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Yankees pick up a big bat: It’s Cano

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 21, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

You can speculate all you want about trades. But the answers to most of the questions are on the roster.

Robinson Cano since the All-Star break: 10 of 19, 4 runs scored, 5 RBI, 4 extra-base hits. Seems the Yankees just picked up an All-Star.

When healthy, the Yankees have this lineup:

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
DH du jour
Cabrera CF
Molina C

It’s not a great bottom third, but it’s a pretty damn good first six now that Damon is back, Cano has figured it out and A-Rod is 100 percent healthy. Mix in Brett Gardner and Wilson Betemit and you can get by with that offense.

Brian Cashman on making a trade: “I think more important are the guys that we’re running out there on an everyday basis; I think we need to get them going. If that doesn’t happen, then our offense won’t improve whether I make a trade or not. Of course, I’ll look at the trade market and see what’s available, but I’m not optimistic there. I’m not expecting a trade to come down that’s going to bring in a bat.”

Meanwhile, Jorge Posada now says that his shoulder did in fact bother his hitting, which was prettty obvious from his lack of power. It seems pretty evident that he should have his surgery now and get healthy for 2009. What is the point of having a DH/1B without power?




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