• You Asked For It

    Posted by on December 21st, 2006 · Comments (6)

    Yet more from the Mailbag this week! See:

    From Greg: The chance of a Melky/Gonzo deal put the focus on the bullpen for a change. How do you see roles in the bullpen shaping up this season?

    WasWatching.com: I really think Torre wants Farnsworth out of town – because of his need to be babied. But, can they trade him? More likely, I see Farns becoming a secondary guy in the set-up scheme – with Proctor becoming the 8th inning guy (for Rivera). That leaves three other spots in the pen – and Myers should get one of those. The last two spots are for Bruney, Britton, and Rasner. I would not be shocked if Rasner gets one of them – they need someone out there who can give you three or four innings in a pinch.

    From Vinodh: Should the Yanks consider moving Damon to first base and let Melky take over at center? If the options available right now are Hillenbrand, ice-cold-bat Doug and Andy.. then I would rather that Damon play first and Melky play center. Melky will be lot better than 50% of the CFers. And we can think about trading him next year, based on how Gardner works out!!

    WasWatching.com: This makes perfect sense to me – heck, I was saying this back in October – and I would love to see this move happen. Therefore, it will, sadly, never happen this year.

    From Brent: Just as a random common interest question, what do you think was the worst team that money could buy in MLB history?

    WasWatching.com: I know that some like to say the 1992 New York Mets and others like the 2003 Mets too. To come up with the answer, I think you have to look at the teams who were 1-2-or-3 in terms of total payroll, for each season, and then look at those teams therein who won less than 55 games. From there, you can just about make a case for anyone in that final cut.

    From Mark: Do you have any statistics which show if the Yanks, as a team, produce more or fewer runs offensively when playing behind a starter that allows more runs? In other words, does the team seem to compensate (or just plain play harder) when they have a weaker starter on the mound?

    WasWatching.com: Run Support is the stat you seek. The Yankees really helped Randy Johnson this year. But, I think it just comes down to luck – meaning what opposing pitcher the Yankees pitcher lucks into facing that day.

    From “Yankee1221″: Ok I could understand if the Yanks feel pressure to develop and showcase quality arms from within the organization such as Boston has (Papelbon, Lester, Declarmen, Hansen) but do you think they should take a wait and see approach with their Top Prospect arms? As much as it would be nice to see a Chien-Ming Wang, Phil Hughes one Two Punch I’d much rather have the sure thing and WIN! Wouldn’t the Yankees be better off packaging Hughes to one of the other 31 teams who would surely take him for an ELITE pitcher…ala Santana, Halladay, Zambrano (Carl that is haha), Oswalt, Carpenter….and Ohhhh yea that stud in Florida???

    WasWatching.com: If you had Santana, Halladay, or someone like that, and you were offered a Hughes for him, would you make the deal? Why would you? Therefore, why should someone else make that deal with the Yankees. It will never happen.

    Thanks to all for the questions – all good stuff!

    Comments on You Asked For It

    1. Chewbacca
      December 21st, 2006 | 10:19 pm

      “would you make the deal? Why would you?”
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      Simple, if you felt like you were going to lose him to free agency in his contract year, or you felt like he was the only good player on your team and you had no shot to win, you’d trade him to get rid of his salary and get a collection of near major-league ready or major-league ready prospects to build your team around.

    2. December 21st, 2006 | 10:43 pm

      But, *are* those aces about to be Free Agents now?

    3. baileywalk
      December 22nd, 2006 | 2:53 am

      Two things I disagree with, Steve:

      1) Farnsworth is the setup guy and unless they get Mike Gonzalez, he’s going to remain the setup guy. I don’t think there’s any chance in hell Proctor becomes the 8th-inning guy (if Farns is traded — which he won’t be — or not). For one thing, Farns is getting paid a lot of money. For another, he’s a better pitcher than Proctor. If you look at Farnsworth’s second-half numbers, it’s clear that he had an adjustment period (like most people coming to New York). (Yes, yes, yes, his ERA was high, but check out the BB/K.)

      Proctor has one good year under his belt and is coming off throwing 100+ innings out of the ‘pen. I really think people should take a wait-and-see approach with him.

      2) Why would you move Damon to first, when he still fields his position well, and leave Matsui in left, when he’s an atrocious outfielder? Plus Melky is great in left but merely okay in center. If any outfielder should play first, it’s Matsui.

      If you think Gardner is such a superstar in the making, why do you object to trading Melky for Gonzalez? Wouldn’t Gardner be able to do what Melky does? (Be a fourth outfielder and potentially fill in during an injury?)

      The problem with that is that while Gardner has speed, his bat is basically the same as Juan Pierre’s.

      In a sense, Gardner makes more sense as a fourth outfielder — because of his ridiculous speed (which could come in handy late in games). Melky seems more suited to an everyday role.

    4. Steve Lombardi
      December 22nd, 2006 | 9:36 am

      ~~~leave Matsui in left, when he’s an atrocious outfielder? ~~~

      You make it out like he’s Matt Lawton out there. He’s no GG, but, he’s decent. Whereas Damon’s arm begs for the move to 1B (or LF).

    5. baileywalk
      December 22nd, 2006 | 11:15 am

      That’s true, but Matsui’s arm is almost as bad. I’ve seen Damon make plays with his legs; he gets to everything hit to him. I never see Matsui make plays. Balls are constantly outside of his reach or falling in front of him. You know, when he was here in that first year he seemed like a pretty good leftfielder (the arm was weak, but he hustled and got to most things hit his way). But maybe he was looking at his porn collection too much or something, because all his skills basically eroded and were gone the next year. The last really good play I can remember Matsui making was robbing that home run on opening night against the Red Sox (in ’05).

      I also think you have to take into consideration that though Melky has been a centerfielder his entire career, he sure does seem more comfortable in the corners.

    6. Chewbacca
      December 22nd, 2006 | 3:33 pm

      Steve, none of the great ones *are*, but Zambrano is about to be a FA, and the Marlins have been looking to get rid of Willis for the same reason they got rid of Beckett (and NO, I don’t mean just to help the Red Sox win a World Series), was because with arbitration, salaries were getting too high for them to pay.

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