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Yankee Panky # 28: Roll with the Changes . . . Whenever they Happen
2007-10-18 09:22
by Will Weiss
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Annual organizational changes are part of the Yankees’ credo. For the Yankees, the “brain trust” meetings in Tampa are usually a harbinger of what’s to come in the winter. At this point, with nothing happening and the team not tipping its hand, reporters had nothing to report except that there was nothing to report. Sadly, that’s still a story.

What have we learned in the 10 days since the Yankees’ first-round defeat? For the most part, nothing we didn’t already know in March.

1) Mariano Rivera is upset that the Yankees did not negotiate a contract extension before the season, as they did in 2004. And he loves Joe Torre.

2) A-Rod could opt out of his contract, Scott Boras will likely instruct him to do so and test the free-agent market, where he’ll command upwards of $30 million per year.

The Daily News’ Sunday feature “Inside the A-Rod Power Play” has a ton of interesting tidbits and projections of how the negotiations could go. Boras and A-Rod had their own “organizational” meetings in California this week to determine his free-agent value. Boras went on Darren Rovell's CNBC show yesterday and claimed that A-Rod is the reason for the Yankees’ attendance increase, YES’s increased ratings, and another report stated that he could ask YES to pay a portion of A-Rod’s salary. (Boy would I love to be a fly on the wall of those discussions at YES headquarters.) Can we – and should we – take Boras seriously here? Giving him air time at this stage, when he and A-Rod have 10 days after the World Series to decide on the opt-out, seems premature. But it keeps the Yankees in the news, so for the purposes of this column, that’s a good thing.

3) Jorge Posada is a free agent, and his teammates consider him indispensable.

4) The Yankees must decide whether to pick up Bob Abreu’s $16 million option for next season.

5) Although the successor has changed, George Steinbrenner is ceding control of high-level baseball decisions to the younger generation of his family.

6) Joe Torre or Brian Cashman – or both -- could find themselves working elsewhere in 2008.

For me, the two most telling lines on this topic came in Tuesday’s NY Times, from Tyler Kepner. First, he likened the atmosphere of the powwow to “a Soprano family sit-down” (all he left out is that we, the casual observers, are watching and expecting someone to get whacked). Secondly, near the end, while discussing the reporters’ stakeout of Brian Cashman’s arrival and the GM’s run of no-comments, Kepner reminded us that last year, GMS III had wanted to fire Torre with a year remaining on his contract. Shortly thereafter, Cashman publicly defended Torre and placed blame on the players. He has not done that yet, which is curious, given how staunchly Cashman has supported Torre. One can infer a couple of things here: 1) that Cashman believes managerial change is necessary; and 2) with spawn of Steinbrenner assuming control of baseball operations, a move that could lead to a resurgent Tampa influence, Cashman may see the writing on the wall for his own job. Thus, if he wants to retain his job, keeping mum on the Torre situation – at least in public – may be the safest course of action. That’s Bill Madden’s theory and he’s sticking to it. Pete Caldera and Bob Klapisch believe otherwise.

Cashman addressed the media yesterday and basically spent four minutes saying that nothing was decided and that we’ll know when a decision is made.

Interesting tidbit: Cashman flew back to New York yesterday, while team president Randy Levine and COO Lonn Trost stayed in Tampa with the Steinbrenners. Decisions on the manager, and maybe the general manager, could be made at the highest levels, and soon. If you believe Buster Olney, we’ll know Torre’s fate by the end of the week, which is great, since it pretty much is the end of the week.

ELSEWHERE
* In watching the two league championship series and reflecting back on the Yankees-Indians Division Series, it has occurred to me that the Indians and Rockies are the most deserving teams to reach the World Series but because both have emphasized and embraced the team concept. Eric Wedge and Clint Hurdle have trusted their instincts and trusted their players – all of them. Numerous players have come through in key situations, from Paul Byrd to Asrubal Cabrera to Casey Blake to Grady Sizemore, and from Jeff Francis to Kaz Matsui to the entire middle relief staff. Scoring runs with two outs and demonstrating an ability to shut down an opposing team’s offense in the late innings are key ingredients to winning in the postseason. The Yankees and Red Sox have not done this. Case in point: two games Byrd started mirrored each other, from the Indians jumping to a big lead to the Yankees and Red Sox trying to chip away with solo home runs.

* The coverage in the 10 days since the locker cleanout has focused on individuals and questions surrounding potential free-agent defections that could drastically alter the makeup of the 2008 Yankees. In the initial review of the loss, the local and national media highlighted the individual foibles of A-Rod, Posada, Matsui, Abreu and most notably, Derek Jeter, as opposed to the team as a collective. This was an interesting take, considering how well they jelled as a unit in the final 95 games of the season. In four games, they reverted to a group that appeared tense and grew individualistic and home-run happy at bat, especially with runners in scoring position.

I thought the writers – from Bill Simmons on down – who compared this Indians team to the 1996 Yankees were on to something. They have an interesting mix of players with postseason experience and those who are completely green, boast a lineup that has some notable players but no bona fide stars, a serviceable starting rotation and perhaps the best middle-relief tandem in the game. Most of all, this group plays hungry and confident. The Yankees, for the past three Division Series, have played as if they’re starving and desperate.

Fair or unfair, the Torre situation is being portrayed as the key to the offseason. I think that’s a misrepresentation of a larger issue, but the mainstreamers need a scapegoat and Torre is certainly a convenient one. If it’s decided that a change is necessary, who is the best candidate to replace him? I don’t know. What I do know is that whoever it is must figure out how to cure the yips that have existed since the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 2004 LCS. We accuse the media of creating stories; here’s one that’s obvious and few can get the people involved in that demise to speak candidly about the effect that loss truly had on the Yankees.

Perhaps the answer lies within someone who wasn’t there and has no previous connection to the organization.

ONE LAST THING...
Steven Goldman gave me a nice sendoff in cyber-print back in January, not long after I left YES. I’d like to do the same for my former boss, Fred Harner. I was stunned to hear from a few former colleagues that he left the company shortly before the end of the regular season. It was like the last domino falling. Fred joined YES in November of 2001 and was one of the first dozen employees at the network. He laid the plans for the Web site and when he was ready to build the editorial component of the site, hired the 23-year-old punk version of me. In three weeks, we created enough content to launch the site; the network launched four days later and I don’t know if we ever really stopped grinding. Our YES partnership lasted five years, and we worked together for a year before that at ABC. He was a great boss – at ABC and YES, we always called him “our fearless leader” – and he remains mentor and friend. I wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors, which include being a father.


Until next week...

Comments (83)
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2007-10-18 09:58:06
1.   Raf
Wonky code strikes again
2007-10-18 10:00:55
2.   Alex Belth
Sorry about the technical snafu. We're working on it...
2007-10-18 10:05:05
3.   standuptriple
I want a refund!
2007-10-18 10:05:06
4.   Cliff Corcoran
Fixed
2007-10-18 10:16:54
5.   standuptriple
Yanks say nothing, yeet are still front page news. It's no surprise that they're still swinging their big media stick (and walking quite softly). Perhaps it's a move to get under the skin of the Selig braintrust and to undermine the sans-Yanks ALCS. This could have been their plan all along to wait until Boston finished and then blow them off the newsstands. A premature exit by them only makes it sweeter.
2007-10-18 10:17:14
6.   YankeeInMichigan
I like the comparison with '96 Yankees. To take it a step further, both teams built themselves by developing home-grown offensive prowess in the up-the-middle-positions. As Steve Goldman pointed out a few years ago, the only other team to successfully employ such a model was the Tigers of the eightees.
2007-10-18 10:56:20
7.   PaulF
Barry Bonds gets some coverage, too, although he might not prefer it.
As a California-based baseball fan, I truly hope that one thing the Yankees avoid is any consideration of taking on Bonds. Obviously the following is meant to amuse.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20071018/bs_prweb/prweb561949_2

Job Search Company Extends Helping Hand to Barry Bonds
Thu Oct 18, 3:01 AM ET
San Mateo, CA (MobilityNewswire) October 18, 2007 -- A leading professional resume writer and career counselor has offered to write a free resume for Barry Bonds.

Shimmering Resumes, which develops resumes for executives and professionals, is concerned about Bonds's looming idleness and wants to help him end it.

"Even if you are the best in your field, you can still lose your job," said Paul Freiberger, president of Shimmering Resumes. "Sometimes management and personnel simply part ways. And when that happens, a good resume is the best performance enhancer you can get.

"Why did the Giants cut their fabled star loose?" Mr. Freiberger asked. "Other team executives will wonder, so his resume must quiet these concerns. That's one reason he needs a professional resume writer. It is simply Career Planning 101."

Bonds's very success raises a problem for him, career coach Freiberger said. He can hit a baseball, but he probably doesn't know much about a resume. He needs a professional resume writer more than a trainer.

The president of Shimmering Resumes said he hopes to meet with Bonds in person and explain rules of an effective resume to him, such as:
- It should leave the employer wanting to know more about him.
- It should strip away clutter such as age and health.
- It should showcase successes rather than responsibilities. He shouldn't simply list employers and positions held, such as: ''Outfielder, San Francisco Giants, 1993 - 2007.'' Instead, he should say, ''Significantly improved gross revenues by hitting home runs. Perennial All-Star.''

In addition to a professional resume, Bonds also needs job interview tips, Mr. Freiberger said. Though experienced and sometimes nimble in the media interview, Bonds risks confusing it with the job interview. Mr. Freiberger offered to take Bonds through the job interview process, revealing classic "curveball" questions and teaching him to hit them into McCovey Cove.

The job search is often dispiriting and Mr. Freiberger also offered his morale-boosting services. A proud performer accustomed to adulation, Bonds may find rejection letters depressing, and Shimmering Resumes will provide the insightful support he needs to keep his spirits high and carry out his normal affairs. This is help he can't get in the clubhouse or the pharmacy.

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2007-10-18 11:02:13
8.   Will Weiss
6 Good call.
2007-10-18 11:17:37
9.   Raf
7 If it makes them better, why shouldn't they consider signing Bonds?
2007-10-18 11:23:22
10.   standuptriple
Here in SF they recently changed the venue (charging upwards of $50 a seat) for the goodbye Barry party from a 2,500 seat place to a 500 seat place. Everybody hates Barry. I would hate to see him on the Yanks.
2007-10-18 11:42:51
11.   Eric
The NY Post says Torre just landed in Tampa w/Cashman & Trost
2007-10-18 11:43:15
12.   tommyl
9 I can state for the record, if the Yankees sign Bonds and he hits 100 HRs including 20 in the World Series to win it for them, I will still boo him and maybe the team for signing him. He's an awful human being and likely a cheater. I don't want him anywhere near my team.
2007-10-18 11:50:38
13.   Will Weiss
11 Nice ... They sent Cashman back to NY to get Torre. Not a good sign for Mr. Joe.
2007-10-18 11:52:25
14.   tommyl
13 Um, how is the team flying him down to Tampa for face to face a bad sign?
2007-10-18 11:56:14
15.   yankz
Isn't Lofton the only Indian with previous postseason experience?
2007-10-18 11:56:50
16.   tommyl
15 Paul Byrd was on the 2005 Angels I believe.
2007-10-18 11:57:05
17.   yankz
12 Cue Raf listing a half dozen guys who were assholes but good Yankees.

Just because it happened before doesn't mean it should happen again. Pass on Bonds.

2007-10-18 11:57:20
18.   yankz
16 Ah, thanks.
2007-10-18 11:59:47
19.   tommyl
17 Agreed. There's also a difference between some guy who might start brawls or run his mouth in the clubhouse and another who may be indicted on federal perjury and tax evasion charges. That's like being the, well, Barry Bonds of assholes.
2007-10-18 12:07:17
20.   Raf
12 The point of it is to win games. Given some of the players the Yanks have brought on board in the past (not to mention the antics of Steinbrenner regarding Nixon, Berra & Winfield), I can live with Bonds as a Yankee.
2007-10-18 12:09:32
21.   yankz
Damn, I'm good.
2007-10-18 12:12:03
22.   tommyl
21 Haha, quite.
2007-10-18 12:13:27
23.   Yankee Fan In Boston
from peter abraham:

Accompanied by Brian Cashman, Joe Torre arrived at Legends Field about 70 minutes ago and is now meeting with the Steinbrenners.

Obviously he did not go down there to get fired in person. It is evident the Yankees are finalizing a contract extension for him to return as manager.

More on this story as it becomes available.

2007-10-18 12:13:47
24.   tommyl
20 Right because what the team needs is an overpriced OFer who is really a DH. We already have like three of those.
2007-10-18 12:15:12
25.   Raf
15 Josh Barfield, Trot Nixon & Joe Borowski have played in the postseason
2007-10-18 12:15:17
26.   sunny615
guess - two year extension around $4 mil per with incentives.
2007-10-18 12:16:13
27.   Eric
Jon Heyman at SI.com says a deal is being finalized.
2007-10-18 12:16:46
28.   tommyl
23 You know, a lot of people here have made good arguments for keeping him, but I just have such a letdown. Its going to be another year of a slow start, watching some random "veteran" play 1B, and watching favorite relief pitcher X pitch in 8 run games to get some "work in". I also have to wonder if this is the end of A-Rod in the Bronx.
2007-10-18 12:19:50
29.   Raf
21 I've gotten predictable :)

24 Like I said IF he can help, it'd be ridiculous not to condsider him. And that "overpriced DH" is better than the 3 that are currently on the roster.

2007-10-18 12:20:55
30.   yankz
28 Bronx Banterers next year: "50-67? That's nothing! Remember last year?!"
2007-10-18 12:22:32
31.   tommyl
24 But the three on the roster have full or limited no-trades and huge contracts. They are almost all likely back. What we need is a serviceable first basemen and a bullpen.
2007-10-18 12:23:03
32.   Raf
28 Hopefully, the pitching won't implode next year. That will go a long way to curing the slow starts of the past.
2007-10-18 12:24:02
33.   Raf
32 Um, nevermind...
2007-10-18 12:24:06
34.   tommyl
30 Ha ha ha ha ha. I can't stop laughing. Man he better start playing all the rookie pitchers we have down on the farm instead of the team going after overpriced veteran middle relievers. Maybe an argument can be made for Linebrink, but I think only barely.
2007-10-18 12:25:32
35.   Sliced Bread
While I think Joe would probably come back for less money, I'm guessing it's a one year deal for the same money.
2007-10-18 12:26:14
36.   yankz
Conan O'Brien is a Red Sox fan. My world is crashing down around me.

We have Alba...we have Alba...

2007-10-18 12:28:36
37.   monkeypants
28 In the end, if the story plays out as now it seems (and I predicted the exact opposite--I lose, it seems), this is very much in keeping with the grand strategy of the Yankees' empire. They always go for the known quantity, "sure thing", veteran, etc., over the unknown. Cast in a longer light, the Big Stein managerial merry-go-round looks more like the exception than the rule.

On the bright side, Torre staying may in fact help keep some of the valuable FAs (including A-Rod). And at least we all know what to complain about next season.

2007-10-18 12:30:38
38.   monkeypants
35 Agreed--offering a pay cut would look pretty petty, especially from a lucrative team like the Yankees. He either stays or goes, but money won't be the deal breaker. More important, however, may be the balance of power between the manager, coaches, and FO in terms of roster construction and even usage (read: Joba Rules). But such arrangements are almost certain to remain behind closed doors.
2007-10-18 12:38:13
39.   Raf
31 I guess from the looks of it, Giambi or Betemit are playing 1b with Andy Phillips as the LIDR? As for the bullpen, we probably won't see anything until December, depending on who has been nontendered.
2007-10-18 12:39:38
40.   Sliced Bread
36 Yeah, Conan is a Mass-hole, and a Harvard guy to boot.

I actually gained a crumb of respect for Affleck reading today that he blew off a screening of his new movie in NY to watch his BoSox the other night.
He co-wrote and directed the flick, and his brother stars in it, so it's not like he was blowing off Gigli to watch baseball. Good on him.

2007-10-18 12:45:04
41.   cult of basebaal
Our long nation nightmare is over ...

From Petey:

The Yankees have scheduled a conference call with the media at 4 p.m.

2007-10-18 12:45:42
42.   rbj
In a way, I won't mind seeing Torre come back, if just to mess with nomass. Normally I like them, but their Torre hatred is over the top.
2007-10-18 12:49:01
43.   williamnyy23
It looks like the deal is only one guaranteed year (with a second year team option) with a paycut. While I would have absolutely preferred that the team cut ties with Torre, I can live with the one year commitment, especially if it secures extensions with Mo and Posada and the return of Pettitte. Sure, this probably means the Yankees will lose a handful of games due to Torre's poor game management, but the stability might help mitigate against that.
2007-10-18 12:50:27
44.   cult of basebaal
39 probably won't be up next year, unless in september, but this is interesting stuff on Juan Miranda (from Baseball America):

The Yankees' future at first base is somewhat clouded, but it appears Cuban defector Juan Miranda has emerged as the frontrunner from within the organization.

Miranda started the year with Tampa and finished with Trenton; overall, he batted .265/.350/.471 with 16 homers and 96 RBIs. The Yankees assigned him to the AFL, and he has drawn praise from not only Franklin but from scouts as well.

"This guy's got huge power," a scout from a National League club said. "He's a legitimate threat regardless what his ceiling is age-wise."

Age is a question with Miranda. His official birthdate provided by the club after he signed for $2 million in 2006 is April 23, 1983; but several Cuban sources have the former Pinar Del Rio player with a 1981 birthday (some have a March birthdate, some April), which would make him 26.

"I don't really care if he's 26 or 30," said another scout from an American League club. "The bat has a higher ceiling than a lot of people thought, and he will hit for average too."

2007-10-18 12:54:00
45.   tommyl
43 With that paycut and a mere one year deal, I would also think that if they start off really slowly he might just be gone. Besides, one you already have the FAs back they can't just quit midseason. Now if we get Joe and MoPoPet walk, then I will be really pissed.
2007-10-18 12:55:42
46.   yankz
42 Agreed, they were pretty ridiculous this year. Totally over the top, and not just about Torre.
2007-10-18 12:56:26
47.   cult of basebaal
43 that's how i would have structured it ... if things go well next year, you've got Torre around in 2009 for the opening of the new stadium, which is a nice touch ... i'm sure torre will drive me crazy at points with in-game decisions and playing arrangements ... the most important thing is that Torre is full on-board with the direction this team is going, fully on-board with the move towards the future and the necessity to give young guys their chances to play ... this new Yankee regime makes me pretty confident that Torre wouldn't have been brought back without assurances he was committed to the overall plan ... now, we gotta do the heavy lifting and get a-rod extended and our free agents signed
2007-10-18 12:57:32
48.   tommyl
From Graziano:

As of yesterday, Yankees officials were discussing other details of their planned offer to Torre, including limits on the input he would have in personnel decisions.

Maybe they finally realized that Joe should be trusted to do one thing, keep the media at bay and the players comfy and motivated. Now if they can also put in a clause that says Joe has no say whatsoever over BP decisions I'm fine with it.

2007-10-18 12:58:48
49.   cult of basebaal
anyone at home? espn says the call will be carried on ESPN2
2007-10-18 13:02:09
50.   thelarmis
49 thanks, cult! got the deuce on now. torre staying! : )
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2007-10-18 13:02:45
51.   tommyl
50 What is going on?
2007-10-18 13:02:56
52.   Bama Yankee
So, does NJYankee41 win the Torre pool from the other day (with a guess of 2pm Thursday)?
2007-10-18 13:05:02
53.   cult of basebaal
50 details?
2007-10-18 13:05:40
54.   tommyl
SI is saying he might have turned down the offer?
2007-10-18 13:05:48
55.   thelarmis
51 torre got an offer - 1 year w/ an option. $5 mil, $1 mil bonus to LDS, $1 mil to LCS, $1 to WS. the bonuses are just if he makes it to these series, not win.

if he makes it to the WS, $8 mil option kicks in.

JT turned this down!!! now, i'm confused. i don't get it...

2007-10-18 13:05:48
56.   cult of basebaal
WOW ... from Petey:

The Yankees just announced that Joe Torre will not return as manager. He turned down a $5 million deal that included $3 million on incentives.

2007-10-18 13:06:01
57.   tommyl
Holy shit, he turned down an extension!
2007-10-18 13:07:28
58.   ny2ca2dc
HOLY SHIT.

wasn't expecting this...... Joe is turning down an offer to be the highest paid manager... wow.

2007-10-18 13:07:35
59.   thelarmis
holy shit! this is quite the drama. WTF???
2007-10-18 13:09:55
60.   ms october
This is quite a curveball. And ESPN is even more confused than us.
2007-10-18 13:10:26
61.   yankz
Just to continue the pattern...

HOLY SHIT

2007-10-18 13:10:27
62.   cult of basebaal
59 actually, i think ... now the drama REALLY begins
2007-10-18 13:11:38
63.   yankz
Let's hope Donnie B has it in him.

I can't believe he turned it down. Any rationale given?

2007-10-18 13:12:42
64.   thelarmis
get ready for all the different angles:

- this was pre-planned: torre steps down but yanks don't look bad...

- leverage from a-rod. now he'll stay...

- torre giving a big F.U. to Boss George

etc. etc. gonna be tons of news on this. open the floodgates. cashman says get ready for surprise candidates and a loooong process...

2007-10-18 13:13:03
65.   ms october
Offer made this morning. Levine and Cash won't say why he turned it down.
2007-10-18 13:13:36
66.   thelarmis
63 no rationale. we have to wait until joe decides to talk.

wow. once again... HOLY SHIT!!!

2007-10-18 13:13:40
67.   yankz
64 "surprise candidates" sounds like "Monday Mystery Meat." Ya-fucking-hoo.
2007-10-18 13:14:44
68.   thelarmis
this was a solid and fair offer. shit, i'll take it!!!
2007-10-18 13:14:52
69.   ms october
64 FO can also say to Mo, Posada , Petite that we tried.
2007-10-18 13:15:24
70.   thelarmis
67 ya think it could mean, like...(gulp) Luis Sojo???
2007-10-18 13:15:28
71.   cult of basebaal
67 well ... at least Dusty Baker's off the market!

;)

2007-10-18 13:16:08
72.   cult of basebaal
70 miguel cairo ... PLAYER-MANAGER!
2007-10-18 13:17:02
73.   ms october
FO is claiming it ended amicably. Some reporter asked why JT flew to Tampa to turn down offer - they didn't really explain but that doesn't make that much sense.
2007-10-18 13:17:09
74.   tommyl
64 I don't think they can take that long. Its clear the veteran FAs will base their decision on who is the manager to a large extent. If that's still in limbo we may be seeing Jorge hugging Mr. Met next season.
2007-10-18 13:17:37
75.   thelarmis
72 i think Karim Garcia is looking for a gig!

i - quite seriously, i might add - recommend our very own Cliff Corcoran! well, as long as he still posts here at BB!

2007-10-18 13:18:29
76.   ms october
72 Only if he learns to throw a knuckle ball and he can pitch the 6th, 7th, and 8th.
I bet that Trey Hillman (sp?) gets into the mix.
2007-10-18 13:19:56
77.   thelarmis
Joe was very thankful and respectful and then just threw a massive curveball. i'm still in shock...
2007-10-18 13:21:25
78.   thelarmis
76 good call on hillman. just left japan and managed in our system awhile back...
2007-10-18 13:21:42
79.   cult of basebaal
new thread up
2007-10-18 13:22:06
80.   thelarmis
great. steve 'the silver one' phillips is on now. why again am i watching this? : ~
2007-10-18 13:22:44
81.   ms october
Great - now ESPN2 has brought Steve Phillips on. I wonder how long until he tells us we are arrogant or ignorant for thinking that we ahould win the WS every year. He is now telling us he is not surprised JT turned it down,
2007-10-18 13:34:33
82.   Schteeve
Getting rid of Cashman would be asinine.
2007-10-18 13:42:12
83.   Schteeve
9 Because how many designated hitters, exactly, does this team need.

1) Giambi-unmoveable and immovable.
2) Matsui-Can't play left all the time unless you unload Damon
3) Damon-Can't play center. Can't play left all the time unless you unload Matsui or Giambi.

So we need another Left Field option who sucks defensively? Before we start talking about signing anyone, we need to do it strategically.

C - It's Posada's until he tanks.
1B - Totally up in the air. Doug M, Phillips, Shelley Duncan, Betemit and Giambi to some extent are all in the mix.
2B - It's Cano.
3B - It's A-Rod (from my keyboard to God's monitor.)
SS - Jeter.
RF - Just pick up Abreu's option and get it over with. There isn't a better RF option available. Yeah, he's squirrly around the wall. Big deal.
LF - Matsui, Damon.

So it strikes me that we need to sort out LF and 1B/DH.

If you could do a super platoon with Damon and Matsui, I could live with that. But if you do it, just get rid of Giambi already cause he's never going to get enough PAs for us to figure out if he's totally done-zo or if he's just rusty.

But what we absolutely don't need is Barry Bonds, to clog up an already ridiculous log jam of should be DHs.

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