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Clock keeps ticking on Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 04, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Baseball players are conditioned to have short memories. When there are 162 games to play, you can’t get too carried away over one loss.

But once September rolls around, every loss becomes magnified. The Yankees fell only a half-game further behind tonight but it felt like more.

“How many games do we have left?” Alex Rodriguez asked reporters near the end of his interview.

Told there were 22, Rodriguez’s eyes grew wide and he muttered an expletive.

“You have to do what you can do,” he said. “We have to take it one game at a time and look up after 15 games and see where we stand. Crazier things have happened.”

Meanwhile, the home run he hit tonight might have dented the catwalk. That’s 550 in his career and three in the last four games. Alex is 9 of 16 with 10 RBI on the road trip.

Joe Girardi cut off a question about whether Darrell Rasner would stay in the rotation. “We’ll get to that,” he said.

Presumably that means Rasner will be replaced. It certainly seemed that way.

“I’m ashamed of what I did tonight,” Rasner said. “It’s embarrassing.”

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65 Responses to “Clock keeps ticking on Yankees”

  1. For $13 I'll be a Macadamia Nut September 4th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    “I’m ashamed of what I did tonight,” Rasner said. “It’s embarrassing.”

    Yes it is. Sadly its been happening too long. Thanks Raz.

  2. Al from BK(Brett Ratliff fan.) September 4th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    ““I’m ashamed of what I did tonight,” Rasner said. “It’s embarrassing.””

    IPK should take notes on how to act following a shell job.

  3. Nick in SF September 4th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    I had a feeling Rasder was just going to make me look stupid tonight.

    ‘Cos I bet on the Yankees.

    Congrats, Vanderbilt Commodores!

  4. E-Man September 4th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    “I’m ashamed of what I did tonight,” Rasner said. “It’s embarrassing.”

    This team is embarrassing. It isn’t just you.

    Joe Girardi needs to go.

    Along with the coaching staff.

    Except maybe Eiland.

    Take Giambi too.

  5. mel September 4th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    This experiment should’ve ended 2 months ago.

    I can understand the frustration on the blog, but I can not understand the hate.

    Win or lose, I love this team. Go west, young men. And kick some Pacific Northwest ass.

  6. Kill-Schill(ing) September 4th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    “Breaking News: Brian Cashman has told the beat writers that Melky Cabrera will join the team tomorrow.”

    I’m positively exultant!

    What a brilliant GM you are Brian, brilliant, unequivocally brilliant!

  7. mel September 4th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Nick,

    I’m glad Vandy won, too. Smarties can play football, huh? Except for Notre Dame.

    And doesn’t everyone love to hate Nick Saban?

  8. Sea Net September 4th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Enough with Melky.

    I’d rather try a journeyman like Broussard to see if we catch lightening in a bottle.

  9. G. Love September 4th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Rasner should be ashamed of himself, but no more than Girardi and Cashman for insisting this retread was worthy of a starting rotation spot during the last gasp of a pennant race.

    We couldn’t afford one loss and in Tampa and we lost tonight. You know Boston will win that game and push us back to 8gb so now we need to make up 5 games before the final series.

    Ain’t happening.

    Cashman had the right idea going for Washburn at the deadline, but when that blew up, he should have found something…anything better than this quad A pitcher we’ve been running out.

    So much mismanagement this season and so many dubious decisions by the front office equals no playoffs in 08.

    I hope Rasner has a nice career in Pittsburgh, KC or the Independent league.

    If Cashman has the audacity to mention Rasner, Hughes or Kennedy as a potential starter for the rotation over the winter, then we know this team is not trying to win anything anymore and is just cutting costs in the hopes of maximizing profit.

    I’m not as confident in the future with Cashman and the Steiny boys at the helm and Girardi in the dugout — it’s pretty much been a season of everyone fulfilling worst case scenarios here.

    I don’t think we have the architect to build the ship and I definitely don’t think we have the Captain to steer it.

    It’s sad, because this team should have been much better than this. The injuries sucked, but a GM makes his bones finding replacements that work and continuing to look for replacements in creative ways.

    He did it once with Small and Chacon, but I think he rested on his laurels with Rasner and Ponson and after totally botching the Igawa signing and claiming that Hughes and Kennedy were ready for their roles this off season, he has proven he is not a good judge of pitching talent at all.

    CC is a layup if they can sign him. Show me the other moves in the off season that show some acumen other than the obvious big fish signings.

  10. GreenBeret7 September 4th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Eiland is nothing special as a pitching coach. He was brought in because he was familiar with the young pitchers, and they immediately become injured or ineffective. I’d rather they brought in Jim Kaat or Tommy John as a pitching coach. at least they know what effective pitchers look like. They were both good pitching instructors, Kaat in the majors and in the minors and college.

  11. SCOTT September 4th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    “IPK should take notes on how to act following a shell job

    Funny stuff there. What’s not funny is how long these next few weeks aree going to feel. The only hope is that the Red Sox choke early in the playoffs. Girardi, great job with your undying loyalty to the likes of Ponson and Rasner. Pathetic is an understatement. The bombers need a brilliant offseason. Can Cashman come through???

  12. ant!-mussina September 4th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    everyone sucks

  13. Nick in SF September 4th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    A lot of people do hate Nick Saban, but he’s the Alabama coach; it was the Steve Spurrier-coached South Carolina Gamecocks who lost to Vandy.

    Some folks hate him too, though.

  14. you gotta have faith (yanks can make this month interesting) September 4th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    if anything i was hopeing that the twins would win tonite and gain a game on the sux but of course the jays continued to own them, for them there is still time though, but for us…..

  15. Al from BK(Brett Ratliff fan.) September 4th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    “Rasner should be ashamed of himself, but no more than Girardi and Cashman for insisting this retread was worthy of a starting rotation spot during the last gasp of a pennant race.”

    Rasner is the least of the problems. Cash and GI Joe should be ashamed for writing IPK and Phil “Idle” Hughes into the rotation. Especially since both Cash and Joe knew they were both on strict innings limits and could not throw near 150 innings this year even if they were healthy. Now they are really dropping the ball with Joba, he should be starting in th minors and getting his IP up or at least being slated to start in the fall/winter league.

  16. pete's typewriter September 5th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    8 back with 22 to go…….. It is OVER

    Now Arod will shine, as he has recently. No pressure, it’s like April!

  17. Nick in SF September 5th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    LoHud ate my post! I think I know why.

    mel, people do love to hate Nick Sabab, but he’s the Alabama coach; it was the Steve Spurrier-coached South Carolina Gamec***s that just lost to Vandy.

    But some folks like to hate him too.

  18. TKinDC September 5th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Thanks to mel and Nick in SF for the kind wishes on Vandy – the best ranked opponent beaten by Vandy since 1937.

    With the Giants win I apparently fell one short of the Trifecta.

    Couldn’t follow the Yanks tonight – sucks that they lost.

  19. Nick in SF September 5th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Sabab? Um, Saban.

  20. E-Man September 5th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    The bullpen has been great this year. You can’t say it’s all because of Giardi. I’m sure Eiland has had some input there. I’d give him another shot.

    Kaat would be a great choice though if we had that choice.

  21. ITALIANO September 5th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    how many of you actually know what goes on in the club house to critisize the way you do…

  22. Nick in SF September 5th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    TK, we’ve been talking up the Cal-Maryland game, but the real showdown may be a Cal-Vandy bowl game! If one team overacheives and the other… doesn’t.

    It’s a dream matchup.

  23. Sea Net September 5th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Bottom line–

    We need to into next season with 4 PROVEN pitchers. Four guys who can throw 200 innings and can matchup with any pitcher and give you a chance to win. No more “Wang and pray for rain”. Four legit starters who give us confidence every night.

    And the 5th starter is Joba. He deserves a spot but his innings make him strictly the #5. We need to have guys in front of him who take pressure off him and allow us to skip him occasionally. Hughes, Kennedy, Rasner, Aceves, etc. are no more than #6-8 starters who will come up in the event of an injury. None of those guys should even be in the conversation for our 5 man rotation.

    Time to see what Cashman is made of this off-season.

  24. bill from brentwood September 5th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    i hope melk can do something these last 22 games so they can trade him for some of those fancy shatter proof bats.

  25. mel September 5th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Nick,

    Yes, got mixed up. Saban’s at the bottom of the slime scale.

    Steve Spurrier>Urban Meyer>Nick Satan

    About right?

  26. mel September 5th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Nick,

    Depends on if it’s Economics bowl or Science bowl.

  27. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2008 at 12:10 am

    The illness of Kaat’s wife is the reason he retired from the booth. He lives in Florida, so, maybe he’ll find it more enjoyable getting involved in something to take his mind off of the loss of his wife, and, at least come in and work with them in the spring. He’s big believer in pitchers throwing a lot and in mechanics. He’d be a great addition, as would Tommy John. They had some of the best changeups in baseball, along with great curves. Few pitchers could repeat their motions like them.

  28. COL 88 September 5th, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I have heard from one of my sources that Ian Kennedy will be in Miami this Sunday for Jets-Dolphins.

    Chad Pennington wanted to consult with him about what to say to the media after his team loses. Kennedy will give advice to Tony Sprano about handling the media as well.

  29. Nick in SF September 5th, 2008 at 12:10 am

    The Cal Bears have gone to a bowl game every year since Tedford became our coach — not just the Grammar Rodeo.

  30. bigjf September 5th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    At least Aceves should finally get a shot. I can’t believe Chase Wright wasn’t given another chance this season. That annoys me. Why is he on the 40-man if he isn’t even going to be given a chance?

    And as good a guy as Rasner might be, he stinks. His stuff is nothing special.

  31. mel September 5th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Sad to say, but Chase Wright would get eaten up at this level. But, yes, anything is better than, “I dare you to hit this” Rasner. Good guys finish last, Daryl.

    I do like this Aceves and his bullfighter mentality. Keep up the good work.

  32. TKinDC September 5th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    “It’s a dream matchup.”

    As long as it isn’t on that disturbing blue turf in Boise, it would be a blast!

  33. Dave D September 5th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I could see Aceves developing into an El Duque-type. That Dennis Rodman mentality will serve him well.

  34. S.A.-Taking it one game at a time. This offense is still offensive. September 5th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Nick in SF September 5th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    LoHud ate my post! I think I know why.

    mel, people do love to hate Nick Saban, but he’s the Alabama coach; it was the Steve Spurrier-coached South Carolina Gamec***s that just lost to Vandy.

    But some folks like to hate him too.

    In Plaxico’s book, he has a lot to say about little Nicky.
    Nick Saban is definitely not on his Christmas card list.

    :shock:

  35. mel September 5th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    TK,

    Ugh. That stuff should be illegal. They wear blue jerseys and it’s like Smurfville.

    My team’s gotta make the trek this year. We were lucky to have them at home last season, otherwise we wouldn’t have finished undefeated.

  36. mel September 5th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Yeah, that Rodman thing bothers me. If you’re going to like Chicago, what about Jordan? Pippen? Phil Jackson?

  37. Oh Please September 5th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Oh Please.

    The season came to an end two months ago.

  38. TKinDC September 5th, 2008 at 12:27 am

    “They wear blue jerseys and it’s like Smurfville”

    My only consolation is that I believe that they ground up millions of smurf figurines to make that field.

    Except for that female smurf (hussy!)

  39. Wangawa September 5th, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Rasner is a good guy and I appreciate what he’s done. Ponson too. But I think it’s time to say goodbye.

  40. yankeenate September 5th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    i kind of get the impression by rasner’s comments that even he realizes he doesn’t deserve to be in the rotation. there is nothing worse than knowing you aren’t being of any help.

    who will the Yanks turn to considering there AAA team is in the playoffs?

  41. Al from BK(Brett Ratliff fan.) September 5th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    I’m watching Yankee encore so I can see Aceves pitch. I’m pretty excited.

  42. mel September 5th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Al,

    Fast forward to the 3rd inning.

  43. terpbomber September 5th, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Rasner overstayed his welcome a long time ago and his comments are too shallow to be acceptable at this point in the season. It was inexplicable that he was allowed to be in the rotation as long as he has. Never mind the experiment with the young guns didn’t pan out and that injuries with Joba and Wang didn’t help the season much.

  44. Brandon (90210 was worth it )..."we play today, we lose today, das it". September 5th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    I wonder what Ian Kennedy would say about Rasner’s start :?

  45. Al from BK(Brett Ratliff fan.) September 5th, 2008 at 12:56 am

    “Al,

    Fast forward to the 3rd inning.”

    I see.

  46. mel September 5th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Al,

    HaHa. I was under the impression that you thought Aceves started the game. :)

  47. mel September 5th, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Jennings reporting that Bleich and Brackman will pitch in Hawaii winter ball.

    Pinstripes Plus reporting Austin Romine will go there, too.

  48. Pepitone September 5th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Oh yeah, this is all on Brian Cashman. He should have brought in at least 2 front of the rotation starters, and an all-star first baseman to boot.

    Yeah, I can just see all of those other GM’s just lining up to make a trade with the Yankees to give up some of their top prospects for a Damon, Giambi, or Abreu. Everybody in baseball is so sad to see the Yankees struggle this year. I hear Selig is going to start a drive to help fund the Yankees and their new stadium for next year, maybe even have each team give up one of their top ten players to help us get back on track. Everyone knows we have a playoff spot reserved for us every year.

    And, you too Joe Girardi, you get fired because Wang doesn’t know how to run bases, Joba doesn’t know how to throw correctly, and Arod doesn’t know how to hit with RISP.

    Let’s see, who else? Oh yeah, Jeter and Pettite; you guys are in trouble for not playing like you did in your 20′s.

    Hank and Hal, you heard us, now go out there and spend, spend, spend!

    After all everyone knows spending lots of money means you’re guaranteed a playoff spot come Oct…oops sorry about that Detroit.

  49. Chris(Pinstriped Scranton) September 5th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    It’s disapointing from my POV as well, that Chase Wright hasn’t had a chance to pitch in the Majors this year as well. The Scranton Yankkees could use him and with the season nearly lost, I’d rather see him stay in Triple-A now so the Scranton Yankees can capture us a title down here.

    The early elimination last year didn’t sit well with me down here.

    All the same, this team has some answering to do. Rasner should NOT be in the rotation any longer. There are other options, so I don’t know what the excuse is. There’s being “loose” with your players, but to be quite frank, we seem to mostly agree that Girardi isn’t taking it to these players enough when they aren’t doing well, at least as far as we are seeing.

    Sometime managers don’t show it to the press(I know from personal experience) but I think Girardi has been more lax than Torre was. That’s not good.

  50. Rebecca--Optimist Prime September 5th, 2008 at 1:37 am

    They get paid to go play ball in Hawaii.

    You know, I’m not normally jealous of baseball players, but…

  51. G. Love September 5th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    It just cracks me up when I see posters in here crying about the big spending payroll.

    Pardon me, but what team were you exactly rooting for the past 15 years?

    We’ve always had the highest payroll. All the “home grown” darlings from that dynasty era now make 15 million or more per season and would have left the Yankees for the Mets or other teams if the Yankees didn’t pay them all this cash.

    You would cried like babies had Mo, Pettite and Posada left this past off season because the Yankees were going to show fiscal restraint.

    I just can’t imagine what team you think you’ve been supporting.

    When was the last time this team didn’t lead the league in payroll?

    Did our team having the highest payroll exactly hurt this team during the dynasty years?

    Do you even know how many homegrown players actually contributed to our world series victories over the years?

    Outside of Pettitte, what starting pitcher did we develop from within that helped us win a world series championship? And don’t give me El Duque, he was a finished product when he signed.

    In our vaunted bullpen of the dynasty years the stars were Wettleland, Mo, Nelson and Stanton, only 1 of whom was developed on the farm.

    The pitchers who won us WS were all free agents and trade acquisitions. Cone, Key, Clemens, Wells, etc.

    Tino, Brosius, O’neil, Boggs, Strawberry, Justice, Knoblauch all didn’t come up from the minor leagues folks.

    This whole notion that we’re going to make this a better team by NOT spending money is so stupid it’s not even funny.

    I don’t know where all these minor league loving fiscally concerned Yankee fans came from, but I think you bought the propaganda ESPN and Boston has been selling over the years hook, line and sinker.

    This was never a pull up your bootstraps and develop the kids organization when we were winning WS championships.

    It was a team that knew the difference between which pitchers and position players had the DESIRE to be champions.

    What’s lacking in the team right now is that DESIRE. These aren’t guys who spent years on loser teams never getting the chance to be in the post season.

    Back in the mid 90′s the best players came here to be part of championships and they were paid top dollar to come here and all of them, from Cecil Fielder to Roger Clemens wanted to win a championship.

    You want a fiscally smart team that pinches it’s pennies and celebrates it’s farm system?

    Root for Minnesota.

  52. Nick in SF September 5th, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Can we send some of our players to Siberian winter ball?

  53. Rebecca--Optimist Prime September 5th, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Nick: Or worse, we could send them to Syracuse.

    G. Love: The money’s never bothered me, just as long as it’s spent wisely. Scott Brosius = gold. Carl Pavano = lump of coal. Problem is, with most of these signings you don’t know what you’re getting till after…

  54. stuart September 5th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    The yanks did not have the largest payroll in 96 and they won it all. when you win a lot the salaries naturally go up.

    watched the football game so I missed this beauty.

    Peptitone right on.. the fools that post here want everyone and then when they fail say why did they get them..

    Arod is heating up right when the Yanks are cooked.. Rasner is just not very good and the same holds true for Ponson..

    at least Aceves, coke, and others will get some experience…

  55. Nick in SF September 5th, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Syracuse? That’s cruel and unusual. I wouldn’t wish it upon Ponson.

  56. G. Love September 5th, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Rebecca — I agree. I just see so many people in here screaming about the mere idea of Cashman going out and signing free agents and trading kids this winter.

    He HAS TO do both of those things. HAS TO.

    I just hope his eye for talent improves and he makes it a point to do some background on the guys and make sure winning a world series is paramount to their goals in addition to getting paid.

    He has to be a good poker player to know if they are lying or telling the truth there.

    But that has to be the single most important work done this off season. Find guys who want to win no matter what the cost.

    I still can’t forget how Tino and Cecil Fielder both had to share 1b in the playoffs as well as Boggs and Charlie Hayes in order to make the team stronger and win the title.

    They all checked their ego’s at the doors.

    This current crop of Yankees carry their ego’s as chips on their shoulders.

    It’s a difference.

    I hope Cashman can find guys in this league who still just want to win.

    And I also hope he can distinguish between the right players to keep, sign and trade.

    I’m all for homegrown guys contributing, but this whole idea that we’re going to concoct an entire pitching staff out of the minors in the next 2 years is ludicrous.

  57. Pepitone September 5th, 2008 at 2:05 am

    “You want a fiscally smart team that pinches it’s pennies and celebrates it’s farm system?
    Root for Minnesota.”

    Oh, yeah, Minnesota….hmmm…looks like they’re going to the playoffs and not us. And…ummmm…the Angels, the Rays, the Diamondbacks.

    Big spenders like the Yanks and the Tigers – and probably the Mets – will be staying home this Oct.

    I wouldn’t use Minnesota as an example if I were you, since they barely bring in enough money to field a team. Their farm system is better than ours, and has a brighter future than ours.

    One other thing, the reason the Yankees won all those championships (1976-1978; 1996 – 2000) is because they had a nice mix of homegrown (Munson, Guidry, Jeter, Mo, Bernie, Andy, Posada, et.al) with smart trades (Rivers, Figueroa, O’Neil, Brosius, Wetteland, Nelson, et.al.), not because they spent huge amounts of money. Oh, I’m sorry, they did do that from 2004 till 2008, and haven’t won a pennant since.

  58. G. Love September 5th, 2008 at 2:08 am

    In 1996 the Yankees most certainly did have the highest payroll in the league at 61 million.

    The next closest team was Baltimore at 55 million and the Braves at 53 million. Cleveland was 4th with 47 million.

    The top payroll teams all were the top teams in the league that year.

    BTW–Boston that season had a 38 million dollar payroll and Mr. Selig’s Brewers? They had an 11 million dollar payroll.

    The Yankees were always leading the league in payroll when they were winning with Jeter, Mo, Pettitte when they first came into the league and worked very cheap.

  59. G. Love September 5th, 2008 at 2:13 am

    Pepitone —

    Minny is the perfect example. It’s an example of a team that can actually scout and develop their own and other teams systems enough to get to the post season or pretty close, but can’t win a WS and has to sell of it’s stars year after year.

    What has Minny done against our big payroll in the playoffs? They got annihilated.

    You actually want the Yankees to be run like the Twins?

    That’s an example of a team with great baseball minds and owners with no guts to spend money.

    If they spent some money, they’d have Tori Hunter in CF right now and Johan pitching game 1 of the playoffs.

  60. Nick in SF September 5th, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I wonder how many homers he’d give up in that game.

  61. Pepitone September 5th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    “You actually want the Yankees to be run like the Twins?”

    You’ve made my point for me –

    “That’s an example of a team with great baseball minds and owners”

    and that’s what the Yankees used to have, until they started to believe that spending money on the Arods, Pavano’s, and Randy Johnson’s would be easier than spending money on player development and good scouting. They got lazy and it cost them.

    This next statement is where we part -

    ” with no guts to spend money.”

    What does “guts” have to do with spending money? Any jerk can spend money! What I want, and I believe you want too, is for this franchise to go back to spending money on player development, scouting, instructors all through the organization, and hiring solid baseball people to make baseball decisions.

    Then, and only then, will I feel comfortable with spending money on free agents. Because it won’t be done by looking at stats (cf. Arod), but on whether or not this, or that, player can help us win. Whether or not this, or that, player will sacrifice ego for the team (like a Brosius, O’Neil, Tino, and Boggs). Anyway, IMO great teams are built by a combination of good player development in the farm system, and smart trades, and not on free agents.

    I think we agree on more than we disagree.

  62. DVAB September 5th, 2008 at 6:58 am

    I would be muttering expletives too, if I knew that my team could only lose 3..MAYBE 4 more games out of 22 left to play to have a chance at the playoffs…

  63. Yankee2123 September 5th, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Rasner is done, and Ponson is headed out the door behind him. The season’s over, give one of the kids a shot.

  64. Cano for El Presidente September 5th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    //Oh, yeah, Minnesota….hmmm…looks like they’re going to the playoffs and not us//

    Don’t worry. Minnesota isn’t going to the playoffs either!

    The World Champs win the Division and Tampa knocks off Cali in the 1st round. (They’ll, in the end get that old Yankee Feeling: One and Done).

    Then experience wins over (very)inexperience and Boston REPEATS against whatever bone-head NL team makes it!

    …..much to your dismay!

  65. bruce September 5th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    it was a bad year.

    the yankees weren’t going to the playoffs forever.it had to end.

    they are not far from being the best team,hands down.

    who’s bullpen has even close to the debth that their’s does?,nobody’s.

    i just hope they don’t hold on to their prospects to long while they all lose their value.

    most of their minor leaguers will not make it and need to be traded for the right young players.

    package hughes and a few minor leaguers for the perfect center fielder,do it once and do it right,package cano and kennedy for a good young pitcher,package more minor leaguers for 2 corner outfielders,try to keep ajax,brackman,montero,trade most of the rest.also get a first baseman.

    some very tough decisions need to be made.i just hope cashman knows what he is doing.

    a combination of some minor league prospects and the right trades is what needs to be done,a lot of homework needs to be done on wich players to bring in.

    make a list of a young pitchers you wan’t and call to see what it will take to get them and keep doing that for all three outfield spots,first baseman,pitcher and then sign a free agent pitcher or two to go with wang and joba.

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