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It's Not Santanamania.... But It's Something
Monday, December 03, 2007
As we're all well aware, winter meetings are underway and I'm sure you're all just as frenzied with anticipation as I. Day one has come and gone, and while no bombshells were dropped in the way of Santanamania or Danny-Boy Haren trades, the Yanks did bid adieu to one old friend and signed on a decent backup catcher that can hopefully serve as a viable back up for Old Man Jorgie Porgie as he further advances into his twilight years (of playing... not of life). Jose Molina, who joined the team in the middle of last year to replace poor sweet Wil Nieves, is 32 years old with a lifetime "backup catcher batting average" of .243 and hits an average of, oh, a whopping 3 or 4 homers a year, will be sticking with the team for two years. Sure, he is no power hitter and he's not going to be working walks like Giambi, but he is a solid defender and seemed to get along with the team swimmingly last season, so for a backup catcher - which everyone needs, particularly teams who sign 36-year-olds to 4-year contracts (not that I'm knocking that contract, I'm all for it and have been from the get-go) - we surely could have done much worse (sorry, Kelly Stinnet). As for that "adieu" I mentioned, sadly that was bid to Andy Phillips as he was DFA'd to make room for Bengie Yadier Jose. I doubt I am alone in having a soft spot in my heart for AP, but logistically it made the right sense. While no one wants to see Giambino manning first base all year, it is surely much easier to plug that hole (throw Posada in there sometimes, Damon if Melky is still on the team, one of the youngsters like Alberto Gonzolez....) than one behind the plate.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, December 03, 2007  
  • At 8:01 PM, Anonymous BIlly Pilgrim said…

    we all love Andy...i'll never forget hearing "Sweet Home Alabama" when he hit a double at the Stadium. just no room for him with Betemit and Juan Miranda coming up. i think Juan Miranda is going to get a similar shot this year that they gave to Josh Phelps and Andy. He's just got to make more of it than those two guys did.

  • At 8:24 PM, Anonymous billy pilgrim said…

    andy did hit .290 last year, but not many extra base hits and low walks. maybe he just never got a fair shot. miranda may be looking good in the arizona fall league, but he can't touch phillips' minor league numbers. i hope andy gets some serious playing time somewhere to see if he rakes like he was Columbus Clipper again.

  • At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Joe said…

    Well, it's looking like Santana will be wearing Red and White next year opposed to Pinstripes...

    ...Stein's big mouth and bravado is making us look as credible as George W. Bush.

    Seriously, let's just give the Sox the Division title for the next 3 seasons if they snag the best pitcher in baseball to add to their current Cy Young award winner.

  • At 3:34 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    Billy, Kilgore Trout would like to thank you for reading my blog....


  • At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Kelsey said…

    I just don't think they gave AP enough of a shot. He needed regular playing time to get into a groove, and he didn't get that often enough. But maybe I'm biased and not looking at facts correctly, because I love AP.

    And it's so sad, because a google news search reveals an article about how excited AP was about the 2008 season with the Yanks.

    Gah. I just hope he gets to play somewhere that's not the minors.

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