• Martin The New Matsui?

    Posted by on December 21st, 2010 · Comments (2)

    Mark Simon thinks he has a chance.
    And, I hope he’s right. The Yankees missed Godzilla last year.

    Comments on Martin The New Matsui?

    1. MJ Recanati
      December 21st, 2010 | 10:10 am

      Interesting. I wouldn’t have thought it so.

    2. Evan3457
      December 21st, 2010 | 3:09 pm

      Most likely not. He wasn’t Matsui, even when Martin was good/healthy.

      And, like it or not, mid-leverage situations are also important especially early in the game.

      But here again, if Martin was healthy/good, he wouldn’t have been let go by the Dodgers, and been available to the Yanks. The skepticism of Martin is valid, but it once again highlights a bromide I refer to often: if you want to make a bargain acquisition, you have to gamble on someone who doesn’t look great because of an off season or two or three. He should be well under 30 (check), a player who’s proven he can play at a fairly high level in the past (check), and a player whose stock has dropped due to a bad season or two, an injury or both (check).

      Martin fits all three criteria. This is not to say this move can’t bust out on the Yanks, just that it’s a worthwhile gamble: relatively low-cost, and a potential medium/large payoff, with a reasonable percent chance of success.

      Swisher worked out well so far, except for the playoffs. Granderson just started to payoff in August. Let’s see if Martin can be another success story.

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