The suggestions that make sense to me are going with what has worked in the past; and the three foremost things that popped into my head were:
- Call Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry ASAP; first Hendry has to give a nod that the Cubs want to make a trade with the Yankees. If it is a go, start begging Kerry Wood to wave his no-trade clause and come back to the Bronx. Wood, better known as one-half of the infamous CHICAGO HEAT, was traded last season to Yankees, where he flourished as the bridge to Mariano Rivera. I thought the Yankees would keep Wood in 2011 season, but he was another causality overlooked during all the Cliff Lee drama. Still, if Cashman can somehow obtain Wood again things would straighten out really fast. In his short Yankee career, Wood went 2-0 posting a 0.69 ERA, allowing just one home-run, two earned runs, while striking out 31, in 26 innings pitched…translation go get him Cash!
- John Harper of the New York Daily News makes a valid argument that the Mets should trade closer K-Rod to the Yankees. The Mets need to dump the big contracts to free up some money and the Yankees need bullpen help, which they will trade and pay for. Could this possible deal work? Certainly, but the extenuating circumstances might prevent it, like the Mets fans. Mets fans have been dragged through the mud, so helping the Yankees would seem a tad ludicrous. Last time the New York teams made a deal was on December 3, 2004, it was one has-been given, and a never-was obtained, so not harm no foul. Getting Francisco Rodriguez off the Mets payroll takes $18.5 million for 2012 and K-Rod makes any bullpen lights-out.
- Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos and Andrew Brackman known, as the Killer B’s are the Yankee top three pitching prospects that Yankee fans might never see. The talk about the three has been endless; especially Banuelos who fans got a taste of in Spring Training and displays the stuff of an ace at just 19-years old. The babying of these guys is getting ridiculous. Cashman needs to look at how Hughes and Chamberlain were handled and where they are now. Enough with the “RULES” just let the guys pitch and learn. I know this is a pipedream but Cashman might be left with no other choice. Joel Sherman of the New York Post agrees that it is time to give the youngsters a chance.
Cashman, unlike the majority of GM’s in baseball has endless resources at his disposal, which certainly allows him more breathing room to get the right fit. I have faith this will get fixed and probably with back-ups just in case.
The Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians on Friday night wit a final score of 11-7, so maybe this whole not beating the Red Sox thing is mental and more like 2009 than I initially thought.
Regardless, I have not thrown this team under a bus just yet. There is more then half-a-season left to play and so much is going to happen all around baseball.
Believe me, throwing in the towel on the Bombers in the past has never done anything but make the Yankees hungrier to win it all.
Cashman has my utter support and confidence that he will plug these holes and the Yankees will be playing in October once again.
- Yankees Links: Prospects, Relievers (mlbtraderumors.com)
- New York Yankees: Should They Make a Strong Pursuit for Francisco Rodriguez? (bleacherreport.com)
- MLB Trade Speculation: 10 Ways for the Yankees To Replace Joba Chamberlain (bleacherreport.com)
- New York Yankees Bullpen Trade Speculation: Which Relievers Could They Target? (bleacherreport.com)
- New York Yankees: 8 Recent Good Moves Made By GM Brian’s Cashman (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- You: New York Yankees: Joba Chamberlain Meets Tommy John (bleacherreport.com)
- New York Yankees: Joba Chamberlain Meet Tommy John (ladylovespinstripes.com)