Mike Piazza

The Yanks are reportedly interested in filling the gaping hole created by Ron Jeremy’s Jeffrey Tambor’s Sal Fasano’s departure. Reportedly, Cashman and company wanted Henry Blanco to perform the annual role of weak-hitting back-up to Jorge Posada. He re-upped with the Cubbies, so the Bombers are left to find other alternatives. From the title of my post, you can guess whom I think the Yanks should target. Now I understand the problems with going after the aging defensively-challenged Piiazza. First of all, he’s going to be pricier than any of the other choices. And, it’s going to be harder to convince him to play second fiddle to Posada. Why would a Hall-of-Famer decide to go to a situation where he’d play only 35 games? Because, he’d really play 140 games. That’s right. Piazza could be an everyday player with the Yankees in 2007. And best of all: Shea Hillenbrand would not be on the Yanks. Nor would Kevin Millar! That’s because Piazza could kill two birds with one stone. If he’d be willing to give first base another try, then voila! you have a decent hitting righty bat at first and back-up catcher. It’s better than Sal Fasano-Kelly Stinnett and Shea, and probably costs the same. Plus, the worst case scenario is that the Piazza experiment doesn’t work at first and we’re left with him as a back-up catcher. Then the Yanks will have a good back-up catcher and will have to search the trade market for a righty first baseman. By that time, Shea Hillenbrand will have burned another bridge with the team he is on and will be available for cheap. You might as well take a chance, rather than settle on known mediocrity to fill these positions.

4 comments… add one
  • It’s an appealing idea, though the idea of a Piazza/Giambi tandem at 1b is a bit scary from a defensive perspective.

    YF November 18, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • I think it would be a great idea. Mike P in Pinstripes could be a fun adventure.

    bloodyank78 November 18, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • It’s a thought. One wonders whether Piazza would really be interested, though.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) November 20, 2006, 10:25 am
  • Rob, I think he might be interested, actually, but Piazza was pretty much a disaster at 1B for the Metropolitans. His ideal AL team would probably be one where he gets 30-40 starts behind the plate and about 100 at DH. …Baltimore Orioles? A Javy Lopez for a “new generation”?

    Quo November 20, 2006, 10:33 am

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