• Ichiro, The Bench Player

    Posted by on February 28th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Via Barry Bloom -

    “He’s a player in waiting,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday as his team opened its home spring schedule with an 8-2 loss to the Pirates at George Steinbrenner Field. “We have [Alfonso] Soriano, [Carlos] Beltran, [Brett] Gardner and [Jacoby] Ellsbury currently ahead of him. He obviously provides a great deal of speed and defense and is a contact hitter. He’s going to be a choice for [manager] Joe [Girardi] off the bench. And that could be a very important role for us.”

    Asked if Suzuki would be on the Yankees’ 25-man roster for the April 1 season opener in Houston, Cashman added: “Oh, no question. Yes!”

    Let’s face it, the last time Ichiro was an above average player was 2010. And, in the last 3 years, he’s gotten worse each season.

    Granted, he does have some useful skills coming off the bench – fielding, base running, and the ability to make contact. But, will he be happy in that role? Time will tell.

    Comments on Ichiro, The Bench Player

    1. LMJ229
      March 1st, 2014 | 1:19 am

      I was shocked when Cashman gave him a two year contract last year. Now we have a $6.5M, 40 year old, light hitting bench player. Just didn’t make sense to me. How can that possibly be justified?

    2. Raf
      March 1st, 2014 | 12:23 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      I was shocked when Cashman gave him a two year contract last year.

      Why? The Phillies and Giants offered similar contracts.

    3. Mr. October
      March 1st, 2014 | 3:35 pm

      Why? Cashman doesn’t care if it’s old, he cares if it’s good… And if Ichiro signed elsewhere, Cashman was not in a position to make a trade with all of the top talent his farm system was “brimming with” “at the time.”

      If Cashman had signed Torii Hunter in the 2012-13 offseason, that would have been a nice bit of offense in right field. But Hunter wanted to sign with a contender for a world championship, not a contender for a division series, and Verlander, Scherzer, Sanchez, et al. was on the top of his list.

      That “massive injury pandemic” to Miguel Cabrera in the postseason might have cost Hunter his last chance at a World Series, although Dombrowski’s $150 million Detroit Tigers are favored again this year. Injuries are part of the game, and a substantial risk with the oldest team in MLB.

    4. Evan3457
      March 2nd, 2014 | 1:26 am

      Mr. October wrote:

      Why? Cashman doesn’t care if it’s old, he cares if it’s good… And if Ichiro signed elsewhere, Cashman was not in a position to make a trade with all of the top talent his farm system was “brimming with” “at the time.”
      If Cashman had signed Torii Hunter in the 2012-13 offseason, that would have been a nice bit of offense in right field. But Hunter wanted to sign with a contender for a world championship, not a contender for a division series, and Verlander, Scherzer, Sanchez, et al. was on the top of his list.
      That “massive injury pandemic” to Miguel Cabrera in the postseason might have cost Hunter his last chance at a World Series, although Dombrowski’s $150 million Detroit Tigers are favored again this year. Injuries are part of the game, and a substantial risk with the oldest team in MLB.

      Actually, the reason they didn’t sign Hunter was they weren’t signing any free agents to multiyear deals in hopes they could stay under the $189 million cap. When the Tigers offered Hunter the 2nd year, that was that.

    5. Mr. October
      March 2nd, 2014 | 4:16 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Good work with the spelling. Are your slow-track students proofreading all of your posts now? Are they emailing you in batch with their revisions?

      Torii Hunter informed his agent in the 2012-13 offseason that Detroit was the team he was most interested in playing for because Detroit had the best chance to advance to a World Series – not a postseason – a World Series, and he directed his agent to make every attempt to work something out with theTigers…

      “… [Actually,] I was just watching different teams, trying to put the pieces together,’ Hunter said… at Fenway Park, where the Tigers and Boston opened the [2013] American League Championship Series..

      ‘Do these guys need a right fielder? Do they need a 2-hole guy or a 5-hole guy? And I’d look at the pitching staff. If I didn’t like facing those guys and I went 0 for 14, that’s the team I wanted to play for — and I did that a lot with the Tigers last year…

      … with Hunter missing the World Series for the 16th consecutive season, [Hunter] had decided on Detroit… With a chance to negotiate with every team, Hunter and his agent, Larry Reynolds, sought only one

      ‘About eight other clubs wanted him, but we didn’t want to put those clubs on hold,’ Reynolds said. ‘We were pretty straightforward. We said we were going to start with the first team on his wish list…’”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/sports/baseball/tigers-torii-hunter-seeks-elusive-title.html?_r=0

      How often did Hunter go 0 for 14 against a Brian Cashman rotation since 2005-06? A lot of 39-45 year-old pitchers on that Detroit staff; Verlander, Scherzer, Sanchez, and Fister, for example…

      Evan3457 wrote:

      … When the Tigers offered Hunter the 2nd year, that was that.

      Once again, Evan3457′s “facts” are spot on: Team Cashman was never in on Hunter to begin with… Why did Team Cashman exercise its club option on Nick Swisher and not sign Beltran as a free agent in 2011? Team Cashman might have had a lot more “‘luck’ hitting the baseball with RISP” in the 2011-12 postseasons with Beltran than Swisher – Team Cashman might have won an ALCS game, even…

      Why was Team Cashman in the position of having so little flexibility with its 2013 payroll, when a 2014 $189 million luxury tax threshold was set in 2011?

      The reasons? This idiot: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/madden-cashman-wait-tactic-risky-article-1.1282771

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