Here we are at the Joe Montana International Airport in San Francisco. I’m taking a red-eye flight home that leaves in 90 minutes. The downside is I’ll have a crappy night of sleep. The upside is I’ll get to spend Monday at home.
I flipped through the comments and laughed at some people throwing Derek Jeter under the bus. How to have perspective. People are also under the mistaken belief that they just trade anybody on the roster. It doesn’t work that way.
But there are a few things the Yankees can – and should – do:
Trade Kyle Farnsworth: His display today should be the last straw. Yes, the defense was sloppy. But he’s been lousy all year. There are plenty of teams looking for relief help, so eat some money and unload this guy.
Find a new backup catcher: Wil Nieves is a friendly kid. But whatever mojo he had with Mike Mussina has disappeared and now he can’t throw. So what exactly does he do well then? There is no in-house solution or otherwise he would be gone already.
Disable Johnny Damon: Now he says he’s fine. Two days ago he was a wreck. This passed tiresome a week ago and is now tedious. Go to Tampa for two weeks to rest and come back after the All-Star break.
Give one of the kids a chance to DH: Your guess is as good as mine. Shelley Duncan, Eric Duncan, Sandy Duncan, anybody.
Call up Chris Britton: Brian Cashman claimed to like this guy when they traded for him, so give him a chance. I’d rather see him than watch Brian Bruney search endlessly for his release point.
Obtain a first baseman: There has to be somebody out there who can play first, hit ninth and give you more than Miguel Cairo or Andy Phillips. Dangle Farnsworth, Bruney, Mike Myers, one of the AAA starters, etc.
Consider a blockbuster: Contracts are such that most of the name players can’t be traded. But give it a shot. See if you can ship out Abreu, Mussina, Farnsworth or Damon. I’d even give some thought to trading Cano. He’s regressing at the plate but has value. Do something big to change the chemistry.
Get Joe Torre to retire: Right now. Everybody knows he’s not coming back barring some sudden run to the World Series. So have Joe announce that he’s retiring at the end of the season and see what happens. Create a little tension and drama, maybe it’ll motivate the players. Then, if they suddenly do go on some magical run, create a story that Big Stein begged his man to come back for one more year. If they lose, you’ve lost nothing. Joe gets his graceful exit and either Mattingly or Girardi takes over.
That’s all I have for ideas at the moment. I’ll try and check in later today.