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A few opinions on the Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Nobody asked me, but:

* The organization must develop Joba Chamberlain as a starter. It’s a waste of money and talent to have a pitcher than good as a set-up man. Starting pitching is what makes the biggest difference in baseball. The three outs in the eighth inning are far less valuable than the first 18 or 21.

* Brian Cashman should get a contract extension right now. The more Hank Steinbrenner pines for Johan Santana, the more I wonder if he’s setting Cashman up for a fall in the fall. Cashman has made some questionable free-agent pitching decisions (particularly Farnsworth and Igawa), but his decisions on player development have changed the face of an organization that was headed for disaster. That said, the Steinbrenner Bros. should tell him he has to hire an assistant GM with some experience. Cashman could use a rational voice in the room when he makes decisions. If he doesn’t trust Stick Michael, find somebody he does trust.

* If Hideki Matsui shows he’s healthy this spring, the Yankees should trade him. Matsui is a guy who played literally every day for years. He’s not going to be effective as a part-time DH and occasional left fielder. Let Jason Giambi DH. As a bench player, Matsui is fairly useless beyond having some pop. He can’t run, bunt or play much defense.

* With the relief market what it is, Kyle Farnsworth could get you something in return if you pick up some of his salary. If that something is a reliable lefty reliever, make the deal. It’s nice that Joe Girardi caught Farnsworth once upon a time in Chicago. Is that really going to make a difference?

Finally …

* Kidnap Bernie Williams, sit him in a room and tell him he needs to come to the Stadium for Bernie Williams Day at some point. Enough is enough. The guy spent his entire career as a Yankee, the fans love him and the cloud that hovered over his departure remains. He doesn’t need a job. But the fans deserve a chance to applaud him one more time.

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