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November 12, 2005

Brian Giles For CF

From the Daily News:

But before he left, Cashman made contact again with the agent for another outfielder, Brian Giles, who could be developing into a candidate to take over for Bernie Williams in center field.

Cashman and Joe Bick, Giles' agent, spoke for at least the third time and Bick said the two "moved things ahead, talked about some comparable players, things of that nature."

Bick would not be more specific, but he reiterated that Giles would like to play in New York, though Giles has a reputation as a West Coast kind of guy.

Giles can help the Yankees - but not as a full-time CF. After watching Bernie Williams out there for the last few seasons, and seeing catchable balls fall for hits and not seeing any hits turned into outs, I'm shocked that the Yankees would consider putting another non-centerfielder in the 8-slot for 2006.

But, maybe what the Yankees are thinking here is that they use Giles to play some CF in 2006 - maybe no more than 50 games, and the rest of the time he plays RF (with Sheffield being the DH). And, Bubba Crosby gets over 100+ games in CF as a starter (with Giles in RF and Sheffield as DH).

When Giles starts in CF, Bubba can be used for late inning defense (where Giles then shifts to RF and Sheffield comes out of the game).

You do this for a year and then try and get a sexier CF in 2007 (Vernon Wells?) in the Free Agent market. Or, maybe you keep Bubba out there in CF in 2007 (assuming he doesn't flop in 2006) and then hope that Brett Gardner is ready for the big leagues by late 2007 or early 2008.

The problem with all this is the notion that the Yankees want to play Posada at 1B/DH next year. If Posada is playing 1B, then Giambi has to DH, and then there's no room for Sheffield to be a DH. If Posada is playing 1B, and Giambi is the DH, and you have Giles, then you have to play Giles in CF.

Either that or you catch Posada in 2006 and just resign yourself to the fact that he's going to get $12 million in 2007.

To some that may seem like a lot. But, if you consider what Kevin Brown and Bernie Williams were paid last year, it's not like the Yankees have never done this before. Plus, everyone always bashes the Yankees for having the resources to eat big contracts. So, if you're going to take flack for it, then you might as well do it.

Then again, maybe Giles goes elsewhere or the Yankees do sign him and are stupid enough to give him 140 starts in CF? Both of those cases are still very possible.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 12, 2005 10:18 AM


I would hope the whole Giles thing is simply a backup if Matsui suddenly bolts. That's all it can be. The guy is not what we are looking for, which is younger and more athletic.

Posted by: Scott Coulter [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 12, 2005 12:19 PM