Kick ‘Em When They’re Down Up

Just when we were about to tip our cap to the Yankee front office for smartly not giving away their store of minor league talent, such as it is, and for acquiring Darrell May (now scheduled to start for the DLed Pavano) and Tim Redding (potentially big up side) for fading Paul Quantrill, Bronx Banter‘s Cliff Corcoran chimes in with this icey dose of reality:

It’s worth noting that the Yankees’ two free agent pitching signings are currently on the DL with shoulder problems (this after one of them failed his physical prior to the finalizing of his contract). Their intended second baseman was bumped from his position by a 22-year-old minor leaguer after a month and has now been (miraculously) benched in favor of a 20-year-old kid who spend all last year in A-ball. Their utility infielder is also on the DL, as is one of their two bullpen acquisitions, the other of which they designated for assignment last week and will have to release this weekend if they cannot deal him in a trade. Other than Randy Johnson and Tino Martinez, the only off-season additions that are currently on the Yankees 25-man roster are spring training non-roster invitees Russ Johnson and Buddy Groom, and Wayne Franklin, a free agent signed to a minor league deal who wasn’t even invited to spring training. The 2004-2005 offseason has to go down as one of the worst winters in Yankee history.

Sometimes, as they say, you can’t win for losin’.

13 comments… add one
  • The success of failure of this year will be determined by the rest of the season. Will we see Pavano and Wright winning in the postseason? At this point, no one knows.

    john yf July 8, 2005, 10:29 am
  • Looks like the Yankees may be getting Darth Payton from Oakland (via Boston). I have a post on this at my Red Sox blog, Pesky’s Pole.

    Rick Duncan July 8, 2005, 12:21 pm
  • Thanks for the reference Rick. But Payton to the Yanks looks like just speculation.

    YF July 8, 2005, 1:30 pm
  • YF, SF posts anytime there’s a sign of discord in the yankee clubhouse (please see the supposed A-Rod-Jeter fight, Sheffield’s selfish comments, etc.) and yet when things are becoming a circus in RSN (Millar continuing to complain, Damon bitching about Schilling closing, the players bitching about Francona’s all-star selections) you stay silent. What’s this taking the higher road? I get on the internet for 5 minutes a day during this vacation and I expect juicier stuff than this. SF, maybe you should do the job of self-examination and moralize about Sox players being bad teammates. You did such an excellent job with Sheff the other day. Get on it, one of you!

    Nick July 8, 2005, 1:37 pm
  • Nick: It’s like this. SF lives in NY, so he reads the NY papers, gets excited, and runs off at the keyboard at the merest hint of discord, however specious—and it usually is. But we also live in this fair city, which means we have a limited access to the Boston media, and in any case no great desire to avail ourselves of that sad agglomeration of yellow journalists. After so many years, we just take it on faith that the Boston clubhouse is a mess, as it always is.
    That much said, please do feel free to send your tips this way for comment or direct posting. If it’s dirt on the Sox you have, we’re glad to oblige.

    YF July 8, 2005, 1:57 pm
  • Nick July 8, 2005, 2:34 pm
  • Ah, YF takes the “high road”, in the fashion of direct and petty insults of his co-blogger. Why am I unsurprised? Also, YF knows full well how to surf the web, so saying he has “limited access” to the Boston media is a pretty f*cking pathetic indictment of his intellectual curiosity.
    As for the Sox’ clubhouse woes? How many times do I have to post (they’ve been in the comments, mostly) that Kevin Millar is a pinhead, that Schilling is a loudmouth? It’s boring, right?

    SF July 8, 2005, 3:03 pm
  • Okay Nick. See above.

    YF July 8, 2005, 3:20 pm
  • So ignoring the Boston sports media is demonstrates a lack of intellectual curiosity? Good one!!!!

    YF July 8, 2005, 3:21 pm
  • “How many times do I have to post (they’ve been in the comments, mostly) that Kevin Millar is a pinhead, that Schilling is a loudmouth? It’s boring, right?”
    Yet Sheffield saying or doing something stupid is new and exciting?!?

    Battingly July 8, 2005, 3:28 pm
  • Apparently so, Bats. The thread generated 48 comments.

    SF July 8, 2005, 3:38 pm
  • And remember, Bats, YF posted BOTH recent Sheffield items, so please, point the finger somewhere else.

    SF July 8, 2005, 3:42 pm
  • Last post: since I don’t follow the Sox every day, I found this Globe article pretty helpful for what to expect come Thursday.
    I thought Arroyo, Miller and Wakefield had all been better, and didn’t know HOW bad the bullpen had been. Should be a real slugfest when the Yanks get to Fenway, although these two teams always have the ability to surprise.

    john yf July 11, 2005, 8:16 pm

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