On Damon, budgets and Gardner's D

  1. Ownership believes there is no reason to have a payroll over $200 million anymore. I’m OK with this. Could Hal call down from on high and give Cashman the authority to spend another $10 million to land Holliday? I’m sure it’s possible, but I don’t think it’s likely. Guessing next year’s free agent class, including their own uber-stars (Jeter, Mariano), will require another spike in spending.
  2. Damon is still a very good player and will probably get a better offer somewhere else, though I don’t know where. He sure is a very good player. However, if I were part of another team, I’d look at his 2009 home/road splits and notice that his power spike was largely due to the new Yankee Stadium, particularly early in the season. There might be some team who thinks Damon’s skills will translate to their team, but I think it’s going to be a stretch, particularly for any team with a spacious LF. But as the old saying goes: “All it takes is one (idiot)
    Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA

    OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+

    Home 73 68 318 272 56 76 18 0 17 42 6 0 43 44 .279 .

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Those other three players…

Logan’s 2009 splits against lefties definitely shows potential for him to replace Phil Coke as the Yankee lefty specialist.

Split G PA
AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB

BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
vs RHB as LH 14 38 33 7 12 1 0 1 0 0 5 3 0.60 .364 .447 .485 .932 16 1 0 0 0 3 .379 143 144
vs LHB as LH 19 44 39 3 9 3 0 0 0 0 4 7 1.75 .231 .318 .308 .626 12 1 1 0 0 0 .281 63 80

Another interesting note is the success Logan has against the first batter he faces:

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB

BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
First Batter 20 20 19 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .158 .200 .158 .358 3 1 1 0 0 0 .200 -6 1

Now, let’s look at who the Yankees gave up:

Mike Dunn:
Dunn, a 24 year old left handed pitcher, played his college ball at Austin Peay, signed with the Yankees as an outfielder in 2004.…
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Revisiting the 2004 Offseason

The Javy Vazquez trade turned my mind back to his initial acquisition.

The Yankee World Series loss in 2003 was a painful one. Today, we regard it as the end of the dynasty era. The Yankees made the World Series in 6 of 8 years, but had lost the last two. The Yankees wouldn’t make it...

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Yankees All Replacement Team of the Decade

So with the Yankees blogospohere talking about the best of the decade, I thought it would be fun to talk about the worst of the decade. I went ahead and found the worst offensive seasons for...

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What is Brian Cashman's Long Term Plan In Left Field?

Famously, we all watched Brian Cashman pass on a potential Hughes/Kennedy/Melky swap for Johan Santana because of the possibility of signing C.C. Sabathia the following year. They planned a strategy years in advance that included holding on to certain young players, but not all their young players. I think he’s up to something similar this...

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Now, about Mark DeRosa

The main thing: He has the equivalent of one full year in RF during his career and in that time, he’s been VERY good. At every other position, he’s been a defensive liability. This surprised me as I gotta believe it’s hard for a utility guy to be below average at so many positions for so long:

Season Pos G GS Inn PO A E DP FP RF/G RF/9 DG exO Arm DPR RngR ErrR UZR UZR/150
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

DeRosa’s got the arm to man RF, but that’s where Swisher resides.…

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