Finding the hidden gems


The Yankees hit the scrap heap jackpot this season with the likes of Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, and Eric Chavez, not to mention all the production that Russell Martin has given them after signing as a free agent. Dan Barbarisi wrote about the process that goes into signings like that, and how the Yankees rely on their pro scouting department to unearth such gems. “It’s easy to recommend a guy when the numbers are there,” said scout Tim Naehring. “The most difficult thing is feeling confident and putting in a report when the production isn’t there. The biggest challenge is sticking your neck out and saying, ‘I know there’s more in there. I know there’s better performance coming.’” Give a read, very interesting stuff.

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  1. Phil says:

    So who was whispering into Cashman’s ear w/regard to Alfredo Aceves? If you want to take a bow for the good calls, you’ve gotta be willing to be called out on the bad ones.

    • Brian in NH says:

      We don’t have access the the medicals. For all we know he has duct tape holding his back up. If his back blows up tomorrow we look a lot better. Its a risk you take. Even while “losing” on Aceves, we definitely won with Colon, Martin and Garcia. Three outta four isn’t bad.

    • Zack D says:

      What’s the “cutoff” date for when a decision is good or bad?

      If Ace’s back goes out tomorrow was Cashman right? If Freddy/Colon blow up by July, was it bad calls?

      • Brian in NH says:

        Nobody expects Colon and Garcia to even hold up the whole year let alone be good. If they went down by July 28th I’d say we got what we expected and it went fine. Anything else is gravy. And missing out on Aceves while winning with Martin, Colon, and Garcia isn’t going to ruin the season. A 4th and 5th starter + above average starting catcher >>>>>>>> one middle/long relief pitcher no matter how good he is.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Except that Aceves has been below replacement level so far this season…

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