From the Star Ledger:
“Contract-wise, it looks like we’ll carry 12 pitchers,” manager Joe Torre said last week. “It looks like our club is cut-and-dried on who’s going to be members of our team. But we have a lot of pitchers that could be in the same role. And that’s what we’ll try to organize in the spring.”
The projected pitching staff has the six starters plus relievers Mariano Rivera, Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Myers, Ron Villone, Tanyon Sturtze and Aaron Small. Then there are the eight position players, Bernie Williams, Andy Phillips, Kelly Stinnett, Miguel Cairo and Bubba Crosby.
All that’s left are the details. Torre last month told hitting coach Don Mattingly, “Give me a lineup.”
Said Mattingly, “I can’t.”
Responded Torre: “That’s the way I am, too.”
OK, so, it will be contracts that dictate who makes the pitching staff – and not talent/performance. And, the manager has no clue as to what his line-up should be……
I think I need to start hitting some of that green tea.