Monday, November 5, 2012

Help for the Yankees will not be found in the stars, but under the rocks

Have you checked out the free agent market lately? Ouch. Might as well re-read "The Bell Jar." Depressing. Only one real star: Josh Hamilton. We definitely won't sign him. (But the notion does make you smile. Imagine Hamilton's drunken breakdown in NY: Photo on the Post pissing in an alley; dating Madonna; hanging with A-Rod's pro wrestler ladies; cameo on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Trump; out on the town, beating up male models with Tim Tebow.) Only one real pitcher: Zach Greinke. We definitely won't sign him. (Imagine the cops trying to talk him out of jumping off the George Washington Bridge; the oxy bust; the rehab appearance on Ellen; the unsolved serial killings that finally result in the shoot-out on the Deegan)  And right now, the Yankiverse is pondering Torii Hunter - a great idea! Five years ago. Now, what's the point?

It's time for the Yankees to establish the Chris Dickerson Production Baseline, which simply asks: How much better will this guy be than Chris Dickerson, to whom we pay pop bottle deposits and health care?  I figure Dickerson can hit .250 with 15 HR and field the position well. He might do more, maybe .280 and 20. Do we really expect more from Torii Hunter, as he waddles into his Cycle 4 diet years?  Did we learn anything from last year's horror movie experiment with Andruw Jones?

The SF Giants won the World Series by a) developing pitchers (Cain, Bumgarner, Romo), b) occasional signings (Zito, Scutaro, Pence) and c) turning over rocks (Vogelsong, Blanco, Arias). We stink at developing young pitchers. Might be the worst at it in the game. But at least we finally ditched Billy Connor and Nardi Contreras, (assuming they were the problem; that's a big assumption, btw) And we stink at trades, too. But Brian Cashman is great at one job: combing the scrap heaps for salvageable parts. The key to 2013 will be the bone yard.

Last year, for offense, Cash added Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones. Obviously, one didn't work. For the infield, he picked up Jason Nix. For the bullpen, he grabbed Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley. But we found no starting pitcher. (Unless you want to liberally claim Andy Pettitte came from the scrap heap; I don't think it fits.) Look at how Baltimore supplemented its rotation from nowhere.

Somewhere out there, for a nickel, there is a starter who can win 10 games for us and hold the line until 2015, when our farm system might finally supply a few live arms. Somewhere out there is a RH hitter with pop and a glove who can keep opposing teams from trotting out mediocre lefties against us.

I can't give you names. What do I know? But somewhere, there is another Bartolo Colon, waiting for a shot at NY. That's what we need. Not Torii Hunter. Not Josh Hamilton. Think of the Chris Dickerson Baseline. Clear your mind, Grasshopper, and think of nobody.


Tom from GA said...

perhaps we should be investing in BALCO, off the books and on the QT, so that our old guys get one last shot of juice from the fountain of youth?

SanJoseKid said...

El Duque, for far too long I've been enjoying (and pondering the profundity of) your words of wisdom without saying "Thank You". So, please keep your website/psuedoblog going. The silver lining of Yankee disasters is anticipating your commentary.