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April 24, 2006

Andy Phillips Is Not Going To The Minors

With Carlos Pena looming in the minors, I've seen more than one reference lately about Andy Phillips going to the minor leagues. It's not going to happen. Phillips is out of minor-league options and cannot just be sent down. If the Yankees want to take him off the major-league roster, Phillips would have to clear waivers first. And, do you think that will happen?

For Pena to make it to the Bronx, either someone has to go on the D.L., or, someone like Matt Smith or Scott Proctor comes off the big league roster. Then again, one of them probably goes for Small's return.

This is probably why the Yankees are giving Phillips some ABs now. They need to see if they want him or Pena on the roster. It's going to be either/or - not both - outside of a D.L. thing.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 24, 2006 02:36 PM

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Do we really know who is better? Andy has the hometown charm but Pena MIGHT be a better hitter. He's probably about the same defensively, despite what has been written about his glove skills. Is there really any debate their either is probably better than Bernie right now? Problem is, try telling that to anyone at the Stadium. He is too loved to just bench. I'm more worried about who is going to come up and be the 2006 version of Small or Chacon from last year.

Posted by: DaveD [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2006 04:24 PM

Is there really any debate their either is probably better than Bernie right now? Problem is, try telling that to anyone at the Stadium. He is too loved to just bench.
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Still, there comes a time when you have to say "enough."

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2006 04:59 PM

Of course, there's a win-win answer: Bernie, realizing that his skills are gone, and that he's not making a ton of money this year, offers to retire - - maybe even cutting a deal with the Yankees to keep 1/2 his pay. Could it happen?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2006 10:20 PM

Of course, there's a win-win answer: Bernie, realizing that his skills are gone, and that he's not making a ton of money this year, offers to retire - - maybe even cutting a deal with the Yankees to keep 1/2 his pay. Could it happen?
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Stranger things have happened... But the time is going to come where the Yanks or Torre are going to have to bench Bernie. You hate for it to end that way, but to borrow from Stengel "we're trying to win a pennant"

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 03:35 PM