• Bobby Abreu 2009

    Posted by on November 4th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    After auto-piloting an OPS of .781 during the first half, Bobby Abreu went on a salary drive with an OPS of .930 in the second half (for the Yankees in 2008).

    Abreu is no longer the player he was in 2004. But, his production in 2009 should match his rate of the last two years.

    However, he wants a three-year deal this off-season.

    Now that Xavier Nady is in Yankeeland, I don’t see New York giving Abreu three years. Expect Abreu to sign somewhere and bat in the middle of the order…like he did in New York…at least for one more season.

    He very well might sign with the team who wanted Manny Ramirez the most…but just missed getting him as a free agent. And, since, reportedly, Manny may wait until January to sign a deal, Abreu may have to wait a while for his next contract.

    Sidney Ponson 2009

    Posted by on November 3rd, 2008 · Comments (2)

    The last 2,726 major league hitters to face Sidney Ponson have batted .316 against him and have also earned 218 walks. (That’s a H+BB/PA rate of .364.) Ponson has no pitching skill left. Yet, someone will probably give him a chance in 2009. It’s happened for the last 5 years. What’s one more?

    Let’s just hope that we’ve seen the last of Sir Sidney the Yankee. Twice is more than enough. Three times warrants firing the G.M., in my humble opinion.

    Jason Giambi 2009

    Posted by on November 2nd, 2008 · Comments (3)

    If the Yankees are smart, they will ensure that 2008 was the last season in New York for the “Big G.”

    What’s next for Jason?

    If some team is looking for an aging first baseman with limited defensive ability whose two main offensive skills are the ability to work walks and enough muscle to power mistake pitches for homers, then Giambi may have a full-time job somewhere in 2009. If not, bartenders in Vegas could see some extra big tips this summer.

    Mike Mussina 2009

    Posted by on November 1st, 2008 · Comments (10)

    While he’s coming off a wonderful 2008 season, over the last 6 years, Mike Mussina has been about league average in three seasons and well above league average in the other three. And, two of those three above average years have come during his contract “walk” season. [Wink, wink. Nod, nod.] By the way, he’ll be 40 in 2009.

    While Moose has hinted towards retirement, if he decides against it, the Yankees should let him walk.

    2009 Player Analysis/Forecasts

    Posted by on October 31st, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Just a heads up on something starting tomorrow here…

    Each day, seven days a week, for the next 4 or 5 weeks, I will be posting some “laconic” commentary/analysis/forecasting on a player off the Yankees 2008 roster – one player per day.

    And, of course, you’ll have a chance to comment on what’s said…

    We’ll start tomorrow with Mike Mussina.

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