Reportedly, the Yankees are still pursuing Robinson Cano, even if they have no real means of affording him. This makes absolutely no sense. However, the latest wrinkle in this story makes even less sense.
I hear the Yankees are looking at 2nd baseman Kelly Johnson, who is a professional utility man, with no real expertise as an actual star second baseman. If they don't get Cano, which is becoming more probably by the day, they will likely go with Johnson.
Kelly Johnson is 31.
Ellsbury is 30, and McCann is 29.
Brian Cashman obviously has to understand something about 30 year old ballplayers. Could someone please tell him that they're better when they're younger than thirty, ESPECIALLY if you're paying them for defensive abilities for 5/7 years. I mean, at least get somebody younger than 29, that plays the position well.
I begged for Cashman to look for a young, speedy defensive 2nd baseman, and what does he do? He talks to Kelly effing Johnson, who is not young, hardly speedy, and barely even a second baseman.
Effing Cashman. Does your ineptitude know no bounds?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I feel pretty bad for him, as he's a great player, and he finally had a great season this year. It's a shame that he'll be one of the few stars to a fledgling team, however him and Chris Carter could make for a decent combo. And I'm not just saying that because I'm trying to find a silver lining in this. I'm saying that because there is none.
Either way, I hope he has something close to a good season next year.
A lot of you are going to be asking me how I feel about this. The correct answer is that I do not f--king know.
You see, I sort of thought that Jacoby Ellisbury would be playing for someplace cute like Seattle next year. I thought that he'd sign with somebody that would take him out of the huge, iron spotlight, and maybe he could delve into being a star player on another team.
Evidently Brian Cashman thought this would be an awful idea, and roped him into coming to New York for seven years, drowning out any hope we had of signing Robinson Cano, and adding another 30-year-old to the roster.
I mean, I'm being harsh. He is indeed Jacoby Ellsbury, and he can give you a good 35 homers per year, and some nice outfield work. He's a great player, and he could be exactly what we need if we're not getting Granderson back. But, it might not work, and he might not give the numbers as well has he did when he was with Boston. And dammit, we have enough of that.
Look, signing people like McCann and Ellsbury is fine, but it destroys the possibilities of re-signing good people like Cano and Granderson, and it buries any chance of getting any young players, unless we decide to get some young second baseman from somewhere (YOUNG, CASHMAN. CHASE UTLEY IS NOT YOUNG. NEITHER IS ADRIAN BELTRE OR BRANDON PHILLIPS)
This whole thing's just a fustercluck, but dammit, it better amount to a better team in 2014. Ellsbury needs to prove my woes wrong. Please.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Once again, the A's had a huge run towards the end of the season, and surprised a lot of people by getting to the playoffs. Sure, they were booted in the first round by the Tigers (sadly), but they still were one of the more fun teams of the season. Just look at Coco Crisp. Doesn't he look like he's having fun? It's awesome.
A.J. Griffin was one of their better threats on the mound for the better part of the season, yet with that hair, he finished second to Josh Reddick for the team's 'most outrageous hair' award, I can imagine. I mean, that look is awesome, but Reddick looked like a castmember from Duck Dynasty.
Sonny Gray was one of the Athletics' postseason stars, having a very nice debut, and becoming a proud member of the rotation only a few games in. Sadly, his second postseason appearance wasn't nearly as good as his first, and probably cost his team a playoff advancement. But still, there's no doubt he'll be back, bigger than ever, next year.
Coming Tomorrow- A few players from the disappointing, as predicted, 2013 Blue Jays team.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Tomorrow, a far better team, the Oakland Athletics.
In all honesty, it was nice to see you emerge as an awesome breakout star, and then watch you slowly become a crappy 3rd or 4th starter. So yeah.
Twins, get used to mediocrity, unless he spontaneously becomes awesome next year.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Mark Trumbo had an alright season, hitting about the same number of homers as he usually does, and still not overshadowing Mike Trout. I imagine he'll have another nice year next year.
Tomorrow- two players from the last-place Astros.