In conjunction with the recent trades made by the Yankees, I see many fans of the team now dusting off their “Ca$h-money is a genius!” T-shirts and the like…
Maybe they shouldn’t be so fast here? Let’s look at what Brian Cashman has done, recently, with the Yankees roster:
Richie Sexson replaces the role that was supposed to be filled by Morgan Ensberg and/or Shelley Duncan
Xavier Nady replaces Hideki Matsui
(It should be noted that Nady replaced Brett Gardner who replaced Johnny Damon who replaced Matsui. And, since Damon is still playing now as a D.H., and Gardner was only here for a few games, in the end, it’s really Nady filling in now for the injured Matsui.)
Damaso Marte replaces Kyle Farnsworth
(Some like to suggest that Marte has replaced LaTroy Hawkins. But, when you look at roles, Chris Britton is now the new Hawkins and Marte is the new Farnsworth.)
Ivan Rodriguez replaces Jose Molina (with the latter replacing Chad Moeller)
In summary, Cashman has replaced the bat that was missing due to the injury to Godzilla and has upgraded his catching position with respect to the offense generated from that spot. Marte for Farnsworth and Sexson as a new right-handed bat off the bench is sort of a push.
Cashman did little to address the Yankees true need – meaning replacing Sidney Ponson in the starting rotation. The combination of Posnon and Darrell Rasner, as starters, is the Yankees weak link right now. You can live with Rasner if you had a decent fourth starter (to go with Pettitte, Chamberlain and Mussina). But, when you have Ponson in the rotation, it makes having Rasner be an issue as well.
Right now, the Yankees pitching is not as good as the White Sox, Angels, or Red Sox. Heck, it’s not as good as the Blue Jays. And, that’s all because of the back-end of the Yankees starting rotation.
So, what did “Ca$h-money” do to address this issue? Like always, he tries to hide the stink of his pitching with some offensive cologne.
Now, I know that some Yankees fans out there are thinking “Cash knows what he’s doing. There’s nothing out there to replace Ponson. But, soon someone like Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, or even Carl Pavano should be able to step into the Yankees rotation and help out. And, they also recently signed Victor Zambrano and Eric Milton.”
Kennedy, Hughes, and Aceves have proven nothing, consistently, at the big league level. Pavano? Com’on, do you really want to go there? Ditto on Zambrano and Milton.
Sorry Cashman Kool-Aid Brigade, when I look at the recent changes to the Yankees roster, I see “Same ol’ Cashman” – meaning, “In Case of Fire, Add Bats.”
Until Cashman goes out and gets an effective starting pitching to replace Sidney Ponson, color me all not all that impressed with what he’s done recently.