The answer — at least for now — may even come from within the organization, as both Cashman and Joe Torre said that Bubba Crosby could be the man when Spring Training opens in three months.
“It’s too early in the process to say, but it’s possible,” Cashman said. “I can’t tell you if it’s probable or not, because it’s only Nov. 16. We have an in-house guy that is a fly-ball catcher at the very least. With the offensive lineup we have, we can afford that.”
Crosby hit .276 with one home run and six RBIs in 98 at-bats last season, though he batted .327 in 55 at-bats during the season’s final month. He also made two starts in center field during the Division Series.
“Bubba showed some signs,” Torre said. “He’s not a world-beater, but he made some adjustments, offensively, which made him an option in important games down the stretch and in the postseason, which never would have been an option before.”
Based on who else is out there, and those who the Yankees have already said “no thanks” to (because of talent or asking price), I am beginning to think more and more that Bubba in 2006 might be a reality.
Hey, somebody has to bat 9th, right?