The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Marte deal makes a lot of sense

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 12, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_150122.jpgIn talking to a few different people in the Bronx, the Damaso Marte deal seems just about official. The announcement could come later today.

It makes sense on many fronts:

1. Brian Cashman didn’t trade Jose Tabata and the three pitchers to let Marte go after two months.

2. The Yankees have been crying for a good lefty reliever for years now. Mike Stanton’s last good year in pinstripes was 2002.

3. Phil Coke is not the answer, not yet anyway. He was a stumbling-along prospect who broke through last season and pitched well in a series of generally meaningless September games. Let’s not get too excited. Besides, bringing Marte back allows them the luxury of seeing whether Coke can develop as a starter.

4. Joe Girardi’s strength as a manager is handling the bullpen, so give him pieces to work with. The rotation could have a guy coming off a serious injury (Wang), a guy coming off a cranky shoulder (Pettitte), a guy coming off throwing 500+ innings over two years (Sabathia) and who knows what else?

Getting two draft picks for a set-up man would be a nice haul. But the Yankees will get their extra picks one way or another. Keeping Marte improves the roster right now.

Comments

comments

 
 

Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581