Re: Yankees Enter Their "Bridge Year,"
posted at 4/5/2011 7:52 PM EDT
Here we have it folks, the money train has come to a grinding halt. Not that management is unwilling to spend but that an entirely unexpected new development has occurred - players don't want any part of the Apple.
That's pretty misleading. Based on credible reports only one major free agent (Cliff Lee) spurned the Yankees for another team. His signing had less to do with NY, than his desire to pitching in Philly--a city he apparently learned to love over a few short months.
Andy Petite is doing his best Rocket impersonation and could likely retire. Even if he does not, he is a year older and damaged goods. Cashman even has gone public that Petite is likely gone.
Pettitte has been mulling retirement for a couple of years now. While the Yankees were hopeful he would return, they haven't relied on it. I'm sure they're much more hopeful now that so many of their potential targets have come off of the board in recent days.
Cliff Lee? Well we know what happened here.
See above. While it's surprising he didn't go to NYY, it's not as scandalous as the media and most Red Sox fans think it is.
Kerry Wood? AKA "Lights Out" walked without hesitation. I am not even sure the Yankees were bright enough to try and keep him around.
Kerry Wood? He never wanted to leave the Cubs. He took less money to go back to the organization he came up with. The Yankees weren't the only ones who got turned down. The White Sox offered him $3.5M. He took $1.5M from the Cubs instead.
Carl Crawford? We can assume here the Yankees never expected the Red Sox to anti up for a second helping of top dollar additions for the 2011 season. Quite certain here the Yankees figured in the end they would just sign a big check (besting Art Moreno) to ink Carl, and were in no rush to do so. Complete blind side here. it is a Yankee tactic to never make the first offer, they find it more sporting to top offers - letting the other teams do all the work.
There isn't any credible source showing that the Yankees had anything more than a passing interest in Crawford. In fact, they may've met with the Crawford and his agent only to drive up the price on the Sox and Angels. The Yankees had their guns pointed at Lee. If Crawford was still on the board when Lee signed with the Phillies, they might've tried to make a move. That didn't happen, so we'll never know. All you're doing is speculating.
Rivera was an obvious choice to bring back - and the perfect gentleman not to get into the mud pit over the last dollar. Otherwise the Yankees would have messed this up too.
But they didn't mess this one up. I'm not understanding your complaint.
Derek Jeter will forever have a bruised ego, and I have seen more than enough Yankee fans hold it against him for his stance in the negotiations.
The Yankees had every right to stand pat with him. He's not worth the money he and Casey Close believed him to be worth--at least not in terms of on the field value. Did the Yankees make mistakes? Absolutely. The way both sides played the negotiatons out in public was incredibly sad and childish. Jeter got caught in the middle of a war of words, and got bruised. That said, if Jeter had been more realistic about his future performance, the negotiations would've gone much smoother.
Still, no one should hold Jeter's stance against him either. He has every right to request the numbers he requested. Plus, he kept his mouth shut the entire time. He was the bystander caught in the midst of the crossfire. If Yankee fans hold it against him, then they're the ones with the issue--not Jeter.
In all the Yankees can make all the trade deadline moves their hearts desire as they will already be 18.5 games out of the race.
That's so far from the truth, it's not even funny. A lot can happen between now and Opening Day. Lester could tear his UCL. Adrian Gonzalez could shatter his ankle. The Yankees could make a big unexpected trade. We don't know. On paper the Red Sox look like a great team, but the Yankees still look like a lock for 90 wins as well. A bridge to nowhere? I doubt it. Albert Pujols will be their target for the winter of 2011-12.
Where will the Yankee play Pujols? First base? Nope. Mark Teixeira owns that spot for the next five years. DH? One, why would you waste your DH slot on a Fielding Bible Award quality defensive first baseman? Second, that's where A-Rod will start playing in a couple of years--if not 2012. So where does that leave? The outfield? Well, ok, but he hasn't played there since 2003, so that doesn't seem like a good fit at all. Also, I'd be apprehensive about moving a first baseman who's on the wrong side of 30 to a more
challenging defensive position, but that's just me. Forgive me, but I don't see a place for him on the Yankees unless some huge trade occurs.
You know I like you Burrito, but this post was way off. It comes off as being anti-Yankee propaganda. While I expect this out of SPC1988, I expect more out of you--even if it is posts about how awesome you think you are.