• Brett Gardner 2009

    Posted by on November 7th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    Who is Brett Gardner? Is he the next Brett Butler or the next Jason Tyner?

    At the big league level, Gardner has shown great speed, a decent glove in center, a willingness to work the count, and a hard-nose attitude – albeit in a small sample size.

    For what it’s worth, his OPS over his last 16 games in 2008 was .740 (in 54 PA). If he can maintain that, he could have a full-time job in 2009. That’s, of course, assuming the Yankees don’t go out and get someone else to play CF in 2009 (or find someone to play a corner OF spot and move Johnny Damon to CF).

    Comments on Brett Gardner 2009

    1. Raf
      November 7th, 2008 | 10:39 am

      I will be very surprised if Gardner is the starting CF next year.

    2. MJ
      November 7th, 2008 | 10:50 am

      I will be very surprised if Gardner is the starting CF next year.
      If the Yanks are dead-set against bringing Abreu back, then there’s no way they can trot out an OF of Damon in LF, Melky/Gardner in CF, and Nady in RF. That’s a weaker OF than the Mets have been putting out there the past few seasons and it’s totally unconscionable.

      Either they have to find a CF that’s much, much better than Melky or Gardner, or they just pay Abreu more for two years than he’d accept for three years and have a Nady-Damon-Abreu OF from left to right.

      There is no place on this team for Melky/Gardner beyond the 4th or 5th OF spot.

    3. ken
      November 7th, 2008 | 2:39 pm

      How about moving Cano to CF?

    4. MJ
      November 7th, 2008 | 2:50 pm

      How about moving Cano to CF?
      I’m typically resistant to converting X to Y. Has Cano ever played OF? I don’t believe you can go from 2B to CF in just one off-season. Furthermore, given the likelihood of Nady and Damon being out there, is Cano’s arm even average for a CF?

      For a team with all the money and resources, the Yanks need to start focusing on having players play their natural positions. No more Posada/Sheffield/Damon/Matsui to 1B; no more Cano to CF.

    5. Raf
      November 7th, 2008 | 3:16 pm

      No more Posada/Sheffield/Damon/Matsui to 1B
      Posada & Sheffield had mitigating circumstances; Posada played a little bit 1b when he came up & Sheffield played 1b to get his bat in the lineup, with the acquisition of Abreu. I presume Matsui & Damon were or will be attempted to move to 1b to minimize injury risk.

      These players weren’t acquired with the intention of having them play 1b.

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