Hip Hip Jorge!
Via Peter Abraham, Jorge Posada is definitely returning tomorrow in Cleveland. He will be a big help offensively to the Yankees, defensively we all know he not too good handling the pitchers and such, but his bat will surely be a welcome addition. There is no word on a corresponding roster move yet, I figure its got to be Berroa, Cash, or Cervelli. I think the best move would be to keep Cash and Cervelli and just said goodbye to Berroa, who doesn’t appear to useful to the Yanks.
ViaMLBTR, Buster Olney says the Yankees are considering making a trade for Mark DeRosa. Here’s what he had to say:
Imagine DeRosa as a big hunk of tuna, bait on a hook. One of the looming shadows circling below is that of the New York Yankees, who are weighing options and haven’t decided whether to take a shot at the versatile veteran.
I like Mark DeRosa, he is a good ball player. He could give the Yankees some help here and there in the infield and even in the outfield. Plus he is a good hitter. However, I don’t think the Yankees need him. They already have a very capable defender to backup the infielders in Ramiro Pena, plus he hasn’t been abysmal with the bat. The biggest issue with Mark DeRosa though, is his price tag. He is probably going run the Yanks a shiny prospect, which I don’t think that he would be worth. Now, don’t get me wrong if the Yankees can get him cheap, I guess he’d be worth it, but I don’t see that happening. In the end, I just don’t think Mark DeRosa is worth trading a good prospect when they already have Pena who has filled in very nicely.
A Good Problem To Have
Chien-Ming Wang pitched two 1-2-3 innings last night, and looked more like his old self. He wasn’t lights out, but he was better. If Hughes continues to pitch respectable ball games and Wang can keep coming out a throwing good innings every once when they call on him, the Yankees will have a tough descision to make. Do you leave Wang in the pen, I don’t think that would be a good plan, Wang is meant to be a starter. Do you send Hughes to Scranton, I don’t know how well he can develop down there, I think he needs to pitch in big league ball games. I don’t think you put Hughes in the bullpen either. I am 100% against Joba in the pen, so I won’t even discuss that. I don’t know what the Yankees will do, that’s why Brian Cashman is the GM. I do know though, that if it continues to be a tough descision that it’s a good sign because that would mean everyone is pitching well.
Well, that’s it for this edition of Off Day Side Notes, don’t forget the Yankees play tomorrow at 7:05 in Cleveland. It’ll be Andy Pettitte up against Cliff Lee, a battle of southpaws.