Via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia – Yankees RCAA leaders for the period 2006 through 2008:
Player RCAA Alex Rodriguez 162 Jason Giambi 74 Derek Jeter 69 Jorge Posada 69 Johnny Damon 56 Bobby Abreu 55 Hideki Matsui 36 Robinson Cano 14 Cody Ransom 6 Kevin Thompson 2 Gary Sheffield 2 Juan Miranda 2 Kevin Reese 2 D. Mientkiewicz 1 Richie Sexson 0 Andy Cannizaro 0 Xavier Nady 0 Aaron Guiel 0 Chris Basak 0 Chris Stewart -1 F. Cervelli -1 Bernie Williams -1 J. Christian -1 B. Sardinha -1 Nick Green -2 Shelley Duncan -3 Terrence Long -4 Josh Phelps -4 Chad Moeller -5 Kelly Stinnett -5 Sal Fasano -5 Brett Gardner -6 Bubba Crosby -6 Morgan Ensberg -7 Ivan Rodriguez -8 Craig Wilson -8 Al. Gonzalez -10 Wil Nieves -10 Wilson Betemit -11 Miguel Cairo -17 Andy Phillips -19 Jose Molina -22 Melky Cabrera -32
Is it just me, or, are there a lot of zeros and negative numbers in there? Once you get past the big seven of A-Rod, Giambi, Jeter, Posada, Damon, Abreu and Matsui, there’s not that many big sticks to be seen, over the last three years, huh?
And, now, Giambi and Abreu are gone. Granted, Teixeira will fill in there nicely. But, if Jeter (-2 RCAA), Posada (-1 RCAA) and Matsui (6 RCAA) post numbers in 2009 like they did in 2008…well…that’s going to put a lot of pressure on A-Rod, Teixeira and Damon to have big seasons this year (and for Cano as well).
Damon should be good for his usual ~20 RCAA. But, what about Rodriguez and Teixeira?
In three of the last four years, Teixeira has been good for ~50 RCAA. But, A-Rod…shoot…he’s a roller-coaster.
In 2004, Alex had 35 RCAA. And, in 2005, it jumped up to 83 RCAA. But, then, in 2006, Alex was back down to 36 RCAA.
Granted, in 2007, Alex was back up to 82 RCAA. However, in 2008, it was back down to 44 RCAA.
Needless to say, it would truly help the Yankees in 2009 if A-Rod posted a season like his MVP ones from 2005 and 2007. If not, Jeter, Posada and Matsui are going to need to rebound from their terrible 2008 seasons.