Previewing the ’09 season for The Times

Graphing the Yanks' outfield defense
Open Thread: My RAB Fantasy Baseball League Roster

A few weeks ago, Justin Sablich of The New York Times conducting a few e-mail interviews with various Yankee bloggers. Today, he published the piece. So check it out as Cliff Corcoran, Steve Lombardi and I tackle the early questions surrounding the 2009 Yankees. I think Cliff has a point when he wonders about Jim Edmonds’ availability. [Bats Blog]

Graphing the Yanks' outfield defense
Open Thread: My RAB Fantasy Baseball League Roster
  • Marsha

    Ben and RAB make it to the show.

    • Bronx Baseball Daily

      He certainly picked the right guys. Made for a great article.

      • cult of basebaal

        well, except for lombardi, yeah.

  • jsbrendog

    jim edmonds should be nowhere near this team.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      I should have qualified that statement.

      I don’t necessarily believe that Edmonds should have been with the Yankees. His defense and age don’t fit with what the Yanks have shown they want to do this year. But he can still hit, and he’s not terrible in center field. I’m surprised some team didn’t want to give him a low-cost look this spring.

      • jsbrendog

        i went over and checked it out and i do see where he is coming from. but honestly a “flier on edmonds for a six or seven figure deal” means in ST you have to not only see if melky/brett can play but if edmonds can still walk. physically i agree he can hit, for sure, but as an everyday cf, and even as a platoon cf his days are over. 4th of bench role ph type, sure.

        just my opinion

        ps i do agree that it is a little odd NO ONE gave him a shot at all esp since its not like he wont play if he cant start because he did the platoon/bench thing last yr

        • Mike Pop

          I think if Nady, Swish, Damon, or Matsui gets injured, the Yanks should pick him up. Also if NAdy gets traded (not Swisher because he should not be traded). I guess, maybe give him a look if Gardner/Melky aren’t hitting for crap and the offense is really dying but unless any of them happen, I’m not big on Edmonds.

          /rambling is over

          • jsbrendog

            whosaboot kenny lofton?

  • Ryan S.

    Its funny, I found out about this piece via LoHud just now. Pete Abe gave you guys some much deserved props – good stuff.

  • Mike Pop

    Is it wrong that I don’t like Lombardi?

    • Peter Lacock

      ‘IT’ might be wrong but you are not.

    • Crab Dribble Ointment

      Oh no, it’s right.

      Very, very right.

      Baseball analysis =/= “Well, AJ Burnett can’t stay healthy, and CC can’t handle NY, and Joba will inevitably break down. Prepare for mediocrity, folks!”

      I’m all for seeing potentially good and bad situations, but Lombardi only seems to see one side of the coin.

    • steve (different one)

      no. i think most yankee fans can’t stand him.

    • cult of basebaal

      nope, you’ve got the scrape the bottom of the Yankees Blogging barrel pretty damn hard to come up with a ladle full of lombardi.

      much better to have gone with SG over at RLYW.

      hell, they could have even challenged the guys over at No Maas to provide their answers in photoshopped form.

      that would have been entertaining.

  • Reggie C.

    I’m holding onto the belief that extending Nady beyond this year is going to be one of the tough questions facing the Yanks. I’ll honestly be surprised if Nady didn’t put up an above-average offensive season from his corner. Nady is going to get at least 150 PA more than Swisher, who will be lucky if he gets 350 PA.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Tough questions? He’ll be 31 with slightly above average career numbers. It’s not that tough of a question.

      • Reggie C.

        Okay. I overstated it. I do believe Nady hits well enough to become a Type A Free Agent. Dammit…i just realized that younger, more athletic guys like Rick Ankiel could be paid to become a corner outfielder. Offer Nady arbitration and then see him walk…

    • jsbrendog

      prediction. count it. right here.

      by july 31 nady is either traded/hurt/no longer the starting rf.

      swisher will take over.

      and if that is wrong then whatever.

      then i rpedict that the yankees let him leave if he is not traded and take draft picks. one of which will turn out to be the melvin croussett of the infield and will lead us, along with the real melvin, to 14 straight WS titles. seeing this jeter will weep because he only had 4 WS.

      (that is a shot at jeter)

      • Reggie C.

        IN response to the “serious” portion of your post: If Nady is hitting .280 and has a dozen bombs or so, I just don’t see Cash moving Nady and hurting a run at the playoffs.

        • Mike Pop

          I agree with you to an extent. If it is a deal that you really can’t refuse, I think you have to do it. Probably won’t ever be in that situation but if you can get a serious position player prospect back in return like Schafer, Gorkys, or a young SS with upside, I think you have to make that deal. But chances of that are not likely, unless Swish, Damon, and Godzilla are mashing I think Nady stays in pinstripes and will be celebrating with the team in October!!! ;)

          • Ant

            Probably not getting Schafer, he’s their starting centerfielder now

          • anonymous

            Yeh I could see Cash testing the field but not turning up anything worth it. Wont Nady be a type A? I saw someone go over this recently. He wont be getting much from Arb and probably would test the market. I think holding onto him and taking the draft pick would be more realistic.

    • Ryan S.

      It seems to me that when you factor in how Nady tends to get colder in the 2nd half of the season, and how Swisher is a cost-controlled guy we have locked up for a few years, Swisher will be getting a long look at that RF job as this season goes on (not to mention that Swisher is a straight up better player than X-Man). I do think, realistically, that Nady will do good enough to keep his job at least up until June, but its really the 2nd half of the season that I’m guessing is when we’ll see some additional developments in this subplot.

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    Whoa, no more Ben K., Mike A., and Joe P. Now it’s Benjamin Kabak, Mike Axisa, and Joseph Pawlikowski.

    • Reggie C.

      Apparently. I merely copied the comment name format from the 3 fellas. Might have to copy ’em again.

    • Mike Axisa

      Those other guys were assholes anyway.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Agreed. But I would’ve expected Michael Axisa but I guess you’re more of a Mike guy? Benjamin and Joseph is certainly a big change though.

        • Benjamin Kabak

          It’s my byline. I’ve always gone by my full first name when writing/publishing something.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I assume your middle name is Button.

  • rbizzler

    Umm, did anyone else read the comments on the piece (nice job Ben, by the way)? And I thought Lombardi and PeteAbe brought the doom and gloom like no other. Those comments were just downright awful with people ripping everything from CC to AJ to the ‘pen, etc.

    • Rich

      Lombardi is compulsively pessimistic. almost to the point of comic relief. Ham is what he is.

      As for Manny, they will probably have another chance to sign him after the season, but the focus (and allocation of resources) should be on making this team younger and better defensively.