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6-5-4-3-2-1 … Ka-Boom!

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 01, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Seems like a lot of people on the blog want to blow the Yankees up and make a bunch of moves. I can understand that. But a few things before you press the plunger:

People advocating a trade for Todd Helton can’t be serious. As of today, he owed $82.1 million through 2011. Read that again $82.1 million. His batting average, HRs and RBIs have declined for three years in a row and this will likely be a fourth year. He has not received an MVP vote since 2004.

People saying Robbie Cano is untouchable need to be objective. This is a free-swinging infielder who is average defensively. He has five less strikeouts right now than he had all last season. Opponents have figured out how to pitch to him and he has not made the adjustment. If Cano can help bring back a good player under their control beyond this season, you have at least consider it. It’s not hard to find an adequate second baseman.

Finally, I see where people seem to believe Jose Tabata or some of these other minor leaguers will be ready next season. Tabata has two home runs in 275 at-bats for Class A Tampa. What in the world makes you think he’s remotely close to playing outfield in the majors? Out of 10 blue-chip prospects, maybe two become helpful players in the majors. One in 20 becomes a front liner.

People are under the assumption that Phil Hughes will be a starter next season. First he needs to prove he can stay on the field. These are how many starts he has made in his professional career:

2004: 3
2005: 16
2006: 26
2007: 5

Don’t be writing him down for 33 starts quite yet. The first part of being great is being on the field.

This is a big mess. The bill has been coming due for years and now it has arrived. It’s going to take some slick moves by Brian Cashman to fix this for 2008, never mind 2007.




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