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Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:31 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 6:21 pm
 

The Yankees have a little spending money to add a position player or two, and at least at the moment seem to be focused on Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez.

Chavez is a terrific choice. He performed well when healthy his first year in the Bronx, fit perfectly into the clubhouse and plays third base, which is needed now that Alex Rodriguez appears to be moving rapidly into middle age.

But Ibanez? Nothing against Ibanez personally, but he is at best the third best choice on the board to fill the DH spot. Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, two more proven New York players, are still available and better options than Ibanez, who had a .289 on-base percentage last year. While Ibanez hit 20 home runs last year, he has the added issue of never having been a regular DH. Which is what they need.

A bunch of nice stories have been written on Ibanez, all pointing out what a nice fellow he is, and that is true. But Damon and Matsui already played for the Yankees, and both of those players thrived in New York, both on the field and in the clubhouse. Damon is a leader who was willing to do the tough interviews when many hide, and Matsui was beloved by everyone.

Even if it is stipulated that Ibanez is a sweetheart (and by all accounts he is), more to the point, Damon put together a much better year than Ibanez in 2011. Damon posted a .743 OPS, better than Ibanez''s .707 or Matsui's .696 (Matsui has the excuse of playing in Oakland last year but Ibanez was in hitter friendly Citizens Bank Park). Ibanez bring a bit more power (he had 20 home runs to Damon's 16), but Damon also has the added dimension of speed (19 steals last year), and at 38 he's a year younger than Ibanez, who'll turn 40 this summer.

The Yankees did a salary dance two years ago with Damon, who wound up going to the Tigers that year before moving to the Rays last year. And it's also very probable he has better other options than Ibanez and more leverage, as he's been connected to the Mariners, A's and Orioless, so he may cost a few dollars more. Ibanez has only been connected to the Tigers, who have no need for him since signing Prince Fielder, plus the Mets, who are trying to start a fire with their two nickels.

Regardless, with all the players having an interest in coming to New York to play for a contender, the Yankees are in excellent position here to get who they want at a reasonable price. They could get Damon on a good deal. No reason for baseball's richest team to try to save a few pennies and sign the sweet fellow who made outs at an alarming rate last year.

 



Comments

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

BronxNYY for President!



Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

Wow, YHater....hindsight is way more than 20/20 for you, hmmm?


Pineda proved last year to be a solid starter....yes, he is young and will need to be on some sort of IP limit, but what has Montero proved?  He was solid in limited ABs last season, but he is not a defensive catcher.  Do you understand what rookies go through when put in different defensive positions?  Their bat goes down the toilet.

The Yanks have more than enough hitting....but grabbing a solid veteran to DH is a smart move and Heyman (who knows what he is talking about and has been doing so for well over 20 years...NY Newsday, etc) is right on the money here.  Ibanez is not the answer or the better choice.

Starting pitching was a need and they answered it with Pineda and Kuroda.


Sure Burnett was average at best last year, but let's give him a mulligan and see how he responds this season.  I bet he will do a lot better and I don't need any hindsight on that.     
   



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:22 pm
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

I know that you who disagree with me are Superstars while I am just a Rookie but if I may respectfully disagree with you, Mr. Cashman
wanted full control over all aspects of the Yankees and he got that.  He has been able to put his guys in place for almost a decade. 

 After close to a decade of full control he should have been able to reach down into either AA of AAA for a left handed bat to share the DH
duties instead of having to once again finding his system barren and once again being forced to open up the check book and dive into the free agent market.  If you look at both AA and AAA you will find except for two catchers there are no position players available. The guys down
there are thought of to be nothing more than utility players and that is a stretch at best. Mr. Cashman has been in fully in charge and he has to shoulder the blame.

The man because of his blunders last year paid 17.5 million dollars for three LH pitchers who didn’t throw a pitch for the Yankees last
season (Marte, Feliciano, and Igawa when you pro rate his salary and signing bonus)

Wasting 17.5 million dollars on three guys who didn’t pitch for your team represents close to 20%$of the payrolls for both teams that
played in the World Series.

 If the Yankees did not have these three useless guys on the payroll there luxuary tax would have been 22% vs 40%.  Again these blunders are costing the Yankees money that could have been used elsewhere.

 How about the contract that Mr. Cashman gave AJ Burnett?  May I remind you that no one in baseball was offering him either the years or the money Mr. Cashman was.  In fact they are going to be wasting 33 million dollars over the next 2 season on a guy who can’t pitch. sorry the only one in baseball who thinks he can pitch for the Yankees in Mr. Cashman.

Sir if they didn’t have Feliciano and Burnett’s  20.5 million dollars a year in contracts on the books they would have had the money to sign either Wilson or Darvish.  Instead Mr. Cashman was forced to trade away the best hitting prospect in the minors for a young pitcher with question marks tofill his rotation out.

Yes the Yankees have been willing to reinvest their money into the Franchise but paying 17.5 million dollars for three pitchers is what I
call Mr. Cashman just flushing the money down the toilet.






Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:15 am
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

I like both Matsui and Damon. How about signing both of them....



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:05 am
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice


Mr. Cashman must be happy to have the Yankee Checkbook to cover up for his dismal performance and numerous mistakes.

An oxy moron for a moronic statement.

Cashman is the CEO of the New York Yankess.  Would you not say that the bottom line of any organization is largely due to the man who runs it?  In other words, the reason the Yankee Checkbook is what it is has a lot to do with Cashman who has been with the Yankees since 1986 and their GM since 1998.  During Cashman's tenure, the Yankees have won six American League pennants and four World Championships.  

The man runs a team that wins over 90 games and goes to the playoffs every year, has gate receipts and attendance that are consistently over 3M and at the top of the league every season, the team's merchandise and souvenier sales are through the roof world-wide, and it is easily one of, if not the most, recognizable elite teams in any sport in the world.  And in case you want to throw the New York population out there as a guarantee of success, I give you the New York Mets and the New York Knicks as Exhibits "A" and "B."

Dismal performance?

Typical Yankee hate rhetoric.  



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:38 am
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

Cashman doesn't develop the players.  His job is to architect the team.  They should clean house on the managers in the minors if the players aren't being developed.  If you haven't noticed, the last couple of years the Yankees are being fiscally responsible.  Now that the rates are going up on the luxury tax, they have to be just like any other team.  So while the other teams pocketed their money over the last ten years and didn't reinvest in their teams, the yankees got players...it benefited everyone.  Get off the check book kick and start reading up on what you're commenting on.  That dog dont hunt no more (that's for you, you hillbilly).



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:42 am
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

I think Damon would be my choice because he has been able to rise to the situation.  That said I think it is indictment on the man who has had full control of the Yankees for close to a decade.

Mr. Cashman in all those years of full controlled could not develop just one bat in the minors that could fbe just the left handed DH thisseason.  In fact with the exception of two catchers who played in AA or AAA last year there was not one position player that was even considered to be more than at best a Utility Player.  This is a pretty sad state of affairs for Mr. Cashman who not only demanded but has gotten full control of the Yankees for
close to a decade. 

Mr. Cashman must be happy to have the Yankee Checkbook to cover up for his dismal performance and numerous mistakes.




Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:36 am
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

"They could get Damon on a good deal. No reason for baseball's richest team to try to save a few pennies and sign the sweet fellow who made outs at an alarming rate last year."
Wondering why Heyman never seems to stop promoting Scot Boras clients, Fielder,Jackson, Damon etc. It seems SO obvious you wonder why CBS lets this happen. Maybe this stuff happens with all reporters and thats how they get inside info. or is it just me and my imagination?



Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:27 pm
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

I vote for Damon. Speed, a little power, good on base percentage and can fill in in the outfield.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:22 pm
 

Yankees eye Ibanez; Damon the better choice

+1


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