Fan Confidence Poll: December 7th, 2009

Bruney might be headed to Atlanta
A Plan C at DH

2009 Season Record: 103-59 (915 RS, 753 RA), won AL East by 8 games, finished with the best record in MLB by 6 games, won 27th World Series

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Given the team's current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees' overall future?
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Bruney might be headed to Atlanta
A Plan C at DH
  • http://thetundrablog.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    10 until players really start moving.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I’ll go with a nine.

  • A.D.

    though the Mets reportedly have some interest in him.

    Heyman tweeted that this isn’t going to happen…whatever that is worth.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....rlins.html

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Heyman tweeted that this isn’t going to happen…whatever that is worth.

      Well, we already knew, through logical deduction, that Matsui to the Mets was lunacy, but no, whatever Heyman tweets is never “worth” much of anything.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I’m down to an 8….I’m concerned about the shitty options for left field combined with the team’s stated desire to cut payroll….

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I’m not so concerned about the cutting payroll thing. After all, they could field pretty much the exact same team as last year and still be under last season’s payroll. Even if they come back, there’s no way Damon or Matsui will be making $13MM.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        I know. My thought though is that there isn’t anyone that is a perfect fit for LF….. Damon was horrendous out there last year. If Melky’s out there, then the offense will suffer a bit. I hate the idea of bringing in either Bay or Holliday (not to mention they don’t really fit into that cutting costs idea).

        I guess the cutting payroll really doesn’t apply much, no sense spending money if there isn’t anyone worth spending it on. I’m just not 100% sold on bringing back Damon or Matsui or both. They seem to be the lesser of many evils, but I’m not sure it will be enough to help them get back to the WS.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          What do you think would be a better option than Damon/Matsui in LF/DH to bring them back to the WS?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Reggie Jackson.

            Let’s unretire that summamabitch.

          • Chris

            My thought though is that there isn’t anyone that is a perfect fit for LF…

            I think this is his key point. Matt Holliday would be better than Damon, but he’ll likely cost too much to sign. Carl Crawford might be available in a trade, but that would cost too much in prospects. When you weigh everything, bringing back Damon is probably the best idea but I don’t particularly like it.

            The problem isn’t so much that the Yankee’s will make a bad decision, it’s more that there isn’t a really good decision to make.

            • Mike Pop

              Need another Nick Swisher to trade for.

              • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                I’m starting to come around on the DeJesus idea a little more. The .425 SLG for an LF isn’t exactly ideal, but the .358 OBP and the 18.8 UZR/150 in LF offset that a bit. If the price is right, do it.

                • Mike Pop

                  Got an idea. Kelly Johnson?

          • Evil Empire

            Barry Bonds.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Mark McGwire.

              Bonus: It hurts the Cardinals. They’ll have to hire a new coach.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            I’m not sure there is much better. So that is why it is a concern for me.

            Your suggestion of DeJesus below doesn’t sound terrible. I think his power could come up a little bit in YSIII as well. Great defense, decent OB, maybe a little bit of power, it could be a nice fit. And he’s not on a long-term contract.

            I could see trading for DeJesus and resigning Matsui. I just worry about getting stuck with Matsui when the music stops (ie the bat speed goes).

    • CountryClub

      They cut payroll last yr and that turned out fine. I wouldn’t worry too much about this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    10 with a bullet.
    I love how the poll has slipped for 5 weeks in a row. HATERS.

    • andrew

      The brain is just normalizing itself to the most recent emotional events. AFter a really high or really low emotional event, the brain slowly readjusts to “normal.”

      • andrew

        Not that they aren’t “HATERS,” of course, but I just thought I’d toss out some knowledge on why the haters gotta hate.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          “Andrew” is greek for wise, so I believe you.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Haters wanna hate
            Lovers wanna love
            I don’t even want
            NONE OF THE ABOVE
            I WANT TO PISS ON YOU
            YES I DO, I PISS ON YOU, I PEE ON YOU

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Nice.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Are you interested in the Administrator position I promised you?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yes.

          Do I have to do any work? If so, no.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Zero work involved. You just get to lord over everyone else.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Oh, I’m great at that. I accept.

              Of course, I expect a company car and a hefty per diem. These cranberry walnut prosciutto arugula salads and Citadelle martinis during “working lunches” at the Per Se aren’t going to pay for themselves.

              • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

                It’s all in the compensation package I had messengered over to your office.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Which one, the Herald Square office, or the White Plains office?

                  I hope you sent it to Herald Square. My assistant in White Plains is out on maternity leave* and due to the global economic crisis, Vandelay Industries hasn’t approved a temp hire, so I’m having my au-pair fill in at the desk.

                  She’s not working out very well.

                  ———-

                  * I had nothing to do with it, I swear.

                • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  And you call yourself a latex saleman.

  • In Girardi We Trust

    I went with 8. Left field is a concern for me too, Damon is hard to watch out there. Also Hughes and Jobas performance as starters could be hairy.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Also Hughes and Jobas performance as starters could be hairy.

      It could also be awesome.

      Seeing as how both of them have shown a super-high ceiling as elite, ace-level starters, and the thing eluding them from that ace-level is consistency and veteran savvy, and they’re now a year older and stronger and wiser and more veteran, and both of them are now in that 23-25 age range where young starters often make “the leap”, I’d say it’s safe to point the needle more towards “they’re gonna be great this year” rather than “this is gonna be ugly”.

      Highly possible: Flat out filthiness
      Exceedingly probable: Solid, league averageness
      Possible but less probable: Poor or injury-filled campaigns

      • In Girardi We Trust

        For sure, I expect Hughes to step forward, and I just pray that Joba will too.

        • In Girardi We Trust

          you just never know though.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Sincerely,
            Joe Morgan

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          I don’t understand why you don’t expect Joba, who just threw a complete season as a starter, to improve.

          • Mike Pop

            Easy. Because he wasn’t as good as he was in the 8th in 2007-2008 and he wasn’t as good in the rotation as he was in the bullpen.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            I’m looking forward to Joba and Hughes as starters next year. I think they are gonna be diesel.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    I’m still thinking bringing back these three vets would be pretty good…a little more of moving melky to left and The Landscaper to center in late innings (and Nick Swisher teaches him how to leave his bat on his shoulder in spring training…yes, i’m asking for a lot, but dammit–these are the Yankees!). Matsui plays four, maybe five days a week. One of the new youngins takes Bruney’s spot–I’ll let Towers tell us which one. Arod’s hip improves, and we have an even better record than last year.

    For my mouth to Mo’s ears.

  • T-Dubs

    Bruney + prospects for Lowe. Any interest?

    • Rose

      Like always…it depends on the prospects

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      No.

      Bruney + nonprospects for Kawakami, maybe. Probably not, though.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Hells no. Lowe was sucking in the NL east. Huge pass.

      • T-Dubs

        Me either. I’m failing to see the Braves reasoning here unless they’re dumping some salary.

      • Chris

        Aren’t we glad the Yankees signed AJ instead of Lowe last season?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yes.

          (I’m still wary of what happens come 2013, but… yes, we’re glad we signed AJ and not Lowe last season.)

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Meh. No reason to make a trade like that unless Pettitte retires.

  • Bob Stone

    I’m at a 9 again. There are too many unknowns right now to be higher. Sign Pettitte, Damon and Matsui to reasonable deals and I’m back close to 10.

  • Doug

    find it interesting that the average rating has gone down consistently throughtout the offseason

    11/16: 9.03
    11/23: 8.77
    11/30: 8.69
    12/07: 8.59

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I blame ARod.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Cody Ransom would make the poll go up.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        When Cody Ransom is confirmed for starting 3B from now on I’ll be a 10. Obviously the Yankees finally won a World Series because Cody Ransom carried them through April.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Confidence Level: 10.

    If we trade for Roy Halladay, my confidence level will drop to a 9.

    • Rose

      What about if we sign John Lackey…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        9.5

  • Mike Pop

    Nine. Things are great right now for the Yankees, but could be a bit better.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Wait until noon, when George shows up with the calzones.

      THINGS JUST GOT BETTER!!!

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        It’s 12:05. He’s late!

  • Rose

    I guess my vote depends on what the “Confidence” is pertaining to. Is it the confidence I have in the current team at the moment? Is it confidence regarding moves we’re going to make?

    Right now I put my Fan Confidence at N/A.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Given the team’s current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees’ overall future?

      The question’s been the same for the past year. The debate about what the question means and how it should be interpreted has been hashed and rehashed.

  • OldYanksFan

    I’m not sure when the ‘Future’ ends, but my concerns are 2013 and beyond, when ARod and Jeter are seriously old, when Teix and CC are approaching a decline phase, and these FOUR players alone are costing $90m+/yr.

    And not having Mo anymore will be hard to swallow.
    He is the most difficult player to replace in kind.
    (Well, impossible to replace ‘in kind’, but ya get my drift).

  • PaaakmaaaN

    I don’t know about you guys…but i’d lovee to get Rafael Soriano

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Confidence level: 10. Cashman’s gonna fill the holes gently and with obvious experience.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Cashman’s gonna fill the holes gently and with obvious experience.

      You’re just BEGGING for me to say something, aren’t you? Aren’t you?

      You want it, you tease.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          That’s one of my personal favorite love rock ballads.

          ~~What’s your favorite dish? I’m not gonna cook it but I’ll order it from Zanzabar’s~~

          (I can always count on you, TSJC.)

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