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Don't Do Anything Rash....
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
It goes without saying (though I will say it anyway) that the Yankees are currently in a state of extreme duress. They've lost their last 5 games without showing anything even remotely resembling passion - I believe their collective attitude of late could be described as "not giving a fuck" or perhaps "they sure have given up on life" - and unlike the beginning of the season where the pitching was mostly to blame, the offense has now become equally culpable in this disaster. As I mentioned the other day, Steinbrenner is placing the blame on the Cash Man and has implored him to do something to get this team to start winning some games or get he'll soon be facing unemployment (via a patented impulsive Steinbrenner firing, of course), and it is Stein's urgent call for a big move that makes Ms. Yankees Chick very, very nervous about the future of this team.

I imagine that what Steinbrenner has in mind is some sort of big trade designed to bring offensive power to the team and henceforth magically transform the season from one of disappointment to one of triumph and championship. I imagine this is his plan because I guarantee you this is his plan. I guarantee you this is his plan because this is always his plan when things are looking rough.

These mid-season Steinbrenner trades are born of desperation, and I am a firm believer in the old adage "when desperate times call for desperate measures, there is no way you will get equal value for the players you squander away". The 2 players that have been rumored to be potential targets for trade are Rockies first baseman Todd Helton and Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira. With his power and above-average defense, Teixeira could actually be a good fit for the Yanks, but with just a year left on his contract and Boras as his agent, I have a feeling the productivity they would get out of him over the next season and a half would not be enough to justify the loss of the several pitching prospects they would surely have to surrender. As for Todd Helton, trading even a little league player for his ridiculous lengthy and backloaded contract would be as nonsensical letting Steinbrenner himself join the roster. Helton's stats look good on the surface, but much of that can be attributed to the lack of pressure (both emotional and atmospheric) he has enjoyed by playing at Coors his whole career. It is incredibly unlikely that he would post those kinds of numbers with the Yankees, and they would be saddled with him for the next 74 (approximately) years.

I understand that Steinbrenner wants his team to be the best it can be, and no one likes to lose, but if this is not their year, then so be it! The thought of trading away our prospects just to make a run at a wild card spot makes me sick to my stomach. If the Yanks can pull it together and make it to the postseason - and they certainly have the talent to do it, they just need to get in the groove - that would be great, but if they can't, so what? There's always next year, when there will be more free agents and more mature Yanks prospects to toy with!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, May 29, 2007  
  • At 8:01 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    so distraught that you're listing tomorrow's starter as "a dude?" man, c'mon - don't give up yet!

  • At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually, I think Tyler Clippard qualifies nicely as "a dude." He is apparently too busy updating his myspace page to worry about tonight's start. This guy hasn't proven anything yet. He's thrown two games, one of which was nice and one of which I could have pitched. Thus...he is "a dude."

  • At 6:06 AM, Blogger HellaBass said…

    I have never enjoyed your blog as much when the Yankees are slumping :)

  • At 6:14 AM, Blogger MikeyBronx said…

    They better not make a goddamn trade this summer unless it involves dumping Bobby Abreu's lazy ass on somebody who's stupid enough to take him or shipping Jason Giambi's underachieving, steroid-withdrawn carcass to Abu Dhabi. I'm tired of playing the free agent game because every goddamn one they sign immediately deteriorates. Shoot me now.

  • At 7:33 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    What? What?
    No mention of Aaron Hill pilfering homeplate?

    Pack it up Yankee fans. 2007 is a lost cause.

  • At 10:01 AM, Anonymous manny being manny said…

    Mo, I've never in my life read (or heard) a Yankee fan laying down the "maybe we'll just wait until next year, this year isn't THE year mentality," but if I were to see it anywhere, I shouldn't be surprised it's coming from your sensical musings.

    Does it suck? Absolutely, but you're right, what are you going to do? While playing the Rangers this past week, the Sox broadcasters mentioned the Rangers not wanting to give up Texiera for less than three or four quality pitchers, so I'm guessing the Yanks wouldn't land him for anything less than Hughes and two others. And as a fan, you don't want to make that trade just so you can get beat in the playoffs, because the pitching isn't any better than last season.

    Of course I love the Sox being in first place, but I hope the Yankees at least make it interesting after the All-Star break. I think it's more fun that way.

  • At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Ben said…

    I'm 100% behind you in saying that we shouldn't do anything rash. I would support getting rid of Giambi and/or Abreu, we could possibly get some bullpen support for them. And at this point Bobby really looks like he doesn't remember how to hit up there, he shows no sign of coming out of it. The team will hit, and this collective slump will end sometime this season, hopefully soon. There's too much talent on this team to play this way. But, even when that starts, we still have to deal with the poor bullpen and lack of a solid 5th starter. I'm not writing this team off, I would never do that. But, right now we're driving very quickly toward the void. Whatever we do, don't give up the future, we need Hughes and our other pitching prospects.

  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger Bald Headed Geek said…

    A Baseball writer from SI just did a fairly decent analysis of what has gone wrong with the Yankees' season so far: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/john_donovan/05/30/yankees.mistakes/index.html


  • At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Chubwaybway said…

    I was a Yankee fan thru the late 80s when they really sucked. I had Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield and even Rickey Henderson to cheer me up.

    I say they will turn on all blasters and turn this season around. They have too many good hitters to suck this badly.

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