Commish For A Day II: #2 Roster Expansion

Since we’re into the slow news days leading up to the end of the year, I’ll start running a few more of the “Commish For A Day” suggestions that I have received. If you’d like to submit your ideas, please email me but make sure they are ready for posting (ie: they read reasonably well, contain the links you used to support your case, etc., as I’m not making any edits).

Here’s a short-but-sweet submission from Howard K. in NJ:

Nothing in baseball drives me more nuts than the fact that regular season games that eventually decide the playoff participants, those played in September and early October, are played with a different set of rules than those played in the first five months with the rule difference being that each manager has 15 extra players at his disposal to use in the game. To rectify this situation, my pretty simple proposal is as follows:

  1. Teams will continue to be allowed to expand their rosters to 40 players on September 1.
  2. Managers must submit a 25-payer roster for each game.
  3. The 25-player roster must include the last 4 pitchers to start games for each team.

I really like this idea. The fact that teams can suddenly have a deeper roster at the most crucial time makes little sense.

Other “CFAD” submissions

  1. Commish For A Day II: #1 Expand Playoff Teams
  2. Commish For A Day II: #2 Roster Expansion
  3. Commish For A Day II: #3 Expand the DH to the NL
  4. Commish For A Day II: #4 Umpire Statistics
  5. Commish For A Day II: #5 Salary Cap & Floor
  6. Commish For A Day II: #6 Automated Strike Zones

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I’d Rather Not Dye

Hey, everybody. Before I get started, let me “introduce” myself. For those of you who don’t recognize my name, I’m Matt Imbrogno and I wrote for Bronx Baseball Daily for the last few months. Anyway, thanks to Moshe for bringing me on here and I look forward to writing for the audiences here at TYU. On to the writing… In a recent article, Bryan Hoch suggested both Mark DeRosa and Jermaine Dye as possible left field options if the Yankees stick to their guns and determine that Johnny Damon is too pricey. There are a few reasons to dislike both Continue reading I’d Rather Not Dye

Face it, Mets: He's just not that into you

Mets and Mets fans, it’s time to realize what I’ve been saying for a while now: He’s just not that into you. This time, it’s Jason Bay:

According to a team source, the Red Sox have had internal discussions about extending their organizational budget to potentially allow for another offer for free agent outfielder Jason Bay. The discussed proposal to Bay would be in the vicinity of the four-year, $60 million deal originally offered the outfielder by the Red Sox.

So if the Mets DO wind up with Bay, it will only be as a result of one of three things:

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Thinking About Brian Cashman

During one of the various discussions that took place on this site yesterday, commenter MJ made an important observation about Brian Cashman that I would like to highlight. The comment is taken out of its original context, so some of it may not be entirely relevant, but the general gist of it is clear: First of all, no one proclaims him a genius. He’s a good, competent GM that has done a very good job since getting complete control over baseball operations in November 2005. Second, considering the farm system he inherited was completely barren because he didn’t have control Continue reading Thinking About Brian Cashman

Options in left field

The Yankees traded Melky Cabrera for Javier Vazquez, and in so doing addressed their one glaring weakness: a 4th starting pitcher. The move meant the team was parting ways with a home-grown, fan-favorite, but the trade has been described as a slam dunk. Vazquez doesn’t need to be a rotation leader for the Yankees, only a back of the rotation guy who can give them the league average in performance and eat some innings. He’s better than that. The only problem is that the team traded away its main option in left field. I’ve hypothesized that this trade was a Continue reading Options in left field

Yanks should check in on Ryan Church

Today, during the Nick Johnson conference call, Brian Cashman was asked about how he and the front office will address the Yankees’ current void in left field. He answered, “It won’t be a big-name situation, I can promise you that.” Thus, unless the Yankees are willing to utilize Brett Gardner on an everyday basis — personally, I have trouble believing that they are willing to do that — it appears as though Cashman could look for another trade or, as Tyler Kepner noted, instead, he could sift through “several lower-tier free agents.” Perhaps one of the “lower-tier free agents” the Continue reading Yanks should check in on Ryan Church

Yanks interested in Reed Johnson for LF?

As the Yankees attempt to patch together their outfield after their most recent acquisition, in Tyler Kepner’s latest, we learn of the team’s left field plan going forward. The NY Times scribe writes that the Yankees are “not interested at all in the free agents Jason Bay and Matt Holliday,” two outfielders that simply do not fit the Yankees’ current payroll. Instead, given their decision to employ financial restraint this winter, the Yankees are interested in “several lower-tier free agents,” notes Kepner, including the “veteran Reed Johnson,” who is a career .282/.344/.411 hitter. Johnson, at 33, is a right-hander with Continue reading Yanks interested in Reed Johnson for LF?

More rankings accolades for Montero

We found out last week that Jesus Montero was the no-surprise-there #1 prospect in the Yanks’ farm system according to BaseballAmerica.com, but BA’s John Manuel (via SI.com) was kind enough to put Montero rather high on the rankings of all MLB prospects.

5. Jesus Montero, C/DH, Yankees
Why he’s here
: The minors’ best hitter, Montero gets compared to Mike Piazza as a catcher whose hitting tools far outstrip his defense. The Yankees don’t see him as Jorge Posada’s heir because his defense is on par with Piazza’s or worse.

What he’ll be: Because he’s likely to move out from behind the plate, Montero should be a first baseman or DH primarily. Other ex-catchers with premium bats such as Paul Konerko and Carlos Delgado leap to mind.

When he arrives: New York’s offseason moves will dictate whether Montero spends all season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or moves up to the big leagues as a part-time catcher and DH.

And who says the Yanks are guilty of over-hyping their prospects? They leave it to the pros.

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Montero 5th on BA's Top Prospect List

From John Manuel: Why he’s here: The minors’ best hitter, Montero gets compared to Mike Piazza as a catcher whose hitting tools far outstrip his defense. The Yankees don’t see him as Jorge Posada’s heir because his defense is on par with Piazza’s or worse. What he’ll be: Because he’s likely to move out from behind the plate, Montero should be a first baseman or DH primarily. Other ex-catchers with premium bats such as Paul Konerko and Carlos Delgado leap to mind. When he arrives: New York’s offseason moves will dictate whether Montero spends all season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or Continue reading Montero 5th on BA's Top Prospect List