• One Door Closes, Another Juan Opens?

    Posted by on February 27th, 2007 · Comments (6)

    Suppose that Bobby Abreu does miss the start of the regular season. If Juan Miranda has a strong spring training in Tampa, could he possibly play his way on to the Yankees Opening Day roster?

    With Abreu down, there’s a chance that could mean more At Bats for Miranda to show his stuff this spring.

    Let’s make it more interesting: Suppose that Miranda hits .450 this spring. And, suppose that Rico Bergman bats .080 and looks old. Would you then start Miranda at first to start the year? Or, does the A-Rod factor buy Rico an extra life-line?

    Sometimes something as simple as a tweak in the side during BP can end up impacting more than just the player with the problem – it can open doors that were closed for another player and create position battles where they never existed for yet another one.

    This suggestion would be an interesting development to watch. But, of course, Miranda has to hit to make it all happen.

    Comments on One Door Closes, Another Juan Opens?

    1. baileywalk
      February 27th, 2007 | 12:09 pm

      Why would Miranda have more of a chance than anyone else? Wouldn’t Eric Duncan be first in line anyway? Duncan is going to be starting in AAA. Miranda, if I remember correctly, will be playing in high-A.

      It seems to me that Minky gets the “veteran” stamp — and that means no amount of poor hitting in spring takes his job away. Also, he’s such a lousy hitter to begin with, a poor spring shouldn’t be unexpected.

      If Abreu isn’t ready for the home opener, I would assume Melky would be the starting rightfielder, and it would be open as to who took Abreu’s roster spot. You’d have to assume everyone would be in play — from an extra pitcher to Duncan to Brett Gardner or Kevin Thompson.

    2. February 27th, 2007 | 12:16 pm

      I went with Miranda over Duncan since Duncan is not on the 40-man roster (like Miranda). The Yankees would have to cut someone loose to carry Duncan on O.D.

    3. baileywalk
      February 27th, 2007 | 12:37 pm

      True. Didn’t even think about that.

    4. February 27th, 2007 | 12:44 pm

      I just think you picked Miranda so you could use the pun in the title….

      Seriously though, Duncan is further along than Miranda and should be given the first nod. I don’t think the Yankees are worried that Sean Henn or Jeff Kenard will be scooped off waivers if they need to make room for Duncan. Also, if Duncan makes the team, it probably means the end of the line for Phelps, who would be sold back to the Orioles, freeing another roster spot. Don’t write Duncan off yet- his minor league path is not unlike that of Justin Morneau’s, and PECOTA likes him to improve significantly this season.

    5. David
      February 27th, 2007 | 12:55 pm

      IMHO Miranda is better off playing every day in the minors. If he’s better than Bergman/Phillips/Phelps, then he might be able to move up, based on outstanding minor league hitting, But, if Miranda were on the Yanks as a backup, he would almost never play, so he’d have little opportunity to show what he could do.

      If I recall correctly, Miranda was out of baseball for the last two years. That makes it unlikely that he will have an exceptional spring.

    6. February 27th, 2007 | 12:56 pm

      FWIW, Miranda started in the intra-squad game today while Duncan sat on the pines.

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