From the Mailbag today -
From Scott: The MelkMan?? This is a bad trade all the way around. Who would be our 4th outfielder? Bernie? As much as I love Bernie Baseball, his train has left the station. He offers us nothing offensively or defensively, but would be a nice bench player. Melky Cabrera is part of the future in NY and trading him for an average/above average middle reliver would be a mistake we would end up paying for midseason when the inevitable injury big bites. On another note, I was glad to see the Yanks “look with their eyes and not their hands” during the free-agent blitz. Looks like the Cubs have taken over as the Overpaid Mediocrity Franchise.
WasWatching.com: One of my biggest fears this off-season is the chance that Bernie Williams makes the 2007 Yankees – because you know Torre will play him in CF at least 20 times if he’s on the roster. And, right now, Bernie has as much business manning center for a big league team as Ralph Wiggum. As far as the Cubs and their spending, well, how much will the Yankees be paying Randy Johnson and Carl Pavano in 2007?
From Mike: We all know Phil Hughes is the cream of the crop, but what do you think of some of the other arms the Yanks have in the minors, ie Humberto Sanchez, Joba Chamberlain and Dellin Betances? I also know you’re a big Brett Gardner fan, but do you think he’ll ever develop enough power to turn himself into a real threat instead of Scott Podsednik II?
WasWatching.com: Sanchez scares me because of his injury history. Joba scares me because of his weight issues in the past – guys rarely stay thin as they get older and make more money. Betances is young. Still, I like him the best of the three now. It will be interesting to see what he does in his first full season. As far as Gardner, he’s going to need to slug at least four-hundred in Triple-A to have a shot at being somebody. Can he do it? We’ll see this year. He’s been an achiever his whole career – so, I would not be shocked if he pulled it off.
If anyone else has questions, be sure to send them in!