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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Are Dumpster Diving Again

Bartolo Colón

Bartolo Colón (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

ESPN’s Buster Onley has confirmed that the New York Yankees signed another washed-up pitcher, as GM Brian Cashman inked ex-Philly, and now ex-National pitcher JC Romero to a minor league deal.

I say, enough already.

To his credit, Cashman did find some luck this season with the likes of Bartolo Colon and Freddie Garcia, but these two are different monsters compared to a JC Romero.

The fact that it is to a minor league contract gets Cashman off the hook because it costs the Yankees no money nor does it take up a roster spot; and if it works Cashman gets another gold star sticker on his résumé.

This is no longer the beginning of the season where tweaking and trials can go on. The Yankees are in a three-team pennant race and this is not the time for Cashman to keep pressing his luck, or the team will not be playing in October. If that happens Cashman is as good as gone.

Romero is a 35-year-old lefty, who was previously suspended in 2008 for 50 games for using PEDs. Romero has held left-handed batters to a .215 batting average and a .312 on-base percentage, striking out about one of every four-lefty bat.

Before the Phillies let him go, Romero faced a total of 75 batters, posting a 3.86 ERA, allowing 16 hits, 12 walks, while striking out 10 over a total of 16.1 innings.

Does Cashman know that just having a lefty in the bullpen doesn’t mean much if he can’t get guys out?

If Romero could do that job why did the Phillies and Nationals, who are in dire need of a lefty reliever, not keep him but instead both teams let him walk?

The Yankees are starting to look like dumpster divers and it is humiliating.

The Yankees have prospects that can fill this role better, but it seems, that the Yankee brass is never going to promote them.

I am starting to wonder about the purpose of building up a farm system if all you are going to do is talk about them. The Yankees act so selfishly in regards to these youngsters’ futures (aka. Hughes/Joba/Kennedy) by repeatedly contradicting what they are going to do with them.

Why not go get a guy like Health Bell from the Padres?

I know Bell is not a lefty, but he is without question lights out and is willing to take a set-up role on a contending team.

With Mariano Rivera’s recent soreness making him unavailable, Bell could come right in and pick up where Rafael Soriano could not.

It is something to think about, but Cashman would have to trading a significant prospect to bring Bell’s talents to the Bronx. So, my question is what’s the hold-up.

 

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  2. paulie says:

    what a pathetic game tonight, colon sucks, and when they brought demeetree in what a looser, i know joe gave up on the game

  3. Michael Marx says:

    Enough already. Get rid of Sergio Mitre. He can't do anything but give up runs. After watching the last two Colon starts, I believe that he should still be oin the DL. Then bring back Ivan Nova. This seems like an enormous upgrade over Mitre and an apparantly hurting Colon.

  4. Telly Norgen says:

    Every time I see Mitre pitching, I turn off the tv. He make me sick.

    • Kate says:

      Telly—-it is the worst!!!! I might break the TV but it is Girardi's fault. Mitre is who he is and no one is going to say…"I shouldn't be on this roster b/c I need to go to the minors."

  5. raider says:

    I hate the DD (dumpster diving) .. Spend bigger and get something of value

    Ubaldo has upside .. I do not think he was a flash in the pan ..

    You're right about Romero and Mitre two never was ….

    Aramis Ramirez could fit ; so might Soriano

    Too many sub .240 hitters in the line up ,,, that is not a recipe for good and consistent run production ….

    • Ducky Bucking Fent says:

      "Too many sub .240 hitters in the line up ,,, that is not a recipe for good and consistent run production:

      They've scored the second most runs in MLB last I checked.

  6. Ducky Bucking Fent says:

    "dumpster diving and it's humiliating"

    just the type of sentiment that makes me hate being a Yankee fan.

    If it weren't for "dumpster diving" the Yankees would be in a world of hurt.