I think A-Rod will get there soon enough.
Lisa Kennelly of The Star-Ledger has the definitive word on the Yankees’ roster moves.
Brian Bruney, who has struggled greatly with his control, will be optioned to Scranton to make room for Joba Chamberlain. And thankfully, Miguel Cairo has been designated for assignment to make room for Jason Giambi. That move gets rid of the worst offensive player on the Yankee and clears up a spot on the 40-man for Chamberlain.
The Bruney move is questionable but not surprising. While his 3.40 ERA is low this year, that number doesn’t tell the whole story. On the season, Bruney’s been very inconsistent. He’s pitching to a K/BB ratio of nearly 1. His strike outs are way down this season to 10.89 per 9 IP last year to 6.80 per 9 IP this year. His walks are up, and Torre has given him numerous opportunities to pitch. The Yankee skipper has, in other words, few reasons to feel confident in Bruney right now.
Relatedely, last week, Mariano Rivera called out Scott Proctor, Kyle Farnsworth and Brian Bruney. He noted that the three of them could throw hard but couldn’t pitch. With Proctor and Bruney gone, Kyle Farnsworth must be looking over his proverbial shoulder now too.
Meanwhile, the Yankees’ bench just became a source of strength for this team. Some Yankee fans have always liked Miguel Cairo. But no one will miss his .252/.308/.318. With Melky Cabrera firmly entrenched as the team’s starting centerfielder, the Yankee bench now features some combination of Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, Andy Phillips, Wilson Betemit, Jose Molina and Shelley Duncan. That’s a far cry from Josh Phelps, Wil Nieves and Miguel Cairo.
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From Baseball Prospectus. Unfortunately, you’ll need a subscription to read the whole thing:
A high-profile signing (the Yankees stole Jackson from the college basketball ranks), Jackson made his debut in Low-A last season with unimpressive results. His return to Charleston was headed down the same path this season until Jackson caught fire in June, and he hasn’t looked back, dominating the Florida State League. Jackson has more power than most on this list, and he’ll take a walk when he needs to. The question will be contact. Jackson deserves some credit for cutting down on his strikeout rate from last year–when he whiffed 152 times in 134 games–but I’m not sure I buy it completely. Jackson has just 27 strikeouts in 168 at-bats in Tampa, but can we count on such a torrid streak continuing? Jackson’s strikeout rates in 2008 will be the best indicator of his future.
The article also mentions Brett Gardner, comparing him to Jason Tyner except with more discipline at the plate. That doesn’t bode so well for Brett. But the outlook for Ajax is a bit more impressive.
Via this mailbag comes some word on the Yanks draft picks. According to Peter Abraham, Scott Boras, agent for Andrew Brackman, the Yanks’ number one pick, is confident the two sides will reach a deal before next Wednesday’s deadline. Abraham also notes a rumor we’ve heard for a while: The Yanks and Carmen Angelini (10th round) have come to terms on a deal for which MLB is delaying approval due, unsurprisingly, to the fact that the Yanks are well over slot. Angelini had been ticketed for Rice before the Yanks’ wallet intervened.
With a great Angels’ victory last night, the Yanks find themselves six games behind Boston in the AL East. The Yankees, coincidentally enough, play the Red Sox six more times this season. Hmmm…
In fact, since that date, the only Yankees with an OBP below .350 are Johnny Damon (.343) and Andy Phillips (.333). The only Yankees below a .500 slugging percentage are Jeter (.452), Damon (.343), and Phillips (.396).
OPS. It’s what chicks dig.