Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Posted by el duque at 7:40 AM
1. At $3.5 million, he's cheap.
2. If he doesn't hit, we'll release him.
3. If he hits, we'll trade him.
4. It's only one-year.
5. He's cheap.
Exciting, eh? It's all I can do to keep from driving to NYC to stand in the ticket line, which by now must surely stretch to White Plains. We've signed mighty Casey! The 2017 National League Home Run leader! A solid veteran DH, now in his third team in three seasons.
We have been here before. Ron Kittle. Gary Ward. Jack Clark. Ken Phelps. Rickie Sexson. Jose Canseco. They saunter up to the plate, take three big cuts, then saunter back to their well-warmed seats. But wait: Carter also grounds into DPs! Last year, he launched 18, three times that of Mark Teixeira, who retired rather than be embarrassed. Clearly, all that January hype about the "Baby Bombers" tandem of Greg Bird and Tyler Austin doesn't apply to February. The last two players we've signed play 1B: Carter and Ji-Man "Oy!" Choi. We have three starting pitchers and a slag pile of DH/1Bs. For fifth starter, maybe we can sign the Irritable Bowel Syndrome lady.
So, while Hal Steinbrenner - alias Pennywise the Clown - hides in the sewer during negotiations with pitchers, he does pop up to buy a used condom, because - hey - it was only a quarter! Is this the new Yankee strategy? Buy damaged goods at the flea market, polish them, and then spin them for a nickel profit on July 31? Hal has become a certified American Picker. He should chew a toothpick and wear a pocket t-shirt. Who knows what treasures we'll find down there in the cellar.
Today, the Yankees have a four-man DH rotation: Matt Holliday, Carter, Bird and Gary Sanchez, when he needs a day off from catching - plus the Unknown Aarons - Judge and Hicks - and the inevitable nagging injuries that keep Gardner and Ellsbury from playing the field. Here's a thought: Billy Butler is still out there! He can round out the rotation. You know what they say: Baseball is 90 percent DHing, DHing, DHing...
Two-hundred-and-six strikeouts, 18 double-plays and a glove that goes clank. Wow. But... HE'S CHEAP! And in the new Yankee reality, that's all that counts.