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Third try at projecting the roster

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Now we seem to have a little clarity. So here goes:

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF

Molina C
Duncan 1B-RF-LF
Betemit: INF
Ensberg: 1B-3B



Tough cuts: Patterson, Ohlendorf, Ransom

Concerns: Who is the late-inning defensive replacement at 1B? They kept four first baseman and none of them are especially good fielders. The Big G is the Big G. Shelley tried to play first in the minors a few years ago and they moved him to the OF. Betemit has 14 games there, Ensberg one. … There is very little speed on this team. Damon is probably the fastest guy. A-Rod and Abreu can run. Jeter sometimes. If they make the playoffs, they’ll need a pinch runner (hello, Brett Gardner). … To me, Bruney’s approach is too much like Farnsworth’s. Ohlendorf would be more valuable because he can get a groundball in a tight spot. … The lineup is too lefty, which is why you’ll see a lot of Duncan and Ensberg against lefties. … I’m not convinced Betemit can play SS or 2B for a few days in a row. But he’s far more of a threat with the stick than Nick Green or Chris Woodward.

The final roster should be announced Saturday or Sunday.





125 Responses to “Third try at projecting the roster”

  1. Drive 4-5 March 27th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I agree with Pete about Betemit playing shortstop. The way this roster looks, the better option would be to have A Rod play short and Ensberg third base when Derek needs a rest (or God forbid is injured).

  2. AndrewYF March 27th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Agreed wholeheartedly about Bruney basically being Farnsworth with less talent and less stuff.

    You need different types of pitchers out of the bullpen. Patterson would fit in perfectly, so would Ohlendorf alongside him. Hawkins I think can be a solid 7th-inning guy if you don’t lean on him too much.

  3. Bill from NJ March 27th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Four minor issues I see:

    1) Bruney rather then Ohlendorf is a mistake.
    2) Cano batting 8th instead of 7th (swap him w/ matsui).
    3) Mussina ahead of Hughes in the rotation.
    4) This rotation is just not that good in general.

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 27th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t see Betemit lasting the entire season on the roster; there are simply too many other guys that will end up being better.

    However, given my expertise you should probably take that with a grain of salt.

  5. Ranting Guy March 27th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I know people have been saying this for years, but if everyone’s healthy the Yanks lineup can mash.

    At least this year General Joe got everyone to get in shape going into spring torture. We shall see.

  6. Joe March 27th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I’m pretty sure that in the back of everyone’s mind they know Scott Patterson should be in that bullpen. It’s almost like people are scared to let him start out in the pen because of Edwar. The difference between the two? Edwar can’t command his fastball. You can have the best trick pitch in the history of baseball but if you can’t command your fastball you will not have any sustained success. I have said this again and again, but I’ll keep repeating it…fastball command is the single most important skillna pitcher can possess.

    We know how this will play out….Bruney won’t throw strikes, he will get bood. Patterson will keep commanding his fastball while striking lots of guys out and not giving up hits and he will replace Bruney at some point.

    Why chance blowing a couple early season games that may come back to haunt them when you knew all along that Patterson was going to do what his track record suggests…THROW STRIKES AND GET OUTS.

    I can just see the bases loaded walk from Bruney in a big situation already, he has been missing the plate his entire career, it isn’t going to suddenly change. Ok, rant over. Sorry.

  7. Bill from NJ March 27th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Joe, I couldn’t agree more.

    But maybe all that bs is over now that the Torre regime is over.

  8. Ranting Guy March 27th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Bill –

    1. They can always call Ohlendorf up if Bruney’s not doing the job. It’s kind of a crap shoot. More important than opening day choices for the last guy in the bullpen or on the bench, if Joe G can manage the 40-man roster through the whole season that’s what’s really in the best interest of the team.

    2. That’s probably a guess at the order. I’m sure Joe G will mix them around and find something that works.

    3. Flip Mussina and Hughes? I’m guessing it’s actually Hughes & Kennedy they’re trying to keep apart in the rotation, because innings limits could lead to heavier loads on the bullpen. Probably not a good idea to have that planned for consecutive days.

    4. C’mon …

  9. Wolf In Pinstripes March 27th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    “I don’t see Betemit lasting the entire season on the roster; there are simply too many other guys that will end up being better.

    However, given my expertise you should probably take that with a grain of salt.”

    I’ll see your grain of salt, Rebecca. I’ve been feeling the same way about Betemit since before camp even opened, and I kind of have a gut feeling that the Yankees aren’t really that crazy about him. They had so many guys jockeying for utility spots in ST this year that could do most if not all of the things he can.

  10. Stephen March 27th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    What’s the point of Spring Training if Patterson’s performance doesn’t earn him a spot on the team?

    I know there are contracts, among other things, to consider, but what else can he do? Allow zero baserunners?

  11. Joe March 27th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Last season, Scott gave up a few runs in an emergency start…if kept in set up/short relief/fireman role he ends up with a .38 ERA on the year. Spring training isn’t an abberation here…his deception, command, and low 90′s fastball command can’t be underrated. It’s hard to even CATCH the ball coming at that downward angle. Yes, I am openly lobbying here…

  12. jay destro March 27th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    i would opt for ohlendorf over bruney

  13. Steve M. March 27th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I would still like to see Ransom on the team instead of Ensberg. I dont think Ensberg has more value because he isnt good defensively and he hasnt hit well since 05. Ransom can play more spots on defense and he bat is probably as good.

    Rasner and Bruney wont do well most likely which will allow them to call up Patterson and Ohlendorf.

  14. dervish March 27th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Not correct to say that Shelley was switched to the OF after failing at first in the minors. Hw began as an outfielder, then was switched to first. The surprise not that he can play first but that they think he can fill in OF.

    And lay off Bruney, please. Truth is he’s been very effective at times. Yeah, he gives up walks. But he doesn’t give up hits. And he doesn’t give up the long ball. Not so bad to walk two in an inning when you give up no hits and get a K or two. Hopefully, Joe G. will pickup on this and be a lttle more patient than Joe T. was.

  15. dervish March 27th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Not correct to say that Shelley was switched to the OF after failing at first in the minors. He began as an outfielder, then was switched to first. The surprise not that he can play first but that they think he can fill in OF.

    And lay off Bruney, please. Truth is he’s been very effective at times. Yeah, he gives up walks. But he doesn’t give up hits. And he doesn’t give up the long ball. Not so bad to walk two in an inning when you give up no hits and get a K or two. Hopefully, Joe G. will pickup on this and be a lttle more patient than Joe T. was.

  16. gayle March 27th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    You know what the really great thing is? That we are 4 days away from the opening of the season and for the first time in a whil there are still discussions on who is going to make the team and even better the ones that dont could fill in pretty darn good.

    In the past few years barring injury we pretty muich knew who was on the team.

  17. Jeff NJ March 27th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I too like Ohlendorf over Bruney, but ove the course of the season the following pitchers will be in the pen in addition to the ones on the opening day roster: Ohlendorf, Veras, Ramirez, Horne, Melancon and Sanchez. I’m probably missing a few.

    Otherwise, the other concerns are minor. This team will make the playoffs for the 14th consecutive year this year.

  18. Neil March 27th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    There’s no point in carrying Bruney and Farnsworthless. If I were Cashman, I would trade Farnsworth right NOW. He’s had a decent spring, BUT WHERE ARE THE STRIKEOUTS. He hasn’t even been able to K AAAA and AAA players in the 8th inning of ST games. He def. can’t K MLB hitters, becasue he doesn’t have COMMAND. He now has some control, but where’s the COMMAND. Trade him for a spare park, like the Braves traded Tyler Yates.

    I like Ensberg on the team. Chances are that Giambi will be injured and/or that Duncan/Betiemit will bve a bust this season.

  19. Jeff NJ March 27th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Oh and the concern over Betemit is silly. He is the best utility player the Yankees have had since Luis Sojo. Remember a year ago the bench was Cairo, Phelps, Minky and I don’t even remember the backup catcher’s name.

  20. gayle March 27th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Every team needs a Shelley Duncan some quotes about getting his award (from Pete lol)


    “I always need a new watch,” Duncan said. “It’s funny. You can joke around and say, ‘Some people say Spring Training doesn’t mean anything.’ Well, now it means a watch to me.”

    He had some other really good coments about his spring, what the Rays incident helped him learn etc

  21. Ranting Guy March 27th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    There are 5 spots in the rotation, 7 in the bullpen.

    Because of injuries alone, how many pitchers had been in the rotation by June and how many in the bullpen?

    The team’s in a far better position to handle that much adversity this year, if needed.

    Hopefully they’ll only face a little.

  22. Ranting Guy March 27th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Injuries LAST YEAR, sorry for the omission

  23. Jax March 27th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    It sucks that Patterson is likely not to make the team but both Bruney and Farnsworth will.
    What more can you do if your Patterson and Ransom, you have a great ST and you still don’t make it.

  24. Brian March 27th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Following on dervish’s above post about Shelley. I think that’s largely true. In fact, Shelley’s move to the OF was precipitated by Eric Duncan moving from third to first a couple years ago. Perhaps Shelley is no defensive whiz, but he was a regular first baseman for a long time. To say that he’s making the adjustments, etc., is inaccurate, or only accurate insofar as he is adjusting to the big leagues, period.

  25. 2008 Yankees March 27th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I really wanted Gardner on the team…..
    Bruney can be good but, like Farnsworth, he has NO IDEA where the ball is going once it leaves his hand. 2008 will be the last year we will see both Bruney and Farnsworth in Yankee uniforms.
    Back up infielders won’t get much play time this year, unless you play first base. If somebody gets hurt at SS or 2B, they have a problem….but that doesn’t happen too often anyway.
    I’m more worried about the pitching staff. If those kids don’t come through, it could be a LONG year. Once panic sets in, you will see some scrambling in the trade market. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.

  26. McLovin March 27th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Why can’t Patterson go then Rasner.Patterson can probaly go three innings.

  27. CB March 27th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Cody Ransom and Nick Green both accepted positions in AAA with Scranton. That’s very good for organizational depth. Same thing with Jason Lane – he also took an assignment to Scranton. Again, solid depth.

    They can always call any of those players up now during the season should they be needed.

    If they had cut Ensberg no chance they could get a player with that kind of potential at this point in the season. No way.

    Either the Dodger or the Giants would have signed Ensberg. He would have likely been given a shot to start for them at third base. Those teams are desperate for third baseman.

    Ensberg is a valuable asset and a great pickup. If nothing else they could trade him during the season if he hits well and get a useful part back. Can’t say that about Cody Ransom, Woodward or Green.

    If Ensberg comes anywhere close to regaining even half his prior form they have a terrific bench player on a team that is very left handed. He destroys left handed pitching – destroys it.

    Betemit is a limited player but would be starting for many teams at third base. He’s probably the best hitting backup who can play multiple infield positions in all of baseball.

    He’s far from perfect, but again, for the role the yankees are asking him to play he’s a very valuable player.

    The red sox backup infielder is Alex Cora – he can’t hit and can’t play first or third.

  28. yankswin27 March 27th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    That’s what I was assuming the roster would look like.

  29. yankswin27 March 27th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    This is what I thought the roster would look like.

  30. yankswin27 March 27th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Sorry for the double post! ;)

  31. x23 March 27th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Rasner blows. I hope he don’t make it. I rather have Ohlendorf, Albby, Britton, or Edwar instead!!!!!!!

  32. george March 27th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    got to keep Paterson. throws strikes. he’s looked too good for a team that needs relief pitching; arguably, he’s better than 5 pitchers on the projected roster.

  33. TIME 4 #27 March 27th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I cant beleive that bruney is making the team, he is garbage, walks the ball park and then gives up the long ball. I’m going to cry if patterson does not make the team, i’m sick watching games blowing the lead…

  34. Anthony March 27th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Ohhhhh man… I want Ross O. to make it over Bruney

  35. YankeeVIP March 27th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    1) i dont like rasner at all. Id rather drop him and keep patterson (he deserves a look early on at least). although as a write this, i realize with so many young guys in the rotation, having a long man is going to be important.

    2) looking at the proj. roster, the lack of speed and 1b defense on the bench is pretty glaring. it would have been much better to get a speedy light-hitting defensive minded utility player then ensberg, lane or woodward. there must be someone like that available right

  36. Jon March 27th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Wow, for as perfect as they got the bench, way to screw up a bullpen with some potential.

    I’ve been away for a few days – are there any stories with justification for Bruney/Rasner over Ohlendorf/Patterson?

    I figured that was kind of set. Now I am sad.

  37. David March 27th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    There is plenty of speed on this team. In fact, they were in the top of the AL in stolen bases. Damon, Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod, and Melky can all run. That’s a majority of the starting lineup.

  38. Israel March 27th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Rasner??? Bruney??? So I see to have an effective bullpen is to give up a boat load of hits and walks…Patterson has hands down the BEST reliever in camp. Ohlendorf throws as hard as Bruney yet his sinker ball and his ability to pitch up to 3-4 innings makes him far more useful than Bruney or TERRIBLE Rasner. Lets just all hope you are dead WRONG!!!

  39. hmmm March 27th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Bruney has had a great spring. you can’t ignore that fact if you are going to put Patterson on the team based on 7 spring training innings.

    2 guys, both had great springs, one guys has pitched in the majors with the yankees for the last 1+ seasons so he gets first crack.

    if he can’t get it done, he’ll be sent down.

  40. hmmm March 27th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    “Who is the late-inning defensive replacement at 1B?”


    really, this couldn’t be less of a “concern”.

  41. hmmm March 27th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    “Lets just all hope you are dead WRONG!!!”

    guys, none of these relievers are being released. they all have options and will be ready to be called up if indeed Girardi is WRONG!!!

    so much complaining in this thread over so little.

    these guys will be up and down all season.

    try to relax.

  42. Jerkface March 27th, 2008 at 11:15 pm


    Oh lordy, glaring weakness? Really? REALLY? We have the sickest bench this side of a national league team.

    The real problem is with the bullpen, but Bruney has been good in Spring. The trouble is we have too little spots and for once too many good options. They will all get their chance during the season. The reign of Joe ‘Send in Scott Proctor’ Torre is over.

    Also the rotation is the way it is due to pettitte’s injury, no more no less.

  43. Chris March 27th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Jerkface, stop stealing from Screwhead. Pete can’t comprehend that a 1st base defensive replacement is irrelevant. Oh no, but THE SCOOP!!!111!!!!

  44. Robert Bobby Bobs March 27th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    If 1B needs a late-inning replacement, why doesn’t SS? What about Abreu and the wall? Where does it end?

  45. yo dawg March 28th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    You are underestimating the team speed. The lack of speed is on the bench, but not in the regular lineup. Damon is a great baserunner. Jeter, Abreu, and A-Rod are above average. Cano and Melky are about average. Matsui is below average. Posada and Giambi are terrible. 6 out of 9 spots being average or higher on the bases is not bad at all.

  46. Peter Abraham March 28th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Yo Dawg:

    If you think Cano is above average in terms of speed, you aren’t watching the games. He has 10 steals in his career. That 2.5 years.

    Damon used to be a great base-runner. He isn’t any more.

  47. Yo Dawg March 28th, 2008 at 3:48 am

    Hey Peter,

    Thanks for the response.

    I didn’t say Cano is above average. I said I thought he was about average.

    And I’m talking about baserunning in general, not just stolen bases. Stolen bases are nice, but some guys (like Soriano) get thrown out way too much and really aren’t as good with baserunning as the number of stolen bases would indicate. So I am kind of combining speed with smart baserunning play when I offer my opinion on specific players. I figured Cano is close to average in both regards.

    And Damon is still very good. You should check out this interesting article about baserunning:


    They rank Damon as the third best baserunner in the AL for 2007. It is very interesting how they try to measure the Baserunning ability of a player and I think it is worth a look, even if you don’t really agree with them.

    If you are curious, here are the other Yankee scores in their Bases Gained Above Average stat:

    Damon: 33.6 (third best in AL)
    Rodriguez: 28.1
    Abreu: 8.7
    Jeter: 3.7
    Matsui: 0.9
    Cabrera: -0.8
    Cano: -3.4
    Giambi: -10.3
    Posada: -18.2 (one of the worst in baseball)

    I would expect Matsui to be a little worse this year due to his knee problems. Cano scored lower than I expected and is a below average runner, whereas Melky is very close to average. Giambi and Posada are terrible. Jeter and Abreu didn’t score as highly as I would have guessed. So overall I suppose I was too optimistic in my previous post. However, in 2007 the entire Yankees team scored above average in this baserunning metric, and the lineup is mostly the same this year. I would expect a small decline at most, in baserunning ability. Jeter had an unusually bad year with baserunning and is usually much better than he was last year on the bases, so even if some others decline a little I don’t think it will be that big of a deal.

  48. Yo Dawg March 28th, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Now that I thought about it more, Jeter was fighting with that knee injury for a good chunk of last year so that probably hurt his baserunning ability. I hope his knee is feeling better this year.

  49. Yo Dawg March 28th, 2008 at 4:31 am

    I was looking around baseball-reference and saw that the Yankees were very good at stealing bases last year. They were one of only 4 teams in the AL with both 100+ stolen bases as well as a 75%+ success rate.

    The teams ranked as follows, in raw number of stolen bases, followed by succes rate:

    Orioles: 144 (77.42%)
    Angels: 139 (71.65%)
    Devil Rays: 131 (73.18%)
    Yankees: 123 (75.46%)
    Twins: 112 (78.87%)
    Tigers: 103 (77.44%)
    Red Sox: 96 (80.00%)
    Rangers: 88 (77.88%)
    Mariners: 81 (72.97)
    Royals: 78 (63.93%)
    White Sox: 78 (63.41%)
    Indians: 72 (63.72%)
    Blue Jays: 57 (72.15%)
    Athletics: 52 (72.22%)

    The Yankees had the 4th most steals and the 6th best success rate, which is pretty good. The Angels had a very high stolen base number but the fourth worst success rate, so I would argue that the Yankees were a better baserunning team than the Angels were based on that. Actually it is probably a waste of time to look at the top tier teams. Just look at the bottom 7 teams, starting with Texas. Those teams aren’t even close to the Yankees in raw stolen base numbers. So even if you don’t think the Yankees are going to be great with baserunning next year, I do believe it is a huge stretch to say there is very little speed on this team as you originally stated. Even if they do decline a bit, there’s no way those bottom 7 teams are catching up to them next season. They will still be an above average team when it comes to stolen bases.

    Also, I should mention that out of the 123 Yankee stolen bases from 2007, only 8 of them came from players who are no longer with the team. Those 8 all came from Miguel Cairo. So I think this is where Gardner could help out down the line since the bench has very little speed this year. The regular lineup has good speed compared to at least half of the AL teams.

    There is also the new manager factor to consider. I don’t really have a clue on that one though. Do you think the Yankees will be more or less aggressive with baserunning under Girardi? I would imagine there wouldn’t be that much of a difference overall, but maybe you have some inside info on that aspect of it.

  50. Yo Dawg March 28th, 2008 at 5:01 am

    And one final note is that the Yankees are well-rounded with stolen base potential in the regular lineup in that they had 5 guys in 2007 with double digit stolen bases (Damon, ARod, Jeter, Melky, Abreu). The D-Rays and Royals were the only other AL teams with that many double-digit stolen base players from last season.

    The Twins and Angels were the next best with 4 each.

    The Orioles, Tigers, and Rangers had 3 each. 3 out of 9 isn’t that great.

    And a whopping six AL teams only had 2 players that stole double-digit bases last year (Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Mariners, Athletics). That is pretty astounding. Perhaps the AL is just filled with lumbering players that are slow, I don’t know. But having 5 guys that can steal bases is a huge luxury. More than half the Yankee lineup is pretty good at stealing bases.

    This means that the Yankees aren’t vlunerable to a big injury wiping about their overall team stolen base ability. For example, Grady Sizemore and Ichiro each accounted for about 46% of their respective team’s overall stolen bases in 2007. That’s huge. If those guys get injured those teams will have no speed. Jerry Owens accounted for 41% of the White Sox’s stolen bases from last season. The Orioles already lost Corey Patterson’s 37 SB’s from last year to the Reds. And If Brian Roberts (50 SB’s in 2007) is traded away, the Orioles will be poor at stealing bases next season. These teams that have only 2 or 3 guys that can steal double-digit bases are pretty vulnerable in that regard. And 9 AL teams fit that criteria in 2007. That is kind of crazy. And even if those guys do stay healthy, wouldn’t you rather have a lineup with multiple speed options in 4 or 5 lineup spots than just two or three speed demons in the lineup? If Ichiro or Grady or Roberts slumps this year and doesn’t reach base too often, the team’s speed takes a huge dive because nobody else on the team can make up for that.

    But the Yankees are better off because they don’t have just one superman like Jose Reyes who accounts for half the team’s stolen bases. They have 5 guys who can all steal over 10 bases, and 4 of those guys can probably steal 20 or more in 2008. That’s pretty darn good. If someone gets hurt or is ineffective it doesn’t matter too much because the others can still steal some bases as well, so that offensive component of the game is still potent. The regular Yankee lineup is looking pretty good in terms of baserunning and stolen base abilities, in my opinion.

  51. johnny7 March 28th, 2008 at 6:36 am

    I’d take Patterson or Ohlendorf over Karstens, Pete… didn’t they just put him on the DL?

  52. Therston March 28th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I do not see HOW Girardi can send down Patterson…He has definitly earned a spot. I would also like to keep the door wide open to SWB because Gardner should see time up here while getting as many ABs as possible in AAA.
    Ensberg better show something soon because he looks very unimpressive so far.

  53. Jake March 28th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I agree on the Ohlendorf front, Peter.

    I am really dumbfounded as to why Bruney is even a Yankee these days. So he was REALLY good in his first stint. Now he sucks and has continued to suck over the past 2 years.

    So why?

  54. bottom line March 28th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Yo Dawg — Excellent posts on Yank team speed.

    I agree that starting line-up is clearly above average — highly unusual to have so many good hitters capable of stealing 20-35 bases. The only point I would emphasize a bit more is how unusual Jeter’s injury-affected year was. He is ordinarily not just an above-average or very good base runner, but probably one of the best in all of baseball. This derives really from a combination of speed and judgment. He is simply unexcelled at calculating whether or not he can take the extra base. In a typical year, Jeter will be safe on at least 15 close plays where he chooses to take the extra base. And he rarely gets thrown out — unlike many other aggressive runners. Last year, of course, was an anomaly. Even gimping along on a bad l;eg he was still somewhat above average. Hopefully, he’ll be healthy this year.

  55. bottom line March 28th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    The best reason, IMO, to have Patterson on the squad is that he has borne an unsual pitching load in the last 12 months and I fear he will break down soon. Might as well get some use out of him before he does. One topic worth discussing is the Yankees’s oversuse of minor leage arms out of the pen.

  56. hmmm March 28th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    “Damon used to be a great base-runner. He isn’t any more.”

    uhh Pete, he stole 27 of 30 in 2007. are you serious?

  57. Aaron March 28th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Firstly, Mussina won’t be starting as of the all star break. I’m glad to get that out of the way.

    Now, Scott Patterson should definitely be in the pen. His performance this Spring has been fantastic and recognized by all who are paying attention. It seems to me that he should get the opportunity in the spirit of the Yankee organization seeking out those who excel! That said, he’s definitely a more impressive choice than Brian Bruney whose control is abominable. Go Yanks! Can’t wait for Opening Day.

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