Friday, November 6, 2015
Posted by Alphonso at 1:25 PM
I think we are overlooking the importance of Brendan Ryan exercising his option and staying with the yankees.
In many ways, Brendan's commitment marks the first cornerstone of our way back. His signing puts in place the initial building block for our, "contact hitting," path to contending for the 2016 World series. Escobar did it for the champs. Ryan can do it for us. We all know he is not a home run hitter. This new Yankee approach to scoring runs has to be a relief to a guy like him.
Brendan is quiet and surprisingly agile. And, at age 32 ( or 33 or 34 ), at the young end of our veteran roster.
If he can learn to bunt, he could maintain an average close to .200 and have success moving runners into scoring position. He even becomes a threat for the suicide squeeze, should we ever have a baserunner on third and less than two outs.
I mean, doesn't everyone take a deep breath of relief, knowing that we have only 24 more spots on the roster to fill until we are "locked and loaded" for the season? And we have months to go.
Tomorrow. we send out the Yankee front office geniuses and their pockets full of, "Benjamins," to secure the big game……. the additional big names we need to overtake the Royals and the Mets. Likely targets; over-worked, sore-armed, over-priced pitchers looking for their retirement insurance.
Ideally, we'll bag the "Carlos Beltran " of used pitchers, to bolster our dominating staff.
The hard truth is; I don't think any of the Mets starting pitchers, or the Royals relief pitchers, are out their, awaiting the hunt.
So let's stick to the plan.
We've got Ryan in pinstripes already. I feel like we just secured the pole position at Indy.
One down, 24 to go.