Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Yankees' moves can best be addressed by the great Peggy Lee: "Is that all there is? Is that all there is? If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing, let's break out the booze and have a ball... if that's all... there is."

Wednesday's signing of Stephen Drew caught me with my frilly panties down.

Hell, I figured Brain Cashman was done remaking the infield. We'd spent December getting younger and then - hooooooly macca! - we sign a 31-year-old second-baseman.

It's hard to whine because the owner signs somebody you don't think you need. Most fan bases don't have that luxury. Had we traded prospects for Drew, I'd be wailing today like a stuck pig. But the money comes from Hal's Kinky Boots purse - (via taxpayers, $500 seats and cable subscribers) - so to complain is being an ingrate.

That said, today, all we can do is channel Miss Peggy Lee.

Is that all there is?

If the Evils really plan to contend in 2015: The quickest way is to sign either Max Scherzer or James Shields. (Scherzer and Shields - the PBS political pundits.) Either will give us an ace - which we lack - and add 30 quality starts, which will vault us into the race. Trouble is, the bigwigs have repeatedly said they won't chase either pitcher. Let's assume they mean it. So... is that all there is to the circus?

If the Evils really want to build long term: The quickest way is to sign the 19-year-old Cuban infielder, Yoan Moncada. Because we overspent this year on pretty 16-year-old Latino boys - (Did anyone attend parties by Jeffrey Epstein?) - we could be shut out from buying Cuban talent in 2016, when a big wave could be coming. That makes Moncada more critical than ever. Did the $5 million signing of Drew drain Hal's poochie purse? If so... is that all there is to the party?

Whatever the Yankees do, the Baghdad Bobs at YES will trowel out stats to prove the move was really smart - smarter than the teams that nixed Drew or go deep for Moncada.

It all comes down to whether Hal wants to break the bank.

Did Drew just cost us Moncada?

The Yankees are one bold move from contending - or positing themselves nicely for the long haul. I'm not sure which I prefer. But right now, let's break out the booze and have a ball... if that's all... there isssssssssss....


KD said...

Those $500 seats may help the bottom line but they sure look like hell on TV when the dickheads that buy them don't bother to show up for any games. Compare the center field shots of Yankee games vs. games at Fenway. It's an embarrassment that my wife gleefully points out time after time. It really shows the Steinspawn's love of money and their distain for regular fans like us. yes, I know.. beating a dead horse. but it's cold here and I don't even have any snow to brag about.

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Mister D said...

Unless there is a corresponding move to come, I don't like the move. Dump Ryan, though, and Drew is, I think, an improvement in that he can backup kids at both second and third and is likely to be a smaller black hole in the lineup.

But this is a small time move, and you're reaching to link this to either Yuan, Max or Shields. This is a one year $5m deal, and in no way can you say with credibility this was done as an alternative to signing one of the pitchers. As for YM, we aren't even allowed to make an offer yet, and even if/when we do, all reports I've read are that he'll need some time in the minors, so again this has no impact on that.

There is plenty to criticize in this move. No need to overreach.

KD said...

Wasn't a young Aussie ball player attacked and killed in Oklahoma recently? WTF?