• Get Ready For Cash’s Garbage-Picking Time?

    Posted by on June 29th, 2007 · Comments (9)

    If anything, Brian Cashman has shown us that he loves to pick through other people’s garbage.

    This is how the Yankeees have acquired players like Felix Heredia, Karim Garcia, Nick Green, Craig Wilson, Alan Embree, Matt Lawton, Wayne Franklin, Terrence Long, Mark Bellhorn, Donovan Osborne, Scott Erickson, Tim Redding, Darrell May and Sidney Ponson (among others) in recent years.

    Sure, some of these “pick-ups” have served the Yankees well, even if just for a brief period – like Aaron Guiel, Shawn Chacon, Brian Bruney, and Tanyon Sturtze. But, for the most part, whenever Cashman adds a player to the team, with the hope to catch a spark, the player usually performs at the poor level which made him available in the first place.

    Just something to think about…if you think Cashman going after someome like Shea Hillenbrand is going to help this team.

    Garbage in, garbage out.

    Comments on Get Ready For Cash’s Garbage-Picking Time?

    1. Raf
      June 29th, 2007 | 10:10 am

      There’s nothing wrong with taking that approach. Who knows, maybe they catch lightning in a bottle, maybe the player in question wasn’t used properly, maybe there’s a pressing need at the ML level.

      It’s a low-risk, high reward move. If it doesn’t work out, the player gets cut. No harm, no foul.

    2. Raf
      June 29th, 2007 | 10:13 am

      Having said that, I really hope the Yanks don’t pick up Hillenbrand. May as well give Phillips the 1B job, if you’re going to do that.

    3. baileywalk
      June 29th, 2007 | 10:54 am

      Sorry to get off-topic, but this is certainly good news:

      Phil Hughes threw from a half-mound in Tampa, Fla., earlier this week and by this weekend will throw off a regulation mound.

      Hughes has recovered from a torn left hamstring and sprained left ankle and has started the process of rebuilding his arm strength. The hope is that he will return by the end of July.

      “He’s making progress,” Cashman said. “But he’s starting over again.”

    4. CraftyLefty
      June 29th, 2007 | 6:09 pm

      Why not inquire about that part-time 1B from the Marlins? ‘Aaron F. Boone’, I think it’s spelled? I’d take his .286/.388/.423 for the #8 or #9 spot.

    5. RICH
      June 29th, 2007 | 8:37 pm

      Boone’s on the DL

    6. dereksTeam
      June 29th, 2007 | 10:25 pm

      Well five-and-fly Moose turns in his fifth quality start in a row and his second 7th inning performance for the month. The Days Of Mussina Rolling A Hard Seven Are Over…You read it here first.

      But why dwell on Steve’s moan and groan crystal ball. Here, read what I wrote on June 8th following Moose’s six inning 1 run start:

      “I think last night’s game was huge for Mussina. Everyone (Steve I believe) has been saying if Mussina doesn’t have his low 90’s fastball he’s not going to win. Well, last night he figured how to do it with an 86-88 mph fastball. If he does that for the rest of the year or till his fastball comes back, we’re golden. Sometimes winning is about finding how to win with what you have. Mussina is a master at that and at reinventing himself.

      I’m going to tack “Mussina is finished — he doesn’t have his low 90’s fastball he’s not going to win.” right up there with “Derek Jeter is no longer the shortstop he once was. He’s lost his range.” as two of the most singularly uninformed baseball comments of the current times.”

      I know. I know.

      Torre on Mussina: “He accepted what he had and didn’t try to overthrow.”

      Told you so. Told you so. NyaaaNyaaa.

      I wonder what Steve’s post will be tomorrow: Mussina Barely Makes Seven….Farnsworth In Meltdown…Sox Win Again…

    7. June 29th, 2007 | 10:39 pm

      ~~~Well five-and-fly Moose turns in his fifth quality start in a row~~~

      Jay-boy. What are you smoking? 8 BR and 2 ER in just 5 IP (Mussina’s last start) is a Quality Start? Really?

      Moose has now made 13 starts. In 9 of the 13, he failed to get an out in the 7th inning. In 4 of the 13, he’s allowed more than 5+ ER.

      Yeah, he’s great this season. [Puff, puff]

    8. June 29th, 2007 | 10:50 pm


    9. baileywalk
      June 30th, 2007 | 1:46 am

      In 4 of the 13, he’s allowed more than 5+ ER.

      You’re wrong. He’s only given up 5-PLUS ER in 2 of his starts this year, and one of those was his first start of the year. He’s given up 5 runs on two occasions. Outside of those four starts, he’s never given up more than 3 ER.

      So wouldn’t it be more honest to say that Mussina has made 13 starts, and he’s given up 3 or fewer ER in 9 of them?

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