A few things:
* It’s raining in New York. Here at blog headquarters in Westchester, it’s pouring. I’ll post the info on the game as soon as I get it. Please stop e-mailing, I don’t know what they’re going to do. They don’t consult with me, believe it or not.
* Willie Randolph may not last the weekend as manager of the Mets. The question at this point may not be whether he goes, it’s who they can find to replace him.
* It’s easy to say that Phil Hughes is hurt, Ian Kennedy stinks, so the Yankees screwed up by not trading for Johan Santana. But that would be missing the point. It has nothing to do with the players Minnesota wanted. The Yankees did not want to give a starting pitcher six years, $138 million and a no-trade clause.
Barry Zito, Mike Hampton, Carl Pavano, the list goes on and on. Long-term deals for FA starters aren’t good business and historically have not worked out. The best method is to develop your own pitchers. Whether it’s Hughes, Kennedy, Horne, McCutchen or anybody else, the Yankees have to draft and develop their own starters.
Sure, Santana looks pretty good now. Can you guarantee his health and success in 2009, 2010, 2011, etc? You can’t look at a baseball team by who is pitching tomorrow. You have to have some sort of plan and the Yankees have one.