yes, they’ve invested a fair bit of time and money on brackman. however, you can understand the frustration, and more than that, the growing concerns that this is all he might become – someone who cannot repeat his mechanics well enough to justify keeping him on the 40-man. remember, boras negotiated a ML contract all those years ago, and he’s still not shown ML ability.
kd…..there’s no word as to whom will be buying the LA Dodgers but they must have plenty of dough and one hell of a credit line with a bank…..Kemp is one season away from being the new best player in the game so I doubt he’ll be selling his Malibu home anytime soon…….They could trade him and stock up a system already pretty loaded…..This news will translate into the Dodgers drawing 3 + million fans again maybe even pushing towards the 4 million plateau…..
I don’t think a bat is a ‘need’ exactly. Tex, Arod, and the DH slot all had ‘down years’. I’d like to think that a healthy Alex, more selective Tex, and a full year of Montero (hopefully more DH/C and only a handful of PH) will make up for that…
The Yankees ideally either need Tex, Jeter, and Swisher to perform better vs RHP…..or they need another bat to help balance them out. Tex in particular needs to do better……he’s been Carlos Pena for 2 seasons now vs RHP and unlike Swisher he’s supposed to be a focal point of the lineup.
Pat M. – signing brackman back in 07 was regarded as an example of high risk-high reward. the thought was that after his tj, he would come back stronger, and with great stuff. unfortunate, the consistency just wasn’t there. this kind of failure would be significant for a lot of teams, yanks one of few who could take the risk. they only lost some money.
The Yankees ideally either need Tex, Jeter, and Swisher to perform better vs RHP…..or they need another bat to hel.p balance them out. Tex in particular needs to do better.
He did less with weights last offseason, concentrating on his hitting and even meeting with Long in January if I recall correctly. Hope he’s does a better job this coming year and sustains last years April success thru the entire year.
what the Yanks should do is break this habit of giving up on kids with elite arms and instead invest in the proper coaching to harness it.
They could maybe then avoid having to go out in the FA market and buying the same type of performance for tens of millions of dollars more.
To decline his option for a mere 400K when he realistically wasn’t going to make this team out of spring training is just short sighted. We spent a combined 8mil for Feliciano and Marte to play catch down in Tampa all year and an additional 500K as a parting shot for Marte to take his act elsewhere.
It would in no way hurt the firm to at the very least give an arm like Brackman’s 1 more season at the AAA level to see if he can bring it all together particularly in a relief role where he excelled the last 2 months of last year.
If he’s not resigned to some sort of minor league deal then he will be scooped up by some other team willing to take the flier on him and give him the necessary instruction to realize his game.