He can’t play a lick of defense. We already have Damon and Matsui who are liabilities in LF/DH. Nady in right is fine. CF will be an issue. Posada might not be ready to catch 6 games a week but might be OK to hit (in the DH spot). And last I checked, Manny’s a freakin’ head case! He still is a tremendous hitter who would provide some protection and thump behind ARod, but c’mon.
I can’t stress how much I’d hate the Yanks going to an absurd 3 year deal. There is NO COMPETITION for his services for a TWO YEAR deal? Why offer a THREE? Why am I banging the keys while typing, like it’s going to make my point any better? Take this cash and use it as a downpayment on a Teix offer!
If Cashman and Hal truly have the reins/reigns (thank you, KLaw), Manny won’t be a Yankee at all. If they placate Hank, I can see a 1 year deal. If Hank tries to overrule, all bets are off.
Now I am stomping my foot like that petulant teenager. Shoot me.
* Saw my neighbor while getting into my car this cold and snowy morning. He called Manny “another Plaxico”. So I created the new terms: Plaxification and Plaxicator: To sandbag/the sandbagger of a team despite your immense, god-given talents.
Here’s something any executive thinking about signing Manny should consider before giving him a multiyear deal: If he gets a two-, three- or four-year deal, it probably will represent the last big-money contract he will receive — and what exactly will compel him to play hard for the duration of the deal?
Once Manny signs his next big-money deal, the financial carrot that seemed to drive him in August and September will be gone, so an employer who gives him a multiyear deal will be wholly dependent on his competitive integrity.