Just say it now: The Yankees were wrong to trade Austin Jackson to the Tigers. They actually got older, despite getting Granderson and letting Damon go.
Clay D, the Yankees look pretty wrong right now, no doubt about it. First off, let me say I didn't know how good Austin Jackson was going to be and Yankee officials didn't think he was going to be this good. Plus, we need to see what he really is over a few years before we say what a terrible trade it is.Beyond that, though, the reason I didn't really love the trade from the start was because Curtis Granderson strikes out too much and he doesn't hit lefties.Swell guy, no doubt, but right now he doesn't even look like the best player in the trade.
Do you see the METS making a move on a stating Pitcher as it has been rumored? Lee or Oswarld?
Frank, thanks for the question.I don't think the Mets will make a move for a big-time pitcher. If they do, it won't be until July at the earliest. It is hard to fully assess the Wilpons' financial situation right now, but they clearly did not go full out for John Lackey this offseason.Roy Oswalt has been a really good pitcher, but I would be wary of his mileage.Cliff Lee would be an awesome addition, but I don't think the Mets are really setup to make such a trade. You can always make a deal, but would it be in the Mets' interest to give up a Mejia in a Lee deal? I would say it wouldn't be.
"the reason I didn't really love the trade from the start was because Curtis Granderson strikes out too much..." wasn't that a similar gripe about Austin Jackson in the minors as well?
Sunny,You are right. That was the knock on the A-Jax in the Yankees minor leagues and that is why the Yanks were willing to give him up.Trust me, if they thought he was going to be a .350 hitter they would not have dealt him.When I spoke to their minor league people last year about A-Jax, they definitely liked him and they talked him up, but the actions are always more important than the words in a story.And to give up A-Jax in a trade for an outfielder, who can't hit lefties and strikes out a lot, tells you all you need to know.
Curtis Granderson is a major league player.. he will be fine and he is better than Austin Jackson , Do Not lose sleep over Austin Jackson. Plus how many, No Power outfielders do you want the yankees to have. They already have brett gardner
Big Lou, To me,the larger point, I think, is the Yankees wanted to seel A-Jax went they thought his vaule was at its highest.They were worried if he had to go back to Triple-A, struck out a million times and still didn't hit for power, he would lose trade stock so that is why they pulled the trigger when they did.It doesn't look good right now, but you can't judge trades after just six weeks or so.
do you think Ike Davis has all-start potential?
Billy from Manhattan and Dave from Bloomfield both posed the same question and we have Frank from Coram, who wants to talk Ike Davis.Ike could definitely be an All-Star. He is going to be a very nice player, at the least. Jerry Manuel said something that I think defines Ike perfectly, Ike is very smooth and he knows how to play the game. That's what you see from him so he definitely could be an All-Star. He also has the right demeanor for NY. He doesn't seem overwhelmed in the least.
Do you think Ike Davis should be the #3 hitter now?
I wouldn't put Ike in the three-hole yet. Eventually, yes, but I think leaving him further down in the lineup is advantageous for his development right now.Though, he seems mentally ready for it, one of the things I liked -- to a point -- that Willie Randolph did, he wanted to make guys earn their spots in the lineup.Let Ike earn it from down deeper in the lineup and then move him up.
is there any truth to rumors the Wilpons are cutting payroll because of their financial situation
I'm not privy to their books, but I am to their actions.What have you seen in the last year? If it is Madoff or their anticipation that attendance will be down, they have been cutting back.I mean they don't have half the lights on in the stadium when you arrive at 3 p.m. (Maybe they deserve credit for being green)They do have a very high payroll, but they seem to do just enough to not really succeed. That is the biggest difference you see when you are somone who spends a lot of time in the Bronx and Queens.Meanwhile, the Yanks don't half-step anything these days.
I know hes only had one at bat for the Mets right now but where do you see "the animal" fitting in to the Mets right now? Do you think he will get some starts over a struggling Jeff Francoeur?
He might get some starts. But I think The Animal could very well become a Joe McEwing-type. They are not the same players, because Chris Carter is basically a DH.But I think on a Mets' bench that has floundered all year, he is a guy who could really bring some energy.You could tell he brings a different element to that clubhouse. His teammates really like him. I see him as a fan favorite.
Doesn't signing Nick Johnson over Damon or Matsui seem like the bigger mistake? Those guys may not have always have an OBP of .400 but (1) they play, sometimes through pain, and (2) they actually understand the concept of swinging the bat.
Alex,Funny stuff about Nick Johnson. Johnson is really living up (or down) to expectations. Who knows if he is going to play this year again?He is like Kelvim Escobar, you could just see this coming.On paper, the .400 on-base in front of Tex and A-Rod makes a lot of sense until Johnson gets a paper cut and ends up on the DL.
Another quick note on The Animal. A friend that was at the game mentioned he came out to Hulk Hogan's "I am a real american" music. Is there a cooler bench player in the MLB?
No, he is the coolest.I didn't tweet it last night so there is no public record, but you can ask the people sitting next to me in the press box. I was saying that The Animal was going to win this game.It was too perfect of a story.Plus, what do fans or anyone love more than a guy who just gives everything, all the time? I think, after winning, that is all fans are asking for, no?
How long do you think Oliver Perez's leash is? The Yankees have kept Kei Igawa in the minor leagues for years paying him nothing, maybe that's where Perez is headed.
The Mets aren't the Yankees so they won't be sending Ollie to pasture, like the Yanks have with Kei.Still, Ollie's spot in the rotation is not assured. It was a bad signing when they did it and it is a bad signing now.
As a follow up to broken down Nick, what legitimate (aka, non-Juan Miranda) options do the Yankees have? I can't imagine the Angels or Tigers fall so far out as to make returns for Matsui or Damon possible? And Jermaine Dye might be an extra bat, but probably no better than Miranda and not a #2 hitter? Does Gardner make long term sense in the 2 hole? (Sorry, that's 4 questions).
This is our final question. Guys, programmng note, my regular days is slated for Mondays at noon. So please join me then.I think the Yankees best option is rotate the DH with Posada getting the majority of the time there and keeping Cervelli behind the plate.
Marchand this chat is moving too slow. It's an embarrassment.
OK, one bonus question.From Joe West. Funny stuff. First time chatter so we are learning. (Note: Don't know if this is really Joe West. Tend to doubt it, but funny nonetheless.)Join me again next Monday at noon. Thanks everyone for participating and reading.