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!