We move from the topic of pitchers on to outfielders, which believe it or not, is still a team need. Mike Cameron, 36, is one of the best available outfielders not named Bay or Holliday.
You might be wondering why the Yanks need another outfielder even though they just got Curtis Granderson. Well, with Granderson, we now have four outfielders; Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera, Nick Swisher and Granderson. Many people are anticipating the resigning of Johnny Damon. And with this, many people anticipate the trading of Nick Swisher. Which leaves us with a very good centerfielder, a decent corner outfielder in Cabrera, a fast outfielder who needs to improve his hitting, and an aging corner outfielder with no arm. Our minor league outfielders could be drafted away from us, as Shelley Duncan and John Rodriguez are expected to be drafted in the Rule 5. So we’re left with Colin Curtis, and newly signed Jon Weber and Eladio Moronta as our backups in case of injury/other needs.
Cameron has always hit for a low average and many strikeouts, but he is a perfect middle-bottom of the order hitter because of his power and speed. He hit just .250 last year but hit 25 home runs and 70 RBIs (and his home was Miller Park, typically a pitchers park). Though his speed has been decreasing over the years, he can still cover the outfield and still has a great arm, which would make his transition to a corner spot (most likely left because of said speed, and Melkys cannon for RF) much easier. He has 3 gold gloves under his belt, most recently in 2006.
Cameron would be a great fit in New York for several reasons. We know he can handle the New York media, as he spent 2004-05 with the Mets without any controversy (many remember him for his nasty collision with Carlos Beltran, breaking several bones in his face and causing him to miss the rest of the season). Second, he hits well against AL East teams for the most part in his career; 10 HR 26 RBI vs Boston, 3 HR 23 RBI vs Baltimore, 6 HR 27 RBI vs Toronto, and 5 HR 22 RBI vs Tampa Bay. Remember, his six full seasons in the AL were with Seattle and Chicago, who would face these teams a max of 10 times a year.
Scenarios with Cameron:
– Damon signed, Swisher traded for starter/reliever/minor leaguer. Cameron takes 6 or 7 spot in order and takes over RF/LF
– Damon not signed, Swisher stays- Cameron bats in front of Swisher because of speed and better clutch hitting; Swisher becomes everyday DH with ability to start in the OF when needed.
– Damon signed, Swisher kept- Cameron becomes everyday outfielder, Swisher and Damon must fight for DH job, one of the two rot on the bench, until Swisher/Cabrera traded before deadline
If the Yankees sign him, look for a 2-year, $17 MM deal.
Cameron has said that he wants to play for a team with a chance at the postseason, let’s see if the Yankees make a run at him.
Many teams have been linked to top free-agent pitcher John Lackey. Among those are the Mets, Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers, and, of course, the Yankees.
Last year I pleaded to the Yankees that they should NOT sign A.J. Burnett. I was wrong so far and I will admit that.
What Yankees fans should be afraid of is that the Yankees could be paying their third starter equally or more than their second starter. While the rotation would be great for the upcoming years and the Yankees do have the money, why not spend the money on various holes, rather than one?
John Lackey was 11-8 with a 3.83 ERA last year. His career ERA is 3.81. Those are some average numbers for someone commanding $82M or more. Meanwhile, Lackey is also an injury risk having pitched in less than 30 games each of the last two seasons.
The Yankees can use that $82M over the next five seasons ($16.4M per year) and sign either a top outfielder (Jason Bay or Matt Holliday) OR one pitcher (Rich Harden, Jason Marquis, Erik Bedard, Justin Duchscherer) AND one outfielder (Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Marlon Byrd, Jermaine Dye)
Don’t you think you would rather have the latter of the two? Thoughts? Send em’ along in the comments.
-Ian Kennedy was officially added to the active roster yesterday. He hopes to get work in as a long-reliever.
-Joba Chamberlain will try to go at least 5 innings today
-Matt Carson made it to the MLB with the Oakland A’s. Carson, a former Yankees farm-hand, was a Shelley Duncan type player for the A’s.
-Chad Gaudin has officially become the Yankees 5th starter, with Sergio Mitre going to the bullpen.
-I will not be able to post tomorrow, as I am going to the Mets game.
As many of you may know, David Wright was out with a concussion for a little while recently. Wright came back two days ago wearing a new helmet that would protect him better if he got hit in the head again. The helmet, however looks horrible. It makes him look pretty funny. Does he need us (the fans) telling him that? No. Look, if this helmet is going to protect players, why wouldn’t they want to wear it? What are we in High School where if you where something funny looking everyone laughs at you? What happens if Mark Teixeira gets hit in the head and he needs to wear it….will we be laughing then? It’s a horrible blend of idiocy and ignorance that the fans are throwing Wright’s way.
Everyone once in a while I do a post in which I make a suggestion to a team. Well next up in the series is a group of suggestions to the New York Mets.
Here is how to fix the Mets.
-Fire Jerry Manuel
-Fire Omar Minaya
-Fire entire medical staff
-Fire Hitting and Pitching Coaches
-Trade Jose Reyes to the Boston Redsox for Jacoby Ellsbury and Lars Anderson (at least.)
-Sign John Lackey
-Sign Chone Figgins
Jerry Manuel should be fired because his team (the Mets) do not even know the fundamentals of baseball. If a team isn’t playing well, thats one thing, but if a team drops pop ups, doesn’t touch third base, and throws to first when no one is covering….that is a problem. Also, Jerry, not every player can play every position.
Omar Minaya is a trainwreck. Enough said.
The Mets have been one of the most injured teams in baseball and that can’t just be because the players are fragile. The staff must have something to do with it.
The Mets have not hit or pitched well this year. Even when the team was healthy, they struggled.
The Reyes trade would really shake up the Mets. Ellsbury helps out in the outfield, with Gary Sheffield gone. Lars Anderson can be the future 1st baseman of the Mets.
Lackey and Figgins are both free agents in 2010 and are both members of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim now. Lackey can be a top 2 starter, while Figgins can play nearly every position.