Thoughts on Thursday’s off-day

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The Yankees won the series finale against the Blue Jays last night and now sit only 2.5 games back of first place in the AL East. They were 4.5 games back at the start of that hugely important nine-game stretch against the Jays and Orioles, so they did make up some ground in the standings. Apparently the Yankees did not get home until early this morning because their flight out of Toronto was delayed due to bad weather, so good thing they have the day off. Here are some miscellaneous thoughts.

1. It’s pretty obvious the Yankees need help to seriously contend for a playoff spot, right? I think we can all acknowledge that. They are still right in the mix of the playoff hunt, but they need help and they need help soon. They can’t wait around for CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda to get healthy. Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran have had almost half the season to get going at the plate and it’s just not happening. At some point the Yankees need to act and that time is rapidly approaching. Making a move now to boost the offense and rotation probably means having to overpay, but that’s life. The Yankees dug this hole for themselves and aren’t in a position to show patience to get the best possible value, not unless they want to hurt their chances to contend. They acted quickly to sign Jacoby Ellsbury after determining Robinson Cano wasn’t coming back and they had no problem tacking that third year onto Beltran’s contract. Trading for a pitcher now rather than at the deadline means four or five fewer starts of Vidal Nuno. Getting an infielder now means about 120 fewer plate appearances from the three-headed Brian Roberts/Yangervis Solarte/Kelly Johnson monster. Something has to happen and soon.

2. Like last season, the Yankees have remained in the postseason race improbably. They own a 40-37 record despite a -34 run differential, a run differential that suggests they should really have a 35-42 record. Last season the team managed an 85-77 record despite a -21 run differential (79-83 pythag. record). So, since the start of the 2013 season, the Yankees have won eleven more games than expected based on how many runs they’ve scored and allowed. That’s a pretty significant difference, no? Where is it coming from? Chalking it all up to good luck is lazy at best and intellectually dishonest at worst. There’s always going to be some element of luck involved in baseball, that’s just the nature of a game built around a round ball and a round bat and a big swath of grass, but there is more going on than that. Is it the strong late-inning bullpen? The veteran know-how? Joe Girardi‘s managerial skills? The magic of the pinstripes? It’s probably all of that and more, right? I don’t know the answer but there’s some reason the Yankees have a knack for winning more than they should. “They’re amazing,” said one rival exec to Jayson Stark when asked about the Yankees and their run differential recently. “It’s like they’re incapable of finishing under .500.”

3. As Joel Sherman pointed out the other day, Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to start on Sunday, July 13th, the final game before the All-Star break. Obviously a rainout(s) could throw a wrench into that. This is significant only because if Tanaka does start that game, he will not be eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game. The Collective Bargaining Agreement says anyone who starts that Sunday can’t pitch in the game. They can be named to the roster (and are then obligated to attend and be introduced on the baselines and all that), but they would be inactive and replaced by another pitcher. This happened with Sabathia a few years ago.Tanaka will surely make the All-Star roster and I am totally cool with him not pitching. I mean, it would be neat to see him out there in the game, but the big picture wins out here. I want Tanaka to get the extra rest — his velocity did drop a bit in his last start, by the way — and not waste bullets in an exhibition game. Same with Dellin Betances. I hope he gets selected for the roster but would be totally fine if he doesn’t pitch. The Yankees are going to need those two in the second half if they plan to make a run at a postseason spot.

Heathcott. (Presswire)
Heathcott. (Presswire)

4. The other day we learned outfield prospect Slade Heathcott will miss the rest of the season following yet another knee surgery. It’s his second knee surgery in the last year and third since high school. He’s also had two shoulder surgeries. Overall, Heathcott will have played in only 230 of 576 possible regular season games from 2011-14 once the season ends. It’s impossible to develop when you’re missing that much time in your early-20s. The Yankees drafted Slade in the first round of the 2009 draft, when he was a raw but very athletic and toolsy high schooler. He was going to need time and work to turn those tools into baseball skills, but he has not been able to do that because of the injuries. I mean, he has 1,349 career plate appearances. That’s a little short of three seasons worth for a guy who was drafted five years ago. Heathcott is on the 40-man roster — the Yankees protected him from the Rule 5 Draft this past winter — and I assume he’ll stay there for the time being, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled the release and re-sign trick with him (similar to David Adams and Nik Turley) if they need a 40-man spot later this summer. Heathcott will turn 24 in September and at some point it’s time to simply move on and focus on the development of  healthy players.

5. I really dig the new Homerun Derby format. Here is is, if you haven’t seen it. Long story short, there are now five players per league in the Derby, and the three who hit the most dingers in each league advance to the second round. The player with the most gets a bye to the third round while the other two go head-to-head. The winners of the third round in each league meet in the finals. There are only seven outs per player now, not ten. It should spice up the competition a bit since there is an incentive (extra rest) to hitting the most homers in the first round. Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista are the captains this year. Mark Teixeira is the only Yankee who even remotely belongs near the Homerun Derby and I don’t see Bautista picking him. Jose Abreu has disappointingly said he’s not interested, but Giancarlo Stanton said he wants in, and that’s really the only guy I’m dying to see in the event. And Adam Dunn too. How has that guy never been in a Homerun Derby? For the first time in a long time, I’m actually kinda excited to watch. Kudos to MLB for the format change.

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  • Kosmo

    Rumor has it Elvis Andrus along with Rios and Beltre could be traded. Daniels thinking about blowing it up.
    If true great opp for NY to pick up the SS of the future.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Give me some Beltre, please. Every day, all day. Love that dude, even when he was on Boston.

      Also, head touches FTW…

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Yes yes yes. Not as sure I want Andrus. We kind of have an older version of him on the team already in Brendan Ryan.

        • The Great Gonzo

          I am completely indifferent on Andrus. I think he’s owed waaaaaaay too much and I am not frothing for him, but I wouldn’t hate him on this team.

          That said, if you HAVE to take Andrus’ salary to get Beltre, I would co-sign. The Roberts/Sizemores/Solartes of this world be damned.

        • mitch

          I take him if it was mostly a salary dump. His contract is pretty brutal but he’s still young, plays good defense and has speed.

          Beltre would obviously be a huge addition but i have a hard time seeing him get moved.

        • Kosmo

          Andrus is a 3+War SS @ 15 million per year. Seems just about right. No doubt Beltre would be a killer. I´d be happy with any one of them .

          • Kosmo

            I read somewhere Andrus has an opt-out in 5 years. The dude is only 25.

          • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

            But do we want to take on $120MM in salary for a 3 WAR player?

            • Kosmo

              I think Andrus has an opt-out so it´s really 60 million over 4 or 75 million over 5. Maybe I´m mistaken ?
              He´s 25. 25 !
              A 3+WAR player at a premium position is going to receive about 5 million per 1 WAR.
              I think the Rangers would eat a small portion of his salary.
              I don´t know if there is a better SS on the FA market in 2015 ? To me it makes sense.

              • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

                I don’t care if he’s 25. I’m not on the “Younger is always better” train that half of RAB seems to be on.

              • Mandy Stankiewicz

                Before options, these are the SS FA class of 2015 (via MLBTR):
                For what its worth, Soto jacked-up his knee. With all the JRM trade packages floating around here, Texas is a team that could actually use a young MLB ready catcher.

                Mike Aviles (34) – $3.5MM club option with a $250k buyout
                Clint Barmes (36)
                Asdrubal Cabrera (29)
                Stephen Drew (32)
                Rafael Furcal (37)
                Tyler Greene (31)
                J.J. Hardy (32)
                Jed Lowrie (31)
                John McDonald (40)
                Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) – $5.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
                Nick Punto (37) – club/vesting option
                Hanley Ramirez (31)
                Jimmy Rollins (36) – vesting/club/player option

              • Old Man Time

                He has two opt outs. 2018 and 2019. But those are only good if he’s playing well. If he sucks, you’re on the hook for up to $133M.

          • Preston

            Derek Jeter is currently outhitting him. We can work out a trade for him in the off-season. Right now he’s an expensive piece that is probably going to upgrade us about .5 win for the second half of the season. I’ll stick with the Captain.

            • fred robbins

              So you would want Jeter at ss for a playoff series or even a 1 game playoff game to get into the playoffs?
              That’s being more loyal than is warranted, at least in my opinion, given the mental lapses he continues to make and the loss of his throwing arm.
              I think at some point it comes down to– what do you want more– Jeter at ss the rest of the season or to get into the playoffs. Not that it is all on him, but his defense is costing runs the Yankee bats can not make up for.

              • I’m One

                I don’t think Jeter is the difference in making or not making the playoffs at this point. And come playoff time, I think I’d wnat his experience over most shortstops that out play him. Of course, that opinion could change as the season progresses, but I’m still giving him the benefit of the doubt in the playoffs right now.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Yes.

              • Old Man Time

                I would simply based on the fact it would tick you off.

                • fred robbins

                  That’s funny. You made me laugh in a good way. Nice to see intelligent and non mean humor:) And I appreciate your comments in each case. I hope they make the playoffs and he plays flawlessly…

          • FIPster Doofus

            I’m leery of those whose WAR value derives almost solely from defensive skills. Is defense important? Obviously. But I want guys who can hit, first and foremost, and the Yankees are sorely lacking in that area. Andrus wouldn’t help much as far as the awful offense is concerned.

            • Preston

              And UZR is becoming less representative of defense because it doesn’t account for the shift. Managers and alignment have a lot to do with UZR right now, especially on the INF. Ron Washington might be better at defensive shifts than other managers making Andrus look better. On the flip side Girardi might be the one pushing all the right shifting buttons and the difference in defense between Andrus and Jeter is even larger. But UZR isn’t telling us anything that’s all that useful. wRC+ on the other hand is very accurate, and it says Jeter is outhitting Andrus.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        According to MLBTR, though, Beltre is considered to be on a very different level by the team, and is grouped with Darvish in that regard. Still want him at that price?

        • The Great Gonzo

          NOPE. Not for a Darvish type package.

          Well, maybe.

          Fuck it, yeah. Give me Beltre.

        • Chip Rodriguez

          I just want a Foul Territory episode where Tex tries to touch Beltre’s head.

          • The Great Gonzo

            OHWYGAWD THIS

            THIS ALL DAY LONG

            HOLY SHIT YES THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      If Andrus was with NYY, he’d be considered part of the problem.

      • Preston

        We need to acquire Elvis Andrus and Aaron Hill to solve our middle infield problem. Oh wait those guys are hitting worse than our guys.

  • Deddard Jeter

    1. They need another starter and some offensive pop. Brian McCann isn’t going to give you what you want. He’s a .220 hitter and shows no signs of improvement. They need to swing a deal for Utley/Lee. They’re only alive in the race right now because of mediocrity across baseball and Masahiro Tanaka.

    2. It’s Tanaka, the pen and unexpected starts from Whitley. They don’t score many runs but their pitching has won the games 2-1, 3-2.

    3. He should start in the ASG, period. That’s why I think they should skip Nuno tonight. Nuno is an automatic loss.

    4. He’s done. Another top draft pick for Cashman, another bust.

    5. The HR derby is nothing more than the slam dunk contest in the NBA. It was great to watch Bonds and Griffey in their primes but now the best guys don’t do it anymore, just like the slam dunk. Get rid of the event and put the focus on the ASG.

    • Scott

      Utley has already said he won’t waive his NTC, and Lee can’t stand NY and is hurt. So yeah, lets trade some good prospects for a couple of old guys that don’t want to be here. I wish you were the GM.

      You are missing the big picture on Tanaka. Regardless of whether he should start at the ASG we don’t want him pitching. He needs the rest. He is pitching every 5 days instead of 6, and his last start his velocity dropped. Scouts are speculating it is because the increased MLB workload is getting to him. His best start this year came after he got an extra day off. If he can’t pitch during the AS break, he will be more refreshed for the second half. I don’t want him pitching, Period (as you say).

      Glad you aren’t the manager

  • pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

    How many times in MLB/ASG history has a 40 year old SS started?

    • Deep Thoughts

      Ripken in 2001, for starters, no pun intended.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Looks like Larkin in 2004 also. Just.

        • Deep Thoughts

          So, typo. That was Larkin in 2000.

          Also Ozzie Smith in 1995 (40) and 1996 (41!).

  • Frank

    This team has too many holes. Getting a starter to replace Nuno or another infielder to replace Roberts, Solarte or Johnson, isn’t going to help all that much. Why drain an already mediocre farm system of of more prospects for some quick fix that won’t really matter? I say ride it out, bring up some players from the minors, like Refsnyder, and see what happens. You never know, they may still get in the playoffs given the division is so mediocre. But even if they do, they won’t last. This isn’t close to a championship team and a trade or 2 won’t make much of a difference. Like I’ve said before, this season is about Jeter’s farewell; this team is a couple years away from getting back on top.

    • The Great Gonzo

      I say ride it out, bring up some players from the minors, like Solarte, and see what happens.

      I say ride it out, bring up some players from the minors, like Mustelier, and see what happens.

      I say ride it out, bring up some players from the minors, like Vazquez, and see what happens.

      I say ride it out, bring up some players from the minors, like Montgomery, and see what happens.

      I say ride it out, bring up some players from the minors, like David Adams, and see what happens.

      I say ride it out, bring up some players from the minors, like Shelly Duncan, and see what happens.

      I say ride it out, bring up some players from the minors, like O’ Brien, and see what happens.

      Refsnyder is the minor league flavor of the month, dude. And considering the ‘already mediocre farm system’ that you want to pull kids up from, I think you’re just trying to find a reason to punt on the season.

      Just punt if you want to punt, but for the rest of us “Polyannas” who think there’s still a damn good shot in the new ‘Parity’ MLB to make a run, a move or two may mean the win or 3 that gets you over the hump of mediocrity.

      • TTP

        Players like Pirela, Wheeler, and maybe Roller could help right now and would cost nothing. Refsnyder probably should stay in AAA for the rest of the season to work on his defense at second. I see calling those guys up as improvement and not punting the last half of the season.

        I’m also weary of them giving up too much. With McCann signed to a 5 year deal Sanchez is likely expendable (and has decided to catch fire after his incident). But there’s players in Tampa who I think the org needs to hold on to for another year to see if they’re capable of being impact players at the ML level.

        • Preston

          Players like Wheeler, Pirela and Roller could hurt a lot. They are all terrible org filler.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        They think every MiLBer on a hot streak is a diamond in the rough, but we’re the Pollyannas.

        When those guys turn out to be what we were open to them being, Cashman failed.

        • The Great Gonzo

          All comes back to how much Cashman fails.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Hilariously, David Adams raked last night while starting at 2B and helped defeat…the Trenton Thunder.

  • Mike HC

    Interesting thoughts as always, Mike. Love that quote by the rival exec about the Yanks being incapable of finishing below .500. Even our mediocrity is frustrating the league!

    • entonces

      I wouldn’t doubt the ability of this team to finish below .500. Bullpen has kept them above and bullpens can tire out. For that reason and others, I would not overpay to compete this year. If there is fair value out there to improve — fine. Otherwise, screw the GMs who sit back waiting for Yanks to get desperate and overpay.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’d prioritize starter over infielder, but yeah, both are needed. There’s only so much more FHOF Yangervis Solarte and gritty vet and nice teammate Brian Roberts I can take right now.

    Doing the release/resign with Slade isn’t the worst idea. The writing was on the wall a whole ago that injuries could be his worst enemy. Sucks that it’s come to be that way. I’ve always rooted for him.

  • TWTR

    If Hal wants to overpay with dollars, great, but I hope they do not overpay with young talent.

    There have been to many bad decisions to trust that there won’t be more.

    • mitch

      when was the last time they got burned by trading young talent? The only top prospect they’ve moved in the last half decade was Montero and we know how that worked out.

      • Paisa

        I was against the Ajax trade and still think it was a net negative move. That said, it certainly wasn’t the worst deal.

        • mitch

          The winner of that trade is certainly debatable, but that happened 5+ years ago. People act like the Yankees always trade away their top prospects and it’s just not true. Drafting and especially development have been poor, but they’ve held on to just about every decent prospect for quite a few years running.

          • Mike HC

            The winner of that trade is certainly not debatable. It was Detroit. Looking at it from just the Yanks perspective, I would call it a draw, possibly a slight loss.

            • Preston

              The winner is Detroit, but that’s because the loser was clearly the Diamondbacks. The Yankees came out fine.

        • The Great Gonzo

          aJax is quite literally a left-handed Brett Gardner with less power and A TON more Ks. If he was still in Pinstripes, you all would hate him. Give me 3 years of Granderson for 6 years of aJax every time.

      • fred robbins

        does Austin Jackson count? I can’t think of any others right now. What was the deal with that pitcher that Pittsburg signed but he was a Yankee prospect. Big guy with a big fastball, but going blank on his name and the reason he took a pass on NY or NY took a pass on him.

        • The Great Gonzo

          aJax, as mentioned above, doesn’t really count. He wasn’t traded for a scrub, he was traded for a 40+ HR hitting outfielder for 3 seasons.

          And you’re thinking of Gerritt Cole? Because he didn’t sign with NYY as a draftee. So i think that’s a different situation all together. He was never really a “Yankee Prospect”.

  • Tj

    Anyone know why there are no podcasts recently?

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

      Joe just became a dad. Podcast is on hiatus for a little while.

  • wallypip

    I think the Yankees are defying Pythagoras with an outstanding bullpen. Last year, Rivera, Robertson, and Logan combined for 195 appearances, mostly high leverage, and only gave up 12 leads. This year, it’s Robertson, Betances, and Warren. They’ve only given up 6 leads and we know they are holding on to small leads.

    On the other hand, since the Yankees aren’t scoring runs, when they get blown out it tends to be big.

    The 2012 Orioles did the same thing.

    • Yankee$

      Interesting theory. Thanks.

    • Ed

      I think that’s how it tends to happen. A weak offense, weak starting pitching, and a strong bullpen means lots of games where they either lose by a lot or win by a little.

      The 2008 Angels were another team that outperformed due to a strong bullpen. K-Rod set the single season saves record due to how many close games they played.

    • Mike HC

      Agreed. I also attribute it to the strong back end of the bullpen. And when we don’t go to our strongest relievers, the other guys are prone to making small to medium deficits even larger.

  • OldYanksFan

    Some observations:
    … Since there are many more buyers than sellers, picking up an impact players will be VERY expensive. I would NOT sacrifice the future to slightly increase of odds this year.

    … Cashman got 4 of the top 8 FAs last Winter. While a middle-of-the-order of Beltran-Teix-McCann-Soriano isn’t scaring anybody, it certainly should have been much more productive than we’ve seen.
    Bottom Line: If McCann, Beltran and (to a lesser extent) Soriano continue to suck, we are going nowhere, even if we can pick up one decent player via trade.

    … Anybody that is ready to trade the Farm for Price (or anyone else), is hereby banned from EVER EVER EVER complaining that we need to get younger.

    • I’m One

      Fine with me. I prefer getting the best players, regardless of age. Don’t care if their 43, 33 or 23, as long as they’re signed to reasonably lengthed contracts.

  • KD

    If the Yanks truly desire fewer starts for Nuno, why then are they starting him tomorrow when we could go with Tanaka at 5 days rest? Why hand the redsocks an easy victory? Is Tanaka hurting?

    • I’m One

      They indicated from the beginning they’d give him extra rest when possible.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Sure, trade for help…but to what end? Is David Price a realistic target for this team given the state of their farm system and the premium they’ll likely have to pay to get the Rays to trade him within their division? And say by some miracle they are able to empty the farm and acquire him…where are the pieces going to come from to get an impact bat (which I believe is equally as important)? The scenarios don’t seem realistic to me. I’m sorry but Jason Hammel (whom i believe they’ll likely end up with) is not putting this team over the top. This team is far too flawed for window dressing. The Yankees need to look to the future and they needed to do it last year.

    • Paisa

      They could put together a more than reasonable package for price. I’m sure of that. Although your point that it hampers their ability to go get the bat which they definitely need is on point.

  • Darren

    We gotta make some fuckin’ moves yo.

    • Jobu

      Would moving Eddard to a place where he can get the constant supervision and help his condition requires help?

      • I’m One

        I wouldn’t complain …

  • Rob S.

    In my dreams the Yankees could put together a package to land David Price and Ben Zobrist. In reality that isn’t happening.

    • FIPster Doofus

      The way Zobrist is hitting, I’m not sure he’d help much.

  • http://baseballstadiums.net Derek

    I don’t think a move for Price helps the Yankees very much. I think they are a few players away right now. “Renting” a stud was a good model when the Yankees had their base player in their prime, but they are too far away from that right now. We need to model after Oakland and get a core of young guys before adding any vets.

  • Paisa

    Just a casual observation but it seems as though those who “don’t want to sell out the future” for a proven top of the line guy like Price don’t understand that their view is actually the more risky position.

    • Ed

      I think it’s more that they feel that to be a contender we need more players than we can realistically acquire mid-season. From that view, if we trade our prospects for short term improvements that won’t help the team enough to justify the cost. They think we’ll miss the playoffs either way, but if we hang on to the prospects, we’re in better shape for the future.

    • OldYanksFan

      ya know… this may be true, but can you tell me how else the Yankees can develop some young, impact players? Ya know what these guys,, prime meat, sell for as FAs… right?

      In/from 1990 on, it would have been easy to trade Mo, Po, Andy, Bernie or even Derek for the current shiny object. Derek was highly regarded, but who knew that Mo, Po, Andy and Bernie would become 1 HOFer and 3 All-Stars.

      And even though Derek was our top rated guy, most of you would trade 1994 Derek (and more) for Price….
      because what were the odds that he would eventually become….
      Derek Jeter?

      And how many times was Cano almost traded?

      The teams that ‘develop’ young players, are often the teams that are willing to play them for 2 or 3 years, to see what they got. The Yankees, as a ‘Win Now’ or bust team haven’t seemed to be able to do this (although they started heading in the right direction with Phil and Joba).

      And are we still a ‘Win Now’ or bust team, or do we need to start considering the future more? To me, 2017 looks like a better year than 2014.

      I simply see NO OTHER WAY of building a young core except by keeping many of them, giving them a fair shot in MLB, and seeing what sticks.

      It may be risky, but how else is it done?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        The point with prospects is never to keep all of them, though. It’s always detaining who’s a keeper and who’s just a chip.

        It’s always a balance. It’s knowing when to strike, not refraining from striking altogether.

    • willie w

      price is on the way down, do the research

      • Preston

        Look beyond ERA and Velo.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          HE TRUSTS HIS EYESSSSS

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Jaw. Floor.

    • Yankee$

      I think that depends on the package it takes and on if they could sign him long term.

  • hornblower

    Cashman is a smart man. He must look at this roster every day and wonder if he is fielding an MLB team or a Central Park softball squad. Last night’s lineup had one player under 30 and that was Cervelli who doesn’t play often.

    • King George

      And, ironically, he put up more prediction than McCann on a normal night. So there’s that…

    • Old Man Time

      And Houston has one player over 30. What’s your point?

  • willie w

    Stanton was a second round pick
    so the scouts don’t really know for sure what they are doing

    Florida Marlins in the 2nd round of the 2007 amateur draft.

    • willie w

      this is pretty good for a 2nd round pick (#76), the yanks chose andrew brackman over him

      Stanton, 24, is hitting .308/.401/.592 (170 OPS+) with an NL-leading 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 77 games this season. He has hit 137 homers in 566 career games despite playing his home games in big ballparks.

      • Kosmo

        The Yanks could have drafted 2 or 3 major league ready INF in the 1st 2 rounds going back just a few years. For example Frazier, Chisenhall, Gallo, Kipnis. We get Brackman, Hensley and Bichette.
        It´s an imperfect science which many teams fail at.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        You know who else took a player ahead of him? The Marlins.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          And, I’m guessing, every other team?

          That’s like saying the Yankees could have drafted Trout if they hadn’t signed Teixeira, forgetting the Sabathia/Burnett signings and the fact that 20 other teams passed on Trout, too.

          But as always Cashman failed.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            I know, my point was even the genius team that picked him didn’t pick him at their first opportunity.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Beinfest/Dombrowski/Riley/Shula failed.

          I have no clue who runs baseball down there anymore.

          • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

            This post reeks of troll bait.

          • FIPster Doofus

            The dolphin from “Ace Ventura” is their GM. Snowflake, I think.

            • The Great Gonzo

              Thats disrespectful to Ray Finkle.

    • RetroRob

      It doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing. You’re simply highlighting why scouting is difficult. Scouting would be easy with the willie approach. If only we know before hand who the top players would be.

    • Paisa

      There were major signability issues considering that he had a scholly to play both football and baseball at USC. So, please kindly…..

  • RetroRob

    Regarding the run differential, it’s a combination of a weak offense and a great bullpen. D-Rob, Warren, Betances and Kelley allow the Yankees to shut down other teams’ offenses in close games, which are the only type of games the Yankees can win. In the other games, if not quite blown out, they’re losing some lopsided games. The offense is rarely capable of closing the gap.