Those waiting for Mark Teixeira to show up under the Christmas tree might be disappointed. As Tyler Kepner of The Times explains today, the Yankees are banking on comeback seasons from Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez along with the return to health of Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui to provide their offense.
It’s simply fantasy baseball to think they’re going to sign CC Sabathia, another starter and Teixeira. Could they? In theory, yes. But there will be other slots to fill next winter when the contracts of Matsui and Damon expire and Xavier Nady becomes a free agent.
If the last eight years have proven anything, it’s that throwing piles of money at every problem is not an effective strategy. The Yankees are working on run prevention for a change and that makes a lot of sense.
Oh, and don’t forget about Jesus Montero. Most scouts think he’ll be a first baseman by the time he gets to the majors. Those good Class A players we keep hearing about are going to get here eventually.
OK, back to vacation. Assorted family members arriving today. If you’re upset with Brian Cashman’s plan, e-mail somebody else.
And if you’re getting ready to a nice Thanksgiving dinner at your home or with somebody else, count your blessings and then donate some money to your local food bank. Nobody should be without food and the people organizing those food banks can use your help. The need is greater now than it ever has been.
In Westchester, you can go here.
In New York City, you can go here.
In New Jersey, you can go here.
Wherever you are, it will take you five minutes to find your local food bank on line and donate a few dollars.
Thanks and enjoy the holiday.