I say, enough already.
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.
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.
- New York Yankees: What Needs To Happen On The Road To October? (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- J.C. Romero Will Opt out with Nationals to Sign with Yankees (bleacherreport.com)
- J.C. Romero a Yankee? (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- J.C. Romero may bolt Nationals to sign with Yankees (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Sources: Romero hopes to leave Nats for Yanks (espn.go.com)
- Keefe To The City: Presenting Yankees Midseason Awards (newyork.cbslocal.com)