From Jon Heyman -
SI.com has learned that the Yankees have made Williams a standing offer to come to spring training as a non-guaranteed, nonroster invite.
Since this is what I suggested two weeks ago, I’m in favor of this call…or, should I say was in favor?
Now, I’m starting to get concerned about the Torre-factor when it comes to bringing Bernie to camp.
Joe loves Bernie – as he should, considering what Bernie has done for Joe in the past. But, as Torre showed us last season, this is a dangerous thing. Joe put Bernie in CF last year 28 times – which was probably about 20 times too many – because of Torre’s thinking of the past instead of the present (when it comes to Williams).
If Bernie comes to Tampa on an invite, and hits well this Spring, would Torre consider sending down Melky Cabrera (who I guess has options) in order to keep Williams on the team? I can almost hear Joe now saying:
“Matsui, Damon, and Abreu never miss a game. With Mientkiewicz now at first and Giambi at DH, it was going to be hard for us to get Melky some regular At Bats. We don’t want to have him rust on bench here. At this stage of his career, Bernie’s better suited to play once or twice a week than Cabrera….that’s why we’re sending Melky down to Triple-A when we break camp this year.”
Gosh, that would be stupid. It would be as bad as the Yankees decision in 1992 to have Bernie Williams start the season in Triple-A.
I was pretty upset at that call back in 1992. If this happens to Melky in 2007, I think I’m going to be even more upset.