Earlier today, Joe wrote an excellent post summarizing what we think the Yanks should do in the short-term to shore up this bumbling team. I wanted to take a look at a more drastic question: Who on the Yankees should the team consider trading?
So here is my version of “Should I stay or should I go?” for the 2007 Yankees roster. Now, keep in mind, I’m not advocating outright dumping any of these guys; the list under the headings They Could Go are people I would consider trading if the price is right.
They Should Stay
Roger Clemens – I don’t think he’ll be good, but he’s not going anywhere.
Jorge Posada – He’ll get a bigger contract than he deserves this off-season
Alex Rodriguez – Throw the farm at him. The Yanks would be utterly lost without A-Rod.
They Could Go
Tyler Clippard – Despite his Minor League success, Clippard has the lowest ceiling among the Yankee pitching prospects. If a team asks for him in the right deal, I say ship him out.
Kei Igawa – His contract will become a Carl Pavano-like albatross because he’s bad. That’s all.
Kyle Farnsworth – Any minute now…
Mike Mussina – The second year of his current contract extension just looks worse and worse after every passing start.
Mike Myers – Lefties are hitting .306 off of this so-called lefty specialist.
Ron Villone – Just DFA him already and bring up Britton. What a waste.
Luis Vizcaino – Nothing to see here.
Wil Nieves – The Yanks’ catchers at AAA Scranton are worse than Nieves. Hard to believe, right?
Miguel Cairo – $200 million buys them Cairo and Nieves on the bench. That’s terrible.
Doug Mientkiewicz – With a little creativity on the part of Brian Cashman, the Yanks would be better off with Dougie on the DL. But not with Cairo at first base.
Bobby Abreu – Now I understand why Phillies fans were sick of him. Just stop bunting. Stop it.
Johnny Damon – It’s like Bernie Williams all over again.
Joe Torre – Maybe he shouldn’t be fired mid-season, but the Yanks shouldn’t bring him back next year. This team needs some new leadership.