« Cashman Blames The Players | Main | June 29th vs. The A's »

June 29, 2007

Get Ready For Cash's Garbage-Picking Time?

If anything, Brian Cashman has shown us that he loves to pick through other people's garbage.

This is how the Yankeees have acquired players like Felix Heredia, Karim Garcia, Nick Green, Craig Wilson, Alan Embree, Matt Lawton, Wayne Franklin, Terrence Long, Mark Bellhorn, Donovan Osborne, Scott Erickson, Tim Redding, Darrell May and Sidney Ponson (among others) in recent years.

Sure, some of these "pick-ups" have served the Yankees well, even if just for a brief period - like Aaron Guiel, Shawn Chacon, Brian Bruney, and Tanyon Sturtze. But, for the most part, whenever Cashman adds a player to the team, with the hope to catch a spark, the player usually performs at the poor level which made him available in the first place.

Just something to think about...if you think Cashman going after someome like Shea Hillenbrand is going to help this team.

Garbage in, garbage out.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 29, 2007 08:06 AM

Comments

There's nothing wrong with taking that approach. Who knows, maybe they catch lightning in a bottle, maybe the player in question wasn't used properly, maybe there's a pressing need at the ML level.

It's a low-risk, high reward move. If it doesn't work out, the player gets cut. No harm, no foul.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 29, 2007 10:10 AM

Having said that, I really hope the Yanks don't pick up Hillenbrand. May as well give Phillips the 1B job, if you're going to do that.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 29, 2007 10:13 AM

Sorry to get off-topic, but this is certainly good news:

-
Phil Hughes threw from a half-mound in Tampa, Fla., earlier this week and by this weekend will throw off a regulation mound.

Hughes has recovered from a torn left hamstring and sprained left ankle and has started the process of rebuilding his arm strength. The hope is that he will return by the end of July.

"He's making progress," Cashman said. "But he's starting over again."

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 29, 2007 10:54 AM

Why not inquire about that part-time 1B from the Marlins? 'Aaron F. Boone', I think it's spelled? I'd take his .286/.388/.423 for the #8 or #9 spot.

Posted by: CraftyLefty [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 29, 2007 06:09 PM

Boone's on the DL

Posted by: RICH [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 29, 2007 08:37 PM

Well five-and-fly Moose turns in his fifth quality start in a row and his second 7th inning performance for the month. The Days Of Mussina Rolling A Hard Seven Are Over...You read it here first.

But why dwell on Steve's moan and groan crystal ball. Here, read what I wrote on June 8th following Moose's six inning 1 run start:

"I think last night's game was huge for Mussina. Everyone (Steve I believe) has been saying if Mussina doesn't have his low 90's fastball he's not going to win. Well, last night he figured how to do it with an 86-88 mph fastball. If he does that for the rest of the year or till his fastball comes back, we're golden. Sometimes winning is about finding how to win with what you have. Mussina is a master at that and at reinventing himself.

I'm going to tack "Mussina is finished -- he doesn't have his low 90's fastball he's not going to win." right up there with "Derek Jeter is no longer the shortstop he once was. He's lost his range." as two of the most singularly uninformed baseball comments of the current times."

I know. I know.

Torre on Mussina: "He accepted what he had and didn't try to overthrow."

Told you so. Told you so. NyaaaNyaaa.

I wonder what Steve's post will be tomorrow: Mussina Barely Makes Seven....Farnsworth In Meltdown...Sox Win Again...


Posted by: dereksTeam [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 29, 2007 10:25 PM

~~~Well five-and-fly Moose turns in his fifth quality start in a row~~~

Jay-boy. What are you smoking? 8 BR and 2 ER in just 5 IP (Mussina's last start) is a Quality Start? Really?

Moose has now made 13 starts. In 9 of the 13, he failed to get an out in the 7th inning. In 4 of the 13, he's allowed more than 5+ ER.

Yeah, he's great this season. [Puff, puff]

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 29, 2007 10:39 PM

WHAMMYY!!

Posted by: Corey [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 29, 2007 10:50 PM

In 4 of the 13, he's allowed more than 5+ ER.
-------

You're wrong. He's only given up 5-PLUS ER in 2 of his starts this year, and one of those was his first start of the year. He's given up 5 runs on two occasions. Outside of those four starts, he's never given up more than 3 ER.

So wouldn't it be more honest to say that Mussina has made 13 starts, and he's given up 3 or fewer ER in 9 of them?

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 30, 2007 01:46 AM