Chad Jennings goes long

Manny and the Yanks, revised
Cards asked about Cano

Long term that is. Jennings broke down the Yanks’ lineup situation, looking ahead to how things shake out two, three, even more years in the future. We all know A-Rod and Tex will be around (seemingly) forever, but just about all of the other positions will be up for grabs in the next couple of years. One thing I found interesting was seeing how many of baseball’s best young players are signed to long term deals that conveniently expire right as the Yanks will need someone to fill that position (coughEvanLongoriacough). Check it out.

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Manny and the Yanks, revised
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  • Manimal

    Rays can’t afford any of there players. Like the Marlins. All the good teams ended up swarming their star players.

    • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

      The new park, if it comes to fruition, could really help them out (TB, that is).

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I was thinking about Longoria last night, actually.

    I can’t imagine Tampa would let him go…franchise player and all…

    • dan l

      Longoria if he played a full season was on pace for well over 150 strikeouts. A great rookie season does not make you a star I want to see him do it for a few seasons first.

      • Steve H

        You do know that many, many great players strike out a ton right? A-Rod, Howard, Thome (in his prime), etc. K’s do not make you a bad player, outs do, no matter how you come across them.

        • dan l

          I understand but for all the hype Longoria gets his K rate never gets mentioned at all. Before I anoint him a star I want to see what he can do for a couple of more years. Maybe he can live up to the hype or maybe he turns into Wally Joyner who had just a nice career.

  • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

    I would not like to see a Crawford signing next year; the guy doesn’t take a walk, has unspectacular power and can’t play center despite his athleticism. Holliday will get some sort of ridiculous mega deal, and I would assume Bay is extended by the Red Sox, but I think its possible Adam Dunn gets stuck with a one-year deal (or rather, opts for it over a two or three) and we can go after him.

  • Januz

    It is extremely silly to forecast what will happen in 2016 (Anything can happen with Longoria (See what happened with A. Jones (A future Hall Of Famer, who let himself get fat, and whose career may be over)). PS: The Rays player whose contract ends soon, and makes sense for the Yankees will be Carl Crawford.

    • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

      I think its worth noting that in 443 at-bats last year, Crawdad hit just 12 doubles. His on-base also dropped to a horrendous .319.

      • Jay CT

        Yeah and Cano had a bad year too. It happens. Crawfordis a great talent. On the flip side, I would be willing to move Cano in the right deal. MLBTR is reporting the Cards asked on him and Cash wanted Wainwright. I like the thinking on Cashmans behalf.

        • Mike Pop

          Is Waino good enough to be worth dealing Cano? Expand that deal. We get Rasmus and they get Kennedy. ;)

          • andrew

            Pujols too, for Melky.

            • Mike Pop

              I’ll settle for Yadier instead of Albert.

  • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

    I’ve been writing about the chance for the team to pick up Crawford to play LF/Lead-off (for 2010) or replace Brett, if Brett can’t cut it in CF this year. Still like that idea.

    • Mike Pop

      I’m with ya on that.

    • Jay CT

      Totally agree but he has an option next year so he isn’t going to be a FA

    • JeffG

      I love Crawford too but I suspect his option gets picked up unless he gets injured or really falls down a notch next year.

    • dan l

      Crawford does not like leading off. He has stated this preference many times.

  • 27 this year

    I think we should just see how Crawford does. Doesn’t he have a 10.25 mil option for next year but I don’t think Tampa plans on exercising that so he would be a good option depending on the season he has and the contract he is looking for.

    • Jay CT

      Why wouldn’t they? He could at the least be traded in that case and net a nice package. That is a very reasonable pricetag

      • Mike Pop

        ….especially for a young/athletitic player who brings the upside that Crawford brings.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Crawford has been a full time ML player for 6 years, so I don’t see much upside.

          He is what he is. A young, talented athletic player who has a career OBP less than league average.

          • Doug

            great post. crawford’s career has actually been a bit of a disappoint as he’s never been able to take that next step

            • Jay CT

              What next step might that be? Hitting 20 home runs? Thats a fantasy baseball complaint. What step is he missing exactly?

              • Doug

                he was supposed to turn into a superstar. OPS+s of 105, 111, 113, and 117 (throwing out last year due to injury), while very good, are not that of an elite player.

              • Sweet Dick Willie

                What next step might that be?

                He doesn’t have to hit 20 HRs, but how about getting on base? He can’t utilize his speed if he can’t get on base.

      • 27 this year

        that is true, I didn’t think that they would probably exercise adn then trade him like we did with Sheff.

  • Nigel Bangs

    i’d love to see crawford in pinstripes. i’m such a sucker for speed.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Yeah, but speed is meaningless if you don’t get on base. In almost 4,000 ML ABs, Crawford has not been able to get on base at even league average.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Eh, I’m not sold on Crawford, not yet, anyway.

    • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

      Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to clog a corner outfield spot with a guy with no power or on-base ability (see Swisher).

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        But Swisher does have power.

    • Jay CT

      What more would you need to be sold on?

  • Doug

    what about jj hardy at short when jeter’s contract is up in 2 years

    • Mike Pop

      Yes sir. Unless Hanley is available through trade. By then our system should be filled with top guys like Jennings says.

      Might be better to go with JJ if he makes it to FA though.

      • Doug

        you see the brewers spending the cash to keep him? could be trade bait in a year though

        • Mike Pop

          All depends on what he wants to do.

          • Doug

            he’s gonna want to get paid ;-)

    • Troy

      Absofrigginlutely.

    • dan l

      If Hardy does not sign a long term deal he should be traded next off season before he hits free agency. Much like what the Rockies did with Holliday.

  • Andrew M

    Forget Crawford, any idea on when Lincecum becomes a free agent?

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Barring a contract extension, after the 2012 season.

  • JeffG

    Is Bay good enough to play center?
    I’d like him in right if Nady gets traded or doesn’t pan out. Plus, seeing us snatch players from the Sox is always an added bonus.

    Another question I have is with Montero. I wonder if his bat stays as hot as it has if he could be brought up early to DH and catch part time? Would be a nice benefit for him to get tutored by Pena regularly.

    • JeffG

      Crap – meant to say Swisher.

    • Doug

      Bay’s not good enough to play LF, let alone CF….very poor metrics out there

      • JeffG

        I don’t think so either. I wonder why Jennings put that out there as an option. His URZ is slightly below average at CF and he’s played the position very little, I’m sure there is a reason for that. Considering Nate McLouth is the guy they keep out there you’d imagine that Bay want any more capable.

        • Doug

          agreed. and his UZR in LF is pretty awful. at this point in his career, his CF days are over

    • Mike Pop

      Swish can play center but it will be less than average. Which we could afford in some games vs tough pitching but not throughout the whole season.

  • Matthew

    If Bret Gardner is the Yankees’ future in CF, it can’t be a good thing.

    • Doug

      respectfully disagree…it actually would mean he’s developed into a good player. because you know the yanks won’t keep him there if he doesn’t

      • Jay CT

        I think Doug is right. I like Gardner quite a bit

        • Doug

          well Jay, that’s not exactly what i said. please re-read.

          at the end of the day, not sure he’s gonna hit enough to keep the job

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Gardner’s minor league numbers are 291/389/385.

      Let’s give him more than 127 ML ABs before we unequivocally say that he can’t come close to those #’s.

      • 27 this year

        all I really need from him a decent OBP around .350 which would allow him to steal 50 bases and cause havoc. I could care less about other stats. Also, it helps to have a guy that no one could turn a double play on.