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It's Bizarro World
Friday, November 09, 2007
A-Rod is gone (though not forgotten...although I'd like to forget about him), and in his wake he left the Yankees not only with a good chunk of freed-up salary dollars but a gaping hole in that #5 spot in the defensive inventory. The good news is that there are some peeps available via trade or free agency: Miguel the T, Miguel the C, Joe Crede, et al, but the even better news is that the Cash Man is steadfast in his desire to refrain from trading his beloved youngsters. Of course we are indeed in desperate need of a third baseman (I really don't think Wilson Better Mint is going to cut it, and I think everyone knows that) and will most likely end up having to trade someone for a replacement at some point, the very fact that the Cash Man is so committed to finishing what he started - building up a farm, breaking down Big Stein's legacy of old-dude-buying - is a delicious idea I want to savor for as long as I can. It is a strange and wonderful thought for a Yankees fan, to be able to watch kids get drafted and then eagerly anticipate their arrival in the big leagues and actually get to enjoy seeing their talents benefit the YANKS rather than some other team.

Stranger still is the sight of other teams falling into exactly the same habits that the Big Stein-run Yanks used to utilize while the Yanks go the farm route; teams like the Mets who have left themselves with just a few prized prospects and run after every big name on the market (Beltran, Glavine, now even A-Rod), or the Sox, who traded kids like Hanley Ramirez, Josh Bard and Anibal "No-Hitter at Age 22" Sanchez to get veterans and are speculated to even trade their remaining youngster Buchholz this year for another old guy. It's a crazy time indeed. Sure, we haven't won a ring in a few years. But 7 or 8 years to rebuild a dynasty is time well-spent if you ask me...

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, November 09, 2007  
  • At 3:14 PM, Anonymous BB said…

    //traded kids like Hanley Ramirez, Josh Bard and Anibal "No-Hitter at Age 22" Sanchez //

    For Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell - pretty fucking good trade if you ask me - resulted in a WS ring....

    Beckett is only 28 and Mike Lowell, well he's Mike fucking Lowell.

  • At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Brian said…

    Yea...Wasn't the $200 mil in the off season at all cause...The Sox had Beckett and Lowell the year they didn't make the play offs....yeaaaa.....

    Not only is the 5th spot in the field empty, but so is the 4th spot in the lineup. Who fills it? Matsui? Cano? Melky? I'd hope not Giambi, Posada or Abreu, and I wouldn't think anyone on the trade/FA market is better than previously mentioned.

  • At 2:20 AM, Anonymous BB said…

    //Wasn't the $200 mil in the off season at all cause//

    Break down the $200 mil for me, I'd like to see how far your version is from the truth.

  • At 5:57 AM, Blogger meg said…

    My god, this post is so bad and misleading you should frame it and put it above your bed for posterity.

    "or the Sox, who traded kids like Hanley Ramirez, Josh Bard and Anibal "No-Hitter at Age 22" Sanchez to get veterans"

    Beckett was 25. That's not at all the cliched trading prospects for veterans situation you're talking about. Without beckett, no ws victory. As for keeping and winning with prospects, this years team was loaded with them. From papelbon to the the first two hitters.

    A farm system isn't designed to keep every player, but to also allow you to trade to pick up key pieces. The yankees will, and should, give up prospects for the right pieces.

  • At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Brian said…

    "Break down the $200 mil for me, I'd like to see how far your version is from the truth."

    Negotiationg for Matsuzaka, 51.1 mil, his contract, 103+ mil, JD Drew, 70 mil, Lugo, 70 mil, Okajima, 2.5 mil, Joel Pinero, 4 mil, buying 2 rings in 4 years?...Well I think we know the punchline. Comes out to over 300 million spent, so I guess I was wrong, thanks for pointing that out.

  • At 11:50 AM, Blogger meg said…

    "buying 2 rings in 4 years"

    About the only thing worse is paying more for nothing, huh?.

    I love the new 'bitter' yankee fan.

  • At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Brian said…

    Rather a bitter Yankee fan than a Sox fan just because they started winning.. I was there when the Sox fad came to life, and I'll be there when it comes crashing down in 08.

  • At 1:24 PM, Anonymous BB said…

    Brian -now tell me how much the yanks spent to NOT win anything (don't forget to include the igawa negotiating fee)?

    I can't believe you're bitching about buying rings - isn't that what mfy did in the late 90's and is still trying to do?

    I think you're pissed because the Sox spent their money wisely (on a winning team) while mfy spent their money on clemens, igwa and steroid cover-ups...

    I watched the mfy-jeter/torre lovefest start - and watched it come crashing down in 2007.

  • At 1:41 PM, Anonymous BB said…

    My break down of your break down -

    Negotiationg for Matsuzaka, $51.1 mil - Zaka's contract, $52 mil (6 years)

    JD Drew, $70 mil (for 5 years)

    Lugo - $70 mil is incorrect -
    - the correct figure is $36 mil (4 years)
    Okajima - 2.5 mil (3 years)
    Joel Pinero - 4 mil (waste)

    = $216 mil - $51 (not salary) = $165 mil

    I think that comes out to less then jeter's tampex and hghambi's drug store bill.

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