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Stinnett DFA; Sal Fasano Steps In to Fill Second-Rate Catcher Position
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
"I'm sorry, Stinnett, this relationship is just not going to work out. It's not you, it's me. I've found someone else, and he has a curly mullet and an awesome mustache. "

After 34 games with a .228 batting average and an incredible 29 strike-outs (that’s 37% of the times he stepped up to the plate, folks – to put that in perspective, A-Rod has struck out 24% of the time, and he’s having a rough year), the Yanks decided that things just weren’t going to work out with Kelly Stinnett. I’m not exactly sure what expectations the Yanks were holding for a 36-year-old man whose best complete-season batting average was .259, but apparently Stinnett did not live up to them. The love affair officially ended this morning with the Yankees DFA-ing Stinnett and sending minor league infielder Hector Made to Philly in favor of Phils’ cast-off Sal Fasano. Sally, as I shall affectionately call him until he inevitably disappoints even those of us with the lowest expectations, has had a slightly better year than Stinnett, hitting .243 with 8 doubles and 4 homers in 50 games (and only struck out 33% of the time!). Offensive mediocrity aside, Sally actually has a good reputation as a catcher; he had considerable success in his many years in the minors and is known for being helpful to young pitchers (a trait not as useful to the Yankees' mostly retirement-age pitching staff). He will likely prove to be a marginal improvement over Stinnett, and every RBI or attempted stealer caught is going to be valuable in the Yanks' race to take over 1st place in the AL East.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, July 26, 2006  
  • At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Walter said…

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    Best of luck the rest of the season (and keep up the great work),
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