FIFTY THOUSAND MOONS
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Posted by el duque at 7:37 AM
2. Play A-Rod at first. Frankly, it's his best (and maybe) last chance to help this team. If he tweaks a boner, so be it. If he refuses to take the field, send him to Triple A. Let's see if Lady Google will watch him playing in Scranton.
3. Trade Austin Romine. No, it's not to punish him. It's to reward him. This is the guy who trailed Jesus Montero all those years through the minors, the guy we gave up on seven times. He's turned into a fine back-up catcher, but he needs freedom. We trade him, maybe we get a prospect. Doesn't matter. Gary Sanchez is our future catcher, and let's get him up to the Bronx. (Meanwhile, a 26-year-old, Double A, system fodder catcher named Kyle Higashioka has evolved into an intriguing presence. The guy was always considered a defensive catcher who could not hit. For the last few months, he's been mashing. He needs to be in Scranton.)
4. Trade Aroldys Chapman. We gave up four kids to get El Chapo. Two were solid prospects. We could get at least two in return. If Chapman walks this winter, we'll receive a sandwich round draft pick. Woopie. It's time to think long range. Besides, the Betances-Miller-Chapman axis is more a sideshow than a winning formula. A team with this many problems doesn't need three closers.
5. Put Rob Refsnyder in left field. We have too many lefty bats, and Brett Gardner has turned into a low-average, no-power, never-steals nothing burger. I love Gardy, but he's now been in the tank for any entire season. Maybe he should platoon. The Yankees must find Refsynder a position and let him play. (If not LF, do something with Castro, who is starting to reveal why the Cubs cut bait.)
6. Explore the trade market for CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran. Listen: You can't just trade these guys for the sake of trading them. They are respected veterans. You can't disrespect players of such stature. Besides, the sad truth is, we won't get anything. But let's face it: Neither will be around for the next Yankee pennant, whenever that is. If they can go a playoff team, they'll be happy, and it clears space for youngsters, such as...
7. Promote Ben Gamel from Scranton. In a perfect world, I'd say we try Aaron Judge in RF. But he blinged a knee and is out for a month, and that means he'll be lucky to get a September cup of coffee. Gamel has now put together a great season at Scranton - his second. Good grief we can't continually let prospects rot down there, especially when we're fielding a boring team of also-rans.
Obviously, these ideas hinge on the next few games. If the Yankees get hot, the front office will probably go all in and trade Sanchez and Gamel - or somebody - for another Vernon Wells. (Sorry for the pessimism, but how can you NOT be skeptical?) If they tank, the chorus will grow for major changes - more than above.
I don't care. Right now, anything beats a team destined to hover around .500 through eternity. I can't think of a worse Yankee hell than what we have.