Yanks still want a bat

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While CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe have dominated the non-Nick Swisher Yankee headlines recently, Brian Cashman is well aware of the fact that the Yanks scored nearly 200 fewer runs this year than last. To that end, reports Mark Feinsand, the team is still searching for a bat. In particular, it appears that Mark Teixeira is still on the team’s radar. That’s good news. Outside of Teixeira, the Yanks could pursue free agents Manny Ramirez or Adam Dunn or they could use some of their trading chits to land a slugger. Either way, I’m sure we’ll see some more offense come to the Bronx before the off-season is out.

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  • Jake K.

    This is good news. I’m all for loading up on pitching, but you gotta score runs too.

  • Yank Crank 20

    I hope our “bat” isn’t going to be Mike Cameron.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I think by “bat,” the Yanks mean someone who can actually hit.

      • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/news/2000/01/18/jeter_ap/index.html steve (different one)

        i guess 60 XBH’s a season doesn’t as far as it used to….

        OH NOES, THE SNARK!!1!!!!

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Hey, find me another CF that’s had an OPS+ >100 every year since 1999.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Bernie Williams?

        • TurnTwo

          Sizemore, all 4 seasons since becoming an everyday player.

          yeah, i know. pipe dream.

  • radnom

    Everyone keeps saying we are replacing Giambi and Abreu with Swisher.

    It is more like this:

    Giambi/Abreu/Molina
    for
    Swisher/Matsui/Posada

    Now that doesn’t look quite so bad, especially when you toss in bounce back from Cano and some minor improvement from the CF slot.

    If we can’t sign Tex all we would need to do is upgrade CF a bit, Dejesus would be perfect.

    Even if we can’t do that, we should be ok with the improved pitching.

    Remember this team won 89 games with its offense last year, when the pitching staff included Rasner, Ponson and Aceves and Pettite was stinking up the joint with a bum shoulder.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Except Matsui hasn’t been the paragon of health lately. I’m not sure expecting much out of him is a good idea.

      • radnom

        The type of knee surgeries he had are not supposed to result in lingering issues. I would see your point if he was running around in LF, but at DH I bet he makes a higher % of his starts in 09 than does Burnett.

        Still anything he gives helps lesson the blow. The problem is we have offensive flexibility in only two positions: CF and 1B.
        Outside of Tex, the market this year isn’t exactly full of options at those spots.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I wish that the Yankees had young centerfielders that could have a chance to develop like David DeJesus has.

      • radnom

        Melky and Gardner need a chance to develop?
        Are you serious?

        Or are you refering to Ajax?
        Because the Royals had already moved DeJesus to LF, which the Yankees could do after next year if Jackson is knocking on the door.

        • A.D.

          I think he meant allow to struggle, fly under the radar, not have high expectations.

  • MS

    I say we focus on Lowe now since he will be a little cheaper than Burnett and we will save a little money to put towards Tex. If we ever finished the off-season with CC, Lowe, and Tex. that would be great—and I don’t think it’s impossible.

  • Manimal

    OH MY GOD I just got my Mark Melancon signed/game used hat. Yeah I’m wearing it.

    • radnom

      Which team’s hat is it?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Now that you have the hat, should we pronounce your name “man-KNEE-muhl” instead of “MAN-ih-mal”?

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/news/2000/01/18/jeter_ap/index.html steve (different one)

    BUT WHY HASN’T IT HAPPENED ALREADY?!1!!!?!!

    • radnom

      Because Cashman is focusing all his time on CC obviously.

      Everyone knows each front office only has the attention span to consider one player at a time.

  • steve

    wouldn’t a melky for francouer trade be hilarious. although francouer has had better seasons. i would actualy like it.

    • TurnTwo

      where are you getting this from?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        He’s pulling it out of his ass.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com jane

    I found Mark Feinsand’s article heartening. It’s like the first time somebody’s said we need offense, so I’m not giving up on Teixeira. Sure, Cano could bounce back and A-Rod will probably have his typical odd-numbered-year MVP season, but Tex’s bat would make the lineup scary. We need scary.

  • dkidd

    anyone else enjoy this amazing response to the feinsand article?

    “what ive seen in the past the yankees have no hart its time to bring in some hart get cc and many many hits great in the middle of the line updame i wish the yankees had dave winfeild that man came up so many big hits he makes manny and arod look like a joke haha well i see swisher playing first base and start bringing the kids up the yankees have great farm of good players from a to aaa start useing it forget about teixeiras is he whorth the money forget it”

    • jsbrendog

      my word. thats what heppens when you leave the IE open and the kiddies get to the keyboard. or when people just have low iqs and type

    • Marty Puccio

      I think Gary The Retard wrote that…………. Or Hank Steinbrenner.

      • jsbrendog

        haha. burn

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      what ive seen in the past the yankees have no hart its time to bring in some hart get cc and many many hits great in the middle of the line updame i wish the yankees had dave winfeild that man came up so many big hits he makes manny and arod look like a joke haha well i see swisher playing first base and start bringing the kids up the yankees have great farm of good players from a to aaa start useing it forget about teixeiras is he whorth the money forget it

      The fact that there are people in this world whose brains work like this… scares the living shit out of me.

    • radnom

      Holy hell, thats gotta be a joke.

  • A.D.

    What bats aside from Cameron & DeJesus are “available”

    • jsbrendog

      albert pujols duh. all it would take is malky and ipk. where have you been? cashman just sucks and won’t pull the trigger

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        SHOULDA TAKEN HIM IN TEH 13TH RND CASHMAN YOU SUXOR!!!!!!!1!!

  • Marty Puccio

    Is DeJesus really availabe and could this be a realistic potential acquisition for us? I’d love to bring my fellow RU alum back east.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    MAN-NY RAMI-REZ!
    (clap clap clap-clap-clap)

    MAN-NY RAMI-REZ!
    (clap clap clap-clap-clap)

    • radnom

      nonononononononono
      *catches breath*
      nononononononononononononononononono

    • jsbrendog

      you mean man-ny ra-mirez

      what you are suggestin would be (phonetically) man-e ramy-rez

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        You are correct. I apologize.

        (It’s a moot point, we’re gonna sign CC and Tex and Manny’s going back to LA anyway.)

  • Matt

    Manny > Dunn

    Please Dunn is such fools gold it’s unbelievable.

    Now, I’d be content with Tex/CC as our only major free agent upgrades. CC’s contract is pretty much out there, but I don’t want Tex for more than 6 or 7 years. A 10 year commitment is crazy.

    Swisher then becomes expendable I guess, and I’ve read in a few different places that a few NL teams ‘covet’ him, which ones, I have no idea. What we can get for him, I have no idea.

    Tex/CC signings, rotation and lineup like this:

    1. Damon, LF
    2. Jeter, SS
    3. ARod, 3B
    4. Tex, 1B
    5. Nady, RF
    6. Jorge, C
    7. Matsui, DH
    8. Cano, 2B
    9. Gardner/Melky CF..ugh…upgrade?

    Rotation:
    1. CC
    2. Wang
    3. Pettitte
    4. Joba
    5. ?…I’d like to see a lesser guy, fill in type, and Aceves maaaybe, keep Hughes in AAA for a full year, let him fully develop, he’s only 22.

    • NYFan50

      Dunn is probably going to come significantly cheaper and judging by the lack of interest thusfar, he may even come with fewer years. He’s not the hitter Manny is, but he’s quite good. He’s hardly fools gold.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Yup.

      • jsbrendog

        and if you get dunn for less money/years and then you could theoretically still make a play at tex…

        in answer to your question of upgrade at cf i assume that would be something swisher could be for in the event he is “coveted”

      • mustang

        Agree on Dunn.

    • nick blasioli

      i like your ideas ….

  • canadian tuxedo

    All of these supposed nl teams can’t really covet swisher all that much. If they did I am sure they could have topped the package that the yanks landed him with

    • jsbrendog

      or they never asked and cashman called the white sox and went, hey is he available? and kenny williams went yeah he es the suxoriest so cashman said i’ll give you this. wiliams said yeah a shitty platoon player and some pitching throw ins. done deal

      • TurnTwo

        people just assume Kenny Williams did his homework and saw the Yanks package was the best… but we all know Cashman gave up practically nothing to get Swisher.

  • TurnTwo

    If Cashman can open up that DH spot, its got Manny’s name written all over it.

    3 years/$65 million.

    • J-Gao

      Is there any team that will take Matsui? He’s pricey, not exactly in tip-top shape, and is primarily a DH.

      • jsbrendog

        japan

        • Old Ranger

          Can’t do that, he must play out his contract first! He would be in disgrace (lose face) if he were sent home to a japanese team. Remember, he is a renowned star in Japan, one must treat him as such. When he got hurt he came out and apologized for not being able to play.
          Look for Matsui and even Johnny (walk year) to have a smokin year. Along with Phil, my break out player is Brett (if given the chance). 27/09.

      • TurnTwo

        but he’s really not that pricy, and is only a one year commitment for some GM to take a chance on.

        when you look at the OF market, and the options that are out there for a GM to spend their money on, Matsui aint all that bad.

        im not saying you’re going to get anything for him, bc you wont. but you can clear his salary and the DH spot, definitely.

    • jsbrendog

      boras would never let him accept “only 3 years”

      • TurnTwo

        unless its the best offer on teh table, or offers the best AAV, maybe.

        just saying, it just feels like thats the way its going to turn out.

      • mustang

        “boras would never let him accept “only 3 years””

        Agree. God I can’t wait until the Dodgers sign him the idea of Manny in pinstripes makes me sick.

        • TurnTwo

          yeah… the thought of the best pure right handed hitter of my generation hitting cleanup for the next couple seasons behind ARod… just gives me nightmares.

          • Steve H

            The only people that should give nightmares is clearly opposing pitchers. I would love to bring him here as the DH and focus only on hitting.

  • Nady Nation

    LEBRON/AMARE ’10!

    Sorry, had to get that out of my system.

    Let’s get Teix

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      I’d take Bron/Bosh over Bron/Amare.

      • Nady Nation

        Bron/Any other mega Free Agent is OK by me

      • Kay Sturns

        then you are dumb. Strong Tall and Talented

        • Kay Sturns

          d’antonie might be an in for amare, but he really thrives with a true center a la odom, although LBJ would command some attention

  • Joe Kaplan

    Manny Ramirez would be a great addition he has always been able to hit at yankees stadium, hes from new york, and whats better than someone who wants to go out and beat the red sox 19 times a year and kick their ass

  • Joseph M

    Manny Ramirez, is the classic example of a rising tide lifting all boats. In any lifetime there will be very few batters as dangerous as Manny. He’s the type of hitter you sense three batter away. Can you imagine a pitcher facing AROD with a man on, no one out and Manny waiting on deck. Manny is a must have. Looking for money to pay him, save some by not signing Burnett or Lowe.

  • Steve H

    Can someone please explain the Dejesus love to me? Of the 5 tools, what does he excel at? I can’t find one (though I’m not too sure what his arm is like). He doesn’t hit for power, he doesn’t steal bases (though he gets caught stealing a lot), his defense isn’t great, he’s a .287 career hitter, .360 obp and 105 OPS+. Seriously, how much do we want to give up for that?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Can someone please explain the Dejesus love to me?

      He’s not Melky or Gardner.

    • TurnTwo

      you’re not giving up Hughes or AJackson or (name major prospects here) to get him.

    • steve (different one)

      Can someone please explain the Dejesus love to me?

      you answered your own question:

      he’s a .287 career hitter, .360 obp and 105 OPS+.

      not every player is an all-star, sometimes getting a solidly above average player can be a real asset.

      now, i am not saying i would trade a ton to get him, but if the price were right, it would be an upgrade.

      • Steve H

        He’s basically an average player. A little above average in BA and OBP and fielding, below in everything else. No thanks. I’d rather find a guy, not an all-star, who brings an above average skill to the table. Even if it’s Gardner’s speed and defense, which separates him. Dejesus brings nothing to the table that you say “wow, we need that”.

  • ortforshort

    I like Abreu over strikout machine Dunn and human-piece-of-drek Ramirez, but that ship has sailed.

  • Bruno

    DH-Damon
    SS-Jeter
    RF-Swish
    3B-A-Rod
    1B-Dunn
    LF-Nady
    2B-Cano
    C-Posada
    CF-Gardner

    bench
    Matsui
    Melky
    Molina
    Ransom

    • Mulls

      ^^^
      this is the lineup im running if i was cashmoney bat dunn behind arod and tell him to swing for the fences , 3 run homers win games, sure hell strike out a shit load of times but his power potential is unreal besides nady behind dunn is perfect because nady cashes in rbis.

  • ortforshort

    .219 hitting Swisher batting third. Strikeout machine Dunn batting fifth. Posada batting eighth (we already have a DH in Damon in the lineup). No hit Gardner batting ninth. The Red Sox and Rays are salivating at facing that piece of crap lineup.