Jorge Posada may find his Maserati easier to drive with his knees hurting less. When I saw him leaving the parking lot a couple weeks ago (photo above), I couldn’t help but notice what a beautiful car it was! Why would his knees hurt less? Well, we will have to see how the last minute deal will play out, but here is how it went. Chacon goes to Pittsburgh. Craig Wilson comes to NY. That’s it! Straight up trade, and a no brainer. AGAIN, Cashman deserves credit.
What’s this gotta do with Jorge???
Wilson is an outfielder, right? Well yes, he is. But talk about a nice utility player, he also plays 1st base, and CATCHER! I’m not saying I want to replace Georgie, no way! Still in my mind one of our best clutch hitters. Ignore his .avg, it just doesn’t mean much. And honestly, how many Catchers can you name in MLB today that are really BETTER??? A few come to mind that are very good, but all could be argued they are not as good, or maybe better in one category or another. But not better OVERALL. Pudge-rod and (fill in first name) Molina come to mind. What is it with all the good Catchers being Latino? Oh wait, most of the best players are from latin countries nowadays, not the US… But that’s a subject for another day.
Kelly Stinnett was no help to the offense when giving Jorge a break, so we got Sal Fasano. Well that WAS an upgrade to Stinetts bat, but who wouldn’t be? Fasano has actually performed REALLY well so far in pinstripes, but the sample is so small I won’t even post his numbers. Now with this most recent trade, we add a THIRD backup Catcher, or a 2nd big moustache, depending how you look at it. We don’t need to use him as the backstop every day, or even every week. But having him AND Fasano there means Posada should get some REAL days off. And he NEEDS them! He plays SO much better when rested. But the big difference should show up in October, when it will count. Last year, and the year before…. Jorge was just WORN OUT by playoff time. Having a utility player to stand in at 1st AND the OF, AND the plate makes this trade a great deal.
Chacon: THANKS FOR LAST YEAR! You were amazing. Between Chacon and Small, WOW. Who’d a thunk it. Chacon was 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 games, 12 starts! But Chacon has not performed well this year at all, I am sorry to say. For 2006 he was 5-3 with a 7.00 ERA in 17 games, with 11 starts. And those stats actually make him sound better than he looked. So sending him to Steel City, especially after acquiring Lidle, won’t hurt anything.
I hope Torre USES his backup backstops as much as possible for the next 4-8 weeks. Let Jorge be the player he can be when rested will add runs, and WINS when we will need them the most. As far as I am concerned, with our "new" lineup now, until Matsui and Shef come back, we just need to tread water until September. Stay atop the wild card, and right on Bostons heels. But we need to make the most of our games Vs. the Sox. We have 9 to go against them, they will make the difference. We take most of them, and bring in a STRONG Shef, Matsui, and well rested Posada, we will have the most feared batting lineup in MLB come October. And should be sitting in 1st place.
Note to rest of the team: Stay Healthy!!!
The more I thought about the trade, the more happy I am about it. It’s a total win for the Yanks. We kept everyone I was afraid were going to get traded. I would have cried if Cano got traded! Melky going would have hurt bad too. Even Cairo, I’d hate to see him go. There are so many good YOUNG future players we can NOT afford to get rid of. Abreu? YES! GREAT! But he isn’t going to help us win the 2009 World Series. Well, it’s highly unlikely anyway. Cano is a "JETERESQUE" type player. HE MUST NOT BE TRADED! Out of everyone "on the block", he should be the #1 priority to keep, at least out of our players in the Majors currently.
From down on the farm, Phil Hughes has got to be retained. He really looks like the real deal. He might even be ready for the bigs now, but personally, I would not want to rush him. I wish I could beg and plead to Cashman directly, but surely he must know, right??? I recall some bad trades in the past, we all know them, right? Some guys you just gotta find a way to keep. I know, I know; "we gotta win NOW!!!"
Did the Jay Beuhner trade years ago help us win that year? Did it cost us wins in later years? It’s like playing solitaire. You can think back and say "if I had moved the K off the 4th row instead of the 6th, I would have won because I would have uncovered that ace earlier. Well maybe if it was at the very end of the game you could see that, but to think that way about a move you made early on in the game, well the move you made changed so many things you don’t know what it might have gained or lost you. Not uncovering that ace might have been what cost you the game, but it might have been some other card (or multiple cards) had you turned the other King. But one move in solitaire you never hesitate to make is moving an ACE UP. You don’t have to think about it. You see an ace, you move it up. It will never hurt you. It’s a no brainer. Cano is an ACE. It appears Hughes is as well, but nobody is proven in the majors until they play in the majors. But WE need to give him that chance, not some other team.
The point of this post is that we have not gotten the one thing we really need. A "KNOWN" starting, winning, pitcher. Someone we can bring in that you KNOW will be unhittable, like we did with Randy Johnson (muted snicker). or a "known" bullpen helper. We can’t be sure what Lidle will bring. But who’s on the block that we would WANT? Only two names pop out at me.
Barry Zito. WOW. That would be AWESOME. Getting a GOOD LEFTY starter? But NOT worth, say; Hughes, Melky, and Cano. And that’s about the only way I see something like that happening is with 2/3 TOP players/prospects. I DON’T like it at that cost. if we can do it with MONEY alone, or a few "maybe" prospects along with the cash. If you can do it just for money, BUY AWAY GEORGE!
D-Train. How cool would it be to get Willis??? But I simply don’t see the Marlins giving him up. the fans would probably perform a coup on the front office. Or would it be a mutiny? Either way, I don’t see it happening at any cost.
That’s it for this installment. I will wait by with my fingers crossed, for 4:00 to pass. Then wait with like a kid on Christams Eve, for tomorrows game seeing Bobby in (blue) pinstripes.
I didn’t think it would happen until tomorrow, IF it happened!
I didn’t think it would happen without giving up Phil Hughes! Or Eric Duncan for that matter.
Let’s have some applause for Cashman on that one!!! (golf clap)
But wait, there’s more! COREY LIDLE will also be wearing Pinstripes (and not red ones). As a side note case ya didn’t know, Corey grew up with, and played HS ball with Jason Giambi. I hate to use the word "average" when it comes to a starting pitcher, cause that hardly describes what it takes to BE a major league pitcher of any talent level. But I like his numbers more than some pitchers we could have gotten. I know most people would say better him than Jon Lieber, but in truth, I felt it was a mistake letting him go when we could have kept him another year so cheaply. He gave us a lot last year. But hey, LOTS of pitchers gave us more, and we let THEM go. Anyone remember a guy named Andy Pettitte? But I digress. He should fill in the number 5 spot QUITE nicely. Let’s just hope he doesn’t take the normal NL to AL downhill that most pitchers do. Jaret Wright can chill in the pen. If/When Pavano and Dotel make it here, let things settle where they may. After yesterdays outing, Randy may need a little break a while anyway, so who knows. Corey may be a number 4.
Abreu makes for a little dilemma once Shef and Godzilla get back. But right now, I’d rather too many than too few. Guiel can always be used as…. well I have no idea! I have to assume the lineup in the outfield will be:
It’s time to use Bernie as a DH against lefties only. This means Giambi will probably play 1st though, maybe too often. I don’t envy Torre in the decision making process here, but I’m sure we can count on him using Bernie more than he should. DISCLAIMER: That was not a Bernie Bash. YES, I love Bernie too…. But not full time any more.
Overall, I am thrilled with the trade. And I can’t say I recall saying that too often the last 2 or 12 years.
We gave up:
C.J. Henry SS
Jesus Sanchez C
Matt Smith LHP
Carlos Monasterios RHP
I’m not discrediting ANY of these guys, I wouldn’t do that. For all I know they could all end up in Coopestown! All solid players, and GOOD prospects. The key here is we retained what we (we=The Yankees, and the fans) consider to be our "top" prospects. We weren’t going to get nothing for nothing! I repeat myself; I a very happy with this trade.
That’s all for now, I just HAD to comment on it once I heard.
CONGRATS TO MOOSE on Win #13!!! It wasn’t the spanking I wanted to give the D-Rays, but it’s a W.