When the smoke finally cleared and all the checkbooks were put away, the Yanks landed 9 players during this year’s international player signing period. The biggest name of the bunch is Dominican outfielder Kelvin DeLeon, who reportedly has plus-plus powerÂ (take that with a grain of salt) and a physical presence similar to Melky Cabrera (what ever the hell that means). No word on the bonus yet, but he was reportedly seeking between $1.6 and $1.8M, an ungodly amount.
Brian Cashman has long been an advocate of roster flexibility. But for all that preaching, he has little to show for it. At the outset of 2007, the Yankees had one of the most inflexible rosters in the bigs — hampered by 12 pitchers, two first basemen, and one full-time DH. That left room for one utility player (Cairo) and one backup outfielder (Melky). So when injuries and ineffectiveness began to plague the roster, there really isn’t (and wasn’t) anywhere to turn. The bench become starters, and the new bench consists of AAA or AAAA scrubs. And, of course, you’re left with a sub-.500 team. It’s easy to think that there’s nothing you can do at that point — that the players on your roster are talented enough to carry you, and that if they don’t do it, it just won’t work. I say horseshit to that. There’s plenty you can do, it’s just that the Yankees are too afraid to make these perceived high-risk moves that, in fact, aren’t high risk at all.
When the Yankees left Colorado, they were extolling the virtues of a team that had just swept them. Supposedly, the Rockies, according to many Yanks, looked like a playoff team.
Well, so much for that. Since watching the Yankees leave town, the Rockies have gone 1-9, and they’ve looked utterly terrible. Meanwhile, the Yanks have continued to lose, and they do so against teams that have been playing just as well â€” or as badly â€” as the Rockies. The Yanks have become, in other words, slumpbusters for the rest of the league.
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Tomorrow kicks off the international player signing period, so get ready for the next wave of unbelievably overpaid and overhyped prospects!
Triple-A Scranton (12-1 win over Ottawa)
Justin Christian: 4 for 6, 3 R, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 1 SBÂ – 12 for 38 with 11 runs scored since being promoted
Juan Franica: 1 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kevin Reese: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 11 RBI in his last 9 games
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 6, 1 R,Â 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR &Â 13 RBI in his last 11 games
Angel Chavez: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 3B
Andy Cannizaro: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Omir Santos: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Raul Chavez: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 K – played 1B today after manning 3B in 3Â of his last 4 games
Steven White: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1 E (missed catch) – 19 baserunners in last 20.1 IP
This story in the sports section of The New York Times may just be one of the oddest things I’ve read in a while. Angels outfielder Reggie Willits and his wife and son live in a batting cage. I kid you not. Check it out. · (6) ·
The Yankees have promoted 26-year-old right-handed reliever Edwar Ramirez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he will report today to provide support for a bullpen that has been wretched.
To make room for Ramirez, the Yankees are expected to send infielder Chris Basak down to Scranton.
Between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, Edwar’s thrown 43.1 innings, allowing only 19 hits andÂ 3 earned runs while striking out 80. Yes, 80 strikeouts in 43.1 IP. He’s been beyond stellar this year, and the call-up is well deserved, but here’s the problem: it’s thw wrong move.
Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Ottawa)
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Juan Francia: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4 – in other news, Andy PhillipsÂ went hitless…again
Eric Duncan & Bronson Sardinha: bothÂ 0 for 4
Raul Chavez: 2 for 3, 1 2B – played third…no really!
Chase Wright: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 12-6 GB/FB
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – in other news, the Yanks bullpen gave up 4 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs in 2.2 IP…
Today, as I enjoyed the nice weather from the upper deck at Yankee Stadium, I watched what could be the low point of this season. After a disastrous 1-7 road trip, the Yanks came home to win on Friday but were one-hit today by Chad Gaudin.
The one hit was a groundball single up the middle by Johnny Damon. It wasn’t a pretty display, and there is nothing new to say about this game. We know Mike Myers is ineffective; we know that Kei Igawa gives up home runs like it’s nobody’s business.
But while the Yankees struggle, it was good to hear that the Yankee scoreboard operators still have hope. In the bottom of the 8th with one out, the Yanks mounted their own “rally” of the game. This “rally” game with one out when Rich Harden, rehabbing his arm by coming out of the bullpen, walked Andy Phillips and Johnny Damon.
As Derek Jeter walked to the plate, the A’s had a short pow-wow on the mound. The scoreboard operator played the ever-popular Queen song “We Will Rock You.” I can’t help but chuckle at that display. The Yankees aren’t rockin’ anyone these days. Their one hit barely made it out of the infield, and up to that point, that had hit just five balls out of the infield.
The Yankees offense: pathetic. The Yankees scoreboard operators: ironically funny.
Mike Mussina pitched 7 strong innings against a team struggling as much as the Yanks were, and Mariano Rivera closed out the final 1.1 innings with 3 K’s to nail down his 10th save of the year. But what happened in between Moose’s departure and Rivera’s arrival was the story of the game.
To start the 8th inning, Joe Torre went with his typical game plan. Now, keep in mind that this game plan has worked approximately three times this year. That’s right; just three times this season, Farnsworth has worked 1-2-3 innings. As you can guess, tonight was not one of them.