Now that the Yankees season is basically done, I thought “Maybe now it’s time for a plan…to see what you have?”
Out of the chute, I figured “Release Joba Chamberlain. He’s gone, no matter what, in two months. You don’t want him back. And, he’s not going to help you any from here out. And, even if he did, so what? It’s not like you have a shot for October?”
And, then, once that roster spot is open, call up J.R. Murphy and then have him and Austin Romine split catching duties for the rest of the season and see if maybe you have an in-house catching option for 2014.
Next, look at the starting rotation. Is there any reason to keep giving Phil Hughes a regular turn? There’s nothing to see there – you know what he is and will always be. Plus, odds are, you’re not keeping him beyond this season. Why not move him to the pen, to take Joba’s spot, and then call up some kid from Triple-A, or maybe even push someone at the Double-A level, and let him get some big league experience for the next six or seven weeks?
Ah, and, there, I hit the skids.
There is no one in the Yankees farm system at the Triple-A or Double-A level who warrants a call-up at this time. Zach Nuding has been hit pretty good in the minors.Brett Marshall has been hammered. Ditto Caleb Cotham. Who does that leave, Jose Ramirez? Is he even healthy? I don’t know. And, don’t even get me started about Michael Pineda.
And, it’s the same elsewhere. Worried about who is going to take Granderson’s spot? Not thrilled with the notion of flanking Gardner with Soriano, Wells and Ichiro in 2014? Well, there’s no Yankees outfield propsects in Triple-A or Double-A that are ready. Ramon Flores would get the bat knocked out of his hands in the majors. Slade Heathcott went backwards this season. Tyler Austin is not ready yet. Mason Williams is still stuck in A-Ball. And, we’ve already seen Melky Mesa and Zolio Almonte. Face it, the Yankees have no impact outfield prospects near being ready to help in the majors.
How about Cano? In case he leaves – and I hope that he does – should the Yankees be looking at someone now, in the system, to see if he’s ready? Who would that be, Jose Pirela? Seriously?
I won’t even talk about short and third. We’ve already seen, this season, there’s no one to help at those spots.
Yes, the Yankees stink this year. But, just wait until next season. It’s going to be worse.