Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted by el duque at 8:27 AM
It's a cold June - brrrr - and our heroes are as limp as Rupert Murdoch while being spoon-fed by Jerry Hall, as Boston prepares to wave bye-bye to the AL East. The jury remains out on Aaron Judge and Greg Bird, but our pitching is just as advertised: Tanaka, El Chapo, Betances and the adorable child cast of Stranger Things. Jacoby Ellsbury has replaced Pete Rose as the greatest career On Base By Catchers Interferencer in history. Chase Headley is doing his .235 thing, and Starlin Castro still hasn't learned the art of walks. Didi remains our star, and he's the league's fourth best SS. Climate change is still a hoax, despite the ice berg now threatening Cape Cod. The Gammonites are restless.
That leaves Brian Cashman with two options, neither of which will push the Fan Excitement Index to the level of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Lady doing squat thrusts: He can bundle prospects and trade for a new Headley - you know, a short-term fix. Or he can collapse the team for the second straight year - dealing Tanaka, Holliday, Betances... whatever. (But Cash will be feeling stress; his contract is coming due, and two consecutive meltdowns doesn't look so good, eh?)
So... it's June, and the Yankiverse sorta sucks, right?
But but BUT... the cavalry could come in the form of Gleyber Torres, a hitting machine since arriving last August. He raked in Arizona - (albeit, a notorious hitter's league, where Slade Heathcott batted .320) - and is having a great spring. (He homered yesterday.) Would the Yankees do with Gleyber what they did once with Jogginson, er, Robinson Cano - that is, dump a vet (Tony Womack), install the rookie and never look back?
Yeah, they sure could.
In fact, it looms as the only move that would bring hope to an increasingly caustic fan base: Bring up the kid and see what the hell happens.
Trouble is, where does Gleyber play? We have Headley for two more years and $26 million, and Castro is our for four seasons, totaling $46 million. (Last winter, while Hal was bemoaning long term contracts, he picked up a new one - amazing how he does this again and again, right?)
Under the above scenario, we get little for Headley or Castro, and considering his great value to the team, I'm not sure we'd ever get a fair deal for Didi.
So... what happens? Let's face it: Gleyber Torres looks like the future, and if he hits at Trenton or Scranton or wherever - we better lay off the mushrooms and start shoveling a path.