The YFSF Interview With BP’s Jay Jaffe, Part II

The second half of our interview with BP’s Jay Jaffe is now up on the Futility Infielder site. Jay gives us his opinion on the future of Phil Hughes (“the cornerstone”), WMP (“the dude can hit”), Moose’s HOF candidacy (he could use some October heroics), the Boston closer situation (“trainwreck”; expect a trade), and various other issues, including his favorite to win the division (remember, he is a YF). It’s a great read, and we all thank him for his participation here. One note, when we advertised Part I of this interview (a must read, btw), we inaccurately credited Jay as the author of the Yankee profiles in the BP 2007 annual. Actually, Jay wrote the sections on the Sox and the Dodgers. We regret the error. But in any case, we can’t think of a more knowledgable Yankee analyst.

7 comments… add one
  • good interview, although i think the yanks have more than one question mark in their pitching. Igawa has to be a concern. he hasn’t been awful but he’s looked kind of shaky at times. and while i like the options in the bullpen, i’m not convinced it’s great.

    m.g. yanks fan March 12, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • Very interesting stuff, thanks guys.
    Very quiet around here today, considering what we have on tap for tonight.

    LocklandSF March 12, 2007, 6:02 pm
  • I would take Igawa for 50 mil over the 100+ mil for Matsuzaka. Esp. after Dice-K sucked it up against the O’s.

    RewTang March 12, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • I would take Igawa for 50 mil over the 100+ mil for Matsuzaka. Esp. after Dice-K sucked it up against the O’s. Everyone needs to stop rationalizing that a 3.8 projected ERA is worth $17.9 million a year. So 3.8 million is worth 3.8 and 4.5 is worth 10? Nuh-uh.

    RewTang March 12, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • That’s the dumbest freakin’ argument I’ve ever heard.
    You wouldn’t be complaining about price vs. performance if the Yankees had won with a 50 million bid for Matsuzaka. But since it was the Sox that outbid everybody and the Yankees only ended up with Plan B, all of a sudden it’s way too much. Right.

    Steve March 12, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Glad you guys enjoyed the interview. Fun stuff.
    Anybody who’s ready to cut bait on Matsuzaka after one rough spring start against the O’s needs to have their brainpan scraped. It’s one start, and by April 1, it will be forgotten. Chill out.
    That said, beyond the price tags there are very different expectations on Matsuzaka than there are on Igawa. The former is expected to be Boston’s ace, better than the aging Schilling or the enigmatic Beckett. He’s under intense media scrutiny because Boston’s never had a Japanese star, because Boston is a fishbowl, because of the $51 million and because we’re all looking for the gyroball. No pressure there.
    The latter is merely the Yanks’ fourth or fifth starter, and as such the consequences of his success or failure are considerably less; he screws up and the Yanks are recalling Philip Hughes or digging up this year’s Shawn Chacon. The spotlight isn’t as bright either after Irabu and Matsui have blazed the trail for Japanese players in pinstripes.

    Jay Jaffe March 12, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • The spotlight isn’t AS bright, but there’s still a ton of pressure there for Igawa if he falters. He may not’ve cost the same amount, but he still cost a lot. That guy on the Devil Rays, Imamura, is the only one not under a microscope. Matsuzaka, luckily, seems to have been bred for the attention. He handles it well.
    I don’t think anyone’s realistically expecting a Cy Young campaign from Dice. If he keeps up with Schilling, Beckett, and Papelbon (maybe even besting one or two of them,) RSN will be happy.

    Steve March 13, 2007, 2:38 am

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