July 18, 2006
Yanks To Get Big Head?
From the Daily News:
The Rangers are looking to move outfielder Kevin Mench, who is making $2.8 million this year and will be a free agent in the winter, so he could be a decent rental option for the Yanks if they are looking for someone to plug into their right field hole. Texas has had interest in Shawn Chacon in the past - one of the few major leaguers the Yanks would be more than willing to move - though it's unclear if the Rangers still like the struggling righthander.
Ah, Kevin Mench - he of the size 8 1/4 hat fame.
When I first look at Mench, and include this year, I see that his OWP, ISO, SEC, BPA and SLG have now gone down for three years in a row. And, when you're 28, playing in an extreme hitters park, and this happens over the years 2004 through 2006, well, I think that might bring some whispers in your direction.
In any event, there's one thing that Mench can do - he punishes LHP. He did it in 2004. He did it last year. And, he's doing it this year.
So, if the plan is to pick up Mench and then platoon him in RF with Aaron Guiel, then I'm all for that.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 18, 2006 12:25 PM
Me too; sign me up for this one. Guiel and Mench platooning in RF, Bernie back on the bench as the emergency OF and Chacon on a team that won't come back to bite us in the ass. It's a win-win for the Yanks.
Doesn't Bernie perform the right-handed part of the Guiel platoon just fine already? Peter Abraham says that Torre seems to have committed to only putting Bernie out there against left-handers.
Is Mench a good defensive outfielder? Otherwise, he seems a redundancy.
Better arm, for sure.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 18, 2006 12:56 PM
I'll take all the redundancy we can get, especially if it means only dealing a pitcher who Torre seems intent on never using again (props for 2005, Chac). Who knows if/when Bernie's hitting falls off the cliff again, and Melky ain't exactly a sure thing either. Plus, it probably would mean less at bats for Bubba. Still, would only prefer this if Abreu is impossible w/o giving up Melky, Hughes, etc.
Wow. So it's come down to this, a possible platoon in RF of Mench & Guiel? Anybody have that in the office pool?
That's what happens when you wait until July to start building a bench - instead of doing it in January.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 18, 2006 01:24 PM
It might be a platoon in LF. Check Melky's splits: .672 OPS vs. lefties, .760 vs. righties. Torre might figure Melky's a stronger hitter from the left side...maybe even a much stronger hitter. Mench is about average defensively with a decent arm and as you've pointed out, would still be an asset on the bench if Matsui and Sheffield return and are effective.