Damon and Melky and Matsui, oh my!

Did you get the Wizard of Oz thing in the title?  Whatever.  Anyway…

Of the the three “outfielders” we lost (and I use the term “outfielder” loosely for Matsui and Damon), the one I find most disturbing was Melky. 

I think we caught lightning in a bottle with Matsui in October, so I don’t have a problem with him clogging up the basebaths in LA.

I like Damon, but he’s the only one to blame for the situation he finds himself in now.  Blame Boras if you want, but Boras works for Damon.  If Damon didn’t agree with Boras’ tactics, numbers, or whatever, he should have stood up like a man and said so.  This little Mr. Innocent act isn’t fooling anyone.  As I’ve written before, I fully expect him to end up somewhere making less money than the Yankees originally offered him.  Serves him and his pig-agent right.

Melky, on the other hand, was a young star with his entire career ahead of him.  I know we needed to sacrifice him to get Vasquez, but I wish it could’ve worked out differently.  If Vasquez pitches well, then I guess it was worth it.  If not, well, I don’t like to say “I told you so” but…

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2 Responses to “Damon and Melky and Matsui, oh my!”

  1. bla2222 Says:

    I agree with Cabrera being traded. The big loss about Matsui is his bat.
    Damon and his agent Boras overestimated his value in the current market. However, he was a very good number 2 hitter with speed that will be missed.

    • mhsports Says:

      Damon was a very good number 2 hitter for sure. But his sense of his own value is warped. If he could get the ball into the infield and he wasn’t an automatic green light for every third base coach in the league, I think the Yankees would have been a little more willing to negotiate. In fact, Damon would have been signed by some team by now, Yankees or otherwise, if had any arm at all. My son is 8 years old and he has a better arm. (I’m not kidding. He through a strike to the plate from mid-center field in our winter league this past weekend. He should’ve thrown to second on the play, but that’s besides the point 🙂
      I was never a big Matsui fan. He came through for us like a champ in the post season this year (as did Damon), but those glimpses of greatness were too few and far between for my taste.
      As for Melky, I always thought he had a lot of potential. Even when he’s in a slump, the kid can flat out play the outfield. I’m also concerned that without his buddy Melky, Robinson Cano might sulk all year.
      Overall, I’m not thrilled with our moves over the winter. I don’t think we gain anything at all by losing those three and signing Nick Johnson, Curtis Granderson, and Randy Winn. If Javier Vasquez wins 18 games with a 3.20 ERA, and the three new hitters don’t wind up breaking a record for most guys left on base, maybe we did ok.

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