Friday, December 5, 2014
Posted by el duque at 7:49 AM
On behalf of the blogosphere, or the Yankiverse, or the screaming NY hordes scrambling for a better view on the bow of this S.S. Titanic, I say: "Good luck to Mr. Headley and whatever team that gets him."
We had Headley for two months, long enough to see:
1) What it's like to have an actual third-baseman playing third.
2) That an actual third-baseman playing third still left us in third.
It's not that Headley didn't help. He played well, in a Scott Brosius sense. Trouble is, he didn't make a difference. In the end, he was just another boring vet with a ceiling made of concrete.
Whenever a .240 hitter is hitting .320, everybody knows what's coming: The 1-for-35 slump. We see this again and again. Two years ago, Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells were dynamos through May, cadavers by August. Over two months, Headley played well for the Yankees, but over a season - and certainly over four - everybody knows what's coming - .220 and declining power. (Which is why we saw no ticker tape parade when the Evils recently re-signed Chris Young.)
This year, the Yankees might have two position players without concrete ceilings. I say "might" because one could get dropped and the other traded. They are 3B Alex Rodriguez and 2B Rob Refsnyder. I'm not saying the skies are their limits - only that we don't know.
Who knows what A-Rod will do? For a decade, he was the greatest athlete of his generation. Now, we don't know how much of his glories came from sweat or from serums. But Captain America was created in a lab, and I didn't see moviegoers rooting for the Red Skull. So the Yankees have A-Rod to play third... and until he cannot do it, I say, send him out and let's see...
The other is Refsnyder, who might open in Scranton. But the Ref looks like a pure hitter - rather than a homer-happy whiff machine, like several in the lineup. Who knows what he might do?
At least we have hope. Last April, Yangervis Solarte became the most interesting Yankee on the team. When Mark Teixeira came up, I'd go make a sandwich. When Solarte stepped in, I'd pace circles around the room. By June, the magic was gone, and so was Solarte. Maybe the same will happen with A-Rod and the Ref. But at least - for now - we have hope.
For $65 million, some team knows exactly what it's going to get from Chase Headley. Good for them. Because we've seen it up close, and it was not enough to make a difference.