left in Major League Baseball.  Good Luck with all of that.  There should NOT be a salary cap, because the current system is fine and if the Yankees wish to pay the penalty EVERY winter...I say "Go for it".  Frankly, I DO WISH my team's owner, Carl Polhad (the weathiest individual in the sport) WOULD pony up some $$$ and give my Twins a legitimate shot at killing you guys.  So, I agree with you on that end.

Good Luck and again, thanks for reading.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2008 12:55 am

The Yanke$$ win??


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