Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Yankees are not very good right now

The Yankees, last night, were terrible. All season they've been terrible, but last night was especially bad. You're playing one of the worst teams in baseball and you almost get no-hit by a pitcher making his first career start!

I hate to bring up money talk, especially because a lot of the small market owners don't manage their revenue sharing funds properly, but when you have a $200 million dollar payroll, you should at least show signs of life. And yes, this is a greedy/pessimistic Yankees fan's view and I'm sure Pirates and Giants fans don't want to hear me whine about how my favorite team is going to miss the playoffs for the first time since the strike. But still.

Perhaps it will all be a blessing in disguise, fellow fans, and the Yanks will finally clear some of the dead-weight on their roster. Jason Giambi has to go and I'd trade Hideki Matsui if anyone would take him. He brings Japanese media attention to your team... anyone? Anyone?

But the future isn't clear. Hank Steinbrenner seems to want to follow in the footsteps of his old man and bring in every free agent they can get. (See: CC Sabathia, Ben Sheets, AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira)

Here's the thing, though: The Yankees can not sign Teixeira. One, he wants a ten-year deal and I hope the Yankees have learned their lesson from the seven-year pact they gave Giambi. Two, Jorge Posada will have to play a lot of first base in the next three years. He wasn't a great catcher before this shoulder injury and next year when he's healthy, he probably still won't be able to throw anyone out.

One can only hope that the sensibility of Brian Cashman wins out. That is, if he is even the GM next year.

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