tucker March 30th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
As per the earlier question on who replaces Granderson in 2014, maybe they will go with this year’s outfield that will start the season. Gardner in CF, Ichiro in RF and Vernon Wells in LF. All will be under contract next year. This depends on health, of course. Ichiro is durable, but Gardner must prove he can play a full season. Let’s hope Wells injury last year is not a sign of things to come as he reaches his mid-30s.
As per Adams, I was among those who criticized the move and will give the FO credit for getting him back. I thought it was an unnecessary risk. Thought one of the relievers would go first. Obviously we never will know what type of behind-the-scenes negotiations took place. Adams may have felt some sense of loyalty or had a handshake agreement with the org. But from his perspective, would you not want to choose the shortest path to the bigs? I think the motivation to get to the bigs would trump any loyalty to any particular organization. In the end, perhaps other teams viewed him as a defensive liability given his ankle injury or a 2b playing a corner infield position because of his lack of mobility … I like his bat a lot — sort of reminds me of Michael Young the way he hits oppo. Of course, that is a generous comparison …
So, credit to Cashman and the FO. Thought it was an unnecessary risk, but it worked out in the end.
Didn’t Girardi say or hint yesterday he was comfortable with those 3 lefties at the top of the lineup?
Doubt they start Nix at third on opening day. Think he will play most often at 3rd and occasionally spell Overbay until Tex returns. For opening day, Overbay and Youk are in the lineup — two guys looking to inflict damage on their former team.