“All I can continue to tell everyone is our commitment to the fans is never going to change. We will always field a championship-caliber
team. Is our goal 189 next year? Yes. But only if I’m convinced if the team I see, that we’ve put together, is a championship-caliber team.”
One would think with the recent injury upgrade to switch-hitting, first baseman Mark Teixeira that would be the Yankees next step.
If this was last season I would have second-guessed a trade for Morneau because of his concussion issues but that battle seems to be over.
Teixeira’s new diagnosis of a sheath tear in his wrist increases the need for the Yankees to make a move like this one.
The likelihood that Tex will be total healed in 10 weeks is slim to none. This injury is the same one that Blue Jays Joes Bautista endured last season, and he had to have surgery and missed the season.
There is a 30%+ chance Tex might be lost for the season if the injury lingers, and losing his power bat for the season would be too much.
Also, it would be cavalier of the Yankees to have Juan Rivera at first base on Opening Day when a player of Morneau’s caliber is obtainable.
The Yankees should the $14 million the Twins owe Morneau for 2013, and then let him walk at the end of the season when his contract is up.
The Yankees would have to throw in a good prospect too but if they pay Morneau’s entire salary the prospect level and number would be lessened.
Bottom line is this “championship-caliber team” that Hal is talking was not there before Tex went down, so what is he waiting for now?