Thursday, September 1, 2016
Posted by Alphonso at 10:32 AM
This trade of Ben Gamel is not acceptable.
This kid has it all ( okay, perhaps a bit light on HR power....but take a look at Brett Gardner and Jacoby these days...no Mickey Mantles there, either ); consistency ( back to back seasons
over .300 ); excellence ( MVP of International league ); youth; speed and desire.
A lot like Jay Buhner, except Jay had more power.
And the Yankees have a laughable outfield, particularly when Hicks was hitting below .200. Once he got hot ( last 30 days near .300), he gets injured. Gardy is not a threat at anything on offense; Jacoby is a .260 singles/doubles guy, whose contract will haunt us like A-rod; Aaron will hopefully be good in a year or two; we traded Jake Cave; and so now, maybe, we sign a cast-off.
Ben Gamel was worthy of watching And now, because Cashman was patting himself on the back for dumping a few guys for, " prospects," he goes a step....a large leap into the abyss...too far.
The Yankees give up a kid everyone wanted to see, for two more no name RHP's whom we will never see, or hear of again. Seattle doesn't trade away two future Pedro Matinez's for anyone. They trade rag- armed losers.
Sure, these two could, in 3-4 years, become part of the Scranton/ Bronx taxi squad , when we are striving for a .500 season....like, let's say, Kirby Yates. Or that loser whose name is all W's, Y's and Z's. But the likelihood is; you will only hear of either one ( and I promise; right now, no Yankee fan can name them without re-reading about the trade ) when Dr. Andrews is consulted. That will be news. More surgeries for Yankee pitchers who have never been above A ball.
This is a Cashman step too far. Ill advised. Arrogant. And idiotic. All because Cashman has failed forever at his essential task; building a farm system which will feed Yankee championship runs.
So now we have a whole lot of, "better prospects," than we had before. But no one who has proven, yet, they can play at the major league level. Duque remarked on one of our new prospects, when he saw him at a Scranton/Yankee visit to Syracuse. He described him as muscular beyond belief....muscle bound, perhaps? Tim Tebow, perhaps? If a guy can't move his arms, or get them into a winter coat, he belongs in a Christmas Comedy, not in a ballpark.
Gamel is major league ready. An exciting youngster. An overlooked, over-achiever.
And now he is gone for two sickly Pinedas.
The worst move of the decade.
You heard it here first. I hate this trade and will hate this until we win three world series in a row.